Archive for May, 2011
Ahead of this week’s Europa League final in Dublin, I’ve a piece on Spanish English language online magazine Iberosphere looking at the similarities and differences between FC Porto’s all conquering manager but fresh-faced André Villas-Boas and his former boss Jose Mourinho.
The gist is that while their careers histories show a certain undeniable commonality, their paths diverged radically in the last month or so. While Mourinho’s Madrid were retreating into a defensive shell, trying and failing to grind down Barcelona, Villas-Boas’ Porto were going goal crazy, and nearing a league, domestic cup and Europa league treble.
The full piece is through here on the Iberosphere site.
April 24′s SBP ran an piece looking at how a shortfall in suitable senior candidates was impeding growth in the renewable energy sector both in Ireland and worldwide. It included interviews with among others Leyla Spencer, Global Operations Director SpenglerFox and Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s chief operating officer, Brian Motherway. Here’s the story on the SBPost.ie site.
In May 8th’s paper had a feature I put together including comment from Colin Donnery, president of the National Recruitment Federation (NRF), looking at how standards in the industry have held up during the downturn. Agencies are having to up their game, Donnery told me, adding extra services and working more closely with clients. The full feature is here.
And last Sunday’s piece was a look at a move by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) to hook up with its British counterpart so it can now confer Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status to eligible members. This step enables IT professionals to formally demonstrate their excellence in their chosen field and gives IT recognition similar to other more traditional professions such as engineer or surveyor, ICS chief executive, Jim Friars told me in the piece which is through here.