Man killed in Limerick road crash

first_imgTwitter Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a car on the R513 at Hospital, Co. Limerick at approximately 1am this Saturday morning.A male pedestrian in his late 60’s was fatally injured when he was struck by a car.He was brought to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The driver of the car was uninjured.This stretch of road is currently closed pending an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.Witnesses are asked to contact Bruff Garda Station on 061-382940, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSlimerick center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsBreaking newsMan killed in Limerick road crashBy Staff Reporter – September 10, 2016 624 Print WhatsApp Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleFunding for Biblical Centre an answer to prayersNext article1,625 young jobseekers in Limerick Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

State announces new grants and loans for small businesses

first_imgStatewide—Friday, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced several new economic recovery initiatives designed to bolster critical relief efforts while encouraging long-term planning and investments to stimulate Indiana’s economy well into the future. Through these initiatives, the state will allocate nearly $44 million to provide support and resources including approximately $37 million in direct funding through grants and investments to small businesses and manufacturers – two key drivers of the Hoosier economy.Small Business Restart Fund: $30 million in federal funding made available through the CARES Act to small business restart grants, helping accelerate the speed of economic recovery activity by providing working capital to cover certain expenses related to the global pandemic. Indiana small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and $5 million in annual revenue that has experienced a 40% drop in revenue will be eligible to be reimbursed for up to 80% of qualified expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, lease payments for real or personal property, and safety investments, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and infrastructure improvements.Eligible small businesses that demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 40% will be awarded up to $2,500 for each month while small businesses that demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 80% will be awarded up to $5,000 for each month, with grants issued up to $10,000 per company. Of the $30 million allocated to the fund, at least $5 million will be reserved for certified minority- and women-owned businesses. Small Business Relief & Planning Resources: The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) received nearly $3.7 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the CARES Act to support increased resources for Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses over the next 18 months.Manufacturing Support & Long-Term Growth: The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors approved $10 million to launch the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program aimed at supporting technology and operational advancements in the manufacturing industry.Of these programs, the SAM Focus Fund will launch immediately while the Manufacturing Readiness Grant applications are expected to be available in July with initial grant recommendations beginning in August. The IEDC will partner with industry stakeholders to develop a project scope for the Smart Manufacturing Studio Lab, mapping out next steps and a plan to source and supply the equipment, working toward a studio launch in early 2021. More information on EASE, which is funded through the state’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, is available here.last_img read more

United Way Of Thurston County Launches Online Volunteer Connection

first_imgSubmitted by United Way of Thurston CountyOLYMPIA – United Way of Thurston County launched a new volunteerism resource on January 1st.The community has been without a central hub where residents can seek out volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Connection is an online service designed to enable dedicated volunteers and service organizations to find each other as quickly and efficiently as possible.Volunteer Connection allows public and non-profit organizations to easily communicate their missions, services, and in-kind and volunteer needs, and enables volunteers to search for opportunities by agency, focus area, and zip-code. The site also includes support for large-scale group projects and multi-day events.On January 1st, Volunteer Connection went live on the United Way website, Users simply click on the VOLUNTEER button on the homepage.United Way’s goal with this service is to enable community members looking to give their time and efforts to quickly and easily find opportunities that align with their passions and interestsFor questions about Volunteer Connection, contact Isaac Wagnitz, at [email protected] Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Scooter Dudes Run On Fun

first_imgBy Natalie B. Anzarouth |RED BANK – The first time Judy and Bill Fraser saw the Scooter Dudes open-air vehicles buzzing around town this summer, they thought it looked like fun.They flagged down Tom Anderson, a Scooter Dude driver, on the corner of Broad and White streets and jumped on board.“We walk in Red Bank all the time. But I said to Bill, let’s do it. Let’s take this right now,” Judy said. The Frasers said they liked the music played during the ride, the reaction from pedestrians and the banter with the driver, who pointed out different shops and hot spots along the way.The Scooter Dudes transport service was started by Marc Feaster, a resident of Shrewsbury, who got the idea after he visited the University of Mississippi in 2017. He saw students being transported around campus on vehicles that looked like mini-shuttles.“Kids were using them instead of Uber because they could fit six people. It seemed like a cool idea,” he said.Knowing that scarcity of parking in Red Bank has been an issue, Feaster wondered if there might be an opportunity to offer a service. But when Feaster returned home, he couldn’t remember the name of the company. He asked his kids. One jokingly said, “I don’t know. The Scooter Dudes.” Feaster knew he had a name people could remember.The vehicles, which operate on 100 per- cent electricity, are technically called eTuks and are street legal. They have three wheels and can seat up to six passengers. They’re equipped with seatbelts, wireless Bluetooth speakers where customers can choose to play their own music, vinyl wrap closures for rain or colder weather, and even heated seats. The eTuks have a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour and are summoned by a user’s text message.Feaster purchased two limo models and started his first route in Red Bank, turning heads as he hit the major entertainment venues and gathering spots in the downtown.Then he expanded to Asbury Park. “They have the same issues. There’s nowhere to park.” The Asbury Park Jitney Route operates Thursday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, with a more extensive schedule in the summertime. Fares are a flat rate of $2.50 per person in Red Bank and $3 per person in Asbury Park. Children under 10 are free. Scooter Dudes currently employs eight part-time drivers.A Highlands service is next, said Feaster, who is confident the business can grow. “It’s kind of a breakeven thing right now,” he said. With less comfortable weather coming, “I think it will continue to pick up. We’re expecting it to be really busy again,” he said. To supplement revenue, Feaster also sells advertising spots on LED panels on the back of the vehicle. “It’s really, really cool looking,” he noted.The Frasers saw the unusual vehicle and took a ride out of curiosity. Photo by Natalie B. AnzarouthWhile the company primarily operates through text messages to a dispatcher, a mobile app is in the works for release in mid-October. But there’s something to be said about the old-fashioned point-of-sale model. Just ask Diendre and Fred Levine of Holmdel, who tried to get an Uber to pick them up from the Galleria complex in Red Bank, but found they didn’t have phone service. When they saw the Scooter Dudes drive up, they jumped at the opportunity to take a ride to Catch 19 restaurant on Broad Street.The Levines have moved here from New York City, where alternative transportation such as Citi Bikes have become the norm. “I felt like I was back in Manhattan for a second,” Diendre said, adding she would use the service again. “It was direct, easy and it was perfect timing,” she said.In addition to serving the borough, Scooter Dudes also provides wedding parties with on-site transportation for venues that require long distances between halls, as well as brewery tours. Brewery tours run from $50-$60 per person, and include samplings and education from the brew master specific to that tour, and can be found online at article was first published in the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

No Consensus on Scientific Consensus

first_imgHow much do you trust scientific experts?  Most of the scientific experts expect us to trust them.  They are appalled when lay people express doubts about matters the consensus of experts take for granted.  Yet others tell us we should doubt.  There seems to be no consensus about whether to trust the scientific consensus.    Science Daily reproduced a study from the University of Michigan that concluded, “Women More Likely Than Men to Accept Scientific Consensus on Global Warming.”  That begs the question of which gender should accept the scientific consensus.  It was partially answered in a quote, “women underestimate their scientific knowledge” – i.e., the women who accept the consensus must be the more scientifically reasonable ones.   PhysOrg reproduced a study by Yale University law professor Dan Kahan and friends who tried to figure out “Why ‘scientific consensus’ fails to persuade.”  The hidden subtext is that the consensus should persuade, because it’s scientific, but that people, who are unscientific (i.e., dumb) tend to only agree with the consensus when it matches their own biases.  People are “threatened” by scientific findings that contradict their beliefs, the article intimated, so they must be shmoozed into the accepting the findings by means of non-threatening ways of framing the information.  One colleague explained, “To make sure people form unbiased perceptions of what scientists are discovering, it is necessary to use communication strategies that reduce the likelihood that citizens of diverse values will find scientific findings threatening to their cultural commitments,” which presumably include religious beliefs.    One of the skeptics about consensus (more or less) is Anthony Gottlieb.  Writing for Intelligent Life magazine, he reviewed two books: Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara (2009) and Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them by David Freedman.  On the one hand, Gottlieb provided plenty of entertaining examples of the scientific consensus being flat wrong, and recognized that most of today’s consensus beliefs are likely to be flat wrong in 100 years.  But on the other hand, he pigeonholed crackpots into strange bedfellows: “the deniers of evolution, or the devotees of homeopathic medicine, or people who believe that childhood vaccinations cause autism” whom he lumped together as “demonstrably mistaken as anyone can be….”  Is it because the scientific consensus feels that way that he said this, or has he performed his own controlled experiments?  However he decided to lump these groups together, it could be called a form of the association fallacy.    Scientists and science journalists who buck the consensus are sometimes called mavericks.  They are legitimate scientists or journalists, but they sometimes have to exercise personal and moral courage to hold their ground against the majority.  A recent example was told in Columbia Journalism Review.  Pallava Bagla was an Indian journalist who broke the news that the IPCC had provided false information about the rate of glacial melt in India in their famous report.  At the time, this was a career-limiting move for Bagla, who faced trepidation and the threat of ostracism for revealing the error at a very politically inopportune time (right before the Copenhagen Summit) – and he did initially get ridiculed by the head of the IPCC.  Later, that same head apologized, and Bagla ended up getting a journalism award for his daring.    The idea of consensus loomed large in Robert Crowther’s recent entry on Evolution News and Views, “Academic Elites Don’t Appreciate Uppity Scientists Who Buck the Consensus.”  Discussing the risk that independent thinkers take when challenging orthodoxy, Crowther said, “The average scientist can find lots of fruitful areas of research that won’t get her in hot water with the pointy-headed elites who’s [sic] all-seeing academic eyes keep a watch out for anything that is out of line with the current orthodoxy.”  At least that’s how some of Gottlieb’s “deniers of evolution” feel about it.We’ve harped on consensus many times, so no long reruns here, but science is supposed to be about truth based on evidence, not majority rule.  There are times when a consensus, with its presumed authority of the collective, can actually hold back scientific progress (e.g., 04/30/2009).  This is especially true for areas of science that are inference-based and non-repeatable.  Recall novelist Michael Crichton’s blistering attack in 2003 to a Caltech audience on the notion of consensus (12/27/2003); the whole address is available in PDF form from Stephen Schneider’s Stanford website.    The philosophy of science of the pro-consensus reporters is appallingly shallow.  They picture scientists as ruling elites, the Knowers of the Culture, and lay people as ignorant scum.  There’s plenty of scum to go around.  It’s not only lay people who have cultural biases.  Those biases are nearly impregnable in certain “scientific” circles and situations.  Science becomes corrupt when it demands allegiance on the basis of sheer numbers or authority.  Remember that one of the great physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman, joked that “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”    For a good introduction to philosophy of science that reveals the difficulty of establishing infallible trust in the scientific community, we recommend again Dr. Jeffrey Kasser’s lecture series (see 04/18/2009 Resource of the Week) and Dr. Stephen Goldman’s lecture series, Science Wars (12/19/2009 Resource).  Even if you have no reason to doubt the consensus, at least be knowledgeable of the philosophical issues involved.  Without a doubt, many scientists are honest and above reproach, particularly in the less politically-charged areas of research.  Many scientists are sincerely looking for the truth.  So are many in the public.  You could be, too.  Orient yourself to truth, not consensus.    Related reading:   See also the 11/25/2008 entry for examples of how wacky some scientific ideas can become, the 11/15/2010 entry on the inertia of specious theories, the 03/17/2006 on ways scientific journals can perpetuate false ideas, and the 04/02/2010 commentary for a list of 30 factors that can distort consensus science into groupthink.  Other commentaries on philosophy of science can be found at 05/13/2010, 04/30/2009, 10/29/2008, 06/28/2008 on “Yellow Science”, 08/13/2007, 03/19/2007.  More can be found using the search phrase, “philosophy of science”.  Lest you think it doesn’t matter, keep in mind this maxim from Greg Bahnsen: “Everyone does philosophy, but not everyone does it well.”  Know what you believe – and why you believe it.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.” last_img

Edmonton Oilers sign Ethan Bear to threeyear contract

first_imgJaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThose who don’t quite follow the National Hockey League may not know the name Ethan Bear, but the 19-year-old from Ochapowace First Nation in Saskatchewan just got signed by the Edmonton Oilers.Bear, who is currently taking part in the Oilers’ development camp, signed a three-year entry level contract and spoke to APTN National News Monday.“It’s a very special feeling, even to get drafted, that’s a big step,” he says. “But to actually be a part of the team, to sign a contract, and be a part of this development camp, it’s really exciting.”Bear got lost in mainstream media coverage largely due to the fact that star forward Connor McDavid was a first overall pick for the Oilers last year. Now, Bear – a fifth-round draft pick in that same draft – is starting to grab some headlines himself.This past season, the 5’11”, 200 pound defenceman racked up 65 points in 69 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.As a defenceman with strong offensive play, Bear may have something to offer the Oilers’ blueline.His advice for other Indigenous youth like himself?“Don’t quit,” he says. “When you do something you love, you’ll have a happy life. Hard work and dedication goes a long way with that.”last_img read more

Gymboree begins winding down operations after 2nd bankruptcy

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Gymboree is filing for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good.The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores, and attempt sell its Janie and Jack business, intellectual property and online business.Gymboree, which began offering classes for mothers and their children in 1976, runs 380 Gymboree stores in the U.S. and Canada. When it first sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2017, it ran 1,300 stores.The company has suffered in the post-recession years like almost all mall-based retail stores.Gymboree was bought by the private equity firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion in 2010 and taken private.The Associated Presslast_img read more

FurBearers appealing to Premier Horgan after lawsuit against conservation officer rejected by

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The executive director of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals says she’s going to be petitioning Premier John Horgan to make changes to the rules governing Conservation Officers in B.C. after the B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed the Association’s lawsuit against a conservation officer who chose to destroy a bear cub two years ago.In May 2016, South Peace resident Tiana Jackson discovered a black bear cub lying on a gravel road near her home, roughly 50 kilometres from Dawson Creek. Jackson reportedly called the Conservation Officer Service after the mother bear didn’t return and brought the cub home, giving it food and water while keeping it in a dog kennel.While en route to Jackson’s home, conservation officer Micah Kneller reportedly called her for an update and explained to her after learning that the cub had been placed in a kennel that it would have to be put down. Despite arranging for the bear to be accepted at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, Jackson said that Kneller officer refused, and euthanized the bear via lethal injection. “We’re asking for the Province to define the duties of a conservation officer and to provide transparency in doing so,” said Fox. “We’re also asking for independent oversight because right now the Conservation Officer Service is essentially a private army. They review their own complaint process; the duties aren’t defined in the legislation. There’s a need for conservation officers to be very clear within their duties of when they can and when they can’t kill an animal. Right now that’s not clear at all.”With files from CBC News: Last November, Jackson and the Association – which also goes by the name ‘The Fur-Bearers’ – filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Kneller, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, and the Minister of Environment. In his ruling the following month, Supreme Court Justice G.C. Weatherill stated that “In my view, the management of wildlife resources by conservation officers, as contemplated by the Wildlife Act, includes the authority to kill wildlife in circumstances broader than those set out in [Section 79 of the Wildlife Act].” In January, The Fur-Bearers announced that they would be appealing the verdict to the B.C. Court of Appeal, but the CBC News is reporting that the higher court has also dismissed the Fur-Bearers’ case. Reading the appeal court’s decision, Justice Harvey Groberman said that it would be inappropriate to consider the proceedings as a case about Kneller’s actions and that the power to kill animals as outlined by the Wildlife Act is not limited to section 79, as the Fur-Bearers’ Arden Beddoes lawyer argued.The B.C. Ministry of Environment released the following statement after this morning’s verdict:“Not a single conservation officer relishes the thought of having to put down an animal – euthanization is a last resort. Conservation officers are guided by provincial wildlife policy, as well as their experience and expertise, to make decisions in the field every day. The previous court decision affirms our understanding of the authorities granted to Conservation Officers under the Wildlife Act.‎ As this matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”The Fur-Bearers’ executive director Lesley Fox said that she’s frustrated by the Court’s verdict and that the Association is setting up a call to action and appealing to Premier John Horgan to have conservation officers’ duties to be exactly defined.last_img read more

Soft drinks, water help Coca-Cola beat sales and profit estimates

first_imgGeorgia: Coca-Cola Co beat estimates for quarterly sales and profit on Tuesday, as it sold more water and soft drinks, including its signature soda and Coke Zero, sending its shares up 4 percent before the bell. After facing years of declines in soda sales, beverage makers are attracting consumers with flavored waters, reformulated recipes, new fruity flavors and low-sugar drinks. Volumes, a key indicator of demand, grew 2 percent in the first quarter ended March 29, driven by strength in its Asian and European markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOrganic sales, which exclude the impact of currency swings and acquisitions, rose 6 percent. Price hikes and stockpiling by its bottlers due to Brexit uncertainty also helped sales. Revenue rose 5 percent to $8.02 billion, and the company earned 48 cents per share on an adjusted basis. Analysts had forecast earnings of 46 cents per share on revenue of $7.88 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES. Net income attributable to the company rose to $1.68 billion, or 39 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 29 from $1.37 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.last_img read more