Councillors divided over water charges

first_imgWhatsApp Limerick responding to its FDI potential TAGSCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Daniel ButlerCllr Elena SecasCllr James CollinsCllr Joe LeddinCllr Shane CliffordCmhlr Séighin Ó CeallaighlimerickLimerick City and County Council NewsCouncillors divided over water chargesBy John Keogh – May 21, 2015 739 900 homes with go-ahead still on drawing board  by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK councillors were divided along party lines this week regarding a motion calling on the local authority to abandon water charges.The motion, tabled at the Metropolitan District meeting by Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville, asked the council to write to the Ministers for the Environment and Justice calling on them “to scrap draconian plans to bring water bill non-payers to court”.The motion also urges the Ministers “to follow the example of the old Limerick City Council and abandon the water charges, and instead fund the service through progressive taxation”.Cllr Prendiville told the meeting that the Government is “all bark and no bite” and that “Irish Water still can’t take money from people’s wages and social welfare payments”.He added that it would “cost millions and take millennia” to initiate court proceedings against every person who refuses to pay their water charges.Comhairleoir Séighin Ó Ceallaigh (SF) said he agreed with the motion because “water is a basic human right; people should not be charged for it”.“The Government has lost the mandate of the people, they lost it a long time ago,” he added.Fianna Fáil councillor Shane Clifford commented: “Irish Water have been completely discredited by the Government. It must be very difficult for the Fine Gael and Labour councillors to come in here and defend the indefensible.“What should have happened is the system should have been fixed. When we’re not losing 50 per cent of our water every day then we can talk about water charges.”His fellow Fianna Fáil councillor James Collins pointed out: “Irish Water is a Government creation of Fine Gael and Labour. We do need investment in water infrastructure, but if the money used to create Irish Water had been invested in the infrastructure, then the charges wouldn’t be as high.”The motion was passed after receiving unanimous support from members of opposition parties, however councillors from the Government parties Fine Gael and Labour voted against it.Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler remarked: “I don’t want to be associated with this motion. I’m very much pro water charges. If we want to maintain services we need water charges. I agree that Irish Water haven’t done the greatest job so far, and hopefully that will change.”Labour councillor Joe Leddin also disagreed with the motion and said: “The Anti-Austerity Alliance are anti-everything. They’re anti-charges but they want the best of services.”His party colleague Elena Secas suggested that local councillors should focus on local issues and commented: “We spend a lot of time discussing things that we really can’t resolve at local level. If we write a letter to the Ministers and get a response, what do we really achieve from that?” TV producers filming at Troy Studios urged to employ Limerick people RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Printcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Concerns raised over Punches Cross student development Happy ever after for Limerick’s last Metropolitan Mayor Email Twitter Previous articleLocal businessman brings new hope to SouthillNext articleIt’s the Real McCoy John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie O’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition last_img read more

First Lady urges study in China

first_imgFirst Lady Michelle Obama encouraged college students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad in China during a speech in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.The speech, delivered in front of more than 1,000 students, was in support of the president’s “100,000 Strong” Initiative, a plan Obama announced during his 2009 China visit that is a national effort to greatly increase the number and diversity of Americans who are able to study in China through the promotion of programs and scholarships.First Lady Michelle Obama | Creative CommonsIn her speech, the First Lady emphasized the importance of pursuing study opportunities in China by citing the key role young adults can play in shaping United States-China relations and expanding collaboration between the two nations on both regional and global issues.“Studying in countries like China isn’t only about your prospects in the global marketplace,” she said. “It’s also about whether you can come together, and work together with them to make our world stronger. It’s about the friendships you make, the bonds of trust you establish and the image of America that you project to the rest of the world.”Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said sending American students abroad has tremendous national and global benefits, particularly with regard to the nation’s ties to China.“The first lady is absolutely right,” he said. “The more American college students that spend time studying abroad, the more equipped our society is going to be to work in a global community in the years ahead. The good news around here is that USC is already one of the nation’s leaders in encouraging these types of efforts, and it would be nice to have some company.”USC boasts an international office in Nanjing, China, two abroad programs run by the Office of Overseas Studies and 19 Chinese-related language programs offered by the USC U.S.-China Institute.Clayton Dube, associate director of the U.S.-China Institute, said the university’s presence in China is particularly strong and has grown in recent years.“We had 11 summer programs last year, and that doesn’t even include the ones that the U.S.-China Institute ran for teachers and students who served as ambassadors at the World Expo,” Dube said.USC’s U.S.-China Institute organized more than 160 participants to serve at the World Expo in Shanghai last year, Dube said.Nationally, the number of Americans who study in China has steadily increased in recent years, as well. Ten years ago, roughly 3,000 Americans studied in China, compared to about 14,000 who went in 2008 and roughly 20,000 in 2009, according to a paper Dube published last August.In addition, the U.S. State Department sends more Americans to China for study abroad than to any other country, according to Ann Stock, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs.Schnur said USC students stand to benefit even further if students from across the country are able to take part in similar ventures.“[Former] President [Steven B.] Sample and [President] C. L. Max Nikias have both made the strengthening of these ties an absolute priority for the university,” he said. “It can only be a good thing for USC students to take advantage of this experience if other students from other schools have similar opportunities as well.”Alex Silkin, a sophomore majoring in computer science, who went on USC’s Beijing summer program last year, said his experience abroad helped him place his academics in a global context.“I could see with my own eyes how Beijing … will shape the future of human civilization [but] my experiences in Asia also highlighted the problems of modern society,” he said. “[Studying in China] is not only an excellent way to learn a language and submerge oneself within a culture, but also broaden one’s knowledge about the state of the world.”last_img read more

Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline

first_imgRegistrations for the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week are now open, and groups are encouraged to register now to receive their free beach clean-up. Taking place from June 1st- 9th, the week aims to encourage the nation to protect and enjoy our coastline while celebrating the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland who continuously work to keep the beaches clean all year around. Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main nation clean-up drives- Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. There are currently over 700 registered Clean Coasts groups. Last year, 19 groups of volunteers between Donegal and Leitrim registered, with beach clean-ups happening in different locations across this region. These included free yoga sessions on Rossnowlagh Beach and a public discussion on how the local community can take better care of the Fanad coastline. Research confirmed that ‘doing good’ can help us reduce stress and improve health, which are the same effects that sport has on us. As such, this year’s Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week is back with the aim of getting people from the local sports communities involved. To register, visit www.cleancoasts.org. Registered groups will receive a free clean-up kit and other resources to organise clean-up events in your local areas. Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clean Coasts Weeklast_img read more

Bochy, Rodríguez provide Giants with intriguing contrast in home opener

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–During the first week of spring training, the Giants began preparing for a special tribute.Bruce Bochy announced the 2019 season will be his last as the team’s manager on February 18, giving the Giants more than six weeks to plan a way to honor the legendary manager at the team’s home opener on April 5.Shortly thereafter, Bochy also began planning for the day. He wanted to set his rotation so right-hander Dereck Rodríguez would take the ball as the Giants’ starter.“We just …last_img read more

In London, voting for identity

first_imgAt 4am, London is dark and raining. While my taxi snakes me through the deserted streets, a trainee Jesuit priest is camped outside South Africa House. In the radio studio the BBC journalist asks why we vote, why it’s important, and that hackneyed scribbler question: how does it make you feel? Why did Matthew Charlesworth, our priest in the darkness and first London voter, queue in that deserted square? Obligation, duty, a desire to count and be counted as a South African. All the reasons that emerge from everyone I speak to, and my motivation too. Eventually every South African overseas is treated like a traitor. Someone who cut and ran and now talks the country down from the discomfort of a damp and foreign shore. Yet here we are in our thousands filling in forms, fishing out unused ID documents and lining up around the block to contribute our one, small, indelible cross. At the back of the queue is Heinrich Volmink, who travelled down from Glasgow in Scotland because it is a great honour and a patriotic duty to be here. So much passion and purpose swirls through this five-deep line. We stand only 25 metres from where Mandela gave his last speech to London – perhaps ever. He spent nine hours on the “freedom bus”, continues Heinrich, because my ancestors could not vote. Not everyone is as happy. Like a creature of caricature, a man stands with an old South Africa flag shirt. I suppose he too exercises a choice. We watch him like we would an exhibit. One foot in the old world and a vote in the new, I think. I doubt he will find peace, anywhere. Shame. After three radio interviews and breakfast, it’s time to vote. The early morning bankers, accountants and the priest have retreated to their terminals. Now the backpackers, students and out-of-work consultants shuffle forward in unison. You mustn’t lower your standard, says one man to a girl 20 years his junior as he inquires about her job. He doesn’t have one: tough times. London is South Africa’s largest polling station. Over seven and a half thousand citizens – almost twice as large as the next biggest venue. But our queue is orderly. The mood is good-natured, but also reflective. Examining my compatriots, it’s clear that for most of us, democratic elections are all we have ever known. As you would expect, it’s a mostly white queue with the occasional darker face. Around them cluster journalists: the British ones asking who they are voting for. My vote is my secret, we all say. Throughout, I “tweet” from my phone. These micro-blogging sms’s capture the moment when a man claiming to be a Freedom Front Plus candidate marches up to the door demanding to see the electoral officer. I leave them in a huddle and fill in my forms. First an envelope with your name and voter district number. Then downstairs to check documents, receive a ballot and cast my vote. I get three calls in the voting booth. Your smile has stamina, I say to the official, and we all chuckle. It will be a long day, but so far it is going smoothly: if all your documents are in order. So why did I vote? To reaffirm my citizenship; to exercise my rights; to respect my heroes and dignify their sacrifices and yes, to make a difference. Though Rudi Talmakkies from Saldanha said it best: Obama gave people a totally new view. The youth realise they are part of the solution. For me, that works. Timothy Schultz is deputy head of communications and marketing at The Learning Trust, a not-for-profit company that runs all the education services for the London borough of Hackney. A South African who has lived in London for about eight years, Schultz is an active member of the Global South Africans network.last_img read more

Broadcast hub ready for kick-off

first_imgJournalists will be able to produceprogrammes about the 2010 FifaWorld Cup from the IBC.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg, equipped with top-of-the-range technology, is fully prepared for the thousands of reporters who will converge there to cover the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Journalists were introduced to the facility on 21 May, ahead of its official opening on 2 June by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.The impressive IBC is based at Soccer City, where the opening and closing World Cup matches will be played. It will be the nerve centre of live broadcasts from there and the other nine host stadiums around the country.Some 1 900km of cabling has already been laid to connect the 10 facilities and enable all 64 matches to be broadcast live, in high definition, to 204 countries. It’s estimated that this coverage will reach billions of people around the globe.“It’s very clear that it’s from here [the IBC] that the world will be able to watch the World Cup from South Africa,” said Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke.About 13 000 international journalists and other media personnel have been accredited to use the IBC and some organisations have already set up their studios. A total of 189 media groups have confirmed that they will broadcast from the 30 000m2 centre.The top-rated Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will facilitate live feeds of every match to the licensed television and radio stations. It will use about 32 cameras per match for the live transmissions, an improvement from the 26 cameras used per match during the 2006 Fifa World Cup.“[The World Cup] will be broadcast in more homes than ever before. There will be a lot of television companies in South Africa,” said Fifa TV’s Niclas Ericsson.For the first time in the history of broadcasting the tournament, HBS will use 3D cameras to shoot some of the matches. Fifa said 25 of the 64 matches will produced in 3D.The IBC also boasts 80 interview and presentation studios, and facilities for mobile network operators to produce live broadcasts for mobile phones. South Africa’s MTN announced in 2009 that it will use this service.“We trust that we’ll make broadcast history with Fifa in this World Cup,” said HBS CEO Francis Tellier. “It [mobile phone broadcasts] is one of the innovations that we’ve brought to this World Cup.”Powering the IBCReporters and fans need not be worried about blackouts at the IBC, as organisers have enlisted the services of Aggreko, a reputable international electricity company, to ensure power supply at all times.About 16 diesel-powered generators, each with a capacity of 1MW, will be used to back up Eskom’s national electricity grid.“In every major sporting event there’s a risk for power failure … We’re here to stop that from happening,” said Aggreko’s CEO Rupert Soames.Aggreko believes that their power plan is “as robust as we can technically make it”. The company, which has provided back-up power for major events such as the Olympics and Barack Obama’s US presidential inauguration, will set up 1.5MW-capacity generators at each stadium for broadcasting operations.Aggreko has partnered with Shanduka Group, a leading South African investment company, for the World Cup project. “We’re sure that everything will work smoothly,” said Shanduka’s chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa.Centres for print journalistsPrint media journalists will be catered for in centres called “Media Tribunes” at each host stadium. Telkom has equipped the centres with telephones, fax machines, printers and data ports to make the reporting process as convenient and efficient as possible.Photojournalists will be able to download and send off their images at any time, thanks to Telkom’s advanced equipment.last_img read more

Hibernation a way of life for February’s favorite mammals

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This time of year, to cope with the climatic changes they face, some animals hibernate and some migrate, while others stay put, growing thick coats and consuming extra food. Hibernation is one of the most intriguing methods animals use to survive cold weather. When an animal hibernates, its heart rate, body temperature and other life processes slow down, putting them into a kind of a “deep sleep.”February’s favorite mammals, groundhogs, are popular hibernators, according to Geoff Westerfield, a wildlife biologist with the ODNR Division of Wildlife.“Groundhogs hibernate nearly the entire winter,” Westerfield said. “They won’t reemerge until the first few weeks of February, when some signs of spring begin to show.”During a groundhog’s hibernation — which lasts an average of five months — its body temperature lowers by almost half and its heart slows down from 160 to four beats per minute.When outside temperatures drop dangerously low, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks, and opossums are known to go into a temporary hibernation. During those frigid periods, they seek shelter in trees, logs, beneath rocks or underground where they “hole up” and sleep for about five days until the weather breaks.Many migrating birds fly thousands of miles away from Ohio, seeking warmer climates and nutrient-rich habitats to set up shop until warm weather returns up here. Other flying creatures — such as the Indiana and little brown bat — not only migrate, they hibernate too. Roosting inside caves, the bats often ride out winter in southern Ohio or points just south.Frogs, snakes, turtles and most other cold-blooded animals crawl into holes or burrows where they remain inactive all winter. Some snakes gather family-style in the same den and weave together in a “ball” to help insulate themselves.Whether hibernating or staying active, body fat is an important factor in an animal’s winter survival. In the fall, birds and mammals eat extra food so that when supplies are scarce, their bodies can draw energy from fat reserves. Many people think feeding wildlife in the winter is humane, but experts urge well-meaning people to think about the consequences.“Feeding wildlife should be conducted in a manner where wild animals will not make a direct connection between food and humans,” Westerfield said. “Clean, well-maintained bird feeders are a good example of how to enjoy the presence of wildlife, but also how to avoid that direct connection. Once a wild animal loses its natural fear of humans, it can become habituated which is bad for the animal as well as for people.”He also explained that the unnatural gathering of many species to one food source can promote the spread of disease and often the foods provided do not meet the nutritional needs the animals require. For example, feeding bread to ducks and geese is terrible for their digestion and can potentially be fatal for them.Animals will also switch their diets based on the foods available to them. For non-migratory birds such as cardinals and some robins, with their warm season diet of insects, worms and other invertebrates no longer available, they switch to a winter diet of seeds and fruit. Westerfield suggests an alternative to placing food outside for wildlife and instead being mindful of what is planted on a landowner’s property. Incorporating a variety of plants, shrubs, and trees can provide a assortment of food resources for wildlife including species that provide food into the winter months. Crabapples, wild berries, and other plants that produce seeds late in fall are great choices. It is also important to provide wildlife with shelter. Native species of evergreen trees and shrubs give animals protection from wind and rain and these plant species can sustain in Ohio’s climate.If you own a larger parcel of land in the country, brush piles and thick patches of briers provide excellent winter cover for songbirds, cottontail rabbits, and other small animals. Planting food patches of corn, sorghum and millet give numerous wild animals a good source of energy to maintain their body heat in cold weather conditions. I witnessed that firsthand when a farmer friend planted sorghum seeds last spring and the resulting patch of thick cover and food held all manner of wildlife through last month’s spell of snowy weather.last_img read more

Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PSC: Children’s Games should be blueprint for nationwide program Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Vicencio, who was part of the men’s compound team event, was often in the large screen at the far end of the range. He was teased by teammate for being the “favorite of the camera.”But it’s something that escaped the marketing senior at De La Salle University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was very nervous, I kept thinking just make the shot and not drag the team down,” said Vicencio.His managed to control the jitters and the Philippines, also composed of Earl Benjamin Yap and Paul Marton Dela Cruz, went perfect in the last two ends against Vietnam. View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I was being confident and tried to execute what we do in practice,” added Vicencio, who also won bronze in the recent US Open foreign division.He picked up the sport to “get fit” and made the national team three years ago.“I’m looking forward to more chances of playing for the country,” said Vicencio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH Men’s Archery of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz bags the Bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games in KL, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Joseph Benjamin Vicencio only had one thing on his mind in the bronze-medal match against Vietnam: “Don’t drag the team down.”And it didn’t matter that a big part of the crowd at Synthetic Turf Field—a sprawling, artificial grass area designed specifically for archery at the heart of KL Sports City—had its eyes on the 21-year-old novice Filipino archer.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Can

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent. last_img read more