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first_imgNewsLocal NewsAdditional Gardaí needed in ArdnacrushaBy Staff Reporter – February 13, 2019 1073 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGSLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleSupermac’s to host FIFA 19 tournament at Ballysimon RoadNext articleLeona will lead women’s work walk-out Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Cathal CroweA public meeting has been organised with senior Gardaí to highlight local demands for additional resources to be deployed in the Ardnacrusha area.The meeting in the Tailrace Bar on Monday, February 18 at 7pm has been organised by local county councillor Cathal Crowe who has also written to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris calling for additional Gardaí to be assigned to Ardnacrusha Garda Station.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stating that the Ardnacrusha Garda sub-district covers an area of 80 square kilometres, Cllr Crowe told the Limerick Post that “there are around 12,000 people living there and the local Garda Station covers two district court areas and two Garda divisions.”Ardnacrusha Garda Station was opened in 1925, and for many decades the locality had a far smaller population but had four Gardaí and a sergeant.“There are now only three Gardaí stationed there,” he explained.“These Gardaí are highly valued in the community but we want to see more on-the-ground policing. Therefore I am appealing to Commissioner Harris to assign at least two additional guards to the sub-district.”“Two guards are stationed in Ardnacrusha with the third recently retired and I understand that the process is already underway to replace him.”“Although in County Clare, the area is right on the doorstep of Limerick City. It has a high population base and is very urbanized in places.”“The rostering schedule means that for 40 per cent of the week there is no guard on duty. During this time, cover is provided from Mayorstone Garda station in Limerick City.However, in most cases, Mayorstone Gardaí do not get near   the communities that fall within the Ardnacrusha Sub-District because of pressures in the city suburbs and staffing limitations.”“I  recently met with Superintendent Derek Smart of Henry Street Garda Station, to outline my concerns for staff shortages in the district. Superintendent Smart and his senior colleagues have set up a specialized sex crimes unit which incorporates ten Garda personnel. However, he will not be able to free-up guards for deployment in Ardnacrusha Sub-District.”“Ardnacrusha needs at least two dedicated community guards and a full-time Garda presence for peace of mind and safety in the community,” Cllr Crowe declared.Other issues that will be discussed at Monday night’s meeting include neighbourhood watch schemes and home security.by Rebecca [email protected] Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension recently welcomed eight water educators to the organization. Formerly part of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the positions were transferred to UGA Extension by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.“The governor’s plan was to streamline program services so the Environmental Protection Division handles regulatory issues and the Soil and Water Conservation Commission handles sediment and soil erosion and (watershed) dams,” said Associate Dean for Extension Laura Perry Johnson. “We now have more resources in Extension to address water issues, there will be fewer duplications of efforts, and services will be enhanced at the local level. The more I learn about the experience these gentlemen have, the more excited I am about the skills and talents they bring to us.”These new Georgia water educators and their bases of operation include:David Hall, Bleckley County Extension officeAndy Dyar, J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center, WatkinsvilleJohn Loughridge, Gordon County Extension officeDustin Rushing, Southeast District Extension office, StatesboroTony Black and Luke Crosson, Hooks-Hanner Environmental Resource Center, Terrell CountyTwo additional positions have been advertised for educators who will be based on the UGA Griffin and UGA Tifton campuses. The UGA-Griffin educator will focus on urban water use, and the UGA-Tifton educator will focus on traditional row crop agriculture water use. The UGA-Tifton educator will also support the UGA Water Resource Team, a group of researchers, Extension specialists, social scientists, economists and program development specialists focused on improving water management in Georgia.On the job in Watkinsville, Georgia, Dyar is making the shift back to working with farmers instead of focusing on dams and flood control. Dyar has worked for the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission since 2006.“It’s good to be back working with farmers on projects,” said Dyar, who, along with the rest of the educators, brings a wealth of water resource knowledge and leadership skills to UGA Extension. At the commission, he was first a grant administrator, then a technician in the watershed dam program, a resource specialist in the regional office in Athens, Georgia, and, of late, was the regional representative in the commission’s Milledgeville, Georgia, office.The UGA Extension water educators will continue to support farmers, green industry representatives and homeowners by performing water audits, duties they bring with them from the commission.“In south Georgia, especially, we provided a mobile irrigation lab and we will continue to do so. We will go to farms that have center pivot irrigation and test to make sure those are performing correctly and uniformly,” Dyar said. “We will also continue to work with those who have a contract with USDA for cost-share funding. As part of the requirement, an irrigation audit must be prepared and, as Extension water educators, we will prepare those.”There is no fee for irrigation audits.In north Georgia, the Extension water educators will focus on other educational opportunities, like assisting farmers with the implementation of natural resource conservation best management practices, teaching Georgians how to maintain drip irrigation, and sharing information about homeowner irrigation systems.The new UGA Extension educators are currently reviewing water education needs across the state and developing programs to deliver.“I have some upcoming meetings where I will talk with garden clubs about ways to conserve water. We will be working on everything from homeowner conservation to on-farm conservation,” Dyar said. “After all, water affects everyone and everybody has the opportunity to save water. It’s just a matter of delivering education to get the message across.”For more information on UGA Extension programs, go to extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgFor someone as competitive and driven to be great as any athlete in his sport over the past decade, it pokes at Clayton Kershaw every time, like a rock that has worked its way inside his shoe.“No disrespect to 1988 – we hear about that a lot,” Kershaw said early in this postseason. “I’ve said it before – but we are sick of it. It’s up to us to do something about it, obviously. We need to create some of our own history, for sure.“I think it stands as a testament to this organization that they have such great history, that they take a lot of pride in their history, which I’m thankful for. I’m thankful to be a part of that and be in this organization. But at the same time, if we win one, we might not have to hear about it anymore, which would be awesome.”The Dodgers will get their latest best chance to make 1988 recede deeper into that franchise history when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. No major free agents were signed. The only multi-year deal the Dodgers negotiated last winter was a two-year deal with Chase Utley (who will retire after the first year).And that confidence produced a 16-26 team in mid-May.“We did feel like eventually, things were going to course-correct because of the talent we believed we had on the roster,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “You also can’t just sit around and wait for that to happen. This season was a mix of letting the guys play, but also being proactive and going out and getting some help for this team. Not just (Manny) Machado, but (David) Freese and (Ryan) Madson were big contributors in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That was a little bit of a trickier balance for us to walk this season.”They walked it like a drunk leaving after last call.Sure, there were injuries (like the loss of Corey Seager to Tommy John surgery) but the season-long theme was one of inconsistency and underachievement – until a sense of urgency kicked in late in the season. Third in the NL West after a late-August sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers have won every important series since – against the Diamondbacks and Rockies, a rematch with the Cardinals, Game 163 against the Rockies and now playoff series against the Braves and Brewers.It was a hard road to take but one the Dodgers believe has them calloused and ready to “finish the job” they fell short of accomplishing last year.“It feels a little more battle-tested this year. It was more of a joyride last year,” Zaidi said.“This is definitely a more battle-tested group. Last year, we kind of cruised through the season and through the first two rounds of the playoffs. This year has been more of a grind, in the regular season and the playoffs, getting to this point.”And now they face a Red Sox team that should remind them of those 2017 Dodgers.Like last year’s Dodgers, the Red Sox reach the World Series having won so many games during the regular season (a franchise-record 108) that overheated media speculated on their chances to reach the all-time record (116 by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners). Like last year’s Dodgers, the Red Sox dispatched a division rival in the first round of the playoffs then eliminated the defending World Series champions in the League Championship Series.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season And like the Dodgers, the Red Sox are a franchise that bathes in its history. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is part of that history. His stolen base during the 2004 curse-busting will be replayed on the Fenway Park scoreboard until they figure out a way to implant chips in the brains of fans – at which point, it will replay internally.But Roberts too has had enough of history.“To be quite honest, you look at 1988 and a lot of Dodgers fans now, that fan base didn’t know 1988,” Roberts said. “There is something to – I don’t know quite how to phrase this – we inherited this. Clayton inherited it. So you sort of have that burden, speaking for Clayton, of 22, 23 years before he got here. And being with Boston, I can relate because when I was a player with Boston I didn’t know 1918. But you feel the weight. That’s all we heard. So there is an incentive for the current players to create their own memories.“I want to create our own memory as well for our fans.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The lore of 1988 has been in the Dodgers’ faces all season long with the franchise celebrating the 30th anniversary of its most recent championship. That they were unable to end the World Series drought last fall is the history this team will try to rewrite against Boston.“You remember that feeling for weeks,” Kenley Jansen said of the Game 7 loss to the Astros. “You want to get back there. You understand not a lot of teams go back. Not a lot of teams go back 10 years after they got there. We understand it’s hard. It’s hard just to make the playoffs. We can’t take this for granted. This is an awesome feeling. We know how we felt last year. That was so recent for us. And I think that’s going to help motivate us.”The conversations about getting a World Series mulligan began even before Dodger Stadium emptied out after Game 7 last fall.“We lost Game 7 and I remember the conversation from a lot of different guys was, ‘Kansas City lost in 2014, they came back and won in 2015,’” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, dripping in champagne Saturday night. “That’s what we’re focused on. Three days after the World Series, Kenley is running stadium steps. Our guys are working out. That’s when I felt confident enough in the 2018 season.”Friedman’s confidence – and a desire to reset their luxury-tax penalties – led the Dodgers to make few changes to the roster over that long discontented winter. Seventeen of the 25 players who were on the Dodgers’ World Series roster last fall were in camp when spring training opened in February, including eight of the nine players in the Game 7 starting lineup (all but … Yu know who). 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