Limerick pet owners getting in the Christmas spirit

first_imgFacebook Pet owners in Limerick are spending up to €120 on Christmas presents for their pets with the top selling presents including Christmas dog jumpers, yuletide scented cat litter, cat caves and cat scratching trees.Pet retailers Maxi Zoo have assessed this year’s best selling Christmas presents for pets based on the spending patterns of pet owners at their Limerick store at City East Retail Park over the past fortnight.“Local dog and cat owners are really spoiling their pets this Christmas. The Top 10 selling presents range in price from €10 to €120 with the average spend being somewhere around €35,” said Darren Spoonley, Maxi Zoo’s Head of Sales and Marketing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Cats are the real winners this Christmas. Our cat caves and cat scratching trees are flying off the shelves and our Christmas scented cat litter is a familiar sight in most shopping baskets.“There is big demand in our city based stores for products for smaller dogs, reflecting the increasing number of urban dwellers choosing to keep smaller dogs as pets. The best-selling product on the Top 10 is a vintage bed which costs €40. It is plush and warm and its raised edges provide real comfort for dogs,” Darren continued.Fashion conscious dog owners are snapping up Red Rudolf Jumpers for their pets which start at €13, Christmas selection boxes (€10) which  include a selection of treats to pamper pooches and a Santa Meerkat shaped toy (€10) that is made of sturdy fabric to provide plenty of chewing fun.Young children with an interest in fish-keeping have put the 30 litre Despicable Me Aquarium (€70) at number nine on the list. The movie themed aquarium includes a filter, water treatment, light and decoration.A donation box will also be located in store up to December 17th  as part of Maxi Zoo’s Pets in Need Christmas Drive and customers are invited to donate food and toys for pets in the care of local pet charities.More news here TAGSChristmasDarren SpoonleygiftslimerickMaxi ZooPetsPets in need WhatsApp NewsBusinessLimerick pet owners getting in the Christmas spiritBy Editor – December 9, 2017 3556 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Advertisement Previous articleLimerick honour for Jedward at opening of new SVP charity shopNext articleThe Limerick Soviet: Bread Not Profits Editor Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

What would it take for you to score me 10 out of 10?

first_imgAuctioneer Haesley Cush says damage control should be a thing of the past. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Walker.THERE is a huge push in the real estate industry, well really across all progressive industries, to monitor customer satisfaction. But why? There is a strong argument that if an agent does their job the buyer should feel like they’ve been squeezed of juice and their only feeling for the agent is “I want them to do that for me one day”.In an age where any one can post about a poor customer experience online and run a trial by social media, businesses are obviously concerned about the knock on affect of these negative posts. So how can any company squeeze one side, but leave both sides feeling 10/10 satisfied.I bought a car recently. Upon completion on the sale my sales person said “You’re going to get an email from our company. I need you to ensure you open it and give me a 10”. Now look, I was happy, but was I 10/10 happy? I didn’t really get the price down as low as I’d liked, the sales person was great, but some of the pain points of the purchase did frustrate me. This feedback is now lost and has been replaced by a smiley face and a perfect 10.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoIf an agent does their job the buyer should feel they’ve been squeezed of juice but still want the agent in future.At Ray White, upon return from their annual pilgrimage to Harvard the White family shared their vision for customer satisfaction. It has become one of the single most important pillars upon which they want the company to stand from into the future. Entire teams have been established to ensure customers and clients are getting an ‘industry leading’ experience. I quizzed one of their team leaders about the value of the perfect score and my experience in buying the car. Her response has changed my view toward these surveys and made me a firm believer. She said her vision was for agents to say to clients “you will receive a survey from me after this transaction where you can rate your experience out of ten. What I would like to know is, “what does a 10/10 experience look like to you?”. Now this is valuable. It’s not reactive. If industries start responding to the expectation in advance rather than in damage control you will start to see huge shifts in the industry.With Net Promoter Scores now a huge part of modern business, we should all expect to be getting surveyed more often, so our responses should be sincere and then the results will offer genuine value and see a huge improvement in the service across many industries. * Haesley Cush is an auctioneer and also the principal of Living Here Cush Partners in New Farm.last_img read more

Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally

first_imgGardaí say they are happy with the significant decrease in arrests on the first night of the Donegal International Rally 2019.Sixteen people were arrested overnight in Letterkenny this year – down from 30 on Friday night in 2018.Thousands of visitors arrived in Letterkenny in recent days to follow the Donegal International Rally. But, as with every year, there have been a number of public order and dangerous driving incidents. The arrests for Friday night were:11 arrests for Public order offences1 arrest for drink driving1 arrest for dangerous driving2 people were found in possession of illicit drugs1 person was arrested and interviewed in relation to an assault to appear in CourtSix vehicles were also seized. The Roads Policing Unit are carrying out a high volume of checks on roads across the county this weekend. A zero-tolerance policy is in operation on dangerous driving as the authorities aim to “keep the race in its place”.Gardaí are delighted with the outcome of their efforts on Friday night and have thanked the public for their co-operation.In a Facebook post they said: “We are delighted to announce that the number of arrests overnight for road traffic offences was significantly lower than it has been over the past number of years on the first night of the Donegal International Rally. “We want to thank everyone for taking the Road safety message on board.“Everyone had a great day yesterday and we hope that the road safety message continues to be remembered by all for the remainder of the event!”Follow the Donegal Daily Live Blog for updates from the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/06/21/live-follow-the-2019-joule-donegal-international-rally-on-our-live-blog/  Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsdonegal international rallyGardairallylast_img read more

A’s Mailbag: Luzardo in rotation, Opening Day lineup, Edwin Jackson?

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s starting rotation battle is at a standstill as the A’s get set to take off for Japan in less than one week.There is not much separating Frankie Montas, Jesús Luzardo Chris Bassitt, Paul Blackburn and Aaron Brooks right now. Each has made their case for earning that No. 5 starter job, but the A’s have not given a real clue as to who the frontrunner currently is.Determining the winner of the final rotation spot will likely come down to the wire. But there are plenty of …last_img read more

More Green From Beans – 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorThrow a crop-production question at Brad and Jacob Wade, and it can quickly escalate into a debate.When asked to rank the top things that determine soybean yield success, Jacob immediately countered: “Volume yield or economic yield?”“Are they the same thing?” his father, Brad, challenged. That comment lights the fuse. Suddenly, the two are bantering back and forth about every aspect of the soybean-production system and what equates to yield — and to Jacob’s point — profitability?The Wades, who farm near McLean, Illinois, nearly always come to a hearty consensus.“We do this a lot,” Brad said. “We’re always asking questions.”“We’re always looking for the next thing to push us to the next level,” Jacob added.Some would say yields come naturally in this part of the soybean belt. McLean County, Illinois (where the town of McLean is also located), led the state and nation in total production of corn (71.9 million bushels) and soybeans (21.5 mb) in 2018. In fairness, it is the largest county in the state, but yields tend to consistently rock here, too.During the last few years, the Wades have seen soybean yields grow consistently, with field averages hitting the 70-bushel-per-acre mark in 2016, 80-bushel beans in 2017 and several fields hitting 90 to 100 bpa in 2018.The father and son agree nature did a lot to push those yields higher, particularly in 2018. “Last year convinced some farmers that they could grow a lot of soybeans without really trying,” Brad said. “This 2019 season may set the record straight.”Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the sixth and last in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looked at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.NO ONE RECIPEWhen the first soybean yield kings started adding to the soybean yield ledgers, other farmers clamored for their recipes. They still do, said Jerry Cox, Delta, Missouri, a perennial yield contest winner in soybeans and corn.“Foliar feeding, fungicide and timely insecticides are important ingredients, but it’s not as much the recipe as it is timeliness of application and reading the crop,” Cox said.His irrigated entry won the Missouri Soybean Association’s yield top honors in 2017 with 101.17 bpa using a planted population of 110,000 plants per acre. He has continued to reduce populations on high-fertility fields to promote branching, going as low as 75,000 plants per acre on his 2019 plot. However, it’s important to check germination rate on the seed planted before dropping that low, he pointed out.“My best yields seem to come in years when the plant had some sort of stress very early that it fought back from,” Cox added. “If I’ve learned anything over the past 35 years of trying to push the yield envelope, it is that the soybean has something of a mind of its own.”In other words, no matter what road map you chart with inputs and practices, weather can be an overriding factor. Plenty of sunshine before the summer solstice coupled with moderate nighttime temperatures and well-timed rains (or irrigation) tend to bring big bushels, these farmers agree.TRIAL AND SUCCESSStill, everyone knows of neighboring fields that failed to pump out the same number of pods and beans within, despite near-equal soil and weather. To that point, Wade Farms planted nearly 400 acres of replicated soybean trials this year to direct their own farm decisions and to share with local farmers through the seed sales side of their business.Beyond inputs, row widths and populations, they are testing to see if mechanical practices such as singulation and planter pressures matter to soybeans. “The tools we now have to measure and track incremental changes in the crop are going to really change soybean production in coming years,” Jacob said.How to interpret the wacky 2019 season is still a question though. The Wades planted some soybeans as early as March 27 into 33 degree Fahrenheit soil temperature and didn’t see a lot of plant growth until late May. A head-scratcher came when they found a few June-planted fields were averaging 21 to 22 nodes per plant, several more than the early-planted soybeans, which still had more pods.“We know in a typical year that early planting results in more nodes. More nodes equate to more pods and more production,” Jacob said. “I’d say we have 10% less nodes this year overall because we just didn’t get the heat units.”Listening and studying the practices of yield contest winners inspired the Wades to become serious about in-field testing for both efficacy and profitability. “We’ve learned that simply comparing one field to another doesn’t tell us much, especially when that field changes every hundred feet,” Brad said. “Without replicated trials, you can easily misinterpret that something is working or not working.”Digital health imagery helps them track changes in the field, and not everything turns out as expected, Jacob noted. Fuller maturity soybeans, 3.9 relative maturity (RM), have been abandoned on the farm, for example. “They just weren’t performing for us,” he said, explaining that their plots now run from 2.8 RM to 3.7 RM.“We now know that each soybean variety has a personality, and in a way, it needs to be planted and cared for. We tend to understand and make those adjustments in corn, but beans are making breakthroughs,” he said.SIX STEPS TO SOYBEAN SUCCESS:There’s no one way to pump up soybean yields. Brad and Jacob Wade like to look at the soybean decisions as a system. Beyond weather or environment, here are six steps they take to drive yields in central Illinois:1. Genetics: Disease and other defensive resistance needs are weighed along with overall yield potential.2. Early planting: Focus on planting in April to increase node number and number of pods.3. Seed treatment: Early planting increases the need to protect against early-season fungal infections, insects and sudden death syndrome (SDS).4. Crop safety: Preemergence herbicide programs are a must for good weed control, but they select herbicide active ingredients and additives to avoid injury that can come if early planting is followed by cold, wet weather.5. Late-season fungicide/insecticide: The top third of a plant absorbs most of the sunlight. R3 and/or R5 application of fungicide and insecticides are used to protect leaves through seed-fill.6. On-farm research: Prove concepts/products work on your own farm before switching to a new strategy. Replicate and record findings.Pamela Smith can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Harden, Houston spoil another opener, win 105-100 at Kings

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after hitting a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Rockets won 105-100. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Just imagine what these Houston Rockets might look like months from now, when James Harden has a healthy Chris Paul alongside him in the backcourt and Mike D’Antoni’s rotations become more consistent.Beginning the season with a tough back-to-back in Northern California hardly made for an easy start, and Houston is an impressive 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Harden had 27 points and nine assists, and the Rockets made it a perfect two-game road trip despite playing this one without Paul, beating the Sacramento Kings 105-100 on Wednesday night to spoil another home team’s opener.“Obviously this road trip was going to be tough, but we did a really good job, especially tonight, of not letting up and just playing four quarters,” Harden said. “We say it all the time: We might not knock you out in the first, second or third quarter, but fourth quarter if we keep playing the way we need to play we’ve always got a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile he didn’t shoot especially well, Harden hit a trio of dagger 3-pointers with 8:13, 6:00 and 5:13 left — the second of which put Houston ahead 89-79. He also had a key left-handed layup late and finished 8 for 21 and 4 of 14 from 3-point range.Sacramento forced the Rockets into a shot clock violation and the Kings got the ball back with just less than a minute remaining and down 96-92. Willie Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left and Harden found Clint Capela for an alley-oop dunk moments later. MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “To validate yesterday we had to win today or we wouldn’t validate yesterday,” D’Antoni said. “They had that in mind. At the same time, a back-to-back on the opening two nights, especially it’s so emotional, that takes more out of you.”Zach Randolph missed making his Kings debut a day after undergoing oral surgery, but Vince Carter and Hill provided a veteran presence for the new-look Kings as they move forward beginning the season without DeMarcus Cousins after he was traded to New Orleans last February. Hill scored 16 points and Carter six in 14 minutes.“We saw a lot of things we were proud about,” coach Dave Joerger said. “The No. 1 thing is if we compete that hard we are going to give ourselves a chance in games.”AILING PAULD’Antoni isn’t counting on Paul being back Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 at Golden State but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded by the Clippers during the offseason.TIP-INSRockets: The Rockets were 13-3 in the second game of back-to-backs last season. The have 14 such sets, 13 remaining. … Trevor Ariza was held to two points on free throws, shooting 0 for 6 and missing all five of his 3s. … Houston’s schedule includes seven of its first 10 games on the road. … P.J. Tucker had just six points while dealing with foul trouble after scoring 20 points in his Rockets debut at Golden State.Kings: Rookie De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky drew big cheers when he checked in for his debut late in the first and finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes. … Second-year Golden 1 Center hosted its first season opener after the Kings began on the road last season.UP NEXTRockets: Host Dallas on Saturday in home opener.Kings: At Dallas on Friday to start a three-game road trip. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After the Kings stole the inbounds pass from Eric Gordon with 25 seconds left and down 98-95, it was initially ruled Sacramento ball but the play went to replay review and a foul was issued to George Hill instead. Gordon converted two free throws.Capela had 22 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds. Paul sat out with a bruised left knee that limited him during Houston’s stunning comeback 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday after the Warriors held their championship ring ceremony.Gordon started for Paul and scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, a night after missing all six of his tries from long range but still winding up with 24 points in 29 minutes.Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter for Sacramento and tied the game at 68 on a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the period. Cauley-Stein had 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.The Rockets looked sluggish at times in the second game of a season-opening back-to-back. Yet Houston had enough to win its sixth straight in the series after winning all four games last season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Morrison delivers promise to win gold for his grandmother

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison knew that he could be fighting in his last Southeast Asian Games of his career.That’s why he was overcome with emotions after capturing the gold medal in the -74-kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img READ: Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss“I made a promise to my grandmother to win,” said Morrison, 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHis maternal grandmother died during the time he was trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. He didn’t make it to the Games.“That’s why I went to her grave before I flew here,” said Morrison, who was born in Olongapo to an American serviceman and Filipino mother. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony His family migrated to Maryland but transferred to the Philippines for good when he was seven.The 2015 SEA Games gold medalist in featherweight graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.He was also a bronze medalist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.“I’m already 27 now, so if I can still can I will still fight in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila,” said the 6-foot-1 Morrison.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The Governor General at Sir Durward Knowles Day Festivities at Queens College

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Queen’s College held a special ‘Sir Durward Knowles Day,’ December 4, with celebrations at the school in honour of the 100th birthday and accomplishments of Queen’s College alumnus, Sir Durward Knowles.The festivities were attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.  In the photo are Sir Durward (centre), his wife, Lady Holly (centre right), Governor General HE Dame Marguerite Pindling (left), Sir Durward’s daughter, Charlotte (right), and Principal of Queen’s College, Andrea Gibson (standing just behind Lady Holly).(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more