UL city centre campus will generate €30 million a year

first_imgNewsEducationLimerickUL city centre campus will generate €30 million a yearBy David Raleigh – November 8, 2019 602 Facebook Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Previous articleStruggling against the tide of animal abuseNext articleRevenue seize cash, cigarettes and dogs in separate operations David Raleigh TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostULUniversity of Limerick WhatsApp Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Former Dunnes Stores site, Sarsfield Bridge.Picture True MediaMORE than 300 jobs are to be created by the University of Limerick (UL) as part of an ambitious five-year investment worth hundreds of millions of euro.At the launch of “[email protected]” last Friday, UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald, along with former Tanaiste and UL Chancellor Mary Harney, announced plans to increase UL’s student population by 4,000 to 20,000 students and raise staff numbers by approximately 330 to 1,930.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Fitzgerald said UL’s big ambitions would place it among the leading universities in these islands.The announcement was delivered on the site of UL’s proposed city-centre campus at the former Dunnes Stores shopping centre off Sarsfield Bridge.It acquired the 5,500 square metre property for €8 million last May and plans to develop a “significant landmark building” on the site to accommodate much of its additional student population.The city campus, which will cater mainly for postgraduate and international students, will be worth an estimated €30 million a year to the local economy.“We will work with Limerick City and County Council to maximise what can be achieved on the site. We have already begun identifying all possible sources of funding including government grants, philanthropy and our own sources to get us to a place where we can begin to plan what is possible,” Dr Fitzgerald said.The University is currently “developing the specifications of an international architectural competition to achieve the most progressive, grand, effective and ambitious design possible”, he added.“We have a lot of hard work ahead to raise the substantial funding that will do justice to the opportunity here, but we are determined that the UL City Campus will be a flagship for our university and our city.”Dr Fitzgerald said that “a revolution in teaching styles and philosophies” was the future of third-level education, and that UL would seek to lead this transformation in Ireland.“We believe that the teaching model that has characterised universities for a hundred years is coming to an end. We want to put flexible learning spaces and tech-enhanced teaching models at the heart of our education and training.”“We will develop new curricula, new learning modes and a cross-disciplinary sharing and exchange approach with a particular focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship.”Mary Harney offered that “ambition has always been key to UL”.Since its emergence in 1972, with 113 students and seven academic staff members, it has grown exponentially to accommodating 16,000 students across 250,000 sq m of lecture theatres, classrooms and research facilities, on a 360-acre campus in Castletroy.“By matching the ambition and drive of our founders, we will ensure that the university reaches its fullest potential over the coming years,” Ms Harney said.UL is expected to announce a further development Masterplan for the Castletroy campus as part of its 2022 celebrations.Major development plans were also drawn up by the university in April last year, to construct a 200-bedroom four-star hotel and additional student residential accommodation, subject to planning, on a site adjacent to the National Technology Park in Plassey.The Technology Park is home to a number of global pharmaceutical, science, and information technology firms, employing more than 4,000 people, including many UL graduates.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Venture Capital Investments to Support New Companies, Job Growth

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), through the New Pennsylvania Venture Capital Investment Program, has approved $6 million in allocations to two venture capital firms, which will support both early and growth stage technology companies across Pennsylvania.“We are committed to providing entrepreneurs and new companies with the start-up capital needed to grow their businesses and produce jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “The New PA Venture Capital Investment projects announced today will help early-stage Pennsylvania technology companies launch their ideas into successful businesses that contribute to the overall economic well-being of the state.”The New PA Venture Capital Investment Program generates significant private equity investment by requiring venture capital firms to provide a match of $3 into Pennsylvania companies for every $1 in state funding. With these allocations, the CFA has committed more than $58 million to 22 venture capital partnerships, leveraging more than $185 million.The CFA will make a $5 million investment in Originate Growth Fund II, LP. Originate is seeking to raise up to $60 million in aggregate commitments. The sponsor will make approximately 20-30 investments in early-stage technology companies with an average target of $1-3 million per investment.Originate Growth Fund II, LP focuses mainly on Series A funding rounds. The firm will target start-ups that offer tech-enabled solutions pertaining to health care, business services, and the financial sector.The CFA also approved an investment of $1 million in Accelerator Fund II, LLC. Accelerator Fund II is seeking to raise up to $12 million in aggregate commitments. The firm will make six to eight investments in early-stage life science companies with an average target of $1-2 million per investment.Accelerator Fund II is an official affiliate of the Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse. The Greenhouse focuses exclusively on the life sciences industry with an emphasis on therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, biotechnology tools, and healthcare information technology.The New PA Venture Capital Investment Program is a catalyst to increase the availability of venture capital investment in Pennsylvania early stage and “seed” companies. The program is administered by the Office of Technology & Innovation within the Department of Community and Economic Development and under the direction of the CFA.For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority and to view a complete list of approved projects, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 24, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces New Venture Capital Investments to Support New Companies, Job Growthcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tuukka Rask becomes winningest goalie in Bruins history

first_imgTuukka Rask has etched his name in the Bruins record books.The veteran goaltender became the winningest goalie in franchise history with victory No. 253 on Sunday as Boston beat Washington for the first time since March 29, 2014. Tuukka Rask injury update: Bruins G goes on IR after nasty collision Boston improved to 14-4-2 on Super Bowl Sunday and will now turn it’s attention to football as the Patriots compete for Lombardi Trophy No. 6 against the Rams.center_img [email protected] recorded his 253rd career win today, become the winningest goalie in the history of the #NHLBruins franchise.Congratulations Tuukka! pic.twitter.com/gv8SkZSajT— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 3, 2019Get in line to congratulate the all-time #NHLBruins goalie win leader! pic.twitter.com/xOwlMReM9y— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 3, 2019Rask stopped all 24 shots in the Bruins’ 1-0 win over the Capitals at Capital One Arena to end a 14-game skid against Washington that dates back nearly five years. The game was also Rask’s second contest back after being out since Jan. 19 due to a concussion.”It’s one of those things that just happens in sports where you get into these streaks of either winning or losing and at some point they’re going to snap,” Rask said after the game, via The Associated Press. Related Newslast_img read more

Britt man pleads guilty to sexual abuse charge

first_imgMANLY — A Britt man accused of sexual abuse has pleaded guilty in the case. 22-year-old Devonta Hinton was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the early morning hours of July 30th of last year. Manly police say in a criminal complaint that an officer saw video evidence of a sexual act on a cell phone that the girl owned. Police say that Hinton told them they were both high on marijuana at the time and that it was not the first time they had gotten together to have sex. An officer says the girl admitted that she and Hinton had sex a few days earlier. As part of a plea agreement, Hinton pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Hinton is scheduled to be sentenced on July 6th.last_img read more

Pollinators and planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beekeepers in Ohio again suffered substantial losses of colonies over the exceptionally long and cold winter of 2014-2015. Here in Wooster we lost more than half of our colonies, and beekeepers around the state are reporting levels of winter kill as high as 80%. While the frigid temperatures played a substantial contributing role, losses were undoubtedly made worse by all of the problems facing bees today: parasites, diseases, pesticides, breeding problems, and a general lack of summer and fall forage.Spring is the only reliably good season for bees in Ohio. Colonies that survived the winter and new colonies brought up from the Gulf Coast or California are in the process of harvesting nectar and pollen from spring-blooming trees and weeds — but little honey will be made. This spring bounty will be eaten by the bees themselves as they multiply and grow into large productive colonies that will be able to make a honey crop off of clovers, black locust, alfalfa and soybean in the coming months. Additionally, robust colonies are needed to pollinate the fruit trees soon and pumpkins, squash and cucumbers later in the summer.This spring build-up of honey bee colonies can be directly threatened by corn planting. Insecticide seed treatments used on corn seed produce an insecticidal dust when they are planted. Depending on conditions, this insecticidal dust can settle on the flowering trees and weeds that bees are visiting. Insecticides formulated as dusts are the absolute worst for honey bees because they do not immediately kill the bees visiting flowers. Rather than causing immediate death, the dust is packed up with the pollen and brought back to the colony where it is can poison young bees inside the colony.In spring of 2013 and 2014, we sampled pollen from six bee yards in Madison, Union and Clark Counties. During corn planting, all colonies were bringing back pollen containing corn seed treatment insecticides. While no spectacular bee-kills were observed in our colonies, we did observe a significant increase in the number of dead bees appearing in front of colonies during the week of corn planting in 2014. It is possible that different planting conditions could have led to no increase in bee death, as we say in 2013, or obvious piles of dead bees as were observed in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, corn planting in central Ohio coincided with the start of bloom for fruit trees and hawthorns — extremely attractive flowers for bees — which likely drew bees away from the riskier and somewhat less attractive dandelions, mustards and purple deadnettle growing in corn fields and on field margins. In some years, planting may happen before or after fruit tree bloom when bees are intensely interested in weeds growing in and near fields. This may have been the case in Ohio in 2012 when planting started early and a number of bee-kill incidents were reported.last_img read more

Customize Default Effects in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgApple’s recent Final Cut Pro X update includes a convenient new feature that allows users to easily assign default audio and video effects to their clips using a simple keyboard shortcut. Let’s take a look at how it works.With the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, Apple is certainly not attempting to reinvent the wheel. For the most part, the update includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other new features, such as the ability to output to multiple YouTube clips at once. But one of the more interesting additions to 10.2.3, one that will make certain editorial tasks easier and more convenient, is Final Cut Pro X’s ability to customize default effects.Many of you are probably already familiar with Final Cut Pro X’s default transitions as a result of using the shortcut CMD+T. With a clip selected, this will automatically apply a cross dissolve, giving editors a very fluid method for applying a transition without using their mouse.Some of you probably also know that you can right-click on any transition in the Transitions Browser and set it to your default. So for example, if you want to use a wipe transition on multiple clips, you can replace the cross dissolve transition with a wipe, allowing you to make use of your keyboard shortcut.With the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, you can do the same for color or audio effects. By default, Final Cut Pro X will now apply a basic color corrector to your clip when you hit Option+E and will apply a channel EQ to your audio when you hit Command+Option+E.Default Transition = Command+TDefault Color Effect = Option+EDefault Video Effect = Command+Option+EMuch like how default transitions work, you can set any color effect or any audio effect to be the default setting, effectively overriding the current presets. For instance, if you often need to use a black-and-white color effect to preview a certain look, it might be worth assigning that to your keyboard shortcut as a means to quickly see how a clip will work in monochrome. Alternatively, you might want to add some reverb to a bunch of your audio tracks for stylistic effect, and can do the same using this method.For a quick demo on how this works, check out this video from Ripple Training, which outlines the new feature:What’s your favorite default transition? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

MAN LPG Engine to Power Chinese VLGC

first_imgzoomGaz Imperial from the TSM fleet. Image Courtesy: MAN Jiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning engine for an 86,000 cbm very large gas carrier (VLGC), MAN Energy Solutions said.The ship, which will be equipped with MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine, is being built for China’s shipping company Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM) and is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2021.“With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching, interest in using LPG as a fuel – within and outside of the LPG carrier segment – is growing due to its sulphur-free character, widespread availability, price competitivity, and ease of bunkering. At MAN Energy Solutions, we feel that the introduction of the ME-LGIP is proving timely,” Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said.MAN Energy Solutions already won the first orders for the new engine earlier in 2018 when Hanjin Heavy Industries announced that it would construct two VLGCs at its Philippines yard for Exmar, the Belgian integrated gas-shipping company. The 86,000 cbm newbuilds will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine.The company could also announce the first retrofit orders for the ME-LGIP in September 2018 when it signed a contract with Oslo-listed BW LPG for the world’s first retrofitting of four HFO-burning engines to LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines. The order includes options for further retrofits in the future with work expected to begin during 2020.The company also reported that the ME-LGIP engine has experienced an up to 18% reduction in CO2 and circa 90% reduction in particulate matter when running on LPG, compared with HFO, and expects a strong demand for this type of engine from VLGCs and coastal vessels.LPG is an environmentally-friendly fuel, in much the same class as liquefied natural gas (LNG), and an LPG-fueled engine will significantly reduce emissions, enabling vessels to meet the stringent IMO SOx emission regulations due to come into force globally from 2020. As well as being an important step towards reaching the 2050 IMO GHG targets, LPG also gives credit towards IMO EEDI compliance requirements.Image Courtesy: MANAccording to MAN, LPG’s future as a viable fuel for general marine transportation looks promising as it will not require as large an investment in infrastructure – such as bunkering facilities – in contrast to other, gaseous fuels. As a widespread energy source, availability is high and LPG is easier to store and handle, compared with cryogenic gaseous fuels.Furthermore, LPG is traditionally a cheaper fuel than MGO yet delivers the same performance and efficiency. Importantly, the ability to use LPG cargo as a supplemental fuel source provides significant cost savings for LPGC owners or charterers, including reduced time and fees for fuel bunkering.last_img read more