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
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for October 28th, the day Congress enforced Prohibition in 1919 forcing booze underground and giving criminals something to do, mainly get organized:Georgia Man Runs Across U.S. for ScienceJosh Seehorn, 27-years-old and from Athens, GA, is currently crossing the nation on foot along the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800 mile trail that bisects the country from California to Delaware. The ADT is the only non-motorized, coast-to-coast trail in the U.S. and links up trails, rail-trails and the like through 15 states through the heartland. Seehorn has been on the trail since late March and is currently in the Iowa region on his trek from West (near San Francisco) to East (Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware), where he participated in a marathon to meet people, learn about the area, and presumably kill a few hours. The purpose of the trip is to raise awareness of envirothons – high school environmental education competitions – for which he is the coordinator and former competitor.Forrest Gump was from Alabama, not Georgia. Don’t get the two mixed up, even though they both sport impressive beards, run across the country, and love Jenny….I mean science education. Follow Josh’s progress on his blog, his Twitter, and his Facebook.Southwest Virginia Bike NewsA couple of bike-focused stories out of southwest Virginia caught our attention over the weekend.The first is a story on developing bike lanes in Lynchburg, VA. The city has installed bike lanes on some of its busy streets, and this has cyclists happy. Lynchburg has a bike infrastructure plan through its Region 2000 partnership and bike lanes will continue to pop up in the city. Accompanying the article on WSET.com is a video of riding in Lynchburg and the dangers it can pose. There are also comments, which despite the tinder-box subject matter, are relatively docile. This has been a long time coming in the Hill City, given that it has so many college students and an emerging outdoors scene. Read the story here.The second story involves a university also, but not in a good way. A Virginia Tech student had the honor of meeting her University’s president last week, a feat for a school as big as Tech, but probably not the way she wanted. You see, he was driving the car that ran into her while she was riding her bike through campus. Abigail Motley was riding to class when Tech President Charles Steger hit her with his 2012 Mercedes sedan while making a right turn. Motley was checked out at the scene with minor scrapes. No word on the status of the bicycle. No charges were filed and Steger reportedly sent Motley flowers later that day.Ligety Wins Opening Race of SeasonHow about a little skiing news as the snow flurries around the Southeast and we get jazzed for Sochi. American skiing ace Ted Ligety again won the opening Giant Slalom of the FIS Ski World Cup held in Soelden, Austria over the weekend. It is the third consecutive year Ligety has won the season-opening GS. And that’s not all! American skiing bad-boy provocateur Bode Miller came in 19th, a surprisingly high finish for a guy who took all last year off to rest his injured knee. On the women’s side, great American hope, Tiger-esse, pin-up, legs of steel, champion of champions, Lindsey Vonn did not compete. She plans to give her season a go next month following surgery.
USC hopes participation in a new survey program will help the university improve the student experience.The university is in its final stages of joining the Student Experience in the Research University Consortium, which will allow USC to partake in a multi-university survey USC officials hope will help them improve the university.“We have been committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education for over 10 years now, and we have done a good job, but we are not satisfied,” said Mark Pavelchak, USC’s academic information officer.Starting out as a survey for only University of California schools, the Student Experience in the Research University survey has now come to include 17 top universities, allowing USC to see where it stands in comparison to other research universities. USC has been working three years to join the consortium.Pavelchak said being part of the consortium will allow USC to evaluate how it compares to other schools.“We have increased selectivity and student quality to where we can hold out against Berkeley and UCLA,” Pavelchak said.The survey will provide detailed information on how students feel about specific academic programs and the overall USC experience.The survey consists of a group of core questions and an individualized section chosen from random from a group of four topics.“The survey asks you to look back from where you came from and why you came here,” Pavelchak said. “There are four modules students are randomly assigned to, which include academic experience and globalization, community and civic engagement, student life and development, and then lastly a set of special interest questions that pertain directly to USC.”The survey is a comprehensive look at the university, and allows USC to look at what needs improvement“The survey touches on every aspect of USC, from faculty to services to the climate of the campus,” Pavelchak said. “We are going to take an honest look at what students are patting us on the back for and at the constructive criticism and give that information to administration.”The first wave of email surveys as sent out March 24. The university will continue to remind students who have yet to submit responses, as well as provide incentives for the completion of the survey in the form of cash prizes, an Apple iPad and an opportunity to participate in USC football’s Guest Coaches Program.Although students are often bombarded with surveys for classes or other USC programs, the incentives for this survey and the chance to affect the university’s future seem to be catching the eye of students.“Over my four years here, USC has changed so much,” said Betsi Crow, a senior majoring in biology. “Not only the area around USC, but I have definitely noticed that more programs are being offered and there are more events and clubs than there were when I was a freshman. I feel like USC has put an emphasis on continuing to improve, so this survey will provide them with a lot of good information to continue to do so.”
“Coach Scott had a tough season. I don’t know how he did it with the retirement and farewell tour,” World Peace said. “He’s not able to have a full practice at all during the season with the whole unit and then had to go out and coach that unit. On top of that, he’s having young guys you’re trying to teach and manage at the same time.”World Peace’s opinion might only mean so much since he does not represent the Lakers’ long-term future. Russell said he agreed with Scott’s recent admission that he could have communicated better with his younger players. In a season in which he lost his starting spot 20 games into the season, Russell chalked it up to a genuine learning curve. “Everybody was trying to get to know each other,” Russell said. “Everybody was just thrown into a pot and expecting gold to come out. We struggled all year trying to figure out roles and what guys could do. I felt like it was just the warmup.”That could start with how Russell commands the team. On Friday he dismissed talk that he lost any of his teammates’ trust after secretly recording a video of teammate Nick Young admitting to infidelities, something that inadvertently went public earlier this month. Yet, Russell said his exit meeting on Thursday with Scott and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak centered on improving his work habits.“Maturity was more a topic of discussion as far as preparation, figuring out a routine and going into film sessions and practice and shootarounds with a more business-like approach instead of a ‘Let’s get through it’ approach,” Russell said. “I don’t feel like you can teach leadership qualities. You just have to have it. I’ve always tried to be a leader. But I think the great thing about our team is everybody wants to be a leader.”Russell also wants to become stronger so he can expand his post game.Despite averaging a double double, Randle believes he can become “great” if he perfects his mid-range jump shot, right hand and off-ball defense. After describing his defense as “horrible,” Clarkson plans to make that area a higher priority. Nance Jr. will focus on developing his mid-range game as a small forward. And with his injured right foot at “80 percent,” Brown hopes to increase reps after playing a mostly limited role. “I don’t think anybody’s walking around like they just walked on water,” Randle said. “ We all feel like we could do a better job.”To reach that point, Russell, Randle and Clarkson all vowed they will accept Bryant’s open invitation for feedback. They said they will plan to continuously seek his advice and drive down to his Orange County residence for informal workouts. Clarkson also joked he would drag Russell and Randle out of bed to the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. Lastly, the Lakers’ young players suggested they will embrace Scott’s coaching.“They bought into it,” Clarkson said. “Next year is going to be totally different in terms of style and defensive schemes. Guys just have to buy into what coach is talking about.” Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown plan to play in Summer League for the second consecutive year. Clarkson only expressed uncertainty because of his uncertain offseason as a restricted free agent. Randle remained noncommittal simply because he wanted to unwind.“With this organization, I feel like failure is not an option,” Russell said. “You can be replaced just like that”Just as the Lakers want to establish continuity with their young core, looming changes might arise. The Lakers could receive a top-three pick in the NBA draft lottery next month. The Lakers will have about $55 million to spend on free agents this offseason when accounting for expiring contracts to Bryant ($25 million) and Roy Hibbert ($15.5 million).And the Lakers (17-65) will have to reach clarity on coach Byron Scott, who enters the third year of a $17 million contract overseeing the worst record in franchise history for two consecutive years. Yet, Lakers veteran forward Metta World Peace argued that Scott “has my vote for Coach of the Year” because of so many extenuating circumstances. Once the buzzer sounded, Kobe Bryant hugged D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson at center court with the same emotion as if he had just won another NBA championship. In the locker room, Bryant’s teammates soon showered him with a champagne bath suggesting the same thing.Eventually, the euphoria died surrounding Bryant’s 60-point performance in his final game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at Staples Center. Then, Bryant offered one parting message after drilling countless other ones both on the court and in the locker room.“The most important thing during this offseason is for them to work together. It’s easy sometimes for them to break apart,” Bryant said before offering perspective on his 20-year NBA career. “ ‘It will go by fast. If you don’t give it your all, you will regret it. You’re absolutely going to regret it. Don’t be that guy. Get yourself in the gym. Work as hard as you possibly can.’ And hopefully they got the message.”A day later, it sounded as if they heard it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error