UL drops out of top 500 universities

first_imgWhatsApp University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university Email Breaching the gender barrier at UL The main building at the University of LimerickThe University of Limerick has dropped out of the world’s top 500 universities.The 2016 World University Rankings, published last week, ranks UL in the 501-550 band, a significant fall from its previous position of 471.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has responded to this news by referring to a decade of austerity and its “corrosive effect” on our higher education system.Stating that the “continued slide” of the Irish Universities should be “greeted with alarm” the IUA said that positive strides in research and the internationalisation of the staff and student cohort was being “undermined by the negative impact of underfunding on key indicators such as the student:faculty ratio.”IUA Chief Executive, Ned Costello said: “We can no longer hide from the corrosive effect which years of cutbacks are having on our higher education system. At a time when we are more dependent than ever on the talent of our people for our economic future, we simply must invest in our universities.”“An immediate injection of funding is required in the upcoming Budget and Estimates to fund more lecturers, deliver smaller group teaching and restore quality in our system,” Mr Costello concluded.Between 2007 and 2014, state funding for universities in this country fell by 28%, from €722.8m in 2007 to €522.2m in 2014.Conversely there was an increase in full-time enrollment in Irish universities of 18%, from 78,577 in 2008 to 93,023 in 2014.Reacting to these figures, the General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, said, “It is shocking to realise that student to academic staff ratios were worse in 2011 than those described in the report of the Commission on Higher Education (1967) and increased from 19:1 in 2007 to 23:1 in 2011.”Mr Jennings echoed the need to address this issue in this year’s budget, “The forthcoming Budget must address this crisis as a priority. The government must provide adequate funds to enable universities to recover from a decade of what now seems like deliberate neglect and downgrading of third-level education,” he said.All but one of Ireland’s universities have dropped in the listings, with only National University of Ireland in Galway improving upon last year’s position by rising from 271st to 249th.Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s highest ranked university in 98th place. For the fifth year running the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been rated as the world’s best university.Out of the 32 OECD countries featured in the rankings, Ireland’s expenditure on third-level institutions was the fourth lowest. Linkedin Twitter Previous articleSocials – Press Ball 2016 LaunchNext articleLimerick councillors fobbed off by transport authority Editor Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Print NewsEducationUL drops out of top 500 universitiesBy Editor – September 8, 2016 995 TAGSUL Facebook University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020last_img read more

Virginia Tech edges Syracuse, 4-3

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Syracuse (7-11, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) dropped the doubles point and the match to Virginia Tech (10-10, 3-8), 4-3, on Thursday afternoon in Blacksburg.The first doubles match concluded with Syracuse’s Miranda Ramirez and Gabriela Knutson defeating No. 52 Caroline Daxhelet and Francesca Fusinato of VT, 6-1.The Hokies won second and third doubles. In third doubles, Shene Disbergen and Sansitha Nandakumar beat the Orange’s Nicole Mitchell and Maria Tritou, 6-4. A second doubles win clinched the doubles point for VT, with Elena Cerezo-Codina and Natalie Novotna defeating Syracuse’s Anna Shkudun and Dina Hegab, 7-6 (7-3).Virginia Tech carried the momentum into singles, as the first three matches to finish all went the Hokies’ way. Tritou fell at fourth singles, 1-6, 1-6, to Daxhelet of VT. Then, No. 95 Novotna defeated SU’s No. 80 Knutson, 6-4, 6-2. To clinch the match, Virginia Tech’s Cerezo-Codina won her third singles match over SU’s Shkudun, 6-0, 6-1.After VT clinched, SU avoided being blanked on the scoreboard. Hegab won her fifth singles match over Nandakumar, 6-3, 6-1. No. 94 Ramirez won in a battle of ranked players, defeating No. 96 Fusinato, 6-3, 6-3. At sixth singles, Libi Mesh of SU defeated VT’s Katherine Butler, 6-4, 6-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson’s singles loss came after defeating then-No. 14 Sinead Lohan on Sunday. Syracuse was coming off an upset of then-No. 42 Miami (FL).The Orange returns home for its Senior Day on Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 14 Duke. Commentslast_img read more

Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend is Aug. 4-6, 2017

first_imgSummer holidays for Florida students are drawing to an end. Suddenly, it’s that time of year again. This year, parents and students and other Florida shoppers will have another three-day “tax-free holiday” weekend in anticipation of the new school year. This year’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, and continue through to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6.  Back on the tax-exempt list this year are computers and computer accessories.Tax-free itemsNo Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected during this year on the following:Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, andCertain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item,Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories, selling for $750 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.Among the allowed school supplies are the following: binders, calculators, cellophane (transparent) tape, colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook filler paper, poster paper, and scissors.The allowed computer equipment includes laptops and tablets; data storage, such as jump, flash and thumb drives; e-book readers; printers and headphones.Non-tax free itemsSchool supply items that are NOT exempt from sales taxes include books that are not otherwise exempt; correction tape – fluid – pens; masking tape; printer paper; staplers and staples.Miami-Dade School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman’s proposal to promote this holiday to families was unanimously agreed upon by her School Board colleagues at their April 2017 meeting.Relief to Caribbean American familiesCaribbean-American families in the state, especially those with two or more children attending school in the state eagerly anticipate what is now an annual tax-holiday offered by Florida legislators. The consensus among these families is “the tax holiday goes a long to meet the increasing cost related to back to school needs every year.”last_img read more

Marcia Griffiths: The Queen of Reggae

first_imgMarcia Griffiths (right) during her time as a member of the I-Three’s, pictured alongside Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley. Marcia Griffiths, the lauded Queen of Reggae who dons 55 years in the music industry, released a brand new album on June 14th.A foundation singer in the reggae industry, Griffith’s latest album hit airwaves, stamping her place as a longstanding influencer in Jamaica’s music arena.Appropriately titled Timeless, the album is a selection of 15 songs that pay tribute to the Studio One record label, which boasts a solid collection of songs that span the genres of ska, rocksteady and reggae.According to Griffiths, “Working on this album was refreshing and filled with fun memories of early Studio One days when those songs were being recorded.”The album, which was released under Tad’s Record, dropped its first single ‘What Kind of World” in April. The tune is a cover of a single that was first recorded in 1968 by Jamaican vocal trio, The Cables, at Studio One – the record label where she spent her formative years, alongside major acts such as Bob Marley and Bob Andy. An ode to Jamaica’s greatest long-time hits, on the album Griffith’s also covers Delroy Wilson’s “Once Upon A Time”, Ken Boothe’s “Home”, The Heptones’ “Baby Be True”, Peter Tosh’s “I’m The Toughest”, Sugar Minott’s “This Old Man”, and Abyssinians’ “Declaration Of Rights”. Also included on the album is a ska medley that includes Jackie Opel, Toots Hibbert, The Wailers, and Rita Marley, among other luminaries.Born in Kingston in 1949, Griffiths began singing at a young age in the church choir and at school. She stepped into the professional arena at only 15 years old when she was discovered by Phillip “Boasie” James, a member of the vocal group the Blues Busters, who heard her singing at a friend’s party. James arranged for Griffiths to sing at a talent competition where she wowed the crowd and was immediately invited to perform on a television variety show that very evening. She then signed on as a singer with popular ska band, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, and landed a contract with trailblazing producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and his Studio One record label. By 1967, Griffiths released mega-hit, rocksteady single “Feel Like Jumping”, which quickly climbed the charts both in Jamaica and the UK. In 1969, she teamed up with Bob Andy as a duet partner. The duo’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Young, Gifted and Black” became a major international hit in 1970. However, four years later, they parted ways and Griffiths then released her second solo album, Sweet Bitter Love.In 1974, Bob Marley and the Wailers added a trio of female singers to the group called the I-Threes, which included Griffiths, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt. While, the women were key on-stage and in-studio with Marley until his 1981 death, they also released two albums on their own amidst the flurry of Marley’s success. During her time with the legend, Griffiths also continued to record as a solo act. In 1982, she released Billboard hit, “Electric Boogie” – which turned out to be a major high point of her solo work. The song birthed the infamous dance move called the Electric Slide. Both the song and the dance move, are staples at parties around the globe even today. Throughout the years, Griffiths has continued to record regularly and tour internationally. Recently, she has recorded with many newer acts such as Shaggy, Buju Banton, and Cutty Ranks. In 1990 and 1997, she also reunited with Bob Andy for duet albums. This July and August, Griffiths will be promoting her latest album in an extensive European tour, with stops in Denmark, Sweden, France, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, The Netherlands, Slovakia and Copenhagen.last_img read more