At our launch today the founder of iCompute, Liane O’Kane, was interviewed by BBC Radio.
At our launch today the founder of iCompute, Liane O’Kane, was interviewed by BBC Radio.
Cumbrian firm launches first product of its kind to support primary schools in teaching the new Primary Computing Curriculum
21st March, 2014; Lindale, Cumbria: With September’s deadline to start delivering the new Primary Computing Curriculum fast approaching, primary schools across England don’t have much time to prepare for this, now statutory, subject. Thankfully, help is at hand from a new start-up: iCompute, which provides primary schools with digital lesson plans and instant access to all the support and materials they need to teach the new curriculum from Years 1 to 6. Based in the Lake District, iCompute has been set up by Liane O’Kane who, as a computer scientist turned primary school teacher, has a unique insight into what schools need to do to teach the subject effectively.
iCompute is the first product of its kind that supports Primary Schools in teaching the new 2014 Programme of Study for Computing at Key Stage 1 and 2. Crucially, using it, teachers do not need an in-depth knowledge of computer science in order to teach the new curriculum nor need to purchase any additional hardware or software. By using the easy-to-follow structured units, with step-by-step digital lesson plans and supporting materials, teachers can develop their own knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as those of their pupils. Using iCompute enables schools to meet the teaching and assessment criteria of the new National Curriculum by teaching children how to create their own digital content through computer programming, as well as developing the IT and digital literacy skills necessary to participate fully in an increasingly digital world.
The Sunday World recently overtook The Sunday Independent as Ireland’s best selling newspaper, with 215,000 copies. This week it featured Dylan Cullen of Bulgarian property agency Appreciating Assets. The company is exhibiting at six massive investment exhibitions coming up in Moscow and St. Petersburg
DEMAND IS RISING FOR BULGARIAN PROPERTY
Irish agent, Appreciating Assets, is seeking holiday homes to cater for overseas investors Bulgarian properties urgently wanted
NOT so long ago buying an apartment in Bulgaria was as easy as buying a new TV or a suite of furniture – and they sold in their thousands to Irish investors who bought into the dream of a holiday home abroad.
Fast forward a couple of years and for many Bulgarian property owners the financial crisis had turned that dream into a costly nightmare.
Irish estate agent Dylan Cullen, witnessed it all first hand as he was working on commercial developments in Bulgaria at the time and knew many of these Irish property owners were desperately trying to sell in a collapsed market.
But in 2009 things began to change. Cullen’s local contacts began to ask if he could source Irish owned holiday homes to supply a growing stream of Russian buyers.
Since then Cullen’s Bulgarian estate agency, Appreciating Assets, has been making a name for itself helping Irish owners sell their Bulgarian investments to cash-rich Russian buyers.
With over 160 properties sold last year by their agents in Bulgaria believe that the market is now being boosted by an increase in the number of British buyers coming back to Bulgaria for holiday homes.
“There’s a real interest in Bulgarian property again, not just from Russia but also from the UK and Scandinavia,” says Cullen. “We currently require additional properties in Sofia, Bansko and the Black Sea to show at six upcoming major investment exhibitions, which are taking place in Moscow and St Petersburg between now and the end of April.” The first exhibition opens in Moscow next weekend.
Cullen points out that while property prices in Bulgaria were not immune to economic crash the level of activity remained quite steady thanks mainly to the high number of Russian investors who continue to buy property there.
While many of the Irish who bought property in Bulgaria may not have made the profits they had hoped, there is a growing trend of Irish owners selling their property in Bulgaria and using the money to buy property in Ireland they could not have afforded during the boom. “For example one of our clients recently used the proceeds from the sale of their Bulgarian property to buy an apartment in Cork for €55,000 that would have cost them €250,000 in 2007″.
It could all add up to a solution for both foreign investors and Irish property owners in Bulgaria.
Appreciating Assets can be contacted through their Dublin office on 01-6141300 or visit www.appreciatingassets.ie
We got UK bankruptcy solicitor his first front page splash yesterday. The Sunday Independent called last week for Steve to comment on the numbers of police and teachers that were declaring themselves bankrupt in Ireland. The issue of public sector workers taking sabbaticals to go bankrupt in the UK came up and ddetails provided. This then made the front page of the paper, the first time Steve had made a front page splash.
A very unique Irish lecture tour is about to take place that combines the study of physics with the power of martial arts. Being held by two of the country’s leading martial arts experts, ‘The Physics Of Martial Arts Tour’ uses physics calculations as demonstrated by the Korean martial art of taekwon-do.
Dr Robert Howard, from the Dublin Institute of Technology, is a physics lecturer who is also a 7th Degree Master in taekwondo. During the lectures Robert will explain about the energy, forces and equations involved in breaking timber with taekwon-do punches and kicks. He will then demonstrate them by smashing timber and tiles.
Accompanying him on this lecture series is his father, well known martial artist, Grandmaster Robert J. Howard. GM Howard is Europe’s first Grandmaster and is the highest ranked Taekwon-Do instructor in the country. He first brought Taekwon-Do to Ireland in the 1970s and is held in very high regard throughout the world.
The lectures are completely free and aimed at 15 to 18 year old secondary school students. The first lecture is in Carlow on Tuesday 21st January, before moving on to Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Derry, Belfast, Dublin and finishing at NUI Galway on Friday 31st January.
More details on the tours schedule can be found by clicking this pdf Physics Of Martial Arts
Meanwhile here is a taster Master Dr Howard in action:
I got two clients in The Irish Times today in a supplement that was published to coincide with Ireland exiting the EU/IMF bailout. The Irish Times asked for business people to give their thoughts on Ireland exiting the bailout and how their businesses had fared during the bailout.
A link to the article is here: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/my-bailout-experience-how-business-fared-1.1625475
Here’s what they said:
Dylan Cullen (Founder of Appreciating Assets)
“When Ireland entered the bailout programme, we were already a couple of years into the downturn. However, until then people were hoping that we were experiencing a temporary economic blip and were holding out for an improvement. For a lot of people the bailout crystallised how bad the situation was and it was only then that lots of people realised things weren’t going to improve soon.
“We’re in the property business, which is not a liquid market so it’s a big decision to turn down an offer. Until the bailout, people were confident enough to turn down offers for their properties and hopefully wait for better one. However, once the bailout came we saw more people start to accept offers. This was largely due to the uncertainty that people felt; they were either not confident a better offer would come, or they had more urgency to turn their assets into cash in case it was needed.
“I don’t think Ireland’s exit of the bailout programme will have too much of an immediate effect. The country is far from in the clear, and we still have a large deficit to deal with. I’m not sure we have left the bailout in the correct manner. A line of credit from Europe would have provided a financial crutch. If you try to walk on an injury unaided too soon then you can do more damage and set your recovery back much further. I hope this analogy doesn’t soon apply to Ireland.”
Steve Thatcher (Solicitor, founder of IrishBankruptUK.ie)
“The same year Ireland entered the bailout programme, I set up the firm Irish Bankruptcy UK to help Irish people go bankrupt in the UK. Since then my clients have written off more than €1.5 billion of debt in the UK, where bankruptcy usually lasts 12 months.
“The troika indicated that Ireland needed to modernise its insolvency laws, which hit home to people how unfair Irish law was and so they began to look on the UK’s system more favourably. The Government’s inaction and slow response to new legislation of the personal insolvency laws meant a lot of people couldn’t see a solution in Ireland within the timeframe they needed.
“Here we are five years after the crash and we are only now seeing the first insolvency cases emerge. Meanwhile, many people have been over to the UK and are back in Ireland debt-free, getting on with their lives.
“The feelgood factor brought about by exiting the bailout should not be underestimated; it can only be positive both in Ireland and abroad. However, I think the Government not taking a precautionary line of credit was a gamble.
“We are still hearing harrowing stories of people under extreme pressure from their banks and who are at breaking point. Exit from the bailout isn’t going to have an immediate effect on the policies and finances of Irish banks, so people are still going to have to find their own solutions.”
3rd October, 2013 – Dublin, Ireland: Omniplex, Ireland’s largest cinema chain, has agreed to host a monthly discount night for members of voluntary organisation Macra na Feírme. Following a successful first night earlier this month it has agreed to allow Macra na Feírme members to get reduced admission every month.
3rd September, 2013 – Dublin, Ireland: Omniplex, Ireland’s largest cinema chain, has today announced that it will show this weekend’s Cork vs Clare All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final for FREE on the big screen at the Cork Omniplex cinema in Mahon. The screening on Sunday (8th September) is the first of its kind for Omniplex and will give those GAA fans unable to get to Dublin to see Jimmy Barry Murphy’s young team take on Clare, the chance to watch the match in style.
WORK STARTS ON €5M EXTENSION TO SWAN OMNIPLEX RATHMINES
New extension to well known Dublin cinema will double screens to 8, include an OmniplexMAXX giant screen & 16 permanent jobs
23rd August, 2013 – Dublin,Ireland: Omniplex, Ireland’s largest cinema chain, has today announced commencement of construction on a major extension to the Swan Omniplex cinema in Rathmines, Dublin. The €5m euro investment will provide 4 new additional screens, doubling the current provision to 8, including an OmniplexMAXX giant format screen to serve cinemagoers of South Dublin city and suburbs. The number of staff employed at the cinema will double at all levels, including supervisor and management positions from the 16 to 32 in total. 30 people will also be employed during construction.
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