Limerick politicians caught up in marriage equality campaign row

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Emailcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Niall Collins TDFIANNA Fáil has been condemned for its “complete absence” from the Yes campaign for Marriage Equality in Limerick.Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan has criticised the party for its low profile in the run up to this Friday’s referendum. The City North representative cited the lack of even one single poster anywhere in the city or surrounding suburbs as evidence Fianna Fáil has absented itself entirely from the campaign.“What makes this absence truly bizarre is that the Fianna Fáil party director of the campaign is none other than Niall Collins. As of Monday morning Niall and his team haven’t managed to put one poster up, knock on one door or even deliver one leaflet anywhere in the city,” claimed Cllr Quinlivan.“The county also appears to have zero presence from Fianna Fáil, while local councillors and TD Willie O’Dea have been nowhere to be seen on the campaign trail. It makes a mockery of this party’s claims to be a Republican party,” he added.The Sinn Fein representative deemed Fianna Fáil’s absence from the marriage equality referendum as a “serious issue”.“Many of us believe this vote could be a lot tighter than opinion polls suggest. Fianna Fáil’s decision not to turn out for the Yes campaign could be crucial,” said Quinlivan.In response, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick, Niall Collins commented, “Cllr Quinlivan is engaging in petty politics as usual. It’s well noted by people that we never hear from Cllr Quinlivan when the issues of Sinn Fein/IRA cover up of child abuse and kangaroo courts are being discussed.”Meanwhile, Willie O’Dea told the Limerick Post that he finds it “nauseating” to hear Sinn Fein “preaching about equality”.“I have met a lot of people in the course of the referendum campaign and the vast majority said they want to make up their own minds and not be told what to do by a politician. This is a hell of a lot more than Sinn Fein have done which seems to consist of throwing up a few posters which are more focussed on advertising themselves than the referendum,” said Deputy O’Dea.“It’s nauseating to hear Sinn Fein preaching about equality. How about equality of treatment for those who covered up child abuse in the Catholic church and those Sinn Fein/IRA members who flagrantly covered up child abuse within their own ranks. We didn’t hear a peep from Mr Quinlivan in relation to the harrowing stories of Maria Cahill and other abuse victims.” TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanFianna Fáillimerickmarriage equality referendumNiall Collins TDSinn FeinWillie O’Dea TD Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleIf you find us don’t revive us – con woman’s last standNext articleCouncil to review derelict Dock Road sites Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsLimerick politicians caught up in marriage equality campaign rowBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 853 Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

10-man Arsenal demolish Aston Villa

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Late goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Calum Chambers late strike helped 10-man Arsenal come from behind to beat Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.Villa took the lead on 20 minutes through Scotland midfielder John McGinn, with Brazilian striker Wesley putting them back in the lead barely two minutes after Nicolas Pepe had drawn Arsenal level from the penalty spot.However, Arsenal, who had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off just before the break after he picked up two yellows, drew level again through Chambers’ strike and then took the lead thanks to Aubameyang’s sensational late free-kick.Arsenal had made one change from the side that capitulated against Watford last weekend, young star Bukayo Saka rewarded for his exploits in the Europa League with a start ahead of Mesut Ozil.Saka create a chance for Maitland-Niles early on, but the defender skewed it wide and Villa would then threaten through both McGinn and Egyptian winger Trezeguet before the former Hibernian midfielder opened the scoring.Anwar El Ghazi put in some good work from the left and no one picked up McGinn from his cross, allowing the Scotland international to fire the ball past Bernd Leno.Arsenal continued to dominate possession in the opening 45 minutes but it was Villa who had the better chances, with Wesley seeing his shot saved and defender Tyrone Mings heading wide from a corner.The Gunners were reduced to 10 men on 41 minutes as Maitland-Niles, who had been booked on 11 minutes, picked up his second yellow after a poor challenge on Neil Taylor.Arsenal surprisingly took off Saka, who had been their best player in the first half, for Calum Chambers, and they eventually found a way back into the game on 58 minutes, when Bjorn Engels brought Matteo Guendouzi down in the area.Ivorian winger Pepe dutifully converted the spot-kick but Villa were back ahead just two minutes later, Wesley firing home from six yards after Jack Grealish had demonstrated some excellent footwork to beat three men before squaring it to the Brazilian.Arsenal brought on Joe Willock and Lucas Torreira as they chased the game but they only had wide efforts from David Luiz and Pepe to show for their efforts before Chambers drew them level from a corner on 81 minutes.Guendouzi’s corner found the former Southampton defender at the back post and after beating one challenge, he fired home to level things up once again.That goal spurred on the home side and their continued pressure was rewarded on 84 minutes when Belgian defender Engels brought down Aubameyang on the edge of the area and the Gabonese forward completed the comeback with a stunning strike that left Tom Heaton stranded.Tags: ArsenalAston VillaJohn McGinnlast_img read more

Celebrities play hilarious game of dodgeball with James Corden

first_imgMORE: ESPN calls LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim ‘completely inappropriate'”When they go low, we go low,” said Obama to Team USA. “Because that’s dodgeball!” Some of the best lines from the game’s commentator:— Cumberbatch looks guilty about that one, he’s probably expecting a visit from the secret service later— Harry Styles gone solo all over again James Corden put together an epic game of celebrity Dodgeball — USA vs. UK style. The host of The Late Late Show enlisted the help of Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Waithe and Allison Janney, to take on himself, Reggie Watts, Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Bradley. — John Bradley celebrating like he just killed the Night KingIt was a close match, but Team USA pulled off the thrilling 2-1 win.last_img read more

Take Your Flu Pill: Vitamin D

first_imgVitamin D may be a multi-purpose germ fighter.  An article by Janet Roloff in Science News1 gathered evidence from several research labs that strongly suggests this molecule triggers the formation of one of the body’s effective antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agents: cathelicidin.  In its activated form, vitamin D binds to a short section of DNA called a “response element” that strongly increases activity of the cathelicidin gene.    Since vitamin D is produced in the skin with moderate exposure to UV rays in sunlight, a healthy body outdoors appears to have a built-in response system.  Mona Stahle (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) was studying vitamin D response in the skin when she heard about cathelicidin production by vitamin D.  She remarked, “It just came to me—an intuitive thought—that maybe the sun, through vitamin D production, might help regulate the skin’s antimicrobial response.”    By describing a convergence of independent research avenues, Loloff showed the linkage between this vitamin and the immune system via genetics.  Healthy vitamin-triggered cathelicidin pathways appear to be beneficial for the prevention of rickets, tuberculosis, and even the common flu.  Her story ends confirming an anecdotal observation in the first paragraph: prisoners treated for vitamin D deficiency in one facility developed almost no flu symptoms, while those in others had infection rates as high as 10%.1Janet Roloff, “The Antibiotic Vitamin,” Science News, Week of Nov. 11, 2006; Vol. 170, No. 20, p. 312.Loloff’s article reads like a detective story.  Several teams working independently put together pieces that appear to relate vitamin D to cathelicidin production, and that to disease prevention.  Cause-effect relationships in health are tricky to establish, but this one seems to make sense.  Of course, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.  Vitamin D overdose can be toxic – to say nothing of sunburn.    This article is another example of healthy science with no need for evolutionary theory.  The E word was absent in the article and would have been superfluous.  The observations support design: an integrated system of inputs and outputs, checks and balances, and parts that fit together.  It looks like another example of irreducible complexity.  Notice especially how the chemical response of vitamin D is finely tuned to the energy of UV rays, emitted by the sun, that are able to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere, which screens most UV radiation.  Not only that, but the molecules are positioned in skin to the depth where the radiation reaches.  In short, the whole system is tuned, from the molecular reaction, to the gene network, to the tissue structure of skin, to the whole body, to the environment on Earth’s surface, to the planetary atmosphere, to the type of star.    Science should seek to understand how things work for the end goal of improving health, safety and societal welfare.  The findings from these studies could directly benefit third-world countries with multitudes of poor people afflicted with unnecessary diseases.  A little applied knowledge discovered through scientific (e.g., systematic) investigation of nature’s designs could pay a big dividend in health and comfort for millions of people.  Shouldn’t that be the goal of science?    For your Thanksgiving meal, consider adding some good sources of vitamin D.  You don’t have to substitute cod liver oil for turkey, but a balanced diet should take this essential nutrient into account.  And instead of watching the football game inside this year, how about getting into a good game yourself in the healthful outdoor sunshine?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SaaS to Further Erode US IT?

first_imgInfoWorld‘s Immodest Predictions for 2007 are headlined in their December 18th issue.  They include:Sun Microsystems will bounce back with great technology and Open Source offeringsCPU performance (64-bit and denser multi-cores) will trump “green” and low-wattCisco will continue to push security and will make security company acquisitionsOpen Source Java won’t play out to be very much different that the Java we know now Offshore SaaS providers will seriously challenge US incumbants like Salesforce.comThe last prediction about SaaS was made by Ephraim Schwartz and it may well have some truth in it.  He predicts that in early 2007 an offshore clone, maybe from India, Russia, Botswana or someplace will come along that is cheaper and will be functionally superior to what Salesforce has to offer. Schwartz goes on to say, that based on Gartner’s prediction that by 2008 70 percent of SaaS offerings will target business units and line managers, SaaS also is creating a trend where business units will bypass traditional IT organizations.Global SaaS is definitely alive and well.  In a recent Springboard study, analysts found that global growth of SaaS was robust, and in particular, identified India as the hub of SaaS activity in Asia.  The study shows that in Asia SaaS adoption is being driven by primarily by cost.  Winners in that environment are sure to be cost-efficient.Does that mean that US-based SaaS players should be worried?  A dose of Andy Grove paranoia is probably healthy.  SaaS, by its nature, further lowers the barrier to entry, so it is likely that SaaS will take up roots world-wide, enabling ever more intense global competition.But will Schwartz’s prediction be valid for 2007?  He has singled out Salesforce as the target, but it may be more likely that global SaaS offerings would be more successful first in other niche areas.  Hosted CRM is already crowded and populated with many Open Source offerings, like SugarCRM or Centric CRM, and Open Source eliminates many of the advantages of offshore development.Further, Salesforce has the advantage of incumbancy and the fact that US companies prefer local support.  Salesforce’s AppExchange initiative which draws together a community of ISV and partners into what is being called an ecosystem will be something that will be hard for new players to replicate, offshore or onshore.  At least in 2007.last_img read more

Fennell defends Hooper, says CGF never asked for 24-hour CWG lane

first_imgEven as the chaotic countdown to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has given way to a blame game, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Mike Fennell has come to the defence of its CEO Mike Hooper. Fennell hit out at the reports in Indian media on Monday over what Hooper had described a “vicious and totally unwarranted attack”. Hooper came under fire for “lashing out” at Delhi’s huge population. Hooper also raised eyebrows when he denied that the CGF was partly to blame for the controversial countdown to the CWG saying the fault lies with India. Hooper’s interview to a New Zealand TV channel that he was neither a construction engineer nor a builder had caused sharp reaction in the Indian media. However, coming to Hooper’s defence, Fennell said the CEO had made no such comment at the meeting. He said he spent the entire morning and early afternoon in meetings with Hooper during which he allegedly made certain comments. Fennell said he can personally attest that at no time did Hooper make any reference at all to the people of India, let alone disparaging ones. He also insisted that neither he nor the CGF has ever demanded a 24-hour dedicated Games lane.last_img read more

Sterling & De Bruyne see Man City past Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City 0 Manchester City 2: De Bruyne and Sterling down Bluebirds amid Sane fears Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:56 1/29/18 RaheemSterling - cropped Getty Images Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City outclass Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup but could be left counting an injury cost. Manchester City booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City but left the Welsh capital with fears over the fitness of winger Leroy Sane.A clever eighth minute free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling’s 19th goal of the season were due rewards for first-half dominance and came either side of a scintillating Bernardo Silva strike that was controversially ruled out for offside.Sane was trying to add to the Championship side’s misery before the break, embarking upon a storming counter-attacking run that was halted when an ugly, lunging challenge from Joe Bennett took away his left ankle. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He made way for Sergio Aguero to play his part in a second half gripped by a feeling of formality but attention will now turn to how much damage Sane has suffered as the Premier League leaders prepare for a pivotal phase of their battle for honours on all fronts this season.With an eye towards Germany’s World Cup commitments, the world champions illuminated proceedings by addressing Cardiff over the treatment meted out to Sane and countryman Ilkay Gundogan.They and Guardiola will hope the cautionary words did not arrive too late, while Bennett belatedly earned his red card with a second caution for hacking down teenage substitute Brahim Diaz. Hey, @CardiffCityFC. Just letting you know, we have a really important tournament in the summer. Please don’t hurt our players. Thanks, #DieMannschaft  #inSane— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) January 28, 2018Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Ethridge stood firm to repel Gundogan effort in the sixth minute before the midfielder required treatment when Joe Ralls clattered into him on the edge of the box in pursuit of the rebound.The challenge proved particularly ill-advised as De Bruyne cleverly slotted the resulting free-kick beneath the leaping Cardiff wall and into the net.Not for the first time in Manchester City colours, Claudio Bravo produced some unsound handling to almost let a speculative Junior Hoillet effort in for an equaliser.The visitors thought they were 2-0 up in the 25th minute when Silva thundered into the top corner, although Leroy Sane was ruled to be in an offside position – replays suggested he was level – and obscuring the view of Ethridge, who was rendered relatively helpless by the velocity of the strike.The decision went down badly with Guardiola, who remained visibly dissatisfied on the sidelines when referee Lee Mason unsuccessfully told him to calm down.Silva was at the heart of things once more when it came to improving his manager’s mood in the 38th minute, with a sweetly struck left-wing cross dispatched beyond Ethridge despite Sterling’s header not being one from the textbook. This man— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 28, 2018Aguero’s introduction in place of the stricken Sane did not stop Manchester City’s attack from functioning smoothly, with a magnificent tackle by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison required to deny Sterling the seeming formality of a third after the England winger rounded Ethridge.Kenneth Zohore snatched at a rare opening for the hosts, firing over the near post after Paterson got the better of Vincent Kompany with a flick on.Guardiola’s men had dropped their intensity to dangerously low levels and Cardiff sensed a route back into the contest, with substitute Anthony Pilkington almost making an immediate impact from Morrison’s set-piece knockdown before Hoilett’s sweetly struck 25-yarder rippled the top of the netting.Manchester City rode out some discomfort before the excellent Silva and Danilo almost added gloss to the scoreline, meaning Guardiola will have at least a few more weeks to be irritated by quadruple talk. Bennett, on the other hand, might wish to undertake some quiet reflection. Key Opta facts:- Following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener, Manchester City now have five players to have scored at least 10 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other English league side (Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne).- Of his 10 goals this season, De Bruyne has now scored six from outside the box, at least two more than any other Premier League player.- Cardiff City have progressed just once from their last 11 FA Cup ties against sides from a higher division, last beating then Premier League side Middlesbrough, back in 2008.- As a manager, Pep Guardiola has lost just once in 22 meetings with sides from a lower division (W19 D2), with that sole defeat coming in a Copa Del Rey match against Real Betis back in January 2011.- Sterling’s goal was his first headed effort in any club competition since Boxing Day 2015, in a Premier League game against Sunderland. read morelast_img read more

Football Barrett Price confident in new look offense and Kevin Wilson hire

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks for room to run against Clemson during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The Buckeyes lost 31-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe departure of both Ed Warriner and Tim Beck did not come as a surprise to most Ohio State football fans, after two lackadaisical seasons in a row and the goose egg laid by the Buckeyes against eventual national champion Clemson. The addition of Kevin Wilson as the new mastermind behind the offense for the Scarlet and Gray has been received warmly by most fans, but it has the players even more excited. On Sunday, members of the OSU football team were honored at the first media timeout of the Buckeyes men’s basketball game for their achievements in 2016. J.T. Barrett was honored for being named the best Big Ten player by the Chicago Tribune with the Silver Football Award.Last season Barrett, who will be returning for his redshirt senior season after choosing not to enter the NFL Draft, had a roller coaster type season. From starting the year as a potential Heisman trophy candidate, to finishing it with a raw quarterback rating of 36.1 against Michigan and 12.7 against Clemson, Barrett has had better years.Now, with Kevin Wilson at the helm, Barrett could very well return to the form he was in during his redshirt freshman season when he produced 45 total touchdowns. Wilson, known for a up-tempo offense and an air-it-out approach to the passing game, has been viewed as a welcome change in the eyes of Barrett.“Just something new,” Barrett said. “I think sometimes we get set in our ways, but change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad. I think it was needed.”Wilson has coached some notable quarterbacks who have finished their college careers with trophy cases full of accreditation. Sam Bradford and Landry Jones are the most notable, but all of his signal callers have a tendency to rack up plenty of yards. Bradford threw for 50 touchdowns during his only season under Wilson’s direction, and the chance to see Barrett under a quarterback’s mastermind has many OSU fans itching to see what the new-look offense will do during the Spring Game. Although his return to Columbus for his final season seemed a lock immediately following the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett said the hiring of Wilson was a big factor in his decision.“Just trying to make sure, that if I was going to come back that, it was something I was going to do that was best for me in order for me to help and grow as a quarterback,” Barrett said. “That was part of it.”Wilson had high praise for Barrett after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 38-17.“In my opinion, from afar, I think that’s the best quarterback in college football,” Wilson said after the game. “Some of these guys have some stats, I’m not saying it because he’s in our league — I’m not a homer. When you watch that kid play, that kid and his unselfishness … he went through a lot. He was a premier player in the country two years ago when he got injured.”Billy Price, who is following in the footsteps of Pat Elflein and returning for his redshirt senior season and moving to center, will now be under his third offensive coaching staff since arriving on campus. Although, as a whole, OSU’s offensive line performed well, there were more than a few times where the unit looked confused, or like they were blocking the wrong schemes.Price admitted after the Fiesta Bowl loss he and the rest of the team understood what went wrong, but did not delve deeper into the subject. He, like Barrett, is welcoming the change Wilson is bringing.“The offensive philosophy is going to be different,” he said. “There’s things that are going to be a lot different than they were, and it’s a positive change. We’re just looking forward to once spring ball comes and we get to see those changes, and see what we’re actually going to be working with.”OSU kicks off the 2017 season with the Spring Game on April 15 at Ohio Stadium. read more