2019 Remembered: Electric Picnic told get its house in order for 2020 The Electric Picnic attracts almost 60,000 revellers making it the most successful annual music event in the country each year. The organisers have signalled their intent to make it even bigger. GAA Pinterest Twitter Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th December 2019 The Electric Picnic main stage. The popular festival has been told to clean up its act in advance of its licence being renewed for next year. With Electric Picnic set to be bigger than ever in 2020, this message is very relevant.The organisers of the Electric Picnic have been sent an unambiguous message to clean up their act and to address safety concerns before next year’s event.Laois County Council are the licensing authority for the popular Stradbally festival which sells out months in advance every year. Previous article2019 Remembered: Laois nurses and midwives begin 24-hour strike over pay parityNext article2019 Remembered: Outrage in Laois as GAA confirm disbandment of Joe McDonagh All-Star Awards LaoisToday Reporter However, they were reminded this week that they must first address such issues as safety concerns before a licence to stage the event in 2020 is issued.A series of concerns were highlighted by Cllr Aisling Moran who described herself as “an avid fan of this wonderful festival”, but she called on the local authority to ensure that the organisers address a range of issues around health and safety before renewing the Picnic’s licence for 2020. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Twitter Home We Are Laois 2019 Remembered: Electric Picnic told get its house in order for 2020 We Are Laois TAGS2019 RememberedElectric Picnic Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp “We cannot allow profit to override safety,” she cautioned adding that the dangers of a fire spreading in one of the festival campsites is “potentially catastrophic”. Cllr Noel Tuohy seconded her motion calling for the Council to tackle these concerns.“I think the Electric Picnic is a wonderful festival, and one that I myself attend frequently. I am proud that the festival is held in Laois, and that when people think of Laois that one of the first places that springs to mind is Stradbally – home of the Electric Picnic.“This is a fun filled family festival that started in 2004, and has steadily grown over the past 15 years – Laois County Council can take a portion of the credit for this,” said Cllr Moran in a clearly well prepared and researched statement. “But what started as a boutique festival is now the biggest festival in Ireland, and one of the biggest in Europe. Indeed Melvin Benn told the media that after this year’s successful event, Electric Picnic would seek a further increase in numbers attending,” she continued.“The concern that I want to highlight is that of the safety of the thousands of people that visit Laois every year to attend this festival. We, as members of Laois County Council give the go ahead on planning permission for events such as this, therefore we, in conjunction with the festival organisers, have a responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of these people.“A bigger festival does not necessarily mean a better festival,” she warned.“There are issues that have been brought to my attention, issues that I have noticed creeping in over the years myself. We need to look at these issues from a health and safety, and an environmental standpoint.“Crowd control has become a serious concern, as those that were caught in any one of the number of crushes can attest to.”Cllr Moran called on the Council to put the safety of the festival goers centre stage and she had a number of proposals as to how this could be achieved.“I am calling on this Council to ensure that the safety of those attending the Electric Picnic comes first by considering implementing the following – increasing facilities such as toilets, showers, access to food and drink, water taps, litter bins, increased security and Garda presence; fully trained security staff that are familiar with the geography of all areas within the Electric Picnic perimeter; campsites with dedicated spaces to safely erect tents – currently there are no walkways between tents in the general campsites – most tents touch off of each other, so in the event of a fire in one tent, the spread to surrounding tents is potentially catastrophic,” she asserted.Camping BondShe also called for the introduction of a litter and camping bond-deposit scheme where each tent owner is assigned a numbered area and has responsibility for removing tent and litter on exiting the site to ensure the deposit is returned.Cllr Moran said the organisers should reintroduce of reusable beakers and environmentally friendly containers and packaging for all food and drink vendors, as well as considering the use of solar energy to power some of the stages as is the case in other events.Public urination penaltiesShe said there should be penalties for public urination and security staff or Gardai should not tolerate this behaviour. “Is it not against the law to urinate in public – it would not be tolerated on the streets of Stradbally.”She raised the possibility of a curfew for young children. “It is against the law for children to be in a pub after 9pm, because we don’t want them around alcohol and drunk adults, but then why can a child be in a crowd of drunk people at 1am in the morning?”“Think of festivals such as Oxygen, Witness, even Lisdoonvarna, for those who can remember. These festivals grew too big too quickly, with a lack of focus around health and safety and infrastructure. Where are they now? Let’s not make the same mistake with Electric Picnic,” she appealed.Glastonbury at 50 and four times bigger“Glastonbury is 50 years old next year and four times the size of the Picnic. This could be our story here in Laois if we ensure that the thousands of people that attend Electric Picnic all leave Laois safely, having had a truly enjoyable experience.“So I ask you to consider our responsibility in granting planning permission as members of Laois County Council and to ensure that Electric Picnic 2020 is a safe and sustainable celebration of culture, arts, music and fun, in the heart of Laois.,” concluded Cllr Moran’s presentation.Revellers enjoying the Electric Picnic in Stradbally.Council management pledged to address such concerns of health and safety and sustainability of the event.“Laois County Council has committed to work with the Festival Organisers in the coming months to address Health and Safety concerns raised by Statutory Agencies and the public.“This approach has been adopted irrespective of the overall numbers attending the event.“The festival organisers are required to submit to Laois County Council an application for an Event Licence at least 13 weeks prior to such an event. It is a statutory requirement that an Event Management Plan, which includes health and safety measures, is submitted with this licence application.“The engagement over the coming months with Festival Republic and Laois County Council and the feedback from Statutory Agencies and the public will inform the Event Management Plan for Electric Picnic 2020.”Cllr Noel Tuohy commended Cllr Moran for her thoughtful intervention.“Criticising the Picnic is not a sin you know. It is a great event but it can do better and it’s important that they address these safety issues.“When I made some simple suggestions a few years ago I was shot down right away.“The Electric Picnic is very successful and contrary to what people might think, we in Portlaoise do not begrudge Stradbally this success,” he joked, adding, “the Picnic can be improved and needs to look at these things highlighted today as the day we stop listening to criticism is a bad day for us all.”SEE ALSO – Check out more from the 2019 Remembered Series GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Mr. Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015.Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than twenty years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally.He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University.Lowdon said: “I am extremely privileged to have been selected by my peers as Chairman of the Aberdeen Section, particularly during this milestone year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.“The positive changes that Anthony Onukwu has put in place throughout the last two years have been critical to our Section’s success and this is a platform that I intend to continue building upon. As the SPE International President, Dr. Helge Haldorsen, discussed at our 40th anniversary dinner last month, Aberdeen needs to play an instrumental role in shaping the next phase of exploration and production and SPE, as a facilitator of innovation and knowledge sharing, must support this.”Lowdon has been significantly involved in SPE for 13 years and in particular, has been instrumental in driving forward the SPE Aberdeen Schools Career Guidance programme on a voluntary basis. This specific interest in raising the profile of the oil and gas industry amongst young people is also well illustrated by his role in establishing and promoting the successful Junior Energy Apprentice competition within schools.Lowdon continues: “Having previously been Vice Chair of SPE Aberdeen’s Schools Career Guidance committee, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take an interest in a career in the oil and gas industry. SPE Aberdeen provides a focal point between industry and education, each year organising events and initiatives which demonstrate how qualifications can be transferred into a career path.“It is this type of work that attracted me to SPE in the first place, along with the dedication that is shown on an almost daily basis by each of our volunteers. I’m looking forward to working with each and every one of them to advance the SPE Aberdeen Section.”Press Release, September 03, 2014
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An artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia Fischer Fifa South Africa media office +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] www.fifa.com RELATED ARTICLES • Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark • Ten stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Host cities for the 2010 Fifa World CupNicky RehbockWith just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.
Recruiters, Resume Writers, Career Coaches. These are just some of the professionals that help today’s job seeker navigate through the seemingly impossible process of finding a job. How can you possibly know which avenue to take? Well is starts with figuring out a few basics.Take a deep breath. Poor yourself a glass of your favorite drink and dive in! Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve dug deep and decided that you have so much more to give. Maybe you’re not being challenged and have become bored, or maybe you are feeling unfulfilled and want to try something new. Take solace that you are not alone. Take some time to think about exactly what makes you feel the same excitement you felt when you were a kid! Remember the first time you learned about something so fun and interesting that it’s all you thought about? Being a working professional can and should feel the same way! It’s important to feel that excitement about your work. If you need help figuring out your career goals, or need some motivation and inspiration, consider working with a career coach. Career coaches help you create a strategy and empower you to set and reach your career goals.Next, write out what particular skills you’ve learned over the years that may be transferable to your desired next step. Start with your top ten. See if you can go beyond that. Think about your experiences and what you’ve learned that will be valuable in a new position. When you were a kid, you identified and focused on the things that brought you pleasure and joy. You still gravitate in some way to those very same things. Subconsciously, your inner child has always ensured that you had some measure of those joys in your life, even in your career path. Once you’ve nailed down those skills relevant to what you really want to do, and you’ve decided what you are searching for, write your resume. Don’t be scared. Writing a resume can be tough. A piece of paper can sometimes determine the positions you are considered for. This is where you can make a decision to employ a professional resume writer. They will set up conversations to learn more about you and then prepare a few drafts that will highlight your achievements as they pertain to the job you really want. Some resume writers will also offer to optimize your LinkedIn page so that your online presence matches your resume.Now that you have your resume, goals and LinkedIn polished, you’re ready to see what opportunities out there are a match for what you’re looking for. If you’re having trouble getting noticed by applying online, consider reaching out to a recruiter or staffing agency. Recruiters represent specific companies, or agencies that work with many companies. If you know you’re interested in a certain industry or type of position, a recruiter in that industry can offer a wide range of clients that may be looking for your skills.Remember, start with the basics, and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way!Originally published on Claire Petrie HR blog.
Liverpool coach Achterberg: Alisson has changed Anfield mindsetby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool coach John Achterberg has many positive things to say about the club’s no.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker.The Brazilian joined last summer from the Reds on the back of high profile howlers from their top two keepers the previous season.He came in and immediately showed his quality, with the club winning the Champions League in his first campaign.And coach Achterberg believes Alisson’s presence has made the Anfield crowd positive about the team’s defence.”I was convinced that if we are going to spend money then Alisson was the No.1 I would sign,” he told the Liverpool Echo.”Obviously what he has done up to now, it has worked out. You’re looking around at the way we play and his movements and you have to say he is the No.1.”Looking at Premier League level, he has worked out this move himself with the qualities he has shown over the years. Obviously these moves need to come off, because you look at David de Gea (at Manchester United), it took one or two years before he was at his level and had the trust.”He only came back into the Manchester United side because the other goalkeeper got injured.”So you don’t have a lot of time to settle because the talking is there all the time and I think Ali and the boss have changed the way the crowd are really with the way they manage and play. Now the crowd is positive from the first second and are not worried if the ball is in the air or the box.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Another day, another college football top 25 released. This time – it’s by the knowledgeable team over at Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected analytical football sites on the web. It won’t surprise you to hear that they’re going with Alabama, the reigning national champion, as the No. 1 team heading into 2016. Alabama is followed by another College Football Playoff participant from last year – Oklahoma. LSU, Clemson and Michigan round out the top five. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, at No. 7. Here’s the entire top 10. You can check out all 25 ranked programs over at PFF.1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Ohio State 9. Tennessee 10. Ole MissAll in all, there are six SEC teams, six Pac-12 teams, three Big Ten teams, three ACC teams, four Big 12 teams, one independent and two non-power five teams. College football fans – do they have it right?[Pro Football Focus]
TORONTO – The trade actions of the U.S. government have created uncertainty for investors in G7 countries, but cooler heads and common sense should prevail, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday.The minister said it’s a “challenging time” after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe, but the government hopes to provide certainty as it works to improve Canada’s relationship with the U.S.“I can’t in any way sugar coat that for investors… We will work towards making sure that Canada and our other allies are put in a better situation in our relationship with the United States,” Morneau said.The minister’s comments came during a news conference with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and institutional investors from the G7, including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Quebec’s largest pension fund. Together, they announced initiatives aimed at boosting opportunities for women in finance and investment, developing more expertise in infrastructure financing and development and improving climate-related disclosures.The moves aimed at boosting G7 countries’ long-term economic future comes after the U.S. metals tariffs were put in place last week and Canada’s response of countermeasures on a long list of imported U.S. goods, set to take effect on Canada Day.While the tariff issues are not expected to have a substantially negative impact in the short term, Ontario Teachers’ chief executive Ron Mock said he’s “not overly excited about the trajectory.”“I’m still in the camp that cooler heads will prevail and, quite frankly, that self interest will prevail,” he said during the news conference. “Which means that we will start to back away from the trajectory we appear to be on at this point in time.”Michael Sabia, the CEO of Caisse de Depot du Placement du Quebec, said Ottawa has done “the right thing” in the face of the U.S. government’s actions.“We will get through this, and I am confident that the world is not going to descend into what’s called a trade war,” he said.Meanwhile, another issue that looms large for the Canadian economy is the fate of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, which Ottawa has agreed to acquire from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion with the hope of seeking a buyer down the line.The Caisse would not comment on a potential purchase, but Ontario Teachers’ did not rule it out.“If it is an opportunity for our members and for our organization in support of our fiduciary duty, then we will take a look,” Mock told reporters.“But where we sit today, it is still very, very early days.”
Olympiakos have announced that Yaya Toure has left the club after just three monthsThe Ivorian midfielder ended his eight-year association with Manchester City in the summer and chose to rejoin Olympiakos in September.Toure had previously spent the 2005/05 campaign with the Greek club, but his second spell failed to live up to expectations with just four appearances to his name – two of which came as a substitute.Now the former Barcelona star’s contract with Olympiakos has been terminated by mutual agreement.Official: Yaya Toure joins Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai Andrew Smyth – July 4, 2019 Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has returned to football with Chinese second-tier side Qingdao Huanghai following a seven-month spell on the sidelines.“Olympiakos and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,” read a statement on the club website.“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”Toure managed 79 goals and 50 assists in 316 appearances for City in an eight-year spell.He won three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup after a successful three years at Barcelona.