Dramatic rescue for St Enda’s SC

first_imgNewsLocal 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? adminlast_img read more

Songs without words

first_imgAnyone wandering by the Radcliffe Gymnasium on Wednesday (Feb. 17) would have wondered at the sounds emanating from the vaulted hall, and likely stopped to investigate. There they would have found a young woman with a microphone in each hand performing a curious and captivating symphony of sound and song.Erin E. Gee’s compositions are as whimsical as they are hard to define.Gee, a trained pianist and composer, grew unhappy with her works for voice and changed direction with her vocal compositions in the late 1990s, eliminating any comprehensible words in her text. She decided instead to rely on the International Phonetic Alphabet to structure the vocal sounds in her work, which range from buzzes and whirs to whistles and pops, all created with the human voice. The textual elements are arranged with a melodic line for a “vocalist,” and often include a line for instruments that frequently mimic the voice’s sounds.Gee discussed the genesis of her Mouthpiece series, a group of 19 works for solo voice and ensemble, during a lecture and mini-performance. While at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Gee, the 2009-10 Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music, is working on “‘SU-O’ for Voices and Orchestra,” an extension of her Mouthpiece compositions.Her first Mouthpiece work was based on a text from the Rigveda, a collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. The musician, who currently lives in Graz, Austria, explained that her aim was to transform the text to something unrecognizable.“I tried to keep the structure of the order of the sounds of the text the same, but I changed them past intelligibility so they become something else,” said Gee of her work “Mouthpiece I” from 1999.For the composer, the ultimate goal is to create pieces that remove the element of the ego-based performance and the “heightened emotion” and “strong attachment to the meaning of the words” that is often found in vocal literature. Instead, Gee said she aims in her work to “move away from the vocal performer as a person … and “move as much as possible toward instrumental use of the voice.”“It just seemed natural on some level to move toward sound.”Gee later drew inspiration from traditional Japanese vocal styles as a guest artist in 2005 at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan. Other inspirations for her compositions include the scat singing of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, tongue twisters, and a Pygmy tribe from the African rainforest.While her work may be hard to define or describe, the crowd didn’t find it hard to enjoy. Many attendees were smiling during Gee’s brief performances. Audience members peppered the composer with questions following her talk, calling her compositions “beautiful” and “fantastic.”One critic compared the experience of listening to Gee’s works to a ride on the back of a beautiful butterfly, said Judith Vichniac, the institute’s associate dean of the fellowship program, and to “learning a whole new language, one that, simply by hearing, not even understanding, elevates your being.”last_img read more

Panelists discuss ethics, accuracy of sports media

first_imgAt an event hosted by the Institute of Sports, Media & Society on Thursday night, students, faculty and six panelists discussed the media’s role in reporting sports accurately and what can be done to provide a stronger moral compass within journalism.Good sport · Pat O’Brien, host of Fox Sports Radio, encouraged students to research and report thoroughly at the panel on Thursday. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan Panelists included Scott Boras, considered Major League Baseball’s “super agent,” whose clients include New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals rookie phenomenon Stephen Strasburg and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth.While on the panel, Boras said journalists working on deadline rush too much, and the time factor contributes to poor work.“The cake is never cooked; we’re getting pudding,” Boras said.Tara Lipinski, the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympics who won the gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, was also on the panel.“I grew up in sports. To me it’s the most important thing in the world, and to be able to have kids going to school have this opportunity, I think it’s really great,” she said.Lipinski gave an athlete’s point of view, saying her only option to avoid media scrutiny was to be cautious in all aspects of her life.Lucia Florindez, a graduate student studying communication management who attended the event, said she thinks ethics is a critical parts of the sports industry.“It’s interesting how ethics can play into a sport narrative because I think sports largely are narrative stories and every athlete has a story to tell,” Florindez said.Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Dean Ernest Wilson spoke to a smaller group before the event at the University Club about his plans for the institute.“I’ve never seen an initiative take off vertically before,” Wilson said.He predicted that in three years, USC and Annenberg will have the most robust sports media and society program of any university in the world.Moderator Pat O’Brien, an entertainment and sports broadcaster, criticized the media and encouraged students to do research and report accurately.“How do you wade through the crap out there when 90 percent of it is wrong?” he said.During the feedback portion of the event, attendees asked about the future of the journalism industry, which many said was negative and clouded in gossip.Among the suggestions, panelists told prospective journalists to be patient while reporting, to inform themselves about the subject and to distinguish morality from popularity.Sports, Media and Society is now a minor at Annenberg. The institute plans to add more speaker series’ and a summer institute for athletes transitioning from professional careers to life beyond the field or court.last_img read more

Quick-healing Andrelton Simmons returns to Angels lineup earlier than expected

first_imgOAKLAND — Andrelton Simmons, aside from exceptional defensive skill and quickly improving production at plate, is clearly a world-class healer, too.Simmons surprisingly returned from the disabled list Saturday, just 11 days after he suffered a grade 2 right ankle sprain. Although the Angels never gave an official timetable for Simmons, a quick search of other professional athletes with similar injuries yields an expectation of 2-4 weeks out.In 2016, when Simmons tore a ligament in his thumb and required surgery, he was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He came back in just over five weeks.Simmons hurt his ankle slipping on the dugout steps just before the Angels’ game June 5. It was more than a week before he was even able to run, but in the last few days he made significant progress. “The last four days, it’s just gone light speed,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday’s game. “He ran the bases the other day. He’s ready to go. He feels like he has all his mobility. He’s moving well, running well.”Simmons said he knew within a few days of getting hurt that he’d be ready around the time his stint on the 10-day disabled list ended.“I normally heal up fast from ankle injuries,” he said. “I played a little soccer, so I rolled them before. I know how to bounce back from it.”Simmons had been working out at Angel Stadium during the team’s current 10-day trip. On Friday morning, the workout went so well Simmons hopped on a plane, arriving at the ballpark in Oakland just before game time.His return was a welcome sight for a team that, just a day earlier, had placed four players on the disabled list, increasing the total to a club-record 15 temporarily. “Simba was doing so many things, not just on the defensive end but the offensive end,” Scioscia said. “The way he was getting on base. The way he was hitting the ball, using the whole field. That’s an important component for us to get back.”Simmons, who returned without seeing any live pitching in the minors, went hitless in four at-bats in his first game back.“I gotta get back in rhythm, but I felt pretty good, seeing the ball good,” he said. “I gotta get my swing back to where it was. A good beginning. Just a bad feeling that we lost, but we’ll come back tomorrow and try to do it again.”UPTON OUTJust as the Angels got back Simmons, they lost Justin Upton, for the day at least. Upton was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup because of lower-back stiffness.He said he woke up Saturday morning with a stiff back, and it didn’t improve in time for him to play. He said he’s hoping to be in the lineup on Sunday.ALSOKole Calhoun (oblique) had three hits in 13 at-bats in the first three games of his rehab assignment at Triple-A. “Calhoun is doing well,” Scioscia said. “We haven’t gotten a timetable, but he’s feeling better.”…Kaleb Cowart (sprained ankle) has been running the bases, but he still needs to be able to run full speed before he can take the next step in his rehab…Nolan Fontana was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Simmons…Oliver Drake was designated for assignment to create space on the 25- and 40-man rosters for John Lamb, who was called up from Triple-A to start Saturday…Reliever Jake Jewell made his major league debut with a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday…Parker Bridwell is on the Triple-A disabled list for the second time this year with elbow inflammation. The Angels will need another starter Tuesday, with Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards and Nick Tropeano all on the disabled list.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 3-5, 3.68) at A’s (Daniel Mengden, 6-6, 3.90), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more