Linkedin 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 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 Limerick
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced he signed an executive order directing state agencies to pursue collection of damage information that could lead to a declaration of disaster emergency along the Lake Michigan shoreline. He also outlined steps state agencies will take to provide assistance along the shoreline. The executive order is attached.Gov. Holcomb surveyed the Lake Michigan shoreline via Indiana State Police helicopter on Sunday and observed conditions along the entire shoreline including Beverly Shores, Ogden Dunes, Portage and Long Beach.“Our administration has been monitoring the erosion along the Lake Michigan shoreline but I wanted to see the damage firsthand,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I signed an executive order to initiate new action steps and further express our dedication to preserving one of our state’s crown jewels for all those who live, work and play along the shoreline.”The Executive Order calls for:Indiana Department of Homeland Security to immediately notify the Office of the Governor if the damage criteria, set by the federal government, is met to allow the State of Indiana to apply for federal disaster assistance so the Governor can issue an executive order declaring a disaster emergencyIDHS to seek other federal funding, programs or assistance that may be available for short-term and long-term mitigation projectsIDHS and Indiana Department of Natural Resources to make every effort to identify additional means, methods, and ways to provide necessary and appropriate assistanceDNR to continue to expedite its review and granting of governmental permits requested by property owners so they can initiate projects to protect their properties along the shoreline as quickly as possibleIDHS to develop and launch a webpage to share updates and new informationThe State of Indiana has already taken steps to help address and respond to the situation with coordinated efforts between IDHS and DNR. State officials have visited the affected areas on several occasions to observe the damage. DNR signed a letter of support for the Great Lakes Resiliency Study, which is an effort by Great Lakes states and federal partners to find strategies to improve the shoreline. DNR, DHS, local officials and members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have participated in training with FEMA to ensure a proper understanding of the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.Relevant state leaders will continue to communicate and collaborate with local, state and federal partners. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/Diálogo April 01, 2019 Diálogo spoke with U.S. Army Brigadier General Antonio Fletcher, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), which leads all special operations forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Diálogo: What is SOCSOUTH’s mission and how does it fit into broader U.S. security cooperation efforts in the region? U.S. Army Brigadier General Antonio Fletcher, commander of Special Operations Command South: First, let me say how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to take command of Special Operations Command South. As a long time 7th Special Forces Group soldier with numerous deployments to our partner nations, to lead this organization is truly a special experience. I was previously at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as director of Plans and Policy (J5), so I had some time to think about and formulate what I would pursue as a mission, what my priorities are, and how I would fit SOCSOUTH into SOUTHCOM’s strategy to meet some specific challenges in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission at SOCSOUTH is to find and fix threats and enable our interagency partners and partner nations to counter threats to U.S. interests and maintain regional stability. We bring unique capabilities to assist SOUTHCOM with its strategy in the region, and we are constantly engaging with the SOUTHCOM team to ensure our efforts are aligned. We can deploy rapidly, we have organic cultural and language abilities, and we have built positive and enduring relationships with security force leaders throughout the region, especially those involved in counter terrorism operations. These relationships are vital to our success and simply cannot be built at a time of crisis—they must be built beforehand. Diálogo: What are your priorities for SOCSOUTH for 2019 and beyond? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: As I mentioned earlier, being director of SOUTHCOM’s J5 before taking command gave me a unique vantage point to develop priorities for the command. My priorities are: countering threat networks, particularly terrorist and insurgent networks; supporting U.S. and partner nation law enforcement agencies’ initiatives to counter transnational criminal organizations; maintaining our readiness to deploy and respond rapidly; and, lastly, proving through our actions that the United States is the best partner to meet today’s security challenges in the region. Diálogo: How do you expect to foster interoperability and jointness with SOCSOUTH’s/SOUTHCOM’s partner nation militaries in Latin America and the Caribbean? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: First, I would prefer to say partner nation security forces instead of militaries because some of our valued partner nations have non-military forces, specifically Panama and Costa Rica. So, how do we foster jointness? We do this by highlighting the idea that challenging national security situations are often best solved by a whole of government approach. The whole of government approach is much better at countering threat networks and providing long-term security for citizens, and lays the groundwork for improving prosperity in contested areas because it brings together experts from across the government to solve these problems. This is a much more effective and efficient approach than relying on just a military solution which may eliminate the immediate security threat but leave citizens little future protection and support. The goal is an enduring state of security that will promote prosperity and provide stability for its citizens. Diálogo: What is the importance of combined special operations forces (SOF) engagements among regional partner nations? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: SOF engagements benefit the United States and our partner nations in many ways, but I’ll highlight three specific examples. First, as I mentioned previously, we build valuable relationships with security professionals in the region. Second, we share tactical skills and learn from each other. Finally, we continue to build linguistic and cultural skills and develop more in-depth knowledge of the partner nations’ governance. Diálogo: What do you think are the most important lessons SOCSOUTH SOF personnel can share with their Latin American and Caribbean counterparts in the face of transnational organized crime threats? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: It takes a whole of government approach to disrupt a transnational criminal network. National as well as local level leaders must develop cooperative strategies to confront these threats. One of the most important lessons our SOF personnel can share is that criminal networks threaten citizen security, undermine human rights, cripple the government’s rule of law efforts, and hinder economic development—they undermine our partner nation governments on many different levels. That is why a whole of government approach is necessary to counter these threats. Diálogo: How do combined events like Fuerzas Comando play a role in sharing that experience and furthering jointness and interoperability with partner nations? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: Fuerzas Comando is our flagship event of the year, promoting partner nation military-to-military relationships, strengthening ties, increasing expertise among the region’s SOF while promoting regional security. This exercise not only builds trust between each other but challenges everyone in a multinational special operations skills competition. The end result of the exercise is a fraternal community of elite forces who are able to collaborate to support security and stability in the region. Every event is geared toward working as a team in a competitive environment emphasizing jointness and interoperability. This year’s event was held in Panama, and Chile has agreed to host the exercise in 2019. Diálogo: How can SOCSOUTH support partner nations to develop and increase their capabilities to counter threats? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: SOCSOUTH has a long history of working with our partners in the region. Our interactions with our partner forces have been very positive and of mutual benefit. Security cooperation is our primary focus; we facilitate our partner nation forces’ training and work side by side to become more interoperable. When our SOF interact with partner nation units, we develop a common understanding of capabilities and training opportunities, we all adhere to the principles of human rights, and rule of law is everything we do. What SOCSOUTH cherishes the most about our international SOF partners is the high level of professionalism and camaraderie. Diálogo: How do success stories such as Colombia influence your vision to help develop other partner nations’ capabilities? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: Like many other countries in the region, Colombia is a strategic partner for SOCSOUTH. Colombia’s successes are in great part because the United States has been working with them through their challenging times. SOCSOUTH understands the many successes other countries have had in Latin America. For example, Brazil led MINUSTAH in Haiti and other partner nations led various humanitarian assistance/disaster response and peacekeeping operations throughout the region. SOCSOUTH recognizes the tremendous sacrifices all our partner nations put forth when they contribute to regional security and stability.
Dozens of firefighters were Saturday battling a major fire inside a cathedral in the western French city of Nantes, emergency services said.Fire crews were alerted just before 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) to the blaze at the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, construction on which started in the 15th century, the emergency operations center said.It said the “major fire” was still advancing and 60 firefighters had been dispatched to the scence. The gothic structure was last hit by fire in 1972. Its roof took more than 13 years to repair.Another religious building in Nantes — the Basilica of St Donatian and St Rogatian — was struck by a fire in 2015 that destroyed three-quarters of its roof.In April last year, a fire engulfed Paris’s 13th century Notre-Dame Cathedral, causing its steeple to collapse and sending billowing fumes containing toxic molten lead into the air. The structure will take years to repair.Topics :