Limerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and sound

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and soundBy Editor – June 10, 2013 753 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Sadia Coptu and her brother Adeel with Darcy.A VERY special four-legged friend has been reunited with the Limerick family whose lives have been changed by his arrival in their home.Darcy, a two-year old black labrador who is an Autism assistance dog, went missing last week and was the focus of a huge search campaign to get him back to his heartbroken owner, nine-year old Sadia Coptu.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mallow-based charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland launched a social media campaign to locate him.Clare dog warden and ISPCA welfare officer, Frankie Coote rescued the dog from a derelict building, where he had gotten in but could not  get out again.“Everyone was involved – taxi drivers, gardai, the public. I kept my phone on all night. I would always try very hard to find any dog that is reported missing but everyone helped and pushed even harder because this dog was owned by a child with special needs”.Darcy went missing in Ennis last week when the family stopped at a garage for a coffee. “There was a very loud noise and he just bolted. He was on the lead but got such a fright he just took off,” Frankie explained.Sadia’s mother, Miriam said the Dooradoyle family were delighted that Darcy had been found safe.“The changes that we have seen with Sadia since the dog arrived have been very important for us. Before, going to the beach or just going for a walk was hell because Sadia has no sense of danger – she would just run off or run on to the road. Now she sticks closely to the dog.“She has become very attached to him. We give Darcy commands and she follows him. It means we can do things as a family”, Miriam said. First Irish death from Coronavirus Email WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleA tasty Limerick dish for Celebrity MasterchefNext articleFoul play ruled out after grandmother’s body found Editor center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended TAGSautism assistance dogDarcyfeaturedFrankie Cootefull-imageSadia Coptu Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Unburdening mobile account opening

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alissa Fry-Harris Alissa Fry-Harris is the director of marketing for Bluepoint Solutions, which provides integrated, end-to-end payment processing and content management technology solutions that help credit unions achieve the strategic goals of … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details In the fast-changing world of mobile account opening, the name of the game is convenience. Most attempts at mobile opening are abandoned, or the new accounts are never funded or used. The right solution is the one that gets your prospective accountholder in the door and fully engaged, preferably in one fast, smooth process.The factor most working against you is friction created by the mobile opening process itself. Too many steps, too much information, multiple verifications, typing on tiny keys, loading page after page, long uploads, waiting for something to happen, having to visit a branch or mail information anyway, sorting through product offers…the list goes on.Yet regulatory compliance is also critical—perhaps even more so because the prospect isn’t physically present to sign things and shake your hand. We need a better balance between simplifying the mobile experience so the door doesn’t slam in the prospect’s face, and sufficiently covering all your compliance bases.It’s time to take a fresh look at exactly what information and verifications are actually required by regulations, or are currently part of your Customer Identification Program (CIP).Here’s a quick overview of five non-negotiable requirements (the first three by the US Patriot Act):Identity verification (Section 326) requires full name, DOB, address, DL# and SSN (paper copies and images not required)Notification, acknowledged by the account opener, that their identity will be verifiedEstimation of the expected purpose and activity level for the account, either by asking questions or from records obtained and reviewed by the institutionAbility-to-repay verification, such as credit, employment or income check, or risk assessment provider integration, for credit accounts (credit cards, loans or overdraft protection)Mandatory compliance with OFAC and BSA/AML regulationsInformation in the following two categories, although not strictly required, is a best practice for many institutions. Take the opportunity to carefully consider which to incorporate and how to minimize the friction they cause:Institution-enacted credit scorecards to extend the assessment of a credit accountholder’s ability to payInstitution-enacted identity extended practices such as geolocation, IP address filtering, and biometric data (g., facial recognition, fingerprint)Finally, these three types of information are not required for compliance, although some are traditional for in-branch opening. Find ways to minimize these intrusions as much as possible, especially before the account opening is completed:Signatures to comply with the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000, which does not require physical signatures or signature samples. If desired, collect signatures from transaction data after account opening.Images of identity documents and photos of accountholders are not required and demand a prohibitively large bandwidth. If you want additional verification, consider using knowledge-based ‘out-of-wallet’ questions, which require fewer, easier steps for applicants and no handling by the institution.Inserted questions about applicant preferences and choices about additional financial products generate significant delays. They can quickly become overwhelming, and are unlikely to generate positive results. Instead, after the account is opened and in use, follow up to ask about ATMs, offer paper checks, and cross-sell other services.Ensuring compliance in today’s mobile-first/mobile-only world is critically important, but it can’t be at the expense of applicants abandoning the opening process. Each information requirement or step you pile into the process could be proverbial last straw, so even a tiny added checkbox merits your careful scrutiny.Make sure your mobile opening solution allows you to tailor every step to your specific needs—and that it streamlines the steps you retain. Experience shows how easy it is for a mobile applicant to walk away, so, once they’ve walked through your (virtual) door, be sure they stay.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 21st November 2019: Watch as Gareth Bale forgets he’s on air…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky SportsAdvertisement dkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbm6tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej00( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9gWould you ever consider trying this?😱8h8Can your students do this? 🌚tgqp5tRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday has been great for Wales, and mixed for the national star Gareth Bale. As the Welsh national team secured their entry into Euro 2020, the Galactico winger is on the face of controversy for the whole flag incident. Not just that, Bale came on air for interview and mistakenly said the f-word out of excitement!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky SportsAaron Ramsey was the match to watch, as the Juventus star netted in the two goals needed to thrash Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium. Soon after the match, the 28 year old was on camera with Bale, both excited for their entry into the 2020 Euro tournament.However, it was the Los Blancos star who couldn’t control his excitement while hailing his compatriot.Advertisement “Gareth, what was it like to have him back in the side, he didn’t half contribute tonight?” the interviewer asked the 30 year old forward, to which he replied: “It’s about time he contributed, isn’t it? F******…” followed by a cheery grin realising he is on live TV.Check out the hilarious incident in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @HLTCO.Advertisement However, the former Tottenham man is on the radar of the whole Spanish media for posing with the national flag with the writing: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” In addition to the tremendous slack from Madrid fans who are already wanting to see Bale walk out, the live swearing may rub salt to the wound. Advertisementlast_img read more

Stars Found Almost as Old as Universe

first_imgA new record was set by a Caltech team using the Keck telescopes on Hawaii: they detected a galaxy nearly as old as the universe.  The consensus age for the universe is 13.6 billion years.  The light from this galaxy, they claim, is over 13 billion years old – “a mere 500 million years after the Big Bang” itself was supposed to have brought the universe into being.  The discovery was reported by the BBC News based on a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.1    Some astronomers are questioning the accuracy of the report and its use of gravitational lensing to see the distorted light from the distant galaxy, but agree the work was done carefully.  This exceeds the previous redshift record (z = 6.96) into the 8 to 10 range.  The authors found six candidates and proposed that at least two of them are real, and may lie at redshifts close to or beyond z=10.  They assumed metallicities of 1/20 solar abundance.  This means that heavy elements (metals) would have had to be products of a prior generation of hydrogen stars.  The authors also believed that their candidate galaxies were representative of a large abundance of similar low-luminosity galaxies that were present in that epoch.1Stark, Ellis et al, “A Keck Survey for Gravitationally Lensed Lyman-Alpha Emitters in the Redshift Range 8.5 < z < 10.4: New Constraints on the Contribution of Low-Luminosity Sources to Cosmic Reionization,” The Astrophysical Journal, 663:10-28, 2007 July 1.These measurements are indirect and tentative.  Confirmation must await observations from the refurbished Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope, and refinements of the gravitational lensing technique.  There is also a fuzzy line between observation and theory in cases such as these.  Even using their own assumptions, however, the situation is paralleled by that in biology: more maturity and complexity as far back as they can see.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pretoria Airport ready for 2010

first_img“We have signed guarantees to provide sufficient and safe transport operations to enable the movement of spectators during the World Cup,” he said. “We believe the transport sector is one of the most important sectors for this event, both from legacy and event delivery perspective.” Speaking at the launch of the new airport last week, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the airport would also be able to handle traffic between Pretoria and Rustenburg, as well as serve as a refuelling centre for aircraft during the tournament. Scheduled flights will be operated under an independent airline, Interlink Airlines, with flights to Durban, Cape Town, Polokwane and other parts of the country. From the airport, fans can then easily be integrated into other modes of transport such as rail, buses and taxis to get the soccer match venue. 2010 legacy project The airport expects to handle in the region of 6 800 general aviation and helicopter passengers a year. Ndebele said this would contribute to a successful economy and ensure the creation of even more jobs. Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane/Pretoria, recently updgraded to the tune of R440-million, is expected to be used extensively by fans and Fifa delegates travelling to and from the city during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.center_img The government has invested over R440-million in the project through the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, and a total of 1 629 jobs were created during the construction phase. “Transport is the heartbeat of the South African economy. We must continue to intensify our work towards improving the social and economic development of our people.” The upgraded and improved infrastructure at the airport includes arrivals and departure halls, a porte-cochere with kiosks, and a public transport facility developed for tour buses and mini-bus taxis. The airport parking facility has also been upgraded. Source: BuaNews 2 November 2009 Ndebele said the airport would become an important part of the legacies of the 2010 World Cup.last_img read more

SA site helps 2010 visitors go green

first_imgTravellers will find a wealth of tips for sustainable tourism in their Green Passport. (Image: UNEP) MEDIA CONTACTS • Helena ReyUN Environment Programme+33 14 437 1450RELATED ARTICLES • Saving the land with ecotourism • Ecotourism reaps rich rewards • Holidays that save the world • Cape Town’s responsible tourismJanine ErasmusThe South African Green Passport site has gone live, just in time for the surge of tourists expected to pour into the country to watch the last stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The site is a joint project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and the Global Environment Facility, a far-reaching funding initiative involving 182 governments as well as NGOs, institutions and privately held corporations.The Green Passport programme has been implemented in three other countries internationally, and each time adapted accordingly. The project was piloted in Brazil and has since rolled out in Ecuador and Costa Rica as well. South Africa is the first African country to adopt the scheme.The Green Passport is aimed at helping visitors in South Africa reduce their carbon footprint by providing simple but useful tips on recycling, green living and responsible tourism.By making smart choices, tourists can not only make the most of their stay in the country, but minimise their impact on its environment and cultures. Supporting sustainable initiativesThey will also have the chance to support five remarkable greening projects approved by the DEA, doing their bit towards bringing increased economic benefits and better living conditions to local communities.The first project is the Sunfire Solutions’ solar cookers, which helps to reduce air pollution and deforestation by using only sunlight for cooking, and also eliminates the dangers associated with using open fires in homes.The second, Soil & More Reliance, focuses on soil composting, creates jobs and rids the environment of green waste and alien plants by turning them into compost.Lemnis Lighting Africa’s project replaces traditional lighting with energy-efficient LED lights in hotels, offices, homes, and more; while the Mainstream wind farm in the Eastern Cape focuses on renewable energy as a source of power.The Nova Institute’s Basa njengo Magogo (“light up like a grandmother”, a reference to the elderly citizen who pioneered the technique) domestic fire-lighting project teaches families how to burn coal in a cleaner and more cost-effective way by starting the fire with wood and paper on top, instead of underneath the coals.Offsetting carbon emissions The South African Green Passport site provides detailed information on each World Cup host city, in categories such as where to stay and eat, how to get to the fan parks and stadiums, how to recycle waste and make efficient use of resources, and where the sights can be seen.For instance, people are encouraged not to keep buying bottled water, but rather to refill their existing bottles with South Africa’s tap water, which is rated as the third best in the world in terms of quality. To ensure that their choice of seafood at a restaurant is not on the endangered list, patrons can send the fish’s name in a text message to +27 (0)79 499 8795 and receive an answer within seconds.Locals will also find that the site’s information can be easily adapted to their own situations.Green-minded tourists can use the website’s carbon calculator to establish their greenhouse gas emissions, and then offset those emissions by supporting one of the five selected projects. The calculator will suggest a sum based on the user’s established carbon emission. The sum may be paid in full, or in part – all donations are welcomed – by credit card, in support of the project of their choice.The Green Passport, which is packed with eco-friendly hints and tips, may be downloaded as a PDF (2.85MB) or collected in print form from visitor centres in all nine World Cup host cities, as well as from Fifa environmental volunteers in stadiums. Besides the useful information, there is space at the end of the document for visitors to make their own notes and collect signatures.A mobile site has also been launched, with all information available at the push of a button on a hand-held phone.As an added bonus, all travellers who register their green passport numbers at the site will stand a chance to win a two-night stay at the Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.The campaign runs until the end of December 2010. More tips for responsible tourism can be found on the UNEP’s Green Passport site.last_img read more

Cherise Stander inspired by late husband Burry

first_img28 May 2014Cherise Stander, wife of the late Burry Stander, will be aiming to draw inspiration from his achievements at the Cascades MTB Park when she contests the UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg on 29 June.The Team RECM rider, a stage winner on the 2012 Route de France, has had a tough start to the year by her own admission, but has set her sights on the forthcoming global spectacle.She has been hard at work, preparing for the tough 74km route that will take riders through the Cascades MTB Park and around the surrounding landscape of Pietermaritzburg.‘I am training hard’“It’s been a bit of a bumpy start to the year,” Stander said, “but at the moment I am training hard and focused on the event. I have been focusing on trying to get my strength up, so I have been doing a bit of work in the gym and also focusing on power intervals.”With it being her first MTB Marathon World Championships, she admitted it would be a learning experience: “I really have absolutely no idea what to expect from this race and the main goal is to get through the race and finish,” she said.Winter conditionsThe winter conditions in Pietermaritzburg are often cold and dry and Stander believes that she is more suited to the warmer conditions. However, with the South African Championships providing a dress rehearsal for the UCI event three weeks before it takes place, she has an opportunity to assess whether conditions will be favourable for her or not.“KZN gets really cold in June and I am usually a bit better in the heat, but, having said that, racing in your home country is always an advantage. We will be racing the course at SA champs on 7 June, so I will have a better idea if the course suits me after that,” she explained.Vivid memoriesHaving supported her late husband Burry at the Cascades MTB Park on many occasions previously, she has some vivid memories of him competing at the venue and taking on the best in the world with distinction. Stander hopes to draw on some of those memories for inspiration.“The Cascades MTB Park is a place that is very close to me and it definitely will be motivation,” she said.“I have some amazing memories of Burry fighting his heart out there, so I will definitely be thinking of him and his never-say-die attitude when I’m tired.”She added: “I am really looking forward to not having to travel so far. It is also great that all my family and friends will be able to watch the best in the world compete against each other.”PreparationsStander’s preparation for the World Championships have included time off the bike to work on her strength. She is hoping it pays off when Pietermaritzburg plays host to the latest in a long line of major cycling events that have taken place in and around the KwaZulu-Natal capital.“I’m getting there! It’s a bumpy road, but I’m making progress slowly but surely, and with the Hilton Classic the week before the World Champs, I will be prepared,” Stander concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

With raised sprits Ohio State mens basketball focuses on Penn State

Junior center Amir Williams dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe night is darkest before the dawn, and for the No. 24-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team (16-4, 3-4), that dawn might have arrived.After struggling through a four-game losing streak — the program’s longest since February 2008 — the Buckeyes got back on track with a 62-55 victory against Illinois last Thursday.Freshman forward Marc Loving said just getting a win helped raise spirits in the locker room.“Our moods are definitely a lot lighter than what they were during the four-game losing streak,” Loving said Tuesday. “I would say there’s been a lighter load going into the next game. I feel like a weight’s been lifted off of us, get a little monkey off our back. Going into this next game, we definitely have a mindset that we’ve got to execute and get stops defensively because that’s what we key on.”It’s been more than two weeks since OSU headed into a game off a win, and some players are hoping their problems have been fixed.Junior center Amir Williams, who saw his minutes decline during the losing streak, said a lot of time in practice has been dedicated to two things: defense and shooting.“We spent a lot of time these past few days working on our defense and a lot with our shooting,” Williams said Tuesday. “That’s mainly been a problem that we’ve had in the past, guys were just driving by us and not playing our principles on defense so we just got back to the basics and broke down what we had to do defensively to keep teams from scoring against us and just get up a lot of shots offensively. We’ve been putting a lot of time into shooting the ball.”Williams added that another four-game losing streak has to be prevented at all costs for a team with as high of goals like OSU’s.“We can’t take any team for granted,” Williams said. “This is a tough conference to play in night in and night out so we’re going to continue to build … That four-game losing streak is something that can’t happen to us again. We’re going to have losses and we’re going to win some games but we can’t just not show up to play like we did those last four games.”Next up, the Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State (10-10, 1-6) and will be hoping to contain their leading scorers, redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill (17.2 points per game) and graduate-senior guard Tim Frazier (16.5 points per game).OSU coach Thad Matta said despite the Nittany Lions’ record, they will not be overlooked by the Buckeyes.“You look at Penn State, they’ve been in every single game they’ve played this season and had some of the craziest losses I’ve seen in terms of the ball didn’t bounce their way,” Matta said Tuesday. “Obviously Frazier and Newbill have shown, not only this year but throughout their career, that they can go into an arena and get 30 on you … but you get a pretty good feel of who they’re trying to get shots for and we’ve got to do a pretty good job of locking those guys down the best we can.”The last time OSU lost to Penn State was Jan. 10, 2004. Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Commentary Ohio State made the right decision to fire Thad Matta at

Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13, 2014 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum | Former Photo EditorThere is never a perfect time to fire the winningest coach in a program’s history. There’s no easy way for Ohio State to move on from the man who took the Buckeyes to the brink of winning their first national championship since 1960. But, the timing of Monday’s firing of now-former coach Thad Matta is particularly bad for OSU.Teams have moved on from the 2016-17 season, are transitioning to the fall and, if necessary, they made a coaching change months ago. No head coach has been hired by a major Division 1 school since New Mexico tabbed Paul Weir as its leader on April 11.The inopportune swap is not lost on OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith, who sat next to Matta at a press conference to announce the end of the three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year’s tenure in Columbus Monday.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said. “So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time.”Since OSU is late to the coaching carousel, it won’t have to jockey with other schools for hot-shot up-and-comers or established coaching talent on the market.But is that a good thing, or does it mean that the coaches who check off both “talented” and “available” boxes do not exist any more? Could the Buckeyes have won over former Dayton coach Archie Miller, who decided to leave the state of Ohio to take over the Indiana program? We’ll never know because OSU’s job wasn’t open when the former Flyers coach was listening to the Hoosiers’ pitch.Established coaches and potential candidates such as Arizona’s Sean Miller, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Virginia’s Tony Bennett are each heading successful programs and have turned down offers from major schools in the past. Given OSU’s lackluster roster and the reality that basketball will never be the university’s most important sport, a fit in Columbus for these coaches is not obvious.Exciting, young coaches such as Xavier’s Chris Mack and Butler’s Chris Holtmann could stay with their programs for another season – both of which bring back talented rosters – and hope to attract a head coach offer from a higher profile school than OSU.Whoever sits in Matta’s former chair in the fall will have a tough job. With just 10 scholarship players, including a former walk-on, and major recent roster turnover, the new head coachBut, it just takes one person to say yes. That’s where optimism should set in. Despite the recent struggles, OSU is still appealing, and there’s an obvious place to start: at the bank.Only two Big Ten coaches – Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein – made more than Matta in 2017. But if you thought OSU might be cash-strapped as it is buying out Matta’s next three seasons, think again.The athletic department is flush with cash. It is spending $43 million on building a student-athlete development center and $49.7 million on a wrestling facility, and will also be building an arena for volleyball, gymnastics and fencing. They are also reportedly considering building a hockey arena.If OSU thinks it can hire someone to replicate Matta’s success from his first decade as the Buckeyes coach, it would pay up to do so.At Monday’s press conference, Smith said that he didn’t intend to relieve Matta of his duties when the two met on Friday. If that’s true, the pressure is on for him to act quickly and bring in someone who can find the success on the court that has escaped the program in recent years.Only time will tell if the Buckeyes whiffed on their opportunity to find a worthy replacement for Matta in a timely matter. Perhaps Smith has a master plan to land Miller, Villanova coach Jay Wright or Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan.But, maybe he doesn’t.Sometimes, even if the correct decision is made but the window of opportunity is missed, the result is a disappointment. OSU might learn the hard way.Colin Hass-Hill: [email protected] and Twitter @chasshill read more