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first_imgFacebook LIMERICK Spring, a political festival which is the first of its kind in this region, is underway and the six-day event has drawn some of the country’s best-known political commentators to Limerick for debate and creative discussion.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Vincent Browne, economist David McWilliams, ‘Ear to the Ground’ Presenter Ella McSweeney and comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan. Limerick Spring also welcomes filmmakers Lelia Doolan and Donnacha O Briain to present their work this week at two film screenings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Festival coordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state. However, many citizens feel disconnected from politics. This five day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2014.”The festival kicked off on Tuesday April 8 with a film screening of ‘Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey’ that also featured a Q&A with director Lelia Doolan. Tonight (Wednesday 9) there will be a night of music that inspired political change around the world with The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified upstairs in Dolans. This will feature a number of local musicians performing their own original protest songs, alongside renditions of some classics too.On Thursday 10 there are two events, the first of which begins at 2:30pm in the Exhibition Hall of City Hall and will engage a group of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a workshop on representation and democracy.Later that night, the public is invited to Salon Du Chat, hosted by Roisin Buckley in Fitto Cafe, a conversational cafe where the menu is filled with sumptuous morsels of conversation.Friday 11 sees the return of David McWilliams and Leviathan Political Cabaret back to Limerick for what will be a lively debate entitled ‘Constitution or Revolution: Towards 2016’. Mr McWilliams will host a panel including Dr Peadar Kirby, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Liadh Ni Riada, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of the Cork Independent and Diarmuid O’Flynn of Ballyhea Says No. There will also be some comedy from Abie Philbin Bowman and satirical music from White Cholera.Saturday 12 promises to be an eventful day with an early start at the Limerick Milk Market where Ella McSweeney will lead an expert panel to look at the Politics of Food. This event is organised in collaboration with the Limerick Community Grocery.That afternoon sees the premiere of Donncha O’Briain’s new film ‘Peripheral Vision’ with a Q&A with the director and panel of experts following the screening. This film follows a number of protest movements in Ireland over the last two years including Ballyhea Says No, Anglo Not Our Debt Campaign and the Occupy movement.On Saturday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, Limerick’s own Vincent Browne will act as  Speaker of the House at the first ever Limerick Spring Assembly at the Crescent Hall, situated beside the statue of Daniel O’Connell. This event invites 11 citizens of Limerick to put a motion to the House and the audience will decide whether it gets passed and therefore included in the Limerick Spring Assembly manifesto.All events encourage very lively audience participation, in particular the final event on Sunday April 13 where comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan launch the first ever Speakers’ Corner in Limerick. This gives all members of the public the opportunity to stand up and tell the world what’s on their mind. It will take place on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street in Limerick city centre and will be followed by a comedy gig at 8pm in The Blind Pig on Thomas Street.The Limerick Spring festival is the culmination of the efforts of more than 15 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 1,000 hours across four months. Advertisement Des Bishop celebrates his mother with ‘Mia Mamma’ Previous articleYear long wait for results of inquiry is unnaceptableNext articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrants Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Print Directly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Standup and take a punchline at UCH Limerick NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick political festival underwayBy Liam Togher – April 9, 2014 629 Farmer Michael and Kathleen: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is back and you’re invited! Two Limerick shows for comedian David O’Doherty TAGScomedyDavid McWilliamsdebatediscussionElla McSweeneyFestivalfilmLimerick SpringpoliticsscreeningsVincent Browne Emaillast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were found dead after their boat capsized in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Port Jefferson, Suffolk County police said.A boater alerted the U.S. Coast Guard that there was an overturned 20-foot Aquasport center console in the Sound just west of the Port Jefferson Channel at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.Coast Guard officials responded and recovered the body of Charles Petrie, 80, of Holtsville.Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers also responded and helped the Coast Guard find James Bilello, 73, of Bay Shore, near the lighthouse at the end of Old Field Road in Old Field on Wednesday morning.Marine Bureau officers impounded for a safety check. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

first_img MLB trade rumors: Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the cost But what hurts even worse than a team selling is an organization wallowing in obscurity and failing to win a title because of it. Or worse, failing to even make the postseason.There are several teams this year that are on the bubble coming into the last week before the trade deadline and we think we know who should sell. And again, it will be tough for those teams, but it will save a lot of pain down the road. Related News Who the team should trade: Bauer, Brad HandRockies: 47-54, last in NL West, 6 1/2 games out of second wild-card spotIt hasn’t worked in Colorado this year. The Rockies just haven’t pitched well and there’s little hope of getting them out of their current hole. We don’t think this team should make a massive trade of Charlie Blackmon or anything like that though he would get a big return and teams are asking about him, but we do think they should move one starter and at least one reliever. Maybe two. The guy we’ll focus on here is Jon Gray. He’s never quite found his way in Colorado and we think he needs to get out of that ballpark to reach his full potential. He still has amazing stuff, but with the velocity he has he is always going to give up tons of home runs there. Moving on from him would be good for both the Rockies and him.Who the team should trade: Gray, Scott Oberg, Jake McGee It’s completely understandable why teams are often reluctant to get rid of players at the trade deadline, and why fans don’t like it either. It’s a sign of giving up and basically sends the message a team doesn’t care about the rest of the season.Moments like this are hard to swallow, but a lot of times they’re necessary. Selling now can help build a better team later. Why Giants, Indians, Rockies should sell at the deadlineGiants: 52-50, second in National League West, two games back of second wild-card spotThe Giants are the hottest team in baseball right now. They have won 17 of their last 20 games and have played really good baseball as of late. But they absolutely have to sell. And we’ll give you an example as to why. The Astros were in a similar spot to the Giants in the mid-2000s. They were coming off of a World Series berth in 2005 and had enough to compete for the next five years. The issue was they had missed on players in the drafts in those years, traded away prospects to get players to keep the MLB team competitive and they were becoming one of the oldest teams in baseball. Ed Wade took over the team and tried to help them win and signed Carlos Lee to a big deal and kept Lance Berkman around and Roy Oswalt as well. In spite of all of that Houston missed the playoffs from 2006 to 2010 and was eventually forced to tear it all down and start over with Jeff Luhnow. Houston went on to lose a combined 324 games from 2011 to 2013 and went from 2006 to 2014 without making the playoffs.The Giants are a similar team. They traded away prospects to get an older Evan Longoria, they have one of the oldest infields in baseball and a rotation with a lot of uncertainty. If the Giants don’t trade their assets while they have value now they will just make their recovery period longer. And in a division with some very good young talent on the Dodgers and Rockies, San Francisco could have a massive uphill battle ahead of it and it would entirely be of their own doing. This team needs to make trades and make them by July 31. And it will be for the good of this team’s future.Who the team should trade: Madison Bumgarner, Sam Dyson, Will Smith, Tony WatsonIndians: 58-42, second in American League Central, first wild-card spotThis one is a bit of a cop out, we’ll be honest. We don’t think the Indians should sell because they don’t have a chance to get to the playoffs. We think they could trade and still make the postseason. We just think a couple of moves here and there will help them moving forward into next season. And with the guys we think they should move it certainly won’t hurt them right now. Trevor Bauer might be the absolute best starter on the market and he would fetch a really good return as he has one year of control left. With any other team this might not be a good idea, but with the rotation the Indians have apart from Bauer (Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber, Corey Kluber), they can afford to lose him and not feel it too badly. On the other hand, the team could also consider dealing Brad Hand and we’re not sure that’s a great idea. They don’t really have a guy who can take over his spot and keep them competitive. We’ll still put him on the list, though we’re not sure we’d support it.last_img read more

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on Nelson native and Leaf winger, Dallon Stoddart.It wasn’t that long ago when Dallon Stoddart was watching Brock Munro gain speed at center ice before breaking through the defence and picking the top corner of the net.Or, Dylan Walchuk progress from an unknown to a household name in as he led the Leafs in playoff scoring during Nelson’s waltz to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League crown in 2009.That was then.And this is 2011 where the 6-foot, 175-pound Stoddart is not the watcher. He’s the right there in living Green and White doing his own flying, with a parachute of course, up and down the left wing.“It’s every kids dream growing up playing minor hockey to play for your hometown team,” Stoddart admitted to The Nelson Daily. “And now I get to live it.”This is actually Stoddart’s third stint with the Heritage City franchise that is younger in 2011 than most other KIJHL teams.His first turn came as a bit of a surprise.After completing the 2009-10 season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, Stoddart joined teammates Troy Petrick and Blake Arcuri as call-ups to the Leafs.During the playoff run Nelson was decimated with injuries forcing then head coach Simon Wheeldon to scramble to put a line up together.Hence the likes of Stoddart, Petrick and Arcuri, dubbed the “Black Aces” by one local media personality, were called upon to fill the lineup.Stoddart played four games, which was more than enough time to allow the injured players to return the lineup and help the Leafs upset the Fernie Ghostriders and into the KIJHL Final.However, the Leafs lost to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in five games.But being part of the buzz inside the NDCC Arena was one of the highlights for this Nelson Minor Hockey grad.Last season, Stoddart’s first full campaign with the Green and White, now that was not as much fun at all.“Sometimes (playing for your home town’s junior team) has its up and downs but overall I have my guys around me to help and I tend to zone everything else out,” explained Stoddart, deciding not to attend any Junior A camps, instead focusing on the Leafs. “And if I need any help I have the people around me as support. Stoddart, the son of Sharon and Doug Stoddart, has always loved playing hockey. But at the tender age of 18, he already realizes education is a big part of his future.He only hopes hockey can also be part of that future.“I really want to go to school and continue to play hockey,” said Stoddart, working toward an engineering degree starting this fall at Selkirk College in Castlegar.“And I’ll try to do whatever I can to make that dream come true.”Stoddart is one of a quartet of Nelsonites on the Leafs roster. Two of those players, Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, join Stoddart to form the all-Nelson line.Prior to Thursday’s game in Grand Forks, the trio had accumulated 15 points.“We starting to get to know how each other plays,” said Stoddart, leading the Nelson trio with seven points, including three goals.“We getting to know where were going to be and how we can help each other out on the ice.”Despite being the old guy on the line, Stoddart likes what he sees in teammates Carsen and Linden.“(Carsen and Linden) maybe younger but they know how to play this game and are learning how to get the job done and have their heads in the right place,” he said.Just like Dallon Stoddart, who has grown from a fan to one of the leaders of the Leafs.Dallon Stoddart Fast FactsPosition: ForwardHeight: 6-footWeight: 175 poundsShoots: LeftHometown: NelsonAge: 18Favourite Music: Likes all musicFavourite NHL Team: Vancouver CanucksFavourite NHL Player: Sidney CrosbyBlackberry or iPhone: Blackberry, but iPod for musiclast_img read more

first_imgCLARK, ELLIOTT, LEPAROUX, MURPHY & STEVENS TO FACE NATIONWIDE VOTE OF THEIR PEERS ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide.Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the prestigious trophy that has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.One of the most coveted awards in all of racing, the Woolf Award, which can only be won once, is presented to a different jockey each year and it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, was regarded as one of the top big-money riders of his era. Known affectionately as “The Iceman,” he was revered by his colleagues, members of the media and fans across America as a fierce competitor and consummate professional who was at his best when the stakes were high.The 2017 Woolf ballot, which will be distributed to active jockeys across the country, features five highly regarded riders who have plied their trade with honor and distinction.A Louisiana native who catapulted to national fame by winning the 2015 Kentucky Oaks at the age of 56, Kerwin Clark has long been respected by fans, horsemen and his fellow jockeys as a rock-solid rider who has conducted himself with a quiet distinction for more than 40 years.The son of a jockey who started at bush tracks in his native Louisiana, Kerwin Clark rode his first winner at Fairgrounds in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 1976. When asked about his Oaks victory, which came some 39 years later, he simply responded, “Best day of my life.”Through Dec. 2, Clark has 2,997 career wins.Born in Toronto, Canada and best known for his Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories aboard Smarty Jones in 2004, Stewart Elliott shows no signs of slowing down at age 51. Through Dec. 2, Elliott has amassed 4,707 wins. Regarded as a strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2015 and has quickly established himself as one of the circuit’s top riders.The son of a jockey-turned trainer, French-born Julien Leparoux is a 10-time leading rider at Keeneland and is regarded as one of America’s elite young riders at age 33. Known as a “finesse” rider who enjoys tremendous success on turf, Leparoux, in a 2012 interview, said “I just try not to fight so much with my horses. I try to be gentle around their mouths.”Married to the late trainer Mike Mitchell’s daughter, Shea, Leparoux ranked 12th nationally by money-won last year and appears poised for superstardom at this stage of his career. A winner of seven Breeders’ Cup races, his most recent BC triumph came at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, when he won the Juvenile with trainer Mark Casse’s Classic Empire. Through Dec. 2, Leparoux had won 2,329 career races.An iconic figure at Sunland Park near El Paso, Glen Murphy broke his maiden at Sunland on Oct. 28, 1984, and he notched his 3,000th career victory at Zia Park on Dec. 18, 2015. Sidelined due to a fractured pelvis incurred in a paddock mishap in February, 2015, he rebounded quickly and enjoyed a fine year.A model of consistency, Murphy, 50, who is a graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso, has been among the nation’s top 100 jockeys by money-won every year since 2012. Through Dec. 2, he has 3,047 career wins.Long active in the support of his fellow riders, Scott Stevens has overcome life-threatening injuries to become one of America’s most highly respected jockeys in every respect. A member of the Canterbury Park and Idaho Racing Halls of Fame, Stevens is now within striking distance of 5,000 career wins, as he has amassed 4,616 victories through Dec. 2.At age 55, Stevens is currently based in Phoenix, Az., and he’s showing no signs of slowing down at Turf Paradise, as he booted home 118 winners over the 2015-16 meeting, good for his eighth “Turf” riding title.The older brother of Hall of Fame jockey Gary, Scott Stevens broke his maiden on May 30, 1976, at Le Bois Park in Boise, Idaho.For more information on the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more