End this violence, please, Editorial comment

first_imgNewsLocal NewsEnd this violence, please, Editorial commentBy admin – April 16, 2009 556 Facebook Previous articleThugs target motorists from bridgeNext articleUnstoppable Munster admin Email Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img LIMERICK was once again the centre of media attention this week-for all the wrong reasons.The shooting dead of 35 year-old Roy Collins, as he went about his normal everyday business, was a callous and cowardly act, and one that evoked the sympathy of the entire nation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up His grief-stricken extended family will have to live with these dark days for the remainder of their lives; the rest return to normal duties and unfortunately, Roy Collins will become just another statistic.Limerick’s feuding gangs shoulder a huge responsibility, and that they have now spread their wings to sending innocent people to their grave, is a frightening prospect for the community at large.As exclusively reported in the Limerick Post some weeks ago, genuine efforts were put in place to bring feuding families together and agree on a peace pact.Another local newspaper attempted to rubbish our exclusive, but as the Sunday Independent responsibly reported last weekend, everything was in place to settle differences and lay down guns, with the families concerned having met again in the days prior to the Holy Thursday tragedy.What impact Roy Collins’ death will have on any final agreement remains to be seen, but it must be pointed out that the Collins family was never associated with gangland figures, other than to tell the truth in court, and for which they have now paid the most severe penalty of all.They, like citizens of this city and county, want to see an end to the carnage.The local businessmen and clergy who undertook the difficult task of talking sense into our violent gangs, must be applauded.Not wishing to draw attention to themselves and their mission, they did not seek any advance publicity. It was because of an investigative piece of journalism by the Limerick Post’s Marie Hobbins, that the story first broke.We can now only pray and hope that talks will take up from where they left off last week, and that a line is drawn in the sand.Finally, the Limerick Post congratulates our gardai in their efforts to bring those responsible for the Roy Collins murder to justice. Linkedin Print Twitterlast_img read more

La Pizza points to pockets

first_imgwww.lapizzacompany.com La Pizza has launched a range of Tascas – folded soft bread pockets – which can be used to create sandwiches with a difference. The manufacturer of frozen part-baked pizza bases, dough balls, tear-and-share garlic bread and speciality breads has introduced three new items: Ceasar Tasca, containing cracked pepper and an Italian cheese topping; Red Onion Tasca, containing red onion pieces; and a Plain Tasca, which can be used for a range of fillings.Retailers just need to thaw, fill and cook the breads in a panini grill or warm them in the oven. The soft bread pockets are treated, to ensure easy splitting.Tascas are supplied frozen in packs of 24 units per case and can be stored in a fridge, wrapped, for up to four days.last_img read more

9/11 memorial trees get help from UGA

first_imgFour years ago, Bartlett Tree Experts, an international tree company, got the call to be the people to care for the trees that will bring life back to the World Trade Center Plaza. “These are probably the most cared for trees on the planet,” said Wayne Dubin, Bartlett’s vice-president and division manager. More than 400 white swamp oaks and sweetgum trees were relocated to a New Jersey nursery four years ago to be groomed for placement at the 9/11 memorial. Only 386 will eventually call the prestigious site home. Data collected from the trees will help experts determine which trees will be best suited for the memorial. “We monitor and treat the trees to ensure maximum vigor and ideal health status,” Dubin said. To help Bartlett care for the trees, which will be cast into the global spotlight, the company enlisted the help of the UGA Consortium for Internet Imaging and Database Systems, or CIIDS, which created a database system to track the trees’ care. The system monitors and stores important information like watering schedules, pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer applications, pruning, weed control, tree height and diameter and fall color. It also includes a sensor system that reads the soil moisture and temperature in the root ball of each tree. “We have so many parties involved in this project, we needed a central repository for all the information,” said Mike Sherwood, Bartlett inventory solutions manager. “Having a central place for people to get the information was identified as needed early on. We were happy with our other CIIDS products. So, we approached them for help.” “You essentially have the history of the tree at your fingertips,” said Sherri Clark, principal developer with CIIDS. “If a tree has suffered some storm damage or its soil was too dry, you can see it. This information is important when selecting trees to move to the site.” Weekly reports are automatically generated by the system and emailed to stakeholders. center_img “It has been a moving experience to be associated with this project,” Clark said. “As a developer, I don’t often have an opportunity to have a tangible effect on the world around me and through this application I have had that opportunity.” Many years ago, CIIDS developed the UGA Cooperative Extension Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging System. The success of DDDI pushed the group to develop more custom database applications, said David Barber, the CIIDS director. Bartlett and CIIDS have had a long relationship. CIIDS has also developed other applications for the company, including an accident reporting system and an in-house diagnostics module and a soil sampling database. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum will cover 8 acres, half of the site left in rubble after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The white swamp oaks growing at the New Jersey nursery average 30 feet tall with leaf canopies between 18 feet and 20 feet wide. They are expected to grow to 80 feet tall.So far, 16 white swamp oaks have been planted. Bartlett hopes the site will be ready for a few more before the end of the year. “This experience has been unique in a number of ways,” Dubin said. “It is an amazing project, and we are honored to be a part of this. It is not about the trees. It is about the people who miss their loved ones and creating a memorial for the victims of 9/11.”last_img read more

TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS

first_imgToward the end of 2010 I recall saying out-loud *(and regretting it) “Life is peaceful right now and I am fearful that cannot last.”Well, I had reason to worry. Although there are great blessings in the world, we all will face trials and tribulations. Many of them. In the last 3 weeks, the following has happened in my small little world:a friend was hospitalized because her baby boy was trying to come 7 weeks early, before his lungs were readya friend lost her grandfather, only to find out his wife of 61 years is now suffering from a most awful cancerfriends packed their home in one city, for a new home, new jobs , new everythinga loved one with a chronic illness experienced renewed pain and difficultymany friends have spent long hours, weekends and days off at work rather than spending time with their familiesa Member of Congress is targeted and shot in the headLet’s face it.Life is hard.At some point, we will all face trials and tribulations, experience pain, sadness and loss. That is not in question. What is in question however, is how we handle these trials and tribulations when they happen to us or others around us.Do we receive support and give support?Do we love & encourage without question?Do we reach out to our loved ones and ask for help?Do we lift one another up in prayer?Do we help carry the burden by making meals, acts of service, holding hands and LISTENING?I am currently reading a book written by Henri Nouwen. If you don’t know him, look him up. Anyway, he was a Priest spending a few months at a monastery trying to rebuild after a difficult year. And while walking in damp upstate New York woods one fall afternoon, he realized something.He realized there was much beauty in the world he had not yet seen.His observation was encouraging to me this week and last as I spent 14 days in a row at my desk. There is much beauty in the world I have not yet seen.Like the small hands of a little boy born 6 weeks early, and the smile on his mother’s face when he opens his eyes – orThe miracle of gun shot victim opening her eyes and smiling at her husbandThe peace of sitting by the fire with your family, even if you are in a new town, with new peopleor knowing that even if you are in pain, or ill, you are loved and supportedI know I am constantly giving advice. I am sorry.  It’s actually my job most days. But today’s advice is a little bit softer, and more like an observation.There is much beauty we have yet to see.  But you have to seek it out sometimes. You have to look for it, in the woods, in the NICU, in a laugh, a smile, an encouraging email, in the small places where you least expect it. Keep looking, I know it will be a blessing to us all.last_img read more

Zumba class organizer in East Lombok fined for neglecting COVID-19 protocol

first_imgA Zumba session organizer in East Lombok was slapped with a Rp 400,000 (US$26.90) fine for neglecting the social distancing COVID-19 protocol during its program.The program, which was attended by hundreds of participants, gained netizens’ attention after a recording of one of its sessions went viral on social media. The participants were also seen not to be wearing masks in the video. East Lombok regional secretary Juani Taofik confirmed that the event had been running since Sept. 16. However, he was unaware about it since it took place inside a building. Read also: Bali to slap fines on people who go out without masksJuani also said he had already notified the organizers. “Whoever uses public facilities without implementing COVID-19 protocols will be fined. The organizer had paid the fine earlier,” Juani said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.Lombok Police chief Sr. Comr. Tunggul Sinatrio said the police had not been notified about the program.“The police didn’t know because the organizer did not ask for our permission,” Tunggul said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

O’Neill focuses on football

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill insists Sunday’s friendly against Qatar is all about football, despite the fixture drawing the attention of human rights charity Amnesty International. Press Association “It says everything about Jonny’s character that he wants to come here and play,” said O’Neill. “He might have asked for a couple of extra days off around this fixture but he understands that he hasn’t played a lot towards the tail end of the season and he wants to get minutes under his belt v ersus Qatar and in our closed-doors game against the Republic of Ireland before taking on Romania. “Everyone knows what Jonny is about and he’s a natural for the captaincy role.” Having missed the first four matches of Northern Ireland’s impressive Euro campaign to date due to suspension and injury, Evans had no intention of sitting out another game, even if his TV presenter spouse Helen had other ideas. “My wife was thinking about that more than me, but she’s taken a holiday by herself now,” he said. “The other Premier League lads have been given a couple of extra days off but they’ve been playing right up to the end of the season and I haven’t been so it was more important for me to get as many minutes under my belt as possible and get back into the swing of things. “Not for one minute did I want to miss any training or game time. “It’s important for me because we have a big game coming against Romania and all of us need to be right. “Missing any international feels bad and I’ve been a bit envious of the lads at times in this campaign.” For Evans and his brother Corry, who plies his trade at Blackburn, the decision to hold the Qatar fixture in the north west makes this even more of a home game than a trip to Belfast. And the pair have been sure to cash in on some home comforts. “Our Mum and Dad only live about 25 minutes from Crewe,” Jonny added. “Corry and I sent them round a bag of washing for them to do. I’m sure they’ll pop down to see the game because we’ll need to pick that up.” The Qatari national side are currently training at St George’s Park and will face O’Neill’s men at Crewe’s Gresty Road before heading to Edinburgh to take on Scotland. Amnesty have called for both of the home nation associations to use their position to draw attention to the Gulf state’s treatment of migrant workers – particularly those involved in projects related to the controversial 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s very position as hosts of that tournament was one of the hot topics at the turbulent FIFA congress in Zurich, but O’Neill – whose focus is firmly on preparing his side for a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania next month – is keen to keep political issues at arm’s length. “That is something for the Irish FA to make a decision on, but we certainly wouldn’t have organised a fixture on the basis that we intended to pull out of it,” he told Press Association Sport. “Their name is in the media for various reasons, with the World Cup there in 2022, but I haven’t given it a great deal of thought. “We are here for football reasons; the game was offered to us and it suited our needs. “I wouldn’t claim to be educated enough in what’s happening in Qatar to give an honest, accurate assessment of my view but I’m sure between now and 2022 they’ll be playing several European nations.” O’Neill intends to use the match as a chance to assess some of his less experienced squad members, having excused first-choice players Steven Davis, Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley, Chris Baird and Kyle Lafferty from the clash. Manchester United defender Jonny Evans will be on duty though, captaining the team in Davis’ absence. Evans was a peripheral figure in United’s run-in and appears to face an uncertain future at Old Trafford, but O’Neill is delighted to have a performer of his calibre around what is an otherwise callow group. last_img read more

FCPPL review: 7 things we learned from matchday 21

first_imgMatchday 21 is done and dusted. There weren’t a great many goals, but there were plenty storylines from across Ghana. Here’re a few bits and bobs from our man Kweku Arhin–1. Richard Kingson performs another magicLast weekend, Richard Kingson was all in the news for making a miraculous comeback in Olympics 1-0 victory over Liberty. He had not been expected to play after going down injured a day earlier in the Stephen Appiah testimonial.This weekend, the veteran was set to make another appearance in the league until he pulled up in the warm up. Osei Boateng took his place.JoySports checks on what the issue was has not yielded fruit. For now, we can assume Olele’s injury is felt a week after actually incurring it. These are questions we can once again pose to the footballing gods! Speedy recovery to the legend and hope to see him in goal next week as Olympics play Bechem United!2. Ahmed Toure is HumanAfter 90 minutes of grueling action in Tarkwa, the Medeama v Kotoko game was heading for a goalless draw until referee Samuel Sukah awarded a penalty to the Porcupine Warriors.Up stepped Ahmed Toure. The headlines were being already written at the Joy Sports editorial desk. Ahmed Toure was set to convert his second penalty in two weeks to secure all three points for Kotoko again. Unfortunately, the Ivorian destroyed the scripts as he missed the penalty to end the game in a stalemate. The miss infuriated the Kotoko followers to the extent that a furious fan blamed Toure for trying to speed Duncan’s departure.How a thought like this can still be generated in 21st century is still baffling but one thing is sure: Ahmed Toure is human after all.3. Errr…what were those white handkerchiefs for?Six minutes into Hearts’ home game with Hasaacas, the visiting side were two up courtesy Emmanuel Ankobiah’s strikes. The game will forever be remembered for the wrong reasons as assistant ref Badiun Alhassan was struck by an object.But on the other side, the Hearts Twitter account posted an image of two handkerchiefs lying in each half of the field. Ways and means it is? Were those two handkerchiefs the two goals of Emmanuel Ankobiah? The footballing gods are the best to answer these but for the rest of us, Hasaacas won and more pressure has been mounted on Herbert’s shoulders4. Inter Allies back. Or are they?Paa Kwasi Fabin’s side had been on a seven-game winless streak prior to matchday 20. Two back-to-back wins against Wa All Stars and Olympics have seen the Tema side jump as high as seventh, seven points behind the league leaders and two points behind the top four places.Fabin had outlined a top four position and his targets are well and truly on course. With an away game against B.A United in Accra and a game in Tema against Hasaacas next on the radar for the Inter Allies, they are assured of picking more points. Who knows they can challenge Ashantigold for the title should the Obuasi side slip up. Inter Allies still remain unbeaten in the second round.5. BA United finally break their away duckThe bottom placed side had played ten games away and for all these ten games, they came back with a defeat. Their trip to the dreaded Wa park had only one outcome: another loss.To the surprise of many and to the credit of the Sunyani side, they picked up a point where Hearts and AshGold failed. The onus lies on them now to build upon this impressive point as the league has 8 more matches to go. With the closeness of the league, 16 out of 24 points can see a miraculous survival for B.A United.6. Edubiase are generousNew Edubiase’s two goal loss at the hands of Chelsea increased the goals conceded tally for the Bekwai side. After matchday 21, Edubiase have now let in a whopping 33 goals. They concede a high number of goals and this could be their undoing at the end of the season.Edubiase currently sit 13th, one point clear of safety. If there is anything that wins football matches and trophies, they are goals scored and not goals conceded. Beware Edubiase! Your leaky nature could send you to the soccer wilderness earlier than you anticipate7. Impressive goal by game ratioAfter 168 league matches, 355 goals have been scored. This represents an average of 2.11 goals per game. Considering the pessimism associated with the league, this represents a more than decent number.In plain words, every league game averages two goals. The quality of the league has come under much scrutiny but the numbers and stats prove the teams really have something to play for. This has been further attributed by the closeness of the teams.  If the following weeks are going to repeat this trend, the league will certainly go down to the wire and Ghanaians can be assured of a final day drama – the drama we feel in other leagues where team officials and fans are all glued to the radio sets during matches to update themselves on the happenings of other league games.Brace yourselves for this drama. If possible, you can start purchasing yourself  few blood pressure equalizers.–Follow Kweku on Twitter : @nana_odum. Get more from the #JoySports hashtag on Twitter and Facebooklast_img read more

Jonathan Brian Douglas

first_imgJonathan Brian Douglas was born in Pittsfield, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1954, his mom’s birthday and her greatest gift. He grew up in the Berkshires, and spent time in the summers on Cape Cod.Even as a little fellow he liked go-karts and minibikes. As a teenager, he went over to New York on Sunday mornings to race his car at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He also loved motorcycles and sports cars, had several, and eventually learned how to rebuild them.Jon also loved skiing, started out with a determined snowplow, became a fantastic downhill skier, raced in slalom races, and eventually worked at Bousquet ski area.Jon graduated from Taconic High School in 1972. After high school he studied printing. He worked in that field, but eventually returned to the automotive trade, and got his license for driving big rigs, long distance. He bought his own blue and chrome Diamond Rio.Jon took pride in every home he owned, and was always working on his homes, would build on dens and other rooms, and also made beautiful gardens. He lived for a short time on Martha’s Vineyard, worked for the trucking company Barnes Trucking, and made a lot of friends fishing. He drove long-distance trips all over the country. He moved from New England to Palm Bay, Fla., and lived there for many years. He injured his back in a motorcycle accident. When his back hurt too much for driving, he went out and earned his hairdressing license. He began to practice this, but again his back hurt too much. Always ready to learn, he went on to learn to build computers. He lived for many years in Florida.Eventually, he moved back to his love, the mountains, to Lake Lure, N.C., joined Lake Lure Baptist Church, and made many wonderful friends there. Jon is survived by a brother, Curt Douglas of Goodyear, Ariz., a sister, Amarylis Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard, and his two daughters, Heather Douglas and Melanie Roucoulet, both of Pittsfield, and several grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and many, many nieces and nephews around the country. He was predeceased by his sister Pamela Heye, formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., and his brother Tim Douglas, formerly of New York City.Donations can be made in his name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at bit.ly/MemorialsStJude.last_img read more

Boca Police Arrest Deliveryman Accused of Burning, Beating 75 Year Old Woman

first_imgA 21 year old Hialeah man working as a delivery driver for a Best Buy contractor was arrested Monday after being accused of bludgeoning and burning to death a 75 year old Boca Raton resident.Jorge Lachazo and David Gonzalez were installing a washer and dryer at the victim’s home at the Colonnade at Glen Oaks near Jog and Yamato Road when Gonzalez went outside to make a phone call.Gonzalez later heard screams coming from inside the house and went inside to investigate and found the homeowner bloodied and laying on the floor of the laundry room where they had been installing the appliances.Gonzalez went outside to call 911 and Lachazo fled the scene in their delivery truck but was later stopped by a Boca Raton patrol officer.Officers responding to the scene found a wooden mallet that was covered in blood, a blood streaked wine bottle, and an open can of acetone solvent that had been poured on the victim and set ablaze.Lachazo admitted to hitting the woman with the mallet and dousing her in acetone but did not provide a motive.He also admitted to smoking weed and using cocaine earlier that day.Lachazo was initially charged with attempted second degree murder but those charges are expected to be upgraded following the death of the victim whose name has not been released.He also stands to be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and arson.The Best Buy store in Boca was closed for business on Tuesday out of respect for the victim and company CEO Corie Barry said in a statement that they will be reviewing their screening and safety procedures for employees and contractors.last_img read more

Boca Raton elementary school student tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgA student at Del Prado Community Elementary School has tested positive for the coronavirus.The school’s Principal, Sari Myers, sent a letter to parents Thursday morning notifying them of the situation, a day after the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County said a 6-year-old child was diagnosed with coronavirus.Myers said the child hasn’t been on campus since last Friday and was tested Tuesday. Health department spokesman Alex Shaw later confirmed that the 6-year-old child was the same student who tested positive.6-year-old boy from Palm Beach County among Florida residents with coronavirus Meyers said she has notified all the parents of each student in the child’s class.last_img read more