Is positive discrimination is the same thing as discrimination? On Wed 22nd May 2013 RTÉ held Ireland’s first-ever industry-hosted training and networking day for female area experts willing to become more active in broadcast representation. ‘Bring on the Women’, a free one-day training programme, was organised by RTÉ and conducted on-site in conjunction with Women on Air. RTÉ’s involvement in the training day was the initiative of Clare Duignan, outgoing Managing Director, RTÉ Radio.
Speaking about the event, Clare Duignan said:
“Diversity of voice and perspective and fair representation are important issues for Irish media as a whole. For a number of reasons, women are less represented on Irish airwaves than they should be and among those reasons are lack of confidence and media experience. Bring on the Women is indicative of RTÉ’s commitment to contributing to addressing this important issue.Through this training day we are pooling our collective energy to further develop some of Ireland’s most capable female experts, enabling them to confidently step forward and to contribute to the conversations that matter most to the people of Ireland.” The programme was facilitated and chaired by a diverse range of successful female professionals with broadcast and media experience. Those lending their time and expertise include: RTÉ broadcaster Áine Lawlor, former Tánaiste Mary Harney, TV3 broadcaster Ursula Halligan, Women on Air founder and CEO of Clear Ink Margaret Ward, RTÉ Head of External Relations Mairéad Ni Nuadháin, RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne and Riverdance producer Moya Doherty. A range of female professionals from the fields of economics, engineering, science, technology and the arts availed of the training. Speaking about Bring on the Women, Caroline Erskine, Chair of Women on Air said: “Women On Air salutes RTÉ for taking this practical and significant step towards addressing the gender imbalance on the airwaves. It is the first broadcaster to introduce a training day for women experts as a way of encouraging the development of new, authoritative voices on news and current affairs programmes. Women on Air is delighted to partner with RTÉ and introduce it, and the wider broadcasting community, to The List of over a thousand women who are experts in their fields.”
There is a petrol station in Cork which we do not use. Why? because when we last visited there, probably 2 years ago they had switched to pre-pay pumps. But instead of fancy pre-pay pumps where you can pay by credit card outside you had to instead walk inside and guesstimate how much petrol you wanted, and pay for it. We never know if we need EUR 15 or EUR 25.24, we just want to fill the tank to the top. You can see the problem here. Pay too much and have to go back in and get change, or pay too little and not top up your tank.
You don’t hear many good things about Alcohol these days. Media reports are usually negative.
The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, today welcomed export figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing that beverage exports grew by 2.4% in 2012.
The Federation is attempting to highlight that Alcohol is infact good for Ireland, it contributes to the economy. ; Drinks exports in 2012 were valued at €1,112 million, a rise of €26 million on 2011 data.
In an indication of the potential of the sector, drinks industry exports outperformed total goods which increased by 0.9%. Individual drinks categories such as whiskey; beer and cider all continued to grow as the demand for Irish drinks products on international markets continues to build. In 2012, over 9.1 million kegs of beer and 50 million bottles of whiskey were exported. Acting ABFI Director Jean Doyle said, “The announcement of further growth in drinks industry exports shows the potential for the drinks industry to help support Irish economic recovery through export growth.
The drinks industry is a hugely important sector of the Irish economy contributing over €2 billion in taxation revenue per annum, supporting over 62,000 local jobs and, according to a report by DCU’s Tony Foley released earlier this week, responsible for total purchases of over €2.8 billion each year. “The growth potential for the drinks sector is truly great. Under the Harvest 2020 blueprint for the future of the agriculture sector drawn up by the Department of Agriculture, an ambitious target of €12bn for Irish food and drink exports by the year 2020 is set out.
Given the right conditions the drinks industry can play a significant role in attaining that growth target. “However, while endeavouring to increase our exports we must also be aware of the importance of a solid domestic market. Without a strong domestic base the industry will be unable to establish itself as a major competitor on global exports markets.
The Government must be cognisant of this when devising legislation which will affect the industry and its ability to market, promote and sell its products. “ABFI would encourage the Government to work with the drinks industry to build on this export potential and capitalise on the growing demand for Irish drinks products in international markets.”
More than 300,000 Irish businesses and sole traders will see the cost of compliance with transport regulation cut as new Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Road Safety Authority computer systems go live later this year. The total projected annual savings to business will be €32 million. This followed a detailed review by the Department, in conjunction with Sira Consultants, of the impact on business of the following regulations: Testing and taxing of commercial vehicles; Vehicle Drivers’ Certificate of Professional Competence; Road Transport Operators’ Licence; Tachograph Regulations applying to vehicles above 3.5 tonnes; National Car Test; New Road Vehicle Procedures. The Standard Cost Model was used by the Department, and Sira Consultants, as the basis for interviews with a sample of the affected businesses. This provided a detailed and accurate measurement of the cost of the compliance burden on businesses. The Standard Cost Model was developed in the Netherlands, and was championed by Minister Varadkar when he was Opposition Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade & Employment. The following businesses will benefit: 300,000 owners of commercial registered vehicles; 55,700 professional drivers; 46,879 businesses with vehicles above 3.5 tonnes; 6,249 road transport operators. To date, costs have been reduced by around 3.75% and the goal is to reduce them by 28% by the summer thanks to: Reform and computerisation of the Road Transport Operator Licensing system. This is due to be finalised shortly, yielding a saving of €1.3 million to business; Reform and computerisation by the Road Safety Authority of Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing including creating a direct link to the Motor Taxation System. This is scheduled for completion in the summer, with a saving of €26 million to business; Digital tachographs have been phased in since 2008 replacing older analogue tachographs, and has saved businesses €4 million per annum to date.
Tomorrow (Saturday 24th November) Wendy Moore the inventor of the world’s first “self-fitting breast measuring device”, and the owner of La Femme Lingerie shop in Cork City, will open her doors for all females to test her product before it goes into mass production.
Wendy, who has developed the world’s first self-fitting breast measuring device (called ‘Maureen’), is looking for 1000 females to trial her product in her La Femme Lingerie Shop on Oliver Plunkett street.
Wendy who has been developing this product for the past two years is now at her final stage of product testing and is looking for the Cork public to give their say on her invention. With interest already coming the biggest names in lingerie such as Victoria’s Secret and Anita, her product is being eagerly awaited.
The trial only takes 5 minutes and is done in privacy by the individual. Everyone is encouraged to fill out a testing feedback form about the product which will prove invaluable when making the final edits to the product before full-scale global production.
With over 16 years experience in the lingerie business Wendy and her wonderful staff at La Femme see on a daily basis the damage the wrong size bra can do to women. It is reported that 80% of all women wear the wrong bra size which leads to discomfort and can have a negative impact on women’s health over time.
“I am very passionate about this product as the majority of women worldwide wear the wrong bra size, which in turn can lead to health problems. I also believe it is the right of all women to be allowed to measure themselves simply and accurately as our breasts are constantly changing throughout our lifetime. The ‘Maureen’ Breast Measuring Device achieves this”.
After seeing the damage on a daily basis she finally awoke one night and started developing her idea. “It has been a long and challenging road from my initial idea two years ago to now, where I’m just about to launch the product onto the global market and revolutionise the breast fitting market. I would urge all women to come into my store and trial the product and see how easy and accurate the product really is.”
ok the headline is misleading… All Irish people can apply, as can our UK neighbours, but hey we like Cork, we love Cork..
AUSTRALIA’S LEADING POWER DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTORHAS SUCH A NEED FOR NETWORK TECHNICIANS and LINEMEN FOR IMMEDIATE JOBS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA that it’s recruitment company will travel to Ireland next month!
“JobContax” says salaries are in excess of €100,000 and all jobs come with one-way free flights (which would cost about €700 to purchase), employer sponsored 457 visas for self and family (very important as Australia is constantly tightening it’s emigration policies, even for former Commonwealth countries such as Ireland).
The company will conduct face-to-face interviews in the UK & Ireland from 3rd – 14th December.
Irish & UK candidates are being offered 4 year working visas (457) by employers. The 457 visa entitles the bearer and their family to live and work in Australia. Holders of this visa may be employed for a period of between one day and four years and may bring any eligible family members, including same-sex partners, who have unrestricted work and study rights in Australia.
Holders of the Subclass 457 visa have no limit on the number of times they travel in and out of Australia. 457 visa holders can also convert to Australian permanent residency status. CV’s must be forwarded to JobContax for pre-selection. We will then schedule interviews with shortlisted candidates, in Dublin and London.
These are immediate requirements and job offers will be made within a week of interview, followed by a 4/5 week visa process.
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton,reassured people getting Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance from the Department of Social Protection that if they get temporary work over the Christmas period their Jobseeker’s payment will be reinstated without delay when they finish work.
This is not the experience that Ambrand.com had previously!
Nevertheless, back to the news…
The Minister said: “People getting a Jobseeker’s payment should not have any concerns about their payment being restored after a period of temporary work. Where a person who is getting Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance takes up temporary work or avails of a short-term training course for up to eight weeks, my Department will temporarily suspend their claim so that it can be reinstated without delay when the work or training finishes.”
A customer who is in receipt of either of these two payments and who receives an offer of temporary employment or a training course should contact their local social welfare office and provide them with the relevant details of the work or course that they are undertaking. Similarly, they should contact their local social welfare office without delay when the course or employment finishes.
Minister Burton urged employers who need temporary staff to contact any one of her Department’s network of offices where staff will make every effort to help the employer to get suitable job-ready people to fill their vacancies. Employers will receive a quality service including the referral of skilled people and information on a range of incentives to assist employers in growing their businesses, for example, the Employer Job Incentive (PRSI) scheme, Revenue Job Assist and the JobBridge internship scheme.
The Minister said: “The period between now and Christmas is a very busy one for many employers and they may need to take on extra staff for a short time. The improvements which are now in place in the Department of Social Protection will help these employers find jobseekers from the live register and employ them as temporary workers for up to eight weeks without it affecting social welfare entitlements when the work ceases. Jobseekers who take on temporary work of up to eight weeks will not lose out on any secondary benefits when they resume claiming their jobseeker’s payment after temporary work.”