first_imgPrint Email WhatsApp Facebook TAGSfloodsMusic LimerickPrime TImerteSt Mary’s park Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Previous articleStorm Darwin causes havoc in city and county as airport forced to closeNext articleStorm Darwin – pictures from Limerick Staff Reporter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy center_img NewsCommunityRTE’s Prime Time says it does not pay for audience expensesBy Staff Reporter – February 12, 2014 747 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RTE’s Prime Time has said that it does not normally pay expenses for any of the 90 audience members who attend each Tuesday night.The clarification came to light after 12 people from St Mary’s Park, invited to attend the RTE studios for last Tuesday’s edition of the programme, were told that they would not be given expenses for their travel to Dublin and a guarantee or indicate their level of involvement in the live show.Sparking reaction from residents and local council representatives, stricken families, who were described as having “lost everything”, said they would not be in a position to travel to tell their story or give their account.Responding, a spokesperson for RTE said; “Prime Time invites a range of people as audience members to its Tuesday night live programme each week.“Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee that all audience members who wish to contribute to a discussion will get an opportunity to do so due to the nature of the live broadcast.“RTÉ has extensively covered the severity of the recent flooding across its range of programmes and bulletins, featuring a wide number of accounts from people in badly hit areas.“The recent flooding has affected thousands of Irish people across the country and so as the national public service broadcaster RTÉ continues to highlight the issue including facilitating a debate such as last night’s Prime Time programme.” Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Applications Open for Performers and Toy Testers for The Late Late Toy Show 2020last_img read more

first_imgMountaineer serves nearly 215,000 customers across 50 of West Virginia’s counties The deal includes the assumption of debt of nearly $140m. (Credit: Tumisu from Pixabay) UGI, a Pennsylvania-based energy products distributor, has entered into an agreement to acquire Mountaintop Energy, the owner of Mountaineer Gas Company, a local gas distribution company in West Virginia for an enterprise value of $540m.The enterprise value includes the assumption of debt of nearly $140m.For UGI, the acquisition fits within its strategy to focus on growth investments in natural gas and renewable energy solutions. The deal is expected to increase its regulated utility rate base and its customers by nearly 14% and 30% respectively.Mountaineer is a fully regulated company, with a system of nearly 6,000 miles (9,656km) of distribution, transmission and gathering pipelines.It currently serves nearly 215,000 customers across 50 of the 55 counties in West Virginia. A 90% of the company’s customer base is residential and the remaining 10% are commercial and industrial customers.UGI president and CEO John Walsh said: “We are very pleased to announce this important transaction and expand our core utility operations in the mid-Atlantic region. The transaction is immediately accretive to adjusted EPS and provides us with an opportunity to support our customers in West Virginia with a long-term commitment to ensure safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible natural gas services.“Our existing Utilities business has shown the value of this long-term commitment to system enhancement and we expect to make a similar commitment in West Virginia. We see significant investment opportunities to continue, if not accelerate, the replacement of over 1,500 miles of bare steel pipelines and expand the reach of natural gas in West Virginia to both unserved and underserved areas.“These investments will improve the safety and reliability of the distribution system and align with our environmental efforts to lower methane and other GHG emissions. We expect Mountaineer’s rate base to grow by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 10% – 12% over the long term.”As per the gas distribution company, Mountaineer provides a secure platform for growth with regulated investment opportunities in the coming decades to improve safety and reliability of distribution system.The deal is subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions including approval from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. With the fulfilment of all conditions, it is expected to close in the second half of this year.last_img read more

first_img “The amount of balls we put into the box, a little deflection would have suited us, but unfortunately they got it.” Ireland head into September’s double-header against Gibraltar and Georgia knowing their qualification hopes have been dealt a significant blow, but one which in Coleman’s eyes at least, is not yet fatal. He said: “We’re still two points behind Scotland, but we were very disappointed in there. But Scotland have a couple of tough games coming up, we have tough games coming up – we have just got to look at the next game. “We’ll look forward to September and try to win them. I know they are cliched answers you are getting from me, but we can’t give up on this group and I think we are still in it. “Obviously three points would have been a lot better than one. A lot of people said it was must-win, but we won’t give up hope just yet.” Asked what O’Neill’s reaction had been in the dressing room afterwards, Everton full-back Coleman said: “Like everyone else, he’s disappointed, as you can imagine, any manager’s reaction straight after that. “We were going to keep it tight and then we concede 45 seconds in, so we got a bit of a slap on the wrist for that, and rightly so. “As professional players, that shouldn’t be happening 45 seconds into the second half. We have to take that on the chin. You can do all the stuff on the training ground you want, but you can’t really let that happen so early in the second half.” Maloney’s early second-half strike cancelled out Jon Walters’ 38th-minute opener which had given Ireland a deserved lead, and frontman Daryl Murphy was unable to cap a fine individual display with the goal his efforts deserved despite being presented with a series of passable opportunities. The Republic were ultimately frustrated as a game they desperately needed to win – and probably should have won – ended all-square. Coleman said: “To have all your hard work in the first half undone very, very early in the second half is massively disappointing, and it’s hard to take. It feels like a defeat, to be honest. “Obviously it’s not a good start, conceding so early in the half – that was poor from our point of view – and then the normal reaction after conceding so early is that they are going to be on top for a little bit. “But we did ride it out a little bit and Murph had a great chance, and it would have been great to make it 2-1. Robbie [Brady] played some great balls into the box a few times and we peppered their goal, and they just got that little bit of luck that we didn’t. Press Association Coleman and his team-mates had to make do with a point from their Group D showdown with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening as they were caught with a sucker punch two minutes after the restart which handed the visitors a 1-1 draw they barely deserved. To manager Martin O’Neill’s horror, Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney, who scored the only goal in the reverse fixture in Glasgow in November, was allowed to play a one-two on the edge of the penalty area and fire home an equaliser off luckless defender John O’Shea. Seamus Coleman has admitted the Republic of Ireland must learn from their mistakes if they are to keep alive their hopes of making it to the Euro 2016 finals. last_img read more

first_imgAfter Saturday’s win, however, Russell focused on Sunday’s game in Minnesota (2-6). “We’re still working on being the best team we can be,” Russell said. “We’re 2-0 on this road trip, 3-0 is what we’re looking for (and) 2-1 is unacceptable.”That will sound as pleasing to Walton’s ears as the music he plays during practice. “Tonight we had 36 assists. If that’s how we play, then maybe at the end of the year, we have a chance to make the playoffs,” Walton said. “But when you start focusing on the playoffs and not on those little things, we won’t be close toward making the playoffs at the end of the year.” The Lakers obviously would have to stay healthy. They appeared to have avoided such a scare with Ingram, who missed the final 7:39 after rolling his left ankle. Ingram returned after having his ankle taped, but he still sat with the Lakers’ nursing a double-digit lead. Ingram walked afterward without limping, though his status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota remains uncertain.“I’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Ingram said. “But I feel great right now.”So do the Lakers, who strive to remain confident in their potential without losing sight on their day-to-day development. “Let the people keep not respecting us and let us fly under the radar,” Young said. “By the end, you’ll see some results.” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson then interrupted Young and asked about the subject matter. After Young caught Clarkson up to speed, the two playfully chastised a reporter for bringing up the topic. “It’s not nice. You put pressure on these young guys,” Young said. “Now we have to make the playoffs when you said (before) we were the last team in the world.” The Lakers have hardly looked like the last team in the world. Save that honor for New Orleans (1-9), which fielded absences to Jrue Holiday (personal), Tyreke Evans (right knee) and Quincy Pondexter (left knee). Though Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had a team-high 34 points on 13-of-26 shooting and eight rebounds, New Orleans went scoreless for nearly five minutes after he left the game temporarily in the third quarter because of a bothersome back. Still, the Lakers have exceeded expectations in various ways. The Lakers offered a deep bench with Clarkson (23 points), Lou Williams (21 points), and Brandon Ingram (10). After once having off-court tensions, D’Angelo Russell (22 points, six assists) and Young (15 points) have thrived as back-court mates. Lakers coach Luke Walton sensed the Lakers maturing after collecting their first road win earlier this month in Atlanta. The Lakers then upset Golden State. The Lakers have averaged 107.9 points per game, a sharp increase from their NBA-worst 97.3 points per game average last season. “We don’t want to just be a team that has a winning record,” Russell said after Thursday’s win in Sacramento. “It’s not satisfying for us. I know we’re capable of being a playoff team. That’s the main focus.” NEW ORLEANS >> The friendly banter captured the Lakers’ sense of validation. It also showed the Lakers’ self awareness on not overreacting to a small sample size. The Lakers had just secured a 126-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at Smoothie King Center by sharpening everything that spurred five wins in their last six games. The Lakers (6-4) fielded a deep bench, a dependable starting backcourt and strong ball movement. All of that helped the Lakers collect 36 assists, their highest mark since logging 38 against Houston on April 8, 2014.So despite those inside and outside the Lakers characterizing the 2016-17 season as a process focused more on development than results, some players have already expressed optimism with reaching another benchmark. Have the Lakers shown enough to suggest they can compete for a playoff spot?“We think we could, for sure,” Lakers forward Nick Young said. “If we continue to play how we’ve been playing …”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more