Colin Kaepernick protests police violence and murder against blacks in America.

Our look at the American protests continuing in the game of football, which is not our brand of football, but while that does amuse us, nothing delights us quite like a staged protest paid for by the American taxpayers. And that is precisely what happened yesterday. First, Mike Pence, the US Vice-President tweeted a picture of himself and his wife at the Indianapolis Colts game honoring QB Peyton Manning. The problem was, the image was one that was taken years earlier. In what was an apparent staged “protest” to the NFL players protest, Pence left the game before it even started. He explained his actions in a tweet: Was this…

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Indira Nooyi is the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food & beverage manufacturer based on revenue. She is PepsiCo’s first female CEO. Nooyi has been consistently included in Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. A Short Biography Indira Nooyi was born in Chennai, India on 28 October 1955. After graduating with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976, she worked as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, a textile firm. Nooyi won a scholarship to the Yale School of Management and moved to the United States to earn a Master’s degree in…

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Sheryl Sandberg is the current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and one of the top women leaders in the technology industry. Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (#10 in 2014). She authored the book “Lean In”, which examines why there are so few women leaders and provides solutions for women to fulfill their potential. Sandberg also founded the Lean In Foundation, an organization that aims to empower women to reach their goals through education and providing support. A Short Biography Sheryl Sandberg was born on August 26, 1969, in Washington D.C. and is the oldest of three siblings. As a young girl,…

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Last night Donald Trump vowed there would be no amnesty given to undocumented workers currently living and working in the United States. While he didn’t state the plan was to deport them, he was clear that he would focus on those who have committed crimes. The speech seemed to have been a perfectly delivered speech, if this was last year and he was trying to rally the Republican base to win the nomination. As a leader, this is the time to expand his reach, beyond the 40% of Republicans who fully support him. He needs more support. Much more. The takeaways from his speech: “Anyone who is in the United…

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Football is back. Finally. It is the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend, and much media attention has been focused on Brett Favre. Known at “the Iron Man” during is tenure in the NFL with an insane 297 consecutive starts over a 20-year career. It is fitting that Favre enters the Hall of Fame along with the late-Ken Stabler. There are numerous parallels between both quarterbacks. Both went to southern colleges. Stabler to Alabama and Farve to Southern Miss. Both had slow starts to their respective careers. Both led eventual powerhouse teams which respectively went down as dynasties in the NFL. Both won a Super Bowl championship, and experts agree each…

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Fergus Clancy has been appointed executive chairman of Mater Private Healthcare Group, having previously been its group CEO. According to the company, Clancy will retain overall responsibility for strategic leadership and governance of the Group. John Hurley has been appointed to replace him as group CEO.  Hurley was previously CEO of Mater Private Hospital, Dublin.  A graduate of University College Cork, he did his surgical training in Ireland and completed his training as a heart transplant surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed consultant cardiac and transplant surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 1995 and since then he has also been a surgeon in the Mater Private.…

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There were two developments that were particularly positive for Ireland’s debt dynamics in the first half of this year – the issue of our first ever 30-year bond and the completion of the early repayment of just over €18bn of Ireland’s IMF loan facility, according to National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) chief executive Conor O’Kelly. On the release of the NTMA’s 2014 annual report and mid-year update, he explained the early repayment of the IMF loan was made using cheaper, long-term market funding and generated interest savings of over €1.5bn. “The weighted average maturity of our long-term marketable and official debt has improved from 7.3 years at end 2012 to…

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Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) has admitted to “multiple breaches of financial services law and regulation” and has entered into a settlement agreement with the Central Bank. The Central Bank said today that the settlement follows the conclusion of its “most significant and extensive regulatory investigation to date”. The investigation, which focused on INBS’s commercial lending and credit risk management processes, began in 2010.  It related to the building society and certain people involved in its management between 1 August 2004 and 30 September 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, INBS had losses of more than €6bn, mainly due to the impairment of its impaired loan book.  Under the National Asset…

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The Telecommunications, Software, and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology is co-ordinating an EU-funded project to help build the global technical infrastructure for a fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network and mobile internet. The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project has received almost €6m in EU funding as the only Irish-led project approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP). Current telecom providers have just started the process of rolling out 4G, and 5G is likely to start appearing around 2022. A multinational project, CogNet will develop solutions to provide a highly automated and more intelligent level of network monitoring and management, improve operational and energy efficiencies,…

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The sudden closure of department store Clerys in June 2015 raises some interesting corporate governance issues, writes Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin (UCD). By way of background, Clerys is a department store in Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street. Until recently it was a family-owned business, having been established in 1853. It has a particular place in Dubliners’ hearts, as many courting couples would arrange to meet under Clerys clock. In 2012, Clerys was purchased by Boston-based US firm of turnaround experts Gordon Brothers for €14m. Fair play to Gordon Brothers. It sold the fine building on O’Connell Street housing the Clerys trading business to…

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