Amie’s positive message for visually impaired

first_img Previous articleCastle plan based on Hollywood rather than authenticityNext articleMayor Long makes city centre his priority admin Advertisement Linkedin Print Offers a variety of tips to those affectedMANY struggle to recognise the difference between a visually impaired person and one fully blind. That is the opinion of Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick, who has decided to set up her own blog, outlining her experiences as a visually impaired person.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Amie, 22, from Kerry, is a University of Limerick Journalism Graduate, who has a rare visual impairment called Stargardt disease.Stargardt disease is a progressive vision loss, which can often lead to blindness. The progression tends to begin early in life.In her blog, ‘Through the eyes of a V.I.P (visually impaired person),’Amie shares her own experiences, while offering advice for others.She offers a variety of tips for job interviews, shopping and transportation.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Amie said: “There are only a handful of people in Ireland who have Stargardt’s. I am centrally blind, so anything that falls in the path of my central vision is not visible to me. It is difficult growing up with this and feeling as if you have no one to talk to.“That is what my blog aims to do. I share my own experiences with other visually impaired people. For some, it can sometimes be difficult to face the reality of your disability”. She had three reasons for setting up her blog.“Firstly, I want to help people understand that a disability does not define who a person is. Secondly, to try to explain to people what it is like being visually impaired but not totally blind. And thirdly, to highlight how V.I.P’s do the same things and take part in the same activities as fully sighted people, just with a twist”.Amie has a positive attitude in that she highlights visually impaired people must accept their limitations to reach full potential.“I see every challenge in life as an opportunity because it is all about perspective. It is important, however, to recognise your own limits. You have to accept what you cannot do and then find a way around it to show the world what you can do”. WhatsAppcenter_img Email Facebook Twitter NewsLocal NewsAmie’s positive message for visually impairedBy admin – June 30, 2011 758 last_img read more

Sandwich bar owners jailed for tax fraud

first_imgA family sandwich business in Hull has committed a £1m tax fraud, resulting in a jail sentence.Owners of Amy’s Sandwich Bar and John’s Sandwich Bar were arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and have now been jailed.  HMRC arrested Amy Baker of Amy’s Sandwich shop in January 2012 after it found she had failed to pay tax for her business since 2006.It then found documents relating to second sandwich business, John’s Sandwich Bar, owned by John Baker and Tracey Walmsley, and investigations into their business revealed they had failed to register for tax since 1995.Jo Tyler, assistant director, criminal investigation at HMRC, said:“These three knew full well they were breaking the law, yet chose to overlook it to get what they wrongly assumed would be easy money. They lived a very comfortable lifestyle, driving performance cars and regularly travelling abroad on holiday, all at the expense of the taxpayer.“There are no excuses for this type of criminal activity, as paying tax is not an option – it is a legal and moral obligation. This family manipulated a system that exists for the benefit of legitimate traders and honest taxpayers and they are now paying the price.”John Baker was jailed for two years for his role in the fraud at Hull Crown Court yesterday after HHJ Mettyear said he had been at the forefront of a long-standing deliberate fraud in which his family had become involved.last_img read more

Jay board forms solar committee, approves road project

first_imgJAY – The Board of Selectpersons discussed solar power, the Boston Post cane and approved the construction of an access road at the Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.The board approved the use of $18,000 to construct a road to access the headworks at the plant, which also treats wastewater from Jay. The funds to build the road will come of the plant’s reserve account; approval from both the Jay and Livermore Falls boards is required to access that money. Construction of that road was originally considered as part of the plant upgrade project, but had to be built separately due to a wetlands impact that wasn’t included in the scope of the larger project.Livermore Falls’ board previously approved the expenditure out of the reserve account, which currently contains roughly $206,000.The board also discussed the formation of a committee to look into the town’s options regarding solar power power projects and purchase agreements in Jay. ReVision Energy previously offered to form a power purchase agreement with Regional School Unit 73 and has extended a similar offer to the town of Jay. The committee would be able to research different options for the town. The board voted to put Selectpersons Gary McGrane and Judy Diaz on the committee, as well as planning board members and Rep. Tina Riley (D – Jay). More members are being sought for that committee.Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere has been collecting some information on solar power and will be attending a meeting later this week in Portland on the subject.The town will also be seeking a new nominee for the Boston Post Cane. Like many New England towns, Jay received a cane from the now-defunct newspaper in 1909. Originally awarded to the oldest resident in each town, the surviving canes – or in many cases, replicas – continue to serve that purpose.The board approved collecting nominations for the cane until Jan. 8, 2020. The cane will be awarded to the oldest member of the town, assuming they wish to receive it. LaFreniere noted that the town had access to a list of registered voters but wanted to ensure that there wasn’t a qualifying resident that wasn’t registered to vote.The town is also addressing issues with the roof-mounted heating units on the municipal building, a space shared by the Jay Police Department and town office. The police side of the building recently lost heat, with the problem eventually traced to a hole in a heat exchanger inside the roof-mounted units. The units are now 11 years old and approaching the end of their useful life.The hole in the exchanger was patched and town officials intend to have an assessment of the building’s heating system conducted prior to sinking more money into the units.last_img read more

‘Shabu,’ gun seized

first_imgMotos, Henobes and Atienza were nabbedafter they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P4,500 around 4:30p.m. on Feb. 7, the report added. BACOLOD City – Ten sachets ofsuspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P105,000 wereseized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, NegrosOccidental. When frisked, the suspects yielded a.38-caliber revolver with three live bullets and cash which amounted to P212. The 29-year-old Joremy Motos,30-year-old Barry Henobes and 17-year-old Joseph Atienza yielded the suspectedillegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the Silay City police station, facing charges./PNlast_img