Graduates opting to continue education

first_imgNewsLocal NewsGraduates opting to continue educationBy admin – November 3, 2010 446 WhatsApp Linkedin THIRD level graduates are choosing to continue with their education in greater numbers than ever rather than emerge onto the labour market, a survey of 2009 graduates at one of the country’s largest Institutes of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), has revealed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to the ‘First Destinations Report’, compiled by the Careers Service at LIT, 17% of honours degree students (639) in 2009 continued to post-graduate education. This is almost three-times the figure (6%) in 2007.The survey of over 800 graduates in 2009 also revealed that 73% of 2009 Level 6 (Higher Certificate) and Level 7 (Degree) graduates progressed to further studies at the Institute. The highest rate of progression onto further education was in Level 6, with 82% of Higher Certificate graduates continuing onto degree courses.The First Destinations Report also revealed:· 67% of graduates who did not continue education at LIT in 2009 secured employment or further study opportunities, such as post-graduate education· 47% proceeded directly into employment, down from 72% in 2008.· LIT’s graduate employment figure is 2% above the national average for third level institutes/universities· Of those, 52% secured employment in the Mid-West (Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary and North Kerry)· 14% moved abroad to secure work, an increase of 3% on 2008 figures and 9% on 2007· 5% of LIT graduates availed of voluntary or unpaid internship opportunities. Print Facebookcenter_img Twitter Email Advertisement Previous articleChamber back Brosnan reportNext articleMunster women take on Connacht adminlast_img read more

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HEAT ADVISORY in effect from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM CST Wednesday for Floyd, Mitchell, Mower MN, Freeborn MN and Faribault MN.

first_img…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR FLOYD, MITCHELL, MOWER MN, FREEBORN MN AND FARIBAULT MN…* WHAT…Heat index values up to 102 expected.* WHERE…Portions of central, southwest and west central Wisconsin, north central and northeast Iowa and southeastMinnesota.* WHEN…From 11 AM to 7 PM CDT Wednesday.* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Take necessary precautions to prevent heat illnesses.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.last_img read more

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Bafana ready for African Nations Champs

first_img6 January 2014Coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

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10 months agoFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadiniby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have made an offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini.The Viola want to take the Italy striker on-loan to the end of this season.La Nazione says Fiorentina are willing to include a permanent option in the region of €12-15m.They are also prepared to match Gabbiadini’s wages at Southampton to the tune of €2.5m-a-year.Saints are now mulling over the proposal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months ago​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-back

first_img​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-backby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has admitted his admiration for his teammate Fabinho.The Brazilian was drafted in for centre-back duty given the injury crisis the Reds are experiencing in that position.He turned in a top display alongside Virgil Van Dijk, helping his side to a 1-0 win away to Brighton. And Robertson was very impressed with what he saw.”For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected to the club’s official website.”So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.”I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Second City goes gritty for newest show

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Set designer Camellia Koo used to live at the corner of King and River Sts. where she had a front-row seat to activities taking place beneath a Gardiner underpass.When director Carly Heffernan brought her in to design the set for the new Second City show, Come What Mayhem!, Koo was familiar with the company’s work, having already done six of their productions.But this time the jokes weren’t about kitten videos, manspreading on the subway or snooty wait staff. Heffernan and team were thinking more like Black Lives Matter, consent, accountability and the gritty reality of the city’s issues today. And the show, which opens Wednesday, had to be distinctly Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement Koo knew that income disparity, racism, sexism and very distinct Toronto markers had to be part of the set. The underpass became the dominant image under and upon which the themes of Come What Mayhem! would humorously play out.Koo, mentored by famed Canadian designer Michael Levine, is now making her mark in every area of the performing arts world. For Second City, she designed pillars and ramps with steel girders littering the ground underneath. It’s a “trade secret” how the wood was made to look like cement. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Officials working on a plan to accept donations after Ridgeview Apartment fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Residents have already started to ask how they can help those affected by the fire at the Ridgeview Apartments Saturday night.At this time, there is no official way to make donations, but that is being worked on.  According to officials with the Emergency Social Services have said they are working on a plan with the Fort St. John Salvation Army and the Red Cross.Once the details of the plan have been ironed out, officials will share how you can donate.  There is also a Facebook page that has been set up to help those affected by the fire.  You can find the page here. If you are a resident of that apartment building, make sure you contact your property manager to received help from the Provincial Government and the City of Fort St. John.A fire broke out at around 11 p.m. Saturday night at the Ridgeview Village Apartments on 86 street.  The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building.If you have any pictures, video or information you’d like to share with us about the fire, email [email protected]last_img read more

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Together For LNG Campaign gives voice to supportive British Columbians

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Together For LNG Campaign (T4LNG Campaign) will give a voice to the tens of thousands of British Columbians who share that LNG development in B.C. is the key to a good future for the province.The campaign demonstrates to the public and elected representatives that there’s a broad base of support for LNG projects amongst the citizens of B.C.A coalition of workers, First Nations, students, educators, businesses and others feel the LNG Project will offer economic and social benefits to First Nations, government revenues, education and other services, by providing well-paying jobs for British Columbians. “By unlocking our world-class energy asset, B.C.’s liquid natural gas (LNG) industry will play an important role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by helping many Asian countries transition off coal,” said Chris Gardner, President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “The strategic development of a strong LNG sector will also provide tens of thousands of jobs in construction, maintenance, and operations for people in B.C. and across Canada, and important revenue contributions to all levels of government.  LNG is the perfect opportunity for industry and government to work together to achieve great outcomes for Canada.”Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, adds: “The liquid natural gas (LNG) that Canada has in such large supply is a key factor in worldwide demand for clean energy, strategic development of a strong LNG sector also provides for tens of thousands of construction, maintenance and operations jobs for Canadians, and provides robust contributions to provincial and national GDP. LNG in Canada is the perfect venue for industry and government to work together to achieve great outcomes,” de Jong says.T4LNG believes that the Campaign will build a community of interest to change the narrative around LNG. By working together, the public can let our elected leaders know there’s a broad base of support for LNG development. The coalition believes B.C. has the opportunity to help the world transition to a greener future, create prosperity at home and greatly reduce our global carbon footprint moving forward.Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, adds; “The liquid natural gas (LNG) that Canada has in such large supply is a key factor in worldwide demand for clean energy.“LNG not only offers skilled workers the opportunity for employment while building the plant but also the opportunity for apprentices to learn the skillsets from their mentors. We will not only be building an LNG plant, but building career paths for hundreds if not thousands of young British Columbians who want to work in the construction industry,” says Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the B.C. Building Trades.“Blueberry River First Nation is a small community that plays a big role in LNG,” says Judy Desjarlais, President of Topnotch Oilfield Contracting and a member of the Blueberry River First Nation in northeast B.C. “All the communities in this area have signed off on it. A lot of us own businesses and a lot of us are benefiting from the work that’s happening in our backyard.”Ramona McDonald, President of Complete Safety Services in Fort St. John says LNG jobs will make a huge difference in the lives of First Nations peoples. “Probably 50 percent of my employees are of aboriginal descent. When they can go out and buy Christmas presents for their children because they’ve had a job and were able to make money, that brings me joy,” says McDonald. “We shouldn’t be in poverty, we shouldn’t see people suffering in this country, because we have what it takes to get everybody working again.”Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead framed the LNG conversation in terms of higher values. “Communities are built around quality of life, ‘health and happiness,” he said, “Health, education and economic opportunities are the pillars. We are a province built on resource development. It is the foundation for these pillars. We all need to support responsible resource development.”last_img read more

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Oppn in disarray Cong confident of winning all 13 seats in Punjab

first_imgChandigarh: The ruling Congress in Punjab is confident of winning all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state as it faces a “faction-ridden” and “divided” Opposition in the hustings. Congress will be firing on all cylinders to take on the SAD-BJP alliance and AAP in the parliamentary polls beginning April 11. “We are seeing the opposition the way it is. Akali Dal has disintegrated and AAP has also broken into groups. BJP, within its cadres, has a lot of infighting,” said Asha Kumari, Congress Punjab affairs in-charge. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children She exuded confidence that Congress will win all 13 seats in the state. To accomplish its ‘Mission 13’, Congress will highlight the achievements of its two-year regime and target the BJP-led Centre for its “failures” at the national level. Both Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will highlight the “non-performance” of the Punjab government on poll promises like farm debt waiver and smart phones for youths etc. It is going to be interesting to see how SAD fares in the elections in the backdrop of expulsion of Taksali (old guard) leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The three floated SAD (Taksali) late last year. SAD president Badal has described the leaders as of “no consequence”. The resignation of senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa from party posts in September last year also did not augur well for SAD. It came at a time when the party was facing heat over sacrilege of religious scriptures and pardon granted to Dera Sacha Sauda chief in a blasphemy case. The SAD, which claims to be the “only custodian” of Sikh issues, has rejected the Ranjit Singh Commission report, which dealt with sacrilege incidents in Punjab. It also accused the Special Investigation Team, probing the 2015 sacrilege and police firing incidents, of implicating party leaders at the behest of Congress. The going is likely to be tough for AAP as well, which has grappled with infighting and factionalism in the state unit. It is going to be an uphill task for the party to retain the four Lok Sabha seats which it had won in the 2014 polls despite a Modi wave across the country. Senior leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira parted ways with AAP after he was ousted from the post of the leader of opposition. Khaira, along with seven other MLAs, had formed a parallel ad hoc political affairs committee and declared the party’s state unit “autonomous”, before resigning from AAP in January this year. He floated a new party — Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP). The Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) comprising PEP, Bahujan Samaj Party, Lok Insaaf Party, suspended AAP MP Dharamvira Gandhi-led Punjab Manch, CPI and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) is also in the fray. The PDA has announced seven candidates for the parliamentary elections. Besides AAP’s four seats, Congress had won three, SAD won four and BJP bagged two in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, in 2017 Gurdaspur bypoll, necessitated by the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar won the seat. Polling will be held in Punjab in single phase on May 19 and results will be announced on May 23.last_img read more

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Climbing the success ladder

first_imgOver the last two-to-three decades, the major success story of the Indian economy has been the stellar growth of its IT industry. But as the dividends from the sector reach the eventual inflexion point, India needs to build similar competencies in other industries to ensure sustained growth and prosperity. It is not acknowledged as often but the biotechnology industry seemed poised to take over the mantle. In the span of a decade beginning in 2007, the industry has grown exponentially in size from about $2 billion to over $11 billion in terms of revenue. By 2025, it is targeted to touch $100 billion. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe biotechnology industry, however, has been impacting Indian lives long before it grew so much in size. Back in the mid-1960s, advancements in biotechnology drove the Green Revolution, which enhanced farm yields and made the country self-sufficient in food production. A similar contribution from the sector was witnessed in the White Revolution when India became a milk-surplus nation and improved the nutrition level of its citizens. More recently, the meteoric growth of the Indian pharmaceutical industry is a result of process innovation that has given the country a cost advantage in the manufacture of drugs. Further, the growing energy needs of India’s rural areas have been increasingly met by biomass fuel. Also Read – Insider threat managementThese outcomes have been the result of years of concerted efforts by the Indian government to enable the growth of the industry. As early as 1986, Rajiv Gandhi, recognising the potential of biotechnology in the country’s development, set up the Department of Biotechnology, making India one of the first countries in the world to have a government department solely dedicated to biotechnology. Over the years, the Department of Biotechnology has set up 17 Centres of Excellence at higher education institutions across the country and has supported the establishment of eight biotechnology parks across different cities. The biggest contribution of the department has been in setting up the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in 2012, which has successfully supported 316 start-ups in its six years of existence. Due to these efforts, the Indian biotechnology industry has flourished over the years. As of 2016, India had over a thousand biotechnology start-ups. To put matters in perspective, Australia has a total of 470 biotechnology companies. More than half of these start-ups are involved in healthcare – drugs, medical devices and diagnostics – while about 14 per cent is in agricultural biotechnology and about 18 per cent in biotechnology services. The Indian economy also has a distinct advantage with respect to its demography that can ensure sustained growth for the sector. More than half the Indian population is below the age of 25. On a global scale, the median age in India (26.5 years) is much below that of China (35.9 years) and the US (37.1 years). Effective utilisation of this demographic advantage will provide India competitive edge over all other emerging economies in the advancement of biotechnological research and development. However, a few challenges need to be addressed if India is to fuel the growth of its biotechnology industry and achieve its target of making it a $100 billion industry by 2025. First, India’s research and development expenditure is quite low at 0.67 per cent of GDP, not only compared to mature biotechnology economies such as Japan and the US (which stands at around 3 per cent) but also in comparison to emerging economies like China (which is at around 2 per cent). Second, and more specifically to the biotech pharmaceutical sector, there are a few India-specific challenges with the country’s IP regime. There are two main areas of contention for the industry in India’s approach to intellectual property. The first issue lies in Section 3(d) of the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005, which sets a higher standard for patentability than mandated by TRIPS. The industry argues that India’s stricter standards for patents discourage innovation and dampens foreign investment. The second issue is that of compulsory licensing, which gives the government power to suspend a patent in times of health emergencies. Although India has used this option only once, the industry feels that such regulations keep investors clear of Indian markets. A third challenge lies in the risk involved in the Valley of Death, that is, the risk of failure in the transition of innovative products and services from discovery to marketisation. Most of the early research funding, often provided by universities or the government, runs out before the marketisation phase, the funding for which is mostly provided by venture capitalists. It becomes difficult to attract further capital between these two stages because a developing technology may seem promising but it is often too early to validate its commercial potential. This gap has a huge impact on the commercialisation of innovative ideas. Thus, the Indian government needs to act on these challenges facing the biotechnology sector. An increase in investment towards research and development and building human capital is the most crucial point of action. These initiatives have shifted the growth trajectories of countries like China away from India. As for the challenging IP regime, the government needs to come together with the biopharma industry and chalk out a middle ground that recognises the value of innovation and does not hurt its investment attractiveness. Finally, for the Valley of Death concerns, the government can build a mechanism where funding can be provided to select innovative ideas based on their national importance. Only such action-oriented steps can make biotechnology the next success story of the Indian economy. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, a senior researcher, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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