Element 6 jobs to go

first_imgLinkedin Limerick event aims to brain-drain Dublin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email July Jobs Stimulus package sees extension to wage subsidy scheme and pandemic unemployment payment Print WhatsApp Advertisement NewsLocal NewsElement 6 jobs to goBy Bernie English – October 30, 2015 933 TAGSdrilling ShannonElement 6Jobs center_img Facebook New high-end jobs for Shannon THERE was bad news for a Shannon business this week with confirmation that up to 70 jobs could go at the Element 6 industrial diamond manufacturing plant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But despite the immediate effects of the job losses, there are no fears in the long-term for the future of the former De Beers operation, with the company making a €25 million investment in the Shannon facility in 2013. The company also announced the recruitment of 40 extra staff, following the closure of its manufacturing base in Sweden.Speaking at the time of the investment, company chief executive Walter Huehn said that previous cost-cutting measures at the plant had secured its future.A company spokesman said this week that if the world market improves, contract workers could be rehired but the kind of growth necessary is not expected in the short to medium term.The company, which is part of the De Beers group, celebrated 50 years in Shannon in 2013. It is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of industrial diamonds used in drilling and other industries.The job losses are being attributed to a global downturn in the gas and oil drilling industries. Previous articleMary Immaculate leading way for students with disabilitiesNext articleTax breaks to breathe new life into Limerick city centre Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Fisheries Officers wanted to protect and develop fisheries resource in Limerick Twitter UL Hospitals Group in recruitment call for staff in all disciplines New Company creating 100 jobs in Limericklast_img read more

The power and limitations of data

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The AXFI conference isn’t the most intuitively named financial services conference. But that’s about the only thing it doesn’t do well.Designed to address the intersection of data analytics and financial innovation—with a  decidedly credit union leaning—AXFI (Analytics and Financial Innovation) recently wrapped up its fourth annual event in suburban Minneapolis with about 300 highly engaged attendees.What really struck a chord with me—aside from the ragtag band of credit union veterans who performed Tuesday night—were a pair of presentations from gentlemen whose expertise resides well outside the realm of financial services.Their perspectives reinforced the extent to which the issues facing financial institutions are universal, and how we can benefit from reaching outside our comfort zone for fresh ideas.Eric Berlow is an ecologist by trade, and a TED Fellow whose talks on simplifying complexity have garnered over two million YouTube views. He led the University of California’s Science Institute inside Yosemite National Park, focusing on data-driven solutions for preserving wildlife ecosystems.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Burns Readers at the Stake, but the HBO Series is Still Great

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he two fiery dragons may have zipped their flaming snouts for now—thankfully sparing the platinum blonde locks of their mistress Queen Daenerys Targaryen—but the debate has just begun to heat up over the Game of Thrones season five opener. (Beware of spoilers!)Have the show runners finally gone too far? Have the fans of George R.R. Martin’s epic “A song of Ice and Fire” books been betrayed because the plot lines have truly diverged? Or are they going to continue to “hate-watch” the HBO series, as one of our crew here calls his Sunday night viewing experience glued to the tube?As Martin labors to finish what he started, the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, press on their own way, killing off a major character, Mance Rayder, the king of the free-folk/Wildlings, in the season opener. They had him burned at the stake, instead of following the book’s switcheroo when Stannis Baratheon’s mistress Melisandre summons some of her magic and subs a character named Rattleshirt disguised as Mance to go up in flames in his stead. Live free or die, indeed.Melisandre, also known as The Red Woman, in Game of Throne’s season 5 premiere. (Photo credit: Helen Sloan/ HBO)Face it, readers, you will always have your jam-packed books—whether Martin gets to the end himself, or a ghostwriter finishes the job. But for us watchers, the series is still as good as it gets. Whether we will ever want to go back and read the source material is another story.All the HBO show’s special ingredients were on full display as the season got underway. There’s nudity, sexuality, depravity, sudden violence, stunning locations, splendid costumes, tense drama, blood, breasts and guts. What more do we need? It did not disappoint. Of course, not having read the books, we did not know what we were missing, nor what was supposed to be coming. That’s the joy of it, we suppose.With an assist from his brother Jaime, Tyrion Lannister (played to perfection by Pinker Dinklage) managed to escape from the dungeon at Kings Landing but not from the abyss of his guilt. One of our favorite characters in the series, the small guy shot his evil dad, Tywin Lannister, with a crossbow as the dastardly Lord of Casterly Rock sat on the privy and also strangled the only love of his life, Shae, after finding her lying naked in his dad’s bed. That’s gotta be tough on anyone. Too bad he’ll never see a therapist, because he does have a lot of issues to work out. We hope he finds closure somehow—if he doesn’t, don’t you dare spoil it!Meanwhile, our other favorite male on the show, Jon Snow, won a temporary truce at Castle Black between the free folk/wildlings and the Night’s Watch—without a creepy ice walker in sight—but self-declared King Stannis Baratheon had to go and ruin it.The character Tyrion Lannister killed his father in Game of Throne’s season 4 finale last year. (Credit: HBO)And way, way down south, across the sea, Dany is still missing a dragon, and the two she has locked away look rather depressed from their neglect, and that could be cause for animal rights’ activists, assuming the former slave kingdom of Meereen ever had any, which is doubtful. Khaleesi, as we like to call her with humble devotion, has a complicated relationship with other creatures. She hatched three dragons herself, lost one, and, proving she’s no vegetarian, ate the heart of a stallion. As for the Great Harpy of Meeren, the big bronze-buttocked-and-bare-breasted female with wings mounted atop the Great Pyramid, the new queen apparently has no respect for idols of the past, having her forces pull the statue down with ropes and demolishing it in a great moment of television action and special effects.And next week we get to see what the Stark girls are up to: Arya is about to meet a cult of mysterious assassins and Sansa is going to find out what master spy Littlefinger has in mind for her. And from what we’ve seen so far, it can’t be good.last_img read more

Would you buy a house next to a cemetery?

first_imgThe home has character features including timber floors and VJ walls.“They treat the cemetery like a park and it is very well looked after these days. “For buyers, this is an opportunity to buy in to inner-city living on a big block of land at an affordable price.” The home at 63 Frederick St was built in 1935 and has timber floors, VJ walls and high ceilings. There is a separate living area, a dining room opening to the back patio, and a kitchen with walk-in pantry and gas cooking. The kitchen at 63 Frederick St, Toowong.There is a covered veranda at the front of the home and plenty of entertaining space at the back.Ms Healy said she was only selling because she was moving away from Brisbane.“I’ve really loved living in Toowong,” she said. “It is a great location 15 minutes’ walk to the Regatta, close to buses and the city.” The home at 63 Frederick St, Toowong, is across the road from Toowong Cemetery. Photo: SUPPLIEDIF ghost stories and gravestones don’t deter you, this 1930s Queenslander in Toowong could be an affordable entry in to the inner city market. The renovated three-bedroom home is on a double block across the road from Toowong Cemetery. Owner Maria Healy has lived in the house at 63 Frederick St since 2003 and in that time she hasn’t experienced a single spine tingle, undead visitor or unexplained event. Even on Halloween, she isn’t the slightest bit concerned about her silent neighbours. The home at 63 Frederick St, Toowong, is on a double block.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“There is always a lot of people in there, either tending the graves or walking their dogs. There are even a couple of water stations for the dogs to have a drink.” Marketing agent Byrony O’Neill said most buyers weren’t put off by the heritage-listed cemetery. “A lot of people make jokes about quiet neighbours or it being the dead centre of town but they don’t seem to mind it,” she said. The view of Brisbane city from the top of Toowong Cemetery.“I actually love that I live across the road from so much history,” she said. Ms Healy said Frederick St residents saw the well-maintained cemetery as a bonus. It is a large green space with city views, lots of trees and plenty of walking paths. It is also next to Anzac Park and the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. “I’ve got a two-year-old dog and we go for a walk through the cemetery several times a week, as do my neighbours,” Ms Healy said.last_img read more

European Tour Considers Listing E’Guinea Open on Schedule

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in Mongomo, E’GuineaEquatorial Guinea’s strategic investments in golf is inching toward global recognition after the European Tour hinted it was considering listing the yearly 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open on its tournament schedule.The development will come as a big wake up call to Nigeria, which has for over two decades, neglected its National Open Championship and allowed it to slip into comatose.The Tournament Director for the European Tour, Jose Maria Zamora, was in Mongomo to assess Equatorial Guinea Open Championship, which officially tees off on Thursday with a field of almost 70 golfers from 27 countries including Nigeria. Zamora, who also doubles as the Assistant Challenge Tour Director of the European Tour and is in charge of the Tours anti doping effort, regulation book and new projects, said yesterday that the visit would provide a platform to assess African players on the possibility of some of them joining the European Tour.In an exclusive chat with THISDAY in Mongomo, he said that he undertook the visit because of the report he had received about Equatorial Guinea Open and the large number of African golfers that usually attend it.“You never know where the next Tiger Woods will come from. The idea is to develop golf tournament all over the world and open up to the new places where we can give opportunities to new African players to join the European Tour and make a living. We are assessing Equatorial Guinea Open, its facilities, infrastructure and organisation if there is a possibility the tournament could be part of our schedule in the future. We will be very happy if that happens,’’ Zamora said.According to him, a tour in Africa can be integrated into the European Tour if it attains a prize and organisation level that matches their expectation, adding afterwards they will be granted world ranking points and an easy pathway to the European Tour.“To be part of the Euro Tour, a player must become a member via ranking or be an associate member, where he can have his winnings on any event counting towards the ranking, while depending on his position on the ranking, he can get exemption for the following year’’.Zamora said Nigeria can be listed on the European Tour if the golf federation and local PGA drive sponsorship and formally approach the Tour, which will consider the proposal if the conditions and facilities are suitable.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE(Today 8.45pm)R’Madrid v DortmundPorto v LeicesterTottenham v CSKAC’Brugge v CopenhagenLeverkusen v MonacoLyon v SevillaJuventus v D’ZagrebLegia v SportingShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more