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Shannon Group to drive Limerick growth

first_imgFacebook TAGSCathaoirleachfeaturedgrowthKevin SheahanlimerickPaschal DonohoeShannon Group Linkedin Print WhatsApp Previous articleCat loses leg after being caught in illegal trap in Limerick housing estateNext articleCommunity in shock over deaths of three brothers Editor NewsShannon Group to drive Limerick growthBy Editor – September 4, 2014 630 Cllr Kevin SheahanCllr Kevin SheahanThe Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council has said the formal establishment of Shannon Group plc will help to reinvigorate the local economy and tourism in Limerick, as well as inspire the strong sense of entrepreneurship associated with the glory days of Shannon Airport and its surrounding freezone.Councillor Kevin Sheahan was speaking after Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe today formally established Shannon Group plc, which brings together Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Enterprises Limited, Shannon Heritage and The International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Management of the Shannon Group have already made considerable progress in boosting passenger figures and expanding services at Shannon since autonomy was achieved in late 2012, while the local aviation sector has also experienced expansion in the past 18 months. Locally, tourism figures have been significantly buoyed by this growth. I think the formal establishment of Shannon Group plc will give management the space and confidence to build on their impressive progress to date.”Cllr. Sheahan said he believed that the quality connectivity being provided now and in the future by Shannon International Airport will be of “significant benefit to Limerick not only for the obvious tourism benefits but for investment opportunities also”.“Limerick’s abundance of highly skilled graduates from the three local third level institutions, quality broadband infrastructure, quality connectivity to the eastern seaboard and close proximity to Shannon Airport makes it an ideal location for investment. We have already seen a number of investments by multinationals in Limerick in recent months which I have no doubt is in part down to the improved connectivity at Shannon Airport brought about since independence from the Dublin Airport Authority was achieved,” Cllr. Sheahan concluded. Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img 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 Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Habitat dedicates Mishawaka home

first_imgThe Notre Dame Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity celebrated another year of hard work in building a home for a family in need at the dedication of the completed house in Mishawaka, Ind., this weekend.   Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, presided over the April 14 dedication, which included prayers and presentation of gifts to the Cole family, who plans to move into their new home by the end of the month. Notre Dame student volunteers put in the majority of work on the house, which took more than a year to complete. Student leaders of the Notre Dame Habitat attended the house blessing, including president Ian Graham.   “It’s a great feeling to see the finished product,” Graham said.  “There’s a lot of work and caring that went into the house from all the students that were a part of this.” Graham said he estimates a total of 100 to 200 Notre Dame students contributed to the project, with 30 to 40 volunteers participating in weekly construction activities, including cabinet and fixture construction, framing, roofing, installation of windows and doors, insulating, painting, trimming and siding. “To see the family that we worked with throughout the entire year today with a new place to stay means a lot to us,” Graham said.  “We’re grateful to have been able to help.” House recipient Starla Cole spoke at the dedication ceremony, and voiced her gratitude for the support from Habitat for Humanity.   “We could never have done this on our own,” Starla Cole said.  “Habitat helped.” Her husband, Toby Cole, said the path to home-ownership was difficult, but the Notre Dame chapter of Habitat helped make owning a home a reality for his family. “For one reason or another, we always ran into roadblocks when trying to have our own house,” Cole said.  “We’re ecstatic about this house, and thankful for the help from Habitat and the Notre Dame students.” Williams said it is a misconception that Habitat for Humanity simply gives away free houses to needy families.  The organization helps the family to construct the house and supply the initial building funds, but the family is expected to pay off all mortgage payments in the future.  However, the houses are built at no profit, and interest is not charged. The Notre Dame chapter contributed $40,000 to the initial funding for the home through donations and fundraising, Graham said. “A lot of money came from alumni donations,” Graham said.  “A lot also came from fundraising events like Jail n’ Bail and the Polar Bear Run.” Graham said the Coles took an active role in the construction of their new home, and Toby Cole often helped student volunteers on build days. The couple also attended homeowner classes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program, Cole said. “We put 400 hours into the classes,” he said.  “We learned how to build a home, how to manage it, how to take care of it. It was educational and fun at the same time.”last_img read more

Sen. Webster files seven shell bills

first_imgSen. Webster files seven shell bills February 15, 2005 Regular News Sen. Webster files seven shell billscenter_img Florida Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Park, has begun preparing for his quest to simplify the state constitution — and perhaps address other areas — by filing seven “shell” bills.Webster last month filed SBs 798, 800, 802, 804, 806, 808, and 810. Each bill contains a one-sentence statement that lawmakers intend to enact legislation in a particular general subject area.The subjects of these bills cover a wide range of areas, all potentially of vital interest to the legal profession. SB 798 states that “The Legislature intends to enact laws relating to the judicial branch of state government.”The subjects of the other bills include the state court system, litigation, amending the constitution, and individual rights.Such “shell” bills are typically filed when legislators want to address a particular area, but don’t have the details and language ready to meet filing deadlines. It also is not uncommon that such bills are not used during the session, having been filed only to give leaders flexibility and options.Webster last month at the Judiciary Committee discussed his hopes to propose a simplified constitution to voters, stripped of statutory type provisions. He also said that would likely be a two-year project. (See the February 1 Bar News. )“They are simply placeholders that are allowed under the Senate rules,” said Steve Metz, the Bar’s legislative counsel. “Many senators use that technique because they’re not exactly sure what detailed language they want to put in a bill. They’re reluctant to put something out that they haven’t worked on yet.“It’s a way for them to have a bill spot available.”Metz said the bills could be used for everything from Webster’s constitutional simplification effort to bills to change the tort system. Business interests have announced they’ll be pushing for changes to the tort system in the upcoming session.The bill numbers may also go unused, Metz said, if detailed legislation is ready before the bill filing deadline, or if the desired legislation is amended on to another bill.last_img read more

Prince not letting up in spite of CMRC title

first_img(By Stephan Sookram in Barbados, compliments of B.M. Soat, John Fernandes Limited and Mohamed’s Enterprise)IN spite of technically winning the 2017 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC)’s super stock title, Bryce Prince does not intend to let up as he heads to Guyana.Prince, who spoke exclusively to the Guyana Chronicle on Sunday afternoon, contended that there is still some work to be done.“We knew that if we came to Barbados and we could bring home three more wins then we’d be able to wrap up the championship, and that was the goal coming into the series; to try and win as many races and do as well as we can and win the Championship.”“It takes a little pressure off going into Guyana. I mean we can see what else we can do to try and push for some faster lap times there. I know Mohamed wants to see us improve.”He contended that he wanted to leave an indelible mark on the series which he believes has been done by setting the lap times.“We want to go to the events and be the best that we can; so the way we see to do that is to set the fastest laps by a bike, ever, and it’s been good for us,” he added.Prince has managed a clean sweep since his introduction in the series this year under the team Mohamed’s Enterprise banner aboard their R6.He has also copped the lap records in Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana thus far, as he gets ready to collect his trophy at the final leg in November.last_img read more

Next Level – Better Collective pushes for Stockholm IPO

first_img Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveThe governance of industry affiliate marketing group Better Collective has disclosed that it intends to pursue a public listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq Exchange.Issuing a corporate update, the Copenhagen-based enterprise, details that it seeks to diversify its shareholder base, improving its access to capital markets.The funds raised through its Stockholm IPO, will be used to further Better Collective’s ongoing acquisition growth strategy, expanding the firm’s multi-market affiliate network.Founded in 2002, by Jesper Søgaard (CEO) and Christian K Rasmussen (COO), Better Collective has developed some the betting sectors highest coverage affiliate portals, including leading European sports betting community bettingexpert.com. Jesper Søgaard, co-founder and CEO of Better Collective:“Since Christian and I started the Better Collective journey together in 2002, we have made it our mission to make sports betting and gambling entertaining, transparent and fair. In recent years, we really went beyond the organic growth path and started executing our M&A-strategy. We have delivered solid growth, launched new innovative products, and lifted the company to new standards on all levels. We find ourselves in a strong position based on our scale, international presence, and technological expertise. We find that the time is right for accelerating our growth even further and taking a leading role in the ongoing consolidation of iGaming affiliates.”Throughout 2017 and 2018, Better Collective has moved to strengthen its governance structure, with the company having enlarged its operational entity through M&A, and with a view to assessing future corporate growth options.Furthermore, as a technology firm Better Collective has moved beyond the ‘betting affiliate space’, developing a number of innovative bookmaker API integrations, expanding its player community dynamics.Jens Bager – Better CollectiveJens Bager, Chairman of the Board of Better Collective: “Better Collective has been on a continuous growth journey. The financial results speak for themselves, with an average revenue growth of 52% (CAGR) since 2015. Better Collective is well-positioned to leverage the many opportunities in a booming iGaming market, and we believe the IPO offers an optimal funding set-up to continue the proactive acquisition strategy.“We have prepared for the journey ahead by building a talented management team that is led by the founders, both of whom have unusually long track records in this young industry. With equally strong experience from large-cap companies sitting on our board of directors, I believe Better Collective is in a great position to reach the next level.” Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more

Touchline: Kwaku Manu takes over E-Chat segment

first_imgYou won’t  believe just who turned up on the E-chat segment on this weekend edition of Touchline.Celebrated Kumawood actor, Kwaku Manu, – Yes  and you need to hear him out on a number of sports issues and his failed attempt to sing the national anthem.But you will have to watch the video beneath to satisfy your curiosity..However the ladies took over the Big preview with detailed analysis on Black Stars and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman.After his costly mistake against Southampton some weeks ago ,his position at left back seems to  have been taken over by a young Kennedy.An even bigger statement was his selection ahead of Baba for the crucial champions league night. What could the technical team be thinking off? Has Baba Rahman  fallen short of expectation, what are the repercussions to his Chelsea career? All these  questions plus  a look ahead to the weekend football action were addressed in this  week’s edition of Touchline anchored by JOY sports George Addo Jnr.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels’ Cam Bedrosian says he will spend this winter looking for lost velocity

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In 2016, Bedrosian’s fastball averaged 95.8 mph in each month that he pitched. He went on the disabled list with a blood clot in August and missed the rest of the season.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He then missed a chunk of the middle of 2017 with a groin injury, and he suspected that the lingering impact of that was his velocity didn’t quite come back when he did in the second half.In 2017, he averaged 94.3 mph with his fastball. This year, it’s been 93.7 mph. He had some good stretches in May and June, but then it’s been declining in the months since.He averaged 92.7 mph in August and 92.4 mph in September.It is probably no coincidence that Bedrosian’s best month this season was June, which was also when his velocity was the highest. He gave up one run in 14 innings in June. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Somewhere in the biomechanics, there’s something missing right now,” Bedrosian said. “It’s something I’ll have to dig into this offseason and figure out. I’m not sure exactly what it is yet. I know it’s there. We’ve seen flashes. It’s just making sure it’s consistent.”Bedrosian said he feels strong enough, but he nonetheless plans to try some different kinds of strength workouts this winter.Bedrosian, who turns 27 on Oct. 2, is coming to a critical point in his career. He will again be out of options next season, and his salary is likely going to jump from about $1.1 million to maybe $2.5 million via arbitration. He has a 3.94 ERA and a WHIP of 1.4 this season.OHTANI ON THE BASESShohei Ohtani’s nine stolen bases this season have just offered a hint at what he might be able to do on the bases next year when he’s a full-time hitter.“I think there are some things in his baserunning he will start to get more comfortable with and can be more aggressive with,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our philosophy of baserunning is to be very aggressive. I think Shohei is starting to wrap his arms around that as much as he can. I think he will be able to create more on the bases as he gets more experience here.”ALSOThe Angels will see Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton over the weekend in Houston. The Angels will start Andrew Heaney, Jaime Barría and Tyler Skaggs. …Kole Calhoun got a routine day off on Wednesday, which moved Andrelton Simmons into the leadoff spot.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Matt Shoemaker, 2-1, 3.98) vs. A’s (RHP Edwin Jackson, 5-3, 3.17), Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Facebook Live, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros OAKLAND — As Cam Bedrosian nears the end of his first full, injury-free season in the majors, he is still trying to recapture what he had a couple years ago.The Bedrosian who posted a 1.12 ERA in 2016, before going on the disabled list in August, has not been back since, and part of the reason is his declining velocity.Bedrosian said Wednesday that he’s aware of it, and committed to figuring it out.“It’s very important,” he said. “It’s definitely something this offseason I’ll be breaking down. I’ll be going through everything and seeing if I can figure out exactly what it is.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Geocaching Steps into North Korea

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Mailer – May 4, 2011May 4, 2011In “News””Creative Geocaches” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”October Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentOctober 22, 2014In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Warren Rieutort-Louis, rieuwa, in North Korea at the “Monument to Party Foundation”A geocacher named Warren Rieutort-Louis, rieuwa, stepped foot where few Westerners ever walk. GPS devices and cell phones are not allowed. Geocaching doesn’t exist there.Warren says, “It’s obviously a destination that is off the beaten path and travel is heavily regulated but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Fewer than 1500 Western tourists visit it every year.”Warren’s journey to North Korea was arranged through a tour company based in China. The voyage began with Warren emptying his pockets of items which rarely strayed from his side. There were no cell phones or GPS devices permitted on tourists in North Korea.But Warren wanted to keep a piece of something that has helped guide his personal exploration over the past four years. He brought along a Geocaching.com Travel Bug. He named the Travel Bug, “Asia Explorer.”It was a momentous gesture. Geocaching.com Travel Bugs have spent more time in space, than in North Korea.A Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The Travel Bug is moved from geocache to geocache around the world. You can follow its adventures online.Warren says, “I knew beforehand that there were no geocaches in North Korea, but I still wanted to take a Travel Bug with me as a symbolic item.”Warren geocaching with his sistersA friend introduced Warren to the real-world treasure hunt of geocaching in 2008. He says, “[My friend] only found a few geocaches, but when he told me about it, I instantly knew I would love it. Wherever I am, I try to grab a few caches, whether it’s here at home in the US where I’m currently a graduate student in electrical engineering  at Princeton, or in my ‘real’ homes, the Netherlands or southern Portugal, or in my travels.”Warren decided to explore one of the least traveled countries in the world with his family in summer of 2011. Their private tour took the geocachers to remote North Korean villages. The Travel Bug could not be placed in a geocache and wait for another geocacher to move it along, but Warren says the Travel Bug may have helped crossed cultural barriers.He says, “The day I took the picture with the Travel Bug in front of the ‘Monument to Party Foundation’ in the capital Pyongyang, I noticed a look of surprise from the guide who toured with us for two weeks. She was my age. I explained to her the concept of geocaching, and she found it absolutely fascinating. She couldn’t believe that people would carry these from cache to cache around the world.”Travel Bug, looking over the Taedong riverHe says the rest of his travels through North Korea offered, “…an informal opportunity to develop closer bonds with the population, and to discover awe-inspiring cultural, natural and architectural richness of the country. Overall we discovered a warm people, infinitely curious about the world outside.”He says while the Travel Bug didn’t log any kilometers, it now carries a rich experience in a rarely traveled country. “It’s a unique glimpse into a society that we would find hard to understand its existence… without witnessing it.”Warren says his other Travel Bugs have traveled the world. “I love traveling, so how could I not love Travel Bugs? I have five around the world at the moment, including my North Korea one, having traveled a total of over 40,000 kilometers.”Warren geocachingHe hopes his “Asia Explorer” Travel Bug will make a return trip north of the 38th parallel. He says, “And who knows, maybe one day the Travel Bug will be able to head to North Korea… I am sure there will be a day when we will be able to introduce wonderful things like geocaching to our North Korean friends, whilst they share with us their cultural richness.”last_img read more

PayPal Buys Braintree To Get A Foothold In App Payments

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces owen thomas What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … After weeks of rumors that a deal might come together, PayPal has announced it’s buying Braintree, a Chicago-based payments startup, for $800 million.PayPal, a unit of eBay, is already a large player in payments. It is dominant in Web-based e-commerce, and has big ambitions to process payments in retail stores as well. But a big gap was emerging in its lineup: the growing field of processing payments within mobile apps.The Mobile ShiftWhile PayPal had honed its offering for e-commerce over the years, the system of bouncing shoppers to another screen to enter their PayPal login credentials in order to check out proved too cumbersome for people spending money on smartphones.When ReadWrite met with PayPal CEO David Marcus recently, Marcus cited his team’s desire to create “frictionless” experiences. But some of those best examples of friction-free commerce—for example, the way you can store your credit card with on-demand transportation service Uber’s app once, and then have rides billed automatically, without having to reenter your card or log into an online wallet, weren’t coming from PayPal.Braintree, it turns out, is the processor of payments for Uber. Airbnb, the lodging marketplace, is a customer as well. And PayPal risked losing those app developers as customers.Braintree’s Grand PlanIt’s a no-brainer that having to enter and reenter your credit card on a mobile device is a pain, and anything that avoids that will encourage users to sign up for an app that charges money. That’s a service both Braintree and PayPal wanted to offer.After acquiring Venmo, a much smaller New York-based payments startup, Braintree began betting heavily on a product called Venmo Touch. Venmo Touch promised to let a user enter a credit card into one app and then remember the number in other apps—assuming all the app developers involved used Braintree on the back end and incorporated the necessary software into their apps.But those were all big ifs, which are now made less problematic by PayPal and Braintree becoming one entity. If PayPal’s own app (which it recently rebuilt) is included in the budding Venmo network of apps, it will instantly have 140 million consumers with credit cards entered—a big reason for app developers to get on board.Another wild card was Facebook. The social network is testing a new product called Autofill, which similarly promises to carry users’ credit-card number from app to app. PayPal and Braintree are both partners—though tellingly, Braintree had a product ready to go, while PayPal was still in preliminary talks with Facebook at the point Autofill began tests. (A Braintree rival, Stripe, is also involved in the test.)Braintree, however, was much smaller than PayPal. Braintree CEO Bill Ready recently told ReadWrite that the company is doing $12 billion in annual payments volume, $4 billion of which was on mobile. Contrast that to PayPal, which reported doing $43 billion in its most recent quarter—or almost 15 times the size of Braintree’s budding business.Moving FasterPayPal was building similar tools for developers, but says buying Braintree will help accelerate its efforts, and will keep it as a standalone unit, with Ready running it. (Before joining Braintree in 2011 as CEO, Ready had started and sold two payments companies.)“We wanted to go startup fast,” John Lunn, global director of the PayPal Developer Network, told ReadWrite. “Braintree is going to be the platform for developers. We’re not going to change anything… we’re going to use this new Braintree platform as the new outward-facing platform for developers.”He mentioned that PayPal had “big-company problems” with serving developers. Instead of making app developers go through the same customer-service center that a consumer might use to report fraud on an e-commerce transaction, they’ll have a dedicated customer-service team operated by the Braintree unit, Lunn says.And for developers confused about what service to use going forward, Lunn says, “If you want to bet on the future platform, bet on Braintree.”Battling Regulators TogetherA combined PayPal-Braintree could help developers with one big issue: lowering credit-card processing costs. PayPal is already licensed in many parts of the world to move money around—in Europe, it even operates as a bank. One big issue for mobile-app payments is that when an app like Uber stores a credit card, the transaction is classified as “card not present,” a category that Visa and MasterCard deem as higher-risk and thus higher-cost. That’s silly, since the consumer in that case is riding in the same vehicle as the driver, with that location verifiable through his or her smartphone.That’s far better proof of identity than, say, when someone swipes a plastic credit card at a gas station.In recent conversations with ReadWrite, both PayPal’s Marcus and Braintree’s Ready acknowledged card-not-present was an issue they were working on with the big banks and credit-card networks. Together, they should be better situated to push to modernize the payment system.Photo by David Marcus Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#Braintree#Mobile Payments#online payments#PayPal#Venmo#Venmo Touch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more

Hockey: Successive defeats affected team’s confidence, says Michael Nobbs

first_imgIndia’s head coach Michael Nobbs admitted on Sunday that four successive defeats at London Olympics could have adversely affected the confidence of the team.After defeats to the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, India went down 1-4 to Korea, a team they had had success against in the recent past.”The performance so far has been very disappointing and unacceptable, but we need to remember that we haven’t been at this level for eight years. Maybe the first three games have taken their toll on ability to believe in ourselves,” the Australian told Mail Today after Sunday’s defeat.The coach was especially frustrated that his team could not capitalise on the chances they created against the Koreans before conceding three goals in the last 12 minutes.”We played well for the first 50 minutes and let ourselves down by not taking our chances.” Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh was expected to be one of India’s main weapons, but the occasion seemed to have got the better of him.”It looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this, he had an 82 per cent success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line,” Nobbs said.last_img read more

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