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first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedLBS PartnerslimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsPandemic Drives Expansion at Limerick Management Consulting CompanyBy Staff Reporter – November 18, 2020 212 Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Forced to transition all its client interactions, both training and consulting, to an online platform, which necessitated a business model reshape, the positive outcome has been an identification of new opportunities, particularly in UK and European markets and an expansion of its highly experienced and expert 30-person team.Providing smart and sustainable solutions to business problems for clients in Ireland, the UK and the US, across sectors as diverse as engineering, medical devices, pharma, engineering, food, IT and contact centres, the requirement to take on three new hires was prompted by an increase in demand for the Company’s services driven by the many challenges now facing companies.As LBS CEO, Gene Leonard explains: “We noted a shift to digitalisation across many of the sectors we work with and realised that we needed to bring in people with the requisite skills and expertise to enable us respond to that demand.“We are delighted to announce that three exceptionally talented individuals have decided to join our team and add to the depth and breadth of our experience. Initially all three will be working remotely with our clients, which also changes the way we normally onboard new hires. It’s been a new experience for us all but has worked out very well.”“Ighni Kindlon joins us as an operational excellence lead consultant. The expertise he brings to the company will enable us to meet the growing demand from our clients for digital transformation and help them meet the future internal and external challenges they face, particularly the need adopt smarter and more technologically advanced operational processes .“Ben Kelly joins us as a leadership and management consultant and coach. With senior- level experience in learning and development, and human resources, he has vast expertise in monitoring, evaluating and updating training programmes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This will help to support our transformation teams to fuse the development of people and leadership teams with capability development to deliver lasting and sustainable change in companies.“Ronan Moriarty adds energy consultancy expertise to our team. His knowledge of designing, implementing, and maintaining energy management systems will be very beneficial in helping companies to reduce their carbon footprint.“He will work with companies to establish a base case of their energy usage across their organisation and implement innovative and digital solutions that will reduce their current and future energy bills. WHILE COVID-19 has unsettled many business sectors, Limerick-based management consulting company, LBS Partners, has found a bright light amid the pandemic. Email Previous articleLight Up A Memory 2020 ceremony at Milford Hospice goes virtualNext articleCollins confirms increase to Repair and Leasing funding limits Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Commenting on the value of expanding the company at a time when many businesses have being forced to reduce their headcount, Mr Leonard added: “We are very optimistic about the future of not only LBS Partners but Ireland.“We believe that companies will need support and advice more than ever to help them retain or regain market share and position themselves to utilise the technologies of the future.“As the pace of change and the digitisation of business accelerates, we have made the decision to equip the company with the freshest thinking to give companies the confidence and mindset to grow and thrive.” he added.last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChange the RefBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Amid the smiling fans seen as cardboard cutouts supporting their favorite baseball team during a crowdless season due to the coronavirus pandemic, one stands out.The face of Joaquin Oliver, a 17-year-old victim of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members, has been seen in the crowd at 14 different ballparks this season — from Oracle Park in San Francisco to Citi Field in New York.The cutouts of Joaquin were placed in baseball stadiums by Change the Ref, the nonprofit organization formed by his parents, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, to raise awareness about mass shootings and bring an end to gun violence.The MLB initiative is called “83 Strikes and No Outs” because, according to Change the Ref, there have been “83 additional school shootings and zero changes to federal gun laws,” since a teen gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, and killed Joaquin and 16 of his fellow students, teachers and coaches.“It’s very sad, but I guess that’s the point,” Manuel Oliver told ABC News’ Good Morning America of seeing his late son’s image amid cheering fans in baseball stadiums.“I need to let everybody know that this random tragedy that hit our family, it could hit you tomorrow,” he said. “I need to go beyond sadness and be strong enough, because I have to, and have this story told that explains how this kid isn’t able to be there anymore watching the games that he loved so much unless he’s printed on a cardboard.”Seeing Joaquin’s face in baseball stadiums across the country is particularly poignant for Oliver, who always supported his son’s passion for baseball despite not playing or following the game himself.Two years before Joaquin’s death, he and Oliver had started an annual tradition of flying to a city, renting a car and then driving to all the nearby baseball stadiums.“You have to fall in love, or at least support, the passion of your kids,” said Oliver, an artist who has also painted murals across the country featuring Joaquin. “Imagine if I hadn’t done that [with Joaquin and baseball]. How would I feel today?”“Every minute that I spent with Joaquin, on the baseball field, in the baseball park, in trainings, it’s one of the most valuable treasures that I hold today,’ he said.Oliver said he hopes the sight of Joaquin in the crowds inspires people to take action and join the fight against gun violence, whether it’s by voting, educating themselves, joining Change the Ref or even getting to know kids in their community who may be in need of help.“I didn’t see a message like this one before Feb. 14,” he said. “Maybe if someone had the brave attitude of doing something like this before Parkland, maybe I would have been one of the lucky ones to see that, and maybe I would have done something before Joaquin was murdered. [I would have been] part of the solution.”More than two dozen school shootings happened in the U.S. in 2019 alone, according to an ABC News analysis of incidents at K-12 schools. And school shootings represent just a tiny fraction of the firearm crimes in the U.S., with more than 185,000 aggravated assaults with a firearm in 2018 alone, according to FBI data.Oliver said he is hopeful that things will change when it comes to gun violence and gun reform in the U.S., and he is hopeful that Joaquin will continue to lead the way for change.“My son is not a kid who died and you can visit him every Sunday in the cemetery and that’s it,” said Oliver. “No, my son will be a main element in the change that this nation is screaming for, and that makes me feel a little better than just remembering my son as the kid who went to school and never came back home.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img September 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Parkland victim made into cutout at MLB games to raise gun violence awarenesslast_img read more


first_imgTrilobites are icons of the Cambrian and Ordovician periods.  When thousands are found in beds over a wide area encased in pyrite, with no sign of decay, what does it mean?  A team publishing their findings in Geology suggests it means rapid burial.1  Here’s the abstract from their paper:Pyritization of soft tissues is extremely rare.  Pyritized fossils have been discovered at six new localities spanning 54 km of outcrop of the Ordovician Lorraine Group of New York State, suggesting that soft-tissue pyritization is widespread in the Taconic basin.  Notable new taxa with soft-tissue preservation include ostracods and other arthropods.  Such fossils are rare and occur within 4�9-cm-thick mudstones representing single rapid depositional events.  High ratios of reactive iron to total iron and high values of [delta]34S, together with a near-absence of disarticulated and fragmented skeletal material, suggest that organisms in these pyritic horizons were buried rapidly and underwent bacterial sulfate reduction in porewaters rich in highly reactive iron and low in organic carbon.  These conditions facilitated iron sulfide precipitation within and on decaying carcasses.  Such conditions occur repeatedly in some fine-grained distal turbiditic facies of the Taconic foreland basin.  Pyritized soft-bodied fossils await discovery elsewhere in the Lorraine Group.The Taconic Basin covers a good deal of North America.  The soft-tissue preservation is exquisite; pictures in the publication look like golden ornaments.  They found partially and fully pyritized specimens with few molt indications, indicating that these animals were transported a short distance and buried quickly.  “The trilobites were deposited both dorsal-side up and ventral-side up and are not sorted by size, although there is some indication of current alignment,” they said.  The mudstones also encased brachiopods, cephalopods and a few bivalves.  The geologists speculated that repeated instances of rapid deposition occurred:The discovery of new beds and localities with soft-tissue pyritization demonstrates that conditions required for exceptional preservation occurred repeatedly in the Taconic foreland basin.  Horizons with pyritized fossils may have escaped discovery due to the low abundance of fossils and their presence within beds rather than on bedding-plane surfaces.  Like the Burgess Shale, the Beecher’s-type taphonomic window is widespread.  Deposition of muddy turbidity currents in dysoxic bottom waters is common, and mudstone facies representing such conditions occur frequently in the Taconic basin, extending from Canada to the southern United States, and possibly elsewhere.The rare conditions for pyritization of soft-tissues, however, should suggest that these unusual fossil horizons are temporally related. 1.  Farrell, Martin, Hagadorn, Whiteley and Briggs, “Beyond Beecher’s Trilobite Bed: Widespread pyritization of soft tissues in the Late Ordovician Taconic foreland basin,” Geology, October 2009, v. 37, no. 10, pp. 907-910, doi: 10.1130/G30177A.1.One must be cautious when reading the findings of uniformitarian geologists to separate the data from the interpretations.  They just said that these pyrite fossil beds, “like the Burgess Shale,” represent a widespread “taphonomic window” – i.e., a wide-area opportunity for fossilization (taphonomy).  But notice: they found very little evidence of decay; the fossils are mostly articulated (not separated into parts); they admit these had to be buried rapidly; they could be continental in extent.  Isn’t it instructive, too, that geologists have not been looking for such things; these “escaped discovery” till now, even though they could be found from Canada to Mexico.  Sounds like they must have been pursuing a fool’s goal.  Never in their wildest dreams would they consider that something global happened to bury these widespread fossils quickly in one event.  That’s because they are high on Charlie & Charlie* Brand Incense.  It slows down their mental metabolism and focuses their dreams on slow and gradual processeszzz operating over millionzzz and millionzzzzzz of yearzzzzzzzzzzzz.  The rest of us can be wide awake to see what these data are telling us.*Lyell and Darwin(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN AnalystBack in early May 2017, “The Other Wheat Sneaks Higher,” was this column’s attempt to describe bullish changes happening in spring wheat prices. At the time, no one knew that drought would take prices from the low-$5s in early May to $7.78 a bushel by early July. In fact, moderate drought conditions had not even appeared yet on the U.S. Drought Monitor. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) One of the early bullish clues talked about was how commercials responded to lower prices in early April by going net-long. By May 26, which is slightly more than one year ago, DTN’s cash index of spring wheat prices amped up the bullish argument when it closed at a new three-month high. The drought was still not considered serious, but the market was clearly showing bullish concerns. By the time extreme drought conditions began to show up in Montana and the Dakotas it was June 20, and prices were already at $6.15 a bushel. I mention this to point out how paying attention to the market’s own clues can be helpful, even before the reasons for a certain price behavior can be explained. Strangely enough, as we now look at DTN’s national index of cash spring wheat prices, we are once again starting to see bullish market clues emerge without a strong fundamental explanation. The most bullish clue was Friday’s ending price of $6.33 a bushel, the highest weekly close in nine months. Getting to Friday’s new high was a bit of a roller coaster as prices dove after USDA estimated 12.6 million acres (ma) of spring wheat plantings on March 31, a 15% increase on the year. Prices bounced back after winter weather disrupted planting in April and when the April 10 column, “Cold Puts the Spring Back in Wheat,” was released, it was not clear how planting would go in 2018. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) Tuesday afternoon’s Crop Progress report from USDA is likely to show planting near 90% complete, near its five-year average. Even though spring wheat planting is mostly back on track, prices left behind a bullish outside weekly reversal in early April that still stands — a technical mark of support in the market. As it was a year ago, it is difficult to explain yet just why spring wheat prices are rising from a fundamental point of view, but we can see the September/December futures spread is showing a 5 1/2-cent premium in the December contract, which suggests bullish interest from commercial buying. We also know that the demand source is likely domestic, as export shipments of U.S. spring wheat are down 30% from a year ago. Another factor with bullish potential to keep an eye on is an area of moderate drought in the eastern Dakotas. It is not serious yet, but we have to note that the current drought is worse than conditions a year ago at this time. Dry conditions are also an early concern in Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan. We cannot say that just because spring wheat prices are showing bullish clues as they were last year, the U.S. crop is going to suffer another drought and produce an early summer rally of $2 or more. However, Friday’s new nine-month high deserves respect as it appears to be backed up by firm commercial demand. It is a little odd how prices appear to be repeating last year’s bullish breakout. Even though the fundamental reasons are not yet clear for spring wheat, the bullish potential is there. Todd Hultman can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ToddHultman1(ES/BAS/SK)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgThe story so far: Foreigners Tribunals, unique to Assam, are in the news as the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is to be published by July 31, on the directions of the Supreme Court. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, under the Union Home Ministry, published the final draft list of the NRC on July 30, 2018 to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who had illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971. Nearly 40 lakh people were excluded from the final draft. In the course of the year, 36 lakh people filed claims against the exclusion; the remaining four lakh did not apply. To give a proper hearing to those excluded from the final list and to handle the influx of applications, the Ministry of Home Affairs sanctioned 1,000 additional tribunals. Of these, 400 will come up in the next one month before the final publication of the list.How many tribunals are there?Assam at present has 100 Foreigners Tribunals across the State. According to the State’s Home Department, there were initially 11 Illegal Migrants (Determination) Tribunals (IMDT). These were converted to tribunals after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983 in 2005. The State government established another 21 tribunals that year. Four more were added in 2009 and the remaining 64 were established in 2014 for disposal of cases that were piling up in the tribunals.Who runs the tribunals?Each tribunal is like a quasi-judicial set-up. It’s headed by a member appointed under the Foreigners Tribunal Act, 1941 and Foreigners (Tribunal) Order, 1984 as in the guidelines issued by the government from time to time. A member can be a retired judicial officer of the Assam Judicial Service, a retired civil servant not below the rank of Secretary and Additional Secretary with judicial experience, or a practising advocate not below the age of 35 years and with at least seven years of practice. The member is also required to have a fair knowledge of the official languages of Assam (Assamese, Bengali, Bodo and English) and the State’s historical background giving rise to the foreigners’ issue. An advertisement by the Gauhati High Court on June 10 for preparing a panel of 221 tribunal members says the appointment of each member for a year may be extended on “need basis” subject to their attainment of 67 years. A retired judge or civil servant appointed as a tribunal member is entitled to a pay package similar to what he or she drew at the time of superannuation besides allowances; the current salary for an advocate is ₹85,000 per month plus allowances.Why was 2005 a watershed year?Cases of suspected foreigners used to be handled by the IMDTs under the IMDT Act that the Indira Gandhi government passed in 1983 during the peak of the Assam agitation seeking ejection of people staying illegally in the State. The system changed after the Supreme Court struck down the IMDT Act in July 2005 after hearing a petition by the present Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was an Asom Gana Parishad leader then. The IMDT Act — applicable only in Assam while the detection of foreigners was done under the Foreigners Act, 1946 elsewhere in India — was said to provide special protection against undue harassment to the ‘minorities’ affected by the Assam Agitation. The burden of proving citizenship or otherwise under the IMDT Act rested on the accuser living within a 3 km radius of the accused and the police, and not on the accused as required by the Foreigners Act. The Supreme Court , while scrapping the IMDT Act in 2005, echoed the indigenous organisations and the Assam government’s observation that the Act “has created the biggest hurdle and is the main impediment or barrier in the identification and deportation of illegal migrants”.How do the tribunals work?The Assam Police Border Organisation, a wing of the State police tasked with detecting foreigners, readies the cases for the tribunals to decide who is a foreigner and who is not. The government allegedly gives the border police a monthly target to detect people of suspect citizenship and these cases are referred to the tribunals. Several judgments have been contested with Gautam Soren, a tribunal member in central Assam’s Morigaon district observing in August 2017 that foreigners’ cases “have assumed the form of industry as each and every person involved” have been “trying to mint money by any means”. The Morigaon tribunal also noted that the “unfair practices involved turn Indians into foreigners and foreigners into Indians on the basis of fake or duplicate documents.” A few days ago, the All Assam Minority Students’ Union said the border police and tribunals were “foreigner-making factories” and “officials have orders to harass the religious and linguistic minorities”.What is the amended Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019 that has replaced the 1964 one?The Ministry of Home Affairs amended the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 which empowers district magistrates in all States and Union Territories to set up tribunals. Earlier, such powers to constitute tribunals was vested with the Central government alone. The Ministry clarified that the amendment laid down the modalities for the tribunals in case of appeals made by persons not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC. The Ministry said the amendment also provides for reference by district magistrates to the tribunal for its opinion as to whether the appellant is a “foreigner” or not. “Since the Foreigners Tribunals have been established only in Assam and in no other State of the country, this amendment is going to be relevant only to Assam at present,” the Ministry has said.The amended order also empowers individuals to approach the tribunals. Earlier, only the State administration could move the tribunal against an illegal foreigner. It also says that the final order of the tribunal shall be given within a period of “one hundred and twenty days (four months from the date of production of the records”.last_img read more


first_imgA group of madrasa students were assaulted and allegedly forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ purportedly by right-wing activists in Unnao, resulting in at least four of them being injured, police said on Friday. The boys, all of them minors, were allegedly beaten with cricket stumps and bats, and also attacked with stones. “Almost all of them had their kurtas ripped by the miscreants,” said Naeem Miswahi, the imam of the Darul Uloom Faize Aam Madrasa. Around 10-12 boys of the madrasa were playing cricket at the Government Inter College grounds in Unnao on Thursday afternoon, their half-day, when four youth approached them and asked them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. When the boys refused, they were slapped and hit with the stumps, Mr. Miswahi said. The victims said their bats were then snatched and used to attack them by the miscreants, who then pelted stones as the madrasa students fled in panic. “When we did not chant [Jai] Shri Ram, they hit us more,” said one of the boys whose head was struck by a stone. A native of Mathura, he was also beaten up with a cricket bat, he said. Another boy hailing from Kanpur injured his foot, while one had his hand fractured in the assault. The miscreants also damaged the bicycle of another boy who was also injured, said Mr. Miswahi. An FIR was registered against four persons at the Kotwali police station in Unnao on charges of assault, voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation. Circle Officer Umesh Tyagi said police were investigating the role of the accused persons and if they belonged to any right-wing group or political party. Three of the accused have been identified. Two persons have been detained for questioning, said Mr. Tyagi. After their detention, a large number of right-wing activists gathered outside the police station and demanded the release of the two persons. However, Mr. Tyagi did not wish to name any party or outfit. “We received an application on a simple piece of paper demanding the release of the persons. There was no organisation named on the letterhead,” said the officer. Unnao Superintendent of Police M.P Verma said the probe so far has not confirmed that the madrasa students were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, but the incident is still being investigated.last_img read more


first_imgDerby County 5 Hull City 0: Vydra and Johnson double up in emphatic victory Tom Webber 04:52 9/9/2017 MatejVydra - cropped Getty Images Derby County kept Hull City’s miserable run of form away from home going with a brilliant 5-0 victory at Pride Park. Matej Vydra and Bradley Johnson scored doubles as Derby County thrashed Hull City 5-0 in the Championship on Friday.Czech Republic international Vydra scored either side of a missed penalty from Sebastian Larsson, with Johnson netting in each half to consign Hull to a 21st winless away league match in succession.Derby went ahead at Pride Park when Vydra curled in a powerful 15th-minute free-kick from the edge of the box, but the visitors had a chance to equalise before the half-hour mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Tom Lawrence dragged Ola Aina to ground inside the box and referee Darren Bond awarded a spot-kick that Larsson blasted well over the crossbar.Vydra punished the Swede’s miss when he rifled into the net at the end of a slick move and Curtis Davies added to Hull’s problems by heading home against his former club four minutes later.Johnson turned home a right-wing cross from Lawrence on the stroke of half-time and placed a cool, curling finish into the bottom-left corner to add further gloss to an emphatic result.David Meyler clipped the crossbar in the 88th minute, but a goal would have been scant consolation for Leonid Slutsky’s Hull, who slip to 10th as Derby moved up to fourth.FULL-TIME: @dcfcofficial 5-0 @HullCity.The Rams turn in an excellent display to earn all three points at Pride Park. pic.twitter.com/1I9AubcLYb— EFL (@EFL) September 8, 2017 read morelast_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Singer-actor Mandy Moore has released her first song in a decade. Titled ‘When I Wasn’t Watching’, the number is from her new album, the name of which is yet to be declared. The album is slated for release early next year. “The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while,” a report in variety.com quoted Moore as saying. “But then I finally realised: I’m the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me,” she added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe song has been produced by longtime collaborator Mike Viola and the video has been directed by Lauren Dukoff. The release is significant because it is her first music since her former husband Ryan Adams faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment. “I think everyone’s had the experience of feeling lost and not quite understanding how you’ve found yourself at a certain point in your life. And I think the key is not to judge yourself for that. I’m a big believer in the idea that what you’ve journeyed through is ultimately going to factor into the person you become, and how you’ll greet whatever big challenge you face next,” Moore asserted. The actor, who is looking forward to the premiere of her show ‘This Is Us’, began recording her upcoming album earlier this year. She created the album’s lyrics on her own and recorded each song live with a full band set-up. The 35-year-old actor will release another single before the end of the year.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Tuesday launched a mobile app to help consumers register complaints easily and get redressal within 60 days. The complaints which are simple in nature will be resolved within 15 days, while complicated ones will be redressed in 60 days, it said. The ‘Consumer App’ is available for free in two languages including English and Hindi. It can be downloaded on Android and iOS platforms. After the launch, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, “this is an additional platform that the government has created for filing consumer complaints. Consumer helpline and consumer courts will continue to play their role.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraConsumers can register complaints and track the status also, he said adding that the effort would be to resolve the complaints within a limited time frame. Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava said the complaint will finally be closed after getting a satisfactory response from the complainant. Consumers have to register on the mobile app for filing complaint on issues related to 42 sectors like airlines, banking and insurance. Besides, consumers through the mobile app can offer suggestion to the government. They can also benefit from other features provided in the mobile app. The mobile app has important links related to consumers, details of each sectors like refund rules and others.last_img read more

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