Former mayor comes out of retirement for local election

first_imgNewsPoliticsFormer mayor comes out of retirement for local electionBy Alan Jacques – March 29, 2019 1687 Former Mayor Jim Long who will be contesting the local elections in May.Photo: Emma JervisFORMER Mayor of Limerick Jim Long has entered the fray as a candidate for the upcoming local elections in City West.Speaking to the Limerick Post this Wednesday, the former Fine Gael councillor revealed that he has been encouraged to come out of retirement and put himself forward as an Independent candidate on May 24.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Over the past five years, I have always been available to people who needed advice on a broad number of issues and concerns. Also, I kept an eye and ear on the shenanigans at council,” the Ballinacurra Gardens man explained.“My assessment is that delivery has been overshadowed by personal fulfilment of the majority of councillors who sit in council chambers. It is very obvious that the cosy done deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at the behest of senior management within Limerick City and County Council has led to these councillors becoming yes men and women to the chief executive and his team.“As a result, we have dictatorship at the cost of governance and democracy,” he claimed.“This is evident in relation to a number of issues that have failed the people of Limerick over the years.“To name but a few, the huge concerns from operations at the Irish Cement and Aughinish factories from toxic pollutants has now soared beyond health concerns, to an actual denial of our human rights by administrators and agencies.“Our elected members have been extremely silent on the process. The mould must be broken between the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition and senior management.“They have to be ousted and replaced by trustworthy candidates who will deliver for the people, not for Council management, themselves or multinationals,” he concluded. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Twitter Previous articleScramblers are creating havoc on Childers Road in LimerickNext articleGiant Granny left a rich cultural legacy in Limerick Alan Jacques TAGSLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019politics Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Emaillast_img read more

Science graduates’ skills fail to meet needs of firms

first_imgThesupply of science graduates in Europe is failing to match the skills needs ofemployers, research shows.Areport by the Institute for Employment Studies reveals selective shortages inparticular skills such as IT and the under-use of life science and engineeringskills. Otherfindings show that in some countries across the EU, unemployment among newlyqualified scientists and technologists is relatively high. In particular, the surveyrevealed that there is under-employment for some engineers and life sciencegraduates in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.TheEU study of 210 R&D centres over two years found that most employers stillrecruit from within their own countries.Thesurvey also found employers are increasingly looking for recruits to have bothpersonal and technical ability.RichardPearson, co-author of the report, said, “There is less scope for boffinssitting in a corner. Scientists have to be financially aware these days.”However,the research found data about the supply and dem-and of science and technologyskills is inadequate. Pearson called for the establishment of a Europeanscience and technology observatory to monitor and report on key trends in theavailability of these skills.  Hesaid, “A good supply of science and technology skills is an essential elementof our prosperity. The effective operation of these critical labour markets,with skill shortages co-existing with over-supply, requires better information.“Theestablishment of a European science and technology observatory would be asignificant first step, to monitor and report regularly on key trends.” Pearsoncalled for the observatory be set up urgently. Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Science graduates’ skills fail to meet needs of firmsOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Snow forces bakeries to close

first_imgBakery shops up and down the country were forced to close their businesses last week, as Britain experienced heavy snowfall and dangerous weather conditions.Many firms took to social media websites on Friday afternoon (18 January) to announce the closure of shops and cancellation of bakery workshops due to take place at the weekend.It comes as the Met Office issued a red warning for southern regions of Wales on Friday (18 January), in addition to amber alerts for remaining areas of Wales, western England, the Midlands and central and southern England, as well as Northern Ireland.Iver’s Village Bakery in Buckinghamshire, which took to Facebook to announce news of its shop closing for the day, said: “We are closing early today at 2pm. We will be open again tomorrow at the normal time of 7am.”Warings Bakery in Tilehurst, Reading, also notified its customers and individuals taking part in its workshops through the same social networking site, and said: “Unfortunately we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our breads masterclasses tomorrow morning as the adverse weather conditions are starting to cause problems. “We also feel it would be irresponsible of us to ask those intending to travel in such conditions when not absolutely necessary. Our sincere appologies and we look forward to welcoming you all on a future date.”However, Jane Kirkham from Tilgate Bakery told the Crawley and Horsham Observer that business was as normal and they had sold out of bread.She added: “It has been business as usual today – in fact it has been busier. We have seen more people come in because children are off school and people are off work.”How is the snow affecting your bakery business? Let us know on [email protected]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: James Franco & SNL do Pan, Meryl Streep Sings & More

first_img Disaster! Musical Heads to LA This is not a drill! Tony winners Andrea Martin and Roger Bart, Tony nominees Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler and Kevin Chamberlin, along with Barrett Foa, Lacretta Nicole, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard and Rachel York, will star in a reading of Disaster!. Directed by Jack Plotnick, the one-night-only benefit concert will play the Los Angeles Theatre Center on January 25, 2015. Disaster!, which was co-written by Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, is an homage of the disaster films of the 1970’s and features some of the decade’s most memorable hits such as “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” ” and “Signed, Sealed Delivered.” The show recently ran off-Broadway. More ABC US news | ABC World News View Comments Listen to Meryl Streep Sing ‘Stay With Me’ It may surprise you to learn (not) that here’s another big movie musical adaptation out this month: Into the Woods. Have a first listen to Meryl Streep singing “Stay With Me” from the classic Sondheim and Lapine tuner below, then head to a movie theater near you from December 25 to see Disney’s latest magical film. What more could you wish for this Christmas?! James Franco & SNL Do Pan James Franco hosted SNL this weekend and with the live broadcast of Peter Pan Live! fresh in everyone’s minds, a comedy sketch was clearly required. Check out below as the Broadway alum takes on the role of Captain Hook (with a tiny pink umbrella) and the entire crew speak with English accents that make Dick Van Dyke look like a genuine cockney.center_img Cameron Diaz on How She Can Sing In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or not reading our site—sad face) the Annie musical hits the big screen on December 19. Watch below as Cameron Diaz discusses on GMA about how she made her Miss Hannigan her own and why, despite what My Best Friend’s Wedding may have indicated, she can actually sing! Hugh Jackman Talks a Bloodbath at The River Hugh Jackman recently stopped by The View to chat about his star turn in The River on Broadway—and how one performance resulted, as he put it, in a “bloodbath.” Check out the interview below and the Oscar nominee in person at Circle in the Square through February 8. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.last_img read more

Championship Action

first_imgHull will look to make it two wins from two when they travel to Wolves at midday. While Reading and Leeds are both seeking a first win of the season when they meet at the Madejski at 3.last_img