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92-year-olds death treated as suspicious

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal News92-year-olds death treated as suspiciousBy admin – October 26, 2009 535 Advertisement WhatsApp Email Printcenter_img Twitter GARDAI are investigating the death of an elderly man in County Limerick. James Mulqueen of Ballymakeery, Kilcolman, Ardagh was found dead at his home last Friday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It was initially believed the man had died of natural causes. However, as a result of a postmortem examination, Gardai are now investigating the death and treating it as suspicious.The man lived alone and the scene has been sealed off for a technical examination.The Limerick Post understands there were no signs of a forced entry to the house.Gardai are appealing to anyone with information to contact them at Askeaton on 061-601630. Previous articleMan recovering from gun attackNext articleGAA needs to experiment admin Linkedinlast_img read more

Limerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

first_imgAdvertisement MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, was on hand last week to help BT Ireland announce a record number of entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place on 11-14 January 2017. In total 2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2% from the 2016 exhibition. Of the 550 projects shortlisted to compete at the exhibition, 54 come from Limerick secondary schools, with a total of 120 students from fourteen local schools heading to the RDS in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 11th-14th January 2017.  There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year. For more information on the exhibition, log ontoor follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE. Email The 2017 entries at a glance:·         2,091 entries received·         4,591 students·         375 schools represented across the island·         Cork has the highest number of entries from any county, followed by Dublin and Limerick in second and third place·         Entrants are 61% female, 39% male·         1622 group entries and 469 individual entries·         Social & Behavioural Sciences was the most popular category (41% of entries), followed by Biological & Ecological Sciences (29%), Technology (16%) and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences (14%). WhatsApp The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition attracted individual and group entries from 4,591 students in total, an increase of over 3% on last year. These hail from 31 counties, and girls once again out-numbered the boys with a gender split of 61% female to 39% male entrants. Students submitted ideas and innovations on subjects ranging from migration to climate change to concussion injuries, with Social & Behavioural Sciences the most popular category (41% of entries). Facebook Linkedin Print NewsEducationLimerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology ExhibitionBy Staff Reporter – November 6, 2016 791 Previous articleElvis and Shakespeare, getting All Shook UpNext articleLimerick Repair Directory launched online Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

IT needs to be sensibly managed to be useful

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article It all began back in the early 1990s when the large consultancies startedoffering industrial giants the promise of huge efficiency savings. Their proposal was ‘business process re-engineering’. Hoards of consultantswere deployed across operating units armed with benchmarked statistics on ‘leadingcompanies’ and those dreaded ratios – 1:100 finance/employee, 1:150HR/employees, etc. To deliver these benchmark savings, corporations had to invest millions, notonly in consultancy and change management fees, but in complex IT – EnterpriseResource Planning (ERP) systems. The prize was set, the business case writtenand the figures delighted the chief finance officer. Back came the consultantsin their droves to help the implementation. But why did ERPs fail? First, not many organisations had the necessary skills to implement suchlarge-scale change programmes, they used costly external resources frommanagement consultancies and IT vendors. Knowledge transfer was non-existentleading to two major problems, a solution based on an IT product and a lack ofskills to fully sustain the change. Second, with the scale of investment in technology, it was normal to see asenior IT manager leading the project. Again this lead to an IT based solution.And finally, there was a lack of buy-in by middle management, fuelled bycultural resistance to common processes and organisational change. So where did that leave the hundreds of organisations that tried to deliverefficiencies through ERP? The business case often anticipated a significant reduction in headcount,but a lack of fundamental process and organisational change across manybusinesses meant they weren’t delivered. Millions were wasted on consultancy fees and complex IT systems, withover-functionality driving projects over budget. And organisations were seducedinto allowing the development of a highly customised IT solution, creating acontinuous over-reliance on expensive IT support, maintenance and upgrades. So why have so many of us followed this trend over the years? Is it peerpressure, have we been led by finance or do we just follow the trends? In the current climate, this level of IT spend without measurable resultscannot be sustained. Also, the internal customer wants far more from HR thanthese ERPs can deliver. Don’t let ERP stand for Eat Revenue & Profit. You have to get theimplementation right if you are going to achieve sustainable results. HR must start with a clear understanding of what services internal customersrequire; it needs to streamline the processes across the organisation to ensurea common approach; it needs to re-organise the HR teams utilising a sharedservices approach; and it needs to implement appropriate technology as anenabler to the service provision. In the right hands this will deliver far morethan just e-HR. By Alan Bailey, Head of HR business process outsourcing XChanging IT needs to be sensibly managed to be usefulOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Professor analyzes Hobby Lobby case

first_imgNotre Dame’s third request for relief from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring the University’s insurance plan to cover contraception was denied Feb. 21, but the Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 25 on other cases against Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of the Department of HHS.The Court will rule on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two consolidated cases brought by companies owned by Christian families.Like Notre Dame’s lawsuit, these two cases center on contraceptive coverage and religious liberty. Currently, the University must provide contraceptive coverage under an “accommodation” that allows it to use its third-party health care administrator Meritain Health.In its most recent request for relief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Notre Dame argued that this agreement with Meritain Health regarding the University providing birth control is against its Catholic beliefs.Notre Dame law professor Richard Garnett, who specializes in freedom of religion and constitutional law, said the University and the companies fall under different rules due to their institutional differences.“Notre Dame is obviously a ‘religious’ institution and a non-profit, while Hobby Lobby is a for-profit business operating in the commercial sector,” he said. “The ‘accommodation’ that Notre Dame is currently subject to is different in form from the rule that applies to Hobby Lobby.”Because Hobby Lobby is not presently eligible for the accommodation Notre Dame has, Garnett said the company is seeking a different exemption under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).“Hobby Lobby is seeking an exemption, under RFRA, from the requirement that they include certain contraceptives — not all, in Hobby Lobby’s case — which Hobby Lobby believes can operate as abortifacients,” he said.Garnett said while the Constitution, as the Court has interpreted it, “almost certainly does not entitle Hobby Lobby to an exception,” RFRA was enacted by Congress precisely for the purpose of providing more generous accommodations to religious objectors than the Constitution requires.Accommodating religion by statute is more flexible, he said, but if the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, Congress has the chance to respond and change the final outcome.“If the Court rules for Hobby Lobby and Congress disagrees with that result, it has the authority to revise RFRA and, say, exclude business corporations from the Act’s coverage,” Garnett said.The parallels between Notre Dame’s case and Hobby Lobby’s center on the institutions’ understanding of their “religious exercise” rights, he said.“In all of these cases, the employers are saying that it would burden their legally protected ‘religious exercise’ rights to apply the relevant preventative-services-coverage provision to them,” he said.A February statement from Paul Browne, University vice president for public affairs and communications, maintained that Notre Dame is “concerned that if government is allowed to entangle a religious institution of higher education like Notre Dame in one area contrary to conscience, it’s given license to do so in others.” Garnett said this concern is “certainly legitimate.”“Of course, to say that the concern is legitimate is not to say that other burdensome regulations that interfere with or burden Notre Dame’s Catholic character are guaranteed, or to predict what form they will take,” he said. “But, the logic of the government’s argument in the HHS mandate context is one that underemphasizes and underappreciates the extent to which the University of Notre Dame does ‘exercise religion,’ and does have a religious-liberty right to pursue a distinctive vision and mission, animated by a distinctive charism.”Browne told The Observer on Tuesday that Notre Dame’s attorneys “are engaged in a review of options available to us” concerning the case. Tags: HHS, Hobby Lobbylast_img read more

Moyes makes first transfer move as United agree Varela deal

first_img Press Association David Moyes has completed his first signing as Manchester United manager after the Barclays Premier League champions confirmed the arrival of defender Guillermo Varela. The 20-year-old Uruguayan is moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Penarol, with United’s official website reporting an undisclosed fee. Moyes, who is new to the job after replacing the retired Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to view Varela in action immediately as he is in Uruguay’s squad for the Under-20 World Championships in Turkey. center_img Varela, who played just one senior game for Penarol, is a full-back and will provide competition for the likes of Rafael and Fabio da Silva, Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this club, one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “As everyone in the world knows, this is a huge club that has won everything and I really hope that continues.” Varela should settle quickly into the United dressing room given the global make-up of the Reds squad. “I’m very lucky there are quite a few Spanish-speakers here,” he said. “It will certainly help me settle in.” Moyes does not officially take up office at Old Trafford until July 1 but has been familiarising himself with the club ever since his departure from Everton was confirmed last month. last_img read more

USC prepares for former coach

first_imgIn the last three years, Utah has four more wins than USC. The Utes have won at least 10 games a season for the past three years, including an undefeated season in 2008. From 2003-2009, they won seven straight bowl games. They have played in a BCS bowl game just as recently as USC has.Familiar face · Senior linebacker Chris Galippo and the rest of the defense will see a more conventional attack from the Utah offense on Saturday, who is directed by former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanNeedless to say, the Trojans are not taking Utah lightly.“You don’t have a staff like they do with so many 10-win seasons and be intimidated” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “There’s gonna be no intimidation factor. And anytime that you play like we did last week and let a team hang around the way we did, that doesn’t intimidate people.”The most noticeable member of that Utah coaching staff is offensive coordinator Norm Chow.Chow served as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator from 2001-2004. He bolted for the NFL in 2005, but he returned to the college ranks in 2008 as the offensive coordinator of UCLA.Chow is known as a coordinator who runs a West Coast offense, a sharp contrast to the spread attack that Minnesota threw at the Trojans last week.“Obviously they are a lot more similar to our offense than Minnesota was, a lot more conventional,” senior linebacker Chris Galippo said. “A lot of play action, throwing the ball downfield. Zone runs — stuff like that. Their quarterback is not a runner but he’s still mobile. They have two good backs, a lot of fast receivers, a good O-line. So we have our work cut out for us.”But Kiffin admitted that it’s easier to game plan for Chow’s pro-style than Minnesota’s spread.“The preparation for our defense is a lot easier,” Kiffin said. “Doesn’t mean we’re gonna be successful, but it’s just easier because we know it better and we’re used to playing against it. But then again they’ve had all offseason to practice different stuff they might not have necessarily shown in their first game.”According to junior quarterback Matt Barkley, however, the Utah defense isn’t quite as conventional as its offense.“They’re a fast team who flies around and they’ll bring a lot of pressure,” Barkley said. “Their head coach [Kyle Whittingham] is a defensive coach who likes to get after it. So we’re gonna have to be on top of our game with our protection and our routes and getting the ball out quickly.”Removed from all the strategy and game planning is the significance of the game itself. It’s the first in Pac-12 history, yes, but Kiffin also saw a different motivator.“From the way people talk about the game it’s a really big game for them,” Kiffin said. “All the smaller schools are rooting for them, now they get a chance to come into a major conference and show themselves every week. I’m sure its major motivation for them.”Utah is a newcomer to the Pac-12, and to a BCS automatically qualifying conference, having previously played in the Mountain West.“Yeah it’s the first Pac-12 game,” Barkley said. “It doesn’t really mean anything to us though, we’re just preparing like it’s any other game.”—It was Barkley’s 21st birthday Thursday, and the team sang “Happy Birthday” to him at the end of practice. The quarterback said he had no big party plans.“Dinner with the family,” Barkley said. “We’ve always had a tradition of birthday dinners. Whether it’s a big 21st birthday or a lame old 19th birthday, we do all of them. So they’ll come up and I’ll have a meal with them. But no big plans … probably just watch game film.”last_img read more