Pinterest Previous articleBoost for residents of one Laois nursing home as Covid-proof visiting booth installedNext articleIn Pictures: Mountrath Christmas Market goes down a treat Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 15th December 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSGarda Youth AwardsGirlTalkYouth Work Ireland Laois Facebook Pictured at their base in JFL House, Portlaoise are Elaine Boyle,Clive Davis and two of the GirlTalk group Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton An Garda Síochána acknowledged over 180 young people who have made their community a better place to live today.30 Garda National Youth Awards for 2020 are being presented to over 180 outstanding young people throughout the country at a local presentation in their respective areas.Awards are been given to young people for doing such things as cleaning beaches, raising outstanding amounts of money for worthy causes and raising awareness on issues such as mental health. Twitter And among them is a Laois group GirlTalk who were among seven winners in the Community Safety Award category.GirlTalk is a group of young women in Youth Work Ireland ranging in age from 15 to 20 years from all across Laois.The girls, which were represented by Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton, were anxious to form a group that gave a safe space where girls from diverse backgrounds and minority status, such as young travellers, first generation Irish and members of LGBTI+ community, could have an empowering, supportive and encouraging space to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem whilst also having a safe space to discuss issues and topics relevant to their lives and times.Taking a proactive stance, the girls of the group ran in the women’s mini marathon and magnanimously donated some of their funds to other charities whom they felt need support.The group is currently working on a health and identity programme which will support themselves in their own self-development but will also reach out and empower other young women.All of the award winners are excellent examples of young people who give up their free time to help and support others.This is an especially strong message for all us at a time when we all individually and collectively across all age groups have to continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19.This year, the Garda National Youth Award ceremony was postponed due to the coivd-19 pandemic.An Garda Síochána sought to still acknowledge all of the awards winners by hosting small local awards presentations and an online ceremony with the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Acting Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, and football legend Mr Bernard Brogan.The online ceremony took place on October 29 which is being followed by local presentations over the next number of days.Speaking at the online ceremony, Commissioner Harris welcomed everyone, congratulated them on their achievements and explained how unfortunately plans to acknowledge their great work at a presentation in Port Laois could not take place this year.He said: “Obviously we would have all liked to gather as a community to celebrate your achievements but due to Covid-19 we are unable to do so.“We in An Garda Síochána still wanted to gather everyone just as a simply way of acknowledging the outstanding work that you have all done to make your community a better place to live.“The Garda National Youth Awards showcases the positive contribution you are all making in your communities. From An Garda Síochána’s point of view, the awards at national and divisional level are a great way for us to develop strong relationships with you and community groups in your area.“I hope that you are proud of your achievements. The work you are all doing in your local communities is fantastic and we in An Garda Síochána wanted to let you all know that you have our gratitude.“Since the pandemic began, young people have made an outstanding contribution to the countries efforts in stopping the spread of Covid-19 by doing things like making PPE and assisting those self-isolating.“I’m sure many of you are and your friends are some of this young people contributing and I again want to thank you for your efforts.”SEE ALSO – ELECTED: Laois County Board for 2021 confirmed following online convention Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Home News Community Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 NewsCommunity Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months
RelatedWork on Migration and Development Policy Advanced Members of the Senate have expressed delight that the United States of America has officially lifted its designation of the Republic of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, as the two countries seek to re-establish diplomatic ties.Speaking at the sitting of the Senate on May 29, Leader of Government Business, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, said the move “is long overdue” and will help to strengthen the relationship between the two nations.“Word has come to us that the spectre of a terrorist state has been removed from the Republic of Cuba and Mr. President. Indeed, this is long overdue. Things are happening and the tension within the Hemisphere is slowly being removed and receding,” he said.For his part, President of the Senate, Floyd Morris, in offering his good wishes, said the Senate will convey in writing “to our friends, on behalf of both sides of the Senate, our congratulations to the Government and people of Cuba.”In his remarks, Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, said with this latest development, it is hoped that there will be greater cooperation between Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean, including Jamaica.“It is heartening to see the thawing of relations between the current United States government and the Cuban people and this is another significant step along that route,” he said.“The fallacy of Cuba being designated a terrorist state has come to an end. The Cuban people may not have followed a course of development that certainly other Caribbean territories have followed, in terms of their political arrangements, but they are still friends and we still, I feel, enjoy a close connection with the Cuban people,” Mr. Williams said.The removal was announced by the State Department on May 29 in a Statement. It noted that while differences with the country remain, they were not a hindrance to Cuba’s removal from the list.United States President, Barack Obama, had notified Congress earlier this year that he intended to remove Cuba from the list, giving lawmakers 45 days to object, which elapsed on May 29.Cuba’s removal from the list means that it will have more access to global financial markets and loans from international organizations, such as the World Bank. The country was added to the terrorism list in 1982. Advertisements Story HighlightsMembers of the Senate have expressed delight that the United States of America has officially lifted its designation of the Republic of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, as the two countries seek to re-establish diplomatic ties.Speaking at the sitting of the Senate on May 29, Leader of Government Business, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, said the move “is long overdue FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senate Members Express Delight at Removal of Cuba from Terrorism List Foreign AffairsMay 31, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson Photo: Yhomo HutchinsonLeader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. A.J Nicholson, addresses a recent sitting of the Upper House. RelatedUnited States Naval Ship Comfort, a Mercy-class hospital ship, Provides Medical Services during its May 2015 visit to Jamaica RelatedPrivate Sector ‘Legacy Partners’ Recommit Support for Diaspora Conference Senate Members Express Delight at Removal of Cuba from Terrorism ListJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay
Despite pledges of less bureaucracy and frictionless trade with the EU after the Brexit transition period ends in January, the UK government has admitted there is likely to be disruption and additional red tape.It has given the industry less than three weeks to consult on “plans both to minimise the risk of disruption and to mitigate its impact”.These include putting the onus on truck drivers, who will face a personal fine if they are not “border-ready”, and re-introducing Operation Brock, which attempted to mitigate disruption on local roads.The plans have been lambasted by Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association. “It is disappointing to see that the government is expecting significant friction at the border after the logistics industry had been given reassurances that friction would be minimised,” said Chris Yarsley, policy manager for road infrastructure.“Our members are dismayed that the onus for compliance will be placed on drivers themselves, leaving them personally liable for a fine if they do not comply with the new rules.“The current proposals also create an internal UK border by introducing Kent Access Permits, adding more red tape to the work hauliers will be obliged to comply with.”The government is planning to extend legislation due to expire on 31 December that allows trucks to proceed only on designated routes, and allows for penalties for drivers breaching the rules. It also plans “to incentivise hauliers to ensure they are border-ready before setting off for the Short Straits by making use of the proposed Smart Freight Service”.Mr Yarsely said: “We are pleased to see the focus on upstream compliance, with pre-checks performed before the start of the journey. When fully implemented, the new Smart Freight system should help to keep traffic moving through Kent. To ensure this happens, it is vital that the UK government works with its EU counterparts to ensure all the border systems are joined up.”But he warned: “It is unclear when Smart Freight will be ready and available for testing. Our members will need to see and learn the new system in order to have confidence in it. Having enough time to adjust is vital, especially with planning for the Christmas season about to start. So government needs to provide reassurance that the system will be available and ready to use on 1 January.”The government proposals warn that “any delay due to the new checks could be exacerbated by low levels of trader and haulier readiness.For example, an HGV without the required customs and import/export documentation risks being held at port until it has been provided, and in some circumstances having their goods seized or destroyed.Analysis conducted before last October suggested many businesses “would not have been ready for the new trading arrangements under a reasonable worst-case scenario.”But Logistics UK said: “We need the government’s assistance to ensure logistics vehicles can continue to move smoothly into and out of the EU. The current proposals leave too many questions unanswered, and very little time available to identify and implement solutions to keep the country trading.”You can read the government’s proposals and respond to its consultation here. Lorries queue to cross to France © Daisymay11 | By Alex Lennane 04/08/2020
A tear down project on 71st Terrace that was listed for sales at $677,000 sits considerably higher than the two original Prairie Village ranch homes it neighbors.Prairie Village Planning Commission advances new building design restrictions. The Prairie Village Planning Commission this week recommended approval for the initial set of home design restrictions proposed by city staff after months of work with area homeowners and builders. The recommendation will come before the Prairie Village City Council for final approval in the coming weeks. [‘We don’t want to be Olathe’: Prairie Village planners pass tear-down rules — Kansas City Star]Attorneys talk to television stations about Westside Family Church case. Rebecca Randles and Brad Russell, the attorneys representing the plaintiffs and Westside Family Church respectively in the case filed this week regarding whether the church failed to fulfill a duty to keep Kessler Lichtenegger away from children, talked to KMBC on Thursday. [Lenexa church sued over sexual assault at summer program — KMBC]Hazardous waste collection Saturday. The Johnson County County hazardous waste facility will be accepting household chemicals and paint as well as electronics starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. An appointment is required to make the drop off. Call 913-715-6907 to make the appointment. The location is inside the wastewater treatment plant near I-35 and Lamar.Roeland Park Aquatic Center has early closing. The pool at the Roeland Park center will close at 4 p.m. on July 4 and be closed all day on July 7. Normal summer hours, which include lap swimming from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m Monday through Friday, Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., as well as open swim hours from noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, will resume each following day.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japan was outclassed by the French Barbarians 51-18 on Sunday, but coach Eddie Jones was pleased with the effort level from his XV this time.Jones ripped his team after Japan lost by a smaller margin of 40-21 on Wednesday, questioning their heart and their desire to play for the Brave Blossoms. The former Wallabies boss made wholesale changes to the side as promised, dropping 12 players and turning to the core from the Pacific Nations Cup.While Jones was not thrilled by the result, he was happy with the fighting spirit of the Asian champions, tipping his hat to the Barbarians who were determined to send off retiring hooker William Servat and prop Lionel Faure on a winning note.Fly-half Pierre Bernard led the way with a try, three penalties and four conversions. Ayumu Goromaru and Sho Takenaka each had a try for Japan.“Look, sometimes you get beaten by a better team,” Jones said. “They played very well today. The fundamentals of their game is sound, their set piece was excellent. Most of the points they scored came from our turnover of the ball.“The great thing for us today is, we were playing against a superior team but we actually got ourselves in position to win the game. But unfortunately, we made some easy mistakes.“I’m really proud of the boys today. They competed as hard as they could. It’s the reality of where we’re at. We know where we have to go.”Japan had the first scoring opportunity in the third minute but Goromaru fired wide left from a penalty.The Barbarians missed a couple of early chances from the set piece themselves, but Bernard put them up 3-0 on the quarter-hour with a stroke of his right foot.Center Hugo Bonneval came up with the first French try in the 25th minute, capitalizing on a handling error by World Cup scrum-half Atsushi Hiwasa.After Romain Teulet converted to carve out a 10-0 lead, Goromaru gave Japan its first points with a 28th-minute penalty, only to see the Barbarians go up 17-3 three minutes later.Takenaka, the 19-year-old wing from Tsukuba University, finally gave the home fans something to cheer about in injury time when he sprinted off for 80 meters to score Japan’s first try.The hosts wasted no time trying to bridge the gap after halftime, Goromaru’s second penalty making it a 17-11 game three minutes into the second half.But from the 50th minute, Bernard single-handedly scored 13 points in a space of just six minutes before Japan finally responded with a five-pointer by Broadhurst, followed by the conversion from Goromaru.Yet it was the last time Japan registered on the scoreboard as the Barbarians rattled off 21 unanswered points before the final whistle.Sunday’s game marked the end of a hectic spring for Jones, who only took over in April but guided Japan through the two matches versus the Barbarians, the PNC and the Asian Five Nations.“This year, what we wanted to do was develop a style of play that can give us a competitive edge in the future,” he said. “Today we got blown out by a better team.“Scotland beat Australia 9-6, Samoa beat us 27-26 and Scotland beat Samoa by one point yesterday. But we don’t have the consistency in our game to play at that level all the time.”“There are certain things that are going to take time. You’re not going to go to international levels in strength and conditioning in just eight weeks,” he continued.“The game we want to play is a high-skill game, and it’s a game that’s going to take time to develop. If you don’t take into consideration the results, I’m happy with where we are.“But obviously, I’m not happy with the results.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
The Falcons’ all-time leading scorer with 1,122 points, Bryant is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, ranking eighth in career field goal percentage (86.222 percent). His return appears to have the blessing of Falcons team owner Arthur Blank. NFL free agent Ryan Russell reveals he’s bisexual in letter he calls ‘my truth’ Matt Bryant is apparently getting another shot with the Atlanta Falcons.The 44-year-old kicker, who spent 10 years with the team before being released this offseason, will reportedly have a tryout with the Falcons Friday, according to CNN’s Coy Wire, a former Atlanta teammate of Bryant. The Falcons aren’t happy with the two kickers they have in camp, Giorgio Tavecchio and Blair Walsh. Tavecchio, who was a perfect 5-of-5 in field goal attempts in three games last season with Atlanta while Bryant was out injured, has struggled in the preseason. He’s 4-of-8 on field goal attempts.Last weekend, the Falcons signed Walsh, who hasn’t kicked in the NFL since he played for the Seahawks in 2017. He has likewise struggled, leading to speculation Bryant might get a chance for an encore. Related News “If you don’t have good memories of Matt Bryant, then there’s something wrong with you,” Blank told ESPN Wednesday. “The guy has won a lot of games for us and, under intense pressure, has always performed very well.’’Can Bryant still get the job done? The Falcons must think so, otherwise he wouldn’t get a tryout. He still has range — he booted a 57-yarder a year ago — and he missed only one of his 21 attempts last season.
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The Port of Ngqura, seen here from above,complements the existing deep-waterports at Richards Bay and Saldanha. (Image: Port Strategy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindi Ndwalaza Public affairs, Port of Ngqura +27 41 507 1618 • Mboniso Sigonyela Transnet spokesperson +27 11 308 2458 or +27 83 463 7701 RELATED ARTICLES • New port to kick-start economy • Automotive boost for Eastern Cape • Motor industry, government talk jobs • Impressive growth at SA’s Ngqura PortEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, is set to become Africa’s premier trans-shipment hub, linking the world’s east and west trade routes, said President Jacob Zuma.Ngqura, already the biggest port of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, will be further developed in the next seven years in order to improve South Africa’s international maritime connectivity.“The development of this port is not a once-off local event, it reflects the long-term vision and economic plan of the government of South Africa,” Zuma said.“The port is a key infrastructure project, given its location and potential, and its launch is another step forward on a journey of economic development and transformation.”The president was speaking at Ngqura’s official opening on 16 March. Although it’s been operating since October 2009, the port has already exceeded its operational targets fourfold.With the planned development, by 2019 Ngqura’s handling capacity will have increased by two million containers a year, Zuma promised.Working way over targetThe port has handled more than 400 000 containers in the 2010/2011 financial year alone, far more than the 100 000 projected for that year.With its strategic position in relation to the BRICS countries of Brazil, India and China, Zuma believes Ngqura will become a major conduit for trade to and from other countries.“In time this region will be well positioned as a key trade corridor linking South East Asia with Africa and the Americas,” he said.Zuma used the opportunity to assure the Eastern Cape, the country’s poorest province, of the government’s serious intention to bring it into the mainstream economy.“The province’s fear of not being taken seriously, of being neglected and forgotten, is in the past. The Port of Ngqura is part of a larger infrastructure plan for the country. It is an occasion to celebrate.”In his State of the Nation address earlier in the year, Zuma announced that 2012 would be the year of infrastructure development, using the management expertise gained from hosting the hugely successful 2010 Fifa World Cup and the successful launch of the Gautrain, South Africa’s first rapid-rail service.Five development corridors have been singled out for major investment in rail, road, water and electricity.The Eastern Cape is one of these, with the planned new South Eastern node connecting the region with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. According to Zuma this will help to improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s economic and logistics links with these two provinces.A rail link has already been completed between the province of Gauteng and the Port of Ngqura.Looking to the futureNgqura will be a key development node for freight transport company Transnet, with the majority of the utility’s capex expansion budget earmarked for capacity building at the port.Transnet recently announced its market demand strategy plan, in which it projects that it will triple its capital investment programme to R300-billion (US$39-billion) in the next seven years. About R100-billion ($13-billion) is intended for expansion projects at various ports.Transnet has spent R10-billion ($1.3-billion) on basic infrastructure in Ngqura, and created 15 000 jobs during the construction phase alone. The port employs 600 people, with numbers set to grow to just under 1 000 in the next financial year.Between now and 2019 the port will increase the number of container berths from the existing two to four and improve its container handling capacity with the acquisition of additional cranes. Already it boasts six mega-max ship-to-shore cranes and 22 rubber-tyred gantry cranes and averages 29 gross crane moves an hour, a key measure of productivity for ports.About 31 container vessels dock at the port each month.A liquefied natural gas facility and Transnet’s manganese export facility will be relocated from Port Elizabeth to Ngqura and two manganese smelters are earmarked for development by 2016.According to Public Enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba, the nearby Port Elizabeth harbour will continue to focus on the automotive industry and clean cargo, such as containerised goods. The government is also in discussions with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality about the creation of a waterfront and leisure plan, he said.Rebates for manufacturersZuma used the occasion of the opening to reiterate that there would be a R1-billion ($130-million) rebate on port tariffs for local exporters of manufactured goods, “to make doing business in South Africa easier”.He first mentioned the rebate in his State of the Nation address, saying the decision emanated from talks with the automotive industry in the Eastern Cape during his presidential visit there in September 2011. The automotive industry had raised the issue of high port tariffs as an inhibiting factor to further economic growth and job creation, especially as the local industry is competing in an open and extremely competitive market.The port rebate will come into effect on 1 April this year, with details to be announced by Transnet group CE Brian Molefe later this month.According to Zuma, there will also be increased economic benefits to those businesses wishing to invest in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, adjacent to the port. One such investor is First Automobile Works (FAW) of China, which turned the first sod for its R100-million ($13-million) truck assembly plant at Coega earlier this month.“The FAW investment confirms the potential of this zone to attract foreign investment and to create jobs,” Zuma said.The plant will produce 5 000 truck units a year and will employ about 1 000 local workers by the time the first vehicle rolls off the assembly line at the end of 2013.
Originally posted on blog.hrps.org on August 11, 2016. Reposted with permission. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, hiring is at a 10-year high, with Americans getting jobs at rates unheard of since the start of the great recession. Job seekers are now back in the driver’s seat, having to juggle two, three or even four job offers.While that’s good for the employee, it can be nerve-wracking for the employer who knows that having the most qualified ‘right fit’ employees can make the difference between company success and failure. Competition is fierce, and conventional wisdom that says higher pay and bonuses will attract the best employee no longer holds water.In fact, two Korn Ferry Futurestep surveys show that compensation isn’t at the top of the list for either Millennials or Gen Xers. When asked the top reason a millennial would choose one job over another the top reason was “visibility and buy-in to the vision of the organization” followed by “a clear path for advancement.” “Job title and pay” came in a distant third place at 18 percent.As for Gen Xers, nearly half of respondents said that “the ability to make an impact on the business” is the top reason they would choose one job over another, with “belief in the reputation and vision of the organization” coming second. Again, in a distant third place, only 10 percent said a Gen Xer would choose a job because of pay and benefits.Clearly, opening a company checkbook is not the way to make your company an employer of choice. Today’s employees—irrespective of their generation—want to work for companies they believe in, from both a vision and development perspective.So how can companies enhance their employer reputation in a customized, dynamic way that moves the needle to attract, engage, and retain key employee groups? Here are five tips:1. Take a new twist on an old employee survey. Novel just a few short years ago, the employee survey is broadly used today to gauge engagement and satisfaction. Instead of only yes/no or multiple choice questions, empower employees to voice their real opinions that can get to the core of what is wrong (or right) with your employer brand. Key questions:What’s the one thing this company does that makes you want to stay?What’s the one thing this company does that makes you want to leave?The best thing about our company’s culture is________________?The worst thing about our company’s culture is________________? 2. Slice and dice data to get to what really matters to key employee groups. If your business strategy is to hire young, tech-savvy engineers in India who can help devise a new technology, analyze the surveys to see what specifically is top-of-mind for this group. Do you see a trend that existing employees want to be more publically rewarded for their accomplishments? If so, implement awards programming. Perhaps they prefer ongoing development. In that case, a mentorship or guest speaker program would increase engagement. 3. Endorse your Employer Value Proposition (EVP) when creating initiatives that address key issues. Back to our example of recognition. If you find that’s important, make sure managers understand that rewarding employees for a job well done is a KPI – and that individuals and/or accomplishments are socialized through internal channels. When appropriate, broadcast them externally through social channels. Ensure messaging supports your value proposition. 4. Ensure your careers website reflects your culture. Candidates want to know what it’s really like on the inside. Showcase your existing employees through written and video testimonials on issues you’ve discovered matter to them. This will add credibility and authenticity to your employer brand. 5. Don’t offer a Rolls Royce to a candidate and then give them a Yugo. A candidate’s experience cannot be inconsistent. For an employer value proposition to resonate during the employer lifecycle, a consistent message should permeate through rewards, recognition and ongoing development initiatives. Because of their institutional knowledge of your company and a breadth of experiences, your seasoned employees (brand ambassadors) are worth their weight in gold. Pay equal credence to their ongoing satisfaction as much as you do when trying to attract a bright new recruit.