#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Patricia RyanLIMERICK theatre producer Richie Ryan has called for the immediate resignation of City Manager Conn Murray, Committee Chairman Pat Cox and Chief Executive Patricia Ryan from the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014.Mr Ryan of CentreStage Theatre School was commenting on Ms Ryan’s controversial appointment as chief executive of Limerick City of Culture, without the job being advertised. Ms Ryan, a former adviser to former European Parliament President, Pat Cox, was appointed on Mr Murray’s recommendation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Richie Ryan, the appointment highlights the ineptitude, arrogance and unacceptable manner in which the City of Culture team is treating many Limerick artists. He described the situation as “embarrassing” and said it highlights the total disregard for public funding.“The wink and nod mentality seems rampant in the board structure of The Limerick City of Culture at this time. The management structure raises serious questions when it comes to allocation of resources to the dedicated local theatre practitioners during what has the potential to be a very invigorating time for culture in Limerick City,” said Mr Ryan.He said he has lost confidence in Conn Murray, Pat Cox and Patricia Ryan to steer Limerick City of Culture 2014 with any meaningful transparency or accountability at this time.“I call for their immediate resignation from the executive board. I am sure that this situation would not be tolerated in any other major city in Ireland.”Cllr Tom Shortt, who represented Limerick City Council on the board of the Belltable Theatre for four years, has also said that Patricia Ryan, “must step down now”.He claims Ms Ryan is without any expertise or experience in the demanding world of arts management.“This has gripped the public imagination in Limerick and people are shocked by the arrogance of it.“This is a deeply flawed appointment. For the success and the integrity of the City of Culture project, Ms Ryan must step down. The position must be advertised immediately and a chief executive must be properly recruited,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Leddin said he has “absolute confidence” in Ms Ryan as CEO of the City of Culture project and in its board.“I have met Patricia on a few occasions and I believe she has the professional experience and the ability to ensure that Limerick 2014 will be a hugely successful event,” he said.Speaking at City Hall this week City and County Manager, Conn Murray, told council members that he was satisfied there was no breach of recruitment regulations. He also revealed that the City of Culture project was under pressure to secure a chief executive because of funding delays.“I’m very confident the person in place is the right person to do the job for Limerick,” said Murray. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsCall for resignations over appointment rowBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2013 904 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebook Conn’s new role on immigrant group Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSConn MurrayLimerick City of Culture 2014Music LimerickPat CoxPatricia Ryan Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleUL Basketball to be streamed live this weekendNext articleCalls for help from St Vincent de Paul Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Introduce customers to advanced server technology that’s ideally suited to transformational workloadsWhen Dell acquired EMC in September 2016, it didn’t just gain the industry’s leading enterprise storage vendor. Suddenly, Dell was also able to tap into a rich vein of Machine Learning expertise in EMC. This capability now sees Dell EMC adopting a leading position in the fast-growing Artificial Intelligence market, offering technologies and services that span the edge to the core to the cloud.Thanks to the inherent product optimization and consultancy expertise offered by the combined company, Dell EMC partners are now ideally placed to benefit from customers’ ever-growing interest in the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver business growth.Industry analyst Moor Insights & Strategy reports that worldwide demand for AI technologies is surging, with organizations of all sizes identifying possible application benefits in terms of productivity, revenues and product improvements1. In fact, IDC forecasts that total spending on AI will ramp up to tens of billions of dollars by the early 2020s.2Tap into the interest in AI initiativesAI is a transformative technology that has the power to change the way organizations interact and add intelligence to many products and services through new insights that were previously hidden in vast pools of data. The breadth of AI applications continues to grow, as progressive companies continue to advance and explore the capabilities of the underlying technologies of Machine Learning and Deep Learning.AI is a branch of computer science that deals with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers and the capability of a machine to imitate human intelligence. It can cover everything from characterizing something as ‘simple’ as recognizing an object in an image to applying reason and ethical values in problem solving – something far beyond current capabilities within the field.Machine Learning uses statistical analysis modeling for use cases such as resource allocation, predictive analytics, predictive maintenance, text classification, bioinformatics, trend discovery, forecasting, face detection and pricing. These ‘classical’ statistical approaches are generally well suited for uncovering trends and categories in numerical data, and do not require massive training datasets or hardware accelerators.Deep Learning, meanwhile, is all about discovering and modeling complex unstructured data for perception and recognition purposes. It’s now widely used for computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, social network processing, autonomous driving, image processing and classification, and financial market modeling.A Smart approach to driving insights and improvementsIn its report on the subject1, Moor suggests that interest in the potential of AI is primarily driven by two key motivations:To improve operational efficiencies – what it refers to as ‘Smart Operations’; andTo enhance products and services through data-driven insights and use of unstructured data types, such as voice and images, to enhance human-machine interaction – what it calls ‘Smart Products and Services’.Smart Operations includes everything from e-commerce product recommendation engines to cyber security, customer sales and support chatbots, financial trading, fraud detection, enhanced public safety services and supply chain optimization.Smart Products and Services can be found in the fields of medical diagnosis and treatment, drug discovery, hospital clinical care management, autonomous vehicles, drones, consumer electronics, and threat intelligence and prevention.Over the next decade, AI is predicted to have an impact on virtually every product and business process. 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Because AI requires specialized and optimized compute.Organizations wishing to implement AI initiatives are finding that they need to invest in the advanced level of computational horsepower that Machine Learning, especially Deep Learning, demands – as well as high-bandwidth, low-latency networking and storage capabilities.While modernization does require some investment, a recent Forrester Consulting research study3 reported that an infrastructure upgrade will pay off not only in financial ROI terms, but also in additional business value, such as improved customer experience and IT operational efficiency.There’s no denying that AI costs are significant, but so are the returns. Despite hesitations around the upfront cost, 51% of companies in the Forrester study reported that they’re expecting an ample return of between 2x and 5x in terms of their AI investments and the additional business value.The inefficiencies of outdated infrastructureThe Forrester survey found that the largest challenge to AI in the data center was antiquated infrastructure that made it difficult for the IT organization to support the business in an agile manner. Enterprises especially called out the inefficiencies due to a lack of server and workload automation, as well as insufficient security and legacy software that could not be upgraded.The latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, powered by next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, are the bedrock of the modern data center – with scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security built in at every step.As a Dell EMC partner, you’re ideally placed to promote servers such as the brand new Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa (optimized to run AI and machine learning workloads) and the Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 (ideal for turbocharged in-database analytics), which will help your customers to maximize performance and optimize efficiency right across the business – with no compromises.We’ve also recently developed pre-configured ‘Ready Bundles’ for Machine Learning and Deep Learning at scale. 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Students should first research the dangers of radon on the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension website at ugaradon.org. The trick is raising people’s awareness of this potential hazard in their homes, said Gabrielle Dean, a radon educator with the UGA Extension Radon Education Program. Household radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families. Radon is a gas released by the natural decay of uranium deposits contained in Georgia’s granite bedrock. It seeps up through foundations and accumulates in homes. Radon can be a problem anywhere in the state, but higher levels are typically seen in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil conditions and granite bedrock. To help get the word out, the UGA Radon Education Program asks 9- to 14-year-olds across the state each year to design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and how they can keep their families safe. The top three winners will receive prizes and be entered into the national contest and their art may be used in future public awareness campaigns. That’s why the University of Georgia Radon Education Program is asking students to get the message out: Testing for radon is easy and could save someone’s life. The deadline for entries is September 29, 2017. They can then create a poster on one of five themes:What is radon?Where does radon come from?How does radon get into our home?Radon can cause lung cancer.Test your home for radon.Winners will be notified in November and may have the chance to meet Gov. Nathan Deal during Radon Awareness Month in January. The good news is that radon problems can be fixed and that testing for radon couldn’t be easier because test kits are available throughout the state at UGA Cooperative Extension offices and online at ugaradon.org. For more information and contest promotional materials, email [email protected] or call 706-583-0602.
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