Simon Smith Keeps Calm – Despite Rammed By Bus

By Michael Haynes | December 7, 2017

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 in what 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 stands 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 when…

Small Business Saturday Economic Impact

By Michael Haynes | November 27, 2017

How Did “Small Business Saturday” Fare in Small Towns? Amercian Express sponsored this year’s “ Small Business Saturday .” The event has received the largest “awareness campaign” this year. The results? They are just coming in this morning. According to JJ Ramberg, contributing editor for MSNBC, over 108 million people shopped in their local communities on Saturday. However, sales figures have not been disclosed yet. The push has been to support small business in the wake of the changing economy. This shift has put a lot of local companies out of business over the past decade. For example, Barnes and Noble put the small bookstore out of business and then Amazon put Barnes and Noble…

Black Friday Insider Secrets & Hacks From Employees

By Michael Haynes | November 21, 2017

When it comes to holiday shopping and getting deals, nothing gets people revved up quite like Black Friday. Being from Europe, we find it fascinating that Americans trample each other the day after giving thanks for all they have. But what started it all? And why is it called Black Friday anyway? The phrase “ Black Friday ” was actually coined by the Philadelphia police force in the 1950s. Merchants wanted to take advantage of the out-of-towners coming in for the annual Army-Navy football game. Fearing that if they waited until Sunday to have the sale, many travelers would leave so they could be back at work on Monday morning, so they…

Highest Honor Delivered to British Military Dog

By Michael Haynes | November 17, 2017

A display of bravery, courage, and loyalty earns dog top military honor in Britain. Mali, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, and is proof you don’t need to be human to showcase leadership and courage. He has also been rightly named a war hero. Today, he received the Dickin Medal, which is the equivalent to the Victoria Cross. The highest possible military award. Mali is being recognized for his work in Afganistan, twice entering a building in Kabul which was filled with Taliban fighters. He successfully sniffed out explosives and saved lives in the process. “There was a massive gun battle with British Forces against the Taliban and Mali was sent into…

Tax Haven Paradise Papers: Secrets of the Ultra-Rich Exposed

By Michael Haynes | November 1, 2017

God save the Queen…lots and lots of money. In a new round of leaked documents it has been revealed how the ultra-powerful and rich, including the Queen and her private estate. How do they invest millions in cash in offshore tax havens? While tax avoidance is not illegal it can be seen as quite controversial. It can create quite the political discussion, including should the government do more to curtail the use of tax havens. And one of the most used tax havens is located in Bermuda, where the rich go there not for the sandy beaches, but for the tax havens which gives them complete secrecy and zero percent…

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Uniqlo – Japanese clothing retail phenomenon with plans for world domination

June 24, 2011

The first Uniqlo store opened in Japan in 1984, and it has since emerged as an international clothing brand with more ambitious plans for the future, writes Sorcha Corcoran. The emergence of international clothing brand name Uniqlo was the result of a typo when Japanese company Fast Retailing (FR) was launching the brand in China around 2000. Standing for Unique Clothing Warehouse, it was meant to be Uni-clo, but when the management team saw the misspelling they liked it and decided to go with the change, according to Daisuke Hase, PR manager, global marketing and communication department, FR. The first Uniqlo store, opened in 1984 in Japan, was previously a…

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MuteButton to increase staff to 20 following 200k investment

June 23, 2011

Spin-out company MuteButton has secured €200k in funding from Enterprise Ireland, which will enable it to accelerate large-scale trials of its tinnitus treatment device and increase its workforce from four to 20 by 2013. MuteButton was established in 2010 by Dr Ross O’Neill as a spin-out company from the Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth, where the technology was originally developed by him with Dr Paul O’Grady and Prof Barak Pearlmutter. Currently employing four people, MuteButton recently located to NovaUCD to develop collaborative partnerships with University College Dublin researchers in the treatment of neurological conditions. It plans to increase staff numbers to 20 over the next two years as its device nears…

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A passionate European: An Interview with Secretary-General of the EC, Catherine Day

June 23, 2011

As secretary-general of the European Commission, Catherine Day is the European Union’s most senior civil servant, the first woman to hold this role. On a recent trip to Dublin, she spoke to Ann O’Dea about the challenges and rewards of the job Dubliner Catherine Day joined the European Commission back in 1979 and steadily rose up through the ranks to reach her position today as secretary-general of the Commission, the most senior official in the European Union, and the first woman to hold this role. “That means I have lived longer in Brussels than I have in Dublin, but once a Dubliner always a Dubliner,” she laughs. A passionate European,…

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