Foynes gets ready to soar

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentLife & LeisureLimerickNewsTransportFoynes gets ready to soarBy Alan Jacques – June 6, 2018 1211 Advertisement News briefs Varadkar, pensions row, Clonlara and childcare Top woman aviator to take off at Foynes air show Twitter TAGSaerobaticsAviation IrelandaviatorFoynes Air ShowIrish historic flight foundationMargaret O’ShaughnessysummerWildcat aerobatics WITH just eight weeks until takeoff for the fifth Foynes Air Show, event organisers have revealed that 14 daring and iconic acts have already signed up to take part in this summer’s spectacle.The Foynes Air Show will take place on July 28 next forming part of the #AviationIreland weekend, which includes the Bray Air Display in County Wicklow.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Flying high on the success of last year’s event, the 2018 line up in Foynes will include shock and awe displays from Europe’s most skilled military pilots, breathtaking aerobatics by Ireland’s most experienced aviators, as well as a fly-pass by some of the world’s most historically significant aircraft.Among the highlights this year is the Wildcat Aerobatics – one of the most exciting acts on the air show scene. Displaying close formation aerobatics and precision synchronised flying in the iconic Pitts Special biplane, the Wildcats have developed an exciting choreographed air show act that combines a graceful mix of balletic, close formation aerobatics and high speed opposition passes where their closing speed is in excess of 400mph.Familiar individual never-to-be-missed solo displays will include the “The Flying Dentist” Eddie Goggins and Gerry Humphries onboard his “Flying Cow” Vans RV7.These award-winning daredevils are renowned for mind-boggling displays in modified aircraft and have become favourites among the Foynes fans.Foynes Air Show is not only made up of high energy, exhilarating displays, this popular annual event also pays homage to its internationally recognised aviation history.Spectators will be transported back to the golden era of aviation when the Catalina Flying Boat PBY-5A returns to Foynes to celebrate its 75th birthday.The iconic DC-3 aircraft will add an element of graceful beauty to the ‘Shamrock 1942’ display while the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, will celebrate Foynes unique aviation history and legacy when Chipmunk and Stearman aircrafts fly across the Shannon Estuary.Foynes Air Show festival director, Margaret O’Shaughnessy said this annual family event celebrates the unique aviation history of the area, which has also left a lasting legacy that impacts on our community and economy even today.“The aviation and aerospace industry continues to thrive across the Mid West Region as our reputation in aviation remains strong. Many of the families enjoying the festivities both in the air and on the ground this July 28 will more than likely have a member working in a job supporting this industry,” she added.The Foynes Air Show will begin at 2pm on the day.For more entertainment news click here Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Council considers take-off cash for airshow Previous articleBallyhoura Active SeriesNext articleMajor education conference at Limerick Institute of Technology Alan Jacques WhatsApp Something special will be in the air over Foynes Linkedin Foynes Air Show 2017Picture: Oisin McHugh Irish Air Corp to make its Foynes Air Show Debut during one of the most Historic Years in Irish Defence Force History Foynes is flying high as Foynes Air show is set to return this Summer Facebooklast_img read more

Web of intrigue

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Web of intrigueOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. E-commerce.  It’s the businessbuzzword that is bridging the millennium. But as the pace of change continuesto quicken, the electronic revolution is not without its problems foremployers. Through a series of light-hearted but real-life scenarios, ColinTweedie looks at some of the serious issues that can ariseScenario 1 Alan and Bob are employed by CyberCo and send e-mails to each other relayingjokes about fellow employee Dougie’s Scottish background. Dougie is copied inand Alan and Bob assume he finds it funny, but he takes offence. The e-mailsare all derogatory of Scots and one in particular contains a reference toDougie, suggesting he is lazy and often drunk. Colin Tweedie comments: Alan and Bob’s comments may have seemed likeharmless fun at the time but they are in danger of “cyberlibelling”Dougie by suggesting he is lazy and often drunk. Cyberlibel is a relatively newphenomenon which is set to multiply in line with the number of people usinge-mail. E-mail communications have the potential to open up a worldwideaudience of hundreds of millions at the push of a button and so there isgreater risk of liability for Alan, Bob and anyone else committing cyberlibel. Liability in this case does not, however, stop with Alan and Bob. They weresending the e-mails during working time, and therefore CyberCo couldtechnically be held liable by virtue of vicarious liability. Even if they wereacting outside the course of their employment, CyberCo may also be liable as”publisher”. CyberCo is responsible for providing Alan and Bob withan e-mail system and access to the Internet. CyberCo also has a duty of care toprotect staff from harassment. For employers with a recognised e-mail policy, the “Internetdefence” under section 1 of the Defamation Act 1996 does provide a defenceif they were not the author or editor, took reasonable care to prevent a libelor did not know that what they did caused or contributed to the publication ofa defamatory statement. Scenario 2 Every day at work, Alan and Bob spend time surfing the Internet, downloadingjokes and animated cartoons which they attach to e-mails and forward to Dougie.Colin Tweedie comments: Alan and Bob’s “extra-curricular”activity is not unique. In fact more and more staff are surfing the Net attheir employers’ expense – booking holidays, for example – and this particularproblem raises a number of important issues for employers to address. First, there is the question of degree in terms of what material employeesare looking at, and for how long. Second, opening the computer networks for Internet connection orunauthorised surfing of the Net makes companies more exposed to hacking and tocomputer virus attacks which can lead to theft, destruction or alteration ofimportant and confidential data. Because of the dangers associated withsurfing, employers need to make a concerted effort to ensure that employees areaware that extensive private use of company assets such as the Internet is notpermitted. To avoid any confusion, CyberCo should have drawn up a clear policyoutlining the permissible workplace uses of the e-mail and Internet. Third, copyright exists in text, graphics, sound effects, music andcartoons. By downloading material from the Internet where there is no expressor implied permission from the copyright owner and forwarding it to Dougie, Alanand Bob have breached the copyright by transmitting the cartoons. A dedicatedpolicy would protect CyberCo from vicarious liability in this instance too. Scenario 3 The firm has an important customer, Impress, which employs Alan’s friendEmma. Thinking Emma would enjoy a joke, Alan sends her an e-mail which reads: “Hi Emma. I thought you might enjoy this one. Just click on the box andwatch what he does with the haggis! I’ll catch up with the gossip when I seeyou on Thursday. Incidentally, there’s a rumour that my boss is leaving to joinlocal rivals – not official yet.” Inadvertently, Emma copies it to all Impress staff. The managing director ofImpress, Jock, a Scotsman, reads it. Colin Tweedie comments: One grave anxiety about e-mails is the way theycan, particularly through attachments, import viruses into otherwise healthycomputer systems and cause havoc. In this scenario, Alan is sending an attachment to Emma and she in turn hasopened an attachment sent from outside. Impress is unlikely to be impressed bythat, particularly if a virus was transmitted. Even though CyberCo wasoblivious to Alan’s antics, it is liable if a virus was transmitted and couldbe considered negligent in allowing that to happen. Although the publication of obscene material is a criminal offence, a recentsurvey reported that more than half of the 805 employees questioned hadreceived obscene, sexist or otherwise inappropriate e-mail correspondence inthe last year. If employers turn a blind eye to their staff transmitting obscene material,they may risk being accused of aiding and abetting the crime although, here,there is no evidence that CyberCo knew about Alan’s e-mail. To address this problem and that of transmitting a virus, any e-mail policyshould emphasise the golden rule that attached files from outside are notopened without being screened by the IT department. Once again, CyberCo and Alan are both guilty in this scenario of copyrightinfringement and, by repeating the rumour about his boss joining a rival firm,Alan may also be in breach of confidentiality on the basis that the departureof his boss could be confidential and not something that CyberCo would want oneof their customers to hear about. The informality and simplicity with which e-mails can be sent, and thematerial which can be copied and forwarded, is a major problem for allemployers and makes breach of confidentiality far more likely. It alsoundermines the employer’s ability to protect its trade secrets and theconfidentiality of its information. In different circumstances, CyberCo couldalso be liable if confidential information entrusted to it by a third party wasabused in the same way. Finally, the e-mail sent around Impress could damage the customerrelationship as it shows a lack of professionalism as well as a lack of clientcare. Scenario 4 Meanwhile, CyberCo receives an invoice from a company for a subscription toits web site. Apparently Bob entered the CyberCo’s name when asked for a passwordto enter the site. Colin Tweedie comments: CyberCo may not think it is legally requiredto foot the bill. But staff have apparent authority to form contracts on behalfof their employers provided an outside party reasonably believes they have thatauthority. As e-mails are generally identified as originating from a company, therecipient will, in most cases, be acting reasonably in believing he is agreeinga contract if he assumes that it is sent with the company’s authority. In thiscase, Bob probably contracts with the outside company when he enters hispassword to gain access to the web site and CyberCo is therefore obliged to paythe invoice. Scenario 5 Dougie invokes the grievance procedure and says he is also consulting alawyer. Colin Tweedie comments: Although he doesn’t say why he is invokingthe grievance procedure, Dougie could be alleging e-mail harassment or”cyber-harassment” as it is becoming known. Although cyber-harassment is a fairly recent development in this country, itcan lead to discrimination claims in relation to sex, race or disability.Claims in the US have centred on the premise that offensive e-mails create ahostile working environment. One could argue that Alan and Bob may not havegone quite as far as creating a hostile working environment, but they maynevertheless be guilty of direct race discrimination against Dougie. Clearly, employers are under a duty to protect employees from harassment andshould have a policy against harassment. Employers who turn a blind eye to theproblem may face: a) Liability for breach of that duty b) Vicarious liability for the acts of employees abusing thee-mail/Internet, and c) The potential for a constructive unfair dismissal claim, based on abreach of mutual trust and confidence, if the employer fails to deal with thematter appropriately. Dougie also says he is visiting a lawyer, and this raises an important pointin relation to disclosure of information in litigation. Employers shouldremember that a party to legal proceedings will be under a duty to hand overall relevant documents, whether or not they are helpful to its case, includingany electronic records such as e-mails. They should also be careful whenchoosing e-mail as a form of communication in relation to contentious material.Colin Tweedie is an employment partner at Addleshaw Booth & Co Learning points– With the growth of electronic communications, it is crucial that allemployers have a comprehensive e-mail/Internet policy in place.– When implementing an e-mail policy, employers should ensure that it isproperly drawn up and communicated to all employees, specifying boundaries forusing the firm’s computer equipment as well as the penalties for breaching therules. – The policy should clearly prohibit the distribution of defamatory,abusive, sexist or racist messages as well as the downloading of offensive material.The rules regarding on-line behaviour need to be set out too. Particularlyimportant is pointing out the perils of sending confidential messages by e-mailor Internet, and the importance of having all file attachments checked forcomputer viruses before opening to avoid importing viruses into the company’ssystems.– The existence of such a policy, properly implemented, demonstrates that anemployer has taken reasonable care to prevent abuse and misuse of anyInternet/e-mail facilities and will ensure any problems such as those faced byCyberCo can be resolved quickly and effectively. last_img read more

Swansea appoint Francesco Guidolin as new head coach

first_imgSwansea have confirmed the appointment of former Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach. “We are very pleased with the appointment,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the official club website. “His experience and knowledge will be a huge asset to the club.” Swansea sacked Garry Monk last month – after he secured only one win from 12 games – putting club stalwart Curtis in caretaker charge after a search for a new manager failed to find the right candidate. The 61-year-old was named interim manager until the end of the season on January 7 but, with only one victory in his seven games under Curtis, Jenkins felt another change was necessary. He has therefore turned to Guidolin, who has extensive experience in Italy and has also coached Monaco in France’s Ligue 1, his most renowned spell coming at Udinese between 2010 and 2014 when he twice steered the unfashionable Serie A club into the Champions League. “Although we recently appointed Alan Curtis as manager until the end of the campaign, he was aware and comfortable with the fact that we were still looking to bring someone in to assist if we found the right person,” Jenkins said. “We believe we have found that person in Francesco. He has an excellent record, especially with Udinese over the last few years. “He created an Udinese side from a relatively small budget – compared to the rest of the league – that competed with the big teams in Serie A. “He instilled a belief and motivation to compete and beat the best Italy had to offer. It is similar to what this football club is trying to do in the Premier League. Guidolin has been brought in to work alongside interim manager Alan Curtis, with the club in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Monday night’s home game against Watford. Swansea say Guidolin will have the final say on team selection and the 60-year-old Italian will have a watching brief for the Watford game before taking on a hands-on role for the first time at Everton on Sunday. “He also has a wealth of knowledge of players throughout Europe which will be a big boost on our recruitment side – something we have been reviewing in a lot more depth over the last few months. “When the need arose to look for a new manager or head coach, those characteristics stood out from a number of other potential candidates, together with the enthusiasm he has shown to come in and help us turn our season around and retain our Premier League status.” Swansea will become Guidolin’s 14th club, with Bologna, Parma and Palermo also on his managerial CV. He won the Coppa Italia with Vicenza in 1997 after leading the club from Serie B. Since leaving his role at Udinese last May he has worked as a technical supervisor for the three teams belonging to the Pozzo family – namely Udinese, Watford and Granada. Both Guidolin and Swansea have agreed to review the position at the end of the season with the option of extending the Italian’s contract. Press Associationlast_img read more