Limerick to show it’s Got Talent

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSave the sausagesNext articleCarducci Quartet will open Autumn series Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. LIMERICK’S Got Talent will take to the Lime Tree Theatre from August 20 to 23 in a showcase of local talent which will simultaneously raise funds for multiple sclerosis.This year’s competition has moved to accommodate the tremendous support and interest from the Limerick public who have been treated to spectacular entertainment in the previous four years of its existence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Producer Mike O’Connor said: “We are looking forward to this year’s competition with great excitement and curiosity to see how the acts take to performing on the bigger stage at Lime Tree to see how they make the transition.”Previous winners of the competition have gone on to make a big name for themselves, with inaugural winners Animal Beats touring America, Flawless dance troupe appearing on The Late Late Show and contortionist Daragh Merritt joining Fossett’s Circus. Mr O’Connor said that the variety of winners goes to show the diverse range of performers that take part in the Limerick’s Got Talent competition.“We have dancers, singers, novelty acts and whatever, and this is the first time we’ve ever had an Irish dancer involved so we’re quite pleased with that. It’s quite a mixture. We’ve had people applying this year that are doing karate exposés.”Three heats involving 41 acts in total will take place from Tuesday 20 to August 22, with a five-strong judging panel choosing three acts to qualify for the final. The public will get to choose one act to advance and there is also the strong possibility of a wildcard selection.The final on Friday August 23 will be decided by a panel of judges, who will choose the overall winner in addition to category winners for best vocal, best band, best dance, best novely act and, new to 2013, best original song. Twitter LifestyleEntertainmentNewsLocal NewsLimerick to show it’s Got TalentBy Liam Togher – August 15, 2013 725 Limerick musician opens a chapter on bedtime stories Print TAGSentertainmentLimerick’s Got TalentMike O’Connor center_img WhatsApp News Roundup | January 11, 2020 News Roundup | January 18, 2020 Facebook News Roundup | January 24, 2020 Email Film column – The Grudge First Grammy nomination for The Cranberries with ‘In The End’last_img read more

Watch Carly Rae Jepsen Talk Wigs, Broadway’s Cinderella & New Music on Good Morning America

first_imgIn her own little corner, she can be whatever she wants to be! Broadway newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen stopped by Good Morning America to give a backstage tour of her newest job at Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The “Call Me Maybe” star takes over the role of Ella from Tony nominee Laura Osnes starting February 4 alongside Emmy nominee Fran Drescher as the wicked stepmother. Check out the video below to see Jepsen with newly appointed prince Joe Caroll practicing their waltz and also get a sneak peek at some inspired wig choices. A finer night you know you’ll never see! Fran Drescher Joe Carroll Related Shows Cinderella Star Files View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Carly Rae Jepsenlast_img read more

Study: South Africa’s Eskom Overexposed to Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Day (South Africa):Eskom should curtail the construction of Kusile and retire several of its old coal-fired power stations early to save itself billions and shield consumers from excessive energy costs, a new study suggests.The study, by consultancy Meridian Economics, also says that if SA is to pursue a least-cost path for energy generation in the future, it does not need a gas, coal or nuclear procurement programme but should accelerate the installation of more renewable energy, the price of which is falling.The release of the Meridian study at Wednesday’s Windaba conference in Cape Town came as internal Eskom documents on Monday revealed the extent of Eskom’s financial problems, and that by the end of January, the company will be R5bn in the red and unable to pay suppliers or salaries.Eskom also faces an excess of supply – equal to at least the size of the entire Medupi plant – in the foreseeable future.Meridian MD Grove Steyn said that Eskom’s tariffs, which are the highest in SA’s history, were a direct consequence of its large, expensive build programme in a context of stagnant electricity demand.The study modelled scenarios for the least-cost operation of SA’s power system and calculated the cost to it of removing each one of the power stations. It also investigated the incremental costs associated with running a particular station for its remaining life.This makes it possible to estimate the alternative cost of meeting demand if a station is decommissioned early, or if new plant construction is cancelled.“If the system can meet demand over the same period by using alternative resources such as other existing coal stations, wind and solar – but at a lower cost than the cost of electricity from a particular coal-fired power station – it makes economic sense to decommission that station early, or not to complete it,” Steyn said.The key findings were that the early decommissioning of the Grootvlei, Hendrina and Komati power stations would save R12.6bn in present-day values, and that avoiding the completion of Kusile units 5 and 6 could result in a net financial saving of R15bn to R17bn.More: Study suggests ways power costs can be cut Study: South Africa’s Eskom Overexposed to Coallast_img read more

Financial Tips for Creative Professionals

first_imgIn this post we share a few guiding thoughts for creatives on how to grow your business by being smarter with your money.Financial intelligence is crucial to all aspects of ‘making it in life’ but it is not something you’re born with.  Thankfully it is something you can learn. Knowing how to be smart with your money can provide financial security, setting you on a path to success and happiness.Creatives are notoriously bad at handling their money, but with a little discipline and forethought, anyone can be smarter with their hard earned cash.  In this post, we’ve outlined a few financial strategies specifically geared toward creative professionals.Photo from Flickr.Grow Your AssetsIn his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki spells out all the things he thinks rich people teach their kids to help them stay rich. I’m in two minds about some of the contents of the book but there is one really helpful salient point that it worth learning:Buy assets not liabilities.The basic difference that Kiyosaki suggests exists between the poor/middle classes and The Rich, is that The Rich buy things that make them more money, while the middle classes just buy more stuff – a new car, house, sofa etc. So the idea is that you should spend your money in things that will make you more money and then keep going round in that virtuous circle until you can buy that new car, house, sofa with some of the profits from your investments.  Buy assets (things that will put money in your pocket) and not liabilities (things that will take money out of your pocket).So what are assets for a creative?Investing in further training, new software or equipment can be real assets, but only if you know they will pay their way. The danger for imaginative creatives with a lust for the latest technology is that they can buy things (in a ‘middle class’ way) that they think they need but in reality they just really want. So if you never get around to watching the training or using the new expensive equipment on paying gigs, they are in fact just liabilities.The best way to avoid this pitfall is to find a customer first. Find someone (or hopefully several people) who are willing to pay you for knowing a new piece of software or using a specific piece of technology, then make the investment that you know will give you a good return.Other assets for creatives are the same as they are for anyone else – put your money into anything that will grow over time –  property, enterprises and people.Be OrganizedPhoto from SquidooAnother really important thing to learn is to be organized with your money. If you’re a creative freelancer you’ll be getting paid gross. This (as you well know) means you’re responsible for paying your own taxes. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by being organized with your money and the moment you get paid, setting aside the percentage you’ll need to cover your taxes.It’s vital that you move this into a physically separate bank account from the one you live out of. If you leave it in there it will just get spent. This way you’ll always have the money you need to pay your taxes in full and on time. Plus once the sums are all done, you could end up with some left over, to invest back in new assets. As a freelancer in the UK I put aside 30% of my gross pay to make sure I can cover my taxes come year end.  This is just a suggestion and your accountant should be able to advise you on what you need to set aside.Some people recommend a 70/10/10/10 philosophy of money management. Save 10 percent of your take home pay, invest 10 percent, give 10 percent and then live on the rest. Personally I think this makes a lot of sense. What would that look like in your life?Check out this article for a real world example of the 70/10/10/10 model in action.Be ThriftyWhen you talk to most people about budgets, especially ones that are about their day to day expenses and not how much they’re about to get out of the production pie, their eyes tend to glaze over and their mind shuts down.People think budgets are boring…and they are.They are not supposed to be exciting, they are just a means to an end. The end is what is supposed to be exciting and that end might be a new house, holiday or a sofa (you are allowed to buy them and be part of The Rich – but only with your profits!). So don’t think about how you’re budgeting, think about the exciting end that your budget is taking you to. Without a budget you’re basically flying blind, so you must have one. Luckily there’s only one rule to budgeting which is:Spend less than you make.If you’re not earning much, then you need to get creative with spending less, finding ways to make what you do have go further and of course, making more money. The first step is to find out what you’re spending and where its going, so you can make some wise choices about how best to budget your finances.Another important aspect of being thrifty is to simply make do with less or to buy second hand if you can. You’ll obviously save a lot of money although you won’t have access to manufacturers warranties or support. If you are buying something expensive always ask if you can pay in instalments to help spread the cost over time.  With any business: cash flow is king.Do some quick calculations to see how many projects you’d have to land  by adding on an equipment charge, to pay off an item.  Then calculate what kind of profit you could make from that piece of equipment within its working lifetime. These figures should help guide your thinking as to whether your current customer base can support that purchase.Are you a creative professional that has ‘budgeting’ down pat? We want to hear your financial advice!Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Trudeau serves up pancakes takes in rodeo on whirlwind Calgary Stampede visit

first_imgCALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says some of the people he met during his Calgary Stampede visit on Saturday lightheartedly mentioned a gaffe he made during a Canada Day speech, during which he skipped Alberta as he rattled off Canada’s provinces and territories.“I got a couple of people teasing me for it, but no one’s made a big deal of it. It’s sort of a gentle ribbing,” Trudeau told reporters on the second-last day of the 10-day western celebration.“I think everyone understands that mistakes happen every now and then and the fact that I keep coming back to Alberta regularly to connect with people, to work on issues that matter to Albertans is something that I know people appreciate very much.”It was earlier thought that Trudeau would miss the Stampede — a popular schmoozing event for politicians of all stripes — as it coincided with G20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany, and a U.S. governors’ meeting in Rhode Island.But Trudeau says he managed to rearrange his schedule for Saturday’s whirlwind visit.The day started off with a meeting with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi at a downtown hotel.From there, he headed to two community breakfasts, where he held babies, took selfies and served up pancakes amongst big crowds.He then visited with Indigenous leaders at the Stampede’s Indian Village, where he spoke with community members inside a tipi and accepted gifts that included a blanket, a hand-made beaded medallion, sweetgrass and smudge box.He capped off the day with an appearance at the rodeo.The controversy over the Omar Khadr settlement followed Trudeau on his trip, with a man who lives across from one of the pancake breakfasts putting up a big sign on top of is garage that read: “Trudeau, why don’t you pay the widow Speer?” — referring to the wife of Sgt. Chris Speer, the U.S. soldier Khadr is accused of killing in Afghanistan 15 years ago.Khadr had filed a $20-million lawsuit against the government for violating his Charter rights, and has received an out-of-court settlement reportedly worth $10.5 million.Daxton Yont decided to put up the sign because he and others in the community feel the payout was out of line and unjustified.“We just thought we’d put it up to get a light message across. We didn’t want to be rude about it, didn’t want to do something extreme, but just a nice gentle message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” said Yont.Khadr was sent to the notorious U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being captured during a firefight with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 years old when he was wounded in a battle in which Speer was killed and fellow Delta Force soldier Layne Morris was blinded in one eye.Khadr, now 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a widely condemned military commission at Guantanamo Bay in 2010. He said he agreed to the plea so he could get out of the American prison and return to Canada.In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian officials violated Khadr’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during their interrogations.“It’s easy to understand why people are frustrated about this. I’m concerned about the money as well, which is, as I said, why we settled,” Trudeau told reporters Saturday.He reiterated that fighting Khadr’s lawsuit in court and losing could have cost $30 million to $40 million.“So we decided that it was the right thing to do, to settle, both because it was the fiscally responsible thing to do, but also because we recognize that when governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences.”last_img read more

Winter storm forces NDP to move caucus retreat from Saguenay to Ottawa

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal New Democrats have been forced to relocate a planned caucus retreat to Ottawa after poor weather scuttled the party’s original plan to hold the meeting in Saguenay, Que.The three-day gathering was supposed to start in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on Tuesday, but a winter-storm warning led to the cancellation of several flights to the area, located about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.Environment Canada said it was expecting 25 to 40 centimetres of snow and blowing snow as well as freezing rain over parts of central and eastern Quebec through Wednesday.The storm sent NDP officials scrambling to find an alternative venue before the party decided to have MPs fly to Ottawa.The caucus retreat will kick off on Wednesday morning and run through Thursday.The NDP had been hoping to use the Saguenay meeting to get the community — where the party was trounced in a byelection in October — and Quebecers as a whole better acquainted with new leader Jagmeet Singh.“Unfortunately, the storm has had an impressive impact on the movement of our MPs in the rest of Canada,” Singh said.“I am extremely disappointed that we have been forced to postpone our visit to Saguenay. I was really looking forward to coming back to the area, especially after being so well received in the fall.”New Democrats placed a distant fourth in the Lac-Saint-Jean byelection after finishing a close second in the 2015 federal election.last_img read more

US to impose antidumping duties of 24 plus on Canadianmade pipe

first_imgThe United States has opened a new battleground in its trade war with the world, announcing preliminary anti-dumping duties on large-diameter welded pipe from Canada and five other countries.The U.S. is to immediately begin collecting 24.38 per cent cash deposits on imports from Canada that were worth almost US$180 million in 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday.The other countries being hit with duties are China, Greece, India, Korea, and Turkey, with penalties ranging from 3.45 per cent for Turkey to more than 132 per cent for China.India is the only country on the list that had greater exports of the pipe to the U.S. in 2017 than Canada, at US$295 million.The decision is “disappointing” but it affects only one of his members, said Joe Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, which represents the $15-billion primary steel production industry here.He said the Canadian arm of Chicago-based Evraz North America is the only manufacturer of large-diameter welded pipe in Canada.Evraz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the department is in contact with the exporter targeted by the duties and will monitor the situation.“The United States has a $2-billion surplus in steel trade with Canada,” said Adam Austen in an email. “Canada buys more steel from the U.S. than any other country, accounting for more than 50 per cent of U.S. exports.”The U.S. Commerce department said it found that the six countries have sold pipe at less than fair value in the United States.“Commerce currently maintains 458 anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade,” it said in a statement.Final duty determinations are to be announced in early November for China and India and in January for Canada and the other three countries.The department said enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Donald Trump administration, noting it has initiated 120 new investigations since the president came to office, more than double the previous administration.Trump slapped Canada and other allies with steel and aluminum duties last spring, which led to retaliatory levies from Ottawa.He has also made repeated threats to apply far more damaging tariffs on the deeply integrated automotive sector.Last week, Trump said the U.S. should harvest fallen trees from the forest floor, which he says are making wildfires in California worse, rather than import wood when “Canada is charging us a lot of money to bring their timber down into our country.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

France to assess financial impact of clashes over fuel tax

first_imgPARIS — France’s finance minister has said he will meet with the country’s employers’ federation and retailers to assess the economic impact of violent clashes with police over fuel tax hikes.Police bulldozers and garbage trucks cleaned up rubble on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, a day after 8,000 people demonstrated against the fuel tax. Some of the protesters torched barriers and plywood boards.Paris police have said that 24 people were injured.Bruno Le Maire told BFMTV that on Monday he will meet with representatives “from retailers, merchants, craftsmen, chambers of commerce and the employers’ federation” to estimate the protest’s “impact on sales and on our economy.”Paris’ most iconic boulevard and its surrounding streets were littered with piles of charcoal debris.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Matrix wanted Sandra Bullock as Neo

first_imgLos Angeles: The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed that before Keanu Reeves was chosen to play Neo, he initially wanted Sandra Bullock for the role. Di Bonaventura, whose filmography includes discovering the cult classic sci-fi franchise at Warner Bros and Transformers film series, said there were far more than two options to choose from. Several A-listers including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith were considered for the part. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate. We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ (Producer) Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on ‘Demolition Man’ and she was and continues to be a very good friend of mine.” “It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change,” he told The Wrap in an interview as part of the film’s 20th anniversary year. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”It just wasn’t something for her at the time. So really it didn’t go anywhere,” di Bonaventura added. A representative for Bullock said the actor did not recall the specifics of the pitch for The Wachowskis’ epic but di Bonaventura was always supportive of her career. She added, however, that the right person was cast for the film. In 2009, the actor said that she was also considered to play Trinity and regretted not taking it. The role famously went to Carrie-Anne Moss. Reeves and Bullock had previously worked in the 1994 ‘s action blockbuster film Speed, a few years before The Matrix was released.last_img read more

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