Limerick councillor threatens to boycott meetings

first_imgEmail New role for Cllr John Sheahan Advertisement WhatsApp Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor threatens to boycott meetingsBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 673 Facebook Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinFINE Gael councillor Liam Galvin has vowed to stop attending council meetings if relevant staff are not present to answer his queries.Speaking at a special meeting in Newcastle West municipal district this Tuesday, local representatives took chagrin that certain council personnel were not present to deal with pressing issues. Cllr Galvin threatened to stop turning up for council meetings if key staff members were not in attendance in future.“I’m disgraced. This is the bread and butter of our operations and I won’t be attending if engineers are not present. I appreciate that they are busy but they can spare two hours a month,” Cllr Galvin fumed.Cllr John Sheahan (FG) asked the council executive what there policy is regarding staff attending meetings.“It’s time to put to bed once and for all this issue about staff being absent from meetings. We need local engineers here to deal with local queries. If Mrs Murphy has a pothole that needs fixing then we need the person who deals with fixing Mrs Murphy’s pothole present,” he said.Cllr Jerome Scanlan (FG) opined that if key personnel were not present at meeting that “there may as well not be a council”. He also claimed that the local authority has become “too fragmented” since the merger of city and county councils.Fianna Fail councillor agreed with Cllr Scanlan. He claimed that councillors now have to deal with customer service staff at the council, where as in the past they had direct access to key personnel in different departments.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne told the council executive that he appreciated the impact of employment embargoes on overstretched staff.“They have a difficult job, but by missing meetings everybody’s life is being made more difficult,” said Cllr Browne.It was agreed that key council personnel would attend relevant council meetings where possible in the future to deal with issues of direct relevance to them.center_img Previous articleLimerick councillors will not be bullied over GMA fundNext article4,681 on housing list in Limerick city and county Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaellimerickNewcastle West municipal districtSinn Fein Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limericklast_img read more

ELAM: They won’t forget

first_img Twitter Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook ELAM: They won’t forget Pinterest West Texas Food Bank Logo French, German and Mexican officials have made similar comments. It seems that trading partners are a lot like marriage or other long term significant others. If the relationship is to last, early on the partners come to respect Ben Franklin’s advice about the spoonful of honey being superior to the gallon of vinegar. Words spoken in anger or outright criticism degrade the relationship, sometimes permanently.And this is precisely what is wrong with the Trump approach with our (at least they were in 2017) allies, Mexico, Canada and the EU. As of yesterday the vitriol has ramped up against China. Well, China has no regard for U.S. Intellectual Property laws, openly selling movies and music in public with no royalty payments. This is not the case for our allies.The Trump Art of the Deal seems to be making an outlandish statement to the horror of the other party, backing off, then roaring back again with another threat, and then, well, I am not sure where the administration is going. The point being, that however this ends, our North America and EU trading partners are not likely to forget the affront. Being treated like an outright trade pirate like China is not appreciated.Another of our criticisms of Trump’s ‘trade wars are easy to win’ theme is that of unintended consequences. On the one hand Trumps says he wants to decrease our trade imbalance. The U.S. shipped a whopping $19.9 billion in petroleum exports in April alone that is surely improving our export balance. And crude exports have more than doubled since January 2017.Canadian Defense Minister Harjit SajjanTo consider Canada a national security risk as a result of steel is beyond ridiculous.Now the Trump shoots his own foot gambit. The price of steel is about 20% of the cost of drilling, producing, transporting, refining petroleum. So a steel tariff instantly raises the cost of petroleum products. Add it probably does that faster than retail prices can be raised to compensate. So whatever price advantage the U.S. might have via productive fracking, is being offset by increased steel prices. And the number of steel producers conceivably helped by this is much smaller than the number of manufacturers and energy producers inconvenienced by high prices.The strength of the U.S. Dollar may have run its course since February. This caused energy shares to lead the 300+ rally this past Wednesday. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore have a new book coming on Trumponomics, it’s Trumps’ Economy Now. Let’s hope the next book won’t be Trump’s Failed Tariffs. Facebook Previous articlePERRYMAN: Texas wind will take on added importance in the futureNext articleOUR VIEW: OPD’s PAL Camp is best Interaction admin Twitter Pinterest By admin – June 10, 2018 last_img read more

Batteries Plus Bulbs: The Coolest Company Most Long Islanders Have Never Heard Of

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]magine one store that carries batteries of all kinds, from cell phones to cars, plus a gazillion light bulbs and an assortment of chargers, and you begin to understand what one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises, Batteries Plus Bulbs, is all about. But wait, there’s more: It also repairs cracked iPhone, iPad and iPod screens. All under one roof.From a single storefront in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus Bulbs has expanded into 670 locations since 1988.But there’s only one outlet on Long Island, and since 2012, it’s been run by Scott Palmer, a 42-year-old who was born and raised in East Northport, where he went to John Glenn High School. Palmer’s enthusiasm for the franchise is almost electrifying.“I really, really, really enjoy what I do,” said Palmer, a large affable guy with an ebullient personality. “I love the store! I love the products that I sell! I love being able to give people something that they don’t necessarily know they even need!”How Palmer got to run his own Batteries Plus is a “quite long and ridiculous” story, the proud owner explained recently. It started at a golf course in Florida where Palmer’s father-in-law was complaining that he couldn’t watch TV in the comfort of his home since his rechargeable remote’s battery had just died after he’d spent about four grand on his state-of-the-art entertainment system. First, he had gone back to Best Buy, where the expensive equipment had come from, but the sales clerks told him he was out of luck; they didn’t sell the battery or the remote. Then Palmer’s father-in-law called the manufacturer, who informed him that he had to buy a brand new one for $180 because they didn’t sell just the battery. His frustration is not hard to imagine.“He went out of his mind,” Palmer recalled. “So he’s out playing golf with one of his buddies, who says, ‘Why don’t you just go over to Batteries Plus?’”Talk about a fateful question. Palmer’s father-in-law had owned a chemical company in Long Island City and had recently retired to Florida. Meanwhile, Scott Palmer had been laid off from a cosmetics manufacturer in New Jersey, and he and his wife had begun looking into franchises so they could remain in the New York area. In Florida, Batteries Plus has more than 50 outlets, but few in the Northeast.“Being from New York, he’s never heard of this before,” said Palmer. “So he goes over to Batteries Plus, and $17.99 later, he comes out with a new battery for his remote. So, he said to me, ‘This is the way to go. We’ve got to figure this out.’ That’s how I got into it.”Scott Palmer, proud proprietor of Batteries Plus Bulbs in Commack. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Palmer can’t claim credit for being the original local franchise owner on Long Island.“I’m not the first, but I am the only,” he said. In 2009 another man had opened a Batteries Plus in a stand-alone store on Rt. 110 in Huntington across from the Walt Whitman Mall, but by 2010 he was gone because, Palmer explained, he couldn’t generate enough sales to support his family and pay his landlord.MORE: Retail & sales, accounting, management, marketing and more – there’s a lot you can do with a business degree. Learn how to move your passion forward with a business degree.So these days, Palmer operates Long Island’s sole Batteries Plus. The nearest one in New York is in Tarrytown, although the store in Paramus, N.J., is closer as the crow flies. Palmer’s outlet is in the middle of a Commack strip mall along the north side of Jericho Turnpike between Larkfield and Town Line roads. Palmer doesn’t get much foot traffic there but the rent is “too good” for him to consider relocating. He’s open seven days a week, and he’s got three employees.“My competition is spread out among 12, 13 different stores, which makes me unique,” said Palmer, who lists Radio Shack, P.C. Richard & Sons, Best Buy, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and local hardware stores among his competitors.“I compete with cell phone stores because I have cell phone batteries, and they pretty much don’t,” he said. “They want to get you in there so they can sell you a new phone.”That kind of bait and switch drives Palmer nuts.“If people need a battery for their car, they can go to Pep Boys and sit in their waiting room watching the Jerry Springer show for three and a half hours while someone puts a battery in their car and then tries to sell them on a transmission service,” said Palmer. “Or they can just come to me, and I’ll walk out into the parking lot and I’ll put the battery in, and 10 minutes later they’re gone.”Now that may sound like an obvious solution but what happens when the battery in your key fob is about to wear out and soon you won’t be able to unlock your car?“People start freaking out,” Palmer said. “They call the BMW dealer, or worse, they call their Audi dealer and the dealer goes, ‘Ninety-seven dollars and we’ll change the battery.’ I do it for seven-ninety-nine. The customers walk in, I fix it, and they leave. It takes all of seven minutes—if that.”Palmer says he loves to be stumped by customers but so far the only problem he hasn’t been able to solve easily is brand recognition. The franchise requires him to spend 4 percent of his gross on promotion but the Long Island market is problematic, given Newsday’s expensive monopoly on advertising. His budget is limited and it’s hard to make an impact.But things have been looking up. Once you google Batteries Plus Bulbs, it won’t leave your computer screen alone. Recently, its spots showed up during the ESPN broadcast of the New York Mets’ season opener in Kansas City against the Royals. Last year Forbes’ named it one of the best franchises to own in America, and that’s good publicity.“Our business is all about making complex things simple,” said Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs in a press release last year. “As the retail industry evolves, so will our business so that we maintain our relevance in this competitive and constantly changing environment.”Scott Palmer is glad he’s along for the ride.“You go to Home Depot to look for a light bulb and you could stand there for 15 minutes looking through things,” said Palmer. “God forbid you ask somebody in an orange smock and they go, ‘Oh, I don’t work in this department.’ Nobody ever comes into this store without being taken care of.”Batteries Plus Bulbs is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 6231 Jericho Turnpike in Commack; the store can be reached at 631-486-6697.last_img read more

Cricket News Nicholas Pooran Banned For Four Matches For Ball-Tampering During Afghanistan ODI

first_imgNew Delhi: West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for four matches after he admitted to ball-tampering in the third and final ODI against Afghanistan at the Ekana stadium in Lucknow. West Indies whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0 and this was their first series win in an ODI after five years but the occasion was soured when Pooran was found guilty of tampering and he had to issue a public apology.”Nicolas Pooran has been handed four suspension points after admitting breaching level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball’ after video footage showed him scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.Pooran himself admitted the charge and sanctions levelled by match referee Chris Broad, which means he will miss four Twenty20 International matches and five demerit points have been added to his record. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani and third umpire Ahmed Pakteen as well as fourth umpire Izatullah Safi. Level 3 breaches carry a minimum penalty of four suspension points which translates to five demerit points on a player’s record and a ban of two Test matches or four ODI/T20I matches and a maximum penalty of 12 suspension points which equate to six demerit points.Also Read | India-Bangladesh First Day-Night Test At Eden Gardens? BCCI Sends Proposal To BCB”I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated. I want to issue a sincere apology to my teammates, supporters and the Afghanistan team for what transpired on the field of play on Monday in Lucknow. I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser,” Pooran admitted. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more