Fears for future of Mr Binman

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsFears for future of Mr BinmanBy admin – October 13, 2011 1381 WhatsApp Print Facebookcenter_img FEARS surround over 600 direct and indirect jobs at one of the country’s largest waste removal service providers, after examiners moved into its Limerick offices this Wednesday. A hive of administrative activity was reported at the Luddenmore headquarters in recent days, where it is believed an extensive investigation into the future and stability of the company was undertaken. It is alleged that the company experienced financial difficulties in recent months and years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An application submitted this Wednesday morning to the High Court on behalf of Mr Binman, sought court protection for the company. Affidavits have been furnished to the chancery court list and the matter is due to be heard again on October 18. However, in the interim, Mr Billy O’Riordan of Pricewaterhouse Coopers has been appointed as examiner to Mr Binman and its subsidiary companies, Greenport Environmental, Rural Refuse and Recycling and Clearpoint Recycling Ltd. Under the helm of Mr Martin Sheehan Snr since 1994, Mr Binman through the Sheehan family has site locations at Grange in Kilmallock, and Carrick-on-Suir, with accompanying offices in Clonmel, Ennis, Newcastle West and Limerick city. The company is now under the management of Mr. Martin Sheehan Jnr. In recent weeks, a decision was made by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) to withdraw its support and the company directors sought examinership to negotiate and restructure its debts.With a price war rampant throughout the industry, the company was said to be “compromised,” following claims that lending institutions sought to recoup on their lending.But Mr Binman say that they have an investor willing to inject the companies with finance to fund their working capital. Four years ago the company was involved in the purchase of a bio mass site in Foynes, for a reported €17 million.Other purchases made in recent years include a €5 million farm in Kilmallock, adjacent to the Luddenmore site. Mr Binman recently launched a service in the Cork area. Discounted services were also launched in Waterford.It has been suggested that an imminent rescue package could be put in place, while a firesale of the company to competitors is also seen as a possibility, should the proposed business plan fail to secure long-term viability.Financial difficulties and the resistance of the Bank of Scotland Ireland to make finances available to Mr Binman were alluded to during court proceedings brought against the company by local authorities. In 2010, Mr Binman was fined at Limerick District Court over its non compliance with Environment legislation, as it left over 30,000 of its customers without a suitable wheelie bin for the collection of recycling waste. The company stated that it was unable to get credit from the bank to carry out the necessary upgrade and roll-out of the bins to its customers, further stating that despite this it would still endeavour to complete its regulatory obligations.Company financial data was also withheld from the public domain during a recent court case, being deemed to be “sensitive information”. The company was convicted of breaches of the health and safety and fined €40,000 over an incident where an employee lost his life in an onsite accident in 2008. Recently, Mr Binman tried to overcome financial difficulties without the support of the UK bank and endeavoured to test trial a pilot initiative for the collection of rubbish bins before 8am in the city centre.The initiative began in mid-September and was to run for a month and if successful, plans were to be furnished to run the scheme throughout the city centre. The company believes that it has a viable business plan despite the financial turmoil it faces. Previous articleHuman remains found in John’s SquareNext articleGuitar and saxophone sing from the States admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Mapping sub-pixel fluvial grain sizes with hyperspatial imagery

first_imgThis paper presents an investigation of image texture approaches for mapping sub-pixel fluvial grain-size features from airborne imagery, allowing for the rapid acquisition of surface sand and coarse fraction (>1.41 mm) grain-size information. Imagery at 30 mm resolution was acquired over four gravel bars from the Fraser River (British Columbia, Canada). Combined first-order and second-order image texture approaches (windowed standard deviation filter and the grey level co-occurrence matrix) were used. First-order image texture, through the application of a standard deviation filter and subsequent thresholding was used to detect the presence of surface sand, with optimal accuracy achieved at 91 ± 1.9%. A wide-ranging parameter space investigation was used to derive optimum parameters for the grey level co-occurrence matrix. Subsequently first- and second-order image textures were used in multiple linear regression to achieve good calibrations with several sub-pixel grain-size percentiles; relative error at 1.44%, 3.18%, 6.80% and 10.6% for D5, D16, D35 and D50, respectively. The larger percentiles of D84 and D95 had relative errors of 24.7% and 29.7%, respectively. The breakdown of calibration precision for larger percentiles is attributed to a ‘pixel averaging effect’. It is concluded that multispectral imagery is not required, because sufficient image texture information can be derived from standard colour imagery. Recommendations are suggested for application of this method to other localities and datasets, thus reducing exhaustive parameter searches in future studies.last_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout begins march toward another All-Star Game

first_imgShohei Ohtani, who is on the ballot as a designated hitter, is in third place. Although Ohtani is now almost certainly unable to play because of a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament, there was some speculation that he could be voted into the game anyway because of his popularity and support from Japan.Online voting continues through July 5. All-Star rosters are typically announced two Sundays before the game, which would be July 8, although the announcement is not set this year.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SEATTLE — Mike Trout, who has been selected to the All-Star Game in all six of his previous full seasons, is second in voting among American League outfielders, according to the first results, which were released on Tuesday.Trout has 639,822 votes, which is second to Mookie Betts (748,872). Aaron Judge is third, with the top three vote-getters starting the game, which will be July 17 in Washington.Trout is hitting .304 with 21 homers and a 1.094 OPS. He leads the majors with a WAR of 5.2, according to FanGraphs, which has him on pace for one of the best seasons in major league history. Trout has played in five All-Star Games and won the game’s MVP twice. He was selected for the team last year but missed the game with a thumb injury.First baseman Albert Pujols (fourth), shortstop Andrelton Simmons (fifth) and catcher Martín Maldonado (fifth) were also among the top five at their positions. Simmons is currently out with a sprained ankle, but he is expected back by the All-Star Game.last_img read more