Limerick participants benefit from social farming project

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first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Linkedin LimerickNewsLimerick participants benefit from social farming projectBy Bernie English – September 26, 2020 173 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Printcenter_img Previous articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff – Episode 27 – Asking QuestionsNext articlePreview: Limerick Ladies Football final and IFC semi finals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email Twitter Facebook Photo by Teigan Rodger on Unsplash A WOMAN attending homelessness services in Limerick and another who attends a day service in the county are just two of the local people who have benefited from a nationwide farming work scheme.The Social Farming programme gives people who experience challenges in life the opportunity to spend time on ordinary family farms, where they take part in everyday farm activities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Participants have formed lasting friendships with each other and with the farming families they spend time with, all while enjoying the outdoors environment and the countryside.The story of the involvement of Healthy Ireland in Social Farming is described in a new report launched by Social Farming Ireland this September.At the heart of the report is a case study of Social Farming activity in Limerick which has been funded by Healthy Limerick.Margaret from Rehab Care in Limerick, who carried out her Social Farming placement at Rebecca Hussey’s farm in Killaloe said the “memories of social farming kept me busy and going during lockdown”.Farmer Rebecca described her role as facilitating two kinds of connection – connection with the land and nature and the cycles of life and connection with one another.“Once we put our wellies on, we go out, we have a common purpose, we do jobs, there’s no hierarchy. People forget their mental health issue or their limitations, whatever they might be, and we work together,” she said.Healthy Limerick is part of the Healthy Cities and Counties programme which promotes lifelong health and wellbeing and takes a whole-system approach to planning for health and wellbeing, where health is everyone’s business.A key theme of the programme is social connectedness. Social Farming provides this sense of social connection in a natural and homely way with additional health and wellbeing benefits in terms of increased levels of physical activity, improved mental health and reduced stress and anxiety levels and increased feelings of purpose and belonging from carrying out socially valuable activities.33 people from eight different services in Limerick had the opportunity to take part in Social Farming between 2017 and 2019.Tony Quilty, who chairs the Healthy Limerick Steering Group, commented: “Social Farming is really positive and has tremendous potential. We need more of it, we need more farmers, more access.”For more information about the scheme, contact the Southwest Regional Development hub for Social Farming Ireland at West Limerick Resources at [email protected] or at 087 3663842. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Maple Leaf looks to sell Canada Bread

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first_imgMaple Leaf Foods Inc is in talks to sell its 90% interest in Canada Bread – parent company of Maple Leaf Bakery in the UK.A special committee has been set up by the board of directors at Canada Bread, who have been advised that Maple Leaf is looking to explore “strategic alternatives” for its bakery business, including the potential sale of its 90% interest in the firm.Canada Bread has said there is no guarantee the process being undertaken by Maple Leaf will result in the consummation of any transaction.Canada Bread manufactures flour-based products, including fresh bread, rolls, bagels and sweet goods, frozen partially baked or par-baked breads and bagels, and speciality pasta and sauces. Its frozen arm includes UK business Maple Leaf Bakery UK.The company is 90% owned by Maple Leaf Foods and its common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CBY.last_img read more

Nassau Resident Infected With Birth Defects-Linked Zika Virus

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first_imgEmbed from Getty Images A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said. The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verdecenter_img Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

What A Night

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first_imgSometimes an athlete needs a “wake-up call”.  Pat McAfee, the punter for the Indianapolis Colts, got one back in 2010.  In a story in the Indianapolis Star, the events of that evening were re-told.  In his early days as a pro punter, Pat had quite a reputation and not all of it was on the football field.  A lot of it occurred after dark in the Indianapolis bar scene.On this particular night in Broad Ripple, McAfee was partying like he often was with just friends in general.  This time he had way too much and somehow left the bar and decided to take a swim in the canal.  Long story short, this swim stopped a pattern that probably would have taken McAfee out of pro football.  Some of the tough love he got that night in and out of jail, turned his life around.  Now, 6 years later, McAfee is not only an excellent punter but a darn good individual as well. Who would have believed how this night could turn around a career?last_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 1 Newcastle 0

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first_imgSteve Sidwell’s deflected effort on 18 minutes gave Fulham a half-time lead at Craven Cottage.Damien Duff pulled the ball back for the midfielder, whose shot ended up in the net after striking first Newcastle’s Mike Williamson and then the underside of the bar.After three matches without a goal and seven without a league win, the breakthrough was a much needed boost for Fulham – as was skipper Brede Hangeland’s return from suspension.They should have been two up soon afterwards, when Dimitar Berbatov dodged Fabricio Coloccini to leave himself one-on-one with Tim Krul only to shoot straight at the Magpies keeper.Berbatov again fired straight at Krul eight minutes later, this time from point-blank range, before Newcastle came close to equalising when Coloccini’s header was cleared off the line by Sascha Riether.And Riether produced another goal-line block just before the break, denying Demba Ba at the far post after Fulham had failed to clear a corner.Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Rodallega, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Richardson, Diarra, Dejagah.Click here for our Fulham v Newcastle quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers Marquise Goodwin opens up about 2018 family tragedy

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin opened up Wednesday about his 49ers season. Once again, he was playing with a heavy heart, the result of another parenting tragedy.Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, revealed they lost twin boys In November after she went into preterm labor, just over a year after they lost a son to pregnancy complications.“We experienced another traumatic event in our life that we had to overcome. It was tough at that point of the season,” Goodwin said with his wife at his side on a …last_img read more

Google Should Stop Playing Around With Wave and Focus on Spreadsheet

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first_imgDisclosure: I didn’t get an early invitation, so this is not a first-hand review of Google Wave. But from what I know now, I don’t want an invitation anymore. It looks like too much of a productivity suck. But I do use Google Spreadsheet all the time. It is the de facto real-time, online, distributed collaboration tool for serious GTD business. It is the best tool for an agile, networked business.But it could be way, way better. Excel is still the best spreadsheet; it has just fallen behind on collaboration (and collaboration is a show-stopper). But Microsoft could catch up there, and a lot of really sharp startups are gunning for the same space.A Short History of the Programmer-less App MirageSince about, oh, maybe the days of punch cards, ventures have proclaimed some variation on this pitch: no need for programmers; ordinary folk can create really useful apps!Fourth generation, Fifth generation! Far too many acronyms and buzzwords and brilliance and capital have been sacrificed on this altar.On the other hand, ordinary folk create real apps on spreadsheets all day long. Millions of people do it. Businesses run on them, to the horror of IT folk. Banks and VCs burn billions of dollars based on crazy assumptions in those spreadsheets. Mr. Assumption pleads guilty. Mr. Spreadsheet says, “I was only following orders!”Real-Time Spreadsheets? That Is So 1980s, Dude!Yes, traders were doing real-time spreadsheets using Excel in the late 1980s, and by the mid-1990s (as in, 15 years ago) they were totally mainstream in trading rooms. Sorry if that is news to folks who think “real time” is new.But It Could Be a Lot MoreExcel has one problem: version control. That’s it. Collaboration is a fancy word, but the simple problem before we had online spreadsheets was version control. You either endured chaos and frazzled nerves or you put in the kind of IT process management rules that the ordinary GTD folks were fleeing from by using a spreadsheet rather than a custom system.Online spreadsheets that anyone can edit concurrently solved the version control problem. Problem solved! Done, finished. Can we move on now?I wish Google would focus on the things that would now make its Spreadsheet an awesome business tool. Here are the top four items on my wish list:1. Offline sync that does not get in the way and is totally seamless.I gave up on Gears because it seemed to do more harm than good. I know that it is a tough engineering challenge, but I know that Google has some pretty smart people (Wave alone has 60 engineers). Offline sync is essential for serious spreadsheet use. Please don’t tell serious business users that they can get Wi-Fi anywhere. Or that they will be able to very soon. Or that waiting for the bandwidth to catch up with their actions is okay.2. The same level of sophistication in features that Excel has.I am not a power Excel user, but even I hit limits on Google Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet jockeys who create those powerful (and dangerous) models view Google’s app as a toy.#1 and 2 are linked. You cannot have that level of sophistication without using local CPU capacity.3. Better hooks to real databases.Spreadsheets are database-like, but don’t try anything serious that a RBMS does with its eyes closed. Add in linked data and XML assets.4. APIs and other tools to enable an eco-system of apps that do forms and process management.In a business, something happens when someone signs off on something. That gets tracked somewhere, as in a spreadsheet. Enable that eco-system to grow.If Google won’t seize this challenge, Microsoft will. Excel may be Microsoft’s best product ever, and it understands business needs.Wave looks like the kind of over-engineered, overly complex, promise-the-moon-at-some-far-off-date project that has gotten Microsoft in such deep trouble so often. Sure, Wave will be evaluated by a lot of big companies. Meetings will be convened to discuss Wave. Wave Committees might even be formed. Ho and hum! This is not the Google we admire. This is the Google that dreams of being Microsoft and then wakes up and finds that it is Microsoft, and it is a nightmare.Actually, it looks like Google cannot decide whether it is trying to be Twitter (“Look at me! I’m hip, young and hot”) or Microsoft (“It may not be that exciting, son, but it works, and that’s what matters”). Self-conscious attempts to be hip almost always fail.Where Google has historically scored well is in providing tools that you can be productive with immediately and that gradually grow in competence, never requiring a big decision. Millions of folks have a business or non-profit to run and need Google to build on the early promise of Google Spreadsheet.If it doesn’t, Microsoft will make the online version of Excel work as easily as Google Spreadsheet. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts bernard lunncenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Security remains tight after VIP guests depart

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first_imgSofitel Hotel in the Bandra Kurla Complex turned into a fortress from Saturday night after 14 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JDS in Karnataka came to stay here.When The Hindu visited the hotel at 7.30 p.m. on Monday, a police vehicle was parked outside and several police officers were manning the entrance. The television camera crew lined up outside were kept at bay. This was despite reports of the MLAs already having departed from the hotel at 5 p.m.Visitors were greeted by the hotel security staff, who checked all baggage and also subjected the guests to body checks. Security officials, both police and civilian, were constantly updating each other on every small movement in the hotel premises.The Pondicherry Cafe inside the hotel was shut. Guests were told that it was due to “maintenance issues” and redirected to the bar. Police personnel were seen sitting inside, nursing cups of tea.A waiter at the bar, when asked about the sudden “maintenance issues” at the cafe, laughed in response but was quick to share the query with a colleague. There was a subtle yet noticeable effort to keep every visitor within eyesight, and over-inquisitive staring at the policemen milling about was tacitly discouraged by hotel staff smoothly moving into the line of sight.Several visitors, trying to leave through the main exit, were redirected to alternative exits for “security reasons”and visitors were escorted till they were off the premises.last_img read more

FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UP

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Los Angeles Sparks a win away from repeating as WNBA champs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University picked up a big win after blowing out University of the Philippines, 78-59, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws streaked to its third straight win for a 4-2 record to move up to solo third while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fourth with a  3-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City With that in mind, the Tamaraws held the Fighting Maroons to just four triples and 31 percent shooting (23-of-73) from the field.Ron Dennison, who hounded Paul Desiderio throughout the game, led FEU with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds.Richard Escoto added 12 points to the Tamaraws’ cause while Prince Orizu had eight points 14 rebounds, and two blocks.Ibrahim Ouattara paced UP with 17 points, 13 boards, and two blocks while rookie Juan Gomez De Liaño added 16 points.After finishing with a career-high 30 points against the Green Archers, Desiderio struggled, converting four of his 12 field goal attempts for nine points.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:43UAAP Season 80 Preview: FEU Tamaraws01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After UP staged a quick 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 10, 58-48, the Tamaraws pulled all the stops and unleashed a brutal 16-0 counter with Jasper Parker capping it off with a corner triple for a 74-48 lead with 2:50 left.FEU head coach Olsen Racela said the offense wasn’t the first thing they thought of to repel UP’s scoring splurge, but a well-executed defensive plan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always tell them that when a team makes a run, we should focus on stops and normally when a team goes on a run they want to score immediately,” said Racela. “So we focused on stops, and it’s a good thing they responded.”FEU was aware of its opponent’s hot shooting, something the Fighting Maroons displayed in a stunning victory over defending champion La Salle in a game where they put up 16 three-pointers. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

22 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re working on goalscoring

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re working on goalscoringby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he works on every aspect of football in his training sessions.Solskjaer is under pressure to keep his job after a poor start to the season, which sees United lay in tenth on the Premier League table with nine points from seven games.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League, Solskjaer said: “We work on the whole game.”Defending, attacking, scoring goals. You see these players in training and you see the quality. You hope it’s going to be one of these feel-good nights.”It creates a lot of confidence when you score. It’s your job to criticise or praise. It’s our job to just always focus on the next one and scoring goals is the most difficult part in the game of football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more