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 Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

More than 100K without power as Hurricane Florence begins lashing North Carolina coast

first_imgNOAA via Getty Images(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — Massive Hurricane Florence, with tropical storm-force winds hundreds of miles wide, was bearing down on the Carolinas Thursday, pounding the coast with driving rain and powerful waves.Officials on Thursday made last-minute pleas to residents to evacuate before the dangerous storm surges take over.Here is the latest:— Hurricane-force winds are moving across portions of the North Carolina coast, and water levels are rising along parts of the state’s coast. The threat of tornadoes also increases as Florence moves closer. Landfall is expected Friday morning.— A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observing site at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, reported a sustained wind of 83 mph and a gust of up to 106 mph.— Though the storm, once a Category 4, was downgraded Wednesday night to a Category 2, the danger is very real. Parts of North Carolina may see as much as 40 inches of rain and the storm surges could be as high as 13 feet.“Flooding and the storm surge — those are the two main things that kill people and this storm is not letting up,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and South Carolina for 24 hours.— High winds and floodwaters could knock power out for several days, if not longer, officials said. More than 100,000 customers were already without power in North Carolina Thursday evening — and that number is rising.‘Don’t risk your life riding out a monster storm’Florence has prompted massive evacuations in the Carolinas.For those in an evacuation area, “there is still time to get out,” Cooper said Thursday. “Don’t risk your life riding out a monster storm.”“You’re potentially risking the life of a first responder who would try to come and help you and we don’t need that,” he said. “I know it’s difficult to move, and I know that you are leaving things behind that you don’t want to leave behind, but no possession is worth your life.”South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster added, “Time is running out. Now is the time to go because that window of opportunity is closing on you very quickly.”Ignoring evacuation callsBut not everyone is packing their bags.Kelly Salisbury said she’s staying put in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, even though most of the town has left.“We’re on vacation and we have a week off and we came down from northern Virginia to have fun,” she told ABC News. “Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine. Until we can’t. See what happens.”She continued, “Of course we’re worried. But we’re watching the news every day. We’re keeping track of it, seeing where it’s going to hit and what category it is. And if we feel the need to leave we’ll go. But we’re going to stay as long as we can.”In Awendaw, South Carolina, Chris Johnson is staying behind to watch his house while his wife, Michele, is evacuating.“I’m not sure if I could go out in the middle of the storm on a 12-foot ladder to replace a window but I could be on the inside and try to do something … or if the refrigerator goes out … I can take care of all of that,” Chris Johnson told ABC News.Michele Johnson said she’s worried about her husband. But “I think he’s OK with me going so I don’t stress him out more. It’s probably good for our marriage,” she noted.Added Chris, “I think with what we know right now [with the storm track] this is the best decision for us. I think it’s a great compromise. I’m glad we both came to the decision ourselves. Hopefully, the cell phone tower, which is not too far away, will still work. We can keep in touch.”The South Carolina county encompassing Myrtle Beach has imposed a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.Flash flooding strikes HawaiiMeanwhile, on the other side of the country, tropical depression Olivia is bringing rain and flash flooding to Hawaii.Peak rain rates of about 1 inch per hour were recorded in Puna and South Hilo.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Men are from Mars…

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus View Comments Ready for an evening of self-help (albeit the tongue-in-cheek variety)?! Tickets are now available for the stage adaptation of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live! off-Broadway. Using the principles espoused in John Gray’s 1992 bestseller, Eric Coble has penned the production, which will begin performances on October 22 and officially open on November 7.Actor/comedian Peter Story shares the story of a man who has resisted the advice of Men are from Mars—Women are from Venus for years, but a chance meeting with the man himself, John Gray, changed everything. Now Peter imparts his experience with the book and his relationship in this 90-minute show that covers everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom!Directed by Mindy Cooper, the production will play a limited engagement through November 29 at New World Stages. Related Showslast_img read more