Wednesday, January 19, 2011

40 jobs to be created by AA Ireland

AA IRELAND has announced its intention to create 40 new jobs at its headquarters in Dublin.

The insurer today announced that it was hiring 40 new staff immediately, with new positions being created in its insurance and AA rescue divisions.

Policy director Conor Faughnan said it was “great to be able to make a positive announcement about Irish business and Irish jobs”, and said the bulk of the new hires were being sought in the motor insurance, home and travel insurance branches.

Faughnan explained that AA Insurance had been “performing very strongly and we need extra staff in our call centre to deal with growing demand.”

AA Ireland currently has a customer base of 600,000 across its insurance and rescue businesses.

Applications for the positions – based in Dublin city centre – are now open, and application forms can be found on the AA’s website.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Aid Kit Bio

First Aid Kit, composed of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, started gaining popularity a few years ago by posting their soulful folk renditions of popular and underground songs on YouTube, now they’re all set to release their second studio album and tour again.

Swede Dreams

Sisters Johanna and Klara grew up in a suburb outside of Stockholm called Enskede, and were first inspired to make music by listening to pop music like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera but soon turned to more folksy-influenced music like Bob Dylan when they started learning guitar and creating their own melodies.

Internet Sensation

In 2007, at the ages of 14 and 17, they had started posting their nature-infused songs on YouTube along with covers they did of bigger bands, often playing and recording in nearby woods. Their cover of Indie rock band Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” brought them rapid recognition from critics and music-lovers around the world!
By summer 2007 these talented teens vocals had already graced Swedish airways with their home-recorded song “Tangerine” and been signed to Swedish electronic band The Knife’s record label Rabbid Records and recorded the EP “Drunken Trees.” In 2008 the Soderburg sisters toured Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.

Recording for Real

No more home-recordings for this sister duo! Even though they had to balance homework with recording sessions at the start of 2010 First Aid Kit released a full-length album,“The Big Black and Blue.”

But these girls aren’t ready to stop yet, if you love their haunting folk sound you’ll probably be excited to hear that they are set to release another two albums in 2011, “Dungen” is the first to come out with a self-titled album hot on its heels.

Fun Facts

  • First Aid Kit’s music is often compared to old school American songstresses like Joan Baez
  • The sisters enjoy snowball fights!
  • First Aid Kit are not just talented at music, they also design their own album art

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

EU calls for Kashmiri people’s involvement in resolving the Kashmir issue

European Commission is very closely following developments in Held Kashmir and supports the reconciliation process between India and Pakistan.This was stated by Jean-Christian Remond, Asia Head of European Commission External Relations Directorate General, in response to a letter from Mushtaq A. Jeelani, Executive Director, Toronto-based Peace and Justice Forum (PJF).The PJF’s letter drew EU President Jos Manuel Barroso’s attention to the situation in Kashmir.

Issuing response on behalf of President Barroso, Remond wrote:

“I am sure you [Mr. Jeelani] know that the European Commission and the Delegation of the European Union in New Delhi follow developments in Kashmir very closely.”

He further underlined: “The annual visits to Jammu and Kashmir by Delhi-based EU Ambassadors and embassy staff indeed bear witness to the commitment. During the last such visit in November 2009, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with representatives of political parties, separatist movements, the security forces, civil society, and the universities, in order to assess for itself the situation pertaining in Kashmir.”

“It has been a longstanding position of the EU to support the reconciliation process between India and Pakistan and to call for the Kashmiri people themselves to be as involved as possible in this process,” underscored Remond.

He further stated that he has taken note of Jeelani’s comment regarding a possible mediation by a third party. “But, in our view, such a course of action would require conditions which are not presently met,” Remond added.

“The European Commission remain hopeful that dialogue between all parties concerned including the people of Kashmir, India and Pakistan may begin again, thus assuring the long-term socio-economic and political stability of the region,” he concluded.