Print NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is www.irishshiptogaza.org.
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. (Wonderland Pier Facebook page) Gillian’s Wonderland Pier announced a new 10-year partnership with local bottler Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, making it the exclusive beverage provider at the Ocean City family amusement park. The new partnership also comes at a significant time for Gillian’s Wonderland Pier as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this season.“We are thrilled to be partnering with our local Coca-Cola bottler, especially as we kick off our 90th anniversary season,” said Jay Gillian, owner of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and also the mayor of Ocean City. “Coca-Cola has had a presence in Ocean City for years, and they are a valued community partner. At Gillian’s, we want to work with brands who love Ocean City as much as we do.”Both organizations see the partnership as a natural fit. Each is locally-owned, and both brands conjure images of wholesome family-friendly fun, according to a press release announcing the partnership.“Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is nearly synonymous with Ocean City,” said Mike Zeller, general manager of the Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages Marmora facility. “And when people think of Coca-Cola, they think of family, fun, and memorable moments. Gillian’s provides the same experience to their guests, and now we can help enhance those experiences.”Bringing Coca-Cola products into the park is also a forward-thinking strategy for Gillian’s. As the company enters its 90th year, leadership wanted to think of ways to celebrate the company’s history, while also planning for its future. They believe the Coca-Cola brand will help drive more of the thousands of annual Ocean City Boardwalk visitors into its pier. “Coke is a brand that is able to cross markets and drive traffic,” Gillian said. “And they’re also a company that is committed to supporting and giving back to the communities it does business in, which is important to us as we enter our ninth decade and look to keep Gillian’s Wonderland Pier a major destination in America’s Greatest Family Resort for decades to come.” Gillian’s will offer Coca-Cola products, including both sparkling and non-sparkling beverages, at all of its fountains and kiosks beginning Palm Sunday weekend, when the park officially opens for 2019. The new partnership will also extend beyond product supply and delivery. Liberty Coca-Cola, Beverages, which has been providing Ocean City residents, families and business with their great products for more than 40 years, will also support various Gillian’s events, including this year’s Wonder Bear birthday celebration on June 6.
Late last year, guitar greats John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring announced plans to perform together for a “Meeting Of The Spirits” tour. Scheduled for November and December 2017, the tour dates have now officially been confirmed by the two legends.McLaughlin has said that this will be his farewell tour through the U.S., and that he will be performing music from his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Herring will also be performing, with his new band The Invisible Whip. That band also has a spring tour schedule planned, and you can read all about them here. The two musicians will perform sets on their own, then come together for a collaborative and improvisational encore performance.The new tour dates span from November 1st through December 9th, starting in Buffalo and ending in Los Angeles. You can see the full tour schedule below!John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall,New Jersey Performance Art Centre11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLA[Photo credit Ina McLaughlin]
Police say a man killed a family dog in a West Palm Beach backyard.According to the arrest report, 21-year-old Scott Mills confessed to stabbing Max, his family’s 70-pound German Shepard/Poodle mix and also using a shovel as a weapon.The arrest report states Scott answered the door and was detained without incident. Police then searched the backyard and found the animal’s body dug up.Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County said the problem with animal cruelty in the area is in part because the laws are so weak.“If you commit animal cruelty it’s unlikely you’ll get even any prison time at all. That’s one reason I have made this issue a priority,” he said.Aronberg says these types of cases are difficult to charge criminally if there’s no witnesses or video.“It’s rare if anyone gets prison time, they may get jail time,” he said.The arrest report says Mills claimed he did not believe animals are real, they are robots. West Palm Beach Police say he was taken to the county jail.