Limerick communities show Pride of Place

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Previous articleLimerick mourns an innovative business leaderNext articleLimerick is a hotspot for online prostitution John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLimerick communities show Pride of PlaceBy John Keogh – November 12, 2015 920 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img WhatsApp Facebook Marie Chavan (left) and John McCarthy (right) with Pride of Place judges Donal Connolly and Rita McNulty at KilteelyLIMERICK City, Bruff, Castleconnell and Kilteely will be hoping to secure Pride of Place success for Limerick at the annual awards ceremony taking place this weekend.Up to 1,000 people from all over Ireland will gather at the West County Hotel in Ennis this Saturday, November 14 for a ceremony hosted by Clare County Council and Co-operation Ireland, which runs the competition north and south of the border.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More than 100 groups nominated by local authorities all over the island of Ireland are participating in this year’s competition, which is regarded as Ireland’s most prestigious all-island community awards.Limerick City and County Council has this year nominated four communities to represent Limerick in IPB Pride of Place 2015.Kilteely is in the category for population centres of up to 300 people; Bruff-based BGM Community Council is included in the category for population centres over 2,000; the Tait House Community Enterprise has been nominated for the Age Friendly Initiative while Scanlon Park in Castleconnell is in line for the Housing Estates category.Limerick Pride of Place coordinator Bríd Burke said the event will bring together community representatives and local authorities from throughout the island of Ireland in a celebration of community spirit.“Limerick people living abroad will be able to monitor the progress of their local participating community groups online as the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on www.prideofplace.ie.”The four Limerick communities will be aiming to emulate the county’s most recent successes in the competition. Castleview Estate in Newcastle West claimed the top prize in its category in 2013 and the Limerick City based (CWELL) Community Wellness Empowerment Leadership and Life Skills group won a special award in 2014.BGM Community Council Ltd, established in 2006, is a democratically elected Community Council in Bruff, Grange and Meanus. It was instrumental in encouraging the CareBright Organisation to develop a pilot healthcare facility on the site of the former Microtherm factory site, and also played a key role in the development of the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre and the redevelopment of the former Ard Scoil Mhuire secondary school site.Scanlon Park in Castleconnell was built approximately 30 years ago with a second phase being added approximately 15 years later. There are almost 90 houses with a wide range of residents – young families and children, older residents and single people. There has been an active Residents Association for the last ten years, which has worked hard to develop the estate, particularly the landscaping.Tait House Community Enterprise (THCE), located at Collins Avenue on the Roxboro Road, has been nominated to participate in Pride of Place for its Outreach to the Elderly – Befriending Service, which is aimed at generating inclusion and equality for the older adults in Southill and beyond. The community organisation features collaborative relationships with other service providers thereby creating a centralised service hub in line with Limerick’s Age Friendly Programme.Kilteely has been officially recognised in Tidy Towns, Going for Gold and Limerick In Bloom competitions down through the years for its role in the development and improvement of the locality. Working with the people of the Parish of Kilteely Dromkeen, Limerick City and County Council and Ballyhoura Development, the local volunteers have developed a number of projects aimed at enhancing the local community.A live stream of the event is being hosted on www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie from 7.30pm on Saturday. Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSBuffcastleconnellfeaturedKilteelylimerickLimerick CityPride of Place Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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How to use the power of insight to cultivate your talent development strategy

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Keather Snyder The Omnia Group, a leader in helping organizations improve and optimize their talent selection, development and company culture through the power of behavioral insight. For more information, contact Keather Snyder, … Web: https://www.omniagroup.com Details Whether you are cultivating your employer brand through social media, posting for a job because someone quit, or examining your staffing needs for growth, workforce issues require constant care. Being a hiring manager puts you in the unenviable role of staffing gardener —planting seeds here, watering there, maybe even some necessary pruning. With eyes focused on the goal of long-term success for your credit union, you are continuously strategizing and making decisions to attract, develop and retain top talent. As long as your business is evolving, the process of protecting and growing your garden never ends. You may have determined which departments can take on fresh, inexperienced seedlings and which cannot. Making room for enthusiastic new hires often compels managers to implement changes; it also propels many to take an active role in growing the credit union by promoting their existing superstars. But should they? How readily can your staff accommodate new situations, new colleagues and new business practices? PromotionWhen considering employees for promotions, we look first at how effective they are in their current roles. It’s an important place to start—along with making sure they are productive, engaged and committed to a career with your organization—but we don’t always look at whether they truly want to take on leadership responsibilities. Some people are excellent at what they do, but they value predictability and don’t necessarily want to move up the corporate ladder. If you are an ambitious go-getter, it can be hard to believe that others don’t share your goals. Some people are content to perform the same job year after year or to advance in a less traditional way. Not all growth means movement into management. Most employees do want to grow professionally. Some might set modest goals for themselves but want to continue developing as an individual contributor. They’re loyal, diligent workers. They are also very accommodating and may heartily agree to take on a promotion because it is what you want them to do. They are team players, and they don’t want to let you down. Ultimately, they may end up unduly stressed, unmotivated and unhappy, which can be disastrous in their new role. You may come to the disturbing realization that the people who performed so well as individual contributors are ineffective as managers. If this happens, it can be difficult for them to go back to their old job for fear of looking like a failure, causing you to lose a great employee. Know your staff’s abilities and their career goals. Don’t make the mistake of imposing leadership career objectives on someone who does not have them. It is often best to fill positions of authority with people who are enterprising, ambitious, assertive, and self-confident. Before offering a promotion to an employee, ask yourself these questions: 1) Does your candidate really want to move up?; 2) What kind of work approach, personality and pace does the job require?; and 3) Does the person you have in mind exhibit those traits?Promoting a great person into the wrong job will create stress, confrontations, confusion, worry and resentment. If you want peace of mind, make sure you research your needs and analyze your employees to help ensure a good mutual fit.SuccessionEven when we feel solid in our staffing bench strength, unexpected situations can arise and grow beyond our control. A health issue or family crisis can erupt. A new enterprise or a sudden desire to cast aside the pressures of business and pursue long-held personal dreams has compelled countless leaders to do what they never thought they would do: step down from their job. Some ensured a smooth and cost-effective transition of power by implementing their succession plans. Too many others caused pandemonium and lost money because there wasn’t a plan in place. It’s possible that someday one of your own staff members may need to take over your job. Do you currently have people in place who are (or could be) qualified and ready to do so?Your short-term goal should be to cultivate a crop of leaders. Look for employees who show potential to make independent decisions, act on their own behalf and take action in the face of adversity. However, that can be more difficult than it seems. For example, a person who is openly enthusiastic, talkative and comfortable in the spotlight might seem like a good choice to take charge of others, but be careful. The high level of self-confidence and leadership ability you think you see may only be social assertiveness, a comfort around people and an ability to engage an audience. Make sure there are also signs of determination, ambition, and resolve. People whose greatest strength is their social savvy often talk a bigger game than they can play. The effects of poor preparation can be widespread and may vary from a withered customer/member base, unimpressive yields in sales and reduced morale. Careful cultivation of your staff allows your credit union to flourish. The key lies in knowing your needs, not guessing, and being certain about the work habits, objectives and personalities of the people who surround you. This helps you weed out problems and make room for growth. The future of any organization depends on the green-thumb strategies you have in place today. last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 15

first_imgLanotte will make district best it can beI support Patricia Lanotte for election to the Niskayuna school board and ask the district’s voters to join me in voting for Pat on May 21.As a financial analyst, Pat understands budgets inside and out. She knows that a school board must track expenditures throughout the school year to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent appropriately for the education of our students.Pat understands the need for long-range planning. The educational and mental-health issues every school district faces are ongoing and require a multi-year vision with community input. How else can any community overcome the overwhelming obstacles that schools and families grapple with daily?Pat knows the issues and articulates pertinent questions and appropriate, sensible solutions. With her experience in business, in the military and as a former Niskayuna school board member, Pat has already made positive contributions to our district. She keeps the focus on serving all students.She’s committed to providing sufficient teaching and support staffing in our schools so that no child is overlooked or under-served. As Pat says, “It is my belief that as a community, we are no stronger than our most vulnerable child.” The Constitution is not racist documentChristopher Ognibene’s May 5 letter notes that Frederick Douglass once described the Constitution as “wicked” for its supposed racism. But he ignores the fact that Douglass later took quite a different view.In a July 5, 1852, oration, Douglass said that, in the Constitution, “there is neither warrant, license, nor sanction of the hateful thing [slavery]; but, interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the Constitution is a glorious liberty document…” He continued, “Take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.”That it took our country so long to get from 1789 to emancipation is a grievous wrong, but it does not indict the Constitution itself.The letter also perpetuates a common misunderstanding about the Constitution’s three-fifths clause.The purpose of this clause, while on its face hateful, was to prevent slave-holding states from claiming slaves as full persons, which would only have increased those states’ population numbers and thus their number of seats in the House of Representatives. The three-fifths compromise was devised to reduce the representation, and thus the power, of the pro-slavery faction.Jessica Hornik EvansAlplausMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census That name is fascism.Anthony J. SantoRotterdam With your support, Patricia Lanotte will work tirelessly on behalf of the community to help make our schools the best they can be.Please vote on Tuesday, May 21, at Niskayuna High School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.Stephanie SchechterNiskayuna Greatness achieved by correcting courseThere are many slogans being bandied around in America today. Among the emptiest is “Make America Great Again.”Were we great when women were denied suffrage? When Jim Crow laws and less blatant forms of discrimination were common across the country? When American citizens of Japanese descent were interred in concentration camps during World War II?Did it make us great when our use of Agent Orange poisoned many Vietnamese and American soldiers and the environment of southeast Asia? The same can be asked about land mines, which are still causing death and injury in that area. Are we proud that we have used torture in defiance of the Geneva Accords?Do we look with pride at our destruction of Iraq and our justifying it with claims of non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction while looking the other way at the atrocities perpetrated by our friends, the Saudis? Tully has experience to address needsHaving worked with Kim Tully on Rosendale Elementary’s PTO board and parented with her on the sidelines of t-ball games and at publishing parties in classrooms, I have come to know her as the exact person the Niskayuna school district needs on its Board of Education.Kim has worked collaboratively with members of the PTO, community organizations and athletic groups, with the sole goal of bettering the lives of Niskayuna’s children. She unwaveringly supports opportunities that enhance students’ experiences in our schools, and she’s an advocate for strong academics, reliable mental health services and enrichment for all who attend school here.Kim’s already substantial work in our community will allow her to serve with a clear understanding of where our district thrives and where it can improve, and Kim is someone willing to take on what faces Niskayuna school district in its future.I think the absolute best leaders for our schools are educators themselves. As a certified teacher and director of educational advisement at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Kim will be able to address the district’s needs, challenges and goals in a way that sees all sides of an issue — certainly a unique perspective in this year’s election.It is for these and so many more reasons that I will be voting for Kim Tully to represent all of us on Niskayuna’s Board of Education.Jessica LaFexNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIsrael should honor Holocaust victimsAs I write this, it is Yom HaShoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. People of all countries around the world, especially Israel, have been advocating messages of tolerance, humanity and the overall theme of “never again.” Nothing that I disagree with.But as they advocate these messages, Israel directly contradicts itself with its treatment of Palestinians. Putting aside for now the details of Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestine, in the present conflict, thousands of Palestinians (not Hamas fighters, but citizens, including children) have been killed by the Israeli government in bombings on the Gaza Strip in schools, hospitals, houses, etc. or being shot by soldiers of the IDF.So many of those not killed have been maimed, especially by IDF snipers, which according to the diagnosis of doctors in Gaza was done intentionally.And as we speak, Palestinian children as young as 12 are being held in Israeli military detention centers for small crimes like throwing stones. And some Israeli politicians have called for a genocide of the Palestinians.I wish Israel would practice what it preaches to the world on Yom HaShoah. Its treatment of Palestinian civilians is a heinous insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust 70 years ago. And the idea that criticizing Israel for these war crimes is anti-Semitic is not only absurd, but also cheapens the charge of antisemitism. As a letter written by Holocaust survivors in response to the 2014 Gaza bombings said: “Never again must mean never again for anyone.”Matt OillGlenville Does it make us great to have a president who alienates long-standing allies, praises dictators and actually said he “fell in love” with one of the most cruel and absolute dictators in history?I hope the questions are rhetorical. True greatness lies in recognizing past errors and correcting course.To pursue greatness means seeking solutions to the problems that face not only our citizens, but the world’s citizens.National wealth should be used to provide a decent education, health care and child care for all Americans.Our relations with other nations must be governed by cooperation with those who share our values and goals. Greatness is a set of goals worth striving toward and includes grappling with climate change, eliminating nuclear weapons, insuring human rights and dignity for all, and preserving as much of our natural environment as possible.It will never be achieved by pandering to wealthy elites or shouts about “walls” to keep the “others” out.These tactics have a history as ugly as their name.last_img read more

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Man Utd boss dismisses Lampard link

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shrugged off speculation that he could make an offer for Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.Reports suggested Ferguson was planning a surprise bid for the 33-year-old, who is said to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge now he is no longer a first-team regular.But Ferguson said: “There’s no foundation in that. Do you really think Chelsea would sell to United in January?AdChoices广告“Chelsea want to do something in the second half of the season, so they want to keep their best players.”Lampard has always insisted that he would see out the remainder of his Chelsea contract, which has another 18 months left to run.He was restored to the starting line-up by boss Andre Villas-Boas on Monday at Wolves, where he scored a late winner. It was Lampard’s 10th goal of the season and his 179th for Chelsea since joining them in 2001.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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