Horn hooting upsets sleeping residents

first_img TAGScouncil meetingLimerick City and CountyLimerick Council Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleOne night with tenor Paul McNamaraNext articleBeyond the neon runes – The voice of dissent Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick on Covid watch list FINE Gael councillor Michael Hourigan has complained that taxi drivers are “hooting their horns” at all hours of the night and upsetting residents living in the vicinity of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).Speaking at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting of Limerick City and County Council, the City North representative revealed that residents living near the Moylish campus were very concerned about the racket caused by the late night horn hooting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Taxis are pulling up at all hours of night. They are pulling up in the area around LIT between one and four in the morning and hooting their horns. You can’t be doing this at that hour of night,” he insisted at City Hall this Monday.During a presentation on the local authority’s Noise Action Plan, Cllr Hourigan asked senior executive engineer Anne Goggin if there was anything that could be done to prevent taxi drivers from hooting their horns and bothering residents.“This is a very difficult issue to deal with. We could write to taxi services and make them aware of it,” Ms Goggin suggested.Read more politics news here. Twitter #ReadySpreadyGo! Limerick City and County Council invites the weird, wacky and wonderful in name game for gritting and road repair vehicles RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPoliticsHorn hooting upsets sleeping residentsBy Alan Jacques – June 21, 2018 2414 Facebookcenter_img Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Email Advertisement WhatsApp Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites last_img read more

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HUPKT: The third cycle of certification of professionals in congress tourism is starting

first_imgSince 2015, the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) has been implementing its own certification program called CCMEPCertified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional). Already two generations of professionals have successfully completed the program and so far 58 participants have received the certificate. The third certification cycle starts in December 2017; the first round will be held on December 5 and 6, and the second at the end of January 2018.The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is carried out on the basis of collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT. Certification programs for professionals in the convention industry are nothing new. The world’s most famous CMP certificate (Certified Meeting Professional) is very demanding and can bring certain benefits if you are oriented to the international market. CCMEP is the first Croatian certification program. ”The certificate is extremely important for our industry, especially for clients from abroad. They recognize and appreciate certification because it has been normal for them for years. The certificate itself makes it known that these are people who have experience in the profession and work according to the rules of the profession, while it gives clients the assurance that they have found a quality partner and a guarantee that their service provider is a professional. “Points out Ranko Filipović, president of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism ProfessionalsCertification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. It is recognized, accepted and has the support of the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb (Department of Tourism), the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (Sector for Tourism) and the European Federation of Congress Organizers (EFAPCO). HUPKT is also the Preferred Provider for the Events Industry Council (EIC) which has recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.How to get a CMP certificate The first two-day round includes:introductory / general termsthe overall organization of the gatheringsincentive travelThe second two-day round includes:recapitulation of the first roundknowledge of the destination from the aspect of MICEgroup work with presentationonline examCertification prices depend on the status of the participants:Regular member – 2.500 knAssociate member (natural person with at least 2 years of experience in the MICE sector) – HRK 2.500Associate member (legal entity, the first two natural persons from the company) – HRK 2.500 per personAssociate member (legal entity, other natural persons from the company) – HRK 5.000 per personHe is not a member of HUPKT (min. 2 years of experience in the MICE sector) – HRK 5.000The supplement for repeating the exam is HRK 750, and the supplement for the administrative renewal of the certificate, ie recertification is HRK 500. Costs include lectures, materials, making a certificate, and lunch and drinks during the lecture. Application forms and the Certification Rulebook can be obtained from HUPKT at [email protected] You can see the list of previous CCMEP certificate winners here.last_img read more

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NCAA proposes to change shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse After shortening the shot clock from 45 seconds to 35 before the 1993-94 season, the NCAA announced a proposal for the next reduction on Friday afternoon. The NCAA rules committee announced its vote on the change on Friday afternoon. All rules change proposals must be approved by Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 8 before becoming official.In April, Rick Byrd, the chair of the NCAA rules of committee and Belmont’s head coach, told ESPN that the shot clock would “likely” move from 35 to 30 seconds. The NCAA has already experimented with using a 30-second shot clock in this year’s postseason National Invitation Tournament. Byrd added that the change would combat complaints about pace of play and low scoring that littered the game in the 2014-15 season, and that the collective opinion of coaches has started to call for the change. That is partially true for Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who was highly critical of the 35-second shot clock at Atlantic Coast Conference media day in October.Boeheim said that there’s no reason the shot clock — invented as a 24-second shot clock in Syracuse in 1954 — should be any longer than that. He went on to say that no “good offense” should need more than 24 seconds to score in college basketball, and his quick-shooting system mostly follows that logic. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s 2-3 zone also lulls teams into long possessions, and the 30-second clock can only benefit SU on the defensive end. On the same day that Boeheim cut up the 35-second shot clock, ACC commissioner John Swofford spoke of the conference’s initiative to have the shot clock reduced. “As we announced during our spring meetings last year, we will experiment with using a 30-second shot clock during exhibition games this fall,” Swofford said at media day in October. “The goal of the recommendation, which came from our coaches and was ratified by our athletic directors, was to see if this had the potential to increase the number of possessions and ultimately speed up the game. “And we look forward to sharing whatever experiences we have with that with the men’s basketball rules committee at the end of the season.”At 2 p.m. on Friday, Byrd will speak to the media via conference call to discuss the factors behind the latest shot-clock change. NCAA national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating J.D. Collins and NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt will also be on the line. Commentslast_img read more

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Fighting Ebola – A Test to Our Patriotism

first_imgHmm! This is how far the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has come. We can’t even imagine how far it is going. When the EVD hit just one county, we advised our leaders to take some actions but they really didn’t take heed. Now, see how far the virus has raged. What is our fate like now?Thank God we now have a National Task Force to battle this virus. But like the chair of the Task Force has been calling, I also think we all must join in the fight against Ebola. It is very worrisome waking up every morning to hear about a new victim of the Ebola virus. Reading the regular updates from UNICEF and other organizations is not exciting because the documents themselves are not exciting and I am sure experts who prepared them themselves do not feel excited writing such reports.Also, going through the various dailies and online sources and the headlines, all are saying Ebola, Ebola, Ebola and fear keeps developing.Besides, this virus has interfered with our normal way of life – we no longer feel safe to even shake hands; which is one of the most common things in our society. Why? Because we are being advised not to do so–talk of hugging and other forms of greetings. The fear of the disease is even making us to look like strange human beings – we dress differently, wear gloves and other forms of protective clothing, take bath with clorax and other detergents, only because we want to feel safe and live on.The Fear of Ebola has also interfered with the way we even care for our sick friends and relatives and how health workers care for their sick patients. As a result of the fear of the virus, we isolate ourselves from our sick friends and family.  We call authorities on them as if someone is reporting that health workers are refusing to take in some patients.  People are being stigmatized only because we fear Ebola.One cherished part of our Liberian culture is how we honor our dead. But in the wake of Ebola, your dear departed will not be given that degree of honor, particularly if authorities say they died of Ebola. We are being strictly prohibited from going close to the dead person. This is terrible! This is a cherished part of culture and doing away with it is terrible. How long will this persist? For how long will our people die from Ebola?Who knows whether it is still safe for us to go to our places of worship.Let us be more serious in the fight. Let all of us get on board. We need to stop politicizing this thing. In fact, I think the National Elections Commission (NEC) needs to pause her preparations for this year’s senatorial elections as some of us have done to our events and gatherings as we join the fight against this menace that is waging war on us. Since Ebola has declared war, let us fight back.I saw that the NEC has released 139 names of people who want to be senators. To all 139 of you I say, pause your political activities, go out to those people whose votes you want. Tell them to play safe to stay alive come October this year. Tell them Ebola is real and has no cure. Tell them to tell others to play safe.Go back in your communities and districts. Go to places where you play in and places where you pray in. Tell the people you meet there that Ebola is in Liberia and the best place to treat sick people is the hospital. Make it very clear to them in whatever way or language and dialect you can that hospitalizing the sick is the only way to stop the disease. Keeping sick people in homes and other places would not do the situation any good but harm.Tell your people that Ebola is not just bleeding. It develops over a very short period of time and by the time the person starts to bleed, the situation has become fatal. Tell them not to wait for bleeding. Beg them, if you must.To me, this is what true leadership is about. It is not just about fighting to occupy an office or occupying an office. It is about reaching out to people. It is about serving your people. This year, this is how we will identify our true leaders – people who care for us.Government’s honest priority too should be to try to stop this outbreak. We need to be vigorous and proactive. We need to put hold on the things that matter to us and fight to save the lives of the people we govern – the people who have  entrusted us with the mantle we are wearing, the people whose confidence we have. We need to be there for them more than ever before. We need to show our people that we love and care about them.Some of us have lost the confidence that was entrusted unto us. This is an opportunity to restore it. This is an opportunity to restore hope. This is an opportunity to rebuild broken bridges and relationships. This is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your people and their welfare.Do this individually if you must. This is not one of the times when you need your colleagues to endorse your actions. Move out as the leader and see if people will not follow you. Engage with the people who are already championing the cause. Ask them how you can be of support. Don’t wait for them to come knocking on your doors calling ‘honorable, honorable’. Reach out to them.With all the measures we are putting in place, we must pray. We must call on God to intervene. We must renew our trust and continue to trust that He alone is God and He will deliver us from this terrible menace. Let us ask Him to heal our land. He did it in the past and He can do it again because we know that He is the same God of yesterday, today and forever.Fellow Liberians, let us know that God is God and He is still on the throne. He does not have a successor (and He will never have) and neither does He have a predecessor. If we trust in Him, we shall not me moved. We shall be like Mount Zion which is neither moved nor shaken. We will be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord our God.We must save the state. In light of the increase in the cases of Ebola, our main concern at this time should be to ensure the safety and security of ourselves and the people around us. We must do our best. This is because our best is Liberia’s best.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers

first_imgALAMEDA — Trent Brown was placed on injured reserve Wednesday a day after making his first Pro Bowl. His season is over.Josh Jacobs remains on the 53-man roster, but won’t face the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday because of a shoulder injury he’s played with since Oct. 20. Coach Jon Gruden is holding out hope Jacobs will be able to play against Denver in the regular-season finale on Dec. 29.Meanwhile, left guard Richie Incognito exited the locker room in a walking boot on his right ankle, …last_img

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US, SA to sign $2bn green energy deal

first_img7 August 2012The US Export-Import Bank is to offer US$2-billion in loans to South Africa to fund renewable energy projects involving US firms, the bank’s chief said on the sidelines of the South Africa-United States business summit in Johannesburg on Monday.“We are signing an agreement tomorrow for $2-billion for renewable energy exports from the US to South Africa,” the bank’s president, Fred Hochberg, told reporters.“South Africa has one of the most forward-reaching energy policies in terms of diversity in power,” he said.“We are signing tomorrow and it goes into effect immediately.”“We have been an active financier of solar and wind … energy all over the world,” Hochberg said. “In fact last year we were the largest single financier of solar power in India, we would like to do the same thing here.”The agreement was due to be signed by visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.“It’s a declaration of intent between Ex-Im Bank and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa to consider a financing option for up to $2-billion in credit in support of South Africa’s energy sector,” Charles Randolph, the US embassy energy officer, told news agency AFP.South Africa plans to double its power supply by adding more than 50 000 megawatts of electricity to the country’s grid.The government plans to generate 3 725 megawatts of power from “green” renewable energy sources, as part of a $127-billion scheme to overhaul the national electricity system.Clinton’s tour to South Africa is aimed at boosting trade and business ties between the two countries.Trade between the United States and South Africa shot up to $16.8-billion last year, up 18 percent from the previous year.The United States is the third-largest source of foreign direct investment in Africa’s biggest economy.Sapalast_img read more

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Net farm income down, but farm businesses show improvement

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released its Farm Income forecast for 2016. Net cash income and net farm income (which includes the value and costs of items like depreciation, home consumption of farm goods, and unsold inventory) are both expected to fall slightly compared to 2015, but by much less than last year. Net cash income is expected to fall by 2.5%, or about $2.3 billion, and net farm income by 3%, or about $1.6 billion. Last year net cash income fell by 27% and net farm income by 38%.A large portion of the forecast decline is from lower livestock receipts, expected to be down by about $7.9 billion. Crop receipts are also forecast to be lower by $1.6 billion. On the other hand, input costs are forecast to be down by $3.8 billion, and government payments are expected to be $3.3 billion higher.The cost of production relative to projected sales remains tight for most commodities. Returns over variable costs leaves very little additional revenue to cover cash rent or pay the operator. As a result, it is likely farmers will continue to rely on reserves built up when farm incomes were record high and to lower costs wherever possible, including renegotiating rental contracts, minimizing input costs, and possibly taking out more operating loans.A slightly higher debt (mostly from operating loans) and lower assets (from some erosion in land values) will result in a slight increase in the debt-to-asset level in 2016. While such an increase indicates rising financial pressures, those ratios still remain near historic lows. The lowest debt-to-asset ratio we have seen for decades was 11.3% in 2012, and the highest was 22.2% in 1985 during the farm financial crisis. This year the ratio is forecast to be 13.2%, compared to 12.7% in 2015.The higher the debt is relative to assets (the lower the equity), the greater the indication of financial stress in the sector. For example, the peak farm bankruptcy rate coincided with the high debt-to-asset ratios of the mid-1980s.The slower rate of decline in farm income forecast for 2016 may indicate we have leveled off at new price and production patterns. Projected prices in the USDA’s long-run baseline through 2025 for most major commodities remain flat over the next 5 years, before growing slowly again nearer the end of that period. This pattern is consistent with the long-term trend of falling, but flattening real prices for food commodities since World War II. Although modest compared to last year, continued softening in farm income adds to the economic strain being felt by many rural communities—especially in areas that are farming-dependent.While overall net farm income is down, some sectors are showing gains. Focusing on the 850,000 farms that are classified as farm businesses, net cash income is actually forecast higher in 2016 for most crop specializations — corn farm net cash income is forecast to rise by 2%, soybeans and peanuts by 3%, wheat by 10%; specialty crops net cash income, however, is expected to fall by 5%. Dairy and hog farm net cash income is forecast down (31% and 3%, respectively), as is poultry and egg farm net cash income, by about 2%; but beef farm net cash income is expected to rise by 3%.If we take a closer look at farm household income, which includes income from both on-farm and off-farm sources, we can see that median farm household income has grown more rapidly than U.S. median household income since the recession, mainly as a result of improved off-farm income. Nearly all U.S. farm households have some income from off-farm sources, making a stronger U.S. economy important for farm households, even though it may also mean a strong dollar and more difficult trade opportunities. For family farm households, median farm income is up slightly, unlike 2015, and median off-farm income is up 4%. Overall, median total farm household income is forecast up 5% in 2016 to a record level of $81,666. That trend is forecast to hold across all farm households, regardless of size or type.last_img read more

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OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Accounts Enabled

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Portability#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.With a community of nine million sites that use OpenID logins and one billion enabled accounts, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities. Best of all, it’s not just bloggers and geeks who sang OpenID’s praises: The U.S. federal government got on board this year, too.OpenID accounts are enabled by such providers as AOL, Blogger, Flickr, Google, LiveJournal, MySpace, Verisign, WordPress and Yahoo, with announcements of upcoming OpenIDs from Microsoft and PayPal. Sites that allow users to login with OpenID range from major retailers and music labels to news organizations and social sites.As for the government, at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the General Services Administration and several government agencies announced they would adopt OpenID as part of the White House’s Open Government Initiative. Participating companies included Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and related agencies.Not only is the government’s involvement a vote of confidence for OpenID’s innovation, it also speaks to the product’s security progress, which was spearheaded by security committee head and PayPal exec Andrew Nash.In addition to developing and spreading the OpenID product, there’s also the OpenID Foundation, which appointed its first executive committee, including Chris Messina and Don Thibeau, in 2009.Portable identity is one of our favorite themes from this year, and we applaud what OpenID has been able to accomplish. What do you look forward to seeing from the product, the foundation and OpenID partner sites in the year to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Update: The title of this post was changed to reflect the discrepancy between the number of OpenID enabled accounts now online vs. the number of probable OpenID users.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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What it Takes to Run the Top Visited Web Sites [Infographic]

first_imgalex williams How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Datacenters. What’s all the fascination about? To some degree, we can thank Facebook’s OpenCompute project. Facebook put data centers in a new light with its huge promotion efforts and declarations to open its data center design.Peer 1 Hostingcreated the infographic we are featuring this week. The infographic shows the top visited Web sites and the data centers that keep them running. It was developed before Facebook’s announcement earlier this month but is timely nonetheless.The infographic does a decent job of explaining what it takes to run a data center. We critique the language it uses in its descriptions but overall it is a decent overview of the intricacy and the energy these data centers require.What do you think? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#cloud#Data Centers Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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Sony mixes personal info with music, launches Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor

first_imgSports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats. The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a,Sports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats.The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a slow or a fast tempo. It even sets targets by steps, distance or amount of calories to be burnt and the music stops when the goal is reached.The Jog-Dial allows easy scrolling through play modes, sound settings, equaliser, etc. A trim 9.7 cm x 1.5 cm and weighing only 25.5 gram, it provides three hours of playback from only three minutes of charge time. Available in black silver and black in 1 and 2 GB formats.last_img read more

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