Limerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticism

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticismBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2015 1187 TAGSCllr Francis FoleyCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Michael CollinsCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestSinn Fein by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinLIMERICK City and County Council’s housing department came under heavy fire as councillors expressed their discontent with how it’s been run since the merger of the two local authorities last year.At this month’s Newcastle West municipal district meeting, Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin said it was “scandalous” that he had to put a motion on the agenda to get works carried out at a council house in Garravane, Mountcollins.“I’m not happy with how the housing department is being run. It’s not working. After exhausting every other avenue, I have had to put this on the agenda to try alleviate problems for a young family with young children,” he explained.Cllr Galvin said the house was damp and cold and had problems with leaks. An estimated €50,000 had originally been spent by the Council on works when it was purchased for social housing stock, but local councillors raised serious questions about the workmanship involved.He warned the council that he would address issues in regards social housing through motions at public meetings if the housing department didn’t up its game.“I’m a little perturbed that this issue had to be brought up at a council meeting and I’m disturbed to hear work had already been carried out in this house. Who signed off on the work?” Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan asked.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne said he was disappointed that Cllr Galvin was forced to take such drastic measures to get this work completed for a young family.“Our housing stock is deteriorating rapidly and has been for many years. The same standards in the private sector do not seem to apply to the local authority. There are houses out there with no insulation,” he claimed.Fine Gael councillor Jerome Scanlan told the council executive that their tenants were expected to pay local property tax, but didn’t get the same service as that expected by tenants from landlords in the private sector.“Rents in Newcastle West are around €135 a week,” he said.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley asked that the Council take inventory of its social housing stock and provide money to upgrade it.“Some of these homes haven’t been upgraded in over 20 years. House are freezing, people have no insulation, yet rents are going up,” he said.Cllr Michael Collins (FF), an auctioneer in Newcastle West, said that no one at the Council was taking responsibility for this problem. When his fellow councillors asked his opinion on the current value of council house in Garravane, Mountcollins, Cllr Collins estimated it to be worth around €30,000.Area engineer Ben Noonan said that contact had been made with the tenants to deal with issues of dampness in their home. Linkedin Mayor welcomes the re-opening of non-essential retail across Limerick Call for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closure Print Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Previous articleEstuary run to recall Larry’s community spiritNext articleLarge numbers at elevated Rás Luimní Alan Jacques WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New role for Cllr John Sheahan Plaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh Culture and Religion Twitter Limerick Council social housing policy in ‘tatters’last_img read more

Courts empower employees

first_img–Every New Zealand employee is afforded protection from unfair dismissal. –Australia has introduced laws to protect employees from arbitrary dismissal.–Loophole closed over employing contractors and temps. In New Zealand, courtscan extend legal rights to them.–Protracted dismissal process includes a series of oral and written warnings andreasonable time to improve performance.–Hiring staff on a trial or probationary basis is no longer a defence if thatemployee is dismissed. Courts empower employeesOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Employersin Australia and New Zealand are facing an uphill struggle to recruit andretain good staff against a background of mounting employment legislation.Richard Rudman reportsTheseare good times for recruitment consultants in Australia and New Zealand. Demandfor skilled and experienced staff remains high in relatively buoyant andconfident economies. And perhaps most significant for consultants, employersare making much greater use of external providers for the recruit and selectionprocesses. Atthe same time globalisation has arrived with a bang. Mergers, takeovers andalliances are no longer hot news, and most of the world’s big players are nowparticipating or represented in the Australasian market place.Internationallink-ups can bring new services, better technologies and access to worldwidenetworks. Yet, according to a New Zealand consultant who is resisting offshoresuitors, many agencies are still “body shops” staffed byinexperienced recruiters driven by commission-based earnings. By keeping intouch with the individuals they place in jobs, recruiters can add to theemployer’s problem of employee “churn” in a tight labour market. Theseare also good times for Internet recruitment sites. Australians and NewZealanders have always taken enthusiastically to new technologies – and thepopularity of e-recruitment is clear from the ANZ Bank’s job advertisementssurveys. Internet advertising in Australia has grown from a monthly average of20,000 adverts two years ago to 90,000 today, while newspaper advert numbershave fallen from 26,000 to 22,000. In New Zealand, Internet job advert numbershave risen by one-third in the past year to a monthly average of 14,000, whilenewspaper advert numbers have remained steady at around 29,000.Theseare good times too for job applicants. Demand for skilled labour remains high.Which means employers have to bid up salaries and benefits for those whoseskills and experience are in demand. Plus the law offers ever-increasingprotection for employees.Sothese may not be such good times for employers. Fuelled by a job boom in IT ande-commerce, and international shortages in other occupations, the”churn-and-burn” rate for many staff is rising. Some employers areresponding by shifting their focus from recruitment to retention, reckoningthat it will cost less – and prove easier – to keep hold of their current goodperformers than to find, hire and train replacements.However,these efforts by employers can be thwarted. Earlier this year, for example, theNew Zealand government became concerned that the non-taxable status (as capitalsums) of so-called restrictive covenant and inducement payments was threateningthe tax base. These payments are now taxable as income, and are thus lesseffective as incentives for staff.Employeesin both countries seem to be enjoying greater legal protection of theircontracted rights and privileges. New Zealand, for example, has had a statutoryremedy for unfair dismissal for 30 years. Originally, it applied only to staffcovered by collective instruments or to union members. Now, it applies to everyemployee – regardless of level or position in the organisation. Laws to protectemployees from arbitrary dismissal were introduced in Australia during the1990s.  Inboth countries these laws may have gone further than intended, often givingmore weight to procedure than substance, and thus giving inefficient andunder-performing workers a means to contest their dismissal. Employers oftenfound it easier to pay up than to fight these cases through the employmenttribunals.Facingthis risk, many companies adopted defensive strategies which still influencetheir recruitment and employment practices. Letters of appointment, forexample, which set out employment terms and job requirements in minute andlegalistic detail are common. Someprefer not to employ any permanent staff, relying instead on contractors andstaff from temp agencies. Research reported in Australia’s Business ReviewWeekly indicates that 11% of Australian companies now hire more temporary andcontract staff, and 5% have cancelled or suspended plans to recruit morepermanent staff – all because of the unfair dismissal rules.Onething is clear in both countries – bad recruitment decisions can be verycostly. This is especially true if an employer attempts dismissal withoutgiving the staff member a series of oral and written warnings and a reasonableopportunity to improve performance. Oneway around this problem is to hire a temporary employee or contractor from arecruitment company and later offer that person full-time employment if thereis a good match. But care is needed. In New Zealand, new employment relationslegislation empowers the courts to determine whether a so-called contractor is,in reality, an employee and thus entitled to the benefits of being an employeeregardless of the label the parties might give their relationship. Moreover,hiring people on a trial or probationary basis is no longer a defence if theemployer tries to dismiss a short-term employee who proves unsuitable. Inaddition, all prospective employees must be given written details of a proposedemployment agreement – and time to take advice on it. As a result, bothcountries have seen an upsurge in detailed employment contracts and, at seniorexecutive levels, so-called “pre-nuptial” agreements providing heftypayouts for individual employees who don’t make it.Theseare good times indeed for employment lawyers and consultants.Changingthe face of employment legislation–New Zealand government taxes inducement payments to retain staff. Comments are closed. center_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Cops: 1 Dead, 1 Injured in Wheatley Heights Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One person was killed and another injured in a single-car crash in Wheatley Heights early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. The fatal crash occurred at 4:20 a.m. on Colonial Springs Road, police said. One passenger was treated for minor injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said. Another person in the car refused treatment. Second Squad detectives are investigating the crash, police said.last_img read more

Coloring outside the lines: The smart approach to risk mitigation

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Some days it is hard to catch a break from the never-ending deluge of new threats and vulnerabilities. Let me be clear: it is not just the infamous cyber-threats that keep me awake, it is the full spectrum of people, process and technology threats to which every business is susceptible.There is no doubt that the bad guys are constantly researching new ways to scan, attack, infiltrate and ultimately breach our organizations. They communicate well, share threat and exploit information effectively, and are very creative in their approaches. Every week there are several articles about organizations built on selling stolen payment card data. Like any well-run business, they effectively use outsourcing, partnerships, best-of-breed tools, and help desk technologies to maximize profits, while minimizing their business risks. Think about that for a minute.The first time I heard about a crime organization actually having a “help desk” to assist other criminals to exploit legitimate business, it blew me away. We tend to think of the cyber criminals as secretive people hiding in dark rooms to avoid detection. It’s shocking to realize that some of these organizations exist very publicly, and are seemingly untouchable by law enforcement. They have become adept at learning to “color outside the lines.” There are few rules, and they rapidly adapt to new attack vectors when faced with an obstacle. If legitimate companies attract and retain customers by having a world-class customer service, why not a questionable organization?last_img read more

Batesville Will Welcome Chinese Government Officials On Thursday

first_imgA delegation of officials from China will visit Batesville this week to potentially form an international partnership.Five government dignitaries from Haiyan, China will come to the area to meet with Batesville officials and tour local facilities on Thursday.A welcoming ceremony will be held at the Memorial Building at 9:15 a.m. Following the public meeting, the group will tour Batesville’s Ivy Tech Community College campus, Hillenbrand Doll Plant, and possibly Oldenburg and Weberding’s Carving.The trip could lead to Haiyan becoming a sister city to Batesville. The Chinese city is located in the Zhejiang Province and has a population of 370,000 people.last_img read more

Gloucestershire are crowned champions for first time

first_img16 Sep 2016 Gloucestershire are crowned champions for first time Gloucestershire are the English Women’s County Champions for the first time – and their victory at Waterlooville Golf Club was the signal for celebrations, tears and a drenching for their captain.Andra Knight was soaked by her ecstatic team as they got their hands on the trophy for the first time after winning a tight match against Yorkshire 5-4.They’ve finally achieved their goal on their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals and Knight said: “I can’t believe we’ve done it, I’m overwhelmed. What a team! They have gelled together all week and they just fought and fought and fought.”They certainly had to fight today. The golf was excellent and intensely close with five of the day’s nine games decided on the 18th,  including two which were halved.The decider was the game of county champion Becky Gibbs who is getting married two weeks tomorrow and said: “What a wedding present!”Gloucestershire had to win today, while Yorkshire would have taken the title with a halved result. The South West champions made their move early, taking a slender lead when they won the foursomes 2-1, holding their nerve to take their points on the 18thgreen.In the afternoon the first two singles illustrated the great determination of both teams. Alex Giles finished her game par, birdie to win the last two holes and snatch a half for Gloucestershire. Then Alison Knowles produced exactly the same finish to grab her half for Yorkshire.Behind then, the players were trading blow for blow. Gloucestershire’s Bethan Popel won the clash of the England internationals, beating Olivia Winning 3/2. Megan Clarke replied, winning her game 3/2 for Yorkshire.Two games to go to decide the destination of the trophy. Yorkshire’s Rochelle Morris was on course for a 2/1 win in the bottom game and the outcome of the  championship rested on the clash between Gloucestershire’s Becky Gibbs and Hannah Holden.Gibbs won the 16thto go one up with two to play – and stepped into uncharted territory because all her previous matches had finished at or before this point.She lost the 17thafter her drive found trees on the right but she took charge on the 18th, reaching the green in regulation three shots, while her opponent tangled with the rough around the green and a bunker. Gibbs won the hole, finished her match 2up – and the Gloucestershire celebrations began.“I enjoyed it, but it was stressful. I knew it was all on me because I like to know what’s going on. I just really wanted to do it for all of them and it’s amazing,” said Gibbs, who was five-under when she finished.Team coach Kirsty Taylor added: “We are just a great team. We have worked together on team building and it’s taken a while to bring it all together but they all deserve this.  This is a young team which is growing, it’s been a work in progress for a number of years, and how good will they be next year?”Yorkshire captain Dawn Clegg commented: “It was an excellent match, very tight, and both sides played extremely well. All credit to the girls.”Norfolk made their first appearance at County Finals for 42 years and marked the occasion by winning the battle for third place with an emphatic 7.5-1.5 win over Buckinghamshire. The teams shared the foursomes but Norfolk won all six singles.Team captain Tracey Williamson said: “It’s a superb effort to finish third. This is the first time a lot of our girls have played at this level and we will be able to build on the experience.”In the day’s other match Surrey beat Staffordshire 6-3 and finished fourth in the table. They had two big wins, one in the foursomes, one in the singles, but the rest of the match was much tighter with four halved games.Surrey captain Alison Taylor: “This is my last match as captain and I said to them last night ‘you have to win for me’ and they have been absolutely fantastic. They have given 100% and I couldn’t have asked for more.”Final places: 1 Gloucestershire, 2 Yorkshire, 3 Norfolk, 4 Surrey, 5 Buckinghamshire, 6 Staffordshire.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Live Webcast of a Building Science Seminar

first_imgNot yet a member of GBA Pro? Sign up now!To enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membership, subscribe to GBA Pro today. More information on the scheduled sessionsWednesday December 5 is “Spray Foam Day” with Joseph Lstiburek. Dr. Lstiburek will present a full-day session on spray foam issues and solutions using information based on field experience and laboratory research. Throughout the day, Joe will call in other industry experts for special cameo appearances and invite other BSC researchers to report on recent work.Thursday December 6 will feature John Straube, who will cover “HVAC for Low-Load Buildings.” Dr. Straube will define low-load and ultra-low-load buildings, and will discuss the enclosures that are needed to get there. Next, the implications of these low load enclosures on heating, ventilation, hot water, and other building systems will be explored. Fossil-fueled, electric, solar and biomass will all be addressed. This session is intended for designers and builders of ultra efficient residential (i.e., Passive House, DOE Challenge Home, and similar) and smaller commercial buildings. A summary of the December 5 sessionTo read a summary of the December 5 presentations, see Allison Bailes’ latest blog: Highlights from Joe Lstiburek’s 2012 Experts’ Session on Spray Foam.center_img GBA has made arrangements to provide live video streaming of an educational seminar by two renowned building science experts, Joseph Lstiburek and John Straube. Dubbed the Building Science Experts’ Session, the seminar is being held on Wednesday December 5 and Thursday December 6, 2012, in Westford, Massachusetts. Sessions begin each morning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.The video stream will be available at no charge to all GBA Pro members. A link to the live video stream will be added to this page on the morning of December 5, 2012.last_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter

first_imgLearn how to easily reduce rolling shutter in this FCPX video tutorial.Rolling Shutter is one of the most annoying aspects of shooting video in a digital age. Even if you aren’t familiar with the term ‘rolling shutter‘ you have probably encountered it while shooting video. Rolling shutter is a phenomenon that creates wobbly or “Jello-like” footage when panning or shooting a fast moving object. It occurs because, unlike film cameras of years past, most modern cameras don’t expose the entire sensor at the same time. Instead the sensor exposes from top to bottom causing horizontal shifting to occur.Rolling shutter shown on guitar strings.To combat this problem, higher-end cameras are beginning to introduce global shutters that expose the entire sensor at once, just like old film cameras. Unfortunately these cameras are pretty expensive. Luckily for us, this video tutorial from TheHowToMac demonstrates how to reduce rolling shutter in Final Cut Pro X. The video covers:Identifying Rolling ShutterThe Rolling Shutter ToolRolling Shutter and Motion TrackingAre you more of an Adobe person? Check out our post about reducing rolling shutter using Premiere Pro.This video was first shared on TheHowToMac’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for reducing rolling shutter? Are global shutters worth the cost? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: India opt for draw in 3rd Test, win series 1-0

first_imgIndia surprisingly opted not to press for a win with 86 needed from 15 overs with seven wickets in hand as the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies ended in a draw, giving the visitors a 1-0 series victory here on Sunday. Score | PhotosNeeding 180 for a win from 47 overs, India were 94 for three after 32 overs but they decided to end their run chase just before the start of 15 mandatory overs on a Windsor Park pitch which was not too bad for a fifth day track.Rahul Dravid was batting on 34 while V.V.S. Laxman was giving him company on three when India decided to close shop and their offer of a draw was readily accepted by the hosts.Initially, India appeared serious on the chase when Murali Vijay (45) and Dravid put on 73 runs for the second wicket and West Indies began resorting to negative tactics by asking leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to bowl down the leg-side.India pacer Ishant Sharma poses with his Man of the Series trophy in Roseau, Dominica, on Sunday. APIndia clinched the three-match series 1-0 with the lone victory coming at Kingston, Jamaica in the opening Test. The second Test at Bridgetown, Barbados had also ended in a draw.India now have recorded their third series victory in the Caribbeans, having achieved the feat in 1971 and 2006 under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar and Dravid respectively.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side, however, missed out on a chance to beat West Indies 2-0 at the Caribbeans for the first time. The 1971 and 2006 series victories by India were also by 1-0 margins.advertisementIn a reflection of their domination over the West Indies in recent times, India’s series win was also the third in a row after the 2-0 victory in the three-match Test series at home in 2002-03 and 1-0 win in the Caribbeans in 2006.India had a terrible start to their run chase when opener Abhinav Mukund (0) was adjudged leg before wicket to Fidel Edwards off the first delivery of the innings and both Vijay and Dravid had a couple of close calls against the new ball.The first signs of changing equations in India’s favour appeared when Vijay jumped out of his crease to cart Darren Sammy for a near six to midwicket and Dravid pulled a short delivery from Devendra Bishoo in the same direction.At the first drinks break in the final session, India had moved to 64 for one with Vijay on 40 and Dravid on 22 and the hosts had begun to feel the heat with 116 required from 28 remaining overs.West Indies dropped the guard when they spread the field and Bishoo began pitching his leg-spinners much beyond the leg stump. It immediately worked to the hosts’ advantage as both Vijay and Dravid found it difficult to break the shackles.A frustrated Vijay then pulled a Ravi Rampaul delivery from outside the off-stump to mid-on fielder after making 45 runs and sharing a 73-run second wicket stand with Dravid.Vijay faced 78 balls and hit four fours. India still showed their intent to chase down the target by promoting Suresh Raina (8) up the order but once the left-hander offered a return catch to Rampaul, they gave up the chase.The appearance of Laxman from the dressing room, with 94 required from 18-odd overs, was a clear signal that India were not going to chase down the target with two discarded ODI players in the middle.Earlier, West Indies staged a remarkable fightback with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a defiant unbeaten 116, his 23rd Test century and sixth against India.The hosts, down in the dumps at 224 for six, ahead by just 81 runs before the start of day’s play, kept India in the field for 48-odd overs to take their score to 322 all out.Chanderpaul was the batting hero of the hosts and his 65-run association with Fidel Edwards (30), which consumed 37 overs, was the proverbial straw which broke the back of the Indians.India, however, had looked good to wrap up the West Indies innings in the pre-lunch session itself when they got rid of Sammy (17) and Ravi Rampaul (0) in a space of four deliveries.Sammy had added 32 runs with Chanderpaul in convincing style before umpire Richard Kettleborough wrongly adjudged him out caught at forward short leg though the ball had gone off the pads.Rampaul was ruled run out though the television replays suggested Dhoni’s gloves might have disturbed the stumps before Ishant Sharma hit the timbers.New man Fidel Edwards had a nasty reception at the wicket when a rising delivery from Munaf Patel smacked him below his right ear and he needed a prolonged medical treatment at the pitch.advertisementChanderpaul, who resumed at 73 this morning, was determination personified, manipulating the field with his deft placements and glides.Neither Ishant Sharma nor Praveen Kumar, who shared the second new ball this morning, looked lacklustre and only off-spinner Harbhajan Singh looked like taking wickets with his probing spin.Suresh Raina then struck for the visitors, claiming the final two wickets in successive overs. He first had Edwards caught in the deep and then Devendra Bishoo fell to a catch in the slips. Edwards batted for 157 minutes and faced 106 balls, hitting two fours.Chanderpaul remained at the crease for 471 minutes and hit five fours from 373 balls.Harbhajan Singh was the most successful bowler for the Indians with four for 74 while Raina and Praveen Kumar had two scalps each. Ishant Sharma claimed one wicket.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more