Limerick secures €6.5M in EU funding to become a smart positive…

first_img Previous article‘This is Limerick’ brochure tells city’s success story to win further investmentNext articleBD opens new state of the art R & D facility, creating 85 new jobs for Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury Vicky calls for right to die with dignity NewsBusinessLimerick secures €6.5M in EU funding to become a smart positive energy cityBy Staff Reporter – July 10, 2018 2301 Public opinion gridlocked over new city traffic measures Limerick has been awarded a substantial grant in the biggest EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project worth €6.5m to the city.FOR the next five years, Limerick City along with the city of Trondheim in Norway will work with five other follower cities, Alba Iulia (Romania), Pisek (Czech Republic), Sestao (Spain), Smolyan (Bulgaria) and Voru (Estonia) to develop together through citizen engagement a series of demonstration projects on how to become smart positive energy cities. Together with all of their citizens, they will develop solutions that will help generate more energy than they consume, and exchange experiences with cities across Europe to learn faster, together.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up By winning the grant, Limerick will become the first Irish ‘Lighthouse Smart City’ – Lighthouse cities are ones that develop and tests integrated innovative solutions at district scale and act as exemplars for their region and other cities and regions across Europe.Limerick is the only Irish city to ever receive this prestigious award and €6.5m of the overall funding will go directly to Limerick and its partners.“A smart city is a place where its infrastructure and services are made more efficient with the use of Digital and ICT technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business. The +CityxChange is another major step forward as part of our Digital Strategy for Limerick to become a Smart City Region that is ready for the new energy market and increased use of clean energy for sustainable development of our communities. We aim to demonstrate at European level the potential of our innovation ecosystem existent in Limerick and Ireland,” said Dr. Mihai Bilauca, Head of Digital Strategy, Limerick City and County Council. “Winning this grant proposal was only possible due to the spirit of partnership and collaboration so evident in Limerick. It is our key strength!”The focus in Limerick will be on the development of a new “community grid” and the use of smart meters, innovation in new energy sources (including hydrokinetic energy) and storage, digital tools and citizen participation to create what is called a ‘Positive Energy District’ in Limerick city centre, starting with the Gardens International building and ENGINE training and workspace provided by Innovate Limerick. A Positive Energy District is one that contributes more energy than it consumes.Limerick’s demonstration project will be centred in the Georgian Innovation district in the city centre (Georgian/Newtown Pery areas). The project will be led by Limerick City and County Council and Trondheim Kommune (Norway) and hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Irish partners include the Limerick Clare Energy Agency, Innovate Limerick, University of Limerick, IES R&D, Smart MPower, ESB Innovation and ESB Networks, Space Engagers, GKinetic Energy Ltd, Future Analytics Consulting.In its evaluation, the European Commission commended the Limerick +CityxChange proposal for demonstrating and substantiating actions that will contribute to the wide scale roll out of Positive Energy Districts across Europe. The Commission commended the Limerick led project’s convincing approach to make local governments an active and integral part of the energy solution and engage citizens in the city’s transformation.The project includes the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market. This market will be supported by a ‘connected community’ using digital technologies for collaboration, to reduce energy costs and resource consumption and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.Rosie Webb, Lighthouse City Leader, Limerick City and County Council said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for Limerick to lead at an international level on the creation of positive energy areas. The Georgian Innovation District will enable us to co-create the future we want to live in. This can only happen with the active participation of citizens and by working closely with the University, industry partners and local businesses. In Limerick we will specifically look at adapting our historic city centre to enable citizens to play a key role in this new sharing and exchange model of energy consumption. We will then be in a position to exchange our experience with cities across Europe.”Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr James Collins said;”I wish to congratulate the +CityxChange team who have put over 1000 hours of effort working with over 32 partners to reach this stage.  This process was started with a very welcome grant of €33,000 from Enterprise Ireland to cover costs, we have now reached our destination with a reward of €6.5m for Limerick and €2m of that going directly to Limerick City and County Council for this project where Limerick will lead internationally to help co-create the future we want to live in and actively engage with all our communities to do so. Thinking big, and thinking ahead have helped us turn the Limerick economy into a success story. It’s innovative initiatives like this +CityxChange project which will drive us on to the next level, a beautiful historic riverside city that’s harnessing our natural environment and digital technology to deliver the Limerick of the future, a Limerick that works for everyone. ”Contract negotiations will now begin between Limerick and its partners and the project is set to begin in 2019. The final two years involve monitoring and evaluation.ENDScenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp EU agreement a positive outcome for farmers and rural Ireland Advertisement Twitter TAGSEUinnovationinvestmentLimerick City Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Emaillast_img read more

U.S. Air Force Buys Super Tucano Planes from Brazil

first_img These are very good planes… the best in the world, congratulations to the United States for this fabulous purchase… By Dialogo January 04, 2012 The U.S. Air Force has acquired 20 of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s Super Tucano aircraft for a program of advanced flight training, reconnaissance, and support operations, the firm announced in a statement. Worth a total of $355 million dollars, the contract also includes “land-based support for pilot training, maintenance, and other needed services,” in addition to supplying the planes. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to offer the U.S. Government the best product for the LAS (Light Air Support) mission,” indicated Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the president of Embraer’s defense and security branch, according to the statement. “Our commitment is to move forward on our strategy of investment in the United States and to deliver the Super Tucano within the time period and in conformity with the budget agreed on in the contract,” he added. Embraer won this contract in partnership with the U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), specialized in the development of electronic systems. “We believe in the goals of the Light Air Support mission and are proud to be able to support the United States in its partner-building efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world,” Taco Gilbert, SNC’s vice-president for intelligence business development, indicated for his part. The Super Tucano is a modernized version of the Tucano training plane operated by the forces of 15 countries. Embraer, the world’s third-ranking aeronautics manufacturer producing commercial planes, announced a year ago that it was creating a department dedicated to defense, in order to strengthen the development of security and communications systems. The defense sector represents 7 percent of Embraer’s revenue, behind the commercial (58 percent) and executive (19 percent) sectors. last_img read more

​AP4 loses head of equities to Australian sovereign fund

first_img“I am delighted Björn is joining us and will bring his extensive experience in long-term investing and leadership to the Fund,” Arndt said.“Bringing together different investment perspectives is enormously important to how we run the portfolio, and Björn will be a great addition to our thinking.”At the Future Fund – which manages assets to pre-fund pension liabilities in addition to looking after funds devoted to the future financing of medical research, hospitals and school construction ­– Kvarnskog will oversee a listed equity portfolio worth AUD39bn, split between Australian equities and holdings in global and emerging markets.Prior to his seven years at AP4, he was head of European equities at DNB NOR Asset Management, which he joined in 2005 after five years as senior portfolio manager at AP3.He has also worked at Handelsbanken, Alfred Berg and JP Bank. Sweden’s AP4 has lost its head of global equities to Australia’s AUD118bn (€73.2bn) sovereign fund.Björn Kvarnskog joined AP4 in 2008 and in June took a sabbatical from his role to complete a degree in business administration.He will move to Melbourne in 2016 and become head of equities at the Future Fund, also joining the sovereign fund’s investment committee.The Future Fund’s CIO Raphael Arndt said Sarah Carne, director of equities, would continue as interim head of equities until Kvarnskog’s arrival.last_img read more

GiG to offer free coronavirus searches for online operators

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has cracked down on affiliates exploiting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by adding coronavirus keywords to its proprietary affiliate monitoring and compliance software, GiG Comply.Operators will benefit from free searches which will flag up whether their brand is being promoted inappropriately by affiliates.James King, Director of Sales, commented: “We don’t believe anyone should be profiteering off this crisis, which is having a huge effect on so many within our industry and through many others. Therefore we at GiG are running checks against COVID-19/ Coronavirus (and other associated keywords) for operators for free.“Our technology can scan and analyse thousands of web pages within a short space of time and therefore is well placed to support our industries fight against those profiteering off the back of this crisis.”In February, UK online bookmaker bet365 extended its existing agreement with ‘GiG Comply’ by further deploying GiG Comply provisions across its entire market capacity covering all European markets and the US.last_img read more

City of Wellington allocates $189,000 for new filters for water plant

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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 264 weeks ago That $12K should come out of someone’s pocket that authorized the demolition of their home. Instead of taxpayers pockets. And then fire the incompotent one that gave the order. Report Reply 2 replies · active 264 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 264 weeks ago It’s called insurance there genius. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 264 weeks ago * , genius. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 264 weeks ago Let us please hope that the filters can do something to the quality of the water. I do not have a problem paying a higher price, if the product is quality. The yellow water in my bathroom today along with my ruined white pants that came out of my washer yesterday to not reflect the quality water any of us should expect or deserve. Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down budget smudget · 264 weeks ago something has got to be done about the water situation in this town. we pay high costs for our water that is most times undrinkable. It stinks, it is not “clear”, it says something when my animals will not drink this water. We should have a compensation plan in place for when the water is not drinkable by our standards, not the city’s. When it smells worse then the lake trying to take a bath, or wash your clothes in it, why in the world would you try and drink it? Have we had an outside agency come and check the quality of our water? Not just our city people going around checking the quality, an actual outside entity. Anxious to see what they would find out. Just thoughts, on the budget, no one is going to be happy either way you look at it. It is getting more expensive to live here lets just get that out. The council can say its cheaper all they want, but with people living in other towns is appalled at how much we pay for water, electric, taxes, etc; there is a problem. Stop blaming the hospital for all of this and start looking at our managers, council members past and present. I believe there are a few that are trying to better our town, but the majority seems as if it is wanting to put this town in ruins. The hospital is a problems of sorts, but it wasn’t started yesterday and its not going to end tomorrow. This city has caused its own problems and its hard to see the citizens paying for their downfalls. Shane Shields seemed like he was doing a great job as interim manager, why didn’t we make him the city manager???? I believe he had potential to pull this city out of the rut it is becoming. Here’s to an interesting future Wellington!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down DiFraz · 263 weeks ago I thought Jason Newberry was the IT person for the City? Report Reply 1 reply · active 263 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 263 weeks ago he was given the position of utility director, fire dept. director and IT! What is Mr. Eckert doing is my question? Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Staying Broke · 263 weeks ago Where does the 17,000 gallons of water go that they use for back wash the filters. Report Reply 1 reply · active 263 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 263 weeks ago My guess would be to a waste lagoon Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 263 weeks ago With proper maintenance , and periodic up grades the water plant should run for ever. Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington voted to spend $189,000 for filters for the water plant at its regular meeting Tuesday. Jason Newberry told the council the city got only one bid and it was the amount that had been budgeted. He said the filters – which are mostly sand – were designed to last three to five years and the current system of filters has been in the water plant for 19 years. The water plant workers backwash the filters three or four times a day to keep them functioning and this wastes about 17,000 gallons of water a day. Newberry estimated it costs about $100,000 a year to backwash the filters. Newberry said the city is currently meeting standards. He did not know if it would improve water quality, but it would improve the efficiency of the system. They will still have to do some backwashing which could cost about $50,000 per year, so the savings would come but would not be immediate. Newberry said the greatest expense is getting the filters in place. Councilman Jim Valentine asked if it could be rebid to see if they could get a better price. Councilman Kip Etter wondered about the age of the plant and whether a new one would be built soon, making the filter purchase not as wise at the moment. City officials have no immediate plans to build a new water plant, but they have mentioned it at times and think planning for it should start in the relative near future.In other matters: •The city also voted to condemn a house at 1222 N. Jefferson. They held a scheduled public hearing about the property but  no one spoke.City inspector Aaron Norton said the house was in bad shape. It has not had utilities in more than a year, and has no back taxes due.He said the owners have said they will tear it down. He wanted the council to pass the condemnation anyway just in case the demolition didn’t happen, but he said he thought the owners would follow through. •Set a budget hearing for Aug. 18, which is the same night they plan to vote to approve the budget. The budget includes a three-mil tax increase, which will amount to $34.50 on a house valued at $100,000, or $2.88 per month.Details of the budget are available for the public to see at the city clerk’s office at City Hall.At the public hearing people may speak about the budget. Council member Kelly Green said she would like to hear public input before then. •The city held two executive sessions, one for attorney client privilege and the other one for employee maters for a total of 25 minutes. After the executive session it was announced they had settled a lawsuit with Tevra and Jason Venn for $12,000. They had sued the city for tearing down a house they owned in the spring of 2013 without their knowledge (see story here). 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