Plan to provide funding for residential estates in Limerick

first_imgEmma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Linkedin Advertisement TAGSChristy McInerneyFianna FáilMusic Limerick WhatsApp Twitter Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy center_img NewsPoliticsPlan to provide funding for residential estates in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – May 8, 2014 671 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSafety concerns in Limerick over Ahane roadNext articleMinister urged to ban posters for next election in Limerick Alan Jacques #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Christy McInerneyRESIDENTIAL estates in Limerick should be provided with a new source of funding over the next five years to tackle local issues.A scheme, proposed by City North local election candidate Christy McInerney, would see up to 10 per cent of the total local property tax paid in each estate “ring-fenced” for essential works that are required in each area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Fianna Fáil hopeful believes this funding would help tackle key issues such as poor lighting, removal of graffiti, road maintenance and the upkeep of green areas.“The scheme would enable local resident committees apply for funding to tackle the key issues in their area. It would include the likely cost, the proposed suppliers subject to a tender process and the feedback from local residents on why they want these issues tackled,” he explained.He also envisages a localised capital programme for residential estates similar to the Sports Capital Grant Scheme to address problems that resident associations do not have funding from the local authority to tackle.“The basic premise of the plan is that the substantial property tax, which these estates will be paying in 2014, should be used to service the very areas it is collected from. I believe that we need to look at politics at every level from a new perspective and approach what we as public representatives want to achieve in a different way,” he said.last_img read more

How Aging in Place Is Restricting Young Homebuyers

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Home / Daily Dose / How Aging in Place Is Restricting Young Homebuyers Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seniors who are aging in place hold 1.6 million housing units off the market, according to the February Insight, released by Freddie Mac on Wednesday. The report sheds light on today’s housing shortage and pointed out that senior choosing to age in place is a key factor contributing to it. This has also been identified as a significant barrier to young adults buying their first homes. “We estimate that approximately 1.6 million more senior households are staying in place than would have been the case if they had behaved like previous generations of homeowners,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac. “For scale, 1.6 million units is roughly the same as the number of new single-family and multifamily housing units built each year, and it represents more than half of the current shortfall of 2.5 million housing units that we estimated in our December Insight.”Khater also indicated that the additional demand for homeownership from seniors will increase the relative price of owning vs renting, “making renting more attractive to younger generations.” “This further highlights the importance of addressing barriers to the production of new housing supply to help accommodate long-term housing demand,” he added. Among the key highlights of the report, seniors born after 1931 were found to be staying in their homes longer leading to higher homeownership rates for this group compared to previous generations. Freddie Mac estimates that 1.1 million existing homes have been held off the market through 2018 by those born between 1931 and 1941. Another 300,000 units are being held off the market by those born between 1942 and 1947, per the report estimates. Baby Boomers born between 1948 and 1958 hold another 250,000 off the market, the report revealed. Quoting data from the Urban Institute, the report stated that 3.4 million millennials are missing out on homeownership. The projection is that the trend of seniors aging in place will continue to record an increase, as both the number of seniors increases and the barriers to aging in place are reduced. Community satisfaction and quality of life were cited as the two reasons keeping senior homeowners in a particular place. Read the full report here. Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Freddie Mac housing shortage Sam Khater Senior Homeownership How Aging in Place Is Restricting Young Homebuyers Share Save Previous: Wells Fargo Gives Homebuyers a LIFT Next: Shedding Light on Reconstruction Costs Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing February 6, 2019 4,358 Views Freddie Mac housing shortage Sam Khater Senior Homeownership 2019-02-06 Donna Joseph The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Spencer Rascoff launches second SPAC

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Spencer Rascoff (Photo by Kevin Scanlon/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Why have one SPAC when you could have two?Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff, who raised $350 million for his first blank-check firm this fall, has just launched a second SPAC, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday. Dubbed Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, the SPAC is looking to raise $250 million to invest in the “broader technology sector,” the filing shows. It is targeting companies valued between $1 billion and $5 billion.Rascoff, who stepped down as CEO of Zillow in 2019 and last second-home startup Pacaso last year , has been a cheerleader for SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, that take companies public via reverse merger. In October, he tweeted that “SPACs remedy many of the problems with IPOs and offer new benefits. ”With Supernova II, Rascoff is again co-chairing the SPAC with Alexander Klabin, a hedge funder who is executive chairman at Sotheby’s Financial Services, a branch of the auction house that deals with art financing. Robert Reid, a former Blackstone Group exec, will serve as CEO, and Michael Clifton, a former principal at the Carlyle Group, will be its CFO.During last year’s SPAC frenzy, 248 blank-check firms went public, raising $83 billion. So far this year, 134 SPACs have gone public, raising $40.4 billion, according to SPAC Insider.More than a dozen SPACs are focused on proptech, including Fifth Wall Ventures, which closed a $345 million SPAC offering this week. Over the past few months, startups including and Opendoor have gone public via SPACs. Several others, including smart-glass maker View; smart-lock startup Latch; and VR company Matterport are set to follow.Read moreThese SPACs are courting proptech Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff forms SPAC The Closing: Spencer Rascoff Tags SPACSpencer Rascoff Full Name* Share via Shortlink Contact E.B. Solomont Message*last_img read more

USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus Wraps Up Active Support for Dawn Blitz 2013

first_img View post tag: USNS View post tag: Navy View post tag: 2013 USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus Wraps Up Active Support for Dawn Blitz 2013 USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) wrapped up active support for exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 off the coast of San Diego June 20.The ship operated as a training platform for the Marine Combat Logistics Regiment-17, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and U.S. Navy Sailors with Naval Beach Group 1, Expeditionary Strike Group 3.Lummus, anchored offshore, gave Dawn Blitz participants the ability to test and train with the improved Navy Lighterage System, which enables transportation of equipment and vehicles from ship to shore.Over seven days, Sailors and Marines transported rolling stock equipment, and shipping containers, staging it on Lummus and then off-loading the equipment for transportation to shore. The training is designed to simulate operations that would take place during real-world scenarios such as humanitarian assistance and combat missions.“Beach Group One has always enjoyed a close working relationship with Military Sealift Command (MSC),” said Cmdr. Ray Franklin, MSC Pacific operations officer. “Being able to use Lummus as a training platform during this exercise is a great way for us to continue to foster that relationship and to continue to provide a variety of support to our Navy and Marine Corps forces. Present requirements and future necessity to project power ashore will mean more exercises like Dawn Blitz and more opportunities for MSC to provide our special brand of support.”USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) is also providing logistics support at sea to the U.S. Navy foreign navy ships participating in the Dawn Blitz exercise through underway replenishments.Dawn Blitz 2013 includes seven ships just off the coast and simulates an air and ground task force assaulting an enemy beach or delivering large numbers of troops along with food and supplies from ship to shore in a disaster relief operation. The exercise is the last event in a series of training designed to test the Navy and Marine Corps’ abilities in the planning and execution of complex amphibious operations from ship-to-shore.Featured training includes more than 5,000 U.S. Marines, Sailors and coalition forces from Canada, Japan and New Zealand; as well as military observers from seven countries watching the exercise, including large-scale amphibious assaults, sea-basing operations, mine warfare operations, live-fire opportunities, and Maritime Prepositioning of Forces. The exercise also includes battle-space shaping operations, force-on-force training, special operations forces, operational planning, live-fire opportunities, infantry immersion training, shipboard driver qualification, MV-22 Osprey take-offs and landings aboard a Japanese ship and the largest multilateral amphibious landing on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach, scheduled for June 24.MSC operates approximately 110 non-combatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.[mappress]Press Release, June 21, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: 1st View post tag: Defence June 21, 2013 View post tag: Dawn View post tag: Blitz View post tag: Wraps View post tag: up View post tag: Naval View post tag: jack View post tag: Lummus View post tag: LT Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus Wraps Up Active Support for Dawn Blitz 2013 View post tag: Active View post tag: Support Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System Completes Series of Tests

first_img Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System Completes Series of Tests View post tag: Aegis Combat System This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense (IAMD)-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system’s accuracy in identifying and destroying threats from beyond the radar horizon.The first of three Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) exercises involved a long-range mission, known as AS-2A, which used data from a non-Aegis system to identify targets in a stressing scenario. The second and third tests, AS-2B and AS-2C, were conducted in increasingly difficult conditions that involved targets at varying altitudes and cross-sections.“NIFC-CA is a game changer for the U.S. Navy because it can be used in collaboration with other systems, to track and destroy approaching cruise missiles at much longer distances than existing technologies can,” said Jim Sheridan, director of Aegis U.S. Navy programs for Lockheed Martin. “This validation of the NIFC-CA capability aboard a destroyer comes on the heels of the successful cruiser tests we completed onboard USS Chancellorsville back in August 2013 and we look forward to seeing this capability fielded in the fleet.”NIFC-CA will be deployed on the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group in 2015 after completing additional testing this year.[mappress]Press Release, July 09, 2014; Image: Lockheed Martin Back to overview,Home naval-today Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System Completes Series of Tests View post tag: Baseline 9 Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic July 9, 2014center_img View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System recently completed multiple exercises including the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6). View post tag: completes View post tag: Series View post tag: Tests Share this articlelast_img read more

Law Enforcement Preparing For Students Returning To School

first_imgOn Friday, August 02, 2019 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference at the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation bus garage in order to announce the new SAVE program.Next week Vanderburgh County students will be returning to school for the 2019-2020 school year. The Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department and EVSC School Police will be stepping up traffic enforcement around area schools and bus routes to help make sure this school year gets off to a safe start.New for this year is a program created by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to help combat school bus stop arm violations. The SAVE program, which stands for Stop Arm Violation Enforcement, is designed to protect transportation routes to and from school by increasing enforcement of Indiana’s school bus stop arm laws.Indiana recently increased the penalty for recklessly disregarding a school bus stop arm from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Class A Misdemeanor. The offense becomes a Level 6 Felony if a child or other person is injured as a result.Beginning on August 07, deputies and officers will be following school buses in both marked and unmarked vehicles looking for violations of Indiana’s school bus stop arm laws. Drivers who fail to pay attention and stop for a school bus stop arm will be cited for Disregarding a School Bus Stop Arm as a Class A Infraction. Drivers who intentionally drive around a stopped school bus with an extended stop arm face a more severe penalty and may be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor.The beginning of school will result in a large number of buses on the road, children getting on and off those buses, new bus stop locations, new bus routes, congestion in and around the schools, new student drivers and many other factors to be aware of as our kids return to the classroom.Sheriff Wedding explained, “Our deputies will be patrolling all of our county school zones and bus routes this year. Law enforcement officers throughout the city and county will be watching for unsafe driving behavior, checking for speed violations in school zones, monitoring bus routes for safety issues and enforcing school bus stop arm violations.”At some school locations, sheriff’s deputies will be assisting school personnel with traffic direction in and out of the school parking lots and drop off zones. The Vanderburgh County Highway Department has placed large school zone warning signs near schools to help warn drivers.Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation schools, Corpus Christi School and St. Joseph School will begin their first day on Wednesday, August 07, 2019. Resurrection Catholic School begins on Thursday, August 08, 2019.Tips For Back To School Safety:If bus service is available, please utilize it.Please take pictures of your new student before you get to the school. Do not park in the drop-off zones of any of the schools to take your child into class.Utilize the proper restraint systems in your vehicle.Keep your speed to a minimum and pay extra attention in and around school zones and near school bus loading areas.When a school bus stops and a red stop arm or flashing red lights appear, children are boarding or exiting the bus. Be on the lookout for children crossing the street even after the bus has moved on.Please, no cell phone use in the school zones while operating a vehicle and no texting at any time while operating a vehicle.Encourage children getting on and off school buses to be very mindful of surrounding traffic, because the traffic may not be watching for them.Give yourself plenty of time. Do not let the frustration of running late compromise the good driving decisions you make.Please call 911 to report dangerous driving situations.Footnote: The SAVE program is made possible by funding provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgVANDERBURGH COUNTY JUDGES UNOPPOSED BUT WORTHY OF YOUR VOTEWe feel that its Incumbent upon us to point out that on November 6, 2018, General election ballot are Judicial candidates running for re-election unimposed and are worthy of your complimentary vote.We are fortunate that Vanderburgh County has several outstanding Judicial candidates that have served our community with honor and integrity that adheres to the letter of the law that are listed on the November general election ballot as unimposed candidates. Each and every Judge listed on the November general ballot are involved in our community, they are not only held in high esteemed by their peers locally but also statewide. Each and every Judge are approachable, intelligent, fair-minded, ethical and are down to earth.The City Council Observer urges to cast your vote for the following Vanderburgh County Judicial candidates who are running for re-election unopposed.We urge you to cast your vote for the Honorable Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge David D. Kiely who is running unopposed for re-election?  We are glad that he’s unopposed because he has done an outstanding job as the Circuit Court Judge for Vanderburgh County.  We highly recommend that you give him a complimentary vote on election day?The following Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judges are also running for re-election as unopposed candidates. We also feel that they are also worthy of your complimentary vote because they have also have served us well.They are the Honorable-Margaret Lloyd (Chief Judge), Honorable-Brett Neimeier, Honorable Robert J. Tornatta, and the Honorable Wayne S. Trockman.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

We’re better than the bullying and hate we’re seeing now

first_imgDear Editor:“Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”- Pastor M. Niemoller when those that have, forget when they could not, we have ignorance. For a government who represents a people as diverse as we are to now dictate a hateful, fearful venom is disgraceful. We are better than this. We have to be. It’s not just that the nations are watching. It’s that our children are. Several years ago I joined a cohort of teachers at Kean University. Our purpose was to learn how to better teach anti-bullying techniques using history specifically the Holocaust. We read how fear permeated through the cold walls of the ghettos. We saw video of survivors who described how they hid and in spite of so much hate; it was often an insider who showed some kindness. Whether a piece of bread or a warm place to hide. Anything that helped another soul survive one more night was a slap to the face of racism, hatred and death. Now is not the time to be silent. Now is not the time to ignore the harassment, intimidation and bullying of other souls. We have to march, we have to write, we have to remind our government that it works for us not the other way around. I am proud that we are a sanctuary city. I am proud we can see past our problems and see that no one should live in fear. We are better than this, we have to be.Hilario Nunezlast_img read more

Creche Pilgrimage features nativity scenes, brings community in to meditate

first_imgSong, prayer and children’s voices rang out across campus this Sunday as the South Bend and Notre Dame communities came together for Notre Dame’s sixth annual Creche Pilgrimage. Hosted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life, the event featured 30 creches — Nativity scenes — from Africa which were distributed around seven different locations on Notre Dame’s campus, including Jenkins-Nanovic Halls, the Eck Vistors Center, Coleman Morse Center, Geddes Hall, Hesburgh Library, Main Building and the Snite Museum of Art. Starting at Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, participants spent time viewing and meditating at the various creches while the Notre Dame Our Lady’s Consort Chamber Choir serenaded them in the background. After a gospel reading and recitation of a mystery of the Rosary, participants filed out to repeat the same program at the next few stops on the pilgrimage. The event was widely attended by residents of the South Bend community, especially parents with young children.Senior Theresa Rice, a Church Life intern for the McGrath Institute, said the event was intended to unify the South Bend and Notre Dame campus communities during the Advent season.  “It seems a really intuitive union of a campus community that sometimes a little insular — and a larger South Bend community,” Rice said. “It’s one of those events the McGrath Institute does that reaches out — that doesn’t just serve Notre Dame or the academic community but serves the parish and local family community as well. I think one purpose [of the event] is just to foster that engagement but also to enrich our understanding of the Nativity.”Each creche depicted the Nativity uniquely, inviting the viewer to contemplate a different aspect of Christ’s birth. While some creches show Christ being welcomed with joy and celebration, others focused more on the poverty and lowliness he was born into. All sought to emphasize Christ as the central figure, according to the printed brochure for the event.  “I think my own engagement with the Nativity story has been really cool,” Rice said. “We have 30 creches and I got to write the descriptions for each of them. So I meditated on the pictures provided … and think about, what does it mean that Mary is kneeling in this one? What does it mean that there are four shepherds in this one but no shepherds and three wisemen in the other one?” Many of the participants of the event expressed similar appreciation for the beauty and compelling narratives the creches offered. One creche made of corn husks captured the attention of Gail Dukes, a librarian at the Holy Cross School in South Bend.  “Their eyes were huge. I think eyes are mirrors to the soul and the explanation of how they were amazed at the child and what was happening — their eyes were just amazed,” Dukes said. “And I liked the detailed creches with the beads — to make those ones you have to sit down and connect every bead. … You have to be dedicated to finishing such detailed work.”Rice said seeing the enthusiasm of participants like Duke is one of the things that makes the event so special. “Just seeing people’s engagement with the displays … that’s been really cool to see the way it has enriched the campus community,” Rice said. “And it’s so great to have them [the creches] around to remind me of Christmas, you know, when life gets busy.” Graduate student Angela Martinez said she appreciated the way the event spread Christmas spirit to the broader community.“I live in town now, so it’s nice how campus is able to offer this for the community and for families, and help us enter into the Christmas spirit in the life of Christ,” Martinez said. Tags: creches, nativity scene, Pilgrimagelast_img read more

EPA takes step to improve Lake Champlain water quality

first_imgAfter a careful review, EPA has disapproved Vermont’s 2002 water quality plan that set phosphorus targets for discharges into Lake Champlain. Following this action, EPA intends to work closely and collaboratively with the State to develop a new plan for reductions in phosphorus from sources in Vermont. Elevated levels of phosphorus cause algae blooms and other water quality problems in Lake Champlain. Today’s action follows EPA’s reconsideration and withdrawal of its 2002 approval of the plan. The Conservation Law Foundation had challenged that approval in federal court.EPA’s decision concerns Vermont’s 2002 Lake Champlain Phosphorus ‘TMDL,’ a technical document that establishes the ‘Total Maximum Daily Load’ for phosphorus in the lake. The TMDL is a pollution budget for an impaired water body, which identifies the pollutant loads that may be contributed by various sources at levels that will restore and maintain water quality. Under the federal Clean Water Act, TMDLs must meet certain requirements.In the decision announced today, EPA concluded that certain aspects of Vermont’s 2002 phosphorus TMDL for Lake Champlain did not satisfy federal requirements. EPA found that the TMDL did not provide sufficient assurance that phosphorus reductions from polluted runoff will be achieved, and it did not provide an adequate margin of safety to account for uncertainty in the analysis. EPA will now begin working closely with Vermont environmental officials to prepare a new TMDL for the parts of Lake Champlain addressed in Vermont’s 2002 TMDL. During this upcoming process, EPA will ensure ample opportunity for public input.‘We plan to work together with the State in our shared goal of better protecting Lake Champlain,’ said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. ‘Our action today doesn’t mean that Vermont’s earlier efforts haven’t had value. But looking forward, clearly more needs to be done to address the challenges presented by ongoing pollution. This action also should not affect ongoing lake restoration projects such as those supported by Vermont’s Clean and Clear initiative and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. These projects are very important and should continue while the TMDL is being revised.’With or without the 2002 TMDL in place, Lake Champlain remains impaired and in need of restoration. Water quality monitoring data clearly indicate that significant work is needed to reduce phosphorus to the levels necessary to protect the lake. In the past, some observers have speculated that a new TMDL could result in stricter pollution limits for wastewater treatment plants within the Lake Champlain basin, but Spalding cautioned that ‘It is too early to know what effect a revised TMDL will have on permits for wastewater treatment plant discharges or stormwater discharges. This will become clearer as the TMDL is developed.’Although this disapproval does not apply to the New York portion of the Lake Champlain TMDL (which was approved separately from the Vermont portion in 2002 and was not contested), EPA will seek to involve New York in the development of any aspects of the new Vermont TMDL that might affect the New York TMDL, including for example, any updates to the lake modeling work used to develop the phosphorus loading capacity of the lake.More information:- TMDLs in New England ( is external))- EPA Disapproval Decision Document for VT 2002 Phosphorus TMDL ( is external)) (Boston, Mass. ‘ Jan. 24, 2011) ‘last_img read more

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