I HAVE WORKING NOTES from conferences I've attended during the past 20 years (like the one pictured in this blog post) that depict Ireland as a country with two separate nodes of productivity. There's productivity in the indigenous sector and there's productivity in the multinational sector.
BASED ON AVIATION WEATHER forecasts and on a WhatsApp message that described rough flying conditions, it's possible the light aircraft carrying Emiliano Sala encountered in-flight icing conditions before entering an aerodynamic stall. My thoughts are with the families of the pilot Ibbotson and passenger Sala as the accident investigation commences in earnest.
TEN AND A HALF YEARS AGO, Ewan McIntosh visited County Tipperary to share his perspective on education. As expected, we learned a lot. And as many thoughtful people know, breaking bread is one of the most effective ways of fostering a collaborative connection. R. Wolf Shipon makes this same point in an open letter he wrote to fellow psychologists immediately after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. I'm sharing Wolf's comments from his Facebook post.
A COMBINATION OF health issues along with stark warnings from scientists have encouraged me to eat less meat. The UN says switching to a meat-free diet makes an immediate reduction of 50% in one's carbon footprint so that's what I'm doing. This green issue was one of several items worth remembering in my six-minute review of Sunday news in Ireland.
WE'VE BEEN LOOKING at a half dozen locations and we hope to move into a different home before Christmas. The interesting thing for me is watching the spike in views on Flickr as we poke around different premises.
On one day, my Flickr view count exceeded 3700 with several hundred views recorded on quick snaps I made around a few homes for sale.
This judgment should cause some turbulence in the Oval Office, hopefully informing the new occupants of the limitations of executive orders. It's not as simple as telling the doormen of Trump Towers about a new entry policy.
When Trump first mooted his Muslim Ban on the campaign trail, I wondered if he had ever consulted with the Department of Homeland Security. Based on the fiasco that unfolded across all major international airports in the States in the hours following his Muslim Ban, it's obvious he didn't ask for expert opinion from those responsible for keeping US borders in check.
Within a few hours of Trump affixing his signature on his "extreme vetting" Executive Order, some Green Card holders were handcuffed in the arrivals area of American airports and asked about their views on Trump and for details about their social media accounts. A 12 year old Yemeni daughter of an American citizen could not fly with her parents back to their home in the States. The wife and new-born daughter of Yale Professor Kalbasi cannot travel to see him in Massachusetts.
Blowback against Trump's anti-Muslim stance might surprise some insiders close to the President. Large crowds protested with their luggage inside several international airports with some reporters suggesting the total footfall exceeded the number of people who attended the recent inauguration  And New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pledged he "will do everything in my power to help those victimized by President Trump's discriminatory and dangerous executive action".
As I explained on Anchor.fm, Lenin wanted to bring everything crashing down in order to destroy the status quo. Trump's sweeping chaotic approach to government does not follow a typical opposition playbook. It's well past the time to dust off the history books and examine key figures like Lenin and Hitler because many of the tactics emerging under the cover of the White House look ominous to me.
Photo by @topgold during an active learning lecture.
ALTHOUGH I DON'T EXPECT to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice. That's because the Irish government simply does not have the budget authority to restore funding to higher education at the level it once provided.
The fiscal reality is driven by European restrictions. When I first arrived in Ireland in the late 90s, Ireland could just print money or run to the international markets for a sovereign bond to get the funding line necessary to finance third level colleges and universities. But now, a financial black hole is leading to the concept of users paying.
SEVEN YEARS AGO, I answered a few phone calls from unemployed construction workers who wanted a lifeline to employment. They rang our campus to explore CAO options and several started coursework on our BSc in Creative Multimedia a few weeks later. Today, the picture has changed with the biggest increase in demand for Irish third level courses in support of the construction sector.
Brian Mooney explains today that "the CAO points requirements ... (have increased) for applications on construction, nursing, architecture, engineering/technology, business, pharmacy". Points for courses in the arts "have dropped across the board".
FOR THE FIRST TIME, I know people on Ireland's Rich List. The Sunday Times puts the Collison Brothers, Colm Lyon and two Brown Bag animators on The Sunday Times Rich List and I've met all four of the lads in different places throughout Ireland and France. It's nice to see success touch the lives of deserving people.
BECAUSE WE LIVE in a flooded county, I see people driving through flood waters every day. When they ignore "road closed" signs in their attempts, the adventures often finish with disaster--but they might not notice for a few months. I speak from experience.