Irish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safe

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “WHAT we are proposing to do is safe”.That was the message from Irish Water to local councillors this week when the company explained its plans to run a pilot orthophosphate treatment programme in Limerick.Irish Water officials briefed public representatives this Monday on their plans to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water supply. A proposed pilot programme in partnership with the Council, will see an orthophosphate treatment plant added at Limerick City Water Treatment Plant.The programme has the approval of the Health Service Authority (HSE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).According to Irish Water, orthophosphate is a food grade product, normally used in the food and beverage industry, and is safe for human consumption. They claim there is 500 times more phosphorus in a glass of milk than there is in a glass of water that has had the chemical added to it.Irish Water also makes out that the average person takes in between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrammes of phosphorus daily, and the amount which would relate to water treated with orthophosphate would be three milligrammes.Head of asset management at Irish Water, Jerry Grant, maintains that orthophosphate treatment addresses the public health objective in reducing the level of lead dissolved into water passing through lead pipework.“By doing so, it’s possible to reduce lead consumptions levels in a safe way and I would like to reassure people in Limerick that what we are proposing to do is safe. This is not a new method of reducing lead levels. It is, in fact, already being done in many countries for many years,” Mr Grant explained.“One other key element of this pilot programme is to study the environmental effect of its introduction in Ireland. Our expectation, based on the experience in other countries, is that orthophosphate treatment will continue as a mitigation measure for as long as lead pipes remain in properties.“Limerick was chosen as the pilot project because of the high level of properties with lead service pipes and also because the waste water is not discharged into an inland fresh water river or waterway”, he said. Previous articleInformation evening on proposed N21 Adare Western Approach Improvement SchemeNext articleMayor welcomes international students to LIT Alan Jacques WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsIrish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safeBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2015 822 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Health Service Authority (HSE)Irish Waterlimerick Email Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Dominant defense is the heart of success for the Trojans

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily Trojan“They don’t take us seriously.”Senior captain Chris Hawkins shook his head as he stood outside of the locker room after USC’s victory over Oregon State last Saturday. His team had just won 38-10 in a cakewalk of a game over the Beavers. But Hawkins wasn’t satisfied. He repeated that his team needed to improve, that there was still much to work on, that they weren’t playing their best. Why, after a win, was he dissatisfied? Hawkins said it was simple. The rest of the NCAA still doesn’t think USC is for real. Despite only taking one loss — to a top 20 team on the road, no less — the Trojans remain outside the top 10. After a less-than-perfect start to the season, they’ve been written off for the playoffs and even for some bowl games.Hawkins already has an answer to the snub.“We gotta start dominating teams,” Hawkins said. “It seems like the college football world takes us lightly, no matter if we win by a little or a lot. So we just gotta start dominating teams.”Hawkins smirked as he said it. He wants to go old-school — 50-0 blowouts at home and on the road, just like what USC liked to hand out in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He wants his team to guarantee that an offense won’t score before it even steps on the field.The Trojans are known for being hard on themselves, and nowhere is that more true than the defense. Junior linebacker and captain Cam Smith has a catchphrase, and it stuck to this year’s unit throughout this bumpy season.“Keep it up here,” Smith will roar to his teammates on the field, raising his hand in a chopping motion by his right ear. “Right up here. Keep it up here.”The defense echoes the phrase after every play. Good or bad, stop or first down, interception or reception, the players chop at the air with one hand. Keep it up here, they’ll yell. Keep it up here. The mantra has come to define the way the team wants to approach each snap.“We know our standards and how we want to play,” sophomore cornerback Jack Jones said. “We have to play up here, we have to keep it coming. No matter the situation, we gotta play hard and give it our all.”Smith has good reason to enter Saturday’s game with high expectations for both the team and himself. He found his rhythm against Utah at home as a freshman, when he was catapulted from relatively unknown status as a freshman to a cross-campus star after snagging three interceptions. Since that game, Smith has risen to become a team captain and defensive leader. He currently leads the team with 19 solo tackles and 46 total, adding a sack to combine for 28 total yards of loss. As a middle linebacker, Smith is the heart of the defense, noticing all of the team’s successes and flaws. Defense is a difficult position, he says, because even one mistimed tackle or flubbed coverage can result in a touchdown. The offense only has to get it right every other time. But for the defense, perfection is demanded and expected. Although the team has been smothering this season, it has still allowed an average of 24 points per game. After holding Oregon State to 10 points, Smith and the rest of the defense plans on dropping that number to zero for the rest of the season.Raising the team’s level of play to this level will take work at every position. And that consistency will be key, Smith says, to the defense becoming truly dominant. “I think as a defense, and I can only speak for the defense, I think we’re playing great ball right now,” Smith said. “We’re just not playing four quarters yet.”last_img read more

Child molester gets 60 years

first_imgA babysitter who took photos and videos of himself sexually abusing a toddler at the request of a Broward man must serve 60 years in prison, a federal judge in Miami ruled Thursday.Jason Barber, 39 of Las Vegas, previously pleaded guilty to charges including producing and distributing child pornography. Benedict Shaw, the man who police say received the images and requested certain poses of the 2-year-old, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. handed down the 60-year sentence despite pleas from Barber’s defense attorney for a more lenient sentence of 30 years.“Before the court is an extremely frail, unstable and mentally infirmed man who was dealt an awful deck of cards from the very beginning,” Hugo Rodriguez wrote in a memorandum before Barber’s sentencing. “Jason understands and knows what he did was wrong, for which he is very remorseful.”In 2013, the South Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, which is based in Broward County, received two cyber tips suspecting that dozens of child pornography images had been traded among several email accounts. The IP address led detectives to Shaw’s home in Lauderhill, records show. Law enforcement officers confirmed Shaw was communicating with Barber, who lived in Las Vegas.The two had met in an online chatroom for people with a diaper fetish, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday announcing Barber’s sentence. Shaw had shipped Barber a package with a cell phone, diapers, pacifiers and baby oil, theSun Sentinel reported at the time of Barber’s arrest.“Take pics and vids. This will make my night and my packages worthwhile,” Shaw wrote in one email to Barber obtained by the Sun Sentinel. “No one else will ever see it. I promise I never break my word.”Barber had convinced the mother of the child to allow him to watch the girl while she was at work, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the news release.“Barber used the cell phone to record himself sexually abusing the child in his care,” the office said in the release. “Barber then sent the video and several still images to Shaw via email.”Shaw, who had assumed his dead brother’s identity because of charges he faced in another state, was sentenced in October 2014.At the sentencing hearing, the girl’s mother confronted Shaw, the Sun Sentinel reported.“How dare you violate a child? How dare you do that to a child or anyone?” she said during the hearing, according to the paper. “I pray that you don’t feel what those children felt where you’re at.”last_img read more