Fund will help make Limerick people IT smart

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFund will help make Limerick people IT smartBy admin – October 26, 2011 699 Email FUNDING has been made available to provide free IT training for 800 Limerick people. The €40,000 slice of a national €1.88 million fund has been awarded to help people from all walks of life to get up to speed with emailing, surfing the net, skyping and other tecno skills. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – Pat. Rabbitte T.D, announced offers of training grants for 20 training projects run by community and voluntary groups and not for profit organisations under the BenefIT 3 scheme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Community Connect were one of the groups who received funding.This means that 800 will gain from free IT training between now and June 2012. In particular older people will benefit, as will the unemployed, as well as other disadvantaged groups.“We ran a project to train people in IT in Limerick last year and 900 were trained. “Everyone filled out a questionnaire at the the end of it and the feedback was just phenomenal – we could have trained another thousand people if the funding was there,” Elaine Doyle of Community Connect, told the Limerick Post.This project will run in centres, libraries and public spaces in Limerick city. It will use a Train the Trainer approach where students from Limerick Institute of Technology and University of Limerick and interested residents, will receive training to deliver these courses.Each participant will receive six hours of training, four hours will focus on the Internet, Email and Online Transactions. Two further hours will be available on Digital Photography/Video or Skype and or e-Government services online or a topic the trainees may choose.A training schedule will be available from November and the group will be taking names of interested participants. Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleArts news and postingsNext articleAlleged assault on shop worker case adjourned admin Advertisement Printlast_img read more

Spouting off

first_imgIf you ever wondered why your mother poured Sunday morning’s bacon grease into an empty can, it’s because mother really knew best: She was trying to prevent a human-made disaster in the sewers.Each year, millions of gallons of grease clog sewers, causing them to overflow and setting off a costly environmental and public health fiasco. But, to Susan Leal and Peter Rogers, grease is just one of many urgent issues facing water resources in the world today.“There is no life without water — biological systems do not function without it,” said Rogers, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“Currently, there is much more attention given to energy and oil as important resources. But, while there are substitutes for oil and energy — with wind, solar, and biofuels — there is no substitute for water. It is essential for everything from the food we eat to basic hygiene,” said Leal, a water utility expert and a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.In their new book, “Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource,” Rogers and Leal discuss water’s global predicament as the world’s population soars to 8 billion, and present some simple ways to preserve and conserve, which include pushing lawmakers to make water a priority. Political will begins with the public, Rogers and Leal say.Leal, who had been encouraged to write a book about water as part of her fellowship, “quickly dispensed of the idea as being too ‘academic,’ ” she said. Then she met Rogers, “who was grappling with how to write a book on water geared toward a general readership audience. We agreed to write the book together with a focus on solutions to our water crisis. We eschewed the doom and gloom and decided to describe and promote the water success stories.”The result, said Rogers, was “perfect serendipity.”“In our book we give examples of the intelligent use of existing technologies, which if applied could greatly reduce the crisis to manageable proportions without necessarily requiring major sacrifices on anybody’s part,” he said.“One solution for averting the impending water crisis is water reuse,” Rogers continued. “Treating sewer water and using it for irrigation and, in some cases, as potable water. In several locales throughout the world, water reuse has been successfully implemented and accepted by consumers.”“We also describe solutions applicable to large agricultural users and involve the application of innovative technologies such as center pivots and drip irrigation, as well as new drought-resistant and high-yielding crop varieties to achieve better crop yield with less water use,” said Leal. “The book is filled with solutions that can and should be replicated.”Another conundrum is the widespread acceptance of bottled water, which has eroded the public’s faith in tap water. Not to mention, most bottles are never recycled.“Consumers should avoid the silly spending on bottled water. And, water utilities need to educate their customers about the quality of tap water and inform them that it has to meet a higher federal standard than bottled water,” said Rogers.Said Leal: “States should require that bottled water be labeled to disclose the source of the water. In many cases, the source of bottled water is municipal tap water.”Take that, Evian.last_img read more

DPSU official wants new measures to address employee challenges

first_imgLocalNews DPSU official wants new measures to address employee challenges by: – May 3, 2012 Share 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! DPSU’s General-secretary Thomas LetangThe General-secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union has calling for the adoption of new approaches in addressing current issues affecting employees on the island.Letang made those remarks while addressing the 6th biennial conference of the DPSU Wednesday evening.He said as governments battle with the effects of globalization, free market economies and the economic down turn, they are placed under increasing pressure, to focus less on measures geared toward the protection and well being of all employees.“That diminish lack of interest on the part of some government and complacency place great demands on trade unions and those they represent to become more active and vocal in addressing the rights of workers”.He said the Constitution of Dominica, provides for all citizens the rights to join and belong to a union of his or her choice.“This is emphases in the Industrial Relations Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate against an employee because of his or her interest and membership in a trade union or participation of that workers organization,” he added.According to Letang, “without abandoning the strategies used in the past to promote and guard workers rights, today’s situation calls for the adoption of new approaches, in addressing current issues, so as to achieve effective and favorable results”.“In that context, it is therefore imperative that employees get the opportunity to influence policies, resources allocation and direction through direct participating in decision making,” he added.Meanwhile the Union informed its membership that plans to take industrial action against government has been aborted.Letang told the membership last night that two successful meetings have been held with government and an agreement was entered into.He said the meeting did not only have a favorable outcome, but it is in the best interest of public servants.“The Union forwarded two resolutions to the government of Dominica. One had to do with statements by a particular gentlemen and another had to do with salaries and the fact that we should get back to the negotiating table, instead of waiting for the outcome of the classification exercise which is taking place within the public service”.Letang said government’s negotiating team and an agreement to conclude negotiations were agreed upon.“That is what we wanted so we cannot embark upon industrial action because we got what we wanted,” he explained.The General-secretary said progress has also been made in membership, grievance handling and positive results from statements relating to national policies.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more