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Audio devices to tackle dog fouling

first_img Previous articleUL team get the winning verdict at the Four CourtsNext article1913 lockout takes Limerick students to New York Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie AUDIO devices that encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets have been installed on both sides of the new River Shannon boardwalk in the city in a novel approach to combating dog fouling.Dog owners who pass the audio devices developed by NUI Maynooth-based company Riteview Solutions, will trigger a message stating: “Do your bit to keep Limerick clean. Stop Limerick Dog Litter. Use any bag any bin — please pick up after your dog.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Councils plan to relocate the devices currently operating in the city area to other spots throughout Limerick during the coming months. The local authority is also considering the option of installing additional devices at other sites.Welcoming the  initiative, Mayor Kathleen Leddin said it was important for dog owners to pick up their pet’s litter as dog waste was not only a nuisance but it could also carry diseases that were harmful to humans.The installation of the audio devices has also been welcomed by the Limerick City Tidy Towns Committee, which regularly undertakes clean-ups throughout the city in conjunction with the local authority.Tidy Towns representative Maura O’Neill described it as a fantastic development that would help keep streets and green areas clean by encouraging dog owners to take greater responsibility.“Dog litter is at the top of people’s minds as the worst form of litter and these audio devices help to spread the message that allowing dogs to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable,” said Ms O’Neill.Limerick City and County Councils environment awareness officer, Sinead McDonnell, explained there are a number of simple ways in which dog owners can help keep public areas dog litter free.“The message we are promoting is simple; always carry a bag to clean up after your dog.  Failing to clean up after your dog is the same as littering and is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts.“There are now a wide range of options available to dog owners for cleaning up after their dogs. Check at your local vet, pet shop, supermarket or online,” she said. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsLocal NewsAudio devices to tackle dog foulingBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 862 WhatsApp Email New Music: 40Hurtz Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter TAGSLimerick city councilLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickRiteview Solutions last_img read more

Trump to present Holtz with Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_imgFormer Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will be the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian, U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday at a White House press briefing.Trump chose to honor Holtz for his work both on and off the field, commenting on his charity and time as an “incredible leader,” according to the South Bend Tribune. Holtz worked with the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, the Women’s Care Foundation and Catholic Charities among other organizations, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said in an email to the press.During the briefing, Trump said he received many recommendations on Holtz’s behalf and reviewed them thoroughly.“There’s a man that’s an incredible leader, Lou Holtz. I’ve known him for a long time. He’s been a friend of mine,” Trump said Friday, as per a CNN report.A date for the ceremony has not been set.The announcement follows Holtz’s virtual speech at the Republican National Convention, which sparked various reactions from the Notre Dame community. The speech prompted University President Fr. John Jenkins to release a statement distancing Notre Dame from Holtz’s political views.Though the University does not endorse his politics, the institution wishes to congratulate Holtz on the award, Browne said.“At Notre Dame, he and his late wife, Beth, served as research ambassadors, and the players he molded have added to his legacy through their own contributions through the Lou’s Lads Foundation,” Browne said. “We presented Lou with an honorary degree in 2011 for his service on and off the field to Notre Dame and beyond, and we join now with his family and many friends in offering our sincere congratulations on this honor.”Tags: Donald Trump, Lou Holtz, Presidential Medal of Freedomlast_img read more

Hometown Heroes

first_imgWatch these Olympic athletes from the Southeast this summer.The Olympic Torch has completed its tour around the U.K. to settle in London, and athletes are flooding in from over 200 countries to vie for their chance at the three coveted medals that represent the apex of performance in their respective sports.The Olympics is a global celebration of sport. For a few weeks, we watch athletes reach deep inside themselves to give their best. It inspires each of us to do the same.Our region boasts several athletes who will compete for the U.S in the Games. All have devoted their lives to reach this highest stage of competition. They compete for glory, for pride, for success, for sponsorships, and for their country. Most of all, however, they compete simply for the pure love of their sport.Here are seven Olympic-bound athletes from the Southeast to follow in the coming weeks, and a few of the regional facilities that help aspiring Olympians to achieve their goals.Scott ParsonsScott Parsons returns to the Olympics in 2012.the redemption chaserScott Parsons • Bethesda, Md.Whitewater Slalom K-1Scott Parsons represents the old guard in the sport of whitewater slalom kayaking.  The 33-year-old athlete from Bethesda, M.D., has already announced his retirement twice from the sport, but can’t seem to part ways without achieving his ultimate goal: an Olympic medal.After a respectable 6th place finish in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Scott was poised to achieve his goal on a very challenging course in the 2008 Games in Beijing. Known as a powerful and smooth technician on the water, he was America’s hope in K-1 Slalom, and he was physically and mentally capable of medalling.  However, his second Olympic quest ended in devastating disappointment due to a controversial gate touch.Scott stepped out of his boat after that run, and announced his retirement from the sport for the second time. In spite of his talent and lifetime devotion, he had come up short. It wasn’t until his wife, who has been the financial backbone for Parsons’ training, gave him her blessing that he decided to try one last time for what he knows he is capable of.This is it for Parsons – his third and final Olympics is here, and the fire that has been smoldering since Beijing has flared into a full-blown inferno.Shalane FlanaganA UNC graduate, Shalane Flanagan now trains in Chapel Hill.the finisherShalane Flanagan • Chapel Hill, N.C. MarathonShalane Flanagan was the 2008 bronze medalist in the 10,000 meter event, and she could be one of the country’s brightest hopes for a track and field medal in the London Games. Flanagan stormed past the frontrunners in the recent marathon Olympic Trials to notch both an American Trials best and her own personal best marathon time at 2:25:38. That is a sub-6:00 mile average for 26.2 miles straight.Flanagan is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill, NC, and won two national cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 before going pro in 2004. After a successful middle distance career, she has stepped up to the marathon.Flanagan truly sets herself apart with her finishing strength. She is capable of hitting another gear and leaving her competitors powerless to match her final mile blitz.This Tarheel is on a mission to break the American women’s marathon record and attain another piece of Olympic hardware.Terrence JenningsTerrence Jennings is the underdog who could surprise everyone in London.the upsetterTerrence Jennings • Alexandria, Va. TaekwondoTerrence Jennings is a young Taekwondo athlete with some serious momentum as he goes into his first Olympics.  This featherweight martial artist was able to pull off an incredible upset against superstar and 2008 Silver Medalist Mark Lopez in this year’s trials in March. Not only did Terrence beat Lopez, but he did so in true Cinderella-story fashion: he prevailed in a sudden-death elimination round at the end of a lengthy qualification match.He will actually join two of Lopez’s siblings in representing his country, but Jennings is fine with breaking up what has been referred to as the “royal family” of the sport. Jennings is a perfect example of the amateur spirit of the Olympics. His mother is a retired supermarket clerk, and his father is a retired Metro bus driver.  Their steadfast support and sacrifices have been unwavering since young Terrence first started in the sport when he was 11.Under Master Patrice Remarck, Jennings tirelessly tackled the intricacies of the sport. He endured brutal workouts around his studies during the week, and eight-hour marathon sessions on the weekends to hone his skills and stamina. He overcame dual knee surgeries over the past four years, one of which kept him from the 2008 Games.Northern Virginia and D.C. is rallying behind their hometown hero, and the Jennings family is saving travel money to support their son in person.Jeremiah BishopJeremiah Bishop is aiming for a podium finish in London.the technicianJeremiah Bishop • Harrisonburg, Va.Mountain BikeThere is no more respected figure in the world of American cross country mountain biking than Jeremiah Bishop, and it’s no surprise that he calls the mountains of Virginia home.This 31-year-old athlete truly separates himself through his versatility. His resume includes victories in cross country, marathon, short track, and stage race events alike, but he is most dominant in the endurance and ultra categories. He has won the Firecracker 50, the American Mountain Classic Stage Race, the Fools Gold 100, and the Offroad Assault on Mount Mitchell. He has lived and trained in Southern Appalachia for over a decade, but he is perfectly happy hurting feelings wherever he shows up. His consistent performances have gained him a spot on the USA Cycling National Team an unprecedented 12 times.As a member of the elite Cannondale Factory Racing Team, Bishop is often called upon to fill the role of leader in the sport. He has been a leader in partnering with the US Anti-Doping Agency to take a stand for a clean sport and discourage the use of performance-enhancing drugs of any kind. Using the tagline, “My Health. My Sport. My Victory,” Jeremiah is actively giving back to the sport that has been his passion for so many years.Manuel HuertaHuerta will fulfill his American dream this summer.the dreamerManuel Huerta • Miami, Fla.  TriathlonBorn in Cuba, Manuel and his family were driven from the country as political refugees when he was 13. Leaving behind his young life and starting anew, Manuel held onto his perpetual dream of competing in the Olympics.This spring, Huerta realized that dream for the first time. He needed a 9th place finish to qualify to represent the United States as a triathlete.  He poured his heart and soul into the race, and came away with exactly what he had hoped for – 9th place, and a spot on the 2012 Olympic Triathlon Team. At the end of the race, Manny scanned the other finishers to determine his fate, and was flooded with emotion when he counted only eight heads.Despite being slight of stature at 5’7” and 126 pounds, this athlete has a huge heart and a deep appreciation for what has gotten him to this point.“The U.S. opened its doors for me and millions of other immigrants who come here for better lives.  To represent the U.S. at the greatest sporting event is my way of saying thank you. I will make you proud.”Olympic Training in the SouthU.S. Whitewater CenterCharlotte, NCThe U.S. Whitewater Center is the premiere training facility for aspiring whitewater slalom athletes.  The Charlotte, N.C., course was designed by Scott Shipley, the same person responsible for the London course. This has been a powerful enabler for athletes who are trying to dial in their games in preparation for the big show in July.Pablo McCandless, former slalom Olympian and kayak instruction manager at the Center, says that the facility is a hub of Olympic development for one primary reason: “There is a great training group here, and that leads to success for all.” In spite of the fact that the U.S. has fallen behind European powerhouses such as Slovakia and Germany in the sport, Pablo believes that we could be on our way back to the days of Davey and Cathy Hearn, when our country was a dominant force on the international scene.“New courses, when coupled with excellent coaching and the next generation of young paddlers, are going to be the catalyst for excellence in the sport.”ZAP FitnessBlowing Rock, N.C.The ZAP Fitness Foundation is one of five Team USA training centers focusing on the training and support of young, post-collegiate American distance runners. Located in Blowing Rock, N.C., this facility provides for all the needs of aspiring distance athletes who have their sights set on the World Championships and the Olympics.Husband and wife team Pete and Zika Rea have set up the organization as a non-profit, and recruit athletes out of college. “Our goal,” says Pete, “is to put them in an environment of excellence.  They live, eat, and breathe running 24-7, and their peers push them to new heights.”The Foundation also offers private coaching for all skill levels of runners, and works with Reebok as their title sponsor to keep everything running smoothly.  With a growing Olympic hopeful list including 8th ranked U.S. marathon athlete Alissa McKaig, the proof is in the pudding. ZAP runners continue to make their presence felt in races worldwide.Lakeshore Foundation Paralympics FacilityBirmingham, AlabamaThis nonprofit specializes in creating independence and happiness for people from around the country with physically disabling conditions.  The United States Olympic Committee licensed the 45-acre campus as its first-ever official training site for both Olympic and Paralympic Sports, and its heritage of helping disabled athletes is only growing.Within the facility are state-of-the-art resources for wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, swimming, marksmanship, wheelchair tennis, and track & field. These training opportunities are augmented by the best athletic staff in the industry, as well as on-site lodging options for athletes.They also forged a partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to develop a world-class research program in rehabilitative science.  This confluence of extraordinary programs and research expertise has already enabled and empowered athletes and everyday citizens to reach their goals.Cullen JonesOther Athletes to WatchCullen Jones • Charlotte, N.C. SwimmingAn N.C. State Alumni, Jones made a big splash in the 2008 Games as the third leg of Michael Phelps’ 400m Freestyle Relay team.  That gold medal gave him the honor of being the second African American to earn a gold medal in the sport, and he will be back in 2012 to chase his dreams.Tyson Gay • Lexington, Ky. Track & FieldThis American sprint athlete is one of the fastest people on the planet. His personal bests place him 2nd in the history of 100m and 5th in 200m. A hamstring injury prevented him from securing any medals in the 2008 Games. He will be headed to London this month with his eyes firmly set on the podium.Check out one last Hometown Hero, we’ll give you a hint he’s 80 years old and has biked 165,000 miles…last_img read more

New Malta hub to power William Hill’s ‘digital multi-market’ vision

first_img Patrick Jonker – William HillFTSE250 bookmaker William Hill will move to a new multi-brand operating structure, focusing on delivering long-term international digital growth, led by new asset Mr Green’s Malta hub.Operating an expanded portfolio which has absorbed the brands of Mr Green, RedBet and further acquired igaming domains, William Hill has established a new Malta ‘integrated team’ leading expansions across established European and emerging territories.The Malta integrated unit will be led by Patrick Jonker William Hill’s International Managing Director, who assume the title of Mr Green Malta CEO, heading up the existing Malta leadership team.Appointed as William Hill international MD Patrick Jonker commented: “Mr Green is a successful business and I am looking forward to working with the team to maximise the growth potential of our leading brands and products.”Moving to complete its takeover of MRG Group assets, William Hill further informs that MRG Chief Executive Per Norman will be leaving Mr Green’s executive team as MRG completes its delisting from the Stockholm Nasdaq exchange.William Hill will, however, continue to benefit from Per Norman’s experience and expertise as Chairman of the GLHF.gg Joint Venture which is focussed on the fast-growing eSports market.Commenting on the executive changes Per Norman said:  “The strategic and logic of the acquisition is obvious, strong brands and size are prerequisites for future success. I am excited to be engaged and follow the William Hill group through my board position in GLHF.”As communicated in previous updates, the FTSE firm’s enlarged group digital strategy will be led by former Betsson AB Chief Executive Ulrik Bengtsson as Chief Digital Officer, who commented on initiatives;“We are making a small number of senior changes but otherwise we aim to allow Mr Green to continue to do what it does best and grow internationally.  We are very pleased that the Group will continue to benefit from the experience of Per Norman and Jesper Kärrbrink in exciting joint ventures in esports and game development. Patrick Jonker will lead the Malta team as it targets international growth opportunities.” Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Clippers’ Patrick Beverley on his defense: ‘I can’t help that people get irritated by me’

first_imgPatrick Beverley understands his role.The defensive stopper limited Kevin Durant’s impact in the Clippers’ shocking 135-131 comeback win over the Warriors on Monday. Los Angeles’ victory evened the opening-round series at 1-1. Durant and Beverley were both ejected from Game 1 in the fourth quarter after a verbal altercation.“I don’t try to get in people’s head man,” Beverley told reporters following the Game 2 victory (via NBC Sports Bay Area). “I can’t help that people get irritated by me. It’s not my fault. I go out there and I try to be the best defender on the f—g planet, consistently — (day) in and out, in and out. I take my role, I take my job, very seriously, and I do it for my teammates. Related News These three Warriors face more pressure with DeMarcus Cousins out “I understand my role, and I understand how to get stops. KD is not an easy cover, but it’s fun out there for sure.”Golden State held a 31-point lead with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter of Game 2. But, from there, Los Angeles cut into its deficit and eventually tied the score on a jumper by Lou Williams with a little more than a minute to play. Williams then knocked down another jumper a few possessions later and Landry Shamet connected on a clutch 3-pointer to put the Clippers ahead for good.Beverley had multiple key moments during the run, including stealing the ball away from Warriors star Stephen Curry.Patrick Beverley steal leads to a Danilo Gallinari dunk! #NBAPlayoffs #ClipperNation 109#StrengthInNumbers 1206:53 left on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/0qFt8S4ymK— NBA (@NBA) April 16, 2019Clippers coach Doc Rivers praised Beverley as well as Lou Williams, who scored a game-high 36 points.“(Beverley’s) so important for us,” Rivers told reporters after the game. “I think people get lost in some of his antics and stuff. But his spirit and his soul is so important for our team. He was encouraging everybody.center_img NBA playoffs 2019: Kevin Durant explains how he’ll prevent Patrick Beverley from getting into his head “I thought him and Lou in particular in the timeouts, when we were down, they kept going to the young guys. You could see that. I thought they was really important for us.”The Warriors and Clippers will face off in Game 3 on Thursday at the STAPLES Center. Tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more