Limerick students shortlisted in Doodle 4 Google

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick students shortlisted in Doodle 4 GoogleBy admin – February 18, 2013 665 Twitter Previous articleLIT students plan treats of All SortsNext articleWeekend Munster Rugby Fixtures admin Four Limerick students have been named as finalists in the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. They are now amongst 75 Irish students in with a chance of having their doodle displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for millions of people to see. Everyone in Limerick is now being urged to visit and vote for Jordan, Siobhan, Emma and Patrick.The following students are among 75 regional finalists in with a chance of winning the competition:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ·        Jordan Kelly (Group 2) from Colaiste Mhichil, Sexton Street·        Siobhan Danaher (Group 4) from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale·        Emma O’Connor (Group 4) from Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton·        Patrick Moynihan (Group 5) from St. Clement’s College, South Circular RoadThe 75 finalists were selected by a panel of judges, including rugby player Robert Kearney, Gary Granville, Professor of Education at the National College of Art and Design and Marianne Kelly, former Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.The finalists will now battle it out to top the public vote and to win the Doodle 4 Google title.Voting will close on the 4th of March. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the final where one of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.John Herlihy, Head of Google Ireland, said, “This year we had the most entries that we’ve ever had, over 2,500, so our judging panel had an extremely tough time selecting the 75 finalists. Every one of our entrants should be tremendously proud of their success. Now, it’s over to the public to select our five class group winners. So I urge everyone in Limerick to go online, check out the fantastic creativity of our finalists and to vote for their favourite.”The five class group winners and their teachers will receive a Chromebook each. The overall winner will have their doodle shown on the Google Ireland homepage for a full day in April 2013. The winner’s school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant from Google and for the first time the winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies.For more information and to vote for the winning doodles go to: Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Medway talks up quality offering

first_imgMedway Foods is pushing its quality credentials after its management buyout of three Canterbury Foods pastry and ingredients’ plants in January.Chief executive Paul Ains-worth said Canterbury, which went into administration in January, had a reputation as a cheap manufacturer but that this was not the case and Medway was proving that current product quality was even better. “People didn’t understand or had lost touch with the company, but we’re showing off some new savoury pastry ranges and have had a really positive reception.”He said it had not lost any of its wholesale or manufacturing customers since the sale and that it was constantly working to gain new business. However, despite its promise to keep all 200 staff employed, Ainsworth admitted that it had been forced to shed 15 jobs at its Whitstable plant due to cost pressures. “There has been a slowdown in the manufacturing sector and, if they’re not doing as much development, then we’re not supplying them with as much.”Following news of the proposed sale of some of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses he said: “If the right thing came along we’d look at it.” But he noted that, in this instance, the deal would probably be “too big”.Medway is expected to announce the results of a company review next month.last_img read more

Festival celebrates Chinese New Year and culture

first_imgOn Sunday, the College’s China Night celebrated the sights, sounds and senses of the Chinese New Year.College provost and senior vice president Patricia Fleming said the free event, hosted by the Chinese Cultural Club in O’Laughlin Auditorium, featured 15 acts open to the public. The club served Chinese cuisine in the dining hall after the performances.Alice Siqin Yang, advisor for the Chinese Cultural Club, said this year’s event featured folk dances, music using traditional Chinese instruments, songs, theater and games meant to incorporate the audience into the festivities.The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, began Jan. 31, Yang said. She said as a native Chinese person, it is one of the most important festivals she celebrates.“It is the time for family reunion, like Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States. People away from home would try their best to go home for the holiday and for reunion,” Yang said. “It is hard for most Chinese overseas to do that. It is nice that we can celebrate the festival here, together at Saint Mary’s.“It is like a family reunion for Chinese international students and many others.”Yang said the event was a cultural learning experience for Saint Mary’s students and the South Bend community.“China Night is a show that celebrates Chinese New Year and diversity on Saint Mary’s campus,” Yang said. “It offers a platform for international cultural exchange and an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and local community people to interact and learn more about Chinese language and culture.“It is very important for all of us to learn multiple languages and diverse cultures in today’s interdependent world.”First-year student Yaqi Song, co-president of the Chinese Cultural Club, said Saint Mary’s first hosted China Night in 1967 and again in 1969 in celebration of Chinese New Year. She said the festival has been rebooted since the creation of the Chinese Cultural Club in 2008.The club and its 20 registered members held a dumpling party on Chinese New Year’s Eve of 2013 and 2014, Song said. She said the club also has coordinated with the dining hall to serve a Chinese-themed dinner near the Chinese New Year.Song said she receives support from the Chinese Friendship Association at Notre Dame, Notre Dame students and Holy Cross students.“I’m honored to be one of the co-presidents of Chinese Cultural Club because I think Chinese culture is just like any other stunning culture in the rest of this world,” she said. “They are all so beautiful.Children and Saint Mary’s students who attended the event received red envelopes as a traditional Chinese New Year’s gift, Yang said. In China, celebration of the New Year often includes the use of firecrackers at midnight and the exchange of red envelopes with monetary gifts from relatives.“The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits,” Yang said.Yang has been the show’s advisor since 2008 and teaches Mandarin Chinese at the college. She also coordinates the Asian and African study-abroad programs, including the China Summer Program and the China Semester Program in Shanghai and Nanjing. Yang said she has taken Saint Mary’s students to China three times in the past few years.Yang encouraged students to study abroad in China during her presentation at China Night.“It is becoming more and more important to learn the Chinese language and culture in the interdependent global society that we live in today,” Yang said. “Saint Mary’s strives to bring together women of different nations, cultures and races so that students can have a richer educational experience.“As part of the Sophia Program, the College’s new general education program, Saint Mary’s encourages students to understand the aspects of culturally diverse environments in order to communicate more effectively across cultures.”Tags: Chinese New Yearlast_img read more

PRESS RELEASE: Media Accreditation for 2015 AFCON

first_imgThe Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) has announced that the media accreditation process for the final tournament of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015 has opened and will close on Sunday, 7 December 2014.The tournament will be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015 in Equatorial Guinea in four cities namely Bata, Malabo, Mongomo and Ebebiyin.Ghanaian Media interested in attending the Final Tournament can apply for accreditation through the CAF Media Channel via to access the CAF Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course.Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for securing their own visas. For complete competition details on the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015, please visit the CAF website read more