Construction work starts on new €20m student centre at University of…

first_imgNewsEducationConstruction work starts on new €20m student centre at University of LimerickBy Staff Reporter – June 27, 2019 1187 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Facebook Previous articleCity and Soul: Star in the fashion infirmamentNext articleEmma Langford: New single ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ Staff Reporter Works on a major centre that will form a “new destination” for students at University of Limerick have started.The new Student Centre, a 3,529 square metre building set over three storeys, is in a prime front of house location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Glucksman Library.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The facility, the total project cost of which is in the region of €20m, is being funded on a partnership basis between the students and the University. The students voted in 2016 by way of referendum to fund almost 80% of the capital cost through a development levy.Works on a brand new state of the art climbing wall at the UL Arena are also due to start next month, demonstrating UL’s commitment to providing top-class facilities that will enhance the student experience.Again, the student body is the major funder of the new climbing wall, which will be Ireland’s tallest and forms part of a raft of new campus sporting facilities that also include the 22-acre Maguire’s Field pitches.The new Student Centre – a ‘Centre for Student Life’ as articulated by the students – will support the student journey through UL and will be a space where students can relax, play, be informed and supported.It is intended as a new ‘destination’ for all UL students and will add significant value to the student experience, greatly enhancing the campus for future generations.The existing student centre, located in the Stables Courtyard, dates back to 1999 when the student population was half what it is now. There has also been a huge growth in the number of student clubs and societies, with membership likewise increasing.The anticipated completion date for the new Student Centre is November 2020.UL Student Life President Jack Scanlan said: “These student projects are the result of 12 years of hard work and perseverance by the students of UL who demanded more from their University experience through enhanced facilities, empowered by UL Student Life and supported by the senior management of UL.“The new multi-million euro student centre will be the hub of student activity for all students. We have outgrown our current building here in the Stables Courtyard and the new centre is set to cater for our ever-growing student numbers as well as the diversifying student population we have here on campus. The new centre is being built in the heart of the campus right across from the library with a view that this will be the focal point of student life on campus,” he added.Work on the climbing wall is expected to start in mid-July and be completed by May 2020. The design caters for both fun and expert climbers of all ages and capabilities.The architectural vision aspires to provide an iconic facility which draws inspiration from natural rock formations and strata, with the external materials contrasting with the brick finish on the Arena building.“The climbing wall will be Ireland’s tallest, standing at 21 metres and equipped with an ability to cater for the new Olympic sports of speed climbing. The Outdoor Pursuits club are one of our flagship clubs here on campus, catering for more than 750 students per annum, in rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, and hill walking and orienteering. It is fantastic that these students will now have a world-class facility to train in here on campus with the capability of catering for all three new Olympic category events,” said Student Life President Jack Scanlan.“Personally these projects fill me with a great sense of pride in the students of UL who over the last 12 years have not taken no for an answer and who believed in their vision to create a better UL for all our future students,” he added.UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “This new Student Centre is a wonderful example of how the student population can work with the University to create positive change.“From the concept, to design, to the majority funding of the project, this Student Centre shows how this campus is as dynamic as it is ever changing and as The Sunday Times Irish University of the Year and as the winner of the best student campus, the addition of this centre will support and allow UL Student Life to grow, collaborate and support the many societies and clubs which add significant value to the student experience.“Supporting the student experience is paramount for this University and this facility will be an excellent centre for UL’s vibrant student life.“UL students are pioneering in similar part-funded projects as this campus boasts the completed boathouse project and UL will also be home to a state of the art climbing wall that will challenge climbers of all capabilities once complete next summer.“The Student Centre and Climbing Wall will both be magnificent additions to campus,” he added. 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Shipa Freight: 5 Tech Trends Transforming Freight Forwarding

first_imgBy Toby Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at Shipa FreightThe logistics industry has traditionally been slow to capitalise on technology advances. This has come at a cost: issues at ports, including an influx of mega-vessels and trucking congestion, have impacted efficiency and slowed shipping times.It is imperative that freight forwarders make use of new technologies to streamline these processes, to maximize efficiency and security in the industry and to level the playing field for SME businesses across the globe who want to participate in international trade on a small, cost-effective scale. And the industry is beginning to sit up and take notice: here are the five top tech trends which are reshaping freight forwarding.Trend #1: Focus on cybersecurityIt was more than a year and a half ago that shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk became the victim of a cyber attack that crippled the company’s infrastructure, and caused severe disruption at ports around the globe. Since the cyber-calamity took place, freight forwarders have been shifting with the times, transitioning from traditional processes to faster, more responsive, digital solutions. They have also felt further pressure to strengthen data privacy and security due to the 2018 implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).Many logistics providers that are just now starting down the path to digitization will at least be able to integrate robust cyber-security into brand new systems as they implement them, which tends to be less onerous than trying to improve protection within legacy applications and platforms.Trend #2: Making use of real-time dataThe availability of real-time information can improve scheduling and coordination, and ensure more efficient use of resources. Last year, the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Hamburg began using technology to share information about planned and actual vessel departure and arrival times between the two ports.Ports that successfully use data-sharing tools can reduce port congestion by improving the flow of cargo, increasing efficiency by planning and deploying labour and equipment in a more targeted way.Access to real-time data can also be beneficial to customers. If forwarders aggregate shipment data from the many sources and systems involved in ocean transportation and present it clearly to customers, the customers can more easily keep track of their shipment and in turn, they can keep their customers updated.Trend #3: “Internet of Things” solutionsAfter aggregating shipment data and presenting it to customers via a single user interface, the next step is to enrich shipping data even further with the aid of the Internet of Things. For instance, shipment tracking is still mostly dependent on exchanges of electronic messages between those involved, but as logistics partners begin to add in data from solutions like the maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) and electronic sensors (installed in ocean-shipping containers or even attached to product packaging), forwarders will be capable of more accurate tracking.If customers receive access to this data, they will be able to monitor the condition of their goods as well as gain real-time insight into their shipment’s progress. This is bound to be particularly valuable for perishables and other environment-sensitive items.Trend #4: Growing Customer-CentricityThe freight-forwarding sector, whilst catering to companies, businesses, and individuals with shipping needs, has traditionally been very process-focused. But as globalisation has taken hold and many smaller businesses find themselves in need of shipping services, freight forwarders are being forced to cast off the conventional approach and place customers’ perception of value at the forefront of modernization efforts.Forwarders are using digital solutions to enhance customers’ experience, for example by offering instant shipping quotations, developing more user-friendly websites, and deploying strategic content marketing and social media marketing strategies. As this trend progresses, we are likely to see more forwarders using strategies from the business-to-consumer playbook, such as shipping discounts and other incentives designed to secure customer loyalty.Trend #5: Blockchain adoptionBlockchain is a much-hyped and often misunderstood technology, but logistics is one of the few areas in which it is actually being adopted and is already making an impact.Maersk’s TradeLens technology, for example, is a blockchain solution currently in use to streamline and secure the exchange of information between more than 90 companies and organizations involved in global shipping activity. Participants in the TradeLens program, which relies on the execution of blockchain-driven smart contracts, include port and terminal operators, carriers, customs brokers, some freight forwarders and even customs officials.Another example is the introduction of a TEU token system by a startup called 300Cubits, which promises to solve the problem of cargo no-shows at ports and the overbookinglast_img read more

Come Grow with the WSU Master Gardeners of Thurston County

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WSU Thurston County ExtensionNext to digging in the dirt, there’s nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. An easy way to increase your gardening knowledge is to join the next Washington State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course. Master Gardener’s is a volunteer service gardening organization, cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973.The WSU Master Gardener training course consists of 20 weeks of indoor and outdoor classroom, online, and hands-on activities. The 2019 training will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays from January 25, 2019 through June 7, 2019.Instructors provide an overview of related subjects and environmentally sound practices including: vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnosis, insects etc.A WSU Master Gardener volunteer gains more than improved gardening skills. The Thurston County WSU Master Gardener volunteer training also focuses on skill building to support volunteers in better serving our community. The fast-paced coursework involves expanding communication skills, team dynamics, problem-solving, project leadership, risk management, technology, and more.“What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to lifelong learning and sharing of accurate gardening information with others. Trainees join more than 200 volunteers who have diverse expertise and interests. As a result volunteers have fun learning from one another while making friendships and a difference in our community,” said Cori Carlton, Program Manager.Upon completion of classroom work, graduates must volunteer 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.Tuition is $300 which covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans are available and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available to those in need.To be considered for a training spot you must complete an application and attend a 1.5 hour pre-orientation session. To see if the program is for you, please join us for a pre-orientation session.Pre-orientations are scheduled at three locations: WSU Thurston County Extension office, Lacey Library, and Tumwater Library. No pre-registration needed.Pre-orientations held at the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia, WA  98503. November 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.November 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.November 27, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.December 8, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.December 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Tumwater Library Community Room at 7023 New Market Street SE, Tumwater, WA  98501.December 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Lacey Library Community Room at 500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA  98503.December 11, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Course spots are filled on a first come first, served basis. Space is limited so apply today! The last day to apply is December 14, 2018, only if seats are still available. Applications can be downloaded from our website. Track: We do have an option for those who are interested in taking the course for professional or personal enrichment but with no desire of volunteering. The cost is $600 and space is limited. Please contact the Program Manager at [email protected] or 360-867-2162 for further details.last_img read more

Shelter provides bed, food to needy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The shelter is being staged at a county Department of Public Works maintenance yard for the second time after Castaic residents blocked a plan to place the facility at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center visitors’ parking lot, fearing a rise in crime. County sheriff’s officials said no incidents were reported over the holiday weekend. Officials are unsure where the shelter will end up next year. With the shelter’s location announced in mid-November, the SCCDC scrambled to set up the facility, mustering volunteers for move-in last week in anticipation of the Dec. 23 opening. “It’s always the church and the community that’s come through,” Preheim said. “It’s up and running and it’s very, very smooth this year.” The 13 using the shelter so far includes both men and women, some new and some returning, Preheim said. The shelter also is serving meals to six others, and provided hotel vouchers for several families – three adults and five children – over the first weekend, who have since moved on. The SCCDC emergency winter shelter opens at 6 p.m. on 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway. The facility closes March 15. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The temporary winter homeless shelter has taken in about 13 people over its opening weekend – a slight increase from last year, organizers said Tuesday. The 40-bed emergency shelter at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway, operated by the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., opened Friday to provide a place to sleep and a hot meal to those with neither. Shelter manager Barbara Preheim said the number exceeds that of the 10 adults who stayed at the shelter at this time last year, and expects it will increase this year. “We expect our numbers to grow a lot faster than we did last year,” she said. “It’s a matter of the word getting out and the same location two years in a row, so they know where it is.” last_img read more

Federer Gets 1,000th Match Win

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BRISBANE, Australia — Roger Federer turned the Brisbane International final into a grand occasion Jan. 11, beating the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in three see-sawing sets to register his 1,000th career match win.It’s a grand number for a 17-time Grand Slam champion, making him the only player after Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) to win 1,000 times on the men’s professional tour.“Clearly it’s a special day for me, winning a title plus getting to the magic number of 1,000,” Federer said after his 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win against third-seeded Raonic.“It feels very different to any other match I’ve ever won. All those (milestone) numbers didn’t mean anything to me, but for some reason 1,000 means a lot because it’s such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1,000 is going to take a while.”Federer clearly wanted to reach the milestone before the Australian Open, breaking Raonic’s serve in the third game and again in the opening game of the second set.He fired eight of his eventual 21 aces in the first set, taking on the big-serving Canadian’s strength. Just as it appeared Federer would coast to a comfortable victory, though, Raonic shook off his nerves to break back in the fourth game of the second set and swing the momentum.Federer had another half-chance to clinch it in two, getting an early mini-break in the tiebreaker, but Raonic went on a roll to win seven straight points and level the match.The 33-year-old Swiss star responded by serving an ace to open the third set, but he needed all his experience to save three break-point chances in that lengthy game.Tension continued to build as Raonic was forced to save two break points in each of the fourth and sixth games, and missed two chances on Federer’s serve in the fifth.Only one point went against serve in the next three games until Raonic was serving to stay in the match.He was leading 30-15 when Federer produced a pin-point topspin lob that forced an error, and then came a double-fault — Raonic’s first of the set and fourth of the match — to give Federer a championship point.Raonic netted a forehand on the next point, and Federer raised his arms to acknowledge the “Federer 1,000” placards and red-and-white Swiss flags being waved around Pat Rafter Arena.“Looking back it’s almost nicer winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final,” Federer said. “It means so much more than just running away with it. I guess I was much more happy having to go three sets in the end.”Raonic said he did everything he could but didn’t quite have the answer to beat Federer for the second time in their eight head-to-heads. Still, he didn’t mind being part of the big occasion.“It’s great to see because you know how much he’s done for tennis. He turned pro I think it was like 10 years before me,” Raonic said. “It’s great to see everything he’s done for tennis. The fans he’s brought, the media attention he’s brought … he’s definitely the most popular tennis player of all time.”Ballboys held up 1,000 in big, white numerals near the net during the presentation ceremony, when Federer accepted mementos from Australian tennis greats Roy Emerson and Rod Laver: the Roy Emerson Trophy and, from Laver, a framed montage of images with the words “Congratulations Roger, 1,000 match wins.”“Special moment. I’m glad I got it,” Federer said. “To get to 1,000 match wins in front of you guys … it really means a lot to me. I’ll never forget this match.”In a career of so many milestones, Federer welcomed another and was glad to get it done before the season-opening major.He hasn’t added to his collection of Grand Slam titles since his 2012 Wimbledon triumph, but showed signs last year he’s no spent force by finishing No. 2 in the rankings, helping Switzerland to its first Davis Cup crown and finishing the season with five titles and a 73-12 record.Federer said he hasn’t got Connors’ record number of wins in his sights, yet, but he does have ambitions to win more major titles. That quest recommences Jan. 19 at Melbourne Park, where he hasn’t returned to the final since winning the last of his four Australian Open titles in 2010.“Yeah, I do believe that,” he said. “Clearly I do believe I have a shot in Melbourne, otherwise I would go home.”(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Kenya Tourist Board extends a warm jambo to Canadian trade

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Kenya Tourist Board extends a warm ‘jambo’ to Canadian trade Travelweek Group TORONTO — Despite violent post-election protests that erupted across the country earlier this month, and a new election looming on Oct. 17, Kenya remains open to tourists and is focused on promoting the destination as more than just a safari hotspot.This was the message that was conveyed at an industry luncheon hosted by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) on Sept. 8 in Toronto. “This luncheon comes at a very important time in Kenyan history,” said Jane Onsongo, Deputy Head of Mission. “Please tell your clients that there is no cause for alarm.”To emphasize the point further, Onsongo noted that the Kenyan government has dedicated approximately 15% of the country’s budget towards security, intensifying ground and aerial patrols and implementing security checks at all entry points. The Tourism Police Unit (TPU) has also increased its presence in major tourism areas like Mombasa and Nairobi, particularly in shopping malls, airports, hotels and public areas.Aside from security, the government has dedicated much of its resources towards improving infrastructure and building its economy. The new Isiolo Airport, for example, is set to open in the Samburu region, which has long been a highlight of the Kenya safari circuit. The Jomo Kanyatta airport now boasts a new terminal for arrivals and departures, with other terminals currently being upgraded and a second runway in the works, all of which will lead to a 12% annual traffic growth, or 25 million passengers by the year 2025.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAnother major improvement is the launch of the new Thika Super highway that connects Northern, Central and Eastern parts of the country. An additional ferry from Mombasa to the south coast has been added, roads to national parks are being improved, and a new high-speed SRG train from Nairobi to Mombasa has cut travel time down to 4.5 hours, compared to the previous eight-hour journey.As far as hotels go, there’s plenty for travellers to be excited about. Malindi, Billionaire Resort by Italian billionaire Flavio is situated in the Malindi Marine Park and Reserve, considered ‘Africa’s Oldest Marine Park’, and offers butler service, a private beach and ultra-luxe, fully-furnished apartments. The Richard Branson-owned Mahali Mzuri hotel in the Maasai Mara is also worth mentioning for its 12 glamourous safari tents that come with ensuite bathrooms and private decks. Meanwhile, international hotel brands like Four Points by Sheraton, Park Inn by Radisson, Kempinski Villa Rosa, Radisson Blu and Best Western in Nairobi are quickly making their presence known across the country.Even more exciting for tourists, the government of Kenya has launched a new online application for visas. Visitors also have the option to receive a visa upon arrival. Plus, children under 16 years old can now enter the country without a visa, making it easier – and more attractive – for families to plan a visit.All this development is paying off in spades. According to Onsongo, the country saw a 6.8% increase in revenue and inbound tourist arrivals from 2015-2016. Canadian visitor arrivals have increased 14%, while globally, Kenya has seen an impressive 16% uptick in tourism arrivals. In addition, the country now boasts the ninth largest economy in Africa and has been named the best destination for foreign direct investment in the continent.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureLong regarded as one of Africa’s top sellers and a major luxury safari destination, Kenya remains dedicated to wildlife management and conservation. The government recently passed a new wildlife law that enforces fines of 20 million Kshs for poaching.But the country is about more than just its safaris, said Onsongo. It’s quickly becoming known as an adventure hotspot; it was the first destination to offer Stand Up Paddle (SUP) tours with dolphins, available on the Watamu Coast. There are also high altitude training camps in the Great Rift Valley that are attracting international athletes and ‘super runners’, not to mention kite surfing along the coast and deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean. Kenya also offers a year-long calendar of festivals and events that focus on yoga, marathons, food and more.To help travel agents sell the destination more effectively, KTB’s Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist (KATS) Program is a valuable resource. Currently available in the U.S., it’s divided into three chapters: Introduction to Kenya; Tourism Infrastructure; and Selling Kenya. The program will soon be coming to Canada. Monday, September 11, 2017 last_img read more