‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacancies

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Limerick Chamber appoint new President TAGSbusinessindustryLIMERICK ChamberLimerick City and CountyMid WestNewsvideo Email Planned housing and medical campus further indication of positivity for Limerick – Chamber CEO states Chamber calls for O’Connell Street revitalisation programme to commence as matter of urgency Previous articleKilkenny too strong for Limerick in All-Ireland Camogie ChampionshipNext article“They are making it incredibly hard to whittle it down” – Easterby Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisementcenter_img Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement BusinessNewsVideo‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacanciesBy Staff Reporter – July 21, 2019 329 Linkedin Print THE economic revival in the Mid-West was highlighted the launch of a Limerick Chamber campaign and new website to help companies recruit new workers.The ‘Move Mid West’ campaign and website was unveiled at the Limerick Chamber  ‘Let’s Talk Tech’ event in Dublin last week which was attended by representatives of multi-national employers in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The campaign is in response to the 1,012 vacancies currently in the Mid-West, with over 630 of these in the information technology, engineering, pharma and science sectors.Among the major international companies looking to recruit candidates in the Mid-West are Johnson & Johnson, Northern Trust, Analog Devices, BD and 4Site in Limerick, JLR in Shannon and First Data in Nenagh.Chief executive Dee Ryan said that Limerick Chamber wanted to send out that these employment opportunities were available and the Mid West is a fantastic place to live, work and play in.“This is one of the most affordable regions in the country and the evidence is that people get everything they need by way of lifestyle and jobs and they have a lot more disposable income to go with it.”Currently there are in excess of 20 estates under construction across the region, with the average price in Limerick city at €201,952, Limerick county €206,376, Clare €196,817 and Tipperary at €189,302.When compared with other regions with a city, the Mid West contrasts very favourably. In Dublin average prices range from €310,000 to €600,000 across the city; Galway city averages at €304,549 and county at €205,400, while Cork city has a €285,941 average and Cork county €235,033.John O’Dea, chief executive of TechIreland, which helps connect people across the tech industry, said that the great advantage of Limerick and the Mid West is that it has a great collection of multinational companies, a really vibrant infrastructure and strong growth“The numbers last year were 30 percent up on the previous year in terms of investment into the sector. So, it’s got an awful lot going for it, which is just so important when you’re starting a family or getting going in your career,” he said.Chris Foley, Agile Coach with Johnson & Johnson said that he hasn’t looked back since he made the move to Limerick.“There’s lots of organizations starting up, lots of job opportunities and a great way of life. We just need to get out there and promote it,” he said.by Tom [email protected] Facebooklast_img read more

Fire Island National Seashore at 50: The View from Watch Hill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shortly after setting up camp in the farthest, seemingly most-private Watch Hill Campground site bordering the largest barrier beach nature preserve in the Northeast, typical Fire Island visitors arrived back to back.First came the deer, who left on their own, followed by mosquitoes that were chased off with bug spray. Then a Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) ranger sauntered by with a friendly reminder not to burn down the park by lighting any forbidden ground fires. Stray joggers, families out for strolls and wandering party people also randomly stopped by to chat at the boardwalk’s dead end that doubled as an entrance to this reporter’s campground—a trip preceding the 50th anniversary of the national seashore’s founding.“You get special moments out here,” Jiggers Turner, a volunteer camp host who helps keep the peace at the campground every other weekend, said while recalling countless friends made while breaking bread over seaside BBQs. “It’s just a magical place.”That’s because the campground abuts the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area, a seven-mile federal preserve on the east end of the 32-mile barrier island south of Long Island. The pristine beach draws nature-loving backpackers who camp freely in the wild east of Watch Hill. The area is considered “the other Fire Island”—as opposed to the island’s 17 communities to the west, which includes packed bars such as Flynn’s.Fifty years ago Sept. 3, President Lyndon Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law, which led to the founding of the national seashore a week later. Fire Islanders had lobbied for the legislation to save the island from Robert Moses’ proposal to extend Ocean parkway from Jones Beach Island through FI as a route to the Hamptons. FINS, a unit of the National Park Service, is marking the anniversary with a slew of events.“It’s because the seashore is here that…the communities are still here as opposed to a four-lane highway that was going to go down the middle of this island,” Chris Soller, superintendent of FINS, reminded residents last month during a meeting of the Fire Island Association, an umbrella group of civic associations.But, not all communities were saved. Watch Hill—which also includes a 183-slip marina, seasonal restaurant and lifeguarded oceanfront beach—was built on what used to be Bayberry Dunes, one of three FI communities that were condemned when the national seashore was established. The other two, known as Whalehouse Point and Long Cove, have since been returned to their natural state.Backpackers walk off into the Fire Island wilderness to camp.The preservation ensured that beachgoers destined for Watch Hill—or most anywhere on FI—can only get there by boat, except Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park on either end. Those who don’t have a private boat take the $9 half-hour ferry ride from Bay Shore, Sayville or, to get to Watch Hill, Patchogue.A ranger-run park interpretation center, camp general store and Tiki bar greet Watch Hill visitors upon stepping off the local ferry—named Quaiapen, after a famous Indian chief.“It’s not exactly like Cheers, but pretty close,” Pam Boyle, president of Friends of Watch Hill, a nonprofit that helps the park with beautification, said of fast friends made on the remote sliver of beach. “It’s a different destination location…it’s way more laid back.”That’s opposed to the Village of Ocean Beach, the island’s unofficial capital, 10 miles to the west, where homeowners regularly complain about the nearly dozen downtown bars that host a lively nightlife scene. Watch Hill has just one restaurant, The Pier at Watch Hill, which closes for the season Sept. 13 and reopens Memorial Day weekend, and a snack bar. The closest civilization is Davis Park, the easternmost residential community on FI, a 20-minute walk to the west, where there is also only one restaurant: The Casino.Boaters, campers, backpackers and day-tripping beachgoers mingle in the sandy paradise. After sundown, a hot topic at The Pier is when to catch the best view of the moon. A boater who often docks at the marina said the nickname regulars gave the campground is “Mosquito City.”Stories of the Watch Hill mosquitoes tend to scare potential campers from coming. Campers have abandoned their gear and fled the tiny biting insects, multiple visitors recalled. The insects are worse in this section of the island because there are no pesticides sprayed in the neighboring federal wilderness, which is why the Friends of Watch Hill ring the marina with mosquito magnets—devices that create a bayside protective barrier from the bugs.A nature trail winds through Watch Hill on Fire Island.Turner, the camp host, said some days are worse than others, depending upon weather conditions. But, despite widespread speculation that this summer was going to be really bad for mosquitoes across LI, even Watch Hill caught a break. The abundant amount of repellent—including citronella candles, mosquito nets, bug-repelling bracelets and a thermacell device—this reporter packed wound up being overkill.“Mosquitoes aren’t too bad this year,” said Soller, the superintendent. “Watch Hill, which is like, the worst, I’m hearing isn’t that bad.”Ironically, one of the lectures rangers offered was about “Our Friend The Mosquito.” That’s in addition to regularly scheduled canoe tours, wildlife lectures and hikes down the beach to see what’s left of The Bessie, a ship that ran aground on FI in 1922. Because there are only 26 campsites, it becomes much easier to reserve a space in the off-season—same as the super-popular Hither Hills State Park campground in Montauk.Like the rest of the barrier island, Watch Hill largely turns into a ghost town after Labor Day. The general store, open daily during summer, is only open weekends mid-September through mid-October. But, Turner the camp host said: “Everyone shares out here, if you need matches or coal.”Former longtime camp host Carmen Mejia, who retired two years ago after three decades, offered this advice—applicable to Watch Hill, all of FI and life in general—after packing up her tent for the last time: “You must always be helpful and happy,” she said, “even after your 4 a.m. wake-up call from the local birds!”For regularly scheduled free nature events at Watch Hill, Sailor’s Haven, the Fire Island Lighthouse and William Floyd Estate, visit the Fire Island National Seashore online events calendar.last_img read more

Firing stirs talk about Boeheim’s job safety

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The firing of Bernie Fine, former associate head coach of the men’s basketball team, left students and Syracuse residents alike buzzing Sunday night, but it also prompted conversation about the future of head coach Jim Boeheim. For the first time in Boeheim’s 36-year tenure as coach, he may be on the hot seat, as it is unclear how much he knew of Fine’s alleged molestations. ‘It would be interesting to find out what Boeheim actually knew about this because if he knew all that we know now, then I think he is in deep trouble,’ said Jake Reiner, a junior broadcast journalism major. Boeheim expressed his ‘full support’ for Fine in a Nov. 17 statement after two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Michael Lang, accused Fine of sexual molestation. On Sunday, Zach Tomaselli, 23, stepped forward with a third accusation. A 2002 tape-recorded telephone conversation between Davis and Fine’s wife, Laurie, was also published that day. In the recording, Laurie admitted she was worried her husband molested Davis.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse resident Kevin Carpenter said Boeheim should not have supported Fine so definitively in that statement, especially when many of the details were unclear to the public. ‘The statement that Jim Boeheim made, he shouldn’t have made that, saying that he supported him 100 percent, because he didn’t know exactly what happened,’ Carpenter said. ‘Now that his wife, Bernie Fine’s wife, done gave him up, that’s pretty much saying that you support a child molester,’ he said. Although the statement may have reflected poorly on Boeheim’s quick backing of Fine, Will Boucher, a junior entrepreneurship major, said it does support the argument Boeheim was unaware. ‘If he did know everything that we know now, then I don’t think he would have jumped out to defend (Fine) immediately,’ Boucher said. Boeheim issued a second statement Sunday in which he apologized for any ‘insensitive’ statements and maintained he ‘never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged.’ But some have a hard time believing that Boeheim was in the dark. Zach Schotz, a sophomore sport management major, said he is skeptical Boeheim really had no idea about the potential molestations. ‘He seemed like he had a good relationship with Bernie Fine,’ Schotz said. ‘It’s hard … it’s the same thing with Paterno and Sandusky. How can you not know?’ For the university, Schotz said, the ‘bigger blow’ could come if Boeheim is fired. It would end the career of one of the greatest coaches of all-time and stain his legacy, he said. ‘The guy’s a legend and that’s the biggest nightmare for Syracuse,’ Schotz said. ‘Although it’s already really bad right now, that’s the worst case scenario.’ [email protected] Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Commentslast_img read more

2015 AYC U-20 Semi-finals: Michael Sai replaces Mutawakilu in goal for Nigeria match

first_imgCoach Sellas Tetteh has handed goalkeeper Michael Sai his first start for the crunch semi final match of the African Under 20 Championship against Nigeria this evening. The goalkeeper replaces Mutawakilu Seidu, who kept the posts in Ghana’s three group games.  The introduction of Sai is the only significant change in Coach Sellas Tetteh’s starting line up for the match. Meanwhile striker Benjamin Tetteh, who missed the last grouo match against Mali returns to the side to partner Yaw Yeboah in attack. Defender Joe Adjei who was rested against Mali also returns to the startKick off is at 5:00pm  GHANA’S STARTING LINE UP Michael Sai Owusu Bempah Patrick Asmah Joe Addo  Joe Adjei Kofi Yeboa  Asiedu Attobrah Cliffored Aboagye Benjamin Tetteh   Yaw Yeboah Prosper Kassimlast_img read more

Chinese football imposes salary cap in new spending crackdown

first_imgShanghai, Dec 20 (AFP) Chinese football on Thursday imposed a salary cap of 10 million yuan (USD 1.45 million) a year for domestic players and vowed to kick teams out for so-called “yin-yang contracts”.The swingeing measures are part of a ramped-up effort by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to clamp down on big spending and get teams to toe a tougher financial line.There will also be a limit on bonuses and other financial inducements for domestic players, according to state sports channel CCTV5 and other reports on an end-of-season CFA conference in Shanghai.Foreign players are not affected by the salary cap, which will be in place for the new Chinese Super League (CSL) season when it starts in the spring.However, each club’s annual expenditure cannot exceed 1.2 billion yuan in 2019, which will decline to 900 million in 2021.Two years ago, Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar joined CSL side Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea for an Asian-record 60 million euros and Argentine forward Carlos Tevez signed for rivals Shanghai Shenhua, both earning some of the highest wages in world football.Their high-profile arrivals, along with dozens of other foreign stars such as Brazilians Hulk and Paulinho, triggered fears that Chinese clubs were distorting the international transfer market with overinflated wages and fees.But the CFA has since moved to stop the splurge and force teams to focus on youth development instead, and there is unlikely to be serious money spent when the winter transfer window opens on January 1.The CFA last year slapped a 100 percent transfer tax on the purchase of overseas players, which significantly reined in Chinese clubs, and the organisation limited the number of foreigners each team can field to three a match.advertisement- ‘Not sustainable’ -=====================Among a raft of other new measures, teams must submit contracts for their players and coaches by the end of the year as part of a crackdown on “yin-yang contracts”.Such contracts — one for the tax man and another with the real value of the agreement — are thought to be widespread in football and showbusiness in China.If the CFA uncovers any tax-avoidance schemes, the offending player or coach face a ban of between one and three years. Their clubs can be deducted points or even kicked out the league.”The association will draw on the experience of advanced overseas leagues to design comprehensive measures to control high wages, high bonuses, high transfer fees and other issues,” Li Yuyi, CFA vice chairman, said earlier this week, according to Xinhua news agency.Li added: “If there’s only investment but no clear idea of what the long-term returns are, Chinese football is not sustainable.”Companies (that own teams) need to understand why invest, what are the rewards and what it contributes to society.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more