Desmond boys have a date with destiny

first_imgTWO Limerick secondary school students have developed an invention that could make nights on the town a lot safer for women.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sixteen-year-olds, Warren Gleeson and Sean Duffy from Desmond College in Newcastlewest came up with a device that prevents spiking of drinks in bars and clubs.The pair worked on the idea to prevent women’s drinks being spiked with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, LSD and Ketamine.Their research resulted in the production of one of the stand-out projects on show at last week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.The gadget is a small, round seal, embossed with a holographic image which can be clearly seen in disco or bar lights.Their teacher, Donal Enright explained that the two fifth year students produced the device to operate in two ways.“Firstly, it’s a deterrent because you put it over the top of your drink and it can be seen. If anyone tries to peel it off, it disintegrates and can’t be put back. There is also a practical application. Under the cap is a bubble and if anyone tries to introduce something through a syringe, the bubble bursts and the person will know their drink has been interfered with”.Mr Enright said that the lads are hoping to produce the devices commercially.“It would be fantastic if maybe the HSE would buy them and give them out for free or if a drinks company were to sponsor the product, they could have their logo on top”.This entry was posted in News by Bernie English. Bookmark the permalink. Editvia Desmond boys have a date with destiny (254 with pic) | Limerick Post Newswrite. WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Facebook Twitter Email Print NewsDesmond boys have a date with destinyBy Bernie English – January 16, 2014 492 TAGSdate rape Previous articleLimerick call-out for Good SamaritansNext articleSearch helicopter Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Fairtrade sets sights on bakery

first_imgWatershed moment alert: chocolate giant Cadbury is stepping up its activities in bakery. While you may have spotted the marketing splash about its switch to Fairtrade for consumer chocolate, you may not yet be aware that it is also ramping up the hitherto less-developed part of its business bakery cocoa supply. Such is the potential for Fairtrade growth in bakery, the chocolate giant is targeting craft bakers and bakery manufacturers by launching Fairtrade cocoa into the market.With everyday products like PG Tips going Fairtrade, it’s time to stop talking about Fairtrade as a niche. The Fairtrade Foundation’s strategy projects big growth from around £700m in sales now to £2bn by 2012. Whereas Fairtrade coffee currently makes up around a fifth of the coffee market, bakery products using Fairtrade ingredients are viewed as the next big untapped market. With the biscuits and cakes category worth close to £3.5bn, it’s no wonder that the Foundation’s eyes have lit up at the prospect of getting bakers on board.”If we can achieve coffee’s growth on the bakery side, it would be phenomenal,” says Samantha Dormer, business development manager for cocoa at the Fairtrade Foundation. “The bakery sector is uniquely positioned because it opens up opportunities, not just for cocoa producers, but for sugar, nuts, dried fruit and vanilla. If the bakery market was to get more behind Fairtrade, that could have a huge impact on a broad range of producers and lift people out of poverty.”Message to the marketThe moves by Cadbury, PG and Starbucks this year mark a “step change” for Fairtrade, she says, and will have a knock-on effect. Asda, Sainsbury’s and Co-op have all launched own-label Fairtrade bakery products. “Because of big players joining the Fairtrade movement, it has definitely sent a message into the market,” says Dormer. “It says consumers believe in it. We’ve seen renewed market interest, so it’s a great time for key players in the bakery sector to start engaging with Fairtrade.”In fact, research suggests 64% of people would support ethically-traded products and 70% recognise the Fairtrade logo a factor not missed by Cadbury. “Cadbury has been ethically trading with Ghana for over 100 years and joined forces with the Fairtrade Foundation to strengthen the support that the Ghanaian Cocoa farmers receive,” explains Sharon Loizou, account manager at Cadbury. “The cocoa that we produce is from Ghanaian cocoa beans, which are among the best-quality cocoa beans in the world.”One thing that has hampered take-up in bakery is availability of Fairtrade ingredients and the price premium. Fairtrade cocoa works by having a minimum price set for raw cocoa US$1,600 per ton. A Fairtrade premium of US$150 is paid in addition to that for investment into community projects, from healthcare to schooling to improving yields. Manufacturers’ costs will then vary.As more manufacturers like Cadbury sign up, availability becomes greater and costs reduce. Cadbury’s cocoa is being made available Fairtrade-certified in 4kg tubs and in 25kg bulk sacks for industrial bakers (currently not Fairtrade-certified). Note, it is being supplied as a baking ingredient only. That means a baker would need to have a licence to use the Cadbury name against any product.Lower ingredient costs are a crucial factor as there seems to be a price point that consumers won’t cross for Fairtrade. For example, Delice de France has reformulated and relaunched two impulse products this week, Fairtrade Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Fingers and Fairtrade Chocolate Chunk Cookies, having dropped the price by 15%. “We found consumers weren’t prepared to pay a huge premium for Fairtrade,” says Delice de France marketing director David Girdler.”As Fairtrade producers have become bigger and better supported, we’ve been able to reformulate two products. Fairtrade does sell at a premium; we would like it not to, but the traceability of the ingredients sadly does cost a little bit more. We do see people sticking with Fairtrade though, if not organic, in the current climate.”Record highs in cocoa pricing have also made Fairtrade cocoa more accessible. “The cocoa market price is very high at the moment so the price differential between the two is less,” says Richard Williams, UK sales manager for Belcolade chocolate at Puratos, which supplies Fairtrade & Organic low viscosity chocolates for moulding, enrobing, dipping and spraying, as well as in chunks and inclusions. “Demand for Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance is rising, definitely, as the bigger brands get behind ethically sourced products. Fairtrade may grow more slowly now we are in recession, but it is a strong long-term brand. We’re involved in more and more briefs for Fairtrade products.”Another cost to consider is licensing and accreditation for use of the logo. There is a licence fee to use the Fairtrade mark for marketing purposes, and licensees are charged 1.7% on wholesale value up to £5m; that reduces with higher values or if your entire range is Fairtrade.While the system is set up for bakery manufacturers and brands, the Foundation says it is open to tweaking this model if it encourages retailers like bakery chains to join up. “Bakery is a really new sector for us,” says Dormer. “There is a lot of opportunity to engage with bakery chains and look at the model again, for businesses large and small.”last_img read more

GambleAware expands UK gambling-harm support network with Citizens Advice partnership

first_img StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Dr Jane Rigbye – GambleAwareAnnouncing a new long-term initiative, industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it will work with Citizens Advice to ‘to help debt advisors better understand, prevent or reduce gambling-related harms’.Updating the market, GambleAware governance has committed to a two-year £1.5 million partnership with Citizens Advice, the UK charity network which provides consumers with information and advice on money and legal concerns.GambleAware will develop a training program for Citizens Advice debt advisors which will be delivered across nine regions in England and Wales.The initial partnership will focus on the following principal directives:Training CA debt advisors to identify and support consumers who may suffer or be at risk of gambling-related harms.Direct vulnerable or at risk consumers to specialist help that is available.Improving the support structure available to UK gambling-related harm suffers by establishing new regional support hubs.Expanding training and resources to ‘frontline workers’ such as local authority staff, youth practitioners and healthcare workers who will likely be first to encounter gambling-related harm victims.Announcing the Citizens Advice  initiative Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of Education at GambleAware said: “The debt advice workforce has an enormous role to play in supporting and reducing the likelihood of people experiencing gambling-related harms, as do many professions who come into contact with the general public on a daily basis.Encouraging and enabling staff in all public-facing settings to be aware of the possibility that the presenting problems could be related to gambling is key in helping to tackle this issue.”The funding commitment comes after a successful six-year pilot project GambleAware ran with Newport Citizens Advice to deliver the Gambling Support Service.Gillian Guy – Citizens AdviceBacking the new program and its directives, Gillian Guy Chief Executive of Citizens Advice said: “Gambling can have life-changing effects, not just on the individual but also their families and friends. People seek our help to deal with the practical problems that come out of this – including increased debt and relationship breakdown.“We are pleased to be partnering with GambleAware to develop services across England and Wales. These will help our staff make a real difference to people struggling with gambling.”last_img read more