Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer

first_img Facebook Pinterest By David Power – 20th February 2018 St Pauls Primary School Demolition on the former St Paul’s school building, which has been vandalised and the scene of anti-social behaviour, will not begin until the summer, at the earliest.Portlaoise Parish is responsible for the upkeep of the former school building in the meantime and is struggling to keep the site secure.It had been believed that demolition and construction work would begin on the former site of the St Paul’s school shortly after it was vacated.However, it has since emerged that this is not the case.A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed that tender documents are currently being finalised and the project will go out to tender shortly. Rugby “The project will thereafter proceed to construction. The demolition of the former St Paul’s school will be carried out when the contractor goes on site which is expected to be in the summer,” the spokesperson said.Monsignor Byrne PP said it had been believed that there was a sense of urgency attached to the project and that the Department was keen to get on site as soon as possible.In the meantime, responsibility for the old school building on the Borris Road remains with the local parish.“We have attempted to keep it boarded up and keep the building protected, but it has just gone beyond us.“There have been incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The gardaí and the fire service were called there. I am afraid what might happen in a building where there is broken glass,” he said.SEE ALSO – Garda helicopter combing the Midlands following robbery Twitter Community Council TAGSSt Paul’s school. Monsignor John Byrne PP Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Home News Community Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer NewsCommunityLifestyle Previous article10 new houses planned for Portlaoise ‘delayed’Next articleAppeal for robbery in popular Abbeyleix salon David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Boost for Portarlington as former player Ryan returns

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest They came unstuck against Ballylinan once more in the semi final but will be looking to push on again this year.And with Ryan back, plus the likes of Ronan Coffey, Colin Slevin and Alex Mohan coming of age, they may just be able to do that.SEE ALSO – Appeal lodged against new petrol station in Portlaoise Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Rugby Community Council Facebook Home Sport GAA Boost for Portarlington as former player Ryan returns SportGAAGaelic Football Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Adam Ryan The Portarlington senior footballers have been given a boost with the news that Adam Ryan has transferred back to his native club.Ryan, who represented Laois at minor, U-21 and senior level, moved to St Jude’s in Dublin in 2017.However, he has chosen to return and will add extra depth to the side managed by Noel Coss and Des Cooney.Portarlington made a bit of a breakthrough last year. They reached the Division 1B final but were beaten by Ballylinan.And in the championship, they played Arles-Killeen three times on the way to reaching the semi final. Twittercenter_img Pinterest TAGSAdam RyanPortarlington Boost for Portarlington as former player Ryan returns RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOur guide to What’s On at the WeekendNext articleCheltenham 2018: Your race-by-race guide to Day 3 of the festival Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 15th March 2018 WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 9, 2020

first_img WhatsApp Twitter TAGSCoronavirusCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard Moscow is recording over 1,000 new cases per day but abruptly ends its stay-at-home order.Moscow’s tough lockdown ended abruptly on Tuesday as a key nationwide vote for the Kremlin loomed, and even as the Russian capital continued to report more than 1,000 daily new coronavirus cases.Barbershops, beauty parlors, veterinary clinics and photography studios were allowed to reopen on Tuesday, and the city’s intricate system of digital permits for leaving one’s house stopped operating.A day earlier, Mayor Sergei S. Sobyanin said the spread of the coronavirus in the capital had slowed to the point that the city’s shelter-in-place measures, some of the world’s most stringent outside of China, could be lifted.You can read The New York times piece in full here. Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Australia set for biggest sporting crowd in months as AFL returnsThousands of spectators will be able to attend an Australian Rules football match this weekend as the competition resumes after its coronavirus shutdown, officials announced on Tuesday.Saturday’s match between fierce rivals Port Adelaide and Adelaide will be open to just over 2,000 AFL fans in the South Australian city — the biggest sports crowd in the country for months.About 2,000 people will be permitted to sit in Adelaide Oval’s general admission area, and another 240 in private rooms — well below the venue’s capacity of 53,000 people, to meet social distancing requirements.You can read the full report here.Covid-19: Gardaí lose enforcement powers over movement restrictionsGardaí no longer have the power to enforce the movement restrictions laid out in the emergency coronavirus legislation introduced by the Government.As of yesterday, people can travel anywhere within their own county or for up to 20km outside it, up from a previous radius of 5km.However, unlike previous versions of the regulations, the latest provisions do not mention a criminal penalty for breaching the movement restrictions. This means gardaí can no longer arrest or prosecute anyone moving outside the radius. The move to revoke one of the most draconian Garda powers in living memory was made on Sunday with no announcement or publicity.You can read the full report here. Previous articleCoronavirus: Nine new cases and nine more deaths as hospitality sector prepare for new regimeNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Electric Picnic News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Nine further deaths and nine new casesThere have been a further nine deaths from Coronavirus and nine new cases confirmed by the Department of Health today.The nine new deaths is the joint highest in the month of June so far but the nine new cases equals yesterday’s number, which was the lowest since mid-March before any restrictions were put in place.There is currently 110 patients with Coronavirus in hospital around the country with 35 of those in ICU.In all, there is now 25,215 cases in the country and a total of 1,691 deaths.You can read today’s update in full here.Committee hears further outbreaks of Covid-19 ‘probable’, but strategy is ‘right one for Ireland at this time’The Chair of the Covid-19 modelling advisory group has said it is “probable” that at some point in future there will be an increase in the number of cases of the disease in Ireland again.At the Oireachtas Special Covid-19 Committee, Professor Philip Nolan was asked about a letter signed by 1,000 scientists which warns of a second wave of infection in Ireland with the current strategy.Nolan said with any new virus, scientists will have different judgements based on the “incomplete evidence “available, but he believes the current approach is “the right strategy for this country at this time”.You can read the Journal piece in full here. By Megan Shiel – 9th June 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Home News Community Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 9, 2020 NewsCommunity Players won’t be pressurised to play, says Laois football boss Quirke as new GAA seasonLaois football manager Mike Quirke has said that any player that isn’t comfortable returning to team sport when the new GAA season resumes won’t be pressurised into doing so.Quirke was speaking on the Irish Examiner GAA Podcast after the announcement of the GAA’s return to action and was asked by presenter Colm O’Connor how he’d react if a player didn’t want to commit if he or some of his family were vulnerable.“Then he doesn’t play. There’s no question about anything,” he said.You can read the piece in full here.Physically distanced dancing and no menus – how a re-opened hospitality sector might lookSelf-serve buffets will disappear in post-pandemic hotels, while the seating in bars and restaurants will be significantly reduced, according to new guidance for the hospitality sector published by Fáilte Ireland.Last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that summer was not lost as he set out an updated roadmap that would see the tourism and hospitality sectors return on 29 June.However, the new guidance suggests that many hotels and restaurants will have undergone a radical transformation since they closed in March.You can read the Journal piece in full here. Tayto Park forced to delay re-openingThe popular theme park Tayto Park was forced into a u-turn on their plans to reopen later this month.“We were excited to reopen and welcome guests back to Tayto Park from the 18th of June, as we believed we were entitled to do, in line with all communications from all regulatory authorities over the past few days,” said a statement from the company today.“However, on reviewing statutory regulations that were published late yesterday evening (8th June), it is with regret that Tayto Park will have to remain closed until regulations permit us to reopen.“Such was the demand for tickets this morning, that our website was overwhelmed. We apologise to those who did manage to book tickets, you will be reimbursed in full.“We apologise to all of our guests and members for this inconvenience. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tayto Park in the near future.“We also appreciate the immediate support we received from the media. We promise that Tayto Park will be worth the wait!”Ray Coyle owner of Tayto Park added: “We’re terribly sorry, particularly given the huge amount of excitement and support we received this morning from everyone.“Myself and the entire team at Tayto Park look forward to welcoming everyone when regulations allow.” Use of face coverings to distribute Communion among guidelines issued by bishopsDioceses and parishes should at all times follow the most up-to-date public health advice and associated regulations and obligations when it comes to public worship, the Catholic bishops have said.Public attendance at all places of worship, including churches, may commence after June 29th next according to the Government roadmap.With physical distancing at 2m “the maximum number of people who can be accommodated for any communal prayer or liturgy will be much reduced. The demands of physical distancing will also need to be considered in relation to people entering the church and leaving it,” they said.You can read the Irish Times piece in full here.‘Laois can be the remote working capital of Ireland’ says Chamber chiefThe CEO of Laois Chamber of Commerce has said that the county can be “the remote working capital of Ireland” in the aftermath of Coronavirus due to its central location and wide range of options in terms of co-working spaces.Bernie Everard, who heads up the Laois Chamber, was speaking during a video interview with Patricia Frayne who is the co-ordinator of Portlaoise Enterprise Centre.As part of the Chamber’s ongoing video interview series with members, heard about how Portlaoise Enterprise Centre has managed its way through the Coronavirus pandemic.You can read the piece in full here. Kilkenny announce changes to club hurling championship format ahead of returnThe Kilkenny County board have confirmed a new structure for the format of the senior club hurling championship ahead of its return later this summer.The GAA announced last week that club fixtures can return from 31 July.The competition, which links the league and championship, will consists of four groups of three rather than the traditional two groups of six.Laois GAA are set to meet on Wednesday night to discuss their plans for the 2020 club championship season.You can read the full report here on what Kilkenny are doing here.last_img read more

Issue of vacant site dragging on and falling trees causing problems in Portlaoise estates

first_img TAGSCaroline Dwane-StanleyLaois County CouncilMaryboroughPortlaoise Municipal DistrictThe Grange Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Charles R Wynne looking to hire experienced artic lorry driverNext articleChampionship Diary: Kavanagh and Maher leading the way in hurling scoring charts 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. WhatsApp Electric Picnic News Issue of vacant site dragging on and falling trees causing problems in Portlaoise estates Laois County Council should put in a compulsory purchase order on a vacant site at the front of the Maryborough Estate on the Mountrath Road in Portlaoise, according to Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley.Cllr Dwane-Stanley raised the issue at the recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting in Laois County Council and highlighted that planning permission had been renewed three times on the site without any action being taken.She explained that all areas of the estate had been taken in charge by the council apart from that specific area and the small section of road at the back of the vacant site.“The site is a mess,” she said. “It’s wide open and there are pipes, wires, holes, rotten fence and rotten wood.“There are a huge amount of children living in that area and older and more vulnerable people.“The developer is a good person with a good record but … there should be work carried out to seal off that area.”The council response from Angela McEvoy stated that “there is still a live permoission on this site which expires on 31/12/2021”.“It is my understanding that this area is intended to be a retail development as part of the housing development. The developer intends to complete this development.”Cllr Stanley had also called for the road beside the site to be taken in charge by the council as well as repairs to be carried out to the boundary fence along the river bank at the back of the estate.The council replied that the road will be taken in charge when the estate is completed and that quotes are being sought for the repair of the fence.The vacant site in the Maryborough estateElsewhere, Cllr Dwane-Stanley urged the council to clean the stream and cut back the trees along the riverbank in the Grange on the Borris Road in the town.“People living there are extremely worried about the trees falling over,” she said. “But apart from the trees, the embankment is very dangerous. You’d have concerns that if a child got in there, they wouldn’t be found.”Wes Wilkinson, an engineer in the Portlaoise Municipal District, responded by saying that the area will be examined by a tree surgeon/tree service contractor.“Once our office has received the assessment and estimated costs of the works, funding will be sought to carry out the works.”The overgrown river at The Grange estate on the Borris Road in PortlaoiseSEE ALSO – Check out more stories from the Portlaoise Municipal District here Facebook Twitter Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic By Steven Miller – 25th September 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Council Issue of vacant site dragging on and falling trees causing problems in… NewsCouncillast_img read more

NK cracks down on Chinese mobile phone users to prevent defections

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Daily NK – 2016.10.13 4:58pm The North Korean authorities have ordered the State Security Department to “roundup” Chinese mobilephone users in the border areas to prevent mass defection. As a result,security agents are teaming up with signal detection units in North HamgyongProvince in a joint arrest operation.“An order to apprehend every last user of Chinesemobile phones in the border region was issued in early October. Following this,in Hoeryong City, signal detection experts from Chongjin City and Musan Countyas well as personnel from the provincial security agency’s Chemical ProcessingBureau and Transmission Maintenance Bureau were mobilized to track down andarrest users,” a source in North Hamgyong Province reported to Daily NK onOctober 11.“The State Security Department [SSD] deployed 10 operationalunits comprised of 3 agents each who work on 24-hour shifts with their ownvehicles (equipped with tracking devices). Youngagents in their 20s and 30s swiftly raid the locations right after an accuratelocation of the caller is identified using the mobile signal trackers.”Multiple sources in North Hamgyong Province corroborated this information.These measures have likely been put in place to prevent massdefection attempts after the border guard posts were compromised by flooding.Defections are often organized by a phone call to brokers on the Chinese sideof the border.North Korean security agents are known to be followingthrough with actual arrests in many cases instead of performing meresurveillance. They are seeking to instill fear by making ‘examples’ of thosewho make phone calls.“Agents armed with advanced equipment are evenpatrolling the corners of neighboring farm villages as well as the city, andarrested five phone users in the area on the first day of operations,” thesource said. “Residents are terrified saying, ‘Those guys are truly scary.’”She explained that the atmosphere became even more intense as theauthorities announced to the SSD that each agent willbe evaluated on their arrest performance. In fact, some residents are so scared that they are burying their mobile phonestightly wrapped in plastic in the ground or burning them in a furnace.Kim Jong Un has issued instructions in the past to punishusers of Chinese-made mobile phones for treason, in order to prevent residentsfrom defecting. However, crackdowns on these actions have not had the desiredeffect in the past, as leniency was frequently given in exchange for bribes.The source noted that state security agents from otherregions have been dispatched this time to prevent such corruption. Theintention is to establish a surveillance system between the security agents oneach other, and possibly punish those who do not perform well in the number ofarrests.“The dispatched agents have been given specificwarnings ‘not to be blinded by bribery’ in advance,” the source added.“If the current pace of surveillance and arrest continues, more than 90percent of Chinese mobile phone users are expected to disappear.” SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderscenter_img News NewsEconomy Facebook Twitter NK cracks down on Chinese mobile phone users to prevent defections News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Fund sales up slightly during RRSP season: IFIC

Mutual fund net sales were essentially flat during RRSP season compared with last year, according to the latest data from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. IFIC said Thursday that industry net sales for February came in at $7.1 billion, pushing the year-to-date net sales total to $9.7 billion. In 2011, net sales for the first two months of the year — the traditional RRSP season — were $9.5 billion. Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news While overall RRSP season net sales were up slightly from last year, long-term fund net sales for the period were down a bit, slipping to $11.45 billion this year from $11.55 billion in the same period last year. For the month of February, long-term net sales were up year over year, to $7.9 billion from $7.5 billion in the month last year. Money market funds are still in net redemptions, with $827.4 million worth in February. Year-to-date net redemptions were $1.74 billion, which is down a bit from last year’s total of over $2 billion. Balanced funds led the net sales in February, with $5.5 billion worth, compared to net sales of $1.9 billion in January. Year-to-date net sales for balanced funds totaled $7.4 billion, which is down from $9.6 billion for the same period last year. Bond funds managed net sales of $2.87 billion last month, up a little from January. Net sales for the category in the first two months of the year totaled $5.25 billion, which is up sharply from just $243.0 million for the same period last year. Equity funds remained in net redemptions in February, with $990.4 million in redemptions, which is more or less flat from $1.06 billion in January. Year-to-date net redemptions for equity funds totaled $2.05 billion, compared to net sales of $1.39 billion for the same period last year. IFIC said that total mutual fund assets under management for February were $810.4 billion, up 2.4% from $791.2 billion in January. Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Keywords Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

TSX near flat with U.S. markets closed

first_img Keywords Marketwatch Canada’s main stock index finished on a near flat note Thursday, as U.S. stock markets were closed for their Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P/TSX composite index scraped out 0.72 of a point to advance to 16,074.30. Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors David Hodges Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since Marchcenter_img S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Earlier in the day, the materials and energy sectors had helped push the Toronto market up modestly, as the health-care and consumer staples groups lost ground. “The positive performance this morning was the result of the resource sector. Both energy and materials were stronger on the day,” said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiera Capital. “In energy markets we’re seeing encouraging signs toward the rebalancing of the crude market. So we saw energy prices soar to a two-year high this week after a report that indicated a decline in U.S. stockpiles, while there’s also been a disruption in the Keystone pipeline that has helped to sort of boost that optimism that the market is going to find a better balance.” In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of US78.65¢, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent. That marked the loonie’s third straight day of gains. Key drivers of the currency’s recent upswing are the weakening U.S. dollar and bullishness around the price of oil, which rose $1.19 at the closing of markets Wednesday. Commodities markets were also closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. On the Canadian marijuana front, Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s (TSX:ACB) stock was up about 5% amid news that the Vancouver-headquartered pot producer intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans. In a news release, Aurora said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers. Shares of Aurora gained 32¢ or about 5% to close at $6.74 on Thursday. In economic news, Statistics Canada reported retail sales in September were up 0.1% to $49.1 billion for the month, boosted by sales at gasoline stations as prices climbed due to disruptions caused by hurricane Harvey. Read: Higher gas prices help boost retail sales in September Economists however said it appears consumer spending has cooled after a hot start to the year. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Your Corner Wrench: How to find good service away from home

first_img See More Videos The sinking feeling that occurs when your car sputters its death rattle and coasts to the side of the road while in the middle of a family vacation has to be the absolute worst. Soon, the noise of an engine cranking without coming to life is drowned out by moans and groans from the back seat, and the only cool feeling you get is an icy stare from your partner as if it was all your fault in the first place.But when traveling in an unknown region, how do you know where to turn for assistance? If you constantly worry about getting ripped off by your go-to hometown service centre, what are the chances of getting back on the road without blowing the budget when you’re a complete stranger in a strange land?Fortunately, most of us have an electronic umbilical cord to our smartphones and with it, we can access a world of info. First, if your chariot isn’t drivable, check for the closest towing service. Look for any associated with a major auto travel service, such as AAA or CAA. While you might not have a membership in such a club, you can still access and pay out of pocket for a tow, knowing if that rescue truck is affiliated with a reputable service, your chances of getting a fair rate and some valuable advice are much better than dealing with highway vulture types. advertisement Trending in Canada Finally, if you are considering a long family vacation road-trip, think about purchasing a membership plan with AAA or CAA, depending on where you live. Many drivers think these organizations became outdated when GPS systems arrived, but they offer much more than just route planning, travel discounts and roadside services can more than make up for the modest costs of enrollment. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” If your vehicle is still within terms of factory warranty, check for their recommended roadside service provider – remember that owner’s manual? Most automakers provide this benefit beyond the average base warranty coverage. And like AAA or CAA, even if your coverage has lapsed, you can still call and pay for the tow yourself.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 When you’re road-tripping, this is the last thing you want. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Your Corner Wrench: Make sure your ride survives that cottage road tripWhen it comes to finding a repair center, both CAA and AAA offer recommended listings and these shops are put to serious rating tests before being placed on either organization’s websites. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers more choices, but the requirements for BBB recognition are more relaxed. When checking out BBB grades, look for the number of complaints, resolutions, and reviews – an A+ rating doesn’t mean much if it’s only based on one or two consumer entries.While the opinions on small independent shops versus major chains are varied, with the latter you have the added protection of an upper layer of management/oversight from a head office to resolve any complaints. And with most larger chains, including dealerships, you usually get nationwide warranties on any work that’s completed.Don’t simply assume because it’s a Saturday or weekday evening, only small shops will be open. Most chain outlets and dealerships offer extended hours. A phone call or web-search is all it takes to find out. If you have any doubts about the repair that’s being recommended, ask for any old parts that are removed, and if possible, have them show you the replacement parts on your vehicle. RELATED TAGSNewsBetter Business BureauCulture and LifestyleDriving.caFamily TravelTravel and TourismVacations COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

Brews and bassoons: Wind Symphony to perform at Rayback Collective

first_imgWind and percussion performers return to the Boulder bar on Saturday, Oct. 20, after a successful concert in Fall 2017.On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Wind Symphony invites Boulderites to have a drink and listen to some good music.For the second October in a row, the College of Music’s premier wind ensemble will put on a concert at Rayback Collective—part beer garden, part food truck park, part concert venue—on Boulder’s north side.It’s not exactly the kind of place where you’d expect to hear wind, brass and percussion chamber music. But Director of Bands Donald McKinney says that’s kind of the point.“We’re always trying to find new ways to build interest and attendance. In this case, one of our grad students, Brittan Braddock, was pushing the boundaries and thought Rayback would be a good place for a concert.”It turned out to be an insightful idea: The group played before a packed house last year, which led to this repeat appearance.“Rayback took a chance on us, and they emailed us the next day because they were blown away by the attendance,” McKinney says. “We made music accessible to people. They felt comfortable sitting back and chatting, while, at the same time, enjoying the music.”The format of the concert lends itself well to the Rayback’s atmosphere: Small chamber groups, made up of the members of the larger Wind Symphony, will perform eight different pieces from varying genres, including jazz and even vaudeville.Clarinet master’s student Ellen Kennedy will return to the Rayback concert for its second year, performing this time in a clarinet quartet. She says this setting gives performers and audience members a chance to build a connection that is often not possible in large concert halls.“I remember little kids in the audience being fascinated by the different instruments,” she says. “We were able to connect more because people could see and pick out the individuals playing each part, as opposed to having the large group all together on stage.”McKinney says that’s what makes the experience of performing in a more inviting, casual environment special—and worth repeating. “We can’t expect them to come to us. It’s also important for the community to recognize that what we’re doing is exciting, vital and important to society.“That’s what playing music is like in the real world,” Kennedy adds. “It’s about going out into the community, playing in unique spaces and creating new experiences for people who might not otherwise come hear you perform at a concert hall.”The Wind Symphony at Boulder’s Rayback Collective is Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Rayback Collective is located at 2775 Valmont Road in Boulder. For more information, visit cupresents.org.Tags:ConductingEventsStudentsWoodwinds Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 8, 2018 • By Jessie Bauters last_img read more

Long Meadow Ranch Acquires Premier 145-Acre Vineyard Property in Anderson Valley…

first_imgShare Home Industry News Releases Long Meadow Ranch Acquires Premier 145-Acre Vineyard Property in Anderson Valley Expanding…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessLong Meadow Ranch Acquires Premier 145-Acre Vineyard Property in Anderson Valley Expanding Estate-Grown Wine Portfolio with Pinot Noir and ChardonnayBy Press Release – June 17, 2015 100 0 TAGSAnderson ValleyfeaturedLong Meadow RanchpeopleStephane Vivier AdvertisementWinemaker Stephane Vivier Joins Team, Adding Decades of Experience with Burgundian VarietalsRUTHERFORD, Calif. (JUNE 17, 2015) — Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) announced today the acquisition of a 145-acre property in Anderson Valley, California, completing one of the appellation’s largest viticultural land purchases in the past decade. LMR also announced that Stephane Vivier will serve as winemaker for the new Anderson Valley Estate’s 69 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Combined with the Rutherford Estate’s 74 acres of vineyard and Mayacamas Estate’s 16 acres of vineyard, the Anderson Valley Estate expands LMR’s estate-grown vineyards to over 159 acres. Purchase price of the Anderson Valley Estate is undisclosed.Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Estate is planted with 50 acres of Pinot Noir, 17 acres of Chardonnay and two acres of Pinot Gris. Located in the “deep end” of the valley (near Philo, CA), Long Meadow Ranch CEO & President Ted Hall believes this location is ideal for producing vineyard-designated Burgundian wines that present true varietal character.“Our Anderson Valley Estate will enable us to make estate-grown wines of the highest quality, a perfect compliment to our existing portfolio,” said Ted Hall. “We’ve established strong positions with the classic Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot at our Rutherford and Mayacamas Estates in Napa Valley. Expanding into estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is a natural fit, and we believe Anderson Valley is the ideal location to produce premium, Burgundian varietal wines.”Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Estate’s southeastern border lies at the Navarro River, providing a natural conduit for the marine layer that regularly blankets the deep end of the valley, creating terroir that is ideal for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that express balance and complexity.“I’ve admired wines from the Anderson Valley appellation for a long time,” said LMR’s Executive Vice President Chris Hall. “Wine quality speaks to the expertise of the winegrowing community here. That’s valuable to us because so much of winegrowing is learning; we’re not just expanding our estate wine portfolio, but also deepening our knowledge of organic viticulture.”Comprised of numerous blocks with varying elevations, soil composition, sun exposure and proximity to the Navarro river, the property’s diversity is a significant part of its winemaking appeal. The vineyard is also planted with a unique combination of Dijon and Heirloom clones, providing new winemaker Stephane Vivier with a myriad of options for the initial releases expected in 2016.A native of Burgundy and longtime winemaker at HDV Wines, Stephane Vivier will be Long Meadow Ranch’s winemaker for the Anderson Valley Estate. “Stephane’s old world sensibility is well-suited to produce the balanced style of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that we want to feature in our Estate portfolio,” said Chris Hall.“Terroir of this quality allows for a light touch,” said Vivier, referencing the unique winemaking conditions present at the site. “The subtleties and complexities characteristic of the Burgundian varietals are not always easy to achieve in the United States. Pinot Noir here can have a tendency for high alcohol and can be overly fruit-forward, in part because that’s what the climate allows. But in the Anderson Valley, and specifically in the deep end of the valley, the possibilities are intriguing.”Vivier joins the winemaking team for LMR, which includes Ashley Heisey, director of winemaking, and Sal Godinez, winemaker for the Mayacamas Estate.  Vivier will work in Anderson Valley with longtime LMR viticulturalist, Garrett Buckland of Premier Viticulture, and vineyard manager Paul Ardzrooni of Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. Together, they will oversee the 2015 harvest from the new property.Full-Circle Farming Commitment to the highest quality, organic farming is the mechanism that achieves extraordinary results. Every farming practice at Long Meadow Ranch is grounded in scientific first principle with a well-developed point of view about why it works. LMR’s integrated farming system relies on each part of its operations contributing to the health of the whole. Vineyards and winemaking, olive groves and olive oil, organic fruit and vegetable farming, honeybees, egg-laying poultry and cattle breeding all work together in cost-effective, complementary fashion.Fertilizers are produced through an extensive composting operation that relies on organic material from each segment of the operation. Soil erosion is controlled and new soils are built through the use of permanent cover crops comprised of carefully selected grasses, clovers, and legumes.Long Meadow Ranch has adopted dozens of similar practices throughout its operations, creating an integrated, full-circle approach to farming.About Long Meadow Ranch Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned agricultural enterprise producing estate-grown grapes and wine, olives and olive oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits, vegetables, and eggs. The multifaceted operation includes, in the Napa Valley, the 650-acre LMR Mayacamas Estate home ranch located in the Mayacamas Mountains above Rutherford and the 90-acre LMR Rutherford Estate, located on the Rutherford Bench, and, in Mendocino county, the 145-acre LMR Anderson Valley Estate.In addition, Long Meadow Ranch operates a general store and wine tasting bar in the historic Logan-Ives House, an outdoor cafe, a farmer’s market, and an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, all located at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (738 Main Street, St. Helena in the Napa Valley). The destination location also includes working gardens and a variety of unique event spaces.In addition to the activities in Anderson and Napa valleys, farming and cattle operations take place on properties in Marin and Humboldt counties.Consistent with its time-honored motto of “Excellence through Responsible Farming,” Long Meadow Ranch is certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.Advertisement Pinterest ReddIt Email Linkedin Facebook Previous articleHow Customers Respond to MusicNext articleSpirits are high in Bordeaux at Vinexpo 2015 Press Release Twitterlast_img read more