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Brick thrown through window of moving car

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsBrick thrown through window of moving carBy admin – September 12, 2012 535 Print Twitter AN O’BRIENSBRIDGE motorist had an horrific experience when a rock was fired at his car, shattering his window and cutting his arm.Anthony Hayes was driving past the railway tracks at Longpavement last week when a person jumped out and hurled a rock at his jeep.The window shattered and shards of glass came flying in, cutting his arm. Anthony’s wife, Leeanne Hayes, contacted the Limerick Post to warn other drivers about the incident.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It was dreadful. He was in complete and utter shock. Luckily, there was no-one behind him as he had to really break hard. It was a terrifying experience,” Leeanne said. The incident happened so quickly that Mr Hayes couldn’t see whether the person who threw the rock was an adult or not. The incident happened at around 9.30pm.Leeane said that her husband contacted the gardai to report the matter “and we were told this is not the first time this has happened along there. It was very traumatic and we wanted other drivers to be aware that this has happened along that road”.center_img Previous articleTwo convicted of soliciting sex from undercover gardaiNext articleParents and children warned of suspicious approaches admin Email Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Emergency Food.

first_imgLogically, Amy Hopper doesn’t think the arrival of the newcentury is going to affect her family’s food supply. But the motherof two young children isn’t taking any chances.”Every time I go grocery shopping, I buy an extra bagof sugar, an extra bag of flour, a box of powdered milk and agallon of water,” Hopper said. “I don’t think we’llactually have to have it. But we can always use it.”University of Georgia food experts support Hopper’s logic.Storing Extra Food is a Smart Idea”We aren’t telling people to go out and stock their pantriesbecause of Y2K. But we are telling them it’s a smart idea to stockyour pantry for emergencies,” said Elizabeth Andress, anExtension Service food safety specialist with the UGA Collegeof Family and Consumer Sciences. “Every family should haveat least a three-day emergency food supply to fall back on.”Andress said having an emergency food supply cuts down on thestress level in emergencies and natural disasters.”Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or snow storm, a naturaldisaster could prevent you from running to the grocery store topick up supplies for dinner,” Andress said.”Having an emergency food supply on hand will providepeace of mind for you and your family,” she said, “nomatter what disaster may come your way.”Select the Right Foods for Emergency ConditionsThesize of your emergency food supply depends on the size of yourfamily and home storage area. Stock only nonperishable foods.”Select foods that require no refrigeration, little orno cooking and little or no water,” Andress said. “Chancesare, if you’re in an emergency situation, you aren’t going tohave the luxuries of electricity and running water.”Stock your food supply with ready-to-eat canned meats, fruitsand vegetables. Remember to buy containers that can be used upin one meal or snack, since you will most likely be unable torefrigerate leftovers.Add canned juices and soups and canned or powdered milk. Includebottled water and extra water to mix with the powdered milk anddilute the soups.Supply enough fluids (milk, juice, water, etc.) so each familymember is allotted at least 2 quarts of fluids per day.Your supply should also include staple foods such as sugar,salt and pepper and high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly,crackers, granola bars and trail mix.Remember the Extras”Don’t forget to throw in some comfort foods, too, likecookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals and instant coffee andtea,” Andress said.And don’t forget your vitamins. Be sure to include vitamin,mineral and protein supplements to assure proper nutrition.When stocking your emergency supply, keep in mind any specialneeds in your family. Have you included special foods for infantsor elderly family members?Don’t forget to include a hand-operated can opener, scissorsand knife for opening canned foods and foods in foil or plasticpouches. The last items in your food supply should be disposableplates, cups and utensils.Replenish Your Supply Yearly”Once you have your food supply together, make a listof dates when food items need to be inspected and possibly rotatedout. Then replace them with newly bought items,” Andresssaid. “Canned foods can last two years. But for best quality,use them within one year.”Powdered milk may be stored 12 to 24 months. Most of the otherfoods in your emergency supply should be used or rotated out withinone year. Over time, replace any food cans which may be rusty,leaky, dented or bulging.Now that your emergency food supply is intact, store it ina cool, dry place. Store dry supplies off the floor in a clean,dry, dark place away from any sources of moisture.(Photo by Sharon Omahen, University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Newly formed US pension plan group seeks international members

first_imgA newly-formed US pension scheme body – Global Peer Financing Association (GPFA) – set up to increase and encourage peer-to-peer trading activity in the securities lending and repo markets, is looking for international members.The group – formed by California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), and State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) – is looking to create a “more efficient and actionable way to increase and encourage peer-to-peer trading activity in the securities lending and repo markets for the benefit of asset owners,” it said.Although the initial GPFA founding members are all US pension funds, the group is interested in expanding membership to include other global pension schemes, large asset managers, insurance companies and “other beneficial owners who share a common interest in the business of peer-to-peer securities lending or repo”, it added.“We are excited to increase participation in GPFA,” said Rob Goobie, assistant vice president of collateral management, derivatives & fixed income at HOOPP. GPFA’s members also include independently owned third-party securities lending agent eSecLending, law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and financial data analytics company Credit Benchmark.“We believe it is important to promote the interest of members in making the financing market more efficient and effective. We see GPFA as a central connection point to foster collaboration and information sharing within the buy-side community,” he added.Dan Kiefer, investment manager at CalPERS, said the current members came together as a group of “like-minded peers” and recognised that there was a need for more information and support related to securities lending and repo activities.“By transacting with our peers, we have been able to increase revenue generated from our securities lending and repo activities while also expanding sources of liquidity for our plan,” he said.“GPFA is focused on educating beneficial owners about credit approval solutions for non-rated counterparties and ways to navigate challenges through central connection points that allow peers to trade with each other efficiently,” said Jerry May, senior portfolio manager at OPERS.He added: “We recognise each beneficial owner has different factors to consider when evaluating alternative counterparties. GPFA has developed a framework of resources to help other peers understand and navigate the approval process as well as the ongoing administration of trades for those that do not have internal resources to support securities lending or repo activity directly.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Benteke – I knew my time would come

first_img Press Association Tim Sherwood was appointed in February after Lambert was sacked and since then Benteke has scored more goals than any other player in the league – including eight in his last six games. A winning strike against Tottenham on Saturday gave Sherwood a win on his return to White Hart Lane and steered Villa six points clear of the bottom three and Benteke revealed he always had self-belief he would rediscover his devastating touch. “You know the expectation, it is high,” he said. “But when I came back I knew it was going to be hard. “But I didn’t put pressure on myself. I knew my time would come and I would get back to my old level. “I have a big faith. In life you have some bad times and some good times and maybe now it’s my good time and I just try to enjoy it.” Sherwood has overseen three league victories since taking charge at Villa Park and Benteke said he has felt a new lease of life under the former Spurs head coach. “He give us a lot of confidence and freedom and we try to deal with it,” added Benteke. “He has tried to give me a lot of responsibility and tell the players to play a lot with me, try to be in a position where I can shoot and get some chances. He knows our strengths and he tries to use it, simple.” The Belgian international had a superb first season at Villa Park – scoring 23 goals and attracting attention from across Europe – and although he remained at the club he did not hit the same heights last year and has seen his third campaign plagued by injury. A ruptured Achilles tendon in April saw Benteke miss the World Cup and he did not make his comeback until October – by which time Villa were looking at another season of scrapping for their top-flight future under Paul Lambert. Christian Benteke insists he always knew he would get back to his best after a frustrating season – with his recent run of goals putting Aston Villa in a position to maintain their Barclays Premier League status. Sherwood himself said he had talked to Benteke after taking charge as he looked to utilise the goalscoring capabilities of the 24-year-old. “I think Christian was on the back of being dropped I think,” the Villa boss said. “Yes I’ve had chats with him, told him what I think of him, and how everyone in Europe seemed to want him a year ago. “That doesn’t just vanish, so let’s get him back to firing, let’s get him back to training properly, and scoring goals. He’s worked hard on the training pitch, everyone else has worked hard behind him.” Benteke has the support of his manager and team-mates as Ron Vlaar, who shackled Harry Kane and Tottenham’s other strikers with a classy display in north London, knows the forward’s form could be the difference in the battle to survive. “He’s massive and unbelievable for us,” the Dutchman said. “He is our main target. He can score goals and we need his goals to stay up. He gave us a win at Tottenham – which is massive. “I wouldn’t like to play against him. He keeps you sharp in training as well and makes you better. He was unlucky to get that big injury and is back now.” Benteke will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form when Villa take on Liverpool in a Wembley FA Cup semi-final next weekend, although Sherwood will be without suspended Carlos Sanchez after he was sent off late on at Spurs. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark could also miss out having been replaced due to injury in the win – which leaves Tottenham down in seventh in the table and with Champions League qualification now looking improbable. Nacer Chadli, a compatriot of Benteke, believes a discussion is needed amongst the Tottenham squad to ensure their season does not peter out into a mid-table finish. “We all have to help each other,” he said. “The oldest ones need to help the youngest ones and the youngest ones need to help the oldest ones. That is how the group is working. I guess we need to have a little chat this week to sort it out. “Probably we will maybe talk about it this week and see what everyone has to say. I don’t really know the reason why we have been flat but we have to sort it out that is for sure.” last_img read more