More than 1,300 people to take part in Limerick International Band…

first_img TAGSLimerick International Band ChampionshipMayor Stephen KearyShelia DeeganSt Patrick’s Day WhatsApp Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleKeep Limerick clean by volunteering for TLC4!Next articleLimerick Learning Festival returns with an international flavour Staff Reporter Actor Dominic West leads the Love for Limerick on St. Patrick’s Day Tune in to take part in the 2021 Limerick St Patrick’s Festival! Twitter St. Patrick’s Day in Lebanon Our social media statistics are hitting the high notes center_img Facebook NewsMore than 1,300 people to take part in Limerick International Band ChampionshipBy Staff Reporter – March 7, 2018 1321 Advertisement Limerick Post Show | St Patrick’s Day Lone Piper Linkedin Print HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day Members of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA pictured at the Limerick International Band Championship 2013.Picture:Brian Gavin More than 1,300 participants in 21 bands are to take part in the 48th annual Limerick International Band Championship as part of this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival.The streets of Limerick will be filled with the spectacular sights of the marching bands from across Ireland, Europe and America on Sunday 18 March for the 48th running of the Limerick International Band Championship.The competition will start from O’Connell Street’s junction with Hartstonge Street at 12 noon, march down Limerick’s premier route, passed the reviewing stand before ending with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park where the championship winners will be announced.Bands from the United States, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Limerick and across the rest of Ireland will compete in the championship for the overall Kenneally Jewellers Perpetual Trophy.Among the visiting bands include the 196-strong Jackson High School ‘Purple Army’ Marching Band from Ohio, the Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars from Minnesota with 160 people marching, and the 167-strong Vestavia Hills High School Band from Alabama.The long tradition of marching bands from Limerick continues to be represented by Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band, who will be the first band to march, St Mary’s Prize Band, CBS Pipe Band, Newcastle West & District Pipe Band, City of Limerick Pipe Band and Boherbuoy Brass & Reed Band and many more!There are 11 bands from Ireland (or which six are from Limerick), seven bands from the United States and one each from Northern Ireland, England and Germany.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary said: “It is such an amazing spectacle to watch the bands marching down O’Connell Street every year in the Band Championship. It is truly a unique event.”Bands will be allowed to perform at the reviewing stand for three minutes and will be judged by an international panel of judges consisting of Dr Stan Michalski, Norman Rogerson, Dr Andrea Strauss, Evelyn Grant and Niall Carroll.Sheila Deegan, Cultural and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “It’s fantastic that the marching band tradition is alive and well in Limerick. Even on the coldest day the spectacular arrangements of music promise to warm the heart.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The winners will be announced at Arthur’s Quay Park following the marching. There are awards in several different categories.More local news here.last_img read more

Happy birthday, Tata Madiba

first_imgChief among African leaders, Nelson Mandela is one of few statesmen to have achieved almost universal respect around the world and across the political spectrum.Nelson Mandela is a universally respected leader. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)His role in fighting apartheid, his imprisonment on Robben Island – where he came to symbolise the struggle of oppressed people around the world – and his ability to steer South Africa through its rebirth earned him the international reputation of benevolent negotiator and quintessential peacemaker.Imprisoned for 27 years for his opposition to apartheid, Mandela came out of prison in 1990 expressing no bitterness towards his tormentors. Instead, he championed reconciliation among South Africa’s polarised races, espousing the principles of nation-building and co-operative governance.Mandela was one of the few leaders capable of inspiring confidence both inside and outside the country. Few others would have managed to unite the disparate warring parties and steer South Africa from what seemed to be the brink of civil war.To some, Mandela had a near-omnipotent power at the negotiating table, carrying with him an indubitable moral authority and gentle but firm sense of fairness. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with former South African president FW de Klerk.Mandela as presidentAs South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela tackled the challenge of uniting both the country’s racial groupings and a fragmented public service whose delivery mandate was skewed in favour of the white population.A significant milestone of his presidency was the exemplary constitution-making process, which delivered a document that is the envy of the democratic world.Mandela is equally known for taking a strong stand against the giant world powers – especially in defence of Africa. As president, he was unrestrained in embracing the ANC’s former allies, such as Libya’s Muammar Gadaffi and Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat, in spite of criticism from the United States.His position also made for fluid relationships with Russia and China, former communist allies of the ANC.After handing over the reigns of the presidency to Thabo Mbeki in 1999, Mandela played a key role as middleman in crisis-hit areas such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Besides campaigning globally for peace, Mandela focused his still prodigious energies increasingly on empowering disadvantaged children and fighting against HIV/Aids.In June 2004, Mandela officially retired from public life. His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.Early lifeNelson Mandela, whose second name is Rolihlahla, was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, near Qunu. He was the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela, chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Tembu. He spent his early childhood in the Transkei, being groomed to become a chief.Mandela matriculated at Healdtown Methodist Boarding School and enrolled at Fort Hare University College, where he met Oliver Tambo. It was at Fort Hare that he first became involved in student politics, and he was expelled in 1940 after participating in a student protest.Mandela left the Transkei, partly to avoid an arranged marriage, and moved to Johannesburg where he was employed as a mine policeman. Shortly after this he met Walter Sisulu, who helped him obtain articles with a legal firm.Completing a BA degree by correspondence in 1941, he then began studying for a law degree, which he didn’t complete. In December 1952, Mandela and Tambo opened the first African legal partnership in the country.Youth League founderTogether with Sisulu and Tambo, Mandela participated in the founding of the African National Congress Youth League in 1944.The Youth League invigorated the ANC. Its Programme of Action was adopted by the ANC in 1949, and it provided much of the impetus that led to mass protests and later, the formation of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto weSizwe.Visit the ANC’s archive: African National Congress Youth LeagueIn 1948 Mandela served as the Youth League’s national secretary, and in 1950 became its national president. He became one of four deputy presidents of the ANC in October 1952.First arrest and banningIn December of the same year, Mandela and 19 others were arrested and charged under the Suppression of Communism Act for their participation in the Defiance Campaign, a national protest against laws curtailing the freedoms of blacks, Indians and coloureds.The campaign was significant for Mandela. Whereas previously he was wary of working with non-black Africans, the campaign convinced him to move towards co-ordinating an interracial and united front to fight apartheid.Mandela was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment with hard labour, suspended for two years. He was later served with a six-month banning order prohibiting him from attending meetings, or from leaving the Johannesburg magisterial district. For the following nine years his banning orders were continually renewed.In December 1956 Mandela was one of 156 political activists arrested and charged with high treason for the campaign leading to the adoption of The Freedom Charter in 1955. The trial lasted four-and-a-half years. On 25 March 1961, Mandela and 29 others were found not guilty.Family lifeMandela married Evelyn Mase, a nurse, in 1944. The couple had met through Sisulu, Mase’s cousin. The lived in Soweto and had four children, including Makgatho Mandela and Makaziwe Mandela. The divorced in 1958, and taking the children, Mase moved to Cofimvaba in what is today Eastern Cape.In the same year he divorced his first wife, Mandela married Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela. They had two daughters, Zenani and Zindzi. It was a turbulent marriage. During Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island, Winnie spearheaded the struggle outside prison. During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings some three decades later, she was linked to the deaths of several young ANC activists. They divorced in 1996.Mandela and Mase’s third child, Thembi, was killed in a car accident in 1969, while Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island. Their other son, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela – Mandela’s last surviving son – died on 6 January 2005, aged 54.Read more: My son died of Aids: MandelaArmed struggleWhen the apartheid government banned the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress in 1960, Mandela led the campaign to launch an underground struggle. He emerged as a leading figure in the formation of Umkhonto weSizwe, the ANC’s armed wing, becoming its first commander-in-chief.After working outside South Africa for a period – a time that included military training in Algeria – Mandela returned to the country in July 1962.On 5 August 1962 the police finally captured the elusive “Black Pimpernel” near Howick in what was then Natal province. He was tried and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for incitement to strike and illegally leaving the country.Rivonia TrialWhile Mandela was in prison, police raided the ANC’s underground headquarters at Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg, and arrested several ANC leaders. Police found documents relating to the manufacture of explosives, Mandela’s diary and copies of a draft memorandum – Operation Mayibuye – which outlined a possible strategy for guerrilla struggle.Read more: Liliesleaf: one day back in ’63The Rivonia Trial began in October 1963 and Mandela joined the other accused – Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg and Wilton Mkwayi – being tried for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.Mandela’s statement from the dock received worldwide publicity. On 12 June 1964, all eight of the accused were sentenced to life imprisonment. Goldberg was sent to Pretoria Prison, the rest to Robben Island.Robben IslandMandela spent the next 18 years on Robben Island, before being transferred in 1982 to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town and then to Victor Verster Prison, where it was discovered that he was suffering from tuberculosis.On Robben Island, Mandela, who was kept in isolation along with other senior leaders, continued to play an important role as a political leader behind bars, maintaining contact with the ANC leadership in exile.From July 1986 onwards, he initiated contact with government representatives, which led eventually to his July 1989 meeting with President PW Botha at Tuynhuys. In December 1989 he met De Klerk.Freedom!Mandela was released from jail on Sunday, 11 February 1990. The first images of the president-to-be walking out of prison were relayed live via satellite to ecstatic audiences across the globe.Mandela led the ANC in negotiations with the South African government which culminated in the adoption of the interim constitution in November 1993. In 1994 the ANC won the country’s first multiracial elections with an overwhelming majority.Read more: 72 days that shaped South AfricaMandela’s inauguration as president brought together the largest number of heads of state since the funeral of former US President John Kennedy in 1963.On 18 July 1998 Mandela married Graça Machel, the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel.After handing over the reigns of the presidency to Thabo Mbeki in 1999, Mandela played a key role as middleman in crisis-hit areas such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Besides campaigning globally for peace, Mandela focused his still prodigious energies on empowering disadvantaged children and fighting against HIV/Aids. He gave his prison number – 46664 – to a global campaign to raise awareness about the disease.Retirement and legacyIn June 2004, Mandela officially retired from public life. His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.See: Mandela’s wish for South AfricaIn 2007, Mandela, together with Machel and Desmond Tutu, convened a group of world leaders – The Elders – to contribute their wisdom and independent leadership to global problems and to ease human suffering.In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day, marking his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.With his health increasingly fragile, Mandela was admitted to hospital for a reoccurring lung infection many times from 2011. In June 2013, he was admitted in a serious condition. The nation held its breath – but Mandela was sent home on 1 September, with President Jacob Zuma describing Mandela’s condition as “critical and at times unstable”.Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Joburg, at the age of 95. “Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost a father,” said Zuma. “Although we knew that this day would come nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.‘What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”Barack Obama, USA’s first black president also praised Mandela. “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth,” Obama said. “He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.”The country went into a 10-day mourning period. Mandela’s body lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria from 11 to 13 December 2013 for the public to say goodbye. A state funeral took place in Qunu on 15 December, where his body was buried.Updated October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2018 Junior Market Lamb Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 99-pound Champion AOB shown by Jacob Roeth of Troy sold to Buckeye Online Equipment, Tom Butler Farms, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 138-pound Champion Brockle-Face shown by Jada Shroyer of DeGraff sold to Shroyer Show Stock, Post Cattle Co., Bambauer Fertilizer and Feeds, Dickman Supplies, Tri-County Vet Services, Hoge Lumber, Northstar Machinery and Hardware, and Star Glo/Star Igniter for $1,700. The 134-pound Champion Oxford shown by Elizabeth Shatto of Ft. Loramie sold to Shobert’s Feed Supplements and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 114-pound Champion Natural Color shown by Ian Johnson of Marysville sold to Mike Bumgarner, UPI Credit Services, Umbarger feeds/Eric King, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $1,175. The 126-pound Champion Dorset shown by McKala Grauel of Ridgeway sold to Dickson Show Cattle Co., Overs Sisters, Mt. Victory Meats, Liberty Bank, Post Cattle Co., and Quest Credit Union, Hepburn Show Supply, and Shroyer Show Stock for $1,000. The 126-pound Grand Champion Open Class Lamb shown by Ava Shroyer of DeGraff was purchased by Huffman’s Market for $2,600. The 114-pound Champion Shropshire shown by Chase Eisenhauer of Bellevue was purchased by United Producers, Ohio Ag Net/ Ohio’s Country Journal and Umbarger feeds/Eric King for $1,200. The 138-pound Champion Southdown shown by Elizabeth Shatto of Ft. Loramie sold to United Producers, Ohio Ag Net/ Ohio’s Country Journal, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 129-pound Reserve Natural Color shown by Caleb Stone of Troy sold to Buckeye Online Equipment and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 131-pound Champion Suffolk shown by Jordan Collom of New Vienna sold to Shroyer Show Stock and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 140-pound Reserve AOB shown by Linsey Eddy of Marysville sold to New Edition Club Lambs, Champion Choice Lamb Camp, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $1,450. The 133-pound Reserve Dorset shown by Alaine Bremke of Wellington sold to Shroyer Club Lambs, Hudawan Facility Solutions, Umbarger feeds/Eric King, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $1,175. The 124-pound Reserve Hampshire shown by Weston Stevens of Chillicothe sold to Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP and Umbarger feeds/Eric King for $1,175. The 129-pound Reserve Oxford shown by Hayden Harriman of Mansfield sold to Huntington Bank and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 130-pound Reserve Shropshire shown by Craig Schiff sold to Provico Farm and Show, Shroyer Show Stock, Gene Check, Custom Cabs, Hudawan Facility Solutions, and Stock Show Planet for $1,600. The 138-pound Reserve Southdown shown by Elizabeth Shatto sold to Huffman’s Market, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 136-pound Reserve Suffolk shown by Carter Lampe of Bowling Green sold to The Anderson’s, UPI Risk Management, Lion’s Club Lambs, Umbarger feeds/Eric King, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $1,175. The 126-pound Reserve Brockle-Face shown by London Reichert of New Weston sold to Shroyer Show Stock and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 128-pound Reserve Crossbred shown by Jada Shroyer of DeGraff sold to Shroyer Show Stock, Buckeye Online Equipment, and OSIA LEAD Council “Booster Banner” Program for $975. The 129-pound Reserve Grand Champion Open Class Lamb shown by Ian Johnson of Marysville was purchased by Huffman’s Market for $1,750. All exhibitors in the 2018 Market Lamb Sale got at least $975 with contributions from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council Banner Booster Program including Apex Clean Energy, Fowler Family Southdowns, Backwoods Farm, Reynolds Club Lambs, Black Thunder Breaking Donkey’s — Garrett Krasula, Emma Matthews Photography, Tom Butler Farms, Amstutz Club Lambs, Kalmbach Feeds, Umbarger Feeds, Elvin Elifritz Double E Dorsets, Johnson Show Lambs.last_img read more

Dragon Speech SDK Arrives for Android, iOS

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Nuance Communications recently provided access to its Dragon NatuarllySpeaking software development kit (SDK) to mobile developers building apps for the iOS or Android platforms. With the SDK, developers will be able to integrate speech recognition capabilities into their mobile applications and/or create “speech aware” apps.Beyond the new era of talking to your phone! (Or maybe not…)About the SDKWith the Dragon Mobile SDK, Nuance is allowing any mobile developer to leverage the software that exists at the core of the company’s well-known voice and dictation products, like Dragon Dictation, its Dragon Search apps and Nuance’s Vocalizer text-to-speech.Through a self-serve website that’s a part of the Nuance Mobile Developer Program, developers can download the SDK for Apple iOS 4.0 (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and for (select) devices running Android 2.1 and higher. The SDK currently supports U.S. and U.K. English, European Spanish, European French, German, Italian and Japanese for dictation and search, with additional languages to be added through the end of the year, says Nuance. TTS capabilities also now exist for more than 35 languages.Included with the SDK are easy-to-integrate prepackaged wrappers and widgets for rapid inclusion of voice recognition into moblie applications. In addition, developers have access to an online forum for support, a variety of code samples and full documentation.The Dragon SDK is already being used in a number of mobile apps, says Nuance, including Siri, Price Check by Amazon, Ask for iPhone, aisle411, Merriam-Webster, and SpeechTrans.No, It’s Not FreeThe SDK is free to download and use for 90 days, but when the app is ready for market, developers will need to choose from a variety of tiered pricing plans before listing the app for download or sale . A number of media outlets reporting this news incorrectly said that the SDK was “free,” missing this rather important disclaimer.The pricing structure doesn’t sit well with some developers, however – for example this guy (translated from French), who, citing minimum licensing costs of $1,000, basically says that the pricing scheme is “abusive” and calls it, well, explicative deleted.Ouch. Maybe this is not the new era of talking to your phone after all… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#apps#mobile#news sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more