NewsCommunityTransportLimerick RSA safety event to fix incorrectly fitted car seatsBy Staff Reporter – January 23, 2018 2196 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Advertisement The free service will help rectify incorrectly fitted seats FOUR out of five child car seats are incorrectly fitted in cars, recent research carried out by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has found.As part of their ‘Check it Fits’ Service, the RSA has checked 30,000 child seats nationwide and the roas safety group said that worryingly 79 per cent of seats required adjustment and three per cent were deemed not fit for purpose.To help address this problem, the RSA ‘Check it Fits’ service will be visiting Limerick SuperValu venues in Castletroy, Kilmallock and Castleconnell.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The free of charge 10 minute service will run from 10am to 5.30pm on January 29, 30 and 31.The service offers parents and guardians reassurance that their child is safe while travelling in the car. If your child’s car seat or restraint is incorrectly fitted, the ‘Check it Fits’ experts will advise on how to fix the problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have to avoid potential serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision.Top Tips for Parents:· It is now EU law that all children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion. The golden rule for choosing a child car seat is making sure it is suitable for your child’s weight, height and age and that it conforms to the latest EU safety regulations (look for the ‘E’ mark).· Do not use age exclusively as a guide while picking a car seat, as every child is different.· When buying a child car seat, make sure you go to a retailer who can show you how to fit it in your car. If the child car seat will be used in more than one car, make sure it’s compatible with additional cars as well.· Avoid using a second-hand child car seat or restraint unless you know its history. It may have been damaged in a previous collision, and although the damage may not be visible, it won’t provide the same level of protection for your child.· Don’t move your child from a rearward-facing child car seat to a forward-facing child car seat too soon. If you’re unsure, always consult with your retailer before you buy your next child car seat. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleBaby Noah’s battle for lifeNext articleLIT rewards 57 Limerick sports stars Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSCheck it fitschild car seatlimerickRSA WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Nicholas Afoa in ‘The Lion King'(Photo: Disney) Nicholas Afoa has only ever been in one professional musical ever and it happens to be that globe-trotting crowd-puller The Lion King. Having first played adult Simba in Australia, the 30-year-old New Zealander has now stepped into the same role at London’s Lyceum Theatre for a year-long run in the West End. Broadway.com caught up with the engaging performer about shifting from sports to the stage and his new life in a familiar show away from home.You were a successful rugby player back home when an injury necessitated a change of career, and now here you are starring in arguably the biggest musical of all!Yes, and I feel in a way as if my two passions have come hand in hand in terms of music and sport having both been a huge part of my life. Not everyone gets to make it in both areas, but I’m very lucky that they have both come my way.Did you feel you had to choose?Well, I always thought I would make it in the sporting arena but I was playing rugby in Singapore some years ago when I was 23 when my knee gave way underneath me, and that was pretty much the beginning of the end of rugby. I did rehabilitation and tried to come back [to the sport] but it was never really the same, so I needed to make those tough decisions. I had to make a living, so I decided not to play anymore.What happened next?I have a very loving and supportive family, especially my parents, and having grown up with this rugby dream, I had always been told, “Look, son. This world in sport is not always a given, and you can be injured and it’s all over.” The thing is, I never thought that would happen to me, so when it did, I was kind of like, “OK, let’s see what else is out there.”Did you go straight to the stage?The stage thing didn’t happen right away. I had many years of hardships trying to find out what my next purpose in life was. I went and got a BA in social sciences at university in Auckland [New Zealand] and worked for a while with troubled youth, which was wonderful because it was about giving back. When the opportunity to audition for The Lion King came along, that changed my whole outlook. I never thought it would happen like that.How did you prepare for your audition?I had YouTube’d it a million times and seen any scene or song that was available, and I had read a lot about some of the Simbas that had played the part in the past—like Jason Raize, and how beautifully he portrayed the character. I also watched quite a few others and came to see that there are so many different ways to play the role—so many different qualities—that it wasn’t just a carbon cut-out that they wanted. At the end of the day, they wanted the truth. You needed to look good and to be able to sing, but at the top of the list, you needed a certain truth.What is it about the role that you respond to?Simba’s journey resonates with everybody, which is why the show has done so well not just in America and England but all over the world. It’s universal and timeless.Does the experience feel the same here in London as it did back in Australia?Of course, it’s the same script and the same songs, but the energies are different so in some ways it has felt like an entirely new show. I got tears when I heard the first notes here in London because they reminded me of my friends back home and of my first professional experience in a theater show. But we’ve got a new Nala and Pumbaa, among many other cast changes, so it still feels fresh. After 800 performances, I’m finding new things. It’s great to be able to do that.Is there a community of past and present Simbas?It’s funny you say that: a few months after I started, I contacted all the Simbas and acquainted myself with them. It’s been really nice to connect with people I haven’t ever met but still feel I know because we share a role.Has any particular advice stuck with you?Jonathan Andrew Hume was great in allowing me to put a face to the name. We met up a couple of times, and he kept telling me to be gracious with myself and to give myself more time. I was anxious about doing a good job in the West End, and he assured me that they wouldn’t have asked me to come [to London] if they didn’t think I could do it.Does London now feel like home?Home will always be New Zealand, but for now, I’m contracted here for a year and after three months, I can already say that I could see myself here for another year or so. My wife and I will at some point decide whether London is a place where we could see ourselves [longterm], but I’m keeping my options open.How would you characterize your singing voice?I like to consider myself a crooner and really love Michael Buble and that sort of sound. I’m not quite a classical tenor and can’t hit the Pavarotti notes, but I’m not quite a classical baritone either. I guess you could call me a bari-tenor.Do you see yourself ever returning to professional sports?I don’t think given the impact and contact that come with rugby that my body—and especially my knee—could withstand that pressure. For now, I’m enjoying just running on a stage without people trying to tackle me; I like it like that. View Comments
His strategy worked for two reasons, said Darbie Granberry, a University of Georgiahorticulturist. One, the beans he bought happened to be from an open-pollinatedvariety. And two, dried beans are harvested much the way you need to pick them ifyou want to save seeds from your own garden. In special cases involving heirloom or hard-to-find cultivars, you may need to saveseeds to keep a supply. A south Georgia gardener not noted for grocery shopping made a special trip to thesupermarket last spring. He brought home a package of dried beans. Even open-pollinated varieties may not be worth the trouble of saving seeds. “You just don’t know whether the beans might have come from a hybrid cultivar,” hesaid. “And if they did, it can be a disaster.” “They will probably be nothing like the hybrid parent from which you saved theseeds,” he said. “Don’t waste time by saving seeds from hybrids.” To save seeds from your garden, pick them only after they’re fully ripe, Granberrysaid. For seeds in fleshy fruits, that usually means when the fruit itself is fully ripe.For summer squash, eggplants and cucumbers, this would be two to three weeks afterthey’re ready to eat. “Edible seeds such as corn, peas and beans usually need to ripen several weeks beyondthe tender eating stage,” he said. The seeds will store best in the freezer. But make sure they’re properly dried and in amoisture-proof container. And when you take them out, allow them to warm up beforeyou handle them. Frozen seeds are fragile. Producing a hybrid cultivar requires specific cross-breeding, he said. The seeds fromthis planned crossing are genetically unique. They can’t be reproduced except byrepeating the cross, using the same inbred lines as parents. “Seeds from open-pollinated cultivars will be true to type,” he said, “if they haven’tbeen cross-pollinated with other, different cultivars.” “Seed costs for a garden are usually nominal,” Granberry said. “Saving good-quality,disease-free seeds may require considerable time and effort. And the quality of thesaved seeds is usually less than that of new, commercially prepared seeds.” To be sure you get true-to-type seeds, he said, plant only one cultivar of a specificvegetable. Or vary the planting dates so different cultivars don’t flower at the sametime. You can keep the seeds of self-pollinating cultivars (including beans, peas andtomatoes) genetically pure by planting them 150-200 feet apart. “We don’t normally recommend planting dried beans from the grocery store,” saidGranberry, a vegetable scientist on the Tifton, Ga., campus of the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. Separate mature seeds from the fruit, cob, hull or other tissue. Then dry them. Rinseseeds from fleshy fruits with water and allow them to dry on paper towels. Bean andpea seeds are best left to dry in the pods. Store the dry seeds in a moisture-proofcontainer at room temperature or cooler. “I like these,” he told his wife. “I’m going to plant them.” And all this summer, asthey picked those delicious beans, she had to admit he wasn’t crazy after all. “Collected, dried and stored properly, most garden seeds will germinate well for one tothree years,” Granberry said. “Onion seeds, though, may remain viable for only eightto 10 months.” If you plant the seeds of the hybrids, you can’t predict the kind of plants you’ll get. “Insect-pollinated plants usually cross-pollinate unless they’re about a quarter-mileapart,” he said. “That’s not feasible for most gardeners.” As for dried beans from the grocery store, it’s best to look for some commercial seeds.”If you can’t find them, though, give it a try,” he said. “It might work out OK.”
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jordan van Rijn Jordan is Senior Economist for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and has nearly 10 years of experience in economic development, microfinance and economic research in Latin America, Africa, Southeast … Web: www.cuna.org Details CUNA economists often report on the wide-ranging financial and social benefits of credit unions’ not for-profit, cooperative structure for both members and nonmembers, including financial education and better interest rates. However, there’s another important benefit of the unique credit union structure: economic and financial stability. During the 2007-2009 financial crisis, credit unions significantly outperformed banks by almost every possible measure. In fact, evidence suggests that if credit unions ruled the market, it’s quite likely we never would have had a financial crisis. What’s the evidence to support such a claim? First, numerous complex and interrelated factors caused the financial crisis, and blame has been assigned to various actors, including regulators, credit agencies, government housing policies, consumers, and financial institutions. But almost everyone agrees the main proximate causes of the crisis were the rise in subprime mortgage lending and the increase in housing speculation, which led to a housing bubble that eventually burst. As home values plummeted and the stock market crashed, the U.S. entered a deep recession, with nearly nine million jobs lost during 2008 and 2009. Who engaged in this subprime lending that fueled the crisis? While “subprime” isn’t easily defined, it’s generally understood as characterizing particularly risky loans with interest rates that are well above market rates. These might include loans to borrowers who have a previous record of delinquency, low credit scores, and/or a particularly high debt-to-income ratio. To be clear: Not all subprime lending is bad. Many credit unions take pride in offering subprime loans to disadvantaged communities. However, the particularly large rise in subprime lending that led to the financial crisis was certainly not this type of mission-driven subprime lending.Run-up to the crisis Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data to identify subprime mortgages—those with interest rates more than three percentage points above the Treasury yield for a comparable maturity at the time of origination—we find that in 2006, immediately before the financial crisis:Nearly 30% of all originated mortgages were “subprime,” up from just 15.1% in 2004.At nondepository financial institutions, such as mortgage origination companies, an incredible 41.5% of all originated mortgages were subprime, up from 26.5% in 2004.At banks, 23.6% of originated mortgages were subprime in 2006, up from just 9.7% in 2004.At credit unions, only 3.6% of originated mortgages could be classified as subprime in 2006—the same figure as in 2004. This is an incredible statistic because it indicates that while banks and mortgage companies significantly increased their sub-prime lending in the run-up to the financial crisis—likely in search of short-term profits and bonuses—credit unions didn’t increase their subprime lending at all.What were some of the consequences of these disparate actions? Because many of these mortgages were sold to the secondary market, it’s difficult to know the exact performance of these mortgages originated at banks and mortgage companies versus credit unions. But if we look at the performance of depository institutions during the peak of the financial crisis, we see that delinquency and charge-off ratios spiked at banks to 5.6% and 2.6%, respectively, in 2009 versus only 1.82% and 1.21% at credit unions. The difference in mortgage performance is even more stark. Among mortgages that remained on the books, 7.25% of mortgages originated at banks were delinquent in 2009 (versus only 1.97% at credit unions), and 3.95% of all bank mortgages were charged off (versus only 0.55% of credit union mortgages). That’s despite the fact that in 2007, 58.4% of bank mortgages were sold to the secondary market versus only 20.6% of credit union mortgages.Bank failures Risky lending at commercial banks helped precipitate the failure of 331 banks between 2009 and 2011, while only 64 credit unions failed during that same period despite there being roughly the same number of banks and credit unions in 2008. In fact, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s (FDIC) Bank Insurance Fund became insolvent in both 2009 and 2010, while the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) was remarkably stable during that time, declining only 6% between 2006 and 2009. NCUSIF retained a strong balance of $1.23 per $100 in insured deposits versus a negative $0.39 per $100 in insured deposits at the FDIC. Thus, via the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the government provided emergency loans totaling $236 billion to 710 banks—or 1.93% of all bank assets.On the other hand, only 48 credit unions received TARP funding for a total of $70 million, or just 0.008% of credit union assets. While there are many reasons credit unions didn’t engage in the same kind of subprime lending as mortgage companies and banks, credit unions’ unique structure is the main reason. As not-for-profit, member-owned entities, credit unions have significantly fewer incentives to seek short-term profits and bonuses that clearly aren’t in their members’ best interests. This creates greater financial stability—benefiting both members and the overall economy.
Iguodala injured his calf muscle in the first half of Tuesday’s 108-100 win over the Thunder. Following the game, the Warriors maintained the injury was minor and Iguodala wouldn’t miss much time. … OAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up practice Thursday afternoon and will travel to Utah for Friday’s game against the Jazz.Here are some takeaways from the session.The latest on Andre IguodalaThe 14-year veteran did not practice Thursday morning and is questionable for Friday’s game.
Why should we be looking for alien intelligence around other stars when it is right behind your eyeballs? You may not have known that you are a star child, but that’s what a leading astronomer called you. As a good star child, you need to pay tribute to Charles Darwin. In New Scientist, Lawrence Krauss called on children of spaceship Earth to “Celebrate evolution as only star children can.” In this, he tied together the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope on the night sky, with Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. He recounted the epochal discoveries in astronomy and biology that he feels neatly combine in modern evolutionary theory, the theory of everything:Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the science of genetics which followed, demonstrate that humans and the rest of life on Earth share not just a common heritage, but virtually everything else. At a molecular level, the distinction between humans and bacteria seems almost superficial. All forms of life on Earth share a common genetic method of replication and energy storage. Yet it is truly remarkable that from so simple a set of molecular building blocks such diversity can arise.Krauss did not seem to consider the theistic alternative at all that explains the same evidence: the same God who created stars also created mankind from the dust of the ground. Both worldviews produce the same observations. Stars and humans are made of atoms and molecules. Actually, he did quote Darwin’s ending sentence in The Origin about “originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one,” but he had just described cosmic evolution leading seamlessly into biological and human evolution. Somehow global politics emerged in his conclusion: Accordingly, the two discoveries we herald this year carry an important message for our future: the intimate connections between humanity and the entire cosmos, as illustrated by both evolution and astronomy, suggest that the only sensible perspective of humanity is a global one. The need for a global perspective is of vital importance now, as we are the first generation in history that must seriously confront global limits to our future on Earth, from energy to climate change.Christians might call this a non-sequitur or a half-truth. They do not deny our connectedness, but explain it in terms of all creation (stars and humans) being the handiwork of a single Creator. And instead of seeing a global perspective as the only sensible option for humanity, they might take the very same observations and point out the duty of each individual to its Maker.The same mythology gets repeated over and over in the media. Carl Sagan was talking this starstuff lingo back in the 1980s. It’s all glittering generalities and logical fallacies. Darwinism and the U.N. are not the only perspectives that explain the observations. Krauss begs the question. What does the connectedness imply? If there are at least two competing explanations for that connectedness (i.e., that stars and humans are both made of atoms), he cannot simply assume that his worldview is the only sensible perspective. In what other contest does a contender declare himself the winner before competing in the race? Don’t follow his bluff like robots toward socialism and global politics. Thinking is done by individuals. If you follow the global crowd after the Darwin bandwagon, and it falls into a sinkhole, you will not be able to shift responsibility to them; you took the steps. Think for yourself. You might even think a profound thought: that thought cannot emerge from stars, or else it wouldn’t be thought at all. It would be a hodgepodge of contingency and determinism. The essence of thought is to purposely order one’s conceptual resources, independently of the material substrate that conveys them, toward principles that obey the laws of logic. Our theories and explanations of stars employ logic, but stars don’t. Do stars take philosophy and hold debates? Of course not. Then what kind of twisted logic can believe that logic is an emergent phenomenon of matter in motion? If that were so, how could any human brain have any confidence that its reasonings were true? It leads to that “horrid thought” that plagued Darwin: “whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” he said. If a monkey doesn’t have a mind or convictions, you can be sure that stars don’t. Stop thinking horrid thoughts. Think wise thoughts. Daniel the statesman wrote, (“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” Daniel 12:3).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
When not practising, almost every foreign athlete staying at the Commonwealth Games Village here is like any other tourist visiting India they have heard about and are itching to see the Taj Mahal, bazaars in Delhi, pick up souvenirs and sample the street life of the country.Visiting the Taj, of course, tops the wish list of a majority of the athletes with some making plans to venture into Rajasthan’s cities and others looking forward to visit local monuments and temples in and around the national capital.”I was hoping to go see the markets of Delhi. Also, the Taj Mahal is a must visit for me,” says Neoline of the Cook Islands netball team.”We have received maximum requests to see the Taj Mahal in Agra. If we have had 100 enquires, 90 are for the Taj Mahal”, says an official manning the Games Travel Office.”Others have also expressed interest in visiting palaces and lakes in Jaipur and some are inquiring about the Akshardham Temple in Delhi,” he added.Food is another major attraction at the village with its 2,300 seat dining area serving 150 dishes including Asian, African, Indian and Western cuisine. Large refrigerators stored with water, juice, soft drinks and coffee machines make moving around the sprawling 63.5 hectares village a convenience for visitors and residents.English shooter Michele Smith, who participated in the world shooting championships in Munich this August and who landed in Delhi on Thursday, dismisses all the negative reports about the Village.”This is the first time I am staying in a Village like this. In Munich this August, we were all staying at different hotels. This is a different experience for us,” she says, adding she wants to savour the cuisines on offer and also shop for her two young nephews.advertisement”Perhaps a T shirt with the emblem of the mascot will make my nephews happy,” she says.Meanwhile, at the shop set up by the Handicraft and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd. puppets and string dolls set amidst a variety of goods created by national artisans from all over India are on display.”We have more than 50 items in our store and have already sold goods worth Rs 10,000 in the past three days and are expecting more sales in the coming days,” says an official of the HHEC.Among the most in demanded are traditional stick on tattoos and bangles. “We have received so much demand for bangles that we have sent word for the items to be brought in.Many young women athletes from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, West Indies and Scotland seem to like the bangles, necklaces and other beaded jewellery. “We have requests from men asking for recommendations for gift items for their wives, sisters or girlfriends,” says the official.Others like Cath Shearer and Joy Binger, medical personnel accompanying the Wales team also look forward to some shopping. “We have so much work to do, we have not been getting the time, but since I am going to be married in November, I hope to take back some Pashmina shawls from here for all my bridesmaids,” says Joy.Athletes from South Africa say they are here for the Games and their aim is to bag as many medals as they can. “We love challenges and are up for anything,” says Girden Vermellion who was spotted at the merchandise store.”People here are nice and the entire atmosphere is quite good with good training facilities but I need to return home soon after. It is a pity that I can’t stay back longer to shop because I have a wife who is working back home in Durban as well as a 22-month-old baby,” he says.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sara Stratton, Director, MNCH/FP Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on IntraHealth’s Global Health Blog.To the business world, it’s location, location, location. Here in Delhi, though, at the Global Maternal Health Conference, the mantra is context, context, context. There are many ways to improve and save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one country or one community may not work in another. Many people here are talking about the importance and value of understanding how and why an intervention succeeds or fails at the local level. This means investigating and evaluating not just how widely an intervention reaches or the quality of the services, but also the specific, local factors that play into its uptake and impact. How do these realities affect whether an intervention that saved lives in one place would work equally well somewhere else?This idea of the importance of the local context became woven into presentations on the first day of this groundbreaking conference. In one session, a representative of the SEWA Rural Society for Education, Welfare and Action, Rural (SEWA Rural) talked about how they had found that in Gujarat, India, a woman’s decision to deliver at home or in a hospital in her last pregnancy often influences where she delivered in a subsequent pregnancy. The question for us all to ponder was raised: is the key to saving women’s lives to encourage them all to deliver in hospitals? If so, how much would this cost? Can governments really afford this now? How far would women have to travel to a hospital? The reality, though, is that for some communities, encouraging hospital- or health facility-based delivery may be part of the answer, but in others it may still be an impractical approach. This question led to a discussion about home delivery versus institution-based delivery—as well as the value of traditional and trained birth attendants.Whether we are talking about where women deliver, how they deliver, who helps them deliver, what we are really talking about is how we evaluate and minimize a woman’s risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Where distance and a lack of health facilities make facility-based delivery improbable, a community may need programs that improve the quality of care offered by trained birth attendants during a home delivery even though in an ideal world there would be another option. What I’m hearing in Delhi is, in some ways, what I already know. There are no easy answers. We must support communities to succeed within the context of their own limitations in terms of the availability of and access to health facilities and health workers. At the same time, we have to remain committed to helping communities to change these limitations.Sara Stratton is the director of MNCH/FP programs at IntraHealth International.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this:
Actor Raphael Sbarge is launching a special Halloween event this year: EEK-O-Halloween.Video: Eek-O-HalloweenAlthough we usually associate this ghostly holiday with candy, the founders of Green Wish – Raphael Sbarge and Ed Begley Jr. – have come up with an idea that involve children to learn about the environmental challenges our planet is facing: EEK-O-Halloween.Green Wish, provides eco-friendly boxes where children write their “Green Wish” on their containers; and on Halloween, they collect donations from their neighborhoods when they go along to collect candy for an EEK-O-Halloween that would help local green projects that improve the California Environment.Find out more here.