Limerick Council urged to help tackle crime in Askeaton

first_imgEmail Cllr Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Cllr Kevin Sheahan has called on Limerick City and County Council to introduce a programme to help deal with criminality in Askeaton.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, the Fianna Fail councillor claimed there was a section of the local community who never worked a day in their lives, living off social welfare benefits, while the remainder of the population “suffers”.He suggested that “work, training or learning” would be beneficial and called on the local authority to draft a proposal to help alleviate antisocial behaviour in the town.“The issue of antisocial behaviour and criminality is one that the people in Askeaton are facing every day and every night. It is being ignored by local government and I would like to see the council putting together a programme,” Cllr Sheahan suggested.He later took umbrage at the fact that none of his council colleagues seconded his proposal and he told them that he was “devastated”.However, fellow councillors informed Cllr Sheahan that he had not put a formal proposal to the floor.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien then called for an amendment to be added, indicating that they were working to “unify the community” and avoid any perception of “driving a wedge” between people.“We need to have the community working together,” said Cllr O’Brien.“It is our responsibility to ensure that everybody is treated equally and with fairness so we are all working together for the betterment of the town. Anything else would be borderline stupid”, he added.Cllr Sheahan then accused Cllr O’Brien of saying he was stupid and called on him to withdraw his comment.“Borderline incorrect,” Cllr O’Brien responded.Sinn Fein councillor Ciara McMahon asked that the community traveller liaison officer be party to any such draft proposal. TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtantisocial behaviourAskeatonCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanCrimeFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Advertisement Previous articleRusangano Family line up a busy 2016Next articleDream of a City: poem for the day Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Linkedin Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Print Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale center_img Gardaí to teach lesson on dangers of scramblers WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council urged to help tackle crime in AskeatonBy Alan Jacques – December 21, 2015 793 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Adare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voicelast_img read more

CMO vs. CIO – a tale of two firms

first_imgThe infinite loop of historyWhen I was starting out in the IT industry, the majority of enterprises were reliant on mainframes for their processing power. These got disrupted when line-of-business users started buying applications – with their own mini-servers – to achieve things faster and cheaper (they believed) than IT would let them do. Boardrooms and the press were rife with comments like “IT doesn’t have the skills to stay relevant” and “the mainframe is dead”. Sounds familiar?For a while, these businesses managed just fine, keeping customers happy and costs down. But after around two or so years, many of them threw up their hands and declared the whole exercise – of managing operations, upgrades, fixes, and service levels – simply too hard. Then they threw it back to IT…whom having been left by the wayside, had neither the relevant skills nor talent in place.I suspect the same thing will happen with the current mass migration to SaaS by marketing and other lines of business. When it does, IT will struggle even more because SaaS – unlike mini-servers – lacks the heuristics (from diagnostic consoles to physical cables) that can help you spot and troubleshoot potential issues. If CIOs aren’t careful, they’ll see their teams forced to focus on “break-fixing” with minimal insight into how those breaks occurred in the first place.What can CIOs do? The timeframe for doing like the first business and proactively leading a digital strategy is more or less over. Most Australian enterprises already have a digital strategy; in Asia, where enterprise digital adoption is typically slower, CIOs may have a few months’ window to take the lead. The best thing that CIOs can do now is to start building up the right ROI focus and skillsets to deal with SaaS – and put in place replacement solutions, like hybrid cloud – for when their technical abilities come back in vogue. Is the CMO the new CIO when it comes to IT purchasing decisions? Let’s take a look at two businesses (real examples that I’ve worked with) in the same industry. Both businesses have experienced massive digital disruption. Both were able to quickly adopt successful digital strategies that enhanced their offerings and sales channels, turning them into web-driven businesses without compromising on the quality of their traditional, physical products.The main difference? One had the CIO lead its digital strategy. In the other, the role of CIO no longer exists.In the first business, the CIO recognised that digital was going to supersede old IT models whether she liked it or not. She pre-empted the wave of change by devising a digital strategy that combined her technical expertise with best practices in e-commerce, online marketing, and data that she and her team had to teach themselves. Her strategy acknowledged and defined the impact that IT could have on business outcomes, rather than framing IT as a cost centre like most CIOs inadvertently do. As a result of her taking the first leap, the business gave her full command over implementing that digital strategy as part of her overall IT portfolio.In the second business, the CIO didn’t act as fast. Digital quickly became the portfolio of the CMO, who’s in charge of a Chief Digital Officer (or CDO), who’s in charge of…the IT manager. In other words, IT has become a subset of marketing. And CMOs are expected to only account for 10% of IT spending this year: IT may soon find itself also a subset of finance, sales, HR, and all manner of other lines of business.What’s wrong this picture? Nothing…for now. I’ve seen CMOs increasingly hiring IT people to staff their marketing teams because they recognise the need for deep technical skills to make digital work. And for the most part, they’re succeeding in developing and executing great campaigns that (unlike traditional IT) directly map to value generation and KPIs for the business. But history suggests these CMOs, and other line-of-business heads taking responsibility for IT spend, could be in for a bumpy ride.last_img read more

Regulator calls review of rail station leases

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Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea

first_img Comment Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea Ozil and Guendouzi look set to miss out (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will play no part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend, reports claim. Ozil is reportedly in Turkey – with the club’s permission – while Guendouzi has been told he will not be involved. Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has not played a single minute of football since football restarted after lockdown. And according to Goal, he is not even in the country for the biggest match of Arsenal’s season. ADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi has not featured since the second game of Project Restart – a 2-1 defeat to Brighton – where he clashed with Brighton players. AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s believed Mikel Arteta wants to sell him this summer. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Advertisement Advertisement Arteta wants to sell Guendouzi (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)While Guendouzi is likely to move on, getting Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages off the bill will be a tough ask. His agent, Erkut Sogut, admitted he is unlikely to move on until the end of next season when his contract expires.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021,’ he told Turkish outlet Fanatik. ‘He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain with Arsenal.’Who will win the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Cohabitation may be hazardous to your health

first_imgMercatorNet 13 April 2015The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage.More young people are now first cohabiting than are marrying without prior cohabitation, yet research shows that, rather than being a stepping-stone to a healthy marriage, living together before marriage (cohabitation) makes couples more likely to break-up and more likely to divorce if they do marry. It results in lower marital satisfaction and increased negative communication.  Cohabiting couples spend less time together; men are more likely to spend their time on personal pleasure than do married men.Cohabiting couples are now less likely to later marry than 40 years ago. Controlling for other factors that increase risk of divorce, marriages preceded by cohabitation are still 50 percent more likely to end in divorce.  (Some recent studies challenge this, but are scientifically flawed and omit the raw data.)  Also 27 percent of cohabitations dissolve without marriage in the first three years.Cohabiters commit increased violence against their partner. Women are nine times more likely to be killed by a cohabiting partner than by their husband. Severe violence is four times as common among cohabiting couples; any violence is nearly 50 percent more common among couples cohabiting before marrying and doubled among couples continuing to cohabit after five years.Men who cohabit without marrying in 5 to 10 years have more than double the rate of alcohol abuse as married men; women who cohabit without marrying have 4 to 7 times the rate of alcohol abuse as married women. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/cohabitation-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health/15959last_img read more

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War Two

first_img…“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from June 28 to July 11, 2021.” LONDON (Reuters) – The Wimbledon championships were cancelled for the first time since World War Two on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another blue-riband sports event off the calendar and wiped out the entire tennis grasscourt season.While the decision had looked inevitable for some time, since the virtual shutdown of world sport and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon had been one of the few events not to have been officially cancelled or postponed.But after emergency talks between the various stakeholders over the last few days, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced that it was impossible for the grasscourt Grand Slam, scheduled for June 29-July 12, to take place. “It is with great regret that the main board … have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” the AELTC said in a statement here“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from June 28 to July 11, 2021.” Following the cancellation of the grasscourt major, and with the pandemic worsening in Europe and the U.S, the men’s ATP Tour, women’s WTA Tour and the International Tennis Federation extended the suspension of professional tennis for another five weeks to July 13.“At this time, tournaments taking place from July 13, 2020 onwards are still planning to proceed as per the published schedule,” said a joint statement from the governing bodies.Britain’s death toll from the virus reached 2,352 on Wednesday, according to NHS figures.The French Open, originally due to be held from May 24-June 7 was postponed and controversially rescheduled by the French tennis federation for Sept. 20-Oct. 4, shortly after the end of the U.S. Open.The U.S. Open organisers said they were continuing with their plans to host the hardcourt Grand Slam in New York as scheduled from Aug 31-Sep 14.NO VACCINE = NO TENNIS Players across the tennis fraternity reacted with shock and sadness at the cancellation of Wimbledon.Roger Federer, whose record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles includes eight Wimbledon trophies, said he was “devastated”. “There is no gif for these things that I am feeling,” he added. In a statement from the organisers of the Halle Open, which was also cancelled, Federer said: “We are going through difficult times but we will emerge stronger. I already look forward to returning to Halle next year. Stay healthy.”Former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo did not think either the U.S. Open or the French Open would go ahead this year. “I think we’re going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season,” Mauresmo said on Twitter this week.“International circuit = players of all nationalities plus management, spectators and people from the 4 corners of the world who bring these events to life. No vaccine = no tennis.” Unlike the French Open which is played on clay, Wimbledon’s scope for re-arranging the start date was extremely limited.While Centre Court and Court One boast a roof, playing elite level tennis outside on grass would have been extremely challenging in late summer or autumn with a lack of light and problems caused by dew forming on the surface late in the day.Shortening the format of the tournament, or playing behind closed doors, would also have proved extremely unpopular with the players. “While in some ways this has been a challenging decision, we strongly believe it is not only in the best interests of society at this time, but also provides certainty to our colleagues in international tennis given the impact on the grass court events in the UK and in Europe and the broader tennis calendar,” AELTC Chief Executive Richard Lewis said.Tickets holders will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for 2021 championships as well as being issued with a refund for this year’s event, organisers added. Wimbledon had been held every year since 1946 after a six-year hiatus because the country was at war.last_img read more