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“Believe in your dream” says Supermac’s founder

first_imgTwitter Email News“Believe in your dream” says Supermac’s founderBy John Keogh – October 15, 2015 867 Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  FOUNDER of the Supermac’s fast food chain Pat McDonagh told a meeting of entrepreneurs in Limerick how he turned his back on a teaching career to sell burgers and chips from a van at the Galway races.The Mary Immaculate College graduate was one of a number of the college’s alumni to speak at the StartupMIC event, which took place as part of the nationwide Startup Gathering week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Offering advice to those in attendence, Mr McDonagh added: “If you have an idea you have to love the idea, be passionate about it, believe in your dream and never give up.”Also speaking at the event were local author Roisin Meaney, Colm O’Brien, founder of Carambola Kidz and Michelle Costello, editor-in-chief of Fusion Magazine and The Limerick Magazine.The Startup Gathering 2015 was geared towards championing the growth of the startup sector throughout Ireland, with the MIC event designed to celebrate and showcase the entrepreneurial talent of its alumni.Dr Maeve Liston, event organiser and director of Enterprise and Community Engagement, MIC, said: “The aim of the StartupMIC event was first and foremost to inspire Ireland’s talent base. The number of people entering the entrepreneurial pipeline across the country is ever increasing and therefore we need to promote and support entrepreneurship and help identify entrepreneurial talent at an early stage.“The Startup Gathering 2015 is an initiative to help more people to start, scale and succeed. The Startup MIC event provided a unique opportunity to hear from past graduates from MIC, all at different stages in their career, on how to take the first steps from ideation phase right through to the formation phase.”Opening the event MIC president, Prof Michael A Hayes said “The development of entrepreneurial thinking can ensure that individuals are adaptable and capable of dealing with the challenges of the dynamic environment of our global economy and society.”It is envisaged that StartupMIC will become an annual event. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSlimerickMary Immaculate CollegeStartup Gathering Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleWin Tickets: Oliver Callan Live at UCHNext articleSoccer – Limerick Junior Soccer Update John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

VTrans celebrates ‘Last Mile’ of state highway repairs as Vermont 107 opens

first_imgThe final segment of Vermont’s state highway system closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene reopened to traffic Thursday. A celebration was held at Stockbridge Central School to commemorate the reopening of the ‘Last Mile,’ actually just over seven miles of Vermont Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. State and local officials joined with VTrans workers and representatives from the many groups that played a part in the reconstruction process to celebrate, remember and mark the beginning of the next phase of recovery for the hard-hit region. The reconstruction of Route 107 was accomplished in 16 weeks through a combination of innovation and hard work. More than 46 companies, including two major contractors and two railroads, worked with VTrans, National Guard units and law enforcement personnel to complete the project. ‘The opening of the last mile of damaged roads from Tropical Storm Irene marks a significant milestone in our state’s recovery,’ said Gov. Peter (l-r) Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Senator Dick Mazza and House Transportation Committee Chair Patrick Brennan join Transportation Secretary Brian Searles in removing the “Road Closed” sign and celebrating the reopening of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge.Shumlin. ‘It re-connects the communities of Bethel and Stockbridge as well as a critical corridor in North ‘ South travel in Vermont. It also symbolizes the Vermont Strong spirit that has prompted this remarkably swift recovery from much of the devastation left by Irene.’ Brian Searles, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, agreed. ‘This has been the result of hard work, partnerships, dedication and sacrifice of so many people.  With the re-opening of this roadway, VTrans has succeeded in completing its final goal of the Irene Emergency Response mission ‘ re-opening all state roads by the end of the year.’ Tropical Storm Irene damaged over 500 miles of state roads in Vermont, with 34 bridges closed for repair.  In just four months the Vermont Agency of Transportation has overseen the reconstruction and re-opening of all bridges and roadway segments damaged in the aftermath of the storm.last_img read more

What you need to know about Libra

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Libra. It’s a word most of us know, and it’s a word most often associated with astrological signs. Facebook is hoping to change that. When people think of currency, Facebook wants them to recall Libra and vice versa.Technically, Libra is a cryptocurrency, which is a form of currency you can access through your phone. While Libra is called a “cryptocurrency”, its platform has been built to perform as an answer to PayPal and Venmo. The difference? You can cash out Libra at a participating brick-and-mortar store or physical location.Facebook describes Libra as, “A simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” While Libra has been a known entity for some time, Facebook is now releasing more detailed information on its product offerings, Libra and Calibra.As early as next year, Facebook users and non-users will be able to access Libra and Calibra. How? For users of Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, you can access it within the apps. If you aren’t a user, you can use the standalone Libra and Calibra apps. However, for Facebook users, Libra will be connected to their account. Don’t want information on what you purchase linked to your Facebook account? They’ve already thought of a workaround; enter Calibra. What is Calibra? It is a “digital wallet” that keeps all of your financial information private.last_img read more

Proposal to limit leagues T20 players can participate in

first_imgChief Operating Officer (COO) of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Pete Russell has thrown his support behind a proposal which would limit the number of T20 competitions players can participate in.Due to a notable increase in T20 competitions around the world, the game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), is reportedly looking to enforce a three-league cap on players.The decision has reportedly been backed by the majority of Full Members.Broad consensusAt its annual conference in Dublin over the weekend, the Chief Executive Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board discussed the issue and a broad consensus emerged that if players were allowed to participate in any number of leagues, it would affect international bilateral cricket.The move is likely to hit West Indian cricketers the hardest as they are the most popular presence among the many global leagues. The ICC is also reportedly considering making the process of obtaining necessary permissions for hosting T20 leagues in Associate Nations tougher.Too many leagues “First, I think it’s a good idea. I think there are too many leagues creeping up, and I think some of these Associate Members who are allowed to host leagues, like the Canada league…in my opinion they don’t own the rights to host those leagues, because what you want is for the Full Member countries; obviously, the West Indies been a major part of that, they should be hosting the best leagues in the world,” Russell said.The CPL brand“For us, we [CPL] built a brand for over five years and the testimony to that is we have over 200 million people following this tournament around the world; it’s a huge number…bigger actually than the Big Bash, so this league resonates around the world, not just in the Caribbean.“It is a very strong brand already, so for us it’s just about doing more [of] the same, and I think more [of] the same is to make sure we get the best players around the world. Again, we have Chris Lynn, Brandon McCullum, Martin Guptill and David Warner. We have some great players coming down again this year, so we’ll continue to attract the best players, not only because it’s a good tournament but who wouldn’t want to come to the Caribbean for six weeks,” he opined.Apart from the IPL and Big Bash League, the current cricket calendar consists of the PSL, CPL, England’s T20 blast and the Bangladesh Premier League, along with a new league which is expected to kick off later in South Africa. Additionally, there are leagues coming up in Dubai and Norway as well, to add to the ongoing Global T20 Canada.last_img read more

Nantes lead calls for police to restart search for missing Sala plane

first_imgBut Guernsey Police confirmed that following an extensive operation covering approximately 1,700 square miles around the Channel Islands, no trace of the plane, pilot or passenger had been found.Harbour master captain David Barker said in a statement the search would therefore cease as “the chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote”.However, Sala’s family believe it is too soon to stop looking and were later backed by a statement made on social media by Nantes, Sala’s former club, who urged the search to continue for his loved ones’ sake. “FC Nantes learned of the abandonment of the search for the missing plane. They cannot stop,” the club said in a statement posted to their official Twitter account.”The Club and its supporters are demanding that the search to find Emiliano Sala continues, for his family and for his relatives.”Together, for Emi!”Le FC Nantes a appris l’abandon des recherches de l’avion disparu.Celles-ci ne peuvent s’arrêter. Le Club et ses supporters demandent avec force que les recherches pour retrouver @EmilianoSala1 continuent, pour sa famille et pour ses proches.Ensemble, pour Emi !#PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/YOjjnoxt9H— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 24, 2019Sala’s family voiced confusion over the decision to halt the search and hoped the authorities would place themselves in their shoes. “I’m very confused,” Sala’s sister Romina said to ESPN . “The only thing that I want is that my brother and the pilot be found.”We ask them [the authorities] to put themselves in our place, in the hearts of the relatives.”Please, don’t stop searching. I know that they are alive and they are waiting for us.”Sala’s father Horacio also urged Guernsey Police to reconsider their decision.”We are asking to please keep looking for him,” he said to TyC Sports.”We can’t believe that they are cancelling the search. I ask that [they] please continue the search. “It can’t be that a plane disappears and there is no trace of anything.”3.15pm Update.Please read the attached statement.Unless there is a significant development, there will be no further updates pic.twitter.com/jbEIFMB3zi— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Sala made his own travel arrangements, while Mark McKay – an agent involved in brokering the player’s move to the Bluebirds – confirmed he organised the flight but denied the missing aircraft was owned by him or his family.Nantes supporters held vigils in the striker’s honour in the French city, while their scheduled Coupe de France fixture against Entente SSG was postponed. FC Nantes have joined Emiliano Sala’s family in urging police to reconsider calling off the search for the missing Cardiff City striker.Search and rescue efforts resumed for a third day early on Thursday after the Piper Malibu aircraft with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board went missing en route to the Welsh capital on Monday .last_img read more

Game Day Preview…Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgDetroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, left, celebrates his 2-yard touchdown reception with quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Steelers enter this week 3-6 and on a high after beating the lowly Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field last Sunday. They’ll face a far more ominous challenge when the Detroit Lions come to town this week.The Lions are a very solid football team and a legitimate threat to go to the Super Bowl. The Steelers will certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to come out with the win on Sunday and grab a two game winning streak.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. They absolutely must stop Megatron. How they plan to do that is unknown. Ike Taylor will be the main guy called upon to stop the league’s best wide receiver but it’s no easy feat for anyone. The Steelers will most likely need to implement double coverage and hope they can keep Johnson to only 100 yards or so. He’s had a 329 yard game this year so that’s asking quite a bit out of this secondary.2. Not only will they need to stop Megatron but they’ll also need to find a way to prevent Reggie Bush from making the big plays. Bush is a dynamic back who can catch out of the backfield or run up the middle. He’s a double thereat and I look to Lawrence Tmmons to be the guy manning Bush all day long. If Timmons can’t rise up to the challenge then you may see Troy Polamalu step in. Either way, if Bush isn’t stopped or at least severely slowed down, it could be a long day for the Pittsburgh defense.3. The Steelers offense may be the best defense. Considering how potent the Lions offense is, it may be best for the Steelers to run the ball and play ball control all game long. The less the Lions have the ball, the better. That means LeVeon Bell, Jonthan Dwyer and Felix Jones must step up and make some big plays. If they leave it all on Ben and the passing attack; the Lions will have too many chances.4. The o line must keep Suh (one of the league’s dirtiest players) away for Big Ben. Suh is capable of breaking Ben in half (probably the only man in the league who can). He cannot be allowed near the Steelers QB. If he gets there, he’ll kick, punch or bite after the play and is capable of ending the day for Big Ben. The O line must really step up and show they are capably of protecting the franchise.Here are a Few Things to Watch:Big Ben-Not only is going to have to hide from Suh all day but he’ll be playing his first game since all the trade rumors broke out last week. He’s vehemently denied any and all rumors but let’s see if it impacts him on the field.2. Troy Polamalu-He’s been a little quiet as of late. I expect a big day out of him with some impact plays.3. Jonathan Dwyer-If it were up to me, he’d be the teams’ starting running back right now. It’s hard to say how many carries he’ll get but I have a feeling he’ll make an impact if given a chance. He’s brought a lot of fire to the huddle this year and he runs the ball better than anyone in the rotation.4. Heath Miller-He should have a big role this week if the team wants to play ball control offense. He’s a great safety net for the passing attack and is still as reliable as ever. Let’s see if Todd Haley has any sense at all and calls his number.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats recently punched their ticket into the BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday at Immaculata in Kelowna. The Wildcats open play in power pool play in the five to eight seed division against Kootenay rivals Fernie Falcons, Aspengrove of Nanaimo and Richmond Christian.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to support the Cats endeavours with Team of the Week honours.The squad includes, Taylen Hryniw, Kalina Spurge, Hazel Veerman-Sparks, Leanne Kabatoff, Jasmyne Cartier and Kira Stoochnoff, Jerika Perepolkin, Teya Makortoff, Victoria Peebles, Jaylen Rushton and coach Joe Moreira.The Wildcats finished second in the Kootenay Zone Playoffs, losing a close final match to Fernie Falcons.last_img read more

Tragic mum’s plea to Leaving Cert students after son’s death

first_imgA mother who lost her son through alcohol poisoning after he drank too much on a night out celebrating after exams has pleaded with Leaving Cert students to look after eachother.More than 57,000 students across the country will get their exam results tomorrow (Tues).And many will celebrate by hitting the town to attend special Leaving Cert parties in pubs and clubs. But Helen Savastio knows the dangers of alcohol all too well after losing her 19-year-old son Liam McGlinchey to alcohol poisoning in August 2017.Liam, from Buncrana, had moved to America and was out celebrating his GED (General Educational Development) exams when he drank too much.However, his night of celebration turned into a nightmare for his family when Liam died after being left on the front lawn of his grandmother’s home in New York.Last week two of his friends were jailed after being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. Helen, who lives in Buncrana, pleaded with the thousands of young students has said such nights can be deadly.“A night of celebration can easily turn deadly. Whether it is as a result of a pill popped, a car accident or alcohol poisoning.“Liam never thought that a night of drinking would end his life at 19. Liam’s death was preventable.“If only someone had called for help or dropped him off at a hospital,” she said.Helen pleaded with the friends of drunken students not to leave them alone if they do get drunk but to look after them. “If your friend becomes legless and starts losing consciousness don’t automatically think he’s going to sleep it off. If you’re concerned, get help.No family or group of friends should feel the pain of losing someone far too soon. One call can make that difference,” she added.Tragic mum’s plea to Leaving Cert students after son’s death 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:alcoholbuncranadeathdonegalLiam McGlincheylast_img read more

Raiders game-by-game glance: From Seattle in London to a biggie against Pittsburgh

first_imgBreaking down the Raiders’ schedule, one game at a time…Sept.10vs. Los Angeles Rams (7:20 p.m., ESPN)The Rams are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Raiders … are not. This is a solid measuring stick to open the year.Sept. [email protected] Denver (1:25 p.m., CBS) The must-watch in this game is the punts, where Marquette King will face his old team. Bruce Irvin has tweeted his desire to play punt team (Psst: He doesn’t like King). We can only hope it actually happens.Sept. [email protected]last_img read more

India and South Africa: 150 years of history

first_imgIndia and South Africa’s shared historygoes back one and a half centuries.Gandhi, the young lawyer, shortly afterhis arrival in South Africa in the late19th century.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Di SparksBehind the Scenes Communications+27 11 648 7385 or +27 73 208 8483 RELATED ARTICLES • Trade show to boost India-SA ties • India-SA trade booming • News Cafe opens in India • SA possible new BRIC memberChris ThurmanAsk most people who they think of when you say “South Africa” and “peacemaker” and the answer is most likely to be Nelson Mandela, or perhaps Desmond Tutu.Some people might even recall South Africa’s two other Nobel Peace Prize laureates, FW de Klerk and Chief Albert Luthuli. But few will come up with the name of Mahatma Gandhi.That’s because the most famous peacemaker never to win a Nobel – although he was nominated four times – is remembered internationally more for his political protest and statesmanship in India, the land of his birth and death.It is often forgotten that Gandhi spent 20 years in South Africa. These were mutually formative years during which he developed his philosophy of satyagraha, or non-violent resistance, in response to the racial oppression he encountered here. During this time his presence in the country shaped a tradition of opposition to racism that Madiba himself would later adopt.Of course, the young Mandela – a firebrand, an angry young man with good reason to support a military struggle against apartheid South Africa – was very different from the reconciliatory figure who emerged from prison to become president in 1994.Likewise, the young Mohandas Gandhi, who arrived in South Africa in 1893, newly qualified as a lawyer after studying in London, would change over the course of time into the iconic Mahatma: a barefoot mystic, wearing only a dhoti, or loincloth, and shawl, sitting at a weaving loom and preaching to pilgrims.It has been argued that Gandhi’s early political pronouncements expose him as an elitist who endorsed notions of racial hierarchy and segregation. It was only through his experiences of the South African or Anglo-Boer wars at the turn of the century, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1906, imprisonment, discrimination against all so-called non-Europeans in the South African Union, and frequent abuse by state officials, that Gandhi became disillusioned with the British Empire and its racist practices.Following his return to India in 1915, Gandhi began to campaign for Indian independence – which was finally achieved shortly before he was assassinated in 1948, although the event was marred by Muslim-Hindu violence and the partition of India and Pakistan.A significant day in India and South AfrucaAll of this means that the great man’s birthday, 2 October – a national holiday in India – is also a significant day in South Africa. In 2010 it has an additional resonance because this year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in the former colony of Natal, now known as the province of KwaZulu-Natal.Today, it is calculated that South Africa has the largest population of people of Indian descent, but born outside India, of any country in the world. Of the million plus who live here, many can trace their roots back to the labourers who were imported to work in sugar cane plantations and in mines, but historians are quick to point out that there are some variations to the story.On the one hand, some of the “Indian” labourers actually came from further afield in south-east Asia; on the other hand, there were thousands of Indians who immigrated to South Africa independent of the indenture system.Shared historyNonetheless, commemorating the 150-year mark provides an opportunity to reflect not only on historical but also current ties between the two countries. Shared History – the Indian Experience, a festival affirming these connections, has entertained audiences in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg during August and September. As in previous years, the festival has included a wide range of events centred on dance, music, visual art, literature and food.While the overall tone has been one of celebration, those participating in the festival have also been able to offer critiques of their respective Indian and South African societies. Where The Streets Have No Name, an exhibition of work by Indian artists curated by Alka Pande, is a response to the plight of street children – a phenomenon common to both countries.Pande and her artists worked together with children from the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation providing refuge to thousands of children in New Delhi and elsewhere. The result is a fascinating series of twin pieces: one by the artist alone, the other a collaborative painting to which the children contributed.One of the dominant themes in the exhibition is dreaming: it seems that art offered the children a chance to dream of a better life, to escape – if only temporarily – the deprivation that defines their worlds.In Seema Kohli’s Memories, for instance, the collaborative piece depicts families and homes – memories of happier times, perhaps, but more likely imagined – while Kohli’s own work alludes to an archetypal or cultural memory that must be recuperated if poverty is to be combated.This theme is also apparent in Mahua Sen’s Home is a Self-Portrait diptych, while Viren Tanwar presents an ironic take on the consumerism that often informs dreaming in My Dream, which is dominated by brand names and the illusory appeal of bright lights in the big city.The desire to escape is poignantly manifested in the frequent invocation of airplanes and birds, as well as in the repetition of aerial views of city street plans: from up high, the streets aren’t nearly as dirty and dangerous. Nelly Meignie-Huber’s Kids Who Have No Name” is a sobering re-working of the exhibition’s title, emphasising the difficulties that these children face in creating an autonomous identity for themselves.Despite its social inequities, India, like South Africa, remains a richly diverse country, and the Shared History festival was a reminder of its complex heritage. There was a particular focus on the south-western state of Kerala and its dance forms and food, but there were also Indian authors and artists whose presence attested to the country’s multilingualism and multiculturalism. The electronica produced by Delhi-based duo The Midivil Punditz, for instance, fuses international pop music trends with Indian classical and folk styles.In a different vein altogether, poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, who was part of a delegation of Indian writers in conversation with South African writers under the banner of Words on Water, spoke about the “cycles of linguistic give and take” through which Indian languages and literature have developed: Hindi and Portuguese, Tamil and Arabic, English, Sanskrit. “Writers,” he says, “tend to resist the limitations of national or regional categories.”This affirmation of international exchange as a vital component of both individual and collective cultural identity is at the heart of the Shared History programme – and, as we mark the annual anniversary of Gandhi’s birth along with the 150-year anniversary of the mass arrival of Indians in South Africa, it is a principle that should be affirmed again and again.ilast_img read more