Twitter Cllr Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County welcomes space travel icon to Limerick, former NASA astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden.Picture: Keith WisemanONE of only 24 astronauts to fly to the Moon visited the offices of Limerick City and County Council this week during his two-day trip to the Mid West.Former astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden was welcomed to Merchants Quay by Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan. Mr Worden’s visit to Limerick also saw him host a lecture at LIT and attend a dinner in The Pavilion Restaurant at the University of Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Worden is one of five men and the only one still living who flew further from Earth than any others when their Apollo 15 command module travelled to the far side of the Moon in 1971. The Michigan native, now 82, was the Command Module pilot for the lunar mission, which also saw him perform the first deep-space EVA during Apollo 15’s homeward journey.In 2011, Worden’s memoir ‘Falling To Earth’ made the LA Times Bestseller list.Welcoming Mr Worden to Limerick, Cllr Sheahan said: “Al’s story is unique and his memories of his pioneering Apollo 15 mission remain as clear today as they did some 43 years ago. His visit to LIT and UL will no doubt inspire science students and those looking to fulfil their career goals, no matter how lofty they may be.”Cllr Sheahan also acknowledged Paul Ryan, a Ballybricken native and space enthusiast who invited Mr. Worden to visit Limerick. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsA spaceman comes travelling to LimerickBy Alan Jacques – September 19, 2014 817 WhatsApp Email Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleRobin Williams’ tribute film Mrs Doubtfire supporting ADAPT servicesNext articleCompany undertakes to remove waste within 3 weeks. Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print TAGSAl WordenCllr Kevin SheahanlimerickLimerick City and County Council Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live
Cameroonian-born French boxer Carlos Takam says he wants a rematch with International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.Takam, 36, was defeated Joshua via technical knockout in round 10 of their world heavyweight title fight in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night.The knockout was Joshuaâ€™s 20th in his 20th professional boxing career, and means he still remains unbeaten.Takam has now lost four of his 40 professional fights, winning 35.Reacting to his loss, Takam who replaced the injured Kubrev Pulev, expressed sadness that the referee decided to stop the fight in the tenth round.â€œNo, I donâ€™t think so,â€ Takam reacts when asked if the refereeâ€™s decision to stop the match in the 10th when Joshua swung a flurry of punches on him was fair to him.â€œI donâ€™t know why the referee stopped the match. I respect the champion and the UK fans, they are great fans and I am happy to box here. I donâ€™t know why they stopped it.â€œI want a rematch, I make my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want a rematch, I want to box him again, I want him, he is a great champion.â€Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Division prediction: Astros win (again)Houston has been red hot the past couple seasons and there’s no reason the Astros shouldn’t come away with the division again. The last time this team three-peated was 1997-99.Despite the fact this team lost three of five pitchers from its starting rotation from a year ago, Houston returns All-Star caliber players and a couple of Cy Young candidates in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. If the heart of the team’s lineup is at full health to match the power of its bullpen, the Astros will be in a good position to once again run away with the title. MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL Central For an extended look at how things can shake out, here is your 2019 preview for the AL West.Storyline to watch: Will the A’s find their leader in Matt Chapman?The third baseman could be his team’s saving grace as it looks to build off a very good season last year. In fact, Chapman could be a name in the AL MVP race if he backs up what he did in 2018. Related News MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL East Chapman, who is only in his third season with the A’s, is already a staple in the team’s defense but more impressively, it was his offense that turned heads. He more than doubled his runs (100) and hits (152) from his rookie campaign in 2017 (that saw just 39 runs on 68 hits) and finished 2018 with a .278/.356/.508 slash line to lead the team. But, that’s not all, manager Bob Melvin said: “the scary part is that there’s a lot of room for growth.”It’s been a while since Oakland has had back-to-back winning seasons — the last time the A’s put it together was 2012-14 — but if Chapman can get going early into the season, he could be just what this team needs to do it again. MVP candidate: Mike Trout, AngelsThey don’t give out record-breaking deals to just anyone, right? Trout agreed to a shocking 12-year contract worth nearly $430 million and he is certainly worth it.The two-time AL MVP passed the 100-run mark for the fifth time in his career last season and if he can pull off another MVP-worthy year, he will be one of 11 players in history to have captured the award three times. Trout previously earned AL MVP honors in 2014 and 2016. The case could have been made for Trout to win the MVP award in multiple seasons but his team simply hasn’t won enough to justify giving him the award.Here is 3 minutes and 43 seconds of @MikeTrout being awesome. pic.twitter.com/k00PPGcB6V— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019He has been one of the best players in baseball but still has yet to win a playoff game. Will this be the year for both another MVP win and a playoff-series victory?Cy Young candidate: Yusei Kikuchi, MarinersThis one may be a bit out of left field, but, while Yusei Kikuchi doesn’t have the resume to prove it just yet, a breakout season could put his name in the Cy Young conversation. He faced his first MLB hitter in the Mariners’ second game in Japan and would be a good sleeper pick for the honors.Seattle already features rotation staples Marco Gonzales, Wade Leblanc and Mike Leake but Kikuchi is unlike anything batters have seen and could be the Mariners’ best pitcher when all is said and done. He can throw in the mid- to upper-90s from the left side and has earned comparisons to the likes of three-time National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.Yusei Kikuchi is filthy. #MLB開幕戦 pic.twitter.com/kfOtgVIFeq— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019Kikuchi debuted with three strikeouts to his name and could see similar success to countrymen like Hideo Nomo, Masahiro Tanaka and, of course, Shohei Ohtani.Prospect to watch: Jo Adell, AngelsHe’s not Mike Trout, but honestly, he could be the Angels’ second-best player if they decide to call him up this season.The 19-year-old outfielder made it all the way to Double-A last year, and if he proves he can handle the level over 50 games this season, he could see a call-up to Triple-A, or if Los Angeles is in the playoff race, he could see a more aggressive move and find his way to MLB.Gifted with plus power, great speed and an arm which was pumping 97-mph heat off the mound in high school, Adell’s tool set and arrival date are incredibly similar to Trout’s and he could be the man who gives the two-time MVP something to look forward to over the course of his 12-year deal. In 2018, the Astros dominated the American League West by stringing together a franchise-record 103 wins, the Athletics surprised nearly everyone with their best season in more than five years, the Mariners were in the playoff hunt while both the Angels and Rangers rounded out the division.This time around, expect Houston to win the division for the third consecutive time, a very rich Mike Trout to put his money where his bat is and emerging players to lead their respective team’s this season.