Sponsored: Election profile – Joe Pond, Fianna Fáil

first_imgAdvertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Achieve if ElectedA greater Garda presence in all areas to combat the anti-social behaviour and crime. I will continue to campaign for a Garda Station in Castletroy.The continued development of the road infrastructure- including re-surfacing, footpaths/cycleways, street lighting and traffic calming measures.Additional funding for affordable and social housing-including funding for refurbishment of vacant property.Community resources including a new park in Castletroy and the Castletroy greenway.A bus service suitable for all users in our area including a more frequent service to Annacotty and Castleconnell. Best reason for voting for meI AM asking for your No. 1 vote or your highest preference vote to continue working for you in our area. Since becoming a councillor in 2016 I have been working on your behalf with the Council on issues such as anti-social behaviour, housing, and infrastructure.I have also been working hard to develop our area including new footpaths, new road surfaces, hedge cutting and the taking charge of new housing estates. I am asking for your No 1 vote to continue working for you for our local area. NewsPoliticsLifestyleSponsored ContentSponsored: Election profile – Joe Pond, Fianna FáilBy Staff Reporter – May 14, 2019 432 TAGSFianna FáilJoe PondLimerick City and CountyLocal Election 2019sponsored Twitter Previous articleWATCH: van Graan discusses the departures of Flannery and JonesNext articleGarda does not accept conviction for sexual assault of young girl Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Emailcenter_img Linkedin Facebook BackgroundI GREW up in Annacotty Village and still live in the village with my wife. I went to Lisnagry National School and the CBS Secondary School in Limerick City.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In addition to my role as a local Councillor I work as the caretaker in Milford National School, a role I really enjoy. I am very heavily involved in community activities. I am the chairperson the local Community Text Alert system, I am the coordinator of the Senior Alert System for the Annacotty, Castletroy, Lisnagry and Monaleen areas and I have been the secretary of the local soccer club, Aisling Annacotty AFC for almost twenty years now. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

GOGL Lifts Options for More Scrubbers to Shield from LSF Prices

first_imgDry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited is equipping its Capesizes with scrubbers to curb its exposure to rising fuel costs from the impending 2020 sulphur cap.GOGL said that it has declared the first four out of nine options to install exhaust gas scrubbers on Capesize vessels in addition to contracts to install scrubbers on 16 Capesize vessels announced in August.“The company is still evaluating whether and when to declare the last five options. The scrubbers will be installed during routine dry dockings, the majority of which are scheduled for 2019 or early 2020,” GOGL said.Adopters of scrubbers, especially on large Capesizes, believe they will reap the fruits from higher charter rates and asset values once the 2020 sulphur cap enters into force, as low sulphur fuel prices are expected to rise considerably.“We have further strengthened our fleet’s competitive advantage by declaring options for additional scrubbers. A large part of our Capesize fleet that have exposure to fuel cost will be retrofitted with scrubbers, and is expected to significantly increase the company’s cash generation from 2020 and onwards,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, said.The dry bulk shipping company benefited from stronger rates during summer, enabling it to report bolstered earnings on a like-for-like basis. GOGL’s net income in Q3 came at USD 35.3 million, compared USD 0.4 million for the third quarter of 2017, and  USD 9 million in Q2, 2018.“Our focus on operational efficiency resulted in stable costs and low offhire during the quarter, which also contributed positively to our results. The company’s operating cash flow during the quarter further strengthened our balance sheet, and we took advantage of market volatility to secure incremental time charter coverage prior to the recent drop in rates,” Vartdal added.According to GOGL, results for the third quarter improved on higher rates across the company’s vessel classes as a result of the earnings sensitivity of Capesize and Panamax vessels to periods of market strength.“The company has taken advantage of market strength to opportunistically increase time charter coverage for its Panamax fleet at profitable levels. Capesize rates have declined in recent weeks, and we expect this segment of the market to continue to be particularly volatile,” the company said.last_img read more

Kerber battles past Pliskova to win US Open

first_imgBy Steve KeatingNEW YORK- (Reuters)-Germany’s Angelique Kerber began her reign as world number one in imperious style battling past a determined Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-4 to win the U.S. Open final yesterday and claim her second grand slam title of the year.Kerber, who officially takes over from Serena Williams as the world’s top ranked player on Monday, underlined her number one status displaying the heart of a champion as she fought off a fierce challenge from Czech 10th seed Pliskova on a steamy afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 28-year-old began the grand slam year beating Serena Williams to lift the Australian Open title and celebrated again on Saturday rallying from a break down in the third.Second seed Kerber fell onto her back when a wilting Pliskova hit a forehand into the net to end two hours and seven minutes of compelling high-quality tennis.“It’s just amazing,” a beaming Kerber told an adoring crowd. “I won my second grand slam in one year. That’s the best of my career.“Actually just incredible.“When I was a kid I was always dreaming to be the number one player in the world and win grand slams and today is the day I won my second grand slam here, especially in New York. I’m the number one player on Monday.“All the dreams came true this year.”Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows with the reputation of grand slam under-achiever having never before been beyond the third round of the major, shed that label by making it all the way to the final and taking on back-to-back world number ones.Pliskova served out to even the match, the first time the entire tournament that Kerber had dropped a set.Play remained tight in the third with an increasingly confident Pliskova getting the early break to go up 3-1.But Kerber, on her first break chance since the opening set, took quick advantage of her opportunity breaking back at 3-3.By now the towering Czech, beginning to wilt in the punishing conditions, bent over her racket at the end of every point.Kerber, sensing an opening, stepped up the pressure and pace getting triple break point at 5-4 and closed out the contest on the first match point.After beating top ranked Serena Williams in the semi-finals to end the American’s record-equalling 186 week stay at the top of the rankings, Pliskova faced her successor in the final.The match opened with Kerber breaking a jittery Pliskova and ended the same wayWith Kerber closing in on a straight-sets victory, Pliskova finally made a breakthrough sailing a reflex lob over the second seed that landed on the line to secure her first break in five chances and a 4-3 lead.last_img read more

University Gateway to begin leasing spots in early September

first_imgWith hopes of alleviating an increasingly large housing shortage in the USC area, developers of the University Gateway Apartments will begin leasing the building’s apartments ­— opening for the 2010-2011 school year — as soon as Sept. 4 of this year.Though leasing is beginning nearly a whole year in advance of the building’s scheduled completion date, developers said they are confident the building will be ready in time for students to move in.Leasing · The new Gateway Welcome Center — located in the University Village — will help students view and lease apartments. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan“We don’t anticipate any delays, and at this point. Urban [Partners] along with our builder, Clark Construction, are ahead of schedule in terms of delivering the building,” said Matt Burton, principal at Urban Partners LLC, the firm that owns University Gateway Apartments.The building — located at the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard — will offer one-year leases on 421 apartments. Of the available units, 407 will be two-bedroom apartments and 14 will be one-bedroom apartments, totaling 1,650 beds.“The more housing in this area the better,” said Christina Carey, a senior majoring in international relations. “This school is becoming increasingly more and more of a ‘go away to school’ school instead of a commuter school, and the university should be able to provide housing for all students.”Though Urban Partners does not anticipate a huge rush immediately, leasing is opening this fall in order to generate interest in the building and to give students an opportunity to see what it has to offer, said John L. Hrovat, also a principal at Urban Partners.“I really don’t expect a whole bunch of leasing in the first month,” Hrovat said. “I’ve got a product that nobody knows. There’s a whole process of establishing what your brand is and making sure that people understand here’s what it is, here’s what the building offers, here’s the amenities.”Though Hrovat acknowledged that most students would not be apartment shopping seriously until next year, he added there has already been interest in the building, with approximately 100 people already on the pre-leasing list.“Parents have called up to say, ‘I have a child with an allergy situation and I don’t want to put them in an old building.’ … There have been some people who’ve said, ‘I want to be in that building early,’” Hrovat said.Pricing for the units has not yet been announced — those details will be revealed closer to the day leasing begins. Many students said cost will significantly impact whether they consider living in the Gateway apartments next year.“Price is definitely the most important thing,” said Sergio Ruiz, a senior majoring in neuroscience. “Everything around ’SC is really, really expensive and being a first generational student it’s kind of hard to afford a lot of the housing that’s around here.”Some students also expressed wariness over signing a lease while the building is still under construction.“I think they could promise certain things to be in there and they would end up not putting them in, but you’d already be in a contract and there’d be nothing you could do about it,” said Megan Spurrell, a freshman majoring in communication and music industry. “You’d be forced to get what you get.”Delays were also a concern for students.“They’re promising, but you can never guarantee with construction,” said Nicole Berkanslar, a sophomore majoring in international relations global business. “Something could go wrong and then it takes another year,” But Burton said there is no reason the building shouldn’t finish on time.The building is expected to be complete on June 30, at which point the apartments will be ready. The retail space, however, will not be finished.Hrovat and Burton both said they expect the building to be fully leased by the time it opens.“The student population that is our target market moves just about every year, and the project that we’re building — being sort of the newest, nicest game in town — I know will get a very, very high level of interest,” Hrovat said.last_img read more

Minor footballers open Munster campaign

first_imgThe game gets underway at 7 o’clock this evening and Tipp FM will have live updates from the match.Tonight’s other games see reigning champions Kerry taking on Clare while Limerick play host to Cork The Tipperary Minor footballers are in a Munster Championship quarter final against Waterford in Semple Stadium.With the Premier County getting the upper hand the last time these two sides met in the first round, the Déise men will be out for retribution.Tipp will be looking to get their campaign off to a winning start and secure their eighth Munster title, having last won the coveted trophy back in 2012.last_img

Redevelopment Plan in Works for Historic Campbell’s Junction

first_imgMercantante said a make-over for the bus stop is integral for commercial and, most importantly, safety purposes. “There are some great small businesses and restaurants that have moved into the junction over the last decade and some that have called it home for a lot longer than I’ve been here. It should be treated like a Main Street. Too many cars come speeding through, which is a safety concern. But if speed limits were reduced, it would also give drivers an opportunity to slow down and see what’s around,” Yahara said. Today Campbell’s Junction is a commercial center with restaurants, specialty retail shops, a brewery and residences. An NJ Transit bus stop still exists on Garfield Avenue. Photo by Patrick Olivero Though concept plans are still being developed, Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said the vision is a multifaceted initiative to enhance infrastructure as a means to improve mass transportation and traffic flow near the Leonardville Road corridor that cuts through the heart of the area. According to township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante, a grant application will be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Transportation requesting funding for the Campbell’s Junction Redevelopment Project. “Since its earliest days Campbell’s Junction has been a thriving commercial center and that tradition continues today. We believe this project will only enhance the area for our current business owners and encourage new businesses to move in, especially small businesses,” Perry said. “If we can improve the flow of pedestrian traffic and public transportation to the area, it’s not only a benefit to the members of the surrounding community and residents of Middletown, but you’re creating easier access for those in surrounding communities. It will be great for the businesses already there and make the junction attractive for new businesses,” Perry said. MIDDLETOWN – More than a century ago Campbell’s Junction was nothing more than a simple trolley stop beside a cornfield. “We may look at widening that roadway to create a space for two buses to load up at the same time. Everything is conceptual right now. But we need to make it safer. There hasn’t been a significant incident at that site, but we don’t want to wait until there is. We want to be proactive,” Mercantante said. A NJ Transit bus stop is currently situated on Garfield Avenue, a small extension of junction roadway squeezed between two residential properties and Leonardville Road. Justin Yahara, the owner and manager of Swagger Barbershop, launched his business in Campbell’s Junction in 2009 and said he hopes the traffic element of the redevelopment plan includes a mechanism to reduce speed limits in the area. “There are two or three bus routes that have a junction point there. Sometimes they arrive around the same time and there is not an officially designated place for commuters to wait and board or for the buses to park,” said Mercantante. He described the creation of a formal loading point with a shelter and a more organized route for buses to arrive and depart from the location. Perry said the junction has become a more attractive spot for new, small businesses to thrive, and pointed to the expansion of Belford Brewing Company, a craft beer operation on Leonardville Road that launched in August 2014. In 2016, the brewery expanded its footprint and acquired a second storefront for an additional tasting room. The area’s history is rooted in mass transportation. Around 1904, Derek G. Campbell sold a portion of his cornfield to the Jersey Central Traction Company. The streetcar company promptly laid down tracks to connect lines from Keyport to Highlands and Red Bank. In the late 1910s a bus terminal and gas station were added to the trolley depot. In 1923, the trolley depot was converted to a full-time bus terminal. Today Middletown officials say they are developing a new vision for the first business district in township history and the municipality’s only commercial hub not located on a major state highway. last_img read more

Bombers nip Enver Creek in final of Halloween Classic

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Mori scored in extra time to lift the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 3-2 victory over Surrey’s Enver Creek in the final of the Halloween Classic High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in Summerland.Mori’s goal was not from the ordinary column as the Bomber senior used some of his creative magic to spark the Bombers to victory.“(Luke) drilled a low shot that rebounded off the post and came out only to hit their keeper and go into the net,” said Bomber assistant coach Chris Richards, holding down the sidelines for skipper Keith Williams who was unable to make the trip.“From there it was just a matter of containing as much pressure as we could for the last five minutes,” Richards added. “We soaked up that pressure and our keeper (Andrew Woodward) did not even get tested.”LVR opened the tournament Friday by stopping Kelowna Secondary Owls 3-0. Mori, Erik Norberg and Sean Hickson scored first-half markers as the Bombers jumped all over the Okanagan side.The second half was a completely different story as the Owls pushed to try to get back into the game.LVR then shutout St Ann’s of Kamloops 2-0. Mori and Norberg scored for LVR.The Bombers then advanced to the final with a heart-stopping shootout victory over Guilford Park of Surrey. Despite owning most of the game, it was Guilford Park opening the scoring in the second half.The Lower Mainland squad kept the Bombers off the scoreboard until with only seconds left in the game Norberg scored to send the contest into shootout. In dot-shots, Woodward was outstanding for LVR, stopping four of six shots to preserve the win.The victory should rejuvenate the Bomber players after the squad finished out of the medals during a tournament earlier this season in Chilliwack.
The Bombers are preparing to meet Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook in the Kootenay High School Boy’s Soccer Championships later this month in the East Kootenay City.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Championships November 25-27 at the Burnaby Lake Sport [email protected]last_img read more

Stolen Donegal lorry found thanks to eagle-eyed motorist

first_imgPolice in Derry have praised the assistance of the public who have helped officers track down a lorry which had been stolen in Co Donegal.The Renault truck was eventually tracked down to the village of Maghera.A cross border operation between the PSNI and the Gardai is underway to find those behind the theft. PSNI Magherafelt say on its Facebook page: “One of the great things about F District is how quick you guys are to contact us when things don’t seem right.“Another great example of this was a few days ago when someone spotted this lorry on the move.“They had earlier seen a post on Facebook of a lorry stolen in Donegal, believed they recognised it driving towards Tobermore and called us.“Crews were able to recover it outside Maghera. “We were then able to make arrangements to return the lorry to its owner.“We are assisting the Garda with their investigation regarding those involved.”Stolen Donegal lorry found thanks to eagle-eyed motorist was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derrydonegalfoundlorrypolicelast_img read more

Irish Wheelchair Association launch ‘Angels’ campaign in Donegal – Pic Special

first_imgThe Irish Wheelchair Association launched their national fundraising campaign ‘Angels’ on Wednesday last as they held a karaoke night. The event took place in the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Community Centre, Glenview, Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny.The beloved Angel pins and other Angel-themed products will be sold by volunteers throughout County on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November 2019. Irish Wheelchair Association’s Angel fundraiser will help provide a range of essential services to people with physical disabilities from its community centres in Donegal and across the country.Irish Wheelchair Association provides a diverse range of services supporting people with disabilities in their personal development and community life.In 2018 alone, Irish Wheelchair Association provided over 1.3 million hours of Assisted Living Services to 2,246 adults and children across Ireland and almost 80,000 days of services in community centres nationwide.Its fleet of 119 buses provided people with disabilities with accessible transport throughout Ireland to connect them to their communities. Mary McGrenra from Irish Wheelchair Association in Donegal explained: “Irish Wheelchair Associations Angel Appeal is our largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised from our Angel’s Day campaign help us support people with physical disabilities within our community.“We provide essential services to people with disabilities that facilitates independence, improves quality of life and supports them in accessing education, employment and participation in community life throughout Donegal.“Volunteers will be selling Angel pins outside all ALDI stores and in various other locations throughout the county. If you meet our volunteers please purchase an Angels pin or make a donation to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities and live their lives independently.”This November Irish Wheelchair Association is asking community groups, organisations, businesses, and schools in county Donegal to volunteer their time to assist with the Angels Appeal.There are lots of ways to get involved; including volunteering to sell Angels pins/products or hosting a coffee morning during November. To learn more about how you can get involved in Angel’s day please email [email protected] visit www.iwa.ie/angels or contact Caroline Boyle on 074-9177448 or email [email protected] Wheelchair Association launch ‘Angels’ campaign in Donegal – Pic Special was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African entrepreneurs talk about Forbes Africa 30 list

first_imgDuring its annual developer conference, global giant Facebook featured numerous African inventers. They were among those who created new products and features for the online social media platform.The F8 Conference, as it is known, took place over two days in April in San Francisco. A range of new products, tools and interactive demos were featured, and a host of speakers attended to assist developers build, grow and monetise their apps.“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” said Emeka Afigbo, a manager at Facebook.“We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.”See the conference highlights:The following apps, created by African developers, were launched at the conference:Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria)Gumtree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa)Vzikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria)Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana)The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria)My Music (Media, Nigeria)Smaller F8 gatherings were also hosted in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco, where participants watched the sessions as they took place in San Francisco.Three young Malawians won a developer challenge. Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa and Daniel Mvalo created Maternitech, an app that provides an educationalplatform to reduce the pregnancy rate in girls under the age of 18.Watch this interview with the three Malawian developers:The Talk to Me app was created by 10-year-old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at the Malawi hub. “This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to,” said Facebook.Users on the platformAs of June 2014, reported Facebook, there were 100 million people arriving on the platform every month across the African continent, with over 80% on mobile.Compared to the US and Europe, there are a billion more people in Africa using Facebook on mobile devices. (Image: Facebook for Business)South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more