NewsLocal NewsMayoral robes to be displayed in Limerick museumBy Alan Jacques – June 5, 2014 715 Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Previous articleParents critical of medical card reviewsNext articleLimerick women campaign to decriminalise drug users Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Mayor of Limerick, Kathleen Leddin presents her mayoral robe to Limerick Museum and ArchivesDURING her final week as a public representative, outgoing Mayor Kathleen Leddin presented her mayoral robe to Limerick Museum and Archives, where it will go on display in its new home in the former Franciscan Church.From the 13th century, the Mayor and Council of Limerick were viewed as being like a local King and Parliament with the mayor bedecked in robes, carry a mace and addressed as ‘your worship’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mayor Leddin’s mayoral robe will now be displayed among other rare items in the city’s history including a mace bearer’s uniform and a civic sword — regarded as one of the oldest in the country having been bequeathed to Limerick by Queen Elizabeth I.“I am deeply honoured to have been able to serve as the first citizen of my home city and as Mayor of Limerick. The museum’s collections are a mirror to Limerick’s social and economic past and are a treasure for the people of Limerick and its visitors,” said Mayor Leddin.“I’m delighted that the mayoral robe will now take its place among these wonderful heirlooms from our past,” she added.Limerick City and County Council is in discussions to finalise the details on the lease of the Franciscan Church for use as a museum and it is planned to move Limerick Museum and Archives to the new premises. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter TAGSCllr Kathleen LeddinFranciscan ChurchlimerickLimerick Museum and ArchivesMayor of LimerickQueen Elizabeth I Linkedin Facebook
MattGush/iStockBY: EMILY SHAPIRO AND AARON KATERSKY, ABC NEWS(PHILADELPHIA) — Seven people were shot near a SEPTA train station in Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, police said.One person is in custody, authorities said, adding that two weapons were recovered.Two victims were shot in the back, one was shot in the ankle, another was shot in the leg, and one was shot in the arm, police said.Information on the two other people who were shot and on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
One hundred years ago, Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks overthrew Nicholas II of Russia. The removal of the czar ended three centuries of Romanov family imperial rule and thrust Russia into a Marxist experiment that degenerated into a brutal dictatorship: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.While the Russian Revolution certainly reshaped Russia’s government in radical ways, historians have too often focused on the Bolsheviks or Marxism and given far less attention to the revolt’s broader, regional impact. “The term is misleading in many ways,” said Serhii Plokhii, the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and director of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute.Before 1917, he said, Russia had been a multiethnic, multinational empire. The revolution fractured it. Poland and Finland, which had been Russian territories, broke free. Ukraine remained, and became the largest minority nation in the nascent Soviet Union.“What is very important and what is overlooked very often is the fact that the revolution gave birth, to a degree, to the separate nations of Russia and Ukraine. Before 1917, the position of the Russian imperial authorities was that there was one big Russian nation that included Russians, Ukrainians, and Belorussians — and the revolution ended that,” Plokhii said.It also ended Ukraine’s reign as “the breadbasket of Europe” and a critical agricultural supplier to Russia. Not long after Lenin and the Bolsheviks promised desperate citizens “Peace, Land, and Bread,” the nation long known for its fertility endured the Holodomor, or Terror Famine, which killed nearly 4 million people in 1932–33.Exactly how that came about, and whether it was engineered and executed by Joseph Stalin, Lenin’s successor, is the subject of an Oct. 23 talk by Anne Applebaum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global affairs columnist for The Washington Post. She will discuss her new book, “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine,” which examines the genesis of the Holodomor and whether Stalin was guilty of an act of intentional genocide. The discussion is part of a series of events that the institute will host to commemorate the impact of the Russian Revolution and consider its legacy.“The Ukrainian famine took place in the context of a larger Soviet famine which was caused by the chaos of collectivization,” Applebaum told the Gazette. “Stalin wanted to carry out a revolution in the countryside and he moved all the peasants from their own farms to state farms and many resisted. It caused all kinds of disruption in the agricultural sector and led to mass food shortages.“At the height of those shortages, in autumn of 1932, he became very paranoid about Ukraine. … There had been a massive anti-Bolshevik rebellion that took place in Ukraine during the civil war in 1918–1919, and he became afraid that the Ukrainian peasants were going to destabilize him again. So in the autumn of 1932, the Politburo casts a series of orders which effectively tightened the famine, specifically in Ukraine,” she said.The orders meant that blacklisted towns and villages not only had to turn over their grain to the state, but to turn over seed grain, meat, vegetables, produce of all kinds. “And there was an effective cordon drawn around Ukraine so people were not allowed to leave and that meant if you didn’t have food, you couldn’t travel to Russia to look for it,” Applebaum said.In the famine’s immediate aftermath, Ukraine was “Russified.” Russian peasants were moved into Ukrainian houses and the country’s elite were removed and replaced with either Russians or Russian-speaking Ukrainians — a fact the “current Ukrainian government is trying to reverse,” she said.Despite its widespread devastation, details about the famine were not widely known for many decades. Stalin systematically repressed statistics and other documentation about the staggering death toll, and forbade anyone, including journalists, from writing about it, Applebaum said. Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, a number of researchers have combed its national archives trying to construct an historical record, with instrumental support from the Ukrainian Research Institute, she said.Though Russia views any discussion of the Holodomor as a threat, Applebaum said that understanding its history can inform our understanding of Russia today.“It’s important to remember that the Russian state as it exists now has decided to see itself as the inheritor of this legacy — and it did not have to,” she said. Memories of the famine underlie much of the current tension between Russia and Ukraine, and, like Stalin, Putin “sees Ukraine as something that could destabilize Russia.”“When he saw thousands of Ukrainians in 2014 standing in Maidan Square waving European flags and shouting anti-corruption slogans and calling for the rule of law, [Putin] saw that as a threat to himself. That language is a threat to his regime,” said Applebaum. “And that’s why the measures he’s taken have been so extreme.”As Putin tries to reclaim Russia’s global status and power with regional “reintegration projects,” once again, Ukraine figures prominently in the plans’ success or failure, Plokhii added.“That’s why they’re prepared to fight, that’s why they’re prepared to really put on the line their relations with the United States, relations with the West as a whole,” he said. “It was the case in 1917 and unfortunately, this is the case 100 years later.”The title of Anne Applebaum’s address is “Holodomor Reconsidered: The Bolshevik Revolution and the Ukrainian Famine.” She’ll speak on Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:15 p.m. in Room S-020 (Belfer Case Study Room) in CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.
The sound of the Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum is about to change, as an innovative new app brings the scope of its landscape to life.Expeditions — a free, interactive mobile tour app set to launch in June — reveals and celebrates all of the Arboretum’s living collections, putting spontaneous learning about nature right in the palm of one’s hand.“Only a fraction of the Arboretum’s tens of thousands of annual visitors come into the Hunnewell Visitor Center, but most people are walking around the grounds with a smartphone,” said Amy Heuer, the Arboretum’s visitor engagement fellow and the creator of the Expeditions Mobile App. “We’re trying to meet visitors where they are, out in the landscape, and in the way that they’re used to learning — from their phones.”Through audio, text, and images, Expeditions acquaints users with the institution’s history, plant collection and conservation, horticulture, science, and children’s education. Showcasing more than 60 plants throughout the Arboretum’s 281 acres, the app features two linear tours: a half-mile introductory walk along Meadow Road, featuring stories about the Arboretum’s past, mission, and research; and a quarter-mile stroll through the Explorers Garden, with stories from its 148 years of collecting plants around the world.,Stops on the Expeditions tours can be visited in any order, and at each stop users can both read and hear detailed narrations about the highlighted plants from the Arboretum’s experts. In addition to tours, users can explore other plants and sites on the grounds, and use the app’s “dig deeper” option to tap additional resources, including the Arboretum’s website, archives, and photographs. Available in English, Spanish, and simplified Chinese/Mandarin, Expeditions also includes more than 50 narratives from Arboretum staff, who share stories about their work in an inviting, conversational format.“We didn’t just record interviews because we have a fabulous staff who tell entertaining, compelling stories. Our goal was to feature a range of experiences and voices to show that there are many ways to have meaningful relationships with plants,” Heuer said. “We’re in the midst of a climate crisis, and I think people will only start standing up for the environment — in ways big and small — when they feel connected to it.”Heuer, whose background is in marketing and digital project management, said when she began work on the app in 2018 she suffered from “plant blindness,” the human tendency to take plants for granted. Spending time at the Arboretum opened her eyes to the botanical in a profound way. She said that’s why she created the app, which expands on the Arboretum’s mission to help foster a greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Earth’s botanical diversity and its value to humankind.“Expeditions users may experience the feeling of being on a journey, as so many of the stories are tied to the plant collectors who collected seed for trees that are now upwards of 120 years old, which is something really special,” Heuer said.,Michael Dosmann, the keeper of the living collections and a narrator on Expeditions, shares the beauty of plants in their natural habitat in this excerpt about the Chinese plum yew (Cephalotaxus):In 1980, a group of scientists and researchers embarked on a three-month trip through the Shennongjia Forest in central China. Representatives from five American institutions, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, joined colleagues from several Chinese institutions, tracing a route across Hubei Province … The seed for the Chinese plum yew was collected … in a thicket between a road and stream 5,000 feet above sea level … There’s something completely different when you see that plant growing in the wild, raw, unvarnished in its natural habitat. You get a broader appreciation and an understanding for what comprises that species’ essence.Documenting the history of living objects, especially those extinct in the wild, offers a unique value, according to Jonathan Damery, Arnoldia editor and Expeditions narrator for the Franklin tree (Franklinia), first described by father and son colonial plant explorers John and William Bartram in 1765, and last seen in the wild in 1803.This particular plant is just a mind-boggling specimen, in addition to being an important plant, [it’s] a plant that’s extinct in the wild … The collection of the Franklin tree by the Bartrams has outlived both the father and the son. It’s outlived Thomas Meehan, the nurseryman who sent it to the Arboretum. It’s outlived Charles Sargent, the founding director of the Arboretum. And I think it’s incredibly powerful to imagine that this particular plant will very well be here in 200 years and 300 years … This [is the] continuing living story of a relationship between people who observed and collected the plant and the plant as it has continued to grow.Kate Stonefoot, the manager of visitor engagement, said the benefits of the Expeditions Mobile App are considerable, and include greatly broadening public outreach and education. Chinese botanists hit trail with Arboretum Inaugural expedition marks historic collaboration Perfection in miniature How plants adapt to climate change Researchers at Arboretum are studying maple trees and cold hardiness Related Time, knowledge, and experience help the Arboretum’s bonsai collection grow and thrive “Besides providing casual access to detailed, targeted information, there are profound benefits for individuals with hearing or sight impairments, as well as visitors for whom English is not their first language,” she said. “The Expeditions app allows us to share the story of the Arboretum and its world-renowned collection of trees in ways that will significantly enhance the visitor experience.”“Behind each of our roughly 16,000 accessions lies a unique story — a story of journeys and collecting around the world, of amazing natural history, horticulture, and the aesthetic experience of observing our plants throughout the seasons and years,” said William (Ned) Friedman, director of the Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “This app can enrich the experience of interacting with our photosynthetic brethren.”
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan prefers, in his words, to “enjoy the fruits of our labor” during post-game press conferences — meaning he never, ever, speaks about whatever game might be next on the schedule. So when Ryan went out of his way to say that the men’s basketball team was “walking into a hornets’ nest” on Wednesday, it was only slightly more surprising than seeing Tanner Bronson start at center.So when the Badgers travel to Ann Arbor this Saturday for their only regular season matchup against the Wolverines, expect the team to be very aware of the dangers Big Blue presents.”Man, from what I’ve seen … whew! Yeah, they are pretty good,” Ryan exclaimed. “I’d say that roster is looking pretty good, and [head coach Tommy Amaker] has got them playing.”What Michigan presents is a bevy of athleticism, length and experience.”The biggest thing that jumps out is that the consistency they are playing with, the confidence they are playing with and I think it really goes back to their experience and their depth,” assistant coach Greg Gard said.”I’m going to have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and watching their long arms because they’re everywhere,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said of his responsibilities as point guard heading into the game. The Wolverines bring back five players with ample starting experience and are led by senior guard Daniel Horton. Horton is leading the team in points (16.6 ppg), assists (5.5 apg), steals (1.9 spg) and three-pointers (37) this season and has evolved into one of the best guards in the country.”Look what Horton is doing now that he’s healthier and ready,” Ryan said. “They have a terrific leader in Dan Horton,” Gard said. “He’s really developed into the point guard that everybody kind of envisioned they would see and now it is on a consistent basis.” Since Big Ten play began, Horton has lifted his game to even higher heights, bringing his average up to 20.3 points per game, including his 23 point, five assist performance in Michigan’s toppling of No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night.”He’s been rock solid and is doing a great jump-shooting the ball and running the team,” Gard said. “They really feed off him, so I think it starts with him.”Although stopping the Wolverines usually starts with slowing down Horton, by no means does it end there. Michigan’s biggest strength in past seasons has been their interior game, as they have several stout shot blockers and post presences. Courtney Sims is second in the conference in blocks averaging 1.94 a contest, while also bringing down 6.4 boards and scoring 12.6 points, both good for second best on the team.”Sims has done a nice job of staying within himself,” Gard said. “Defensively, [he’s not] getting in foul trouble and knowing when to leave his feet. It’s made him a real force.”Graham Brown is another post power for the Wolverines and has been a very effective rebounder, bringing down 7.4 a game, sixth-best in the conference.”He’s a player you love to coach. I can see why he has had such a nice career there, because he has just been everywhere,” Gard said. “He’s always battled hard and played physical and on the glass, but this year he has just taken it to a whole [new] level.”One plus for Wisconsin is that it likely won’t have to deal with the likes of junior Lester Abram, who is questionable for Saturday’s game with a severe ankle sprain.”Even when a Lester Abram gets hurt, they have had guys step in and not miss a beat,” Gard said. “Now they are putting things together, and they are a seasoned group.” Under Amaker, the Wolverines have become a team that loves to take advantage of their athleticism and get up and down the floor as quickly as possible. One of Wisconsin’s biggest goals will be trying to control the pace of the game and not get caught up in Michigan’s frenetic style of play.”They are a real athletic team. They like to get up and press you when they are on defense, and you just have to be strong with the ball and just play smart,” junior forward Jason Chappell said. “You have to try to contain that and not let it get it into a running up and down the floor game. We need to control the pace of the game.” Wisconsin lifted themselves back into sole possession of first place in the conference Wednesday and now will have the another opportunity to defend that position in a tough road environment, after losing to Ohio State last time they were in the same position. “We know what we’re going to have to do to go up there and get one, though,” Ryan said.