Shane and Zeb embark on new film venture

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter LIMERICK actors Shane Lennon and Zeb Moore, have just finished filming a new independent feature film, Harry, Hamlet and Im shot in Wicklow and Dublin. Lennon, from Lansdowne Park, plays an inner city criminal – Lar – with aspirations of being top dog in the murky word of drugs and violent gangsters. Moore, originally from Dublin, but now living on the old Cratloe Rd, Limerick, plays Chuck, the uncle of the main character Harry. Chuck is untrustworthy baddie that is responsible for the death of his brother (Harry’s father) and subsequently moves in with his brothers wife.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The shooting of the movie is almost finished and it is hoped to be ready for release by November.Harry, Hamlet and I. is loosely based on Hamlet, but set in Dublin’s inner-city.The main protagonist…’Harry’ is the only son of a leader of a criminal gang. The story looks at the pressure on him to be a part of that whole system, and to fit in.He struggles to free himself from his ancestry, his past. He longs to escape, so much so, that after a traumatic event he takes on a new persona, a personality, that to him seems infinitely better than Harry. His new identity is Hamlet!Said Shane: “Among other issues, this story is about our identity and where that sense of belonging comes from. The story also confronts the effects of our conditioning and how it enables us to fit in with the culture that surrounds us. It examines the possibilities of how we can transcend this.“Is it possible to break free of this conditioning? Is it possible to rise above who or what others tell us that we are? Is it possible to find a new identity for ourselves, a deeper meaning for our lives? Previous articleNew housing for single middle-aged in CroomNext articleNo room at the LAW inn admincenter_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsShane and Zeb embark on new film ventureBy admin – August 7, 2012 781 Email Printlast_img read more

Oxford gets thinking

first_imgOxford Think Week, a joint venture by Atheist, Secularist and Humanist societies, entered its third year running this week.Its aim is to promote reasoned, scientific, rational discourse about the ‘big issues’ that face the modern world. All the events are free to attend and it has become established on the Oxford annual calendar, attracting some big names such as Anthony Grayling and the sponsorship of the Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Science.The week featured a broad agenda, with 20 distinguished thinkers from diverse backgrounds taking part in talks and debates. Dawkins discussed contemporary topics, physicists questioned the basis for their understanding of the universe, while economists and philosophers are considering the morality of wealth and the value of institutionalised religion. On Tuesday a debate was held by panel of experts on ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’ in order to encourage progressive critical thinking through interdisciplinary dialogue. To finish the week off there was a more personal ‘ask an atheist’ drop in forum.Ben Krishna, one of the organisers of the week, said that they were partly inspired to start think week in response to the annual Christian mission week, but that they ‘wanted to get people talking and asking questions about interesting questions instead of trying to convert people.’Annie Webster, an organiser from Oxford Brookes, said, ‘Oxford is full of people who think a lot, and Think Week extends this invitation to people outside of academic circles. It’s a great way bring people together for a discussion on important issues and to broaden their perspectives.’Krishna said they would like Oxford Think week to become a nationally recognised event, and added that ‘It would be really great to have new young enthusiastic people getting involved.’Last year more than 1200 people attended events, and this year is set to be more popular, with local schools taking part. ‘We’d really like to see it become as popular as some of the major Literary festivals,’ said Humanist organiser Joseph Trakalo.Anna Comboni, a second year Christian PPEist said, ‘I’m glad this week is happening. Insistent and perspicacious questioning of anti-Christian friends of mine has greatly helped me sharpen up areas of sloppy thinking.‘I also really hope these talks help convince people of the seriousness and importance of questions of eternity, God and meaning – virulent opposition to Christianity is more understandable and plausible to me than apathy.’Robbie Strachan, president of the OICCU said, ‘The Christian union likes thinking, and it also likes weeks.’A religious first year engineer said, ‘Well you can promote reason and rational discourse all you want, but at the end of the day all you atheists are all going to burn in hell,’ to which Alex Hawkins-Hooker replied, ‘Maybe this is hell, and we are all burning.’last_img read more

Green Kids

first_imgGoing green doesn’t have to mean spending green – money, that is. In fact, being environmentally friendly can save money. And when kids get involved, they’re helping both their parents and the earth, says University of Georgia experts.“The things we’re talking about with the kids are not big things,” said Sharon Gibson, a family and consumer sciences specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. She and housing specialist Pamela Turner are developing a new Extension series that teaches children how to live environmentally friendly. They are showing students how little things like making their own cleaning products can reduce the amount of chemicals in their homes and save money. (The average household spends $600 a year on cleaning supplies.) And they’re encouraging students to reuse old T-shirts and other cloth for cleaning instead of using paper products.The students are also learning how unplugging personal appliances can save both energy and their parents about $94 a year. “The computer, TV, microwave and other appliances are what we call energy vampires,” Gibson said. “We don’t even realize what uses energy when it’s not in use.”They encourage students to turn the lights off when they leave the room and pick up their trash outside, teaching them how to be green by letting them see it in practice. Sometimes that practice is to watch what’s going into the garbage can. “We put so much into our landfills,” Gibson said, “but if we just pay attention to what we’re throwing away, we could reuse, reduce or even repurpose some of those items.”For example, a plastic margarine spread tub can be reused to hold other foods. Or the tub can be repurposed to hold small items like paper clips and rubber bands. The amount of plastic can be reduced if families buy paper-wrapped margarine sticks.Gibson gives a few tips on how students can be greener at home and in their classrooms. She encourages students to:• Start a recycling project. “We’re trying to encourage people to be more thoughtful,” she said.• Grow a garden at school or at home. Or students can talk to their school about purchasing locally-grown produce, which helps local farmers and cuts down on the gas used to haul produce from one distant location to another.• Bring your own water bottle. “Remember that tap water is not bad water,” Gibson said. • Pack a lunch. “Make sure to use things that you can reuse,” she said. “A reusable lunch bag and containers cut down on the trash on campus.” • Eat foods that have less packaging. A head of lettuce uses less plastic than a bag of pre-cut lettuce. And it’s less expensive.“A big part of being green is having kids be aware of what is going on in their communities,” Gibson said.Visiting one of the 4-H centers across the state, students learn science in the context of the environment through the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program.“When students are at our centers, we try to emphasize how where they are now is connected to where they live all the time,” said environmental education specialist Melanie Biersmith, who works at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.“While you’re here, we like to remind you that everything you do has some sort of impact,” Biersmith said. She gives water as an example.“The majority of Georgia water drains into five river basins on about 100 miles of coastline,” she said. “What you do in other parts of Georgia has a direct impact on the water.”Students usually travel to 4-H centers in a part of the state different from where they live. Besides Eatonton, Georgia’s centers are located in Dahlonega (Wahsega), Hampton (Fortson), Tybee Island (Burton) and Jekyll Island (Jekyll).To learn more about visiting a 4-H center or Green Kids Extension programming, contact your local UGA Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

SOCSOUTH and Trinidad and Tobago Partners Participate in Training Exchange

first_img This JCET is also significant because it was the first time in four years that a training event of this magnitude has been coordinated with the SNU, and the first time ever training with the SFOD. Renowned as a Caribbean vacation spot, the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is surrounded by stunning beaches and great weather all year around. JCETs are part of the Special Operations Command Theater Security Cooperation program. The program enables partner nations to better protect their borders and increase their capacity to conduct special operations. SOCSOUTH is responsible for all U.S. Special Operations activities in the Caribbean, Central and South America and serves as a component of U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Southern Command. “Working with the Americans motivated us to be on top of our game. We wanted to show them that we are just as passionate for our country as they are for theirs,” said a Trinidad and Tobago SNU team member. However, the country has been affected by the regional challenge of illicit trafficking over the past several years. It is a concern that their government officials have acknowledged as a threat to security in the island. “These guys were very receptive to what we trained; they showed genuine passion for their nation, and we are confident that they will continue to train hard and get better,” said a U.S. SOF team member. The JCET allowed members of the 20th SF Group to gain regional knowledge and improve their coaching abilities while exchanging methods and maneuvers with members of Trinidad and Tobago’s Special Naval Unit (SNU) and Special Forces Operation Detachment (SFOD). By Dialogo August 13, 2013 JCETs also benefit U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) because they allow their personnel to train in partner nations, like Trinidad and Tobago, and develop their military tactics and skills in unfamiliar settings, while also improving bilateral relations and interoperability with partner nation militaries. During the program, they sharpened their military skills by conducting combat casualty care, 100- and 200-meter swim tests, pistol and rifle shooting, small unit tactics training, and small movement groups training. The JCET concluded with a Culmination Exercise in the form of interdiction operations against simulated organized crime organzations and extremist elements. According to the executive officer of the U.S. SOF team, JCETs like this help to increase the capabilities of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to conduct operations Countering Transnational Organized Crime and deter illicit traffickers from their national borders and waterways. With this threat in mind, Trinidad and Tobago officials welcomed an elite group of “Green Berets” from the U.S. Army 20th Special Forces Group as part of a four-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) Program in July. SOCSOUTH planners hope to continue a strong working relationship with their partners in the coming months and hold similar events in the near future.last_img read more

RVP sates title hunger with United

first_img The Dutchman had just an FA Cup winner’s medal to his name when he moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal last summer but has scored 24 league goals this season to help fire Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to a 20th crown. And the 29-year-old, who also won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord before coming to England, admits the season has been a dream come true. He told The Sun on Sunday: “I’ve waited a very long time for this. It’s what every professional dreams might happen one day. That’s why I sacrificed so much to come here. I chased a dream and I’m so happy the dream has now been fulfilled. I still can’t believe it, it’s just an incredible feeling.” Robin van Persie has spoken of his relief after winning the Barclays Premier League title with Manchester United. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “It is also a massive relief after all this time to be lucky enough to win a title in one of the hardest leagues in the world. “My move to Manchester United was all about timing. We met each other at exactly the right time. They were so eager to win the Premier League title back. And I was so eager to win the title for the first time.” At 29, Van Persie is in the prime of his career and he admits that he is eager to add to his trophy cabinet while he is still at his best. “Quite simply, I now want to win as much as possible,” he added. “Now I’ve won one big prize I’m even more eager to win more, even more eager to win it all. “Next season I have the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Capital One Cup, Community Shield and, of course, the World Cup to focus on.” United have been linked with moves for a host of strikers this summer to supplement Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, but Van Persie does not see that as a threat to his place and believes a bigger squad can help him achieve his ambitions with the club. “The more quality players we bring the better,” he said. “And even more fun. I trust (Ferguson’s) judgement. The manager knows what is good for the team.” last_img read more

Bolt, Jamaica teammates ordered to return relay medals

first_imgBy Kayon RaynorKINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and his Jamaican teammates who won the 4 x 100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games have been told by the country’s Olympic Association to return their gold medals following Nesta Carter’s failed drug test.Mike Fennell, Jamaica Olympic Association president, told Reuters that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas are being contacted following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee.“I can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the IOC,” Fennell told Reuters by telephone yesterday.Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, did not indicate whether a time-frame had been given, but he confirmed that Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“In our discussions with Nesta so far he’s discussing that matter (appealing to CAS) with his attorneys, both local and in the UK,” Fennell told Reuters.He did not comment on BBC reports that the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) might appeal against the ruling that they, too, should forfeit their medals.In the case of Bolt, losing his would reduce his career haul of Olympic gold medals from nine to eight.last_img read more

Coming off hiatus, cross country team looks to build

first_imgTyler Kowta | Daily TrojanAfter a three-week break, women’s cross country will compete on Saturday at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational. With a goal of gradual and consistent improvement, head coach Patrick Henner says the team will continue to refine racing tactics at the meet.“One of the biggest or most important skills we’ve been working on is learning how to build intensity throughout the race,” Henner said. “So to start mentally and physically relaxed, and then as you move through the 5K race this Saturday, try to build intensity every 1,000 [meters] so that you’re running your hardest in the last 1,000.”Henner said the strategy builds on the same race plan from the UNLV Invitational, where the Trojans placed fourth overall. He noted the team’s top three finishers — junior Amber Gore, junior Lauren Maurer and freshman Jennifer Daly — executed this plan well at UNLV. On Saturday, Henner expects the trio to build on this success, while he also looks for improvement from the back half of the team.“My philosophy is that to have a really good cross country team, everybody has to go out and execute the race plan and give a really good effort,” Henner said. “And that’s something that’s always 100 percent under your control. So, if you can do that, and you have all your top five or seven do that, then the scoreboard’s going to take care of itself.”After the Highlander Invitational, the Trojans will compete at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational before moving on to their Pac-12 conference meet and NCAA West Regionals. Instead of viewing these meets as an end, Henner said he wants the team to focus on the overall process of the season.“Distance running is a long-term investment,” Henner said. “It’s not a short-term game. So we just want to look to get better physically and mentally, every single training block, every single race, and really not look at the end of the season as the end of anything. It’s just like, ‘Hey, that’s a building block, now we can move into indoors and keep working on those same skills.’”last_img read more

Charity Fantasy Football winner, the Dore, presents check to Memorial Auditorium Board

first_imgTuesday night’s ceremonial check presentation from WCFFL to the Memorial Auditorium Board are from left to right: Nate Jones, Kip Etter, Kelly Green, Pam Hinman, and Connie Bales.Sumner Newscow report — During halftime of the varsity girls basketball games at Wellington High School on Feb. 9, a ceremonial check was presented to members of the Memorial Auditorium Board from the Wellington Charity Fantasy Football League. The league’s year-two champion, Kip Etter of the Dore Grill and Bar, and league commissioner, Nate Jones of Sumner Communications’ handed the $800 check to Kelly Green, Pam Hinman, and Connie Bales. This was the second year for the WCFFL, to date the league has donated $1,800 to local charities.Along with Etter (who played for the Memorial Auditorium Air Conditioning Fund) and Jones (Sumner County Community Drug Action Team), the rest of the league consisted of Michelle Crittenden, Michelle’s Encore Dance (Wellington Food Bank); Tytus Cornejo, Day Funeral Home (Wellington Forward); Shawn DeJarnett, DeJarnett Law Office ( Tracy McCue, Sumner NewsCow (Crusader Club); James Jordan, Sumner NewsCow (Salvation Army); and Spencer Furman, Redbeard’s Barber Shop (Wellington Noon Lions Club).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more