Wheelchair theft seen as new low

first_img‘Youths were spotted holding up traffic with the wheelchair getting a ‘laugh’ out of it…’THE theft of a wheelchair that was a young boy’s “only form of independence,” has been seen as a “sickening new low” for a family that has battled hardship for the last three years in Thomondgate. 16-year-old Shane Dundon has cerebral palsy and is now house bound because of the actions of a number of youths who stole the wheelchair from the front porch of the family home in Thomondgate last Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mother of six, Theresa Dundon, told the Limerick Post that the seat and frame of the chair were found the following day in Hartigan Villas after youths took the wheels and used them for a horse-drawn sulky kart.“It is bad enough trying to get the council to repair the house, but taking Shane’s only form of independence has really knocked his confidence. He’s upstairs in his room now and can’t or wont come down. He started in St Nessan’s recently and that was a big step for him. I mean, my son has welts on his hands from having to crawl in and out the front door. This is no life for a boy who has suffered to this stage of his life”.Theresa’s and the lives of her family have taken many set backs as the Limerick woman had to bury her college going son who was murdered in the UK during a random act of violence. With five children now, four of whom live with here in the “decrepit house” in Thomondgate, Theresa says that she has been living on empty promises from the local authority to get her house wheelchair friendly.“The house is in a very bad way, the shower doesn’t work, the toilet is in a state, the backgarden is like a swimming pool and it’s gone from bad to worse”.The Dundon family had to move from their original home in Hartigan Villas as the house next-door to their former home was petrol bombed and the council moved them for their own safety.“I had heroin addicts in the garden shooting up and for fear I had to sleep on the couch. We were all in fear of what random act could happen next and even my son crawled out to the front green at 6am scared out of his wits. The council moved us after the lady next door had her house petrol bombed. Now we have been put into this house and they have just forgotten about us. Letters go unanswered, promises go unfulfilled and I’m told there’s no money there to put in a few ramps.“It broke my heart to hear Shane say to me, ‘Mam, if I fell outside and broke my neck maybe then they would do something then’”.Shane’s sister, Nicole, says that this is not the first incident involving a group of up to eight youths “who are taking children’s bikes, hubcaps from cars and stuff like that, but it has taken a step too far this time.Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating.Nicole’s frustration continued when she added that the perpetrators of the wheelchair theft are aged “as young as 12 and 13. They shouldn’t go unpunished because of their age. It makes me sick to think that you cant even leave a wheelchair in your own porch without it being stolen.” Advertisement Facebook Email Print WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleBowie’s career under the spotlightNext articleLimerick FC could win title this weekend admin NewsLocal NewsWheelchair theft seen as new lowBy admin – September 27, 2012 720 Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Joe Donnelly teaches undergraduate political science course

first_imgEven if one attends the best university with the best professors and the best resources, it is rare to receive the opportunity to spend time with someone who has in-depth knowledge in the chosen subject to go with first-hand experience. Fortunately for students majoring in political science, that opportunity is being offered this semester, as former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly is teaching a course in the Department of Political Science and the Keough School of Global Affairs.The one-credit course for undergraduates, entitled “Facing America’s Challenges,” will be taught by Donnelly in conjunction with a rotating member of the political science faculty. Each week, participants will examine a different issue affecting American politics as Donnelly provides experience-based knowledge to the dialogue.The course comes on the heels of Donnelly’s failed reelection bid at the hands of Republican Mike Braun. Donnelly earned both a B.A. and a J.D. from Notre Dame, and served as an Indiana senator from 2013 to 2019.Donnelly’s tenure as a local and national politician has given him an insight into politics that is difficult to find anywhere else, David Campbell, chairperson for the Department of Political Science, said.“Hopefully, what students will learn from that is how to take the abstract theories they learn from other political science classes and see how they actually play out when somebody’s running for office,” he said. “Now as political scientists, we can only speak of what it’s like to run for office or what its like to govern second hand, because very few of your professors actually have real life experience in this stuff. Joe Donnelly, of course, does.”Campbell said having people like Donnelly come teach is something he hopes to do more of in the department.“This is something that, personally, I have wanted us to do more of, to have people who have been in public life come teach here,” Campbell said. “[Donnelly] was just a match made in heaven because he was looking for things to do. We were interested in bringing him on board, and it’s an easy sell to the students to have him come and participate in other ways with someone whose been in public like him.”Director of undergraduate studies Joshua Kaplan said Donnelly’s experience with local politics in South Bend makes his time at Notre Dame particularly exciting.“I like the idea that the department has a connection with a local politician,” Kaplan said. “Notre Dame has a national and an international reputation and reach, but I like the local parts of it. … Joe Donnelly represented this congressional district before he was a senator … so it’s a nice opportunity to learn more about local politics and Indiana politics.”Reflecting on the particular challenges Donnelly faced as a candidate and a senator in South Bend and Indiana, Campbell said Donnelly will teach from a perspective of someone with an intimate knowledge of a region vital to presidential success.“South Bend and the state of Indiana represent exactly the kind of place that will be in play in the 2020 presidential race,” Campbell said. “Even students who are from far away, nowhere near the rust belt, if they want to understand American politics, they need to understand what’s happening here because it determined what happened in 2016, [and] it will determine what happens in 2020.”Campbell said that the department hopes Donnelly’s position will blossom into a long-term relationship with the University, including three-credit courses.Tags: department of political science, Joe Donnelly, Keough School of Global Affairs, Politicslast_img read more

Partial government shutdown continues as Congress works on funding deal

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A number of federal government offices remain closed today as Congress failed to pass a funding bill by midnight Friday. However, both chambers did pass a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) extension until May 31; this program was also scheduled to lapse at midnight Friday. Trump signed the measure ensuring the program is extended.NAFCU remains engaged as lawmakers try to work out a deal on government funding. The House last week passed a government funding deal that includes $5.7 billion requested by President Donald Trump for his proposed wall along the border of Mexico. The Senate also passed a bipartisan deal to keep the government funded through Feb. 8. President Donald Trump said he will not sign a bill unless it provides funding for this wall.While much of the government remains open, the departments of Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Transportation, Interior, Homeland Security and State, among others, have been forced to shut down.last_img read more

Why you need instant replay—for your website

first_imgInstant replay is iconic in the world of sports because it helps referees make the right calls. As you know, some calls are hard to make at first sight. Examples:Did Jerry Rice fumble the football or was he down by contact?Was Jason Donald safe or out at first base?Did Serena Williams get hosed by bad line calls?
Replay enables refs to pull out their microscopes and review plays in great detail in order to confirm, overturn, or let the ruling on the field stand. Likewise, replay can also be indispensable for credit union website design—to help you make the right calls about user experience, usability, and accessibility. Session replay for websitesHave you ever wanted to see how people use and move through your website? Credit union marketers constantly try to step into the shoes of members (and potential members) to really understand them. And in the world of websites, there is probably no better way to walk in a user’s footsteps than through session replay software (SRS). SRS makes video recordings of your users’ browsing sessions, which you can then watch to see how people interact with your site. For instance, you could watch as people try to find your routing number, complete a form to open an account, or log in to online banking. Unlike more common analytics tools, SRS is primarily qualitative rather than quantitative, enabling you to assess various qualities of your website rather than just measures of quantity that you get from software like Google Analytics. Nonetheless, some SRS solutions can also use quantitative data from recordings to help you identify different user groups and potential usability issues. How to get startedThere are many SRS solutions on the market. Some companies offer free plans, which give you a great way to get your feet wet. For example, check out the plans these companies offer:SmartLookHotJarFullStoryTo get started, sign up for an SRS solution. Next, you’ll need to install a little snippet of code on your website; you may need some help from your website developer or IT manager. After you get the code snippet installed, recordings should start rolling in. As you watch the recordings, ask yourself, “What’s best for the user?” and you’ll see the strengths and weaknesses of your credit union website design and learn how to make it better. Pop some corn and enjoy the show! 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Detailslast_img read more

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port loads its first VLCC

first_imgLouisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) has completed its first Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) crude oil loading operation at its Deepwater Port, 18 miles offshore of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.“We are pleased to offer the enhanced capability to safely and efficiently load the largest cargo vessels in the world with crude oil for export,” said Tom Shaw, LOOP president. “There could not be a better time to offer this service as domestic production surpasses 10 million barrels per day in the ever dynamic global crude oil market.”LOOP last year announced its intention to seek shipper interest in vessel loading services to complement its long standing offloading services.The new service provides connecting logistics from LOOP’s Clovelly Hub in Galliano, La., to its Deepwater Port, 18 miles offshore of Port Fourchon, La. The company said it made only minor modifications to its existing facilities to operate the port complex bi-directionally.In a statement on Sunday, the company said:”LOOP is the only U.S. Port capable of fully loading a VLCC, which helps optimize America’s energy supply chain by enabling inbound vessels delivering foreign crude oil to leave LOOP with U.S. crude oil, rather than returning empty.”“The new onloading configuration was accomplished with only minor modifications to existing facilities and is scalable to meet the changing needs of the industry,” Shaw said.According to available information, the VLCC in question is the Shaden tanker delivered to Bahri in October 2017.Houston-based Shell Trading Company US (STUSCO) was the shipper of record for this historic cargo.According to MarineTraffic, the Shaden VLCC left LOOP on Sunday afternoon, and is now on its way to China, with the estimated arrival time set for April 8.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more