No one tells you how quickly dogs age. How one day you wake up and suddenly their face is all white, how their eyes start to seem more milky than before, how you have to call their name a few more times than you used to.
People tell you not to blink when you have children, but what about the dog who was with you before your children were even thought of? The dog who was by your side before you found the love of your life, the dog who jumped from apartment to apartment in your early 20’s. No one tell’s you to cherish every moment you have with them…
Cherish the dog. The one who’s been there through every break up and every dumb fight with your best friend. That dog who slept in the bed with you when you were lonely and made you feel safe when you left home. Cherish him, because one day you’ll take him on a walk and he’ll start to get tired before you and you’ll realize just how many years he’s been walking by your side.
Cork City Council tonight voted to increase the Local Adjustment Factor (LAF) of Local Property Tax in Cork City by 9% (with 19 votes).
Under Section 20 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, a Local Authority may vote to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax by a maximum of plus or minus 15% of the basic rate.
The elected members of Cork City Council have previously voted for a 0% LAF for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. This generated additional income of €777,000 per annum in the budget which equates to €2.331m over those three years. For the 2021 budget, the elected members increased the LAF to 7.5% which generated an additional €1.58m.
An Garda Síochána at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) are warning the public of a recent smishing scam where persons are receiving text messages purporting to be from Permanent TSB advising of ‘unusual activity’ or a ‘suspicious log-in attempt’ on their account.
Once the person clicks on the link they will be brought to a cloned website where the fraudsters will seek their pins, passcodes and other personal information from them. The information sought is far and beyond what a bank would ever seek.
The fraudsters wants your personal data so they can steal money from your bank account or purport to be you when contacting banks.
GNECB would like to warn the public to be wary of such text messages and if in any doubt of the authenticity of the text, contact their bank on the numbers they usually use.
Do not use a number supplied by these texts.
There are other ‘smishing’ texts being received and these can purport to be from service providers, revenue, banks and/or delivery businesses. Some can fit into the threads of previously received genuine texts which adds an air of authenticity to them.
An Garda Síochána’s advice to the public is as follows:
– Never click on a link of an unsolicited text, email or respond to cold callers seeking personal information. – Never give away personal data like PIN number, card numbers, passwords, one time codes, PPS numbers – If you are expecting a delivery and receive such a text be very careful. – Banks will never text you seeking personal information like account numbers, passwords, pin codes, mother’s maiden’s name – If you have been a victim its vital to change your passwords/pin codes – If you have responded to such a text contact your bank immediately – It is also important to report the matter to Gardaí.
An important milestone is being marked in West Cork this week with the return of live performing arts events. The West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival got underway on Tuesday and will run until Sunday, August 1st. Nine one-actor plays will be shown during the 12-day festival.
Due to continuing Covid safety requirements, strict audience limits and Covid-19 safety measures will apply. Pre-booking is essential and tickets must be purchased directly from the Box Office on 087 6076745
Cork County Council in conjunction with the Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland are appealing to members of the public to be mindful of their personal safety if they’re visiting the coast this week.
The three organisations have issued guidelines for anyone taking part in coastal walks. They’re asking people to stay away from exposed coastal and cliff edges, tell someone where you’re going and to pay attention to tide times and safety signs. They’re also advising people to dress appropriately for the conditions, to wear a high-factor sunscreen and to bring enough food and water for their journey.
A status yellow high temperature warning remains in place for the entire country. Met Éireann is predicting maximum temperatures of between 25 and 30 degrees for County Cork until Friday.
Coastal Walking Safety Guidelines
Stay in Contact -Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back, it is always best to be accompanied.
Tides – Pay attention to local tidal times to avoid the danger of getting stranded or cut off.
Route – Familiarise yourself with your planned route and any associated hazards. Seek local knowledge if you are unsure of the area.
Phone – Charge your phone: Make sure your battery is charged and consider buying a USB power stick to recharge it if it runs low while on the walk.
Weather – Check the weather forecast. met.ie : and chose suitable clothing
Sunset – To avoid walking in darkness, be aware of the time the sun sets. If you know both this and the expected duration of the walk, you’ll have an optimum start time to set off.
Sun Protection – Wear a hat. Wear a high factor sun protection.
Safety Signage – pay attention to any safety signage identifying hazards
Clothing – Dress Appropriately & wear suitable walking footwear. Be visible: Aim to wear at least one item of bright colour such as red, or orange so that you remain visible to the people in your party or rescue services if needs be.
Food and Water – Bring enough food and water for your journey and some extra rations in case your excursion goes on for longer than expected.
Children – Ensure children are always supervised, keeping small children close to parents or adults during any coastal walking activity.
Coastal and Cliff Terrain – Stay away from exposed coastal and cliff edges
Sea Conditions – do not underestimate the unpredictable nature of sea conditions where swell or wave activity can change dramatically and sweep a person without warning from a rock edge into the sea. Stay Back – Stay High, Stay Dry.
Dogs – Keep dogs under control & do not enter the water to rescue animals Ring 999/112 for assistance
Scammers are jumping on the bandwagon of the rental market
A lady who was looking to rent a property in Cork City saw an advert on a Facebook page. She contacted the page and spoke to a person via messenger. She gave details and paid €1,000 in way of a deposit for rent. 103FM
After paying the money she realised she paid this into a French bank account and the person she paid it to was also in France.
She then started to research the property and saw that it was up For Sale so contacted the property agent who advised the property was already sold and they knew nothing or had no contact for that person in France she paid the deposit too.
With Leaving Cert students now looking towards going to college, the warning applies to those students, existing college students, and parents to be vigilant as the pressure mounts for housing.
Gardai in Cork are now advising people to be extra careful as the pressure is on to secure places to live. They advise researching the property first before committing.
Thefts from cars down 22% in 2020
• 60% of thefts from vehicles at locations associated with outdoor activities, occur in summer months
• Weekends between 2pm and 7pm most likely time for thefts to occur
• Just over €36 million in value was stolen in Theft from vehicles between 2016 – 2020
• €660 average value of property stolen per incident. €330 in cash taken per incident
• Catalytic Converters, Cash, Electronics, Jewellery and tools items most targeted
Gardaí are advising motorists to secure their vehicles when parking in unattended carparks in coastal and scenic locations, as millions of euro worth of property are stolen from cars each year.
The average value of property stolen is approximately €660, with cash making up an average of €330 per incident. Cash, car accessories, jewellery, electronics, and tools are the items most targeted in these incidents.
The summer months see an increase in vehicle break-ins at locations associated with outdoor activities; such as hill walking, hiking, beaches etc. Around 60% of these incidents happen between April and September. While these thefts can occur at any time the majority occur on weekends between 2pm and 7pm.
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle. The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – https://watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/