Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival to be beamed live to millions of…

first_imgLimerickNewsLimerick’s St Patrick’s Festival to be beamed live to millions of people across AmericaBy Meghann Scully – March 4, 2020 225 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Facebook Previous articleFriends of Limerick Football Sponsored Walk To Raise FundsNext articleEuropean Expo 2020: Resilience, Revival and Regeneration event Meghann Scully Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedincenter_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostSt Patrick’s DaySt Patrick’s Festival Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LIMERICK’S St Patrick’s Festival 2020 will be shown to millions of people on American television – courtesy of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. It’s part of a major tourism initiative to attract more international visitors to Limerick and Ireland this year.ABC Network and global internet media company Travelzoo will be covering all the fun, the colour and the spectacle of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival as the two kilometre parade route will be filled by participants from all parts of Limerick and across the country, including schools, sports clubs, industry and the new communities that now call Limerick home.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Our Future is Green’ and all participants will showcase their green credentials as part of this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival.To celebrate this year’s theme and to mark Limerick as European Green Leaf City 2020, climate activist Saoirse Exton and Tidy Towns and Team Limerick Clean-Up champion Helen O’Donnell have both been named as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade.The expected tens of thousands of spectators will be thrilled by colourful and high energy entries as they make their way down O’Connell Street from Roden Street all the way down to Rutland Street on 17 March from 12 noon.The parade promises to be a carnival of colour and celebration with music, dance and spectacle from local groups and renowned street theatre companies like Limerick’s Lumen.Limerick City and County Council is working with Fáilte Ireland to help develop the festival and promote Limerick as an ideal destination for visitors.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite ABC TV and Travelzoo to Limerick, to experience and film this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the festival and the city to a huge audience across the US – inspiring them to put Limerick and Ireland on their holiday ‘wish-list’ for 2020.”Saoirse Exton said: “I’m really excited about being one of this year’s two Grand Marshals because I’m starting to see change when it comes to Limerick and our attitude towards our environment. I think we should celebrate the changes we have made, and prepare for the changes that we will need to make in the future to achieve positive and engaging climate justice for all.”Helen O’Donnell said: “I’m delighted to be Grand Marshal for the 2020 Limerick St Patrick’s Day parade as making Limerick a clean, green place to live and enjoy is something that I feel very passionately about. There’s a wonderful community spirit evident in the Team Limerick Clean Up movement, particularly across all the volunteers who take part on a weekly basis to keep Limerick clean and I’ll be proud to be representing them on the day.”Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “Limerick always comes alive during the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival and this year is no different. By embracing the green theme, participants will be able to celebrate our National Day and be conscious of a very important issue at the same time. I am sure that those in businesses, organisations and sports clubs in Limerick have used their imaginations and come up with some creative and informative entries for this year’s parade.”“The recent storms have shown us that climate disruption is already having diverse and wide-ranging impacts on our environment so it’s a hugely important issue. We’re also delighted that global eyeballs will be on Limerick thanks to Tourism Ireland bringing international TV crews to Limerick so it’s set to be a great festival weekend.”The traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade is just one of a number of events taking place across Limerick as part of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival.Limerick has the edge on other cities as it hosts the country’s only International Band Championship, now celebrating its 50th year.A total of 20 bands will be taking place in the championship with more than 2,000 musicians travelling from America and Europe as well as local and other Irish bands.The band championship includes five competing bands from the USA including: Bay High School “Million Dollar Band” Florida; Shorecrest High School Marching Band, Washington State; Marching Mizzou, Missouri; Grissom High School Marching “Tiger” Band, Alabama; and Holly High School Marching Band, Michigan.There will be seven Pipe Bands participating this year and local bands including Newcastle West Pipe Band, City of Limerick Pipe Band, the CBS Pipe Band and Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band.The sight of all these marching bands along O’Connell Street is something to behold on Sunday 15 March from 12 noon.Last year the festival gave you the moon – this year it’s the whole world!To celebrate this year’s theme, Gaia by Luke Jerram arrives in St Mary’s Cathedral from 15 – 22 March. See how planet Earth looks from space and reflect on ways we can protect our ecosystem for future generations. This new touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram brings together a fusion of NASA imagery and atmospheric surround sound floating beneath the cathedral’s 12th century arches.Aoife Potter-Cogan, Festivals and Events Officer at Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival has grown from strength to strength and each year we work to ensure that the programme is as colourful, entertaining and inclusive as possible. We are delighted to announce that Limerick is now a Tier 1 partner with Fáilte Ireland for St. Patricks Festival Ireland.“One of the most exciting outcomes of this partnership is for the first time Limerick’s parade festivities will be broadcast live on US TV networks creating a wonderful link between Limerick and its vast Diaspora and others in the United States.”Among the other events taking place for Limerick St Patrick’s Festival include:Panoramic Wheel will offer stunning 360 degree views across Limerick’s skyline 12 March – 25 April at Arthur’s Quay ParkHunt the Shamrock at the Hunt Museum – 17 MarchKing John’s Castle – 17 March 25% off all ticketsMinisterial Review of 61st Infantry Group UNDOF – military ceremonial parade of troops before they head to Syria on a peacekeeping mission – Thomond Bridge and Clancy’s StrandSt Patrick’s Weekend Unlocked Weekend of food, family, friends – all things good and green! 14 and 17 March at Limerick Milk Market Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Speech: China celebrates 35 years of Chevening

first_imgIt is absolutely wonderful to welcome you all in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Chevening Programme in China and around the world. Today, we welcome members of the Chevening alumni community, friends and colleagues from across the Embassy to meet one another, share memories and achievements, and to celebrate the successes of the UK government’s flagship scholarship scheme – Chevening.Last Wednesday, 1,647 scholars from 138 countries including around 70 from China gathered in Alexandra Palace in London to attend the 2017/18 Chevening Farewell Event, having reached the end of their time in the UK as a Chevening Scholar. During this event, it was announced that the global Chevening alumni community has reached quite incredible heights – this year, Chevening welcomes its 50,000th scholar.Almost 4,000 of these individuals come from China, consisting of passionate individuals who are engaged in world issues, respondent to global challenges, intent on deepening knowledge and understanding between the UK and China, and who contribute towards the future successes and strengthening of our bilateral relationship. Ambassador Woodward together with Mr. Lu Qinfang – China’s first recipient of the Chevening Scholarship, and families of the Chevening China Alumni Community.This is a network to treasure and to be proud of, consisting of individuals from every walk of life and region across China. All of you have studied in universities across the United Kingdom. All of you have completed a dissertation. All of you have contributed towards building your own academic communities of thinkers and believers, and all of you continue to contribute to the wider international community of Chevening alumni. All of you are inspiring role models for current and future Chevening scholars and fellows, encouraging them to aspire to the highest levels in their chosen fields. For that, I offer my sincerest and most earnest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.On August 6, we open applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarship Programme, and on August 24 we celebrate with recently-selected 2018/19 Chevening Scholars before their departure for the UK. For these events and others, we commission your support as recipients of this award, encouraging and empowering exceptional individuals around you to do something special and apply for Chevening.You will always act as an inspiration for all young people across China, and we welcome your participation in promotional events held all across China. For more information, please speak directly with representatives of our Chevening Team.Today, it is our hope that all of you will look back on the last three and half decades with warmth and happiness. We hope that you enjoy your time with friends old and new, and share thoughts and ideas inspired by your time as a Chevening Scholar or Fellow. In reflecting your past triumphs, we may enjoy a collective sense of satisfaction for all the good you have done and continue to do, looking firmly towards a bright future for China and for our bilateral relationship during this Golden Era for UK-China relations.The Chevening Programme continues to sow the seeds for a Global Partnership that works for all, creating a global community of future leaders that are able to respond to the greatest challenges of our time.I hope that your experience with Chevening has given, and continues to give you, great experiences, wisdom and knowledge, meaningful and lifelong friendships, and inspiration for a wonderful future.I would like to finish with a poem that was read to scholars during the 2017 Chevening Orientation by Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG.What is success?To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!More informationApplications for 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships open on 6 August 2018 and close on 6 November 2018. Applicants can be of any background, representative of any sector and from any region across Mainland China. To learn more, visit the Chevening website or contact representatives of the Chevening Team in China by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Are you ready for cleaner petrol?

first_img8 December 2005From the beginning of 2006, all leaded petrol will be phased out in South Africa and new octane grades introduced.Unleaded petrol has been available to South African motorists since 1996. The use of unleaded has gradually increased to comprise about 40% of total petrol sales.Lead was first introduced into petrols in the 1920s, but in recent years there has been a move away from leaded petrol. Lead in petrol contributes to urban pollution and is a health risk, particularly for young children.Lead replacementMotorists will still have the choice of two grades of petrol, although the octane grades will differ between the coast and high-altitude inland stations.Premium, or super, will be replaced with the new Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP), with an octane grade of 95 at the coast and 93 inland.Unleaded petrol will be available in 91, 93, 95 octane grades. Petrol stations are likely to sell only one grade of unleaded, with the higher octanes being used in coastal areas.Vehicle databaseAlthough most modern cars already use unleaded petrol, drivers of pre-1996 cars should check whether their cars will run on the new fuels.The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) has prepared a database where motorists can quickly look up their vehicle’s make and model to determine which fuel will be suitable. Naamsa database Most older cars should have no problem running on LRP. Cars built more than 20 years ago may need to use an additional bottled additive which will protect their engines.Pre-1996 cars in the coastal region may need to have their timing adjusted in order to run efficiently on LRP. Motorists can check whether their vehicle is affected by consulting the Naamsa database. The timing adjustment can be done at many service stations in the coastal region, and will be a free service.Petrol priceIn the inland area, where the 95 octane unleaded grade will become available for the first time, a special “demand management levy” will be introduced. Initially this grade will priced about 10c per litre higher than the 93 octane.The price for all other grades will be determined using the same method as reporterlast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.” last_img read more

Kobe Bryant Recovering Hopes to Open Lakers Season Healthy

Kobe Bryant had the stitches removed, is out of the cast and faces nearly six weeks of rehabilitation since completing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. After all that, Bryant is still hoping for a return by the Los Angeles Lakers’  2013-14 season opener.“I hope so,” Bryant said in a sit-down interview with on Monday. “That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back.“So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.”Before that day is likely to occur, there will be another date on the calendar that holds particular significance for how Bryant’s Lakers will look next season: July 1, the day Dwight Howard can begin to hear competing offers as a free agent.While Howard reportedly has strong interest in the Houston Rockets and could be courted by Dallas, Atlanta, Golden State and Cleveland, Bryant is in no rush to be the first to pitch the All-Star center to come back to L.A.“For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be,” Bryant said. “We all want him here. But then that’s when the selling begins [after Howard is courted by other teams]. You don’t start the selling process right before he goes and does all this stuff. You want to get the last word. You want to have the final word and the closing argument.“I’ll give him a little opening statement, but then I have to make sure I have the final word.”If Howard ends up being a one-year rental rather than the face of the franchise moving forward, Bryant is confident the Lakers, with 16 championships to their credit, will still find a way to thrive.“This franchise is a franchise that you really don’t have to worry about too much, because no matter what happens, whether it’s a year from now, two years from now, whatever the case may be, they’re always going to find a way to have an impact on this league,” Bryant said.Should the Lakers resort to a Plan B if Howard walks, Bryant said he will make his voice part of the process.“It’s gotten to a point at this stage in my career where those lines of communication are more open and we talk more frequently both with [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] and [vice president of player personnel] Jimmy [Buss] and [vice president of business operations] Jeanie [Buss] to a certain extent,” Bryant said. “Those lines of communication are open.”Bryant has already communicated with Jeanie Buss’ fiance and his former coach, Phil Jackson, over what Jackson wrote about Bryant in his recent book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.”  In the book Jackson gave the nod to Michael Jordan when comparing the two shooting guards.“I talked to Phil about it,” said Bryant, who added that he has not read the book. “I said, ‘You know, you can’t compare me at [age] 21-22-23 to Michael at 28-29-30. That’s not a fair comparison.’ But, you know, I’m comfortable at resting on my five [championships] and what I had to do for this team to be successful.“We both had different roles, and [Jordan] had his level of frustration coming up as a young player and challenges that he had to deal with, and I had mine in playing a different role to what I thought naturally I could do. We had different career paths, man, so it’s kind of tough to [compare]. At least for me it is, anyway.”While Jordan holds the edge in championships (six to Bryant’s five) and career points (32,292 for third all time to Bryant’s 31,617 for fourth all time), Bryant said he has already accomplished what he set out to achieve when he was drafted into the NBA as a 17-year-old out of high school in 1996.“When I came into the league, I wanted to win multiple championships,” Bryant said, appearing in good spirits and clean shaven after growing a beard for nearly a month following his Achilles surgery. “As a young kid, it was like, well, this is what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to win five, six, seven championships, because that’s what Magic [Johnson] did. That’s what [Bill] Russell did. That’s what Jordan did. I feel very comfortable with my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish in that regard.”Read more: ESPN. read more

Confirmed Jerome Boateng in talks with PSG

first_imgBayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has announced that Jerome Boateng’s representatives have begun talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer transferThe German defender has been with the Bavarians for the past seven years and has made a total of 258 appearances in all competitions and has gone on to win 14 trophies.But, prior to the start of the World Cup last month, Boateng revealed that he is currently in the process of considering what next due to the fact that he is now 29.“I’ve experienced everything at Bayern. We’ve won everything there is to win in club football,” said Boateng in June.“And a footballer’s time is limited. I don’t have to kid myself, it’s not 10 years for me any more. But I’m convinced my body has more to give, that I can still improve as a player and play at the highest level for a good few years yet.“I’ve slowly come to the point where I’m asking myself: What haven’t I achieved yet? Do I want to keep proving myself at the same club with the same old objectives? It’s not just about feeling a certain way in one place.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).And now Rummenigge has announced that Boateng’s agents have entered discussions with PSG.“At the moment there is no direct contact between the clubs. But there is contact between his agents and PSG,” said Rummenigge, according to Sky Sports.“We have to wait, if we could find a basis for a transfer. Now we have to wait and see whether, at the end of the day, we find a basis on which we can agree on a transfer.“We have to find a transfer fee that would be acceptable for both.”Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the 29-year-old with Jose Mourinho understood to be seeking a new centre-back for the third summer in a row.last_img read more

Robertson denies a nervous Liverpool

first_imgThe Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Soldotna City Council Negotiates Contract With New City Manager

first_imgAccording to the resolution, the City of Soldotna has negotiated an employment agreement with Queen to provide City Manager services for a term of three years, effective February 28, 2018 At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 27, the council will introduce a resolution approving the employment agreement between the City of Soldotna and Queen. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council unanimously approved a motion to offer the position of City Manager to Interim City Manager Stephanie Queen, on January 26. Queen has been serving as the Interim City Manager since October 2017, when previous City Manager Mark Dixson resigned from the position. Prior to accepting the role of Interim City Manager, Queen was the Director of Economic Development & Planning for Soldotna.last_img read more

Cardinals Set for ACC Championships

first_img Friday Broadcast Thursday Broadcast Scouting the CompetitionNC State enters the meet as the top-ranked team, checking in at No. 3 in the final CSCAA/TYR poll. The Wolfpack are the defending ACC Champions and have won the team title for the past four years. ACC Championship Central Competition kicks off on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. with the finals of the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. The remaining three days of the meet will begin with prelims at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. for the top-24 qualifiers from each event. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked University of Louisville men’s swimming team is set to begin their championship season at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Following last week’s diving competition, the Cardinals sit in fourth place with 123 points. Saturday Broadcast Marcelo Acosta turned in two bronze medal performances (500 Free/1650 Free) at the 2018 ACC Championships and won the 1650 free title in 2017. Also medaling individually for the for the Cardinals last season were Andrej Barna with a bronze in the 50 free and Daniel Sos with a bronze in the 200 IM. Virginia, who finished third at last year’s championships, is ranked No. 14, followed by No. 19 Georgia Tech, No. 21 Virginia Tech, No. 22 Florida State and No. 23 Notre Dame. About the Cardinals Louisville has finished second at each ACC Championships since joining the conference in the 2014-15 season. At last year’s championships, Evgenii Somov led the Cardinals with a pair of gold medal finishes in the 100 and 200 breast. Nick Albiero also won two golds in the 200 fly and as a member of the 200 medley relay. The Cardinals also won medals in all five of the relays at the 2018 ACC Championships and are seeded in the top-three of each relay heading into this year’s meet. How to WatchACC Network Extra will broadcast finals Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. Fans can watch live on and the WatchESPN app. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nonsense Ki Night tribute to Michael Jackson Farah

first_imgChoreographer-director Farah Khan has paid an ode to the King of Pop Michael Jackson in song Nonsense Ki Night from Happy New Year. Farah, 49, said she also turned lyricist with the funny song.In the song, the male actors Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah are doing signature moves of the late pop star’s Thriller and donning his iconic body-hugging shimmery leather red pants and jacket with black design.last_img

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