NewsThe power of community delivered through radioBy Alan Jacques – April 23, 2021 90 Advertisement Previous articleWATCH: Padraig Kelleher discusses upcoming Limerick GAA Club Cycling Challenge for PietaNext articleTEAM: O’Mahony returns as Munster name team for Leinster in Rainbow Cup opener Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WhatsApp Pat Foley receiving a donation from Lewis Ferguson on behalf of Limerick City Community Radio.“COMMUNICATION leads to community, that is to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing”.Those perceptive words from American psychologist and author Rollo May have certainly struck a chord with Limerick City Community Radio (LCCR) and the people they serve.Pat Foley, a proud Moyross man and retired chef from iconic restaurants like the Railway Hotel and Bobby Byrnes, now hosts his own show on LCCR, which is a not-for-profit organisation supported by Wired FM, Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), the Community Radio Forum of Ireland (CRAOL) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).Pat’s show gives the public an opportunity to listen to a station which they have wholeheartedly contributed to, and which is run by volunteers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thirteen-year-old Lewis Ferguson, a student from Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, was recently given the opportunity by Pat to get a look behind the scenes on how a radio show is broadcast.“Lewis was thrilled to be given the opportunity to present some of the show. Something that he would not have been able to accomplish in the past 12 months,” said Lewis’ mum Jeannette Ferguson, who works at the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College.“Since the first lockdown in 2020, things had been incredibly tough on Lewis and his fellow classmates from Patrickswell National School who were unable to finish a crucial year at primary school before moving on to post primary level.“As a new adventure lay ahead, there also came a fear, a fear of the unknown. Was there going to be another Covid outbreak? Will I make new friends? Will I fit in? What if I get sick? These were all thoughts swarming around in his then 12-year-old head,” she explained.After Christmas arrived and Covid numbers increased, so did the teenager’s fear of the virus.“News then broke in early new year that school would not be returning for the foreseeable future, and then a drowning feeling of isolation set in. He was neither equipped or prepared for the online learning environment, meeting classes online or attending live session.“Then a pattern emerged, missed classes, lack of engagement, no work being submitted. Not a good place for a 12-year-old to be in.“Lack of sport interaction, living in a rural location, all played a major part of losing his identity. His birthday came and went, he was lost not being able to celebrate the official ‘teenager’ with all his buddies, and toughest of all, not having seen his grandmother since December 2019 due to Covid. She was always here to see him at birthdays, summer and Christmas,” Jeanette pointed out.“However, thanks to the kindness and generosity of spirit of the people at LCCR something changed.“Big-hearted Pat offered Lewis an opportunity to step outside his isolation bubble, and gave him an interest in something other than school or online learning. He gave him hope.“I heard our son laugh, enjoy what he was doing and not be afraid to do it, and his confidence grew. The more his confidence grew, the more I could hear him coming back to his old self. “Last week saw Lewis moving to a brand new school campus. We are hoping that the sense of excitement will carry him through to the end of term. “As a token of his appreciation, Lewis gave a donation to Pat to help the station keep up the good work that is being shared with the community”. Linkedin Twitter Email Facebook
Diego Costa hauled Chelsea back into the Champions League round-of-16 tie by scoring 10 minutes after Adrien Rabiot’s goal.Willian exchanged passes with Pedro and set up Costa, who showed great composure to shift the ball away from Thiago Silva and fire into the net.Paris St-Germain, 2-1 up from the first leg, scored after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Angel di Maria played the ball into the penalty area and Zlatan Ibrahimovic drifted away from Branislav Ivanovic before crossing low from the right for Rabiot tap in.Ivanovic had earlier prevented a PSG goal by sliding in and clearing the ball after Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois had been beaten by Di Maria’s angled shot.Once in front, PSG seemed to be in control but Chelsea battled on and were rewarded when Costa netted his 11th goal in his last 15 matches.Ibrahimovic had a chance to restore his team’s two-goal aggregate lead but headed straight at Courtois from Lucas Moura’s cross.But Chelsea gave as good as they got, with Fabregas shooting wide before Trapp gathered a shot from Eden Hazard.Costa returned to the side after being passed fit, as did Pedro and Kenedy.Fabregas also returned to the starting line-up. The Spaniard is partnering John Mikel Obi in midfield, with Nemanja Matic dropped to the bench along with Oscar.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“I was kind of shocked, but it was fun,” said Bart, who already is one of the Giants’ … SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Before the first workout of the spring, the promising Joey Bart sat by his locker explaining what it would mean to catch Madison Bumgarner in a bullpen session.He chose the words, “A dream come true.”Less than an hour later, Bumgarner turned that dream into a reality.The Giants ace asked the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft to catch his first bullpen workout of the year.
Assertion: Evolution is a canary in the coal mine for the state of science education. Analysis: Analogy mixed with non-sequitur. Most of biology and medicine gets along fine without evolutionary storytelling tacked on. Biology was doing fine for centuries before Darwin created the Great Society for Storytellers and liberated biology from empiricism (12/22/2003 commentary). The research of Linnaeus, Jenner, Mendel, Pasteur, Lister, Carver, Watson and Crick and many other giants of biology and medicine owed nothing to Darwin. If anything, Darwinism represents dead weight – a useless requirement to fit uncooperative data into a predetermined story line. It wasted decades of effort on now discarded ideas like vestigial organs and junk DNA. Nevertheless, Carroll’s badly-scrambled metaphor can be salvaged with a few alterations. The canary represents morality and a vibrant altruistic society (not evolution). The coal mine is the descent into secularism. Evolution is the poison gas belching upward from the depths. Now the analogy fits the state of our country’s decline perfectly.Assertion: There’s so much propaganda against evolution. Analysis: Anyone can hide behind a broad brush, unsupported claim intended to generate fear. Some examples, Dr. Carroll? We’ll supply one going the other direction – yours.Assertion: You see the same sort of techniques being used against climate science or stem cells or whatever it might be. Analysis: Generalities, no specifics, blanket accusations: “whatever it might be”. Let’s take him up on it and include “tenure” in the unspecified category “whatever it might be.” Insert any issue Dr. Carroll feels passionate about. Go ahead; he left the door wide open. And he revealed by his short list that he’s not really motivated by science education, but by the leftist political agenda. Perhaps he feels that high school science teachers should teach the modern scientific method: you know, hide the decline, falsify data, collude in your emails, get unelected judges to give you what the public won’t vote for, etc.When Dr. Carroll is not reasoning in a circle (source), pushing against the Humvee (source), shushing the co-conspirators (source), reassuring the fearful (source), or practicing his intolerance (source), he’s telling high school science teachers how to teach science. You notice that Science gives this guy the open mike with no challengers. From his platform at HHMI, let him explain to science teachers how Howard Hughes tinkered blindfolded with accidents in a hangar without a plan while drinking, and a Spruce Goose “emerged”. No wonder home schooling is big.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The state of evolution teaching is like the fabled canary in a coal mine, Sean Carroll told Science.1 That’s why the molecular biologist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison is cutting back on his research and undergraduate teaching to concentrate on his new appointment: vice president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Asked by Elizabeth Pennisi in a Newsmaker interview about the concerns of high school teachers he has contacted, he said:Well, we probably were brought together over the teaching of evolution. That was issue [number] one, … because biology without evolution is kind of like physics without gravity. It’s also sort of a canary in the coal mine for the state of science education. There’s so much propaganda against evolution, but you see the same sort of techniques being used against climate science or stem cells or whatever it might be.Note: This is Sean B. Carroll, not the cosmologist Sean M. Carroll of Caltech; far enough back, though, they probably had a common ancestor.1. Elisabeth Pennisi, “Newsmaker Interview: Sean Carroll and the Evolution of an Education Maven,” Science, 16 April 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5976, p. 294, DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5976.294.Let’s see if years of research and teaching has elevated Dr Carroll above the lot of mortals so that he can lecture the rest of us on how not to engage in propaganda. First of all, since he is keen to protect Saint Darwin from the Neanderthals, has he in his own research demonstrated the innovative power of evolution? Pennisi’s article would certainly have produced the best example of his PhD expertise to impress the would-be challengers to the title of “pioneer in the field of evolutionary development.” Here it is. Ready? “His most recent paper describes how the polka dots on a fruit fly wing were patterned according to the distribution of a molecule involved earlier in the fly’s development.” Well, Whoopie View with a polka-dot dress. He starts with fruit flies, he ends with fruit flies; but not one polka dot developed into a canary. It sounds, therefore, like we are at liberty to parse his paragraph for possible propaganda. Baloney Detectors, ON!Assertion: Teaching of evolution is issue number one. Analysis: The popularity of an issue is not necessarily relevant to its importance. Undoubtedly teacher lounge time is popular as well. And how scientific was his sample? Did he include Christian schools? Well, guess what! What were the questions? Maybe the issue they were concerned about was how dogmatic the textbooks are about evolution. Don’t assume they were all pro-NCSE.Assertion: Biology without evolution is kind of like physics without gravity. Analysis: This is the old canard in a cold mind known as association and analogy. Try ours instead: Biology without evolution is kind of like Russia without Stalin. See? Anyone can do it. It’s fun. Achieves the desired result; no evidence or argument required. Here are some more analogies submitted by a regular reader: Biology without evolution is like:Africa without malariaFood without botulismLincoln without BoothMiddle Ages without the Black PlagueMexico without drug warsWashington DC without lying politiciansCBS without the BSChristmas without atheists
An excited fan with his tickets for the2009 Confederations Cup. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFifa has named the group of 30 referees and assistant referees who will officiate in the 2009 Confederations Cup. The Fifa 2010 World Cup precursor kicks off on 14 June 2009 with the game between Asian champions Iraq and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.Ten groups of three, each comprising a referee and two assistants, have been selected from the list of prospective candidates for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The group represents all six confederations, namely the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF), the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Conmebol), the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the Union des Associations Européennes de Football (Uefa).Further preparationsThe officials will now undergo further preparations for the tournament under Fifa’s Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP), which is a two-pronged approach to raising the standard of refereeing around the world, and ensuring uniformity in refereeing.The two components of the RAP are firstly, to prepare and develop potential officials for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and to raise the level of professionalism of the environment in which they work; and secondly, to develop referees within the individual Fifa member countries.To this end, Fifa has appointed referee development officers to work hand in hand with instructors around the world to ensure consistency in applying the rules of the Beautiful Game, no matter where it is played. Fifa’s investment in the RAP is estimated at some US$40-million (R340-million).Referee preparations for the two tournaments take the form of practical and theoretical sessions that focus specifically on technical, physical, psychological, medical and energy-related issues.Tournament of championsThe 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup features the six continental champions, the hosts and the current Fifa world champion. The eight teams are from Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand, Spain, the US, world cup holder Italy, and host South Africa.Games take place at four world-class venues around the country, in the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein.Construction work is progressing smoothly and all stadiums will be ready for action on 14 June. Fifa has undertaken several inspection tours of the construction sites, and each time has pronounced itself fully satisfied.Two of the recently renovated stadiums have already played host to football at the highest local level. In March 2009 Pretoria’s Loftus Versveld was the scene of a clash between reigning South African Premier League champions SuperSport United and the ever-popular Kaizer Chiefs.Ellis Park had its trial run shortly thereafter with an exhilarating game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, and in early May it hosted the annual Soweto Derby, seeing long-time rivals Pirates and Chiefs facing off for the 135th time in almost forty years. 2009 CONFEDERATIONS CUP OFFICIALS ConfederationName, nationality Position AFCMatthew Breeze, AustraliarefereeMatthew Cream, Australiaassistant refereeBen Wilson, Australiaassistant refereeCAFCoffi Codjia, BeninrefereeKomi Konyoh, Togoassistant refereeAlexis Fassinou, Beninassistant refereeConcacafCarlos Batres, GuatemalarefereeLeonel Leal, Costa Ricaassistant refereeCarlos Pastrana, Hondurasassistant refereeConmebolCarlos Amarilla, ParaguayrefereeEmigdio Ruiz, Paraguayassistant refereeNicolas Yegros, Paraguayassistant refereeJorge Larrionda, Uruguay)refereePablo Fandino, Uruguayassistant refereeMauricio Espinosa, Uruguayassistant referee OFCMichael Hester, New ZealandrefereeJan-Hendrik Hintz, New Zealandassistant refereeMark Rule, New Zealandassistant refereeUefaMassimo Busacca, SwitzerlandrefereeMatthias Arnet, Switzerlandassistant refereeFrancesco Buragina, Switzerlandassistant refereeMartin Hansson, SwedenrefereeHenrik Andren, Swedenassistant refereeFredrik Nilsson, Swedenassistant refereeHoward Webb, EnglandrefereeMichael Mullarkey, Englandassistant refereePeter Kirkup, Englandassistant referee Reserve trio (from CAF)Eddy Maillet, SeychellesrefereeEvarist Menkouande, Cameroon)assistant refereeBechir Hassani, Tunisiaassistant referee Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupTicketing centres for Confed CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness 500 days to 2010 Useful linksConfederations Cup 2009Asian Football ConfederationConfederation Africaine de FootballConfederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association FootballConfederación Sudamericana de FútbolOceania Football ConfederationUnion des Associations Européennes de FootballSouth African Football Association
Young footballers in Ekangala inMpumalanga province will find it easierto improve their game on the new synthetic surface. Dignitaries cut the red ribbon. Safa’s deputy president Danny Jordaansaid that such world-class facilitescan be found all around South Africa.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio SanyaneSafa communications director+27 82 99 00 835 RELATED ARTICLES • Safa celebrates 20th anniversary • R3m boost for SA football school • Artificial fields for SA footballers • 2010’s biggest legacy all in the mind • Bor SA football coachingBongani NkosiYoung footballers in the community of Ekangala in Mpumalanga province will no longer have to hone their skills on dusty, rock-strewn grounds – this is thanks to an initiative of the South African Football Association (Safa), which has established a smooth, first-class synthetic turf in the area.Safa opened the multimillion-rand Ekangala Stadium on 10 July 2011 to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Originally planned for the previous month, the festivities were postponed to July in honour of struggle icon Albertina Sisulu, who passed away at the beginning of June.The facility, with its emerald green artificial turf of Fifa standards, is seen as one of the legacies of last year’s tournament.Ekangala’s first stadium is one of 52 that Safa is establishing in as many areas in the country. While a few others have already been completed and opened to the public, Safa’s development manager Greg Fredericks said the number will shoot up to 27 by the end of July.Construction of the outstanding 25 facilities is expected to begin later this year. The National Lottery Board is the main investor in the artificial turfs legacy project, having contributed R170-million (US$25-million), but Fredericks said they are still looking for additional funds.“We’ll go all out for funding for the other 25 facilities,” Fredericks said during an interview. “The Lotto has agreed to assist, but we are looking for more (businesses) to come on board.”At least R6.3-million ($931 098) is required for each stadium, Fredericks said, as they entail more than just grandstands and a synthetic turf. They have facilities such as clubhouses, physique development rooms and Safa offices as well.Artificial turf facilities in Gauteng’s Westonaria and Evaton are among those already complete, others are in Mpumalanga’s Siyabuswa, Upington in the Northern Cape and Somerset East in the Eastern Cape.“You’ll see that these world-class facilities have been built in the most unlikely places in our country,” said Danny Jordaan, Safa’s deputy president.Provided more sponsorship comes through, Safa says it may increase the number of legacy project stadiums. “We have to continue with our dream to ensure we reach all of our kids,” said the association’s president Kirsten Nematandani.Fredericks stressed that the Safa facilities project is separate from the Fifa Football for Hope initiative, which has also resulted in new pitches being laid in parts of South Africa.The two pitches Fifa built through Football for Hope are suitable for seven-a-side matches, while Safa’s project boasts full-size grounds that can host professional games.All facilities are targeted at young players in line with Safa’s goal to develop promising footballers in the country. Safa wants to ensure that the Ekangala Stadium is well-used.“This facility must not be left to isolation and turned into a white elephant,” said Nematandani.Local football associations’ responsibilityShadrack Mohlala, president of the Safa-affiliated Kungwini Local Football Association, has outlined plans to manage the new facility so it remains functional at all times.Placing a facilitator at the Ekangala Stadium to oversee day-to-day activities is part of the strategy.“We’re going to take responsibility for this facility. We’ll ensure that it’s always clean with the help of the municipality,” said Mohlala.Safa mandates its regional football associations to manage and maintain the facilities after they become operational.Mohlala said they will “accommodate everyone in the community”, even programmes involving social development. “The only thing people must do is follow the right procedure”, by making arrangements with the facilitator, he added.Part of grassroots developmentSafa’s facilities project is in response to the lack of development centres in the country’s impoverished areas.The association wants the artificial turfs to be the training grounds for the country’s future stars. “We’re serious when we say development at grassroots level is the way to go,” Nematandani said.Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka’s team was at the Ekangala launch to conduct training clinics with the community’s youngsters.Safa grassroots development projects are meant to ensure that skills lacking in senior national teams “can be enhanced from a very young age”, said Nematandani.Sexwale promises houses nearbyHuman Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale joined Safa in Ekangala under his role as a member of Fifa’s football development committee.His department is looking at establishing a housing project on a portion of land opposite the stadium, Sexwale promised the community, so that more people can access the facility.“We’re prepared to look at a housing project not far from here, so that people can be nearer to this (facility),” said Sexwale. “Where people stay must be where people play …”
8 March 2013 South Africa has moved up two places to 64th overall in the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Competitiveness Report, which surveys 140 countries on their policies to develop the travel and tourism sector. The 2013 report, released on Thursday, highlights the potential of the travel and tourism industry to boost economic resilience and the need for smart visa policies to maintain growth momentum. It also highlights environmental sustainability as a key concern for the future. South Africa was ranked third in sub-Saharan Africa, behind Seychelles and Mauritius. It ranked highly in some of the report’s sub-indices, such as natural and cultural resources and infrastructure. “South Africa comes in high at 17th place for its natural resources, and 58th for its cultural resources, based on its many World Heritage sites, its rich fauna, its creative industries and the many international fairs and exhibitions held in the country,” the report said. “Infrastructure in South Africa is also well-developed for the region, with air transport infrastructure ranked 43rd and a particularly good assessment of railroad quality (46th) and road quality (42nd).” Some of the areas that brought down South Africa’s overall ranking were safety and security and the level of health and hygiene, which were ranked 117th and 87th respectively. High rates of communicable diseases such as HIV saw the country ranked 137th, and the increase in fuel prices (77th) and ticket taxes and airport charges (105th) also brought its ranking down. The country’s ranking was helped when the report found policy regulations to be conducive to the tourism sector’s development; it ranked 29th in this category. “This is an area where the country has improved steadily over the past few assessments, with well-protected property rights and few visa requirements for visitors,” the report said. SAinfo reporter
At the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa conference in Durban, Brand South Africa’s message to the continent is that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination and we are open for business.Brand South Africa’s message at WEF Africa 2017 is that we are open for business and that all Africans should work together to develop the continent’s economy. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Brand South Africa chief executive, Kingsley Makhubela, says Africans should work together towards solving the continent’s social issues and also use digital means to develop its economy and its people.For more information follow the conversation on Twitter with #WEFAfrica2017.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgXplore launched the world’s first ever nitrogen management aid with triple-action technology. Starting in October, ContaiN MAX will be available to retailers across the nation.“ContaiN MAX is an innovative product that will change the market,” said Misti McBride, AgXplore Director of Marketing. “It combines: NBPT, the market’s best mode of action for nitrogen volatility, NZONE, the market’s leader in nitrogen leaching and microbes to balance soil and increase nitrogen uptake.”NZONE, AgXplore’s flagship product has been proven to reduce leaching by 47%. It was developed to help farmers protect water quality by decreasing nitrogen runoff. Research also shows NZONE holds more nitrogen in the root zone making it available for plant uptake. In fact, farmers using NZONE were able to reduce their nitrogen by 25% with more yield. Because of this, NZONE technology is leading environmental stewardship efforts.The NBPT component has proven to reduce nitrogen volatility for 14 to 21 days after application, which gives farmers another way to keep nitrogen in the soil and available to crops.Adding microbes to these proven nitrogen management solutions creates a powerhouse formulation providing triple-action technology in a single pass. “The microbial package helps maintain adequate levels of organic matter in the soil, digest compounds, eliminate residue, improve soil pH and increase plant uptake of nitrogen through ammonification,” McBride said.The overall result of ContaiN MAX is improved soil fertility, reduced environmental impact and increased crop performance.“We’ve been using microbial packages in our nutritional products since we got our start in 1999. I’ve committed myself to be the market leader with unique, forward-thinking technologies. It made perfect sense to include the benefits of microbes to our ContaiN formula,” said Barry Aycock, CEO of AgXplore.”“Our primary goal is to help our customers achieve higher yields. Farmers are looking for ways to improve profitability. And ContaiN MAX delivers unmatched results,” Aycock concluded. AgXplore manufactures and markets nitrogen management aids, nutritional fertilizers, adjuvants and micronutrients that are proven to enhance farming applications. Company headquarters are located in Parma, Missouri. AgXplore products are used by farmers nationwide on a wide variety of crops.
BMW Experience Tour 2014 The BMW Experience Tour 2014 is covering several cities across India, with an aim of showcasing its vast product range. From September 4-7, the team is in Chennai, which is incidentally the seventh city to host BMW India’s 12 city tour. The event is being held at the Madras Motor Sports Race Track, located in Irungattukottai, Chennai.The objective behind this tour is to get BMW India’s entire range of sedans and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to lap a specially designed test course. Speaking about this initiative, Philipp von Sahr, President of BMW Group India said, “With this unique initiative, we wish to take a step closer to our customers, bring many more customers to the BMW fold and make them experience true Sheer Driving Pleasure.”So far, the BMW Experience Tour 2014 has already covered Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Chandigarh,. From Chennai, it continues down south, to the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi, from where the team will move towards Lucknow and Kolkata. The event will provide customers an opportunity to test drive vehicles and interact with product experts.Separate sessions will be held by the company for sedans and SUVs. Customers will get to drive the BMW 1-series, 3-series, 5-series and the 7-series, as well as put these vehicles through a series of braking, slalom, corner braking and fast lap exercises. Similarly, the SUVs X3, X5 and X6 will be driven on ramps and other obstacles like articulation humps, steep hills and inclines.In addition, the Experience Tour will also provide customers the opportunity to experience BMW’s M range of performance cars, all under the guidance of expert trainers.advertisement