Shannon Chamber launches new Lean Network

first_imgAdvertisement Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon to join Shannon Chamber Webinar to share advice for companies as they embrace the recovery Email BusinessNewsShannon Chamber launches new Lean NetworkBy Staff Reporter – November 9, 2016 1991 Facebook Shannon Companies Sharing Data on their Preparedness for COVID-19 Shannon training programmes go virtual Quality, Reliability and Cost Rank High in Assessment of Sup-Suppliers by Multinational and Larger Indigenous Companies WhatsApp Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Chamber members hoping for good news on jobs front Launching the new Mid-West Lean Network (from left): Gene Leonard, managing director, LBSPartners; Helen Downes, chief executive, Shannon Chamber; Alan Keogh, plant manager and Neil Enright, GLSS site development leader, Molex Shannon. Photo: Eamon Ward.A NEW business network, aimed at encouraging companies to adopt Lean practices, has been set up for the Mid West region.The brainchild of Shannon Chamber, the Mid-West Lean Network, will be managed by Shannon Chamber, chaired in the first instance by Molex Shannon and directed by LBS Partners. The network is open to businesses across all sectors who wish to learn about and introduce Lean into their organisations.Inaugural network chairman, Neil Enright, GLSS site development leader with Molex stated: “The purpose of the new network is to strengthen and increase an existing culture of Lean within the Shannon and the wider Mid-West region to enable each industry to broaden and strengthen their competitiveness through knowledge sharing and benchmarking against each other and different industries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We see this as a key enabler to attract new investment and job growth within the region by making each member more cost effective and better service providers by creating long-term value for their customers.“Through collaboration with our academic partner, the University of Limerick, we will work to ensure that a pipeline of relevant programmes is available to help strengthen the requisite skill sets. We will also work with government agencies like IDA and Enterprise Ireland to ensure that our members are aware of and can avail of the funding and support available through these agencies’ Lean programmes.”Speaking at the launch, Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes said: “We have been hosting annual Lean in Business seminars since 2011. Their popularity stems from the fact that they give companies the opportunity to see first-hand how Lean works and the benefits that can be derived from becoming Lean.“We looked at the success of a number of Forums we have already established – the CEO and HR Forums in particular – and thought, why not a Lean network along the same lines. The buy-in has been tremendous and I am delighted that Molex’s Neil Enright has agreed to be the first chair, ably assisted by the Shannon Chamber team and, Gene Leonard and Michelle Whelan from LBS Partners.“Based on a poll of 13 topics presented at the launch, a roster of Lean topics will be chosen for a series of monthly Lean workshops, which will commence in January 2017. A number of companies have already volunteered to host some of these workshops in their facilities, which is an amazing buy-in already. As evidenced from the presentations at the Lean seminar, the benefits from introducing Lean are quite staggering and we look forward to witnessing an increased robustness in enterprises gained from adopting Lean.”Contact [email protected] to register interest and membership is free. Linkedin Previous articleSoccer – Janesboro and Moyross clash set for TVNext articleSoccer – FAI unveil new Football Development Officer for Limerick Staff Reporter TAGSLean NetworkShannon Chamber Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 last_img read more

13 dead in California crash, some ejected from SUV carrying 25 people: Highway patrol

first_imgwsfurlan/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO and ALEX STONE, ABC News(IMPERIAL, Calif.) — At least 13 people have died from a crash between a big rig and an SUV in Southern California Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.A Ford Expedition SUV entered the intersection with the big rig and subsequently, the big rig, which was hauling two trailers, collided with the left side of the SUV before 6:15 a.m. local time, the highway patrol said.Twenty-five people were in the Ford Expedition, ranging in age from 15 to 53, the highway patrol said.Many passengers were ejected onto the road, the highway patrol said, adding that there were not enough seatbelts for 25 people.California Highway Patrol Chief Omar Watson told ABC News that it’s “unfathomable” that 25 people were inside this one car. There was “major intrusive damage” to the vehicle, which only had a driver’s seat and front passenger seat, he said. It wasn’t clear why there weren’t any backseats, he said.“What it indicates is that there’s not enough safety belts for the passengers, and we obviously want to make sure that everyone’s safely restrained within the vehicle,” Watson told reporters.Twelve people, including the SUV driver, died at the scene, and another person from the vehicle died at a hospital, the highway patrol said.The SUV driver was a 28-year-old man from Mexicali, Mexico, near the California border, Watson said.More than 12 hours after the crash, authorities were working to identify the fatal victims to notify their families, he said.The highway patrol said the cause of the crash is not clear, adding that no law enforcement was involved in the incident.There was no chase leading up to the crash, Watson said.The only person in the big rig was the driver, a 69-year-old man from California, who sustained moderate injuries, the highway patrol said. Watson said he is in “bad shape” and has only given a partial statement to investigators so far.Every survivor was injured to some extent, the highway patrol said. Multiple survivors were taken to area hospitals, hospital officials said.Some patients suffered life-threatening head injuries, chest injuries and fractures, officials at El Centro Regional Medical Center said.Several patients with minor injuries have since been released, Watson said during a briefing late Tuesday afternoon.The crash was near Holtville in Imperial County, which is about 125 miles east of San Diego and about 10 miles from the Mexico border.Imperial County Fire said 25 additional personnel were sent to the scene, including four to five additional ambulances and four air helicopters.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Peerless Morgan sinks Hammers

first_imgRonald Koeman sang the praises of Morgan Schneiderlin after the Tottenham target showed he still has Southampton’s best interests at heart by sinking West Ham. Schneiderlin recently claimed his six-year stay at Southampton had been destroyed in an hour – but he needed less time than that to leave West Ham’s defence in pieces at Upton Park and set up a 3-1 win for manager Koeman’s first three points in England. The Hammers had led through Mark Noble’s deflected effort, but France midfielder Schneiderlin levelled on the stroke of half-time, curling home after his initial shot was blocked by Joey O’Brien. It was Schneiderlin again who put Koeman’s side ahead in the second half, with Graziano Pelle’s maiden Premier League goal rounding off a fine away day for Southampton. Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger and Koeman have both been steadfast that Schneiderlin will not join the list of high-profile departures from St Mary’s. After Krueger gave an interview declaring Schneiderlin would be kept at the club, even against his wishes, the player took to Twitter in late July to write: “6 years of an amazing journey #SaintsFC DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!” But Schneiderlin has started all three league games so far, and Koeman said on Saturday evening: “I am very pleased with his attitude over the last few weeks. “He accepts the situation the way it is. If he didn’t accept it he wouldn’t reach the level that he did today. “I understand his situation. If a player gets an offer from a big club I understand that but he is happy now and he accepts the situation – he is a fantastic player.” Despite former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino being keen on taking Schneiderlin to join him at Tottenham, Koeman is almost certain the 24-year-old will remain a Southampton player when the transfer deadline closes on Monday night. “If it is up to me it is 100 per cent. Ninety-nine per cent from the club that he will stay,” he said. Press Association “It is always difficult when you have a lot of changes in the team and I have to wait until the start of September to know what players I have in the squad. But it gives us a good feeling after today.” For West Ham, it was a disappointing afternoon, a week after a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace. A penalty shoot-out defeat to Sheffield United saw them knocked out of the Capital One Cup at their first hurdle and Sam Allardyce’s side were not at the races once again as they looked for back-to-back league wins. “We weren’t good enough,” Allardyce said. “Southampton taught us a lesson, we weren’t sharp enough and didn’t retain the ball as well as they did, close down as well as they did and gifted them two goals. “As much as they were in control and on top of the game, we’ve lost two very stupid goals from set-pieces.” One bright point for West Ham was the pre-match announcement that they have signed Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on loan. The former Arsenal man will spend the remainder of the campaign at Upton Park and Allardyce wants to see the Cameroon international “kick a few backsides”. “I hope he can bring a bit of leadership as well as his quality play,” Allardyce said. “The lads are not opening their mouth enough. They all talk about what they should do before the game in the dressing room and in training, but when they go out on the pitch they don’t talk to each other. It is clear that their communication is zero. “Somebody has got to get a grip and open their mouth. If it is a short corner get someone out there. It is not difficult for someone to look around and organise the team. It doesn’t appear that anyone is analysing what the situation is and not have the desperate defending that we had. “Having spoken to him he looks a leader to me and kick a few backsides on the field. If they are not playing as well as they should do he will get them motivated.” last_img read more

Penn State’s Franklin touts ‘really good plan’

first_imgJames Franklin answers questions from reporters after he was introduced as Penn State’s new football coach during a news conference on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – James Franklin’s plan on how to be CEO of the Penn State football is in place.Now, so is his coaching staff.Penn State’s 16th football coach, hired Jan. 11 to replace new Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, spoke with energy and optimism about the nine-man staff he introduced Friday at Beaver Stadium.Most of the staff worked with Franklin during his three years at Vanderbilt. Eight of the 10 total coaches are from within 340 miles of State College, including four from Pennsylvania.“I feel like we have a really good plan,” said Franklin, who labeled himself as the CEO of Penn State football. “I’m really excited about the staff we’ve been able to put together.“For me, I was looking for familiarity, guys I’ve worked with or known for a very, very long time. Guys that I trust and interact with the players, the community and also have a connection with Penn State from a lot of different perspectives.”Here is the staff:-Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator and safeties coach.-John Donovan, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.-Charles Huff, special teams coordinator and running backs coach.-Brent Pry, assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.-Josh Gattis, offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.-Herb Hand, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.-Ricky Rahne, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.-Sean Spencer, defensive line coach.-Terry Smith, defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach.Terry Smith (Courier File Photo)Smith was a wide receiver for Penn State from 1988-91 and enjoyed a successful coaching career at Gateway High School in suburban Pittsburgh before one year of college coaching at Temple. Franklin, Pry and Shoop join Smith as Pennsylvania natives.Franklin has been concentrating on his incoming recruiting class. He said he and the staff will get down to actual football after Feb. 5 when signed national letters of intent become binding.“Recruiting is so important and it’s important to have guys with strong ties to this region; I feel like we’ve done that,” Franklin said. “We will not have one guy on this staff I don’t feel will be an excellent recruiter.His staff, Franklin said, will consist of “smart guys” and “talented people.”“I want to surround myself with people who are loyal, loyal to Penn State, loyal to James Franklin and fired up about being here because this is one of the more unique opportunities in college football,” he said.Franklin said Donovan “more than likely” would be the sideline play-caller.“John called every single play over the last three years at Vanderbilt,” Franklin said.The 41-year-old head coach pointed out that any depth chart before fall practice will be based entirely on seniority.“The most important thing is these kids all start with a clean slate and they have opportunity to earn starting jobs,” he said.“There are no returning starters at any position . at any position. Every single day these guys are going to wake up and they’re going to earn their job. We’re going to create the most competitive experience we possibly can.”Aside from a busy recruiting schedule, Franklin has met with players – current and former. He stressed that he and his staff will “show tremendous respect for our traditions and for our history and for our past” at Penn State.Franklin’s staff will be the third set of coaches for some Penn State players, dating to Joe Paterno’s final season in 2011 and O’Brien’s 2012 and 2013 stay.“The players have embraced the change,” Franklin said. “We want to build relationships and trust and chemistry and build stability with them. This program had stability for a very, very long time, and it’s important to get back to that.”last_img read more