Countdown on to one of Limerick’s most high-powered business conferences

first_img Previous articleLimerick people urged to help make cruelty to animals historyNext articleLimerick business women in hunt for coveted awards Staff Reporter LEADING business journalist, broadcaster and author Richard Curran is set to add further weight to one of Limerick’s most significant business conferences to date as he chairs next week’s International Cluster Conference at the Strand Hotel.The annual conference – titled ‘Clusters as Drivers of Competitiveness’ – will be held outside Switzerland for the first time when it takes place at the Strand Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday next (September 30 and October 1).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It will give key stakeholders, from public and semi-state sector representatives to academics, an understanding of the benefits that formal business clusters are delivering globally and what’s required to establish them here in Ireland.Among the key speakers at the event will be one of the world’s leading authorities on clusters, Dr Christian Ketels, of Harvard Business School as well as a host of other leading European and Irish experts on clusters and competitiveness.Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Pat Daly, Head of Economic Development and Planning at Limerick City and County Council said that the gathering will be a think tank around how Ireland can develop clusters and, in doing so, help drive competitiveness and innovation for companies involved in the clusters.“Formal clusters exist across the world but are particularly strong in the likes of Germany, Switzerland and the US and the hosting of this international conference here next week is very much going to put developing clusters here on the agenda. There’s a lot we need to do but what we do already know is that regions with clusters outperform those that don’t.“Having Richard Curran on board to Chair the event is a great fit also. His RTE documentary, the Battle for Rural Ireland, kick started a debate on balanced regional development and international experience is that clusters can help address regional imbalances by driving growth, competitiveness and innovation.” Email Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin BusinessNewsCountdown on to one of Limerick’s most high-powered business conferencesBy Staff Reporter – September 23, 2015 631 Facebooklast_img read more

A College Football Poem to get the Year Started

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ed. note: this is from Jeffrey Hendrickson who wrote the whole thing out on Twitter. I thought it was great and wanted to republish in full. Here’s an ode to the 2015 season. T’was the night before footballAnd all through the stateHardly a fan could sleepSeven months was a long waitCowboys young and oldTried to sleep in their bedsAs visions of SandersRan through their headsGlenn Spence read his BibleAs Gundy hit the hair gelMike Yurcich watched game filmOn last season, they did not dwellWhen out in the darknessSuch a sound came transpiringIt woke up Dave HunzikerWho exclaimed: “PISTOLS FIRING!”Gundy fled the hotelWith a temper so gnarl someOne would think he had readA column by CarlsonThe coaches followed GundyTo the practice field of oldBut what awaited their arrivalWas a sight to beholdOn the field stood RudolphWith all polish and poiseGundy’s anger quickly meltedAs he saw his CowboysWith fire in his eyesQB 1 ran the gameHe directed his offenseAnd called them by name“Now Carson! Now Childs!Now Shepherd and Curry!On Glidden! On Seaton!On Jarwin and Murray!”“From the front of the ‘zoneto the last forty-nine!Now rush the goal! Rush the goal!Rush the goal line!”As the quarter-horse runsAnd the tornado wins fly,The Pokes moved with hasteUnder the Michigan skyIn the backfield they blitzedAnd the secondary they racedExhibiting no fearOf Chippewas soon facedThe lively battle carried onAs the hour grew longerYet as the moments passedThe Cowboys grew strongerBut all good thingsMust come to an endPracticing into the nightThe coaches ceased to defend“Time for bed” they yelledAnd the players compliedThe commands of Mike GundyCould not be defiedAs the team left the fieldCoaches marveled the sightsBut one player stood backThrowing under the lightsThe coaches called and calledBut he could not be swayedBecause, for Mase RudolphThere was still a game to be playedSo Gundy sent back the staffAnd bid them sleep tightThen encouraged young RudolphFor victory, to fight!And as the pair joinedThe rest for a dreamGundy asked RudolphHow he’ll inspire the team“They all want to knowHow you’ll handle the day”Gundy offered a question:“What words will you say?”Rudolph spoke softly,But could not hide his glee:“You tell ’em I’m comingAnd hell’s coming with me.”last_img read more

Oilpatch wants growth policies from Alberta politicians carbon price absent

first_imgCALGARY — The energy industry has revealed what it wants to see from Alberta politicians as they gear up for a spring election.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says politicians should enact policies that will double the industry’s growth rate by 2020.It wants tax cuts, shorter regulatory times and government support for six new energy pipelines.There is no mention of a price on carbon or a cap on oilsands emissions, both of which were brought in by Alberta’s current NDP government.Association president Tim McMillan says the International Energy Agency predicts oil and gas demand is on track to grow and he believes Canada’s well-regulated oilpatch should be filling those markets.The agency also forecasts a three-degree rise in global temperatures by 2040 — well past the threshold at which scientists say dangerous climate change impacts will occur.The Canadian Presslast_img read more