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Australia, Japan, India, USA: Ministers head abroad for St Patrick’s Day

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleMan in court in underwear gets bailNext articleSoccer – Harps Start Away To Waterford This Friday News Highland Facebook Twitter Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+center_img News WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Details have emerged about the ministerial trips abroad for St Patrick’s Day, with the first setting off today.Chief Whip Paul Kehoe will head for Australia later today.The Transport Minister Leo Varadkar will travel to Japan later in the month, the Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald is going to India, the Environment Minister Phil Hogan will travel to Boston and the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is heading for Chicago,Pat Rabbitte, the Communications and Energy Minister, will go to New York, the Tanaiste travels to Washington, and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make his way to Washington for the annual visit to the White House, along with trips to New York, Seattle and Silicone Valley.The Justice Minister Alan Shatter will travel to the Middle East next week – although that trip is not strictly for St Patrick’s Day. WhatsApp By News Highland – March 7, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Australia, Japan, India, USA: Ministers head abroad for St Patrick’s Day 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more

The great eight

first_imgWith powerful, poignant speeches from presenters and honorees alike, this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal awards felt more like a gospel church service-cum-rock concert than an academic award ceremony.Athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick set the tone before an exhilarated crowd that included some 150 local high school students, declaring that people in positions of privilege and power have a “responsibility” to speak up for the powerless.“People live with this every single day and we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive,” said the NFL free agent who famously took a knee during pregame national anthems to protest racial injustice in America. “If we don’t, we become complicit. It is our duty to fight for them.”,Kaepernick was one of the eight laureates who received medals at Sanders Theatre on Thursday night. Others were comedian Dave Chappelle; writer and social critic Florence C. Ladd; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; artist Kehinde Wiley; General Catalyst chairman and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault; philanthropist and Avid Partners founder Pamela J. Joyner; and human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Eight to be honored as W.E.B. Du Bois medalists Related Noted for contributions to African and African-American history and culture The awards are bestowed by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research for contributions to African and African-American history and culture.Ladd, the former director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, donned her medal, then pumped her fist in the air and told the cheering crowd: “A takeaway must be protest, protest, protest.”,Stevenson, M.P.P. ’85, J.D. ’85, L.L.D. ’15, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated his award to “people who did so much more with so much less” and asked the audience to think of hope as “your superpower.” To the students, he made a more pointed request: “You’ve got to be willing to do uncomfortable things. You’ve got to be willing to do inconvenient things. Don’t ever think that your grades are a measure of your capacity.” Stevenson himself won a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared that mandatory sentences of life without parole for children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.Moments of humor punctuated the call to resistance, particularly when presenter and incoming Dean of Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo recited parts of Chappelle’s famous skit “The Racial Draft.“ He called the comedian a “teller of uncomfortable truths.”,Chappelle, for his part, praised his parents, especially his mother, a professor of African-American studies. “She raised me well. I am not an uninformed person,” he said.Chappelle said he was humbled to be on stage with his fellow honorees: “You all make me want to be better,” he said. He promised another comedy special and ended his speech with a quote from favorite writer James Baldwin’s book “The Fire Next Time.”“God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water. The fire next time.”Hutchins Center director Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, reflected on the critical nature of the honorees’ work in the fight for racial and social justice.Colin Kaepernick applauds at end of ceremony. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“When we recall the dramatic progress we’ve made in this country’s struggle for civil rights, it’s tempting to remember only our long arc of progress. But we find ourselves in a new nadir in our country’s race relations,” he said, quoting Du Bois, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard.“Agitation is a necessary evil to tell of the ills of the suffering. Without it, many a nation has been lulled to false security and preened itself with virtues it did not possess.”last_img read more

Other Sports MC Mary Kom Ends With Bronze In World Boxing Championships, Does India Proud

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ulan Ude: Six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Saturday settled for a bronze medal in the World Women’s Boxing Championships after losing to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu in an intense semifinal bout in Ulan Ude. Mary Kom, seeded third, lost 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. The Indian contingent sought a review of the decision but the appeal was turned down by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee. “How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is,” Mary Kom later tweeted expressing her anguish at the loss.  Both the boxers seemed hesitant to make the first move in the opening round but Mary Kom had the edge in counter-attacks as Cakiroglu struggled to make her height advantage count. The second round followed a similar pattern as far as the tactics went but Cakiroglu seemed the sharper of the two. In the final three minutes, both the boxers upped the ante but Cakiroglu became the dominant aggressor eventually.Despite this loss, it was a stupendous campaign for the 36-year-old Mary Kom and added to her long list of accomplishments. This bronze is her first world medal in the 51kg category.  Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.Later in the evening session, Manju Rani (48kg) will be up against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova in the quarterfinals. Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.  Last edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will face China’s Yang Liu, who took down top seed Chen Nien-Chin.Also Read | MC Mary Kom scales the summit, becomes No.1 in latest AIBA Boxing rankingsEntering into this edition, Mary Kom had six gold and a silver in her kitty. “It is difficult to say (what the result would be in the semifinals) but I think I have the capability to go the full distance and win a gold. Let’s see,” she said.  “The whole country is supporting me like always, I think that should also work for me. Why wouldn’t I win with that huge support?” she added. last_img read more

Staats says he’s eligible for spring season after sitting out fall due to academic ineligibility

first_img Published on January 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse attack Randy Staats will be eligible to play in the spring after losing his fall eligibility last semester, he said at SU’s media day on Monday.Staats was in full uniform Monday and said he was excited for the 2015 season, which starts on Feb. 7, while noting that his fall ineligibility was “unfortunate.” He said he was supposed to take a summer class that he didn’t end up taking, which forced him to miss the Orange’s fall season. He said, though, that he was still able to practice with the team.He said he was aware that he had to take the class and that he was signed up for it, but that he made the decision not to take the class regardless.“I was like, ‘Ehh,’” Staats said, “and it worked out to be all good anyway.”As a result he missed the alumni game scrimmage and scrimmages against Bellarmine and Binghamton as a result, but said his main focus is now playing in the spring, which he was able to do because he took more classes in the fall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe participated in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship over the summer and scored 13 goals and recorded eight assists for the Iroquois Nationals, which took home the bronze medal. But doing that and traveling made focusing on homework too difficult, he said.“The big picture is this year, and this season,” Staats said.Desko said Staats was able to get on the field so quickly last season because of how quickly he picked up on the offense despite starting practice with about a week and a half to go before the season started.He ended up second on the team in points (56), third in goals (33) and second in assists (23), despite playing in just 14 of 16 games with nine starts on the attack.Now, with nearly a full season under his belt and a fall semester of practice, he figures to play a prominent role in an attack that returns Staats, along with its two other offensive stars in Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue.“I think you can expect great things from him,” SU head coach John Desko said. “It’s great to have him back… He had a great fall and we’re excited to have him back out there.” Commentslast_img read more