War Memorial is a symbol of inclusiveness and enlightenment

first_imgNewsCommunityWar Memorial is a symbol of inclusiveness and enlightenmentBy Staff Reporter – August 11, 2017 2374 World Wars memorial on Pery Square. Picture: Cian ReinhardtLimerick War Memorial on Pery Square. Picture: Cian ReinhardtIt has been bombed, boycotted and condemned as a symbol of British imperialism, yet the Limerick War Memorial in Pery Square is a potent reminder that the legacy of loss from the First World War transcends religious, political and social divisions. Dr Tadhg Moloney tells the story of how the memorial survived revisionism, ignorance and prejudice.Eleven years after the end of the First World War, in which at least 3,000 officers and men from Limerick City and County died, a memorial in their honour and a place where the ex-servicemen and people of Limerick could come to pay homage was unveiled.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The conditions created by the War of Independence and Civil War meant it was only in 1924 that Roman Catholic ex-servicemen could hold a service of remembrance at St. Joseph’s Church. They continued to use this church until 1927 when the ceremony was transferred to St. John’s Cathedral.By the time Remembrance Day came in 1922, a memorial had been unveiled in St. Mary’s Cathedral to the ‘Men of Thomond who fell in the war 1914-1918’. However, because this was a Protestant church, the attendance of Roman Catholic ex-servicemen was precluded. Six years later another memorial was unveiled, this time in the Presbyterian Church, Lower Mallow Street.Personal memorials had been erected by families to their sons who died in the war, most notably in St Mary’s Cathedral. One of those is in memory of Captain Gordon Thompson Shaw killed in action on August 28, 1918, serving with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was the son of Alexander William Shaw, a leading bacon merchant in Limerick City.The only memorial to a Limerick Roman Catholic soldier killed in the First World War is to be found in St. Munchin’s Roman Catholic Church.  This memorial is in the form of a baptistery and was donated by Sir Vincent and Lady Nash to the memory of their son, Lieutenant James Haran Nash, who was killed serving with the Irish Guards on March 27, 1918.Limerick still lacked a suitable monument where people irrespective of religious persuasion could commemorate their war dead.However, on June 6, 1928 a deputation consisting of two members of the Limerick Branch of the Legion of ex-Servicemen, Captains David Tidmarsh and Eric R. Shaw, who was also a Borough Councillor, appeared before the Corporation Improvement Committee to support their application for the erection of a suitable memorial. The following day a letter was read to a full meeting of the Corporation from the Chairman of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion, which included a scale drawing of Pery Square and the location of where they would like the memorial to be erected covering an area of four square yards.Permission was granted to erect the memorial in the Square by twenty-two votes to four, with Councillor C Gilligan abstaining, giving his reason for doing so on the basis that he was ‘opposed to the memorial on national grounds’. Those who voted against the proposal wanted the memorial situated in the People’s Park. There may also have been an underlying motive in having it located in the People’s Park and that was ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Councillor P O’Callaghan threatened to have it pulled down when it was erected.Another indication that a public war memorial was going to be erected in Limerick was made at an Armistice dinner in the British Legion Hall, Lower Hartstonge Street on November 14, 1928 when Irish Legion Chairman A.P Connolly declared that ‘they were at last to have their war memorial in Limerick, a fact that reflected honour on the generous people of that city and county.  Such a memorial would keep the grand ideal for which the men had fallen before them, and be an inspiration to them in the future’.A list of subscribers published on November 9, 1929 showed that £357.10s.0d. had been contributed towards the required amount of £550.  The willingness of people to subscribe is shown by a further list, published a month later, showing that the amount contributed had risen to £469.1s.0d, leaving an outstanding debt of £80.19s.0d.Many of the 157 subscribers had relatives killed in the war or had served during the conflict. The individual amounts were not disclosed, signifying that the subscribers paid whether small or large were of equal importance.The site for the memorial, a 20-foot version of the Cross of Sacrifice on an octagonal base with a bronze sword on its shaft, was donated by the City Council in the middle of the square directly opposite the Carnegie Library.  Designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield and constructed by Messrs CW Harrison and Sons, it was built of finely chiselled white Irish granite, of which one of the parts is mica, a material that sparkles in the sun or artificial light and bore the following inscription:To the glory of God, and to the memory of 3,000 officers, NCOs and men of Limerick City and County who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. They died in every quarter of the earth and on its seas, and their names have with reverence and love been inscribed on our rolls of honour. Most of them lie buried in the lands of our Allies, who have set aside their resting place in honour for ever.On November 10, 1929, both Catholic and Protestant ex-servicemen held separate services after which they marched to the memorial. The Protestant service was held in St. Mary’s Cathedral where ‘the sacred edifice had been filled to overflowing by a congregation representing all Protestant denominations in the city and county’ many of whom were ex-Servicemen, wearing their medals and decorations. A wreath on behalf of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion was laid at the Thomond War Memorial by Major-General Sir George Franks. The memorial Mass was held in St John’s Cathedral after which least six hundred ex-Servicemen, preceded by the Sarsfield Fife and Drum Band marched from John’s Square to Pery Square where a large crowd had gathered, including many women wearing their deceased husband’s, father’s or brother’s medals and decorations.President of the British Legion in the Irish Free State Major-General Sir William Hickie, who had commanded the 16th Irish Division in France during the First World War and was therefore well known to and respected by the general body of the Ex-Servicemen present, unveiled the Cross which had been covered with a purple drape, symbolising the sacrifice of the men that the memorial commemorated.In his address, he stressed that the sacrifice of the men to whom the memorial was erected was made for the highest motives and he made particular mention of the defence of Belgium. He also insisted that the basic motivation of the Allies in going to war had been honourable and made a plea for tolerance and understanding of differing points of view which he noted were absent in contemporary Ireland but which the occasion showed existed, as they always had, in Limerick:“It is most fitting that this ancient city should have within its boundaries a monument which will not only stand to the glorious memory of those of her gallant sons who gave their lives in the cause of freedom and justice in the Great War, but will also serve to remind everyone of the great number of men from the County of Limerick, and from this its capital city, who took a distinguished part in the campaign of the Great War, and of the exemplary and gallant manner in which they carried out their self imposed duties. What we want most in Ireland to-day is that brotherly spirit which will recognise that we are all Irishmen of one great family, who are striving according to our lights, to do our best for the country which we love. Opinions and methods may differ, but nothing is to be gained by unkind criticism, by harsh words, or by wilful misunderstanding. Limerick has always set an example of that broad-mindedness and of that kindly spirit which are also, so noticeably absent at times from our public life. The cross now takes its place with the three crosses of Irish granite which stand respectively at Wytschaete in Flanders, at Guillemont and on the Somme in France and on the Serbian heights above Lake Doiran, as lasting memorials to those fifty thousand of our comrades who went out and who did not come back.” While no wreath was laid on behalf of the Catholic Church quite a number of clergy were present at the ceremony, some of whom were ex-Chaplains to the army during the war. There was no official representation by the City Council at the ceremony. Although they had received an invitation, the Mayor decided that the vote to officially attend was unsuccessful ‘when four members voted for not accepting the invitation and seven for accepting.The only member of the Council who attend in a private capacity was Alderman P O’Flynn.The attendance of the Mayor and Council in an official capacity at the unveiling ceremony was obviously a step too far.It wasn’t until 1991, sixty-two years after the unveiling before Mayor Jim Kemmy attended and laid a wreath on behalf of the city council, thereby establishing a precedent that has continued to this day.The ex-Servicemen now had a place to go to pay homage to their fallen comrades. Every year, with the exception of the years 1939-45, they assembled at the Cross on the nearest Sunday to the eleventh day of November, the date of the end of the war.After the Second World War, a plaque was added to the war memorial to commemorate the Limerick men from Limerick who were killed in action serving with the Allies during that conflict.Not everyone agreed with what the war memorial symbolised or the sentiments expressed on it and during the early hours of  August 7, 1957 it was destroyed by an explosion. The Secretary of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion, Mr John Ring, declared that the war memorial ‘had no political significance and was merely there to commemorate our Limerick men who were killed in the First World War and also in the Second World War.  That was the only purpose of it’.The day after the explosion, the Limerick Chronicle published a disclaimer from ‘the local Secretary of a Proscribed organisation stating that the organisation was not responsible for the blowing up of the War Memorial and that no member of the Republican Movement was involved in the incident’.No group or individuals ever took responsibility for this action and nobody was apprehended for it, though its occurrence during the IRA border campaign pointed to the most likely source. The death of Limerick man Seán Sabhat the previous January may also have been a relevant factor.However, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, a new war memorial was built on the base of the old Cross of Sacrifice to symbolise a new era of inclusion and enlightenment.Read similar articles in the Limerick Post Community section. Print Previous articleUL Eagles basketball aim to soar back to top tierNext articleEVA International Director reacts to funding criticism Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Linkedincenter_img Email Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Coffee on the Road: Putting 3 Methods to the Test

first_imgI never drank coffee in the morning. I would have a few sips, get super shaky and feel my heart beating in my ankles, and reach for green tea instead. Then I met Ben. When we met, Ben drank coffee every morning, and then some in the afternoon, and then talked about drinking it in the evening. It started with my stealing a few sips from his mug when he said it was an exceptionally good brew. Then slowly, after drinking enough sips, I was ordering mugs for myself. Today, I proudly announce, I am a full blown coffee snob. Living in a van and being a coffee snob CAN BE synonymous. There are plenty of ways to brew in the forest, but we have a few favorites. Below we put three methods to the test to see what is the ultimate off the grid coffee brewing champion.Method 1: French PressThe French press was invented by Paolini Ugo and patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929. It has clearly stood the test of time, how does it stack up for brewing in the woods?Pros:Easy to use and straightforward. It’s hard to really mess up this method, although I do suggest using a timer to make sure you don’t over steep your grounds.Makes a LOT of coffee! Necessary for groups or for Ben to get enough coffee.Durable. Our stainless steel French Press has been on the road for two years, and I’ve only had to wood glue the handle once.Cons:Hard to clean. It leaves a lot of ground to deal with and they’re all clumped at the bottom.Takes up space, it’s the biggest of the three options.Must get coffee ground on “course” which doesn’t allow the flavor of your final product to be as complex. Trust this coffee snob.Final Score: 7/10Its convenience and ease of use keep the score high, but the lack of flavor and clean up time dock it a few points. Method 2: AeroPressThe AeroPress, the newest of the three options, was invented in 2005 by Aerobie president Alan Adler It uses a two plunger system, one with a filter at the bottom. Suction is used to create air pressure to push the water through the coffee grounds. Does the new science work?Pros:It’s small! This brew method takes up far less space than a french press.It’s a STRONG brew. It claims to make espresso strength coffee, but we just make two cups and drink it straight. That’s some serious flavor right there!It’s fast. No waiting around, no timing. Pour your water and drink your coffee. BONUS: It’s easy to clean up afterward.Cons:It’s all made of plastic, so if you’re weird about hot water and plastic (even though it says it’s safe), you’re going to have to come to terms before you brew.It’s a little complicated. There’s step by step directions, but you have to read them a few times to make sure all the parts are in the right places.You can only make one cup of coffee at a time.Final Score: 8/10The flavor is awesome, and the speed of waking up to coffee in hand in unbeatable. The plastic and amount of components bring the score down.Method 3: Pour OverPour Over coffee can range from a fine art to caveman coffee. This is the simplest method with the least moving parts, but it can turn into a masterpiece if you know what you’re doing.Pros:It’s simple, and there’s only one item you need to make it. Totally self-contained and small.Our Sea to Summit X-Brew is made of silicon and collapses into itself, making it a great option for backpacking.If you do it right, the coffee ends up flavorful and complex. A nice in-between of French press and Aeropress flavors.Cons:There is a method of pouring and waiting an exact amount of time and then pouring again that brews a delicious cup. It can get a little complicated and annoying.You’re only making a cup at a time, and then you have to go through the whole process again.Coffee can come out watery if you don’t do the method correctly.Final Score: 7/10The simplicity of the device is wonderful, but the ease of use can get complicated if you’re trying to follow proper “pour over” technique.Brewing Tips:DO use a hand grinder! Grinding your beans right before you use them will ensure freshness and flavor.DON’T use boiling water! It is far too hot and will burn your beans. Pour from high above so the water has some time to cool down before hitting your brew method.DON’T keep your coffee in the freezer. Moisture is the enemy of coffee beans and will dimish the flavor in a moist setting.DO warm your cup before pouring in the coffee. This may sound dumb– but it makes a difference! Just use the leftover boiling water.DO use high-quality water AND coffee beans. Spend a few extra dollars on the coffee and it will make an incredible difference! You’re saving a ton of money by not buying coffee out, so treat yo’self!We are not coffee experts by any means, but two years on the road has taught us a thing or two about making coffee off the grid. Comment with any suggestions or your favorite was to make your morning brew!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to winlast_img read more

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Putin’s problem with Biden? A lack of chemistry, expert says

first_imgWith Russian President Vladimir Putin so far failing to send congratulations to Democrat Joe Biden following his projected U.S. presidential election win, experts say there could be one big — and personal — problem between them: a lack of chemistry.“Something we should keep in mind is that neither Biden nor Putin like each other,” Anton Barbashin, a political analyst and editorial director of Russian affairs journal Riddle, told CNBC Monday.“There could be no chemistry between them, thus U.S.-Russia relations are bound to become even more confrontational.”- Advertisement – While European leaders congratulated Biden, the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election according to NBC projections, Russia stayed silent until Monday, when the Kremlin’s spokesman said that Russia would not comment on the election until the official result was released and that Moscow had noted President Donald Trump’s announcement of legal processes related to the vote.Nonetheless, Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that Putin had repeatedly said he was ready to work with any U.S. leader, and Russia hoped it could establish dialog with the new U.S. administration, and find a way to normalize relations.The apparent coolness of Russia’s response to the projected win for Biden is in marked contrast to its enthusiastic greeting of Trump’s 2016 election win.- Advertisement – Good chemistry: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.Chris McGrath | Getty Images News | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img Russia was accused of meddling in that election, particularly in the hack and dissemination of Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic party emails in 2016, and had sanctions imposed on it by the U.S. as a result.Still, sanctions didn’t appear to stop there being a seemingly warm relationship between Trump and Putin, leaders who, in the public view at least, appeared to respect and like each other.Trump’s praise of his Russian counterpart made waves in 2018 when, following a high-profile summit with Putin in Helsinki, Trump blamed both countries for the “strained relationship” and said he believed Putin’s repudiation of allegations of meddling, despite advice to the contrary from the U.S. intelligence community.Trump then claimed the day after the summit that he had misspoken when he said he did not see why Russia would have meddled in the election, insisting that he meant to say he did not see any reason why it wouldn’t have been Russia that interfered.‘Immense challenge’ for RussiaBiden is widely expected to adopt a more assertive stance toward Russia. Outstanding issues include progress over a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine, and Nord Stream 2, the massive gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany that is opposed by the U.S.Under Trump and his “America First” agenda which characterized his approach to trade and foreign policy, Russia was not a great concern for the administration, and that suited Putin, experts noted.“For Moscow the chief benefits of the Trump presidency were that it amplified America’s internal divisions, estranged Washington from its traditional allies, and was inconsistent in its articulation and execution of policy goals,” Daragh McDowell, head of Europe and principal Russia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, told CNBC Monday.“The Kremlin will have mixed feelings about the result of the U.S. presidential elections,” he added, with a Biden presidency expected to adopt a “more aggressive Russia policy,” he said.“Looking forward, Moscow faces an immense challenge in dealing with the incoming Biden administration. Beyond allegations of electoral interference in 2016, the U.S. has also accused Russia of placing bounties on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. There is also broad consensus across the U.S. political spectrum on issues such as opposition to Nord Stream 2. With America still divided, a more aggressive Russia policy is one of the few areas where bipartisanship can be expected to be sustained,” he noted.Reconciliation?Experts agree that there is something that President-elect Biden offers that Russia does like, and that’s stability.Experts like McDowell note that the same characteristics that made the Trump administration suit Russia — such as its lack of consistency and estranging of erstwhile allies — was also “unsettling for a Kremlin that prioritizes stability and predictability.”Political analyst Barbashin agreed that Biden’s presidency “means more predictability which at least simplifies planning and makes it easier to predict U.S. behavior.”There are also some areas where Biden and Putin could even cooperate, they note, with Iran’s nuclear program, arms control and even Syria all being potential areas for negotiation.Arms control is definitely a good place to start for Biden and Putin, experts agree. In 2019, Biden signaled that he would want to see an extension of the major U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty, known as the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (or New START) that’s due to expire in February 2021, or the implementation of a similar deal.McDowell said there could be a similar impetus on the Russian side to restart arms control negotiations as well: “A key Putin priority will be restarting the negotiations on the New START arms control treaty, as bilateral nuclear agreements with the U.S. are one of the metrics by which Russia measures itself as a ‘great power’.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Zaprešić received the Tourist Information Center for the first time

first_img“By opening the TIC in Novi dvori, we get a strong platform for the construction of new tourist products related to the story of Ban Josip Jelačić. Because it is up to us in the town of Zaprešić, the town that was the home of Ban Jelačić, the greatest responsibility to tell the story of the ban. ” Ganjto emphasized and announced the project of educational trails that will be open in the spring. Foreign guests realized 87.817 arrivals and 138.937 overnight stays, while domestic guests realized 22.071 arrivals and 42.640 overnight stays. Most arrivals, followed by domestic guests, were made by guests from China and other Asian countries, followed by guests from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and the USA. The most visited cities in the first nine months were Velika Gorica, Samobor, Sveta Nedelja and Jastrebarsko. The director of the Tourist Board of the city of Zaprešić, Toni Ganjto, pointed out that the Tourist Board of the city of Zaprešić decided to open the tourist information center in Novi dvori to emphasize the importance of reviving and managing the Jelačić estate complex. These are souvenirs of Vršilnica, Ban Josip Jelačić, the coat of arms of the city of Zaprešić and I love Zaprešić, which were obtained through 3D printing from eco friendly material. Thus, for the first time, Zaprešić got a visitor center where you will be able to buy souvenirs, get all the necessary information about the city and sights, as well as download the necessary promotional materials. In the first nine months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, Zagreb County achieved 15 percent more tourist arrivals (109.888 arrivals) and 14 percent more overnight stays (181.577 overnight stays). Continuous growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays Photos: Pepper Atelier When asked what makes new souvenirs smart, Gnjaro points out that the unique geometry of souvenirs is achieved by additive 3D printing technology. “They are made entirely of “eco-friendly” material – PLA plastic obtained by processing corn starch, which makes these souvenirs biodegradable, and the idea, design and production are 100% Croatian. Our souvenirs are the embodiment of a new era of modern art which, in addition to aesthetic beauty, also contributes to the preservation of the environment. ” Ganjto concluded. As part of the opening of the TIC, new souvenirs of the so-called Zaprešić were presented. smart souvenirs the town of Zaprešić. TONI GANJTO NEW DIRECTOR OF ZAPREŠIĆ TOURIST BOARD Director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ivana Alilović pointed out at the opening that she supports the creative turn in the program of the Zaprešić Tourist Board and noted that storytelling as a concept is crucial for the development of tourism in every area, including the city of Zaprešić and Zagreb County. The Tourist Information Center of the city of Zaprešić was ceremoniously opened last night on the ground floor of the Matija Skurjeni Museum, in Novi dvori. RELATED NEWS: “Thinking about how to be special and different from others when it comes to souvenirs, we decided to combine traditional values ​​and modern technology and call our souvenirs smart in the wake of a smart city and smart tourism.Says Ganjto. last_img read more

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Two European Tour events postponed due to coronavirus

first_imgThe events could be rescheduled for later this year.”The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said on Friday.”While it is therefore regrettable that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, we feel this is the correct course of action at this time.”We are currently investigating alternative dates for both events.”The coronavirus has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China and following health concerns, several sporting events in the region have been postponed.Formula One confirmed the Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled to take place in Shanghai on April 19, will no longer go ahead as planned.Nanjing was due to host the World Athletics Indoor Championships from March 13-15 but, following the emergence of coronavirus in Wuhan, the event has been postponed until 2021.Topics : European Tour chiefs have postponed the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the China Open in Shenzhen because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Both the European Tour and the Asian Tour agreed to postpone the Maybank event at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, which was due to take place from April 16-19.It was also decided to postpone the China Open, scheduled on the European Tour the following week, following consultation with tournament stakeholders.last_img read more

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Crew members of sunken ship rescued in South Sulawesi after 15 hours adrift on jerry cans

first_img“The rescue team found them at 5 p.m. local time. They were found far from the location of the sunken ship,” Bantaeng Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) coordinator Arman said on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Basarnas conducts search and rescue operation for missing cargo ship off BaliHe added that his team was evacuating four other crew members as well as the ship’s captain at different locations.The KM Ismail Jaya reported at 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday that the ship had suffered a leak in its left hull while sailing from Tondasi Port in West Muna, Southeast Sulawesi, to Jeneponto, South Sulawesi.The vessel, which was carrying logs at the time of the incident, eventually sank at around 2 a.m. on Saturday. (dpk)Topics : Search and rescue personnel in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi, rescued two crew members of the sunken KM Ismail Jaya who had drifted in the ocean for 15 hours.The crew members, identified as Safaruddin Lakis, 35, and Bayu Lakis, 35, were holding on to jerry cans and suffering from dehydration when rescuers found them.last_img read more

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Professors present project to build lunar structures

first_imgFour USC professors are working on a project that could potentially help build structures on the moon.Berok Khoshnevis, professor of industrial and systems engineering and the project’s principal investigator, will present the proposal today at a conference in Washington, D.C.Far out · The Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build-Up is a collaboration between engineering and architecture professors. – Rendering courtesy of Behnaz Farahi and Connor WingfieldNASA chose to fund this project, along with 29 others, in August from a pool of nearly 800 proposals. Each proposal receives approximately $100,000 for one to develop feasible structures, according to a NASA press release.Khoshnevis; Anders Carlson, an assistant professor of architecture and director of the Master of Building Science Program; Neil Leach, a visiting professor in the school of architecture; and Madhu Thangavelu, a professor of astronautics in the Viterbi School of Engineering and lecturer in the school of architecture, will lead the project.The project takes Khoshnevis’ Contour Crafting device, a 3-D printer that uses cement to build structures layer by layer, and converts the structure for use on the moon.Khoshnevis began work on his Contour Crafting device in 2000, and it was named one of the top 25 inventions by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.The team is currently working on a prototype of the Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build-Up. Right now, the team is developing a nozzle system that would heat lunar soil into a consistent paste that could be used like cement in the terrestrial Contour Crafting device.“NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is an expert in processing lunar material. They make the lunar simulant material we use for testing. It has the same composition of the soil on the moon,” Khoshnevis said. “We have gotten some of this material, so we are melting this material at USC and trying it out at contour crafting and building smaller structures.”Khoshnevis said the next step is “actually building something useful.” The team will go to NASA’s testing facility in Arizona, Desert Research and Technology Studies, or D-RATS, after it develops the machinery.“We’ll take it to Arizona and use the soil there and, using the sun power and the build structure, do what is supposed to happen on the moon and give the first try on earth at the D-RATS site,” Khoshnevis said.Khoshnevis said scientists are very familiar with the conditions of different soils on the moon as a result of NASA’s previous research, and the sand in Arizona is similar to the kind found on the moon.The Lunar Contour Crafting device would be used to build basic infrastructure, such as landing pads, aprons to guard against debris from landings, hangars and shields to create shade. The self-assembling device would use solar energy.“The electrical energy that we create can drive different machinery as well as a heater that melts the lunar heater,” Khoshnevis said. “Then it extrudes the molten material, which is like lava, out of a nozzle that is contour-crafting. On a layer-by-layer basis it builds these different structures.”The device will use sulfur-based material, but because the melting point of sulfur is close to the higher temperatures reached on the moon, shields made of ceramic materials, which have a lower melting point, will be used to create shade.Once such an infrastructure is in place, Khoshnevis said, habitable structures could be a travel destination for space tourists. Communication devices could be put on the moon, a more stable environment than in orbit where they are hit with space debris, and a telescope on the moon would give researchers a clearer view of the universe because the moon has no atmosphere.Building structures on the moon would also provide a way for testing the possibilities of going to other planets.“Whatever you want to try on Mars or other planets would be easier to test on the moon first,” Khoshnevis said. “It only takes three days to get there.”Though Khoshnevis said building permanent structures on the moon might not happen in his lifetime, it could happen during the lifetimes of current students.“The human is a brand new species,” Khoshnevis said. “While some people think everything that could be invented [has] already been invented, I believe that we are just at the beginning and that we haven’t scratched the surface of what we can do. It’s a good feeling to be on the front lines of those discoveries.”last_img read more

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NSA Board Chair rubbishes Ghana’s 2019 AFCON bid talks

first_imgNational Sports Authority Board Chairman, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has cautioned Ghana against bidding for the hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were stripped off by the Confederation of African Football(Caf) last week. Caf explained that its decision was because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.They have since opened a fresh bidding process for countries interested in hosting the tournament. And since the announcement, there have been calls for Ghana to put in a bid after successfully hosting this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations from November 17 to December 1. However, Agyeman, a former Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, has dismissed those calls and insists government remains focused on hosting 2023 All Africa Games. “Ghana is not ready to host a 24-nation tournament,” he said. “Just a few days ago, we were done with the 8-team AWCON. I am not saying we don’t have the needed facilities. But when you look at the timeframe and the facilities that are at our disposal now, there is a lot of work to be done.”“We should bear in mind that, there is a bigger platform that is available for Ghana in 2023, that is the All African Games. If we have any planning or any spending or any expenditure or any development of our facilities, that is what I think we should be looking at not just rushing to grab anything,” he added.Morocco have been touted as potential hosts with South Africa reportedly interested in hosting the tournament.last_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Brooks Koepka feeling ‘great’ in pursuit of hat-trick after back-to-back 69s

first_imgBrooks Koepka (69, 69) is the first defending #USOpen champion to break 70 in his first two rounds since Scott Simpson in 1988. pic.twitter.com/t1tjZZ0KZw— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2019″I feel great. I’m excited. I’ve got a chance. That’s all you can ask for. I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open up,” said the American.”If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the hole’s opening up, it could be a fun round. And I’ll be honest with you, I struck it so poorly Monday and Wednesday. Rose led by two shots at 7 under when he signed for a 1-under 70.World No. 1 Koepka was pleased to keep himself in the mix for a fifth major title after getting through his round with only one bogey, becoming the first defending champion to break 70 in his first two rounds of the U.S. Open since Scott Simpson 31 years ago. Related News “I wasn’t playing good. And then it’s been nice to kind of find some confidence, especially on the golf course.”Aaron Wise carded a 71 to share second place with Scott Piercy, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen — who were among the afternoon starters.Tiger Woods will start moving day at level par following a 1-over 72, while a 69 elevated Jordan Spieth to 1 under for the tournament. Brooks Koepka fancies his chances of winning a third consecutive U.S. Open title after moving within three shots of leader Justin Rose at the halfway mark.Koepka matched his first round of 69 at Pebble Beach on Friday to head into the weekend in a promising position on 4 under. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods battles to second round 72last_img read more

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Florida Court Reverses Judge’s Decision on Abortion Waiting Period

first_imgA Florida appeals court stepped into the ongoing abortion debate on Thursday by reversing a circuit judge’s ruling on a waiting period.The 1st District Court of Appeal announced Thursday that Circuit Judge Terry Lewis made an error when he declared in 2018 that a 24-hour waiting period for abortions was unconstitutional.The reversal ruling means the issue over the waiting period goes back to the circuit court.Judge Lewis’ previous ruling came after the Florida Supreme Court temporarily blocked the law.The appeals court voted 2-1, and explained that the state presented a “feeble” case to the Supreme Court when it tried to stop the judge’s injunction, but it strengthened its case since then. To that end, the court believes the case should proceed to trial.Former Governor Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law in four years ago. The ACLU challenged it on behalf of a Gainesville abortion clinic.last_img read more

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