LCDC’s key role in delivery of public services

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsLCDC’s key role in delivery of public servicesBy Alan Jacques – April 23, 2015 754 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSlimerickLimerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)Local Economic and Community Plan Printcenter_img Previous articleBreastCheckNext articleAdults bully too (Editorial) Alan Jacques Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE Limerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is playing a key role in the development of a six-year Local Economic and Community Plan for the city and county.Established last year under the Government plan for effective local government, the committee comprises of 17 members drawn from both the statutory and non public and non-statutory socio-economic partners across Limerick and has oversight and responsibility for local development and community-related funding.The LCDC is now working with the Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) of the local authority to deliver the strategy, which is expected to be published in December. The plan will feature an integrated approach to local authority community development programmes, local development programmes funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and those funded by other Departments.Committee chairperson, Cllr Eddie Ryan said that the work of the LCDC will be “underpinned by a collaborative approach at local and central government level to support the streamlining of local development structures, as well as to ensure more targeted resource allocation and sustainable funding arrangements for Limerick”.“Our key focus is to make sure that the delivery of public services is carried out in a way that is responsive to specific local needs and circumstances, and that all of Limerick benefits directly from State-funded local and community development interventions,” said Cllr Ryan.Director of Services Josephine Cotter-Coughlan said a process of identifying actions that will strengthen and develop the economic and community sectors is underway. WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

DeepGreen and Allseas Form Seafloor Mining Alliance

first_imgDeepGreen Metals and Allseas Group have formed a strategic partnership, bringing DeepGreen’s expertise in exploring for high-grade metals obtained from seafloor polymetallic nodule deposits together with Allseas’ offshore engineering capabilities.DeepGreen recently engaged Macquarie Capital and Fearnley Securities to co-lead a USD $150m investment round in order to finance the company through feasibility studies, targeted for completion in 2023.Allseas comes in as a lead strategic investor, which will ultimately enable DeepGreen to develop a state-of-the-art polymetallic nodule harvester and riser system to gather nodules from the seafloor of the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the Pacific, and transport them up to a surface vessel some 4 to 6.5 kilometers above.“Our partnership with Allseas will ultimately help us open up a new, disruptive source of battery metals for the green revolution and transform the mining industry as we know it,” said DeepGreen’s chairman and CEO, Gerard Barron. “This new industry needs world-class, innovative companies that bring expertise from other industries to help us get things moving. Allseas is one of the most highly regarded offshore engineering companies on the planet, and we are proud to have them alongside us to develop our pilot mining system, and ultimately our offshore production system. Allseas is a company founded and owned by a creative engineer, and today employs 600+ full time engineers with more than 200 engineers working in the innovation and R&D function. It’s not surprising that they have many world firsts to their name. It was important to us to find a partner who can bring not just strong offshore engineering expertise but also a strong 24-7 production mindset in the deep-sea environment—something Allseas has done for decades in their pipelaying business and recently to great effect in the offshore heavy lift industry.”“Extracting battery metals like nickel and cobalt from terrestrial mines is facing many challenges, and the environmental, CO2 and social costs are simply too high. Seafloor polymetallic nodules contain more than enough base metals that the world needs to get to a clean energy economy, and they require no blasting, drilling or digging. Indeed, our life cycle sustainability analysis shows that, with regards to NMC batteries with copper connectors for electric vehicles, ocean nodules generate at least 75% less CO2 when compared to producing these metals from land ores.”“Together with Allseas, we’ll engineer a deep ocean nodule harvesting system that will have minimal impact to the deep sea environment, enabling us to bring what we call clean metals to market in order to power some of the one billion electric vehicles that are forecast to be produced over the coming three decades.”Edward Heerema, founder and president of Allseas, said:“We are very pleased to be partnering with DeepGreen and supporting their vision to responsibly collect battery metals from the ocean floor. For more than 30 years our company has been an innovator in the offshore oil and gas industry, and we are now excited to find a new industry to leverage our experience, expertise and maybe some of our operational assets. We looked at several entry points to this industry and decided that the DeepGreen team and their strategy was one we were comfortable with, and in our opinion had the best chances of succeeding.”Operational activities will occur in international waters and are to be governed by the first-of-its-kind regulatory framework currently being developed through the UN International Seabed Authority (ISA). As such, the minerals in the CCZ are the ‘common heritage of mankind’, and the mandate of the ISA is to regulate mining activities on the deep sea bed while ensuring the protection of the ocean environment and the participation of developing nations.last_img read more

Locker rooms of Sweet 16 teams bring out mystique, sorrow of NCAA Tournament nature

first_img Published on March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Only in the NCAA Tournament could two college basketball locker rooms feature polar opposite atmospheres.But such is the nature of March Madness. In the first night of Carrier Dome action for the weekend, with the entire nation tuned in, fourth-seeded Louisville (27-8) held off No. 8 seed North Carolina State (22-14), 75-65. Not long after, seventh-seeded Michigan State (26-11) upended No. 3 seed Oklahoma (24-11), 62-58, to clinch the next spot in the Elite Eight.And after the final buzzers, all kinds of emotions were on display and the unusual moonlighted as the usual.Fifty-plus reporters pack into the tight, smelly confines of MSU’s locker room to access the players, and Spartan forward Colby Wollenman has to slip his 6-foot-7 frame around two cameras and teammate Bryn Forbes just to reach the showers.Down the hall in Oklahoma’s locker room, three Sooners sit in a row in identical positions — leaning back in a chair, head down, focusing on nothing but an iPhone. Dishearted sophomore Frank Booker is barely audible from 4 feet away. And junior guard Buddy Hield, a notably fast speaker, is subdued to the point his speech is worlds clearer than a day earlier.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust hours earlier and a locker room over, the N.C. State atmosphere was comparable.Forward Abdul-Malik Abu looks down at the floor, speaking with his volume turned way down from the previous day’s open locker room. Forward BeeJay Anya somberly scratches his beard as he answers questions.And hiding behind Anya, with his jersey tucked over his eyes and his head buried in his hands, is senior Ralston Turner, who is now 20 minutes into being a former Wolfpack.And the stagnant guard’s only signs of life are two twitches of his right index finger and, two minutes later, a sniffle.But 36 paces down the Carrier Dome hallway is a boisterous Cardinals locker room, and its hero of the night hasn’t even gotten there yet from the interview room.Freshman Chinanu Onuaku anxiously paces around the room, asking NCAA personnel when he can leave to scout Michigan State and Oklahoma’s game.Sitting up straight, star guard Terry Rozier smiles, incites laughter and credits the old streetball game of “33” as being the reason he rebounds so well — and did it 14 times Friday night. When reflecting on the magnitude of the win, he takes a deep sigh, grins again and tells reporters, “We’re not done yet.”But despite his 17 points, questions are still asked about a teammate who contributed just as much down the stretch.And then the door from the hallway opens.Enter Montrezl Harrell, a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference big man and the game’s highest scorer with 24 points.And he introduces the player a group of media is dying to speak with.“There’s Anton Gill!” Harrell exclaims, pointing to the reserve guard behind him, as he walks to his locker across the room from Gill’s.Nine reporters follow the star to his locker. Twelve flock to the locker of the sophomore who, before this night, hadn’t scored since Feb. 28.But in this Sweet 16 showdown, Gill netted all seven of his points in a span of 2:20 in the last six minutes of the game to spring the Cardinals past N.C. State.“You dream about stuff like this,” Gill says.But only in the NCAA Tournament is when this stuff becomes reality. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SIS doubles esports output with Competitive Gaming expansion

first_img SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Share Submit Sports Information Services (SIS) has strengthened its esports coverage after doubling its output of content available through its SIS Competitive Gaming product.The additional output will feature a greater number of live head to head competitions between skilled and qualified gamers, including the SIS Blitz League.Rohini Sardana, Head of Product Proposition at SIS, said: “Following the successful launch of SIS Competitive Gaming, we’re delighted to announce that the service will include even more matches during peak times for bettors to enjoy, with a 7 hour broadcast of back-to-back matches offering multiple betting opportunities.“These high-quality betting opportunities have proven to be a valuable addition for sportsbooks in recent months, outperforming similar competitor products due to the robust integrity which has been welcomed by operators and players.“Interest in SIS Competitive Gaming is high, and we’re excited to be rolling out the product with more operators in the coming months.”The competitions will be monitored by a unique dedicated integrity referee, trained by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) to ensure that all matches are fair and transparent.SIS Competitive Gaming will also include live streamed pictures, commentary, on-screen graphics with betting triggers, data plus a range of markets, and prices to allow bettors to watch and wager on esports events.last_img read more