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

South Bend community prepares to march in solidarity with women’s rights

first_imgMembers of the South Bend community, many dressed in pink, will be marching this Saturday in solidarity with one cause: women’s rights.The Feminist Federation of South Bend and Pro-Choice South Bend are hosting a short march through downtown South Bend in an effort to emphasize the importance of women’s rights, safety, health and families. The Notre Dame Gender Studies department is also a sponsor.Media coordinator of Pro-Choice South Bend Karen Nemes said although the main march is being held in Washington, D.C., there are many local organizations working towards raising awareness as well.“It’s always really uplifting,” Nemes said about the march. “I always get an immense recharge of my own batteries when I see people of all ages and different socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnic groups in solidarity.”Jamie Morgan, director of the board for Pro-Choice South Bend, said the local march started when members of the community came forward and said they wanted to do something like the Women’s March on Washington but closer to home.“We have invited everyone, the march is for all,” Morgan said. “From this march, we hope that we are more aware and united so that people can continue to take action in supporting equal rights for all.”According to the Facebook event, participants are encouraged to wear pink and hold signs as they march. The march will conclude at Vegetable Buddies with food, drink and dance for all those who participated.Junior Joey Wikelski said not only is the march important because it champions for women’s rights, but also because it is an act of solidarity with the hundreds of sister marches taking place across the country on the same day. Taking place the day after Inauguration Day, Wikelski said she hopes this march holds extra importance.“I hope the march sends a message to our new administration on their first day in office and to everyone who felt threatened or insulted by campaign rhetoric that we believe women’s rights are human rights and that when we defend the marginalized among us, we defend all of us,” Wikelski said.Wikelski said when she heard about the March on Washington, she was so excited that she started to look at flights. However, when she found out there was also a march in South Bend, she knew she could not turn down the opportunity to be able to support the same cause locally.“As a Notre Dame student, the Women’s March on South Bend will be another opportunity to break out of the Notre Dame bubble and stand in solidarity with people from the South Bend community as we collectively bring attention to important issues facing women in the United States today,” Wikelski said. “It’s also been exciting to see other students from the Notre Dame family want to get involved; on Saturday, I’ll be leading a carpool of friends downtown so we can all march together.”Nemes said anyone who is in support of the platform and wants to work both locally and nationally is welcome to get involved. She said the focus on the march is really about unity and equality.“It’s bigger than any one person or politician,” Nemes said. “Certainly, the election took up a lot of national attention this past year and I think for a lot of folks that really inspired them to be more politically active whether it’s locally or on a larger scale.”Wikelski said she is excited to meet the other marchers and have their voices be heard as well.“For me, I’m hoping the positive energy of the march and the feeling of being involved in what is greater than myself will be a boost in energy and morale as I figure out my role in the movement,” Wikelski said.Tags: Donald Trump, Presidential Inauguration, Women’s March on South Bendlast_img read more

Knight Riders thrash St Lucia Stars in CPL opener

first_imgA fantastic bowling performance by the Trinbago Knight Riders set up a convincing nine wicket victory over St Lucia Stars in the opening match of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Friday night.After winning the toss and electing to field first the Knight Riders restricted the Stars to 132 for 9 before chasing the runs in 10.4 overs for the loss of the just one wicket.The St Lucia innings was given a good start by Andre Fletcher who cut Khary Pierre for three consecutive fours in the second over, but the opening partnership was broken in that same over when Fletcher’s partner Johnson Charles was caught at backward point looking to hit a fourth boundary off the left arm spinner.Neither Kamran Akmal—run out for 5 by a direct hit from Sunil Narine, or Marlon Samuels—caught on the off side boundary for 13, could inject the St Lucia Stars innings with impetus. After seven overs they were 56 for 3.Things only got worse for St Lucia from there as the Knight Riders squeezed them in the middle overs with the spin of Sunil Narine and Shadab Khan and the variations of Dwayne Bravo.On Hero CPL debut the 18-year old Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab took 2 for 15 in an assured performance. Shadab dismissed Fletcher—who got bogged down—for 27, and Jesse Ryder—who struggled to get going—for 18. When Dwayne Bravo bowled Rakheem Cornwall with a magical slower ball, the Stars hopes of making a competitive total went with him.Although some powerful late hitting from Kyle Mayers and Jerome Taylor lifted the Stars to 132 for 9, only one score lower than that had ever been defended in the Hero CPL.The Stars were given hope that they could pull off an improbable win when Sunil Narine was bowled for a golden duck by Taylor with the sixth ball of the innings but Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro doused the flames of a fiery opening spell.After a tight first three overs the Knight Riders broke free in the fourth over, bowled by debutant Obed McCoy and hardly looked back.Munro in particular quickly sussed the pace of the pitch and propelled the Knight Riders to 57 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay. Once the field had dropped back McCullum matched Munro blow-for-blow. Munro reached his fifty off 25 balls and McCullum reached his off 24, hitting boundaries on both sides of the ground. Munro sealed the victory with his third six. TKR’s innings run rate of 12.84 runs per over is a record in the Hero CPL.The two teams next play on Monday when they face each other again, this time at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Harvey, Macey second-half goals earn Uitvlugt a place in quarterfinals

first_imgA GOAL apiece off the boots of Jamal Harvey and Christopher Macey ensured Uitvlugt Warriors a place in the quarter-final round of the Hamilton Green Knock-Out Cup Football Tournament.Playing at the Den Amstel ground, West Coast Demerara, on Sunday, Uitvlugt Warriors netted two second-half goals through Harvey (52nd) and Macey (68th) to secure a 2-1 win against Santos whose Rondell Gardener pulled one back for the Georgetown-based unit in the 78th minute.With the win, West Coast Demerara team (Uitvlugt) will now await the outcome of the next fixture on the card when Georgetown Football Club (GFC) face Silver Shattas of Linden at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, from 17:00hrs. on Saturday.Also on Saturday, Milerock of Linden will face Western Tigers of Georgetown from 19:00hrs at the same venue while the feature game brings together Winners Connection and their Linden counterparts Eagles United from 21:00hrs.Last Sunday Police secured a walkover victory over Riddim Squad who failed to make an appearance for their game.The winnerz of the tournament will receive $500 000 and the Minister of Citizenship trophy, while the runners-up will earn $250 000 and the Guyana Beverage trophy.The third- and fourth-place teams will receive $150 000 and $100 000 along with the John Fernandes Limited and Cummings Electrical trophy respectively.last_img read more

Austin Rivers wants you to hate him, it motivates him when you do

first_imgNot enough fans hate Austin Rivers yet. He’s patient. It will come.He went to Duke, the leading cause of hypertension in college basketball, because he’s so comfortable with contempt.He drove high school crowds up all four walls when he played at Winter Park (Fla.), It bothered him so much that he won four consecutive state titles.Now comes the final frontier: the NBA. “It would be weird,” Rivers said, “if people weren’t cheering against you. It would be boring. You want them to say crazy, bad things. That’s the way it’s always been, but it’s not personal. On the street, they always say, ‘Hey, man, I was just messing with you.’”Rivers messed with San Antonio in Game 4 of the Clippers’ first-round series. He burst for 16 points in 17 minutes, and L.A. tied a series 2-2 that it would win 4-3.Then Rivers went Vesuvian in Game 3 against Houston. He basically went one-against-the-world in a 15-point third quarter, and wound up with 25 points in 23 minutes, and suddenly Chris Paul didn’t have to push his hamstring into the red zone.He is averaging 14.4 points against Houston, but it’s his willingness to try hard shots in hot moments that makes you watch him. There’s a little Kobe Bryant there and a lot of Doc Rivers, his dad and coach. Stardom, and the quest for it, doesn’t scare him.Spencer Rivers is the youngest brother. He plays at UC Irvine. Jeremiah is the oldest. He played at Georgetown and Indiana and now works at Interscope Records. A sister, Callie, was an All-America volleyball player at Florida and works for Creative Artists Agency.There was a backyard court and at times it couldn’t contain Austin and Jeremiah, who was bigger and a better defender.“Those 1-on-1 games would last forever,” Spencer said. “Fouls, arguments, tense games. Austin had a hard time beating him. But I never beat Austin, and he never went at a slower pace.”“I think that helped me,” Austin said. “I had to figure out how to score on Jeremiah. Once I did and I got with my age group, it was like playing against little kids.”Austin savored every moment of his high school career. Spencer knew something was up when people began asking, “Are you Austin’s brother?” Before, they asked if he was Doc’s son.“One school found a newspaper story about Austin’s worst game and blew it up and handed out copies to everybody,” Spencer said. “Austin got 30 that night. They’d yell, ‘Where’s your daddy?,’ all that stuff. He would barely even hear it.”Austin was such a celebrity in high school that a mixtape producer named Ryan Curry followed him around his senior season.But he resented the easy conclusion that he was riding his dad’s coattails.“I was always Little Doc,” said Austin, who is named after Austin Carr, the Notre Dame and NBA star. “And in the sixth grade I was the worst player on the team. People said I was only on the team because of my name. That (ticked) me off, lit a fire under me.“I’d sneak out and work on my game at midnight. The neighbors would call and say, turn the lights off. I went from the worst player to the first guy off the bench to the best player on my ninth-grade team, and then it took off.“But after a while I said, ‘You know what? I’m proud of what my dad did.’ That’s what I tell Spencer. Accept it, be proud, do something so your kids will be proud of you.”Doc started 605 NBA games in 14 seasons, made an All-Star Game, and was among the league leaders in steals and assists. The father and son are equally glib, and both enjoy stirring the pot.When Austin committed to Duke and was asked about the North Carolina rivalry, he wondered how it could be a rivalry if the same team (Duke) kept winning. Then he drilled a buzzer-beater, with Doc in the seats, to win in Chapel Hill.“I trust my hard work, so why wouldn’t I be confident?” Austin said. “If there’s a move I’ve practiced a hundred million times, I’m going to be as confident as hell.”And the mixtapes?“The guy (Curry) has footage nobody’s ever seen,” Austin said. “But they do it now with everybody. Back then you had to actually do something to get that. I don’t watch anybody’s tape online anymore.”He heard the echo of his words and laughed.“I say back then,” Rivers said. “That was just four years ago.“Things change quickly.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more