Paul brings some Limerick boogie moves to Blackpool

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleShocking statistics at Limerick ’16 Days of Action’ launchNext articleA new dawn for Mid-West employment Alan Jacques Linkedin TAGSlimerickPaul RocheSt Clement’s CollegeWest End Youth CentreWorld Disco Kid Championships Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsPaul brings some Limerick boogie moves to BlackpoolBy Alan Jacques – December 4, 2014 1204 by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Paul Roche with West End Youth Centre manager William PriestlyMOVE over John Travolta! There’s a new kid in town!Fifteen-year-old Paul Roche from Ballinacurra Weston will be blaming it on the boogie this weekend when he brings some contagious night fever to Blackpool. Paul, a fourth year student at St Clement’s College, is getting his groove on in preparation for the World Disco Kid Championships from December 5 to 7.The twinkle-toed Limerick teenager has been making a name for himself as a champion freestyle dancer since primary school. However, this year he hotfooted it onto the international stage when he became the U16 Boy Elite Champion 2014 in Wales.Paul has achieved numerous other titles in Ireland this year and was chosen as the ‘Overall Champion Boy Winner’ at the National Championships in May.The budding Limerick star has been a member of the West End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston, which has a tradition of supporting outstanding achievement by young people in the local area, for a number of years. William Priestly, manager of the West End Youth Centre said it has been a great honour to see Paul develop into one of Ireland’s top dancers.“Unfortunately, Ballinacurra Weston has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past number of years. It is great to finally see some of its outstanding young people get the recognition they deserve. We are currently trying to support Paul in as many ways as possible,” said Mr Priestly.The World Disco Kid Championships will take place in the very same venue as the BBC hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Paul’s dance teacher Eilish McCarthy of the Eilish McCarthy School of Dance now has high hopes for him this weekend at the prestigious Tower Ballroom.“Paul has been one of the most dedicated and professional dancers I have ever come across. Week in, week out, year in, year out, Paul has been willing to make the countless sacrifices needed to make it to the top. His record in Ireland is second to none and we are quietly confident he’ll make a big impression at the World Championships in Blackpool,” Eilish predicts.Paul sees this weekend as “something special”, but for now is putting all his focus on the dancing.“When I first started dancing, it was just for fun. Bit by bit I started to do competitions. There’s always a great buzz at the competitions and I love being out on the dance floor,” Paul reveals.“A lot of people have given me a lot of support, which has made things a lot easier for me, especially my mum Alice and my teacher Eilish. There are flights, hotels and costumes to worry about but thanks to them, I can just concentrate on dancing,” he concluded. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Professor researches doll marketing

first_imgNotre Dame marketing professor John F. Sherry, Jr. received the 2011 William R. Davidson Honorable Mention Award from the “Journal of Retailing,” where his article on the American Girl Company appeared in 2009. Sherry’s article is titled, “Why Are Themed Brand Stores so Powerful? Retail Brand Ideology at American Girl Place.” Sherry and five other college professors wrote the article after observing customers at American Girl Place in Chicago, Sherry said. Sherry said the most interesting aspect of the project was being admitted into the female world of American Girl Place. The Journal of Retailing is a marketing journal that publishes four issues annually. One article each year receives the Award for Best Paper and one receives the Honorable Mention Award, Sherry said. Sherry and his colleagues will receive a plaque at the American Marketing Association Winter Educators’ Conference in Boston later this month. Sherry said he chose to research American Girl because he wanted to study a retail company that caters to females. “I had studied a number of other retail outlets that were more masculine in character, places like Niketown and ESPN Zone,” Sherry said. “Most of them that I studied before were male-oriented, and it struck me as a good idea to try to understand a female counterpart.” Sherry and the other researchers studied consumers’ relationships with American Girl Place by observing customers at the store. “I’m an anthropologist by training, so the research I do is called ethnographic research,” Sherry said. “What that means is you collect participant observations, a lot of video-taping and photography. The idea is to actually be present when the consumers are using the services so you can catch them in the act.” The researchers focused on how consumers co-create their experiences with the American Girl brand, Sherry said. “Marketers create a product, but they don’t control all the meanings associated with it; they don’t control the behaviors the consumers engage in,” Sherry said. “We’re interested in what the consumers do with the brand to create that brand. The [marketing] field is still trying to understand what makes for an iconic brand.” In addition to writing the journal article, the researchers also created a film in order to produce multiple ways to understand American Girl Place. Sherry said working with researchers of different ages and ethnicities was also exciting because they brought different perspectives on the problem. The other researchers are from Loyola University and DePaul University in Chicago, York University in Canada and Bocconi University in Italy. Sherry has taught at the University of Florida, Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok in Thailand and Northwestern University. He has been the Raymond W. & Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Marketing at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame since 2005.last_img read more

Gong Fu club aims to increase interest in martial arts

first_imgStep, step, pivot, kick, and giving back to the community are the newest movements of Notre Dame. The Gong Fu club, started by graduate student Erik Blair last semester, is expanding martial arts beyond the workout room walls. “Very few people in the Midwest practice Gong Fu, commonly known as Kung Fu, so this club represents an attempt to drum up interest for the practice here on campus,” Blair said. Blair said he decided to start the club after meeting with several students from Bethel College, Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame who shared his love for the martial arts. “I’ve spoken with several students and professors from the area who practice Gong Fu, and most of them are affiliated with the ROTC program on campus,” Blair said. “I was in the Navy for several years before I began my doctorate, so with this common thread, we decided to … share our love for Gong Fu.” Blair, who passed the test for his black belt in front of the highest teacher of Gong Fu, said he hopes the club’s members will eventually achieve the same feat in order to create a group that is self-sustaining. “Ideally, our young group will have 10 members committed to the goal of reaching the level of black belt in their study,” Blair said. “I would like them to advance in the art as much as possible because I definitely want to get the club to a point where it is self sustaining.” Blair said he will be hosting his teacher as a guest sensei to come and train with the club at the end of March. But Blair said he hopes his students will gain something beyond physical strength. Instead, he wants the club to enhance members’ minds. “There’s a sort of a mindset that comes with Gong Fu, and a responsibility that comes with it,” he said. “The Gong Fu that we practice is valid for self defense, and when I train people, I train them to think about it as a defensive tool only.  It’s not for offensive purposes.  I try my best to get them thinking about avoiding trouble rather than seeking it.  That sort of training helps people to start thinking about their words and actions to avoid an engagement.” Blair said he also wants the club to serve as a social outlet for his students. “[We’re] launching a Kung Fu Movie Night series in February,” he said. “This will be a periodic screening of some of the best Kung Fu movies of the past 20 years, including Ip Man, The Matrix and Kung Fu Panda. I also hope to fit in some more obscure gems such as Twin Warriors and Kung Fu Hustle, or maybe Fist of Legend. This is an opportunity to involve more people in the club, to have [a] more social opportunity for members to interact apart from practice and training and to promote the appreciation of Kung Fu on campus.” In addition, Blair said he hopes the club can give back to the community that has welcomed it. “We are going to the Healthwin Nursing Home to perform a demonstration there with some martial arts techniques,” Blair said. “We’re also going to be going there on a regular basis to help with their Saturday Bingo sessions.” Students currently in the group said they have been satisfied with the activities of the club thus far. “I have always been interested in studying Gong Fu, and this group has finally given me that opportunity,” Chad Stevenson, a graduate student majoring in electrical engineering, said.  “I knew Erik [before joining the group], and his workouts emphasize the fundamentals of applicable self-defense.” Blair said the group will meet regularly throughout the week so that group members may build on the skills developed from previous meetings. “The group will meet on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the two sessions later in the week scheduled so that students can easily fit our group into their busy schedules,” Blair said.  Above all, Blair said he wants students to realize that despite the shape they are in, most people can participate in martial arts. “Everyone, regardless of ability, is welcome to attend our meetings and experience a Gong Fu workout,” he said. “It’s not just an exoteric thing.”last_img read more

IOU upheaval, push for more renewables moves to co-op arena

first_imgIOU upheaval, push for more renewables moves to co-op arena FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Gazette (Colorado Springs):Luis Reyes drove up to Durango from Taos, N.M., on a sunny April day in 2017 to tell folks how the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which he heads, left its interstate wholesale power provider and struck out on its own — and the room where he spoke at Durango’s Strater Hotel was packed.Kit Carson had paid $37 million to get out of its long-term contract with the Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which serves 43 electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado.Several co-ops have complained about what they see as Tri-State’s high power costs, limits on developing local renewable energy and the loss of dollars sent out of town to buy electricity.Since Reyes’ talk, the Durango-based La Plata Electric Association has begun to explore its options, and the Delta-Montrose Electric Association is in separation talks with Tri-State. On the Front Range, large co-ops, such as Brighton-based United Power and Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, are pressing for more local renewable generation.“When Kit Carson left last year, the lightbulb went on at the other 42 co-ops,” said Jerry Marizza, new energy program coordinator for United Power.This turmoil is born of rapid changes in the utility industry as power prices are falling due to cheap generation powered by natural gas, wind and solar and growing demands from consumers for homegrown renewable energy.Many co-ops, however, chafe at Tri-State’s 7.5 cents a kilowatt-hour charge when the going Western wholesale price is around 3.1 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to energy wholesaler Guzman Energy.“Tri-State is changing,” Marizza said. “It just isn’t changing fast enough.”More: Colorado rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cordlast_img read more

2 More Suffolk Roof Collapses Reported After Blizzard

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two more partial roof collapses have been reported in Suffolk County after a blizzard blanketed parts of eastern Long Island in a record 33 inches of snow over the weekend.The roof collapsed at a vacant Nappa Auto Parts store at the corner of Main Street and Rider Avenue in Patchogue on Tuesday morning, according to Suffolk County police and Patchogue village officials.The ceiling also collapsed at 30 Minute Photo on Fort Salonga Road in East Northport due to water leakage, taking down wires in the process, according to police.Firefighters responded to the scene in both cases. There were no reported injuries in either collapse.The incidents come after Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove was forced to close at 4 p.m. Monday because water leaked into several stores. All but six stores reopened Tuesday afternoon.A mall spokeswoman said reports that the mall’s roof partially collapsed are untrue. The Fire Marshall has been inspecting the mall.Smithtown Bowl also suffered a partial roof collapse over the weekend.last_img read more

West Babylon Crash Kills Motorcyclist

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Lindenhurst man died when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car in West Babylon.Suffolk County police said Doris Wagner was driving a Nissan Maxima northbound on Great East Neck Road when she tried to make a left turn into a parking lot and her car collided with a southbound Suzuki ridden by John Hart at 4 p.m. Friday.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead. Wagner, 68, of West Babylon, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicles for safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to contact them at 631-854-8152.last_img

Centereach Man Nabbed for Mass. Child Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Paul CollinsU.S. Marshals have apprehended a 62-year-old Centereach man wanted for alleged sex crimes against children in Massachusetts dating back more than 30 years ago, Suffolk County police said.Paul Collins was arrested at his Pleasant Avenue home and charged with rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery of a child under the age of 14 and open and gross lewdness.Collins was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip over the weekend before Arlington Police Department investigators took him back to Massachusetts, where he will face the charges, authorities said.Collins was a swim coach and the Aquatics Director for the Arlington Boys and Girls Club between 1978 to 1980 when he met the four boys he is accused of victimizing, police said.WCVB-TV in Boston reports that Collins in the second suspect to face such allegations in the three months since victims began coming forward.Special Victims Section detectives are investigating if Collins, who lived in Suffolk for nearly a decade, committed similar crimes on Long Island and are asking anyone with information about him and possible victims to call investigators at 631-852-6184 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Credit unions, CUSOs fighting fraudsters

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions across the country are on high alert for scammers looking to take advantage of members during the pandemic and are stepping up fraud prevention efforts as a result,” according to PYMNTS’ April Credit Union Tracker® done in collaboration with PSCU.Detailing warnings recently issued by New York’s Sidney Federal Credit Union and the City of Boston Credit Union, among many others, credit union (CU) members are the target of cyberattackers posing as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other legitimate organizations publicly associated with the pandemic response.The fact that fraudsters use tragedy for their own gain is nothing new, of course. But attack vectors and sheer COVID-induced mayhem are ideal conditions for cybertheft, and CUs are in the crosshairs of several familiar scams that have rapidly spread, much like COVID itself.Analyze and StrategizeCUs have taken heat for not following tech trends or digitizing fast enough. Ironically, the fact that many CUs have undertaken core systems upgrades can make them a more visible target, although one that has been hardened against just these kinds of cyber raids.last_img read more

Police Blotter 04-17-2020

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Cricket News IND V AUS Second T20: These Indian Cricketers are set to break records

first_img New Delhi: After a disappointing loss in the first of two-match T20 series, India team will look to start fresh in the final T20 which is scheduled to happen at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Wednesday.With this, there are some interesting milestones which approach this game. However, this remains to be seen how many of the following come true.STATS48 and 49 – Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have hit 48 and 49 sixes respectively in the T20I format. Only Rohit Sharma (102), Yuvraj Singh (74) and Suresh Raina (58) have hit 50 and more T20I sixes for India thus far.349 – Rohit needs one more six to become the first Indian to hit 350 International sixes. MS Dhoni needs two sixes for the same feat. Rohit, thus far hit 349 sixes while Dhoni hit 348 including seven for Asia XI. Only four players across the globe have hit more sixes than these two players. 20938 – Dinesh Karthik needs 62 more runs to complete 21000 runs in his professional career. He has scored 9376 FC runs, 6416 List A runs and 5145 runs in T20s ahead of the T20I series.298 – If Rohit Sharma features in both the matches of this series, he will complete 300 appearances in the Twenty20 format. During the Hamilton T20I, MS Dhoni became the first Indian to feature in 300 Twenty20s. Suresh Raina is expected to be the 2nd Indian if he features in Uttar Pradesh’s matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy on 24th and 25th February respectively.46 – Yuzvendra Chahal needs 4 more wickets becoming the third Indian to take 50 wickets in T20I cricket. Only Ravichandran Ashwin (52) and Jasprit Bumrah have achieved this feat. Interestingly, he will be the first Indian leg spinner.50 – Shikhar Dhawan will be featuring in his 50th T20I in the series opener.79 – Finch needs five more sixes to become the player with the most number of T20I series for Australia. Finch currently has 79 sixes same as David Warner. Only Shane Watson (83) is ahead of the both in Australian list. Finch is also the only Australian who is near to any records in the upcoming T20 International.  Australia upstaged India in the first T20 game. The second game is scheduled to take place on 27th February at Bengaluru. T20 series will be followed by five-match ODI series. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more