Vistakon announces 100 new jobs

first_imgEmail LIMERICK is to get an further employment boost as contact lens manufacturer Vistakon Ireland is creating 100 new highly skilled jobs at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, as it invests €100m in the expansion of its manufacturing operations. The announcement came this Monday as the investment, supported by IDA Ireland, will also lead to 200 temporary construction jobs over the next 18 months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Vistakon Ireland has been a major provider of employment and an important exporter since 1996,” noted Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said Vistakon Ireland had been a highly respected employer in the Mid West Region for over 15 years.  “It has an extensive network of local and national suppliers for goods and services, all of which contribute significantly to the Irish economy.”Established in Limerick in 1996, Vistakon Ireland designs, manufactures and markets the Acuvue range of soft disposable contact lenses, the world’s number one brand. It is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing a total of 1,900 people. Advertisement Print Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsVistakon announces 100 new jobsBy admin – January 14, 2013 654 Linkedin Previous article€10.5 million tourism investments boost to cityNext articleGroup sends clear message about Limerick sex trade adminlast_img read more

West Tyrone MP calls for broadband in rural areas

first_img Previous articleIrish Water to commence works in Ballintra Main StreetNext articleRSA advise motorists not to drive unless necessary News Highland West Tyrone MP calls for broadband in rural areas Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – February 29, 2020 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img A West Tyrone MP has called on the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to deliver broadband to rural areas.A number of outstanding issues were raised at the meeting with Brandon Lewis who was urged to ensure the rollout of rural broadband and for areas with little or no access to broadband to be prioritised.Órfhlaith Begley says she is committed to see the matter through:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/begleyweb10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Google+ Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

From Wolcott to Readsboro, FairPoint expands broadband in four communities

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (March 24, 2011)’FairPoint Communications Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to hundreds more homes and businesses in Hartford, White River Junction, Wolcott and Readsboro.FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network ‘ called VantagePoint(sm) ‘ offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’FairPoint’s VantagePoint network, a fiber core, IP-based network, providesresidential speed options as fast as 15Mbps.  Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease.  Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.In Hartford and White River Junction, FairPoint’s high-speed Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Ammel, Bedell, Delta, Jericho, Joshua, Miller, Sugartop and Wallace.In Readsboro, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alpendorf, Alpenwald, Bachesrand, Bergabhang, Bergblume, Bergrucken, Bergwelt, Heartwellville View, Lebensdorf, Mattenberg, Oberdorf, Oberhugel, Route 100, Rue Madeline, Valley View, Vermont Route 8 and Whitney.In Wolcott, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Another, Arnolds, Frazer, Gallup, Greenewood, Gulf, Heath, Hidden Acres, Hill, Jones, Route 15, Sand Hill, Wheeler, Whitetail, Wildermont and Wolcott.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested almost $47 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to Vermont, including building almost 1,000 miles of new fiber across the state.www.FairPoint.com(link is external).About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is a provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). last_img read more

New reckoning for WHO vaccine plan as governments go it alone

first_imgTopics : If other countries that can afford it pursue a similar approach, the WHO’s strategy for fighting the coronavirus pandemic globally and equitably risks coming undone, experts warn.”If that were to happen, it’s fairly clear that there would be insufficient volumes of vaccine available for any other countries, particularly in the first six to nine months,” said Alex Harris, head of global policy at the Wellcome Trust health charity.Countries wishing to be part of the WHO initiative, dubbed COVAX, must submit expressions of interest by Monday.More than 170 countries, including Canada, Norway, South Korea and Britain, have submitted non-binding expressions of interest to participate in the scheme, which the WHO has touted as the only global initiative to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to rich and poor countries alike. It has signed up nine COVID-19 vaccine candidates and set out plans to obtain and deliver 2 billion doses by the end of 2021 across countries that sign up.But it has struggled to get wealthier countries on board in full beyond pledges of funding and warm words about donating surplus vaccines.Last week, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized nations that hoard vaccines, warning the strategy will worsen the pandemic. In a last-ditch call for support ahead of Monday’s deadline, he wrote letters to members urging their participation.The EU Commission is “fully committed” to the success of COVAX while it enters into parallel talks with vaccine manufacturers for supplies for the bloc, a spokeswoman told Reuters.Britain said it was supporting COVAX to ensure equal access to vaccines, including funding, while doing its own bilateral supply deals.White House did not immediately comment on the situation. The United States did not participate in the launch of the program in April or a fundraising event in May.DealmakingThe EU’s aggressive dealmaking for vaccine supplies and tepid statements about COVAX have in particular undermined the initiative, which is co-led by the WHO, the GAVI vaccines alliance and the CEPI Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.The European Commission is likely to pledge cash for COVAX but it is also securing its own supply deals for member states, deeming COVAX too slow and expensive.Brussels has told countries they can help fund COVAX, but can’t seek to buy vaccines via both schemes, a Commission spokesman said. Forced to choose, some countries have pulled out of COVAX entirely.The Czech Republic and Portugal were listed as early backers, but government support appears to have cooled after joining the EU vaccine procurement program.Prague has opted for the EU program instead.Portugal has asked for an initial delivery of 6.9 million doses of vaccine when the EU program becomes available, the government has said.Asked if it would take part in COVAX, a spokesman for the country’s drug regulator INFARMED said it would coordinate its participation in the program with other European nations.Other WHO members, which are already major donors to existing global vaccine programs unrelated to COVID-19, are still on the fence too.Brazil, with the world’s second worst coronavirus outbreak outside the United States, has not yet decided whether to participate, a health ministry spokeswoman said.In Japan, deputy Health Minister Hisashi Inatsu said he would like to enter discussions about participating, but the government has not said if it will submit an official expression of interest by Monday.Like many wealthy nations, Japan has ordered its own supply of shots, with almost 250 millions of doses of potential vaccines booked from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech.Radical departureOfficials say both COVAX and government deals can run in parallel, but that’s a radical departure from the original plan outlined in the spring.In acting alone, countries will create “a few winners and many losers”, Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, warned on Monday.It also means poorer or less powerful countries may go to the back of the queue for vaccines that could help them control the pandemic.”The risk is that access to COVID-19 vaccines will be defined by purchasing power and the ability to sign advance purchase deals rather than the medical needs or the shifting epidemiological situations,” said Dimitri Eynikel, EU representative on medicines and vaccines for Doctors Without Borders.The initiative is all the more significant for the WHO as scrutiny grows on its handling of the pandemic. The results of the first round will highlight the challenge of tackling a global crisis with competing individual interests.One senior European government official explained the dilemma facing wealthy nations: how to support a vaccine for developing countries when there may not be enough for your own population. Diverting resources abroad “is difficult to sell at home”, he said.center_img The World Health Organization will next week receive a raft of pledges of support for its plan for COVID-19 vaccines for all.But the agency has already had to scale back its ambition.The United States, Japan, Britain and the European Union have struck their own deals to secure millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for their citizens, ignoring the U.N. body’s warnings that “vaccine nationalism” will squeeze supplies.last_img read more