700 go pedalling for Pieta House in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE inaugural Pieta 100 National Cycle saw over 700 cyclists in Limerick pedalling to raise awareness for the issues of suicide and self-harm last weekend.With other cycles being held in Galway, Cork and Dublin to raise much needed funds for Pieta House, the Limerick event began and ended at Mungret GAA club where participants had the option of undertaking a 50k or 100k route. Both routes brought them past the Pieta House Midwest centre, which has been delivering a service to the region since 2012.Centre manager Martin O’Sullivan said their goal was to replace suicide, self-harm and stigma with hope, self-care and acceptance.“Our commitment to offering a free service can only be achieved with the help and support of communities. We’re grateful to all the cyclists for taking part, to the supporters and organisers and the people of Limerick for their support and commitment to Pieta House,” he added.With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for those experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. To date, Pieta House has supported more than 17,000 people, with at least 5,000 seeking help in 2014. Previous articleWeek of events to promote mental health awarenessNext articleFree iPads won’t keep children out of poverty Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email TAGSlimerickMungret GAAPieta House center_img Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal News700 go pedalling for Pieta House in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – October 1, 2015 798 Printlast_img read more

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OUSU candidates in website controversy

first_imgThe OUSU presidential election had a turbulent first week with all three main contenders involved in website controversy.After Reclaim OUSU came under fire for an unfortunate website gaffe last week, with Nathan Akehurst’s page telling viewers that “Nathan sucks really bad”, Jane4Change has been accused of “stealing” from the website of design company Mixd. The Jane4Change website has since been taken down.The remarkable similarity of the two sites prompted Mike Danford, the creative director of Mixd, to claim that Jane4Change had “stolen” from their website and that Will Neaverson, who designed the website, “shouldn’t have done it”. He also commented that some of the Jane4Change website was still drawing on the hosting resources of the original design, consuming some of their bandwidth. Danford stressed that the code had been carefully adapted in a process that obviously required some skill.Jane Cahill was quick to distance herself from the process of the website design, commenting to Cherwell, “Our team were not aware of the technicalities of website, we didn’t have a huge number of resources to put together a sophisticated software for this election. The website editor has apologised to the company involved which is right and we have taken down the design.”Rival president candidate Alex Bartram, however, felt it cast doubts on the efficacy of Cahill as a potential president commenting, “Jane4Change haven’t been able to put a website up for their campaign on a budget of over £200 without using somebody else’s. How they’ll manage to run a Student Union and get a whole new building with an uncosted plan is entirely unclear.”Nathan Akehurst was equally dismissive, saying, “It’s surprising that such a carefully planned political machine is capable of such a basic mistake. I would just sincerely like to express my hope their policies are more original than their website and their team name.”Alex Bartram has also been criticised this week for his use of ‘NationBuilder’, an advanced tool for political campaigns utilised by major political parties for national elections. The tool allows users to accumulate large amounts of data in order to conduct more targeted campaigning, for example by sending specific policies to specific groups of people. Bartram said that he was excited by using the tool for the campaign, commenting, “We think its capacity for information storage is incredibly useful even for a (relatively) small-scale campaign like the OUSU elections.What it means is we can match up a huge amount of different people with the specific policies, areas, or interests that we’re addressing, and really target our campaign on the basis of that.”The other, candidates, however, expressed bewilderment at using such a sophisticated piece of software for a student election.Jane Cahill of Jane4Change commented, “We find it amusing that a candidate who claims he is not a typical student politician is using an invasive technology which the Labour party uses to stuff people’s inboxes with targeted mailings and to manipulate Facebook newsfeeds.Firstly, it’s weird to use that in a student union election, and secondly I don’t want to see elections decided by the quality of software over the quality ideas and experience. More broadly, we wouldn’t be comfortably holding as much information on students as it required to, say, target an email on a sports policy, or an academic policy.”Nathan Akehurst of Reclaim OUSU was also sceptical about the use of the website, commenting “I don’t think using advanced software in a student union election is necessary, and if what I’ve heard about privacy issues is correct then it is worrying. At the end of the day, nothing beats a face to face conversation about what we want out of our union, and that’s what I hope these elections will be won on.”Bartram, however, was keen to stress that NationBuilder would not allow Team Alex to access any private information from Facebook profiles.One Wadham student commented on the election that they were “shocked” and “confused” about how “the dark games of politics had transcended into OUSU”.last_img read more

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SAO seeks senate input on new first year course

first_imgWednesday evening, representatives from the design team for the new first year course that will replace the physical education requirement delivered a presentation to Student Senate.Executive assistant to the Office of the President Mirella Riley said the primary goal of the new first year course is to give students a way to transition to college life.“It will be an opportunity to have the integration of the residential life, the academic life and it will provide a holistic approach to the education of first year students as they come in,” Riley said. “It will provide a number of methods to deliver content.“But really the idea is that there will be discussions of those sections that will be facilitated by an instructor, and that it will also build a sense of community for the students.”Riley said while the course is a certain thing, planning is still in the early stages and the design team is therefore looking for student input to help shape the course.In response to questions from some of the senators in attendance, Maureen Dawson, assistant dean in First Year of Studies, said the course would expand on the resources students receive during orientation weekend.“These courses are really common throughout the country,” Dawson said. “Ours will be different in that it’s not to help students meet academic standards; it’s really to give students the opportunity to discover themselves, see how they fit in at the University and take a very holistic approach to developing mind, body and spirit.”Dawson said students in the course will have one professor per semester, and the class’s format will include online modules.Riley said the design team is still in the early stages of deciding the name of the course, its grading system and the campus organizations that will be involved in its design. Riley asked Senators for their input over the next several weeks.Student Activities Office (SAO) program director Paul Manrique said while there are not many undergraduate students on the design team, because the team is small, student representatives will still have a say in the course’s formation.Sophomore Jake Wittenberg was elected to be the Senate’s representative to the design team, which also includes faculty and administrators.The Senate also unanimously passed a resolution amending the Student Government Constitution, moving the start date for class councils from April 1 to May 1. In his introduction of the resolution, junior class president Zach Waterson said changing the date would allow class council members more time to plan events.“In the second semester, April is the best month to plan events for your respective classes,” Waterson said. “… it’s right before finals, and also you have the whole year to figure out what kinds of events work for your class.“But unfortunately right now, the term ends on April 1 and a whole new council begins on April 1, so we don’t really have the opportunity to take advantage of that. This amendment pushes the transition back a month to May 1 to give the class council the academic year to finish planning those events.”While class council positions now start May 1, other student government positions will still begin April 1.Tags: Class Council, Jake Wittenberg, Maureen Dawson, Merilla Riley, Paul Manrique, student senate, Zach Watermanlast_img read more

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Operation UNIFIED RESOLVE seizes US$20 million worth of cocaine

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The U.S. Coast Guard seized US$20 million worth of cocaine off a vessel southwest of the Dominican Republic, adding another bust to a successful string in the Caribbean Sea by U.S. and international agencies recently. The April 21 seizure of 602 kilograms of cocaine occurred after a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew spotted a go-fast vessel traveling toward the Dominican coast carrying suspicious cargo. In response, an armed helicopter and boat crew were launched from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer to intercept the vessel. When they arrived, agents discovered 25 packages on board, all of which later tested positive as cocaine. The bust was part of Operation UNIFIED RESOLVE, a counter-narcotics and migrant interdiction operation in the Caribbean region. It complements Operation CARIBBEAN GUARD, a coordinated effort between the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and other commonwealth and territorial law enforcement agencies to combat illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Operation UNIFIED RESOLVE also is a part of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. The Coast Guard valued the shipment, which was offloaded on May 10 in Miami Beach in the U.S. state of Florida, at US$20 million. Two alleged narco-traffickers were arrested and turned over to officials in Miami, but their names were not released. “This seizure highlights the hard work and dedication of our crews in stopping the illegal flow of drugs in the Caribbean and reducing the destabilizing effects that drugs have on society,” Cmdr. Anthony Williams, commanding officer of the Spencer, said in a prepared statement. The April seizure was followed by an early May bust of 1,280 kilograms of cocaine, valued at US$37 million, by U.S. authorities in the Caribbean south of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Two Dominican citizens, Santos Lantigua-Núñez and Efraín Cedano-Díaz, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, the Justice Department said. The defendants are facing 10 years to life in prison if convicted. “Our message continues to be the same: we will detect and interdict drug smugglers attempting to flood our island with their poisonous cargo,” said Vito Salvatore Guarino, special agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Caribbean Division. U.S. agencies have teamed with international partners in the Caribbean to seize several large cocaine shipments in the past year amid an increase in drug smuggling from South America through the region as an alternative to the Central America-Mexico route. During the 2013 calendar year, the Coast Guard Seventh District, which has bases in the southeastern U.S. and in the Caribbean, seized $1.8 billion worth of cocaine and US$22 million worth of marijuana, officials said. The increase in illicit shipments through the Caribbean has put added pressure on governments in the region, which is being used as a transshipment point. Officials in the Dominican Republic, the largest stopover point for cocaine in the Caribbean, said they have captured record amounts of cocaine in each of the past three years, including nearly 10 metric tons last year. On May 12, officials from the Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Office (DNCD) said they had seized 330 kilograms of cocaine from the port in Haina on the outskirts of the capital, Santo Domingo. The shipment, which had been sent from Barranquilla, Colombia, was found in eight nylon sacks inside a shipping container, officials said. Working off intelligence they had gathered, DNCD officials said they inspected 70 containers before finding the shipment. With Dominican territory being used as a major transshipment point for smuggling drugs to Europe, British Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Steven Fisher recently lauded the work of the DNCD against drug smuggling. “Recently, we have had successful and constant seizures of drugs that were directed to London and other European nations due to close collaboration and sharing of intelligence between the DNCD and our British police. So, we are pleased with their work,” he said in a prepared statement. By Dialogo May 20, 2014last_img read more

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Batesville Council Approves Appropriation Reduction

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — At Monday night’s meeting the City Council approved an appropriation reduction.Council Clerk-Treasurer Paul Gates, says that the appropriation reduction is required by the state, for the state to approve the city’s 2017 budget.According to Gates, this does not mean that no more or less money will be spent.In other new business, Mike Baumer requested for money from the Belterra Fund to install a new flag pole at Liberty Field.Baumer requested $800 to replace the pole.Baumer said that the parks department is doing fundraising to try to replace the pole, and is planning on raising the money before the next meeting, so as to not use the Belterra Funds.No vote was made on the funds request.The Board of Works also approved 3 different street closures for upcoming events.The YMCA requested a closure for their annual Turkey Trot on November 24.The city will also close a few streets for the Tree lighting on December 1.The third request was from the Gibson Theater for December 3.In other new business, the Board of Works also approved a contract to replace a slip liner for the waste water treatment plant.last_img read more

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Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board

first_imgBill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft has decided to step down from both the Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway boards.The announcement was made Friday on his Linkedin account.Gates who co-founded the Microsoft brand in 1975 with Paul Allen, says that he believes the company is in capable hands and that stepping down will allow him to focus on his philanthropic work:“I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change,” Gates said. “The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.”While Gates says he will be stepping down from the board, he will not be stepping away from the company and will still have a say in it’s direction and vision:“With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”Gates was CEO of the company up until 2000 when he transferred to company over to Steve Ballmer. In 2014, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella took over with Gates serving as director of the board. He then decided to dedicate more of his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.“Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion to solve society’s most pressing challenges and Microsoft and the world are better for it, Nadella said.” ” The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”Microsoft is considered one of the most successful companies in the world with a market cap of $1.21 trillion. Gates continues to be one of it’s top shareholders owning 1.36%last_img read more

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Black Friday Football Rivalry Bigger Than The Game

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |Thanksgiving may be about friends, family and feasting.But for those in the Two River area who like to get out and throw around a football, the day after Thanksgiving is all about “the Rivalry.”For the past six years, the Rivalry Series flag football knockout tournament has pitted town against town in a good-natured Black Friday competition that also raises serious money for Lunch Break of Red Bank.This year, the 2018 edition will include an even larger field of participants. Joining Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Rumson will be squads from Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Red Bank.“The past couple of years we’ve started to include more and more people from different communities and the word continues to spread, and the interest grows,” said Rivalry Series organizer Rick Brandt of Little Silver.The games will kick off Friday, Nov. 23 at Count Basie Field in Red Bank and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children from different towns will play each other at grade level. There is also a division for women and another for men 18-34 and over 35.The first games will pit Little Silver against Shrewsbury, Red Bank against Middletown, Rumson against Fair Haven and Oceanport against Monmouth Beach.In the beginning, it was just a group of Little Silver friends who took to the turf for some post-holiday pickup football. The opposing team was from neighboring Shrewsbury.“When we first started playing as 12-year-olds back in 2002, I’m not sure we ever thought it would get to this point,” Brandt said. “Bragging rights were all we were worried about back then. But it’s come a long way.”Brandt learned early on about Little Silver’s deeply embedded, but friendly, rivalry with Shrewsbury.“When you’re growing up in those towns, the rivalry is seen and felt everywhere,” Brandt said. “It’s in your recreational sports. It’s in the schools. It’s everywhere you look.”“The funny thing about it is, you play against those guys for so long in so many different organized sports and pickup games that you actually start to like them,” Brandt said with a laugh. “Then you get to high school and your sharing classes with them and you can’t figure out why you were ever rivals in the first place.”Brandt said as the friendships grew, so did the traditional game itself. In their high school years, friends and family began attending, some to tailgate, other to mingle, and all to lend voice to their respective cheering sections.In college, though the distance between them increased, it was the game that helped maintain the bond between the friends. And each year the audience continued to grow.In 2013, Athlete’s Alley of Shrewsbury starting equipping players with personalized team jerseys, giving the day its own uniform. Inspired by the all the participation, Brandt formed a partnership with Lunch Break and over the next two years raised nearly $2,000 for the organization though small donations from those who played in and attended the game.“It was a nice start, but I thought we could do more,” said Brandt.Between 2015 and 2017 the series’ organizers pledged $10,000 donations to Lunch Break and hit their mark each time.In 2016, the traditional game was expanded, offering games for men, women and children from Little Silver and Shrewsbury.Last year, players who participated in the RIvalry Series raised $10,000 for Lunch Break of Red Bank. Photo courtesy Rick BrandtThis year donations are pouring in and Brandt expects the Rivalry Series will have raised $50,000 for Lunch Break by week’s end.One day, Brandt, working with his brother Rob Brandt, would like to see Rivalry Series expand even more and include teams from every part of Monmouth County.“We’re calling it the Rivalry Series, and we did that on purpose, because I’m not sure I want to limit this to just football,” Brandt said.“Down the line, I have no doubt that we can run basketball and softball events and have them be successful. There are so many different sporting events we can launch and then you’re really talking about a lot of money being raised and a lot of good being done in our community.”Rivalry Series Schedule of EventsFriday, Nov. 23The GamesBoys & Girls (3rd & 4th grade), 9 a.m.Boys & Girls (5th & 6th grade), 9 a.m.Boys & Girls (7th & 8th grade), 9 a.m.Men 35 & older, 11 a.m.Women 18 & older, 1 p.m.Men 18-34 years old, 3 p.m.After PartyVal’s in Rumson, 7-10 p.m.For more information or to register for competition visit therivalryseries.com.This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Update: Leafs sweep road swing through South Okanagan, shutout Penticton 4-0 and drub Summerland 9-2

first_imgNews flash: The Nelson Leafs can win away from home.The Nelson Leafs swept a pair of road games in the South Okanagan, completing the two-game set with a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win over Penticton Lakers Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.Nelson opened the weekend Friday by drubbing the Summerland Steam 9-2. Patrick Martens continued his torrid start the KIJHL season scoring four times to lead the Leafs. Heading into Saturday’s game Martens was riding an eight-game scoring streak which the speedy forward had accumulated 20 points. He led the Leafs with 23 points, including a team-high 13 goals.Friday Martens scored in each period, including two in the third, to lead the Leafs to its ninth win of the season — the most in the KIJHL.After Jeff Penman scored on Leaf netminder Patrick Defoe less than two minutes into the game, Nelson reeled off seven unanswered goals — three in the first, one in the second and three more in the third — before the Steam scored a power play marker.Colton Schell added a pair while singles went to Nik Newman, Max Mois and Brett Norman.Schell also had four assists to finish the game with six points. Martens had five while Riley Henderson, Matthew Naka, Mois and Norman each had two points.Nelson, improving to 10-3-0-1 in the Murdoch Division, retains its three-point advantage over second place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks also won twice on the weekend, edging Spokane 3-1 in the Lilac City Friday before outlasting West Kootenay rival Castlegar Rebels 7-4 Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest.The two Murdoch rivals meet Nelson Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: The monster night by Patrick Martens allowed the skillful forward to overtake teammate Matti Jmaeff for the lead in the Nelson scoring race. . . . Brett Norman is tied for second with Jmaeff with Colton Schell fourth, six in back of [email protected]last_img read more

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