Home repossessions to increase next year Limerick senator told

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR COURT proceedings by mortgage providers PTSB to repossess family homes will increase next year, Limerick Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell has been informed.At Tuesday’s hearing of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Senator O’Donnell questioned PTSB asset management director Shane O’Sullivan on the number of repossession cases the company has before the courts and how likely that number is to increase.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr O’Sullivan said that legal proceedings are only initiated when there is no engagement by a customer and, in most cases, €8,000 legal costs will be added to the borrower’s account.“Do you find that to be fair or reasonable?, Senator O’Donnell questioned.“It is the industry practice”, Mr O’Sullivan responded.He said that up to 50 per cent of distressed customers were not engaging with the bank and 40 per cent only engaged with them after they were brought to court.“We are looking to retain our customers and get the best solution for them but we do foresee the number of repossession cases increasing,” he told Senator O’Donnell.Mr O’Sullivan confirmed that the bank had thousands of demand letters out to customers as well as a similar amount of legal letters “currently live” with distressed customers.Earlier, PTSB chief executive John Masding said that they currently had 441 repossessed homes for sale on its asset books.PTSB is to provide figures on its legal costs after committee chairman John McGuinness said that he was “shocked by the arrogance of a bank who would try to beat the customers they wronged in the higher courts”. Linkedin Previous articleLimerick’s Georgian Society rings out Christmas FestivitiesNext articleSend abroad a hamper of favourite foodstuffs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKieran O’DonnelllimerickPTSB Twitter NewsHome repossessions to increase next year Limerick senator toldBy Staff Reporter – November 29, 2016 671 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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PBJ: The Perfect Trail Food

first_imgThe object of my desire.I drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway the other day and attempted a hike to St. Marys Falls in the St. Marys Wilderness. I say attempted because I was turned away at the trailhead and told the trail was closed due to wildfires. As I stared blankly at the man delivering this news, sniffing the air for any hint of smoke – and finding none – I became frustrated that my plan was being stymied by a wildfire I barely believed existed. Sometimes when stuff like this happens to me, I will fly into a rage and curse everyone, maybe throw a head fake or scream, “Look over there!” and sprint down the trail anyway. (I have a slight problem with authority, especially when I think authority is being an idiot.)This did not happen. I was able to keep my composure because I had a secret weapon: the PBJ.While its exact origins are subject to myths, legends, and fables involving 1900s entrepreneurs, WWII soldiers and Smuckers, the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich has been a staple of American Cuisine since the turn of the century and the bane of elementary school kids since the first mom threw a PBJ in a paper bag. Something about the combination of peanut butter, jelly, and bread, resonates with Americans. Why? Who knows, this is America and that’s what we like, and that’s that.My own personal history with the PBJ has had its ups and downs. When I was a kid, long before Taco Bell had the idea, my buddies and I supplemented the usual ingredients with Nacho Cheese Doritos, adding a satisfying crunch to the mix. When I was in high school, I ate two every night before bed in an misguided effort to bulk up for lacrosse season. This is one of the all-time backfires; a mistake my body and mind are still trying to recover from a decade later. In college, we used the George Forman Grill on our PBJ, and everything else for that matter.Over the years I have found the PBJ to be just about the perfect trail food. Trail mix GORP advocates may scoff at the idea, but I stand my ground. It’s easy to make, filling, and delicious, but the best part is that the more beat up it gets in your pack, the better it tastes. That’s why I like to pack mine in a sandwich bag or foil. I love digging a PBJ out of my pack and finding it squashed and mangled, its jelly filling having soaked through the bread in a fruit preserve osmosis scientists are still trying to figure out. If you are skiing and pull a forgotten half frozen one out of your pack, it’s like finding an oasis in the desert.Scenic OverlookMy PBJ lead me here.But back to the story. So, having been rebuked from my original plan – and deciding not to fight everyone – my number one priority shifted from “Get to the spot to take some photos and check it out for a story because it’s my job,” to, “Find a nice, quiet place to sit and eat this PBJ I packed for lunch.” So I backtracked a few miles and pulled into the next turnoff that had hiking access, took a quick look at the map, and set off down the trail. I didn’t particularly know where I was going or what I would find, I just knew that I had a PBJ and a peach in my pack and if I didn’t find a place to eat it, I might as well go ahead and wander into that theoretical wildfire.The thought of that PBJ saved my trip as far as I’m concerned; if I had packed a ham and cheese, things could have turned out way different – something I don’t really want to think about. I had a pleasant hike, ate my lunch at the bottom of a waterfall and broke a significant sweat, so all in all it was a success.The moral of the story: When life gives you lemons, make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Here’s how:Ingredients: Two (2) slices wheat bread, crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jelly. Crunchy is essential and don’t even try to put %*#@&#@ing grape jelly on there. Get out of here with your grape jelly. Blackberry is as far as I’ll go.Step 1: Spread a slice of bread with a generous amount of jelly (always do the jelly first or your mom will yell at you for ruining the jar by getting peanut butter in there. Apparently, contaminating peanut butter with bits of jelly is cool). Then do the same with the peanut butter on the other slice of bread.Step 2: Place the covered bread slices together with their respective toppings facing each other. THIS IS THE KEY ELEMENT! If you perform this step wrong, you will have to start again…you will also make a mess and get yelled at by your mom again.last_img read more

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No. 8 Syracuse escapes upset bid from No. 11 Cornell with a 4-0, 2nd half run

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With seven seconds left in the first half and SU trailing 5-4, junior Neena Merola fired at the Cornell goalie, Renee Poullott, who blocked the shot. Junior Riley Donahue scooped up the ball and turned toward the net. She rifled a shot past Poullott and tied the game at five. Merola ran to Donahue and started the group hug while junior Alie Jimerson raised her arms in celebration.“Neena Merola (had) a really hard, good take,” Donahue said. “Time was running out, so it was good just to get a shot off. I just happened to be in the right position and saw an open net.”No. 8 Syracuse (13-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) came back in the second half to stave off an upset bid from No. 11 Cornell (10-3, 5-0 Ivy), 11-7, on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. In the second half, SU capitalized on the key moments it failed to convert in the first. The Orange also used a four-goal run to pull away from a Big Red team that, until then, always seemed to have an answer.“They’re (Cornell) very tricky,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Sometimes they play man-to-man and then they drop into a zone. Just when you start getting comfortable playing man-to-man, they change.”In the first half, SU failed to capitalize on any of its scoring opportunities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first ten minutes of the game, the Orange went 1-for-9 on shots. In almost two minutes during that time, five shots were on goal. Two were saved by Poullott and the other three flew wide or high. Jimerson came the closest to making it in, but the the ball clanged off the top post and flew out.Yet, less than a minute into the second half, it seemed SU had figured out Cornell’s strategy. Attack Devon Parker caught a pass from Donahue and hit the bottom corner of the net. Jimerson jumped on Parker to celebrate SU’s first lead of the game.“Sometimes we come into the first half and get a little in our own head,” Parker said, “and we forget how to run our offense. Sometimes it takes that halftime speech, like a new play drawn on the board, to pull it out and take the smarts that we have to put it in the back of the net. That’s what happened in the second half.”Cornell tied the game again five minutes later on a tally by Sarah Phillips, but SU swiftly answered with a 4-0 scoring run in 5:27 to cement the Orange’s lead.Jimerson, assisted by Mary Rahal, had the first of the four goals when she fired the ball past the goalie’s hip and into the net. Donahue followed up with a solo act. The junior attack then connected with Jimerson, who found the top twine. Rahal then finished the run herself by beating her defender from behind the net to give herself a high-percentage look in front of the crease.“That was a really good Cornell team,” Gait said “and we knew they were good. They certainly … gave us a battle.” Comments Published on April 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]last_img read more

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