Copper collector hid behind couch

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleHolidaymakers beware of jewellery scamsNext articleLimerick to have own designated ‘graffiti’ street admin Linkedin Email Printcenter_img A MAN who said that he had been given permission to remove copper piping from a house due for demolition, hid behind a couch when gardai came on the scene, a court heard.Jonathan Curtin(21) of 13 Yeats Avenue, admitted he was removing copper piping form a house at Mountain View in O’Malley Park on January 30 last.The court heard from Inspector Paul Reidy that gardai arrived at the house to find a “large bolt cutters at the front door. Mr Curtin was hiding behind a couch”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick District Court heard that Mr Curtin had 108 previous convictions, all for road traffic offences.Mr Curtin’s solicitor, John Devane, said that his client had been “working on an ad-hoc basis for the firm responsible for demolishing these houses under the Regeneration project. He had asked the builders if he could take the copper and was told he could”.Mr Devane said that Mr Curtin “was constantly getting into trouble. as a young person. with driving offences.“He has been out of trouble for some time now”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly asked why Mr Curtin was hiding behind the couch if he believed he had permission to take the copper?“Panic” Mr Devane said.Judge O’Kelly remanded him on bail for a probation report to November 8. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCopper collector hid behind couchBy admin – July 10, 2012 961 Twitterlast_img read more

Woman’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 total to 117

first_imgJan 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry announced that a 16-year-old girl from West Java province is hospitalized with H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. This development follows new media revelations about details relating to recently confirmed H5N1 patients in China and Pakistan.The Indonesian girl got sick on Dec 30 and was hospitalized 5 days later, the WHO report said. The girl, who lives in the city of Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, was recently transferred to a bird flu specialty hospital, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Joko Suyono, an official from Indonesia’s health ministry, told Xinhua that two tests confirmed that the girl was infected with the H5N1 virus. The girl’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 117, while the number of fatalities stands at 94.An investigation into the girl’s illness found that chickens in her neighborhood died 2 weeks before she became ill, the WHO reported. Suyono told Xinhua that the girl ate three chicken eggs 2 weeks ago after chickens at her household died.In other developments, Chinese officials said this week that a 52-year-old man who is recovering from an H5N1 infection for which he was hospitalized in early December likely caught the virus from his 24-year-old son, who died of the disease in late November, Reuters reported yesterday.”The initial judgment is that it was an infection from close contact,” Mao Qun’an, Chinese health ministry spokesman, told reporters at a news conference, according to the Reuters report.The son and his father are from Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Their illnesses are recorded as the WHO’s 26th and 27th confirmed H5N1 cases, and the son’s death is China’s 17th fatality from the disease.Hans Troedsson, a WHO representative in China, told Reuters that human-to-human transmission through close contact between the son and the father could be not ruled out in the family cluster. “However, the biological findings at this state show that the virus has not mutated to a form that can be transmitted from human to human efficiently,” he said.Qun’an said China’s health ministry has still not determined the source of the son’s infection, because neither man reportedly had any contact with sick or dead birds, Reuters reported.Elsewhere, the American brother of Pakistan’s first H5N1 case-patient has been confirmed to not have the disease. Blood tests performed by New York State Department of Health Department revealed no antibodies to the H5N1 virus, the Canadian Press (CP) reported on Jan 9.Claudia Hutton, public affairs director for the New York State Department of Health, told the CP that the man’s negative antibody test result suggests that the man was never infected with H5N1.The man had traveled to Pakistan to attend the funeral of one of his brothers who is thought to be part of an H5N1 family cluster. According to earlier reports from the WHO, health officials had difficulty obtaining viable samples for testing, and though samples from only one brother have tested positive for the H5N1 virus so far, the WHO has said it believes the Pakistani case cluster represents a rare instance of apparent human-to-human transmission.After the brother, who lives in Long Island, NY, returned from his brother’s funeral in Pakistan, he told his physician that he may have been exposed to avian flu, according to previous media reports. However, samples from the man and his son—who also reportedly experienced flulike symptoms—tested negative in state and federal laboratories.Antibody testing on samples from the man’s son also came back negative, the CP report said.See also:Jan 11 WHO statementDec 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection”Dec 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Possible H5N1 family cluster probed in Pakistan”last_img read more

UK roundup: NEST, 300 Club, Society of Pension Consultants (SPC)

first_imgThis latter option would be taken if the government adopted the pot-follows-member approach currently under discussion, whereby an individual’s pension savings would be automatically accumulated in one pension plan despite job changes.The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) said a year ago it would lift the restrictions, but as NEST receives a loan from government to fund its running costs until it becomes self-sufficient, it required approval for the plan from the European Commission.The commission concluded earlier this year that the aid was still compatible with the internal market, in spite of the changed conditions. Webb said there would now be a short technical consultation on draft legislation this autumn to remove the annual contribution limit and the bulk transfer restrictions. Consultancy Barnett Waddingham reacted to the announcement, saying NEST should show it could pay back its debt to the government before the restrictions were lifted.“Before the removal of these restrictions we should remember that NEST is essentially an artificial provider created by government loans that we as taxpayers fund to the tune of £239 million plus,” said Damian Stancombe, head of workplace health and wealth at the firm,NEST had been allowed to exist as a non-competitive entity because it would otherwise distort the provider market, he said.“The removal of the contribution limit and transfer restrictions is a step towards making NEST more competitive and should therefore only be allowed if the repayment of NEST’s debt to the government is properly clarified,” Stancombe said.Meanwhile, Roger Urwin has joined the 300 Club, the 15th member of the group consisting of leading global investment professionals.Urwin is the global head of investment content at Towers Watson, where he has worked since 1989. He currently is a board member of the CFA Institute’s board of governors and an advisory director at MSCI.He said the 300 Club was committed to an “agenda for change” that he wholeheartedly supported.“I think ahead to an investment industry that can realize its full potential as one of society’s most-prized contributors for good.“It can do so by overcoming some material weaknesses, which I see as excessive costs; inconsistent governance; unpreparedness to take a long view; and control over the negative impacts it can inflict on the wider economy and society,” he added.The group’s chairman, Lars Dijkstra, CIO at Kempen Capital Management, added that he welcomed Urwin and looked forward to challenging “conventional investment thinking” with him.In other news, the Society of Pension Consultants (SPC) has announced it is changing its name to the Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) immediately, to reflect its broad membership base.It is launching a new website as part of the new branding exercise.The SPP said its members now included not only consultants and actuaries but also accounting firms, solicitors, insurance companies as well as investment houses, independent trustees and others.These members also work with most of the 500 largest pension funds in the UK, it added.Duncan Buchanan, SPP president, said the new brand better reflected the “broad church of our membership which is drawn from across the whole pension landscape.”In its first year, the newly-renamed society’s main priorities would be to work with government, regulators and other industry bodies developing and introducing the tax changes to defined contribution plans and the guidance guarantee announced in the last budget, he said. The UK government has confirmed it intends to lift the restrictions on the state-backed pensions provider, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), in April 2017, following approval of the plans from the European Commission.In a written statement to parliament, pensions minister Steve Webb said: “I am pleased to announce the government intends to remove the annual contribution limit and transfer restrictions on NEST.”He said this would ensure all businesses could be confident that the “low cost and easy to use scheme” was among the options they could choose to enrol their workforce.The current cap on annual contributions and limits on bulk transfers are to be scrapped on 1 April 2017, and the government is also keeping the option of removing restrictions on individual transfer restrictions from 1 October 2015.last_img read more

Zelda La Grange – gatekeeper and honorary granddaughter

first_imgZelda La Grange was the fearsome gatekeeper with whom anyone hoping to share a moment with Mandela had to negotiate. Her new book, Good Morning Mr Mandela, sheds light on her relationship with this former icon. (Image: ©Nelson Mandela Foundation/Alet van Huyssteen)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected]• Mandela and the making of a woman • Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • ‘Goodness exists – greatness is possible, within a human being’ • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • Bikers hit the road for Mandela DayMelissa Jane CookZelda la Grange has dedicated her life to the inspirational father of the nation. Plucked from the obscurity of the presidential typing pool, she became Nelson Mandela’s right-hand woman: holding his hand, whispering in his ear, accompanying him to voting booths, a travel companion, spokesperson, close confidante and honorary granddaughter.La Grange recently published her memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela, in English and Afrikaans. In it she tells the story of how as a young woman, she had her life, beliefs and prejudices from childhood utterly transformed by one of the greatest men of our time.In it, La Grange pays tribute to the Mandela she knew – the teacher who taught her the most valuable lessons of her life. The man we meet in these pages is one who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, and gave her life true meaning.Agent Jonny Geller said: “She really was completely devoted to the job… As people from Bono to Bill Clinton will testify, she was the gateway to the man, and that was a 24-hour job. But in the last year, she started to think that all her extraordinary experiences were worth putting down. And she’s a natural writer.”Editor Helen Conford said it was “a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”This is a book about love and second chances, one which honours the lasting and inspiring gifts of one of the great men of our time. It offers a rare, intimate portrait of Mandela and his remarkable life, as well as moving proof of the power we all have to change.La Grange will donate a percentage of the royalties from the book to the Nelson Mandela Foundation “to protect and further the legacy of its founder”.The book is published by Penguin Books South Africa.Watch Zelda La Grange discussing her book, Good Morning Mr Mandela:Childhood dreamsAs a young girl, La Grange dreamed about becoming an actress. But heeding her father’s advice that she would battle to make a living unless she was in Hollywood, at 20 she studied for an executive secretary qualification.She comes from a staunchly Afrikaans family. Her father was an executive at South African Breweries before running his own butchery and her mother was a teacher. Her parents voted for the National Party, which presided over the apartheid government until democratic elections in 1994. The family attended the local Dutch Reformed Church.Her journey with MandelaShe worked for Madiba for 19 years as his private secretary and personal assistant, and continues to support his legacy after his death. Born on 29 October 1970, in the late 1990s the Afrikaans-speaking La Grange became a familiar figure. She rose from middle-class anonymity to become the woman most often seen alongside Mandela in public.Speaking to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper in 2008, La Grange spoke about becoming a typist in the presidential office in 1994, and her first meeting with Mandela. “I knew that he was a friendly man. I had seen him greeting other people, but I had never had any encounters with him. But then I ran into him, as I say, by accident and he started speaking Afrikaans to me, which I didn’t understand immediately because the last thing I expected was for him to speak in my own language to me. His Afrikaans was perfect but I was in such a state that I didn’t understand what he was saying. I was shivering.”She shivered, she said, “because I was scared of him, not knowing what to expect of him, whether he was going to dismiss me, humiliate me… and instantly it was that feeling of guilt that all Afrikaners carry with them… He was 75 at the time, and you could see he was old and the thing that immediately crosses your mind is: ‘I sent this man to jail. My people sent this man to jail!’ I was part of this even though I couldn’t vote. I was part of this, of taking from a person like him his whole life away. And then I started crying. And then he shook my hand, and he held my hand.”She was shedding tears but Mandela “just held my hand and he continued to speak to me”.Fearsome gatekeeperA year later she became his seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day personal assistant, jetting around the globe with him in private jets and meeting the who’s who of the world. La Grange was the fearsome gatekeeper with whom anyone hoping to share a moment with Mandela had to negotiate.Over almost a decade their relationship grew to the extent that calling him khulu, which means grandfather in isiXhosa, came naturally. They became so close that she started anticipating his responses. Following his death on 5 December 2013, La Grange released a statement, saying: “As sad as it makes me that I will never walk into a room again and see his generous, infectious smile or hear him say, ‘Oh Zeldina, you are here,’ I have come to terms with the fact that Madiba’s legacy is not dependent on his presence… Thank you for believing in me, Khulu, making me a better person, a better South African.”The former aide, affectionately called “Zeldina” by her boss, has shared personal stories about her time with him. The nickname originated during a state visit to Russia in 1999, La Grange said. “Madiba just decided my name was Zeldina and almost everyone is calling me that now.”After he retired from public life she took over all dealings with the media and others. “You know how disciplined Mandela was… He was strict and punctual… Someone had to take the blame to take him away. I’ve been called many names… Rottweiler, General… but someone had to do that so he got done what he wanted to do. I felt a lot of pressure and stress.” Zelda La Grange and Mandela at the Banakekele Hospice in Kew, Johannesburg on 4 August 2008. (Image: ©Nelson Mandela Foundation/Juda Ngwenya)Full-time jobThat pressure was relentless, she said: following Mandela around the world, organising his every move, and shielding him from the never-ending stream of people clamouring for a moment in his presence. She has never married or had children, and would work up to 18 hours a day arranging his diary. In 2002, she left the government and became a full-time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Her dedication and loyalty to Mandela have been recognised by several institutions over the years, including Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria Chamber of Commerce, and Rapport and City Press newspapers, as well as global football governing body FIFA, for her assistance and support during the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa. She is the co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day, for which she advocates for International Nelson Mandela Day. She has been the patron of the First for Women Insurance Trust since 2010 and this year was appointed the ambassador of Beeld Children’s Fund.last_img read more

Opioid measures signed into law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Trump signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.“Opioids are stalking rural America. Our farmers and ranchers once thought addiction was predominantly something cities had to deal with,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Sadly, we know now that opioids are taking the lives of Americans from all walks of life. And unlike years ago, rural America is showing some of the highest rates of opioid addiction anywhere.”The new law will make it easier for Medicaid patients to seek and receive the treatment they need to overcome drug addiction. It increases policing of the mail that accounts for much of the opioid trade and increases grant funding to fight addiction in our communities.“We lost a record 72,000 lives to overdoses in 2017,” Duvall said.“We thank Congress and the President for making this legislation law.”last_img read more

Mass. Bill Would Require Energy Scorecards Be Given to Homebuyers

first_imgThe scorecards would include an estimate of annual energy consumption based on features such as lighting, insulation and HVAC equipment. Homeowners also would get recommendations for efficiency upgrades, such as better water heaters, and more efficient heating and cooling equipment.Massachusetts has been ranked best in the country for energy efficiency programs for the past seven years by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “Upon passage of this legislation, [it] would be the first state in the country to require home energy scorecards for residential homes to be made available to potential homebuyers,” the governor’s office said.Should the bill pass, the state’s Department of Energy Resources would design the scorecard and develop standards and training for providers. RELATED ARTICLES States Step Up for Progress on Efficiency StandardsRemodeling for Energy EfficiencyHow is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?A Better Way to Encourage Efficient New Homes The governor of Massachusetts has introduced legislation that by 2021 would require that people selling their homes provide potential buyers with home energy performance ratings. The Boston Globe said the measure filed by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier in the week would be the first of its kind in the U.S.At the outset, the bill would require energy raters such as Mass Save to provide homeowners with a home energy scorecard when they have a free assessment done. Beginning in 2021, anyone selling a building with one to four residential units, and listing the property for sale publicly, would be required to provide potential buyers with energy performance ratings.The governor’s office said in a press release the legislation is part of the state’s effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help state residents save money. Real estate group not so thrilledThe Massachusetts Association of Realtors is opposed to the legislation. In a prepared statement, Rita Coffey, the association’s president and the general manager of a Century 21 agency in Weymouth, said, “Realtors are for energy efficiency but the mandatory nature of this bill won’t do what its supporters hope it will. The key to increasing energy efficiency in Massachusetts is through incentives, not mandates.”The association said the measure would “really stick it to” homeowners with low and moderate incomes because they might not have the money to make energy-related improvements to their homes before a sale. Lower energy scores could mean lower values.Home prices are rising to their highest levels on record in Massachusetts, in part because of a declining inventory of homes for sale. The number of homes for sale has declined in 72 of the last 73 months, and the association says getting a mandatory home energy audit before a house could be listed for sale would worsen the situation.“Massachusetts is starved for housing inventory,” Coffey’s statement said. “In fact, it’s so severe, that we’re seeing the lowest number of homes on the market since we’ve been tracking this data. This scarcity is increasing home prices to a point where many first-time homebuyers are being forced out of the market and deciding to look in other states to buy a home.”last_img read more

Colorado to deploy self-driving crash truck to shadow road crews

first_imgTags:#Autonomous#Colorado#crash truck#DOT#driverless#featured#infrastructure#Kratos Defense#road#Self-Driving#top#truck Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… The Colorado Department of Transportation has said it will deploy a self-driving truck to protect road crews from speeding vehicles by the end of this fall, potentially extending the program to cover all road maintenance if the trial is a success.The self-driving truck will act as a “crash truck”, which moves slowly behind road crews. The trucks are currently manned by a single driver, who faces the brunt of the damage if an accident happens.See Also: Forrester: self-driving to make global economy “unrecognizable” by 2035In Colorado, 21,898 crashes and 171 fatalities were reported on work zones between 2000 and 2014, according to CNN Money, highlighting the need for crash trucks and other buffers.The self-driving truck will follow a lead vehicle further ahead via radio waves, taking notice of worker movements and other factors. The self-driving technology is developed by Kratos Defense, a supplier of autonomous vehicles for the U.S. army.“People talk about automation and will this displace workers. Here’s a case where I think everyone will agree we want to get workers out of these trucks,” said Shailen Bhatt, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation.One truck so farColorado has purchased one truck for the trial and will buy more if the trial is successful. Officials said that former drivers of crash trucks will be given other roles in the road crew.Trucks are expected to make up a significant amount of the self-driving industry’s value, according to a report by Strategy Analytics and Intel. The business-as-a-mobility sector could be worth $3 trillion by 2050, most of the value coming from long-haul shipping, another job with a high turnover rate.center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Currylast_img read more

Naidu for imparting school education in mother tongue

first_imgNew Delhi, Sept 5 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday made a strong pitch for imparting school education in mother tongue throughout the country. He also said history books should have chapters on local personalities and eminent Indians who have made the country proud through their deeds. The Vice President, who gave away national awards to 45 teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day, said students should have a strong attachment to their motherland and develop a feeling of “Indianness” rather than “ape” the west. While technology has made rapid inroads into the education sector, he said it cannot replace the teacher who only can mould the students into good citizens. He said children who see Google should also apply their mind, adding “Google can never replace guru”. “I would like to advice the government, not only the central government but the state government as well that eduction must basically be in the mother tongue” he said here. Naidu, however, made it clear that he was not against English medium schools while he sought to dispel the impression that only students passing out from these schools can succeed in life. He gave examples of himself, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some chief ministers who rose from humble background to occupy constitutional posts. Talking about historical figures and social reformers such as Mahatma Phule, Narayana Guru, M Visvesvaraya and Kabir, the Vice President said history lessons should focus on them and not British rulers who “looted” the nation and “our mind”. He also slammed those opposing the inclusion of local history in textbooks.advertisement Naidu suggested the teachers keep upgrading their professional competence and raise the standard of education, as he expressed concern over deteriorating standards of learning outcome in schools. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedkar listed various initiatives launched by his ministry under the ambitious ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ to impart quality education. The initiatives include upgradation of Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas from class VIII to class XII and giving annual grants to 15 lakh government schools for library and sports facilities. The selection of the teachers for the national awards was conducted under a revised guideline this year, says a statement. The number of awardees was brought down to just 45 from about 300 awardees. Majority of the teachers awarded today used IT application in making learning interesting for students, it said, adding some of them even developed learning-based apps. The nominated teachers had given a presentation last month before an independent jury comprising a senior educationist. This ensured that all of them were given an opportunity to place before the jury their contribution and the work done by them, the statement said. In all, 6,692 applications were received from teachers from all over the country. Out of the applications received, every district selected three best teachers and forwarded these to the committee under the state secretary of education who made a short-list. A total of 152 nominations were finally received from all states, union territories and organisations, the statement said, adding the final selection was done by an independent jury. PTI SAN san TVSTVSlast_img read more

Transport Ministry to Partner with TEF on Road Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be partnering with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to undertake two infrastructure projects during this financial year.Making the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on June 5, State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said one project will involve the installation of light-emitting diode(LED) street lighting along the elegant corridor in Montego Bay, St. James.[RELATED: Additional River Training Along Yallahs River]“The second project involves the Ministry partnering with the TEF on the design and construction of 6.25 kilometres of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland,” he said.Mr. Azan said this project will complement the 1.5 kilometres of shared used path being funded under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)/Government of Jamaica Road Improvement Programme,” he said.Turning to other matters, he said that efforts are being made to improve the working relationship between the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC), citing the signing of an agreement by the two agencies late April.“The NWA and the NWC restored their close partnership with the signing of a two-year contract, which will see the NWA reinstating roadways excavated to facilitate NWC works. This agreement represents a fundamental shift in the working relationship between these two agencies,” he stated.Mr. Azan said it is expected that this arrangement will result in increased work productivity and efficiencies going forward, adding that the Ministry plans to identify areas and other public agencies where similar agreements can be fashioned to allow for greater synergies.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more