Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Our room was late being ready so we had a round of drinks on the house - the boys love the apfelschorle (sparkling apple juice) and we like Berliner Pilsner !
Dinner was in Maredos a very tasty chain of steakhouses.
Arrived into Berlin Schönefeld and made our way to the station which has to be the most tourist unfriendly place ever with extemely poor signposting of platforms and no staff.
We bought the welcome card which works out grand if you've an entourage with you buy its a devil to find the book of vouchers as you need to go to a manned ticket office and they are few and far between even Potsdamer Platz doesn't seem to have one.
Weather is misty and gray as forecast and the Aer Lingus fry is as tasty as ever !
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Over the past few years newspapers and TV programmes have been talking up the poperty boom and encouraging folk to get deeper than their eyeballs into debt. All in the name of getting on the "property ladder".
Meanwhile back in the real world - from: Breaking News"Cowen and RTÉ under attack over housing slump By Harry McGee, Political Editor THE president of the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute (IAVI) will today accuse Tánaiste Brian Cowen and RTÉ’s Prime Time programme of creating huge uncertainty in the housing market. In a speech to be delivered today, IAVI president Robert Ganly will take a broadside against the Tánaiste for not having the political bravery to reform stamp duty laws, a failure which has been partly blamed for the sharp drop in house sales this year. Mr Ganly is also expected to severely criticise RTÉ’s Prime Time for its documentary Future Shock The documentary, written and presented by business journalist Richard Curran, predicted that the bursting of the housing price bubble would have a deeper effect on the market than the “soft landing” predicted by Mr Cowen. Mr Ganly’s criticism will mean the programme is itself being blamed as a factor in the slump. The identification, in this fashion, of a single TV programme is surprising. However, the IAVI president is expected to criticise the programme makers for presenting a thesis, which he will claim was unsubstantiated, that in itself had a chilling effect on people. "
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Cork Amgen project put on hold
Wednesday, 3 October 2007 14:54
A plan to provide 1,100 jobs in Co Cork has been indefinitely postponed.
Biotechnology company Amgen was to have provided the jobs in a billion
dollar investment at a manufacturing facility in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.
However, the company has decided to put off the project indefinitely.
IDA Ireland has described the decision as disappointing.
It said decisions by the US Medicare authorities, concerning some of
Amgen's main drugs, have caused business difficulties for the company.
Amgen is reducing its staff globally by up to 14%, closing two plants in
the US, and reducing its planned capital expenditure.
IDA Ireland said the decision to halt the project did not reflect in any
way on the business environment in Ireland, and that further investments
could be expected over the coming months.
IDA Ireland said Amgen will retain the Cork site, so that changed
circumstances may lead to a recommencement of plans.
In a statement, Amgen said it will cease all current activities on the
site in co-operation with the Government and its agencies, community
groups and business participants.
'The decision will affect up to 79 staff, 65 of whom are based in Cork.
All staff will be notified regarding the likelihood of redundancy',
according to the statement.
Amgen said it would work with staff during the consultation period to
identify potential options elsewhere in the company. However, it is
likely that the majority of people will be offered redundancy packages.