NewsLocal NewsWillie’s white elephantBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2015 637 TAGSFianna FáilHorizon MalllimerickWillie O’Dea TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories FIANNA Fail TD for Limerick, Willie O’Dea, revealed that while there will be welcome jobs created during the construction phase of the Horizon Mall development, he shares the concerns of many regarding the potential negative effect it will have on the city centre. “I am also concerned that the development will not be completed by the prescribed timeline of August 2016 and could end up as another ‘white elephant’ just like Coonagh Cross shopping,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post. Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Print WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleSarah Jane’s general election bid to put Limerick firstNext articleRural areas hit by fuel thieves Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
Well, spring break is over. That means it?s time to hit thebooks again, head back to the classrooms and libraries, and spend hoursstudying something other than your bracket. But while classes may not have metover the past week, that doesn?t mean nothing was to be learned, as the firsttwo rounds of the NCAA tournament unfolded.After 48 games, many lessons have been demonstrated thatcan?t be found in any textbook or taught by any professor:?Friends will help you get places in life ? or in thetournament.USC?s O.J. Mayo and Kansas State?s Michael Beasley foundthat out the hard way. The two freshmen phenoms found themselves head-to-headin the first round, with Beasley and K-State prevailing. Mayo lead the Trojanswith 20 points, but the rest of the team couldn?t pull its weight in an 80-67loss.And despite putting up 23 points for the Wildcats againstthe Badgers in the second round, Beasley ? a one-man wonder ? found himselfheading back to Kansas while the more balanced Wisconsin team moved on to theSweet 16.?All you need is love ? Kevin Love.Another freshman sensation that has flown slightly under theradar with the emergence of Mayo and Beasley was simply unstoppable in thefirst two rounds. A 20-point effort against Mississippi Valley State and a19-point, 11-rebound showing in a close win over Texas A&M showed that thiskid is for real.It must have been him that the Beatles were singing about.??Torero? is Spanish for bullfighter.Bet you didn?t learn that in Spanish 101. But after the No.13 seed University of San Diego stunned No. 4 UConn in the first round, theentire country was shouting ?Ole!? for the Toreros.?Tampa is German for Upset City.OK, so that may not be a direct translation. But the fourlower seeds ? No. 12s Villanova and Western Kentucky and No. 13s USD and Siena? all advanced to the second round in that region.(The Badger football team must not speak Deutsch, since theyfailed to upset Tennessee in Tampa?s Outback Bowl.)?Never trust experts. They don?t know what they?re talkingabout.Well, this might not always be true. But when it comes topicking a bracket, forget what all the so-called ?bracketologists? try to sellyou. Don?t let the title fool you ? they didn?t actually major in selectingbasketball games. (Although how cool would that be if you could?)Take a gander at Sports Illustrated?s predictions, forexample, in their most recent issue. They had some very questionable picks ?Oral Roberts over Pitt, for example ? that illustrate this point exactly. Onthe flip side of the coin, nobody ? not even ?experts? ? can predict upsets.While SI did have Siena over Vanderbilt correct, there?s no way anyone wasgoing to pick all of the aforementioned upsets (San Diego and friends)correctly.But that?s the beauty behind the Madness.?Watch out when the clock strikes midnight.Every year, Gonzaga is the trendy pick as the tournament?s?Cinderella,? even if they?re a No. 7 seed, as they were this year. Forwhatever reason, people like them. But those days have come and passed, as wasevident by their first-round defeat at the hands of Wisconsin?s next opponent:Davidson, this year?s Cinderella after topping second-seeded Georgetown onSunday.?Don?t stay up past your bedtime.I?m looking at you, Purdue Baby Boilers. Robbie Hummell andCo. might have been a great story in the regular season ? they?re the only teamto beat the Badgers in conference play, and they did it twice ? but cometournament season, there are times when experience trumps youth. Case in point:Xavier. There?s a reason the No. 1 seeds were top seeds. They rely on abalanced attack from veteran players (with the exception of the freshman Loveat UCLA).?Cheaters never win.Isn?t that right, Indiana?Now before you attack me, I know the players and currentcoaches are not to blame for the whole Kelvin Sampson debacle. But sinceSampson resigned, the Hoosiers fell off the face of the planet, buried in aheap of controversy. They were upset by Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament (onone of the most miraculous shots in recent memory) and were then upended byninth-seeded Arkansas in the opening round.For a team that once looked to be a contender for a titlebehind Eric Gordon and D.J. White, the Hoosiers panned out to be one of the biggestflops of the year.?So there you have it. If you keep these lessons in mindthroughout the rest of the month of March and into April, you?re golden. Skipyour lectures, sleep in until game time, and take notes from the greatestpostseason tournament of any sport.But when it comes time to explain to your parents thatyou?re failing economics, you?re on your own. Bo Ryan and Tyler Hansbroughcan?t help you there.?Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism (with anintended certificate in bracketology). Talk college hoops with him at [email protected]
Boys’ 14 No 1 seed, Daniel Adeleye from Ekiti stayed on course to defend his title when he bested Lucky Hileja from Rivers 9-1 but will have to overcome his nemesis, Sadiq Kushimo from Ogun State, in the semifinals. Kushimo eliminated Sunday Ameh from Lagos 9-4 to progress. Joshua Maxwell, the fourth seed from Rivers and Michael Akinmusere from Oyo, the second seed, are also on course.Iye Onoja from Abuja leads the title chase in the Girls’ 14 and was very decisive in her match against Peace Obaduru from Lagos who she beat 9-1 to qualify for the semifinals. The other seeded players who played through to the semifinals in the category are Serena Teluwo from Lagos, Mary Udofa from Kogi and Blessing Otu from Lagos.All the quarterfinal matches are scheduled to start at 10 am today at the National Stadium Tennis Centre in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All the top four seeds in the eight events of the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship avoided upsets to get to the quarterfinals.In the Girls’ 16, Favour Moses from Kaduna and Omolade Aderemi from Ondo who played in the finals of the CBN Junior Tennis Championship two months ago, kept their hopes of a rematch alive.Moses beat Rachel Emmanuel from Lagos 6-2 while Aderemi overpowered Omoyemi Oguntoye 9-1. The No. 1 seed, Toyin Asogba eliminated Deborah Abiodun 9-4 while the fourth seed, Omolayo Bamidele, whitewashed Fatima Ganiyu from Oyo 9-0.