NewsLocal NewsMagician Keith to appear at Limerick weddingBy Editor – December 14, 2017 2042 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleHurlers turn their hand to boxing at ‘Fight Night’Next articleBeyond the neon runes Editor Twitter WhatsApp TAGSKeith BarrylimerickmagicianRay D’ArcySt Camillus’ Hospitalwedding Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Magician Keith BarryEarlier this week, listeners to the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ radio heard about a couple getting married tomorrow in a Limerick Registry Office.The couple are not telling their families and one of them wrote to the programme asking for two witnesses to join them tomorrow so that their wedding could go ahead.The email stated: “Hi Ray, I am really hoping you can help me. My partner and I are getting married in Limerick registry office this Friday at St Camillus’ Hospital unbeknownst to our family and friends. It’s on at 2.30pm. The two witnesses we have are now unable to join us on Friday. Is there any chance you might have two listeners free on Friday afternoon for approx an hour or less who could help us?Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They just have to be over 18 and need to bring ID that’s shows their date of birth (passport or driving licence). Many many thanks in advance. P.S. please do not mention my name in case family or that is listening”.After the message was broadcast, there was a great response from the listeners and the production team came up with two witnesses, Karen and Jim.However magician Keith Barry was also in the studio and he is scheduled to be in Limerick tomorrow. He said that all going well, he’ll be at the wedding too!“I’m in Limerick tomorrow. I’ve a mad schedule but if I can do it, I will turn up and be a part of the ceremony,” he added.More local news here WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads
Observations made by the DMSP 1710 satellite during the recovery phase from geomagnetic disturbances in June 1991 show regions of He+ dominance around 830 km altitude at 09:00 MLT. These regions are co-located with a trough in ionisation observed around 55degrees in the winter hemisphere. Plasma temperature and concentration observations made during the severe geomagnetic storm of 24 March 1991 are used as a case study to determine the effects of geomagnetic disturbances along the orbit of the F10 satellite. Previous explanations for He+ dominance in this trough region relate to the part of the respective flux tubes that is in darkness. Such conditions are not relevant for this study, since the whole of the respective flux tubes are sunlit. A new mechanism is proposed to explain the He+ dominance in the trough region. This mechanism is based on plasma transport and chemical reaction effects in the F-region and topside ionosphere, and on the time scales for such chemical reactions. Flux tubes previously depleted by geomagnetic storm effects refill during the recovery phase from the ionosphere as a result of pressure differences along the flux tubes. Following a geomagnetic disturbance, the He+ ion recovers quickly via the rapid photoionisation of neutral helium, in the F-region and the topside. The recovery of the O+ and H+ ions is less rapid. This is proposed as a result of the respective charge exchange reactions with neutral atomic hydrogen and oxygen. Preliminary model calculations support the proposed mechanism.
You might not immediately be able to put a face to the name ‘Laura Linney’. And you wouldn’t be the only one, since despite a prolific film career spanning over a decade, and a wide range of prestigious award nominations, she rarely appears in the press unless in connection with her latest film or character. You’ll have a hard time trying to find Linney gracing the gossip pages of Heat magazine. Perhaps this is why I don’t instantly recognise her when introduced to her amongst a small group of people having a civilised cup of tea at the Randolph. Those who are unfamiliar with Linney’s filmography will most likely recognise her as “that American one from Love Actually”, or as Frasier Crane’s girlfriend, if you were still watching Frasier by 2004.Linney’s career thus far has seen her working with some of the most well-respected artists in Hollywood, in a host of highly influential films, and yet she remains surprisingly level-headed and approachable. Interviewers in the past have noted how Linney frequently makes sure to introduce herself personally to everyone present, and our interview does not prove an exception. Standing to shake hands with each flustered student that arrives to meet her, she remains unwaveringly friendly and, much to my relief, wholly unpatronising. We begin with small talk about malfunctioning Dictaphones, as I attempt to set mine up, before I enquire whether she’s managed to visit some of the more picturesque Oxford Colleges – ‘I would have’, she says sadly, ‘but they’re closed to the public, so I sort of peeked in through the gate and tried to get a sneak look in’. I consider pointing out that she’d find it relatively easy to use her celebrity status to get a private tour, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that such antics wouldn’t be her style.A brief glance at the films Linney has featured in over the last decade reveals real variation in the projects she chooses to take on. From the unnerving thriller ‘The Mothman Prophecies’, to quirky blockbuster ‘The Truman Show’, or even the Edith Wharton classic ‘The House of Mirth’, Linney refuses to restrict herself to one genre, no matter how successful she may prove to be within it. She denies sticking to any sort of overall ‘game plan’ when selecting roles, believing that having such a fixed career path and setting out to prove oneself to the public is often counterproductive. ‘When actors choose their own material, I think it’s a little dangerous because there’s some personal agenda there that’s at work that isn’t necessarily very good for the material’. She may well have a point. It’s often painfully obvious when actors take on a particularly controversial role merely for the sake of publicity (‘Eyes Wide Shut’ anyone?), or veer towards films they believe have ‘Oscar winning potential’ (think gay cowboy dramas and the like). This is a technique which can go horribly wrong, with actors choosing parts which they simply can’t pull off. ‘You can see some people choosing something that just doesn’t work, and you can tell they did it because they wanted to be sexier, or there was some need to prove a side of their personality…’ Yet Linney seems to avoid falling into this trap, genuinely choosing projects based on their artistic worth, or how much they interest her. Such an attitude certainly involves making sacrifices – for her role in the low-budget film You Can Count On Me, released in 2000, she received the union minimum wage of $10,000, but was rewarded in return with her first Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress. She received a second nomination a few years later, this time for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Kinsey, in which she played the eponymous sex psychologist’s wife, opposite Liam Neeson. This approach to her career may explain why she’s been involved in such a wide range of different films, and successfully avoided being typecast. So what persuades her to take on a new project? Unsurprisingly, ‘nine times out of ten it’s the script and what potential the script holds. Then there’s director or actors. There has to be one of those three elements. If there are two of the three then that’s pretty good…’ So has she ever been involved in something with all three elements? The response is instantaneous – ‘Yes. Mystic River, because that had a great script, Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn. Didn’t take long to figure that one out.’Her immense enthusiasm for these films, evident in the warmth with which she talks about them, undoubtedly results in intense dedication to the project in hand. Listening to Linney describe how she manages to cope with the disjointed way of filming a movie, out of chronological order, gives you a particularly clear insight into her approach to acting. ‘A lot of times, I’ll take a big piece of cardboard and I’ll make charts and lists and graphs, and I do all sorts of “mad scientist” things so if I do a scene, I can see where it falls in sequence.’ This science metaphor seems appropriate here, since Linney’s approach to the development of her character seems almost mathematical – ‘if I know something in scene five has to hit in scene sixty, I need to set it up properly. If I’m, doing scene 59 and there was something that I did in scene 7 that relates to that, I have to remember what happened.’ Award shows and glamour aside, Linney clearly takes each role very seriously. As an actress, she doesn’t like to anticipate, in the long term, where her career might take her, preferring, as she puts it, ‘the unexpected things in life – that’s just the life of an actor.’ As such, when I enquire as to what her dream role would be, she is adamant that she can’t bring herself to try and imagine it. ‘You know, I can’t answer that, because I don’t think that way. I wish I did. I really wish I could think that way. It would make my life, and probably my agent’s life much easier, but part of the fun for me is not knowing what’s around the corner’. Indeed, her career has been far from one-track, with Linney eager to switch, at least temporarily, from film to television when given the opportunity, most notably in a recurring role on Frasier, for which she won her second Emmy award. ‘The thing that was so interesting, and the reason I did it, was that I know absolutely nothing about the sitcom’. The experience, she says, was completely different to any of her previous projects, and highly liberating – ‘you have to be willing to be very flexible, because things change constantly… you really have to be as free and as easy as you possibly can be, and not let yourself be thrown by anything. You have to go into sitcoms with a real sense of joy.’On the other end of the spectrum, Linney’s appearances on Broadway have seen her tackle highly serious dramas, most noticeably Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, in which she and Liam Neeson, in their roles as Elizabeth and John Proctor, created an “emotional temperature that leaves you weak”, as one enthralled critic put it. When asked whether she’ll be gracing the boards of London’s West End in the near future, she insists that ‘anywhere I’m invited to in theatre I would pretty much show up’, (take note, budding student directors) and admits that she’s hoping to make a return to the stage before long. Linney genuinely seems to revel working within a large cast of characters, be it on the stage or in front of the camera. Speaking about ‘Love Actually’ she admits to finding the experience a hugely positive one – ‘I loved being around all those people, I loved the ensemble feel, that one producer would do something and then pass the baton to the next producer. It was this sort of collage of little things, and you were just a small part of something much bigger.’As the interview draws to a close, I ask her what she’s going to be talking about at the Union, and the reply is unsurprisingly modest – ‘mostly it’ll probably be more Q & A, just where I think I can be more helpful… just seeing what students are wondering about’. At this she stands once more to greet her next eager visitor. One presumes she must get rather tired of this process, after a decade in the spotlight, but if she does then she certainly doesn’t let it show.
www.cbes.co.uk Dibas is promoting its deck oven for establishments that bake-off snacks and pastries, but which also want to serve pizzas as part of their offering. The EBO Deck Oven, manufactured by Dibas, is distributed in the UK by CBES Food Systems. It allows up to three baking chambers to be stacked on top of each other, but each has its own individual controls, enabling bakers to bake a range of different products at the same time.Four control unit options include: the intelligent control IS500 and the multi-appliance IS600, which have graphics menus suitable for untrained staff; a digital control unit with an automatic night-start function; and a manual control unit.The ovens come in four styles, ranging from 930mm wide to 1,550mm wide.
Members of the UK baking industry have revealed their thoughts to British Baker on yesterday’s Budget, announced by Chancellor George Osborne.In the spring Budget, revealed yesterday (20 March), the Chancellor highlighted a number of action points that would benefit small businesses in the years ahead.Here is what the industry thought:Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers“The Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has spent the afternoon of the Budget contradicting the Chancellor’s claims that people in Scotland will be £176m better off during the next two years. However, the Budget has provided some good news for bakers in Scotland. The £2,000 national insurance rebate will especially assist small bakers, the commitment to speed up the introduction of the Business Bank is welcome, as accessing money for business investment and growth is difficult, the withdrawal of the expected increase in fuel duty is welcome. Though it is disappointing that more isn’t being done to assist high street businesses and the demise of the high street looks set to continue.”Tim Hall of Halls Bakery in Chorley, Lancashire“I think it was a reasonable Budget, with the reduction in corporation tax being a positive move, and tax-free child care will be a help to working families. Also, the 0% interest rate for first-time buyers will push forward the housing market, so not all doom and gloom. Maybe a cut in the benefits culture should now be looked at more closely to try and push the country forward again.”Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers“He didn’t have much to give away in the first place and while there are some small benefits for smaller businesses in the budget he has still not done anything to address rates or, indeed, the rate of VAT. At this stage at least there are no nasty surprises like the pasty tax from last year, although the Budget will have to be pored over in more detail yet.”
Waitrose has introduced a new item to its patisserie counters, designed by an ITV viewer.The Ginger and Orange Cherubs were entered by Anne Aitken into ITV’s Lorraine’s Taste Off competition earlier this year.The competition saw viewers given the chance to see their product sold in Waitrose stores across the country.The Cherubs were officially unveiled live on Lorraine by John Whaite, winner of the third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off. They contain ginger, orange, apricots and sultanas and are based on a traditional Yorkshire recipe handed down by generations of Aitken’s family.Aitken said: “I cannot believe that my little Ginger and Orange Cherubs are going to be served on Waitrose patisserie counters for everyone to try. I call them Cherubs because my mum used to call us her ‘little ginger cherubs’ – not only are we a family of redheads, we’re also gingerholics!”Tracey Anderson, Waitrose product developer, added: “Waitrose customers will love these little Cherubs; you can taste the delicious orange and ginger flavours and the texture is a gorgeous mix between a scone and a rock cake – the ultimate sweet treat.”Waitrose Ginger and Orange Cherubs are available at all patisserie counters, costing 79p.
The City of Burlington is one of a handful of prominent cities around the country and the world participating in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project’s ‘Global Report on C40 Cities.’ The report, issued in June, summarizes carbon emissions from ‘C40’ cities ‘ large cities around the world which have joined together with a commitment to tackling climate change ‘as well as 6 additional cities, including Burlington, which voluntarily disclosed information on their carbon footprint. Burlington joins cities such as New York, Chicago, Berlin, Dhaka, Hong King, London, Lagos, Taipei, and San Francisco in participating in the report, among others. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chairs the C40 Climate Leadership Group (C40). In Mayor Bloomberg’s introduction to the report, he states that ‘This candid report establishes an invaluable baseline of information for future actions that can be taken locally, but have a global impact. This transparency will give people everywhere confidence that cities ‘ the level of government closest to the majority of people on the earth ‘ have the foresight and courage to confront the greatest challenge that humanity has ever created for itself.’ Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, emphasized the value of documenting the carbon footprint of businesses, organizations, and cities, and praised the transparency of local governments willing to publicly self-report such data: ‘[This report is] unique ‘ all of the data is these pages is self-reported by city governmentsâ ¦.The connection between measurement and management is…clear for city governments. As concentrations of people, businesses, and wealth, cities are both large emitters of greenhouse gas emissions and highly vulnerable to the potential physical effects of climate change. With the right processes in place, local governments, just like corporations, can gain strategic insight into their operations and reduce their exposure to climate change through assessment of climate risk. Through public disclosure, cities share their methodologies and insights as they create transparent, climate-safe places in which to live and work. The report comes as Burlington has announced the development of thirty-six high priority climate action strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help meet the City’s emissions reduction target. The City has released a new website devoted to the City’s Climate Action Plan, www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/(link is external), which includes an analysis of how waste, transportation, and energy use in Burlington impact green house gas emissions. Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss kicked off an initiative to involve the public in greenhouse gas and waste reduction at a community meeting on July 20. A full copy of the CDP’s Global Report on C40 cities can be found at https://www.cdproject.net/Documents/CDP-Cities-2011-Report.pdf(link is external). Burlington’s carbon emission report can be found on the Carbon Disclosure website (www.cdproject.net(link is external)) as well as the Climate Action Plan website (www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/plan/ghg/(link is external)). The Carbon Disclosure Project ‘is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world’ (from www.cdproject.net(link is external)). More information about the C40 group of cities is available at: http://www.c40cities.org/(link is external). Members of the public interested in getting involved in the City’s climate action efforts can go to www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/(link is external) for more information.
When cold temperatures and Frankenstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in late October, many of us were anticipating the winter season to end all winter seasons. “We’ll be shredding in May with all the snow we’re going to get!” we yelled while high fiving strangers in the milk/water/canned food/candle aisle of the local grocery store. Ski slopes opened early, El Nino was in the air, and life was good. Unfortunately, we came back down to planet Earth over the next month, and here we are again in mid-December with mild temps and dirt, not snow, beneath our feet. Before we resign ourselves to a winter like last year, we must remember that this is fairly typical in the Southeast. Winter will make its official arrival soon enough, but in the meantime, take advantage by getting in one more weekend of warm weather activity.The best way to recreate outside and take in some nature while still scratching that adrenaline itch is to hop on the mountain bike and attack some flowy singletrack. The best place to do that is at DuPont State Forest outside Asheville, N.C. The extensive trail system in DuPont is more buffed out than in nearby Pisgah National Forest, providing buttery smooth downhill sections and manageable climbs. The scenery can’t be beat, with waterfall after waterfall along the trails and Lake Julia on site. Either way you ride it, linking up loops or trying the 35-mile IMBA Epic Ride, you can spend all day in DuPont and not cross your tracks.View Larger Map