Shannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thru

first_imgNewsBusinessShannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thruBy Staff Reporter – July 4, 2018 3103 Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Advertisement Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Email Previous articleMcNamara qualifies for Irish OpenNext articleLimerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 has officially begun Staff Reporter Twitter Print Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins TAGSShannon airportStarbucks Shannon Commercial Properties, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Grainne McInerney, Property Development Manager and Gerry Dillon, Head of Operations & Developments. Pic Arthur Ellis. One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport The Shannon Free Zone has become home today of the country’s first drive-thru Starbucks as the US coffee house chain opened the doors of its latest outlet to the public this afternoon.The 204 sq metre unit developed by Shannon Group subsidiary, Shannon Commercial Properties, will employ 15 people as it becomes the latest page to turn in the evolving story of the Shannon Free Zone.The US based giant, which is among the world’s largest coffee companies and coffee house chains, operates over 20,000 outlets globally but this is the very first drive-thru in the Republic of Ireland.  Starbucks opened its first Irish store in 2005.Located in Shannon Free Zone ‘West’, the single storey unit will include outdoor – as well as indoor – seating, ideal for the heatwave currently gripping the nation.Given its location in one of the country’s largest industrial parks, the unit also, appropriately, comprise a coffee dock/meeting hub that will service the entire industrial estate and prove an additional draw for FDI companies, who typically look for such facilities in new investment locations.Its development is part of the ongoing investment by Shannon Commercial Properties in the Shannon Free Zone, the 600 acre business park adjacent to Shannon Airport. The business park is currently home to 160 companies employing almost 8,000 people.  By year end, Shannon Commercial Properties current investment programme will have seen over €40 million invested in the Free Zone since 2015.Said Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties, “We are currently working on the biggest investment programme of the millennium years in the  Shannon Free Zone. We’re developing world-class property solutions and providing facilities for amenities such as Starbucks is a key part of our redevelopment strategy. Attracting global brands like Starbucks is a great vote of confidence for the region.“Companies want their locations to have these types of services and brands in place.  The meeting hub there is also a great idea and everything has been built to the highest standard. We’re just looking forward now to our first cup of coffee there!”The unit was built by Moloney Contracts from Tralee in Co. Kerry and 40 people were employed during the construction phaseClick here for more business news. WhatsApp Linkedin Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Found in translation

first_imgOtger Campàs knows all about conquering language barriers.As a native of Barcelona, he grew up speaking Catalan and Spanish. While an undergraduate at the University of Barcelona, he studied the elegant language of theoretical physics. He dabbled in cooking there, too, and heard about unconventional techniques like “spherification” and “culinary foams.”In his postgraduate work, Campàs’ research exposed him to genetics and cell biology, fields with a vocabulary all their own. His interest in biophysics soon carried him to the Curie Institute in Paris, where he earned a Ph.D. and became fluent in French.Over the years, learning the lingo has been a rite of passage for this interdisciplinary researcher.Campàs, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has found himself translating yet again: integrating biology into mathematics, explaining physics to chefs, and designing a curriculum to teach science to non-majors. And his English has sharpened along the way.“In the beginning, the differences in language are always complicated,” Campàs says.Interdisciplinary work presents two challenges. The first is literally a language barrier. “If you do not know the specific vocabulary of a discipline—for example, the names of the proteins, or what a cell is—it is very difficult to communicate with people working in it,” he says.The second challenge lies in understanding what is relevant or interesting about a foreign field. Learn to appreciate the culture of biology, he says, and suddenly “you are able to think about the same problem from a new perspective.”last_img read more

I am the Gate

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dPhoto credit: fatherchecksblog.blogspot.comSt. John has seven distinctive “I AM” statements in his gospel – I am the Bread of Life, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Light of the World, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Vine, and (in today’s reading) I am the Gate.Each of these sayings symbolically represents (in kaleidoscope fashion) not just what Jesus does but who and what he is. They do not simply stand for or point to their meaning – they ARE their meaning. So, for example, Light of the World does not mean that light gives us some idea of how Jesus functions or how he enlightens. It means that Jesus is HIMSELF light; it is who tells us what light is.; he is what we see by.This takes us the saying in today’s Gospel: I am the Gate of the Sheepfold. The sheepfold was a holding pen for the sheep at nightfall. The shepherd would lead them down from pasturing in the hills to this place of safety. The pens had walls of large stones, with briars and prickly branches on top, much like our barbed wire today, to keep out wolves and other predators. The gate to the sheepfold was the single opening to the pen, the point of access and regress, where the sheep went out (to feed) and in (to safety). It was a small entry, about two feet wide – and this is perhaps the most relevant detail, it was where the shepherd himself slept. In other words, he himself was the gate, with his rod or staff in his hands, to ward off attacks on the sheep.The shepherd was thus literally the gate, representing for the sheep safety, security, and freedom. His presence was their guarantee. In ascribing the symbol relationally to ourselves, Jesus means us to see that he does not simply provide for us protection against harm and danger, ensuring our freedom to come and go, that is, to live expansively and freely, but that HE is our protection and our freedom. Just as ‘I am the bread of life’ does not mean ‘I provide access to life’s nourishment,’ but ‘it is I who constitutes nourishment in life.’St. Paul has his own way of describing this relation between Jesus and ourselves, where we appropriate not simply what he does, but who he is. He uses the preposition IN. Thus, “anyone who is IN Christ is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).” The expression occurs over and over again in the letters. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that for St. Paul, being “in Christ” wholly summarizes both the journey and the goal of Christian life.Being “in Christ” involves a spatial metaphor, and we have to translate it, laying out its existential significance, clarifying what it means to be IN someone, and thus to be IN Christ.I think the closest analogy we have of being in someone, of personal indwelling, is our experience of love. Sexual love most obviously illustrates this, and the mystics have often described the indwelling of God with images that draw upon sexual experience. This does not mean that indwelling where sexual analogy is absent is a poor substitute. Quite the contrary. It is the more prevalent, indeed perhaps the more normative mode.Parents dwell in their children through love; so differently do spouses, lovers, and friends. Disciples are meant to dwell in Jesus in a similar way.“Dwelling in” refers to a form of intimate presence to the other, where speech is unnecessary, where there is a wordless exchange of being for the other, not just a willingness to “do” for the other. The Gospel has other ways of referring to this. Jesus spoke for instance of “abiding in” him or “making our home” in him. The metaphors all refer to the same thing. It means that he should be not just an object of belief but one with whom we live on intimate terms, who knows our “voice,” just as we know his.It’s not a long way from “I am” to be “being in.” Both ways of speaking refer to what incorporation involves, how we make our own the value of Jesus for all dimensions of our lives.  What he becomes for us in any area of life, depends on the depth of our personal indwelling.center_img Share FaithLifestyle I am the Gate by: – May 16, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Swansea snap up Tabanou

first_img Tabanou said he was impressed with the way Swansea, who finished a club-best eighth in the Barclays Premier League last season, handled negotiations. “Once I spoke to the manager (Garry Monk) and the chairman (Huw Jenkins) my mind was made up because I realised they really wanted me. Again, it all matched,” he said. “I was particularly impressed with the manager because he knew everything about me. I was also touched by the fact that he said I was a top signing for Swansea. “I am keen to show I am able to perform in the Premier League – the best league in the world.” Swansea have also confirmed the appointment of former Wales international Tony Roberts as their new first-team goalkeeping coach. Roberts, who joins from Arsenal, replaces Javier Garcia who has returned to his home in Spain for personal reasons after 12 months in south Wales. Swansea manager Monk said: “Tony comes with an excellent reputation as a forward-thinking, modern and knowledgeable goalkeeping coach. “I’ve got no doubt that his talents will strengthen the club’s backroom staff and keep improving and pushing the goalkeepers forward.” Swansea have announced the signing of St Etienne’s Franck Tabanou on a three-year contract. “Tabanou has plenty of experience having played in the Europa League and previously the Uefa Cup, while he has 12 caps for his country at U21 level,” said a Swansea statement on a transfer which is subject to Premier League and international clearance. Paris-born Tabanou’s senior career began at Toulouse where he made nearly 140 appearances before joining St Etienne in the summer of 2013. He scored four goals in 65 appearances in two seasons at St Etienne, twice helping Les Verts into the Europa League with fourth and fifth-placed finishes in Ligue 1. Tabanou described his move to Swansea as the “perfect match” after also attracting interesting from Russian and Turkish clubs. “Swansea is a very good Premier League club and I believe it’s the right move forward for me at this stage of my career,” Tabanou told the club’s official website. “I wanted to come to Swansea because I believe we are the perfect match. “I was aware of Swansea’s interest in me for a while, but unfortunately it didn’t happen back in January. “But I’ve been watching them closely ever since and I like the way they play the game; their whole philosophy on football.” The versatile former France Under-21 international, who can operate on the left side of defence or attack, becomes Swansea’s second summer signing following the capture of Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille. Swansea confirmed the arrival of Tabanou, who they tried to sign during the January transfer window, on the official club website and it is understood they will pay around £3.5million for the 26-year-old, who will primarily provide competition for Wales left-back Neil Taylor. Press Associationlast_img read more