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Tipperary Entrepreneurs Fly Flag At Regional Final

Three young Tipperary entrepreneurs are flying the Tipperary flag at the regional final of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.

All under the age of 30 years, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Clare, Kerry and Limerick this coming Wednesday (12th November) for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Tipperary.

Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition is a core part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.

FlagThe Tipperary winners, who have been selected to represent Tipperary at the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ regional finals 2014.

Tom Ryan from Adsmart & TownSmart (Tipperary Best Young Entrepreneur and Best Start Up Business Category Winner).
Townsmart is a new add-on to Adsmart based in Nenagh and is a technology platform that will provide individual Micro & Small businesses with their own platform. Users can avail of professionally designed templates to create campaigns across print, digital, social and mobile media at a price they can afford.

Chris Shanahan from Chris IT (Best Established Business With New Add On).
Chris Shanahan, is a young man who identified a niche in the market for unlocking mobile devices such as phones, ipads etc. He set up an on line business through which customers can apply to have their mobile devices unlocked. The venture attracts an International clientele with customers located across the world.

Philip Martin from Blanco Nino (Best New Idea).
Blanco Nino will produce corn based tortillas for the food service market. The products – soft corn tortillas, frying tortillas and uncooked chips will be manufactured using a traditional Mexican process and then frozen for sale into the food service market via a range of distributors targeting restaurants/cafes/Mexican eateries.

The three category winners from Wednesday’s (12th November) Regional Final will progress to the national stage of the competition, which will conclude with an awards ceremony on December 6th next.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. has stated: “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up. Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in the region also ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.”

Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office Tipperary, M/s Rita Guinan has stated: “Our winners are proudly ‘flying the flag’ for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region, for a place at the prestigious national final. But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there. Throughout Ireland, over 400 finalists have already benefited from intensive business boot-camps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come.”

Next Wednesday’s regional final takes place in The Castletroy Park Hotel from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and the Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all participating local authorities are being invited to attend, along with representatives of the business community. The awards host will be Cathy Halloran, RTE Mid West Correspondent and the event will feature a presentation by Paul Collins of Design Pro Ltd., National Enterprise Award Winner 2013.

For all the latest news and results for the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit www.ibye.ie, www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social media.

Broadband Proposal For Mid West Rural Communities

Mid West The European Union has been called on to back a proposal to bridge the digital divide in the rural communities of Tipperary Clare, and Limerick which are unable to access fibre or wireless broadband services.

The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Mid-West Office (formerly Mid West Regional Office) and Clare-based Slí Nua Development are partners of an EU-funded Satellite Broadband for European Regions project (SABER).

The network met in Brussels today to launch a Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme which it said should be implemented by the members of the EU and their regional governments, to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions across Europe’s most rural regions.

The meeting brought together representatives from 21 European regional authorities, satellite experts and key influencers, including Eutelsat, SES Broadband Services, Airbus Defence and Space, to examine how to accelerate broadband adoption in rural areas.

Majella O’Brien, EU Projects Officer, SERA Mid West Office said the Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme would be of assistance to communities in the Mid West which have yet to benefit under successive National Broadband schemes and are unlikely to be able to access affordable broadband services in the near future.

“Satellite broadband is a practical and viable solution today but the expense associated with setting up and subscribing to the service can be prohibitive for many. Unlike in North America and Australia, Europe has been relatively slow to drive awareness, acceptance and adoption of satellite technology,” she explained. Ms. O’Brien continued: “Satellite broadband is a viable option for many rural communities which find themselves in a broadband black spot. The Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme is one method of increasing its take up and helping rural households and business to bridge the digital divide.”

Patrick Sullivan of Slí Nua Development, an economic development company and SABER project member based in the rural East Clare village of Ogonnelloe, is also backing the proposed Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme.

“In this digital world, it has been widely accepted that business competitiveness relies on having access to affordable broadband services,” he explained, “However, businesses that are located in remote and rural areas of Tipperary, Limerick, and Clare  for example, are disadvantaged because they are not able to access affordable broadband services; especially at the higher broadband speeds that are necessary for them to exploit the increasing number of ICT applications and services that are now available on the market.”

Mr. Sullivan said one solution to addressing the digital divide is the delivery of Broadband Services through satellites, in the same way as many of us receive our television programmes. He continued: “Significant technological advancements have been made in satellite technology which has resulted in this being a reliable medium for the delivery of broadband services. Businesses in rural and remote areas can therefore now gain access to broadband services through satellite technology.”

Mr. Sullivan said that the SABER project has developed guidance, in particular targeted at Regional Policy makers, to make them aware that Satellite technology is available to deliver broadband services. The guidance, written by Slí Nua Development and Eutelsat, and which has been reviewed by 17 regions from across Europe, has focussed on the selection of appropriate technologies and deployment models; building the business case for investing in broadband support programmes; exploring funding options; dealing with state aid; and procuring satellite solutions.

“Through supporting the development of this guidance, the European Commission has sought to encourage Regional Policy makers from across Europe to consider satellite solutions when preparing their plans to bridge the digital divide in their respective areas,” added Mr. Sullivan.

Led by CSI-Piemonte in Italy, the 24-month SABER project is partially EU-funded and involves 26 partners, 21 regional authorities and ICT public and private organisations supporting regions in broadband deployment representing 13 countries. During its lifespan, the SABER project has published important, practical information, guidelines and toolkits (some available in several languages) to help national and regional governments close the European Digital Divide by using satellite broadband technology.

For more visit www.project-saber.eu.

Tipperary Student Wins Bronze In Taipei

r-tynanNineteen-year-old Mr Richard Tynan, a student from the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, took a bronze medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The 26th International Olympiad in Informatics was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from the 13th to 20th of July 2014 and this event annually represents the pinnacle of computer programming at secondary-school level with over 311 students from 82 countries attending this year’s event; their mission to solve six complex algorithmic problems over a two day period. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Previously Richard, a native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, had taken first place in the Senior Individual Technology Section for his project ‘Advanced Modelling and Infilling Algorithms for 3d Printing’ at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition.

He also won the Analog Devices Technology Award, for the student who showed outstanding achievement in technology, winning an all expenses trip to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and to Stanford University.

Mr Gary Conway who led this year’s Irish delegation in Taipei, is delighted with Richard’s win of Ireland’s first IOI medal in five years.

Richard has now been invited to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England.

UPC Broadband Totally Unreliable In Thurles – Again

Yes it’s happening again folks; people in Thurles are finding that their UPC Broadband service has become totally unreliable once again. We here on Thurles Information have received several complaints from people experiencing broadband connection difficulties within the past few days.

Many complain they cannot access certain websites for no apparent reason and have noted that broadband service drop-outs and slow connection speeds keep occurring on and off since last Wednesday. Something definitely has occurred to cause this in the town and the situation does not seem to be getting fixed.

To help we would like fellow UPC customers in Thurles (Those who can access us on-line that is) to do a simple Broadband Speed Test (Right Click latter link and choose; “Open in a new window“) then check your speed test results against the package you are paying for currently.

It will be interesting to see results from around Thurles and perhaps by participating in this and a phone call or two, we can look forward to obtaining a reasonable service from UPC, sometime in the near future.

My download speed presently is a ridiculous 0.65 Mbps, while I pay for 60.00 Mbps. While UPC may feel they are quote; “Exciting New Customers” presently, trust me when I say they will not, as they now claim, be “Accelerating Economic Growth” here in Thurles with their current service.

One cannot help but wonder if our friends installing water metres have had some impact on this service, after all UPC, from the beginning, were never very careful where they placed their cables.

‘Fix Your Street’ Highlighting Non Emergency Issues Thurles

For Thurles people currently not yet aware; as and from January1st 2013 last, local individuals can report issues of ‘non emergency’ concern and bring same to the attention of their Local Authority by going on-line. The publicly accessible web-site “fixyourstreet.ie,” is now an ‘All Ireland’ service, launched initially since August 2nd, 2011.

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This new programming now supports a publicly functional and accessible web-site on which non emergency issues such as vandalism, unsafe road defects, issues regarding street lighting, serious water leaks, drainage issues, severe littering or indeed illegal dumping, can be immediately reported by any observer to their Local Authority.

The on-line programming is still continuing to be further developed, hence the site and it’s associated services offered, continues to remain at ‘beta’ status. This allows the functionality being offered to the public presently, to change and be further developed where necessary, eventually meeting the highest aspirations of the programmers now attempting to deliver this welcome on-line package.

As promised in the ‘Programme for Government’ it is hoped that issues raised on “fixyourstreet.ie” will, eventually, be responded to within 2 working days, however since presently ‘fixyourstreet.ie,’ is a programme moderated service, this means that when you report a local issue through the site, it may take just a little while for same to become visible on the public listings presently being highlighted at local level.

The site can be contacted nationally by sending an email to:- reports@fixyourstreet.ie, or by sending a Tweet with the hashtag/s #fysie or you can submit a ‘New Report’ by simply clicking HERE.

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