“Employability skills” key for graduates

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision TAGSeducationLimerick College of Further EducationPat Maunsell LCFE director News“Employability skills” key for graduatesBy John Keogh – October 30, 2014 859 Twitter Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print Previous articlePremier night party for film festivalNext articleSophie’s legacy John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebookcenter_img Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremony Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremonyTHIRD level research has emphasised the need for a shift “from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability’”, according to Limerick College of Further Education director Pat Maunsell.Speaking at the college’s annual graduation ceremony last week, he said: “Today, one has to be a lifelong learner. You must be good at learning. Recent research emphasizes the shift from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability. Skills such as good communication, interpersonal and ICT skills are crucial for success today because all jobs require them.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Maunsell also said that the LCFE can play a key role in the region’s economic recovery.He continued: “This fast-paced world is constantly changing and the future will be challenging for all of us.  We live in difficult economic times where there are financial and other pressures on us all.  The indicators are though that things are picking up.  We believe that LCFE can play an important role in the recovery of the Limerick and Clare region and play a significant role in getting people back to work and onto to higher education if they so wish.”Almost 250 learners received awards in various disciplines and the ceremony, held in The Strand Hotel, was attended by more than 750 guests and graduates. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launched Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards WhatsApplast_img read more

Exercise Solidarity: When the Joint Force Makes the Difference

first_img In a fictitious and very realistic environment, an earthquake and its repercussions affected the life of the city of Mendoza, Argentina, where the Argentine and Chilean Armed Forces carried out a cooperation exercise in case of disasters. The event took place from October 15 to 19, 2012, and recreated a hypothetical situation where an earthquake reaching almost 8 degrees had shaken the province of Mendoza, causing a series of collapses which left people trapped under debris, cut-off roads and bridges, disrupted basic services, caused fires, and damaged public and private property. In response to this incident and after initial evaluations, government authorities ordered the Armed Forces to assist the population; they summoned different governmental and non-governmental organizations, and requested the cooperation from Chile’s Armed Forces to confront this large-scale tragedy. This fictitious situation was devised with the aim of carrying out Exercise Solidarity for cooperation in case of disasters, which the Argentine and Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staffs performed to prepare for similar disaster situations, after an agreement was signed in 1997. In a few hours, the three branches of the Chilean Armed Forces deployed their troops and equipment in the area. Chilean Army, Navy and Air Force members, coordinated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, crossed the Andes to go help. In this context, specialized teams from the Chilean Army and Navy received joint and combined training, along with their Argentine counterparts, on the rescue of wounded and trapped people, systems of water purification, restoration of access roads, management of toxic substances, and the implementation of a field hospital based on a triage or classification system, according to the severity of patient severity. A system operated by the Argentine and Chilean Navies’ militaries was established in General San Martín Park, the green lung of Mendoza, by which they could extract over 3,500 liters of contaminated water per hour from the lake and purify it to deliver it to the population in sealed bags of up to 1.5 liters. Exercise Solidarity also considered setting up a pedestrian bridge and another one for vehicles, with the aim of joining different areas that were supposedly isolated due to telluric movement. Another instance that allowed to train, test, and improve procedures detailed in the manuals created after the cooperation agreement in case of disasters, included rescuing people trapped under debris or in fires. For this purpose, a “stage” was set up in the metropolitan rail station, displaying collapsed structures, burned-up buildings, a first aid area, and a heliport to evacuate injured victims. With the objective of having the simulation vividly depicted and all instances that occur during catastrophes executed, the global strategic command was directed from an emergency operations center headed by the top military authorities representing both Joint Chiefs of Staff. The necessary coordination with each organization involved was carried out from this center based on their capabilities, to achieve the most effective and rapid solution to each situation, according to a land registry created for the exercise. The air component also participated with two Chilean Air Force Bell 412 helicopters, which flew over the city to determine the most affected areas. They also transported victims to medical centers and distributed food and basic items to the affected population. In all, it was an action of solidarity performed over five days by men and women of the Armed Forces of two countries which 15 years ago were committed to cooperate in disasters that required mutual support. By Dialogo January 11, 2013last_img read more

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BFP-6 backs Duterte’s plan to modernize firefighting

first_imgCandido was director for logistics at the BFP national headquarters before his reassignment to this region last month. The president tackled the necessity of enhancing the bureau during his State of the Nation Address on July 27. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Region 6 director Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido (standing) interfaces with Antique fire marshals and municipal fire prevention officers in San Jose, the capital town of the province, last week. Candido welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to modernize the BFP. OPM ANTIQUE FB PAGE “Under the Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2019, we will provide fire trucks, put up typical fire stations in every municipality and increase our personnel,” Candido said on July 29, adding that they will also purchase a helicopter which they could use for battling fires on vertical or high-rise buildings and for emergency rescue. He was in this province on Wednesday to interface with fire marshals and attend the inauguration of the Tibiao Municipal Fire Station.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, director of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Western Visayas, welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to modernize and improve the firefighting capabilities of the country. The building in Tibiao is already the 15th fire station in this province. Hamtic, Anini-y and Caluya are the only towns left without fire houses. Provincial Fire Marshal Randy Pudadera, for his part, said all 19 fire trucks of Antique are needed to be either replaced or repaired.“Out of the total 500 firemen needed in this province, we only have 211,” he added. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

College football 2020: Preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, All-Americans and more

first_imgThe 2020 college football season remains to be determined because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Sporting News, like most fans, is hoping for the best. We’re rolling out our preseason content in the hopes that we’ll have football in the fall — even if the games don’t start on time.This is the seventh year of the College Football Playoff era. Alabama and Clemson each have claimed two national championships in that stretch, and Ohio State and LSU have one apiece. Is there a school out there that can join that exclusive fraternity in 2020? This year’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff championship game is scheduled for July 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.MORE: Preseason top 25 for 2020SN will have preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and more to get you ready, we hope, for the upcoming season.COVID-19 and college footballThe impact of COVID-19 on college football remains the leading conversation about college football. The ongoing pandemic has left several questions about whether a season is possible and what alternatives might exist if football can be played in the fall. The Big Ten was the first conference to move to a conference-only schedule. Sporting News also is keeping track of the conferences that will not play football in the fall, and we are tracking where each Power 5 conference stands.What about the schedule?The college football schedule remains up in the air. The Big Ten and SEC lost several nonconference games, and the ACC has announced a conference schedule that includes Notre Dame. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with dates on the games at this moment, and the Big 12 is still making a decision. We will update those schedules as each Power 5 conference makes those big decisions in August.College football rankings: SN’s preseason top 25Sporting News released its preseason top 25 after spring football was canceled, and there are familiar names at the top of the list. Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama hold the top three spots. Georgia — which is looking for its first national championship since 1980 — is at No. 4. Defending national champion LSU is No. 5. SN also looked across other publications to form a composite top 25.1. Clemson2. Ohio State3. Alabama4. Georgia5. LSU6. Oregon7. Oklahoma8. Notre Dame9. Florida10. Penn State11. Auburn12. Texas13. Michigan14. Wisconsin15. Minnesota16. Texas A&M17. Oklahoma State18. North Carolina19. Utah20. Cincinnati21. Arizona State22. Louisville23. Kentucky24. USC25. Boise StateRanking top quarterbacks for 2020Who are the best quarterbacks in college football? The top of the list is easy: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence — who has played in the last two CFP championship games — and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 — take up the top two spots, respectively. But there are surprises among our top 25 quarterbacks. Moreover, SN also looked at the top transfer quarterbacks for 2020, which includes Georgia’s Jamie Newman and Miami’s D’Eriq King.MORE: Heisman Trophy odds for 2020Bowl projectionsSporting News released its bowl projections for all 43 bowl games, including College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 picks. We also looked back at previous bowl projections to see how good (or bad) they were. Coach rankings, 1-130One of SN’s favorite pieces of the season is ranking the FBS coaches from 1-130. It’s a list that starts with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, but where do the other active coaches with national championships — Ed Orgeron, Jimbo Fisher, Mack Brown and Les Miles — fit in? We have Power 5 rankings for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.Preseason All-AmericansSporting News is one of five outlets used to determine consensus All-Americans at the end of the college football season. We have released its annual Preseason All-American team, though Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, a second-team selection, has decided to opt out of the season.Sporting News top 40 playersWho is the best player in college football? Which conference has the most players in that top 40? Sporting News answered those questions when it released its Top 40 Players for the 2020 season. That list starts with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and is filled with several Alabama stars. Find out who else made the list.last_img read more