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

University announces 2018 Notre Dame Award recipients

first_imgThe Colectivo Solecito de Veracruz will receive the University’s 2018 Notre Dame Award, the University announced in a press release Thursday.The group was founded in 2014 by eight mothers in the Mexican state of Veracruz who aimed to recover family members who had going missing as a result of criminal violence.“We recognize the Colectivo’s steadfast faith and tenacity,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “It inspires our students to engage the world as forces for good when confronted with injustice and suffering.”The group raised money to support their searches and excavations of human remains, without aid from the government or justice system, according to the release. In 2016, it discovered “more than 120 clandestine graves,” with the help of a tip, the release states. It has since recovered 300 bodies, as well as thousands of partial remains.Jenkins said the award honors the organization’s “tireless efforts on behalf of the families of victims, its heroic witness to human dignity and its service to the noble cause of justice itself.”“The previous recipients, each in their own way, have been pillars of conscience and integrity,” Jenkins said. “The University of Notre Dame recognizes that the Colectivo’s courageous work has drawn needed attention to victims’ disappearances and has helped to relieve some of the suffering visited upon the families of the victims of such intolerable violence. The Colectivo has made a marked difference for all Mexicans and for humankind at-large in our universal thirst for justice.”Past recipients include Judge Sergio Moro, the 2018 University Commencement speaker, as well as former U.S. President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Mother Theresa, John Hume of Northern Ireland and Vinko Cardinal Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo.The award will be presented during a conference in Mexico on Oct. 16. The award was first initiated in 1992, according to the press release, and was reimplemented in 2017 to recognize “women and men whose life and deeds have shown exemplary dedication to the ideals for which the University stands: faith, inquiry, education, justice, public service, peace and care for the most vulnerable.”Tags: Colectivo Solecito de Veracruz, Notre Dame Awardlast_img read more

With the new HD cameras, Google is moving to refresh Street View

first_imgGoogle released a car on the street last month that takes new images for Google Street View, which will be the first major update of this service in 8 years.The car has 8 cameras specially designed for this purpose by Steve Silverman, which worked cameras for NASA’s rovers to Mars. Given that the existing footage on Street View is from the past decade and how much technology has advanced in the meantime, the new footage, which has just begun to arrive, will be in far higher resolution and clearer colors.In addition to beautiful images, the new cameras will send HD images of buildings and street signs for Google’s photo recognition algorithm. More and better quality images from the new hardware now on top of Google Street View will allow the system to make space information much better and more reliable. ”From the point of view of machine learning, we are getting better ” points out Andrew Lookingbill, a technology engineer working for, and adds that they are considering trying to automatically recognize different types of jobs from their appearance and read smaller information such as opening hours signs.Take a look at what the new shots look like herelast_img read more

Plan Extra Time, Know Before You Go for Holiday Weekend Traffic

first_imgRoad Work SuspendedWhere possible, highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work during the holiday weekend to increase mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in holiday travel. Some restrictions and reduced speed limits will remain in place due to ongoing road construction, including:Northern IndianaOn I-94 in Lake County, the ramp connecting to northbound I-65 remains closed.On I-65 in Lake County, traffic is one lane in each direction on the bridge over Central Avenue, north of I-94.On I-65 in Lake County, traffic is two lanes in each direction between U.S. 30 and U.S. 231.101st Avenue remains closed over I-65 in Lake County.Bridge work on SR 49 has lanes closed in Porter County from U.S. 30 to Division Road.In LaPorte County, traffic is one lane each direction east-west at the SR 2 and U.S. 20 intersection, which is closed to north-south traffic.The U.S. 35 bridge in downtown LaPorte is one lane in each direction.U.S. 30 is one lane in each direction at SR 17 in Marshall County.SR 23 is one lane controlled by a temporary signal at the bridge over Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.On I-69:In Grant county, lane restrictions and crossovers between mile marker 263-271 in both directions with no northbound re-entry at SR 18 (mile marker 264).In Allen County, lanes closed for bridge work between mile markers 300 and 310.In Steuben County, lanes closed at mile marker 340 with lane shifts at mile 345. I-65 in Jackson and Bartholomew counties has lane restrictions in both directions between Seymour and Columbus.On SR 37 in Morgan County, southbound traffic is restricted to one lane in Martinsville.SR 256 in Scott County is closed east of AustinI-74 in Decatur and Ripley counties has lane restrictions between exits 143 and 156 near Batesville.Know Before You GoMotorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone or by using the INDOT mobile app.Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at Find links to INDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 500 TrafficRace fans driving to Indianapolis 500 festivities this weekend should plan their routes to the track and designate a sober driver home. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides directions, transportation options and general race information at traffic management staff will be on duty during the race, monitoring traffic cameras and congestion, coordinating with law enforcement, and posting information to dynamic message signs. INDOT’s Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrol sponsored by State Farm will assist all weekend in keeping traffic flowing.On Sunday, May 26, INDOT encourages through travelers to avoid race traffic on I-465 and I-65 on the west side of Indianapolis.Drive SafelyThe Indiana State Police and local law-enforcement agencies are participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 2. Officers are joining thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country in conducting high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.Seat belts save lives. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 15,000 lives. If all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older had worn their seat belts that same year, it’s estimated another 2,500 lives could have been saved.Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Indianapolis, In. — Though the weather hasn’t always felt like it, summer is right around the corner. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the ceremonial start to summer as travel season ramps up. Whether you’re attending the Indianapolis 500, vacationing, visiting family and friends or just passing through, INDOT urges drivers to plan extra travel time, to stay informed on road conditions and to drive safely. Central IndianaWatch for brief lane closures on I-74 between Waynetown and Crawfordsville for bridge construction, between mile markers 25-39 in Montgomery County.There will be NO construction work after noon on Friday in Central Indiana. Crews will be off the Indianapolis interstates the entire weekend. No lane restrictions or closures will be in place.Southern IndianaU.S. 50 between Loogootee and Mitchell, in Martin and Lawrence counties:Two paving operations near Buffalo Bottom and just east of Shoals.Bridge replacement with a lane of traffic controlled by temporary signal just west of Mitchell.last_img read more