Full audit of Garda resources now needed

first_imgNewsBreaking newsFull audit of Garda resources now neededBy admin – December 12, 2013 627 Linkedin Advertisement Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Print WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WITH over 1,000 applications received and over 30,000 expressions of interest made for the new positions available with An Garda Siochana, the move to lift the moratorium on recruitment has been broadly welcomed, but a full audit is needed to establish the garda districts and units that are in most need of a boost.That is according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins who has welcomed the commencement of garda recruitment at a time when numbers in the force are slipping to a dangerously low level.Deputy Collins is now calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to ask the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to carry out an audit of the areas and units within An Garda Síochána that need extra resources.Commissioner Callinan has said that he does not want the numbers in the force slip below 13,000. The new positions and period of recruitment he said will go to alleviating fears of a reduction in the force where an efficient level of policing could not be maintained.Deputy Collins said “This is a long overdue step. It comes at a time when the force has been subjected to sustained cuts and desperately needs more resources and more manpower,” he added.“What we need now is a full audit of garda units and garda districts to see which areas most need additional manpower.“Over the last two years, we have seen communities lose their garda stations and garda vehicles; we have seen garda districts lose some specialised units; and we have seen major gaps appearing in vital units within in the force.“It is crucial that the areas that most need a boost in garda presence receive that boost as a result of this new round of garda recruitment,” he said. Previous articleHomeless, helpless, hopelessNext articleFive managers announced for Limerick Intermediates adminlast_img read more

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Reflection questions for building a great post-pandemic world

first_imgWhen this pandemic is over, credit unions will have experienced—and done—a lot of new things. My sincere hope is that credit union leaders will use the positive things they’ve learned during this period of uncertainty to build a new template for credit union operations going forward—and then keep right on learning.A key way to retain what you’ve learned so you can build on it is to reflect on your learnings and talk them over with your peers, colleagues, directors, and mentors. Hopefully you will find several questions applicable to your situation in the list below. What leadership styles will be needed going forward, in various situations?How can executives best pivot from one leadership style to another as needed?How will flexibility in strategy play into our “new normal”?What did we learn about collaboration that we want to take forward?What are our new insights into the value of bench strength and succession planning both for staff and the board?What did we learn about virtual board meetings and remote annual meetings that we might want to apply to future events?How can my team and I keep learning, even when we’re extremely busy?What should blend of on-the-job, remote, and in-person learning look like going forward for our executives, staff, and directors?What skills or knowledge might we seek in our next board member? In our next chair?How will our branches operate differently now?How will our lending be done differently in the months ahead?How will our call centers be different because of what we’ve experienced?How will our marketing and member communications be different in the post-pandemic world?How can our financial modeling efforts be improved by what we’ve experienced?How can we keep the gains in digital delivery that are happening in the industry right now?What have we learned about serving members when they’re in a financial pinch that we can use going forward?Can remote work become more a part of our credit union’s culture now? If yes, how?How does having diverse people with diverse ideas play into our organizational success?What will our new system selection and system maintenance regime look like? Can more of this work be done virtually?What did we learn about compliance monitoring and responding to changing regulations that will be helpful to keep in mind going forward? While coping with the crisis, we all have had an opportunity to rediscover basic values of humanity and the bonds that connect us. We now have it in our hands to build a positive new normal for our credit unions and our communities. I’d love to hear about how these 20 questions serve you in formulating your new operating template. Please stay healthy—and, when you can, be in touch about what you want to learn next.center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

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Fears of new COVID-19 cluster at North Sumatra University as rector tests positive

first_imgThe rector of the North Sumatra University (USU) in Medan, Runtung Sitepu, along with deputy rector Rosmayati and the university’s board of trustees member Darma Bakti have tested positive for COVID-19, local authorities confirmed on Sunday. “There are three USU executives who tested positive for COVID-19. To contain the spread of the virus, we urge all those who have been in close contact with them within the last 14 days to take a swab test at the USU hospital or other swab test centers located in North Sumatra,” USU hospital director Syah Mirsya Wali said on Sunday.The three confirmed cases in USU have raised concerns of a new COVID-19 cluster in the region as the campus remains open, with computer-based exams (UTBK) as part of the annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN) set to continue until the end of the month with as many as 35,794 participants. USU spokesperson Elvi Sumanti said the matter was “still being coordinated with the executive board,” adding that all campus activities would continue normally.“The rector tested positive, without showing any symptoms, based on the independent swab test that he took,” she told The Jakarta Post. Runtung himself confirmed his health status to the press via phone on Sunday. “I am fine and I don’t feel like I am sick,” he said.He also urged anyone who had been in close contact with him to take a COVID-19 swab test immediately. “I don’t want to cover it [positive COVID-19 result] up, that is why I am asking this matter to be published.”Meanwhile, North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesperson Aris Yudhariansyah called on USU to do comprehensive tracing and implement strict health protocols to curb the spread of the virus in one of the biggest and most prestigious universities in the region. According to the official government count, North Sumatra has 2,323 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 123 deaths as of Sunday.(trn)Topics :last_img read more

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Yankees sign coveted ace Gerrit Cole to record $324M deal, reports say

first_imgCole, the 2019 Cy Young runner-up, just turned 29 and will presumably spend the remainder of his career (or close to it) in pinstripes. He is the biggest name starting pitcher acquisition for the Yankees since they signed CC Sabathia more than a decade ago, and a signal of intent from a team to this point unable to get over the hump with its current core. The Yankees have splurged on the top free agent available this offseason: Gerrit Cole.New York on Tuesday night agreed to a nine-year, $324 million deal with the ace right-hander, as first reported by Jon Heyman and later confirmed by others. Ken Rosenthal reported there a player option after the fifth year of Cole’s contract. MORE: Astros could move Carlos CorreaThe Angels were thought to be one of the main bidders for Cole and will now need to turn their attention elsewhere. Similarly coveted Stephen Strasburg re-signed with the Nationals earlier this week, further depleting the top-end pitching market. The Dodgers are also reportedly on the hunt for rotation help.Cole carries a 3.22 career ERA and has gotten better in his late-20s, striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings over his past two campaigns.last_img read more

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Video Shows Children Popping Balloon Before Mall Shooting Scare

first_imgAs detectives reviewed the surveillance video, they also found footage that shows children popping a balloon just before 3 p.m. inside the Hollister store near the food court. That situation took place about two minutes after the balloon popped under the janitor’s wheel.Boca Police issued a statement that reads, “We encourage you to always be prepared for a potential active shooter event. Be our eyes and ears to report suspicious activity. Have a plan to run, hide or fight, if needed. Many sounds can be mistaken for gunfire or explosions, including popping balloons, slamming push bars on doors, items being dropped and more. If you do not perceive an immediate threat, make sure that you evacuate in a calm and controlled manner to avoid trampling other people and/or falling to the ground.” Boca Raton Police released new video on Thursday afternoon in the case of last Sunday’s active shooter scare at the Town Center Mall.The video first shows a janitor pushing a cart with a balloon stuck under the wheel. He told investigators that the balloon popped under the wheel a short time after he moved out of view.last_img read more

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Brainstorming A New Oceanic Bridge

first_imgPhoto and story by Joseph SapiaAll ideas are on the table as the county seeks the public’s views on how to deal with the deteriorating 77-year-old Ocean Bridge, spanning the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown.Overhaul it or build a new bridge? If a new bridge is built, should it be built in the same footprint? Should it be a low, movable bridge like the current one or a fixed, high span?What do motorists, boaters, bicyclists, walkers, those with a view have to say? Should people be allowed to fish off the bridge?“The most important thing is people fill out those (Monmouth County) surveys,” said Todd Thompson, president of the Friends of the Oceanic Bridge. “We’re back to square one.”The county, which owns the 2,700-foot, steel and concrete bridge, is now in the midst of a federally funded $1.2 million concept development phase. This includes collecting the public’s comments over a 30-day period ending Nov. 25.The county hopes the federal government will fund a rehabilitation or new bridge. It began talking to local government officials about a bridge project in April. Work on a bridge rehabilitation or replacement – with a replacement estimated to cost between $100 to $130 million – would run from winter 2023-24 to winter 2026-27.Kim Robinson, 56, a Rumson resident who was at work in Fair Haven, prefers a low, movable bridge – “I think they’re part of the Shore heritage,” she said. “It just blends in with the landscape.”But Robinson questioned if rehabilitating the current one would be feasible.“I love when the bridge is open,” Robinson said. “It makes you pause to look at the scenery. The kids get out of the car.“High bridge, yeck,” Robinson said.“I don’t want a tall bridge,” said Denise Kelleher, 58, who lives in Rumson and owns the Cups and Cakes Bakery there. “The Oceanic Bridge is just special to me. There’s something, just the beauty. I just think a tall bridge would be inappropriate.”Pat Raphael of Fair Haven, who was at the Navesink River waterfront with her family, preferred a new movable, low bridge as well.“I agree, not a big, high bridge,” said Raphael’s husband, Rich. “It changes everything.”Rich Raphael has used the bridge for five years in his work commute. Generally, he does not mind if he has to stop when the bridge is open for boat traffic. Perhaps a drawbridge could be built higher than the current one, which sits 25 feet above high tide, he suggested.Pat Raphael would like to see it built parallel to the current bridge site, so there would not be a need for a months-long, 8-1/2 mile detour – the same length no matter if detouring through Red  Bank or Rumson-Sea Bright.The current bridge is two lanes with no shoulders, with a sidewalk along one side.Jim Jaroschak, 44, of Rumson bicycles over the bridge and said it would “be nice to have a bike path.” Now, bicyclists are to dismount and walk their bikes across the bridge.Jaroschak, who was at the Navesink River waterfront in Rumson, prefers a low, movable bridge. “The aesthetics are important,” he said.“Boats going through, it’s not that often,” Jaroschak said. “It’s not a big traffic backlog when they do open it.”“The view is important to a lot of people,” said Steven Krog, 62, a landscape architect from Westchester County, New York, who works on properties along the river. “People like the bridge.”Krog, who was shopping in Fair Haven, figured those people would want a lower, movable bridge for aesthetics, something Frank Giblin, 54, who lives in Middletown’s Locust section near the bridge, favored.“The bridge that’s there now has aged itself,” Giblin said.But Harvey Shooman, an owner of Fair Haven Hardware, said he prefers a high, fixed-span bridge, either in the same footprint or parallel to the current bridge site. A parallel bridge would eliminate the need for months of a detour, he said.“Aesthetic-wise, it would be fine,” said Shooman, 65, who was at work.Shawn Rubin, 46, of Rumson prefers a high, fixed bridge, too.“You need to build a new one, high enough not to open it all the time,” said Rubin, who was at the Navesink River waterfront. “Make it lasting.”Sure, there is a nostalgic feeling for today’s bridge or style, “it’s a beautiful thing, because it’s from a time gone past,” Rubin said. But he prefers a high bridge, one built parallel to decrease detours.Ryan DeVesty, 35, working in his yard in the Navesink-Locust area of Middletown near the bridge, was leaning toward a tall, fixed bridge.“I guess a bridge in the same spot like the (Route 36) Highlands Bridge, where it doesn’t have to open,” DeVesty said.When the bridge was closed a few years ago for repairs, “it certainly affected our business,” Shooman said.“Even when they do work on the bridge and it’s closed for a short amount of time, it really hurts the community,” Rubin said.“I drive that bridge two or three times a week,” Krog said. “I’m on it frequently. That bridge is really important to the organization of my day. You don’t even think about it until it’s not available.”Thompson, 63, lives on one side of the bridge in Fair Haven and is an owner of Guaranteed Plants and Florist on the other side of the bridge in the Locust section of Middletown.“We’d like to see what’s exactly there now, built to contemporary safety standards,” Thompson said. “To have a high, contemporary bridge there would not be conducive to the area. We’re very quick to get rid of our past, we don’t savor our history.”Thompson wants to see the new bridge built just east of the existing bridge.Some are undecided at this point.Michele Peters of Middletown was undecided about a low or high bridge, but she had her priorities.“Safety, and, then aesthetics, and then, practicality,” said Peters, saying the practical aspects should consider motorists, boaters and bicyclists. “I do enjoy the view, I look at it several times a day. It’s a focal point.”“It’s going to be an inconvenience, no matter what,” Krog said. But, Krog added, something has to be done with the bridge.Information on the Oceanic Bridge, including survey forms, is available at monmouthcountyoceanicbridge.com.Comments on the bridge may be directed to Inkyung Englehart, project manager, Monmouth County Division of Engineering and Traffic Safety, Hall of Records Annex, 3rd Floor, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, 07728; [email protected]last_img read more

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Two avalanches triggered in West Kootenay

first_imgThe Nelson Daily staffAlthough there have been no reports of human-triggered avalanches in the West Kootenay region, explosive control at 2,000 metres produced two avalanches on steep southwest to southeast slopes. The Canadian Avalanche Centre said the backcountry avalanche conditions in the West Kootenay region are fair with around 100 centimetres of snow existing at tree line elevations — with crown depths in the region of 20-25 cm. The top 20 cm. is new snow but it sits on variable old wind slab surfaces. Pockets of old and new wind slab exist where the wind has drifted the snow. “A rain crust exists at or very near the ground,” said a release from the CAC. “At present, the bond between the rain crust and the overlying snow appears good, although this could change in the future if the snowpack remains thin and the cold temperatures return.” Sunday will be dry with light winds in the backcountry with tree line temperatures around -8 degrees C. There are some flurries predicted for Monday night with light southerly winds, but there is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and intensity of the next pacific frontal system approaching the coast on Monday night. Terrain to watch Immediate lee of steep ridgelines where wind-drifting is evident. Flanks of steep gullies and unsupported sections of convex rolls. Travel advice Start the day on smaller slopes and build up from there if there are no signs of instability. Watch for early-season obstacles, such as stumps and rocks and open creeks.  To get bulletins by email, register in CAC’s new system at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/subscribe.The Canadian Avalanche Centre needs data from the backcountry in the West Kootenay. Send to [email protected] or call 250-837-2141 ext 230.last_img read more

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Nelson takes Bronze Medal at final Kootenay Cup Race of season

first_img Atom Girls — Khloe Walsh of Nelson was third in Atom Girls with Aleah Smith and Neve Rawson fifth and sixth, respectively. Bantam Boys — Dylan Gyr won the gold with Felix Barron second and Nico Bucher 10th. Masters B Women — Louise Poole of Nelson won the gold medal. Masters B Men — Jay McKim of Nelson Nordic Club was second. Peewee Girls — Maya Abraham won the gold. Peewee Boys — Ollie Gyr finished first with Xavier Machado third and Oscar Willems fourth. Elijah Brown was sixth, Kaelum Smith eighth and Fyn Taylor ninth. Nelson Nordic Ski Club finished third with 298 points.Nelson’s individual results: Atom Boys — Dawson Abraham of Nelson took home top spot in Atom Boys with teammate Tuzo Sevigny third.center_img Midget Boys — Ronald White and Samson Berkeley finished second and third, respectively. Masters A Men — Travis Hauck of Nelson was first with Greg Munby third, Aric Bishop sixth, Jakob Dulisse seventh and Jon Francis eighth. Juvenile Boys — Ira McKimm was first and Quinn Barron second. Masters A Women — Doris Hausleitner took the gold medal. Fernie took home bragging rights after capturing the Kootenay Cup Nordic Ski crown recently at the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails south of Nelson in Apex.Fernie won the title following the final Kootenay Cup Ski race of the season.The East Kootenay Club totaled 338 points, edging Kimberley by 30 points.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED ENOLA GRAY CRUSHES FOES AS SHE TAKES $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES BY 4 LENGTHS UNDER BAZE; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:11.91

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–In what may have been her best performance to date, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray rocketed clear of her competition three sixteenths of a mile from home as she went on to win Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes by a comfortable four lengths under Tyler Baze.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, she got 6 ½ furlongs while in-hand in 1:11.91.Breaking from the inside in a field of seven California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, she was at once on terms with speedy longshot Emmy and I while well within herself heading to the half mile pole.“This may have been her best race,” said Alexander.  “There was a lot more speed in there today than in the last few races…I think Tyler knows that what he does best is to just barely put any pressure on the reins.  He’s pretty much loose reining her now.  She can go so fast early and not get tired…She has such a light touch on the ground.  It’s not taking a lot out of her.  I’m not an expert but, she’s the damndest horse I’ve ever had.”Fresh off a win over the course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 28, Enola Gray, a 4-year-old gray daughter of Grazen, who is out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, was off at 2-5 and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.“This filly, she loves the hill,” said Baze, who has been aboard for all six of her career wins.  “She loves the grass.  She was just out there having fun.  It takes a few strides to get going but once she does, it’s like riding on a cloud.  This filly is unbelievable.  I can’t wait until next time.”In taking the Irish O’Brien, Enola Gray is now unbeaten in three hillside starts.  Additionally, she notched her fifth stakes win, improving her overall record to 9-6-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $509,100.With Flavien Prat aboard, Desert Steel was second turning for home and stayed there, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Lily Kai.  Off at 6-1, Desert Steel paid $4.60 and $3.20.Last early with Stewart Elliott up, Lily Kai, off at 22-1, paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.61, 43.46 and 1:05.88. IRISH O’BRIEN IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESlast_img read more

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