TAGSCharlie McLeanfeaturedKing John’s CastlemuralMusic LimerickPicassoSmug WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsLimerick Picasso is no fan of castle muralsBy Guest Writer – August 1, 2013 2652 Email Linkedin Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick No vaccines in Limerick yet King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games Facebook Previous articleAoife McLoughlin joins ProtobabyNext articleSearch is on for the students of 1962 Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Mural‘ART, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder’That adage certainly holds true in the case of murals painted near King John’s Castle last week that have caused a conflict of opinion amongst locals.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The murals, commissioned by Limerick City Council, as part of the ‘Make a Move’ festival have been described as ‘totally inappropriate’ by Convent Street resident Charlie McLean (74). “There like something out of a horror comic. The location next to the medieval castle is out-of-place. They wouldn’t put something like that near Buntratty.“If these murals are modern art, then I’m Picasso,” said Mr McLean who has lived in the area all his life.However, Limerick City Councillor and Thomondgate resident Tom Shortt said the murals transform a rough wall on a derelict site into contemporary urban art.“The murals are painted to a high standard. They can be painted over by other artists in years to come and are not permanent, unlike some of the embarrassingly poor quality bronze public sculptures we are stuck with erected in the city in recent years.“I believe that the murals create an appropriate backdrop for City of Culture 2014. This kind of art is an ever-increasing trend and part of an urban landscape,” he said.The murals were painted by Australian born, Glasgow based artist, Smug, who is regarded as one of the most accomplished street artists in the world.Meanwhile, Limerick Arts Office has announced details of the country’s first subsidised living space scheme for artists. An open call has been made to recognised cultural practitioners, including contemporary visual artists, performers, musicians and writers, to apply for the use of six newly-refurbished residential apartments at John’s Square.The Square reopened to the public earlier this year following a €1.5 million redevelopment by Limerick City Council and, according to the local authority, it can now be considered Limerick’s Living Cultural Quarter.For more information see www.limerickcity.ie. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement
Former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at today’s conference marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the University’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.The conference, entitled “Confronting Illiberalism: The Role of the Media, Civil Society and Universities,” explores the forms of illiberalism faced by these three key institutions of liberal democracy, as well as the manner in which different societies are responding to illiberalism.In her address, Clinton told an audience of academics and distinguished guests: “I hope the people of Europe and the European Union will resist the [illiberal] backslide we are seeing in the East [primarily Russia and China].“It’s disheartening to watch conservatives in Brussels vote to shield Viktor Orbán from censure, including British Tories. They’ve come a long way from the party of Churchill and Thatcher.“The slide toward autocracy is at least as grave a threat to the European Project as the financial crisis or Brexit. It’s also a threat to NATO.”She also expressed her concerns about impending Brexit: “On both sides of the Atlantic, we have to address the challenge of migration with courage and compassion. “Here in Europe, I add my voice to those warning of the risks of giving up on Schengen and the great benefits that freedom of movement has delivered.“Nations have a duty to control their borders in concert with their boarders. But we can’t let fear or bias force us to give up the values that have made our democracies both great and good.“Our goal should be to build societies that are secure and welcoming, where everyone counts and everyone contributes. People who are newcomers to our lands, and people who have lived in the same place for generations. “Obviously, I realise these priorities will be more difficult to achieve because the current American administration values the flattery of dictators more than the solitary of democracies. And Europe’s woes compound our challenge.“Without leadership from governments that we’ve counted on in the past, the role of civil society, the press, and the business community in advancing human rights is more important than ever.”Further to yesterday’s comments criticising Putin’s role in the last US presidential election, Clinton said: “The whole world now knows that Putin’s Russia is waging cyberwar and manipulating social media to influence elections and referenda, and to polarise and cripple democracies across the West. Kremlin-backed hackers and propagandists have sought to inflame divisions and advance an extreme right-wing agenda.“Here in the UK, senior lawmakers, like Damian Collins, a Tory, and Labour’s Tom Watson, have called for a full and independent investigation into Russia’s role in the Brexit referendum. Collins, who has led the parliamentary inquiry, warns of a crisis in British democracy: “Based on the systematic manipulation of data support the relentless, targeting of citizens.’”Clinton’s speakership follows her unveiling of a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Bonavero Institute, which Roosevelt was instrumental in drafting, yesterday. She became an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College at the same event.Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson will speak on a panel, “Universities and Illiberalism,” at the conference later today.
BEN ROETHLISBERGERAll of Pittsburgh was glued to their TV screens Sunday after the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-7 to see who was going to win the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers game. If the Chargers won the Steelers would watch the playoffs from home, but if they lost, the Steelers despite an 0-4 start would be in the playoffs.Well the Chargers beat the Chiefs in overtime 27-24.Most people, including myself, had written the Steelers off after their 0-4 start and especially after that turned into 2-6. But a 6-2 finish not only put the Steelers in the playoff hunt but it saved, Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley’s jobs. It also gave the coaching staff a chance to take a good solid look at all the young talent on this team to evaluate who will be staying and who will be leaving next season.In essence the 0-4 start did more for the Steelers’ future than if they had started 4-0. First on offense where most of the problems were, but no one was admitting it, Ben Roethlisberger would have never admitted that he was part of the problem. Haley was brought in to diversify the offense and to protect Ben. Before this season Ben had only played in all 16 games once. Well, he played in all 16 games this season and finished the season healthy.
Tom agrees, and heads back to his busy tax season customers. Laughter. Yes, laughter is vital to keep a marriage happy, these decades of experience have shown. And 52 years after they got married, Carol and Jim Quirk of Rumson continue to laugh and enjoy life with enthusiasm. Both graduates of Long Branch High School before going on to higher education, they met, dated, not seriously, but always keeping in touch. It was after Jim served as a commissioned officer in the Army and was discharged in 1965, and Carol was teaching, that Jim said he had “saved up $200, let’s get married!”They waited, even though they were sure, but both had things they wanted to accomplish first. Jim’s professions, both with Chase Manhattan Bank and as an NFL referee, meant a lot of travel for him, enough that they joke today: “In 50 years of marriage, we’ve probably only been together 35!”“You do what you can to make it work,” Carol advises, “but having a sense of humor and mutual respect are essential. Just don’t try changing your partner – it will never happen!”Carol and Jim QuirkIf there were hurdles, there was never anything serious since they worked together to resolve them, and nothing was insurmountable. The Quirks are parents of two sons and a daughter, and are just home from welcoming the birth of their sixth grandchild – the first grandson – in California. “We’re not the only ones among our friends married this long,” she said. “It just seems that our generation made these commitments and worked through the problems because it was important to stay together.”This article was first published in the “I Do” wedding section of the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. It’s been just over 60 years since Lillian G. Beneforti stood in New York’s historic Trinity Church and pledged vows to recently commissioned Coast Guard officer Donald Burry, the man she knew and loved from their days at Wagner College on Staten Island. The elegant wedding was followed by an even more elegant reception at the famed Delmonico’s Restaurant.Following his military service, Don, a chemical engineer, went on to be East Coast regional manager for Rohm Haas Chemical Co. of Philadelphia and Lillian left teaching to take on the challenges of volunteer work, first for the environment, then for the League of Women Voters, political officer locally and ultimately on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders where she is tireless while Don patiently stands back with support and assistance.Donald and Lillian BurryParents of a daughter, with two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, the Burrys believe there has to be mutual respect, integrity and flexibility, and with that, “everything else will flow.“You can’t smother one another,” Lillian advises and Don agrees. “You have to let each one grow and have his own space. At the same time, you must think in the plural rather than singular – it’s we, and not I.” They’ve been lucky, they think, because both agree that in the past 60 years, each has been the other’s soul mate, friend, sounding board and extension of self. “I was prom queen in college and he was my prince,” Lillian said, adding with a smile, “and he still is.” Carol and Jim QuirkCAROL AND JIM QUIRK Carol and Tony BuccoTONY AND CAROL BUCCOFor Tony and Carol Bucco of Highlands, it started with blending their two strong ethnic backgrounds and their age difference of 14 years. With the groom coming from a very large Italian family from Matawan and the bride from a small Irish family in Highlands, Tony thought from the start that there could be difficulties to overcome. When he and Carol met in 1963 through a friend who took her and her sister to a Catholic Youth Adult Club meeting in Keansburg, it was Carol’s sister who passed Carol’s phone number to the World War II veteran, and Anthony Bucco began his pursuit of a much younger Carol.“That’s how it all began, “Carol laughs, “That was the fun part –deciding to marry was more difficult mainly because of our age difference.”After more than 52 years of marriage, five children, 10 living grandchildren and two who have predeceased them, and both retired, Carol from her job as a high school math teacher and Tony as a senior clerk with Jersey Central Power and Light, they’re still going strong. Tony, who turned 94 earlier this month, isn’t as active as he has been in the past, but still lights up a room with his quiet, droll sense of humor and words of wisdom.Tony and Carol BuccoNeither the age difference nor the ethnic differences seemed to present any real problems, the couple think now, looking back. The bigger problems really came with the more ordinary concerns of getting children through college and raising them to proper adulthood. Candy and Tom VethCANDY AND TOM VETHCandy Veth of Atlantic Highlands says when a friend set her up on a blind date with a Middletown guy just discharged from the Navy, she was uncertain. But when Tom Veth politely called her on the phone making the initial contact and offered to pick her up for their first date at Monmouth Mall, she accepted. “I wasn’t thinking of marriage, just a date,” Candy recalls. “But when I saw him walking up the walk to our house in Middletown, I knew that was who I would marry for life!”Candy and Tom Veth recently celebrated 44 years of wedded bliss. The two Middletown natives never met before that blind date, although Candy, a few years younger than Tom, had heard of some of his brothers – the Veths were a big family in the Middletown area – when they were students at Middletown High School. Residents of Atlantic Highlands for 41 years, the couple have three daughters, two granddaughters and are expecting a third grandchild in May.Candy and Tom VethFor Candy, the most difficult part of marriage was “learning to be independent and having a life of my own,” because of Tom’s erratic and long office hours, first as an auditor working for others, then as a successful CPA with his own office. “I had to forge a life to fill the days and nights when he’s at work,” she said, “and so far, I’ve traveled to five continents with my girlfriends.”The best part of marriage, she said is “having someone to tell your problems to, and knowing, even if he isn’t warm and fuzzy or outwardly romantic and sentimental, he’s always there to right the wrong.”Advice for someone getting married today? “Roll with the punches, don’t be afraid of change, stay open to it, take it day by day – it’s worth the effort.” The Buccos’ advice for couples looking at marriage today would be simply to love each other enough to tolerate individual differences. “It’s important not to harbor any animosity for a long period of time. You can go to sleep angry, but you shouldn’t wake up that way. Having a strong faith and learning to tolerate each other’s differences and similarities make it all doable,” she said.Donald and Lillian BurryLILLIAN AND DONALD BURRY By Muriel J. Smith |Some met in high school, college or as young adults. Some knew from the instant they laid eyes on each other; others become fast friends and pals or dated or married others first. They all had one thing in common: the consensus of these married couples with more than 425 years as husband and wife is you must learn to roll with the punches.
South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, a selection of reputable vehicle hire companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery – which all combine to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips.Self-driving is a good option when visiting South Africa. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Brand South Africa reporterWhen visiting South Africa, the self-driving option is a viable and enjoyable way to get around the country. South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, large vehicle hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips to enhance your trip.Car hireMost international and reputable local car rental companies (see the links on the right) are represented at South Africa’s main airports and in most city centres. Vehicles may generally be picked up at one branch and dropped off at another branch at your destination. Please be aware of the terms and conditions of car-hire in South Africa, relevant to the company you use.It is advisable to take out the insurance offered by the vehicle rental companies, unless you have specific travel insurance cover in place. All major credit cards are accepted.Driver’s licencesAny valid driver’s licence is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English.However, vehicle hire companies may also require an international driver’s licence. It is worth confirming requirements with your travel agent or the vehicle hire company when making your booking.This holds for additional drivers as well, who must be identified when you hire your vehicle. Remember to carry all your documentation with you when you travel, as traffic officers will expect to see it if they stop you for any reason.Keep left, buckle up and think in kilometres‘Keep left, pass right’ is the general rule of driving in South Africa. This also applies to highway (freeway) driving.Cars in South Africa are right-hand drive vehicles, with the gear shift operated with the left hand.Distances, speed limits (therefore vehicle speedometers) are measured in kilometres, and fuel gauges in litres, so be aware of this when travelling long distances to avoid running out of fuel.The wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all front seats and back seats (if present). Using mobile phones and devices while driving is against the law. While using an in- car hands-free system is permitted, use cautiously if you are travelling in an unfamiliar area.Speed limitThe general speed limit on South Africa’s national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph). On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph). In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph), unless otherwise indicated by road signs. If you incur a speeding fine with a hired car, the rental company will pay the fine, passing on the charge to your account, with an admin fee.Drinking and drivingNaturally, drinking alcohol before and while driving is against the law. The South African Road Traffic Act 93/96 has been in effect since March 1998. Whether you are driving in the city or on rural roads, these laws are extremely important to obey. These laws are in place to help protect the community and to make sure that drunk drivers are reprimanded.The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.05 g per 100 mlThe legal breath alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.24 mg in 1000 ml of breathAccording to the Automobile Association of South Africa the rule of thumb when considering the minimum allowable amount of alcohol consumed before driving is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg. Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol. In simple terms, this means that 2 drinks over the space of one hour will put you over the limit. Below is a breakdown of alcohol units per drink type:1 x 75 ml glass of wine = 1 unit1 x 250 ml glass of wine = 3.3 units1 x shot/shooter = ½ unit in most instances1 x spirit cooler = about 1.25 units1 x beer = 1.5 units or possibly more1 x cider = 2 units1 x 25 ml tot of spirits = 1 unit1 x cocktail = Between 2 and 4 unitsAnything more would impede your driving ability. In general, it is advisable not to drink at all if you are planning on travelling long distances or in areas with which you may not be familiar.Fuelling upThe various types of petrol (gas) available in South Africa are: unleaded and lead replacement 97-, 95- or 93-octane (often referred to as “super” or “premium”). The 95- and 93-octane petrol is available at higher altitude (non-coastal, interior areas such as Gauteng and Mpumalanga), as well as 93-octane. While, at the coast, your choice is between 95- and 97-octane.Diesel is available with 0.05% sulphur content and 0.005% sulphur content.Most vehicles available from car-hire companies use unleaded petrol, and cars older than 10 years use the various octane types.Fuel is sold per litre (1 US gallon is equivalent to 3.8 litres).South African petrol stations are not self-help, with attendants to fill the car, check oil, water and tyre pressure, as well as offer to clean your windscreen, if required – these services more often than not enjoy a R2 or R5 gratuity, or according to your discretion.Fuel stations are called ‘garages’ in South Africa, and can be found on both the main and country roads in urban and rural areas. Most are open 24 hours a day, although some rural stations may keep shorter hours. Be aware that distances between towns (and therefore between petrol stations) are considerable in some parts of the country, so remember to check the fuel gauge before passing up the opportunity to fill up.Fuel can be paid for with cash or general credit and debit cards (MasterCard and Visa most often. NOT usually American Express or Diner’s Club.) Some smaller or more rural stations may always not accept cards. Check with the attendant before filling up on payment methods available. Most filling stations have on-site ATM banking facilities available.Driving around the countryOur road infrastructure is excellent, so driving between cities and towns is a viable option – and, given the stunning scenery in many parts of the country, a highly enjoyable one.However, South Africa is a huge country not easily traversed in a day, so plan your journeys carefully. If you’re not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents.While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced.Road informationCurrent information on the conditions of roads can be obtained through the Automobile Association of South Africa. The AA also provides invaluable guides for road users in the form of strip maps tailored for specific destinations and information for tourists on accommodation en route.Traffic signs are generally pictorial or in English.Toll roads and e-tollsBefore you set off, check your route. Many of the national roads between the major centres are toll roads. Check the fees before you leave, and make sure that you have either a credit card or cash to pay.Toll fares for a light passenger vehicle vary from under R10 to around R200, depending on the toll plaza – and you may pass through three or four of these before you reach your destination.Electronic toll collection (or e-tolls) is in place in Gauteng. Your car has to be identified electronically, via an e-tag for example, and a toll is deducted from a toll account. Visitors to Gauteng can register for an e-toll account, or buy day passes. Visit SA National Road Agency’s e-toll website for more info.See Automobile Association: Toll fees in South Africa – includes information on fees, locations, vehicle classifications and costs for frequently travelled routes.SafetySouth Africa has a high rate of traffic accidents so drive defensively and exercise caution when on the roads – especially at night – and keep a wary eye out for pedestrians and cyclists.Drivers of minibuses and taxis can behave erratically, and often turn a blind eye to rules and road safety considerations.In many of South Africa’s rural areas, the roads are not fenced, so watch out dogs, chickens, sheep and even horses or cows on the road. These can be particularly hazardous at night.Large antelope crossing the road can also pose a danger in certain areas – if you see road signs depicting a leaping antelope, take it slowly, especially towards evening.Never stop to feed wild animals – it is dangerous and you can incur a hefty fine if you do so.In general, be aware and keep your wits about you. It’s a good idea to drive with your doors locked and windows up, especially in cities and at traffic lights.Don’t ever stop to pick up hitchhikers. If you are worried about someone on the side of the road, report it to the police station in the next town.Ensure your car is locked when you park it and do not leave anything in sight. Lock things away in the trunk – known as the boot here – or the glove compartment (cubbyhole).Emergency numbers to save into your phone:ER24 paramedics: 084 124Police/Fire Department: 10111Ambulance: 10117Arrive Alive Call Centre: 0861 400 800Netcare Emergency: 082 911Read more: Safety tips for travellersReviewed October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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