Facebook Twitter Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Advertisement Print WhatsApp Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Email Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 BusinessNewsEducationShannon chamber delivers on skills trainingBy Bernie English – December 2, 2019 318 Previous articleMIC awarded €350k towards next-generation STEAM initiativeNext articleWIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE A WINTER’S TALE AT UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL THIS WEDNESDAY DEC 4 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic ELEVEN executives from companies in the Mid-West region have acquired new leadership capabilities as a result of undertaking a year-long Diploma in High-Performance Leadership programme with Shannon Chamber Skillnet.The programme, which was delivered by Career Decisions, was accredited by Technological University Dublin (TUD) to Level 8 National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The eleven executives, who were presented with their diplomas by TUD Assistant Head of School Colin Hughes at a conferring ceremony in Dromoland Castle, included representatives from DB Schenker, Mincon, Oshima, Laya Healthcare, PM Group, ESB Moneypoint, AIP Thermoform Packaging, Shannon Heritage and Cpl.Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said that the Skillnet group was delighted to organise this highly regarded Level 8 Diploma in High-Performance Leadership in conjunction with Career Decisions Ireland and Technological University Dublin.“The tremendous investment in time involved in undertaking this programme will deliver quantifiable payback in the years ahead. Leadership is fundamental in any organisation and when the leaders themselves undertake training at this level, the associated message that permeates throughout the organisation is very strong.“Given the success of this training offering, we will be delivering a further two Diploma in High-Performance Leadership programmes in conjunction with Career Decisions Ireland in quarters one and three of 2020,” she added.A list of programmes offered by Shannon Chamber Skillnet can be found at www.shannonchamberskillnet.com TAGSbusinessClareeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsShannon Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list
iStock/Thinkstock(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.) — The veteran suspected of opening fire at a Thousand Oaks, California, bar, killing 12, may have been texting or posting to social media immediately before and possibly during the shooting, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News. Investigators are now reviewing the social media accounts of suspect Ian David Long, 28. Those social media accounts have since been taken down at the request of law enforcement.Long, a former U.S. Marine, showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, authorities said, but there’s little information available yet on what prompted the attack late Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill. Long was found dead inside the bar; authorities believe he shot himself.“He was somewhat irate. Acting a little irrationally,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a press conference. “They felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran.” Long, 28, lived near the bar with his mother, neighbors told police, describing the suspect as a troubled man who battled fits of rage.“I think I do recall some times when he was struggling with some issues internally,” said Todd Stratton, a friend of Long’s. “I didn’t know [about] PTSD, but his girlfriend would kind of ask him about things going on with him, because he’d get really upset sometimes and kind of shut down and he wouldn’t want to talk about it to people. He’d just kind of close himself up, and I think he had a really hard time reaching out for help because of his personality.” FBI officials have swarmed the house, desperate to find the motive behind his alleged shooting rampage.One neighbor told ABC News she called the police on Long once after he allegedly got into a fight with his mother. Another neighbor said Long rarely left home and that his mother told her that he was getting violent.Dean said Long had several previous run-ins with police, including an incident in April where deputies were called to his home in Newbury Park because he was reportedly behaving erratically.“They went to the house, they talked to him. He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally,” Dean said. “They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialist, who met with him, talked to him and cleared him.” “It’s difficult, because I’ve been doing this for 41 years, and you don’t leave things unfinished,” Dean, who’d been considering retirement, told ABC News’ David Muir.Dean was a close friend of one of the shooting victims, Sgt. Ron Helus, who died in the line of duty.“I think we try to look at the core and try to understand what happened and see if there’s a way that we can stop it. We all try to make sense of the senseless.” Authorities said hundreds were inside when the suspect walked in to the country-western bar with a gun and opened fire. The weapon was equipped with a an extended-ammunition magazine, allowing it to hold more than the normal 10 bullets, so it’s unclear how many total rounds he may have had, police said.Zach Frye and Tyler Odenkirk told ABC News that two of their friends who worked as security guards at Borderline were among the dead. A Borderline bouncer said they were surely among the heroes.“I know they did everything they could in their final moments,” the unnamed bouncer said. “We were told one of them went out a hero. He went out fighting the shooter.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Helen Mirren’s Red NoseMore stage faves are slated for Red Nose Day on May 21! 2015 Tony nominees Helen Mirren and Elisabeth Moss, along with Great White Way alums Liam Neeson, Rose Byrne, Diana Rigg and Kyle MacLachlan, plus the hopefully Broadway-bound Nicole Scherzinger, have joined the lineup for the previously reported “fun-raising” event. The show will air on NBC and help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.P!nk Musical to Bow in New YorkInteresting. MEAN (The Musical), with a book by Kerri Kochanski, music and lyrics by Alecia Moore, direction by Jonathan Warman and choreography by Liz Piccoli, will play as part of Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series on May 30 at TADA! Theater in the Big Apple. Moore, of course, is better known by her stage name, P!nk. We’re keeping our eye on this one…T.R. Knight Boards 11/22/63T.R. Knight, who is currently appearing in Broadway’s star-studded It’s Only a Play, has been tapped for 11/22/63. According to Variety, Knight will take on the role of Johnny Clayton, a 1960s Texas salesman, in the Hulu series based on Stephen King’s novel about J.F.K.’s assassination. As previously reported, Broadway alums Cherry Jones, Chris Cooper and James Franco will also all feature in the show, which is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.Cynthia Erivo & Jenna Russell Set for JRB ShowCynthia Erivo, who will be starring opposite Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple on Broadway this fall and Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George), have joined the cast for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. The production will play July 22 through August 8 at London’s St. James Theatre.Something Rotten! at The Tonight ShowThe cast of Something Rotten! recently stopped by The Tonight Show to sing a couple of numbers from the Tony nominated tuner. Brian d’Arcy James reminded us why he hates Shakespeare, while Christian Borle lamented how hard it is to be the Bard! Check out the video below and then the new musical at the St. James Theatre. View Comments
The Senate Thursday passed a short-term funding bill that would fund the government through Nov. 21. The House passed the continuing resolution last week; while the president previously indicated he would sign the bill, NAFCU’s advocacy team is monitoring closely for any potential changes.An extension must be enacted before Sept. 30 in order to avert a federal government shutdown.Included in the bill is a NAFCU-sought appropriation for the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would avert a potential shutdown of the 7(a) program and eliminate the need to raise fees. NAFCU witness Gail Jansen raised concerns about the increased fees during congressional testimony earlier this year.Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – which was set to expire Monday – is also extended until Nov. 21 through the bill. NAFCU has pushed for a number of improvements to the NFIP, including longer-term reauthorization of the program to prevent lapses. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Leicester City are said to have missed the signing of Adrien Silva by 14 seconds.Reports claim the Foxes agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon for the Portugal midfielder, but just missed the transfer deadline.It means Silva won’t be able to play until January, although Leicester are thought to be appealing. Photo: Pixabay Meanwhile, Swansea defender Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.The centre-back sustained the problem in last month’s 4-1 League Cup win over M-K Dons.
Emergency services are at the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the N13 at Kilross this Tuesday morning.The incident occurred before 9am at Knockfair, on the main road from Ballybofey/Stranorlar to Letterkenny.It is understood that there was one female occupant in the vehicle involved. Ambulance services and gardaí are currently at the scene.Motorists are being advised to expect delays in the area.More updates to follow Breaking: Driver injured in serious collision on Letterkenny – Stranorlar road was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he fears for Ryan Taylor after the midfielder’s first Premier League start since March 2012 ended after just 34 minutes.Taylor left the pitch in tears as he hobbled off during the first half of the Magpies’ 1-0 win over QPR.That result, Newcastle’s fifth league victory on the bounce, lifted them up into the top four but Pardew admitted worries over Taylor cast a shadow over the result.He said: “We’re tinged with sadness because of Ryan’s injury and we are sweating on the scan.“Our thoughts are with him because if any professional footballer doesn’t deserve a long-term injury again it’s him.“So we’re a little bit worried about him at the moment but we’ll wait on the scan.”Taylor, whose American surgeon was at the game at St. James’ Park, was taken to hospital after the match.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The birthday of former president Nelson Mandela was celebrated in hundreds of ways in South Africa and abroad. (Image: Janine Erasmus) Tiny fossilised bones from the woodpecker Australopicus nelsonmandelai are in safe keeping in the South African Museum in Cape Town. (Image: Albrecht Manegold) Excavations at the West Coast Fossil Park have already yielded over 200 species.(Image: West Coast Fossil Park) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Albrecht Manegold Ornithology section, Senckenberg Institute +31 620 987 179 RELATED ARTICLES • Madiba’s best birthday gift ever • Town teams up for Mandela statue • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela deeds in motion • SA unearths new human ancestorJanine ErasmusThe global scientific community was not left out of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday celebrations on 18 July – scientists have now named an ancient woodpecker after him.South African fossils have been in the news of late, with the announcement in July of another significant find of bones of the early human species Australopithecus sediba. The bones are thought to belong to a partial skeleton named Karabo, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in 2010 by a team from the University of the Witwatersrand.“This discovery will almost certainly make Karabo the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered,” said Wits palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger, who headed the research team.But the ancient little bird, known as Australopicus nelsonmandelai, tops even those old bones, as it’s the oldest of its kind ever found in Africa and dates back to more than five million years. It lived during the Pliocene era, which extended from about 5.3-million years to 2.6-million years ago.Scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt made the announcement the day before Mandela celebrated his birthday.They documented their discovery in the June issue of the journal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, in an article titled Biogeographic and paleoenvironmental implications of a new woodpecker species (Aves, Picidae) from the early Pliocene of South Africa.Senckenberg ornithologist Albrecht Manegold, one of the article’s co-authors, said in a statement that the team had decided to name the new species after the Nobel Peace laureate, as a birthday gift to him from the scientific community.The other author is Antoine Louchart, a French palaeontologist who is associated with Lyon University as well as the Department of Cenozoic Palaeontology at Iziko Museums in Cape Town.Mandela has already lent his name to a South African species of trapdoor spider and several types of flowers, including a species of king protea – South Africa’s national flower – as well as an apartment in the popular British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and a type of sea slug, among many other objects.Prehistoric treasure troveThe woodpecker was unearthed in the Varswater Formation at Langebaanweg, part of South Africa’s West Coast Fossil Park, located about 150km northwest of Cape Town. This prehistoric treasure trove was discovered through mining activities, which stopped in 1993, and the land is now mined for fossils rather than minerals.The park contains many well-preserved examples of animals that roamed the land about five million years ago and with the fossils of more than 200 species already on record – over 60 of them birds – it is described as possibly the most diverse collection of five million year-old fossils on earth.While it is a true woodpecker, A. nelsonmandelai is said to be distinct from the three types of true woodpecker found in sub-Saharan Africa today – specifically, those belonging to the genera of Campethera-Geocolaptes, Dendropicos, and Dendrocopos. Rather, it’s more closely related to birds belonging to the genera Celeus and Dryocopus, which occur in Eurasia and Central and South America.The European bird, wrote the team, could have become stranded in Africa because of environmental changes in the Miocene era, which is set before the Pliocene. The sub-Saharan woodpeckers colonised the continent during this period, but evidence of the unrelated woodpecker appearing at the same time came as a surprise to the team.The presence of this tree-dwelling woodpecker is also an indication that riverine forests existed in the area, which is now covered mainly by shrub-like fynbos, during the Pliocene.“Birds are particularly well suited for the reconstruction of environmental conditions of the past,” said Manegold.The team found a number of bones, including ulnae and carpometacarpi from the wing, tarsometatarsi from the lower leg, and part of a coracoid, which is found in the greater shoulder assembly.The tiny remains are currently in safe keeping at the Iziko South African Museum.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the state prosecutor that could impact the company’s potential sale.“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in court papers filed against Weinstein and the company.Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades.Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement Sunday evening saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”“While Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC,” Brafman said.Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have come forward with stories of forced sexual encounters. Weinstein was fired by the film company he founded with his brother Robert and expelled from Hollywood’s movie academy.The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed on Sunday partly due to reports of the company’s imminent sale, saying it believed it would leave victims without adequate redress.“Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enables will be unjustly enriched,” court papers said.Schneiderman’s investigation found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as “I will kill you, I will kill your family, and “you don’t know what I can do.”“To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women,” according to court papers.In one case, the probe found that “in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for.”Female executives were forced to facilitate Weinstein’s sexual conquests with promises of employment opportunities to women who met his favour, according to the lawsuit, which also accused the company of being “responsible for the unlawful conduct” by failing to stop the abuse.The company and co-owner Robert “are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct by failing to investigate or stop it,” court papers said.Representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.