‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stock

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter University you Limerick campus aerialPhoto: True MediaUNIVERSITY of Limerick has announced a major plan to expand its student on-campus student accommodation to more than 3,400 beds to meet growing demand.A spokesperson said the extra 630 beds would “provide a more affordable option for students”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The University will introduce a new shared accommodation option, in time for the new academic year this coming September.UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “With the growth in student numbers and following a detailed review of different options and a survey of student requirements, we are planning to develop shared accommodation for students.”He said the existing campus accommodation would be “retrofit as twin rooms rather than single rooms with the upgrade to be completed for next September.“There are six student accommodation villages on the UL campus, and this will add another 630 beds to the 2,850 already available in our on-campus residences,” added Dr Fitzgerald.A UL spokesman said the university has experienced phenomenal growth in the past 12 years, with an almost 50 per cent increase in student numbers from 11,500 to 16,300 in 2019.Michael Foley, Chief Operations Officer at Campus Life Services, which manages UL’s accommodation, said they  encountered significant demand for on campus accommodation last August, which made it particularly challenging for students and parents in the search for accommodation at the beginning of term”.He said the additional beds “will help to address the challenge on supply of accommodation in the short term, but also provides a more affordable cost option for parents with twin room costs ranging from under €3,000 to €4,250 per person which includes utilities and UL Sport membership”.UL’s student residences are let on a commercial basis in the summer months.“We continue to promote to local house owners the tax free option of renting a room to students. This rent a room option can provide up to €14,000 a year to the householder and is becoming popular for households and students. This rent a room sector now provides five per cent of the university’s accommodation requirements and has expanded since it was initially promoted in 2017,” added Mr Foley.Last year UL’s Campus Accommodation was ranked number one in Ireland for both accommodation quality and cost in the ‘I-Graduate’ international student barometer survey. The university also recently completed a €20 million four-year refurbishment programme to raise its on-campus accommodation standards.Rental fees for UL on-campus accommodation include full utility costs (electricity, heating, cable TV and licence, refuse and Wi-Fi) as well as membership of the UL Sports Arena gym and access to free campus residence events as part of the Campus Life programme. LimerickNews‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stockBy Editor – January 18, 2020 739 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostULUniversity of Limerick center_img Previous articleCalls to upgrade Clarina walkwayNext articleWATCH: Billy Holland on that missing link, Munster support and the Ospreys Editor WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Printlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. All the latest on what’s happening in HR around the world, By Philip WhitleyBusiness goes to court over Clinton’s final law Employers in the US are pressing ahead with a challenge to one of the lastpieces of labour regulation introduced by the outgoing Clinton administration.On 19 January, the day of George W Bush’s inauguration, his predecessor’s lawon strict compliance for government contractors became effective. It means thatcompanies that have violated labour, tax or other federal laws will be barredfrom winning government contracts. The US Chamber of Commerce is planning thelawsuit, claiming the regulation illegally alters present laws to add newpenalties and is too sweeping in its powers. The new law does, however, strengthen the hand of HR managers by adding tothe business case for fair employment practice.  www.shrm.orgSingapore joins hunt for Indian talent North American and European employers are not the only ones rushing toattract highly qualified people from the Asian subcontinent. Companies inSingapore with skill shortages are also looking to recruit from India,according to the Far Eastern Economic Review. “Singapore is a high-tech country with relatively high labour costs, astrong international presence and a need for skilled labour,” said DanielGay, an analyst at Singaporean consultancy Strategic Intelligence. “Indianprogrammers are highly skilled; the country needs to develop trade links andwants more foreign investment.”  www.feer.comWorking-time laws strengthen in Europe The move to shorter working hours in the European Union continues. At theend of 2000 the EU reached agreement on incorporating road transport employeeswithin the scope of the 1993 Directive limiting working time to 48 hours aweek, with rules on rest breaks and shift patterns. The measure excludesindependent drivers for two years, at which point there will be a review. In France, the head of the employers’ body MEDEF, Ernest-Antoine Seillière,called for a moratorium on imposing the 35-hour week on small employers. Thosewith fewer than 20 staff will come under the scope of the law from January2002. In Sweden, there is to be a review of working-time legislation. A newcommission will explore giving greater choice to employees and flexibility toemployers, but will also seek to reduce hours.  www.eiro.eurofound.ieEastern Europe aids mobility Progress has been recorded in bilateral discussions between the EuropeanUnion and Hungary on freedom of movement for employees. Hungary has made “considerable progress” regarding freedom ofmovement, according to the Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the EU,although it noted the potential for upheavals in labour markets given theconsiderably higher wages available in the West. The moves are part of a general drive to make it easier for Western EuropeanHR managers to recruit. It follows announcements by Germany and the UK thatvisa requirements for Asian software specialists will be relaxed.   www.ces.eu.intUnions gather signatories in Uruguay Trade unions have underlined their strength in Uruguay by gathering 48,000 votesin a petition against a partial privatisation of some state enterprises. Itforms part of a campaign for a referendum on the moves, which would come tenyears after a referendum ruled out privatisation of the telecoms network, runby the state agency Antel. The small country has avoided the wave of privatisations that has sweptthrough the rest of South America. The coalition government of Jorge Batllewants to increase managerial freedom to develop services and greater capital,but unions fear weaker job security. www.elpais.esArgentine women go to work Attempts by the Argentine government to increase participation in the labourmarket have had a dramatic effect on women, but no impact on young people orthose over 45. The three categories of employees were targeted for stateincentives as they have had the highest rates of unemployment. A law introduceda 50% cut in employer contributions for firms which took on unemployed peoplefrom one of these three groups. A survey by the independent agency Equis found that unemployment amongfemale heads of household in greater Buenos Aires was 18% lower in October 2000compared with a year earlier, while unemployment remained the same for thoseover 45 and rose slightly for young people.   www.lanacion.comMerit pay helps turn Nissan round Performance-related pay has played a key role in reversing the decliningfortunes of Japanese company Nissan, according to a report in Time magazine.Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn has become an unlikely hero in Japan sincethe French giant took over control of the ailing firm in March 1999. Ghosn ended pay based on seniority, a feature of many Japanese pay schemes,and brought in a stock-option plan. Together with closure of unprofitablebusinesses, the measure has produced a $1.56bn profit, the first for Nissan inseven years. Civil servants and business leaders in Japan have coined the term”Ghosn-san” as a reference point for reform of business, Timereported.   www.time.comRedundant dot-commers reach for their lawyers Dot-com companies laying off staff in the US have been forced to paycompensation, even to employees without contracts, according to a report by theSociety for Human Resource Management. In theory, most staff affected are knownas “at-will” employees and can be made redundant without explanation.But “at-will” employees might successfully sue their former employerif they can prove the company induced them to take a job by misrepresentingfacts about its capital and prospects. In one case, a company enticed a woman to move to Silicon Valley fromChicago by telling her that it had secured $10m in venture capital. In reality,the company had landed only $7m and had to eliminate the woman’s job. She won$100,000.  www.shrm.orgKorean unions accuse president of underminingconsultation South Korean banking unions have accused the government of reneging on anagreement it made last July to ensure that the workforce was informed andconsulted over job cuts. Since the agreement was made, President Kim Dae Jung has sided with thebanks in a major industrial dispute over compulsory redundancies resulting fromthe merger of two of the country’s main retail banks, the Kookmin and theHousing & Commercial Bank. In mid-January, President Kim sent in riot police to break up a uniondemonstration. The conflict forms part of government attempts to encourageconsolidation in a banking sector it sees as overstaffed. The moves see the role of HR managers sidelined as unions and the presidentfight a major political battle.   www.asiaweek.comConsultation law nears for Europe German opposition to compulsory staff consultation is close to ending,Brussels insiders have reported. This means that a law forcing all employers inthe union with more than 50 staff to consult with employees on business changesis almost certain to be passed, probably towards the end of this year. Under the EU’s voting mechanism at least two large or three small countriesare needed to block a law, and the UK is now the only country in opposition. At the end of last year the European Union finalised 20 years ofnegotiations by agreeing a European Company Statute, which enables a firm toregister just once as a European company. A company will have to reachcountry-by-country agreements on levels of worker representation to register.   www.europa.eu.int Global newsroundOn 1 Feb 2001 in Global mobility, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Too low?

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEnvironmental policymakers say many Georgia streams don’t have enough oxygen. This is an environmental problem that must be fixed. But in some cases, it could be a safe, natural occurrence. Scientists in Tifton, Ga., are working to help policymakers better regulate the health of Georgia streams.Like humans, fish and other aquatic life need oxygen to survive. They get it from dissolved oxygen (DO) in the water around them, said George Vellidis, an engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. DO is also essential for the breakdown of pollutants and organic matter in streams.“If the DO level is too low in a stream or in some other water body,” he said, “the fish and aquatic life can become stressed or die.”The standardThat’s why the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Environmental Protection Division established a DO standard for Georgia’s streams. If a stream’s DO level drops below 4 milligrams per liter, the stream is considered in violation. The Clean Water Act of 1972 was enacted to control water quality problems like low DO levels in U.S. waters. Until recently, not much was done to address the problem in many parts of the country.Environmental groups are now putting legal pressure on Georgia and other states to create and implement plans to fix DO-challenged streams, Vellidis said.The data on DO levels in Georgia streams in many cases is not current. The most recent data for some streams in south Georgia is several years old. Environmental regulations based on this data could be wrong, Vellidis said.Natural answers He and a team of UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists on the UGA Tifton, Ga., campus discovered that DO levels in streams in south Georgia can rise or fall naturally below the current standard many times throughout a year. And fish are probably well adapted for the changes.DO levels for many streams drop during hot summer months or during times of low water flow like in times of drought, he said. These levels can also be affected by the amount of sunlight hitting the water or by excessive amounts of nutrients like farm fertilizers, he said.(Nutrients encourage algal growth. Algae release oxygen into the water. But algae live a short time. When they die in large quantities, the microorganisms that decompose them use a lot of oxygen and quickly lower the DO level.)Agricultural practices are often blamed for increased nutrient levels and low DO levels in streams and rivers. To bring problem streams into compliance, Vellidis said, some preliminary plans recommend reducing nutrient levels in streams and rivers by as much as 40 percent. This reduction would likely be expected to come primarily from agricultural sources.This would be an economic blow for agricultural regions of Georgia and, possibly, an unnecessary step if it is natural at certain times of the year for a stream to be below the current DO standard, he said.Agricultural fertilizers and chemicals probably do contribute to low DO levels, he said. But there are many other factors that must be considered. Vellidis and the research team are undertaking an extensive DO level study in the Coastal Plain area of Georgia. They are setting up monitoring sites in the Ochlockonee, Suwannee, Satilla and St. Mary’s river basins to take samples and measure factors that contribute to DO levels. Georgia DNR-EPD is funding the three-year project.State environmental policymakers can use this new data to make sound DO standards and avoid creating unnecessary, harmful policies.last_img read more

Steelers back atop AFC North heading into bye week

first_imgThe Steelers used three long drives to compile 21 points on their way to a 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to recapture first place in the AFC North after a Baltimore Ravens loss, going into their bye week. The defending AFC champs are 7-3, a half-game clear of the Bengals and Ravens. After a crushing loss to the Ravens last week the Steelers had to beat the surprising Bengals (6-3) in order to stay in the playoff race, thinking the Ravens would easily defeat the lowly Seattle Seahawks. However, the Ravens lost 22-17, dropping into a second place tie with the Bengals. Rashard Mendenhall ran for two touchdowns, and the Steelers intercepted rookie quarterback Andy Dalton’s passes twice in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 24-17 victory.Pittsburgh grabbed a needed win by putting together long, balanced drives while thousands of Steelers fans waved Terrible Towels in the first sellout crowd of the season at Paul Brown Stadium.Dalton handled most of what Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau threw at him. He had two more touchdown passes, giving him 14 overall — the most by a rookie quarterback in his first nine games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. But in the end, a Steelers defense that’s finally healthy and forcing turnovers got to him.Pittsburgh came in with just two interceptions all season. But cornerback William Gay anticipated Dalton’s throw and stepped in front of Jerome Simpson for a clinching interception inside the Steelers’ 20-yard line with 2:27 left.Ike Taylor had another outstanding game holding Cincinnati’s top receiver, A. J. Green to just one catch which was a 36 yard touchdown. With Hines Ward playing limited minutes, Antonio Brown had 5 catches for 86 yards and Mike Wallace 6 receptions for 54 yards. Jerricho Cotchery grabbed his first touchdown pass for the Steelers on a 16 yard pass. Ward only had one catch for 10 yards.Ben Roethlisberger had a good game completing 21 of 33 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The interception was actually on Heath Miller.Once again the offense was impressive early but died in the second half. It was 17-10 at the half, with the Steelers not scoring in the fourth quarter.The young Bengals did not give up after dropping behind 14-0 early in the first quarter but came back to tie it 17-17 in the third quarter, before the final drive capped off by a brilliant 9 yard Mendenhall touchdown run.The defense was once again outstanding as they held the Bengals running game in check, Cedrick Benson had just 57 yards on 15 carries, and shut down the receivers with the exception of Andrew Hawkins who had 5 receptions for 56 yards.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game after the game: “Good bounce back for us in many ways. Probably more than anything the sufficient plays from the defense particularly down the stretch to preserve the win in light of how we finished the game last week. We are excited about that. Largely as a team if we are going to be the kind of team we desire to be we’ve got to quickly get back on the winning side of things when we don’t do the job. That is what this game was about. Obviously it was an AFC North game on the road. All of those things are important. I liked the overall effort of all of the men. We had a few minor injuries and so forth in-game. I don’t think it’s going to be anything that could be problematic coming out of the bye.”Coming out of the bye week the Steelers face the Kansas City Chiefs (4-5), the Bengals again, the Browns (3-6), the red hot San Francisco 49ers (8-1), the St. Louis Rams (2-7) and the Browns. The Bengals and Ravens will face each other in Baltimore this weekend. GAME CHANGER—Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) celebrates after cornerback William Gay (22) intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter against the Bengals, Nov. 13, in Cincinnati. Running back Cedric Benson (32) kneels at right. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble) last_img read more