Technological University status granted to Limerick and Athlone Institutes of Technology

first_imgNewsEducationLimerickTechnological University status granted to Limerick and Athlone Institutes of TechnologyBy Meghann Scully – May 5, 2021 559 Advertisement Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Institute of Technology’s Moylish campusMINISTER of State for Further Education and Skills Niall Collins TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD have today (5 May 2021) granted Technological University (TU) status to Limerick Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology.This is the third TU to be created since 2019 and is a milestone for the Mid-West and the Midlands.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister of State for Further Education and Skills and TD for Limerick County, Niall Collins, commented: “This is a transformational event for the people of the Mid-West and the Midlands.“We know the many faceted benefits of TUs and we are seeing how they can transform regions elsewhere. I am very much looking forward to this new TU bringing those benefits from Clare and Limerick, through Tipperary and up the mighty Shannon across the Midlands to Athlone and beyond.“This will allow people across the Mid-West and the Midlands and beyond to obtain a university degree in their home places. As a former LIT lecturer and a proud Limerick man I am delighted to see this milestone being reached and I want to congratulate all involved.” he said.The process to designate a new TU is enshrined in the Technological Universities Act 2018. The next steps in the legislative process require the Minister to bring forward a draft order establishing the appointed day on which the new technological university will be legally established and Limerick and Athlone ITs consequentially dissolved for approval by the Houses of the Oireachtas.A date for this requirement is currently being considered but subject to the order being approved in due course all students graduating in the 2021-2022 academic year will do so with university qualifications.Minister Harris added: “I would like to warmly congratulate and sincerely thank the very many people from the two Institutions including their management, governing bodies, staff, students and the wider regional and community stakeholders who have enabled today’s announcement and who can now look forward to an exciting future for this new university and the regions it will serve.” Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Institue of TechnologyLimerick Post Previous articleSt Nessan’s chosen as Limerick winner for SPAR FAI School Zone competitionNext articleLimerick language company heads for Russia Meghann Scully Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitterlast_img read more

Dual credit proves fruitful for NTO grads

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Dual credit proves fruitful for NTO grads Pinterest Twitter TAGS  center_img Previous articleAndrew TorresNext articleMOLLETTE: Graduation Time in America Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Local News Facebook George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa seniors Danielle Hornbuckle, Andrea Liette Ruiz and Auden Salazar pose with their degrees and certificates from Odessa College. They graduate from NTO Friday. Auden Salazar, Andrea Liette Ruiz and Danielle Hornbuckle are just three of a number of George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa students who are already half way through college, even though they are graduating today.Commencement is set for 10 a.m. today at the Odessa College Sports Center, 201 W. University Blvd.Salazar, 18, earned his core completion from Odessa College; Ruiz, 18, earned an associate of arts degree and certificate in criminal justice; and Hornbuckle, 17, got certificates as a certified nurse assistant and EMT.All three said they thought being able to earn associate degrees and certificates while still in high school was a great head start.“I think it’s a really great opportunity that I got and I took it. I only had to pay for two classes because most of my classes at New Tech were free for my dual credit program, so I’m super excited to use my degree and pursue a higher bachelor’s degree with it. It saved me a lot of time,” Ruiz said.She added that another reason she wanted to get her associate degree was that she’s planning to go into the Air Force and this will give her a higher rank, an E3, or Airman First Class. While in the Air Force, Ruiz said she plans to pursue a communications degree from University of Texas Permian Basin and then go through Grand Canyon University for a degree in education to become a teacher.“I want to be a teacher because in my life when I was growing up I saw a lot of teachers who impacted my life and they really did teach me. I was with them most of the time here. You’re with your teachers more than you’re with your parents. They’re the ones who teach you about life lessons. They just teach you about everything and I want to be able to impact a kid’s life one day like how my teachers did with me,” Ruiz said.Salazar was dreaming of earning a degree from NYU or UT Austin to pursue filmmaking, but that didn’t work out, so he applied to UT San Antonio and got in.Salazar said he knows college is the path he wants to take, but if he goes to UTSA, he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications.While his dream is still to work in the film industry, his more realistic dream is to work in advertising or another communication-based career, he said.“I just very much enjoyed the idea of storytelling, or telling any type of story. When I was younger, I would always write stories but then whenever I came to New Tech, I found a passion for filmmaking. I found that I really liked to link stories to visual concepts … so that’s what I wanted to pursue,” Salazar said.“But for advertising, I just think that’s an extremely interesting part of the business culture and how that works; how marketing goes into it; how you have to use certain colors to get this type of demographic. I find all of that extremely interesting, so that’s why I want to pursue it,” he added.Hornbuckle plans to become a pediatric nurse. She’s going to start at OC to get her registered nurse degree and then transfer to another university, probably Texas Tech, to get her bachelor’s degree in nursing.For a long time, Hornbuckle said, she wanted to be a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, but has recently begun moving toward pediatrics.“I love little kids and I love being able to make them feel better,” Hornbuckle said. “I love seeing the smiles on their faces.”The three students also agree that New Tech was the right choice for them because of its project-based learning, technology and dual credit options.“… Whenever I first heard about it, it immediately caught my attention,” Salazar said. “I liked how they were technology based and how they were project based. That’s one of the most interesting parts of New Tech is how we essentially take all of our curriculum and put it into a project and then complete it. That’s how we’ve been learning over the past four years and I really liked it.”“New Tech has given me a lot of opportunities that I feel like I wouldn’t have been able to get at any other school. I’ve spoken at film festivals for short PSAs (public service announcements) that I’ve made. I’ve been able to volunteer with the United Way. I’ve been on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. There’s just a lot of things that I’ve felt that I’ve been able to do for my community through coming to New Tech, so I’m really glad that I came here and I got my basics and they helped me out with that,” Salazar added.Ruiz said NTO has benefitted her greatly by being able to earn college credit while in high school and it also taught her how to communicate with people better, speak clearly and get her point across.“I just think it was such an amazing school to be at,” Ruiz said.Hornbuckle said attending New Tech got her headed toward the medical field.“Going to Permian or OHS, I don’t think I would have had had the opportunity to take the CNA class or the EMT class, but I think definitely coming here I was definitely pushed to go into the medical field and I was given the opportunity to take these classes and this is what I want to do when I get older,” Hornbuckle said.Principal Amy Hoxie said she thinks the dual credit students are amazing.“To be able to get a certification or a degree at the same of having to do PBL (project-based learning) here I think is awesome. And I think it really speaks to all the things that they’ve learned here since being students that they’re able to juggle and manage that and be successful,” Hoxie said.“I’m very happy for them. They act like it’s nothing, but it really is a huge deal and I’m very happy; very proud of them. I hope that they get to not have to spend so much money on college now that they don’t have to go for the four to six years that most of us do,” she added.last_img read more

Dave Provost to Become New Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance

first_imgBreaking NewsDave Provost to Become New Deputy CommissionerDear Friends,Dave Provost, CFE has been named the successor to Len Crouse as Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance. Dave is an Assistant Chief Examiner withinthe department and is a veteran of the captive industry having spent 18 years in both the private and regulatory sector.”His strengths should help Vermont build on its long established pre-eminence in the field of captive insurance regulation. He can offer us both continuity and perspective for maintaining responsive regulatory paths, and bring vision forshaping our future.” said Commissioner Paulette Thabault. Provost will take over as deputy when Crouse steps down on June 1st. Click here to read the complete release from the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration.Upcoming Events:March 5Scottsdale, AZCaptive Insurance Companies Association Annual ConferenceMarch 12Cincinnati, OHState of Vermont and VCIA Captive Educational Seminars & MixerApril 9Charlotte, NCState of Vermont and VCIA Captive Educational Seminars & Mixer © 2007Vermont Captive |Privacy Policy |Contact Us This email was delivered to you by The State of Vermont. You can take your email address off The State of Vermont’s email list, or update your preferences and/or send comments to The State of Vermont. If you request to be taken off The State of Vermont’s email list, The State of Vermont will honor your request. Postal address: National Life Building, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-0501.last_img read more

Runsewe Hails PGA Nigeria @50

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has showered encomiums on the Professional Golfers of Association of Nigeria (PGAN) for showing commitment to the development of golf in Nigeria.Runsewe, who is a member of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), said the 50 years of PGAN have been of immense blessing to Nigeria. PGAN celebrated its  Hall of Fame in Lagos at the weekend to commemorate the 50thanniversary.The NCAC boss described the future of golf in Nigeria as bright, noting that talented young professional golfers are emerging from all over the country.“The 50 years of PGA have been very fruitful. Only recently, they received the international body that came to interact with them and see how they can develop golf and make the game better in Nigeria.“For me, PGA is in the right direction by coordinating and networking with other part of the world in development of golf and I wish them well,” Runsewe saidHe urged both the government and the organised private sector to invest in the sustainable growth of Nigerian golfers, saying there is a lot to benefit from the game of golf.“I believe this 50th anniversary will be a landmark of development of golf in the country. We must all remember that by the year 2020, $6billion will be roving round golf in the history of the world.“There is need for Nigeria to benefit from that money and we must move very fast to pocket some chunk of that money. Americans, British, Germans and others have taken some chunk of the billion dollars and Nigeria must take her share by investing in sustainable growth of our golfers.“If you notice, I have started playing golf with local fabric and that is the beginning of taking some chunk of the money back home. A lot of golfers in Nigeria are now keying into the idea and have started seeing vision in it. Why should we spend all our money importing and what do we export to the rest of the world?”The PGAN was established in 1969. It is the only body in Nigeria that promotes and manages professional golf in the country with a good working relationship with Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture [NCAC], Otunba Olusegun Runsewelast_img read more

Eaton, Dibaba Top 2015, says Track And Field News

first_img World records Dibaba and Wlodarczyk both set world records – three minutes 50.07 seconds for the 1500 and 81.08 metres for the hammer throw, respectively – before their wins at the World Championships. The Track and Field News panel could only separate them by three points, 312 to 309. In fact, 17 members of the panel felt that the Pole was number one compared to 16 who voted for Dibaba. Holland’s Dafne Schippers finished third with Jamaica’s 100-metre World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, appearing at number six. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were voted as the year’s top performers in the men’s 200 metres and the women’s 100m, respectively. American Justin Gatlin, and not Bolt, is the magazine’s number one in the 100 metres. Details aren’t available yet on the website, but in its 2014 Annual World Rankings issue, Track and Field said: “As important as major meets are, we should also note that no competition, not even the Olympic Games, is the be-all, end-all. We’re looking for people who maintain high standards over a whole year.” Restricted by injuries, Bolt did the 100 metres in only three 2015 athletics meetings, with clockings of 10.12, 9.87 and 9.79 seconds, respectively. The latter time pipped Gatlin in the World Championships. That was the American’s only loss of a seven-meet season that yielded times of 9.74, the fastest in 2015, 9.75 twice, 9.77, 9.78, 9.80 behind Bolt at the Worlds and 9.98 seconds. Gatlin isn’t the only athlete to top the rankings in an individual event despite losing at the World Championships. Others include Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was fourth in the high jump at the Worlds, French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Kenyan Eunice Sum in the 800 metres, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and American Dawn Harper-Nelson, who fell in the semis of the 100-metre hurdles. The respected United States publication, Track and Field News, has named American Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia as its Athletes of the Year for 2015. Despite contesting just one decathlon for the entire season, Eaton won the bulk of the votes from a 36-member international panel to emerge ahead of triple jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter supreme Usain Bolt. It was far closer among the women, with Dibaba edging Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the 2014 Athlete of the Year. According to a notification appearing on the magazine’s Internet site, Eaton’s world record performance – 9,045 points – at the World Championships tipped the voting his way. In fact, it was voted the Performance of the Year. The magazine’s website notes that two members of the panel objected to the season on the grounds that Eaton’s single decathlon did not ‘constitute a full season’.last_img read more

Hooptopia: Live like a Warrior in San Francisco pop-up adventure

first_imgDon’t think you have quite enough height — or hops — to throw down a rim-rattling slam dunk? Think again. There’s a brand-new basketball fantasyland in the Bay Area where your hoop dreams can come true.Fittingly dubbed Hooptopia and designed for fans of all ages, it’s a playful interactive experience brought to you by the Golden State Warriors and the creative minds behind Candytopia. The two-story pop-up adventure is located just outside the new Chase Center and opens to the public on …last_img

Mega development for Central Africa

first_imgAFDB will invest in Central Africa’s publicinfrastructure development. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com For more photos visit the Image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • African Development Bank Group +216 71 10 39 00 or +216 71 35 19 33 RELATED ARTICLES • $90bn boost to Africa’s economy • Eskom gets $500m for upgrade • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiThe African Development Bank (AFDB) has committed itself to developing infrastructure networks in and between Central African countries over the next five years.This was revealed in the bank’s recently released 2011-2015 Regional Strategy for Central Africa, a developmental blueprint approved by its board of directors on 28 April. Infrastructure development is the primary focus of the strategy. The Tunis-based AFDB is a leading finance institution on the continent, providing both grants and loans.Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad are the countries targeted in AFDB’s new strategy. The 10 are members of the Economic Community of Central African States regional group.The region has been identified as having one of the poorest infrastructure networks on the continent, especially in the transport and energy sectors. “This impacts negatively on the region’s productive capacity, trade and social conditions. It is the least integrated region in Africa, despite its huge natural resource potential,” said the bank.AFDB wants to help develop roads to speed up the movement of goods between targeted states. Only about 20% of the entire regional road network, which covers 150 000km, is currently tarred.“Infrastructure development is crucial to leverage its immense potential and enhance its integration,” the organisation said.Although the region has the potential to generate 166 gigawatts of electricity, AFDB concedes that its energy sector is the least developed in Africa. There are plans to transform the region into a bulk supplier of hydro power in forthcoming years.Air transport in Central Africa also needs urgent attention, according to the AFDB. “It is plagued by lack of connectivity between countries due to the collapse of several airlines in the region, the obsolescence of aircraft, low competition and limited airport infrastructure.”The bank has to facilitate funding for rehabilitation and expansion of railways as well, which it has described as “obsolete and underused”.Major ports in Central Africa also need focus to boost maritime transport there. AFDB said the private sector, which is already involved in port management, will continue to play a key role in improving the quality of such services through enhanced public-private partnerships.“Inadequate infrastructure is the leading obstacle to stronger growth in Central Africa,” AFBD added.Besides using its own funds, AFDB appeals to investors like the Bank Group, World Bank, European Union, France, Germany, UK and UN to bankroll critical projects. All these agencies are major, well-established donors for development in Central Africa.Sustaining the Congo BasinAFDB also promises to support the preservation of the Congo Basin. Although it already backs sustainable environmental management via the Congo Basin Forest Fund, it is expected to initiate further interventions to preserve the region.Besides being home to the world’s second-largest forest and water reserve, the Congo Basin also boasts “huge, but largely untapped mining, mineral and agricultural potential”.“Infrastructure development should factor in the preservation of the Congo Basin which is vital for humanity.”Fear of political instabilityPolitical instability in the region is one of the factors that AFBD fears could impede development.Kivu in the DRC, eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic are currently “hotbeds of tension and insecurity” and are a major concern in the region.Governments in the region have set up the Central African Peace and Security Council to deal with political conflict.“Political stability in the region is improving, but remains fragile,” states the bank. At least six of states belonging to the Central African bloc are rich in oil, which continues to sustain the region’s economy. The GDPs of these six nations – Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad – grew at an average of 6.2% between 1999 and 2009, while the remaining four achieved growth of 4.7%.International economic fluctuations also pose a threat to the mineral-driven economies. “In 2009, in the wake of the international financial crisis, the region’s economic situation deteriorated sharply,” said AFDB.last_img read more

Poultry documentary filmed at the Ohio Expo Center debuts this week on CMT

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Look at you. You are a warrior,” is not typically a phrase one would utter to a chicken, unless, that is, you are considered Chicken People.There are few places where more of these birds of a feather flock together than the Ohio National Poultry Show held at the Ohio Expo Center each November — the PERFECT place to film portions of the new Chicken People movie that will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 23 on Country Music Television (CMT) at 8 p.m.The film is described as a “charming, critically acclaimed CMT documentary about the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders…A real life ‘Best in Show,’ but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their feathered muses on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some.”Indeed. The New York Times said Chicken People is “a fun and at times astonishing film,” and the Los Angeles Times called the movie “poignant and illuminating.”Chicken People made its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was featured at SIFF, Nashville Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, AFI Docs, Laemmle Monica Film Center and Village East Cinema. Any Ohio State Fair visitor will recognize scenes in the movie trailer and anyone closely associated with Ohio’s poultry show culture will surely recognize some faces in what looks to be an entertaining look into the unique world of Chicken People.last_img read more

Foodspotting: Foursquare meets Food Porn

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Founded by Adaptive Path UI designer Alexa Andrzejewski and Get Satisfaction engineer Ted Grubb, Foodspotting lets users upload photos of their favorite dishes along with a restaurant address. In Posterous-style fashion, you can also email your finds to [email protected] From here you can rate dishes and users, add additional details, earn reputation points and follow places, dishes and community members. The difference between Foodspotting and Yelp is that every review is a positive one. Instead of showcasing restaurant rants, Foodspotting offers a visual menu of customer favorites. ReadWriteWeb got an early look at the duo’s upcoming iPhone application. Set for release in early 2010, foodies will be awarded points for their uploads as well as the particular foods they’ve tried. In Foursquare, users become the “Mayor” of a particular establishment, but in Foodspotting users become the “Champion” of their favorite dishes. And because so many towns are famous for a particular dish, you’re likely to see stiff competition for the “Champion” of Maine lobster or Chicago hot dogs. Users will also compete to collect dishes through scavenger hunts and a food passport system. In the future, as we begin to record more dishes, the system will amass our flavor profiles. These profiles will later form the basis for a dish-related recommendation system. While the mobile application will not hit the market for at least a month, Foodspotting is well on its way to offering salivating diners a chance to discover nearby favorites on a per-dish basis. To register for the site’s early alpha visit foodspotting.com/ilovefood. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After eating the best meal of your life, it’s hard to forget the experience. It’s not unusual for individuals to spend a decade in search of the perfect New York-style pizza in California or the best ramen in London. At this level of obsession, you simply can’t be satiated by reading menus or scouring the blurry restaurant pictures and user-generated diatribes of regular review sites. Whether you’ve got a fixation on fresh lobster ragoût or a hankering for hickory smoked ham, Foodspotting lets hungry users peruse through what can only be described as food porn. last_img read more

PM Honoured With Key to Portmore

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was on Friday, June 28, presented with the key to the Municipality of Portmore, in a civic ceremony that was the highlight of a week long celebration of the municipality’s 10-year anniversaryw.At the function held at the Power of Faith Ministries, the Prime Minister was honoured for her invaluable contribution and service in assisting Portmore to achieve municipal status while serving as Minister of Local Government and Community Development in 2003.Expressing gratitude and delight at the special recognition, the Prime Minister said she was honoured to be marking the special milestone with the residents.She noted that as Portmore celebrates its 10th anniversary as a municipality, it can look towards an even brighter future, as the area stands to benefit from some major investment projects being undertaken by the Government.She cited for example, the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre, located close to the municipality, which is part of the Logistics Hub Initiative.The Prime Minister encouraged the Municipal Council to plan for and position the municipality to take advantage of opportunities that will be created by the hub.“I encourage you to begin preparing your young people to acquire the necessary skills training and certification to take up the jobs when they are created from the investments in the hub,” she said.She noted too that the municipality can celebrate the fact that at Naggo Head, some 750,000 square feet of factory space will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 13,000 persons.She informed that already, one investor, in anticipation of the opening of the technology park, has booked the first 100,000 square feet in the facility.The Prime Minister noted that the community has come a far way in 10 years and encouraged the council and citizens to reflect on the journey and plan for the future.The event was celebrated with pomp and pageantry with marching bands heralding the Prime Minister’s arrival and a guard of honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Several members of the diplomatic corps; councillors; government officials and scores of students, also attended the event.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAMlast_img read more