€96,000 grant puts West Limerick in the fast track

first_imgNew parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead TAGSathletesAthleticsfacilitiesLimerick City and County CouncilNewcastle WestPatrick O’Donovanrunning trackSports Capital regional scheme NewsLocal News€96,000 grant puts West Limerick in the fast trackBy Editor – January 1, 2018 1499 WATCH: Ciara Neville and Sarah Lavin set PB’s as they prepare for World Indoor Series Silver Meet Email Printcenter_img Previous articleFirst baby of new year born in LimerickNext articleLimerick city building on dangerous structures list Editor Facebook WATCH: Sarah Lavin helps Irish team qualify for 2022 World Championships RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Advertisement A county Limerick town received a special gift this Christmas in the shape of €96,500 in funding from the Government under the Sports Capital Regional Scheme.Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said he was delighted that Newcastle West is to receive this funding for the development of an athletics track.“I have been involved with Limerick City and County Council and the local voluntary athletics club on this project since it started and I am delighted now to be able to deliver this funding to Newcastle West.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This project which is being funded by the Government and is being led by Limerick City and County Council will allow for the development of athletics in West Limerick and will provide current and future athletes with the facilities to train and to compete in West Limerick,” he added.This announcement brings the total Sports Capital allocation to the Limerick County Constituency last year to almost €1.7million.More community news here Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer linelast_img read more

Oliseh trades words with Keshi

first_imgSunday Oliseh has lashed out at Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi for responding harshly to his criticism of home-based players.Oliseh had criticized Keshi for taking as much as eight home-based players to the Fifa Confederations Cup, and accused him of being too reliant on the Glo Premier League stars.But Keshi in responding to Oliseh’s criticism described the former Borrusia Dortmund maestro’s claims as shameful since he was once a home-based player.”It is a shame that Sunday Oliseh could say a thing like that. He was a nobody when he came to the national team. He started from home too, when he came to the national team, I took him as a younger brother. I later (as an assistant coach to Amodu Shuabu) made him captain and he became a super star. Who knows what these boys could become in future?”Oliseh has however responded to Keshi by debunking claims that he started out as a home-based player, while accusing the Super Eagles coach of seeing enemies everywhere and urged him to get used to constructive criticism.“Nigeria is bigger than anyone and for the records sake in answer to Keshi’s erroneous declaration, I was 3 years as a pro in Belgium and a regular player in liege by 1993 when I got my first call-up to the super Eagles and in those days our national league was on ‘fire’, well organised, competitive, balanced and one of the best in Africa. That’s how Clemence Westerhoff and Bonfrere Jo succeeded!” Oliseh declared on his website. “It is unfortunate that Keshi sees enemies everywhere and maybe it is understandable but the interest of Nigeria’s progress is what we all should be seeking now and I believe making attacks like he is doing is not the right way to go about it, we are way too matured for that, at least I know I am!”“If he can accept our support and praise, he should accept our constructive criticism in the interest of the country and making enemies left and right is not the way to go, obviously some of us do not learn from the past! The interest of Nigeria comes first than that of Sunday Oliseh or Stephen Keshi” he said.Oliseh went further to dispel insinuations in some quarters that he had an eye on Keshi’s job.“I can understand that Keshi feels threatened by the possibility of a sack and back stabbing, but my comments should not be seen as coming from a possible successor unless one is desperate, which I thank God I am not!”Oliseh further made a case for the foreign-based players stating that they ate the best Nigeria has. He further accused Keshi of trying to wage a war against them. “If you are a Foreign based pro it is not because these foreign clubs want to do you a favour, it is because you are one of the best from your country, simple. By gradually trying to wage a war against these players who ply their trade week in week out at the highest level leagues in the world we are turning our back to our best and waging a war against ourselves, they are Nigerians too I must remind.”He however moved to clarify his position on the home-based players, insisting that he is not against their inclusion in the national team, but feels they will fare better when surrounded by more experienced foreign-based players.“My belief is not that we should not use home-based players, far from it, if Sunday Mba was not at the Nations Cup in 2013 for Nigeria I do not think we might have won it, at least like we did. He however was well surrounded by Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emeneke etc. and made his contributions productive and easier.“We saw how this poor boy struggled at the Confed Cup just 4 months after doing us proud in South Africa! Oboabona is one of my favourites and with some more polishing would go places internationally,” he added.last_img read more

94-year-old FL man fatally shot wife because she had dementia

first_imgA 94-year-old man is behind bars on first-degree murder charges after fatally shooting his wife because she had dementia, according to the Venice Police Department.Wayne Juhlin killed his 80-year-old wife in their Florida home Monday evening.Juhlin then turned the gun on himself in an attempt to take his own life, but the weapon malfunctioned.After his failed suicide attempt, he called the police to report that his wife was dead.Juhlin was arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder.He is currently at the Sarasota County Jail.last_img read more

Bowling Green, Pitt to play in Pizza Bowl

first_imgThe Bowling Green team celebrate their win in an NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois at the Mid-American Conference championship in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Bowling Green defeated Northern Illinois 47-27. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)After one of the biggest wins in school history in Detroit, Bowling Green is headed back to Ford Field.The MAC champion Falcons will face Pittsburgh of the ACC in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.The Falcons (10-3) beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday night, their fifth straight win.It’s the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and the 11th in school history. But it’s also the program’s first trip to the Pizza Bowl in 10 years.“We are excited to play in a great environment like Ford Field again, so close to our campus, with our fans and students being able to make the trip,” Falcons coach Dave Clawson said.Pitt will be making its sixth straight trip to a bowl game and will be the first ACC team to make the trip to Detroit.The Panthers, who went 3-5 in their first season in their new league, are 2-1 against Bowling Green since 1999.“Bowling Green was impressive not only in their MAC Championship win, but all season long and we have a competitive game of football ahead,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said.The Falcons rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense at just 14.8 points a game, although they gave up 42 points in a loss at Indiana.Pitt has been one of the worst teams in the country at running the ball, but Tom Savage has thrown for 2,834 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.last_img read more


first_imgTIZNOW COLT LIKELY TO BE POINTED TO GRADE III AFFIRMED AT 1 1/16 MILES ON JUNE 7PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $129,769 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL COULD REACH $1 MILLIONARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2015)–Heavily favored Kentuckian ran to his notices in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith while covering seven furlongs in 1:20.97. Conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 3-year-old colt by Tiznow made amends for a disappointing third place run in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes on April 12, when he encountered traffic trouble at odds of 3-5.“He drew real well in this race and we were hoping to have a clear run at the speed today, which there was a lot of,” said Hollendorfer. “It’s nice to have an owner like Rick (Porter, of Fox Hill Farms, Inc.), who lets you do the things you need to do…In order to do well, you have to have a horse that can run and you have to have owners that let you do your thing.”When asked what might be next for his budding star, Hollendorfer said “If we do decide to go two turns, we’re looking at the mile and a sixteenth race here on June 7 (Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes).”An 11 length first-out maiden winner at Golden Gate Fields on March 7, Kentuckian was off at even money today in a field of six sophomores and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.40. In picking up $60,000 for his second win from three starts, Kentuckian hiked his earnings to $85,080.“He reminds me of Holy Bull,” said Smith, who overwhelmed pacesetter Yiannis a quarter mile out. “He has an unbelievably high cruising speed and stride. I knew we were going quick, but after a quarter mile, he just took a deep breath and got into a fluid stride. I thought ‘There you are, now we’re okay.’ In the beginning, he was scrambling and was kind of tight and when they do that, they don’t always breathe right…The last furlong I pulled my stick up just because I heard Trevor (Denman) saying someone was coming but, when I looked on the big screen, I put it back down.”Forest Blue, possibly named for the late San Francisco 49ers All Pro center, was next to last going into the far turn under Martin Pedroza and finished second, 2 ¼ lengths clear of The Gomper. Off at 13-1 in just his second career start, Forest Blue paid $7.80 and $3.60.The Gomper, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and is also trained by Hollendorfer, rallied from last to run third, one length in front of Yiannis. The Gomper was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.84, 43.64 and 1:08.21.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Guidelines for domestic violence cases

first_img23 June 2008The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has launched a set of guidelines that will be used to assist magistrates on how to effectively deal with cases involving victims of domestic violence.Addressing members of the media at the official launch in Midrand last week, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla said that domestic violence would not be tolerated since it went against the government’s views with regard to protecting women and children.“This is another step forward in ensuring that the rights of victims of domestic violence are affirmed and protected,” she said, adding that the guidelines would improve services to the majority of people who had their right to dignity, freedom and security striped away by perpetrators.“The guidelines will provide a better and more reliable analysis of the domestic violence act of 1998 from the perspective of independence of the magistrates,” she said.Minimum standards, holistic serviceMabandla said she was approached by the Promotion of the Right of Vulnerable Groups to approve the development of the guidelines by members of the lower court management committee, a forum comprising of all regional courts presidents and chief magistrates in South Africa.The guidelines will help implement the principles contained in various policy documents in relation to victims of crime which have been developed and launched such as the minimum standards for victims of crime.Mabandla said she had further urged magistrates to do everything in their power to ensure a therapeutic and holistic service.“These guidelines offer you to have ease of cross referencing their application of the domestic violence against guidelines developed by your peers,” she said. “This is an indication of the commitment and dedication to servicing communities with certainty of application of the law.”Family and Gender Service committee chairperson Renuka Subban said the committee was of the view that the guide would be a handy reference material and would be widely used.She said while the majority of people in rural areas might not be aware of the legislation, some were, but were reluctant to ask for help because they were scared of losing the perpetrator, who was usually the breadwinner in the family.“We hope that appropriate training for magistrates, peer learning as well as our guide will ensure that victims of domestic violence are afforded protection as guaranteed by our Constitution,” Subban said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Japan – South Africa Business Council launched

first_imgJapan – South Africa Business Council launches at second SA Investment Conference (SAIC 2019)JOHANNESBURG, 6 NOVEMBER 2019: The establishment of a Japan-South African Business Council, announced at the second South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC 2019), will help strengthen trade and investment relations between the two countries.The signing of the agreement follows South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago.Japanese companies committed to investing more than R6.8 billion at last year’s inaugural South Africa Investment Conference.  Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Norio Maruyama said at SAIC 2019 Japanese government and private sector investors would commit to a further investment of US$20bn across the African continent, a proportion of which would be committed to the South African economy.#InvestSA #SAIC19 https://sainvestmentconference.co.zaENDSMedia contacts:Mmemme MogotsiOverall Media LiaisonEmail: [email protected]: +27 72 856 4288Ayanda HollowInternational Media RelationsEmail: [email protected]: +27 61 488 0634last_img read more

PRManna: Striving for a Tech-Focused HARO

first_imgIn addition to PRManna, Waggoner suggests that startup companies look to sites like Hacker News to gain constructive feedback on their products. Given that we found Waggoner through the community, it’s indeed another good resource for entrepreneurs. To sign up for PRManna email alerts visit prmanna.com or follow the Twitter feed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A few days ago Ryan Waggoner launched PRManna – a site for startup companies to offer themselves as news sources to the tech blogging community. Similar to Peter Shankman’s Help a Reporter Out (HARO) the site allows journalists to submit requests with the idea that community members answer tech-related questions for articles. In the past we’ve listed the ideal components of a communication pipeline. We spoke to Waggoner to find out how he’s trying to address the needs of both bloggers and entrepreneurs. In addition to PRManna, Waggoner also runs conversation tracking and analysis company MightyBrand. When asked why he’d embark on this ambitious new venture he replies, “I know what it’s like to pour my heart and soul into a company and because there’s so much noise out there I wanted to help create a meritocracy for entrepreneurs. I wanted a way for startups to put less time into their outreach and more time into their core competencies and products.”After posting a request, journalists receive emails through the PRManna system in addition to a link to their request feed and the option to repost the request to Twitter. Entrepreneurs can then visit the site or follow the newly created PR Manna Twitter account to track queries. The Twitter account was only set up today, but Waggoner is already planning to categorize requests and sources in the near future. While he recognizes the value in more established sites like HARO, Waggoner hopes his site can become the press destination for tech and entrepreneurship. When asked how he’s dealing with the issues of privacy and relevancy he replies, “For now we’ve got anti-spam on posts and our initial reputation system is based on catching abusers internally and allowing reporters to flag irrelevant pitches.” dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Solving Comfort Problems Caused by Attic Kneewalls

first_imgHow to do kneewalls the right wayGeorgia recognized this problem about a decade ago and started requiring all attic kneewalls to have sheathing on the attic side and to be insulated to at least R-18. The best way to provide that sheathing is to use a rigid material. I’ve seen OSB (oriented strand board), foamboard, and structural or non-structural cardboard sheathing materials like Thermo-ply.I’ve also seen attic kneewalls sheathed with non-rigid materials, mainly housewrap. (See Figure 6.) It’s possible to use housewrap on kneewalls and to do it well. On the left side of that photo, however, notice the opening around the light switch.On the other side of that bonus room, the kneewall was in much worse shape. (See Figure 7.) It looks like the installers just shoved it in the direction of the kneewall and hoped the inspector wouldn’t look, notice, or care. Notice the batt that has fallen away from the wall in there, too. It’s right above the yellow part of the housewrap. This clearly will lead to extra energy use for heating and cooling and possibly callbacks from the new homeowners who find this room to be the least comfortable room in the house.I’d prefer to see a rigid material on attic kneewalls (Figures 8 and 9). Both can be done poorly, of course, and I’ve seen both done poorly. I think the rigid material will do a better job with air sealing, though, and will stay intact longer. Here are the three keys to sheathing an attic kneewall properly:Cover the whole wall.Seal all the edges, penetrations, and seams.Sheathe the kneewall during framing for new construction.Another word of caution here: A lot of times, framers don’t use top plates for kneewalls. They just nail the studs to the rafters instead because it’s easier and faster. For new construction, you’ve got to make sure the build a proper kneewall by including a top plate. If you’re fixing an existing home, you’ll have to put some kind of sheathing at the top of each cavity as well so the insulation will be completely encapsulated on all six sides. RELATED ARTICLES Cape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to HeatKeeping Cool in a Two-Story HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Vented or Unvented Attic?Q&A: I need help insulating a kneewall Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls Do it rightDoing things in the right order is key, no matter what material you use. Sheathing the kneewalls should happen during framing, before the electricians, HVAC contractors, and other trades get in there. Then, anyone who cuts a hole in the sheathing is responsible for sealing it. Do that and you avoid the mess you see with the housewrap above and instead end up with something like the kneewall below (Figures 7 and 8), which I saw while doing quality assurance in Nashville for our friends, E3 Innovate.There you have it. Attic kneewalls often cause big comfort problems in homes. Getting them right is fairly straightforward but takes time and attention to detail. The results are worth it, though, in happy clients, lower energy bills, and personal satisfaction that you’re doing great work. Now, if we can just get designers to cut back on the amount of kneewalls to begin with! In Texas, they call them “hot walls.” My friend Mike Barcik likes to say they’re what separate you from the blast furnace. Down here in the warmer climate zones, where attics get up to 8,000°F (well, that may be a slight exaggeration), many people call them a liability. (Sadly, architects haven’t gotten the message.)In the world of building science, we call them attic kneewalls — walls that separate conditioned space from an unconditioned attic. They’re also the cause of many comfort problems, especially in bonus rooms. What’s wrong with attic kneewalls?People who have a bonus room find that it’s often the least comfortable room in the house. Why? The main reason is that they’re the most flawed part of the building enclosure, especially the attic kneewalls. In the photo above, the kneewall is the short wall with the door in it.Now, an attic kneewall has to perform better than an exterior wall in summer because there’s a bigger temperature difference across it than there is across an exterior wall. If it’s 95°F outside, it could be up to 130°F in the attic. Since heat flow increases when you have a higher temperature difference, you can see why attic kneewalls must perform better to keep the house comfortable and efficient. Unfortunately, if you have a bonus room or FROG (finished room over garage), you may be aware that rooms with attic kneewalls are often a liability. Many of bonus rooms have surfaces that are nearly all part of the building enclosure, allowing for more heat loss or gain than a typical room in the house. (See Figure 2, below, for a diagram of the heat flows in summer.) If you’re adventurous, you may have even made a little visit to the other side of those walls and seen horrors like I’ve shown in Figures 3 and 4 below.Bonus rooms have a number of problems, and kneewalls are often one of the biggest. Kneewalls also occur in other parts of homes, especially in larger homes. We did some quality assurance on a home recently that had over 1,000 square feet of kneewalls. So, let’s look at the main problems with kneewalls now:The fiberglass batt insulation has fallen out or is displaced from the cavity.The insulation doesn’t fit properly or completely fill the cavity, allowing attic air to be in contact with the drywall.The insulation doesn’t have any attic-side sheathing.Although not strictly a kneewall problem, floor joists running below the kneewall often lack any kind of block or air-sealing.Where the first problem occurs, the insulation is doing nothing. It may be rated R-13 or R-19, but it performs as R-0 because the unconditioned air goes right around it. The second problem is similar, but if the insulation does make good contact with the kneewall, you get a little benefit. The third problem, lack of sheathing, degrades the performance so that an R-13 batt may perform like an R-7. Fiberglass doesn’t stop air movement, which is why the R-value comes from testing done on fully encapsulated batts. The fourth problem, lack of blocking between the joists, means that there’s nothing to stop hot or cold attic air from getting under the floor of the conditioned space. (See Figure 5.)If you think I had to look hard to find photos like those two shown with problems, think again. I’ve got photos like this from a majority of the houses with attic kneewalls that I’ve been in. Unless the builder certified the house in a program that requires attic-side sheathing or someone fixed the problem later, this is the standard practice for insulating attic kneewalls, at least here in the Southeast. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Carolina Marin stuns Li Xuerui to win World Badminton Championships

first_imgThe World No. 10 drubbed World No. 1 Li 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 to win the gold medal Spaniard Carolina Marin stunned reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to become the first European in 15 years to clinch the women’s singles title at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday.The World No. 10, who had defeated India’s PV Sindhu in the semi-finals Saturday, drubbed World No. 1 Li 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 in an hour and 18 minutes to notch her first victory over the top seed in four meetings.Danish great Camilla Martin was the last European to win the World Championships in 1999 which were also held here.Li failed to clinch the coveted title for the second year in a row after losing in last year’s final as well to Thai Ratchanok Intanon.Carolina Marin kisses her gold medal after beating Li Xuerui in the finalThe Olympic champion had to settle for the silver while losing semi-finalists Sindhu and Japanese Minatsu Mitani went home with the bronze.Earlier, South Korean 12th seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Baek Choel Shin upset second seeded countrymen Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo 22-20, 21-23, 21-18 to clinch the men’s doubles title.The women’s doubles title, on the other hand, was taken by Chinese fifth seeds Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao, who defeated fourth seeded compatriots Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu 21-19, 21-15 at the Ballerup Super Arena.last_img read more