Dell technologies is helping transition to remote working Advertisement In its virtual format the interactive sessions will feature keynote speakers including Dell Technologies Chairman and CEO Micheal Dell, President of International Markets Aongus Hegarty, Managing Director for Dell Technologies Ireland Jason Ward and Declan Costello, Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Ryanair. The Forum will provide business leaders, IT experts and transformation thought-leaders with the latest insights ranging from Cloud and AI to remote working and adapting to lead through change. Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDell TechnologiesDigital WorkplaceFlexible IT Dell Technologies Ireland announced today that its annual ‘Dell Technologies Forum’ will take place once again this year in the form of a weeklong series of virtual events beginning on November 4.Flexible IT, Digital Workplace and Innovating Through Data will be the key topics under discussion in a weeklong series of sessions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The focus of the Forum will be on accelerating the digital transformation of organisations. With many organisations in Limerick focused on transforming their business models over recent months, leaders from Dell Technologies and the business community in Ireland will outline how advanced technology can enable companies adapt quickly, stay agile and serve their customer base in an increasingly data-driven world. Jason Ward, VP & Managing Director, Dell Technologies Ireland, said:“This year businesses large and small have proven their ability to embrace change at unprecedented speed. From managing an entire workforce remotely to embracing technology to remain connected with customers, we’ve seen digital transformation accelerate at pace.”The Forum comes as Dell Technologies recently announced the expansion of its as-a-Service capabilities with Project APEX to simplify how customers and partners access technology on-demand—across storage, servers, networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, PCs and broader solutions. Linkedin Over 140 graduates attend Dell Technologies’ All-Ireland Grad and Intern Day • November 4 – Kick-off & Digital Transformation Talks• November 11 – Flexible IT• November 18 – Digital Workplace• November 25 – Innovating through DataThe Dell Technologies Forum is an annual event run in partnership with Intel and Microsoft. Register for your place for this free the virtual event HERE and join the #DellTechForum conversation. Email WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Post Show | MS ReadathonNext articleWATCH: Munster Go 4 From 4 After Away Win Over Dragons Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie The Dell Technologies Forum will begin on November 4 at 11am with follow-on virtual sessions over the course of the week. Event themes and timings include: BusinessNewsDell Technologies Forum will run as a virtual event this weekBy Staff Reporter – November 2, 2020 141 Facebook Limerick firms facing into a year of digital disruption
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For some, the perfect blend of livestock care, management, breeding savvy, and good old-fashioned hard work coordinated and peaking at just the right time for show ring success holds a powerful appeal. Marvin Larrick from Highland County caught the bug early and has built a life around it.His love for pigs runs deep. He grew up raising cattle, which eventually led to feeding hogs as an opportunity to feed out some corn. He showed Durocs growing up through 4-H, but as he got older and started his own herd, they began selling some club pigs and raised Hampshire purebred hogs that led to many show ring successes.Larrick and his family reside in Highland County where he works with his brother and retired father farming about 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat while also maintaining a sow operation. Having raised several county fair champions, Larrick decided to get into a larger show circuit and started showing and selling pigs nationally. In recent years, the Larrick herd sold a barrow named “Dakota” that brought home a champion banner from what he describes to be “the premier barrow show” held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as well as winning the Hampshire Boar competition at the Indiana State Fair.The family enjoys the show atmosphere, the challenges of facing different judges each time they enter the ring and the evolving expectations of the ideal animal.“What is great today may not be great tomorrow,” he said. “I would like to see us getting back into the middle of the road between lean and heavy muscle where the hog is still sound, still productive and still grows.”Over the years of showing, Larrick has seen many changes in the show world including converting from purebreds to crossbreds and the overall structure of the hog. As a breeder it can be a gamble to breed hogs that the judges prefer. Always looking for the next edge when it comes to feed rations, genetics and management, Larrick stays up to date on the next best thing for his herd.“I have seen the pendulum swing from the left to the right and then back to the left again. If you are continuing to chase it, you are never going to catch it,” he said. “If you were very smart, you would breed the hogs you like to raise yourself because if you do not satisfy yourself, you are not going to satisfy anyone else. Raise the hogs you like to raise and what you know. The ideal hog should be the ideal pork chop.”Beyond the barn and the show ring, the Larricks are very involved in the community, county fair and Highland County Pork Producers where Marvin served as president. From there he continued to serve at higher levels in the Ohio Pork Council.In 2001, he became the Ohio Pork Board President. Through his 10 years on the Board he saw many great things accomplished as well as the challenges and barriers for the pork industry in general. He also had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and gain an understanding about what happens with legislators while working to advocate for farmers and livestock operations.While serving the Ohio Pork Board, he saw hog prices go to $8, the termination of the checkoff, the checkoff re-instated, and the establishment of a new voluntary checkoff. He was able to do some legislative work himself with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to brainstorm ideas in order to not lose the checkoff. He then took the idea to the national level.Larrick’s two years as board president overlapped a very critical time for the state and National Pork Producers Council and he worked to negotiate a new and vital funding mechanism with the National Pork Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Voted into action in 2002 by national producer delegates, the program was originally called the Producer Consent program and it was started to ensure that adequate funding would be available for critical programs focused on public policy, including legislative and regulatory issues management, as well as trade issues. Now called the Strategic Investment Program (SIP), the program provides funding for state organizations to support their members on local legislative and regulatory issues. SIP funds are used to strengthen the organization’s mission to enhance and defend opportunities for U.S. pork producers at home and abroad.Pork producers participate by voluntarily investing a percentage of the sales of each market hog sold. A portion of this investment is distributed as unrestricted funds to the state organizations, allowing them to respond to threats on a local basis including fighting for reasonable legislation and regulation, developing revenue and market opportunities and protecting the livelihood of pork producers.Larrick really championed the SIP program in Ohio and nationwide.“Marvin was able to carry the message to all producers, regardless of the size of the operation. As a result, Ohio was one of the first states in the country to ‘buy in’ and encourage a large percentage of pigs marketed in Ohio to enroll in the program,” said Bryan Black former Ohio Pork Council president.In addition, Larrick served as a delegate at the National Pork Producers Council annual meeting and served as chairman of the Ohio Pork Council’s Legislative Committee. He currently serves on the Ohio Pork Council Events Committee and is very involved at the local level in Highland County. He also serves as the lead coordinator for the annual Pork Congress PAC auction.Going forward, Larrick believes that environmental groups and animal care issues will be the greatest challenges the industry has to face.“Producers are taking the best care of their animals because it is their livelihood, everyone doesn’t always understand that, though,” Larrick said. “If you treat the sow right, she will take care of everything else and you will be successful.”As he continues his service to the pork industry, the Larrick herd is thriving and they are looking to continue to produce high quality county fair pigs far into the future. When not working on the farm or handling hogs, Marvin spends time serving as a husband and father of five children. Along with his wife, Christy, he thoroughly enjoys watching their children excel in sports as he also coaches softball and basketball, and stays busy with WW Cleaners — the dry cleaning business they own. Just recently, the Larrick family got into the rodeo scene as well with their youngest boy, Owen.The pork industry in Ohio is made up of many outstanding leaders and occasionally there are a few of those leaders that strive to go above and beyond the expectation and exert a passion to improve swine production as a whole. Though he may suggest otherwise, there is no question as to why the Ohio Pork Council selected Larrick as the 2017 Pork Industry Excellence Award winner. From the Larricks’ continued support and passion for the industry, it is evident that they truly care about pork production and watching others succeed in the end.“Being involved with Pork Congress for the last 20 years now with some of the great people that have gone through, I was honored to be put in that category,” he said. “I am not sure why I am worthy, but I was honored. I was not sure what I had done that had been that spectacular.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180418_RyanMartinSun this morning will be followed by increasing clouds this afternoon as low pressure moves into east central IN by early to mid-afternoon. This low will bring moisture back into Ohio later this afternoon and then we see action holding through evening, overnight and into tomorrow morning. Moisture has about 60% coverage, and will be most significant over the northern half to third of the state. Moisture does not look that impressive, still under a quarter of an inch for the most part, although a few locations may push closer to a third. Liquid precipitation is expected through evening but temps fall tonight, meaning after midnight we may be able to see some mixing or change over to light wet snow. We do not expect any problems, and the wet snow will be limited in coverage. Precipitation in generally will mostly be over the northern half of the state and we can see the best wet snow chances tonight and tomorrow morning mostly near the lake. Temps do not look to fall off too far overnight, and that will help keep snow at a pretty low threat.We dry down and see clouds break up tomorrow afternoon and se should see sunshine in full force ahead of sunset. We then keep a dry pattern in our forecast dry for Friday through the weekend and through a good chunk of next week. For us in Ohio, the key day to watch will be Tuesday…mostly in the afternoon. The storm complex that we have been watching continues to fall apart. At this point, we don’t want to take action completely out, because we can see a few scattered showers over about 40% of the state. But, we are talking moisture of a tenth of an inch or less in that 40% coverage zone…which is down significantly from earlier this week. There is a good chance that most of us miss the action Tuesday. If that turns out to be the case, we will have a nice, long dry window emerging, as our next batch of moisture probably holds off until late on Friday night or next Saturday. So, keep your fingers crossed!There is still a good chance of moisture with a strong system around the 28th into the 29th. Moisture totals are not as impressive this morning, but we still are leaving the door open to some rains from .25”-1” over 70% of the state. Then we have an unsettled finish to the 11-16 day forecast window. Models are unsure how to handle moisture, but we do expected at least one more strong front between the 2nd and the 4th. The front likely has some strong to severe weather potential and can bring rains up to 1”. Timing is the main uncertain part to precipitation in early May.Temperatures likely do not get quite as cold as what we saw Monday again. However, we are still projecting a mostly below normal temperature profile through the end of the month. A couple of moderating days will be in there, but generally, we stay cool. Keep in mind, normal temps are rising, rather rapidly this month, as we pointed out before…but still, we do not see any significant above normal warming coming for at least several more weeks.
Does the addition of solar capacity on the grid cause an increase in air pollution? A North Carolina newspaper argues that it does. Earlier this month, the North State Journal pointed to an air pollution application from Duke Energy for gas-fired power plants it operates in Goldsboro, North Carolina, as evidence that solar energy causes an increase in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The Raleigh newspaper quoted Duke spokeswoman Kim Crawford as saying that reductions in carbon dioxide emissions also could be reversed if solar energy policies aren’t changed. Emissions go up, the article says, because solar energy is intermittent. When solar output drops, inefficient peaker plants fired by fossil fuels must be brought on line, but starting and stopping the plants reduces efficiency and thwarts emission control devices.RELATED ARTICLESSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientSolar Blooms in the Rural U.S.PV Cost Reaches Grid Parity in 11 StatesRethinking the GridThe New ‘Smart’ Grid In fact, the article continues, more NOx is released into the atmosphere than would be the case if natural gas were used exclusively and solar energy was eliminated. It quotes Steve Gorham of the Heartland Institute, which does not accept climate science, as saying there’s “very little measured data” showing that renewables lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. According to an article detailing the dispute posted at E&E News, Duke Energy acknowledges that ramping power plants up and down does lead to more emissions. But a spokesman said conclusions reached by the newspaper were wrong. “We just need to note that in our air permits for the units,” spokesman Randy Wheeless said of the utility’s March application to North Carolina authorities, “To take that and stay, ‘Renewable energy causes more pollution,’ that’s faulty. That’s like saying an [electric vehicle] is bad because your electric costs go up, not noting that you saved money on gas.” Costra Samaras, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon, also rebutted the newspaper’s argument. He told E&E News, “Increased cycling for many types of fossil generators will affect the pollutant emissions. Is that more emissions than just turning off solar and running gas all of the time? I doubt it.” The connection between more solar deployment and increased greenhouse gas emissions have been raised before. But a 2013 study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that carbon emissions caused by more frequent cycling of power plants running on fossil fuels are “negligible.” North Carolina is second only to California in the amount of solar capacity currently online. In California, greenhouse gas emissions have been falling for the past 15 years, due to modern natural gas plants and a flexible, real-time market system for energy. Older, less efficient plants have been retired because they cost too much to operate. In North Carolina, where monopolies rather than an independent agency operate the grid, older power plants are kept online until they are paid off. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The amount of time you spend on the very few activities necessary to achieve a goal or a specific outcome is one way to measure how important is the goal, and how serious you are about making it. It is easier to want something than it is to bring that thing to life. More time spent in pursuit of what’s most important is proof that you are willing to do the work necessary to reach your goal. Time spent on things that don’t move you towards what Future You wants, or worse, things that move you further away from your goals, means you are not committed to the outcome. Here is how you never compromise on your goals.Activities Unrelated to Your GoalsTime requires you to choose. If you are not intentional about deciding what to do, you will invariably find yourself caught up in “The Drift,” passively waiting, responding to anything and everything that grabs your attention. Most of what vies for your time will have nothing to do with your goals.The most significant sources of distraction and novelties with the power to pull you into “The Drift,” include your email inbox, the social sites, the things that interest you, and the constant barrage from media designed to capture your intention, mostly with provocative or negative information.Inbox: It is unlikely that what shows up in your inbox has any relevance or value as it pertains to your goals. Most of what you find there are other people’s priorities, their requests, and unbelievably vast amounts of things that provide zero value in trade for your time. What shows up there pulls you in a direction that is almost certain to move you away from the work you need to do to achieve your goal. The overwhelming amount of emails can paralyze you, which is why you should avoid opening your inbox until you have made progress on your goal. The time you spend here is expensive, and it comes at the cost of your goals.Social: The social sites have ushered in a communications revolution, making everyone a content creator at different levels. It has also made each of us more of a content consumer. The sites you frequent most often are designed to keep you on the platform. The more you scroll, the more valuable you are to their business model, a model that depends on you staying online and clicking on advertisements. Welcome to “The Drift,” where one link leads to the next, and you find yourself clicking your way through a more substantial part of your day than would be healthy – at an expense that is much too high.Media: If you care about sports, entertainment, politics, global affairs, or some popular television show, there is no end of options of things that have nothing to do with your goals. Add to this a media that is mostly designed to provoke you, create an emotional response, and capturing your attention, and you have the perfect storm of distractions. Unless you work in media and have goals around these things, the time you spend here to moves you further away from your goals.You can have your goals, or you can have your distractions. You cannot have both.Activities Necessary to Reach Your GoalsBecause time requires you to choose how you will use it, you have the power to decide what you will do, and more importantly, what you will not do with your time. The best decision is to let Future You, the better you that you imagine and are working towards creating, make the decision. Future You is a more disciplined version of yourself, you that wants something more, that is becoming something more.There are very few activities necessary for reaching your goals. These few things must dominate your time. The greater your investment of time, provided you are competent, the more confident you will achieve your goal. You can think of this as a metric we might call “time against goal.”If you want to reach your sales goal, the time spent prospecting and in client meetings is one way to measure your effort, your willingness to do the right work, and the likelihood you reach your goal. Time spent on things that do not produce new opportunities or allow you to win them deprive you of time and move you further away from your goal. One of the most common ways salespeople miss their goal is because they don’t spend enough of their time selling. They don’t sell enough, because they very literally don’t sell enough.If you want better relationships, spending time with the people that matter most is a metric that indicates how important that goal is to you. Communication is easy. Real communication, your full focus and attention, and your presence is more complicated. There may be no bigger gift one can give another than their full presence. If you seek work-life balance, think less in terms of hours and more in terms of hours of presence.Whatever your goals, the work necessary to achieve it needs to dominate your calendar. When you allow something less than your highest priorities, command your time and energy, it takes more time to reach your goals—if you reach them at all.Values-Based DecisionsYour goals require that you make values-based decisions. You have to decide that “this” is better than “that.” All things cannot be equal, and because time requires you to choose, you have to determine your priorities, without which, you will drift.Without clarity about what is most important, you allow everything to come into your world, make demands on your time, your attention, and your energy, while your goals and outcomes go without the time that should be dedicated to what you want, and not what shows up.Everything you decide to do—or not do—should have to pass through filters tight enough to deprive those things that are meaningless while letting through what is critical to what you want in the future. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, whose sling-arm bowling action and devastating yorkers proved to be a nightmare for batsmen the world over, on Friday announced his retirement from Test cricket because of a “long-standing degenerative” knee injury.Accused of choosing the cash-rich IPL ahead of national duties by his own cricket Board, the 27-year-old Malinga said that he would continue to be available for ODIs and Twenty20 games for his country.The surprise announcement from Malinga, regarded as the fastest bowler produced by Sri Lanka till date, is being interpreted as a move to put an end to the selection dispute with his cricket establishment which wanted him to return from the IPL for a rehabilitation programme.”Although I am sufficiently fit to play both ODI and T20 cricket, I have a long-standing degenerative condition in my right knee that needs to be carefully managed,” Malinga said in a statement.”The condition relates directly to the chronic knee injury I sustained playing for Sri Lanka in Australia back in February 2008, an injury that prevented me from playing ODI cricket for 16 months,” he added.Malinga, who pulled out of Sri Lanka’s upcoming Test tour of England citing fitness woes, has been leading the wicket’s tally for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL.His decision to pull out of the country’s Test tour irked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials, who found it “awkward” that he was continuing to play in IPL though he was not fit for national duty. Malinga clarified that the condition stops him from playing in the Test format only.advertisement”The injury was a career-threatening injury and my orthopaedic surgeon was of the opinion that given his experience with other professional athletes in Australia I was very fortunate to play again.”I have since been advised by the national team physiotherapist and my orthopaedic consultant that my condition will deteriorate when fielding or bowling for prolonged periods,” he said in the statement.”I did try to return to Test cricket after a three-year absence last year (against India) following requests from the team management and the selectors, but it left me unfit nursing severe knee pain for two months”, Malinga said.”I have realised that the heavy workload of Test cricket, which requires a fast bowler to be able to bowl more than 15 overs, sometimes on consecutive days, could lead to permanent injury. I have carefully considered my options and have decided that not playing Test cricket will help me achieve my goal of representing Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup,” he said.Malinga, known for his funky hairstyles, has taken 101 wickets from 30 Tests at an average of 33.15 and three five-wicket hauls. He enjoyed more success in the ODIs in which he has 127 wickets from 84 matches at an average of 26.38.Malinga made his Test debut against Australia at Darwin in 2004, while the Colombo match against India in August last year remains his last.He has been the pick of the Mumbai Indian bowlers in the ongoing IPL with 11 wickets so far from four matches and has really excelled with his toe-crushing yorkers. He has also made quite a mark with his bowling at the death.- With PTI inputs