Limerick club is home to four world champions

first_imgWhatsApp The Learning Hub Limerick Kickboxing team following their success at the Unified World championships in Italy.MEMBERS of the Hub Limerick Kickboxing Club returned home from Italy weighed down with medals after their impressive performance at the Martial Arts World Championships.Seven Limerick competitors from the New Road, Kileely-based club brought back 12 medals from the Unified World Championships in Carrara. Over 28 International Federations and 5,000 athletes participated and the Irish competitors put in a hugely impressive performance, with four new Limerick world champions among them.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Learning Hub Limerick Kickboxing Club scooped five gold, five silver and two bronze across several disciplines at the world championships in Italy.Interestingly, coach and competitor Paul O’Brien (37) and his son Tyrone Cronin O’Brien (19), as well as Paul’s girlfriend Sarah Howard (31), and Tyrone’s girlfriend Hayleigh Kiely (18), all won medals at the games.Hayleigh Kiely, already an Irish and Five Nations Champion, as well as a student at Mary Immaculate College, won two gold medals — one in Kickboxing and one in K1 rules.Tyrone Cronin O’Brien, a first year student at LIT, also claimed a gold medal and became full contact kickboxing champion of the world.Robert Maloney and Michelle Fitzgerald both had the performances of their lives to clinch a gold medal apiece. While Liam Purcell, Sarah Howard and Paul O’Brien, who travelled as both coach and competitor, all gave their utmost and did very well to take silver medals.All seven athletes represented the Learning Hub Limerick Kickboxing Club, which is open to everyone regardless of age or experience. Classes take place on a daily basis at the Club’s gym in Kileely, on the north side of the city.“The club started up over ten years ago after my own coach PJ Bennis passed away. This left an empty space in my own life and soon after a couple of lads approached me and asked me to teach them martial arts. It was a slow process. We started with one punchbag, but now we’ve gone on to produce four world champions,” Paul told the Limerick Post.“The club has changed a lot of people’s lives. Some kids were going down the wrong road and it gave them a new focus. For other’s, it some place to blow off steam, and it’s also good for the mental health.”For more visit Learning Hub Limerick Kickboxing Club on Facebook. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSCommunityLimerick City and Countymartial artsNewsSport NewsCommunitySportOtherLimerick club is home to four world championsBy Alan Jacques – November 30, 2018 1761 Facebook Email Previous articleTreaty Treats label launches in LimerickNext articleReview of The Producers by Cecilian Musical Society Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Printcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgGAA Results – County DonegalBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 02-Dec-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 4 – 9 1 – 8 Glenswilly O Donnell Park Relegation Play Off/E.T/Line: P McGonigle/P McKeeverCentra Supermarkets U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 02-Dec-2012 Naomh Conaill 1 – 11 0 – 4 Cloughaneely O Donnell Park Semi Final/E.T/Line: P McGonigle/P McKeeverCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment01-Dec-2012 Buncrana 0 – 20 0 – 9 Termon Buncrana ScarveyCounty Minor Championship Division 1 FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 02-Dec-2012 Kilcar 2 – 11 2 – 4 St Eunans McCumhaills Extra Time If Necessary Linesman Ryan Walsh & Liam McConigleyCounty U14s Division 2 League FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment02-Dec-2012 Bundoran 0 – 4 1 – 7 Gweedore McCumhaills Extra Time If Necessary Linesman Gerard McHugh & Ciara Foy ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

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49ers vs. Cowboys: Three studs, three duds

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Saturday night’s exhibition opener might go down in 49ers lore for the debut of Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel, a receiving tandem that might dominate for years to come.Or the 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys will be best recalled for 30 top-flight players sitting out, news of more injuries (Trent Taylor, Shon Coleman, Raheem Mostert, D.J. Jones) and an alarming total of 216 penalty yards on 18 …last_img

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SA chocolates for all Oscar stars

first_imgThe delectable treats made by Chocoholic Impact for Sun City in 2003. (Image: Chocoholic Impact)This year’s Oscar nominees will be sweetened up with more than just the promise of a golden statue: each star will also receive a delectable South African chocolate bar as a congratulatory gesture by the Los Angeles Times.Chocoholic Impact, a small company based in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, is exporting the sumptuous treats to the US for the much-anticipated awards ceremony on 7 March.“The chocolate bars will be given to all the nominees, not just the ultimate winners, as a congratulatory token …” said Chocoholic Impact owner Ray Esmany.“It’s a big honour [to supply the Oscars]. To get a job for the Oscars is a ‘wow’ … it’s exciting.”The company, which Esmany started 26 years ago, will send 75 chocolate bars well-wrapped in golden envelopes to the US on 15 February. “Morgan Freeman is my favourite [nominee] and it’s exciting that he will have our chocolate,” Esmany said.Chocoholic Impact supplies its chocolates to hotels, caterers, restaurants, the corporate market, weddings and, of course, to special clients for occasions such the Oscars.Esmany said they have been exporting to the US for the past seven years and send off products there every week.It’s not the first time the company, which has a partnership with a US agency called Candy Art USA, has supplied prestigious international events. “We have done work for the Grammies as well,” Esmany said.And chocolate treats won’t be the only local sensation in the spotlight at the 2010 Academy Awards, as films with South African links such as Invictus and District 9 have been nominated for a host of prizes, including Best actor, Best supporting actor and Best adapted screenplay.Supplying top-class functionsChocoholic Impact has also scored big in supplying historic functions in South Africa. Its expertly crafted chocolate desserts tantalised dignitaries at the presidential inauguration of Nelson Mandela, in 1994, and at one of Thabo Mbeki’s inaugurations a few years later.Its delicacies also made it onto the lavishly decorated tables at Mandela’s 85th birthday bash at the Sandton Convention Centre in 2003, the opening of the International Convention Centre in Durban in 1997, the opening of a hotel at Sun City and many Nederberg wine auctions.“We have done some exceptional work locally as well,” Esmany said. “The work we have done keeps me hugely passionate about my business.”The company has also represented South Africa twice at the Bocuse d’Or, a highly rated international cuisine competition in Lyon, France.Growing the companyEsmany has been nurturing her venture since 1984, when she started making chocolates at home in the evenings after work. Back then she supplied schools and flea markets with simple chocolately offerings.“I used to come home at night to make it,” she said. “It’s been a learning curve, as I started off not knowing anything about making chocolate.”Her breakthrough came when she started supplying custom-made chocolates with various logos to businesses, including lodges and hotels, in South Africa.Esmany now employs eight people on a permanent basis in her modest factory. Knowing that she has created job opportunities is what drives her passion for business.“It’s a privilege to employ staff, to empower people,” she said. “It’s also a privilege that I’m able to give my employees good salaries.”While their biggest exports are destined for the US, Chocoholic Impact also supplies markets in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Ghana, Namibia and Botswana.Esmany started another company, Crystal Candy, in 2009, which specialises in crafting edible cake decorations that resemble gemstones. “Crystal Candy is very unique to South Africa,” she said.Beating the recessionLike most businesses Chocoholic Impact felt the bite of the global recession in 2009 and orders slowed down, especially from international clients. “We suffered as much as every business last year. We had to bite the bullet.”But there are signs that South Africa is recovering from the downturn, and Esmany is certain that her venture is returning to normal.“There are good orders for Valentine’s [Day]. Orders are generally good,” she said.What has kept this dynamic woman in the game for so many years? “It’s very simple. It’s about developing new, unique products all the time.“It’s about focus, I’m 100% dedicated to the business. “Not even age has set her back, she said. “I’m nearly 60 years old, but I will work until I die … I thrive on it. I work seven days a week.”last_img read more

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International film productions boost South African economy, skills, says DTI

first_img24 February 2016More international film production should be encouraged in South Africa to strengthen the country’s economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at an event to publicise a current US television production in the country, the historical series Of Kings and Prophets.Minister Rob Davies at Of Kings & Prophets location, Stellenbosch. One of the production funded by the dti. pic.twitter.com/OzNWwRDOrr— Nelly Molokoane (@metlae1) September 10, 2015The rand-dollar exchange rate was a boon to foreign film production he said: “It means they have a huge advantage; it just makes it much cheaper for them.” But the minister was cautious to add that the training and experience for the local film production workforce, covering everything from acting to production and behind the scenes, was an immeasurable boost for the South African talent involved. Service providers and other industries also benefit from the investments.Since the introduction of its film incentive programme by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2004, 20% of preproduction and production spending by international film productions in South Africa had gone directly into the country and its workforce, the department said – even more if postproduction work (including using local visual effects and editing companies) was completed in South Africa.And the effects of this investment were being felt in all areas of the industry, according to a 2012 baseline report by Deloitte. It showed that the industry achieved an economic multiplier of 2.89 – for every rand spent in the industry, R1.89 was generated within the local economy. In total, since 2004, R15-billion has been invested in South Africa and its people.Boosting South African talentFilm and television production added R5-billion to Cape Town’s economy, according to the city, a city of choice for local and foreign film makers. More importantly, it added 35 000 new local jobs between 2011 and 2014. Productions include the Leonard DiCaprio hit Blood Diamond, Safe House starring Denzil Washington and, most recently, the acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.Johannesburg, not to be left out, has also enjoyed its fair share of Hollywood filmmaking glitz and financial boost as the backdrop to hit films such as District 9 and Chappie, a scene in the second Avengers movie and locals hits such as Jerusalema and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.South African storiesOver the last five years, the local film industry – telling original South Africa stories for film and television for local and international markets – has grown exponentially. Directors, writers, actors and hands-on production staff are taking the lessons learned from working on international productions and using these to tell local stories and build the industry.In 2011 to 2013, the industry produced 25 films for theatre release, generating 11% of industry-wide box-office takings, or R98-million (about $6.4-million) of R879-million.During the first half of 2014, more than a dozen local films accounted for R33- million of the R382-million total box office gross. These films covered diverse genres and fortunes: action, drama, comedy, documentary and art house.Successful movies such as Anant Singh’s epic Long Walk to Freedom, the Spud trilogy, numerous Afrikaans-language box office hits and, most recently, the sleeper success of the romantic drama Ayanda, have all benefited from the development of the local film industry via large international input.Of Kings and ProphetsOf Kings and Prophets, a production by the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said to rival the scope and success of other epics such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, is currently filming in Cape Town. It is officially, according to the DTI, the largest production to be filmed in South Africa. Direct production spend by ABC is estimated at over R450-million, with R391-million of that expenditure qualifying for a 20% rebate for the South African government.According to the DTI factsheet accompanying Davies’ visit to the production, estimated direct and indirect tax revenue for the local economy is estimated to be R70-million.Almost all of the crew on the production are South African, according to ABC, covering everything from costume design to casting and set construction.Of Kings and Prophets film set in Western Cape is entirely built by South Africans https://t.co/XtG1DTtpFF pic.twitter.com/OhHmLrWSJm— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 20, 2016Sets – interiors are in a Stellenbosch warehouse and exteriors are in Durbanville – are reputably some of the largest ever built in South Africa and were co-ordinated by a full South African workforce, headed by production design veteran Johnny Breedt. Breedt also worked on Long Walk To Freedom, Hotel Rwanda and the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.Of the 600 to 850 crew members working on the series, 50% were from “previously disadvantaged” groups, Davies said, including 26 South African trainees and film graduates in 12 production departments. Their training was provided by the local non-profit Film Industry Learner Mentorship (Film) programme and was financed by the DTI.A total of 829 local production vendors and service providers – including catering, manufacturing and hospitality assistance – have been used by the production.The series’ co-executive producer, Chris Brancato, praised the work ethic of the South African production team, highlighting the ethnic diversity of the crew, particularly in fulfilling various high-skill roles – something he called a rarity in Hollywood.Speaking to Business Day, Brancato said the assistance from the local industry and the government did not disappoint. Comparing the differences between the American and South African counterparts, he said seasoned Hollywood film industry members working on the Of Kings. production were incredibly impressed with the work ethic and skills level South Africans had shown, adding that it “is not a common response in Hollywood”.Another ABC production head, Gary French, reiterated the international film community’s enthusiasm for working in South Africa and with South Africa talent, telling Business Day’s Sue Blaine: “We couldn’t have done it without the South Africans who have come on to our show and become part of our family.”Of Kings and Prophets is the largest ABC production yet to be filmed in SA https://t.co/s22HlFShtb pic.twitter.com/vP22HBDPqM— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 19, 2016*Of Kings and Prophets, starring Ray Winston, premieres on US television in March 2016 and locally on DSTV Edge later in the year.Source: Bizcommunity, Business Daylast_img read more

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The longer Brownlee stays in PH, the more he feels at home

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters 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 Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter leading Barangay Ginebra to another title, Justin Brownlee would be the first to admit that he feels right at home here in the Philippines.“I feel more like a Filipino the longer I stay here. I love it here,” Brownlee said.ADVERTISEMENT And even after all the celebrations he’s been in with Ginebra winning back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles, the 29-year-old couldn’t stay away from the game he loves.He even follows UAAP games featuring the Adamson Soaring Falcons and his friend Papi Sarr, who, like Brownlee, is also handled by the same agent in Sheryl Reyes.“I like the team and I like (Sarr) as a player. I think he’s an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it’s two points,” he said. “It’s a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me, has a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it. They get emotional. It’s really exciting.”Leaving the country on Tuesday, Brownlee couldn’t help but feel emotional as he leaves what he felt his second home once again.But the 6-foot-7 forward is keeping his fingers crossed that the Gin Kings will give him a call to return to the Philippines anew next season.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 That feeling shouldn’t come as a surprise given how warm the legions of Ginebra fans have welcomed Brownlee with open arms in the two years he’ve spent in the country.So inculcated is the soft-spoken reinforcement that he already has his go-to food whenever he goes out.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 shutout“I love the chicken adobo here,” he said.But it’s not just the food, as Brownlee said that what makes him love the country more is the people’s passion for the sport of basketball — the same reason why the former St. John’s standout found himself here, roughly 9,000 miles away from his hometown of Tifton, Georgia. Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Hopefully, I could return pretty soon. I definitely would love to play the second and third conferences. I don’t think (Ginebra) has decided yet, but hopefully, I’ll be back, for sure,” he said. “I’m just trying to relax right now, reflect a little bit, and take it from there. But Ginebra will always be my priority.” Inspired Parker delivers for FEU with his family in attendance QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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Cormier keeps title, dominates Oezdemir at UFC 220

first_imgCormier was awarded the title after Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight championship when he failed his latest doping test.Cormier had lived in Jones’ shadow for the last few years of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut against Oezdemir, he was worthy of the title.Cormier nearly put away Oezdemir in the first round with a choke until there was a late save by the bell. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Daniel Cormier throws a punch against Volkan Oezdemir in their Light Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPDaniel Cormier has defended his 205-pound title with a dominating performance over Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event of UFC 220.Cormier (20-1) had the Boston crowd behind him and Oezdemir (16-1) taking shots in front of him Saturday night, putting him away just 2 minutes into the second round. Cormier raised his hands in triumph as UFC President Dana White wrapped the title belt around his waist. He dropped to his knees on the canvas and said he proved he was worthy of being called champion.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma State upsets Oklahoma in OT, overcomes Trae Young’s 48 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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