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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The Best Small Mountain Town

first_img A.T. Register RUNNERS UPDAVIS, W.VA.Davis is one of those mountain towns with so much going on, it’s hard to wrap your head around it, but this quaint West Virginia hamlet is best known for its world-class mountain biking. Ride out from town and in two minutes you can be on bomber singletrack like the rugged Plantation Trail or the appropriately named Moon Rocks. The opposite side of town features the trails of Blackwater State Park and the Dobbin House system and a great view of Blackwater Canyon. Literally everywhere you look there is a mountain bike trail, so stop by Blackwater Bicycles for all the beta before heading out.The Blackwater River and its tributaries are stocked with trout, so bring your rod in the spring and fall. In winter, hit the slopes at Canaan Valley or Timberline for alpine and White Grass for miles of backcountry cross-country skiing. No visit to Davis would be complete without resting those quads at Hellbenders with a Mountain State brew and a burrito as big as your face. The locals are very friendly so don’t be afraid to chat them up at the bar.LEWISBURG, W.VA.Lewisburg is the cultural center of West Virginia. Just a few miles from the Virginia/West Virginia border, it’s home to one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world. Its entire downtown is designated a National Register Historic District, so stepping into Lewisburg is like stepping back in time.It’s also fast becoming the outdoor center of West Virginia. The Greenbrier River flows just east of town and is a beautiful smallmouth bass fishery, and its tributaries run cold and clear, holding wild brook trout. From Lewisburg, you can easily hop on the 78-mile Greenbrier River trail or hike one of the many trails in nearby Greenbrier State Forest. Not into roughing it? Just down the road in White Sulphur Springs is the Greenbrier Resort, a luxury resort tailored to outdoor-minded folks.CLOSE CONTENDERSBREVARD, N.C.The gateway to Pisgah, Brevard is the capital of mountain biking in the Blue Ridge. Dupont Forest is just down the road, and hikers, trail runners, and anglers flock to the Davidson River.LURAY, VA.Surrounded by Shenandoah National Park, this valley town famous for its caverns has fishing and canoeing on the Shenandoah River to the west and cycling on Skyline Drive to the east.DAMASCUS, VA.Trail Town, USA is at the crossroads of the A.T., Virginia Creeper, and Iron Mountain Trails. One of Virginia’s best trout streams, Whitetop Laurel, and Mount Rogers are right outside town.BRYSON CITY, N.C.Tubing on Deep Creek, biking at Tsali, hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, running the Nantahala—what more could you ask for in a mountain town?FAYETTEVILLE, W.VA.There is more to this town than just anchoring one side of the New River Bridge. This funky paddling town bordering the New River is also the gateway to the new Arrowhead Trail System, a boy scout built mountain bike mecca.BLAIRSVILLE, GA.Blairsville is the closest town to the state’s highest point, and toughest cycling climb, Brasstown Bald, while Nottely Lake provides endless open water recreation opportunities.BLUE RIDGE, GA.A gem of north Georgia, the Trout Capital of Georgia is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest and is on the banks of the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge. The Cohutta Wilderness is the largest in the East.CASHIERS-HIGHLANDS, N.C.Double dip with these twin towns inside Nantahala National Forest. Panthertown Valley, Whiteside Mountain and the Cullasaja River await your visit.OHIOPYLE, PA.What Ohiopyle lacks in population (60 people), it makes up with some of the best whitewater in the U.S. on the Youghiogheny River and hiking in Ohiopyle State Park.CHEROKEE, N.C.Cherokee has some of the best trout fishing in N.C. and is the southern gateway of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nestled beside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s an ideal hiking and backpacking trailhead.PEMBROKE, VA.Flanked by Jefferson National Forest, Pembroke is the take out for one of the most scenic sections of the New River—and also one of the most idyllic fishing spots, with abundant smallmouth and musky.WAYNESVILLE, N.C.Just west of Asheville, Waynesville has great access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and more rivers than you could fish.FRANKLIN, N.C.Seems all roads lead to this town smack in the middle of Nantahala National Forest, which is great for cycling or taking in the vast amount of area waterfalls like Bridal Veil.SYLVA, N.C.With the Smokies just north and the Tuckasegee River flowing just to the west, Sylva is a fly fisherman’s nirvana.ELLIJAY, GA.This gateway to Chattahoochee National Forest is quickly gaining a mountain biking reputation and is also close to A.T. terminus Springer Mountain.WHITESBURG, KY.Bad Branch Gorge and Breaks Interstate Park are both within easy driving distance of this art community.SLADE, KY.Inside Daniel Boone National Forest, Slade is the launch point for treks into the Red River Gorge and its epic hiking and climbing. • Lover’s Leap: The A.T.’s first trail town holds a special place in the heart of Northbound thru-hikers.Named for the only natural hot spring in the state, the town has long been a destination for those seeking its healing powers. In 1837 Hot Springs reached its zenith as a destination resort when James Patton built the 350-room Warm Springs Hotel on the site of the spring. When that hotel burned 46 years later, another was built in its place, complete with lavish marble-lined tubs, tennis courts and the Southeast’s first organized golf club and 9-hole course. Things were looking up for Hot Springs, until that luxury hotel burned down as well. Following several more hotel burnings and rebuildings, Hot Springs was almost forgotten as a tourist destination and virtually fell off the map.Today, however, Hot Springs is again attracting visitors from all over the United States and beyond, and not just for the 108-degree mineral water. Nestled in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, the town is located at the crossroads of two of the most important outdoor resources in western N.C.: the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.“The three pillars of the town are the hot springs and the Hot Springs Campground; the river with the rafting, canoeing, and kayaking; then the trails, the A.T., and all the side trails around here,” explained Wayne Crosby, owner of Bluff Mountain Outfitters.The A.T. literally runs right through downtown: the sidewalk outside Bluff Mountain is marked with white blazes. Hot Springs is the first major town hikers pass through when heading north from Springer Mountain, Ga. This first trail town designation is one reason why thru-hikers have a special place in their heart for Hot Springs: after a humbling 200 miles, that first hot shower can leave quite an impression. When asking locals how they ended up in Hot Springs, more often than not you’ll hear a story that begins with “Well, I thru-hiked the A.T.…” and ends with “…and then I moved back.” This is the story of Crosby, who thru-hiked when he was 19 years old and spent a couple weeks in town painting porches. This is also the path of Sunny Riggs, who hiked the A.T. in 2002 and returned to open ArtiSUN Gallery, a local art boutique and café in the historic Iron Horse Station Inn building.Randy Anderson, more commonly referred to by his trail name “Chuck Norris,” jumped at the chance to relocate to Hot Springs and give back to the town that buoyed his spirits and re-energized his aching legs during his thru-hike. He now manages the newly re-opened Laughing Heart Hostel, which sits a literal stone’s throw from the northern terminus of the A.T. as it comes into town. The hostel hosted over 850 hikers in its first spring, and Anderson says the draw of the town is just as powerful as ever.“In the hostel we have come close to coming up with a three-day maximum stay because hikers get to town and they decide they like it so much that four days have gone by and they’re still here,” he said. “So we have to nudge them along quite often because they start to make this home and they really like the small town feeling.”The small town feeling is definitely hard to escape when visiting Hot Springs, mainly because it only has about 650 permanent residents. The population swells in the spring as northbound thru-hikers come through town, and in the summer when the French Broad, Spring Creek, and Laurel River attract whitewater and tubing enthusiasts from around the South. Folks also flock to the town for section hikes like the 20-mile Max Patch to Hot Springs overnight, and day hiking loops connected to the A.T. near town like the Pump Gap Loop and Roundtop Ridge. The French Broad attracts anglers with its smallmouth bass and musky fishing, while the abundant small creeks in the area hold healthy populations of trout. Hot Springs is also gaining a reputation as a romantic weekend and wedding spot. With accommodations ranging from $15 campsites to plush lodges in the several-hundred-a-night category, there is something for everyone right within the town limits.Despite the influx of out-of-towners, the locals have embraced visitors and now designate themselves the ‘Most Welcoming’ town on the A.T. Hikers low on funds frequently trade lodging for yard work at places like Laughing Heart and legendary A.T. hostel Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn, or take part in town-wide Thursday night potluck dinners. The town also hosts several music and outdoor festivals that draw thousands on any given weekend.“Our focus is on nature and people,” says Sandy West, who manages the Hot Springs Spa with her husband, Rod. “We have no franchises, we have no red light, we are new to the cell phone world. Many people who live in Hot Springs do not have a car so they do not leave the area and yet, they are here and very open to people who visit.”The people of Hot Springs have embraced the town’s new identity as an outdoor destination at the crossroads of the A.T. and the French Broad. But it is the true small town atmosphere that keeps visitors coming back year after year.“We have figured out who we are and where we’re going. We’re pretty comfortable with that,” said Anderson. “This is a town that not only has a river that runs through it, but has the world’s most celebrated trail running through it. How cool is that?”Best Mountain Towns – Hot Springs from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.HOT SPRINGS QUICK HITS5 minutesFollow the white blazes across the bridge over the French Broad and get on the Lover’s Leap trail for great overlooks of the town and river. Finish with a soak at one of the streamside tubs at the Hot Springs Spa and a bite from Cliff at The Food Shack.15 minutesHead east out of town to Route 208 and fish the delayed harvest section of Big Laurel Creek. Hike or ride the railroad grade Laurel River Trail to the abandoned mining town of Runion.30 minutesVenture south to one of the most spectacular balds in the southern Appalachians, Max Patch. Grab a raft or kayak and paddle the Class III-IV Section 9 of the French Broad as it comes into town. Downtown Hot Springs The Laughing Heart Lodge and Hostel is a stone’s throw from the A.T. Trail town: The sidewalk of downtown Hot Springs is marked with the A.T.’s white blazes. Laughing Heart Lodge and Hostellast_img read more

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ELD standards for truckers, companies concern Indiana AG

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking for a delay in rules regarding the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices. The devices make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status. Hill says the implementation that is scheduled for December 18, 2017 would place undue burdens on drivers and operators.General Hill particularly took issue with the new requirements’ reliance on manufacturers to “self-certify” devices as complying with government standards – with no effective procedures seemingly yet developed to provide oversight over this process.Under the current plan drivers and operators have no way of determining which brands and models of devices will meet government standards.Still, Hill and his office continue to make sure drivers and companies know the new regulations.last_img read more

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Lady Trojans Successful Weekend At Southport

first_imgEC Volleyball traveled to Southport for their annual invitational. JV finished 2nd, losing only to Southport in the championship. Varsity finished 3rd.  EC vs. Indianapolis Scecina.  Lost in 2. We started very slow in both sets, but gave them a run for their money at the end. I believe we are the better team, but we didn’t prove it on the court until it was too late. Scecina was very disciplined and I think that frustrated us. These girls showed a lot of heart int he second set being down more than 10 at one point. They refused to quit and ended up tying the game at 20 before giving up the final 5 point run to end the match.    EC vs Scecina at Southport 8-24-19EC vs. Indianapolis Lutheran. Won in 2. We came out strong in the first set, attacking from every avenue to start the match. We pushed from the service line and offensively. In the second set, we let them stay in the game and go point for point too much, but they held strong and finished it in two.    EC vs Lutheran at Southport 8-24-19EC vs. Tri-West. Won in 3. This was probably the best game of the day for us and definitely the strongest competition. We were fired up and our defense came up big in all three sets. The girls finally bought into what the coaching staff has been saying and it showed on the scoreboard. We played our best volleyball of the season in this match and only look to build from here.    EC vs Tri-West at Southport 8-24-19 (1)Varsity is now 3-2 on the season.    Next up: Rushville in our home opener on Tuesday. Freshmen start at 5:30, JV and varsity will follow.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.   ECVB JV finished 2nd in the Southport tournament losing to the home team, Southport.  EC vs. Indianapolis Scecina. ECVB JV started their morning off with a victory against Scecina. Even though we suffered behind the serving line, and gave one too many free points, the girls gathered themselves and finished strong. After the first set finished the jitters left and the girls played with more confidence and togetherness.  With one win in, we continue on to play Indianapolis Lutheran next in the Southport Invite.    EC vs. Indianapolis Lutheran.Against Indianapolis Lutheran ECVB JV pulled out a tight 3 set victory. Lutheran was a very well matched competitor for they fought back throughout the entire match. With the lack of communication we dropped the second set but came back and went on a run in the third set. The girls were able to come together and figure out how to win in a pressure situation. EC vs. Southport.    ECVB JV lost to the host team in two sets with the scores of 20-25 and 18-25. With the lack of communication and effort we laid down to Southport in two sets. Southport was a very disciplined team and it was very noticeable in the defensive aspect of their game. The girls continued to attack and push back but could not quite pull through. A loss can teach you a lot more than a win can and it is those lessons we will take and grow with.      ECVB JV is now 4-1 on the season.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josefa Andres.last_img read more

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