Philip’s musical connections to Limerick City street remembered

first_imgAdvertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlimerickPhilip McCormackSraid an CheoilSt John’s Brass and Reed BandThe Honda Man Print WhatsApp by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Avril and Jim McCormackTHE family of the late Philip McCormack hit a nostalgic note last weekend when they gathered at Sraid an Cheoil in the city centre to remember the well-loved Limerick man.Fondly known as ‘The Honda Man’, Philip died after being knocked off his bicycle on the Kilmurry Roundabout on January 8 last year.This month also marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of Sraid an Cheoil, which joins Mulgrave Street and Roxboro Road.Philip was the man behind the campaign to have the street given its musical name and his family decided it would be fitting to mark its fifth anniversary in his honour. Last Sunday family members gathered on the city street to remember the 40-year-old father-of-one.“It’s been five years since the opening of Sraid an Cheoil and its benefits have made life easier for motorists and pedestrians alike,” Philip’s younger brother Jim told the Limerick Post.Sraid an Cheoil is also the former home to St John’s Brass and Reed Band and the McCormack family have a long tradition with the marching band. Philip and Jim’s dad, also Jim, has been a member for 60 years.In fact it was this strong family connection that prompted Philip’s campaign to have the area named Music Street.The late Philip McCormack, fondly known as ‘The Honda Man’“We all played in the band as kids. Philip wanted to do something to keep the band’s history in the spot where it once stood. He did everything he could to get it renamed. He put in a lot of hard work and made a lot of phone calls and attended lots of meetings with the Council to do so,” his 37-year-brother recalls.“The band used to practice every Sunday morning and every Wednesday night at the premises in preparation for supporting local events, churches, various marches and especially the St Patrick’s day parade. Past members include Mick Hinchy, Tom Quigley, Frank Phelan and Albert Mac to name a few. Still playing today are heroes like Jimmy McCormack, Dermot Maloney John Doyle and Jack Quigley,” Jim added.A native of Annacotty, Philip was commissioned in 2011 to restore and customise two Honda 50 motorbikes painted in Limerick colours which featured prominently in an 11850 TV advert. The campaign paid homage to the ‘Nifty 50′ as it is better known. Philip rescued the motorbikes, restored them to their former glory, helped shoot the television advert and even featured in it.“Philip worked on bicycles and motorcycles and ironically the street he named is full of  hire bicycles now. It’s a fitting tribute and I’ve no doubt he’s smiling down on us,” his brother concluded. Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img NewsLocal NewsPhilip’s musical connections to Limerick City street rememberedBy Alan Jacques – January 22, 2015 1168 Previous articleLimerick Bishop feels 12 is too young for ConfirmationNext articlePike take the spoils in dramatic comeback Alan Jacques Twitter Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedinlast_img read more

Taking root in e-enabled learning

first_imgTaking root in e-enabled learningOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Stuart Branch, training manager for Whitbread’s Travel Inn brand, describeshis role in the company’s development initiatives and his belief in onlinemethodsHow long have you been in this job? Two years. How long have you been with your organisation? Twelve years with Whitbread and three with Travel Inn. What does your role involve? The full spectrum of HR Management for Travel Inn (MTI), south of thecountry – the country is divided at Birmingham – and responsibility fortraining and management development for Travel Inn on a national basis. What are the best and worst things about this job? The best is working in a people-oriented business, with responsibility forpeople’s recruitment, development and motivation. I ensure that Travel Inn isthe best place for investors, customers and our team members. The worst istravelling on busy motorways. What is your current major training project or strategic push? I have three major projects: – E-enabled learning and development – understanding how we get a trueblended learning solution to our people. – The ‘Journey’ – our map of what a ‘strength-based organisation’ lookslike, for induction, training and ongoing development. – Action Learning – our virtual university (accredited by Oxford BrookesUniversity) offers managers accredited learning through work projects to attainqualifications at certificate, diploma and Masters level. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? To join the RAF as a PT instructor. What was your first job? Assistant manager, Berni Restaurants What was the best career decision you ever made? Moving into human resources. And the worst? I haven’t made it – yet! How and why did you become a trainer? I moved into a full-time training role, having been recognised as a ‘trainermanager’ in my general manager roles with both Beefeater and Brewers Fayre. Iput both of these career moves down to the passion I have for developing,growing and coaching people to achieve their full potential. Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? I am currently completing my MBA with the Whitbread Virtual University, andwhile not yet complete, it has provided the most valuable learning experience,through the Action Learning approach which requires you to integrate your studywith real business challenges. Do you think that evaluation is the ‘Holy Grail’ or an impossible dream? No, quite the opposite, I think training evaluation is too oftenover-complicated. I believe HR has a responsibility as a business partner toshow the return on investments we make. In order to be truly effective intraining, learning and personal development we need evaluation to know what andhow we are contributing to the overall business plan. How do you think your job will have changed in five years time? I still believe we haven’t seen the real development of e-enabled learning,and that there is a lot more change to come. What do you think will be the core skills for your job in the future? Coaching, facilitation and managing through change. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? Understand what your business strategy is, and therefore what your HRstrategy is and align your training and development accordingly. What are your favourite buzzwords? ‘Building on people’s strengths, and managing around their weaknesses’. Which buzzwords do you most loathe? ‘I think I need a training course for this development need I have’. Are you good at self-development? Yes, partly because I believe in my role I should set an example, but moreso because I am passionate about learning, personal growth and being able to bethe best I can. What self-development have you undertaken in the past 12 months? Too numerous to list. I have an ongoing development plan (a learning log),which I action and review weekly rather than annually. I look for every waypossible to develop. You don’t need to do formal training courses toself-develop. Up close and personalHow do you network?In many ways, but my preferred method is socially. I work withsome great people. I always make an effort to keep in touch with them,especially on the golf course, in the gym, on the squash court, or in the pub.If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?Rally driver, or an ‘extreme sports’ coach.Describe your management style in three words Pragmatic, passionate, [and based on] integrity.Do you take work home with you?No. I tend to work long hours, but when I am finished for theday I reserve home time for my family.What is your motto?It’s not the taking part that counts – it’s the winning thatmatters (yes, I do mean it that way round!). How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues?Not as an HR specialist, but as a colleague who helped peoplefind what they do best, and to enable them to do it better every day.Where do you want to be in five years time?HR directorWhich courses and learning experiences have been most usefulfor you?The Whitbread Action Learning MBA – as mentioned.Which training gurus, management experts or business peopledo you most admire?John P Kotter, Stephen R Covey, Marcus Buckingham and of courseDilbert and Dogbert by Scott Adams. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Soil organic nitrogen mineralization across a global latitudinal gradient

first_imgUnderstanding and accurately predicting the fate of carbon and nitrogen in the terrestrial biosphere remains a central goal in ecosystem science. Amino acids represent a key pool of C and N in soil, and their availability to plants and microorganisms has been implicated as a major driver in regulating ecosystem functioning. Because of potential differences in biological diversity and litter quality, it has been thought that soils from different latitudes and plant communities may possess intrinsically different capacities to perform key functions such as the turnover of amino acids. In this study we measured the soil solution concentration and microbial mineralization of amino acids in soils collected from 40 latitudinal points from the Arctic through to Antarctica. Our results showed that soil solution amino acid concentrations were relatively similar between sites and not strongly related to latitude. In addition, when constraints of temperature and moisture were removed, we demonstrate that soils worldwide possess a similar innate capacity to rapidly mineralize amino acids. Similarly, we show that the internal partitioning of amino acid-C into catabolic and anabolic processes is conservative in microbial communities and independent of global position. This supports the view that the conversion of high molecular weight ( MW) organic matter to low MW compounds is the rate limiting step in organic matter breakdown in most ecosystems.last_img read more

Allen Stone Releases New Single, “Taste Of You”, Featuring Jamie Lidell

first_imgToday, R&B/soul singer Allen Stone dropped his latest single (and third of 2018), “Taste Of You”, an upbeat soul track featuring Jamie Lidell. Stone and Lidell are no strangers to one another, as the Washington-based artist’s “Warriors” single (released in June) was also produced by the English-born musician and singer. The release of this new music will lead to a new full-length album from Stone, expected to drop sometime in 2019.Stone has been a mainstay on the music charts this year with the releases of “Warriors” and “Brown Eyed Lover”, the latter of which featured American Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo. The release of “Taste Of You” via ATO Records comes alongside a two-month North American fall tour, which began last week and will continue the next two nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre.Discussing his inspiration for the track, Stone stated: “I had the opportunity to play an Aretha Franklin tribute show at Carnegie Hall last year and I was privileged to sing ‘Say A Little Prayer’. What an iconic song! Getting to play that song in such an inspiring environment made me want to write a song just like. This was my attempt. My personal tribute. Love you Aretha.”Listen to “Taste Of You” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Allen Stone Tour Dates:10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]10/20 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay ^ [SOLD OUT]10/21 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole ^10/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre ^10/24 – San Antonio, TX @ Rustic ^10/26 – Dallas, TX @ The Statler Ballroom ^10/27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s ^10/28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues ^10/31 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen ^11/02 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater ^11/03 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor ^11/04 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live ^11/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage ^11/07 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm ^11/08 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom ^ [SOLD OUT]11/10 – Chattanooga, TN @ Robert Kirk Walker Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]11/11 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine ^11/13 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate ^11/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre ^11/15 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa ^11/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^11/18 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents ^11/20 – Harrisburg, PA @ Capitol Room ^11/21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^11/23 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^11/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts ^11/25 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall ^11/27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^11/28 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café ^11/30 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^12/01 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre ^12/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater ^12/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar ^12/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon ^12/07 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^12/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex ^12/09 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre ^12/11 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory ^12/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ^12/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre [SOLD OUT]12/17 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre [SOLD OUT]^ Nick Waterhouse supportslast_img read more