Highwayman’s bridge is being repaired

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleGardaí devising strategy to combat knife crimeNext articleTreaty City Brewery – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Cathal Crow pointing to the memorial plaque on Barrly-Thomous Bridge.A BRIDGE with an historic past on the outskirts of Limerick city is getting a new lease of life.Cllr. Cathal Crowe has welcomed the commencement of essential repairs works on an old stone bridge that straddles a mountain stream on the parish boundary between Cratloe and Meelick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last weekend, contractors working for Clare County Council installed scaffolding to facilitate repair works on Barrly-Thomous Bridge.This single-arched stone bridge, constructed in 1837 has been in a perilous state for a number of months. Throughout the month of February, heavily laden trucks carrying cut timber from a nearby forestry plantation loosened some of the bridge’s stonework.Cllr Crowe says that the trucks “exacerbated a problem that is likely to already have started owing to the lack of maintenance the bridge received over its 182 years of existence.”The councillor feared that with the structural integrity of the bridge’s parapet compromised there was a risk of vehicles plunging to the valley floor 30 feet below.“I have a great grá for Barrly-Thomous Bridge. It is only a stone’s throw from my family’s ancestral home at Woodcock Hill and my uncle’s farm bounds on bridge itself,” said Cllr Crowe, who has been highlight the need for works for several years.“I am chairman of the Woodcock Hill Enhancement Committee which, in 2016, installed a plaque on the parapet of Barrly-Thomous Bridge commemorating its illustrious folklore.“In the years before the bridge was built a highwayman, named Morrissey, sat on a flat stone at the fording point of the stream and attacked stagecoaches as they negotiated the water and rocks.“Armed with a blunderbuss, Morrissey often relieved his victims of fortunes – which he supposedly shared with his poor neighbours. He was, in effect, a ‘Robin Hood’ of his day.“On his deathbed, he told family and neighbours that his stash of valuables was buried beneath an oak tree in Cratloe Woods with the ace of spades carved on it. The lure of instant wealth sent many people from near and far on a prospecting frenzy.“To protect the loot from falling into the ‘wrong hands’, Morrissey’s closest friends are said to have carved the ace of spades onto all tree trunks in the woods. This greatly confused the prospectors and ensured, as folklore would have it, that Morrissey’s treasures were never ever found.” NewsLocal NewsPoliticsHighwayman’s bridge is being repairedBy Staff Reporter – May 22, 2019 725 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email TAGSheritageLimerick City and Countylocal newsNewspoliticsrepair TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Jennifer Hermoso leads Spain’s comeback against South Africa

first_imgThat miss proved costly in the 70th minute when Hermoso tucked one home from 12 yards after her strike hit the upraised arm of Van Wyk.Virginia Torrecilla had a goal disallowed for offside as Spain stepped up the pressure, and it made its mark when Vilakazi recklessly dived in on Garcia, with Hermoso stepping up to complete the comeback.2 – Spain’s Jenni Hermoso is the first player to score two penalties in a Women’s World Cup match. Composed. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/nV7MkbOtN9— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 8, 2019Spain was not done, though, as Garcia capped her impressive cameo with a composed finish to move the team to the top of Group B. But Jorge Vilda’s side looked to be heading toward a shocking defeat thanks to Thembi Kgatlana’s 25th-minute strike in Le Havre, only for Janine van Wyk’s handball to hand Spain a reprieve – Hermoso taking full advantage from the spot.The turnaround was completed in the 73rd minute when VAR was used to punish Nothando Vilakazi – who received a second yellow card – for a lunge on substitute Lucia Garcia, with Hermoso keeping her composure to secure a hard-fought win before Garcia added an insurance goal later in the match. Related News Spain was the only team to maintain a 100% winning record through qualifying and was quick to show its strength Saturday, though South Africa’s confidence soon grew.And, after Vilakazi saw her goal-bound set-piece deflected wide, South Africa went ahead when Kgatlana looped a delicate finish over Sandra Panos, who should have done better.1 – South Africa scored with their first-ever shot on target at a Women’s World Cup finals tournament. Entrance. #FIFAWWC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 8, 2019Hermoso tried her luck with a hooked effort shortly after the restart, but Andile Dlamini made a brilliant save onto the crossbar at full stretch, before Kgatlana sent a tame effort at Panos at the other end. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Jennifer Hermoso scored on two second-half penalty kicks Saturday as Spain came from behind to beat Women’s World Cup debutants South Africa 3-1 in Group B.Spain failed to win a single game in its first appearance at a World Cup in 2015 but entered this tournament as one of the favourites thanks to an impressive qualification campaign in which Hermoso starred with seven goals. Women’s World Cup 2019: Host France dominates South Korea in tournament opener Women’s World Cup 2019: Germany tops China 1-0 on Giulia Gwinn’s goallast_img read more

Humboldt B52s open practice with season opener just a few days away

first_imgEUREKA >> It was a leisurely afternoon chat in Eureka with skipper Scott St. John, half an hour before the Humboldt B52s took the field in gray and blue for this first time this year.“You’ll find out today, everyone’s feeling pretty high. A lot of work’s gone in on field improvements so this year we can focus on playing some baseball,” St. John said. “For me, every season, I like meeting new players. The young guys, the new guys; we have a lot of local guys making up our roster.”Mainstays …last_img read more

Australopithecus sediba Dismissed as Human Ancestor

first_img(Visited 440 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two paleoanthropologists writing in Science explain why the mysterious A. sediba is unlikely to be related to the genus Homo.Temporal evidence shows Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be the ancestor of Homo (Science Magazine). University of Chicago paleoanthropologists Andrew Du and Zeresenay Alemseged explain why they believe this creature, wherever it was on the evolutionary tree (they are evolutionists), does not belong on the branch leading to us.Understanding the emergence of the genus Homo is a pressing problem in the study of human origins. Australopithecus sediba has recently been proposed as the ancestral species of Homo, although it postdates earliest Homo by 800,000 years. Here, we use probability models to demonstrate that observing an ancestor’s fossil horizon that is at least 800,000 years younger than the descendant’s fossil horizon is unlikely (about 0.09% on average). We corroborate these results by searching the literature and finding that within pairs of purported hominin ancestor–descendant species, in only one case did the first-discovered fossil in the ancestor postdate that from the descendant, and the age difference between these fossils was much less than the difference observed between A. sediba and earliest Homo. Together, these results suggest it is highly unlikely that A. sediba is ancestral to Homo, and the most viable candidate ancestral species remains Australopithecus afarensis.You can’t be younger than your descendants. That’s illogical, they say. So, it’s back to Lucy. Du and Alemseged have effectively taken a transitional form out of the line, leaving a bigger gap between Lucy (an ape) and the earliest Homo candidate.1960-era diagrams propagandized a generation with fake science. Thoroughly discredited now, the iconic “march of progress” still captures the imagination of the public. See quote below.Are scientists now closer to understanding how human beings evolved from ape-like beings? Hear what they say in conclusion:The issue of the origin of Homo is one of the thorniest questions in paleoanthropology and one that has led to myriad proposals and, sometimes, speculations. Answers to the questions of how, when, and where the earliest representatives of the genus emerged are still in flux, owing especially to the dearth of fossil data from the relevant temporal range (3.0 to 2.5 Ma ago). It is therefore important to use all available lines of evidence when addressing a question as data poor as this one. While fossil remains from the 3.0- to 2.5-Ma-old interval are necessary to reasonably document the morphological patterns surrounding the origin of Homo, probabilistic methods such as the one used here are also critical for assessing the chronological evidence for proposed relationships between Homo and candidate ancestors. Hypothesized ancestor-descendant relationships must satisfy both temporal and morphological criteria. We tested the first criterion here, and the second one has been tested elsewhere. A. sediba fails both benchmarks, and the most viable ancestral candidate for the genus Homo remains Australopithecus afarensis both on morphological and temporal grounds.For earlier articles about A. sediba, which was announced by Lee Berger in 2010, see:Another Fossil Human Ancestor Claimed (8 April 2010)Media Respond Predictably to Latest Ape-Man (8 September 2011)The Blind Men and the Ape Man (25 October 2011)Early Man Stories Evolve (11 December 2011)Eats Shoots and Leaves (8 July 2012)Divorce Spats Between Lucy and Designated Replacement (15 April 2013)Genetic Dating Can Fool Scientists (1 June 2013)Christopher Rupe and John Sanford, in their book Contested Bones, look at the evidence and conclude that A. sediba was not a species at all, but a mixture of bones from different creatures.Thus Lee Berger’s pet monkey falls off the tree. Farewell, Sediba. Maybe you can get a date with Lucy. Share your lessons about desiring fame as a Homo-wannabee with her.Notice what these authors said about their field. Dearth of fossil data. Data poor. Thorny. Sediba fails the morphology test. Sediba fails the temporal test. Don’t know how, when, and where the earliest representatives of the genus “emerged.” That’s been the situation in paleoanthropology since Darwin. Empirically speaking, apes are apes, humans are humans, and never the twain shall meet. The “March of Progress” icon is one of the biggest propaganda hoaxes ever sprung on the public (10 April 2018).last_img read more

2015 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Glenn Karhoff – Allen Co.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The heavy Spring rains were taken better in some parts of Ohio than others, all depending on the soil type. Corn fields in Central and Southern Ohio fared well this harvest season, considering the rainfall, but as The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found, many fields in the Northwest part of the state will have the lowest yield numbers in many years. His visit with Allen County’s Glenn Karhoff in this Cab Cam video shows a glimpse into what that part of The Buckeye State is dealing with at harvest time.last_img read more

Mollom Blocks 100 Millionth Spam Message

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Mollom, the spam-filtering startup that eliminates comment and post spam on popular content management systems, just reached two important milestones: it processed 100,000,000 messages and is now actively protecting over 10,000 websites.It was only about three months ago when the startup, began by Dries Buytaert and Benjamin Schrauwen, celebrated its 50 million message milestone, and only two months before that when the company reached 25 million. Mollom is still a young company, but these milestones are coming fast because so many websites are getting on the bandwagon with the aim of increasing the quality of their website interaction by blocking spam.Even more impressive is that these statistics are for Mollom’s public servers only and don’t include message processing on private servers operated for large-volume clients, such as Netlog, an online social portal for European youth.Mollom set up dedicated servers in Netlog’s data center to provide automated around-the-clock monitoring and custom-trained content classifiers. Mollom’s servers analyze more than 50 messages per second for Netlog, adding up to an additional 4 million messages per day that are not counted in the latest milestone.Large sites such as Netlog are turning increasingly to Mollom for its ability to filter spam in near real-time. Another site, popular citizen journalism hub NowPublic, had been receiving almost 25,000 spam posts per day before implementing Mollom’s service. After NowPublic installed Mollom, the number of legitimate comments by users jumped 180%, while spam comments fell to nearly zero.Taking into account the traffic from the 10,000 websites that Mollom protects, Mollom currently processes up to 150 million messages a month, making it one of the largest website spam filtering services available today.But Mollom is not content to rest on its past achievements. The company is currently changing the architecture of its back-end, which will make the software learn faster and make its actions easier to debug, analyze, and oversee.Mollom offers its services in tiers, with products targeted at small blogs, mid-sized sites, and large enterprise-level Web properties. Mollom Free, designed for small blogs and sites with small posting volumes, is provided free of charge to the Web community, while Mollom Plus and Mollom Premium are commercial services designed for sites with higher volumes and reliability requirements. More information about its service plans is available on Mollom’s website. rww sponsor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hubble Telescope Can Now Drink in All States

first_imgYesterday, the Hubble Space Telescope reached its 21st birthday. Given the initial problems with its lens, the project to watch our universe from outside of the confines of atmosphere has proven pretty successful. (Just goes to show, neither person nor telescope need be defined by youthful screw-ups.)To celebrate this milestone, NASA has found a particularly lovely pair of galaxies to photograph. Known by the mellifluous appellation of Arp 273, it consists of UGC 1813, on top, and UGC 1810, the one below, whose gravity has shaped the stars of its sister galaxy into the shape of a pinkish rose. From NASA’s press release: “The newly released Hubble image shows a large spiral galaxy, known as UGC 1810, with a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewel-like points across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light.”NASA Administrator Charles Bolden commemorated the anniversary: “For 21 years, Hubble has profoundly changed our view of the universe, allowing us to see deep into the past while opening our eyes to the majesty and wonders around us. I was privileged to pilot space shuttle Discovery as it deployed Hubble. After all this time, new Hubble images still inspire awe and are a testament to the extraordinary work of the many people behind the world’s most famous observatory.”If the Hubble’s done nothing else, it has reminded us, repeatedly, of the beauty and the wonder of the universe. Photo and video via Hubblesite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#science#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

To own and run a team is a challenge: Bhaichung Bhutia

first_imgThis will be the first year for United Sikkim in the I-League and I am extremely proud of the way my team played to qualify.Making the top division in the second year is a massive achievement and credit goes to every member of the team. Being a co-owner of the team, there is extra pressure on me and managing things, both on the field and off it, is extremely difficult.Handling the off field activities is a big challenge. Being a part owner of the club, searching for sponsors and looking after the administrative side has meant that I have not been able to train with my teammates as much as I would have loved to. But I’m confident that I’ll get into the groove as the season progresses.The team’s coach is Philippe de Ridder and I had played under him previously in East Bengal. In that season (2005-06), we almost came close to winning the I- League and finished runners-up.It is a very young team and we will bank heavily on the vociferous home support at the Paljor Stadium in Gangtok.We have a bunch of talented players and, with our limited resources, would hope to get maximum points from our home games.The I-League is very competitive and every game is important and since it is such a long competition, the players need to be more aware of injuries and bookings.As far as the I-League goes, this is the fifth season since it has been rebranded (earlier it was known as the National Football League) but lot of improvements have to be made.It lacks a nationwide appeal and there needs to be a long-term vision in place for the development of the league. The clubs are an integral part of the football system and if they don’t get adequate sponsors, it will become very difficult for the game to grow.The corporate houses need to come and support the game. Unfortunately, majority of corporate funding goes towards one particular sport and they seem to be interested only in profits.Budget-wise, my team is nowhere near big clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Dempo, Churchill Brothers or Prayag United, who have built a fantastic squad this season. But we will start the season on a positive note and give our best and give the other teams a run for their money.(As told to Soumalya Santikari) advertisementlast_img read more

Analyst warns BC gas prices could soon hit a record high

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in B.C. should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance. Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.” In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague.center_img Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.last_img read more

British Columbia is just defending its interests on pipeline Horgan

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan defended his government’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is willing to protect Kinder Morgan’s investors.Horgan said he is protecting the interests of British Columbia by joining two legal cases that are already underway over the project and asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether the province has the right to protect its environment through a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.“I’m doing what I said I would do, I’m defending the interests of British Columbia,” he said after speaking to the B.C. Tech Summit. “I’m not causing any risks.”Horgan said the province asked the federal government to take part in the reference case to the Appeal Court, but it declined so his government went ahead on its own to determine its position under the Constitution.“These are not overly provocative statements in my opinion, those are the normal course of events working with the rule of law, not allowing Mr. Morneau to determine constitutionality, but the courts.”Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline project that would twin the existing pipeline between Burnaby, B.C., and Edmonton. The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.Morneau said Ottawa is willing to “provide indemnity” to Kinder Morgan investors to ensure the controversial project is able to proceed.Asked about how Morneau’s statement might impact the future of the pipeline, Horgan replied: “I’m not a seer. I don’t know what the future holds. Mr. Morneau will do what he wants to do.” Horgan later issued a statement replying to Morneau: “The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.”B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s approach on the pipeline is now placing taxpayers’ money at risk through the federal commitment.“Instead of the private sector paying to build this pipeline, taxpayers will now be responsible for cleaning up Horgan’s mess,” he said in a news release.“Oil will continue to be shipped by rail through our communities despite the dangers, and tankers will continue to operate off our coasts carrying oil to Washington refineries. While Horgan risks the economic future of B.C. to hold on to power, our province may face the consequences of losing out on opportunity and prosperity.”center_img (THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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