Agricultural college sees surge in demand

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleLimerick students won’t take cuts lying downNext articleCouncillors row over Joint Policing Committee John Keogh THE number of applicants to courses at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry has tripled in the last five years.In 2009 the college was threatened with closure as the demand for agricultural courses was so low, but now the college is forced to turn away students due to the high number of applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Principal John McCarthy told Limerick Post: “Since 2008 there has been a two to three-fold increase in our numbers and that has been across the board in all courses. Depending on the courses, we can’t accommodate all the applicants at this stage.“This year we have nearly 400 students; about four or five years ago we would have had between 100 to 120 and that was about it. Just a few short years ago I was campaigning with politicians to try to keep the college open and now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”Points for the college’s Higher Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation, run in conjunction with LIT, have also risen, reflecting the increase in demand.Salesian Agricultural College is also privately paying two extra teaching staff to cope with the surge in student numbers.Mr McCarthy continued: “We also have a direct entry Certificate in Agriculture where we take 100 students and we have a long waiting list for that at the moment. Our Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation takes 26 students and we had about 60 applicants this year.”Regarding possible factors that may have led to the rise in popularity for agricultural courses, Mr McCarthy explained:  “First of all there are now a huge amount of young people looking at the area of agriculture. Secondly the jobs just are not there elsewhere, so people see the positives in having a business at home and getting work and an income from that. During the Celtic Tiger years the income from farming wouldn’t have been able to compete with a lot of other areas.” WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsAgricultural college sees surge in demandBy John Keogh – September 2, 2013 720 center_img TAGSagricultureeducationMusic LimerickSalesian Agricultural College Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

A Look at the Housing Market’s Potential

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / A Look at the Housing Market’s Potential Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 21, 2019 1,040 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Previous: Mortgage Performance: A Look at the Latest Trends Next: Single-Family Rental Market Stabilizes Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post A Look at the Housing Market’s Potential Tagged with: Existing Home Sales First American Financial Corp. Homeowners Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Existing Home Sales First American Financial Corp. Homeowners 2019-05-21 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Potential existing-home sales showed a slight increase in April to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 0.1% from March, according to the First American Financial Corporation Potential Home Sales report.The increase represents a 54.1% jump from the market potential low point in February 1993, but a decline of 1.3% in existing-home sales compared to a year ago—a loss of 68,600 SAAR sales.The report also states potential existing-home sales is 1.567 million SAAR, or 23.2% below the pre-recession peak of market potential that occured in March 2004.The market performance gap decreased by an estimated 37,000 SAAR sales between March and April 2019.“The housing market continued to under perform its potential in April 2019, but the performance gap shrank compared with March. Actual existing-home sales remain 1.3% below the market’s potential, but the performance gap narrowed from 2.0% last month, according to our Potential Home Sales model,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “That means the housing market has the potential to support 68,000 more home sales at a [SAAR].”Fleming added that lower mortgage rates in April loosened the “rate lock-in effect” that has created a financial disincentive that prevents many homeowners from selling. He added the amount of time a homeowners lives in their home has increased dramatically over the years.Before the housing market crash of 2007, homeowners spent an average of five years living in their house. That number jumped to seven years between 2008 and 2016, Fleming said.“Since existing homeowners supply the majority of the homes for sale and increasing tenure length indicates homeowners remain hesitant to sell, the housing market faces an ongoing supply shortage – you can’t buy what’s not for sale,” Fleming said.“The most recent data shows that the average length of time someone lives in their home reached 11 years in April 2019, a 9 percent increase compared with a year ago. Increased tenure length reduced the market potential by 33,000 sales compared with last month,” he said. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Stick to your guns on pay, Keane advises top Premier League players

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Players at the Premier League’s top clubs should “stick to their guns” and resist pressure to take pay cuts during the COVID-19 shutdown, ex-Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, said on Friday.Professional soccer in England has been suspended since March 13 due to the pandemic and some Premier League clubs have furloughed non-playing staff under a government scheme. Players at some clubs have accepted wage deferrals while Arsenal’s players and coaching staff agreed a 12.5 per cent salary reduction.“The way I look at it now, particularly after the way I left Manchester United, I wouldn’t take a pay cut from anybody if I was at one of the bigger clubs,” Keane told Sky Sports television.“I know there is pressure on players, but it is nobody’s business what you do with your wages. You take your wages and if you want to be generous, go ahead and do it. I don’t think players should feel pressured by clubs, particularly the bigger clubs, to take pay cuts,” added the former Ireland midfielder, who left United in 2005 in strained circumstances.Keane said a player’s individual contract was a personal matter between him and the club and it was nonsense to suggest all should do the same.He added that it was always made clear to him when negotiating deals that it was a business. “When the clubs with billionaire owners in the background come to the players and say they are in trouble —tell them  no, no, you honour the contract,” he said.“This idea that we should be getting players to give up their wages at these big clubs, forget about it because these clubs are the first to tell you, ‘This is a business, lads, this is how it works’.”Former United and England defender Gary Neville repeated a call for the Premier League to come up with a package to help clubs in the lower divisions survive.“I’ve gone from opportunity, to despair, to almost now pleading with somebody at the Premier League just to do the right thing for the game,” he said.Neville said: “Why am I on calls with chairmen and owners of EFL League Two (fourth-tier) clubs who are desperate, who don’t know how to pay their next wages?; they are worried the clubs are going to go bust for the sake of a few million pounds” Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19English Premier LeaguePay CutsRoy Keanelast_img read more