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Facelift for Opera Centre eyesore underway

first_img Previous article‘Cops’ on trail of copper thieves in city and countyNext articleArts notes in brief admin Linkedin Email ON our edition dated July 16 last, it was exclusively reported by Andrew Carey, on page one, that approaches had been made to wealthy Limerick business people to assist with funding for a proposed clean- up of the ill-fated Opera Centre. It was revealed that talks had been held between interested parties, and to which JP McManus was invited. Dr Hugh Maguire of the Hunt Museum stated at the time that it would be of great benefit to the city if a clean up operation was put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Well, it emerged this week that McManus, through his charitable foundation, is making such funds available.The decision had been taken following talks with the developers of the site.According to a spokesperson for the foundation, their involvement will not make for a permanent solution, just that they want to make the city look good.There is to be an emphasis on carrying out improvement to the lower sections of buildings on Patrick Street, Rutland Street and Ellen Street.The amount being donated has not been disclosed.The Opera Centre site, currently on the books of NAMA, developed into an eyesore within one year of plans to develop a multi-million euro shopping centre.Property owners in the three streets had benefited handsomely, with huge sums paid out to finalise deals, some of which had been ongoing for years. Twitter NewsLocal NewsFacelift for Opera Centre eyesore underwayBy admin – September 1, 2011 606 center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Facebooklast_img read more

Governor Announces ‘Next Generation’ Internship Grants

first_imgGovernor Announces ‘Next Generation’ Internship GrantsInternship program connects hundreds of students with job opportunitiesCastleton, Vt. – At Hubbardton Forge today, Governor Jim Douglas announced 14 Next Generation grants that will allow nearly 500 high school and post-secondary students to participate in career development internship programs.This year’s grants, totaling $530,000, are part of the Next Generation college scholarship and workforce training initiative proposed by Governor Douglas and passed by the Legislature in 2007. Last year, the program provided more than $800,000 in internship grants and connected 670 students with career opportunities.”This initiative reflects our commitment to building a stronger, more innovative economy by investing in the next generation of working Vermonters,” Governor Douglas said. “This year’s grants will connect nearly 500 young Vermonters with real world training and high wage, high skill career opportunities that will keep them here, help our economy grow and our families prosper.”This year, the Next Generation initiative-a key component of the Governor’s Affordability Agenda-includes $3.8 million for college scholarships, $3.3 million for workforce training programs and $0.5 million for a loan forgiveness initiative for Vermonters pursuing health care careers. Over the last several years, the initiative has invested more than $24.6 million in providing the next generation of working Vermonters with the skills they need to succeed and prosper in the 21st Century.The Governor was joined by representatives from Hubbardton Forge, Southern Vermont College and other grant recipients.Hubbardton Forge is receiving an $8,000 grant to collaborate with the Business Administration Department of Castleton State College to provide internships for up to nine post-secondary student interns in manufacturing management. The company hopes to hire some as full-time employees after graduation.Southern Vermont College, now in its second year of funding, received a $31,991 grant and plans to serve more than 30 regional employers annually, providing approximately 120 interns. In their first year, the college established an Office of Internships to administer their program and connected 52 students with opportunities at 24 businesses.A summary of the remaining Next Generation internship grant recipients follows.OTHER INTERNSHIP GRANT RECIPIENTS:Johnson State College-$27,838Johnson State will partner with Lamoille County Mental Health and Laraway Youth and Family Services to create a Behavior Interventionist curriculum and a 240 hour internship. In the pilot year, eight students will participate in the three credit academic course and the three credit internship.Vermont Youth Conservation Corps-Green Mt. Internships-$40,000In its second year of funding, VYCC will expand the Green Mountain Internship Program to enroll 50 students throughout Vermont. Students will be placed in green industry internships, including waste management, natural resource management/protection, energy efficiency or conservation, and other environmental technologies and business initiatives.UVM Office of Nursing Workforce, Research, Planning and Development – $40,000During the second year of funding, 21 nursing students will be enrolled in an on-line Licensed Nursing Assistant course, after which they will participate in the clinical portion of the approved LNA course at the Barre Technical Center. Students will then be hired as LNAs in long term care and home health agencies for the summer of 2009. They may be hired on a full-time, part-time or per-diem basis and may continue to work for the facility as their nursing studies allow during the academic year.Kelliher Samets Volk – $4,855The Kelliher Samets Volk (KSV) internship program will provide a minimum of 4 post-secondary students per semester with internships related to media buying, brand management, public relations and graphic design. Students will experience real workplace expectations by completing a long term project that supports the intern’s interests and KSV’s needs, with a goal of moving 20% of interns into paid positions with KSV.Norwich University – $35,738During its first year of funding, Norwich University hired an Internship Coordinator who is responsible for developing a comprehensive internship program. During this second year, 16-32 interns will be placed in architecture, engineering, environmental services, and financial services. Norwich will provide follow-up for at least three years after graduation to track former intern employment activity.Burlington College – $46,700Burlington College’s Gateway to Leadership is a new internship and career development program to prepare students for organizational leadership through real application of skills. It will focus on how to apply knowledge and skills in language, writing, research, organization, critical analysis and reflective thinking to positions in business, technology, management and administration. Their goal is to place 30-50 students per year.American Precision Museum – $18,745During Phase II of the Machine Shop Internship Program, the American Precision Museum will create 2 new internship levels: Level 1 interns will train and manage the Level 2 interns. Interns run the working machine shop during the exhibit season, produce small machined pieces and incorporate demonstrations on historic machines (ca 1850 and later) as well as contemporary computerized numerical control machines.VT Businesses for Social Responsibility – $59,896The VBSR Internship Program provides students at Vermont colleges and universities and Vermont residents with opportunities to experience internships with VBSR member businesses. In year 1, VBSR hired an Internship Coordinator who will continue to work with students and member businesses, developing internship experiences that align with each student’s education, skill set, and employment goals with a member business’s needs. VBSR plans to place 30 interns for a minimum of 250 hours during an academic semester or summer months.ReCycle North – $19,837ReCycle North will provide internship opportunities for 20 students with a range of disabilities who are at risk of ‘falling through the cracks’. Students will be placed in the following areas: appliance repair, computer systems, office administration, or retail and will acquire job hunting, communication, and workplace skills.Vermont Technical College – $25,000Vermont Technical College will create an office of Internship Development in order to expand their internship offerings and maintain their 98% placement rate. Internships will be created in areas such as: Sustainable Design and Technology, Diversified Agriculture, and weatherization and renewable energy systems. The college hopes to place 30 interns during the grant period.Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce – $4,124The Program to Inspire Leadership Opportunity and Thought (PILOT) involves high school juniors and focuses on community involvement, career exploration and internship placements. This award supports the internship component and provides internship training to students. Approximately 6 students will be placed for 40 hour internship experiences with LCRCC member companies representing several industry sectors based on student interest.Linking Learning to Life (LLL) – $167,276In this second year, LLL will continue the growth and development of a consistent statewide program model providing secondary students internships across the state of Vermont. LLL is partnering with seven regional Workforce Investment Boards acting as intermediary organizations to connect students and schools with employers. Approximately 100 students will participate first in 20 hours of pre-employment skills training, then will be placed in an internship with a local employer for approximately 40 hours over several weeks.###last_img read more

Fracking-related Chemicals found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Appalachian Voices A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the presence of chemicals used to extract natural gas through the controversial method of fracking in the drinking water of three private residences in Pennsylvania.“This is the first case published with a complete story showing organic compounds attributed to shale gas development found in a homeowner’s well,” Susan Brantley, one of the study’s authors and a geoscientist from Pennsylvania State University, told the New York Times.The study seems to support the argument of fracking opponents who have long maintained that chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process pose a significant risk to nearby groundwater deposits.According to the study, one of the chemicals that turned up in the Pennsylvania drinking water as 2-Butoxyethanol or 2BE. This compound is commonly used in cosmetics and paints and is known to cause tumors in rodents, though the amount detected by the study was within safety standards.Fracking industry officials are standing by previous statements, saying that fracking poses no real risk to ground water because the chemical injection process it utilizes takes place nearly a thousand feet underground. As for the study, fracking officials say that it offers no proof that the detected chemicals actually came from nearby fracking wells.Read more here.last_img read more

Govt wants traditional markets to operate with physical-distancing measures

first_imgOn April 28, the Salatiga administration allowed sellers to open stalls along a major road in the city to ensure physical-distancing measures were followed.Sellers and officials set a distance of 1 meter between booths, with the location of each booth marked out with chalk.Bintaro Market in Demak, Central Java, and four other traditional markets in Tegal regency, which has imposed PSBB, followed suit soon after.”We urge regents and mayor to follow the Central Java administration’s steps by allowing vendors to sell their products along the road if the existing traditional markets are too crowded [to allow physical-distancing measures],” Suhanto said.He explained that traditional markets played a very important role in the people’s economy, especially as farmers and sellers depend for their livelihoods on such trading activities.”If we close [traditional markets], our economy will be affected for sure. So, it’s better to let them maintain operations by implementing physical-distancing measures,” he said, “This would allow sellers to keep their jobs, farmers to sell their products and economic activities continue.” (nal)Topics : Suhanto said they had previously received reports that many traditional markets had closed down operations ever since the government implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions to stem the transmission of the virus.The ministry later conducted meetings with the House of Representatives and the COVID-19 task force, during which they agreed to support the operations of traditional markets “as long as they implement the standard health protocols.”Suhanto said traditional markets in Central Java were among the first in the country to implement physical-distancing measures between sellers and customers.Read also: Easing restrictions? Not so fast, experts say The Trade Ministry has issued a circular asking regents and mayors in Indonesia’s regions to support the operations of traditional markets while implementing strict health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.The ministry handed over on Friday disinfection chambers, hand-washing facilities, masks, staple foods and funds to Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo to support the implementation of physical-distancing measures in traditional markets in the region.”In the circular, we’ve asked regional leaders to distribute the aid and staple food commodities specifically to traditional markets,” said Suhanto, the ministry’s domestic trade director general.last_img read more

BLOG: Share Your #100PAFarmShow Experience!

first_img 100th Farm Show,  The Blog The 2016 Farm Show is upon us, and for many Pennsylvanians, it’s one of the most exciting weeks of the year. This year commemorates the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, and to celebrate this milestone, Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding are asking you to share your #100PAFarmShow story!From long-time family traditions to first-time experiences, we want to hear your impressions, reflections, and overall favorite moments from the Farm Show.There are several ways we invite you to interact:Post your pictures and comments to the Farm Show’s social media accountsFacebook: Facebook.com/PAFarmShowTwitter: @PAFarmShow Use the hashtag #100PAFarmShow (and possibly have your story shared or retweeted!)Record a voice memo using the StoryCorps smartphone appStop by the Erie Room (located above the small arena) during the dates and times below to contribute to the Department of Agriculture’s video and audio story archives. We’ll also post to StoryCorps using their app — stories uploaded to the platform during the first year of the program will be archived at the Library of Congress.Tuesday, January 12 from 11 AM – 3 PM.Wednesday, January 13 from 12 PM – 3 PM. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter View photos from Governor Wolf’s visit to the #100PAFarmShow.Read more about the new events and exhibits at the #100PAFarmShow.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Share Your #100PAFarmShow Experience!center_img This year’s Farm Show theme is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience.” What does that mean to you? We welcome you to share your story as part of your visit to the 2016 Farm Show! By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary January 10, 2016last_img read more