Limerick students document hurler’s paralysis struggle

first_imgPicture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILEA GROUP of final year media students in Mary Immaculate College have documented the moving story of former Cork dual player Jamie Wall and his recovery from a spinal injury.Jamie, a former student of the college, had enjoyed success as a major player in the Rebels 2010 All-Ireland minor football team that lost to Tyrone.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He also played for three years on the U-21 team, while also claiming a place on the 2012 and 2013 U-21 hurling squads.However he was cruelly struck down with a spinal injury in June of last year.After suffering from “a dull pain” in the middle of his back that quickly worsened, Jamie was diagnosed with an epidural abscess on the spine, which has since left him paralysed from the midriff down.The bravery demonstrated by Jamie in the documentary of his battle to resume at the very least the ability to walk has won him admirers all over the country.The makers of the documentary said: “Jamie has persevered as an inspirational and motivational character who never gives up and is constantly striving to get back to his full health.“Having to go through such adverse challenges yet maintaining and continuing in perseverance with an amazing positive attitude continues to not only inspire and touch those who know him but has also embraced the wider community with his passion and strength to keep battling forward.”To view the documentary, go to Jamie’s blog on www.friendsofjamiewall.ie. Previous articleDo the Elephant WalkNext articleCycle to support school for the deaf John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Facebook TAGSFriends of Jamie WallJamie WallMary Immaculate College Linkedin Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day NewsLimerick students document hurler’s paralysis struggleBy John Keogh – May 29, 2015 609 MIC Societies scoop four Board of Irish College Societies national awards Printcenter_img New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste WhatsApp Email Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

A Federal ‘Cash for Cronies’ Plan Crafted by Coal Companies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Energy Secretary Rick Perry had been in office less than four weeks when he took a meeting from a coal magnate who had an urgent request.Robert E. Murray, founder of Murray Energy and a major Trump supporter, presented a four-page “action plan” to rescue the coal industry. The plan said that commissioners at three independent regulatory agencies “must be replaced,” Environmental Protection Agency staff slashed, and safety and pollution rules “overturn[ed],” according to photos and documents seen by The Washington Post.Murray’s plan lamented that under former president Barack Obama, environmental regulators had written rules with “38 times the words in our Holy Bible.”The March 29 meeting was part of an aggressive lobbying campaign to make sure that President Trump would deliver on his campaign promise to prop up the coal industry and tear down its regulatory foes. And a central aim of Murray’s lobbying was to get the new administration to change the rules of the electricity grid to help a floundering utility, FirstEnergy, that was one of the chief buyers of coal from Murray Energy’s mines.Eight months later, Perry is pushing a plan that would deliver new subsidies to a handful of coal and nuclear companies and keep open decrepit half-century old plants just as Murray had hoped — all in the name of improving the reliability and security of the electrical grid.It’s not unprecedented for industry executives or environmental groups to lobby new administrations. In 2001, then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney and his aides held at least 40 meetings, mostly with fossil-fuel-producing industries, in drawing up an energy plan.But the Perry plan has roused overwhelming bipartisan opposition because it would help a small number of firms at the expense of millions of consumers.“You can wrap this Christmas present in whatever paper you want, but it’s still cash for cronies,” Nora Brownell, a consultant and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member appointed by President George W. Bush.Perry has also put unusual pressure on FERC, an independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity. Perry has pressed it to sign off on the changes by Dec. 11. That’s an unusually fast turnaround time, especially since two commissioners were confirmed only on Nov. 2. The commission on Thursday asked for a 30-day extension.More: An American energy plan straight from coal country A Federal ‘Cash for Cronies’ Plan Crafted by Coal Companieslast_img read more

Tipp set to open defence of Munster title

first_imgThe first match of the provincial competition gets underway at 4 o’clock.Tipp boss Michael Ryan thinks the game at Semple Stadium could be one to savour.His opposite number Kieran Kingston is hoping the conditions will suit his slightly depleted side. Tipp FM’s live coverage of the big match will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh – our build-up gets underway just after 3 o’clock.last_img

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash impress Los Angeles Lakers in 5-on-5 scrimmage

first_img“I understand the level of curiosity,” Bryant said. “I just do what I do.”After appearing in only 15 games last season because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings, Nash appeared like his vintage self with fluid pick-and-rolls and crisp passes. Bryant set Nash up for an open 18-foot jumper that he canned. “Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “For not playing basketball that much, to play the way they did today and get up and down the floor the way they did yesterday, I was impressed.” Bryant and Nash haven’t played in a game together since March 30, 2013 in Sacramento, where Nash left because of hamstring issues. Less than a month later, Bryant tore his left Achilles. And with that, Scott stayed insistent that Bryant and Nash would miss the evening portion of their two-a-day session on Wednesday.“If he has something left in the tank, that’s great,” Scott said of Bryant. “He can save it for tomorrow.” The Lakers will also have two-a-day sessions today, Saturday and Sunday before their preseason opener on Monday against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego. Before that time, Bryant said he does not feel as if he needs progress anymore beyond following his daily ritual in icing his legs, staying hydrated, eating nutritious foods and resting.Bryant playfully scolded reporters and called them “rusty” for peppering him with questions about his health and return. In several different variances, Bryant said, “I’m fine,” and reported feeling only “a little sore” after participating in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday that put a high emphasis on conditioning drills. “Just using this time to really button things up as a team and get execution down,” Bryant said. “I’m pretty patient. Even though the games are coming eventually, I’m not necessarily rushing to get to them.”Mid-season formBryant hardly appeared in the mood to talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring Kevin Love from Minnesota this offseason. Bryant called it a “good trade,” but was he hoping Love would land with the Lakers once he becomes a free agent in the 2015 offseason?“No,” Bryant said with sarcasm.Injury updateLakers forward Ryan Kelly missed Wednesday’s practice because of a moderately strained left hamstring, an absence Scott described as “precautionary.” Xavier Henry also sat out his second consecutive practice because of back spasms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Once Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash officially enter the Hall of Fame, the images from the Lakers’ five-on-five scrimmage on Wednesday will likely become lost amid the array of other more memorable performances. But for a pair that spent more time in the past year bonding in the training room than on a basketball court, Bryant and Nash showed plenty of moments in the team’s first formal five-on-five scrimmage on Wednesday that left the Lakers inspired. After playing in only six games last season amid left Achilles and left knee injuries, Bryant provided numerous highlights that included a right-handed dunk, multiple pull-up jumpers and fluid movement. A week ago, Bryant impressed the Lakers during an informal five-on-five scrimmage with his movement, shooting accuracy and lift, though he did not dunk. The latest scrimmage featured three officials, providing more structure than the more informal setting in Bryant’s first five-on-five appearance. last_img read more

NHL free agency rumors: Sharks may be preparing to offer Erik Karlsson 8-year extension

first_imgIt should also be noted that if the Sharks do give Karlsson this massive extension, it could hamper their efforts to bring back captain Joe Pavelski and even veteran Joe Thornton.Pavelski scored 38 goals last season, which was just three less than his career high of 41. Losing him would be a big blow, but Karlsson’s departure would be difficult to deal with, as well.Thornton is likely to come back on a one-year deal if he does return. He has long said he wants to finish his career in San Jose, but his future is very contingent upon what the Sharks give their other free agents. The Sharks are the only team that can offer Karlsson an eight-year deal, and they might be the only one willing to give him an offer in the $11 million range on average annual value.Karlsson is coming off of offseason groin surgery and dealt with serious injuries in both 2013 and 2017.Some teams could point to that as a reason not to give Karlsson a deal worth more than $10 million per year, so if the Sharks are willing to give him $11 million, that could be enough to keep him in San Jose.The Sharks have until June 23 to talk exclusively to Karlsson as players are allowed to talk to all 31 teams on that day before being allowed to sign July 1.Karlsson is coming off a year in which he scored three goals and added 42 assists, but he played just 53 games in the regular season as he dealt with the groin injury and missed the final game of the Western Conference finals while dealing with the same problem.He remains one of the best offensive defensemen in the game, though, and having him and Brent Burns on the first and second lines, respectively, is a luxury very few NHL teams have. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron confirms he played through groin injury The report states there is a belief the Sharks are willing to offer Karlsson a contract somewhere close to what Kings defenseman Drew Doughty got last summer.That would be eight years and $88 million. Related Newscenter_img The Sharks are committed to bringing back defenseman Erik Karlsson.According to The Athletic, San Jose and the All-Star defenseman are continuing to work on a contract extension which would keep Karlsson with the team for a very long time. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 7 winlast_img read more

Guide to purchasing a yacht in Thailand – Part 5

first_imgYacht SurveyorsThe way to find the best surveyor in your area is to ask people who know and are willing to give you an honest answer.  Insurance agents, company claim offices and yard managers are in a good position to know which surveyors know their business.  If you want a good surveyor, choose your surveyor carefully.The next most important consideration is to make sure that the surveyor has adequate time to do his job, along with good working conditions.  The surveyor can’t do a good job if he’s being hustled by a seller.  Nor can he do a good job if too many people are present on the boat.  As the buyer, you should accompany the surveyor so that you’re available to see things first hand.  Sea trials should be conducted in open water not restricted waterways.  A brief run up a river or the Intracoastal, interspersed with no wake zones won’t do.  If weather conditions don’t permit an open water run, be prepared to reschedule another day.  It’s extremely important to give the vessel a good run. After the survey, avoid letting a broker rush your decision.  They all say that if you don’t sign today, they got someone who will tomorrow.  It’s the oldest con in the book.  Surveyors need time to consider their findings, and the survey is not really finished until he has written his report.  Most surveyors get their reports done in a day or two, so give him adequate time to finish his job.Purchase AgreementsMake sure that your purchase agreement allows you to cancel the deal if the vessel does not meet your standards.  Include a stipulation that the sea trial must be conducted in open water for a minimum of two hours.If the seller warrants that he will repair any defects, make sure that you get that in writing, preferably with a maximum dollar amount attached.  It is not wise to allow the seller to repair deficiencies himself.  The reason should be obvious, but many buyers overlook the possibility that the repairs that the seller makes may not be satisfactory.  Indeed, they often aren’t.  The best procedure is to negotiate a dollar reduction to the sales price and make the repairs yourself, even if there is an element of uncertainty as to cost.  Of course you should get cost estimates on deficiencies, and better still a contract price.If you can’t get away from the seller making repairs, at least stipulate in the contract that the repair firm must be mutually agreeable to both buyer and seller.  What you’re looking to avoid is the shade-tree mechanic who doesn’t do the job right.Remember that the broker represents the seller, not you, the buyer.  If you want to believe their representations, make them put it in writing.  That way you have a contract, not just a sales pitch.Concluding the DealDon’t be too quick to condemn an otherwise good boat that has a major problem such as a bad engine.  If you’ve done your homework and have researched more than just a few boats, you know what is available and at what price.  The old saying that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t applies.  If you can get serious defects repaired well within economic range, you’ll probably end up with a better boat than the next one you look at.  The reason is simple: if the problem has manifested, it has become known.  When you’re looking at boats of comparable age, chances are those boats are also well on the way to having similar problems.  Therefore, the more problems that can be discovered and repaired, the better off you’ll be.In Summary:Make quality a major consideration. Don’t try to get the largest vessel that your budget will allow. Better to take a step down in size and a step up in quality.If size is a major consideration, seriously consider used versus new as a means of staying within your budget.Look beyond glamorous interiors, luxurious upholstery and racy designs: the beauty may only be skin deep.Calculate the full cost of ownership, including depreciation, interest, insurance, dockage, fuel and repairs. Figure maintenance as an annual percentage over the period of ownership.Once you’ve decided on several possibilities, take a tour of a marina or boat yard and see how the products of those builders hold up over the years. Talk to their owners and see what they have to say.Consult a surveyor before you buy. Most surveyors will be glad to help you make a choice.Take the time to find the best surveyor in your area.Make your purchase decision only after you’ve read the survey report.Consider the advantage of getting major machinery or parts overhauled or replaced based on a reduction in price.Now I know what to buy, What next?Now that you have chosen your boat, there are still two major options.  The first, buying your boat overseas or a new boat and having it imported and the other is buying a boat that is already local in Thailand.  Let’s take a look at both scenarios.Import your boat:It’s ‘easy’ when you know how but persons intending to import and/or register a boat in Thailand are advised to seek competent professional advice.A pleasure yacht (power or sail) can be imported into Thailand with Customs Duty at zero percent.  The only tax applicable is VAT, currently set at 7%.  VAT will be calculated on the CIF value (Cost + Insurance + Freight) of the boat.For the purpose of calculating VAT, the boat is valued at its purchase price.  However, the Customs Officer must agree that value stated is a fair market price.  If the Customs Officer believes the stated value is too low, he will research the price on www.yachtworld.com and may reject the importer’s own valuation, even if backed by a Bill of Sale/invoice/receipt etc.The above applies to both new and pre-owned boats.  In the latter case, there is room for negotiation on value depending on the boat’s condition.Procedures, and the documentation required, are complicated.  Employing a professional agency such as Gulf Charters Thailand will remove a lot of the frustration.Buying local:When transferring registration of a Thai registered boat, the Harbour department charges a stamp duty of 0.5% of the purchase price to make the transfer.  He or she will also need a valid address in Thailand to reference in the yacht registration book.The immigration office facilitates this by issuing a letter stating that you have provided them with proof of a residential address.  To do this you need to attend a brief meeting with the immigration office and provide them with such proof, a lease or the like in your name.  You will also require a passport photo and a copy of your passport showing the data page, the page showing your current visa and the a copy of the arrival card.Please note that this letter is only valid for the duration of your visa, if you do not have sufficient time left on your visa  for the registration transfer to take place (minimum two weeks) you may be required to provide a new valid letter to the Harbour department before they will issue the registration book.After having received all documents complete, the Harbor Department will issue an official number to be clearly displayed on the left and right sides of the hull.  Photographs of the vessel with the official Harbor Department number (2 photographs each on the left, on the right and the front) must be submitted to the Harbor Department who will then make a final detailed inspection and issue official registration papers and a permit to operate the vessel in Thai waters.  If all documentation is correct, it will take 3 – 5 days.For more information and advice about purchasing a new or used yacht/pleasure boat in Thailand, contact Gulf Charters on Tel. 038 237 752.last_img read more

Surgical Associates’ Senior Partner to Retire

first_imgFacebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Surgical AssociatesBringing to a conclusion a distinguished 34 year career serving Thurston County as a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. James (Jim) Reus announced his retirement from Surgical Associates.  “It is with a sense of profound poignancy that I announce my retirement from the practice of surgery in Thurston County. Through these many years I’ve had the privilege to be surrounded by wonderful colleagues who have supported me beyond measure. I have had the privilege to raise a family and to grow and live in a most beautiful little corner of the world.”Spending time with his grandkids is high on Dr. Reus’ list for retirement. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesA graduate of the University of Washington, Dr. Reus tirelessly and compassionately served the surgical needs of the greater Olympia community in which he’s lived for over three decades.  Also serving as the President of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, the President of the Foundation at Providence St Peter Hospital, and the President of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Reus endeavored to guide and inspire Washington’s healthcare community in the ever-evolving practice of medicine. “A wonderful mentor of mine…at the University of Washington where I trained in surgery so many years ago, once said to me, ‘Jim, learn the surgical principles because the types of operations you do will change through your career, but the principles behind the operations will not change.’ Nothing could’ve been more true. While operations have evolved, and indeed the entire practice of medicine has undergone profound change, the guiding principles of surgery and medicine which have motivated me throughout my life have not changed.”Dr. Jim and Diane Reus will enjoy retirement exploring the Puget Sound on their live-aboard boat. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesDr. Reus and his wife, Diane, look forward to time on the water cruising the Puget Sound on their live-aboard, the Innisfree, as well as travel and spending time with their grandchildren.  “It is my hope that as Olympia evolves this beautiful little piece of the great Northwest will continue to be a great, great place to live and raise a family, and for those in healthcare to practice their craft for generations to come.”  Coinciding with Dr. Reus’ retirement, Surgical Associates is pleased to welcome two new surgeons to their practice: Dr. Burkley Snow and Dr. Rebecca Freeman.  Both Washington natives, Dr. Snow and Dr. Freeman are very pleased be returning to the Pacific Northwest to serve the surgical needs of Thurston County.last_img read more