Communities in fear highlights need for garda stations

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCommunities in fear highlights need for garda stationsBy admin – January 29, 2013 651 Email AS GARDAI withdraw from the talks on a proposed extension to the Croke Park deal, and as fear begins to show throughout the country in light of the murder of det garda Adrian Donohue last week, TD’s, local representatives and the public at large are calling on Minister Alan Shatter to put a halt on the closure of 100 garda stations in Irleand, and six in Limerick.  Willie O’Dea, Fianna Fail TD, has slammed the closure of Mary Street Garda station this week calling it “a dreadful decision by the Government. The fact that this is one of the oldest Garda stations in the country and is located in the heart of a regeneration area, parts of which in the past have been unfortunately associated with gangland activity, makes the decision all the more ludicrous.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previously, councillor John Gilligan, said that the “garda retreat from the inner city is a worrying development”. Niall Collins, FF spokesperson on Justice has again called on Minister Shatter to “put aside his plan to close the garda stations, to cut resources and to further cut the member numbers. On Budget Day last December, as part of the Garda Consolidations programme, it was announced that districts would be merged and stations would close including six in Limerick. Galbally, Kilfinnane, Castletown/Conyers, Kilmeedy, Tournafoulla and the city centre station at Mary Street. Niall Collins said that; “The Minister sneakily announced this slash and burn on Budget day, hoping it seems that people wouldn’t pay too much attention.  He is sorely mistaken.  Removing the garda presence from our communities on such a large-scale at a time when the rate of burglaries has increased makes absolutely no sense.  The presence of a local garda station, however small, acts as a deterrent to criminals who target vulnerable households. “Limerick has fared one of the worst in Minister Shatter’s hit list. We will have 6 less garda stations and many of our communities will have lost their local station. Minister Shatter countered that; “It is, of course, previous Fianna Fail led Governments which are responsible for the financial disaster that has impacted on the State and has so severely effected the lives of everyone who resides in the State”, adding that it was the previous Government that agreed with the Troika the expenditure reductions and reductions in Garda numbers.“If I were Deputy Niall Collins, I would refrain from making hypocritical comment and engaging in self-serving disingenuous political rhetoric based on the assumption that the general public is suffering from amnesia.  It is time that he acknowledged that it is his Party that is responsible for the position in which we find ourselves”.But as the political football continues to be kicked around, Deputy O’Dea reminded that the fear of gang reprisals and an upsurgance is still very real according to his information. “As I have stated previously, it is my understanding that some of the remnants of the gangs in Limerick are getting together in an attempt to re-establish themselves to their former strength and with the closure of Garda stations like Mary Street combined with the reduction in overall Garda numbers, this could bring the gangland problem right back to where it was a few years ago.“Lets not forget, that it was as a result of long hours of painstaking policing by Gardai, including those based at Mary St, that the problem has thankfully abated in recent times, but as we witnessed with the callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Louth last weekend, gangland crime is a constant threat to society.“Since 2011, Limerick has lost 40 members of An Garda Síochána who have not been replaced and there are no Detective Inspectors at all in the Limerick division and there is a reduction of 18 in the number of Sergeants.”Deputy O’Dea concluded, “The closure of Mary street Garda station is another open invitation from Minister Alan Shatter to potential gangland kingpins to takeover where predecessors left off. The underhand, dishonest way in which these cuts are being foisted upon An Garda Síochána tells us all we need to know about Mr. Shatter and his priorities. At a time when we should be maintaining all Garda stations and Garda strength in Limerick, we are now facilitating criminals to once again potentially gain the upper hand.” Facebook Advertisement Previous articleLimerick models launch new Gathering stampNext articleUL well beaten in Sigerson Cup admincenter_img Twitter Print WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

Materials management supplies MCH

first_img WhatsApp Local News They work behind the scenes, but Medical Center Hospital’s Materials Management Department is an integral part of the inner workings of the facility. Director of Materials Management Cheryl McQueen said her department is made up of three areas — shipping and receiving, which intakes everything from supplies to capital equipment; the central supply department that supplies items to the hospital’s nursing unit; and a purchasing department that is responsible for placing all the orders to the hospital and overseeing the contracts for supply items that the hospital is part of. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, McQueen said Medical Center had vendors they placed orders with and they knew the time frames for items to be received into the system. The hospital has a distributor that it gets a truck from four times a week and that’s where the majority of the supplies come through, McQueen said. Supplies took two or three days to arrive before the pandemic, depending on the geographical location of that warehouse. Now, things have changed, she said. “That’s ever-evolving. It depends on what the supply chain is doing. We’re dealing with unprecedented allocations of supplies which are throughout the entire nation and we’re also dealing with raw material shortages and freight issues …,” McQueen said. The ease or difficulty of finding supplies has gone in cycles, she said. “I’ll tell you, all PPE has been hit throughout the entire nation,” McQueen said. “There really hasn’t been one PPE item, or one personal protective item, whenever it comes to your face shield and your mask or your shoe covers and your gloves that has not been impacted by this and the impacts are different. Some are shipping and receiving impacts of getting it through the borders or the docks and some are raw material issues that we come across.” “It’s ever-changing. I think through the process our biggest hurdle was validating reputable vendors. We had our tried and true vendors that we had contracts with. They were stretched to their limit and started having to place the entire nation on back orders, or allocations, I should say and you were only allowed to purchase what your historical usage was before. When you have an increase in patients and you need to up their levels, you have to vet different vendors out to ensure that they’re reputable and that they’re able to provide a product that is safe,” she added. She noted that their priority in materials management is safety for our patients, to ensure the products that they bring in are safe for them to use and for clinicians to have what they need. “… We do take that to heart,” McQueen said. “We know that the products that we bring in are going to be the products that are going to be used to take care of this community. We go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality of products that we can bring into the institution for that.” Director of Public Relations Trevor Tankersley said going through the vetting process to make sure sources of materials are reputable is something most people probably wouldn’t think about. “We had to vet out many things and learned very early on to put together a clinical team of experts that could quickly help us look at a product, validate it and ensure that it was” acceptable to use, Queen said. Since the pandemic began, local vendors and businesses offered donations. “It gave me great pride to work here and to work in this community and see that as a whole when the situation in the beginning was ever-evolving they were willing to step up and make donations and pull from their own stock to ensure that we had what we needed and that gives me great pride to be a part of this community,” McQueen said. McQueen said departments were being told to plan seven to 14 days in advance. “I would say that right now we’re on a 10-to-14 day rotation of being able to place an order and get something in house. And all of that can change at a moment’s notice, just depending on what’s happening or what news breaks. The majority of what causes this is an influx of requests into the system which causes more allocations and more difficultly getting the supply,” McQueen said. There have been numerous times when the hospital placed an order and received confirmation that it was on its way only to find out the truck had been pulled over, those supplies had been sequestered and removed and then taken to another location somewhere in the country that was a COVID hot spot. “… I know early on, some of the companies began tracking the trucks with a Google Maps. They would watch the trucks … and a lot of them would have to call us and say your truck has been stopped and the supplies have been sequestered and they’re on their way to another location. We’ll try to replace your order and get supplies to you as quickly as we can.” McQueen said it was something they had to face, although when she was interviewed they hadn’t had to deal with it recently. “But that’s not to say with the increase in COVID patients that that’s not something we wouldn’t be faced with again,” McQueen said. Physicians guide the hospital on reusing items. The vetting involves an algorithm which helps determine if companies are valid vendors or not. MCH also works with other hospitals. “… We are members of the Texas Purchasing Coalition, which is made up of 11 hospitals,” McQueen said. “The majority of those are in the state of Texas. We have weekly calls with them in regard to supply chain disruptions that they are seeing their area and disruptions that we’re seeing in our area and absolutely vetting out and helping each other. (If) somebody comes across a vendor that is a reliable source, we share that information to help each other out. …” Supplies also are monitored closely. “… Every single day we’re counting inventory levels,” McQueen said. “We’re communicating with the local, state, federal, our public health partners and to try to optimize our procurement and maintain the levels that we need to. I think that through this entire process we’ve worked out a system that seems to be working well for us now …” Tankersley said if Materials Management wasn’t there or obtaining supplies ahead of time, MCH wouldn’t be able to treat COVID patients or give them the care they need. “In light of the current pandemic, they’re behind the scenes but not really. They’re the unsung of what we’re doing here because if it weren’t for them we would not have the appropriate gear and the appropriate supplies to treat these patients the way they need to be treated, so we just want the community to know that.” McQueen has 20 people who work in her area. “I can honestly tell you this normally doesn’t happen for me, but I’m kind of at a loss for words at the amount of pride that I have in my team and what they have done,” he said. “They’ve worked countless hours … If we’re having to open up another area, it’s all hands on deck getting the appropriate supplies there so that the clinicians have what they need and the buyers.” “I think people assume it’s like Amazon shopping. You just go and click on there and get what you need. They’re really having to think outside the box and put on an investigative hat and really look at resources that they’ve not looked at before to make sure that they uncover every stone to find the PPE that everyone in this nation and the world is looking for and trying to sequester to make sure their community is safe,” McQueen added. She added that the pandemic has offered clarity to the roles on her team and what they do. McQueen said they have the ability to change gears at a moment’s notice. “… We will probably carry these life lessons that we’ve learned during this situation with us for the rest of our lives. I’m honored to be leading this team. The people who deserve all the credit in this area are the people who are out there working this every day and that’s the shipping and receiving department, central supply and purchasing department. I have an amazing team and they make it very easy for me to do what I need to do,” she said. 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Lettings

first_imgHome » News » Lettings previous nextLettingsProperty Drum3rd March 20140613 Views Tenants in arrearsThe latest (January 2014) figures from the Tenant Arrears Tracker, produced by LSL Property Services, show that 67,000 households, or 1.6 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales, owe more than two months’ rent. This is an increase of 3.4 per cent in three months, although, overall, the numbers in arrears is still much lower than in the same quarter of 2012.“Today’s biggest risk for the private rented sector is a small minority of tenants who are struggling with several months of unpaid rent.” David Brown LSL Property ServicesThis overall improvement has helped landlords reduce their mortgage arrears, which have fallen for the fourth quarter in a row and are now at the lowest arrears level since 2008.David Brown, Commercial Director of LSL Property Services, says, “Today’s biggest risk for the private rented sector is a small minority of tenants who are struggling with several months of late rent. This proportion is shrinking but remains a serious concern for some landlords.”However, these are general figures, not LHA tenant specific, and figures on LHA tenant arrears in the private rented sector as scarce to say the least. The DWP’s evaluation report on the Pathfinder (initial) areas of Universal Credit found that the “overwhelming majority” of tenants in receipt of direct payments were not accruing serious arrears of rent.This report also found that the proportion of landlords reporting arrears over the Pathfinder period did not vary between Pathfinder and Control LAs (65 per cent). However it was more common for Pathfinder landlords/letting agents to think that LHA recipients were more likely than HB tenants under the previous arrangements to fall into arrears.Universal CreditAccording to Makeurmove.co.uk, an online letting agent, Universal Credit remains largely misunderstood. Their new research, sampling 300 landlords in December 2013, reveals that one in three are unaware of Universal Credit, while 40 per cent have heard of the scheme, but are unclear about the details. Just 27 per cent of landlords say they fully understand it.Richard Francis, Director of Makeurmove.co.uk says, “Clearly, there is confusion amongst landlords and many are still in the dark about universal credit. Landlords fear that under the new scheme, housing benefit will go directly to tenants and hence bring an increase in rent default, prompting many landlords to say they are not going to support housing benefit.“Yes, Universal Credit will mean money is paid monthly rather than weekly, with an emphasis on recipients learning to budget properly, but the latest Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plan would keep the system under which rent goes directly to a landlord after two (months) missed payments, while adding a review after a first month’s default.“Currently, private landlords accommodate one million people who have part, or all of their rent paid by the state. The LHA market is growing, with 310 people turning to the government for housing benefit, every day, to keep the roof over their heads. More private landlords are needed to accommodate the growth in LHA tenants and unless landlords can be reassured about universal credit, this is going to be a major problem for government.”Ending a tenancyThe National Landlords Association (NLA) says that the vast majority of tenancy terminations are driven by the tenant’s desire to move on but there may be times when a landlord needs to end the tenancy or seek possession of it. The NLA describes the two options open to the landlord:Landlord’s Options1. Section 21 (s21) Accelerated Possession ProcedureThis route gives the landlord the right to possession at, or after, the expiry of the initial fixed term tenancy period. It is imperative to note that they are not automatically entitled to possession upon expiry of the tenancy and they must serve this notice on the tenants at least two months before you wish to claim possession.Taking this route means that there may be no need for a court hearing; this is likely to cause less hassle as providing they have correctly served the s21 notice the court must grant a possession order in their favour. However, the court does not have the power to make a money judgment under this route, which means it cannot order the tenant to repay any rent in arrears, for example.2. Section 8 (s8) Standard ProcedureThis route gives you the right to possession if particular terms of the terms of tenancy agreement have been breached. The length of the notice will vary upon the grounds you’re using to seek possession; there are 17 different grounds and the most common ground is due to rent arrears. If you chose to serve a s8 notice it also allows for a money judgment to be obtained along with an order for possession.Bear in mind however that s8 proceedings can often be lengthy as they are likely to be defended by the tenant, so the nature of the breach of tenancy will be important.If both situations applyWhere both routes apply – such as when the tenancy is ending and the tenant is also in arrears – it may be advisable to use the simpler and quicker s21 route, as faster possession will allow the landlord to re-let the property sooner. However, regardless of your chosen route, remember that the landlord must have served the appropriate notice on the tenants before any court proceedings can commence.Claiming possession of property can be a costly and stressful process for all involved. However, in situations where a tenant is unable to pay the rent for prolonged periods of time, the landlord will need to consider bringing the tenancy to an early end, rather than risk defaulting on your mortgage payments following an extended period without receiving rent.What happens in court?Paul Shamplina at Landlord Action explains the following:Section 8 proceedings“If a landlord relies on the rent to pay the mortgage then it is imperative that the landlord acts quickly to minimise losses.” Paul Shamplina Landlord ActionWhere a claim is for possession and rent arrears (Section 8), there will be a Court hearing before a Judge. The landlord will be required to attend the hearing, or appoint an agent to attend on their behalf. The landlord or agent must be fully conversant with the tenancy and have all relevant paperwork readily available, such as the tenancy agreement and an up to date schedule of arrears at the hearing.If the tenant clears the arrears prior to the hearing date, it is unlikely a landlord will get a Possession Order.If the claim is successful, the Judge usually grants a 14 day Possession Order; this means the tenant has 14 days from the date of the hearing to vacate. In the event the tenant does not vacate, the landlord will be required to appoint a bailiff to carry out the eviction. In addition, a Judgement for the arrears of rent may also be granted at which point a landlord may also make a claim for interest and costs.Paul says, “If the tenant is at the hearing and pleads exceptional hardship, they may persuade the Judge to grant longer before leaving. The most a Judge can give is 42 days. We always oppose this as we believe the hardship to be in the landlord’s favour.”EXCEPTIONSIf the tenant reduces the arrears to below two months, the Judge may order a postponed Possession Order (provided grounds 10 & 11 have been included in the Section 8 notice), which means the landlord would get a Possession Order, but the tenant is permitted to stay provided he/she continues to pay the rent each week/month on time and clears the arrears by an agreed and reasonable time. Failure to adhere to the order would mean that the landlord can apply for a Baili to execute the warrant of possession i.e. evict the tenant(s).It can be a stressful and costly process to gain possession of a property.SECTION 21 PROCEEDINGSThere are two types of Section 21 notices. One notice is served during the term of the tenancy and one is served when the term of the tenancy has expired.A Section 21 notice is used when the landlord requires possession of the property. The landlord does not have to give a reason for wanting possession of the property and there does not have to be a breach of the tenancy agreement.Some tenants use a Possession Order under Section 21 to seek housing assistance from their local housing o ce. In this case, tenants are generally recommended by local authorities to remain in the property until a Possession Order has been granted and bailifs have been appointed to evict the tenant.Where a landlord’s claim is for possession only (Section 21) and he/she uses the Courts’ accelerated procedure, the tenant will have 14 days to fi le a defence. If no defence is filed, a landlord can apply to the Court for an Order for Possession. It can take approximately eight weeks to receive the Order for Possession, depending on the workload of the Court.There are certain circumstances where the accelerated process will not be able to be used. In such circumstances, a court hearing will be required.EVICTION – County Court BailiIf a tenant fails to vacate on or before the expiry of the Possession Order (usually two to six weeks), a County Court bailif must be appointed to carry out the fi nal stage, eviction. Applying for a warrant for eviction can mean the process takes a further six weeks. The eviction can only be carried out by a County Court bailif .GET THE BEST ADVICELandlord ActionPaul Shamplina has been in the eviction business for over 25 years. His company, Landlord Action, originated the three-step fi xed fee eviction process, helping landlords with problem tenants. www.landlordaction.co.ukLandlord LawIf landlords wish to avoid the expense of using solicitors, landlords can use the DIY Eviction service of www.landlordlaw.co.uk/eviction which will help them bring a claim through the courts.National Landlords AssociationThe NLA is currently running its Effective Letting Campaign and o ers free best practice forms, including a landlord’s and tenant’s guide to rent arrears, and advice on ending tenancies, all available from www.landlords.org.uk.ShelterShelter has comprehensive information on its website, sometimes seemingly in favour of the tenant but all useful information when a landlord is having trouble with a tenancy.www.shelter.org.uk March 3, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. 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Trojans continue to struggle on the road

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team cannot seem to shake their road woes.Tough outing · Redshirt senior forward Marcus Johnson shot just 4-for-14 from the field and scored nine points in the Trojans’ 51-45 loss. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan The Trojans (12-8, 4-4) started their two-game road trip to the state of Oregon on a sour note Thursday, falling to Oregon State (9-11, 3-5) 51-45 in Corvallis, Ore. Sophomore forwards Nikola Vucevic, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Leonard Washington, who had 11 points and six rebounds, led the Trojans in the losing effort.After posting 87 points — their highest point total of the season — last Saturday against Washington, the Trojans couldn’t find their offensive rhythm, turning the ball over a season-high 20 times against the Beavers. Senior guard Dwight Lewis could only muster five points on 2-12 shooting, and USC shot less than 22 percent from the 3-point line.Keeping with the trend of the past few games, the Trojans jumped out to an early lead on an 8-1 scoring run, although the first points of the game did not come easily. USC missed four shots and gained the offensive rebound on each one before senior guard Dwight Lewis was finally able to convert a layup after a full minute of possession had passed. Relying on their defense, the Trojans were able to hold off a Beavers rally late in the half and enter the break up 27-22.Unfortunately for USC, they could not keep their lead for long into the second half, quickly succumbing to a 21-9 run by the Beavers. Oregon State led the rest of the way, holding the Trojans to seven for 23 shooting in the half.Oregon State center Roeland Schaftenaar was key to holding the recently reinvigorated Trojans’ offensive attack down. Schaftenaar’s eight second-half points also helped the Beavers extend their lead after the break.It was Schaftenaar’s layup near the midway point of the second half that gave the Beavers the lead they would not give back.A Johnson layup brought the Beaver lead back to just one point, but the Trojans would not venture closer than two points behind the Beavers for the rest of the game.The Beavers also used guard Calvin Haynes’ 16 second-half points to distance themselves from the Trojans.Washington’s 11 points off the bench was an encouraging sign for the Trojans during the loss, as the second-year player had not scored in the double digits since the Trojans’ Dec. 26 victory over Saint Mary’s.Washington had been averaging less than six points per game before last night despite receiving more playing time recently.The Trojans will face Oregon (11-9, 3-5) Saturday in Eugene to round out their weekend in the state. The game will mark the end of the first cycle of conference games this season for the two teams, as they are the only teams that have yet to play each other.Oregon has relied heavily on the play of its guards this season, who account for four of the team’s top-five scorers. Senior guard Tajuan Porter, who averages 12.5 points per game, leads a Ducks roster that is surprisingly deep, with 10 players on the team averaging five points or more.last_img read more