Government failing to deliver promised apprenticeship reform says Limerick TD

first_imgPrint TAGSBusiness Enterprise and InnovationDeputy Maurice Quinlivangovernmentparliamentary questionSinn Fein NewsPoliticsGovernment failing to deliver promised apprenticeship reform says Limerick TDBy Staff Reporter – May 9, 2018 1217 Email Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Previous articleUniversity of Limerick awarded two esteemed awardsNext articleNew aviation training campus lands in Shannon Staff Reporter WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today said that the government is failing to deliver on the promised apprenticeship reform and expansion, as figures obtained by him show the government is missing its own targets by a considerable margin.Speaking today the Limerick City TD said;“Figures released to me in response to a Parliamentary Question show that only 335 people took part in newly established apprenticeship programmes last year, significantly missing the government’s own target of 800 for 2017.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In addition, only 9 of the promised 15 new apprenticeship programmes were introduced last year.“To miss the number of new registrations by 58%, and only deliver 40% of the promised new programmes is totally unacceptable, and shows a complete lack of effort and priority.“Last year, I got a response from a Parliamentary Question outlining an estimated apprenticeship budget for 2018 of €135.3 million. A later response outlined that the actual budget for 2018 would be €122 million, over €13 million less in funding.“It appears that funding for apprenticeships has become a casualty of Fine Gael’s €335 million tax giveaway budget, and I have no doubt the targets will be missed again this year as a result.“Evidence of this can already be seen in the fact that, despite being 5 months into 2018, only 3% of the government’s target of new registrations for this year, have been achieved to date.“The need for more apprenticeship places and alternative programmes is clear. We need to increase this method of training and education, not just to give young people more tertiary education options, but also to equip Ireland with the skilled workers needed for growing and emerging industries.​”​We have to establish apprenticeships as a real alternative career choice for people, we need to champion this method of education and training.” Deputy Quinlivan concluded.More about politics here. center_img Maurice Quinlivan appointed Chair of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee Facebook Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Advertisement Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Pension issue is hot election topiclast_img read more

Flash flooding events similar to those that devastated Donegal on the rise

first_imgHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A meeting of the Citizen’s Assembly on climate change in Dublin has heard that a notable increase in events such as the flash flooding that hit Donegal in August is expected.The 99 citizens as well as a panel of experts gathered at Malahide Castle today to discuss policy changes the government can implement to reduce carbon emissions.Dr Saji Varghese of Met Eireann says looking ahead while annual rainfall is expected to remain the same, the frequency of heavy rainfall events such as flash flooding is expected to increase by 30%:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleSetanta ‘made hard-work of the win’ – manager Paul CampbellNext articleIan McKellen shares another epic throwback pic, this time of him and a young Susan Sarandon News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – October 1, 2017 WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Flash flooding events similar to those that devastated Donegal on the rise Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Set For Boston, Broadway

first_imgFollowing a critically acclaimed year-long tour, David Byrne’s American Utopia will makes its way to Broadway for a run of performances at New York City’s Hudson Theatre, set for October 4th through January 19th, 2020. Prior to the Broadway run, David Byrne’s American Utopia will play 18 performances at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 11th through September 28th.Alongside David Byrne, David Byrne’s American Utopia features Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stephane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III.David Byrne shared his thoughts on the Broadway production. He explained,As I was recording the songs for my ‘American Utopia’ album it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play live- and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in….I imagined a live show….I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drum line/samba school/second line- that would create the rhythms.Because of how theatrical the show is, others started telling me ‘this needs to go to Broadway.’ Why not? But what did that mean? Parked in a beautiful Broadway theater we can perfect the sound, the lights, the movement. I thought to myself that this new context might be good- it might bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit. I asked Alex Timbers, whom I’d worked with twice before on musicals, to help. He brought some original and insightful ideas to the room, ideas I was too close to imagine, and we used those to build on what we had. Read a full statement from David Byrne on the upcoming Broadway production here.Tickets for the upcoming Boston performances are on sale here, with tickets for the New York City performances available here.last_img read more

Digital platforms ramp up security to tackle ‘social engineering’, fraud

first_imgDigital platforms are fortifying security measures to prevent so-called social engineering threats and other online fraud, as more and more people go online to spend money and do business during the pandemic.Gojek’s vice president of information security, Hana Abriyansyah, said the ride-hailing giant had launched #AmanBersamaGoJek (#SafeWithGoJek), a program that educates its users, merchants and drivers on best practices in digital security, as well as developing security technologies.Technologies touted in the initiative include biometric authentication, face verification and number masking, among a slew of other features. “Gojek is keen on contributing to increasing digital literacy so that people themselves can avoid being psychologically manipulated through social engineering,” Hana said in a webinar on Wednesday.In the context of information security, social engineering is described as the act of manipulating individuals into revealing confidential, if not personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes.One example includes scammers asking for one-time passwords (OTP) via text message or through a feature called call forwarding, in which the victim’s phone call is diverted to another number for scammers to attain verification codes without the victim being aware of the call diversion. OTP is typically used to verify payments.Read also: Be alert of the ‘social engineering’ threat and a new wave of online frauds Besides Gojek, online marketplace Bukalapak is also adapting to such threats. Its senior corporate communications manager, Gicha Graciella, told The Jakarta Post that cybersecurity risks such as social engineering could happen to anyone at any time, especially when people sheltering at home from the coronavirus were spending more time online to fulfill their needs.She said Bukalapak was using layered security when receiving, saving and processing data to prevent data misuse. The marketplace is also using cloud-based storage to fortify users’ data security.“At Bukalapak, the safety of all users is our top priority, so we always make an effort from time to time to improve the security and convenience of our users and ensure that their data is not misused,” she said.Gicha suggested that users change their passwords regularly, keep their personal information secret and contact customer service should they stumble on anything suspicious – steps outlined in the firm’s “4 Aman, 5 Sempurna” (4 is Protected, 5 is Fail-safe) motto.Gojek and Bukalapak are among a slew of information technology platforms that are ramping up security to anticipate social engineering threats and a new wave of online fraud during the pandemic.Read also: Indonesian businesses ramp up cybersecurity budget amid rampant attacksBased on data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) published in August, the number of online shops and products sold there fell from February to March, when the virus’ spread was starting to be reported in Indonesia, but the figures have since gradually rose in subsequent months.Echoing BPS data, Tony Seno Hartono, adjunct researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s (UGM) Center for Digital Society, quoted various dataset in a webinar earlier this week showing that COVID-19 has caused people to spend more time on food and drink apps and led them to try new digital shopping methods, among other lifestyle changes.As people become more dependent on digital platforms, the frequency of online fraud and social engineering is expected to increase in the next few months, he added.Online fraud makes up the second-largest category of cases filed in police reports in Indonesia between January and September this year, and  contributes to more than a quarter of all cybercrime cases in that period, according to data from the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim). As a nation, Indonesia is especially vulnerable to social engineering and fraud due to the low level of digital literacy despite high penetration rates, an UGM report published in February this year noted. The Gojek-backed study emphasized increasing digital literacy to tackle social engineering.“Before the pandemic, security was already a key factor in creating digital platforms. Now, with everyone hopping onto digital platforms, security is becoming even more important,” Tony said.He called on the government and lawmakers to promptly conclude the personal data protection bill, which would raise awareness on the importance of protecting personal data.The Communications and Information Ministry was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Post on Thursday.However, Minister Johnny G. Plate said on Sept. 7 that the government and the House of Representatives had agreed on 66 points on the bill’s problem inventory list (DIM), while other points were set to be discussed at the working committee level beginning this week.The ministry issued a press release confirming that both sides aimed to conclude the bill by November. “The government is ready and the public is waiting for us to create an adequate legal umbrella in the interest of protecting people’s personal data,” the minister said. Editor’s note: This article has been updated.Topics :last_img read more