Irish Ship to Gaza’s review and report

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report    By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is read more

Harvard launches Arts and Sciences campaign

first_img The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences celebrates Harvard as a place of discovery for people leading positive change in the world. This video honors the many discoveries our students and faculty make each day—and the impact those discoveries have on individuals and the world. These personal stories highlight Harvard’s special ability to create leaders, advance knowledge, improve learning, and inspire discovery.Each of the six campaign priorities, Smith said, concentrates on a simple concept: “making sure Harvard continues as a place of discovery for people leading positive change in the world. Scientists and scholars, poets and entrepreneurs: that’s our heritage, and our future.”President Drew Faust spoke of the importance of FAS as part of One Harvard, lauding the world-renowned intellectual dynamism that grew out of a small college on the frontier of colonial Massachusetts.“What we are here to celebrate and support today — Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — is where the University began,” said Faust, Lincoln Professor of History. “This is where humble, experimental, daring little Harvard originated. And what has blossomed here ever since has fundamentally shaped Harvard’s character, its progress, and its vital aspirations — not to mention the wider world.”In launching the campaign, Faust said, Harvard is pursuing “a future ripe with possibility and filled with change. This is a campaign about resources. But far more that that, it’s a campaign about … the singular role of this University in educating the citizens and leaders of tomorrow, and in spurring the quest for deep knowledge and deeper understanding in a world fraught with challenge, and thirsty for powerful ideas.”Earlier in the week, SEAS, one of the four Schools that make up FAS, convened supporters and friends at a separate launch event, at which Faust highlighted the importance of a strong school of engineering and applied science in a world-class university. SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray also outlined the School’s campaign priorities: support for faculty, graduate students, innovative pedagogy, and targeted academic and research initiatives.Emphasizing the combined strengths of a rigorous engineering program embedded in a diverse liberal arts environment, Murray said: “The most vexing problems of the 21st century will involve technology in their solutions, but none can be solved with technology alone. It is vitally important that future engineering leaders — and leaders in any field — understand not just the technical possibilities, but also the human and societal context of these solutions.”Following Saturday morning’s program at Sanders, more than a thousand Harvard alumni spread out across Harvard Yard to attend symposia at which prominent faculty members discussed topical issues in scholarship and teaching.Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen led a panel on the role of the arts and humanities in society, while Dean of Science Jeremy Bloxham moderated a discussion about how basic research can solve critical questions from climate change to disease.Other sessions focused on issues such as biological influences on human behavior, real-world applications for foundational scientific research, the role of residential education in an online world, and how the College’s financial aid program enables extraordinary people from all backgrounds to choose Harvard.In a packed lecture hall at the Science Center, Professor Gary King led a group of faculty members as they reflected on how the ability to compile vast quantities of information, through improved technology and new tools for data collection, is being used to answer questions about everything from health and medicine to the Milky Way.“Big data is not about the data. The value is in the analytics,” said King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. To illustrate the point, King and his team of social scientists, statisticians, and graduate students recently used computer algorithms to analyze 64,000 senatorial press releases, determining that 27 percent of them were more about partisan taunting than problem solving.“Science is about inferences,” King said, “it’s about using data you have … to learn about data you don’t have.”Tim Kaxiras, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics, is leading a pedagogical method that extends big data inferences into the classroom. “I’m really passionate about infusing what we do in the lab and in our research into the classroom and educating our students, both undergraduate and graduate levels,” he said. “There is a recent effort to infuse regular courses with computational science components.”Kaxiras pointed to his Physical Sciences 12B course, which teaches traditional physics subjects through analytical and experimental perspectives that allow students to visualize electrical magnetic fields in clearer ways.Across the Yard, Professor Peter Bol, Harvard’s new Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, joined in a discussion about how the Harvard classroom is evolving in response to a generation of “digital native” students with creative pedagogical experimentation, new methods of assessment, and the introduction of HarvardX. Because his HarvardX course on China offers pre-recorded lectures online, Bol said, actual classroom time can be devoted to in-class discussion — and students have responded with vigor.“We spend the whole hour talking with students, and we have extraordinary, nonstop discussions — everyone wants to participate,” said Bol, the Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. “What comes out of that, I think, is a more engaged student body … one of the skills students now learn [as a result] is to participate, to speak their minds, to listen to each other and respond to one another. And we thought, how could we help our online students around the world to participate in the discussion, too?”The solution Bol decided on for his class was to tape the in-class discussion and then cut the video into segments, allowing a natural pause in the discussion. The online students were then prompted to have their own discussion, after which they could see how Harvard students and faculty concluded the classroom discussion.While the impact of technology on learning is clearly far-reaching, Bol said, it’s also deeply personal. “For me, as a teacher at this point in my life, it’s been a wonderfully renewing experience,” he said. “And for the students, it’s been deeply engaging.”For panelist David Malan, senior lecturer on computer science and instructor for Harvard’s popular Computer Science 50 class, access to online learning has revolutionized the teaching model, as well as CS50’s size. The class currently has 150,000 online students through edX.Such online resources, Malan said, have allowed faculty to “give students tools that allow them to navigate a fairly complex subject much more effectively. And I daresay we can produce CS50 better through this convergence of online and offline presentation of material than we could ever do on-campus only, or off-campus only. What this gives us is a mode of interacting differently with students … it’s no longer just seeing someone like me talk at you. It’s much more dynamic.”An attendee at the Leading and Learning symposia, Brad Gronek, A.L.M. ’05, said that the launch had done a great job of distilling what the campaign is trying to achieve: combining the best students worldwide with the best teachers.“The expansion that they’re working on will ensure that Harvard will stay the best university in the world, even in a world of change,” Gronek said. “The Harvard community will grow over the next few years, and people will really feel the connection that Harvard students have. … Those connections are much deeper than people can possibly imagine.” Michael D. Smith formally launched the $2.5 billion Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences on Saturday morning at a standing-room-only alumni event at Sanders Theatre. The gathering was followed by a series of symposia highlighting the faculty’s commitment to teaching, groundbreaking scholarship, and the residential learning model.In his remarks, Smith, the Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), emphasized the transformative power of the University’s commitment to leadership in learning.“At Harvard, we like to say that learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Intellectual stimulation abounds on our campus, pours out our gates to make a difference in the community, nation, and world around us. We keep pace with the world through the use of greater technology in our teaching and research. But we must continue to grasp for the magic that happens when the most promising students and the most talented faculty come together.“This is what makes Harvard unique, what fuels its broad-based excellence, what generates the incredible creativity, innovation, and ideas overflowing every seat and stage at Harvard,” Smith continued. “This is at the heart of our Campaign for Arts and Sciences.”During the program, Carl J. Martignetti ’81, M.B.A. ’85, co-chair of the FAS Campaign Steering Committee, announced that the campaign has already raised $1 billion from 93,000 individual gifts during its quiet phase. Campaign co-chairs Glenn H. Hutchins ’77, J.D.-M.B.A. ’83, Sandy Edgerley ’84, M.B.A. ’89, and Paul Edgerley, M.B.A. ’83 also spoke at the event.Part of the $6.5 billion Harvard Campaign, the Campaign for Arts and Sciences celebrates Harvard — particularly Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) — as a place of discovery for people leading positive change in the world. Its priorities, organized around six themes, strengthen core commitments and make important investments for the future:Leading in Learning, to support Harvard faculty as they drive innovation and explore a new world of teaching and learning, with a goal of $150 million.Financial Aid, to ensure every extraordinary student accepted can attend, with a goal of $600 million.House Renewal and the Student Experience, to develop Harvard’s Houses, recognizing that they are among the most important learning places on campus, with a goal of $500 million.Faculty and the Scholarly Enterprise, to connect the brightest minds across the broadest landscape of academic disciplines, encouraging fearless exploration and creative thinking, with a goal of $600 million.The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to support its reimagining of engineering education and research for the 21st century, with a goal of $450 million.The Dean’s Leadership Fund, to provide the agility needed in a fast-moving world to grasp emerging opportunities, and meet unexpected challenges, with a goal of $250 million.Discoverylast_img read more

A leg up: Like Rowan and Dove before her, it’s Tee Ladouceur’s turn to run Syracuse’s offense

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Last season, Tee Ladouceur scored 43 goals and had 48 assists. Her assist mark was first on the team. The 43 goals were third on the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team, behind only Christina Dove. And Ladouceur, a senior SU attack, did it all on one good knee. She said she tore her meniscus and had microfractures and bone chips in her knee and femur. ‘It was frustrating sometimes,’ Ladouceur said, ‘but in games I think the adrenaline kind of kicked in enough to help me be able to play at my best.’ Now Dove is gone. And in the cycle of recent great SU attack, Ladouceur is expected to be next. With Dove — who took over for 2009 leading scorer Katie Rowan — departed, there is a void in the lineup. One fellow attack Michelle Tumolo believes Ladouceur can fill. Even with her gimpy knees.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘She’s coming off a (knee) injury, as everyone knows, and she’s just hyped to get back on the field,’ Tumolo said. ‘She just has a great mentality and game sense, and she’s awesome at scoring goals. So I feel like she’s going to be No. 1 in the nation in scoring and assists.’ Ladouceur feels the increased expectations. After last season’s NCAA tournament semifinal loss, the Orange is eager for more. And Ladouceur is the player who has to start it all. Head coach Gary Gait knows Ladouceur has the ability to improve from last season, when she was first in the nation in assists. Especially if her knee holds up. ‘We’re expecting her to do what she did last year,’ Gait said. ‘And that was being an all-around offensive player and scoring when she gets the opportunity. So we’re expecting her to continue to do that, step up her leadership role a little bit, kind of take charge on the offense, get some of our younger players involved and get them contributing.’ But if the senior is to make any waves this season, that troubled knee may be the key. Ladouceur had surgery over the summer on it after playing last season in pain. Yet it still is not 100 percent. ‘She played last year,’ Tumolo said. ‘Hurt her the whole time. She played through it, went to the doctor’s, and they said she had, like, all these fractures in her knee. Everything basically in her knee. She basically needs a knee replacement. ‘That’s what she told me. She’s like, ‘I basically need a knee replacement at the age of 21.’ But she’s still playing through it. It’s her last year. Never complains.’ Yet despite the knee injury, despite the brace and despite missing significant playing time in fall ball, Ladouceur is still expected to be the leader of the SU attack after her increased offensive role last season. And despite her numbers, she remains humble. She knows who has come before her. Ladouceur will look to become the third player in three years to lead the Orange attack. ‘Those are two very, very great players,’ Ladouceur said of Dove and Rowan. ‘Two of the best players I’ve ever played with.’ And though Ladouceur will be relied upon for much of the scoring output, not every expectation is on her and her knee. Tumolo is coming off of a record season herself. Last year she had the highest single-season totals in points and assists for a freshman in program history. Fellow attack Alyssa Murray, a freshman, is also expected to help out on the offensive end. And then there’s goalkeeper Liz Hogan, who was just chosen as the Big East Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The Orange is ranked No. 5 in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason poll. ‘I think you’re going to see more of a spread-out offense,’ Gait said. ‘Multiple scorers, as opposed to having Katie Rowan or Christina Dove — one or two players — to deal with pretty much all the scoring. So it will be a different look this year.’ But Ladouceur is still the senior. She’s still the leader. She knows that in addition to stepping up her game, she must also display a leadership role for a team with eight freshmen and 11 sophomores. Tumolo said the way Ladouceur works with her teammates is what makes her valuable to the Orange. ‘Me and her work really well together, so that’s a plus,’ Tumolo said. ‘She just sees everyone on the field. It’s not just me and her. She sees every single person. ‘That’s why she’s one of the best assisters in the nation. She’s just great. She’s great to have on the field, and she’s a positive energy.’ Yet it wasn’t so long ago that Ladouceur was channeling that positive energy for a different team. She came to Syracuse as a sophomore transfer following a freshman season at Albany in which she scored 32 goals in only 11 games. In her first season at Syracuse, Rowan was SU’s leader at attack. Then last year, it was Dove. Now Ladouceur is that senior. She is likely to claim the perch on SU’s legacy of outstanding attack. And she knows it. ‘This year I’m going to have to have an even bigger role, so it’s sort of a good feeling,’ Ladouceur said. ‘But I’m a little nervous at the same time and excited. I’m a senior, I’m ready to make things happen and hopefully get a national championship out of it.’ Gait and Tumolo continually praise Ladouceur’s hard work and commitment to the team despite her injury. They mention her willingness to continue to play hard. Her ability to make plays happen on the field. Tumolo knows Ladouceur and the team have big shoes to fill. Someone must step up. And Tumolo thinks Ladouceur has the ability to be that person. ‘I think Tee looks awesome coming off a couple injuries,’ Tumolo said. ‘I said it to her as soon as we were practicing for the first time together again. It’s just great to have her back on the field. ‘She’s a great threat, and the other teams are definitely going to have to look out for her.’ [email protected]center_img Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected]last_img read more