Questions galore greet candidates on doorsteps

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsLocal NewsQuestions galore greet candidates on doorstepsBy admin – February 21, 2011 718 “WHEN are you resigning?”, “who and when will the potholes on that back road be fixed?” and “why wont the Gardai move the thugs hanging around at the end of the street and in the park?”. Just some of the burning questions being asked at the doors to the political canvassing armies that wear their shoe leather on the collective march to the Dail. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The man and woman on the street want to know what is going to happen to this country, its financial and economic future. But are they getting answers.James, who describes himself as a father of one in his late 20’s, from one of the “so called regeneration areas”, wants to know what will a new government do to secure his future. “I don’t even feel like voting because they make me so mad with their cars, highly paid jobs and golf dinners. I watch the news and read the papers like everyone else. Do they think they can get away with it all the time. If I carried on and did some of the things they were up to, I’d be in Mulgrave Street behind bars”. Focusing on more personal issues, James says: “Social welfare payments have been cut, the chance of jobs seems unlikely and the hole just looks to be getting bigger”.He seems to be the voice of many that indicate the levels of economic despair are on the increase. It is relevant and pertinent to Joe and Mary Bloggs who are struggling through life. Other questions and topics that remain top of the list include, government ministerial pensions and their worth, and who can fix the HSE, along with policy queries on funding for children with special needs? The IMF hits a chord with a few that are clued into the dynamics of economics and the fiscal reports and policies. The campaigns of the major players are hinging on who can renegotiate a better deal, but many wonder if the EU and the pen pushers behind the IMF funding will even consider sitting at the table to talk after the papers have been signed.Darragh, from the northside of the city, asks: “I want to know will you be travelling abroad on St. Patrick’s Day at my expense and what do you hope to achieve by it,” adding, “Why does the Dail get such long holidays and is it fair on the rest of us?”Quipping as to the chaos caused during the last two major weather freezes that the country has endured, Margaret, from the NCRd, wants to know if we “have enough salt and grit for the next cold snap?”In jest to an online question posted to the Limerick Post Facebook account, Limerick native Dawn Hogan, says she will say to canvassers: “How long will it take you to get away from my door?”And finally, an international flavour to one question fielded by this reporter linking our ex-pats from distant shores to home. Mark, an LIT graduate of the 90s and now based in Missouri in the United States, questions if consideration will ever be given to online voting or something to allow voters based abroad have some say at election time? Others disagree.The results of February 25 next might shed some light on few if not all of those questions. Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Previous articleTraffic control made easier at two black spotsNext articleLimerick Post online election polls published adminlast_img read more

Legislators plan to change law that allows Gov. Holcomb to issue emergency orders

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Previous articleMuncie man wins lawsuit after parents destroy pornography collectionNext articlePolice pursuit ends with crash in Mishawaka Sunday Network Indiana Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Governor Eric Holcomb) Legislators are planning changes to the law that’s allowed Governor Holcomb to issue emergency orders during the pandemic:House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) both make a point of saying they’re not criticizing Holcomb’s handling of the pandemic — Huston says the governor’s done “a terrific job.” But both say the law which gives the governor sweeping emergency powers didn’t envision a threat that lingers for months and months. They say there will be bills to give legislators more input.The emergency powers law was passed after World War Two, and has been revised over the years, including after 9/11.Holcomb says he looks forward to discussing the law, but he warns the governor’s office has to be able to take immediate action without waiting on legislators. He notes dryly there’s no way to ask the virus for a timeout while the General Assembly debates.Bray agrees the legislative process isn’t set up to allow the immediate response to an emergency, but says there are legitimate concerns about what the legislature’s role should be.At last month’s one-day Organization Day session, Huston put off action on an attempt by two House Republicans to terminate Indiana’s public health emergency. The law allows the emergency declaration to be extended for 30 days at a time. Holcomb has done so nine times. The current order expires at the end of the year but is expected to be renewed again.The language of the emergency powers law sets few if any limits on the governor’s authority. There hasn’t even been an attempt to challenge Holcomb’s orders in court until this week, when a Bluffton restaurant shut down for defying capacity limits and a mask order asked a judge to declare those orders invalid.House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) says he’ll be interested in the specifics of the bills that emerge, but says it’s not practical to bring legislators back for a special session to address issues requiring immediate action. Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) says he does wish Holcomb had consulted legislators about how to spend Indiana’s share of federal CARES Act money. Pinterest Facebook Facebook WhatsApp By Network Indiana – December 21, 2020 1 347 Pinterest Legislators plan to change law that allows Gov. Holcomb to issue emergency orders Twitterlast_img read more

What does it take to redesign a credit union website?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award),, and others. He … Web: Details So. You’ve decided to redo your credit union website design. Or maybe you’re still just thinking about it. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to know what you’re getting into. The truth is, each journey is different, because every credit union has slightly different needs and goals. However, there are some universal parts of the process that are pretty much true across the board. In this post, we’ll outline what it takes to redesign your site, from start to finish. Phase 1: Getting StartedUnderstanding your brandAny good website redesign starts with a conversation, either with your in-house team or with an agency. First, you should discuss your brand. What makes your credit union unique? What are your members like? Who do you want to reach with your website? If you know the answers to these questions, then you’ll have a much better idea of how you want your site to look and feel later on in the process. Understanding your goals The second thing you need to understand before you start is your goals. What’s important to your credit union right now? Do you want more loan applications and member sign-ups? Are you hoping to reduce the burden of your support team? Do you want to be known as a tech-savvy financial institution? All of the above? Outline these goals first, and then determine which ones could be aided by aspects of your site. For example, a great FAQs section could help your support team, and cool features like chatbots could be great for attracting tech-savvy millennials. Phase 2: The nitty-gritty Almost all websites incorporate some combination of images, copy, and design/layout. These will likely be the major components of your redesign, though you may invest in some amazing extras as well, like animations or background video. A chatbot example on Lifecu.orgHow will your new design look? Perhaps you are doing a very basic redesign and just basing it off a template you’ve purchased, which you will populate with new images and copy. Or perhaps you are choosing to create a truly stunning design, one that feels modern, sleek, and forward-thinking. Depending on your resources and goals, you will have the chance to decide which changes are most important, and prioritize them. In this phase, we always recommend design choices that a.) are consistent with your brand and b.) are backed by data. As it turns out, there’s a lot of information out there that can help advise you on where to invest your money in your new design. How will you implement your new design? After you’ve decided what you need your site to look like, you’ll need to make it come alive. Having pretty wireframes and mockups isn’t enough, you need a design that is fully functional, and hopefully, mobile-friendly. This requires development work (programming). Often, your development team, or the agency you are working with, will implement your design on a separate, private “dev” site, which can be seamlessly switched over to your actual web location when you’re ready to launch. That way, you aren’t doing intense overhauls while your members are trying to use your old site. How will you populate your new design? Once you have a new design and layout, you will need to populate it, primarily with images and copy. Some of these resources may be from your old site, or you may take the opportunity to make more growth-driven gains by writing copy that converts and collecting more authentic images. Phase 3: The transitionAs we mentioned above, typically you’ll be working on your new site on a separate domain while your old site runs “business as usual.” However, when it comes time to launch, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for a smooth transition. You’ll want to determine that your current site host can handle your newer, fresher site, and if not, you’ll need to pick a new host. Celebrating your new site Before your new site launches, you may want to do a countdown on social media or on your old site, so that your members are prepared for what to expect. Once it’s up, you may want to write a blog post that gives a “tour” of the new features and changes. Testing your new site After your site is launched, we recommend tracking its success—the key to growth-driven design! Review the numbers on your original goals (such as number of loan applications) and see what has changed/improved. Then, don’t be afraid to keep experimenting with everything on your credit union website design, from your homepage content to your calls to action. Even if you don’t have the resources to do a full redesign every year, you can make small wins that add up big through continued experimentation and testing.last_img read more

Trump ‘bullying’ blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

first_imgVindman is “retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Pressman said.  “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.”Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career.”These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said. Topics : Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, tweeted her support for Vindman.”The President’s vindictiveness can’t erase the truth: history will remember Lt. Col. Vindman as an American patriot, who proved his heroism both on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart & in the House impeachment trial when he spoke truth to power,” she wrote.Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran who is on the shortlist of candidates to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate against Trump in the fall — said the resignation “puts the spotlight on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s failure to protect a decorated combat Veteran against a vindictive Commander in Chief.”She said she would continue to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until Esper could give a “transparent accounting” of the situation.House intelligence chief Adam Schiff released a letter he sent to Vindman thanking him for his service.”You should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this President. You should not have had to choose between your oath of office and your career. You followed your patriotic and legal duty to tell the truth,” the Democrat wrote.Vindman was present during the July 25, 2019 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s twin brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council, was not called to publicly testify but was also forced out of his White House position in February.John Bolton, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor when Vindman was at the White House, told MSNBC television that his performance had been “exceptional.””I think he merited promotion,” said Bolton, who recently published a tell-all book about his time in the Trump White House that is harshly critical of the president.”And I’m sure that Congress is going to be very interested over the coming weeks as to exactly what factored into his decision,” he said.center_img Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence against President Donald Trump, retired from the US Army on Wednesday after being subjected to a campaign of “bullying, intimidation and retaliation,” his attorney said.Vindman, 45, was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.last_img read more

Atlanta Hawks Will Now Play in the State Farm Arena For The Next 20 Years

first_imgThe Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm announced a 20-year collaboration that will benefit the Atlanta metropolitan area aimed at building stronger communities through mentorship, volunteerism and the principle of being a good neighbor. A nationally-renowned company and one of Georgia’s top employers, State Farm will join forces with the Hawks, displaying their iconic red logo and marks atop and throughout the best sports and live entertainment venue in Atlanta – the new State Farm Arena – and building new community engagement programs and philanthropic initiatives.“This decision symbolizes our pledge to making a difference in communities, building our brand locally and nationally, and ultimately growing State Farm,” said State Farm Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Tipsord. “The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club is well known for giving back in this community. Along with our Neighborhood of Good initiative, we’ll have new opportunities to invest in the local community.”With one of its three regional hubs based in Dunwoody, State Farm is an active member of the local community employing approximately 7,000 individuals with over 6,000 located in metro Atlanta. The insurance giant prides itself on activating its workforce in the communities in which they reside. Over the past four years, State Farm staff has volunteered over 2 million hours in their respective communities.With a mission to be good ‘neighbors dedicated to helping people, and to developing safer, stronger and better educated communities across the country’ and to ‘turn caring into doing’, State Farm and the Hawks will co-create impactful community initiatives and bolster existing community and social responsibility programs.“We are honored to work with State Farm, one of the nation’s most recognizable and civic-minded organizations and want to thank Michael Tipsord and Rand Harbert for their leadership and commitment to this exceptional collaboration,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “Our ownership group considers the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club a community asset, and we are excited to have found a partner that shares our vision and has committed to working with us to expand on the community engagement and philanthropic initiatives we do that benefit the many communities that make up this great metropolitan area. Generations will be positively impacted by the work we do throughout Georgia, and we could not be prouder to have the State Farm name on our new arena.”State Farm Arena, the new home of the Hawks, will open its doors following the completion of the $192.5 million-dollar renovation, the 2nd largest in NBA history, and in time to celebrate the team’s 50th year in Atlanta in October. Thetransformed arena will feature the third-largest center-hung scoreboard in the NBA and most immersive video experience, new sightlines with 360-degree concourses and new seating and first-of-its-kind in-venue entertainment options with Topgolf Swing Suites, the company’s first permanent amenity in a major sports arena, Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop (a four-chair barbershop overlooking the court) and the signature Hawks Bar, the NBA’s first courtside bar. State Farm Arena will also be the first NBA venue to offer fan-friendly food pricing with 12 popular food and beverage items priced at $5 or less.Consistently ranked among the top 10 concert and event venues in the world by Pollstar, State Farm Arena hosts approximately 170 events and nearly 2 million guests annually. Superstars already scheduled to visit the venue after it opens include Drake, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Shawn Mendes and Carrie Underwood.Fans will get their first opportunity to enter the new State Farm Arena on Saturday, Oct. 20th with the “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Open House Party, a free, public event inviting fans to experience the new venue.last_img read more

Steelers keep Josh Dobbs, cut quarterback Landry Jones

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (5) leaps over Carolina Panthers defensive back Rashaan Gaulden (28) and defensive end Daeshon Hall (94) for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs’s impressive preseason ended up costing Landry Jones his job.The Pittsburgh Steelers chose to keep Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph as the primary backup quarterbacks behind Ben Roethlisberger when they pared the roster to 53 on Saturday. The decision left Jones, a six-year veteran, as the surprising odd man out.Dobbs made significant strides in his second training camp and ended the preseason by throwing for a touchdown and running for another in a victory over Carolina. He completed 67 percent of his passes while playing in three of Pittsburgh’s four exhibition games and led the team in yards passing (434), touchdowns (four) and quarterback rating (111.9).Dobbs said afterward he wanted to continue his career with the Steelers but understood the business side of the game. The Steelers spent a third-round pick on Rudolph last spring and Jones played capably if not spectacularly while filling in for Roethlisberger over the last three seasons. The former Oklahoma star went 3-2 as a starter, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.Jones said before for the preseason finale he felt he was in a good position but added, “If they can cut Peyton Manning, they can cut anybody.”Landry Jones Courier Steelers Photo by Brian Cook (Aug. 26, 2017)Now Jones finds himself looking for work. As a vested veteran, Jones does not have to clear waivers and can sign with another team immediately. Meanwhile the Steelers enter the season with two backups behind the 36-year-old Roethlisberger who have yet to throw a pass in the regular season, a bit of a risk for a team with Super Bowl expectations.Other notable cuts included running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, cornerback Brian Allen and linebackers Keion Adams and Farrington Hugenin.Courier Steelers photo by Will McBride (8.3.17)Pittsburgh did keep a pair of undrafted rookie free agent linebackers in Matthew Thomas and Ola Adeniyi. Thomas ended camp with a spectacular sequence against the Panthers in which he strip-sacked Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen, recovered the fumble and raced 75 yards before being taken down just shy of the goal line.The Steelers open the season in Cleveland on Sept. 9.___More AP NFL: and read more

Crosby’s nifty move lifts Penguins to 6-5 OT win over Oilers

first_imgCrosby opened the scoring in the first period and his second goal of the season was the winner. Crosby moved from the left boards, slipped the puck through a defender’s legs, moved past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and lifted a backhand shot over Talbot’s glove for the win.“I’m going out there every night to try and create things, and come up with big plays when they’re needed,” Crosby said. “I’m not any different than (McDavid) is as far as understanding my responsibility, and wanting to be at my best.”Despite the hype ahead of the matchup that pitted two of the game’s brightest stars in McDavid and Crosby, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby just put his head down and got the job done.“He doesn’t really get caught up in a lot of the story lines from game to game regardless of who we play,” he said.“He’s just a real good player that tries to be the best that he can be. I thought he had a great game, he gets two goals. The overtime goal was one of the prettiest goals that I’ve seen.”Jamie Oleksiak and Patric Hornqvist also had two-goal games for the Penguins, who have won two straight.Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson each scored twice, while Connor McDavid had the other for the Oilers (3-3-1), who lost their second straight.“I felt that we deserved those two points tonight,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic said.“I think we are trending in the right direction as far as our game goes. We are starting to get contributions from other guys throughout the lineup. I feel we are one mistake less from taking that stride to that next level.”Matt Murray had 41 saves in the win, while Talbot kicked out 25 shots in the loss.The Penguins started the scoring 11 minutes into the first period on the power play as Crosby tipped home a Kris Letang shot that was going wide past Talbot. It was Crosby’s first goal in seven games, the longest he had gone without a goal to start the season in his 14-year career.Edmonton tied the game just over a minute into the second period, when Draisaitl picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Murray with a wrist shot.The Oilers went up 2-1 a couple of minutes later when Chiasson laid a big hit in the corner and then got the puck back in front and scored while falling to the ice. It was his first goal of the season in his second game as an Oiler.Pittsburgh tied the game seven minutes into the second frame, when a nice three-way passing play was chipped in by Oleksiak.The Penguins regained the lead midway through the second when a give-away led to a goal by Hornqvist.The see-saw second continued with Edmonton pulling even when Chiasson scored his second of the game on a 2-on-1 with five minutes left.The Penguins made it 4-3 in the final minute when a puck went in off of Hornqvist’s skate for his second of the game.Edmonton took the lead again early in the third on a pair of power plays as McDavid put a shot past Murray and then set up Draisaitl for his second of the night.Pittsburgh tied it up once again seven minutes into the third on a slap shot by Oleksiak.NOTES: The Penguins have points in five straight games. … Edmonton hasn’t had a regulation win over Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2006, although the last seven games between the two squads have now been decided by a single goal. … The Oilers were winners in their home opener last Thursday when they beat Boston 3-2 in overtime, but were then shut out 3-0 by Nashville.UP NEXTPenguins: Continue a Western Canadian road swing in Calgary on Thursday.Oilers: Close out a four-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.___More AP NHL: and Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Cam Talbot (33) reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) scores during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP) EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sidney Crosby isn’t about to let the younger stars of the game pass him by.It was vintage Crosby on Tuesday night as he made a slick move through two defenders, skated through the slot and lifted a backhander into the net at 2:12 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.“Listen, I’m not changing the way I play,” Crosby said.last_img read more

Selects drop heartbreaker to host Revelstoke at Little Bear Tourney

first_imgThe Nelson Selects came out on the short end of a 3-2 score in the U12 Girl’s bronze medal game of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.Nelson lost to the host Revelstoke squad by the single goal in the medal round. The tournament was the first time this season the Selects played in an eight-vs-eight event. Normally the squad plays 11-a-side so the players needed to adjust to net size and different positions. Still the squad, led by the offensive showing of Emily Graeme, Amy Hodgson, Emma Wheeldon and Laurel Halleran, played well against much older teams. Nelson finished the tournament with 1-2-1 record, with the highlight of the weekend coming against Canmore Blacks. The Selects scored a 1-1 draw against the silver medal winners from Alberta. Nelson defeated Canmore Reds before losing to Kootenay South 3-1. Graeme paced the Selects attack with four goals while Hodgson added a pair. Wheeldon and Halleran each scored singles. Emma Gregorich was solid between the pipes all weekend for the Selects. The Revelstoke tournament is the final Rep event of the season. However, the future looks bright for this team — which plays three 10-year-olds on the field — as most of the squad is back for another season.last_img read more

Father of 3 jailed for possession of illegal assault rifle

first_imgA father of three, was on Friday jailed for two years by Magistrate Dylon Bess after he was found guilty for possession of an illegal assault rifle.When the matter was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, Magistrate Bess said that sufficient evidence was led by the prosecution for a conviction. The man, who was found with the gun some two years ago, was also fined $15,000.David Nelson, of Lot 190 Church Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge.The charge stated that on November 9, 2017, at Quamina Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .223 AR rifle when he was not a licensed holder to carry the weapon.The prosecution had contended that Police ranks acting on information received proceeded to Quamina Street, where they conducted a search on Nelson’s vehicle.During the search, the rifle was found under a seat in the vehicle. According to the prosecution’s case, Nelson had admitted ownership of the weapon.The written caution statement the defendant gave to the ranks indicated that he had bought the weapon from a Brazilian man and he was going to sell it for $6 million.last_img read more

RCMP search for suspect in armed robbery

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is on the search for a male after an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet.On Monday afternoon at 2:45pm, the RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet near 93rd Avenue and 100th Street. A male suspect entered the store, took an adult product from the shelf and proceeded to the front counter.The clerk bagged the item and passed it to the suspect who then proceeded behind the counter. The suspect produced a knife with a blade that was approximately ten inches in length and demanded she open the till.- Advertisement -The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money left the store in an unknown direction with the money and the adult product.The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, was wearing a black touque, dark aviator style sunglasses, a black heavy windbreaker type jacket, dark coloured pants and brown coloured shoes.Members of the Fort St. John Detachment have conducted extensive patrols and at this point do not have any suspects. The RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for this incident.Advertisement If you have any information, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more