Local Weather

Thurles
Cloudy
5°C
real feel: 0°C
wind speed: 5 m/s WSW
sunrise: 8:34 am
sunset: 4:48 pm
 

Archives

Stay At Home Festive Fun For All Family Members

Wednesday January 6th traditionally marks the end of Christmas, with decorations gradually coming down in the days that follow.
With just a few days of festive fun left and with everyone asked to stay home and stay safe, here are some last minute ideas for “Stay at Home Christmas Fun”.

View also HERE for more fun or play the video hereunder

Emoji Christmas Guessing Games

Emojis are a language all of their own and one language all teenagers are fluent in, so why not put their Emoji knowledge to the test with an Emoji Christmas Guessing Game. Say what you see and guess the Christmas Song For great emoji Christmas guessing games visit the following links, to be found HEREHEREHERE.

Tune In For More Fun Tomorrow

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Covid-19 Update: Wed. 27th May 2020 – 17 Deaths – 73 New Cases

The total number of Covid-19 virus cases confirmed here in Co. Tipperary; as of midnight on Monday, May 25th last, remains at 528, with 0 recorded new case, within a 24-hour period.

The Department of Health has confirmed this evening that a further 17 persons have sadly passed away from the virus here in the Republic of Ireland, over the past 24 hours. These latest figures leave the total number of deaths caused by this pandemic currently at 1,631.

This evening, it has also been confirmed that an additional 73 new cases of coronavirus have been identified, bringing the total since conception to 24,803.

It is understood that the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has informed government ministers today that the public advice on social distancing should remain at two metres.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people stay at least one metre apart and ideally two metres from one another, in order to help limit further transmission of the virus.


Please Do Continue To Remain Safe.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Get Kids Computer Coding With FREE Online Course

With Schools out, are you and your children climbing the walls with boredom because of isolation? Check hereunder for a possible solution.

Computer coding is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

As part of the New Mathematics Curriculum for Irish primary schools; primary pupils, from Junior Infants to 6th Class, will be expected to learn the foundations of computer coding: https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Short-Courses/Coding/

Scratch(Visit https://scratch.mit.edu/ ) is a programming language developed by MIT and designed for children ages 8 to 16 years. As already stated ‘Scratch’ enables children to use a programming language to code and create stories, games and animations. As children create with Scratch, they very quickly learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.

With schools closed until March 29th and possibly much longer, www.codingireland.ie are generously offering their coding course free to pupils from 1st to 6th class. Simply visit https://codingireland.ie/SchoolsOut

Coding has many benefits for children. It enables them to problem-solve, design, create, collaborate, think, review and sequence. Most of all, it enables them to understand how the technology that surrounds them actually works.

For children under 6 years, the ScratchJr App has been designed and is available for free to download on android and iOS devices. To get started using ScratchJr take a look at this ScratchJr introductory video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEWFDJSmWcw

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Taxpayers Buy Printer Too Big For Leinster House

Regularly we highlight the waste by our own Tipperary Co. Council and its senior officialdom, latter devoid of an actual workforce, with regard to wasting taxpayer’s money. The list includes; unnecessary expensive High Court actions; failures with regards to ever recurring Health & Safety issues; overall neglect of our town of Thurles, and double jobbing, overpaid, powerless councillors etc.; we will spare you the details, since we have already shared same in the past.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who shall keep the keepers themselves?

One would assume that our present minority Fine Gael Government would have devised a proper system of cheques and balances to protect the taxpayer. However, governments down the years have successfully persuaded taxpayers that day to day spending comes gifted by that same government of the day and in no way should be associated with funding gifted by overburdened taxpayer.

How many people have read the report, today, by Irish Times newspaper journalist Mr Craig Hughes and were shocked by his revelations?

First rule of carpentry: Measure Twice – Cut once

Warning: Please be sure you are sitting down before you read further and Please Note: This is not a Joke.

According to Mr Hughes, the Houses of the Oireahteas (better known as the Irish Tax-Payer), spent €808.000 for a printer, before paying in excess of a further €236,000 to have it installed, because the original measurements forwarded to allow it to gain entry, were incorrect.

Because of these incorrectly measured dimensions, the Komori Corporation manufactured printer, (which has now been fitted), was unable to be installed for some 10 months, because the original measurements supplied failed to ensure that the machine had the necessary 3.1m (10.17ft) clearance required.

And no, the story doesn’t end there – There’s more!
Not surprisingly public servants are now refusing to be trained to operate this state-of-the-art equipment, until they receive a pay rise.

Stay seated, there’s more!
Due to the installation problems the printer was stored for free, initially, by Komori’s Irish agent, Portman Graphics, but eventually storage fees of €2,000 per month were charged. The printer could not be returned, because the purchase contract had already been signed.

The Houses of the Oireahteas, in May of last year, decided that the temporary removal of a door frame in Kildare House, should solve the issue, however the Office of Public Works informed them that a more substantial project was required in order to complete the installation.

Of course, we can’t truly blame our TD’s for this financial waste, same focus must now rest with the line management of public servants. In the private sector heads would roll, but in the public sector, tape-measure wielding employees are protected forever.

Well of course you could always accuse out elected representatives of being silent on the matter (Known in the Dáil as a ‘cover your arse exercise’).

One wonders will the Public Accounts Committee now become involved, embroiled even, in this inky mess and will this be followed by 50 Fine Gael apologies.

Surprisingly none of the government’s opposition TD’s were aware of this problem, obviously they hadn’t used their fobs to sign-in on that particular day.

Never mind, taxpayers are looking forward to getting an improved swanky calendar this year, after all they will have paid for it.

Now you also can understand why Thurles will not get its long promised ring-road before 2040 at the earliest.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Eir Resolve 12 Hour Internet Outage

Eir offices at No. 6  Thurles Shopping Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Eir Group plc., trading as Eir and which provide an internet service nationally; this morning claim that they have now resolved their embarrassing internet outage that hit its service for over 12 hours yesterday.

Customers right across Ireland were affected by the issue from 2.30pm yesterday (Saturday), afternoon.

Eir has this morning apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, confirming that the service they provide has now been restored to their customers, however in efforts to make contact with the Eir website, same continues to show a “timed out”  message, indicating their server at www.eir is taking to long to respond.

We understand that this outage was caused by a problem with an Eir Domain Name System (DNS) server.

While I cannot comment on internet service Eir; it is interesting to note that internet provider Virgin Media continues to charge customers for periods of outages, and consumers will only get their monthly bills reduced, by contacting Virgin’s loyalty department directly on Tel: 061-272190. Usually, however, they claim that unless their down time is more than 24 hours, they will not make any deductions from your account.

Perhaps the new Minister for Communications, Mr Richard Bruton, might take a look at this issue, which is similar to a consumer asking their local grocer for a loaf of bread, to be told he has none. The grocer then charges the consumer for that loaf of bread.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail