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Soldiers influx could put strain on barracks

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Advertisement CONCERNS have been raised among Defence Forces representatives about an expected influx of new and transferred personnel without a corresponding spend on facilities at Sarsfield Barracks in the city. Under the new organisational proposals, the Defence Forces are reducing the number of brigades which they have, and will be moving hundreds of personnel from some areas of the country to others. No personnel are expected to be moved from Limerick but it is anticipated that several hundred soldiers from Cork may be transferred to Sarsfield Barracks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In addition to this, the force is currently recruiting to expand its ranks by 600 in various disciplinesBut the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA,) says there is confusion about the move and has warned that infrastructure and facilities could come under pressure with the influx to Limerick city.“We would expect that this will not all happen at once, it will be over a period of time so, initially, the barracks and existing personnel in Limerick should be able to cope,” Gerry Rooney, General Secretary of PDFORRA, told the Limerick Post.But he added that further down the line, there may be serious pressure on the facilities an space at the barracks unless the department spends money on upgrading and facilitating in some areas.PDFORRA says it is “unclear” at this point whether defence personnel are going to be told where to go or if they will have choices.“We want to see our members having choice because there are many who might want to relocate to Limerick.“We don’t want to see people forced into anything. We also want to see them being given a choice of upskilling or retraining. There are some areas where we don’t have enough qualified personnel and others where we have too man. It’s a matter of matching one to the other,” Mr Rooney said.Reducing the number of personnel engaged in headquarters, admin and allied support tasks is a central element to the reorganisation process, according to PDFORRA Linkedin Facebookcenter_img NewsLocal NewsSoldiers influx could put strain on barracksBy admin – August 22, 2012 818 Print Email Previous articleLimerick to Galway train not on right trackNext articleDeirdre Lawlor has… The X Factor adminlast_img read more

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Sunday editorial: What is wrong with my state?

first_imgCommentary by Andy Speagle, Vice Chairman, Sumner County Democratic Party — What is wrong with my state?Like many of you, I’m a born, raised and educated citizen of Kansas.  I grew up in a small town and was always amazed at the beauty of this state and the friendliness and caring that I saw from my fellow Kansans.  I served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Army, and upon my departure from that institution I looked forward to returning home to my native land.  Sadly, as the years have drawn on, I’ve become somewhat less enamored with my home state.Andy SpeagleThe current failed government experiment, led by Governor Brownback and his cronies in Topeka, threatens to destroy our state.  As we stare down the barrel of another almost $300 million revenue shortfall, we are left looking forward to another raiding of our highway funds, primary, secondary and higher education budgets, retirement funds and other key social programs.  The government’s continued refusal to expand Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act leaves many of our seniors paying much higher medical care costs than necessary.  Why?  How could this happen to the state I call home?  How did we allow this to happen?It’s clear that our governor and state legislators have forgotten that their jobs are to serve the people; not themselves, not special interests and not their big business buddies.  What’s ultimately sadder is that we seem to be continuing to allow this.  When did we forget that the folks in Topeka don’t rule us, aren’t our lords and masters and are elected merely to represent and serve our best interests?  Does anyone truly believe it’s in our best interests for our schools to go unfunded, for our highways to fall into disrepair, for our citizens to be denied access to affordable health care options?This keeps happening because we, the people of this state, continue to surrender our sovereignty by electing and reelecting these so-called “representatives of the people” into office.  We blindly vote along party lines, not really understanding what harm those actions will bring to ourselves and our neighbors.  We seem to be so locked into these old ways of thinking that we can’t see the cliff coming until we’re already falling.How many more years of these disastrous state fiscal policies must we endure before we come to our senses and remember that this is OUR democracy?  How much more damage to our state will we allow before we grab the wheel back from these elected officials and avoid going over the cliff?  How many of you aren’t registered to vote, or are, but don’t vote and yet see what’s going on in the state and feel powerless to fix it?You’re not powerless.  Your vote is your power.  If you’re not registered to vote, fix it, get registered.  If you don’t vote, fix it, show up to vote in the upcoming primaries on August 2 and the general election on November 8.  If you don’t vote, you’re surrendering your power, your sovereignty to the elected officials in Topeka who clearly don’t care about you.  You’re telling them to do whatever they want with Kansas, because you just don’t care anymore.I hope, as a fellow Kansan who cares for his or her state, you’ll stand with me this year to cast your vote for a different state legislature.  The Sumner County Democratic Party meets the first Thursday of each month at the Wellington Library at 7 p.m.  Please come join us to learn more about how you can become involved with helping to take back Kansas from the abuses of the current legislature that continues to serve the disastrous Brownback policies.Please use the following contact information to get in touch with the Sumner County Democratic Party for more information:Danette Harris, Chair – [email protected] Speagle, Vice-Chair – [email protected] Heffron, Treasurer – [email protected] us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. -20 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 221 weeks ago “We blindly vote along party lines” You answered your questioned with a single phrase. Oddly, the republican party has never represented what is best for Kansas. It won’t make you a hippie if you vote Democrat, you won’t go to hell, you won’t lose your guns. Report Reply 4 replies · active 221 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down D. Floyd · 221 weeks ago Why should Kansan’s trade one proven political platform for another federally proven political train wreck? Report Reply 4 replies · active 221 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Jim · 221 weeks ago Mr. Spreagle, Thank you for your service in the military and thank for having the courage to participate in the political system. I am sure that you understand the other point of view that government should be limited and that the ultimate provider of income for government is not business, it is the worker. Some workers provide more services than other workers and they temporarily have more income than others and you would call them rich. By taking money from the rich and giving it to the non workers is the answer of socialism or progressivism as you call it now. If the State of Kansas had a surplus, it would be spent somewhere. If the State of Kansas broke even, someone would complain. If the State of Kansas had a 2% deficient, someone would complain. HIGHLIGHTS •Between fiscal years 2014 and 2015, total government spending in Kansas increased by approximately $686 million, from $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2014 to an estimated $15.0 billion in 2015. This represents a 4.56 percent increase.[1][2][3] •In Kansas in fiscal year 2014, 53.0 percent of total tax revenues came from sales taxes and gross receipts. Income taxes accounted for 38.7 percent of total tax collections. •Education accounted for 43.5 percent of state expenditures in fiscal year 2015, while 22.4 percent went to Medicaid. References 1.↑ Bureau of Labor Statistics, “CPI Detailed Report Data for February 2015,” accessed April 4, 2016 2.↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 National Association of State Budget Officers, “Examining fiscal 2013-2015 state spending,” accessed April 4, 2016 3.↑ InflationData.com, “Cumulative Inflation Calculator,” accessed April 4, 2016. The cumulative rate of inflation Report Reply 12 replies · active 221 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 221 weeks ago A democrat whining about our Republican governor. Wow, what a surprise! It’s amazing how someone who served in our Armed Forces could support a “president” who has done everything possible to show his contempt for our military and our country. Report Reply 3 replies · active 221 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down John · 221 weeks ago I served in the infantry of both Marines and Army. This alone does not qualify me to serve as a competent representative of the Republic. Article 4 section 4 of the Constitution states. The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them from invasion……. So original intent is always essential in learning or relearning the truths of what our country is supposed to be. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 221 weeks ago Stop voting party lines says the vice-chair of the Sumner County DEMOCRATIC Party. lol “How many more years of these disastrous state fiscal policies must we endure before we come to our senses and remember that this is OUR democracy?” That sentence alone tells me how much credence I should put into this editorial from someone with standing in a governmental party organization. Report Reply 4 replies · active 221 weeks ago -25 Vote up Vote down Eric Pierce · 221 weeks ago Why do we even have parties anymore. More time is spent arguing over whos party is right or wrong rather than what the actual problem is. I am sick and tired of whiny little entitled clowns. Tax each one of the 330,000 LLC’s who currently pay NO income tax $1,000.00 a year to operate in the state of Kansas. Oh we would have a surplus all of a sudden in tax dollars? What do you know problem solved by a 27 year old when 100 and some ELECTED officials are busy raping every fund our state needs to stay afloat. It is not rocket science guys. It is common sense. Report Reply 5 replies · active 221 weeks ago -21 Vote up Vote down Eric Pierce · 221 weeks ago Oh come on. If you can’t afford to pay $1,000 a year to help your state fund all their important programs when you aren’t currently paying anything you probably shouldn’t be in business in the first place. Almost every state in the US has income tax on businesses. Why do I have to pay taxes on my income but they don’t? In fact I am taxed when I earn money and taxed when I spend money. Hell some of these businesses are even tax exempt so they don’t have to pay sales tax either when they buy things. Its time everyone pay their fair share and not punish our kids young and old for a bunch of idiots in Topeka who can’t tie their shoes let alone control our finances. When they go into “overtime” sessions to balance a budget they should lose money from their salaries not pay them overtime. The way things work are not good for the people. Everyone needs to go and we need a fresh start. Report Reply 5 replies · active 221 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down {2} · 221 weeks ago In all honesty you should start a petition to oust Brownback and is cronies. Next, hold an election to vote in who you deem fit to do the job. After that you will have yourselves to blame just like you have yourselves to blame for putting up with the crap. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 221 weeks ago There is a number of petitions already. 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Jail concerns drive big increase in complaints for State Ombudsman in 2018

first_imgDES MOINES — The State Ombudsman’s annual report shows complaints to her office increased by 5,000 in 2018.Ombudsman Kristie Hirschman says the number of complaints is the highest in 17 years and was pushed up by a continued increase in complaints about prisons and jails.  “They’ve been up 68 percent since 2016 — I believe specifically they were up 34 percent last year and another 20-some percent this year,” Hirschman says.Hirschman says the types of complaints from prisoners are pretty much what they have been hearing for many years. “The complaint categories haven’t changed over the years — whether it’s prison or jail — traditionally and historically the highest number of complaints have been regarding health services. And secondly, conditions of confinement,” Hirschman explains. “So, the categories haven’t changed, we are just seeing a significant increase.”Hirschman says the prison population has increased, but that is not the only reason for the increase in complaints.“In talking to sheriffs and jail administrators, they would attribute that to some of the mental health issues that they are having to deal with,” according to Hirschman. “We all know that the prisons and jails have become and are the warehouse for the mentally ill in many respects. So, that could be a contributing factor also.”She says some of the jailhouse complaints don’t rise to the level where they take any action. “If the nature of their complaint is that their food tray was two hours late, two days in a row, we’re going to tell them that they can file a grievance, but an issue like that is something we are not going to look into that because there wasn’t any significant harm to them in something like that,” Hirschman says.Hirschman says they sometimes can look into a case and get it taken care of quickly, and cited one case in particular. She says a jail staffer who was mad at an inmate for kicking a door played nursery rhymes on loud volume for a long time to punish the inmate. “That’s not appropriate.” Hirschman says they talked with the Sheriff and the situation was resolved.Hirschman’s office saw a lot of complaints about Managed Medicaid in 2017, and she says that has kind of leveled off. She says they have declined more provider complaints and referred them to Provider Services because the Iowa Legislature directed Provider Services to handle some of the inquiries. “We do follow up with providers to be sure that they did get the problem resolved — and if they didn’t, then we still make some inquiries,” Hirschman say.The Ombudsman’s Office often has people who call in who haven’t explored all their other options first. Hirschman says it’s important to check your options before calling her office. “Regardless of when or whether people contact us, if there is an available appeal or grievance process, I would really encourage them to take advantage of that,” Hirschman says. She says the grievance and appeal processes often work better than people might think, and you should see if that helps you solve your issue.Hirschman says there are some calls where she says they tell the caller they need to consider the circumstances of what happened and know that some things can be unavoidable. For example, this year has been an awful year for county roads, between the rain and the snow and the ice and the freezing and the thawing. So, we’ve seen an uptick just since January 1st of this year on complaints about the condition of county roads,” she says.Hirschman says people need to understand that county officials are doing what they can in tough circumstances and there is not a lot her office could do to change that situation.last_img read more

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Boy in India has 500 Teeth Extracted

first_imgA little boy in India is doing well after having more than 500 teeth removed from his mouth.An unusual medical condition caused a seven-year-old boy to grow more than 500 teeth.The boy was complaining about mouth pain and when doctors took x-rays, they found a sac in his jaw filled with abnormal teeth. Scans showed hundreds of masses on the lower right side of his jaw, which led to a five-hour surgical procedure at Chennai’s Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in India.Medics removed 526 denticles from a tumor in the boy’s mouth on July 31, 2019.The hundreds of teeth ranged in size from point one millimeters to around a half-inch.Doctor’s say this unique case and the procedure was their first. Doctors confirm the boy was suffering from a rare condition called compound composite odontoma.They don’t know what causes the condition, but say it could be anything from genetics to environmental factors like radiation.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag reckons Virat Kohli will outdo all of Sachin’s records except one

first_imgAdvertisement arrqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs263Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyitz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxa5qfWould you ever consider trying this?😱a67uCan your students do this? 🌚5s9ntRoller skating! Powered by Firework Legendary Indian attacking batsman Virender Sehwag feels Virat Kohli is the best batsman of this generation. In an interview at New Delhi he stated that when the Indian skipper is on form, he is unstoppable. And that if he continues to increase his batting prowess and hunger for runs, he will break at least a few of Tendulkar’s monumental records. Kohli, who scored two back-to-back centuries in the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies, has 43 ODI centuries to his name and just needs seven more to break Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 49 centuries.Advertisement “At the moment, Virat (Kohli) is the best batsman. The way he is scoring centuries, the way he is scoring runs, he is the best. I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records,” Virender Sehwag told in an interview.Advertisement While the ‘Master-Blaster’ scored 18426 runs in his ODI career at an average of 44.83, Kohli has a staggering average of 60.31 in 239 ODIs. However, in Test cricket the captain of the ‘Men in Blues’ is way behind of Tendulkar’s centuries record with Kohli on 25 centuries (77 Tests), 26 behind the record 51 centuries (200 Tests) by Sachin.“But there is one record no one can break. That is, his (Sachin) 200 Test matches record. I don’t think anyone can play more than 200 Test matches,” Sehwag added.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more