Patrick O’Donovan announces €420,000 in funding for Limerick Greenway

first_imgFacebook Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’DonovanLOCAL Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced €420,000 in funding for the Limerick Greenway between Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. The funding comes from the Department of Rural and Community Development and is being made available by Minister Heather Humphreys  under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  Patrick O’Donovan said “I am thrilled to be able to announce this. This is fantastic news for the Limerick Greenway. Over the last number of years, I have announced literally millions of euro in funding for this amenity and we have seen the benefit of it, particularly now during the recent lockdown. The investment that we are making now is part of continuing to improve it for locals and visitors alike.” “The latest round of funding is to improve the signage and the Greenway itself and is being done in conjunction with Failte Ireland and Limerick City and County Council. Over the recent past I have worked with the Council to help refurbish the tunnel in Barnagh which has been restored to its former glory also secure the two old stations in Ardagh and Barnagh for the Greenway. Today, more good news from the Government and Minister Humphreys, which I know will be welcomed locally.” “As Minister for Tourism I laid out a plan and a vision that would see the Greenway go from Lough Derg to the Atlantic through Clare, Limerick, and Kerry. The main corner stones of that are I believe being put in place bit by bit and with continued investment Kline this, and with the good news on the Kerry side, we are really making steady but positive progress to a major Greenway here in this part of Munster.” Patrick O’Donovan concluded by saying that the last twelve months have shown how impotent how important local parks, walkways, trails, and amenities area. “As a Government we have made big investments into our area through the Council and local voluntary groups, sporting organisations and clubs. I am committed to getting more good news like this for other parts of Limerick so that the greatest number of people can enjoy our outdoor spaces and what Limerick has to offer our locals and visitors alike.” WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsCommunityLimerickPatrick O’Donovan announces €420,000 in funding for Limerick GreenwayBy Staff Reporter – March 22, 2021 437 Linkedin Previous articleWATCH: “Dreams come true” – CJ Stander reflects on final Irish appearanceNext articleWATCH: Farrell and Sexton reflect on win over England and pay tribute to CJ Stander Staff Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twitter Print TAGSDepartment of Rural and Community DevelopmentKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick GreenwayLimerick PostPatrick O’Donovan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Aerogravity evidence for major crustal thinning under the Pine Island Glacier region (West Antarctica)

first_imgThe West Antarctic Rift System provides critical geological boundary conditions for the overlying West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Previous geophysical surveys have traced the West Antarctic Rift System and addressed the controls that it exerts on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Ross Sea Embayment. However, much less is known about the rift system under the Amundsen Sea Embayment, a key sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is thinning significantly today. New aerogravity data over the Pine Island Glacier region, one of the fastest flowing glaciers within the Amundsen Sea Embayment, sheds new light into the crustal structure under this dynamic part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Three-dimensional (3-D) inversion of terrain-decorrelated free-air and Bouguer gravity anomaly data reveal significant crustal thinning beneath the catchment of Pine Island Glacier. Under the Byrd Subglacial Basin and the newly identified Pine Island Rift, Moho depth is estimated to be 19 ± 1 km. This is the thinnest crust observed beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Estimates of lithosphere rigidity (Te), based on isostatic models, yield a Te of 5 ± 5 km, which is comparable to values from modern rift systems such as the Basin and Range Province. Major crustal thinning, coupled with low lithosphere rigidity, attest to the considerable impact of continental rifting beneath this part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. In analogy with the better known Ross Sea segment of the West Antarctic Rift System we suggest that the Amundsen Sea Embayment was affected by distributed Cretaceous rifting, followed by Cenozoic narrow-mode rifting. Narrow-mode rifting within the Pine Island Rift is particularly important as it may serve as a geological template for enhanced glacial flow associated with Pine Island Glacier.last_img read more

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Songs from the stars

first_imgPlato, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, described music and astronomy as “sister sciences” that encompassed harmonious motions, whether of instrument strings or celestial objects. This philosophy of a “Music of the Spheres” was symbolic. However, modern technology is creating a true music of the spheres by transforming astronomical data into unique musical compositions.Gerhard Sonnert, a research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has created a new website that allows listeners to literally hear the music of the stars. He worked with Wanda Diaz-Merced, a postdoctoral student at the University of Glasgow whose blindness led her into the field of sonification (turning astrophysical data into sound), and with composer Volkmar Studtrucker, who turned the sound into music.“I saw the musical notes on Wanda’s desk and I got inspired,” Sonnert said.Diaz-Merced lost her sight in her early 20s while studying physics. When she visited an astronomy lab and heard the hiss of a signal from a radio telescope, she realized that she might be able to continue doing the science she loved. She now works with a program called xSonify, which allows users to present numerical data as sound and use pitch, volume, or rhythm to distinguish between different data values.During a visit to the Center for Astrophysics in 2011, Diaz-Merced worked with data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The target was an EX Hydrae — a binary system consisting of a normal star and a white dwarf. Known as a cataclysmic variable, the system fluctuates in X-ray brightness as the white dwarf consumes gas from its companion.Diaz-Merced plugged the Chandra X-ray data into xSonify and converted it into musical notes. The results sound random, but Sonnert sensed that they could become something more pleasing to the ear. He contacted Studtrucker, who chose short passages from the sonified notes, perhaps 70 bars in all, and added harmonies in different musical styles. Sound files that began as atonal compositions transformed into blues jams and jazz ballads, to name just two examples of the nine songs produced.The project shows that something as far away and otherworldly can be significant to humans for two distinct reasons — one scientific and one artistic.“We’re still extracting meaning from data, but in a very different way,” explained Sonnert.You can listen to the results of the project at the Star Songs website.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Great White Pinged off North Carolina Coast

first_imgGreat white shark pinged off the coast of Kitty Hawk, NC Maryland welcomes its first national marine sanctuary Maryland’s Mallows Bay has officially become a national marine sanctuary by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Mallows Bay is located along the Potomac River and is an 18-square-mile stretch of water that houses the submerged remains of vessels dating as far back as the American Revolution. This is the first national marine sanctuary designated in the past 19 years. In total, there are 13 national marine sanctuaries, which make up a network of “underwater parks” encompassing more than 600,000-square miles of water.  It turns out that Sammut had discovered an 1894 Winchester rifle. After tracking down a few digits of the serial number, he was able to date the gun between 1896 and 1908. While it’s unknown why the gun was buried in the ground or whom it belonged to, Sammut says he feels lucky to have found the mysterious rifle. “It’s just been a very amazing experience to be able to find an old relic that people have literally walked past God knows how many times,” he said. “I’m the person who found it. I feel like I hit the lotto.” Scientists originally thought that Cabot pinged in the Albemarle Sound, located inside of the Outer Banks. The last time a shark swam inside of the Albemarle Sound was in 2017, when a 300-pound tiger shark entered those waters. An updated ping the following day, however, showed Cabot on the outside of the Outer Banks near Kitty Hawk.  A 533-pound great white shark has been identified in coastal waters off of Kitty Hawk, NC. The great white shark, named “Cabot,” is 9’8” and was tagged in Nova Scotia. The shark pinged off of the coast of Kitty Hawk on November 13 just after 8pm. Great whites are often found in the coastal North Carolina waters as they migrate up and down the Atlantic coast.  California man finds antique rifle while out for a hike Chalk this up as another bizarre find by an astute hiker. Joey Sammut of Laguna Beach, CA, was out hiking with friend on a trail near his neighborhood when he spotted a metal object sticking out of the ground. “[It] looked like a pair of gardening shears to me,” Sammut said in a recent interview. But when he reached down to pick the object up it was heavier than he was anticipating. Further investigation revealed a barrel, trigger and hammer. Sammut turned to his friend and said, “Oh my God, is this a gun?”last_img read more

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