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WITSU Rapid CabsRapid Cabs and the WIT Students’ Union have one message for students this year and that is, “Don’t walk home alone”.

The scenario is not uncommon.  You’re a student of WIT and out for the evening. You’ve run out of money, lost your wallet or purse and it’s time to go home. However, now you can get a taxi with Rapid Cabs rather than walking home on your own. Just leave your WITCard with them and pay your fare when you collect it the next day.

Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, explains the importance of this message to students, “In our industry we see it all. Being safe when out at night comes down to making smart decisions. That is why messages like this are so important. It seems obvious not to walk home alone but when you are out and have no money, you do not think you have a choice. Now you do.”

“Waterford City does not differ from any large urban environment, it is no safer or more dangerous that any third level City, but people need to plan their night out, and that includes getting home”.

Marie Sheedy, WITSU President endorses this new initiative, "When you are trying to save money as a student, don't save on your safety. Order the taxi and get home safely, never walk alone. Look out for your friends and encourage them to be safe also. This initiative by Rapid Cabs is fantastic for students and we are delighted to be involved with Rapid Cabs once again, working to keep students out of harm’s way."

The ‘Safe Home Scheme’ is now in place and will be promoted through-out the Institute campus and on local radio.

Rapid Cabs is a licensed taxi dispatch operator by the National Transport Authority and all of its drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car driver devices in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.

Its App is available for free on Apple and Android.

National Business Machines Jim PrendergastNational Business Machines brings the Future of Work Forum to Waterford

Technology is consistently transforming the experience of how people work and one Irish company in particular is determined to take advantage of this rapidly changing world. In an effort to fuel expansion and offer greater service for new and existing customers, National Business Machines will embark on a roadshow over the course of September, hosting the Waterford leg of this roadshow at W.I.T Arena on Thursday 20th September. This ‘Future of Work Forum’ will showcase the latest range and technology of Xerox machines and the countless advantages this new printer technology will bring to the workplace.

Founded in 1985 NBM is one of the first Xerox Concessionaires to set up in Europe and are proud to have grown to become the largest Irish Concessionaire. The partnership between Xerox and NBM has developed over the past 33 years resulting in the delivery of a strong value proposition for their customers. Their hardware range extends from small desktop printers and MFP's to large production print equipment, while their Workplace Solutions business continues to expand year on year with demands for automation, mobility and security increasing in all sectors.

The NBM ‘Future of Work Forum’, which is free to attend, will include presentations by NBM Kerry Account Manager Jim Prendergast and Xerox experts, live demonstrations and networking opportunities. These upcoming events will present a unique opportunity for individuals and professionals to connect with each other and to learn about new world-class technologies.

The featured technologies at these events are from the recently-launched Xerox ConnectKey portfolio of new Xerox AltaLink and Xerox VersaLink multifunction devices and their associated ConnectKey apps, which can improve workplace productivity by automating everyday office tasks. Xerox printers are giving people the freedom to solve problems, be more sustainable, productive and take on new challenges within the workplace and beyond, and the ‘Future of Work’ forum delves into this by showcasing and explaining in detail the many benefits of the brand and its products.

An important factor that will be addressed is the cost-effectiveness of Xerox and how its products can reduce yearly expenditure. Through the introduction of print management solutions, a business can reduce overall print costs by more than 20 percent, simply by eliminating pages left at the device. Aside from money saving measures, print management solutions also improve an individual’s ability to work on the move, without compromising on security. For example, while mobile workflows make printing and printer access simple on phones, tablets, desktops, laptops and Chromebook, additional printer usage information and user authentication options provide enhanced security and control.

The forum will also touch on important product information for customers, such as the new features of  Xerox® Workplace Suite v5.0 and Xerox® Workplace Cloud v5.0.

Speaking in advance of this Waterford event, Michael Galvin, Managing Director of NBM, said:  “In terms of technology, developments are now occurring at such a fast pace that it is so important for us to move with the times and always stay one step ahead of ourselves when it comes to adaptability and what we have to offer to our customer base. The beauty of this new digital age is that we can arm ourselves with products and apps that contribute to the successful running of a business through the provision of print management solutions. These apps turn multifunction printers into true workplace assistants and are proving invaluable to both small and large businesses.”

He added: “The entire NBM team has gone above and beyond to ensure that the upcoming forums will meet and exceed the expectations of those joining us on the day. We view these events as a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase not only our continuous hard work and impressive offering, but also as a way to give back to our customers. No matter what your business or background, I would invite and encourage you to attend and to get an inside look into the ‘future of work’!”

The upcoming event has required immense preparation and planning but promises a glimpse into the future of digital work to see how you can drive change by transforming the way you do business. The future is a connected, virtual, mobile, digital and physical world. Be ready for it.

The NBM ‘Future of Work Forum’ takes place from 10:30am to 12:00 and 2:30pm to 4pm on Thursday 20th September at W.I.T. Arena, Waterford. Register your attendance for free through the NBM website, Refreshments will be served throughout the day. 

Technology is transforming the world. It’s time that you and your company become part of that transformation.

ArdkeenQFS solarArdkeen Quality Food Store is a well-known advocate of local and Irish producers, which comes with the additional eco-friendly benefit of lower food miles.

However, this is not the stores only green initiative as Ardkeen view environmental sustainability an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully and are accelerating the green transition with a comprehensive inhouse Sustainability Programme.

The most recent step forward in the plan is the installation of a 100KWp Solar PV Array consisting of 363 roof mounted panels, aided by SEAI funding. These panels will generate up to 100,000KWh of renewable electricity per annum resulting in a saving of 60,000kg of C02 annually.

The solar power technology is supplied and fitted by local company Enerpower, one of Ireland’s leading renewable energy companies with over 13 years’ experience in advanced energy technologies.

From the store floor to goods inwards Ardkeen have been quietly forging a greener future, with a view to eliminating waste and supporting renewable packaging like their compostable coffee and juice cups, and the availability of compostable and paper produce bags. In the last 12 months the store has in fact doubled its waste recycling to 14 tonnes and in August installed a new refrigeration plant with smaller and more efficient power requirements.

As Ardkeen Quality Food Store advances into the second half of a century in retail we can expect even more efforts from this progressive company to reduce their carbon footprint which is great news for the local community and indeed the planet!

HSA conference

21st November 2018 - 08:30 – 15:45 GMT

Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Ita Leyden, senior ergonomist in LCE Workplace Safety will be giving a presentation at the HSA conference in November on “Practical Ergonomic Case Implementation”.

This conference is directed at Employers, Small Business Owners, HR Staff, EAPs, Occupational Physicians, Occupational Health Nurses, Organisational Psychologists, Workplace Counsellors, Contact Persons for Dignity at Work, Ergonomists, Physiotherapists and Health and Safety Managers. The aim of the conference is to provide employers with practical tools and advice to assist them in managing health risks at work.

For more details or to book a place at this FREE event click below:

Name: Containers & Cloud Native Roadshow Cork, Presented by Crossvale

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM IST

Website (Full Agenda & Registration Link):

Event Description:

The Container & Cloud-Native Roadshow is a unique hands-on experience for building, deploying and managing containerized cloud-native applications using industry-standard open source technologies. Focused on educating and enabling attendees based on their role (Ops or Dev), you'll learn how red Hat OpenShift changes the way you run mission-critical applications.


Ops Team Track:

  • OpenShift and container-native storage fundamentals
  • Introduction to OpenShift platform management
  • Introduction to application management on OpenShift
  • Application storage management with container-native storage

Dev Team Track

  • Introduction to cloud-native application
  • Building microservices with Wildfly Swarm, Spring Boot and Eclipse Vert.x
  • Increasing developer productivity with containers

Resilient and fault-tolerant microservices' continuous integration and continuous delivery.


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