UL drops out of top 500 universities

first_imgWhatsApp University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university Email Breaching the gender barrier at UL The main building at the University of LimerickThe University of Limerick has dropped out of the world’s top 500 universities.The 2016 World University Rankings, published last week, ranks UL in the 501-550 band, a significant fall from its previous position of 471.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has responded to this news by referring to a decade of austerity and its “corrosive effect” on our higher education system.Stating that the “continued slide” of the Irish Universities should be “greeted with alarm” the IUA said that positive strides in research and the internationalisation of the staff and student cohort was being “undermined by the negative impact of underfunding on key indicators such as the student:faculty ratio.”IUA Chief Executive, Ned Costello said: “We can no longer hide from the corrosive effect which years of cutbacks are having on our higher education system. At a time when we are more dependent than ever on the talent of our people for our economic future, we simply must invest in our universities.”“An immediate injection of funding is required in the upcoming Budget and Estimates to fund more lecturers, deliver smaller group teaching and restore quality in our system,” Mr Costello concluded.Between 2007 and 2014, state funding for universities in this country fell by 28%, from €722.8m in 2007 to €522.2m in 2014.Conversely there was an increase in full-time enrollment in Irish universities of 18%, from 78,577 in 2008 to 93,023 in 2014.Reacting to these figures, the General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, said, “It is shocking to realise that student to academic staff ratios were worse in 2011 than those described in the report of the Commission on Higher Education (1967) and increased from 19:1 in 2007 to 23:1 in 2011.”Mr Jennings echoed the need to address this issue in this year’s budget, “The forthcoming Budget must address this crisis as a priority. The government must provide adequate funds to enable universities to recover from a decade of what now seems like deliberate neglect and downgrading of third-level education,” he said.All but one of Ireland’s universities have dropped in the listings, with only National University of Ireland in Galway improving upon last year’s position by rising from 271st to 249th.Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s highest ranked university in 98th place. For the fifth year running the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been rated as the world’s best university.Out of the 32 OECD countries featured in the rankings, Ireland’s expenditure on third-level institutions was the fourth lowest. Linkedin Twitter Previous articleSocials – Press Ball 2016 LaunchNext articleLimerick councillors fobbed off by transport authority Editor Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Print NewsEducationUL drops out of top 500 universitiesBy Editor – September 8, 2016 995 TAGSUL Facebook University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020last_img read more

Indigenous leaders call for an end to new Amazon oil drilling and mining

first_imgWhat is COP25?The COP25 climate talks in Madrid began on 2 December and end this Friday, with activists from all over the world travelling to discuss their environmental concerns at the UN’s Framework Convention.The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chile, but political unrest in Santiago led to the change in venue.Teenage activist Greta Thunberg joined a march with 500,000 campaigners in the Spanish capital on Friday, calling for world leaders to listen.A report on the world’s “carbon budget” was published earlier last week, revealing that greenhouse gas emissions rose by 0.6%, which is less than previous years but still not enough to meet the Paris Agreement goals.At the event, it has been discussed what governments have, or haven’t done over the past year to contribute to a greener economy, as well as updates from ocean campaigners on the fight to clean-up marine life. Greenpeace response to the planned expansionHead of Greenpeace UK’s climate emergency campaign, Rosie Rogers, said: “We will all pay for the expansion of oil production in the upper Amazon.“This short-sighted plan will come with devastating consequences for the climate, and world leaders should listen carefully to the indigenous leaders confronting them in Madrid.“Without a decision to ban this drilling, they will be the canaries in the global coal mine.“It’s already open season in the Amazon, with this year’s Bolsonaro-backed fires burning huge swathes of the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystem to the ground for farmland.“If Ecuador and Peru do give the green light to oil barons, it leaves little hope for the rainforest, its wildlife and the people that call it home, not to mention tackling the climate emergency.”Amazon Watch says deforestation promoted by the advance of industrial development could lead to the additional emission of four billion tonnes of carbon (Credit: Flickr/Jami Dwyer) Why the indigenous leaders challenged an increase in oil and mining operationsThe region in question, known as the Sacred Headwaters, is synonymous with its biological and cultural diversity, with more than 500,000 inhabitants from more than 20 nationalities – some of which are uncontacted.Spanning across 30 million hectares of land within Ecuador and Peru, the area has an estimated five billion barrels of untapped oil reserves, which Amazon Watch says is the equivalent to avoiding over two billion metric tonnes of CO2.The Amazon Rainforest runs through several countries, including Ecuador and Peru (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)The report added that deforestation promoted by the advance of industrial development could lead to the additional emission of four billion tonnes of carbon.It highlights that the world must begin a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel production and keep oil in the ground to have a chance of meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement target goal of restricting global temperature rise to 1.5C.Peru’s Wampis Nation president, Wrays Perez, said: “It is absurd that all these countries come to talk about stopping climate change while at the same time forcing new oil drilling in our territories, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.” The area at threat from a “huge” expansion of operations is home to more than 500,000 inhabitants from more than 20 nationalitiescenter_img China’s impact on the potential expansionAmazon Watch claims 27 oil blocks pose a threat to the region and that companies from Chile, the original host of COP25, and China, the host of next year’s conference on biodiversity, threaten the future of the Amazon.Ecuador is set to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil consortium next year, allowing it to boost its oil production and settle financial debts with China.Amazon Watch climate and energy director Kevin Koenig said: “Our investigation shows that a massive portion of the existing and expanded crude oil production is being used to pay off billions in loans to China.“It is a country with a stated ambition to advance an ecological civilization, and that over 50% of the crude oil from the Western Amazon goes to California’s refineries, a state that prides itself as a climate leader.” Tyson Miller, Stand.earth’s forest program director, said: ‘It’s time for European banks to play a responsible and constructive role in advancing life over profits’ (Credit: Flickr/Julien Gomba) Indigenous leaders have called for global support to prevent new oil drilling and mining operations in the Amazon, following a report revealing plans for a “huge” expansion.The Amazon Headwaters: Territories for life Under Threat, report compiled by California-based Amazon Watch, which aims to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous people, revealed that Ecuador and Peru are set to sanction oil extraction across an area of forest the size of Italy.In response, indigenous leaders from the South American countries have travelled to the UN’s COP25 climate change conference in Madrid to challenge the expansion of such operations in the Amazon.Marlon Vargas, president of the confederation of indigenous nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE), said: “Enough is enough. For decades we have made it clear that we don’t want drilling and mining in our territories.“Now western science shows that it is not just fossil fuel emissions, but also the forest destruction that comes with it.“With less than a decade to stop climate change, we need to draw a line and decide what the price is we are willing to pay for some barrels of oil.”last_img read more

Why Bellator 214 is the last stand for Fedor Emelianenko

first_imgAfter losing by controversial doctor’s stoppage against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December 2000, Emelianenko (38-5, one no contest) went on a nine-year unbeaten streak where he accumulated a record of 27-0-1 from April 2001 until June 2010. During the run, Emelianenko defeated four former UFC champions, one Pride champion, one former and two future K-1 champions and two Olympic medalists with 21 of those wins coming via stoppage. Emelianenko also won the Pride heavyweight championship and held onto it from March 2003 until the company folded in 2007. This unbelievable streak came to end when former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum submitted Emelianenko in the first round. It’s been a bit of struggle for Emelianenko since then, going 7-3. “The Last Emperor” gets another shot at gold on Saturday in the main event at Bellator 214 when he faces off with light heavyweight titleholder Ryan Bader in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix with the winner emerging as the champion. For Bader, his career will continue on after Bellator 214. For Emelianenko, this is very likely his last stand.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Bellator 214Although he never competed in the UFC, it’s hard to take anything away from Emelianenko’s stellar career, which saw him dominate the best heavyweights of his era. There will always be questions regarding what would have happened if Fedor competed in the UFC. Once Pride folded, the UFC had the cream of the crop in the heavyweight division. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Emelianenko taking on the likes of Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture and Cain Velasquez? Unfortunately, the two sides could never come to an agreement, which left the legacy of Fedor with a massive question mark.  We have heard the stories about meetings on a secluded island, record-breaking contract offers, Emelianenko not liking how UFC president Dana White treated his fighters and not wanting to co-promote with his M-1 Global promotion. The truth likely lays somewhere in the middle on what really happened.Emelianenko has struggled since he turned down the overtures from White. Some of that has to do with Fedor facing stiff competition with Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson handing The Last Emperor losses. Another factor was Father Time, who had its way with Fedor along with the wear and tear he accumulated in wars against the likes of Mirko Crop and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (three times) during his time in Pride. Emelinenko is 42-years-old and isn’t getting any getting younger.All of the setbacks haven’t prevented Emelianenko from becoming a mega-star in the United States. He still receives a hero’s welcome whenever his image is shown at an event he’s attending or when he makes the walk to the cage before a fight. And it will be no different when he takes on Bader at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bader (26-5) is a heavy favorite heading into the fight and rightfully so. He’s 10-1 in his past 11 fights and made it look easy in the process. A win makes “Darth” the first fighter in Bellator history to hold two belts simultaneously. Bellator 214 should signal the end of one of the most storied careers in mixed martial arts. Emelianenko can go out like John Elway and Peyton Manning in winning a championship in one of his final performances. However, a loss would also signify there’s nothing left to do. He has accomplished all that he could in his career while earning enough money to last him for a couple of lifetimes.  Win, lose or draw when Emelianenko is sitting in his locker room and getting dressed after Bellator 214, he should grab his white cowboy hat, walk out of the arena, get on the white horse and ride off into the sunset without looking back. On May 21, 2000, Fedor Emelianenko competed in his first MMA bout, defeating Martin Lazarov by first-round submission at Rings Russia: Russia vs. Bulgaria. No one knew what to expect from the stoic looking individual from Stary Oskol, Russia coming out of that bout. But what the world ended up getting is arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of mixed martial arts.  He truly has nothing left to prove.last_img read more