ConocoPhillips puts historic Kenai LNG plant up for sale

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskConocoPhillips puts historic Kenai LNG plant up for saleNovember 17, 2016 by Rashah McChesney and Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:An LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan. For more than forty years, the state has attempted to develop similar projects to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market, none of those projects have broken ground. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)ConocoPhillips is looking to leave the natural gas business in Cook Inlet. The Houston-based company said  Thursday its putting its Kenai LNG plant up for sale. For nearly 50 years, that plant was the only export facility of domestic liquefied natural gas in North America. In an emailed statement, spokeswoman Amy Burnett said the company wants to focus on its North Slope operations.“Our efforts to market the Plant are consistent with our company’s efforts to regularly review our assets to ensure we are optimizing our portfolio,” Burnett wrote. “We believe the plant is a strategic asset that offers good opportunities for the right buyer.”The Kenai LNG plant includes a dock and loading facility to transport LNG. It processed natural gas from Cook Inlet and nearly all of its product was sold to Japanese utilities. The plant is not part of the state’s Alaska LNG project, which calls for a much larger natural gas plant to be built nearby. The plant operated for six months in 2015. Burnett says, because of market conditions it  has not exported gas in 2016. But the plant is still operational and could start exporting again.  It’s the second year the company has sought to drop Cook Inlet assets. In 2015, it put its natural gas production assets up for sale. It sold its North Cook Inlet field to Hilcorp in late October. It also sold its stake in the Beluga gas field to the City of Anchorage earlier this year. Share this story:last_img read more

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Department of Corrections pretrial office opening in the Mendenhall Valley

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | SoutheastDepartment of Corrections pretrial office opening in the Mendenhall ValleyDecember 7, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:New home of Juneau Pretrial Services on Sherwood Lane in the Mendenhall Valley. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Juneau’s new pretrial services facility will open in January.Six officers will work out of their new office on Sherwood Lane as they supervise defendants who have been charged, but aren’t in jail as they await court proceedings in their case.The new officers are part of the criminal justice reform measure lawmakers passed last year known as Senate Bill 91.The new office is in the same building as the Alaska State Troopers’ Juneau post and a floor above the Department of Motor Vehicles.Leah Van Kirk, Southeast supervisor for the Department of Corrections’ Pretrial Enforcement Division, said she talked with business owners in the area.“I just had that face-to-face conversation to educate them about what the pretrial enforcement division will be doing and to answer any questions that they might had,” Van Kirk said. “We actually had universal support for us being in that area.”Van Kirk said the location is ideal for bus commuters with a bus stop nearby.Last spring, Douglas residents were concerned that a proposed office could include a holding facility for defendants. Department of Corrections officials held a neighborhood meeting to clear up public misconceptions about the pretrial office.In addition to the six officers in Juneau, one each will be based in Sitka and Ketchikan.Share this story:last_img read more

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Esure share price down as premiums drop 7.4pc on back of cheaper car insurance

first_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com whatsapp Esure share price down as premiums drop 7.4pc on back of cheaper car insurance Wednesday 5 November 2014 8:21 pm Tags: Company esure Group Shares in Esure yesterday slumped 7.3 per cent after the firm reported that its cuts to car insurance prices had fuelled a 7.4 per cent drop in premiums over the past three months.Esure is behind Sheilas’ Wheels and price comparison site GoCompare.com. It said that while it was writing broadly the same num­ber of insurance policies, it had to reduce prices to stay competitive.Esure had almost two million insurance policies in force at the end of September, up 2.5 per cent on the same stage last year, but in the quarter premiums fell to £149.6m. Car premiums fell 8.8 per cent while home insurance was flat.“We have seen some signs of rate stabilisation in the UK motor market, but it is too early to say if this represents a turn in the motor rating cycle or is a consequence of rating seasonality,” said Stuart Vann, chief executive.Esure shares ended the day at 222p. Joseph Millis Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Sky credit rating downgraded following £7bn takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland

first_img whatsapp Sky credit rating downgraded following £7bn takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland Sky’s long-term corporate credit rating has been cut following the completion of its £7bn takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland yesterday. Standard & Poor’s downgraded Sky’s credit rating from ‘BBB+’ to ‘BBB’ as it estimated the group would raise a “significant amount of debt to part-find the acquisitions”.  The credit ratings agency expect Sky to post about £7.9bn of debt by the end of the financial year in June 2015.  The outlook for Sky is stable, said Standard & Poor’s, who expect the acquisitions to have a “modestly positive impact on BSkyB’s business risk profile”. Yesterday British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC announced it had completed the acquisition of a 100 per cent stake in Sky Italia and an 89.71 per cent stake in Sky Deutschland.  Last week credits ratings agency Moody’s also downgraded BSkyB’s rating due to the debt accumulated in the takeover. Moody’s shifted the company from ‘Baa1’ to ‘Baa2’, its second lowest investment grade. The company has now dropped “British” and “Broadcasting” from its official name and changed its stock market ticker from BSY to SKY. The new company will be listed in London with chief executive of BSkyB Jeremy Darroch now overseeing operations across the Sky Deutschland and Italia arms. The international business will serve 20m customers across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria, employing 31,000 staff. whatsapp Thursday 13 November 2014 4:49 pm Joe Hall center_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: Company Mergers and acquisitions Sky Share More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Funlast_img read more

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Former financiers have mixed political fortunes

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBall Sunday 10 May 2015 11:18 pm whatsapp Share THE CITY’S alumni were well-represented in the General Election, with varying fortunes.Chis Chope – a former Ernst & Young consultant – kept the Christchurch Conservative safe seat he has held since 1997 and Sajid Javid – a former high flyer at Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank – is tipped for a cabinet promotion from Culture Secretary to Business Secretary. Meanwhile Ian Blackford, a former NatWest Securities and Deutsche Bank executive, became the new SNP MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber, unseating Charles Kennedy after his long reign.On the flip side, former JP Morgan and Barclays investment banker turned MP David Laws was swept away from his Yeovil seat in the Lib Dem rout, as was Lewisham Deptford Lib Dem candidate Michael Bukola – a former HMRC and Deloitte tax expert.Not that any of them should be too dismayed. As anyone in the world of finance knows, your stock can go either up or down.•Have any of your colleagues or former colleagues run for parliament? Contact [email protected]■ It’s not rare for top figures in the world of finance to be associated with the UK’s leading football clubs. Former Goldman Sachs head Jim O’Neill was famously part of a takeover bid for Manchester United (before the Glazers snapped it up), while ex Barclays boss Bob Diamond has been pictured grinning next to captain John Terry after Chelsea won the FA Cup in 2012. Meanwhile regular visitors to the Arsenal include outgoing Prudential chief executive Tidjane Thiam, and recently-ousted Standard Chartered CEO Peter Sands. Yet bond guru Mohamed El-Erian, formerly head of Pimco, has more modest taste when it comes to the beautiful game. “So sad to see QPR relegated from the Premier League,” he tweeted yesterday. “And in such an ugly manner. Some of us had hoped until the last moment… Go figure!” With a £58m fine hanging over the west Londoners and the inevitable financial hit of relegation to come, perhaps El-Erian could help them out with a spot of pro bono financial advice. Show Comments ▼ Former financiers have mixed political fortunes Express KCS whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Comment / Comment: Bewitched, bothered and bewildered as VGM weighs on our minds

first_img© Richard Thomas By Gavin van Marle 26/05/2016 The verified gross mass (VGM) gremlins have been at it again: confusing and obfuscating shippers and their forwarders as they prepare for the SOLAS amendment to come into force on 1 July.The latest example comes from no less than the International Maritime Organisation – the very body that wrote the SOLAS regulations, as well as the forthcoming amendment – which issued new VGM guidance this week on the issue of transhipment containers loaded before 1 July.Here’s the problem: from 1 July, every container loaded on a vessel has to be accompanied by a VGM (strictly speaking, it has to be delivered to carrier before the vessel’s arrival at the loading port).But what happens to containers loaded before the deadline, but unloaded at a transhipment port and then reloaded after 1 July for their onward journey to the end port?The IMO’s answer was to call for some “pragmatism” Has it actually listened to the cadence of much of the debate over the past few months?It suggested to national maritime agencies that “a more relaxed approach, initially, would be particularly beneficial for containers packed before July 1, but transhipped after, and thus reaching their destination port without a verified gross mass”.One of The Loadstar’s regular contributors to our comments section, Andy Lane, immediately saw where this could lead: “This is a little fluffy (or to use another maybe more appropriate word – spurious) from IMO. And I am not so sure that it helps ease confusion, but just creates more unwanted grey areas.“What IMO maybe should have said is that any container packed on or after July 1 is subject to the new SOLAS (VGM) rules, but that leniency for those packed before or already in transit will be granted.“That would be a lot clearer.”And boy, was he right! The following day, the Wall St Journal, which has spent the past year building a team of shipping and logistics reporters, and hitherto done a fine job of reporting our industry to the hoi polloi, ran the following headline: “Shipping regulator calls for delay in container-weight enforcement”. It explained that the IMO had suggested national governments should delay implementation of the new rules for a three-month period “to give operators more time to put together the systems needed to meet the mandate”.Even allowing for the time difference between North America and The Loadstar’s base in London, it was just a few hours before dozens of links appeared across the internet claiming the IMO was calling for a full three-month delay – none of which gives those trying to comply any help whatsoever.Click here to find an example, and think where it would get you if you were trying to deliver a container on 2 July – I use this example because it was sent to us by several shippers and more than a few forwarders who fully believed it.Yes, there are problems with implementing the new regulations; and yes, there are also difficulties understanding how current supply chains are supposed to operate under the new regime; and no, none of those difficulties are in any way cleared up by the abundance of unresearched material on the web.  Pick your sources carefully, people.The nature of this article has changed in a strangely parallel way with the debate on VGM. I originally wanted to show how the IMO could have made its position a lot clearer, but have instead finished by making a case for the industry using properly sourced journalism rather than lazily using freebie clickbait, cut-and-paste sites…In the IMO’s case, it wanted to deal with the safety issues around misdeclared container weights, which seems a very long way from where a lot of the debate currently stands.last_img read more

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Coronavirus pandemic sets up potential breakout moment for virtual mental health care

first_img Related: Not only are there more people using Ginger, but those individuals are also using the platform more often than they previously did. The company reported a 50% increase in its number of weekly virtual therapy and psychiatry sessions since the start of February. Their visits are also more intense, according to ratings Ginger’s coaches assign to their conversations.So far, Ginger has been able to handle the increased demand, according to Ginger’s chief executive officer Russell Glass. The company’s average wait time for coaching is now around 72 seconds, up from 60 seconds before the pandemic. And the time for a first available appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist remains between five and nine hours on average, Glass said.The demand for mental health services has long been higher than the supply of available sit-down appointments. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated this dynamic, by making in-person counseling nearly impossible, while also intensifying existing symptoms of depression and anxiety for some people and causing new symptoms for others.Virtual mental health services could fill part of that gap, but the format also creates new challenges. People sheltering in place with family members or roommates for weeks on end, especially in a cramped living space, may lack a private space where they can do a video or audio chat with a therapist without being overheard. That may be fueling demand for smartphone apps that allow users to chat via text messaging and to access educational content.At Kaiser Permanente, the health insurer that runs 39 hospitals and has medical groups around the country, over 90% of mental health visits are now happening virtually, said Don Mordecai, a psychiatrist who serves as the system’s national leader for mental health and wellness.“We had been pushing telehealth options for a long time,” Mordecai said, but the rapid uptake over the past few weeks “is something that would have taken years, under normal circumstances.”Earlier this month, Kaiser Permanente started offering its members access to a smartphone-powered behavioral health program from Livongo, a company best known for offering diabetes coaching. That deal was already in the works before the crisis and had even soft-launched prior to the pandemic. Thousands of Kaiser Permanente members downloaded Livongo’s app in the past week, Mordecai said.Kaiser Permanente is testing out the offerings from Ginger and Livongo, as well as several other vendors, for clinical use. Kaiser Permanente clinicians can try out the different mental health apps with certain patients and assess which apps they like best and how beneficial they are to both patients and providers. By Rebecca Robbins April 13, 2020 Reprints With the coronavirus pandemic causing unprecedented levels of stress and grief, companies offering virtual mental health care say they’re seeing a massive surge in interest — and are scrambling to meet that demand by introducing new services, accelerating launch timelines, and bringing more staff on board.Covid-19 could prove to be a breakout moment for these businesses, which had been trying to address the shortage of in-person mental health care by providing virtual coaching, monitoring, and educational content long before the coronavirus outbreak. If the companies can bring in more users and corporate customers now, they might convince them to stick around after the pandemic is over. But that depends on whether the companies —whose mental health offerings have been relatively small in scale up until now — can handle the uptick in demand.Most of these companies make money by charging employers and health plans to provide mental health services to their workers and members. Other startups charge individual users an out-of-pocket fee. Many are offering some of their services and content for free during the pandemic.advertisement Take Ginger, a San Francisco startup that uses messaging and video to connect people with its army of hundreds of behavioral health coaches, therapists, and psychiatrists. The company mostly sells its services to large employers who pay for their workers to get access to Ginger. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Livongo’s behavioral health program centers mostly around digital content, though it also makes use of human coaches to chat with users to help them navigate the resources. When appropriate, the app escalates users to a telehealth consult with doctors from companies like MDLive or Doctor on Demand. In response to the pandemic, Livongo recently added new content to its app on topics including “Keeping Your Relationship Strong During COVID-19,” “Managing Time at Home With the Kids,” and “Staying Connected While Social Distancing.”Livongo said it saw a 140% increase in utilization of the behavioral health program in March compared to last September, as measured by unique online or mobile logins. Based on how they’re using the app, Livongo users appear to be concerned about the cratering economy and ballooning unemployment numbers. Many of them are also struggling with substance abuse, interpersonal relationships, and parenting, said Jennifer Schneider, a physician who serves as Livongo’s president.If that demand stays at those record levels, “that potentially creates a real scalability challenge” for companies, said Andrew Matzkin, a partner at the consulting firm Health Advances. That’s particularly true for offerings that rely on human coaches, because scaling up such a workforce is time-intensive and requires recruiting, training, and retention efforts.Omada Health — which offers virtual coaching and education for diabetes and other chronic conditions — relies on an army of human coaches to lead its behavioral health program. Those coaches message back and forth with people seeking mental health support and moderate online discussion groups.Omada has added new discussion groups amid the pandemic that quickly drew in hundreds of members, including ones centered around eating healthy at home on a budget and staying active at home while sheltering in place. But more discussion groups means there’s a need for more coaches. The company has a few hundred coaches across its different programs, but it’s now cross-training those who specialize in other areas to handle mental health needs, said Carolyn Bradner Jasik, a physician who serves as Omada’s chief medical officer.“We’re staffing up for this program. We’re expecting a pretty big surge in participants,” she said. Please enter a valid email address. The pandemic has also driven several companies to speed up their timelines to launch digital mental health services that were already in the works. That includes a new company being launched by Tom Insel, the prominent psychiatrist who previously directed the National Institute of Mental Health and now advises the state of California as its mental health czar.On a webinar with reporters earlier this month, Insel said he is starting a company to be called NEST Health — short for Network to Engage, Support, and Thrive. He had planned to launch the company in the summer, he said, “but with Covid, everything has been expedited so we’re trying to get this live by the end of April.”NEST will deliver online, single-session psychotherapy visits with licensed providers and peer support volunteers. It will offer a “digital walk-in” clinic where a patient can see a licensed provider for a consultation that ends with a “social prescription,” which involves building an online community around the patient. Insel said that NEST will be like “[Alcoholics Anonymous] online” or “Peloton for mental health” — a membership-based community in which people get coaching, information about mental health, and access to short videos Insel calls “micro-therapeutics.”The coronavirus crisis has also sped up plans at Hims & Hers, the San Francisco company best known for offering online prescriptions for treatments for conditions like erectile dysfunction and hair loss.The company had originally been planning to roll out new mental offerings this summer, CEO Andrew Dudum said. But because of the pandemic, the company last week launched the first of those offerings: anonymous support groups powered by Zoom.The 10-15 person groups, which are run by a therapist and last an hour, are centered around subjects like sleep, managing anxiety, relationship management, grief management, mindfulness, self care, and, of course, Covid-19. Participants can choose whether to turn on their audio or video, and they can use an anonymous name. These groups will be free for the next few months. After that, they’ll cost about $15 per session out of pocket.Hims & Hers plans to soon launch more intensive mental health offerings, including individualized therapy sessions which can be conducted by text, phone, or video and will start at $50 per month out of pocket. The company is also planning to roll out virtual psychiatric evaluations with licensed psychiatrists who, if appropriate, may prescribe medications for anxiety or depression.In the last couple of weeks, Dudum said, “the company has been in a full-out wartime execution mode to bring forward the timeline of getting this out as quickly as possible.”Casey Ross contributed reporting. Ginger’s business grew significantly in 2019, but the boom in demand since the start of the pandemic has been unlike anything the company has seen before. During February and March, Ginger saw a nearly 50% increase in the number of workers actively using the platform compared to the previous six months.advertisementcenter_img Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. Surge in patients overwhelms telehealth services amid coronavirus pandemic Related: Health TechCoronavirus pandemic sets up potential breakout moment for virtual mental health care The Covid-19 pandemic forces a new way of thinking for Quil, Comcast’s health tech startup Adobe Tags Coronavirusmental healthlast_img read more

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Barrowhouse Ambush: ‘We’re looking back on history and we’re saying let’s give these guys some recognition’

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Last Sunday in Barrowhouse – a quiet, rural, area between Athy and Ballylinan – there was a poignant moment as the church bells rang and wreaths were laid on two local historical sites to mark the 100th anniversary of the Barrowhouse Ambush tragedy.On May 16 1921, two young local men – William Connor and James Lacey – lost their lives in the War of Independence in a planned ambush against an RIC group that were travelling through the area.The two men had been born on the same day in April 1895, gone to school together in Barrowhouse and joined the Irish Republican Army in the fight against the British Forces. Council One hundred years later the family connections remain in Barrowhouse and Nessa O’Meara, a great-grand niece of William Connor, is currently piecing together a book on the history of the subject.She joined the recent LaoisToday Midweek Podcast to talk about the ambush and how she came to be writing the book about it.“One thing the Irish guys and ladies had was that they knew their landscape and that was exactly the same in Barrowhouse,” explained Nessa.“The brigade in Barrowhouse fell under the Carlow brigade – there was no boundaries, it was just whatever way the companies fitted in.”“The men we are speaking about were part of the B company – 5th batallion of the Carlow brigade. Quite a few members but in the Barrowhouse Ambush about eight local members took part on that particular day. Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Previous articleBallinakill saddened by death of community stalwart Christy O’SheaNext articleNew to the Area: Tennessee woman calls Portlaoise her ‘Forever Home’ Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. TAGSBallylinanBarrowhous AmbushBarrowhouseNessa O’MearaWar of Independence RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Barrowhouse Ambush: ‘We’re looking back on history and we’re saying let’s give these guys some recognition’ WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 24th May 2021 Twitter Twitter Home News Community Barrowhouse Ambush: ‘We’re looking back on history and we’re saying let’s give… NewsCommunity Electric Picnic “The guys basically planned an attack on local RIC that usually travelled through Barrwhouse.“It was a retaliation attack from an event that had happened not so long before the ambush.“A lot of people call it – that narrative is out there that it was a failed ambush – but I think when we look back with a more contemporary view we begin to understand, it wasn’t a failed ambush. These guys were risking their lives and some lost them.”Nessa explained that the original site of the ambush was close to the school in Barrowhouse, but because the children were due to be leaving the premises at the time of the planned ambush, they decided to move to a different location.“It was risky for them to conduct the ambush there,” she says.“I suppose when they did move from that location and ended up where the site is now … it resulted of course James Lacey and William Connor dying.“We’re at this time in history especially with my generation and younger we have this open dialogue where we’re able to say what happened, how did it happen and these guys need to be remembered.“We’re looking back on history and we’re saying ‘let’s give these guys some recognition that they deserve’.“It’s a lovely narrative around the relationship between the two boys. The information came down through the generations. They were born the same day, went to school together, died together.“Their own family homes were just a stone’s throw from each other – they were both born in the month of April, joined the Irish Volunteers, fought together, died together and it’s pretty deep to see that relationship growing up from kids to young men to adults.“So for the locals it’s pretty important even for the men who survived the ambush. There are a lot families still in the area. For instance, the Laceys are still in Barrowhouse. The Connors, I would be that connection.“The Dooleys, the Mahers, the Ryans are still in the area – it’s very much still part of the blood that runs through Barrowhouse that these men are still remembered.”And it was Nessa’s gran-aunt Mary that encouraged Nessa, who is a history teacher, to write the book.“I would have always gone to visit my auntie Mary. She was actually my gran aunt, but always called her my auntie.“She lived just outside Ballylinan but she would have been originally from Barrowhouse. She was a great woman and we would always have had great conversations and great craic.“She loved her history and she loved her family history and she was very proud of this. She often used to say to me when I’d come in – ‘so have you wrote the book yet, are we writing this book?’And when Mary passed away, Nessa said simply: “I have to do this”.“I wanted one source to document the whole Barrowhouse Ambush but I also wanted to marry the idea of the impact that had on the families that were left behind and the broken hearts of their mothers and how that impacted them.“I think sometimes history where we tell the facts, warts and all, we exclude the pain that is left behind.”She says the event last Sunday was a simple one.“A representative of the Lacey family laid a wreath at the grave in Barrowhouse and then a representative of Connor line laid a wreath at the ambush site.“Simultaneously when this was going on we rang the church bells so the neighbours could hear the bells even though they couldn’t be with us that day.“It was slightly eerie because all you could hear was the bells but there was something very poignant about it too – it was beautiful. Hopefully when restrictions are lifted can give a good commemoration to William Connor and James Lacey.”She hopes the book will be ready by August and there are plans for a bigger commemoration. The local community are also applying for planning permission to erect a monument on the road where the ambush took place.And for generations to come, the local historical significance will be properly documented.“(We’re) putting something out there that goes in to the history books.”You can listen to the interview with Paul Downey on the Midweek Podcast below on Soundcloud or by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.SEE ALSO – Check out all our previous LaoisToday Podcasts hereSEE ALSO – Weekend Read: Remembering the Barrowhouse Ambush of 1921 Electric Picnic Pinterest Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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Transport Ministry Taking Steps to Implement Cess on Vehicles that Move Aggregates

first_imgRelatedTransport Ministry Taking Steps to Implement Cess on Vehicles that Move Aggregates Transport Ministry Taking Steps to Implement Cess on Vehicles that Move Aggregates UncategorizedJanuary 30, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, has informed that the Ministry is taking the necessary steps for the implementation of a cess on vehicles involved in the movement of aggregates on the nation’s road.He was responding to questions from Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in the House of Representatives on(Jan. 29), about the state of the proposed policy.The Minister said he could not, at this time, give a timeline for the implementation of the policy, as consideration must be given to legislative issues, regulations for commercial and private vehicles “as well as funding to implement and establish facilities for the execution of commercial vehicle weight limits and enforcement activities island-wide.”He, however, assured the House that concrete preliminary action will be seen early in the new financial year, 2008/09.According to Minister Henry, the policy will “without a doubt ensure that funds garnered in this way are used for the purpose of road maintenance.” RelatedTransport Ministry Taking Steps to Implement Cess on Vehicles that Move Aggregatescenter_img RelatedTransport Ministry Taking Steps to Implement Cess on Vehicles that Move Aggregates Advertisementslast_img read more

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Curphey Home Receives $25,000

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Curphey Home, in Manchester, a shelter for ex-soldiers, has received a donation of $25,000, from Lyn’s Funeral Home, to carry out minor repairs at the facility.Director of the funeral home, Calvin Lyn, told JIS News that he made the gesture, because he wanted to show his personal appreciation to the ex- soldiers, for giving of themselves to defend the country, mainly in World War 1.“These persons put their lives at stake for us, they defended the country and the world, and so it is fitting that we, as private and corporate citizens, do what we can to have them in a comfortable surrounding,” Mr. Lyn said.In accepting the gift, Superintendent of Curphey Home, Clifton Irwin, said the money came at a good time, as a number of doors need to be replaced.“It’s a good gesture from Lyn’s Funeral Home, and I am proceeding immediately to purchase some doors that we need to replace. The residents here are grateful for the gift, and with Mr. Lyn and his wife rapping with them, it has lifted their spirits. It has also given us an early Christmas,” Mr. Irwin said.Curphey Home has 16 residents, 15 males and a female, ranging from 67 to 91 years of age. RelatedCurphey Home Receives $25,000 Curphey Home Receives $25,000 UncategorizedDecember 20, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCurphey Home Receives $25,000 RelatedCurphey Home Receives $25,000last_img read more

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