NewsLocal News€13.5 million needed for flood repairsBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 749 Twitter TAGSEnvironment Minister Phil HoganFianna FáilLimerick city councilLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickRiver ShannonWillie O’Dea Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Advertisement WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook Email Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Previous article1913 lockout takes Limerick students to New YorkNext articleFairgreen filing station closes with loss of eight jobs Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Willie O’DeaTHE Government has been asked to approve €13.5 million in funding for Limerick local authorities to repair damage caused by floods earlier this year.According to the city and county councils, €5 million is needed to replace damaged buildings and infrastructure and a further €8.5 million required for flood defence work.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Local Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has urged Environment Minister Phil Hogan to expedite Limerick City and County Councils application for funding to assist the reparation programme to rebuild the worst hit communities.And he insists that the Government needs to put in place a tangible flood defence system so that the city and county can be protected from the River Shannon.“More than 2,000 people are still trying to get their homes repaired and the city and county councils have now applied for additional funding to accelerate the work,” he said.“The people of Kings Island and Corbally rallied around and helped each other while the Government stood back like an outside observer. This was not the first time Limerick experienced serious flood damage, and yet the Minister for the Environment made no attempt to address the issue,” he claimed. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedin
His son got burned by the blaze thattotally gutted their house. Police investigators said Alapar,whose wife was working abroad, set his house on fire on Friday. The motive in the incident was notimmediately established. The fatalities were 24-year-old RolinAlapar and his 4-year-old son, a police report showed. BFP BAGO CITYAshes remain as 24-year-old Rolin Alapar set his house on fire – which killed him and his son – in Barangay Bacong, Bago City, Negros Occidental on Friday. Officers of the Bago City policestation were investigating the incident./PN BACOLOD City – A man who was believedto have committed suicide by burning his house was found dead with his son inBarangay Bacong, Bago City, Negros Occidental.
10 June 2011 The Cabinet has approved minerals beneficiation as official policy for South Africa, opening up exciting opportunities for long-term investment in the beneficiation/ manufacturing sector of the economy.“This strategy provides a framework that seeks to translate the country’s sheer comparative advantage inherited from a significant mineral resource reservoir to a national competitive advantage,” government spokesman Jimmy Manyi told a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting.As a vital input to the government’s industrialisation programme, the new policy presented exciting opportunities for long-term investment, for both local and foreign, into the beneficiation/manufacturing sector of the economy, he said.“This will leverage optimal benefit from enhanced value of exports, increasing sources for consumption of local content, and contribute towards the creation of sustainable jobs.”Cabinet also approved the design of the commemorative crown-size silver coins in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the South African Reserve Bank.The new coin design would be published in the Government Gazette, Manyi said.Sapa
4 June 2014 London Olympics sailors Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim took a massive stride towards achieving their goal of qualifying for the Rio Olympics by winning their first ever major international event at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in The Netherlands on the weekend. Going into the final medal race in fourth position, the duo managed to negotiate their way through the fleet to finish second and take the overall gold ahead of Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and teammate Elliot Willis.First major win The win in Medemblik marks the first major win for Jim and Hudson as a team, exactly three years after they raced there in their first regatta together in the 470 class. “We knew we had to perform and it seems that under pressure we seem to do really well. We had that pressure on us and we both love it,” said a thrilled Jim afterwards.‘A big breakthrough’ “It’s a big breakthrough for us and it’s great,” added Hudson. “It’s come at a really good time to motivate us and to keep us rolling with our project, which is obviously a four-year project going towards Rio [Olympic Games in 2016].‘Soft spot’ Reflecting on the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Hudson said: “It’s wonderful to make this breakthrough together. We’re having a good few regattas in a row and we have a soft spot for this one, as this is where we began our campaign three years ago, so we’re very happy to have had a victory here. “It’s also a nice moment to briefly reflect on what we’ve managed to achieve so far. Of course, very soon, after a short celebration it’ll be back to business. We’ve got two years to go to Rio and we have to keep making further breakthroughs to get to where we want to there.” Having been on the road for two months, Hudson and Jim will now return home to Cape Town for three weeks before continuing their campaign in Europe. Source: Road to Rio
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
February 5 was Darren Criss’ birthday, and to celebrate, he has asked his fans to help him fulfill his birthday wish – to raise vital funds for Musicians on Call (MOC).MOC’s mission is to share the healing power of music in hospitals across the US by bringing volunteers to perform for patients bedside, and providing comprehensive CD libraries and individual players to patients.For a small donation, fans can enter to win a trip to LA to hang out with Darren. They will plan the day together – he could show them around the city, take them out for a meal, etc. Flights and accommodations will be included for a winner + a guest.Fans can also receive guaranteed rewards for various donation amounts – an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo, a private Skype session with Darren, and even a signed guitar.To find out more, visit Prizeo.com.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–An Indigenous academic now has more questions than answers after receiving an access to information request aimed at finding out if her name was in the files of Canada’s spy agency.Pam Palmater, a Ryerson professor and chair in Indigenous governance, received a batch of documents last month that left her wondering what the Canadian Security Intelligence Service didn’t want her to find out.“They have a file on me and they are legally entitled not to release it to me, which is ridiculous,” said Palmater. “There is nothing about my activities that are subversive to Canada as a nation, or hostile, unless you consider Facebook, Twitter, writing blogs and appearing before Senate committees subversive and hostile.”Much of what CSIS released to Palmater appears to be related to security screenings from her time working for Justice Canada.The security screening reports contain her name, birth date and addresses, but the spy agency redacted parts of the document under a section of the Access to information Act that allows information to be kept secret if it “relates to the efforts of Canada towards detecting, preventing or suppressing subversive or hostile activities.”Palmater said it gave her a “chill” when she read those words.“Within our own country, First Nations are considered terrorists,” she said. “That, in of itself, and knowing what happens in other countries to people who are considered hostile, it does give me a chill.”CSIS also told Palmater it could not “confirm nor deny” whether they had ever investigated her activities.A CSIS spokesperson said Palmater likely received a standard response for the type of request she submitted.“In the letter that Ms. Palmater received, there is a sentence that gives the description of section 15 of the Access to Information Act…it is intended to provide a description… for those individuals who may not be familiar with it,” said spokesperson Tahera Mufti. “The letter also states that should the individual wish to access more information, she is encouraged to do so by sending a request to the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.”Palmater said she filed her access to information request after it surfaced that a prominent child advocate was under watch by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.APTN National News reported late last fall that federal Aboriginal Affairs officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, who had taken the federal government to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for underfunding First Nations child welfare services.“Obviously the national security provisions are far too broad if they encapsulate young Indigenous people who are educated and are working to improve their communities,” said Palmater.