Motorists risk damage to vehicles in public car parks

first_imgTwitter Print WhatsApp Email Walls, pillars, door to panel and runaway trolleys main offendersARE you among the 66% of motorists who have had the experience of finding their car scratched or damaged in a public car park? Well, you are likely to have found that the perpetrator left the scene in a hurry.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to a recent AA report, the majority who find themselves in that situation have to meet the cost of repair, either by themselves or their insurance company.And in only 4% of cases, the guilty party left a note or came forward to own up.In 96% of cases the motorist is left to pay for the damage themselves or make a claim against their own insurance.The findings are contained in an AA online poll of 800 motorists countrywide.“Many people do not want to claim for a small dink on their own insurance because they worry about their no claims bonus, so in effect they are left with a healthy bill because the person that did the damage does not own up,” says director of policy Conor Faughnan. “If they have simply ‘done a runner’ you can be left high and dry”.One local motorist told the Limerick Post that most car parks in Limerick have confined spaces between pillars, and that it was difficult even to avoid hitting them when squeezing into a vacant slot. “There are usually 3-4 spaces between pillars and, depending on the attitude adopted by drivers, you will often find little room left when opening the door to either exit or enter your car”.Car parking is a hazardous driving activity and information from AA Insurance shows that hitting or being hit by another vehicle is by far the most common claim, followed by ‘door to panel’ collisions with walls, pillars, trolley shelters or barriers.This can occur due to limited space between cars or reversing into tight spaces with often poor visibility.  There are also regular claims for damage from rogue shopping trolleys. While motorists will feel rightly annoyed when their own car is damaged, not all are angels when they cause the scrape themselves. Only 47% of drivers said that they did in fact, leave a note or contact details. “It is not simply people being dishonest,” says Faughnan: “There is a fear that the third party might take advantage of the situation, and there is also embarrassment. It is very tempting to simply slip away”. The AA advises anyone who does cause damage in a car park to own up rather than risk being caught later.Quite apart from it being the right thing to do, many modern car parks have cctv, and witnesses can easily take a pic of your car or your reg. Honesty, he adds, is the best policy. Common light collision damage includes headlight damage, and dents to bumpers, wings and doors.The cost of the damage can reach up to €1,000 depending on the speed the vehicle was travelling at, the extent of the damage, and whether or not the panel needs replacing.Garages report an average cost of €250 plus VAT for bumper buffs, €350 plus VAT for door dents etc (one panel only), €300 plus VAT for quarter panel dents and €50 plus VAT for mirror covers or complete €150 plus mirror. The two repair options include smart repairs and full bodyshop repairs. Smart repairs are menu driven (typically costing under €200 a panel and quotes a specific small job). Full bodyshop repairs are charged on an hourly labour rate basis depending on an industry defined time per panel per specific vehicle. Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleKidney sticks with SextonNext articleBob Dylan to play Thomond Park admin NewsLocal NewsMotorists risk damage to vehicles in public car parksBy admin – March 10, 2010 640 Facebooklast_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS football win, set up AA semifinal showdown

first_img Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool They lined up in the AA playoff bracket after Liverpool repeated its AA-1 division regular-season title and C-NS finished second in AA-2. Knowing that a rematch of the 10-0 Warriors victory on Sept. 13 loomed if both of them won, the two sides did not look ahead.In Liverpool’s case, there was the small factor of rebounding from its lone defeat of the season, a 28-0 shutout at Corning that broke a six-game win streak. At LHS Stadium, the Warriors would confront a West Genesee side that, after a 1-4 start, had won twice in a row to sneak into the post-season.The Wildcats drove inside Liverpool’s five-yard line in the first quarter, only to fumble a snap that the Warriors recovered. That was as close as WG got to an offensive touchdown all night as it was held to just 106 total yards. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Rarely in their interconnected histories have the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams encountered each other with as much as stake as they will next weekend.Thanks to the Warriors’ 21-6 win over West Genesee and the Northstars’ 28-6 victory over Henninger in opening-round games Friday night, these two rivals will battle each other next Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Section III Class AA semifinals at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, with a trip to the Dome and the sectional title game on the line.The last time these antagonists met this late in the season was 1994, when they played in the sectional final (Liverpool won 13-6). A quarter of a century later, they square off for a date against Utica Proctor or Baldwinsville in the Nov. 9 title game. Following that big turnovers, Liverpool steadily put together a pair of first-half drives. Both times, it culminated with senior Jacob Vacco finding the end zone, on a one-yard plunge and then an 11-yard sprint.Staked to a 14-0 halftime advantage, the Warriors wisely kept it on the ground. All told, it gained 371 yards and spread it around as Vacco had 125 yards on 18 carries, with Bryce Mills adding 105 yards on 16 carries as Dakari Mack picked up 71 yards on 11 carries.Not to be left out, quarterback Brendan Mancuso gained 69 yards on five carries. And he answered Hopetan Wellington’s 96-yard interception return for a touchdown on a fake-field goal attempt by scrambling 18 yards for his team’s final TD in the fourth quarter.Up the road at Bragman Stadium, C-NS, coming off its own shutout loss the week before (32-0 to Utica Proctor, where it committed five fumbles), found Henninger to be a difficult challenge at the outset.In fact, it was the Black Knights getting on the board first when it drove to the Northstars’ seven-yard line and had Gavin Cook find Craig Reaves in the end zone in the opening period.From there, though, C-NS clamped down on defense, never letting Henninger score again, which gave the offense a chance to establish a physical presence up front that gradually wore the opposition down.Mike Washington’s five-yard TD run and Andrew Osier’s extra point gave the Northstars the lead for good, 7-6, and it took the second-half kickoff and marched to the goal line again, freshman Farouk Ibrahim finding the end zone on his own five-yard dash.It was a pair of ninth-graders getting most of the carries on C-NS’s next scoring drive, with Ibrahim and La’Quan Lemon splitting the duties as Ibrahim scored again from six yards out.Vincenzo Lattanzio’s interception set up Ibrahim getting a third TD on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter, and now the Northstars could turn its attention to Liverpool and trying to earn its fourth conseuctive trip to the sectional finals.last_img read more

Michelle Obama Brings Voting Message To SoFla

first_imgFormer first lady, Michelle Obama, brought the message of #BeAVoter to South Florida Friday.Mrs. Obama was at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center to rally Democratic voters in the state who have until Oct. 9th deadline to register to vote for the November 6th election.National tourHer arrival in South Florida is part of a national tour by the organization ‘When We All Vote,’ which she co-chairs. The appearance will cap off what the organization has billed as a “week of action,” after holding voter registration drives across the country from Sept. 22nd to Sept. 29th.This is the second appearance Mrs. Obama will make on behalf of the organization, which also has as its co-chairs: actor Tom Hanks, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, NBA player Chris Paul and the singers Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. She held a rally Sunday in Nevada, where she told about 2,000 voters: “We get the leaders we vote for. We get the policies we vote for. And when we don’t vote, that’s when we wind up with government of, by and for other people.”Trying to appear non-partisan Although her husband, former President Barack Obama, has made campaign stops pushing for Democratic turnout, Michelle Obama has attempted – somewhat unsuccessfully – to make her appearances non-partisan. Rallygoers in Nevada cheered her husband when his name was mentioned, and she jokingly told the audience “Stop this” when one yelled she should run for president.Mrs. Obama also released a PSA for the group, reminding Americans of “What’s At Stake” in each election.Hold leaders accountable“This election is your chance to hold your leaders accountable,” she stated. “It’s how you make your voice heard on everything from your kids’ education to the safety of your community. So there is a lot at stake this November, and in every election”, said Mrs. Obama. The PSA will run on digital platforms across the country over the next few weeks, as voter registration deadlines near in many states. The campaign also recently launched its text message campaign which allows people to text WeAllVote to 97779 to register to vote.”last_img read more

Christmas Tree Recycling for Thurston County Residents

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public WorksWhen the holidays wind down and the decorations get packed away, it’s time to figure out what to do with the Christmas tree. This season, free tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available county-wide. To prepare your tree for recycling, please remove all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop-off. Flocked trees are accepted.Drop-off Locations All Thurston County residents: Trees are accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) located at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey from Thursday, December 26, to Sunday, January 12. The WARC is open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The WARC will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for the New Year’s holiday.Rainier residents: Take trees to the Rainier Drop Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from Friday, December 27, to Sunday, January 12. The Rainier Drop Box Facility is open Friday–Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Rochester residents: Take trees to the Rochester Drop Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from Saturday, December 28, to Sunday, January 12. The Rochester Drop Box Facility is open Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).Tenino residents: Residents can take trees to 418 S. Wichman Street from Friday, December 27, to Saturday, January 18.Yelm residents: Residents can place trees in a designated dumpster at Yelm City Park anytime from Thursday, December 26 to Friday, January 10, or until the dumpster is full.Pick Up InformationLeMay yard/food waste customers: Place your tree in or near your yard/food waste cart (in sections 3 feet or less). Extra fee(s) apply for customers not signed up for yard/food waste collection. Call LeMay at (360) 923-0111 for more information.City of Lacey residents: Local Boy Scouts will provide curbside pick-up of holiday trees on Saturday, January 4, for residents within Lacey city limits. Trees must have all decorations removed and be placed curbside in front of homes by 8:00 a.m. The Boy Scouts accept donations for this community service, which can be made online at, or BSA Troop 222, PO Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509. For more information, contact Lacey Public Affairs at (360) 491-3214 or [email protected] of Olympia garbage customers: For customers with Tuesday/Wednesday service, tree pickup will be on Saturday, January 4. For Thursday/Friday service, pickup will be on Saturday, January 11. Place tree in regular pickup spot by 6:00 a.m. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Call City of Olympia at (360) 753-8340 for more information.City of Tumwater residents: Residents may place undecorated trees behind the curb near their closest main intersection beginning Monday, January 13. Please be sure to keep sidewalks, bike lanes, and roadways clear when dropping off trees. It may take several days for crews to pick up all trees. For more information, please contact Tumwater Public Works at (360) 754-4150.Multi-family complex residents: Check with your property manager for tree placement locations.Featured photo courtesy: Boy Scouts Troop 222last_img read more

Rocks and Rings program Rocks a big one

first_imgThe program allows students to experience a high energy, fun-filled session using unique floor curling equipment as they learn about the sport in their school’s gymnasium. With each elementary school visit, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program reaches seven to eight classes or approximately 150 to 200 students. Upon completion, each student receives a graduation certificate and valuable information on where and how the student and his or her parents can get involved in curling in their area.The addition of the Capital One Rocks and Rings program is part of an overall strategic plan adopted by the Nelson Curling Club.The idea, following on the heels of the success from the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympics Games, is to increase participation in the sport and ultimately, membership in their curling centre.  And the program appears to be working as almost 40 new adult curlers registered in the Friday night mixed league alone.There has also been a sizeable increase in the junior curling program — a junior fun spiel in Nelson attracted 16 teams from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Riondel, Salmo and Kaslo. Schools have enthusiastically embraced the Rocks and Rings program and followed through by subsequently offering curling as an option for students for the schools’ winter activity program.  For more information, please visit www It’s clear from the response of the participants the Capital One Rocks & Rings program rocks.The Capital One Rocks & Rings is an off-ice program that has been able to generate interest in the sport. The program focuses on children and families who would not otherwise receive the opportunity, with the ultimate goal being increased participation in the sport.Under the enthusiastic guidance of junior curler instructors Chris Haynes, Alex Breen, and Kazia Drake, more than 1000 elementary students in the area have been introduced to the sport, including schools at South Nelson, Blewett, Hume, Redfish, Rosemont, Brent Kennedy, Nelson Christian School and McLean Elementary in Rossland.   The instructors have also been invited to present the program in Cranbrook, Kimberley and Kelowna.last_img read more

Leafs busy assembling squad, open exhibition season with 3-3 tie in Grand Forks

first_img Leafs sign Goalie Josh Williams (97) from the Fort Mac Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he played last season as well as (99) Goalie Quinn Yeagher from the Calgary Buffaloes AJHL. Leafs acquire Defenseman 98 born defenseman Jordan Popoff from North Okanagan Knights for a PDF Leafs reacquire Forward/ Defenseman Brent Headon (98) from Fernie for Colum McGauly. (Headon was the player to be named later in the Alex Meeker deal with 100 Miles House Wranglers. His rights were then moved to Fernie Ghostriders) Nelson travels to Castlegar to face the Rebels Tuesday before meeting the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in Fruitvale Thursday.The Leafs conclude the exhibition campaign with homes games Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks, respectively, at the NDCC Arena.Friday and Saturday games begin at 7 p.m. with Sunday’s puck drop set for 2 p.m.Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 8 against the Nitehawks.Nelson General Manager Lance Morey has been busy of late assembling the 2017-18 edition of the Leafs.In the past few weeks, Morey has made several moves to bolster the lineup for the Green and White. Leafs acquire Nelson Minor Hockey grad and forward Justin Podrenko (98) from Castlegar for a PDF Leafs move Forward Cooper Schroder (98) to Spokane Braves for a PDF Leafs sign (99) born Forward David Sanchez from the Grand Prairie Midget AAA StormMorey said Nelson still has flyers out on a few players currently in Junior A camps. Leafs acquire 6’ 6” Jake Hryhoriw (97 born) Defenseman from the Hearst Lumberjacks Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League for a PDF Leafs sign (99) Defenseman Michael Bladon from the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars Sawyer Hunt scored twice as the Nelson Leafs opened the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season with a 3-3 tie against Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday afternoon in the Boundary City.Jack Karran also scored for the Leafs with Josh Williams and Quinn Yeagher splitting the netminding duties.The game was the first of a six-game preseason schedule for the Green and White.last_img read more

JAAA boss wants separate sports ministry

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.last_img read more

AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. 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He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

ESPN Predicts Which CFB Team Would Win A 68-Team NCAA Tournament In 2016

first_imgESPN Bracket of College Football teams.ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner:— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.last_img read more