John Lewis Christmas ad is here and it’s emotional

first_imgEmail TAGSChristmasJOhn LewisKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live The most popular Christmas advert from John Lewis is here and Bastille are the voice this year singing a cover of REO Speedwagon’s – ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’In their first ever joint Christmas campaign, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners have come together to create an advert which tells the heart-warming story of a little girl and her friendship with an excitable young dragon.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘Excitable Edgar’ is a two minute thirty second advert set to the iconic song ‘Can’t fight this feeling’ by REO Speedwagon and re-recorded by Dan Smith, lead singer of the band Bastille. It centres around the theme of bringing people together at Christmas time through delicious food and thoughtful gifts, which show loved ones how much you care.The story follows a little girl, Ava, who is eagerly preparing for Christmas along with her family and friends. This includes an enthusiastic dragon called Edgar who, unable to contain his excitement for the festivities, is finding it increasingly hard to control his instinct to breathe fire.Dan Smith, lead singer of alt-pop band Bastille said; “It’s so great to be asked to be part of this year’s John Lewis Christmas ad.“As a band we’ve always had a lot of fun putting a twist on classic songs, and it’s been so good to be a part of this orchestral version of an eighties classic. We’re hoping we get an Edgar for Christmas too!”, he said. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener NewsJohn Lewis Christmas ad is here and it’s emotionalBy Meghann Scully – November 14, 2019 333 Twitter 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 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articlePeople warned of loan scam in run-up to ChristmasNext articleRTÉ ruled out Lyric move to UL due to cost Meghann Scully Advertisement Facebook Printlast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you agree with Mayor Winnecke that he is keeping a healthy line of communication between the city administration and the business community?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain

first_imgIn a paper published last month in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Dr. J. Allan Hobson, a psychiatrist and longtime sleep researcher at Harvard, argues that the main function of rapid-eye-movement sleep, or REM, when most dreaming occurs, is physiological. The brain is warming its circuits, anticipating the sights and sounds and emotions of waking.“It helps explain a lot of things, like why people forget so many dreams,” Dr. Hobson said in an interview. “It’s like jogging; the body doesn’t remember every step, but it knows it has exercised. It has been tuned up. It’s the same idea here: dreams are tuning the mind for conscious awareness…”Read more herelast_img read more

McFadden, Maragos impress at Pro Day

first_imgFormer UW linebacker Jaevery McFadden completed 20 reps in the 225 lbs. bench press during his Pro Day workout yesterday.[/media-credit]As job interviews go, those involving potential NFL Draft candidates are far from ordinary. Instead of suits and computers, there are compression shorts and stopwatches.For the Wisconsin seniors who did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday’s Pro Day at the McClain Center was their time to showcase their abilities. It’s an exciting day for the players, as well as their families and friends, as they put their skills on display for scouts from various NFL teams.UW head coach Bret Bielema, however, has mixed feelings about the Pro Day.“You’re excited for them, but on the same account, you’re sad because you don’t get to be around them much anymore,” he said.Former UW linebacker Jaevery McFadden, on the other hand, was all smiles during interviews Wednesday after Pro Day.McFadden, a Florida native, is projected as either a late-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft in late April or a non-drafted free agent signee.“I’m getting some good feedback from all the scouts and coaches that came out here today,” he said. “My agent just told me that Philadelphia and some of the scouts that aren’t even here called in today. So it was a pretty good day today.”Listed at 6-foot-1 and weighing in Wednesday at 240 lbs., McFadden was generally satisfied with his Pro Day numbers, though he thought he could have performed better with one or two additional reps in each event.McFadden ran a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash while registering a 33-inch vertical jump. His best broad jump was a 9-foot-9, though he said he could have had 10-foot-1 on his first attempt if he had not slipped.Additionally, he ran a 4.3 in the shuttle and benched 20 reps at 225 lbs.“For the most part, everything was good and looked good,” McFadden said. “All the scouts gave me positive feedback on my performance today, so that’s a good thing.”In addition to McFadden, scouts watched Dan Moore, Jeff Stehle, Garrett Graham, Mickey Turner and Chris Maragos participate in drills Wednesday at the McClain Center.Of the seven former Badgers participating, Maragos had perhaps the most impressive day.Leading up to Pro Day, the former UW free safety was looking at the event as a crucial aspect in his progress toward landing a spot with an NFL team in late April.At 5-foot-11, 198 lbs., Maragos is not typically considered one of the faster players on the field. With his performance Wednesday, which was clocked as fast as 4.47 and as slow as 4.52, the Racine native believed he may change people’s perceptions of him.Comparatively, Eric Berry — the highly touted safety out of Tennessee — ran a 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.“They all love the way I play on film, and I think the big question mark is if I can run,” Maragos said. “Today, I think we accomplished that.”In talking with the scouts, Maragos was told by all of them that he helped himself quite a bit Wednesday. He expects to get calls from teams and to set up visits in the near future following Pro Day.In the 20-yard shuttle and the three-cone drill, Maragos ran a 3.96 and 6.4, respectively. By comparison, the fastest time listed on the NFL combine website for the shuttle is 4.0 for cornerback A.J. Jefferson of Fresno State.The best time by any safety listed is 4.10 by Tennessee’s Dennis Rogan.“I’ve run faster, but I think the shuttles were probably near the top if not the top times in the country,” Maragos said. “I was really extremely happy with that, and my 40, I was really happy with that; I wanted to get somewhere in the 4.4s.”Not all UW draft hopefuls had the opportunity to dazzle scouts Wednesday, however.For linebacker O’Brien Schofield, the event was a chance for the former UW defensive end to watch his teammates perform and talk about his status with scouts and the media.Schofield had a similar experience at the NFL Scouting Combine, as scouts and coaches interviewed him often to determine where he was at mentally in terms of his injury recovery.While Schofield has not been able to work out for scouts and will not before the draft in April, the Illinois native says he expects to be on the field in 2010.“I’m playing this year,” Schofield answered when asked if he had ruled out playing in 2010. “I know that I can. And the way that I’m progressing right now on my rehab, Dr. (James) Andrews told me six months for full recovery and possibly being able to do non-contact things in minicamp.”Still, Schofield insists he will not return to the field before he is ready.“Honestly, if I don’t feel right, I won’t force it because I don’t want to re-injure myself,” he said. “But I really feel that I can play.”last_img read more

India will win the Test series in Australia: Amarnath

first_imgFormer Indian World Cup winner and national team selector Mohinder Amarnath said Virat Kohli & Co.’s morale is very high after starting on a winning note in the series Down Under and pegged them to become the first travelling Indian side to clinch the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy.”I think it’s a great start to the series for the team. There’s nothing like starting with a win in an overseas condition, which doesn’t happen normally,” said the 68-year-old all-rounder on the sidelines of an event where ICC announced Royal Stag as sponsors for five years in NEw Delhi on Wednesday.”Things now depend on the nature of the wickets that we will get to see later in the series but India will always have an advantage and will definitely win the series.”Amarnath, however, still cautioned not to take the budding Australian team lightly given the quality some of their players have showcased in the first Test.”If you look at the first Test winning margin, it came really close. For a moment many thought India might lose. Indian team is certainly better compared to the inexperienced batting line-up of the Australians, but their bowling still is pretty decent.”The team is currently in the building stage and some of their players have shown that they can pose a threat. The series won’t be a cakewalk for India, we will get to see some close battles,” the former Indian cricketer said.Amarnath also heaped praise on Cheteshwar Pujara for his batting display in the Adelaide Test (which included a century and 71 run innings) and said other Indian batsmen should take a note from that and need to focus on their technique.”Pujara’s both the innings in the first Test were classic examples on how to build an inning in overseas conditions. I feel some of the batsmen need to work on their strokeplay and technique. Given it was their first game, we can still hope that the more they play on these tracks, the more they get used to the conditions.There’s much talk about the pace-friendly surface of the Optus Stadium in Perth, where the next game will be played, and some experts have already suggested Australians bowlers will be at their threatening best on the new turf. However, Amarnath opined visiting pacers will be at an advantage too over their Aussie counterparts given they have been more impressive in the first game.”Indian bowlers have an advantage over the Australian bowlers on the fast pitch of Perth because they were more disciplined in their line and length compared to their Australian counterparts and Ashwin being in good form also gives that extra variation. However the real test will be for the Indian batsmen who are more suited to play on slow wickets,” Amarnath concluded.advertisementAlso See:last_img read more

10 days ago​Ex-Chelsea keeper Green: Hudson-Odoi kept smiling during Bayern Munich saga

first_img​Ex-Chelsea keeper Green: Hudson-Odoi kept smiling during Bayern Munich sagaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has spoken about Callum Hudson-Odoi and how the youngster handled rumours of a move to Bayern Munich.Hudson-Odoi was unhappy at a lack of playing time under previous Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.Bayern were offering big money for a January transfer, but Chelsea refused to entertain any bids for the player.He has since committed to the club by signing a new contract.Green spoke to BBC 5 Live about the situation, saying: “We would hear the Bayern Munich chat, the chat about other clubs and Callum would just be there smiling.”He knew it was all going on but it was water off a duck’s back for him. “Pressure didn’t exist for him. It still doesn’t.”You look at someone like that, the way he carried himself, the confidence that he had in and around the dressing room was incredible to watch.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

They are overreaching extensively Notley wants Trans Mountain delays dismissed

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wants the National Energy Board to act quickly to remove roadblocks on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project placed by the City of Burnaby, B.C.The city hasn’t issued necessary permits to allow Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) to expand its pipeline from the Edmonton area to a tank farm and port in Burnaby.Trans Mountain wants the board to clear the work to begin on the project and Notley agrees.She says Burnaby is “overreaching extensively” and should not be allowed to hold up projects that are of national significance.Notley says the project has already been approved by both the federal and B.C. governments and she intends to continue making her arguments when she travels to British Columbia later this month.She also welcomes word that the Saskatchewan government says it has applied for intervener status in NEB hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline project.last_img read more

Brexit chaos stirs bafflement in Britain’s former colonies

first_imgHong Kong: Across much of Britain’s former Asian colonies, many are greeting the UK’s impending departure from the European Union with a mixture of bafflement, apathy, amusement — and a touch of schadenfreude. Britain long justified imperial subjugation by arguing Rule Britannia brought order, stability and shared prosperity — even after its retreat from colonialism birthed a host of troubled new nations still saddled with historical grievances and legacies to this day. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNow Brits face a chaos and internal division of their own making, alongside potential isolation and years of economic hardship — particularly if the UK crashes out with no deal on April 12. “I was born and brought up in this British colony called Hong Kong and used to think that the Brits were a very sensible people,” remarked Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker in the financial hub. “I’ve been watching Brexit process as a former colonial person and it’s almost like a farce, it’s sadly funny, sadly amusing. I’m baffled as to why and how things got to where they are now. To outsiders it’s almost unthinkable,” she told AFP. Mo, 62, came of age politically during a turbulent period for her birthplace sparked by Britain’s colonial legacy — the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUnlike Brexit, Hong Kongers had no say in their future and many were desperate to obtain British passports in case the handover unleashed chaos. Many youngsters, Mo said, are still looking for opportunities overseas given Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian grip, but they may be less inclined to opt for Britain. “I think their first choices here are more likely Australia and Canada,” she remarked. In India, Sreeram Chaulia, dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, said many regard Brexit as the latest chapter in what has been a “sharp decline in the place Britain commands as a great power”. “They are not a gold standard to look up to,” he said. “We get a feeling of a sinking ship and everybody wants to leave a sinking ship.” India’s economy is set to overtake the UK’s later this year. “The UK will then become a middle power. It is like a reversal of scale,” he noted. Students at Bangladesh’s Dhaka University offered mixed views on what Brexit might mean. Syed Tahsin said he hoped the relationship between the two countries might be “more positive than ever before” given Britain has vowed to strengthen bridges with Commonwealth countries. But others fretted that the anti-immigrant sentiment which fuelled the leave vote would make Britain less welcoming to overseas visitors and the Bangladeshi community already there. “Brexit itself is a policy of white supremacists,” lamented student Aishwarya Proma, adding she feared it will “just push more… immigrants (to) go back to their countries.” While Brits and Europeans may have been engrossed by the unceasing weekly drama of Brexit, many further afield admitted that they were more preoccupied by local issues. “The Brexit issue and the wider conversations about democracy seem far removed from daily life in Sri Lanka, where we are all consumed with our own dysfunctional politics,” Dharisha Bastians, chief editor of the Sunday Observer newspaper, told AFP. Nationalist Sri Lankan legislator Udaya Gammanpila regarded that disinterest as a good sign. “We are no longer preoccupied with British politics. We are slowly getting over our colonial mentality,” he said. Given its cultural and linguistic links, Australians have followed the Brexit drama perhaps more closely than any other former colony. Nick Miller, Europe correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, noted there was “immediate interest” from readers. “The sight of a country deliberately throwing away a close, mutually beneficial partnership, wilfully damaging its economy and influence on a point of cultural principle, was a surprise,” he wrote.last_img read more

Dyche amazed by Burnleys amazing season

first_imgBurnley are currently placed seventh but Sean Dyche insisted that the league position is not the only aspect that can measure the successful season of his side – he mostly enjoyed his successful search for the right players.It has been a long journey for Sean Dyche as he managed to get Burnley to the Premier League and he insisted that he enjoyed the process of building the team the most – and he can feel a huge satisfaction after these results.The talented coach spoke about his side’s season as he said, according to Sport BT:“The outside view of it is the league table and that sort of thing, but I’ve had brilliant times here for different reasons.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Searching for the right team when I got here. It didn’t feel brilliant at the time, we weren’t winning every week, but when I look back it was enjoyable for me.”“The first promotion was amazing. Not just because we went up, but seeing the players right in front of your eyes, on a weekly basis, getting better and better for a whole season.”“Things like that was as enjoyable as what’s happening now. But on the league table, of course, everyone says this is your best.”“It is in many ways, but it’s not in others. There’s a balance, but inevitable that we are judged on a table and of course it’s enjoyable for me for that because as a manager that’s what you’re judged on.”last_img read more