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first_imgPrint WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleYouth and experience makes up new CouncilNext articleWATCH: Kiely Makes Two Changes for Waterford Clash Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie As part of an intelligence led operation Gardaí in Clare are currently carrying out a search at a premises at Tinarana, Killaloe, Co. Clare.The Clare Divisional Drugs Unit are being supported by local uniform and plainclothes Gardaí, the Western Region Armed Support Unit and the Cork Garda Dog Unit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A significant grow house has been discovered with the evidence of the production of Cannabis at all stages (nursery, mature plants, dried plants).  At this time, a large number of plants with an estimated street value of €900,000 pending analysis.A female (early 20s), non-Irish national, has been arrested at the scene and is currently being detained at Ennis Garda Station under section 4 Criminal Justice Act, 1984.The search and investigations remain ongoing. Linkedincenter_img Email Advertisement NewsCrime & CourtGardaí drugs seizure of estimated value up to €900,000 and arrests in KillaloeBy Staff Reporter – May 31, 2019 4116 Facebooklast_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Total retail sales rose 0.3 percent in December – the third consecutive month to see a rise. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long provided additional insights in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report.“The holiday season was expected to be modest, but these are promising numbers,” said Long. “Continued economic expansion will drive moderate retail sales in 2020, with the potential for better wage growth in a tight labor market serving as a notable risk.”Year-over-year growth in retail sales was 5.8 percent in December, up from 3.3 percent in November. Control group sales increased 6.4 percent from a year ago.Results among the major retail segments we mostly positive in December, with vehicle and parts and department stores seeing declines.last_img read more

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with members of the governor’s cabinet and legislators, today announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC), created to educate the public, members of law enforcement and criminal justice, and policymakers on why supporting prisoner reentry efforts is essential to reducing crime and violence. The council will provide a forum for the sharing of best practices on reentry and will help to identify barriers to successful reentry for persons with criminal records.“In Pennsylvania, 90 percent of the prison population will return to their community,” Governor Wolf said. “And if we are not successful at getting them the services they need to make it home, then all of our work, all the rehabilitative programming, all the money we’ve spent to get them ready to return home is rendered useless. Pennsylvania has had a large but fragmented network of reentry services, but today with the announcement of the Reentry Council, we can unite the state’s multiple reentry partners into one statewide reentry council.”“For too long, we’ve relied solely on incarceration to prevent crime and violence,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “By working collaboratively with law enforcement, state and local government and communities, we can create new strategies to expand opportunities and assist returning citizens as they reenter their communities, and make our commonwealth safer as a result.”The Department of Correction (DOC), the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP), the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), 21 regional reentry coalitions, and numerous reentry services providers work regularly to improve the outcomes of reentrants and increase public safety—but often in silos and without clear direction.Members of these state agencies and the departments of Human Services, Labor & Industry, Education, and Transportation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Victim Advocate, and the existing 21 regional coalitions will be part of the new PRC, which will be the center of reentry efforts for the commonwealth to establish common goals, promote evidence-based practices, and encourage collaboration and coordination across all stakeholder groups. PRC will build on the individual successes of reentry organizations and identify and eliminate weaknesses.The PRC will work to promote collaboration between federal, state, local, and community reentry stakeholders and identify and implement successful evidence-based reentry programs.“The reentry process begins upon an individual’s admission into the correctional system and continues through release and into their community,” Governor Wolf said. “To continue Pennsylvania’s historic inmate reduction – over 2,000 individuals since January 2015 – we must expand reentry services and build on the good work already being done by stakeholders. The new Reentry Council will do just that.”“One of the most impactful ways to lower our recidivism rate is meaningful re-integrative services and removing the barriers to re-integration,” Representative Jordan Harris said on behalf of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “We applaud the governor and the Attorney General for their foresight to establish this council and look forward to working with the council for the betterment of our commonwealth.”At the state level the Wolf Administration continues to implement policies and expand services to improve reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. Among those efforts, Governor Wolf introduced a ‘Ban the Box’ Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that will remove the criminal conviction question from both civil and non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. Ban the Box allows for reentry services in Pennsylvania to work by providing applicants a fair chance to be judged on their qualifications, not their criminal history.Also, Governor Wolf signed Act 5 of 2016 into law, which removes barriers to employment by sealing minor criminal records for those who have been crime-free for 10 years. Farther reaching ‘clean slate’ legislation is anticipated later this year to provide for “automatic” sealing of non-violent misdemeanor records after 10 years.Following the press conference, the first meeting of the Reentry Council was held at the Attorney General’s Office. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro Announce Launch of Reentry Councilcenter_img May 15, 2017last_img read more

first_imgMercatorNet 10 March 2014With graduation around the corner for the class of 2014, many students are beginning to ponder what kind of job will pay off their mountain of debt. And well they should. TIME reported last week that the average amount of student debt for the class of 2012 was $29,400. Over the past ten years, the amount of student debt nationwide has grown from an already staggering $253 billion to a suffocating $1.08 trillion—a 300% increase.The problem, of course, is that debt keeps America’s young graduates from pursuing life as they otherwise might. In an economy driven by consumer spending, more cost-conscious young Americans spells troubled times ahead. And whereas student debt used to make it easier for college graduates to qualify for a mortgage, as it generally meant a higher-paying job, lenders now are increasingly wary of large amounts of debt.The TIME story cited many factors for the increase in debt, including the rising cost of higher education coupled with stagnant wage growth. But another, little-cited cause may run even deeper.The New Research – The best college-aid programThe rising cost of a college education, coupled with the federal government’s eagerness to expand levels of student loans allegedly to make higher education more affordable, means that the average senior graduates with not only a degree but also a huge amount of debt. These numbers get a lot of press, but almost no attention has been directed to a major cause of student debt: having divorced or remarried parents.According to a study by sociologists at Rice University, collegians whose parents are not married to each other face significantly heavier financial burdens for the simple reason that married parents, relative to other parents, contribute significantly more to their children’s college education.  Looking at data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, Ruth N. López Turley and Matthew Demond compared the financial contribution of parents by marital status to their children’s education using a sample of 2,400 undergraduates during the 1995–96 academic year. These older data were mined because they were the most recent data that included parental interviews reporting their financial contributions toward their children’s education. In every measure—and in descriptive analyses as well as in multivariate regressions that controlled for factors that might explain the parental marital-status difference—the researchers found that marital status was the most significant and consistent determinant of the amount of money parents contribute toward their children’s college expenses.http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/13698last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – The Topps Co., maker of baseball cards and Bazooka bubble gum, said Tuesday that it accepted a $385.4 million takeover offer from a buyout group that includes former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, but the deal drew immediate opposition from one of Topps’ own board members. Topps board member Arnaud Ajdler, along with the investment firm Crescendo Partners II, launched a campaign to kill the deal. Crescendo owns about 6.6 percent of the company’s shares, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ajdler is also a managing partner of Crescendo. Ajdler said Tuesday that he had not yet been in touch with other major shareholders but thought the deal should be abandoned because negotiations did not go through a proper process and the Eisner-led offer undervalues the company. “I believe that the process that led to the signing of the merger agreement was flawed in that the board of directors did not shop the company and thus failed to maximize the competitive dynamics of a sale transaction that would have garnered the highest price available,” Ajdler wrote in a letter sent to other board members Tuesday. As part of the merger agreement, CEO Arthur T. Shorin agreed to retire within 60 days of the close of the deal. He would remain as a consultant, according to an SEC filing. Shorin, 70, has been CEO of Topps and its predecessor since 1980, according to the company Web site. Eisner was CEO of The Walt Disney Co. for two decades until he stepped down in 2005. Disney owns theme parks, movie studios and the ABC, ESPN and Disney TV networks. Topps, founded in 1938, makes trading cards featuring athletes of Major League Baseball, the NFL and NBA. In addition to Bazooka bubble gum, it owns the Ring Pop and Push Pop brands.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The deal was approved in a 7-3 vote by the board with Ajdler and two others voting against it. Ajdler was joined by board members John Jones and Timothy Brog, president of Pembridge Capital Management LLP. Pembridge had earlier pressed the company to solicit acquisition proposals. The buyout group, which includes The Tornante Co. LLC, founded by Eisner, and the Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, has agreed to pay $9.75 for each Topps shares, which represents a premium of 9.4 percent over the stock’s Monday closing price of $8.91 on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. In a sign that some investors think the bidding could go higher, Topps shares rose 90 cents, or 10 percent, to close at $9.81 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Its shares have traded between $7.50 and $10 over the past 52 weeks. The company said in its announcement that it will solicit better offers over the next 40 days. The deal requires regulatory approval and a vote by Topps shareholders, but the company said it could close by the third quarter. last_img read more

first_imgDave Marshall, the popular parking czar for big events in downtown Long Beach and former SF Giants player, loved life — but he loved his wife, Carol, even more.“Dave just adored Carol,” Tom Marcoux, Marshall’s boss at the Long Beach Convention Center, said Thursday, June 13. “She meant everything to him. He would brag about how upbeat and positive she was despite her illness.”Carol, you see, suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years. But Dave was always by her side.Recently, however, …last_img read more

first_imgThe Shangana Cultural Village has secured second spot in the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Green List, which recognises the best in ecotourism around the world.Shangana is a cluster of traditional villages midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, where residents invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people. (Image: Shangana)Brand South Africa ReporterThe Shangana Cultural Village in the South African province of Mpumalanga has secured second spot in the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Green List, which recognises the best in ecotourism around the world.Announcing the win in the magazine’s September 2005 issue, Conde Nast gave Shangana a score of 79%. This put it in second place after Bunaken National Marine Park in Indonesia, which scored 83%, and ahead of the 68% scored by the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.The winners were selected for their preservation of the environment, contribution to local culture and the quality of the guest experience.“Tours and feasts with the chief at this model village introduce visitors to the Shangaan way of life, complementing the natural attractions of the nearby Kruger National Park and Panorama Route,” Conde Nast reported. The village scored 68% for nature preservation, 82% for guest experience and 88% for local contribution.Owned by the Mapulana community, the venture has created over 200 jobs in an area which once had an unemployment rate of 80%.Shangana is a cluster of traditional villages midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, where residents invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people. The villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day.An African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests down to villages on daytime tours, midday tours with lunch, and a magnificent evening festival at the chief’s kraal.Marula MarketThe Marula Market has been described by many visitors as the most beautiful in Africa. A wide circle of huts looks down towards the Kruger Park, with trees all around. It is the central village at Shangana.The market is a gathering place for the region’s craftspeople, offering a variety of traditional handcrafted art. Many of the artists work at home in nearby villages and leave their work at the market to be sold, making Marula an important source of income for the people of the area.In the centre of the market are clay and stone pieces, including carvings, statues and pots, and an oven used for firing clay work. The surrounding huts house the work of different crafters.Daytime toursDuring the day, small groups are led from the Marula Market through the bush and past fields, where a trained guide shows how the Shangaan people collect food from their environment, and explains a little about traditional farming. The route leads up to a village, the home of a Shangaan headman, his wives and children.In the village, the guide explains different facets of the Shangaan way of life, including their history and customs, initiation ceremonies, the practice of polygamy, the outfits and weapons of masocho (warriors), the construction of homes, ornate beadwork clothing, and food preparation. Guests are encouraged to touch, feel and participate, while the guide explains the etiquette necessary to ensure the privacy of the family.Guests then visit the kraal of the sangoma, a registered member of the Traditional Healers Association, who explains different medicines – and may throw his bones on request.Over lunchtime, a full traditional meal is served in the village with the family. The wives of the chief wash the hands of the guests, and pots of food are brought from the fire and served. Guests are given portions of each item they choose on a carved wooden plate, and eat with an elegantly crafted wooden spoon.Evening festivalAs the sun sets over the mountains, guests are led through the bush towards the kraal of Chief Soshangana. As they approach, beating drums and warriors usher them through a passage of stone towers and flaming torches to the fire-lit circle of royal huts under the trees.During the evening festival choirs, actors and dancers tell the story of the Shangaan people. During the show, traditional beer and great wooden trays with local delicacies are passed around.Halfway through the show, the wives of the chief invite guests to divide into small groups to share a traditional feast in their houses with them.After this, guests return for the second half, which tells the more modern story of the Shangaans, and at the end guests are led out through a tunnel of singing choristers.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img South Africa has been identified as a key emerging market for global investors, moving up to fourth position in a new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit for UK Trade & Investment, the British government’s international business development agency. Addressing an emerging markets forum hosted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday, UK Secretary of State Lord Mandelson revealed the findings of the report, which examined global business attitudes to emerging markets in light of the global downturn.UK business ‘must look abroad’ Commissioned by UK Trade & Investment, the “Survive and Prosper: emerging markets in the global recession” report gives fresh insights into the opportunities and longer-term strategic importance offered by emerging economies. “Businesses should be strategic about their exports and plan for the long term,” Mandelson said. “Many emerging markets are outperforming developed economies, and are expected to grow strongly for years to come. “The global recession was a wake-up call for companies to diversify their export base and seek out new opportunities in the emerging world,” Mandelson said. “We are encouraging UK business to look abroad and find new business in these exciting new markets.”Emerging markets outperform developed countries The report, based on a survey of more than 540 high-level business executives across 19 business sectors, found that emerging market economies, on the back of the continued high growth and market size of China and India, had outperformed those of developed countries in 2009. The report found 60 percent of companies surveyed expected to derive more than 20 percent of their total revenues from emerging markets in five years’ time – almost double the current figure of 31%. According to the report, political risk (including the risk of nationalisation and expropriation) was cited by 50 percent of survey respondents as the greatest government-related obstacle to doing business in emerging markets.‘Share in SA construction boom’ In the equivalent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2008, titled “Tomorrow’s Markets”, South Africa was ranked eighth in a top 10 list of “new wave” investment markets. The latest report – in which South Africa moves up to fourth position – is part of a wider push by UK Trade & Investment to raise awareness about the potential trade and investment opportunities for British companies in high-growth markets. It follows the release on Friday of another UK Trade & Investment report, titled “Building South Africa: opportunities for the UK construction sector”, which highlights opportunities stemming from the South African government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure development plans. “South Africa is a fast growth economy with infrastructure plans to match,” UK Trade & Investment CEO Andrew Cahn said in a statement on Friday. “With investment opportunities in both private and public sectors, coupled with a severe skills shortage, now is the time for UK companies to take advantage of the construction boom.”‘Gain a foothold in sub-Saharan Africa’ Cahn said South Africa’s infrastructure spending plan was set to accelerate the annual growth of the economy by between 4.5% and 6%. “Its ambitious plans for mass transport, water projects, prisons, hospital and prison upgrades provide plenty of opportunities for UK companies,” Cahn said. “This investment, and events like the 2010 football World Cup, are acting as a catalyst for growth in the private construction sector. Opportunities include hotel and residential development as well as urban regeneration projects. “By establishing a business in South Africa, UK companies can gain a foothold into sub-Saharan Africa.” Several UK companies are already actively involved in major infrastructure projects for South Africa, including Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, which is providing the new train fleet for the Gautrain project, and Mott MacDonald, which is involved in state logistics company Transnet’s rail and port expansion programme. UK Trade & Investment’s presence in South Africa “is stronger than ever, with 34 staff based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to support these opportunities and expansions,” the agency said on Friday.South African Press Association (Sapa), with additional reporting by SAinfo 15 October 2009last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel Penhorwood has accepted a job with Select Sires and will no longer be contributing his considerable talents with the OCJ/OAN team. We are sad to see Joel move on but wish him well as he takes on a new chapter in his career. Thanks Joel for your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors. Here are some of our favorite posts from Joel:Super Bowl corn syrup controversy commentarylast_img

first_imgA new client called me, saying that his insulation contractor urged him to contact me about some moisture problems in the home before they actually embarked on a major energy upgrade. (That was gratifying.) The home was actually moved many years ago off of a failing rubble foundation to a new concrete masonry unit (CMU) foundation on a different site.Image #2 (bottom of page) shows the home from the front. Image #3 shows the bare CMU on the above-grade portion of CMU foundation.But it is Image #1 (right) that is the real puzzle. Here are the puzzle pieces:Puzzle Piece #1:The client is certain that the blue-green staining on the CMU column built to support the massive fireplace in the living room predates their switch to a woodstove insert in the fireplace (photo 4).Puzzle Piece #2:The middle of the CMU column is hollow and filled with ash mounded up around the clean-out. (See the small black cast-iron door in the photo.) RELATED ARTICLES Efflorescence = Water DamagePreventing Water Entry Into a HomeDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionCapillary Breaks Above Footings In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. The solution?My recommendations to the homeowner on this moisture issue, along with some others, were:1. Clean out the bottom ash, scrub off the blue-green efflorescence, and wait a bit before priming and painting the block, just to be sure the problem is licked.2. Confirm that the footing perimeter drainage system is working, that it is relieving any moisture pressure around the foundation (I located the drain-to-daylight for the foundation perimeter drainage system; see Image #7).3. Seal the above-grade portion of the CMU foundation system so it is not taking on splash-back moisture. It sure looked to me as though the blue-green stain was a sort of efflorescence caused by water wicking up the CMUs and carrying some sort of salt with it. But where is the water that is wicking coming from?Puzzle Piece #3:I always start by considering bulk water, so I thought: maybe the chimney is not capped and enough bulk water is coming down the chimney to feed the wicking. Darn — a quick check outside reveals a staunch chimney cap (see Image #5, below). Could be that this is a problem that predates the chimney cap?Puzzle Piece #4:The next place I always look for water is from capillary continuity with soil moisture; maybe there is no moisture barrier underneath the concrete basement slab. Before drilling a hole in the slab somewhere, I discovered a slab hole for what used to be a functioning sump. I reached down and felt a heavy plastic sheet just beneath the 4-inch concrete slab.Puzzle Piece #5:Stumped. It’s got to be either bulk water coming down or wicking water coming up; but how can there be soil moisture moving up into the blocks of the column when the basement slab has a moisture barrier underneath it?When would the CMU column get built? At the same time as the perimeter walls of the foundation. Is the CMU support column on a separate footing? And was the CMU work done before the slab flatwork? You got it; it’s very likely that the moisture barrier under the slab is continuous except under the CMU fireplace column.OK, so now we are pretty sure about the moisture source. But what about the blue-green efflorescence? Efflorescence from salts in the mortar or block is always white, not this striking blue-green.Puzzle Piece #6:I remember from high school chemistry that nearly all copper salts are blue or green, so a good guess is that some source of copper is inside that CMU column (or maybe from the soil below).Remember that the blue-green staining pretty much follows the mound of the ash… So is the source of the copper salts related to what they were burning in the fireplace?Maybe they were burning pressure-treated lumber in the fireplace; that contains copper salts, right? I sure hope not! What else would someone burn with a lot of metallic salts in it? (Remember the title: “Fanciful Fuel”?)I can’t prove that this is the answer, because we don’t know enough about the prior occupants, but I am convinced that they spent a lot of time staring into a beautiful and colorful log fire…Metallic salts like copper chloride, potassium chlorate, and lithium carbonate “burn” with blue, green, and reddish hues. These chemicals can be found in commercial products like Mystical Fire (see Image # 6).last_img read more