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WIT HumberOn Friday 24th November, Susan Somerville, Dean of the School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, Humber Institute of Technology, Toronto, visited Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and met with staff from Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Science.

Humber has been a partner of WIT for many years but the partnership with the Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality was initiated just this year. Welcoming Dean, Susan Somerville to WIT, Marian O’Neill, Head of School of Humanities commented that "I am particularly conscious of the importance of internationalisation which allows for enriching experiences for our students and staff. I am delighted to welcome Susan to Waterford and hope that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship for both our institutions".

Ray Cullen, Head of Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality at WIT added that he was ‘particularly delighted to work with Susan and colleagues at Humber and I look forward to developing opportunities for student exchange and advanced entry and for collaboration between staff in all our areas’.

Don O’Neill, International Coordinator for the Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality, commented that ‘we are delighted that two of our students from the BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts will spend the next semester studying at Humber beginning in January’. Besides studying in Canada, students from the programme also have the opportunity to study at some of the world’s leading culinary institutes which are partnered with WIT in Brazil, China, France, the USA and Northern Ireland.

Programme leader for the BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts programme, Lorain Walsh added that ‘this programme is particularly unique as it includes a mandatory semester of professional placement abroad as well as a semester of study abroad giving our students a most valuable insight in world cuisine and equipping them with cutting edge skills which will make them leaders in their field on graduation’.

cycling without age

The Young Social Innovator Class of Newtown School, invite you to help us ensure that everyone, regardless of age, has the opportunity to get out and about to share in life in the Waterford community.

We are passionate about supporting older adults to have fun, freedom and opportunities to feel like active citizens.

We believe we can make this possible in Waterford with a “Cycling Without Age” Trishaw.

Come along and hear about our idea.

Date: Thursday, 14th December 2017

Time: 2.30-3.30pm

Venue: Newtown School

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Coordinating Teacher: Karen Keogh

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ArcLabs WITMinister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, John Halligan TD, today announced the establishment of the NDRC@ArcLabs Start-up Accelerator programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, to further enhance the start-up ecosystem within Ireland.

The accelerator, which is based in ArcLabs at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is open to applications from potential teams or individuals both in Ireland or overseas, in all technology sectors.

The investors and supporters of NDRC@ArcLabs, in addition to Enterprise Ireland, include Suir Valley Ventures, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, South East BIC, and Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Centres.

There are 10 slots available within the ‘NDRC@ArcLabs’ Accelerator Programme with the first cohort to commence in early 2018. Successful applicants of the Enterprise Ireland supported accelerator programme will receive membership and a place within ‘NDRC@ArcLabs’ for a period of 100 days, where teams will be able to build and commercially validate their technologies by working with existing entrepreneurial networks and mentors.

The Accelerator programme is part of Enterprise Ireland’s overall strategy to increase the number and quality of start-ups that have the potential to employ more than 10 persons and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years.

Announcing the establishment of the NDRC@ArcLabs accelerator programme Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, John Halligan TD said: “I’m delighted to welcome the establishment of this new accelerator programme in my own constituency. Ireland is recognised as a key hub for technology and innovation and this accelerator programme, supported by my Department through Enterprise Ireland, will make a real contribution to supporting more start-ups and ultimately more jobs in the South East of Ireland.

A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is targeting sectors where we have established strengths, and supporting growth and expansion in those areas to create jobs. The establishment of the NDRC@ArcLabs start-up accelerator in Waterford, where there is a strong tradition of entrepreneurship, is timely and very welcome.”

Welcoming the announcement, Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development Enterprise Ireland said: “A priority for Enterprise Ireland is to encourage and support entrepreneurs across all regions to start new companies with the ambition to scale in global markets. This new accelerator programme, a partnership between Enterprise Ireland, NDRC and ArcLabs strengthens the start – up support infrastructure in the South-East region. The accelerator leverages Ireland’s international reputation as a technology hub with a world-class start-up ecosystem supporting ambitious entrepreneurs to start, and build new companies that will create highly skilled jobs in the South-East region.”

NDRC CEO, Ben Hurley said: “World leading companies are already emerging from the South East in areas such as digital animation and software development and the potential for more growth is clear. We are delighted to be able to bring our accelerator investment experience and expertise to the South East and look forward to supporting the development of new digital enterprises rooted in the area.”

Welcoming the support of Enterprise Ireland, Professor Willie Donnelly, President of Waterford Institute of Technology outlined, "The institute has been at the forefront in the development of a High Potential Start-up Cluster which is beginning to transform the profile of indigenous industry in the region. The Accelerator Programme is an important next phase in the development of the HPSU platform centred around our ArcLabs incubation and innovation platform. The Accelerator programme will focus on ICT, AR/VR and Agricultural Technology companies ensuring that the funded companies continue to develop within the region.”

Rapid Cabs Winterval

Christmas is a special time of year, especially fo those who live in Waterford City. The City centre will enjoy its busiest time of the year with Christmas parties, Winterval, shopping and many other activities such as the largest ferris wheel in Ireland, ice skating and the Rotary memorial tree bringing the public in to celebrate this festive season.

Given where and when they work safety and security has always been paramount to Rapid Cabs. Practically no other industry understands the potential hazards if one is not cautious, especially during such a busy period.

That is why Rapid Cabs, supported by city centre publicans, have come together with five simple safety messages for those who intend to enjoy what the City has to offer this Christmas.

1. Plan your night out, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

2. You, your family or friends should never walk home alone. Remember, safety in numbers. If you have no other option, walk in well-lit areas.

3. Take care when carrying your handbag, smart- phone or tablet in crowded areas. Keep them in a safe location, within view.

4. Take care of your Christmas shopping and never leave it unattended, especially in your car.

5. Never ever drink and drive, and if you are celebrating over Christmas be careful as you might still be over the limit the next morning.

Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, explains the importance of these messages, “In our industry we see it all. We have invested heavily over the past few years in technology that makes our service better and safer for the customer, but you cannot allow for the human factor. Waterford is a great City to run a business, shop and party. That is why messages like this are so important. They seem obvious but at such a busy time of year can easily be overlooked.”

Nick Donnolly, Chair of Winterval commented, “City Centre safety is so important, especially at busy times like Christmas. We are delighted to support an initiative like this.”

All Rapid Cabs drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car computers in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible. Its new App is available for free on Apple and Android.

 

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