Shannon Dev best for cost of new jobs

first_imgAdvertisement NewsLocal NewsShannon Dev best for cost of new jobsBy admin – September 22, 2011 515 THE cost to the taxpayer of each job created by Shannon Development is almost half that of each job created by the IDA or Enterprise Ireland.New figures show that for every job which Shannon Development creates, the exchequer hands over €7,552. That’s in comparison with a cost of €14,287 for each job created by IDA Ireland and €12,254 for any job created by Enterprise Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The official figures were supplied to the Dáil Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on foot of a request by Deputy Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the committee.Concerned that a section in the current Programme for Government states its intention to examine whether there is a role for the development body in the future, Mr O’Dea said:“This just goes to prove that Shannon Development is a very efficient body.“It would be foolish in the extreme to consider abolishing a job creation agency which is getting people into employment at such a low cost – the figures speak for themselves.“You can’t argue with the facts. It’s creating jobs at half the cost to the taxpayer when compared with the bigger agencies. It would be ludicrous to abolish this small agency which does a fantastic job.”The cost per job is a figure calculated by Forfás and is arrived at after taking into account the job-creating agency’s spend. The figure is calculated over a seven year period.Responding to the deputy’s comments, Enterprise Ireland said that while that figure is correct for the period 2004 – 20010, their cost per job for the seven years to 2008 was “€7,794, which is comparable to other agencies during that period.” Factors affecting the rise in cost were the extra supports provided by Enterprise Ireland to help companies withstand the worst recession in decades and the fact that Enterprise Ireland administers schemes such as dairy beef and sheep funds for third parties.The lower number of jobs sustained in that period by the agency was also due to the recession and particularly affected by the fact that Enterprise Ireland works with one of the worst hit industries, construction.There was no comment available from IDA Ireland at time of going to press. Linkedin Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Twitter Previous articleGilmore criticised for ‘U turn’ on Shannon investigationsNext articleNurses warn of further action adminlast_img read more

Operation Sicilia Strikes at Extortion in Colombia

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 08, 2017 Units of the Colombian Army, National Police, and Office of the Attorney General dealt a heavy blow to extortion gangs in 26 of the nation’s 32 departments. The outcome of this successful operation was announced to the nation by Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas and Army General Juan Pablo Rodríguez, the commander in chief of the Colombian Armed Forces, on July 28th at the general headquarters of the National Police. “During Operation Sicilia (Sicily), 42 operations with 67 raids were conducted between July 25th and 27th,” Minister Villegas told Diálogo. “During those raids, firearms, cell phones, narcotics, and log books containing the names of potential victims were seized, 197 criminals captured, 188 [arrested] by court order, and the other nine caught red-handed.” The gigantic operation was a nationwide offensive. It particularly focused on dismantling criminal organizations that spent several months extorting drivers, small merchants, and unlicensed vendors in Bogotá and in 26 municipalities nationwide. Extortion rates decrease Operation Sicilia required four months of investigative work. It was a detailed search-and-tracking effort that took down a huge network and greatly impacted the structure of criminal organizations that mercilessly preyed upon the civilian population, even going after people who perform simple and very small-scale jobs to survive. “Through these types of operations focused on tackling extortion, we have been able to reduce this crime. Extortion has fallen by 44 percent nationally, meaning that the crime is now at half the number of cases recorded in the prior year,” Minister Villegas pointed out. “Results such as those from Operation Sicilia allow us to be more effective in fighting crime, and represent a meaningful change in the lives of the communities where interventions are made.” Dangerous gangs dismantled Through this nationwide offensive, the Colombian Army dismantled six criminal gangs: “Los Congos” (The Congos) in Magdalena; “Los Empleados Públicos” (Public Employees) in Medellín; “Los Parmalat” in Antioquia; “Los Cafeteros” (The Coffee Growers) in Arauca; “Los Socialistas” (The Socialists) in Norte de Santander, and “Pescado Frito” (Fried Fish) in Santander. Sicilia’s results included another 37 criminal organizations that were impacted, such as “Libertadores de Vichada” (The Liberators of Vichada) and “La Cordillera” (The Mountain Range) in Colombia’s coffee belt. So far this year, the Colombian Armed Forces have captured more than 1,600 extortionists nationwide. They have broken up more than 80 gangs and organizations dedicated to this crime, which is often managed from inside the jails, a situation that has resulted in surveillance and control measure to be beefed up in recent years. Countering extortion against the civilian population The dismantling of extortion gangs has revealed the devastating effects of this crime. For example, business people, parking lot owners, truckers, and drivers of food delivery vehicles in Itagüí, Antioquia, were forced to pay the criminals between $3 and $170 a week in exchange for not threatening their security. In some cities, residents were extorted for their water consumption, and bus, bicycle taxi, and auto rickshaw drivers were forced to pay to drive along certain routes. Small business owners were intimidated for trying to sell eggs, sugar, or salt, according to information provided to Diálogo by the General Command of the Colombian Armed Forces, which delves into a full exposé on the forms of extortion. “The ‘Los Pepes’ gang that was arrested is accused of extorting shopkeepers in the municipalities of Atlántico department, and the members of the crime group ‘Los Gualiva’ are being tried for collecting an alleged ‘collaboration’ fee from business owners and truck drivers in Soacha, Cundinamarca, to improve their security situation,” the document confirms. “In Cali, the ‘Los Boqueños’ crime group was hit, catching 10 suspected criminals who had requested payments from the residents of Vallado, an area inhabited by people with scant resources.” Program to boost the GAULAS Extortion is one of the largest scourges in Colombian society. This crime is liable to spread due to the post-conflict situation. Dissident guerrillas may resort to extortion as a source of financing. “The great challenge is working with greater efficacy in order to counter organizations and people involved in extortion,” Gen. Rodríguez acknowledged. “We’ve lowered the rates of this crime but the goal is to get it down to zero.”. The military is working a program to boost the 30 Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULAS, per their Spanish acronym). These groups are located at strategic points throughout Colombia, plus two elite GAULAS that the high command has activated to address special situations when any zone is beset by specific extortion activities. “The result of Operation Sicilia is its clear demonstration that our interagency work is yielding excellent results in countering extortion and kidnapping,” Gen. Rodríguez added. “All of this institutional effort has averted the payment of sums calculated at $2.5 million so far in 2017. Our capabilities are now better structured and have greater reach. Sicilia is an example of that.”last_img read more

Rose in contention in Akron

first_img “If I go back to (Friday) I was really pleased with the way I played. I drove the ball phenomenally well and had wedges in my hand all day,” Rose, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans a fortnight after finishing joint second behind Jordan Spieth in the Masters, told Sky Sports 4. “I felt like I could have birdied most of the holes out there and it just didn’t happen. It would have been easy to get frustrated (on Friday) and go backwards, but I think (Saturday) was a product of staying patient (on Friday) and still believing I was playing well.” Asked if his form was pointing toward a second major title ahead of next week’s USPGA Championship, the 2013 US Open winner added: ” I would say yes. “If I look at the Masters, that was huge shot in the arm in terms of confidence as I had not played any good golf before then. Jordan was incredibly hard to beat that week, but take him out and I felt I put in a major-winning performance. “Going into the final round at St Andrews (at the Open Championship) I was nine under par – the same mark as Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, who made the play-off, so I just needed that hot Sunday. At least I am knocking on that door a little bit again, which is nice.” Furyk has recorded nine top-10 finishes at this tournament, including five in a row from its inception in 1999, and memorably lost a seven-hole play-off to Tiger Woods in 2001. The world number six also squandered a one-shot lead with one hole to play in 2012, carding a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway to lose out by a shot to Keegan Bradley. Consecutive rounds of 66 meant Furyk began the third round with a four-shot lead and he briefly enjoyed that cushion again following his third birdie of the day on the 11th. England’s Justin Rose fired a flawless 63 to claim a share of the lead after the third round of the W GC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. Press Association However, the 45-year-old bogeyed the next and was unable to find any more birdies on the closing stretch to end the day tied with Rose, two shots ahead of playing partner Shane Lowry. Lowry was within a shot of the lead after his fourth birdie of the day on the 12th, but bogeyed the next two holes before a birdie on the 16th helped the 28-year-old card a third-round 67. “Obviously this is a massive tournament and it’s going to be a big day for me tomorrow,” Lowry told Sky Sports 4. “Going out here in contention is a lot different than going out in contention in a smaller event back home, but we’re going to try and hit the first tee shot down the middle of the fairway and take it from there.” Australia’s Steven Bowditch had set the early clubhouse target after a superb 63 and was joined on five under by Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and double Masters champion Bubba Watson. Poulter carded seven birdies and two bogeys in his 65 and said: “It feels pretty good. I have not played my best golf over the last couple of months but got off to a nice start today which was what I needed. “I did some good putting practice last week at Woburn and had a little swing change two weeks ago at my brother’s centre in Newport Pagnell and am hitting it better and putting better as well.” World number two Jordan Spieth has his work cut out to replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings with a victory on Sunday, the 22-year-old carding a double bogey on the 18th to shoot 72 and lie nine shots off the lead. Rose had carded 17 pars and one bogey in a second round of 71 in Akron, extending an unwelcome streak without a birdie to 30 holes to start the day six shots off the lead. However, the Ryder Cup star made amends in brilliant fashion with seven birdies – four of the them in the last six holes – to finish nine under par alongside halfway leader Jim Furyk, who returned a 69. last_img read more

Centar Municipality donated 30 000 BAM to FC Sarajevo

first_imgCentar Municipality has donated 30 000 BAM to football club Sarajevo for trainings and achieving even better results in the continuation of 2012/13 Premier league of BiH.The protocol was signed by manager of FC Sarajevo Dino Selimović and Head of Centar Municipality Dževad Bećirević.Selimović said that the municipality has been supporting the club for many years and added that he hopes that with the matches and results the club will present Centar municipality, Sarajevo and BiH in the best possible way. Selimović thanked Bećirović on his support.last_img read more

City of West Palm Beach Makes Push to Prevent Texting and Driving

first_imgThe city of West Palm Beach and West Palm Beach Police are reminding drivers about the new texting and driving law.Watch press conference with West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James here.It went into effect on July 1, but citations won’t be issued until next January.Right now, everyone’s in a warning period.Police teamed up with the city to launch a Vision Zero Safety team.They will focus on three critical intersections in the city:Broadway between 36th and 59th Street.Palm Beach Lakes between Dixie and Village.Okeechobee Boulevard between Dixie and Indian Road.last_img read more

Family and Juvenile Court to Host National Adoption Day Celebration

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersFamily and Juvenile Court (FJC) invites you to join in Thurston County’s 14th annual celebration of National Adoption Day on Thursday, November 15, at 4:00 p.m. Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court will be holding a special event to celebrate all families who adopt and help raise awareness of the 2,000 plus legally free children in Washington State foster care awaiting a forever family. Many committed judges, government agencies, lawyers, private individuals, families, and programs have joined together to commemorate this special day. The highlight will be several local families publicly finalizing their adoptions!What: National Adoption Day CelebrationWhen:  Thursday, November 15, 2017, beginning at 4:00 p.m.Where: Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court, 2801 32nd Avenue SW, Tumwater, WashingtonNational Adoption Day is celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Thurston County, more than one-thousand children have been adopted by stepparents, domestic partners, individuals, and couples since Thurston County began celebrating National Adoption Day in 2004.  These families make a real difference in the lives of children and our community.The Adoption Day Ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments and socializing will follow at 4:30 p.m. with activities, including The Dave Thomas Foundation and craft projects from the Hands On Children’s Museum.This event is sponsored by Thurston County Superior Court, Family and Juvenile Court, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Thurston County Bar Association, and many local area businesses.last_img read more