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Rare atmospheric phenomenon observed

Cameras operated by the Armagh Observatory have recorded one of the very few observations from the UK and Ireland of a very rare atmospheric phenomenon known as a ‘sprite’. The detection, which was made around the time of the exceptional thunderstorm that affected Dublin on the 24/25th July 2013, shows a carrot-shaped flash of light, known as a ‘sprite’, rising high above the thunderclouds as seen from Armagh. …read more

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UFO Over Dublin, Ireland On July 16, 2013.

By ScottCWaring


Date of sighting: July 16, 2013
Location of sighting: Dublin, Ireland

Person who posted the video states:
A youngster records his first ever UFO which appeared over him on Tuesday the 16th July. The object which is pulsating white and flying low over the area has an intelligent way of flight. Have you saw any mysterious objects over Dublin?

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Why Do Marketing Managers Continue To Ignore Google+?

By Cheryl Conner, Contributor

Why, indeed. Online Marketing exec Ciaran Treacy, in Dublin, notes in a recent post for The Sociable that when he goes into a company to set up social media they tend to focus on where the populace currently is, not “where I need to be.” Particularly for older/established marketing leads they consider Facebook to be dominating youth, Twitter dominating influencers, LinkedIn dominating professionals… and Google+? As it turns out, Treacy points out, “search”. The operative concept here is “because it’s Google”. By being tied into the biggest search engine in the world, Google is able to intrinsically pull results from other Google properties, such as YouTube, especially, but also from all other social platforms (whereas the locations such as Facebook are pretty much a “walled garden,” Treacy remarks). Even as the newest entrant to the social media party (Google+ premiered in Summer 2011),  Google+ is the second largest social media platform in the world. It is second only to Facebook, with more than 500,000 registered users of which 135,000 post active updates, according to Carter Hostelley, the founder and CEO of LeadTail.com, a company that focuses on online marketing research, consulting and tools. …read more

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New Restaurant By Ireland's Beloved Food Celebrity

By Larry Olmsted, Contributor

Maybe you have seen her show, Irish Food Trails, on PBS? Or maybe you have seen her cookbook, “Homemade?” If not don’t worry – Clodagh McKenna may not yet be a household name in America, but she is in Ireland, where her multiple TV shows, books, and an eatery in Dublin’s top department store have made her a food star. Now she is taking the next step. …read more

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Penn State to open 2014 football season in Ireland

Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Ireland, the first international game for either team.

Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic Association announced in Dublin on Sunday that the game will be played at Croke Park on Aug. 30 and will air on ESPN-2.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said players and coaches were excited by the prospect of the trip.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and Central Florida coach George O’Leary announced details of the game at the venue in Dublin.

Penn State will be the first Big Ten team to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in the 1993 regular season finale.

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Thieves Steal Rhino Heads From Irish Museum

Masked men stole stuffed rhinoceros heads containing eight valuable horns from the warehouse of Ireland’s National Museum, a heist being linked to an Irish Gypsy gang that specializes in such raids across Europe. Police said three men raided the storeroom in Swords, north of Dublin, on Wednesday night and tied…

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Gang steals rhino horns from Irish museum storage

Authorities say a masked gang has stolen four stuffed rhinoceros heads containing eight valuable horns from the warehouse of Ireland’s National Museum.

Police say three men raided the storeroom in Swords, north of Dublin, on Wednesday night and tied up the lone security guard. He later freed himself and raised the alarm.

Nigel Monaghan, keeper at the National Museum‘s natural history section, says the four heads were removed from display last year and put into storage specifically to safeguard them from thieves.

He says the eight horns could be worth around €500,000 ($650,000) on the black market based on their weight.

Some species of rhino are being hunted to the verge of extinction because their horns, in powdered form, command high prices for use in traditional Asian medicine.

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UN report says 165 million children worldwide suffering from malnutrition

The United Nations Children’s Fund says that more than a quarter of children under age 5 worldwide are permanently “stunted” from malnutrition, leaving them physically and intellectually weak and prone to early death.

In a report published Monday in Dublin, it says better provision of vitamins, clean water and breastfeeding could have helped these 165 million children achieve normal brain and body development.

The 24 countries with high levels of stunted children are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

More than half of children in Timor-Leste, Burundi, Niger and Madagascar are stunted. The country with the largest number of stunted children is India with 61.7 million, or 48 percent of all Indians under age 5.

Ireland has brought together experts worldwide to discuss efforts to combat stunting.

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UN report: 165 million 'stunted' children in world

The United Nations Children’s Fund says that more than a quarter of children under age 5 worldwide are permanently “stunted” from malnutrition, leaving them physically and intellectually weak and prone to early death.

In a report published Monday in Dublin, it says better provision of vitamins, clean water and breastfeeding could have helped these 165 million children achieve normal brain and body development.

The 24 countries with high levels of stunted children are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

More than half of children in Timor-Leste, Burundi, Niger and Madagascar are stunted. The country with the largest number of stunted children is India with 61.7 million, or 48 percent of all Indians under age 5.

Ireland has brought together experts worldwide to discuss efforts to combat stunting.

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EU to Defend Its Crisis Response at G-20 Meeting

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As European Union leaders go to the G-20 conference this week, they will try to make the case that their austerity measures have started to work, that they eventually will repair the balance sheets of weak nations and get them out of recession. According to Bloomberg:

A two-year slump, 19 million unemployed and five countries on emergency aid are no reason to take bold, immediate action to spur economic growth, according to European officials set to defend their handling of the debt crisis in Washington this week.

Shrugging off the U.S. Federal Reserve‘s stimulus and the Bank of Japan‘s reflation campaign, Europe‘s economic managers say they are on the right track in propping up the 17-nation euro zone, even if evidence is taking time to filter through.

“The euro area has made further progress in the implementation of its comprehensive crisis-response strategy,” European Union officials will tell the Group of 20 finance ministers this week, according to a draft statement obtained by Bloomberg News at an EU meeting in Dublin two days ago. The bloc expects “a mild recovery setting in toward mid-2013 and strengthening in the second half of 2013 and in 2014.”

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What Is Important in the Financial World (4/15/2013)

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Microsoft Needs Smart Watch

All the other major tech companies want to build a smart watch to compete with smartphones and tablets, so why shouldn’t Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). It needs a product success more than any of its competitors, now that it is clear its Windows 8 flagship product is a flop. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said.

Gold Miners Dumped

The latest casualty of the drop in gold prices is gold-mining stocks. CNBC reports:

As gold prices extended their decline on Monday, investors dumped shares of gold miners on worries over their profitability as the yellow metal trades below the key psychological level of $1,500 an ounce.

Shares of Australian-listed Kingsgate Consolidated, a gold producer and exploration company, and miner Beadell Resources plunged 15 percent, while Newcrest Mining, which operates gold and copper mines, tumbled more than 8 percent.

The drubbing in gold-related stocks was not confined to Australia, with gold producers in China also falling sharply. Shanghai-listed Zhongjin Gold fell 6.5 percent, while Zhaojin Mining tumbled more than 9 percent in Hong Kong.

EU Officials to State Their Case

As European Union leaders go to the G-20 conference this week, they will try to make the case that their austerity measures have started to work, that they eventually will repair the balance sheets of weak nations and get them out of recession. According to Bloomberg:

A two-year slump, 19 million unemployed and five countries on emergency aid are no reason to take bold, immediate action to spur economic growth, according to European officials set to defend their handling of the debt crisis in Washington this week.

Shrugging off the U.S. Federal Reserve‘s stimulus and the Bank of Japan‘s reflation campaign, Europe‘s economic managers say they are on the right track in propping up the 17-nation euro zone, even if evidence is taking time to filter through.

“The euro area has made further progress in the implementation of its comprehensive crisis-response strategy,” European Union officials will tell the Group of 20 finance ministers this week, according to a draft statement obtained by Bloomberg News at an EU meeting in Dublin two days ago. The bloc expects “a mild recovery setting in toward mid-2013 and strengthening in the second half of 2013 and in 2014.”

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EU officials push for progress on banking union

Finance ministers from the 27 countries of the European Union are pushing for progress on creating a single supervisor to watch over Europe‘s banks — a task officials say has assumed greater urgency since a banking crisis in Cyprus pushed it to seek an international bailout.

The finance ministers, meeting Friday in Dublin, will also consider extending the repayment schedules on bailout loans previously given to Ireland and Portugal. That would ease the burden of repayment, reducing the squeeze on government spending and allowing the countries’ economies to grow more quickly.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the group finance ministers from the 17 EU countries that use the euro, says extending the payment schedules is “very important for these countries,” because it helps them “to get out of the program.”

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Palestinians building museum to tell their story

Palestinians on Thursday began construction of the West Bank‘s largest museum devoted to their history, planning to tell diverse stories of Palestinians in their land and of millions who live abroad.

The museum represents a step in the Palestinian quest for statehood by creating a repository for 200 years of history, alongside galleries and space for debates about the Palestinian cause, said director Jack Persekian.

“I am hoping that this museum would be able to give the opportunity for many Palestinians to tell their stories. We are looking at a museum that doesn’t have one particular narrative line that it wants to consecrate through its exhibits,” he said.

The privately funded museum, which has government support, is the biggest such project the Palestinians have undertaken in terms of scale, space and budgets.

Persekian hoped the museum would tell stories not just of Palestinian Muslims and Christians, but also of Jews who lived in what was Britain-administered Palestine before Israel was founded in 1948.

“We would like to think about (the museum) in an inclusive way,” he said.

The museum draws attention to the conflicting narratives at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For Jews, the establishment of Israel reinforced the homecoming of an exiled people with ties to the Holy Land going back thousands of years. Palestinians refer to the establishment of Israel, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven from their homes, as their “nakba,” or catastrophe.

Israel has dozens of museums with vast collections of biblical texts and artifacts connecting the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Palestinians have about 30 museums in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the areas where they hope to establish a state, but nothing on the scale of the new project.

The $15 million first phase is scheduled to take two years to build and cover 3,000 square meters, or 32,000 square feet, of space. The planned glass and stone building was designed by the Dublin-based architectural firm Heneghan Peng, which is also building the new Egyptian national museum.

Dozens of Palestinian officials attended the laying of the museum’s foundation stone on Thursday on a grassy hill near the Palestinian university town

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Cardiac IVD Company Critical Diagnostics Expands Its Global Presence

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Cardiac IVD Company Critical Diagnostics Expands Its Global Presence

Several distribution deals double the EU market for the Presage® ST2 Assay

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Critical Diagnostics, a U.S.-based biomarker company focused on cardiovascular diseases, and makers of the Presage® ST2 Assay, today announced several new European distribution deals. The Company has chosen as exclusive distributors (in alphabetical order), Assut Europe in Italy and San Marino, Biochemmack in Russia, Cruinn Diagnostics in Ireland, IVD Bulgaria in Bulgaria, Life Biomedical in the UK, Maritim Ltd. In Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, Nordic Diagnostica in Sweden, and Sopachem in Benelux.

“In addition to established distributor relationships in France, Germany and Spain, Portugal and Turkey, these new partnerships continue to broaden our presence across Europe,” notes Richard Hughes, Vice President, Business Development Europe for Critical Diagnostics. “With our extensive network of distributor partners all across the Asia Pacific region, we are truly a global company, prepared to meet the needs of the 23 million heart failure patients that suffer from this serious disease.”

About Assut Europe

Headquartered in Rome, Assut Europe, with strengths in medical devices and biomedical systems, has manufacturing and sales operations across Europe and beyond. ST2 is the first in a line of novel diagnostic products to be integrated into this new venture for Assut.

About Biochemmack

Russian distributor Biochemmack have been actively supporting the Russian diagnostic business since the late 1980’s. With a large geography and population, Russia is fast becoming a leading healthcare market and Biochemmack are well placed to take advantage of this. They have expertise in the fields of Cardiology and new biomarker launch, so are fully prepared to make ST2 a success in Russia.

About Cruinn Diagnostics

Cruinn are a Dublin based distributor of diagnostic reagents who have been in business since 1998, supplying a broad spectrum of healthcare diagnostics across a range of healthcare customers.

About IVD Bulgaria

IVD Bulgaria is a Medical Devices and Equipment distributor company, based in Sofia. Established in 2008,

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/cardiac-ivd-company-critical-diagnostics-expands-i/

ILFC Announces Partial Prepayment and Amendment of Secured Term Loan

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ILFC Announces Partial Prepayment and Amendment of Secured Term Loan


Action Reduces Interest Rate And Provides Significant Savings

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NYS: AIG) , announced today the partial prepayment and amendment of its secured term loan entered into on February 23, 2012. This prepayment reduces the outstanding principal amount to $750 million, from the original loan amount of $900 million. The amendment reduces the interest rate to LIBOR plus 2.75% with a LIBOR floor of .75%, down from LIBOR plus 4.0% with a LIBOR floor of 1.0%. The maturity date remains June 30, 2017.

“This amendment furthers our goal to reduce our funding costs across our debt portfolio. An interest rate reduction of 150 basis points provides meaningful savings,” said ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron. “Looking ahead, our key priority remains strengthening our liquidity and capital position by diversifying funding sources and reducing funding costs.”

This loan is entered into by an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of ILFC, as the borrower, guaranteed on an unsecured basis by ILFC, and on a secured basis by certain wholly owned special purpose subsidiaries of the subsidiary borrower. Certain collateral that served as security for the secured term loan has been released in connection with the prepayment. The special purpose subsidiaries now collectively own 54 aircraft and related equipment and leases, with an average appraised base value as of December 31, 2012 resulting in an initial loan-to-value ratio of approximately 55%. The maximum loan-to-value ratio remains 63%.

About ILFC

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) is a global market leader in the leasing and remarketing of commercial aircraft. With approximately 1,000 owned and managed aircraft and commitments to purchase 244 new high-demand, fuel-efficient aircraft and rights to purchase an additional 50 A320neo family aircraft, ILFC is the world’s largest independent aircraft lessor. ILFC leases aircraft to approximately 200 airlines in more than 80 countries and provides part-out and engine leasing services through its subsidiary, AeroTurbine. ILFC operates from offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Beijing, Dublin, Miami, Seattle, and Singapore. ILFC is a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). www.ilfc.com | Twitter: @ILFCGlobal

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Galling Tax Loopholes that Cost the U.S. Government Billions

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Paul McErlane, Bloomberg via Getty ImagesGoogle’s European headquarters are on Barrow Street, Dublin, Ireland. Google utilizes the “Double Irish” arrangement to minimize its U.S. taxes.

By Walter Hickey

It’s tax time, and most Americans are trying to figure how much they owe the IRS. Still, many corporations and wealthy individuals have already prepared for the big day by assiduously spending money in deliberate ways to minimize their tax liability.

The result is billions in lost revenue for the government every year.

These are just some of the most galling tax deductions that are perfectly legal.

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America's 7th Best CEO Will Give You an Investing Edge

By Brian Stoffel, The Motley Fool

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Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to dissect balance sheets, income, and cash flow statements. This is the first step in getting your feet wet in the investment world.

But it doesn’t stop there. If we were to base investing decisions solely on what we read in these statements, that would be akin to picking a significant other based solely on their Facebook profile — to many, it just doesn’t make sense to avoid real-life interaction.

Investigating these “soft” aspects of a company is important for investors. And although we can’t capture all of the intangibles of a company in one article, Glassdoor.com — a website that collects employee sentiment for companies across the world — recently came out with a list that could help: the Top CEOs of 2013.

Over the past few days, I’ve covered CEOs 25 through 8. Today, I’m going to introduce you to the company with the 7th-highest-rated CEO, give you some background on the company, and at the end, I’ll offer up access to a special free report that covers the biggest names in tech.

Accenture
Unlike some of the other companies on this list, unless you’re in Accenture’s field, its unlikely you’re familiar with the businesses. In fact, until recently, I knew Accenture for only two things: it was the first company to drop Tiger Woods after news of his philandering came out; and the company’s stock was one of the hardest hit during the “Flash Crash” of 2010 — it traded for just a penny.

But there’s more to this Dublin-based business than a few tidbits of trivia. Over the years, Accenture has become the second-largest technology-consulting firm in the world, second only to IBM .

CEO Pierre Nanterme, who has been at the helm since 2011, heads the company. Though that’s a pretty short tenure, Nanterme has been with the company since 1983 and has headed up several of the company’s foreign divisions.

Going global, staying mobile
Many times, “technology-consulting” is a fancy term for teaching companies how to outsource their work to areas where labor is cheaper. Perhaps it was Nanterme’s experience with several geographical divisions on his way up that helped him earn the top spot at the company. He has made it quite clear that there are three drivers that will guide his tenure at the company: global expansion, diversity, and working flexibility.

Of the company’s 250,000 employees, roughly 70,000 are located in India alone. The country accounts for half of Accenture’s annual revenue. But Nanterme isn’t too pleased that the executive suite is devoid of any Indian representation. “We are still very Anglo Saxon at the top,” says Nanterme. “We have extraordinarily qualified people in India and we will bring them to the top…It is definitely going to happen in my tenure.” 

As Accenture attempts to fill the outsourcing needs of emerging BRIC countries, don’t be too surprised to see the executive office include more …read more
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Westell Technologies Completes Acquisition of Kentrox

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Westell Technologies Completes Acquisition of Kentrox

AURORA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Westell Technologies, Inc. (NAS: WSTL) , a leading provider of telecommunications equipment for wireline, wireless and home networks, announced that the previously announced transaction to acquire Kentrox®, Inc. closed today. The acquisition agreement was announced on March 18, 2013.

Based in Dublin, Ohio, Kentrox, Inc. is a worldwide leader in intelligent site management solutions, providing comprehensive monitoring, management and control of any site. The machine-to-machine (M2M) communications Kentrox provides enable service providers, tower operators, and other network operators to reduce operating costs while improving network performance. With more than 1 million products successfully deployed in tower, carrier, and enterprise environments, Kentrox is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high quality, reliable systems. The company provides solutions to customers in North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe.


About Westell

Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, designs, distributes, markets and services a broad range of carrier-class communications equipment. This includes digital transmission, intelligent site management, power distribution, demarcation and cell-site optimization products used by wireline and wireless telecommunications service providers, industrial customers, and home network users. For more information, please visit www.westell.com and www.kentrox.com.

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Market Minute: Wendy's Lowers Obamacare Cost Estimate

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Store manager Mark Saad, right, serves a customer during the lunch hour rush at a Wendy's Restaurant Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Dublin, Ohio. Photographer: Jay LaPrete/Bloomberg News

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Jay LaPrete/Bloomberg NewsStore manager Mark Saad, right, serves a customer during the lunch hour rush at a Wendy’s Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio.

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Wendy’s (WEN) has sharply lowered its estimate on how much Obamacare will cost employers. It now says the Affordable Care Act could cost about $5,000 per restaurant. That’s down from an earlier estimate of about $25,000 dollars. Other restaurant chains are also finding the healthlaw would not be as expensive as they had feared.

A bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for AMR’s (AAMRQ) American Airlines to proceed with its $11 billion merger with US Airways (LCC). The deal still needs the approval of regulators and US Airways’ shareholders. But the bankruptcy court rejected, at least temporarily, a $20 million severance payment to American’s outgoing CEO.

Chevron’s (CVX) board is cutting the pay of its CEO by more than 10 percent. The Wall Street Journal says the board wants to deliver a message following a series of a series of accidents and other mishaps. Other top executives also face a cut in their bonuses and stock compensation.

Blackberry (BBRY) has reported a surprise quarterly profit, but revenue was weaker than expected.

Software maker Red Hat (RHT) said its quarterly revenue rose 17 percent, but that was weaker than expected, and the company’s stock is set to tumble.

Food maker Pinnacle goes public today at a higher-than-expected $20 a share. Its best-known brands include Duncan Hines, Log Cabin syrup, and Van de Kamp’s frozen fish.

And Biogen Idec (BIIB) has won FDA approval for a new oral drug to treat multiple sclerosis. It’s expected to be a blockbuster, with sales topping a billion dollars.

Today is the final day of trading for this holiday-shortened week. The market is closed tomorrow.

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