Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsFlood prevention measures continue across parts of LimerickBy Meghann Scully – March 3, 2020 343 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Previous articleSquad Update: Carbery to Miss Rest of Munster’s SeasonNext articleOdyssey Studios take overall prize in Limerick final of National Enterprise Awards Meghann Scully Email Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSfloodingKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postweather WhatsApp Facebook Flooding near O’Briensbridge Co Clare. Just below Parteen weir, where the ESB released a large volume of water after recent wet weather.Pic: Press 22Staff of Limerick City and County Council are continuing to monitor flood levels in parts of County Limerick along the Lower River Shannon.Flood defences erected in Castleconnell, Montpelier, Annacotty and Mountshannon Road are continuing to hold as water levels begin to level off.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The ESB are discharging 400 m3/s at Parteen Weir, but may reduce this, if weather conditions and river levels allow.Volunteers from Limerick Civil Defence have used their boat to check on residents whose homes are cut off due to the flood levels.The road in Castleconnell from Charco’s to World’s End and Castleconnell Boat Club remains closed.The Red Path in Corbally remains closed until further notice as does the cycleway/ walkway from Irish Estates, through to the Guinness Bridge, and onwards to UL.Limerick City and County Council will continue to monitor flood levels on the Shannon and their impact, and is asking people to be mindful over the coming days of returning to lands which have already been heavily saturated as they slowly begin to dry out.Limerick City and County Council’s Contact numbers:Customer Service (9am – 5pm) 061 556000Out of Hours contact (non-emergency contact) is 061 417833Other useful numbers:Dial 999/112 for emergency services only if neededESB Networks 1850 372 999Gas Networks Ireland 1850 205 050Limerick City and County Council is continuing to work with the HSE and An Garda Síochána as part of the Local Co-ordination Group.#LK Working Together Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter
Read more features Since you’re here… ‘Exciting’ scoring changes to spice up new Super Netball season Gaudion speaks directly to fans in her videos, labelling the 1.2 million Australians registered to play across Australia a “sleeping giant” with “genuine power” to shape the game. But she also highlights a problem.“The reality of the situation is this and listen very, very, very carefully; 1.2 million people play netball in our country, annually. Here’s the problem, 10% watch it on TV, only 10%. On an annual basis, 10% of our 1.2 million people that go out and play the bloody game of netball, that love the bloody game of netball, they’re the only people that turn on and watch it. So, we’ve got a problem netball, we’ve got a serious problem.“Here’s the wake-up call, netball people. You have to support the game. If you don’t turn the bloody TV on and watch it, we are going to end up with a product that looks nothing like the game,” she says. Facebook Share on Messenger Super Netball Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Netball Australia chief executive Marne Fechner says the governing body didn’t know about or sanction Gaudion’s stance. “But, I think it’s fabulous,” she says. “To see the reaction, the passion, the conversation it’s sparked, is great and we’re watching with interest.“In terms of market segmentation, we do see the netball-playing population, which has a natural affinity for the game, as key. We do want to engage them, of course,” Fechner adds, while acknowledging frustration around timeslots.On the back of #wakeupnetball, Netball Australia has heard of local associations “pulling out TVs at courts”, so games can be watched, Fechner says. It’s exactly the kind of grassroots movement Gaudion seeks.Melbourne Vixens and Diamonds defender Jo Weston describes the movement as “phenomenal”, agreeing that for too long, sky-high participation levels have failed to translate into big commercial success for netball. “As Sue has indicated, if we could increase the percentage of those people who play into attending games, watching on TV and supporting the league, netball would be in such a great place,” she says. “If you care passionately about something, that will turn into action.”. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Netball Topics Sue Gaudion has a memo for the netball lovers of Australia: “Turn the bloody TV on and watch it.” Gaudion, one of the most respected names in netball, last week launched a grassroots movement – dubbed #wakeupnetball on social media – with a feisty 15-minute Facebook video streamed from her Perth home, responding to the “almighty backlash” to changes to the game at the elite level.In the video, which has nearly 90,000 views and 1,500 shares, and in another clip posted on Wednesday night, Gaudion calls on the game’s traditional base to stop whingeing about tweaks to Super Netball and instead support the league to influence the game’s future. Share on WhatsApp Gaudion says changes are only contemplated and made to drive viewership – and the rusted-on fan base is the most obvious place to find more eyeballs. She pleads with fans to channel their energy into supporting Super Netball – watching on TV or on the Netball Live app, watching replays and talking about it on social media – and bringing “their families, friends and extended circle along”.“Go out to your local netball association, your local netball clubs, your family, your friends, absolutely anybody that you know that loves netball and tell them that they have a responsibility to engage in our game and watch,” she says. She wants #wakeupnetball to act as a rallying cry for “netball people” across the country in the second round of Super Netball this weekend.If the 10% cent grows to 20%, netball won’t need to change, Gaudion says. “Netball needs to get harsher with itself. If we honestly want Channel Nine to put netball, and every single game of it, at the correct time, the 5pm and 6pm timeslots, then more people have to watch the game. It’s simple.”Gaudion says she expected her first video to reach “200 or 300 people and maybe slowly spread”, but the response has been “absolutely overwhelming.”She has worked virtually non-stop since last Thursday, spending nearly five hours after posting the video answering hundreds of questions on her Facebook page and fielding emails, calls and texts. “I haven’t had time to count up all the social media shares and tags, but the response has been mind-blowing.”But it’s not the “Gaudy show”. “Already, I am seeing a sort of community building. I’m so bloody passionate about this game, but it’s not about me. I just want netball people to wake up and embrace the power we have, to add those numbers and make a difference,” she says. Super Netball: Giants find redemption in grand final rematch with Lightning – as it happened Read more She equates “more eyeballs” watching on TV with the chance to retain netball in its current form – without major changes, such as the long-mooted two-point shot.Gaudion, who has worked as a coach and broadcaster for more than 20 years and calls Super Netball for Channel Nine, told Guardian Australia she decided “completely off her own bat” to respond to the interminable negativity she saw online, mainly about new TV timeslots.Some fans argue new times – 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday – present a conflict for those playing at local level and claim Nine wants to “change the game” in the pursuit of ratings. Last season, Super Netball matches attracted an average 106,000 viewers nationally, making it a niche sport at best for a commercial station.Criticism of the scheduling has reverberated through fan forums and social media channels since governing body Netball Australia announced the changes, along with a new ladder points system, a fortnight ago.Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories Share via Email Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content
Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine returned to Comic-Con this year bringing with them Nerd HQ.This annual event, now in its third year, provided fans with a home base during the international comic book and entertainment festival. Guests experienced cutting edge technology with hardware provided by Intel & ASUS; gaming showcases including action-packed Neverwinter gameplay; a sneak peak at the all-new, electric FIAT 500e and several exclusive parties including the festival favorite, Levi’s annual Nerd Party.Also back by popular demand was the very popular philanthropic panel series “Conversation for a Cause.” Guest who purchased tickets to these intimate panels of about 250 people enjoyed asking questions of their favorite entertainers in an un-moderated forum. This year’s panels included some of the most talked about films, television shows and celebrities including “Riddick,” “Cast from ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’” “Dr. Who,” “The Maze Runner,” “Haven,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Orphan Black,” “PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock,” “Psych,” “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests” and individual panels with Evangeline Lilly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi.With the addition several new fundraising efforts, such as photo opportunities with celebrities including Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, David Giuntoli, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Levi, an exclusive auction on eBay that featured one-of-a-kind artwork from Elevendy, a huge screening of fan-favorite Serenity on Petco Park’s field, and a generous $10,000 donation from event sponsor Intel & ASUS, the event generated a record breaking $215,000 for Operation Smile or as Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi put it, 895 smiles.