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New business chief optimistic for region

first_img Previous articleThe expert comment – Neill KellyNext articleAll in place for festive weekend admin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsNew business chief optimistic for regionBy admin – March 12, 2009 561 Facebook THE PROTECTION of existing jobs, stimulation of investment, an ending to the structure of three local authorities governing the urban area of Limerick and the development of an international logistics hub that would become a major driver of employment in the future, are priority issues for the incoming president of Limerick Chamber, Harry Fehilly, who succeeds outgoing president, Sean Lally.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Fehilly is managing partner of Holmes O’Malley Sexton.Highlighting the need to focus on developing a local industry that can become a world leader, he pointed to the region’s high level of expertise in the area of logistics.“With the deep sea port at Shannon Estuary and the Customs Pre-Clearance at Shannon Airport, there is huge potential for this area to become a key international logistics hub, which would be a major driver of employment in the future,” he said.The new business sector leader said it is imperative to build a competitive city, road infrastructure projects, Shannon Airport and an innovative economy.“Our geography gives us a unique advantage in the area of renewable energy production – we have an abundance of tidal wind, wave and biomass energy resources and it’s imperative that we exploit this advantage to its fullest”.Other priority issues include the completion of the N 18 to Galway and Shannon Airport, as a key driver of investment to the region. Printcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Twitter Emaillast_img read more

British wheat demand sees further price surge

first_imgWheat prices surged again last week, surpassing the highs of August, as global supply problems boosted demand for British wheat and the UK harvest was smaller than expected.The delivered price of bread wheat had jumped to £204/tonne as BB went to press, up from a previous peak of £190/t in August when Russia first announced a ban on exports. The new high is likely to put further pressure on flour prices, which rose last month when Rank Hovis added £89.37 to a tonne of flour and other millers followed with price rises.Prices have been driven up by a new announcement from Russia extending the wheat export ban until the end of next year’s harvest, coupled with a poor-quality German harvest, resulting in demand for British wheat.Gary Sharkey, Rank Hovis’ head of procurement, predicted that 600,000 tonnes of British wheat will have been exported by the end of September with the UK’s exportable surplus for 2010/11 estimated to be just 800,000-1m tonnes. “There’s a danger that, by Christmas we will have used up that surplus and will have to start importing wheat, which could add as much as £40/tonne,” he said.Around 95% of the UK harvest had been brought in at the time of writing, with yields predicted to be 3-5% below the five-year average. However, the harvest was expected to be slightly higher than last year at 14.5-15m tonnes and crop quality is good.Alex Waugh, director general of Nabim, said expectations about the size of the UK harvest were raised early in the year, due to good winter growing conditions and increased plantings, but a dry and cool spring and late summer rains had taken their toll.Prices could be further affected by the US maize harvest, expected to be down on last year, and the Canadian harvest, which has been hit by frosts. “In the short term, there doesn’t seem to be much that will push prices down” said Waugh.Lewis Wright, ADM Milling wheat director, said of the UK harvest: “Fundamentally there is a good-quality crop. This has led to great demand for UK wheat, which has resulted in competition between domestic and export markets.”>>Question over quality as rain delays wheat harvestlast_img read more

Dogs at Work?

first_imgMonday afternoon I was on the phone with my husband when I heard his voice change, his tone soften as he said “Hey buddy. How are you today? Body you ok buddy?”I  knew exactly where he was, and who he was with. He was at his desk, at work, and his office mate’s black lab puppy Body who had come in for a sniff.Disclosure: We are dog people.Our Christmas cards prominently feature our pooches.I try to get my parents to refer to our dogs as their “granddogs.”My yellow lab Gracie, spent the first month of our life together under my desk with a space heater.I love the ideas of Dogs at work.Sometimes.Gracie had to stop coming because she learned if she stood at my office door and whined, ever so slightly, my partner Dan would come in, rub her belly and give her tons of pets. This meant that within a month, she had left the quiet warmth of my desk, for the door – hoping to play at all hours.Not a great idea so Gracie had to stay home.We have had another dog in our building, who occasionally sneaks away and makes a mess in the office. On one hilarious day, I recall discussing a case (we are a law firm) with my partner realizing I was standing in his office, in a pile of dog, stuff. Hilarious now, but not at the time.So what about it? Are dogs welcome at work? If so, what type of environments lend themselves to pooch pals as office mates?There are days where I worry that our office dog is not appropriate. What about clients who are experiencing stress, and perhaps are afraid? Or those with allergies?Or those who are paying you $$$$ an hour and think you should leave your stinkin dog at home where she belongs.I am curious what others think. I think there is time and place for our four legged friends at work. But maybe not every day. Or every office.Although, I sure think the days where it is appropriate, are the best ones.last_img read more

WCHA’s best, worst face-off in Verona

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAnything can happen come playoff time, but this weekend’s first-round matchup doesn’t look like the UW women’s hockey team will be upset. After winning the regular season WCHA title, the Badgers (29-1-4, 23-1-4 WCHA) were rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. This means they will host a first round matchup against last-place North Dakota (3-29-2, 0-27-1 WCHA) this weekend at the Eagles Nest in Verona. Riding a 19-game unbeaten streak, the Badgers are set to face a Sioux team with a similar streak, only in the opposite direction — UND has gone 18 games since its last win. In the two teams’ four previous meetings of 2006-07, Wisconsin won handily every time, outscoring North Dakota 26-2. These two teams also met last season in the first round of the WHCA playoffs. Then, UW scored a pair of easy victories, winning 4-1 and 6-0 over UND.With all these series against the Sioux in the past year, the Badgers will be very familiar with their opponent come this weekend’s series.”We know what to expect from them, and we know what it will take to win, but we’re not overconfident,” senior Bobbi-Jo Slusar said.Offensively, North Dakota is led by Alexia Laplante and Samantha Bowers, who have recorded eight points apiece. To put that into perspective, 14 Badgers have scored at least eight points. In fact, the combined total of points registered by North Dakota skaters this season (86) is just 24 points more than senior forward Sara Bauer has by herself (62).The Badgers are the top team nationally in goals allowed per game, power play percentage and rank near the top in goals scored per game. The Sioux, on the other hand, score at a very low rate (1.20 goals per game) and give up plenty of goals (4.00 goals per game).This weekend will also offer the chance for a Wisconsin record to be broken. Bauer, in a season where it seems like she’s broken or set a new school record each week, will have yet another opportunity to get her name into the record books against North Dakota.Bauer needs just one point to tie Meghan Hunter’s school record of 14 career postseason points. And given Bauer’s success against the Sioux this season — she has six points against them — it appears likely that the senior Patty Kazmaier nominee will accomplish that feat.With an endless supply of statistical comparisons that make an upset or a close contest seemingly impossible, veteran leadership will be vital to keeping the Badgers focused on advancing to the semifinals.”Over the year everyone contributes and plays the leadership role,” captain Slusar said. “Playoff time is when you try and get the freshman ready for what to expect and you try to step. The three of us [Slusar and alternate captains Sara Bauer and Phoebe Monteleone] have a job to do. Everybody knows that it’s playoff time, and any team can really win, so it’s important to stay focused.”As it has all season long, Wisconsin will take things one game at a time. “Coach keeps emphasizing that it’s a brand new season; everyone has zero points,” junior forward Jinelle Zaugg said. “I think we’re just going to go hard and take them like any game. “Any game now can end your season, so taking that into consideration every game,” Zaugg added. “We’ll take it one game at a time.”last_img read more