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first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday February 6.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who directed ‘T2 Trainspotting’?A. Danny BoyleB. Mike LeighC. Ken Loach Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon LimerickT2 Trainspottingtrainspotting RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick victims of sex abuser seek justice in the DáilNext articleBruff Paralympian to be honoured at NUI Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – February 3, 2017 898 WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Twitter Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Police: FL day care owner arrested after leaving baby girl hot van, killing her

first_imgArpad Benedek/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida day care owner was arrested on child neglect charges on Wednesday after a baby girl died in a scorching hot van outside of the facility. Police arrested 56-year-old Darryl Ewing, co-owner of the Ewing’s Love & Hope Preschool and Academy in Jacksonville, where an employee found the infant unconscious inside of a blazing hot van, authorities said Wednesday evening. The baby girl, who police said was just a few months old, had been in the vehicle for nearly five hours, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Assistant Chief Brian Kee said at a news conference.It’s believed she suffered a “heat-related injury,” Kee said. Her name was not released. No other children were hurt, Kee said, adding that interviews were ongoing. The temperature reached 92 degrees in Jacksonville on Wednesday. The baby had been in a van outside the day care from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kee said.ABC News’ call to the day care was not immediately returned. The Department of Children and Families in Duvall County has begun the process of issuing an emergency suspension order to cease operations at the facility, the agency said in a statement. The facility has been licensed with DCF since 2016.“We are all just beyond devastated,” Amber Rollins, director of the national nonprofit, told ABC News on Wednesday. The group is advocating for mandatory alarm technology in cars.“We have to do more,” Rollins said. “This cannot continue to happen week after week, year after year when the solution is right at our fingertips.”Hot car deaths reached a record level last year with at least 52 children killed, according to Just this week, a 2-year-old boy was rescued after he was left in a hot car in Georgia.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hoosier State has placed $2 billion in bets since online wagering began

first_img Google+ By Tommie Lee – January 12, 2021 0 199 Hoosier State has placed $2 billion in bets since online wagering began WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleCOVID-19 vaccine clinic now open at Hedwig Memorial Center in South BendNext articleCommunity Foundation of Elkhart County makes education grants Tommie Lee Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (“Prop Cash” by Erin Hunsaker, CC BY 2.0) If you would have placed a bet that Indiana would have had more than $1.75 billion in online wagering in 2020…that bet would have paid-off nicely.Indiana sportsbooks took in more than $313 million in December, capping off a year with four consecutive record months, and passing $2 billion in lifetime wagers.In 2020 Indiana had $1.8 billion in bets, more than $138 million in gross operator revenue, and $13.2 million in state taxes. Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Press release: £30 million commitment to help farmers boost productivity

first_img The UK is a world-leader for talent in agriculture and technology, so there are real opportunities for our burgeoning agri-tech sector. Harnessing technology enables our hard working farmers to become even more productive and environmentally efficient. We are already seeing the rewards of investing in agri-tech, with further funding of around £30m confirmed today for farmers to purchase hi-tech equipment. We know that by embracing technology – such as fruit ripeness spectrometers or calving detectors – farm businesses can become more efficient, productive and resilient. The government has committed £30 million for further rounds of the popular Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which helps farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields.The first round of funding for small grants was launched in February and the government is on course to grant more than £15 million to farmers who applied to buy new kit.This will include equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pig farmers, as well as precision farming and resource management equipment for arable farmers.The next application window will open in early 2019, with over £30 million available for future funding rounds for farmers.Environment Secretary Michael Gove made the announcement ahead of the Government’s Agri-Tech Investment roundtable in London on Thursday 11 October, hosted by DIT and attended by Defra, BEIS and DFID alongside investors including Bayer Crop Sciences, Elanco, Marine Harvest and Zoetis.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Following industry feedback, new items have also been added to the list of equipment eligible for funding in the second round, including fruit ripeness spectrometers and nitrogen-measuring devices for calculating fertiliser application for crops.Information about the scheme and the items eligible for the first round of funding are listed online. Further details will be published in early 2019 when the next round of funding opens for applications.last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Local lockdown measures to continue in Leicester with modifications

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on our action against coronavirus and the decisions we’ve been taking throughout the day today to determine what we need in Leicester.We continue our determined fight against this invisible killer.The number of new cases yesterday was 642, lower than when lockdown began.And according to the latest figures, the number of deaths in all settings is down to 66.We are successfully turning the tide.And part of this success lies in our ability to take action locally, whenever we see it flare up.Often this is on a very small scale – swiftly and quietly – like in an individual farm or a factory.But when needed, we also act on a broader basis, as we have done in Leicester.And today I wanted to update the House on the situation in Leicester.At the end of June we made the decision to close schools and non-essential retail in the city, and not to introduce the relaxations that applied elsewhere from 4 July, like the reopening of pubs.This was not an easy decision, but it was one that we had to take.At that point, the 7-day infection rate in Leicester was 135 cases per 100,000 people, which was 3 times higher than the next highest city.And Leicester was accounting for 10% of all positive cases in the country.This decision was taken with the agreement of all local leaders.And I am grateful to the leader and officers of Leicestershire County Council, and to the officers of Leicester City Council, for their support and hard work.Since then, we’ve doubled testing.And through a monumental programme of communications and community engagement, we’ve been pushing our important messages.I committed to reviewing the measures in Leicester every 2 weeks.This morning I chaired a Gold meeting of the Local Action Committee to discuss the latest situation.And this afternoon, I held a further meeting with local leaders, Public Health England, the JBC, the local resilience forum, and my clinical advisers.The latest data show that the 7-day infection rate in Leicester is now 119 cases per 100,000 people, and that the percentage of people who have tested positive is now at 4.8%.These are positive indicators, especially in light of the huge increase in testing in the local area.But they still remain well above the national average, and the average for surrounding areas.Thanks to the incredible efforts of people of Leicester, who have followed the lockdown, even while others have had their freedom relaxed, we are now in a position to relax some, but not all, of the restrictions that were in place.So, from 24 July we’ll be removing the restrictions on schools and early years childcare and taking a more targeted approach to the restrictions on non-essential retail.Replacing the national decision to close non-essential retail with a local power to close them where necessary. This is all part of our more targeted approach.However, other restrictions, like those for travel and only having social gatherings of up to 6 people, for example, will remain in force.And measures introduced on 4 July, like re-opening the hospitality sector, will also not yet apply.The initial definition of the geography covered by the lockdown was a decision I delegated to Leicestershire County Council, and they made and published.The Leader of Leicestershire County Council, Nicholas Rushton, has advised me, based on the data and the best public health advice, that he recommends these restrictions now apply only to the Oadby and Wigston area of Leicestershire, as well as the City of Leicester itself.And I have accepted his advice.Some say that the local lockdown is unnecessary. I wish this were true.But sadly it remains vital for the health of everyone in Leicester, and the rest of the country, that these restrictions stay in place.We will review them again in a fortnight.I hope that this careful easing of restrictions will provide some comfort to people in Leicester and Leicestershire.And I’d say this directly to the people of Leicester and Leicestershire – I’d like to pay tribute to you all.Your perseverance and your hard work has brought real and tangible results.And you have shown respect for one another.I understand this hasn’t been easy.Strong representations have been made to me by my honourable friends, the members for Charnwood, Harborough and South Leicestershire and for the members opposite who represent the city of Leicester, on behalf of constituents who have been impacted, and constituents who wanted to see the lockdown lifted too.However, there is still a lot to do. And the public health messages remain critical.So please get a test if you have symptoms.Keep following the rules that are in place.Please do not lose your resolve.Because the sooner we get this virus under control, the sooner we can restore life in Leicester, and across the country, to normal.Mr Speaker, this statement also gives me the opportunity to inform the House of an issue relating to testing.We have identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we will be carrying out further testing of this batch.As a precautionary measure and while we investigate further, we are requesting that the use of these Randox swab test kits are paused in all settings until further notice.This problem was brought to my attention yesterday afternoon. We contacted settings using these swabs last night, and published the pause notice immediately.Clinical advice is that there is no evidence of any harm.That test results are not affected.There is no evidence of issues with any of our other tests swabs.And there is no impact on access to testing.Mr Speaker, our ability to take action on this local level is the keystone of our plan to defeat coronavirus.So we can keep this virus on the run and defeat it once and for all.I’m grateful to you for allowing me to make this statement at this time and I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Metallica Announces Extensive North American Tour Dates

first_imgOn the heels of their recent album release, heavy metal titans Metallica have announced a major North American tour running throughout the Spring and Summer. From May 10th through August 16th, the band will be hitting venues throughout the United States and Canada, bringing a hard rocking good time wherever they go.Fans of Metallica will note their below average performance at the Grammys last night, plagued by technical difficulties but also redeemed by the inclusion of Lady Gaga on vocals. Though Ms. Gaga won’t be joining Metallica on tour, the band is sure to master their production to full effect.The band is on the road in support of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, their 2016 album release. Fan Club tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 14th, with the general on sale on February 17th. Check out more information on the band’s website, and see the tour schedule below.Metallica 2017 Tour Dates:03/01 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/03 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/05 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/25 – São Paulo, BZ @ Lollapalooza Brazil03/31 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina04/01 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile05/10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium *^05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field *^05/14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium *^05/17 – Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum ^05/19 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium ^05/21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range06/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium ^06/07 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field *^06/11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium *^06/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome *06/16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium *06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field *07/05 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium *^07/07 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium *^07/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park *^07/12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park *^07/14 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival D’Ete07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre *^07/19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau *^07/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl *+08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium *+08/06 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park *+08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field *+08/14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place *+08/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium *+* = w/ Avenged Sevenfold^ = w/ Volbeat+ = w/ Gojira[Photo by Jeff Yeager / Metallica]last_img read more

For HUD, much done, more to do

first_imgTalking #HUDat50 with @Harvard President Faust and former ATL Housing Authority president Renee Glover at @Ctr4CHR.— Julián Castro (@SecretaryCastro) November 4, 2015 ATLANTA — In the midst of the 50th anniversary year of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), officials from HUD, Harvard University, and elsewhere took time today to reflect on the government agency’s longtime fair-practices efforts in one of the cities where it has had its greatest recent impact: Atlanta.In that city, the Center for Civil and Human Rights played host to a collection of current and former political leaders, housing officials, and researchers whose work to establish mixed-income housing developments has led to better lives for many residents.Among those on hand were HUD Secretary Julian Castro, J.D. ’00, and Harvard President Drew Faust, who discussed the holistic approach that is required to break the country’s ongoing cycle of poverty and to battle increasing economic inequality.Castro said his stewardship of HUD has provided him with a chance to pay forward the opportunities that he and his brother had growing up in San Antonio — where he would later become mayor. He said that his experience has shown him that give-and-take with local leaders is vital to ensuring effective and fair housing policy.Looking forward, Castro said he hopes that two changes will bolster the department’s efforts to sustain fair practices: increased resources from Congress and an overarching strategy to tackle quality-of-life issues. He said that key concerns include the facts that “40 percent of the people who live in public housing are children” and that roughly 10,000 units of public housing are lost each year.As Harvard’s president, Faust represents a university whose researchers and professors have long studied housing policy, income disparity, education policy and administration, transportation concerns and design, and racial injustice.Faust said she had her own special bond with HUD. Decades ago as a recent college graduate and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement, she got her first job as an intern for the nascent department in its Philadelphia office.After that rewarding experience, Faust said, she moved from housing to education. She evoked civil rights activist Nannie Burroughs, who famously said, “Education is democracy’s life insurance.”A university like Harvard has a kinship with an organization like HUD, Faust suggested. “Universities are building the framework of opportunity that HUD sees as a goal,” she said, including universities’ efforts to study the myriad issues affecting fairness and the programs that train leaders in fields that can create positive social change.Faust lamented that conversations on economic challenges often don’t include housing concerns, such as the dramatic rise in the number of Americans for whom housing accounts for half or more of their income.Castro also would like to see housing policy discussed more often, particularly as an issue in the 2016 presidential election, but he noted that “the challenge is that this is not a glamorous issue.” He suggested that local institutions and constituents press the candidates to understand these concerns.The opening conversation at the Atlanta session focused on housing efforts within that city. But it quickly became clear that the Southern city had lessons for national leaders as well. Providing effective housing policies involves much more than spurring construction projects, speakers said in a common refrain.Renee Glover, the former president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority who served as moderator, stated from the start that “housing policy is education policy, and education policy is housing policy” — words later echoed by Faust.Local real estate developer Egbert Perry supported Glover’s comment, noting that school conditions were one of the primary hurdles in getting financially secure families to return to the city.But while the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 sought to reduce the disparity in housing that resulted in increasingly segregated neighborhoods throughout the country, Perry’s focus was different. He saw the resulting segregation as a result of “the people who had no choice” being left behind.Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin credited HUD with being an integral partner in empowering local leaders and activists to break the cycle of substandard housing, but she also cautioned, “As long as areas stay isolated, then the problems won’t be addressed.”Even providing fairer housing can prove a slippery slope. Georgia Tech economist Thomas Boston wondered if mixed-income initiatives and other housing policies were really having the desired effect. “I was in disbelief,” he said, regarding the discrepancy between “what was stated and what were the outcomes.”He studied the progression of families over a number of years on the housing front, and found that those who were granted housing vouchers were one and a half times more likely to be employed than those who remained in public housing. For those who received a coveted slot in mixed-income developments, their employment likelihood was four times greater.last_img read more

Members discuss voting, relief fund, pep rallies

first_imgStudent senate covered a broad agenda during titsmeeting Wednesday and discussed plans for voter registration and education, a disaster relief fund and the upcoming Stanford pep rally in Purcell Pavilion. Social Concerns chair Pat McCormick said efforts for voter registration and education kicked off Monday with a standing-room-only crowd for the lecture “Pizza, Pop and Politics: Midterm Elections 2010.” “The way that we have developed [voter registration] in terms of an action plan splits into three tiers,” McCormick said. “We have spent a lot of time researching this because it is really a priority.” The plan includes education on election issues for all voters, voter registration for residents of Indiana and encouraging out-of-state students to participate in midterm elections in the best way possible, McCormick said. Those students who are not residents of Indiana may legally switch their residency to Indiana and vote in local elections, but this change could be problematic when transitioning back to their home state, McCormick said. “State laws vary in terms of switching your permanent residency,” McCormick said. “We are encouraging everyone who is thinking about switching their residency to Indiana to register here to meet with someone who can give them legal specifics.” Oversight chair Paige Becker said her committee is planning a disaster relief fund that would help the University reach out financially after a crisis. “The fund would act somewhat like a church charity fund,” Becker said. “It would be a continuous charity fund to be accessed in the event of a national or international disaster.” Student clubs could also petition to use the fund to finance projects and trips to areas in need of aid, Becker said. Senators also talked about the details of the upcoming home game weekend. The Stanford pep rally on Friday will bring the student body back to Purcell Pavilion, student body president Catherine Soler said. Each dorm will not have a designated seating area, so students should arrive as early as possible with their residence hall before the pep rally begins at 6 p.m., she said. “We will definitely have good conversations next week about what format we like best for pep rallies,” Soler said. Feedback from the Stanford pep rally will continue efforts to host pep rallies that are more oriented toward students, Soler said.last_img read more

Douglas urges special session of Safe Communities legislation

first_imgDouglas urges special session over Safe Communities legislation(July 21, 2008) Official Statement of Governor Douglas on a Special Session and Senate Hearings on Safe Communities Legislation:I met this afternoon with Senator Shumlin and Speaker Symington to urge them to support a special session to pass a civil confinement law to prevent the release of violent sexual predators, an expanded sex offender registry to empower parents with more information and a Jessica’s Law for Vermont to ensure convicted pedophiles are off our streets and behind bars for a very long time.We should take immediate action in these areas. Unfortunately, progress is impeded by a lack of support from Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin.Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin believe our response should be limited to the details of Brooke Bennett’s case. On the other hand, I believe our response should be about preventing future cases in every way possible-including taking immediate action where it is necessary and appropriate.I agree that we must learn from the tragedy of Brooke Bennett’s death, there is much we must do to prevent those horrible circumstances from occurring again. That is why my administration will work with Senator Sears to advance a comprehensive package of reforms when the Legislature returns in January. While our thoughtful bipartisan review takes place, however, we should also take immediate steps to protect our communities from violent, sexual predators.While civil confinement, an expanded sex offender registry and a Jessica’s Law may not have prevented Brooke’s death, each of these reforms would prevent future crimes against children. That alone should be enough reason for Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin to support a special session. I had hoped that they would be willing to join with me to pass these reforms in the same spirit of bipartisanship with which my administration has embraced Senator Sears’ process.Our meeting today made it very clear that they oppose civil confinement, a meaningful sex offender registry and a Jessica’s Law for Vermont.I want Vermonters to know that I have heard them loud and clear. I will continue to fight for civil confinement so we can keep dangerous predators off our streets and away from our kids. I will continue to insist on an expanded registry so that parents will know where convicted sex offenders live and where they work. And I will push for a Jessica’s Law for Vermont so that those who harm are children are removed from our communities for very long periods of time.###last_img read more

Fitch: Solar capacity in U.S. could jump by 100 gigawatts by 2030

first_imgFitch: Solar capacity in U.S. could jump by 100 gigawatts by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Fitch Solutions Macro Research has released a report, Midwest U.S. Set To Experience Strong Growth In Solar Sector, which makes some very bold predictions about the future of the solar industry in America’s heartland.Chief among those bold predictions, Fitch states that it expects the region to contribute heavily to the 100 GW of solar power capacity expected to come to the United States over the next 10 years. This astronomical, gargantuan, whichever word of scope you use to describe, prediction is supported mainly by the region’s large proposed solar project pipeline, with a total potential added capacity of a smidge under 79 GWac that are registered within the MISO, SPP and PJM generation interconnection queues – the grid operators that cover the region.Fitch expects that this unprecedented development will be driven by the strengthened renewable energy targets of Midwest states, cities and utilities. Chiefly among these targets, Fitch references Wisconsin’s 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 goal, the 100% renewable electricity pledges made by Chicago, IL and Madison, WI, DTE and Xcel’s plans for carbon neutrality by 2050 and the litany of renewable energy-based requests for proposals sweeping the region.Strangely, the report doesn’t address the trend of large corporations increasingly adopting renewable generations to fulfill their power needs. The report, however, also attributes the projected growth to year-over-year improvements in the technologies associated with solar projects, the ever-falling costs of developing and installing solar and the expanding adoption of community solar initiatives in the region.That last point is an especially interesting one, as in 2019 utilities in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska all launched their first community solar programs, with most being so successful that they led to over-demand and filled their capacities nearly immediately.These projections by Fitch paint an incredibly bullish view on the future of solar development, one more optimistic than the projections made by Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. These two organizations are currently projecting a 2019 solar market of 12.6 GW, with Fitch estimating an annual Midwest average growth of 83% of that figure. Obviously, the expectation is that those annual additions would increase exponentially so that the biggest additions are being made at the end of the decade. The 79 GW project pipeline only includes projects to be completed through 2023, so, if even a third of that goes on-line, that would lend major credence to the optimistic projections of the region as a whole.More: The Midwest’s solar future will be unlike anything seen beforelast_img read more