Good news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major…

first_imgLinkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Facebook Email WhatsApp WITH three companies confirming that they are about to expand their operations in Limerick, it’s been an exceptionally positive week on the jobs creation front.Three Ireland is to create 90 new jobs at the former O2 customer call centre in Plassey which will serve as the company’s preferred centre for customer queries and business transactions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This followed the announcement from energy firm Pinergy that it is about to create 46 new sales positions in the Tipperary/Limerick area in association with sales management company DSM.Pinergy investors include rugby legend Paul O’Connell and the new jobs come on the back of a major promotional campaign to get households in Limerick city and county to convert to the company’s ‘pay as you go’ payment system for electricity costs.There will be a further jobs announcement this Friday when Finance Minister Michael Noonan visits the Raheen headquarters of the Kirby Group to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary.The well-known engineering company has grown since its foundation in Limerick in 1964 to employ more than 600 people today, with substantial operations in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, the UK and Europe, with a further 250 people employed by key subcontract partners.The Three Ireland move will see the firm increase its Limerick workforce to more than 440 employees.Ninety permanent customer care roles will be created over the next 12 months in Limerick. Additionally, a number of existing contract staff will be made permanent over the next 12 months.Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan said the Limerick expansion would bring all customer care roles back to Ireland. He added that a planned €300 million investment in their high speed network would require up to 100 full-time equivalent roles through third party contractors over the next three years.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan described the jobs announcement as a “positive reflection on all the existing employees in the call centre in Plassey who have a proven track record of hard work and professionalism”.“Limerick has demonstrated in recent years its ability to continue to attract jobs in various sectors with a number of multinationals choosing Limerick to establish their operations. These much welcome additional jobs in Three Ireland will contribute to improving our local economy while also helping all those agencies involved in attracting more companies to view existing similar type companies continuing to expand in Limerick,” she said.Castletroy-based Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell,  said the jobs announcement was a “further endorsement of Limerick as an investment location”.“It’s significant that Limerick has been selected as the location for customer services for the new combined business, which will have 37 per cent of the Irish mobile market.“This is a clear testament to Limerick as a good location for investment, and follows recent similar announcements from UPC and others. This emphasises the ability of Limerick to compete at the cutting edge of the provision of these services.“However it has a bitter-sweet quality to it with the announcement of job losses in retail around the country and headquarter operations in Dublin. I sympathise with those people who will be losing their jobs and hope that they will be able to take up employment elsewhere without too much delay,” he said. Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img NewsLocal NewsGood news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major expansionsBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 894 TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanJobsKieran O’Donnell TDKirby Grouplimericko2PinergyThree Ireland Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick homeowners say no to water metersNext articleLimerick schools top Sunday Times list Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Bee-lieve It Or Not: Five Things To Know About Honey Bees

first_imgHappy National Pollinator Week!Bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles all are pollinators and important parts of our ecosystem. As a matter of fact, the Indiana State Museum has beehives at three of its locations: Indiana State Museum, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Angel Mounds State Historic Site.Learn five interesting facts about honey bees in this sweet blog paired with photos from our museum beehive. Then, come on into the Indiana State Museum this Saturday, June 23, for Family Day celebrating pollinators from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a build your own bee house activity from 1 to 2:30 p.m.1. “Worker bees” are girls!That’s right, the bees who actually collect nectar and produce honey are female bees. Male honey bees are called “drones,” and you can spot them easily in a hive because they are much larger than the worker bees. Drones do not make honey or have stingers; their job is to mate with queen bees to help make more bees. 2. You can tell which bee is the queen because of her long body.The queen bee’s only job is to lay eggs that become larvae (also called “brood”) and grow into bees. She usually is the mother to most of the bees in the hive. If the queen bee dies, the hive must replace her, or else no more eggs will be laid, and the hive will die.Beekeepers make sure their hive has a queen so they can help replace her if needed. She can be spotted because her body is a lot longer than the worker bees around her. Sometimes beekeepers will mark their queen with a dot to help them quickly identify her. Can you spot which bee is the queen in the Indiana State Museum’s hive?3. In at-home beehives, you only take honey from special boxes called the “supers.”The worker bees make the honey, and the queen lays the eggs…so how do we make sure there aren’t any eggs in our honey? That’s a SUPER question! Beekeepers add a special box on top of the main hive body, called a “super.” While bees put honey and larvae in their main beehive, they only put honey in supers, so you don’t have to worry about any larvae in your honey. Beekeepers make sure not to take too much honey from the bees, who need the honey to survive.4. Bees don’t sting without a reason.When you’re out in the backyard and a honey bee starts flying around your head, what’s your first thought? “It’s going to sting me!” But actually, the bee is usually just checking things out to see if you have any nectar or pollen. Bees only sting when they feel threatened or surprised. That’s why the best thing to do when you meet a honey bee is to slowly and calmly walk away—don’t run or swat at it.Our beekeepers protect themselves from bee stings by wearing bee suits, including protective covering over their heads. When the beekeepers open up the hives, the bees may feel threatened and be more likely to sting.5. Honey tastes different depending on which plants the nectar came from.Have you noticed that different honey is lighter or darker, or that some is more yellow in color, while other honey is redder in color? That’s because honey looks and tastes different based on the types of plants bees visited to make the honey. Honey from bees located in the middle of acres of California almond trees will be different than honey from a beehive in the middle of a wild forest in Brown County Indiana.Bonus fact: What’s this I’ve heard about bees disappearing?You may have heard reports of “save the bees!” and “our bees are dying!” In the past few years, beekeepers have reported more cases of bees abandoning their homes and what seems like just disappearing. This is an issue called colony collapse disorder (CCD). Researchers say there are many things affecting CCD. One of the major contributors is the increased use of pesticides on the plants from which bees consume pollen and nectar. Programs like National Pollinator Week help bring awareness of how we can protect bees and the many other pollinators. Be sure to visit the Indiana State Museum this Saturday for Family Day celebrating pollinators and a build your own bee house activity to learn more.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

EMC Customers Can Choose Any Cloud

first_imgOur leaders have time and time again emphasized a core aspect of the EMC Federation strategy and functioning model: “(we) offer best-of-breed, integrated, technology while preserving customers’ ability to choose…” In this blog, I reflect upon how this strategy applies to allowing customers the ability to choose Open Source Cloud OS – OpenStack.OpenStack is making rapid strides in both private and public cloud markets. The earlier skepticism on hype is waning as we see the momentum translate to tangible deployments. Let’s go over some numbers if you need convincing. A recent OpenStack user survey showed 512 total deployments; 209 of these being production deployments. This momentum seems even more impactful within the EMC customer base. A recent EMC pre-sales/field survey has revealed that 50% of customers are running OpenStack today; 53% of those are in production. So it is not surprising that EMC’s strategy of ‘providing of our customers with choice’ resulted in OpenStack being a viable option across our federated family. Let me explain this in more detail.Pivotal Customers Can Choose OpenStackPivotal offers a comprehensive set of application and data services that run on top of PaaS (platform-as-a-service) called Cloud Foundry®. Cloud Foundry is an open source platform that can run on any cloud infrastructure like VMware, OpenStack, or Amazon Web Services. Even though the Pivotal distribution of Cloud Foundry runs on VMware vSphere, there are many prominent members of the Cloud Foundry community who offer Cloud Foundry PaaS on OpenStack. Piston Cloud, which had originally contributed Cloud Foundry interface for OpenStack, now offers PaaS on Piston Cloud, which is based on OpenStack. IBM, with BlueMix PaaS cloud, and HP, with Cloud Application PaaS, have recently announced Cloud Foundry running on OpenStack infrastructure. Not only is it being offered by many prominent vendors, you can also choose to run Pivotal applications and big data services on any of these multi-cloud platforms. Watch out for the inevitable open source progression: OpenStack to Cloud Foundry!VMware Customers Can Choose OpenStackMany are perplexed by the complex relationship between VMware and OpenStack. I think the relationship is largely complementary; OpenStack is an open and flexible framework to pull all the cloud IaaS components together, whereas VMware provides the best-of-breed cloud components. As we see a rising number of OpenStack production deployments, there is also a broad demand for the integration of the two for Enterprise class solutions and use cases. It is for this reason that VMware is heavily investing in the integration, giving its customers the choice of having an open framework with best-of-breed cloud components. VMware is now the fifth largest contributor of OpenStack code in the current IceHouse release.Many immediately get network virtualization as an integration point, as VMware NSX is one of the founders of OpenStack networking, but the integration points are far more pervasive than just networking. You can now trigger complex vCenter functions like vMotion off the OpenStack compute module, Nova. vSphere storage policies and advanced vSAN capabilities can be facilitated through the OpenStack storage module, Cinder. vCOPs integration allows monitoring and troubleshooting through OpenStack. There are many more, and you can be rest assured that the roadmap will continue to get richer with time.EMC Customers Can Choose OpenStackEMC’s strategy for OpenStack is twofold:OpenStack projects allow vendors to add capabilities through “plugin” architecture. Every storage business unit at EMC is committed to providing direct plugins for OpenStack. We currently offer plugins for VNX, VMAX, and ViPR; plugins from Isilon, ScaleIO, and XtremIO are already available to customers for beta evaluation. OpenStack’s roots were with object storage over commodity hardware. However, as deployments mature, we now see it running a broad mix of production workloads. Plugins give customers the choice of a variety of EMC storage with appropriate service levels to run their workloads.ViPR is EMC’s software-defined storage platform and hence complements OpenStack by providing rich automation features, as well as integrated management of objects, blocks, and later files. In other words, you will get integrated access to EMC (what you get from direct plugins) and non-EMC storage, and on top of that you should be able to get enhanced automation features like provisioning, masking/zoning, FAST and VPLEX volumes, as well as rich data services. You can check-out my blog on ‘ViPR in the stack’ for more details.Returning to my original point, EMC customers can choose any cloud. I hope to have shown you that OpenStack represents as a viable choice across each of the EMC federation’s horizontal stacks.last_img read more