Spend on Culture Night 2017 upped by €300,000

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunitySpend on Culture Night 2017 upped by €300,000By Rose Rushe – January 14, 2017 858 Free guided walking tours this Easter Monday Culture Night’s collective clout of 80+ events Facebook Email Stony Thursday celebrates 40 years of literary success in Limerick Advertisement Hugh Tinney celebrates 60 in Castleconnell Culture Night budget up 40% to €350,000 center_img WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick rotate panel for hurling clash with CorkNext articleThe jazz singer: meet Ian Shaw Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Twitter Ortec confirms commitment to County Limerick jobs Earlier this year, falling Friday September 22, 5pm-10pmON THE back of the new five-year Creative Ireland strategy, Culture Night nationwide on Friday September 22 will have its funding upped by 20 per cent.Some €300,000 will be provided to local authorities across 26 counties to expand on the activities and platforms that open for free.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Don’t forget the inaugural Easter gathering which is billed as a perennial from here on in, on the back of the success of Centenary 1916.The Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council is overall manager locally of this epic roll-out of events, performances, trails, installations in venues and at street level.In the words of Arts Minister Heather Humphreys:“This year will also see a new annual cultural day, ‘Cruinniú na Cásca’ to be held nationwide on Easter Monday, as part of the Creative Ireland programme.“It will strongly compliment the success of Culture Night and will go to the very heart of embedding culture in every county and community nationwide.” Linkedin TAGSCruinniú na CáscaHeather HumphreysLIMERICK Arts Office Printlast_img read more

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Inside a WWII-Era Plane’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Practice Flight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Playing follow the leader in sunny skies over Long Island, three World War II-era ex-military planes came daringly close to one another before breaking off, leaving white smoke trials in their wake. The daredevil pilots flying this trio of propeller-powered SNJs—the U.S. Navy version of the T-6 Texan, a trainer plane dubbed “the pilot maker” that tops out at 208 mph—were practicing their routine in advance of the 13th annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, one of the biggest events on LI, this Memorial Day weekend.“They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” said pilot Chris Orr, who took this reporter along for the ride Thursday. “These planes are 76 years old and they’re working all the time, hard. And they make almost every show.”RELATED STORY: Inside the Blue Angels Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach PracticeOrr, a member of a squadron known as the Geico Skytypers, gave some tips unlike any heard by commercial airline flight attendants before taking off. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong but somehow I didn’t hear the pilot yell “bailout” three times, another sign to jump out of the plane is that the pilot is no longer strapped into the seat directly in front of the passenger seat, THE only other seat in the plane. And when bailing out, jump directly at the wing—the wind speeds ensure jumpers won’t actually hit the wing.Thankfully, we didn’t have to heed that advice. Aside from performing in air shows, clients also hire Orr’s team to write customized smoke messages in the sky. And since the company is based at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale—they’re some of the few local performers in the Jones Beach air show—it’s like their homecoming.Leading the show this year is the Blue Angels, the elite squadron of F/A-18 Hornets that woo crowds with their signature diamond-formation trickery. Jets joining them include the F-35 Lightning II, a 5th Generation fighter, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, and the Breitling Jet Team, a civilian aerobatics team. That’s in addition to demonstrations by civilian stunt pilots such as Sean Tucker, John Klatt and others, as well as flyovers by the American Air Power Museum’s warbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team.RELATED STORY: Inside the Cockpit of a Jones Beach Air Show Stunt Pilot As usual, crowds came early to the airport to watch the pilots practice. Such fandom is not uncommon on an island with a rich aviation history—including Charles Lindbergh’s record-breaking trans-Atlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, former local Grumman manufacturing plants building the Apollo Lunar Module that put men on the moon, and many other firsts.Although he’s flying vintage aircraft these days, Orr is no stranger to the advanced fighter jets sharing the stage at Jones Beach. He flew F-14s for the U.S. Navy before joining the Air National Guard. He also flew C-130s on combat missions to rescue U.S. Special Forces units from hostile places, although he can’t discuss details.Since retiring from the military, his new mission is showing off his skills in these 600-horsepower, 29-foot wingspan, flying relics of a bygone era. Catch the show Saturday and Sunday!last_img read more

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Decked-out silo standout feature of Gold Coast Hinterland property

first_imgThe Tamborine Mountain property at 832 Main Western Rd has a silo that’s been converted into a four-storey hideaway.A DREAM cellar for the wine connoisseur or an enchanted castle where children can bring their imaginations to life.An old silo on one Gold Coast Hinterland property offers endless opportunities.On a 2.03ha Tamborine Mountain block, that was formerly part of a dairy farm, the concrete structure has been converted into a four-storey hideaway with power.While certainly a highlight, the modernised silo is not the only impressive feature of the property, which is on the market with a $1.325 million price tag. MORE NEWS: Imagine living in a house that starred in a TV show The residence is on a 2.03ha block. Walls of windows frame views of surrounding bushland.It includes a two-bedroom house, 1960s two-bedroom cottage and large shed that could be a workshop or carport.Professionals Serendipity Tamborine Mountain agent Diane Pihl, who is marketing the property with Mark Inwood, said it was a one-of-a-kind property.“What I love about the house is the feeling of freedom, you open up the entire (glass) wall and the outdoors and indoor become one,” she said.“The soaring ceilings in the living room add to this spacious experience (and) the land itself has a wonderful and serene feel.”She said they had already had two strong inquiries a few days after it hit the market. An old cottage also comes with the property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago It’s perfect as a guesthouse.Glass bi-fold doors surround almost half the house, allowing a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living when they are opened up.When the colder months roll around, the glass doors frame views of surrounding bushland while a large two-way slow combustion fireplace will keep the house cosy.The kitchen, which has marble benchtops, forms the centrepiece of the home and connects the main living areas.Next door, the refurbished self-contained cottage, which also has a slow combustion fireplace, offers the perfect granny flat or guest accommodation.The property also has a 95,000L water tank, bore and a variety of fruit tress, including lemon, lime, tamarillo, feijoa, grapefruit, orange and quince. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen6 Australian wow homes that have just sold01:20 MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s wackiest house?last_img read more

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ITF Slams Flag States for Failure to Protect Seafarers

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticized flag states for failing to protect seafarers’ and passengers’ health during the humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as cruise ships scramble to find a port to allow them to dock.According to the union, the failure is evident in the latest unraveling of events that have seen cruise ships repeatedly being refused permission to dock and disembark passengers amid precautionary measures introduced by different governments aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.The latest course of events saw the coronavirus stricken Braemar being turned away from several Caribbean ports and spending days searching for somewhere to dock until Cuba agreed to allow the offloading of passengers and crew.In its latest update, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that the Braemar was alongside in the Port of Mariel and that four planes landed in Cuba which will fly guests back to the UK.“Any guests who have received a positive diagnosis for coronavirus, or have displayed any flu-like symptoms, plus their companions, will return to the UK on a separate flight,” the cruise liner said.“All guests on this flight will have medical professionals available and will have support with any onward travel arrangements or requirements. In accordance with advice from Public Health England, all guests on this flight will be required to self-isolate for 14 days once they have returned home.”As informed, there are currently 28 guests in isolation, having shown influenza-like symptoms. These include two people who tested positive for COVID-19 during the ship’s last port of call, Willemstad, Curaçao, on March 10th.Previously, 27 crew were put in isolation, including one doctor.However, the ITF said that the flights to the UK were solely applicable for British passengers and that it was unclear what will happen with the guests and crew of other nationalities.Furthermore, there are also reports that more than 100 Australian doctors and medical professionals are stuck on a cruise ship off Chile aboard the Roald Amundsen after Chile banned cruise ships from docking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.“Attention needs to be called on the failure of the governments of Bermuda and the Bahamas in the cases of the Grand Princess and the Braemar for not accepting their responsibility to remedy the problem for its sovereign vessels,” Dave Heindel, chair of the ITF seafarers’ section, said.“In each of these cases, the US, and following a diplomatic scramble, the Cuban government, have been working directly with the cruise liners to address the situation. But there has been little or no mention of the responsibility and duty of care of flag state governments to assist seafarers employed on these vessels.” Under international law, the onus for the health and safety of the crew and passengers, and for the wider public that could be impacted, is on the flag state governments.“Flag states have sovereignty over their vessels, but for the coronavirus-affected cruise ships responsibility has fallen on the port states, national governments of the passengers and crew or even a third country. For instance, the Braemar was refused to dock in its own territory, with the vessel sent Cuba after the government authorised the offloading or passengers and crew,” said Heindel.“This is simply insane and unsustainable. If the world continues to accept the Flag of Convenience system in its current form, it should be pointed out for its failures. The world should be concerned about the lack of policies and inability of flag states to react and enact measures in line with their responsibility to protect workers and tackle the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.”The ITF, and its maritime affiliates representing seafarers and dockers around the world, urged flag states to take responsibility and be accountable for the health and wellbeing of all workers and passengers onboard their vessels, especially the seafarers that live and work on board for many months at a time.last_img read more

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Jamaican Star Athlete Briana Williams Withdraws From World Champiosnhips

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Just hours after rising Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams received the go-ahead for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, Williams decided to withdraw from the meet which begins today.On September 26, Williams was given the all-clear to compete by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP), which handed down a verdict in her doping case.Just last month, the 17-year-old had tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide which was found in her system during the National Senior Championships in June. Williams was said to have been feeling ill and took the popular flu tablet, Pharma Cold and Flu, which were contaminated by the diuretic.The IADP, in its verdict, said it finds that she “has established no significant fault or negligence as she was given the tablets by her guardian and had no intention to cheat”, and was given the all-clear to compete at the World Championships in Qatar.However, just hours after the verdict was handed down, Williams announced that she would not participate in the Championships. In a lengthy Instagram post, she said it had been a “very emotional sumer” for her and wished the Jamaican team well.“I have decided to forgo competing at the World Championships which starts tomorrow, considering the long trip to Doha and that the team has already started training for the relays.I am just relieved and thankful after what has been a very emotional summer. I would like to once again express my gratitude to everyone right across Jamaica who reached out to show support. I look forward to returning to the track for the 2020 season. Hopefully I still have a chance to make the trip to Doha to watch Jamaica compete. I would like to wish all our athletes and coaches the very best.” she wrote.23-year-old Sprinter Jonielle Smith was later selected to replace Williams in the women’s 100m that is set to get underway on Saturday morning. Smith will also accompany Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson in the blue-ribbon sprint.Williams, the world-youth 100m record holder, says she now focuses her energy on making Jamaica’s national team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan 2020.last_img read more

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