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King John’s Castle is Ireland’s most innovative tourist attraction

first_imgFacebook LifestyleArtsNewsKing John’s Castle is Ireland’s most innovative tourist attractionBy Editor – February 8, 2017 2082 Linkedin Limerick Post Show | Keywest Advertisement King John’s Castle to be part of a virtual Culture Night celebration as Shannon Heritage ramps up marketing campaign RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleCalls for more direct rail services to DublinNext articleCity Gallery’s unique platform for The Painting Show(s) Editor Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games King John’s CastleKing John’s CastleKing John’s Castle has been named as Ireland’s most innovative tourist attraction.The castle, which in recent years underwent a massive redevelopment programme to its visitor facilities, received the award at the Irish Tourism  Industry Awards ceremony at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on Friday, February 3.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD gave the coveted award to Brian Nevin from King John’s Castle at the gala event in Dublin.Despite facing a very strong and competitive field, the awards ultimately identified King John’s Castle in Limerick as a worthy winner.Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan said: “This award is recognition of the great work that has taken place at King John’s Castle in recent years. The development of its visitor centre, café and exhibitions means that it is now a tourist attraction with world-class facilities. The team at King John’s Castle have all worked exceptionally hard to make this a reality. As a Limerick representative, I am hugely proud that this award went to King John’s Castle.”Speaking at the event, Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation said: “This award validates all of the hard work that the team at King John’s Castle have put in in recent years to make it a world-class attraction. They face some very stiff competition in this category, and it speaks volumes about the high level of the Castle’s facilities and its overall tourism offering that it is the winner. ITIC hopes that this award will further enhance King John’s Castle as one of Ireland’s must-visit tourist attractions.” Print €2.6 million approved for Shannon Heritage TAGSKing John’s CastleMinister Patrick O’Donovan Limerick Post Show | i.NY launch in King Johns Castlelast_img read more

It’s a party, but who’s invited?

first_imgIs your social media presence harming your image? More at 11.Oh yes, folks. We’re talking social media. Again. In more than 140 characters. That’s a Twitter reference for those of you preferring to communicate in more traditional methods. A practice which, sadly, appears to be gaining more aspects of “web-speak” every day. No I will not abandon my capitalized letters and appropriate use of a semicolon!Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, social media and its potential impacts on your credit union.When it comes to communicating with your members on account information, what’s your preferred method? Phone, in-person, e-mail, or traditional mail? Like Luke in Return of the Jedi, you may not be aware that…”there is another (Skywalker).” Social media can be an alternative for those who prefer it. I’m not suggesting you handle money transfers and loan applications through Twitter (yet, seriously), but there are a number of markets taking advantage of the technology. One which has done an incredible job is the airline industry. Consider this: I was on a JetBlue flight with wifi and tweeted that my seat’s headphone jack didn’t work. As a result, I could not watch the in-flight TV or listen to SiriusXM. Within a minute, their official support account answered me and asked to continue the conversation in a DM (Direct Message, a private chat, similar to a text message). I obliged and was then prompted by the agent to provide my name and confirmation number. After a few minute exchange (while still sitting in the seat, mind you), they issued a courtesy credit for the inconvenience on my account. Resolved at 35,000 feet.Another time, and this one pains me to admit, I had issues with my Comcast internet service. I tweeted as such, @ mentioning Comcast (using LTE mobile data when needed). Within a matter of minutes, an agent from their official support account got in touch. They too DMed me requesting my account #. “Woah!” you say. Yes, they deem the Direct Message feature of Twitter to be secure enough to transfer most customer information (most social media platforms also use a Verified Account badge to ensure you’re communicating with the “real thing”). After a few messages back and forth, they identified the issue and resolved it. Do you realize what that meant? I didn’t have to be on the phone with them at all!I enjoy reading tweets from many credit unions. If you’re one of them, congratulations for sharing valuable information with your members and the world at large. If you haven’t yet joined, that’s ok. You’re not alone. And when you’re ready, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to go at it in the best way possible!But as much as it can help your institution, there are risks involved. We’re not talking poor underwriting standards causing an implosion of your debt ratios. We’re talking something far more important…your image (social media is much like Hollywood in that respect). Whether you decide to go in-house or a 3rd-party, the rules are the same. Most of the best practices involve just being rational. Don’t share private member information, don’t post things which can be interpreted as insulting, etc. If you wouldn’t send it to your mom, don’t hit Tweet.Of course, there’s always the risk at being caught up in something which has errors you missed. For example, a few weeks ago, a tweet was shared by Co-Op Credit Unions (@innovatebanking) discussing strategies to increase your savings. Seems to fit, right? Unfortunately, their tweet read, “How to save $100,000 in a year. (link to article)” Wow! I need to know this…now! Not surprisingly, the post was incorrect. Rather, the link described ways the average American can save $10,000 in a year. “What’s an extra 0?” As a financial institution, you should know the answer to that question…a mistake you cannot make. The craziest part? This tweet has 18 retweets (users who shared it to their followers) and 14 likes, yet my reply was the only one calling out the error. Please never be “that guy (or gal)” who retweets or likes something with such blatant errors! It can tarnish your own brand. How? Consider it from your member’s perspective: “How can I believe the claims my credit union makes when they didn’t even bother to check an obvious number error in something they shared, ie. represented as their own?”Remember, Generation Z (your youngest and future members) see social media as a way of getting information, not just a tool to communicate with friends. If your information is wrong, how will they regard your ability to help their financial situation?So, a review:Social media is now being used as an effective customer support tool for industries with some of the poorest records in the category. Yet they make it work. How is your credit union embracing this new opportunity? Perhaps a mention of the strategy during longer hold times or on your support/contact page. What do you need to do to balance security requirements with member convenience?A new outreach venue offers massive opportunities, but can also hide unique risks. Is your in-house or outsourced team on the same page, aware of credit union strategy (yes, include them in your planning meetings)? Are they trained to catch typos and other errors, politely pointing them out or editing after discovered?Your social media feed is unlikely to be featured on the 11 o’clock news, but, if it is (congratulations to your marketing team), make sure it’s for the reasons you want! 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

Ajax star regains consciousness after three years in coma

first_img Read Also: Wilfred Ndidi named best ball-holding midfielder in Premier League This week, Nouri’s brother has told Dutch outlet De Wereld Draait Door that his younger sibling is ‘doing well’ in a house that has been designed to cater for his specific needs. Abderrahim, who communicates with Abdelhak through eyebrow signals and smiles, says that the former midfielder has even started watching football again. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ajax star Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri has stunned doctors by miraculously waking up after spending two years and nine months in a coma. The midfielder sadly suffered severe and permanent brain damage when he collapsed on the pitch during a cardiac arrhythmia attack in the summer of 2017. The 22-year-old awoke from his coma in the summer of 2018 and now ‘sleeps, eats, frowns and burps’ but remains bedridden and ‘very dependent’ on his family members. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… last_img read more

NEBC Yukon Midget Trackers to host Fort McMurray this Saturday at North Peace Arena

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers are home to play one game this weekend.On Saturday, October 12, the Trackers will be host to the Fort McMurray Barons.This is the first game of the season for the Trackers to be playing against the Barons.- Advertisement -So far this season, in the Northern Division, the Barons are standing in fourth place with two wins and two losses, meanwhile, the Trackers are in first place with three wins and a tie.The Midget Trackers vs Barons game goes this Saturday at 1:45 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

More on “Literary Darwinism”

first_imgHarold Fromm in Science1 reviewed Gottschall’s new book on literary Darwinism (see 01/27/2006 entry).  Like Gottschall, he argued that an evolution-informed approach to literary criticism is superior because it provides quantifiable certitude:For years, scholars in the literary humanities have struggled to achieve at least a semblance of the certitude possible in the sciences, although none of the major schools of analysis–whether Freudian, mythic, Marxian, deconstructive, or socially constructive–could make a claim to the sort of falsifiability that quickly winnows scientific theories [sic].  But a running theme throughout The Literary Animal is the need for quantitative methods that could provide solid foundations for philosophical and aesthetic claims. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)As an example, Fromm pointed to Gottschall’s analysis of fairy tales from around the world that showed a similarity in gender roles.1Harold Fromm, “Reading with Selection in Mind,” Science, 3 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5761, pp. 612 – 613, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123990.This is more proof that Darwinism aspires to be a comprehensive world view, escaping the confines of the biology class and waging war on every other academic field in the university.  Fromm and Gottschall’s claim that literary darwinism brings certitude and falsifiability to literary criticism is phony.  In the first place, such quantitative methods are invariably subjective.  Trying to quantify fairy tales is a fairy tale in itself.  More importantly, they have knocked down a straw man by comparing literary darwinism to a bunch of losers–Freud, Marx et al.  Every one of these approaches similarly assumes philosophical naturalism!  This is the best-in-field fallacy at work.  It takes a spirit to breathe life into the humanities, and the Father of spirits is the personal God who made us.  As literary giant C. S. Lewis indicated, describing human rationality and aesthetics in natural terms leads to the Abolition of Man – including Darwin and the molecules bouncing around in his brain. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

UN praises SA for fight against Aids

first_img21 January 2013UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe has congratulated South Africa and President Jacob Zuma on the progress the country is making in the fight against HIV and Aids.Zuma met with Sidibe at his residence in Pretoria on Friday. The two discussed various ways in which the fight against the disease in Africa and the world could be intensified.According to the Presidency, Sidibe said he was particularly impressed by the government’s policy interventions and leadership that, since 2009, have led to significant progress in the fight against HIV and Aids in the country.He appealed to South Africa to “lead all efforts in Africa, especially in manufacturing their own medicine and thus reducing dependency on countries outside the continent”.“We appreciate the support of UNAids in this difficult battle against the epidemic,” Zuma said.Zuma reiterated that the country had moved from “very difficult times” on HIV and Aids to a success story in a short space of time.There were now more than 1.7-million South Africans on antiretroviral treatment, with dramatic improvements in life expectancy, Zuma said. “We have about 2 948 public health facilities now initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment compared to 495 in January 2010.”The country had also seen a drop in the rate of new infections, from 1.4% to 0.8%, in the 15-24 age group, while mother-to-child transmission of HIV had been massively reduced, from about 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011.Zuma added that more than 20-million South Africans had been tested for HIV through the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign since its launch in 2010.“This indicates that the stigma around the disease is being eradicated, which will assist our continued prevention efforts, and the rate of new HIV infections looks set to decline over the coming years as we deepen our existing programmes.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Not quite yet harvest time Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lamar LimingThere is no harvesting yet right around here. The beans are getting a lot closer, but I don’t think anyone around here has gotten started yet harvesting corn or soybeans. You could tell the warm weather really sped up bean development and leaves coming off. It has been in the high 80s and I think we were at 88 yesterday.I am hoping to start chopping silage this week. A lot of people have been chopping corn. I have heard anywhere from the mid to high 60s for moisture in the corn. To the south, they haven’t gotten much rain down there and they are a lot further along than I am right here.When I get going, I can do the silage in 3 or 4 days. After that, I don’t have any beans close yet for harvest. I think I am at least 2 to 3 weeks off on having beans ready. I have a neighbor that, with another good week, he could be running beans. The corn has quite a ways to go. I went to the Farm Science Review and I couldn’t believe how much further along they were there.I got some more third cutting hay off last week. Now I am done with hay for the year.I have to get my corn and beans off before I can get wheat planted. I’ll chop my corn silage and put that to wheat and then if I can get my beans off in time I’ll plant some more wheat after that if I can. I don’t know if I can get my beans off in time to get wheat in. That is a big if.The heat and humidity we’ve had definitely stresses the cows and it is holding back production some. They have maintained pretty well but it has been a stress on the cows with the warmer weather.Andrew ArmstrongWe have not started harvest yet. We were planning on starting to shell the 100 acres at the home farm on Saturday to get everything started. But then on Saturday we got an inch and a quarter of rain. It was a perfect rain, just about 3 weeks too late. Instead, we spent Saturday working on equipment. We went back over everything. It is still spitting a little rain right now. It has been a slow, steady nice rain.We think we could maybe shell Tuesday afternoon if the rain stops. It was so dry that even after that inch-plus of rain, it was like it hadn’t even rained. We probably could have started yesterday. The ground was back to being dry pretty quickly.The later plated stuff is getting close too. We were going to hit the earliest corn and then jump across the driveway to see what the moisture is there to see if we can keep moving south. It looks like it is ready.There were some guys up north shelling corn 2 weeks ago. The yield wasn’t off the charts by any means, but the moisture was in the 20s and maybe down to 18%. There are some other guys running beans around here. It sounds like the yields have been pretty low, which was expected. The corn yields are not as bad, maybe average to slightly below average.Hopefully we will be in the combine shelling somewhere in the next few days, but we have to be flexible with Mother Nature. Dylan BaerWe are finally getting some sunshine after the rain moved through. We casually started sowing wheat on Friday the 20th. We got almost 100 acres in before we got rained out. It seems like we are keeping our pace with our weekly rainfall. We got almost 100 acres in before we had to stop. Today is our fly free date. I’ll be honest, though, we think the fly free date is an urban legend anyhow.The conditions were nice and it planted really nice. We are planting into our soybean cover crop we planted at the end of July or first of August. The beans are over a foot tall and we are planting right through them. Our plan is to hurry up and get back in there with Roundup and Sharpen to kill the beans off and anything else in there before the wheat comes up. That is the narrow window we are in right now. We’ve got a couple of fields planted with more weeds than we’d like to see and we really want to get that sprayed. The other field is relatively clean and we don’t feel the pressure to get that sprayed. Eventually those beans will be frosted off and hopefully we’ll have a nice field of wheat coming. Whatever information we get from this experiment, we will hopefully never have to use again.The corn and the beans still look good. We are feeling a little behind. We are closing in on the end of September and we have beans that are pretty green yet. There are just a few yellow leaves here and there. This time last year we were harvesting hard at it. This year we are not in our comfort zone that’s for sure. A week ago we didn’t have any yellow leaves. It was all green. The week of hot weather really brought the beans and corn along. We are definitely not running out of moisture, but we still have a long way to go. We were down at the Farm Science Review and we couldn’t believe how dry it was and how the crops looked down there.We are still battling weeds. It has been a non-stop battle this year. Thy got so big and tall and they are so hard to control. We learned a lot of lessons. We need to be proactive in our spray program and make sure we stay on top of them.Nathan BrownI believe by Wednesday this week we will start harvesting some soybeans. The dry hot weather the last 14 days has really brought the crop along pretty fast, especially the soybeans. The early corn is finally getting close to black layer. We are still several weeks away from thinking about shelling corn, but I think we can get into soybeans this week. Further east on some of the gravel ground in Pickaway and Ross counties, some of those guys have started. Around here things are just not quite ready yet.Most guys have pretty well finished up with hay. There are a few fields that may get cut one more time. There is still some sorghum-sudan to cut for baleage. The dry hay is pretty well wrapped up.The cover crops we seeded in July are doing very well. The sunflowers are in full bloom so my wife is happy with how beautiful things look here on the farm. Last Thursday we flew about 400 acres of cover crop seed on. We were a little hesitant because of the dry weather and there wasn’t much rain in the forecast, but we have gotten several tenths of rain since then. I’m pretty excited we got those flown on and hopefully they have enough moisture to germinate.We are planning on planting 60 acres of wheat. There are people talking about wheat, but unless you have some prevented planting acres, most people didn’t get any early beans planted. If there is wheat planted it will be later than normal so I think there may be some cutback on wheat acres.We got our feeder calves all weaned and pastures are still holding up fairly well. We are excited to get some calves out on summer-planted cover crops this fall.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Powering the Grid: The $200 Million GE ecomagination Challenge

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 A major topic of interest among the tech-savvy is how to improve the power grid, which will enable us to reduce power and use it more efficiently, resulting in lower energy bills. The GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid is seeking the best new grid technologies, models, and processes for clean, usable energy. GE and its partners have committed to invest $200 million in ideas submitted by inventors, technologists, and entrepreneurs who come up with marketable ways to create and connect power with improved grid intelligence and efficiencies.Do you have creative ideas about power grid technology? If so, GE wants to hear from you.If your energy-saving grid solution is one of the ideas selected by the challenge judges, it might just come to life with the help of a cash grant, a GE research center fellowship, a cooperative product development agreement, and/or an equity investment.The GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid combines its eco-conscious effort with an interactive social community that tracks online votes, highlights contest entries, and provides facts and figures about grid technologies and renewable resources.To enter, visit the GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid site by Sept. 30, 2010, or download the free iPhone app. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Clean Energy Programs Are Safe for Now

first_imgClean energy also sustains a labor forceAreas receiving modest cuts or level funding in the Energy Department’s FY17 budget included solar and wind energy programs aimed at expanding renewable power and lowering costs for these clean energy technologies; work to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies; building-efficiency initiatives that make our homes and businesses more comfortable at a lower cost; and vehicles programs that expand consumers’ driving choices and help people save money at the gas pump.As Congress now turns to the 2018 funding bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1, it should recognize the tremendous opportunity for the Department of Energy (DOE) as the largest funder of clean energy innovation to support American innovators and workers.Investing in clean energy isn’t just about bringing down greenhouse gas emissions to improve health and make our air cleaner. It is about sustaining and expanding a clean energy labor force that is currently 3 million workers strong, from wind turbine technicians to HVAC installers. It’s about bolstering U.S. economic competitiveness in a global marketplace that increasingly values energy efficiency. And it’s about helping millions of homeowners and businesses save on their energy bills through better buildings, smarter appliances, and more fuel-efficient cars.And the FY17 spending bill’s passage ― and signing by President Trump ― found the final elimination of the longstanding, nonsensical policy rider preventing DOE from implementing or enforcing the minimum efficiency standard for incandescent light bulbs. While Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) attempted to add it as an amendment during the appropriations process last Congress, it did not make it across the finish line; but such language could return in future budgets. Congress did its job last week in preserving funding for critical clean energy programs that create jobs and save Americans money. The just-passed Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill, which will keep the government running through September 30, largely sustains funding for efficiency standards, advanced research, renewable energy deployment, and other important clean energy initiatives.The Trump administration’s pro-polluter stance has cast uncertainty over popular, well-established clean energy programs like appliance standards that currently save the average household $500 a year. Those standards, by ensuring that refrigerators, washing machines, and other major appliances use less energy while remaining affordable, will save Americans a cumulative $2.4 trillion by 2035.The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, responsible for implementing the standards, received a slight boost in the current budget to almost $2.1 billion. This increase of $17 million is money well spent when its investments enjoy an annual return of more than 20% back to taxpayers in the form of lower utility bills while delivering billions in U.S. economic benefits. RELATED ARTICLES Other initiatives that have been in the cross-hairs by this administration got a reprieve, including the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has helped more than 7 million low-income homeowners afford life-changing energy upgrades, and the Federal Energy Management Program, which has cut the federal government’s energy intensity by more than 40% since 1975. Green Building in the Trump EraEnergy and Building Programs Brace for Trump BudgetNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsEnergy Star Delivers Big for Americans: Why Put It at Risk?Congress Urged to Save Energy Star ProgramDo Wood-Burning Power Plants Make Sense? NRDC: Burning Trees to Make Electricity is an ‘Environmental Disaster’ Not everything is rosyPresident Trump’s extreme budget proposal for 2018 would all but eviscerate clean energy efforts. If his vision becomes reality, weatherization assistance would vanish, loan guarantees meant to accelerate new technologies would also disappear, and research toward better and cheaper renewables would be severely hobbled, among many other losses.And the FY17 spending package wasn’t all good news in terms of promoting sensible energy policies. The legislation also promotes energy from forest biomass and attempts to have it designated it as carbon-neutral, a highly questionable and hasty conclusion. In fact, power plants that burn woody biomass often have emission levels even higher than coal, a study confirmed earlier this year.Looking toward 2018’s budget, it seems unthinkable that some of these clean energy programs, with long track records of success, could ever be on the chopping block. In order to continue to deliver economic benefit and advance energy technologies that are cleaner and cheaper, it is critical that we have a robustly funded Department of Energy. Sadly, under the current administration no federal clean energy effort is safe, which is why we will be watching closely when lawmakers turn to the budget for 2018. Elizabeth Noll is legislative director in the Energy & Transportation program of the Natural Resource Defense Council, where this blog was originally published.last_img read more