A spaceman comes travelling to Limerick

first_imgTwitter 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 center_img 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 last_img read more

Prosecutors appeal ruling that split trials in Floyd’s death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota have appealed a judge’s ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck last May even as he said he couldn’t breathe, would go on trial March 8. Cahill also ruled that the other three officers on the scene would be tried later. He said at the time that trying all four officers at the same time would make social distancing difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Prosecutors appealed to the state Court of Appeals Thursday.last_img

Bill ‘forces same-sex marriages on church’ – lawyer

first_imgStuff.co.nz 28 Aug 2012Church ministers with a moral objection to gay marriage would be criminalised by refusing to wed same-sex couples if a new bill becomes law, a legal opinion states. The view of Ian Bassett on Louisa Wall’s ”marriage equality” bill, commissioned by conservative lobby group Family First, was released today. It came as a petition against the bill signed by about 50,000 people was delivered to Parliament this afternoon. The bill is expected to pass its first reading when it is debated at Parliament tomorrow. Bassett’s opinion suggests church ministers, marriage celebrants and even wedding photographers who withheld their services to same-sex couples on the grounds of a moral objection to gay marriage would be breaking the law if Wall’s bill passed. It rejects the view of the Human Rights Commission, issued late last week, which said religious ministers would still be allowed to refuse to marry anyone – including same-sex couples – if Wall’s bill passed. The Human Rights Commission statement was ”legally incorrect,” Bassett said.“If a marriage celebrant is available to exercise his or her statutory role, he or she cannot refuse to do so by reason of any prohibited ground of discrimination (ie. such as sexual orientation),” his opinion stated. The practical effect of the bill, if enacted, would be that church ministers with moral objections to same sex marriage would likely “withdraw totally from the statutory role of marriage celebrant; withdraw totally from providing religious marriage ceremonies to the public; continue providing religious marriage ceremonies only to members of his or her own church”. Also as a result of the bill, a church could not refuse to rent out its premises to its members for a same-sex wedding on the grounds of their sexuality. Church ministers with moral objections to renting out church facilities for same sex marriage functions and who wanted to ”avoid the risk of being forced to do so,” would ”likely withdraw from making their church facilities available to any member of the public, including play-groups, senior citizen or other community groups”. ”The consequences for churches and communities would be significant,” Bassett’s opinion said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7563277/Bill-forces-same-sex-marriages-on-church-lawyerlast_img read more

Wilson hat-trick earns Cherries win

first_img Having played well in their opening two league games and having nothing to show for it, Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe kept faith in the team that lost at Liverpool and they were the better side here and fully deserved their 4-3 win. Darren Randolph replaced the suspended Adrian in goal for the hosts and much was made of the fact he had shipped 16 goals in his last three games against the Cherries. Callum Wilson scored a memorable hat-trick as Bournemouth picked up their first-ever Premier League victory in style at the expense of 10-man West Ham. But the fact he was named West Ham’s official man of the match speaks volumes for how badly the rest of his team-mates performed as Aaron Cresswell presented the visitors with their opening two goals and Carl Jenkinson became the fifth West Ham player to be sent off this season. Wilson struck twice in the first-half with the Hammers all over the place but an early charge after the interval saw Slaven Bilic’s side pull level through a Mark Noble penalty and a Cheikhou Kouyate goal. Any hopes of a remarkable turn around were ended when substitute Marc Pugh put Bournemouth back in front, with Wilson completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Jenkinson had been dismissed for pulling back Max Gradel. West Ham got one back through substitute Modibo Maiga but no late onslaught arrived and Bournemouth collected their first three points of the campaign. Winston Reid had the ball in the net after six minutes but the New Zealand defender saw his goal chalked off for an obvious push on Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick. But the visitors snaffled away their first chance of the game as Simon Francis caught Cresswell in possession before cutting back for Wilson to thrash home his first Premier League goal. A first-half drinks break did not help West Ham get a foothold in the game and failed to clear Cresswell’s mind as, under no pressure, last season’s player of the year inexplicably gifted possession to Wilson inside the Hammers’ penalty area and the 23-year-old coolly added his second. Gradel should have added the third goal in first-half stoppage time but saw his effort saved well by Randolph after Wilson had easily escaped the attention of early substitute James Tomkins to set him free. Matt Jarvis came on at half-time for ineffective skipper Kevin Nolan and it was the man who took the armband who got the Hammers back into the game as they turned up the heat after the interval. Noble was tripped inside the box by King after Payet’s initial free-kick had been punched into the air by Artur Boruc and he dusted himself off to convert the resulting penalty. West Ham were level seven minutes later as Diafra Sakho’s turn and shot was palmed out by Boruc, with Kouyate on hand to turn home the rebound and level the contest. Pugh showed that the visitors still had designs on taking all three points but his stinging drive was met by another smart stop from Randolph but the former Birmingham stopper could do nothing moments later as Pugh made up the ground to latch onto Gradel’s pass and dodge two challenges before curling home. Things went from bad to worse for the Hammers as Jenkinson was beaten to a long ball by Gradel and then pulled the tricky winger back inside the box, conceding a penalty and a red card as a result. Wilson stepped up to complete his hat-trick, with his penalty just evading the sprawling Randolph – but the points were still not sealed as Maiga reduced the arrears with a good solo effort. That proved to be the last goal of a breathless encounter as Bournemouth saw out six minutes of added time to seal an historic win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “BREAKING: West Ham in talks to sell Olympic stadium to Leyton Orient!” – Craig Burley makes light of West Ham’s struggle. https://twitter.com/CBurleyESPN/status/635102533585895424 PLAYER RATINGS West Ham – Darren Randolph: 7 (Out of 10) Carl Jenkinson: 3 Angelo Ogbonna: 5 Winston Reid: 5 Aaron Cresswell: 3 Pedro Obiang: 5 Mark Noble: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 5 Dimitri Payet: 5 Kevin Nolan: 5 Diafra Sakho: 6 Subs – James Tomkins: 5 Matt Jarvis: 5 Modibo Maiga: 7 Bournemouth – Artur Boruc: 6 Simon Francis: 8 Steve Cook: 7 Tommy Elphick: 7 Charlie Daniels: 7 Matt Ritchie: 6 Eunan O’Kane: 6 Andrew Surman: 6 Max Gradel: 8 Joshua King: 6 Callum Wilson: 9 Subs – Marc Pugh: 7 Dan Gosling: 6 Adam Smith: 5 STAR PLAYER Callum Wilson: Easy to pick the hat-trick hero as Bournemouth’s best player but he was run close. Gradel was also superb down the left for the visitors but, if they are to stay up, it will be the goals of Wilson that likely make the difference. Took his first two with aplomb and had the confidence to step up for what proved to be the match-winning penalty. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Callum Wilson: The Cherries’ top goalscorer from their promotion season showed he can cut the mustard in the Premier League as he thrashed home the game’s opening goal. Francis cut it back and the 23-year-old was on hand to score Bournemouth’s first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Two home matches and two home defeats for Bilic, the opening weekend victory over Arsenal must seem a long time ago. He also upset the fans by hauling off Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho as he looked to alter things. Howe sees his side pick up their first points having impressed in their first two games. MOAN OF THE MATCH In amongst seven goals, comical defending and entertaining football, West Ham picked up their fifth red card of the campaign as Jenkinson was given his marching orders for pulling back Gradel. Having been well-behaved enough to get into the Europa League, they have no chance of doing that this time – small solace for Bilic at least. WHO’S UP NEXT Liverpool v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday August 29) Hartlepool v Bournemouth (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) Press Associationlast_img read more

Corporate Guyana continues to support RHTYSC

first_imgROSE Hall Town Youth & Sports Club cricket teams received donation from M&M Investments, Harris Paints and Poonai Pharmacy.The outstanding work of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, and its eight cricket teams continue to attract the support of corporate Guyana.The club and its eight cricket teams are currently organising a hectic calendar of activities to mark the 175th anniversary celebration.As such, the management of M&M Snackette located at Peter’s Hall, East Bank, Demerara, handed over a cheque for $80 000 to club secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, while Harris Paints donated ten gallons of paint towards the decoration of the Township and restoration works at the Area ‘H’ Ground.Poonai Bhirooj of Poonai’s Pharmacy also contributed financially towards the construction of a mini arch for the 175th Anniversary.Foster, who is spearheading the historic celebration, praised the donors for coming on board with the cricket teams.He also disclosed that the cricket teams, the Club’s Over-35 group and the M&M Investment Group would be working together with NAMILCO to host a massive Fitness Walk and Diabetes Clinic on the August 31, at the Independence Avenue, Rose Hall Town.The Fitness Walk and Diabetes Clinic would form part of Ms Guyana World 2017 Vena Mookram’s personal platform for the Ms World Contest later in the year.The walk is expected to attract hundreds of Berbicians including Law Enforcement Officers, GUYSUCO Training Centre students, RHTYSC members and others.Meanwhile, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club has disclosed that its Patron His Excellency President David Granger has accepted the Invitation to be the Guest Speaker at the Grand Ceremony on the September 14.The President would also take the salute at the 175th Parade.last_img read more