Eco adventure tourism opportunities on the Shannon Estuary

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Facebook by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FUNDING should be provided to explore the possibility of developing the Shannon Estuary as an international base for eco and adventure tourism.Calling on Fáilte Ireland to help promote the hidden gem that is the Shannon Estuary, Pallaskenry councillor Emmett O’Brien said that the Estuary is a part of Limerick that is often forgotten.“For boating excursions, kayaking or jet skiing, the Shannon Estuary it is one of the most breath-taking parts of Limerick with beautiful vistas stretching from the Maigue and Bunratty rivers back to the Fergus and Deel while Beeves Lighthouse, Bunratty, Ferrybridge, Askeaton, Foynes and Beagh Castle are among the many points of interest.“Eco-tourism and riverside walking trails are very popular on the Continent and there is a great opportunity to develop this form of tourism along the Shannon Estuary”.“The resurgence of plans for a 12-mile walkway was recently highlighted as having huge potential of for the area in light of the pending review of the Wild Atlantic Way and the possibility of Limerick’s inclusion in the highly successful tourism initiative.“There is a great maritime tradition on the Shannon Estuary of fishing, boat building and pleasure crafting that is ripe for promotion once again.Cllr O’Brien, who recently re-launched his own Gandelow boat, said that this could also help put the estuary on the international tourism map and he paid tribute to the Askeaton Boat Club for their work in having this traditional Shannon craft restored to the estuary.“The Gandelow is ideally suited to the Shannon Estuary. It is a flat bottom rowing boat that was traditionally used by fishermen on the Shannon for fishing salmon, drawing reed for thatched cottages and transporting turf on the river. It was also used to attend to the various lighthouses on the Shannon.“The Gandelow is quintessential to Limerick and it’s great to see a resurgence and interest in them in events such as the Gandelow races in Limerick city and the building of the traditional Limerick Gandelow with the assistance of AK Ilen Company in Roxboro.“Up until the 1980s there was a great tradition of boat building of Gandelows in County Clare in Newmarket-on-Fergus and in various parts of Limerick with numerous gandelows being moored at Newtown, Clarina, Ringmoylan, Ballysteen and Askeaton”, Cllr O’Brien recalled. Previous articleCycle Against SuicideNext articleSomething brewing Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email Twitter Print NewsCommunityEco adventure tourism opportunities on the Shannon EstuaryBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2015 1027 last_img read more

Ministry of Health hosts EPI Info workshop

first_img Share 2. The Ministry is in the process of implementing the World Health Organization New Growth Standards for monitoring growth and nutritional status of children 0 to 5 year olds.The training will be extended to the other health workers in the near future.The workshop is coordinated by Nutritionist Marynese Titre of the Health Promotion Unit and facilitated by Renelle Aaron of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CNFI).Photo credit: gov.kyDominica Vibes News Share The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CNFI), the Pan American Health Organization  (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five day workshop on Epi Info – a statistical software used in data collection and analysis.The objective of the workshop is to increase capacity in the areas of management and analysis of food and Nutrition Surveillance.The workshop runs from June 20 to 24, 2011, at the Public Service Training Centre.A total of twenty participants are attending the training which includes Family Nurse Practitioners, Officers from the Health Information Unit, Health Promotion Resource Centre, National Drug Prevention Unit and the Ministry of Education.During the training participants will learn how to create questionnaires and enter data; know the basic statistical analysis and introduction to Epidemiological report.This workshop is timely for two reasons:1. The participants will have hands on in the use of current data collected at the Health Districts and how it can be analysed. 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health hosts EPI Info workshop by: – June 22, 2011last_img read more

Chelsea star tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Chelsea’s players and coaching staff were ordered into isolation as Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player confirmed to have the new coronavirus late on Thursday. The news casts the viability of this weekend’s games further into doubt after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive, also throwing their team into lockdown. “Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening,” a club statement said. “Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines. “These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.” Chelsea said they would discuss their upcoming games, starting with Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, with Premier League officials on Friday. Two Arsenal fixtures – Wednesday’s game at Manchester City, and away to Brighton on Saturday – have already been cancelled because of the virus. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then. His test result was returned on Thursday night. The club said despite testing positive, the 19-year-old was “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.Tags: ArsenalCallum Hudson-OdoiChelseaCoronavirusMikel Artetalast_img read more

Argentina, Chile  Re-enact 2015 Final as Messi Eyes First Argies…

first_imgIn a rematch of the 2015, the Copa America final is set after Chile defeated Colombia 2-0 on Wednesday night in the semifinal; one night after Argentina made simple work of the United States in a 4-0.There’s little to suggest Argentina will be stopped in the final. Other than a 2-1 triumph against Chile in its opener, Argentina has won by at least three goals in each of its last four matches. This is a team with an embarrassment of riches within its roster, most notably with its attacking options. Gonzalo Higuain, Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi have combined for eight goals this tournament.While they’ve been succeeding, Sergio Aguero, who is arguably one of the most dangerous scorers in the Barclays Premier League, has been waiting on the bench for an opportunity just to get a start.But it all comes down to midfielder Lionel Messi, who is the motor of La Albiceleste. The best all-around player on the planet, he is an elite scorer and distributor as he’s shown throughout this tournament with five goals and four assists. Argentina’s defense has also been resolute this entire tournament as its given up just two goals.If there was a team, though, that could ask questions of Argentina, it’s Chile, which defeated La Albiceleste in the 2015 Copa America final in penalties.Like Argentina, Chile is loaded with dangerous scorers, led by Eduardo Vargas, who has a tournament-best six goals.He’s teamed up brilliantly with Alexis Sanchez, who has three goals of his own this tournament. They’ll also receive a boost with Arturo Vidal’s return in the final. Vidal was suspended for the semifinal against Colombia due to yellow-card accumulation.Chile primarily flexed its muscles in its resounding 7-0 thumping of Mexico in the quarterfinals, including four goals from Vargas, who showed his ability to be a poacher inside of the box.Its defense has been solid as of late just like Argentina’s. After allowing four goals in its first three games, Chile has shut out Mexico and Colombia, which should be a confidence booster heading into Sunday.So if anything was guaranteed about the Copa America Centenario final, it’s that there are countless players who hold game-changing capabilities, which should make for a memorable match at MetLife Stadium.Messi’s goalscoring exploits at the Copa America Centenario have rewritten his country’s record books and left Argentina on the brink of a first major title for 23 years.But if Argentina are to avoid a fourth straight defeat in a major final when they take the field in New Jersey on Sunday, the chances are they will have to do something they have never done before in the Messi era: score.In three finals dating back to the climax of the 2007 Copa America, when Messi lined up in an Argentina side that was beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Venezuela, the Albiceleste have failed to find the back of the net.Another shutout followed in the 2014 World Cup final, which ended in a 1-0 loss to Germany, before an agonising defeat on penalties to Chile in last year’s Copa America following a 0-0 draw.All the signs, however, suggest that Argentina’s barren goalscoring spell – and long wait for a title could come to an end at the MetLife Stadium this weekend, where Argentina will face Chile.Tuesday’s 4-0 semifinal drubbing of the United States took Argentina’s tournament goals tally to 18 in five matches, or 3.6 goals per game.While Messi grabbed the headlines for his magnificent free-kick that saw him become his country’s record scorer with 55 goals, one clear of Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s goals have come from all angles.“We’ve been playing well from day one and we deserve to be in the final,” Messi said on Tuesday, dedicating his goals tally to the work of his teammates.“I’m happy to have the record, and I’m happy to play with teammates that have made it possible. I owe it to them,” the five-time world player of the year added.A tournament that could prove to be Messi’s crowning glory has followed a troubled build-up dominated by injury and the distraction of his trial in Barcelona for tax fraud.He arrived in the United States late, still troubled by a back injury sustained during a friendly win over Honduras last month, and was forced to sit out Argentina’s opening game against Chile.If that wasn’t bad enough, Diego Maradona cast doubt on Messi’s ability to captain Argentina soon after the tournament got under way, complaining to reporters at an event in Paris that “he has no personality.”“He doesn’t have the character to be a leader,” Maradona complained.Messi responded to that verbal salvo with a sublime cameo against Panama a few days later, entering as a second-half substitute and scoring a brilliant hat-trick inside 19 minutes.Since then, he has been close to his impish best, scoring a wonderful curling, dipping free-kick against the USA on Tuesday while creating goals for Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain.He even found time to autograph the jersey of a fan who sprinted onto the pitch at halftime in Houston, smiling and hugging the interloper who was subsequently escorted from the stadium by security guards.The only note of caution for Argentina fans is that the team has been down this road before. Last year, Messi was superb as Argentina demolished Paraguay 6-1 in the semifinals of the Copa America with the best attacking display of the tournament.Neverthless, the upbeat mood in the Argentine camp is a far cry from the sense of despondency that enveloped Messi and his teammates after last year’s Copa America heartache.He was named player of the tournament in Chile but reportedly refused to accept the award, disgusted by yet another loss in a major final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Convicted health staff gets reprieve

first_imgTRIPOLI, Libya – The Libyan supreme court on Sunday overturned death sentences for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been in jail since 1999 on allegations they purposely infected children with the AIDS virus. The case has poisoned Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s efforts to improve ties with the West and he is believed to be looking for a face-saving way out of the standoff. The supreme court ordered the six defendants retried, saying there were “irregularities” in the case’s handling. The U.S. government and European Union had condemned the convictions and accused Libya of trumping up the charges to divert attention from poor hygiene at its hospitals that the critics blame for the infections. The supreme court’s ruling came three days after U.S., European and Libyan negotiators reached a deal to set up a fund to help families of the 426 children infected in the 1990s with HIV. About 50 of the children are said to have died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Emotions are also inflamed in Libya. Relatives of the infected children angrily protested Sunday’s ruling at Green Square in central Tripoli. Some set fire to tires and clashed with police. Four demonstrators were arrested. Libya accused the six health workers of deliberately infecting the children at a Benghazi hospital as part of an experiment. The health workers said they were tortured to extract confessions. In the ruling Sunday, the supreme court’s chief judge, Ali al-Alous, suggested he believed the defense. He said prosecutors had agreed with defense lawyers that there were “irregularities” in the arrest and the interrogation of the medical workers. In Washington, State Department spokesman Justin Higgins said “our understanding is that this decision is a positive development since it removes the risk of the death sentence being carried out.” “The international community is working with Libya to find an overall solution,” Higgins said. “As we have made clear before, we believe a way should be found to allow the medics to return to their homes. We’ll continue to support these efforts.” Bulgaria welcomed the verdict as a “positive sign” and said it hoped for a quick retrial. “The Libyan court’s decision is an encouraging step toward a final recognition of the innocence of our compatriots,” said Bulgaria’s parliament speaker, Georgi Pirinski. The defendants did not attend Sunday’s session. A date for the retrial was not immediately set. The case has plagued Gadhafi’s campaign to rebuild good relations with the West. Washington has made clear the nurses’ case is a key sticking point that must be resolved before the United States reopens its embassy in Tripoli, a top goal for Gadhafi. “There should be no confusion in the Libyan government’s mind that those nurses ought to be not only spared … but out of prison,” President George W. Bush said in October. The European Union also said its relations with Libya hinged on the fate of the Bulgarians.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more