Free Christmas parking on the cards for Limerick city

first_imgWhatsApp Print NewsLocal NewsFree Christmas parking on the cards for Limerick cityBy Guest Writer – November 6, 2013 729 FREE city parking is on the cards again this year for the big Christmas shopping spree. City councillors were told that final details of how and when the free parking will work are now being ironed out and an announcement is expected shortly.City business people will welcome the move, which helped to significantly increase footfall and trade in the city in the run-up to Christmas last year.The news came at a meeting of the city council where a number of councillors had called for the parking incentive.During the discussion, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin (Labour) said that free parking hours or days should be extended into the City of Culture year. “We want to show off our city and we want people to come in and see it,” he said.Cllr Kevin Kiely (Fine Gael) said that “someone needs to have a word with the city’s four parking wardens. I’ve had 12 phone calls about them. They are waiting for people to go into a shop for a couple of minutes and they jump out give them a ticket. We will have no problem with parking in the city if this continues – no one will come in”.Director of services Paul Crowe told the councillors the plans for Christmas parking are being finalised and details will be available shortly.However, he rejected the claim that people who park for a few minutes are being ticketed.“There is a period of grace of 10 minutes or more at the start of a parking period and at the end and the wardens allow that and often much more. If people get tickets after a few minutes it’s because they are parked illegally or blocking other road users,” he said. No vaccines in Limerick yet Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Twitter Previous articleBernard O’Shea’s first loveNext articleFinance Committee to discus deadlines and payment options of LPT Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook TAGSChristmasfeaturedfree pakinglocal newsMusic Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Send a bar of Cadbury chocolate for free! Missing you this Christmas Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Brings Out Six Tour Debuts At Blossom Music Center

first_imgFor their 17th show at the famed Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, the Dave Matthews Band pulled out all the stops. Now a few shows into their extensive summer tour, DMB has played a “bust out” on nearly every stop, bringing out tour debuts and long-lost gems on the regular. The band also started their tour with three new song debuts, “Bismarck,” “Samurai Cop,” and “Bob Law,” and have kept the tunes in tight rotation for all their fans to enjoy.The band started their show with the classic tune “Crash Into Me,” played as an opener for the first time since 3/24/07. The set featured five total tour debuts: “Proudest Monkey,” “Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd,” So Damn Lucky,” “Pig,” “Drive In Drive Out,” and “Everyday.” With so many great songs brought out for the show, and a monster run of “So Much To Say” > “Anyone Seen The Bridge” > “Too Much [fake]” > “Tripping Billies” > “Warehouse” for the encore, it was truly a masterful performance from Dave Matthews.Watch fan-shot video highlights below, courtesy of Chris Jordan.Proudest MonkeyMinaretsStolen Away On 55th & 3rdPigAnts MarchingThe full setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlistslast_img read more

‘I don’t think it was ever a job’: Outgoing director of admissions reflects on tenure after 9 years leading admissions

first_imgOutgoing director of admissions Bob Mundy marked his last day on the job Friday after nine years on the job. After taking on a role with the University admissions office in 1983, the 1976 Notre Dame alumnus is retiring after 36 years of service.Though he spent the majority of his working life at Notre Dame, Mundy said he never saw his profession as a standard, conventional job.“For me, I don’t think it was ever a job,” he said. “Notre Dame has always been in my core … [it’s been] much more of a calling, or a vocation, if you will. I’m just happy to contribute to this place — and that’s been a gift.”In his three and a half decades in the Notre Dame admissions office, Mundy has witnessed significant changes in the admissions process. For example, over his time at Notre Dame, the number of applications received yearly by the University has nearly tripled.“When I started here, we had fewer than 10,000 applications — I want to say we had around 8,000 applications — and now we’re around 22,000,” he said.Despite the sizable increase in applications, Mundy said the University has not simply recruited applicants just for the sake of recruiting applicants. Rather, the focus has been on building a pool of applicants that hold an interest in Notre Dame, he said.“We’ve been very intentional as we develop plans and strategies to recruit students who might have an interest in Notre Dame,” he said. “I think we’ve been pretty careful about trying to send the right message. And if it doesn’t resonate with you we understand that. I think we’ve been good about growing the applicant pool in a meaningful way, of students who — for the most part — will understand the core values of the place. We haven’t just been out there looking for applications. We see that in the students who apply and in the talent level of those students. … Not only have the sheer numbers increased, but the talent level within the applicant pool has increased.”In assessing why applications have increased so much, Mundy said students are generally applying to more schools and focusing on rankings, such as the U.S. News and World Report ranking of top colleges.“In some respects you have students applying to more institutions,” he said. “That certainly is a factor. And then there is this disproportionate focus on the U.S. News Top 25 or Top 50.”While acknowledging that the application process has become more intense, the former high school teacher said he always encourages students to take a deep breath as they undergo the process.“It’s certainly become so much more … I guess energized is the word,” he said. “When I look at it from a student side it’s become more stressful. That’s something I wish hadn’t happened to the extent that it has. Students and families start fretting about this as early as ninth grade, sometimes before. Having taught high school, I’m always trying to be protective, if you will, of students. I’ve always been very insistent on this when I meet with a student: Make sure you enjoy your junior year, it’s going to be a great lead-up to your senior year, which you should enjoy even more. Don’t let the intense nature of the college process overcome those good times. Obviously you can’t ignore it, but try to find that right balance.”Mundy said the University itself has changed as well. For example, he said, the school’s intellectual rigor has improved in some ways.“Certainly the academic talent among the students, the academic expectations among the students and the faculty has grown,” he said. “One obviously leads to the other. And that’s an amazing opportunity — great students coming in and faculty saying, ‘I want to challenge these students.’ As you know, there’s a very strong undergraduate focus here,” he said. “I’m always really happy to say to parents and to students, ‘Our faculty are teaching. They love being in those classrooms with the undergrads.’ That energizes them. … That wasn’t different when I was here, but I think it’s more consistent now across all areas.”Regarding specific achievements, Mundy pointed to the University’s increased emphasis on diversity that has taken place on his watch.“I think it’s been the commitment of the University and this office to [become] a more diverse institution,” Mundy said. “You often hear ‘diversity’ in the broadest sense of the word — whether it’s socioeconomic background, whether it’s racial background, whether it’s citizenship, whether it’s academic interests — and I think Notre Dame realizes the great value in providing that experience here and in supporting it. I’m a first-generation college student, so I’ve got a soft spot for first-generation college students. Notre Dame has been terrific in not just saying to me personally, ’You go do that,’ but ‘There’s great educational value in this for everyone. Let’s be intentional in recruiting students and hopefully attracting those students to Notre Dame.’’Admissions work is inherently a double-edged sword, Mundy said. While it can be difficult to turn down such a large number of applications, he said it is gratifying to interact with talented members of the incoming class.“Like any job, it has its moments,” Mundy said. “You end up disappointing 85% of the people who engage with us in a really serious way by application. That’s not, naturally, a good feeling. But then when I get a chance to meet students, I just randomly remember students from the admissions process. Sometimes I remember because they write a great essay and tell a great story and I email in the fall and say, ‘Hey, you wrote a great essay. Let’s have coffee.’ And I spend 30 minutes with a student and I just come back so fully energized. I realize we have to disappoint some really neat young men and women, but these 30 minutes that I just have is awfully reassuring.”Mundy commended the admissions staff, many of whom are Notre Dame graduates, for their hard work and dedication in building the freshman class.”We tend to hire a fair number of Notre Dame graduates here — often, right out,” he said. “That’s very reassuring too. Both literally with the staff that’s here right now and then more metaphorically with all the staff I’ve worked with over my years it’s mind-boggling how hard they work, how relentlessly committed they are to this place and the values of this place. They do incredibly hard work all for the name of helping this place become better by building a better or mission focused, academically excellent class.”Ultimately, Mundy said, for him, what sets Notre Dame apart is its emphasis on teaching students how to use their talents and gifts to serve the wider world.“Something I will always tell admitted students, ‘You’re obviously here because you’ve got some amazing gifts,’” Mundy said. “… I’ve never said Notre Dame is better than any place. I’ve always said we’re different from every other place. And that’s how. ‘Bring these gifts here. We’re going to nurture those gifts, we’re going to challenge you to grow academically, spiritually, personally, having international opportunities, having research opportunities, having opportunities to serve others, all in the name of taking these great gifts and sharing them.’ That’s what I think helps make Notre Dame such a different place on the higher education landscape.”Tags: Admissions, Bob Mundy, Diversity, Notre Dame admissionslast_img read more

Squeaky wheels getting the grease

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Change is tough. And not just for your own team. Your members get comfortable with a product, process, or service, too. Even if it has some obvious issues. Here’s the wildest thing: When you improve, some will hate it. Because comfort and familiarity is easier than change.Of course, this doesn’t mean you should never look to change anything. Evolution is a natural part of your operations. There will just be members (and staff/board members) who don’t like it. Solicit their input and apply improvements where necessary. You did ask what everyone thought first, right? If the project threw a lot of people outside their comfort zone, it’s going to be a long haul to get it right for most. But not all. You can’t satisfy everyone. If you are confident the change is a necessary and beneficial step for the institution, then that’s the end of the story.You will receive complaints. And that stinks. Address those you can. The rest? They might be different members for a different credit union. We’ve worked with credit unions where they feared potential member complaints (by their admission, less than 1/100th of a percent) enough to abandon great improvements. Improvements which would have brought them in significant revenue, but, more importantly, helped their members in numerous ways. In their case, it wasn’t even squeaky wheels getting the grease. It was the thought of a squeaky wheel convincing them to avoid driving. continue reading »last_img read more

East Java revokes permit for mass prayers in Surabaya’s largest mosque

first_imgSurabaya city, the hardest hit region in the province, along with its satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, previously extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for another 14-day period up until May 25.The capital city of East Java has seen a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases despite the social restrictions. Of the 2,281 cases and 224 fatalities in East Java as of Monday, Surabaya recorded 1,109 cases and 132 fatalities, while Sidoarjo had 322 cases and 33 fatalities.Separately, epidemiologist Windu Purnomo, who leads a team of epidemiologists from Airlangga University’s public health faculty, welcomed the decision to revoke the permit and uphold the restrictions.However, he said the PSBB would not have a significant impact in flattening the curve of infection if people continued to ignore the rules. “Ahead of Idul Fitri, we see people flooding malls and supermarkets ignoring physical distancing rules. The government should also pay attention to this,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Topics : The East Java administration has revoked its permit that allowed Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya to hold Idul Fitri mass prayers following criticism from experts who warned of the consequences of opening up mosques to large crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic.East Java provincial secretary Heru Tjahjono said the administration had sent a letter to Al Akbar Mosque, the largest mosque in the city, that annulled the permit that was signed by Heru on behalf of East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa on May 14.”Considering Surabaya COVID-19 cases have yet to decrease, with the new letter, we declare our previous letter to Al Akbar Mosque as no longer valid,” he told reporters on Monday.  Al Akbar secretary Helmy M. Noor said the mosque management understood and accepted the governor’s decision. “To avoid any unintended consequences, Al Akbar Mosque will not perform Idul Fitri mass prayers,” he said. Helmy said Al Akbar, also known as the Great Mosque of Surabaya, had actually planned to limit the number of followers who were allowed to join Idul Fitri prayers to only 4,000 people in order to comply with the physical distancing rules. The figure, he said, was 10 times lower than the mosque’s maximum capacity of 40,000 people. Read also: Greater Surabaya PSBB rendered useless as East Java allows mass prayers: Epidemiologistslast_img read more

TORM Invests in Scrubber-Fitted LR2 Newbuilding Pair

first_imgDanish tanker shipping company TORM has inked a contract to buy two scrubber-fitted LR2 newbuildings from Chinese-based Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).TORM has a long-term relationship with state-owned GSI, which has built 29 ships in the company’s current fleet.The two new ships are expected for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021.The Danish shipowner said the vessels would be constructed according to its specifications in order to optimize trading and fuel- efficiency. Furthermore, the ships would be prepared for a potential later dual-fuel installation.“I am very pleased that TORM has utilized its long-term relationship with Guangzhou Shipyard International to enter into an agreement to purchase two LR2 newbuildings. These newbuildings will be financed through a flexible and attractive sale and leaseback structure including a repurchase option at the end of the lease period,” says Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard.TORM expects its CAPEX for the two vessels to be USD 95 million including extra costs related to TORM’s design requirements and scrubber installations. For this purpose, the company has secured financing of USD 76 million with an undisclosed international financial institution.The financing will be structured as a ten-year sale and leaseback agreement with purchase options during the lease period and at maturity.Over the recent period, the tanker owner and operator was focusing on repaying its debt.In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company sold an older Handy vessel, TORM Loire (built in 2004), for USD 9 million.As informed, the vessel was delivered to the new owner in late December 2019, and in connection with the transaction USD 4 million of debt was repaid.Earlier this month, the company secured a commitment for a total of USD 496 million from a syndicate of lenders to refinance its debt and bolster its capital structure.The company said the total amount was a combination of two separate term facilities and a revolving credit facility, which would be used to refinance the company’s debt covering a total of USD 502 million.last_img read more

Euthanasia bill slammed

first_imgDisability Rights Commissioner opposes assisted dying bill Stuff co.nz 7 March 2018Family First Comment: The opposition builds…The Disability Rights Commissioner says the euthanasia bill currently being considered by Parliament undermines years of work.Paula Tesoriero said David Seymour’s private member’s the End of Life Choice Bill, which was currently before the Justice Select Committee, undermined years of work to change perceptions of disabled people, and posed significant risks to them.Tesoriero has outlined her concerns regarding the bill in a submission to the select committee. The window to submit a written submission on the bill closed midnight on Tuesday. More than 14,000 submissions were received.“Much of the discussion so far has centred around the bill allowing people with a terminal illness to end their life on their own terms,” Tesoriero said.“However, this bill has wider implications for the disability community – it is not just limited to terminal illness.”Before the country legislated choice in death, it needed to work towards ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, all people had the same freedom of choice in life.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102046196/Disability-Rights-Commissioner-opposes-assisted-dying-bill?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Athletics’ Khris Davis nearing return; could he face Verlander Saturday night?

first_imgOAKLAND — Welcome back, Khris Davis.Now grab a bat and go face Justin Verlander.That could be the scenario Saturday night at the Coliseum when the Athletics face the Houston Astros in the second game of their three-game series.Davis is eligible to be reinstated Saturday after going on the injured list May 22 with a hip contusion. If Davis still isn’t ready, the Athletics are more than comfortable with Mark Canha, who has seven of his nine home runs since returning on May 13 from his own …last_img read more

South African plant scientist reaps top award

first_imgProf Maryke Labuschagne is the recipientof the African Union Kwame NkrumahScientific Award.(Image: University of the Free State) President Jacob Zuma congratulates ProfMaryke Labuschagne after she receivedan award from the African Union for hercontrubution to science in Africa. Sheattended the award ceremony in AddisAbaba in Ethiopia last week.(Image: University of the Free State) MEDIA CONTACTS • René-Jean van der Berg Senior Media OfficerUniversity of the Free State+27 51 401 3185RELATED ARTICLES• SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • SA women lead the way in science• SA students tops at science awards • SA scientists win AU awards Wilma den HartighThe African Union (AU) has honoured a South African scientist with the prestigious international Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award. The high-level accolade recognises Prof Maryke Labuschagne’s contribution to science in Africa.Labuschagne, a plant breeding scientist at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, received the award in the life sciences category at continental level – the highest rank possible.The programme is implemented at national level for young researchers, regional level for women scientists, and at continental level for all scientists.Prizes are awarded, at the national, regional and continental levels, in two sectors: life and earth science, and basic science, technology and innovation.The purpose of the initiative is to reward top African scientists for their scientific achievements, valuable discoveries and findings.The AU Commission launched the AU scientific awards in 2008 and later renamed the initiative to the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards, in honour of the late pan-Africanist, who was also a political scientist and first president of the Republic of Ghana.Nkrumah was one of the key founders of the then Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which become the African Union in 2002.Labuschagne says that receiving the award was unexpected, as only one prize at the continental level is awarded in the life and earth sciences category.“I was really surprised to receive the award. I only really believed it when I received the prize,” she says.She also received US$100 000 (R804 180) in prize money, which will be used to renovate laboratory facilities in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the university, and to provide bursaries.Important work in plant breedingLabuschagne’s research into developing crop cultivars with improved characteristics such as tolerance to heat and drought as well as resistance to pests and diseases is an important area of study, particularly for Africa.“Food security is one of the most important factors for the sustainable future of Africa,” she explains.She says that scientists are also looking to improve the nutritional value of crops.“If we can release crops with improved mineral and vitamin content and with higher protein content, even resource-poor, small scale farmers will benefit,” she says.Training future scientistsOver the past 20 years Labuschagne has been involved in training and educating scientists in plant breeding in Southern African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Angola.She has also been involved in training missions in other countries on the continent, such as Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin.She says that there is a great need for more scientists working in the area of plant breeding and crop development.“There is a real shortage of plant breeders on the continent and our graduates are already making a significant contribution to crop development in various countries,” she says.Two former students have released a number of improved cassava cultivars in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar in the past four years. These new cultivars are already benefitting farmers and food production.“We have past students breeding every kind of food crop that you can think of, and they are releasing improved cultivars on a regular basis. The more breeders we can involve in even the remotest of countries, the better for Africa,” she says.In a media statement, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma congratulated Labuschagne for bringing the award home to South Africa.last_img read more

Get involved in drought relief

first_imgYou can still #ActForChange by simply donating R5 or more at any Shoprite or Checkers till point. (Image: Shoprite)Various organisations have been making drought relief a priority in South Africa; Shoprite and Checkers are among them with their Act for Change initiative.Shoprite and Checkers customers have helped to raise R200 000 for drought-stricken communities across South Africa over two months since March 2016.The Shoprite Group has partnered with the Gift of the Givers Foundation as well as Agri SA, two organisations that have co-ordinated some of the strongest responses to the drought crisis to date. They ensure that the generous donations of many South Africans make a real, practical impact in the communities most affected by the drought.CUSTOMERS ASK TO HELPAct for Change is the result of customers enquiring how they can help with drought relief. The retailer quickly introduced a till-point donation facility called the #ActForChange Fund to give customers an opportunity to help.Customers can donate to the fund by adding R5 or more to their purchases at any Shoprite or Checkers till point across the country.“Each donation is critical, as it serves to bolster the work already being done to address the impact of the drought,” Neil Schreuder, Shoprite managing director told SA Goodnews. “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers who donated. Each small donation goes a long way in effecting change.”The retail group has a long history of reaching out to communities affected by disaster. This year, it has already donated more than a half-a-million litres of water to various towns in Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal since February.You can still #ActForChange by simply donating R5 or more at any Shoprite or Checkers till point.The fund will not end when drought relief is no longer needed; instead, it will be used to support people going forward. It will specifically focus on alleviating hunger, in partnership with FoodBank South Africa.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more