Unemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008

first_imgLimerick 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. Facebookcenter_img 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 figureslast_img read more

Ken Burns offers preview of ‘Central Park Five’ at HLS

first_imgThis week, PBS will air “The Central Park Five,” a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, which tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Convicted as teenagers, the five defendants spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist admitted to the crime and their convictions were overturned.At HLS on March 12, Burns and his co-producers, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, joined Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and two Central Park Five members for a film screening and panel discussion. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Prison Studies Project and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.After the screening, Ogletree moderated a discussion with the filmmakers and Central Park Five members Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson. “I think we set out to try to answer two questions: how could something like this happen, and who were these five?” said Burns.Read more about the screening and watch a video of the panel on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

New South Wales government plans for end of coal generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The New South Wales Coalition government on Wednesday launched one of the most significant energy transition projects in Australia, with an Emerging Energy Program that is designed to help replace most of the state’s ageing coal plants with wind, solar and storage over the next 15 years.NSW is the only state in the National Electricity Market without a specific or aspirational renewable energy target. But in its recent Integrated System Plan, the Australian Energy Market Operator highlighted the fact that the state was facing the biggest transition, because most of its 10GW of coal-fired generators were getting to the end of their life. Within 15 years, AEMO predicts, 70 per cent of that coal capacity will be gone – and it expects this to be replaced by large-scale solar, large-scale wind, storage, and rooftop solar, with the share of gas and hydro little changed from today’s level.The NSW Emerging Energy Plan is designed to support the commercialisation of new large-scale projects in NSW that use emerging, dispatchable technology. It is offering up to $10 million per project, for a total of $55 million. But it is not the scale of the initiative that is significant, it is the acceptance that the energy transition is profound, rapid and unstoppable.“We are not seeking to accelerate the closure of coal-fired generators or delay their closure,” energy minister Don Harwin told RenewEconomy. “The transition is happening, this helps prepare us.”An emissions intensity cap of 0.5 tonnes of Co2-e has been placed on any projects. This effectively rules out coal – as the idea of “clean coal” is nothing but a marketing term. It may allow for some form of gas generation, but such projects may struggle to compete with the falling cost of wind and solar and storage. It specifically rules out upgrades and extensions of existing plant.“The NSW energy system is in transition,” the document says. “Our generation mix is changing, with more variable generation entering the system and older power stations scheduled for retirement.” It notes that more than 17GW, or $21 billion, of projects for wind, solar, gas and generator upgrades are seeking planning approval in the state. Harwin said most of this was wind and solar, and the cost reduction of these technologies was “staggering.”More: NSW launches emerging energy program to replace coal generation New South Wales government plans for end of coal generationlast_img read more