Weather alert issued as homes lose power

first_imgWhatsApp NewsBreaking newsWeather alert issued as homes lose powerBy admin – December 21, 2013 660 Advertisement Facebook Print Andrew CareyMET eireann issued a weather warning this morning at 7am and it is continue through today as storms, gales and hail showers continue to batter the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A lightening strike in the south of the country in overnight storms left up to 7,000 homes without power but some 3,000 are restored.However homes in County Limerick and parts of Clare have also been sporadically darkened as power outages are reported.The Orange status weather warning comes with recommendations from An Garda Siochana that all unnecessary travel should be avoided as weather conditions hamper roads with localized flooding.ESB networks crews are working to restore all homes to power while the company say that extra crews will be on standby over Christmas in case of outages.A yellow marine weather alert is in place as where gusts from the southwest hit 100km/h while last nights storm had winds reaching 120km/h in parts.A number of sailings have been delayed or cancelled and anyone with any travel plans should check with operators.center_img Email Twitter Previous articleTax demands made on alleged brothel keepersNext articleFarmer wins court costs appeal admin Linkedinlast_img read more

Reflecting on a young life

first_imgThere have been a few times this academic year when I’ve had to choose between finishing a problem set or spending time with my friends. It’s obvious that there is a certain “go, go, go” way of life at a world-class institution such as Harvard College. Because this is a university where top students flock to study because of their potential and accomplishments, it is easy to fill up a schedule with academics, extracurricular meetings, practices, and rehearsals, while at the same time not even realizing what we’re doing it all for.As students, we share many interests. But as Harvard freshmen, more specifically, there are several high expectations that we set for ourselves. Everything we do, and have already done up until this point, seems only for the future, so that we can live “good lives.” But what exactly does that mean? Are our actions reflective of our values? Do we have certain responsibilities or obligations as Harvard students? When is it time to put that problem set down? These are a few of the big questions that my “Reflecting on Your Life” group discussed.When I received the e-mail to sign up for the sessions, I was doubtful that a program like this would be successful, because of everyone’s busy schedules. After all, there aren’t even enough hours in the day to get a full night’s sleep, let alone squeeze in a voluntary activity that doesn’t count for anything academically. However, the section, intended especially for freshmen, only met for an hour and a half for three weeks, without any prerequisites or homework, so I decided to keep an open mind and go through with it.Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman and Jonathan Smart ’12, who had participated in the program last year, made sure our discussion was running smoothly. After the first few minutes of our initial meeting, my classmates and I had found some common ground outside of academics. When asked why we signed up, we gave a variety of responses, from getting away from the traditional classroom setting to meeting new people. I think Shalini Pammal ’13 summed it up best, saying she simply wanted to listen to the perspectives of her classmates because “one of Harvard’s greatest resources is its students.”While I anticipated awkward silences and blank stares, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Dean Dingman’s home with the same 15 classmates each Thursday to sit in a circle and talk about life. My favorite part of this discussion group was that the people represented a cross-section of the Class of 2013; there was no criterion for selection other than what fit our schedules best when we signed up. Essentially, any connections we might have shared were by coincidence, which I enjoyed because our groups of friends here are largely dictated by where we live, those who play the same sport, or maybe those we see in our classes. For me, this means I met most of my friends across the hall in Greenough, on the volleyball team, and in first-semester classes, but none of them were in my “Reflecting on Your Life” section.It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one who was thinking about all the doors that attending Harvard had opened for me, about life back home in Methuen, Mass., or about what I wanted out of my college experience. Ultimately, I was thinking about my entire life.I would recommend the program to anyone because it helped me to realize that I should seize all that Harvard has to offer, while I can. It solidified opinions of which I was uncertain, and I don’t think I could have articulated or even embraced them without the help of my classmates. But it also raised a new set of questions: Will we actually put the problem set down and go out to gain life experience every time we have the opportunity? Will we sacrifice that “A,” regardless of the fact that it doesn’t really matter 20 years from now? While these questions are up for debate, it’s nice to know that there are people who can agree that reflecting on our time here at Harvard, even if it’s only been a semester and a half, has been both meaningful and worthwhile.An undergraduate or graduate student with an essay to share about life at Harvard? E-mail [email protected]last_img read more

Vautour off to impressive start

first_imgVautour put up an impeccable display as he made a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan. Last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victor led from flag-fall and gave Ruby Walsh an armchair ride as he indicated he is sure to take high rank among the new recruits to fencing. None of his 15 rivals could get close enough to give the 2-11 favourite a race and it was simply a case of getting over the fences for Willie Mullins’ five-year-old, who did everything asked of him with aplomb and scored effortlessly by eight lengths from Clarcam. Walsh said: “I thought he jumped super. I thought he was absolutely amazing at the fourth-last. He has loads of scope and only does what he has to do. I’m very happy. “The first morning we schooled him he looked confident and was out the wings a little bit, but the second morning he was much better and today he was brilliant. “I suppose there aren’t many horses like him. What he did last year was spectacular. He always rode like a chaser to me even when he won his maiden hurdle here. I thought he’d be a great chaser. That was good today, but he has to build on it. “The trip to him is inconsequential. You can do what you want.” Mullins added: “He jumped well and it’s nice to see him pass his first test. I don’t think he could have jumped any better. “The fourth-last was the only fence he got a bit close to and I’d give him the benefit of the doubt because of the sun. For a novice he handled it well. “Ruby asked him after the second-last and I was delighted the way he jumped the last after changing gear. “The obvious thing is to go for the two-mile-one Grade One novice chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. We’ll see if there’s something before that or whether we wait for that, I don’t know. “His dam won from a mile and a half to three miles and being a Robin Des Champs, there’s no reason why he won’t stay.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Biggest AFCON Tournament Begins Tonight in Egypt

first_imgFemi SolajaWhen the Centre Referee blasts his whistle at 9:00pm Nigerian time to signal the beginning of the biggest Africa Cup of Nations in history at the Cairo International Stadium, the Pharaohs will strive to avoid the national embarrassment Egypt suffered in 1986 when they surprisingly lost 0-1 to unheralded Senegal.This time, Egypt will be facing the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the opening match. In the previous 31 editions, the hosts have often won their opening games. There are 19 of such instances while nine were drawn and five lost, including the 1986 edition by Egypt.No home nation has lost in the 13 previous curtain raisers involving the home side. The last home side to lose an opening game was Tunisia in 1994 and lost 0-2 to Mali in a tournament Nigeria’s Super Eagles won for the second time after 1980 triumph on home soil.The opening match is just one of the projected 52 matches as the competition has expanded to 24 teams instead of the 16 that characterized the preceding 12 editions in which 16 teams featured since 1996 – even though Nigeria boycotted the initial 16-format edition.The numbers of participating teams have been fluctuating. At it beginning in 1957, there were three teams, all by invitation following the disqualification of the fourth team, South Africa, owing to its prevailing apartheid policy.Qualifying series began for the 1962 edition following entries by nine countries, including Nigeria. Ethiopia and Egypt both automatically qualified as the host country and title holders respectively. Morocco would withdraw before play began, thus leaving only six teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.Tunisia eliminated Nigeria after an ill-advised walkout in the return leg in Tunis in which advantage was still in Nigeria’s favour.Teams in the finals increased to six at the 1963 edition in Ghana. Nigeria qualified by default after CAF disqualified the initially qualified Guinea on technical ground. Guinean referees officiated the return leg in Conakry in which the host team won 1-0 after a 2-2 draw in Lagos.The 1968 tournament, the sixth edition heralded the standardization of format. Eight teams featured in the finals and a two-year interval in the even-numbered year was adopted which ran till that of 2012.The eight-team format was changed to 12 at the Senegal 2012 edition. The 12 teams were divided into four groups of three. For the first time, quarterfinals were introduced as two top teams advanced.The format changed to 16 teams at South Africa 1996. This year’s edition is the first to involve 24 teams.They are split into six groups of four teams at the draw conducted in April. Thus, another phase, Round of 16 is introduced. Two teams from each group will advance into the Round of 16.Four others among the best third-placed teams from the six groups will join the 12 that emerged first and second from each group.The Round of 16 is a direct knock out stage.OPENING MATCHES OF PREVIOUS 31 EDITIONS· 1957 – Sudan 1-2 Egypt· 1959 – Egypt 4 – 0 Ethiopia· 1962 – Ethiopia 4 – 2 Tunisia· 1963 – Ghana 1 – 1 Tunisia· 1965 – Tunisia 4 -0 Ethiopia· 1968 – Ethiopia 2 -1 Uganda· 1970 – Sudan 3 – 0 Ethiopia· 1972 – Cameroon 2 -1 Kenya· 1974 – Egypt 2 -1 Uganda 1· 1976 – Ethiopia 2 – 0 Uganda· 1978 – Ghana 2 – 1 Zambia· 1980 – Nigeria 3-1 Tanzania· 1982 – Libya 2 -2 Ghana· 1984- Cote d’Ivoire 3 – 0 Togo· 1986 -Egypt 0 -1 Senegal· 1988 -Morocco 1 – 0 DR Congo· 1990 – Algeria 5 -1 Nigeria· 1992 – Senegal 1-2 Nigeria· 1994 – Tunisia 0 – 2 Mali· 1996 – S’Africa 3-0 Cameroon· 1998 – B’Faso 0-1 Cameroon· 2000 – Ghana 1 – 1 Cameroon· 2000 – Nigeria 4 – 2 Tunisia· 2002 – Mali 1 – 1 Liberia· 2004 – Tunisia 2 – 1 Rwanda· 2006 – Egypt 3 – 0 Libya· 2008 – Ghana 2 – 1 Guinea· 2010 – Angola 4 – 4 Mali 4· 2012 – E’Guinea 1-0 Libya· 2012 – Gabon 2 – 0 Niger· 2013 – S’Africa 0 -0 Cape Verde 0· 2015 – E’ Guinea 1 -1 Congo· 2017 – Gabon 1 -1 G’BissauShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more