Shannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in Limerick

first_imgPrint Linkedin Email Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pictured at the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau Annual Membership Meeting 2019 in the Savoy Hotel are Manager Karen Brosnahan, Chairman Tony Brazil, Lynda Reilly, Fáilte Ireland, and Donnacha Hurley, General Manager of the Absolute hotel. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.THE SHANNON Region Conference and Sports BureauAnnual Members Meeting for 2019 took place in The Savoy Hotel.The conference addressed the successes of 2018 where the bureau managed to secure €7.5 million for business tourism events for the wider Shannon region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In attendance at the event were bureau stakeholders from Limerick and Clare hotels, tourist attractions, local authorities and members of the Universities and Colleges.Speaking at the event, Karen Brosnahan said, “Today is our Annual Stakeholders Meeting, where ourselves and Fáilte Ireland come together to tell all the trade about work in business tourism in the Shannon Region, what our plans are for 2019 and how we can all work together.“Conference business is so lucrative, and it’s a win-win for everybody. Every conference delegate that comes to our region is worth €1,600 to the local economy, so we all need to work in partnership to give them a really wow, memorable experience,” she added.Lynda Reilly of Fáilte Ireland spoke of plans for the year ahead including attracting International trade shows and large scale events to the Limerick and Shannon region in the form of business and sporting events.The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau is in its sixteenth year and aims to promote the area as a location for large scale events and offers a free service to event Meghann [email protected] Advertisement NewsBusinessShannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – April 23, 2019 731 Previous articleBefore Bach and After Is Coming To LimerickNext articleWatch: Mid West media unite with tribute to Lyra Meghann Scullylast_img read more

‘It’s fun again’ Gundogan happy that Germany boos have stopped

first_img“It wasn’t just me — we all had a very difficult time of it for Germany.”Other senior players such as Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels have been dropped from the national team set-up to make way for the new generation since the World Cup debacle.Yet coach Joachim Loew has remained loyal to Gundogan, who showed his class with a superb performance against minnows Estonia.The midfielder said he remained “proud” to represent Germany, and that the young team hoped to challenge for titles in the coming years.“Now it is fun again, both on the pitch and in the stands. It makes us want more.”Share on: WhatsApp Germany. PHOTO via @UEFAEUROBerlin, Germany | AFP | Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says he has rediscovered his love of playing for Germany after being applauded — rather than booed — by home fans.Gundogan, 28, was treated to thunderous applause and standing ovations by home fans after he helped orchestrate Germany’s 8-0 demolition of Estonia in Tuesday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Mainz.It was a far cry from a year ago, when Gundogan was booed and whistled by German fans during a pre-World Cup friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen after he and team mate Mesut Ozil had appeared in a photograph alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2018.The political fallout from the photograph overshadowed Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign and eventually led Ozil to retire from international duty, accusing German football officials of racism.Gundogan, who like Ozil refused to apologise for the controversial photograph, said that the cheers in Mainz on Tuesday, when he came off after converting a first-half penalty, had helped to heal the wounds of 2018.“It is really nice and it does me a lot of good, especially after the negative times last summer,” he told reporters after the game.last_img read more

Enjoy the Beauty of Spring on Prairie Appreciation Day

first_imgFacebook50Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound Prairies ProgramSpring is here and so are the wildflower blooms on the South Sound Prairies. Rolling hills of grass spangled with swaths of blue Camas with accents of Spring Gold and buttercups, open skies and gnarled Garry oaks are just 30 minutes south of Olympia.Wildflower blooms at Thurston’s County Glacial Heritage Preserve. Credit: Carola TejedaCome and enjoy the natural beauty of our local prairies at Prairie Appreciation Day on Saturday May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This family-oriented free event takes place at Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve. The event includes guided walks, an activity trail with informative stations, a hayride, and a self-guided interpretative loop. The informative stations include topics such as prairie ecology, restoration, management of invasive plants, and the wildlife and wildflowers found in this unique landscape. The stations have experts to discuss each topic as well as activities for children and the young at heart. This is your chance to make seed balls and wind wands, and try your hands at writing with ink made from oak galls.Children engage in activities learning about the use of prescribed fires on the South Sound Prairies at Prairie Appreciation Day 2015. Credit: Carola TejedaThere will be plenty of opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife, including endangered species such as Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies and golden paintbrush. This is also a great time to capture the beauty of the prairies in full bloom; the prairies will be spangled with swaths of blue camas with accents of spring gold, buttercups, Oregon sunshine, and many more native flowers.  Glacial Heritage Preserve is generally not open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to experience a premier preserve.Please note that food will not be available at the event, and water will only be available in limited quantities. You are welcome to bring a picnic, but please leave all pets at home, as they are not allowed on the preserve. We will also be accepting donations for Thurston County Food Bank, no glass please.Wildflower blooms at Thurston’s County Glacial Heritage Preserve. Credit: Carola TejedaWheelchair accessible activities will be available at the Department of Natural Resources Mima Mounds. This location is also a great choice for those who don’t have enough time to tour a large preserve or want a less demanding walk. Group tours are also available at Mima Mounds but must be scheduled in advance.More information and directions can be found on the Friends of Puget Prairies website, or call either 360-458-5450 or 206-498-3273.last_img read more

Grad 2004-2005 squad repeats at Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni tourney

first_imgThe Grad 2004-2005 squad repeated as champions at the second Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the LV. Rogers Hangar. The champions rolled to a 5-0 record in the five-team round robin tournament Saturday in Fairview as they downed the Grad 2009-2012 squad in a 52-50 overtime thriller of the championship game.The runner-up Grad 2009-2012 squad finished with a 4-1 record and was led by former Mount Royal University point guard Chase Rickaby and former Columbia Bible College guard John Zak. The tournament, attracting 45 players, raised more than $1400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays.The Grad 2004-2005 squad consisted of Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby, Bryan Gaschnitz, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph, Galen Taylor, Jesse McLaughlin andunderclassmen Avery Kushner. Contributions to the fund can be made at any Royal Bank Canada branch or electronically with email money transfer via [email protected]last_img read more

Pogba tantalises with Neymar comments

first_img0Shares0000French international Paul Pogba has struggled for regular game time under Man United manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 21 – Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said it would be a pleasure to play with Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, whom he described as pure “joy on the pitch” in an interview with an Argentine sports channel Tuesday.“Neymar is the definition of joy on the pitch,” the French international told Argentina’s TyC Sports. “When I look at him on the pitch, he enjoys playing, with his technique, his ability and all that.“I love watching him play. He’s a different guy, he has his own style. If one day I’m going to play with him, it’ll be a pleasure.”He was returning the favour after Neymar said in 2016 that he admired Pogba’s style and would love to play alongside him.Pogba, despite arriving at United in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million (105 million euros), has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourhino, leading to speculation about his future.France coach Didier Deschamps said “he can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford after the 25-year-old joined up with the squad for Friday’s friendly against Colombia.Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hayes proud after Wembley triumph

first_imgChelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes spoke of her pride after her team’s Women’s FA Cup triumph – and insisted she never doubted they would be victorious. Ji So-Yun’s first-half goal at Wembley secured a 1-0 win against Notts County Ladies and her side’s first major trophy.“We work hard as coaches for days like today,” Hayes declared.“I could not ask to be part of a better organisation or to have a better staff – they have worked their socks off for three and a half years.“We have a group of players that commit to everything they do. They were never going to be on the losing team today – I knew that from the opening whistle.“I’m incredibly proud of them. I actually enjoyed every minute of it.”A crowd of 30,710 – the largest UK attendance for a domestic women’s match  – was at Wembley to see the game.See also:Chelsea Ladies win Women’s FA CupAttacking options have boosted Chelsea Ladies – FlahertyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ashwell Prince retires from cricket

first_img27 March 2014Ashwell Prince, the first black man to captain South Africa’s national cricket team, announced his retirement from the game on Wednesday. He played 66 tests and 52 one-day internationals for the Proteas.Prince’s career in South Africa has ended, but he will play another season of county cricket with Lancashire in the winter before returning to Port Elizabeth, where he is aiming to open a football academy.He made history in July and August of 2006 when he captained South Africa on a tour of Sri Lanka after regular skipper Graeme Smith withdrew before the team’s departure because of torn ankle ligaments.Test debutA nuggety left-hander, Prince made his test debut against Australia at the Wanderers in February 2002. The Aussies hung a massive defeat by an innings and 360 runs on the Proteas in that game. However, Prince, batting at number three, scored 49 in South Africa’s first innings – the highest Proteas’ score of the match – and followed that up with 28 to be the second-highest run scorer for the home side.His test career finally ended in December 2011 against Sri Lanka in Durban. He had begun it batting at number three, but also served as an opener, and mostly as a middle-order batsman.Ranked tenth in the worldPrince was ranked as high as tenth in the world among test batsmen in January 2007.During his test career, he totalled 3 665 runs at an average of 41.64, striking 11 centuries and 11 fifties, with a highest score of 162 not out.He tallied 1 018 runs in one-day internationals at an average of 35.10, with a best of 89 not out.Prince claimed only one test wicket, but it was a good one, that of New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, whom he bowled at Newlands in Cape Town after Fleming had scored a career best 262. Prince’s return that day in April 2006 was 1 for 2 in two overs.First class careerDuring his first-class career, he accumulated 15 801 runs at 43.29, with 37 centuries and 82 fifties. He also scored 5 911 runs in 250 List A matches, with three centuries and 31 fifties. In addition, he claimed 348 catches in domestic cricket.‘The ultimate Warrior’At a dinner in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday evening, Warriors coach Piet Botha called Prince “the ultimate Warrior”, saying his passion on and off the field had had a positive effect on the team, and that he had played a vital role in the success of the franchise over the past six years.“I am looking forward to a new phase in my life and am very grateful for the opportunities that cricket has afforded me,” Prince said.“I am thankful that I have had a wonderful career from a sport that I love, and thank everyone that has been involved in any way over the past 19 years of my career.”last_img read more

Green Scorpions target wildlife crime at OR Tambo

first_img15 April 2015Environmental Management Inspectors, commonly known as the Green Scorpions, have been deployed by the Department of Environmental Affairs at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in an effort to help combat wildlife crime.“The Green Scorpions will work closely with other law enforcement agencies and departments at the airport, including the SA Police Service (SAPS), customs, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of Health and Department of Home Affairs,” said Albi Modise, Environmental Affairs spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday.He said the Green Scorpions and the police had already detected “non-compliance” with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations related to reptiles and action would soon be taken.Enforcement“Shops trading in the International Departure Hall of OR Tambo have been checked to ensure that they comply with Nemba [National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act] regulations in order for people buying CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora] listed products to comply with permit requirements. A number of shops are currently in non-compliance,” Modise said. Notices would soon be issued.“It is critical to understand that permits are required for the export and import of Cites- listed species, such as cosmetic products made from Aloe Ferox and crocodile leather products, such as watch straps, handbags and belts.”A Green Scorpions team of 10 compliance officials have been deployed at the airport since 1 April to ensure compliance with current regulations regarding threatened or protected species, as well as the import of alien and invasive species.“Officials will ensure that prohibited invasive species do not find their way into the country without being detected and are destroyed, where necessary. People who do not comply with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations will either be prosecuted or issued with Compliance Notices and Directives,” he said.Trade bansAction, such as the issuing of notices and fines, would be taken against non-compliance. Prosecution would follow criminal investigations, where necessary, he said.“Trade bans for commercial purposes relating to Cites-listed species have been put in place since 19 March 2015 for Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria due to non-compliance with Cites plans and the Green Scorpions need to ensure that these bans are enforced,” Modise said.The Green Scorpions will also be deployed at South Africa’s other designated ports of entry and exit over time, Modise said.Report non-compliance with environmental laws by phoning the Environmental Crime Hotline at 080 020 5005Source: read more

My Constitution, my rights. A plain language guide to the Bill of Rights

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitution is admired all over the world, especially Chapter 2 – the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom. Get to know your rights, and protect the rights of others.The Bill of Rights protects the freedom of all the people who live in South Africa. It is the second chapter of the Constitution – the highest law of the land. The Constitution was signed into law by President Nelson Mandela in 1996.Many experts have said that South Africa’s Bill of Rights is the best in the world, because it protects so many freedoms, so well, for all of us.The Bill of Rights contains Section 7 to Section 39 of the Constitution. The human rights it protects are laid out in 27 sections, from Section 9 to Section 37.Note: This is only a guide to your rights, in plain English. It is not a legal document. To really get to know your rights, read the original Bill of Rights:► Read the full text of the Bill of Rights► Read the Bill of Rights in your own languageJump to your rights:► You are equal to everyone else. The law has to treat all of us the same.► Nobody is allowed to discriminate against you, for any reason – your race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, birth, or anything else.► You have dignity as a human being.► You have the right to have your dignity respected and protected. ► Nobody is allowed to take the life of any other human being – not other people, and not the government.► You have the right to be free and secure in yourself.► Nobody is allowed to take your freedom away without a real, legal reason.► Nobody can put you in prison without a trial.► You have the right to always be safe from violence. Nobody is allowed to commit acts of violence against you.► Nobody is allowed to torture you, or cause you physical pain, or treat you like you are not a human being.► Only you have the right to make decisions about your own body. Nobody is allowed to do anything to your body that you don’t want them to do.► You have the right to make your own decisions about reproductive health, birth control, having babies, and medical care.► Nobody is allowed to make you a slave.► Nobody is allowed to force you to be their servant.► Nobody is allowed to force you to do labour or any other work.► You have the right to be as private as you want to be.► Nobody is allowed to search you, or search your home, or search anything you own.► Nobody is allowed take your belongings away from you.► Nobody is allowed to look at or listen to your private communications with other people. This includes your messages, your letters and your phone calls.► You have the right to your own religion, and to practice your religion.► You have the right to believe what you want.► You have the right to your own opinions about anything.► Nobody is allowed to force you to give up your religion or your beliefs. Nobody is allowed to tell you what to think.► You have the right to say what you want – in speech, in writing and in art.► This right includes a free press. Newspapers, radio, TV and websites can also say what they want.► You have the right to get any information you want.► You have the right to tell other people your thoughts, knowledge and ideas.BUT► Nobody is allowed to use this right to harm other people.► You are not allowed to say things that are not true, or say things that cause harm.► You are not allowed to say things because you want to cause hatred for other people because of their race, ethnic background, sex or religion.► You are not allowed to say things because you want to cause violence or war.► You have the right to join other people to protest against things you think are wrong.► You have the right to demonstrate.► You have the right to picket outside your workplace.► You have the right to present petitions.BUT► You must do this peacefully. You are not allowed to be violent. You are not allowed to carry weapons.► You are free to associate with – spend time with – anybody you want to.► You can make friends, or do business, or form clubs, or do anything else, with anyone you choose.► You are free to form a political party, take part in a political party, recruit other people to join the party, and campaign for the party.► You can also campaign for any other cause.► If you are a citizen of South Africa, you have the right to free and fair elections for local government, provincial government and national government. These elections must be held regularly.► If you are an adult citizen, you have the right to:► Vote► Keep your vote secret► Stand as a candidate in elections► Hold office, if you are elected► If you are a citizen of South Africa, nobody is allowed to take that citizenship away from you.► You have the right to freedom of movement.► You have the right to leave South Africa.► If you are a citizen, you have the right to enter South Africa from another country. You have the right to stay in South Africa. You also have the right to live anywhere in South Africa.► If you are a citizen, you have the right to own a South African passport.► If you are a citizen of South Africa, you have the right to freely choose your own trade, occupation or profession.► You have the right to fairness in the workplace.If you are a worker, you are allowed to:► Form a trade union► Join a trade union► Take part in the activities of a trade union► StrikeIf you are an employer, you are allowed to:► Form an employers’ organisation► Join an employers’ organisation► Take part in the activities of an employers’ organisationEvery trade union, employers’ organisation and employer has the right to take part in collective bargaining.► You have the right to live in an environment that does not harm your health or wellbeing.► You have the right to have the environment protected.► Nobody is allowed to take your property away from you.► Sometimes laws will have to be passed that do allow property – such as land – to be taken away, but these laws have to have a very good reason. These reasons can include the public interest, or compensation for property stolen in the past.► You have the right to a home, to a decent place to live.► Nobody is allowed to throw you out of your home unless they have an order from a court.► Nobody is allowed to demolish your home, unless they have an order from a court.► You have the right to healthcare services. This right includes health services for birth control, pregnancy, childbirth and other reproductive healthcare.► You have the right to emergency medical treatment.► You have the right to enough food to keep you healthy.► You have the right to water.► You have the right to grants of money from the government, if you don’t have a job, or if you don’t earn enough to support yourself, or your children.► Every child has the right to a name.► Every child has the right to be a citizen.► Every child has a right to be cared for properly, by their parents or by their family.► If a child doesn’t have family to care for them, the child has the right to proper care from other people.► Every child has the right to good food, shelter, healthcare and social services.► Every child has the right to be protected from bad treatment, neglect and abuse.► Every child has the right to be protected from being made to work in a way that exploits them.► Nobody is allowed to make a child work if the child is too young, or if the work will hurt the child in any way.► Every child has the right to be free from war and other violence. Nobody is allowed to force children to fight in war. All children have the right to be protected from war.► When any decision is made about any child, the best thing for that child is the most important consideration.► You have the right to a basic education. This includes adult basic education.► You have the right to further education. The state must make further education, through reasonable measures, progressively available and accessible.► You have the right to get an education in your own language – in government schools and colleges, if it is reasonably practical.► You have the right to use any language you want.► You have the right to take part in any culture you choose.If you are a member of a cultural community, or are part of a community united by a certain religion or language, you still have the right to:► Enjoy whatever culture you want► Practice any religion you want► Speak any language you wantYou also have the right to form, join and take part in any other cultural, religious and language-based groups – in fact, to join and take part in any organisation you choose.► You are allowed to get any information that will help you to protect your rights.► You have the right to access any information held by the state.► If anyone else has information that will help you exercise your rights, or protect your rights, you have a right to that information as well.► State administrators must provide the services that are your right, in a legal, reasonable and fair way.► You have the right to have any legal disagreement resolved, in a fair public hearing in a court, or by another independent decision-making body.If you are arrested for allegedly committing a crime you have the right:► To stay silent and not say anything► To be told that they have the right to remain silent► To be told of the consequences of not staying silentYou also have the right not to be forced to confess to anything. Nobody can force you to say anything that can be used as evidence against you.People who are arrested, detained or accused of a crime have more rights, which everyone should know about:► You have rights. But so does everyone else. Your rights must never stop other people from enjoying their rights.► The only rights that are not limited are the right to life, and the right to human dignity.► Your rights can be limited when there is a major crisis in the country – a state of emergency. This is called the “derogation of rights” – when individual rights become less important than everyone’s right to survive the emergency.► A state of emergency is declared when the life of the nation is threatened.► This threat can be caused by a natural disaster, war, invasion by another country, or widespread uprisings and disorder.► Even in a state of emergency, you still have the right to life, and the right to human dignity. The Bill of Rights► Download the Bill of Rights in EnglishThe Basic Provisions of the ConstitutionDownload in your languageThe first three parts of our Constitution are known as its Basic Provisions. The Preamble, the Founding Provisions, and the Bill of Rights explain the core values that define a free and democratic South Africa.► The Preamble to the Constitution is a statement of South Africa’s past pain, and our common vision for a brighter future.► Chapter 1 of the Constitution is the Founding Provisions. This explains the important ideas that form the rock on we have built our Constitution.► Chapter 2 of the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. This list of rights, which all people share, defends our freedom, equality and humanity.Download the Basic Provisions of the Constitution, in your language:► Afrikaans – Constitution Basic Provisions► English – Constitution Basic Provisions► isiNdebele – Constitution Basic Provisions► isiXhosa – Constitution Basic Provisions► isiZulu – Constitution Basic Provisions► Sepedi – Constitution Basic Provisions► Sesotho – Constitution Basic Provisions► Setswana – Constitution Basic Provisions► Siswati – Constitution Basic Provisions► Tshivenda – Constitution Basic Provisions► Xitsonga – Constitution Basic ProvisionsThe Constitution of the Republic of South AfricaDownload the full text of the Constitution, in your language:► Afrikaans – Constitution full text► English – Constitution full text► isiNdebele – Constitution full text► isiXhosa – Constitution full text► isiZulu – Constitution full text► Sepedi – Constitution full text► Sesotho – Constitution full text► Setswana – Constitution full text► Siswati – Constitution full text► Tshivenda – Constitution full text► Xitsonga – Constitution full textResearched, edited and compiled by Mary Alexander.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Challenging weather to linger throughout April

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The expected cold and wet weather pattern for spring that has been forecast since December continues. There will be some relief this week after a cold start to the week with temperatures 10 degrees below normal we will switch and see temperatures by the end of the week a good 10+ degrees above normal but when average out through Sunday April 15, we will return to about average temperatures for the week. Drying is expected as well through Friday with only minor precipitation events but another rain event is expected this weekend. There is a lot of uncertainty on amounts and placement so confidence is low but there is potential for some heavy rain in parts of Ohio.The week of April 16-22 will return to a colder than normal pattern with temperatures several degrees below normal. Precipitation will be lighter next week after the weekend rain event. Though April 25, rainfall is forecast to average 2-3 inches with isolated 4+ inches across the state of Ohio. This is still above average. See the associated graphic from the NWS Ohio River Forecast Center.Soil temperatures will also continue to be below normal with the risk of some late freezes in late April so early planting risk will remain elevated. Improvement will likely not fully come until May when temperatures may actually be slightly above normal. However, rainfall may continue to be at or above normal so challenges will likely linger this year into May for planting season. The summer growing season still looks to see a switch toward warmer and drier weather but it is not clear whether this will happen in later May, June or early July. We will keep you posted. In summary, thanks in part to La Nina, expect a challenging planting season in Ohio into May. Summer may also offer its own challenges as the pattern switches from the cold and wet period to a warmer and drier period but it is uncertain exactly when that will occur.last_img read more