Garda appeal over missing Sixmilebridge boy

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 15 year old Dylan O’ Doherty from Cappa Lodge in Sixmilebridge.Dylan was last seen at his home on Monday, September 22. He is described as being 5’8”, 12 stone with brown hair. When last seem he was wearing a yellow t-shirt, jeans and runners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Anyone with information on Dylan’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sixmilebridge Garda Station on 061-369133, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station. Previous articleOpposition to water charges escalates in Limerick city estatesNext articleLimerick hospital group in financial trouble Editor WhatsApp Email TAGSDylan O’DohertyfeaturedGarda appealmissingSixmilebridge First Irish death from Coronavirus Twitter NewsGarda appeal over missing Sixmilebridge boyBy Editor – September 25, 2014 861 center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

‘Complete devastation’ at Tyndall AFB after direct hit from Michael

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When Hurricane Michael struck Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida head on Wednesday, it caused extensive destruction to the base and damaged some military aircraft inside hangars that were affected as well. “Our base took a beating,” said the commander at Tyndall in a letter to base personnel.“Team Tyndall, our base took a beating, and I know you have a lot of questions,” wrote Col. Brian S. Laidlaw, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing.“By now you already know that Tyndall Air Force Base requires extensive cleanup and repairs,” he added. “I will not recall you and your families until we can guarantee your safety. At this time I can’t tell you how long that will take, but I’m on it.”Earlier, the base had advised in a Facebook posting that “The flight line is devastated. Every building has severe damage. Many buildings are a complete loss.”Tyndall Air Force base is located between Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach close to where Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday.The first wave of Air Force personnel who will help restore operations and begin relief efforts at Tyndall arrived on Friday aboard two C-17 military transport aircraft.The 66-person 281st Contingency Response Group (CRG) will help begin the difficult task of preparing the base to receive supplies and equipment to clean it up.“It’s complete devastation to the topography, trees snapped in half, power lines down all over the place, and facilities have extreme damage,” said Col. Justin Niederer, commander of the 281st CRG, in an interview with ABC News.Niederer said the damage at Tyndall was comparable to what he saw in the Virgin Islands and St. Maarten last year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.He also described the scary conditions experienced by the small number of base leaders that rode out the storm in what they thought was a secure facility.“They were doing well until the winds reached 150 (sustained) knots then gusted to 170,” said Niederer. “It blew the roof off the facility they were in. At that point, the eye of the storm passed over and when they went out to observe the environment around them they realized they were going to have a lot of work to do.”Ahead of the storm, the base had evacuated most of its 54 F-22 Raptor fighters and T-38 Talon trainers to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.However, a small number of F-22s were left behind to ride out the storm in hangars because they were undergoing maintenance.It became clear on Friday that some of those aircraft may have sustained damage since the hangars they were housed in also experienced significant damage.“A number of aircraft were left behind in hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons, and all of those hangars are damaged,” said Major Malinda Singleton, an Air Force spokesperson.“We anticipate the aircraft parked inside may be damaged as well, but we won’t know the extent until our crews can safely enter those hangars and make an assessment.”There are only 183 F-22 aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory, with each of the advanced stealth aircraft costing $135 million each. With production lines no longer in existence, any irreparably damaged F-22s cannot be replaced.Col. Niederer said his team would soon begin readying operations to offload military aircraft delivering cargo and personnel to the base.“We’ll be receiving aircraft filled with engineering capability, lodging capability and personnel in order to help clean up the base proper and get the operations back up and running as quickly as possible,” he said.With no food, power, fuel or running water available on the base, his team will have enough supplies to sustain them for five days while they begin the arduous task of beginning 24-hour operations at the base.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Customers: The real “core” of your business

first_imgby: Michelle Harbinak Shapiro“Sales 101, know your customer,” I overheard a colleague repeat several times at a recent training event.As cliché as it may sound, knowing your customer is the single most important thing for today’s financial institutions.Technology is changing consumer expectations. Today, your customers expect the most up-to-date information, anywhere – whether it’s for their personal, professional or financial lives. This, along with an increase in non-traditional banking options, has put consumers in the driving seat to force change in financial organizations. To stay relevant – and increase loyalty – banks need to focus on meeting these increasing customer needs.Be customer consciousTechnology such as enterprise content management (ECM) supports today’s crucial customer-centric banking strategies. With electronic documents and information saved in a secure, central system, employees are able to access customer information and documents directly through their core banking system or line-of-business interfaces without having to switch screens or applications. That means they can answer customer inquiries with a simple mouse-click.It also means they’re focusing on customers, not looking for information. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ghana Premier League ranked sixth in Africa

first_imgThe Ghana Premier League has been ranked sixth strongest league in Africa for 2012 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).The 16-team league is also rated the 65th strongest league in the world.Last year, Berekum Chelsea’s exploits in the CAF Champions League-where they made it to the Group stage-propelled him on the ranking.The world ranking for the strongest national leagues is determined annually by the IFFHS on the basis of all national (championship, FA Cup) and (inter)continental (confederations & FIFA club competitions) results of the clubs.The Sudanese Premier League emerged the strongest league in Africa after three clubs made it to the Group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.El Merreikh topped Group A and was followed by El Hilal in second place but El Ahly Shandy finished at the foot of the table in the same pool. The Tunisian Ligue 1 is second strongest and 42nd in the annual world ranking followed by Mali, Morocco and Nigeria.With no competition taking place in Egypt since January 2012, the country’s Premier League is ranked 91st in the world.Top ten African Leagues:35. (1) Sudan42. (2) Tunisia 45. (3) Mali56.(4) Morocco60. (5) Nigeria65. (6) Ghana66. (7) Angola 67. (8) Zimbabwe72. (9) Algeria73. (10) Ivory Coast* Africa ranking in bracketslast_img read more

Sensibly saving for retirement

first_imgFrom a quintet with credentials comes the answer to a question that baffles working Americans: How much do I need to save now to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? The answer, in what is called a groundbreaking study, amounts basically to: “It depends.” I am not trying to be cute. “It depends” must be the answer because how much you need to save depends squarely on how much you want to spend later, how much you’ve already saved and how long you have before retirement, among many factors. But the study, involving considerable analysis and number-crunching, goes beyond generalities to set specific savings guidelines. “The study creates savings guidelines for typical individuals with different ages, income levels, and initial accumulated wealth so the public can more easily determine how much to save for retirement,” the authors wrote. The guidelines appear in the April Journal of Financial Planning published by the Financial Planning Association, a professional membership group. They were developed by Roger Ibbotson, Ph.D.; Peng Chen, Ph.D. and chartered financial analyst; and James Xiong, Ph.D. and chartered financial analyst, all from investment consultants Ibbotson Associates in Chicago, and by certified financial planners Robert Kreitler and Charles Kreitler in New Haven, Conn. “We developed these savings guidelines with the hope they will be publicized, generally accepted, and that once people are aware of how much they should save they will better prepare for retirement,” the authors said. While the Journal is intended for financial professionals, the FPA is inviting everyone to read this study at www.fpanet.org and click on the link to Journal of Financial Planning at the top until finding the article. One thing I liked right away is that the authors calculate their guidelines on so-called “net” pre-retirement income, or pre-tax income minus annual retirement savings. The guidelines aim to replace 80 percent of that net income in inflation-adjusted dollars, assuming retirement at age 65. I’ll give you an example. If you make $60,000 a year and save $6,000 for retirement, you are living on $54,000. Under these guidelines, you would need $43,200, or 80 percent of $54,000 in retirement, not the larger 80 percent of $60,000. To be safe, I believe workers should plan on spending as much in retirement as they do now. But at least this study recognizes the fallacy of basing projected retirement-income needs on pre-retirement income rather than on spending. And you can always bump up your savings rate to replace more than 80 percent of pre-retirement net income. Some sample guidelines: If you are 30, make $80,000 and have no savings, you need to save 13.6 percent of your income to maintain your lifestyle in retirement. But if you make $20,000, saving 7 percent would be enough. That’s because Social Security replaces a higher percentage of income for lower-wage earners than it does for those who earn more. The study also shows what the authors call the urgency of starting to save no later than age 35. At 35, if you make $60,000 a year and haven’t started saving, you need to save 14.6 percent of income. Wait until age 55 and you’ll need to sock away 32 percent of income. At that point, delaying retirement may be the only realistic option.— Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Shock as trees cut and stolen from scenic forest walk

first_imgAn attack on a local scenic area in which up to 20 semi-mature trees were cut down has been described as “senseless and shocking.”The trees were hacked down last weekend at Drumboe Woods in the Twin Towns.A major investment was made turning the woods into an area which could be enjoyed by the local community recently with pathways and signage as well as the planting of more trees. Coillte is aware of the attack on the woods and is investigating the reasons for the cutting of the trees which were also taken from the forest.Local county councillor Patrick McGowan said he is very annoyed by the incident considering the work which has gone into developing Drumboe Woods in recent months.“This is a shocking and senseless attack on what is a beautiful area which is enjoyed by so many people.Some of the many trees cut down during an attack in Drumboe Woods at the weekend.“We have a Tidy Towns meeting tomorrow night and we will discuss it but it’s just an attack on the whole community. “I would appeal to anybody who was in the woods in recent days and who may have seen people cutting down trees of acting suspiciously to contact the Gardai.“These are our woods and they are there for all of us to enjoy and something like this cannot be allowed to happen again,” he said.Shock as trees cut and stolen from scenic forest walk was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoilltecutdonegalDrumboe Woodsstolentreestwin townslast_img read more

IDC funds empowered fish cannery

first_img27 June 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has partnered with some of the country’s leading fishing companies to develop a new pilchard canning factory in Mossel Bay – the first of its kind the southern Cape region.In a statement earlier this month, the IDC said it provided R22-million in funding for black economic empowerment (BEE) company, Mossel Bay Processors, to obtain a 60% shareholding in the new venture, Afro-Fishing.Diversified fishing group Viking Fishing holds 30% and family-owned fishing company Salkanha Group holds 10% in Afro-Fishing, bringing effective black ownership in the company to 39%.The BEE consortium, which includes fishermen and women from St Helena Bay and Plattenberg Bay, was responsible for signing the 20-year lease on which the new factory was built.IDC Food, Beverage and Agro-industries strategic business unit head Rian Coetzee said industry expectations were that fish would remain in the region for the foreseeable future, essentially backing the investment into a new canning factory.“The investment is in line with the IDC’s purpose of promoting enterprise development,” he said. “That the project is being undertaken in partnership with key industry role players and promotes investment into a new arena, further underpins the organisation’s funding pursuits.”Using well-known brandsAfro-Fishing can produce around 20 000 tons annually during the eight-month catching season, having already secured the major portion of the required supply via agreements with its shareholders, with the balance of raw fish purchases being sourced from other quota holders.Afro-Fishing founder and MD Dewald Lourens said the finished product would be supplied as company brands for three of the industry’s leading companies, who collectively hold 40% of the local market share.The project creates 320 annualised jobs at full production, predominantly among previously disadvantaged women to benefit 450 people in the Mossel Bay community, recognised for its 40% unemployment levels.The location on the quayside will play another critical role in the project’s success by enabling Afro-Fishing direct access to the offloading vessels to minimise handling of the fish and time delays – giving the company a competitive advantage within the industry via cost savings, better margins and improved yields.“This project will have major spin-offs for the economy of this area,” said Lourens. “I would recommend the IDC as development financier to any company looking for a true partner.”Taking risks, continued growthCoetzee acknowledged that the industry remained vulnerable to a decreasing total allowable catch with pilchard volumes susceptible to environmental conditions and changes in sea temperature and plankton concentrations.The total allowable catch for 2008 was reduced considerably and future total allowable catch volumes at the current level were a concern.“Although the project shows strong economic merit and capital flow from the second year, this investment also demonstrates the IDC’s willingness to take risks when commercial banks may shy away,” he said.The South African market demand for pilchards remains the highest in the world, consuming around 6-million cartons annually, and Coetzee said demand would continue to show moderate growth, driven by an increasing population and the relatively high price of red meat and chicken as alternative protein sources.An estimated 89% of the South African population consumes pilchards with the product outselling tuna – often a substitute fish source in line with increasing disposable incomes – by a factor of 9:1.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Never say die SA win Edinburgh Sevens

first_imgThe win was one of the most remarkable turnaround performances by any team in an HSBC Sevens World Series Cup final. Strong late season formIn some ways, the end of the World Series came too soon for South Africa. The team played in four of the last five World Series tournament finals and scooped three titles: in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh. Down to only two fit reserves due to injuries, South Africa fought back from being 7-28 down to snatch victory at the very end of an epic Cup final at Murrayfield, the spiritual home of Sevens rugby. It followed on their victory in London last week. Hunt scored again in the corner before Sithole gathered the ball from a ruck, and with the sound of the siren in the background, powered his way through the defence wide on the right to score the match-winning try. Bernard Foley, with two, and Jonathon Lance scored for the Aussies, while Steven Hunt dotted down South Africa’s only try. Delport then injured himself when he rushed to stop an attack, injuring his head in the process. Second overallWith their third victory of the season, the team finished second overall on the HSBC Sevens World series standings with 140 points, 16 behind champions New Zealand. Branco du Preez (ankle) and Neil Powell (rib) were lost to injuries on Saturday, the first day of the tournament. On Sunday, South Africa had to play the final without their inspirational skipper Kyle Brown (ankle), while Paul Delport was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the absorbing first half. He sustained a concussion and his condition was described as stable afterwards. “What can you say after a performance like that? They refused to give in and South Africa can be very proud of these young men,” he smiled. Source: SA Rugby The South African Sevens team produced a comeback for the ages to capture the Edinburgh Sevens on Sunday. With the win, they claimed back-to-back victories for the first time since 2008, when they won in Dubai and George. Top try scorer Cecil Afrika (SA) 40 Earlier resultsOn Saturday, South Africa finished unbeaten and top of their pool, while on Sunday they started brightly against a powerful Samoa outfit, scoring an impressive 28-5 win as Hunt, Afrika, Brown and Sithole all scored tries. Top point scorer Cecil Afrika (SA) 385 Henry Vanderglas scored from the restart to stretch the Aussie lead to 21 points at 28-7. Frankie Horne and Bernado Botha reduced the deficit to 28-19, but then scored what appeared to be the match winner for Australia. South Africa, however, had other ideas. 31 May 2011 In the dying seconds of the final, Sibusiso Sithole powered his way to a brilliant solo try to lift the Springbok Sevens to a magnificent and stunning 38-35 victory over Australia. HSBC Sevens World Series final standingsNew Zealand 166 pointsSouth Africa 140England 127Fiji 122Samoa 120 Wales offered greater resistance in the semi-finals and, much like last week, ran the Springbok Sevens very close to almost register their first win in 23 attempts against South Africa, who won 22-19 at the end of a gruelling encounter. Paul Treu, the SA Sevens coach, described the fight-back as unbelievable. “Australia made a good start and we had to give it everything we got. We were severely disrupted by the injuries and apart from the injured players, Frankie [Horne] also shouldered on bravely despite hurting his knee early on Saturday. FinalAustralia, who lost 19-5 against South Africa in the pool stages on Saturday, started in determined fashion and scored three tries to one to lead 21-7 at halftime. last_img read more

Yext Heats Up Battle Against Google For Local Ad Dollars

first_imgTags:#Analysis#biz 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Remember when Google launched Tags, a local advertising up-sell aimed at local small businesses? Companies like Yelp and YellowPages certainly do, and they’ve joined a few other local directory sites in launching a competing product by the same name.Techcrunch reports that about a dozen sites, all feeling the heat from Google’s potentially disruptive move into local advertising, have teamed up with a startup called Yext to mount a defensive challenge against the search Titan with their own version of Tags. On Monday, [Yext] will launch a new feature called “Tags” which will let small businesses highlight their names with a little tag and customizable message across about a dozen local listings sites. Launch partners for this “Tag Alliance” (I like my name better) will include MapQuest, Citysearch, Yellowbook, Local.com, SuperPages, White Pages, MerchantCircle, and Topix, with more to come.In both incarnations, Tags is essentially a way for a business to mark their listings with a small, colored graphic so that it stands out in a larger directory or in search results. The tags can be appended with additional information, including promotions or mobile coupons.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlowlast_img read more

Improve Activity or Increase Effectiveness

first_imgLet’s say your sales results are off by 50 percent. You are literally producing half of your number. There are a few things you can do to improve your results and close the gap.First, you can double your activity. You can do twice as much work, which for many people may be exactly what is necessary.Second, you can double your effectiveness. You can double the size of the opportunities and double your win rates. This recipe will also produce an improvement, and it may also be a good choice.The first choice begins with an assumption that sales is strictly a numbers game. In this view, there is nothing but activity. More activity leads to more opportunities leads to more wins, and there is no reason to do anything except double up your prospecting efforts, which, again, may not be a bad idea for those who do too little to create the results they need.Choosing only to increase activity leaves out too many other factors to make it the only thing that one might do—or should do—to improve their sales results.The second choice begins with a different assumption than the idea that activity is the only thing necessary to producing results. Instead, this view is biased toward improving the effectiveness of the sales force or salespeople who are struggling. The training, development, and coaching that increase one’s ability to target their dream clients and create bigger opportunities isn’t easy to provide and it doesn’t produce results as fast as one might hope. But the upside of working on effectiveness is that it also improves win rates, and a higher percentage of wins against bigger opportunities improves results exponentially, almost invariably more than activity alone.The truth of the matter is that some people need more activity to produce the better results they need. Others need to improve their effectiveness to close the gap between their results now and the results they need, especially if they already have good activity.Some, however, need to improve their activity while they work on their effectiveness. The increased activity solves the problem that is low activity, and the additional reps provide them with the opportunity to practice the new mindsets and skills that will—eventually—lead to greater effectiveness. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more