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

Glowing Germs.

first_imgWould you wash your hands more thoroughly if you could literallysee the germs?Wilkes-Lincoln County Extension Agent Martha Partridge hasbeen putting this question to the test with primary-school childrenin her counties.With the help of a product called GlitterBug, Partridge hasdeveloped an effective way of teaching children the proper wayto wash their hands.In the Schools”In the fall, the schools begin teaching children aboutproper hygiene,” Partridge said. “They asked if I hada program I could present, and that’s how it all began.”That was three years ago when Partridge presented the programfor the first time to preschool, kindergarten and Head Start children.Since then, the success of the program has mushroomed. She nowpresents the program to primary-school children.Glowing Germ LotionPartridge begins by telling the children about the importanceof washing their hands to fight against disease-carrying germs.”Then I pump some of the GlitterBug (TM) potion in eachchild’s hands and tell him to rub it on just like hand lotion,”she said.Once the children have the potion on their hands, Partridgeturns off the room’s traditional lighting and turns on an ultravioletor black light.Ghostly Results”Under the black light, the GlitterBug potion causes theirlittle hands to glow and look like ghost hands,” she said.”The kids and the teachers love this. It’s a big attention-getterand a real eye opener.”Partridge then explains to the children the importance of usingsoap, water and friction to remove germs from their hands. Next,the children head to the sinks for the ultimate tests.The ABCs of Hand-Washing”I tell them not to hurry when washing their hands,”Partridge said. “They understand better when I tell themto count slowly to 20 or 30 while washing their hands or to saytheir ABCs or sing Happy Birthday before they turn off the faucet.”Back in the classroom,Partridge prepares the children for their results.”I tell them that some germs will still be there, andI’m always right,” she said. “I can always pick outthe children who bite their nails, because the GlitterBug potionwill still be in the creases around their fingernails. It alsosticks to the natural creases of all the children’s hands.”Partridge remembers one particular classroom in which the blacklight proved very effective.”The county fair had been the night before, so some ofthe children had stamps on their hands from the ticket gate,”she said. “When I turned on the black light, all those stampsglowed. You could tell which children hadn’t washed their handssince they left the fair the night before.”Children Teaching ParentsThe program reaches the parents, too, as the children rushhome to tell about their day.”I’ve had parents tell me their child came home and taughtthem the right way to wash their hands,” Partridge said.”I’ve also had children tell me, ‘My mama doesn’t do this,and she should.'”Partridge has found the program can also be used effectivelywith adults.”There’s a GlitterBug powder that you dust on handouts,”Partridge said. “When the person touches the handout andthen scratches their face, the powder will show up under the blacklight.”Adult groups are surprised and sometimes embarrassed, she said,when the black light is turned on.”I think the children really enjoy this program, and Ialways get positive evaluations from teachers and parents,”Partridge said.”When I come back to a school, the kids always rememberme from the year before,” she said. “They see me inthe hallway and say, ‘Hey, there’s the germ lady.'”(Photo provided by Martha Partridge. Glitterbug logo providedby Brevis Corporation.)last_img read more

Estafa suspect nabbed

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with estafa, awoman was nabbed in Barangay So-oc, Arevalo district. Police identified her as 51-year-old residentGilda Antenor. The court recommended an P18,000 bailbond for her temporary liberty./PN Antenor’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Gertrude Beljica Jiro of theMunicipal Trial Court, Dumangas, Iloilo dated March 11 2020. The suspect was taken to the Arevalopolice station. last_img

Broward Re-openings Extended for Beaches, Racquet Sports

first_imgAll businesses are still strongly encouraged to perform remote operations whenever possible and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing. Broward beaches are open to picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach. Umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, and coolers are also now permitted. Certain restrictions outlined in Attachment 15 apply. For example, group or organized sports, such as volleyball, are not yet allowed; nor are group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing, including when in the water, except between members of the same household or group. Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Beach restrooms and showers must be sanitized at least every three hours. Equipment offered by concessionaires or beachfront hotels (e.g. chairs, loungers, bicycles) must be sanitized between each customer rental. Changing rooms, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and exercise equipment are to remain closed.Racquet sport facilities, including those located in parks, can now allow doubles. Tennis and pickleball courts are limited to a maximum of four people on the court at any one time. No groups of more than 10 people can congregate in one area.  Tattoo and massage establishments may now operate consistent with Emergency Order 20-12 and must adhere to the guidelines for personal services, as outlined in Attachment 4. photo via Under the Phase 1 reopening, Broward County has slightly expanded beach activities, clarified the use of community rooms, allowed for doubles racquet sports, expanded massage establishment services beyond those medically necessary and allowed tattoo establishments to open. Highlights of the new order include: Because COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public safety and it is important to not let our guard down, the social distancing, facial covering and sanitation requirements remain in place for all businesses that reopen, and all individuals who patronize them. The new Order takes effect on Monday, June 1 with the exception of the racquet sports provision, which took effect upon issuance (May 29).last_img read more