Green Procurement: Latest seminar in Limerick European Green Leaf 2020 series

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook LimerickNewsGreen Procurement: Latest seminar in Limerick European Green Leaf 2020 seriesBy Meghann Scully – November 11, 2020 197 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK City and County Council in association with the Rediscovery Centre is hosting an online seminar all about Green Procurement.This event provides an exciting opportunity for all in the local authority and public sector to learn about green procurement and the circular economy, while also giving businesses an insight into what is required under the green procurement process, so that they can tender for contracts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Green procurement aims to stimulate the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works.The webinar takes place on Tuesday 17 November 2020 from 10.30am until 12noon and is part of the series celebrating Limerick as European Green Leaf 2020 winner.The webinar is FREE and to register click here.Sinead Mc Donnell, Environment Awareness Officer, Limerick City and County Council said: “This #EGLA Green Procurement webinar will give a practical insight into the collective need to incorporate the circular economy model into our day to day working lives.“Our world is showing the stresses and strains of the current ‘take, make, waste’ model and moving towards the circular economy model will help preserve natural resources, protect habitats and reduce pollution.” she said.“We have a wonderful range of expert speakers and panellists including Sarah Miller CEO of the Rediscovery Centre, (National Academy for the Circular Economy); Mr Derek Flanagan from the Office of Public Procurement along with practical examples of Green procurement from the National Waste Collection Permit Office and Dublin City Council.”Sarah Miller CEO Rediscovery Centre said: “Green public procurement provides a huge opportunity to unlock the potential of the circular economy and support sustainable and resilient communities.“By embedding Environmental and social considerations within the procurement process we can enable public spending to impact positively on both society and our planet.” Sarah added.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.This event is organised by Limerick City and County Council in conjunction with the Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy.For further information or for assistance with registration, please email [email protected] webinars are recorded and made available on the Limerick EGLA2020 YouTube Channel.This is a European Green Leaf 2020 event.Follow Limerick European Green Leaf on social media with hashtags #EGLALimerick2020 and #EGLA2020. Email Printcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous article#Gaeilge24 sa Mhodhscoil i LuimnighNext articleShannon Group welcomes Government funding announcement for Shannon Airport Meghann Scully Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSGreen ProcurementKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Where money meets politics

first_imgJames M. Snyder Jr., Harvard’s newest professor of government and an economist by trade, is one of a handful of experts unraveling the enduring puzzle of American elections: how they unfold, and how they are influenced by campaign financing, interest groups, the media, and the economy. In short, what are voters thinking when they cast their ballots?No one really knows, of course. But with the right data, surveys, and programs to tease out inferences, he said it is possible at least to arrive at broad models of voter behavior. Along the way, some conclusions can prove surprising, such as: A voter’s personal economic travail has less influence on her vote than perceptions of how the larger economy is doing. “Do people engage in ‘pocketbook voting?’ ” Snyder asked. “The answer seems to be no.”The implication is that “people are not narrowly expecting the government to help us — but we expect the government to handle the economy well over time.” Despite the common wisdom, a person’s vote is not driven wholly by local or even personal considerations, said Snyder. “People are rewarding — or punishing — an incumbent for national outcomes.”This is just a sliver of what scholars like Snyder infer from vast data sets of election results and complex voter surveys.He has also observed that while the economy drives votes, partisanship drives them even harder. Identifying with a political party applies even to independents, said Snyder, because this growing fraction of the electorate is seldom purely neutral; most are “leaners,” he said, weakly preferring one political camp or the other — but strongly voting with that camp.Snyder, the son of a peripatetic executive with General Electric Co., moved five times in his childhood, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Italy, and upstate New York. “Dying GE cities is the theme here,” he said, with the exception of still-vibrant Milan, Italy, where he landed as a 10-year-old. His mobile childhood turned him inward and gave him a precocious ability to focus, which served him well as a student (he excelled at math) and later as a scholar. “It helps you detach yourself from the world,” said Snyder of that fruitful inwardness, “and focus on your research world.”By the time he arrived at Duke University as a freshman in 1977, Snyder was toying with the idea of majoring in philosophy. Then came a life-changing moment: an introductory economics course with H. Gregg Lewis, a legendary pioneer in labor economics. “He made everything clear, and was interested in students,” said Snyder, and “he was very funny.”In his junior year came another inspiration, a stint as a programmer for two economists, Henry Grabowski and John Vernon, in the days when “programming” meant dealing with decks of punch cards. The rich data wowed Snyder, along with the intensity of effort it took to derive conclusions from it. “I thought: ‘My gosh, this is such a nice life,’ ” he said of economics scholarship. “You basically get to do what you like all day long. It might be 10 hours a day, but it’s your 10 hours.”His Ph.D. studies at the California Institute of Technology, though, slighted the importance of the empirical in favor of pure theory. “We never looked at a data set,” said Snyder. But his first job, a seven-year stint at the University of Chicago, awoke him to the realities of his new profession. “It was clear,” he said. “Economists look at data all the time.”Now, after an 18-year stop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a continuing appointment at the London School of Economics, and a longtime association with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Snyder is known for his creative and rich data sets. He is writing a paper on American media coverage of political scandals and is co-writing another on levels of U.S. political corruption in the mid- 19th century. Who got rich, the study asks, and how did wealth correlate with time in office?Snyder has also investigated how campaign contributions influence modern political decision-making. His conclusion — that such money doesn’t make much difference — defied conventional wisdom. Politicians know that constituents have diffuse interests, and they can’t be ignored in favor of the one that gave the maximum contribution, said Snyder, because “too many people want too many different things.”Outside of work, the trim, energetic Snyder plays tennis, bikes to work from his home in Belmont, and sails – all of that “when I can.” Even travel to Europe’s Mediterranean rim, a favorite pastime with his wife and 15-year-old daughter, is tempered by the demands of work. Said Snyder, “I used to have a life.”last_img read more

Tim Hortons Pulls ‘Roll Up The Rim’ Cups Due To Health Concerns

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Citing the “current public health environment,” Tim Hortons has decided to stop the cup portion of its annual ‘Roll Up The Rim’ campaign.“Tim Hortons does not believe it’s the right time for team members in restaurants to collect rolled up tabs that have been in people’s mouths during this current public health environment,” the chain’s statement said, in reference to the current outbreak of coronavirus.”Instead, the company is switching their focus toward the campaign’s digital elements. More than 1 million prizes will be redistributed this way.Here’s how it works: Tims Rewards members earn a digital roll when they scan their loyalty card or app after purchasing a qualifying item during the campaign’s four-week period. Unregistered members have until April 21 to register their card and reveal their rolls.Prizes include $1,000 pre-paid gift cards, free coffee for a year and $50 Tim Hortons gift cards.As this continues, the coffee chain says the company is making the effort to collect all of the paper Roll Up The Rim cups to make sure they’re appropriately recycled. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Maybe people should just stop going there period due to the public health environment,This is something Tim Hortons said they were stopping because they have already been giving away too much free stuff; they stopped it eve. before this virus outbreak.https://buffalonews.com/2020/02/13/what-happened-to-roll-up-the-rim/last_img read more

Liberian-Flagged Ships 1st to Feature ClassNK e-Certificate

first_imgThe world’s first comprehensive electronic certificate service for classification and statutory certificates, which will first be available to Liberian-flagged vessels, will enter operation from June 15, classification society ClassNK said.The service, ClassNK e-Certificate, is the result of a project aimed at reducing the workload on board and at shore by minimizing potential clerical errors and time-loss associated with paper burden, according to the classification society.Based on the standards stipulated in IMO’s Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates, released in April 2016, the system enables secure transmission of certificates from ship to shore and vice versa.ClassNK added that it includes an online function “to determine the validity of certificates and that they have not been falsified or tampered with.”Trials on the system were launched in October 2016 in cooperation with the Liberian Registry and shipping companies. In April 2017, the Liberian Registry confirmed that ClassNK e-Certificate met the requirements of the IMO Guidelines, and granted ClassNK authorization as the first recognized organization to issue electronic certificates to Liberian-flagged vessels on its behalf.“With the successful completion of operational trials, and authorization from the Liberian Registry, ClassNK has become the world’s first classification society to provide a comprehensive system for electronic certificates,” Tetsuya Hayashi, Director of ClassNK’s Survey Operations Division, said.“We plan to expand the availability of this innovative service to even more vessels on our register in the near future in order to meet the growing needs of the industry,” Hayashi added.last_img read more