Children’s charity cycle gets warm Limerick welcome

first_img Previous articleO’Donnell eagerly anticipates Axel eraNext articleLimerick face Bohs in FAI Cup Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Email NewsLocal NewsChildren’s charity cycle gets warm Limerick welcomeBy Liam Togher – June 4, 2014 963 Oxfam Limerick calls on decluttering locals to do the #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam – a donation drive with a twist Limerick sings from the rooftops to thank frontline workers center_img Pieta ask people to share their sunrise this Saturday TAGScharityClaughaun GAA Clubcyclefeaturedfull-imageiCANjuvenile arthritisRoy StapletonTommy O’DonnellWendy Costello Three Limerick charities receive Aldi Community Grants donations No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Print FOURTEEN intrepid volunteers undertaking a 375-kilometre, one-day cycle for charity were met with rapturous acclaim when they stopped in Limerick city last week.The cyclists took a pit stop at Claughaun GAA Club on Friday May 30 along their route from Greystones in Wicklow to Dingle in Kerry, all in aid of juvenile arthritis charity iCAN.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Roy Stapleton, a kinesiologist who took part in the cycle, said that it did not take too much persuasion to come on board, having worked with juvenile arthritis sufferers in his occupation.“These kids look perfectly normal to everybody who would pass them on the street, but these poor kids suffer. It’s to get awareness and to get a unit set up for these kids to get treatment in Crumlin Hospital, and because it’s a family-run charity, everything goes to the cause.“It’s something that’s close to my heart. I’ve worked with these kids and I’ve been able to help them, but there’s more and more kids who need help.”Prior to stopping at Claughaun, the cyclists passed through six counties and had already been on the road for seven hours. Roy said that it was a huge ask to cycle the length of the country in one day, but it was a challenge worth accepting.“It’s a lot to undertake in one day. Most people would turn around to us and say ‘how many days are you doing the 375km in?’ and the big challenge is to do it in one day.“It’s a massive personal challenge but the whole idea was to do it as a team and to show everybody that when you work together, things become easier.”Wendy Costello, chairperson of iCAN, commended the cyclists for doing their bit for the charity, saying: “Today we have 14 cyclists, none of whom have any connection with juvenile arthritis. They do a cycle ever two or three years for a particular charity and this year they picked us.“They’ve never done this length of a cycle before. The furthest they’ve done is 200 to 250km, so to undertake this in one day is a huge achievement. We’re hugely proud to be associated with them.”Munster Rugby player and iCAN ambassador Tommy O’Donnell added: “We did a charity cycle with Munster a couple of years ago. It was only from Thomond Park to Roscrea and I was wrecked for days after it, so what the lads are undertaking today is incredible, especially at the pace they’re going.” Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April last_img read more

New SOUTHCOM Commander Visits Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2012 Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, and the recently appointed Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), General John F. Kelly, met during the U.S. high-ranking official’s first visit to Colombia, on December 17. During the meeting, both officials analyzed the cooperation mechanisms that Colombia has been boosting with other countries as the main player in hemispheric security concerns. Likewise, they discussed the country’s participation in regional security missions, as well as the security improvements that the nation has achieved. “Colombia has proven to be an important partner, committed to the security of the Western Hemisphere and the international community through its important participation in regional security missions, such as ‘Operation Martillo’”, Gen. Kelly assured. The general, who assumed his position on November 19, highlighted the admiration that other countries in the continent have for Colombia’s courage and strength in the fight against narcoterrorism and transnational organized crime. At the same time, he honored the Armed Forces for their efforts to preserve Colombian democracy and reach an enduring peace in the country. Gen. Kelly also mentioned that U.S. authorities are determined to strengthen the cooperation between SOUTHCOM and Colombia. Finally, Minister Pinzón and Gen. Kelly agreed on the need to keep reinforcing actions aimed at confronting new security challenges, as well as working closely to help seriously injured soldiers in the country’s internal conflict.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: DeMarcus Cousins’ injury opens a can of worms for the Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn the immediate aftermath, it felt like the Lakers needed time to process what happened. The news broke Thursday morning, and by midday, Kyle Kuzma was awkwardly fielding questions about Cousins as he was catching his breath from a USA Basketball practice. The organization likely needs a minute to catch its breath, too.But moving forward, the Lakers have to answer a lot of complicated questions about their team this year – questions that Cousins’ mere presence helped gloss over.While the Lakers have been cagey about identifying starters, it seems like a safe bet that JaVale McGee will be in the opening night lineup. The 31-year-old had a bit of a career renaissance, starting 62 games while averaging 7.5 rebounds and a career-high 12 points per game. During the middle of the season when he was struck with pneumonia, McGee struggled to find his footing once he got back, but as a starter, he’s proven at least serviceable for what the Lakers need him to do.But McGee’s starting role invites a larger question, one that is almost painfully obvious: Why wouldn’t the Lakers start Anthony Davis at center?The simple explanation is that Davis doesn’t want to. He said as much in his opening press conference, when he joked with Frank Vogel that he would play center if they needed him to. And frankly, the Lakers need him to. They have one open roster spot (and may be able to add another if Cousins is declared out for the season), and that probably gets used on a minimum big man at some point. But even though there’s a lot of names on the market (Joakim Noah, Nene and Amir Johnson are all available), none of them approach what the Lakers expected from Cousins, who even injured averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Warriors last season. Kuzma could play some minutes as a small-ball center, but that didn’t work out so well last season, and the relatively slender 6-foot-9 wing can’t bang quite as well as Davis can.That would seem to add up to more minutes for Davis at the five. But NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg reported Thursday night that a Lakers source said the team didn’t want to play Davis “big minutes” at center, even though that might be his most effective position in an increasingly space-oriented NBA.Davis is a passable 3-point shooter (33.1 percent), but the Lakers’ other options on the wing seem as though they would be more effective spaced around Davis in the middle. Once Davis, McGee and LeBron James are sharing the floor, it gets crowded in the paint quickly.One reason the Lakers might not be so quick to push Davis inside is that he has powerful leverage over the team for the next year. As much as the organization has used language to suggest Davis will be in Los Angeles for a long time – Rob Pelinka said at his introduction that Davis would be a pillar “for many years” – the fact is that Davis is only under contract for one season. His agent Rich Paul, never one to be pushed over, has indicated multiple times that Davis will enter free agency next summer. While there’s been every sign that L.A. is where Davis wants to be, nothing is guaranteed – something best illustrated by Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Boston over the last year.There is a powerful motivation for the Lakers to not only keep Davis happy, but also keep him safe and healthy. While the “back-in-my-day” crowd will crow over how seven-footers in the ’90s would never gripe about having to play center, it’s a much more physical position than power forward. There’s bigger bodies, harder elbows and a tougher toll. Cousins, a comfortable option as a starting center, was just taken away, so there’s even less cushion for the Lakers if Davis has to miss time. Even though there’s a strong case on paper that a lineup with Davis at center is the Lakers’ best option, the team could determine that the risk is too great to make that the most-used group over 82 regular season games.There was always going to be an awkward dynamic caused by Davis’ desire to play power forward and a potential basketball need for him to play center. Cousins’ presence helped push that to the backburner. But one of the unfortunate collateral issues by his torn ACL is probably that this dance jumps into the forefront, as the Lakers try to find ways to compete and win games while keeping their new star – who they mortgaged their future to acquire – happy and healthy in the process.Even though the present is dominated by concern and hope for Cousins, the Lakers also have to feel that their margin for error just got thinner.COMING UPUSA Basketball’s week in L.A. comes to a conclusion on Friday night at 7 p.m. when the national team scrimmages with Spain. Kyle Kuzma is the only Laker up for a roster spot: The team will cut down to a final group of 12 after this week, then head to Australia shortly afterward while tuning up for the FIBA World Cup in China next month. He’s facing competition from a big man group that includes Miles Turner, Mason Plumlee, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown and P.J. Tucker. The game will air on NBA TV.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Linking to the finish …More on Boogie: Here’s our story from the DeMarcus Cousins injury and fallout with the Lakers.The schedule is out: Take a look at the most challenging stretches and biggest games for the Lakers during the 2019-2020 season.Lakers, Clippers are the big tickets in town: Mirjam wrote about the rising prices for both L.A. franchises.Kings prepare for life with Luke Walton: What Sacramento players had to say about their new head coach (who is the Lakers’ old head coach).Brook Lopez shakes off the past: The former Laker center has only good vibes to share about his L.A. tenure.LeBron’s school continues to grow: Here’s what’s happening in Year 2 of the I Promise School.More schedule-palooza: Howard Beck from Bleacher Report had an interesting podcast with the NBA’s schedule-makers that should clear up a lot of misconceptions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Editor’s note: This is the Friday Aug. 16 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.What does it feel like to lose what you never had? For Lakers fans who were excited to see DeMarcus Cousins suit up this fall in purple and gold, it still feels like a gut punch.The reaction in Los Angeles – and around the NBA at large – is one of heartache. The last two years have transformed DeMarcus Cousins from one of the most polarizing players in the league to someone who was easy to root for: Coming back from an Achilles rupture in his left leg over the last year-and-a-half wasn’t easy, and playing just a month-and-a-half after a torn quad in the playoffs showed his toughness in the Finals.But injuries are not simply about how tough you are: All the grit in the world can’t stop an unfortunate twist of fate like the one that now has led to his ACL tear in the same leg.last_img read more