International referee Alan Lewis to retire

first_img Alan Lewis shows yellow to Springbok Bakkies Botha during an international against New ZealandInternational referee Alan Lewis has announced his intention to retire from refereeing at the end of this season. With 45 major international test matches to his credit, including a Rugby World Cup quarter final and games across the RBS 6 Nations Championship and the Tri Nations, Lewis is one of the longest serving IRFU International referees.He also holds the record for matches in European competition with an incredible 83 matches, 71 of which were Heineken Cup matches, including three semi finals and the Heineken Cup Final in 2007.Talking about his decision Alan Lewis said, “Now just feels the right time to finish up. It’s a natural progression and one I have been discussing with my family and Owen Doyle in the IRFU over the past few months. I feel very privileged and honoured to have been involved at this level for so long. I have enjoyed every minute hugely.” Commenting on the recent announcement of the Rugby World Cup referee selection he added, “Of course there’s a twinge of disappointment (at not being selected), I wouldn’t be human if there wasn’t. The main thing now is to wish all match officials great enjoyment and success in New Zealand.” Owen Doyle, IRFU Director of Referees said, “What an extraordinary and successful career Alan has had and his record speaks for itself. He has always brought so much to the game, both on and off the pitch. His dedication and his enthusiasm have been unsurpassed. I am really now looking forward to continuing to work with him, albeit in another capacity. His expertise and communication skills will help enormously in developing the next generation of elite referees.”Caleb Powell, IRFU President commented on hearing the news and said, “Alan has made an immense contribution to our game, both domestically and on the world stage. His commitment and ability serve as a real example to all those aspiring to referee at the highest level.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Referee Alan Lewis shows Bakkies Botha of South Africa (L) the yellow card during their rugby union Test match against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on July 10, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BRENDON O’HAGAN (Photo credit should read BRENDON O’HAGAN/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Three new books from top children’s nutritionist

first_img Previous articleBlood, sweat, tears and actorsNext articleNew season evening menu admin Email Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img NewsThree new books from top children’s nutritionistBy admin – May 7, 2009 719 With over three million copies of Annabel Karmel’s books in print, it is no wonder why parents all over the world rely on her expertise and time-tested recipes for babies and children of all ages.Fresh off the printing press, Dorling Kindersley have published three new titles into the Annabel Karmel canon that are sure to persuade even the pickiest eaters to try something new, healthy and delicious.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The first of the three titles is “First Meals & More: Your Questions Answered”. Can breastfeeding prevent allergies? How do I get my fussy toddler to eat vegetables? What can I make for the whole family to eat together? These questions (and nearly 300 more!) are directly and thoughtfully addressed by Annabel Karmel’s extensive knowledge and practical approach to children’s nutrition. This Q&A book is packed with expert advice and tips to help guide parents through every aspect of feeding their baby and toddler, from birth to age three.Annabel provides all the essential information needed to establish good eating habits by including the latest scientific research on allergies, information on when to wean, and suggestions on introducing new foods.First Meals & More is packed with 50 delicious, baby-friendly, trouble-shooting recipes to help parents combat a myriad of feeding challenges.Cook It Together is the third in a successful series of cooking books for children by Annabel. Focusing on ten top ingredients; tomatoes, sweet corn, potatoes, rice, bananas, strawberries, apples, honey, chocolate and yogurt, children can learn fascinating facts to help encourage them to think about what they are eating and where each ingredient originates from.Whether it’s grown in fields or made in hives Annabel includes the facts about each ingredient, there is even a section on flavours where children can learn all about different herbs and spices. All recipes are illustrated with step-by-step photography and simple guidelines so children can see exactly what goes into each dish. Annabel also provides two or three recipes for each ingredient which includes plenty of measuring and mixing to help children understand what goes into each dish. There are also clearly marked steps for when an adult is needed to help out.Cook It Together has a balance of sweet and savoury recipes so that children can learn how to make a selection of healthy balanced dishes, from tomato bruschetta and paella to strawberry cheesecake and fruit brulee. This book will show children that healthy eating can be fun and educational, there are also tips from Annabel on each page to guarantee the best results.From juicy red apples to bright green broccoli trees, the bestselling author has put together a colourful range of healthy, delicious fruit and vegetables, in her new book I Can Eat A Rainbow.I Can Eat A Rainbow helps young children identify different foods in a fun and exciting way. With simple, read aloud text and suggestions on how to eat five a day, this book will help preschoolers learn about the importance of eating colourful, healthy food.Cute fruit and vegetable characters feature throughout on each tabbed, colour themed spread to encourage young children to identify different foods. Big, bold photography and descriptive labels also help them to understand the importance of each different coloured fruit and vegetables.When your child has finished reading there are also several activities listed in the front section for parents to try out such as showing them how to squeeze oranges, grow their own vegetables, and make fruit lollies and smoothies, along with notes on how to make the most of the book when reading it to your toddler. Print Facebooklast_img read more

Teen Internet safety

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaCommunicating through social networking Web sites like MySpace is the newest teenage rage. Despite its popularity, this new technology is fraught with potential dangers.Be an aware parent“If a parent allows their child to have a personal page on Web sites like MySpace, they should stay aware of what they’re posting and who they’re talking to,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H and youth development specialist.When building content for their Web page, teenagers should make every effort to remain as anonymous as possible, she said.“Avoid posting anything that could enable a stranger to locate you,” Varnadoe said. “This includes your last name, the name of your school, sports teams, the town you live in and places you hang out.”Use caution when posting photosRemember this, too, when posting photographs to your Web site.Be sure items in your photographs don’t reveal your school name or your location, she said.“Look at the background of your photos to make sure you aren’t accidentally giving out identifying information,” Varnadoe said. “The name of a mall, the license plate on your parents’ car or your team jersey all contain information that can reveal your location.” Teenagers should also remember that information posted to a Web site can be downloaded or reposted to another Web site.“Before you upload a photograph, ask yourself how you’d feel if your parents, grandparents, teachers or future boss saw the photo,” she said.Check comments often, report bulliesIf your personal Web site contains a comment section, check and monitor the content often. “Don’t respond to mean or embarrassing comments,” Varnadoe said. “Delete them. And, if possible, block offensive people from commenting further.”Inappropriate comments should also be reported to the networking site’s administrator.“The best rule of thumb is not to say anything online that you would not say offline,” she said.If the Web site offers this feature, create a “friends” list to control who can and cannot post comments to your site. Only allow people you know and trust to be on your list.“If you don’t use privacy features, anyone can see your info,” Varnadoe said. “This includes people with bad intentions.”Never meet someone aloneDon’t plan to meet someone in person that you meet over the Internet unless you are certain of their actual identity, she said.“It’s still not risk-free,” she said. “But take along some friends if you do plan a meeting. And make sure you meet in a public place.”For this, and other reasons, teenagers should not sign up for membership to Web sites designed for adults.“Be honest about your age,” Varnadoe said. “If you are too young to sign up on a site, don’t lie about your age. Talk with your parents about alternative websites that may be more age-appropriate for you.”last_img read more