Print Linkedin Advertisement Facebook Email WhatsApp Twitter WITH the upsurge in adventure racing and the growth in the alternative extreme sports market gripping the country, a new and exciting event is to take place in the world famous Aillwee caves in October, one designed to challenge adventure racers throughout the region. The popular Aillwee caves will provide runners and cyclists with the unique experience of racing through the famous tourist destination over the weekend of October 15 and 16.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It will entail running and mountain biking through the breathtaking Burren landscape, with the quirky addition of having part of the race hosted inside the famous cave.There will be two stages.This novel event is being held to build the public’s awareness of Muscular Dystrophy, a collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions which are characterised by the progressive weakening and wasting of muscles.Well known Irish mountain bike specialist Niall Davis, fresh from attaining the title of Single Speed Mountain Bike World Champion, spoke of his excitement.“It’s a very novel thing to be riding through the cave. That combined with the stunning scenery around Aillwee, makes it a really enjoyable course. I can’t wait”.Amy Bramley of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled and very appreciative to the organisers of The Caveman for choosing MDI as the charity beneficiary.“We’re trying to raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy and the unique nature of this occasion will help us get the word out there. “Money raised will go towards the crucial respite support services provided to our 590 members nationwide”. In a bid to preserve and respect the beauty and uniqueness of the Burren landscape, a limited number of places are available.Only 100 runners and 100 cyclists will get the chance to take part. NewsLocal NewsUnderground adventure racing at the Aillwee cavesBy admin – September 27, 2011 688 Previous articleLocal solicitors told ‘be brief and to the point’Next articleMary Davis labelled a ‘blocking’ candidate for Fianna Fail admin
DES MOINES — A Mason City native is returning to her home state to star in the touring Broadway musical “Anastasia” this week, the production’s first-ever stop in Iowa.Alison Ewing, graduated from Mason City High School in 1992, says the family show being staged at the Des Moines Civic Center features gorgeous sets and costuming, as well as wonderful songs, which will be familiar to anyone who saw the popular animated version of the story released in 1997.“Our composers of the music are the same as that film, so if you were a fan of that film, you will see a lot of songs that you heard in that film and actually, it’s even more amazing because they’ve written several more songs,” Ewing says. “You’re going to get five songs from the film plus a whole lot more.”Set in Paris in the 1920s, the story follows an orphaned teenager with amnesia who may be a member of the Russian royal family. Ewing plays Countess Lily who doesn’t appear on stage until the second act, so she’s had to learn to pump up her energy level so she can go from zero to 100-percent in moments.“When she gets on stage, she sings this huge song, called ‘The Land of Yesterday,’ and she’s dancing, she’s doing Russian lunges and dances with all of the men,” Ewing says, laughing. “That part was…it took a little practice, let’s say.” She’s particularly fond of her show-stopping scenes with the character, Vlad Popov, a former romantic interest of the countess. “They do a tango dance and have this whole rekindling of their love song together,” Ewing says. “It’s just all physical comedy and I love it so much. It makes the audience scream with laughter, usually, if we do our job right, and it’s just so much fun.”Ewing says she learned early on to diversify and hone a variety of talents, which is why she took dance lessons, acting lessons, voice lessons and music lessons. Now living in San Francisco with her husband, Ewing says she’s able to pursue an array of opportunities in TV, film and onstage. She’s been with “Anastasia” since the tour started a year-and-a-half ago with another six months on the road to go.Returning to Iowa to perform is a big thrill, she says, and she looks forward to seeing a literal busload of family, friends and fans. “My dad lives in Des Moines so I’m sure I’m going to be spending a lot of time with him,” Ewing says. “Also, my mother is bringing the Mason City First Presbyterian Church, a group of people in a bus, so that will probably occupy a lot of my time as well.”“Anastasia” has an eight-show run at the Des Moines Civic Center, starting tomorrow night and running through Sunday.
A SWAT team raid of a home in Loxahatchee this week led to two arrests, as well as the confiscation of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Tuesday arrested 46-year-old Nereida Vila and her boyfriend, Maiker Requejo, 39, on multiple charges related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and trafficking. A 12-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the home at the time.According to the arrest report, the child slept in the master bedroom with the two adults. Meanwhile, two other bedrooms and the garage had been converted into indoor cannabis labs.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators ended up seizing a total of 50 plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in addition to a gun. The marijuana had a street value of about $967,000.Vila is a convicted felon. Requejo told investigators he was unaware of the marijuana in the house. Deputies say his wallet contained receipts for liquid fertilizer and other products that are typically used to grow marijuana indoors.Just before the SWAT team entered the home with their search warrant, a deputy smelled raw cannabis coming from the property.
ULISH CARTER (Photos by Thomas Sabol)This is the 4th installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce. Part 4:The voice of BlacknessIt was 1973, change was not only in the air, change oxygenated and enriched the very atmosphere in which we existed. A young and exuberant Ulish Carter, currently the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier had just graduated from college and talks about those fertile yet volatile times.“My dream was to work for a Black newspaper.” Carter explains. “My top three choices were the Afro American in Washington, DC, Muhammad Speaks, and the Pittsburgh Courier. I had studied the Courier. Bill Nunn Jr. and Wendell Smith were my heroes along with Sam Lacy of the Afro American. Those guys were not only sportswriters but they were the greatest sportswriters out there, so when I came to Pittsburgh I already knew about Bill Nunn Jr. I didn’t know his father was as big as he had been with the Courier but because I was a sportswriter I definitely knew who he (Bill Nunn Jr.) was.