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  • Only two dog fouling fines issued in Limerick in 2014

    first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mairead O’Donovan, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan and Mary Noonan with Patrick O’Donoghue and ButtonsDESPITE dog fouling being one of Limerick councillors’ favourite topics of discussion, only two litter fines were issued by the local authority last year to pet owners who failed to clean up after their animals.Of the two litter fines issued in relation to dog fouling in 2014, neither were paid and legal proceedings were not initiated.Surprising, considering the issue of dog fouling comes up at almost every other council meeting.However, Limerick City and County Council is now stepping up its campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their animals when they foul in public areas.Environmental control officers and council officials will be out in force over the coming weeks speaking to dog walkers and advising them to carry bags and clean up after their dog. They will also distribute dog bags and deliver the message that failure to clean up after a dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act.Welcoming the initiative, Mayor Kevin Sheahan called on all dog owners to act responsibly.“Many dog owners already clean up after their pets but not all do and we need to get the message out there that everyone needs to have respect for their neighbourhood.  If you own a dog, you need to care for them but you also need to do that extra bit and pick up after them if they foul.  Dog waste sticks to shoes, buggies and bicycles and is very difficult to clean”, he explained.Mairead O’Donovan, Administrative Officer with the Council’s Environment Department, said that failing to clean up after your dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts.“Pooper scoop bags are available in supermarkets, pet shops and in some of the euro/deal shops. Dog litter bags can be bought as cheaply as €1 for 100. People may also use nappy sacks, reused plastic bags or something similar. Basically any bag will do as long as you pick it up”, she said. Print TAGSdog foulinglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLitter Pollution Act Facebook WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Linkedin Previous articlePipe-bomb trial halted over transcript delaysNext articleOur Field of Dreams Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsOnly two dog fouling fines issued in Limerick in 2014By Alan Jacques – May 22, 2015 925 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

  • First Lady commends Dharm Shala for 95 years of service to the poor

    first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday joined Kella and Pamela Ramsaroop, donors, well-wishers, family and friends of the Dharm Shala Home of Benevolence for all races to mark its 95th anniversary.First Lady Sandra Granger takes a closer look at one of the candlesticks displayed at an exhibition hosted by the Dharm Shala as Kella Ramsaroop, Managing Director, explains its historyFirst Lady Granger heaped praised on the Ramsaroops who have ably filled the vacuum left following the death of their father Harry Saran Ramsaroop in 2013, who himself had taken up the mantle of leadership after his father, founder of the Dharm Shala, Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj died in 1950.“This family has served and cared for those in need for nearly one century, and it continues to serve. That dedication is all the more remarkable in an age where so much store is being put in material things, where success is rated by material possessions and social position,” Mrs Granger said. The First Lady added, “we must commend Kella and Pamela for keeping faith with their grandfather’s and father’s dreams and for devoting themselves to the Dharm Shala.”In giving a brief history of the genesis of the Dharm Shala, Pamela Ramsaroop said her grandfather, Pandit Maraj, travelled widely across Guyana and was moved by the plight of the needy. She said that before he founded the Dharm Shala with assistance from the Hindu religious society, he started out by giving alms, introduced indigent persons to religion and started a soup kitchen with assistance from businessmen and residents in the Albouystown area.“A devout practicing Hindu”, who also appreciated the teachings of Christianity, Kella Ramsaroop said her grandfather’s compassion and commitment to the poor knew no bounds. In 1941, twenty years after he established the Albouystown facility, the Dharm Shala extended its services to Berbice, where it established a building of similar capacity and erected a temple and a church to serve its residents and the wider community.After her grandfather’s passing, her father then dedicated 29 years of his life in service to the poor. Today, Kella Ramsaroop serves as the Dharm Shala’s Managing Director and works alongside her sister to operate the home.Meanwhile, Nicholas Boyer, of National Hardware Limited, remarked that the warmth, which pervades the Dharm Shala is a testimony to Pandit Ramsaroop and the values that he passed to his son and granddaughters. He commended the family’s life of service to the poor, noting that it has inspired his family and has been the impetus, which motivated his and other families and donors’ involvement in the charity.“When you come here to serve, whether you donate monetarily or by time, that you become part of this family and I encourage everyone here today, who is already part of the family, to continue to give and to be supportive of the work,” Boyer said.On arrival at the Dharm Shala Complex, King Edward Street, guests were greeted by the sound of steel pan music played by Ras Camo Williams and a Powerpoint presentation of the work of the late Pandit Ramsaroop and his son Harry Ramsaroop.last_img read more

  • IRELAND STAR SHAY OFFICIALLY OPENS DONEGAL INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRE

    first_imgRosaleen Bradley Managing Director of Ballymacool House with from Martin Naughton founder member of the Irish Independent Living Movement, and special guest Shay Given. who offically opened the new centre pictured with Paul Fagan, Consultant , Marian O Donnell and Shane Bradley Photo Criestph/Brian McDaidIRELAND star Shay Given was the guest of honour today as he opened the new Donegal Independent Living Centre in Letterkenny.Centre manager Rosaleen Bradley said it was a proud day for the organisation at Ballymacool House.“Today is a great day for Donegal and in particular people with disabilities within the county,” she said. “It is a day in which we can all be proud of and is a true reflection of what can be achieved if we believe in something strong enough.“It was a brave move for DCIL in very uncertain times…. but a challenge has never been something we have shied away from and it’s that determination and dedication that brings us here today.”She went on: “In order for us to truly appreciate what we are celebrating here today – we must appreciate just how far we have come, and so i’d like to take the opportunity to share with you some history and a snapshot of where we are today compared to 16 years ago when we first established as a group.”She said the group had fought for decades for funding and recognition. “We were visitors to Dail Eireann on a number of occasions to advocate for the right to properly funded PA services, in fact I remember clearly on one trip to Dublin us having to hire an ambulance as the only form of accessible transport to get one of our boards members to dublin – which is an example of how the word “can’t” just didn’t exist for us in DCIL back then,” she added.Shay was given a tour of the premises and met many of those who use the superb new facilities. IRELAND STAR SHAY OFFICIALLY OPENS DONEGAL INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRE was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • On Trying To Do the Right Thing

    first_imgGet some bids despite the delays that may causeScott McCullough writes that while the design/build group “will feel like they got the rug pulled out from underneath them,” he’d go ahead with the bidding process even though it probably will delay the start of the job.“If you decide to put it out to bid it will take several weeks for the bidders to assemble their prices, making it difficult to begin construction within the month you mentioned,” McCullough says. “So a bidding process would likely delay your construction timeline. A competitive bidding process is something that involves a fair amount of information management in order to end up with bids that are understandable and comparable.“Be prepared to ask detailed questions about each bid in order to try to figure out if each bid is providing the same quality of construction, timeline, etc.” he continues. “Don’t feel too badly; it’s probably not the first time it’s happened to this particular design/build company.”David Meiland is another writer who thinks Mesa should feel free to seek construction bids from other companies, although it may be difficult for Mesa to compare the results. He suggests that Mesa ask a couple of companies for “quickie proposals” based on estimates rather than direct input from subcontractors.“Once you have a few of these in hand, compare them and talk to each company about what you see, and what they see,” Meiland writes. “Spend as much time talking to the actual project manager/superintendent as possible, less with the company owner (unless they’re the same person).“Personally, I am always happy to ‘bid’ in a situation like this,” Meiland continues. “I don’t want to spend a ton of time soliciting sub bids and shopping materials lists in order to price a job I might not get, but I will definitely spend the 2 to 4 hours it takes to do what I described, especially if I like you, like your project, like where it’s located relative to my shop, etc.” Our expert’s opinionWe sent this dialogue to GBA technical director Peter Yost. Here’s what he has to add:First, my one point: design-build is set up for integration of design, specification, and construction. If a design-build firm captures this in the work, then that has real value; if it does not, then you have missed a real opportunity.Second, I thought it wise to check in with a building professional who deals with this issue every day, architect and longtime GreenBuildingAdvisor Steve Baczek.“The basic premise of design-build, and strength for that matter, is all three key players [client, architect, and builder] working together from the start,” says Baczek. “You get the best synergies, greatest efficiencies, and least number of surprises working this way.”Steve continues: “I believe the most important aspect of any project is managing expectations. When a breakdown in the design-build approach occurs, it is because one of the three key players has failed at managing the expectations of the other two. There is no doubt that this is a very challenging job; every project involves time and money, both highly valued by all parties. Understanding the who, how much, when, and why cannot be overstated. I find myself sometimes ‘handholding’ the client and the builder on what I would assume to be simple and straightforward issues just to be sure that understanding is crystal clear.”Steve admits that if the architect knows the build side of the company well enough, and has quick and ready access to the builder when questions come up and key decisions need to be made, you might not need the builder actually in the room all the time from the beginning. “But, boy, I can tell you way too many stories about design muffs, wasted time, and blown budgets when the ‘big three’ have not been working together from the beginning.”Steve wraps up by recommending that the client take his concerns right to the firm and have them make the case for their approach to design-build. “If they are worth their salt, they will have a quick, strong, and compelling case for the way their design-build firm ensures integration and how they will be delivering better value in the overall process. If they don’t have a strong and reassuring response, then maybe you should be looking for another builder, particularly given what you characterize as a relatively simple project.” Besides, competitive bidding doesn’t usually workThere’s another reason not to seek bids from other builders, writes Dan Kolbert: “Competitive bidding doesn’t often get you what you think it will.” Kolbert steers Mesa to an article he wrote for The Journal of Light Construction a few years ago. In it, Kolbert recalls an unsatisfying bidding experience he had.“And we keep doing it this way because – well, we’ve always done it this way,” he wrote in JLC. “I might be willing to continue if I thought the process brought value to the client, but I’m increasingly convinced that competitive bidding from completed plans doesn’t serve anyone’s interests.”Architects hired by the client usually underestimate the cost of the project, so when the plans are sent out for bids the client discovers he’s paid for plans he can’t afford to build.Moreover, Kolbert wrote, bids may not provide useful comparisons because not all of the bidders will follow the architect’s directives, and others may miss mistakes or inconsistencies in the plans. Bids that are higher on paper may actually turn out to be the best deal for the client.Kolbert lists several alternatives to competitive bidding in the article, but ultimately, he adds, “there may never be a way for contractors to avoid competing on price” because most homeowners are convinced they’ll get the short end of the stick unless they seek a number of bids. “So, given that I’ve traveled down the road a bit with this firm, am I doing the right thing by putting our plans out for bid?” he asks. “We haven’t signed a contract yet, but we’re getting close to doing so. There’s something that ethically bothers me about this, but maybe this is quite common. I feel like I’m pulling the rug out from under them, sort of.”Should he get some additional bids? Or push ahead with the firm he’s already got? This week’s Q&A Spotlight is more about the business of building, and less about the science of building. The case involves a homeowner who is struggling to find a balance between his ethical responsibilities and a desire to save a few bucks.Matt Mesa has been working with a design-build firm on plans for a 1600-square-foot house in Hood River, Oregon. The two sides of the business are separate, he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, and so far his dealings have been with the folks on the design side.“We hired the design part of things and have verbally told the build side of things that we want them to build our house,” he says. “We’ve been with these guys for 2 to 3 months now and, admittedly, have built some kind of rapport with them.”The firm has a reputation for good work, but it’s expensive. “We’re looking at $400K or about $250 a square foot,” he says. “It’s not an extravagant house and it’s a pretty simple build.”Now a friend is strongly suggesting that Mesa send the plans out to a couple of other contractors and ask for competitive bids. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Too far along to change horsesAs helpful as the discussion has been to Mesa, he’s decided he’s too far along in the process to choose someone else to build his new house.“There has been good integration between the architect and the build-guys and both have been at every meeting we’ve had,” Mesa says. “Perhaps the biggest concern I have is delaying our timeline. This is something that cannot happen. Ethically, I think it’s best if I stick with the design-build firm. We have nothing against them — just that nagging feeling that we could save money by bidding the project out.”Is he making the right call? Mesa promises to let us know. Communication is the keyTo Jim Blodgett, it would be perfectly reasonable for Mesa to approach his contact at the company and say that while he’s very happy with the design work the company has done so far, he also feels an obligation to check with a couple of other builders. Mesa should ask how the company would feel about this, and whether it would affect their relationship if Mesa decided to stick with them for construction.“Give them the chance to level with you,” Blodgett writes. “To voice their concerns, share their perspective. It probably isn’t the first time they have dealt with this issue – you shouldn’t feel pressured because it’s yours.” Podcast: From Designed to Built, Part 1Podcast: From Designed to Built, Part 2GBA Encyclopedia: Green Design and PlanningGBA Encyclopedia: Integrated Design There’s an advantage to using a single firmGetting another firm involved may lead to “lost-in-translation” syndrome, writes Richard McGrath. “If something does not work, the designers will say it was not done to their spec. You will have a whole bunch of finger-pointing and resolving anything will be a pain in the neck,” McGrath says.Using a single company will prevent that from happening, he continues. “They must deliver what they promised since they designed it or their integrity will suffer.”And then there’s the bad taste in the mouth the whole business would leave, he adds. “I would certainly be offended if you did it to me and would offer no future help unless contractually obliged to do so.”last_img read more

  • Turncoats meet with mixed results

    first_imgIn the run-up to the Assembly elections, several politicians from the opposition parties quit to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Shiv Sena in the hope of scoring a win. For the most part, however, the turncoats faced disappointment on Thursday, losing to those who replaced them in their previous parties. The BJP had rejected 12 of its own sitting MLAs, favouring imports from other parties instead. In an embarrassing defeat to the party in Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale — one of the most high profile leaders to defect from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) four months after winning the Lok Sabha elections — lost the parliamentary bypoll to the NCP’s Shrinivas Patil. In Indapur, where former minister Harshavardhan Patil quit the Congress party to join the BJP, lost to the NCP’s Dattatray Bharane by 3,110 votes. Meanwhile, former NCP MLA from Akole, Vaibhav Pichad, contested on a BJP ticket but lost to the NCP’s Kiran Lahamate with a humiliating margin of 57,689 votes. Two other sitting MLAs who quit the NCP, Jaydutta Kshirsagar from Beed and Dilip Sopal from Barshi, met the same fate.The Congress also managed to retain its seat in Shrirampur, despite its three-time MLA Bhausaheb Kamble exiting the party a few months ago. Natha Kanade defeated Mr. Kamble, who was contesting from the Shiv Sena, with a margin of 18,994 votes. Nirmala Gavit, the MLA from Igatpuri in Nashik district, met a similar fate. She had left the Congress for the Sena before elections.However, it was not a bad day for all defectors contesting on a BJP ticket.Kalidas Kolambkar, a seven-time Congress MLA from Wadala who joined the BJP before the elections, defeated the Congress’s Shivkumar Lad with a comfortable margin of 30,845 votes. Similarly, former senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who left the party this June, emerged victorious from Shirdi on a BJP ticket. An MLA from the constituency since 1995, he defeated the Congress candidate Jagannath Thorat with a crushing margin of 87,024 votes. Jaykumar Gore, who won in 2014 on a Congress ticket, retained his seat as a BJP candidate, while two former NCP members who joined the BJP, Rahul Narwekar and Ranajagjitsinh Patil, also emerged victorious from the Colaba and Tuljapur constituencies respectively.last_img read more

  • 10 months agoSchalke ending loan of Chelsea fullback Baba

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke ending loan of Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke are ending the loan of Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.The Ghana international has struggled to overcome a knee injury suffered in January 2017.And Sky Deutschland says Schalke have decided to end the loan and send Baba back to Chelsea.The defender has spent part of this season already in London for treatment in the final stage of his injury recovery. last_img read more

  • Video: 4-Star WR Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg’s Son, Commits To UCLA

    first_imgCordell Broadus commits to UCLA on ESPNU, with his father Snoop Dogg with him.Snoop Dogg’s son will be a UCLA Bruin. Wednesday afternoon four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus announced he has committed to UCLA. Snoop Dogg, of course, is a major USC fan and has often been seen on the Trojans’ sideline over the past 10-15 years. That USC fandom has come to an end, though, the father says. Broadus, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect out of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada), was reportedly considering the Bruins, USC, Arizona State and Notre Dame. “We’re Bruins now.” -Snoop Dogg pic.twitter.com/3pbVh86qVD— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) February 4, 2015UCLA’s 2015 class ranks No. 9 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

  • Winning at wining despite the weather new tech on trial at Ontario

    first_imgOntario’s wine makers and grape growers are nervously watching the weather, fearing that this year’s harvest could be literally nipped in the bud by an unusually cold winter.“We’ve gotten very close to the critical temperatures for bud survival for vines for next year’s crop,” says Matthew Speck, the viticulturist at his family’s vineyard and winemaking operation near St. Catharines, Ont., in the heart of Ontario’s best-known wine region. He said this winter reminds him of 2014-2015, when his winery lost 30 per cent of its yield.Speck notes what others in the industry know well — that temperatures are vitally important and can vary a great deal from place to place, even within a single property.But this winter has been harsh for all of southern Ontario, including the Niagara region, where Speck helps run the Henry of Pelham Family Estate winery operation, founded by his parents in 1984.“We’ve hovered, a few nights, very close to where some damage may or may not appear — right on that threshold. So it has been nerve-racking, those nights.”This winter, Speck is trying out a new cutting-edge sensor and monitoring system.The solar-powered devices — about the size of a large cellphone — have GPS locators in them and a connection to a new wireless “internet of things” service that Bell is preparing to roll out commercially.The system is being developed through a partnership between Shenzhen-based hardware manufacturer Huawei, Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) and Toronto-based BeWhere Holdings. Inc., which specializes in asset-tracking systems.Together, they have equipped Henry of Pelham with new monitoring technology that Speck thinks could be a big improvement because its sensors are easily moved as needed — rather than placed in fixed locations like traditional sensors that can’t easily be moved.“It allows me to make better, more precise decisions,” Speck says.One of those decisions is whether to start up the huge wind machines that Henry of Pelham and others across Ontario use to warm their vines.If conditions are right, the machines can raise temperatures on the ground by four or five degrees — enough to prevent cold damage to the grape buds.But Speck says his tower-mounted propellers cost his operation hundreds of dollars per hour to run, so he needs to know how to optimize their use.“You may not want to run them on the whole vineyard,” Speck says. “It might be one section or a low-lying area that’s colder than another. And different varieties are sensitive at different temperatures.”In general, Ontario’s grape growers get nervous if temperatures get close to minus 20 degrees Celsius — since whole crops of even hardy varieties can be wiped out if temperatures fall too low below freezing.Tom O’Brien, the founder and president of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants near Kingsville, Ont., hadn’t heard about the Pelham trial being conducted about 350 kilometres to the east — but he said he can “absolutely” see its potential.He would like to find a cost-effective alternative to his older generation of weather monitoring system.“My machine is old,” he explains. “I have it programmed so that if it hits a certain pre-set number — like minus 16 — it calls me and gives me a warning that it’s cold. But I would love to have more technology.”At the Pelham operation, Speck says he’s still running his old monitoring system in parallel to the trial system, but can’t yet say which one’s better.“It has been back and forth,” Speck says. “They’re doing quite a bit of work on the background of it … so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to do a direct comparison.”In addition, Speck says he doesn’t yet know how much the system will cost once the trial is over and, no matter what, there’s only so much that he can do about the weather — even with those big wind machines.“They always help (but) nothing’s as good as a mild winter.”— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Seniors hope to get final kicks with win over Michigan in finale

    It was four years ago when Joe Moore, Andrew Magill and Doug Verhoff came to Ohio State to play soccer.Now, the three seniors will be playing their last regular-season home game on Saturday. “The time’s gone really fast. … It’s sad but at the same time it’s exciting,” Moore said. “We got a chance this weekend to do something special, to end our senior year on a special note.”“It seems like yesterday we were coming here for preseason not knowing what to expect,” Magill said.The three seniors have had ups and downs the last four years. They have been to the NCAA tournament the last two seasons, and they’re hoping to get there this season. They were also part of the team that went to the NCAA College Cup in 2007.All three seniors have enjoyed their time at OSU and feel like they’ve achieved many goals, both individually and as a team. They would like nothing more than to go out on senior day and get a win against rival Michigan. “Ohio State fans hate Michigan,” Moore said. “So when you get a chance to not only beat them, but beat them in one of the biggest games of your career, it makes it even more special.” Not only is this a rivalry game, it is also an important game for the Buckeyes attempt to win the Big Ten.If Penn State loses or ties Friday night, a Buckeye win Saturday will put them on top of the Big Ten.If they win the Big Ten they receive an automatic bid. The seniors will take the field for their last regular season game 6 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Moore expects the game to be more physical than usual, as both teams will be fired up and ready to go, especially since it is a rivalry game. “You’re going to see a lot of physical play, there going to be some hits and probably a few more yellow cards,” Moore said, “but all in all it will be a good game.For both teams, it’s the last regular season game of the year, and for OSU it’s a chance to send their seniors off with a win. “We’re going to miss all three of them,” coach John Bluem said. “They’ve been great players in our program.” read more

  • Paris SaintGermain star Javier Pastore lined up for stunning £20 million

    first_imgWest Ham United are in negotiation with Paris Saint-Germain over a £20 million transfer for Javier Pastore.Pastore is being lined up for a move to the London Stadium. It seems New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is searching to add quality and reinforce his team and if this report happens, it will be the Argentine’s first signing, according to TalkSPORT.The 28-year-old star had a struggling year under the new Arsenal boss Unai Emery while in Paris, featuring only 14 times for the club with 11 of those coming from the bench.Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “West Ham in talks to sign PSG midfielder Javier Pastore.“PSG willing to sell this summer.€20m deal.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar… West Ham in talks to sign PSG midfielder Javier Pastore. PSG willing to sell this summer.€20m deal— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 1, 2018In the past, Pastore has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester United and even Chelsea. He began his career with Talleres and then Huracán in his native Argentina before moving to Serie A team Palermo in 2009 for a reported transfer fee of €4.7 million. In 2011, French side Paris Saint-Germain bought him for a reported €39.8 million.He joined the Parisians in 2011 from Serie A side Palermo and has netted 29 goals in 189 appearances.last_img read more