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€2,500 fine for contravening new waste bye-laws

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By Anne Lucey

Fines of up to €2,500 on conviction will be imposed if people contravene new stringent waste disposal bye-laws.

On Monday, at the Kerry Council Council monthly meeting, councillors overwhelmingly backed the new laws which will come into force on April 1.

New rules for waste include: how it is presented on the kerb and how it is disposed of by businesses and householders.

Documentary evidence such as receipts, statements or other proof of payment will now be required for council waste inspectors who will be authorised to call door-to-door.

In Killarney, bins can’t be put out until 9pm the day before collection and must be removed by 10am after collection.

Outside town, the time for leaving bins out will also be 9pm and the deadline for removal will be 6pm.

Illegal dumping, as well as littering from dogs, has reached epic proportions, the meeting heard.

As well as requiring how clean and suitable containers are presented, the new laws aim to identify people who have no known means of rubbish disposal.

Fines of up to €2,500 on conviction as well as €500 a day for continued contravention of the bye-laws, especially where fixed payment notices of €75 remain unpaid, were adopted.

Director of Services for waste and the environment, John Breen, said the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment’s scheme piloted in Sligo in March 2018 would be adopted in Kerry. This is a scheme were Eircodes are used to identify households who are or are not signed up with authorised collectors.

Householders are obliged to provide their waste contractor with their Eircode, and these codes are then provided to the council.

Householders, not registered with a waste collector and bringing waste to a civic amenity site will also be asked to provide an Eircode when paying.

Persons who have provided their Eircode are excluded from council  investigations.

However, it was not made clear how many new officials will have to be employed in the new inspection and cross checking processes by the council.

 

Filthy bins were being put out a small number of premises in Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson said. And there was no point introducing bye-laws unless they were enforced, he said.

Cllr Donal Grady said it was disgraceful the way some people in Killarney town stored bins and said planning had been given without allowing for bin storage. At night bins were practically “dumped” at the side of streets. He recalled when no one was allowed put out a bin until 7am the morning of collection.

“We had lovely clean streets then,” the councillor said.

Even during the town council a survey of householders showed 13 percent could not tell what they were doing with their waste, he said.

Littering had generally increased since the Council got out of waste collection and prices had increased, Independent Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said.

The Council was therefore the cause of a lot of the litter problems and instead of calling to the homes of old ladies wondering where they were “discarding their few tea bags and bread wrappers” the Council should concentrate on the litter and dumping black spots which were well known in every area, he said.

 

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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The only certainty is uncertainty

By Michael O’Connor    “History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the […]

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By Michael O’Connor   

“History is just one damn thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee

Late last week, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa sent shockwaves worldwide, upending what had been a reasonably quiet week for the stock market. On Friday last, a steep sell-off left the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq down 2.2% and 3.5%, respectively.

This 147th twist in the pandemic tale got me thinking about how much we think we know when really, we know nothing at all.

At the start of the year nobody would have predicted that 2020 would have played out the way it did. Very few would have predicted that 2021, with promising vaccines and a return to normality would have represented so little change, but here we are.

Everyone loves to pretend like they fully understand what this all means and what will happen next. I get it; who doesn’t love the warm cozy allure of certainty. We all want to exist in a world where we know what lies around the corner.

History is a perpetual stream of mistaken opinions and unpredictable outcomes, but the predictions won’t stop. People will cast their views with deluded certainty about what to expect next by extrapolating the current conditions out into the future, but the current conditions aren’t a constant, and the game is always changing.

Unfortunately, the reality is, nobody knows what’s next, and the sooner you can discard any naive sense of conviction, the easier it will be in both life and investing. While this statement may seem morbid on the surface, loosening our grip on our need for certainty can be liberating.

Remember, while it is important to have expectations and predictions, predictions are not fact, and you will be wrong. Not always, but you will be wrong, so try not to be overly tethered to your current version of the truth.

Lean into the uncertainty

Accepting that nothing is certain can often be cast as an impotent statement in a world obsessed with knowing all the answers.

In an industry where uncertainty is the ultimate enemy, telling investors to submit to it is often met with disdain, but accepting the inevitability of uncertainty is so important if you want to avoid going stir crazy as you try and hold for the long term.

Of course, discarding uncertainty is easier said than done. Worrying about factors beyond our control is an inherent part of the human condition. However, simply being aware that the game is not predictable and nobody truly knows the final outcome may help you reduce your craving for certainty.

My advice

Stop reaching for perfection in a world of constant uncertainty. Stop obsessing about making the right decision one hundred percent of the time. Even the best investors in history have had their fair share of howlers. Ultimately you just need to be right more often than you are wrong.

The solution

Create an investment portfolio centred around what you believe to be the most probable outcome based on available information and incorporate enough diversification to function as a buffer.

In a world where anything is possible, all you can do is focus on what is most probable, allow for a margin of error to support you when your assumed outcomes don’t play out and simply let go of the rest.

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