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

What Makes the Perfect Neighborhood?

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago What Makes the Perfect Neighborhood? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Tech Hubs Attract Employee Migration Next: The Week Ahead: A Snapshot of Home Price Trends About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago What are Americans looking for when it comes to finding the perfect neighborhood to call home? Ally Home, the direct-to-consumer mortgage arm of Ally Finance, conducted a survey of more than 2,000 people in order to dive deeper into what they are looking for in both a home and a neighborhood. Of those surveyed, nearly nine out of 10 people (88 percent) said the “vibe” of an area was important in choosing where to live, with half of those (49 percent) respondents categorizing it as “very important.”Moreover, nearly three quarters (73 percent) of those surveyed said they would consider settling for a smaller house than they wanted and/or pay a little more if the surrounding neighborhood appealed to them. Eighty percent of those surveyed said their ideal local needed to match their personality, and 82 percent said they would consider moving if the neighborhood vibe didn’t mesh with what they wanted.But what type of area matches those desired ideals? Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said they wanted a “quiet, quaint” area with “curb appeal, lots of friendly people, and less of a concern to lock the doors.” Twenty-eight percent of respondents were looking for more of a “modern millennial” kind of locale—one “where they can walk to everything, with reasonably priced bars, restaurants, and coffee shops nearby.”Outdoor space was also cited as an important concern for potential homebuyers. A quarter of those surveyed said they wanted a neighborhood close to “organic farms, farmers’ markets, and hiking trails,” whereas 21 percent said they were seeking a “family centric” location, where “families live in close proximity to one another and are close to schools and playgrounds.Click below to watch Ally’s “man on the street” interviews with people discussing what they’re looking for in an ideal neighborhood.Video Playerhttp://dsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ally_NeighborhoodVibes_1280x720_PRNewswire.mp400:0000:0002:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 3, 2018 2,071 Views David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected]  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / What Makes the Perfect Neighborhood? Ally Home Homebuyers Millennial Homebuyers Neighborhoods 2018-06-03 David Wharton Tagged with: Ally Home Homebuyers Millennial Homebuyers Neighborhoods Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

Social media doesn’t save us, it gives us an empathy outlet—and that’s not useless

first_img 108SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Details I had another article written and ready to go for my latest contribution here, but in the minutes before I submitted it on the afternoon of Friday, November 13th, I saw breaking news accounts of an attack in Paris. With no other details at first, it shocked me enough to forget what I was doing and pull up several news websites, turn on TV, and continually swipe to update my twitter feed on my phone as I voraciously consumed any more information I was given regarding what was happening. My other article will have to wait; here I write about the unexpected impact of social media and how, if we approach it with sincerity, it’s making us more connected, more aware, more informed and therefore more compassionate to our fellow humankind.I spent six months in Paris for a study abroad program in college the first half of 2001. I have friends, exchange students from high school, teachers and acquaintances who live in Paris. I recall how many tried to reach out to me in the days, weeks or months following the 9/11 attacks via email or postal mail, to make sure I was safe and to understand more about if and how my life was impacted. That was before the prevalence of social media as it exists today. It was difficult to express to those who cared what was happening with me at the time. Today how we share, learn and process information during and after such situations is much different.A tool of mass compassionI thought about my friends in Paris at that moment and I was flooded with emotions mixed with sadness, confusion, concern and anger. I was afraid of what I might find in my friends’ Facebook feeds…or not find. Before I could even navigate to one friend’s page, Facebook alerted me that my friend was ‘marked as safe’ using Facebook’s Safety Check. This was the first time Facebook enacted the feature for an event other than a natural disaster.In the moment, I felt grateful to see that my friends were safe. Yes, grateful…quite a contrast to the emotions I was overwhelmed with mere seconds earlier. And all because of new information afforded to me by social media. It was certainly a complex situation unfolding, but that one detail was extremely relevant and extremely beneficial for me to know.In a statement about the use of the new Safety Check feature, Facebook had this to say:“We chose to activate Safety Check in Paris because we observed a lot of activity on Facebook as the events were unfolding. In the middle of a complex, uncertain situation affecting many people, Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones. We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we’ve never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”Clearly there are many other applications and uses for this feature. Flipping my perspective, I see how I would have greatly appreciated being able to check in as safe after running the 2013 Boston Marathon. This tool simplifies an awkward unwieldy conversation around a complex unclear situation:“Hey everyone, I am safe.” “Okay, great I’m so glad…well, not glad this happened…just glad you’re safe…what’s happening anyway…sorry, you’re probably overwhelmed…we’ll talk later…just glad you’re safe.”“I get it. Thank you for caring.”And today, I am grateful that Facebook has this technology available and had the capability to activate it so quickly for those in Paris. I sincerely hope this feature is used when needed for all situations in any location in the future, albeit I also hope it to be a feature that is never needed.More than empathy-washingToday my social media feeds are awash in the tricolor of the French flag. I have chosen not to use the French flag filter on my Facebook profile because I feel that I had enough other outlets of connection and empathy to individuals impacted by this. But I do not think negatively of anyone who does, in fact I appreciate that people chose to care when they otherwise might not. I don’t think of it as self-serving slacktivism or vicarious participation in a horribly tragic event. I see the value that others gain and share from having this opportunity of self-expression.More access to information is better than less access to information. ‪Social Media is a gift in that it gives us much more information than we could feasibly gather alone. With that gift comes a responsibility to discern, vet and consider the veracity and implications of the information before us. It is on us to do that work, and we can’t blame the messenger when we feel duped by our own failures to appropriately use the information before us.So what do we do with the information we find valuable? Being aware and discerning truth is a victory in itself. Sharing a moment of empathy toward other human beings through expression of our understanding of another’s situation is absolutely not a useless act.It makes me think how social media use by credit unions and cooperatives could lead and enable that essential connection to each other if we need to exchange vital safety information or we want to express our true empathy for each other instantly and in ways we otherwise could not.This article from The Atlantic supports my notion that social media contributes to our ability to empathize, rather than empathy-washing us:“The [profile filters] are all, in their way, an empathy button. They work to convert shock and sadness and solidarity into currency. And, in the process, into data. You can argue both for and against that state of affairs, but it is all part of the new access people have to each others’ lives via the Internet, and by extension, of The Way We Grieve Now. The expressions of empathy that come from it are sometimes awkward and sometimes self-indulgent and sometimes ‪#‎toosoon and sometimes ‪#‎toolate. What they ultimately acknowledge, though, is a deeply human thing, and a thing that has the potential to make its mark on politics and culture and our sense of what communities can be…”We can always find fault in the choices that social media channels make, what actions they take and in what ways. We can always find fault in people’s reactions in public forums on social media, seeing only those who are incorrect, insensitive, self-serving and attention seeking. There is always risk of doing it wrong. But those risks are inherent not in the technologies of social media themselves but in our failures to act as good, kind and conscientious human beings to one another. And if we can get better at that, we can better use the technologies for what they are intended for—to connect us, to inform us, to let us know more about each other and to enable us to show empathy in whole new ways.last_img read more