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


first_img× National Night Out is Aug. 7The annual National Night Out will take place Tuesday, Aug 7 in Secaucus at 5 p.m. in Buchmuller Park. The park is located across the street from the Plaza Center. The night out is a nationwide event for residents and local police to mingle and establish closer communication and cooperation. Route 495 lane closures could affect traffic for 2-3 yearsLincoln Tunnel-area commuters, brace yourselves. The state Department of Transportation was set to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release.The headaches commence with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project’s first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during that time, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at [email protected], or call (201) 408-8495.Town will auction surplus propertyThe town will hold a public auction sale of its property, from Aug. 9 at 6 a.m. to Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.. Officials will be auctioning a 2004 Black 4 Door Volvo S60 and a 1996 KME Engine 1500 GPM Waterous 2 Stage Pump 55’ Firestix w/Akron MS. The online auction site is at buyer is responsible for all aspects of the removal of the purchased items, including loading and transportation from town property. The payment terms of the sale are posted on the website. All items must be removed within 10 business days of the close of the auction or ownership will revert to the Town of Secaucus.School board members file for Nov electionsFor the Secaucus school board elections, incumbents Lou Giele, Joan Cali, and Norma Hanley have filed to run again this year. Their challengers include Barbara Strobert, Mary Eccles, and Enrico Bolognino, who ran last year. Each term lasts three years. The general election is on Nov. 6.last_img read more

first_imgGood news for fans of green tourism, namely on Wednesday UNESCO declared the area of ​​the river Mura a biosphere reserve. This is just a step closer to the establishment of the pentalateral Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, reports WWF Adria.The decision was made by the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program this week during the annual conference in Indonesia. A total of 29.000 hectares of floodplain valleys along the Mura River have been declared a biosphere reserve. The “European Amazon,” as the Mura River is also called, is now almost fully recognized by UNESCO. Currently, 850.000 hectares of natural and culturally rich landscape of the three rivers are protected, whose immeasurable potential, after Croatia and Hungary in 2012, was recognized by Serbia in 2017. The nomination for the last part, which covers the area of ​​the Austrian side of the Mura River between Spielfeld and Bad Radkersburg, will soon follow.The new reserve stretches 100 kilometers from the border with Austria to the border with Croatia and Hungary. It is home to many animal species, and the river landscape is suitable for the migration of endangered fish species. The potential that will open for 13 municipalities along the Mura River is certainly unquestionable, but its true ecological and tourist nature remains to be seen. ”We are glad to be even closer to declaring the world’s first pentalateral biosphere reserve! In order for the management of this vast river area to be sustainable, it is extremely important to prevent further planning for the construction of a series of hydropower plants at the same time. It was this nomination that confirmed that the Mura River should be managed in a sustainable way, for the sake of people and nature. “, commented Ivana Korn Varga from WWF Adria.Also, WWF has been actively making efforts for years and supporting the project of establishing a cross-border biosphere reserve, while at the same time cooperating in the implementation of specific EU projects worth about 14 million euros. The project “coop MDD”, ie connecting the areas along the Mura, Drava and Danube, began in 2017. WWF is also one of the world’s largest and most reputable independent nature conservation organizations, with nearly five million supporters and a global network active in more than a hundred countries.The benefits of international cooperation in establishing biosphere reserves have grown, as might be expected, into cooperation at other levels. Thus, in June 2018, the project “European Amazon Cycling Route” was launched, which will enable nature and sports lovers to book bicycle tours and excursions and visit cultural and natural sites along the three rivers until 2021. Immediately, this project aims to further implement the revitalization of rivers in order to create new natural habitats and areas where people can experience the river landscape.However, the tourist story of this area should not stop at this. The potential, which is open this way, is truly immeasurable for both the community and the UN’s 13 Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism here can become a springboard in achieving these goals. Also, established partnerships can facilitate the creation of an international tourism product. We have raw material in front of us, it is up to us now to use it in the best possible way for the benefit of all.PHOTO: Međimurje protected naturelast_img read more

Munster head coach Anthony Foley praises players after toppling Treviso

first_img Foley said: “We got four tries and came away with the five points. We came away with a couple of bangs and knocks too. We gave up four or five penalties in 80 minutes in those conditions and I think the last two were on set piece. “It was an impressive display by the players and it shows a good attitude, good work-rate and a willingness to put their shoulder to the wheel. It was great to see. “The (wet and windy) conditions were unbelievable out there. It was very hard for both sides to play the game. I thought it was the best we have played in those conditions, the way we controlled the first half. “It was seldom they got into our 22 and I thought it was well marshalled by our nine and ten (Conor Murray and Ian Keatley). “Obviously, there was a hefty workload put in by the forward pack in the first half in terms of keeping the ball, trying to move it up the pitch through the maul and running hard off nine. “For the boys to get five points and four tries, you take your hat off to them. We play Treviso a lot. We are going to play them four times this year. We know how physically strong they are. They have (Edoardo) Gori, (Jayden) Hayward, (Luke) McLean, all top quality players and that is outside the monster of a pack they have.” Munster travel to Paris next weekend as they are set to face Top 14 champions Stade Francais in what is sure to be an emotional Champions Cup pool fixture on Sunday. It took hot favourites Munster until the 75th minute to secure the try-scoring bonus point through winger Simon Zebo against their resilient Italian opponents. Afterwards Foley said Munster had showed a good attitude and good work-rate in seeing off a Treviso side which is rooted to the foot of the GUINNESS PRO12 table. Munster head coach Anthony Foley praised his players for turning in an “impressive display” in their hard-earned 32-7 bonus-point win over Treviso in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC women’s volleyball drops two more on the road

first_imgStruggling in conference matches on the road has been a problem for the USC women’s volleyball team all season. This weekend was more of the same.The No. 16 Women of Troy fell to 4-7 in conference play and severely hurt their chances for a Pac-10 championship as they dropped matches to No. 4 Stanford and No. 14 California in northern California.Behind the stellar play of Hana Cutura, California (13-8, 6-5) defeated USC (15-8, 4-7) Saturday night 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20) at Haas Pavilion. Cutura hit .356 on the evening and led her team with 22 kills. Teammate Mindi Wiley chipped in with 13 kills and hit .391.The duo was too much for the Women of Troy to handle. After dropping the first two sets, USC rallied to match point in the third set with three straight points, but the Bears finished off USC in the fourth set.Although the loss was the Women of Troy’s second in two nights, coach Mick Haley likes the improvements he saw in his team.“We had a great chance to win the fourth game but just didn’t have enough in the tank,” Haley said. “I thought the team did quite well other than not finishing and not winning. It’s still discouraging to lose, but we’re not giving up.”In the match, senior All-American outside hitter Jessica Gysin had a team-high 14 kills for the Women of Troy. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter had 12 kills and 11 digs, but had 13 hitting errors for a minus .022 in the match.Zoe Garrett came off the bench and had seven kills while setter Kendall Bateman had 43 assists and seven digs.USC opened play Friday night in Palo Alto against the Cardinal (15-5, 8-2) and dropped the match 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-23).Stanford’s Janet Okogbaa led her team hitting .455 with 13 kills and seven blocks, while teammate Alix Klineman added a team-high 16 kills and Cassidy Litchman recorded 11 kills and 14 digs.Stanford used a 13-to-7 advantage in blocks to aid its effort and served up seven aces.Down 18-16 in the first set, USC closed out the win with a 9-3 run before Stanford hit .438 in the second set and used its blocking game to force 11 USC errors in the third set.The Cardinal had match point at 24-20 in the fourth before USC rallied with three straight points. But Klineman closed out the victory with her final kill of the evening for the Cardinal.“After the first game, they kicked it up a notch,” Haley said. “We played quite well, but couldn’t finish … It was pretty exhausting.”USC’s sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams had a career-high 15 kills. Gysin had 13 kills and 15 digs for the Women of Troy. Jupiter had 17 kills, including 10 in the first set, and 11 digs in the loss. Jupiter had 10 kills in the first set alone, but finished the match with 11 hitting errors and a .130 clip.Although the Women of Troy came out of a road trip winless yet again, Haley said he likes his team’s attitude and knows it has the ability to turn its struggles around for the remaining seven matches.“We’ve got two choices,” he said. “We either keep getting better and battling and get into the tournament and play the way we’re capable of, or we give up. So far, I haven’t seen any of the give up. As long as they keep working at it, we’ve got a chance.”last_img read more