Abbott wins Chambers Ireland CSR award for 2009

Multinational pharmaceutical company Abbott, which has seven operations across Ireland, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award from Chambers Ireland for 2009. The award, which recognised a firm’s sustained excellence in the execution of their CSR programme, is given to the company that has most clearly integrated CSR into its business philosophy. Abbott Ireland’s Human Resource Director John McAteer accepted the award presented by Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs John Curran TD at the Chambers Ireland 2009 President’s Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last night. “Abbott is honored to have received…

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Taxback.com’s Terry Clune is Entrepreneur of the Year

Terry Clune, who established global income tax service firm Taxback.com in 1996, was last night named Ernst &Young; Entrepreneur of the Year at Dublin’s City West Hotel. Taxback.com provides international tax, finance and travel consultancy services to clients in over 100 countries. The company has 600 staff in 17 countries processing 130,000 tax refunds, 30,000 visas and 60,000 international money transfers annually. Taxback.com recently opened an office in Haiti, supported by Denis O’Brien’s company Digicel. From its office in the Digicel building in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the company’s 24 new staff will provide tax documentation assistance to customers largely in North America. Also featuring in last night’s awards was the…

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Puma to Launch Mobile Phone

As part of its diversification strategy, Puma is launching a mobile phone in the second quarter of 2010. The sportswear company has signed a license agreement with French mobile phone manufacturer Sagem Wireless. According to Puma, the agreement is in line with its strategy to move into new categories that complement its range of sport and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories. In a statement, it said: “Puma’s entry into mobile leverages its innovative brand and design skill to improve user experience and connect its community.” The phone will be sold globally in Puma’s own stores and through operators. The phone will be solar-powered (the solar implement will be on the back of…

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On the crest of a wave

Maynooth firm Wavebob is one of the early leaders in the global ocean-energy sector. A long time ago, scientists realized that if the power of the ocean could be harnessed, it would go a long way towards solving the world’s energy problems. One of the companies at the forefront of developing technology to do just that is a little-known Maynooth-based outfit called Wavebob . The 10-year-old company has developed a patented technology of the same name that converts ocean waves into electricity. Sounds simple, but, as CEO Andrew Parish explains, designing a piece of equipment – known as a wave-energy converter – that can absorb the sea’s power, without getting destroyed in…

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Jeffrey Nadrich Advises Simon Smith to Keep Calm – Despite Rammed By Bus

Simon Smith Bus Accident Redding UK

When The Bus Catches You It was a quiet Saturday morning in the heart of Redding, just east of Edinburgh in the UK, when Simon Smith, was harshly greeted by the city’s bus. This “greeting” can only be described as a spectacular accident with an incredible ending. Upon review of the CCTV footage from The Purple Turtle, a well-known local bar, one would think Smith would be seriously injured, or worse, killed from the impact. However, as the footage shows, Smith stood up on his own and walked into the local bar to have a pint. To which bar patrons began saying “ Keep Calm and Have a Pint .” Smith, 53, was crossing Gun Street…

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Inaugural UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Award Won: Health Tech Start-up

Inaugural UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Award Won

A new health technology start-up company, Kinesis Health Technologies Ltd, has won the inaugural University College Dublin (UCD) VentureLaunch Accelerator Award and the €25,000 prize. They were not the expected winner. What did this company do to win this new award? Kinesis Health Technologies has developed QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go), a novel, patent-protected falls risk and mobility assessment technology. With the rising number of falls with adults over 50, KHT came up with a solution. Their solution? Using an approach agreed by the broad range of healthcare professionals to facilitate objective assessments of falls risk in older adults. For example, take the story of Mary Staker, 58, who…

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Leaked Boris Johnson Letter Exposing Irish Border Brexit Issue

Boris Johnson Leaked Letter

In a late eleventh-hour discussion on the first phase of the negotiating period with the EU, there was a promise of “no hard border” on the island of Ireland, but there was no final decision on exactly how that was going to be achieved. The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has weighed in with his own solution. In a leaked letter to the Prime Minister, it was stated that the stance with the border could shift. He wrote, “It is wrong to see the task as maintaining ‘no border.’” He feels the government’s task should be to “stop this border from becoming significantly harder.” He next suggested, “Even if a hard…

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Florida Parkland School Shooting Firsthand Accounts

school shooting in Parkland, Florida kills 17

Another School Shooting Rocks the United States in Florida Students Morgan Williams and Ivanna Paitan hid together behind their teacher’s desk as the gunman shot multiple rounds into their classroom. Just a few feet away from where they were hiding, five of their friends were shot. This is their account. “In total, five people in my class were shot,” recalled a visibly shaking Williams. “It sounded like fireworks, and it smelled like fireworks.” Paitan, in a strong a steady voice told reporters, “In one of the videos that was from my class that was on the news…that’s what happened to me.” When asked what she remembered just before the shooting started,…

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Lord Michael Bates Resigns For Being Late

Lord Bates

When Good Manners Trumps a Political Office Often, when you arrive late for work an apology is all that is expected. However, for a British Lord, his lateness came with an apology as well as his resignation. In less than a minute, Lord Bates apologized, and then offered his resignation, and promptly left the House of Lords. “I want to offer my sincere apologies to Baroness Lister for my discourtesy in not being in my place to answer her question on a very important matter at the beginning of questions,” Bates said as he stood amongst his peers. “During the five years in which it’s been my privilege to answer…

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Charlotte Business Leaders Fail to Save NBA All-Star Game

Unless you’ve been hiding out under a rock, you’ve heard about the controversial House Bill 2 in North Carolina, famously referred to “The Bathroom Bill” which has led to boycotts from entertainers and corporations, however, none with a bigger sting than the 2017 NBA All-Star Game which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte and bring in a projection $100 million in revenue. It was pulled by the NBA due to anti-LGBT discrimination. However, HB2 was not about bathroom use, that is what Governor Pat McCrory used as a smoke screen to get put into law that you could no longer sue your employer over a firing due to discrimination.…

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