CRO Changes: Irish Resident Director

CRO Changes to Companies Amendment Bill 2009

The Companies Amendment Bill 2009 has been passed through all stages of the Oireachtas. The entire Act will take effect as soon as it has been signed by the President.

Section 10 of the Act changes the requirement that at least one of the directors be resident in the State. For this purpose, the “State” has been changed to “Member State of the EEA” (European Economic Area). The EEA is all of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

That means that a company, all of whose directors are resident in the UK, will not require a bond or certificate of a real and continuous link with one or more activities in the State.

Visit Companies Registration Office for more information on Business registration.

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ISME foreign exchange (FX) scheme

The Association’s foreign exchange scheme, in association with Investec, is offering excellent value to member companies. ISME members will benefit from a minimal guaranteed foreign exchange margin of 0.5% on all foreign exchange transactions of amounts between €1,000 and €100,000. No charges or fees on foreign exchange transfers or statements will apply.The group schemes need the support of members.If you are either buying or selling foreign exchange please contact tel: 014210223 or visit

Changes to VAT information for service companies

Changes to VAT information, Ireland

Companies involved in supply services have to register with VIMA.

With effect from 1st January 2010, Irish VAT registered suppliers must submit a VIES statement detailing all the VAT registered customers in other member states to whom he or she has supplied services, in respect of which that customer is liable for payment of the VAT due.

Companies can submit on a quarterly basis, or monthly as they prefer. All VIES statements should be e-filed through Revenue On-line Service.

For more details please visit the VIES section in VIMA or email vimahelp (at) revenue dot ie or LoCall 1890 251 010.

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Cilt: National Centre for Languages

On 26 September, schools across Europe will be celebrating the vast number of languages spoken around the world and recognising all the different ways in which learning another language can enhance people’s lives. CILT, the National Centre for Languages is encouraging schools across the UK to join in the festivities for the European Day of Languages.

The European Day of Languages was set up by the Council of Europe in 2001, and now has around 45 countries involved. It’s an opportunity for schools, colleges and the wider community to kick-start language learning, or to introduce some fun into the process by planning activities like singing contests, market days or competitions.

CILT has all sorts of ideas to help teachers and parents along the way. Resources, downloads and general advice can all be found on our EDL pages, along with the Council of Europe events calendar, which schools across the continent are encouraged to use to promote and share their own ideas for activities and events.

This year CILT has produced a new collection of resources aimed specifically at MFL teachers. The ‘Discover a World of Languages’ collection of posters, stickers, and class sets can be used across both primary and secondary and is perfect for getting pupils thinking about different cultures and picking up words that they could use on holiday.

CILT has also recently launched the Language and Film Talent Awards (LAFTAs), which is an ideal way to celebrate the day. 13 to 21 year olds are being encouraged to produce a two-minute film on why languages are important. Last year the competition received 165 entries and the teenagers walked away with some excellent prizes, including trips abroad.

To find out more about the LAFTAs, visit our Languages Work website. The website also has plenty of resources to help teachers do something a little different to celebrate the day, and to show young people how important languages can be when it comes to entering the world of work.

STAR wins the Innovationspreis award

Innovationspreis award ceremony, Switzerland

On 13th March, STAR and two other finalists accepted the innovation prize or Innovationspreis awarded by the Wirtschafts- und Industrievereinigung Schaffhausen (Schaffhausen association of business and industry).

GRIPS was singled out as a concept for the creation, management and publication of information in all languages and media, from one single data source.

Josef Zibung accepted the award on behalf of the GRIPS team. “This is a well-deserved accolade for the GRIPS team, represented by Stephan Finkler (Development) and Florian von Lepel (Information Engineering). Together with their colleagues they have managed to implement a concept which, thanks to innovation and sustainability, provides STAR customers with a guaranteed advantage over the competition,”said Zibung.

Zibung’s laudatory speech was read by Dr Erhard Meister.

Dr Meister highlighted the importance of innovation, particularly if a company is to be successful on the international stage.

The winning projects qualified from among 27 candidates. The jury judged the projects in terms of uniqueness, marketability and sustainability (environmental and corporate).

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Report on Languages Spoken in the UK

The latest development of the Annual Schools Census, Schools and Families (DCSF) in England gives us important data about languages spoken in the Uk.

Annual Schools Census :England

The annual School Census carried out by the DCSF collects information form maintained Nursery, Primary, Middle, Secondary and Special Schools, Direct Grant Nurseries, City Technology Colleges, Academies, Non maintained Special Schools and Service Children’s Education establishments in England.
The 2008 data records some 240 different languages for almost 79% of pupils whose first language is other than English.

Languages Data (England)
The top fifteen languages spoken by pupils whose first language is other than English are reported as per the table.

-Language- -Number- – %* –
Panjabi 102,570 1.6
Urdu 85,250 1.3
Bengali 70,320 1.1
Guajarati 40,880 0.6
Somali 32,030 0.5
Polish 26,840 0.4
Arabic 25,800 0.4
Portuguese 16,560 0.3
Turkish 16,460 0.3
Tamil 15,460 0.2
French 15,310 0.2
Yoruba 13,920 0.2
Chinese 13,380 0.2
Spanish 10,000 0.2
Persian/Farsi 8,510 0.1

*Percentage of total maintained-school pupil population in Engalnd

Other UK regions: Scotland

-There are over 28,000 bilingual primary and secondary school children in Scotland.
-The top five home languages are: Panjabi, Urdu, Polish, Cantonese and Arabic.
-A total of 138 languages are spoken in school children in Scotland.

Other UK regions: Northern Ireland
-There are over 3,809 out of a total of 166,639 primary pupils and 1,714 out of 147,942 post primary pupils whose first language is not English and who have significant difficulties with the English language.

Other UK regions: Wales
-The 16% of pupils from maintained secondary schools in Wales were taught Welsh as a first language.

Future developments
We will welcome the outcome of a research project led by the Institute of Education on Population, Language, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Aspects of Education.
This will provide us with very useful case studies on the relationship between language, ethnicity and social position.

Community Languages National Show 2009

Languages National Show UK

  • When: Wednesday 15th July 2009
  • Where: Chilworth Manor, Southampton
  • Fees: £75 or £25 for complementary school teachers with travel subsidy

This annual conference and exhibition is aimed at colleagues involved in teaching community languages in the mainstream or complementary sectors: teachers, managers, local authority advisers, teacher trainers or policy-makers.

All delegates will receive ‘Our Languages’ toolkit on forging successful partnership between mainstream and complementary schools and CDs offering lesson plans, schemes of work and resources across a range of languages.

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Second international conference on multilingualism

Second international conference on multilingualism, London Met

From Friday to Saturday, 19th to 20th June 2009 – the London Metropolitan University will host a conference on multilingualism.

Fees at £220 (£120 for complementary school teachers).

With the theme of Making Multilingualism Meaningful: linking theory to practice, this conference includes Prof. Jim Cummins, University of Ontario, Canada and Prof. Luis C. Moll, University of Arizona, USA as principal speakers.

For more information, visit the London Metropolitan University.

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Our Languages Regional Disseminations Events

Our Languages Regional Events

  • Where: various locations around the UK
  • When: May to June 2009

These nine free events feature high-profile speakers who participate at schools on ‘Our Languages Project’. updates on the latest government thinking on community languages, advice on Asset Languages accreditation and guidance on obtaining QTS.

Visit Our Languages for more information.

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AGIS 2009 and the Rosetta Foundation support LRC XIV

AGIS 2009 and Rosetta Foundation support LRC

We are very happy to announce that the Action Week for Global Information Sharing 2009 (AGIS) and the Rosetta Foundation are supporting Localisation in the Cloud and have arranged that all students, NGOs and freelancers can avail of a special discounted registration fee of €100 for the full conference.

This rate offers exceptional value and should give an even greater number of people the opportunity to attend what will be one of the premier localization events taking place this year.

For more information on Localisation in the Cloud, please visit their website or email lrc (at) ul dot ie.

The Rosetta Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing a technology platform for volunteer translators and their not-for-profit clients. The Rosetta Foundation was established in 2009 and will be launched at AGIS ’09 taking place in Limerick, Ireland on 21st to 25th of September.

AGIS, Action for Global Information Sharing, will provide an opportunity for volunteer translators, their clients and technology gurus providing support to come together to learn, network and celebrate their work.

Localisation in the Cloud

The 14th Internationalisation and Localisation Conference organized by the LRC will take place on 24th to 25th September 2009 at the Clarion Hotel in Limerick City, Ireland.

The theme of this year’s conference is Localisation in The Cloud and the conference aims to look at the application of cloud-based computing and software as a service concepts to the software localization industry.

Sessions will examine the tasks involved in making customized and configurable localization services and projects available over the Internet. They will look at existing industry web-based localization solutions and options; how the web can help with tools deployment and workflow management; and to what extent existing tools solutions can be integrated in in the cloud solutions.

The conference will also provide a forum for discussions on engaging customers, service providers, tools developers and the user community in the cloud.

Who should attend?

LRC conferences are aimed at researchers, teachers, trainers, managers, engineers, translators and internationalization specialists working in localization. They are also aimed at businesses, governments and international development agencies that would like to find out how internationalization and localization can help their endeavours.

The Localisation Research Centre (LRC)

The Localisation Research Centre (LRC) provides a comprehensive information service to the localization industry; conducts research and development in localization and related areas such as language engineering; produces a range of publications including Localisation Focus – the International Journal of Localisation and oversees a number of education and training programs.

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