Blog: blowing the froth off the recession

first_imgI am told, and I certainly believe, that we are in the middle of a recession. Money is tight, or so they say. Most salaries within manufacturing have remained static for over six years, but minimum pay has still crept up, wiping out the differential among the pay grades every year. And net profitability has been the lowest in decades. Yet we survive – just – through better management of cost, efficiencies and innovation to meet the demands of the new markets emerging.If we are so short of money, can anyone please tell me why the flights out of Manchester airport which go to the usual hot spots are full? Try going out for a Sunday lunch or evening meal at the local eatery at 6pm and, sorry, they’re full!Why can the customers of all the fashionable coffee houses afford to pay £2.50 for a coffee, and then another £1.80 for a muffin or cupcake, and they pay without batting an eyelid – unbelievable: £2.50 for a coffee, the actual cost price of which would be no more than 20p maximum. That is quite a profit margin. No wonder Mr Whitbread got out of beer and started to sell coffee.It would appear that people are quite adamant about recession as long as it does not affect their luxuries of life, or must-have life essentials, such as Sky TV. They minimise the basics while excelling on the extravagances.But somehow, I feel as though we are being stitched up, and made to pay for somebody else’s crimes – for example, being made to pay bigger wages, which are taxed. This then pays for expensive unnecessary luxuries, which are – you’ve guessed it – taxed.Of course the big four retailers cash in on the recession, by firstly reducing price points to suppliers while maintaining the selling price. Either way, the supplier finances the price drop. One of the majors tries to sell everything for a pound, but when are they going to learn that people in general believe the missive, “You get what you pay for” and, sooner or later, quality will have dropped so low, that suppliers will refuse to supply and their prices will be hiked dramatically, and the cycle starts all over again.Have you noticed their (the major retailers’) latest advert: if they over-charge you for an item that you could have bought more cheaply somewhere else, they will give you the difference next time you are in their store.Do they think we are totally brainless? Let’s examine this for a moment: greatly inflate your selling price knowingly, give you back the price difference of your nearest competitor, and then give you a little piece of paper offering you the difference next time you go back into their store to be over-charged yet again. Maybe we are brainless, as many of my friends think this is an awesome feature and happily go back time and again. And sad as it is, the premise goes straight over their heads, as they don’t actually care, because they have too much money, but they just don’t know it.I was recalling to my youngest daughter some tales of my early youth, including shopping trips with Grandma. She would literally walk from one side of town to the other with her little trolley just to save pennies on her weekly groceries. This was instilled in her; she had to save money to feed her family, especially during the war years when there really was a sense of austerity. Luxuries were none: clothes were recycled around siblings or cousins; jumpers and cardigans were turned into crocheted blankets; nothing at all was wasted. You walked to work if you were lucky enough to have a job. My Dad, like many other people, walked four miles to work and back for his first job; now there is a taxi rank outside our work gates most mornings and afternoons – and they are not cheap.So is there really a recession that’s so bad? Maybe – I’m not that qualified to comment. I do feel we are being played because of somebody else’s crimes. But while we continue to pay £2.50 for a cup of frothy milk and a splash of coloured flavoured water, I’ll reserve my judgement.last_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AT DEATH OF GIFTED MUSICIAN IN DROWINING ACCIDENT

first_imgJohn, left, pictured with his partner KevinMembers of musical ensembles played moving tributes to the son of a Donegal couple who died as he tried to save his partner in a drowning accident in Greece.Talented John Lynch (45) his partner Kevin Devine (46), were celebrated at a joint funeral Mass in Dublin.John was the associate principal viola with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra which performed at a Service of Thanksgiving for the couple in St Teresa’s Church on Dublin’s Clarendon Street where family members and friends celebrated the popular couple. Born in Melbourne to Donegal parents, his remains were cremated yesterday to be returned to the family in Australia.The bodies of the couple were recovered from the sea off Mavros Molos beach on Kissamos Bay in Crete on August 29th. John went to try to rescue his partner when he got into difficulty swimming.Mr Doyle was laid to rest yesterday in Calvary Cemetery in his native Drogheda yesterday afternoon.RTE director general Noel Curran said John would be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He added: “John Lynch was a hugely popular member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and a most talented musician.“He will be hugely missed by all in RTE Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs, particularly by those he played with in the National Symphony Orchestra.“On behalf of all in RTE, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”Mr Lynch, who was born in Melbourne but had dual Irish-Australian citizenship, worked as a freelance musician with both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra since July 1999.Before that he played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. DONEGAL FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AT DEATH OF GIFTED MUSICIAN IN DROWINING ACCIDENT was last modified: September 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CretedrowningJohn LynchKevin DevineRTE concert orchestralast_img read more

Join Airport Authority of India as a Manager, Junior Executive: Earn Rs 50,500

first_imgThe Airport Authority of India has released a notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the posts of Manager, Junior Executives. The candidates may apply to the posts in a prescribed format on or before June 1.Vacancy details:Total posts: 158Name of the posts: Manager, Junior ExecutivePost Wise details:Manager (Engineering Civil): 67Manager (Engineering Electrical): 48  Manager (Operations): 16Manager (Commercial): 7Junior Executive (Finance): 20Age limit: Junior Executive (Finance): The upper age limit of the candidates must not exceed 27 years.Manager: The upper age limit of the candidates must not exceed 32 years.Pay scale:Manager: The candidates should be in the pay band of Rs 24,900 to Rs 50,500.Junior Executive (Finance): The candidates should be in the pay band of Rs 16,400 to Rs 40,500.Selection process:The candidates will be selected on the basis of a written examination followed by an interview.How to apply:The candidates may apply online in the prescribed format through the official website of Airport Authority of India.Important date:The last date for the submission of an application is June 1.Read: Jobs for graduates: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation is hiring for 23 various posts, earn upto Rs 62,000 per month! Read: Job for Engineering Diploma holders: PGCIL is hiring for Diploma Trainee postsFor information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more