New video campaign Our Council, Our Stories launched by Limerick City…

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Linkedin Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park center_img Previous articleLive At The Docklands with Josh Gray – The Limerick Post ShowNext articleMural and new priory walkway unveiled in Kilmallock Staff Reporter Twitter Print 31-5-19#OurCouncilOurStories is a new video campaign launched by Limerick City and County Council to celebrate the dedicated and diverse work of the organisation’s employees.Launched today by the Marketing & Communications department at Limerick City and County Council, ‘Our Council, Our Stories’ is a series of video shorts to be shown throughout the month of June that will illustrate the mix of services, diversity and personality of the Council’s employees.L-R: Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. James Collins, Anne Goggin, Senior Executive Engineer, Dean McDarby, the Mobile Library Driver, and Michael Sheehan, Parks Superintendent, in the People’s Park.Picture: Keith WisemanA new video campaign has been launched by Limerick City and County Council to celebrate the dedicated and diverse work of the organisation’s employees.Launched today by the Marketing & Communications department at Limerick City and County Council, ‘Our Council, Our Stories’ is a series of video shorts to be shown throughout the month of June that will illustrate the mix of services, diversity and personality of the Council’s employees.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The videos, created by Southern Media, can be viewed on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube) and new stories will appear each week and over the month of June.The first video, launched today on the eve of the amalgamated Council’s fifth birthday, features Alphonsus O’Regan, a traffic warden based in Kilmallock, as he covers his daily beat and helps with anything that might come his way.Kane Malone, a firefighter in Mulgrave Street, describes the challenges and rewards of being a firefighter with Limerick Fire and Rescue Service, while artist blacksmith Eric O’Neill, who’s based in the Council’s Cappamore Arts Studios, describes how the artist space enhances the County Limerick town.Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr James Collins said:  “I’m always amazed at how many people do not realise the extent of the work that a local authority does. Limerick City and County Council provides almost 600 public services as well as promoting the interests of local communities across the city and county and the social, economic, environmental, recreational and cultural development of Limerick.  Our Council has enabled a great renaissance and a lot of change in Limerick over the last five years and this campaign is a nice way to tell some of those stories in the best way possible; through the people that work here.”Head of Marketing and Communications at the Council, Laura Ryan said that an upcoming episode will feature the new Treaty City Brewery on Nicholas Street which received funding from Limerick City and County Council for preservation and refurbishment work.“The series will also feature the man responsible for ensuring Limerick is in bloom every summer, Michael Sheehan, the Council’s Parks superintendent. It’s incredible to think that more than 10,000 plants and shrubs are planted every year to add welcome splashes of colour to Limerick’s streets and parks and it’s great to get a glimpse of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”Our Council, Our Stories also profiles the Bee Friendly Limerick project and engineer Anne Goggin who explains how the local authority delays the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas in order to help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.The popular Limerick Mobile Library Service is also featured, mobile librarian Dean McDarby describes the initiative which provides for the culture, education, information, learning, recreation and study needs of people of all ages in the county.The series also features Valerie Stundon, the Council’s water safety officer on taking care around our lakes and rivers as the summer season approaches.For more information please visit or see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube. #OurCouncilOurStories NewsLocal NewsNew video campaign Our Council, Our Stories launched by Limerick City and County CouncilBy Staff Reporter – June 4, 2019 231 TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County Councillocal newsNews Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more

Vegetable Damage

first_imgWith the state’s late summer and fall vegetable crop close to harvest, Georgia vegetable farmers estimate more than $480 million in losses from Hurricane Michael.For the last few days, the University of Georgia Vegetable Team has been visiting farms to account for losses from Hurricane Michael on the vegetable crops grown during the fall season.Losses varied significantly across southwestern Georgia counties. For some vegetable farmers in the direct path of the storm, losses approached 90 percent, while others on the edges of the storm saw lower losses, estimated around 20 to 30 percent. Even a 20 percent loss is quite significant for an individual farmer, said Greg Fonsah, UGA Cooperative Extension agricultural economist, who was charged with calculating the crop loss and its economic impact.The storm, which made landfall on the panhandle of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 9, is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in agricultural losses as it passed through southwest Georgia late last week, according to an early estimate released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.The state’s vegetable industry, valued at $1.14 billion according to the 2016 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, is centered in southwest Georgia, with significant acreage in some of the counties hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. Farmers and UGA Extension vegetable specialists and county agents have been inspecting fields to develop more precise damage estimates.The severity of the damage varies widely depending on location, said Timothy Coolong, UGA Extension vegetable horticulture specialist, who traveled through the state on Oct. 15. UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Andre da Silva, plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta and Fonsah joined him on farms in Tift, Worth, Turner, Colquitt and Grady counties. Extension agents Scott Carlson of Tift County, Jeremy Kickler of Colquitt County, and Ty Torrance of Grady County met with the UGA Vegetable Team during their visits.Vegetable farms in areas farther east, particularly those east of I-75, may see minimal losses. Farther west, farms are observing losses ranging from 35-100 percent.For instance, the specialists inspected a pepper farm in Lake Park, Georgia, that looked relatively unscathed while the pepper crop at a large farm in Tifton, Georgia, just 60 miles northwest, was completely destroyed.In general, the state is looking at about a 30 to 60 percent loss of the warm-season fall vegetable crop, according to the UGA Vegetable Team. Sweet corn producers, many of which were in the direct path of the storm, were hardest hit, with losses of up to 100 percent of their remaining crop. In Mitchell and Decatur counties, where the bulk of the state’s fall sweet corn is planted, much of their crop was destroyed, Coolong said.As is the case for many of Georgia’s key crops, mid-October is an important harvest time for Georgia-grown vegetables. Because of the long growing season, southwest Georgia farmers are able to produce spring and fall crops, such as tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplants, green beans, peppers, cucumbers and squash. Harvest occurs in June and October for spring and fall crops, respectively.“A lot of farmers were just starting their main harvest for fall crops when the storm hit,” Coolong said.The vast majority of crop damage was caused by the hurricane’s strong winds, more than 60 mph with gusts from 80 to 100 mph. Plants that were fully loaded with produce were pushed down. This phenomenon, known as lodging, not only makes produce hard to harvest, it results in the exposure of fruit to the sun, which causes sunburn.“We’re seeing a lot of sunburn, so even if the peppers survived the immediate storm, they’re not marketable because of sun damage,” Coolong said.Fortunately, many of the state’s cool-season vegetables, which were just transplanted, were spared. Although some damage is expected, most of the plants were small enough that they were somewhat sheltered from the effects of the winds.While many farmers have been able to make initial damage reports, the true toll of the storm on Georgia’s vegetable industry won’t be known for some time, until diseases like soft rot set in, Dutta wrote in a blog post.“Due to the widespread nature of the power outages, growers may not have functioning coolers or irrigation pumps, which means that secondary losses due to the inability to cool and pack harvested product or to irrigate crops in the fields may increase,” Dutta said. “In addition, disease pressure will increase on crops due to the rain and damage that plants may have received from the storm.”For more information about Georgia’s vegetable industry, visit the UGA Extension vegetable blog at read more