FT and Goldman Sachs business book of the year longlist announced

Sixteen books have made it to the longlist for the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award from 262 entries. This is the eighth year of the award, which “aims to recognise the business book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues”. The Financial Times described the longlist as a “reading list to reflect loss of faith in capitalism”, with the state of the US economic model dominating. The shortlist will be chosen at a judging session in September and the winner, who will receive £30,000, will be announced at an award dinner in New York on 1 November. The…

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Eircom appoints CEO and CFO

Eircom has today announced the appointments of Herb Hribar as group chief executive officer and Richard Moat as group chief financial officer. Both will be appointed to the boards of Eircom Holdco SA and eircom Holdings (Ireland) Limited and will take up their roles in early September. Hribar has extensive experience in the telecoms and TV industries in Europe and the United States. He moves to Eircom from CENX, where he has been CEO since February 2011. He has also been president of Ameritech Wireless in the US, managing director of Kabel Deutschland COO of Cablecom in Switzerland. He was previously managing director wholesale/networks at the Eircom from 2002 to…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an application from Teagasc to carry out field trials on a genetically modified (GM) potato line with improved resistance to late potato blight. The field trials will be carried out at one location at Oak Park, Co Carlow. The trials can be carried out between now and the end of 2016, with post-trial monitoring continuing until 2020. Planting will not exceed two hectares in area. According to data published by Teagasc scientists, annual losses due to potato blight in Ireland have been estimated at €15m per annum and managing the disease requires up to 15 fungicide applications throughout the growing season. The GM…

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Pastoralist Jarso Ada speaking to Tom Arnold and Mary Robinson in Kenya

When Tom Arnold steps down as chief executive of Concern Worldwide next year, he’ll leave behind him an organisation that, during his time in the top job, has evolved from being an effective and respected Irish charity into one of global scale and reputation. Last year, Concern had 3,500 people working in 25 countries and had a budget of €16om, with €104m of this coming from a number of governments, including Ireland, the UK and the US, as well as the EU and the UN. Income in 2001 was just short of €63m. More striking than the increase in funding over the years, however, has been Concern’s rising status internationally,…

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Beaumont becomes a tobacco-free campus

Beaumont Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus from tomorrow – 4 July – as the hospital moves to create a healthy, clean and safer environment for patients, staff and visitors. The move to go tobacco free across the campus follows extensive work by a multi-disciplinary steering committee and working groups. The policy was designed in response to the ongoing concern about the harmful effects of tobacco use and smoking in a healthcare environment. According to a statement released by Beaumont in advance of the change, “the HSE Corporate Plan (2008-2011) recognises the need for a shift towards prevention and better self care in respect of tobacco. Research and experience shows…

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A new partnership initiative to address the estimated US$1trn annual shortfall in green infrastructure investment was launched this week at the Business 20 (B20) Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. As a first step, the Green Growth Action Alliance (G2A2) said it would assist Mexico in unlocking private finance for investments in businesses and technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30pc by 2020. In partnership with the Mexican government, the alliance will identify critical green growth initiatives, design strategies to overcome these obstacles, and draw in private investment. Designed in partnership with G20 governments, the group is calling for actions to be adopted in five target priority areas…

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Wexford-based Lake Region Medical (LRM) has become the first company in the Republic of Ireland, and the first medical device manufacturer in Europe to be awarded a Shingo Accreditation Bronze Medallion for Operational Excellence. The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is a not-for-profit located in the Jon M Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organisations and to empower people and transform organisational culture. “The achievement is a real win for the company but also Ireland as an economy, as we strive to continue to grow in investment in operations by delivering higher value to investors than that…

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Cork-based anti-theft solutions provider Yougetitback (YGIB) has appointed Paul Leahy to lead its global business development operations. Yougetitback works with insurance and warranty companies, telecom operators and consumer electronics retailers, having developed a range of anti-theft solutions for smartphones, tablets and laptops. CEO Paul Prendergast said Leahy’s appointment would provide the company with a deeper insight into the needs and ambitions of warranty and insurance clients. On accepting the role, Leahy said he believed Yougetitback brought value to clients by enabling them to accelerate their business growth by increasing attachment rates, lowering customer churn and driving better value. Leahy’s career spans working with global companies including Bank of America, Affinion International Group,…

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Anya Hindmarch

Well-known handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has been named Veuve Clicquot’s businesswoman of the year at an event in Claridge’s hotel in London this week Hindmarch, whose bags can retail at up to £2,895, became the award’s 40th winner, following in the footsteps of Dame Anita Roddick of The Body Shop fame and Linda Bennett, founder of LK Bennett. She saw off competition from City heavyweight Helena Morrissey, chief executive of Newton Investment Management. Organisers of the event say the award is the first international award created specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life and is now regarded as the “Oscar” for female entrepreneurs and business…

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honor

A new scholarship scheme in Waterford has been named after Ernest Walton, who was the first to split the atom along with John Cockcroft and Ireland’s only Nobel laureate in science. The new bursaries will recognise high achievement for students who are from disadvantaged families and attending DEIS schools. A park in the town of Dungarvan is already named after Walton whose discovery with Cockcroft gave rise to a whole new generation of research in physics. It was of paramount importance because it validated many scientific theories within the realm of relativity theory and quantum mechanics, provided proof for Einstein’s mass-energy equation and ushered in the new era of nuclear…

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