Mary Immaculate College, LimerickPicture: Liam Burke/Press 22MARY Immaculate College this week celebrated the 21st anniversary of its ever-popular Liberal Arts degree programme.The course is Limerick’s oldest Liberal Arts programme and has launched the careers of a number of familiar faces such as RTÉ’s Daithí O’Sé, Morning Ireland reporter, Petula Martyn and Limerick Arts Officer, Sheila Deegan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ms Deegan, who enrolled on the first ever year of the programme said: “I loved every minute of my time as a student on the BA programme in MIC and since I completed the programme both my sister-in-law and my brother have completed the BA as mature students and currently my niece is in fourth year in the BA programme.“The importance of this course being available in Limerick is obvious by the Deegan contingent alone. I hope it is around for another 21 years.”Ms Martyn said the Liberal Arts course was “a natural fit” for her.“My goal was to work in broadcast journalism but I chose not to study for that profession straight after the Leaving Cert. I knew I needed a broader education and MIC offered me that and more.“I studied Media, English, French and Philosophy for the first two years, and chose Media and English as my final degree subjects. In each of these subjects we were encouraged to think critically – to analyse the subject matter, to ask questions, to look at it from different angles. These are skills that I use every day as a reporter with Morning Ireland.”The BA in Liberal Arts was first introduced to Mary Immaculate College in 1992 following the establishment of a link with UL and it has been running successfully ever since.The programme is now a four-year degree accredited by UL.The subjects available vary from languages to widely available subjects such as History, Mathematics and Computer Studies.There are also subjects not normally taught in Arts programmes in Ireland, namely Theology and Religious Studies, Media and Communication Studies and Psychology. Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Previous articleAladdin is king at UCH’s 2013/4 pantomimeNext articleSenior football Championship preview John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Print TAGSLiberal ArtsMary Immaculate CollegeMusic Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste News21 years of liberal arts at Mary IBy John Keogh – September 5, 2013 877 Email
Cohutta 100Ducktown, Tenn., April 26Begin at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Tennessee and head south for 100 miles through some of the most beautifully remote fire roads and singletrack in the Southeast. From Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest through the Cohutta Wilderness in Georgia and back, the course has a 40/60 ratio of singletrack to gravel roads, making it a great race for skilled riders just beginning to race 100-milers. trailheadoutdoors.orgThe Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike EpicState College, Penn., May 25-31How would you like to take off life for a week and go mountain biking in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania? Sound too good to be true? If you’re prepared to take on the country’s longest mountain bike stage race, then this dream can be a reality. Every year, hundreds of cyclists gather to take on the trails for a good cause. The event serves as the annual fundraiser for the non-profit The Outdoor Experience Organization, a program whose goal is to better serve and improve upon the trails in Pennsylvania. tsepic.comIron Mountain 100KDamascus, Va., June 29An up-and-coming race that is sure to gain attention for its difficulty is this 54-miler, based out of Trail Town, U.S.A. The Iron Mountain Trail is known for its big drops and long smooth sections. Pair that up with some Forest Service road connectors to climb and technical track that’s rooty, rocky, and steep, and that about sums up the race. With only 8,500 feet of elevation change, this race is often mistaken as “easier” than some of the other big events, but give it a try and let that very first climb make the decision for you. mtntouring.comOff-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (ORAMM)Old Fort, N.C., July 20At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina stands as the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. This 63-mile off-road route will literally feel like an assault on the mountain, climbing 11,000 feet and weaving in and out of North Carolina’s Forest Service roads and singletrack. Try to beat the 4:33-hour time record for the ORAMM, set in 2012 by pro rider Jeremiah Bishop. blueridgeadventures.net/orammThe Wilderness 101Coburn, Penn., July 26Often cited as the original East Coast epic, this dirty century (+1) has it all: 10,000 feet of elevation gain, jagged rocks and roots clogging the harrowing descents, cold creek crossings, windy singletrack, and loose gravel fire roads. Yet this adventurous undertaking attracts cyclists from every walk of life, whether it’s the weekend warrior with the goal of simply finishing or the road century rider looking for a different challenge. Before and after the race, the laid back camp scene is always bustling with mingling racers who enjoy the opportunity to meet new people, eat, drink, and be merry. mtntouring.comBringing the HeatFormer Trek/Volkswagen pro-rider Sue Haywood knows the Shenandoah Mountain 100 like the back of her hand. One of a number of top cyclists who reside in Harrisonburg, Va., Haywood typically joins the mountain biking community every year in Stokesville for the SM100.“It’s on the bucket list of cool experiences for any avid cyclist or fitness junkie,” Haywood says, making reference not just to the race itself but the atmosphere in general. “If we could capture all the watts and energy flowing at the race we could easily power the town of Stokesville!”Although Haywood has stood atop the podium at the SM100 a number of times and even set a course record in 2007, placing not just first in the women’s division but 8th overall, she still remembers how difficult her first SM100 experience was.“I had never done that kind of distance on a mountain bike,” Haywood says. “Spending almost 11 hours on the bike, climbing big mountains and not really knowing how to fuel and hydrate made it epic.”Haywood pushed on and finished, inspired by her fellow riders and the race volunteers’ supportive attitudes. Although Haywood has raced around the world, she says there is a certain vibe about the SM100 that, combined with the challenge of the course, keeps her coming back for more.“Right after it’s done, I say never again and then I realize that riding my bike all day with other like-minded people is exactly what I want to do,” she says. “Good fitness is essential for this race, but honestly training to be tough mentally is more important.”Haywood’s other favorite regional races include Revenge of the Rattlesnake in Davis, W.Va., and the Massanutten HooHa in Keezletown, Va.Best of the RestSnake Creek Gap Time TrialsDalton, Ga., Feb. 1, March 1 • snake.nwgasorba.orgDragon’s TaleNew Castle, Va., April 6 • mtntouring.comBig Frog 65Ocoee Whitewater Center, Tenn., April 26 • trailheadoutdoors.orgBlankets Creek Cross Country RaceCanton, Ga., May 10 • mountaingoatadventures.comKarl’s Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike RaceMarion, Va., May 17 • active.comPisgah 111KBrevard, N.C., May • pisgahprouctions.comBump N’ GrindOak Mountain State Park, Ala., May 31–June 1 • bumpngrindrace.comMassanutten Hoo-HaMassanutten Resort, Va., June 7–8 • massresort.comGran Fondo Alleghany HighlandsCovington, Va., July 12 • sport-vista.comSix Hour Race to SunsetCanton, Ga., August 9 • mountaingoatadventures.comShenandoah Mountain 100Stokesville, Va., August 31 • mtntouring.comChomolungma ChallengeSnowshoe Mountain, W.Va., August • snowshoemtn.com/bikeFontana Dam JamFontana Dam, N.C., August • goneriding.comPisgah Stage RaceBrevard, N.C., September • blueridgeadventures.net_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsports
See also: The miner, aged 29, became ill on Jul 4, was hospitalized 3 days later, and died Jul 14, the WHO said. He had cared for a 21-year-old coworker who had fallen ill with similar symptoms on Jun 27 and was hospitalized but later recovered. Nov 10, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Angola declares worst Marburg outbreak over” There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Marburg, a viral hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola fever. Besides fever and weakness, early symptoms include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, severe chest pain, sore throat, and cough, according to the WHO. The incubation period is 3 to 9 days. Contact with bodily fluids of infected people is the main risk factor for infection. The WHO said there is no indication of a need for restrictions on travel to or trade with Uganda. Aug 3 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_03/en/index.html Aug 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) A Ugandan miner who died in mid-July had Marburg hemorrhagic fever, and another worker at the same mine has a suspected case, the World Health Organization announced today. The last major reported Marburg outbreak occurred in Angola from October 2004 to July 2005 and involved 252 cases, of which 227 were fatal. It is listed as the largest outbreak on record. The Ugandan Ministry of Health has sent rapid response teams to the mine area to investigate, with support from the WHO and other organizations, the WHO reported. From interviews with mine authorities, health officials have identified one more suspected Marburg case, plus two people who had a similar illness in mid-June but recovered, the WHO said. The mine is in western Uganda. All the miners under investigation for the disease had been at the mine continuously for 8 months, according to the WHO. No cases have been reported in healthcare workers. The disease was first seen in 1967 in German and Yugoslavian laboratory workers who had been exposed to green monkeys imported from Uganda. However, researchers have not been able to identify the virus’s primary animal reservoir between the rare outbreaks. WHO fact sheet on Marburg hemorrhagic feverhttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/marburg/factsheet/en/index.html The deceased man’s case was confirmed by laboratory tests at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jul 30, the WHO reported.
… says President’s comments as “irresponsible”The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) forthrightly condemns a statement made by President David Granger in which he noted that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, should not be blamed for last Sunday’s fire that completely destroyed the Georgetown Prison and a conflagration at the same penitentiary in March 3, 2016.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe President’s comments were part of an interview he gave to the State newspaper and published on Friday.In a strongly worded statement, the PPP reminded that 17 prisoners were killed during the 2016 fire and a prison officer lost his life following last Sunday’s uprising, while some of his colleagues were injured. That incident also resulted in a number of inmates escaping and who, at this point in time, remain on the run.The Party in a statement on Friday evening said these horrific incidents occurred under the President’s stewardship, with the latest precipitating the failure to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry which was established to probe the 2016 incident, among other things.According to the PPP, it is against this background that it finds the President’s comments as “irresponsible” and one which lacks any notion of sensitivity to the unspeakable fear that has gripped the country.The PPP said it is not oblivious of “Government’s obsession to shirk from its responsibility.”Additionally the Opposition lashed out, pointing that the excuse of a lack of funds for important national endeavours, including prison reform, is most “laughable when billions were, and are being spent on non-priority areas including, Jubilee Park.”Large-scale manhuntOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said the PPP/Civic would encourage the law enforcement agencies to engage in a “large-scale manhunt” for the eight prisoners who escaped from the penitentiary during the fiery unrest.The former President said his party would give its continued support to the Joint Services, unlike what had obtained when the present ruling Administration had served in the Opposition during the 2002 escape of five prisoners from the Georgetown Prison – which led to the creation of violent gangs and serious crime for many years.Jagdeo also reiterated that the PPP/C would continue to fully support the security forces as they move to restore law and order in the country.Saying the issue should be treated with more seriousness, Jagdeo referred to statements made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who claimed that because the Government has had to pump sums of money into the sugar industry, it had to defer implementing various capital projects intended to tighten security at all prisons, as were recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which stemmed from the previous incident.“Ramjattan has to take responsibility for what’s going on. He has to take responsibility just like in the past, when they used to call on PPP/C Ministers – when there was a problem in the sector – to resign. Well, I’ve seen lots of public calls for Ramjattan to resign. Maybe he should consider it, or Granger (President) should consider firing him at this point in time,” he added.Jagdeo said unlike his party, which while in Government was accused of lacking security experience, the now coalition Government is “overladen with national security experience,” given the number of former Army officials who serve in senior capacities in Government; but they have failed to respond effectively to the crisis; and days later, they are still struggling to get things in order.The Opposition Leader expressed hope that there will be an emergency session of the National Assembly to have a full debate on the situation, so as to ensure continued public safety.