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STORM ALERT: DONEGAL AIRPORT KNOCKED OUT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE

first_imgDonegal Airport has been put out of operation after it was struck by lightning this evening.Vital equipment at the airport was damaged leading to a cancellation of flights.Tomorrow morning’s flights to and from the airport have also been cancelled. Engineers will be on site tomorrow morning in a bid to repair the damage.Passengers are currently being bussed to and from Dublin.It comes as winds begin to pick up speeds across the country ahead of a code red storm warning for this evening.Donegal may escape the worst of the storm but winds are expected to increase across the North West again tomorrow. If you have any storm damage report please contact [email protected] will publish all reports once they are verified. STORM ALERT: DONEGAL AIRPORT KNOCKED OUT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Airportlightning strikestormlast_img read more


Irish family farms on low incomes must be safeguarded – McConalogue

first_imgCalls have been made for the Pillar 1 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) ceiling of €60,000 to be adopted in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by Ireland to protect family farms.According to figures released on Friday by Fianna Fail, just 1% of Irish farmers would be affected by a ceiling of €60,000 being put on the Basic Payment Scheme in the next CAP.Charlie McConalogue said: “Last year, the European Commission proposed BPS payment capping in the €60,000-€100,000 range for the CAP post-2020. “The next CAP reform should permit Member States to decide on the capping of direct payments at national level. Secondly, it is Fianna Fáil policy that the next CAP should reduce the current BPS payment ceiling to €60,000 in Ireland. The current ceiling is €150,000.“Such a policy shift would ensure that future CAP funds safeguard small and medium-sized farmers.“Based on latest parliamentary question reply data, over 99% of all eligible farmers (123,258) received a 2018 basic payment of under €60,000,”“Furthermore, a new ceiling at this level would provide a €74 million pot annually (€517 million over a 7-year CAP programme) to target supports to vulnerable sectors and strengthen measures for generational renewal,” McConalogue added. “This is a socially progressive policy which will safeguard the family model of farming and those on low incomes,” he said.“Fianna Fáil were the first political party in 2017 to call for a €60,000 BPS ceiling. We will continue to campaign to achieve this as a key plank of our agriculture policy in the time ahead.”Irish family farms on low incomes must be safeguarded – McConalogue was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charlie mcconalogeDonegal Farmingfarminglast_img read more


Prep Girls Soccer: AC Samoa Intensity hits 15th in nation, 2nd in state

first_imgSAMOA >> On a small, gritty grass field under the half shadow of Peninsula Union Elementary, head coach Nick Parker of the AC Samoa Soccer Club drilled an up-and-coming U14 girls’ team — the only ripples of activity in the otherwise still backdrop of a sunny Wednesday afternoon.“How is it that they got all the way through the middle?” Parker exclaimed to the team, hobbling in to center field in his signature track pants, matching wind breaker and tan boonie hat. “I’ll give you a hint. It has …last_img


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first_imgRitsumeikan University, Japan’s third largest private university, offers a wide range of courses in advanced studies. By Sonali AcharjeeThe history of Ritsumeikan University dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded Ritsumeikan as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto,Ritsumeikan University, Japan’s third largest private university, offers a wide range of courses in advanced studies. By Sonali AcharjeeThe history of Ritsumeikan University dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded Ritsumeikan as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Today, Ritsumeikan University offers a wide range of courses in advanced studies at its Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto and Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Shiga. The university currently has a student population of 35,000 and is Japan’s third largest private university. Students can opt for courses in a variety of disciplines such as law, social science, international relations, image arts and sciences, economics, business, engineering, sports and health care, pharmaceutical science and humanities. Aside from the excellent facilitites on campus, students at Ritsumeikan also have the opportunity to experience the culture and sights of Kyoto.”Japan by itself is so rich in heritage and culture. Kyoto takes this one step further. It’s such a student-friendly city – safe, fun and engaging,” says Mahima Roy, 19, a geography student from Kolkata. While many know Kyoto as the cultural epicenter of Japan, most are surprised to find that it is also the country’s foremost university town. With 25 universities operating in the city, Kyoto’s 1,40,000 students account for nearly 10 per cent of the overall population.This diversity creates a unique atmosphere where ancient culture, values, and tradition exist side-by-side with contemporary culture, cutting-edge research and industry, and the latest technology. Kyoto is unique in the fact that you can meditate in a Zen temple, shop for the latest fashions, visit the headquarters of Nintendo, walk through various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or dance the night away at one of the city’s nightspots.advertisement”I was in Kyoto to tour various universities last year. People were very helpful. I not only made new friends but also picked up a lot of interesting information regarding my course,” adds Roy. And when you need to take a break from studying, Kyoto provides a multitude of sanctuaries, beginning with the nearly 2,000 temples and shrines that make it famous. While everything a university student could need is available in the city itself, when you are ready for a change of scenery, Kobe and Osaka are both located within a 60 minute train ride. The Tokaido Shinkansen Line also makes travel to Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Hakata easy and convenient.Active learning is keyKiyofumi Kawaguchi, chancellor of Ritsumeikan University talks about the highlights and benefits of education reforms in JapanToday, reform at Japanese universities are focused on a ‘shift in the quality of education’. That is to say, a shift from university as a place where professors teach students uni-directionally to a place where students learn among themselves; the ultimate goal of which is to prepare our students for a world of lifelong learning. To realise this, it is important that we place active learning at the center of the curriculum. Specifically, this means introducing education techniques centered on team-oriented problem solving, project-based learning, debate, and presentations. On the other hand, society, in particular, the world of business, is looking to universities in Japan seeking what are called ‘global human resources’. These are described as individuals who possess not only foreign language skills but also the capacity to take initiative and tackle problems within foreign and multicultural contexts. In other words, our shift in education must occur alongside the globalisation of education.Until recently, international partnerships in higher education primarily took the form of student exchange wherein the premise is that the participants study within the curricula of the host university. The next step is to shift the quality of such education, and to actualise this we must develop together programmes centered on active learning. At Ritsumeikan University we are currently implementing two such global joint programmes. The first is the ‘Campus Asia Programme’. In this programme a total of 30 students made up of groups of 10 each from three universities – Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, Dongseo University in South Korea, and Ritsumeikan University – spend three months at the campus of each university living and studying alongside each other over the course of two years. The second programme is a joint course that started this academic year involving several member universities of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students Program or AIMS programme, namely the University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University and the Bandung Institute of Technology of Indonesia as well as Mahidol University and Thammasat University in Thailand. The course utilises ICT such as video on demand and online technology and is centered on project-based learning PBL.advertisementWhile there remain many issues, such as differences in credit systems and academic calendars across countries, students remain eager and we have high hopes for the educational value of this shift. Going forward, Ritsumeikan University plans to take such efforts to greater heights, and furthermore, to see the realization of joint programs with universities in Europe, America and Asia.last_img read more