Limerick Council is bee-ing friendly

first_imgEmail Advertisement Linkedin Twitter NewsEnvironmentLimerick Council is bee-ing friendlyBy Bernie English – March 22, 2019 1583 Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick on Covid watch list Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins with Michael Sheehan, LCCC Parks Department, Sharon Lynch, LCCC Environmental Technican and Anne Goggin, LCCC Senior Executive Engineer.PIcture: Keith WisemanTHE HUMBLE dandelion is an annoying weed to some gardeners but if you’re a bee it’s spring gold.And Limerick City and County Council is delaying the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas to let the dandelions and other wild flowers flourish and help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Council signed a framework agreement with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to formalise its long term commitment to support pollinators in Limerick.The plan is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities to support pollinators such as bees.Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate crops, fruits and vegetables — but many pollinators are now threatened with extinction.Last summer, Limerick City and County Council began implementing the plan by leaving three pilot areas of public land develop into Wild Flower meadows at Corbally Meadows, Childers Road and College Park.The species diversity in these areas was studied by Dr Tom Harrington, botanist and all were found to have a range of plants of value to pollinators, in particular at Corbally Meadows.In addition to the wild flower meadows, grass cutting will be delayed in a number of public areas to allow the dandelions to flower.These include Curraghgower Park, Arthur’s Quay Park and part of Mungret Park.Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “It is very important that we care for our environment.  Scientists have shown that bees are crucial to maintaining crops.  They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.”Limerick City and County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to officially partner with All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, leading the way in ‘pollinator protection.Michael Sheehan of the Council Parks Supervisor said: “There’s huge interest from the public in pollinators and an awareness that we have to take action now.  The strength of the Pollinator Plan is its evidence-based guidelines which give clear advice on how each sector can improve their land for pollinators.”Have your say by using #BeeFriendlyLimerick on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County CouncilNews Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Facebook Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues WhatsApp Previous articleFilm and theatre at Kilmallock’s Friars’ GateNext articleLimerick name team to play Dublin in League semi final Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Arsenal agree deal to sign Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano

first_imgMartinelli has scored six goals for Ituano in 2019 (Metro Grab)UOL also report that Martinelli’s agents also offered him to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals but no club came forward with a proposal.AdvertisementAdvertisementItuano also attempted to put up a fight to keep a portion of Martinelli’s economic rights but Arsenal refused.Martinelli, who made his professional debut last year and is capable of playing on either flank, scored six goals for Ituano in the Campeonato Paulista earlier this year.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly heading to Arsenal this summer (Instagram/Ituano)Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Ituano forward Gabriel Martinelli, according to reports in Brazil.The Gunners have been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old’s progress and scouts have been providing detailed reports for several months.Martinelli had a trial with Manchester United in 2017, while he has also been linked with a move to Barcelona.But according to UOL, Arsenal have now reached an agreement to sign Martinelli and the forward will make the move to the Gunners once he turns 18 in June.ADVERTISEMENTSeveral Brazilian teams were also in the running including Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Santos, but Martinelli opted to make the move to the Premier League after extensive talks. Comment Arsenal agree deal to sign Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Apr 2019 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link952Shareslast_img read more

Erlang Solutions: From bet365 to William Hill – how functional programming wins at the bookies

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Stuart WhitfieldWith the Grand National behind us, and the Champions League final fast approaching, we wanted to know how bookmakers keep up with demand. To find out, we sat down with the experts at Erlang Solutions – CEO Stuart Whitfield and Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director.____________________________________SBC: bet365 are widely respected as the leader in online betting – what role does Erlang play in in the firm’s day to day running?Stuart Whitfield: Prior to our work with them, bet365’s in-play betting platform was developed in Java, and initially it met their needs well. However, exponential growth saw them host up to two million users at any time, generating thousands of updates per second.This put scalability, latency, and reliability at risk. With increasing scalability requirements, traditional relational databases would also become problematic.Francesco Cesarini: Erlang perfectly met bet365’s requirements. Erlang is a robust, compact language which gives you actor style concurrency, immutability and error handling semantics. Together with the OTP middleware you get a programming model that greatly relieves these concerns.Francesco CesariniWe have supported bet365 to migrate infrastructure from Java to Erlang, which they found a much better fit than the original Java-based solution. There is much more insight about our partnership and results we achieved in our webinar with bet365.SBC: What do you find the biggest challenge is for online bookmakers compared to other industries?FC: There’s a little something we like to call the “innovation-scale dilemma”. Bookmakers must not only meet the demands of high frequency requests and traffic bursts, but also keep the tech-savvy, multi-channel customers engaged.To meet user demand, the industry continuously creates and improves on new types of games and bets. This is when tech departments hit upon the dilemma. Over a certain number of users, the ability to innovate quickly is lost. Precious time is spent rewriting software so that it runs to scale, slowing release time.SW: To break this innovation-scale dilemma, the most innovative industry players – such as bet365 and William Hill – have chosen Erlang (or Elixir, a language based on the same underpinnings as Erlang) as their core technology. We also support global payment companies, like Klarna, messaging companies like ooVoo, and IoT companies such as Intel – all of whom face similar technical challenges to online bookmakers.SBC: Why is the Erlang language and ecosystem so well suited to betting operators?SW: Erlang was built with telecoms in mind, but its strengths map perfectly to betting operators’ needs. With support for millions of lightweight processes, Erlang allows you to build massively concurrent and fault tolerant applications very quickly.Erlang’s extreme fault-tolerance isolates errors and system crashes, allowing the system to quickly recover without the user ever noticing that it had failed!FC: Its functional paradigm makes program outputs easier to predict, debug and analyse. This reduces the complexity of the code base significantly, increasing product delivery speed and reducing time to market. It also reduces maintenance and operational costs, as it requires less people and infrastructure to run on.Erlang excels in handling request explosions and multiplexing, cascading requests from a single event to span hundreds of servers while maintaining request delivery order. I’ve seen Erlang systems connect ten times more users than competing Java solutions and support data changing at four times the previous rate.SBC: Can you elaborate on the work you did with William Hill? SW: Our most recent work with William Hill’s revolved around Erlang-based Riak KV, a highly performant key value data store solution for bookmakers.Most legacy systems are based on database-centric architecture: relational databases with fixed capacities. These databases don’t meet the requirements of massive scalability, speed, and fault tolerance needed to run a modern betting infrastructure. Left as they are, they force operators to rely on additional hardware to vertically scale. This is not a sustainable nor a cost-effective approach.FC: With Riak KV, William Hill can scale elastically, as and when capacity is required. Riak KV is a distributed NoSQL database with a key/value design and advanced local and multi-cluster replication that guarantees reads and writes, even in the event of hardware failures or network partitions.We’ve been able to scale out, up and down predictably, deal with unavoidable server network or data center failures, and achieve lower latency than the systems we have replaced.SBC: What can operators do to improve their systems in the short term?FC: If you are already using Ruby, start programming in Elixir. Elixir is an emerging programming language from the Erlang ecosystem providing the same guarantees of performance, scalability and resilience. It shares its syntax with Ruby, making it more palatable to developers who are already familiar with Ruby.Pinterest and Moz are among Elixir adopters, and we’ve supported Bleacher Report, the world’s second largest sports website, in deploying Elixir to handle their surges in traffic.SW: I would also recommend evolving your system into a distributed architecture, which can be easily done by plugging into Erlang-based products which are quick to deploy and scale elastically.SBC: What’s the future for Erlang and Elixir? What’s upcoming?SW: In today’s world, we’re all always on. Apps are increasingly concurrent. For the most part, the traditional way of achieving concurrency using threads, shared memory and locks will not scale. Erlang and Elixir offer a solution.The open source BEAM virtual machine, on which Erlang and Elixir operate, is a beacon of reliability, scalability, and concurrency. It’s highly optimised for real time, massively concurrent and transactional systems. As long as there is a demand for these systems, BEAM, and Erlang and Elixir, will continue to have an upward trajectory, especially in telecoms, messaging, online betting, and IoT.FC: While consumers are always on, so are their service providers. Always evolving, deploying something new. High level programming languages like Erlang and Elixir allow development teams to refactor the code and move it around painlessly.It’s because of this that Erlang has seen adoption by businesses with large volumes of concurrent, active users who transact a massive amount of data in real-time, such as Klarna, Vocalink, and EE. I’m constantly in conversation with companies who have depended on Ruby, but want to exploit BEAM’s power to reduce their operational, server and infrastructure costs.____________________________________Profiles:Francesco CesariniFrancesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, he founded Erlang Solutions.Stuart WhitfieldStuart Whitfield is CEO at Erlang Solutions and has been its Commercial Director since 2010. With his background in the commercial law, Stuart supports Erlang Solutions’ clients in getting the best solution for them, he is also well versed in the challenges bookmakers face.Erlang SolutionsErlang Solutions specialises in giving business truly scalable solutions through the creation, integration, delivery, and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language. Four of the world’s top bookmakers currently look to Erlang Solutions for technical know-how. Click here to learn more about Erlang Solutions’ work in the online gambling & betting industry. Share Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020last_img read more

Angels hoping Zack Cozart can return quickly from forearm tightness

first_imgA season-ticket holder who was nearby when the goose plummeted into the lower deck, Roach reported Thursday on the Tigers’ pregame show that she took the bird to the Michigan State Veterinary Medical Center, where it was in good shape. She said the goose was to be released in a couple days.The Rally Goose – so dubbed after the Tigers erupted for a five-run inning following the incident – became a viral hit on social media. The Tigers also had what appeared to be a plastic goose in their dugout during Thursday’s game. BUNTING AGAINST THE SHIFTWith Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun struggling for much of the season, and opponents frequently shifting against them, bunting has seemed like a decent option.A day after Valbuena dropped down his second bunt single of the season, Scioscia said it’s often not as good a play as you might think.“I know the guys look for it, and it was there last night,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “The lion’s share of the time as we’re watching it, they’re taking it away. The third baseman is in enough, taking it away. It’s a little cat-and-mouse game. If it’s there, these guys try to take advantage of it.”Valbuena had no bunt hits last season, but he had four in 2016. This year, he had squared around three other times, but either missed or bunted foul. Calhoun does not have a bunt single this year, with only one attempt that went foul. He had two bunt hits in 2016 and one last year.ALSOBlake Wood is expected to be out 12 to 14 months after undergoing surgery to repair the damage to his elbow ligament that was replaced during Tommy John surgery six years ago, the Angels announced on Thursday. Wood, who is a free agent at the end of this season, underwent the follow-up surgery on Wednesday. …The Angels claimed right-hander Oliver Drake on waivers. Drake is out of options, so the Angels will need to add him to the 25-man roster. Drake, 31, has a career 4.81 ERA and 10 strikeouts per nine innings in 106-2/3 innings over parts of the past four years. This year, splitting his time between the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers, he has a 7.94 ERA in 17 innings. …Ian Krol, who was designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers, but exercised his right to decline the Angels outright to Triple-A. Krol instead became a free agent. The 27-year-old left-hander pitched two scoreless innings on Sunday, after posting a 1.71 ERA at Triple-A. …Ian Kinsler was 9 for 14 in the four-game series against the Tigers, the club with which he spent the previous four years. “There is no doubt that Ian is seeing the ball better,” Scioscia said. “There’s no doubt he’s found his timing, and hopefully it will be the sign of good things to come because he’s going to be important to us.” …Jaime Barría, 21, will start against Bartolo Colon, 45, on Friday night at Angel Stadium. Barría was less than nine months old when Colon made his major league debut in 1997. …The Angels’ game at Houston on Sept. 2 has been added to the ESPN Sunday Night baseball schedule.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 4-1, 2.97) vs. Rangers (Bartolo Colon, 2-2, 3.55), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) DETROIT — Zack Cozart hadn’t even begun to take batting practice on Wednesday afternoon when he felt something he couldn’t explain.“I had no soreness or anything in my forearm, and I took a swing and it grabbed,” Cozart said Thursday after he missed a second straight game with tightness in his left forearm. “It just kind of zinged me and locked up on me. Hopefully, it’s like a spasm and not any kind of bad strain.”Cozart said he was not expecting to be able to play on Thursday afternoon, with the quick turnaround from Wednesday night. He said he is hoping that by Friday night, with another 24 hours or so to heal, that he’ll feel well enough to play.GOOSE UPDATEThe goose that flew into one of the scoreboards at Comerica Park on Wednesday night was still creating a buzz Thursday morning. The Tigers invited Dr. Catherine Roach, the local veterinarian who rescued the goose, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday’s game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more