Fancy footwork at the South Court Hotel

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Information evening to be held about new youth club in Kilcornan Advertisement Facebook Previous articleHospital responds to superbug deathsNext articleColaiste Chiarain gets planning for new school Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsFancy footwork at the South Court HotelBy Alan Jacques – November 24, 2016 1613 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kilcornan man Tomás gets Ireland active in the great outdoors Twittercenter_img Print Linkedin Stranded motorist robbed biker on County Limerick road All dressed up and raring to go at the South Court Hotel this Saturday, November 26, for Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing.All dressed up and raring to go at the South Court Hotel this Saturday, November 26, for Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing.EXPECT fancy footwork aplenty at the Great National South Court Hotel this Saturday, November 26 as part of Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing.Twenty-four brave souls will trip the light fantastic as part of this event, which will raise much-needed funds for the West Limerick Parish’s community centre. There will be much cavorting and jiving as the dancers, who have been in training for the past two months, cut some rug this weekend.Limerick footballer Peter Nash and Limerick senior camogie player Cliona Lane will be among the local talent taking to the dancefloor at the South Court on Saturday night.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Competition is fierce and their dedication is amazing,” says chairperson of Kilcornan Community Council, Gillian Downes.“They’ve all been training really hard and having great fun and making great friendships too. We are hoping to raise between €10,000 and €15,000 for work that’s needed on the community centre. It is the hub of our local community and everything that goes on comes from there.”Money raised from Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing will go towards future development of the community centre, adjacent to the national school, with hopes to include dressing rooms, heating, external toilets and lighting and sound for the stage area.Ross Mann of Limerick FC with Kilcornan National School teacher Shirley Balfry who are taking part in Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing.(Pictures: Brendan Gleeson)“It is in major need of an overhaul to bring it to the standard required for the times. All profits from the dancing will be used for this purpose,” Gillian tells me.Shirley Balfry who teaches Junior Infants at Kilcornan National School will be ‘free-styling’ on the dancefloor this Saturday night with light-footed Limerick FC footballer Ross Mann.“The school will benefit greatly from any work on the community centre so we are delighted to be a part of this event. It will be invaluable to us,” Miss Balfry commented.“I have always loved dancing and have been doing Set Dancing since I was younger and also love Salsa, Ballroom and Zumba. My dance partner this weekend is Ross Mann. As a footballer he is light on his feet and well able to keep in time too,” she says.Kilcornan’s Strictly Come Dancing takes place at the South Court Hotel this Saturday, November 26 at 8pm. Tickets cost €20. For more details visit the Facebook page or contact Gillian Downes on 087 Alan [email protected] Halloween Spooktacular competition winners Limerick TD confirms Kilcornan road safety work TAGSKilcornanKilcornan Community CentreKilcornan Community CouncilKilcornan National SchoolKilcornan’s Strictly Come DancinglimerickLimerick FCRoss Mann Kilcornan pupils make waves to protect environment last_img read more

NY AG to Obama: Dismantle Framework of ‘Discriminatory’ Registration Program

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called on President Obama to dismantle the legal framework of a since-shuttered post-9/11 traveler registration system criticized as a redundant and ineffective national security tool that’s discriminatory toward Muslims.Established by the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) captured the names of non-immigrants entering the US who originated from 24 predominantly Muslim nations as well as North Korea.Enforcement measures included capturing names and fingerprints of males at US points of entry and tracking when they exit the country. The database eventually amassed more than 80,000 names of men and teenagers—none of whom were ever singled out as potential terror suspects.Instead of weeding out potential troublemakers, the program placed 13,000 men in removal proceedings for such infractions as failing to re-register with immigration authorities, despite federal officials themselves admitting the process was confusing. In separate memos, department heads ordered subordinates to use “prosecutorial discretion” when a legitimate excuse was given.The Department of Homeland Security de-listed the countries in April 2011 after concluding automated systems it had adopted made the manual process of registering specific individuals unnecessary. The agency also admitted that NSEERS failed in providing additional security measures.“As you are aware,” Schneiderman told Obama in his letter, dated Dec. 19, “NSEERS sought to track and register non-immigrant males from primarily Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries who were not suspected or accused of any wrongdoing. The program did not achieve its intended purpose of reducing terrorist activity in the United States. Instead, NSEERS undermined the trust and hindered open communications between law enforcement and community members, thus hampering the ability of law enforcement to promote public safety.”Placing 13,000 men in removal proceedings “devastated” communities, Schneiderman added, echoing decade-long criticisms by immigration advocates. Embed from Getty Images Rights groups have in the past lambasted the program as discriminatory because of its focus on two-dozen Muslim nations. The program included a domestic agenda, which stipulated that certain men currently in the US check in at immigration offices. Many of those impacted by the program were in the dark about their periodic registration requirements, leaving them in legal limbo, immigration advocates have said.Schneiderman’s entreaty to Obama, a fellow Democrat, comes after dozens of Muslim and civil rights groups wrote a similar letter to the president on Nov. 21 asking him to rescind NSEERS’ regulatory framework. That letter documented the case of a 19-year-old Algerian athlete who came to the US on a student visa and whose visit to the local immigration office was delayed by one day because of a car accident, yet was still placed in removal proceedings.Additionally, NSEERS’ critics marched to the White House last week armed with a petition that aired similar grievances.Pleas to Obama come amid newfound worry among the program’s critics that President-elect Donald Trump could reinstate NSEERS as part of his hard-line approach to immigration.Margo Schlanger, who once presided over the DHS’ Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties under Obama, previously told the Press that there was “no security case to be made for NSEERS.”“All the people who come in on Visas are interviewed and tracked, and so we don’t have to pick based on generalizations, we can just interview and track everyone,” Schlanger said.Writing to Obama, Schneiderman said the DHS made the correct decision in 2011 to eliminate the countries from the system and now urges Obama “to fully dismantle what is left of NSEERS so that it can longer be used to instill fear and mistrust within the communities we serve.”last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez crumbles late to Estela Perez-Somarriba in SU’s 4-3 win over Miami

first_imgThe setup looked ideal for Miranda Ramirez. Up 40-30 in a critical game in the third set down 5-4, Ramirez needed a point to extend the match at least another two games.The ball lazily floated close to the net, waiting for Ramirez to unleash voracious forehand on it. The freshman set her left foot forward and cocked her right arm back. As she fired the shot, a collective groan came from the crowd. A look of pure disdain dashed across Ramirez’s face as everyone realized she had misfired into the net.“Not really sure what happened there,” Ramirez said. “It should’ve been my point.”That point cost No. 79 Ramirez as she double faulted the next point, losing the set and the match to Miami’s No. 42 Estela Perez-Somarriba, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6. Although Syracuse (7-10, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) defeated the No. 42 Hurricanes (6-10, 4-6) at Drumlins Tennis Center, 4-3, on Friday, Ramirez crumbled during the second half of her match. Even though she faced match point twice in the second set, Perez-Somarriba couldn’t be put away.“She played a very tough opponent who didn’t go away,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRamirez’s first set was one of her most dominant displays of the season. In about five minutes, the freshman jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the second game, after having already won the first. While Perez-Somarriba picked off the occasional point, Ramirez exercised control.A whistling forehand served as a prelude to clean backhand slice that would send her opponent scurrying across the court. Backhand rallies ceased when Ramirez would lace a pinpoint shot into the court. With every winner, Ramirez yelped, “Point!” accompanied by a sneaky fist pump.Ramirez took half an hour to build a 4-0 lead. To cap off the dominant first stanza, Ramirez won the final eight points straight.“For an hour and 45 minutes,” Limam said, “she did exactly what she was supposed to do.”The beginning of the second set played out the same. Eventually, Ramirez had match point — 40-30, 5-3. She couldn’t convert. It came again, and once more, Ramirez failed to win. Steadily, Perez-Somarriba drew herself even. With Ramirez up 40-15 and the set tied, 5-5, Perez-Somarriba rifled a shot just beyond Ramirez’s reach, inciting the freshman to smack her right thigh in frustration.“It’s really heartbreaking,” Gabriela Knutson said, “because you’re in the match saying, ‘I had that opportunity, I could’ve won it.’”After letting the second set slip away in a tiebreak, volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo urged on Ramirez from the bench. “Reset Miranda,” Lopoo said. “Reset.” His backing wasn’t enough, and he could only watch as Ramirez fell behind.“I noticed the momentum change of course,” Ramirez said, “but I was just trying to stay in the fight.”Both players looked crisp in the final frame, and Perez-Somarriba inched out to a 3-2 lead. Next break, she led 4-3. Then 5-4. After such a promising opening, odds looked bleak that Ramirez would find the points she needed to win.When she planted the ball into the net — even though it wasn’t the end — it appeared Ramirez was done. Fans muttered about how well she played and some even headed for the exits.The perfect chance to draw even and force at least two more games was wasted. The double-fault that followed made the apparent reality.“Just knowing that I could’ve won the match,” Ramirez said. “ … I was always there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Tom Vernon believes Otto Addo is a great prospect for Ghana

first_imgChairman of Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, Tom Vernon has backed Ghanaian coach Otto Addo to succeed at the club.Addo was appointed assistant coach to Kasper Hjulmand earlier this month and is in line with the club’s motive of grooming the next generation of football’s great players and coaches.In an exclusive interview with Joy Sports about his plans for Nordsjaelland, Tom Vernon believes bringing Otto Addo on board is in line with the club’s vision.“He is doing a very good job. He is a good coach and I think he is a great prospect for Ghana football in the future.”Otto Addo’s role would be highly instrumental in helping talented young players at the Superliga club, many of whom would be from Ghana; settle into the team and life in Europe smoothly.Since his retirement, Addo has been working mainly with young players rising to become head scout for the Black Stars. According to Vernon, Nordsjaelland is also expected to name a number of players from the Right to Dream Academy in their first team shortly.Tom Vernon is the founder of the hugely successful Right to Dream Academy in Ghana which has been training young men and recently women for many years.Notable players that were groomed at the academy include Lorient and Black Stars striker, Majeed Warris and Ghana youth international Yaw Yeboah.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more