Limerick has highest rise in new company start-ups

first_imgExercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Print Linkedin Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Emailcenter_img CRIF Vision-net managing director Christine CullenTHE scale of Limerick’s economic revival was confirmed this week with a report showing a 23 per cent increase in the number of new company start-ups established in the city and county in 2018, making it the fastest growing area in the country during the first six months of the year.Latest statistics from business and credit risk analyst CRIF Vision-net, showed there were 440 new start-ups in Limerick in the first half of 2018, compared with 5,214 in Dublin (3.2 per cent growth), followed by Cork with 1,168 (3.5 per cent growth) and Galway with 466 (1.3 per cent growth).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick also had a 48.3 per cent reduction in insolvencies, again outperforming Dublin (34.2 per cent), Cork (25 per cent) and Galway (42.4 per cent).CRIF Vision-net managing director Christine Cullen said that the big increase in the number of start-ups in Limerick indicated that the cities and counties outside of Dublin are increasingly benefiting from the economic recovery.“This is a welcome development and an indicator that Ireland’s other regions can provide a counterweight to Dublin. The growth of start-ups outside of the capital needs to be encouraged. Targeted investments, such as the M20 Cork-Limerick motorway, should enable sustained regional development for the years ahead.“Ireland’s continued economic growth is allowing more companies to thrive. Consumer spending is rising consistently, business opportunities are plentiful, and banks and other financial services companies are lending more to companies and start-ups,” she explained.“The construction and real estate sectors are benefiting from continued private and public investment. It is likely that they will create an increasing number of start-ups in the near future as Ireland addresses its housing shortage and businesses expand their operations.“Some industries, however, have fared less well. The motor industry has seen a surge in used imports which has impacted on new car sales. Combined with the impact of Brexit on sterling rates, this industry is facing significant challenges which may take some time to resolve,” Ms Cullen added.The fact that the economic recovery is taking root outside Dublin bodes well for the Government’s 2040 National Development Plan which aims to provide balanced regional development and prioritises growth in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.In terms of new company start-ups, professional services were the most prolific, growing by 8.6 per cent (2,228 to 2,419).The construction industry grew by 13.7 per cent, from 1,118 new company start-ups in the first half of 2017 to 1,271 in the same period this year. Real estate also showed strong growth, with the number of start-ups increasing from 491 to 527.The education sector had one of the most significant increases, growing by 28.9 per cent for the first half of 2018, from 142 to 183 new companies.There was, however, a drop in new motor industry start-ups which were down by 4.9 per cent, from 182 to 173, reflecting a difficult trading environment complicated in part by Brexit-induced sterling fluctuations.There was a 30 per cent drop in insolvencies across the country during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.Social and personal services saw a 50 per cent decrease in insolvencies from 36 to 18. Professional services and hospitality insolvencies were down by 38 and 35.4 per cent respectively.There were 18 fewer construction insolvencies and 45 fewer real estate insolvencies, reflecting the increasing opportunities for businesses in these industries.In line with its decrease in new company start-ups, the motor industry was one of the few sectors to see an increase in insolvencies of 16.7 per cent, from a low baseline of 12 to Tom [email protected] more business news here. TAGSbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick on Covid watch list NewsBusinessLimerick has highest rise in new company start-upsBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2018 1637 Advertisement Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Previous articleShannon Airport turns €1.3 million profitNext articleBlooming floral displays bring splash of colour to Limerick city centre Staff Reporter Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge last_img read more

Nenagh hospital staff plead for COVID vaccines in video shared online

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostNenagh Hospital Email A group of doctors and nurses at Nenagh Hospital have called on the government to sanction the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for the hospital’s frontline staff who have been treating COVID-19 patents since last March.Staff at the Co Tipperary hospital said they were “infuriated” they had not yet received the vaccine, but that their colleagues within the UL Hospitals Group, at University Hospital Limerick; Ennis Hospital; and University Limerick Maternity Hospital have.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Up to 2,500 staff across the mid west hospital group have received a first phase dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, however staff at Nenagh Hospital; St Johns Hospital, Limerick; and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, have not been told when they will be vaccinated.This morning before the start of her shift “nursing Covid patients”, Nenagh Hospital Clinical Nurse Manager, Louise Morgan Walsh, along with several colleagues, appeared in a video pleading with the government to release vaccines for staff at the hospital.The unprecedented recording by HSE staff was posted on Ms Morgan Walsh’s Facebook account this morning.Speaking afterwards Ms Morgan Walsh, who identified herself as being the first member of staff that appears in the video, said she was “exasperated” because staff had yet to be told when they would receive vaccines, let alone actually receive the potentially life-saving jab.In the video message, addressing the Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Ms Morgan Walsh says she wants “to know why aren’t we being vaccinated, why are we being left out”.“We are so angry, we are scared, we are afraid, we can see our co-workers going down with Covid and becoming very ill.”“How come we in Nenagh Hospital are being left out, when we can see private hospitals being vaccinated where there are no covid patients, that’s a question I want to ask the minister (for health),” adds Ms Morgan Walsh.Another female staff member, who appears in the video, says: “I’m very infuriated that we have not even got a date for a vaccine here in Nenagh hospital. Everybody has family members, whether it be elderly parents, elderly grandparents, children, and we are so infuriated that it’s being picked who is getting this vaccine.”“Our co-workers are going down (with covid) at a rate that is just unbelievable, we are so scared, and we have no sight of a vaccine,” she adds.A third female staff member says the situation is “urgent” at the hospital.“We already currently understaffed, and if we do not get this vaccine we are outnumbered patient to staff ratio — this is urgent,” she says.A male doctor also addresses the camera and says that “none of the staff here have been vaccinated so far and we have a lot of numbers of covid patients that we are dealing with everyday”.“I request the government to take immediate steps to provide vaccines for us,” he goes on.A second male doctor who says he has been deployed to the “Covid ward” at Nenagh, adds: “I’m being deployed with the Covid patients and I did not get my vaccine yet, the staff who are not frontline are getting it, why aren’t we?”Another male staff member says: “We have been looking after Covid patients since March, and we should be the ones who receive the vaccine first, not the other staff working in the other sectors, it is really frustrating, and we are really under pressure, so I think we deserve to get vaccinated”.UL Hospitals Group has been asked for comment, however, in response to a query from this reporter last Wednesday about vaccine roll out across the UL Hospitals Group, a spokesman said: “Ultimately, the vaccine will be rolled out across all hospitals in UL Hospitals Group. Currently, we are prioritising staff in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, in our emergency care and COVID admission pathways, and on our COVID-positive wards, so that we can continue managing our emergency services.”“We are currently issuing as much vaccine as possible, based on availability of vaccine and clinical prioritisation. All staff will be offered the vaccine regardless of employment status or grade. This includes temporary staff, agency staff and contractors and students on clinical placements.”“We look forward to rolling out the vaccine programme to the other sites in UL Hospitals Group at Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, as soon as possible and as deliveries of the vaccine accelerate.”There are 579 staff, including over 200 nurses and 50 medical team doctors, unavailable for work across the group due to COVID-19.center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Previous articleReflecting On Munster’s Season So FarNext articleLimerick get first All Star Football Nomination in ten years as Iain Corbett is chosen among nominees David Raleigh Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsNenagh hospital staff plead for COVID vaccines in video shared onlineBy David Raleigh – January 15, 2021 1460 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Assam struggling to avoid defeat against Bengal VM Trophy

first_imgOur sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam struggling to avoid defeat against Bengal in the VM Trophy match at Kalyani today. In reply to Assam first innings total 134 Bengal today declared their first innings 378-6.Two of their batsmen-Ayush Kumar Singh (111) and Abishek Porel (133) scored a century. Assam finished the day II at 41-2 in their second innings. The side is still trailing by 203 runs.last_img

F1 pays tribute to stricken Schumacher on his 50th birthday

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Michael SchumacherMaranello, Italy | AFP | Ferrari issued an emotional message on Thursday to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since he suffered head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago.The German, who won a record seven Formula One drivers’ championships and 91 Grands Prix, collected five consecutive titles with the Italian team from 2000 to 2004.Ferrari also won six constructors’ titles while Schumacher was with them.“Our champ turns 50 today. We’re all with you Michael #KeepFighting,” Scuderia Ferrari tweeted.The official Formula 1 account tweeted: “We join the whole of the #F1 family in sending Michael @Schumacher our very best wishes on his 50th birthday #KeepFightingMichael #Michael50.”The Ferrari Museum at Maranello in northern Italy is dedicating a special exhibition to Schumacher as a celebration of the team’s most successful driver.F1 team Mercedes have hailed Schumacher as one of the “founding fathers” for their recent success.Schumacher came out of retirement in 2010 for a three-season spell with Mercedes before he was eventually replaced by Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton last year celebrated his fifth world championship, and his fourth racing for the Silver Arrows. “Michael is one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. “There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.”Hamilton is now the closest driver to matching Schumacher’s records. The Briton is two championships and 18 race victories shy of the German’s hauls.“Michael has had a tremendous impact on Formula One,” added Wolff. “Not only did he set an incredible record — a record that is yet to be beaten — but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.”Schumacher’s medical condition has been held a closely guarded secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing on the French Alps in December, 2013.His family issued a statement on Facebook ahead of his birthday and have launched an app to celebrate his successes in the sport.“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” they said.Schumacher’s daughter Gina also published a short message to her Instagram page, writing: “Happy Birthday to the best dad”, accompanied with three pictures.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship

first_img17 Feb 2016 Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship England’s team for the Nations Cup event at the Spanish women’s amateur championship will be the internationals Gemma Clews, Sammie Giles and Sophie Lamb. All three were all members of England’s winning team at the 2015 women’s Home Internationals. The Spanish championship takes place at Escorpion Golf Club from 2-6 March. The Nations Cup event will be played on the first two days, during the stroke play qualifying for the matchplay stages. The best two scores from three will count in each of the two rounds. The players: Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest) had top ten finishes in last year’s English women’s amateur and the Scottish and Irish stroke play championships. She tied 20th in the European Amateur and represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. Sammie Giles, 21, (St Mellion) is the English women’s stroke play champion, adding it to her win in the 2014 English mid-amateur. She was sixth in the English women’s amateur and won the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) was runner-up in the 2015 England Girls’ Order of Merit for 2015 and sixth on the women’s table. She was also runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden. She was England’s leading scorer in the recent Portuguese Amateur, finishing 21st.last_img read more

Sea Bright Taxes To Rise By Two Cents

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Borough residents will be facing a more than two-cent increase in the municipal portion of their tax bill.The Borough Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to adopt its 2012 municipal which contains a 2.6 cent increase for every $100 of assessed property value, with the municipal tax rate going to .765 cents.For the average $300,000 home in the borough, that translates to a $78 annual increase in the tax bill, according to Michael Bascomb, the borough’s chief financial officer.The largest expenses associated with the approximately $3.9 million budget, are police salaries and pensions, debt service for substantial capital projects and employee health insurance costs. Bascomb said.“We’re working to stay within our range,” of expenses, with the budget coming in under the state mandated 2 percent levy cap, he said.The borough utilized $520,000 of its approximately $793,000 surplus to help offset costs, he said.Officials were forced to enact an $11,000 emergency expenditure last year to address damage to the borough’s beaches from Hurri cane Irene. But the beach utility, which operates the borough resource, is self-sustaining, Bascomb said.When the budget was introduced on March 20, Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman William Keeler blamed the loss of state aid for contributing to the tax hike, saying the borough stood to lose $135,000 this year.Much of that money, Bascomb explained, is the loss from the state’s administering the energy tax.Municipalities are complaining that the energy tax was established to provide some local property tax relief, Bascomb said. However, he continued, the state does the collecting and hasn’t provided all that was promised, in essence, shortchanging the towns.The borough tax rate is actually about $1,000 less than the state average, he said.last_img read more

Schmidt’s four-point night leads Leafs past Riders 6-2

first_imgJames Sorrey finished the game with three assists while Willans and Horswill each had two points.Newcomer Marcus Beesley was solid in the Nelson nets, making key saves when he had to, as the visitors out shot the Riders 56-20.The Leafs, playing its first of a five-game road trip, is in Castlegar Sunday afternoon to face the Rebels.Game time at the Castlegar Arena Complex is 2 p.m.Nitros Mitchell too hot to handle for HawksMatthew Mitchell stopped all but one shot to lead Kimberley past Beaver Valley 3-1 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley scored a goal in each period — Sam Nig, Brett Luker and Matt Barzilay — to beat the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Nitros 36-28 but only Dan Holland could beat Mitchell.The teams play a return match Saturday in Fruitvale. Out with the old and in with the new is the new motto for the Nelson Leafs.The Leafs forgot about 2012’s New Year’s Eve debacle against Beaver Valley in a big way, riding a four-point night from defenceman Seth Schmidt to bounce Eddie Mountain power Fernie Ghostriders 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The win increased Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to four points over Castlegar and six ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley lost 3-1 Friday in Kimberley.Schmidt opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and Nelson never looked back.Dallon Stoddart and Carsen Willans increased the lead to 3-0 before Dylan Robertson scored on the power play late in the second period to give the home side some life.Fernie cut the margin to 3-2 early in the third on a Dylan Rota power play marker before the Leafs halted any comeback attempts with three goals — Linden Horswill, Connor Gross, with his second since arriving in Nelson from Grand Forks, and Schmidt — three-minutes span.last_img read more

A behind the scenes look at the National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest ADRENALINE. This word best describes my feelings in the weeks leading up to the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo. Sleep was not something on my mind as we finalized scripts, practiced speeches and counted down the days until we welcomed 60,000 FFA members and supporters to Indianapolis, Ind. This convention would mark the emotional end of my seven-year journey in the blue jacket and I wanted everything to go perfectly.From 2015-2016, I represented Ohio as our state’s most recent national FFA officer. During the year, I traveled to 30 states to speak with students, teachers and sponsors of the National FFA Organization. The experience was unbelievably exciting, but the most adrenaline-filled part of my entire year was easily the weeks of preparation that went into hosting the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo alongside my fellow national officer teammates.From the perspective of a student watching in the crowd, National FFA Convention looks like a well-oiled machine running smoothly and without a problem. After experiencing a behind the scenes look at convention, I can say with certain that it is well planned and executed! Upon returning home from my national FFA officer year, a question I often heard was, “So what actually happens ‘behind the scenes’ to make the National FFA Convention a success?”The planning process for each National FFA Convention begins a few years in advance, but the bulk of the work begins in the months leading up to convention. Speakers must be chosen, a theme established and sessions need to be planned and timed out down to the very second — and I literally mean the very second. Time management is crucial for convention sessions to run smoothly! With a steady dose of caffeine in hand, my teammates and I spent weeks practicing how to efficiently move people across stage, hand out awards and give speeches without running over time.While on stage during the event, national officers still have constant contact with the staff backstage. Officers wear earpieces to allow the staff to communicate any last minute changes, if an officer needs to move out of the camera view or pick up the pace to keep on schedule. Last year, as I was on stage shaking hands with Honorary Degree Recipients during session four when a voice came through my earpiece telling me to, “shake hands at a quicker pace.”Backstage is a lot calmer than one might expect, mostly due to the many weeks of preparation. (There is even a space filled with comfy couches and beanbags for staff and officers to take a quick break when needed!) Everything backstage is lined out perfectly with signs and arrows for people to follow as they enter and exit the convention stage. Volunteers help ensure students and awards are in the correct order and that any additional needs are met. These volunteers, usually past FFA members, can be found helping to bring props and pedestals on and off the stage, explaining to students what they will do once on stage and keeping track of any guest speakers or attendees. Given that this year the convention will celebrate its 90th year, it’s no surprise that the majority of convention details have been ironed out with precision.The National FFA Convention will be held in Indianapolis until 2024. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home to the Indiana Pacers basketball team, holds the majority of convention sessions. The only exception is the American Degree Ceremony, which has outgrown the Fieldhouse and is now held in Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indiana Colts.The 90th National FFA Convention and Expo will be held on October 25 to 28, 2017. Ohio FFA members will be well represented by 25 proficiency award finalists, 25 agriscience fair team/individual finalists and several CDE teams. Ohio also has two American Star Finalists. Shaun Wenrick, a member of the Anna FFA Chapter, is an American Star in Agribusiness Finalist. Chrysta Beck, of the Pettisville FFA Chapter, will be competing as an American Star in Agriscience Finalist.If you’re unable to attend convention, you can still be a part of the excitement by watching it live on RFDTV. To find session times, visit read more

Morneau gets an earful at town hall meeting on small business tax

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s finance minister got a grilling Friday from taxpayers who are boiling mad about the Liberal government’s proposed tax changes for small businesses.Bill Morneau was in Oakville, Ont., for a town hall meeting where a question-and-answer session boiled over more than once into a shouting match. Some were bellowing at Morneau to answer their questions, while others tried to shout them down to let the minister talk.All the while, Morneau’s fellow cabinet minister, Karina Gould, tried to maintain calm even as time was wrapping up with several people still lined up at microphones, anxious to give the finance minister a piece of their minds.Morneau sat silently near the end of hour-long session as person after person approached the microphones in the room to argue against the measures.“This is not the first room like this that I’ve sat in,” he said at the start of his closing remarks.He brought up one question that stood out to him about what the government planned to do next, only to be asked by more than one person to answer it directly, once and for all.“Just to be clear, I’m trying to say what we’re focused on. I’m certainly not going to address the tax policy issues that we may consider after that. You can’t do that.“You wouldn’t expect us to come to policy decisions on the fly,” he said, at which point the uproar began anew, and Gould had to ask the audience to let Morneau finish.The Liberals have faced heated opposition to their plan ever since Morneau unveiled the proposed changes over the summer, with questions from within the Liberal caucus.Opponents of the reforms insist the changes would hurt Canadians at different income levels and from many different sectors, including doctors, farmers and small business owners.The rhetoric has become even more heated in recent days as the Opposition Conservatives have linked the changes to Morneau’s family company, Morneau Shepell, which offers individual pension plans. One expert told the Commons finance committee those kind of plans could become more appealing if the tax proposals are implemented as-is.Morneau brushed off the questions about his family business, which he helped run before entering politics.“I expect that when people have a strongly held point of view, they’ll use multiple tactics to try and make that point of view heard. That’s what it means to be a politician.”Morneau has been waging a public relations campaign to reassure different sectors of the country concerned at how the changes would affect them. On Thursday, he said technical fixes were in the works to address farmers’ concerns that the changes would impair their ability to bequeath the family farm to the next generation.During the Oakville meeting, Morneau told the audience the changes would only apply “on a go-forward basis” and that the Liberals would “protect what’s been done in the past.”Speaking afterwards, Morneau said the government’s messaging on the proposed changes has turned into a game of broken telephone.Many people seem to be focused on changes to things like income sprinkling and passive investments — strategies that probably don’t apply to them because they are used by only a small subset of tax filers, he said.“We’ve just been unable to get through the message that we want to keep small business tax rates low, that people could be looking at only some advantages that are available to only a very small subset of pretty wealthy Canadian controlled private corporations and concerned that impacts everyone.”Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the town hall meeting a “rendezvous with reality” for Morneau. Poilievre summarized what he heard from the meeting: Morneau’s “plan will not only pick their pockets, but screw up their life plans.”Morneau isn’t ready to say what, if any, changes the Liberals will make to the proposal — only that he will keep listening to Canadians.The issue will be on the agenda next week when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with his provincial counterparts.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,412.70, down 57.4 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 1.59, or 12.22 per cent, to $11.42 on 69.36 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $2.53, or 13.83 per cent, to $15.77 on 16.71 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 89 cents, or 13.26 per cent, to $65.82 on 15.25 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up nine cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $3.73 on 12.45 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 29 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $21.15 on 8.28 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $6.84, or 11.16 per cent, to $54.46 on 7.17 million shares.last_img