Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yahoo announces more jobs in Ireland

Later today Yahoo! will announce expansion plans for  its Dublin Operations Centre, adding more than 200 new employees in the next 12 months.  

The company has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region.    

For the past decade, Dublin has been a great home for Yahoo!, with its talented international workforce, strong business environment and sophisticated technology infrastructure.  Yahoo! opened its doors in Dublin in 2003, and what started as a small team has already grown into a multilingual and multicultural workforce today.

The Dublin team provides world-class customer care, technical and operational support, and finance-related services for the entire EMEA region.

Senior Yahoo! executives met with both An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, as part of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) investment missions in the past year.

“At Yahoo!, we’re all about making people’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining, and our team in Dublin helps make this happen everyday.  It’s  the face of Yahoo! for millions of users and advertisers throughout EMEA,” said Christophe Parcot, VP and head of EMEA.  “We’re keenly focused on recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry, and there is significant opportunity at Yahoo! for the right individuals who want to grow their careers with a global digital brand.”

An Taoiseach, Mr.Enda Kenny T.D, who is expected to host a press conference from the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, California later today, said "I'm delighted to welcome the further expansion of Yahoo! in Dublin with 200 new jobs.  Ireland is becoming the internet capital of Europe with companies like Yahoo! offering great opportunities to our passionate, highly-skilled work force.  

The Government, through its Action Plan for Jobs, will continue to make the changes to ensure Ireland remains competitive and a natural home for digital companies.  Yahoo!'s growing footprint in Ireland is a welcome statement of its commitment to this country."

Source  IDA Ireland.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Animal quarantine changes in Perth, Australia

The following Important information was recently released by The Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.


For people importing cats or dogs to Byford from 19 March 2013 to 31 May 2013 (inclusive)
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is suspending the intake of animals to the Byford quarantine facility (Perth, Western Australia) until 31 May 2013. This is due to the heightened and ongoing risk of bushfires in the surrounding area and our concern for your pet and all users of the facility.

Australia’s strong biosecurity system protects animal, plant and human health, underpins the productivity of our primary industries and protects the environment. All cats and dogs being imported into Australia, either for the first time or returning, are required to meet Australian import conditions so that Australian people and animals aren’t exposed to potentially fatal diseases not currently present here, such as rabies.

What do I need to do?
You are required to change the port of arrival for your pet/s to either Sydney or Melbourne international airport and change your quarantine facility to either Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility (Sydney, New South Wales) or Spotswood Quarantine Facility (Melbourne, Victoria).

To make these changes you will need to:
1. Contact either Eastern Creek or Spotswood quarantine facilities to book in your pet and have a place confirmed.
2. Change the flights with your airline or pet transport provider.
3. Contact DAFF to confirm the change to flights and confirm when your pet/s are expected to arrive in Sydney or Melbourne.
4. Have DAFF issue you with a Certificate of Equivalence for each import permit that you hold. This will change the quarantine location to your alternative facility.

To find out more about either quarantine facility visit or contact Eastern Creek on, +61 2 8805 1000; or Spotswood on, +61 3 9391 1627.

How will I collect my pet/s after quarantine?
You will need to arrange for your pet/s to be transported to your preferred location once they have completed the quarantine period in Sydney or Melbourne.

Is this going to cost me more?
You will be responsible for costs associated with organising transport to either the Eastern Creek or Spotswood quarantine facilities. You will also be responsible for transporting your cat or dog to your preferred location once the quarantine period is complete.
The change to the place of quarantine will not result in any additional quarantine costs or charges associated with the quarantine facility itself. The fees that would otherwise be charged to you at Byford will continue to apply at the Eastern Creek or Spotswood facilities.

I won’t be able to visit so how will I know if my cat or dog is okay?

While we understand that the distance between you and your pet may be of concern, the precautionary action to temporarily close Byford has been made to safeguard your animal’s health and wellbeing.
You can contact your chosen quarantine facility directly for updates during your pet’s stay.

Can I rebook into Byford for a later date?
A decision about when to reopen the facility will be made closer to 31 May 2013. We do not recommend that you change your pet’s planned travel dates to after 31 May 2013 as we cannot predetermine the decision about when the facility may reopen.

What about my exercise or grooming appointments?
You may have arranged for someone to exercise or groom your animal at Byford. We recommend you contact your provider to discuss options to transfer the delivery of these services to Eastern Creek or Spotswood. If you are unable to transfer these services and would like to arrange for them to be provided, please contact the relevant quarantine facility in Sydney or Melbourne.

I have more questions – who can I talk to?
If you require further information please call DAFF on +61 2 6272 4454 during the Australian working hours of 9am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
For information about the Eastern Creek or Spotswood facilities, please see our website at:

DAFF regrets the inconvenience from this necessary safety measure and would like to minimise any adverse impacts to you as a result of this change. Please contact us as soon as possible if you will have difficulty with any of the steps outlined above.

Friday, March 1, 2013

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Finns impound Russian military cargo bound for Syria

Finland’s customs authority, Tulli, expects to complete its investigation in to a suspected illegal shipment of military equipment through Helsinki’s Vuosaari harbour, by the end of March. 
The shipment, found on a Finnlines vessel, theFinnsun, consisted of Russian-produced battle tank armoured plates and spare parts loaded in St Petersburg and en route to Syria. 

According to Tulli, no official export documents, originating in Russia or from the Ministry of Defence in Finland, could be furnished by the ship’s crew or company to prove that the suspected trade shipment cargo had the required military export permits. 

Confirmation that the cargo did not have military export permits was received by Tulli from Finland’s MoD on Tuesday and from the Russian export control agency on Wednesday. 

The delivery, transfer and export of military equipment from Finland to Syria is expressly prohibited by order of the European Council.

Tulli has impounded the Finnsun’s cargo in its original containers at Helsinki port. The ship’s owners, captain and crew are under investigation for possible breaches of Finnish and EU military equipment export rules. 

Finnlines, which is majority-owned by Italy’s Grimaldi Group, said it had notified authorities about the cargo.

Petri Lounatmaa, senior investigator at Tulli’s customs investigation service unit, said: “We have interviewed the crew and all officers as part of our continuing inquiries. 

"We have seized documents from the ship’s owner. They cover what parts were shipped, the sender and the destination, but we have no official documents that permit the export of these materials.”.

Tulli said that its communications with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state arms exporter, confirmed that the agency had no record of issuing an export licence for the military hardware and spare parts found on theFinnsun.

Figures from the Stockholm-based global politics and security think-tank, SIPRI, suggest that Russia has exported military hardware worth €1 billion to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime since 2011.

Source    IFW  March 2013