LIT graduate makes the grade in Australia

first_imgFacebook Linkedin With 70 employees working in his company, the Monford Group, Declan is anticipating a turnover of $8milion this year.Speaking to the Limerick Post, the former LIT student said he was lucky enough to fall into a job as a Project Manger, when he arrived in North Western Australia.  “Then I saw that there were opportunities in the market and decided I would go out on my own – I started off with a small crew who had vast experience between them in every area of construction from home and I’ve no problem sourcing labour because of the flow of Irish lads coming over. I’m delighted to say that after a while I had the best lads in the industry.”Declan’s company has now made a name for itself providing construction services to the country’s fast-growing oil and gas industry.The Wexford native said that a lot of companies in Australia will not employ people on working holiday visas because they can only be employed for a six month period, run for six months, so it suits me fine”.His staff works six-week stints in north Western Australia working 12-hour days in temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius.Declan himself arrived on a six-month working holiday Visa in 2008.  After just two years in the country he has secured permanent residency and is sponsoring fellow Irish emigrants arriving in the country.  “Having a good degree in construction management helped and so did being a member of Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB)”.James Collins, head of Built Environment at LIT, said that programmes such their Construction Management degree courses are accredited by recognised bodies such as the CIOB”.Declan, started out in construction in his early teens during the boom years.“From the age of 13 on I was always out on site every Saturday during the summer and on school holidays.It is clear from talking with him that he has a passion for construction and loves being on site.He admits that the administration side of the business has not been easy.“Australia has one of the most stringent tax systems in the world so I have to make sure everything is in order and above board”.To facilitate him get back on site he has employed another Irish emigrant, a 52 year-old accountant, as general manager.Workers for Declan White’s Monford Group in Perth, Western Australia. Email Print NewsLocal NewsLIT graduate makes the grade in AustraliaBy admin – March 16, 2011 983 Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Company expecting a turnover of $8 million this yearA GRADUATE of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is proof positive that young Irish expatriates are blossoming abroad.Construction Management graduate, Declan White (28) is making the very best of a bad situation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleFour women sentenced for violent disorderNext articleExcitement builds for World Title fight adminlast_img read more

Speyer and Hines square up for £175m Bank of England site

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Bauer power leads to titles

first_imgSt. Patrick’s Day means green, even in the sports world. Last Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls wore green uniforms against the Boston Celtics to celebrate the holiday. From Doc River’s Irishmen’s ascent out of last place, to pitcher David Wells chugging a six-pack of Guinness and munching on potato chips in his recliner, to Notre Dame playing in the NCAA Tournament, sports went all out to celebrate. But there is one Patty connection in particular that stands out. Over the green weekend, it was Patty who proved to the world just how invaluable she is. She didn’t even need any shamrocks to ascertain it. As last season’s Patty Kazmaier award winner as the nation’s top performer, and a finalist for the award this year, Sara Bauer is simply prolific. She recorded six points (one goal and five assists) in the Frozen Four to secure Wisconsin’s second consecutive NCAA Championship. In addition, the St. Catharines, Ontario, native was a major reason why they made it there in the first place. Bauer connected with fellow line mate Jinelle Zaugg on a one-timer to send Wisconsin to victory and Lake Placid, N.Y., before 5,000-plus fans after over two hours of highly contested hockey with Harvard. With 72 points this season, Bauer ranks second in the nation. And her 218 career points are easily the most in school history — 41 more than Meghan Hunter. But more than just her numbers can possibly reflect, she makes everyone around her better. The team is extremely deep, and the goaltenders are seemingly flawless, that much is true. And Zaugg and Meghan Duggan are fantastic prototypes in their own right — they both were among the top 11 in the country in scoring with more than 50 points apiece — yet I find it hard to believe that their stats aren’t inflated by the presence of Bauer. Even Duggan, one of the top freshmen in the nation, couldn’t contain her excitement to get the opportunity to play on the same line as the senior forward. “I mean it’s an honor to play with an individual like Sara Bauer,” Duggan said. “I’m having a good time learning to play with [Bauer] and just new combinations and everything that she brings; it’s just a lot of fun.”Much in the same manner a great point guard like Steve Nash makes all the players around him better, Bauer is the epitome of an MVP. Take her away, and I don’t know that this team can win the way it has over the course of two seasons (72-5-5 and 54-1-4 in its last 59). Yet, after four seasons here at UW, Bauer, who is arguably the greatest talent the women’s hockey team has ever seen, remains unknown, hidden behind the shadow of other sports and student life. She’s quiet. Reserved. And she certainly isn’t the best interview among UW athletes. Just because she doesn’t make herself known around campus shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing her for all she has achieved.She is a model student-athlete. Bauer is as much a model citizen in the classroom as she is on the ice. Her GPA is almost a perfect 4.0.While others may not know of her, I do. This is my tribute to her remarkable season, career and life. It’s hard to say how the team will fare next season without the services of No. 15. I imagine they’ll still be a contender considering the level of talent they have coming back. Even so, the playmaker from these past four years will most definitely be missed. So put on your top hat, grab a Guinness and make a toast to something truly special. Kevin is a junior double-majoring in journalism and economics. If you are still hung over in the St. Patty’s Day mood and would like to toast with him, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Caribbean Leaders to Further Discuss CSME at Summit

first_imgCARICOM leaders at the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community. CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will meet in Castries, St. Lucia early next week with the intention of finding measures to enhance the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CSME, which allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the region, was the main topic of a special CARICOM summit held in Trinidad and Tobago in December last year.At the end of the special summit, the regional leaders issued the St. Ann’s Declaration that indicated the CSME is still regarded as being the most viable platform to support the region’s growth and development agenda.Among the recommendations contained in the Declaration is for a more formalized, structured mechanism for engagement with the region’s private sector and labour, the expansion of the categories of skilled nationals entitled to move freely and work within the Community to include agricultural workers, beauty service practitioners, barbers and security guards.It also called on the government to accept each other’s issued CARICOM Skills Certificate as well as reinforcing regional security mechanisms and permitting the region’s citizens and companies to participate in public procurement processes across the 15-member grouping.The Trinidad special meeting had appointed a broad-based 10 member team, chaired by Professor Avinash Persaud, an economist, to advise member states on a growth agenda for CARICOM.A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the summit is expected to receive an update on the team’s work.The July 3-5 summit will be chaired by St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is taking over from his St. Kitts-Nevis counterpart, Dr. Timothy Harris.The CARICOM statement said that “several other major matters related to security and regional and foreign relations are also expected to be part of the deliberations.last_img read more

Betting in 2017-2018: Superbet, Technical Innovation, and Erlang

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Standing at the doorstep of 2018, a huge year for sports betting with the FIFA World Cup and the Winter Olympics, we’re taking some time out to look back at the industry in 2017. That’s why we sat down with Finbarr Joy, Group CTO at Superbet, and Stuart Whitfield, CEO at Erlang Solutions.SBC: In terms of developments in digital betting, what has been the highlight from 2017 for you?Finbarr Joy, Group CTO at SuperbetFinbarr Joy (FJ): Across the industry we’re seeing continued growth and expansion, but we haven’t seen anything really significant emerge in terms of sector technical capability, yet. We believe that a part of our opportunity at Superbet going forward is to work more with digital investment and digital opportunities. 2017 has essentially been a year to make what we do better. For Superbet, it’s been a year of international expansion and seeing our Group brands mature, generating some real traction in terms of relative scale. This gives us confidence in our multi-brand strategy going forward.Stuart Whitfield, CEO at Erlang SolutionsStuart Whitfield (SW): There are new entrants joining the marketplace everyday who we’re seeing mimic the market leaders’ technology choices. Competition is really heating up in the industry, especially as online has clearly become the main focus of most, if not all, betting operators. Beyond that, a lot of the established industry players are technologically conservative relatively. Because of this, we’ve not seen huge disruptions in the industry this year beyond steady growth and rising competition. SBC: How has Superbet innovated its digital platform in 2017?FJ: The main innovation has been around the establishment of the digital platform team and setting the roadmap for digital operations around the organisation. We’re taking on platform ownership for ourselves when many in the industry tend to defer to the off-the-shelf package vendors. We believe this gives us the foundation for innovation.2017 was the year that we put together the core dot com team, which is the context behind working with Erlang. Since we already had a strong team driving our Retail and Romania online growth, we’re now getting ‘compound’ benefit from the both together. Our main platform technology considerations are related to the need to handle scale and handle frequent change. We know that there are many opportunities for us in digital. We know that customers are increasingly led by the consumer internet. They’re getting more and more sophisticated. We’re working towards having a core platform capability, which means that we can change pretty much on demand. Whether it be Samsung, Facebook, Google, Apple, the reality is that we’re dependent on an ecosystem that we don’t control for our product to be successful. That ecosystem is going to move forward, and none of us really know how that’s going to pan out over the next three to five years. We need the flexibility to change on demand across pretty much any point of the customer experience. Our ability to ‘lock step’ with the best of the consumer internet is therefore what will keep our products ahead of the rest. It’s also worth calling out that in terms of digital, we believe it requires a different operating model to a traditional, or so-called corporate, business. We are looking at that right across the organisation, not just in technology teams. For instance, our customer services team is up and running with agile working now. They’re targeting short-term initiatives that deliver value a lot sooner and taking on a level of autonomy for tackling their own targets. That’s been really significant as we turn the orientation of the company towards a digital operating model. It’s interesting that one of the first examples we’ve seen is actually in one of the business operations teams rather in technology!SBC: How has Erlang and Elixir contributed to the betting industry in 2017?SW: Erlang in particular provides a core part of the tech stack for a number of key players in the  industry. It was built to solve the very challenges that online gambling & betting operators face everyday; reliability, scalability, and concurrency. You need look no further than bet365, online betting’s biggest player, which employs Erlang and Elixir at scale to help it service its 20 million users and made £525m profit from a record £47bn of bets last year.  Ambitious newer entrants to the market, such as Superbet and Derivco are also seeking to exploit the strengths of the Erlang ecosystem.FJ: There are more than just a handful of operators now considering the BEAM’s Erlang and Elixir as technology choices. Across the industry, there’s serious consideration based off the big examples of the likes of bet365. Erlang and Elixir are a solution to the challenge of dealing with concurrency and scale. Erlang has classically had that capability for quite a significant period, though it’s been only fairly recently that the sector has recognised that. I’m thinking of many organisations who’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with middleware stacks of various flavours to try and get them to scale when actually it’s a part of the core capability of the BEAM platform. The BEAM is interesting when it comes to the problem of dealing with surges in demand, dealing with the need to scale out, especially horizontally. You don’t have to engineer all of that for yourselves, whereas in other middleware environments, you typically do. That’s been, by far and away, the biggest benefit of adopting Erlang and Elixir for us. There’s a lot of work we would have done we didn’t have to do because we’re using the BEAM. There’s also a lot of reassurance from having confidence in the ability to scale based on its proven model.SBC: How do you see the BEAM VM (Erlang, Elixir, etc) playing into Superbet’s digital offering in 2018?FJ: For our .com platform, the BEAM VM is the glue for our architecture going forward. It underpins all of our different services across sports and gaming. It’s the common mechanism across both, holding the whole thing together. As such, it is the common model which we find is useful for integrating our teams but also solving some of our challenges with scalability and concurrency. We are running with the benefits of BEAM, with Erlang across the whole back-end. We’re also seeing progress with teams in working with Elixir. The fact that you can use the common model between those different groups, back-end and front-end, offers us cohesion. They might be completely different groups of engineers but we can align on that core model.SW: Superbet is in a rare position of building an online betting stack from the ground up. They’re not having to grapple with legacy software, and I suspect that’s how they’ve managed to attract some of the industry’s top talent. It’s really a green field opportunity where Superbet is able to build their ideal tech stack with fewer compromises and legacy-imposed constraints. This is exactly what we’re seeing them doing, it’s very exciting. SBC: What are your hopes and expectations for the online betting industry in 2018?FJ: My hope would be that the industry could take a lead in demonstrating that even in highly regulated industries, very innovative things can emerge. There tends to be too much of a contrast in proposition and customer experience between those who classify as the “consumer internet” – the big four or five of Silicon Valley – and the regulated industries. Banking always gets called out, but certainly the gaming industry to a certain extent as well, does not benchmark as well. It’s very often that people will highlight that the reason for that is because the regulatory barriers are so much higher. My hopes would be we can demonstrate that it’s by leading with highly regulated customer care that we can be highly innovative. I’d like to think that the industry starts to develop propositions that do genuinely compete with the best of the consumer internet.My expectation is that we’ll continue to see growth. It’s very interesting how much dialogue there is now especially about potential licensing in the US. It would be a very big market! I have every reason to believe that we’ll see continued growth throughout the industry.Then there’s eGaming. It’s very early days for that yet. The fact that there’s high participant levels and high spectator levels in eGaming is a huge draw. I think there’s still the question mark around genuine levels of betting interest. But inevitably eGaming is one of the things that we’re obviously going to be considering. It’s in the mix.SW: I expect to see further growth in esports and peer to peer (or social) gaming. I also don’t think it’s long before there’s a game-changing (excuse the pun) integration between an operator and a significant social media player, once the regulatory buoys can be navigated.   We’ve already seen some of the big consumer internet players file patents for betting-related innovations.bet365’s open-sourcing of their main database platform, Riak, may well lead to its adoption by a number of operators in the sector – it’s early days yet but the technology is rock-solid and well-supported.In terms of hopes for 2018, I would also like to see technology used in more innovative ways to encourage responsible gambling, particularly as regulatory pressures are likely to increase in this respect. Erlang Solutions is a trusted partner to some of the world’s leading and most innovative online gambling and betting operators. Learn more about Erlang Solutions and download our eBook: A Guide to Handling Massive Spikes and Loads.last_img read more

The Giver coming to Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “The Giver.” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.Movie Synopsis: The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newberry Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. (C) Weinstein Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 33%. Audience review: 66% approval.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Melanson makes it three in a row at Sunflower Open

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIf this keeps up Jordan Melanson may have a difficult time getting a tee time at a local tournament.The Granite Pointe golfer found the winner’s circle for the third consecutive time, capturing the recent 2011 Sunflower Open at the Castlegar Golf Club.Melanson shot a 2-under-par 142 to win the title by three shots over a Kelowna golfer. Lindsay Walker of host Castlegar was third.“This tournament I putted much better than the previous two weeks,” Melanson, winning in Creston and the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Qualifier over Granite Pointe teammate Josh Coletti, told The Nelson Daily.“(I was able) to tighten up that in the first round.”Cam Proctor won low net honours.Melanson opened the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a first round even-par 72.During round two the Simon Fraser University golfer ballooned somewhat to a 37 on the first nine before going 3-under 33 on the final nine holes.“I chipped in for eagle on (525-yard, par 5) 16 to pretty much secure the win,” Melanson explained.Melanson’s formula for success hasn’t been anything out of the ordinary. He just keeps it simple and the ball in play.“I keep the ball in play (off the tee), hit shots into the green below the hole, make a good stroke and hope it goes in,” said Melanson, adding the distance game has been able to increase by 10 percent thanks to work of SFU assistant coach Jared Boddy.The recent string of success has Melanson feeling pretty good heading into the provincial golf tournament circuit.“The great start to the summer has proven to me that the work I put into my game all winter is paying off, as I’m gaining more belief in myself and raising my expectations,” he said. “I hope to qualify for the Canadian Amateur again, and this time be able to make the trip to Winnipeg.”The B.C. Men’s Amateur Tournament goes July 12-15 at The Dunes at Kamloops.Three other members of the Zone One West Kootenay team — Josh Coletti, Ben Gresley-Jones of Rossland/Trail and former Granite Pointe player Brian DeBiasio, join Melanson in [email protected]last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Morphing Shape Paths

first_imgIn the video Matt uses a custom script that he created called “Motion“. With Motion you can easily add easing to keyframes along with some other really awesome features. We highly recommend checking out Motion on the Mt. MoGraph site.Know of any other Illustrator integrations in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Motion designers: learn how to morph Illustrator paths in After Effects in this helpful video tutorial.One of the benefits of using Adobe After Effects instead of Apple Motion is it’s integration with the rest of the Creative Cloud. We’re all familiar with Adobe Dynamic Link, but one of the lesser utilized features is After Effects’ ability to integrate with Illustrator.In the following video tutorial created by motion designer and PremiumBeat blogger Matt Jylkka of Mount MoGraph, he demonstrates how to copy Illustrator paths and paste them into After Effects. The tutorial covers:Optimizing Shapes in IllustratorCopying Shape PathsOffsetting PathsKeyframing Colorslast_img read more

Amid career season, Lee unsatisfied as UST continues to struggle

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We haven’t registered a single win so I know I still have to improve because even if I produce quality numbers and we’re still losing, my games won’t matter to me.”READ: Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next seasonLee and the Tigers could’ve walked out of Smart Araneta Coliseum with a 1-7 record if only he converted one of his, potential, game-winners in the final seconds.The third year guard had a clear shot from the top of the key in his first attempt but the ball bounced in and out of the rim with about two seconds left in the game clock.His second was far more difficult as he only had a fraction of a second to get it off.ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert Arenas to co-host sports show with ex-porn star Mia Khalifa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president And even though Marvin Lee has been producing career numbers, he can’t help but think about the good of the team.READ: UP ends slump, sends UST reeling to eighth straight lossFEATURED 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 shutout“So far I’m happy with my performance but I am in no way contented with it because we haven’t won a game,” said Lee in Filipino Wednesday after UST lost to University of the Philippines, 71-69.Lee is averaging 13.5 points, 3.75 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for UST, the first time in his career that he broke the 10-point average with both of his rebound and assist marks career-highs. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that University of Santo Tomas is the picture of futility in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.That 0-8 record encapsulates everything that is wrong about the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I felt that my shot would’ve went in, because whe I released it the ball had the perfect trajectory,” said Lee who finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists. “When it bounced out I thought to myself that this game wasn’t for us.” View commentslast_img read more