LimerickNewsFairtrade Fortnight in Limerick with emphasis on chocolateBy Meghann Scully – March 4, 2020 154 Advertisement The plight of chocolate producers around the world is the focus for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight in Limerick.Luis Miguel Garcia, a Colombian Fairtrade Coffee Co-op Manager gave a first-hand account of the importance of Fairtrade for his co-workers and their families to the assembled audience, which included the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, head of Fairtrade Ireland Peter Gaynor and students from around Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Luis joined Fairtrade supporters from across Limerick and Ireland for the annual initiative, which features a programme of talks and community events aimed at promoting awareness of Fairtrade and Fairtrade-certified products.Young people from across Limerick city and county were also a focus of the event as they displayed their posters as part of the Fairtrade Poster competition, which they created to help change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves.Speaking at the event, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “The work of the Limerick Fairtrade Committee has been ongoing since Limerick became a Fairtrade City in 2005. More and more people are becoming aware of the need for ethical production of goods and become a lot more conscious of where products are sourced.”“I would also like to congratulate the entrants in the poster competition. Through your efforts you are raising the profile of Fairtrade and the important work it carries out across the world.”Luis Miguel Garcia said: “It is very satisfying to know that all the achievements we get, goes directly for people that really need them. That is why I wake up every day to go and work with passion. We need to work as any other Company to be sustainable; for us sustainability is beyond economics; it’s also environmental and social. It´s just that Fairtrade give us the tools to get there.”Chairperson of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee, Dolores O’Meara said: “The focus is on Chocolate this year. Cocoa farmers are struggling. The World Bank considers the extreme poverty level to be €1.72 per day. The majority of cocoa farmers earn just 90 cent a day. In order to make a proper living wage they need €2.35 a day. Cocoa farmers get just 7% from each bar of chocolate that we buy.”“They need to get a better price for their cocoa beans and to sell more under Fairtrade terms. Fairtrade guarantees them a minimum price for their beans and it also gives them an extra payment called a Premium which can be spent on community projects like wells, schools, literacy classes, updating their farming methods. They depend on us to be ‘conscious’ consumers and to look for the Fairtrade logo when we shop!”This event also saw the winners of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee’s Poster Competition for schools and community groups being announced.Targeted at schools and community development groups, the Fairtrade Poster Competition 2020 winners are:1st Prize: Vivienne OBrien Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough2nd Prize: Emily Garrett Desmond College, Newcastle West3rd Prize: Lucy Greenslade, Milford NSSr Rosetta Gray Award: Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, RoxboroughHighly Commended Medal Winners:An Mhodhscoil, Limerick: Lilian Harney, Rose Buckley, Aodhbha Wardle, Alice de Bláca, Michael Linnane, Liam RelihanSt Mary’s Boys’ NS Abbeyfeale: Shane Collins and Darragh LyonsKnockea NS: Ben O’Dwyer and Julianna RonanScoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough: Ruth Kirby, Isabella Slattery Coll and Hailey LoMilford NS, Castletroy: Beth Murphy and Faye JerbertDonoughmore NS: Aoibhinn Finnegan and Aimee May RyanCorpus Christi PS, Moyross: Kayla Vaughan, Sophie Butler and Emma DowneyOur Lady of Lourdes NS, Rosbrien: Shannon Stenson, Bernadette Corbett, Onuwa Amadi, Hassan Mamun, Hadia Diallo, Elizabeth Palkova and Caoimhe OkafarLaural Hill Coláiste FCJ: Faye Nic Annadh and Aisling Muir TAGSchocolatefairtradeFairtrade FortnightKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleAidan Corr’s Junior Rugby Round UpNext articleDeposit and return scheme to cut use of single-use cups Meghann Scully Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
This weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]
Ghana’s first ever Minigolf League is set to tee off this Sunday at the Marvels Sports Club at Dzorwulu in Accra. The League, which is expected to span a period of four weeks will see participants from across the country compete for honors in two major categories. Explaining the modalities for the competition, a Press Release signed by President of the Federation, Mr. Talal Fattal, noted that, “just like what pertains in football, the Minigolf League will feature four main stages, comprising the Group, Quarter, Semi-final and Finals”. The Release further noted that Players will be divided into two distinct groups, namely, Singles and Doubles, made up of both men and women. Successful Players from both the Singles and Doubles categories who are able to advance through the various stages of the competition will then face off in the final tee off which will see the crowning of champions from both sides. At stake is a fully paid trip including free air ticket and accommodation for the overall winner to compete in the World Cup series which will take place in Europe this year. There will also be attractive prizes for the runners up in both the Singles and Doubles competitions. The final 24 Players will also be granted the honor of representing Ghana at the World Cup Minigolf series in July. In an interview with Mr. Talal Fattal, who sounded optimistic about the success of the League, he encouraged both patrons and the general public to give all their support to it “as we seek to grow this beautiful sports”. Mr. Fattal also stressed that membership of the Federation was still open. He noted that interested persons may register online at www.ghanaminigolf.com. This Sunday’s League follows a successful rehearsals and training session that organizers put together last December to afford both players and amateurs hands-on experience of the sport. The Ghana Minigolf Federation was launched in Accra under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Federation is being run by a President and four-member Executive committee.