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CIF sets out plan to save jobs


first_imgAdvertisement A RECOVERY plan put forward by construction employers to save jobs, generate increased government revenues and kick start economic recovery has been backed by The Mid West Branch of the Construction Industry Federation.The CIF recently held an emergency meeting that brought together all of the major construction employers, including the major material suppliers, representatives of the architectural, engineering and surveying professions, major contractors and house builders.Conor O’Connell from the CIF Mid West Branch outlined the key issues contained in the recovery plan drawn up by the CIF. According to Conor O’Connell, “infrastructure spending is the key to saving jobs, increasing exchequer revenues and providing a platform for economic recovery for the Mid West region.”    “In the Mid West, construction currently employs in the region of 15,000 people directly, which is down by almost 10,000 people in two years. This does not include the thousands of people who are employed indirectly.  The sector in the Mid West also supports thousands of induced jobs in the shops, restaurants etc. where construction workers spend their wages.”  “It was agreed as part of the recovery plan that urgent action is needed within the next month to protect these existing jobs. The prospect of thousands of job losses in construction throughout the Mid West and the entire country is real unless the pipeline of projects increases.”“One of the major fears for construction employers in the Mid West relates to infrastructure spending and the possibility of further cuts in labour intensive projects arising from the upcoming budgetary measures. It is the view of the Mid West Branch that this would be the entirely wrong thing to do from the economy’s perspective resulting in increased social welfare costs and undoing any savings from upcoming budgetary measures.”“As it is, 75% of infrastructure spending is already committed to ongoing or contracted projects and even a minor cut in spending would mean that virtually no new projects will start over the coming months.  In addition, spending on the pre-tender design, engineering and surveying has been significantly cut meaning a reduction in ready to go projects over the coming 12 months.”Mr O’Connell said, “Now is the time for the Government to take advantage of the competitive tendering environment and to place an emphasis on labour intensity and projects that are vital for the local economy in the long term.”“The payback to the state will be immediate. Research shows that every €100m spent on construction projects creates 1,000 jobs and generates nearly €50m for the exchequer through income, taxes and social welfare savings. Infrastructure improvements also ensure the future tax income of the economy by improving competitiveness and attracting inward investment.” Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleDell to cut 100 more jobs in LimerickNext articleMan seriously injured in shooting admin Email NewsLocal NewsCIF sets out plan to save jobsBy admin – March 21, 2009 687 Facebooklast_img read more


More cities consider To Let boards ban in student areas


first_imgTwo more city councils are considering bans on To Let boards in student areas, hot on the heels of Leicester where last month its local authority asked the government for statutory powers to ban the boards outright.Leicester, like other cities hoping to restrict agent boards, is seeking a Regulation 7 Direction from the Secretary of State that would give it powers of control under the Town & Country Planning Act 2007.Both Durham in Northumberland and Belfast in Northern Ireland are now considering such bans following public complaints within both cities about the number of boards on display and the length of time they remain outside properties.In Durham local councillors are considering a ban within the city’s mainly student areas after the local MP and campaigners supported the move, despite a voluntary code of practice introduced in 2011.“Whilst the introduction of the voluntary code for letting boards has seen a significant improvement in the situation we are aware that there continues to be breaches in some areas by some agents,” Stuart Timmiss (pictured, left), Durham City Council’s head of planning and assets, told The Northern Echo.In Belfast its local authority today began a public consultation on its proposals to restrict the use of To Let boards in student areas. These include to limit the size of boards, force them to be fixed flush against a building’s exterior and restrict how long they can be displayed for. Belfast City Council has also said an outright ban on To Let boards is also on the cards.Local council Declan Boyle told the Belfast Telegraph: “Some of them are left up for more than half the year. These ‘to let’ boards make the areas look run-down, unloved, poor and rejected.“There’s no need for them in this day and age.”Cities that have already banned To Let boards in student areas include Newcastle, Cardiff, Liverpool, Loughborough, Nottingham, Brighton & Hove and Preston.Belfast to let boards durham November 7, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » More cities consider To Let boards ban in student areas previous nextAgencies & PeopleMore cities consider To Let boards ban in student areasDurham and Belfast follow Leicester’s recent initiativeNigel Lewis7th November 20160537 Viewslast_img read more


Badgers off to best start ever


first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoComing off two road victories against then-No. 11 Minnesota and unranked Iowa, the Wisconsin volleyball team remained unbeaten in Big Ten play and moved up one spot to eighth in the country.”We had a very good weekend on the road at Minnesota and Iowa,” head coach Pete Waite said during his Monday press conference. “Minnesota was a very big match because it separated us and put us in a tie with Penn State for the lead in the Big Ten. We took care of business at Iowa. It was very good.”With the victories, the Badgers now own an impressive 11-match road winning streak — and 13 matches overall — with the only loss coming in their first road match of the year to BYU. Wisconsin was also able to accomplish something it has not done since 2001 this past weekend — win at Minnesota.”The team has been handling [road games] really well,” Waite said. “Back from the European trip, all through the five weeks away, it has been perfect for this upperclassmen, senior-led group. It is just the way we planned it.”At 16-1, the Badgers are off to the best start in the program’s history. Their 8-0 conference record is also the second best start in conference play. Only the 2001 Big Ten championship team started better at 11-0.”This is where we hoped to be, especially in the Big Ten season,” Waite said. “Leading up to this weekend, we wanted to be undefeated with a shot at Penn State to get them on our home court and hopefully have the kind of match like we did last year here.”Wack wins awardFor the second time this season, a Badger was named the Big Ten defensive Player of the Week.After averaging 6.1 digs per game this past weekend, senior libero Jocelyn Wack received her first career weekly honor.”When Jo Wack came into our program, she changed our program,” Waite said. “[She] made it much better defensively and took us to the next level.”In the first match of the weekend against rival Minnesota, Wack led all players with 26 digs. In the process she broke an 18-year school record for digs in a three-game match. Lisa Boyd previously set the record with 24 digs in 1989.The next night against Iowa, Wack again led the team with 17 digs.”Watching her play this season, I know I will miss her dearly next year,” Waite said. “She quietly gets the job done and keeps us in a lot of matches. She plays her best in big matches, so I expect even more this weekend.”Now with 1,919 career digs, Wack needs only 2 more digs to become the all-time dig leader at Wisconsin. With just 81 more digs, Wack would also become just the second player in Big Ten history to amass more than 2,000 career digs.Badgers ranked 6tth h in RPIThe first RPI ranking of the season came out last week, and the Badgers were ranked No. 6.”Obviously we would love to get in those top four spots,” Waite said of his team’s RPI ranking. “You can’t tell the team too much about that kind of thing. They know how important these matches are this weekend, and they take care of the Big Ten one match at the time. If they do that they have a good shot at one of those top four spots.”However, with a couple of losses in the top 10 this weekend, Wisconsin will have a shot to move into the top four and better its position for the NCAA tournament seeding.”I like where we sit right now,” Waite said. “There was a shake up in the top 10 this weekend. Some teams lost to unranked teams, so that could hurt them in the RPI, which could help us.”Badgers spike cancerBesides playing for the Big Ten lead against No. 2 Penn State Sunday, Wisconsin will also provide its efforts to “spike cancer.”Teaming up with American Transmission Company, Coca-Cola and Susan G. Koman, Wisconsin will donate $0.50 for every fan in attendance to the Madison affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation.”The Penn State match is going to be fantastic just like it was last year,” Waite said. “We are expecting a huge crowd, and we are hoping to fill the Field House.”The Badgers will also have two honorary coaches for the match. Breast cancer survivors Lisa Powell, a program assistant in the UW football program and Marilyn Bielema, mother of head football coach Brett Bielema, will join the team on the bench Sunday.”I’ll have to ask Brett to see if [Marilyn Bielema] is up for a big pregame speech for us,” Waite said.last_img read more




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