Patrick prepared for legal action in eviction dispute

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPatrick prepared for legal action in eviction disputeBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 800 Patrick Collopy at his home with a photograph of himself and his late mother RitaA YOUNG Limerick man has been told by City Council that he must leave the home he shared with his mother until her death last April.Patrick Collopy (26), was ordered to be out of his home at 5 Bishop Street by March 12 last on the basis of a two-year tenancy rule. Patrick, who works at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, was threatened with legal action if he doesn’t vacate the house but has vowed to go “all the way” to the courts if necessary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Collopy moved home to take care of his mother Rita who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012. The council was aware of the arrangement as he immediately applied to go on to the rent book and the rent was subsequently increased.Patrick remained in the house after his mother’s death in April 2013. He has been up to date with his rent and never been in trouble with the law. He told the Limerick Post this week that all he wants from the City Council is some “cooperation”.“I’ve been told that I can’t stay in my home because the council says it is too big for one person as it has two bedrooms. You should see the size of the place, it’s tiny. My last memories of my mother are here and no one is taking them from me. It’s my family home as far as I’m concerned.“If I was unemployed and had a child, I’d be left alone but because I’m working I’m supposed to leave my home. This is a heartless way to treat anyone. The Council treat people like scum and they treat scum like Gods. I don’t know why they have to set a precedent at my expense. Being honest goes against me.“I have been going through hell with this battle let alone trying to cope with the loss of my mother. This is a horrible thing the Council are trying to do to me,” he said.An online petition to keep Patrick in his family home has to date attracted over 2,500 signatures. City councillor Maurice Quinlivan has asked the council to show Mr Collopy some compassion and stop trying to evict him .“Patrick is a very decent young man who has suffered the trauma of losing his mother. His family is rooted in the King’s Island community and many people in the local area and across the city are outraged that the council would try and evict him,” said Cllr Quinlivan.“Patrick is a very private person and the last thing he wanted was to make this public but the failure thus far to stop the eviction proceedings against him left him feeling he had no option but to publicise his plight,” he said.City Council refused to comment on the case. TAGSBishop StreetLimerick city councilMaurice QuinlivanMusic LimerickPatrick CollopySinn Fein Linkedin Quinlivan urges support for Motion on Student Rents Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleA fast and affordable mental health serviceNext articleFeral cats pose ‘chronic’ problems in Raheen Alan Jacques Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook Sinn Fein TD warns of impending “tsunami of addiction” when lockdown ends, as gardai seize €50,000 in drugs and cash in Limerick city estate Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre

first_img November 01, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Berkshire Hathaway GUARD (GUARD), a commercial property and casualty insurance company, will expand its national headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and create 285 new Pennsylvania jobs.“This project is a big win for Wilkes-Barre, both now and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Major employers like GUARD recognizing the advantages and growth potential of Wilkes-Barre means that not only will its current Pennsylvania workers remain employed here for years to come, but that hundreds more will now have family-sustaining jobs that will help the local economy and community. When this administration talks about ‘Jobs That Pay’ here in the commonwealth, it is projects like this that serve as a model of those efforts.”GUARD purchased an existing 90,378-square-foot office building in downtown Wilkes-Barre to consolidate several of its Wilkes-Barre-area offices into one expanded national headquarters. The company currently leases 9,000 square feet in this same building, which has been largely vacant for the past decade.The company has committed to investing approximately $10 million into the project, which is expected to create 285 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, the 441 positions already based in Wilkes-Barre will be retained, and GUARD plans to collaborate with local high schools to create a registered apprenticeship program with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Industry.“Our sales and staff have both doubled over the past five years, and we are projecting significant growth in the future,” said Sy Foguel, CEO and president of GUARD. “Staying in downtown Wilkes-Barre has always been a high priority for us, so we are pleased to have identified a solution to our infrastructure needs that allows us to keep our main operations in downtown Wilkes-Barre. We had many attractive offers and alternatives from developers outside Pennsylvania that did not involve the added expense of locating a large corporate headquarters in a downtown district. The hard work of Governor Tom Wolf, State Senator John Yudichak, State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George, and many other state and local business leaders helped find a way to make the City of Wilkes-Barre the most attractive alternative.”GUARD received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $855,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued following the creation of the new jobs. In addition to the Job Creation Tax Credits, GUARD was issued a $1,000,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority Local Share Account program.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Sen. John Yudichak, and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski.“The decision by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD to invest $10 million and firmly plant its corporate flag in downtown Wilkes-Barre signals the beginning of one of the largest and most significant economic development projects in the history of our great city,” said Sen. Yudichak. “With the help of Governor Tom Wolf and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, it was a pleasure to work with Mayor Tony George and GUARD officials to secure nearly $2 million in state incentives that ensures the more than seven hundred good-paying GUARD jobs are created or stay right here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”GUARD, which has eight offices across the U.S. in addition to its Pennsylvania headquarters, is a provider of commercial insurance products including workers’ compensation and employer’s liability, business owner’s coverage, commercial automobile, commercial umbrella/excess liability, disability, and professional liability. It also offers a full range of underwriting, loss control, billing, and claims value-added services that help policyholders realize the full benefit of their coverage.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Taiwan explosion aftermath

first_imgStadium explosion kills two in Madagascar People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the FormosaAn explosion in Taipei turned a colored powder party into an inferno, more than 510 people, including 4 tourists from the Chinese mainland, were injured. Nearly 200 suffered serious injuries.The explosion hit a water park Saturday after colored powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited. Footage shows crowds dancing as music played. Clouds of powder suddenly turned into a ball of fire and tore through the spectators. Terrified party goers ran for their lives, screaming, as they were overtaken by flames.According to the police, around 12,000 people attended the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park that night. City authorities shut the park down and are investigating the incident. 5 people responsible for the event have been detained by police for questioning.Taiwan’s fire department has concluded the explosion was caused by a powder spray. The Deputy Mayor of New Taipei – Hou Youyi- made the announcement at a news briefing earlier today.Related China Kunshan Factory Explosion center_img South Africa Rastafarianslast_img read more

WBB : Orange dominated on boards, inside in loss to Fighting Irish

first_imgSyracuse’s shooting struggles have been present throughout the year, so when the Orange finished just 29.5 percent from the field against No. 2 Notre Dame, it wasn’t too much of a diversion from the norm.SU’s futility on the boards, though, is another story. The Fighting Irish took control of the glass, leaving the Orange without one of its biggest strengths of the season.‘I’m obviously not very happy with the first half,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And getting outrebounded, it’s just not our character getting outrebounded. I thought on the offensive glass, they just did a really good job of pushing us underneath the basket and taking advantage of second and third opportunities.’Notre Dame (24-1, 11-0 Big East) crashed the glass hard throughout its 74-55 win over the Orange (15-10, 4-7 Big East) on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome, grabbing 47 rebounds while SU pulled down 37. On a night in which the Orange struggled in just about every aspect of the game at one point or another, it was the rebounding deficiency that perplexed SU most of all. If anything, it’s the one part of the Orange’s game that has remained strong for the duration of a rocky season.Syracuse entered the game tied for second in the nation in rebounding with 47.7 boards per game, the same amount No. 1 Baylor is averaging, which is the only team to have beaten Notre Dame this season. In the Big East, SU is first in rebounds and offensive rebounds with 21.2 per game and is third in rebounding margin at 10.8.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo rebounding the basketball was going to be paramount for Syracuse to take down one of the best teams in the nation. But Notre Dame established itself on the glass early in the game and practically stripped SU of its identity as a premier rebounding team.‘When we stop getting the ball high-low, we don’t get the ball to Iasia and they’re not scoring, and we’re not making shots on the outside. We’re not playing like Syracuse,’ guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘And then when we get outrebounded. It’s never a good result.’The Orange’s biggest roadblock to the glass stood in the form of Fighting Irish center Devereaux Peters, who finished the game with an astonishing 16 rebounds to go along with her equally impressive 21 points.Though she had a two-inch height disadvantage against 6-foot-4 SU center Kayla Alexander, Peters’ dominance on the boards gave ND plenty of second-chance opportunities. Overall, the Irish scored 21 second-chance points, though that’s only two more than the 19 put-back points Syracuse scored.A couple more rebounds in SU’s favor and the Orange could have put itself in better position to actually complete an improbable second-half comeback. Peters, though, had other ideas and was relentless on the glass.‘She’s a great player. Her numbers speak for themselves,’ Hemingway said. ‘Honestly, we can’t say much about her. She had a great game. She’s strong, she’s physical, real athletic. We just had to make sure we kept a body on her, and clearly, that wasn’t enough.’Notre Dame was just the fourth team this season to outrebound Syracuse, joining Connecticut, Oklahoma and West Virginia — all four have defeated the Orange.All told, for a team that has failed to consistently find its shooting stroke, rebounding the basketball has helped keep Syracuse afloat. The Orange’s offensive woes continued against the Irish, and combined with its lack of effectiveness on the glass, the end result wasn’t pretty.But SU’s shooting struggles are nothing new. Getting routinely beaten on the glass draws some extra concern.‘Coach came out and said they’re ‘outrebounding us, that’s not normal,” Hemingway said. ‘If we do what we have to do, like rebounding, getting put-backs and offensive rebounds, and making sure we get the ball into Kayla, that’s when we feel confident and we feel like we can make things happen.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more