Peace groups seek to make Shannon election issue

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFour men rescued from early morning Limerick river incidentNext articleNew York sax Seamus Blake joins jazz trio Alan Jacques TAGSGalway Alliance Against War (GAAW)general election 2016Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)limerickShannon airportShannonwatchthe Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)US militaryVeterans for Peace (VfP) Email Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin NewsLocal NewsPeace groups seek to make Shannon election issueBy Alan Jacques – February 4, 2016 688 Advertisement Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads US military aircraft at Shannon Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.THE US Military’s continuing use of Shannon Airport is now set to become a General Election issue with Limerick candidates being urged to commit their support by signing a peace pledge.In a joint initiative, Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) and Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland are all calling for election hopefuls and their parties to bar military traffic from any country involved in war from landing on Irish soil or from using Irish airspace.Launching the Peace Pledge initiative, John Lannon of Shannonwatch commented, “Since October 2001, Ireland has provided direct support for unilateral military interventions by the US and its NATO allies, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. This support has included the transit of at least 2.5 million armed troops plus additional military aircraft through Shannon Airport.”“Given the devastation caused by these and other US/NATO military interventions, it is time to stop supporting them,” Mr Lannon insists.And according to Edward Horgan of Veterans for Peace, “the next government must now commit to ending our complicity in this suffering”.“A neutral state is subject to certain rules and obligations under international law, in particular the Hague Convention which states that belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power,” Mr Horgan explained.Roger Cole of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance is of the view that the participation of Ireland in military alliances like the NATO Partnership for Peace and European Union (EU) battle groups should also be ended with immediate effect.“Furthermore, support for regional military alliances, including those resulting from the Mutual Defence Clause of the Lisbon Treaty, flouts the democratic wishes of the Irish people who have regularly reaffirmed their commitment to positive neutrality,” Mr Cole declared.The Peace Pledge is available online at Election candidates are now being asked to visit the website and commit to not joining or supporting a government that allows the use of Shannon Airport for military purposes. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Moyes sticks up for under-fire Nani

first_img Frustration had spilled over among the home fans as the visitors maintained their shock lead heading towards the hour mark and they made their displeasure known as Nani went off in the 58th minute to be replaced by Adnan Januzaj. Nani has been criticised for a number of ineffectual performances this season after signing a new five-year contract in the summer, but Moyes insisted: “He is a regular and captain for Portugal so he is very talented. “There were one or two decisions he might have made better, but he got us the (first) goal with a lovely ball. We have a lot of competition for places in the wide areas, incredible competition, and that is what we’re looking for.” Moyes was keen to play down the significance of a victory which keeps United eight points off the lead and, following the midweek UEFA Champions League win over Real Sociedad, goes some way to atoning for their sluggish start to the new campaign. United’s familiar frailties were on show again in a turbulent first period in which Peter Crouch gave the visitors a shock third minute lead, then Marko Arnautovic took moments to put the Potters back in front after Robin van Persie had bundled home an equaliser. Wayne Rooney flicked a 78th minute equaliser from a Van Persie corner then substitute Javier Hernandez proved United’s hero two minutes later when he headed home a Patrice Evra cross – but Moyes was keen not to over-play its impact. Moyes insisted: “It was a win in the Premier League. They are hard to come by and they are not easy. “It was a big moment to win the game and hopefully we will continue to win games. If it’s in the same fashion then we’ll take it, but if we can make it a bit easier it will be great for the old ticker.” Defeat was hard to take for the visitors but captain Ryan Shawcross believes it was the type of performance which can stand Hughes’ men in good stead for the rest of the season. Shawcross said: “Obviously we’re disappointed but it’s great that we came to a big team and put in a performance like that. “They (United) have struggled so far this season so of course we came here with more belief on the back of the poor results they’ve had. But they’re still a great team and they showed that in coming back to get the victory. “We’ve got a good run of games now, five or six that we should take points from. The gaffer has set us a target and we’ve got to achieve it. It’s going to be hard but we can take some belief from a performance like that.” Manchester United boss David Moyes has jumped to the defence of Portuguese winger Nani after he was booed off during his side’s 3-2 Barclays Premier League win over Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Snow hampers corn harvest

first_imgDES MOINES — Rain and snow continued to keep farmers from finishing up the corn harvest.The latest USDA report shows 92 percent of the corn has now been harvested. That is six percent more than last week. The report shows the northeast and south-central districts had more than 15 percent of their crop left to be harvested while all others had 10 percent or less remaining.The harvest is 11 days behind normal and it is the latest corn harvest since 2009.last_img

Art from trash

first_img21 August 2002The Fantastic Rubbish Art Exhibition, showcasing how valuable rubbish can be, runs at the Ubuntu Village at the Wanderers in Johannesburg until 6 September as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Artworks, showcased in containers, are made from rubbish ranging from scrapyard objects to melted plastic and telephone directories.To reach the containers, one follows a footpath through a maze which could easily be mistaken for a scrapyard, because its high walls are made of scrap metal and discarded household appliances.“The exhibition brings together South African artists and crafters from diverse backgrounds,” says Jeanne Hoffman, the exhibition’s co-ordinator.“The intention is to provide a platform for communication between the artists and crafters on the one hand, and the general public on the other, and to inspire thoughts and discussions around the environment and waste specifically.”The Talking House Discussions happen at the end of the exhibition in a “South African Talking House” built by French artists and South African crafters from KwaZulu-Natal. Constructed out of crates and plastic, it looks like a shack – but inside there is a pool table and sound-sensitive lights that shine brightly when you shout and dimly when you whisper – art and technology in action.   The idea behind the collaboration was to bring artists and crafters together, says French artist Guy-Andre Lagesse, and share ideas.So you enter the exhibition through Willem Boshoff’s scrap metal maze “Sculpture Garden” and exit via a talking house – and in between, you can feast your eyes on all the fantastic art that can be made out of metal, paper and plastic.Windmills, for example. At the exhibition area, Ferdi Hartzenberg’s scrap metal windmills are planted like trees in front of the containers. They are kinetic, wind activated – and seen from a distance, they acquire a certain beauty.Cape Town art teacher Liza Grobler has populated an artificial landscape inside one container with trees and animals all made out of folded telephone directories and plastic strip off-cuts – a remarkable paper jungle. She is inspired by traditional woman’s handiwork like crocheting and knitting, she says.Another art teacher, Chris Gous from Pretoria West, took his Heuwel Primary students to scrapyards to collect the junk they needed for building vehicles. They amassed a pile of computer parts, wires and small black tyres – and built a range of machines, from bakkies to motorcycles to a shiny spacecraft, all on display in his container.Gous’s eye-catching Filter of Hope is shaped like a box, and made out of scrap waste material. Inside, it has blue coloured water with bubbles made possible by oxygen pumped through aquarium pumps, and electric bulbs that flicker, all held together by screws and glue – and none of it particularly useful. “Filter of Hope,” he says, “shows a good and bad side of humankind in contrast, and also reveals the bad side of technology.”Mbongeni Buthelezi’s goal is somewhat more immediate, or so he says: “My work portrays my deepest feelings, which is having fun while I work.” He melts plastic – the colourful sort of plastic one gets from cool-drink six-packs – and paints with it on a plastic canvas, placing one layer over another.He could not afford paint and canvas when he began making art, he says, and as time elapsed, “I recognised the significance that my art material has on the environment.” He is inspired by his surroundings in Soweto, just his day-to-day experiences, he says.There are 10 containers, showing the work of nearly double that number of artists.This arty-trashy mission is hosted at Ice Station Johannesburg, built by Mission Antarctica, an international environmental organisation that took 35 young people to the South Pole in 1996 on a mission to clean up 1 000 tons of industrial waste from the icy shores.For more information about Mission Antarctica, see or City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

Junior Market Barrow Breed Sale of Champions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Champion Berkshire exhibited by Ava Genter of Archbold sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, D.A. Smith Auctioneer, Kremer Yorkshires, and Bodey Insurance for $3,400. The Champion Chester White exhibited by Lillian Rees of Bidwell sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Dean’s Pawn, Foster Sales, Ohio Valley Pig Sale, Ryan Smith State Rep. for $4,300. The Champion Duroc exhibited by Coby Hughes of Sabina sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Fayette County Pork Producers, and Huffman’s Market for $4,500. The Champion Hampshire exhibited by Mason Creager of Wauseon sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and United Producers for $1,400. Reserve champion exhibitors: Berkshire, Aaron Rolfe, Sabina; Chester White, Alexa Hawk, Harrod; Duroc, Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina; Hampshire, Austin Hunker, Bellevue; Hereford, Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton; Landrace, Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton; Poland China, Ethan Wendt, Dublin; Spotted, Kaci Way, West Salem; Tamworth, Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky; Yorkshire, Madison Petro, Gallipolis; Dark Crossbred, Mason Creager, Wauseon; Light Crossbred, Lea Kimley, South Charleston. The Champion Poland China exhibited by Treanna Lavy of Pleasant Hill sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Miami Valley Feed and Grain, Sunrise Co-op and Tri-Ag products for $2,050. The Champion Landrace exhibited by Peyton Bumgardner of South Vienna sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Sunrise Co-op, Lensman Showpigs, Woodruff Feed and Fence and United Producers for $1,700. The Champion Hereford exhibited by Cameron Shellhouse of Sycamore sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and United Producers for $1,300. The Champion Spot exhibited by Lindsey Dore of Galena sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and John Regula, Auctioneer for $1,700. The Champion Tamworth exhibited by Liam Shellhouse of Sycamore sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and United Producers for $1,150. The Champion Yorkshire exhibited by Levi Stauffer of Mt. Blanchard sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and Huffman’s Market for $3,500.The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Ward Family Genetics, Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Korb Farms, Inc., Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Kimley Show Pigs, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net, Moyer’s Genetic Edge, Rick Fogle, North Central Pig Sale, Isla Grande Farms, Bates Show Pigs, Mark Butterfield Family, Waits Family, Scott Evans Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, 3N Livestock, Robert Keener Family, Roger Zeedyk Family, Wendt Livestock, and Nate Warner Livestock, Kaffenbarger Farms, Tony Nye Family, Ohio Spot Association, John Regula Auctioneer, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Knecht Family, Dore Family, Kerby Wilcox Family, Jim Worley Family, Nathan Frey Family, Jason Adams Family, Scholl Family Ron Riley Family, Kevin Hancock Family, Chris Scott Family, Creager Family Farm, Kirk Swenson Family.last_img read more

Foley: The Art of Making Sound Effects

first_imgTricks of the TradeImage: Monty Python and the Holy Grail via Michael White ProductionsIf you’re interested in recording your own sounds, check out Recording Foley and Sound Effects: The Fundamentals. Here are a few common tricks you can practice recording on your own.Breaking bones: break a stalk of celery or head of lettuceBody punches: hit a phone bookFlapping bird wings: wave a pair of leather glovesCrunching snow: crush a leather pouch filled with corn starchWhoosh: wave around a thin stick or arrowHorse hooves: clap together two coconut shells cut in half  — as seen above in Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Foley ArtistsToday, foley artists create entire atmospheres. They record the sounds of characters, props, and even clothing. Gary Hecker is a veteran foley artist who works on many of today’s blockbuster films. He started his professional career in the 1970s and 80s, working on films like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, The Empire Strikes Back, and Back to the Future.Hecker now has well over 300 credits to his name. In this video from the SoundWorks Collection, Hecker shows you how he used classic foley techniques to create sound effects for the film Robin Hood, starting with the process of recording the footsteps of the main characters. From snapping celery stalks to slapping phone books, learn how foley artists use everyday objects to create realistic sound effects in film.Top image via SoundWorks CollectionFoley is the art of creating sound effects for radio, film, and television. The term actually comes from a man, Jack Donovan Foley, who made sound effects for live radio broadcasts. He focused on creating realistic sounds with the tools he had around him rather than using generic sounds made in other programs. This was reminiscent of the theatrical sounds of vaudeville shows.Image: Jack Foley via The Art of FoleyJack Foley started working for Universal Studios in 1914. By the time “talkies” came around in the 1920s, studios wanted to create authentic sound effects for their films. On set, microphones were only used to record dialogue. Therefore sound effects would have to be recorded after the film was shot.Foley assembled a team that would project the film onto a screen while recording an audio track of sound effects — mostly footsteps. The earliest films had them adding the sounds of walking and doors opening and closing.Foley became the expert in sound effects audio recording. He continued to perform up until his death in 1967. Many of the techniques he developed are still used today.Three Types of FoleyFoley artists do not create every sound in a film. Complex sounds like car engines or computer noises fall under the direction of a Sound FX Editor, who uses a library of sounds. The foley artists focus on three key areas: footsteps, movement, and specific props.Image: Universal Studios Foley Pit via The Studio Tour1. FootstepsThis category is self-explanatory. The footsteps of the main character are recorded very early in the process. This isn’t as easy as walking by a microphone. Foley artists wear certain shoes and walk on specific surfaces to attain the right sounds for a film.These surfaces are called foley pits, which offer all sorts of different flooring types. This allows the foley artist to instantly record the sounds of a character walking across a lawn, onto a sidewalk, and into a home.  This also includes footsteps of animals, like the famous sound of galloping horse hooves.2. MovementMovement focuses on the sounds of clothing a character is wearing. This isn’t just loud clothes like a knight’s armor — even denim blue jeans make a sound when a character crosses their legs or squirms in a chair.Image via Shutterstock3. PropsCreating the sounds made by props can fall under the foley artist or sound editor. Foley artists tend to work with props that characters interact with, like a sword being unsheathed.In this video from CBS Sunday Morning, foley artist Marko Costanzo shows how he used leaves to create the swirling sound of the witch from Into the Woods and how he cracked celery to create the sound of breaking bones for The Big Lebowski. center_img Also, don’t forget you can complement your foley work with the Essential SFX packages found right here on PremiumBeat!last_img read more

Reciprocity in Relationships

first_imgA friend of mine had worked for a company for approximately ten years. He had done a good job for the company and was loyal to his company. At various times, he had new leaders, and he always maintained his role, did his job, and produced results. In short, he was always a team player. His loyalty to the company was unquestioned.As luck would have it (bad luck, that is), a new manager was brought in over him. The new manager was different than the other managers and leaders for whom he had worked. It wasn’t that this manager was demanding; that was something that he’d dealt with in many roles he played prior to the decade he spent with the company. He had just never worked for someone who was so adversarial.His new leader treated him poorly. This leader started with the assumption that anything that he was doing was wrong, and that it was their job to fix it—and him. The leader was aggressive with language and was critical of everything he did, including things that had helped the team he led to success. The attacks weren’t directed at a problem; they were directed at the person (and not just my friend).My friend decided to seek help from within the company he had worked for over a decade. He knew that the leader was political and had ground cover from the highest offices within the company. His loyalty demanded that he make an effort to change roles, move to another area, or do something so he could stay at the place he considered to be his home. But his requests fell on deaf ears. No one cared about him or his challenge. No one offered to help him. Some avoided the conversation for fear of upsetting his new manager.When he called me to discuss the issue, I explained to him that his loyalty to the company did not require that he show any greater loyalty than the company’s loyalty to him. If he was a simply a cog, something he never considered himself to be and something completely out of line with his commitment to the company, he owed them no more loyalty than that of a cog. I heard something in his voice when I shared this with him. He recognized he was liberated from his unreciprocated loyalty. He has now moved on to a place where he is valued, and where he is making a contribution.There is a form of reciprocity in relationships. If you are a leader who seeks loyalty, then be loyal. If you are a salesperson and you seek loyalty from your clients, be loyal to them by continuing to create new value. If you seek something from another party, then go first and demonstrate what you want the relationship to look like.last_img read more

No 50-point explosivion from Devin Booker, but Suns send Cavs to 6th straight loss

first_imgCollin Sexton scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 for the Cavs. They played without star forward Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with left shoulder soreness.Crawford scored eight points in a surge early in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a 101-86 lead, and Jackson’s baseline drive and dunk followed by his blocked shot that set up a fast-break layup at the other end gave the Suns a 17-point lead.Cleveland cut the lead to six but got no closer. The Suns scored 28 fast-break points to the Cavaliers’ three.Mikal Bridges converted a pair of four-point plays in the first quarter. He hit a 3 and was fouled with 5:57 left, then repeated the feat just before the quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 31-23 lead.Jackson hit back-to-back 3s for a 48-31 lead at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. The Suns scored 40 points in the second quarter and took a 71-52 lead into halftime, making 60% of their shots.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks beat Nets as Antetokounmpo returns to the lineup View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Booker finished with 25, after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-113 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 assists. Josh Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Suns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, right, has the ball stripped away by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Devin Booker said he heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench that he wasn’t going to score 50 points.That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would be open.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTCavaliers: At Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Suns: Host Utah Jazz Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavaliers battled back from a 22-point deficit early in the third quarter to cut the Suns’ lead to 89-82, and trailed 91-84 going into the fourth. Sexton scored nine points in the third.“We got down pretty big and it’s hard to come back in the NBA because teams are too good, players are too good and coaches are really smart,” Sexton said. “When we got down it was tough for us to rev it back up.”Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said the Suns battled fatigue on defense, playing without center Deandre Ayton due to a sprained left ankle and missing several other regulars with longer-term injuries.“I wasn’t sure if we had enough bodies to close the game,” Kokoskov said. “But I’m glad we found a way.”FOUR-POINT KINGCrawford, with a four-point play of his own in the second quarter, became the NBA’s career leader in that category with 54, which doesn’t include five in the playoffs.“People don’t understand, the hardest part for me is the free throw after,” Crawford said.TIP-INSCAVALIERS: F Channing Frye played his final NBA game in his hometown. Frye plans to retire at the end of this season. He played four seasons with the Suns as part of his 13-year NBA career. … Coach Larry Drew said he doesn’t see F-C John Henson returning to action before the season is over. Henson is doing non-contact work, but hasn’t played since mid-November after left wrist surgery. … Sexton was issued a technical foul early in the third quarter.SUNS: Bridges became the first Suns rookie and 11th in NBA history to reach 100 steals and 100 3-pointers in a season. He came into the game with 123 steals, and knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3s to reach 100. … The 71 first-half points were a season high for the Suns. They scored 69 in the first 24 minutes at Chicago last November. … Jackson blocked five shots, a career high. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Just taking what the defense gives me,” Booker said. “I read and react when I’m out there on the court. My job tonight was to get everybody involved and make sure everybody got open shots and they were knocking them down.”The Suns ended a six-game losing streak while the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight. The teams have the NBA’s second- and third-worst records: Phoenix at 18-60 and Cleveland at 19-59. MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more