Competition winners

first_imgPrint WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Advertisement Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WELL done to Grace Cameron from the Ennis Road who is the lucky winner of one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of her choice at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy.The answer to our competition in the December 31, 2016, edition was Morten Tyldum.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, the winner of our film competition in the December 24, 2016, edition was Linda Meaney. The answer to that competition was The Death Star. Linda is also the lucky winner of one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of her choice at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy.More tickets to give away to the Odeon Cinema in this Thursday’s Limerick Post. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleProlific Limerick burglar mistook hairdressers for pharmacy Alan Jacques Twitter Linkedin TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsCompetition winnersBy Alan Jacques – January 3, 2017 802 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Cavani ‘agrees’ Atletico deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Simeone tests positive for coronavirus Griezmann handed Barca’s no. 7 shirt PSG star Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. The Uruguayan striker is out of contract in the summer. But instead of putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Parc des Princes, reports suggest Atletico Madrid have stolen a march for his signature. Sky Sport Italia claimed Cavani has agreed terms with the Spanish side over a three-year deal. The striker has struggled to nab the limelight from superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in recent seasons. And now Cavani will have to battle it out with the likes of Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropolitano. The veteran striker is injured at present and is unlikely to return until early 2020. “He’s a little bit injured. He felt a little muscle pain after the penalty [against Galatasaray],” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said. “That’s enough in order for him not to be available.” But former PSG striker Pauleta doesn’t want Cavani to leave the club. “Edinson is a great player, who is part of PSG’s history,” the former Portugal international said. “Football is like that, though. I hope everything ends well and that PSG mark the occasion. “The club and the player deserve for it all to finish well. I really like him, he is a great player and a great man. “I hope Edinson will continue with PSG. However, one day, everything comes to an end — “football is like that.” Both Neymar and Mbappe have also been linked with moves away from the French capital.Tags: Atletico MadridEdinson Cavanilast_img read more


first_imgGareth Reid being brought back into court in handcuffs for his hearing. Newspix Irl.A former Donegal politician was held in custody today after a court heard he broke an order not to contact his former partner.Former Fine Gael county councillor Gareth Reid admitted phoning his former partner four times to tell her of a relative’s death. However the former public representative’s phone number had been blocked from contacting the woman but he did leave messages.A previous order had warned Reid, 31, not to make any contact with the woman.Inspector Goretti Sheridan objected to bail asking how many times did he have to be told not to make contact with the injured party.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him in custody this morning and Reid, of Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, again appeared at Letterkenny District Court this afternoon.Reid, of Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, faces numerous charges including thirteen of domestic violence.A previous court sitting heard claims that the 31 year old father of three had phoned the woman 30 times over one weekend.The woman was so in fear of Reid that she has left Co Donegal and was living elsewhere.Solicitor for the accused Kieran Dillon said Reid realises that he has messed up.But Judge Kelly said he was disturbed at the frequency of the messing up.“Can he not comprehend that he cannot contact the injured party? However, I am conscious of the fact that the contact was not direct,” he said.He adjourned the matter until May 15th when a number of matters will come before the court and released Reid on bail.However he added “He has not to make any contact with the injured party. I am getting fed up with explaining this.“Your persistence is being noted when I am going to deal with the matter.”FORMER COUNCILLOR HELD IN CUSTODY AFTER PHONING EX-PARTNER was last modified: March 25th, 2014 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:breached ordercourtdonegalGareth Reidpartnerlast_img read more

Uplifting township kids with music

first_imgVodacom Change The World volunteer Tammy Dutton has set up a 40-foot shipping container that was converted into two sound-proofed music classrooms for the children of Umlazi. Each container classroom has 12 guitars, three keyboards, two bass guitars, a drum kit, two microphones and five amplifiers.(Images: Vodacom)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tammy Dutton +27 82 620 85 73RELATED ARTICLES• Getting internet from the sun• Up-cycling for a better community• Pupils have a blast with Mathletes• Cartier finalist fights illiteracy in SA• Free MBA education for anyone• Three for one in educationCadine PillayA music school in the Durban township of Umlazi is helping vulnerable and orphaned children get off the streets and become involved in more productive activities.With the help of South African mobile telecommunications company Vodacom, and consumer company Godrej SA, Tammy Dutton ambitiously set up a 40-foot shipping container that was converted into two sound-proofed music classrooms for the children of Umlazi.Classes in containersEach container classroom, donated by Godrej SA, has 12 guitars, three keyboards, two bass guitars, a drum kit, two microphones and five amplifiers; all instruments were bought by Godrej SA and Glenwood Village Music.The music lessons are taught by a passionate young man named Nhlakanipho Mahoyi who is paid a small salary. Mahoyi is there on a formal basis, but is also present on an informal level to act as a role model and to help those children who spend extra time in the container practising their newly acquired skills.Umlazi is home to many orphaned and vulnerable children and Dutton was placed in the region by the non-profit organisation, Noah, as part of its worldwide network of protective Arks. Being a volunteer for Vodacom Change The World, Dutton is also sponsored by Vodacom to be there.She spends most of the day with children aged two to five years during school hours at the Ark at Sithokozise Primary School, part of Noah. She also runs an aftercare programme for children from Grade 1 all the way up to matric. “I noticed that the older children and teens got easily bored and needed something constructive to keep them entertained and off the street,” Dutton explains.‘A minute learning an instrument is a minute off the street’So she approached her friend, Andrew Ord, a musician, with the concept of a music school. “I approached Andrew with an idea to offer a music programme to these kids with the idea that a minute learning an instrument is a minute off the streets,” she says. “It is a healthy outlet that takes them a long time to master.” The two presented the concept to Godrej SA, which immediately wanted to get on board.“What impressed me most was how everyone came together for the project,” Dutton says. “Glenwood Village Music provided us with instruments in a short space of time; Isivuno Containers gave us a huge discount on the container and teachers and community members pitched in as well,” she explains. “It is amazing what can be achieved when companies, suppliers and community members collaborate to create something that will benefit so many children.”Improving lives at an early ageAlthough music has the ability to entertain and inspire, it is also capable of healing, building bridges and improving the lives of less fortunate people as well as of children. Dutton shares the story of a little girl who was extremely shy and hardly spoke: “I had the privilege of watching her fall in love with a guitar, slowly at first, just by touching it and feeling it beneath her fingers. Now she is learning to play and one can hardly recognise her.“She is full of sunshine and smiles,” Dutton says proudly. Another little boy exhibited behavioural problems until he realised that he was a natural on any instrument placed in his grasp. “He ran out on to the street calling his friends and now they all spend most afternoons in the music container, constructively entertained.”A library was also desperately needed by Sithokozise Primary School and Godrej SA, passionate about equipping children with as much as possible, generously donated another container that the Ark volunteers converted into a library. “The school can now use this whereas previously they had absolutely no space to even receive donations,” Dutton says. “All of the children were extremely humbled to receive new books – the first time for many of them.”last_img read more

A personal tribute to Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson

first_imgHonorary Consul Anne Page writes a personal tribute to the three late South African greats: Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson.Almost never seen without his trusty trumpet, Hugh Masekela was more than just a legendary South African musician, he was a global iconoclast who celebrated his continent and its people through his music. Masekela died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 January 2018. (Image: Wikipedia)By Anne Page, Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of EnglandI am feeling blue at the death of Hugh Masekela, world-renowned musician, and personal friend. It is hard for those of us for whom the struggle years lasted longer than the born-free years have yet done. We are all into old age now, and meet too often at funerals.Hugh’s death comes too soon after those, also this month, of Poet Laureate Professor William Kgositsile, and anti-apartheid champion Rica Hodgson. Hugh and Rica were specially connected to the UK, Hugh and Bra Willie to the United States.All three of these distinguished South Africans began their lives of struggle at home. They moved into exile. They continued the struggle, but so differently. Each used their own platforms to alert the world to apartheid. Each was lucky enough to be able to return to the new South Africa, and continue contributing to the country’s development.Hugh should need no introduction, even to young readers. His music continued to give joy to millions around the world until last year when illness attacked him irrevocably. It was here in Suffolk, East Anglia, that I last heard him perform, at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 18 months ago. I watched him, as ever, seduce an audience new to him, young and old, with his music, his wit, and his politics.I heard him play several times with the London Symphony Orchestra and London youth choirs. I heard him do a marvellous charity gig for Johannesburg’s Trevor Huddleston Centre, in St James, Piccadilly. There he gave a trumpet to a young Londoner, and said he hoped it would bring him the same luck he had been blessed with when Trevor gave him his first trumpet.Best of all, I heard him when he arrived late, delayed by planes, one evening at South Africa House. This was for the London tribute to Oliver Tambo. People had left, with the last few just chatting, far from the basement stage. I looked up and saw Hugh charge in and down the stairs all anxious because he was late. At once he saw the event was practically over. But, un-greeted, not even noticed, he rushed through to the empty hall, got up on the stage, and blew his heart out for Oliver.Only last November, the Festival Hall was jammed to hear him together with another South African musical legend, Abdullah Ibrahim — but Hugh had to cancel. The illness had taken hold by then.On January 11, Rica Hodgson died at 97.She helped prepare the 1956 Congress of the People. ‪She was also a leader at the women’s march against pass laws, that same year. ‬In 1957, following the arrest of 156 leaders, she became fund-raiser and secretary of the Treason Trial Defence Fund and later, for the Johannesburg branch of the Defence and Aid Fund. In 1959, she was secretary for the musical production King Kong that sought to promote black jazz musicians and non-racial performances.She was detained during the 1960 state of emergency. In 1962, she and her husband Jack were placed under house arrest. They left the country illegally in mid-1963 and from 1964 to 1981, Rica worked full-time for the Defence and Aid Fund in London, heading the Welfare Section, covertly channelling money for the defence of political prisoners and the support of their families. Rica was much involved with the development of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, established by the ANC in Tanzania after the Soweto Uprising. Eventually she returned home to become personal assistant to Rivonia trialist Walter Sisulu at the ANC’s headquarters.Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, born 1938 and also known by his pen name Bra Willie, was a poet and political activist. He lived in exile in the United States from 1962 until 1975. Kgositsile was one of the first to bridge the gap between African poetry and Black poetry in the United States. He later went to live in Africa, was prominent in the arts and cultural work of the ANC in Zambia, and on returning home, was made Poet Laureate in 2006, successor to another distinguished UK- and American-based returnee from exile, Mazisi Kunene.The lives of these great South Africans are recorded more fully elsewhere. All leave us a legacy of commitment to South Africa’s future, perhaps just now more clearly back on track. In this year of the Mandela Centenary, we must all continue their work.About Anne PageAnne Page is Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of England. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, she returned to London in the early 1960s. Founding editor of Anti- Apartheid News, she worked with and came to know many political exiles. Her full story is recorded in the official archives of the Anti Apartheid Movement, link here.last_img read more

Zelda La Grange – gatekeeper and honorary granddaughter

first_imgZelda La Grange was the fearsome gatekeeper with whom anyone hoping to share a moment with Mandela had to negotiate. Her new book, Good Morning Mr Mandela, sheds light on her relationship with this former icon. (Image: ©Nelson Mandela Foundation/Alet van Huyssteen)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected]• Mandela and the making of a woman • Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • ‘Goodness exists – greatness is possible, within a human being’ • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • Bikers hit the road for Mandela DayMelissa Jane CookZelda la Grange has dedicated her life to the inspirational father of the nation. Plucked from the obscurity of the presidential typing pool, she became Nelson Mandela’s right-hand woman: holding his hand, whispering in his ear, accompanying him to voting booths, a travel companion, spokesperson, close confidante and honorary granddaughter.La Grange recently published her memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela, in English and Afrikaans. In it she tells the story of how as a young woman, she had her life, beliefs and prejudices from childhood utterly transformed by one of the greatest men of our time.In it, La Grange pays tribute to the Mandela she knew – the teacher who taught her the most valuable lessons of her life. The man we meet in these pages is one who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, and gave her life true meaning.Agent Jonny Geller said: “She really was completely devoted to the job… As people from Bono to Bill Clinton will testify, she was the gateway to the man, and that was a 24-hour job. But in the last year, she started to think that all her extraordinary experiences were worth putting down. And she’s a natural writer.”Editor Helen Conford said it was “a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”This is a book about love and second chances, one which honours the lasting and inspiring gifts of one of the great men of our time. It offers a rare, intimate portrait of Mandela and his remarkable life, as well as moving proof of the power we all have to change.La Grange will donate a percentage of the royalties from the book to the Nelson Mandela Foundation “to protect and further the legacy of its founder”.The book is published by Penguin Books South Africa.Watch Zelda La Grange discussing her book, Good Morning Mr Mandela:Childhood dreamsAs a young girl, La Grange dreamed about becoming an actress. But heeding her father’s advice that she would battle to make a living unless she was in Hollywood, at 20 she studied for an executive secretary qualification.She comes from a staunchly Afrikaans family. Her father was an executive at South African Breweries before running his own butchery and her mother was a teacher. Her parents voted for the National Party, which presided over the apartheid government until democratic elections in 1994. The family attended the local Dutch Reformed Church.Her journey with MandelaShe worked for Madiba for 19 years as his private secretary and personal assistant, and continues to support his legacy after his death. Born on 29 October 1970, in the late 1990s the Afrikaans-speaking La Grange became a familiar figure. She rose from middle-class anonymity to become the woman most often seen alongside Mandela in public.Speaking to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper in 2008, La Grange spoke about becoming a typist in the presidential office in 1994, and her first meeting with Mandela. “I knew that he was a friendly man. I had seen him greeting other people, but I had never had any encounters with him. But then I ran into him, as I say, by accident and he started speaking Afrikaans to me, which I didn’t understand immediately because the last thing I expected was for him to speak in my own language to me. His Afrikaans was perfect but I was in such a state that I didn’t understand what he was saying. I was shivering.”She shivered, she said, “because I was scared of him, not knowing what to expect of him, whether he was going to dismiss me, humiliate me… and instantly it was that feeling of guilt that all Afrikaners carry with them… He was 75 at the time, and you could see he was old and the thing that immediately crosses your mind is: ‘I sent this man to jail. My people sent this man to jail!’ I was part of this even though I couldn’t vote. I was part of this, of taking from a person like him his whole life away. And then I started crying. And then he shook my hand, and he held my hand.”She was shedding tears but Mandela “just held my hand and he continued to speak to me”.Fearsome gatekeeperA year later she became his seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day personal assistant, jetting around the globe with him in private jets and meeting the who’s who of the world. La Grange was the fearsome gatekeeper with whom anyone hoping to share a moment with Mandela had to negotiate.Over almost a decade their relationship grew to the extent that calling him khulu, which means grandfather in isiXhosa, came naturally. They became so close that she started anticipating his responses. Following his death on 5 December 2013, La Grange released a statement, saying: “As sad as it makes me that I will never walk into a room again and see his generous, infectious smile or hear him say, ‘Oh Zeldina, you are here,’ I have come to terms with the fact that Madiba’s legacy is not dependent on his presence… Thank you for believing in me, Khulu, making me a better person, a better South African.”The former aide, affectionately called “Zeldina” by her boss, has shared personal stories about her time with him. The nickname originated during a state visit to Russia in 1999, La Grange said. “Madiba just decided my name was Zeldina and almost everyone is calling me that now.”After he retired from public life she took over all dealings with the media and others. “You know how disciplined Mandela was… He was strict and punctual… Someone had to take the blame to take him away. I’ve been called many names… Rottweiler, General… but someone had to do that so he got done what he wanted to do. I felt a lot of pressure and stress.” Zelda La Grange and Mandela at the Banakekele Hospice in Kew, Johannesburg on 4 August 2008. (Image: ©Nelson Mandela Foundation/Juda Ngwenya)Full-time jobThat pressure was relentless, she said: following Mandela around the world, organising his every move, and shielding him from the never-ending stream of people clamouring for a moment in his presence. She has never married or had children, and would work up to 18 hours a day arranging his diary. In 2002, she left the government and became a full-time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Her dedication and loyalty to Mandela have been recognised by several institutions over the years, including Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria Chamber of Commerce, and Rapport and City Press newspapers, as well as global football governing body FIFA, for her assistance and support during the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa. She is the co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day, for which she advocates for International Nelson Mandela Day. She has been the patron of the First for Women Insurance Trust since 2010 and this year was appointed the ambassador of Beeld Children’s Fund.last_img read more

Boxer Vijender Singh decides to move up to 81kg from next year

first_imgThe London Olympics disappointment behind him, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is all set to pack a heavier punch from next year, when he goes up a division to light heavyweight (81kg) for the World Championships.”There is nothing much this year. I will be participating in the World championship in the 81kg category,” Vijender, who lost in the quarterfinals of the London Games, said.The strapping six-footer had a hugely successful stint in the 75kg division, bagging his and the country’s first Olympic and World Championships boxing medal (a bronze in both events) in the category.The 26-year-old also went on to become the world number one in 75kg after the World Championships medal in 2009.Meanwhile, the Haryana-lad would give the Nationals a miss for the fifth year running. But he would be there on the sidelines of the tournament, scheduled in Hyderabad from October 30 to November 4, to catch the action live.”No, I am not participating in the Nationals though I will certainly be going to watch bouts. I will be going there for the opening ceremony,” he said.Vijender was in the city to shoot for a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against confinement of animals by circuses.last_img read more


first_imgPlaying as a forward, Falcao has scored a staggering Playing as a forward, Falcao has scored a staggering 932 goals in 697 club appearances as well as 339 strikes in 201 appearances for Brazil on the international front. Owing to his incredible success, Falcao achieved superstardom in the sport. He said, “Futsal is like religion to me. To get an opportunity to play the sport that has made me what I am today in front of so many people is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Asked what makes him think that Futsal would click in India and Falcao said the concept, which is fast growing in popularity, would go well with the fast developing Indian economy. “India is the fastest growing country and Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport of the world ? it would be a great platform to showcase what Futsal is all about to the Indian youth. “Futsal is a young sport which oozes of tricks, flair and flamboyance. For the second largest population of the world which has opened itself up to so many different sports, futsal will definitely attract a lot of young talent.” To conclude, he reiterated that the indoor version of football is the way forward. “Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sports in the world. Many countries have mandated their football federations to take up futsal in a much larger way. It comes down to a simple question – who doesnt love a sachet!? “Having established itself as a unique sport with a different talent pool as compared to football, futsal is becoming hugely popular in the core markets of the US and UK.” PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

2 proclaimed offenders held

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested two proclaimed offenders including the sharp shooter of Anil Dujana gang. Police said that the accused Jumped Parole in the murder case of GTB Enclave in 2017. The accused were identified as Rahul (sharpshooter) and Kuldeep.According to police in one of the cases accused along with their associates abducted one Sagar Chaudhary who happened to be the boyfriend of Rahul’s sister-in-law. They had run over a truck on him and killed him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said during patrolling duty at Lalita Park, police personnel found a suspicious person at the bus stand at Pusta Road. During his personal search, one country-made pistol was recovered from his possession. The name of the accused was disclosed as Rahul. During the investigation, Kuldeep was also arrested. “Accused Kuldeep has been involved in two heinous cases of murder, attempt to murder case, kidnapping for ransom,” police said. During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that Rahul was involved in the case in which he along with his associates had opened fire on a person, in which the victim received two bullet injuries. In further interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Rahul along with his associates demanded extortion money.last_img read more

Beaver Lake Cree Nation featured in Naomi Kleins new doc

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation community in Alberta is featured in a new documentary about climate change.Located in the heart of the tar sands, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation plays a part in author Naomi Klein’s film This Changes Everything.The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is destined for film festivals around the world.APTN’s Brandi Morin [email protected]last_img