Sinn Féin calls for emergency protection for students in accommodation debacle

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter LIMERICK City Sinn Féin TD, Maurice Quinlivan,  has said that the Government cannot be observers while students get fleeced for accommodation they are prohibited from using because of COVID-19 restrictions.Quinlivan said that students are struggling immensely emotionally, financially and socially, and that the anger and sense of injustice they rightly feel is palpable.Deputy Quinlivan stated: “Students followed the government assurances and paid for accommodation because they did not have their timetables finalised until it was too late. Now, many no longer need this accommodation but have already handed over thousands and thousands of euro.”“Limerick is a third level city and we are very proud of the fine third level institutions that we have. I have had the opportunity to speak with some students over the last few days and the overwhelming feeling is that much of the uncertainty that they have faced around their education was avoidable. They feel that the Department for Further and Higher Education overpromised on the feasibility of getting students back on campus.“Students are in a uniquely vulnerable position in the rental market as they are often asked to pay rent months in advance. It is completely unreasonable for them to be charged for something they cannot now use.“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, students and parents have had to fight to get refunds for unused accommodation. Many are still trying to get their money back from last semester.“Requested refunds need to be processed as quickly as possible. However, more than 90 percent of student renters are off-campus in private accommodation. “There is a moratorium on evictions as was done during the previous lockdown. This is sorely needed and should never have been removed, but where is the same urgency when it comes to students?“When requesting refunds for unused accommodation, students are told that there is no protective legislation in place for renters and that they will not be entitled to their money back. This is not good enough.“Successive governments have failed students and their families. These accommodation providers need to be able to access the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) if they let students out of lease and give refunds.“We are asking students to adhere to Level 5 restrictions and I know that they will not be found wanting. But we need to show solidarity with them. Level 5 counts as ‘use prevention’. Surely that must mean that we put in place measures to ensure that they are given fair play.“All higher-level accommodation providers must be instructed and enabled to allow for leases to be terminated without incurring fees or penalties and full refunds to be issued to those who request them. If this means emergency legislation, then this is what must be done.” Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsSinn Féin calls for emergency protection for students in accommodation debacleBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2020 198 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleTwo Men Arrested over Burglaries/Thefts in the Southern RegionNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | We will be back on October 30 Staff Reporter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Print WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

OPD seeks assistance locating lost vial of harmful chemical

first_img Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Fatal Plus photo The Odessa Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vial containing a harmful chemical that was lost in Odessa on Thursday.An Odessa release states that an animal control officer was performing some of his required duties at the Odessa Animal Shelter when a vial of a chemical called Fatal-Plus was displaced. The release states it’s possible the officer left the vial on a vehicle and mistakenly drove away without properly securing the vial.Odessa police could not find the vial after an extensive search, and is asking for the community’s help in locating the item so that it can be disposed of properly. If the vial is located, Odessa police said community members should not handle the vial and notify the Odessa Police Department immediately by calling 432-333-3641. Previous articleMidland County fugitive charged with assaulting OPD officerNext articleAVID celebrations set this coming week admin Facebook WhatsApp By admin – April 20, 2018 Local NewsCrime Facebook OPD seeks assistance locating lost vial of harmful chemical Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

Are you the office egomaniac?

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details It’s important to be a confident professional, but remember there’s a fine line between being self-assured and being an egomaniac. Are you obsessed with yourself and being driven at work by your own ego? Here are three signs you’re the office egomaniac.You’re never at faultIf something goes wrong in the office and you find yourself never owning up to it, chances are your ego is clouding your judgment. Stop and think to yourself: do you ever admit you’re in the wrong when a mix-up occurs at work? If not, then it’s time to check your ego at the door. Remember, you can still be confident while also acknowledging your weaknesses.Only your opinion mattersDo you find yourself hogging each and every conversation that takes place? Egomaniacs see their own opinions as more valuable than others’ and although they may seem like their care, they are usually indifferent and lack empathy. A truly collaborative and productive workplace is comprised of diverse work styles and differing views on issues. It’s okay to stick to your guns and to feel strongly about something, but never forget that others’ perspectives are just as important as yours.You judge others who are differentEgomaniacs tend to look down on those that are different because it’s difficult for them to accept others that aren’t just like them. They will offer unsolicited advice for how an employee can change and they will continuously point out flaws in others. If you’re demonstrating these condescending behaviors it’s time to make a change for the better. Put your own ego aside and encourage and motivate your colleagues by complimenting their work successes. Bringing out the best in others will create a more positive environment and make everyone feel good about their place at the company.last_img read more

West End market still hot despite downturn worries

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Syracuse shooting woes prove costly in loss to St. John’s

first_imgD’Angelo Harrison’s celebration was cut short by Ron Patterson, who caught a swing pass and stroked a 3-pointer into the bottom of the net.As Patterson swiftly backpedaled down the sideline after shrinking the St. John’s lead to five with 12:29 to play, the 24,884 fans in the Carrier Dome grew louder than they had all evening.And when Trevor Cooney caught the ball on the left wing a play later, the noise crescendoed, the Syracuse bench stood in unison and every rotation of the ball actualized SU’s second-half comeback.But it hit the front of the rim. The bench sat down. So did the crowd. Syracuse didn’t make a 3 for the rest of the game.“Let me put it this way,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… We’re either going to make some shots or we’re going to lose against good teams.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA woeful shooting performance culminated in Syracuse’s (5-3) 69-57 loss to St. John’s (6-1) on Saturday night. The Orange shot 3-for-22 from beyond the arc, 10-for-20 at the free-throw line and 39.3 percent overall, all while the Red Storm focused on limiting the production of forwards Chris McCullough and Rakeem Christmas in the paint, who combined to shoot 10-of-20 from the field for 28 points.St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin said that he knew he’d give up long-range shots with his defensive game plan, and SU couldn’t capitalize on that.“We wanted to show their big men two defenders on every catch and sometimes three,” Lavin said. “So every time Christmas or McCullough got an offensive catch we wanted to swarm.“… I thought we were able to do that, be aggressive and drop down in there because they are struggling at the 3-point line. Even if they missed at least we had three, four, multiple defenders to help negate the ability to play Syracuse to play volleyball on the backboards.”Even with the Red Storm clamping down on every low-post touch, the Orange won the paint battle 32-12. But had St. John’s not devoted a bulk of its defensive energy to stopping the SU frontcourt, Lavin said it could have been 60-12.On top of doubling and tripling down on Christmas and McCullough, Lavin detailed a conscious effort to run Cooney off the 3-point line and trail him hard around every off-ball screen. The junior finished 0-for-4 from 3 with two points, and no other guard could compensate for his lack of production.St. John’s finished 9-for-16 from 3 and used two triples from Phil Greene IV to ultimately pull away down the stretch.“We tried to get a guy in there that could make a shot,” Boeheim said. “… They were going to take Trevor out and face guard him the whole game and we were going to get looks from the other two positions. B.J. (Johnson) was 0-for-3 in the first half and (Patterson) was 1-for-7. Those are the two guys that we think are our next best options from the 3-point line.”In a win against Iowa on Nov. 21 and a close loss at Michigan earlier in the week, Syracuse was buoyed by the very options that St. John’s took away.When the Orange shot 3-of-15 from 3 against the Hawkeyes, Christmas and McCullough combined for 38 points. When those two combined for 25 points — a low number for them in the early season — against the Wolverines, Cooney hit four 3s and finished with a season-high 16 points.But the Red Storm found a way to hamper SU’s low-post production in crunch time while erasing what could be its only real option from the outside.“Obviously we’re not a very good 3-point shooting team this year,” McCullough said. “We just got to get better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Same song, different verse: Andale dominates Wellington

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whatever gap Wellington was hoping to close with the Andale football program, is not materializing and it might not do so for awhile.The Crusaders traveled to Andale and were totally dominated 46-0 Friday evening in a game not as close as the score may indicate.Perhaps, even worse, Wellington is starting to accumulate injuries again which so devastated the team last year. Crusader Connor Burnett left the game with a foot injury. Colton Glover is out for the season with a head injury. Remington Gilkey was out of the lineup with knee injury. Connor Phelps seemed to be hobbling.The Crusader world that seemed to look so bright just last week, seems to be crumbling. Andale has had that kind of effect on the Crusaders.Again, if one could pinpoint a recurring problem this season for the Crusaders, it would be the special teams. Twice Zach Meyer would score off special teams — one on a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The second one on a 90 yard kickoff return to open the second half. He would have had a third one had it not been an Andale block in the back penalty in the second quarter.Wellington’s defense which has been consistent this season up until Friday night, seemed to become less potent as the game progressed. The Crusaders would give up 312 yards for the game.At the beginning of the game, Wellington appeared to be have Andale stopped on a fourth and long on the Indians first possession. But Andale quarterback Taylor Richter threw a screen pass to Bo Knowblauch in the flat, who would then scramble 31 yards for the Indians score.That was a dagger and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game.While Wellington would get a first down on every drive in the first quarter, it could not pick up a second, and after a punt return for a touchdown, the Dukes were trailing 13-0.Wellington would reach midfield and a good punt pinned the Indians inside the 10. Andale would go to work and drove the length of the field, scoring on a 7-yard Richter run, his first of four touchdowns of the night. That made it 20-0.The Crusaders had their best play of the game when Phelps found an open seam and scrambled 43 yards to the Andale 35. But the Indians would stiffen their defense and allow just five more yards before taking over on downs.That would lead to a Richter 16-yard touchdown thereafter. The lone consolation for Wellington was Andale failed to score to end the half.Once the second half started and Meyer delivered his 90 yard TD on the kickoff, this game was officially over. Wellington would give up two more touchdowns of 57 and 46 yards.By the fourth quarter it was a running clock as the junior varsity got to see playing time. Wellington hopes for a better performance when Wichita Collegiate comes to town this Friday. Andale – Meyer 65 punt return (PAT no good). Passing – Wellington: Cade Phelps 1-3-9. Andale: Richter 3-5-56 Andale121420046 Wellington00000 Receiving – Wellington: Co. Phelps 1-9. Andale: N/A. Andale – Richter 7 run (PAT kick good). Wellington vs. Andale Andale – Richter 16 run (PAT kick good). Andale – Richter 57 run (PAT kick no good).center_img Scoring 1234Final Rushing – Wellington: Co. Phelps 16-90, Kop 11-17, Jones 10-26, Ca. Phelps 6-(-27), Ferguson 1-5. Total 46-111 Andale – 90 kickoff run (PAT kick good). Rushing – Andale: Dagenais 5-48, Meyer 7-110, Reichter 10-47, Horsch 3-17, Stuever 6-0, King 1-16, Tr. Meyer 7-28. Total: 39-266. Andale – Richter 46 run (PAT pass no good). Andale – Richter to Knoblach 31 pass (PAT kick good). Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Draymond Green: “We have to assume” Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins to miss entire Western Conference Finals

first_imgOAKLAND – After reevaluating Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins on Thursday with their respective injuries, the Warriors are mentally preparing for them not to play at all against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.“We have to assume that — this year, they are never coming. I know something will be made of that,” Draymond Green said, realizing that might be interpreted he also meant he does not think either player will re-sign this summer as a free agent. “We have to …last_img read more

Four Days and $1 Million

first_imgThe ultimate, million-dollar weekend break in Australia has been revealed by private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler for ultra-wealthy jetsetters looking to get lavish Down Under.This no-expense-spared trip of a lifetime, created as part of the New York-based magazine’s Million Dollar Weekend Getaway series in partnership with Australian luxury tour operator SWAIN, will set you back more than $1 million.You will be treated to a private Harbour Bridge climb, an exclusive performance at the Opera House, numerous private jet jaunts, and the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience.“Our readers make over 40 trips per year, including 10 intercontinental trips so they are always interested in great adventures, and Australia provides the perfect backdrop for a spectacular weekend,” said Mike Espindle, Group Editor for Elite Traveler Media Group.Highlights of the itinerary include:* 4 nights in a 2-bedroom suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney, with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Bridge from the balcony* A private bridge climb and private performance at the Opera House, complete with fireworks over the harbour ordered up just for you* A private visit with koalas and kangaroos at an animal sanctuary open only for your entourage* A helicopter trip to renowned Robert Oatley Vineyards, with lunch served by Australian top chef Neil Perry* Private jet jaunts from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling and lunch at top resort qualia, and to Ayers Rock, featuring a dinner party under the stars for you and your guests at the rugged yet refined Longitude 131°* The gift of an authentic Australian black opal (the rarest and most valuable of opal) and an even rarer Australian pink diamond as a souvenirTo ensure you have complete privacy, every restaurant you dine in will be closed for the duration of your eating experience, while all ground transportation will be provided by Rolls-Royce vehicles filled to the brim with champagne.It doesn’t get much better than this!last_img read more

Markets watching the frost and Sept. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileDeclining grain prices continued that trend into the first week of September. December 2019 CBOT corn made a new contract low of $3.53, over a dollar below the contract high of $4.73 from June 17. Kansas City wheat reached a 14-year low that same week. Chicago December CBOT wheat tumbled to $4.50 ½, well below its summer high reached in June of $5.65 ¾ and its contract high at $6.34 ½ established in August 2018. The contract low for December wheat was reached May 13 at $4.42 ¼. While U.S. corn and soybean production for this year falls below levels seen in 2017 and 2018, plentiful and ever-increasing world stocks of grains continues to keep prices on the defensive. U.S. grain exports face stiff and growing competition from other world suppliers. Early September, South American and Black Sea corn sale values were 15 to 45 cents per bushel below those from the U.S. Gulf for shipment this fall and into December.U.S. temperatures in early September reached into the 40s in the northern Corn Belt states. While temperatures are cooling and 6- to10-day forecasts indicate normal to above normal temperatures, there continue to be no frost threats into September 20. The market will aggressively monitor northern U.S. temperatures through Oct. 10.  Here’s why. In early September there were 53 million U.S. corn acres not yet in the dent stage. In addition, 10 million soybean acres had not yet begun to set pods. It will indeed be a race to the finish for U.S. corn and soybeans to reach maturity before a killing frost.An EPA announcement in August granted small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 31 small refineries. This announcement allowed those refineries to not include ethanol in their gasoline blends. This is not the first exemption granted by this administration, with previous exemptions dating back to 2016-2017. It is extremely troubling to producers as they quickly see demand destruction for corn. Using corn to produce ethanol, also known as a renewable fuel has been around for 30 years. Plant expansion was particularly evident in the past 10 years all across the Midwest. Producers made cropping and equipment decisions based on the continued use of ethanol. We have seen E15 and E85 Ethanol stations spring up across the Midwest the last 10 years. However, the number is significantly less than had been expected in past years. While we have seen several new weekly records for corn used for ethanol in the past 18 months, the ethanol line in the supply and demand tables has been shrinking in recent months.Corn demand for the 2019-2020 marketing year (September 2019 to August 2020) continues to shrink. The August WASDE report had corn exports of 2.050 billion bushels, down from 2.275 billion bushels in the May WASDE report, a cut of 225 million bushels.  In August, corn used for ethanol stood at 5.475 billion bushels, down 25 million bushels from May. Sept. 12 projections suggest U.S. corn demand will see further cuts in the months ahead.The U.S. and China each implemented another set of tariffs against each other on Sept. 1. Late August, the Commerce Department in China indicated they wanted to see the trade deal get finalized as the current tariffs are affecting their economy. The U.S. continues to insist China wants trade meetings to take place. Yet, at times little is heard from China concerning their next steps. In the days following Labor Day, it was announced the U.S. and China would be meeting in early October. Perhaps the caterer for lunch at these meetings thinks he has a pretty good gig, as the October meetings would be the thirteenth time the two have met. Ongoing unrest for China in Hong Kong perhaps suggests China has gains to come up with a trade deal.Expect corn and soybean harvest to last well into late November.last_img read more

NFC Business Models, Challenges and Adoption Examined

first_imgTags:#mobile#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … NFC, or near field communication, is an emerging technology that enables the exchange of data between devices in close proximity to each other, typically mobile phones. Much of the interest in the technology at present is in its potential to serve as the basis for a mobile payments system, such as the one Google is currently building or Isis, the U.S. operator-led mobile payments initiative.However, mobile payment systems are just one of the many markets where NFC can succeed. According to a new research report by SJB Research analyst Sarah Clark, NFC’s true potential lies with its ability to bridge the gap between the real world and the online world.NFC: Linking Real and Online Worlds“Most NFC projects to date have been based around the use of a mobile phone or other device equipped with NFC technology to replace an existing service,” says Clark. But NFC-enabled devices can do far more, she explains. They can operate in three different modes: as card emulators, where they act as replacements for information stored on a plastic card; in peer-to-peer mode, where they exchange data with other devices; and in card/tag reading and writing mode, where they read or change information stored in an RFID tag or contactless card.When combined with a communications network, NFC devices can link actions in the real world to consumer-facing or back office systems. And they can be used to provide instant feedback to users based on the actions a user makes.NFC Business ModelsIn the new, detailed report, Clark examines developing a business model for NFC infrastructure, secure element issuers, the use of NFC in payments, how to gain buy-in from consumers and service providers and launch strategies for NFC services.Clark says that the first and most important task in creating a business model for the provision of NFC services is to define the kind of infrastructure that will be used, as its design and competitive stance will have a fundamental impact on how willing service providers will be to adopt NFC. The more open the infrastructure, the more willing businesses will be to adopt the technology.It’s also not required that providers own the secure element used to store consumers’ NFC applications and sensitive data. Solutions from mobile operators, handset manufacturers and others exist now that would enable B2B NFC services, she says.NFC in Mobile Payments As for mobile payments specifically, Clark identifies some challenges in this area. A solution that allows multiple card issuers and payments processors the ability to share space on an NFC handset has yet to be found, which is one of the major reasons why commercial NFC has taken so long to arrive.In addition, consumers will expect to make payments using their existing full range of cards, including debit and credit cards, using NFC. This is why participation of banks is key to NFC’s success.Meanwhile, card issuers are not threatened by NFC technology, but payment processors are, as it calls for a radical redesign on their part. However, this also creates an opportunity for smaller and more innovative banks without a payments processing arm to jump into this space and be among the first to offer on-handset NFC payments to consumers, says Clark.Merchants, too, will need to get on board with NFC so they can process transactions at point-of-sale and persuading them to do so has not been easy.Finally, getting consumers to begin adopting NFC can be a challenge as well. In urban areas, this can be accomplished by partnering with a single local transit merchant – that has the same impact on adoption as bringing hundreds of merchants on board, Clark says.Other Applications May Arrive Before PaymentsOutside of mobile payments, there is the potential for non-payments applications to arrive first, something which can be aided by providers targeting specific geographic areas and offering compelling services that require the use of NFC on a regular basis – ideally, daily. Targeting a particular type of customer or a given demographic group can help, too. Business travelers and household budget holders are especially attractive demographics.There is much more detail in the full 170-page report available here, including detailed analysis NFC-related business models, NFC as used in mobile payments systems, challenges in both merchant and consumer adoption, launch strategies and more. Sarah Clark is also the editor of a well-known website NFC World, which tracks developments in this technology niche. Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more