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

Swiss pension fund BVK files initial lawsuits over ‘commission rebates’

first_imgThe BVK, in its most recent newsletter, confirmed that it was working “intensively” to increase transparency regarding its so-called commissions rebates.The pension fund confirmed it had so far negotiated 16 statute-of-limitation waivers with “large asset managers, consultants and custodians”.It said it had already disclosed more than CHF2m in commissions, and that it was currently checking further replies from external service providers.The BVK said it would now widen its investigations to include “mandates under foreign law”.The pension fund stressed that all of its current asset managers and consultants had confirmed in writing that they did not receive any commissions in 2013 in their work for the BVK. Switzerland’s BVK has filed “initial” lawsuits against a number of institutions it says failed to pay back ‘commission rebates’ they received when managing mandates for the CHF27bn (€23bn) public pension fund.A BVK spokesman confirmed to IPE that more would follow “if necessary”, but he declined to provide any further information on lawsuits, filed or pending. The pension fund is the first in Switzerland to take legal action with respect to commission rebates – locally known as Retrozessionen – but ASIP, the country’s pension fund association, said other Swiss schemes were thinking to follow suit.Swiss pension funds, following the recent reform of the second-pillar pension system, must be much more transparent when it comes to the fees and commissions they pay.last_img read more

Filmmakers honored at USC Libraries Scripter Awards

first_imgThe 27th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, a black-tie gala event, was held at Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday evening to commemorate the screenwriters and authors of the year’s best-adapted films.Graham Moore, screenwriter of The Imitation Game, and Andrew Hodges, author of the film’s source material Alan Turing: The Enigma, won the Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay. The Scripter Award brought together various prominent figures in academia, publishing, and film.The other four nominees for the Scripter Award included author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl; author Thomas Pynchon and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice; author Jane Hawking and screenwriter Anthony McCarten’s The Theory of Everything; and author Cheryl Strayed and screenwriter Nick Hornby for Wild.“I’ll tell you every writer’s dream,” Moore said. “If you want to write for the screen, there’s this actor and, if you get him to deliver your lines, it turns out anything you write seems really witty, smart and brilliant, and his name is Benedict Cumberbatch.”Moore expressed gratitude to Alan Turing, the WWII-era mathematician whose life provided the basis for The Imitation Game.“He never got to stand on a stage and hear people applaud for his name,” Moore said. “That is a profound injustice, and all that I can do now is to spend the rest of my life endeavoring to repair it. This is for him.”Ariel Sobel, a sophomore majoring in writing for film screen and television, acknowledged the shortcomings of the movie,  however, discussing how Turing’s character was not as accurately depicted as she had hoped.“I think The Imitation Game was a truly great story that needed to be told. I only wish that the film had focused less on WWII,” Sobel said. “[Moore] talked about how [Turing] wasn’t recognized for his work, but the film itself doesn’t focus on that. I wish the film could’ve spoken on how Turing, a genius, was misunderstood and mistreated by society for being a homosexual.”Students who saw the movie say that it gave them a good reference point as to how society has evolved in its acceptance of gay rights.“I know a lot of people who have seen [The Imitation Game],” said Sucharita Yellapragada, a sophomore studying policy, planning and development. “It has a great storyline and it really highlights how our perception of homosexuality has changed over the years.”Walter Mosley, who has authored more than 40 fiction books and is most well-known for his Easy Rawlins crime series, was awarded the Scripter Literary Achievement award.He spoke about how libraries were challenged to halt circulation of certain books after 9/11.“After 9/11, personal freedoms started to get limited in all sorts of different ways,” Mosley said. “There were people being arrested, questioned, and listened to. And that president, Mr. Bush, sent out a memo to the libraries saying, ‘We need to know who’s reading what. Who’s reading books about building bombs, or books about Islam, or books that may be considered anti-American.’ And librarians said, ‘F-ck you. No, we’re not gonna do that.’”Furthermore, Mosley expressed how unregulated libraries reflect the role of American freedom.“And that dawned on me … I realized that libraries were the last bastion in America to stand up for our freedom. Our freedom is mainly an intellectual thing,” Mosley said. “You stop and think. You say, ‘This woman is free to read, think, say, and do what she wants.’ If we make libraries stronger, we make America stronger.”Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries, described the awards ceremony as an ongoing tradition that has brought together a community of librarians and storytellers.“Scripter has grown into an exceptional tradition for our libraries, our university, and for the entire Trojan family,” Quinlan said. “Throughout its 27-year history, Scripter has been a tremendously inexhaustible spirit of two vital communities: the most dedicated supporters of our libraries, and the cinematic storytellers who advance in delight in the art of adaptation. One of the most gratifying aspects of Scripter … is that it brings together those two groups in the grand space of this wonderful library.”last_img read more