first_img Previous articleCrowdfund for comedy opera film seriesNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatAN investigation is underway this Friday after a man entered the River Shannon at Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick and later drowned.Emergency services, together with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Limerick City Fire and Rescue and Gardai were alerted to the incident shortly after 10:10am.It is understood that the man entered the water at Sarsfield Bridge.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Units from LImerick Marine Search and Rescue and three units from Limerick City Fire and Rescue attended and the rescue boats were launched.However, it is understood that man was taken underwater and drowned, before he could be rescued. Efforts to get the man buoyant were unsuccessful.An operation, now led by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, is now underway to recover the man’s remains.Gardai are interviewing a number of people who witnessed the tragic events unfolding and have also appealed to any other members of the public to contact Henry Street garda Station on 061 212 400.Helplines in times of needSamaritans 116 123 or email [email protected] 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 01 601 0000 – 1800 247 247 or email [email protected] – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp NewsBreaking news#BREAKING Limerick investigation launched over tragic river drowningBy Staff Reporter – December 16, 2016 1079 Email Linkedincenter_img Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickRiver Shannon Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebooklast_img read more

first_img× JERSEY CITY – Unknown protestors in support of immigrant’s rights hoisted a banner on the Statute of Liberty on Feb. 21.At approximately 12:50 p.m., a banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. The banner, approximately 3 feet by 20 feet, was affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue.Park rangers, alerted to the presence of the banner, immediately made their way to the location and conducted an assessment of the banner and how it was attached to the monument, Statue officials said.“It was determined that the banner could be removed without damaging the pedestal and Rangers began the process of removing it,” they said. “Affixing a banner to the national monument is strictly prohibited, and an investigation is underway by the United States Park Police to identify suspects.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).Long Island Rail Road service was mostly back to normal for the Wednesday morning rush hour commute two days after a train that derailed in Penn Station caused widespread delays.The only issues reported during the first normal commute since the incident was a train with equipment trouble on the Montauk Branch that ran nearly an hour late. Mid-day trains are also being replaced with buses between Locust Valley and Oyster Bay while tie replacement work is underway.The LIRR Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating the cause of the derailment, which required 500 feet of track to be replaced.last_img read more

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Want five-star services at home? The worst homes on Brisbane’s best streets The home was designed by renowned Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer.Balaam was originally built as part of Hamilton Stage 2 for local developer Don O’Rorke, who sold it for a whopping $11.8m four years ago. The current owner has had the property listed for sale since July last year, running it through expressions of interest campaign and an auction with it now listed for sale by negotiation.The rental listing said the property rivalled “any prestige residence on the international market”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Rare inner-city estate snapped up 33b Harbour Road, Hamilton.This may be the most expensive home ever rented in the River City — costing as much as a year’s private school fees per month.The property was listed as having been leased out on Friday, with agents Living Here Cush Partners confirming only that a lease had been signed.According to CoreLogic records, the property at 33b Harbour Rd, Hamilton, was listed for rent on May 9 for $3,700 a week, which amounts to a jawdropping $16,000 a month — which is about as much as it costs to send a day scholar to some of Brisbane’s best private schools for the year. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKcenter_img Modern luxury by the water. One of the living rooms opened up to the outdoors.Among its features was an internal lift to all levels, fully climate-controlled wine cellar, open-air fire pit with gas, a parental master suite, fully-equipped gym with shower and sauna, three large outdoor terraces all with city and river views plus several secure children’s play areas, a children’s creche, cubby house and animal enclosure.The home is listed for sale by negotiation with Ray White New Farm. The edge of the pool in the foreground and one of the kitchens beyond.It was designed by architect Shaun Lockyer and built by local Queensland firm Hutchinson Builders.The 1,034sq m home is on a 1,609sq m lot with the house spread across three levels. The home has 48.3m of riverfrontage and has one of the most unique pools in the city — one that’s cantilevered, heated and has an adjoining bar and kitchen. The pool at 33B Harbour Rd, Hamilton, was built cantilevered so that the children could be easily supervised from the kitchen. Perfect spot to chill out this winter.last_img read more

first_imgRay Maota The Treverton College post-matricsused non-motorised forms of transportduring their expedition. The post-matrics cycled, canoed andhiked to follow the course of the LesothoHighlands Water Transfer Scheme fromits source in Lesotho right through tothe Vaal Dam.(Images: Treverton College)MEDIA CONTACTS• Athol DaviesTreverton College: Director of post-matrics+27 33 263 1927In early October a group of post-matric students from Treverton College spent eight days combining adventure with environmental activism by hiking, cycling and kayaking along the route of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, stopping along the way to educate rural schools about water conservation.The Clover Lesotho Water Wise Expedition, which ran from 10 to 17 October, began with the students paddling the Katse Dam in Lesotho, then cycling and hiking through Lesotho along the Katse water pipeline into South Africa, where they followed the course of rivers to finally end at the Vaal Dam.The expedition was made up of 14 post-matrics – eight men and six women – as well as two teachers and a support team. Treverton’s post-matric programme provides 11 months of adventure and life-skills training for its students, known as “posties”, in the year between the end of school and the first year of university.“This is the best experience of my entire life,” said Ross Marshall, one of the posties on the expedition. “It felt so surreal when we got to the Vaal Dam.”“Although my peers will be a year ahead of me when I get to varsity next year, I will have had more life-changing experiences than them and I’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me,” said Marshall. Marshall already has experience handling what is thrown at him: his name is in the Guinness Book of Records as part of a team that played basketball non-stop for 82 hours – that’s three-and-a-half days.Along the Lesotho route the students met with communities, teachers and school children, the people who are directly reliant on the river, to discuss and share ideas about water issues. The thinking was that these communities have the most influence on Lesotho’s water systems, and are the most affected by bad water management.This is Treverton’s third environmental expedition, after the 2009 Tugela Water Wise Expedition and a climate change-focused outing in 2010. The posties organised the trip themselves, with the director of the post-matric programme, Athol Davies. They also developed water-awareness activities and games to share at the primary schools they visited along the way.“The post-matric course is a life changing course which includes adventure activities, learning for life components and preparation for career entry,” said Davies. “This allows students to mature, develop and learn essential skills.”An adventure in conservationThe eight-day journey began at Ha Lejone, a village on the banks of the Katse Dam, a key component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the second-largest dam in Africa. From there the students hiked and cycled across Lesotho, following the project’s water pipeline, until they crossed into South Africa at Joel’s Drift. Where the pipeline ended at the town of Clarens they again took to their kayaks, paddling and cycling the As and Wilge Rivers all the way to the Vaal Dam.The trip was physically demanding, with the students facing long days of strenuous exercise, almost impassable mountain roads in Lesotho and daunting white-water rapids in South Africa. On one day alone they cycled for 90 kilometres before paddling a further 28.A total of four schools were visited in Lesotho, and two in Treverton’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal before the trip began, where the posties got to use their specially developed water conservation education material.“Clean water is a rare and precious commodity in South Africa which many people take for granted,” said Mikey O’Connor, one of the post-matrics. “We believe that awareness of our expedition could, in the long term, greatly benefit those living near the river by promoting the conservation of water in South Africa.“The main objective was to provide children of the rural schools with a fun learning experience about the environment and water usage in their area. Our intention was to encourage them to take what they have learned and put it into action so that they can do their part in saving water and the environment.”Water and powerThe Lesotho Highlands Water Project is massive water and hydroelectricity supply project between Lesotho and South Africa. It provides a substantial amount of water to South Africa’s highly industrialised Gauteng province, as well as almost 100% of Lesotho’s power supply.The highest country in the world, Lesotho is both very mountainous and very poor, and so faces huge problems with the development of infrastructure. The water project has allowed vast improvement in this infrastructure, particularly the construction of roads, leading to better communication, accessibility and economic activity.last_img read more

first_imgNext, we interview the client for about 45 minutes to get a better understanding of how they live in the house, their habits and patterns, the number and type of occupants, etc. Finally, we take photographs — lots of photographs! Using a thermographic camera, we look to find all the usual suspects: unsealed canister lights, missing insulation, missing weatherstripping, water leaks, inadequate sealing around window frames, leaky ducts or return air chases, etc.The resulting 16-page color report gives the client information on how much energy they use, how they use it, and the best means of reducing their energy bills. Aside from the obvious value of this information, the beauty is that it informs the client of the order in which the work should be done. Most folks want to make improvements, they just don’t know what should be done first: change the windows, add more insulation, change out the HVAC system, etc. Our report defines the low-hanging fruit which will give them the biggest reduction in their energy usage. Marking up the audit costSo how have we sold them? Normally we don’t — we just include them as part of our design agreements on our remodeling projects. At the price we pay for the audit (10¢/sq. ft.) the cost is almost negligible. When a client is paying us +$2,000 for a remodeling design agreement, the energy audit becomes part of what we include with the design. The architect comes out to interview the client for the design and the energy auditor comes out to interview the client so that we can put the remodeling plan into the context of how the entire home is currently performing.Energy audits are one green service, however, that we will conduct as a stand-alone project. We do this in part because there is no established base of companies in our market that offer the service and there is no clear market leader. Additionally, those homeowners that have asked us for an energy audit are either past clients, strong referrals, or they want the audit done as a precursor to a larger remodel.In essence, these customers “get it”! In such cases we charge 15¢/sq. ft., still small change for a report that will offer countless ways for the homeowner to get their money back, reduce the energy consumption of their home, make it more comfortable and likely improve their indoor air quality. We subcontract most of the energy auditing workKnowing there are lots of different energy audits out there, let me describe the one we conduct. First, we work with a trade partner, Blue Gill Energy, to do the audit, as they have the specialized training and equipment; we do not. We require the homeowner to provide us with copies of their last 12 months of gas, water and electrical bills so that we can establish their baseline energy consumption. HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two: Tankless Water HeatersPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Five: Electrical ImprovementsPart Six: Better InsulationPart Seven: A Few Small Things Before I move onto the topic du jour, How to Sell Energy Audits, I want to remind my readers of the context of this series. Remember, when I talk of selling various green options, they are always sold in the context of the house we are building or remodeling.In the case of energy audits, I will only be talking about remodels. And if anybody but a good past client called us and wanted any of these items as a stand-alone purchase, we would only rarely do the work. Instead, we would typically refer it to a specialty contractor. Just like someone who calls and wants a price on a new roof, someone who calls wanting improved attic ventilation will likely be more cost effectively served by using a company that specializes in these areas and not a general contractor like us.Where useful, I will also discuss pricing, so that you can get a better understanding of our mark-ups and margins on these extras. This will hopefully inform you that changes to the contract (green or otherwise) — upgrades, additional work requests, etc. — all require changes in paperwork that must be meticulously documented and tracked. You must mark them up and not give them away at no additional cost over what you pay.OK, with that background behind us, let’s move on to selling energy audits! A sample report helps clinch the saleIn sum, then, we don’t “sell” energy audits. Either we include them as a signature item in our design agreements for our remodels or we are simply responding to a client that asks us for the service. In either case, once the customer sees a sample of the energy audit up front, they ask us for one every time!Part One of this series: How to Sell Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two of this series: How to Sell Tankless Water Heaterslast_img read more

first_imgTags:#enterprise#HP#Internet of Things#IoT#military#professional#virtual reality#VR#Z VR Backpack PC How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience HP has announced another virtual reality backpack, this time aimed at professionals and the military.The Z VR Backpack shares design similarities with the Omen X Compact Desktop, announced two months ago, but HP has swapped the gamer look for a rugged exterior and improved the performance.See Also: HTC launches standalone Vive VR headset in ChinaThe backpack comes with the Nvidia Quadro P5200 with 16GB of video memory, Intel Core i7 vPro processor, and 32GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM. Customers can choose between the HTC Vive VR, HP Windows Mixed Reality headset, or the Oculus Rift.To make the Z VR more appealing to professionals, HP has optimized the software for standard VR engines and installed Windows 10 Pro. The backpack has been design to be light, easy to wear, and meet the military grade standard for drop, dust, and water resistance.The Z VR won’t come cheap, at $3,299 without a headset.hp-z-vr-backpackHP, along with Autodesk, Epic Games, Fusion, HTC, Launch Forth and Technicolor, is working on a Mars Home Planet project to show the Z VR performance. The project will simulate a one-million person colony, with the team building the required infrastructure to maintain and grow the colony.The Mars Home Planet project will allow the science community and others interested to run ideas through the simulation, which uses AutoDesk tools. Researchers will be able to run ideas through the simulation, to see the possible effects.Users can sign-up today for the initial version. David Curry How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…center_img Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Related Posts AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

first_imgIndia on Saturday destroyed New Zealand to advance to the semi-finals of the ongoing Women’s World Cup in England.Put into bat, India rode on Mithali Raj’s sixth hundred in One Day Internationals to guide India to a challenging 265/7.”I am extremely happy because for a couple of us, this is going to be the last World Cup. So, our first aim was to qualify for the semis. I have always been happy to score runs for the country. I’ve always dreamed getting more and more runs because the hunger never dies,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Mithali, who was awarded player of the match, credited “important and crucial partnerships” to post a good total.”I think there were two important and crucial partnerships. One with Harmanpreet and the other with Veda. Her contribution was really very crucial,” she said.In reply, New Zealand were bundled out for only 79 thanks to Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s maiden five-wicket haul (5/15) as India won the contest by a massive 186-run margin.”When you’re chasing 250 plus there is always pressure. I think the bowlers did a great job. If you’re aiming to be in the top 4 teams in the world, it is very important that you come back strong after a couple of defeats. It was important for the girls to come back strong, all firing,” she said.India have now joined Australia, England and South Africa as the four semi-finalists of this year’s World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The cruises segment was one of the growth drivers for Germany-based TUI Group in 2017, which was another positive year for the group. Despite a challenging market environment, TUI increased its underlying EBITA by 12 percent to EUR* 1.1 billion from EUR 1 billion seen in 2016.In addition, the group delivered turnover growth of 11.7 percent. The turnover rose to EUR 19.2 billion in 2017 from EUR 17.2 billion recorded in 2016.“For the third consecutive year, we have delivered double-digit growth in our operating result. More than half of our earnings are delivered by TUI’s hotel and cruise companies. Our successful strategic realignment is also clearly reflected in our set of results. Thanks to the strong growth of our hotel and cruise brands, TUI now delivers stronger margins and is less seasonal,” Fritz Joussen, TUI CEO, said at the presentation of the results for financial year 2017 – October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017 – in London.“Our business profile is now much more evenly structured across the entire year. The clear focus on investments in high-margin hotels and ships was the core of the strategy for the new TUI following the merger in 2014,” Joussen added.Since the first half of financial year 2017, the cruises segment has comprised the results of all three cruise companies – TUI Cruises, Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. In the period under review, the segment delivered a 33.9 percent growth in underlying EBITDA, which increased to EUR 255.6 million from EUR 190.9 million.In June 2017, Mein Schiff 6 joined TUI Cruises’ fleet and in 2018, the new Mein Schiff 1 will be launched.Additionally, the Marella Cruises’ fleet has continued with its modernization – in the period under review, it launched Marella Discovery 2.As explained, the fleet operated by TUI’s subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will also be expanded and modernized in the medium term. In calendar year 2019, the newbuilds Hanseatic nature and Hanseatic inspiration will join the fleet.*  EUR 1 equals USD 1.17 as of December 13.last_img read more

The buildup to No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Nebraska has been growing for weeks. After the Buckeyes dropped a game to Penn State midway through the year, all eyes were on Saturday’s primetime showdown with the Cornhuskers. But the potentially résumé building game against Nebraska spells trouble for OSU. After failing to contain a mobile quarterback in Penn State redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley, who scrambled in for a key touchdown late, the Scarlet and Gray will be faced with an even more difficult challenge in senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.Armstrong has been scoring touchdowns through the air and on the ground for the entire season, much like he has done throughout his career in Nebraska. After running back Ameer Abdullah left, Armstrong has been the go-to guy for the Cornhusker offense, and he has not disappointed.With 1,764 yards passing and 419 yards rushing, Armstrong is well on his way to challenging for 3,000 yards this season. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs knows his unit will be pushed and will face adversity against him.“He’s a very dynamic football player,” Coombs said. “He can run, he can throw, he scrambles. He does everything well. He probably has the strongest arm of any of the quarterbacks we’ve seen this year. We know we’ve got to do everything we can to contain him in the pocket, try to make sure we have on-body coverage, but then we also have to stop him when he runs the ball.”OSU has struggled at times against dynamic signal callers this year. On top of McSorley, the Buckeyes faced redshirt junior Baker Mayfield, the lead man for Oklahoma. While the Sooners failed to top the Buckeyes, Mayfield had a decent day passing the ball. His legs were not a factor, as he could only find five yards on eight carries. However, last week against Northwestern, OSU struggled to stop Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson, who scampered for a 35-yard run. So how will the Buckeyes stop Armstrong? It’s simple, really.Crash the pocketOSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorMobile quarterbacks have a tendency to have “happy feet” in the pocket. Plays occasionally take a long time to develop, and a signal caller who struggles to keep his legs under him in the pocket can have a secondary licking its chops. If OSU wants to have opportunities to be ballhawks, they have to put pressure on Armstrong. Bringing edge pressure will force Armstrong to backpedal away from the pocket. If he rolls to his left, then half the field will be removed from the play. The same can be said for his right. When a quarterback removes himself from the pocket, it’s up to receivers to run rover and find a way to get open. With two stud cornerbacks in redshirt junior Gareon Conley and redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore, a trigger-happy Armstrong without his feet under him could make those two corners very happy by the end of the night.Defend the deep ballArmstrong is a cannon-armed quarterback who loves to chuck the ball deep. That much is known, but just how well can the Buckeyes keep the ball from receivers further than 20 yards down the field?OSU has been guilty of giving up chunk plays down the field, including some key ones against Penn State. That could spell trouble for OSU early. The Buckeyes have not seemed like a team that can handle an early deficit well, and expect Nebraska to chuck it downfield early.Sure, Conley and Lattimore are looking good at this point of the year, but the secondary has been guilty of the occasional misread on passes over the top, like this instance against Wisconsin.If the Buckeyes want to find a way to win, they have to keep Armstrong from pitching it deep. Get out in front earlyAlthough Nebraska does not have the most potent offense, any form of lead can be enough for a team that puts up 32 points a game and only lost one game this season.OSU has struggled mightily in the first half this year, and needs to find a way to get points on the board early to keep the dynamic ability of Armstrong from hurting them. If he is playing with the lead, OSU’s defense might tense up and be in for a long night in Ohio Stadium. As aggressive as they are, the Silver Bullets could run themselves right out of the game if overly aggressive.Putting points up early would force Armstrong to push in order to catch back up, and the Buckeyes defense is best with the lead. read more