Advertisement Email TAGSFianna FáilJames CollinsLimerick City and CountyMayorMicheal MartinMid WestNational Limerick on Covid watch list NewsPoliticsFianna Fáil are looking for more Limerick TDsBy Staff Reporter – July 11, 2018 1050 Print Limerick City Council accept proposal for County Limerick dog park on 6 month trial basis WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Twitter Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleResidents air serious concerns over work on Northern Distributor RoadNext articleLimerick responding to its FDI potential Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie A SNAP general election is not on the political horizon according to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin who says that his party will honour the terms of the confidence and supply agreement but will work hard for additional Dáil seats in both Limerick constituencies.Speaking to the Limerick Post about Fianna Fáil’s prospects of securing second seats in Limerick city and county, Mr Martin said that “we don’t see an election immediately and I have been consistent since earlier this year that we want to support, maintain and fulfil our confidence and supply agreement.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We said that we would negotiate a third budget in good faith but that depends on the nature and content of those negotiations. They will be tough and we believe that housing, health and education will be key aspects.“That said, we then believe a review should happen at the end of the year and we will take full stock of the agreement at that stage.“We are pleased with the quality of candidates that emerged in Limerick. Willie O’Dea has been an outstanding vote-getter as well as a very significant national politician for a considerable period of time. Having him and James Collins on the one ticket is a very strong team to be offering the electorate.“What we are saying to the people of Limerick is that this is a strong team that will have a big impact for Limerick nationally and in future governments because we want to be a lead party in the next government.“That gives us confidence and while it is very challenging and will be very competitive, we are putting our best foot forward for the city.“We haven’t yet completed the selection process in the county. The constituencies committee is looking at that and assessing it.“They are taking soundings and listening to the people on the ground.Election candidate James Collins said that what he is hearing on the ground is that “people are looking for a change and what will lead to is that there will be two Fianna Fáil TDs in Limerick city.“Willie is very good at what he does and I think the two of us together will make a formidable team,” the newly elected Mayor added. Linkedin
November 17, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/16/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEChicago 19, Minnesota 13Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
Enterprise IT departments are facing unprecedented challenges to deliver consistent and customized IT services to their end users in a timely and efficient manner. It can easily take months to provision for servers, networking and storage resources before applications can be deployed. Being able to deploy applications in a predictable and effective manner is a common challenge. If enterprises cannot do this correctly, it translates into potential business and revenue losses.VCE and Puppet Labs have been working together to alleviate these challenges for customers through VCE’s accelerated path to the cloud and Puppet Labs’ customizable application topology for virtual machines.Cloud computing makes enterprise IT infrastructure more flexible and ubiquitous. End users request and provision IT resources independently in just a matter of minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. However, building a cloud infrastructure is easier said than done. It requires bringing together knowledge and expertise across many IT disciplines. Compute, network, virtualization, and storage teams must work together to build the underlying framework, and tie these pieces together to ensure they work in a harmonic, sustainable fashion. This is normally the most time-consuming part of standing up a cloud infrastructure, but VCE simplifies this process with converged infrastructure systems.Imagine you’re the CIO of a healthcare organization and you need to rapidly deploy an IT infrastructure to support end users. However, it’s more important to have your IT professionals focus on new IT initiatives, such as electronic health records, instead of building a cloud infrastructure from scratch.With VCE converged infrastructure, customers like this healthcare provider can outsource this time-consuming work. VCE provides pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated Vblock Systems with a cloud software stack through the VCE Cloud Accelerator Services to quickly build an operational private cloud environment. From order to delivery, that healthcare organization can have a new private cloud in 60 days. It enables the healthcare organization to focus on adding business value through new initiatives, rather than reinventing the wheel over and over.Having a fully operating cloud infrastructure in which end users can quickly provision virtual machines is not the end of it. The healthcare CIO also needs to enable their end users to provision not only virtual machines, but virtual machines with different settings such as CPUs, memory size, OS, and storage size based on location and/or specific lifecycle of an application, such as testing/development or staging and production. More importantly, the ability to provision different applications, such as custom applications, databases and other enterprise applications, such as SAP and Oracle ERP is also strongly required.Puppet Labs helps VCE address these new challenges by enabling an in-flight customization of virtual machine settings and application topology based on location and the application’s lifecycle. If the healthcare organization is creating virtual machines in the testing/development stage, their application will be deployed to a location where the cost of running the application is the lowest.However, when the healthcare provider wants to move the application into production, it may need the most optimized environment, rather than the cheapest. Therefore, VCE’s customized Puppet modules would be able to detect that and determine the virtual machines’ settings and the application’s topology so that the deployed application can meet its corresponding performance and cost criteria. These workloads are optimized across the available infrastructure resources when they are deployed and throughout their lifecycle to provide the most business value without sacrificing service levels.At VCE, we strongly believe that customers like this healthcare provider would truly benefit from the economies of cloud computing if we are able to reduce their time to provision their applications in a consistent and timely manner. Providing highly resilient and scalable Vblock Systems as a building block for their private cloud infrastructure is the bread and butter of our business. Being able to take this further to reduce our customers’ time to provision their mission-critical applications and optimize the operating costs of deploying and running their applications is one of our key missions in the IT world.“VCE recently discussed this topic at the Puppet Conference in San Francisco. Take a look at the full presentation below for more information.Share
Opinions on IORP II implementation that were released by EIOPA this week have refuelled fears among the European pension industry that pension funds could yet end up facing prudential requirements.The opinions are documents to help national pension supervisors in the implementation of the EU occupational pension funds directive, which set several new minimum standards for occupational pension funds, including new rules for governance and risk assessment.Commenting on the opinions, PensionsEurope said that although they were not binding, EIOPA “puts pressure on national supervisors by providing detailed guidance, monitoring, and following up on implementation”.“We fear that this will lead to supervisory authorities following the opinions, even when this would not be adequate for their national contexts,” the European association said. Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope“The common framework was rejected in the debate on IORP II and should not be introduced through the back door, leading to unnecessary cost at the expense of pension fund members,” said Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope.“PensionsEurope does not see any benefit from EIOPA continuing to work on the common framework and is completely against its application in this or any other context”.One of the opinions published by EIOPA yesterday – there are four – is “on the practical implementation of the common framework for risk assessment and transparency for IORPs”.According to EIOPA, it encourages national supervisors “to make IORPs aware of the availability of the common framework as a tool for risk assessment and to stand ready to support pension funds in the application of the tool”. Upon the release of the opinions, Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of EIOPA, said: “The IORP II Directive has profound implications for the governance and risk management of occupational pension funds in Europe.“In this context, the EIOPA opinions lay the foundation for the future supervisory convergence of pension funds’ own-risk assessment to ensure sound risk management for the better protection of members and beneficiaries and alignment with society’s sustainability goals.”EIOPA has previously sought to reassure that it was not intent on introducing solvency funding requirements for pension funds. Inappropriate one-size-fits all approachEIOPA’s other three opinions are about the use of governance and risk assessment documents in the supervision of IORPs, the supervision of the management of operational risks faced by pension funds, and the supervision of the management of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks faced by IORPs. It made specific critical remarks about the opinion on the latter (see separate article).At a general level, PensionsEurope said the opinions do not recognise the minimum harmonisation of the IORP II directive, which gives national governments considerable leeway as to how to embed the new rules in domestic legislation and does not include any delegated acts.Bouma said: “EIOPA should keep in mind that the IORP landscape is very diverse and national supervisors need latitude to implement the directive in their domestic context.“The IORP II Directive is clear in this regard: it is not appropriate to adopt a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to IORPs. While appropriate supervision is key for secure occupational retirement provision, we believe that national supervisory authorities are best placed to decide on the appropriate risk-management framework.”Approached for comment, a spokesperson for EIOPA referred to Bernardino’s comments, adding that “EIOPA continuously engages in dialogue with all its stakeholders also with PensionsEurope, [which is] also represented in EIOPA’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group.”EIOPA considered and took into account feedback in various forms, the spokesperson continued, but ultimate decisions were taken independently by EIOPA’s board of supervisors, which in this case unanimously adopted all four of EIOPA’s opinions.In the opinions EIOPA states that national supervisors “may take into account the national specificities of the IORP sector to determine the requirements necessary for implementing this opinion considering a risk-based and proportionate approach”.EIOPA’s opinion on the common framework states that national supervisors and IORPs may use its principles and technical specifications on a voluntary basis.This article was updated to add references from the opinions themselves and comments from the EIOPA spokesperson “The result would be that prudential requirements that were discarded as inappropriate during the discussions on IORP II would be introduced through the back door.”Many in the European pensions industry were relieved when controversial proposals for a holistic balance sheet framework were dropped during negotiations on the new IORP II directive a few years ago, but concerns arose that solvency capital requirements for pension funds could yet still see the light of day after EIOPA proposed the introduction of a harmonised risk assessment for occupational pension funds, known as ‘the common framework’.
Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers with immediate effect, the Premier League club have announced.Speculation about Rodgers’ future has been a near daily occurrence but he leaves Liverpool only three points off fourth place heading into the international break.“Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated,” read a statement on the Liverpool website.“The process to appoint a new manager is underway,” added the statementRodgers joined Liverpool in 2012 and came agonisingly close to winning league in 2014. However, since the sale of Luis Saurez Liverpool have struggled to replicate that kind of form.The move comes less than five months after owners Fenway Sports Group gave their backing to the Northern Irishman after a woeful end to the 2014-15 campaign. “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment,” owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon told the clubs website via a joint statement.“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
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FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods returns this week to the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It’s the 10th time he has returned after a layoff of 10 week or longer. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NASSAU, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.Especially the players.ADVERTISEMENT “It looked like there was a little hesitation the last time I played with him,” Reed said. “This time, he was fully committed and fully trusted in his body. There was no pain. That’s the biggest thing for me. If he stays healthy, then he’ll be back playing golf, hopefully like he used to. I want to see it and I want to compete against it.”Johnson said Friday’s round with Woods and the president was a big change from when the two played the opening two rounds at Torrey Pines together in January, when both missed the cut.“His speed was back. He played a lot better than he did in San Diego, for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s healthy. To me, he looks strong. He’s swinging with speed instead of in San Diego. When I played with him there, he wasn’t swinging at it. You could tell he was hurt.”The question is whether there is rust from having been gone from competition for so long.Woods has played only three tournaments since August 2015. Three of the four times that he returned to competition dating to that first back surgery before the 2014 Masters, Woods lasted no more than three starts before taking more time off. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone buzzing some 50 feet over him in the cloudy sky. He had no idea that Daniel Berger was at the controls.Berger was on the front of the range, blocked by a row of bushes in the sand dunes. As the drone’s camera zoomed in, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and their caddies crowded around Berger to look.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey cared more about his reaction to the drone than his swing.But they are curious about his game. 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LATEST STORIES US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:17Hontiveros says it’s time to vote on Sogie bill, believes it has ‘strong chance’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City And those who have played with Woods in recent weeks believe there is reason for the hype.“People are going to be shocked at how good his game looks,” PGA champion Justin Thomas said.Thomas will have the best seat in the house Thursday when Woods, who had fusion surgery on his lower back in April, plays for the first time in 10 months at the Hero World Challenge. Thomas, named the PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times and the FedEx Cup, is paired with him in the first round.Thomas spends a fair bit of time with Woods at their Florida homes, and they played a few weeks ago.The attention on Woods increased in recent days as more players joined him for casual rounds. Brad Faxon caused a stir when he played with Woods, Johnson and President Donald Trump on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Tiger looked great to me,” Faxon wrote in a story for Golfweek . “I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”Johnson is among the elite power players in the game. True story?Johnson smiled.“He hit it by me a couple of times,” Johnson said. “Did I bomb one and he hit it past me? No. But he did it past me a few times. He was moving it, though.”All this hype in the chill environment of the Bahamas should sound familiar. It was only last year when Woods returned after 15 months away from the game. He had gone through three back surgeries at that point, the first one right before the 2014 Masters, and Woods looked relatively normal, with freedom in his swing. He made 24 birdies, along with enough mistakes that he finished 14 shots out of the lead, in 15th place among an 18-man field.Woods missed the cut at Torrey Pines two months later, flew to Dubai and managed one round — a 77 in calm conditions — before withdrawing with back spasms.What appears to be different this time, at least from those who have played with him, is the absence of pain.Patrick Reed played nine holes of practice with him Monday morning. He saw Woods do whatever he wanted with his swing and saw an assortment of shots — a stinger off the tee, a low draw, a high cut.“He seemed to have command of not only the golf club, but his body,” Reed said.It was the first time Reed had played with Woods since the opening round of the Hero World Challenge last year. The difference Reed noticed was that Woods looked more free and fluid in going after any shot.
James: Romero has improved Man Utd teammate De Geaby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid James says Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s foot skills have improved David De Gea.The Argentine will replace De Gea for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after the 28-year-old went down with an injury in Spain’s draw with Sweden.And former England goalkeeper James believes Romero, who joined United in 2016, has helped De Gea increase his proficiency in playing out from the back.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few ‘keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the number one, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two ‘keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook On February 26, we had the privilege of hosting very special guests from Mexico, who visited the CFC to discuss opportunities to promote closer ties and collaboration between Canada and Mexico’s creative industries. Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada; Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, Consul General of Mexico in Toronto; Rodrigo Contreras, Trade & Investment Commissioner of Mexico in Toronto; and Rodrigo Mendivil, Consul in charge of Economic Affairs for the Consul General in Toronto, met with Slawko Klymkiw, CFC’s CEO, as well as Ana Serrano, CFC’s Chief Digital Officer and Managing Director of IDEABOOST, to explore their shared interest in building opportunities for our two countries to work together to strengthen our creative industries, and grow the trade footprint and business prospects for companies from IDEABOOST’s business accelerator and the startup community within Mexico – a key market internationally.The CFC hopes to build a similar relationship with Mexico that they have developed with France through Enterprising Culture – the cross-cultural creative industry forum that promotes opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and startups from the cultural, creative and media industries.“It’s clear that Canada is a “minimum viable market” (MVM) – a soft landing place for the larger North American market,” shared Serrano. “We want to work with other MVMs from around the world; like France, the MVM of Europe, and Mexico, the MVM for Latin and South America. Creating these global relationships will not only help our IDEABOOST startups access new customers, partners and investors, but will also create a strong global network of startup ecosystems focused on the media and entertainment technology vertical.” (L to R): Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, Consul General of Mexico in Toronto; Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC; Slawko Klymkiw; CEO, CFC; and Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada As part of the visit, our Mexican guests were invited to experience demos from some of our IDEABOOST and Network Connect companies. They began by learning about Nmerso, a new Network Connect company that builds multiplayer room-scale VR systems and content – technology for location-based entertainment that presents the physical environment on a one-to-one relationship with the virtual environment and allows multiple people to experience it at the same time.Joss Monzon of Nmerso speaking with Ambassador Dionisio Perez JácomeNext up, they were introduced to itsme – technology which creates animated, photorealistic full-body 3D avatars (within mere minutes) that can be used for social VR/AR, gaming, online shopping, a personalized emoji, and more.Ambassadors Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo and Dionisio Perez Jácome experiencing a demo from itsme’s Fernando Flores and Pete Forde.The Mexican dignitaries were then welcomed into alternate worlds and realities through the VR experiences offered by MasterpieceVR (2017 recipient of the Cultural Start-up Award), a collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality; and Small Wonders: The VR Experience, CFC Media Lab’s groundbreaking virtual reality collaboration with Seneca’s School of Creative Arts and Animation and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) that takes users on a transcendent experience as they don a VR headset and explore a 3D rendering of a miniature boxwood carving from the AGO’s collection.Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome experiencing MasterpieceVRJoseph Ellsworth, CFC Media Lab’s Production Manager, guiding Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome through ‘Small Wonders: The VR Experience’They also had the opportunity to meet CFC Media Lab partner ICE, The Institute for Creative Exchange – Americas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression by providing a platform to artists so as to deepen contemporary creative processes across the Americas.Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome learning about ICESerrano added, “We are looking forward to formalizing a partnership with Mexico and its media and entertainment startup ecosystem in the next few months. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved!”By Cory Angeletti-Szasz Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement