Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of…

first_img TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyNews NewsEducationLimerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020By Staff Reporter – January 2, 2020 485 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin Facebook Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology.Picture Sean Curtin True Media.President of Limerick Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Cunnane, assumes the chair of THEA for the 50th anniversary year of Technological Higher Education in Ireland.The Technological Higher Education Association is the representative advocacy body for Ireland’s technological higher education institutions, and professor Cunnane said he was “looking forward to my time in office as Chair of the THEA board for 2020”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “2020 marks a significant and challenging milestone in the development of higher education in Ireland,” he said, noting, “It marks fifty years of technological higher education, since the first Regional Technical Colleges came into being in 1970.”The LIT President said the “evolution” of the country’s technological education institutions “reflects the story of Ireland’s development.”“In 1970, there were about 12,000 third-level students in Ireland.  Today, there are some 250,000, with the RTCs and Institutes of Technology being central in a dramatic rise in student numbers since their foundation. In fact, the socio-economic profile of students in institutes of technology reflects that of Irish society as a whole.”Professor Cunnane believes Ireland will see a further evolution of IT’s in 2020 as they “progress towards Technological University designation, bringing with it all the challenges and opportunities that such a major change entail”.“It is our hope that 2020 will see a resolution of the sustainable funding issue for our institutions.  We expect that the report prepared for Government by Peter Cassells will finally be addressed and that a model of sustainable funding for higher education be agreed and put in place during my term of office as Chair of THEA.Commenting on his appointment, Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO of THEA said, “I am delighted to welcome Prof Vincent Cunnane as Chairperson of the Board of THEA and we look forward to an engaging and busy year working with Dr Cunnane. We are very grateful to Dr Annie Doona, President of IADT for her term of office during 2019. We also wish Dr Doona well as she retires from the Institute of Art, Design, & Technology, Dun Laoghaire to embrace other challenges during the year ahead.”Prof Cunnane’s term of office runs from 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2020. Limerick on Covid watch list Email Previous articleLimerick Hurling Team of the Decade: Right Corner ForwardNext articleKevin’s journey from special branch to the political heartland Staff Reporter Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Twitter Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blowlast_img read more

Kissel Appointed.

first_imgDavid Kissel will become the head of the University of Georgia Agricultural andEnvironmental Services Laboratories as of June 1.A UGA professor of crop and soil sciences, Kissel will coordinate all of the lab’sanalytical and diagnostic services, including soil testing, pesticide analysis, foragequality and related testing.Kissel was head of the CAES crop and soil sciences department from 1989 to 1996 and waspresident of the Soil Science Society of America in 1995.His research focused on developing a technique for mapping the clay and organic-matterconcentrations of soil using Geographical Information Systems and selective soil sampling.The technology gives farmers a fairly low-cost alternative to detailed soil sampling,which had been the only way to identify the sporadically spaced and shaped low-fertilityareas of a field.Kissel will continue to co-teach a class in “GIS Applications in Crop and SoilSciences.” He will maintain his research program in soil chemistry, too, with studiesrelated to soil testing and nutrient management.last_img read more

Lack of manpower in tourism is a serious problem for which there is no one-time solution

first_imgOVI in October 2018 increased by 15,4 percent compared to the same month last year, which, after 10,8 percent growth in July, is the lowest annual growth rate recorded in the last two years.However, as the Institute of Economics in Zagreb points out, this data speaks more about the already noticed effect of the high base for calculating the annual growth rate, which we have been monitoring since July this year, than about the real slowdown in the growth rate of labor demand. high levels. Compared to the previous month, the seasonally adjusted index grew by 5,0 percent, which indicates a short-term strengthening of labor demand.“Comparing the demand for occupations with October 2017, it can be seen that the largest contribution to the growth of demand in the last year was recorded by the occupations teacher, salesman and warehouseman.. In terms of distribution by type of contract, they had the largest contribution to the growth of demand for a certain period of time, while the largest negative contribution was made by vocational training without employment, the number of which decreased by as much as 38,2 percent. ” conclude from the Zagreb Institute of Economics.The most common type of employment offered in October was in the area of ​​central Croatia for the position of a salesman with a secondary education and a fixed-term contract was offered.Lack of labor in the hospitality industry, increased demand for employment of foreign workers, the most sought after sellers with a fixed-term contract… the market is in chaosOn the other hand, the Association of Zagreb Caterers points out that in the first nine months of 2018, chefs (782) and waiters (1493) were most in demand in the city of Zagreb. The fact that only 272 (35%) chef jobs and 796 (53%) waiter jobs have been completed speaks in favor of the growing problem of staff shortages.HUP: This year, the greatest need was expressed for the employment of foreign workersToday, the Croatian Employers’ Association submitted to the Ministry of Labor and Pension System the collected needs of its members for the employment of foreign workers in 2019. HUP points out that this year the greatest need for employment of foreign workers has been expressed so far, which indicates an increase in the trend of labor shortage in Croatia. The greatest needs are expressed in the activities of tourism and catering, trade, construction, metal and manufacturing industries. In addition to the increased need of employers for new employment, HUP also detected increased needs for seasonal work among its members.Lack of manpower in tourism, but also in all other industries is a serious problem for which there is no one-time solution. No Competence Centers will help, which are a commendable project, but which had to be active 20 years ago, and especially the import of cheap labor hiring foreign workers. On the other hand, it is clear to everyone how salaries must be raised, and that the State must simply react with a much lower tax and other burden on the overall business.It is common knowledge that if the tax burden is high, it slows down economic development as well as increases the gray market. The less taxes and the general burden on business, the better the economy, and thus the filling of the state budget. Thus, increasing levies and taxes reduces consumption and stifles the economy, ie business development, and thus creates a budget deficit, regardless of the tax increase.For the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack a minimum of 15 skilled workers, and some projections say up to 20.000 workers.The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students.Again, the education system has not changed for decades and is not even close to the level of the 21st century, let alone today’s demand and standards in the market and the impact of new trends. Students learn how to be a waiter for three years, and they don’t know three foreign languages, they are not bartenders, sommelier, baristas… I wonder what the education system has been doing for three years and what is the point of the whole story? And yet, in the market everyone can be and is a waiter, and no additional knowledge and education is valued. Crazy, confused, but nowhere normal. Sbut once it has no long-term effect, and there is no magic wand that will evaporate the bad moves of the last 10 years. The market is in chaos, with various extremes, and somehow the most talked about is only the import of foreign labor, which may in the short term plug holes for employers, but in the long run create even deeper chaos in the entire labor market and have various negative consequences. In the economy, everything is connected, and we need to look very well at how a measure will affect the market, both positively and negatively, and therefore there is no one-time solution, but a comprehensive reform of the entire system.But obviously we haven’t hit rock bottom yet, to finally start taking all the challenges seriously.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta explains why Nicolas Pepe struggled at Arsenal under Unai Emery

first_imgNicolas Pepe has started Arsenal’s last two matches on the substitutes’ bench (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists he understands the reasons behind the underwhelming start Nicolas Pepe has made to his Arsenal career but believes the club’s record signing will feature in his plans, as long as he shows the correct attitude.Arsenal agreed a £72million fee with Lille in the summer for the Ivory Coast international, but the winger struggled to cement a regular place in the team under Unai Emery.Pepe appeared to have kick-started his Premier League career with his first goal from open play in the recent 3-1 win over West Ham, but has started Arsenal’s two most recent matches, against Everton and Bournemouth, on the bench.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta introduced Pepe with just eight minutes remaining on Boxing day at the Vitality Stadium as Arsenal came from behind to claim a point following a 1-1 draw.ADVERTISEMENTThe 37-year-old claimed he was encouraged by Pepe’s brief cameo but warned he must show focus and determination in training if he is to force his way back into the starting XI. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 2:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.9kShares Mikel Arteta explains why Nicolas Pepe struggled at Arsenal under Unai Emery Comment Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth in what was Mikel Arteta’s first game as manager (Picture: Getty)‘I think it is a mixture of things,’ said the new Arsenal manager when asked about Pepe’s slow start.‘It was obviously a big change from France to come here. As well he found a team that at that moment probably wasn’t performing at its best.‘The environment wasn’t the best for him to settle. It is not only about him we are here to help him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If he is willing to learn and willing to work hard I assure he has potential to be top absolutely top. Today [against Bournemouth] in two or three actions he has shown how good he can be, but he has to be consistent.‘The problem is confidence will only come when he plays, but he has to train well enough to convince the manager I am confident enough to play him.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas backs Mikel Arteta to get first Arsenal win against ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players over out-of-form Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

David Joy appointed as Chief Executive of England Golf

first_img24 Jan 2013 David Joy appointed as Chief Executive of England Golf David Joy has been appointed by the Board of England Golf as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer and will take up his role on 22nd April 2013. Since 2005 David has been Director of Derbyshire Sport and will bring with him over 25 years of management experience within national and local sports organisations, more than 12 of which have been as a Chief Executive. Derbyshire Sport is one of England’s larger and more established county sports partnerships where David has managed a large team and led the development and implementation of the Derbyshire plan for sport. As a result the county is well on track with its ambition to become one of the most active and successful sporting counties in England by 2020. Within this role David has directed Derbyshire’s relationships with Sport England, Sports Coach UK and many national governing bodies of sport, including England Golf. Prior to this David spent six years as Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics where he led a modernisation process that resulted in significant increases in membership of the governing body and the creation of a number of long term commercial partnerships. During this time he worked closely with The Scottish Executive, sportscotland, Events Scotland, Health Education Board for Scotland and UK Athletics. David is a keen golfer and until recently was a member of Trentham Park Golf Club. Born in Stoke on Trent David spent the first eight years of his career as a PE teacher and Head of PE before embarking on his sports career with a national development role with English Volleyball. Speaking about his appointment, David said: “This is a really exciting time for amateur golf following the merger of the men’s and women’s game. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join England Golf and to work with the board, the staff team, the volunteers at national, county and club level and our key partners, as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities for golf development throughout England.” Nigel Evans, Chair of the England Golf Board commented, “We are delighted that David has agreed to join us. His extensive experience in the governance of sport and working with a variety of stakeholders, including legislative and parliamentary bodies will be extremely valuable. We are looking forward to David using that experience to bring future development and further growth to England Golf.”last_img read more

Steelers bracing for improving Browns

first_imgJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles to picks up a fumble as he is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Lawrence Timmons sounded like a changed man.It’s not that the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker took the Cleveland Browns lightly when they faced off in the opener last month. It’s just that after spending most of his eight-year career helping the Steelers turn their longtime rivals into little more than fodder for the win column, Timmons has grown used to a certain level of dominance.That notion shifted when Pittsburgh needed every last second on the clock to escape with a 30-27 victory five weeks ago, a game in which the Steelers squandered a 24-point halftime lead. Having watched Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and an inexperienced running game push Pittsburgh’s defense around for 30 minutes – then see Cleveland do the same last weekend in a thrilling comeback win over Tennessee – Timmons became a convert.The Browns (2-2), yes the Browns, look like they’re for real heading into Sunday’s rematch in Cleveland.“I think they’re serious this year,” Timmons said. “You can’t take them lightly.”No chance of that. If anything, Cleveland provided the Steelers (3-2) with a much-needed wakeup call after using an uptempo no-huddle in the second half. Pittsburgh rarely looked ready as the Browns reeled off 24 unanswered points behind unheralded rookie running backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Cleveland averaged 6.3 yards per carry while piling up 191 yards on the ground to nearly pull off a stunning upset even with hyped rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel spending the entire afternoon on the sideline.“They have a running game now,” said Timmons, who is 11-2 against the Browns. That’s the change for us. As we played them before they never really got a 100 yards rushing on us. So now that they did that, that’s the game changer so we have to really be on our Ps and Qs.”Cleveland’s approach forced the Steelers to make some minor adjustments to the way they get the defensive calls on the field. Rather than rely on Timmons to relay the information, the secondary often looks to the sideline for hand signals to find out where to line up.“LT can’t tell everybody at the same time, he’s got a job to do too,” cornerback Brice McCain. “We sometimes know before he tells us.”The early returns have been promising. The Steelers have limited opponents to 165 yards rushing and 3.6 yards per carry over their last three games. Yet those numbers come with a few caveats. The Panthers played without starting running back DeAngelo Williams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were working Doug Martin back into the mix following an injury and the Jacksonville Jaguars are, well, Jacksonville.“It’s only been a couple weeks,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “We know we have to get better.”On both sides of the ball. While Pittsburgh managed to escape north Florida with a 17-9 win over the Jaguars last Sunday, the Steelers needed a fourth quarter interception return for a score by Brice McCain to provide the win.It’s not exactly the way to build momentum. Pittsburgh has alternated wins and losses through the first five weeks, looking competitive at times and confounding at others. The Steelers have been inconsistent. It needs to change if they want to make any kind of run for a playoff berth.Scoring more points would help. Pittsburgh is fourth in the NFL in total offense but only 18th in points scored, averaging 22.4 points a game, a good field goal less than Cleveland’s average of 25.8. Finishing drives has been a problem. The Steelers are only converting 43 percent of their trips inside an opponent’s 20 into touchdowns. Pittsburgh only did it once in four trips against the Jaguars, kicking a field goal to end one possession and having Roethlisberger fumble to end another before ending the game with knee downs at the Jacksonville 18.“We just need to continue to work, correct and rectify it and make sure it’s a strength for us,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “I know when we are playing well we are putting points on the board with seven.”NOTES: Rookie LB Ryan Shazier will test his sprained right knee in practice this week. Shazier hasn’t played since injuring the knee in a victory over Carolina three weeks ago. … S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) will also practice in a limited capacity. … Tomlin defended the decision to make a short pass to Antonio Brown in the waning moments last week, a pass that extended his streak of games with at least five receptions and 50 yards receiving to an NFL-record 21. “We had a low-risk play that had an opportunity to get the ball in his hands and we wanted to assist him in that,” Tomin said. “I think the guys were just as excited about doing that for him as he was.”___AP NFL website: and read more