UL urged to take the lead in agricultural education

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture; Gearóid Mooney, head of Research and Innovation, EI and Professor Mary Shire, vice president research, UL. Pic: Sean Curtin Photo.Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture; Gearóid Mooney, head of Research and Innovation, EI and Professor Mary Shire, vice president research, UL. Pic: Sean Curtin Photo.WITH a new €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) about to be established at UL, the university has been challenged to take the next step and introduce graduate courses in agri-related disciplines.The DPTC is a collaboration of eight companies, including Arrabawn Co-op, Dairygold and Glanbia, and ten research performing organisations (RPOs), creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the five-year term of the centre.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is hoped that the €25 million investment will position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise long-term growth opportunities created by the anticipated increase of 50 per cent in the Irish milk pool by 2020 due to the abolition of milk quotas.Farmer and Limerick city and county councillor for Adare Rathkeale Emmett O’Brien said the announcement was “a step in the right direction”, but warned that this “can only be the beginning of a long-term investment into third level agricultural education in Limerick”.“Agriculture technology businesses play an increasing role in farming in Ireland, and if Irish farmers are to continue to compete on a world stage, then we must continue to invest in this technology and agri-economics,” continued Cllr O’Brien.The Independent councillor said he agreed with suggestions made by the ICMSA that UL should expand its agri-economics and agri-technology programmes, and that he believes Limerick City and County Council would support the college in this area.Cllr O’Brien concluded: “My only hope now is that the university continues to increase its agricultural courses and maybe someday soon boast a leading agricultural school within its campus.“This most recent investment should position Ireland among the world leaders in dairy innovation and prepare the dairy sector for the end of the milk quotas. It should also highlight to the University of Limerick, its capabilities in becoming a front runner in agri-education in Ireland.”Chairperson of Limerick ICMSA Thomas Blackburn welcomed the announcement, but also urged UL to ”go further and introduce specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses in agri-economics and other agri-related disciplines so that Limerick can position itself as a food hub and centre of excellence”.The farmer from Effin added: “UCC and CIT have really taken this onto the next level, and it’s a pity that our local third levels were so slow to see the massive pay-off that developing an expertise in this huge area of economic activity could  bring. ICMSA has the policies, expertise and commitment, we just need our universities and policy makers to work with us and move it forward.” Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleRussell calls for fans patience ahead of new seasonNext articleSetting up a Christmas surprise for boy racers in County Limerick John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSagricultureCllr Emmett O’BrienDairy Processing Technology CentreICMSAlimerickThe University of Limerick Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsUL urged to take the lead in agricultural educationBy John Keogh – February 12, 2015 918 Printlast_img read more

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first_img Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s lettersHSE’s stress guides inherently flawedRecent legal judgments, reported in Personnel Today, have established thatemployers will have discharged their duty of care relating to stress by takingreasonable steps to protect employees from its impact. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines imply that reducing workdemands to alleviate stress will suffice. This is almost certainly based on theincorrect assumption that stress emerges from failure to cope with demandingevents or situations. The true facts are stress is up to 10 times greater in traditionally lessdemanding roles. A much more meaningful measure is job satisfaction and reward,which reflects the nature of stress and related illness across differentoccupations. Decades of research support satisfaction as a better predictor ofproductivity, absenteeism and long-term health, yet it is conspicuously absentin the HSE guidelines. The guidelines simply demonstrate that a problem exists. Once again, ablueprint for the enlightened workplace is omitted – and more importantly, howto build it. This shortcoming is almost certainly the consequence of the guidelines beingdeveloped from a series of empirical observations that have not been unified bya common explanatory framework. Plainly, the present understanding of stress isflawed, and people are unsure how to fix it. These facts are not unknown to the Government. More than a decade ago, andmany times since, the HSE, Department for Work and Pensions, and Department ofHealth have been presented with explanations for the underlying trends instress and how to deal with it. Your magazine has covered the issue. Aconsensus view from a consortium including insurers, corporations, investorsand scientists has been largely ignored. Two principle questions arise from the recent HSE announcement. In a worldof accelerating pace and scale, with its attendant pressure and ambiguity forbusiness, will reasonable employers worry if the HSE guidelines establish whatappropriate steps really are? And, considering the strong relationship between satisfaction, illness andperformance, are we legislating against unhappy and underperforming companies? Dr Matthew Mills Head of performance research, Performance First Traumatic training is just brainwashingWhether bungee jumping is effective in training VW apprentices or not (News,27 May), rather depends on how the rest of their course is structured. Butunless delegates are from the Armed Forces, or other professions requiringregular disaster-response modes, leadership programmes based on a hecticconveyor belt of heavily physical projects and debriefing sessions are out-of-datein the 21st century. Attendance figures on such courses are starting to decline. This is not hardto understand. Many of today’s senior managers are already exhausted when theycheck in. They commute long distances and have an emotionally stressful homelife. Putting these people through a lengthy programme of 18-hour days, with theidea of wiping them out physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituallyamounts to the same kind of brainwashing tactics employed on new recruits toreligious cults. In financial and HR terms, it can be almost as expensive. Less disciplined in background, more confident and eloquent than theirpredecessors, I predict the next generation of thoroughbred executives willstampede away from this style of experiential training. I am unable to lend mysupport in promoting these packages, when there are less traumatic and morebeneficial, holistic ways to learn on offer. Shirley Collins Former marketing executive, The Leadership Trust Real danger lies in uniform reportingThe DTI’s taskforce needs to be very clear-headed about what human capitalreporting can deliver (News, 20 May). While there are benefits in gettingorganisations to report on how they manage people and think through the peoplecontribution more fully, there are real dangers the information may confusemore than it enlightens. We may simply see reporting only out of compliance or the production ofmeaningless statistics. More worryingly, false benchmarks may be created,leading commentators, governments or investors to make inappropriatecomparisons. Organisations should develop measures that monitor the right sort of humancapital elements to fit their size, sector, stage of development,organisational structure and business strategy. This suggests there should be a light touch in mandatory reportingrequirements. Organisations need to make their own decisions about the mostappropriate metrics, encouraging them to think about productive engagement inthe workforce, unique skills, and people-based factors leading to superiorperformance. Human capital may turn out to be a useful link in the chain between employeeand business performance, and may be how HR gets heard in the boardroom. But itneeds more rigorous definition and application in specific organisationalcontexts. Peter Reilly Director, HR research & consultancy, Institute for Employment Studies last_img read more

BST CAT Tour, El Paso County Raceway championship night is Sept. 23

first_imgBy Suzan McCoyCALHAN, Colo. – Moving forward and not letting the rain get in the way, the BST CAT Tour and El Paso County Raceway have announced their championship race night for Saturday, Sept. 23.CAT features five sanctioned divisions, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The tour travels to four different dirt tracks in Colorado, Phillips County Raceway at Holyoke, I-76 Speedway at Fort Morgan, El Paso County Raceway at Calhan and Lamar Speedway.The CAT leader for Modifieds is John Burrow Jr. with 247 points but Greg Sharpe is right behind Burrow with 243 points. A.J. Valim was leading by 10 points over Burrow and Sharpe before the July 3 race at I-76 Speedway where he wrecked in the heat race and started in the “B” main; however, Valim continues to lead at El Paso County.Joe Bellm returned to racing this year and became the CAT Stock Car and Allstar Performance State point leader with John Luck trailing in CAT by only one point. Phil Reid is the point leader at El Paso County and is only two points behind Bellm for the state championship.Northern SportMod CAT and state point leader Ryan Moser has a 29 point lead in CAT over Danny Concelman. Moser is third in points at El Paso County behind Kelly Yutterman and Brian Lessig.CAT Hobby Stock point leader Shad Cooper blew his engine at Phillips County Raceway on Aug. 4 which could open the door for Max Quint. Kolby Stegman had a two-point lead over Jacob Cox at El Paso.Leading in the CAT Sport Compact, state and El Paso County standings is Chad Mann, but Shalanda Smith is only a few points behind for all three. With all the divisions being too close to call, we are excited to get to the track and watch these racers compete for championships.last_img read more

Ulster get Payne boost for Saracens encounter

first_imgMeanwhile, Gary Ringrose gets his first European start for Leinster in tomorrows clash with Bath in the RDS.Luke McGrath, Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong and Ross Molony all also make their first European starts. Payne will start at full-back having recovered from the foot injury he sustained at the World Cup.Andrew Trimble returns on the wing.Ulster are the only Irish side who can still make the quarter finalslast_img

Van Dijk lays foundation for Liverpool’s title finish

first_img– Tense title race –“It’s a rather positive moment. Most of the players will probably be better after the international break. For example, Joe,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.“Joe is now running with 100 percent of his weight because we have different opportunities to run. It looks good.”Better yet, given the tense status of the title race with Manchester City — they trail the leaders by one point — Klopp could also welcome back central defender Dejan Lovren, out with a hamstring problem since an FA Cup defeat at Wolves in early January, for the visit of Burnley.“Dejan trained yesterday (Thursday) for the first time, completely normal,” Klopp said.“But we have to see. He was out for a while so we have to see his fitness. He’s not injured any more, he is fit but how fit we have to see.”Additional defensive options and cover will be welcome for Klopp although, as long as he has van Dijk at the centre of his defence, his team can be confident of maintaining their current impressive record at the back.Five consecutive clean sheets have kept Liverpool in contention in the Premier League, with West Ham’s Michail Antonio the last player to score against Reds keeper Alisson Becker 512 minutes ago.The 27-year-old’s composure, distribution, tackling, heading and experience have all been hugely impressive at a time when other senior stars are struggling for top form.And should Klopp have serious aspirations to go one better than last season’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, he will be hoping that van Dijk maintains such form when Liverpool visit Munich for the second leg of their last 16 tieShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Virgil van DijkLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool’s attacking power kick-started their challenge for a first English title in 29 years, but with the finish line in sight, the focus is on a rock-solid defence led by Virgil van Dijk as Burnley visit Anfield on Sunday.The arrival of Van Dijk in a £75 million ($97 million) transfer from Southampton was met with scepticism in some quarters 15 months ago, but the Dutch star’s imperious form quickly quietened such concerns.This season, in particular, the durable centre-half — Liverpool’s only outfield ever-present in the Premier League — has been particularly outstanding.His high-level displays have been crucial for Liverpool in recent weeks as his attacking team-mates have, by their previous standards, failed to hit the heights of months gone by.Watford were swept aside 5-0 at Anfield at the end of last month, but those goals were the only ones scored by Liverpool in a spell that has featured goalless draws with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Everton.The Merseyside derby saw van Dijk in formidable form, an indication of his importance to the team as the forward line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggled for form.Van Dijk, 27, is a pivotal figure for Liverpool as they prepare for the Burnley fixture.Liverpool’s defence has struggled with injuries to key personnel, aside from van Dijk this season, with the loss of Joe Gomez, coincidentally against Burnley when his side won 3-1 at the start of December, a particular loss.The young England international had emerged as an important figure in Klopp’s back four prior to suffering a fractured leg, although the fact he returned to running in training on Thursday suggests he could be in contention for the meeting with Tottenham at the end of the month.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img:10 Thank you Vet’s for all you do. “Heroes make the sun rise in the morning…Heroes make the stars shine bright at night.” :9 And the winner is…Mr. Roy Betters for the best Top Ten Greatest NBA Players of all time:1. Wilt Chamberlain 2. Bill Russell 3. Kareem Abdul Jabbar 4. Michael Jordan 5. Magic Johnson 6. Oscar Robertson 7. Kobe Bryant 8. Larry Bird 9. Hakeem Olajwon 10. Bob Pettit BILL NEAL :8 Hey Roy you win Front Row Tickets, Hotel Set-up, Airfare and $,1000 spending cash for the Lakers vs. Mav’s Playoff Series…Yeeaahhh! Wait hold up, say what… are you sure? Sorry Roy my bad, but thanks anyway.:7 Actually as I said, his was the 2nd best list of All Time. Here’s the best, mine, and no one comes close:1. Wilt Chamberlain 2. Michael Jordan 3. Bill Russell 4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar 5. Magic Johnson 6. Julius “Dr. J” Erving 7. Oscar Robertson 8. Larry Bird 9. Kobe Bryant 10. Connie Hawkins:6 Did anyone else notice that the lead singer of “The Black Eyed Peas” looks just like Mike Tomlin, your Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach?:5 Big Shout out to “Fast Bob” aka “Raider Bob”…(that right there should tell ya something) anyway keep talkin’ that talk and keep old school basketball alive!:4 Rose…Game five, tied at 85 each, little time on the clock, you against LeBron…take the ball to the hoop…not a jump shot (not once but twice) go to the hole if they double you, you kick it out to a shooter. C’mon man!!:3 I want the world to know I lost to my Dad Bigtime. Lakers…out, Celtics…out, Bulls…out, All my money…out! When God, when will I ever be as smart as my Dad???:2 Yo Christopher what up? Thanks for the drop, keep reading, keep hope alive and enjoy your vacation (p.s.-dude you know a lot of people, I gotta be careful with you!!):1 The new Connie Hawkins Youth Development League tips off Monday June 27 at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. For Middle School Boys and Girls 7th and 8th grade. Sign up ASAP as a Team or as individual spaces are filling up fast. Call the Champions at 412-628-4856.“Double-Overtime”Dallas Mav’s will win in six games take it to the bank (like I have a clue)“Triple Overtime”If your reading this you already know about the first big Summer Par-Tay of the Year. It’s the New First Friday Party at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville, this Friday June 3rd. Line Dance from 8:00-9:00 Old School Par-Tay 9:00 until…30 and over…I.D. required…$10 cover at the door. Cash bar and cash kitchen featuring DJ Mean Gee out of Washington, Pa. Proceeds to benefit Champions Safe Summer Programs for our children.Call Five Starr Corporation for Info. 412-628-4856 or 412-609-3888.“Game Over”last_img read more

Kootenay Mapbook founder Russell Mussio divulges his hidden Kootenay haunts

first_imgWant to win a copy of the new Kootenay Rockies Mapbook edition? The Nelson Daily, reaching 26,000 Nelson and area folks per month — and over 50,000 West Kootenay folk through the regional Lone Sheep network — wants to put a copy of the Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook in your hands for Father’s Day.The contest is simple: sign up for The Nelson Daily Facebook site as a member before Father’s Day and then email us ([email protected]) to enter your name into a draw to win one of the map books. Those who are already members of the site are automatically entered into the draw.Hitting the hidden Kootenay haunts In assembling the Backroad Mapbook series in Western Canada over the last 15 years, mapbook founders Russell Mussio and his brother Wesley have collected a few natural treasures of their own. And having grown up in the West Kootenay in Trail, they have a special list reserved for natural places on their home turf. On the release of the new edition of the Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook this week, the backcountry guru let people in the West Kootenay in on what the Mussio brothers hold as special places around Nelson — one of their favourite stomping grounds. Growing up in the West Kootenay influenced their present life and business endeavors, said Russell. The small town lifestyle meant they spent almost all of their time playing sports or exploring the outdoors. “Our father was a passionate outdoorsman and took us fishing and hunting from a young age,” he said. “My mother loved to hike and ski so we trekked along with her and we spent most summers camping, around the Kootenay mostly.” The evolution of the Backroad Mapbook series — now a staple in the bag of any serious or aspiring backcountry user — was based on this love of the outdoors and the fact that the wilderness was so readily accessible in the Kootenay. “We used to berry pick and fish up Erie and Porcupine Creeks near Salmo,” Russell said. “These were fun trips with good fishing and more than a few bear encounters.” At least one week or two each summer the Mussios spent on Kootenay Lake, originally at Garland Bay Recreation Site north of Riondel — before Tuffy Garland the caretaker passed — and then closer to Balfour at a property they owned near Nine Mile (Cresent Bay). “Kootenay Lake might not be the warmest place to swim, but the fishing was incredible,” Russell said. The Mussios have hunted elk and deer in the Slocan Valley near Passmore, and the Bonnington Range has always had a strong appeal to them for ski touring. “We are most proud of the Kootenay Rockies edition of the Backroad series,” said Russell. “Not only because we grew up there, but also because the book truly highlights one of the most beautiful places on the planet.” Which is why there is a little more insight into the Kootenay Rockies Mapbook than the others. Local knowledge goes a long way, said Russell, and they added a few local secret hot spots. “Of course, we have also downplayed a few of our favourites, too,” he said. “In fact, a lot of the lesser known trails or campsites of the West Kootenay would not be there if it were not for friends and family sending them our way.” And now the Mapbook is essential gear for those who plan to venture off the beaten path. “If you like to get out and explore there is no other source that comes close,” said Russell. “There are some excellent hiking guides and a few decent maps, but nothing that puts it all together in one package.” And the Kootenay is unlike any other area of the country, he added, with so many great places to explore, so few people and vast areas of wilderness. “Exploring these areas without the use of a detailed map book is a recipe for disaster.” The Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook has been the local guidebook of choice for over 15 years and is a national best-seller. It combines reference information with highly detailed maps featuring up-to-date forest service and logging roads, extensive trail systems and a wide range of recreational features that are not found on other maps.  Mussio Ventures Ltd. Mussio Ventures Ltd. was incorporated in 1993 and has become one of the top three map producers and one of the biggest publishers in Canada. They are in the business of producing, publishing, distributing and marketing outdoor recreation guidebooks and topographic maps. Selling over 100,000 copies annually of the Backroad Mapbook series is easily the best selling outdoor recreation guidebook series in Canada. They also sell almost 50,000 copies of various fishing mapbooks, GPS maps, outdoor recreation maps, topographic maps and digital maps across Canada annually. Russell and Wesley Mussio started the Backroad Mapbook Series in 1993. The brothers are avid backcountry explorers who love to pursue a variety of different activities. They came up with the idea when they realized it was rather cumbersome to cart a different book for each activity along with a stack of often-outdated maps.last_img read more

SWEET SWAP, LIL BIT O’FUN HEAD 12-HORSE FIELD IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015)–John Sadler’s Sweet Swap and Phil D’Amato’s Lil Bit O’Fun head a competitive field of 12 older horses set to in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.The 6-5 favorite in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlongs turf Daytona Stakes on Dec. 28, Sweet Swap pressed the pace and made the lead at the top of the stretch but tired late, finishing third, a length and a half behind Lil Bit O’Fun, who ran second at 4-1.Fifth, beaten one length three starts back down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Sweet Swap won the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hillside four races back on April 13, 2014 and is 10-4-2-2 lifetime over the course–and thus, will likely be favored again in the Clockers’ Corner.Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old horse by Candy Ride is 15-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $342,133. Sweet Swap was bred in Kentucky and is out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange.Officially trained by D’Amato in his last six starts subsequent to the retirement of Mike Mitchell, Lil Bit O’Fun rallied from off the pace in the Daytona to miss by a half length. A 7-year-old gelding by Langfuhr, he is 4-2-1-1 down the hill and is 36-7-6-2 overall with earnings of $425,273. Owned by Belmonte, Cohen, Gorman and Sterling Stables, he comes off a productive 2014, in which he won two races from six starts and earned $124,000.D’Amato will also be represented by Hay Dude, who has run well in three consecutive turf miles dating back to Oct. 26, his U.S. debut. A first-out maiden winner going 7 ½ furlongs on turf in September, 2012, the 5-year-old English-bred gelding owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino hasn’t sprinted since his fourth career start in England on April 19, 2013.  Hay Dude has an overall mark of 15-3-3-4 and earnings of $99,589.A minor stakes winner over the course, Doug O’Neill’s Pure Tactics cuts back in distance as he pressed the pace and tired to finish sixth, beaten four lengths, in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 28. Owned by Nita Winner, LLC, Pure Tactics is a 6-year-old Texas-bred horse who first came to O’Neill from Fairgrounds in New Orleans eight starts back on Feb. 23, 2014. He has subsequently has a win from five starts down the hill and is 20-8-2-2 overall with earnings of $313,856.Bolita Boyz will make his third start for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the Clockers’ Corner and must be a accorded an upset chance. Well beaten in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes on dirt Dec. 27, he was an even fifth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths, in a minor stakes down the hillside turf on Oct. 19. Owned by Gatto, GZS Stables, LLC, Schlaich and Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Act of Duty is winless in two tries on turf, but is 10-4-0-1 overall with earnings of $158,061.Although a well beaten ninth in the Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 28, millionaire Clubhouse Ride does have a win, a second and a third from six lifetime tries down the hill and the veteran campaigner can never be counted out. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Niko Petralia, the 7-year-old horse by Candy Ride is 41-5-9-10 overall, with earnings of $1,320,882.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Lil Bit O’Fun, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Ankeny Hill, Edwin Maldonado, 124; Bolita Boyz, Gary Stevens, 124; Mr. Commons, Victor Espinoza, 119; Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 124; Pure Tactics, Mike Smith, 124; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 124; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Forever Juanito, Tyler Baze, 124; Bahamian Squall, Corey Nakatani, 119, and Heir of Storm, Drayden Van Dyke, 124 (alt.). ALSO ELIGIBLE: Fly Lexis Fly, Elvis Trujillo, 119.last_img read more