“Coca-Cola Zero Bike” Scheme Launches

first_imgNewsCommunityLifestyleLife & LeisureLocal News“Coca-Cola Zero Bike” Scheme LaunchesBy Staff Reporter – July 2, 2014 682 POSTPONED: 2020 Rás Tailteann delayed until 2021 Limerick’s Oisin O’Callaghan Claims World Title In Salzburg RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Public opinion gridlocked over new city traffic measures Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img Previous articleIrish Youth Choir Bursary 2014Next articleLimerick Pride of Place Participants Announced Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print TAGS”Coca-Cola Zero Bike schemecyclingfeaturedMinister Alan KellyNational Transport Authority WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin by Claire O’Brien [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE “Coca-Cola Zero Bike” scheme was revealed in Cork’s city hall this morning.The scheme is set to launch to the public in Limerick this autumn.Minister Alan Kelly TD attended the unveiling of the new,specially designed bikes for the regional cities,that feature a distinctive black design with bright red accents.The bikes have built-in-gear-shifting technology,a feature that enables automatic gear-changes and is unique amongst bike schemes world-wide. There will be 215 bikes in Limerick,with 23 bike stations and 445 bike stands.The last census showed that 200,000 people travel by car less than four km per day. In response to the scheme, Minister Kelly said that “We are becoming a nation of cyclists.Having bike-rental schemes will do more to improve and promote cycling culture across the county than any other initiative”.The National Transport Authority designed the schemes and Rothar Nua will install and operate the bike scheme.Hugh Creegan, Director of Transport Investment for the National Transport authority said “we are delighted to see these new bikes coming into production.He added that “With our partners in the local authorities we are confident that the schemes will be very successful-with locals and visitors alike-when they are launched later this year”.Cork,Galway and Limerick were considered suitable for the scheme based on their size and status. Depending on the success of the scheme, additional schemes may be implemented in other cities and locations. More space needed for cyclists and pedestrianslast_img read more

Invasive Pears

first_imgCallery pear trees, Pyrus calleryana, are one of the first trees to bloom in early March throughout north Georgia. In full flower, these trees look like a white cloud and are actually quite beautiful. These showy flowers only last a couple of weeks before the trees begin to leaf out and become inconspicuous until next spring. Callery pears are native to Korea and China, and one of the more popular cultivars seen in landscapes throughout Georgia is the Bradford pear. The Bradford produces inedible, sterile fruits because it does not self-pollinate. They have been widely planted throughout the United States since the early 1900s as an ornamental. Unfortunately, Bradford Callery pears are generally considered short-lived trees. As a group, these flowering pear trees tend to have a very weak, vertical branching structure that is notorious for splitting and breaking. Most trees live 10 to 15 years, 20 with luck, before beginning to self-destruct with any wind loading or storm. A Bradford pear tree next to the Extension office in Bartow County split in half as a result of a storm last fall. Genetically, pear trees are programmed to grow this way and corrective pruning only appears to delay the inevitable breakage of tree limbs. Many home landscapers are often disappointed by the problems plagued by these trees. These trees were overused in the landscaping industry 20 to 30 years ago. The public is, hopefully, starting to realize there are stronger, longer-lived trees that are better choices for more permanent landscapes. However, new cultivars of Pyrus calleryana were bred to reduce the tree’s tendency to split in snow or high winds. The Bradford pear cultivar, other Pyrus calleryana cultivars and Pyrus betulaefolia, or Asian pear, can hybridize and produce fertile fruit with viable seeds. Birds spread the seeds. In addition, fertile pear varieties are commonly used as rootstock for grafting ornamental cultivars. If lawn mowers or weed eaters damage the grafted crown, the fertile rootstock can produce suckers that can grow, dominate and produce fertile fruit. Trees that are cut and removed due to storm damage can sometimes regrow from the stump. The resulting tree from the rootstock can also produce fertile fruit. These and other factors may have contributed to the trees seeding out into natural areas and becoming an invasive problem. These wild-growing, invasive pear trees are very common throughout the South and often grow collectively in open fields and abandoned farm sites. These wild types can begin fruiting and producing seeds at 3 years old and are quickly becoming as invasive as Chinese privet and kudzu.Wild types have huge thorns along the branches that could easily puncture the tire of a car or tractor. Most ornamental cultivars do not produce these thorns. Once wild pear trees take over a field, they can be very difficult to remove without the use of herbicides or heavy equipment to pull out the stumps and roots. If pear trees revert back to the thorny, wild types, cut them down and paint the stumps with an herbicide containing glyphosate or triclopyr to prevent re-sprouting. For more information about controlling invasive plants, see the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health website at www.invasive.org.last_img read more

Salvadoran Army Trains Rescue Teams on Computer Simulators

first_imgIn that simulation, the flooding was caused by a storm, and the situation was elevated to red alert to provide FAES service members the opportunity to practice efficient and effective decision-making. The exercise allowed the participants to exercise judgment and evaluate a variety of pertinent elements to apply solutions. “From May 11-14, our officers participated in a simulation of a flood at the lower end of the Lempa River, covering the Departments of San Vicente and Usulután, where there are several communities that required assistance from our units and rescue teams,” said Colonel Mario Córdova Arriola, Coordinator of the FAES Logistics Sector Technical Committee. “In this training, we were able to plan responses and that lets us practice before a real emergency happens,” said Second Lieutenant Katerine Rodríguez, one of the participants in the exercise. “This way, we can react better and identify all the resources from FAES and other institutions to assist the population.” “The civilian population expects results from us … to take immediate action in this sort of situation, which can happen at any moment, especially now, when we are in the rainy season. The exercises complement the experiences we have had on the ground.” El Salvador Armed Forces (FAES) service members are using new technology to train for natural disasters and other emergencies when civilians rely on them for help: the Computerized Tactical Training Center (CETAC), which recreates realistic scenarios through precise mathematical models and complex calculations based on Salvadoran cartography. The FAES acquired its technological tools in 1995 from the Chilean Army’s Manufacturers and Armory (FAMAE); however, it had to develop modifications to the system to adjust it to local needs after the 2001 earthquakes changed the country’s geography and damaged its highway system. Such simulations — where factors such as environment, time, threats, Troop deployment, resources and terrain can be controlled – reduce FAES operating costs compared to doing the simulation with real resources. CETAC, which is is located in a modern building at the Doctrine and Military Education Command (CODEM), has the capacity to simultaneously train two teams of 36 service members each. By Dialogo June 19, 2015center_img “The simulators can be programmed for a variety of purposes, such as installation of bridges or repairs to obstructed roadways, as well as tracking statistical controls of available human resources and the materials used during the exercise,” Colonel Córdova Arriola said. A regional vision Flood simulation Lieutenant Commander Humberto Samayoa, another Officer participating in the training, noted the operational readiness and professionalism of the Military Rescue Brigades, who are committed to serving civilians. The new CETAC director, Colonel Jaime Ruiz Chávez, hopes to conduct the exercises with teams of Officers from the region through the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC). In particular, the country’s rainy winters bring with them the frequent threat of flooding, creating dangerous, chaotic situations that the FAES needs to prepare for beforehand. That’s where the simulations created by CETAC, like one that took place in mid-May, prove their value. “This unit enjoys international prestige and we want to place it at the service of the region,” he said. “Therefore, we are going to work on improving the simulator, including maps of Central America, so that we can conduct these exercises with Military units from allied nations.”last_img read more

Ratio contract outlines 50% profit oil, 1% royalty for Guyana

first_imgNew oil contract releasedA contract signed between an international oil firm and the Guyana Government has been released, which shows that Guyana has accepted royalty payment of one per cent and a 50/50 profit-sharing arrangement.The contract which was released on Wednesday is that of Israeli-based oil exploratory firm, Ratio Guyana Limited and Government that was signed on the April 28, 2015.Ratio Guyana commenced negotiations with the previous Government for a petroleum licence within the ultra-deep water Guyana Basin area in mid-2012. AtRatio Guyana Limited operates in the Kaieteur Blockthe time, that area was known as “Annex B”.Negotiations were nearly completed when the October 2013 Anadarko/Venezuelan incident occurred. It took until the first quarter of 2015 before negotiations resumed.On April 28, 2015, according to the Natural Resources Ministry, the production sharing agreement was signed by both the then Government of Guyana and Ratio’s principals. The concession was then renamed the “Kaieteur Block”, and totals approximately 13,535 square miles.Ratio Guyana is in a joint venture partnership with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), a subsidiary of US oil exploration giant ExxonMobil, in the Kaieteur Block, offshore Guyana.Ratio Guyana Limited has a 25 per cent stake in the Kaieteur Block. Ratio Energy Limited has another 25 per cent of the Kaieteur Block while EEPGL has a stake of 50 per cent.The Kaieteur Block is located to the North and adjacent to the Stabroek and Canje blocks, approximately 250 kilometres offshore in ultra-deep water, where a 3-D seismic survey is underway. The Ministry said the release of this contract is in keeping with its commitment to release major contracts between the Government of Guyana and companies in the extractive industries.Close to two weeks ago, the Government also released a contract signed on February 12, 2013 with Canadian-based company CGX Resources Inc (CGX Energy).The agreement with CGX energy stipulated a 53 per cent: 47 per cent profit sharing. Under the ‘Cost Recovery and Production Sharing’ heading of the contract, it was found that the Government will receive a 53 per cent profit after recoverable contract costs have been satisfied for either crude oil and natural gas. CGX currently holds an interest in three petroleum agreements – the Corentyne, Berbice and Demerara Blocks – covering approximately 3.3 million gross acres offshore and onshore Guyana. The petroleum agreements between the Government and ESSO Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, CNOOC NEXEN Petroleum Guyana Limited, Hess Guyana Exploration Limited, were also released. These agreements also provides for a 50 per cent profit sharing and a two per cent royalty.The first oil contract to be released was that between ExxonMobil in late December 2017. However, this contract was only released following heightened public pressure from the general public.When it was released, it was revealed that it contains clauses for the company to put aside millions for local content, and makes provisions for them to be granted sweeping tax concessions. The contract was signed in June 2017 between the coalition Government, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek Block. In Article 15 of the contract, Exxon is exempted from paying Corporation, Excise or Value Added Tax (VAT) on its earnings from petroleum.Article 15.4 also provides for the Government itself to pay the company’s Income Tax. To facilitate this, the oil company has to submit tax returns to the Government. Article 32 also stipulates that Government cannot modify the contract or increase any fiscal obligation the company has.In addition to that, information was leaked to the media that Government secretly received US$18 million as a signing bonus from ExxonMobil which was kept in a private account at Central Bank. Since the revelation of this secret signing bonus, the emerging sector has been mired in controversy. Government had failed to disclose this transaction to the nation, despite several officials, including Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, being questioned about it by the media.last_img read more

Vuk’uzenzele: How to start a business in South Africa

first_imgYou have a great business idea, but how do you make it a reality? As part of our Vuk’uzenzele series, we will look at how ordinary South Africans can play their part and use their entrepreneurial skills to not only better their lives, but also the lives of people around them. In this infographic, we guide you through the process of starting your own business.Click to view larger imagelast_img

Tshepo10K: inspiring South African youth with skills

first_img11 November 2015The City of Tshwane, along with a number of stakeholders and partners including Absa, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the University of Pretoria, wants to continue to train, up skill and inspire more of the city’s young people to be willing and able enough to start up their own businesses in order to combat a sluggish local economy.The city’s Tshepo10K, launched in 2013 and aimed at providing skills training and employment opportunities to 10 000 of the city’s youth, has begun to bear fruit.Sam Makhura, @CityTshwane Supply Chain Performance Specialist shares his experiences working with #Tshepo10k pic.twitter.com/gymv9EggyI— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015At a presentation on 6 November 2015, the first top performing Tshepo10K beneficiaries and their stories were highlighted to media, invited guests and the public.In his keynote address, Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa thanked the stakeholders involved in the project and congratulated the young people on their achievements. He assured them the city would support them as they went forward.Thanks to the following stakeholders for supporting #Tshepo10K initiative; @Tukkies, @Absa, @NYDARSA and GEP— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Today @MayorOfTshwane acknowledges, recognizes & pays special tribute #Tshepo10k, an initiative he launched in 2013 pic.twitter.com/KukKhG0XrG— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015Tembeka Mhlekwa, Tshwane’s head of economic development, who also spoke at the event, said she was happy with the progress of the project so far, and hoped that it would be a prime example for other municipalities on how to tackle youth unemployment.Head of Economic Development #TembekaMhlekwa thanks @lolomokgobi for supporting #Tshepo10k and developing its logo pic.twitter.com/ShlUs3XPjr— Subesh Pillay (@SubeshPillay) November 6, 2015The multimillion-rand project includes a collaboration with the University of Pretoria to train unemployed young people with a number of rigorous and intensive business management courses.These offer them the chance to learn practical and necessary skills and expertise to start businesses that grow and succeed. The training includes learning how to use that business to successfully tender for government procurement contracts.After training, the candidates then form business co-operatives and are placed in internships in the city’s various utility departments, such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, roads and transport, housing and human settlements, and environmental management. More than 190 co-operatives have already been established through the project. These businesses operate across the Tshwane municipality and bring much-needed services to residents.Jointed five Co-operative from Hammanskraal at #Tshepo10K Top Achievers Event pic.twitter.com/c2GkT2ZW4d— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Lesedi T Ten K Co-operativeLebogang Maanga, one of the first through the programme, is the chairperson of the Lesedi T Ten K Co-operative, owned together with four partners.Maanga received a grant to set up the co-operative from the NYDA and used it to fund the office equipment for the business. “We named our co-operative Lesedi because we saw light at the end of the tunnel. The project has provided us with administrative skills such as how to quote for our services,” she said.The key milestones for their co-operative, Maanga explained at the event, included sending out letters of demand on behalf of the city, providing cleaning services at Rosslyn electricity depot, repairing street lights in Soshanguve, and erecting soccer pitches around the city.The journey wasn’t easy but each step was worth it – Tembeka Mhlekwa #Tshepo10K top 100 achievers ceremony pic.twitter.com/gBVEkArl37— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015“(The co-operative has) created 64 jobs,” said Maanga, but she acknowledged that the journey had not been easy. “At times we faced financial challenges but through hard work, determination, sleepless nights and continuous support from the city, we were able to get here.”The Lesedi team is now able to live fruitful and productive lives, while using their business acumen to improve the lives of others in their community.Speaking about Lesedi’s future and the success of Tshepo10K, Maanga said they were “determined to work harder, and not only focus on quantity but also ensure that the service and goods we provide is of high quality”. They plan to grow the business and involve more unemployed youth.Eco Factory Co-operativeEco Factory, in the Ga-Rankuwa industrial park, produces low-cost school desks, helping the Department of Basic Education to address the needs of schools and supply quality school desks to poor schools across the country.The desks are made in South Africa from the wood of invasive alien trees cleared by previously unemployed workers. Eco Factory’s David Makobe said Tshepo10K had helped him understand business and procurement processes, a skill he never had before.Hlabollo Primary Co-operativeAnother beneficiary, Lucky Malatji of Hlabollo Primary Co-operative, works in the housing sector. He said that thanks to skills learned with Tshepo10K, the co- operative was awarded a project for ready-mix concrete valued at R200 000 as well as a storm water maintenance project valued at R400 000. The group employed 30 previously unemployed youths.Funding, though, is one of main challenges to the survival of the co-operatives, and Tshepo10K urges more interaction with the private sector to help make these small initiatives work better.“There has been resistance from buyers to utilise Tshepo co-operatives. But recently they have started warming up to us,” said one co-operative member.MMC @SubeshPillay explains how Tshwane’s #Tshepo10k work. pic.twitter.com/ZMAbP8c3wk— Tendai Joe (@Tendaijoe) November 6, 2015Youth were a key element in Tshwane Vision 2055, said the member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for economic development, Subesh Pillay. “The city believes its young residents will be the flag bearers and reap the benefits of the city in the future.”Proceedings ended with a song for the Tshepo10K project, written and performed by one of its beneficiaries who hoped to inspire the next group of young people to take hold of their future.#Tshepo10k theme song. Beautiful pic.twitter.com/zlT1JvOd1D— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015Source: South African Government News Websitelast_img read more

Falcons strengthen grip of 3rd spot, rout Bulldogs

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort After trailing 72-48 heading into the fourth, the Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to nine, 79-70, with J-Jay Alejandro capping off a 22-7 run with a three-pointer 2:57 left in the game.The Falcons, though, kept its composure and answered back to take a 13-point lead, 85-72, after Jerrick Ahanmisi drilled a long two-pointer with 1:52 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren, though, wasn’t happy with the way his team handled the lead late into the game.“We’re not that good of a team to relax, we got that lead because we played the way we we’re supposed to do,” said Pumaren. Read Next FILE – Adamson guard Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University tightened its hold of the third spot after scoring a commanding 90-77 win over National University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons picked up their second straight win and improved to 8-4 while the Bulldogs are at solo sixth with a 4-7 record after missing a chance to tie Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines for the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:28UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NU eyes share of UAAP Cheerdance history; UP back View comments “When we let our egos get involved, that [blown lead] could happen, we’re just lucky we were up 20-plus points at the start of the fourth.”Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta led Adamson with 16 points apiece while Papi Sarr had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Alejandro led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Rev Diputado added 14 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

9 days agoLiverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dirk Kuyt says the current team is better than the 2008-09 squad.Managed by Rafa Benitez, the Reds finished second behind Manchester United that year with a squad featuring Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.And Kuyt thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side will go one better this season.”We were very close to success,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website of the 2008-09 squad, “we just missed a small detail to go one step further.”With the likes of Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher, Mascherano, Torres and other very good players, we just missed a little something.”If you see the build-up of the team of Klopp, you see it progressing every time and it looks like it’s now coming to success also in the Premier League. We were a particular team like that, only we couldn’t go one step further at that time.”Hopefully this team will do it because, in my opinion, this team now on the pitch is even better than ours.” last_img read more

Video: Two Kentucky Fans Recorded “Big Blue Train,” A Bluegrass Ode To The Undefeated Wildcats

first_imgKentucky fans play bluegrass song about Wildcats.When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]last_img read more