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Students’ work showcased at MIC exhibition

first_imgLinkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAnne-Marie MorrinlimerickMary Immaculate CollegeOur Lady of Lourdes Primary SchoolPresentation Primary SchoolProf Michael A HayesSt Mary’s Primary SchoolStudio Classroom WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Proud father Paul Lyons from Assumpta Park pictured with his son Paul Lyons (13) from St Mary’s National School, and his artwork ‘Clay Sculptures’, which is currently on display as part of the Studio Classroom exhibition at Mary Immaculate College. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22THE Studio Classroom exhibition, currently on show in the main lobby at Mary Immaculate College, features work produced by children at three local primary schools through an innovative new project.The schools, St Mary’s Primary School, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and Presentation Primary School, worked with MIC and three artists in a scheme that aims to bridge the field of art education and the world of contemporary art.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Working with Anne-Marie Morrin of the Visual Arts Education at MIC, the TED Project delivered a pilot six-week art initiative with three artists; Jean Cleary, Julie Brazil and Kate McElroy; working closely with the schools and children through online residencies.Prof Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said: “Connecting the artists with the primary schools has demonstrated the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom where exciting collaborative arts practice evolved.”The primary focus of the Studio Classroom was to promote innovative ways for artists, primary school teachers and pupils to engage and respond to art practice.This project connected artist studios directly into the primary classrooms and promoted innovative ways in which children can respond to artist work by working directly with the artist.Describing the process further Anne Marie Morrin, Visual Arts lecturer at MIC, said: “Working directly from their studios the artists transported the child into an exploratory mindset where experimenting was encouraged and risks embraced. The art sessions moved away from the traditional art class setting where emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills through the manipulation of materials and tools.“Instead consideration was given to the starting point where the exploration of ideas and how these ideas can be transformed into visual forms.”It is hoped that the project will help develop a model for new approaches for artist, teachers, and children to work together in the teaching and learning of art in schools, and how technology can help support the creative process. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsStudents’ work showcased at MIC exhibitionBy John Keogh – September 26, 2015 1228 Previous articleWorld premiere of ‘The Train’ musicalNext articleOnly two female TDs ever elected in Limerick John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Pasture profits

first_imgBut Georgia has several competitive advantages over Northern states. Its long growing season, ability to produce high forage yields and climate and soil are conducive to nearly year-round grazing — perfect for economical grazing dairy production. That advantage led a New Zealand investment group to open a 500-cow dairy in Wrens, Ga., in 2007. The farm was a pilot to see if their method of dairy production would work here. Because of the farm’s success, they expanded operations and added a 700-cow dairy in Jefferson County and a 1,000-cow dairy in Bartow County. Demonstrated profitabilityGrazing dairy producers consistently report production costs between $9 and $11.50 per 100 pounds of milk produced, depending on the amount of supplemental energy feed needed for the cows. Production cost for Georgia’s conventional dairies ranges between $14.50 and $16 per 100 pounds of milk. Conventional wisdom Raising dairy cows on pastureland seems as natural as growing tomatoes in the backyard. Yet, most dairy cows in the U.S are raised in enclosed, confined systems. Feed is grown, harvested and mixed with grain and other additives. While energy and other input prices were low for farmers, this system provided inexpensive, safe dairy products. Developed in the Northern U.S. where harsh winters necessitate indoor animal production, confined systems became the national standard since that area was the traditional U.S. dairy production hub. Confinement dairy technology became a one-system-fits-all approach for U.S. milk production. They expanded to three farms with 1,500 cows, a hand-crafted cheese plant in Thomasville, Ga., and a soon-to-open yogurt plant in Pavo, Ga. Their vision has become a new model for dairy farmers in Georgia and around the world.Since early 2007, grazing-only dairies added 6,000 cows to Georgia’s herd. Another 8,000 cows will be added by the end of 2010. By Nick Hill and Dennis HancockUniversity of GeorgiaIn 1993, Al and Desiree Wehner came to Georgia to farm in an environmentally and economically sustainable way by using pastures as the primary source of food for their herd. Their vision became Georgia’s first modern total grazing dairy, Green Hill Dairy in Quitman, Ga.center_img While the grazing dairy industry has expanded, the conventional dairy industry has shrunk. The number of dairy cows in Georgia, most of which are in conventional systems, decreased by 8,000 head since 2007. Pasture-based dairies saw first-quarter profits between $2.70 and $3.25 per 100 pounds of milk. Most maintained this profitability during the summer. Remaining profitable during severe market downturns makes grazing an appealing option for Georgia dairies. When milk prices rebound, pasture-based dairies stand to earn even more compared to conventional dairies. During the first quarter of 2009, milk prices in Georgia averaged $12.23 per 100 pounds of milk. Prices slipped to $11.45 early in the summer. Consequently, conventional dairy producers lost significant money on each shipment in the hope that they could keep their cows in milk long enough for prices to rebound. Becoming a milk exporter rather than a milk importer reverses the flow of consumer dollars and builds the Georgia economy. University of Georgia research shows that each 1,000-cow dairy farm opened in Georgia generates $2 million in local- and state-tax revenue from farm development. Once farms become operational, sales generate $700,000 in local and state revenue. Georgia grazing dairies should generate $11.2 million in annual tax revenue, helping to improve rural economies.(Nick Hill is a professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dennis Hancock is a forage specialist with the UGA Cooperative Extension.) Strategic locationAll Southeastern states, including Georgia, are milk deficient, meaning the fluid milk produced by local dairies doesn’t meet local consumer demand. Georgia is strategically located to be a production and distribution hub for other milk-deficient states if the industry continues to develop. In 2008, a second New Zealand investment group converted a row-crop farm in Girard, Ga., into a 700-cow dairy. This spring, they converted a second farm into a 1,000-cow dairy. They have purchased additional land to expand operations in 2011 and 2012.last_img read more

4 things every good manager should do differently in 2018

first_imgA new year means a new you, right? Regardless if you intend to join a gym, there are easy improvements you can make, and a lot of those improvements can take place at the office. To be the best leader you can be in 2018, here are a few things you can try to do better…Take a step back: For your team, it’s great to have a big picture vision at the end of the road, but make sure you don’t lose sight of the small milestones that help you get there. Celebrate not only big wins but the smaller ones as well. Without these victories, you’ll never get to the end of the road.Open the lines of communication: There are a lot of bad communicators out there, and we all can fall into this category from time to time. Try to be more approachable and available to your staff in 2017. Find a balance between being too hands on and too hands off. Being a good communicator will have a huge impact on your team and how they work together to get results.Encourage innovative ideas: Breakthroughs won’t happen unless your team is given the greenlight to be creative and try new things. As Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”Provide  feedback: Your employees can’t improve if they don’t know that they’re making mistakes. You don’t have to micro-manage to provide timely feedback and give your team the opportunity to grow in the right direction. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more