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

Important FARC Leader Arrested in Venezuela

first_img William Alberto Asprilla Chitiva, alias “Marquetaliano,” was arrested on March 21 as he was travelling on a road that links Caracas and the port of La Guaira, together with several people who are still being identified, Carlos Mena, director of the Criminal Investigation Directorate (DIJIN), told the press in Bogotá. Mena also highlighted the high level of the relationship between the two countries for the fight against crime. “Today is the best moment Colombia has seen with regard to exchange and cooperation with Venezuelan authorities,” he emphasized. By Dialogo March 26, 2012 A leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Colombian guerrilla group, accused of the murder of three Americans in 1999, has been arrested on Venezuelan territory, the Colombian police announced. He also said that he is a “member of the Central General Staff,” a structure with about thirty members that is hierarchically below the Secretariat, the communist guerrilla group’s top-ranking body. The arrest was the result of a joint action between intelligence elements of the Colombian Army and of the Venezuelan police, who had been aware of the arrestee’s presence in Venezuela since about six months ago, he said. center_img Mena stated that Bogotá expects that the Venezuelan authorities will move to “expel or deport” “Marquetaliano” to Colombia, since they had sought his arrest through Interpol in the last few weeks, on charges of criminal conspiracy, rebellion, and kidnapping. Nevertheless, Mena noted that “apparently, there’s also some kind of request from the American authorities,” since “Marquetaliano” is accused of having planned the kidnapping and murder of three American researchers engaged with indigenous issues. Mena identified 62-year-old “Marquetaliano” as a “co-founder” of the FARC, which has been Colombia’s leading guerrilla group for almost half a century. last_img read more

Woman awarded $1 million after newborn died due to lack of care in prison

first_imgA woman whose newborn died after she went into labor while in prison has been awarded $1 million from the state of South Carolina and two medical companies after an autopsy revealed that the child would have survived if given medical care.According to reports Sinetra Johnson, found out she was pregnant two days before she was sentenced to more than two years behind bars for violating her parole.While Johnson was transferred to a jail that caters to those with specialized medical needs, when she went into labor at 26 weeks, Johnson did not receive the medical attention she needed.According to the lawsuit, medical staff at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution did not fully examine Johnson when they conducted an examine earlier that day and several hours later Johnson gave birth to her daughter in a prison toilet.Despite requesting assistance, guards at the prison did not help.Fellow inmates then wheeled Johnson to the medical station where she delivered a healthy son.The first child, however, did not survive.After an investigation it was found that if the first child received immediate medical care, she would have survived.last_img read more

Current Hearts, Kotoko players are all ‘a disgrace’ – Mohammed Polo

first_imgGhana football legend Mohammed Polo has called the current Hearts and Kotoko squads a disgrace following their poor performances in this season’s First Capital Premier League.Both clubs have, at various stages of the last fortnight, been flirting with relegation. At the moment, Hearts are 15th on the league table while Kotoko are eighth.Polo says players of both sides should feel ashamed.”It looks as if things have taken a very bad turn and the players are not pulling their weight.They are not fit and they always attribute their losses to others, that it was because of this or that.”It’s a disgraceful thing for a player of Hearts to find himself in such a situation or position. I think it is a disgrace to you as a player because Hearts and Kotoko are not small teams that you have to carry to that level.”The former Hearts superstar also sent a special word of caution to the Phobians’s current players, reminding them of their fans’ wrath should they be relegated. “The players have to lift their game and know  that Hearts are not small. If they are those that will take Hearts into relegation then it’s a disgrace to them as footballers. They have to ensure that they escape relegation because Hearts fans will never forgive them if that disaster ever happens.”Hearts begin their fight to avoid the drop on Wednesday with an away game in Dansoman with Liberty. More buildup:CLICK TO READ: How Hearts will survive relegation CLICK TO READ: Dark history looms over Hearts scapegoat Eddie AnsahCLICK TO READ: Analysis – Ansah praises team, confident of survivalCLICK TO READ: How Duncan outsmarted Hearts–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more