Church art theft has caused great upset

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSfeatured Linkedin Print Twitter Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Email Advertisement Previous articleLimerick Senior Football Final – In PicturesNext articleMother of tragic teen urges teens in need to seek help admin center_img NewsBreaking newsChurch art theft has caused great upsetBy admin – October 21, 2013 728 THE theft of upwards of €25,000 in canvas paintings from the Holy Rosary Church on the Ennis Road last week and that has caused great upset, is under investigation as art dealers are warned to beware.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardai are investigating the second break-in at the church which occurred last Wednesday evening and art dealers around the country have been contacted and notified that the paintings are stolen.The investigation was launched after thieves broke into the Church and cut the Fr Jack Hanlon canvasses from their frames.As part of its renovation, the biblical paintings were on display in the church for the last 50 years.Last Sunday, the parish centre was broken into on Sunday night where several thousand euro worth of damage was caused. Nothing was taken in the break-in however.Mayorstone Gardai are investigating the incidents and CCTV footage is being checked. No vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Google antes up $2.6M to settle pay, job discrimination case

first_imgSAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants. The payments are to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that Google had been paying its female engineers less than men in similar positions during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017.  Google isn’t admitting any wrongdoing, but the settlement still could blemished its once-cherished reputation as an employers that pampers its workers.last_img read more

Ministry, SOEs agree to $67.3m road preservation deal

first_imgThe Public Works and Housing Ministry agreed on Monday to a public-private partnership (PPP) on road preservation in South Sumatra’s eastern road network. The deal is worth Rp 982 billion (US$67.3 million) and is the ministry’s first PPP deal for a non-toll road project.Through the agreement, state-owned construction companies PT Adhi Karya and PT Brantas Abipraya secured a 15-year concession for the operation and preservation of South Sumatra’s 29.8 kilometers of roads under an availability payment scheme.Availability payment is a fee structure where a public agency makes periodic payments to the private sector to provide infrastructure services of a specified standard. It is seen as a cost-saving way to develop infrastructure and ensure its quality. Read also: Corruption risk to Indonesia’s infrastructure push: ExpertsThe concession period for the consortium company, PT Jalintim Adhi-Abipraya (JAA), will be divided into a 3-year construction period and a 12-year service period, according to a project outline released by the Public Works and Housing Ministry.Finance Ministry government support management and infrastructure funding director Bramantyo Istidjoso said the project was backed by the government through the state infrastructure guarantee fund PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur (PII) and that the availability payment scheme fund would be sourced from the state budget.The World Bank previously suggested the government improve its PPP financing schemes to attract more private capital to help cover the government’s budget shortage for infrastructure.The government has also been urged to decrease its reliance on state-owned enterprises (SOE) for the execution of toll and national road projects and to allow private companies to build economically viable projects as SOEs were already highly leveraged.“We recommend the government revise its decision-making and consider whether the project is good for leveraging private financing before looking at the potential allocation for public-sector financing,” World Bank transportation specialist Elena Chesheva said.Last year, the government awarded a consortium that included the investment, consulting and management arms of Singapore’s Changi Airport a PPP to expand Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara.The project, the first PPP for airport development, is expected to attract more tourists to Labuan Bajo, which has been designated a priority tourism site by the government.Read also: Private sector infrastructure funding needs boost as SOEs overleveraged: World BankTopics : Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said he hoped the PPP scheme would boost the reliability of contractors and the quality of roads, after the poor performance of a contractor on the ministry’s West Sumatra eastern road network.“We aim to provide good infrastructure quality for economic activity,” he said in an online press briefing on Monday, adding that the PPP scheme was expected to improve transparency.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will require $429.7 billion in infrastructure investment, equal to 6.1 percent of GDP, between 2020 and 2024.The private sector is expected to provide most of the financing, while the government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are expected to contribute between 19.2 and 21.7 percent each.last_img read more

USC to improve Galen Center experience

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team opened the 2011-2012 season earlier this month against Cal State Northridge — a team that finished with a losing record a season ago and remains ineligible for postseason competition this season because of a low Academic Progress Rate score. The NCAA penalizes program with scores below its 925 benchmark.Student engagement · The Galen Center opened in 2006 and holds men’s and women’s basketball games as well as volleyball matches. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanNonetheless, the opening night game, held at the Trojans’ five-year old Galen Center, drew 5,172 fans, including a packed, standing-room-only student section.One of the attractions for USC students was a reusable Trojan Fever cup giveaway that is good for free soda refills all season long.“The students change the atmosphere in the Galen Center, so it is important to fill every game,” said Associate Athletic Director and Director of Marketing Craig Kelley.The USC athletics-marketing department announced other initiatives to improve attendance for men’s basketball games at Galen Center in an email addressed to students signed by Athletic Director Pat Haden in early November.Last season, USC averaged just 4,691 fans per game at the 10,258-seat Galen Center, the lowest in the conference, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times two weeks ago.In an attempt to improve fan attendance, James Slagle, a graduate marketing intern, developed the Trojan Fever Loyalty Program earlier this fall so students can earn points and win prizes each time they attend USC football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and select men’s water polo home games.Large sandwich boards have also been strategically placed around campus to increase awareness about basketball game times, in addition to text reminders from the Trojan Text Alerts program.There will also be free pizza given away in the student section at all games, and more student giveaways are being planned, according to Kelley.The email from Haden vowed to improve food variety and quality at Galen Center concessions, and indicated plans to implement in-seat ordering by the end of the season.USC students already have free admission to basketball games, but there are now reduced ticket prices across the board for men’s and women’s basketball games.In addition, the four entry tunnels at the Galen Center have been painted cardinal and gold and decorated with Trojan imagery to replace the less inviting gray concrete.“[Athletic Director Pat Haden] has made it clear to fans, students and staff that filling the Galen Center is his priority,” Kelley said. “Our student-athletes deserve the support of their fellow students, and we are here to get them into the Galen Center.”The players have noticed the large crowds through the first three men’s basketball games of the season.“I like how the crowd was hyped,” sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon said after the game against Cal State Norhridge. “It was a lot of fun.”last_img read more

Brett Anderson can’t do it all in Los Angeles Dodgers’ rain-delayed loss

first_imgWith one swing of the bat, the Rockies had turned a 4-2 deficit into an eventual 5-4 victory.Garcia had allowed one run in his first 14 appearances of the season. Since then, Garcia has made two appearances, both in save situations. He has failed to convert either opportunity while allowing five runs. The ending spoiled a fine start by Anderson, who allowed five hits and two runs, walked one batter and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings.A week ago Friday, Anderson was credited with a five-inning, complete-game victory in Denver when the rain became too heavy to continue by the sixth inning and never let up. On Thursday the rain was just as hard, but the heavens closed back up after a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay. When the game resumed at 10:23 Pacific Time, fewer than 10,000 of the announced crowd of 42,650 remained. Even Anderson was done for the night.The Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Andre Ethier doubled to lead off the second inning. With one out, Anderson belted his first hit of the season — a double — to the left-center field gap. That allowed Ethier to score the Dodgers’ third run, which ultimately left Anderson in line for the win.It was Anderson’s first hit of any kind since August of last year.After finishing April with a 5.49 earned-run average, Anderson (3-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his three May starts.Weather was a constant factor. The infield remained covered by a tarp all afternoon, forcing both teams to take batting practice indoors.Although the game started at 7:10 p.m. as scheduled, a light rain began to fall in the second inning. By the end of the inning, lightning was flashing in the distance. Dodger Stadium organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, cued up “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” when the teams changed sides for the third inning.The rain was falling heavily by the fifth and sixth innings. At one point, Anderson stepped off the pitching rubber to allow a flash of lightning to run its course through the sky.The Rockies had runners on first and third base and one out in the sixth inning when the game was delayed.When the game resumed, Juan Nicasio was on the mound for the Dodgers. The right-hander immediately surrendered a ground ball that allowed Carlos Gonzalez to score from third base. Anderson had done nothing for an hour and a half, yet was charged with a run.But Nicasio came back to strike out Nick Hundley and D.J. Lemahieu with the bases loaded to end the inning, preserving the Dodgers’ 4-2 lead.Nicasio pitched the seventh inning and Chris Hatcher pitched the eighth without allowing a run. Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson apparently has the power to summon rain in the middle of any game in which he is beating the Colorado Rockies. It happened a week ago Friday in Denver, where it often rains, and it happened again Thursday at Dodger Stadium, where it never rains.He did not, however, have the power to close out a game that began just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday and ended at 11:45.That job was entrusted to Yimi Garcia with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 4-2 in the ninth inning, looking to beat their division rival for the ninth straight time.Garcia backed himself into a corner. He allowed singles to Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs, then faced two-time all-star Carlos Gonzalez with two outs. On a 2-1 count, Gonzalez turned on an inside fastball over the plate and launched it more than halfway up the right-field bleachers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

House, Senate GOP unveil competing school funding plans

first_imgDES MOINES — About $20 million separates the public school funding plans Republicans in the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate are proposing. Senate Republicans like Majority Leader Jack Whitever of Ankeny favor an increase of 2.1% in general state spending on K-12 public schools.“This is an amount that we feel allows us enough money to continue to fund our other priorities as well,” Whitver says, “Whether that’s state troopers, mental health, health care issues — we want to make sure that fits in the larger budget picture.”House Republicans have joined Republican Governor Kim Reynolds in calling for a 2.5% increase in per-student state funding. Democrats like Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo say schools really need more than 2.5% — or roughly a $100 million boost.“I don’t think it really digs our schools out of the hole,” Smith says, “understanding that we’ve dug a trench and we’re slowly filling it in like a teaspoon at a time and that’s not going to get us where we need to be.”Republicans control a majority of seats in the House and Senate, so GOP leaders will likely negotiate a school funding deal in the next couple of weeks. The decision is for general state aid for the school year that starts next fall.last_img read more

Post-season shaping up: Brashear breaks tie, stays undefeated

first_imgLEADS BULLS—Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch was 10-19 passing and threw two touchdown passes in the Bulls 13-12 win over Perry. (Courier Photos/William McBride) If the City League playoffs were to begin today Westinghouse would, indeed, clinch their first playoff berth in years.However, they still have to go through defending champs Perry and Oliver to get there.USO, a team that encompasses players from various neighborhoods around the city, and in a unified manner, has managed to hang right in there with City powerhouses Perry and Brashear as the second place team.USO captured its fifth shutout of the season and features one of the most experienced and talented rosters in the league.“As a result of our defense, we’re going to have a phenomenal year this year,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “We’ll continue to make big plays… and we’ll continue to dominate the line of scrimmage…. We’re going to play great defense, week in and week out.”Perry coach Bill Gallagher, whose team went down to Brashear on Oct 21 to drop to third place, is looking to be a shoe-in for a playoff berth and an opportunity to defend its title. But he still thinks that the last two weeks have a lot to offer.“We know that every game that we’re going to be in for the remainder of the season is going to be a close one,” he said. “We still have the “house” and U.S.O. left on our schedule and those are sure to be hard fought games.”The Commodores have returned to contention this year after capturing the league’s crown, a season ago.Brashear just survived the 13-12 marathon game that came down to the final minute against Perry on Oct 21.It was the clanging of the West goal post at Cupples by Brashear kicker Matt McHugh that made the game’s final margin. It was one that would keep the Bulls with an unblemished league record and the maintenance of sole possession of first place in the City.“There were plenty of mistakes that we made against Brashear that we can’t continue to make throughout the course of the year, if we want to remain competitive,” Gallagher said. We have to be a more consistent football team. We can’t make eight good plays and then blow two. Consistency will be the key for us.”The score that set up the deciding kick was Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch’s second of the game to Ricky Gayy for 16 yards. His first from 24 was to Dom Patterson.Perry scored on a 1-yard run by Robert Willie and a 16-yard pass from senior quarterback Darelle Carson to Deron Clark in the fourth quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage of and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]) by Malik VincentIn the wake of the final two weeks of City League football’s regular season, there are glimpses of who the ‘final four’ can be.The top four teams in the league rankings after the final week of the season, will advance to the postseason.Despite a horrid 52-0 loss at the hands of USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) on Oct. 21, Westinghouse is currently clinging on to fourth place in the City.last_img read more

Vexospark brings computer and business training to rural Limpopo

first_imgVexospark Community Technology Centre is run in various rural communities across Limpopo. More than 16,000 women have benefitted from this initiative.William Makgaba was 23 years old when he was embarrassed publicly — he was laughed at because he didn’t know how to open an MS Word document. This led to his providing computer literacy training in rural communities so that they would not have to go through similar humiliation. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanMore than 16,000 young women in Limpopo’s rural communities have become computer literate and have basic skills in entrepreneurship through the help of the Vexospark Community Technology Centre.Play Your Part ambassador William Makgaba is the founder of this initiative. He says that in 2006 his life changed drastically when he was not able to open an MS Word document. Those around him laughed at his inability.“Since 2004 I worked as a gardener. In 2006, an old lady for whom I was working, helped to register me with Unisa.“At Unisa we had to type assignments which was something I couldn’t do at that time.”Being laughed at made Makgaba self-conscious and he dropped out. “I then realised that so many people from rural communities will also be victimised if I don’t stand up and do something.”He started the Vexospark initiative in 2008, he says, shortly after he received a computer from the woman who had helped him to get into Unisa. He started training people how to use it.He had studied PC engineering at Pinnacle Business College in 2004 and in 2008 he completed an End-User Computing course at the University of Limpopo.Makgaba says his initiative helps students to register at Unisa at its centres. “The students can also do their assignments for Unisa and change modules at our centres.”VexosparkThe Vexospark Community Technology Centre focuses on disabled people, women and youth.Makgaba, who is from Madiga village in the Ga-Dikgale area of Polokwane, says his project works in five municipalities, namely:Greater Tzaneen – Here, it helps special schools with 3D virtual learning environments and runs Intel’s She Will Connect programme that teaches women computer literacy.Blouberg – Here, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Polokwane – Here, it gives entrepreneurial business skills training and runs She Will Connect.Mogalakwena – As in Blouberg, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Greater Tubatse – Here, it runs She Will Connect.Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Makgaba:Melissa Javan: Why did you start this project?William Makgaba: The use of ICT is limited to urban people; people in marginalised communities are being left out of processes that affect their lives. I am also driven by the need to close the gender gap when it comes to technology. I am aware of the danger of not making use of technology for access to information, the lack of speed in implementation and the slow roll out of technology. And I am interested in the evolution of ICT.MJ: What is your project’s name?WM: It’s called Vexospark Community Technology Centre.MJ: As a community worker, what are your highlights so far?WM: She will Connect – 16,330 women from the age of 15 in rural Limpopo are now computer literate and have basic entrepreneurial skills, supported by Intel and Siyafunda.ICT in education – high school maths and science learners are getting great results, supported by the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust.Entrepreneurial business skills – women between the ages of 18 and 35 have learned entrepreneurship skills, supported by Siyafunda, Mastercard and Junior Achievement SA.MJ: To play your part in society, how can you get your community involved in a project or initiative?WM: Step one is to love your community. You will always be happy if everything you do for your community is from the heart. Step two is to network. No man is an island. Networking with others will help you to help your community. Step three is to register your organisation. It is very important to have a registered entity to help you get some funding.MJ: Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors for South Africa?WM: We can only reach the highest height if we encourage, teach, guide, learn and support each other.MJ: Are you one of the teachers in these ICT projects?WM: Nope. I have eight trainers now. My job is to go to communities, find the problem and ask for help from institutions to resolve that problem.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Trading Scarcity: Is This the Killer App for the Real-Time Web?

first_imgMost platforms gain traction through a killer app. In the second generation of real time, that killer app was market data for financial traders. What will it be in the third generation?Today, the real-time Web is associated with social networking status updates via services such as Twitter and Facebook. But whether this will be the killer app for this generation is not clear. As we enter a period of “social update exhaustion” (as in, “I really do not care what you had for breakfast”), the real-time Web may evolve into things that we really need to make a living or to get essential stuff done. The killer app matters, because the winner at the platform layer will be the company that hosts it. bernard lunn Related Posts Other Killer App ContendersWe think the killer app is something we call “trading scarcity.” Let’s first look at three other contenders:Data portabilityBecause the real-time Web has grown out of social media status updates, the typical killer app that people have been working on is data portability: automated connections between different social networking sites. This is certainly how Gnip has positioned itself. Question: is this interesting to people other than the social media experts who write about it? Or is the mass market happy to choose one site and stick with it? Will we simply see bilateral negotiations between sites emerge, along with basic best practices?News deliveryQuestion: is this interesting to people other than journalists and bloggers? News is a fairly big business, but in the big picture, it is only one niche. How many journalists are there? If all of them used Twitter all day long, would it be a big business?Customer serviceThe ability to react to problems in real time, to nip problems in the bud, is important to companies of any size. This is big. Question: how practical will implementation be? The ability to respond quickly is only one aspect of good customer service; the other aspects (hiring, training, motivation, corporate policy) are both more critical and more complex.The Law of Supply and Demand Has Not Been RepealedThe free, abundant digital domain is mirrored by an expensive, scarce physical domain.Online, we tend to focus on the free, abundant digital domain. The debate on Freeconomics rages today, but the basics are simple. The Internet is an enormous, almost-free copying machine for anything digital, so price will tend towards $0. Air is the most precious commodity in the world (try going without it for a few minutes), but it is free (notwithstanding negative externalities).But all that free stuff must be paid for by something that people would pay for. That is where the expensive, scarce physical domain comes in. People pay more for things when the demand is high and supply is low. So to make money, you need to sell products and services that are scarce… and in demand.Or you could make money by connecting supply and demand using the real-time Web.But it has to be real time. That is the whole point of scarcity. A hotel room may be available for $75 right now, but 10 minutes later it could be $125 (or $50). Acme’s services are available right now for $150 per hour, but 10 minutes later it is charging $200 because it is more booked up. You see a hand-knit cashmere sweater available right now for $350; it’s the only one, you want it, and it might be gone in a few minutes. Premium ad space is available right now for a CPM of $15… no, make that $17.I could go on and on. This affects almost every market in the world. Plenty of untapped opportunity lies here for enterprises, startups, Main Street small businesses, and individual free agents.Entrepreneurs have big technical challenges to work on. Message delivery (which we explored in our last post on the subject) is challenging enough but very minor compared to the devil-in-the-details issues at the application layer. These will have to be solved in domain-specific ways.In this world, the status update tends to go from a socially driven message (“I just did this. Are you interested?”) to a more commercially driven message (“This is what I have available right now at this price. Are you interested?” or “This is what I need right now. Do you have it?”).Like fresh fish? Are you willing to pay more for fresh, healthy, and delicious than stinky, old, and sickening? Then go here.Trading Attention and EndorsementFor those of us who were steeped in the early days of social media, this all sounds a bit too commercial. Surely we are not just economic animals, are we? No, we are not. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stated that clearly.But even if you take money out of the equation, we are still trading in scarcity – in this case, the scarcity of our attention.You have only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, and the average life span is around 80 years. You are a limited resource. Sorry if that is news to you. 🙂You are getting pinged from all around, forced to constantly make decisions about where to allocate one of your finite resources: time.Your other limited resource is credibility. Social networks want you to endorse (that is, sell) their services to your friends. They may pay you in cash or ‘Attaboys, but whichever you take, you are dipping into a limited pot of credibility. Shill too much, and your friends will abandon you. Ask any Amway or multi-level marketing sales agent, and they will tell you how that works.Eliminating the Curse of “May You Have Much Inventory”Inventory is the curse of any business in the expensive, scarce physical domain. Think of what Dell did in the PC business: it used real-time supply chains to eliminate inventory, building each PC to order. This is as close to magic as you can get in the expensive, scarce physical domain. You turn negative cash flow (working capital that you need to expand) into positive working capital cash flow: you get an order, get paid, and then you pay the supplier. Perhaps on the real-time Web this all happens close to simultaneously, so the very concept of working capital begins to disappear.Explaining the business value of trading scarcity using the real-time Web is not difficult, then. Ask any company, “Do you want to eliminate inventory?” You will get its full attention. This is not technology looking for a problem to solve. This is the biggest problem that most business people in the expensive, scarce physical domain (i.e. the real world) face every day.What This Means for Real-Time Web PlayersEnvision a future where this has played out. Most of the world’s transactional opportunities flow through the real-time Web. You can tap into that flow to buy and sell. And you can be an intermediary, which is fundamentally the role of aggregating demand. What systems would you use in that future?Those systems are the ones that the winners of the real-time Web have to build.It won’t be simple. Meeting the challenge in one domain is complex enough. Building the platforms that accommodate multiple domains will take a lot of work, and we are at a very early stage. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Real-Time Web 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more