Wounded Libyans to get specialist treatment in Limerick

first_imgEmail CASUALTIES of the Libyan conflict have arrived in Shannon to receive specialist treatment in Ireland. The injuries were received during the conflict to free Libya from Muammar Gadafy’s regime.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fourteen wounded landed shortly after 5.20pm yesterday on a flight from Tunisia via France. The men will undergo surgery for a range of injuries, including gunshot and shrapnel wounds.A large number of supporters from the 2,500 plus Irish Libyan community, congregated at the airport to cheer on their fellow citizens. Gifts were handed out to the war wounded from the well-wishers.It is understood that four of casualties will be treated at Barrington’s Hospital in Limerick, while three others were taken to Cappagh in Dublin. Another seven of the injured are to be treated at the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway.Gerry Burke, chief executive of the Bon Secours in Galway, told waiting reporters: “The injuries are mostly to the upper body and orthopaedic in nature and some will require surgical intervention.” Facebook Previous articleO’Gara looks forward to 100th cap at ScarletsNext articleJudge not impressed with Presley’s Jailhouse Rock admin Print WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement NewsLocal NewsWounded Libyans to get specialist treatment in LimerickBy admin – December 5, 2011 704 Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Morningstar, CoreLogic, and More … Next: Can Online Lending Decrease Risk? Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Black Knight Delinquencies Delinquency Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes Mortgage delinquency Serious Delinquencies 2018-02-22 David Wharton Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Mortgage delinquencies dropped 8.6 percent between December and January, but remained up year-over-year, according to the latest First Look at January mortgage performance data from Black Knight, Inc.Black Knight cites calendar-related effects and a continued decrease in hurricane-related delinquencies for driving the number of past-due mortgages down in January 2018. As Black Knight’s data explains, December ended on a Sunday, meaning payments could not be processed on the final two days of the month. This helped artificially inflate the December delinquency rate, which explains in part why January saw such a sharp decline. When combined with the fact that there were fewer hurricane-related delinquencies, this drove a decrease of 210,000 past-due mortgages between December and January.Nevertheless, the delinquency rate was still elevated year-over-year—up 1.6 percent compared to January 2017. Moreover, while hurricane season’s impact on delinquencies continues to diminish, things certainly have not completely stabilized. Black Knight reports that there are still 146,000 loans in some stage of delinquency as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 132,000 of which are now seriously delinquent.Black Knight also provided an early look at January data on the Puerto Rico mortgage market, which, like much of the island, was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria. According to Black Knight, 57,000 loans are still delinquent as a result of Maria, with 49,000 of them more than 90 days past due.Many of the delinquent homes in Puerto Rico were granted extra time in the form of widespread foreclosure moratoria. However, many of these moratoria are beginning to expire, resulting in a spike in January foreclosure starts as these loans reverted to foreclosure status. Foreclosure starts came in at 62,300 for the month of January, marking a 12-month high, although Black Knight points out that “this reflects that procedural shift and not the resuming of active foreclosure actions (though suggests that is a possible scenario when the moratoria do officially end).”The population of loans in active foreclosure increased by 6,000 from December to January. Also, the share of seriously delinquent/active foreclosure population that moved through to foreclosure sale (completion) in January climbed 42 percent from December, although Black Knight notes that December’s numbers were artificially low due to the annual holiday season moratorium on foreclosures.The top 5 states in terms of 90+ days delinquent percentage were Florida (3.96 percent), Mississippi (3.37 percent), Louisiana (2.68 percent), Texas (2.33 percent), and Alabama (2.13 percent).You can read Black Knight’s full January First Look at January mortgage performance data by clicking here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike Tagged with: Black Knight Delinquencies Delinquency Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes Mortgage delinquency Serious Delinquencies in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Journal, News February 22, 2018 3,200 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Man remains in custody over alleged armed robbery

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A 22-year-old man arrested by police at Lisnagelvin Road, Derry yesterday evening remains in custody.He is assisting police enquiries into alleged armed robbery, burglary and theft incidents in the city. WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+center_img By admin – December 22, 2015 Man remains in custody over alleged armed robbery Previous articleMaggie Farrelly to take charge of Dr McKenna tieNext articleRSA advise motorists to take care as orange weather warning issued for Donegal admin 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans are Thrilled for Rupert Grint’s B’way Debut in It’s Only a Play

first_img 2. Emma Stone, Cabaret—36% If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The big screen star is tapped to make a “perfectly marvelous” debut as Sally Bowles, taking over from Oscar nominee Michelle Williams beginning November 11. Stone was originally in talks to lead the production, but scheduling conflicts led to her bowing out early. Looks like this time, she’ll win. Hope you like nervous breakdowns and prairie oysters, Emma! View Comments It’s here! It’s finally here! The fall Broadway season is underway as a herd of new productions light up the Great White Way. And with those shows come stars galore. Many screen actors are tapped to make their heavily anticipated Broadway debuts this fall in various plays and musicals and we wanted to know which star’s Broadway debut you were most amped for. Here’s what you had to say! 1. Rupert Grint, It’s Only a Play—40% The Harry Potter fave makes his debut this fall in the Terrence McNally comedy as Frank Finger, a wunderkind director. He’s part of a star-studded cast that includes Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing. Not bad company to be in for your first Broadway bow. Hopefully, this will pave the way for more wizards and witches to get their names on a marquee. 3. Keke Palmer, Cinderella—6% September 9 will be a “lovely night” for the small screen star and talk show host, as she makes her Great White Way debut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner. She will be joined by two devious stepmothers: Sherri Shepherd, and beginning November 25, NeNe Leakes.last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 4

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we looked back on last night’s Euro 2016 action as France beat Iceland 5-2 to reach the semi-finals. We also previewed another action-packed day at Wimbledon as Andy Murray faces Nick Kyrgios in the last 16. And we also bring you the latest from another busy weekend of Super League action and look back on the Austrian Grand Prix. All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.last_img

No boos. No tracksuits. No moneyphones: Sharks’ Kane returns to Buffalo

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — No boos. No tracksuits. No money phones.Evander Kane is expecting a friendly reception when he makes his return to the ice in Buffalo on Tuesday as a member of the Sharks, a 180-degree turn from the mockery he faced when he went back to Winnipeg as a member of the Sabres in 2016.“I can imagine that it will be positive,” Kane said after practice in Buffalo on Monday. “I’m sure they’ll be excited.”Get Sharks news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Sharks Report …last_img

Using waste to save the world

first_imgMethane burning. The gas, a powerfulfuel, is produced from the decay oforganic material in the biodigester. It’salso a serious greenhouse gas, andburning it for household use renders it farless harmful to the earth’s climate.(Image: National Science Digital Library) Peter Bysshe stirring the holding tank –probably the least pleasant part of owninga biodigester, but not that big a deal.(Image: Jennifer Stern) A dome biodigester under construction. Construction of the reed bed thatperforms the final filtration of thebiodigester’s recycled water. The completed reed bed of Bysshe’sbiodigester.(Images: Agama Energy)Jennifer SternGlobal climate change is a reality, and the only way we, as a nation and a species, are going to avoid catastrophe is to utilise our resources more sensibly.There are lots of ways of decreasing waste, saving water and generating alternative energy. But there’s one piece of technology that does all three at once – a biodigester. And the Overstrand Municipality on the Western Cape’s southern coastline is the first local authority in South Africa to pass plans for one in an urban area.That’s quite a big step, because biodigesters deal with the unmentionables we all prefer not to think about. But it’s not thinking that creates so many problems. Let’s face it, none of us likes to really reflect on what happens after we flush the toilet, but the reality is that we use litres and litres of perfectly good drinking water to flush away our waste, which is then processed at the cost of quite a bit of energy before being released into the sea or river systems.More and more people are realising that they are flushing away good quality nutrients and energy, and so are looking at alternative ways of dealing with human waste – and have discovered loads of benefits. It’s all about thinking of it as a resource, not just something we need to get rid of. One such person is Peter Bysshe. When he bought his house in Stanford, he needed to decide whether to install a new septic tank, or to go for a biodigester.“I took the long view,” he says. “It cost about 15 or 20 grand more, but it was worth it.”Bysshe’s main motivation was to recycle the water he and his family used in the house to water the large garden. “But I’m not saying no to free gas,” he says with a smile.The Bysshe family of four, plus domestic staff, do all their cooking on methane produced by the biodigester.“We came on line during the load shedding in 2007,” Bysshe says, obviously pretty pleased with his timing. In 2007 and early 2008 South Africa was hit by a series of planned power outages after rapid economic growth put a strain on the country’s electricity grid.“It takes about three or four weeks before you start getting gas. We’ve been going for 16 months, now and it’s been great Once or twice it’s been low, but the next day it’s up again.”A forward-thinking municipalityBysshe lives in the pretty country town of Stanford, part of the Overstrand Municipality, which includes the coastal towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai that are famous, respectively, for southern right whales and great white sharks. Country towns can be quite conservative, so Bysshe was pleasantly surprised with the response when he applied for permission to build the biodigester.“They wrote to DWAF [Department of Water Affairs and Forestry] and asked what the requirements were. We had to put in an additional baffler system before it flows into the reed bed – to purify the water more. They wanted it to get to the point that, when I was watering the garden, I wasn’t contaminating the ground water.“They took groundwater readings before we built it, and they check it every year.”How it all worksBiodigesters are pretty simple. The main fermentation tank looks rather like a giant pizza oven buried in the ground. Obviously, gravity plays an important role in the process so the level of the bottom of the tank, or dome, is dictated by the fall necessary to get the waste from all the toilets and drains in the house.All the waste from the drains and toilets flows into a holding tank, and then into the dome. A separate inlet with a cast-iron cover allows users to add kitchen waste, garden waste and other organic material.In the dome, all the organic material ferments to form methane, which is tapped off and piped to the stove in the house. Waste water flows from the bottom of the dome through a series of anaerobic baffled reactor tanks, also called expansion tanks, which progressively remove remaining pathogens from the water by simply allowing them to die through lack of oxygen.The holding tank and all the baffler tanks are accessed by simply removing their cast-iron covers. All of these processes happen underground.From the last tank, the water flows into a bed of reeds, which do the final purification of the water. The reed bed is an open pond filled with course stones to a level higher than the overflow. So the reeds grow directly in the water but – to all appearances – are growing in course gravel.Any pollutants remaining in the water nourish the growing reeds so that, once they have utilised all available nutrients, the water is clean enough be used on the garden, thus re-entering the groundwater system.Maintenance is minimalUsing a biodigester is taking control of the process of waste disposal – unlike the head-in-the-sand approach of most urban people. It requires a certain amount of dedication, but the maintenance is minimal.“You have to stir it about once a week,” Bysshe says. “Otherwise it cakes up. You want to keep it as liquid as possible. You stir it with a paddle. There is a slight odour when you open it, but it’s not like a honey sucker.” (“Honey sucker” is the rather euphemistic name for the tanker trucks that suck raw sewage from tanker trucks.)It’s not a very high-tech process. He opens the tank up, shoves in an old scaffolding board and – well – stirs. I watched him doing it and, while it’s certainly not jasmine or orange blossom, the smell isn’t that bad. It’s definitely less offensive than a long drop – not that that’s saying much, I know. And when it is closed there is no smell at all.The system must be adequately fed. As well as all the toilet discharge and grey water – water used for bathing and washing dishes, for example – Bysshe adds kitchen waste, grass cuttings, bits of paper, and even dog poo.“Everything in moderation,” he says. “If it hasn’t had grass, for example, you introduce it slowly.”  A diagram of Agama Energy’s domestic biodigester (Image: Agama Energy) Saving resources and saving the worldWhile the primary objective is to effectively and efficiently utilise all the resources at hand, a biodigester also reduces your carbon footprint by burning methane, thereby turning it into carbon dioxide, instead of letting it escape into the atmosphere.“Methane is 23 times worse than CO2,” says Neil Parker, an engineer working for Agama Energy, the company that designed the biodigester.  What that means is methane – the ultimate greenhouse gas – traps 23 times more of the sun’s energy than carbon dioxide.While Parker’s company have produced Bysshe’s and one or two other domestic units, they aim to focus on larger projects, where economies of scale would make the whole thing more affordable.“We’re trying to start a rural biogas programme,” he says. “What you want to encourage is setting up small scale biogas plants at individual household level. Guys who have a few cattle, and can get manure, they can use that for fuel.“It improves their lifestyle tenfold. They’re not walking 10 kilometres a day to get firewood, and it burns cleaner, so there’s less health risk.Most of the biodigesters set up so far in and around Cape Town have been built from scratch out of bricks – an expensive exercise. But Parker says they’re looking at cheaper ways of mass-producing the domes, which are usually the most expensive parts to build.“At the moment we are developing a tank. We’re going to make the first ones from fibreglass, and then we’ll start rotomoulding them in plastic.”Bysshe says it’s a win-win situation.“The benefits are huge. The water and the gas, and ultimately, it’s sustainable. We’re creating a positive impact on the environment. It’s the difference between being green and being sustainable. This is sustainable.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesGreenpeace takes on Africa Bikes for Africa – from bamboo Power from the African sunUseful linksAgama EnergyOverstrand MunicipalityDepartment of Water Affairs and Forestrylast_img read more

New homes for Soweto residents

first_imgLufhereng is the biggest housing project in Gauteng. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) After living in a Soweto farming settlement without proper shelter for about 15 years, Itumeleng Malebo has finally moved into a new house.Malebo, in his early 30s, is one of the beneficiaries of the Lufhereng housing scheme taking shape on Doornkop and Zuurbult farms in Soweto – South Africa’s largest and most famous township in south-west Johannesburg.The unemployed Malebo moved into his semi-detached house on 14 August 2010, where he stays now with his 20-something cousin, Tshepo Mfati.Soon after relocating, Malebo found a way of keeping hunger at bay by starting a spaza shop, which he runs from one of the bedrooms of the new house.“I opened my shop immediately when I moved in last Friday,” he said.He mostly sells groceries in his fledgling enterprise, and business has been growing gradually as fellow residents trickle into the newly developed area.This is what’s motivating Malebo to expand his small-scale venture: “I want to put in shelves very soon,” he said.The government officially handed over Lufhereng’s completed houses to beneficiaries on 17 August during a ceremony attended by community members and Minister of Housing Tokyo Sexwale.Lufhereng is a combination of Sesotho and Tshivenda words, meaning a place where people come together.Mixed housing optionsSince late 2008 more than 900 houses have been built on the 18 000ha site, which will eventually accommodate between 24 000 and 25 000 dwellings. It’s Gauteng’s biggest government housing project.“Every week we will be moving people into Lufhereng,” said Ruby Mathang, a leading official in the City of Johannesburg’s housing department.The new project’s beneficiaries are primarily Doornkop and Zuurbult farm labourers and residents, as well as people from Protea South informal settlement and elsewhere in Soweto.All these individuals registered for government’s social housing scheme in 1996 and 1997, including 79-year-old pensioner Nomfesane Mthula, who’s lived in the Protea South informal settlement since 1982.Lufhereng is a mixed housing project, meaning it has residences available for free, for the unemployed; and houses for middle- to high-income earners, who qualify for a bond.In the future it will also have houses for rent, schools, a business complex and other facilities.“Families with differing income levels will have access to an array of different accommodation options,” said Johannesburg’s mayor Amos Masondo. “The demand for housing remains high.”Farming to continueThe farmland on which Lufhereng is being built won’t disappear completely, as the government plans to set aside a portion of 480ha for cultivating crops.This will benefit the experienced and aspiring farmers of the area, according to the Gauteng provincial government.Black Economic Empowerment cooperatives will also be able to cash in on the agri-business scheme and Gauteng expects 10 000 jobs to be created through agricultural opportunities there.Breaking new groundThe Lufhereng project is one of many that the government is leading as part of its policy called Breaking New Ground.About 8 000 housing projects are under way across the country thanks to this concept, which aims to speed up development of new formal settlements and eradicate slums.The housing department was allocated R15-billion (US$2-billion) in the 2010 national budget to build new houses and has intensified its fight against corruption, which has plagued the sector over the years and seen many houses being handed over to incorrect owners.The Special Investigating Unit has been roped in to probe 20 “problematic housing projects” across the country, as well as private contractors and employees of the department.last_img read more

A look at some political incorrect instances of slapping

first_imgSome celebrities get slap-happy when they are angry. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh allegedly slapped BJP youth wing activists in Ujjain, enraged by the black flags they were waving at him. Here are more politically incorrect instances where the hand did the talking.Wendi Deng Murdoch, left, slapping a protestorWendi Deng,Some celebrities get slap-happy when they are angry. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh allegedly slapped BJP youth wing activists in Ujjain, enraged by the black flags they were waving at him. Here are more politically incorrect instances where the hand did the talking.Wendi Deng Murdoch, left, slapping a protestorWendi Deng Murdoch, when an angry protester tried to hit Rupert Murdoch with a pie in Parliament in London during a hearing of British MPs, Wendi Deng, in demure pink, sprung from her seat like a Ninja and landed a tight one on the intruder. That’s called being a tiger wife.Cricket might be a sport but the players certainly aren’t sporting. Hot-tempered Harbhajan Singh handed a resounding slap to S. Sreesanth during the 2008 IPL series when the then Kings XI Punjab player took a jibe at Mumbai Indians Bhajji for having lost the match.Comic actors can get nasty sometimes. Two years ago, Govinda slapped a fan who was trying to take pictures on the sets of a film. A few months later he socked director Neeraj Vora during the shoot of the film Lucky because actor Aryan Vaid had accidentally slapped Govinda too hard during a scene.How can she slap? If you don’t know this term, it would serve you well to log onto YouTube and find out its origin. The host of an Indian reality show Dadagiri, in her endeavour to be dramatic and raise TRPs, slapped a contestant. The startled boy slapped her back. When the crew members restrained the contestant, he yelled “How can she slap?”advertisementlast_img read more