A snow-white vacation house on a hill, a few kilometers from Ibiza Town. Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, an outdoor pool and a separate guest house with around 500 square meters (5,382 square feet) of living space for 1,000 euros a night. The group mingling on the terrace on the evening of July 24, 2017, drinking champagne, eating tuna tartare and sushi, was discussing delicate topics: How could they make sure that a Russian investor was awarded contracts from Austrian businesses and the government? They were thinking big. Nothing seemed impossible. They discussed casino licenses, the sale of an old luxury hotel, contracts for highway construction -- all of it for the Russian investor. They even discussed a takeover of the Kronen Zeitung, one of Austria's most widely circulated newspapers. The group included a woman who was supposedly from Russia, an Austrian woman with Serbian roots and a master's degree, and three Austrians in leisure attire. At that moment, two of them were already … [Read more...] about The Strache Recordings : Is Austria’s Vice Chancellor for Sale?
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Plymouth has great businesses of all sizes – but how do you compare the largest with the smallest? Simple, you don’t. That’s why The Plymouth Business Awards reward large, medium and small enterprises with three distinct categories. But whether a huge company with more than 150 employees, or a small affair with just a couple of people beavering away, these are the businesses that can rightfully say they are the best in Plymouth. The companies will find out who wins the awards, each sponsored by the University of Plymouth and Computech, at the Plymouth Business Awards 2019 black-tie event. This is what you need to know about these great firms. And don’t forget you can still buy tickets for the Plymouth Business Awards ceremony, on May 17, by clicking here. Large Business of the Year – sponsored by the University of Plymouth and Computech Becton Dickinson BD (UK) Ltd This is a landmark year for BD Plymouth: the 70th anniversary of the invention of the … [Read more...] about The very BEST businesses that Plymouth can be proud of
Bastien Peyraud has been appointed as general manager of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, part of the Flynn Hotels group. A native of France, he has worked in luxury hotels including the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva, Switzerland, and in the UK with Rubens at The Palace, Hotel 41 and Brown’s in Mayfair. He joins the Imperial Hotel at an exciting time following its recent refurbishment works. He plans to engage with the local community and play an active part in promoting Cork as a tourist and business location. Other hotels in the Flynn group include the Old Ground, Ennis; Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny; and The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. St John Harold has been appointed as information governance manager with BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience at their centre of excellence in Sandyford, Dublin. He joins from eCom Solutions, where he was information security principle. Prior to this he worked for Cyberlytic, Deloitte and Portcullis Computer … [Read more...] about Here are this week’s eight business movers
“There is a train of thought emerging that being an influencer or blogger is easy, and in the case of fast fashion and affordable beauty, certainly it can be — all you need is a good camera and a bit of charisma,” says Kathryn Bishop, deputy foresight editor and luxury expert at consultancy The Future Laboratory. “But when it comes to high jewellery, precious stones and the portrayal of these beautiful products and heritage brands, it’s not an easy feat.”In 2017 there were 21.7m brand-sponsored influencer posts on Instagram alone, according to data collected by agency Mediaklix — though with undisclosed paid-for posts rife, this figure is likely to be higher in reality. The number is forecast to rise to 32.3m this year, a projection that is likely to soothe those still in the game. But scepticism is growing. Bots, fake followers and thinly veiled sponsored posts foster mistrust among social media users. Marketing consultancy Influencer … [Read more...] about Influencers future-proof businesses as scepticism grows
The crash of the 737 MAX 8 jet in Ethiopia has rocked the world and apparently spelled hard times for Boeing. The incident itself – as well as its aftermath – has also raised some questions that need to be answered. In the wake of the tragedy, the US manufacturer struggles to contain the fallout as more than 40 nations have decided to ground its aircraft following the crash. Meanwhile, an informal consensus is forming around the idea that it is the airliner's flight control software that is highly likely responsible for Sunday's catastrophe. The media are increasingly reporting about the similarities between the Ethiopian crash and the one that occurred in Indonesia less than six months ago and also involved a 737 MAX 8 model. Some other reports have revealed that pilots flying the troubled series have also repeatedly complained about the planes’ autopilot making it nosedive and lose altitude on several occasions. Most recently, it was reported that a jet piece … [Read more...] about Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash: Questions that remain unanswered