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Hip Hop superstar to help Limerick kids

first_imgNewsHip Hop superstar to help Limerick kidsBy Guest Writer – July 18, 2013 1054 Email Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Print Limerick groups benefit from university’s new Christmas tradition WhatsApp Twitter A seventh Snow White and her seven dwarfs Previous articleDaisy wilts in warm weatherNext articleHurling is Limerick’s new religion Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSBarry BurkeDr Elizabeth O’MahonyEnable IrelandHip Hop starTommy ‘Guns’ Ly That day hip-hop saved my life RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Barry BurkeAN INTERNATIONAL Hip Hop star who lost his leg to cancer will be in Limerick next week to host a workshop for kids with physical and mental limitations.The event, which will take place at UL Sport Arena on Monday July 22 , will see American  Tommy ‘Guns’ Ly address up to 200 children and young people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The dancer, who spent his youth in foster care, rose to prominence as a dancer before his right leg was amputated after being diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18. He went on to find an international group called ILL-Abilities that is made up of dancers with mixed physical limitations.The Limerick workshop is organised by Paediatric Neurology Consultant Dr Elizabeth O’Mahony in conjunction with Enable Ireland and Limerick Hip Hop teacher Barry Burke.Dr O’Mahony said that she has witnessed unbelievable transformation in young students through dance.“The physical and mental benefits  are endless including core strength, co-ordination, tone, and motor planning. The mental health benefits like confidence, elevating mood, relieving stress and social inclusion are so important particularly in working children who often have significant challenges.“I hope to set classes up with Barry Burke in Limerick for children specifically with mixed abilities,” said the Canadian-born doctor whose family hail from Abbeyfeale.The worskshop, which is free of charge, is part of the annual Make a Move Festival which runs from July 22 to 28. For more information see www.makeamove.ie Enable Ireland sucks up the eco-friendly message Scenic route for County Limerick charity runlast_img read more

Small business has big impact on Allston

first_imgWith the image of the Swiss Alps laminated on the windows of a former garage behind them, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Swissbäkers’ husband-and-wife team of Thomas and Helene Stohr, their sons Tobias and Nicolas, officials from Harvard University, and Swiss Consul General Felix Moesner joined a group of bakers to cut the ribbon on a new children’s playground and outdoor seating area at 168 Western Ave. in Allston.The crisp slice of scissors on ribbon gave way to cheers, putting in place the final pieces of a project that has introduced an instantly popular business to Allston, brought 50 new jobs to the community, and enlivened Western Avenue.“Small businesses are the backbone of the city and a key to what makes Boston’s neighborhoods work,” said Menino, who applauded Swissbäkers for bringing new jobs and contributing to the revitalization of the community. “Thanks to Thomas and Helene for having the courage to expand their business in Allston and thank you to Harvard for being a strong partner. When you work together, you can accomplish almost anything and here we have the city, Harvard University, neighbors, and a family-owned business working together.”Swissbäkers was borne out of the Stohrs’ home kitchen as a baking and catering business. In 2006, the Stohrs opened their first store in a 400-square-foot space at the Reading train depot and within four years they were considering expanding. At that time, Harvard approached the couple as part of a focused effort to bring businesses to Harvard’s properties — businesses that would not just offer goods and services, but add verve to Western Avenue.It was there, in the 14,000-square-foot former Volkswagen dealership, that the Stohrs saw their future bakery and café. Today, the space that Harvard sought to transform is a magnet for neighbors and a go-to destination for local businesses and organizations (such as the Swiss Consulate of Boston, which taps Swissbäkers catering weekly and has dubbed the business its official baker).“We’ve only been here four months and already have so many regular guests,” said Helene Stohr.“People want to connect and we want to make a difference; it’s not just about food and drinks, it’s about connecting and we’re glad to be part of the Allston community,” she said, adding, “and everyone likes to be hugged.”Swissbäkers prides itself on hiring “guest huggers.”“We at Harvard are appreciative of more hugging in Allston, so Helene and Thomas, thank you for that,” said Christine Heenan, vice president for public affairs and communications at Harvard, calling the couple enthusiastic partners from the first meeting with the University. Heenan also acknowledged Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, who spearheaded the effort to make better use of Harvard’s Allston properties.“When Katie came to Harvard, she said we need to take every available vacant property in Allston and bring active, vibrant community uses in those spaces. Swissbäkers, Stone Hearth Pizza, and the i-lab are all a result of that effort,” Heenan said.The Swissbäkers event was the latest in a string of ribbon cuttings in Allston, including the recent opening of the Charlesview Residences in Brighton Mills. Heenan also noted the new residential and retail commons slated for development at Barry’s Corner and the future science center on Western Avenue.“With all the ribbon cuttings happening in Allston and Boston, we’ll need to invest in a scissor company,” she said.last_img read more

Yasmani Grandal on new diet, ready to contribute hitting right-handed

first_imgThe Dodgers made the obvious known to Grandal – that a better right-handed swing would mean more playing time in 2017 – and persuaded him to work with former big-league hitting coach Jeff Pentland this winter.“Coming up through the minor leagues, my splits were the same. I actually hit for more power from the right side,” Grandal said. “But it was the fact that I was playing every day. Whether it was a righty or lefty didn’t matter, I was in. It was the daily repetitions I was getting so my swing was there.”It was more than that, though. Grandal injured his right knee in July 2013 and then his left shoulder in August 2015. Both had a greater effect on his right-handed swing. He wasn’t able to “sit back (on his right leg) and turn on it” from the right side as much as he used – in 126 right-handed at-bats the first two seasons after the injury he had just one home run.And the shoulder injury appeared to affect Grandal’s swing plane. While his exit velocity from the left side (92.8 mph) and right side (91.1) last season were nearly equal, the launch angles were drastically different – 14 degrees as a left-handed hitter, 7.7 as a right-hander. The result was a 53.6 percent ground ball rate as a right-handed hitter.“It looks good. It’s not as steep. It’s not as in-and-out of the zone,” Roberts said of the adjustments Grandal has made in his right-handed swing this spring. “The balls he did square up (last year), the trajectory just wasn’t right. It was more negative, down into the ground.“So we’ve talked about elevating the ball to the pull side. That with the contact rate, it should be a productive right-handed player. He worked real hard. He’s healthy No. 1. But he also feels good about the right-handed swing.”Indeed, Grandal doesn’t lack confidence from either side of the plate.“I’ve always been very confident from both sides. I know I can do it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of gaining confidence from the coaching staff for them to say, ‘OK, we don’t have to think about who’s catching today. We know Yaz is going to be there.’”Quick hitsClayton Kershaw will start the Dodgers’ first Cactus League game on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox followed by Rich Hill on Sunday and Kenta Maeda on Monday. The starting pitchers will likely only throw one inning the first time around. The rest of the starting lineup will get two plate appearances each in the opener Saturday. … Last year’s assistant hitting coach on the major-league staff, Tim Hyers, will serve as a roving instructor in the minor leagues this year. Triple-A hitting coach Shawn Wooten will occasionally work with the big league team this year. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Yasmani Grandal knew his new diet had really taken hold when his 7-year-old daughter was visiting her grandmother.“As soon as you mention vegetables to a little kid, they say, ‘No,’” Grandal said. “So we just started making food and we never really mentioned that it was all vegetables. We didn’t make a big deal.“Two, three weeks ago she was at her grandma’s house and her grandma bought her some candy. She goes back and reads the label and it said 57 grams of sugar or something like that. She goes up to her grandma, ‘Hey, grandma – this has too much sugar. I can only have one or two.’ It was pretty funny.”Grandal didn’t exactly take the idea of a plant-based, meatless diet seriously right away himself. His wife, Heather, works as a nurse. She wanted to watch a documentary that a cardiologist she works with had mentioned. “She put it on and I wasn’t too interested in it,” Grandal said. “Then as I started to hear things here and there and some athletes were giving their testimony about how their performance had improved and it kind of caught my attention a little. So I went back and watched the whole documentary by myself and kind of got into it.”The Dodgers catcher decided to give it a try for 15 days “and 15 days turned into a month, turned into two months and here we are now.”But the real focus of Grandal’s off-season was putting the meat back in his right-handed swing. The switch-hitting catcher did not want to platoon against left-handed pitching as he had the past two seasons with veteran backups A.J. Ellis and Carlos Ruiz – and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to have to sit his front-line catcher based on the opposing pitcher.“In a perfect world, I think it’s more contingent on the schedule and not left-vs-right,” Roberts said this spring. “I think in the past couple years it’s been that because his right-handed swing hasn’t been where we would have liked, where he would have liked.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lo Lo Jones Says She’s Sick of Being Slandered, Slammed after Early ‘DWTS’ Exit

first_imgLolo Jones says she felt “broken, unlovable” and “embarrassed” after she was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night and penned an emotional letter saying she’s sick of being slammed for losing.The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom saying, “When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I’m so tired of feeling embarrassed.”“I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn’t force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed.”Jones — who’s been pummeled in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years — added, “I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me.”“But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross.”Jones finished her thoughts by adding: “My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness.”Yeah, she’s taking this pretty hard.last_img read more

Thurston County Fair Seeks All Open Class Home Arts, Hobbies and…

first_imgFor more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair.“Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013 Submitted by The Thurston County Fair Photos, floral, fiber arts and more due before fair opens July 31            This year’s open class home arts competitions are sure to be full of laughter, ladybugs and inspiration.  There are dozens of different categories for home arts enthusiasts, artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Entries for many of this year’s open class contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 31.Open Class Floral: Monday, July 29 from 4–8 p.m.From aster to zinnias and everything in between, there are dozens of floral contests for cut flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs, bulbs, container gardens—the list is nearly endless. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories.Open Class Art: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.There’s a contest for every age and almost every medium. Bring your paintings, sketches and drawings, miniatures and sculptures ready for display. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Photography: Friday, July 26 from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Whether you prefer landscapes or portraits, people or animals, black and white or full color, there’s an open class photography contest that has you framed perfectly. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 22 from 3–7 p.m.Let your spectacular sewing, needle art and fiber art do the talking in dozens of home arts contests. Don’t forget about this year’s Quilt Block Contest—pick up your quilt block kit from Gee Gee’s Quilting Inc. in Yelm. Bring in your finished quilt block for a chance to win prizes and to have your quilt block selected to be part of next year’s quilt raffle. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Hobbies and Crafts: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Quality and craftsmanship are alive and well in workshops and craft rooms throughout Thurston County. Enter your woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, dolls, models, and countless other handicrafts in dozens of hobby and craft contests. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.All of the information and details you need to compete in open class home arts contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more