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I think these are the best UK shares to buy in the stock market crash

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Matthew Dumigan | Sunday, 19th April, 2020 | More on: HSV PRU Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Matthew Dumigan I think these are the best UK shares to buy in the stock market crashcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The stock market crash has thrown up many bargains within the FTSE 350. With so many companies trading on dirt-cheap valuations, you may be wondering what are the best UK stocks to buy right now.Here are two I think are among the best shares you can invest in at the moment.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…HomeServeHome emergency repairs company HomeServe (LSE: HSV) operates worldwide and is an established market leader in its field.           Last year’s financial performance was noticeably strong. Revenue and statutory operating profit were up 12% and 13% respectively. On top of this, the company boasted an impressive customer retention rate of 82%.Due to being designated as an essential service, its operations haven’t been hugely affected by Covid-19. Business has continued as usual and bosses have taken the decision not to furlough or fire any staff.What’s more, earlier in the month, HomeServe said it expected to deliver full-year profits ahead of expectations in light of the company maintaining a full workforce during the pandemic.Despite all this, the share price has fallen by around 15% since its mid-February highs. However, over the last month it’s risen from a low of 768p to close at 1,128p on Friday.the shares trade at a price-to-earnings ratio of 34, which for me is justified by the company’s bright prospects. Expansion in new and existing markets will be a key avenue for continued growth.All things considered, I think shares in HomeServe offer great value with the prospect of attractive returns in the future. Considering the company’s strong performance in light of the global pandemic, I think it’s one of the best UK stocks to buy right now.PrudentialPrudential (LSE: PRU) is an international financial services company providing a wide range of goods and services. The group specialises in insurance and asset management.As a result of the stock market crash, the company’s share price has fallen by around 30%. That’s a substantially larger fall than the FTSE 100 index as a whole, which has shed around 21% of its value.What’s more, a price-to-earnings ratio of close to 7 reinforces the notion that there may be value to be had. Especially considering the company’s prospects for further growth.The group has successfully expanded into the Asian market and is experiencing rapid growth in the region. This, combined with a mature and established position in the US division, leads me to believe that the company’s strategy of diversification will continue to pay off.Furthermore, demographic trends are certainly in Prudential’s favour. A growing, yet ageing, population is good news for business, meaning the company is an attractive investment for the long term.Early last week, the company revealed that a prominent director in the firm purchased shares in the company. That’s a sure sign of directors’ confidence in the future of the group.Prudential is yet to announce a decision regarding its final dividend payment. But regardless of the outcome, I think the company possesses the balance sheet and cash necessary to come out the other end in good shape.As with HomeServe, I think shares in Prudential represent great value combined with bright future prospects. In my opinion, the company is one of the best UK stocks to buy right now. Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Homeserve and Prudential. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Scotland v Ireland, the preview – blog

first_imgBy Rugby World reader, David BatemanAndy Robinson has unquestionably decided that attack is the best form of defence for Scotland against Ireland in this Sunday’s Six Nations clash at Murrayfield. After two consecutive losses- a courageous but unfruitful loss away to France and a disastrously demoralising 24-6 home defeat to Wales- everyone connected to Scottish Rugby knew something had to change.But even the most damning critics of Scotland’s performance against Wales will be surprised by the bold personnel changes Scotland’s head coach has made. In an effort to turn Scotland’s Six Nations campaign around, Robinson has announced seven changes to the team that started against Wales. Despite injuries ruling out Joe Ansbro and Hugo Southwell, that still represents a drastic re-organisation of the Scottish team.The most notable change is at perhaps Scotland’s biggest problem position: fly-half. Although a world-class kicker from hand when he is in top form, Dan Parks lack of attacking prowess and inconsistency has lead to Ruaridh Jackson being given his first Six Nations start, despite being yellow-carded last weekend in Glasgow’s 37-8 loss to Connacht. Jackson will certainly provide a more attacking impetus, although his lack of experience could prove fatal against Ireland’s veteran no.10 Ronan O’Gara, who starts for Ireland in place of Jonathan Sexton. Mike Blair should help the young stand-off to cope, though. He returns to the starting side, replacing Rory Lawson.Outside Jackson, Sean Lamont will receive his first start this campaign, after being one of very few Scotland players to escape severe criticism for their performance against Wales. Lamont will start at inside-centre, with Nick De Luca moving from inside to outside centre in the absence of Joe Ansbro. Lamont’s presence in-field should provide Jackson with confidence, and give Scotland solid go-forward ball. The latter is something Scotland have been lacking, often losing the ball at a crucial stage, or failing to gain ground from advantageous positions. For De Luca, this is a crucial game if he is to continue in the Scotland set-up. He is yet to prove himself at international level, shown by his mistake-ridden displays against France and Wales.Elsewhere in the backs, fan-favourite Chris Paterson returns for his 102nd cap at full-back, partly out of necessity, since both Hugo Southwell and Rory Lamont are injured. He is joined by Nikki Walker and Max Evans on the wings.Robinson’s changes to the backline indicate he is putting faith in his preferred expansive and flowing attacking style of rugby, rather than retreat to a more reserved and traditionally Scottish strategy. Such faith could end up being a stroke of genius, and Robinson should be applauded for sticking to his beliefs, particularly at a time when belief is hard to find in Scottish rugby.However, against a backline with the firepower of Ireland’s- D’Arcy, O’Driscoll, Bowe, Earls and Fitzgerald- it is a risky tactic to adopt, and one that has the potential to completely crush Scottish spirits. To a great extent, whether that happens or not will depend on how the Scottish pack plays. Should they give their own backs ball, there is plenty of talent there to score tries. But should they fail, the same could be said of the Irish backline.With their backs truly against the wall, there is only one thing the Scottish forwards can afford to do- come out fighting. Their recent performances have not befitted a Scottish national team, usually known for its determination and battling qualities, if nothing else.In an effort to rekindle those attributes, Robinson has turned to the enigmatic back-row trio known as the ‘Killer B’s’- John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie and Kelly Brown. Separate they are each very good players, but when united, they become outstanding. Questions have been raised about the inclusion of Beattie however, who only recently returned from injury. Replacing Nathan Hines at number 8, he will be vital to Scotland’s hope of delivering a greater attacking threat against Ireland.At lock the rampaging Richie Gray returns, an easy choice given his outstanding display against France, where the gigantic second row appeared to be at every tackle situation. Captain Al Kellock retains his place beside Gray.In the front row, Ross Ford and Allan Jacobsen are chosen again, joined by Moray Low. The Edinburgh prop replaces Euan Murray, unavailable because of his religious beliefs. Although this is a forced change, Low could potentially have ousted Murray regardless.With that plethora of changes in both the forwards and backs, Scotland are hoping to salvage some silver lining from a so-far dismal Six Nations tournament, in time for the World Cup in the autumn. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Even if they are not capable of beating Ireland, the set-up of this side should deliver the exact kind of entertaining, free-flowing rugby that Andy Robinson craves for this Scotland side. To win, they must improve their decision-making, match Ireland physically and show composure when seeking a try, or under pressure. If they can do that, they will have at least taken steps forward from the Welsh fixture.But ultimately, the real difference will come if Scotland believes in their own abilities, because despite their shameful performance against Wales, this is a good team. Here’s hoping they prove it this time around.last_img read more

150 years of the Calcutta Cup – the Scotland v England 1990 Grand Slam shootout

first_img TAGS: Book Review Skirmish: England’s Jeremy Guscott scraps with Tony Stanger and John Jeffrey during the match (Getty) The 1990 Grand Slam duel was a match for the ages. Played to a toxic political backdrop, the story of Scotland’s win is told in the classic book The Grudge, recently re-released BUY NOW from AmazonLet’s step back a few years. In 2010, former England and Lions hooker Brian Moore brought out one of the best rugby autobiographies ever published. Beware of the Dog won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and the Best Autobiography gong at the British Sports Book Awards held the following summer.Yet at those latter awards, it didn’t win the Rugby Book of the Year. That honour went to The Grudge, published then by Yellow Jersey Press and recently reissued by Polaris. Peter Burns, MD of Polaris, has published a tonne of outstanding books. His verdict on The Grudge? “It’s my favourite ever sports book.”Written by Tom English, a grand master of the writing world, it centres on the 1990 Calcutta Cup match that also doubled as a Triple Crown, championship and Grand Slam decider. Ironically, Moore is one of the central characters.From the very start, the brilliant prologue based on Jim Telfer’s final beasting of the Scottish forwards in the week of the match, you are hooked.English’s special talent is being able to transport you not only to playing fields and hotel rooms but to inside people’s minds. Happy to embrace a dash of poetic licence, he recreates both the dialogue that would have ensued and the innermost thoughts of the cast. He paints a scene with the artistry of a Turner or Constable.Men of legend: the 1990 Scotland side that made history by winning the country’s third Grand Slam (Getty)The match is insanely famous, of course, because it produced an against-the-odds victory for the Scots, one of only three Grand Slams in their history. It is equally entrenched in history for the toxic political backdrop. Maggie Thatcher’s incendiary poll tax policy, imposed on Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK, was the subject of a memorable Spitting Image sketch. It was also the catalyst for a storm of spite that reflected poorly on many.Jeremy Guscott, England’s try-scorer in the 13-7 defeat, says: “I’d never played a Test match in Edinburgh before. I’d heard everybody saying what a wonderful place it was, but I didn’t see that. As an Englishman you weren’t welcome there. I didn’t mind banter. I enjoyed it. But hate and jealousy, they’re evils really.”Moore and Will Carling in the one camp, and Telfer, John Jeffrey and Ian McGeechan in the other, are the book’s principal figures.Carling was inaccurately portrayed by sections of the Scottish media as Thatcher’s blue-eyed boy. In fact, he was a somewhat insecure 24-year-old in the early stages of his Test and captaincy career and still coming to terms with having to lead giants of the game like Mike Teague, Peter Winterbottom and Wade Dooley – Winterbottom had been his childhood hero.Moving on: Will Carling working with England as a leadership mentor at the 2019 World Cup (Getty)Years later, the England captain was labelled a ‘love rat’ by one tabloid and his reputation (and bank balance) nosedived to such an extent that he considered becoming a taxi driver. That may be but this reviewer warmed enormously to Carling in The Grudge, with his openness and honesty about shortcomings and vulnerabilities.And taking no nonsense, as when he was asked by a Scottish reporter what he thought about the whole of Scotland hating him. “No problem with it,” replied Carling. “I hate the Scots every bit as much as they hate me. It’s mutual loathing.”Looking for more great rugby reads? See the Best Rugby Books of 2020Telfer celebrated his 50th birthday on the day of the big match, 17 March, and the players gave him a cake in the shape of a tackle bag. The son of a shepherd who worked for the Duke of Roxburghe, Telfer was scornful of privilege and aligned with socialism from a young age.Double act: Ian McGeechan and, right, Jim Telfer in 2002. Two of the all-time great rugby coaches (Getty)As a coach, he was brutally hard on his charges, particularly on laid-back No 8 Derek White and hooker Kenny Milne, a pieman. Both players suffered from verbal lashings but also physically as Telfer would get them to lie on the ground while the rest of the pack trampled all over them in rucking practice.Head coach McGeechan was the Yin to Telfer’s Yang, a less forceful personality but revered for his wisdom and work ethic. A schoolteacher in Yorkshire, he would spend evenings analysing opponents on his video player, remote in one hand and a pen in the other. When his school boss started moaning that McGeechan was away too often doing his rugby, ‘Geech’ resigned and received a flood of job offers.Players Moore and Jeffrey each had a chip on their shoulders and were happy to keep them – anything that fuelled their drive and intensity made them better players. Both had toured with the Lions in 1989, a victorious mission achieved with a largely Anglo-Scottish squad. 150 years of the Calcutta Cup – the Scotland v England 1990 Grand Slam shootoutRugby’s oldest international fixture has reached a notable landmark. England and Scotland, who meet in the Six Nations on Saturday (4.45pm), will renew battle 150 years after the two nations first crossed swords at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.The military metaphors have always felt apt for the Calcutta Cup. And never more so than for arguably the most legendary England-Scotland clash of them all 31 years ago. It was a match that spawned a book, a true and timeless classic.center_img Any friendships forged in Australia were forgotten come Grand Slam day, when England arrived as 1-4 favourites. They had blown away Ireland 23-0, then smashed France 26-7 at Parc des Princes – les Bleus’ biggest hiding in Paris for 60 years. Next, Wales were crushed 34-6 in a defeat so overwhelming that coach John Ryan quit the following day. England manager Geoff Cooke said there was a “stamp of greatness” about his team.Flying start: Brian Moore celebrates as Jeff Probyn scores against Ireland in the 1990 Five Nations (Getty)Cooke had been largely responsible for enforcing professional standards in the squad. In one of many sublime snapshots that provide crucial context for the Grand Slam match, English relates a savage drinking contest between Dooley and Steve Brain that took place on England’s 1985 tour of New Zealand. It occurred just three days before a Test against the All Blacks. “England’s idea of rest and recovery in the mid Eighties was having just the ten pints and calling it a night at 2am,” English writes.That was history by the time England rocked up at Murrayfield, however. Scotland’s players – a nominated quartet of Jeffrey, Finlay Calder, Gavin Hastings and skipper David Sole – had spent the previous fortnight praising England to the hilt.If the visitors were over-confident, it would not have been surprising. The Scots had scraped past Ireland with a late try by White (13-10), benefited from a sending-off and a freak change of wind against France (21-0), and won a poor-quality contest in Wales (13-9).Safely grasped: England’s Wade Dooley snaffles the ball ahead of replacement Derek Turnbull (Getty)But Scotland had planned an ambush. Telfer set out to destroy the English lineout, Dooley and Paul Ackford its pillars. The slow walk onto the field initiated by Sole, whilst not unnerving England’s players in itself, helped fire up the crowd and produced a cacophony of noise seldom heard before or since.An added ingredient was the passionate rendtion of Flower of Scotland, only the second time it had been sung at Murrayfield.The new anthem, which celebrates a famous victory by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314, had replaced God Save the Queen because of the embarrassing booing that greeted the British national anthem.From the off, the Scots got momentum. They won a penalty for offside. Mickey Skinner complained and England were marched back 10m. Scotland stole a lineout, then won a scrum penalty after Milne got under Moore and popped him up. Scotland drove a maul 15m and it led to a penalty which Craig Chalmers kicked for the lead.England had never been behind in that year’s championship and suddenly they were having to search for answers. They were ruffled.They worked their way back but were ultimately undone by two major factors: first, the failure of referee David Bishop, a New Zealander, to award them a penalty try when Sole, under pressure from Jeff Probyn, repeatedly dropped the scrum on his own line.And second, a beautifully executed Scottish try straight after half-time, from a move they named Fiji, but which required a friendly bounce for scorer Tony Stanger. Did the wing actually touch the ball down? Even Telfer called it “dubious’. Watch the try below.No matter. Sport is all the richer for chance and controversy. Scotland got the job done and celebrated raucously, England retired to lick their wounds. Carling, who was spat at the next morning at Edinburgh airport, and Moore were among those who vowed never to lose to Scotland again – and they never did.A decade on from the book’s publication, English went for a few catch-up chats. He sat with Moore at the same table at the same Wimbledon coffee shop where they had spoken in 2010. He chatted to Geech in Leeds, and to Telfer in Galashiels. We are told about how life unfolded for them and indeed for all the players involved that unforgettable day.It brings the story, satisfyingly, up to date. But you suspect many Scots would be happy to be stuck in a time warp. 17 March 1990, the day England went to Murrayfield to collect their Grand Slam and had it ripped from their grasp by the auld enemy.BUY NOW from AmazonThe Grudge by Tom English is published by Polaris, RRP £14.99 for the hardback or £9.99 for the paperback. Don’t miss it.Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We’ve done it! 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Budget Workshop #1 – Priorities, Concerns and Observations

first_img July 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia “Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” – Billy Graham The same holds true for organizations.  If you want to know what is really going on, just follow the money.The Apopka Budget Workshops give the taxpayers their best opportunity to learn not only what will likely happen in the City but also what is happening right now.  Unfortunately only one, yes, one taxpayer showed up at yesterday’s Budget Workshop.  The public is not allowed to comment during council Workshops, but observing the wide-ranging discussions between the Council members and the City staff is the best way to learn what is happening in the City now and what will likely happen in the future.Some of what was learned yesterday:There is a disagreement as to the financial health of the CityEarly during the 4.5 hour meeting Commissioner Doug Bankson questioned Finance Director Pamela Barclay regarding the size of the City’s Fund Balance relative to the total expenditures.  The Budget Workshop Package indicated that the reserves would represent 31% of expenditures.  This number is well above the standard recommended by the Government Financial Officers Association, which is 20%.Bankson referenced to the recently received Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2015 (CAFR).  On page 15 it says, “As a measure of the General Fund’s liquidity, it may be useful to compare both unassigned fund balance and total fund balance to total fund expenditures. Unassigned fund balance represents approximately 24.3% of total General Fund expenditures of $36,976,307, while total fund balance represents 32.1% of that same amount.”The issue seems to be this: Does the 20% reserve standard apply to “Total Reserves” or to “Unrestricted Reserves?”  Bankson expressed concern that if the standard was to be applied to unrestricted reserves, the City would fall below 20% if $2.6 Million was used to balance the 2017 Budget.No one has all the resources they wantThe original budgets from the City’s department heads contained requests to hire 54 new employees.  Only 18 new positions were “approved” and added to the budget.  Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and City Administrator Glenn Irby both included additional staff in their budget requests.  The mayor wanted to hire a Chief of Staff.  Irby wanted a Deputy Chief Administrator.Both explained that the number of requests each is receiving exceeds the time they have available. But both accepted the fact that the 2017 budget did not have room for these positions.There has been little progress on the establishment of a Fire Impact FeeDuring the budgeting process last year it was learned that the City would need to build and equip two new fire stations in order to keep the Apopka Fire Department’s ISO-1 rating.  Several people questioned why current residents who lived close to existing fire stations should pay for new fire stations that would primarily benefit future residents.  The Council agreed to examine the idea of imposing a Fire Impact Fee similar to what Orange County has.During the conversation yesterday the Administration revealed that the study, which is required to establish the impact fee, has not yet started.The next Budget Workshop is scheduled for today at 1:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall.  The proposed budgets for the Police and Fire Departments will be reviewed.Use this link to view the Proposed Budget.Use this link to view the 2015 CAFR. 1 COMMENT Reply center_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka City CouncilBudgetCity of Apopka Previous articleApopka Teenager Missing in Washington StateNext articleSenior Moments or Something More – When to Worry Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Under Professional Services on the budget, the amount allocated for services for ADA related programs: Should your budget records single out one of our citizens and name them, as the ADA applies to any and all members of the public that may need the ADA related services??????last_img read more

Summer Olympics Medal Count Update – Day 8

first_img5Russia69823 9Germany85316 PlaceCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal 10South Korea63413 4Japan731424 3Great Britain1013730 2China13111741 7Italy67518 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! 8France58518center_img Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1United States24181860 Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The 2016 Summer Olympic Medal Count – Day 8Michael Phelps ended his Olympic career by adding one last gold his collection.  Phelps now has 23 Olympic Gold medals. Team USA earned 10 more medals to bring the tally up to 60.For the 11th straight time in Olympic and world competitions, the United States won gold in the women’s coxed eight rowing event.When the U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Manuel won Gold last night it put the Team USA all-time Gold medal count at 1,000.  Yes, the U.S. has won 1,000 Gold medals since the modern Olympics began in 1896.And Great Britain continues to climb up the scoreboard and is now in 3rd position.  Will GB overtake China?Here is a a list of all ten Day 8 U.S. medal winners:GoldMen’s 4×100-meter medley relay (swimming)Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay (swimming)Jeff Henderson, Men’s long jump (track and field)Women’s coxed eight (rowing)SilverSimone Manuel, Women’s 50-meter freestyle (swimming)Connor Jaeger, Men’s 1500-meter freestyle (swimming)Tori Bowie, Women’s 100-meter (track and field)Gevvie Stone, Women’s single sculls (rowing)Women’s team pursuit (cycling)BronzeWomen’s team sabre (fencing)The Top Ten countries at the end of Day 8 are: TAGSolympics Previous articleOn This Day: Social Security BeginsNext article7 tips to deal with back-to-school anxiety Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 6Australia67922 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Transit workers win in Philadelphia strike

first_img“Tentative agreement reached. We are off strike.”With that Nov. 7 message, the Transportation Workers Union Local 234 blogged the end of their six-day strike. Local 234 achieved a tentative five-year new contract agreement with SEPTA [Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority] management early that morning. ( deal came as the ruling class was ganging up on the union, with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf both joining SEPTA’s legal hearing before Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter to seek a court injunction forcing the union back to work. A second hearing was to be held on Nov. 7. TWU leaders had promised to resist any injunction.A major Philadelphia rally scheduled for Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton the evening of Nov. 7 may have pressured SEPTA to reach an agreement. Mass transit was needed to guarantee that a big crowd could get to the Center City venue featuring President Barack and Michelle Obama, both Clintons and several big name entertainers.Pressure on SEPTA from the community was increasing as well. Mass transit users had called for a Nov. 7 protest in front of SEPTA headquarters to demand a day of free transit for each day SEPTA management failed to agree to a new contract.Terms of the agreement have not yet been released. While the new contract still must be approved by union members and by SEPTA’s board of directors, workers have reported back to their normal shifts and mass transit has resumed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CROP INSURANCE IN ACTION: Matthew King, Delaware County, Ohio

first_img“That whole equation was turned on its head in 2012, which was the worst year that I had ever experienced as a farmer and will be forever seared in the minds of those of us who work the land as the Great Drought of 2012,” said farmer Matthew King. “Thankfully, like me, most farmers here in Central Ohio purchase crop insurance every year.” Home News Feed CROP INSURANCE IN ACTION: Matthew King, Delaware County, Ohio King notes that they’ve purchased crop insurance his entire life, as do most farmers he knows. He says folks who are not involved directly in farming don’t understand the enormous economies of scale – the prices of fertilizer, seed, machinery, labor and herbicide – that must be paid by farmers in order to get a crop in the ground. Read Matt King’s entire story here. By Gary Truitt – Mar 11, 2015 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Farming in Central Ohio, much like the rest of the traditional corn belt, tends to be a business that’s very even keel. The soil is great and the climate is just about perfect for growing corn, soybeans and wheat. Because of this, bushels per acres are fairly predictable from year to year. “You literally have to lay out tens of thousands of dollars and then pray for good weather, and if that all comes together, you’ve got a bountiful harvest and you’re set for the next year,” he explains. “If it doesn’t come together, then hopefully you have crop insurance.” SHARE SHARE CROP INSURANCE IN ACTION: Matthew King, Delaware County, Ohio Previous articleCrop Insurance Needs to Remain Available, Affordable and ViableNext articleDoes crop insurance provide farmers a major inducement to plant on land that they otherwise would not? Gary Truittlast_img read more

Punters delight, but vendors have gripes

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp Twitter Email Facebook Linkedincenter_img Danielle Eriksson dropped into the Milk Market to meet shoppers and stallholdersLIMERICK’S revamped Milk Market is a huge hit with locals and visitors alike.However, not all the stall holders are pleased and a couple expressed the view that it had lost its old atmosphere.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s like stepping out of Limerick city,” commented one male shopper, when the Limerick Post dropped in last weekend.Even though this writer grew up in the Granville Park area of Limerick, my last visit was as a child.My personal memories were mainly of fruit and vegetable stalls, gardening stalls, dodgy goods and cheap clothes.In those days, stepping into the centre of the market one observed hardened sales people with a variety of goods on display, from a small table at the back of a van to intricate builders tools.Practically all the foodstuffs, from chocolate to delicious looking cakes, plus the pick of the crop from the farm, were home produce.Nearby, was a huge selection of tools and household equipment, which, in the main, looked to be second-hand.Nonetheless, there were buyers, prepared to haggle with the vendors for the best possible price. “Two for a fiver,” shouted one middle-aged man, as he tried to persuade passers-by to stop and at least look at the ornaments he had available.Also in days gone by, despite the cold weather, the liveliness, shouting and the rush within the market meant that it was always a good day out.On my visit last week, I enquired from one stall holder about the price of a telescope, I was told: “€100 and €30 for binoculars”. Eventually, both the telescope and the binoculars were up for grabs at €50. In keeping with the times, nicely presented foods from other countries were available.The stalls were more orderly than before, and prices varied significantly.The reaction from people who crossed my path was positive.Sarah Shanahan, from Dooradoyle, enjoys the activity at the market.“I like that people can come here and just chat away to each other.“You don’t feel that you have to buy something. You can just come for the atmosphere”.Ian McCarthy, from the Strand, makes his way to the market every Saturday for breakfast.“The smell from the food is nice. It is a lot busier here than it used to be and the quality is a lot nicer”.Hazel Ryan, from Raheen, was delighted to see what she described as many new faces at the market.“The layout is a lot better now. You are more inclined to go.“It is nice that there are people selling local handmade crafts. You also feel that you are supporting the local economy”.Cillian Boyd, from Ennis, is an entertainer at the milk market and plays the flute.“It is very lively here. The people enjoy the music. I used to play the guitar but now I play mostly the flute. The people can identify a lot more with the trad music and they enjoy it”.Despite the positive comments from shoppers, stall owners gave a different reaction.John O’Brien, from Murroe, operates a fruit and vegetable stall.“I think it was better the other way. I preferred the atmosphere at the old market. It is a much younger crowd and they don’t come for the fruit and veg. Most of the older people also say that they preferred the atmosphere at the old market”.Another stall owner agreed that the new market has lost some of its appeal. “I have been working in the market for 30 years. There is a lot more  hassle now and a lot more work. Parking is a problem. We park at the Potato Market, which means that we have to carry our products all the way up to here. We can’t park on the streets because we could get a parking ticket.“There isn’t much sunshine coming through either because of the cover, so it can get very cold”.What should be said is that the market has brought activity and liveliness back into Limerick.With street entertainers, face painting for kids and crêpes for sale, it continues to provide a good day out for those seeking something different. NewsLocal NewsPunters delight, but vendors have gripesBy admin – July 4, 2011 601 Print Previous articleNAMA anxious for viable plan for Opera Centre siteNext articleSurveyors call for property register adminlast_img read more

The wheels on the chair go round and round…

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick’s homeless are gifted a place for lifeNext articleEverything, Sometimes at The Hub 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSdisabilityfeaturedHSElimerickwheelchair Lack of Wheelchair provisions in Ireland says UL study.LIMERICK as a city has many facilities for wheelchair users. But able-bodied people regularly abuse them, parking in wheelchair spaces or parking too close to a car with a ‘disabled’ badge to allow the disabled person get in or out. Reporter Bernie English teamed up with full-time carer Tom Clifford to spend a day in a wheelchair and find out what disabled people have to contend with.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp Linkedin Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsBreaking newsThe wheels on the chair go round and round…By Bernie English – November 28, 2014 1200 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Facebook Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival THE FIRST thing I realise about being in a wheelchair pushed by someone else is that it’s terrifying.I could hop out of this chair at any time, the person pushing it is a long-standing friend – Tom Clifford –  who has masses of experience dealing with disability, having worked professionally with people with disability and, more recently, as a carer for his wife, who needs a wheelchair after a number of strokes.He’s someone I trust. Someone who knows what he’s doing.But still it’s terrifying. Every slope seems too steep. Losing personal control of when it’s safe to move on to the road is completely unnerving and having to travel along the road against on-coming traffic because there are far too few dished footpaths is a nightmare.The only way for someone pushing to get the chair and its occupant up a step is to tilt the chair right back and the chair user’s instinct – to reach for any possible grip to stabilise the world – has to be revoked for risk of breaking fingers or arms.I am – quite literally – in someone else’s hands.We start our day by checking out one of the city’s major tourist attractions, the revamped King John’s Castle and, credit where it is due, it’s very wheelchair friendly. With the exception of the battlements, which have to be accessed by a steep outside staircase, everything else is amenable.Wherever there are stairs to an exhibit, there are lifts with call buttons at sitting level. One of the situations which my friend and minder, Tom, dreads is gravel because the wheels of the chair stick in it.But the courtyard at the castle, he tells me, is very manageable as they haven’t spread the gravel too deep. I have a go at manoeuvering the chair myself and it’s very tiring. The choice for a disabled person between pushing the chair themselves and having to rely on someone else is a decision that must be fraught with uncertainty.The only complaint I can make about the castle is actually something which is out of their control. There are no designated wheelchair spaces in the public parking area for visitors. It’s up to the local authority to designate such spaces.On the day we visited not many of the parking spaces were in demand but in high tourism season, people are surely queuing up and there is no space between conventional parking slots for someone in a wheelchair to get in and out of a car.And cobblestones. They’re to be found at various locations around the city and they are very lovely and authentic. But try crossing them in a chair. It’s a bone-rattling, tooth-filling shaking experience.I need some cash. We can’t find a single ATM that is at the right height for a wheelchair. There may be one somewhere, but we can’t find it. The number-pad is reachable but the screens are too high to see.So. What am I to do if I’m on my own? Go queue in the bank or divulge my key-code to a passing stranger?Next stop is O’Connell Street.The two cars parked in the designated wheelchair spaces both have permit badges in their windows and while at no time did we intend to take up, or ever use, a space designated for people with a disability, we did park just behind.The spaces are great for a disabled driver who wants to do a bit of shopping in Arthur’s Quay. But being a disabled passenger – as I was trying on for size – is a very different matter.Streams of traffic barrel towards us as Tom first has to bring the chair around to my side of the car and then get me into it, before pushing the chair back past the traffic lights, against on-coming traffic and around the corner to find a place where the footpath is dipped.Motorists are making no allowances – in fact one driver blows his horn at us.There’s no way to get a wheelchair up on the footpath at the point where we parked so we had to face traffic coming around the corner of the shopping centre. And drivers coming at us from over the bridge gave no quarter. It’s downright dangerous and could easily be solved by providing an on-path parking space at the back of the centre, where there’s tons of room and easy access.Next stop is the HSE offices in Catherine Street.Well – people in wheelchairs are very likely to have business with the HSE – yes?We park and are delighted to discover there’s an outside roll-in roll-off lift. Happy days. Until we discover that it’s not attached to the HSE offices, it’s attached to the Sarsfield Credit Union – the HSE are based in the bit of the building around the corner. Down several steps.Full marks to the Sarsfield Credit Union – the manager tells us they moved to this location at least partly because the last building which they occupied was less than user-friendly, being up an enormous flight of stairs.“It wasn’t accessible for people using a chair but it was also difficult for parents with babies in buggies,” she explained.Inside, the credit union has taken the trouble to fit their desks at two levels, one of which can be reached to sign documents from a chair. Hats off to the credit union for inclusion.Next door at the HSE building, it’s harder to find any such reason to celebrate. There are steps up to the main door and no indication whatever of how people with a disability might access the building.Staying in character, I have to ask Tom to go inside and inquire of reception. What would I do if I was under my own steam, pushing myself?It turns out the next gate down from the steps is a wheelchair ramp. This leads to a door which feels a bit like the servants’ entrance to Downton Abbey.I have a go at getting myself up the ramp, which includes two almost 90 degree turns. Not a hope.Peddling like fury with my arms, the chair still slides backwards and I have to be caught to avoid a messy encounter with a bush.Tom takes on the pushing and while we have no apparatus with us to measure the angle of the ramp, in his long experience, he says pushing the chair is hurting his legs, which means the ramp is too steep.To get into the building we have to rely on an intercom to summon a very courteous staff member and have her bring us through a password-protected doorway.Apart from the lovely staff, not very encouraging.And then there’s lunch. So many buildings in Limerick are old and gracious and cannot be retro-fitted but so many more street-level ones could have taken more thought.We consider numerous places where either of us would normally be delighted to eat but they are off the list because they are inaccessible to anyone in a chair.People with disability shop for clothes, groceries, gifts and like to dine out like everyone else. Tom tells me most of the people with disability whom he knows would rather chaw their own arms off than negotiate the hazards of the city, including the a-boards on paths, advertising lunch specials and the like, which are another obstacle to be negotiated after finding a parking space and not getting run over getting out of the car.At the end of the day, I step gratefully out of the borrowed chair – which by the way, is hugely uncomfortable to sit in, if there wasn’t enough else to cope with.Certainly the situation for people with disability in Limerick is in many ways better than I had expected. But there’s still a way to go.THE BLUE BADGETHE day after Limerick Post reporter, Bernie English, travelled the city in a wheelchair, she did a sample survey of parking facilities for disabled people in Limerick city centre.Of ten spaces checked, eight were occupied by vehicles that were not displaying any permit to park there.Anyone parking n a designated disabled space is supposed to display the internationally recognised ‘Blue Badge’, which is issued by the Disable Drivers’ Association or the Irish Wheelchair Association.Those entitled to the badge are people who cannot walk more than 100 feet unaided.The badge entitles the holder to park for free in any parking space and to park in a disabled space. It does not entitle the holder to park where parking is not usually permitted such as on double yellow lines.The badge is not free, even to medical car holders, and has to be renewed every two years. It can take up to three to four weeks to be verified and issued to the applicant.Drivers applying for the badge have to pay €50- €60 for a doctor’s certificate, stating that they are disabled.There is a fee of €10 for an official photo. A form has to be brought to a Garda station to be stamped by a Garda and there is  a fee of €35 for processing the badge itself, bringing the cost for a disabled person to around €100. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Rule book should be thrown out during pandemic – MacManus

first_img Previous articleLocal Link evening services on DRT routes suspendedNext articleNew vehicles received by Donegal Gardai to help assist community News Highland Pinterest Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Rule book should be thrown out during pandemic – MacManus Google+ A Midlands North West MEP believes the EU needs to step aside and allow Governments work to deal with the current crisis at a more localised level.Chris MacManus believes Ireland will not gain much from the EU COVID-19 fund. The country is expected to only get €3 million from the fund worth a possible €65 billion.He says in these unprecedented times, the rule book needs to be thrown out:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 27, 2020 last_img read more