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Posts Tagged ‘ UCC ’

Basketball : Irish Premier League Select Squad Announced

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The 12 players that will represent the Men’s Irish Premier League in Birmingham, England on January 12th have been announced.  Head Coach Mark Keenan revealed the squad yesterday in the Irish Daily Star following trials that have taken place over the past few weeks. Mark Keenan is set to be assisted by Jerome Westbrooks and Mike Hickey from Killester and UL Eagles respectively.

The twelve players listed below are set to take on the best in British Basketball in just over a weeks time. Coach Keenan has selected just four members of the squad that beat the English last year when they also played before the British Cup final, a result which was a major upset. Continue reading

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A Year in Brief: Part One

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What a year it’s been; Hitler birthday cakes, mutant rats, and Bob Geldof off to space! To celebrate the end of another 365 days here are some of NIB’s favourite stories of the year.

Kicking off the year in festive spirit a man in Derry was fined after stealing a CCTV camera which “became his friend”. Police found Peter Morrison, 24, drunk and “petting” the camera as they arrived to arrest him. CCTV pets are for life not just for Christmas. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history. Continue reading

News in Brief – Shocking Pictures Emerge As Lovely Cows Competition Takes Centre Stage

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We’ve all seen the shocking pictures posted online in the last week, of Simon Cowell with his shirt undone. At the London premiere of the new blockbuster, One Direction’s film – in which they learn the hand L trick to tell left and right – Simon certainly showed us more than we needed to see, much like the now eponymous “Slane pics”.

In fact, unbeknownst to the popular press, all eyes were on the Lovely Cows this week, no that’s not a typo. The Lovely Cows competition in Cavan is by far superior to The Rose of Tralee, judging, as it does, the loveliest of cows. How do you judge a lovely cow? NIB hears you ask, on “dairyness” and “femininity”. And there’s you thinking it was just about their pretty faces. Oh no. They’re talented bovines, reciting Irish poems and performing traditional dance, it’s a wonder it isn’t televised. Continue reading

News in Brief-Ireland Set For Scum Town As Quinn’s Daughter Loses Her Memory

Aoife-QuinnCounty Clare may soon boast the first Irish “scum town” following the introduction of similar in Amsterdam. The idea was mooted by Fine Gael Councilor Joe Arkins at a council meeting on Monday. “It sounds drastic but we are at a stage where something drastic must be done” Arkins said. These villages of the damned would house anti-social neighbours together until eventually they unite, rise up and kill us all. Continue reading

Gender Inequality Remains In The Workplace

Half a century of ‘Women’s liberation’, but here in Ireland men still bring home the bacon. Latest CSO figures show women have higher rates of education, but are earning less- if anything at all. The number of women signing on has risen, while the number of men on the live register is seen to be decreasing. Is gender inequality an issue in Ireland, or is there more to it than the statistics?

As part of a radio show, I asked a range of students on UCC campus what they thought; most felt males dominated their workplaces. An older man commented on the male to female ratio in the Dàil, and that we have yet to have a female Taoiseach.

The issue with gender in the workplace is coming from a time when women are trying to shake themselves from traditional roles, however, it seems to work both ways. Long gone are days when women simply married, and raised families. It would be unfair to say that women want it all, as some opt only for a career while others focus on home life. Speaking from experience, working hard and raising children is demanding, and you do feel like you miss out at times. While staying home to look after the children need not be exclusively a female role- it certainly is an instinct not to be sniffed at. How many women are comfortable with men staying home to look after the young, and cooking the meals? Deep down there is a questioning of ability, on both sides.

Men can be just as over-looked as women at times. In Ireland, Marital stresses are high as the job crisis continues. It may just be that the pressure has fallen on the man to provide; this is no easy task. Courts in Ireland have only begun to stop ruling in favour of the mother, where a father is able to provide a stable home. The role of nursing is still very much a female dominated field, and must pose problems for male students starting out. Furthermore, some women dress their men in salmon shirts and skin-tight jeans, and then complain to their partners that they are repressed when they wear six-inch heels and boob tubes. Is it not fair to say that women have begun to retaliate in kind? While I don’t advocate it, it does seem to be happening more and more.

It is a shame for a person of any gender to be undervalued, and unrecognized for good work. If we wish to advance, we need to shake away the tags and sexism of the past. But, it begs no harm to remember that sometimes women and men can bear different strengths. As a mother, I enjoy what I do- but my children will always be first- I don’t see this as an inequality, but rather a badge of honour. I would gladly take to the home if my children needed me, I’m committed to what’s important. Do employers consider this as a risk factor when hiring women? If so, let me add that I can work well under pressure and serious sleep deprivation.

So the figures do show a weighting, that favours men in the workplace- but it may be just a response to crisis to assume the positions we know that work best. Women are just as bright and capable, but lets not hammer down to hard on the males either. If you find inequality, then fight it; lets not be hypocritical either- let all the women treat their men this valentines instead of waiting for flowers.

The Necessity for Universal Freedom of Speech

“Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker,” argued Anna Quindlen. “That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed.”

The issue of free speech has been rearing its controversial head in recent weeks and months, particularly in relation to college societies and their invitations to some rather dubious figures. Trinity College, for example, invited British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, to speak at a debate before Christmas. Rather unsurprisingly, the invitation was withdrawn soon after, on the basis of student safety and security. Not long after, Griffin was again invited to speak at an Irish university, this time at University College Cork. And, several days ago, the invitation was once again withdrawn, for the same reasons given as before.

There are two main sides to the arguments these events have spawned. The first deals, unsurprisingly, with free speech, arguing that preventing Griffin from taking the opportunity to voice his opinions to the masses goes against everything the liberal college of UCC believes in, and that they are merely hiding behind other excuses. Many who would put forward this argument believe that free speech is universal. To paraphrase Kevin Myer’s writing in the Irish Independent, free speech does not have limits, it tolerates ideas that are both intellectual and inane, agreeable and offensive. The other would set limits on the freedom of speech and deny controversial topics a public platform, deeming Griffin’s policies and ideals to be too offensive for public consumption. Should Griffin be allowed to hold forth in front of the Irish people, the message of the BNP would be spread around the country, and we would all surely become fascists, to take the more extreme of these arguments. Such people would argue that to withdraw an invitation to speak does not constitute prevention to speak freely, rather, merely withdrawing a platform from which to speak.

And clearly, both of these arguments have their merits. If one does believe in the concept of free speech then one must believe in free speech without limitations. If constraints are placed upon the concept, disallowing certain topics from being discussed outside of closed doors, or, indeed, ever, then it isn’t really free speech at all. Then again, no one is preventing Griffin from talking, merely on a large platform. There is a difference between a privilege and a right, and speaking from a podium does not fall into the latter category. That prevention, however, is in the end, a bad idea.

Hiding such people away from us is pointless. Are the people of Ireland really such morons that, if we hear a differing opinion to the one we already hold, we will immediately turn to the new idea, substituting it for our own? Or have we some measure of intelligence, that we can hear preposterous and thinly veiled racist arguments and recognise them for what they are? In 2008, noted and perhaps infamous historian, David Irving, appeared on the Late Late Show, to discuss his life and ideas. Irving specialises in military and political history during World War II, the Third Reich in particular. He is best known for his fascist beliefs, and, more so, his denial of the Holocaust and his sympathy towards Hitler’s role in the process. Irving’s appearance and views were broadcast to millions across the country. Was there a sudden outpouring of sympathy and understanding for the man? Or did we, as intelligent people, examine his argument, compare it with the facts, and duly note its ignorance? Interestingly, as Irving revealed at the beginning of the interview, he regarded the removal of his invitation to speak at a debate on free speech in UCC, due to take place shortly after the interview, as a victory for himself and his ideals, showing him that there was nobody capable of successfully debating against his position. One can imagine Nick Griffin also taking heart from Trinity and UCC’s rejections.

In preventing Griffin from speaking, in both Trinity and Cork, there is only one clear winner; Nick Griffin. Instead of presenting the Irish public with a chance to see his ideas systematically debunked, he can instead gain a degree more of credibility, especially amongst his own supporters and those who might be inclined to support him; to them now he is once again a victim of the ‘left’ who seek to shut him up. If the public do not get a chance to hear the ignorance, how can we be expected to understand it is ignorant?

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