#BREAKING River searches to resume for man in his 30s

first_imgLinkedin Print Email WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SEARCHES are to resume for a male who was seen entering the water at the River Shannon during the early hours of this Monday morning.The alarm was raised shortly after 01:45 when Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a report of a male in his early 30’s seen entering the water at Thomond Bridge.Theee units of the service attended the scene.Within 4 minutes of receiving the call, The Fire Service launched their Rescue Boat – “FireSwift” with 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicans on board.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue members were also on scene to carry out searches.An extensive search was launched involving all responders including Fire Service SRT ground crews, Gardai, Paramedics and Coast Guard including the Shannon based R115 Helicopter and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue which lasted over two hours, however the person was not located.Searches will recommence this Monday morning. Advertisement NewsBreaking news#BREAKING River searches to resume for man in his 30sBy Staff Reporter – January 25, 2016 632 Previous articleChallenging times for international class Limerick Jazz SocNext articleGAA – CLUB Limerick Draw 2016 is up and running Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 12/31

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls BasketballNon-RegionFILLMORE, Utah-Eliza Swallow and Paige Cummings netted 17 points apiece and the Millard Eagles stymied Milford 55-50 Thursday in non-region girls basketball action. Kinley Spaulding’s 17 points led the Tigers in the loss. December 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/31 Tags: Roundup Brad Jameslast_img

Pandemic no match for Indonesia’s door-to-door teachers

first_img“No one’s forcing me to do this — it’s something inside telling me to do it,” the 57-year-old told AFP.”I feel a bit guilty about breaking [orders] to hold online classes, but the reality is that it isn’t easy here.”The only solution is to be close to students with door-to-door teaching,” he added.Suroto is one of a small number of teachers taking on dangerous terrain, bad weather and the chance of contracting the novel coronavirus, to reach home-bound students across the world’s fourth-most populous nation, home to a quarter of billion people. Topics : Nearly 70 million children and young people have been affected by school shutdowns which started in mid-March.While the pandemic has sparked a boom in online learning, especially in wealthy nations, about one-third of Indonesia’s nearly 270 million people don’t have access to the Internet or even, in some cases, electricity. Call to teachAs Indonesian authorities consider reopening schools, critics warn it is too early as the nation’s virus curve has yet to flatten.Officially, the country has more than 35,000 cases of COVID-19 and 2,000 deaths. But with one of the world’s lowest testing rates, Indonesia’s real toll is widely believed to be much higher.And the country’s pediatric association has warned that malnutrition and mosquito-borne dengue fever may be putting children at a greater risk of dying from the respiratory illness. Nearly 18 percent of Indonesian children under five years old suffer from nutritional deficiencies, while kids aged five to 14 make up nearly 42 percent of dengue fever patients, according to health ministry data. The risk was highlighted in April when an 11-year-old girl with dengue fever, which itself can be fatal, died after contracting COVID-19. Health authorities said the pre-existing illness could have exacerbated the effect of the virus on her weakened immune system.Still, getting back to school can’t come fast enough for some students.”I’m bored at home. I miss the school and all my friends and teachers,” said Gratia Ratna Febriani, a pupil in Kenalan village.That feeling struck a chord with junior high school teacher Yunedi Sepdiana Sine who says she will keep answering the call to visit some 50 children a week.”Students really miss their teachers so I feel needed,” she said.”And that’s what makes me content.” ‘Can’t help them’ Meanwhile, many rural parents struggle to fill the gap as they juggle often low-paid jobs and child care.”I can only remind [the kids] to study because I can’t help them like a teacher can,” said Orlin Giri, a mother from East Nusa Tenggara, one of Indonesia’s poorest regions.”And we don’t have enough money for an Internet plan,” she added.That is a common story nationwide, said Fina, a teacher on Borneo island.”Many parents only graduated from elementary school or junior high school — or they didn’t even go to school,” she said.”Just being able to send their children to school is an extraordinary achievement.”Fina, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, opted not to visit students as she has a baby and lives in an area with a high infection rate.”But this pandemic has taught us that, while technology is good and very helpful, it so far cannot replace the presence of teachers,” she said. ‘Feet on the street’Suroto and other Indonesian teachers say they wear face masks, but the threats of becoming sick or infecting students are ever-present.Avan Fathurrahman, an elementary school instructor on East Java’s Madura island, visits up to 11 students a day, an experience he wrote about in now-viral Facebook posts.He admits to being scared of getting ill.”But my fears were overcome by the call to teach,” Fathurrahman said.”I would not be comfortable staying at home knowing that my students couldn’t study properly.”Aside from government calls for online learning, educational programs are being aired on a state-owned TV channel.Education minister Nadiem Makarim — a co-founder of local ride-hailing app GoJek — has acknowledged the challenges in remote learning, however, and even expressed shock at how many rural Indonesians lacked Internet service.”We have to rely on the feet on the street — the actual teachers that mobilize themselves to teach door to door,” he said last month.The pandemic has underscored huge challenges in updating creaky infrastructure across the nearly 5,000 kilometer Southeast Asian archipelago — a key priority for president Joko Widodo.”Infrastructure-wise, Indonesia is not fully ready for online learning,” said Christina Kristiyani, an education expert at Sanata Dharma University. “Even if it was possible to do real-time video conferencing, it costs too much in rural areas,” she added. Teacher Henrikus Suroto vowed his students wouldn’t be cheated out of their education when the global pandemic forced schools to be closed in Indonesia’s remote Kenalan village.So he braves windy mountain roads and sheer cliff drops to visit the poor farming community in Central Java, where online classes are out of the question due to a lack of Internet service — a luxury few parents could afford anyway.Not only is Suroto risking death or serious illness from COVID-19, he is violating government orders not to hold in-person classes to prevent the spread of the disease.last_img read more

Frank Q. Hyde

first_imgFrank Q. Hyde, 94 of Milan passed away Thursday December 28, 2017 at Ripley Crossing at Milan.  Frank was born August 9, 1923 in Gary, Indiana the son of Frank Tolvin and Aletha Anna (Quinn) Hyde.  He was married to Esther (Schwandt) Hyde who preceded him in death.   He was a member of the Osgood Baptist Church. He worked for John Hancock Insurance and later retired as the Manager of the Indianapolis office of Auto Owners Insurance Co.  He had served his country by being in the Merchant Marines during WWII.Frank is survived by son Jeffrey G. (Karen A.)  Hyde of  Milan, grandchildren Heather Block, April McLaughlin, Jonathan and Joseph Hyde, and 6 great grandchildren.Graveside services will be held at Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles.  Memorials may be given to the donors choice through the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, 47031 Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Pac-12 close to deciding on division configurations

first_imgThe Pac-10 Conference is reportedly nearing a decision on how to divide the conference into two six-team divisions next year, when Colorado and Utah will join the conference to create the Pac-12.Conference athletic directors discussed possible configurations during a meeting in San Francisco last week, and Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said he hopes to have a final decision made by Oct. 21, when the league’s presidents and chancellors will meet.Under the current scheduling format in both basketball and football, the teams play each other in a round-robin format. Each football team plays the other once, and each basketball team plays other teams twice — once away and once at home.The issue is that Pac-10 football currently has no conference championship game. This will most likely change with the addition of Colorado and Utah, as the 12 teams will be split into two divisions, with the winner of each meeting in a conference championship game.The question that remains is how it should be done.One option is the so-called “zipper” format, in which each geographic rivalry would be split into separate divisions ­— USC split from UCLA, Stanford from Cal, Arizona from Arizona St. and so on. However, each team would still play a nine-game schedule, which would include two or three conference games out of their division — one against its rival.Another solution is a North-South split, in which the Pacific Northwest schools would create one division and the Southern California and Arizona schools the other.The issue is whether to put the Northern California schools or the conference newcomers in the South. If Stanford and Cal were put with the Southern schools, it would isolate the Northern Division from recruiting-rich California. However, if the Bay Area schools are placed in the north, they would lose their annual rivalry games with USC and UCLA, and therefore the media revenue and exposure gained from playing in the Los Angeles market.Either way, the winner of each division would face each other in a conference championship game, presumably at a neutral site, although Scott did say that the conference is exploring having the school with a better record or standing host the championship.However, should USC lose its appeal to the NCAA regarding its program sanctions, it would not be able to participate in the championship game until 2012.In basketball, the conference wants to keep its 18-game conference set-up. In order to do this, teams will play their geographic rivals along with six other teams in a home-and-home format, meaning one game would be played at each school. They would then play one game against the other four conference teams; two at home and two on the road. That would ensure that all conference teams play each other at least once during the season, but not all in a home-and-home set-up.The conference tournament in basketball would invite all 12 teams and remain at the Staples Center until 2012.The conference currently has a television contract with Fox Sports Net, but will most likely open up television negotiations next year.last_img read more