Jerry O’Dea is Limerick’s new Metropolitan Mayor

first_imgby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Michael Sheahan handing over the chain of office to Cllr Jerry O’Dea after his election as Mayor of Limerick Metropolitan District.(Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22)NEWLY elected Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jerry O’Dea hopes to see the continued creation of a “living city” where families will want to live and walk the streets without fear.After securing the mayoralty with 11 votes from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail at City Hall last Friday evening, the Mulgrave Street-based publican also spoke about fostering further integration between the city and all its “fine third level institutions” and furthering Limerick’s success on the sporting field.“Our famous Thomond Park needs no further mention and the reopening of the Market’s Field with the return of Limerick FC was a joy to behold,” said Mayor O’Dea.Sinn Fein ran 22-year-old City East representative, Cmhlr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh as a candidate for mayor last Friday, while the Anti Austerity Alliance put Cllr Paul Keller forward for the position.AAA councillor Cian Prendiville predicted the next 12 months will see major battles on the council and for ordinary people of the city. In a fervent burst of sloganeering, he told council members that they were voting for “change, not just chains”, “justice, not junkets” and “policies, not personalities”.“The last year has seen the AAA councillors act as whistleblowers on this council. Whistleblowers on the cuts. Whistleblowers on the junkets. Whistleblowers on the poor planning. That’s the kind of Mayor and council we need for the year ahead,” Cllr Prendiville commented.Sinn Fein leader on Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan claimed that they were electing what he believed to be “a pseudo mayor for a pseudo council”. He pointed out that a a significant number of Limerick people are totally opposed to having two mayors.“People find it hard to distinguish between the two and to figure out their respective roles and powers. Indeed, most people find the situation to be farcical and a waste of energy and resources,” said Cllr Quinlivan.“The farcical situation whereby the two main parties insist on firstly having two mayors and deputy mayors and then hogging these positions to themselves underlines the reality that the merger of the two Limerick Councils has been a deeply flawed and undemocratic project from the very beginning.”The two Labour Party councillors present on the night, Joe Leddin and Elena Secas, abstained from voting.Meanwhile, newly elected Metropolitan Deputy Mayor, Cllr Shane Clifford, stated that there was “a lot of hypocrisy” over the debacle about having two mayors. He also called on public representatives to make the “biggest effort to work together”. Facebook Email TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Jerry O’DeaCllr Maurice QuinlivanCllr Michael SheahanCllr Shane CliffordFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan DistrictSinn Fein Something’s brewing on Nicholas Street Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFrom rags to richesNext articleSIPTU move to protect County Limerick credit union employees Alan Jacques Boycott of Israeli goods rejected by Council Printcenter_img Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Blithe spirit to Coward’s love triangle Friday the 13th nightmare for opponents of Irish Cement tyre-burning plans NewsLocal NewsJerry O’Dea is Limerick’s new Metropolitan MayorBy Alan Jacques – June 25, 2015 1145 Council collects €53 million in commercial rateslast_img read more

Missing college student’s parents meet with Natalee Holloway’s mother

first_imgAuburn Police Department(AUBURN, Ala.) — The parents of a missing Alabama college student met with Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, on Wednesday — the same day police in Auburn released new photos of a person of interest in the disappearance of the 19-year-old woman two weeks ago.The images of the unidentified man were captured on surveillance cameras at the convenience store where Aniah Haley Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23, according to the Auburn Police Division.Investigators did not call the man a suspect, but said they wanted to identify him and speak with him in connection with Blanchard’s disappearance. Police said he was in his early to mid 20s, weighing approximately 200 pounds and about 5 feet, 9 inches tall.He was seen wearing dark-colored pants, dark-colored shoes and a camouflage hooded jacket with “Vans” in white writing across the back. Additionally, he was observed leaving the area around the time when Blanchard vanished in what is described as a late-2000’s model Lincoln Town Car, silver or grey in color, the division said in a statement.“As part of the ongoing joint investigation with the Auburn Police Division and the Montgomery Police Department into Aniah’s disappearance, investigators are seeking to identify the individual in the video and speak with him,” the statement said.Blanchard’s mother, Angela Haley-Harris, and her stepfather, Walt Harris, spoke to ABC News on Wednesday just after meeting Beth Holloway for the first time. Natalee Holloway, who was also from Alabama, went missing in May 2005 on a trip to Aruba following her high school graduation and was never found. She is presumed dead.“I followed Natalee’s case and I’ve always admired her for her strength — just thought she was an amazing lady,” Haley-Harris told ABC News of Beth. “She’s an amazing woman and I think she’s going to be a great support for us.”Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, an organization that helps in finding missing people, connected Holloway with the Harris family and is assisting in the search for Blanchard.One of Haley-Harris’ younger children previously died in a car crash, she said. But the feeling of Blanchard’s absence has been different.Haley-Harris said, “I know what it feels like to lose a child, but the situation with Natalee, her disappearance and what Beth has gone through, I can’t relate to that. Now I can. I just feel like I needed her, I needed somebody who knows what I’m going through, what we’re going through. … I needed help, because this is such a rare situation.”Blanchard has not been seen since she was caught on surveillance video visiting the convenience store in Auburn’s downtown area. Police believe she is a victim of foul play.“We need her back; we have to have her back,” Haley-Harris said.“We can’t live without her, we can’t,” she added.The Southern Union State Community College student last communicated with a friend on Oct. 23, just before midnight, and her family reported her missing the following day.When asked what would help a stranger identify Blanchard if she’s seen in public, Harris smiled, and said: “That big head of hair, that beautiful smile. I mean, she lights up a room.”“She just keeps everybody upbeat and happy,” Haley-Harris said. “She’s just so much fun.”“I hate to say it, but this might be what got her into this situation. She was just so trusting of people, and I think someone may have just taken advantage of that,” she continued.Police said they found evidence in her vehicle that indicates that she may have been the victim of foul play. The vehicle, a black 2017 Honda CRV, was found abandoned near an apartment complex in Montgomery on Oct. 25. It had damage to the front left tire area, which is believed to have occurred between the time she was last seen and when the vehicle was found, according to police.“This is a criminal investigation. Obviously, we’re approaching it as such. I think the only right way to do it is to approach it as if foul play is involved and as if there is someone or more than one person involved in this,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said at a press conference last week. “We do not believe Aniah would, or did, essentially go missing on her own volition.”Her parents said rumors she was going to meet a date on the night she went missing are not true.“We know that’s not true because we were able to get into her accounts,” Harris said. “There was no communication with anybody outside of myself and her [mother] through her actual phone. Her social media accounts didn’t have any messages. The only person she was communicating with was her roommate.”Haley-Harris said the last messages from Blanchard to anyone were to her roommate over Snapchat in which she indicated she was with a guy she had just met. However, her mother does not believe Blanchard sent the Snapchat message because of “terminology” not consistent with her daughter, though she did not share specifics.Crime Stoppers said the total amount of rewards offered is now $105,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in Blanchard’s disappearance.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a proclamation authorizing a $5,000 reward for information in the case. In addition, UFC President Dana White, UFC fighter Jon Jones and MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz each pledged $25,000 last week.Her stepfather, Harris, is a prominent mixed martial artist and contender for the UFC heavyweight title. Harris had been preparing for a marquee UFC fight against Alistair Overeem on Dec. 7, but pulled out last week due to his stepdaughter’s disappearance.“That’s what’s getting us through, hundreds of friends and our family that’s been there since the very minute they found out,” Haley-Harris said. “The drove from all over to be there with us and we just want to say thank you to them and thank you to the Auburn community.”Elijah Blanchard, Aniah’s father, thanked the community at a vigil in Birmingham Wednesday night.“Whoever would have thought that this little girl named Aniah would pull so many hearts together as one,” he said, according to Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA-TV.Anyone with information on the person of interest’s identity is being asked to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391 or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IU ATHLETICS TO PILOT BEER AND WINE SALES AT FOOTBALL GAMES THIS FALLBLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Fans over 21 attending football games at Memorial Stadium this fall will be able to enjoy beer and wine to enhance the IU Football gameday experience.Pursuant to a pilot program recommended by the consulting firm Wasserman and consistent with the University’s Service of Alcohol Policy, beer and wine will be available for purchase by all football game attendees over 21 through a third-party vendor to be selected through the University procurement process.“Our main goals with this initiative are to enhance the gameday experience for our fans and reduce alcohol-related incidents in and around the stadium,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. “While there will be some comparatively modest revenue generated by these sales, that is not the primary purpose of this program. Ten percent of our net beer and wine public sales revenues will be given to campus for alcohol safety programming.”In considering this move, Indiana University Athletics commissioned Wasserman to study the desirability of introducing beer and wine sales at its home football games. In examining the more than 50 other schools that sell alcohol to the general public at their stadiums, the study found that its introduction resulted in improved game-day experience and attendance (with overall attendance at sporting events on the decline nationally, the introduction of alcohol sales has reversed that trend at numerous schools); and a reduction in alcohol-related incidents and safety issues in the stadium (as an example, Ohio State University reported a 65 percent drop in alcohol-related incidents the first year it served alcohol to the general public, while West Virginia reported a 35 percent decline).As part of the pilot program and to help ensure responsible behavior from fans, IU’s vendor will be required to ensure beer and wine purchasers have their identification checked, maintain a two-drink limit during each individual purchase, and cease sales at the end of the third quarter. IU Athletics will also work closely with IU’s Superintendent of Public Safety, who has also endorsed the pilot program, to ensure a safe environment at Memorial Stadium.IU Athletics is establishing a task force to oversee the service of beer and wine this fall at Memorial Stadium which will address outstanding issues such as: appropriately consulting University procurement officials on drafting the RFP and selecting the vendor; determining where to direct the campus share for alcohol safety programming; evaluating the test pilot program and recommending whether it be continued and/or adjusted; whether to expand the program to other venues; and the like. The members of the task force will be Vice Provost and Dean of Students Dave O’Guinn; Associate Vice President and Superintendent for Public Safety Ben Hunter; Associate General Counsel James Nussbaum; and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration and External Relations Stephen Harper.With the adoption of the pilot program, Indiana joins a rapidly growing list of schools around the state and country publicly serving alcohol at sporting events. Five schools do so in the Big Ten: Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, and Maryland. Butler serves beer in Hinkle Fieldhouse. In addition, on campus, the IU Auditorium serves alcohol at its events.last_img read more

Ekwempu, Okubena Seal Semifinal Places

first_imgBimbo Okubena was equally on top of his game as he inflicted a shock 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win over second-seeded Kola Sofola, who was a finalist last year.Okubena will now face the winner of the match between Victor Ogbeide, a 6-2, 4-4 (ret) winner over Emmanuel Umenwa, and Babatunde Fashanu, who edged Peter Mgbeahuru 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in a keenly contested clash.In the doubles, the duo of Holmes and Chijoke Agbo was upset by Mustapha Sule-Owuda and Onamusi. They will battle the winner of the tie involving Joro Olateru-Olagbegi/ Deji Oshikoya and Segun Aluko/ Wale Adesida.In Group B, Dapo Adebayo will face Lanre Sotunde while Femi Ifedayo awaits the winner between Seyi Adewunmi and T. Adeyinka.The veteran doubles which is in a round-robin format is also hitting the final stage with the team of Deji Akinhanmi and Hope Gbagi setting the pace while the pair of Arinze Onubogu and Joro are on their heels.The final will hold on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LCC TENNIS FESTIVALNdubuisi Ekwempu produced a stunning display to end the run of Akin Akinrimisi as the 2017 Lagos Country Club Tennis Festival reaches its home-stretch.Unseeded Akinrimisi had caused the biggest upset in the tournament partnered by 9Mobile by dumping out fourth seed, Kunle Onamusi in the first round but Ekwempu wasted no time to claim a straight 6-1, 6-1 win to book a semifinal spot where he will face the winner of the clash between top seed and defending champion, Matt Holmes and Tunde Olujobi.last_img read more

Cahir Park and St Michaels progress in the Munster Junior Cup

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay The Saints hammered St Saviours of Waterford 4 – 0. Cahir Park and St Michael’s have both progressed to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup.Cahir were 2 – 1 winners over Avondale of Cork in their 4th round clash – the Cahir goals coming from Shane Murphy and Benny Ryan.last_img

Wladimir Klitschko pulls out of Tyson Fury fight with calf injury

first_imgWladimir Klitschko has been forced to withdraw from his world heavyweight title fight with Britain’s Tyson Fury on October 24 due to a calf injury, but a new date for the bout is set to be announced next week according to the Ukraine world champion’s camp.“Of course I’m mad sorry, (both) for my fans but also for my opponent Tyson Fury,” he told German newspaper Bild. The world champion Klitschko was due to put his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belts on the line at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf against the British contender, but apparently suffered an injury to his leg in training, pulling a tendon in his right calf.A new date for the fight will be announced next week, according to Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bonte.Fury prompted plenty of publicity earlier this week by arriving at a pre-fight press conference dressed as Batman.The new fight will take place at the same 55,000-capacity venue in Dusseldorf with tickets remaining valid from the cancelled fight for the rescheduled bout.Fury will be hugely frustrated by this latest news after former world champion and fellow Brit David Haye twice withdrew from fights with him due to injury. He was quick to post his reaction on Twitter: His tweet read: “It’s safe to say I’m hitting the drink right now gutted. woooop woooop #f**kklitschko”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

South America: Mr. Trump, we haven’t devaluated our currency on purpose

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, President Trump tweeted that he would restore tariffs on all steel and aluminum that Brazil and Argentina export to the United States. He would do that because, according to his tweet, the two South American countries “have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies”, which is “not good” for American farmers.He is right. The devaluation of the Brazilian real and the Argentine peso really is a bummer for American farmers. It makes producers in those countries happy with the price received for the products they ship, and that spurs farmer selling. At the same time, prices in U.S. dollars paid by importers don’t necessarily climb – sometimes they even fall, making South American exports more competitive when compared to products shipped by the United States.A metric ton of Brazilian soybeans priced at $350 FOB Santos, for example, equals to BRL1,050 when the Brazilian real is at BRL3 to the dollar. The same $350 becomes BRL1,400 when a swing to BRL4 occurs. Even with an unchanged price in U.S. dollars, Brazil receives 33 percent more for its soybeans just because of currency devaluation.Since the beginning of 2019, the Brazilian real lost 7 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar. In late November, it hit a fresh new low at BRL4.27 per dollar. In Argentina, the devaluation reached 62 percent in the same period and now the peso is around ARG58 to the dollar. And why did that happen? Have Brazil and Argentina’s governments devaluated their currencies on purpose, as President Trump suggested with his tweet?In this particular case, Mr. Trump is wrong. Neither Brazil nor Argentina has done anything to artificially weaken their currencies. We are not that competent. But thank you anyway for overestimating us, sir.In Argentina, a serious economic crisis and a political swing that resulted in the election of center-leftist Alberto Fernandez to the presidency of the country, after four years of conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri, are the main reasons behind the massive devaluation seen in 2019, since foreign investors believe that Fernandez will not be able (or will not be willing) to conduct any kind of market-friendly reforms to the economy.The currency devaluation has helped Argentina’s agricultural exports, which are also buoyed by fears that the new president (whose vice-president is former president Cristina de Kirchner, farmers’ worst nightmare) will raise export taxes for soybeans, corn and wheat as soon as he takes office this Tuesday, Dec 10. But, despite giving a hand to Argentina’s exports, a very weak currency is not exactly a good thing to an economy which has been in such a fragile position. So, no, Argentina has not intentionally devaluated its peso.And what about Brazil? After the election in late 2018 of President Jair Bolsonaro, recently described by The Wall Street Journal as a “rainmaker” for the economy, odds were that the Brazilian real would get stronger. This year, however, a series of factors that include lower interest rates (to stimulate business and create jobs), an overall strength of the U.S. dollar against other currencies such as the euro, the effects of the trade war between the United States and China, the economic crisis in Argentina and political unrest in some other South American countries, contributed to the devaluation of the Brazilian real.The weaker real has helped Brazilian agricultural exports. But the country’s exports are in good shape this year mainly because of the trade war (which makes China buy more Brazilian soybeans) and the fear that the United States would have a crop failure after a way too rainy planting season – which made traditional importers such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam buy Brazilian corn.Brazil is not likely to retaliate the United States if President Trump really goes ahead with the threat of raising tariffs on steel and aluminum exported by Brazil. That would be a setback for the sector, since the United States is the main destination of Brazilian steel. But targeting the metal sector would not have any effect on Brazilian agricultural exports and would not have any compensatory effects for the American farmer. What farmers in the United States, Brazil and Argentina need is a healthy trade environment that allows them to export their products as fair competitors and, above all, as allies in the mission of feeding the world.last_img read more

Netvibes Goes From Web 2.0 To Enterprise 2.0 In Partnership With Sage Software

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williamscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair In the Web 2.0 heyday, Netvibes had that star appeal that few companies ever experience. Their platform for creating personal dashboards rocketed in growth. Web innovators sang its praises. But you know the story. Netvibes struggled to find a business model.Now, we’re on the cusp of the Enterprise 2.0 movement and Netvibes has suddenly come back as a contender for providing dashboard environments to better manage enterprise software.Today, Netvibes is announcing a “sales, marketing and technology,” partnership with Sage Software, an enterprise software company with 5.8 million customers worldwide and more than 14,500 people worldwide.Sage will integrate the Netvibes dashboard technology into Sage software products and business processes. The idea is that enterprise software has become increasingly complex for users. Netvibes technology will help manage Sage software by providing customers with an environment that is more user friendly. Sage is hoping the partnership will bridge enterprise software with the Web 2.0 features of the Netvibes technology.Sage reaches mid-market companies. These are larger enterprises that may do $60 million in revenues. They are adopting increasingly complex software. For instance, spftware for Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP) and Business Process Management (BPM) are more popular in light of enterprise efforts to bring more efficiencies in these times of economic difficulty. But often, the tools require a degree of administration beyond the capabilities of the average business user.Sage will integrate Netvibes into the launch of its ERP X3 software, coming in the first quarter of 2010.For all the skeptics of social technologies, is this at all proof of the benefits that social software provides? Sage is adopting the Netvibes platform to make it simpler for customers to use its ERP software.Netvibes grew from the roots of the social software movement. Its technology represents what social software can help people accomplish: give the user more options to be productive and creative in their work.last_img read more

10 Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ to a Family Caregiver

first_imgWhat are other ways to say “thank you” to a family caregiver? Let us know in the comments! This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 4, 2016. November is Family Caregiver Appreciation month. In appreciation of all family caregivers we would like to share with you 10 ways you can show your appreciation.center_img 1. Ask if there is something specific you can do for the caregiver. Often when we ask a caregiver, “What can I do to help you?,” there are so many things that come to mind. If you make a request to help with a specific task, the caregiver may be more likely to accept your help, without adding additional stress. Examples of specific tasks that you can ask caregivers to help them with might include: picking up dry cleaning, getting the car washed, clean house or fixing a meal.2. Raise awareness within your community.Unless you personally know a family caregiver; caregiving in general may not always cross your mind. You can raise awareness about family caregivers within your community by working with your city council or county commissioners to get them to issue a local proclamation to honor and recognizing caregivers in the community, similar to the national Presidential Proclamation.3. Shorten the caregiver ‘to-do’ list.Family caregivers can get bogged down trying to keep up with everything around the house while also caring for their loved one. Take something off of their ‘to-do’ list. Mow the lawn, shovel snow, or go to the grocery store. If you are not near enough to do this yourself, hire a service to help out on a regular basis.4. Offer compassion by spending quality one-on-one time with the caregiver.Many family caregivers can become isolated from friends and family while caring for their loved one. Be available to the caregiver and make sure they understand that you are there as a support system. Talk to them, let them vent their frustrations, worries and fears, while offering compassion and understanding.5. Send a little ‘Thank You.’Send the caregiver a little token of your appreciation. For example, you could show you care by sending a hand-written thank you note, flowers, a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop or spa. The item of gratitude doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful.6. Bring the ‘get away’ to the caregiver.Sometimes caregivers need to get away for their own health, but may not feel comfortable leaving their loved ones. Bring the “get away” to them. Pick up a meal from the caregiver’s favorite restaurant. Rent a new movie they would like to watch and bring snacks for a movie night.7. Offer to take the caregiver’s children to different events.For many caregivers, they are not only responsible for their loved one, but other members of their family, such as children or aging parents. Offer to take their children to soccer practice, birthday parties or school events. If they are caring for aging family members, offer to take their loved one to doctor appointments.8. Prepare freezer meals for the caregiver. Make dinner an easier task for the family caregiver by preparing freezer meals with instructions on how to reheat. Be sure to talk to the family caregiver before putting these meals together to ensure that the meals are meeting dietary restrictions and are something that they will actually eat. Consider making the freezer meals small enough to fit in their freezer and appropriate serving sizes for their family.9. Offer to stay with the care-recipient.Although there are respite services available to family caregivers, often times caregivers are weary to have someone they are not familiar with care for their loved one. Offer to stay with the care-recipient so that the caregiver can have a night off or a weekend away.10. Stay in touch.The simplest way to say thank you to a family caregiver is to actually say “thank you” and to stay in touch with them. Check in regularly and see how things are going.last_img read more

The best GIFs from the OSU-Iowa State game

first_imgAlso, that Seales catch on the sidelines! Bonus points for Paul Rhoads losing his mind.Josh Furman is not actually that fast (but he’s still pretty fast).Oh yeah………And if you’re interested I started a GIF page with this season’s best ones and some really random ones from the past.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Iowa State game was bereft of big-time plays (other than that one) but here are the best GIFs from Saturday…I thought the Seales TD was wildly underrated. Daxx threw a seed and 81 made a terrific play. Here’s a look:last_img read more