Man found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab wounds

first_imgAdvertisement NewsBreaking newsMan found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab woundsBy admin – December 16, 2013 1087 Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] GARDA investigation has been launched in County Limerick after a man was found slumped on a public street in Kilmallock with serious stab wounds this Monday morning.The man in his 20s, from Limerick City, was discovered on Sarsfiled Street in the county Limerick town at 8am this Monday by people going to work and about their morning business. The injured man was taken to the University Hospital Limerick for medical treatment but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.House to house inquiries were being carried out by Gardai in the town and the area was sealed off for technical examinations.A location for the attack is as yet not known but the man was found slumped and bleeding on Sarsfield Street with serious stab wounds. Garda investigations are focusing on the area of the discovery.Gardai from the Crime Office attached to Bruff garda station are leading the investigation and have appealed for the assistance of the public who may have seen or heard anything in relation to how or where the man received the serious injuries. They can be contacted on 061 382940 Previous articleAn Taoiseach says we are moving in the right directionNext articleRugby Stars Launch Ulster Bank League Awards admin WhatsApp Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Businesses must adapt to accommodate disabilities

first_imgBusinesseshave been given a fresh warning about ignoring the requirements of newdisability equality laws that come into effect in less than 10 days.Thethird phase of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) becomes law on 1October. It requires all business and service providers to make reasonablechanges – such as adapting prem-ises,removing physical barriers or providing the service another way – to ensurethey are accessible to the 10 million people in the UKwith some form of disability.TheDisability Rights Commission (DRC) is warningbusinesses they could face an upsurge in activism among disabled people, whilea recent NOP poll showed that 70 per cent of disabled people had difficultiesbuying goods or receiving a service. Penalties for failing to comply with theDDA include potential fines of up to £50,000, and unlimited fines if foundguilty of discrimination at an employment tribunal.TheDepartment for Work and Pensions said it was vital that employers consideredtheir staff’s knowledge and attitude, as front-line staff will often be adisabled customer’s only point of contact with the business. Itsaid supplying something as simple as pens and paper could help staffcommunicate with deaf or hearing-impaired customers.CatherineCasserley, seniorlegislative adviser for the DRC, said there would be nowhere to hide forbusinesses that have not made or planned improvements.Anothersurvey reveals that firms are still not ready to offer equality of service todisabled people, despite the Government’s campaign to promote awareness. Researchamong 800 managers by consultancy firm Workplace Law suggests the majoritybelieve that they are doing a better job than they are.Itsaid that while many managers are aware of the deadline, a large number seem tohave paid little attention to non-physical disabilities such as visual andhearing impairments, dyslexia and learning difficulties.Thestudy also reveals that while the deadline has helped to focus employers’attention on the requirements to provide an inclusive service, some of theprevious duties of the Act – relating to employing disabled people – seem tohave been forgotten.DavidSharp, managing director of  Workplace Law, said:”While the majority of businesses have taken positive steps to make theirworkplaces accessible, we wonder whether the message about service has reallybeen understood. “There’sno point in changing your building if you don’t change the attitudes of thepeople who work in it,” he said. “That’s where the challenge of thenext three years will lie – especially with a new Disability Bill on thehorizon.”LewisSidnick, policy adviser atthe British Chambers of Com-merce,said that being accessible did not have to be expensive. “Fromdisability awareness training for staff, to changing door handles, there are anumber of simple changes that you can make,” he said.Itis estimated that more than two million businesses, including hotels, restaurants,cinemas, dental surgeries and health clubs will be affected by the changes.www.drc-gb.orgDDA – top 10 tips for employers–  Understand disability – not all impairmentsare visible–Diversity policy – develop adiversity policy and implement it–Ensure good practice in recruitment – think about using the disability press towiden your pool of applicants. Consider making application forms available inalternative formats, such as large print or Braille–Pre-interview questioning – ask whether anyone has any specific requirements sothat you can make adequate preparations before the recruitment interview –Staff training – consider disability awareness training for all your staff–Audit your premises – changes made could be as simple as lowering lightswitches, or redecorating to provide better contrast for someone with a visualimpairment–Modify equipment – you might have to provide special equipment, such as anadapted keyboard for someone with arthritis–Plan ahead – if you are planning to make a change, making reasonableadjustments at an early stage could prove cost-effective in the long run–Be flexible – allow flexible working where possible, time off work for medicaltreatment, and phase people back into work following illness–Be fair – you should not require more of a disabled person in relation toperformance or conduct than you would require of anyone elseSource:Department for Work and PensionsBy Mike Berry  Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Businesses must adapt to accommodate disabilitiesOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

4 smart things you can do with $1,000 right now

first_img continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every now and then each of us comes into a little extra, or perhaps unexpected, money. It might be a bonus from work, a tax refund, a repaid loan, or the proceeds from the sale of some asset. If we’re smart, we will put it to productive use. Here are four excellent ways to spend $1,000.Selena Maranjian: One of the smartest things to do with $1,000 is to pay off any high-interest rate debt. Low-interest rate debt, such as most mortgages, typically isn’t a problem, but the kind of debt many people carry on credit cards can have them facing interest rates of 25% or more. That’s a massive problem.Check out these stats from the folks at Creditcards.com: The average credit card debt for households that carry credit card debt was recently $9,600 — almost $10,000. And each card that usually carries a balance sported an average balance due of roughly $7,500. These are just averages, too. Plenty of Americans are walking around with tens of thousands of dollars in debt owed to credit card companies. If you carry a balance of $10,000 and are being charged 25% interest on it, you’re looking at forking over $2,500 every year — just in interest. That sum wouldn’t even make much of a dent in your balance. If you’re carrying $50,000 in credit card debt, you may be facing annual interest obligations of more than $12,000!last_img read more

Runners, Diocese & Suffolk County Ready For Inaugural Marathon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Despite a small snag at its starting line, the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon will be off and running without a hitch this Sunday.The 26.2 mile-long race, which also includes a half marathon, was first announced last October and preparations for the event, including security measures and road closures, have been ongoing ever since. Among the issues that had arisen recently were how road closures would impact parishioners attempting to attend Sunday mass at various churches along Suffolk’s South Shore. Anticipating that road closures and parking rules would affect parishioners’ ability to attend Sunday mass, Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center reached out to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office this summer expressing his concerns. On Tuesday, the Diocese released a public statement stating that the road closures would infringe on churchgoers’ rights by preventing hundreds from reaching several Catholic churches: the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville, the Parish of Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point, and the Parish of St. Francis de Sales in Patchogue. Read “Long Island Marathon: A Headache for Local Residents” Bellone responded to Murphy in a letter on Aug. 27, but Murphy never received it, a county spokeswoman said. The county leader and Long Island’s chief Catholic Bishop spoke over the phone Wednesday to clear up any remaining issues, officials said. Afterward, the pair released a joint statement noting that the Diocese would join Suffolk’s after-action review of the marathon “to make sure that any issues that may arise on race day are addressed for future events.” “Bishop Murphy did not receive Mr. Bellone’s Aug. 27 letter addressing his concerns–that’s why it was so important that they spoke two days ago,” Vanessa Baird-Streeter, Bellone’s spokeswoman, told the Press. However, St. Lawrence had already revisited its entire weekend mass schedule so parishioners could avoid traffic delays. A Diocese spokesman did not return a call for comment. Both the marathon and half-marathon will kick off at 8 a.m. in Heckscher State Park and will take the 3,200 expected runners along Montauk Highway through the scenic towns and beautiful waterfronts of Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue before ending at Heckscher. Festivities will include a Taste of Long Island Festival featuring local food, wine and music, beginning at 9 a.m. in the park.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a marathon participant, said net proceeds will be used to enhance veterans’ services within the county. The marathon’s website declares that Suffolk has the highest population of veterans in the state. Several prominent local businesses have signed on as sponsors for the cause, including WBAB 102.3, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Blue Point Brewing Company. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems is sponsoring the event. Despite the expected road closures, local businesses have also thrown their support behind the first-ever Suffolk County Marathon. “Overall, the community response has been very positive, and everyone has been very patient” while the logistics of hosting a marathon are worked out, said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. Because most businesses are closed on Sundays, the chamber has not had any complaints about parking regulations or road closures, Kennedy said. Additionally, local businesses will get a lot of exposure through the Taste of Long Island Festival as well as the booths set up along the routes, Kennedy noted. Long Islanders registered for the races are also looking forward to the inaugural event. Veteran marathoner, Heather Ackerly of Selden, will turn 39 Sunday. She has already dubbed Sunday’s race her “Birthday Half Marathon.” Ackerly said she hopes to beat her personal record of 1:49 in the half. “It depends on the weather,” she told the Press. “If it’s a million degrees, there’s no way!” With 11 half marathons and six full marathons under her belt, Sunday’s race is her training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Still, the Suffolk race is special to Ackerly. “All my friends are running on Sunday too, and we are all thrilled that the proceeds will benefit our veterans,” she explained.As with any marathon event, road closures are necessary. The county executive’s office has prepared a list of 10 intersections that will allow the public to cross Montauk Highway, in effect from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Suffolk County Police Department advised the public to use common sense on race day. The department, which has been working on security for the event since it was conceived, said all possessions are subject to inspection.ROAD CLOSURESlast_img read more