Victim critical following bludgeoned attack

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgNewsBreaking newsVictim critical following bludgeoned attackBy Staff Reporter – November 21, 2014 739 Print Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Linkedincenter_img Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK man is recovering in hospital following a brutal attack in the county last Wednesday.The 26-year-old victim was set upon by a number of men at 11pm on Wednesday night last in Ashe Crescent, Gortboy in Newcastle West and suffered a number of injuries.It is believed that the brutal attack was carried out with a blunt weapon, before the assailants left the area in a red coloured car.The injured man was taken to University Hospital Limerick after the alarm was raised by locals and there he remains in the Intensive Care Unit where his condition is said to be criticalGardai have been unable to interview him yet and officers have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.“We are anxious to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact us at at Newcastle West Garda Station on (069) 20650,” said Superintendnet Tom O’Connor.“We believe the culprits may have left the area in a red coloured car.”Detectives are still working to establish a motive for the attack. Email Advertisement Previous articleBuilding work starts on €25million Limerick developmentNext articleNaughton re-elected as chairman of FAI National League Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more


Maersk Supply Service gets subsea removal task for Dunlin Alpha platform

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_img“This is a technically challenging scope with large periods of time spent alongside a platform. It is gratifying to see our engineered technical solution selected by Fairfield, as the removal of older conductors that cannot be pulled through topsides remains a challenge throughout the North Sea,” said Olivier Trouvé, head of Integrated Solutions. Project management and engineering starts this year, with offshore execution planned for 2022 or 2023 depending on option selected. Maersk Supply Service will remove four 30” jacket-mounted drilling conductors and two associated conductor guide frames using an I-class vessel. Maersk Supply Service has secured a contract by Fairfield Betula Limited for the removal of the Dunlin Alpha platform’s subsea conductors and guide frames. Installed in 1977, the Dunlin Alpha platform served as the production facility for the Greater Dunlin Area. It is located in UK Continental Shelf Block 211/23a, approximately 137 km northeast of Shetland and 11 km from the UK/Norwegian median line. Production from the Greater Dunlin Area stopped in 2015.last_img read more


Ohio Farm Bureau News Update | June 26, 2019 | Ohio Working Lands Sign Up, disaster declarations and more

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Welcome to this week’s news roundup from Ohio Farm Bureau. Click here for our front page news and information, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.If you’re a member, thank you for your support. Be sure to take advantage of all of your member benefits, including the updated Ohio Landowner Toolkit.If you’re not a member (or need to renew your membership), this is your invitation to join. Learn more about membership or contact your county Farm Bureau.Current NewsOhio asks USDA for disaster declarationsGov. Mike DeWine has formally asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster declaration following a devastatingly wet spring. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly encourages farmers who have had difficulty planting their 2019 crops to share their situation with the county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.Cover crop fields under prevent plant can be used in SeptemberIn an attempt to alleviate forage concerns due to the extremely wet spring, farmers who plant cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than this year than the normal Nov. 1 date. Ty Higgins has more info and for full details visit USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s website.New Market Facilitation Program Q & A from USDAIt was a confusing planting season even before the rains made #noplant19 the hottest hashtag north of I-70 and beyond. In late May, USDA announced a new Market Facilitation Program for 2019. That announcement, coupled with a decision about whether or not to plant a crop at all, led to a lot of questions for farmers. USDA released some of the answers to those questions in June.Livestock farm labor guide is availableEnsuring those employed on the farm have the best interests of the operation at heart is paramount when going through the hiring process. To help employers achieve that goal, Ohio Farm Bureau collaborated with Wright & Moore a few years ago to put together a comprehensive Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide.Ohio Working Lands funds sign-upThe Ohio Department of Agriculture announced a second sign-up period for programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 – the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. The sign-up period began June 17.Do you qualify for Social Security benefits?Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to helping protect your financial independence and is working with our No. 1 partner Nationwide to deliver a series of valuable online learning sessions designed to help you plan for retirement. The last seminar in the series is June 25 at 2 p.m.Keep agriculture provisions in state budgetFarmers are facing uncertainty. Challenges with wet weather have all but halted planting efforts. It is critical now more than ever for Ohio to have the resources necessary to implement solutions involving all nutrient contributors. Urge your legislators to support farmers through H2Ohio funding and the Business Income Deduction by keeping them in the proposed state budget.Enter the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes todayHave you entered the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes? Grand prize is a two-year lease on a Ford vehicle. Ford is Ohio Farm Bureau’s automotive partner. OFBF members can always receive $500 Bonus Cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible Ford vehicle, and $750 Bonus Cash toward the purchase of an eligible Lincoln vehicle. Coming July 1 that amount increases with $500 Conquest Cash for a limited time.OFBF podcasts available on iTunes, Google PlayOhio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Listen to Town Hall Ohio, Legal with Leah, Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer podcasts and more.Upcoming events and remindersStatewide EventsExploreAg Camps, Columbus, Wooster and WilberforceMember Appreciation Weekend at Kings Island, June 29-30Clippers Family Days, Columbus, July 7, 14, 28, Aug. 11 and 25Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, Jackson, July 13Member Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Point, July 14-15Check your county web page for a list of events happening in your area.Reminders:Ohio Farm Bureau is proudly supporting the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show July 30 in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center at the Ohio State Fair. OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp joins other local celebrities in the competition with one common goal of supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.The Columbus Clippers will be introducing Ohio’s Farm Team on Sundays all summer long at Huntington Park. There is a ticket discount for members as well to Ohio’s Farm Team days.Join the Ohio Farm Bureau Member Benefits Insider group page on Facebook for a first look at the latest, members-only benefits available.Growing Our Generation is an e-newsletter authored by young farmers. It is for anyone who is interested in what is on the minds of farming’s next generation. SubscribeDid you know Ohio Farm Bureau is active on LinkedIn? It’s just one more way to connect with your Farm Bureau.Ohio Farm Bureau has established the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program. The program will assist members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and determining the best ways to manage their energy resources.Farm Bureau has developed a set of steps landowners can take to address concerns about drainage and soil remediation caused by pipeline installation.One of the greatest challenges for many small businesses and sole proprietors is filling the need for health care for themselves and their employees. The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan is available to qualified participants.Learn more about OFBF’s membership categories. Know a young person in agriculture age 18 to 24? Invite him or her to become a Young Active Member.Stay in touch by subscribing to Ohio Farm Bureau e-newsletters:Buckeye Farm eNews is for members who farm or have careers in food and agriculture. Current members can provide their email address via their account at ofbf.orgSubscribe to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter to hear from Farm Bureau’s young agricultural professionals.Sign up for the Our Ohio e-newsletter, and each month we’ll connect you with our favorite recipes, feature stories, local experiences and more.Follow Farm Bureau on social media Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Member Benefits Insider Subscribe to our podcasts Town Hall Ohio | Field Day with Jordan Howeischer | Legal with Leahlast_img read more


Florida Development Will be Solar-Powered

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgBabcock Ranch will be a built-from-scratch community emphasizing energy-efficient building, resource conservation, green spaces, renewable energy, and what Kitson calls “civitas,” which the company describes as a “basic hometown pride and a calling to participate and belong.” Not a golf communityHall said that developers believe the market has changed. According to Hall, instead of exclusive developments built around fancy golf courses, buyers are more interested in inclusive communities. So instead of building a golf course, Kitson is making an initial investment in the start of a downtown, with a K-8 charter school, a health and wellness center, and 50 miles of trails with trail-heads in each of the planned communities.“What we’re really trying to do at Babcock Ranch is to bring green into the mainstream, and to bring it into the mainstream you can’t price it out of accessibility,” Hall said. “You have to choose a standard that makes sense for Florida. If you go to LEED Platinum, no one can afford to buy the homes, and you can’t get the builders to build homes no one can afford.“By doing the utility-scale generation, that’s one way of bringing it into the mainstream, and by having the green build certification throughout the community you’re really raising the bar,” Hall continued. “At the same time, you’re not taking it to the point where people can’t afford it. Because it won’t be adopted if people can’t afford the homes.”In addition to building its own water and wastewater utility, Babcock Ranch is adding a graywater system for all outdoor irrigation, and is limiting landscaping to mostly native species.Half of Babcock Ranch’s total footprint will be dedicated to parks, lakes, and hiking trails. Nation’s “first solar-powered town”The community will be powered by a 74.5-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) facility being built by Florida Power and Light on 443 acres of land donated by Kitson & Partners CEO Syd Kitson. Due for completion later this year, it’s one of three new solar centers that FPL is building in the state. In an interview with the website Ecopreneurist, Kitson said the 350,000 PV modules at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center will produce enough electricity to power a community of 50,000 people. “During the day when the sun is shining, all the power at Babcock Ranch will be solar energy,” he said. “Then at night when the sun goes down, the grid will take over and it will be natural gas. The combination of energy will be the greenest in the country.”According to the report, Kitson is looking into the possibility of adding battery storage to the solar farm. “We’re talking to several companies about how we can do that, even at a neighborhood scale, almost like a micro-community of a system,” he said.FPL says that it plans to bring 225 MW of PV capacity online this year, tripling the utility’s solar capacity. Work is underway on Babcock Ranch, a new Florida community that will eventually include 19,500 single-family and multifamily homes on nearly 18,000 acres. The developers tout the project as the world’s “first solar-powered town,” calling it the “most sustainable” community in the U.S.Babcock Ranch is named for a sprawling, family-owned cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It is the work of Kitson & Partners, a real estate developer based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company’s portfolio includes millions of square feet of retail shopping centers, commercial buildings, and residential projects. Babcock Ranch is its first venture into sustainable building.Kitson bought the 91,000-acre ranch from the Babcock family in 2006. In a $350 million deal with the state of Florida and Lee County, 73,000 acres became a land preserve on which ranching operations could continue while Kitson pursued its development plans on the rest, according to a narrative at the development’s website.Babcock Ranch is in the town of Punta Gorda, about 10 miles east of Fort Meyers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The first 1,100 homes are due for completion next year. When complete, a process that could take as long as 25 years, the community will house some 50,000 people. RELATED ARTICLES Houses will be energy-efficientBabcock Ranch will offer houses in a mix of architectural styles, which it said would include “Craftsman, farmhouse, coastal Gulf vernacular, Spanish, and colonial/West Indies … each sourced in the pre-World War II southwest Florida regional styles.”The first phase of the project will include a mix of single-family and multifamily units in price ranges intended to be affordable, moderate, and luxury. Residents can choose to live near the town center or in more rural settings. The development hopes to attract all age groups, from millennials to retirees.“We keep trying to remind people we’re building a town, not just a development, and we want to have the full stratification of prices because you’re not a real town if you don’t,” said Babcock Ranch spokeswoman Lisa Hall. She said prices would range from the $200,000s to the $900,000s.No matter what the style, houses will be built to standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. The building standard is similar in approach to the LEED for Homes program in that it sets a number of prerequisites and then offers points for complying with other measures that save energy, reduce water use, and preserve native ecology.Energy raters must provide a HERS index rating showing better-than-code energy efficiency, with extra points awarded for a HERS score lower than 80. (A HERS index of 80 means the house uses 20% less energy than a house built to the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code.) Extra points are awarded for such things as completing the Energy Star Thermal Enclosure checklist, sealing ductwork with mastic, incorporating passive solar heat, shading the house with trees on east and west exposures, and keeping the washer and dryer in an unconditioned space. Large LEED Community Under Development in FloridaNew York Cohousing Community Nears CompletionAffordable-Home Development Uses Net-Zero PrefabsSerenbe: A Green Town in the Makinglast_img read more


The Big 3 NLEs And Their Place in Today’s Film Industry

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgThere is no longer one single system that is the be all, end all solution for indie filmmakers everywhere. That system once was FCP 7 (or at least in terms of user base), but today there is value in learning all three of these systems in order to be able to utilize the best platform for any given task.Much like choosing the right camera for any specific job, it’s now just as important to choose the right NLE for any given project in order to tap into the benefits of these different systems.Throw your vote in for your preferred NLE in the comments below. Final Cut Pro XMany of the users that resisted FCP X for the first year or two came around to it after Apple added much needed features to the software. While there are certainly some users that still scoff at it, many large production companies and broadcasters are utilizing it – and it was even used to edit Will Smith’s latest feature film Focus.In my opinion, FCP X is best suited for any type of production that requires a highly adaptable and flexible post process. This can include everything from one man band productions (where a director is also editing his or her own work and wants to be able to work as quickly as possible), to large productions that have many creative producers on board that will be giving substantial input. Arguably the biggest benefit of using FCP X is that it makes revisions exceptionally easy. With features like auditioning, the magnetic timeline, roles, and keyword collections the entire software’s environment is built around being able to move quickly. There’s something to be said about an editing software that allows you to very quickly try out new ideas, shift around clips, and find material in a way that simply isn’t as efficient with any other system.Premiere ProThere’s a reason why Adobe Premiere has been so well received by filmmakers. Above and beyond all else, Adobe has shown that they are clearly aware of what their professional user base needs and have done everything in their power to integrate key features and updated into the various iterations of the software.For these reasons and more, Premiere Pro is an amazing powerful tool for just about any type of user. That said, I think what it excels  specifically at complex workflows. Adobe has made Premiere Pro very adaptable and open in the sense that it plays very well with other platforms, which is a refreshing change next to many of the other NLEs out there.While the obvious benefit of Premiere Pro (with regards to workflow) is that it’s so well integrated with other Adobe products, it’s nearly as versatile when it comes to 3rd party software as well. The fact that Premiere can handle nearly every codec and format natively is pretty incredible. Not to mention it’s ability to create everything from a standard EDL/OMF file to an AAF or XML file makes it an extremely valuable tool for translating projects and dealing with workflow snags. Productions that are dealing with loads of mixed media, or have complicated post-pipelines that rely on lots of 3rd party software would benefit immensely from Premiere Pro.Avid Media ComposerMedia Composer is still the number one choice for large scale productions and many broadcast facilities for the simple fact that it is nearly bullet proof from an architectural standpoint. It may not have been adopted as much as FCP X or Premiere Pro, as far as the independent film world goes, but there are certainly some users that have switched over and are benefiting from Media Composer’s strong and robust build.The reason why Media Composer has likely not been as well received in the independent film community as the other two NLEs on this list, likely has a lot to do with the fact that it isn’t particularly intuitive. As different as FCP X and Premiere Pro are from each other, what they both have in common is how intuitive they are to use. That said, what Media Composer lacks in intuitiveness, it makes up for in reliability. Avid may not roll out cutting edge features as quickly as Apple or Adobe will, but seemingly there is a good reason for this. Media Composer is known for stability, even when dealing with massive broadcast and film projects that are comprised of hundreds of hours of footage and other media files. The reliability of Media Composer makes it a superb choice for very large scale projects that require capable handling of a massive amount of data. It seems like just yesterday that Final Cut Pro completely dominated the independent film post-production scene, but the terrain today is very different and editors now have tough choices to make when it comes down to committing to an editing platform.After FCP X was released, FCP 7 users were perplexed to say the least. There was a small user base (including myself) that embraced FCP X from the beginning while also exploring other options, but seemingly many pro users moved on to either Premiere Pro or Media Composer.While FCP X definitely had it’s issues and was missing some key features, the real issue that users had with it was that they didn’t want to have to learn a completely new editing paradigm. Many believed that Apple would eventually cave in and attempt to bring back the old FCP 7 that they once knew and loved, but once a year or so went by it became very clear that FCP X was here to stay. Nonetheless, this created a very diverse user base in the post-production world and for the first time in a decade there was no clear cut choice as to which system to learn and commit to as an editor.last_img read more


Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai Congress president

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgDays after Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress president, in the wake of the drubbing in the recent Lok Sabha election, party Mumbai president Milind Deora on Sunday announced his resignation from his post, hinting he may take up an important responsibility in Delhi. This move comes as an expression of solidarity and collective responsibility with Mr. Gandhi’s resignation. “I had accepted MRCC presidentship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi. I suggested a panel and am being consulted by leaders to identity names. I look forward to playing a national role to help stabilise the party. Needless to say, I will continue to guide and unite Mumbai Congress” said Mr. Deora in a statement issued by his office. The Congress had suffered losses in all six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai. Barely a month before polls, Mr. Deora was appointed as a replacement of former city Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam. Collective leadershipWhile resigning from his post, Mr. Deora recommended a provisional set-up of a collective leadership of three senior leaders to oversee the city unit until the coming Assembly poll.In the statement, Mr. Deora said that taking on the BJP-Shiv Sena and negating the impact of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi was a challenge for the Congress in Maharashtra.Mr. Deora expressed his desire to quit shortly after meeting Mr. Gandhi in New Delhi on June 26. “The same has been conveyed to Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal, general secretaries, All-India Congress Committee,” the statement said. During his short tenure, he united the rank and file of the party and put an end to identity politics in Mumbai Congress, in the hope that the party would once again return to its multilingual, multicultural and socio-economically inclusive ideals.‬ “The party, under his leadership, gave a decisive fight to the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Mumbai,” it said.“Deora is always available to serve the party as a trusted and resourceful lieutenant and looks forward to playing a more important role nationally,” it said.last_img read more


Stopover Arrivals Up 7 Per Cent for September

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights The September figures follow a 6.9 per cent increase in stopover arrivals for the first eight months of the year over the corresponding period for 2016. Jamaica’s tourism numbers continue to rise with stopover arrivals up seven per cent for the period September 1 to 21. Jamaica’s tourism numbers continue to rise with stopover arrivals up seven per cent for the period September 1 to 21.“That is 84,402 more visitors to our shores,” said Permanent Secretary in the Tourism Ministry, Jennifer Griffith.She was addressing tourism stakeholders at the official opening of the Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa on September 25.The September figures follow a 6.9 per cent increase in stopover arrivals for the first eight months of the year over the corresponding period for 2016.In addition, cruise passenger arrivals were up by 5.1 per cent from January to August.“From a total of 2.82 million visitors over the eight-month period, we earned approximately US$2 billion or 8.3 per cent more in gross foreign exchange than we did for the $1.83 billion last year,” Ms. Griffith boasted.She said the Tourism Ministry is fully committed to the development of the sector and will continue to work with partners and stakeholders to ensure that the product remains first class and is of the highest quality.“We are fully and keenly aware that this would not be possible without the support of all our tourism partners,” she noted.“I want to personally thank each and every investor for their vote of confidence in our beautiful island. The investment (Breathless resort) is coming at a time when our tourism sector is receiving record growth,” she added.She noted that the investments that are pouring into the country indicate that Jamaica is being viewed as a top destination in the international marketplace.“Our varied landscape, our vibrant culture, our warm, hospitable people, and of course, our world renowned reggae music make us the destination of choice in the region,” Griffith pointed out. “Our varied landscape, our vibrant culture, our warm, hospitable people, and of course, our world renowned reggae music make us the destination of choice in the region,” Griffith pointed out.last_img read more


Foreigner And REO Speedwagon To Rock TJ Martell Foundation Gala

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation, “Music’s Promise for A Cure,” has announced a night of Top 40 performances for this year’s 40th Anniversary T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala to be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street.The theme of the highly anticipated star-studded event is “Top 40” and will be hosted by original MTV VJ’s Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter. Legendary rock band Foreigner has been added to all rock-star performance line-up along with REO Speedwagon and Train’s Pat Monahan.With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock n’ roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and the worldwide hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” Foreigner continues to rock the charts.At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel. The band was founded in 1976 and hasn’t stopped recording or touring ever since. Their debut album and every album to follow gave Foreigner hits and impressive Billboard chart runs including record-breaking song sales and a legion of loyal fans worldwide.Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Pat Monahan, recently named the National Spokesperson of the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary will also perform. Monahan is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Train.The 40th Anniversary Honors Gala will honor John Amato, Co-President of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Bruce Bozzi Sr., Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Wally Ganzi, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Janice Min, Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN International and John Varvatos, Chairman of John Varvatos and President and CEO of John Varvatos Records. In recognition of further research and medical treatments the Foundation will also announce the newly created Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant bestowed upon a young investigator whose dedication has made innovative strides and extensive research in cancer and AIDS.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more