‘Build your Tribe’ BNest Workshop aims to help people make a…

first_imgNewsBusinessCommunity‘Build your Tribe’ BNest Workshop aims to help people make a difference in their communityBy Staff Reporter – November 9, 2018 1117 Facebook Print Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The ‘Build your Tribe’ workshop will take place at Mr. Taits Café at Tait House Community Enterprise at Collins Avenue, Roxboro Road on Thursday, November 22 at 6.30pm. Pictured are Kasia Zabinska, BNest, Eamon Ryan, founder BNest, Tracey Lynch, CEO Tait House Community Enterprise and Pauline Gannon, BNest. Picture: ilovelimerickBNEST – the first social enterprise incubator in Ireland is inviting people to a community engagement workshop titled ‘Build your Tribe’ at Mr Taits Café on Thursday, November 22.The workshop is for people involved in a social enterprise, not-for-profit, community projects or for people raising money for a cause close to their hearts who want to build a community around that cause. If this is you, come for this evening workshop to explore and discuss different ways to build and sustain your tribe.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jennifer Murphy, a marketing expert who’s currently working on a community initiative in Castleconnell said of the workshop, “I will present some community engagement principles and offer various practical techniques for creating and sustaining a network of volunteers, advocates, and institutions around your idea to maximise your social impact.”Kasia Zabinska of BNest will join Jennifer to outline approaches you can use to communicate and influence others. BNest is an initiative created specifically to support social entrepreneurs and nurture their start-ups and caters to all types of organisations from charities to businesses with a social conscience.Kasia said, “The event is free and open to all and these two talks will be followed by an open panel discussion so please join us whether you’re interested in learning more about this concept or already have the experience and want to share your insights with others. The venue we picked for this community engagement workshop is special – Mr Tait’s Café in Roxboro Rd is a social enterprise, so customers can enjoy delicious food while also supporting members of the local community. This event is one of our open monthly events which have huge success in offering outreach and support to the Limerick community.”The ‘Build your Tribe’ workshop will take place at Mr Taits Café at Tait House Community Enterprise at Collins Avenue, Roxboro Road on Thursday, November 22 at 6.30pm.For more info email [email protected] or visit www.BNest.ie/events.  Twitter WhatsApp Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic center_img Previous articleSignificant benefits from new investment at Milford Care CentreNext articleThree arrests made following drugs seizure in Limerick, Cork and Tipperary Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSbusinessCommunityNews Email Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Linkedin Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Are Speed Records Wrecking the A.T.?

first_imgHow fast is too fast?It’s a common question on the Appalachian Trail. That was especially true when I hiked a section in mid-July, because I asked it of just about everyone I met.Harvey Lewis, a schoolteacher from Cincinnati, was just then wrapping up an unsuccessful assault on the A.T. thru-hiking record. Such attempts have become so frequent and well-publicized in recent years that the nation’s most revered hiking trail now sees double duty as an ultramarathoning track.So, is that okay?No, several hikers told me. The A.T. is not just a trail but a shrine to self-discovery and contemplation, a “refuge from the crassitudes of civilization,” according to Benton MacKaye, the conservationist who came up with the idea of the Appalachian Trail. If haste and competition are among those crassitudes, then bringing them to the A.T. can seem downright tacky.“The A.T. was built to be savored and enjoyed,” said Todd Engels, 53, a day hiker I met just north of the famous trail town, Hot Springs, N.C. Treating it as a racecourse “fails to appreciate the majesty for which and with which it was created by Mr. MacKaye.”Karel Sabbe AT Speed RecordKarel Sabbe Recently Set The New FKTOn a recent A.T. section hike, he said, the practice of racing on the trail “was a big topic of discussion at the shelters.” And when two teenage trail runners arrived at a campsite suffering from hypothermia, Engels’ fellow hikers helped them only grudgingly.“There was this general resentment towards them, like, ‘Why are you running the Appalachian Trail?’ There are other trails you can run,” he said.A refuge is just what the A.T. is, said Phil Ayres, 48, a pastor of a non-denominational church in Florida, at a campsite a few miles farther north. It’s a venue for connecting with both nature and with humans on different terms than at home.“You meet all these people and you don’t jump into politics and how you feel about Trump. It’s usually talking trail stories and gear. It’s about the adventure.”You can’t do that in a rush, Ayres said, and this being the weekend of the MLB All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby made a convenient point of comparison.“Baseball has a rhythm and it’s not fast paced and that’s what makes it great. The Home Run Derby is kind of fun, but it’s not baseball,” he said. “The trail running thing (on the A.T.) is kind of fun, it’s kind of interesting, but it’s not really hiking.”My preferred analogy is eating. A big hike, like a big meal, can be a good thing. But somewhere along the line, record chasers brutalizing their bodies with a succession of 50-mile days start to seem like Joey Chestnut packing his face with hot dogs. It’s clearly too much.Not if that’s how they want to hike, said Wayne Watts, 36. He teaches theory of knowledge at a Utah high school. His trail name, “Socks,” is a mangled abbreviation of Socrates.He hiked the middle section of the trail in 2016 shortly after his younger brother had committed suicide. Many of his fellow hikers had been through similar traumas and found peace in the trail’s greatest gift, he said, the freedom to “hike their own hike.”Watts said he met a backpacker with a heart condition who was happy to walk a few miles each day. “I also met this guy named Bambi and he was just hopping down the trail, dude. He was fast!” But after putting in a few 30-mile days, Watts said, Bambi “liked getting into town and getting into a bar and spending a week getting drunk. That was his hike and that was cool.”Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy, who set the overall speed record last year both unsupported and under the radar, is usually praised as the racer who stayed truest to the spirit of the trail. Famed ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, on the other hand, was widely criticized for his corporate sponsorships and the unseemly celebration of his 2015 record at the A.T.’s northern terminus, Mount Katahdin, in Maine.Watts wondered why anybody cared. “If I see Scott Jurek running by me for like two seconds, how the hell is that going to bother me?”Watts, who had recently put in a 29-mile day while wrapping up an eight-week “yo-yo” hike from Sam’s Gap north of Asheville to the southern end of the trail and back, also pointed out the obvious about hiking: physical challenge is part of the appeal.“I like the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a big, long day,” he said.Even pursuing the most extreme challenge doesn’t keep racers from loving and respecting the trail, said Aaron Saft, the owner of Asheville’s Foot Rx running store, whom I called after my hike.Saft has never attempted an A.T. thru-hike record but as one of the region’s top ultramarathoners, he appreciates the “amazing” level of fitness required. He also knows that these runners take as much pleasure in the “experience and the views as any thru-hiker does,” said Saft, 40, who is also a trail maintenance volunteer and race organizer.“We might not be stopping at an overlook and resting. We might just take a moment and take a look, but that’s part of the enjoyment, just being out on the trail and moving forward.”In fact, the fastest record seekers and the slowest backpackers are far more similar than they are different, said Morgan Elliott, 26, of Asheville, another of the area’s top trail runners.“They both enjoy being out in nature. They share a goal of pushing themselves. They both end up on the trail looking for something,” he said. “I’m going to call it happiness, because that’s what everybody is looking for.”Greater self-awareness is another common goal, and as I walked, I realized my hypocrisy in judging racers. To the extent that I am able, I’ve always been a bit of a racer, too.I started out this hike that way. My first full day was a big one, at least for me. But looking at the map in Hot Springs, I realized that I couldn’t go as far as I wanted in the next two days without subjecting my wife to a sketchy, late-evening pickup at a remote road crossing.So I settled into a 14-mile day, realizing that the advocates of moderation also have a point, that pushing for miles necessarily comes with downsides.The biggest of these, hands down, has been turning hikes into objects of dread for my now-grown sons. “Sounds miserable,” my younger one said when I’d told him about my plans for this trip.On the previous day’s hike, I’d put off stopping to tend to a hot spot until it grew into a bloody blister. Going light on water in the interest of speed had burdened me with worries about the distance to the next water source. That and other time-and-mileage-related matters was pretty much the extent of my interactions with other hikers.On my shorter day, I struck up most of the conversations I’ve recorded in this story. I took time to rest under a particularly inviting pond-side oak and stopped regularly to try to identify birds, mushrooms, and understory plants.It was a novelty, reaching camp in mid-afternoon with a sensation other than exhaustion. I cooked a decent meal and built up some good trail karma by helping another crew of hikers clean out a filthy shelter. Because my next day was my last day, and easy, I volunteered to pack out the trash.And if, as I headed out, Jurek had rushed by me, on his way to a night in an RV and a hot vegan meal, it wouldn’t have bothered me one bit.last_img read more

Fernandes: I won’t walk away from QPR

first_img He added: “I just wanted to put on record that no-one else would take responsibility but the leader, and the leader of the club is me.” Pressed as to whether he was planning to step down, Fernandes said: “At the moment, no.” QPR are six points adrift of safety in the Premier League with 13 games left to play this season. In an effort to bolster their survival bid, Fernandes provided the funds for current boss Harry Redknapp to make high-profile signings in the January transfer window, such as striker Loic Remy and defender Christopher Samba. And Fernandes has rubbished reports that have suggested the latter, a deadline day arrival from Anzhi Makhachkala, is on a salary of £100,000 a week. Asked how much Samba was earning, the Malaysian entrepreneur said: “It is not right for me to say, but it is nothing like £100,000 – it is more around the £65,000 mark. You would be close (with that).” The R’s are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and on January 27, the day after they were eliminated from the FA Cup following a 4-2 home defeat to MK Dons, Fernandes wrote on his Twitter account: “I take all responsibility and will face the music… If can’t fix it I will be first to go.” Asked about that on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek on Sunday morning programme, Fernandes said: “If it goes wrong and people think that I’m the wrong chairman, then I’ll step down, but my investment will stay and I will continue to be a board member and support the club, because I have a lot of ambitions for the club.” QPR owner Tony Fernandes has vowed to maintain his financial backing of the club even if he steps down as chairman.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more