Daffodil day thanks

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Facebook TAGSCancer SocietyDaffodil Daylimerick Previous articleEveryman bound within The Prison of OilNext article‘Purge’, a painted response to Hunt Collection artefacts Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 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 clashcenter_img Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsDaffodil day thanksBy Bernie English – April 27, 2016 1106 Advertisement Twitter Email The Irish Cancer Society’s 29th Daffodil Day, which is kindly supported by Dell, took place on Friday 11th March. On the day, people from all over Limerick got involved by selling daffodils and merchandise on the street, organising events and donating online. The Society wish to extend a huge thank you to communities in Limerick who supported the campaign.Over 40,000 people are now diagnosed with cancer in Ireland and over 100 people every day receive a cancer diagnosis. Daffodil Day volunteers in Limerick collected to help provide free services for cancer patients to address this epidemic and to fund life-changing cancer research.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Donal Buggy, Head of Services at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are extremely grateful to our volunteers and supporters who have played a central role in supporting people in their own communities who are affected by cancer. More and more people are diagnosed with cancer every day and that in turn increases the demand for our services. However, as a result of the support of our loyal and generous supporters, Daffodil Day will make a huge difference to the lives of cancer patients in Ireland.The services provided by the Irish Cancer Society are only made possible by donations on Daffodil Day. Services where patients are brought to their chemotherapy treatments; the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 where people can get expert support and guidance; and where patients in the last days of their life are able to stay at home surrounded by the ones they love, cared for compassionately and with dignity by one of the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses.We are aware that some supporters have yet to lodge the funds they have raised. To ensure we can continue to deliver our free services and to fund innovative cancer research, we are asking for all funds to be lodged as soon as possible.”The success of Daffodil Day 2016 won’t be known until all funds raised from around the country are lodged and counted. Dell, the lead partner of Daffodil Day 2016, has provided a Dell Venue 8 Series tablet to raffle among supporters who have banked their funds by the end of May. Volunteers can log on to the Irish Cancer Society’s Twitter and Facebook pages to learn more about how to win the prize.Niamh Townsend, General Manager at Dell Ireland, thanked all those who contributed to the success of the campaign. “Daffodil Day sees people come together to make a real difference. Cancer has impacted all our lives and every volunteer has their own reasons for supporting the campaign. To all who supported Daffodil Day in 2016 – from individuals to companies – we join with the Irish Cancer Society in thanking you for your immense generosity.”Visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday to lodge funds electronically. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Guides to the gallows

first_imgOn Nov. 30, 1824, a London banker named Henry Fauntleroy was hanged in public outside Newgate Prison, one month after being sentenced to death for embezzlement. There were 100,000 onlookers.Many of those watching paid a penny each for a broadside printed just that morning. The single sheet describes Fauntleroy’s reaction when his appeal was denied. At the top of the broadside is a crude woodcut of a well-dressed man dangling from the gallows.The Harvard Law School Library owns a copy of that broadside, along with four others about Fauntleroy, including an account of his execution. They are among 500 such artifacts in “Dying Speeches & Bloody Murders,” a collection of what scholars now call crime broadsides.It is among the largest collections of its kind and the only one to be fully digitized. (That work was completed in 2007.) “It’s wonderful that people can sit anywhere in the world and look at these,” said Mary Person, the archivist who catalogued most of the collection.Digital viewers rapidly get a sense of how times have changed. During England’s Bloody Code period, the number of crimes punishable by death escalated from 50 in 1688 to 220 by 1800. By then, a man, woman, or child could be sentenced to death for “uttering” (passing along fake documents), forgery (Fauntleroy’s crime), poaching, prostitution, insanity, petty theft, or fortune telling.A morbid broadside depicting murder.“They certainly pull you in,” said Person of the broadsides, printed on one side and often illustrated with woodcuts that were recycled for decades. She has looked at hundreds of broadsides and their dramatic stories of crime and punishment. “Human nature doesn’t change,” said Person of the broadsides’ popularity. “There is morbid fascination.”She recalled the story of a young woman sentenced to hang for stealing a lace handkerchief, but who was pardoned. In fact, leniency was present too. Between 1770 and 1830, 20 percent of 35,000 death sentences in England were commuted — often changed to transportation to Australia, or impressment into the military. By 1823, only treason and murder required a mandatory death sentence, and by 1861 there were only five capital crimes left. The last British public execution took place in 1868.An 1823 law set off decades of debate over reform, which even drew in literary lights. Writer Charles Dickens was appalled at public executions. William Wordsworth wrote sonnets in favor of the idea. Broadsides helped to sharpen the debate.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries. The first major acquisition was a scrapbook jammed with newspaper clippings, broadsides, and other ephemera cataloging British public executions from 1820 to 1840. The anonymous compiler’s motives were clear: to record, he wrote,  “innumerable proofs of the grossest barbarism” that capital punishment represented.During the first half of the 19th century, “The general stance is that people of all classes read them,” said Ellen O’Brien, who teaches literature at Roosevelt University in Chicago. More than a decade ago, as a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Connecticut, she visited the Harvard Law School Library collection, and remembered “the strange little scrapbook” that piqued her interest.“I discovered so much more variety and subtlety” than most broadsides scholarship suggested, she said. The visit inspired both her dissertation and her book “Crime in Verse” (2008). Crime broadsides are often more than moralizing tracts intended to keep the lower classes in their place, said O’Brien. They can be playful, spun out in verse, and subversive in intent, “clearly deviating from stock moral messages.”O’Brien did her research not long after Harvard made its second major acquisition for “Dying Speeches,” in 1991, gaining 110 broadsides from a London collection. The archive now includes examples from 1707 to 1891. Such street literature — crude, direct, and often moralizing — that foreshadowed the lurid English-language pulp literature that followed, including the Victorian-era “penny dreadful,” the American dime novel, and, by the 20th century, modern crime magazines and comic books.In Fauntleroy’s time, broadsides were in their heyday. By 1815 iron frame presses could be bought for as little as 30 pounds, ensuring cheap broadsides at 200 sheets an hour. Even provincial towns, with their own executions to note, were able “to produce their own literature,” wrote V.A.C. Gatrell in his 1994 study “The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868.” Cloth-based paper and good ink had also by then transformed broadsides, which were first printed on fragile tea-paper with sooty lampblack ink. “The paper is gorgeous,” said Lesley Schoenfeld, public services and collections coordinator at the law library.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries.By 1855, a rising penny press in England spelled doom for crime broadsides hawked on the streets, and doom for the “patterers,” the vendors who used the singsong cadences of balladeers from centuries before. Those cadences helped keep verse a durable part of crime broadsides, which typically had a prose element too — details from the crime, the trial, and perhaps a lurid “confession.”In the 1860s, O’Brien added, “People started saying: We need to collect these things. They’re disappearing.” A series of collecting impulses came together: record a dying cultural form, safeguard for the sake of collecting, and conserve for ethnographic interest. (Around the same time, Henry Mayhew tried to capture the sound of street vendors in “London Labour and the London Poor.”)As a graduate student, O’Brien visited collections of broadsides in Britain, New York, and Providence, R.I. But it was at Harvard that she first realized that crime broadsides were “a very diverse representation — not all morally conservative and interested in simplistic representations of murder.” She also realized that the look of crime broadsides was diverse, and that they represented a “circulation” of energies through a culture, tracking between social classes. “The boundaries between high and low are not as fixed as we might think,” said O’Brien.She said that the kind of insights she derived from “Dying Speeches” can be magnified, thanks to technology. “Now that they are digitized,” said O’Brien of the broadsides, “it’s opening the door for a lot more research.”last_img read more

A Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables

first_imgA Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Frank Jossi for Midwest Energy News:A small town on the prairie of southwest Minnesota, Morris has an outsized reputation in the renewable energy world. The city’s University of Minnesota campus boasts two wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, and a small biomass plant.Having seen the university’s success – and having collaborated on some of those projects – city leaders decided the community itself needed to head in that same direction.It hired Jeremy Kalin, a 41-year-old former Minnesota legislator and founder of Eutectics LLC, a firm that works closely with communities on finding unique financial resources for clean energy projects.Working with city leaders and the university’s Center for Small Towns, Eutectics developed the Morris Model Clean Energy Hub and set an ambitious goal of powering 100 percent of the city with renewable energy within a decade. Some of those investors are enormous, such as pension funds (many of which have sustainable investment goals), or have a regional focus, in the case of community banks. Others include community development financial institutions, “impact” investors, equipment leasing partners, municipal lease financiers, solar investors and PACE programs.These financial institutions and investors “are interested in the projects we are bringing them and they are very interested in the fact we were bringing them prequalified projects – we can describe the payback, we can describe the owners and their financial health,” he said.Eutectics managed to convince capital partners they could still earn money off $100,000 deals, not just $1 million-or-more ones. The key has been to assure investors that clean energy projects aren’t just a good idea because they mitigate global warming and make for a safer environment, they can actually pay back financially.Full article: Minnesota firm has a new approach to clean energy financinglast_img read more