“Clear strategy” in place for new Croom school

first_imgDeputy Patrick O’DonovanTHE Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) has “a clear strategy in place” to deliver a successful resolution to the proposed new secondary school in Croom, according to Limerick Fine Gael representatives.Deputy Patrick O’Donovan and Cllr Stephen Keary met with officials from the LCETB this week after requesting an update on the progress being made on the plans for the new school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy O’Donovan said he was “glad to have had the opportunity to discuss the issues which gave rise to the An Bord Pleanála decision to refuse the building of the school”.He added that the Department of Education is fully supportive of the project.Cllr Keary said that the project in Croom would see “a state-of-the-art school big enough for 1,000 students being constructed in the town”.This he said would be “a major stimulus to the area in terms of the construction project and fit out”.The Adare-Rathkeale councillor added he was anxious to see the school progressed for the students attending the existing Coláiste Chiaráin.Both Deputy O’Donovan and Cllr Keary say they are committed to helping to deliver the project and it is understood that work is continuing within the LCETB on the matter.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins last week described the current conditions at the school as “third world-like” and said that parents have complained about students coming home “cold and sick” due to the prefab accommodation. Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Common sense would light up Croom Previous articleAAA called to account over Limerick street collectionsNext article€366,953 spent on undeveloped council sites in Limerick John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie O’Sullivan urges Limerick people affected by flooding to attend briefing TAGSAn Bord PleanalaCllr Stephen KearyColaiste ChiarainCroomDepartment of EducationeducationlimerickLimerick and Clare Education and Training Boardniall collinsPatrick O’Donovan TD Email Printcenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement News“Clear strategy” in place for new Croom schoolBy John Keogh – February 12, 2015 871 Croom festival highlights plight of Maigue crayfish Sod turned on €15 million Croom school campus Facebook An Bord Pleanála grants permission for King’s Island Flood Relief Scheme Dawn of a new era for education in Croomlast_img read more

Celebrating Commencement 2012

first_img 13Harvard President Drew Faust congratulates Phi Beta Kappa undergraduates as they approach the stage during their degree conferment. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Next to a hat featuring a room with a view, Matt Aucoin ’12 watches the ceremony. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Flags and graduates seen through the leaded glass of University Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Eliot House graduate Oscar Zarate (right) is congratulated by a friend after he receives his degree. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Lin Wang, Harvard Extension School A.L.M. ‘12, rests before processing at the beginning of the day. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Colorful bagpipers lead the Lowell House procession through Harvard Square.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 11A sea of boat hats worn by the 50th Class Reunion guests in Tercentenary Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Miranda Shugars ’14 (from left), Steph Hadley ’15, Kathryn Reed ’13, Leonie Oostrom ’15, and Christine Mansour ’15, all members of dorm crew, take a break to watch Commencement from the windows of Sever Hall.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Four Harvard presidents led the procession, which began in the Old Yard. They are (from left) President Drew Faust, Derek Bok, Neil Rudenstine, and Larry Summers. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Family members including Maite Garcia de Albeniz (center) crowd onto the steps of Widener during the ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Zachary Stone (left), of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, receives his degree. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6A sea of colors and dappled light as viewed from Sever Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Harvard seniors came together to reflect at the traditional morning Memorial Church service. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17During Morning Exercises, Evan Covington ’12 (center) celebrates with fellow summa cum magnum graduates. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Seamus Heaney (left) recites the poem “Villanelle for an Anniversary.”Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Eliot House graduate Oscar Zarate is congratulated by his family after he receives his degree. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students Lambert and Severine Williams exult. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Joy Choi ’12 celebrates Harvard’s 361st Commencement in Tercentenary Theatre. Photographer Kris Snibbe documented the moment through a fish-eye lens.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Honorand John Lewis replied to his standing ovation by placing his hand on his heart. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Harvard Kennedy School graduates Matthew Stolhandske (from left), Mari A. Oltra, and Zhen Liu celebrate their degree conferment. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 20George Barner ’29, who represents the oldest class year but is younger than Donald Brown ’30 by 24 days, attends the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer All over campus, graduates toasted their hard work and great accomplishment on this perfect New England day as they also looked toward the hope of what tomorrow will bring. Today’s 361st Commencement marks the end of Harvard University’s yearlong 375th anniversary celebration, in which we as a university looked back and ahead, much like our graduates did today. 22Patti Gwynne and Robert Ross, who are engaged to be married in July, watch from the steps of Widener Library as Ross’ son, Kayvon Ross, graduates. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Reaffirming inauguration rituals after Capitol assault

first_img Related Experts say cultural resources may help heal battered nation after brutal 2020 “Biden has picked up on that. He’s promising he’s going to have a hundred million vaccinations at the end of his first 100 days. He’s already made two big announcements about launching major programs on the economy and COVID. He’s giving speeches as a drum roll: Here are the things I’m doing.”Ultimately, said Gergen, “The inauguration is an expression of joy in the Constitution and our democracy.” This year, he said, the ritual will be most welcomed. “This inauguration, it strikes me, will be far less about joy than about relief and reflection,” he said. The two-month post-election wait used to be four, and a constitutional scholar thinks it should be shorter still A poetic beginning The inauguration today — our nation’s 59th — is about more than the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. While it certainly achieves that, the ceremony at noon, which will be held on the west side of the Capitol, has also come to symbolize the significance of the office and signal the kind of administration the incoming president intends to establish.But this one will be markedly different from those of more recent decades. Absent will be the celebratory crowds and glittering social events, owing to COVID-19 concerns. And thousands of additional members of law enforcement and the National Guard will be present to provide security after last week’s smashing of decorum and symbols by a rioting mob of Trump supporters inside the Capitol.The central goal, however, remains unchanged: the reaffirmation of a cornerstone of democracy. Many of the rituals have accrued over time. Very little of the pomp and circumstance we have come to expect is actually necessitated by the Constitution. “The Constitution is quite spare in its vision of what should take place,” explains David Gergen, LL.B. ’67, professor of public service at Harvard Kennedy School and a onetime top adviser to four different presidents, Republican and Democrat. “It simply says there should be a taking of the oath.”“There weren’t always public outdoor ceremonies,” said Jon C. Rogowski, associate professor of government and the author, with Andrew Reeves, of the upcoming, “No Blank Check: Public Opinion and Presidential Power.” Although George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 reportedly drew approximately 10,000 people, the public ceremony at the Capitol didn’t start until 1817, while other practices have evolved since.,Many of these will be passed over this year, such as the president and president-elect traveling together to the inauguration, a tradition established in 1837. President Trump plans to skip the ceremony, becoming the first commander-in-chief to do so since Andrew Johnson declined to attend the installation of President Ulysses S. Grant. In addition, any parade — a feature since 1873 — will be substantially different under the current heavy security and with COVID protocols in place.“The reason our inaugurations have grown over time is simply that that presidency is a flashpoint for American politics,” said Rogowski. “The American people want to see themselves in the ceremony.”True to this point, the rituals that have evolved are laden with symbolism. Members of Congress are invited, for example, while the chief justice of the Supreme Court typically administers the oath.“The fact that an inauguration is bringing together three branches of government from members of both parties is really important,” explained Rogowski. “It encodes what an inauguration means for the American public and also to the world more broadly.”,Aspects of the ceremony are also personal. Taking the oath on the west side of the Capitol is relatively new, Gergen explained. In 1981, President-elect Ronald Reagan moved it from the east side “because he wanted to look out toward California,” Gergen recalled. Practically, “you get a far bigger crowd over there,” as well, although with the National Mall closed, the in-person audience will not be an issue this year.Having it outdoors, on the site of the last eight inaugurations (Reagan’s second inauguration was moved indoors because of record cold), is also deeply symbolic. Despite security concerns, the incoming president has  resisted calls to hold the ceremony indoors. “I think it would have been a surrender,” noted Gergen. “I’m sure he didn’t want to do it because he wants to show that he’s not going to be intimidated.”The resumption of an inaugural poetry reading, a tradition skipped by Trump, sends a different signal. It reaches back to the administrations of previous Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. And then there is the selection of poet Amanda Gorman ’20, the first youth poet laureate and a woman of color. “She’s terrific,” Gergen said. But he also noted that, while past poets have included more established figures such as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Elizabeth Alexander, Biden chose a young poet  — Gorman is 22 —with a relatively low profile. “He’s not going for royalty. He’s for the middle class. His authenticity is very important to him.”The family Bible that Biden has chosen carries its own history. Dating back to 1893, it also served for his oaths of office as a senator and vice president. “The long family ties relate to the general message that this is not going to be someone who is unmoored from the values and principles that he’s conducted his private and public business with for decades,” said Rogowski.The centerpiece of the ceremony — the inaugural speech, stating the administration’s themes — is already being telegraphed. “We’re already seeing something unfold that we haven’t seen for a long time,” said Gergen. “An echo of FDR taking over in 1933. You will recall that that speech — ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’ — triggered 100 days of major accomplishments. Major legislative bills went through, and they just kept rolling.center_img Brighter days for arts forecast in Biden administration First U.S. youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman to deliver reading at Biden inauguration The oddities of Inauguration Day The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

How soon could Curry return? Surgery might make little difference

first_imgCurry suffered the injury in the third quarter Wednesday night at the Chase Center when he attempted to make a layup but fell to the court.“It was just a random basketball play,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So stuff happens.”The injury comes at a time the Warriors already do not have guard Klay Thompson (torn anterior cruciate ligament) or center Kevon Looney (a neuropathic condition).None of the physicians interviewed by this news organization Thursday had first-hand knowledge of Curry’s condition. They discussed hand injuries in general.Dr. Nirav Pandya, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC San Francisco, said physicians use advanced imaging, such as a CT scan, to make sure the fracture does not go into a joint.“It is the one thing that could complicate things,” Pandya said. “If the break does go into the joints that increases the risk of stiffness and can push you into surgery.”A CT scan gives physicians a three-dimensional look at an injury whereas an X-ray is two dimensional, Carlson said.Richards said surgery often is required when the metacarpal bone is moved far out of place or turned where the fingers are crooked. Physicians said surgery could include using pins, a screw along the bone or a plate and screws on top of the bone to stabilize it.The physicians added that patients do not have many options to heal faster from a broken bone in the hand. Carlson said her medical group sometimes treats athletes with a pulsed ultrasound device that promotes regeneration to help speed up recovery.“If you can cut a couple of days out it can be helpful,” she said.Physicians said broken metacarpals generally do not lead to long-term issues. They also said it is doubtful Curry would cause more damage during his rehabilitation.“The tough thing is going to make sure he is not stiff and he has confidence in hand,” Pandya said. “It is a little easier for a center or power forward to come back because they don’t need that fine motor skill with that hand.”He added, “For someone like Steph, it’s not whether the bone heals but making sure he can get that mobility and finesse back to his hand fairly quickly.”Carlson said common treatment generally involves keeping the injured hand elevated to avoid swelling and to begin motion therapy soon after surgery. If surgery is not required, physicians said, the hand needs rest in a cast or splint for up to a month.Motions exercises include working to straighten the fingers out and making a full fist.“It gets the tendons gliding over the broken bone so they don’t stick to it,” Carlson said.Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who has treated professional basketball players with hand injuries, said it also is important to keep the rest of the body in top shape when recovering.“When it comes to going back to sport, more than being physically and mentally ready, you have to ensure you are game ready,” he said. Team officials said Thursday that the CT scan would help in making a decision of whether Curry needs to have surgery for the injury he suffered Wednesday night, when the Phoenix Suns’ Aron Baynes, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center, accidentally fell on him.Warriors officials have not publicly stated what Curry’s injury might be but said that they hope to have a timetable for treatment by Friday afternoon. ESPN reported that Curry broke the second metacarpal bone connecting to the index finger of his left hand. Curry is right-handed.“In the non-shooting hand he’d be able to return six to eight weeks at the worst-case scenario,” said Richards, a clinical assistant professor at UC San Francisco.“In general, the index metacarpal is a good bone to break if you have to break one,” added Dr. Michelle G. Carlson, a sports-related hand and upper extremity surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “It is a little easier to come back from than the other metacarpals.”She said it is easier to get motion back in an index finger because the tendons do not run on top of the bone like other metacarpals bones. SAN FRANCISCO — If Stephen Curry had surgery to fix a fracture on his left hand, he would not return to the court any faster, medical specialists said Thursday.The Golden Warriors all-star point guard had a CT scan on Thursday to help physicians get a clear picture of the severity of the injury.“Surgery would not necessarily get him back quicker,” said Dr. Joshua Richards, a hand specialist at Webster Orthopedics in the East Bay. “It would be to realign the bone in a better position.”Physicians said Curry, 31, a two-time NBA most valuable player, should be sidelined no more than two months, with the possibility that he could return to play after four weeks.last_img read more

New African Union chair calls for support

first_img27 July 2012 South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has appealed for support as she prepares to take over as chairperson of the African Union Commission, saying her new role presented “a great responsibility” not only for her but for all women on the continent. Dlamini-Zuma was delivering a lecture in Pretoria on Sunday organised by the African National Congress Women’s League. “It’s a huge responsibility not only for me but for all of us,” she said. “It is for the first time that a woman gets to be in this position.” She told a packed Pretoria City Hall that the African Union’s (AU’s) primary task had always been to tackle poverty, underdevelopment and illiteracy and to ensure that the continent became prosperous.‘African Union must be citizen-driven’ Citizens had to be able to drive the AU, she said, because if it was left to governments, it would not go anywhere. “The vision of the African Union is an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens in the global arena … So the question we must ask as South Africans is, how are we going to drive the African Union, and if we were not doing that, it’s time that we started doing so.” Earlier this month, Dlamini-Zuma won a tightly contested vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission (AUC). Her election made her the first female to head the AUC, ending a bruising leadership battle between her and Gabon’s Jean Ping, who was seeking re-election after serving in the top AU post since 2008. On Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma emphasised the importance of unity within the continental body, saying only a united AU would be able to deliver a prosperous Africa. She said that when African leaders formed the Organisation of African Unity, forerunner of the AU, their goal had always been to unite the continent. “These leaders decided that Africa must unite and that those countries that were not liberated should be liberated. It was clear from these leaders that we need to find African solution to African problems,” Dlamini-Zuma said. “This organisation is looking at an integrated Africa, not Africa of individual states who are only concerned with their own business. So when I go and work there, I will be working as a servant of Africa and not South Africa, and off course South Africa will be part of those that I will be serving.”Bigger role for Pan African Parliament Dlamini-Zuma suggested that the Pan African Parliament, headquartered in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, be given legislative powers, something she said would help in speeding up development on the continent. “Because if we are going to be integrating, we need to harmonise our laws, and if we are to increase trade we need to harmonise the way we work and the way we do things, and the Pan African Parliament could play a huge role in this regard.” She noted that, in the face of a global economic crisis crippling world markets, Africa was the only continent that was still enjoying substantial growth. “We have the biggest deposition of many minerals throughout the continent, and the question is how do we use them for the benefit of the people of the continent. We still have big potential to grow in agriculture so that we can export more; it’s important to see that these opportunities are not missed opportunities.” The biggest challenge was that Africa lacked good infrastructure. “That’s one of our biggest challenges. We must make sure we are properly connected, we must make sure we build this infrastructure so that the integration we speaking of becomes meaningful.” Dlamini-Zuma is one of South Africa’s longest-serving Cabinet ministers. Appointed minister of health in 1994, she moved from there to foreign affairs before becoming minister of home affairs in 2009. As minister of home affairs, she is credited with having cut down on corruption, professionalised the services offered by the department and modernised its internal processes. Peace and security remain priorities for the AU, and the 63-year-old Dlamini-Zuma will be expected to provide leadership to enhance the AU Peace and Security Council’s ability to resolve conflicts on the continent. She will also have to oversee the implementation of the mooted intra-Africa trade and free trade areas, and ensure the success of economic partnership agreements within the continent. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Renault Scala launched in both petrol, diesel variants

first_imgCarmaker Renault India launched sedan ‘Scala’ in both petrol and diesel variants, priced between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Scala is powered by 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines and has 5-speed manual transmission. It has 80-85 percent local content in parts.The company has already launched small car Pulse, premium sedan Fluence and sports utility vehicles Koleos and Duster.Speaking to mediapersons on Friday, Renault India Managing Director Marc Nassif said: “Scala will consolidate what Renault has brought to India. It will enter a very competitive segment. With the launch of this car, we are completing the first cycle of introducing five products in India.” Talking about the company’s overall sales, Nassif said: “We expect this year to sell 30,000-35,000 units. In 2013, we will try to sell one lakh units.”The company will start export of Duster to the UK by the end of this year, he added.When asked about new products at the lower end, Nassif said: “We have many many things. We will definitely look at the segment below Pulse in future.”Renault India will, however, not launch any new car next year, but only refreshes and variants of the existing models will be introduced, he added.The company is currently selling 600-1,000 units of Pulse every month.Earlier, Renault India has announced the launch five new vehicles in the next 18 monthsthe new Scala is fifth in the lineup.Scala comes after Renault’s serial launch of four vehiclesthe premium saloon car Fluence, luxury SUV Koleos, premium hatchback Pulse & the SUV Duster.According to the company Renault Scala, a premium A3 segment sedan, is a logical progression for Renault India to further strengthen Renault product portfolio in the Indian car market. The car has been placed to compete with the likes of Nissan Sunny.The diesel variant will reportedly use the reliable and fuel efficient 1.5 K9K dCi diesel engine delivering a powerful performance of [email protected] as maximum power with a peak torque of [email protected] rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 21.64kmpl.While, the petrol variant uses the 1.5 XH2 engine with a displacement of 1.5 litre. It produces a maximum power of [email protected] with a peak torque [email protected] The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl, the report added.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more