Third level Limerick students struggling to stay in education

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePlace of honour for ‘Honda Man’ Philip in family support centreNext articleAnger over priest’s ‘offensive’ blessing of coursing club grounds in County Limerick Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsThird level Limerick students struggling to stay in educationBy Alan Jacques – October 20, 2014 802 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Printcenter_img Cllr Séighin Ó CeallaighJUST a month into the new academic year, some third level students in Limerick are already struggling to stay in education.According to Sinn Féin councillor for City East, Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, college students are already in financial difficulty. The 22-year-old public representative, who stood for election while studying at the University of Limerick, says he has been contacted by a number of students regarding their third level grants.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Criticising Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan for not confirming whether or not student fees would rise before Tuesday’s budget, Cmhlr Ó Ceallaigh also accusing her Labour Party colleagues of recycling the same old failed policies.“Third level student fees have been constantly on the rise in recent years, having increased from €1,500 per year to €3,000 under Labour’s former Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, and now the fees may be set to rise again.“I know first-hand how hard it is for young people and their parents to afford third level education. Some students have to work long hours in order to fund their education, and any more financial demands will drive even more of our young people abroad for either education or employment,” he warned.He went on to point out that, under the current system, a household can take in a maximum of €40,000 in order to get a decent grant, and those from working backgrounds are left without a grant, without financial support from struggling parents, and without a fair chance at third level education.“Not only are college, institute of technology, and university students under threat, but so are apprentices who are learning trades,” he added.Twenty two-year-old apprentice Seán Lawlor from Lynwood Park agrees with Cmhlr Ó Ceallaigh’s standpoint.“These new fees put me under a lot of financial stress during my training and I didn’t know if I could afford them. My exam results were withheld from me until they were paid, so I was uncertain of my future until I could manage to get the money together.“All I want to do is get an education and to get a job. Luckily, I’m in my final year, but future students might not be able to afford this education,” he said. TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanlimerickSéighin Ó CeallaighSinn Fein Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Indonesia records $2.3b trade surplus in February despite coronavirus pandemic

first_img“The significant factor is rising exports to Singapore particularly of precious metals and jewelry,” BPS deputy for statistics distribution and services Yunita Rusanti said during an online press briefing.Read also: Indonesia deploys second stimulus amid market, rupiah routs“Exports to several other countries also surged significantly, such as palm oil exports to Ukraine and jewelry to Switzerland,” she added.Meanwhile, falls in the country’s imports occurred among all types of products, namely consumer goods, raw materials and capital goods, amid a decline in shipments from China following the COVID-19 outbreak. The most affected imported products were machinery and electrical appliances, mechanical appliances and plastic goods, said Yunita.The BPS recorded $1.98 billion imports from China, Indonesia’s largest trading partner, falling 35.27 percent in February compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, exports to China stood at $1.87 billion, up by 21.49 percent. Such a situation resulted in a trade deficit of $119 million with China, far lower than the $1.53 billion in February last year.On that basis, Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of $1.7 billion during this year’s first two months compared with a deficit of $730 million booked in the same period last year.Economists and businesspeople have raised concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic will hurt domestic industry as the virus outbreak has disrupted economic and business activities in countries around the world, including in economic giants the United States, China, Japan and Germany.Read also: ‘We have many tanks to fill’: Indonesia to make the most out of globally low oil pricesThe government announced on Friday that it was allocating Rp 120 trillion ($8.02 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.It also deployed a second stimulus package, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, that includes individual and corporate tax breaks as well as the relaxation of loan-disbursement and restructuring requirements, it also unveiled a non-fiscal stimulus package. The non-fiscal package includes a reduction in the number of prohibited imports, as well as an acceleration in export and import processing and licensing, especially for reputable traders.Indonesia had announced 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases with five fatalities as of Sunday afternoon. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 169,000 people and taken at least 6,500 lives. Indonesia recorded a US$2.34 billion trade surplus in February thanks to higher manufacturing exports despite disrupted trade activities with China as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.The country recorded a total of $13.94 billion in exports in February, an 11 percent increase year-on-year (yoy), while total imports fell 5.11 percent yoy to $11.6 billion due to falling imports from China.Indonesia’s manufacturing exports recorded the largest growth, increasing 17.11 percent annually in February to $11.03 billion, while oil and gas exports slumped 26.51 percent to $820 million.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sam Allardyce urges Jermain Defoe to be ready for Sunderland derby heroics again

first_img The 61-year-old said: “Every player at the football club who is not playing on a regular basis wants to play. Like Jermain said, he didn’t come here to sit on the bench. All the players who are here haven’t come here to sit on the bench. “But when you talk about 22 outfield players in the squad these days, some of them unfortunately don’t play as regularly as others, so what I would say is those who get the chance make sure you grasp it when you get it. “If you grab that chance then and you impress me, it’s going to give you the opportunity to be selected for the first team in the next game.” Sunday’s game sees Allardyce go head to head with Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, the man who denied him Carling Cup glory in 2004 when the pair were in charge at Bolton and Middlesbrough respectively, and then got the England job he coveted a little more than two years later. However, he insists that the derby is not about he and McClaren, nor his brief spell in charge at St James’ Park, although he admits victory this weekend would be sweet as the Black Cats attempt to secure a sixth successive win over Newcastle and in the process, make him the fourth manager in a row to beat the old enemy in his second game at the helm. Allardyce said with a smile: “If history follows itself, it’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I hope, anyway. It’s got very little to do with me, it’s down to fate the fact that this run carries on. “It’s quite bizarre to say that they’ve won five on the trot and telling me the last three managers’ second game was against Newcastle and they had all lost the first one and won the second one. “I’m just hoping that it continues to follow on this Sunday.” Meanwhile, Allardyce confirmed that Nigeria international striker Chinedu Obasi is training with the club after leaving Schalke during the summer following a bad leg fracture. He said: “We’ll make a judgement next week.” The 33-year-old striker admitted earlier this week that he is not happy sitting on the bench for the club he joined from Toronto in January after being named only among the substitutes for Allardyce’s first game in charge, last Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom. Defoe blasted himself into the affections of the Black Cats faithful in April when his stunning volley handed the club a 1-0 derby victory over Newcastle, but while he may find himself outside the starting XI once again as the Magpies return to Wearside on Sunday, Allardyce has told him he could still have a major role to play. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told last season’s derby hero Jermain Defoe to force his way back into his plans by doing the same if he gets a chance this Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more