Print NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is www.irishshiptogaza.org.
We recently secured a new site to add to our existing portfolio of iCafé stores. For me, the past few weeks have involved constant meeting after meeting to make sure our new flagship store is the best it can be in every aspect.There are many different factors that play into building a successful store and each of them carries a lot of weight. While the right location is vital to the success of a new store, building a store that draws loyal, regular customers takes a bit more than just location. Factors that add to the success of one store may not necessarily do the same for another. However, there are some fundamental basics that have to be spot-on for any independent coffee shop or café to grow, regardless of their size or number of stores.Here are some essentials that one should have at the top of the list:1 Delicious desserts are the ideal accompaniment to great coffee. Sandwiches, paninis and other light snacks are also a great addition to the menu when open through the lunch or dinner time. Make sure to buy the best ingredients or options available from your suppliers. A muffin is not just a muffin; some are mouth-watering and delicious, when others are just not. Careful planning will make a huge difference. Taste each product before selecting this for your store.2 Friendly, skilled baristas, not just button pushers, are the heart of a successful store. Skill is important, but people really respond to a friendly greeting and a smiling face. Skill can be taught through barista training, but the personality of the baristas is a major selling point for a successful store.3 Excellent coffee drinks are vital, of course, but not just any coffee will do. Be sure to source the best freshly-roasted coffee available. Fairtrade and organic-certified coffees are sure customer-pleasers. At iCafé, all our coffee is triple-certified (Fairtrade, organic and Rainforest Alliance).4 Wifi access used to be a nice “extra”, but these days free internet access is nearly as important to the independent coffee shop as good coffee. At iCafé, we not only have free wifi but also terminal access for those without a laptop and it does make a big difference.5 A comfortable atmosphere will encourage customers to linger and enjoy the coffee and desserts. Large tables with plenty of room to play games or open a laptop invite customers to linger and get to know each other.Other factors that are very important are the type of lighting we have in a store with different levels of dimness depending on the time of the day. The type of music also determines customer buying behaviour. The store layout and queuing at the till are important, as well as good and comfy seats. A recent survey of 1,500 people by Mintel showed that 37% of the customers walked out without a purchase due to long queues and not finding a table. As a business, as much as queues and being busy are good, there is a limit to everything. A careful seating plan will ensure we do not lose that extra custom that comes our way.If the store is open late as ours are until 11pm nicely lit candles are a great way to create a cosy mood, especially in winter. The music should change to a more relaxed one. The lights should be dimmed to create a homely feel and of course, the cafe should be nice and warm during those winter nights.There isn’t a rule-book for having a successful coffee shop and one rule certainly does not fit all, as there are different factors involved in the success of individual coffee shops. But what is important is the thought process and the implementation. At the end of the day, planning could be perfect, but it’s no good without successful implementation.I’ll leave you with a final thought: a good idea is about 10% implementation; hard work and luck are the other 90%.
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Simeone tests positive for coronavirus Griezmann handed Barca’s no. 7 shirt PSG star Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. The Uruguayan striker is out of contract in the summer. But instead of putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Parc des Princes, reports suggest Atletico Madrid have stolen a march for his signature. Sky Sport Italia claimed Cavani has agreed terms with the Spanish side over a three-year deal. The striker has struggled to nab the limelight from superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in recent seasons. And now Cavani will have to battle it out with the likes of Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropolitano. The veteran striker is injured at present and is unlikely to return until early 2020. “He’s a little bit injured. He felt a little muscle pain after the penalty [against Galatasaray],” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said. “That’s enough in order for him not to be available.” But former PSG striker Pauleta doesn’t want Cavani to leave the club. “Edinson is a great player, who is part of PSG’s history,” the former Portugal international said. “Football is like that, though. I hope everything ends well and that PSG mark the occasion. “The club and the player deserve for it all to finish well. I really like him, he is a great player and a great man. “I hope Edinson will continue with PSG. However, one day, everything comes to an end — “football is like that.” Both Neymar and Mbappe have also been linked with moves away from the French capital.Tags: Atletico MadridEdinson Cavani