Print Love for Limerick as stars line up for St. Patrick’s Day’s video RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 490 volunteers attend Tidy Towns webinar hosted by Limerick City and County Council WhatsApp Top tips for Tidy Towns competition Markets Field and Limerick Civic Trust exhibit a great “Stile” Email Rutland Street will be one of the first areas to be targeted under the ‘street-a-week’ programme.Limerick Civic Trust has launched a “Street a Week” programme to improve the city’s performance in the Tidy Towns competition.The programme, developed by Civic Trust director Dr. James Ring, will focus on one street every week with local volunteers carrying out work to improve its general appearance.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We tried to get this programme moving a year ago, but because of budgetary constraints, we were limited in what we could do”, Dr. Ring explained.“However in partnership with Limerick Local Authority and the Limerick Tidy Towns team, we have a budget in place and are looking forward to having our city in pristine condition.“Improvements such as gum removal, weeding, power washing and the tackling of minor graffiti will be targeted. The Civic Trust will work with the City Council to ensure the best possible results for the streets involved” he said.Before each street is targeted, all local businesses will be contacted and asked for their opinions on the work plan. Four streets will be targeted in February with the work concentrated on Wickham Street, Baker Place, Quinlan Street and Rutland Street.“We hope this will make a meaningful long term difference to the streetscape of Limerick. There is only so much that the Council can do and the Civic Trust will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure we leave the streets in pristine condition”, Dr Ring added.“I am delighted with the progression Limerick has made in the Tidy Towns competition; it is great to see so many groups and communities rolling up their sleeves and tackling these issues”, he said. Previous articleArty hits and bitsNext articleTop Limerick GAA referee dies in car crash Editor Advertisement Linkedin Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter NewsLimerick Civic Trust launches “street-a-week” campaignBy Editor – January 27, 2014 740 TAGSJames RingLimerick Civic Truststreet-a-weekTidy Towns Facebook Civic Trust fund to revitalise Georgian Limerick
Of that, locally owned bridges alone require $27.4 billion – a steep bill for counties and cities, even with state and federal assistance. Given these numbers, bridge maintenance is tempting to put off if you want to keep taxes and spending low. But that’s not fiscal responsibility — that’s negligence. Putting off already overdue maintenance simply guarantees greater expense and hassle down the road, perhaps at an unplanned and highly inconvenient time.The general condition of New York’s bridges has improved very marginally in recent years, but it’s not happening fast enough.Our share of structurally deficient bridges puts us two points behind the national average of 9 percent – and at 17th among all states. Something has to change.Our instinct is to treat maintenance as an expense, but it’s really an opportunity. Repairing bridges means hiring construction workers and placing orders for materials. This stimulates the economy over the short term. If we don’t, counties may need to raise property taxes, which puts undue financial burden on property owners instead of high-income earners.What’s more, New York should lobby the federal government to make repairing our infrastructure a priority.Even President Trump has expressed willingness to move on infrastructure revitalization. Perhaps this is an area where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.Ultimately, though, our bridges are more than just hunks of metal we drive over. And their maintenance is about more than budgeting. It should be a matter of state pride that we have well-kept public works projects like bridges. If we let the most visible parts of our infrastructure balance on the border of function and disrepair, what does that say about how we view our home? What does settling for substandard infrastructure say about what we feel we deserve as New Yorkers?We live in the greatest state in the country and a global economic powerhouse. We should drive on bridges that are more than “good enough.”Steve Keller is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Functionally obsolete bridges “fail to meet current design standards for the amount of traffic carried.”Examples of obsolescence include “inadequate lane or shoulder widths, low clearances or low load-carrying capacity.” In Schenectady County, the numbers are worse than average: Of 116 bridges, 13 are structurally deficient (11.2 percent) and 40 are functionally obsolete (34.5 percent). Rensselaer County fares slightly better (10.9 and 18.9 percent), while Albany County’s bridges are among the best in the state (5.0 and 33.2 percent).The average age of bridges in New York is 48.2 years, placing their construction in the late 1960s. In Schenectady, the average bridge age is 39.4 years. Now, the age and condition of these bridges doesn’t mean they’re all about to collapse. If the authorities determine a bridge is unsafe, it is closed.But we shouldn’t let it get to that point in the first place, as we did with 91 bridges last year.The problem, of course, is money. The estimated cost to fix all of these bridges is $75.4 billion. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWould you cross a “structurally deficient” bridge?Actually, you probably do every day.On Tuesday, the state comptroller issued a report on New York state’s 17,462 bridges, about half of which are owned by local governments.The news isn’t pleasant: 1,928 of our bridges are structurally deficient (11.0 percent) and 4,531 (25.9 percent) are functionally obsolete. What do these terms mean?According to the comptroller, structurally deficient bridges are technically safe, but “have load-bearing elements in poor condition or are prone to repeated flooding.” And after construction work ends, communities see lasting benefit. When travel is easy, it means smooth functioning of private enterprise — which means economic growth and increased employment.It’s no wonder economists agree that infrastructure work is among the most effective forms of public spending.By contrast, if infrastructure is falling apart, it takes a toll.For example, if bridges can’t support heavy weights, it forces traffic reroutes. Or when crossings don’t have enough lanes for today’s rush hours, they become choke points that can freeze entire communities.When roadways have to close unexpectedly, supply chains are delayed and people can’t get to work on time.All of these inconveniences add up to a big problem, increasing the cost of doing business and dissuading firms from opening up shop in town. Infrastructure needs to be viewed as a state priority, not a responsibility of individual counties and towns.We don’t spend our lives in one town or county as our ancestors did. Schenectady’s bridges are regularly crossed by people from Troy and Albany and every single part of the state. We should collectively pitch in for their repair as a single state.
Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United will be desperate to bounce back in the FA Cup fifth round against Huddersfield on Saturday, their first match featuring opinion dividing video assistant referee (VAR) technology.Defeat at the hands of Newcastle at the weekend left Jose Mourinho’s men second in the Premier League but just four points clear of Tottenham in fifth as the race for the top four heats up.Now they travel to Huddersfield — where they lost in the league earlier this season — ahead of a testing run of fixtures that could define their season, with major questions over how best to deploy club record signing Paul Pogba and new boy Alexis Sanchez. “It’s very difficult to put me in a position where I have to criticise my players,” said Mourinho when quizzed on Pogba’s lack of form, which saw the £89 million ($125 million) midfielder dropped by his Portuguese manager when United last faced Huddersfield a fortnight ago.There have been mixed reactions to the VAR system, which has been used in a handful of League Cup and FA Cup ties.The recent fourth-round FA Cup tie between Liverpool and West Brom proved particularly contentious as the extra official awarded Jurgen Klopp’s side a penalty, ruled out a goal for his opponents then confirmed another would stand.– Mourinho backs VAR –“When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it, if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a question for the referees,” said Mourinho, who said he backed the system but that it needed adjustments to preserve the flow of the game.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
The risk Chelsea run is if no contract extension is agreed by next summer, Hazard may be sold or else the club would risk losing him for nothing at the end of the 2019-20 season.“I know very well that there are discussions between the club and the manager of Eden every week, I think, so if there is something new, the club will call me immediately.”Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday.But apart from Hazard, Sarri also risks losing veterans David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas.Their contracts are up at the end of the campaign and they are locked in a standoff over the length of the new deals being offered.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard must make up his mind whether he wishes to commit to Chelsea and extend his contract worth a rumoured £350,000 ($450,000) a week, the club’s manager Maurizio Sarri said.The 27-year-old — whose present deal runs till June 2020 — was linked with a move to Real Madrid after a stunning World Cup in which he inspired Belgium to their best ever finish of third.However, Sarri said Chelsea’s offer was on the table and now the ball lay in Hazard’s court.Hazard, who joined Chelsea for £32 million from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in 2012, has spoken often about the dilemma he faces in re-signing for the Blues or taking his chances at Real.“The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him if he wants to renew or not,” said Sarri.“I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay here.”
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Town & Country Roofing Inc.Local contractor sponsoring No Roof Left Behind free roof give away for one Thurston County homeowner in needThe national No Roof Left Behind initiative has found sponsorship in Thurston County. Local company, Town & Country Roofing Inc, is now accepting nominations for the free roof on their website.There are a few conditions for the program. Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Thurston County. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. Nominees will be accepted until January 12, 2014. A team of local volunteers will review all the nominees and four will be selected as finalists.The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed on Town & Country Roofing Inc’s No Roof Left Behind homepage. From February 3 thru April 5, 2014 the public will able to vote on the finalist they feel is most deserving. The roof winner will be revealed online on April 15, 2014 and the installation celebration will be held shortly thereafter.Ron Shincke, Owner of Town & Country Roofing is celebrating over 13 years in the roofing industry. One of the most important things for the Town & Country Roofing Inc family is community outreach. “We don’t just work in Thurston County. We live here, shop here and raise our families here. We wanted to let the community know just how important they are to us,” said Shincke. “Providing a free roof seemed like great way to do that.”When he heard about the No Roof Left Behind program as a way to thank communities for their support, Shincke knew it would be a great fit for the big-hearted team at Town & Country Roofing. “We are just so excited about implementing a philanthropic program like this,” he shares.Other local businesses are invited to show their community appreciation as well. “We think it’s a great way to rally the community together,” offers Shincke. “That’s why we’re inviting other neighborhood businesses to show support by way of donations. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out,” he continues. “Just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”For more information about Town & Country Roofing Inc, their No Roof Left Behind program and interviews with Ron Shincke, please call 360-704-7663 or visit our web site.
Ipswich will be without striker Brett Pitman for their trip to Brentford on Saturday.Pitman has been struggling with a thigh injury he recently picked up in training.He also missed the East Anglian side’s EFL Cup defeat by Stevenage on Tuesday.Luke Hyam is also sidelined for the game at Griffin Park but Daryl Murphy will return after being rested for the Stevenage match.“Brett is still out but we will have everyone else available apart from Luke, who is still getting treatment,” Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy confirmed to the club’s website.“Conor Grant has got a slight groin injury but he will be okay. Daryl Murphy is back as well. He trained today and will play at Brentford.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Persons, who knowingly report false information regarding the well-being of children to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), could face criminal sanctions.The warning came from OCR Registrar, Greig Smith, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert System, held at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Tuesday, May 14.Mr. Smith informed that apart from the Child Care and Protection Act, there are various other legislation, which can be enforced to deal with persons, who make prank calls to the agency.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, who is an attorney by profession, informed that such individuals can be charged for creating public mischief.“If you knowingly make a false report, that is in fact a criminal offence and can be punishable under the law and even outside of the Child Care and Protection Act at common-law, there is the Offence of Public Mischief (for) burdening the state’s resources, knowing that it is in fact just mischief,” she said.The MoU, which was signed by various stakeholders is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Signatories included representatives from the Child Development Agency (CDA); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Office of the Children’s Advocate; Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ); and Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.It involves the mobilisation of stakeholders to get the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.The management of the Ananda Alert System, previously the ambit of the Local Government Ministry, was transferred to the OCR, which is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, on March 1, 2013.Contact: Chris Patterson
NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel-powered vehicles will not be banned in the country, the government clarified on Thursday as the automobile industry is at a crossroads with the internal combustion engine (ICE) and rapid transition to electric vehicles.Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport and highways, said, “The government has no intentions of banning the production or stopping the existing petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles. People had apprehensions about buying ICE vehicles, and we are not going to take any such step.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAuto industry experts briefed Gadkari about the rise in prices of vehicles due to BSVI compliant engine. “The industry has sought a relaxation of GST on vehicles due to the extra cost incurred for the transition from BSIV to BSVI compliant engine. I would surely convey this to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and the government may consider the reduction of GST temporarily.” The minister, however, highlighted three significant challenges – import of crude, pollution and road accident – the government is currently facing with the automobile sector. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Firstly, we are aware of how importing crude is impacting the economy. The imports have crossed Rs 7 lakh crore. Pollution is our second big challenge, which is affecting the entire world. The automobile industry is not the reason behind the pollution. Reducing pollution is of national and social interests. Thirdly, we wanted to address the issue of road accidents. Annually, over five lakh road accidents occur across the country. To ensure greater road safety, we introduced the Motor Vehicles Act 2019,” Gadkari said at the 59th annual convention of Siam (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). “We are ready to take inputs and suggestions from the stakeholders and finance minister Nirmala Sitharama is constantly trying to solve the problems of a slowdown in the automobile industry. The government has taken steps to ensure greater liquidity in the system,” Gadkari added. Sitharaman announced a slew of measures on August 23 including making auto loans cheaper, lifting the ban on purchase of new vehicles for replacing old government vehicles, deferring of one-time registration fees till June 2020, additional 15% depreciation on all vehicles and operation of BSIV vehicles for their entire period of registration. With PTI inputs
The Women’s Media Center will honor Ashley Judd with the WMC Speaking Truth to Power Award at the Women’s Media Awards on October 26 at Capitale in New York City.Judd joins 2017 Honorees Jane Fonda, Maria Hinojosa, April Ryan, María Elena Salinas and Gail Tifford. Maya L. Harris, lawyer, MSNBC analyst, senior policy adviser to the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and former board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center, will host this event for the first time.Judd was the first actor to be a named source, and to share her story about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment, which Judd did in The New York Times investigative report.Judd is chair of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, which raises awareness about the scope and toxic impact of online harassment and its costs to women’s civic and political participation.“It’s crucial to call out those like Harvey Weinstein who misuse big power, and also to reward those who risk what small power they have by telling the truth,” said Gloria Steinem, co-founder of The Women’s Media Center. “I would like to pay tribute to my friend Ashley Judd, who travels the world encouraging women and girls to tell the truth about being prostituted and sex trafficked, and who now has led global truth-telling in the most powerful way — by example.”Judd is a feminist who has been working for social justice internationally — through NGO’S, grassroots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies — since 2004. She received Golden Globe nominations for Norma Jean and Marilyn and De-Lovely and Emmy nominations for Norma Jean and Marilyn and Missing. She will next be seen starring in season two of Epix’s political thriller series, Berlin Station.“I chose Ashley to speak at TEDWomen2016 on her experiences as a survivor of cyber attacks, bullying, sexual harassment and her talk posted on TED.com has had huge impact around the world,” said Pat Mitchell, WMC’s board chair and curator and co-host of TEDWomen. “We are thrilled to have her perspective on our WMC program, speaking as she always does, for survivors everywhere.”Lauren Embrey is the chair of the 2017 Women’s Media Awards. Co-chairs are Loreen Arbus, Abigail Disney, Jane Fonda, Mellody Hobson, Victoria Jackson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Susan Pritzker, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, and Mary & Steven Swig. Proceeds support the continuing work of the Women’s Media Center in advancing women and accuracy in the media.Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, said: “At a time of political attacks on women’s equality, safety, bodily integrity, and educational and economic opportunity — and when the role of independent and honest media is being undermined at the highest level of government — our honorees represent trust, truth, and excellence. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, in traditional media or on-line, they tell the stories of our lives, and are champions of accuracy, empathy, and democracy for women in all our diversity. We are proud to celebrate them each year at the Women’s Media Awards.”Past WMC honorees include Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Laura Bates, Samantha Bee, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Mona Eltahawy, Sarah Hoye, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Salma Hayek Pinault, Elianne Ramos, Joy Reid, Yanique Richards, Anita Sarkeesian, Regina K. Scully, Mary Thom (posthumously), Marlo Thomas, Barbara Walters, Padmasree Warrior, Lindy West, and Maggie Wilderotter.The Women’s Media Center was co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, and works to make women visible and powerful in media. We train women leaders in media skills, make women experts available to the media through WMC SheSource, and conduct groundbreaking research and reporting on inclusiveness and accuracy in the media. We also feature women’s voices and stories on our award-winning radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and in WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.To buy tickets, or to find more information about the 2017 Women’s Media Awards and our ongoing work, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.
The Elders today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to act with greater urgency and thoroughness to end sectarian violence targeting Muslim communities on the island. They noted that the Government has taken some measures to counter the criminal violence, but also warned that since unrest erupted on 5 March, police and civil authorities have failed to make sufficient arrests or counter the inflammatory messaging on social media against Muslims being propagated by extremist Buddhist monks. To avoid further deterioration of the security environment and loss of life, The Elders urged decisive action from the Government to end impunity for those committing and inciting violence, defend human rights and promote inter-communal reconciliation.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:“I am deeply alarmed by the recent upsurge in sectarian violence in Sri Lanka. Anti-Muslim attacks are an increasing threat to peace and security across South and South-East Asia, and the authorities in Colombo need to act urgently to restore peace and order before communal relations deteriorate further.”Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder and former UN diplomat, added:“Sri Lanka has had more than its fair share of strife, violence and gross human rights abuses in recent years. The people of Sri Lanka deserve peace, and their Government fully understands and accepts that it has a responsibility to protect the rights of all its people. All political and civil society leaders must reject the toxic rhetoric of Islamophobia from extremist Buddhist monks, the consequences of which can be seen across the region. All should do more to promote tolerance and reconciliation.”