Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleThe rise and fall? of Little VoiceNext articleDrugs pair released without charge Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsLove/Hate used as guide to clean drug dealers gunBy Staff Reporter – October 31, 2014 954 Advertisement Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSglockgunlimerickLove/Hate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Linkedin by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK man watched the opening sequence of a Love/Hate DVD to see how to clean a Glock semi automatic handgun before he and his friends indulged in a “smorgasbord” of illegal drugs, a court has been told.Peter O’Flaherty (35) of College Avenue, Moyross was one of four men found by Gardaí at a drug-fuelled drinks party in an apartment on Limerick’s Henry Street last year.Detective Garda Dave Baynham of the Divisional Drugs Unit told Limerick Circuit Court heard that a surveillance operation was set up at the apartment which was just yards from Henry Street Garda Station.On October 27, 2012, Peter O’Flaherty’s brother Sam and another man left the apartment to buy alcohol in a nearby off-licence. Sam O’Flaherty was detained while Gardaí obtained a search warrant for the apartment.When they raided the apartment, Gardaí found Peter O’Flaherty and a fourth man were with what Prosecution Counsel John O’Sullivan described as a “smorgasbord of illegal drugs”.The two men were watching a Love/Hate DVD on a laptop.A Glock handgun and 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition were stashed in the sitting room. The gun was in good condition, although the serial number had been “erased beyond recognition”.The O’Flaherty brothers were arrested and charged with possession of the gun and ammunition. Sam O’Flaherty was also charged with the possession of drugs for sale and supply while Peter O’Flaherty was charged with possession of drugs.Sam O’Flaherty told Gardaí that he was given the gun a week earlier and told to keep it for a few days in order to wipe €500 off a €4,000 drug debt while Peter O’Flaherty said he looked up videos on the internet to see how to clean the gun.Mr O’Sullivan said that Peter, a former FCA sergeant with training in handling anti tank weaponry, used the Love/Hate DVD to see how to clean the gun as one of the episodes showed how a similar weapon was dismantled. He cleaned it to get “brownie points” and to make sure it would not “blow up” in his face.The two men made admissions that were of material assistance to the State’s case.While Mr O’Sullivan said that Sam O’Flaherty was a “go to man” for drugs in certain pubs in Limerick city, he had “no trappings of wealth” despite previous convictions for drug offences. He was the “custodian of the ammunition and his brother Peter got involved “out of a misguided sense of family loyalty”.Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the case to November 24, releasing the brothers on continuing bail.
Would you like to join a pub crawl fundraising event in aid of Living Links? The Donegal branch of the charity is based in the Family Enrichment Centre, Stranorlar. Living Links helps greatly by providing practical help, information and support to persons bereaved by suicide. Letterkenny man Gary Ramsey is organising a pub crawl for this special charity for Saturday the 16th of July and promises it will be a night to remember.Gary plans on visiting 14 pubs along Letterkenny Main Street and collecting as many donations as possible along the way. The crew will spend 30 mins in each pub to have a mineral, water or a sneaky beer.Gary is looking for as many volunteers as possible to help this great charity while having some craic along the way.Even if you can only join for an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated. You can RSVP by contacting Gary on 089 4428691. Unfortunately suicide has touched a lot of families, so by supporting this great cause they hope to raise as much as possible for living links.This is a registered event and all proceeds will go to Living Links.To learn more about this truly amazing charity you can check out their website.ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GOING ON A PUB CRAWL IN AID OF LIVING LINKS? was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:charityfundraisingletterkennyliving linkspub crawlsuicide awareness
SANTA CLARA – George Kittle is hearing it from his bosses: “Hey, good luck this week, you’re starting. Don’t disappoint me.”Those are the office memos he’s getting … from fantasy football owners, all of whom stand to benefit as the 49ers tight end emerges as a popular target for Jimmy Garoppolo.“It’s really fun. A lot of pressure from them,” Kittle said with a wry smile at his 49ers locker.San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive back Holton …
4 January 2013 Businesses in South Africa have lost an estimated US$15-billion in revenues as a result of the ongoing eurozone crisis, with four in 10 companies affected globally and an increasing number looking to do business elsewhere, says consultancy Grant Thornton. According to Grant Thornton’s latest International Business Report, the crisis is estimated to have wiped $2-trillion off revenues globally, and has long-term implications for the prospects of the EU as businesses worldwide consider doing less trade in the region in the future. “Clearly the crisis is doing far more than stifling sentiment in the region,” Grant Thornton Johannesburg CEO David Campbell said in a statement last month. “Businesses are also losing money and their growth prospects are suffering, not just in Europe but across the globe.” Although businesses in Europe have suffered the most acute effects of the crisis, the report shows that the impact has had considerable effect in other regions, with around one in three business leaders in the BRICS economies (36%), Asia-Pacific (34%), North America (31%) and Latin America (30%) citing a negative impact.Businesses begin to look elsewhere “Perhaps more worryingly, 17% of businesses globally now say they are less likely to do business in Europe as a result of the crisis,” Campbell said. “This compares with just 10% when businesses were asked the same question about the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 following the Arab Spring.” Grant Thornton’s findings were echoed by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who wrote in an article in German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday that the biggest risks for the global economy in 2013 lay in Europe. “Spain and Greece are in an economic depression with no hope for a recovery,” Stiglitz wrote. “The eurozone’s ‘fiscal pact’ is no solution, and the European Central Bank’s bond purchase is a temporary palliative, at best.” According to Campbell, the longer the crisis dragged on, the greater the long-term damage would be to the reputation of Europe as a trading partner. “If businesses in some of the fastest growing economies of the world begin to look elsewhere for the technology and skills to help them grow, then Europe will find it even harder to move past its current problems.” The impact of the crisis on South Africa was exacerbated by the internal problems, particularly unrest in the important sectors of mining and agriculture, Campbell added. “The key to a more optimistic outlook for 2013 lies in addressing the domestic issues, while maintaining a cautious stance to our eurozone dependency.” SAinfo reporter
The Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. (Image: Darling Tourism Via Media Club South Africa)A collaboration between the University of Cape Town and two provincial government department seeks to develop long-term resistance methods to climate change.Western Cape agriculture plays an important role in South Africa’s economy in terms of job creation and socio-economic development, even while it is vulnerable to climate change.The university and the departments of agriculture, and environmental affairs and development planning recognised that a strategic and co-ordinated approach was needed to develop long-term resilience to climate change. This could be done through climate-smart agriculture and by placing the sector on a clear pathway towards a green economy.Their collaboration has brought about the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme. It is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. It promotes climate-smart agriculture.SMART AGRICULTUREThe programme is tied to the Western Cape’s five-year provincial strategic plan and the strategic goals of the provincial department of agriculture. One of the key goals is to optimise the sustainable use of water and land resources to increase climate-smart agricultural production.Collaborative planning and action within and between public and private sectors includes players such as organised agriculture and industry associations, farmers, agri-processors and agri-business, labour and civil society, and research and academic institutions.According to the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the project has achieved an understanding of expected climate risks as well as effects on and vulnerabilities in agriculture. It has established important linkages between resource sectors, water, energy and agricultural production. It has also shown that vulnerability is high across the sector.The project’s framework to battle the harsh impact of climate change has been its biggest success so far. It has identified regions that have a milder climate and where climate change will not be as dramatic.These may become the future centres of food production.ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATEThe province has already shown it has the capacity to adapt, with local companies already providing energy-saving low-carbon solutions to farms and agri-businesses. Leading wine estates have installed energy-saving measures and systems for renewable energy generation.The Fruit Look Project is a prime example of how the province is adapting. The project uses satellite images to help fruit farmers increase their irrigation efficiency. These solutions must be harnessed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation.It takes a strong spatial approach, and has created 23 spatial zones. This is because the risks and effects of climate change differ widely across the province. It is all dependent on climate, soils, vegetation and farming systems.Through this project the western marginal grain zones such as the Rooi Karoo-Aurora, are expected to shift to livestock production. This zone will become hotter and drier. Some zones could benefit from mild warming and wetting, for example the southern GrootBrak-Plett zone.According to the ACDI, the project proposes a focus on four strategic areas, with the aim to:Promote a climate-resilient low-carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable.Strengthen effective climate disaster risk-reduction and management for agriculture.Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.Ensure good co-operative governance and joint planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.Public and private partnerships are helping to make South Africa’s food security mission a success. Play your Part too; and send us your story.
March 6, 2014: Airtightness testingWith most of the rough mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work complete, it was time to test the Grant residence Passivhaus for airtightness.We scored approximately 0.75 air changes per hour (ACH) at 50 pascals (Pa) of pressure. Although this is four times tighter than the current energy code requires, it’s not good enough to meet the Passivhaus standard, which requires a reading no greater than 0.60 ach50. So we still have some tightening up to do.The bad news is that the testing did not reveal any major leaks. That means mitigating that last little bit will be extremely difficult.On top of that challenge, the items yet to be installed — the dryer vent and the fireplace flue — are inherently leaky. Wish us luck! ARTICLES BY ALAN ABRAMS A Post-Passivhaus Paradigm for Energy-Efficient DesignMakin’ WUFIA Shortcut To Sustainable Living: Downsize! Never fear. The Passivhaus occupant need not forfeit the vision of a cozy winter’s evening by the fire. There are a few wood stoves and prefabricated fireplaces on the market that are virtually airtight. They can maintain a fire at a low enough output to provide the cozy atmosphere that we naturally seek, without the disadvantages noted above.The point is, that Passive House limits some decisions, but it does not dictate them. The “tyranny” of PassivhausIn his Discourses, Plato has Hippias the Sage assert that “…law is the tyrant of mankind, and often compels us to do many things which are against nature.”The Passivhaus system is truly rigorous. Often it requires modifying a decision or restraining an impulse that would be natural in another context. Specifying an open masonry fireplace in your design program would be a triple nightmare for the Passive House Consultant to deal with:The flue damper. The darn thing would leak so much it would be nearly impossible to reach the airtightness level required to satisfy the energy models.The mass of the chimney would constitute a significant thermal bridge.Stoking up a blazing fire would probably very quickly overheat the super insulated space, forcing the occupants to open doors and windows. October 19, 2013: Under constructionOctober 19 was a gorgeous day to bike out and visit this Passivhaus project located in Derwood, Maryland. The site is surrounded by forest and abuts Lake Bernard Frank. The bike trail passes over the earthen dam, where I saw great blue herons sunning on the berm, and a banded kingfisher perched in a branch near the water. When I arrived at the site, a red-tailed hawk was wheeling right above the house.Image #2 (below) shows the west elevation. What has been erected so far is the first layer of the wall and roof assemblies, which will function as the structural shell of this PassivhausThe specifications call for several inches polyisocyanurate insulation to be installed all of the Zip sheathing shown in the photo. The walls will get 3 inches of polyiso, and the roof will get 6 inches. The roof layer will extend about 30 inches beyond the outside walls to form the eaves. This projection will not only protect the walls from the weather, but will also shade the windows from the summer sun while admitting the winter sun.A second set of framed walls will be built inside the walls shown in the photo. They will form a 10-inch-deep cavity that will be filled with cellulose insulation. According to PHPP, the walls will achieve R-52.1 and the roof will achieve R-66.1. Passivhaus is compatible with traditional home stylesThere are a number of architectural characteristics of a Passivhaus that facilitate performance. To keep warm here in our mid-Atlantic winters, a Passivhaus likes to spread out in the sun, and look to the south. At the same time, a Passivhaus likes generous overhangs and shutters to avoid overheating in summer.Provision for cross flow ventilation, such as windows on two exposures in each important room, and operable skylights, can reduce the need for mechanical air conditioning during the shoulder seasons. In other words, the house could easily look like a traditional bungalow or cottage.A Passivhaus also likes simple massing — corners, offsets, and projections present challenges to achieving airtightness, and inevitably introduce thermal bridges. In this sense, it could also be a Cape Cod or Colonial style house.Some features fight against the grain. Our clients, the Grants of Derwood, Maryland, wanted mulled windows — but the muntin bars reduce the amount of light passing through by as much as 5%. Passivhaus cares deeply about this — when this amenity was factored into the Passive House Performance Package (PHPP), the performance fell off perceptibly.But there was always a solution somewhere: for example, by enlarging south-facing windows or adding additional insulation to compensate for the loss of solar gain.Are you wondering what this house is going to look like when it’s done? The rendering at the top of the page shows the Grant House. Not too weird looking, is it? December 12, 2013: More progressAs winter closes in, work continues on this Passivhaus project (see Image #6, below). The Intus triple-glazed doors and tilt-turn windows are due to be delivered next week. When they are installed, we can perform a preliminary blower-door test, to see how close we are to the mythic air tightness requirement of 0.6 ach50.In the meantime, the duct systems have already been installed. There are two duct systems: one for tempered air, and one for fresh air supply and exhaust. As soon as the building is closed in, other rough-in work will continue. December 20, 2013: Passivhaus certificationNow that the rough carpentry is nearing completion, it was a perfect moment to bring out our Passivhaus rater, Andy Corral of Elysian Energy, to see things in the flesh. I spent a good part of yesterday morning compiling a set of plans and documents for Andy to review, including a revised Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) spreadsheet that reflects the field changes and revisions that have taken place.Some of the changes are minor tweaks — for example, substituting 4 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation for 6 inches of expanded polystyrene over the primary roof structure. The former has more than a 50% higher R-value than the latter; even as the total thickness is reduced, the net insulation value of the roof is increased by R-2.This gain is offset by the substitution of a custom wood front door for the Intus E-Forte UPVC door. Although the wood door has a smaller window, it has a lower net R-value, because — counterintuitively — the three layers of glass are more efficient than 2 inches of wood. It was almost jaw-dropping, how much this one change added to the Specific Space Heat Demand.Another major change is to enclose what had originally been designed as a screened porch. This space is intended for three-season use, and will not have a heat source, but it will still reduce heat loss through the adjacent spaces. I’ve asked Elysian to help quantify the energy savings.An area of some controversy remains. During the Passivhaus pre-certification process, I initially modified some of the PHPP defaults for ground conditions. These were rejected by PHIUS, and I had to beef up other areas of the building envelope to compensate.But during construction, we actually improved conditions beyond the initial input. The entire building subgrade was backfilled with an average of 3 feet of crushed stone, and then topped with 4 inches of sand to support the subslab insulation. This is a very effective thermal break with the underlying soil. Including these values in PHPP makes a significant positive impact.On the other hand, the local climate seems to be slightly cooler than the PHPP default climate for Washington, D.C. Passing by on my bike this morning, Lake Frank — a few hundred yards southeast of the Grant house — was completely frozen over. Does a Passivhaus have to look weird? The short answer is, no. RELATED ARTICLES Passivhaus on a BudgetVisiting Passivhaus Job Sites in Washington StateMore Passivhaus Site Visits in Washington State Alan Abrams is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a Certified Passive House Builder, aCertified Green Professional (NAHB), and a Certified Professional Building Designer (American Institute of Building Designers). He is also the owner of Abrams Design Build in Takoma Park, Maryland.
MOST READ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Nevertheless, speculation is sure to keep swirling around Irving, with suggestions that the Knicks — who traded Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas on Thursday in what many see as a move to clear salary cap space — could be among the clubs that will try to land him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “And my focus this season is winning a championship with the Boston Celtics. Obviously, we had goals coming into the season, and the primary goal is to win a championship. So that’s where my focus is.”Irving can opt out of the last year of his contract to test the free agent market at the end of this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn October, he cheered Celtics fans by proclaiming at a team event that if Boston wanted him to stay that’s what he planned to do.On Friday, he sounded a more ambiguous note when asked if his mindset had changed. “Ask me July first,” he said.With the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers, Irving-led Boston were tipped to emerge as a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference a season after the Cavs denied an injury-hit Celtics squad in game seven of the conference finals.But it has been the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors dueling atop the conference in the first half of the season, with the 32-19 Celtics currently tied for fourth place, 5.5 games behind the Bucks.“Obviously, things this season haven’t gone as I planned,” said Irving, who is averaging 23.7 points per game. “That’s part of being on a team where you’re still trying to figure things out.”Irving did say that the Celtics remained “at the head of the race” for his services after this season, and in the meantime he’d prefer to not have the “distraction” of looking ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Moved to tears, Rudy Gobert feels disrespect in NBA All-Star snub PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts to a call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)Celtics guard Kyrie Irving says he’s focusing on bringing an NBA title to Boston this season — and where he might end up after the 2018-19 campaign remains an open question.“At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my career, and that’s just where it stands,” Irving told reporters at Madison Square Garden on Friday, as the Celtics prepared to take on the New York Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Crystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.
Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810. He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures. Story Highlights Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810.“Mexico has made significant strides in providing for the welfare of its people, ranking now in the top echelons of the world’s leading free market economies and surely a model worthy of emulation by developing countries, like Jamaica,” he said.Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.He said that Mexico can also be proud of its cultural prowess which it has shared with the rest of the world.“This rich, vibrant and cultural heritage which has been preserved and sustained by generations of Mexicans bare similarities with Jamaica’s own culture through our shared love of vibrant music, football and flavourful food,” he said.He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures.The Minister said there is a need for further cultural cooperation between both countries, particularly within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last year between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal.Last year the Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Hon. Olivia Grange signed a MOU between Jamaica and Mexico to symbolize a commitment between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal to work towards the enhancement and development of the cultural and creative industries.In her remarks, Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber spoke of the many partnership agreements between Jamaica and Mexico in the areas of science and technology, education and culture.She said that the collaboration would not only be in those areas but also in the area of sports.“With regard to sports, Mexico has much to learn from the illustrious achievements of Jamaican athletes throughout the years. As such we expect to sign an agreement that will allow greater exchange with Jamaica and its world renowned sports community,” she informed.Ambassador Jaber said that Mexico recognizes Jamaica as an important partner and a driving force for the development of the Caribbean.Jamaica and Mexico established diplomatic relations in March 1965. Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.