New views on Limerick’s revolutionary past

first_imgNewsHeritageNew views on Limerick’s revolutionary pastBy Staff Reporter – August 1, 2018 3626 Previous articleLotsa luck for Limerick familyNext article#PHOTOS All-Ireland glory beckons for Limerick’s magnificent hurlers Staff Reporter Print Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Advertisement Facebook Linkedin New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland WhatsApp Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Twitter TAGSheritagehistoryLimerick City and CountyMary Immaculate College Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free State soldiers outside Cruise’s Royal Hotel in 1922.Photo: National Library of Ireland.OVER the next five years, Ireland will commemorate the centenaries of seminal, but often difficult and controversial, events.As part of the commemorations, the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) will host a free one-day conference on Limerick during the revolutionary years between 1918 and 1923.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The conference, ‘Limerick 1918-23: New Approaches’ will bring together leading scholars to better understand this important period in Limerick’s and, indeed, the country’s history on Saturday, September 1.According to event organiser and MIC history lecturer Dr Brian Hughes, the conference participants have been working with new themes, methodologies, and sources for history and commemoration of the Irish Revolution.“The research that will be presented reflects some the most recent and innovative additions to our knowledge of the revolutionary period in Limerick and further afield. Contributors will use local, national, and even international perspectives to help us better understand the events of 100 years ago.’The first session of the conference will bring highlight underused or neglected sources for social and political history of the period.Limerick Council Archivist Jacqui Hayes and Limerick Diocesan Archivist David Bracken will highlight material available in local archives that represent the upheaval of the period alongside the everyday lives of those who lived in the city and county.MIC history student, Winnie Davern, will use a collection of private family papers to highlight personal responses to the anti-conscription movement in 1918 while PhD graduate, Dr Seán William Gannon, will look at the experiences of disbanded members of the Royal Irish Constabulary in Limerick in 1922.Maynooth PhD candidate Jack Kavanagh will make innovative use of GIS mapping technology to provide a more detailed picture of Civil War participation and Dr Alexandra Tierney will reflect on the impact of suffrage and independence on the women of Limerick.In the final session, papers by Anna Lively from the University of Edinburgh and Síobhra Aiken from NUI Galway will examine the ways that those involved wrote about their experiences afterwards, in both memoirs and in novels, and how events like the Limerick Soviet have been remembered or, indeed, forgotten.Queen’s University Belfast Professor Fearghal McGarry’s keynote lecture will ask us to think about the history and commemoration of Ireland’s revolution in a global context.Full details at www.mic.ieby Tom [email protected] Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day Emaillast_img read more

Transforming Backup into a Business Accelerator

first_imgData backup has transformed from “low-value, high-cost insurance policy” to “business accelerator.” Unfortunately, most organizations struggle with the complexity and cost of a jumble of disconnected backup technologies.In fact, what began as the EMC Backup and Recovery Systems Division’s internal development architecture now steers our customers as well. We all face the same challenge―with a multitude of protection technologies, how can you get everybody to pull in the same direction? The Protection Storage Architecture drives both our product strategy and our customers’ success.It also helps transform the backup team into a data protection service provider.The architecture comprises three components. First, select core protection storage with the capacity, performance and flexibility to support all of your protection workloads (backup, disaster recovery and archive). Second, integrate the protection storage and the data sources (applications, hypervisor, and primary storage) to improve performance and user visibility of the protection. Third, provide data management services (reporting, policy management, data catalog and protection storage management). This architecture helps transform the backup team’s approach from, “Here’s how we run backup, take it or leave it” to “How can I help you accelerate the business?” The result is data protection consolidation, user confidence and business acceleration.Our new releases focus on core enhancements in the Protection Storage Architecture framework:Protection Storage – Scale. For a decade, data protection did not keep pace with data growth. Protection storage systems are closing the performance and capacity gap for backup and archival. Recovery, however, demands a new approach. Recent disasters have demonstrated that traditional brute-force multi-TB restores do not meet the needs of large virtual environments. During an outage, they need instant access to run their critical VMs on the protection storage. They can move those VMs to the primary storage after the crisis has passed.Data Source Integration – Big Data and Cloud. Backup has become the “long pole” for Cloud and Big Data, so application and storage vendors are building optimized protection tools into their products. Application and storage administrators are becoming “Do it Yourself” backup engineers. Unfortunately, when teams go rogue, it is expensive, unreliable, and unmanageable. We need to connect DBAs and NAS administrators with the backup team – leveraging the intelligence in the data sources with consolidated protection storage and management.Data Management Services – Consolidate and Simplify. Backup teams need visibility into everything from storage protection copies (e.g. snapshots, clones, replicas) to application-driven copies (e.g. Oracle FRA) to traditional backups to archives. Meanwhile, VM environments demand policy-driven protection – the organization cannot delay VM deployment waiting for manual backup configuration! Finally, the backup team needs to eliminate excess moving parts in their environment and consolidate on the core architectural components.The enhancements to the Protection Storage Architecture deliver true business value.NAS Flexibility – Customers complain, “My NAS vendor has me totally locked-in. I protect my data only by replicating to another of their systems. My processes are built around their workflows and APIs. I would like to try other NAS appliances, like Isilon, but I’m stuck.” With Avamar’s high performance NAS data protection, we separated their data protection from their primary storage. They are now evaluating other NAS solutions and getting better pricing than they’ve seen in years.Scale Databases – Backup and recovery performance commonly prevents customers from consolidating and scaling their databases. This is especially painful as they try to operate against Big Data using SAP HANA and Oracle Exadata. With Data Domain’s expanded database integration, customers see dramatic improvements in protection performance and scalability, which enables them to grow their databases with confidence.Accelerate VM deployment – During a customer meeting, the backup team proclaimed, “We protect 1200 VMs.” Turning pale, the server virtualization lead said, “But we have 2600 VMs in production.” With the new policy-based VM backups in NetWorker, customers can ensure all new VMs are automatically protected. One Beta customer raved that it eliminates the final barrier to automated self-provisioning. They can now deploy new applications at the speed of business.With the right protection solution, the virtualization, application and storage, teams can reduce costs, accelerate development, and unlock new innovation. The Protection Storage Architecture can transform your backup into a business accelerator. I should know; I’m not only the CTO, I’m also a client.last_img read more

Swiss draft law paves way for pure DC funds

first_imgThe Swiss Federal Council has proposed changes to the investment regulations governing pension schemes that could allow sponsors to establish pure defined contribution (DC) funds.The changes, proposed as part of a new law on vesting in pension funds, would provide investment choice to plan members. The proposals transfer, under certain conditions, the burden of investment risk in non-mandatory occupational pension schemes to plan members by waiving certain legal guarantees.At present, non-mandatory pension schemes may, under certain conditions, allow members earning above CHF 126,900 per year to choose from a selection of investment strategies.However, under the current rules (FZG/LFLP), members are assured of a minimum return, even if they opt for a risky strategy that delivers poor returns. The draft revision of the FZG/LFLP revokes these safeguards, provided certain conditions are met. This means all members would receive the actual value of their retirement savings capital when leaving the fund. Under the draft, there would still be a requirement for the pension fund to provide at least one low-risk strategy among the investment options offered to members, although the precise definition of a “low-risk strategy” has so far not been provided by the Federal Council. In addition, members must be provided with information about the costs and risks of each investment strategy.At present, under international financial reporting standards (IFRS), Swiss pension plans are considered to be defined benefit (DB) plans because of the in-built guarantees.Olivier Vaccaro, partner, Aon Hewitt Switzerland, said: “As long as the parliamentary bill is not modified, the changes would allow sponsors to introduce pension schemes that might qualify as defined contribution (DC) under IAS19, and thus to move some pension liabilities off their balance sheets.“So this would be worth considering for those companies reporting under these accounting standards and who wish to reduce risk on their balance sheet.” He concluded that the move would only affect around 5% of the Swiss working population.“But it is likely in particular to affect accompanies in the financial sector because salaries are higher there, and such companies are sensitive about their balance sheet because they are subject to solvency requirements.”The legislation is not considered contentious, but has yet to be approved by either parliamentary chambers. Any resulting law would be unlikely to take effect before 2017.Read more about the shift towards investment choice in Switzerland in the recent issue of IPElast_img read more

Tonev completes Celtic move

first_img Press Association As Tonev prepares for his big chance in the green and white hoops, the winger said: “Joining Celtic is unbelievable, and I feel really good about it. I’m delighted to have joined the club and I can’t wait to meet up with my new team-mates and start playing for Celtic.” He added on Celtic’s website: “I already knew all about Celtic. Everybody in Bulgaria knows Celtic. “I spoke to Stiliyan Petrov yesterday and he was very happy for me. He wished me good luck and I hope I can do as well for Celtic as Stiliyan did.” Tonev has won 15 caps for Bulgaria and Villa hoped he could be a Premier League threat when Paul Lambert signed him from Lech Poznan in June 2013. Petrov, who was on the Villa coaching staff at the time after an earlier battle with leukaemia, predicted his countryman could make a substantial impact, but the reality was that Tonev struggled in the English top flight. The move to Scotland could open the door to Champions League football, with Celtic having been handed a dramatic reprieve and a shot at Slovenian side Maribor in a play-off to reach the group stages. The Scottish Premiership champions looked to have seen their hopes killed off by a 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw, however the Polish side were later punished for fielding an ineligible player. Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Tonev has more to offer than he showed in England. Deila told Celtic’s website: “Aleksandar’s a very quick player and he has two good feet which he can shoot with. “He has scored a lot of goals during his time at Lech Poznan and I think he can help bring the club forward with his qualities. We can also make him better.” The Aston Villa player will spend the season with the Scottish champions, who announced on Monday the deal includes an option to buy the 24-year-old next summer. Midfielder Petrov spent seven years with Celtic before taking the opposite path to Tonev, by moving south of the border to join Villa. center_img Aleksandar Tonev will aim to follow the example of fellow Bulgarian Stiliyan Petrov by becoming a Celtic hero after sealing a loan move to Parkhead.last_img read more

USC could be down to its third-string QB

first_imgWith two injured USC quarterbacks, redshirt freshman Jack Sears may start under center against Arizona State on Saturday. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The Trojans’ quarterback situation may be in a state of crisis coming out of their loss against Utah on Saturday, with freshman starting quarterback JT Daniels forced to leave the game with a possible concussion and redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Matt Fink diagnosed with broken ribs. Daniels had been struggling in the game before a hard hit during a late third quarter intercepted throw knocked him out of the game. Fink played well in his place, completing six of seven passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, along with rushing for 21 yards. So, he took a number of tough shots on those carries, leading to a postgame diagnosis of broken ribs that ruled him out for next week.Reports from Monday indicate that Daniels has cleared the first part of concussion protocol; he’s expected to be available to play in Saturday’s game against Arizona State. He’s still going through concussion protocol and has not yet been cleared to practice.With Fink out for the foreseeable future, redshirt freshman Jack Sears will be handling first team responsibilities in practice this week. Sears has been third on the quarterback depth chart all season and has yet to throw a pass in a game as a Trojan. If an unexpected turn holds Daniels out for Saturday, he will get his chance.Sears’ style of play is very different from that of Daniels and Fink, and he easily has the biggest arm on the team. He was responsible for some of the Trojans’ biggest plays downfield throughout training camp. He is less mobile than both Daniels and Fink and has a tendency to leave the pocket quickly in the face of pressure. His accuracy can be inconsistent at times, and he’s displayed a habit of occasionally holding on to the ball too long. But because Sears has only played in practice and camp, there’s no way to tell what a Sears-led offense will look like until he starts throwing passes in a live game.As of now, all signs still point to Daniels starting against ASU. However, if he can’t play or gets injured again, Sears will step in. It’s a situation worth monitoring throughout the remainder of the week as the Trojans look to rebound from Saturday’s loss and keep their 19-game home win streak intact.last_img read more