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General Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8

first_imgLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Will @LimerickCouncil agree to add all voters who have submitted forms since the last electoral register was published to the Supplementary Register for the General [email protected]_Leader @Live95fmNews @limerickpost @LimerickToday pic.twitter.com/40m4dnv9IO— Claire Keating Green Party Candidate (@ClaireKeatingGP) January 14, 2020 TAGSClaire KeatingGE2020general electionGeneral Election 2020IrelandLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print Email Linkedin Government ‘makes a complete mess’ of pub reopening Advertisement “It’s already been revealed that Dublin City and Fingal Councils will include all new voters from the last year on the Supplementary Register, which is allowed under the Electoral Act. I’m sure all parties would agree that Limerick City and County Council should act now and announce they will do the same.” Twittercenter_img NewsPoliticsGeneral Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8By Cian Reinhardt – January 14, 2020 274 This will be the first time a General Election vote will be held on a Saturday, and candidates are now facing into a four-week campaign.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In holding the General Election on a Saturday for the first time, I do so knowing the inconvenience to families of a polling day on a weekday during school term – time off work, lost income, increased childcare costs. I also want to make it easier for students and those working away from home to cast their votes,” Mr Varadkar said.With progress made on Brexit in the United Kingdom, the Fine Gael leader believes now is the “best time for the country” to hold a General Election.Addressing the short run-in to the polling day, he said, “Brexit is not done yet. In fact, it’s only half-time.“The next step is to negotiate a free trade agreement between the EU including Ireland and the United Kingdom that protects our jobs, our businesses, our rural communities and our economy.“The capacity to do everything else that needs to be done – health, housing, climate action, tax reform – depends on achieving this outcome. And, it has to be done by the end of the year.“There exists now a window of opportunity to hold a General Election and to have a new Government in place before the next European Council meeting in March with a strong mandate to focus on these negotiations into the summer and autumn.”The short campaign was met with some concern from opposition parties and candidates over the fact that some citizens eligible to vote may not have enough time to register.Claire Keating, the Green Party candidate for Limerick County, has called on Limerick Council to confirm that everyone who has registered to vote in the last year will be able to vote in the upcoming General Election.“After yesterday’s revelation that people who registered to vote since the last register was published might not be able to vote if the election is in early February, it’s important that Limerick Council moves quickly to end any uncertainty. Excluding new registrations would be undemocratic, and would be a total waste of Garda time if people need to go back and get new set of forms signed.” Previous articleWins for Thomond, Richmond and Abbeyfeale over the weekendNext articleLimerick Post Show | Metis Music for Mental Health Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Facebook Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision last_img read more

Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded in Japanese studies

first_imgThe Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Ltd. Publishers hosted the 16th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the 15th annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies on Oct. 15. The event, held in Belmont, Mass., at the former home of Edwin O. Reischauer, marked the centennial of Reischauer’s birth.The Noma-Reischauer prizes are given annually by Kodansha Ltd. for the best essays written by Harvard students on Japan-related topics. This year, Marie Kodama ’10, social studies, won the undergraduate prize for her essay “Within and Beyond Traditions: Contextualizing Japan’s School-based Peace Education in Classical Japanese and Western Trends.” Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, won the graduate prize for his essay “Blind Monks for Hire: Making Music and Money in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.”The deadline for submitting essays for the 2011 Noma-Reischauer Prize is June 20, 2011.  For more information, call the Reischauer Institute at 617.495.3220 or visit the institute’s website.last_img read more

From obscurity to superstar status, Coutinho’s rise is complete

first_imgInstead, at age 16 he moved to Inter, where then manager Rafael Benitez hailed him as “the future of Inter”.That bold prediction was quickly forgotten as Coutinho found it difficult to adjust to life in Italy, with loan spells at Vasco and Espanyol providing more first-team opportunities but little to suggest his future stardom.Fortunately for Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers, then in charge at Liverpool, had spotted his potential when he helped Brazil win the Under-20 World Cup.Coutinho accepted the challenge of moving to England, where the frenetic and physical pace of play can sometimes overwhelm foreign imports.He hit the ground running and scored his first goal for Liverpool on his full debut in a 5–0 victory over Swansea in February 2013.It helped that Coutinho is teetotal and a devout Christian with no time for the nightclub antics that have derailed the careers of so many of his peers.That commitment to his craft fuelled Coutinho’s ascent and he quickly became an integral part of the Liverpool side that narrowly failed to end the club’s long wait to win the title in the 2013-14 season.Once Liverpool’s star striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in 2014, it was Coutinho who assumed the mantle of the team’s driving force.With 41 goals and countless assists in 152 league appearances for Liverpool, Coutinho was just as valuable to current boss Jurgen Klopp once he succeeded Rodgers.But silverware has been elusive at Anfield and a yearning for success on the grandest stage made it inevitable that he would hand in a transfer request when Barcelona offered over £100 million to sign him in August last year.Liverpool rejected Barca’s approaches then, but there was no such declaration of intent this time as the Reds finally bowed to Coutinho’s wishes on Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | When Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013, the Brazil forward was so lightly regarded that his signing was overshadowed by the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield earlier that month.But five years later, Coutinho has become such a formidable force that his departure is being mourned by Liverpool fans around the world after Barcelona signed the Reds star on Saturday in a blockbuster transfer worth a reported £142 million ($192 million, 160 million euros).Coutinho was just 20 and yet to fully harness his talents when Liverpool paid £8.5 million to bring him to the Premier League from Inter Milan, so perhaps it was not surprising that beating Southampton to his signature could not take the spotlight away from the capture of the highly-rated Sturridge from Chelsea.It did not take long for Coutinho to seize the stage however and, while Sturridge’s injury-ravaged career is in danger of becoming an afterthought, the Brazilian is now one of the game’s most coveted players.Coutinho’s against-the-odds rise is a tribute to a tenacious personality inherited from his close-knit working-class family back home in the tough Rocha district of Rio de Janeiro.Now married to childhood sweetheart Aine, Coutinho once said: “My family is the foundation of everything in my life.”He has needed that secure background to survive the slings and arrows of a career that might be glittering now, but for several years was full of potential pitfalls.Having honed his natural gifts while playing futsal, the smaller indoor version of the sport, with brothers Cristiano and Leandro, the diminutive Coutinho was offered a trial by Vasco da Gama.But Coutinho was so shy he clung to his father while the other youngsters warmed up.“After a short while and some motivation, I was fine. When I actually started to play, it was all normal and natural. I wasn’t shy anymore, I was enjoying it,” he recalled.The road was to get rougher for Coutinho, who was snubbed by Real Madrid when the Spanish giants passed up the chance to sign him from his Brazilian club for just £2.2 million in 2008.– Commitment to his craft –last_img read more

Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards

first_img NICK DOUGHERTY has praised the outstanding contributions made to England Golf by the award winners at the 2019 Performance Conference.Dougherty – who went on to become a three-times winner on the European Tour and is now lead presenter on Sky Sports Golf – excelled as an England amateur international after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1997.Returning to Woodhall Spa for the first time since his amateur days, Dougherty insisted it was a privilege to present awards to three stalwarts who have devoted their time and expertise to either develop the next generation of golfers or lead senior teams to success at international level.Yorkshireman Graham Walker has been named as 2019 coach of the year.Walker is recognised as a leading expert in short-game teaching and over the years has worked with European Tour winners such as Danny Willett, Paul Waring, David Horsey as well as Ladies’ European Tour winner Holly Clyburn.Currently, Walker coaches world number 10 Tommy Fleetwood and passes on his knowledge to all the England Golf performance squads.Walker has been on the staff at England Golf since 2011 and his coaching continues to be of huge benefit to aspiring players looking to fulfil their potential.England Senior Women’s manager Debbie Richards – who unfortunately could not be present on the night – was recognised as volunteer of the year for 2019.Richards – a former senior international and Surrey county player – enjoyed three seasons in the role as senior women’s manager and led the team to European Senior Ladies’ gold in 2019 before announcing her retirement earlier this year.The final award winner was Cheshire’s Roy Smethurst – a legend of the amateur game in England.Smethurst’s contribution to senior golf over the decades has been nothing short of astonishing.Among his many honours as a player, Smethurst claimed four English Senior Amateur titles as well as a European Senior Amateur crown.The former Cheshire and Nottinghamshire county player has continued to enjoy success as a team manager leading the England Men’s Senior squad to three Home International titles in the last four seasons.The 2019 campaign also saw Smethurst lead England to the gold medal at the European Senior Men’s Team Championships.The ovation Smethurst received on the night was testimony to the high esteem in which he is held by his colleagues.Dougherty paid tribute to all the winners saying: “The success enjoyed by all the England performance squads over recent times wouldn’t be possible without the excellence in coaching and management that all the teams receive.“I know from my time representing England at amateur level just how crucial it was to have a good grounding in the game before making the move to the professional ranks.“I made my debut for England aged 15 and my heart was bursting through my shirt.“It remains a huge honour to represent England – something which you don’t really have the chance to do when moving into the professional ranks.“You only have to look at the numbers of English players currently making their way in both the men’s and ladies’ games to see that the work being done at grassroots levels and then with the performance teams as they move through the age groups is bearing fruit.”The 2019 performance conference was held under the banner ‘2020 Vision’ as England Golf strives to make improvements for the new season.Coaches and managers from all the regions gathered to listen to seminars on varied topics such as health and nutrition in golf, the World Handicap System and governance as well as enjoying practical coaching and strength and conditioning demonstrations.Photograph credit: Vicki Head 28 Nov 2019 Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards Tags: Cheshire, England team, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Multitalented Key sisters top runners in the City

first_imgAMBER AND KAYLA KEY (Courier Photos/William McBride/File) by Malik VincentIt’s one thing to have to devote time to being one of the young bright artists of Pittsburgh.And it’s another thing to be track and field champs, numbers one and two in Cross Country, and—in the case of one—All-City basketball player. This is, indeed, the case for Amber and Kayla Key of East Liberty. Both are Visual Arts majors at the Pittsburgh Public High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.Amber finished second to the younger Kayla for the second year in the row with a time of 21:32 at this year’s Cross Country championships in Schenley Park on Oct. 22. However, the senior Key is a two-time City League track and field champion of the mile event and is looking to take that into the upcoming season and into college.She has aspirations of, perhaps, becoming a walk-on to Howard University’s track team. But she currently has a NCAA Division-II scholarship offer on the table with West Chester near Philadelphia.“I visited Howard’s campus and loved the big city environment but the campus is small enough for me to be comfortable with,” Amber said, who is a member of the National Honor Society. “But if I don’t go there, I’d be just fine with going to West Chester to continue my career.”Division-III Washington and Jefferson College has also shown interest in Amber.Kayla has had huge success in what’s just her sophomore year. The two-time city champion of cross country and the winner of the 200-meter dash in track last season as a freshman, Kayla was also honored in 2010 as an All-City basketball honorable mention as Westinghouse’s starting point guard.Both sisters finished around the top-200 in PIAA State competition this season, as well, in cross country (Kayla: 171, Amber: 211).Their parents, Emmanuel and Marion Key started a track and field club called iSpeed that trains young athletes ages 6-18.Locally, iSpeed competes mostly against Three Rivers Track and Field (with its 30-plus squads) and, said Emmanuel, has competed in national meets against USA track and field organizations. They’ve gone as far as New Orleans for the Junior Olympics.“iSpeed has helped so much with our development over the years,” Amber said. The background in track has helped with the speed aspect of our cross country game, tremendously.”The two girls still train with their father.“I feel very good about what my daughters are accomplishing,” Emmanuel Key said. “Numbers one and two in the city cross country and everything else. It’s tremendous. I’m so proud of all of the things that they’re doing.”Despite different art concentrations, both sisters remain involved in their crafts. Amber, who wants to major in art education, is more into drawing and painting. Kayla enjoys sculpting and T-shirt printing.But Kayla admits that having a packed schedule and limited time makes things tough at times.“We often have to travel from one side of town to the other to make practices and meets and that raises a challenge from time-to-time,” said Kayla.When kids are usually dismissed from school shortly after 2 p.m., CAPA doesn’t dismiss until 3:38 p.m.“I know for basketball they usually have to do weightlifting and stuff without me and by the time I arrive to Westinghouse they’re just getting to the gym,” Kayla added. “They have definitely changed cross country practice in order for my sister and me to make it on time. It gets pretty crazy, that’s for sure.”(To find out more information on iSpeed track club access their webpage at http://ispeedtrackclub.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more