City may still be open to cars

first_imgNewsBreaking newsCity may still be open to carsBy Bernie English – September 4, 2016 638 Email WhatsApp Advertisement Stabbing in city leads to arrest Facebook Linkedin Previous articleSoccer: Limerick reach 100-goal mark as Mulhall hits hat-trickNext articlenew plans for horses outside 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. Cannonball RETRO road-trip is coming to Limerick Housing units were proposed for Limerick Opera Centre sitecenter_img Limerick Post Show | Cannonball comes to Limerick LIMERICK’S city centre may now not be pedestrianised as part of a €9 million facelift with council officials saying that no decision has yet been taken on what form the revamp will take or whether the city will have a car free future.Local Green Party spokesperson Brian Haugh has dismissed Independent City Councillor John Gilligan’s call for the local authority to invest in car parks before agreeing to move ahead with the remodelling of O’Connell Street. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The proposed pedestrianisation of O’Connell Street from William Street to Roches Street will bring huge benefits to the city centre, making it a more pleasant and safer place for people living, working and shopping in the city,” Mr Haugh said.“One need only look at the success of similar works on Thomas Street to see how transformative this project could be. If we truly want to enhance the city centre as a destination rather than a three lane throughway then we really need to create a streetscape where people can relax and mingle in a pleasant environment.“If we truly want to compete on a national and international stage for tourism and large multinational companies, this is exactly the type of forward thinking and visionary project we need to be focuses on.”He said that claims that pedestrianisation would lead to a shortage of parking in the city centre “seems to ignore the large number of multi-story car parks already located in close proximity to the city centre, some of which even offer parking at rates cheaper than on-street parking.  These are far from full and could easily absorb the roughly 25 on-street parking spaces that would be lost between William Street and Roches Street,” he explained.The Green Party spokesman said that the city needs to “be investing in upgrading its public transport and cycling infrastructure so that people living in the city and suburbs don’t need to bring their cars into town”.Traffic management will be under the microscope as well as the pedestrianisation proposal and calls have been made for various solutions, including more cycle access and more public transport options.The overall refurbishment project starts at Denmark Street Junction and stretches up to Barrington Street.It’s hoped that when the final design is agreed, work will start early next year and the city centre will have a new look within 18 [email protected] Call for pedestrianisation of Catherine Street Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Public opinion gridlocked over new city traffic measures TAGSCarsCity Centrepedestrianisation last_img read more

The Challenge That Will Make or Break Tech & How Dell is Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

first_imgOur technology’s latest speeds, feeds and features may generate a lot of excitement and attention, but what gets us most excited to go to work each day is how our technology drives human progress.From dairy farmers in India to cancer researchers in Arizona, our customers bring a diverse set of perspectives to the business problems they’re trying to solve. To address customers’ needs, the technology industry must solve a major business problem of its own: a looming talent shortage.By 2024 in the U.S., there will only be enough students graduating with computing bachelor’s degrees to fill 45 percent of the projected 1.1 million computer-related job openings.To close this gap, we must attract and retain more technology workers. And we can’t do that without bringing in more talent from underrepresented groups including women, African Americans, Latinxs, people who’ve pursued nontechnical majors or career paths, and those who’ve taken time off from work. Only 36 percent of U.S. technology industry employees are women, only 7 percent are African American and only 8 percent are Latinx. Closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting market demand and innovating solutions that reflect our global customer base. And it’s critical to closing societal wealth gaps, as the national average wage for all STEM occupations is $87,570, compared to $45,700 for non-STEM occupations.At Dell Technologies, we believe a diverse workforce is a critical part of our business success and how we make a social impact. We’re investing in education and training programs at all levels—from K-12 students to professionals—to bring underrepresented talent into the workforce of the future.Our work must start earlyNew research by Accenture and Girls Who Code found that more than 69 percent of the growth in the female computing pipeline would come from changing the path of the youngest girls—especially those in junior high school. However, that intervention must be sustained: A Microsoft study found that young girls in Europe become interested in so-called STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they’re 15. “Conformity to social expectations, gender stereotypes, gender roles and lack of role models continue to channel girls’ career choices away from STEM fields,” said psychology professor Martin Bauer of the London School of Economics, who helped coordinate the survey of 11,500 girls across 12 European countries.Dell Technologies’ Youth Learning programs have provided 2.6 million underserved K-12 students with access to high-quality technology education. We collaborate with partners including Girls Who Code, which is building a pipeline of young women to work in computing, and CSforALL, which aims to bring computer science education to all of the country’s school districts.Getting real about where we need improvementIndustrywide problems require industrywide solutions. That’s why we’re a founding member of Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, a Melinda Gates initiative to double the number of black, Latina and Native American women graduating with computer degrees by 2025. Twelve tech companies—including Dell Technologies and our fellow Reboot founders Intel, Microsoft, Adobe, Oath and Salesforce—have committed a collective $12 million toward this goal, and new members continue to join. In addition, this coalition will work together to leverage best practices from our companies’ women’s leadership development programs to create an ecosystem that enables women of color to excel in tech.Beyond investment to create the curriculum that mattersThrough our new Project Immersion program, we are partnering with select historically black college & universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs) to develop curriculum that cultivates the skills diverse students need to succeed in today’s tech industry. Our inaugural spring semester classes began in January 2019.  We have served more than 100 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students at The University of Texas at Austin and three HBCUs in Atlanta: Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. We brought in teachers from across Dell Technologies to teach subjects like cloud infrastructure (Pivotal) and cybersecurity (SecureWorks). Dell Technologies’ Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Brian K. Reaves, led a session to provide perspectives from the C-suite on the critical business acumen skills required of future leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And our employee resource group members from the local chapter of Black Networking Alliance (BNA) helped guide the technical workshops.“This program is personally meaningful to me because as a computer science major, I am interested in cybersecurity, but am still learning about what it actually entails,” said Yvonne Akuamoah, a Project Immersion student at Morehouse College. “My institution doesn’t offer any cybersecurity course, so this was my first real exposure to the field.”We held a roundtable with HBCU students and faculty to gain insights into how we can continue to attract and retain underrepresented talent in STEM. Additionally, we are scaling Project Immersion to other universities, starting with Georgia State University, one of the most diverse universities in the nation and physical hub for the Georgia FinTech Academy. We are also exploring opportunities to partner with additional HBCUs/MSIs to offer the program online.Helping non-IT pros make the switchCareer changes are common in today’s dynamic workplace, and we want to help more professionals pivot their careers to tech. Northeastern University’s ALIGN program serves women and underrepresented minorities from non-IT fields who are pursuing master’s degrees in computer science.Through our partnership, we have provided five Dell ALIGN Scholars with financial support and future co-op positions at Dell Technologies. We aim to double our reach this year, and are working with other companies and universities to expand ALIGN around the U.S.“This program encourages me to believe that I am able to learn a completely new topic at whatever age, no matter how difficult it may seem,” said Bethsaira DeOliveira, Dell ALIGN Scholar. “It is very empowering to be taught the specific skills needed to enter a complete new and different field of study—computer science.”It’s never too late to restart your careerBuilding a diverse team isn’t just about recruitment; it’s also about retention. Especially of women, as they leave the technology industry at a 45 percent higher rate than men. Through Dell Career ReStart, we offer professionals a smooth transition to working at Dell Technologies after they’ve left the workforce for a year or more. Their reasons for leaving might include starting a family, caring for an aging parent or leaving to pursue higher education. ReStart provides an unprecedented level of support spanning resume and interview coaching, mentorship and training.Windie Darrington, a ReStart participant working in project management at Dell Technologies, said, “I left my previous career to raise my two beautiful children and returned to the workforce when they started school. It feels amazing to be valued, supported and provided resources and mentors to grow my career and better myself in my personal life. I have never felt like this is just a ‘job.’ It is a true testament to my new career when my children brag about ‘mom’s work’!”Making a measurable impact on technology’s talent shortage will require many collaborative solutions—no single program can solve this issue. We look forward to working with our partners to expand our programs and help them thrive.Learn more about how Dell Technologies cultivates inclusion, here.last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Amanda Seyfried in The Way We Get By

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Mamma Mia! Tickets are now on sale to see screen star Amanda Seyfried make her off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. Directed by Leigh Silverman and also starring Thomas Sadoski, the Second Stage production will begin previews on April 28 and play a limited engagement through June 14 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.The two-character play follows Beth and Doug, two people who wake up together following a drunken wedding reception they both attended. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the pair face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing.The world premiere’s opening night is set for May 19. Related Shows The Way We Get By last_img read more

Ashtead and Forum Complete Joint Venture

first_imgAshtead Technology and Forum Energy Technologies have completed their joint venture, with effect from January 03, 2018.As part of the transaction, Forum Energy Technologies contributed its subsea rentals business, which traded as Forum Subsea Rentals.The business, which will trade as Ashtead Technology, will service all major subsea hubs from its bases in Aberdeen, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, London and Houston.Allan Pirie, CEO of the combined business, trading as Ashtead Technology, said: “With a fleet of 19,000 assets valued in excess of $139 million, and the ability to service all major subsea hubs, we become a business of significant scale and enhanced capability that is well placed to support our customers’ project requirements.“We are ready and looking forward to helping address our customers’ challenges head-on.”last_img read more

Croatia Break Russian Hearts, Win Thrilling Q/Final on Penalties

first_imgDemola OjoRussia’s fairy-tale run to the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup was ended in dramatic fashion by Croatia who prevailed on penalties for a second consecutive time at this competition.After 120 minutes of drama, suspense, and tension both teams were locked 2-2 with the lottery of penalties the only way to separate them. Both Russia and Croatia headed into this match in similar fashion, earning penalty kick victories after 1-1 draws against Spain and Denmark respectively. And despite Croatia enjoying most of the possession, they struggled to subdue a Russia side full of energy and commitment.However, Croatia reached the World Cup semi-finals for the second time in their history with Ivan Rakitic again the hero in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory.Having slotted home the winning kick against Denmark in the last 16, Rakitic held his nerve to convert from the spot, with Mario Fernandes going from hero to villain by missing from 12 yards after his 115th-minute header had made it 2-2 deep into extra time.After ending the home side’s incredible run, Zlatko Dalic’s side will aim to at least go one better than the famous 1998 vintage, who finished third in France, when they meet England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.Denis Cheryshev got Russia off to a brilliant start by marking his return to the starting line-up with yet another contender for goal of the tournament after his stunning efforts against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage, but Andrej Kramaric equalised just eight minutes later.Domagoj Vida headed Luka Modric’s corner home 10 minutes into the first extra period, only for Fernandes, the Brazil-born defender who was only granted Russia citizenship by president Vladimir Putin two years ago, to keep Russia’s hopes alive in a dramatic finish.However, it was not to be for the resilient hosts, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving Fedor Smolov’s penalty and Fernandes firing wide before Rakitic kept his composure to send Croatia through.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Viterbi Dean signs on for another five-year term

first_imgDean Yannis Yortsos has signed on to serve a second five-year term in his position as the head of the Viterbi School of Engineering.Yortsos was appointed dean in 2005 by former university President Steven B. Sample. He had previously served a year as interim dean after his predecessor, current USC President C.L. Max Nikias, vacated the post to become the university’s provost.The vetting process for Yortsos’ reappointment included a faculty survey, reviews by the USC Board of Councilors and consultations with school constituencies.On board · Yannis Yortsos, who was appointed dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005, agreed to serve for another five years. – Photo courtesy of Viterbi School of Engineering News Yortsos also submitted a 14-page memorandum of his accomplishments in the past five years as dean.“I can’t say which is my greatest accomplishment,” Yortsos said. “My job is to create a culture and environment where people feel they are immersed in exciting research, scholarship, inspiration and discovery.”Under his leadership, Viterbi has risen from No. 11 to No. 10 in the top 100 engineering schools worldwide in rankings determined by the annually published Academic Ranking of World Universities.“My aspiration at this school is that every faculty member feels that they are the very best at what they do at this school,” Yortsos said. “My job is to help them do that.”Professor Erik Johnson, an associate chair of the Sonny Astani Department, said Yortsos played a crucial part in expanding Viterbi’s role in the international engineering community.“He’s helped expand our visibility by taking leadership of the Grand Challenges National Summit,” Johnson said.Yortsos was a founder and chair of the summit when it was held at Duke University last year. The summit was held at USC at the beginning of October, and brought engineering’s greatest minds to Viterbi.Yortsos also helped create the Office of Strategic Initiatives, which helped increase Viterbi’s global presence.Efforts to expand Viterbi’s role in the global engineering community have also been a  substantial focus of Yortsos’. He spent the past few weeks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei, meeting with parents of current and future students in “Parents’ Day” receptions.He was also promoting i-Podium, a program that allows engineering students from Beijing to interact with their USC counterparts via video conference.Johnson said Yortsos’ dedication to the Viterbi faculty might be what made him the perfect pick for a second term. Yortsos has been part of Viterbi since 1979.“He’s had very good relations with faculty, especially junior faculty,” Johnson said. “He’s been a part of the faculty for many years and he recognizes that the university wouldn’t be here without them.”Stephanie Stillman, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said she appreciates the high quality of Viterbi faculty and resources.“Viterbi is really involved in their students and they really want us to succeed,” Stillman said. “They know how tough engineering can be and they give us access to the resources we need to be stand-outs.”last_img read more

NLD Watch: Tottenham Receive Triple Boost Ahead Of Mammoth Clash

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have been handed a triple boost ahead of their North London Derby (NLD) clash with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.Three key players namely Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all took part in training on Thursday morning to boost preparations ahead of the game at the weekend.The three England internationals were called up for the recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil before injuries sustained ahead of and during their last English Premier League (EPL) fixture with Crystal Palace forced them to withdraw from the squad.Leading goalscorer Harry Kane missed the England games with a knee injury while midfielder Harry Winks also sat out those games with an ankle trouble.On his own part, Dele Alli missed the Palace game with a hamstring injury and that forced him out of the England games. RelatedDele Alli Extends Contract With Tottenham Until 2024October 30, 2018In “England”Another Nigerian-Born Player Joins England Senior TeamNovember 10, 2017In “England”Dele Alli Emerges As Serious Doubt For Panama ClashJune 23, 2018In “England”last_img read more