NewsEducationLimerick colleges to provide new apprenticeship programmesBy Editor – December 9, 2017 3614 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGSapprenticeshipsengineeringfilm industryhairdressinglean sigma managementMaria Byrnequantity surveyingRichard Brutonsoftware system designsupply chain managementTroy Studios Linkedin Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp STEPS Engineers Week kicking off in Limerick this weekend Top employer award for Limerick engineering group Troy Studios expansion set to reap benefits for region Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day, Engineers Ireland calls for students to consider CAO options Cook Medical continues to support STEM in Limerick schools Twitter Print Sinn Féin is seeking more apprenticeship courses.Nine of the 26 new apprenticeship programmes announced by Education Minister Richard Bruton yesterday have been awarded to Limerick third level education providers.The new programmes range from range from engineering and lean sigma management to hairdressing, quantity surveying, software system design and supply chain management.Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, who is the party’s Seanad spokesperson on education and skills said she was delighted that nearly half of the new apprenticeship programmes will be provided at the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and the Limerick and Clare Educational Training Board (LCETB).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Having served on each of the institutions Governing Authority Boards, I understand very well that each institution is very capable of expanding their apprenticeship programmes,” she added.“The Government is committed to more than doubling the number of new apprentices registered to 9,000 by 2020 and expanding further into new areas. Budget 2018 allocated €122 million for apprenticeship training, an increase of almost 24 per cent on the previous year. This will allow the Government to deliver ten more apprenticeship programmes and over 6,000 more apprenticeship registrations next year”Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne“Minister Bruton has an objective to expand apprenticeships and traineeships in the period to 2020. He wants to ensure apprenticeships are an attractive path for people to take. Apprenticeships and traineeships give an exciting career path for many young people. As well as modernising existing apprenticeships Minister Bruton is also focused on supporting the development of new programmes.“I hope to see the development of more apprenticeship programmes for the film industry in our third level institutions in Limerick. I want to ensure Troy Studios have the qualified people here in Limerick so it can continue to expand its productions,” she declared.More education news here Previous articleChildren benefitting from Limerick family support serviceNext articleLimerick honour for Jedward at opening of new SVP charity shop Editor Regeneron advises students to focus on STEM subjects
Seasonal and annual change in seawater temperature, salinity, nutrient and chlorophyll a distributions around South Georgia, South Atlantic
Data collected between 1926 and 1990, during the Discovery Investigations and fourteen subsequent cruises, have allowed the description of spatial and temporal variability of temperature, salinity, phosphate, silicate, nitrate and chlorophyll a in the surface waters around the subantarctic island of South Georgia. Measurements made in Antarctic Circumpolar Current water were compared with others made in Weddell Sea water, and profiles from shelf, shelf-slope and oceanic sites were considered separately. In summer, Weddell Sea surface water was significantly colder than that of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (1.66 and 2.59°C, respectively), but no changes of temperature corresponded with bathymetry. There were no systematic differences between the salinity measurements made in Weddell Sea surface water and those in Antarctic Circumpolar Current water; however, oceanic waters were always more saline than those over the shelf-slope and shelf (33.91, 33.89 and 33.86, respectively). Silicate levels correlated well with seawater temperature, and Weddell Sea surface water concentrations were substantially higher than those of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (51 and 25 mmol m−3, respectively, in winter; 29 and 13 mmol m−3 in summer). No such differences were found for phosphate or nitrate, and no systematic differences in any of the nutrient levels were attributable to bathymetry. Although summer chlorophyll a levels appeared to be highest in Antarctic Circumpolar Current water over the shelf and shelf-slope (2.7–3.0 mg m−3), no significant differences were attributable to water-mass or bathymetry. A clear seasonal pattern was evident, with the warmest seawater conditions, minimum nutrient concentrations and highest chlorophyll a levels found between December and March. Phosphate and nitrate were never exhausted: the lowest recorded phosphate concentrations were around 0.6 mmol m−3 and for nitrate 11 mmol m−3. However, low concentrations of silicate (∼ 1.0 mmol m−3) were evident during some summer surveys from the 1920s through to the present day. Average nutrient deficits calculated either between winter and summer mixed-layer concentrations, or between summer mixed-layer and Tmin values, produced similar estimates of carbon fixation for both phosphate and silicate, while nitrate appeared to underestimate carbon production. Phosphate and silicate deficits were considered to be satisfactory predictors of carbon production, which was about 30–40 g C m−2 year−1 in a mixed-layer depth of 50 m. Considerable interannual variability was found, with winter-like conditions prevailing until January on some occasions, and apparent year-to-year variability in the timing and magnitude of nutrient utilisation (especially silicate) by phytoplankton. A relationship was found between sea surface conditions around South Georgia in summer and the preceding winter’s fast-ice duration at the South Orkney Islands, which implied that some of this variability was attributable to large-scale change over the Scotia Sea as a whole, as opposed to local influences.
A UK responsible investment association and the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees (AMNT) have sought to harness the power of consultants to promote trustees’ consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decision-making.In an initiative co-ordinated by the AMNT and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), 12* influential investment consultants have committed to back guidance from the UK pensions regulator that trust-based defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pension schemes should take ESG factors into account where they are financially material.The advisory firms said they would draw attention to the guidance through various routes, such as putting consideration of ESG on trustee meeting agendas, issuing briefings, and holding training sessions.“We also recognise the significant role that client-facing consultants can play in ensuring that our clients are well informed on the issues,” they added in a joint statement. Dawn Turner, chief executive of the £23bn (€26.2bn) Brunel Pension Partnership, said the consultants’ public commitment was “a major step forward”.She added that Brunel would help ensure the initial positive step served as “a catalyst to ensure ESG issues are at the heart of the client offering to the investment consultant industry”.The AMNT and UKSIF said they acted on behalf of members to convene leading UK investment consultants to ask how they would act on the guidance issued by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).TPR issued guidance for DB schemes in March and a new code for DC schemes in July. Fred Berry, lead investment consultant at TPR, said that many trustees – in particular those without a financial background – rely on advisers to keep them up to date with the regulator’s news and guidance.“We expect investment consultants and others advising pension schemes to support trustees to manage risks to member benefits, including risks to the sustainability of the scheme’s investments,” he added.The consultants’ declaration coincides with the opening of the annual conference of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in Berlin today. Many pension funds, in particular smaller, resource-constrained schemes, rely heavily on advice given to them from their advisers, a state of affairs highlighted as a concern by the Financial Conduct Authority. It was one of the reasons the UK regulator called for a competition investigation into the investment advisory sector. This is just beginning to get underway.*The 12 consultants are: Allenbridge, Aon Hewitt, Barnett Waddingham, bfinance, Cardano, Hymans Robertson, JLT Employee Benefits, Lane Clark & Peacock, Mercer, Quantum Advisory, Redington, Willis Towers Watson
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to intense speculation over Rooney’s future by insisting the England striker will still be at Old Trafford next season. But Mancini was still asked whether he might be tempted to test United’s resolve over the 27-year-old, and he replied: “I think that Rooney is one of the best strikers in Europe but I think it is difficult he can leave Man United – I don’t think (so).” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not think he would have a realistic chance of signing Wayne Rooney from rivals Manchester United. Suggestions Rooney could leave United have gathered pace since he was omitted from United’s starting line-up for their Champions League loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday. Mancini says he would be surprised if something such as that led to his departure. The Italian said: “I don’t know. I don’t know this situation. I can understand maybe Rooney would be upset if he didn’t play but these are things that can happen in every team. After one week it is finished.” There has been a report suggesting City striker Edin Dzeko could hold the key to Rooney’s future at United. Dzeko has been linked with a return to German football with Borussia Dortmund, whose star striker Robert Lewandowski is reportedly coveted by United. Were Dzeko, signed from Wolfsburg for £27million two years ago to move on, that could tempt Dortmund to cash in on Lewandowski 12 months before his contract expires. But Dzeko, City’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with 12 goals, has often stated his desire to remain at the Etihad Stadium and Mancini claims not to be aware of any interest. He said: “At the moment, there is nothing. In the end, maybe, I don’t know. In the summer, it could be possible. Dzeko player is an important player for us. We want that he stays here.” Press Association