4 Jun

No oral hearing on Aughinish rock-blasting

first_imgShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow CAPPAGH Farmers Support Group (CFSG) have criticised An Bord Pleanála for rejecting their application for an oral hearing regarding Rusal Aughinish’s plans to rock-blast close to the red mud ponds on their site at Aughinish Island.CFSG chairman Pat Geoghegan believes it has denied his group the opportunity to air their views publicly to the dangers of the rock blasting. He also says that Rusal’s burrow pit proposal will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, marine life and the natural environment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We believe such an application was reckless in the first place to be even lodged by this company. It would entail the setting off of explosives metres from an embankment storing approximately 40 million tonnes of toxic waste.“Should the embankment, which is only made up of crush rock was to be breached, it would allow thousands of tonnes to immediately flow into the Shannon destroying all before it,” Mr Geoghegan warned.This would leave the River Shannon destroyed for decades to come and clean up costs running into millions.“All this to save the company the cost of sourcing rock, which can easily be got from quarries in the area.”“An Bord Pleanála’s decision has also denied our group a forum for Irish and international experts to highlight the very real dangers of this rock blasting operation. We had also secured the services of an environment expert who has studied the dangers such blasting would have to the environment such as in Hungary in 2010 when people died and the local environment was destroyed,” he told the Limerick Post.Most of all, this decision has denied the local community an opportunity to voice their anger and their concerns to this blasting going ahead for approximately ten years and the effect it will also have on their property.“It’s a sad day that shows us and the public the protection that this company is afforded by An Bord Pleanála that they are not answerable to the public as we now await a final decision to be made.”In their response to the group’s claims, An Bord Pleanála stated that it has decided to determine the appeal without an oral hearing.“The Board has concluded that the appeal can be dealt with adequately through written procedures,” a spokesman explained. Facebook TAGSAughinishAughinish AluminaEnvironmentNewspoliticsRusal Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignitycenter_img Previous article€1.8 million spent on private ambulancesNext articleMind the windows Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsEnvironmentPoliticsNo oral hearing on Aughinish rock-blastingBy Alan Jacques – July 13, 2018 1536 Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat last_img read more

21 Apr

Tiffin settles into Asda role

first_imgA degree in biology is probably not the first qualification you look for when recruiting an in-store cake buyer or even the fact that the applicant likes to play rugby.Five years of graduate training scheme experience at Northern Foods is probably the more attractive attribute, and so this proved for Asda when it approached Drew Tiffin a year ago.In plain English, Tiffin moved to Asda from the commercial team at Park Cakes and, he believes, his manufacturing experience is invaluable in his new role as in-store cake buyer with responsibility for cream cakes and desserts.”I have the insight to know and understand the issues for a manufacturer and I’m always keen to use my experience from working as a supplier,” he says.Tiffin is keen to stress that, because he has come from the manufacturing side of the business, most of his sympathies lie with the manufacturer. “I’d like to think I’m more empathetic than sympathetic,” he says. “It gives me a more rounded view of things.”Tiffin says that, like most supermarket buyers, he is always looking to see what is new in the market and will listen to suppliers who bring new ideas to Asda.He does admit that buyers are often very busy and that a targeted, well-thought-out idea is the way to approach any buying team, rather than an ad hoc email or phone call.”I need to get a feel for any new supplier and so I need them to give me details of their business, the new product they have developed and why they think it will work for our Asda customer,” he says.”Suppliers who understand my customer will stand a better chance,” he explains. “We need to understand their capabilities and the facilities at their site,” he says.A product manager will go to inspect the site and Tiffin himself will always try to get to a new supplier before they are taken on.”It is all very well companies sending in samples of new products but, in all likelihood, these will have been made in a test or development kitchen, not produced on the production line. So we need to know that this quality can be achieved consistently,” he says.Small suppliers, in particular, need to understand the implications of supplying just a few cases of product to each store, as Asda has over 300 of them.However, Asda does have a dedicated team set up to help local suppliers with these types of supply chain issues. This is probably just as well, as Tiffin explains:”It can be up to 10,000 products a week, but for more popular lines such as muffins or cookies, it can quickly get up to 30,000 per week.”Product trials have been used successfully on Asda’s touchscreen units to design your own birthday cake. Initially in just three stores, these units are now in 20 stores.Just one year into the role, Tiffin has already been responsible for putting a few new lines onto the shelf – some of which, he admits, have not worked as well as he had hoped.”Having the guts to go with a new product or a new supplier was daunting at the start,” he says. Happily though, the buying teams at Asda are encouraged to take these risks.”There have been a couple of unsuccessful product launches in my first year,” he says, “which means you are then faced with a quandary of when to de-list them versus taking the hit on product waste.”But this does give us an insight into the customer, so it’s not a completely wasted effort.”Other things that can tax Tiffin include supply chain problems, artwork issues, hitting the demand on promotions or even bar codes that don’t scan, all of which he takes in his stride. “Product quality is paramount in all of this,” he says.Even the weather can make or break Tiffin’s day, as the hot July was a nightmare while the wet August was fantastic. “People don’t tend to eat cakes when it’s hot,” he explains.It seems that jumping ship has been the right thing for Tiffin to do and staying in the bakery arena was more than a bonus.Apart from anything else, staying in the same industry means he still gets to talk to his old colleagues at Northern Foods, although in a slightly different context.”My old boss told me to only change one thing at a time, which has made a lot of sense to me,” he says.last_img read more

6 Oct

Boutique Tugun townhouse development appeals to first home buyers and retirees

first_img8 Croft Court, Tugun. 8 Croft Court, Tugun.FIRST home buyers and retirees have snapped up almost half of a boutique Tugun townhouse development.The development at 8 Croft Court includes 25 two-storey three-bedroom townhouses.McGrath — Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads agents Chris and Kelly Holt are marketing the development and said 12 had already sold.“It’s been combination of first home buyers and a few retirees as they want something new,” Mr holt said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“There’s limited opportunity for new stock in that area.”Prices range from $540,000 to $590,000.Buyers have a choice of two layouts with high ceilings, open plan living areas and entertaining terraces.A display will open on site in April and the development is expected to be complete by October. 8 Croft Court, Tugun.last_img read more

24 Sep

Twisters, Tigers, & Trojans Soccer Seasons Wrap-Up

first_imgGirls Soccer Semi-States.Class 1A @ Evansville Mater Dei.Lawrenceburg  3     Triton Central  1Evansville Mater Dei  7     Cascade  1Championship:  Evansville Mater Dei  3     Lawrenceburg  2Class 2A @ Evansville Harrison.Castle 1     East Central  0  (Double OT)Carmel  2     Center Grove  0Championship:  Carmel  3     Castle  0Boys Soccer Semi-States.Class 1A @ Floyd Central.Oldenburg Academy  2     Providence  1Tri-West Hendricks  4     Gibson Southern  2Championship:  Tri-West Hendricks  4     Oldenburg Academy  0Congrats to The Tigers, Trojans, and The Twisters on fantastic seasons!Courtesy of Michelle Wachsmann-Oldenburg Academy, Jim Buchberger-The Register Publications Sports Editor, and The IHSAA.last_img read more