We have some of the best in Ireland

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Email Advertisement Print First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin Facebook Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLcenter_img WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up BEST hotel restaurant, best provincial restaurant, best restaurant newcomer and now Limerick pastry chef, Janet Madden makes some of the best scones in the country and now she has been nominated as one of the top ten finalists in the Goodalls best scones in Ireland competition.Taking to social media this week to make the announcement, The Limerick Strand hotel has now called on the people of Limerick to support their “very talented Pastry Chef”.The overall winner of the best scone in Ireland will be announced on June 8 next at the Merrion Hotel Dublin.Public votes make up 50 per cent of the marks in the final and as the only Limerick finalist, customers are asked to show their support for Janet’s baked delights.“If you love our scones go online and vote for Janet of the Limerick Strand Hotel” is the call they say.Janet says she is delighted to be nominated and is hoping for high praise come June 8.www.goodalls.ie/events/irelands-best-scone to cast your vote.Sticking with the theme of the best in Ireland, the Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor won the best hotel restaurant Ireland at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards this week.Backing up the strong showing from Limerick and indeed Adare, Wade Murphy’s Restaurant 1826 scooped Munster award while AROI in the city centre took to top spot in the province for the best newcomer.Other awards on the night went to:Best Restaurant – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, DublinBest Chef – Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, DublinBest Casual Dining – Rua, MayoBest Gastro Pub – The Poacher’s Pocket, DownBest Seafood Experience – Fishy Fishy Restaurant, CorkAnthony Gray, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland commented;“This year’s awards have been the biggest, brightest and the best. They are the awards everyone wants to be associated with, and everyone wants to be a winner. As a testament to their success, we’ve seen a huge increase in nominations and votes since last year, with over 30,000 nominations for Ireland’s favourite restaurants, chefs, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants and restaurant managers throughout the country. The Irish Restaurant Awards are all about celebrating those who have brought acclaim to the Irish food scene from abroad and who keep the restaurant industry thriving at home.Ireland has so much to offer to the culinary tourist, and these Awards remind everyone of the quality and class of Irish restaurants and Chefs. The Irish restaurant scene is vital to the economy, employing 72,000 people and generating revenue in excess of €2 billion per year, it’s great to celebrate the work that all of our restaurateurs around the country do to keep this aspect of our culture alive and kicking.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSeason triple launch in City GalleryNext articleSouthside pitches Pirates against Mermaids Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsWe have some of the best in IrelandBy Staff Reporter – May 26, 2015 705 TAGSfeatured No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitterlast_img read more

Awogu: Nigerian Premier League Has Grown

first_imgThe General Manager of Super Sports, Felix Awogu, has hailed the League Management Company, LMC, for giving Nigerian football fans a league to behold.In a chat with journalists in his office, Awogu said this season’s league has been one of the best in recent years.“This is the best I have seen in a long time. The league has grown; there have been more wins in the league this season than any in our history. The records are there to cross-check. Though, there have been little issues of violence but not as bad as it used to be. These are little hiccups.This is the first time Super sports have done a direct deal with the league. We have gone through third parties before now, but for the first time in the last one year, we have decided to say, ‘let’s work with the league directly, and it is paying off, and we are very happy, and we are going to continue to work in that direction,” Awogu said.Asked if he backs the idea of mid-week matches in our league considering the state of our roads in the country.“I do. First and foremost, you have to look at the fact that midweek matches, especially Friday matches which are very unique have attracted more fans to the stadia than the 4pm matches. It’s an innovation, they have to keep trying things. For the first time, the average attendance in the Nigeria league has hit 15,000. Even the EPL is just about 20,000. There is a growth pattern in the league which we should commend. It is something I will always hit my chest and say yes, I think we have delivered and added value to Nigeria.Awogu indeed frowned over none payment of players’ salaries, saying any one that cannot pay the salaries of players have no business in the league.“Even if they are owned by the government, if government cannot afford it, government should let it go. Get investors to take over. We have small teams like Ikorodu United, which pays salaries as at when due and manages its structure appropriately. They fly the team when they have to fly them to attend matches. Why can’t other teams replicate that? To us, it was an ideal team and when we see teams like Ifeanyi Uba FC, which is a privately owned team, we see El-Kanemi, which has returned to the base, flying for their games, so why can’t they replicate it?“I am of the opinion that it is time the Nigeria teams go on to the stock exchange, sit back and let investors take control. Let the fans own the teams and once they do that, there will be a strong synergy between the fans and the clubs and then the attendance will grow, merchandising will grow. Like I pointed out, is it now time that clubs start hiring a marketing team, a brand manager? For a team like Enyimba FC, two times African champions, what have they done with their brand? These are some of the things that team holistically have to look at and I think it’s is a big job for the LMC,” Awogu said.The Supersports boss craves for the best team to win the league. “We are supporters of the league; we support every team in the league. We want the best team that can represent Nigeria appropriately and possibly win in the continent. It has been a long time since Enyimba won the CAF Champions League and there’s a lot of money there. You win the CAF Champions League, you get about 2 million USD, you go for the international championship, you get about 10 million USD, it is a huge investment inflow into the Nigerian economy if we can get a team to qualify to win the championship in Africa and also go for the World Club Cup. To us, that will be massive. It’s not just about the LMC, it’s about the federation and the Ministry of Sports putting heads together and seeing how these things will work,” he advised.He also threw more light on some of the challenges Supersports is faced with when covering matches in troubled areas like the North-east.“Security is improving and for the first time in four years, three major roads were opened in Maiduguri. So, things are changing. If the roads are being opened in Maiduguri, it means our Outside Broadcasting; OB vans will be able to drive into Maiduguri. If you look at an OB van for instance, it will probably cost you about 10m dollars to acquire a standard one with high definition compliments.“Our roads are not the best in the world, but we have been all over Nigeria. We were in Kano to cover some matches and shows highlights from Maiduguri. Not that we are not there but it is not yet time to move the OB facilities. If peace returns, which we have been praying for, I think the first thing we will do is take ‘Let’s Play’ with my team to go and give the children some football, let them have something to identify with, let them find some solace, some joy, after many years of stress,” he noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram • Backs mid-week matchesBy Kunle Adewale last_img read more

Musa Bility believes African football is on the decline

first_imgLiberian FA President Musa Bility has expressed his disappointment at the state of football on the continent.The FIFA presidential hopeful, speaking exclusively on Asempa FM’s Sports Night stated the major bane of African football was down to poor cash injection.Bility was of the view football in Africa is on a downward football spiral.“It is in a downward trend. There is no money, the clubs are suffering. Our competitions are not funded,” he told Asempa Sports.“I am sure by now, Ghanaians are watching the English Premier League. We are being colonized through football again. Unless we put money behind our clubs and hire professionals to play for us. Football is in a bad state.”When asked whether FIFA was of any help, Musa believed it was incumbent on Africans to develop their own game and not solely rely on FIFA aid.  “You give me money, 500,000, 200,000 , that is not what I want. It is to develop my capacity to make my own money and that has not happened to Africa yet. Unless that happens we are going to stay where we are.”Musa Bility was banned for six months by CAF on May 2, 2013 for violating status to the use of confidential documents.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. The Joy Sports hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NU extends win streak to 64, sweeps UE for 4th straight women’s hoops title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Scores:NU 79 – Antiquiera 19, Itesi 15, Nabalan 14, Animam 9, Sison 7, Harada 7, Del Carmen 6, Ano-os 2, Camelo 0, Cacho 0.UE 68 – Tacula 25, Chan 19, Francisco 6, Sto. Domingo 5, Requiron 5, Ramos 4, Cortizano 2, Gayacao 2.Quarters: 13-16, 33-35, 51-54, 79-68. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Embiid waves goodbye to Drummond, Pistons in 108-103 win MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Janet Sison then put on the finishing touches for the Lady Bulldogs and scored all of her seven points in the final 1:17 to seal the title.Finals MVP Trixie Antiquiera paced NU with 19 points on a 6-of-9 shooting from threes, and two rebounds in her swansong, while the Congolese Itesi got 11 of her 15 markers in the fourth period, on top of 13 boards, and two blocks.Ria Nabalan added 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Season 80 MVP Jack Animam chimed in nine markers, but hauled down 23 boards.It was a sorry defeat for UE, which made it to its first Finals appearance in the women’s division in 49 years.Ruthlaine Tacula shot 4-of-5 from threes and wound up with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Eunique Chan had 19 markers, three boards, and two assists in the losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Perfection is still sweet the fourth time around.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny National University annexed its fourth straight title in the women’s basketball division, pulling off a come-from-behind 79-68 victory over University of the East Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum to win the UAAP Season 80 championship.Completing another perfect season, the Lady Bulldogs of coach Pat Aquino also extended their winning streak to 64 wins as they continued to dominate the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the win didn’t come easy this time as the Lady Warriors started out of the gates scorching to take a 12-point lead in the second quarter.In what could possibly be the toughest test in its reign, NU went to Rhena Itesi as she caught fire in the second half and triggered the telling 10-1 run to take the 66-60 lead with 3:18 to play. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

SA comics team up for charity

first_imgThese comedians are planning to crack their best jokes to raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)It’s no joke that South Africa’s top entertainers are going all out to help raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities.The comic campaign, announced in Johannesburg on 23 February, will see 10 of the country’s most acclaimed heavyweight comedians teaming up for a one-night show at the Sun City Superbowl on 27 February.The evening will form part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison.All proceeds from the event, called It’s No Joke, will go towards Mandela’s outreach programmes – which include the 46664 campaign, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Charity drives organised around Mandela Day will also benefit from It’s No Joke, said 46664 South Africa campaign leader Ruth Rensburg. “We will be using comedy as a tool to highlight social injustices in the world,” she added.The Sun City line-up includes Tumi Morake, David Kau, Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa, Chris Forrest, Trevor Noah, John Vlismas, Nik Rabinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi and Barry Hilton.“It is important that as comedians we give back to society …” said Forrest, who has been at the forefront of the South African comedy scene for almost 10 years. “If you find a project like 46664 to work with, that’s brilliant.”“We make a living by poking fun at society, so it is good that we give back,” said Vlismas.“We are using our abilities [for charity] in the only way we know,” Lindi added.For Morake, arguably one of the country’s most accomplished and best-loved entertainers, It’s No Joke will be yet another opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate after years volunteering for community projects.“It’s good to be the only chick [in the show], I’ll get to have all the men to myself for the night,” she joked.Seriously funnyThe 10 comedians are expected to dish out some hilarious social commentary on the night, using humour to tackle pressing issues in South Africa.Kau, known for his side-splitting shows Blacks Only and I Did These Jokes First, said he plans to make some strong comments about the South African education system at the Sun City event.“Comedy is … a serious business,” he said.The beauty of the comedy scene in South Africa is that entertainers can poke fun at any social issue without fear of reprisal – this is in stark contrast to their international counterparts, Vlismas and Kau said.“We do socially relevant comedy. We seem to have a robust way of talking about each other,” Vlismas added.“There are things we say here that they [UK comedians] could never get away,” Kau said.Growing It’s No JokeRenowned UK performer Eddie Izzard kicked off the It’s No Joke charity campaign earlier in February with his comedy tour called Stripped, which sold out in South Africa.There are now plans to expand the campaign and make It’s No Joke an annual event along the lines of the 46664 series of music concerts, Rensburg said.“It should be nurtured into a premier comedy festival … hopefully it will become one of the gigs that every comedian wants to join,” Kau said.last_img read more