Boost for small firms in tendering process

first_imgEmail CHANGES to public procurement rules will open the door for Limerick SMEs to compete for government contracts, according to Niall Collins, TD. “The new rules will ensure that SMEs are not hindered in competing for contracts.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Under the guidelines, all advertised contracts up to €250,000 for works and €125,000 for supplies and general services must now be open to all potential tenderers without a prequalification process.“This is a huge boost for small firms and will ensure they can tender for small works, including the summer works scheme. The threshold for advertising supplies and general services on the Government’s public procurement website has also been halved from €50,000 to €25,000”. The deputy continued: “Furthermore, the guidelines have been changed prohibiting public bodies from making those who wish to enter public competitions pay to do so. “There will be less red tape for SME’s as a tenderer will only have to submit the necessary documentation when they are close to being awarded a contract”. This, he says, will reduce the amount of paperwork involved in submitting tenders, considerably easing the administrative burden on businesses. It is anticipated that it will now be easier and less costly to tender for public contracts as  the  burden on SME’s will be reduced whilst at the same time ensuring the best value for money for the taxpayer. Print WhatsApp Previous articleNews briefs Wednesday September 8Next articleOne authority to govern Limerick-city and county admin Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsBoost for small firms in tendering processBy admin – September 8, 2010 652 Linkedin Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Ocean City Intermediate School Comes Up ACES

first_imgOcean City Intermediate School eighth-graders dance to “Y.M.C.A.” on Wednesday, May 6.Ocean City Intermediate School students finished their school day Wednesday with the Village People.The vintage disco group’s “Y.M.C.A.” provided the soundtrack for Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously).The project is part of a nationwide effort to motivate children to exercise, and ACES takes place on the first Wednesday in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.Spanish teacher Ashley Shaffer, head of the Wellness Committee for the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program, said its the third year the school has participated in the program.This year, eighth-graders moved outside to perform the “Y.M.C.A.” dance and to form a makeshift conga line.last_img read more

Disarmament Plan in Brazil Receives 22,200 Firearms in Four Months

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2011 The Brazilian authorities have collected 22,200 firearms through the disarmament plan relaunched four months ago, that country’s Justice Ministry announced. “We want to collect as many as possible; the more, the better,” Justice Minister José Cardozo said. The ministry announced that approximately 10,828 revolvers, 7,600 pistols, and 3,734 long guns were recovered. The total comes to 20 more than the total turned in between January and May. The Brazilian states that had the best results were Sao Paulo (5,349), Rio Grande do Sul (2,641), Rio de Janeiro (2,602), Pernambuco (1,776), and Minas Gerais (1,572). The Government indemnifies individuals who turn weapons in to the authorities, for which purpose it has available a fund of $6.25 billion, of which $2 billion has been used. Between 1997 and 2008, the Army destroyed more than 1.8 million firearms, according to a study by a private NGO, which revealed that at least 8 million more guns are in the hands of civilians, security forces, and criminals.last_img read more

Addilyn Fern Hardesty

first_imgAddilyn Fern Hardesty passed away peacefully in the arms of family on March 26, 2017. She was born at 4:56 a.m. and met the eyes of Jesus at 5:17 a.m. the same day.Addilyn was the daughter of Brandon and Katlyn Bowling Hardesty of Holton, Indiana. She is survived by grandparents Mark and Patricia Tucker Hardesty and Kenneth and Cheryl  Mozingo  Bowling all of Osgood. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood.Arrangements by: Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img

ISDH To host drive-thru testing in Decatur County

first_imgIvy Tech Community College Sellersburg8204 Hwy 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172Testing is limited to one individual per vehicle. All individuals must be Indiana residents and present state-issued identification at the time of testing. Greensburg, IN—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced it will host free COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinics from Monday through Wednesday in Allen, Clark, Decatur and Lake counties. This is a correction to the previous schedule announced earlier today.The clinics will run from 9 am to 6 pm each day through Wednesday, or until testing supplies run out. They are open to symptomatic healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers. Testing also is available to symptomatic individuals who live with one of these workers and people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk, such as obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease.The testing will be held in Greensburg at the Decatur County Fairgrounds located at 545 S. Co. Rd. 200 W.  Other locations being added across the state include:St. Timothy Church1600 W 25th Ave, Gary, IN 46404Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne – Coliseum Campus3800 N. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805last_img read more

La Liga, Barca, Girona Ask Spanish FA for Permission to Play…

first_imgBarcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the USA.The game, Girona’s ‘home’ match, would be held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed. RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, UEFA and CONCACAF need to give permission for the game to go ahead.The President of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, has previously spoken out against the US game.The Spanish players’ union (AFE) has also opposed the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players would have the “final say”.La Liga, Spain’s top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles north east of Barcelona. The club says the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.La Liga is planning to subsidise travel and accommodation for fans affected by the relocated match.For Girona season ticket holders, there will be 1,500 free flights to Miami, with a choice of staying overnight for the weekend, or coming straight back after the match.For those who do not want to travel, there will be 5,000 free tickets to the away game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 23 September and 20% off their season ticket. Fans who cannot do either would get a 40% discount on their season ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton, others rip F1 over coronavirus response as McLaren pulls out of Australian Grand Prix

first_imgBut F1’s announcement came after an unnecessarily long period of uncertainty.Like all organizations, F1 had been under pressure to act as the virus spreads globally. But that pressure was amplified Thursday when McLaren Racing announced it had withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix after a team member tested positive for coronavirus.”The team member was tested and self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and will now be treated by local healthcare authorities,” McLaren’s statement read. “The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine. The team is cooperating with the relevant local authorities to assist their investigations and analysis.“Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, and Andreas Seidl, Team Principal of McLaren F1, informed Formula 1 and the FIA of the decision this evening. The decision has been taken based on a duty of care not only to McLaren F1 employees and partners, but also to the team’s competitors, Formula 1 fans and wider F1 stakeholders.”MORE: Why NBA postponed season, and what’s nextIn response, F1 issued a statement of its own:Following the outcome of the test on a member the McLaren team, Formula 1 and the FIA have been in close contact with them on their decision and have been coordinating with all the relevant authorities on the next steps. Our priority is the safety of the fans, the teams and all personnel at the race.In the context of F1’s apparently sluggish response to the coronavirus threat as its 2020 season-opener neared, its statement was not well received.Statement from the AGPC says: “The AGPC is currently in discussions with Formula 1, the FIA and the Department of Health and Human Services in relation to the broader implications of this test result.”Again, suggests not being prepared #F1— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) March 12, 2020If only this hadn’t been a completely predictable outcome to this whole thing. F1 looks ridiculous for letting it get this far.— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) March 12, 2020It’s genuinely impressive that #F1 has barrelled headlong into the #AusGP knowing the stakes but appears to be absolutely unprepared for the high likelihood of a positive COVID-19 case. The sport knew the risks, yet so far there are no signs of any plan.— Michael Lamonato (@MichaelLamonato) March 12, 2020Tonight I’m so angry and disappointed in #F1. This was a scenario that many feared, and it was totally avoidable. It’s a sad day for the sport.— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) March 12, 2020This is probably how we ended up here:F1: Australia will make a decision. Not our problem.Australia: F1 will make a decision. Not our problem.FIA: F1 and Australia will make a decision. Not our problem.— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) March 12, 2020I’m an F1 and FIA apologist to rival any, but the lack of a response – and by association what appears to be a complete lack of preparation for this very situation – is beyond belief. Other team members have been told nothing so far #F1— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) March 12, 2020″I am really very, very surprised that we are here,” defending world-champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said Thursday, via Racer. “I think in motorsport it’s great that we have racing, but I think it’s really shocking that we are all sitting in this room. There are so many fans here today and it seems like the rest of the world is reacting, probably a little bit late, but we have already seen this morning that (Donald) Trump has shut down the borders with Europe to the States and you are seeing the NBA being suspended, yet Formula 1 continues to go on. … The coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the postponements and cancellations of sporting events around the world eventually altered Formula 1’s plan to run Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2020 F1 season, among other races.From F1’s site: “Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May — though this will be regularly reviewed.” “Cash is king. I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t add much more to it. I don’t feel like I should shy away from my opinion. The fact is we are here and I just really want to be as careful as we can be in touching doors and surfaces, and I hope everyone has hand sanitizer.“For the fans, I really hope they are taking precautions. I was walking through and everything is going ahead as normal, like it is a normal day, but I don’t think it really is. I just hope all the fans stay safe and I hope we get through this weekend and we don’t have any fatalities or things in the future.”In addition to the McLaren team personnel, four Haas F1 Team members also were tested for coronavirus after displaying suspicious symptoms, but all four tests came back negative, per ESPN.last_img read more

Selects to more than calm Storm en route to Provincial B Cup berth

first_imgThe Nelson Selects outscored the Kootenay South Storm 11-2 in a two-game, total goal series to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U15 Girl’s Zone title Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects now advance to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.”We are extremely pleased with the performance of the squad,” said Coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”Every member of the team worked well attacking and defending, and proved themselves worthy to represent the Kootenay Region at the Provincial B Cup in July.”Game won was never in doubt as the Selects jumped to a 3-0 lead en route to the five-goal victory.Allie Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half, followed by markers from Naomi Perkins and Emily Graeme to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead at the half.The Storm squad scored from a penalty kick early in the second half to narrow the score to 3 – 1. However, Nelson quickly answered with goals by Camille Gebhart, Kyra Burkart, and a pair by Zondervan to bring the score to 7 – 1.Later in the day, the two sides squared off in game two with the same result.Nelson turned up the defence to score the shutout.Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half followed by a pair of goals by Perkins for a 3-0 lead at half.Perkins completed the hat-trick to secure the win and a berth in the Provincial B Cup.last_img read more

Brown Signs Professional Contract To Play Volleyball Overseas

first_imgRebecca Brown, a recent Drake University graduate and four-year letter winner in volleyball has signed a professional contract in Denmark and will continue her athletic career overseas starting in August.Brown will join Amager Volleyball Club, located in the capital city of Copenhagen as the team’s setter in the first division of Denmark’s Volleyliagaen. A native of Bentonville, Ark., Brown recently received her Drake degree in public relations after leading the Bulldogs in assists in 2015 and 2013. “I’m very excited, and nervous, but excited for this opportunity and the doors it will open for me,” Brown said of beginning her professional career.However, playing overseas was not something Brown had considered prior to a trip to Thailand in the summer of 2015 as part of Athletes in Action. “Before that, I had never thought about playing overseas,” Brown said. “But in talking with some of the other girls there, I realized it was a possibility. I’m so thankful for that trip. If [Drake head coach] Darrin [McBroom] hadn’t mentioned it, I never would have been a part of that experience. It opened my eyes and gave me confidence. That opened the biggest door for me, and I’m thankful Darrin gave me that opportunity.”McBroom also participated in that two-week trip that included a match against the Thai national team.Once Brown returned to campus, she began to consider the possibility of continuing to play volleyball professionally overseas following graduation. At the end of her senior season, she began to more seriously pursue those opportunities and took part in an exposure tour through Europe in January that gave her insight into the demands and needs of European clubs and the necessary skills to thrive overseas while showcasing her abilities to coaches and scouts. Despite making numerous contacts during those weeks, her path to a professional contract was actually on the Drake campus.Jacob Enevold, a member of the men’s basketball team and native of Denmark, knew of a few contacts in his homeland and quickly arranged to introduce Brown to the staff at Amager.”It’s amazing I traveled all that way and it turned out I’m joining a team that Jacob put me in contact with,” Brown said. “A lot of pieces had to fall into place and I feel very blessed.”Once united with her new teammates, Brown expects to face her biggest challenge, competing as the only American on a team full of Danes at a position where communication is paramount. While English is spoken commonly in Denmark, Brown is prepared for the challenges that competing outside of her native tongue may present.”I know the language will be a barrier, but I talked to their previous setter and she said the girls are great,” Brown said. “I have to be open and I can’t get frustrated when I don’t know what’s going on or don’t understand what the coach is saying. I need to stay patient and open. The biggest challenge will be not being overwhelmed by that.”To aid in that transition Brown plans to live with a host family in Copenhagen. In doing so, she’ll experience Danish family life and culture on a daily basis to help her adapt to the language and life in a foreign country. Having that type of experience and full immersion into the culture was important to Brown during the process of identifying professional clubs and opportunities.”You come here [Drake]  for four years and get in a little bubble where you’re comfortable,” Brown said. “I’m excited to take this new path and it’s time to just put myself out there and see where this takes me.”Where this opportunity may take her is a mystery to Brown. Her current contract runs from August 2016 to April 2017 and during that time she will also have to chance to gain additional exposure and contacts on the professional circuit to further her professional opportunities if she desires. All of those options are being approached by Brown with an open mind.”I think eight months is perfect and gives me time to figure out if playing overseas is for me,” Brown said. “I’m at a point where I don’t have any responsibilities right now and thanks to volleyball I’m debt free. So I’m going to ride this train and have the rest of my life to worry about those things. I’m going to experience everything I can while I’m there. I’m still healthy, I can still play, so why not?”Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Pesticide found in Donegal drinking water supply

first_imgA public drinking water supply in Donegal has been found to have illegal levels of the pesticide MCPA.The detection was made in Fanad East, which has led to the supply being placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) watch list.This is the first time that MPCA was found in the level since Irish Water began sampling for pesticides in 2016. The pesticide is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land. The pesticide poses no threat to public health, according to Irish Water.The water authority is appealing to all users of pesticides including the farming community, sporting organisations and domestic users, to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking waters are always followed.“Great care must always be taken to protect drinking water supplies wherever pesticide use is considered necessary, particularly if using products for grassland weed control containing substances such as MCPA, fluroxypyr and 2,4-D,” said the notice from Irish Water.“These substances and others have been detected in drinking water supplies across Ireland. While there is no threat to public health, the detected levels sometimes exceed the legally permitted limit value for pesticides in drinking water, which is set at an extremely low value (equivalent to one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool).” The Fanad East Water Supply will remain on the EPA watch list until one full season (April-Nov inclusive) of at least monthly compliant results is obtained and submitted to the EPA.Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “In Ireland, the majority (82 per cent) of drinking water supplies come from surface water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams. Supplies such as the Fanad East public water supplies are vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off. Irish Water asks users of pesticide products in the local catchment to consider the vulnerability of the water supply to pesticide contamination and the importance of this supply to the local community.”Pesticide found in Donegal drinking water supply was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more