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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

Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years to halt coronavirus

first_imgThe state reported 127 new COVID-19 infections overnight, its biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began. It also reported one death, the first nationally in more than two weeks, taking the country’s total tally to 105.”It is the smart call, the right call at this time, given the significant challenges we face in containing this virus,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne as he announced the border closure.The closure will, however, likely be a blow to Australia’s economic recovery as it heads into its first recession in nearly three decades.Andrews said the decision to close the border, effective from 11.59 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was made jointly with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Victoria’s only other internal border, with South Australia state, is already closed.Australia has fared better than many countries in the coronavirus pandemic, with just short of 8,500 cases so far, but the Melbourne outbreak has raised alarm bells. The country has reported an average of 109 cases daily over the past week, compared with an average of just 9 cases daily over the first week of June. The border between Australia’s two most populous states will close from Tuesday for an indefinite period, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday, following an outbreak of the coronavirus in his state.The decision marks the first time the border with neighboring New South Wales has been shut in 100 years – officials last blocked movement between the two states in 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic.The number of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, has surged in recent days, prompting authorities to enforce strict social-distancing orders in 30 suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown. Topics :last_img read more

Frye honors volunteer firefighters with 50-years service

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) recognizes Indiana volunteer firefighters for 50-plus years of service on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at the Statehouse. Frye presented over 60 firefighters with a resolution in front of the House of Representatives.Indianapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye honored Indiana volunteer firefighters who have served their communities for 50 years or more.Frye recognized over 60 volunteer firefighters with a House resolution during Monday’s legislative session.“As a retired firefighter, I understand the sacrifices made by those who are devoted to the safety of others,” Frye said. “Volunteer firefighters put themselves in harm’s way to ensure our communities are safe. We owe them our gratitude.”According to Frye, Hoosiers are served by 837 volunteer fire and rescue departments across Indiana. These volunteer firefighters usually maintain full-time jobs, while serving the fire department on a part-time basis after completing required training.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Al Khartoum SC unveil head coach Kwesi Appiah

first_imgSudanese side Al Khartoum SC have unveiled new head coach Kwesi Appiah and his assistant Prince Owusu at a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The official presentation took place at a hotel in the Sudanese capital which had a board memberAppiah was sacked as Ghana coach in September this year after failing to guide the Black Stars go beyond the Group stage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.The 54-year-old has signed a two-year deal and will replace Egyptian coach Hamza Gamil.Appiah will lead the club in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers after the military-owned team finished fourth in the just ended season.Al Khartoum have big ambitions of making an impact in Africa. Performance in CAF competitionsCAF Confederation Cup: 3 appearances2010 – First Round2011 – First Round of 162013 –CAF Cup: 1 appearance2003 – First Roundlast_img read more

Key West Installs New Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks

first_imgSpanning all four corners of the intersection, the crosswalks feature long bands of all six colors of the rainbow flag, an internationally recognized symbol of LGBTQ unity. In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Paul Cassidy, center, a Key West Public Works foreman, uses a propane torch to embed thermoplastic strips representing a rainbow flag into asphalt Monday, June 15, 2020, in Key West, Fla. Installation of the rainbow crosswalks capped a project to repave most of Key West’s historic Duval Street. The rainbow flag is a recognized symbol of LGBTQ unity. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a man walks a dog as Paul Cassidy, right, a Key West Public Works foreman, uses a propane torch to embed thermoplastic strips representing a rainbow flag into asphalt Monday, June 15, 2020, in Key West, Fla. Installation of the rainbow crosswalks capped a project to repave most of Key West’s historic Duval Street. The rainbow flag is a recognized symbol of LGBTQ unity. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)Spearheaded by the city and the Key West Business Guild, the crosswalks are composed of pre-formed thermoplastic color stripes. After the stripes were laid on the street by city workers, they were heat-treated with propane torches to affix the colors permanently on the pavement. “The rainbow crosswalks, to us in the City of Key West, mean that everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized and, once again, that we do really abide by the ‘One Human Family’ spirit,” said Key West Mayor Teri Johnston. “Everybody is a part of Key West.”https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/KeysRainbowCrosswalk.mp3“One Human Family” was adopted as the city’s official philosophy in 2000, proclaiming equality and acceptance for all. Key West is internationally known for its heritage of diversity and its reputation as a leading LGBTQ vacation destination.The crosswalks’ installation was the final step in a project to repave and restripe Key West’s historic Duval Street from the 100 block to Truman Avenue. Rainbow crosswalks were originally installed on Duval in 2015, quickly becoming a city landmark and popular photo stop. Their replacement, necessitated by the repaving project, also allowed for a redesign that makes the rainbow colors stand out more vividly against the asphalt. KEY WEST, Fla. — Tourists are walking on rainbows in Key West to support the LGBTQ community. Workers installed four permanent rainbow crosswalks Monday at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets, in the heart of the island’s LGBTQ entertainment district.last_img read more

New handicapping rule aims to stop the rogue players

first_img A new handicapping rule has been introduced for members of English golf clubs to stop rogue players manipulating the system to their advantage. Over recent years there has been a number of cases of players who protect inflated handicaps, only to repeatedly collect high-value rewards when playing in competitions away from home. “We’re not talking about a sleeve of balls,” said Gemma Hunter, England Golf’s Handicap and Course Rating Manager. “These are big prizes including luxury trips overseas, sets of clubs and electric trolleys.” Now, everyone playing in non-qualifying competitions away from home must return their scores to their home club. Players who ignore this responsibility could, as a last resort, have their handicap suspended. England Golf has introduced this clause of the CONGU handicapping system to provide clubs with evidence to support handicap reviews. “It’s essential to do this to protect the integrity of the system,” said Gemma. “We can’t sit back and let people manipulate the system, but without evidence clubs can’t take any action.” The new system will highlight players who, for example, take part in as many competitions as possible at home and whose handicaps creep up 0.1 on every occasion – but who repeatedly win prizes away from home. Similarly, it will show up the players who play the bare minimum of competitions at home, but who are known for their away successes. It applies to all stroke play scores returned under competition conditions, including team events. “It’s not about recording every score in a fourball betterball, but returning the team score,” said Gemma. “If the same individuals or teams keeping winning or coming near the top of leaderboards at events away from home, that should at least indicate to their club handicapping officials that further investigations are required – and the only way to achieve that is by asking for all the scores to be reported.” Social golf is not affected, but clubs are advised to be aware of performances in swindles which the handicap committee could take into account at the annual review. England Golf also recommends that clubs which run non-qualifying open competitions should inform the prize winners’ home clubs of their scores. Click here for more information 6 Mar 2017 New handicapping rule aims to stop the rogue players last_img read more