Limerick’s Riverfest to make a splash

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebook NewsLimerick’s Riverfest to make a splashBy Guest Writer – April 12, 2016 1136 TAGSBarrington’s Hospital Great Limerick RunCurragower BarfeaturedFlyboarderfull-imageLiam GalvinRiverfestSheila Deegan Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email iverfest on the Shannon will feature action packed water based activities and events such as a sailing regatta, kayaking and performances from watersports stars like 2016 Ladies Flyboard champion Gemma Weston from New Zealand who will perform a number of shows for the first time in Ireland.Picture Sean Curtin FusionShooters.Ken O’Connell, Riverfest Flyboarder takes to the River Shannon to give spectators a glimpse of what to expect at the launch at the Curragower.Picture Sean Curtin FusionShooters.Limerick will become a mecca for families, foodies, fun runners and watersport enthusiasts during the May bank holiday weekend (April 28 – May 2) for Riverfest, the city’s hugely popular summer festival.Full details were unveiled today (Tuesday, 12 April) of Limerick’s biggest festival which is this year embracing the scenic River Shannon, with spectacular performances by world champion wakeboarders and jetski champions as well as key waterfront events in a new Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park.The popular Riverfest BBQ Competition, Ireland’s largest BBQ event, will move to Honan’s Quay, beside Arthur’s Quay Park, on the waterfront along with a host of family friendly activities for the public to enjoy as well as vintage amusements for children, craft, food and retail stalls and a spectacular fireworks display on the Sunday evening of the festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  Riverfest on the Shannon will feature action packed water based activities and events such as a sailing regatta, kayaking and performances from watersports stars like 2016 Ladies Flyboard champion Gemma Weston from New Zealand who will perform a number of shows for the first time in Ireland.Highlights of the five day festival include:Fashion Friday which returns with fashion shows and best dressed competitions from the Holman Lee Agency in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre on Friday 29th AprilIreland’s largest barbecue cook-off, the Riverfest BBQ Competition will be a feast for the senses on Saturday, 30th April, at its new location at Honan’s Quay beside Arthur’s Quay Park!The new Riverfestival Village will be a treat for all the family with food, craft and retail stalls and stunning vintage amusements set against the backdrop of the glistening River Shannon in Arthur’s Quay Park, running daily!The Riverfestival Village will be the perfect viewing point to watch the many water based events on Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May including a sailing regatta, sea scouts boat launch, and kayaking!Further sights to see on the River Shannon will include performances by Gemma Weston, 2016 Ladies Flyboard World Champion, Ireland’s David O’Caoimh, the World Number 5 Wakeboarder, and the British Freestyle Jet Ski Championship winning team of Craig Halloway, Chris Ames and David Herridge on Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st MayA spectacular fireworks display over the River Shannon will transform the skies of Limerick into an explosion of colour on Sunday 1st May @ 10pm (approx.)The jam-packed weekend will also see thousands of runners and walkers come to the city to participate in the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run which takes in many of the historical and scenic sights across Limerick, on Sunday 1st May. Now the largest participation event outside of Dublin, the run features entries from all 32 counties of Ireland and over 20 countries with musical acts from marching bands, gospel choirs, traditional music and DJs entertaining participants along the route of the marathon, half marathon and 10K event.Speaking at today’s event launch in the Curragower Bar and Restaurant on Clancy’s Strand, Cllr Liam Galvin, the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, congratulated the organisers for “showcasing the wonderful breadth of cultural activity in this most historic of Irish cities, one whose history is intrinsically linked with the River Shannon.”Cllr. Liam Galvin added, “As we enter the final stages in our bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020, the events taking place for this festival reminds us just why Riverfest sells out our hotels every year and is such a popular event attracting such a huge variety of people. It is the first major festival of the year in Ireland providing a wonderful opportunity for people from all over Ireland to come together in Limerick during the May Bank Holiday Weekend and experience everything that is special about our Treaty City.”Sheila Deegan, Deputy Director, Limerick 2020 said: “Festivals play a distinctive role in providing a place for citizens and visitors to interact in a celebratory way. Festivals like Riverfest, also have the power to touch us all, to give us an opportunity to be part of openness to ideas, to be curious about art and culture, to enjoy and to wonder and we hope that everyone enjoys truly this year’s eclectic festival line up.”The festival also features  fantastic fringe events across the city including comedy, theatre, gigs, EVA International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art and markets!Visit for the full festival line-up. Find us on Facebook Riverfest Limerick or on Twitter @riverfestlmk #riverfest.Riverfest is run on behalf of Limerick City and County Council and Limerick 2020 by Grooveyard Event Management. Riverfest 2016 sponsors include; The Maldron Hotel, Limerick’s Live 95 FM, The Limerick Post, The Limerick Leader, Mr Binman, the Market Quarter, Fire and Food, Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, Irish BBQ Association, and Dolans.center_img Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Print Twitter Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus Previous article#WATCH #Limerick Diocese votes for unified and inclusive Church at SynodNext articleWell-known #Limerick pubs to reopen Guest Writer WhatsApplast_img read more

Bus connect plan confirmed for Limerick City

first_imgNewsPoliticsTransportBus connect plan confirmed for Limerick CityBy Alan Jacques – February 16, 2019 1756 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick CityNewsTransport Facebook Advertisement Senator Maria Byrne at the Bus stop in Barrington St, Limerick Photo by: Kieran Ryan-BensonLIMERICK City will get a bus service similar to the BusConnect scheme to deal with its poor public transport system.So says Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, who raised the issue of the poor city bus services operating in the city with Transport Minister Shane Ross.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Senator Byrne this week confirmed that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, which will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick.“I raised the issue with the Minister after being contacted by commuters who are constantly late for school, college and work. Commuters across Limerick City face long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real-Time App and at bus stops,” the Limerick politician explained.“The strategy will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick and it will provide the backstop to where the increased levels of investment available will be directed.“Having recently joined commuters on their daily commute from Limerick City to UL to get a full understanding of the issues faced by regular commuters on Limerick city bus services, I do welcome these long term strategies however the immediate issues facing commuters on a daily basis have to be dealt with. The current situation is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people in Limerick City and Bus Éireann needs to address these problems immediately,” she concluded. Previous articleJohn Kiely names Limerick side for Kilkenny clashNext articleCouncil considers take-off cash for airshow Alan Jacques WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Gardai hunt for two men after vicious assault

first_imgGardai are hunting for two young men who viciously attacked a man at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny leaving him with serious injuries.The savage assault happened around 3am on Friday morning last, August 9th.Two men, wearing tracksuits, attacked a man and kicked and punched him a number of times leaving him in a serious condition. Gardai say the attack may have its origins in another incident which took place earlier the previous evening at Market Square in the town.Gardai in Letterkenny are appealing for anybody who may know anything about this attack to contact them. Gardai hunt for two men after vicious assault was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackGardailetterkennylast_img read more

The Persecution Of Aaron Swartz

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#filesharing On Monday, the U.S. government dropped its charges against Aaron Swartz following his suicide. Swartz was charged in 2011 with illegally downloading 4.8 million academic papers from the digital database JSTOR over MIT‘s network using fake credentials.For that, Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.Since he died before the case went to trial, the feds dismissed the case according to standard procedure.Swartz has been fondly remembered as a brilliant programmer, activist, leader and folk hero, not to mention a beloved human being. But in considering the crimes with which he was charged, try to leave aside the many things that made Swartz exceptional. He was simply a citizen of a country proud of its freedom of information.If Swartz did what he was accused of doing, he committed a crime. But that crime was essentially victimless. No profits or royalties or other material value is destroyed by the theft of academic articles. Yes, it would be against the law of the land. But what is the appropriate punishment for this crime?A Victimless CrimeAs Lawrence Lessig points out, JSTOR itself decided it was appropriate not to pursue any charges. It asked the feds to drop the case. Then it gradually opened its stance on freedom of information, opening its public-domain articles to anyone. It also created a test program giving access to 4.5 million articles — a trove nearly as large as the one Swartz was charged with stealing — available to anyone who signs up for a free account.While it’s not fair to speculate about Swartz’s motivations to commit the alleged crime, he was certainly known as a champion of free and open access to information of this sort. While JSTOR is a closed database, a privilege of the academy, it has come around to some of these ideas in recent years.And yet MIT, the institution through which the files were downloaded, took a harder line against it, and U.S. attorney Carmen M. Ortiz continued her prosecution of Swartz, aiming to lock him away for most of his life and ruin him financially. For someone devoted to rearranging the world and its social order through the sharing of information, this dogged persecution must have been impossible to understand.Overreaching ProsecutionAlex Stamos, CTO of Artemis Internet and an expert witness for the defense in United States v. Aaron Swartz wrote just after Swartz’s death that “I know a criminal hack when I see it, and Aaron’s downloading of journal articles from an unlocked closet is not an offense worth 35 years in jail.”Swartz’s family and partner wrote a statement after his suicide that shows the impact the vicious prosecution had on him and those around him:Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.In the wake of the tragedy, thousands of Americans have signed a petition calling for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz to be removed from office.On Sunday, MIT announced it would launch an internal investigation into the matter. And on Monday, in one emotionless sentence, Ortiz “respectfully submitted” her dismissal of the case. With the painful example of Aaron Swartz in mind, one hopes our society will learn more respect for the difference between a crime of information theft and a crime with victims.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock.Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the articles allegedly downloaded by Swartz ended up on The Pirate Bay file-sharing site. The JSTOR articles posted on The Pirate Bay were shared in protest of the charges against Swartz, but they were not from the same collection. jon mitchelllast_img read more

Bob Tewksbury Figured Out What Two Hall Of Fame Pitchers Couldnt

Tyler Kepner of The New York Times wrote a fun piece Monday about Mickey Morandini, an unformidable second baseman for the Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays from 1990-2000. Turns out the 170-pound Morandini hit an impressive .352 for his career against three pitchers elected to the Hall of Fame Tuesday afternoon: Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez.Morandini retired with a .268 overall average, so he’s a little like a guy who gets wet hopping over a puddle, then goes on to win the Olympic long jump.“I can name a handful of pitchers who threw probably 75 or 80 miles an hour, and I couldn’t sniff them,” he told the Times. “I can’t tell you how many ground balls to second I hit off Bob Tewksbury.”We can tell you.One.According to, in a June 5, 1992, game against Tewksbury and the St. Louis Cardinals, Morandini grounded to Cards second baseman Jose Oquendo, who threw to second to force out Morandini’s teammate Ricky Jordan.Morandini’s point — that he struggled against Tewskbury, an effective but by no means legendary pitcher — is right. He was a career 4 for 30 against Tewk, for a .133 average.By the way, the Times piece is a teensy bit misleading when it says Morandini “became Rogers Hornsby” (who hit a career .358) when he faced the three Hall of Famers. Morandini hit Smoltz and Martinez exceptionally well, but he hit just .200 (1 for 5) against Johnson.So to Morandini, Johnson was just another Bob Tewksbury.CORRECTION (Jan. 6, 6 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Mickey Morandini as a shortstop. In fact, he played mostly at second base.CORRECTION (Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.): An earlier version of this article gave the wrong stats for Mickey Morandini’s performance against Bob Tewksbury. He was 4 for 30, not 4 for 32. read more

Shark week Without restrictions Titus has stories to tell

Although Mark Titus’ blog gave outsiders an unprecedented look at life as a college basketball player, its content was not without filter. Restricted by both NCAA and Ohio State overseers, some of Titus’ best stories might have gone untold.But now that he has broken the shackles of censorship, Titus plans to make it up to his fans. Free to tell all the stories he was forbidden to reveal, the former Buckeye benchwarmer has plenty to say. “I am going to write a book whenever I’m done,” Titus said. “I have some stories that need to be told that some people might not want me telling.” Titus, who said he plans to begin writing his book after he graduates in June, was witness to several exciting years as an OSU walk-on. He sat on the sideline during the Buckeyes’ Final Four run in 2007, an NIT title the following year, and he warmed the bench for this season’s Big Ten regular season and tournament championship team. With all that he’s seen, Titus said a book is the only way to tell it all. “Basically, it’s just going to be stories from all four years at Ohio State,” Titus said. “My first years here, I didn’t have my blog going, so there’s stuff from then, some Final Four stuff that I haven’t been able to write about, a lot of experiences.” Perhaps the most high-profile name Titus plans to write about is former Buckeye Greg Oden. Titus said that Oden, who made news earlier this year when some revealing photos of the NBA center found their way onto the Internet, should expect to be a popular subject of the book. “I’ve had the chance to play with some pretty great players at Ohio State,” Titus said. “There are a lot of stories to go with playing with such great players that I haven’t been able to tell. “Let me put it this way: I hope my book makes Greg Oden’s penis one of the least talked about stories involving him, because I have some good ones about him.” read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 8 NCAA Big Ten rules violations in roughly

Men’s wrestlingFinancial aid overage reported Aug. 20One member of the men’s wrestling team was given scholarship money that caused the program to go over its allotted financial aid limit for the 2013-14 season. The school imposed a financial aid penalty on the program, resulting in the loss of 3 percent of its financial aid limit for 2014-15. The NCAA accepted OSU’s self-imposed punishment. Click to enlarge.Through a roughly three-month period beginning in July, Ohio State athletics self-reported eight NCAA or Big Ten violations — including one that led to at least temporary ineligibility for student-athletes — but none involved football or men’s basketball.The list includes self-reported violations from seven different OSU programs, with women’s rowing being the only sport to appear twice. The women’s rowing team also had multiple violations self-reported on June 12, earlier detailed in an Aug. 13 article by The Lantern.The list of violations spans from July 3 through Sept. 15. There were two self-reported violations in July, four in August and two more up until Sept. 20.The information was the result of a public records request for all self-reported violations from June 1 through Sept. 20, submitted by The Lantern on Sept. 23 and fulfilled Tuesday evening.A previous records request by The Lantern showed 22 self-reported violations through the first half of the calendar year, bringing the total to 30 up until Sept. 20.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.The NCAA’s response is pending for three of the violations, while it or the Big Ten either saw no need for further punishment or accepted OSU’s self-imposed punishment for four of the violations. Of the eight violations, one had brought additional action from the NCAA at the time the records were released.Of the eight violations, the following three had financial ramifications for either the university or student-athletes. Men’s soccerIneligible student-athlete reported Sept. 15A member of the OSU men’s soccer team took part in two games despite being ineligible. As a result, the school sent letters of education to each member of the athletic academic staff that discussed the rules surrounding player eligibility in relation to degree requirements. The NCAA imposed a $500 fine on OSU for each game the ineligible player took part in, totaling $1,000 in fines. Women’s tennisImpermissible per diem reported Sept. 5The OSU women’s program gave multiple members of the team “impermissible per diem” at two tennis tournaments hosted by OSU. The school declared each student-athlete who received the impermissible benefit ineligible until they paid the full value of the per diem, which was $28. Response from the NCAA was pending. read more

Juventus eye Dybala swap deal for Griezmann

first_imgReports in Spain have revealed that Juventus have decided to propose a trade deal, involving Paulo Dybala, to Atletico Madrid for Antoine GriezmannThe Serie A leaders are very unhappy with the Argentine’s poor display in their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid for the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Champions League, which also saw Dybala being sent off with a second yellow card after Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning second goal.Don Balon have now reported that Juventus have now decided to look for a suitable replacement for the 24 year-old and they have concluded that Griezmann would make a great addition to the Turin side.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Although Griezmann has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, Juventus are now pushing hard to make the transfer happen and are convinced that the French international can breathe new life into their attacking options.Meanwhile, the future of Dyabala is not looking promising with Real president Florentino Perez having taken the forward off his list of potential candidates for a move this summer with Barcelona having done the same at the request of Lionel Messi, due to the star believing that the addition of Dybala will not be good for the teamlast_img read more

Lichtsteiner knows he has to have respect for European tournaments

first_imgThe 34-year-old Arsenal defender knows his team has everything to do well in the UEFA Europa League this seasonWith 34 years of age, Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner believes any European competition is important.For his team, this European adventure starts tomorrow and he discussed the importance of these tournaments.“One thing I learned with Juventus is to have respect for each competition. In the last four or five years with Juventus, we tried to play for all the titles, for all the trophies,” he told Arsenal’s official website.“While the Italian Cup wasn’t that important beforehand, we started to play for it with the best team possible. I think in football you have to respect all the trophies.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course the Champions League is a more glamorous title, but the Europa League is a really good chance for the team, for the club and all the players to win this nice trophy,” he added.“I think for that we have to respect all teams in all competitions to give all games 100 percent.”“As I said, to come back to the glamour games, you need to win the other games first. Now we’re in the situation where we need to win the Europa League, so we’re going to try to win the Europa League,” he added.“Then, next year I hope, we can talk about the Champions League.”last_img read more