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

M-RCBG fellows and scholars welcomed for 2010 spring semester

first_imgA former Brazilian electricity regulator and a management professor from the Indian Institute of Technology are among the incoming visitors being welcomed this spring at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).“Fellows and scholars are a vital resource at the center as they provide both valuable experience and a fresh lens through which to view the business-government relationship,” said Roger Porter, the center’s director and the IBM Professor of Business and Government. “We welcome these visitors and look forward to their interaction with our faculty, continuing fellows, researchers, students, and others.”Incoming senior fellows and visiting scholarsThomas J. Healey, a Partner at Healey Development LLC and former adjunct lecturer at HKS, will rejoin the center as a senior fellow to continue work on new directions in financial services regulation.Thillai Annamalai Rajan, a Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Fellow in global business studies, as a senior fellow, will work in the area of infrastructure financing, with specific reference to the role of private equity in infrastructure creation with Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez the Derek Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy.Joisa Saraiva, as a visiting scholar, will focus on the role of demand-side management mechanisms in the electricity industry and also on procurement auctions.The visiting scholars and fellows programs are designed to provide fresh perspectives as the center helps examine and develop policies at the intersection of business and government.For the full release, visit visit the Harvard Kennedy School Web site.last_img read more

Postponed El Clasico to be played on Dec 18: federation

first_imgLa Liga, who originally proposed the postponement, disagreed, claiming December 18 would clash with fixtures in the Copa del Rey and harm the economic interests of the clubs involved.– Common sense –“The decision to change the date of the most important La Liga match cannot be left to the decision of the two participating clubs,” La Liga said on Friday, adding that they have a responsibility to “maximise income” from television rights.La Liga initially suggested swapping the two Clasicos, with the first one being played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, and then proposed the weekend of December 7, when Barcelona and Madrid already have fixtures.Their last proposal was Wednesday, December 4, which comes just after Barca play away at Atletico Madrid.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.“I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said “I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona, who visit Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: El ClasicoMadrid, Spain | AFP | The rearranged El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on December 18 despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday.Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week because of violent pro-independence protests in Catalonia.La Liga had proposed December 4 or 7 and may decide to appeal.“The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18,” an RFEF statement read.“It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.“At today’s meeting, the Committee also analysed the latest reports from both clubs, who maintain their initial proposal to play the match on 18 December.”It means Barcelona, who insisted the original match should have gone ahead this weekend, will face a testing few weeks before Christmas.In December, they are already scheduled to play away at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan in the Champions League and Real Sociedad, who sit fourth in La Liga.Real Madrid will play away at Club Brugge in the Champions League and then Valencia, just before travelling to Barca.But both clubs swiftly settled on Wednesday, December 18 last week, hours after being instructed to agree a new date by the RFEF.last_img read more

Berry and Christine win through nail-biting finishes

first_img18 May 2017 Berry and Christine win through nail-biting finishes Past winner Caroline Berry and former British senior champion Felicity Christine came through nailbiters to make their way into the last eight at the English senior women’s championship at South Staffordshire. Both games went into extra time, with Berry (image © Leaderboard Photography)  defeating defending champion Cath Rawthore on the 19th. Christine went to the 21st before ending the challenge of host club member Annette Deeley. Rawthore birdied the 18th to extend her game, but she took three from the edge of the 19th green which ended her challenge. Behind them, Deeley was battling back from two down after 15, encouraged by a crowd of club supporters. She won the 16th and also birdied the 18th to get back on level terms with Christine. The pair halved the 19th and 20th in par before the match ended on the 21st, where Christine holed a treacherous downhill four-foot putt to win. At the other end of the spectrum, Aileen Greenfield beat Sandy Catford 7/6, while Lulu Housman defeated Janet Melville 6/5. In the other games Jo Shorrocks beat Nicola Tebbutt 4/2, Julie Brown beat Lindsey Shaw 4/3, Jackie Foster beat Julia Gallagher 4/3 and Fiona Edmond beat Helen Lowe 2/1. In this afternoon’s matches: Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) plays Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury, Devon) Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) plays Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) plays Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey), Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) plays Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Pets Ready For Adoption In Olympia

first_imgHello, I am a black, female, 2 year old cat and my # is 82610. I am a shy cat in search of a forever home to call my own. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information about me. Thank you. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Hello, my name is Spike. I am a male, about 6 years old and a Lab/Rottweiler mix. I am big boy with a big heart. I know sit and do ok on walks, with a little work I will be great on walks. I am also a relaxed and loving dog; I was lying in the grass with a Joint Animal Services volunteer right before this picture. I enjoy getting pets and will repay a good pet session with kisses. I enjoy playing catch but don’t feel the need to give the ball back to you after I run and get it. My past owner wasn’t able to keep me but said I was good with kids, other dogs and cats (although because of my size I might accidently knock over small children). They also said I do well in cars and can be trusted to be in the house alone.  I miss having a home of my own and can’t wait to find my forever family. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for information about me. My # is 84803. Thank you!center_img Hello, I am a female, short/medium haired brown tabby cat and my # is 84467. I am a loving cat in search of my forever family. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information. Thank youlast_img read more

A younger Neptune team dives back into water

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports It was bound to happen. After years of dominating the Kootenay Summer Swim Association, the Nelson Neptunes are finally enter a rebuilding phase — which the rest of the region is probably thankful that it’s happening. “I expect we will have a good season but we may not win as many meets,” admitted Neptune skipper Michelle Lorusso on the eve of the start of the 2011 season Saturday at the NDCC Pool. “(That’s due to) a low enrollment this year with only 45 kids and most of them younger swimmers.” Gone is the likes of Rebecca and Melissa Afford. However, the dynamic duo has not left the scene. The pair, along with another Neptune stalwart, Kiandra McLaren, has simply moved up to the coaching ranks to join Lorusso on the pool deck. The coaching quartet, which can still swim in the senior divisions, will be put to the test right away as the Neptunes play host to the season opener this weekend. “It is a great advantage (for us) to start at home,” explained Lorusso, who has been coaching for the past eight seasons. “The swimmers can get back into the competitive swim meet season in there own home pool and that takes some stress off since they swim in (NDCC Pool) almost every day.” Still Lorusso & Company needs the support of the few senior swimmers the club has. Which is why it’s so important for provincial medalist Sam Matthew to step up once again. “Sam (Matthew) was the only Nelson Neptunes swimmer to get a medal at provincials last year in Kamloops in the 50 breaststroke when he placed second,” said Lorusso. “I expect a great season from all of our senior swimmers as they are all dedicated and hard-working.” The Neptunes are part of the Kootenay Association that includes Grand Forks, Trail, Creston, Colville, Wash., Castlegar and Kimberley. The season shifts to Grand Forks for a B-meet next week before teams travel to Trail June 18-19. Of course all the teams are pushing for the Kootenay Regional Finals August 6-7 in Castlegar. The top swimmers at Regionals advance to the B.C. Summer Speed Swim Association Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.
“The goals this season are to have fun and win a few meets,” said Lorusso. “For the swimmers many of their goals are to get best times and make it to the provincials.” For more information on the Nelson Neptunes visit[email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – Nelson Neptunes Swim Team

first_imgMembers of last year’s team include, Olivia Cowan, Enna Cowan, Cynthia Pfeiffer, Laurel Nixon, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Jaylen Rushton, Leah Eberle, Imogen Cowan, Matthew Holitzki, Hanna Malenfant, Kallie Badry, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Chloe Malenfant, Keira Badry, Evan Chouinard, Ella Chouinard, Elissa Centrone and Sage Cowan.The Neptunes return home to host their own meet June 3-4 at the NDCC Aquatic Centre. The Nelson Neptunes open defence of their 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Championship Saturday in Trail at the Jeli Orwell Memorial Swim Meet.The Neptunes, under the guidance of coaches Sarah Broen and assistant Matthew Holitzki, are primed and ready to take to the waters as the club returns to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre after spending the past few years on the road while the facility was renovated.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Neptunes as the club prepares for another season on the KSSA with Team of the Week honours.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–A runaway winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist looms a short priced favorite as he tries two turns for the first time Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes, which has attracted a field of eight juveniles and will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Doug O’Neill, the bay colt by Uncle Mo followed up on a gutty first-out maiden win going five furlongs at Santa Anita with impressive wins in both the Grade II Best Pal Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs Aug. 8 and the seven furlong Del Mar Futurity–winning both stakes by a combined nine lengths.Ridden in all three starts by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist will attempt to follow in the footsteps of last year’s FrontRunner winner, eventual Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah. Off at 7-1 in his debut, Nyquist was bet down to even money in the Best Pal and was hammered to 1-2 favoritism in the Del Mar Futurity. He has earnings of $333,600.Second to Nyquist in both the Del Mar Futurity and Best Pal Stakes, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Swipe will try to turn the tables on the top selection in his first try around two turns. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Swipe should be forwardly placed under Kent Desormeaux as he guns for his second win in six starts. A Kentucky-bred colt by Birdstone, Swipe is 5-1-3-1 with earnings of $188,330.A rousing 4 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going five furlongs over a sloppy strip Aug. 2, Blameitonthelaw was subsequently third, beaten eight lengths by Nyquist in the Del Mar Futurity. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Tyler Baze in both starts, the Kentucky-bred colt by Blame will also try two turns for the first time for owner Doubledown Stables, Inc.A winner of the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes Sept. 5, Rockingham Ranch’s Hollywood Don will try the main track for the first time in the FrontRunner. Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit has two wins from three starts, all in company with Brice Blanc.A one mile maiden special weight winner for owner Arnold Zetcher on Aug. 26 at Del Mar, On Fire, who is a Kentucky-bred colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Friesan Fire, pressed the pace en route to a half length win under Gary Stevens, who rides back for trainer Simon Callaghan. On Fire will make his third start in the FrontRunner.The complete field for the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Go Long, Fernando Perez; On Fire, Gary Stevens; Blameitonthelaw, Tyler Baze; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez; Hollywood Don, Brice Blanc; Rare Candy, Joseph Talamo; Swipe, Kent Desormeaux; Mt Veeder, Martin Garcia. All horses will carry 122 lbs. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30- THE FRONTRUNNER, WON LAST YEAR BY EVENTUAL TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH, IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAYlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success Is a By-Product

first_imgYou can’t “be successful.” You can only do the things that produce success.Hustlers are successful because they do certain things of which success is a byproduct.Future-OrientationHustler’s are future-oriented. They don’t allow their past to define their future. For a hustler, their past is just an origin story. Hustlers trade time and energy now for the future they want.Success is what happens when you take the actions that build a better future.Go All InHustlers succeed because they don’t take half measures. They’re all in. If they are going to do something, they become obsessed with that thing. They allow their vision to consume them.Success is what happens when you take massive action in pursuit of some goal or ambition.Grind It OutHustlers love the grind. A non-hustler hates Mondays and can’t wait for Friday. They call driving to the office and doing their job “the grind.” But hustlers define “grind” very differently. To a hustler, grinding means relentlessly doing the work that most needs to be done, and that which leads to the best results.Success is the by-product of hard work. It’s also the result of working smarter.Grow Big EnoughHustlers are growth-oriented, personally and professionally. Hustlers work on developing the only real asset they have for producing the results they want: themselves. Hustlers don’t allow failure or setbacks to dissuade them. Instead, they use it to make adjustments.Success often follows failure. Failure is your teacher, giving you the feedback on what you need to learn before your next attempt.Do What Is UncomfortableHustlers don’t avoid the things that cause non-hustlers to run for the doors. Hustlers are comfortable with conflict, engaging in the difficult conversations that are necessary to getting things done. Hustlers are also comfortable selling themselves and their ideas, in part because they’re obsession is the passion that infects others.Success is what happens when you do the things that make you uncomfortable until they no longer make you uncomfortable.Outcomes Are the By-ProductWhat about the money? Hustlers do make money, even if their real goal is something greater, like freedom. But money is only a by-product of creating value for other people. Unless you inherit money, the money you make has to come from someone else who is willing to exchange it for something you have.Success is a naturally occurring outcome of a set of beliefs and actions. The beliefs and actions that hustlers consistently take are what produces the success. Don’t confuse the by-product with the hard work and sacrifice it takes to produce it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Oklahoma WR Randomly Trolls Texas, Tweets “Horns Down” Logo

first_imgUpside down Texas logo.TwitterOklahoma freshman-to-be Dede Westbrook hasn’t even played a snap for the Sooners yet, but he’s already talking a bit of trash to the team’s biggest rival. Westbrook, a four-star wide receiver who will begin his freshman year in 2015, decided to randomly tweeted a “horns down” logo Thursday night. It’s a strong move out the gate. #Sooners— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) March 6, 2015The Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry took a back seat in 2014, as TCU and Baylor reigned supreme in the Big 12. Perhaps Westbrook will help bring it back to the forefront.last_img