Major water charges protest planned for Limerick City

first_imgUniversity Hospital Limerick has public image challenge Print NewsBreaking newsMajor water charges protest planned for Limerick CityBy Alan Jacques – November 21, 2014 808 Irish Cement plant in Limerick back on environmental agency’s watch-list Facebook Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleUL GAA and Bank of Ireland present 36 High Performance ScholarshipsNext articleSporting Limerick Podcast Week ending 23/11/14 Alan Jacques WhatsApp by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FOLLOWING angry scenes outside the Absolute Hotel this Monday as anti-water charge protesters attempted to get their views across to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, a third major demonstration is now planned for November 29 in the city centre.Following two previous protests that brought thousands of people to the streets of the city in recent months, the Anti Austerity Alliance’s ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign will keep the pressure on the Government on Saturday week.The protest, organized under the banner ‘No Means No’, is in response to attempts to cut across the growing revolt by reducing the level of the bills.Protest organisers, however, say that whatever the charge is initially, it will inevitably rise if introduced, and they are calling for its complete abolition.According to City North AAA councillor, Cian Prendiville, one of the organisers of the protest, the march will send a very clear message to the Government. Cllr Prendiville maintains that the Government are “desperately trying to divide the opposition to water charges, in the hope of keeping people off the streets”.“They hope that their concessions will stop the revolt that is developing, and mean that they get the charges in and can increase them later. But every concession they give is just further proof that we can beat them. Next Saturday we need another huge protest in Limerick to send a clear message: No Means No – Abolish the Water charges!” he declared.Fellow Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Paul Keller says the protest was scheduled to coincide with the new Irish Water registration deadline.“This will be a major, family-friendly protest right on the eve of Irish Water’s new deadline, to let them and the Government know that we will not be paying this unjust charge. Mass non-payment has beaten water charges before, and it is clear that we can do it again,” said Cllr Keller.center_img TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Paul KellerFinance Minister Michael NoonanlimerickWater Charges Twitter Council collects €53 million in commercial rates Friday the 13th nightmare for opponents of Irish Cement tyre-burning plans Advertisement Councillors ‘should be given P45s’ over Aughinish planning decision Boycott of Israeli goods rejected by Council Linkedinlast_img read more

Highwayman’s bridge is being repaired

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleGardaí devising strategy to combat knife crimeNext articleTreaty City Brewery – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully Staff Reporter Cllr Cathal Crow pointing to the memorial plaque on Barrly-Thomous Bridge.A BRIDGE with an historic past on the outskirts of Limerick city is getting a new lease of life.Cllr. Cathal Crowe has welcomed the commencement of essential repairs works on an old stone bridge that straddles a mountain stream on the parish boundary between Cratloe and Meelick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last weekend, contractors working for Clare County Council installed scaffolding to facilitate repair works on Barrly-Thomous Bridge.This single-arched stone bridge, constructed in 1837 has been in a perilous state for a number of months. Throughout the month of February, heavily laden trucks carrying cut timber from a nearby forestry plantation loosened some of the bridge’s stonework.Cllr Crowe says that the trucks “exacerbated a problem that is likely to already have started owing to the lack of maintenance the bridge received over its 182 years of existence.”The councillor feared that with the structural integrity of the bridge’s parapet compromised there was a risk of vehicles plunging to the valley floor 30 feet below.“I have a great grá for Barrly-Thomous Bridge. It is only a stone’s throw from my family’s ancestral home at Woodcock Hill and my uncle’s farm bounds on bridge itself,” said Cllr Crowe, who has been highlight the need for works for several years.“I am chairman of the Woodcock Hill Enhancement Committee which, in 2016, installed a plaque on the parapet of Barrly-Thomous Bridge commemorating its illustrious folklore.“In the years before the bridge was built a highwayman, named Morrissey, sat on a flat stone at the fording point of the stream and attacked stagecoaches as they negotiated the water and rocks.“Armed with a blunderbuss, Morrissey often relieved his victims of fortunes – which he supposedly shared with his poor neighbours. He was, in effect, a ‘Robin Hood’ of his day.“On his deathbed, he told family and neighbours that his stash of valuables was buried beneath an oak tree in Cratloe Woods with the ace of spades carved on it. The lure of instant wealth sent many people from near and far on a prospecting frenzy.“To protect the loot from falling into the ‘wrong hands’, Morrissey’s closest friends are said to have carved the ace of spades onto all tree trunks in the woods. This greatly confused the prospectors and ensured, as folklore would have it, that Morrissey’s treasures were never ever found.” NewsLocal NewsPoliticsHighwayman’s bridge is being repairedBy Staff Reporter – May 22, 2019 725 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email TAGSheritageLimerick City and Countylocal newsNewspoliticsrepair TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Natural selection in house mice (Mus musculus) from South Georgia (South Atlantic Ocean)

first_imgMice living in tussock grass on a remote headland of the South Atlantic island of South Georgia (54°S) where the mean temperature is less than 2°C and the monthly average below 0°C for four months each year have been studied. They are big animals (although not as large as those on some North Atlantic islands) and have much brown fat, showing their response to their cold environment. Only two out of 27 gene loci scored electrophoretically were segregating (3·4% heterozygosity); these (Es‐6, Got‐2) are four cross‐over units apart on chromosome 8, and were in strong linkage disequilibrium. There were marked changes in allele frequencies with age which go in opposite directions in males and females, showing the action of stabilizing selection: Es‐6a increased from 16% in males of less than three months, to 35% in older animals; it declined in females from 36 to 19%.last_img read more

Coronavirus: the sales go on!

first_imgUK property auctioneer, Auction House, has pledged that all of its scheduled sales will take place this year – even if a restriction on gatherings during the Coronavirus outbreak means that lots get transferred into an online sale.The announcement coincides with the release of the group’s latest results, which show that 453 lots were sold in February (compared to 457 in February 2019), at an impressive success rate of 80.2%, raising nearly £56m (£55,872,374). Since the beginning of 2020, a total of 506 lots have been sold, at a success rate of 79.2%, raising £61.8m – which is 8.7% up on last year.Roger Lake, Auction House Director, said, “Despite some expectations to the contrary, the auction market stayed strong in February with many sellers selecting the auction method after deciding the time was right for them. Whilst the number of entries is marginally down from last year, demand has been buoyant, with busy salerooms and enthusiastic bidding, and our sale rate is well ahead of the norm.“But like the rest of the world, we’re entering unchartered waters with the Coronavirus pandemic – which is inevitably going to impact on our activities in the event of public gatherings being restricted or even banned altogether. As a result, arrangements are being put in place to sell auction lots through our proven Online Sales system, which we’ve been operating for the past five years.”UK property auctioneer online auctioneers Roger Lake Auction House April 17, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » Coronavirus: the sales go on! previous nextAuctions newsCoronavirus: the sales go on!The Negotiator17th April 20200153 Viewslast_img read more

UK: HMS Argyll Ready for Coming Challenges

first_img July 20, 2011 View post tag: Argyll Training & Education View post tag: UK View post tag: Navy View post tag: challenges UK: HMS Argyll Ready for Coming Challenges View post tag: Coming Share this article View post tag: Naval Back and ready to take her place among the ships of the front-line Fleet is the oldest and – thanks to a £20m year-long revamp – most potent frigate.It took 13 months to turn an inanimate, largely lifeless, hull in the middle of a refit into a cutting-edge warship ready for anything that global events and nature can throw at her.Nine months after emerging from that comprehensive makeover in Rosyth, the Devonport-based frigate came through her final, acid test: Operational Sea Training.And passed, like she has done every trial and inspection this past year or so “with flying colours”.Argyll began to ‘crew up’ in earnest in May 2010 – four months before her refit was due to conclude.Just shy of 300,000 man hours were devoted to the ship’s refit as the Type 23 frigate received the latest version of the Seawolf air defence missile system, a new command system, one new main gas turbine, two generators, and the MOD’s latest e-mail and internet system, DII(F).She emerged from that refit three days ahead of schedule – and has maintained that impressive pace throughout the long road back to front-line duties.It all came to a head with two months in the hands of the Flag Officer Sea Training instructors and assessors this spring/summer.A large part of the training consisted of simulated battles on a daily basis whether externally with enemy missiles, aircraft, ships and submarines or internally with fires, floods and machinery breakdowns – most of which occurred simultaneously on Thursdays on the infamous ‘Thursday War’.The final phase of training was specific to the role that Argyll will perform for real towards the end of the year when she deploys east of Suez on maritime security patrols.“Argyll is ready, in all respects, to undertake any operational tasking as part of the Fleet,” said her Commanding Officer Cdr Paul Stroude.“We have achieved this significant milestone with the perseverance, hard work and sheer determination of the crew.“I am truly proud of the ship’s company and the team that delivered her refit. The name of HMS Argyll is now synonymous with professionalism of the highest order.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, July 20, 2011; View post tag: HMS View post tag: Ready View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Argyll Ready for Coming Challenges last_img read more

USA: Department of Navy Logistical Employees Get Award

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Department of Navy Logistical Employees Get Award The Adm. Stanley R. Arthur Awards for Logistics Excellence were presented to Department of the Navy logistical employees during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 7.The awards were established in 1997, to recognize individuals and specially-formed logistics teams each year, that best personify logistics professionalism and distinction. “The increasingly dynamic operating environment, and the very tough fiscal climate we currently face demand we optimize logistics – to both enhance our capabilities and reduce our operating costs,” said Vice Adm. Philip Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. “Today’s award winners have done much to help move us toward both of those two objectives.”Lt. Col. Charles Jones, from Naval Air Systems Command, was named as the 2011 Military Logistician of the Year at the ceremony.Michael Robinson, assigned to Military Sealift Command, was named as the 2011 Civilian Logistician of the Year.Naval Air Systems Command, Operation Tomodachi Technical Team, received the 2011 Operational Logistics Team of the Year award.The Naval Medical Logistics Command Team out of Fort Detrick, Md., was named 2011 Joint Logistics Team of the Year.“I am pleasantly surprised we’re being honored, but this team has worked very hard to make sure that we get the job done,” said Clyde Magas, an electrical engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command, Operation Tomodachi Technical Team. “The whole team deserves it.”Individual winners are given $5,000 each, while winning teams are given $10,000 to be distributed to the members by the parent command.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 12, 2012 View post tag: Department View post tag: Logistical USA: Department of Navy Logistical Employees Get Award View post tag: award View post tag: Navy View post tag: employeescenter_img View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: News by topic June 12, 2012 View post tag: get Share this articlelast_img read more

Fire Burns Bayfront Home on W. 17th Street in Ocean City

first_imgThe Ocean City Fire Department battles a fire on W. 17th Street in Ocean City early on May 1, 2014.Ocean City firefighters battled a blaze at a waterfront home at 230-232 W. 17th Street early Thursday morning (May 1).A neighbor first reported the fire at about 4 a.m., according to Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig.The first units to arrive found flames burning through the roof in the rear of the home. Strong south winds intensified the fire and threatened neighboring homes, Breunig said.He said firefighters quickly went into defensive mode to protect adjacent homes and to contain the fire to the second story of the home.Nobody was in the residence when the fire broke out, and the second floor had been undergoing renovation work, Breunig said.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Nobody was injured in the firefighting effort of a little more than an hour. Mutual aid from Somers Point, Marmora and Upper Township Rescue was requested to assist at the fire scene and to cover stations while crews were tied up bringing the fire under control.The majority of the fire damage was limited to the second floor, Breunig said, but the building might be a total loss.Damage to a home on W. 17th Street in Ocean City is extensive. Damage to a home at 230-232 W. 17th Street in Ocean City, NJ.last_img read more

Six from Harvard win Rhodes

first_imgThe six Harvard seniors study widely diverse fields, including computer science, Chinese studies, human migration, economic development, global health science, and math and science education. What they have in common is that they’re all incoming Rhodes Scholars.They were named Sunday as recipients of the prestigious academic awards, among only 32 scholars selected nationally. Aidan C. de B. Daly, Julian B. Gewirtz, Allan J. Hsiao, Benjamin B.H. Wilcox, Nina M. Yancy, and Phillip Z. Yao, all members of the Class of 2013, will receive scholarships that cover the cost of two or three years’ study at the University of Oxford.True local bragging rights, however, may belong to Harvard’s Quincy House, and more specifically to its sixth floor. Four of the six — Daly, Gewirtz, Wilcox, and Yancy — reside on that floor. Wilcox and Gewirtz are even roommates.Here are short profiles of the scholars.Aidan C. de B. Daly For Daly, a concentrator in computer science with a secondary concentration in molecular and cellular biology, becoming a Rhodes Scholar opens a world of opportunities at the crossroads of his fields.“I’m interested in applying computational techniques to problems in the natural sciences,” said Daly, who plans to pursue Oxford’s two-year master’s through research program to explore new areas involving his disciplines. “The U.K. is a particularly auspicious location to study biological problems, being the site of the two largest revolutions in biology: the Darwinian, and the DNA. I believe computational biology is the next revolution. Oxford’s partnership with Microsoft for their 2020 Science Program, among other things, reveals a similar belief and makes it a particularly attractive place to study.”Daly said his time at Harvard, particularly in the computer science department, deepened his interest in research and helped him to define a love of interdisciplinary science. A member of Harvard’s crew and kendo martial arts teams since his freshman year, Daly is now the team captain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club.“Not only have I had the chance to take wonderful and eye-opening classes, but I have had the chance to take part in a large-scale research project in clean energy these past two years spanning the chemistry and computer science departments,” Daly said. “I also discovered kendo my first year at Harvard, and my participation and eventual leadership of that club has been a wonderful experience, improving me physically and mentally.”Julian B. GewirtzGewirtz is a concentrator in history with a secondary field in English. Fluent in Mandarin, Gewirtz wrote his senior thesis on the influence of Western economists on Chinese reform. He writes for the Huffington Post on China-related topics and was the publisher of the Harvard Advocate last year.“Oxford has extraordinary faculty and resources for the study of China, and China is so important for the future,” Gewirtz said. “Its re-emergence and modernization is really a world-historic event. I want to learn more and be writing about this, and I also hope eventually to become a participant in the development of U.S.-China relations.”Gewirtz plans to use the scholarship to continue his studies on China at Oxford, reading for the master of studies in global and imperial history during the first year, and for the interdisciplinary master of science in modern Chinese studies in his second year.“It’s been an incredibly exciting 24 hours,” Gewirtz said. “The Rhodes has such an amazing tradition, and I am incredibly grateful to the mentors and friends who supported me through this process, and during my whole time at Harvard. My teachers here have made a tremendous difference to my growth and development.”Allan J. HsiaoAn Adams House resident and economics concentrator, Hsiao plans to use the scholarship to continue his studies of human migration in the context of the developing world. He will pursue two one-year degrees at Oxford: a master of Chinese studies, followed by a master of science in migration studies.“Oxford is at the forefront of research on human migration and poverty,” said Hsiao. “Having access to those scholars will certainly shape how I think about the field. My senior thesis is an economic analysis of issues related to the migrant labor population in China, a population made up of over 200 million people. I’ve also conducted fieldwork consisting of interviews with migrant laborers in southern China. And hearing their stories of both struggle and success in the cities has helped me to better understand the situation beyond the data.”Intrigued by what motivates people to migrate, and what they leave behind, Hsiao has studied Chinese, French, Korean, Arabic, and Haitian Creole, spending one summer studying abroad in Korea and another in China.“While I find the languages themselves to be fascinating, I’m also driven by the possibilities they open up,” Hsiao said, “particularly for speaking to people about their lives and their stories.”Benjamin B.H. WilcoxWilcox, a concentrator in history, plans to use his scholarship to continue to study political theory and development economics at Oxford.“It’s a very exciting opportunity to try and answer the same questions I’ve been wrestling with at Harvard, exploring how democracy and development go hand in hand,” Wilcox said. “My work centers on the idea that those two things can, and must, go together.”A passionate cyclist, Wilcox biked across the United States during the summer of 2009, and followed up with a trip from Norway to Italy the next summer.“One thing that unifies everything I do is that I try to see the world from different perspectives,” he said. “There are many, many valid outlooks, and there is not one development solution. When we go to other parts of the world and try to help, it’s important to first find out what is needed, and what is wanted, from the people in those regions.”Wilcox said the scholarship was the result of a strong team effort. “Being a Rhodes Scholar never would have been possible without a huge team of supportive faculty and advisers here at Harvard,” he said. “I have benefited from many, many professors who have gone out of their way to help me through this process, and over the past four years at Harvard.”Nina M. YancySocial studies concentrator Yancy, a member of the Harvard Ballet Company and choreographer for the Harvard Expressions Dance Company, said being named a Rhodes Scholar had expanded her goals exponentially.“I feel like the trajectory of my life has drastically changed in just one weekend,” Yancy said. “This will be a broadening experience in every sense. … Being a Rhodes Scholar puts you in touch with people from all over the world of incredibly high caliber, and I hope to look at my research on a global scale, which will give me a new and wider perspective.”Yancy, who has interned in the British House of Commons, for CNN, and for the Center of American Political Studies, plans to use her scholarship to complete a master of science in global health science at Oxford, followed by a master of science in comparative social policy.“Being at Harvard has been both instrumental and transformational,” she said. “When I came to Harvard, I had no idea how it would shape me: what kind of person I was going to be, or how it was going to change me. I think it will be the same with Oxford. It’s going to be a wild and wonderful ride. I have no idea where it’s going to lead, but I can’t wait to see what happens.”Phillip Z. YaoWinthrop House resident Phillip Yao, a concentrator in physics with a secondary concentration in philosophy, is passionate about the intersection of education and technology. He plans to use the Rhodes scholarship to complete a master of science in education in learning and technology.“I’m fascinated by how we can integrate new technology meaningfully into the classroom in math and science education,” Yao said. “Working with the learning and new technologies research group will not only expand my idea of what’s possible in the classroom, but sharpen my approach to educational analysis. And being part of the community of Rhodes Scholars will also give me direct contact with extraordinary people who have really committed themselves to addressing some of the important issues of our time.”Previously chair of education policy of the Harvard Undergraduate Council and teacher for New York City’s Prep for Prep program, Yao founded a virtual library for more than a million students in India with Pratham, the largest educational NGO in the world, under a summer fellowship.“Coming into Harvard, you worry a lot about academic and social life,” said Yao. “But over the years, through conversations in classrooms and common rooms, my focus has shifted more and more to the problems in the world around us. Leaving Harvard, I sense my own dedication to improving education much more strongly than I did when I entered Harvard. It’s been home to me for a lot of great memories in the past few years, and I’ll definitely miss it when I’m in Oxford next year.”Arguably the most famous academic award available to American college students and graduates, Rhodes Scholarships every year attract hundreds of top students. The 2013 American Rhodes Scholars faced competition from 838 students nominated by 302 colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 342.The scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.last_img read more

Chadwick Boseman earns 2 nominations for NAACP Image Awards

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — With his final two performances, the late Chadwick Boseman has earned two NAACP Image Awards nominations. Boseman scored nods Tuesday for his work in the Netflix films “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The actor died last year after privately battling colon cancer. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” came away with nine nominations. It delves into the story of blues singer Ma Rainey during a turbulent recording session at a Chicago music studio in 1927. Netflix emerged with a leading 48 nominations. The awards honoring entertainers and writers of color will air on CBS on March 27.last_img read more

CFPB continues overdraft program data collection, seeks survey

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) staff updated CUNA and other financial trade associations on the status of potential rulemakings in a meeting Monday. Despite a pre-rule action on overdraft programs appearing on the bureau’s fall rulemaking agenda, the CFPB said is still gathering information on overdraft programs.“The bureau is still doing data collection on overdraft programs, which is understandable given the importance of the topic,” said Leah Dempsey, CUNA’s senior director of advocacy and counsel, who attended the meeting. “So we think this makes it unlikely that any action happens in the fall.”Luke Martone, senior director of advocacy and counsel for CUNA, also attended.The CFPB issued a notice last week requesting information on point of sale and ATM overdraft disclosure forms. The bureau has requested to the Office of Management and Budget that it conduct a national web survey of 8,000 individuals as part of this study. Comments are due by Nov. 3. continue reading »last_img read more

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