Limerick GSOC commissioner remains in coma

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick man and GSOC commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald remains in an induced coma at a Spanish hospitalA COUNTY Limerick man, former journalist and current commissioner with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, (GSOC) remains in an induced coma in Spain after a fall from a wall caused him to suffer a serious back injury.Kieran Fitzgerald, from Glin in County Limerick had sailed in to Galicia in Northern Spain where he was to meet his wife and embark upon a walk on the Camino de Santiago.However, after Mr Fitzgerald felt faint, his friend sat him on a wall but he fell over and injured his spine on rocks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was hospitalised but the GSOC commissioner was placed in an induced coma after an operation at a La Coruna hospital produced some complications.Evelyn, Mr Fitzgerald’s wife, together with his only child are at his bedside as are other members of the Limerick man’s family.During his time as a journalist, Mr Fitzgerald was involved in research and production of a number of RTE flagship programmes.In 2007, the Glin native was appointed head of communications for GSOC and in 2011 went on to become the group’s commissioner. Print Twitter Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous article#BREAKING Limerick radio studio and HSE offices evacuated over bomb threatNext articlePoor response to Living City plan in Limerick Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsBreaking newsLimerick GSOC commissioner remains in comaBy Staff Reporter – June 17, 2016 934 TAGSGSOCKieran Fitzgeraldlimerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Start managing your firm or pay the consequences

first_img Start managing your firm or pay the consequences Is she over here? Or is he over there? Those partners, they seek them everywhere! Is she a wunderkind? Or is he just full if it? That elusive, perfect associate! LOMAS Practice Management AdvisorIt’s pretty well-recognized among firm administrators and managing partners that the hardest thing is to find good people to work for the firm. So when you have someone reliable whose work you are satisfied with, even if you think you can do better, it’s often best to find a way to keep that person around, because short retention cycles are devastating to a firm’s profitability. The Real Cost of Turnover Regardless of the position within the firm, you have the expense of advertising and interviewing a new person. Then you have to train them and hope they are not worse than the last person. Meanwhile, no matter how good someone is, there is always a learning curve in any new environment during which you’re not going to get your money’s worth. If the person is as good as you hoped, you have to worry they’re so good that they’ll soon be worth more than you are paying, and you’ll be throwing a going-away party when they get hired away. While all of this jockeying around is going on, your unemployment rates are going through the roof because they are variable. You pay between 1 percent and 5.4 percent of the first $7,000 of every employee’s salary for unemployment insurance, based on how many people you fire in every two-and-a-half year period. Let’s say you hire someone and pay them $7,000 before you get so upset over the color of their socks that you fire them. Your firm is going to pay between $70 and $378 in unemployment tax, depending on how often you do this sort of thing. To put it in a real-world context, let’s say your firm employs 11 people (two partners / three associates / six support staff). Your unemployment taxes could range anywhere from $770 to $4,158 per year. So, you fire a couple of bad hires and suddenly, instead of giving the government 1 percent ($770) in unemployment taxes, you could find yourself at the maximum rate 5.4 percent ($4,158). And it can get worse. Remember, you are paying the rate on the first $7,000 you pay to each individual. If you hired 10 people, you’d pay the calculated rate on each individual’s first $7,000. So you ask yourself: Is that loser who’s getting $30,000 really so bad it’s worth another $3,000 in unemployment taxes just to take a chance of getting someone who’s worse? Saving Money Before You Act This advice should be heeded long before you start simmering over the prospect of having to keep someone around to avoid paying higher unemployment insurance rates. Start thinking about where you want your firm to be in five years. Your strategic plan should address its client base, budget, physical facilities, use of technology, marketing, and, yes, employment strategies. Your firm’s employment strategy must support its growth plans. How many lawyers will you have on staff in five years? What services will they offer? How much staff support will be required to deliver those services efficiently? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can start to formulate a plan for how to attract, train, and keep your support staff. Here’s a hint: More money is rarely the best solution. Staff Retention If you want to retain staff in today’s job market, you’d better make sure the work is professionally satisfying. Gone are the days when you could hire someone in their late teens or early 20s and buy them a gold watch when they retired from your firm 30 years later. Today, Generation X is in the job market and Generation Y is on the way. Most “Gen X’ers” want more than a paycheck from their employer. They.. . well, we, want personal and professional growth, too. One of the most valuable benefits an employer can offer in today’s market is the opportunity to acquire new skills, not money. Sure, Gen X’ers will take your money, too, and the more the better. But for many of us, that’s not we value most. We may not have been around the block as many times as you, but the blocks we’ve been on may have taught us a thing or two you don’t know. For example, most Gen X’ers grew up in the 1970s and bore witness to massive job layoffs. As impressionable children, we experienced the resignation of President Nixon, the oil embargo and the war in Vietnam. Later, as we prepared to enter the legal job market, we saw 100-year-old firms splitting up and collapsing under the weight of “tradition.” Technology cut our ties to the library and even the office, since most of us can comfortably communicate and exchange information from anywhere in the world. Many of us grew up as latchkey kids and don’t necessarily want or expect anyone to be waiting at home or anywhere else for us.. . and that includes the office. Firms seeking to attract and retain the best support staff and associates need to trade in the commodity of the day if they want to keep us around. Most Gen X’ers value flexibility and opportunities for personal or career growth. Like it or not, we might not share your confidence that the firm will still be around once we’ve paid our dues for senior staff or coveted partnership positions. Generation X In my work as a practice management advisor, I educate managing partners and law firm administrators regarding all facets of running a more profitable, ethical, and professional firm. One of these facets, of course, is staff retention. A big part of my job in this area involves helping Baby Boomer partners and administrators shift their paradigm from manager to coach. A manager tells people what to do and keeps after them until they do it. A coach finds out what motivates a person and uses those internal desires to achieve results. A manager designs a firm in a vacuum and then imposes that design on the staff. A coach investigates what skills, interests, and abilities he or she has to work with and designs a firm around those resources. More than ever before, when law firm administrators become law firm coaches, they are experiencing greater and greater results. Coaching is actually pretty intuitive once you get the hang of it. The first thing you do to coach your staff is recognize that they do their jobs for their own reasons, not your reasons. Then you set about finding out what reasons the person has for doing the job you hired them to do. Some people will want or need money so badly that their own personal reasons take a backseat to the paycheck and will do anything you ask of them. Most people on your staff, certainly most Gen X’ers, will not fall into this category. Once you know what reasons each person on your staff has for doing their job, you can start to find out what they’d like to be doing in, let’s say, five years. With that information, you can begin to design a job for that person so that doing it actually serves their needs and your needs, too. This might sound exceedingly difficult. It really isn’t, especially not when compared to the alternative. The Elusive Associate The short answer is that there is no such thing as a “perfect” associate, and anyone who tells you otherwise is, well, let’s just say they’re no wunderkind. Nor is there a perfect firm, manager, or coach. It’s the 21st Century and time to face facts: Running a law firm is not easy. It takes a lot of creative hard work and follow-up. The question you need to ask is whether you’d rather spend your time hiring, training, and firing staff and associates who don’t fit your model, or if you are prepared to start managing in the 21st century? RJon Robins is a lawyer and practice management advisor with the LOMAS program, which is available for on-site consultations and for speaking engagements at local bar meetings. Call (800) 342-8060. September 1, 2001 RJon Robins Regular News Start managing your firm or pay the consequenceslast_img read more

Eddie Jones: England coach says Ireland is their most important game of the year | Rugby Union News

first_imgEngland head coach Eddie Jones says Ireland will come to Twickenham with plenty of swagger after beating Wales Eddie Jones has described England’s Autumn Nations Cup game against Ireland as their most important game of the year.Both teams recorded big wins in their opening fixtures, Ireland beating Wales 32-9 in Dublin on Friday night before England whitewashed Georgia 40-0 at Twickenham.“We realise the Ireland game is going to be the most important game of the year,” said Jones, whose side have been comprehensive winners in their last three matches against Ireland, including a 24-12 victory at Twickenham during this year’s Six Nations.“We’ll go away and have a good preparation. Ireland will be cock‑a‑hoop after their big win against Wales so they’ll come with plenty of confidence and swagger.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – England beat Georgia 40-0 in Autumn Nations Cup opener to register fifth successive win; Eddie Jones’ side face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday; Jones: “Ireland will be cock‑a‑hoop after their big win against Wales so they’ll come with plenty of confidence and swagger” Last Updated: 15/11/20 11:28am England head coach Eddie Jones says Ireland will come to Twickenham with plenty of swagger after beating Wales 0:43 Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton will have a scan to discover the extent of his injury suffered against Wales, but is hopeful he will be fit to face England “We know already that that won’t be good enough at Twickenham but we’ve got to be realistic, we took a step forward,” said Murray.“There’s a good feeling in the dressing room, especially that we left a little bit out there and we can make that extra improvement that we will need to do to play at Twickenham and to get a result.“We know we’ve great potential in this team and I think everyone is searching to reach that, which is exciting.”center_img Jamie George bagged three tries against Georgia Jamie George bagged three tries against Georgia

Jan Oblak signs Atletico Madrid contract extension until 2023

first_imgSee The Run In on Sky Sports with two football channels for the price of one. “I’m very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here. I’m going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard,” Oblak told the club’s website. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has signed a four-year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2023.The 26-year-old, who signed from Benfica in 2014, has played 203 times for Atletico, keeping 115 clean sheets. Oblak has played 20 matches for Slovenia The Slovenia international has been awarded the Zamora Trophy three times in Spain – an award presented to the goalkeeper with the best game-to-goals-conceded ratio in La Liga.Oblak was an integral member of the Atletico side which finished runners-up in the 2015/16 Champions League and won the 2017/18 Europa League.last_img read more

WSECU Spreads More Than $21K in Good Cheer for Giving Tuesday

first_imgFacebook141Tweet0Pin0 WSECU West Olympia Branch Staff pictured with Trudy Soucoup of Homes First.“There is so much focus on gift buying at this time of year,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “There’s no question that can be fun. But it’s also a great feeling to come off the biggest shopping weekend of the year and give to community partners that do such important work to foster shared prosperity.”WSECU is on pace to have invested at least $450,000 in support for 501c3 organizations in Washington state. Their focus is initiatives that are centered around: education; self-sufficiency; public employees & assets; and entrepreneurship. For more information about WSECU’s community investments, visit Submitted by WSECUWSECU hit the road this week to drop off checks for $1,201 at 16 nonprofit agencies across Washington, including nine in the central and south Puget Sound area. The credit union joined in the Giving Tuesday movement, a national effort to bring attention to charitable giving during a time otherwise focused on consumerism. This is the third year WSECU has participated.Local charities that benefited included:Housing Resource Center of Lewis County – ChehalisWSECU Olympia Branch staff pictured with Schelli Slaughter and other representatives from Family Support Center.Multi-Service Center – Federal WayLiving Access Support Alliance – LakewoodOut of the Woods Family Shelter – OlympiaSideWalk – OlympiaFamily Support Center – OlympiaHelping Hands House – PuyallupOperation Warm: Tumwater Fire Department – TumwaterHomes First – Olympia“We were thrilled to learn Homes First would be a recipient of WSECU’s Giving Tuesday generosity this year,” said Trudy Soucoup, Executive Director of Homes First. “This will go a long way to putting people into healthy and safe homes they can afford.”WSECU used the date of Giving Tuesday, Dec.1, as the basis for its contributions of $1,201 to each group. This year, the credit union focused on nonprofits that support clothing banks and housing needs. In total, the credit union distributed $21,618 for Giving Tuesday.last_img read more

SCJ Alliance Welcomes Transportation Planner Elisabeth Wooton

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by SCJ Alliance SCJ Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of Elisabeth Wooton to our Lacey office as a transportation planner. Elisabeth brings seven years of transportation planning experience with an emphasis on complete street designs. Prior to joining SCJ, she was working as a pedestrian and bicycle planner for New York City’s Department of Transportation.Elisabeth has a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and dual bachelor degrees in biology and comparative literature from the University of Washington. “Elisabeth has such a breadth of experience and education,” says Jean Carr, SCJ’s senior vice president. “She is a great fit for our growing, versatile team.”SCJ is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The company, celebrating a 10 year anniversary this year, has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of over 70 employees in five locations: Seattle, Vancouver, Lacey, and Wenatchee, Washington and Denver, Colorado.SCJ is nationally-recognized and the recipient of two top places to work awards in the last 12 months. The firm is privately-held and majority women-owned.last_img read more

The Boss Of The Pond

first_img“We had like 300 in the Navesink River probably four or five years ago during winter,” Skinner said.The Atlantic Flyway, the coastal migration route of North America, had an estimated 9,000 birds five years ago, according to the Atlantic Flyway Mute Swan Management Plan, an American-Canadian report released in July 2015.The Management Plan calls for such things as educating the public on mute swans, reducing the population to less than 2,000 by 2025, maintaining mute swans at an ecologically manageable level, preventing the expansion of their range and getting stakeholders involved in the process.“There is a large movement around the country to curb the population growth,” Skinner said. “Like any argument, there’s two sides.”A few years ago, New York State proposed gathering its population of mute swans and killing them – but it got push-back and it never came to fruition. Now, non-lethal methods are planned to reduce the population, such as preventing eggs from hatching.“With regard to eradication, this is very polarizing,” Temple said. “There is no easy answer. On one hand you want to restore the balance of the pond, but on the other hand, there is the humane treatment of a living creature.“Mute swans have a long lifespan and a tremendous reproductive capacity,” says Temple. “What do you do with the swans? Relocating them will only compound the problem by introducing them into areas where they didn’t exist before. Killing eggs has been shown to be ineffective in reducing the population because of the birds’ reproductive capacity.”“I don’t like to see a slaughter,” Bacinski said. “Most states will shoot them when they show up if they have not been established there.”Bacinski’s feelings on mute swans?“They’re dreadful,” Bacinski said. “When I see them, I sort of ignore them.” Naturalists Warn That Mute Swans Are Elegant DisruptersBy Joseph SapiaEARLIER THIS MONTH on the Shrewsbury River at Monmouth Beach, two large white swans, along with their two cygnets, casually approached two boats.“Somebody must be feeding them,” said someone on the boat.In the outdoors world, that may be one of the tamer comments made about “mute swans” – the swans seen this time of year, and year-round, on fresh or brackish local water ways and bodies of water.A serious birdwatcher may call them “harbor hogs” or “pond pigs,” reflecting the “dislike” birders have for them, said Pete Bacinski, an Atlantic Highlands resident who is a member of the state Waterfowl Advisory Committee and the retired director of New Jersey Audubon’s Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.Hoggish and piggish, not because they might want to mooch some food from friendly humans – a lot of animals do that. But because they are a non-native, invasive species that disrupts the natural world around them.Sam Skinner, a Monmouth County Park System naturalist, allows that mute swans are “beautiful birds,” but…“They pretty much take over, they’re the boss of the pond,” said Skinner, who is based at Huber Woods Park in Middletown. “They deplete the vegetation. They discourage other waterfowl – (and) not just water fowl.“And they attack humans,” Skinner said. “Give you a mean little bite, whack you with their wings.”“They are nasty to people,” Bacinski said. “They could literally take a finger off. Their beauty is the only good.”“Mute swans are a very polarizing issue,” said Dena Temple, public relations chair for the Monmouth County Audubon Society. “People think they are beautiful – and they are. However, they are a non-native species. And just as non-native plants disrupt the balance of the environment, so do non-native birds and other animals.”“All of the mute swans in North America descended from swans imported from Europe from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s to adorn large estates, city parks and zoos,” according to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology website, “Escapees established breeding populations and are now established in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Pacific Northwest.”And All About Birds notes the negative, “Their aggressive behavior and voracious appetites often disturb local ecosystems, displace native species and even pose a hazard to humans.”New Jersey has two native swans – tundras and trumpeters, which are winter species in New Jersey. In the Two River area, they are basically migrants, Bacinski said.“In the case of the mute swans, when a mute swan moves into an area pond, it’s a case of ‘there goes the neighborhood,’” Temple said.“Being a very large bird, they eat a lot and can decimate the aquatic vegetation in a pond, leaving little food for other birds,” said Temple. “They also disengage more plant material than they actu- ally consume, leaving the aquatic habitat destroyed for fish and invertebrates that breed in the cover of the aquatic vegetation.”Mute swans, Cygnus olor, are huge – about 4 feet to 5 feet in length with a wingspan of approximately 7 feet to 8 feet, weighing around 12 to almost 32 pounds, according to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s website, live long, perhaps 19 or 20 years and their cygnets – mostly two, sometime three – have a “75 to 80 percent survival rate because their parents are so protective,” Skinner said. So, when they are around, they are around to stay.last_img read more

Hodgson backs Wayne Rooney to score record-breaking England goal in front of Wembley crowd

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson was forced to defend his decision to deprive Wayne Rooney of the chance to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record in Saturday’s 6-0 win over San Marino.Manchester United striker Rooney equalled Charlton’s 49-goal tally with a 12th minute penalty, but was then taken off just before the hour as the minnows were starting to tire.If Rooney had stayed on, he would have almost certainly scored his 50th goal, with replacement Harry Kane and fellow substitute Theo Walcott scoring three goals between them in the closing stages.But Hodgson would not alter his plan to take the striker off, wanting to keep the frontman fresh for Tuesday’s qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.And the boss has backed to hit that record-breaking strike in front of a jubilant home crowd.“The substitution was planned with a view to Tuesday night,” Hodgson said.“It would be nice if Wayne could get the 50th goal against Switzerland on Tuesday night, but one thing is for certain – he’ll get it.“If it’s not on Tuesday, it might be October, if it’s not October, it might be in November, and if it’s not in November, it might be 2016. But he’ll get it. It’s not as if this was his last and only chance.“If this was his last game for England and he needed one more goal to break the record, I wouldn’t have taken him off.”Rooney calmly slotted the penalty past Aldo Simoncini to give England an early lead after the referee spotted a push in the box, and the floodgates opened after the break to allow the visitors to seal the win that meant they became the first nation to qualify for Euro 2016.The skipper held his arms aloft and pointed to the sky in his celebration before waving to his wife Coleen and eldest son Kai, who had made the trip to the Stadio Olimpico in Seravalle in the hope of watching the star rewrite the history books.His 49th goal may have come against a team containing a bank clerk, an accountant and a barman, but that did not take any gloss off the striker’s enjoyment at equalling one of his heroes.”Obviously it is a proud moment for me to equal Sir Bobby’s record and my aim now is to push on, to help the team get the victory on Tuesday night and try to break that record to become the outright holder,” the United forward said.“It would have been great if it had happened tonight, but it will be on Tuesday, if selected, with the tradition at Wembley. But again it is important we win the game,” he said.Rooney also paid tribute to United and England ambassador Charlton.“Since I joined Manchester United at 18, Sir Bobby has been in the dressing room after all the games,” said Rooney.“He has got a presence about him, he goes around and speaks to all of the players, in particular myself after England and United games. He comes in and gives me advice to try to help me and I am sure if there is anyone who would be happy for me to have broken his record, it would be him.” 1 Wayne Rooney sits in the dugout after being denied the chance to score record-breaking 50th England goal against San Marino last_img read more

Bochy: Max Muncy ‘poking the bear’ with t-shirt targeting Madison Bumgarner

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Max Muncy won’t be hitting any home runs into the water on Thursday night, but that didn’t stop the slugger from wearing a specially-designed “Go Get It Out Of The Ocean,” shirt during batting practice at Dodger Stadium.Muncy’s shirt features the comment he made to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner after launching a solo home run off the lefty that landed in McCovey Cove on Sunday, June 9.Is Muncy’s taunting good for the rivalry? Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t seem to think so. …last_img