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BreastCheck extension a crucial step forward for Limerick

first_imgNewsLocal NewsBreastCheck extension a crucial step forward for LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 21, 2014 620 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick girl Rebekah is just potty about HarryNext articleArmed gardaí intervene in asylum row Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Twitter TAGSBreastCheckFine GaelHSEKieran O’Donnell TDlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Deputy Kieran O’Donnell at the BreastCheck mobile unit in St Joseph’s HospitalA PROPOSAL by Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell to extend free BreastCheck mammograms to women in the 65 to 69 age group will form part of the HSE’s budget process for next year.On foot of correspondence with HSE national director Tony O’Brien, Deputy O’Donnell has received formal confirmation from the health executive on his proposal. This follows a commitment previously given by former Health Minister James Reilly that free BreastCheck monitoring will be extended to women aged 65-69 during the lifetime of this government.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick politician cited the latest development as a “crucial step” along the road to extending BreastCheck to women aged 65-69.“The HSE is now effectively saying is that it has made a business case to the Department of Health to extend BreastCheck to women aged 65-69 and the HSE has included the extension of BreastCheck in its budget preparations for next year,” Deputy O’Donnell explained.He added that he is hopeful the extension will happen as part of the HSE’s 2015 Service Plan and said that he is going to continue to work with the HSE and Department of Health to achieve this.“The effect of BreastCheck is measurable. It has saved lives since it was introduced, and with one in ten incidences of breast cancer occurring in women in the 65-69 age group, I believe that more lives can be saved once the scheme is extended.“Limerick women have benefitted since the introduction of Breastcheck here, and I firmly believe that the extension of the scheme will further extend the benefit of BreastCheck to Limerick women,” he concluded. Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

The Super Bowl halftime show used to be the biggest gig for musicians. Not anymore

first_imgDecember 17, 2018 /Sports News – National The Super Bowl halftime show used to be the biggest gig for musicians. Not anymore FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) — Around this time last year, Justin Timberlake was set to perform during the famed halftime show at Super Bowl LII.Fast forward 12 months and the show that used to be one of the biggest gigs in the music industry is now reportedly struggling to book talent.Timberlake was announced as the headliner in October of 2017 and as of mid-December, rumored headliner Maroon 5 haven’t publicly committed to the gig, though reports have them taking the stage in Atlanta on Feb. 3.With the big game just six weeks away, it’s somewhat shocking that no official announcement has been made.The Kaepernick effectFormer 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee in 2016 during the National Anthem to protest racial oppression in the United States.His divisive protest quickly caught fire and had hundreds of other players doing the same.Reactions from NFL team owners, players and fans were mixed, as some felt like it was a dig at U.S. vets, while others felt it was a peaceful way to bring Kaepernick’s message to light. And while this had a viral effect on the NFL in 2016 and 2017, and is still ongoing today, why is the Super Bowl halftime show suffering now?Well, the easiest answer is Kaepernick, who was thrust back into national discussion for not only still being unsigned, but also becoming part of Nike’s new advertising push. In September, Nike announced that the former NFL star and activist would be the face of the “Just Do It” campaign.But it’s not just about Kaepernick.Variety’s senior music editor Jem Aswad says it’s much more than just about Kaepernick, though that is certainly a major driving force.“There’s always drama associated with the halftime performance,” he told ABC News.This year, in addition to Kaepernick being vaulted back into the spotlight, Aswad points out that the game is being held in Atlanta, a city known for its rich history steeped in legendary black music.“They had TLC, they had Usher, as well as Jermaine Dupri, who had Criss Cross and others, Atlanta is a juggernaut right now,” he said. “There are so many [now and dating back decades], I’d almost be reluctant to rattle them off.”“They had this opportunity to celebrate Atlanta music with the Super Bowl Halftime show and what do we get, Maroon 5. This really isn’t a diss at Maroon 5,” he stressed. “Nothing against Maroon 5!”Aswad said the NFL really missed the boat in celebrating the culture of the city where the big game is taking place with an all-white rock group.The music editor added that with the positioning of the game in Atlanta, the controversy surrounding Kaepernick does come back up, as his protest is a “loaded topic,” especially in the “black entertainment community.”“Some of the artists who have been approached either with Maroon 5 or before them … they are trying to balance the lineup with ideally a black performer from Atlanta, but we keep hearing they are getting, ‘No’s,’” Aswad added. “Rihanna reportedly turned them down, Cardi B has supposedly been going back and forth, we hear they are talking to Lauren Hill, we heard they are talking to Usher.”He doesn’t think this has ever happened and that the show has not been set in the modern era so late in the game.“I feel kind of bad for Maroon 5, they think they get this great opportunity and the reaction has been probably not what they would have hoped,” he added. Maroon 5 STILL not confirmed?It was as early as October that outlets like Rolling Stone magazine and Aswad at Variety were reporting that A-list stars, like the aforementioned Rihanna, were turning down the halftime gig because their values didn’t align with the NFL.In November, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine spoke to Ellen DeGeneres and said about his band taking on the show: “I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor and the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing.”“Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited,” he added, but noted, “This is all speculative because I don’t know who I’m talking about!”Despite the lack of confirmation from Levine, there’s a petition on Change.org that has almost 75,000 signatures asking the band to drop out.A request for comment from Maroon 5’s rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.Weeks out and still no official word.While there are a slew of unconfirmed reports on the halftime gig, absolutely no one has gone on the record and confirmed anything.“Any act that would perform alongside Maroon 5 is effectively co-signing the NFL,” Aswad told ABC News.Variety and Aswad reported over the weekend that Cardi B, who collaborated on a hit with the band and will be in Atlanta during the airing of the show in February, is also on the fence and hasn’t confirmed or denied that she’s been offered a role in the halftime show.And while we don’t know if Cardi will join Maroon 5 on stage, other artists like Post Malone and Bruno Mars will be in town around that time for other shows.In fact, Malone will be joining Aerosmith for a pre-game concert days before as part of the Super Bowl week celebrations.That doesn’t mean they’ll head over to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to possibly join Maroon 5 … that’s if Maroon 5 even perform themselves. What about the Anthem?Last year it was P!nk performing a rendition of the national anthem that left millions with chills and feelings of American pride.This year, while the halftime gig is the talk of the town, no one has mentioned the anthem, which still doesn’t have a performer.So, while the teams are starting to plan for the playoffs with two weeks left in the regular season, the biggest game of the year is without an “official” halftime show and singer for the national anthem.Only time will tell how the NFL and Atlanta fill that very large void.The NFL did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-20)

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #5  (9-20)East Central  43     Batesville  0North Decatur  21     Milan  0Lawrenceburg  41     Franklin County  7Oldenburg  20     Switz. County  14South Dearborn  42    Greensburg  31South Decatur  25     Edinburgh  21Rushville  40     Connersville  34  (OT)Winchester  36     Union County  7Jennings County   57     Madison  27last_img

ITF expert sees lots of potential, but feels local tennis players need more competitions

first_imgBILL Adams has worked with some of the best tennis players in the world, including superstars Venus and Serena Williams and reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka—he has an eye for talent and sees lots of potential right here in Guyana.He however feels that unearthing the talent is a systematic process, which includes among other things, more competitions (both local and overseas).The US based Guyanese is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) expert, whose task has been to assist the development of the game in various associations in the region.Prior to arriving in Guyana on Wednesday, he had four-day stints in St. Vincent and Suriname.ITF expert Bill Adams (second from left) going through the paces with some of the youngsters yesterday at National Racquet Centre.Adams, who is a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified teaching professional and United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Coach, will work with several of the country’s top junior tennis players, from the U12, U14 and U18 divisions today. He is also schedule to have a session with a number of the country’s coaches at the Le Ressouvenir Lawn Tennis Club on the East Coast of Demerara (weather permitting).The official is hoping to have certain systems streamlined before he leaves for the US tomorrow.To give tennis a booster, the expert, who is the Director at the Bill Adams International Tennis Academy, feels that more developmental work is needed.“We need to get more start up programmes into the schools, programmes which will feed in to the higher level, so we can work on development.”COMPETITIONSAdams has worked with players from many nations, including Germany, Italy, the US, Venezuela, Jamaica T&T and Guyana. He was also very instrumental in awarding scholarships to Guyanese players, such as Duane Lewis, who became a head coach of the Coppin State University and Nicola Ramdyhan, who is currently overseas fullfilling her scholarship. To this end, he saw a drastic change in the players under his watch and attributed it to a significant factor—competitions. “I’m fully convinced, you get competition—you spark interest.”“[In Guyana] we need to attend competitions, use the proximity of Suriname. We need to be able to have some of our players here go to Suriname and French Guiana to play competitions, these kids lack competitions….They need to get to a point where they are playing certain amounts of competitions annual.”Playing competitions take resources and to move tennis to the next level, Adams said that more facilities, more support from the government and land commitment are also needed.The ITF expert however feels that the foundation is already there. He said that we have enthusiastic coaches and promising players, who, if they put in the work and get the relevant support, can yield positive results.last_img read more