Young people from Limerick City prepare to enter the ECO-Den

first_imgThe Munster ECO-Den is supported by Clare County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are the main funders of the overall initiative while Alupro Ireland and Dublin City Council are also supporters of the programme. WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsEnvironmentYoung people from Limerick City prepare to enter the ECO-DenBy Bernie English – April 5, 2016 927 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Young people from Villiers School (North Circular Road, Limerick City) and St. Munchin’s College (Corbally Road, Co. Limerick) as well as groups from across from across Munster are preparing to face the judges in ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards ‘Dragon’s Den Style’ ECO-Dens on Wednesday 6th of April at the Aula Maxima, University College Cork. Participants ranging from 10-18 years will present their action project to raise environmental awareness and make a positive contribution to their local community. Advertisement As an all island initiative, ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards rewards and recognises the work of young people in environmental protection through local environmental action projects. Now in its seventeenth year, the programme has been receiving hundreds of applications from schools and youth groups from both the Republic and Northern Ireland over the past few weeks. The Munster ECO-Den is the third of five regional ECO-Dens. Established in 1999, ECO-UNESCO’s annual Young Environmentalist Awards are a fun and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in their locality and promote simple actions and lifestyle changes to improve the environment for all.Groups successful in the regional finals have a chance to attend the annual National Showcase and Awards Ceremony event held each May. There, participants will get a chance to showcase their work, meet TV celebrities and win fantastic prizes.by Bernie [email protected] Facebook Linkedin Commenting on the upcoming ECO-Den, Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation said,“The ECO-Dens present a fantastic opportunity for young people to a pitch to a panel of experts, tell them how their project makes a difference to the local environment and why they should be shortlisted for the finals in Dublin this May. The quality of the projects presented to us at the Connaught ECO-Den has always been very high and we are looking forward to hearing about what steps this year’s young people have taken to tackle environmental issues.” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleOn SYMBOLS: Culture of Death and Cultural LifeNext articleAnother first for Shannon Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSDragons DenlimerickVilliersYoung Environmentalists Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ECO-Den finalists will have to convince a panel of expert judges including Elaine Nevin (ECO-UNESCO), John O’Halloran (Vice President for Teaching and Learning at UCC), Dr Mary Stack (Environmental Awareness Officer at Cork County Council) and Sinead Mc Donnell (Environmental Awareness Officer at Limerick City and County Council) that their group deserves a spot at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2016 Gala Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday 18th May. Print Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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GDP Advances; Housing Share Follows Suit

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / GDP Advances; Housing Share Follows Suit The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily June 28, 2016 1,361 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save GDP HOUSING Residential Fixed Investment U.S. Economy 2016-06-28 Brian Honea Tagged with: GDP HOUSING Residential Fixed Investment U.S. Economy Previous: Demand Retreats Despite Stronger Fundamental Drivers Next: Advocates Call for Changes to FHA’s Loan Sale Program Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago GDP Advances; Housing Share Follows Suit The third and final estimate for Q1’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), released on Tuesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, improved to an annual rate of 1.1 percent, and housing’s share of the GDP went up right along with it.According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), housing’s share of the GDP rose slightly in the third Q1 estimate up to 15.4 percent, while residential fixed investment (RFI), the home building and remodeling component of GDP, expanded to 3.4 percent.Post-crisis, the GDP has generally struggled in the first quarter; in the three estimates for Q1 2016, the GDP progressed from 0.5 to 0.8 to 1.1 percent. The increase in real GDP up to 1.1 percent reflected positive contributions in the categories of personal consumption expenditures (1.02 percent), government consumption expenditures (0.23 percent), residential fixed investment (3.4 percent), state and local government spending (0.3 percent), and exports (0.4 percent). These were partly offset by negative contributions from nonresidential fixed investment (-0.6 percent), private inventory investment (-0.2 percent), and federal government spending (-0.1 percent).“For the first quarter, RFI was 3.4 percent of the economy, reaching a $568 billion seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars,” wrote David Logan, Director of Tax Policy Analysis with NAHB. “This is the highest quarterly rate for RFI in more than eight years. The first quarter growth for RFI added 0.5 points to the headline GDP growth rate (i.e. GDP would have only expanded 0.6 percent absent the RFI contribution), the largest contribution since 2012.”Housing services, which include gross rents (including utilities) paid by renters, utility payments, and owners’ imputed rent (estimate of the cost to rent owner-occupied units), totaled 12 percent for the final estimate of Q1 ($1.98 trillion). According to Logan, without this measure, increases to homeownership would cause the GDP to decline. These two numbers together (12 percent for housing services and 3.4 percent for RFI) made up housing’s 15.4 percent share of the GDP in Q1.The GDP for Q2 is expected to grow at a faster rate, as it typically has in the second quarter post-crisis. In 2015, the final estimate for Q2 GDP was 3.9 percent.“Looking ahead, economic forecasters expect faster GDP growth in the second quarter of 2016,” NAHB Senior Economist Michael Neal said. “Business investment, especially activity outside of the energy sector, is expected to rebound. In addition, early indications point to a stronger contribution of personal consumption expenditures to overall growth. However, though dissipating, downside risks from the international sector remain. The economic headwinds from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union could lower future growth prospects for the U.S. However, the economic effects from ‘Brexit’ are likely to be minor.”last_img read more

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6 steps to build a world-class credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Building a framework for performance excellence—and ultimately a world-class credit union—involves taking six key steps, says Walter Jankowski, consultant/trainer at Reinvention LLC.Drivers of performance excellence, he says, “start with leadership, strategic planning, and a member focus.”Jankowski, speaking at CUNA Mutual Group’s recent Performance Excellence in Credit Unions Conference, cites these six steps for performance excellence:1. Clarify the strategySet your credit union’s direction with critical strategies and action plans, and check your progress along the way.last_img

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Novel flu dominance Down Under, Tamiflu resistance in US, Paraguay emergency steps, tweets from flu summit

first_imgCDC releases pandemic H1N1 vaccine guidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations today to help state and local health officials decide who should get novel H1N1 vaccine when supplies are initially limited. Target groups include schoolchildren and staff, children in daycare and staff, pregnant women and contacts of newborns, those with medical underling conditions, and health workers. The report also discusses weighing the needs of other nations and military personnel, but it focuses on US civilians.[Jul 8 CDC recommendations]Novel strain may dominate Australia’s flu seasonThe novel flu virus seems poised to dominate Australia’s flu season, the country’s health minister, Nicola Roxon, said today, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. Flu surveillance for the week ending Jun 20 revealed that almost two thirds of the infections were from the pandemic H1N1 virus. Roxon said the new virus will likely replace seasonal flu, rather than circulate alongside it.[Jul 9 Advertiser story]Tamiflu-resistant strain found in US travelerFederal and state health departments are increasing their testing of novel flu viruses for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The measures were prompted by a report of a resistant strain isolated from a San Francisco resident who had arrived in Hong Kong in June. The girl had had not taken osteltamivir. The CDC has asked states to send more samples for resistance testing, and California said it has stepped up its testing.[Jul 8 AP story]Paraguay lawmakers pass emergency measuresParaguay’s government passed emergency legislation yesterday aimed at curbing the spread of pandemic flu, the AP reported today. The law gives the country’s president expanded powers to respond to the flu outbreak and allows health officials to use $19.2 million from the treasury to fund programs to boost healthcare capacity.[Jul 8 AP story]Live feeds from tomorrow’s White House flu summitThe two plenary sessions of tomorrow’s White House pandemic H1N1 flu preparedness summit—a substantial portion of the event— will be broadcast over the Web via flu.gov, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, David Hale, a biomedical informatics and social media expert, will be providing live Twitter updates during the entire event. His Twitter name is lostonroute66. The day-long event starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.[Dave Hale’s Twitter home page]last_img read more

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Bale rues Champions League failure

first_img Press Association Gareth Bale admits he found Tottenham’s latest failure to qualify for the Champions League hard to stomach. Bale will play his last match of the season on Thursday when he and his Tottenham team-mates take on the Jamaica national team in a friendly in the Bahamas. Bale, who scored 31 goals for club and country this term, will discuss his future with Spurs over the next coming weeks. The club are understandably keen to hold on to their star man and manager Andre Villas-Boas recently called on the forward to end speculation about his future by signing a new deal at White Hart Lane. For now, the signs look promising for Tottenham fans. From his comments in the immediate aftermath of the victory over Sunderland, he seemed in no mood to abandon ship and head to Real Madrid. “We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great,” he said. “We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League. “That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it’s not meant to be again. It’s disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again. We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go.” Villas-Boas is keen to build his team around Bale next season, and stressed that significant investment was required in order to bridge the small gap between themselves and Arsenal. Leandro Damiao, Christian Eriksen, Christian Benteke and Heung-Min Son have been mentioned as possible targets for the north London club. Bale thinks the foundations are there for Spurs to have a successful 2013-14 season. He added: “It was great to get the win but the clouds just came over and made it a little bit duller, but it’s something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it in to the future.” center_img Bale rounded off a remarkable year on Sunday by scoring his 26th goal of the season, but his wonder winner against Sunderland was not enough to earn the club Champions League qualification. Having enjoyed such a successful season personally, the Welshman concedes that he was disappointed to miss out on another shot at the big time. “It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate,” Bale told Spurs TV Online after picking up his latest accolade – the Tottenham Player-of-the-Year award. “To play the way we have also but to miss out on our objective (Champions League qualification) is very disappointing.” last_img read more

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