Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WEST Limerick women came together to show their support this week for the 16 Days Campaign to help break the silence around domestic violence.Staff of West Limerick Resources and members of the Newcastle West community joined staff of the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers at a coffee morning as part of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women.Since its inception in 199, more than 5,179 groups in 187 countries have taken part in the campaign. In Ireland last year, more than 140 groups – including the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers – took part in the National Balloon Action or organised other events as a show of support.According to Women’s Aid, one in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse during their lifetime, and it is estimated that 213,000 women in Ireland are living with severe abuse from their boyfriends, husbands and partners.Community Health worker, Nora Harty said, “Domestic abuse affects all walks of life, women from different communities, cultures and ethnic groups. It is important that we all play our part in raising awareness about domestic abuse which is the use of physical or emotional force or the threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships.” Facebook NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick women support 16 Days campaignBy Alan Jacques – December 11, 2014 676 Advertisement Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGS16 days of Action Against Violence Against WomenlimerickNewcastle WestWest LimerickWest Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers Email Previous articleBusy night for emergency servicesNext article125 new jobs on the way Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSantisocial behaviourHenry Street Garda StationlimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinthomondgate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsAntisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2018 1326 Email Previous articleEclectic mix and free gigs to Limerick Literary FestivalNext articlePlunge into Limericks latest event Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.A 48 per cent decrease in the number of Community Gardaí in Limerick since 2010 is causing “chaos” in parts of the city as antisocial behaviour spikes.That’s according to Sinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan who has expressed his deep concern over the fact that there are now only 38 Community Gardaí on duty, compared with 73 eight years ago.And he claims that gangs of 50 to 60 young people often more than 100 strong are congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These gangs are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents, many of whom are elderly.“The number of Community Gardaí has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017, a decrease of some 48 per cent. This is shameful and shows that the Government have no interest in investing in Community Policing,” Deputy Quinlivan claimed.“It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down. The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the city.”He maintains that the decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions with Limerick particularly badly affected.“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District; today there are only 307.“Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’.“As a local elected representative, I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. It can be transformative,” he declared.Deputy Quinlivan believes Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally. I have seen the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years. It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
By James PolstonTheStatehouseFile.comMARTINSVILLE, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects Tuesday, funded by a 35 percent increase in toll rates for heavy duty vehicles on the Indiana toll road.“Today we’re sending a big message to the world that Indiana is making a huge investment in our quality of life and for those who inspire to join us,” Holcomb said as he unveiled the infrastructure portion of his 2019 agenda in Martinsville. “We are linking Hoosiers to each other and to the world.”The Next Level Connections program will connect Hoosiers digitally, by trails, roads, air, water and railroad with $1 billion that comes from a renegotiated deal with the Indiana Toll Road Concessions Company (ITRCC). Gov. Eric Holcomb unveils a $1 billion infrastructure project. Photo by James Polston, TheStatehouseFile.comHolcomb said this was the third renegotiated contract with ITRCC since the toll road was created and funded the Major Moves project that former Gov. Mitch Daniels laid out in 2005. The renegotiation allows the ITRCC to raise tolls for three-axel vehicles and more by 35 percent. The ITRCC will pay the state the $1 billion over the next three years, with the first payment of $400 million is expected next month, the second payment of $300 million arriving in October 2019, and the third payment of $300 million landing in October 2020. The ITRCC will also invest $50 million more in upgrades to the toll road in the short term and a total of $500 million over 10 years. The upgrades include installation of smart truck parking system, expansion of overhead message boards, cameras and variable speed signs.The governor will not need legislative approval because it is a renegotiated deal. The money will be put into Major Moves, the fund set up when the toll road was privatized, and the Indiana Department of Transportation will distribute the money to the administration’s spending priorities.The announcement has received positive and negative feedback from state lawmakers.“Dependable infrastructure contributes greatly to Indiana’s economy and quality of life for our citizens,” state Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, said in a statement. “Ensuring our state has sound transportation and broadband systems is key as we work to continue attracting businesses and talent to our state, and I applaud the governor’s focus on this important issue.”But state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, said the rate hike will have a negative impact on consumers by increasing the price of products like food and clothing hauled by the trucks. Tolls for the largest vehicles, for example, will increase from $44.46 to $60.02 for the length of the highway. “Gov. Holcomb is proposing yet another tax increase for vehicles traveling the Indiana Toll Road, this time in the form of a hike of more than 30 percent on commercial trucks,” Bauer said in a statement.The $1 billion investment will be spent on the following infrastructure projects:$100 million will bring affordable high-speed fiber optic broadband access to unserved and underserved rural areas of the state.$90 million will create more hiking, biking and riding trails around the state. Holcomb announced the plan is to have a trail within five miles of anywhere Hoosiers reside.$600 million will accelerate the completion of the Interstate 69 project from 2027 to 2024. Holcomb said when INDOT took over the I-69 project a year ago only 33 percent of section five was complete and to this day, INDOT is 97-percent done and days away from completion. The last section and will connect Martinsville to Indianapolis.$190 million will be spent on improvements to U.S. 20 and 30 and new interchanges on U.S. 31. Holcomb also said with the new interchanges in the works for U.S. 31, when completed, there will only be two stoplights from South Bend to Indianapolis.$20 million will be spent to create more international nonstop flights to and from Indianapolis. The Indianapolis International Airport just added its first nonstop international flight to Paris in May.The parts that do not fall under the $1 billion spending plan are increasing the INDOT budget from $19 million to $57 million for state highway cleaning and mowing, the option for the state to purchase 725 acres of land in Lawrenceburg to create the state’s fourth water port, and two rail road projects in northern Indiana.Holcomb will announce the rest if his 2019 agenda in the coming months.James Polston is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Indianapolis, IN- A law that had been on the Indiana books as a misdemeanor, and was inadvertently removed, has been reinstated as a class “C” infraction.Beginning July 1st, 2016, IC 9-26-1-1.2 is added to the Indiana Code as a new section and states, “If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of the highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator of the motor vehicle shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident involves the transportation of hazardous materials or results in the injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.” The previous law only applied to interstate highways. The reinstated law applies to all government maintained roadways.The intent of the law is to safely remove traffic hazards from the roadway so as to reduce secondary crashes, especially on multi lane highways, that are often more severe and result in more injuries than the original crash. Also, this law ensures that motorists have statutory backing when they move their vehicles. Many times insurance companies tell their clients not to move their vehicle after it has been involved in a crash, even if it’s only a property damage crash, until law enforcement arrives.Information from IN-Time, Indiana’s Traffic Incident Management Effort, states that for every minute that a freeway travel is blocked during a peak travel period, four minutes of travel delay results after the incident is cleared. Their statistics reveal the following:Ø Crashes that result from other incidents (secondary) are estimated to be 22% of all crashes.Ø Chances of a secondary crash increase by 2.8% for each minute the primary incident is not cleared.Ø 18% of secondary crashes result in fatal injuries.Ø In 2008, 21% of Indiana’s crashes showed vehicles “slowed or stopped” in traffic. A secondary crash.Past records indicate neither a ticket nor arrest was issued while the law was a misdemeanor and authorities do not anticipate tickets being issued under the reinstated law, except in rare circumstances.“Our intent is to educate the public that if they are involved in a property damage crash, they have a statutory requirement to remove their vehicles from the roadway,” stated Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “The Indiana State Police will utilize traditional media and social media to inform the public of this reinstated law which is designed to remove hazards and keep traffic moving safely on Indiana highways.”Included below is the reinstated statue IC- 9-26-1-1.2.SECTION 2. IC 9-26-1-1.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODEAS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY1, 2016]: Sec. 1.2. (a) If, after an operator of a motor vehicle isinvolved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to aHEA 1048 — Concur3stop in the traveled portion of a highway, the operator shall, assoon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveledportion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident aspossible. However, the operator shall not move the motor vehicleif the accident:(1) involves the transportation of hazardous materials; or(2) results in injury or death of a person or the entrapment ofa person in a vehicle.A person who violates this subsection commits a Class C infraction. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
It was almost a year ago that we were dealing with a major coastal storm. The infamous Winter Storm “Jonas”, as it was called, dumped heavy snow then heavy rain along the coast with strong gusty winds and significant flooding. Now another coastal storm is set to bring another dose of heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding for late Sunday into Monday. Only this time, you don’t have to worry about the snow.Rain will arrive late Sunday as a low pressure system to our south will begin moving offshore. The difference between the High Pressure to our north and Low Pressure to our south will cause a tight gradient for a period of time over our area allowing strong onshore winds to increase rapidly late Sunday night into Monday.Northeast winds 20-30 mph gusting to 50 -60mph especially Monday morning.This will cause seas to build 7-12 feet with breakers along the coast around 5-8 feet. Water will begin to push into the bays and cause flooding during times of high tide. Fortunately, were are in a period of low astronomical tides so only minor flooding is expected at this time. However, if the timing of the storm surge occurs closer to high tide, moderate flooding is possible.Ocean City High TidesMonday- 4:39AM & 5:00PMFlooding will occur as back bays fill up around 2 hours after high tide which will cause street flooding during Monday morning commute and also Monday evening.Heavy rainfall will also add to the flooding concerns as 1″-2″ of rain is expected.The wind and seas will decrease later in the day on Monday and especially Tuesday as the coastal storm lifts north and away from the coast.Rain will end Tuesday morning as the storm pulls away. Temperatures will continue to stay on the mild side with highs topping out around 50 degrees as we move into next week.
Pictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded.Congressman to Host 13th Clinic Encouraging All Veterans to Enroll in VAMAYS LANDING, N.J. – Continuing his commitment to South Jersey veterans, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today detailed his plans to hold the next enrollment clinic in Cape May Court House to help local veterans in determining their eligibility and, if eligible, facilitate their participation in the VA healthcare system. The Cape May Court House enrollment clinic hosted at the Atlantic Cape Community College will be held on Saturday, April 29th. “Over the past year in partnership with the VA, we have significantly expanded community-based services available locally for South Jersey veterans to include more than 200 provider agreements with non-VA medical professionals. But those efforts are not over and too many eligible veterans, particularly those returning from service abroad or who have non-VA healthcare, are not aware of assistance available to them,” said LoBiondo. “I remain committed to our veterans and will continue to host these clinics while working to expand local access to healthcare services.”LoBiondo has long advocated for greater local healthcare services and continues to work with VA officials in Wilmington and Philadelphia and local veterans groups to bring additional services to South Jersey’s four VA community-based clinics (Vineland, Northfield, Cape May, Sewell).As at previous enrollment clinics, there will be representatives from the VA Medical Centers and Benefits offices on hand to answer veterans’ questions and explain eligibility requirements. Veterans who plan to attend are asked to bring their DD-214.Details of the Veterans Enrollment & Benefits Clinic on Saturday, April 29th are as follows: Cape May County ACCC – Cape May Court House Campus 41 Court House South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.Veterans can also determine their eligibility, enroll in the VA system, and ask additional questions by calling 1-877-222-VETS or visiting the website www.va.gov.This will be the 12th enrollment clinic hosted by LoBiondo, with previous sessions in Vineland, Bridgeton, Wildwood, Somers Point, Elmer, and Northfield. For additional information, veterans are encouraged to call LoBiondo’s Mays Landing Office at 609-625-5008 or 1-800-471-4450 or visit LoBiondo’s website: http://lobiondo.house.gov/resources/veterans Download (PDF, 1.62MB)
Town centres must have five-year plans and embrace digital opportunities, according to a new report on the future of the nation’s high streets.The report, published by the Future High Streets Forum on 31 May, was developed by a government taskforce headed by Costa Coffee’s managing director Jason Cotta.It has developed a five-point plan it says town centres must adopt – after reviewing the work done at so-called Portas towns. The points are:Establish a local partnership to drive changeDevelop a Town Strategy and associated Action PlanLocal groups deliver the Action PlanConduct a systematic review of Action Plan and Town StrategyDraw insights, celebrate successes with effective communication.Explaining the steps, and the work done to establish them, the report stated: “After four study visits to Portas Pilot Towns, the group gathered information in planning; strategies and tactics that have worked well; activities which have not worked, availability of funding streams; and the make-up of the wider Town Team Partners.“This has led us to recommend a model for good leadership and local visioning that contains appropriate steps to establish strong partnerships, with a focus on local delivery.”However, the report also includes the caveat that the plan will still require “strong leadership at the local level to be truly successful and sustainable”.Retail expert Mary Portas was recruited by the government nearly four years ago to look at ailing high streets. Following her appointment, some 27 towns were earmarked for government funding , but the scheme has faced widespread criticism.Commenting on the publication of the report for the Future High Streets Forum, Portas told The Grocer, a sister title of British Baker: “We have proved what we set out to prove – that high streets are vital, decline is not inevitable and that doing something about it gives a better outcome.”To read the report in full see:http://tinyurl.com/phak2eq
A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)CaekMafia will open the concept, which boasts both a bakery and restaurant on-site in a 4,500sq ft premises. Customers will also be allowed to pre-order, via mobile devices, before they reach the store. Bake n’Grape will bake breads and cakes and will also pair breads with champagnes. It will also offer cocktails, wines and coffee, as well as a grilled food menu.Chris Windram, managing director, said: “We are only a month away from opening and are nearly there. There will be more sites, with another next year and another a year after that, but these are work in progress.”The group has ambitions to have 12 sites open by 2018. It is also currently recruiting for a number of job roles at the new Chelmsford site including assistant manager, chefs, baristas, bartenders and waitresses.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists players cannot be allowed to make decisions about their own fitness when it comes to matters of concussion. The Spaniard found himself closely involved in the issue last weekend when Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris was knocked out in the second half of the goalless draw at Goodison Park but played the remainder of the game. Romelu Lukaku, the striker involved in the collision, had his own similar episode, although not as serious, in September when was so dazed after a clash of heads with defender Joey O’Brien he had to be told by the Toffees physio he had scored the winner. “It is a debate which needs to be taken to the governing bodies to make it a ruling and that will be easier for everyone – you don’t want to see a player upset because he is not allowed to carry on but the most important aspect is the health of the player. “If we are so clear that it is so dangerous that he shouldn’t be allowed to do it that should be part of the ruling.” Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas’ suggestion Lukaku’s role in the Lloris incident required further examination and an apology brought not only a strong defence but a riposte from Martinez, who was unhappy Roberto Soldado’s apparent elbow on Phil Jagielka went unpunished. “The good thing is you can watch the replay and see the video evidence,” the Spaniard added. “All Romelu is doing is carrying on his run – he cannot disappear. It is unfortunate. “I don’t think Andre Villas-Boas mentioned there was any intent or any wrongdoing from Romelu – he only mentioned he expected a bit of an apology. “Obviously we are waiting for Roberto Soldado to apologise to Phil Jagielka and so we can use the same phone call so we don’t have to spend on two phone calls.” Asked whether he thought there should have been retrospective action taken against the Spain international, Martinez added: “That is not for me to comment. I don’t think it would give anything to Everton. “That is down to the authorities to decide whether they want to implement it. “I am more about the referee making decisions in the game and whatever happens in the game is where it matters. “I’m not too keen about retrospective punishment unless it (the action) goes against the values of the competition. “I don’t think they (officials) saw it obviously otherwise they would’ve acted accordingly. “Nowadays you have action replays and you can see everything that happens but for the referee it is very difficult.” “At the time I was told he was fine, that it was a knock but it didn’t go any further and it wasn’t that he lost consciousness,” Martinez said. “He was fine to carry on. It is something you will always see – people will want to follow the player’s wishes. “I’ve never seen a player who wants to come off, even if they can’t walk, but that is the moment when the medical advice has to take the most important part of the decision. “I don’t think it should be a manager’s decision whether you take a player off or not. “If there is a strong view from the medical side that when a player gets concussed he should come off I think we should look into it and make it a rule. “If it comes as a rule with an understanding for everyone that if that happens the player should come off and it shouldn’t count as a substitution that would be a lot easier. “Because if you are put in a position where a player has to come off when three substitutions have been made it is a real shame as it is going to affect the competition. “You wouldn’t want to see a team down to 10 men but the last thing you want is to put the health of any player at risk. Press Association