Limerick based budding social entrepreneurs attend Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s ‘virtual bootcamp’

first_imgBusinessNewsLimerick based budding social entrepreneurs attend Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s ‘virtual bootcamp’By Cian Reinhardt – June 3, 2020 163 TAGSbusinessentrepreneurNewssocial enterprise Facebook Business photo created by jannoon028 – www.freepik.comA DIVERSITY and inclusion talent platform, a mobile sensory room, a carpooling app and a garden based education programme were just some of the ideas explored at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)’s Ideas Academy ‘virtual bootcamp’ that took place this week.More than 100 budding social entrepreneurs – people starting an enterprise with the aim to solving social issues or effecting social change – attended the online event with participants logging in from Limerick, Laois, Cork, Clare, Galway and beyond.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each of the Bootcamp participants were given the chance to pitch for a place on the programme over the past two weeks, participants made their application virtually to a live panel of judges comprised of SEI supporters and staff.The event, which took place on Tuesday, June 2, brought all the bootcamp participants together online for a series of workshops and networking opportunities.Now in its fourth year, SEI’s Ideas Academy programme provides training and support to those with early-stage ideas to solve social problems. The four-month programme includes interactive sessions on organisational structures, governance, and piloting, and culminates with the opportunity to pitch for seed funding from a total pot of €40,000.This year’s Ideas Academy saw a record number of 245 people apply and put forward their idea to solve a social problem. Up to 60 places are available on the programme. Initially due to run in locations in the East, South and West of the country, due to COVID-19, SEI has re-designed the Ideas Academy in recent weeks to run it online and transition to in-person delivery, if and when possible during the lifespan of the programme.Today’s event also gave bootcamp participants the opportunity to hear from SEI alumni including Tracy Keogh, co-founder of Grow Remote and Jolene Cox, founder of the Now We’re Cooking Programme.CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Darren Ryan said the group was “incredibly heartened and inspired by the number of people who answered our call to see past the problems to the solutions”.He said, “We launched our national call before any of the coronavirus restrictions came into place, when the world looked very different to how it does now. During the campaign, we pivoted our offering and delivery to match the current needs of social entrepreneurs starting out and are excited to now roll out the Ideas Academy online for the first time ever.”The SEI CEO noted the Bootcamp events are usually a great opportunity “to not only spark ideas into action, but to connect like-minded social entrepreneurs with each other”.“And although this is more challenging when we can’t physically be in the same room together, the courage, passion and determination shown by all bootcamp participants this year has been second to none. We look forward to working with those who make it onto the programme over the coming months,” he said.SEI’s selection process is supported by DCC plc. The lead corporate sponsor of the Ideas Academy is Bank of America. The Ideas Academy West is supported by Lifes2good Foundation.For more information on Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, visit Advertisement Linkedin Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Previous articleListen: Dish the Ingredients | #WeAreLimerick Episode 42Next articleLimerick Post Show | May 29, 2020 Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic last_img read more

Ocean City Fishing Pier Open House Benefits Food Cupboard

first_imgOcean City Fishing Club member Tom Yucis lets Bode Weber, 3, (right) touch the kingfish he just caught, while his brother R.D. Weber, 4, and their grandmother Sue Lawver watch. (Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fishing Club) An open house at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Pier means contributing to the local food cupboard and learning about the organization, as well as helping catch some fish – in any language.So, when club member Bob Dever handed his rod to Diane Charette, after he felt a fish strike, she immediately broke into French, shouting, “Viens, mon cherie! Mon cherie!” (Come on, my dear! My dear!) as she steadily cranked the reel handle and brought the fish over the railing.Charette and her husband have traveled from Montreal, Canada, to vacation in Ocean City each summer for the past 10 years, but visited the pier for the first time Thursday for an open house.During the two-hour event, 687 visitors strolled the length of 635-foot-long pier. They also donated 103 pounds of food and $140 in cash to help the Ocean City Food Cupboard feed families in need.Combined with amounts raised from the club’s first open house in July, the club collected a total of 185 pounds of food and $340 in cash for the food cupboard this year. “We do this twice a year,” said Frank Pizzutilla, club president, “and we thank the public for supporting a good cause while touring our pier at the same time. We’re happy that the good weather helped attendance, too.”Some storm clouds dispersed quickly as sun drenched the pier in early evening light, giving visitors perfect weather to enjoy their tour. A number of OCFC members were on hand to display baits that are used for different types of fish, as well as to answer questions and demonstrate casting and even some catching.At the bait refrigerators, club member Dan Moore, gave youngsters the opportunity to hold a bloodworm, and showed the crowds whole frozen mullet and bunker, commonly used to catch fish.While explaining how the various baits are used, he was stumped when one young boy asked, “What does his face look like?” when Moore showed the group a headless bunker.“Kids, you never know what they’ll come up with,” Moore chuckled, obviously enjoying his interactions with the children. “But it’s great to see their interest. They’re so curious.”Ocean City Fishing Club member Dan Moore shows visitors at the open house some of the bait that anglers use.Both Dever and Tom Yucis, another club member fishing at the tip of the pier, brought cheers and excitement whenever they landed their catch, sometimes giving youngsters brave enough a chance to hold a live fish, then release it to the ocean.Jack Thibeault, 11, of Doylestown, Pa., has some experience surf fishing already. He’s caught two kingfish from the jetties north of the Music Pier, while vacationing with his family this year, but still enjoyed showing off one that Dever just caught.Brothers Bode and R.D. Weber, 3 and 4 years old, respectively, visit their grandmother Sue Lawver here each summer, and have the fishing bug already.“They just love being on the bay fishing,” Lawver said. “R.D. already knows the types of fishing reels used here.”The two brothers came running whenever Yucis landed a fish, giving them and other youngsters a chance to touch or hold his catch“They get so excited to see the fish up close,” Yucis said, smiling broadly. “Their eyes light up and they’re just thrilled. Can’t wait to do this again next year.”And that includes the Charettes. Although this was their first time on the pier, they plan to include it in their visits from Montreal to Ocean City from now on.“And we will contribute to the food cupboard, too,” Denise Charette said.The open house is held twice yearly to coincide with Ocean City’s Family Night on the Boardwalk. Next year’s dates will be announced early next year.Founded in 1913, the OCFC has a strong commitment to community involvement besides helping the food cupboard.Next up, the club’s Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament will held Aug. 10, rain or shine, at the north end beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration begins at 9 a.m. for youngsters 8-16 years old. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon, followed by an awards presentation.last_img read more

Goal Accomplished

first_imgAt 54, Becky Griffin was the oldest University of Georgia student on the Griffin campus to be awarded a degree this fall, but that fact only fueled her drive to succeed.After putting her graduate studies on hold for 30 years, Griffin juggled a full-time job and put thousands of miles on her car to complete her master’s degree. The mother of two adult daughters, both of whom are UGA graduates, Griffin was encouraged to finish her degree by Kris Braman, a former UGA Griffin researcher who now heads the UGA Department of Entomology.“Deciding to go back to school after 30 years was a huge decision. When I told Dr. Kris Braman why I didn’t have a master’s degree, she said, ‘Well, we need to fix that.’ She encouraged me to apply, helped me map out a plan and served as my major professor throughout this process. She was the first person on my team,” Griffin said.Serving as the student speaker at the UGA-Griffin fall graduation celebration on Dec. 13, Griffin credited the members of her personal and academic support system for helping her finish her master’s degree in plant protection and pest management with an emphasis in entomology.“Getting through college is a team effort. Every graduate here is the result of a team and I am proud of all of us,” she said. “The University of Georgia is one of the top colleges in the nation, and being a graduate of this university is something I don’t take lightly.”Griffin said she was encouraged by “Team Griffin,” her affectionate term for her supporters, including her husband, Millard; her daughters, Allison and Mady; Braman and a host of others.“Allison sent me a finals care package, something I did for her when she was in college,” said Griffin, proudly informing the crowd that Allison is a double Dawg with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA. Both of Griffin’s daughters were residents in the same dorm she lived in when she first attended UGA. “Mady and Allison sent me flowers, proofread papers and listened to way too many entomological facts.”A resident of Holly Springs, Griffin travels across the state as community and school garden coordinator for UGA Cooperative Extension. While pursuing her master’s degree, there were days when she left home at 4:30 a.m. in order to attend a lab on the UGA Tifton campus.“I’ve listened to lectures from McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A restaurants while traveling for my job,” she said. “The Atlanta Food Bank even set aside a room for me, so I could listen to lectures before work meetings.”When she returned to classes, Griffin showed up with a spiral notebook, pencil and index cards in hand. The other students quickly explained to her that she could do all of her work online.“As an older person, I soon found myself giving the younger students advice and even job recommendations. My fellow students are amazing. They have enriched my life and I have learned from them,” Griffin said.Griffin valued the experience of learning from UGA researchers who are leading experts in their fields, such as UGA entomologist David Buntin, who explained how hessian flies affect grain crops, a lesson based on his own research.“This is why you want to go to UGA. You don’t sit in a classroom learning about (other experts’) research; you are learning from the person who is doing the research,” Griffin said.Griffin’s UGA CAES colleagues were also there to help, she said, recalling a day when UGA turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz spent hours tutoring her on a math problem.“He was a part of my team,” she said. “And, when I was at a farmers’ conference and pulled out my textbook to try to understand how to calibrate a sprayer, several of my farmer friends stepped up to explain it to me. They had no idea they were on Team Griffin.”Teary-eyed, Griffin told the graduates that all the effort to earn her degree was worth it when she was finally able to walk under the arch and ring the chapel bell.“We are all so much more capable then we think we are, but we need a team to do it,” she said.Marie Green Broder, chief assistant district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, served as guest speaker for the UGA-Griffin event.Also a UGA alum, Broder told graduates their UGA degrees will be tools that they will use throughout their careers. Recounting a time when she, the youngest person in her office, was asked to step into a leadership role, Broder encouraged graduates to go out into the world and be leaders.“For those of you who are entering the field of agriculture, you will have a remarkable chance to impact one of the biggest industries in the state, and one that desperately needs help,” said Broder, whose family includes cattle farmers. “The farming population is aging quickly. Agriculture in Georgia needs young, vibrant minds and voices. Answer the call and lead this industry into the next generation. Society desperately needs real voices with conviction and passion.”For more about degree programs offered at UGA-Griffin, visit read more

Local Singer Goes on Racist Rant in Nail Salon, Apologizes on Instagram

first_imgAfter more profane remarks, she tells the nail salon employee:“Go back to your f-in country.”The employee replies to Monica, “I’m not even going to say anything to that.”Monica retorts: “B****. I’m smarter than y’all. As a matter of fact, b****, I’m an independent artist, recording artist, and I’m going to “f***ing blow the f**** up.”She then tells them that someday they are going to want her to have her nails done at the salon.“Check me out, Corina Monica, Stay Flossy.” “Stay Flossy” is the title of one of her songs.She concludes the encounter by saying, “I hope you f***ing lose this place and you go the f*** back to your country.”On Friday, Monica issued an apology on Instagram:Monica describes herself as an independent artist, songwriter and entertainer from Pompano Beach on She was born in Romania and moved to Florida at the age of 9.She adds that growing up in South Florida had a major influence on her style. Last Thursday, Monica posted on Twitter she was officially moving to Tampa. The nail salon where the incident occurred is located in Tampa. A Pompano Beach woman, who refers to herself as an independent recording artist, has issued an apology following a racist rant that was captured on cell phone video at a nail salon.It started when a nail technician was unable to finish doing Corina Monica’s acrylic nails.Monica begins by saying:“You took my nails off, what am I supposed to do now?”One of the employees tells her she can have her nails done by another professional.Monica fires back. “Oh, that’s real professional.”The video was posted on Twitter account Fifty Shades of Whey (WARNING: Graphic language. Viewer discretion is advised.)She then asks the woman, “Where you from?”Monica apparently is unaware she is being recorded when she says: “Why do you come to this country, work here, and don’t do what’s right for our citizens? You make money, you live in my country and you’re going to tell me you can’t do my nails b***tch?”Posted a new song: “Corina Monica – Stay Flossy (Master)” #music— Corina Monica (@CorinaLucaciu) July 14, 2020last_img read more