Limerick Cathedral set for year-long 850th celebration

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” St Mary’s Cathedral AN anniversary programme is planned to celebrate and promote the role of St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick since it was gifted 850 years ago to the church by Donal Mor O’Brien, the last King of Thomond. One of the city’s oldest buildings, the Cathedral has been a site of Christian worship since 1168.The year’s festivities will being on January 30 this year and will celebrate and promote the Cathedral’s roles in city life including community, civic, cultural, educational, ecumenical, musical, sports and tourism.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Highlights of the year will include a visit from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and a special service of thanksgiving.Each month the Cathedral will highlight a figure associated with Saint Mary’s and there will also be a tangible dimension to the celebrations as each month will focus on a charity or cause based in or around Limerick.Cathedral Dean, Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane said that “Saint Mary’s holds a very special place in the city of Limerick and for its citizens. It has been a royal palace – no doubt, a place of story-telling, feasting and celebrations.“Over the succeeding centuries it has witnessed unique events, welcomed countless people through its doors and marked key moments in the lives of Limerick people.“It has a unique role to play within all aspects of city and diocesan life. The central theme of our celebrations in 2018 will be opening our doors to all and forging links with Limerick and beyond so that we may echo the Christian message of faith, love and witness,” added the Cathedral’s Dean, who extended an invitation to join in celebrations. See more news here WhatsApp Email Print Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleLimerick TD advocates for May referendum on Eighth amendment. Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement TAGS850th anniversarychurchDonal Mor O’BrienKing of ThomondlimerickSt Mary’s Cathedral Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLimerick Cathedral set for year-long 850th celebrationBy Staff Reporter – January 19, 2018 2306 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Seattle Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Philadelphia Eagles, Richard Sherman could be next

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks may be preparing to mark the end of their Legion of Boom era, as they traded away one member of their star defense on Wednesday, and reports indicate another could be on the way out next.ESPN reports that defensive end Michael Bennett will be sent to the Philadelphia Eagles, along with a seventh-round draft pick. In return, Seattle will get a fifth-round draft pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson. The Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were also in the running to acquire Bennett, ESPN says. The teams can’t officially announce the trade until March 14, when the 2018 league year starts. Bennett joins an organization that is supportive of players engaging in social and political advocacy. Bennett sat during the national anthem last season to protest social issues. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is a co-leader of the Players Coalition, which has worked with the league to encourage players to contribute to their local communities. Eagles defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith have also been among the most socially active players in the league.Bennett, 33, registered 8.5 sacks last year, despite dealing with knee injuries and a torn plantar fascia in his foot.Earlier in the day, Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane tweeted a vague statement that seemed to indicate cornerback Richard Sherman would not return to the team. While there is no indication that a trade involving Sherman is close, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the cornerback was scheduled to meet with members of the team’s front office to discuss his future.The Seahawks have featured one of the league’s best defenses for most of the past five years — winning Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014. Over the last two years, however, Sherman and Bennett, as well as defensive standouts Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, have dealt with injuries that have kept them off the field for extended periods.  Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Seattle Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Philadelphia Eagles, Richard Sherman could be next Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Sheriff’s Office Warning Residents About Pistol Permit Scam

first_imgStock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving the county’s pistol permit process. The Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Office received serveral complaints Wednesday that text messages are being sent to residents indicating that today is the last day that concealed carry permits (pistol permits) may be requested.Officials say this is not the case and there are no plans to disrupt this service to Chautauqua County residents.Anyone receiving a text message similar to this should disregard the text. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

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Steve Johnson named ITA Player of the Year

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, USC senior Steve Johnson was named the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National College Player of the Year on Friday.Living legend · Steve Johnson was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year for the second straight year. He helped lead the Trojans to four consecutive national championships. – Corey Marquetti | Summer TrojanJohnson wrapped up a prolific four-year career at USC with his second straight NCAA singles championship in May.He also helped the Trojans capture four consecutive NCAA team championships and finished 37-0 in singles in his senior year.Johnson ended his career ranked No. 1 in ITA rankings for the second straight time and finished with an unprecedented streak of 72 singles wins, which dates to January 2011.In his senior year, Johnson gave up just two sets to 26 dual match opponents and one set to six opponents in the NCAA singles tournament.Johnson also finished 21-1 in overall doubles with freshman Roberto Quiroz. The No. 2 ranked pair advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles tournament.Johnson is the fourth men’s player to earn the Campbell/ITA National Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons.Other accolades include two straight Pac-12 men’s Player of the Year awards and seven ITA All-American honors after earning both singles and doubles honors this season.USC has produced the last three Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, including Johnson in the last two years and Robert Farah in 2010.Johnson will be recognized alongside female Player of the Year Nicole Gibbs from Stanford at the 2012 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 14 in Newport, R.I.last_img read more

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It’s time to recognize Klay Thompson’s peerless 2019 form

first_imgI love the Bay Area, but come the winter, I always pine a bit for my former home, South Florida.While it was truly exhausting to live there, amid this Bay Area deluge, I certainly miss the weather down in that chaotic swampland, and — truth be told — I miss the … The Warriors lost to the Heat 126-125 on this onsense Wednesday.Here are three observations from the contest:1. Vice nights?Oh my. pic.twitter.com/2iSJpFoOE2— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) February 28, 2019last_img

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Microsoft’s Board Of Directors: Time For A Change

first_imgIt should surprise nobody that neither Steve Ballmer nor Bill Gates has a degree in computer science (Gates at least wrote software in the early days of the company, Ballmer has only managed developers). Neither has ever worked for an IT company outside Microsoft. Both have been Microsoft’s decisionmakers for more than 30 years.Given that, you might expect Microsoft’s board to include many directors knowledgeable about what goes on outside the company’s own technology realm! Yet I found only a meager three out of nine directors with such experience. And I graded on a curve, counting academic experience as real work experience.(In comparison, Facebook looks like the weakest company in regard to directors’ tech experience, while Google’s strength is obvious. Its board wins in every category, and that may be a key reason why it constantly beats Microsoft.)The Gates Era – And AfterwardI worked for 20 years at Microsoft – when Bill Gates was not only chairman and CEO but by far the company’s largest shareholder. During that time, the Board was never as strong as I would have liked. Yet until Microsoft lost its landmark antitrust trial in 2000, Gates did a good job guiding the company through the turbulent PC revolution, with the help of Jon Shirley, Microsoft’s former president and long-term board member, former COO Bob Herbold, and others.After Gates handed the CEO reins to Ballmer, things changed profoundly. Gates kept his chairman title even after he left the company in 2008, but the board did not get strengthened. I have served on several boards, and know how easy it is for a board to be reduced to a mere formality – especially when it’s dominated by founders or longtime company executives.Microsoft’s Board Today – And TomorrowMicrosoft’s tech leadership is being severely challenged. The chairman is no longer the respected tech guru he once seemed to be. Microsoft’s CEO has never been mentioned as a technology leader. So who on the Board provides the required oversight of company’s tech strategy? Who “works with management to determine the company’s mission and long-term strategy” instead of just dealing with financial and procedural issues?I can’t spot enough people with sufficient intellectual firepower or market insight to properly evaluate the company’s strategic objectives. Electing decent and well-meaning people to the Board is not enough to propel a company into the stratosphere of the highly competitive IT universe.For the last decade, Microsoft has managed to produce respectable revenues and profits by incrementally improving already well-established products. To win over the long haul in a fast-changing market, though, a leader must relentlessly out-innovate competitors.This was never Steve Ballmer’s personal strength. He needed help and I believe the board let him down, or maybe he didn’t listen carefully enough. I believe Microsoft’s shareholders need to overhaul their board and elect directors with tech foresight who will force the changes needed in the company’s senior leadership team.Experienced women and men should be on every board of directors to help guide the often younger executive teams. But sometimes this can be a severe handicap. Both Google’s and Facebook’s directors represent a younger generation than Microsoft’s. They seem to have a better handle on the pulse and the trends of the IT market.Why can’t Microsoft attract that type of talent? Two thoughts cross my mind. First, Microsoft might no longer be exciting and reputable enough to attract top talent. Second, and worse, Gates and Ballmer seem to be controlling Microsoft as their personal playground – avoiding bringing in most capable directors who might eventually threaten their positions.That’s the final straw for why I believe Microsoft’s board has served its time and should be replaced. Of course, if you really did chop up the Borg, as I recommended, this whole issue would naturally resolve itself.Bill Gates image courtesy of 3777190317 / Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… joachim kempin Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair One cure I recently recommended for Microsoft was to split up the company. I challenged its board of directors to do so before shareholders stage a revolution.(See What To Do With Microsoft? Chop Up The Borg – Now.)The shareholders could do just that, and did so last week with HP’s board, because “shareholders elect the board to oversee management and to assure that shareholder long-term interests are served.” On its website, Microsoft further mentions that its board “oversees the company’s business affairs and integrity, works with management to determine the company’s mission and long-term strategy” etc., etc., etc.Is Microsoft’s current board really doing a good job?Microsoft’s Board vs. Its CompetitorsMicrosoft’s competitors have similar charters. The duty of Google’s directors is “to oversee management and evaluate strategy,” and they are bound to assess “Google’s overall strategy and monitor Google’s performance against its operating plan and against the performance of its peers.”I like how Google emphasizes oversight of management and evaluation of all the company’s strategies. Microsoft’s directors, on the other hand, are being directed to look after long-term shareholder interests and evaluate long-term company strategies. Could this be the reason – or an excuse – for missing so many short-term opportunities in the last decade?The requirement for Google’s board to judge management’s performance against its competitors highlights the company’s competitive spirit. How well did Microsoft’s board do this over the last decade?In a recent NBC interview, Microsoft’s chairman – Bill Gates – said “amazing things” have happened under the tutelage of CEO Steve Ballmer. Most pundits would disagree. And so do I, knowing that in that same interview Gates contradicted himself by noting his unhappiness with Microsoft’s rate of innovation. Where does the buck stop in this regard: with Gates, with Ballmer or with the board?What Makes A Good Board Of Directors?Most tech companies’ shareholders have elected a mix of academics, venture capitalists and financiers to their boards. What interests me most is how well its members are actually educated and how much experience they bring to the table in regard to technology. Fortunately, their professional backgrounds are available on their companies’ websites.last_img read more

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Kickstarters We Dig: Tooga Modular Camera Gear

first_imgFor shooters on-the-go, the new Tooga modular camera gear concept is an interesting alternative.A mount, a dolly and a camera cage – typically these items would require a bulky case to transport. The Tooga System aims to change this, making this camera support gear lightweight and collapsable so it can easily fit in most any camera bag.The heart of the Tooga System is the “Shell” a camera plate that is used for each of the extensions (dolly, guerrilla cage, suction mount). To use any of these extensions you simply pop the Shell onto the components (wheels, suction, etc).  The component system is designed to work with DSLR cameras, smartphones and GoPro cameras. Check out this video for a quick run down on how the Tooga System works:The Tooga seems like a great alternative for shooters that want professional looking shots without the hassle of dealing with bulky gear (reporters, international travelers, documentarians, etc).From now until the end of January 2014, the gang from Tooga is raising money on Kickstarter to make this product a reality. Check out their Kickstarter page for more info!What do you think of the Tooga? Would you use this kind of modular support system? Share your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more

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Minister Henry Tours JIS Television Dept. New Building

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently. The project to transition the television department from analogue to fully digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently.He was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; Project Leader; and Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner; and the management team to assess the progress of the refurbishing work.Mr. Henry, who was meeting with the team for the first time, said he was pleased with the infrastructure and the new technology that the JIS, the Government’s premier public relations agency, has sourced and will be using at the location to enhance the dissemination of government communication.“I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said.“I’m very impressed with the new facility…and with the layout, I think the JIS is preparing itself for the tasks ahead. There seems to be an ease in the flow of people and connectivity of the different units of JIS TV, and, therefore, it augurs well for enhancing the communication process,” he added.The Minister gave the team a history of Jamaica’s development and progress in communication in which he participated, particularly as Minister of State for Culture (1983-1989).Mr. Henry stressed the importance of identifying, protecting and managing intellectual property to capitalise on its financial benefits.The project to transition the television department from analogue to digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment.“The new location will definitely boost staff morale as it is more spacious and will be technologically driven.  We will be operating with a seamless work flow that is integrated,” Mrs. Rowe said, while she briefed the Minister. Story Highlights “I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said. last_img read more

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ARROW With Stephen Amell Wraps Main Filming of its 100th Episode in

first_imgWho’s in it: Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen, Green Arrow), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen/Earth 2 Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Earth 2 Black Siren); Caity Lotz ( Sara Lance/White Canary), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan) and Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak). Merlyns? Deathstroke? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Whats Wrong With Stephen Curry

1992Michael Jordan59.734.75.08.326.4 1985Larry Bird54.023.08.35.018.4 2016Stephen Curry58.916.05.04.38.7 1987Magic Johnson63.127.78.014.032.2 2008Kobe Bryant54.530.04.75.019.9 2000Shaquille O’Neal58.938.718.73.031.7 1991Michael Jordan62.532.78.011.330.7 1989Magic Johnson56.711.73.78.013.0 1997Karl Malone48.026.712.72.318.5 2001Allen Iverson47.635.37.04.321.4 2013LeBron James44.116.712.37.316.2 1993Charles Barkley53.329.014.34.322.7 1984Larry Bird55.427.011.33.321.0 YEARPLAYERTS%PTSREBASTGAME SCORE 1996Michael Jordan58.731.05.35.023.7 1986Larry Bird55.325.710.310.326.0 1994Hakeem Olajuwon50.924.79.34.019.7 TS% = True Shooting PercentageSource: Basketball-Reference.com Best performances by regular-season MVPs through 3 games of the NBA Finals (1984-present) PER-GAME AVERAGE 2015Stephen Curry52.724.05.36.314.4 1998Michael Jordan53.031.33.72.321.1 2012LeBron James55.730.310.34.022.5 As bad as the Cleveland Cavaliers looked going down 2-0 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the tables were turned in Cleveland’s 120-90 Game 3 rout. Just about everything that had gone poorly for the Cavs in the series’ first two games — from horrific shooting to porous defense — reversed itself, proving once again how hard it is for one NBA team to dominate another consistently at this stage of the playoffs.The Dubs probably shouldn’t fret too much over the 30-point loss; our prediction model still gives Golden State a 77 percent chance of winning the series in the end. But if there is a source of concern for Warriors fans, it might be the ongoing struggles of the team’s best player, league MVP and offensive demigod Stephen Curry.During the regular season, Curry averaged a Game Score (John Hollinger’s method for gauging a player’s performance in any given outing) of 24.6, which led all NBA players. He cracked a Game Score of 20 — and I should note that the scale for Game Score is a lot like points per game, so 20 (games like this or this for Steph) is the benchmark for a good performance — 57 times in 79 appearances, and was held below 10 (like this) only four times.In these NBA Finals, however, Curry is averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.7 minutes per game, and hasn’t broken 20 in Game Score even once, though he’s dipped to single digits twice in three games. In fact, his 8.7 average Game Score for the series is easily the worst three-game start to an NBA Finals by a league MVP since at least 1984:1That’s the first season for which Basketball-Reference.com has Game Score data from every game. 2003Tim Duncan55.524.016.05.323.7 The Cavs are slightly better than the typical finals opponent that an MVP faces — at least according to the Elo ratings, our pet metric for estimating team strength — but strength of schedule only explains a fraction of Curry’s statistical downturn.In the finals thus far, Curry’s famous ability to create and make shots he has no business knocking down has been on the fritz. First, he’s “only” shooting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 9 points higher than we’d expect based on the quality of his shots, a subpar showing by his usual standards. (He hit for an eFG% 13 points higher than expected during the regular season, tops in the NBA.) And about that shot quality: According to player-tracking data, the Cavs’ defense has also forced Curry into his fifth-worst three-game stretch of shot selection all season long.Curry’s game revolves around his shooting, so any dip there will have an outsize impact on his effectiveness. But perhaps more than the drop-off in shot making and shot quality when Curry’s number does get called, the Warriors have suffered because he simply hasn’t been able to make many plays for himself or others these past three games. Curry has seen both his usage and assist rates drop precipitously in the finals, and his turnovers are through the roof — more than double his regular-season average, on a per-possession basis.Is it all about Cleveland’s D? Well, Curry has been guarded most frequently by Kyrie Irving, one of the weakest defensive guards in the league, but the Cavs have also switched Irving off of Curry on plenty of screens, in favor of more capable defenders such as LeBron James, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and even Tristan Thompson (at least on one memorable contested step-back in Game 3). But just as much of Curry’s weak performance in the finals thus far can also be pinned on his own poor decision-making and a lack of support from teammates, like on this ill-fated drive:The good news for Golden State is that Curry has bounced back from games worse than Wednesday night’s in these very playoffs. And Game 3 aside, the Warriors have often been well-rounded enough in these finals not just to beat Cleveland but to rout them, despite down performances from Curry. But even if it’s just with an eye towards the series MVP derby — will Steph really post two league MVP-NBA championship doubles with zero finals MVPs? — it’s an open question whether Curry will be able to regain his usual form down the home stretch of the series.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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