Million-gallon leak found

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook WhatsApp Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live A LEAK which has seen millions of gallons of water going down the drain over a period of seven years has provided the answer to why Shannon man, Pat Madden’s new water meter was telling him he had used 1.6 million litres in less than two months.The water meter installed in his home home clocked his water usage as being equal to flushing the loo 1,069 times a day or taking a bath 26 times a day.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But on Wednesday, a crew from Irish Water dug until they found the cause of the problem – a badly leaking pipe in a corner of the gardenTaxi driver Pat Madden was astonished to discover that his meter showed he had used more than 1.5 million litres of water in the 79 days after it was installed – the equivalent, given the amount of water contained in a standard cistern, of flushing the toilet every 79 seconds.Mr Madden said that 19 days after the meter was installed, he checked the reading . “I was shocked – according to the meter, I had used 372,000 gallons of water. It was ticking so fast it sounded like a bomb”.Pat, who lives alone, took a test reading at 11am on November 26 and another one at 5pm that day.“It recorded that I had used 5,000 liters of water in that space of time – which was extraordinary, considering I wasn’t even at home.”After turning off the water going into the meter to see if it was working and establishing that it was, Mr Madden sealed off the water coming into his house. “But the thing kept registering water going through.“I never wanted this meter installed in the first place. I don’t mind paying for clean water but you can’t even drink the stuff coming out of the taps in Shannon – it smells like Parazone. I filter it twice before I use it for tea or cooking and I drink bottled water”.Withe the leak located and promptly repaired, Mr Madden said that “to be fair, if the water meter had not been installed I would still know nothing about a serious leak. I would advise people to check their use regularly after they have meters installed and question it if it’s excessive”. Email TAGSfeaturedIrish WaterlimerickShannon Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleBen Portsmouth is the Ultimate King of rock’n’rollNext articleNew album from Cathy Davey early 2015 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsBreaking newsMillion-gallon leak foundBy Bernie English – January 28, 2015 995 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedinlast_img

Ocean City Honors ‘The Butcher’ for His Service to Council

first_imgRetiring Ocean City Councilman Scott Ping holds a mock Ping Real Estate sign.After serving eight years on City Council, Scott Ping participated in his final meeting on Thursday night.A pair of Ghosts of Budgets Past came to visit.John Murphy — the president of the local firefighters union, who had famously dubbed Ping “The Butcher” two years ago when he and Keith Hartzell (“The Paper Salesman”) proposed saving money with a new staffing model for the Ocean City Fire Department — presented Ping with a plaque immortalizing his nickname. (Ping is a co-owner of Boyar’s Market.)John Loeper, head of the nonprofit U.S. Life Saving Station 30, presented Ping with a lifetime membership to the Station. Ping had maintained a perfect record of voting against every resolution related to the Station, vowing to never spend another penny of taxpayer money on the rescue of the historic building.John Loeper presents Councilman Scott Ping with a lifetime membership to his favorite historic Life Saving Station.Ping did not seek re-election to a third term, and his term expires on June 30.But friends (and rivals) showed up Thursday night to thank Ping for his service. They paid tribute to a man who was never afraid to speak his mind in plain terms — but who always managed to do so with professionalism and respect.Mayor Jay Gillian presented him with a ceremonial “piece of the boardwalk.”Having survived a rancorous debate over the use of rainforest hardwood on the boardwalk, Ping looked at the piece and said dryly, “At my age, pine’s going to last a lifetime.”Former Board of Realtors President Kevin Redmond told Ping that all retirees end up doing the same thing, and he handed him a gift to unwrap.“The Firefighter” (John Murphy) and “The Butcher” (Scott Ping) share a laugh.The gift: a mock Ping Real Estate sign.At the end of the tribute, a visibly moved Ping said, “It’s been an honor to serve the people in Ocean City … I’m going to miss it, but thank you.”A resolution honoring Ping is as follows: HONORING M. SCOTT PING, COUNCILMAN AT LARGEWHEREAS, Scott Ping has been a respected member of the City Council beginning July 1, 2006 and served as City Council Vice President from July 1 2007 through June 30, 2008 and distinguished himself as City Council President from July 1, 2008 through June 30 2009; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping has brought tireless energy and invested countless hours for causes he believed in, such as fighting for the taxpayer in the following areas: overall budget reduction through attrition as well as reduction in overtime in all city departments along with the unique EMT program for the Fire Department and kept a watchful eye over city investments, which included the Life Saving Station; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping was a member of the Open Space Ad Hoc Committee and served as a Class III member on the Ocean City Planning Board beginning July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, where he was involved in the planning of the Commercial Business Zone and the Commercial Business 1 Zone and passionate about development and zoning issues. One of his finest achievements was protecting the neighborhood businesses from being replaced by duplexes; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping played an important role in the establishment of the Ethics Board and recommendations for its members; andWHEREAS, Scott was part of the dynamic Hartzell/Ping duo forever known as the “Paper Salesman” and “The Butcher” and will always be known for his “Pingisms,” which were unique one-liners that ended up in bold print in our local newspapers; andWHEREAS, Scott will be missed by those who attended or watched council meetings because he had the unique task of kicking Hartzell in the shins when he spoke too long; andWHEREAS, in his concern for all the residents of the city, Councilman Ping was always available to assist any resident in need; andWHEREAS, in 1986 Scott and his wife, Gail, became partners in Boyar’s Market, a famous local Ocean City establishment, and was active with his wife volunteering to set up for the “After Prom” festivities; andWHEREAS, Scott is an Ocean City graduate, attended Penn State and is a devoted and passionate Penn State fan; a true “Survivor” TV fan, having tried out for the show on three occasions. He is also an avid concert attendee with a real affection for country music; andWHEREAS, Scott is an avid traveler to many foreign and exotic places, and he is most happy when chilling out in Key West, Florida, soaking in the good life of sun, fun and relaxation.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Ocean City do publicly acknowledge Scott Ping for his leadership qualities and dedication to the residents of our community and wish him and his family much happiness and success in the years ahead.Councilman Keith Hartzell reads a resolution honoring his friend and colleague Scott Ping.last_img

Students participate in Black Friday shopping

first_imgWhen major retailers like Walmart and Target began their Black Friday sales over Thanksgiving break, the shopping rush drew some Notre Dame students straight from the dinner table. Senior Michelle Ferreira, a Los Angeles native who stayed in South Bend for the break, started Black Friday on Thursday. “I ended up leaving dinner at about 9 p.m. [Thursday], and I headed over to Walmart” she said. “They opened everything at 10 p.m. and it was pure chaos. It was absolutely nuts.” Ferreira had never heard of Black Friday before coming to Notre Dame, she said, and she was surprised by how seriously some took the sales. “People waiting had lawn chairs out, it was completely packed,” Ferreira said. “You had to know what area you wanted, because people had obviously scoped it out days in advance. There was like a 200 person line in every aisle. I wanted to get out as soon as possible.” Ferreira said some of her fellow bargain-hunters let the mania get the best of them. “I didn’t see pepper spraying or gun shots or whatever, but I saw people crying, I saw some disputes between people,” she said. “They were cutting in line, there were some disputes between families — there was just chaos.” Ferreira walked out of the store unscathed with a number of additions to her movie collection. “It was $1.96 for DVDs. And they were recent movies, too,” she said. “I got The Hangover and my brother wanted Fast Five Blu-ray for Christmas. They had it for $10.” While shoppers like Ferreira hit the aisles early, not all of the deals were snatched up by the time the second wave of shoppers arrived Friday. Junior Aurora Kareh opted for a Friday afternoon shopping trip at The Woodlands Mall in her Texas hometown. “It was 2 or 3 p.m. when we got to Macy’s,” Kareh said. “It was more full than I had ever seen it, but it wasn’t what I expected it had been when they opened.” Unlike Ferreira’s DVD hunt, Kareh did not have a plan of action when she arrived at the mall. “I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I wanted to buy, but I knew Macy’s would have good deals on things I would be interested in,” she said. Junior Lexi Casaceli’s Black Friday shopping at the Lee Outlets in Lee, Mass., was even less deliberate. “We went after lunch on a spur-of-the-moment trip because it was such a nice day out, so we would be able to enjoy the weather while shopping at the outdoor outlets,” she said. Like Kareh, Cascaceli avoided the intensity of the late-night shoppers. “Unfortunately, I saw nothing ridiculous,” Cascaceli said. “We had missed most of the Black Friday deals at the outlet that went from midnight to 6 a.m., so the crazies weren’t out, although there were still a lot of shoppers.” Ferreira said these giant crowds, at least in South Bend, may be a result of the economic climate. “In South Bend, it’s pretty nuts,” she said. “The economy is hurting people, so everyone’s taking advantage of what they can with savings.” Ferreira said one Black Friday shopping trip was enough for her. “I won’t be going back next year,” she said. “I’m a senior, so no more South Bend crazy Black Fridays for me. Unless I need a 70-inch plasma for half-off down the road, no thanks.”last_img

Landmark Learning

first_imgIn 1996 Mairi and Justin Padgett had the idea to create a school that focused on emergency medical training and swiftwater rescue. As outdoor guides since the late 1980’s they wanted to influence outdoor guide education in western North Carolina. As Mairi and Justin attended graduate school at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Justin became immersed in the county emergency medical services.   By 2000 Landmark Learning had a home on a thirty acre parcel of mountain property in a remodeled cabin circa 1900. 2001 brought the Downstream Campus, complete with primitive student housing and connecting road systems. Landmark Learning had a home and began welcoming students from across the country to our beautiful mountains.Program focuses by 2006 included wilderness medicine, emergency medical technician intensive, leave no trace, wilderness lifeguard, swift water rescue, canoe instructor development. The relief medic program began around this time in conjunction with our sister school Mingai, Ecuador South America.In 2007 Landmark Learning became a partner of NOLS Wilderness Medicine adding to our current affiliations with the American Canoe Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Leave No Trace and the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.The partnership with NOLS allowed the Leader in outdoor education to hold its capstone WEMT course in the state of North Carolina. Now, the 3-week EMT Intensive is complimented with a 4th week during which advanced patient care considerations are applied to remote and austere settings, without access to rapid transport. Four of these experiences, listed as NOLS WEMT 3+1, are held each year at Landmark Learning.The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester is another combined course experience, a 6+ week consolidated training eligible for up to 12 hours of college credit through Landmark’s partnership with Western Carolina University. WCU students and Continuing Education students can elect to receive credit and supplement their outdoor resumes at the same time. The extensive course lineup includes the NOLS Wilderness EMT 3+1, Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Swiftwater Rescue and ACA Introduction to Canoeing Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard, and an Introduction to Single-Pitch Climbing with Fox Mountain Guides.The Landmark Foundation incorporated in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) to support Landmark Learning student services and scholarship funding. The Landmark Foundation is supported through grant writing, alumni giving and charitable gifts.2016 brought the completion of the Upstream Campus providing Landmark Learning an 8,000 square foot lodge housing our state of the art classroom, office spaces, and dining facilities. Residential housing for students was positioned on the mountain above the Cane Creek Lodge. Landmark Learning now has the ability to run two separate programs simultaneously on both campuses.As of 2019 Landmark Learning provides employment to over 50 employees serving more than 3000 students each year across the globe. Two decades after our inception we are meeting our mission “to be the leading resource in education and training for the outdoor industry through our dedication to a culture of cooperation that builds national standards”.To find out about all the courses Landmark Learning offers and to register online, visit

Repairing Liberia’s Broken Healthcare Delivery System

first_imgThis article presents a practical approach to fixing Liberia’s broken healthcare delivery system. It offers realistic approaches to deal with the meltdown of the system during the Ebola crisis by offering alternatives to rebuild the system. Since the advent of Ebola, the attention of Liberians and the world has dramatically increase regarding the harrowing and appalling state of Liberia’s healthcare delivery system. So, let’s cut right to the chase: The ensuing debate over how weak our healthcare delivery system is isn’t going to go away anytime soon. It may sound daunting, but the reality is that these challenges are surmountable – if, that is, our leaders totally commit themselves to tackling these challenges sincerely and with the right people leading the charge to properly manage the change. Liberia already has the needed people, know-how, experience, and financing to make its healthcare delivery system one of the best on the continent. However, with strong political will from the President, sustained encouragement from the legislature, pressure from an informed public, and a ‘can do’ attitude from policymakers to make real change happen, Liberia’s healthcare delivery system can be fixed.  We too can make our voices heard by offering alternatives in a constructive manner and presenting structural reform measures, which can realistically fix our healthcare delivery system.  It has already been well established that Liberia’s healthcare delivery system is totally broken and desperately in need of urgent repair. Every Liberian knows that our healthcare delivery system is awfully dysfunctional, and doesn’t deliver effective and adequate care to the vast majority of our people. And, because of its horrific condition, it impacts families miserably and impoverishes the vast majority of our people unnecessarily. Our healthcare delivery system is unevenly weighted toward the privileged and urban centers and contributes to poverty and inequity. Despite considerable increase in spending over the past decade, our healthcare system continues to undermine socioeconomic development by not ensuring equity or adequately addressing the substantial increase in our disease burden. This author believes that this is the primary reason why Liberians who are in poor health less often move up and more frequently move down the social ladder than those who are privileged, connected and in good health.Because equitable and sustainable access to healthcare delivery has not been attained in Liberia, the biggest causes of morbidity remain malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhea, typhoid, intestinal worms, anemia and malnutrition. In addition, life expectancy is lower, infant deaths are higher, and there are fewer doctors and hospital beds available on average to Liberians. In addition, it is near impossible for a woman to give birth in Liberia without complications due in part to treatment, medication, location of facilities and transportation to facilities. As a result, there is high child and maternal mortality, recurrent epidemics and health crisis, which chronically aggravates the system, according to WHO, the World Health Organization.  As such, over 37% of children who are less than five years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition with 7% of them suffering from acute malnutrition, causing stunting in nearly one-third, and leaving 2 in 5 underweight, this is according to UNICEF, the UN Children agency. Furthermore, many Liberians, particularly those in peri-urban and rural areas, often have to travel long distances to receive basic healthcare. And, once they reach a hospital or a clinic, they can only receive care when they pay the exorbitant cost for treatment and medication. Inevitably, many ends up foregoing treatment, while those who can afford to pay, find cost ruinous and quality of service limited. Worst of all, medicines are loosely and cavalierly sold on the street by peddlers hawking counterfeit drugs because the country’s healthcare system does not have regulatory enforcement powers and systems for dispensing drugs safely across the board.Liberia is not a healthy country by any stretch of one’s imagination, and it has not been healthy for the past decade when numerous opportunities and massive goodwill existed to make a real difference in the lives of the vast majority of our people after years of terrible wars and socioeconomic dislocation. During this period, our healthcare delivery system was neglected and underserved, consistently relying on bilateral organizations and international institutions to upgrade and provide the most basic of resources, treatment, medication, supplies, equipment and technical assistance. Today, the state of our healthcare delivery system is one of poor population, subjected to abject poverty and burden by diseases that have been eradicated or brought under control in most of the world. The challenge for our country is to implement basic sanitation, read more

IAAF allows eight Russians to compete as neutrals

first_imgThe world athletics body has approved eight Russians to compete as neutrals but declined the applications of a further 53 competitors hoping to be awarded a similar status, the IAAF said on Thursday.Russia’s national athletics federation (RUSAF) remains suspended as a result of widespread and systematic doping, meaning that the majority of the country’s athletes will miss next month’s world championships in London.Russian athletes can, however, apply to compete as neutrals provided they meet stringent criteria.IAAF guidelines say that this includes showing they are not directly implicated “in any way by their national federation’s failure to put in place adequate systems to protect and promote clean athletes”.The IAAF said in a statement that it had approved 47 applications this year and rejected 109, including those announced on Thursday. It did not name the athletes whose applications were declined.”From the beginning, we have declared this process was about supporting the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes, including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.The eight athletes accepted on Thursday included 31-year-old hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov, a bronze medallist at the 2014 European championships who previously competed for both Belarus and Germany.They also included men’s 2013 European under-23 high jump champion Ilya Ivaniuk and Alayna Lutkovskaya, the 2014 junior women’s pole vault world champion.The participation of all athletes was still subject to formalities and acceptance by individual meeting organisers, the IAAF said.last_img