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

On speaking, thinking, and the future of democracy

first_imgDear Editor:Kudos to Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, two social media bigwigs who just blew the whistle on how their industry is destroying society. They ought to be short-listed for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.So, as it turns out, it really is both unhealthy and bizarre that a large percentage of our population now drifts through the day in a computerized trance, like electronic sheep tethered to their devices—counting dopamine-inducing “likes” for a cheap high (a new kind of drug-addict)—while ignoring the awe, wonder, and beauty of actual life; which includes conversations with, um, actual people….remember them?Having taught English at both the high school and college levels since 1997, I’ve had a front row seat for the great “erosion of conversation” in America. If I had a dollar for every student I reminded to turn off their Smartphone in class, to better engage in the joy of real conversation, I’d be a rich man today, worth more than my measly teacher salary ever paid me.Not only do poor conversational skills lead to an increase in personal boredom, social isolation, and a sense of alienation or atomization that destroys community (David Brooks has been excellent on this lately), it also paves the way for tyranny. Makes sense, right? If citizens can’t discuss political problems in a calm and rational manner, and without demonizing the other as “Trumpian” or “Liberal,” how can we explore solutions to these problems?Also crucial is the fascinating link between conversation and thinking. Socrates was onto this with his “dialogic method,” but the modern field of cognitive psychology went even further. Created by scholars like Frank Smith (a fierce critic of our testing-obsessed education system) and Jerome Bruner, who discovered that human beings think best in terms of stories, the work of cognitive psychologists needs to be paid more attention to.First, though, we need to shift education away from its current, shallow marketing orientation—of producing better technocrats for the global economy—to one that nurtures more humane, thoughtful, peace-loving citizens. As a first step in this direction, the link between education and democracy (which nobody talks about these days but which seemed obvious to Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey) ought to be known more broadly by the general public.To help this process along, my wife and I created a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that cares less about pundits and celebrities than artists and thinkers whose ideas could change the world. This year we featured the anti-nuclear activist Alice Slater, who seeks to abolish all nuclear weapons, and Nel Noddings, a philosopher known for her pioneering “theory of care” in education.It might also be time to gather together, in cafes and bookstores and civic spaces, and even in our homes—shutting off our smart (dumb?) phones—to practice the sacred, ancient, democracy-saving art of conversation. Reactions to this letter are welcome at [email protected] John Bredinlast_img read more

How the Maduro Regime Hurts Venezuelan Women

first_imgBy U.S. Department of State / ShareAmerica October 11, 2019 The regime has targeted women engaged in political activism with threats and exclusion from social programs, according to a July 5 United Nations (U.N.) human rights report. Women and girls held in detention by the regime have been subjected to torture and sexual violence.The dire health situation in Venezuela, including medicine shortages and electricity blackouts, is driving thousands of pregnant Venezuelans to go abroad to give birth. According to news reports, 25,000 Venezuelan babies have been born in Colombia since 2015.Migration is dangerous and difficult, and it puts unborn children at risk of being born pre-term or with a low birth weight. For expectant mothers and their unborn children who remain in Venezuela, however, the odds of dying are even higher. According to statistics from the Venezuelan government and cited by the U.N. Refugee Agency, maternal mortality in Venezuela increased 65 percent from 2015 to 2016. In that same period, child mortality in the six days after birth rose 53 percent.Once their babies are born, Venezuelan mothers struggle to secure medical care, infant formula, and diapers.Venezuela’s economic and security conditions also expose women and girls to sexual violence, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation both at home and in other countries. Human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Venezuela, as well as Venezuelan victims abroad, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons report. Venezuelan refugees and other displaced persons are forced to navigate health care, education, and other public services as they struggle to care for their families.In response, the U.S. has provided more than $376 million in funding for the Venezuelan regional crisis response, including nearly $334 million in humanitarian aid and $43 million in economic and development assistance since the start of fiscal year 2017.last_img read more

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

Wellington ends season with 19-0 loss to Ulysses; finishes year at 5-4

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Jennifer Hines · 301 weeks ago You have Aaron Hines instead of Jaden Hines. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Harlan Bissell · 301 weeks ago I would like to give RESPECT to the Crusaders. You played a very tough game and held 1 of the premier running backs in the state to under 100 yards. Especially with 8 of your starters out with injuries. From those of us Alums that have strapped up that football helmet for the crusaders you made us all very proud. Great season with all of the odds stacked against you. Congrats and be proud of what you did this year. Thank you for bringing pride to our hometown. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the fourth year in a row, Wellington will be on the outside looking in of the Class 4A playoffs after losing to Ulysses 19-0 Friday night on cold windy night in western Kansas.In a gutsy effort by a depleted Wellington roster, the Crusaders saw their playoff hopes fade away in the fourth quarter when Ulysses pieced together two touchdown drives.The Crusaders, who sniffed the end zone all night but could not get in, would effectively end their season on a screen pass that fell short inside the 20 with a little more than two minutes to play.If defense can’t win you a championship, it can bring you at least respectability. Ian Rudzik, who is getting offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and others, was held below 100 yards by the stingy Crusader defense. “Considering with the group we stated tonight, I couldn’t have been prouder,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “We kept the No. 1 rusher bottled up all night… They showed us so much effort especially with two defensive starters out.”On the other side of the ball, the end zone teased Wellington’s offense all night. The Crusaders would effectively start drives with impressive yardage only for them to peter out when they drove deep.Against Mulvane, one could argue Wellington missed Austin Dunn most. Tonight, it most certainly missed Colin Reichenberger.While Wellington may have lost this game, two dropped passes were guaranteed touchdowns. A 19-14 loss would have put the Crusaders in the playoffs, who had to keep the score within 11 points based on the tiebreaker situation. Instead the 19-point loss puts Mulvane in the playoffs. The Mulvane curse continues.The Ulysses game started with each team trading punts. But on Ulysses third possession, the Tigers started inside the 5 yard line and then took a long journey to the other side of the field.Ulysses may not be the most talented offense Wellington saw this year, but they managed the clock better than anyone. And a 95 yard drive was capped with a Rudzik 5 yard touchdown at the 1:33 mark of the first quarter.Wellington missed a great opportunity on the next drive to score a touchdown when the Dukes cruised into enemy territory and a halfback Connor Phelps pass to a wide open Remington Gilkey was dropped.The Crusader drive stalled inside the 30 in what would turn into a trend Wellington could not shake the rest of the evening.Ulysses had its chances too. Late in the second quarter, it appeared the Tigers had scored on a 15-yard tight end pass up the middle. But he fumbled the ball as he reached the end zone. And Wellington got a touchback. The Tigers led 7-0 at the half.The third quarter continued to be frustrating. Wellington opened the half driving the ball from its own 35 to the 15 only to turn the ball over on downs.And then Ulysses would start an 85-yard march that used up nearly 10 minutes of the clock. Rudzik would seal the deal with a 1-yard run, the second of his three touchdowns.The Crusaders were in trouble down 13-0. Remember it needed to lose by 11 points or less.But the turnover monster reared his ugly head on the next drive after Jaden Hines made an impressive 9-yard run at midfield, he fumbled.Ulysses then would score three minutes later to make it 19-0 and win the game.It ended a season that started auspiciously with Wellington winning its first four games. But the Crusaders would falter to 1-4 down the stretch. In the three district games, Wellington for the fourth year in a row would win the opening game, only to see two losses to end the season.But this year, Wellington was inflicted with a severe case of the injury bug more so than in the past 20 or so years. Ryan said Wellington lost eight starters from game one, which is huge for any team.And despite an influx of younger and seniors players stepping off the bench to do a magnificent job, in the end it was probably too difficult of job to overcome.The Crusaders finish the year 5-4 and will lose 19 seniors – including most of its backfield and much of its line. The Crusader coaches have plenty of work to do in the offseason.This picture of this year’s seniors were taken in late August when everyone was healthy. Ulysses 19 Wellington 0Wellington-  0   0   0   0— 0Ulysses – 7   0   0   12 — 19U- Rudzik 5 run (PAT kick).U- Rudzik 1 run (PAT kick no good).U- Rudzik 22 run (PAT run on good).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Toilet is heard flushing during Supreme Court oral argument conference call

first_imgTroubles with teleconferences.During the Supreme Court’s oral arguments held over the phone on Wednesday a sound of a toilet flush can be heard while attorney Roman Martinez was speaking about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.As heard in audio of the incident, Martinez, ignored the sound and continued with his arguments.It is not known who forgot to hit the “mute” button while listening to Martinez speak.Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, responded to the flush via Twitter: Since the coronavirus pandemic caused many to began working remotely I’m sure these technical difficulties have happened to just about anyone.last_img

Art as a Mirror and Outlet—August: Osage County at Harlequin Productions

first_imgFacebook452Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsIn 2008, I had the incredible privilege of seeing the award-winning play August: Osage County at the National Theatre in London. We watched as, onstage, three generations of an American family struggled through the resentment and secrets they had pent up for years. The next day, we would be flying home to our own American families after three months of studying theater and literature abroad. Most of us were twenty-year-old kids, having just spent the longest time away from our parents ever. We missed our families and were ready to go home for the holidays, but we each privately wondered what our homes had in store for us after so much time and distance. Would our relationships be different? Would we fight with our parents? Would our siblings think we’d changed? Would we be happy to be home?August: Osage County opens August 24 at the State Theater. Photo courtesy: Harelquin ProductionsSure, all these thoughts had been swirling somewhere in the back of our minds, but Tracy Letts’ incredible writing in August: Osage County had a way of pulling the emotions of our family relationships to the surface. Further driving the point home, we had been studying T.S. Eliot all semester, and the references to Eliot’s poetry in the play gave the final stitch, sewing together our studies and our personal lives.“This is a classic example of art mirroring life,” says Aaron Lamb, who is directing the local production of August: Osage County with Harlequin Productions. “The family relationships, the problems and interactions, while specific in the play, are so recognizable to any great American family.”And isn’t this part of the point of any piece of art? To show us a new way of looking at ourselves and our world? To laugh, to cry, to give an outlet to our emotions? My theory is that these are the reasons this particular play became so popular so quickly and even won a Pulitzer Prize. Indeed, this is a very well-known play in the theater community, and Harlequin Productions has wanted to put it on for many years.The production boosts a large cast and set, making it a big undertaking for Harlequin Productions. Photo courtesy: Harelquin Productions“The difficulty is the size – the cast is large, the set is large, it’s long, it’s a lot to rehearse, so it’s a big undertaking,” explains Lamb, “but we’ve finally nailed it down.”Not to say that it has been an easy path since beginning preparations. It has certainly taken its toll on its director’s energy level, but he is very proud of the work of the entire cast and crew, saying:“We have a very skilled cast. Every member is of a very high caliber.” One name you may recognize is Ellen McLain, who is known for voicing GLaDOS in the video game Portal and will be playing the devious Weston matriarch Violet. Well-known Seattle actress Angela DiMarco will be playing one of Violet’s daughters, Karen Weston. They are also joined by beloved Harlequin regulars Jason Haws, Ann Flannigan and Russ Holm, plus Doug Fahl, John Forbes, Dana Goodknight, Bill Johns, Janette Oswald, Mackenzie Platt, Brian Pucheu, and Jenny Vaughn Hall.“Directing this show is similar to an opera, because it’s huge. With thirteen people, a set with seven rooms and three levels, it’s a lot to orchestrate. And textually, the script is almost like music, so it’s a way of shaping and phrasing text and spoken word in a similar way to phrasing a piece of music.”The title of the play gives us the setting. It is a hot summer in Osage County, Oklahoma when the Weston family is reunited over the disappearance of their patriarch, the esteemed poet Beverly Weston. You may recognize the plot and title from the 2013 Hollywood production starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. While I’ve heard mixed reviews from the common cinema-goer, the film itself was nominated for multiple awards including Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Screen Actors Guild awards.The play was made into a film starring Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in 2013. Photo courtesy: Harelquin ProductionsLamb’s comment on the film? “If you’ve seen the movie and didn’t like it, maybe that’s because it can’t really speak to you in the same way as it was intended to on the page, so give it a shot here [at Harlequin]. If you’ve seen the movie and did like it, you’ll probably like this better because this was its intended medium.”How will this production be different from the movie and other interpretations of the play?“My philosophy in approaching this piece as a director is to tell this story without trying to add to it. I’m staying really close to the page. It’s a piece that speaks for itself, and I need to honor that and not try to overpower it with my ideas,” explains Lamb.And I can personally attest to the fact that this text will speak for itself. If you let it, this play will be an incredible emotional experience for you. Come to the theater and find out what I mean.August: Osage County opens on August 24, 2017, at the State Theater in downtown Olympia, and runs through September 16. Get your tickets at the Harlequin Productions website or call the box office at 360-786-0151.last_img read more