So far this season it’s one apiece, with Quins and Saints beating each other on their home patches , but the Londoners will be too strong for the Saints on Saturday, the first time they will have met in a semi-final. Quins by 5.HARLEQUINS v NORTHAMPTON, THE STOOP, SATURDAY 12 MAY, 2.45pm, Live on Sky Sports HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown; Tom Williams, George Lowe, Jordan Turner-Hall, Sam Smith; Nick Evans, Karl Dickson; Joe Marler, Joe Gray, James Johnston, Olly Kohn, George Robson, Maurie Fa’asavalu, Chris Robshaw (capt), Nick Easter.Replacements: Rob Buchanan, Mark Lambert, Will Collier, Tomas Vallejos, Tom Guest, Richard Bolt, Rory Clegg, Matt Hopper.NORTHAMPTON: Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, George Pisi, James Downey, Paul Diggin; Ryan Lamb, Lee Dickson (capt); Soane Tonga’uiha, Andy Long, Brian Mujati, Mark Sorenson, Christian Day, James Craig, Phil Dowson, Roger Wilson.Replacements: Ross McMillan, Alex Waller, Paul Doran-Jones, Ben Nutley, Teimana Harrison, Martin Roberts, Stephen Myler, Tom May. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: HarlequinsNorthampton Saints GUILDFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 03: Mike Brown, the Harlequins fullback poses at the Guildford Sports Centre on May 3, 2012 in Guildford, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) All smiles: Will Quins fans still be smiling after Saturday’s game?By Bea Asprey, Rugby World Writer THE FIRST of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-finals will see Harlequins and Northampton battle it out at the Twickenham Stoop. Neither team has competed in a league final before, but nor are they strangers to knock-out rugby, with both having competed in European finals last season. And having missed out on the latter stages of this year’s Heineken Cup, both sides will be fully focused on getting to Twickenham on 26 May.Sibling rivalryLast weekend’s round 22 games handed victories to both teams, but also cost Quins Danny Care, who picked up an injury against Sale. However, with England’s Lee Dickson in the Saints’ starting XV, who could be better to take him on than his brother Karl, who starts for Quins and also trained with England during the Six Nations. Northampton will be without Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood, both due to injury, while Dylan Hartley and Calum Clark are serving suspensions, while Quins are also missing winger Ugo Monye who is out with a hamstring injury.Catch up While Harlequins’ season has been a success story from beginning to end, with the Londoners finishing the regular season at the top of the table for the first time in the professional era, the Saints have been left playing catch up. They left it late to cement their position in the table’s fourth spot, with a victory over Exeter three weeks ago, and although they secured a bonus point in the final round of the competition their form has fluctuated this season. Furthermore, although they reached the semi-finals of the league last year and the year before, they have fallen at this hurdle each time, and Quins have displayed more of a cut throat, winning mentality this term.Challenger: Brown is after Foden’s England shirtRose at stake As well as the battle of the Dickson brothers, Mike Brown v Ben Foden, who makes his 100th appearance for the Saints, at full-back will be a fascinating contest. Furthermore, coming up against Tonga’uiha, Long and Mujati will be a good test for young England tourists Marler and Gray, who are joined by the Samoan Johnston in the front row.Verdict Click below to see a day in the life of a Harlequin!
Print WhatsApp Previous articleA lot of puppy love in CrecoraNext articlePike Sign Conor Layng Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter COUNTY Limerick-based artist Peter Lunn will shed light on his latest collection at Friarsgate Gallery in Kilmallock from Monday September 14.The Ahane native has worked as an art therapist with various local charities and institutions in Limerick over the past 16 years. But when Ireland went into lockdown in March due to Covid-19 much of Peter’s work came to a halt, so he turned his focus to painting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Unfortunately due to the Covid restrictions much of my work came to a complete halt back in March and is only slowly returning to normal. As a result I currently work two days a week in Bawnmore, with the Brothers of Charity services,” he told the Limerick Post this week.Peter’s new collection, titled ‘Light’, is primarily landscape and seascape, much of it imaginative, and a response to the upheaval of the last few months. Much of the work is based around the uncertainty of the initial lockdown.“From a work point of view I went from being extremely busy as a self-employed art therapist working with people with special needs to having nothing to do almost overnight.“The restrictions preventing us from travelling a few kilometres from our homes was very strange and took a while to come to terms with. This led to a lot of time for reflection and I suppose a need for self expression,” he said.According to Mr Lunn, the whole point of his work is to help people to express emotions, thoughts and feelings non verbally, through art making.”It was fairly important to apply that principle to my own work.“The pictures are representational landscapes but used kind of metaphorically, some were completely from my imagination, some actual representations of places I’ve been or near my home that resonate with me.“The colours used were often fairly dark to begin with, seascapes that I did were inevitably stormy because I suppose the constant drip feed of news around deaths, worldwide pandemic and the whole uncertainty of the time was expressed that way.“The work began to brighten over time and it was interesting that even if a picture was dark or a bit sombre there was always a very definite source of light in the picture. This wasn’t deliberately done but kind of emerged along the way. It was a natural progression. The whole light in the dark theme became a thread running through the pictures, hence the title.”Peter Lunn’s new exhibition ‘Light’ opens next week at Friarsgate Gallery in Kilmallock. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LifestyleLimerickNewsAhane artist sheds light on Covid lockdownBy Alan Jacques – September 13, 2020 427 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival
A new study co-authored by JoAnn Manson, professor in the department of epidemiology at HSPH and chief, division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that for menopausal women who have had hysterectomies, the risks of stroke and other health problems associated with estrogen pills diminish after women stop taking them. The researchers also unexpectedly found evidence of a reduced risk of breast cancer among this population; however, they caution that more research is needed.“We need to look closely at these findings to see if we can learn more about ways to prevent breast cancer in women,” Manson told the The New York Times.The study reinforces current recommendations that women can take low doses of estrogen pills for a limited time to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The study focused only on women who have had hysterectomies. Women who have not are prescribed a combination estrogen and progestin pill.The study appeared in the April 6, 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read abstract.Read Times article and column.
USC had been embarrassed at home by Stanford before, but not like this.Not in November. Not on homecoming. And certainly not by 34 points.But behind the power running of senior running back Toby Gerhart, the No. 25 Cardinal (7-3) did, thoroughly overpowering the No. 11 Trojans, 55-21, in a shocker before 90,071 celebrating homecoming at the Coliseum. Stanford’s 55 points were the most ever scored against USC.Daily Trojan | Mannat Saini“This feels really weird,” USC coach Pete Carroll said after the game.It looked like things would go the Trojans’ way when they forced a three-and-out on Stanford’s first drive and immediately drove inside the Cardinal 20.But freshman quarterback Matt Barkley fumbled a first-down snap under duress from the Stanford defensive line. From there, it was all Cardinal in the first quarter, as redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck threw for one touchdown and Gerhart ran for another.“We started really fast,” Luck said. “We knew it would be a tough game, but starting fast really helped.”Gerhart consistently busted through the USC front seven, totaling 29 rushes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for nine first downs.“We’ve seen him run the ball like that week in and week out, so we’ve just gotta tackle him,” junior linebacker Malcolm Smith said. “But he just got out.”Opponents all season have mentioned Stanford’s physicality, especially when running the ball. The Cardinal overpowered Oregon a week ago with 254 yards on the ground. This time, they had 325.“That’s something that we have to do as a team: be physical and play physical,” Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said in his postgame press conference. “And we do other stuff offensively that compliments the physical side.”Luck, Harbaugh’s 19-year-old signal-caller and admitted protégé, outplayed his freshman counterpart Barkley, completing 12-of-22 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns to Barkley’s 21-of-31 for 196 yards and a touchdown. The biggest difference was Barkley’s three interceptions — all three of which resulted in Stanford touchdowns.Barkley said after the game that he probably shouldn’t have thrown at least one of them. The picks served to stymie USC’s running game, which was mostly effective.Junior running back Joe McKnight carried the ball 16 times for 142 yards and a touchdown, but the Trojans again failed to convert a total of eight third and fourth-down opportunities.“One of the big things was to be able to stop the running game,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t stop it, USC popped some runs, but for the most part it wasn’t 10, 10, 10. We got some stops and some sacks.”USC had fostered some momentum after a Taylor Mays fumble recovery gave the Trojans the ball on the Cardinal 36, down 21-7 in the third quarter.Barkley then delivered a 36-yard touchdown strike to redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler to make the score 21-14.But Stanford would answer back with a methodical 10-play drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Luck.“That was a big momentum shift, and when I caught it I was like ‘Let’s go,’ now that we’d scored,” said Butler, making his first career start in place of the injured Damian Williams. “The whole team was feeling that way.“Then, it kinda died down.”USC would score once more, but Stanford again responded quickly. The Cardinal’s last five drives all ended in touchdowns.With the 34-point loss, USC has been outscored 174-131 in its last five games.This is also the first time since Carroll’s first year, 2001, that the Trojans have lost three games in one season.“Things are looking nasty right now,” Smith said.USC’s last three home losses have all been against Stanford, but the Trojans said that didn’t matter.“Any team that beats us, they’re surprised,” Butler said. “They didn’t think it was gonna happen.”Stanford’s Gerhart, a member of the 2007 team that upset the Trojans 24-23 at the Coliseum, agreed to a certain extent.“I was surprised a little bit,” Gerhart said. “They’re USC and have been the premier Pac-10 team.“We’ve been the underdogs.”But while Stanford stays in the thick of the Pac-10 championship race, the Trojans are essentially eliminated from BCS bowl and Pac-10 title contention. They must now face the likelihood of a pre-New Year’s bowl game.But for now, the Trojans have a bye-week break before crosstown rival UCLA comes to town on Nov. 28.“If you think about it, it probably comes at the perfect time,” Butler said. “We lost, and now we have to sit here and think about it for two weeks.”
England Golf has given its support to the Berkhamsted Trophy evolving from a men-only championship to a mixed-gender event from April 2020.The landmark decision to allow both sexes to compete for the trophy is a world first for amateur golf.Entries for the 72-hole event are now being accepted from all golfers with a handicap of one or better. Invitations will also be extended to a number of elite female golfers.The 61st staging of the trophy at the Hertfordshire heathland venue will take place from 2-4 April.Berkhamsted is working on a flexible teeing system with The R&A and England Golf which will ensure that both sexes compete on an equal footing.The event will be eligible for World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points for both men and women.Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director and Team GB leader in the 2020 Olympics, said: “As the country’s governing body for male and female amateur golfers, at England Golf we are delighted to support Berkhamsted Golf Club’s forward-thinking initiative in making the prestigious Berkhamsted Trophy a mixed gender event.”Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said, “The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter is a call to action for everyone involved in golf, from national associations to clubs, to do more to attract women and girls to take up this wonderful sport.“There are many different ways in which this can be achieved and we are supportive of initiatives, such as this by Berkhamsted, which encourage women to compete and play golf at all levels of the game.”European Ladies’ Amateur champion Alice Hewson is a member at Berkhamsted and has applauded her home club for the ground-breaking move.The 22-year-old (pictured above) said: “I’m so proud of my home club for embracing equality. I hope the public will come and watch this year’s Berkhamsted Trophy, to see the very best amateur golfers of both sexes on a fantastic golf course.”Berkhamsted Golf Club captain Henry Tse added: “Berkhamsted has always been a progressive club, and we like to play golf as nature intended – as expressed by the lack of man-made hazards on our golf course.“This decision is a natural evolution not only of that ethos, and but also of the way the modern world works. We will be excited to see men and women compete equally for our beloved Trophy.”Photograph credit: Leaderboard 17 Jan 2020 Berkhamsted break new ground with mixed-gender event
MIDDLETOWN – They may have raised the necessary money to sustain Mater Dei Prep for another year but it is only one of the hurdles going forward for supporters of the struggling Roman Catholic high school.The next step is to establish Mater Dei Prep as an independent Catholic school, like Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. Mater Dei Prep currently functions as a parish school overseen by the Diocese of Trenton, according to a committee member.But before that can happen, the school must submit the required paperwork to the state Department of Education, have the appropriate insurance and apply and receive approval from the municipality, along with meeting other administrative requirements and ultimately receiving approval from the Diocese of Trenton.That requires volunteers working with the campaign to establish a separate legal entity, a state registered not-forprofit corporation that will be used as an endowment to administer the donated funding. In the future, supporters hope that endowment will have a role akin to an independent educational foundation, continuing fundraising and assisting in purchasing equipment, helping pay for capital improvements as well as other services, accordingto a committee member who is not authorized to speak for the committee.The school representatives will have to meet with Bishop David M. O’Connell and others from the Diocese of Trenton to discuss the school’s plan for its future. However, no date has yet been set.Repeated calls to the diocese seeking comment on the process going for ward were not returned; nor were calls to the Rev. Jeff Kegley, the school’s executive director and St. Mar y’s Parish pastor, and principal Craig Palmer.The school is accepting registration for the coming year and all the grade levels are scheduling for the 2015-16 year, said the committee member.“We’re doing everything we feel is necessary to open Mater Dei Prep’s doors in September,” Jim Shaw said in an email last week. “We are fully committed to the success of Mater Dei Prep and based on our conversations with current and prospective families, we believe the entire MDP community is as positive as we are.”In simple terms, explained Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairperson for the Seraph’s Fund, “We’re moving from surviving to thriving.”On Feb. 3, Kegley announced that Mater Dei Prep, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary, would have to permanently close its doors this June due to a longstanding budget deficit, unstable enrollment and the announcement late last year that the diocese would discontinue its financial support.Suppor ters, made up of families of current and former students and alumni, rallied, working to raise the money to sustain the school for the coming year and working on an extended plan for the school’s continued viability.The $1 million number was announced as the needed target to continue operations for 2015-16 and to provide the financial groundwork for the future years.— By John Burton
“We talk about parents and guardians practicing responsible gun ownership, but the same needs to extend to those who are selling guns in this state,” Houghtaling said. “Again, it comes down to taking responsibility. When you’re in that business, you have a responsibility to inform your customers. And we certainly need to take responsibility in creating information that can be consumed.” The first of two bills (A-3696) requires the safe storage of a firearm and establishes penalties for improper firearm storage. Under the measure, a legal owner of a firearm that is not in use at a premise under the owner’s control is required to store the firearm in a securely locked box or container in a location, which a reasonable person would believe to be secure. Users may also secure the firearm with a trigger lock. By creating a law that calls for stricter storage requirements for firearms owners, Assemblywoman Joann Downey believes unnecessary tragedies can be avoided and the threat of gun violence in schools stemmed. Both bills are due to gobefore Assembly SpeakerCraig Coughlin (D-19) forfur ther consideration. “There are no protections against an all too familiar story we’ve seen in the news, like a young person who is suffering from anxiety or depression and then locates their parent’s gun. They take their own life and leave their family to mourn a senseless tragedy,” Downey said. Those who fail to adhere to the mandate will be found guilty of a disorderly persons offense, which carries the potential for a six-month prison sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine. According to testimony about the bill provided by Downey to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, though there are requirements and penalties meant to protect children from accessing loaded firearms that are not in use, there is no general requirement for the storage of unloaded firearms. Another staggering figure is that 80 percent of guns used in youth suicide attempts were reportedly stored in the victim’s home or accessed in the home of a friend or relative. The lack of regulation allows gun owners to leave weaponry in accessible locations like a kitchen table or a bedroom nightstand, even with ammunition situated nearby. Additionally, 75 percent of first and second graders know where their parents store their weapons and approximately 36 percent admitted to handling the family firearm without parental permission. An Assembly panel recently advanced seven measures to address gun safety concerns, including legislation sponsored by Downey (D-11) and fellow Democrat Eric Houghtaling (D-11), which specifically targets safe storage of unloaded firearms in the home, as well as mandatory education of firearm dealers about suicide prevention. According to Houghtaling, the informational materials would advise store customers and firing range patrons about different ways to prevent a friend or family member in crisis from accessing their weapon. “This is about responsibility,” Houghtaling said. “If you’re going to own a gun it’s not too much to ask that you store it properly. I’m not here to be anti-gun person. I’m not preaching about limiting a gun owner’s rights. But we have to be better about keeping guns out of the hands of those who are inexperienced, like young children.” It was a particularly disturbing sentiment for Houghtaling, who recognized a mental health concern among youth across the nation and citied several instances of youth suicide in his district during a June 17 interview with The Two River Times. The Center of Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published statistics stating that 1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns in their homes. The second piece of legislation (A-3896) requires the State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal to cooperate with the Shareef M. Elnahal, the commissioner of health, to develop suicide prevention course curriculum and informational materials for retail firearm dealers who sell guns or operate a firing range to display and distribute to patrons. “No other reasonable nation allows for firearms to be left unsecured where any child or thief can easily obtain them. If every firearm in New Jersey were safely secured in a locked container tomorrow, we would see the rate of suicides, unintentional tragedies and school shootings rapidly plummet,” Downey said.
With more sunny days just around the corner, people who spend time outdoors – whether for work or leisure – are being urged to protect themselves and their families against Lyme disease. Lyme Awareness Day is being marked today, April 29, with the aim of helping people protect themselves against the disease ahead of the summer season.Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the HPSC, Dr Paul McKeown said: “Preventing Lyme disease means preventing tick bites. People are more likely to spend time outdoors in the spring and summer months. Anyone who spends time outdoors should protect themselves against tick bites. “This includes ramblers, campers, mountain bikers, people who work or walk in woodland, parkland and heathland, especially in grassy areas.”Ticks are present everywhere in Ireland, including both urban and rural areas and are active from spring to autumn. They are tiny spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of humans, animals and birds, and are more numerous and more active in the summer months.From April onwards is the time when we expect to see cases of Lyme disease most frequently in Ireland because this is when ticks are most plentiful.Tick bites can be prevented by: Wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirt and shoesWear a hat and tuck in hairUsing an insect repellent (preferably containing DEET)Checking skin, hair and warm skin folds (especially the neck and scalp of children) for ticks, after a day outChecking for ticks and remove any from your pets/ clothing/ outdoor gearRemoving any ticks and consulting with a GP if symptoms developTicks will bite adult humans most commonly on the legs and also the arms. But they can bite on any part of the body, especially warm and sweaty parts of the body not covered by clothing.In children, ticks are most likely to bite around the head and neck.These are the areas to cover up and protect. These are also the areas to check following time spent outdoors. You can even check yourself and your children during the day.Rash“Most cases of Lyme disease are very mild and many infected people may not have symptoms. The most common sign of infection is a skin rash (known as Bullseye rash or erythema migrans). “In a small number of cases, however, the infection can be more severe, leading to serious nervous system, heart and joint disease,” said Dr McKeown.Anyone who develops a rash or other symptoms should visit their GP and explain that they have been bitten by a tick. If you think you may have been bitten by a tick and you develop a skin rash speak to your GP.Your GP may prescribe antibiotics if it is likely to be Lyme disease, which will clear the infection. Pictures of the Lyme disease skin rash can be found on the HPSC website.Removing a Tick Only a minority of ticks carry infection. If a tick is removed within the first number of hours, the risk of infection is low. The entire tick, including its mouthparts which might break off, should be removed with tweezers by gripping it close to the skin. The skin where the tick was found should then be washed with soap and water and the area checked over the next few weeks for swelling or redness. You can see instructions on how to remove a tick on the CDC’s website www.cdc.gov/lyme/removal/index.htmlNeuroborreliosisDr McKeown added: “Cases of a more severe form of Lyme disease – neuroborreliosis – have to be reported to the HPSC by doctors and laboratories in Ireland. “There are approximately 10-20 cases of neuroborreliosis notified in Ireland each year. However as some people will not be aware that they are infected, or will not seek medical help when unwell, so the true number of Lyme disease cases is not known. “It is likely that there are at least 100-200 cases of the milder forms of Lyme disease in Ireland annually. People can find lots of information and resources on the HPSC website.” Lyme disease alert issued to Donegal’s outdoor enthusiasts was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Lyme Disease
Sinn Féin’s John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh is the second councillor to be re-elected to Glenties LEA.In 2014, Ó Fearraigh secured his seat on the ninth count with 1,864 votes.Today he was elected after achieving 2,050 votes on the eighth count. His surplus of 175 votes will now be redistributed before the final count for Glenties LEA.There were exuberant scenes in the Highlands Hotel this evening when his election was announced, celebrating with colleagues Brian Carr, Marie Theresa Gallagher, and Pearse Doherty TD.John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh hugs SF colleagues Brian Carr and Marie Therese Gallagher. Photo by Elaine Mc CalligIt is yet to be announced how the final figures will look for Brian Carr and Marie Therese Gallagher.Following the eighth count, here’s what the figures look like:Brian Carr (SF) 1282Marie Theresa Gallagher (SF) 1658Michael Mc Clafferty (Fine Gael) 1721Noreen McGarvey (FF) 1499Anthony Molloy (FF) 1702John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (SF) 2050 Quota: 1,875, Electorate: 23,165, Turnout: 12,851, Spoiled: 147, Valid: 12,704Elections 2019: Ó Fearraigh retains seat was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal county council. local elections 2019John Shéamuis Ó Fearraighle19donegalSinn Fein
QPR have extended youngster Channing Campbell-Young’s trial.Campbell-Young, who turns 20 this Saturday, featured for Rangers’ development side in a recent match against Crystal Palace and was also selected for a game this evening against his former club Bolton.He was on Tottenham’s books before being signed by Wanderers, who released him this summer.He can play in a number of positions but is primarily a defensive midfielder.QPR’s line-up for the Under-23 game at the Macron Stadium also included Swiss goalkeeper Seny Dieng, who was recently signed by the club.See also:QPR sign keeper after youngster is sidelined for six monthsQPR look at two trialistsQPR quiz – can you get five out of five?QPR striker Polter a doubt for Newcastle gameTrialist features again in QPR U23 gamePolter and Luongo doubtful, but QPR trio availableFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook