Music and song celebrate Kilmurry Church heritage

first_imgNewsCommunityMusic and song celebrate Kilmurry Church heritageBy Rose Rushe – August 25, 2014 708 Previous articleRDS National Craft and Student Award shows bookend LimerickNext articleLimerick FC hammered at home Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Printcenter_img Baritone with an international platform, Owen GilhoolyTO celebrate National Heritage Week, an ‘evening of music and song’ will take place at Killmurry Church in Castletroy on Friday August 29 at 8pm. The concert will feature baritone Owen Gilhooly and pianist Stuart O’Sullivan with new and emerging young singers and musicians.The occasion marks the completion of phase one of repairs to the tower and steeple of this historic church, located behind The Hurler’s Bar. Another element to the fundraiser will be a raffle for a painting by visual artist and writer, Anne Fitzgerald. Facebook Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

Irish playwright to present reading in new Snite art exhibit

first_imgKicking off new Irish art exhibit “Looking at the Stars,” acclaimed playwright Marina Carr will present a reading in the Snite Museum of Art on Thursday afternoon.Carr is the first in a fall speaker series hosted by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. A native of Dublin, she is known for her modern adaptations of classical themes and has authored nearly 30 plays.Her most famous work, “By the Bog of Cats,” has been compared to Greek tragedy, assistant director of the Keough-Naughton Institute Mary Hendriksen said.“It’s some of the themes of the ancient Greeks, but in a modern context,” Hendriksen said.The new exhibit where Carr will be speaking, “Looking at the Stars,” opened Aug. 17 and features a number of Irish paintings and photographs, including some from University benefactors Donald and Marilyn Keough. Pieces from the University’s collections, as well as a number of visiting works, will also be displayed.A gallery of about 50 photographs by Alen MacWeeney will be displayed in the room where Carr will present. MacWeeney has earned praise for his work capturing the lifestyle of Irish Travellers, a traditionally nomadic Irish ethnic group, Hendriksen said.During regular museum hours, visitors can also engage with an audio portion of the exhibit prepared by the Snite’s student interns.“[McWeeney] recorded some of the songs and stories [of Travellers] and then the interns transcribed them,” Hendriksen said. “You can take your smartphone to the gallery and listen to some of the songs.”Carr will be spending two weeks at Notre Dame as a writer-in-residence at the Keough-Naughton Institute teaching playwriting and creative writing to English and Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) students.Students joined her and FTT professor Anne Garcia-Romero, english professors Susan Cannon Harris and english professor Joyelle McSweeney for a roundtable discussion Tuesday night. On Thursday, she will be leading a playwriting workshop.“Students [will] bring a one-page monologue and actually critique each other’s work,” Hendriksen said.While it is Carr’s first time at Notre Dame, she has partnered with the University’s Irish satellites for a number of years. She presented at Keough Naughton’s IRISH, a three-week Irish studies seminar for graduate students, in 2016. Carr has also been a guest lecturer and a summer creative writing instructor at Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, a venue for Notre Dame programming in Connemara, Ireland.Hendriksen said she considers Carr’s writing and “Looking at the Stars” natural complements.“Her work, herself and those paintings and photography together — it’s a whole extraordinary package,” she said.A question-and-answer session, as well as a public reception, will follow the reading. Keough-Naughton’s fall speaker series will continue throughout September. On Tuesday at 3 p.m., professor of geography and archaeology at the National University of Ireland Kieran O’Conor will deliver a lecture on ancient Irish settlements in 278 Corbett Hall. A lecture on Irish writer John McGahern titled “The Letters of John McGahern: A Year in the Life (1970),” lead by University of Liverpool professor of Irish literature in English Frank Shovlin will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. Tenor Fran O’Rourke and classical guitarist John Feely will perform songs by traditional Irish folk singer James Joyce at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. Both presentations will take place in the “Looking at the Stars” exhibit.Tags: Ireland, Irish Studies, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more

Vergennes Union High School Teacher to Receive Educator Award

first_imgA Vergennes Union High School teacher who has inspiredstudents for 22 years has been named Vermont’s humanities educator of theyear for 2006. The Vermont Humanities Council has chosen RobertaSteponaitis, a teacher of history and geography, to receive its annualVictor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award. The award is the fourth givenout by VHC since inaugurating the award in 2003.”Roberta Steponaitis is the teacher they [students] will remember when theythink back to their high school days, as having made a pivotal difference intheir lives,” said Dr. Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum and StaffDevelopment of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, in her nominationletter. “She touches the lives of the students she meets in a personal andinfluential way.”Vermont Humanities Council Chair Melissa Hersh will present the award atVHC’s Fall Conference, “Setting as Character: Vermont’s Landscape, Stories,and Sense of Place,” November 4 at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington.The ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. and will include a presentation ofa $1,000 check to Ms. Steponaitis.VHC created the award to recognize a Vermont educator on an annual basis andto honor Victor R. Swenson, the Council’s first executive director. Theaward is given to a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifiesexcellence in the teaching of the humanities.Steponaitis has taught at Vergennes Union High School since 1984. Duringthose 22 years, she has taught at the middle and high school levels,offering courses in US History, global religions, world cultures, civics,and current events.She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1982and her Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix in Arizona in2005. She will complete her PhD at the University of Phoenix in 2008.Says Spencer, “I believe that the spirit of inquiry that she fosters in herstudents clearly represents the spirit that the Victor Swenson HumanitiesEducator Award celebrates.”Steponaitis encourages her students to use primary resources to investigatethe lives of historical people. She founded the Otter Creek Basin StudentHistory Club to encourage passion about local, state, and national historyin her students. And she takes her students to museums and reenactmentsthroughout the region. Her students have earned many local, state, andnational awards.”Ms. Steponaitis’s . . . commitment to bringing history alive for herstudents has given two generations of students a stronger sense of belongingto a place in history,” notes Spencer. “She helps students to becomescholars. . . . She inspires students to aspire more highly in their lives.She reaches out and taps them on the shoulder and says, ‘you would be goodat this history project. Come on. Give it a try.’ For so many kids, that isall it takes to get them involved, and to help them make a commitment todeeper engagement in their schooling.”For more information about the award, contact the Vermont Humanities Councilat [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802.262.2626, or visitwww.vermonthumanities.org(link is external).The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring thepower and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters – of everybackground and in every community. The Council envisions a state in whichevery individual learns throughout life – a state in which all its citizensread, reflect, and participate in public affairs.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims increased more dramatically last week following several up and down months. For the week of April 10, 2010, there were 1,240 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 266 from the week before. Altogether 14,472 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 60 from a week ago and 4,020 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,218 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 210 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,117 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 64 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Oceanside Woman Charged With Murdering Mother

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her 79-year-old mother to death following an argument on Monday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a report of an assault at a Terrell Avenue home, where they found the victim, Irma Grossman, with a neck wound at 12:48 p.m., police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she died three hours later.“There was a scene created by the murder,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at police headquarters. “Obviously something transpired in that home.”The victim’s 56-year-old daughter, Suzan Grossman-Kerner, who also lives in Oceanside, was charged with second-degree murder. She will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Azzata said investigators recovered a kitchen knife that may be the murder weapon. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas

first_img Since many dengue infections are asymptomatic or do not prompt the person to seek medical care, health investigators also conducted serologic surveys in Brownsville and Matamoros, the report says. No deaths were reported, but 16 of the 25 Cameron County cases and 34 of the 104 Matamoros cases met the WHO criteria for DHF. (More thorough lab testing of the US cases may have accounted for the higher proportion of DHF found there, the report notes.) Eleven of the 50 DHF cases were classified as WHO grade III, or dengue shock syndrome, with “early or mild evidence of hypotension or shock,” and the rest were listed as grade II. A dengue outbreak in the Brownsville, Tex., area in 2005 involved 25 hospital cases, 16 of which were classified as DHF, the CDC reports in the Aug 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Health officials on both sides of the border subsequently increased their surveillance for dengue cases, the report says. In December, officials reviewed the medical records of 129 patients who had been hospitalized with evidence of dengue fever, including 25 patients in Cameron County, Tex., and 104 treated in Matamoros, Mexico. Aug 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in southern Texas, putting residents at risk for the most dangerous form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. About 2 months after the Brownsville woman’s case, in late August of 2005, Mexican health officials in Tamaulipas state, across the border from Brownsville, told their Texas counterparts that a dengue fever outbreak in the state had grown to 1,251 cases. Those included 223 cases (17.8%) classified as DHF. In the previous 5 years, 541 dengue cases, including just 20 DHF cases, had been reported in the state. The CDC says the woman’s illness marked the first DHF case in a Texas resident native to the Texas-Mexico border area. A locally acquired DHF case in the area was reported in 2004, but the patient was originally from Southeast Asia and probably had acquired her first dengue infection there, the report says. The 2005 outbreak in the Brownsville area was heralded by a DHF case in a Brownsville woman who fell ill in late June. When she was hospitalized there, doctors missed the dengue diagnosis, even though her clinical characteristics met World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for DHF. Eventually the diagnosis was made through serum testing by the Texas Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project.center_img In Matamoros, 101 of 131 people tested had IgG antibodies to dengue, signaling a weighted prevalence of 76.6%. In Brownsville the investigators found IgG antibodies in 47 of 141 people tested, for a weighted prevalence of 38.2%. The report adds, “The finding that 38% of surveyed Brownsville residents have IgG antibodies to dengue indicates that a substantial proportion of the city population has been infected with the dengue virus and might be more susceptible to DHF if they receive a second infection” with a different serotype. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The virus occurs in four serotypes, and infection with any one of these induces immunity only to that serotype, according to the CDC. A second infection with a different serotype increases a person’s risk for DHF, which involves bleeding and the possibility of life-threatening shock. “Entomologic, serologic and virologic conditions are now such that locally acquired DHF can occur in south Texas,” the CDC asserts. Two mosquito species that spread the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopticus, are well established there. Clinicians and the public in southern Texas should be aware of the risk of dengue and DHF, the CDC advises. “Early recognition and diagnosis of DHF and careful fluid management can reduce the case-fatality rate in cases with shock to less than 1%,” the report states. CDC. Dengue hemorrhagic fever—U.S.-Mexico border, 2005. MMWR 2007 Aug 10;56(31):785-9 [Full text]last_img read more

Appreciate police for dangers they face

first_imgI have experienced the dangers first-hand. I went on a ride-along a few times where we were sent to a call and a few officers had to fight with a someone who was hitting them and being completely uncooperative.There was a point during the call where an officer almost had to pull his gun to make sure all the officers were safe. Another experience I had was when an officer I was with was inside a trailer with someone and the trailer collapsed with him inside. I have never felt more scared in my life than I was for him. I didn’t know what was going on.Police are not safe. These officers put their lives on the line everyday.Not only do police officers have to make sure that they keep themselves safe, but so do the dispatchers. They have to make sure all of their officers are all accounted for. I just hope that people in the world appreciate what police do every day to keep their community safe.Giuliana SpadaroRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? As a Mohonasen High School student, it’s a concern to me that police officers have to worry about their safety on a daily basis a lot more than usual. I’ve read about officers getting shot and killed for no reason at all. It frustrates me that when police are needed, for whatever the situation may be, they respond and get shot at for trying to do their jobs.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Alisson: ‘I dream of winning the World Cup’

first_imgAlisson BeckerKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  In the past 14 months, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has collected more trophies than most players could only dream of in an entire career.A UEFA Champions League medal in June 2019, was followed by a FIFA Club World Cup triumph six months later. In between, the 27-year-old helped Brazil clinch the Copa America title as tournament hosts.Then, in June this year, Alisson was a part of the Liverpool team that secured the club’s first Premier League crown in 30 years.However, there is one piece of silverware that the former Internacional and Roma shot-stopper has yet to win, and it is the one that he covets most.“I dream of winning the World Cup, of being there [Qatar] in 2022. But we have the Copa America [in 2021] ahead and the [South American World Cup] qualifiers,” Alisson said during an interview broadcast on Brazil’s Bola da Vez television program.“The most important thing is to be included in every squad and win every game we play so that we can achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup,” he added.Alisson has been capped 44 times for Brazil and is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper of Selecao boss Tite, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson. Share on: WhatsApp He said Tite had instructed Brazil’s players to concentrate, first and foremost, on performing well for their clubs.“Tite says the national team is a consequence of what we do for our clubs during the season and how we take care of ourselves in our daily lives,” Alisson said. “Our preparation has an influence on everything.”“I hope to be a part of every possible national squad while I’m playing. Each match for Brazil is like my first. It’s a big responsibility, given Brazil’s rich football history.”****XINHUAlast_img read more

Trump: “Worst is Behind us” as GDP Shrinks

first_imgA bit of encouragement from the White House despite a disappointing GDP report. President Trump on Tuesday said “Our experts believe the worst days of the pandemic are behind us.”Now it is time to dig out of this economic hole the shutdown has caused. That will take time because while the GDP shrank in the first quarter, the worst is still ahead of us in the next quarter when the month of April is factored in.President Trump went on to predict that small businesses and workers will be in good shape thanks to government stimulus packages. Despite the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. topping a million, Trump also cheered efforts in some states to start opening up for business again. America’s economy shrank more than analysts expected during the first quarter. The Commerce Department reports GDP shrank 4.8% in the first three months of this year as the coronavirus pandemic started biting deep into the economy. Experts had forecast a 3.5% decline. It’s the first negative GDP reading since a one-point-one percent decline in the first quarter of 2014.last_img read more