Wedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says Yes

first_imgNewsWedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says YesBy John Keogh – May 28, 2015 1322 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick 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 “I feel like the whole world is a different place” AS LIMERICK said yes on Saturday, one local woman decided to mark the momentous occasion by popping the question to her girlfriend of six years at the Limerick count centre.Billie (41), who doesn’t use a surname, proposed to partner Kate Stoica (26) just seconds after official tallies confirmed that the marriage equality referendum was passed.Billie told the Limerick Post: “I’ve had the ring for four years. We had talked before about who was going to ask who and we had discussed having a civil partnership, but we decided against it because it’s not the same as marriage.“I was trying to think of a romantic way to propose and I felt that it needed to be something that Kate would never be able to forget. I figured if it was a yes vote then it would be something that nobody would forget.”She chose to propose against the backdrop of the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ because it’s “a song we sing to each other in the car”.“I was a complete wreck. I just sat and tallied all day. When the final box was tallied my friend put on the music and I pulled Kate aside but I had no idea that there would be all those people there. I thought there would be press but I figured we might just be in the Limerick Post, I never thought it would go as big.“It’s weird looking back at the videos and seeing all those people around us, but at the time all I could see was Kate. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was so nervous, I totally forgot the speech I had prepared in my head, but Kate said yes so that’s all that matters,” Billie explained.Billie, who hails from Scotland, says the couple are awaiting the introduction of legislation allowing marriages between same sex couples before they set a date, however she hopes they will wed “as soon as possible”.She continued: “It’s amazing that we’re now thinking about what kind of wedding we’ll have; I’ve never been in a position in my life where I could do that. I have always dreamed that one day I would get married, except for me it was to a woman and I’d be wearing a suit.“I’ve decided I’m going to wear a kilt suit in the family tartan. My sister died recently and my mother died ten years ago, so I’ll be carrying my family with me in my tartan colours.”Billie concluded: “I feel like the whole world is a different place, not just for me but for everyone. Ireland said yes, Limerick said yes, and Kate said yes. For me that was the most important yes of the day.” What they said: Dave Cuddihy, Yes Equality Limerick“At present there is such a feeling of pride, acceptance and gratitude amongst the LGBT community not just in Limerick but across Ireland. The passing of the referendum means so many things to us, for some it means they can finally marry their long term partners and avail of the constitutional protections which were not there for us before, for others it simple means acceptance. The Irish public have let us know that they believe their gay friends and family to be equal in our little country which has taken pride of place on the worldwide stage over the past week.”Cllr Cian Prendiville (AAA)“The campaign and result show that the ideas and conservative grip of the religious Right and the church has been broken and are trailing behind the main body of public opinion. The battle by the LGBTQ community must continue to sweep away all forms of discrimination including the ban on gay men giving blood and the right of schools to sack gay teachers.”Cllr Maurice Quinlivan (SF)“The large ‘Yes’ vote of 24,789, or 64.15 per cent across Limerick City is very welcome. This campaign energised and brought a whole new generation of young people onto the electoral register and into politics and voting for the first time. We need to keep them engaged. This results shows that change is possible. Another notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among many of our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer be denied a voice in our democracy and mechanisms must be found to include them.”Michael Barron, Belong To “We’ve changed forever what it means to grow up LGBT in Ireland. The Irish people, via the ballot box, have today given each and every gay child and young person in Ireland – and across the world – a strong and powerful message that they are loved, they are cared for, and don’t need to change who they are. A new generation has spoken. This is a generation with open, kind hearts, a generosity of spirit and a great capacity to love. They have gone to the polls in their thousands and are responsible for this historic victory for their gay brothers and sisters.”Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy (SF)“I was proud to see rural areas say yes , extending equal rights to same sex couples. It is clear we have made history. The people of our county and country have sent a clear message to our LGBT people in Ireland and across the world that we stand together as equal citizens where LGBT rights are no longer on the back burner in our society but are equal.”Frances Fitzgerald, Justice Minister I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen. The Marriage Bill, which is currently being drafted, will enable same sex couples to get married in the same way as opposite sex couples. My intention is to seek Government approval for the Marriage Bill 2015 in June with the aim of introducing the Bill into the Oireachtas immediately thereafter so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess. Linkedin Advertisement Email Twitter John James Hickey, the First Irish member of the Board of the Federation Gay Games and his fiance Shaun Moriarty of Limerick Pride. Pictured at the polling station in Ballina-Killaloe, Co Tipperary. The couple are getting married on July 1 2016.Pic: Marie McCallan/Press 22by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE historic marriage equality referendum on Friday was backed by 64 per cent of voters in Limerick city and 55 in the county.Turnout was high across the 300 polling booths across Limerick, with 63.3 per cent of those eligible to vote in the city, and 58.5 per cent in the county, casting their ballots.A number of Limerick couples are already planning their big days following the announcement of the referendum result on Saturday. Previous articleCounty Limerick projects in dire need of fundingNext article“Thousands” spent on Moyross house that’s set for demolition John Keogh WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yes result “fantastic and humbling”JOHN James Hickey and Shaun Moriarty, who live in Ballina Co Tipperary, got engaged last year and plan to get married next summer.John James says the couple are “very, very happy” with Saturday’s referendum result as they are now planning a marriage as opposed to a civil partnership.“Obviously we’re absolutely delighted with the result. It means we can finally get down to wedding planning properly – and it means I now can’t avoid any conversations about wedding planning, which Shaunie has accused me of over the past year. It’s also fantastic and very humbling to have 1.2 million people endorse your relationship and your right to marry.“We had our venue provisionally booked since last year so we have been planning for it already but this makes it an awful lot easier. We’ll be able to do it all in the one place and there won’t be a mad dash to the venue from the registry office. And of course we’ll now have constitutional protection,” he told the Limerick Post.Both John James and Shaun have been heavily involved in the local LGBT community and the campaign for equal marriage rights for same sex couples; the pair canvassed on behalf of the Yes Equality movement in Limerick and Ballina-Killaloe.John James was also the coordinator of Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, in which Limerick reached the final three potential host cities alongside London and Paris.John James added: “We’ve been out on the doors for the last couple of months canvassing. Our lives had been on hold for the last six months or so really. This referendum was going to decide for us whether or not we were going to be able to stay in Ireland to get married, and now we can and that means an awful lot.“It’s still feeling a bit surreal; we weren’t sure how to feel when it was passed. We were living in trepidation for so long thinking about the possibilities if it didn’t pass. We hadn’t really allowed ourselves to hope that it would pass.”last_img read more

Indiana Voter Registration Project Investigation Expands to Multiple Indiana Counties

first_img Indianapolis – The investigation that began in late August of 2016 alleging the filing of fraudulent voter application information has expanded from the original involved counties of Hendricks and Marion to also include the counties of Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison.As part of the expanded investigation, state police detectives obtained a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, located at 2425 North Meridian Street, Suite A, in downtown Indianapolis.  The search warrant was served mid-morning of Tuesday, October 4th.  The affidavit and search warrant are sealed for a period of 30 days from the time the warrant was granted, which was October 3, 2016.An investigation of this nature is complex, time consuming and is expected to continue for several more weeks or months.Important points related to this ongoing investigation include:In accordance with state law, all voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policiesA representative sample of voter registration applications received by county voter registration offices suspected of being fraudulent have been COPIED and provided to state police detectives.  In all cases the ORIGINAL applications are maintained by the appropriate voter registration officeThe expanded number of counties involved leads investigators to believe the total of potentially fraudulent records may be in the hundreds, thus creating a potential to disenfranchise many votersThe possible fraudulent or false information is a combination of made up names and made up addresses, real names with made up or incorrect addresses and false dates of births with real names as well as combinations of all these examples.Victims of the activities by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project may not discover they have been disenfranchised from voting until they go to vote and realize their voting information has been altered.  Such action may result in the citizen having to cast a provisional ballot.There are simple steps people can take now, before the election, to protect their right to vote by ensuring they are properly registered.  Visit this site and follow the directions to confirm you are properly registered: after checking this source, a citizen discovers inaccurate information that indicates they could be a victim, they should contact their local voter registration office and the 24 hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.The investigation continues and no further information is available at this time.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Spoils Will Receive London Premiere

first_imgJesse Eisenberg & Kunal Nayyar in ‘The Spoils’Photo: Monique Carboni The Spoils, written by and starring Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, will play a limited run at London’s Trafalgar Studios. Joining him is Kunal Nayyar; the two also appeared in the show’s off-Broadway premeire last year. Performances will run from May 27 through August 13, with opening night set for June 2.Eisenberg received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Social Network. He also wrote and appeared in The Revisionist and Asuncion off-Broadway. His additional screen credits include Adventureland, Zombieland and Batman v Superman. Nayyar is best known for his work as Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. He is also the voice of Vijay on the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig.The play follows Ben (Eisenberg), who’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money and bullies everyone in his life—including his Nepalese roommate Kalyan (Nayyar). When he discovers that his former crush is marrying a banker, he is determined to destroy the relationship and win her back.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The production features set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and projection design by Olivia Sebesky. View Commentslast_img read more

Park Plaza is the first in Croatia to introduce a new free service for its guests “handy” which allows them unlimited calls and internet

first_imgImagine coming to a hotel, settling into a room, and a smartphone is at your disposal with free calls, internet and everything on it during your stay at the hotel.It is the hotel company Arena Hospitality Group that continues its innovative path of introducing new services in its own accommodation facilities in order to further raise the quality of existing services and get even closer to its guests and enable them a better stay.From Saturday, the Park Plaza Arena hotel, and together with the Park Plaza Histria hotel, a new “mobile”Service for guests, and the same is being introduced this week in the hotel Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin and the tourist resort Park Plaza Verudela Pula. It is a state-of-the-art mobile and digital offer for the hotel industry, whereby every guest of the mentioned facilities receives a mobile device with unlimited international and local calls and internet access during their stay at no additional cost.Namely, the whole thing works in such a way that when guests check in at the reception, in rooms or apartments they will be waiting for them and will be available during their stay mobile phone at a special charging station (docking station) that offers unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, a free destination guide, speed dial calls and emergency information.In this way, guests receive free destination recommendations, while hotels have the possibility of an additional channel of communication with guests through which they can send special offers and information about promotions, regardless of where the guests were at the time. Therefore, the service to guests is active during the entire stay, regardless of whether they are in a room, hotel, walk, excursion, etc.…. On the technological side, mobile devices come with mobile an operating system that is a customized version of the Android system, and can also be personalized by the hotel, to make the hotel offer a reservation and purchase of its services. mobile it also offers language customization, so that hotel guests can enjoy its features no matter what language they speak.. Following the implementation of this new service in Pula and Medulin, by the end of 2017, the same service will be introduced in the other 8 hotels of the group in Germany (Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne and Dresden) and Hungary (Budapest). “With the introduction of this service, Arena Hospitality Group with its four accommodation facilities becomes the first hotel company in Croatia with the introduction of free international calls and internet access for its guests. At a time of intensive and continuous development of mobile and digital technology, their application in the hotel industry is a significant step forward in achieving competitiveness in the market and will certainly be recognized by guests and their satisfaction with their stay in our hotels or resorts. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the development of advanced technologies and try to be leaders in the implementation of such innovations in our facilities in Croatia as well as in Germany and Hungary.”   pointed out the CEO of Arena Hospitality Group Mr. Rally Slonim.By the way, in 2016, the Park Plaza Arena hotel was recognized and celebrated as a hotel with the introduction of a unique service “digital key”Which can be used to open electronic locks in hotel rooms and suites with smartphones through a specially developed mobile application. Such an offer provided him with a competitive advantage, making him the first in Croatia, and one of the few in Europe with such a free guest service. As of this year, the mentioned Park Plaza Arena hotel is a proud holder of “BOSK gluten free standards”As the first hotel in Istria, the most touristy Croatian region, and also a hotel with the only one a’la carte restaurant on the Adriatic with complete gluten free offer.Tink Labs claims that the introduction of free smartphones has directly affected the increase in revenue from guests and is definitely becoming a “must have” product offered to guests of large hotel chains. And the figures say that within three months of implementation, it increases REVPAR or revenue per available room by 3,4%, increases the use of hotel services by 21%, and guests use the device for an average of 67 minutes a day. The smartphone is of course free for guests, except in case you lose or damage it, because then you still have to pay for the damage.The possibilities are certainly great, all hotel services at your fingertips and two-way and personalized communication with guests. Technology is there to help us, not help us. Take advantage of it, but do not forget human direct contact and interaction is most important in tourism, regardless of all the achievements of technology.Related news:FREE HOTEL SMARTPHONE AS A NEW TREND IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRYARENATURIST POSITIONED AS A LEADER IN THE APPLICATION OF NEW AND MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES IN TOURISMlast_img read more

Hotel Esplanade Zagreb crowned with the title of the best Historic hotel of the year

first_imgBack in 1925, Hotel Esplanade with its luxurious interior, impressive architecture and modern facilities even attracted travelers to the famous Orient Express, and today Esplanade, based on the tradition of superior service, with its timeless charm and elegance, cultural and historical significance continues to enchant arriving guests. to Zagreb, said Ivica Max Krizmanić, General Manager of the Esplanade Hotel and added: “This award proves once again that we are at the very top of the European and world scene of selected hotels, widely known for its luxurious history that makes the Esplanade so unique. What I especially appreciate, as a person who has spent almost three decades in this hotel, is that the Esplanade has long been and remains a temple of excellent gastronomy and a hotel of refined taste, sophistication, excellent service and special, sincere connections with Zagreb, fellow citizens and to every guest. The Historic Hotel of the Year is a great honor. Congratulations to the entire hotel team on the valuable years behind us. ” Krizmanic points out. These days, the European Hotel Awards 2019 was held in Switzerland, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski by Lake Geneva. The European Hotel Awards are given to people in the hotel industry who, with a passion for their profession, excellence in their work and human qualities, contribute to promoting the image of the European hotel industry, while the winners of the European Hotel Awards by Références 2019 At the ceremony, awards were presented in a dozen categories. Among the laureates was the luxury Zagreb hotel Esplanade, which was recognized as the Historic Hotel in 2019.  Also, Ivica Max Krizmanić was previously awarded a world recognition for his personal contribution to the business of the Esplanade Hotel – Five Star Diamond Award for excellent hotel management, while the world’s oldest gourmet association Chaîne des Rôtisseurs presented him with the ribbon of honorary membership in Croatia at a recent inauguration ceremony. . last_img read more

Moses, Friday , Others Dominate CBN Junior Tennis Championship

first_imgThe duo of Favour Moses and Gabriel Friday from Kaduna State, last weekend emerged winners of the U-16 boy and girls category of 2018 Central Bank of Nigeria Junior Tennis Championship which was rounded up at the National Stadium in Lagos.In the girls’ final match, Mode overpowered  Adeyemi Omolade from Ondo State 9-8 in a tie-break game to win the category just as  Gabriel Friday outclassed Lagos state representative, Mathew Agbamu,also 9-8 to claim the boys’ category trophy. Also victorious was the Oiza Yakubu of Lagos state who stopped Chidinma Eze from Anambra state 9-7 to win the girls 14 title even as Ekit state’s Daniel Adeleye defeated Friday Victor 9-4 to smile home with the Under 14 boys title.Another champion was Ganiyu Mubarak who sent Phillips Pyagbara packing via 9- 3 defeat in under- 12 boys category.Esther Oni  lost 6-9 to Afolabi Imole from Oyo state in the girls U-12 division while  Nene Yakubu surpassed all opposition to emerge victorious in  the U-10 girls category that was played in a round robin format.Meanwhile, the Ag. Director Corporate Communications of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor has that he was trilled by the large turnout of over 300 junior tennis players that came from across the country to for the 2018 editon, said he was indeed excited even as he commended parents for releasing their wards for the championship.Adding that as the apex bank in the country, the Central bank will continue to sponsor youth developmental programmes like the junior tennis for the benefit of Nigerian youths as part of its social responsibilities.He also encouraged other corporate organisations in the country to emulate the CBN by joining the Nigerian  child development crusade through youths sports sponsorship programmes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more