BREAKING — 140 Algerian students jetting into Shannon to study on…

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash University you Limerick campus aerialsPhoto: True MediaOne hundred-and-forty students will jet into Limerick from the African continent tomorrow, Tuesday, to study at the University of Limerick, and will have to isolate on UL’s campus for 14 days as part of international covid-19 travel protocols.The Algerian government is funding the PhD students to study at UL under a deal estimated to be worth over €10million to the university.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL said the partnership is part a move by Algeria to move from French to English as the official language of teaching and learning in third level, and that all necessary protocols will be taken to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.The 140 Algerian students who signed up for the four-year PhD last year have spent the past 12 months learning remotely, however although the group of students will arrive at the UL campus on Tuesday, they will have to carry on learning remotely until such restrictions are lifted at UL.It’s understood the 140 students will fly from Algeria into Shannon Airport.Latest statistics show there have been 103,833 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 2,836 COVID-related deaths in Algeria, with a population of just over 43 million (2019). According to Reuters COVID-19 world tracker, “COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Algeria, with 241 new infections reported on average daily.”When contacted, a UL spokesman said: “These students have been studying online since February of last year, but will travel to Limerick this week as part of the blended learning delivery of the programme. They have completed the first year of their PhD remotely and will now be in Limerick for three years.”“In advance of travelling to Limerick, the students have been isolating for 14 days in Algeria and are in possession of a negative PCR test. They will also restrict their movements for a further 14 days on their arrival.”The spokesman confirmed the students “will not be engaging in face-to-face teaching, it will be remote delivery in line with current government restrictions and they will be living in on-campus accommodation”.“They are coming to Limerick because the technological infrastructure and internet is not good across Algeria; for electronic access to the library, data bases, and other UL systems, it is easier for the students to be here,” they added.UL said that “travel for education has been deemed as essential under the government’s current restrictions, all incoming international students will receive an appropriate briefing on how to comply with prevailing public health measures in Ireland”.“Key principals for welcoming international students to Ireland were adopted by the higher education sector following extensive consultation with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science,” the spokesman added.A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said they would not be making any comment.All those taking part are expected to return to university lecturing posts in Algeria once they complete their PhDs. They are arriving on a direct flight from Algiers organised by the Algerian government to Shannon Airport. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsBREAKING — 140 Algerian students jetting into Shannon to study on University of Limerick campus must self-isolate for 14 daysBy David Raleigh – January 18, 2021 4348 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Print Previous articleWATCH: Munster Cross-Field Kick Try CompilationNext articleLimerick All-Ireland winner undergoes surgery David Raleigh Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Remembering My Mom, Maria Noakes

first_imgEditor’s Note: This tribute was written by Dominique Williams, Maria’s 14-year-old sonMaria was a mother, a friend, a wife, and an all around amazing person. She was born on May 11, 1967 to dairy farmers in small town in Northland, New Zealand. She lived on the farm until the age of 13 when she attended Saint Cuthberts boarding school. Choosing to go to boarding school was one of several pivotal decisions in Maria’s life. Leaving home, making many lifelong friends, and gaining the knowledge to eventually get a degree in occupational therapy all set her on a path toward travel and adventure.After taking a vacation from her job as an occupational therapist to work in a ski chalet in France, and then travel the world, Maria found the gift of whitewater on a multi-day raft trip on the Sun Kosi River in Nepal. She went on several more river trips in Nepal right after that, and her journal from those weeks has enthusiastic descriptions of river life. Her passion for the river is already apparent in her words, and at the top of one of the pages she wrote, “WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A KAYAKER.” She loved the river so much that she eventually got a job raft guiding in Nepal. This is where she met my dad, Nick Williams. From here, Maria’s life would never be the same. She learned how to kayak, and she followed Nick to Bryson City, N.C. where they built their dream house and showed me and my brother Matteo how to love the outdoors, especially the river.On March 3, 2018, Maria died tragically while whitewater kayaking on the Cheoah River, close to Robbinsville, N.C. The Cheoah was one her favorite rivers and one that she had paddled over a hundred times. We will never know exactly what happened that day, but we know that she would have wanted us to continue to love the river in her memory.Maria changed and touched the lives of so many people, which was apparent from the 700+ people who showed up at her memorial service, as well as the huge community of people worldwide that watched online or posted on her Facebook page. As I take time to reflect on my mom, I remember the good moments in her life and am grateful that I was fortunate enough to be a part of it. These good moments in her life defined my mom.Some may see her death as she died too soon, but I look at it as her living every moment to the fullest.Living every moment to the fullest really characterized my mom. There was little time in her life when she wasn’t kayaking or biking, often with Matteo and I along. And if she wasn’t actually out doing something, she was planning the next adventure. This comes to the subject of risk. Risk is very complicated, but I define it as doing something with the chance of it going wrong. My mom loved taking risks, whether it was marrying an American or working in London, but she always did so in a calculated way. Taking risks allowed her to build a life of adventure, one which she shared with me and hundreds of others. As we look back on her life, and her death, we see that risk shaped her and allowed her to touch the lives of so many. What if she hadn’t learned to kayak? Or traveled to Nepal? Or had kids? Who would she be, and who would I be, if she had not taken on these challenges? She taught me to take risks, live life to the fullest, and to be your best. These lessons I will carry with me forever.As you move through life, I challenge you to live life to the fullest, take risks, and live like Maria.In order to honor her legacy, Dom and his family have established the Live Like Maria Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Donations into the fund will be directed into causes that were close to Maria’s heart, including paddling instruction and outdoor experiences for youth, river conservation and access, and empowering women in outdoor adventure pursuits. Contributions of any amount may be made by check and should be sent to “CFWNC” with “Live Like Maria” in the memo line and mailed to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina; 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Ste. 300; Asheville, NC 28803. Gifts may also be made online at; click “GIVE NOW” in the upper right corner of the home page, then choose the “Live Like Maria Memorial Fund “ from the drop-down menu.last_img read more

Lakers set to retire both of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers

first_imgHe becomes the 10th Lakers player to have his jersey retired, and the first since O’Neal saw his No. 34 go up in 2013. In addition to his former teammate, Bryant will join Lakers legends Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52) in the rafters.While fans can always debate the relative greatness of those players, Bryant will go down as the only player to have two numbers retired, a fitting tribute to an unapologetic volume shooter whose final season evolved into a first-of-its-kind farewell tour after he announced his plans to retire a month into the 2015-16 campaign.Bryant wore No. 8 for the first 10 years of his career but prior to the 2006-07, seeking to rebrand after allegations of sexual assault shattered his reputation and sent sponsors running, returned to No. 24, which he first wore at Lower Merion (Pa.) High School.While an eventual jersey retirement was a foregone conclusion, there was some intrigue to how the Lakers would settle the issue of which number, if not both, to memorialize.Last year, Bryant told ESPN that regardless of which number was hung, “It’ll be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.”Now, there won’t be any question. In the first of the two distinct stages of his 20-year career with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was exuberant and cocksure, sporting the afro, clearly ready to escape the long shadow of a very large teammate. That was No. 8.No. 24 was the calculating alpha with a carefully cultivated alter ego — the Black Mamba — who won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award and won two titles without Shaquille O’Neal in addition to the three the two won together.Professional teams have long immortalized their greatest stars by retiring their jersey numbers, but in the case of Bryant, how do you honor the legacy of a player who made such significant contributions wearing two jersey numbers?Retire them both? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat seems to be the solution the Lakers have landed on. reported Tuesday that Bryant’s Nos. 8 and 24 will soon hang in Staples Center.Bryant will be celebrated with a jersey retirement ceremony Dec. 18, when the Lakers host the defending champion Golden State Warriors, as first reported by TMZ early Tuesday morning.The honor for Bryant comes less than two years after Bryant played his final game, a dazzling and dramatic 60-point sendoff against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2015. Originally drafted 13th overall in 1996 by Charlotte and traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac, Bryant went on to score 33,643 career points, the third-most in league history.After news of the ceremony broken, ticket prices soared for matchup with the Warriors — already a hot ticket due to the matchup between rookie Lonzo Ball and two-time MVP Stephen Curry. As of Tuesday afternoon, tickets on started at $580. The secondary marketplace TickPick reported that with an average ticket price of $988, the game became the second-most expensive ticket of the season, behind only the Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers ($1,092) on Christmas.Bryant will become eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021, and is a virtual lock to go in on the first ballot. As with O’Neal, the Lakers opted not to wait for that formality. Last spring, O’Neal became the third Lakers player to have his image cast in a bronze statue outside Staples Center last spring, and it stands to reason that Bryant won’t be too far behind.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

India women’s football team puts 6 goals past hapless Sri Lanka in South Asian…

first_imgAdvertisement gbNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbyjluWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8t6cia( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9jxoWould you ever consider trying this?😱ja5gkCan your students do this? 🌚ohuRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian women’s football team put up yet another solid display at the ongoing South Asian Games 2019; beating Sri Lanka by 6-0 at the Pokhara Stadium in Nepal on Thursday. This victory comes just a couple of days after India thrashed Maldives 5-0 in their opening fixture. Sandhiya Ranganathan and Ratanbala Devi netted a brace each, while Dangmei Grace and Bala Devi scored the other two.Advertisement Right from the kick-off, India were on top and the first goal arrived within seven minutes when a cross from A Ranjana Chanu was easily converted by Dangmei Grace. The lead was quickly doubled by Sandhiya Ranganathan in the 10th minute after she was assisted by Ratanbala Devi from the centre of the park. Eight minutes later, India extended their lead further, this time Sandhiya returning the favour; setting up Ratanbala for her first of the day.Advertisement The fourth goal came right before the half-hour mark when a shot from Ratanbala was denied by the post before Sandhiya finished it off from the rebound.With the score at 4-0 long before half-time, India chose to slow things down a bit and passed around the ball comfortably. It was only during the dying moments of the game when they added two more to the scoresheet.Advertisement Substitute Manisha set up Ratanbala for her brace with a neat through ball and W Linthoingambi, who was brought on in the 80th minute, sent in an inch-perfect cross to assist Bala Devi in stoppage time.Read Also:  Advertisementlast_img read more