WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick parking free from threeNext articleMinister pledges to improve services at 5B Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Print Email Twitter Facebook A formal (re) launch will take place early 2016HAPPY new year to the Belltable Arts Centre. This busy film, visual art, theatre and professional development venue is set to abandon the cold salutation of No. 69 O’Connell Street and function again under its historic title.Under a new service agreement with Limerick City and Arts Council, Lime Tree Theatre will continue management and programming there in 2016, trading under ‘Belltable’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a statement released this morning, Thursday 26, we are told that the new Belltable will host a wide range of arts events that will extend and complement the programme at Lime Tree Theatre.The refurbished former Credit Union building (for years the then adjacent benevolent owner Sarsfield CU rented it for £1 annually to City Council for arts performance) will provide office space, rehearsal space, hot-desks and administration services “to emerging, mid-career and established artists who want to create, develop and make new work”.“This exciting revival of this significant venue means that it will once again be at the centre of arts development and practice in the city,” observed Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer and of #limerick2020. Linkedin Advertisement NewsCommunityBringing back the BelltableBy Rose Rushe – November 26, 2015 943
Twitter Twitter By Carl Stutsman – October 26, 2020 2 409 WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleTwo injured in early morning Benton Harbor shootingNext articlePolice investigating after missing dog was found shot to death Carl Stutsman Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ SBCSC Board VP criticized for plagiarized op-ed Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A South Bend School Board member is in hot water after an op-ed published in her name turned out to be plagiarized. The op-ed was published in the South Bend Tribune on Friday, and the author was printed as school board vice president Leslie Wesley, who is currently running for re-election.Since it was published Wesley has admitted that she didn’t write the piece; instead her campaign marketing communicator wrote it in her name. Except the marketing communicator didn’t write it either, as it was plagiarized from a school board member in California.Wesley has since apologized directly to the original author and in a statement takes full responsibility and says that the staffer has been fired.Read more here with The South Bend Tribune WhatsApp
As we gear up for Dell Technologies World Digital Experience this week, I can’t help but look back on our customers’ incredible journeys and successes from the year. Even in the face of obstacles and massive change, our customers have been able to fulfill their missions.I’m inspired by their accomplishments. I hope these examples inspire you, too.Keeping grocery stores running: Practically overnight, U.S-based grocery chain Albertsons enabled more than 1,000 call center and store employees, who have vital roles in solving technical problems for Albertsons’ check-out systems and pharmacies, to work from home. Dell provided them with PCs, monitors, peripherals and support services to ensure they could keep serving customers while maintaining social distancing policies. Delivering industrial innovation at the edge: Dell and Software AG worked with SMC Corporation in Germany on a Smart Field Analytics solution to bridge the gap in factories between data detection and data capture. Software AG Cumulocity IoT Edge, powered by Dell, helps customers connect and visualize their industrial assets, perform analytics and integrate data sets between existing IT systems. This allows them to easily conduct predictive maintenance, leakage detection and energy efficiency monitoring. Shifting retail to remote work: Brazil-based retailer Grupo Boticario addressed a dual challenge as COVID-19 spread: How to enable 3,000 employees to work remotely while continuing to serve customers online. Dell helped the company quickly shift to remote work, armed with Dell EMC servers, more than 1,000 laptops, and configuration, deployment and support services. Grupo Boticario was able to maintain the performance and stability it needed even during peak demand. Bringing modern power to life with edge solutions: Taiwan Power Company generates, transmits, distributes and sells reliable and eco-friendly electricity across Taiwan while adhering to national energy policies. Taiwan Power Company launched a large-scale project to install smart meters to modernize their operations and selected Greenbird’s Utilihive to simplify managing data between the metering systems and the operational analytics platforms. The power company chose to use Utilihive, a cloud-native, digital integration platform powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, at edge locations. The project’s initial rollout consisted of 1.2 million households and was completed in only five months.With so many incredible stories to share, we’re excited for you to join us this week – Oct. 21 and 22 – for Dell Technologies World Digital Experience. We’re looking forward to demonstrating how we are here to help customers, and our vision for how technology is reshaping our world. Fueling data and analytics: Insurance Australia Group (IAG) is Australia’s largest general insurer, with more than 13,000 employees and approximate revenue of $13 billion. The company turned to Dell EMC PowerFlex to help them power next-generation big data workloads within their private cloud. PowerFlex delivers the scalability, stability, resiliency and performance needed to support their leading-edge applications.
Europe captain Paul McGinley believes next year’s Ryder Cup will be a heavyweight contest which will again be decided by the narrowest of margins. Europe have won seven of the last nine biennial contests, including the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ comeback from 10-6 down last year, causing the PGA of America to ask Tom Watson to reprise his role as captain at The Belfry in 1993, the last time the USA tasted success on European soil. But although McGinley accepts Watson’s assertion that the home side will be favourites at Gleneagles, he is not expecting a repeat of the record nine-point wins he was part of as a player in 2004 and 2006. “The margin between the two teams is so slight. It has been for a number of years,” said McGinley, who was a vice-captain to Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinah. “And Lady Luck, I can tell you right now, has shone on us at the right times in the last two Ryder Cups, there’s been no doubt about it and we have been fortunate to come out on the right side. “I’m well aware that the margin between the two teams is very slight, and I think it’s going to be a very closely-fought contest, and that’s what makes the Ryder Cup so special and that’s why everybody has such an interest. “We know it’s going to be in boxing terms a heavyweight contest from toe-to-toe, from start to finish.” Watson wants his players to hold onto their feelings of depression from Medinah and use it as motivation, while he also wants to see Tiger Woods continue to play a leadership role. “He became very much a part of the team last year, and we need him to be a leader. There’s not a question about that,” Watson said of the world number one, who has played on just one winning team from seven appearances and claimed only half a point from four matches at Medinah. “I don’t care who you are, if you don’t look up to Tiger Woods, what he’s accomplished in his career and say, I want to play like Tiger Woods, you don’t know what you’re talking about. “He’s had the most remarkable career probably of almost any professional golfer in the history of our game. To have him on your team….when I played in the Ryder Cup, I stood on the tee and heard several times, ‘And now on the tee, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus’.” “You don’t think that was kind of a (taking deep breath) moment; God, I’ve got Jack Nicklaus on my six (watching my back).” McGinley’s reply to that was simply: “We’ve got Ian Poulter.” Poulter inspired the comeback in Chicago with five straight birdies to win his Saturday afternoon fourball with Rory McIlroy, but if Watson had his way, the Englishman would never have been chosen as a wild card. “If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” Watson said. “That’s the way I qualified. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to. “I reduced my picks this year from four to three, and was thinking actually two, because I wanted the players who are playing, to have getting on the Ryder Cup as a goal. If they got there, then they have earned something very, very special. And maybe we should go back to no picks.” McGinley effectively laughed off that suggestion, knowing that the current system could prove vital given the number of his potential team members who play in the United States. Press Association
With a wide, toothy grin, Amba Etta-Tawo walked up to cameras and recorders. The camera lights flicked on, thrusting him into the spotlight he’s constantly been in at Syracuse.He had completed the best game for an SU wide receiver in the program’s history the contest prior, racking up 270 yards and becoming the nation’s leading receiver in the process. He turned, making eye contact and giving individual reporters his attention.What’s the past week been like for you?With all this success coming, is that kind of challenging a little bit? How do you make sure you don’t get too high?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEveryone knows you’re in the national rankings. How does it feel?He paused, likely knowing his real answer wouldn’t fit into a 30-second sound bite. He’d have to parse out his father leaving the United States, one brother’s football career cut short, another brother’s football career never starting and one of his first mentors being killed before he had graduated high school.Amba is 840 yards into his senior season — a last shot at a football dream. He’s watched so many other careers be cut short. After four disappointing seasons at Maryland, Amba transferred to Syracuse out of desperation and hope.The move propelled him to one of the most prolific seasons so far. If he keeps pace, he’ll be just the second player to cross the 2,000-receiving-yard barrier in NCAA history. He’ll likely be a contender for the Biletnikoff Award, given to college football’s best receiver. He’ll do what so many of his mentors haven’t: extend his football career.He faces the questions easily and takes them in stride. Amba gathers himself for a split second and comes up with an answer good enough for the moment, one that doesn’t involve him dissecting how he got here.“We’re just trying to focus on the next game,” he said.,Amba admitted he was slightly immature as a younger player at McEachern (Georgia) High School. His oldest brother, Etta, knew his brother didn’t take his grades as seriously as he should. One day, that spilled over to football.Amba was late to practice.Ken Hockman, Amba’s position coach, happened to be on the phone with Etta and slid the detail into their conversation.“He’ll never be late to practice again,” Hockman recalls Etta saying.Etta had been Amba’s father figure since their father, Ekure Tawo, left for Nigeria. Amba and his brother Egim say their father left in 2004. Four brothers constitute the Etta-Tawo siblings: Etta (the oldest), Egim (second oldest), Amba and Ekure (the youngest). After their father left, Etta guided the brothers alongside their mother, Stella.“When he decided to go back, I took it as my opportunity to step up and be the older figure to my younger brothers,” Etta said.The family had come from Muscat, Oman in 1999 via a Visa lottery. The brothers played soccer and lived in a 10-mile-wide private community with other expatriates, including Americans, Brits and people of other various nationalities. Every morning, the boys would take a 30 to 40 minute bus ride to a private school. There was enough space in the community for the brothers to ride bikes and roam. But before they left Muscat, an uncle told the boys they’d soon forget about soccer.“Guys, I’m telling you now,” Etta recalled the uncle telling them, “when you guys get over there, you guys are going to start playing football.”When they arrived in the United States, the family settled in Atlanta. The 1998-99 Atlanta Falcons made the Super Bowl. The brothers became fans of Jamal Anderson and the “Dirty Bird” dance he did after touchdowns.The Falcons’ success drew the oldest Etta-Tawo brother in. He won a championship in his first season playing football as a seventh grader. Amba and Egim followed their brother, each scoring touchdowns in their first recreation league games. Etta watched their careers unfold as a volunteer coach in high school. Together, the brothers were naturals. Etta eventually committed to play at Clemson.During a Monday practice in Etta’s redshirt freshman season, he felt short of breath in a helmets-only walkthrough. Etta thought the problem was a cold, but after two more days of practice, it didn’t improve. He drove with trainers to the hospital and doctors ran tests, which revealed he had an enlarged heart. Etta said he was tested for a year and a half to see whether he could return or if his condition had improved, but he never got back to the field. One of Etta’s former college teammates, Gaines Adams, collapsed and died of an enlarged heart in 2010 when he played for the Chicago Bears.“Amba and Egim sent me a long text basically saying … ‘You’re the reason I started playing football. I can’t believe this is happening, your dream is coming to an end,’” Etta said. “‘I just want you to know with everything I’ve got left in my body, I’m going to play for you, I’m going to play for Ekure, I’m going to play for mom.’“I started tearing up a little bit.”While Etta was disappointed, he realized the end of his career would help spur Egim’s and Amba’s. The latter was so small when he started playing that he hated being tackled, so much so that Hockman said the team had to manage his temper. Opponents and teammates knew it got under the young receiver’s skin. The coach estimated Amba stood 6-feet-1 but just 135 pounds in his freshman season. As a gangly player, he learned to outrun opponents to avoid tackles.Hockman had a competition for his wide receiver crew each week. Whoever had the best set of practices was allowed to wear a pair of gold Cutters gloves in McEachern’s next contest. Often, Amba and Hockman would stay late after practice and Amba would catch 80 balls from a JUGS machine. The wide receiver coach said Amba was on McEachern’s second team for a few weeks, but they quickly realized he should be moved up.Hockman saw Amba’s talent, and all he needed to do was refine and refocus it. When Amba was late to practice, his brother reminded him of what he was playing for. The talk set Amba on the right path.“When you show up to practice late, you’re telling your coaches that you don’t care about their time, that your time is better than their time and you’re better than the team,” Etta said, recalling what he told Amba. “… When you start doing stuff like that, coaches are gonna fall off, fall away from you. You may have all the talent in the world, but if you’re a knucklehead and don’t do what they tell you, then their patience is going to wear thin.”He was never late to practice again.,Amba played his first varsity football game as a sophomore at the Georgia Dome in late August of 2009. As he popped into the huddle, then-teammate Rajaan Bennett looked at him during the play call.“This is going to be a touchdown,” Amba recalls Rajaan telling him.From about 30 yards out, Amba ran a fade to the end zone. The ball floated right into his arms for his first varsity touchdown.Rajaan, McEachern’s starting running back, was a senior. Amba said the upperclassman helped calm him down on the field in what were some of his first snaps on the varsity field. The former had been friends with Egim because the two played together. When Egim left, Amba and Rajaan became lockermates. Rajaan usurped some of the role Etta and Egim had played before both left for Clemson and West Georgia, respectively. The running back had committed to Vanderbilt, was one of McEachern’s best players and was also an honor student at the high school.On the morning of Feb. 18, 2010, Amba picked up a call from McEachern quarterback Trent Thompson. He told Amba that Rajaan had been killed. Although Amba didn’t initially believe Thompson, he sobbed for a short time and went to school, hoping it was a joke. When he arrived, he found classmates crying and milling around the football field.Amba doesn’t remember many people going to class that day.According to ESPN, the following took place. Earlier that morning, the former boyfriend of Narjaketha Bennett, Rajaan’s mother, had broken into the family’s house. Narjaketha woke up with a .22-caliber pistol pointed at her. Clifton Steger, bitter over a breakup with Rajaan’s mother, had Narjaketha put her brother, who was living with the family at the time, Rajaan and her daughter in a bathroom. Rajaan’s brother was allowed to stay in a bedroom.Steger had Bennett round up the family’s cell phones. She, however, hid hers and slipped it to Rajaan while she was in the bathroom with him. Rajaan quietly called the police, who showed up. Steger sent Narjaketha out to quell the police. She left the house emotional. Steger headed with his pistol to the bathroom. Narjaketha’s brother met Steger at the bathroom first but was shot while trying to wrestle the gun away. He lived. Steger fired several shots in the bathroom.Rajaan had taken his sister into the bathtub and covered her from Steger’s shots, which pierced Rajaan’s heart and killed him. Then Steger shot himself.“When we got the news that he had passed away, I called Amba right away and he couldn’t stop sobbing,” Etta said. “Never in my life have I seen him or been around him when he’s been that upset.”After Rajaan’s death, McEachern started holding up five fingers before the opening kickoff in honor of their killed teammate because he wore No. 5. On their jerseys, the players had the No. 5 as a patch to remember Rajaan, and Etta said Amba would write a quote or two on his wrists dedicated to Rajaan. Amba was one of several players who read a poem Rajaan had written titled “Don’t Be Scared” for a class assignment before each game. It was also read at Rajaan’s funeral.“It ended up being some type of amazingly good poem,” Amba said. “We didn’t know that side of him.”Now, players all around the country wear No. 5 for Rajaan, including Oregon running back Taj Griffin, South Carolina defensive lineman Darius English and Georgia defensive lineman Julian Rochester. Amba hasn’t been able to wear No. 5. In Powder Springs, Georgia, there’s a holiday on May 21 every year named Rajaan Bennett day. Rajaan would have graduated on the date in 2010.It’s been more than six years since Rajaan’s death. Amba still plays for a fallen teammate who many said was headed for success in football or elsewhere. Talking about his friend, Amba smiles, but shortly after, his face recedes and returns to normal.“He touched a lot of people, he touched the whole community,” Amba said. “I could go on for hours and hours.”,When his older brothers left college, Amba took on the role they had played for him for Ekure. Stella wanted to keep Ekure active, so he took piano lessons. Amba decided to join in. Ekure, unlike his brothers, couldn’t play football because he has cerebral palsy, a disorder which can affect muscle movement, tone and coordination.He never played publicly, but Stella sent a video of Amba and Ekure playing together to Etta, who never thought he’d see one brother playing the piano, let alone two. Amba took the leadership void Etta and Egim vacated when they departed for college.“Amba felt like my two big brothers are gone so I gotta be big brother now and take the lead,” Etta said, “and have Ekure’s back and make sure he’s OK with everything.”The two are the nearest brothers in age (they were just a grade apart in school) and are also the closest of the brothers. Even now, Etta notices the two brothers come home for breaks and trash talk over video games, enough that Egim and Etta may tell them to cut games off and just watch television.Despite not being able to play football, the youngest Etta-Tawo would often watch his brothers’ practices. Etta said Ekure knows the most about football of the four.Egim and Amba always promised they’d play for their two brothers who had football taken from them. Not long after the older brothers left, however, Amba had to leave, too. He had committed to Randy Edsall at Maryland. In his freshman season, Amba showed promise, racking up 500 yards. The then-freshman caught his first touchdown against Clemson. Yet he’d never hit that total in a season again at UMD.After his first season, other players started above Amba on the depth chart. The Terps had future NFL players Deon Long and Stefon Diggs. When Edsall was fired, Amba knew he had a chance to find the right spot for himself. He visited Powder Springs and told Ken and Kyle Hockman he was considering Syracuse.The Hockmans came from Ohio and both had played at Bowling Green. As alumni, they knew about Dino Babers and what he could do to unlock Amba’s potential. They put in a call for Amba. Despite considering Mississippi State, Missouri and Toledo, among others, Amba cancelled all his other visits after he saw SU.Over the summer, the Syracuse wide receiver visited Los Angeles and trained with former high school teammate Chris Davis. Kavell Conner, Etta’s former roommate at Clemson and an NFL linebacker who has played for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers, helped the two train.His family had been scheduled to take a trip to Nigeria this summer, and he would’ve visited his mother’s family. Instead, he came to Syracuse to get an early jump on adjusting. He thought it would be a bad look to go on vacation while his teammates worked toward the season.“Normally my mom would be upset with something like that,” Etta said.Amba approached his brothers before he told his mother that he’d be skipping the family trip. Etta helped reason with Stella that it was crucial for Amba to stay for his last shot at college football. She eventually grew “more than fine” with it.“That’s how I know he matured with that,” Etta said. “He decided to skip a trip around the world.”,When Etta came home on break from Clemson, he, Egim and Amba worked out together at McEachern. A group of high schoolers from a rival school showed up and challenged the brothers to a pick-up football game. Etta played quarterback and Amba was one of his wide receivers. Then a middle schooler, Amba torched the high schoolers, catching upwards of 20 passes, Etta said.For the last four years, that potential has only come in bursts. He’s finally gotten the opportunity to execute that talent while playing for the people he used to play with.On Tuesday, Amba and Eric Dungey teased each other as they were both being interviewed. Amba’s grin reappeared. And while all the football dreams of the players from the pick-up game have faded or will soon fade, his is still in progress.“I’m trying not to think too much about it,” Amba said. “I’m trying to focus on the next thing and keep on moving. At the end when everything works out, hopefully it does, I can look back at it positively.”As Amba stopped joking with Dungey, he pivoted and walked through double doors out of the foyer of the Petty-Iacolano Football Wing with the grin still on his face.,Banner photo by Bryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer Published on October 6, 2016 at 12:39 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Comments