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
In East Java – another province hit hard by the virus, with at least 785 confirmed cases – the provincial administration has set up eight checkpoints to monitor people who leave or enter the province.Seven checkpoints have been established along its western border with Central Java, located in Tuban, Bojonegoro, Ngawi, Magetan, Ponorogo, Pacitan and in a toll road in Mantingan district, Ngawi. On its eastern border, a checkpoint has been set set up at Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi regency, the main access point to East Java from the neighboring island of Bali. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, however, said the checkpoints were not aimed at preventing people from participating in mudik, but to check people’s travel documents, body temperature, and to make sure they obeyed the physical distancing policy during their journey. In Surabaya, East Java, a husband and wife were stranded at Juanda International Airport on Friday following the suspension of domestic and overseas flights – commercial and chartered – from and to airports managed by Angkasa Pura I.”I already bought the tickets, but I just recently found out about the ban. My wife and I don’t know what to do as we couldn’t fly home,” Andro Liem, a resident of Batam, Riau province, said on Friday as quoted by Tribunnews. The couple, who came to East Java for business matters, were offered a refund or reschedule by the airlines. However, with no relatives in East Java, both are anxious about the financial cost of staying longer in the province.”I have a 10-month-old child at home in Batam. I will be very worried if I can’t go home. The regulation to curb COVID-19 shouldn’t be like this,” Andro Liem’s wife, who refused to be identified, said.In East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan, some travelers were surprised to find that all commercial voyages to and from Sampit Port had been stopped.”I thought the mudik ban would be implemented later,” said Yogi, a resident of Temanggung, Central Java, as quoted by Antara news agency.Yogi said he arrived in East Kotawaringin two months ago for business matters and had planned to come back to his hometown for Idul Fitri. The father of two now has to spend Ramadan and Idul Fitri away from his family as Sampit Airport has been closed as well.In Bali, however, some West Nusa Tenggara residents were allowed to leave the province via Padangbai Port and return to their hometowns, under certain conditions.”West Nusa Tenggara residents with ID who have been terminated from their jobs and have nowhere else to go are still permitted to come back to West Nusa Tenggara,” Padangbai Port Authority head Ni Luh Putu Eka Suyasmin said on Saturday as quoted by Antara News Agency.Annually, some 20 million people from Greater Jakarta travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier announced his decision to ban mudik after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey showing that 24 percent of respondents had plans to travel home.The same survey indicated that around 7 percent of respondents had already left on mudik trips.Asip Hasani contributed to the article from Blitar, East Java.Topics : Thousands of travelers across the country have been stopped, turned back, or otherwise stranded as the government’s mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban comes into effect. The Transportation Ministry restricted all passenger travel starting on Friday as the government attempts to prevent citizens from participating in mudik to curb the spread of COVID-19.Within the first five hours after the Transportation Ministry’s travel restrictions were officially enacted, the Jakarta Police had stopped over 1,000 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta. “From 12 a.m to 5 a.m, a total of 1,181 motorists were asked to turn around,” Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said in a written statement on Friday.Some 498 motorists were stopped at the Bitung tollgate heading toward Merak, Banten, while 683 motorists were stopped at the Cikarang tollgate heading toward West Java.Sambodo said vehicle checkpoints had been set up in 18 posts around Jakarta’s border and that police would start issuing fines to motorists who persisted in trying to leave the city starting on May 8.Jakarta is considered the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with at least 3,798 confirmed cases and 353 deaths as of Sunday.