SEE ALSO – Stage times announced for this year’s Electric Picnic WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook By Steven Miller – 27th August 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Facebook Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic Moment in Time: A great selection of photos from the first Electric… LifestyleElectric Picnic TAGS2004Electric PicnicElectric Picnic 2004 New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Pinterest Brought to you in association with Expert LaoisElectric Picnic 2004 was the year it all started. A one-day event that had a crowd of 10,000 – impressive for the time but a fraction of what will be there this weekend.On a gloriously sunny Saturday in September, it had a sell-out crowd for what was billed as “a Boutique music festival”.It was a first for Ireland and destined to keep going for a very long time. The following year it became a weekend camping event.“Nobody quite knew what to expect but with a line-up including Groove Armada, 2 Many DJ’s, Super Furry Animals, Mylo and Soulwax, comedy and theatre, great food Electric Picnic started off with a bang,” says the official website as it looks back to the first year. The festival was christened ‘The festival of good intentions’, with its laid back attitude and nothing else in the country to rival it, it is no wonder that Electric Picnic became firmly entrenched as a must go to event in the Festival calendar.As he has been for generations, Alf Harvey was on hand to capture the moment – and he did so brilliantly.No doubt our readers will recognise many faces – a lot of them a lot younger looking than they are now!Among those to feature are comedian Tommy Tiernan, posing happily with a number of local fans. Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Previous articleSadness at the death of well-known Emo woman Anne MooreNext articleWide range of options as Portlaoise Further Education to hold Open Day Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Community Community Moment in Time: A great selection of photos from the first Electric Picnic in 2004
Heavy Rainfall Affects Sections of Westmoreland Local GovernmentMay 21, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedUSF and Local Authority Agencies Open Resource Centre in Waterford Persistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the parish, Rev. Hilma Tate, told JIS News that her team was out in the field to ensure that all disaster emergency shelters across the parish are on full alert, in the event that the rains continue and families have to vacate their dwellings.“I am confident that up to 97 per cent of them will be ready to accommodate persons,” she said.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation if there is heavy flooding, so as to protect and preserve lives.“I am also advising residents and especially students trying to get home from school during these heavy downpours, not to attempt to cross flooded roadways and bodies of water that appear ‘suspicious’. If possible, seek the help and assistance of adults and avoid playing in the waters. Adults who may have to relocate quickly and who may need assistance to do so should call the Parish Council, the Police or the Fire Brigade,” Rev. Tate advised. RelatedNational Fire Management Plan Sound – ODPEM Advertisements RelatedLabour Day Improvement Works for St. James Infirmary Story HighlightsPersistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have conducted a study examining the effect ecstasy has on different parts of the brain.Dr Carl Roberts and Dr Andrew Jones, from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, and Dr Cathy Montgomery from Liverpool John Moores University conducted an analysis of seven independent studies that used molecular imaging to examine the neuropsychological effect of ecstasy on people that use the drug regularly.A number of studies have compared ecstasy users to control groups on various measures of neuropsychological function in order to determine whether ecstasy use results in lasting cognitive deficits. It is common, however, for ecstasy users to use other drugs alongside the substance, and therefore the Liverpool team aimed to discover whether this had any bearing on the impact of the drug. The nerve pathway that is predominantly affected by ecstasy is called the serotonin pathway. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is synthesized, stored, and released by specific neurons in this pathway. It is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain, including mood, emotions, aggression, sleep, appetite, anxiety, memory, and perceptions.They found that ecstasy users showed significant reductions in the way serotonin is transported in the brain. This can have a particular impact on regulating appropriate emotional reactions to situations.Dr Roberts, said: “The research team conducted the analysis on seven papers that fitted our inclusion criteria which provided us with data from 157 ecstasy users and 148 controls. 11 out of the 14 brain regions included in analysis showed serotonin transporter (SERT) reductions in ecstasy users compared to those who took other drugs.“We conclude that, in line with animal data, the nerve fibres, or axons, furthest away from where serotonin neurons are produced (in the raphe nuclei) are most susceptible to the effects of MDMA. That is to say that these areas show the greatest changes following MDMA use.“The clinical significance of these findings is speculative, however it is conceivable that the observed effects on serotonin neurons contribute to mood changes associated with ecstasy/MDMA use, as well as other psychobiological changes. Furthermore the observed effects on the serotonin system inferred from the current analysis, may underpin the cognitive deficits observed in ecstasy users.“The study provides us with a platform for further research into the effect long term chronic ecstasy use can have on brain function.” Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Email
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