NewsCommunityEducationCouncil builds novel approach for after school activityBy Staff Reporter – March 10, 2020 285 Previous articleDouble Success for Limerick Celtics in Cork CupNext articleJunk Kouture Final has been postponed Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Email Twitter Facebook Lego building going to great heights at the Southill Hub.Photo: Liam BurkePUPILS at an after school club in Limerick now have LEGO for homework, funded by Limerick City and County Council’s Regeneration Project.by William Cahir [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Southill Afterschool has developed a novel approach to homework with their own Lego BRICKX club.Twelve adult leaders undertook two days training to become LEGO play leaders, which includes learning how to develop LEGO play and LEGO building competitions among staff and children.Leaders have also learned about activities focused on special needs including play for children with autism.BRICKX clubs help children explore creativity, problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Group leaders were also interested in how much co-operative play the children got involved in.LEGO for play and creativity is a great way to introduce team building to the children with tower building contests where they need to work as a group.It is also a great way to encourage and develop fine motor skills in the younger children, while the group for smaller children now has new Duplo sets to develop their skills.Childcare Worker Niamh Galligan explained that some of the leaders are undertaking training as part of their community employment schemes and this is an important step in developing employment skills for the childcare sector.“As we are the first BRICKX Club in Limerick, it will give them a unique selling point on their CVs,” she added.Maria Donoghue, Programme Manager for the Regeneration project with Limerick City and County Council said that the BRICKX Club is an ideal example of how regeneration funding can support the local community.“It develops people’s skills, which in turn are used to help the youngest groups in the community. Education is a crucial element to improve standards of living and ability to access opportunities. I’m very happy that Regeneration is helping young children as they begin their education journey and those who are older to upskill. And it’s fun!” Linkedin Print Advertisement
Seabirds are increasingly threatened worldwide, with population declines for many species that are faster than in any other group of birds. Here the Important Bird Area (IBA) criteria recommended by BirdLife International were applied to a large tracking dataset collected from a range of seabirds, to identify areas of importance at an ocean basin scale. Key areas were identified using tracks obtained from both the breeding and non-breeding periods of 10 species that have different habitat requirements. These species range in their IUCN threat status from Least Concern to Critically Endangered. An evaluation of spatial overlap between the key areas for these species and the jurisdiction of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), national Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and other stakeholder bodies highlighted the major importance of the French EEZs (around Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands) for seabird conservation. The majority of the candidate marine IBAs that were identified were located in the High Seas, where Marine Protected Areas cannot easily be designated under existing international agreements, except in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Area. In the short term, it seems that only fisheries regulations (through international agreements) can bring about efficient protection for seabirds in the High Seas. The BirdLife IBA approach, although sensitive to heterogeneity in the data (species selected, inclusion of different life stages, years etc.), proved valuable for selecting important areas corresponding to large-scale oceanographic structures that are considered to be key foraging habitats for many species.