100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidence

first_imgNews100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidenceBy John Keogh – January 29, 2015 1715 From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22LIMERICK received another welcome jobs boost this week with the announcement of 100 new jobs from international ticket-seller Viagogo who are to double their workforce over the next three years.Initially based in the city centre, the Viagogo Group has transformed part of the former Flextronics building in the Kilmurry Business Centre into a 14,000 square feet purpose-built centre that was officially opened by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Viagogo head of communications Oliver Wheeler said that when they commenced operations in Limerick last year, they were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the level of support from organisations such as the IDA.“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new operations centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” commented Mr Wheeler.Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting job creation in every region of the country, to ensure that the recovery is secured and felt by people right across Ireland. The announcement that Viagogo, a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy.”The Viagogo Group operates www.viagogo.com, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The roles available in Limerick include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations.IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that Viagogo had made great strides since establishing in Limerick just last year and confirmation that it was to more than double its workforce was evidence of that great progress.“This news further enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent base for technology-based businesses. The available skillbase, a deciding factor in Viagogo’s expansion plans, is a huge plus in Limerick’s favour.“Limerick’s recent success in attracting foreign investment is a great example of the results that can be achieved when the business community from across the region joins together to show what great opportunities there are to invest here in Limerick,” Mr Shanahan added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articlePerkins joins Schumann and ShostakovichNext article#video CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSemploymentIDAlimerickMartin ShanahanMinister Richard BrutonViagogo WhatsApplast_img read more

Debate: Should Natural Area Open to Mountain Bikers, Trail Runners?

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of the Bureau of Land ManagementOn Monday, the city council of Charlottesville, Virginia decided to table a proposal that would have opened a popular natural area to mountain bikers, trail runners, and dogs.The debate arose after the city, which recently assumed control of the Ragged Mountain Natural Area, held a meeting to determine if said uses were appropriate in Ragged Mountain and desired by community members.Currently, this 980-acre forest, which surrounds the Ragged Mountain Reservoir, only allows for “passive” recreational uses like hiking and bird watching, but many in the community would like to see those uses expanded.“We think with a shift of rules at Ragged Mountain, we’ll see a lot better opportunities [for mountain biking],” Sam Lindblom, president of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, said during a recent meeting of the Charlottesville City Council. “There are tremendous connecting corridors to get from trails like the Rivanna Trail out to Ragged Mountain.”RM-trailsCourtesy of City of CharlottesvilleLindblom, who also represents the Rivanna Trails Foundation and Charlottesville Area Trail Runners, says that everyone has a right to enjoy the natural beauty that Ragged Mountain has to offer regardless of his or her preferred method of outdoor recreation.“What we love about our various pursuits, whether it be birding, mountain biking, or running, is that it gets us outside,” he said in an interview with WVIR-TV. “It gets us into these beautiful places, and everybody wants to experience nature in a different way.”But not everyone agrees with Linblom’s assessment.“These activities are inappropriate for a natural area,” said Charlottesville resident Downing Smith during the same council meeting where Lindblom voiced his opinion. “We have lots of parks where people can run and ride their bicycles, can walk their dogs. This is the only natural area.”City Council Member Dede Smith is a former director of the Ivy Creek Foundation, which previously managed the Ragged Mountain Natural Area before handing it over to the city back in September.She says that the council should consider the reasons that such recreational regulations were originally imposed on Ragged Mountain and take that information into account going forward.“I think it’s really important to understand why these rules were imposed in the first place,” Smith said. “At the time, Ragged Mountain Natural Area was probably the most ecologically significant piece of land anywhere in this region.”At a Charlottesville City Council Meeting on Monday, October 19, during which nearly two dozen residents spoke on the matter, the council voted 3-2 to delay opening the trails until the completion of a “natural diversity inventory.” It is likely that results from this inventory will not be submitted to council members until spring.“We do have a process for our parks that we always follow and it wasn’t followed,” said Councilor Dede Smith said. “I can see how this happened, but it’s not what we do in the city.”Do you think mountain biking, trail running, and other forms of outdoor recreation that might not be considered “passive” should be allowed in designated natural areas throughout the Blue Ridge? Let us know in the comment feed below and learn more about this particular issue here.last_img read more

USC student launches contactless sign-in app for preschools

first_imgKarla Leung, a junior majoring in communication and a product design intern at Carline, said that along with the initial beta test, the app undergoes frequent testing in order to make sure the interface is easy to understand. Carline also provides a digital signature option. The state of California requires wet signatures from parents in order to validate the authenticity of sign-in-sign-out sheets at preschools. However, signing with your finger on the app counts as a digital signature which can be used in lieu of a written one.  The team said it wants to concentrate on building upon existing relationships and ensuring that its customers feel that their needs have been met. The app, which launched in early April, makes the sign-in process contactless and easier to carry out, according to the founders and users, which is proving to be beneficial amid the ongoing pandemic. The app took three and a half months to develop after the initial design was drawn up according to the requests of administrators and parents, owing to the cofounders’ combined backgrounds in business, design and software development. Carline’s main function is to expedite the sign-in process at preschools; however, the app offers a variety of features for parents in addition to signing students in and out of school: designating authorized guardians, setting up playdates and checking their child’s schedule. Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the year and majors of Sasha Reiss. It also falsely stated that a fingerprint could be used as a signature in the application. The Daily Trojan regrets these errors. “In the future, we do see Carline becoming an application bundle that replaces the entire back office of any sort of school … we want it to be a turnkey software system that makes it so easy to operate your school,” Reiss said. “We are basically creating a massive distribution channel that could far outpace the app itself in terms of growth due to the natural network that exists.” The simplicity of the software also enables the team to offer the app at an affordable and competitive price. “We found that with Carline School Management, the parent experience was so much better than anything else, and for us, our number one priority besides safety is happy customers,” Andrews said. “Parents were wondering why we didn’t use this from the beginning.”  According to Dr. Tamar Andrews, the director of Temple Isaiah Preschool in Los Angeles, implementing the app has significantly improved parents’ experiences with the process, especially after a considerable number of parents had become disgruntled from using the other educational apps that were previously utilized by the preschool. In response to this, the duo, in tandem with cofounders Daniel Andrews and Max Miranda, both UC Berkeley alumni, developed Carline School Management to facilitate the hectic process. With an emphasis on customer service, Carline provides parents with video tutorials on how to operate the app and in-app support, as well as instructions and a live chat option on its website.  Carline was beta-tested with 70 students in December at the Temple Isaiah Preschool’s winter camp before being launched at the preschool.  “Parents have found it incredibly intuitive, and the other thing that parents love about it is the experience they have when they do have a problem, and they have to call for tech support,” Andrews said. “The people who answer the phone are immediately responsive and appropriate and very helpful and polite.” The app has since been adapted to include health questionnaires where parents must report any symptom their child may be experiencing, thus allowing schools to monitor students and curb the spread of the virus.  “At the time, most schools either had pen and paper sign-outs — [a] communal writing utensil touched by tons of parents and teachers every single day — or it’s a school iPad that was passed around,” said Reiss, a senior majoring in art history and business administration. “The sign-in and sign-out process had to radically change in order to adapt to this post-COVID world.” “Almost every single other solution tries to operate a whole entire package deal, and so you’re locked into their services as well as their infrastructure for your whole entire school, and this generally runs at a much higher premium,” Andrews said.  The team, consisting of 12 members, executed about 100-200 dry runs among themselves as well as with the teachers at Temple Isaiah Preschool in order to ensure the app was functioning as intended. The app continues to be updated to improve user experience.  According to Reiss, the team makes development decisions after heavily researching the schools they work with, talking with clients and defining ways to mitigate specific issues.  Senior Sasha Reiss along with three other co-founders from UCSB and UC Berkeley, developed an app to allow a contactless sign-in process for reopening schools. Currently being used in nine preschools in California, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia and Virginia, the team plans to expand its reach to secondary and higher education institutions. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The app diverges from other primary education management apps by focusing on one feature: the sign-in-sign-out process. Thus, it assists preschool teachers and alleviates stress during one of the most trying times of their day, Andrews said.  The app is currently being utilized in nine preschools across five states: California, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia and Virginia. There are plans to possibly expand into secondary and higher education institutions. After its initial success at the Temple Isaiah Preschool, the Carline team rose in popularity after being recommended by satisfied preschool directors. The developers also marketed themselves through different social media platforms, targeting preschool administrative discussion forums. Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, USC student Sasha Reiss and UC Santa Barbara student Josh Andrews heard complaints from a preschool administrator about the ineffectiveness and ambiguity of the app their school was using for pick-ups and drop-offs. Without a firm understanding of the app’s mechanics and with winter break drawing to an end around January, administrators entered the school year with frustration and confusion.last_img read more