The social networking hub known as Myspace, previously MySpace, used by many in Tipperary to promote the entertainment industry, have recently announced it will cut possibly half of its global workforce, as part of it’s restructuring efforts.
Up to six hundred Myspace employees worldwide will soon be looking for work, as the site continues to redefine itself from a social network site to an entertainment content site with added social networking features. Myspace’s recently announced layoffs already follow two previous rounds of job cuts which it implimented in 2009, reducing it’s then workforce by 30%.
Myspace, which sought to partially retreat from it’s once mighty social network to an entertainment content site, has seen its Web traffic numbers drop dramatically in the recent past.
The parent company News Corp. and it’s division, which includes Myspace posted a $156 million loss for the quarter ending September 2010.
News Corp. may now be looking to sell this site which it purchased for $580 million in 2005, and one potential buyer, according to rumour, just may be Yahoo!, best known for its web portal, search engine (Yahoo! Search), Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, advertising, online mapping (Yahoo! Maps), video sharing (Yahoo! Video), and social media websites and services..
Myspace was overtaken Internationally by its main competitor, Facebook, in April 2008, based on monthly unique visitors.
Last August, Myspace launched a service that allowed you to push your Myspace activity into Facebook. This was followed by a new product called MySpace Mashup with Facebook that let you pull in your likes and interests from Facebook, to obtain personalized entertainment recommendations onto Myspace. This move incorporated Myspace into Facebook’s universal login platform, and many critics saw this move as Myspace formally bowing down to its more popular and ever increasing social networking rival.
The big question currently being debated regarding Myspace is whether it can recover or if any new potential owner can revive it’s ailing social networking hub, through into 2011.
Green Dragon Innovation Challenge 2011
The Agri Aware Green Dragon Secondary Schools Innovation Challenge is back and set again to entice all our young innovators to develop original and ground breaking ideas. Students are encouraged to develop the concept of a new product or service within three sectors with huge potential for development, namely: food, agriculture and the environment.
Twenty five finalists will battle it out at the national final in March 2011 for the highly coveted prize of a development fund worth €8,000.
Agri Aware with the support of Bord Bia and AIB Bank are calling on second level students of all ages to look outside their classroom, identify a gap in one of these three sectors and apply what they have learned to the real world.
The challenge is open to all second level students. It doesn’t matter if you are a first or a sixth year, the submission will be judged on the merit of the idea and not your age.
Students nationwide will pitch their ideas to the Green Dragons with the hope of following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful winner, Paul Bowden from Thurles CBS Co. Tipperary.
IFA President John Bryan commented, “The Green Dragon is an excellent way to get our young people thinking about the huge economic possibilities that lie within the agricultural, food and environmental sector.”
Interested pupils, teachers and parents should visit Here for more information.
Note: Due to the recent adverse weather conditions resulting in the closure of many schools, the closing date for registration to the Green Dragon Innovation Challenge is now Friday January 21st, 2011.
Seamus O'Farrell, Mike Pearson, Wray Platt Gurteen Farm Manager, Michael White Teagasc Reps, Bill Condon, all who attended a recent Cross Compliance event at Gurteen College.
Speaking at last week’s Agriculture Committee meeting, Deputy Noel Coonan questioned the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, on the provision of additional staff and facilities at Gurteen College, to accommodate some of the 250 applicants that were turned down this year.
The North Tipperary and South Offaly TD said: “It is an ill wind that blows no good and the current recession has put the focus on agriculture; which is now perceived by many as the main hope to bring the country out of the mess it is in. I recently spoke with Mike Pearson, Manager of Gurteen College, who told me that he could provide at least a further 100 courses at the establishment if he had the staff and facilities to so do. While Gurteen College is a private institution, I am concerned about budget cutbacks and the inability to provide course places to young people who are crying out for them. A number of young people in my constituency were greatly disappointed when they were unable to secure a place in Gurteen and Mr. Pearson has told me that he could deliver the courses, were he given the resources to so do.”
In response to the Deputies queries, Prof. Boyle said the crux of the issue is the Government’s ban on recruitment. Teagasc’s Director commented: “I probably had representations from the people who contacted the Deputy in regard to admission to the college this year. There was excess demand for places and I regret very much that we had to turn down 250 applicants which is something we never had to do before, purely because we did not have the teaching staff to accommodate the students. The reason is very simple; it is not a policy of Teagasc, rather, it concerns the moratorium. If we were to get external funding for teachers from a generous co-operative or company which said it wanted to support a particular college and sub-vent a number of teachers; we would still not be able to recruit staff under the moratorium. The biggest difficulty we are facing is in dealing with the moratorium on recruitment.”
This means that if Gurteen College loses teachers through early retirement, illness or maternity leave for example, they now cannot hire a teacher. The local Fine Gael TD, who is a member of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and also F G Party Spokesperson on CAP Reform, said he will continue to lobby the Government to provide additional resources in order to keep our vibrant rural economy alive.
Fianna Fáil Cabinet ministers are considering a report on changes to Irish gaming laws. This report has being fast tracked ahead of next Tuesday’s austerity budget vote and will be signed off on, in the last meeting before the Dáil ends for the Christmas holidays.
The controversial report on the licensing of super-casinos has been fast-tracked for circulation to all government ministers and their departments in the last number of days.
A spokesman for the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said that ministers will sign off on the report at the final cabinet meeting, before the Dáil shuts for the Christmas recess.
The Tipperary Venue Project, a proposed €460 million casino, near the village of Two-Mile-Borris in Tipperary, being developed by Richard Quirke, a former garda who currently runs Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium on O’Connell Street in Dublin, is planned to include a 500-room hotel and a new all weather racecourse facility.
To further proceed, this project requires major reform to the present Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956. Major changes to the present Irish gaming laws are now likely to advance the Tipperary Venue project, which has already received local planning permission.
The proposed project cannot proceed further due to legal constraints in the present Irish gambling laws and also an appeal by An Taisce against the projects planning approval, granted by North Tipperary County Council.
Winner Sarah Ryan
Congratulations to Miss Sarah Ryan, our winner of the December Hasbro Family: Game Night Volume 3 Game competition on www.thurles.info . Miss Ryan, correctly stated that Santa lives at the North Pole.
Sarah, aged thirteen, is daughter of Mrs Kate and Mr Gerry Ryan, Loughtagalla, Thurles, Co.Tipperary and picked up her prize on Friday night last.
Sarah, who is a student of the Ursuline Convent Secondary School, Thurles, is also a member of the Golden Vale Pony Club, and enjoys all sports, especially hockey, playing with the Ursuline Junior Green Team.
Remember our current competition, with a chance to win ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), still has a few days to run, so visit our competition section on the right hand side of our home page.
Entry is totally free to all Tipperary readers
Our thanks to The Gaming Liberty, who kindly sponsored this lovely family gamers prize.