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Educate Together Model favoured by Cllr Shortt

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsEducate Together Model favoured by Cllr ShorttBy admin – July 12, 2011 672 WhatsApp Advertisement COUNCILLOR Tom Shortt favours the use of the Educate Together model of school patronage.He was responding to a call from the Diocese of Limerick for professionals to take up vacant positions on school boards.At present just two schools in Limerick use the Educate Together model, but Cllr Shortt holds the view there is room for growth.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have believed for over 25 years that the Educate Together model of patronage of primary schools is the more realistic and appropriate model which acknowledges and accommodates changes in Irish society.“The model recognises diversity with regard to religious belief as no one religion is promoted in the classroom. In essence, there is freedom of religion for families. Children can attend denominational instruction after normal school hours”.The Labour councillor said professionals are needed on school boards, with religious domination of education on the wane.Cllr Shortt, an art teacher at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, has served on the board of management of the multi-denominational Limerick School’s Project.“It is a huge responsibility. You may not see the Board of Management, but it is very much how a school operates”.He has been an increase in social capital in recent times, and the call made by the Diocese of Limerick, he added, would appeal to people.“There is an enormous amount of voluntary work involved in running a school.“The expertise of a professional, like a solicitor or an accountant, would be of major benefit.“Should schools be moving towards a more multi-denominational ethos? Should the ethos of schools be re-examined? These are questions we need to look at.“I think it’s a refection of the times we live, and opens up the broader issue of governance of schools.“This shows a changing climate in the country and we need to recognise that religious practices are changing”. He favours the multi-denominational format.“I was very involved in getting the multi-denominational movement off the ground in Limerick.“Many are advancing the Educate Together project at the moment”.According to him, the Educate Together model offers a lot.“This experience prepares children to participate in the modern Ireland which is both pluralist and multi cultural, and is a practical way of teaching them to respect people of other religious and cultural backgrounds as equals.“It also encourages greater democracy with greater parental responsibility and involvement in the running of the school. The seats on the boards are filled entirely by parents and teachers. In my opinion, parents should consider this model”. Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Previous articleTina’s fundraising heads to €1m markNext articleArchitect – peopled streets draw people in admin Facebooklast_img read more

Limerick can be a counterbalance to Dublin, says Chamber

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first_imgEmail Funds no barrier to M20 motorway RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Funding allocated for M20 planning process Previous articleLimerick schools dominate local competitionNext articleBord Bia recruiting food industry enthusiasts in Limerick Editor TAGS2040M20 center_img €8 million M20 tendering process gets underway Facebook Limerick to Cork motorway will be included in capital plan Limerick Chamber business leaders stress the importance of infrastructural intervention for Limerick Print BusinessNewsPoliticsLimerick can be a counterbalance to Dublin, says ChamberBy Editor – February 7, 2017 929 Limerick Chamber has said that the commencement of strategic planning and development framework for Ireland between now and 2040 paves the way to bring about economic balance across the nation.Director of Policy with Limerick Chamber, Caroline Kelleher, said: “We welcome the recognition by the Government of the need to tap the underutilised potential of our regional cities with focused policies and investments to act as a counterbalance to Dublin.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It must be recognised that cities have a key role in the development of their hinterlands and driving growth for the wider region. It is positive to see the Government recognise the need to equip the regions with the right mix of physical and social infrastructure and further recognises the need for a coordinated approach to implementing the forthcoming Framework with particular emphasis on drawing together Government initiatives such as Rebuilding Ireland, the Action Plan for Rural Development and the Action Plan for Jobs among others.”“If we want to be serious about obtaining balanced regional development, we must recognise the need for consistency between capital investment plans and strategic planning,” she added.Ms Kelleher continued, “This discussion must advance the case of a number of key projects, not least the M20 motorway between Limerick and Cork, which will create a seamless motorway from Cork, taking in the cities of Limerick and Galway. This will act as a key conduit for economic development along a corridor that can be a powerful counterbalance to Dublin and, indeed, support Dublin by taking pressure off the capital.”“It must also focus on making sure the environment is right for airports to grow as there’s a direct link between airport growth and regional development.  The more that Shannon can grow, the more region stands to grow.” Build M20 and reduce VAT amongst pre budget submissionslast_img read more

Stephen Sondheim Teams Up With David Ives to Pen New Show

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first_img View Comments Sondheim recently remarked at the New Yorker Festival that Discreet Charm was about a group of people attempting to discover somewhere to dine together, while Exterminating Angel was about a group who eat together but are then trapped in nightmare circumstances. Sondheim’s credits include West Side Story, Gypsy, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. Ives received a Tony nod for Venus in Fur. Other credits include All in the Timing and White Christmas.center_img Legendary Tony-winning composer Stephen Sondheim is collaborating with playwright David Ives for a show at the Public Theater in a few years time. According to The New York Times, the production will be adapted from the Luis Buñuel-helmed surrealist movies The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel.last_img read more

Neymar vs Cavani: The Battle for Supremacy

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first_imgThough Manager Unai Emery has told them to sort out the issue, it doesn’t seem like the situation has improved. Alarmingly for everyone associated with PSG, there are reports that in the dressing room after the match, things were close to getting physical between the South American pair.An altercation between the two took place, with Cavani unhappy with the way Neymar conducted himself. Captain Thiago Silva was said to have intervened to defuse the tension.While both players along with Kylian Mbappe, have developed a strong understanding and formed a fearsome attacking trio that has scored 16 goals so far this term, the dispute is a major cause for concern and doesn’t exactly bode well for team spirit.In a classic case of modern football, it soon came to light that Neymar has unfollowed Cavani on Instagram as a result of the disagreement, while after the game, the former Napoli man made a decision to rush out of the Parc des Princes and avoid what would have been intense questions from journalists in the mixed zone about the incident.The Brazil superstar now wants to win the Ballon d’Or after leaving Barcelona. When Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013, Johan Cruyff could see trouble ahead. “I wouldn’t put two captains on the same boat,” he said referring to the Brazilian joining the same team as Lionel Messi. “You have to learn from the past on this one.”For once, the great man was wrong. Neymar and Messi got on well that they both paid gushing tributes to each other when they parted company this summer.However, it’s unlikely to be that way when Cavani inevitably leaves Paris Saint-Germain – Neymar has already stopped following him on Twitter and he passed to him just twice in the weekend game against Lyon. Cavani didn’t pass to Neymar at all, and by all accounts went for him in the dressing room after the game.There are two differences between PSG in 2017 and Barcelona in 2013: Cavani is not Messi, and the Neymar of four years ago is not the Neymar of now.Messi can be as self-centred as the next superstar but it’s also true that by genius standards, he has a remarkably underdeveloped ego, and Neymar benefited from that.At the end of the 2014-15 season, Barcelona were thrashing Cordoba 6-0 and Messi, on a hat-trick, let Neymar take a penalty because the Brazilian hadn’t scored yet. It was typical of his attitude during their four seasons playing together.Whenever they played weak opposition, Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez would make an effort to ensure all three get on the scoresheet. In closer, more difficult games when Messi felt that his aim was off and that Neymar was turning everything he touched into gold, then he would step aside and let the Brazilian be the protagonist.In last season’s comeback against PSG at the Nou Camp it wouldn’t have entered Messi’s head to push Neymar to one side for that late free-kick and even later penalty.Neymar was also very keen to show that he had not come to rip Messi’s crown off his head even though succession was his long-term idea.On the day of his presentation, he said, “I’ve never worried about being the best in the world. The best is already here and he’s Messi, who cannot be compared with anybody. I am one of the luckiest men in the world to be able to play alongside him and learn from him. I have come to help him stay as the best and to win many more trophies.” It may well have been as premeditated and scripted as his speech in Catalan that day but it played out just as he said he wanted it to. Messi stayed No 1 and Neymar helped him.Clearly, he has not gone to PSG to help Cavani remain the main man at the Parc des Princes. The Uruguayan is perhaps the bigger fool for not realising that if the £198 million man wants to take the half-time team talks as well as all the free-kicks and penalties, he is going to be allowed to.And there is one more big difference between PSG and Barcelona. At Barca, Neymar had his band of brothers off the pitch, at PSG he has one on the pitch too.In Spain, the so-called “Toiss” never left Neymar’s side. This group of friends from Brazil was with him from his presentation in 2013 to his last day in Barcelona when they all went to get tattoos in the city – each one got a letter tattooed on to his wrist that when the group stand together and put their arms out spells “amigos.”Several “Toiss” even went on the club flight to the US for the pre-season tour, much to the annoyance of some of the club’s directors – especially the ones who knew Neymar was going to leave the club before the season started.Despite the social entourage, on the pitch he was increasingly isolated. He stayed with friends like Messi and Suarez but the Brazilian quota in the squad seemed to go down every year and he was left sitting next to reserve team right back, Douglas, on flights to games.He wanted Brazilian players brought to the club and the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho were both linedup with his desire to have his own gang very much in mind.Barca followed through on Paulinho, and tried to get Coutinho, despite Neymar’s departure.At PSG, he has Marquinhos, Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves. He doesn’t have to take the ball off Cavani because Alves will do it for him.He’s the prince of Paris now; he has his court, his royal protector in the shape of club president, Nasser Al Khelaifi, and unless Cavani starts playing like Messi, he has little choice but to dance to Neymar’s tune.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Neymar’s record £200 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain will be topical for a long time, to establish himself as the Prince of Parc des Princes, which  have pitched him against Edinson Cavani. Kunle Adewale reportsW ith four goals and four assists in three league matches, Neymar has so far lived up to expectation of  fans that troop out  to the Parc des Princes every weekend to watch the most expensive footballer in the world. Last Sunday, against Olympique Lyonnais, a side that has yet to taste defeat in the Ligue 1 six-week old league, football analysts felt it was the real test for PSG and indeed Neymar and they were not disappointed as the match lived up to expectations, but not without controversies with Neymar and Edinson Cavani trying to establish themselves as to who really is in charge at Parc des Princes.Before the arrival of the golden boy of Brazilian football, Cavani was the undisputed penalty taker, but Neymar was ready to prove that he has come to take charge. The two argued over who should take a penalty in their toughest test of the season so far against Lyon, with PSG maintaining their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 win – though it wasn’t their most convincing performance and both goals came from Lyon players as Marcelo and Jeremy Morel deflected shots from Cavani and Mbappe late on.The main talking point was the squabble between Cavani and Neymar, who for the second time in his stint in Paris, attempted to take a penalty. He was unsuccessful again, as Cavani took charge his effort was saved by Anthony Lopes.There was also an incident where Cavani wanted to take a free-kick and Dani Alves nabbed the ball off him, and gave it to Neymar.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant relishes Michael Jordan tribute before loss to Hornets

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first_imgBryant called the tribute “awesome,” though he conceded Jordan alerted him about it a day earlier. But Bryant reported Lakers forward Julius Randle saying, “That’s amazing. That was Michael Jordan!”“It’s an amazing feeling,” Bryant said. “You try your best not to disappoint and give them something worth remembering.”Bryant could not do that. The Lakers (5-27) suffered their fourth consecutive loss and their 12th defeat in the past 14 games. Bryant also posted a team-leading 20 points albeit on 5-of-20 shooting in 32 minutes. Bryant, who admitted his knees “got stiff,” also missed nine of his 10 shot attempts in the second half after going 4 for 10 in the first half.Incidentally, Jordan facetiously told Bryant in the tribute video, “don’t have that great of a game” before wishing him continued health after having three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. The two also recently shared laughs over their differing life stages.“He’s enjoying a little vacation time,” Bryant said. “I told him I was a little jealous. He told me I’d be there soon enough.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> The words sounded powerful as they blared through the loudspeaker. They also became powerful for Kobe Bryant, whose competitiveness, skills and mannerisms partly stemmed from the man who delivered a passionate tribute. “Kobe, sorry I couldn’t be here tonight,” Charlotte owner and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan said in a taped 100-second tribute before the Lakers’ 108-98 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena. “But I wanted to congratulate you on an unbelievable career.”Bryant’s career speaks for itself, his five NBA championships and third place on the league’s all-time scoring list ensuring a positive road reception during his 20th and final NBA season. But Jordan’s words conveyed more meaning, since the two became linked through their familiar games and personalities. “When I look back when we went up against each other, I saw the competitor in you even though the knowledge wasn’t there,” Jordan said of Bryant, who entered the league in 1996 as a 17-year-old high school prospect out of Philadelphia. “I’m invigorated. I’m very proud of what you accomplished in all your years.”center_img But it hardly sounds like Bryant will spend his time doing nothing. “I’m always going to be working,” Bryant said. “The hardest thing is going to be to sit down and relax.” Bryant already has founded his company, Kobe Inc., which has an investment in a sports energy drink titled Body Armor. Bryant has a financial stake in The Players Tribune, the website Derek Jeter runs that provides athletes a forum to provide ghost-written articles capturing their perspective. “I’ve always been a big brother and you’re a little brother,” Jordan said in the video. “Your next step and next career is something you’ll have to figure out. From the competitive standpoint, you’re like me. You’ll have to utilize ways to use that competitive drive.”Bryant already ruled out he would not follow Jordan’s path in becoming an owner. “He loves math. He loves numbers and dealing with numbers. I don’t,” Bryant said. “I could care less. I sucked at math. From that perspective, I’m not going to be looking at cap numbers.”Yet, Bryant and Jordan shared similarities with their on-court talent and competitiveness. But with his games winding down and the Lakers’ losing persisting, Bryant soaked in the moment. He waved his right hand to the crowd. He threw his right thumb up in the air. Then he clapped his hands as he walked to the entrance tunnel to mark the end of another stop on his farewell tour. last_img read more