Desmond boys have a date with destiny

first_imgTWO Limerick secondary school students have developed an invention that could make nights on the town a lot safer for women.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sixteen-year-olds, Warren Gleeson and Sean Duffy from Desmond College in Newcastlewest came up with a device that prevents spiking of drinks in bars and clubs.The pair worked on the idea to prevent women’s drinks being spiked with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, LSD and Ketamine.Their research resulted in the production of one of the stand-out projects on show at last week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.The gadget is a small, round seal, embossed with a holographic image which can be clearly seen in disco or bar lights.Their teacher, Donal Enright explained that the two fifth year students produced the device to operate in two ways.“Firstly, it’s a deterrent because you put it over the top of your drink and it can be seen. If anyone tries to peel it off, it disintegrates and can’t be put back. There is also a practical application. Under the cap is a bubble and if anyone tries to introduce something through a syringe, the bubble bursts and the person will know their drink has been interfered with”.Mr Enright said that the lads are hoping to produce the devices commercially.“It would be fantastic if maybe the HSE would buy them and give them out for free or if a drinks company were to sponsor the product, they could have their logo on top”.This entry was posted in News by Bernie English. Bookmark the permalink. Editvia Desmond boys have a date with destiny (254 with pic) | Limerick Post Newswrite. WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Facebook Twitter Email Print NewsDesmond boys have a date with destinyBy Bernie English – January 16, 2014 492 TAGSdate rape Previous articleLimerick call-out for Good SamaritansNext articleSearch helicopter Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Shining a spotlight into darkness

first_imgAcclaimed documentary filmmaker Helen Whitney took her audience Tuesday night through the first reel of a 30-plus-year career focused on outsiders and spirituality in American life.Best known for her films “The Mormons” and “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,” Whitney explored her earlier work that launched her “accidental pilgrimage” as a journalist.“Pilgrims set out because of the big story, hoping to be an eyewitness and hoping to be forgiven of their sins,” Whitney said. “My pilgrimage is of discovery.”Held at the Memorial Church, last night’s program was called “Strangers” and brought up the curtain on her three-day series of William Belden Noble lectures titled “Spiritual Landscapes: A Life in Film.”In 1983, Whitney made “The Monastery,” a look at Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey outside Boston. Whitney overcame the order’s doubts about having a woman in the monastery by convincing them that a documentary could show the relevance of their calling.Raised in New York City, Whitney had to cope with her parents dying when she was 11 — her father of a heart attack, her mother of cancer. The financial and social upheaval that followed wrenched her from a secure “WASP” world and required her to examine life differently, which proved to be good training for a filmmaker.Years later, a chance encounter at a party with television pioneer Fred Freed changed her life. He was bowled over by her repartee and offered her a job as a reporter.“The world of filmmaking was opened to me,” Whitney said. “It was life-changing, and I never looked back.”Their partnership lasted until Freed’s death in 1974. Her first solo project was in 1978, when she made “Youth Terror,” for ABC. It was an examination of the roots of juvenile crime in Brooklyn, Harlem, and Newark.The film had a “heartbreaking” Harvard connection. “Roger” was told he would be admitted with financial aid if he’d only complete his GED. But he never did, and stopped returning calls from Harvard and Whitney.Whitney entered her study of juvenile violence as a liberal, but “left with a more complex view with more respect for my subject.”Whitney entered her study of juvenile violence as a liberal, but “left with a more complex view with more respect for my subject.”“What is your greatest fear? That’s how I ended every interview,” Whitney said. “It wasn’t crime … but it was that ‘I would feel invisible.’ They were the ultimate outsiders.”In 1983, Whitney made “The Monastery,” a look at Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey outside Boston. Whitney overcame the order’s doubts about having a woman in the monastery by convincing them that a documentary could show the relevance of their calling.But what her film revealed about the monks amid their spartan, celibate life was that, rather than being certain in their faith, they shared the doubts of ordinary people, including that death would not yield an ultimate reward.For her part, Whitney grew in awe of the monastery’s quiet and how it prompted them to “ask questions many of us avoid except when our foundations are deeply shaken.”After the film came out, angry letters followed and caused her to dig deeper into her own beliefs, prompting her to launch a Bible study effort that lasted 11 years.Whitney tackled another subject that also touched on something like faith: the anti-Communist era. In “American Inquisition,” she examined why some people in the tiny town of Fairmount, W. Va., turned on teacher Luella Mundel for being an alleged atheist and communist in the 1950s.Mundel was fired from her job and hounded by the American Legion. A vibrant woman, she only found peace through anonymity in a tiny burg in North Dakota.Whitney’s probe into the obscure story had unintended consequences: She was sued for defamation, winning after a grueling three-year court battle.Whitney saw a dark side to spirituality — that hadn’t been present in the monastery — in the persecution of Mundel.“Darkness is at the heart of religion, and it’s done in the name of God,” Whitney said.The Rev. Wendel W. “Tad” Meyer, acting Pusey Minister at the Memorial Church, hosted the lecture. Diana L. Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society and master of Lowell House, introduced Whitney.Whitney will discuss her other films when the Noble series continues at the church tonight (Feb. 28) and tomorrow (Feb. 29) at 7 p.m.Nannie Yulee Noble established the Noble lectures in 1898 in honor of her husband. Past lecturers have included former President Theodore Roosevelt (1910), H. Richard Niebuhr (1953), U.S. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy (1967), religion scholar Karen Armstrong (2008), and author Stephen R. Prothero (2009).last_img read more

Story about Motivation: Jusuf Alešević is a professional Bodybuilder without a Leg

first_imgJusuf even opened his own fitness club and teaches others how to do this sport, and makes some money along the way, too.“Even if no one came and I had the fitness for myself, that would be enough for me,” Jusuf adds.Jusuf explains that healthy people and invalids cannot compete together and that this is the main reason why he does not want to compete, in the basic sense of that word.“It may sound weird, but I would love the most if I could compete with the capable ones because I see myself in that group. However, that is not allowed. Of course, that did not stagger me nor it will stagger me to quit doing what I am doing now. It never occurred to me at all. Simply, my aim is to motivate people and show them that there are no excuses, for anything in life. I know many people who, after seeing and hearing my life story, decided to do something in their lives,” Jusuf says.(Source: Jusuf Alešević from Bužim is a successful athlete, a famous bodybuilder known even outside of the borders of BiH, despite being a 100% war invalid and not having one leg.His life story can serve to many people to wake up from the state of stunting of body and mind and find inspiration for doing something healthy and useful.Life of the 41-year-old Jusuf is much more than an ordinary story about bodybuilding and sports. His life is a story about limits, the power of will and, above all, motivation.Jusuf says he is a family man, happily married and father to one child.“It was war time and the country had to be defended. I was 18 then and already in 1993 I joined the special unit Gazije in Bužim. Near the very end of the war, I was wounded in both legs. Doctors were fighting to save my leg for eight days, but they did not manage to do it so they amputated by left leg,” Jusuf recalls.After the war was over, he started a family and started solving existential issues. In that period, his health condition started deteriorating as well.“After the war I was somewhat stunted. It often happened that I had health issues and had to visit doctors. I would go see a doctor like an old man, with a bag full of medicines, and I took medicines and lived quite an unhealthy lifestyle. Many people are still like that: they are 30, but they feel like an old, rusty pot. I could not allow myself get to that point and I started taking care of my body and health, but in entirely natural way. It makes me feel great,” Jusuf says.Jusuf started actively doing bodybuilding in 2005.“Bodybuilding is a lifestyle; you have to be in it for 24 hours a day. It is not just spending two hours in a fitness center. You have to eat only pure food: rice, potatoes, chicken, cheese, eggs. Juices are completely eliminated. Trainings usually follow this principle: if you potentiate the muscle mass for a day or two with training, then you have one day of rest. If you go for definition, you train three days in a row, and then relax for a day. With persistence and hard work the results are inevitable,” Jusuf says, adding that man will certainly feel both physically and mentally better after this.Being a 100% invalid, it is not easy for Jusuf to perform demanding exercises which come with this sport. However, there are certain exercises with which he compensates for those which he cannot perform, and the results are more or less the same.last_img read more