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first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick author shortlisted for Irish Book AwardBy Alan Jacques – November 7, 2017 1920 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Advertisement Limerick author Judi CurtinLIMERICK author Judi Curtin has been shortlisted in the senior children’s category of the Irish Book Awards for her 25th book ‘Stand By Me’. The book tells the story of Molly and Beth who travel back to the past, in an effort to fix a friendship that was destroyed in 1960. Many of Judi’s previous works have been bestsellers in Ireland with her books also published in many countries including Australia, Brazil, Spain, Germany and Russia. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This is Judi’s fourth time being nominated for an Irish Book Award. Running since 2007, the major literary event will be broadcast by RTE on November 28. The winner in each category is decided by a public vote which is open now and closes at midday on November 23. All voters have the chance to win €100 in book tokens. To vote visit www.irishbookawards.irishby Alan [email protected]center_img Previous articleBest selling authors for BelltableNext articleElderly Limerick woman duped into money scam Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSIrish Book AwardsJudi CurtinlimerickStand By Me Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

first_img5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim, is a good example of a classic Queenslander.They’re one of the nation’s favourite style of property, but what is it about Queenslanders that makes us love them so?According to Dion Seminara, the director of design at Dion Seminara Architecture, it is their timeless elegance.He said people loved the look of the exteriors and the sense of homeliness that they evoked.“They’re made of timber and tin and that resonates with people, it’s homely,” he said.And it seems we can’t get enough of them.Mr Seminara said at least 70 per cent of his business involved the restoration of period properties. 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills offers buyers a blast from the past.“Every week we get at least one call from someone looking to renovate a Queenslander or worker’s cottage,” he said.Yet their popularity could be what leads to their demise, as more people undertake renovations that may ruin a property’s original features rather than enhance them.“What is important is to protect what you love — the look from the front, and good proportion and balance inside,” Mr Seminara said. 26 Cintra Road has VJ panelling and decorative architrave and is on sale through Ray WhiteYou also need to be careful when buying a Queenslander, because many of them are not fit for renovation in the way you may want, no matter how charming they may appear.“People have to remember that these were the project homes of yesteryear. They were picked up and dumped on sites without much care or consideration for the surroundings or anything,” he said.Mr Seminara said location and orientation were important when choosing a home, along with not mixing up styles. The windows at 5 Clithero Avenue in Buderim are as dreamy as the view“A big mistake people make is they raise the home too much and repeat the materials from the original house on the ground floor exterior,” he said. “Replicating the materials used is not in keeping with the original style of these homes,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“Building in under a Queenslander can leave the property full of dark spaces. You really need to manage that.“Be careful of jumbling things up by mixing bedrooms and living rooms on both levels. You can do it, but be sure it suits what the market is demanding.”One Queenslander that has made the successful transition from dilapidated house to sophisticated, elegant home is at 5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim. The circa 1914 four-bedroom property has been sensitively restored to its former glory. Held by the same family for more than 50 years, the house is embellished with vertical joinery, 12-foot ceilings, original hoop- 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove, has a large back balcony and traditional-style railings.pine flooring and a wide wrap-around verandah. Set among one hectare of landscaped gardens, it offers a private oasis in the heart of Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.The property is open to expressions of interest through Peter Hill of McGrath estate agency.Closer to Brisbane, 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove offers buyers a taste of the past. Stained-glass windows, French doors, crafted timber fretwork and polished floors are all present in this renovated Queenslander. The formal lounge features an open fireplace and there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, to accommodate a growing family. Take in views of the sunset from the back verandah of this home set on a 400 sq m block. It is on sale through Mario Sultana of Place estate agency.Also close to the city at 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills, Josh Brown of Ray White estate agency, New Farm, is marketing a great example of a renovated Queenslander. For sale by negotiation, this traditional four-bedroom home on a 744sq m elevated block has been enhanced for contemporary family living, without losing its traditional charm. The best example of its 20th-century origins are visible is on the first level where original hardwood floors and high ceilings with exposed beams are a highlight, along with architraves and leadlight windows.last_img read more

first_imgWalt Disney World is gearing up to reopen in the next few weeks.On Wednesday they revealed its plans to for their first reopening phase to Orange County officials.Disney is planning to open the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on July 11, and open the Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15.All of Disney employees and guests will be required to wear masks and get temperature checks at park entrances.Guests will need to make a reservation for park entry in advance. Disney will reveal how to do this in the coming weeks.For now, Disney will not hold parades, fireworks or any activity that creates crowds.Social distancing will be enforced at all parks.Walt Disney World’s plans were approved by Orange County and will now head to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SHREWSBURY – Can we do more to impact the community in a positive way?This is the question David Levy posed when he accepted the role of president at the Guild of Creative Arts (GCA), as he considered how the 58-year-old nonprofit artist cooperative at 620 Broad St. could influence and extend its reach.For Levy, the GCA was more than a celebrated showroom or heralded hub of creativity for local artists developing ideas.The facility presented Levy a platform, and what’s more, an opportunity, to make the artistic experience accessible to all who sought it, a notion that led him to establish The Docent Program.“Our mission at the Guild is to advance excellence in the visual arts, but our vision is to reach out to everyone in our community, especially the underserved populace, including those with disabilities, and ignite or rekindle their love of art,” Levy said on Tuesday, while prepping the GCA’s Feb. 11 reception for its current Exhibiting and Associate Show, an exhibition that runs until Feb. 27 and features the work of the cooperative’s most prominent artists.According to Levy, The Docent Program, which focuses on the observation of art pieces and emphasizes analysis, evaluation and higher-order thinking skills, caters to the developmental and cognitive needs of elementary school-aged students, as well as children and adults with special needs and senior citizens with cognitive or physical disabilities.Since founding The Docent Program in 2013, Levy has witnessed firsthand the benefits such an offering can provide to the surrounding special needs community, which is why he finds it troubling that funding for the arts has come under fire in recent years.“Art is for everyone and is something that enriches lives,” said Levy, a former college professor of art history, as well as an instructor of gifted and talented students and an enrichment teacher for students with special needs.“There are so many reasons why it’s worthwhile, and for kids especially, it shows that art activities stimulate various parts of their developing brain, which positively impacts other subject areas and aspects of their lives,” said Levy. “The arts are something worth fighting for.”While he remains steadfast in his fight for the preservation of arts education, Levy’s Docent Program continues to offer insight to those who wish to appreciate and interpret art pieces from the perspective of an artist, helping viewers gain a greater understanding of the creatives’ methods and what they hope to accomplish stylistically and affectively.“It was a goal of mine to help transform this into something more than a place to view art and take classes,” Levy said. “We wanted The Guild to be a community resource that could reach out and educate everyone. And this program is helping us do that.”This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgWatch as the Industry’s Best are Recognized on Saturday, January 16 For more information, please visit www.xpressbet.com/Eclipse-Awards or http://www.ntra.com/en/eclipse-awards/. The 45th Annual Eclipse Awards, hosted by the NTRA and presented by the Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, will take place at the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 16. Among those expected to contend for Awards are Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah, as well as Beholder, Songbird, Nyquist, Tepin, Honor Code and Tonalist. January 6, 2016 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wager provider, Xpressbet, its parent company, The Stronach Group, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) are excited to announce this year’s Eclipse Awards will be broadcast online at Xpressbet.com and via the Racetrack Television Network (RTN).  The Eclipse Awards annually showcase and celebrate the best horses, jockeys, owners and trainers in US horse racing, and culminate with the announcement of Horse of the Year. “2015 was an extraordinary year in horse racing,” said Keith Chamblin, Chief Operating Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).  “American Pharoah’s unprecedented ‘Grand Slam,’ Beholder’s dominating Pacific Classic and Nyquist’s undefeated juvenile campaign were just a few of the incredible feats we had the pleasure of watching in 2015.  We look forward to reliving all of those moments – and more – at the Eclipse Awards, and would like to thank The Stronach Group for their commitment to bringing the Awards to racing fans around the world.”center_img “Offering free, High Definition coverage of the Eclipse Awards to racing fans, horseplayers, horsemen and other industry stakeholders is incredibly important to Xpressbet and The Stronach Group,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson.  “As a presenting sponsor, The Stronach Group is incredibly proud to showcase and celebrate racing’s best athletes at one of its premier venues, Gulfstream Park.  Whether watching the Awards in person at Gulfstream Park or online at Xpressbet.com, The Stronach Group is dedicated to providing an unmatched and enjoyable viewing experience.” About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes.  The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. The 2016 Xpressbet broadcast will be the first Eclipse Awards presentation to be shown in High Definition, offering viewers an unparalleled glimpse at the festivities.  The stream, which will begin at 6:30PM ET, will be available for free to Xpressbet customers, RTN subscribers and racing fans that register to watch at Xpressbet.com.last_img read more

first_imgDENVER–It isn’t easy to beat the Giants these days, and it’s become even more difficult for an opponent to score off of Madison Bumgarner.The Rockies accomplished both of those feats Monday, even if the Giants allowed all five runs in their 5-2 loss after Bumgarner came off the mound.The Giants have won 11 of their last 15 games, but all four of their losses have come in games in which they’ve allowed at least three runs after the sixth inning.After snapping off a career-best 22 straight …last_img read more

first_imgView comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18We’ll back Duterte, but we won’t be lapdogs – Dela Rosa04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We just didn’t want to leave our fate in the hands of other teams,” said coach Vergel Meneses as the Bombers entered the Final Four for the fifth time in seven seasons.Tey Teodoro finished with 19 points, before limping off in the last two minutes due to an ankle injury, while Jed Mendoza added 10 points, including a couple of key baskets in the final period that helped put away the Cardinals.The Chiefs refused to let up in the final period even after losing top playmaker Kent Salado due to a knee injury midway in the last quarter.Salado fired 22 points, before leaving the game.“With what happened today, I need to play for us to have a chance in the Final Four,” said Salado.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jose Rizal U punched its ticket to the Final Four, while Arellano lived to fight another day as the NCAA Season 93 playoff race took another twist on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.In cruise control for most of the game, the Heavy Bombers avoided complications with a narrow 62-58 victory over the Mapua Cardinals, leaving Letran, Arellano, San Sebastian and Emilio Aguinaldo College to fight it out for the remaining Final Four berth.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES The win improved the Bombers’ record to 11-6, assuring them of third spot at the end of the elimination round.But the Chiefs blew the race for the remaining Final Four spot open after turning back the San Sebastian Stags, 85-79, in the second game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile Letran still has the inside track for the last postseason berth with an 8-8 record, Arellano’s win forged a tie at fifth spot with San Sebastian at 7-9.Emilio Aguinaldo College remains in contention with a 6-10 record, but the Generals have to win their remaining games while hoping that no other contender goes beyond nine wins. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NU targets perfect tourney BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The bar is now higher for homebuyers to qualify for mortgages in Canada after the central bank raised a key metric used in stress tests that determine borrowers’ eligibility.The Bank of Canada raised the conventional five-year mortgage rate from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent after all Big Six banks raised their posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks.The central bank qualifying rate is separate from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, but is used to assess homebuyers who are seeking loans.Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate.And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance are required to prove they can handle payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate or two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate.“Mortgage borrowers will be qualifying for less than they were able to earlier this year,” mortgage broker Samantha Brookes said in an email. “With all the new rule changes, we’ve definitely noticed the effect on the market with home purchases, renewals and refinances.”The higher rates come as an estimated 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced in 2018, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in a typical year, according to a recent CIBC Capital Markets report.The increase is an unintended consequence of various rounds of regulatory changes in the past few years aimed at reducing risk coupled with rising house prices that made it harder for homebuyers to qualify.Borrowers who find the bar too high for the home they want can make some adjustments in order to make a purchase, she said. Those options include purchasing a smaller home and taking on less mortgage, or purchasing where prices are lower, added Brookes, who is founder of Mortgages of Canada.The jump in the mortgage qualifying rate comes after Canada’s largest lenders raised their benchmark posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks as the cost of borrowing rises.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.” Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Nova Scotia followed suit, but with smaller increases.The slew of bank moves was preceded by a rise in government bond yields. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.16 per cent on Tuesday, compared to 1.01 per cent a year earlier. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs.last_img read more

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — Once again, YRB North Peace is going to be doing welding operations on the metal deck of the Taylor Bridge this week.Welding operations will be taking place tonight and tomorrow night between 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. During these times, the bridge will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic with delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions directed by a pilot vehicle. YRB asks motorists using the bridge during these times to drive with caution, as there will be a large number of working personnel and equipment.YRB is apologizing for any inconvenience the work may cause. Updates on this and other road work can be found online at DriveBC.ca. For questions or concerns, or to report a load that is 3.6 metres or wider that is scheduled to cross the bridge during welding, please contact YRB’s office toll-free at 1-888-883-6688. You can also follow YRB on Twitter.last_img read more