Shannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in Limerick

first_imgPrint Linkedin Email Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pictured at the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau Annual Membership Meeting 2019 in the Savoy Hotel are Manager Karen Brosnahan, Chairman Tony Brazil, Lynda Reilly, Fáilte Ireland, and Donnacha Hurley, General Manager of the Absolute hotel. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.THE SHANNON Region Conference and Sports BureauAnnual Members Meeting for 2019 took place in The Savoy Hotel.The conference addressed the successes of 2018 where the bureau managed to secure €7.5 million for business tourism events for the wider Shannon region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In attendance at the event were bureau stakeholders from Limerick and Clare hotels, tourist attractions, local authorities and members of the Universities and Colleges.Speaking at the event, Karen Brosnahan said, “Today is our Annual Stakeholders Meeting, where ourselves and Fáilte Ireland come together to tell all the trade about work in business tourism in the Shannon Region, what our plans are for 2019 and how we can all work together.“Conference business is so lucrative, and it’s a win-win for everybody. Every conference delegate that comes to our region is worth €1,600 to the local economy, so we all need to work in partnership to give them a really wow, memorable experience,” she added.Lynda Reilly of Fáilte Ireland spoke of plans for the year ahead including attracting International trade shows and large scale events to the Limerick and Shannon region in the form of business and sporting events.The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau is in its sixteenth year and aims to promote the area as a location for large scale events and offers a free service to event organisers.by Meghann [email protected] Advertisement NewsBusinessShannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – April 23, 2019 731 Previous articleBefore Bach and After Is Coming To LimerickNext articleWatch: Mid West media unite with tribute to Lyra Meghann Scullylast_img read more

Cannabis – the case against legalisation.

first_imgAndy Cook – CEO – Centre for Social Justice UK, 8 Dec 2018Family First Comment: “Today the Centre for Social Justice pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction. The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.”Yep! #SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzWhen I co-founded the charity TwentyTwenty, its focus was on supporting disadvantaged 16–21-year-olds who were not in education, employment or training. These were kids with learning difficulties, crumbling home environments, disabilities, personal trauma, caring responsibilities, you name it. It was a difficult job. But when those kids turned up stoned, it was an impossible job.The debate around cannabis use and legalisation is often debated in theory. At TwentyTwenty we lived it every single day and saw the enormous harm it could do, both in the disruption to the daily slog and the long term damage to kids’ brains.Today the CSJ pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction.The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.The expectation that drug dealers will simply see the error in their ways and become estate agents is neither based in reality nor in the evidence slowly emerging from other countries, where criminals have simply diversified.Instead we must refocus the cannabis debate on educating about the harms and investing in treatment. Our recommendation of a drug awareness day, akin to the existing speed awareness course, would serve as a meaningful alternative to imposing a fine or issuing a caution. While for some cannabis users, it may never become an addiction, it would offer the chance for early intervention in those for whom it is a problem and simultaneously raise much needed funds for the struggling addiction treatment sector. The reality is that when the CSJ voices its opposition to cannabis legalisation among the power brokers and high thinkers of Westminster, we are seen as an outlier.But when you meet the people whose lives have been devastated by it, when you spend time in the UK’s addiction clinics and Pupil Referral Units, the prisons and police cells, it’s hard to reach any other conclusion than any increased use is a risk too great to take.READ THE FULL REPORT https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CSJJ6711-Cannabis-Report-181207-WEB.pdflast_img read more

OSU, PSU next challenge for UW

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoFollowing a pair of disappointing losses at home last weekend, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team hits the road for the first time in the Big Ten with matches Friday at Ohio State and Sunday at Penn State.UW (6-4-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten) started conference play last weekend with a 2-1 loss to Illinois and a 1-0 loss to Purdue. Despite the setbacks, the Badgers enter this weekend’s games positive and focused on the task ahead.“We just decided that we need to look forward to this weekend,” senior Taylor Walsh said. “We’ve had some really competitive practices this week, and that’s a good start just to get our momentum going into this weekend.”The Badgers struggled to get things going early in games last weekend, something they have had a problem with in each of their four losses. The team struggled to maintain control of the ball and let its opponents dictate the play in the first half, allowing them to get an early lead.“We worked a lot on defense and keeping possession,” freshman Leigh Williams said. “Hopefully, we’ll keep possession and make the other teams run around a little more this weekend and chase us.”Not only are the Badgers moving past last week’s games, they are focusing solely on their first game against the Buckeyes. While Sunday’s match with perennial Big Ten power Penn State is a big game for Wisconsin, head coach Paula Wilkins has her team focused on Friday’s matchup.“[We are] looking at one game at a time. I think that’s always what we do,” Wilkins said. “It starts here in training. I think if we get some confidence back here in training in the little things that we can do well, then we’re going to be good for the weekend.”Ohio State (4-4-2, 1-0) enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak after beating Indiana last Sunday on the road to open the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are led offensively by senior Lisa Collison with four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points.As they travel to Columbus, the Badgers will face a tough test as they look to finally earn their first road win of the season. Furthermore, a win this weekend would be the first conference road win for Wisconsin since winning at Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2006.“It would be nice to get our first road win,” Wilkins said. “It’s going to be one of our focuses, but to be honest, we just want to do our details right, and whether it’s home or away, get better as a team.”Wisconsin will end its trip against No. 25 Penn State (6-5, 1-0-0), a team Wilkins is very familiar with. Prior to coaching the Badgers, Wilkins spent six seasons as head coach of the Nittany Lions and seven as an assistant coach.Much like last season when Penn State traveled to Wisconsin, Wilkins’ team is motivated to try to get a win for her as she faces her old team for the first time back at Jeffrey Field.“Everyone is really fired up for that game,” Walsh said. “Last year, we played really well against Penn State and with our squad this year I think we’ll be even more pumped up. There will be a lot of people there, and it’s going to be a really good atmosphere to play in.”Penn State enters the weekend having lost three of its last four games, with the sole win coming in its Big Ten opener Friday against Indiana. Two of the Lions’ losses, however, came against teams ranked in the top five, as they suffered a 3-1 loss to top-ranked Notre Dame and a 4-1 defeat against previously No. 4 Portland.When looking at Penn State, Wilkins believes they are a better team than their recent losses indicate.“From what I’ve seen on video they’re very dangerous up front, and they have a history of being a quality team,” Wilkins said. “I think they’re much better than their record shows, and playing those good teams has helped them to get even better.”last_img read more