Fund will help make Limerick people IT smart

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFund will help make Limerick people IT smartBy admin – October 26, 2011 699 Email FUNDING has been made available to provide free IT training for 800 Limerick people. The €40,000 slice of a national €1.88 million fund has been awarded to help people from all walks of life to get up to speed with emailing, surfing the net, skyping and other tecno skills. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – Pat. Rabbitte T.D, announced offers of training grants for 20 training projects run by community and voluntary groups and not for profit organisations under the BenefIT 3 scheme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Community Connect were one of the groups who received funding.This means that 800 will gain from free IT training between now and June 2012. In particular older people will benefit, as will the unemployed, as well as other disadvantaged groups.“We ran a project to train people in IT in Limerick last year and 900 were trained. “Everyone filled out a questionnaire at the the end of it and the feedback was just phenomenal – we could have trained another thousand people if the funding was there,” Elaine Doyle of Community Connect, told the Limerick Post.This project will run in centres, libraries and public spaces in Limerick city. It will use a Train the Trainer approach where students from Limerick Institute of Technology and University of Limerick and interested residents, will receive training to deliver these courses.Each participant will receive six hours of training, four hours will focus on the Internet, Email and Online Transactions. Two further hours will be available on Digital Photography/Video or Skype and or e-Government services online or a topic the trainees may choose.A training schedule will be available from November and the group will be taking names of interested participants. Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleArts news and postingsNext articleAlleged assault on shop worker case adjourned admin Advertisement Printlast_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held May 5

first_imgAt its 13th and final meeting of the year on May 5, the Faculty Council approved next year’s Handbook for Students and Courses of Instruction for the College and the courses for the University Extension School. The council also heard a proposal regarding the administration of final examinations.last_img

US and Europe recession not good news for Dominica says PM Skerrit

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews US and Europe recession not good news for Dominica says PM Skerrit by: – August 24, 2011 Tweet Prime Minister Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says projection that the United States and Europe could be going back into recession is not good news for small island developing states like Dominica.The United States stock fixtures have been declining in recent weeks as economic jitters and uncertainty about Europe’s finances continues.Prime Minister Skerrit says a recession in the United States and Europe could have serious implications for Dominicans.“It means that the 14 million people who are still out of work in the United States will increase and some of these people may be the citizens of Dominica who reside in the US,” he said.He said many local families here depend on their working families in the US to provide them with money every month and food items.“If people do not have jobs in Europe and North America, which is our primary source of tourists, it means we will not see the kind of projected growth in tourism and the tourism dollar receipt will be reduced. One can imagine the kind of impact that this will have on us,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Red Force, Scorpions clash in first Super50 semi-final today

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Two-time reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will try to stave off an anticipated strong challenge from dangerous Jamaica Scorpions when they clash in the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 here today.Red Force, who will be aiming for their fourth straight final, will enter the day/night affair at Coolidge Cricket Ground as heavy favourites but head coach Gus Logie said they would not be complacent and underestimate Scorpions.He pointed out that the Red Force squad was laced with experienced players who were familiar with championship games and much would rest on these personnel.“The build-up has been pretty good for the players. In the squad, we do have some experienced players who know what it’s about. (They’ve) been there, done that, led by the captain (Denesh Ramdin),” Logie said.“He’s really and truly steered the ship to where ‘we are at this point in time and the players have responded very well to his leadership and his leadership has been both on and off the field, and I think it augurs well for Trinidad and Tobago cricket.“We know how competitive and how dangerous the Jamaicans can be and we are prepared in every way possible for that. The players are all comfortable with their own games and we look forward to the challenge against the Jamaicans.”Red Force finished top of Group A on 31 points after losing just one of their eight games played here in Antigua. That defeat came at the hands of English County Kent in their second game but they then sparked a six-game winning streak to dominate the group.However, Logie said Red Force had started the campaign full of self-belief and the Kent loss had done nothing to diminish that.“I think the confidence level has always been high. Not taking anything away from Kent, I think they played a good game … and the Kent bowlers exploited the conditions,” he explained.“It looked a little bit more like English conditions … and our application was not 100 per cent and at the end of the day we paid the price.“But the guys sat down (afterwards) and realised we did not perform to the best of their ability and we had to really and truly pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off.”Red Force will look to Jason Mohammed who has been their only batsman to pass 300 runs with 313 while their attack has been spearheaded by seamer Ravi Rampaul with 17 wickets.Scorpions, meanwhile, have trained their sights on their first final in five years, after a lean run in recent times.They were second to hosts Barbados Pride in Group B but ended the preliminary campaign on a high, following their morale-boosting 74-run victory over the previously unbeaten Pride, in their penultimate outingHead coach Robert Samuels said, however, he was still waiting on Scorpions to execute the perfect game and believes the semi-final was the ideal opportunity.“I think the players haven’t really put it together as I would like a 100 per cent but they are sparks,” he noted.“We have won some Man-of-the-Match (awards), we’ve been doing well with the ball, we’ve been doing ok with the bat but I would like to see the bat do a bit more and then the ball will hold its own. We grew from strength to strength in Barbados and this is now Antigua.”Having grown accustomed to the conditions in Barbados – especially those at Kensington Oval – Samuels warned that Scorpions would need to make some subtle adjustments for the new venue.“Looking at the television, looking at the surface, this is a different surface from what we are used to. I must admit Kensington Oval was excellent in terms of ground, the pitch, the bounce, the carry – everything was excellent there and it suited our play,” he pointed out.“Coming here now, the pitch still looks to be a good batting track but I’m thinking it’s void of grass … you have to show a little more patience on pitches like those. So we have to change our game plan just a little bit, not too much … but once our game comes together we are going to be a formidable opponent.”Scorpions will look to former Test seamer Jerome Taylor who has taken 16 wickets, to lead their attack while they will use a team effort in the batting to build a competitive total.The game bowls off at 13:30hrs (Eastern Caribbean time).SQUADS:RED FORCE – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul.SCORPIONS – Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton.last_img read more

Despite record, Badgers need to force more turnovers

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoA lot has been made, through the first four weeks of the Wisconsin football season, of the UW defense not playing up to preseason expectations.Against the likes of a second-division major conference team, a non-Bowl Championship Series conference team and a Division I-AA squad, the UW defense hemorrhaged yardage to the tune of 309.8 yards per game. Instead of shutting opponents down defensively as great defenses returning eight starters would be expected to, the Badgers skated through the nonconference slate. Last Saturday against Iowa, save a late first-half touchdown drive, the defense flashed the tenacity that was expected.But despite allowing a scant 228 yards of total offense to the Hawkeyes, something was still missing from the defensive equation. The Badgers failed to force any Iowa turnovers.For the season, UW has only created three turnovers defensively — all on interceptions, one of which was on a fake punt. “Turnovers just don’t happen, you have to go get them,” said free safety Shane Carter, the UW defender responsible for two of the defense’s interceptions. “So really you just point the finger at ourselves and say, ‘We ain’t making plays.'” Instead of dwelling on the negatives of the situation, players and coaches are finding the silver lining of the defensive cloud. “We’re not achieving what we wanted to achieve maybe defensively, but at the same time we’re 4-0,” strong safety Aubrey Pleasant said. “So where’s your pleasure: do you want to have five turnovers a game and be 0-4? You have to try and make the best of both worlds and take those opportunities when they come your way.””We’re not happy with [only three turnovers], but we’re 4-0 … Obviously it’s an area we want to improve in,” defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz said, echoing Pleasant’s sentiment.Not only do turnovers help keep a defense fresh and limit the opposing offense’s efficiency, they can also have a positive impact on a team’s own offense.”If our offense isn’t performing to what they would like, we want to make those turnovers, maybe get that boost and get our offense going,” Pleasant said. In fact, according to Pleasant, the numbers may not reflect as much on the defensive play as on circumstance.”From my point of view, there haven’t been a lot of opportunities for many turnovers,” Pleasant said. “Last game a couple guys dropped something that could have been an interception, but besides Shane capitalizing on those interceptions those first couple games, the ball really wasn’t in the air a lot of times for people to make plays.”It can become frustrating at times, but that’s just the flow of the game.”A lot of the lack of opportunities has to do with the teams UW played early in the season. While teams like UNLV and The Citadel may not be prolific offenses, the style of attack the two teams ran limited the possibilities to force turnovers.”They threw it quickly,” Hankwitz said. “They run five-step passing game and three-step (dropbacks), and they were getting rid of the ball. We had people close, but they get rid of it so quick, we weren’t getting there.”When opportunities have presented themselves, the defense hasn’t always taken advantage. “We’ve dropped a couple interceptions that we had great chances for, and we have to get more people to the ball so we can have a chance to knock it out,” Hankwitz said.The lack of turnovers continues to get attention during practice as the Badgers focus on swarming more defenders to the ball carrier in hopes of stripping the ball free.”We’ve just got to keep attacking, keep attacking the ball carriers,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “’Plus one,’ we keep saying — more defenders to the ball, ripping it out, trying to strip it out.”They’ll come. We just have to keep practicing and getting better at it.”When the next turnover opportunity arises for the UW defense, the Badgers will be ready.”It’s just like life, … when you think something’s not coming and you relax, you kind of lull off and that’s when they hit it,” Pleasant said.last_img read more

Hornets C Frank Kaminsky says he is the creator of Russell Westbrook’s viral celebration

first_img Thunder’s Russell Westbrook throws ball at Hawks’ bench, gets in heated exchange with Vince Carter Paul George outscores Nets in fourth quarter to bring Thunder back to win Westbrook was out for revenge, recording 31 points while having to play alongside Kevin Durant, who had just left him to join the Warriors. However, Frank Kaminsky of the Hornets claims to be the creator of the celebration and even has a name for it. Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has been fond of celebrations in recent years, and he popularized this “on fire” celebration en route to his first NBA All-Star MVP in 2016.center_img For Kaminsky, the “hot guy” is his go-to 3-point celebration, and it was in full effect when he made a pair of shots from deep Friday in his team’s 113-107 victory over the Nuggets. He’s a skilled shooting 7-footer that can stretch the floor. Westbrook first did the celebration after making a shot from behind the arc, but he’s not shooting so well from deep this season. Westbrook is currently shooting 23.2 percent from range, while Kaminsky has a mark of 35.5 percent. Westbrook has donned a new signature celebration this time around. When he uses his strength and explosiveness to overpower weaker opponents, he likes to rock an invisible baby to sleep. He looks at it as “child’s play.”Russell Westbrook & Vince Carter exchange wordsTyler Dorsey loves itRuss & Vince each get a techRuss hits a shotThen does his rock the baby celebration!(Via @SportsCenter)pic.twitter.com/Kdb5Da6abC— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 1, 2018 “Nah that’s me,” said Kaminsky when asked about using the celebration, which was popularized by Westbrook. “It’s called ‘the hot guy.’ I’m taking credit for it.” Related Newslast_img read more