EU Trade Council meeting in Dublin to discuss US partnership

EU Trade Council meeting in Dublin to discuss US partnership

An informal meeting of the EU’s Trade Council is taking place at Dublin Castle today and tomorrow, focusing on international trade matters including an EU-US transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP). Chaired by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, the meeting will also be attended by Mike Froman, US deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs and member of the US National Security Council and National Economic Council, who is key figure in the Obama administration on international trade issues. Trade ministers from all EU member states will be attending, as will the EU’s commissioner for trade Karel De Gucht. This is the first time a…

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San Fran start-up Lively joins PCH Accelerator programme

David Glickman, co-founder, Lively

A start-up company focused on activity-sharing products called Lively based in San Francisco in the US has joined Irish firm PCH International’s Accelerator programme. Founded by Iggy Fanlo , David Glickman , and Keith Dutton in 2012, Lively’s activity-sharing experience aims to support an independent lifestyle for older adults by creating new avenues of connection between their families. Glickman explained: “The vast majority of older adults who live on their own are in good overall health and critical day-to-day monitoring isn’t necessary. So many products targeted at them today use fear as a selling tactic, addressing potential mishaps or focusing on emergency response. “We’re intentionally focusing on how older adults and their families want to live in a…

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Germany’s exports and imports drop in February

Germany's exports and imports drop in February

Germany’s exports were worth €88.7bn in February 2013, a fall of 2.8pc over February 2012, according to provision figures released today by Destatis, the Federal Statistical Office. Over the same period, the country’s imports fell by 5.9pc to €71.9bn. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, Destatis said exports decreased by 1.5pc and imports were down by 3.8pc compared with January 2013. Germany’s foreign trade balance showed a surplus of €16.8bn in February 2013. A year previously, the surplus had amounted to €14.9bn. According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of €16bn in February 2013, which included the balance of…

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Largest ever group of TY students to head to China

Largest ever group of TY students to head to China

University College Cork (UCC) and Shanghai University have arranged a visit to China for 90 Transition Year (TY) students from 32 schools across Ireland. The demand for places on the Easter Camp programme to Shanghai, which runs from 2 to 16 April, was extraordinary according to Professor Fan Hong, director of School of Asian Studies, the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at UCC. “Beyond the enthusiasm demonstrated by the students themselves, many of their parents were incredibly eager to give their sons and daughters an opportunity they never had – to experience Chinese culture and society first hand,” she said. “A series of visits to some…

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CEMS-Dalian to open ship recycling centre in Chinese port

Dalian to open ship recycling centre in Chinese port

Irish-owned CEMS-Dalian (CEMS-D) is to develop a centre for ship dismantling and recycling in Zhuanghe near Dalian, one of the busiest ports in the world, located north-east of Beijing. A delegation from Dalian, including city officials and industrialists, is in Ireland this week to meet with government ministers and senior level government officials as well as leading academics in environmental science and maritime engineering. All manner of ship dismantling waste, including hazardous materials, will be recycled or disposed of to the highest standards of environmental safety at the new centre. “We have formed a strategic alliance with a private Chinese company to design, develop and operate a state of the…

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Bewley’s returns to QVC for fourth St Patrick’s Day appearance

Bewley’s

Bewley’s will return to the home shopping channel QVC this St Patrick’s Day for the fourth time. According to the Tea Association of America, 2011 was the 20th consecutive year that consumer purchases of tea increased. In 2011 over three billion gallons of tea were consumed. On 17 March, QVC will once again showcase Bewley’s to over 98 million US households. “Given that over 98 million US viewers tune in to QVC, we are delighted to be asked back again for the fourth time to showcase Bewley’s to our US customers,” said Mark Saunders of Bewley’s. “Our export market is important to us and this appearance on QVC will enable…

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Ecocem to create 61 jobs as it seeks to increase green cement exports to Northern Europe

Minister Brian Hayes with John Newell, managing director, and Conor O’Riain, head of new markets and products, Ecocem Ireland

Ecocem Ireland said today that it is planning to create 61 jobs as part of a new three year, €19m investment programme that will see the company expand its exports of eco-friendly cement. The announcement was made at the official opening of the company’s new facility at Dublin Port. The plant will be used to bag Ecocem’s eco-friendly cement, which, according to the company, has a 50pc lower carbon footprint than traditional cement. The company said the new plant will lead to the creation of 25 direct jobs and 36 indirect jobs in other, directly-associated and Irish-based suppliers. The €19m investment includes a €5m investment in machinery and infrastructure already made, and will…

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Kerry Group reports double-digit growth for 2012

Kerry Group’s preliminary results for 2012, showing double-digit growth, maintain the strong momentum demonstrated in recent years, according to Davy Research. Following its €186m investment in research and development during the year, sales revenue increased by 10.3pc to reach €5.8bn, while trading profit climbed 10.8pc to €555m. Kerry Group chief executive Stan McCarthy said: “We are pleased to report a strong group-wide performance in 2012 and 11.3pc growth in adjusted earnings per share. “Our 1 Kerry Business Transformation Programme is well underway which through exploiting the technologies and expertise of the organisation will drive our future growth. We continue to invest in our technologies, innovation and nutritional expertise, and also…

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Canadian company to recruit over 100 positions at Jobs Expo 2013

Canadian construction company Kidco Construction Canada has confirmed that it will be actively recruiting for over 100 positions at Jobs Expo 2013, an employment and recruitment fair, which will be held in Dublin’s Croke Park on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February. Kidco Construction operates the largest fleet of earthmoving equipment in Southern Alberta, and is a full service contractor specialising in highways, municipal public works, residential, commercial land development, trucking, basement foundations and underground utility installations. Kidco Construction is looking to fill the following positions: Single and twin engine scrapers (613, 621 631, 651, 627, 637 and 657) Graders Excavators  (200- 385 Caterpillar; 350, 470, 870 John Deere; 200…

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Irish Film ‘The Summit’ Picked Up By Major US Distributor

Irish Film 'The Summit'

An Irish documentary about the K2 mountain tragedy in August 2008 which killed 11 climbers, ‘The Summit,’ has been snapped up by a major US distributor at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013. The distributor, Sundance Selects , is a new theatrical and video-on-demand film label that provides a national platform in the US for independent films and documentaries will be available in about 40 million homes. A subsidiary of IFC which is owned by American media giant AMC, it secured the US distribution rights over the weekend. AMC is the studio behind the TV show, ‘The Walking Dead,’ which is shown on RTE2 in Ireland and IFC previously produced ‘Touching The…

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