New inspector is a ‘real benefit’ for welfare of Limerick animals

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOpinion – Sporting RoyaltyNext articleHiding behind the apron Alan Jacques Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook TAGSIrish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA)limerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsNew inspector is a ‘real benefit’ for welfare of Limerick animalsBy Alan Jacques – January 15, 2016 950 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Email by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE LIMERICK branch of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) believe that the appointment of a new inspector will be a real benefit to animal welfare in the county.This follows confirmation this week that David Walsh has taken up the position of full-time inspector, which was funded by the Limerick brench thanks to a generous bequest from the late Elizabeth Burke.According to ISPCA chief executive, Dr Andrew Kelly, the Animal Health and Welfare Act, introduced in March 2014, is a significant step forward for animal welfare in Ireland.ISPCA inspectors are authorised officers under the legislation which gives them statutory powers to enter private property to inspect animals, seize animals that are suffering and issue welfare improvement notices that are enforceable.“The provision of an ISPCA inspector in Limerick will be a real benefit to animal welfare in the county. As an authorised officer our inspector will be proactive in helping those animals most in need, those that have been abandoned, neglected or cruelly treated,” Dr Kelly explained.He also paid tribute to Limerick SPCA for working tirelessly in Limerick to help animals over the years.“Merging with the ISPCA and providing funding for an ISPCA inspector is the right thing to do at this time and will be a great benefit to the animals of Limerick.”Chairperson of Limerick SPCA, Geraldine Nardone, believes that having a full time ISPCA inspector is a positive step for Limerick and will allow the legislation to be enforced more effectively.“Thanks to the bequest we received this has now become a reality. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the ISPCA on this and to merge with them. We wish David and the ISPCA every success for the future,” Geraldine told the Limerick Post.Meanwhile, ISPCA inspector David Walsh says he is delighted to have taken up the new position.“I look forward to promoting animal welfare and dealing with incidents of animal cruelty whenever possible.”Members of the public in Limerick can report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA via the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515. Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Report details how Notre Dame students voted in 2016 presidential election

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this third installment, the Center for Social Concerns discusses how Notre Dame students voted in the 2016 presidential election.In the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election between then-President George W. Bush and John Kerry, Jay Brandenberger had an idea.As the director of research and graduate student initiatives and academic community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), Brandenberger said he believed Notre Dame did a good job allowing students to serve their communities. Even so, he had little idea how students engaged with their communities outside of this service.Joseph Han | The Observer “We knew very little at the time, [2003-2004], about how Notre Dame students vote,” Brandenberger said. “To my knowledge there weren’t any previous serious surveys. There’s always been election day stuff by the table in LaFortune … they might have 100 students, 200 students who stop by. … I wanted to have something that was more robust and rigorous and comprehensive.”To explore this interest, Brandenberger said he decided to conduct a University-wide survey after the 2004 election of how Notre Dame students voted at all levels, surveying both graduate and undergraduate students.Brandenberger said he was floored by the responses the first survey received.“The numbers staggered me,” he said. “It was one of the first samples I’d done using an online tool, so I could sit in my office seeing the number of people who completed the survey and it went up by 100 in 10 minutes.”As a result of the first survey’s success, Brandenberger and the CSC have conducted a similar survey the day after the presidential election every four years.The results of the 2016 iteration of this survey were released Tuesday, in a report titled “How Notre Dame Voted: Political Attitudes and Engagement of Notre Dame Students in the 2016 Election.”This year’s survey asked students to describe their preferences in three major subject areas — their vote, the issues they cared most about and where they got the news. The sample consisted of 2,956 randomly sampled undergraduate and graduate students, 61 percent of whom were undergraduates.As a whole, Notre Dame voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, giving the former Secretary of State 59 percent of the vote versus 22.2 percent for President Donald Trump and 18.3 percent for third-party or write-in candidates.Notre Dame women voted for Clinton at a much higher rate than men, with 72 percent of female voters choosing the Democratic nominee versus 47 percent of their male counterparts. Clinton received the highest percent of the vote in the College of Arts and Letters (72.7 percent) while Trump received the highest percent of the vote in the Mendoza College of Business (36 percent).Clinton and third-party voters were most likely to rank “political/ethical scandals” — a new issue added for this election — as the most important issue in determining their vote, while a plurality of Trump voters listed the economy as their most important issue.For students who responded to the survey, the two most popular news sources were national print or online newspapers and social media.Senior Aileen Markovitz, who wrote the first draft of the report, said the report was designed to be easily read and discussed.“Our goal, our idea with the research was not to write an empirical paper — not something that would be published in a political science journal necessarily, but we wanted something that was really accessible to students,” she said.Senior Katie Edler, who helped design the questions and edit the report, said a key finding of the survey was the shift toward third-party candidates.“People that identified as conservative or Republican were a lot more likely to vote for third-party candidates than in the 2012 election,” she said.Markovitz said Notre Dame’s unique identity might have contributed to this result.“We believe … [this trend may be] due to Notre Dame’s Catholic character,” she said. “You have people who would not vote for Hillary Clinton because of ethical things — abortion — and people who wouldn’t vote for Trump for the same reasons. So we had a lot of write-in votes and third-party votes.”For Markovitz, another key finding of the survey was that Notre Dame students were often insulated from people who had opposing beliefs.“People would only feel very comfortable talking to their friends if they knew that they were of the same political belief system,” Markovitz said. “ … Notre Dame students are very polite and you don’t want to wake up on a Tuesday morning and have someone yelling at you about politics, it’s just not the character of the school, really.”Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz all said the project was not meant merely to describe the results of the 2016 election, but also to help start a conversation about politics on campus in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections and break students out of their political bubbles.“It’s kind of easy to sit back in the classroom and point to trends and statistics, but this helps us understand, especially during a time of political divide,” Brandenberger said.  “ … So this is a strategy to bring people together to hear one another.”In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, the CSC has partnered with ND Votes to encourage political engagement. “We are hoping [the partnership] will inspire more conversation around it, and more people registering to vote,” Edler said.Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz will be presenting their findings as part of the National Voter Registration Day Festival at Notre Dame on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Geddes Hall coffee house. Tags: 2016 Presidential Election, 2018 midterm elections, Center for Social Concerns, Election Observer, jay brandenbergerlast_img read more

Vermont loses out on high-speed rail grant, state may use ‘Jeffords’ earmark instead

first_imgLINKSAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials: Vermont Route improvementsVermont Rail Action Network: High-Speed Rail In Vermont?Federal Rail Administration: U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $2 Billion for High-Speed Intercity Rail Projects to Grow Jobs, Boost U.S. Manufacturing and Transform Travel in AmericaDOCUMENTSCommonwealth of Massachusetts: Vision for the New England High-Speed and Intercity Rail NetworkIn March and April, Gov. Peter Shumlin made several personal appeals to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for a portion of the high-speed rail funding that states like Florida turned down.On Monday, Vermont’s application was rejected in the third, and last, grant round. The funding would have extended the Western Corridor Amtrak Service. Twenty-four states applied for 15 awards. LaHood announced that about $945.2 million would go toward projects in the Northeast. The federal government has, to date, awarded $10.6 billion for improvements in the reliability, speed and frequency of existing lines. Of that amount, $5.8 billion is obligated.In a statement, Shumlin accentuated the positive and downplayed the negative. He drew attention to the $53 million in high-speed rail money the state had received last year through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act for improvements to the Vermonter rail line, which runs from St. Albans to Brattleboro and on to Penn Station in Manhattan. (The Vermont rail upgrades began last fall and are slated for completion in 2012.)The high-speed investments announced this week for other nearby states will indirectly benefit Vermont, Shumlin said, because they will result in faster travel times to New York.‘Vermont will see direct benefits from the funding received by our New England partners: the Connecticut project will support work for the Vermonter line and the major Northeast corridor projects in the New York metro area will ensure quicker clearance and reduced time travel for all trains,’ he wrote. ‘Additionally, the New York State project in the Albany area will directly benefit travel time for the Ethan Allen service.’Sue Minter, deputy secretary of the Agency of Transportation, said it’s clear the federal government wants to bolster the existing eastern rail Amtrak corridor before they expand another section. Sue Minter. VTD file‘It is a disappointment because we were really gearing up for that investment in the western corridor and seeing it as a critical link from Burlington to Rutland, which is one of highest priorities of the administration,’ Minter said.The current horizon for future federal funding for high-speed rail doesn’t look optimistic, according to Joe Flynn, rail director for the Agency of Transportation.‘It would have been wonderful to have gotten the award, and it would be disingenuous to say otherwise,’ Flynn said.The Burlington-Rutland line project is important for Vermont, Flynn said, but compared with projects in other states with denser populations, ‘our desire (to improve) the western corridor may not marry up to Washington’s radar screen.’‘We may have to do it without large sums of federal funding,’ Flynn said. ‘We may have to look at other ways to do it.’Flynn pointed to the $19.8 million earmark for transportation obtained by former Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., who retired from office in 2006, as a possible source of funding for passenger rail development on the western corridor. ‘We shouldn’t curl up in a ball because we didn’t get the grant,’ Flynn said.He suggested that the agency needs to determine exactly what it would take ‘to get Amtrak here so that it’s a competitive form of transportation.’Amtrak revenues and ridership are both up, Flynn said. About 140,000 people used passenger rail in Vermont last year. The state appropriated $4.5 million in subsidies for Amtrak in fiscal year 2012.The Ethan Allen Express, which runs from Rutland to Albany, and the Vermonter are both ‘in the black,’ according to Flynn. In the last fiscal year, revenues increased by $838,000, and the taxpayer subsidies for the service decreased accordingly.Meanwhile, the $52.7 million improvements to the Vermonter rail line could increase train speeds by as much as 20 miles per hour, Flynn said. Once the upgrades are completed, trains will be able to travel at a rate of 59 miles per hour and up to 79 miles per hour in certain areas.It currently takes about 10 hours to travel from St. Albans to New York City by train. The improvements on the Vermont line will shave 27 minutes from the total travel time; additional upgrades in Connecticut and Massachusetts will carve another hour from the trip, according to Flynn.‘The Vermonter has high travel time,’ Minter said. ‘The more we can do to reduce travel time, the more we can increase ridership.’Minter said the agency is actively discussing a northern run to Montreal via St. Albans. The rail project would involve designing a security checkpoint in Montreal, she said.  Anne Galloway is editor of by Anne Galloway, is external) May 11, 2011 Despite the Shumlin administration’s best efforts, the third time wasn’t the charm for the Amtrak western corridor project. The U.S. Department of Transportation passed over Vermont’s most recent bid for $83 million in funding for track improvements that would have enabled the state to offer passenger rail service from Burlington to Rutland. The western corridor is now used for freight.Dig Deeperlast_img read more

Winter adventure awaits in Dearborn County

first_imgDearborn County, In. — Visitors to Southeast Indiana can head outdoors this holiday season for some fun on the snow and ice.  In addition to ice skating at Winter Wonderland, which opened last month, the Lawrenceburg-area downhill skiing facility Perfect North Slopes is now open for the 2017-18 season, offering winter recreation including skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.An annual tradition in Lawrenceburg, the Winter Wonderland ice rink is located at Todd Creech Park in the city’s downtown.  The covered outdoor ice rink offers a low $6 admission fee, with children 14-and-under admitted for $4 and those under 2 admitted free.  Skate rental is included with admission.  Regular rink hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-8pm; Friday from 4-9pm; Saturday from 12-9pm; and Sunday from 12-8pm.  On Fri., December 22, the rink will be open from 12-7pm with a Teen Night from 7-10pm.  The rink’s Christmas break hours (December 23-January 6) are 12-9pm.  Skaters can visit on Christmas Eve from 12-3pm, and on New Year’s Eve from 12-6pm.  The rink is closed on Mondays and on Christmas Day.At nearby Perfect North Slopes, visitors will find more than eighty acres of tree-lined trails and slopes, including a special tubing park designed just for snow tubers.  The overall property includes 5 chair lifts, 6 carpet lifts, 22 trails and 2 terrain parks.Currently Perfect North is open for skiing and snowboarding, with snow tubing expected to be open later in the season.  In addition to equipment rental and lessons for beginners, the property also offers special group rates, and an updated lodge with onsite Loft Shop and Chow Corral.On December 31, Perfect North will also once again host their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on the slopes.  In addition to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing until midnight, attendees can enjoy party favors and a DJ in the lodge.  Right before midnight, ski instructors and ski patrol members will glide down the darkened slopes in a torchlight parade – an annual tradition. There will also be a fireworks show starting at midnight.To learn more about visiting Southeast Indiana this winter, including links to area accommodations, restaurants, and events, log on to the official website of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau at or find us on Facebook at read more

Bodousa Cup Football Tournament to Begin on September 22

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: 11th editions of the Bodousa Cup Football tournament will kick off on September 22. Altogether 32 teams will participate in the tournament which will be held in eight venues.Addressing a media gathering here today the president of Bodousa Sports Club Arunjyoti Moran said that this year they were inviting four teams from abroad along with two each from I League and ISL. “Saif Sporting Club from Bangladesh and Shyachal Youth Club from Nepal have confirmed their participation while two others from the neighbouring countries will take part in the 14-day tournament. Among others, Jamshedpur FC of ISL and Gokulam Kerala FC which plays in the I League have confirmed their participation in the tournament,” said Maran.Among the eight venues six are already selected and these are Tinsukia, Duliajan, Digboi, Diphu, Margherita and Nalbari. Two remaining venues would be finalized soon.Maran added: Champion team will get Rs 2 lakh and runners up will be richer by Rs 1 lakh. There would be cash award for third and fourth place teams also and the amounts are Rs 50 thousand and Rs 25 thousand respectively.“We have also decided to award cash prizes in different individual categories which included player of the tournament, player of the final, highest scorer and the best goal keeper. All will receive Rs 5 thousand each,” said Moran.Also Read: 4th Assam Rifles Invitational Football Tournament: Lawmali SC face Assam Rifles in finallast_img read more

Hurling action across Tipp this weekend

first_imgIn the Championship, Kevin Mc Manamon starts for Dublin in tomorrows Leinster football quarter final with Laois in Kilkenny.In midfield Michael Daragh McAuley gets in ahead of Dennis Bastick.Colm Begley returns for Laois while Ross Munnelly is on the bench. In the South, Ballingarry and Killenaule meet in Cloneen at 7.30pm.Things get really interesting in the North on Sunday when the draw for the quarter-finals is made.Meanwhile tomorrow night’s Mid Senior hurling game between Loughmore Castleiney and Upperchurch has been postponed due to a bereavement.last_img

A starting chance for Western Cape youth

first_imgFor more than a decade the Western Cape NGO Starting Chance has been making early childhood development programmes more accessible across the province. Its latest event is hosting nearly 1,000 preschool children at its Fair Play Fun Day on 5 August.More than 40% of children in the Western Cape under the age of five have no access to early childhood development facilities. In an effort to make ECD more accessible, Cape Town NGO Starting Chance trains and supports educators throughout the province. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Play Your Part ReporterProper early childhood development (ECD) can go a long way towards helping a child grow into a healthy adult, providing them with the strong foundation they need to tackle the many issues they will face as they grow up.In a bid to help the children of the Western Cape build this foundation, Cape Town NGO Starting Chance has, for more than a decade, been fuelling the growth of ECD programmes throughout the province.In this spirit, during Women’s Month, the organisation has joined hands with nine educare centres and schools in hosting nearly 1,000 preschool children at its Fair Play Fun Day on 5 August at Mfuleni High School in Blue Downs, Cape Town.“Partnering with the local high school, preschools and primary schools and engaging parents means we can support and impact the rate of change of the education process,” says Starting Chance founder Ian Corbett.Each of the schools and educare centres will make games using recycled material for the children to play with during the fun day.Starting Chance will also be responsible for the food stalls on the day. The proceeds from the stalls will go towards upgrading schools in the area and providing educators and caregivers with the training and teaching materials they need to mould young minds.“Our experience on this project has shown that by working together, we can make significant change possible,” Corbett said.The children will also be joined by members of the surrounding communities to celebrate Women’s Month with the mothers, female entrepreneurs and teachers who run the various educare centres. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Not all heroes wear capesThe collective has extended an invitation to the public to join them as a volunteer at the fun day and help bring it to life and share in the enriching experience. You can also help out by sponsoring R30 games and food coupon booklet for the children who cannot afford them.To learn more, support or volunteer, visit or call Ali on 082 491 1171.The children will also be joined by members of the surrounding communities to celebrate Women’s Month with the mothers, female entrepreneurs and teachers who run the various educare centres.Corbett believes the event is an ideal way to empower educare entrepreneurs with a networking and fundraising opportunity, while helping them to develop their businesses and the standard of ECD in the area.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Forecasts predict at least one good rain event per week for the rest of August

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAASummer rainfall has been on a wild swing. We have been going back and forth from wet to dry and now we are looking toward a bit wetter pattern again.The outlook for the rest of August calls for slightly above normal temperatures (about 1 to 2 degrees F). Rainfall will likely average 2 to 4 inches with normal being near 3 inches inches. Isolated totals could reach 5 inches through the end of August.Going into harvest season things have been changing. Current climate models are continue the trends of temperatures 1 to 3 degrees F above normal through November. However, trends are also gradually wetting up in fall. Rainfall goes from near normal in September to above normal by October into November. We will continue to monitor this trend but early harvest conditions look pretty good but later harvest conditions look more questionable.last_img read more

McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swim star Schooling ‘really sorry’ for Malaysia jibe This season’s series opens with the Northern Trust in New York next week, followed by the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston a week later.After a week off, they series resumes with the BMW Championship before the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the Tour Championship.McIlroy seemed confident he would be playing through the BMW Championship when he posted a note to fans on Twitter on Friday — urging them to enter a contest to win a chance to play 18 holes with him at the tournament in Illinois.ADVERTISEMENT He said the effects of a broken rib suffered early in the season continued to hinder his practice and had led to back spasms.But the 28-year-old decided to take a stab at defending his FedEx Cup crown after meeting with fitness adviser Steve McGregor in Belfast, the Daily Telegraph reported.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 openingMcIlroy won the second playoff event and the Tour Championship to clinch the FedEx Cup last year.Just like last year, he has not won a title prior to the playoff series. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 12: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a putt on the fourth green during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 12, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images/AFPWorld number four Rory McIlroy is in the field for next week’s Northern Trust Open, first event of the US PGA’s FedEx Cup playoffs won by the Northern Ireland star last year.McIlroy had indicated after a disappointing 22nd-place finish in the PGA Championship that he might sit out the rest of the year.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more