Anger at famine statue damage

first_img TAGSBalllingarydamagestatue NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsAnger at famine statue damageBy Bernie English – September 6, 2015 629 Van driver one of many incredible escapes during Storm Darwin Statue daubed by thugs after 113 years Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cash flow helps Limerick boat club raise the roof Previous articleSoccer – Turner simply the best as Limerick win yet againNext articleWoman rescued from bridge wall Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Emailcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement by Bernie English [email protected] are outraged that the famine memorial at Ballingarry Community Park has been vandalised, causing damage to the structure of the statue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Created by local artist …..Bullock of Glenwilliam during the park’s construction eighteen years ago, the statue, named ‘Roisin’ is formed in the likeness of a barefoot young girl in 1840’s style clothing.The park committee say that repair works will need to be carried out, or the statue may even have to be removed altogether if the damage is found to be too severe.Made of a light steel frame structure and formed by hand in detail using concrete, “Roisin” is a unique piece of art and, according to park committee chairman Colin Anderson, it is a tangible reminder of Ballingarry’s heritage and history.“The repairs are likely to cost the park committee a considerable sum as this is specialised work that will have to be undertaken by structural engineers and needs to be restored in the correct manner”, Mr Anderson explained.“This is the second act of vandalism seen in the park in the past three weeks. On August bank holiday Monday last, someone tried to set a number of fires in the park, and was witnessed stealing newspaper returns from the local shop at 5am for this purpose. No damage was caused, but there was intent.“The park is there for the enjoyment of all in our community and it is up to the members of our community to educate our young people to this fact, and to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardaí”, the park committee chairman said.In the meantime, the area where “Roisin” is located  has been fenced off in case she should fall and injure somebody. The area will remain fenced off until remedial works can be carried out, or a decision is made to remove her.Ballingarry has a deep-rooted history of famine times, with a large poorhouse located just outside the village. A booming town in the early part of the 19th century when many locals were employed in the weaving and linen industries, it never fully recovered from the ravages of the famine.Many families took refuge on nearby Knockfierna Hill where up to a thousand people tried to stave off hunger and destitution before finally entering the poorhouse. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Shannon statue to commemorate Axel last_img read more

NI Careers Service offering advice in wake of A-Level results

first_img By News Highland – August 15, 2013 Students across Northern Ireland have been picking up their A-Level results today, with many now sure of the college offers they had hoped for.Others who didn’t get the results and offers they wanted, and now find themselves at a crossroads.Peter Mc Evoy is an advisor with the Northern Ireland Careers Service, which has offices in several areas including Derry, Strabane Omagh.He says there are options, and the service can help………..[podcast][/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Previous articleHutton appeals to fans to come out in large numbers for Friday’s game against Waterford UnitedNext articleBarrister stopped and searched en route to Derry Magistrates Court News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released NI Careers Service offering advice in wake of A-Level resultscenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterestlast_img read more

Gardai attend incident on Muff Main Street, diversions in place

first_img Gardai attend incident on Muff Main Street, diversions in place Pinterest By News Highland – April 25, 2021 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Gardai and emergency services are attending an incident on Muff Main street.Incident was reported this evening on the main street.Diversions are in place while no further details are known at this time. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articlePremier Division Review: Defeat for Harps as Derry get first winNext articleMcGlynn just misses out on Tokyo time News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Ohio state representative was told by statehouse security that she doesn’t ‘look like a legislator,’ she says

first_imgOhio House of Representatives (NEW YORK) — Ohio state Rep. Emilia Sykes has had trouble on multiple occasions getting into the statehouse building and was even once told by security that she didn’t “look like a legislator,” she told ABC News.The state representative for the 34th district in Ohio said she believes she has been discriminated against because of her race in her own place of work.On Wednesday, Sykes (D-Akron), tweeted that she had trouble getting into the Riffe Center in Columbus, which is near the statehouse and houses many of the lawmakers’ offices.  Sykes told ABC News she was walking to her office when she entered the lane for people who have badges to enter the building — with her badge prominently displayed, hooked on her bag.As Sykes walked through, a security guard stopped her, asking her where she was going and telling her to he needed to see the badge.As Sykes kept walking, she told the security guard that she had already showed him the badge, which features a photo of the statehouse to signify authorization for traveling to and from the government building, she said.The security guard followed her down the hallway toward the elevator before Sykes asked him, “What else do you want from me? I showed it to you twice.” Then, he just moved on and went back to the security booth, she said.Sykes wrote on Twitter that Wednesday wasn’t even the “worst” encounter she had with statehouse security.Sykes said she was once told by statehouse security that she needed additional screening because she doesn’t “look like a legislator.”In February 2017, Sykes and a colleague were walking to the statehouse using underground tunnel that connects it to the Riffe Center, she said. When they got to the steps to get into the statehouse, she was stopped by security and told that her bag needed to be searched.Sykes questioned why her bag needed to be searched because statehouse employees had just received a memorandum stating a change to the security policy in which badge-carriers who undergo expedited security and not need to be searched. In addition, she was wearing her lapel pin for her district, which was given to each representative of the Ohio house, she said.Sykes’ colleague, who is 65 years old and white, was not stopped, she said. He defended Sykes, telling the security guard that she was a member of the state legislature, but the security guard simply responded that he didn’t care who she was, Sykes said.After a few minutes, the guard relented and let her through — without searching her bag, she said. After he saw her reaction after telling her that she didn’t “look like a legislator,” he then tried to tell her that it was because she looked “too young,” she said.“I was shocked by that response,” she said.Sykes described the encounter as “inappropriate,” especially given the memorandum she had just received. After it was over, she sent an email to the office of the house speaker and the sergeant of arms, asking for clarification of the policy. She said she was assured that she was correct in her understanding of the policy.Sykes’ tweets on Wednesday were in reply to her friend, Jeniece Brock, who tweeted that it was a “shame” that the 34-year-old was denied access into the statehouse building, despite being near the end of her second term and on the brink of running for a third in the November election.“America, we must do better,” Brock wrote.Sykes said that she believes both encounters had to do with her race, stating that the other seven black female legislators have experienced the same treatment, while her white colleagues have not.Once when Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Roselawn) forgot her badge and had an aide retrieve it, security still questioned whether it belonged to her, despite her photo being on it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.Reece, who had been a state legislator since 2010, said that she suspects the problems have been worse recently because of new policy, which added security guards who are less familiar with members of the House, the newspaper reported.Sykes said that badge-holders have “already been vetted as safe people to enter the building.”“[It] just seems odd that, even after that, plus the badge, plus the [lapel] pin … it’s still not enough to get into your workplace,” she said.Statehouse security is overseen by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, according to the Enquirer. State authorities did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Sykes spoke with a representative for the highway patrol on Thursday, who offered an apology as well as explained that the gentleman whom she encountered was new and didn’t want her to venture into a part of a building where she didn’t have access to.Sykes will follow up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol at a later date to tour their operations, she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Police body-cam footage shows accidental shooting that killed hostage, armed suspect

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Police released graphic body-cam footage on Tuesday in connection with a shooting in Los Angeles that left an armed suspect and a hostage dead last month.The video, recorded on June 16, showed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers as they responded to a call about a suspect — later identified as Guillermo Perez — who had reportedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend moments earlier, according to police.Responding officers arrived on the scene in Los Angeles’ Van Nuys area at around 1 p.m. to find Perez standing outside a church with a metal folding chair and a large kitchen knife in his hands, according to the footage.Perez approached the officers as soon as they exited their vehicles and ignored repeated commands to “drop the knife,” the footage showed. The officers said they fired “less lethal” beanbag rounds at him to de-escalate the situation, but he blocked the shots with the metal chair, according to police.The graphic video shows that, as the suspect runs away from the officers, he grabs an innocent woman — 49-year-old Elizabeth Tollison — taking her as a hostage before putting the knife to her neck.“Perez then pushed the woman in between himself and the officers, raised the serrated knife and pressed it against the woman’s neck,” the police department said in a statement Tuesday. “At this point, three officers fired their handguns at Perez, who was hit by the gunfire and fell to the ground.”“Tragically, Perez’s hostage was also struck by gunfire, collapsed and later died from this gunfire,” the statement adds.LAPD Chief Michel Moore said it had been 13 years since an officer’s gunfire had killed an innocent bystander or hostage.He said the department plans to implement a new training program and hopes to equip officers with other nonlethal weapons.“This was a tense situation that unfolded very quickly. It’s every officer’s worst nightmare,” Moore added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Disabled Rights Commission demands extension of rights

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Gaps in anti-discrimination law are providing a ‘license to discriminate’against disabled people, according to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). The DRC, which published its annual review last week, is calling for peoplewith HIV and cancer to be included within the definition of disability and theextension of disabled people’s rights to public transport and private clubs. The body said that nearly 10 per cent of callers were turned away from itsnational helpline last year because they are not protected by the law. Bert Massie, chairman of the DRC, said that despite Government promises thatnew rights would be introduced, disabled people are still unable to challengethe discrimination they face on public transport or if they have particularmedical conditions. “The Government has delivered much needed reform for Britain’s 8.6million disabled people. But it is critical that the pace is maintained,”he said. The DRC recently published for consultation two codes of practice on newemployment rights to be introduced in October 2004 (see box). Weblink HR needs to knowThe DRC recently published forconsultation two codes of practice on new employment rightsBoth codes are likely to come into force in October 2004 whenthe changes to the law brought about by the Disability Discrimination Act(Amendment) Regulations come into force. These regulations:– Amend the statutory definition of direct discrimination– Make major changes to the duty to make reasonable adjustments– Introduce specific protection against harassment whichrelates to a person’s disability– Alter the burden of proof in disability discrimination cases– Extends the DDA to contract workers, office holders and evenbarristers. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Disabled Rights Commission demands extension of rightsOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

San Diego Padres pitcher allegedly breaks into home via doggy door, gets kicked, tased: Police

first_img Written by October 11, 2019 /Sports News – National San Diego Padres pitcher allegedly breaks into home via doggy door, gets kicked, tased: Police FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailkali9/iStock(PEORIA, Ariz.) — San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix has been arrested after allegedly trespassing on a man’s property by breaking in through the doggy door of his home.Peoria police in Arizona responded to a call regarding a reported trespasser on Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m., according to ABC’s Phoenix affiliate station KNXV.The homeowner allegedly discovered a man, who police would later identify as the 23-year-old San Diego Padres pitcher, crawling through his doggy door, confronted him and kicked him once in the face.Another man who was outside, 23-year-old Thomas Cosgrove, who was also drafted by the Padres, then reached through the doggy door and pulled Nix out of the house, according to police.However, as the pair began to flee the house, the homeowner reached through the doggy door and shot Nix in the back with a taser, according to court records obtained by KNXV.The two men managed to flee the scene but only made it a few streets away before police picked them up and arrested them. They have both been charged with criminal trespassing.The San Diego Padres released a statement regarding the arrests of Nix and Cosgrove.“We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona. We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner’s office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time,” it said.Nix pitched in nine games for the Padres in 2018 but was injured for most of the 2019 season. Cosgrove was drafted by the Padres in 2017 and has been pitching in their minor league system ever since.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Guild launches UK’s first iBuyer platform, but can the US concept succeed over here?

first_imgThe Guild of Property Professionals is to bring the US iBuyer model of purchasing homes to the UK property market for the first time.Its initiative was announced yesterday at its packed annual conference in London.During the presentation by its Group Operations Manager Phillipa Legg she asked the 400 or so delegates what an iBuyer model was, but just one stuck their hand up, highlighting the uphill task the Guild has to persuade UK agents to embrace this very American idea.Over the pond approximately 5% of homes are sold via iBuyer platforms such as Zillow but in some states up to 40% of vendors consider using them.Like its US counterparts, the Guild’s new OfferHive platform will enable agents to find buyers for properties whose vendors cannot wait for a buyer via the traditional sales process.It will also pay agents a fee both when the property is bought via an iBuyer and also when it is later sold on.The Guild has been building the platform for some time with two pilot estate agents, one of which is seven-branch firm Thomas Morris.Agents are now to be on-boarded in tranches of 20 agents starting on 1st May.“While the concept was conceived in the US, and we know from experience that not all facets of the US property market travel well to the UK, with so many homebuyers finding themselves in a property chain iBuyers could easily integrate and transform the way homes are bought and sold,” says Legg (left).She says the OfferHive platform is designed to compete directly with the vast array of ‘quick sale’ companies that have sprung up in the UK and instead offer vendors and buyers a tech-backed system that uses an Automated Valuation Model to create offers on homes for vendors, and then match them with qualified investment buyers.The Guild is keen to reassure member agents that they will do the hand-holding between the parties and be involved in “every part of the transaction,” says Legg.“Agents will be able to direct vendors to the OfferHive platform or we can provide a white-labelled button on their own site to attract leads.”Risks outlinedThe iBuyer model is not without its critics. For example, proptech expert and Unissu co-founder Eddie Holmes says iBuyer platforms can end up with huge liabilities on their balance sheets and that, therefore, tiny changes in markets can cause them financial difficulties.He also warns that [for the platforms] the margins can be slim and that, if other iBuyer platforms were to open in the UK and begin competing on the prices offered to vendors, these margins would be squeezed.Real Estate Analyst Andrew Stanton (left), adds: “Having analysed iBuyer in the US, it is not yet a proven mature model and selling a big asset at 90–93% of market value [the Guild claims 96%], for a quick sale, is a big ask.“It may appeal to a few of the tech savvy younger generation in need of a quick liquidation of their assets. But my 32-years of selling property says iBuyer is a marginal model with limited market potential of maybe of 5%.”Industry consultant Mike Day of Integra Property Services (left) says: “In USA the likes of Zillow, Redfin and Open door have spent billions of dollars but yet to show a profit, and are taking a very long term view on growing market share.“I am healthily sceptical – all for new ideas and services or products but whilst I can see some sellers being interested, I am not sure how deep the operators pockets are and whether the ‘conservative’ UK market will enable it to be financially viable. Visit OfferHive. February 13, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Guild launches UK’s first iBuyer platform, but can the US concept succeed over here? previous nextAssociations & BodiesGuild launches UK’s first iBuyer platform, but can the US concept succeed over here?Guild of Property Professionals says its iBuyer platform offers agents a way to help distressed vendors, fend off the ‘quick sale’ operators and even help counter the online agent threat.Nigel Lewis13th February 202001,932 Viewslast_img read more

“Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears”

first_imgHome » Guest Blogs » “Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears” “Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears”Terry Mason of Housing Hand says unless the government intervenes, agents could soon end up stuck between desperate landlords and tenants.Nigel Lewis20th April 20211 Comment747 Views Many landlords have been forced to house and financially support tenants during the pandemic as rent arrears have piled up and evictions have been suspended.But once the ban is lifted, it will be difficult to pre-plan evictions as the court system struggles to cope with the backlog of possession hearings.Letting agents, as usual, will be stuck in the middle. They still have to manage properties even if their tenants are in arrears and even though, in many cases, the court backlog is unlikely to be cleared until well into next year.And let’s not forget that the government may extend its eviction ban and kick the problem of homelessness and rent arrears further down the road, yet again.But soon landlords, tenants and agents will have to face the stark reality that once the ban finishes, tenants who have amassed large rent arrears – and particularly those who have hidden behind the evictions ban – will have to be removed from properties.It’s crazy to think that landlords will continue to allow tenants to stay without paying indefinitely, so unless the defaults are paid the tenants will have to go.Letting agents, landlords and tenants are well aware of the rent arrears building up, so the only way out is for the government and/or councils to cover these arrears, allowing tenants to clear their debts via a plan and by paying the housing benefit element of Universal Credit directly to landlords.It would be expensive but a good fix, with landlords not out of pocket, courts not congested, tenants not evicted and with payment plans in place to repay their debt.Let’s see if the government does the right thing.Terry Mason is COO of rent guarantor service Housing Hand.Terry Mason housing hand rent arrears 2021-04-20Nigel LewisOne commentMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 25th April 2021 at 5:45 amUs big UC Landlords are constantly calling for this. UC is the biggest cause of homeless in this country, when will this Govt wake up.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Australia: Journey Down Memory Lane for Naval College Class of 1953/55

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Journey Down Memory Lane for Naval College Class of 1953/55 Australia: Journey Down Memory Lane for Naval College Class of 1953/55 View post tag: College View post tag: Journey View post tag: class May 21, 2013 View post tag: Australia View post tag: Memory View post tag: 1953/55 View post tag: HMAS Stirling The Naval College Class of 1953/55 took a journey down memory lane when they held their 60th Anniversary reunion at HMAS Stirling on Wednesday, 15 May 2013.Travelling from all parts of Australia, the 40 visitors who consisted of retired members, their partners and widows of former 1953 class members relished the opportunity to spend a day back onboard a Navy base.Escorted through the Submarine Training Systems Centre, they met and spoke with Training Authority Submarines, Commander Matthew Hoffman about ‘Today’s Navy’ and in particular submarine capabilities.Navy Domestic Engagement Regional Coordinator and escort for the day Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Steward Toni Ralph said it was a delight to accompany the visitors around the base and act as a guide during their windscreen tour of HMAS Stirling. “It’s not every day you get an opportunity to meet Commodore Peter Dechaineux, the son of Captain Emile Dechaineux,” said CPO Ralph.“I enjoyed the opportunity to listen to their stories of times gone by, the contributions they made to the Navy and at Stirling whilst they were serving,” she said.Highlights of the reunion included a short visit to the Fleet Base West Naval Museum where the ‘old’ became the ‘familiar’, and to the Submarine Escape Training Facility where they were able to conduct a walk through of the Escape Tower.A visit to the Torpedo Maintenance Facility and the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety ensured the visitors were brought up to date on a variety of Navy aspects.Current serving Officers and Senior Sailors joined the visitors in the Sir James Stirling Mess for lunch where stories of camaraderie still relevant in today’s Navy were shared.Commander Les Renfrey, RAN Retired said it was the sense of nostalgia and the memories of mateship that he enjoyed most from the visit.Commodore Peter Dechaineux, RAN Retired recalled memories of his time as Commanding Officer HMAS Creswell, recognising the position as the finest of his career. On visiting HMAS Stirling, he acknowledged relationships and people as the best aspect. “Re-establishing the connection with the Collins Class submarines and meeting current serving members of the RAN have been the highlight of the day,” he said.[mappress]Press Release, May 21, 2013 View post tag: Lane View post tag: Defence Training & Education View post tag: down View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more