Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding

first_imgTwitter Advertisement This round of funding will see 11 projects across Limerick receive €394,336 from the COVID-19 Stability Fund.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I want to welcome this tranche of funding for projects in Limerick. The funding will provide an immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprise.  “The groups receiving this funding have put their communities first during this unprecedented pandemic. They have all made huge sacrifices to help others.   Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Previous articleMore than 100 children waiting over a year for speech therapyNext articleREVIEW: Limerick SHC, PIHC, IHC and JAHC Round Up Staff Reporter “Today’s funding will be a welcome cash injection to support them in their most important work,” concluded Minister Collins. TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postniall collins Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Emailcenter_img MINISTER of State for Skills and Further Education and Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick County Niall Collins has welcomed additional funding from the COVID-19 Stability Fund for projects in Limerick.     Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin LimerickNewsCollins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability FundingBy Staff Reporter – September 7, 2020 130 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Apprentice wins top student culinary competition

first_imgApprentice baker Jessica Dalton took gold at the Hospitality and Catering Salon Culinaire 2016 with her spectacular Eiffel Tower cake.Dalton, 19, who is learning her craft at University College Birmingham (UCB), made her replica of the famous tower from royal icing. She won first prize last week at the Hospitality and Catering Salon Culinaire 2016, which was held at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.UCB’s trainee bakers, chefs and foodservice students won a total of 26 medals at the event, including five golds, as well as the award for the Best Visiting College Team.Dalton has previously held positions at Hindleys Bakery in Lichfield and the Make a Wish Cake Shop in Birmingham.last_img

The first draft of history

first_imgAs a doctoral student, there are few things more invigorating than being able to escape your pile of books, shake off the abstract theorizing, and venture into the real world. Which is why, when I found out I had secured a research internship in Kenya last summer, I was ecstatic. Having survived my first year of coursework, I was eager to dive into something different — something that would allow me to engage the world I had been reading about in a tangible way.Thanks to a grant from the Harvard Committee on African Studies, this is exactly the experience I had.My principle role in Kenya over the summer was to help create a public history exhibit, centered around the themes of resistance and nationalism during the colonial era. The exhibit is set to open next summer at the National Museum in Nairobi, then travel to museums throughout the country, and finally return to Nairobi to be installed as part of the museum’s permanent history wing.For the two months I lived in Nairobi, there was a seemingly bottomless to-do list, in large part because the project was just getting off the ground. In collaboration with my Kenyan colleagues, it was our first responsibility to develop a research framework for collecting materials (photographs, documents, objects) and construct an organizational system for storing them. Given the multimedia aspirations for the exhibit, we also needed to conduct video interviews, both with high-level political figures from the pre-independence period, and with ordinary Kenyans who had witnessed and participated in historical events during British colonial rule.We had our work cut out for us — and still do. But we managed to make considerable strides in a short period. Sifting through materials at places like the Kenya National Archives, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, and the Catholic Consolata, and working closely with our counterparts at the National Museum, we identified almost 3,000 photographs that might be of use for the exhibit. We also organized a major workshop with Kenyan academics as part of our continued efforts to crystallize the exhibit’s intellectual content.As a result of my internship, I had the opportunity to travel across the country, to collaborate with wonderful people, and to grow immensely as a scholar. One of the most rewarding aspects, however, was knowing how much potential this project has to reach and impact a wide audience. Thanks to the encouragement of my adviser, Caroline Elkins, I feel more strongly than ever that bringing history to life and making it matter to the people whose experiences it portrays is one of the most important and worthwhile goals to have as an academic.Working in Kenya, I was continually amazed by the civic culture on display around me. Kenyan people seem to care so deeply about history, and its influence on the country’s future. Because of the divisiveness of the present political climate, however, it feels good to know that one of our exhibit’s primary objectives is to create a unifying narrative that all Kenyans — regardless of ethnicity, race, class, gender — can identify with and claim as their own.With general exams looming, I know that I will have a lot on my plate this year, but I am already making plans to go back to Kenya in January and, depending on the needs of the project, next summer, too. Meanwhile, I am fortunate to have had the experience that I did in Nairobi, which is sustaining me as I switch gears and return to that ever-expanding pile of books.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

Serie A: Napoli Consolidate with 2-0 Win at Verona

first_imgArkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano both scored headers as Napoli followed their Italian Cup triumph with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona in their return to Serie A on Tuesday.Napoli beat Juventus on penalties in the Italian Cup final last week after eliminating Inter Milan in the semifinals, but this was their first league match since beating Torino on February 29 before the coronavirus lockdown.Almost four months later, they extended their Serie A winning streak to four games against one of their rivals for a European place, while keeping their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive by moving to within nine points of fourth-placed Atalanta. Gennaro Gattuso’s side remain sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Roma, who play Sampdoria on Wednesday, and four points ahead of eighth-placed Verona.“We can’t relax, we don’t even have to think about the Champions League,” said Gattuso, whose side face struggling SPAL on Sunday.“We must continue on this path, believe that work gives us important things, as happened in the Cup.“I don’t know if these 11 games will be enough for us to get into the Champions League, we must already think about the challenge against SPAL.”Polish forward Milik opened the scoring on 36 minutes, nodding in Matteo Politano’s corner.Davide Faraoni thought he had equalised for the hosts after an hour, but his goal was ruled out for a Mattia Zaccagni handball in the build-up.Lorenzo Insigne missed a chance for a second for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining by curling a shot over.But Mexican international Lozano, on as an 84th-minute substitute, rose high to head home a Faouzi Ghoulam cross six minutes later.Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina denied Samuel Di Carmine and Miguel Veloso as Verona suffered their first defeat since the league returned to action.Gattuso’s side honoured club record goal scorer Dries Mertens with a special badge on their jersey: “Dries Mertens, Napoli’s All-Time Top Scorer.”The Belgian, who has scored 122 goals for the southerners, came on for the last 20 minutes.Cagliari, meanwhile, earned their first league win since December 2 with Giovanni Simeone scoring three minutes into injury time for a 1-0 win over SPAL.The Sardinian side move up to 10th place with SPAL second from bottom and facing relegation to Serie B next season.Torino and Udinese play later on Tuesday in a match between two sides fighting the drop and struggling Genoa host Parma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jaime Jarrín’s Spanish Dodgers broadcasts are a passport to gardeners and singing umps

first_imgIn Los Angeles, Spanish is ubiquitous. Telanovelas are less a guilty pleasure than an effective teaching tool for everyday words. Yet they are useless for picking up the peculiar vocabulary of baseball.Enter Jarrín, who has opened my mind to many linguistic nuances that do not exist in baseball’s native tongue. His broadcasts contain four “anchor words” – strike, out, foul, safe – for which Spanish never developed its own equivalent. I can conjure an image of each of these things without the help of Google translate.The rest is dicey.“The outfield, we call the garden,” he said. “Los jardineros.”Right field, center field, left field? Right gardener, center gardener, left gardener.The umpire does not call a strike in Spanish. The preferred term is canta – to sing or to chant. Joe West would approve. Speaking of singers, there are many words that equate to “runs” in Spanish, but the preferred term is carreras. A team does not score its carreras; it enters (entra) them.An inning is an episodio (episode). The act of catching a fly ball is captured by the word captura. The bases are not considered empty, but limpia (clean). That brown hill of dirt the pitcher stands on? It can be one of two things – la loma (the knoll), the preferred term of Fernando Valenzuela, or el monticulo (the mound), which Jarrín prefers. The Spanish broadcast is a passport to an entirely different baseball world.It so happens that passport (pasaporte) is the term for a walk or a base on balls. To earn his pasaporte, the batter must take four bola malas (bad balls), a pointed value judgment for a usually genteel game.In English, to “strike out” has meaning beyond baseball. You can strike out on a date, or at work, or on a test. The words have migrated beyond the game. Likewise, in Spanish, the word for strikeout (ponchado) did not migrate into the game from anywhere else in society. It can only migrate out, into my next novela.The “home run” also migrated outward from baseball into American society. But this is not the case in Spanish. Jarrín’s preferred term is cuadrangular, something out of a geometry textbook. Others prefer jonron, a Spanglish-ized version of the original American term.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Spanish-language baseball broadcasts predate Jarrín. Buck Canel, an Argentinian-born New Yorker, did the first World Series broadcast in Spanish for NBC in 1937. He was the first Spanish-speaking broadcaster to receive the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick award in 1985.Manny Mota, the pinch hitter-turned-coach who is three years younger than Jarrín, listened to broadcasts growing up in the Dominican Republic. With nothing but water standing between his native island and the surrounding Caribbean nations, Mota said he could hear games on the radio from Cuba and, on a clear night, Venezuela.The Dodgers hired their first Spanish broadcast team when the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. René Cárdenas was the first to call games on the Spanish-language station KWKW in 1958. Járrin joined a year later. To prepare, he read books. He listened to Cardenas and Canel. He learned the vocabulary of baseball.Now he’s teaching it to me.Spanish is a relatively natural sidestep for an English speaker, slightly less intuitive than German but infinitely easier than my futile attempts at conversing with my wife’s family in Mandarin.center_img SAN DIEGO — I am tempted to ask Jaime Jarrín about the work. About what it’s like to narrate 162 baseball games on the radio at age 83. About how he decided not to cut back his schedule this year only when his wife, Blanca, passed away in spring training. Or about broadcasting the Thrilla in Manila, or the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, or 22 consecutive seasons of Dodgers baseball without missing a game. Jaime Jarrín has done all of these things.At the moment, however, I am moved to ask about the Spanish vocabulary of baseball.Imagine if Vin Scully had moved to Germany in 1955, and stayed for 60 years broadcasting soccer games in English to British expats. That’s essentially what Jarrín did. When he was 19 years old he left his native Ecuador for Los Angeles, knowing nothing about baseball.When he joined the Dodgers’ nascent Spanish-language broadcast team in 1959, Jarrín had a lot to learn in a short amount of time. That included, not insignificantly, the terminology of a sport that was not invented by Spanish speakers. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Marly Rivera, who broadcasts games for ESPN Deportes, said the “Spanglish” terms are more recent entries into baseball broadcasts. Maybe that’s why Jarrín so rarely uses them. For Rivera and her contemporaries, Jarrín is the dean of the business. Only the Dodgers and the Padres air 162 games on Spanish-language radio, and no one will call more games in a season than Jarrín, even after all these years.“I shared a World Series booth with him at Fenway,” Rivera said. “I looked behind me and I had tears in my eyes. I’m sharing a booth with Jaime Jarrín, are you kidding me?”The language that Jarrín uses to describe the game is pure, but it is not his own. It was handed down to him, as it was handed down to Canel, and even he isn’t sure why an outfielder is a gardener and a walk is a passport.“Many, many, many years ago, especially some Cubans who came to play here in the United States, I’m sure they were the ones who started inventing the words,” Jarrín said. “Since I can remember, 1959, those are the words.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Leaders gather in Cape Town for WEF on Africa

first_img1 June 2015The World Economic Forum’s 25th meeting in Africa, with the theme Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future, takes place in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June.It will be the largest ever in the region, with more than 1 250 leaders from business, politics, academia, civil society and the media attending.The record levels of participation could be seen to reflect an optimism in the economic prospects of the region, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as an unprecedented commitment across all stakeholder groups to pursue public-private co-operation as a means of tackling the considerable challenges the region still faces.More than 90 senior government officials will attend and 83 leading international companies will be represented. “As befits Africa’s youthful population,” said the WEF, “the meeting will also boast a record 200 young leaders, drawn from the forum’s community of Global Shapers and Forum of Young Global Leaders, as well as the highest proportion of women leaders – at 270 woman leaders 25.8% – than ever before. In total, over 75 countries will be represented.”Lessons of the pastSpeaking on the eve of the gathering, Elsie Kanza, the head of Africa, World Economic Forum, said: “The occasion of our 25th meeting allows us an opportunity to see how far Africa has come economically, socially and politically since 1990. However, what this meeting is really about is looking forward, to see how we can channel the lessons of the past with the creativity, innovation and resourcefulness that comes from all stakeholders working together to solve Africa’s challenges in the present and future.”The WEF’s first meeting on Africa took place in October 1990.This year, the programme is built upon the three pillars: enabling markets, marshalling resources and inspiring creativity. It will feature high-level sessions on critical subjects such as migration, combating terrorism and harnessing Africa’s informal economy.Alongside the meeting, the Grow Africa Investment Forum, which runs from 2 to 4 June, will bring together leaders engaged in the forum-led Grow Africa food security initiative. Another high-level summit will take place focused on mobilising financing for cross-border infrastructure.There will also be several innovations, among them Community Conversations. These will be public debates based on the forum’s popular Davos Open Forum format, in which young people from the city are invited to interact with meeting participants on the key subjects of entrepreneurism and leadership.The meeting will also, for the first time, webcast press conferences and issue briefings live, enabling the public to submit questions on important issues facing Africa’s future.FDI leaderSpeaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday ahead of the summit, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said South Africa as a foreign direct investment destination was regarded as one of the best on the continent.“South Africa remains the most diverse economy on the continent – providing a supportive regulatory framework, a well-developed infrastructure network, a world- class financial hub and world-class services for business opportunities.”According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, South Africa remained the top foreign direct investment destination in Africa during 2013, significantly increasing foreign direct investment inflows from $4.6-billion (R56.28- billion) in 2012 to $8.1-billion in 2013, mostly in green field’s investments.Radebe said South Africa continued to make strides in improving the ease of doing business.“South Africa, if compared to other Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] nations, comes first in the five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business – starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting investors and paying taxes,” he said.Convened for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society, the forum will take stock of progress made over the last 25 years, share insights on the present landscape and identify innovative approaches to accelerate inclusive growth while bring about sustainable development in the future.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

What I Am Thinking About Now

first_imgSegmentation by Generation: Every generation looks at the next couple generations and decides that “these damn kids” are different, that they don’t share the same values, and that they’re making a mess of things. The Millennials all got awards at the end of soccer season, even when they lost. They don’t care about money, and they are never going to leave their parents’ houses. They’re way too open-minded. We’ll see. One thing is for certain, the generations before them won’t understand them. It’s a rite of passage. My bet is that they won’t be all that different, but they will feel the same way about their children and grandchildren.A Lot of Research Isn’t Useful. Yet.: I love it that we can do fMRI imaging of brains. I am certain there are great insights being discovered every day. But they are absolutely meaningless in practice. There is nothing neuroscience has taught us that is applicable when you are sitting in front of another human being that human evolution didn’t already provide. You want to know how to tell if someone is lying based on the latest brain research? You already know when someone is lying, don’t you? Your gut tells you. This will, however, change. We are going to figure out what we are figuring out, and it will be useful.It’s the Creative’s World (You’re Just Living In It): Everything that can be done by a robot or a computer eventually will be. That means the future is going to be owned–even more than it is now–by the creative class. The people who are going to be in greatest demand are people who can create, people with imaginations, people who can produce new works. Also, people who know how to work with their hands, craftsmen. Some of the first craftsmen are going to make individual works using new technologies, like 3D printing. You are going to pay for things that were not mass produced.Fragmentation: We used to have three television channels. Everyone had a common set of experiences because of that box. We had a few channels on FM Radio, and the powers-that-be (or powers-that-were, more accurately) used to determine what music we listened to. We had common experiences. Big stars were made. Now, everybody has access to the tools to create and distribute. This has resulted in serious fragmentation. We no longer share the cultural experiences that television, radio, movies and entertainment provided. There are no great acts.Polarization: More and more, people are being polarized by their political beliefs. The discourse is coarser. Things that should unite us divide us because the political parties and their staunchest supporters frame every issue with the sole intention of reaching some segment of the population they believe necessary by demonizing someone or something else. Politicians no longer stand for anything. Instead, they just oppose things. They don’t have a vision of their own. They just oppose the other side’s vision, which doesn’t really exist anyway.last_img read more

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

first_imgOdisha has come out with a unique flood hazard atlas on the basis of historic flood inundation captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018, which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hyderabad had taken the study on flood hazard zonation for Odisha. The atlas was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State-level Natural Calamity Meeting here on Saturday.Vast areas of the State are inundated when there is flooding every year in major rivers, namely, the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Rushikulya. Some of the rivers like, the Vamsadhara and Budhabalanga, also cause flash floods due to instant run-off from their hilly catchments. According to Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), damages due to floods are caused mainly by the Mahanadi, the Brahmani and the Baitarani, which have a common delta where floodwaters intermingle, and, when in spate simultaneously, wreak considerable havoc. The entire coastal belt is prone to storm surges, which is usually accompanied by heavy rainfall, thus making the estuary region vulnerable to both storm surges and river flooding. Few districts in the western and southern part of Odisha are prone to flash floods, he pointed out.The NRSC analysis says about 8.96% (13.96 lakh hectares) of land in Odisha was affected by floods during 2001-2018. Out of total flood-affected area (13.96 lakh hectares), about 2.81 lakh hectares of land falls under high (inundated seven-nine times) to very high (inundated 10-14 times) flood hazard categories. Eight out of 30 districts such as Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghapur, Balasore, Puri, Jajpur, Khordha and Cuttack districts are more flood-affected districts. As high as 77% of Bhadrak and 70% of the Kendrapara district have been categorised as flood hazard.According to P. G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observation, Application and Disaster Management Support Programme Office of ISRO, “A large number of satellite images acquired over 18 years (2001-2018) were used. All satellite data sets were analysed and flood layers were extracted. All the flood layers corresponding to a year are combined as one inundation layer, so that this layer represents the maximum flooded area in one year.”‘Useful resource’“All such combined flood layers for 18 years were integrated into flood hazard layer representing the observed flood-inundated areas with different frequencies. This layer was integrated with the digital database layers of Odisha,” said Dr. Diwakar. The atlas would serve as a useful resource of information for policy makers, planners and civil society groups, said Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi.last_img read more

NSW Footy Facilities Fund open for applications

first_imgMinister for Sport and Recreation, Stuart Ayres and the National Rugby League have announced the New South Wales Footy Facilities Fund, which is open for applications until Sunday, 9 January 2015. Funding is available for projects throughout New South Wales. “This program is a terrific initiative of the National Rugby League (NRL) and the New South Wales Government that will help fund grassroots footy clubs in local and regional New South Wales,” Mr Ayres said. “The program aims to improve facilities for a variety of benefits including increasing participation, safety and security, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and building strong communities.” The main objectives of the Footy Facilities Fund are to: –        increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in Rugby League –       improve the standard of Rugby League grounds and facilities Additionally, applications can be strengthened by addressing one or more of the following: –       improve safety at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. upgrade of field to provide a safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps) –       increase the security at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of fencing) –       remove barriers to promote inclusion in Rugby League (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities) –       develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of drainage, rainwater tank, upgrade lighting for environmental impact) –       build strong communities NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said grassroots facilities were crucial to the success of Rugby League. “Every parent wants their children to play footy at safe, secure and high quality venues,” he said. “This program not only improves facilities at local footy clubs but it provides the services needed to enable more youngsters, particularly those with disabilities, to be part of our game.”“And that is crucial because there is a place in rugby league for everyone,” Mr Greenberg concluded. Touch Football affiliates in New South Wales are also eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, visit or phone (02) 13 13 02.  Related Files141110_nsw_footy_facilities_fund_open_for_applications-pdfRelated LinksFooty Facilities Fundlast_img read more

Ola cabs banned in Karnataka for 6 months

first_imgBENGALURU: App-based cab aggregator Ola cannot run taxis and autos in Karnataka for the next six months, the state transport department has said in a notification. The licence has been suspended for “operating bike taxis” without permission, which were already banned in the state since the last one year. “Karnataka transport department has suspended the license of Ola Cabs across the state for six months. Licence has been cancelled for operating bike taxis without permission and not replying to the notices of transport department,” the transport department said in the notice issued in Kannadda on March 18. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The notification came to the light today as the cab-aggregator issued a statement on the suspension of license saying it is “evaluating the options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in the state of Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of our citizens.” In January, Ola started running bike taxis in certain pockets of Bengaluru – but the cab aggregator says this was purely a “beta pilot” project in a bid to gather data for when the state’s policy allowed bike taxis. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA showcause notice was then issued by the state to which Ola responded, requesting permission for a four-month pilot project. Ola said the services were by stopped February-end. Right now, there is no two-wheeler taxi policy in Karnataka. Calling the notification “unfortunate”, the company today said it is working closely with the authorities on the issue. “Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry,” the statement read. “Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy,” it said.last_img read more