‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business Success

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Free Green Hospitality Programme Workshop takes place in Limerick “WITH further increase in Energy prices expected in October alongside recent landfill waste cost increases – taking control and greening your business has never been more pertinent,” said Maurice Bergin, Director of the Green Hospitality Programme.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Green Hospitality Certified Members achieve Energy, Water and Waste costs that are between 25-50% below the Irish average which allows them to compete in these challenging times”.Maurice Bergin was speaking at the launch of The Green Hospitality Programme (GHP) national Workshop series. The GHP which offers Internationally recognised Environmental Certification will continue its very popular 2011 Workshop series during October for its members and is also inviting interested hospitality businesses to attend, to find out how easy it is to become more efficient and reduce costs and also achieve recognised environmental certification. The next Workshop takes place on the October 4 next at the Carlton Castletroy Hotel in Limerick commencing at 9.30am.“By adopting the GHP criteria members are also opening up new markets by tapping into the increasing worldwide demand for more environmentally friendly businesses”, said Bergin. “Whilst cost is still the main driver for consumers purchase decisions, customers are definitely becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their lifestyles”. They are conscious of companies that do things right and in brands that share their own values. The advent of social media means that companies must also be more honest with their customers or they’ll be found out very quickly and that is just as important for the hospitality industry as any other, It’s a win win for business if done correctly!”.The GHP workshops are free of charge and open to anyone who might be interested. For more information or to register your attendance for a workshop, email [email protected] or phone 021-435 4688. www.greenhospitality.ie Facebook Print News‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business SuccessBy admin – September 29, 2011 479 center_img Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleCelebrations all aroundNext articleOriental marinated salmon with a zesty chutney adminlast_img read more

Budget Briefing: Government that Works – Innovation and Efficiency

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News,  Government That Works,  Press Release Governor Wolf remains committed to improving efficiencies, streamlining government operations, and reducing costs. He continues to change the way business is conducted to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated, and customer interactions at all levels are improved.Just last week, Governor Wolf gave an update on these improvements, announcing produced savings for both the current and future state budgets. The Wolf Administration is on track to save $150 million in the current fiscal year. To date, GO-TIME has identified nearly 250 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology, and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience, better customer service, and maximizing existing resources.Last year, Governor Wolf’s administration implemented many reforms that generated substantial taxpayer savings and increased service effectiveness, including: eliminating the SNAP asset test, reducing the food stamp error rate, helping more TANF families find employment, lowering insurance rates by more than $80 million, and reducing the prison population the largest amount in 40 years.The 2016-17 Budget will again focus on creating a government that works effectively through innovation and increased efficiencies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.Reducing Redundancy and Improving OperationsThis budget includes the merger of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole and the relocation of the eHealth Partnership Authority to within the Department of Human Services. These steps continue the work Governor Wolf has taken throughout the course of the last year to ensure that the commonwealth truly is a government that works.Ensuring Taxpayers are Only Paying for SuccessThe 2016-2017 budget increases the use of Pay for Success performance contracts, which provide an innovative strategy to finance proven programs through public-private partnerships on a straightforward proposition. The Wolf Administration will work with private sector partners to address the employment needs of individuals with criminal convictions to make them less likely to return to the corrections system and more likely to build a foundation for a stable, productive life. Additionally, the administration will engage youth advocate partners to provide intensive support to juvenile offenders and their families in their homes, schools, and communities to provide resources, skill development and educational and vocational work.Taxpayers will only pay for services that get results and save money in the long run. Payments are tied to the achievement of specific, pre-established performance goals that are set forth in the contract, and only occur after rigorous evaluation.Making Pensions Improvements Beyond Act 120The 2016-17 year will mark the end of steep increases in state and local school district contributions to pay unfunded future pension obligations. State General Fund costs will increase by nearly $500 million before beginning to level off in future years. While the General Assembly debates further changes to benefit plans, several administrative and financial management initiatives can reduce future obligations, includingConsolidating investment management operations among the funds that manage short- and long-term investment assetsReducing fees for investment management servicesEstablishing a restricted receipt account to ensure full funding of future pension obligations February 09, 2016 Budget Briefing: Government that Works – Innovation and Efficiency SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Magic Johnson no longer to be listed as part of Lakers’ organization

first_imgThe next time Magic Johnson tweets, no one will have to wonder if his opinion represents that of the Los Angeles Lakers.That at least appears to be the goal in Saturday night’s announcement that Lakers legend will no longer be listed as a vice president, an honorary title, on the team’s staff directory.In a statement, the Lakers said Johnson requested to be eliminated from the listing “in hopes of clarifying any confusion over (his) involvement with” with the team he played for from 1979-91.“Earvin will always be a revered and beloved member of the Lakers family,” team spokesman John Black said, “but he does not have a position or role with the organization at this time.” In recent years, Johnson has been critical on social media of Lakers part-owner Jim Buss and former coach Mike D’Antoni. More recently, he has posted messages to Twitter encouraging the Lakers to pursue free agents DeMar Derozan, Kevin Durant and LeBron James this summer. If Johnson were a Lakers employee, those comments could have been interpreted as tampering. “He is not an advisor or a consultant,” Black said, “and his opinions, comments and social media posts are solely his, and do not represent or reflect those of Lakers ownership or management. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion over this issue in the future.” Johnson won five championships with the Lakers in the 1980s and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He sold a 4.5 percent ownership stake in the team in 2010. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more