Historic meeting of Clare County Council in University of Limerick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Email WhatsApp 11THE University of Limerick hosted a historic gathering of Clare County Council members last week.For the first time ever, 28 elected councillors from the Banner County conducted their business for on the UL campus, the Clare side, in the Irish World Academy, for a meeting which also marked independent councillor James Breen’s last official meeting as Cathaoirleach.“The University of Limerick is hugely important for County Clare and the wider region,” said Cllr Breen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are very proud to have such a quality educational institution on our doorstep. UL has helped to develop a highly skilled graduates’ base which has been a major contributory factor to the region’s growing status as an attractive investment location.”Addressing elected members and Council officials ahead of the meeting, President of UL Professor Don Barry said, “It is a coming of age for our Clare campus and it is an affirmation by you, as representatives of the people of Clare, of what we have done here since 2003.”Prof Barry continued, “In a very significant way your presence marks the realisation of the vision held dear by this University — since its foundation just over 40 years ago — that one day this institution would claim its place at the centre of this proud region, very much of Clare and of Limerick, embracing all the traditions and cultures of both counties.”by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Previous articleO’Dea warns of pensions bombshellNext articleLimerick digs its heels in on the Wild Atlantic Way Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Printcenter_img TAGSClare County CouncillimerickUniversity of Limerick Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsHistoric meeting of Clare County Council in University of LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 26, 2016 598 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

How credit unions can grow deposits with AI

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Competition for deposits from giant institutions on the one hand and aggressive fintechs on the other has put traditional community-based financial institutions on the defensive. Both the large banks and the startup players have been able to capitalize on highly targeted campaigns guided by artificial intelligence tools.These AI-powered efforts can drive positive results without necessarily requiring paying high rates. Anyone can pay up for deposits, but they rarely stick absent some other reason or relationship. And the cost is usually not sustainable for institutions with high-cost branch networks.Community banks and credit unions can now take a page from fintechs’ playbook and improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their deposit acquisition and retention efforts. Most fintechs don’t build AI models themselves, observes Keith Henkel, founder and CEO of FI Works. They typically buy applications that have an AI modeling process built into them. Community financial institutions can do the same.last_img

Lakers welcome maximum eight preseason games for extra evaluation

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s interesting from a player point of view,” Rivers said. “They want to play in the games, they want to play more minutes because they know they have only six games.”Few Lakers players are looking for rest in the eight-game schedule, however.Jordan Clarkson said the extra games are necessary schooling before the regular season tips off on Oct. 26 against Houston – a team that will have played seven preseason games.“That’s where we get to compete against different people,” he said. “Work on different things. We’re still continuing to put more stuff in, in terms of offensively and still working on our defensive stuff.”Cuts to comeThe Lakers are running out of time to decide on their final roster cuts before the regular season starts next week. They currently have 17 players for 15 positions.“It’s going to be really hard,” Walton said. “Honestly, I have no idea right now who those two will be.”Veterans Metta World Peace, Yi Jianlian and Thomas Robinson are thought to be battling for the 15th spot. Yi last played in the NBA in 2012, but has starred in China since then and was considered the likely backup at center.Robinson has played for five teams in his first four NBA seasons – the Lakers would be his sixth – while the 36-year-old World Peace was a surprise add to the training camp roster after appearing in 35 games with the Lakers last season.“Everyone’s worked very hard and has been great,” Walton said. “Done everything we’ve asked. Been good teammates. It’s going to be a very tough decision when we have to make it.”Walton said he will discuss the options with General Manager Mitch Kupchak, and then meet with the released players.“I like honesty,” Walton said. “I’ll meet with whoever those players are, and give them my honest opinion of why we did it and I think most players will respect that.”AlsoWalton said he did not know whether Clarkson would remain in the starting lineup after shooting 4 for 14 from the field Saturday against Golden State. He averaged 14.4 points through five games as a reserve. … Jose Calderon did not practice Monday due to the left calf strain that kept him out of Saturday’s loss. Walton said the Lakers would “take the time to make sure it’s 100 percent before we get into the regular season.” Eight remains the maximum number of games. And although the NBA has discussed reducing that number, most teams already play six or seven. Only a few, including the Lakers, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will play eight this season.The Lakers are 2-4 so far, with games against the Warriors on Wednesday in San Diego and the Phoenix Suns on Friday in Anaheim remaining.Each game is a chance for evaluation, Walton said.“It’s a lot of new guys (playing) together,” Walton said. “It’s a lot of guys we want to get playing time for. It’s one thing to look good in practice every day, which we’ve done, but then how that translates to a game, the more opportunities we have to do that and then be able to come back and make corrections, for right now I think is a benefit for us.”Last week, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he preferred a six-game schedule – which his team played last season, as well – because it made it easier for players to log more minutes.center_img EL SEGUNDO >> Luke Walton knows his team is in the minority.Under normal circumstances, he’d prefer an October schedule like the Clippers or even the Warriors. But this month, his Lakers are among just a handful of teams that will complete an eight-game preseason schedule.“I think it’s good for us,” Walton said. “Normally I would say let’s play six and have more practice time, but I think for our group it’s good to get some run against other teams.”Where most teams are moving to fewer preseason games in an effort to reduce the strain on their players, the Lakers are trying to take full advantage of a busy slate. In addition to a first-year head coach in Walton, the Lakers have two new starters and the No. 2 pick in June’s draft, Brandon Ingram, coming off the bench.last_img

Government must provide financial help to popularise equestrian: Fouaad Mirza

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 6 (PTI) Asian Games medal winner Fouaad Mirza on Thursday called for financial help in popularising equestrian in India, saying the government can take a cue from European nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany. Mirza recently became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition in Indonesia. Mirza bagged silver in individual jumping with a score of 26.40. “It would be interesting to look into the programmes of countries like UK, Germany, Japan and Thailand, to see if we can also come up with a system to support and help equestrian sport grow in India,” Mirza told PTI in an interview here. “These governments provide financial aid to the sport and equine athletes. Our government should adopt this system as the sport is expensive. It needs lots of money to maintain a horse and matters concerning logistics,” he added. Mirza was felicitated by Embassy Group chairman and managing director Jitu Virwani at an event. Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. Replying to a query, Mirza said quarantine regulations makes the sport even more expensive, and it becomes difficult for equestrian enthusiasts to get horses into India. “Therefore, to tide over this problem, people like Mr Jitu Virwani, who is the Chairman of Embassy Group, should chip in. I am very grateful to Mr Jitu for supporting me to get horses and cater to sundry other requirements to train. We have eight horses imported at the Embassy Inetrnational Riding School,” he added.advertisement Mirza said more and more equestrian competitions should be conducted to popularise the sport in India. “The equine athletes are fortunate to have many equestrian competitions, especially the Equestrian Premier League, which which provides a platform for beginners and also professionals,” he said. Virwani said Army control over equestrian federation in India is tight and it needs to be replaced with experts, who are well-versed in the sport. “Serving army officials should be off the federation, instead experts and knowledgeable civilians, should run it. Unfortunately, there is much of politics in the federation and country takes a back seat,” he said. Asked if he wishes to contest the federation election, Virwani said only if the Army wishes him to do so. “However, I will not advise Fouaad to contest election because training takes a lot of time and needs focus. I will contest only if the Army wants me to do,” he said. PTI BDNAHlast_img