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A 26-year old man has been arrested in connection with the the murder of Tommy Crossan.
The former leader of the continuity IRA was shot dead yesterday in Belfast.
43-year-old Crossan was shot several times - twice in the head - off the Springfiield road yesterday shortly before 5 o'clock.
He had been told that threats against his life had been made, as he was accused of stealing Continuuty IRA money, and of being an informer.
A 4x4 vehicle has been destroyed in a petrol bomb attack in Carrickfergus.
It happened in the Elizabeth Avenue area at around 11.15pm last night.
Three three male youths were seen running from the area shortly after the attack on the Rav 4.
Three hundred and thirty three jobs are being created in Londonderry over the next year.
The Convergys Corporation is to set up a customer service centre in Derry with its client, the mobile phone company EE.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “This investment, which will generate over £5million to the local economy annually, is good news for the north-west and for the Northern Ireland economy as a whole.
“As well as attending the Northern Ireland Investment Conference last October, representatives from Convergys and EE also participated in a roundtable discussion at the event with Prime Minister David Cameron to specifically discuss the benefits of Northern Ireland as a cost-effective investment location.
“It is welcome news today that we have been able to turn those discussions into tangible results. Invest NI’s offer of support was also crucial to convincing Convergys and its client to choose Northern Ireland as the base for its new customer service centre.”
Convergys Corporation is a US-based company which operates 150 customer service centres across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia and in a work-at-home environment. The company also operates two service centers in Belfast through its recent acquisition of U.S.-based Stream Global Services.
EE is the UK’s most advanced digital communications company and was first to bring 4G to the UK in 2012, when it launched 4G services, and is the only 4G provider across Northern Ireland.
The Londonderry centre will open later this spring and the new posts will be created over the next 12 months. Convergys will exclusively serve EE customers following EE’s recent announcement that it is bringing customer service jobs to the United Kingdom.
Convergys Chief Commercial Officer Mike Wooden said: “By combining our extensive experience supporting many of the world’s top telecommunications companies with the highly skilled and talented workforce in this region we can create a delivery centre that will generate meaningful benefits for Convergys clients, and more importantly, extensive career opportunities for the local workforce.”
“Invest NI’s support throughout this process was an important part of our decision to locate here. We look forward working with them again in the future.”
Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, said: “I’m very proud that EE is leading the UK telecoms industry, delivering not only the first but the biggest and fastest 4G network for the country, and within 18 months, I want to be able to say that EE has done for customer service in the UK what it has done for networks. A major step towards this is returning customer service jobs to the UK, where performance has been shown to exceed that of overseas contact centres. The first stage of this is to bring over 300 jobs to Northern Ireland in partnership with Convergys.”
The Victims Commissioner, Kathryn Stone has resigned to take up a new post in England.
She has only been in the post eighteen months.
Details of her new post will be announced shortly.
The First and Deputy First ministers have issued a joint statement thanking Ms. Stone for her service to all victims.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland has fallen for a 14th month in a row.
However, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.7%, which is above the UK average of 6.9%.
According to official statistics, 700 fewer people were on the register last month.
A letter trying to stop the Easter Rising has been sold at auction for 30,000 euro.
Northern Ireland's beaches have been given a clean bill of health.
According to the latest Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide 2014 all of the 23 beaches sampled in Northern Ireland have met the required water quality standards.
15 have even been assessed as having “excellent” water quality.
DRD minister Danny Kennedy has welcomed the news and says that by the end of the current budget period in 2016 more than £660million will have been invested in water and sewerage services here.
Sixteen cars have been recovered by police following a planned search of premises in County Down.
The vehicles, including BMW's, and Mercedes, were seized on Crossan Road, Mayobridge, yesterday.
Police say several of the vehicles are believed to have been stolen.
Two BMWs have been confirmed as having been stolen in the Republic of Ireland.
A 29-year-old man has been arrested.
The Police Federation has hit out after an Omagh woman was awarded £3000 in damages after she was hit by a police baton.
Nicola McAleer was in a crowd of around 20 people who left a pub in Omagh in September 2012 and saw the Police arresting a man they knew.
The crowd confronted 4 police officers and allegedly verbally abused them and acting agressively, before one of the female officers struck Ms McAleer twice on the upper thigh.
Police Federation Chairman Terry Spence says the High Court ruling will only make it harder for officers to deal with hostile groups of people.
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