Restaurant trade continues to feel the pinch

first_img“It’s a tough nut at the moment and there’s no easy way out”RESTAURANTS in Limerick and throughout the country need to be “full three or four nights of the week to survive”. That’s according to TV chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan who was in Limerick ahead of his live cooking demonstration in Thomond Park next Tuesday, September 14.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Corrigan when speaking to the Limerick Post, revealed that he felt the restaurant trade was “at the bottom” and that they “can’t cut anymore”, adding that he returns home to Ireland every two weeks and visits his “buddies in the restaurant business” and his “heart goes out them, it’s tough, it really is very, very tough for them.”Speaking at Thomond Park last week, the popular chef spoke openly and for the first time regarding his former business ties in the country.  The often outspoken chef said that he pulled out of the Dublin based Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill on Stephen’s Green earlier this year and focused his attention to his two London restaurants in Piccadilly and Mayfair.Tough economic times were evident for the industry and Corrigan noted that everyone was struggling.“It’s a tough nut at the moment and there’s no easy way out – the restaurant trade is at the bottom of their rethinking, they’ve done all of that.”And with little let up or breaks in leases, rates or rents, the chef added: “Restaurants and hotels are always going to take a hit in a downturn – people will choose to stop eating out as they have every right to. It is up to our sector to fight back and woo them in with great deals, which most have in fairness.”But Corrigan looks to the other side of the table too and notes that it is one of the best times for diners to eat out.“Family-run restaurants around Ireland are flourishing where people know there is great natural food. The image of Ireland to me is walking into a pub and a barman pulling a nice pint of Guinness and going to the restaurant and having some delicious natural food from the countryside from a great chef”, added Corrigan. Email Advertisement Twitter Facebook NewsRestaurant trade continues to feel the pinchBy admin – September 7, 2010 513 center_img Linkedin WhatsApp Print Previous articleReport says one sixth of households in poverty before recessionNext article€5,000 for Pakistan led by popular restaurant adminlast_img read more

A master at his craft

first_imgTracy Kidder ’67 likes to hear a good story, but he loves to tell one. You can hear it in his voice.The New York native is animated when describing a lumber mill in Maine, a trip to Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, and the history of the humble nail — research all connected to his 1999 book “House.”He calls those excursions and insights the “exteriors” of his stories, the extra level that goes beyond primary research, the in-depth character studies that he considers the “engines” of most narratives.Kidder is tall and lean and has a surprisingly soft yet husky voice. In his small office in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, he spoke recently about his years as a Harvard undergrad, his work as a writer, and his return to campus as the center’s first writer in residence.Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1982 for his book “The Soul of a New Machine,” about the computer industry. He has authored eight other books, and is a contributor to several publications. But he is perhaps best known locally for his portrayal in “Mountains Beyond Mountains” (2003) of Paul Farmer, the Harvard doctor and founder of Partners In Health, a mainstay health care provider in Haiti.He is at Harvard for the semester working on a new book on writing with his collaborator and longtime editor Richard Todd. He has also given a number of talks about the craft of putting a compelling tale on paper.The residence program was established in honor of New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal and his legacy as a man who “prized journalism, reporting, and writing,” said Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center and Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy.“When we started to think about who we wanted as our inaugural writer, there was no question who our first choice was,” he told a crowd while introducing Kidder at one of the author’s Harvard presentations on Oct. 19.In the talk, Kidder expanded on some of the writer’s arts — pace, point of view, tone, and structure. He also discussed the critical task of making a subject spring to life in the mind of a reader. In the words of his editor Todd, Kidder said the ultimate goal is “to get life off the page and into the reader’s imagination.”He praised the work of English author Graham Greene for accomplishing exactly that. Though he rarely ever directly describes his characters, “[Greene] puts these people in motion and finds a way to let us imagine them.”The best structure of a story is one your reader isn’t even aware of, he told the audience.Kidder clarified the point with a sentiment from his former tai chi instructor: “When you get good you will develop your own style. When you get very good, you will learn to hide it.’”One of the biggest keys to perfecting his own writing is rewriting, an often brutal task that involves much more than simply shifting a paragraph, moving a sentence, or inserting a new word. Sometimes it means, he said, “starting over.”Another critical key is a second set of eyes. For that he relies on Todd, his friend and editor of more than 40 years. The two met while Kidder was working at The Atlantic and they have been together ever since. (Todd’s wife, Kidder said, has accused him of “sharing a kidney” with her husband.)Kidder began his time at Harvard studying government. “I wanted to change the world,” he said. But during a lecture by Henry Kissinger, he realized he was “bored” — not with Kissinger, but with his choice of concentration.He credits poet and classicist Robert Fitzgerald, his first English professor at Harvard, with inspiring in him a love of writing.“When you meet a teacher who inspires you tremendously, it’s a two-way street,” said Kidder, who first connected with Fitzgerald in a creative writing course. “You also have to be ready for that teacher in a way, but I certainly was.”He said Fitzgerald took his students seriously, expected “classic work” from them, and taught them one of the most crucial lessons a budding writer can learn: not to fall in love with their own work.“He would point to the wastebasket,” Kidder remembered, “and say, ‘This is the greatest repository I know for writers.’”After college and a year as an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam, Kidder clung to the idea of being a writer. He enrolled in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The intense seminars made him aware of a higher standard for writing, and of the talented fiction writers who were more likely to write a great novel than he was.Ultimately, Kidder connected with The Atlantic and decided to give long-form narrative nonfiction a try, and it took.His inspirations include poets like Emily Dickinson and writers like John McPhee and George Orwell. When he gets stuck, he frequently goes back to writing with a pen and paper. And he will often open to a random page of “Moby Dick” and read for a while, “Just to feel sort of free enough to write again.”As for finding his subjects, Kidder said it’s not easy, but that he tries to find a person who is doing “something interesting, or who interests me.” It’s not ideas he finds compelling, but people.Above all, he told his audience last month, “the cardinal rule for nonfiction writers is to make what you have … believable to your readers.”You have to find a way to credibly tell your readers, said Kidder: “I know this sounds too good to be true, but it happened.”last_img read more

Mayor Of Roseau Calls On Residents and Members of The City Council To Play Their Part

first_imgLocalNews Mayor Of Roseau Calls On Residents and Members of The City Council To Play Their Part by: – May 6, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 42 Views   no discussions Share The Mayor of Roseau HIS Worship Mr. Cecil Joseph has made a call to residents of the cityof Roseau to pay their rates in order to maintain and enhance the city. He made this call during DBS’s Talking Point talk show with host Alvin Knight.Click to listen to audio:  He also made mention of the members of the Roseau City Council who are laid back and relaxed and doing little or no work which cannot continue. He said that they should hear the cry and understand the problem of the city.Click here to listen to audio:The Mayor reminded the public that the city belongs to all of us and therefore we should all ensure that we play our part in its development and enhancement.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Police: Florida Woman Killed Disabled Grandson By Drug Overdose

first_imgFlorida law enforcement officials say they are dealing with a case that is unusually tough for them.According to Bradenton police, 87-year-old Lillian Parks gave her disabled 30-year-old grandson, Joel Parks, a fatal dose of unidentified drugs because she was worried that there would be no one to care for him after she dies.Detectives took her into protective custody last Sunday to undergo an evaluation and medical treatment, spokesman Brian Thiers says.Joel Parks lived with his grandmother during the weekends, and spent the week at a group home during the week, as he was unable to take care of himself.On Sunday, Joel’s sister came to the grandmother’s apartment to check on him, and called 911 when she discovered his body.Reports state that Joel’s father is dead, and that his mother is estranged.Investigators say they will likely charge Lillian Parks with second-degree murder after she is released from a doctor’s care. They are still awaiting a toxicology report to reveal the substance that was used to kill Joel Parks.Thiers says police are trying to determine how long Joel Parks had been dead before his sister discovered his body. He adds, “This is a difficult case for our detectives. Partly, we feel bad for an individual who feels that the only option is to take another human being’s life because you’re so worried about their care after you’re gone. On the other hand, this was a process that was thought out, it was planned, and she took a human life.”last_img read more

WNBA interested to promote basketball in India

first_imgAdvertisement mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsack7uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8e6wgk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bhdWould you ever consider trying this?😱9daf38Can your students do this? 🌚clRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a cricket crazed country like India, it is hard to imagine a time where another sport can ever take center stage. However, this doesn’t stop Women’s NBA legend Ebony Hoffman from aspiring that basketball can become India’s number 1 sport.Advertisement As Mumbai is to host two NBA games later this year , Hoffman is in B-town for the same.Advertisement “I think we have two great teams that we have got to (for) this game. Sacramento Kings have a very young and athletic group of kids.“You will see all types of dunks and all types of moves and then you have an older Indiana Pacers,” Hoffman told reporters.Advertisement “So we are going to see a wider range of talent that you have never seen live before. It is a lot different when you see in person and when you see it on your television screen. So I am excited for all of India to see that in person and raise their basketball,” Hoffman said.“We are coming here to take over, we love India, we know that cricket is the number 1 sport and so we are coming here to grow our game and to show India that they have basketball which can be a number one sport,” she added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_img“We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League. The L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon.last_img read more

Photos: NFL great, ex-49er reduces price of Danville mansion by $2 million

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price further on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $5.4 million from $5.8 million. The house was originally listed at $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theater, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public …last_img read more

South Africa’s best ever cricket team?

first_imgThey didn’t. Lawry and company were bowled out for 246 as Mike Procter proved the destroyer-in-chief, knocking over 6 for 73. The South African cricket team has been receiving praise for its performances Down Under after winning the first two tests against Australia in style to ensure the Australians suffer their first series loss on home soil since the West Indies beat them in 1992/93. Despite their undoubted pedigree, the Australians were outplayed, taken apart and beaten increasingly heavily as the four-test series progressed. Denis Lindsay was an excellent wicketkeeper/batsman who, in a five-test series against Australia in 1966/67 topped the batting averages, scoring 606 runs at 86.57. Thanks to his crucial contributions, South Africa beat Australia in a series for the first time ever. Rated best by BradmanTo put the talent and performances of some of the individuals in the South African team in context, Sir Donald Bradman, regarded by most as the greatest cricket player of all time, rated Graeme Pollock alongside Sir Garry Sobers as the best left-handed batsman he had ever seen. Bradman also chose Barry Richards to open the innings when he selected an all-time team. Third testThe series moved on to Johannesburg, where South Africa crushed the tourists by 307 runs in the third test. Graeme Smith and company went on to record a nine-wicket victory, leading some people, caught up in the euphoria of South Africa winning a series in Australia for the first time, to suggest that Smith’s team is the best South African team of all time. Second testIn Durban, in the second test, Ali Bacher’s team destroyed the Australians by an innings and 129 runs. Batting after winning the toss, South Africa posted an imposing 622 for 9 declared. Graeme Pollock, with an SA test record of 274, and Barry Richards, with 140, were the mainstays of the home team’s innings. SA led by 77 runs on the first innings after making 279 and then dismissing the Aussies for 202. Peter Pollock excelled with 5 for 39 in 23.2 overs. Australia replied with 212 all out as the opening bowlers, Pollock and Procter, took three wickets each. Dominance on the fieldSouth Africa’s team of 1970 was filled with talent, some of it very special talent, among the best of all time, and the players transferred it to dominance on the field. Australia were skittled for just 157 in their first innings reply, as only four batsmen reached double figures. Eddie Barlow claimed 3 for 24 with the ball, while Pollock, Procter and Trevor Goddard all picked up two cheap wickets. They arrived in South Africa as a highly regarded outfit. Ian Chappell was championed as the best batsman in the world; Johnny Gleeson, a finger spinner, was highly regarded, and Graham McKenzie was an experienced pace spearhead, having become the youngest bowler in test history to take 200 wickets. In their second innings, South Africa tallied 408, with Eddie Barlow making 110, Graeme Pollock 87 and Lee Irvine 73. Australia weren’t up to the challenge, and fell for 178 in their second innings as Mike Procter picked up 3 for 24 and Trevor Goddard 3 for 27. First testIn the first test in Cape Town, Eddie Barlow made 127 to help the Springboks to 382 all out in their first innings. Australia, in reply, managed only 164 as opening bowler Peter Pollock, the father of Shaun, knocked over 4 for 20. It was a series of complete dominance by South Africa. They had four batsmen score more than Australia’s highest run scorer, and those four also recorded higher averages. They also showed a sharper edge in the bowling department, with Procter capturing 26 wickets at a miserly 13.57 and Pollock picking up 15 at 17.20. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While the side touring Down Under deserves praise, it is far too early to suggest it is South Africa’s best ever. The Proteas’ two victories speak volumes about the mental strength and talent of the team, as they had to come from behind to secure both wins, but that is also the argument against the side at this time; come-from-behind wins are not dominant victories, even if parts of SA’s wins were. Their batting when at the crease together was brilliant and brutal; “Never have I seen the ball hit with such power by two players at the same time,” Australia’s captain Bill Lawry admitted. Peter Pollock captured 116 wickets in 28 tests at an average of 24.18 as a very effective opening bowler. Most memorably, he and brother Graeme guided South Africa to a win over England in the second test at Nottingham in 1965, playing the dominant roles with ball and bat. Peter took 10 wickets in the match – 5 for 53 in the first innings and 5 for 34 in the second – while Graeme contributed 125 and 59 as most batsmen struggled in difficult conditions. SA won the series one-nil thanks to that win. The third day resulted in one of the most incredible turnarounds in test history as the Proteas took a first innings lead of 65 runs after JP Duminy’s memorable 166, and his ninth-wicket partnership of 180 with Dale Steyn, who contributed a career-best 76. Their last series, however, against Australia in 1970, produced ample evidence that South Africa was at that time far and away the best side in the world. First though, they will need to become as dominant as Ali Bacher’s great team. Trevor Goddard, too, was another all-rounder who performed well. Like Barlow, he made 2 516 test runs, with his average being 34.06. He also claimed 123 wickets at 26.22. A first innings opening partnership of 157 between Richards (81) and Barlow (73) helped South Africa to 311. Alan Connolly stood out for the Australians again, returning his best test figures of 6 for 47. While the Australians managed 280 in their second innings, they were well beaten by 170 runs. Bill Lawry made a fighting 83, but Mike Procter picked up 4 for 47 to undermine Australia’s efforts. Tied for wins recordMake no mistake, Graeme Smith’s team is an outstanding outfit. Their 11 wins in 2008, tied for the most ever in a calendar year, is evidence of this. They have not yet been completely dominant throughout a series against a top team, however. Incredible turnaroundThen, in the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it looked as if Australia had South Africa on the ropes after two days of play, with the Proteas on 198 for 7, replying to the hosts’ 394 all out. 5 January 2009 South Africa then scored 470 for 7 declared in their second innings, with Richards making 126, Lee Irvine 102 and Ali Bacher 73. Based on the Australians’ previous batting performances in the series, they wouldn’t be able to meet the Springboks’ challenge. South Africa made just 232 in their second innings, with Graeme Pollock, who made 49 in the first innings, top scoring with 50. Alan Connolly led the Aussie bowling attack, capturing 5 for 47. Mike ProcterA case for Mike Procter could be made for inclusion in the Hall. His test career was limited to seven matches because of South Africa’s banishment from the game, but his performances during his first-class career speak volumes of his ability as an all-rounder. The current side is clearly very good and, once their careers are over and can be examined completely, I might come to regard them as highly as the 1970 side. Victory in the first test was achieved when the Proteas put together the second highest successful fourth innings run chase in test history. They made 414 for 6 and it looked as if 500 would not have been too difficult. Eddie BarlowEddie Barlow was a tough-minded all-rounder, maybe not a great test player, but a very good one, no doubt. He played 30 tests, averaged 45.74 with the bat, and took 40 wickets at 34.05. Fourth testThe series ended in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa won by an even bigger margin, of 323 runs. When the International Cricket Council launches its Hall of Fame in 2009, only two South Africans will be among its members: Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, both among the most dominant batsmen of their generation. SA’s astonishing win and the calm and stylish manner in which it was achieved made the cricketing world sit up and take note of the seriousness of the challenge South Africa was posing to the world’s number one ranked test team. The dominance I speak about was exhibited by the last South African team to face Australia before SA was excluded from international cricket as part of sanctions against the apartheid policies of the country. That team, I would argue, was South Africa’s best Ever, but they were not given a long enough run to confirm their brilliance. He scored 21 936 runs at an average of 36.01, highlighted by a world record-equalling six centuries in succession. He also took 1 417 wickets at an exceptional average of 19.53. In retrospect, given the advantage of being able to examine those players’ complete careers, they were the best team that South Africa has ever produced. Series win in IndiaAustralia arrived in South Africa, fresh off a 3-1 series win over India in India. Given the Aussies’ struggles to win in India, even in recent years with their all-conquering teams, it was an excellent result for Bill Lawry’s men. Forced to follow on, the Australians fared far better second time around as three batsmen – Keith Stackpole, Doug Walters, and Ian Redpath – made scores in the seventies. However, their 336 all out meant South Africa had scored an innings victory. So important was he to his English county Gloucestershire that it was often referred to as “Proctershire” during his time there.last_img read more

Spl Police Observer holds meet with CEO

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dube on Sunday held a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab and other election officials in the state, to take stock of the poll-preparedness and deployment of the security personnel.Earlier in the day, Dube landed in the city and went to the guest house of Kolkata Port Trust. It has been learnt that Dube will hold a meeting with all the senior election officials in the state to assess the law and order situation across Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, he wanted to know from the CEO about the deployment of the Central forces in the state. A special chamber has been set up at the office of the CEO for Dube, where he will be stationed until the completion of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. He is expected to hold a meeting with the various political leaders on Monday and listen to their concerns. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently appointed Dube as the Special Police Observer, replacing K K Sharma. The announcement came less than a day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sought Sharma’s removal. Banerjee had produced a photograph showing Sharma attending a programme organised by the RSS, in uniform. The commission has not, however, given any reasons for replacing Sharma. Dube will look after the deployment of Central and state forces. He will also look after other matters as per the instructions of the Election Commission.last_img read more