Print NewsSlow council payment putting pressure on contractorsBy Staff Reporter – December 29, 2013 594 WhatsApp Facebook Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin Previous articleWoman dramatically rescued from Limerick fireNext articleMovement on Adare bypass Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie by Alan JacquesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] city council has been asked to speed up payments to local contractors who are being left out of pocket for weeks after completing jobs.Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea says he has been contacted by a number of local builders who have completed City Council grant-aided work for householders without receiving payment.He described the situation as “disgraceful” and insisted that the Council should be part of the Government push to create employment and assist small businesses with cash flow issues.“Contractors have been left with serious cash flow problems because the City Council are extremely slow about paying once the contract is completed. In some cases, the contractors have completed several contracts without payment and are asked to do even more jobs before they receive a penny,”he claimed.“All of these contractors have to pay wages and purchase materials with no credit from suppliers long before they get paid by the Council. As a result, these contractors are encountering serious cash flow issues.“One contractor suggested to me that his cash flow situation was so bad he would have to take out a credit union loan to get through Christmas. Unfortunately, it’s another example of paying only lip service to the needs of the small and medium enterprise sector,” he said.One local contractor who carried out work for the City Council onseveral occasions told the Limerick Post that this issue was an “on-going problem”.The contractor, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing further contracts with the Council, said the situation was putting unnecessary pressure and worry on his business.“I can’t understand why it’s taking seven to eight weeks to receive payment and why the Council don’t pay the contractor directly. The cheque is sent to the person in council housing that we carry out the work for and then the onus is on them to pay us. It’s a bizarre situation.“I first have to pay thousands of euro out of my own pocket on materials and wages. There have been emergency situations where I’ve have had to go to the Credit Union and take out money because of the delay in payment from City Council.“Up to a few days ago when a cheque finally arrived, it was looking like I would have to take it out of the Credit Union to get through Christmas. The Council should pay the contractor directly and sooner,” said one angry contractor.There was no comment from Limerick City Council at the time of going to press. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy TAGScontractorscouncilslocalMusic Limerick Spike Lee’s editor to deliver editing workshop for local filmmakers
Griffin, Georgia, native Bethany Harris has found the perfect job using her entomology and horticulture education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). As assistant director of education at Callaway Gardens, Harris truly works out in the field, overseeing the butterfly center and educational gardens, managing over 200 volunteers, and teaching workshops for the public.A 2009 graduate of Griffin Christian High School, Harris earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental resource science in 2013, a master of science degree in entomology in 2015 and a doctoral degree in horticulture in 2018, all while taking most of her upper-level courses on the UGA Griffin campus.“My degrees exposed me to working with pollinators and butterflies, so this job is a perfect fit for me,” said Harris. “In addition to the butterfly center, we have an outdoor butterfly garden and my research at UGA centered around native pollinators and butterflies.”Harris said her doctoral work with CAES horticulture Professor Bodie Pennisi at UGA-Griffin exposed her to many horticultural concepts that she brings to her new role.At Callaway Gardens, she hopes to reestablish an insect zoo and is working with her UGA colleagues in the UGA Department of Entomology to make that a reality. She also plans to establish a honeybee colony at Callaway with the help of a volunteer beekeeper.To learn more about the degrees offered at UGA-Griffin, go to www.griffin.uga.edu.
Batesville, In. — The southeast Indiana YMCA will kick off their annual campaign with “Trivia Night” on Monday, August 20 at Izzy’s at Hillcrest beginning at 5:30 p.m., competition begins at 6 p.m.Money raised during the event be used to allow low-income residents access to wellness, exercise and children’s programs.Tickets are $20. Please RSVP by calling 812-934-6006.
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(Source: radiosarajevo.ba) Benjamin Buric, the goalkeeper of the handball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Wetzlar team, played at the “All Star” match of the German Bundesliga, where a selection made from the players all over the world and a national team of Germany met.This year’s “All Star” match was played last night in Leipzig, and in the world team Buric’s colleagues at the goal were a player from the recently completed European Championship – Swede Mikael Appelgren (Rhein-Neckar Loewen) and his compatriot veteran – Mattias Andersson (Flensburg). BH gatekeeper will replace Andersson in the next season of the former European champion from the north of Germany.Buric has obviously already gained a great reputation in the Bundesliga, probably the strongest handball league of the world.His quality was confirmed at the “All Star” match, which included handball giants such as: Andreas Wolff, Steffen Weinhold, Patrick Groetzki, Uwe Gensheimer, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Mads Mensah Larsen, Lukas Nilsson, Andy Schmid, Hans Lindberg, Holger Glandorf…
By Elizabeth WulfhorstMIDDLETOWN–Sydney Closs hasn’t decided where she will attend college next fall, but thanks to the Samsung American Legion Scholarship, she has $20,000 to help pay for it.Closs, a senior at Middletown High School North (MHSN), was one of only ten students nationwide who received the scholarship, available to direct descendants of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. Closs’ maternal grandfather, Daniel Malone, served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.In 1995, Samsung gave the American Legion a $5 million endowment for the establishment of a scholarship fund for family members of U.S. citizens who are war veterans. According to the American Legion, “the gesture was inspired by the support of the U.S. troops that came to the aid of South Korea while defending themselves against opposing Chinese and North Korean forces.”“Words cannot express my gratitude to Samsung and the American Legion,” said Closs. “When I received the call last week I was so excited I could hardly speak. This scholarship acknowledges my hard work and my grandfather’s service to our country and I know he would be very proud if he were still alive.”In order to even be considered for the scholarship, Closs first had to be nominated by teachers and administrators at MHSN to attend the American Legion’s Auxiliary Girls State program.According to the American Legion website, each state holds a “nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship.” During this “intensive week of study,” girls work together to learn about their state government. Candidates to the program are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, patriotism, community involvement, extracurricular activities. A similar program is held each year for boys.During each state program, one student is nominated to apply for the scholarship. Nominees must then complete an application similar to a college application, providing transcripts, a résumé and answering essay questions. Closs’ essay topics were about the most significant challenges in her life, and her long term goals for school and career. According to the American Legion, each applicant is selected based on his or her application and their involvement in school and community activities, academic record and financial need.Of the 100 applicants, ten receive $20,000 each, while all others receive a smaller monetary award, this year $750. She was one of two New Jerseyans to win the scholarship; the other is a resident of West Deptford. The other eight recipients come from other parts of the country.Closs is currently at the top of her class academically and has been a competitive swimmer since the 4th grade. She swims on the MHSN team and for the Red Bank YMCA Aqua Rockets and volunteers as a swim coach Special Olympics. Closs is interested in studying math and astrophysics in college.
Preney won gold mixed quad with Elizabeth Lund, Joanne Segur and Chris Smith along with the top prize in the Men’s singles.Meanwhile, Segur, combining with Preney in mixed quad, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in women’s doubles and gold in women’s quad.Lund won gold in mixed quad, women’s doubles and women’s quad.Steve Knight of Nelson won a gold medal in men’s doubles and silver in men’s singles while Petra Kromer took gold in women’s quad.Pat Desjardins, a native of Nelson who now lives in Victoria, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in men’s singles and gold in men’s doubles.The Nelson Sprints regatta hosted 65 rowers from Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club in Idaho, Kelowna Rowing Club, Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, South Cariboo Rowing Club and Vernon Rowing Club. Races were held in both Masters and Junior Events; Singles, men’s doubles, Ladies doubles, mixed doubles, and the same configuration for quad races. There were 22 races in the 1000-meter distance course that started on the opposite side of the Kootenay Lake near the Prestige Inn, ending at Lakeside Park. Local rowers won a host of medals at the 2014 Nelson Sprints Regatta held Saturday on the waters of Kootenay Lake.The trio of Dominique Preney, Elizabeth Lund and Joanne Segur, pulled in nine medals combined to lead Nelson.