OSS keeps workplace safety to the fore

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Linkedin The OSS team at their base on the Eastway Business Park in BallysimonWE ARE well used to hearing that employers are looking to achieve a great place to work. In the current circumstances, most of them are now looking to provide a safe place to work.Since last March, Limerick-based health and safety training and consultancy company OSS have been working hard supporting a wide variety of companies to get back to work safely.“Our work demands have changed greatly in the past six months” according to Managing Director of OSS Ned O’Dwyer who is celebrating 20 years in business next year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “All of our public training courses are now delivered in suitably designed training venues with social distancing in place, hand sanitising points provided, face coverings worn and regular cleaning down of venues being carried out.“Our consultancy section can support you with Covid 19 risk assessments, Covid Response Plans and any other requirements that will help you keep your business open and provide reassurance to your workers that your workplace is now not only a safe place to work but also a healthy place to work.Contact OSS on 061 422207, email [email protected] or log on to www.ossltd.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener BusinessLimerickNewsOSS keeps workplace safety to the foreBy Editor – October 1, 2020 168 WhatsApp Print Previous article“Certainly we are close”- Tadhg Beirne excited for the new Guinness Pro 14 SeasonNext articlePensioner walked around the world without leaving Castletroy Editor Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Students in Cowley Tesco demo

first_imgOxford students participated in a demonstration inside a Tesco store on Monday, in aid of Fairtrade Fortnight.The students, who were dressed in red, gathered inside the Tesco Metro on Cowley Road equipped with fair trade bananas with labels detailing information about trade justice and fruit producers.At exactly one o’clock, their phones rang and they held the bananas to their ears before handing them to other unsuspecting shoppers with the words “It’s for you”.One student from Balliol stated, “I’m here because I’m passionate about bananas”.He commented, “There were certainly a lot of bemused looks when we handed them out, and I’m not sure if everyone got the message, but I think it was good for spreading the awareness of the overall cause.”The protesters caused enough of a stir to be asked to leave by the Tesco staff. The store manager commented, “They are welcome to demonstrate outside, but not inside. We just asked them to leave.”He added that the demonstrators might have been a surprise for shoppers but not for the staff. “We were prepared for this to happen. We had intelligence reports that there would be a small protest of some kind.”The flashmob was organised by Ctrl Alt Shift, a youth initiative encouraging people to be engaged with global issues such as fairtrade, HIV/AIDS, and gender and poverty. It is associated with Christian Aid.It was part of a wider demonstration occurring across the country, including in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol. They were organised in protest of the fact that Tesco stores still stock non-fair trade bananas.A representative from Christian Aid present in Cowley said, “We are campaigning for Tesco to stock all fair trade bananas. It doesn’t just have to be about the living wage. It makes economic sense for them to do so.”She continued, “When Sainsbury’s and Waitrose made the decision to do so, they saw their sales rise.”Christian Aid and Ctrl Alt Shift, along with other groups such as the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development have been helping to raise awareness in Oxford of trade issues in the past two weeks.A Christian Aid campaigner said, “The aim of this fortnight is to get people talking about trade justice. We’ve brought the debate to colleges, such as Christ Church, and people across Oxford have been organising Fairtrade dinner parties.”She added, “We don’t want fair trade to be an issue, we want it to be the norm.”last_img read more

More Republicans call for a smooth transition as Trump continues spreading baseless fraud claims.

first_imgSome Republican governors have also acknowledged the need for a smooth transition. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas stated that Mr. Biden should have access to intelligence briefings and stressed the need for a smooth transition of power for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, while also acknowledging that there was “a process” to accepting the outcome of the election, including the ongoing recount in Georgia.Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a supporter of Mr. Trump, told CNN on Sunday that it was “important for a normal transition” to the next presidential administration to begin, saying, “We have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Even as more top Republicans urged President Trump on Sunday to allow for an orderly presidential transition, the president himself, after briefly appearing to acknowledge his election loss, resumed spreading the kinds of baseless accusations of election fraud that his supporters have embraced.Though his tweet on Sunday that Joseph R. Biden Jr. “won because the Election was Rigged” at least appeared to recognize Mr. Biden’s victory (though Mr. Trump vowed not to concede), by Monday morning, he had resumed his former refrain, tweeting, “I won the Election!” His campaign’s lawsuits, built around claims that, among other things, Republican poll watchers were not allowed to observe ballot counting and that tabulation machines were tainted, have been mostly rejected in court.- Advertisement – Another former Trump national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, said on CNN on Sunday of Mr. Trump’s claim of a rigged election, “It’s just wrong, it’s regrettable, it’s counterproductive.” – Advertisement –center_img While he voiced support for Mr. Trump’s various legal challenges to the election, he said, “On the other hand, it’s clear that, certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect.”Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters are just as adamant as the president himself in refusing to accept the results of the election. Thousands of them rallied behind him in Washington on Saturday. They were met with counterprotests, and violence ensued Saturday night as the police made 21 arrests and one person was stabbed. John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, on Sunday joined the chorus of Republicans urging Mr. Trump to accept defeat, warning on ABC’s “This Week” of the threat to the country if the president made “life as difficult as he can” for the incoming administration and calling the Trump team’s litigation “the legal equivalent of pitching pennies.”“I think it’s very important for leaders of the Republican Party to explain to our voters — who are not as stupid as the Democrats think — that, in fact, Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless,” Mr. Bolton said.last_img read more

Cracker real estate bargains up for grabs in Queensland

first_imgThe home at 38 Albert St, Rockhampton City is on the market for $4000. Picture: realestate.com.auChasing a last minute Christmas bargain? How about a house for $4,000. There’s just one catch, you don’t get the land it sits on. The folks at realestate.com.au have compiled a list of the cheapest homes currently for sale in Queensland with the combined price of the top 10 coming in at $344,500. That’s less than the average house in Underwood, Morayfield or Ipswich. Topping the list is a two-bedroom weatherboard cottage at 38 Albert St, Rockhampton City, on the market for $4000. The price is for the house only but listing agent Kas Woch says the home would make a great second farm house or cheap storage. Plus it is only 6.8m wide so Mr Woch reckons it would be easy to transport. The ‘home’ at 77/760 Scenic Highway, Kinka Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auComing it at number two is a bus with built on annex and access to a jumping pillow at 77/760 Scenic Highway, Kinka Beach, south of Yeppoon. The two-bedroom ‘property’ is on the market for $28,000 and is in the local caravan park, so the new owner would be able to use the waterpark, resort pool, barbecue areas and sports courts. And the jumping pillow of course. The property at 25 Macks St, Wyandra. Picture: realestate.com.auTaking out the third spot is an actual house with actual land, 4,047sq m to be precise. And it even comes with an old butcher’s shop, all for $29,000. The downside? The property at 25 Macks St, Wyandra is being sold in an ‘as is’ condition, which isn’t exactly instaworthy. The online listing only contains one photo of the ‘renovator’s delight’, a fence of sorts and lots of dead grass. This is one for the buyer who isn’t afraid of a challenge. The property at 38 Darcy St, Mount Morgan. Picture: realestate.com.auIn the number four position is a fibro home elevated on a hillside in Mount Morgan with “views of the old mine site”, according to the listing. Who knew a mine site view was a selling point?The property at 38 Darcy St, Mount Morgan is for sale for $30,000 negotiable and the listing warns the home requires such extensive work that there are no internal photos available. How intriguing. How bad can it be? The unit at 68/61-79 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay. Picture: realestate.com.auRounding out the top five is a cute little holiday unit at 168/61-79 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. In comparison to the previous four properties, this one is quite charming. Situated in the Amaroo on Mandalay resort, the property has one bedroom, one bathroom and kitchenette, all for $32,500. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe unit has been refurbished by the current owners and is close to bays, beaches, parks and water sports. Sounds like the kind of place you want to visit when taking a break from renovating one of the four cheapest homes for sale in Queensland. The 10 cheapest homes for sale in Queensland1. $4,000 – 38 Albert St, Rockhampton City 8. 42,000 – 3/4 Hakea Ct, Greenvale 5. $32,500 – 168/61-79 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 6. $39,000 – 11 Pheasant Creek Rd, Wowan 2. $28,000 – 77/760 Scenic Highway, Kinka Beach 4. $30,000 neg – 38 Darcy St, Mount Morgancenter_img 7. $40,000 – 47 Thistle St, Blackall 9. $50,000 – 16 Hannah Cres, Dysart 10. $50,000 – 29 Darwin St, Jericho 3. $29,000 – 25 Macks St, Wyandralast_img read more

Poyet: Chelsea stronger than ever

first_imgGus Poyet has acknowledged his Sunderland side face a mighty task to replicate last season’s stunning league and cup double when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Poyet’s injury worries continue to ease with the news that Argentinian midfielder Ricky Alvarez could make his first appearance since September after being ruled out with a knee injury. The Uruguayan is keen to see a reaction from last weekend’s frustrating goalless draw at Leicester which saw them slip back to 14th place in a tightly constricting top-flight table. Poyet added: “There are four, five, six, seven teams above the rest and now people are talking about a relegation battle between 13 teams. “You need to take these opportunities to challenge yourselves against the best. We have a very nice but a very difficult week, but that is why we are in the Barclays Premier League.” Sunderland midfielder Ricky Alvarez could make his first appearance since September. The Argentina international has been ruled out for over six weeks with a damaged knee but came through training this week and has been named in Poyet’s matchday squad. Defender Sebastian Coates is also set to return to contention following a calf strain but Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle), Billy Jones (hamstring) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) are all still out. Jose Mourinho has dismissed the possibility of complacency creeping in at Chelsea as the runaway leaders prepare to face the side which inflicted their most recent Barclays Premier League defeat. Chelsea are six points clear at the top of the table after 12 games and unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions this season. Mourinho’s side beat Schalke 5-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League and now travel to Sunderland seeking to consolidate their position at the top of the standings. It was the Black Cats who ended Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten home Premier League run in April in a bad-tempered meeting which remains Chelsea’s most recent domestic defeat. Some pundits and bookmakers expect Chelsea to romp away with the title, but Mourinho is adamant his squad will not get ahead of themselves. “Complacency is not a risk we have,” Mourinho said. “It’s not a profile of this group in this moment. We have all the other risks. The risks that belong to football – the risk of a bad period, injuries, unlucky matches, other teams growing up and becoming stronger… “We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and (in) minute 88 Eden Hazard made a sprint to defend. “There was a clear evolution and I don’t think the group as a group can be complacent.” Mourinho denied complacency was a factor in the loss to Sunderland, which prompted an irate response from the Chelsea boss and his assistant Rui Faria, who was issued with a six-match stadium ban for criticising match officials. He added: “I don’t call that complacency. I call that other things. Lots of water passed already under the bridge. “That match was impossible to win. But we move on.” So scintillating have Chelsea been at times this term that it is difficult for many to see how they can improve. A link with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi circulated on social media this week, but Mourinho dismissed that possibility. “In this moment it’s so easy to have non-truths circulating, it’s so easy that some people put news without confirming (it),” Mourinho said. “Obviously it’s not true.” Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have sparkled this season and been nominated for FIFA’s team of the year. Mourinho values collective honours over individual awards in a hint at the attitude which now prevails at Stamford Bridge. “I think these kind of trophies are not good for football,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes it looks like we’re looking for stars. We’re looking for people more important than other people and this is not the culture we want in this club. “The mentality here is not to be worried with that. And when I see Fabregas and Hazard, I think clearly they don’t think about it. “Clearly they think about the team, playing well and trying to win matches.” Mourinho has no fresh fitness concerns, with only young defender or midfielder Nathan Ake (hamstring) out. The Blues boss has kept changes to a minimum this season, with his first-choice line-up well established. But he praised those on the fringes for keeping him on his toes. “From the ones that are not playing a lot, I don’t have one single one that is not training very hard, that is not ready to help,” Mourinho added. “Life is easy when you are playing always and winning and feeling high in yourself esteem. Life is difficult when they are not playing, because a player was born to play. “All these guys in my squad are for me absolutely fantastic. I’m so happy with them.” And Mourinho expects his side to continue to evolve and improve. “There is much more to come,” Mourinho said. “We have a lot ahead of us. This team has all the conditions to be better. “But I’m so experienced in this life that I’m not on the moon when I win, I’m not in hell when I lose. Balance. “The players follow me in this. We are not jumping every day, we are not crying every day when things go wrong. “We are very stable.” Poyet, who described Chelsea’s 5-0 midweek Champions League win over Schalke as the “perfect” performance, warned: “This is a different Chelsea – a better one and a stronger one than last year. “They were strong favourites before the season started and now after the games we’ve played so far without a doubt they are even bigger favourites. They are the best team in the country by far. “I watched the (Schalke) game and it was impressive – let’s hope they’re not perfect again. For us it is the biggest challenge by far and when you play against the best team you need to be at your best.” With Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City following Mourinho’s men to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, Poyet must hope his side can invoke the spirit of last season’s survival push when they managed to save their best for the big occasion. Apart from their superb triumph at Stamford Bridge, the Black Cats also staged a smash-and-grab raid on Manchester United at Old Trafford and came agonisingly close to doing the same at champions-elect Manchester City. Poyet added: “Last time we couldn’t find a solution about beating the teams at the bottom and we always played better against the teams at the top. “The idea this year is to maintain our performance against the top sides and be better against the lower sides. You have to do certain things and every player has to have a role. “I think Chelsea do have weaknesses – things that happened in the past when we played them – but they are stronger this year than last year so it is going to be more difficult.” Poyet knows Jose Mourinho’s new and improved version represent a very different proposition to the one that had to settle for third place last season after seeing their 77-game unbeaten home run ended by the Black Cats in April. That famous win was not the only joy Poyet had against his old club during the last campaign as the Wearsiders also dumped Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup with an extra-time win in December. Press Associationlast_img read more

GPL review: Kotoko end Medeama’s unbeaten run

first_imgLeague leaders SC Medeama’s five-game unbeaten run in the ongoing premier league came to an end on Sunday after going down 1-0 to defending champions Asante Kotoko at the Tarkwa T and A park.A goal by Kofi Nti Boakye on the stroke of halftime ensured the porcupine warriors second consecutive victory which now lifts them to fourth on the standings just three points adrift the top.Hearts of Oak began life without Coach CK Akunnor as they beat Real Tamale United 3-2 at the Accra stadium to bring their three-game losing run to an end.Second half substitute Edward Affum scored the final goal to hand acting head coach Ben Adjei a winning start after taking charge of the Phobians last Wednesday following the dismissal of CK Akunnor for recording poor results.Mahatma Otoo put the Phobians in the lead after 16 minutes but Hanan Giwah drew level before RTU made it 2-1 after the break through Salim Sakara. Iddrisu Moro equalized for Hearts from the spot in the 86th minute before Afum scored late on in injury time.Tema Youth rallied back to draw 1-1 at the Tema Stadium against 10-man Berekum Chelsea. Both goals came in either half of the match and from the spot with Latif Salifu putting Chelsea in front after 6 minutes before Tema Youth came back to level courtesy Francis Narh’s equalizer. New Edubiase have now moved from the bottom ranks of the premier league standings after beating All Stars 1-0 at the Gyamfi Park in Bekwai. Bernard Ofori nodded in a cross past goalkeeper Robert Dabou in the 94th minute to hand Edubiase all the three points.In other premier league games played at the weekend, AshantiGold defeated Heart of Lions 1-0 at the Kpando Park to keep their impressive form going. Amidaus Professionals lost 2-0 to Aduana Stars at the Dormaa Park with Liberty beating Arsenal 1-0 at the Golden city park in Berekum. Ebusua Dwarfs beat King Faisal 1-0 at the Baba Yara stadium.last_img read more

Cortez Simmons in court tomorrow for 2013 murder

first_img Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Related Items:cortez simmons, court, Keziah Burke, margaret ramsey-hale, murder, rodney adams Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Court tomorrow for murder accused Cortez Simmons according to the court docket. The now 31 year old Simmons has been imprisoned since May 2013 for allegedly being a part of the shooting death of Keziah Burke in April that same year. Simmons had been beaten up initially when remanded; now he stands trial for the incident which has spawned other landmark cases and rulings in the country; including the trial of now exonerated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Cortez Simmons is expected to appear before Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale in Provo at 9am, Tuesday. Recommended for you Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lawmakers to Discuss BRAC Installation Issues in FY16 Defense Policy Bill

first_imgThis year’s defense authorization bill almost certainly won’t give DoD the green light it wants to hold a new BRAC round, but it could help the department build its case that a new round is needed.The House version of the annual defense policy bill calls for DoD to prepare a 20-year force structure plan for each service and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The Senate draft does not contain a similar provision, however, and so it is not yet clear if the House language will remain in the final bill.The fiscal 2016 authorization bill will be highlighted on Wednesday, June 24, when several members of the congressional Armed Services committees address the Defense Communities National Summit during the Congressional Keynote Briefing. One of the featured speakers will be Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and one of the few lawmakers who has backed the Obama administration’s request for a new base closure round.Smith, however, has proposed a number of reforms to the base closure process to ensure that implementation costs for a new round are reasonable and that the recommendations yield significant savings within five years.Most recently the debate in Congress over the authorization bill has focused on the GOP strategy to rely on DoD’s war account to bypass the statutory spending caps. On Tuesday, the Senate rejected a Democratic effort to stop lawmakers from authorizing the use of tens of billions of dollars in extra war funds to bolster the Pentagon’s FY 2016 budget.Following the vote, it’s not clear whether Senate Democrats will try to block the annual policy bill, S. 1376, from advancing in the chamber. Afterwards, Democrats vowed to stop the GOP from going ahead with its strategy to offer the Pentagon budget relief by adding funds to its overseas contingency operations (OCO) account while ignoring domestic agencies by blocking progress on spending bills.“I don’t know what will happen,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters when asked whether Democrats would filibuster the bill if the vote failed. “I think I know what our plan is on appropriations; it’s not as clear on defense authorization,” he said, reported the Hill.Tuesday’s vote took up an amendment from Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), ranking member on Senate Armed Services, which would have restricted the use of $38 billion added to the OCO account unless Congress lifted the discretionary spending caps on defense and non-defense spending. S. 1376 authorizes a total of $89 billion for the OCO account; the Obama administration had requested only $51 billion.“There are many good reforms in the NDAA but they are compromised by the inefficient, irresponsible OCO budget gimmick,” Reed said in a written statement. “Sending the president a bill to veto just leads to more government by crisis, and another partisan legislative cliff,” Reed added. Prior to the vote, John McCain (R-Ariz.), Senate Armed Services chair, urged senators not to make the authorization bill a “hostage” for a dispute over spending.“The NDAA is a policy bill. It can’t solve the Budget Control Act,” McCain said. “It deals only with defense issues, and it doesn’t spend a dollar.”The budget framework adopted by congressional Republicans for FY 2016 endorses the strategy of relying on the OCO account as a way of meeting the total dollar amount of the president’s budget request for DoD without adjusting the Budget Control Act limits. But Democrats in both chambers, along with the White House, have opposed the maneuver in a bid to bring the GOP to the negotiating table.“We shouldn’t wait to solve this problem. We need to get to the table now and work together to eliminate the threat of sequestration, just as every single military leader has asked us to do,” Reed said.  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Orlando theme parks offer free bug spray to ease Zika concerns

center_img Tags: Zika Orlando theme parks offer free bug spray to ease Zika concerns ORLANDO — Orlando’s major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on Sunday began offering the mosquito spray and lotion free of charge at their parks.No mosquito-transmitted case of the Zika virus has been found in central Florida. But theme park officials say they’re offering the repellent as a precaution and to ease the fears of visitors.The Department of Health is investigating mosquito-transmitted Zika cases in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties in South Florida, as well as in Pinellas County in the Tampa area.Zika causes a mild illness in most people but can lead to severe brain-related birth defects if women are infected during pregnancy.last_img read more