Limerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problems

first_img16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Dylan Kelly, Kileedy, Co. Limerick, Peter Coker, Abbeyfeale Co. Limerick and Jason Brouder, Monagea Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Jason Brouder, Monagea, Co. Limerick, Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Gearoid Balfry, Patrickswell, Peter Croker, Abbeyfeale and Luke Kennedy, Limerick Sports Partnership. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. TAGSinternational men’s health weeklimerickmen’s health week The annual initiative also aims to support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities, as well as encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a calendar of events across Limerick City and County during the week. “Adopting a healthy lifestyle is not something that can easily happen overnight but small changes can make a big difference. Our focus over the past week was to inform men about the lifestyle changes that will make them live longer and healthier lives,” added Ms. Fitzgerald. Advertisement The LSP were delighted to have Lorcan Brennan present during the week who delivered the Men’s Development Network ‘Engage Training’ and also launched the LSP upcoming Men on the Move Health Checks Initiative to practitioners working with men across Limerick City and County. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival “Figures show men on the island of Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health with one man in five dying before the age of 65. Many of those deaths are preventable, so this year’s Men’s Health Week contained a strong focus on men pursing a healthy lifestyle,” commented Mairead Fitzgerald, Sports Development Officer at Limerick Sports Partnership. Print NewsLimerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problemsBy Staff Reporter – June 22, 2015 885 The week was supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI), HSE, Bikeweek 2015, Men’s Development Network, UL Sport and LIT. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Among the events was an open swim session at UL Sports Arena, Go For Life Games at LIT Sports Hall, Walking Soccer in Abbeyfeale Astro Turf Pitch, a men’s health awareness event at Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, a Great Southern Trail Cycle and a men’s health physical activity information stand at the Daffodil Centre in the Mid Western Regional Hospital. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Hundreds of Limerick men of all ages took part in a series of events marking International Men’s Health Week, which came to a close at the weekend. Email Twitter Previous articleRail tours from Shannon to boost tourismNext articlePictures – Down Syndrome Ireland Night at the Dogs Staff Reporter Celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other places worldwide, Men’s Health Week aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. Linkedin 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, Aine Cunningham, Kileedy Co. Limerick and Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

10 Baker’s Dozen Phish Setlist Tricks You Might Have Missed

first_imgWe all love it when Phish plays games with us. Sometimes these take the form of actual games (like the Audience-Phish chess matches of 1995), but generally speaking, they come out in carefully crafted setlists. While the band’s annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has been their focal point for setlist games in years past, the band fully took advantage of their thirteen donut-themed Baker’s Dozen performances to play countless setlist games with their avid fanbase.Some of these games were obvious: Almost every show featured a direct shoutout to the theme, including one-off covers from “Shake Your Coconuts” to “Powderfinger,” “Chocolate Rain” to “Strawberry Fields Forever.” These were all quite fun–especially my favorite of the bunch, “Strawberry Letter 23”–but deeper investigation reveals some clever setlist quirks that may have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye, whether or not they were actually intended to have a deeper meaning.That being said, if you’re reading this, you’re probably as big of a Phish nerd as I am. You probably caught some, if not all, of these. If that’s the case, then at the very least take this opportunity to appreciate the enormous dedication and mastery that this band brought to Madison Square Garden for their Baker’s Dozen run (or, you know, to decide if you think the theories are just a result of over-enthusiastic fans digging a little too deep for significance)…1. The Sweetest EncoresFrom the get-go, Phish playfully came out with a series of sweet-tooth-appropriate encores for our indulgence. The first three shows alone featured “The Mango Song,” “Peaches en Regalia,” “My Sweet One” and “Sweet Jane,” not to mention the (Orange) “Julius” from night 4. How sweet it is to be loved by Phish.2. All of the JimmiesIn the face of the Sprinkles vs. Jimmies debate, Phish seemed to lean towards their Vermont heritage with the “Jimmies” verbiage. Yes, they used sprinkles in the night 13 description, but they drove the “Jimmies” point home with not one, not two, not three, but four Jimi Hendrix songs in the last six shows, starting with “Jimmies” night” (“The Wind Cries Mary,” “Bold As Love,” “Fire,” and “Izabella”). It was as if the Jimi floodgates had opened, and we certainly reaped the rewards. Of course, just to confound the whole debate, they played one of the most-sought-after Jimi songs (the 574-show bust-out of “Izabella”) on the night with sprinkles in the description. We may never know what to call this topping again.3. And another Jimi!With “Jimmies” now being sprinkled (err… jimmied?) throughout the remainder of the run, Phish paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix one show later in an unusual and totally Phish-y style. They opened their Maple theme night with a version of “O Canada,” honoring both the theme of the show and the master guitarist’s iconic take on the “Star Spangled Banner” from his festival-closing set at Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969. This was certainly a nod to Jimi, Jimmies, and Maple all in one gut-busting opener.4. The O’s are donuts too, manAnother fun fact about “O Canada”: Its first word is the letter “O.” This is fairly uncommon in modern English, and yet the same pattern appeared in the next night’s donut selection as well, “O Holy Night.” Of course, the letter O is actually representative of the shape of the Universe, which is to say that it looks like a donut. It’s almost as if they planned this out…5. Lemon “Party Time”Was the choice to play “Party Time” on “Lemon” night a nod to the gross-out “Lemon Party” Internet meme of yore? Maybe so, maybe not. Either way, this mainstay middle school prank was quite ripe for word play.6. A show of snow and dustThe “Powdered” theme of night 5 was perhaps one of the less obvious choices, lending itself to only two direct uses of the word Powder: Neil Young‘s “Powderfinger” and Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House‘s “The Very Long Fuse,” which mentions gun powder/explosions. “1999” continued the “gun powder” nods with its references to “bombs.” There were snow references everywhere throughout that show, from the opening harmonies of Fleet Foxes‘ “White Winter Hymnal” to the second set jams of “Steam” and “No Quarter.” Even “Gumbo” has some snow in it. And if we’re going wide with the theme, “Pebbles and Marbles” and “Farmhouse” both feature references to “dust,” which is certainly powdery in its own right.7. Chalk-ocolate donutsThe first syllable of the word “Chocolate” is a homophone for Chalk, which is the first word of “Chalk Dust Torture,” the biggest jam on “Chocolate” night. I’m proud of myself for using the word homophone correctly in context…8. The unspoken JimmyThough many of the “Jimmy” references from the “Jimmies” show were straightforward (including “Runaway Jim,” “Harpua” and “The Wind Cries Mary”), “Drowned” also gets credit for being on-theme. The song is a cornerstone from The Who’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, which centers around a teenage protagonist named… you guessed it… Jimmy. Unlike the Jimmy in “Harpua,” however, The Who’s Jimmy does not have a cat named Poster Nutbag. He might have benefited from a dog, though.9. The Boston Cream “Frost”-ingIn an NPR interview, Federal Donuts’ chef Matt Fein explained that some of the hardest donuts to mass-produce for the Baker’s Dozen shows were the ones with fillings. This could explain why the “Boston Cream” donut didn’t have the traditional Boston Creme filling, instead using the flavor as a frosting drizzle. It seems plausible that the band could have attention to this detail, following up their own  “Sunshine Of Your Feeling” medley with just the second-ever performance of “Frost,” and the first since 2013. [EDIT: In Trey’s post-Baker’s Dozen New York Times interview published today, he talks about the band’s spontaneous decision to follow their “Boston Cream” mashup with the quiet “Frost,” which turns out not to have been an intentional nod to the “frosting” situation. Oh well, that’s how it goes with Phish: “Most Shows Spell Something” to fans, even when they’re not meant to.]10. A “whole” set inside Mike’s Groove“Mike’s Groove” is the cute nickname that Phish fans have given the suite that begins with “Mike’s Song” and ends with “Weekapaug Groove.” Though “I Am Hydrogen” traditionally fills the space between the two songs, dozens of songs have occupied that coveted setlist spot. It’s almost always one song that fits in the Mike’s Groove sandwich, but on “Holes” night, they fit the “whole” second set between the two bookends of Mike’s Groove. Yes, whole and hole are different words, but they are homophones! Hooray for homophones!Bonus points to “Way Down In The Hole” for its “Garden” reference, and to all of the names in the first set of “Jimmies” night – Esther, Brian, Robert, Col. Forbin, Nellie Kane and David Bowie! I’m not reading too much into this, you are…Thanks for each and every one of the 237 songs, Phish![Cover photo by Chad Anderson]last_img read more

LNG bunkering vessels to double by 2020

first_imgWith the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap coming ever closer, LNG as a marine fuel is gaining more and more interest, and the supply side is responding with the number of bunkering vessels expected to double by 2020. In his comment on the current state of the LNG as a marine fuel, Peter Keller, SEALNG Chairman said the “supply-side is also responding aggressively.”“The bulk LNG infrastructure is largely built, what remains is the last mile, in which the industry is showing a growing appetite to invest,” Keller said.The number of LNG bunkering vessels has grown from one, at the beginning of 2017 to six in early 2018, with these numbers expected at least to double by 2020.To effectively incentivise the developments needed to realise a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020, there needs to be a fact-based case for LNG as a marine fuel to the shipping industry, which includes investors, bankers, shipping lines, bunkering companies, ports, and other enabling stakeholders such as shippers, governments, regulators, and local communities.Keller noted that the LNG bunkering coalition, SEALNG will focus on better understanding stakeholders and decision makers in different geographies; who they are, what are their informational and data needs, and how to communicate with them most effectively to make the case for LNG as a marine fuel?It also intends to develop content and data that decision makers can use as they evaluate future fuel alternatives and make decisions.The industry continues to require credible, fact-based material, backed-up by academic research as necessary, on the emissions, investment and infrastructure case for LNG, Keller said.In terms of emissions, most agree that LNG essentially eliminates both SOx and PM emissions and reduces NOx by up to 90 percent. Likewise, various studies show that LNG offers serious GHG emissions reductions.  Certainly, there are still many open and important questions relating to the global warming implications of methane emissions in natural gas production and transportation as well as methane slippage in marine engines.In collaboration with partners such as the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), SEALNG has engaged in an analysis which will compare full lifecycle, well-to-wake GHG emissions of LNG-fuelled propulsion systems with IMO 2020 compliant oil-based solutions such as low sulphur fuels and high sulphur fuels with exhaust abatement; for example, scrubbers.Investment in assets is always a huge issue, Keller adds.In terms of investment, unfortunately, there remains a lack of clarity surrounding the potential for LNG among many shipping lines and investors.Many do not have adequate information and data to fully analyze the case for LNG.  New-build investment decisions may often be predicated upon incomplete data and analysis and inappropriate or incomplete metrics.The investment casework that SEALNG is undertaking will consist of two complementary phases.  In Phase I, the coalition will develop a comparative analysis of the qualitative factors that should help inform new build investment decisions.In Phase II SEALNG will use an investment model capable of evaluating specific vessel types, servicing different global shipping routes, using different propulsion systems to explore new-build investment choices under a range of scenarios, such as varying fuel prices and capital expenditure assumptions. This will be based on operational data and assumptions agreed by SEALNG members using publicly available sources.The question of infrastructure continues to be on the top of many LNG investment lists.SEALNG’s work consists of two streams and is currently in the early phases of implementation, Keller said.Answering the question posed by the shipping lines whether there will be enough available infrastructure where needed, is the first stream of work while the second stream of work is to share insights from actual infrastructure projects in the form of member case studies.SEALNG is confident that once the fact base is set out in a clear and credible manner for the global shipping industry, LNG will move from the ‘chicken and egg’ to the implementation phase as investor confidence grows throughout the marine value chain and knowledge spreads to key enablers such as bankers, ports, regulators, and local authorities, Keller concluded.last_img read more

Wycombe footballer suspended after placing 183 bets

first_img Related Articles Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Share Wycombe Wanderers’ forward Scott Kashket has been sanctioned with a two month suspension and £3446 fine after he admitted placing 183 bets on football matches.Kashket had been charged by the Football Association (FA) last month following a period between 2014 and 2016, during his time at Leyton Orient, in which the bets had been made. Kashket lost a total of £1,067.75 and won £946.13 with the latter sum added to the initial £2,500 FA fine.It is reported that of Kashket’s 183 bets, 65 were in competitions that Leyton Orient were taking part in, with 19 matches featuring the team, among them 10 betting against his side.Scott Kashket stated: “I regret my actions and will learn from the experience to improve myself both as a person and a player. I am thankful to Wycombe Wanderers for their ongoing support and am determined to come back stronger in two months’ time.”The independent regulatory commission assured that he did not play in any matches he placed a bet on, whilst also adding that there is no suggestion of using ‘inside information’ or match-fixing.The club stated: “Wycombe Wanderers continues to offer its full support to Scott, and while the club does not condone rule breaches of this nature, it recognises that the charge relates entirely to a difficult period in Scott’s career at his previous club Leyton Orient.”The sanctioning also includes a possible extended suspension if the player further breaches FA’s betting rules.Rob Couhig, the prospective majority shareholder at Wycombe Wanderers, has concluded: “I have found Scott to be a first-rate person and, while this is not an excuse for his actions, the treatment he sustained at Leyton Orient – under their previous ownership structure – was unconscionable.“I am glad he has taken personal responsibility for his actions, and that Leyton Orient are under new progressive ownership and leadership. We now look forward to drawing a line under the situation and having Scott fully fit and refreshed for the final few weeks of the season.”Couhig is referring to reported ownership issues and Leyton Orients’ financial crisis under Francesco Becchetti, when Kashket was playing for the side. Both the club and the player, in the same statement, announced that they will not appeal the decision.last_img read more