Limerick students bring new awareness to old business

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Winners of Junior Category1st – Colaiste Nano Nagle – Project on Mes Fleurs2nd – Colaiste Nano Nagle – project on Petmania3rd – Colaiste Nano Nagle – project on JJ Kenneally’sInnovation prize – Colaiste Nano Nagle – project on Limerick Sports Store Email Advertisement TAGSbusinessCastletroy CollegeCatherine DuffyCharlotte MullowneyChristine FranklinColaiste Nano NagleDELLEmma Kellyfeaturedfull-imageGolden ValeGrainne O’MahoneyJan O’SullivanJJ Kenneally’sJulia BanasiakKaitlin McCarthylimerickLIMERICK ChamberLimerick Sports StoreLITMaria HinfelaarMes FleursPatmaniaSir Peter TaitSumeika KhanThomas Cleeve BusinessNewsLimerick students bring new awareness to old businessBy Editor – February 27, 2015 1797 Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed people WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge center_img Facebook Twitter Winners of Senior Category1st – Castletroy College – project on Sir Thomas Cleeve and Golden Vale2nd – Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh – project on Sir Peter Tait3rd – Gaelcolaiste Luimingh – project on Sir Thomas CleeveInnovation prize – St Clement’s – project on Sir Peter Tait Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Print Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Grainne O Mahoney, Charlie Mullowney and Julia Banasiak from Castletroy College, who won the senior section of the ‘Limerick Business through the Ages’ competition.Students from Castletroy College and Colaiste Nano Nagle were announced as top prize winners at Limerick Chamber’s Schools Competition, ‘Limerick Business through the Ages’, at the Limerick Institute of Technology today.Organised as part of the 200th anniversary of Limerick Chamber, the competition invited business studies students from Limerick’s secondary schools to submit a project on a business or entrepreneur from any time over the past two centuries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘Limerick Business through the Ages’  was designed to encourage awareness of the changing business landscape in Limerick over the last 200 years and why businesses need to adapt and evolve.More than 20 teams qualified for the final and presented their findings to a four person panel comprising representatives from the organisers, Limerick Chamber, and competition sponsors, Dell and LIT.Grainne O’Mahoney, Charlotte Mullowney and Julia Banasiak from Castletroy College were overall winners of the Senior category for their project on Sir Thomas Cleeve.  In the senior category, teams of business studies students were asked to choose an entrepreneur that operated in Limerick in the last 200 years and identify how they ran their business then and how they would run a similar type of business today and in the future.Second prize was won by Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh for their work on Sir Peter Tait, while third prize was also won by a team from Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh for their project on Sir Thomas Cleeve.  A special innovation award went to St Clements.Four teams from Colaiste Nano Nagle dominated the junior category scooping all the awards.Christine Franklin, Kaitlin McCarthy, Emma Kelly and Sumeika Khan took the overall prize for the junior category for their project on Mes Fleurs.  Two other teams from Colaiste Nano Nagle were announced joint second place winners for theirs projects on Petmania and JJ Kenneally’s.  A special innovation award went to a fourth team from the same school for their project on Limerick Sports School.Christine Franklin, Emma Kelly, Caitlin McCarthy and Sumeika Khan, from Colaiste Nano Nagle, who won the junior section of the ‘Limerick Business through the Ages’ competition.In the junior category students were asked to choose a business that operated in Limerick in the last 200 years and outline how it would have marketed its product or service then, now and some period over the next 200 years.Limerick Chamber Vice-President Catherine Duffy paid tribute to the winners, praising their enthusiasm and hard work.“It is wonderful to see the thought, preparation, fun and learning that went into all of the projects. The world of business is diverse, dynamic, exciting and rewarding. I think all our participants realise this now. This is the first time that Limerick Chamber has organised a competition like this and based on its success today we hope it won’t be our last,” she said.She also thanked the teachers from schools across Limerick and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland for their support of the competition.The overall winners in each category were presented with two Dell  8” Android Tablets for their schools. The second and third-placed winners and the innovation prize winners each received a Dell 8” Android tablet.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said that creativity and innovation were two of the core skills that we want students to develop while in school and the competition was a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their skills in this area while relating some of their learning from the curriculum to the real business world.Dell Ireland’s Limerick Site Leader Timmy O’Dwyer said:  “Dell is delighted to sponsor the competition and we welcome the emphasis it places on bringing to light the achievements of entrepreneurs over the last 200 years. Entrepreneurship is something we think a lot about at Dell – in fact, we have our own programme called Dell for Entrepreneurs which gives high potential tech start-ups the skills and resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. The high calibre of the entries received reflects the immense talent of the business studies students from the region, and we congratulate everyone who took part on their achievement.”As hosts and supporters of the event, LIT President Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President, LIT, said the schools competition was a truly imaginative event which LIT was delighted to support.” I saw some of their presentations and am very impressed with their work. They were clearly enjoying it and I think this competition definitely has potential to run again”, she said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCall to reinstate Limerick Foynes railway lineNext articleThe Brothers Jablokov Editor last_img read more

Crossing the Line for Looks That Could Kill

first_imgPresident Bush may have vetoed one stem-cell bill for moral reasons (see Brad Harrub’s report on Apologetics Press), but in other countries where Judeo-Christian values are less prevalent, morality seems a low hurdle in the race to exploit biological resources that promise health, youth, beauty – and money.    With embryonic stem cell research at the forefront of research priorities, a natural law is showing its effects: the law of unintended consequences.  The methods of obtaining cells for research, and new applications for their ready availability, are already stepping beyond the original intent of saving lives.  Here are signals the brave new world is upon us:Merchandising Human Life:  Nature August 10 had no less than four articles about the sale of human eggs for embryonic stem cell research.  An Editorial1 began with this chilling opening:Clashing perspectives on the ethics of the donation of human eggs for research purposes are likely to complicate international collaboration – whether stem-cell researchers like it or not.    What price a human egg?  The question provokes a variety of emotions and responses.  Some will argue that an egg has no monetary value when it is just one of those ovulated each month by billions of women and that perishes unfertilized.  Others might contend that the same egg is priceless – because it could, if introduced to the correct sperm, form the seed of a new person.  Others still will find it morally problematic even to pose the question, on the grounds that it treats human cells as merchandise.    But the question is being asked, nonetheless…The Editorial quickly moved on to pragmatic matters about how to obtain the valued eggs without violating donors’ rights.Check Catching:  Erika Check wrote an article in the same issue of Nature2 about how ethicists are trying to reach a consensus on the price of human eggs donated for stem cell research. Stem-cell researchers want eggs so they can work on somatic cell nuclear transfer, or ‘therapeutic cloning’.  They hope to derive embryonic stem cells matched to patients’ DNA, by transferring the nucleus of one of the patient’s cells into a human egg and developing it into an embryo from which cells can be derived.  The technique has great medical potential – but researchers are far from achieving it, and the main limiting factor in the research is the availability of human eggs to practise on.Some feel that female donors who go through the discomfort of donating eggs should be compensated for the pain and effort, especially those from poor countries.  “Others are worried that this will create an undue incentive that will coerce women – especially poorer ones – into giving up their eggs,” Check explains.  “The fact that so little is known about the long-term health risks of the procedure further complicates the picture….”Into the Unknown:  Helen Pearson, in her article in Nature,3 explored why “There is little information on how frequently ovulation stimulation has tragic side effects” on women who donate eggs for research.  Part of the problem is that doctors are reluctant to report such effects “and rarely have to.”  Though deaths are thought to be rare, long-term effects such as ovarian cancer are little understood when fertility drugs or other methods are used to stimulate ovulation.Setting the Price:  Insoo Hyun argued in Nature4 that paying women for egg donations is the best practice, but did consider the downside:Another worry is that compensation could have the unintended effect of enticing socio-economically disadvantaged women to volunteer as oocyte providers.  It is unclear whether this concern is mainly about undue inducement, which we have just addressed, or about the exploitation of vulnerable populations.  If the latter, then it is worth noting that, for decades, ethical review bodies have been responsible for scrutinizing researchers’ recruitment strategies to ensure that vulnerable populations are not unjustly enlisted.  Oocyte procurement for stem-cell research should not be held to a lesser standard.Hyun did not consider the fallout from this year’ Huang scandal, in which the strong motivation for leadership in stem-cell research induced the researchers to cross ethical boundaries and coerce female team members to donate human eggs.Beauty and the Beast:  Stem cell therapies are already creating a market for “A barbaric kind of beauty,” wrote Andrea Thompson for the Daily Mail.  Some countries with lower ethical standards, like the Netherlands, are enticing women with a “cutting edge nonsurgical treatment” that promises to make them “look ten years younger.”  Thompson begins with the story of a 52-year-old British women who doesn”t have time for ethical questions:She doesn’t care if the treatment is expensive, involves babies and is so controversial that it is not allowed to be performed in this country – among her well-heeled friends, this is the ultimate new elixir of youth.In Britain, stem cell therapies are limited to “registered institutions using cells from embryos up to 14 days old or aborted foetuses donated to science,” but such limitations do not apply abroad, where whole industries are happy to cater to their “needs.”  And if things go awry, well, no business wants the bad publicity.  The new rage, she describes, is unregulated stem cell treatments abroad with plenty of promises of beauty, with no ethical qualms.Incubators for Baby Parts:  Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link had a short article about how “In an insatiable quest to look young, women are traveling overseas for injections of aborted fetal cells as part of anti-aging treatments.”  But the fetuses are not the only victims: “In countries like Georgia and Ukraine, young girls are being used as incubators for the babies whose cells will be harvested.”  The risky procedures have no clinical trials; “About the 12th week, the baby is aborted and the fetal cells sold to cosmetic clinics.  The girls earn about $200 for their trouble.”WWJD:  Tom Strode on Baptist Press described the opinion of former Democrat congressman Chris Bell, who is campaigning for bringing ES research to Texas.  Bell is appealing to Christ’s compassion on the sick to argue that Jesus would support embryonic stem cell research.  Strode points out, however, that “Embryonic research has yet to treat any diseases in human beings and has been plagued by the development of tumors in lab animals” – unlike adult stem cells, which have a long track record of success without the moral concerns.  “Extracting stem cells from an embryo destroys the tiny human being,” he said.  See related article on LifeNews.David Miller argued on Apologetics Press that only a return to Biblical ethics will stem the tide of moral abominations that treat human embryos as merchandise.  He argues from the Bible that taking embryonic life is equivalent to something God hates: “hands that shed innocent blood.”  He concludes, “The fact that we even are debating this subject demonstrates the extent to which the nation has strayed from its commitment to and reliance on the God of the Universe—yet another unmistakable manifestation of America’s downward spiral into moral and spiritual depravity.” 1Editorial, “Safeguards for donors,” Nature 442, 601(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442601a; Published online 9 August 2006.2Erika Check, “Special Report: Ethicists and biologists ponder the price of eggs,” Nature 442, 606-607(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442606a; Published online 9 August 2006.3Helen Pearson, “Special Report: Health effects of egg donation may take decades to emerge,” Nature 442, 607-608(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442607a; Published online 9 August 2006.4Insoo Hyun, “Commentary: Fair payment or undue inducement?”, Nature 442, 629-630(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442629a; Published online 9 August 2006.Suppose a cosmopolitan rich woman could walk into a prison and go shopping: “Let’s see; I’ll take that one’s skin, this one’s kidneys, and that one’s head on a platter.”  The jailer would quickly expedite the order and dispose of the leftovers in the garbage.  To what degree is this different, if the prisoner is a fetus in the womb?    Surprisingly few churches are even discussing these issues.  In their quest to portray a non-confrontational, seeker-friendly image to draw in crowds, have many of today’s men of God in the pulpit become dumb dogs who cannot bark?  Where is the Isaiah for 2006?  If you think the current stem-cell atrocities listed here are bad, the day is young in this new age of the godless.  These are only the beginning of sorrows.  The day may come when even the non-religious pray for a Christian revival.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

High-class shopping in the middle of nowhere. — Prada, y’all! (GC1W1KC) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgPrada, Marfa. Photo by geocacher wininiGeocache Name:Prada, y’all! (GC1W1KC)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Rodeo Drive, Fifth Avenue…middle-of-nowhere, Texas? If you’re trying to figure out what these places all have in common, it’s something you would probably never expect: Prada. Yes, the luxury clothing brand you can see fancy people around the world wearing. There’s one thing different about this Prada store, though: it’s never open and it only has right-footed shoes. Just outside of Marfa, Texas, artists Elmgreen and Dragset collaborated with multiple people, including Miuccia Prada herself, to create this piece of installation art. While the shoes and handbags in the store are pretty, we think the smiley you earn for finding the nearby geocache is way cooler.# of Finds:109# of Favorite Points:30What the geocache creators, The Stray Gatts, to say:“We had just visited Marfa and were continuing west when we ran across this amazing, surreal place in the middle of the desert. We were stunned that there was not already a geocache there so we just snuck one in. We had no idea that it would become as popular as it is, but in retrospect it is such an unusual site that it makes sense. We’re honored by the positive reviews and favorites, but we are most happy that we have been able to help a few other people discover it. I’d love to give a huge shout out to the amazing geocache community: “Hey Geo-Brothers and Sisters… CACHE ON!!”What geocachers are saying:“This was my favorite cache of the whole trip. I love Prada and I love Marfa (it was my first visit) with it’s great stories, food and cute hotels. What a great idea, to put a cache here. I am sure we would have missed this if there was not a cache.” – Mrs_HiDude“We just had to check this one out! Never would have believed this. Just another reason to get out and geocache. Thanks for putting a cache here.”  – DaveandDeb“This was the highlight of the whole trip. The wife loved it! Found the cache quickly, then hung around to snap a few photos. What a riot! TFTC!” – HoustonControlRead More LogsPhotos:When we said in the middle of nowhere, we weren’t joking. Photo by geocacher HoustonControlTwo happy cachers scoping out some fashions and earning a smiley. Photo by geocacher TX1096Those shoes and handbags are SO 2005. Photo by geocacher thenkengreneSee More Photos SharePrint RelatedMingo — Geocache of the WeekMarch 29, 2017In “Community”This one is a shoe-in. — Tree of Soles (GC27XEW) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2014In “Community”Privy (GC2Z6GB) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 1, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” What’s the most interesting place you never would’ve seen if it hadn’t been for a geocache? Post the story and the photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more