NewsLocal NewsDramatic rescue for St Enda’s SCBy admin – January 13, 2011 593 At a meeting of Limerick City Council on Monday, it was revealed the facility had failed to meet the requirements of a Health and Safety Report.Tony O’Gorman, chairman of St Enda’s Sports Complex and St Enda’s School, reported that under legislation, they had no option but to close as they were unable to obtain funding for its refurbishment and therefore, could not insure the building.In a dramatic twist, Mr O’Gorman has now confirmed to this newspaper that behind-the-scenes talks resulted in a change of fortune that will save the complex for the immediate future, at least.“There was a lot of upset among staff and our membership after our problem surfaced. St Enda’s provides an excellent service to the people, both locally and from outside.“We have agreed a survival plan with the Department of Education to keep the complex open and as chair of the board, I am very confident for the future. Details of the plan will be revealed on Monday”.Councillors had already been alerted to what was described as an almost certain closure of the complex, by Cllr Ger Fahy.He revealed at a council meeting that the centre had been struggling to stay afloat.He had also expressed concerns about St Enda’s School, as with a vacant adjoining sports complex, there would be fears regarding anti-social behaviour arising in the area.City Council provides €65,000 annually towards St Enda’s Sports Complex. Cllr Joe Leddin told Monday’s meeting that without this financial support, St Enda’s would not be able to continue, and if closure was the only answer, it would have been a major loss to Limerick. Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook Threat of closure abatesIN a dramatic development this Wednesday, the Limerick Post was informed that St Enda’s Sports Complex, faced with the axe, is about to be saved.The strong and active membership from both city and county had voiced their shock that the future of the facility was under serious threat.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Email Print Previous articleNew car sales motoring wellNext articleBroken Record? admin
The American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) founding director Robert Brustein was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House on March 2.The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The medal, conferred by the president, is presented to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States. During the past 26 years, more than 250 extraordinary patrons and artists in the fields of visual, performing, and literary arts have been honored. With this medal, the president recognizes the wealth and depth of creative expression of America’s artists.Brustein joins the roster of great American artists that includes Andrew Wyeth, John Updike, Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, Dolly Parton, Ray Bradbury, and Twyla Tharp.A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus expressed her joy at the award, saying: “I am thrilled to congratulate Bob on this significant honor. As founding director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and over three decades at the A.R.T., he has taught thousands of young people and inspired them to follow their dreams. His award-winning criticism, books, and plays have provided the most informed and intelligent insight into the world of theater. It’s wonderful that Bob’s extraordinary achievements are being recognized with this important award.”Brustein founded the Yale Repertory Theatre during his tenure as dean of the Yale School of Drama and the American Repertory Theater in 1980; he served for 20 years as director of the Loeb Drama Center where he founded the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He retired from artistic directorship in 2002 and now serves as founding director.He is the author of 16 books on theater and has also written extensively on Shakespeare. His book “The Tainted Muse: Prejudices and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time,” was published in 2009. He has also written three plays about Shakespeare called “The Shakespeare Trilogy.” The first, “The English Channel,” about Shakespeare’s affair with the dark lady, Emilia Lanier, was produced at the Abingdon Theatre in 2009, where it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His second play, “Mortal Terror,” about the Gunpowder Plot and the writing of “Macbeth,” will be produced at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre this spring and at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in September 2011. “The Last Will,” his third play, about Shakespeare’s return to Stratford toward the end of his life, will be produced by the Abingdon in New York in fall 2012.He is currently distinguished scholar in residence at Suffolk University and professor of English emeritus at Harvard University.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new music museum in Nashville is telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music. The National Museum of African American Music has opened in Nashville’s musical tourism district. Unlike museums that focus on a genre or label, this museum is touted as the first to span multiple genres including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who serves as a national chair for the museum, says it was long overdue to honor African American music and the role it has played in America. The museum has 1,600 artifacts in the collection. Visitors can learn dance moves with a virtual instructor and sing “Oh Happy Day” with a choir.
Associated Press July 15, 2020 The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.___The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year. The Latest: No season tickets for Michigan football in 2020 Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8.Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
WINNER: Alabama. Perhaps John Petty caught my eye early in his career because of his cool hairstyle, but he always has struck me as a winning player. In his freshman year, I watched him score 20 points to help beat Virginia Tech in a first-round NCAA Tournament game. He has been a double-figure scorer in each of his three seasons and last year averaged 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in nearly 34 minutes a game. That’s a player a team misses when he’s gone.WINNER: UCLA. If you haven’t noticed by now, the Bruins traditionally have not won many face-offs against the NBA. Since 2009, they’ve had 15 players depart through early entry, with only three becoming lottery picks (Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and Lonzo Ball) and six either falling to the second round or going undrafted. Perhaps the Bruins’ fortunes have changed. Jalen Hill entered after averaging 9 points and 6.9 rebounds but withdrew in May. Wing Chris Smith waited until the final day, but the Bruins get back their top scorer (13.1 ppg). That means the starting five is intact from last year’s Pac-12 runner-up.WINNER and LOSER, BUT MOSTLY WINNER: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs will be the projected No. 1 team for many even without All-American big man Filip Petrusev, but it would be unfairly dismissive to declare in advance they’ll be better without him. He averaged better than 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds and was a huge reason the Bulldogs hit the 30-win mark for the fourth consecutive season. But, with wing Cory Kispert and dynamic guard Joel Ayayi returning from the draft, with a year’s experience in their roles — Ayayi could develop into the next Zags star — this really could be a better Gonzaga team. Given a choice between entering the weakest NBA Draft in a generation and returning to the most challenging Big Ten Conference season since, well, at least last year, the vast majority of players in that position chose another year of B1G basketball. That’s how it went all across the college game as the NCAA deadline to withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft approached Monday at midnight. This past weekend was the best in college basketball since that memorable pre-pandemic Saturday when Kentucky, Southern California, Butler and Utah State all won on late baskets and presaged a manic March that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was canceled less than a week later.MORE: How people inside college sports would change NIL rulesIn writing about the winners and losers from college basketball’s “deadline day,” the most obvious entry on the positive side of the ledger was college basketball itself. The Big Ten Conference, in the space of four days, got back Iowa All-American Luka Garza, center Kofi Cockburn and point guard Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois, point guard Marcus Carr of Minnesota and wing Aaron Henry of Michigan State. That was on top of stretch-4 Isaiah Livers of Michigan, who announced his decision weeks before the deadline.A year after 43 veteran college players entered the draft as underclassmen and wound up not being selected on draft night, the largest number in the history of the game, scores of tweets and news releases were issued between Friday and Monday announcing that significant players were returning to the college game. So it’s a lot easier to find the winners in this circumstance, but there are some on the opposite side of the ledger.WINNER: Baylor. What might have been the greatest season in Bears basketball history did not get the opportunity for the ending it warranted, but this one could. Jared Butler and MaCio Teague averaged a combined 29.9 points for a team whose excellence was built primarily on its suffocating defense, which ranked No. 4 in efficiency. But the offense mattered, ranking No. 17, and those two shooters were the primary reasons. With the backcourt intact, Baylor will enter the season projected as college basketball’s No. 1 team.LOSER: Stanford. Freshman guard Tyrell Terry was an essential ingredient as the Cardinal compiled a 20-12 record and 9-9 Pac-12 finish, and there was the potential for so much more in 2020-21, especially with gifted forward Oscar da Silva scheduled to return. Terry is not widely projected as a first-round pick, but he said he has gotten enough positive feedback from teams to feel confident in his decision.WINNER: LSU. The Tigers got back a trio of double-figure scorers who were on the early entry list: forwards Trendon Watford and Darius Days, and guard Javonte Smart. Combined they averaged 37.2 points for the 21-10 Tigers, who finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers did lose sophomore forward Emmitt Williams, and they will miss his ability to protect the rim. They are bringing in a strong recruiting class. Now, those freshmen will not have to be completely responsible for the program but merely to function as a complement to the strong veterans in place.LOSER: Creighton. Shooting guard Ty-Shon Alexander was about to become a first-team All-America candidate. ESPN has him ranked as the No. 80 prospect in the draft, while others view him as a second-round pick. He averaged 16.9 points and 39.9 percent 3-point shooting. There still likely is enough in place for the Bluejays to contend in the Big East, but Alexander would have been able to carry a heavy load.WINNER: Richmond. The Spiders had the best quiet season in college basketball last season. They went 24-7 and were trending toward an NCAA Tournament bid as March advanced, and they’ll be even more imposing this season as guards Jacob Gilyard and Blake Francis and forward Grant Golden return. They averaged a combined 43.8 points, and Gilyard also was good for 5.7 assists per game. LOSER: Marquette. The Golden Eagles knew they’d be losing a massive chunk of their offense with All-American Markus Howard completing his career. But Brendan Bailey? He averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. He shot 40.6 percent from the field. Any of that screaming “lottery pick” at you? Whatever ability he has as a basketball player, Bailey will not have the luxury of time to produce it. Pro basketball doesn’t work that way, in any country. Marquette will have a dynamic backcourt with transfer D.J. Carton and fifth-year senior Koby McEwen, but it could have used another year from Bailey.WINNER: Tennessee. Coach Rick Barnes is building toward another powerhouse season in 2020-21, but it might have been tough to hang at the top of a stacked SEC without big man Yves Pons. He is not an exceptional scorer, but his ability to guard the rim ranks with the best of NCAA basketball.LOSER: Mississippi State. It was no surprise to see Reggie Perry go after an outstanding sophomore season; it might have been more so that he hung around to deliver that. But also to lose guard Nick Weatherspoon and wing Robert Woodard is a blow. WINNER: Arkansas. One of the most dynamic shooters in college basketball, Isaiah Joe, was a player who would not have surprised many had he stayed in the draft. He was considered a marginal second-round pick, but that has been enough to convince many in recent years to leave college hoops behind. Joe averaged 16.9 points last year. He was not an efficient shooter, only hitting 34.2 percent from deep, but that was largely because the nature of the team required he fire when open. He was a 41 percent shooter as a freshman. This should be a team that has more options, giving Joe the chance to show that he can be accurate as well as overwhelming. By the way, if he were to stay all four years, Joe is on place to crack the Division I top 15 in 3-pointers made.