first_imgFacebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Dr Ed Walsh surveys the final work on the Ilen after the last plank was laid.THEY laid the last plank, and so a ship was rebuilt.Last Saturday, the long tradition of wooden shipbuilding reached a significant milestone when the final deck plank on the sailing vessel Ilen was laid at a traditional ceremony hosted by the Limerick Ilen Project.The project, whose primary goal was to bring Ireland’s sole surviving wooden sailing ship back to Limerick, was completed in fine style after six years of education and practice in a near forgotten craft.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 1926, the Ilen which was Ireland’s sole surviving wooden sailing ship, sailed from Limerick to an active 70 year working life in the South Atlantic. The completion of the new all-weather deck last weekend marked the final stage of her remarkable return to her home port.The Illen project organisers say that the rebuild highlights the high quality of the materials used, the exemplary craftsmanship and, most significantly, the marine educational role the vessel will play when she goes into operation on the Shannon Estuary, and beyond, from her new home port.Brother Anthony Keane of Glenstal Abbey, a key promoter of the Ilen Project, officiated at the ceremony and said that what has been achieved so far showed that there was not only a great work ethic in the Ilen Project but also a spiritual commitment to the work being done.“This is an amazing act of faith and commitment come to fruition. This boat, and the people involved with it, rock. It is heading for the sea, like a salmon, and it will not be stopped, even if some of the financial people have still to solve their problems of calculus and apply their mathematics.”Guest speaker at the ceremony was acclaimed film maker Lord David Puttnam who said that “the project underlined what could be done by a determined community.“It also demonstrated that the skills involved and which were being taught, were the skills that younger people could learn, use and remain in their community, without having to leave, and thus strengthen communities. This is a message from the Ilen project.”Dr Edward Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick, told of how he had, at the outset of the project, exhorted all to simply “go ahead and buy the boat” and “pretend” that the money was there. It was a now a source of great pride for him to see how it had advanced so far. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleOpinion – Anthony Foley – RIP Munster’s WarriorNext articleLimerick firm tees up a new approach to golfing holidays Staff Reporter Linkedin Twitter NewsLast plank laid to bridge a 90 year South Atlantic sailing adventureBy Staff Reporter – October 20, 2016 809 Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSIlenlimerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more

first_imgGustin passed long-time race leader Cayden Carter following a restart with six laps left en route to his record-extending fifth tour win of the season. Carter was a lapped car ahead of Gustin before that yellow and still had the lead when the 20th circuit was scored. Gustin had a half car length advantage at the stripe the next two times around, however, then pulled ahead. VINTON, Iowa (Sept. 28) – Richie Gustin clinched the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour champi­onship by taking the green flag Saturday night.  Richie Gustin capped his run to the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour crown with the $1,500 IMCA Modified checkers Saturday at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Morrison) He became the 10th different driver to win the championship in as many years the tour has been held.  The rest of Saturday’s IMCA program was rained out.center_img Carter, early leader Tim Ward, Joel Rust and Jeff Larson completed the top five. Hard charger Al Hejna advanced a dozen spots from his original starting position. The all-time leader with 13 tour victories, Gustin had also won at the Vinton Bullring in 2014. Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, he’ll receive the lion’s share of the tour point fund, along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pel­let Grill valued at $700 cour­tesy of title sponsor Arnold Motor Sup­ply.  He earned $1,500 by taking the IMCA Modified checkers 25 laps later at Benton County Speedway. Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 5. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 6. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 7. Jeff Ai­key, Cedar Falls; 8. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 9. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunker­ton; 11. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 12. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 13. Matt Werner, Colona, Ill.; 14. Ronn Lauritzen, LaPorte City; 15. Eric Barnes, Colona, Ill.; 16. Taylor Musselman, Urbandale; 17. Ja­son Snyder, Dunkerton; 18. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 19. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 20. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington; 21. John Emerson, Waterloo; 22. Jerry Dedrick, Vinton; 23. Rod McDon­ald, Manchester; 24. Tommy Belmer, Evansdale; 25. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 26. Brennen Chipp, Dunkerton; 27. Jordan Bacon, Luana.last_img read more

first_img Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 The business is a well-regarded publisher of sports news, tips and betting advice across a number of different verticals, with a focus on acquiring leads for regulated UK and Australian iGaming partners. The business differentiates itself by publishing unique quality content written by experienced journalists. The acquisition also includes a wide range of premium domains, including,,, and purchase price amounts to GBP 13.9 million whereas GBP 11.9 million will be paid upon completion of the transaction, and GBP 2.0 million to be paid six months after completion conditional upon a successful handover of the assets. The transfer of the assets and payment is scheduled to take place no later than end of July 2017.The acquired assets are currently generating quarterly sales of about EUR 1.2m with an operating margin of around 55 percent, although Q3 is expected to be somewhat lower due to seasonality effects. About 80 percent of the revenues stems from revenue share contracts and around 90 percent derives from sports betting and about 10 percent from Casino. A vast majority of the revenue originates from licensed operators in regulated markets, which is a focus area for Catena Media.The acquired business has previously engaged a team of 25-30 freelance journalists. After the acquisition, Catena will integrate such journalists into its own operations and thereby getting access to unique and valuable expertise.Robert Andersson, CEO of Catena Media, commented: “This is a perfect example of an acquisition in line with our global growth strategy. It´s going to be a game changer within our sport segment, and we will be well positioned for an eventful 2018 which includes both Winter Olympics and World Cup in football. And, with the presence in Australia, we add another geographical market which we will use as a beachhead to grow our market shares in Asia Pacific.” StumbleUpon Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 The consolidation in the affiliate sector has continued with Catena Media expanding its sports betting segment further after acquiring and related its affiliate assets. Sharecenter_img Related Articles Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgSerena gets third bite at equalling Court’s record against Halep in Wimbledon finalLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Serena Williams’s place among the legends of tennis is assured but her mission will not be accomplished unless she at least equals Margaret Court’s record haul of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.The 37-year-old American gets a third chance in a year to go level with the controversial Australian when she plays another former world number one Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Aside from the one-on-one rivalry on court, both women have a member of the royal family rooting for them — Williams’s friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Halep favouring Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.Williams will hope for a happier ending than being out-played both by Angelique Kerber in last year’s Wimbledon final and Naomi Osaka in the US Open final where a spectacular meltdown torpedoed her cause, leading her to eventually consult a therapist.Williams claimed after her semi-final romp over unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova that the Court landmark is not on her mind.“I thought about it this morning,” she said.“I actually didn’t think about it since because it’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25.“It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what.“No matter what I do, I will always have a great career. I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it.”Her claiming to be calm — she attributes this to digging into her memory and recalling how she felt when she beat sister Venus in 2002 for her first Wimbledon title — will reassure her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 49-year-old Frenchman is more forthright over the reason why Williams has returned to the tour after giving birth to her daughter Olympia.It is chasing down 76-year-old Court’s landmark set between 1960 and 1973.– ‘Stronger mentally’ –“That’s why she came back to playing tennis after having a baby and so many medical complications,” he said.“The effort she’s put in, I’ve never seen something like this.“You have no idea how hard she worked to come back to that level, and she came back for that, so it will probably mean a lot if she makes it.”Williams’s campaign has been something of a rollercoaster.Sublime against Strycova — who had ousted four seeds on her way to the semi-finals — she wobbled badly against compatriot Alison Riske in the previous round. Calmness was not the adjective to describe her emotions during the Riske match and even she admits her serenity on Thursday could be replaced by a contrasting demeanour come Saturday.“It’s a day-to-day basis with me,” she said.“We all know that. I’m far from perfect.”Halep, the first Romanian woman to play in the Wimbledon final, has the weaponry to upset Williams.However, she will want her serve to be more reliable than it was in the early stages of her ultimately easy semi-final win over Elina Svitolina.The 27-year-old has won just one of the four Grand Slam finals in which she has appeared — last year’s French Open.But she has shown already she can deal with a partisan crowd having beaten 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Monday.The size of the challenge confronting her is reflected in having won just one of her 10 previous meetings with Williams, although she has regularly taken her to three sets.“I believe that I have my chance to win against her,” said Halep.“Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing. But now I feel stronger mentally facing her.“We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”However, for Halep it is not about being the latest player to deny Williams equalling Court’s landmark.“I’m desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her.”Martina Navaratilova, who holds the record of nine women’s Wimbledon singles titles, says Halep’s hopes of getting Williams involved in long rallies to tire her out are likely to be dashed.“You can’t get to the big points because Serena is always ahead,” she told the BBC.“It’s the weapon of mass destruction I call it — the Serena serve.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by The Thurston County FairIf it’s floral design, photography, or other home arts hobbies that inspire you, then we have an open class home arts competition that’s sure to be fun for you and for the whole herd!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 30:Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 21 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 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Floral: Monday, July 28 from 4–8 p.m. From asters 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 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories. Open Class Photography: Friday, July 25 from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 26 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 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Hobbies and Crafts: Saturday, July 26 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 2014 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 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 30 through August 3. Download the complete 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide at more information on the 2014 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 “Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!”  July 30 – Aug. 3center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Open Class Art: Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 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 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.last_img read more