New homes for 50 Laois families following €745,000 government investment

first_img Electric Picnic New homes for 50 Laois families following €745,000 government investment By Alan Hartnett – 21st May 2021 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 50 Laois families are expected to be in new homes by the end of this year following a €745,000 investment from the government.According to Laois TD Sean Fleming, the Department of Housing has granted the funding in order to enable Laois County Council refurbish and re-let 50 houses this year.The Minister for State at the Department of Finance welcomed the news and hopes that local people will also be employed to carry out this work.He said: “This is great news as 50 families can now receive houses from the Council before the end of the year.“Under the scheme the Department will cover the cost of up to €11,000 for 45 properties for refurbishment.“For houses that require significant investment to bring them back into use the Government will provide €50,000 for each of the five houses that have been identified by the Council.“I look forward to Laois County Council proceeding with this work as soon as possible to ensure all of these 50 families are in their new homes over the coming months.“Finally, this is really good news for local builders and tradespersons who can get good local work under this scheme.“This will ensure this money will be spent locally and I ask the Council to do everything possible to employ local people to work on these house refurbishments.”SEE ALSO – Residents of Laois housing estate unhappy as 46 new social houses set to be constructed by Cluid Pinterest Home News Council New homes for 50 Laois families following €745,000 government investment NewsCouncil Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois Gardai seize almost €100,000 in fake bank notesNext articleIn Pictures: Knockbeg College host annual Parents’ Day and Awards Ceremony Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival TAGShousesSean Fleming Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announces Colorado 2016 ‘Tourcation’ Dates

first_imgRiding high off of a successful fall tour including a major Halloween run of “Dead Zeppelin” shows, the funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has just announced dates for a run of shows in Colorado. Coming to The Centennial State next spring, the band will kick off the tour with two nights in Telluride, CO on March 24th-25th,  and continue through April 2nd in Denver.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Mash-Up 30 Minutes Of ‘Dead Zeppelin’ TunesThe band also recently announced a major four-night run for New Years Eve, with more details available here. Check out Pigeons’ full tour schedule via their website, and stay tuned to L4LM for more PPPP content coming soon!last_img read more

NCAA basketball: San Beda romps past CSB, gains share of No. 1 spot

first_imgClement Leutcheu was the lone double-digit scorer for the Blazers with 12 markers.It was also the Blazers’ fourth defeat in its last six matches to slide down to 8-7 win-loss slate.In the first game, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas continued its dominance of San Sebastian College Stags. It eked out a come-from-behind 85-77 victory in overtime.The Altas clawed back from five points down with a minute to go in fourth quarter to force an OT and then dominated the Stags in extra time to book their fifth win in row and 10th overall in 15 outings.Prince Eze continued to make a case for the MVP plum as he played all 45 minutes and powered his way to game-highs 25 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks for the Altas./PN San Beda Red Lions’ Robert Bolick evades the defense of College of St. Benilde Blazers Clement Leutcheu for a layup during their NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball game at the San Juan Arena. SPIN.PH PHOTO MANILA – San Beda University Red Lions cruised to its eighth straight win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball following a 77-55 win over College of St. Benilde Blazers at the San Juan Arena.Robert Bolick led the way with 19 points and four assists on Thursday night while Jayvee Mocon and Donald Tankoua chipped in with 13 markers apiece.The victory allowed the defending champions Red Lions to force a deadlock at the top of the standings at 14-1 with Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, which came from a 92-76 win over Mapua University Cardinals.“We had doubts entering this game because Benilde had their backs against the wall,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “But we needed this win as well to solidify our spot in the top two. I think we secured a playoff berth for the twice-to-beat.”last_img read more

Trapped Alaska Airline Ramp Attendant “Had Fallen Asleep”

first_imgABC’s Alex Stone reports… The ramp agent was an employee of Menzies Aviation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Alaskan Airlines flight from Seattle to Los Angeles had to be turned around for an emergency landing today.center_img Stone: “Just after take-off from Seattle, passengers reported hearing banging and screaming coming from the belly of the plane, it was believed a stow away might’ve been in the wheel well. The captain declared an emergency and returned to Seattle. Upon landing, Alaska Airlines says a ramp agent, the people who handle the bags, was found inside the cargo hold. Alaska Airlines said the ramp worker said he fell asleep in the belly of the plane, when he awoke he was locked in. It is pressurized and temperature controlled, the ramp agent is OK and the airline is working now to figure out how the worker got locked in.”last_img read more

#JennStrong UPDATE: My wife needs a bone marrow transplant

first_imgIt’s been 36 days since my wife, Jennifer Aparicio, was diagnosed with leukemia and as we go deeper into solving the mystery of this blood cancer and navigating how she will survive this diagnosis, we’d like to update the thousands of people who have reached our way regarding her condition and our situation. We sincerely appreciate the #JennStrong love.On the night she was diagnosed – March 20 – we had to make a family decision regarding how public or private we were going to be with her cancer. Once we told our inner circle of friends and family, we realized that there was going to be no way to “hide” from this leukemia or my public status or her extended family, friends and loved ones. In the world of social media, we’re all very active and we think that’s healthy.We quickly decided that we’d rather be transparent and go after this cancer the way we’ve done everything in our lives: “all in.” We couldn’t hide. We couldn’t stop rumors or misinformation if we decided to unplug or hide from the world – as many people did for many years before the explosion of the internet and social media. We didn’t want people worrying and wondering: “How’s Jenn?” So, we decided to simply be ourselves and share our information with the world.Honestly, we were blown away by the rapid response, reach and love that so many people showered us with in the first few days after her diagnosis. Now, more than a month later, she hasn’t left her hospital room for more than a few minutes at a time to wander the halls of Johns Hopkins. She hasn’t seen a sunrise or sunset in 37 days. She hasn’t seen Kitty (except on Skype) for 38 days. She’s attached, via a tube in her chest, to a stand that she takes everywhere. She has no immune system and is susceptible to virus, illness and fever at any time so having lots of visitors isn’t smart, safe or feasible.Cancer sucks. It really, really does.We have posted a myriad of funny pictures, some tender moments, some Red Sox love from Boston, some gifts and upbeat videos, but please don’t let us fool you – this is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed. It’s gruesome. Lots of blood, kidney issues, breathing difficulties, waiting, needles, procedures, tests, fevers, chills, rashes, itching, exhaustion, nausea, diarrhea, lesions and sores in her mouth and general aching all over – it’s the worst thing you can possibly imagine.And, again, I’m not going through it. I’m just observing and agonizing almost helplessly while I do everything in my power to will my best friend to victory over this disease in the coming months.She’s really tough. Just as I wrote last month, we believe in the cure. We believe in a happy ending. And we’ve befriended and met people who are survivors and they’re all coaching Jenn along in this journey. Over the next few weeks you’ll meet them on my radio show, “The Happy Hours” on WNST.net & AM 1570 and you’ll hear their stories of survival.Erik Sauer, who is the founder of There Goes My Hero, beat this thing in 2008. Michele Bresnick Walsh, made famous by her incredible trip to Fenway Park where Big Papi and the Red Sox Nation gave her #JennStrong love and a #BostonStrong jersey before the Orioles game last Saturday on marathon weekend, is also a survivor (and major O’s fan) is helping coach Jenn through this fire.They are living, breathing “heroes” in my heart and mind. They’re trying to help save my wife’s life. It doesn’t get any more powerful or profound than that. And only because someone else saved their life.Jenn and I learned of her true diagnosis a few weeks ago and have come to grips with the fact that only a bone marrow transplant can save her life.This is a rocky road, navigating a rare form of leukemia calledlast_img read more

Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce

first_imgNEW YORK | Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as “good,” ”better” or “best” based on the supplier’s farming practices.FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Victor Hernandez stocks apples in the produce section at Whole Foods, in Coral Gables, Fla. Whole Foods on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as “good,” ”better” or “best” based on the supplier’s farming practices. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Most notably, the supermarket chain says its “responsibly grown” labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.The program will start appearing in the nearly 400 Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Wednesday, with the rankings being noted on signs where prices are listed. Not all produce and flowers that Whole Foods sells will qualify.The standards were developed by Whole Foods and are not an official government designation.Whole Foods is trying to draw a sharper distinction between itself and its competitors, in part by making shoppers feel more empowered about their purchasing decisions. The grocery chain already has ranking systems for meat and seafood, which takes into account animal welfare and sustainability standards, respectively.Whole Foods, based in Austin, Texas, has nevertheless seen its sales growth slow as traditional supermarket chains and big-box retailers have muscled in on the market for organic and natural products. To hold onto customers, executives have said they plan to more clearly state what makes Whole Foods stores different.Matt Rogers, global produce coordinator for Whole Foods, said the “responsibly grown” program is major push toward eliminating the use of certain pesticides that studies have indicated can be harmful to farm workers and children born to mothers exposed to them.Although organic standards prohibit a more comprehensive list of pesticides, he said the “responsibly grown” program could encourage non-organic producers to stop using some pesticides.He also noted it’s intended to address other factors people care about, such as water use.The program shouldn’t result in higher prices for shoppers, but Rogers said such labeling typically helps boost sales because people feel better about what they’re buying.Kari Hamerschlag of Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, applauded Whole Foods for prohibiting a fairly comprehensive list of pesticides to qualify for its rankings. To achieve the “best” rating, however, she noted only four of the seven major pesticides shown to be harmful to bee populations were prohibited.Information about what the rankings signify will be available online and in brochures in stores.To achieve a “good” rating, Whole Foods says suppliers also have to take 16 steps to “protect the air, soil, water and human health.” The steps vary in difficultly, however. For instance, the first is that the supplier meets regulations regarding matters such as irrigation.Michele Simon, a public health lawyer and author of “Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back,” said private retailers can play an important role in pushing suppliers toward better practices. But she noted that such rankings by companies can also lead to consumer confusion if not done properly, especially if there isn’t transparency behind how they’re determined.Whole Foods said suppliers will submit compliance information through an internal website. If the applications raise any red flags, the company may ask for more documentation or perform on-site audits. Whole Foods declined to provide a comprehensive list of additional steps suppliers would have to take to qualify for the “better” and “best” rankings.Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoilast_img read more

Feed store blaze

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Ducky ducky quack quack

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Intermediate Hurling Championship reports

first_imgKilconieron 1-17 Castlegar 1-7 – Gordon Duane reports…Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/IHC+Kilconieron+V+Castlegar.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Meel+Eyrecourt+0-20+Kiltormer+1-10+IHC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Meelick Eyrecourt 0-20 Kiltormer 1-10 – Darren Kelly reports… There were 3 games in the Galway Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend, with victories for Meelick Eyrecourt, Kilconieron and An Spideal. Here are the match reports: An Spideal 2-15 Annaghdown 1-14 – Sean Walsh reports…Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/An+Spideal+v+Annaghdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Caltra Cuans U10’s To Play On All-Ireland Ladies Final Day

first_img1St Patricks (Drangan and Cloneen)Tipperary 3Ballymun KickhamsDublin 2017 TG4 All Ireland Finals Half Time Exhibition Games 5FenaghLeitrim 4DingleKerry G4M&O 4MountrathLaois Ballyhaise (Cavan), St. Brigid’s (Dublin), Caltra Cuans (Galway), Dingle (Kerry), Latton Ladies GFC (Monaghan) and Sperrin Óg (Tyrone) are the 6 lucky Under 10 clubs that will play at half time in one of the 3 TG4 All Ireland Finals. The great tradition of having our Gaelic4Mothers&Others clubs represented at half time in the TG4 All Ireland Finals also continues as we welcome Lámh Dearg (Antrim), Bride Rovers (Cork), Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin), Mountrath (Laois), Fenagh (Leitrim) and Athlone (Westmeath) to take part in the half time exhibition games.The officials for the exhibition games will come from the Under 14 groups from St. Patrick’s Drangan & Cloneen (Tipperary), Mullahoran (Cavan) and Fingallians in Dublin. Cork will provide the ballgirls for all 3 of the TG4 All Ireland Finals as Glanworth were the lucky winners of this honour.All 16 clubs can now begin making their plans for September 24th as they will be part of the action at Croke Park on TG4 All Ireland Finals day.Speaking about the announcement of the Half Time Exhibition games National Development Manager, Paula Prunty, said ‘This is a great day for all 16 clubs as they now know that they will be part of the biggest day in Irish women’s sport. It is great to see such a mix of ages getting to take part in the action as we welcome players from our Under 10 clubs, officials from Under 14 squads and, at the other end of the scale, we have our great Gaelic4Mothers&Others teams having the opportunity to play in Ireland’s most famous stadium. We, in the LGFA, want to girls and women of all ages the opportunity to play our sport and this is further evidence of our commitment to this principle.’Dublin have already secured their place in the TG4 Senior All Ireland Final with Tipperary also preparing for the 24th having secured their place in the Intermediate decider. The remaining 4 counties that will contest the TG4 All Ireland Finals will be confirmed this weekend as Cork meet Kerry for the right to meet Dublin in the Senior Final and Tyrone will take on Sligo with the winner meeting Tipperary in the Intermediate decider. Fermanagh and London will contest the Junior Semi Final with Carlow meeting Derry in the second semi final with both matches being played in Lannleire on Sunday. 6Sperrin ÓgTyrone 3Caltra CuansGalway 5Latton Ladies GFCMonaghan print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 2Bride RoversCork U-10TeamCounty 3FingalliansDublin Each year a select group of Ladies Gaelic Football clubs are selected from the huge amount of entrants to be part of the TG4 All Ireland Finals. This year the finals will take place on September 24th and 16 clubs representing 12 counties will be amongst those lucky enough to be involved in the action as part of the Half Time exhibition games, as officials for those games or as Ball Girls for the TG4 All Ireland Finals. 1BallyhaiseCavan 2St. BrigidsDublin U-14 Officials 2MullahoranCavan 1Lámh DheargAntrim Ball GirlsGlanworthCork 6AthloneWestmeathlast_img read more