WhatsApp Email Facebook Linkedin NewsBreaking newsRe batten down the hatches for day-late stormBy admin – December 23, 2013 532 Twitter Advertisement Andrew CareyHAVOC was caused last night after the promised storm and extreme weather front failed to deliver the deluge and high winds as promised, but it did make a lot of rain today.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, in an effort to right the wrongs of inaccurate forecasting, another severe weather warming has been posted for tonight where it is predicted that what was promised last night, will in fact turn up tonight and through to Christmas Eve.The entire west coast counties, including Limerick, has been ordered to re batten down the hatches and tie up the ponies as the storm front from Canada is due to land over the next few hours.Winds of up to 120km/h are due to rip up the coast while another downpour is expected.Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary journeys and anyone with planned travel itineraries should check with operators as ferries have been cancelled or delayed.Met Eireann issued a yellow wind alert and while not thought to be as strong as first predicted it is set to be increased.Temperatures will drop and while snow is not expected, some sleet and sideways rain will hit the country.Black ice and localised flooding will be present in parts.As the unpredictable weather has varied from hour to hour, a recent survey has shown that 80 per cent of all weather forecasts are wrong. Print Previous articleHungarian grandmother admits running Limerick brothelNext articleRevenue seize roll-your-own tobacco at Shannon admin
Michael Lenz Dear Editor:Mayor Zimmer sent a Nixle on the $8.5-10 million Hoboken owes to Suez Water. Yet in over 1,000 words the word “debt” never appears. Google defines debt as “something, typically money, that is owed or due.” There has been some nervous muddying from City Hall about whether the money is currently due, but there have been no claims that it is not owed. While City Hall has kept it pretty quiet,Hoboken does, in fact, owe $8.5-10 million to Suez, and Mayor Zimmer has known about it for years.But I can understand why she didn’t say so. Admitting keeping an $8.5-10 million obligation secret raises uncomfortable questions: 1) How long did the Mayor know about this debt? The Nixle alert says 2 years, at the last council meeting they said 4 years, and the reality is anyone’s guess. 2) Who knew, and when? Did city auditor Steve Wilcotz know? At the council meeting he said he didn’t, but the Nixle raises questions when it says “accountants” did. Which accountants? Which Council members knew before July? I know Cunningham, DeFusco, Fisher, and Giattino have said they knew nothing, and I think Russo and Ramos said so too, but I’m not sure on the rest. Even Councilman Bhalla would be expected to answer – recusing yourself from a vote doesn’t mean you don’t have to answer to the public. And what about the Mayor’s former chief of staff, now manager of the Bhalla campaign? It’s kind of hard to believe the chief of staff didn’t know. 3) Was this debt disclosed in the annual audits, and in recent bond offering statements? My strong suspicion is no. Was it required to be? I think it extremely likely. If some credible professional said it was ok to leave it out – as Mayor Zimmer implies in her Nixle – who were they, did they put those opinions in writing at the time, and why haven’t we seen the proof? It’s no wonder Mayor Zimmer is publically second guessing herself for going public on this before the election.Does any of this matter? I think it does. If “reform” means anything it means talking openly and honestly about what’s going on in City Hall. Despite what has been implied, no $8.5-10 million forgiveness is coming, there is no Santa Claus, and even though you can refinance your mortgage – or your water bill – you still end up owing the money. Why does this matter? Because when our elected leaders start hiding financial realities they invariably end by doing deeply damaging things as they struggle to avoid disclosure. About 17 years ago a past administration put short term priorities over long term fiscal health and signed the awful water deal that haunts Hoboken now. Had the facts not come out it could easily have happened again. Slow down. Get the facts. We’ve owed the money for years, we’ll still owe it in January. Let the next Mayor and Council decide. They, and we, will have to live with those decisions.
You ride your bike long enough, you’re gonna eat it sooner or later. Especially if you ride in a place like Pisgah National Forest, where the trails can be steep and stacked with off camber root gardens, mandatory boulder drops and little gnomes that jump out of the woods and push you off your bike. Sometimes, it doesn’t even take burly singletrack or mythical woodland creatures to knock you off your bike. Sometimes, you’re going 25 mph down a gravel road after surviving 20 miles of non-stop technical singletrack and combative gnomes and you do something stupid, like take a hand off the handlebars to adjust your helmet, and right then your front tire hits a babyhead in the middle of the road and your handlebars twist. And it happens fast, because you’re going 25 mph, so before you know it, you’re on the ground, elbow and shoulder first, then your face and knees. The bike lands on top of you, like a painful blanket.Ah, mountain biking.Shit happens. The only thing you can do is get back up, make sure nothing’s broken and keep pedaling. But what do you drink to ease the pain when it’s all over? When you’re back home and your picking gravel out of an open wound in your knee? That’s the real question.“Drink some whiskey and rub some dirt on it?”That’s what my buddy suggested after I picked myself up off the gravel.There’s a certain traditional logic to the suggestion. Think of all those great movies where the hero downs a shot of brown stuff and bites down on a strap of leather while his partner digs a bullet out of his shoulder.At this point, drinking a tall glass of bourbon while licking my wounds after eating shit on my bike has become a bit of a tradition for me. The way I do it doesn’t look exactly like those cliché hero/action movie scenes. I tend to whimper more than those dudes in the movies. Typically, nobody is pulling a bullet out of my body. Instead, it’s my wife hovering over me, silently recounting all of the other guys she could’ve married. Bankers and doctors who don’t come home broken and bloody. My ritual usually ends with my wife applying a Hello Kitty Band-Aid to my wound. So really, it looks nothing like those action movies. Except the whisky. That part’s the same.
Stacey Ili is back in the Connacht side for Sunday’s Guinness Pro 12 encounter with Cardiff in Wales.Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane and Kieran Marmion are all out through Ireland duty.Joey Carberry, Mike Ross and Dave Kearney all return from injury for Leinster’s clash with Treviso in Italy on Sunday.