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

Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Fresno State Wednesday Night

first_imgThe Aggies are second in giving up only 31 percent shooting for opponents from behind the arc. Written by Tags: Braxton Huggins/Colorado State/Deshon Taylor/Fresno State/Mountain West Conference/Sam Merrill/San Jose State/Spectrum/Utah State Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday night, Utah State men’s basketball hosts Fresno State as the 11-4 Aggies ensue in their homestand at the Spectrum. Wednesday’s meeting is the 60th between the schools in history with Utah State leading the all-time series 35-24. Merrill is the only player in the nation to shoot above 50 percent from the field and better than 90 percent at the foul line. The Aggies and Bulldogs are also the most selfless Mountain West teams as Utah State posts 16.3 assists per game and Fresno State is second at 16 assists per contest. The Bulldogs are the top team in the conference in 3-point percentage defense as they only allow opponents to shoot 29.3 percent from range. The Aggies are 1-1 in conference play, having dropped a 72-49 game at Nevada Wednesday and prevailing 79-62 over Air Force Saturday. As the Aggies and Bulldogs tussle, the two top defenses in the Mountain West Conference will be on display. center_img The 11-3 Bulldogs are 2-0 in Mountain West play and have won nine of their last 10 contests. Utah State junior guard Sam Merrill posts 19.3 points per game and has made 23 consecutive free throws. He is currently shooting 93.4 percent (71 of 76) at the foul line and is shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Their conference wins have come against San Jose State (73-53) and Colorado State (78-67). January 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Fresno State Wednesday Night The Aggies lead the conference in surrendering 65.1 points per game (they also score 79.1 points per contest) and Fresno State is second in giving up 65.6 points per game (the Bulldogs score 79.4 points per game). Utah State is currently 7-0 at home on the season and has won their last eight games at the Spectrum. Fresno State continues to be led by complementary guards in redshirt senior Braxton Huggins (17.8 points per game) and senior guard Deshon Taylor (17.4 points per game). Brad Jameslast_img read more

Colombian Army Commander Demands FARC Comes Clean about Kidnappings

first_img ‘‘Many of them went missing in areas controlled by guerrillas about 14 and 15 years ago. We are pretty sure that they are being held against their will by the FARC, and we are expecting to get news so that we can inform their families,’‘ he noted. Mantilla demanded that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ‘‘explain to Colombia where the missing kidnapped people are, within whom there are several military members,’‘ as well as ‘‘the minors that have been recruited.’‘ In February, the FARC announced they would stop extortive kidnappings against civilians, and that they would release the last ten police and military members they acknowledged to have been holding as hostages. Since guerrilla leaders have insisted that they don’t have any hostages, the commander of the Colombian Army stated that due to such statements, it is ‘‘difficult to trust, difficult to believe them.’‘ By Dialogo September 26, 2012 ‘‘Unless they come clean, and the facts are indeed mentioned,’‘ it won’t be possible to ‘‘build a path for peace,’‘ the official told the press after a military ceremony in Bogotá. Earlier this month, President Juan Manuel Santos and top FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez, aka ‘‘Timochenko,’‘ announced they would start peace negotiations after several months of rapprochement. center_img The talks are said to start officially on October 8 in Oslo, and later they will be held in Havana. According to the official, at least 60 members from the public forces are missing. Mantilla also remembered other statements made by guerrilla leaders in recent days; for instance, that the FARC did not participate in drug trafficking. Likewise, the official also made a reference to their ‘‘indiscriminate use of explosive devices that affect indigenous populations, as well as other inhabitants,’‘ highlighting that ‘‘the country is awaiting those responses.’‘ last_img read more

Nailing your first buyer meeting: 5 tips from food and drink startup founders

first_imgAideen Kirby of Brew Tea Co (top left), Vivien Wong of Little Moons (top right), Jonny Shimmin of Spoon Cereals and Pip Murray of Pip & NutThat first conversation with a supermarket buyer is as nerve-wracking as meetings come – and small brands can feel especially exposed.So how do you make sure you deliver the best possible pitch? The founders of Pip & Nut, Spoon Cereals, Little Moons and Brew Tea Co. share their top tips for food & drink entrepreneurs.Tip 1: Do your research“Apart from the obvious – why your product is amazing and the story – know the retailer and tailor your pitch to them,” says Vivien Wong of Little Moons.Here’s a quick checklist to bear in mind:Understand who you’re targeting and where you sit on-shelf relative to everyone else. You can only tailor the pitch by understanding on-shelf pricing and competition. “Store, shelf and product research make up as much of our pitch as our own products do,” says Jonny Shimmin of Spoon Cereals.Roughly know what margins the retailer is looking for and incorporate that into your pricing.Lay out payment terms, minimum order quantities, customer contribution, stores and SKUs count, so these roll up into one negotiation.Understand the available marketing mechanisms (vouchers, introductory discount, banner ads) – work out which suits your product best.Understand rebates, over-riders and other sales mechanisms so you’re ready for the conversation. “Be clear about all the commercial terms you need to agree, not just case price,” adds Pip Murray of Pip & Nut.Tip 2: Ask for helpAideen Kirby: “Ask for help from as many people as you can. Buyers have hundreds of other suppliers, so a conversation with someone in the industry on tactics can get you further.Vivien Wong: “We were lucky to have guidance from a fellow foodpreneur. It is useful to talk to others in the industry, which is why a platform like Young Foodies is so helpful.”Read more: 5 tips for budding food entrepreneurs from people who have made itJonny Shimmin: “Understand each retailer’s supply chain systems – they don’t always explain this up-front but investing our own time with supply chain teams was worthwhile.Pip Murray: “Fmcg mentors/investors are really beneficial when navigating the intricacies of supplying larger retailers.”Tip 3: Be human and interestingJonny Shimmin: “Tell your story! We have more interesting stories to tell than account managers who the buyers see daily.”Vivien Wong: “Share your delicious product. The buyer got our product immediately and really liked the texture of the mochi.”Pip Murray: “Set the tone at the start of any new buyer meeting: introduce your story, vision, mission and values. I’m passionate about what we are working towards and I want to bring any buyer into our world.”Aideen Kirby: “Let your buyer know you’re working hard. We used to send postcards from stores we visited and sampled in.”Tip 4: Appreciate the work once you’re on the shelfAideen Kirby: “A listing is the start of the hard work! Once your product is on the shelf, make sure it sells – meaning a lot of graft along the way.”Jonny Shimmin: “Plan getting your products off the shelf, not just on it. Rate of sale is important and your activation plan for making it work is key to getting on the shelf in the first place.”Pip Murray: “Lay out your marketing plans about how you are going to activate both in and out of stores to drive awareness of your brand and rate of sale. Whether this is through sampling in store, PR or point of sale, it’s key that buyers know that you are going to work hard to get products moving off the shelf.”Tip 5: Final thoughtsAideen Kirby: “Have agendas for discussions instead of ‘catch-ups’. Send your plan in advance so everyone is prepared and you don’t rely too much on busy buyers after the meeting.”Vivien Wong: “Getting listed takes time – manage your expectations accordingly. Don’t fret too much.”Jonny Shimmin: “Be honest about what you can realistically achieve. There is no point in having an amazing product you have slaved over if you cannot be a reliable and consistent supplier going forward. Don’t overpromise.”Pip Murray: “Pitching to a supermarket is not Dragon’s Den! You do need to know your numbers and tailor a presentation to that specific customer, but it’s not an interrogationAideen Kirby: Sell them the future. Small brands are a risk – but we’re more interesting, so that’s in our favour.”Thea Alexander is founder of Young Foodies, a community for early-stage fmcg brandslast_img read more

International Students may be forced out of the US if Universities opt to go online

first_imgAccording to Immigration and Customs Enforcement international students who are taking courses in the US may be at risk of deportation if their University opts to transition into online classes only.The agency made the announcement on Monday stating that students with certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” adding that, “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”The move may affect thousands of foreign students who have come to the US to take courses through universities, colleges, and those participating in training programs.Harvard, which has decided to offer strictly online courses until the pandemic subsides, spoke out about the announcement saying it undermines their efforts to keep students safe by keeping them off campus:“we are deeply concerned that the guidance issued today by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement imposes a blunt, one-size-fits-all approach to a complex problem giving international students, particularly those in online programs, few options beyond leaving the country or transferring schools,” Harvard University President Larry Bacow said Monday in a statement.The agency says international students who want to remain in the US should consider other measures like transferring to  a school that is still offering in-person instruction or to one that offers a hybrid of both online and in-person classes.Harvard says it will “work closely with other colleges and universities around the country to chart a path forward.”While students do have the opt to transfer schools, many colleges and universities have opted to transition from in-person to online courses making in-person courses more difficult to come by. Some colleges and universities have also opted to shorten their semesters.last_img read more