‘Killjoys’ invade Castletroy playground car spaces

first_imgNewsLocal News‘Killjoys’ invade Castletroy playground car spacesBy admin – February 6, 2012 679 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Emailcenter_img Linkedin INCONSIDERATE parents and car-owning college students are labelled as killjoys by families with young children wishing to access the playground amenities at the beautifully appointed Castletroy Park. The purpose built car park has signage which clearly indicates that it it is for park users only.However, complaints have been made to the Limerick Post that it is virtually impossible to find a space at specific times at school-times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Said one irate parent: “It is being used as a drop-off and collection point for students at Castletroy College.“There is a constant stream of school-bound traffic both in and out of the car park, which in itself, presents a danger to parents with children wishing to avail of the play area”.When the Limerick Post arrived on one afternoon, the car park was completely full (see picture), yet there wasn’t a child or parent to be seen in the vicinity.Two adults were spotted walking in the park.A woman driver, with two children in the back seat, failed to find a parking spot and drove on.On another visit, a similar situation existed.A park attendant explained to the Limerick Post that there were periods each weekday when parents avoided taking their children to the playground because of the difficulty in securing a car space.“As you can see, the car park is now full but hardly a person in sight.“There are even students with their own cars and who leave them here all day.“It is most unfair…this facility was specifically built for families with young children and those who want to take a leisurely stroll. It is like this at mornings, lunch time and early afternoons”.A spokesperson for Limerick County Council confirmed they had received complaints from visitors to Castletroy Park.At the time of going to press, The Limerick Post awaits a response from Castletroy College. Print Previous articleWild Atlantic Drive to reinvent region as tourist destinationNext article50- year-old widow jailed for carrying drugs adminlast_img read more

Final approval secured for Cape Cod Canal tidal testing site

first_imgMarine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for the installation of the Bourne Tidal Test Site in the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts, USA.The final approval was received from the US Army Corps of Engineers after several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies, MRECo informed.MRECo expects to install the platform in November 2017 at the site located well outside the commercial channel and tucked into an accessible spot near the railroad bridge on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal.John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo, said: “We are very pleased the Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment.”Bourne Tidal Test Site will consist of a steel test structure comprising two pilings joined by a bridge with test turbine mounted onto the bridge.Water velocity has been measured at over 2 meters/second (4 knots) on the maximum tidal cycle in both directions at the site. MRECo plans to test turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter with maximum output of 100kW for efficiency, power output, robustness and more.MRECo encouraged organizations, individuals, companies, and research institutions interested in using the site for testing their own tidal energy devices and/or marine and remote sensors to contact the organization as it is accepting proposals for testing in the spring of 2018.Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport Economic Council, according to MREcO.last_img read more

South Africa seamers wreak havoc to secure consolation win

first_img(REUTERS) – Seamers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell wreaked early havoc to set the platform for an easy South African victory in the third and final one-day International against England at Lord’s yesterday.South Africa won by seven wickets but lost the series after defeat in the first two games as both countries prepared for the start of the Champions Trophy this week.Rabada and Parnell decimated the English top order in the opening five overs and rendered the contest effectively over with England teetering at 20 for six. It was the first time six wickets had been taken inside the opening five overs of an ODI.England, who rested Ben Stokes and made four other changes after Saturday’s narrow victory in Southampton, were eventually dismissed for 153 after 31 overs to which the South Africans replied with 156 for three.Hashim Amla scored 55 before being bowled by debutant Toby Roland-Jones and Quinton de Kock (34) fell in the next over to Jake Ball.But JP Duminy (28 not out) and AB de Villiers (27 not out) saw their side through to victory with 20.1 overs to spare.South Africa’s bowlers used the seamer-friendly conditions to maximum effect as England’s batsmen fell like skittles, the first six wickets all coming from pitched-up deliveries.Rabada had out of form Jason Roy caught in the slips by Amla in the opening over and Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler followed in quick succession to catches.Jonny Bairstow’s 51 saved England from the possibility of a worst-ever ODI score. He struck eight fours off 67 deliveries, putting on 62 for the seventh wicket with David Willey and a further 52 with Roland-Jones, who was 37 not out at the end of the innings.Bairstow was stumped off spinner Kershav Maharaj and England still had just under 19 overs to bat when Steven Finn chipped the ball to midwicket and was the last man out.Hosts England get the Champions Trophy underway against Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday while South Africa play Sri Lanka at the same venue on Saturday.ENGLAND inningsJ. Roy c Amla b Rabada 4A. Hales c Amla b Rabada 1J. Root lbw b Parnell 2E. Morgan c de Kock b Parnell 8J. Bairstow stp. de Kock b Maharaj 51J. Buttler c du Plessis b Rabada 4A. Rashid c du Plessis b Rabada 0D. Willey c Duminy b Parnell 26T. Roland-Jones not out 37J. Ball b Maharaj 7S. Finn c de Villiers b Maharaj 3Extras: (lb-2, w-8) 10Total: (all out, 31.1 overs) 153Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7, 3-15, 4-15, 5-20, 6-20, 7-82, 8-134, 9-143.Bowling: K. Rabada 9-1-39-4 (w-2), W. Parnell 8-0-43-3 (w-2), M. Morkel 4-0-15-0, K. Maharaj 6.1-0-25-3, C. Morris 4-0-29-0.SOUTH AFRICA inningsH. Amla b Roland-Jones 55Q. de Kock b Ball 34J. Duminy not out 28F. du Plessis c Buttler b Ball 5A. de Villiers not out 27Extras: (lb-1, w-6) 7Total: (for 3 wickets, 28.5 overs) 156Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-95, 3-101.Bowling: D. Willey 4.5-0-43-0 (w-1), J. Ball 10-0-43-2 (w-5), S. Finn 7-1-35-0, T. Roland-Jones 7-2-34-1.last_img read more

Students give aid to Romania

first_imgFifteen PharmD students from the Keck School of Pharmacy embarked on an outreach trip to rural Romania to deliver much-needed medical care to citizens, according to USC News. Dr. Naomi Florea, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy, organized the two-week trip in July as part of the school’s Global Health Initiative. Three physicians and several Romanian translators accompanied the studentsAccording to World Bank estimates, 70 percent of rural Romanians live below the poverty line, and healthcare services are lacking. The pharmacy students packed 850 pounds of medication into their suitcases before flying to the Eastern European country, according to a USC release. Tam Phan, a third-year pharmacy student who was in the program, described their journey.“We each packed one suitcase full of medications,” Phan said. “We packed some toiletries in a carry-on, but it was mostly medication. It was scary going through security, although the Romanian government knew that we were coming and we had approval.”The team treated 600 patients during their stay between the cities of Jilava and Burcioaia, according to Phan. Many of the patients had chronic diseases which required urgent care, and the lack of adequate healthcare and infrastructure meant that the patients who came for treatment from the students had advanced issues.The USC students were aided by three Romanian physicians and Romanian medical students who often acted as translators. They treated patients with “chronic diseases, including diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure and parasitic infections common in the agricultural region,” according to a press release by the USC School of Pharmacy.“There was no electricity in parts of the town,” Phan said. “All of the drinking water was from wells, so a lot of the cases we saw were fungal infections, parasitic infections. I work at the pharmacy at USC where we stand behind a counter and treat people, but there people came in with very urgent cases that needed medical attention.”The patients were mostly suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and infections, which the team treated with a bevy of medications. The pharmacy students also heard the personal stories of the patients. Phan mentioned a boy who was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia when it actually turned out that he was watching horror films at night. “This child was having night terrors, so the doctor diagnoses him with schizophrenia, and gives him antipsychotic medication,” Phan said. “But he comes to our clinic and we find out that he has been watching scary movies at night.”Another family who had visited Phan’s clinic informed him of the trafficking problem in their country, a social issue that team encountered with one of the younger patients, according to the USC statement.“This woman, she comes with her mother and four kids who all look very innocent,” Phan said. “I was doing her mother’s physical when she told us that many kids are subjected to trafficking in many parts of Romania and sometimes they would be sold for sexual purposes or organ donations.”The trip to Romania is one of several global health trips that Florea has organized during her tenure at USC. Florea hopes to help pharmacy students to enact real-world change, according to a USC statement.“In the U.S. they think pharmacists are people behind the CVS counters handing out medication, but here were are dealing with real-life issues. It gives another face to pharmacy,” Phan said. Another third-year pharmacy student, Ryan Hays, relished in the experience he gained while out in the field, although he described the conditions of Romania as much worse than he had expected.“I didn’t expect it to be so bad, not to the extent that we saw. They didn’t have the health basic education that we do in the U.S.,” Hays said. “But you learn a lot more when you’re out there, it’s way better than staring at a textbook or a presentation.”last_img read more