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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_imgContinuing the celebration of their 30th anniversary, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have announced seven new 2019 fall tour dates, with another eight shows to be announced in the coming weeks.The quartet comprised of Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Future Man, and Victor Wooten will open up the tour with a performance at Birmingham, AL’s Alys Robinson Stephens PAC on November 22nd, followed by stops at Memphis’ Germantown Performing Arts Center on November 23rd, and Indianapolis, IN’s Clowes Memorial Hall on November 24th. Longtime friend and collaborator Sam Bush will join the band in Indianapolis.Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will then head to New York City’s Town Hall on December 4th, followed by performances at Hartford, CT’s Bushnell Performing Arts Center (12/5); New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre (12/6); and Portland, ME’s State Theatre on December 8th.According to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ website, the band will offer additional fall tour performances on November 25th, 26th, and 27th along with December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th, 2019.Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Expand 30th Anniversary Summer Tour, Including Date With Billy StringsThe quartet will soon kick off their 30th anniversary summer tour with a performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 30th alongside the Colorado Symphony, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn.Head to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As Mets and Yankees fans remember well, Doc Gooden routinely used to mow ‘em down from the mound. But the baseball ace was never much known for his fielding so when he agreed to be a pitch man for a new grass company, some might have thought he was lobbing a passed ball for a medical marijuana dispenser.That couldn’t be further from the truth. It turns out that Gooden has teamed up with Pennington Seed, which recently became the official lawn care company of the New York Yankees, for a special backyard “spring training” event Saturday at Home Depot on Jericho Turnpike in Jericho.Gooden is slated to be on hand for a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. at the store—and he’ll sign memorabilia, whether it’s Yankees or Mets collectibles.“As part of the partnership with the Yankees, Pennington is working directly with the grounds crew to develop a unique blend of grass seed that supports the aesthetic, functional and maintenance needs of the field,” said Brette Bennett, a Pennington Seed spokesperson. The main ingredient is Kentucky Bluegrass.Earlier this year Pennington Seed, Inc., which was founded in Madison, Ga., back in 1945, officially replaced the Yankee Stadium Grass Seed Mix from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.Known as “Dr. K” for his impressive string of strike-outs every game, Dwight Gooden spent 18 years in the Majors: 11 with the Mets, most notably when he helped the team win the 1986 World Series yet notoriously missed the victory parade in Manhattan after a heavy night of partying, and three years with the Yankees, where he memorably threw a 135-pitch no-hitter in 1996 while his father was awaiting open heart surgery in a hospital. After that gutsy performance, Gooden presented his dad with a game ball.Gooden would frequently shine on the diamond. Off the field was where he often found trouble, as readers of his recent autobiography, Doc: A Memoir, learned full well. While the Mets were parading through lower Manhattan in 1986, Doc was in bad shape from all the booze and coke he’d self-medicated the night before.“As my teammates rode through the Canyon of Heroes,” he wrote, “I was alone in my bed in Roslyn, Long Island, with the curtains closed and the TV on, missing what should have been the greatest morning of my life.”And the worst was yet to come: a full-year suspension in 1995 for testing positive for cocaine abuse. But he pulled himself together, in no small part due to the encouragement of George Steinbrenner, “the boss of the Yankees,” who convinced the Doc to don pinstripes. It suited him fine. And now he says he’s been completely clean since 2011. But does that mean he has no grass stains on his uniform? Come to Home Depot on April 19 and find out.last_img read more

first_imgChristchurch Press Editorial 28 July 2015For the second time Labour MP Sue Moroney has had a bill to extend paid parental leave to six months drawn from the ballot of private member’s bills.   The bill was  defeated as recently as last February,  when it was last before the House, on the votes of National and Act. Finance Minister Bill English said then that even if the bill had made it through all stages, he would have vetoed it, as he was entitled to do, on the ground that it would if passed make a material difference to the Government’s finances.This time, after the election of Winston Peters in the Northland by-election, Moroney should be able to muster enough votes to win a majority for it. English has not said whether he would veto it again. He said he had not considered the matter again and did not want to get ahead of the process.  In any event, he cannot exercise the veto until the bill has been through committee stages and had its third (and final) reading in the House.English and the Government should give the matter more thought.  If they do not wish to pick up a Labour bill, they should consider one of their own providing for more generous leave.The matter is not, after all, one of principle.  Parental leave has been available for more than 20 years now and paid parental for more than 10. In the last Budget, the Government itself increased provision from 14 weeks to 16 weeks as from April 1 of this year. It will go up for another two weeks from April 1 next year.The Government has also proposed other changes to come into effect in April next year to make leave more flexible.  These include extending it to casual and seasonal employees and those with more than one employer. It also wants to extend entitlements beyond parents to other “primary carers’ such as whangai, parents and others with permanent care arrangements.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/70569644/Editorial-Government-should-increase-paid-leave-for-parentslast_img read more

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino said it would be “more than irresponsible” to restart competitions too early amid the coronavirus pandemic.Sport around the world has been brought to a standstill by COVID-19, which has killed more than 95,500 people globally.Coronavirus: It would be irresponsible to resume too early – InfantinoThe Bundesliga could restart in May as leagues start to plan and prepare for resumptions, but Infantino warned it would be dangerous to get going again too early.“As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite to everyone to follow, is health comes first,” he said on Thursday, via the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).“As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It’s not worth to put at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds. “It would be more than irresponsible to restart the competitions if the situation is not safe 100 per cent. If you must wait a bit more time, we must do it. It is better to wait a bit more than taking risks.”Many bodies and leagues around the world are set to face financial difficulties in the wake of COVID-19, particularly if games are cancelled or played behind closed doors.FIFA is said to have a $2.7 billion cash reserve it is set to use to create an emergency fund and Infantino said the governing body was planning to help.“Thanks to the work we have been doing together in FIFA during the last four years, we find ourselves in a very solid financial situation. FIFA have a good reputation in the financial markets,” he said.Read Also: Ligue 1: PSG stars willing to cut salaries by 50 per cent“It helps us to consolidate a solid base of important reserves, but our reserves are not FIFA’s money, it is the money of football. So, when football is in need, we have to think about a solution to help. It is our responsibility. This is how I see it as president of FIFA.“As football has stopped in the whole world, we are all facing economic issues in different levels, from the base to professional football. Given this, we are already collaborating with you to asses the financial impact to prepare the right answer.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

first_imgMANILA – Operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus should have been ceased along with its other operations when it went off the air with the expiration of its legislative franchise last May, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said. “The law is the law and we have to obey that. Today, the continuing use of that frequency should stop,” Defensor told Cordoba. “The fact that ABS-CBN continues to air using the same frequency is not only a violation of the franchise but it is also a usurpation in the powers of Congress.” Cordoba’s statement came after he was questioned by Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor for allowing the ABS-CBN TV Plus to go on with its operation even if its franchise expired last May 4. “In other words, ABS-CBN’s airing of digital TV on Channel 43 is part of the cease and desist order because the franchise that they used for that is ABS-CBN’s franchise,” he added. “[Provisional authority] was predicated on the effectivity of the franchise of the corporation…Cordoba should resign because he is not doing his job,” he added. Cordoba added that it has received guidance from the Office of the Solicitor General that the agency must issue an alias cease and desist order against the continued broadcast of ABS-CBN programs through the “digibox.”center_img “All broadcast operations of ABS-CBN are only authorized through its expired franchise,” Cordoba said during the House of Representatives committee on legislative franchises hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. Defensor added that the illegal operation of the network the last eight weeks was illegal and usufructuary and could merit Cordoba with charges before the Office of the Ombudsman. NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba have committed to the House of Representatives to halt the ABS-CBN TV Plus services within Monday along with its Channel 43, which is using the franchise of AMCARA Broadcasting Network. ABS-CBN network has been off the air since May 5 after the NTC issued a cease and desist order against it due to the lack of a congressional franchise./PNlast_img read more

first_img Manchester United are two points further back, but would leapfrog the Gunners with victory on Sunday afternoon. Mertesacker, though, feels Arsene Wenger’s squad can take heart from their consistent performances since the turn of the year as they look to emulate their FA Cup quarter-final win at Old Trafford in March. “You could feel the disappointment in the dressing room after the Swansea game, because we gave so much, but we are still positive,” the German said. “We still have a good level of confidence, so we are looking forward to the remaining games. “It is very important (finishing in the top three) when you look at the schedule (for the start of next season), so we try to really avoid that.” Conversely, Arsenal could consign United to the Champions League play-offs with what would be a first league victory at Old Trafford since September 2006. Mertesacker believes winning the midfield battle will be crucial. “That is a major part of their game and we need to try to control it. They will want to keep the ball as much as possible,” he said. Press Association “Can we restrict that? Can we get the ball in their half and break? Francis Coquelin did really well in that role last time.” Wenger was left less than impressed by Swansea’s approach, the visitors having sat back for most of the second half, but crucially converting one of only three chances on goal. The Gunners boss, however, is expecting his side to produce the required response at Old Trafford on Sunday. “We played against a team with a 4-6 formation, who didn’t play and you are always frustrated when they manage to get away with a win,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “On the other hand, we showed a lot of quality, but were not very good in our finishing and guilty of giving away a mistake (for their goal). “It is (disappointing), but we should get encouragement because if we have done it for 10 games, we can do it again. We haven’t lost our quality here, so let’s restart on Sunday. “Of course it makes that game important because the way you respond to a defeat always gives you a big (indication that) the team is strong mentally and that is what is expected of us on Sunday.” Despite remaining positive for the run-in, which finishes with home games against Sunderland and West Brom, Mertesacker accepts Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings could again prove costly in the battle for a top-three finish. Jefferson Montero’s deep ball into the Arsenal penalty area picked out Swansea’s lone forward Gomis, who got between the two centre-backs to head into the bottom corner, with goalkeeper David Ospina also caught out of position. “That is how quickly football can change. When you don’t execute, you get punished. That was a good reminder how important it is to score, how important it is to get the opener when you have the opportunities. When you don’t do that in the Premier League, you are battling for fourth place, not second. How simple is that?” the German said. The 2015 FA Community Shield is set for Wembley on August 2 ahead of an early start to the new domestic campaign. With such little down time over the summer, Mertesacker accepts Arsenal could be caught out if they are not fresh to play another crucial Champions League qualifier. He said: “I think, even for non-international players, the (summer) break is pretty weird, and we have a couple of under-21 players (at the European Championships), a couple at the Copa America (in Chile), so it will again be a tight schedule and we will try to really avoid that (qualifier).” Defender Per Mertesacker sees no reason why Arsenal should not head to Old Trafford confident of securing automatic Champions League qualification despite the frustration of a 1-0 home defeat by Swansea. The Gunners saw their 10-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League brought to an end by the Welsh side on Monday night after failing to take several chances before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis headed in a late winner for the visitors, which was given via the Goal Decision System. Arsenal remain in third place, three points behind Manchester City, but with a game in hand, albeit with a far inferior goal difference. last_img read more

first_img“Tsao was unavailable. We continue to evaluate him,” Roberts said. “He was evaluated this morning. Came in and didn’t feel right. So, with a day game, it’s hard to get somebody from Oklahoma City.”The game was long enough for Kenley Jansen to blow his second save in three days (after converting 25 consecutive save situations before that), both teams to waste scoring opportunities and A.J. Ellis to forget his starting pitcher.“When did he pitch? Was that today?” Ellis joked when asked by Japanese reporters about Kenta Maeda who went the first five innings.It was also long enough to encompass both kinds of Puig moments. In the ninth inning, he led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch – and inexplicably stayed there when Ellis dropped an attempted sacrifice bunt.Hours later, Puig gained redemption with his bases-loaded single to break the stalemate in the 17th. “To lose three in a row, three walk-offs in a row – that wouldn’t have been very good,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said of something that hasn’t happened to a Dodgers team since 1991. “Especially when the game is going so long. Everyone’s tired. You don’t want to walk away with a loss.”Sunday’s game was such a marathon it will bleed over into Tuesday. Ross Stripling was scheduled to start that day. Instead, he went three scoreless innings in relief to get the win Sunday and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward he would not start Tuesday.Sunday’s oddities even started before the game.Everyone got in the game except starting pitchers Alex Wood and Scott Kazmir – and Saturday’s goat, reliever Chin-Hui Tsao. He sat conspicuously on the bench in the dugout for the five-hour, 47-minute affair, rarely moving let alone leaving for the bullpen.Afterward, Roberts said he learned before the game from the Dodgers’ medical staff that Tsao had “some soreness” and was unavailable to pitch. There wasn’t time to get reinforcements from Triple-A Oklahoma City in time for Sunday’s game — or so they thought. An OKC-to-San Diego direct flight takes 4 1/2 hours. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers needed a hero. Badly. Anything to write a different ending to their Groundhog Day weekend in San Diego.It just took them a really long time to find one. A really long time.Yasiel Puig’s two-run single in the 17th inning opened the door for a four-run rally that sent the Dodgers to a 9-5 victory at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon — and evening — and allowed them to avoid a three-game sweep by the San Diego Padres and end a four-game losing streak.Freshly stung by walk-off losses Friday (on Melvin Upton Jr.’s ninth-inning home run off Kenley Jansen) and Saturday, (on a bases-loaded walk by Chin-Hui Tsao), the Dodgers walked the tightrope for their longest game since another 17-inning marathon with the Padres in April 2009, using 22 of their 25 active players, including Clayton Kershaw who appeared as a pinch-hitter.last_img read more