Five-college consortium announce gender and diversity programme on Transgender Day of…

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print TAGSGender Equality Enhancement Fund 2020Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostTDOVTransgender Day of Visibility center_img Email Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleMunster confirm signing of South African Jenkins and a host of new contractsNext article“There’s no second chances” – Irish Captain Ciara Griffin raring to go ahead of Six Nations opener Sarah Carr Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener A CONSORTIUM of five higher education institutions – Institute of Technology Carlow, Waterford Institute of Technology, Carlow College St Patrick’s Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College – has received funding from the HEA’s Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2020 to roll out a gender identity and diversity training programme for staff in each of its colleges. IT Carlow will take the lead on the project entitled ‘The development and implementation of a gender identity, expression and diversity training programme for staff in Irish HEIs’. The project was awarded €30,000 from the HEA fund that was established to advance gender equality initiatives in Irish higher education.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  The majority of the five partner institutions in the project are in the process of, or have already have developed, gender identity and expression policies and procedures.  The awarded programme is seen as contributing to ongoing progress in this area through dispelling gender stereotypes, enhancing and deepening awareness and capacity. The funding will be used to develop two distinct programmes: one for academic and professional management and support staff one for senior executive teams. Once piloted, the programme will be rolled out amongst the five partner institutions leading to the development and launch of a permanent resource that will be available for all staff. The programme will be delivered by ShoutOut, a charity that provides educational programmes in educational institutions in areas such as sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and intersex identity. The announcement today of the gender identity and diversity training programme coincides with Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), established to show support of trans identities and reject transphobia. Institute of Technology Carlow will mark its solidarity and support for the trans community today by raising the flag associated with this day at the Haughton Building and by supporting a social media campaign that rejects transphobia.Colette Lane, Director of EDI and People, Institute of Technology commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to develop and implement this training and very much appreciate the funding provided to enable us to achieve this”. LimerickNewsFive-college consortium announce gender and diversity programme on Transgender Day of VisibilityBy Sarah Carr – March 31, 2021 97 last_img read more

Williams advances to semis, will face No. 1 Henin

first_imgNEW YORK — So expressionless and serious-minded all night, Venus Williams waited to crack a smile until her victory was complete.That’s when Williams simply could not help but grin — as she walked to the net for a handshake, as she waved to the crowd, as she spoke about reaching her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2002.And, certainly, as she thought about getting a crack at the player who eliminated her sister.Way down Wednesday night, Williams turned her game on when she needed to and was stronger down the stretch, beating No. 3-seeded Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.Next up is a semifinal against No. 1 Justine Henin. Know this: Venus Williams watched Henin beat Serena Williams on Tuesday and wants to right the wrong.“I wasn’t happy with that result at all. I was sad that she lost. I didn’t like to see her so upset,” Venus said. “I definitely have to try to win for Williams.”The other semifinal has 2004 Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova against No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze in a matchup between Russians.Against Jankovic, the older Williams took a while to find the mark, falling behind by a set and a break. But by the end she was playing as well as she did en route to winning Wimbledon in July for her sixth Grand Slam title.Jankovic made four bad mistakes to allow Williams to take control in the decisive tiebreaker.“We had some long points, and I was the one making the errors. I maybe was a little bit excited,” Jankovic said. “I thought that it will go in, but it didn’t.”The 12th-seeded Williams ended it with a swinging forehand volley, an appropriate conclusion given that she made 55 trips to the net, winning 39 of those points. Jankovic was far less aggressive, pushing forward only six times.Williams dictated play in general, finishing with a whopping 60-17 edge in winners, and after the last one, her face muscles finally relaxed with joy.“I like to laugh after the match, especially if I won,” she said. “I try to stay focused, in the zone.”Speaking to the spectators afterward, Jankovic said: “First of all, I want to say, ‘Well done,’ to Venus. She deserved to win. She was better at the end.”That was quite a different take on things from a disappointed loser than Serena Williams offered after her straight-set setback against Henin, including a reference to the Belgian’s “lucky shots.”Now take that in, and consider Jankovic’s explanation for why she applauded a couple of Venus Williams’ top efforts and smiled in appreciation when she glanced at the speed readout and saw a 121 mph serve.“When she hits a great shot, why not? You can say, ‘Well done.’ Nothing wrong with that,” said Jankovic, who beat the older Williams at Wimbledon last year and at the French Open this year. “I cannot do anything when she hits an unbelievable serve. I cannot return it. So why not give her credit?”Jankovic enjoyed nearly every moment out there, smiling while waiting to receive serves and laughing even when she shanked a ball off her ankle or, later, when she slipped to the ground and did a full splits on a key third-set point.She broke in the very first game, capping it with a perfectly placed lob. That was the first of four lob winners that Jankovic curled like a rainbow over the 6-foot-1 Williams, including one so good it drew applause from the American’s mom.Jankovic broke again for a 4-1 edge by smacking a return winner off a 100 mph serve. Then, serving for the opening set at 5-4, Jankovic fell behind love-30 and easily could have folded, much as she did when she blew a huge lead against Henin in last year’s Open semifinals.But this time, she hung tough, taking four points in a row — including ending one 19-stroke exchange with a backhand winner — to grab the set. That drew loud chants of “Yell-eh-na!” from Serb supporters standing at the top of the upper deck.The second set started with more of the same. Williams hit two double-faults — she wound up with eight — and wildly missed a swinging volley to set up another break point. Jankovic converted it with — what else? — a lob, then held up a fist.And right there is where Williams flipped a switch, her game suddenly as bright as all of the flash bulbs popping around Arthur Ashe Stadium. She took seven of the next eight points, opening a six-game sweep through the end of the set.The third set featured some brilliant shotmaking by both women, exactly the sort of display tournament organizers envisioned when they moved this match off Tuesday’s schedule in hopes of adding some star power Wednesday.That sure worked, and the enthralled fans showed their appreciation with a standing ovation before the tiebreaker. They repeated the gesture when the match ended.“It went the distance,” Williams said. “It was awesome.”When they were done, it was time for the day’s most anticipated encounter: No. 1 Roger Federer against No. 5 Andy Roddick in a quarterfinal that was a rematch of last year’s final.In Wednesday’s earlier men’s quarterfinal, Nikolay Davydenko hardly appeared to be a man with a lot on his mind.He’s at the center of tennis’ betting probe, well aware that he’ll be sitting down with investigators in the coming weeks. He’s also on quite a run at the U.S. Open, well aware that he’ll be a big underdog against his next opponent.The No. 4-seeded Davydenko reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the second consecutive year by beating No. 10 Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, then again denied any involvement with gamblers and offered an explanation of what he thinks led to the red flags last month.“I don’t care what’s happening out there,” Davydenko said, referring to the investigation. “For me, it’s more important what I do right now here.”A British online gambling company voided all bets on Davydenko’s match against 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in Poland in early August, after $7 million was wagered — 10 times the usual amount. Most of the money backed Arguello, even after Davydenko won the first set; the match went to a third set, and Davydenko quit with a foot injury.His theory: Someone had inside information that he’d been hurting, and thought, “Sell all your houses and everything, you know, to win some money.”The Russian said his manager and the ATP are working to schedule a meeting with investigators.Davydenko might be able to set that aside for the moment, but he won’t be able to get around this: He never has won a match against either possible semifinal foe, going 0-9 against Federer, 0-4 against Roddick.— Associated Press writers Howard Fendrich contributed to this report from Atlanta.last_img read more