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  • Forensic Science Society Recieves Official Grant of Royal Charter

    Jan 31, 2014

    The following extract has been taken from the Forensic Science Society.

    President Speaks of Pride as Forensic Science Society Granted Royal Charter

    The Forensic Science Society has been awarded a Royal Charter, a move which its president says will support its work to drive forward global standards in scientific investigation.

    Dr Ann Priston OBE. JP. FFSSoc said chartered status was a “hugely important step forward” for the society, which has been representing forensic practitioners in the UK and internationally since 1959.

    Dr Priston has been a practicing forensic scientist since 1970 and the society’s president since 2009. She said achieving chartered status had been a personal goal.

    “Forensic science has suffered so many knocks in recent years and some good news was desperately needed to help us begin to rebuild the morale that has been bruised by cutbacks,” said Dr Priston.

    She said the decision to close the Forensic Science Service in England and Wales in 2010 had been a particular blow to those working in the field.

    “That was a low point which led to a huge loss of skill and expertise at a time when forensic science was in greater demand than ever before and was moving into exciting new areas such as digital investigation and anthropology,” said Dr Priston.

    “Thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our members we have managed to ride the storm and I’m extremely proud that the Royal Charter has been granted during my presidency.

    “Not only does it underline our longstanding commitment to integrity and impartiality within forensic science, it also acknowledges the expertise within our organisation which is so valued by the courts.”

    Commenting on developments in the field of forensics during her career, Dr Priston said she believed breakthroughs in DNA profiling had been by far the most significant and is a powerful means of exonerating as well as incriminating individuals.

    “Science will always have a crucial role to play in criminal investigations but new areas of research mean our members are now having an impact in all sorts of areas – the art world, forensic accounting, archeology and technology.

    “The digital arena represents one of the biggest areas of growth as forensic scientists explore how mobile phones and computers are used in criminal activity,” she said.

    The Forensic Science Society will now become the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences with the ability to grant its members chartered status.

    “The granting of a Royal Charter is reserved for those organisations that are viewed as eminent within their fields and which show a solid record of achievement. This is something that all our members can be proud to be a part of,” said Dr Priston.

    “With forensic scientists in increasing demand in so many different fields, chartered status will also give those seeking expertise confidence that they are working with a professional who has been through a robust and rigorous accreditation process.”

    “As one of the most significant milestones in a long and proud history becoming a chartered body will only add to the Society’s ability to increase the standing of our profession, continue to raise standards and to support the civil and criminal justice systems as we have done for many years.”        

  • Hytech Logistics Introduce DOPsys

    Jan 31, 2014
    The following extract has been taken from Irish Trucker.

    Dublin based Hytech Logistics, an ISO certified company is leading the way in Technical Distribution having taken a supply chain process developed by its team for the last mile delivery of high value and sensitive equipment - Delivery, Offload and Position system (DOPsys), to the world stage.

     

    Technical Distribution has been commercially in use worldwide in the IT sector since the introduction of computer mainframes in the 1960s. Today it involves the delivery and installation of crucial items such as populated server racks, uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), automatic teller machines (ATM,) printers and photocopiers, commercial safes, vending and point of sale (POS) machines, scientific and laboratory equipment.

    The last two years has seen Hytech Logistics evaluate its technical distribution process whilst researching and working with industry experts to develop DOPsys and certify it as a new industry standard. “A crucial part of any supply chain is “final-mile” delivery – the last leg of the supply chain, in which products are delivered to required site and positioned to a point of use where they can be finally commissioned by technical staff if required,” according to Stuart Burke, managing director, Hytech Logistics.

    "A company can move a product from China to Ireland clear it through customs, move it to a distribution centre and fulfil it in record time. But if it doesn’t deliver, offload and position the product to the end consumer in a high, quality assured standard, ready for commissioning then the company’s supply chain has failed."

    DOPsys will offer manufacturers and their distributers the opportunity to have their product delivered, offloaded and positioned to the same industry certified standard anywhere in the world where previously the service was at best, inconsistent.

    Technical distribution companies wishing to employ this industry standard as the benchmark for their “final-mile” delivery and installation may apply to Hytech Logistics to become certified DOPsys partners. As part of this certification, alongside the commitment to ensure that the right processes and equipment are in place there will also be a requirement that the staff employed have all demonstrated the necessary levels of expertise and competence to ensure that all delivery and final installation projects are completed to DOPsys standards. This certification of personnel will be completed by the Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) in the UK.

    LLA has worked with the Hytech Logistics' senior team to develop DOPsys Training Programmes which are the world’s first accredited programmes for Technical Distribution. Drivers and operators will now have a career development path to three levels (DOPsys Technician, DOPsys Supervisor and DOPsys Project Manager) covering levels 3, 4 and 5 of the UK Qualification Framework in Logistics and Supply Chain.

    The first DOPsys certified technicians have completed their training in August 2013 which ensured Hytech Logistics launch the DOPsys service for its Irish clients in September with plans to launch internationally in early 2014.

  • CIPS Launches Proposal for New Member Grade

    Jan 31, 2014
    The following extract has been taken from CIPS.

    CIPS is seeking to gain approval from Her Majesty’s Privy Council to offer a grade of Chartered Membership, beyond and above MCIPS which is designed for advanced professionals who want to distinguish themselves in their career. The project is now fully underway and if all goes to plan by the end of 2014, the applications process will be open for members.

    There will be three routes to Chartered Member Status, two Masters Level Programmes and an Experiential Programme.  Full members of CIPS (MCIPS) and Fellows of the Institute, (FCIPS) will be given an opportunity to vote on accepting Chartered Member status later in the year. Advance notification of the vote will appear in Supply Management, one month in advance of voting taking place.   In the meantime, all members will be able to have their say through a consultation process commencing in February 2014.

    Many professional institutes already offer a Chartered Member grade, so CIPS will be joining a long-established tradition. FCIPS will remain the highest grade of membership. But for the businesses that employ Chartered Members, they can be sure of a high standard of ethical and professionalised conduct and for CIPS, this will also form a clear pathway for young people to join the profession and have a successful and satisfying career.

  • New EU Proposal Will Keep Renewable Energy Firmly on the Agenda

    Jan 31, 2014
    The following extract was taken from Environment & Energy Management.

    Last week’s announcement by the EU Commission of new climate and energy goals for 2030 reinforces the case for continuing investment in Ireland renewable energy capacity, according to Dr Brian Motherway, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

    “Speculation that resolve would be weakened is far from the truth – the EU Commission today announced its intention to impose a more demanding target for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as part of an ambitious climate energy policy, which includes a binding EU target for renewable energy,” said Dr Motherway.

    He added – “We welcome the strong signal from the EU that its collective drive towards decarbonisation and renewable energy will continue. A 40% CO2 reduction is very challenging and it will only be met with a continued shift to renewable energy. This is strengthened by the inclusion of a binding 27% renewable target for the EU as a whole.

    “While there are very different views across Europe as to how far strong climate and energy targets should go, Ireland’s excellent renewable energy resource puts us in a strong position. Fortunately, Ireland has a considerable comparative advantage in terms of the renewable energy resource available to us and we are already making great inroads in its use.

    “Our analysis shows that renewable energy in Ireland in 2012 reduced our emissions of CO2 by two million tonnes. This is being done without raising electricity prices.”

  • CQI Leadership Conference 2014

    Jan 30, 2014

    The Chartered Quality Institute's Leadership Conference 2014 is taking place on Tuesday 1st April. It is set to be an informative and inspiring day of new ideas, stimulating debate and renowned speakers. Dedicated to driving forward the quality agenda, the conference will provide delegates with a greater understanding of how operational effectiveness and efficiency is vital to achieving organisational success.

     

    CQI

     

    High profile speakers, from Marks and Spencer, Chelsea Football Club and HSBC will debate topics including:

    -- Efficiency and Productivity

    -- Customer Service

    -- Risk and Reputation

    To learn more about the conference, please visit the site
    http://www.cqiconference.org/

     

    CQI Members will be subject to discount and if they book before January 31st they will also benefit from the Early Bird rate.

  • SuperValu Discounters Win Christmas Grocery War

    Jan 21, 2014
    Extract taken from RTE.

    SuperValu and German discounters Aldi and Lidl were the winners in the Christmas grocery trade battle.

    SuperValu attracted 43,000 more households over the holiday season, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel Ireland, helping the retailer post sales growth of 1.3% for the twelve weeks to the beginning of January.

    It brought its market share to over 20% for the first time since October 2009.

    Aldi and Lidl both posted double-digit growth in the final 12 weeks of the year.

    Aldi posted growth of over 20% bringing its market share to 7.1%, while Lidl's market share stood at 6.4%.

    Tesco remains the market leader but has lost ground with its market share falling from 27.8% last year to 26.2% now.

    The sales decline is showing signs of slowing with a slight improvement from a 6.5% dip in October to 6.2% in the latest period.

    Dunnes' sales dropped by 0.9% compared with last year, resulting in a slight dip in market share to 23.9% following four months of positive sales growth for the retailer.

    Price inflation dropped from 3.4% last month to 2.9%, helped by the pre-Christmas 'vegetable wars' seen in a number of retailers.

    The price of vegetables dropped considerably, with shoppers buying 4% more compared with last Christmas, despite spending 10% less.

    Grocery inflation stands at 2.9% for the 12 week period, down from the 3.4% seen last period.

    Tesco opens new Gorey store

    Tesco opened a new Tesco Extra Store in Gorey, Co Wexford today with the creation of 50 new jobs.

    The existing Tesco store closed on Saturday with its more than 100 staff transferring to the new outlet.

    The new jobs bring 168 to the number of people working at Tesco in Gorey.

  • The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) Commences Next Phase of Recruitment Campaign

    Jan 21, 2014
    The following extract has been taken from the National Procurement Service.

    The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has commenced the next phase of its recruitment campaign this week through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Expressions of interest are being sought from civil and public servants currently serving in the grade of Principal Officer, or equivalent, for the posts of Procurement Portfolio Managers (5 positions) and Head of Spot Buying. The notices are being circulated to all Departments/Offices and sectors through the normal channels and the closing date for the receipt of expressions of interest is Friday 17th January.

    These are the first of a number of such notices which will issue over the coming weeks for posts at various levels across all OGP functions, including sourcing, operations, customer service and policy. As the notices for these sourcing and non-sourcing roles issue, updates will be posted on the “Buyers News and Event” section of 
    www.procurement.ie

    The OGP will commence operations during the first half of this year and will in due course take full responsibility for procurement policy and procedures and, together with four key Sectors, for sourcing all goods and services on behalf of the public service.  The OGP will have key partners in the Health, Defence, Education and Local Government sectors.

    The total staffing level of the OGP (central) including the Chief Procurement Officer will be 226, of which there will be 147 sourcing staff. Approximately 60 people are already in place, including key members of the OGP Management Team – Sourcing Director, Policy Director, Head of Operations, Head of Corporate Affairs and Head of Customer Service. The four sector retained procurement functions will have a further sourcing staff complement of 112.

    A Joint Implementation Committee, representative of IMPACT, SIPTU, PSEU, AHCPS, CPSU and OGP Management is working to ensure a smooth transition to the new Office of Government Procurement.

    Detailed background information on the establishment of the OGP and how posts in it will be filled is available to download here.

    To coincide with the recruitment, it is intended to hold a number of information / communication events at various centres across the country at the end of January / beginning of February.  The purpose of these events is to provide updates and information on the development of the OGP and the recruitment campaign.  The venues currently under consideration are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Sligo.

    Further details will be posted on the “Buyers News and Event” section of 
    www.procurement.ie when the dates and venues have been confirmed.


  • DHL Named Offical Logistics Partner for Cirque du Soleil

    Jan 21, 2014
    The following extract has been taken from Irish Trucker News.

    DHL has been named the official logistics partner for world famous circus act Cirque du Soleil. 

    Over the course of the coming year, the renowened circus act is expected to attract up to 15 million to its events worldwide.

    DHL will transport all their goods around the world, while they will also provide logistics support for its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

    "With a global touring operation spanning more than 150 locations across six continents, logistics is critical to the success of Cirque du Soleil," said senior vice president, touring shows, at Cirque du Soleil, Finn Taylor.

    "In appointing DHL as our worldwide official logistics partner, we have the opportunity to work with another global brand that shares our commitment to quality.

    "We look forward to integrating DHL's services into our supply chain and to introducing the Cirque du Soleil experience to new audiences and markets together."

  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation publish Progress Report on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy

    Jan 21, 2014
    The following extract was taken from Environment and Energy Management.

    The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently published a Progress Report on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy.

    The Progress Report is an update on developments in the Green Economy in Ireland since the publication last year of Delivering Our Green Potential, the Government’s Policy Statement on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy. The Policy Statement set out the actions the Government is implementing, or has committed to take, across a range of sectors that make up the Green Economy in Ireland.

    The Progress Report highlights developments in the Green Economy in Ireland since the publication of Delivering Our Green Potential. It includes examples of enterprises and projects that are supporting and creating jobs, driving exports and improving competitiveness through activity in the Green Economy. It is important to note that many other companies are moving to develop and take advantage of opportunities in the Green Economy space.

  • Building a Business Case for Your Project

    Jan 21, 2014

    The following extract has been taken from Project Smart and was written by Kenneth Darter, PMP. 

    In order to get stakeholders or management to approve your project, you will need to build a business case to demonstrate why the project is needed and what the benefits of the project will be when it is finished. The reasons and benefits of your project may seem perfectly obvious to you and others who are intimately involved with it, but to stakeholders and other decision makers it may not be so obvious. Oftentimes, they are dealing with a myriad of different business units and objectives and tasks that need to be done. A well prepared business case can help your project standout in the crowded field of everything that is happening in the company and might just be the key to getting approval and finances for your project. Here are the basic steps for creating the business case.

    Step 1: The "As Is"

     

    The first step is to document the "as is". If you do not understand where you have been (or where you are currently), how can you demonstrate where the project is going to take you or the company? This applies to software development just as much as it does to business organisation or any other industry in which projects are executed. Documenting the "as is" should involve a careful evaluation of the current business model and the tasks that are completed by the people who are directly involved in the processes. You might need to interview certain subject matter experts or follow a day in the life of the workers who are on the front lines of the business in order to document the "as is". Most importantly, all assumptions must be challenged and researched so that there are no surprises down the road when the project begins to change the "as is" to something new and better.

    Step 2: The "To Be"

     

    Once you know where you are or where you have been, then it is time to document the "to be". This is your time to shine by showing off what the project will do for the business. It might be a better software system or a new business process flow. Alternatively, it might be restructuring the office organisation to provide better support for the sales people. Whatever your project is going to do for the business should be documented just as carefully as the "as is" was documented. Again, challenge all the assumptions, work to evaluate carefully everything the project is going to accomplish. The final documentation of the "to be" becomes the initial scope statement for the project.

    Step 3: Going From the "As Is" to the "To Be"

     

    Now that you have a picture of the "as is" and a picture of the "to be", it is time to document the steps that will take you from the starting point to the end of the project. This does not have to be a detailed project schedule or task list, but it should give a high level overview of how the project team is going to take the business from one point to the next. This overview should include the resources and time that will be involved in the project. This road map will show the decision makers and the stakeholders how they can help make the idea into a reality and get the project off the ground.

    Step 4: The Return on Investment

     

    The last part of the business case is to show the return on investment. This is a vital piece for the stakeholders involved and the organisation’s management. Answer the question of how this project is going to help the business. If the organisation is willing to provide the time and resources to execute the project, what are they going to get out of it? This may be something like improved productivity for office staff or quicker processing of documents in the office. If the return on investment can be quantified into dollars in the form of savings or returns, then that will be a great help in building your business case; it is difficult to argue with hard numbers. Of course, all assumptions about the return on investment will be challenged closely, so be sure to do your homework very carefully when creating your business case.