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first_imgLinkedin Sean McNamara of Rapparee Productions with the Mayor of Rhodon, Claude Peschard laying a wreath in memory of French Major General and Governor of Limerick Marquis De Boisseleau at his tomb in Rhodon, France.A dramatic recreation of one of the most significant siege battles in Irish history will take place as part of major new Gathering event planned for Ireland’s ‘Treaty City’ this August. First Irish death from Coronavirus The organisers of “Sarsfield’s Day” in Limerick on August 10 say the event will not only commemorate the successful defence of Limerick City from the invading William of Orange but will also celebrate a forgotten Irish hero in Patrick Sarsfield.The event will feature 100 fully costumed Jacobean horsemen riding through the streets of Limerick for the first time in over 320 years, in a festival pageant commemorating Sarsfield’s historical ride to Ballyneety in August 1690 to intercept and blow up the Williamite munitions train. The act of sabotage ultimately ensured a successful defence of the walled city of Limerick and led to the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.The day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over the River Shannon in front of King Johns Castle, to re-enact the massive explosion created at Ballyneety, described as the loudest explosion ever recorded on the island of Ireland.“Sarsfield’s Day” is being organised by Rapparee Productions, which is hoping to expand the August’s pageant into an even larger event in 2014 when Limerick becomes Ireland’s first National City of Culture.“Sarsfield’s Day is primarily aimed at reminding the people of Limerick and Ireland of a largely forgotten figure in Irish history whose achievements as a military commander and patriot are often overlooked,” explained Sean McNamara of Rapparee Productions.“Against all the odds, Patrick Sarsfield successfully prevented William of Orange from capturing Limerick and with his French allies inflicted over 5,000 Williamite casualties, five times greater than those suffered by William’s army at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The fact that he was able to save the City and bring William of Orange to the negotiating table, or the ‘Treaty Stone’ in Limerick’s case, is symbolic of all that is courageous, honourable and patriotic among the Irish. We want to commemorate this milestone moment in Limerick and Irish history this coming August.”Amongst the other figures that will feature as part of Sarsfield’s Day is French Major General and Governor of Limerick Marquis De Boisseleau, whose experience helped save Limerick from destruction by the Williamite army. De Boisseleau would later go on to distinguish himself in many battles in France before being appointed Governor of Charleroi and promoted to the rank of “Marechal De Camp” in 1696.Mr. McNamara returned from a visit to Rhodon in France this week where he laid a wreath at the recently discovered final resting place of the Marquis de Boisseleau.“After many months of research, I recently located the burial place of Boisseleau and made a trip to France to commemorate this forgotten hero of Limerick in 1690. Together with the Mayor of Rhodon, Claude Peschard, I laid a wreath on Boisseleau’s grave on behalf of the people of Limerick, with a letter of appreciation from the Mayor of Limerick. He was the saviour of Limerick and it was an honour to commemorate his bravery, at his graveside”.Another local figure featured in next month’s Gathering event is Michael “Galloping” Hogan who famously helped Sarsfield, along with 500 horsemen, to blow up the Williamite Siege Train at Ballyneety. After the Siege ended, Hogan became a General in Louis XIV’s Army before joining the Portuguese Army in 1706. He went on to lead them against the Spanish in 1712 at the Battle of “Campus Maior”. Hogan, who was born in the East Limerick village of Doon, had the reputation of being one of the greatest horsemen in Europe. His descendants can still be found in Portugal, where he was known as “Miguel” Hogan.For more visit www.sarsfieldsday.com. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Email Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsLocal NewsDramatic recreation of the siege of LimerickBy Editor – July 8, 2013 1187 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Twitter Previous articleLimerick murder trial adjourned as witness is hospitalisedNext articleLimerick man gets four life sentences Editor TAGSfeaturedfull-imageGalloping HoganMarquis De BoisseleauPatrick SarsfieldRapparee ProductionsSean McNamaraSiege of LimerickWilliam of Orange Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

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first_imgAstronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young, blue stars encircling the first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered. The presence of the star cluster suggests that the black hole was once at the core of a now-disintegrated dwarf galaxy. The discovery of the black hole and the star cluster has important implications for understanding the evolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies.“For the first time, we have evidence on the environment, and thus the origin, of this middle-weight black hole,” said Mathieu Servillat, who worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics when this research was conducted.Astronomers know how massive stars collapse to form stellar-mass black holes but it’s not clear how supermassive black holes, which weigh billions of times the mass of our sun, form in the cores of galaxies. One idea is that supermassive black holes may build up through the merger of smaller, intermediate-mass black holes weighing hundreds to thousands of suns.Lead author Sean Farrell, of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in Australia, discovered this unusual black hole in 2009 using the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope. Known as HLX-1 (Hyper-Luminous X-ray source 1), the black hole weighs in at 20,000 solar masses and lies towards the edge of the galaxy ESO 243-49, which is 290 million light-years from Earth.Farrell and his team then observed HLX-1 simultaneously with NASA’s Swift observatory in X-ray and Hubble in near-infrared, optical, and ultraviolet wavelengths. The intensity and the color of the light shows a cluster of young stars, 250 light-years across, encircling the black hole. Hubble can’t resolve the stars individually because the suspected cluster is too far away. The brightness and color are consistent with other clusters of young stars seen in other galaxies.Farrell’s team detected blue light from hot gas in the accretion disk swirling around the black hole. However, they also detected red light produced by much cooler gas, which would most likely come from stars. Computer models suggested the presence of a young, massive cluster of stars encircling the black hole.“What we can definitely say with our Hubble data is that we require both emission from an accretion disk and emission from a stellar population to explain the colors we see,” said Farrell.Such young clusters of stars are commonly seen in nearby galaxies, but not outside the flattened starry disk, as found with HLX-1. The best explanation is that the HLX-1 black hole was the central black hole in a dwarf galaxy.The larger host galaxy then captured the dwarf. Most of the dwarf’s stars were stripped away through the collision between the galaxies. At the same time, new young stars were formed in the encounter. The interaction that compressed the gas around the black hole also triggered star formation.Farrell and Servillat found that the star cluster must be less than 200 million years old. This means that the bulk of the stars were formed following the dwarf’s collision with the larger galaxy. The age of the stars tells how long ago the two galaxies crashed into each other.The future of the black hole is uncertain at this stage. It depends on its trajectory, which is currently unknown. It’s possible the black hole may spiral in to the center of the big galaxy and eventually merge with the supermassive black hole there. Alternately, the black hole could settle into a stable orbit around the galaxy. Either way, it’s likely to fade away in X-rays as it depletes its supply of gas.“This black hole is unique in that it’s the only intermediate-mass black hole we’ve found so far. Its rarity suggests that these black holes are only visible for a short time,” said Servillat.More observations are planned this year to track the history of the interaction between the two galaxies.The new findings are being published in the Feb. 15 issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters. The journal paper is available online.This release is being issued jointly with NASA.last_img read more

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first_imgDirector Art Jones and Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director of The Paramount Theatre, announced today that the feature-length Rutland-focused documentary, “The Blood in this Town” will be presented in a “Sneak Preview to Benefit the Paramount Theatre” on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. There will be two additional “Sneak Previews” at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Proceeds will benefit The Paramount.”The Blood in this Town” is a 95-minute documentary chronicling Rutland’s drive to revitalize itself during America’s deep economic crisis. The film uses the town’s record-breaking Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive to explore how a struggling, post-industrial town can revive itself from the grassroots up. From initiatives like the Rutland Creative Economy and the creation of a year-round Farmers’ Market to entrepreneurial startups and the building of a world-class trail system in Pine Hill Park, Rutland shows how a community’s determination and true-grit creativity can provide a way forward for thousands of struggling towns across America.”The film shows sides of Rutland that many people may not even realize exist,” said Jones. ‘Rutland, despite some big challenges, has an amazing range of imaginative, energetic people who are not waiting around for change to come to them. More and more, they are uniting, putting political and other differences aside to work together for the good of the town. That’s something this nation as a whole can learn from, and should know about.’Jones added, ‘Parts of the film will surprise, maybe even shock local people. Yet in many ways, Rutland is shattering expectations of what a small town can do. Ultimately it’s a story of spirit and determination.’The documentary was filmed over seven months – from December 2009 to the summer of 2010 – covering the day-long action of last year’s dramatic Gift-Of-Life Marathon, a range of dynamic community initiatives, and day-to-day life in town. The film was crafted from over 52 hours of footage and 40 individual interviews.The Gift-of-Life Marathon, organized by Central Vermont Public Service and WJJR-FM, is more than just a blood drive. While it has twice broken the New England record for single-day blood donations, it is also a rallying point for the greater Rutland Community, a block party focused on community giving and revival. From school children to churches, businesses to non-profits, the community has made the event a central focus of the holiday season, in the process helping to save thousands of lives in the marathon’s seven-year run. The 2010 Gift-of-Life Marathon is gearing up to recapture its New England record, which was broken by a Boston blood drive at Fenway Park on Sept. 11.”We started the film with a focus on the blood drive, but that became an allegory for the larger story of Rutland,” Jones said. “There’s a blueprint for revival talking shape here, and our hope is that ‘The Blood in this Town,’ can help bring Rutland’s drive-to-revitalize to the nation’s attention.’The film was made by Art Jones of Great Jones Productions in New York. Jones is a veteran filmmaker who began his work in documentaries on PBS’s “Frontline” in the 1980s. Since 1991, he has headed Great Jones Productions – writing, directing and producing documentary-based films for a host of educational, cultural and corporate clients, including IBM, Merck, YMCA and Time Warner ‘ thereby creating a funding engine for the development of documentary and narrative films.His three prior theatrical films – “Dodgeball”, “Going Nomad” and “Lustre”, have received nationwide acclaim and release, first playing in the Tribeca, Hamptons, SXSW, and Cinequest Film Festivals. His films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO, the BBC and ARTE.Looking to the future, Jones aims to bring “The Blood in this Town” to a range of national and international film festivals, en route to the eventual goal of theatrical release and national broadcast via outlets such as PBS, the Sundance and Independent Film Channels.The Oct. 23 “Sneak Preview of The Blood in this Town, a Feature-Length Documentary, to Benefit the Paramount Theatre” will include a pre-film cocktail hour (6:30-7:30 p.m.), a short pre-film discussion, the sneak preview (7:45 p.m.) and a talk and Q&A session afterward with Jones. Tickets are $25. Tickets for the Oct. 24 showings at 1:30 and 4 p.m. are $6 for adults and $4 for children.Tickets go on sale, Friday morning Sept. 24, at the Paramount Box Office, at www.paramountlive.org(link is external) or 802 775-0903. The film’s website is www.bloodinthistown.com(link is external).last_img read more

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first_imgSome columnists and editorial writers are gaining boldness to attack the Darwin-only rule in science education.  Some examples:Senator Rick Santorum (R., Pennsylvania) in The Morning Call advocated a balanced approach to teaching evolution.Brian Fahling in The Union Leader took up the charge to defend Georgia’s “critical thinking” stickers (see 01/13/2005 entry).Neal McCluskey, writing for the Cato Institute, argued that the Georgia case is a reason for vouchers.  The “one-size-fits-all” method of teaching means someone will always be offended: “Why is it acceptable to force them [Christians] to use their tax dollars to teach their children something to which they strenuously object, but unacceptable to place a sticker on textbooks that asks other people to consider, even for a moment, beliefs contrary to their own?”  The answer, he thinks, is privatization.  Get government out of education and let the parents exercise consumer choice.John Whitehead, Constitutional attorney, writing for Accuracy in Academia, agreed with Phillip Johnson that “It’s the Darwinists who are religious dogmatists.”Jeff Gardner wrote a scathing rebuke of PBS in the Albuquerque Tribune, after New Mexico affiliate station KNME pulled the intelligent-design film Unlocking the Mystery of Life from its schedule after first agreeing to air it, under pressure from scientists and the ACLU.  He mercilessly castigated “the rabidly anti-Christian voices that squeak like greaseless wheels in the so-called science community” for this act of “censorship,” and decided PBS is not only wrong, but irrelevant in today’s TV market.Want to take part in one of the biggest revolutions of modern times?  Take up the pen, not the sword, and let your eloquence help bring down the idol of King Charlie the Usurper, where it can join its mates in the fantasyland section of StalinWorld.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts anthony myers Tags:#documents#Dropbox#file sync#files#Google#Microsoft#online#privacy#referer headers#security#storage#vulnerabilities Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Those files you’re storing on cloud services like Dropbox or Box may not be as secure as you think.Both services, like other cloud-storage providers, allow users to share links to their stored documents. But sending those links out, even to trusted individuals, can also inadvertently give third parties access to your files as well, according to findings publicized by the file-sharing company Intralinks—which, by the way, is a competitor to both Box and Dropbox.Dropbox says it’s working to fix the problem by disabling any previously shared links that might be vulnerable to leakage. Box released an email statement saying that it has found no evidence that anyone has abused such “open links” and touting the various privacy settings it offers its users to “help manage access to their content.”Intralinks chief security officer John Landy wrote that his company inadvertently stumbled upon the vulnerability in the course of running a Google Adwords campaign that mentioned its competitors. That campaign turned up shared-file URLs that led straight to sensitive files that ordinary users had stored on Box and Dropbox—including bank records, mortgage applications and tax returns. Security blogger Graham Cluley, who also blogs for Intralink, provides some examples.How That Leakage HappensHow, exactly, that happened involves some conjecture. Landy wrote that some Dropbox and Box users apparently created shared links to their files, which they or their recipients then mistakenly entered into a browser search box instead of the URL bar. Doing so and then clicking on an ad—which may seem a fairly unlikely occurrence, at least until you multiply it by the number of people sharing files across the Internet—would then send the file’s URL to the ad network.One Intralinks executive quoted by Cluley estimated that in one of the company’s Adwords campaign, five percent of all hits (presumably meaning ad clicks) yielded URLs to private files, half of which required no password to access. That “small” campaign turned up more than 300 documents.There’s also a second way links to private files could leak out to the world. If a shared Dropbox or Box document itself contains links to other sites, clicking on one will pass along the document’s URL to the next website as part of what’s known as a referer header, where administrators of the second site could see it.It’s not clear if similar vulnerabilities exist for other cloud-storage services such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.No Password RequiredThe problem for Box and Dropbox is that they don’t make their shared links more secure, Landy wrote. Recipients of shared links should have to log into the service to authenticate themselves by default, he suggested.Dropbox engineering vice president Aditya Agarwal said in a blog post that his company hasn’t detected any malicious attacks involving shared file URLs. Dropbox decided to disable any affected document links anyway. The vulnerability has been patched for any shared links going forward, so only previously shared items are affected.Dropbox customers can recreate their shared links, and the company will restore old links as it confirms that particular documents aren’t vulnerable. Agarwal also noted that Dropbox for Business users can require password access to shared files; ordinary users of Dropbox’s free service don’t have that option.The Dropbox post only addresses one of the two vulnerabilities outlined by Intralinks—the leak-via-referer-header method. In an update, Agarwal wrote that Dropbox is aware that file URLs could leak via search engines that pass them to ad partners, but said that issue is “well known” and that the company “doesn’t consider it a vulnerability.”Like Dropbox for Business customers, users of Box can also require passwords for file access, although in neither case is that security feature turned on by default. “Box also displays a message to help users understand the permissions for their content,” a Box spokesperson said via email.Image of Dropbox CEO Drew Houston by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York: US stocks traded higher on Wednesday, as the market was buoyed by Apple’s strong quarterly earnings, and investors anticipated the US Federal Reserve to deliver its latest monetary policy, which could possibly lead to the first interest rate cut in more than a decade. At midday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 20.35 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 27,218.37. The S&P 500 rallied 3.32 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 3,016.50. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 20.43 points, or 0.25 per cent, to 8,294.05, the Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Six of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors traded higher around midday, with the energy sector up around 0.7 per cent, leading the gainers. Shares of Apple rose over 4.1 per cent, after the US tech giant reported second-quarter earnings that beat market expectations. Its revenue guidance for the fourth quarter also came above analysts’ estimates. The Fed is set to announce its decision on how to adjust benchmark interest rates on Wednesday afternoon. Fed Chair Jerome Powell will also hold a news conference following the announcement. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Traders have priced in a 100 per cent probability that the central bank will cut rates later, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool around midday. If it becomes a reality, it will be the first rate cut by the Fed since the financial crisis more than 10 years ago. More specifically, the probability to cut rate by 25 basis points stood at an overwhelming 79.1 per cent, while market participants still held a chance of 20.9 per cent for the Fed to cut rate by 50 basis points.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was an eventful weekend for a Cree community in northern Manitoba.The Misipawistik Cree Nation also known as Grand Rapids had members of a world renowned organization visit their region.It was also a chance for community members to share their experiences with development through their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

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first_img Related Items:BBB+, financial, rating, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jul 2015 – Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced Tuesday, 30th June 2015.This strong grading follows TCI’s first sovereign rating in 2014 which provided global recognition of its financial reforms and fiscal success.A team from S&P visited the islands in May and met with a range of politicians, officials and business leaders as part of the annual review process.“This is further expert recognition of our tremendous progress in making the TCI one of the fastest recovering economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.“S&P has recognized our ongoing success in consolidating public financial management reform and improving our fiscal resilience. BBB+ means that we are more highly rated than many countries in the Caribbean.”S&P again made clear that TCI’s close relationship with the UK, as an Overseas Territory, was a key factor in its rating calculation.One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.The TCI plans to issue invitations to tender for its refinancing requirement in September 2015. It is TCI’s intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community. The TCI economy grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2014 and is forecast to grow an average of 2-3% per annum over the next three years.The TCI government generated a US$77.3m operating surplus and a 16% increase in recurrent revenue to $246.5m for the financial year ending March 2015.The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region. In March 2015 the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. S&P Reaffirms FortisTCI Rating of ‘BBB’ Outlook: Stable FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Partylast_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man convicted of sex crimes against children was released from custody and placed in an East County home.Despite public outcry, sexually violent predator Alan James will live in a house in Jacumba Hot Springs.A judge had ordered James be released from custody by April 25th.Alan Earl James, 56, was convicted in 1981 and 1986 of numerous sex-related felonies involving several minor victims — which included James’ younger relatives– and sentenced to 28 years in state prison.James, who is classified as a “sexually violent predator,” was committed to Coalinga State Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment “for an indeterminate term,” until he petitioned for a monitored conditional release last summer, prosecutors said.RELATED:  Hearing held to determine placement of convicted sex offender Alan James Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 11, 2019 Alan James placed in Jucumba Hot Springs home April 11, 2019last_img read more

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