TAGSBallyhouraBallyhoura Failtefeaturedfull widthtourism Email Limerick Hoteliers urge Government to address tourism crisis WhatsApp Facebook Co Clare Entrepreneur has created a COVID-friendly tourism product to help Limerick companies attract staycationers NewsLocal News€20million tourism boost from BallyhouraBy Liam Togher – September 18, 2013 528 Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter AN independent visitor impact study released this week shows that Ballyhoura Fáilte generates €20million a year to the local economy.The study, which was completed by Limerick Institute of Technology in partnership with Ballyhoura Fáilte, also showed that the regions welcomes half a million tourists annually.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fergal Somers, manager of Ballyhoura Fáilte, was understandably delighted with the results of the study, attributing the success to the diversity of tourism events it encompasses.He said: “This is very positive for tourism in the Ballyhoura region and shows that our promotion and product development of heritage, culture, festival and events, activity and adventure and working with all the local communities on a number of initiatives is clearly paying dividends.”Ballyhoura Fáilte has been selected by Fáilte Ireland as an adventure ambassador for Ireland and has represented the region and Ireland at a number of tourism events internationally.This weekend the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails will host the European leg of the Blue Grass World Enduro Tour and will bring more than 350 bikers from across Europe to the local mountains.In 2014 the region will host the European Elite Marathon Championships and it will also welcome delegates from the Adventure World Summit. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Post Show | Mags Boland Murphy | Bofin Consultancy New Limerick Tourism Taskforce plans for development of sector Previous articleQuinny to tackle positive mental healthNext articleMEP to host cyberbullying forum in Limerick Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April
Growth in the British foodservice industry has slowed in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote, according to new research.The number of visits to foodservice venues, including restaurants and fast-food outlets, rose 1.5% year-on-year in the six months leading up to the vote, according to analysts the NPD Group, but growth slowed to 0.7% in the 10 months following the vote.Full-service restaurants have experienced the greatest slowdown, from 3% down to 2%, while growth in visits to quick-serve restaurants has dropped from 2.2% to 1.7%.Consumers have started to stop going out for expensive dinners, said NPD, but breakfast and lunch were mitigating some of this with faster growth since the referendum. Food-to-go businesses including Greggs have reported strong growth in their breakfast sales in recent months.Family dining has also taken a hit according to the research, with a decline of more than 2% in visits by adults accompanied by children aged 17 or less.“The British foodservice market has slowed since the Brexit referendum and the industry remains smaller than it was in 2009,” said NPD Group foodservice director Cyril Lavenant.“However, the main message is that there is still growth and the industry is currently showing resilience. This is because operators have spent the past 10 years since the last downturn creating a lively and appealing foodservice environment that encourages consumers to keep eating out.”But there remained “big challenges” ahead for foodservice, he warned, including:The weakness of sterling, meaning foodservice operators will have to replace global sourcing with local sourcing while ensuring they get the quality they need.Inflation, prompting consumers to make savings, which is likely to dampen demand for eating out.Tighter immigration rules, making it harder for operators to hire staff, which is a huge issue in an industry where about 20% of employees are not from the UK.With regards to employment concerns, Lavenant added: “Even if a work-visa system operates when the UK leaves the EU, hiring EU staff would still be more difficult because it will absorb time and create costs. Any sustained staff shortage would damage Britain’s foodservice sector. “We are only one year beyond the referendum and the full effects of Brexit on Britain’s foodservice industry have not yet appeared.”
Magda Matache was just back from a summer break when her high school teacher told her to stand in front of the class and asked, “Why are you so black?”A member of the Roma and a Harvard instructor, Matache recalled the question and the sense of shock and humiliation that followed during a recent interview on campus. “I was poor, I was Roma, I was dark-skinned, I was in a wealthy white high school,” she said. “Slowly I felt that I didn’t belong, and I didn’t want to belong.”With help from supportive teachers and friends, she kept studying, attended college, and eventually earned a master’s degree in European social policies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Bucharest. Currently a mid-career master in public administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, she is also the head of the Roma Program at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB), where she is shedding light on the lives of other Romani children and teens who continue to face racism and discrimination in and out of the classroom. Her Harvard research is helping lead the way in dismantling biased narratives about Romani education.Matache and Harvard FXB, together with the Center for Interactive Pedagogy in Belgrade, Serbia, recently released “One in One Hundred,” a report comparing the educational success rates of Romani and non-Romani students in Serbia.“The rise of xenophobia is headline news in Europe these days,” said Harvard FXB director Jacqueline Bhabha. “But the persistent discrimination and stigma meted out to its Roma minority has yet to attract the concerted attention and public engagement it deserves. [We] have been working on this, Europe’s most accepted form of racism, for the past six years.”The recent study’s title highlights the fact that only one in 100 Serbian Romani students advance to college. Those numbers are the same across Europe, said Matache, and are fueled by the stereotype that Roma are lazy, unable to learn, or simply uninterested in education.“Each year there are thousands and thousands of Roma children placed in Roma-only schools or misdiagnosed with disabilities,” said Matache. For those who make it to a typical school, she added, “expectations from the Roma students are so low that the teachers rarely pay attention to them.”While much of the report is devoted to identifying educational obstacles, it also outlines the “factors for success and resilience among Romani students,” known as the “positive deviance” approach. The approach, which Bhabha pioneered during her 2012 work around female educational disadvantage in India titled “The Champions Project,” helped researchers with the Roma study focus on “the factors that enable success of the outliers rather than focusing on the obstacles that hinder the majority,” said Bhabha.“A preponderance of social research documents the impact of injustice, social inequality, and discrimination. But what many of us really would like to understand is ‘What works? How can injustice and inequality be reduced?’ This study addressed those questions by investigating the experience of successful outliers and the drivers of their atypical achievement.”Researchers studied the responses from surveys, interviews, and a “Writing Romani Lives” workshop conducted with 89 Romani adolescents who made it to college and 100 who did not. The findings showed that strong teacher and peer support systems, access to early childhood development services, and a high level of education among immediate family members corresponded to educational success.For example, in the new study, 16 percent of the college group’s parents had attended college, whereas in the comparison group, only 8 percent had, with 35 percent of the comparison group parents having attended only primary school. In addition, 64 percent of the college students had close relatives who attended or graduated from college, compared with only 43 percent in the non–college student group.Early education matters, too, researchers found. “Across Europe, the access of Romani children to early childhood development services is lower than that of majority children,” the study notes. Only 6 percent of Romani children between the ages of 3 and 5 attended early childhood education programs, the report found, compared with 50 percent of the Serbian national average. The report’s numbers also show a “significantly larger number” of college versus comparison respondents attended kindergarten, 63 to 44 percent, respectively.The study also pointed to a third critical driver of the success of Romani students: the support from a teacher or peer who believed in their abilities and desire to learn and who stood up for them.“Those who made it to college said they had benefitted from a peer or a teacher who supported them when they felt discriminated against,” said Matache. Her own experience reflects those findings. When she arrived for her first day of grade school in 1984 holding hands with a white friend, the teacher noticed and sat them together near the front of the class. Most of Matache’s Romani classmates were seated near the back.“Because of where I was, I got more attention and I paid more attention,” she said. “I did well in primary school and made it to one of the best high schools, but many of my Romani classmates weren’t so lucky.”The study’s findings also dispel the stereotype that Romani culture is indifferent to education. Ninety-three percent of respondents in the sample, which included both the students who attended college and those who did not, reported that their parents valued education for them. “We learned from them that whatever is said in the media, in the literature, everywhere about our culture doesn’t apply,” said Matache. “This whole idea of Roma inferiority and their indifference to school has been portrayed for centuries and it’s also found at the policy-making level. It’s institutional, ideological, societal. It’s racecraft.”In addition to early education access, said Matache, more Romani teachers, cultural sensitivity training for students and teachers, and a curriculum that better reflects the history of the Roma in Europe will all make a difference. But change must come from the top down, she added. The choice to focus on Serbia, she said, was aimed at policymakers who want to see the country accepted into the European Union; with the accession process underway, politicians there are eager to prove Serbia is adhering to the organization’s commitment to human rights.“We are really trying to do advocacy around our research work,” said Matache. “It’s not enough to do research. There is a responsibility to go a step further and put our information out there for the policymakers who can make change a reality.“Our research has shown that real change means giving Romani children what all children need for educational success: good schools, characterized by equity and inclusion, with unbiased, supportive and well-prepared teachers.” The plight of the Roma Activists for their rights press to end centuries of European discrimination against them Related
Family and friends of the graduates were also able to participate through a virtual message board. (WBNG) — On Saturday, SUNY Broome held a virtual graduation ceremony for 921 graduates in the Class of 2020. The ceremony focused on the unique circumstances that 2020 graduates face as they head into the work force. SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm underscored this point. Those graduates ranged in age from 17 to 65 across multiple degree platforms, each of which had its own segment of the ceremony. “This degree tells the world that you can focus your energy for a long period of time,” he said. “It tells the world that you’re prepared to work with others to reach important goals even during very challenging times.” If you’d like to view the ceremony, you can do so by clicking here.