It’s still a long way from Mecca to Limerick

first_imgFacebook Print Advertisement WhatsApp Email Previous article‘Invisible’ refugee children at riskNext articleBill back for flying visit admincenter_img NewsLocal NewsIt’s still a long way from Mecca to LimerickBy admin – November 22, 2012 519 Linkedin AS AN island nation, we have always been wary of outsiders. The common concept of fearing what we do not understand runs deep in our Irish ways.We continue to conceive different ways to ours as ‘wrong’ or ‘too different’ to be accepted. Throughout our history we have been known to regard diversity – whether cultural, religious or ethnic – with suspicion and, sometimes, even outright contempt.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The long shadow of religious intolerance and acts of terrorism associated with people of middle-eastern origin is behind much of the suspicion aimed at Muslims. A fair comparison would be to accuse your local parish priest of being an IRA terrorist. You would know that somehow it’s not quite right but sometimes it’s hard to think beyond the Catholic/Nationalist link that has characterised much of the debate about the troubles in Northern Ireland.Unfortunately, much of the same thought process is behind the condemnation of Muslims simply for practicing their faith.Local Immam  Khaled Abdhulghafur moved to Limerick from Scotland and he believes that Ireland is “30 years behind other countries regarding attitude towards Muslims”.“When I was living in Glasgow, no one had to give me a second look, I was accepted for who I was,” he said.The Imam explained how he is treated very differently in Limerick because of his religion.He told the Limerick Post he often “gets looks” and is “slandered” in public. Verbal abuse is frequent with jeering and name calling happening at least twice a month. However he considers himself one of the lucky ones. Many of his people have been physically attacked when caught alone just for being Muslim.Mr Abdhulghafur stressed the point: “Everybody is different, You should be able to accept people the way they are.”A study conducted by James Carr, of the Sociology at the University of Limerick, explores how extensive anti-Muslim hostility is in the Republic of Ireland and how it manifests itself in community relations.His research has been on going since September 2010 and his findings have shown that more than a third of the people participating in the study reported experiencing some form of anti-Muslim hostility with Muslim women almost twice as likely to be targeted as Muslim men.Limerick demonstrated similarities with the other 13 Irish towns/cities involved in the study reporting instances of physical and verbal abuse ranging from the forcible removal of head scarves to having missiles thrown at people without provocation.In terms of discrimination, the main area of complaint highlighted in the study was that of employment.Mr Carr says “Comments and treatment that erroneously associate all Muslims with terrorism are common and reminiscent of the abuse experienced by Irish people in the United Kingdom during the Troubles.” Twitterlast_img read more

Sophomore discovers love for announcing

first_img Paccoini said she announced a few games during her first year, but has worked at almost all of the home games this season. Since then, announcing the beginning part of the game has been the highlight of her job. Additionally, Paccoini said she enjoys trying to engage the crowd with the play-by-play. “My favorite part sometimes is introducing the players and their hometowns because I know that I take pride in my hometown, so I really like to make that special,” Paccoini said. “And then, if they have a back-to-back good play or something, I put more enthusiasm into it.” The crowd seems to appreciate her announcements, Paccoini said. “All the fans usually applaud, and I think it gets them more into it, especially if somebody is coming to watch their friends,” she said.  Paccoini said she has enjoyed basketball her entire life and played from fourth grade through high school. Though she does not play for Saint Mary’s, she still enjoys being a part of the atmosphere. “I played basketball pretty much my whole life so I knew about it and I thought it would just be fun,” she said. Paccoini said she finds it difficult to remain unbiased when an opposing team is winning the game, but said she does her best to keep the atmosphere open and friendly. Paccoini said she enjoys her job and plans to announce the basketball games throughout the rest of her time at the College. “I get so much more into the game because I have to pay attention and it’s so much fun, ” she said. Sophomore Chelsea Paccoini said becoming the voice of Saint Mary’s basketball never crossed her mind when she initially thought about working at the Angela Athletic Center. But when it came time to sign up for a job, she only had two available options. “I wanted to work in Angela, and I decided to do intramurals, and then we have the option to be game day workers,” she said. “By the time I went to sign up the only things that were left were ticket selling or [announcing].” Paccoini said she is pleased she chose to become the basketball announcer. “It’s just fun because I know a lot of the girls on the team and I’m friends with them and so I’ve gotten to know them more,” she said. “It’s fun to be able to announce them when they do something good. I’ve gotten to work with a lot of people at Angela and they’re really nice.”last_img read more

‘Ilonggos deserve better Dinagyang experience’

first_imgThe highlight of the festival is onJan. 26, 2020 – the tribes competition. * Festive Parade Sponsors Mardi Gras –Jan. 25 Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyatwho graced the countdown kick-off said Dinagyang would further boost thecampaign to make Iloilo City a preferred MICE (meetings, incentives,conferences and exhibits) destination. ILOILO City – “With our desire tobring Iloilo City to the next level, we also want to level up your DinagyangFestival experience.” For the ati tribes contest, several barges that can hold spectators may beplaced at the Iloilo River facing the new Freedom Grandstand, the main venue ofthe performances. “Your involvement will mean so much,”he stressed. Addressing Ilonggos and guests fromother parts of the country, Mayor Jerry Treñas led the start of the 100-daycountdown to Dinagyang 2020 yesterday at the Festival Walk Mall, IloiloBusiness Park in Mandurriao district. * Dinagyang 360° – Jan. 26 “We deserve a colorful and excitingcelebration of our religion and rich culture,” Treñas said. * fireworks display – Jan. 24 The IFFI bared the following Dinagyang2020 activities: The city government has partnered withthe Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) for the staging of the 51stedition of Dinagyang. DINAGYANG COUNTDOWN KICKS OFF. Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City leads the kick-off of the 100-day countdown to the January 2020 edition of the Dinagyang Festival at Festival Walk Mall in Mandurriao district on Oct. 10, 2019. Dinagyang has been voted the “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Ilonggo Food Festival – Jan. 23 to26 * Miss Iloilo 2020 – Jan. 24 “The ati tribes’ performances can be viewed 360 degrees, indi lang siya sa atubang, libot na siya. Itwill be more experiential,” said Sarabia. * Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika – Jan.24 “Dinagyang will be more experiential,(there will be) more people involvement. Indipareho sa una nga gabantay ka lang. I-push ta gid nga experiential Dinagyang,” said former Tourismundersecretary Salvador Sarabia Jr., now the Iloilo City government officerheading the push to make the metropolis the preferred MICE destination. * Iloilo Dinagyang Art Festival – Jan.18 to 25 * Dinagyang sa Calle Real – Jan. 25 Treñas appealed for the cooperation ofall stakeholders to make Dinagyang 2020 better. * fluvial and solemnfoot procession – Jan. 24 Dinagyang has been voted the “besttourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – bythe Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. * Floats Parade of Lights – Jan. 24 Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelryor merrymaking. The festival is known for its participants’ impressivechoreography and striking costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity,craftsmanship and artistry. * religious sadsad – Jan. 25 Dinagyang Festival started in 1967. Areplica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Jose dePlacer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos whodanced on the streets of Iloilo City./PNlast_img read more