Period of stability key to region’s recovery

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPeriod of stability key to region’s recoveryBy admin – November 25, 2010 487 Twitter Linkedin LIMERICK people are afraid to part with their money ahead of Budget 2011 as they don’t know how much will be left in their pockets, but with a general election on the horizon, hopes have been expressed by the local business community that such an eventuality could spark increased growth and stability in the region. Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber, insists it is “most important that the Government gets its budget and four-year plan through to meet the conditions of the IMF and the EU”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her comments came after Taoiseach, Brian Cowen declared on Monday he will call a general election early in the new year, “as soon as the budget process has been seen through”. Noting that the within the next two years, a declining Limerick city centre and indeed, the economic picture as a whole, could see a return to growth, Ms Kelly told the Limerick Post that the reaction to the IMF has been somewhat peculiar.“We have been in free-fall for some time and we have never hit the bottom, but maybe now we have hit the bottom, and I hope that the political parties recognise the importance of seeing this process through and then let the people have their say in the new year”.However, Ms Kelly, adopting a positive stance, revealed she had spoken to many business owners who had acknowledged a substantial increase in their turnover, and she expressed confidence that 2011 could see a return for the majority of those that suffered at the front-line of the economy.This sentiment is echoed by Graham Byrnes, regional director at CPL, who says that he would welcome the announcement of the general election as he feels that Limerick is in need of representation at the Cabinet table. “We need stability here, and potential investors crave certainty if multinationals are to set up in the region, while allowing exporters to avail of opportunity.“Companies are hiring and we have seen an increase in demand to fill jobs, but this needs to grow once the size of this financial bail out is identified. Ireland and indeed, Limerick, has seen an increase in competitiveness as salaries and costs have fallen.“Now is the time for direct foreign investment to pick up an educated workforce. It is two years now since the Dell closure and with the support of grants and training stimulus packages, Limerick is getting back on its feet”.Commentators and the business community are embracing the announcement of a general election on the whole, citing a period of stability as the key to recovery. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Previous articleCar reg gives sneak offender awayNext articleCouncil denounces ‘scurrilous’ local newspaper report adminlast_img read more

USS Fitzgerald Sailors Share Lessons with Guam Youth

first_img Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Youth View post tag: Lessons View post tag: share View post tag: Guam View post tag: sailors USS Fitzgerald Sailors Share Lessons with Guam Youth October 2, 2012 Sailors from USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) discussed the importance of school, careers and a drug-free attitude to students at Okkodo High School in Dededo Sept. 26.The outreach to the school was one of two community service projects Fitzgerald Sailors supported during a port call on Guam.“I think it’s a great contact for [students] and to give them more information one-to-one and face-to-face, so they have more comfort level with approaching people in the military and getting to understand what the military is about, especially here on Guam,” said Okkodo High School business education teacher Sharon Baxter.During their visit, Sailors answered questions about life-enrichment, education and life as a Navy Sailor.“It’s always important to come out and talk to kids,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW) Justen Abernethy. “Especially because it’s the time of period when they’re starting to take everything in and they’re learning and they’re adapting to that adult life. So it’ll help them along their path if they can hear it from the people who are out there, doing the job itself.”Abernethy added that discussing leadership and opportunities with students could make differences in their futures.“The benefits for them is just that much more knowledge, that much more understanding and being able to say, ‘Hey, this is why they do this and I can do this and I can be that much better in my life.’”Seaman Recruit Mark Christian agreed with Abernethy and said that the Navy is a great career for students to look to help better themselves. “I wish somebody did it to me, to be honest with you,” he said. “I wish I had somebody to come there and answer questions. There’s a lot of good things the Navy can offer.”Sailors also supported Special Olympics of Guam, coaching bowling athletes Sept. 29 at Century Lanes in Tamuning in preparation for an upcoming tournament.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 2, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fitzgerald Sailors Share Lessons with Guam Youth View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Fitzgerald Share this articlelast_img read more