Wood Appoints Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

first_imgWood has appointed Paula Murphy to the newly-created role of chief marketing & communications officer.Murphy joins Wood from Arcadis where she was global head of marketing & communications.Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood, said: “As we approach the first anniversary of the formation of Wood, now a leading player in the global energy and industrial markets, we recognised the need for a new role of chief marketing & communications officer. Paula will be responsible for all our marketing and communications activities and will play a key role in building the Wood brand, raising the profile of our capabilities across global energy and industrial markets.”Murphy has marketing and communications experience across numerous sectors including construction, environmental services, water and infrastructure. A graduate of Glasgow University and a post graduate of Oxford University, Murphy has an MA in Politics & English Literarture, an MBA and post graduate diplomas in marketing and global business.last_img read more

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Irish competing in Olympics today

first_imgSailor Annalise Murphy resumes from third position in the laser radial class today at five past five.Carlow’s Finn Lynch is also back on the water after five and he’s in 21st overall.Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn are in the pool this evening for their heats in the 100 metres free style and 200 metres breaststroke.The three day eventing team resume from 8th overall at 2 o’clock.In boxing David Oliver Joyce fights in the last 16 of the lightweight division around quarter to ten tonight. Rower Sanita Puspure hopes to reach the semi finals of the single sculls event.The Cork based athlete is in action at twenty to two.In hockey Ireland take on defending champions Germany at 4.30last_img read more

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Matt Thaiss is quietly making the Angels take notice

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Matt Thaiss is getting a good run with the Angels’ A-team of late, something he definitely recognizes but is not eager to make a big deal about.Thaiss is OK with this becoming his new normal, it’s just that basking in the glow won’t make the playing-time opportunities last longer. Only hard work will.It is an attitude that has been noticed. Asked if anybody has opened his eyes in camp so far, new Angels run producer Anthony Rendon did not hesitate to say who he is excited about.“Matty Thaiss. I love the way he goes about his business over there at third base,” Rendon said. “And he has some big sock in that bat too. He’s in the clubhouse, he’s quiet, he’s listening a lot. It’s awesome to see.” Figuring out where to get the 24-year old some playing time is the trick now. Thaiss could give Pujols some breaks at first base, and could also give Rendon a break or two at third. He played 43 games at third in his rookie season last year and 13 at first.Thaiss doesn’t want to think about that aspect right now. He had eight home runs with 23 RBIs in his 53 games with the Angels last season, but his main takeaway from his first taste of the American League is that everything will sort itself out with a strong work ethic.“It’s just day by day and I will do whatever I can, wherever I am, to help the team in whatever capacity that is,” Thaiss said.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error New manager Joe Maddon has been quick to compliment Thaiss as well, and the recognition has been rewarding for the young slugger.“It’s awesome, obviously, if you can ever gain the respect of your peers and guys of (Rendon’s) caliber,” Thaiss said. “But I’m just lucky to be able to watch a guy like him do his work and be able to emulate what he does.“I have also been lucky to follow Albert (Pujols) for three years and to emulate what he does. For me to have those two as examples, and the other guys in this locker room, that really helps me in my process.”Tuesday’s road game against the Cleveland Indians was Thaiss’ fourth Cactus League game in the past five days. He had a hit in all four and an RBI in each of the previous three, including a towering home run Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.“I think this kid is really good,” Maddon said. “I might have mentioned that I didn’t even realize he was a first-round draft choice. I’m watching him and he has power, but he also has a really good approach at the plate. He knows how to hit, and having been a catcher in college, he’s adapted well to the infield.” ALSOThree-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who was in high spirits in the Angels’ clubhouse on Tuesday morning, said the social media announcement Monday of the upcoming birth of his son was a joint production between him and his wife. “Just a special moment in our life and that’s how we showed it,” Trout said. As a baseball man, Maddon was thinking even further down the road. “We’ll be timing (the baby’s) first steps,” Maddon joked. …Maddon and pitching coach Mickey Callaway seem to be set on an Opening Day starter, but an announcement on who gets the honor won’t be made until later this week. Left-hander Andrew Heaney is a possibility after extending himself to three innings against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Julio Teheran, who made six consecutive Opening Day starts with the Atlanta Braves, also is a possibility. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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Clippers plan to push tempo, be more versatile in post-Chris Paul Era

first_imgChris Paul controlled the ball for six seasons in a Clippers uniform. He pushed the tempo or slowed it down, as he saw fit. He took the big shots when time was short, or decided who else would. He directed almost everything his teammates did as the consummate floor leader.There was no debating the regular-season results.The Clippers won 50 games or more for five consecutive seasons with Paul as their point guard, and it probably would have been six in a row if not for the NBA lockout that shortened the 2011-12 season to 66 games, down from the standard 82.Paul averaged 18.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting, plus 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 409 career games with the Clippers after six seasons with similar statistics in 425 games with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Again, you go into camp and you look at your team and you’ll find the pace that want to play at. I think we should be an up-tempo team, an early-strike team. We should be a very physical team. (But) you have to get your team and see what you really have when you get to camp.”Training camp started Tuesday at the University of Hawaii.There will be new roles for new players, and for the old ones, as well.Adapting won’t be all that difficult, according to guard Austin Rivers, the coach’s son.“We’re just going to hoop,” he said.In fact, there’s not likely to be a normal guard rotation. Austin Rivers might assume the shooting guard position, playing alongside Patrick Beverley at the point. Beverley was the key piece in the Paul trade, arriving with a gritty style of play the Clippers lacked.Lou Williams, a shooting guard who also came from Houston, could be the Clippers’ new sixth man, replacing the departed Jamal Crawford. Milos Teodosic, a dynamic playmaker from Serbia, also could be the starting point guard.Doc Rivers said he plans to mix and match his guards.Up front, things are settled.Or so it would seem.Danilo Gallinari, acquired from Denver in a trade will start at small forward. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will take their usual spots as power forward and center. But Doc Rivers said all but Jordan might play in different positions from time to time.“Blake will play a lot of positions,” Doc Rivers promised. “We don’t really get into positions, but there will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor. There will be times when he’ll be more of a (small forward) or (power forward). We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player. He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”All will be revealed in time, Doc Rivers promised.For now, with so many new faces on the court, continuity is the buzzword for training camp.“This camp will be different in that I think we’re going to have to play a lot,” Doc Rivers said. “A lot of camps you can get into your execution and drill work and it all falls into place. This group, we just have to play a lot to catch up.“There’s teams that have been together and have played tons of games together. We’ve played zero games together. So, I think that will be the biggest thing, and then everybody kind of figuring our their roles and accepting their roles. Anybody can figure it out. Accepting it is another thing.“That would be the challenge.”center_img Paul is gone now, traded to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster offseason deal that enabled the Clippers to overhaul their roster for a fresh start for 2017-18. His departure created new opportunities, but new questions, too, including the most obvious one:How will the Clippers get along without him?Certainly, their style of play must change.Dramatically so, if everything goes as planned.“It mandates a change in style, probably the style I’m more familiar with,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about changes in the wake of Paul’s departure. “I’ve always been a ball-movement coach. We can get back into that. I do want to play at a higher pace.last_img read more

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