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

Ellsworth, Bucksport, GSA compete in season’s 1st outdoor track meet

first_imgELLSWORTH — Athletes from Ellsworth, Bucksport and George Stevens Academy competed in the first meet of the outdoor track season Wednesday at Husson University’s Cameron Stadium.On the boys’ side, Ellsworth enjoyed a successful day with Mark Berry and Mike Kazmierczak finishing a respective first and second in the 400-meter dash and Nick Cormier winning the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 54.20 seconds. The quartet of Jack Sandone, Bailey Bishoff, Henry Scheff and Javon Williams took second in the 4-by-100 relay.For Bucksport, Carter Tolmasoff ran the 100-meter dash in 11.29 seconds to beat out Bangor’s Landyn Francis by one-hundredth of a second. Tolmasoff joined Nate Sawyer, Jade Smith and Logan Stanley to give the Golden Bucks a relay win in the 4-by-100.GSA’s Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, Jeremiah Scheff, Eric Mote and Clark Morrison took second in the 4-by-800 relay with a time of 9:27.52.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHancock County competitors had big days on the girls’ side as well with four local athletes claiming event wins. Oshi Ragot (800-meter run) and LeeAnn Varnum (shot put) won events for GSA, and Autumn Paul of Ellsworth (discus throw) and Addie Morrison of Bucksport (200-meter dash) added first-place finishes. GSA also won the 4-by-100 relay.Ellsworth brought home fourth place on the boys’ side with 68 points, and GSA (40 points) and Bucksport (33 points) followed in fifth and sixth, respectively). The Ellsworth girls earned 79 points to place third with GSA (69) claiming fourth and Bucksport (61) coming in fifth. Bangor won both team events.last_img read more

Novices Table Tennis Developmental Challenge

first_imgLinden juniors edge East BankTHE Linden East Bank Novices Developmental Challenge, held over the weekend at the Mackenzie High School auditorium, has been deemed a success by organiser Shavin Greene.Greene, who is also the General Secretary of the Linden Table Tennis Committee (LTTC), said it was his idea to pit the two camps together as a means of developing the skills learnt over the last few weeks.According to Greene, the tournament’s aim was to give the locals exposure against players from another area in a competitive environment in order to build the players’ character and to truly measure and evaluate their progress.The competition engaged over 49 students from East Bank and Linden who had participated in summer camps held recently in Linden and East Bank DemeraraA tenacious East Bank team, coached by ITTF Level One coach Candacy McKenzie, ventured up to Linden along with some parents, courtesy of a bus provided by Director of Sport Mr Christopher Jones, following a request of the LTTC.The talent level was truly high and competition for medal positions was immensely fierce. It was truly a joy to see the level of natural talent and potential displayed. In the end Linden emerged victorious.Despite the Linden players dominating the proceedings the tournament was a success for all players and the sport of table tennis.Coach Candacy McKenzie indicated that she would be coming stronger to avenge her loss to Linden in the near future. She felt that the Linden players had a little edge due to their longer period of coaching. Coach Shavin Greene had other ideas as to his team’s success. All in all the concept was a great one.The committee plans to continue engaging players who participated at camps as a means of developing a core group who will become representatives for Linden and ultimately at the national level.last_img read more