Limerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy Email Print Twitter More than €1 Million allocated to Limerick homeowners this year through energy efficiency grants WhatsApp First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 BusinessNewsPoliticsUnemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008By Editor – May 8, 2017 1443 Senator Maria ByrneThe Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since this time last year. Overall there has been a decrease of 47.2% since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.Commenting on these figures, Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne said: “The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 %, down from a peak of 15.2% in 2012, as highlighted by my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor earlier this week. The Live Register has declined by 40% nationally since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thankfully this is not just a national success story; Limerick is also benefitting from the trend of falling unemployment.“CSO figures show that the Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since April last year. Overall the Live Register has decreased by 47.2% here in Limerick since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.“The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008.“We must ensure that this trend continues for the well-being of all our people.“In February we launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 to help creates jobs for all who seek one.For rural Ireland only 70% of the new jobs added in 2016 were outside Dublin and the Action Plan for 2017 will continue with this focus.“Each new job created in Limerick is another family looking forward to a brighter future. Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Limerick and around the country,” Senator Byrne concluded. Facebook TAGSLive RegisterSenator Maria Byrne Previous articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projectsNext articleRemarkable day in the life of Maz and Bricks Editor Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Register in County Limerick down 64 per cent since 2011 Linkedin Process to install second MRI scanner at UHL is underway 16% drop in Limerick live register figures
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Previous: The Most Affordable College Town Is … Next: Michael R. Bright Nominated to Head Ginnie Mae Share Save aging in place Consumer Sentiment Home Prices NAHB National Association of Home Builders remodeling Remodeling Market Index 2018-05-15 David Wharton Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 15, 2018 2,240 Views Tagged with: aging in place Consumer Sentiment Home Prices NAHB National Association of Home Builders remodeling Remodeling Market Index Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Discovering why homeowners choose to remodel can reveal unexpected insights into attitudes and expectations about the current housing market. According to the latest Remodeling Market Index (RMI), released quarterly by the National Association of Home Builders, the number of homeowners who cite “desire to be able to age in place” as a reason for wanting to remodel their homes was trending upward in Q1 2018.With many homeowners facing surging home prices, increasing interest rates, and limited inventory, staying put in an existing home is likely gaining appeal for more people than it otherwise would. The Remodeling Market Index survey results suggest more homeowners are thinking about staying in their current homes rather than shopping around, so it makes sense that they would want to repair and revitalize that home for the long haul.“Aging in place” wasn’t the most popular reason given for wanting to remodel, however. That honor, according to the RMI, was the “desire for newer/better amenities.” The survey asked remodelers “to rate how often their customers cite particular reasons for remodeling on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 indicates never or almost never, and 5 is very often.” The “desire for newer/better amenities” received a 4.3 rating on the Q1 RMI.The next most-common remodeling reason cited was “need to repair/replace old components” at 4.1, followed by “desire/need for more space” at 3.8 and then “want to avoid moving/buying another home” at 3.5. The desire to age in place came in fifth with a rating of 3.4.However, while it might only be midway up the list, the desire to age in place is experiencing a surge in recent years. In 2012, only 32 percent of remodelers rated that reason as a 4 or 5. That percentage increased steadily over the years until it hit 42 percent in 2017—and then jumped up to 52 percent in 2018.“Repairing a damaged property” tied “want to increase value of home as an investment,” both with a rating of 2.8. Below that was “energy efficiency/environmental concerns” with a ranking of 2.4, “change the number of people living in the house” with a 2.3, and “to accommodate multi-generational living” with a 2.2. (That latter factor is a growing trend. According to the Pew Research Center, a record 64 million people lived in multigenerational homes in the United States.)The last two responses on the RMI top 12 were both more geared toward getting homes back on the market. “Getting an ordinary non-distressed property ready for resale” came in 11th with a 1.8 rating, followed by “getting a property ready for REO/short/other distressed sale” with a 1.4. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
For several days, Hiroko Kumaki didn’t know if her family was safe. The Harvard senior had seen the horrific images of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last Friday (March 11), centered on her hometown, Sendai.With phone lines down, she reached out to whomever she could. Eventually, she received word through a childhood friend who was able to reach her family by text message. Most of her relatives were safe, though uncertainty remained about some family members and friends, particularly those living near the crippled nuclear power plant.In response to the calamity there, Kumaki and members of the Harvard for Japan movement, together with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, are hosting “Harvard for Japan Week” through a slate of activities starting with a candlelight vigil on Monday (March 21) and ending with a benefit concert by the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association on Saturday (March 26).The events in between include a panel discussion, a film night, and a benefit concert by the Bach Society Orchestra Friday in Sanders Theatre, featuring world-renowned violin soloist and Harvard senior Ryu Goto.As initial images of destruction flowed out of Japan last week, it took only hours for members of the Harvard community to spring into action. The University’s response has expanded rapidly in the days since, as community members work to raise money and awareness, aid the flow of helpful information, and begin to discuss helpful paths forward.Harvard President Drew Faust expressed support for those caught in the destruction. “All of us have watched with profound concern and sadness as Japan has confronted the devastating events of recent days,” said Faust. “I know I speak for the whole of the Harvard community in expressing deep sympathy to those who have suffered the loss of family and friends, who have seen their homes destroyed, and who continue to face uncertainty and danger.”Just hours after hearing of the quake, the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis put up a web portal whose aim is to assist the flow of vital geographic information for anyone interested, from rescuers on the ground to supporters from afar to those who, over time, seek lessons from the tragedy.The data portal is sponsored by the Reischauer Institute, which has reconfigured its own web page to help people find information on the disaster. It features live web feeds from Japanese television stations, a link for donating to relief efforts, and a schedule of events for Harvard for Japan Week.Jorge Domínguez, vice provost for international affairs, said the University activated its international emergency response team early Friday to begin accounting for Harvard-affiliated personnel in Japan, including those at Harvard Business School’s Tokyo office, eventually ascertaining that all affiliates known to be traveling there were safe.Reischauer Institute Director Andrew Gordon, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, said it was clear early on that it would be counterproductive for people to head to Japan to help. So once it was ascertained that Harvard affiliates were safe, the conversation quickly turned to practical ways to help.In the short term, activities such as those led by the Harvard for Japan movement will show solidarity with the quake’s survivors. The medium term is less clear, Gordon said, since fellowships and summer programs involving travel to Japan may not be practical because of safety issues or because economic turmoil may limit the ability of Japanese companies to host students. On the other hand, he said, there may be opportunities for Harvard community members to volunteer with nonprofits to provide needed services. That determination, however, will have to wait.In the long term, the discussion turned to scholarship, he said. Japan’s prime minister called this disaster the worst to hit the nation since World War II, an assessment with which Gordon and other scholars of Japan agree. That being the case, and with the Internet age meaning that much of the record of the disaster is only stored electronically, the discussion has turned to how material in such a transitory medium should be preserved, perhaps by archiving periodic snapshots of the web pages of representative organizations.Closer in, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) convened medical and humanitarian relief experts on Wednesday at the Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, which was webcast live. The discussion was led by Jennifer Leaning, François Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and director of the Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and featured Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen, an associate professor of medicine and of public health; Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies; Takemi Professor of International Health Policy Michael Reich; and Takashi Nagata, a physician and former HSPH fellow who joined the discussion via web linkup from Tokyo.Nagata, who had spent days in the disaster zone and was planning to head back there, said the destruction was so complete and so difficult to bear that he broke down and cried several times. The panelists acknowledged that travel to Japan, except for people with specifically required skills, was unwise. They also said the Japanese government needed to do a better job of sharing information so that people in the affected areas maintained their trust in the government and continued to heed its directions.Ariana Baurley, the publicity chair of the Bach Society Orchestra, said that although a concert was long planned for next Friday (March 25), after the earthquake, orchestra members decided to make it a benefit for the Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund, as part of the Harvard for Japan events.“We were all really touched by the tragedy,” Baurley said.For a list of upcoming events and where to donate.