Plaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh…

first_imgJasvir Singh, Gurbir Singh, and Tadhg Foley, Historian at the unveiling.Photo by Alan PlaceA PLAQUE has been unveiled to mark the ground breaking work of a West Limerick man who translated the holy book of the Sikh religion into English.In 1909 Max Arthur MacAuliffe, completed the classic translation into English of major parts of the Guru Granth, the holy book of the Sikhs. Oxford University Press published the first edition of his celebrated masterpiece, The Sikh Religion: Its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors, in six volumes and running to almost 2,500 pages, and since then it has never been out of print.The unveiling of the plaque follows representations from the Dublin Interfaith Forum including members of the Sikh community and historians to Limerick City and County Council on how best Max MacAuliffe could be remembered in his homeplace.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sikhism now has some 28m followers worldwide, 2,000 of whom live in Ireland, 500 of whom live in the Mid-West region.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Templeglantine Community Centre today [11 Sep 2019], attended by His Excellency, Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Cllr Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach of the Newcastle West Municipal District said: “It is important that Limerick remembers and honours its own, to celebrate those who have made an important impact on the lives of others.  And Max deserves this for his work in bringing knowledge and understanding of the Sikh religion to the English Speaking world.  From his humble beginnings in Monagea and later Templeglantine, Max became an important conduit in developing a deeper understanding between entire communities in Europe and India.”Gordon Daly, Director of Community Development with Limerick City and County Council, who funded the project added: “We are delighted to be involved in the honouring of Max MacAuliffe.  Who would have known that 181 years ago a boy from West Limerick would grow up to become arguably one of the most influential people in the Sikh community. He was a man of extra ordinary intellect, whose seminal work The Sikh Religion: Its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors remains as relevant today as it was when it was initially written.”“Limerick City and County Council is delighted to be part of this ceremony, in honouring this famous West Limerick man.”Max also known as Michael MacAuliffe was born 181 years ago to the day [11 Sept 2019] in Glenmore, Monagea, County Limerick, the eldest of John MacAuliffe and Julia née Browne’s 12 children.The family moved to Templeglantine when he was eight years old after his father took up the post of “Master of the School’.Max won a scholarship to attend Springfield College Ennis (now known as St. Flannan’s College) before studying at Queens College Galway (NUI Galway), where he graduated with first class honours in Modern Languages in 1860.In 1862, he joined the Indian Civil Service and arrived in the Punjab in 1864. Over the course of his 30-year career, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner before later becoming a Divisional Judge. It was here his love affair with the Sikh religion began.He died in London on 15 March 1913 aged 74. Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsPlaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh Culture and ReligionBy Alan Jacques – September 12, 2019 821 center_img Previous articleSinead O’Connor returns to the stageNext articleMustafa #87* gone but not out Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Linkedin Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Jerome ScanlanlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMax Arthur MacAuliffeSikhTempleglantineThe Sikh Religion WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

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OUSU rejects boycott of Israel

first_img(video report published 28-02-2013)Oxford University Student Union voted against a motion calling for support of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), the campaign for the boycott of Israel, at the termly meeting on Wednesday.The motion asked OUSU to advocate for the BDS campaign at the annual conference of the UK National Union of Students in April. It was defeated, with 69 votes against, 15 abstentions, and 10 for.The BDS movement was started in 2005. Its official website calls for boycotts against “products and companies that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions” until Israel complies with international law. The motion proposed that the NUS further “conduct research into Higher Education institutions’ contacts, relations, investments and commercial relationships that may be implicated in violating Palestinian human rights as stated by the BDS movement.”It was initially proposed at an OUSU council meeting two weeks ago, but an amendment was passed to postpone the final vote in order to give JCRs more time to debate the issue.James Newton, Keble JCR President, proposed the amendment to delay the motion. He told Cherwell, “I feel that it was a far more complicated issue than it looked at first glance and am therefore very glad that I got the chance to consult with the JCR before being expected to vote on the issue.”Several colleges, including Worcester, Corpus Christi, and Balliol, split their multiple votes in order to reflect the sentiment in their JCRs more accurately.The original proposers of the motion, Emily Cousens and Sarah Pine, did not attend the meeting and were unavailable for comment. Supporters of the BDS movement have viewed the motion in a different light. Hind Awwad, a graduate student in Political Theory at St Edmund’s Hall, said, “What we’ve seen in our MCRs and JCRs is that BDS has brought people together to discuss this issue and has started a real debate on Israel’s violations… the debate on BDS has resulted in some of the most well-attended common room meetings, vibrant debates and interest in Palestinian rights.”Despite OUSU voting against the motion, Awwad argued that “the discussion of BDS at the University of Oxford is in itself a significant achievement, and an important stepping stone for Palestine solidarity activists in the University.” OUSU President David J Townsend was equivocal when commenting on the proceedings, saying, “There have been strong emotions on either side of this issue. A fulsome debate was had, there were ample opportunity for colleges’ student bodies to decide how to mandate their delegates, and a decisive resolution was achieved by the vote of those delegates today.”Questions were raised at the debate two weeks ago about how an academic and cultural boycott would be implemented in practice. Some students expressed concern that it could result in the boycotting of student societies and academic research.Benjamin Crome, President of the Oxford University Israel Society, said, “I am very pleased with this evening’s result, which shows quite clearly that Oxford students reject the exclusionary values of the BDS movement. As befits students of a university which has held a mutually beneficial relationship with Israeli academia for many years, JCRs and MCRs have decided that to conflate of the actions of Israeli civil society with the policies of the Israeli government is fundamentally flawed.”He added that “Israeli academics have played a leading and influential role in criticising the static nature of the peace process at present.”Similarly, Sarah Chaplin, a second-year PPEist at LMH, said, “I am proud of the result that was reached tonight. Oxford students have shown that prejudice against individuals of any nationality is wrong regardless of feelings towards their government.”Speaking on the matter of implementation, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS national committee said that the BDS movement calls for “an institutional boycott of Israel, not a blanket boycott of individual Israelis. We do not condone boycott of individuals based on their identity, no matter what. Rather, we focus on Israel’s academic and cultural institutions, all of which are complicit, to varying degrees, in protecting and maintaining Israel’s occupation and apartheid. Consequently, BDS does not call for boycotting a book or a film just because its author or director is Israeli! We look for institutional connections to see whether any cultural product, say, is funded by the state of Israel or its lobby groups for re-branding purposes.”last_img read more

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The Bizarre Yet Undeniable Virtue Of Guns N’ Roses & Their “Not In This Lifetime” Tour [Show Review]

first_imgLast night, Guns N’ Roses played their third and final show Madison Square Garden, perhaps their final show in the New York area on this lengthy reunion tour. The iconic rock band has been criss-crossing the globe for eighteen months now, basking in the glory of their arena-ready reunion, appropriately dubbed the “Not In This Lifetime” tour. With Slash and Duff McKagan back in the fold, frontman Axl Rose finally has the big, bad band to back up his preferred approach to the Guns N’ Roses concert. The mix of theatrics, musicianship, nostalgia and pure energy onstage created an undeniably fun, slightly strange, yet ultimately highly enjoyable concert experience.The mythology around Guns N’ Roses is so extensive that seeing them live and in person is, visually, almost disorienting. They emerge from backstage dressed exactly as you’d expect them to be dressed–in outfits reminiscent of their 80’s heyday. Axl wore a leather jacket, black t-shirt, and flannel shirt hanging casually while tied around his waist; Slash had his famous mess of curls, his ever-present and iconic top hat, and stoic and consciously masculine demeanor; Duff McKagan sported his bright blonde mop, sleeveless shirt, to compliment his effortless attitude and skillful bass playing.Going to a Guns N’ Roses concert in 2017 definitely provides an interesting people-watching experience. The crowd at Madison Square Garden last night was a mix of visually authentic rockers wearing spikes and leather (who seemed to have never left the 1980s), wall street bros who paid insane prices for premium tickets, music industry bigwigs and underlings, curious teenagers wearing “Appetite” t-shirts, and plenty of parents out for their “one big night out.” Guns N’ Roses may be the ultimate rock band, but they have also transformed into a pop/nostalgia band, complete with all of the commercial and corporate trappings that come with it, including a wide variety of customers.In contrast with that pop-y vibe, it must be noted that the band skipped an opening act and hit the stage in full force just before 8:00 PM, intending to deliver an evening fully packed with Guns N’ Roses music. Most bands on their level turn out between ninety and one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of music for a headlining performance, and Guns N’ Roses ended up staying on stage for two-hundred-and-ten minutes, without a setbreak. While the ticket prices for this tour are insanely high, the band gives audiences their moneys-worth night after night, with long shows that include virtually all of their classic hits, many of their cherished b-sides and famous covers, and plenty of much-appreciated shredding from Slash. While some in the audience couldn’t make it through 3.5 hours of hard rock, the vast majority of the crowd stayed for the entire show and sang along loudly to both the classics and the deep cuts.Guns N’ Roses jumped on stage and immediately went from-zero-to-sixty to start the show, opening with Appetite For Destruction standouts “It’s So Easy” and Rose’s famous ode to the rockstar lifestyle, “Mr. Brownstown.” Following an impressive take on the title track from the infamous Chinese Democracy, Slash took his time to tease an extended introduction to “Welcome To The Jungle” that sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. Even though everyone in the room knew it was coming, Rose’s famous screech of “DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!?!?” lit the crowd on fire, and the flame burned brightly for the rest of the night. In fact, aside from the overpriced premium tickets, the tour comes across as almost a caricature of itself. No matter how ridiculous and show-y the moment (Axl’s piano for “November Rain” emerged from a hydraulic lift that was hidden under the stage…), no matter how absurd the attire (Axl required several outfit changes, going through many different t-shirts, several themed jackets, and a variety of ill-fitting cowboy hats…), no matter how cliche and outdated it all may seem to the naked eye (Slash played the “November Rain” guitar solo in front of a wall of sparks…), it is still unbelievable to watch Axl, Slash, and Duff on stage performing as Guns N’ Roses, and that dumbfounded and joyous feeling permeates each moment of their show. All in all, eight of the twelve songs from the band’s impeccable debut record, Appetite For Destruction, made their way into the evening’s setlist, with the aforementioned trio of songs being joined by “Paradise City,” “Sweet Child O’Mine,” “Nighttrain,” “Rocket Queen,” and “My Michelle.” Each of these was met by huge roars from the crowd and a barrage of cell phones quickly shooting to the sky to capture the moment. Seeing Axl flanked by Slash and Duff while they nail their classic material felt like dream come true. Edit this setlist | More Guns N’ Roses setlists GNR also treated the crowd to many of their famous covers, with Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and Wings‘ “Live And Let Die” leading the charge. Other reliable go-to’s like “The Seeker” by The Who, “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC, and “Attitude” by The Misfits made appearances in the set, and the band included a heartfelt tribute to Chris Cornell with a performance of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun.” They also included pronounced teases throughout their show, with “November Rain” containing a portion of “Layla” by Derek & The Dominos, ” and “Patience” including an instrumental take on “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band.Surprisingly, the peak moments of the show weren’t the massive mega-hits or huge covers, but the b-sides, ballads, and obscure cuts that allowed the band and, specifically, Slash, some room to breathe musically. The guitarist was remarkable all night long, ripping solo after guitar solo with charismatic ease. He is an enigmatic character (to say the least), a mysterious, larger-than-life persona in the rock ‘n’ roll world. As such, it was a surprise to find him so filled with energy all night long, running from one side of the stage to the other, jumping on and off a platform at the front of the stage, and stomping his feet along with several songs. Slash was clearly designed to be the lead guitar player in Guns N’ Roses, and his appreciation for being there was apparent throughout the show.This brand of brash, over-the-top rock n’ roll may not be for everyone, but the “Not In This Lifetime” tour by Guns N’ Roses overcomes its obvious potential flaws to become one of the more memorable and larger-than-life concert tours in recent memory. From the music, to the stage setup, to the outfits, to the general vibe, the whole evening seemed to be plucked right from a classic Guns N’ Roses music video and dropped onto the stage at Madison Square Garden…last_img read more

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Costamare Gets Funds for Newbuilds, Opts for Scrubbers

first_imgGreek shipping company Costamare Inc. had a busy third quarter of 2018 as it secured financing for newbuildings, decided to install scrubbers and purchased more ships.In August 2018, the company concluded pre and post delivery financing deals for its five newbuild vessels, ordered earlier this year from China’s Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group.Currently under construction, the 12,690 TEU units are expected to be delivered between the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021. The ships will enter into ten-year charters to Yang Ming upon their delivery.Additionally, the company agreed to install scrubbers on five Post Panamax container vessels. Following the installation of the scrubbers, the existing charter rates will be increased and the original charter expiry, ranging from 2023 to 2024, will be extended for a period of 3 years.The ships in question are the 2014-built 9,403 TEU containerships MSC Azov, MSC Ajaccio and MSC Amalfi, for which the current daily rate is USD 43,000, and the 2013-built 8,827 TEU MSC Athens and MSC Athos with MSC, currently earning USD 42,000 per day.Furthermore, in September 2018, the company purchased two 1996-built, 8,044 TEU sister containerships Maersk Kleven and Maersk Kotka. Upon their delivery the vessels commenced a 2.5-year charter with Maersk Line at a daily rate of USD 17,500. The company is currently in discussions regarding the debt financing of those ships.Also, during the quarter, Costamare secured charter deals for 23 vessels, excluding the two secondhand acquisitions. The company’s net income for the quarter was at USD 14 million, down from USD 24.1 million reported a year earlier, as voyage revenues deflated to USD 90.9 million compared to USD 101.2 million seen a year earlier.“Seasonality, combined with concerns about demand growth and trade tensions have resulted in a softer market, both in terms of charter rates and asset prices,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare Inc., said.last_img read more

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