Con-man cashes in on respite plight

first_imgEmail Linkedin THE Brothers of Charity have warned that a bogus fundraiser has been calling to County Limerick homes claiming to be collecting for the respite centre.Head of Finance at the charity, Mary Dundon told the Limerick Post that the con artist has been exploiting the good will of people who are aware of the plight of respite services, which have seen a dramatic reduction in government funding in recent months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The head of quality here, who lives in Pallasgreen, had a call from a neighbour who was visited by a man whom she described as well-dressed and who produced a bank account number that he claimed was in use by the charity”, Ms Dundon told this newspaper.“We have no idea who he is and we certainly have not received any donations from him. We have not begun our fundraising drive as of yet and would not be in favour of door to door collections in any case.“People have read about our situation and are eager to help, but we want to ensure that they don’t hand over their hard earned money to this con artist, who is evidently using the money for his own gain”.Meanwhile gardaí are warning that bogus workers are continuing to call to houses across Limerick, conning people out of their money.“If you are in doubt regarding the identity of a person calling to your home please err on the side of caution and don’t allow them in. If you have any concerns call your local Garda Station”, said a garda spokesperson. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsCon-man cashes in on respite plightBy admin – August 19, 2010 510 WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleKiely scuppers move to stall managerNext articleCreditors lose €1.7m after Clancy’s goes into liquidation adminlast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Band And Vulfpeck Announce Red Rocks Amphitheatre Performance

first_imgLast summer, Vulfpeck had the pleasure of making their debut at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Today, they’ve announced a big return to the venue, this time supporting the Trey Anastasio Band! It’s a double billing guaranteed to make any jam fan’s jaw drop.Trey Anastasio has been very quiet with his solo project in 2016. After releasing Paper Wheels and supporting it with a string of shows at the end of 2015, the band has only performed a twice in 2016. This headlining set at Red Rocks may be the signal of more TAB in 2017, or it could just be a one-off performance at a world-class venue. Either way, we’re certainly excited at the prospect of seeing the Trey Anastasio Band and Vulfpeck on the same night – May 31st, 2017.Vulfpeck has also announced that they will be performing at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, one night prior to this Red Rocks show. Tickets for that show will only be available as bundles with Red Rocks, for now. Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00am MST and ending Friday, November 18st at 10:00am MST, and can be found here. The general on sale starts this Saturday, November 19th, at 10 AM MST via AXS.last_img read more

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USC to test earthquake preparation

first_imgMore than 8.5 million California residents, including USC students, faculty and staff, are expected to drop, cover and hold at 10:20 a.m. today as part of the largest earthquake drill in state history.The number of anticipated participants in the event indicates an increased awareness of earthquakes and their potential damage, said Mark Benthien, director of communication, education and outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center.“This drill will be unique in that so many people will be doing it as a result of informed decision making considering the chances of an earthquake,” Benthien said.The Great California Shakeout aims to educate participants on what to do when an earthquake occurs and help test and prepare emergency response teams. USC students are encouraged to take part in the drill.The Great California Shakeout started in 2008 when scientists said Southern California was long overdue for a 9.5-magnitude earthquake, similar to the 9.5-magnitude Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960.“Research over many decades has confirmed we are long overdue for a big [earthquake] so this drill is more relevant than ever,” Benthien said.  “The nature of the landscape that [has] earthquake faults means we wont have a 10.0 — that is impossible, but we can have one that is close.”USC is located directly above an earthquake fault. The fault, however, only reacts every 500 years according to Benthien.Navid Nastar, an adjunct assistant professor of civil and structural engineering, said most USC buildings have been designed or retrofitted to satisfy the requirements of applicable building codes.“The majority of the buildings [at USC] are expected to stay relatively life-safe in the event of a large and unlikely earthquake,” Nastar said.He said one of the most important things to remember during an earthquake is to remain calm and to stay indoors because the exteriors of buildings normally sustain the most damage.“The worst thing to do is to panic and rush for exits [because] the falling objects from the façade of a building can be extremely dangerous.” Nastar said.In the event of an earthquake, USC Fire, Safety and Emergency Planning will station a Building Emergency Response team in each building to ensure the safety of people inside, according to Bill Regensburger, director of USC Fire, Safety and Emergency Planning.Mike Mahbobian, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said he has mixed feelings about the drill.“It’s a good way to improve earthquake preparedness, even though most people are likely to respond to their instincts rather than drill instructions,” Mahbobian said.last_img read more

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T&T Government examining policy to deal with influx of Venezuelans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Minister Denis Moses says the National Security Council has established an inter-ministerial team to examine the impact of an increasing number of legal and illegal Venezuelans into Trinidad and Tobago.Moses told the Senate on Tuesday that while he could not provide the exact number of Venezuelans now entering the country,  Venezuelans were fleeing their and entering Trinidad and Tobago “in a regular and irregular manner.”He said the Security Council had established the ministerial team “whose mandate is to present options for this country’s response to the issue.Migrant issue being reviewed“The inter-ministerial team’s draft response of Trinidad and Tobago to the Venezuelan migrant issue is being reviewed. Additionally the Ministry of National Security has been working with stakeholders, including international organizations to assess the needs of the migrants with a view to determining sustainable solutions that may be considered,” Moses said.He told legislators that any mass migration phenomenon “requires a collaborative methodical and deliberate approach in view of the fact that there are a variety of economic, social psychosocial, health and security issues that must be taken into account.“The government of Trinidad and Tobago is therefore working assiduously to ensure that any policy enacted takes due cognizance of these issue….”.Two million people have fled Venezuela The United Nations said recently that nearly two million people have fled Venezuela’s economic and political crisis since 2015, as it called for a “non-political” response to the exodus that is straining regional resources.The UN said that an estimated 5,000 people are leaving the South American country daily and some Caribbean countries, such as Guyana, which despite having a border dispute with Caracas said that it is prepared to accept Venezuelans “once the enter the country by legal means”.Moses told legislators despite reports that many of the Venezuelans arriving here were being exploited “ours is one that’s governed by good neighborliness and the rule of law”.last_img read more

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New Jersey Devils fire general manager Ray Shero

first_img“Ray is a talented hockey executive and I am confident he will have great success in the future,” the statement read. “However, Ray and I are in agreement that the Devils need to move in a new direction and that this change is in the best interest of the team. In the coming weeks and months, we will be launching a formal search for a new general manager.“We are very optimistic about our future and have a lot of talent, both on and off the ice.”MORE: Predators name former Devils boss John Hynes head coachShero had been the Devils GM since May 4, 2015, with the team making the postseason just once (2017-18) during his tenure. So far this season, Shero has overseen head coach John Hynes’ firing (replaced by interim bench boss Alain Nasreddine) and the trade of star forward Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes.Those moves did little to spur the team on to better things, as the Devils continued to languish at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division following Hynes and Hall’s departures.”There’s opportunity for them to find out where we are here and where we’re going to go because in term of being where we are this season . . . no one has really gotten to the level we expected or they would probably expect,” Shero said of the Devils’ players days after of Hynes’ dismissal. “Over the course of some time here hopefully that’s going to happen to really find out what we have here in terms of our players and where we’re going to go.” Ray Shero’s time as general manager of the New Jersey Devils is over.The 57-year-old and the Devils agreed to part ways, Devils managing partner and chairman Josh Harris announced in a statement Sunday. The Devils under Shero have accumulated a 16-21-7 record (39 points) this season heading into Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They sit second-last in the Eastern Conference and 13 points out of a wild card spot, a position that seems to be the last straw for Harris and other Devils’ higher-ups.“Our organization remains deeply committed to creating a sustainably winning franchise,” Harris’ statement said. “Our fans deserve nothing but the best hockey. We thank them for their continued support as we work toward our goals.”Tom Fitzgerald, who served as Shero’s assistant since 2015, takes over the Devils’ GM duties on an interim basis. In addition, former goaltender Martin Brodeur will act as “an advisor to and on hockey operations.”last_img read more

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