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Tablets all round from Age Friendly Limerick

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Facebook Twitter Email Advertisementcenter_img Limerick on Covid watch list Print Mary Cronin, from Croom, Chair of the Limerick and National Network of Older Peoples’ Councils, taking a selfie with Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneWHEN Age Friendly Limerick says “we have a tablet for that” they don’t mean a little bottle of pills.More than 30 older people from across County Limerick have been presented with special electronic tablets as part of a programme to reduce incidents of social isolation and open up a new world of communication.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Age Friendly Limerick, which is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council, in partnership with Cliffrun Media are delivering the project aimed at reducing levels of social isolation among older people, through the use of the Acorn Tablet.The Acorn is a specialised tablet, tailored to address the needs of seniors in a closed secure network. It opens up a world of relevant online content for seniors, encouraging users to engage and interact at both social and commercial level. Its design is built around five content and application pillars: independence, health, finance, communications and security.Pictured during a workshop hosted by Limerick City and County Council are Claire O’Gorman, Carmel Wilmott and Joan Curtin, all from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneAnd its ease of use will be welcomed by anyone who is not particularly familiar with on-line technology.The interface is simple to navigate, provides easy access to a help button as well as providing remote technical assistance when required.A user can start with only one or two apps loaded and, over time, additional elements can be added according to the users individual preferences.The idea is that by becoming connected to what’s going on in their area, older people will be better able to attend local events or ask for a lift. It will also make it easier to do their online banking, or pay a bill.And they can connect with their children, friends or family members living abroad through SkypeA major element of this project will be engagement between the older people and Transition Year students from Desmond College in Newcastle West.Five intergenerational workshops will connect old and young and provide an opportunity for the younger people to support the older people in the use of technology.Deputy Mayor Michael Collins said: “In a world which is becoming more technology driven, it is important that we support and encourage our older citizens in embracing the digital world.  It is fantastic that we are using technology to help make people fell less isolated.”Age-Friendly Limerick Programme Manager Anne Rizzo, said that the Acorn is a very user friendly tablet, designed to open up a world of digital services for older people and is aimed at encouraging social inclusion, putting people in contact with others in their community and helping them to avail of services and information not otherwise easily accessible to them.Funding has been provided by the Department of Community and Rural Affairs covering the cost of the tablets, including sim card and technical backup for the duration of the programme trial period. WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick v Tipperary to be televised as eirSport unveil Allianz League coverageNext articleColourful makeover for city rehab unit Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsCommunityLocal NewsTablets all round from Age Friendly LimerickBy Bernie English – January 16, 2019 1515 last_img read more

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Sharon Osbourne Planning To Turn Her Early Life Story Into Biopic

first_imgSharon Osbourne‘s life story could be coming to the big screen in the near future. The level-headed rockstar wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly working on adapting part of her journey into a biographic film. Sadly for classic rock fans and metalheads, even if the film is eventually made, it won’t include any part of her actual career timeline after meeting Ozzy back in the late 1970s.In a recent interview with British publication The Sun, the veteran music executive, born Sharon Arden, explained that she plans on moving forward in producing a big-budget film about her early life in hopes of discrediting a rival, unauthorized script which follows a similar storyline. Sharon’s project would share her life story up to the age of 25.“Of course [Ozzy] takes part in the movie, somebody will play him, but mainly, it’s about my life story up until I met my husband,” she explained to the news outlet. She also went on to explain why she felt the sudden need to put together a film about her life.“Just before Christmas, somebody said they had seen a movie script written about my life and it was on this website called Blacklist, and that is where writers go with scripts that are available to buy,” Osbourne continued. “So I downloaded it, read it, and it didn’t make sense. Timelines were all crazy … It had no heart, it just wasn’t me … How could somebody do that without asking me first?”That inauthentic and unauthorized script is reportedly being considered to be made into a film by Universal Pictures. Thus far, Osbourne has asked acclaimed Hollywood director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) to come on and lead the film.In addition to helping launch Ozzy’s hall-of-fame-worthy solo career back in the early 1980s, she was also a pioneer in reality television. Osbourne was a key figure in rebranding her family as proto-Kardashian television stars with their hit show, The Osbournes, which successfully ran on MTV for four seasons from 2002-2005. She also helped her husband launch what would become his very financially successful Ozzfest festival tour beginning back in 1996.Related: Ozzy Osbourne Fulfills Platinum Record Wish For Terminally-Ill Former BandmateThe report also states that Osbourne had been in on the early stages on penning a book about her 36-year-marriage to Ozzy (including sharing her stories on surviving family issues ranging from addiction and infidelity) but has since scrapped those plans. She may have no need to spend her time writing a book if she can make more money out of producing a full movie instead.[H/T The Sun]last_img read more

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Late-night workouts fuel Tyus Battle as he settles in at Syracuse

first_img Published on January 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — While most Syracuse players are asleep in the team hotel before a road game, Tyus Battle finds the building’s workout facility. He’s often by himself, opting for solidarity into the early morning on game day. Lifting weights is Battle’s preferred alternative to sleep, something he admittedly doesn’t do much of.“I gotta keep myself active a little bit so I always like to workout pretty late. I like to stay up pretty late,” Battle said. “The guys are usually sleeping or something, doing whatever they’re doing. I usually just like to go by myself just to clear my mind.”After Syracuse’s first game away from the Carrier Dome, a loss to South Carolina on Nov. 26 in which Battle played only 13 minutes and recorded his only scoreless game of the season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the freshman seemed lost on the Barclays Center court. Since then, Battle has remained consistent for the Orange at shooting guard.He’s raised his scoring average to 9.9 from 5.8 points per game since the loss to the Gamecocks, aided by performances of 13 or more in the last four games and a career-high 21 against Boston College on Saturday. And despite Syracuse’s (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) 85-68 loss to North Carolina on Monday, Battle continues to show why he’s one of SU’s most reliable options night in and night out.“He’s got a huge upside with what he can do,” Boeheim said, “but he’s been very steady, very solid.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven if Battle’s late-night workouts don’t have a clear-cut correlation with steady on-court performance, they help him negate any distractions, which hindered him earlier in the season. A minor left foot injury didn’t force him to miss any games, but he sat out practice for a whole week and has since confessed that being nicked up derailed his ability to showcase his full arsenal. It restricted his desire to make sharp cuts to the rim, something he’s showcased of late, most recently at North Carolina.Now with seven straight games as a starter under his belt and a stronghold on the shooting guard position, Battle feels back to normal. He’s able to lift early into the morning without worrying what the extra stress on his body might do to his foot. An injury-free Battle has helped lift Syracuse’s offense past its early-season woes.“Early morning, late night, I think he gets his confidence from spending time in the gym,” said Gary Battle, Tyus’ father.Battle tends to advertise his workout sessions on Instagram and Snapchat, recently posting photos of an empty weight room before games at Virginia Tech and UNC. He lifts at obscure hours on occasion before home games in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, but it’s become a steady routine before away games to do so with Drake lyrics in his ears as the only accompanying sound.The next game for Syracuse is a visit to No. 15 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish is the only team still undefeated in league play, giving SU another chance to grab a desperately needed resume booster.You can count on Battle finding a gym in South Bend, Indiana, wherever Syracuse stays on Friday night. The Orange will count on its standout freshman once again to help lift it to a signature win.Senior Staff Writer Paul Schwedelson contributed reporting to this article Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Former USC star Nikola Vucevic again proves a problem for Lakers

first_imgIn his eighth year in the NBA, Vucevic — who said he enjoyed practicing Saturday at USC, where he played three years and averaged 11.1 points and eight rebounds — is getting only scarier to defend.Credit that “a little bit,” he said, to the fact that, with his wife expecting a baby, he passed on playing with the Montenegrin national basketball team this offseason. Credit it more, he said, to the style of play that Coach Steve Clifford implemented in Orlando this season.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe sharp-shooting 7-footer’s stuffed stat sheet included a game-high 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including three out of eight tries from behind the 3-point arc. He added a game-high 15 rebounds, as well as seven assists, two steals and three blocks.In the Magic’s 130-117 victory over the Lakers on Nov. 17 in Orlando, Vucevic also was a problem, with 37 points on 15-of-23 shooting, and 13 rebounds.Beyond all the damage he personally causes, the 28-year-old Vucevic is especially a nightmarish matchup for teams because of his ability to draw would-be rim protectors away so guys like D.J. Augustin and Jonathon Simmons can attack with little interference.“He’s a very, very good player,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said before Sunday’s game. “When you watch tape on him, he can score all over the floor on you. He’s a nightmare to match up with as far as scheming against him, whether you’re switching or you’re in a drop, whatever it is, because of that ability.” “It’s just the way we play now, it helps me play an inside out, which makes me more comfortable,” said Vucevic, who really turned himself into a outside threat just last season, when he averaged 3.6 attempts from behind the arc per game, and shot 31.4 percent.“Last year, I felt like I was a little too much on the perimeter, trying to space the floor, which was fine, but at the same time, now when I mix it up and it makes it so much more difficult for the other teams. It works great for me because I get some easy ones in the paint and I’m able to step out.“The way Coach wants us to play and wants me to play, it fits my skill set.”He isn’t just a tough matchup for the Lakers, of course. Through 20 games, he’s averaging 20.4 points and shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. He’s also grabbing 11.3 rebounds per game to go with 3.6 assists.But Vucevic, who is in the final year of a four-year $12.75 million contract extension, said he isn’t thinking about what suitors might welcome that type of production.“What I’m focused on is us getting wins,” he said. “And the rest of it will take care of itself.”Unfortunately, perhaps, for Orlando, and fortunately for the Lakers, no more of those will come against the Purple and Gold. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img LOS ANGELES — Nah, Nikola Vucevic said, USC shouldn’t fire Clay Helton.After leading the Orlando Magic to just its second season sweep of the Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center, the former Trojans basketball standout said he thought it appropriate to be patient with the embattled football coach despite USC suffering its first losing record since 2000.It appears Helton will stay put, so time will tell whether he figures it out. For the present, Vucevic and his team again had it all worked out against the Lakers (11-8) as the Magic (10-10) defeated them 108-104.The Lakers hurt themselves with 18 turnovers and 11 missed free throws; Orlando hurt them with Vucevic. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more