Previous articleLimerick people urged to help make cruelty to animals historyNext articleLimerick business women in hunt for coveted awards Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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 Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin BusinessNewsCountdown on to one of Limerick’s most high-powered business conferencesBy Staff Reporter – September 23, 2015 631 Facebook
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Photo: Dave Vann Outside Lands 2017 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Outside Lands celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend, reaching a milestone that has become increasingly difficult to achieve as the festival landscape has gotten more and more crowded. San Francisco’s late-summer staple treated more than 200,000 people to three days of exceptional music, art, and food with a lineup more akin to its early offerings, leaning on rock, alternative, and hip-hop. It’s almost impossible to catch a bad set in the fog-filled confines of Golden Gate Park, but these were some of our favorite performances from the weekend.GorillazGorillaz probably had the widest appeal of this year’s headliners and put on a monster of a performance on the Lands End stage to cap the first night. The song selection left little to be desired, spanning the entire catalog with dance numbers like “Dirty Harry,” oldies like “M1 A1,” and standouts from their latest release Humanz in the form of “Strobelite.” The English collective commanded the attention of the packed crowd, flashing their instrumentation on each track while captivating eyes with the iconic character visuals fans have grown familiar with over the years.Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes made a long-awaited return this year and were slotted as the warm-up to Friday night’s grueling decision between the Gorillaz and Alt-J. They graced the festival airwaves as the sunset briefly broke through over the steep hills behind the Sutro stage, delivering a truly mesmerizing performance. Of course, many of their older anthems made an appearance, but it was clear the band wanted the standouts pieces from their new album Crack-Up to develop a live persona, and the sprawling crowd welcomed that mission with open arms.Real EstateThe intimacy and potential for genuine engagement makes the Sutro stage one of the favorites for Outside Lands artists and fans alike. Real Estate, like many of the artists that got to play there, found themselves humbled by its energy and embraced the opportunity to cut loose. At times, they unleashed their psychedelic side and jammed deeper into songs that usually have a sleepier personality in the studio. It was a well-placed set in the heart of Saturday afternoon and cooked up nothing but joy and elation for the fans who came for the magnetic melodies of their easy-going alternative.ThundercatAs one of the most impressive bassists in the music world, Thundercat doesn’t try to appeal to a mass audience or soften his style for a festival crowd. He put on one of the funkiest sets of the weekend and let his unique song structure and unrelenting melodies take root at Twin Peaks on Saturday. “Them Changes” was easily the biggest throwdown of the set, but listeners with sharp enough ears had plenty to lend to all of his grooves. Thundercat made it clear that it truly is cool to be a cat.Marco Benevento Anyone that made it early enough on Sunday was treated to one of many gems waiting to be uncovered on the Panhandle stage with Marco Benevento burning the fog away with a heater of a set. He opened with “The Story of Fred Short,” a seven-track psych rock dance party that pulled in festivalgoers commuting between the larger stages. Benevento promised to bring out the sun and did just that, showing mastery of both the keys and the weather as he and his trio sent waves of unrelenting joy through everyone that stopped in for a listen.KhruangbinAnother Panhandle gem Sunday came in the form of Khruangbin and their minimalist jazz and funk. Their music doesn’t seek approval but it was received tenfold as they flashed their tightness and instrumentation, playing most of the music on The Universe Smiles Upon You. The grooves were as subtle and seductive as bassist Laura Lee unhinged any stuck feet in the grass. The trio even teased A Tribe Called Quest, giving subtle nod to the hip-hop legends who were forced to cancel their Outside Lands performance.The WhoThe Sunday headliner slot at Outside Lands is always filled with musical icons, and this year the festival paid homage to one of the bands that was part of another San Francisco anniversary – the 50-year celebration of The Summer of Love – by bringing The Who back to the Bay Area. Granted, most of the crowd was full of millennials that likely only became wise to The Who if their parents put them on, but there was no way a collection of timeless ballads like theirs could fall flat. They worked through hits like “I Can’t Explain,” “The Seeker,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Bargain” as thick fog draped every inch of Golden Gate Park. Familiar lyrics were met with echoes from the crowd and it was clear that fans that came to see The Who got exactly what they wanted. It was a raucous end to a weekend that will undoubtedly linger with all who attended.You can also check out photos from Outside Lands this weekend below, courtesy of photographer Dave Vann. Photo: Dave Vann
LOCAL Motor Racing is on the rise with more and more competitors coming into the sport. This is the view of current president of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Mahendra Boodhoo as he spoke to media operatives last evening.According to the president, “I think the sport is on the rise and we are focusing a lot on the cohesion between the fans and the sport. It’s where we can have the fans more involved and have a great facility and we will be concentrating a lot on safety.He contended that 2016 thus far has been good for the sport, with the body trying out its first day/night contest earlier this year, adding that while there were some shortcomings, they plan to continue to experiment with getting more competitors and fans alike.“We are working on various rules to make it cheaper for racing, so the average guy can come in to race; the perception is that it is an elite sport but we are of the opinion it is not an elite sport since we can get so much people involved in it,” Boodhoo stated.More so, the club president added, “We are working always to make it friendlier, as a sporting organisation, to bring more people, to have everybody involved.”Meanwhile the club has set its focus on the two major events for the remainder of the year – the first being an International Drag Meet on October 2 with cars expected from Suriname while the second is the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC).Guyana are the defending champions but currently languish in third (276) behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago (799 points) while Jamaica have 465 in second place.Down in fourth are Barbados (202 points) and Cayman Islands on 60 points. Round three is set for the Bushy Park Raceway in Barbados on September 2-5.