Good bye to 2010

first_imgNewsLocal NewsGood bye to 2010By admin – December 26, 2010 562 THE vast majority of people in Ireland will not be sorry to see the back of 2010. Yes, it has been a difficult year right across the board.Many thought to have been in the super rich bracket lost their fortunes; local traders who had served the community for generations were forced to close their doors; thousands of jobs were surrendered across the Mid West and the average Joe Soap is just about hanging in there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Print Linkedin Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleRubberbandits lose out to X-Factor winnerNext articleBroken mains cause water shortage admin Email Facebook Confidence was further eroded by the behaviour of a Government that lost the run of itself.But let’s not despair.We are about to enter a New Year and hopefully, the dawning of a new era.The Irish, we are constantly told, are a resilient people.Already, there are some encouraging signs on the local front.An air of buoyancy has returned to the city centre and shoppers will have noted the opening of several new outlets in recent weeks.There are also new arrivals at the Crescent SC.The IDA has new jobs coming our way.Aer Lingus has reopened the Shannon-Paris route and indicators are that Ryanair will increase the number of flights to holiday destinations from Shannon.Limerick City Manager Tom Mackey is determined to ensure that Limerick puts its best foot forward in 2011 and to build on the progress made this year.Concerns have been aired at City Hall about the negative portrayal of Limerick by certain sections of the media, but the Limerick Post, the only Limerick owned newspaper in the Mid West, vows to continue to inform its 200,000 readers of all that is good and positive about our great city.last_img read more

Premium products to Adore

first_imgDawn Foods (Evesham, Worcs) supplies the Adore brand, which comprises four lines of individually-wrapped premium bakery products: muffins, brownies, indulgence cakes and US-style cookies, available in a variety of flavours.The company says the brand has been developed to meet a need for high quality, individually packaged bakery goods, suitable for the foodservice industry. Consumer research has shown that people want to spoil themselves, so the chewy cookies include flavours such as triple chocolate fudge.Dawn also offers a cookie mix, available in vanilla, chocolate and oat-bran flavours, to create cookies with water and margarine or butter. The company’s US-style cookie ‘pucks’ come in flavours including double chocolate and white chocolate, reflecting the flavours most popular in the US. The frozen, preportioned pucks are placed on a baking sheet and then in the oven, where baking spreads them to the correct diameter in minutes.last_img read more

Human Rights, the Honduran Military’s Code of Honor

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre July 05, 2019 As part of the ongoing modernization process of partner nations’ Defense institutions, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Colombian Army, in coordination with the Honduran Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA, in Spanish), offered a human rights seminar to Honduran authorities. The Human Rights Initiative Conference was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the first quarter of 2019.“This conference allowed us to exchange knowledge and strengthen human rights norms,” Honduran Army Colonel Benedicto Antonios Chicas, human rights director for the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “We were also able to review the commitments Honduras has made in this matter.”The event featured roundtables to discuss the role of armed forces and the legality of operations. In addition, participants addressed the inclusion of international standards regarding the use of force to guarantee respect for human rights, military training on the appropriate use of force, and citizens’ rights during interventions. Agreements reachedIn the legality of operations session, participants concluded that the Honduran Armed Forces should rely on experts in operational law to regulate tasks, preparation, execution, evolution, and the follow-up of all armed missions in the theater of operations. The Army, Air Force, and Navy only have legal advisors in the administrative field.Honduras committed to train a team of military lawyers in operational law. “We already talked to SOUTHCOM. Starting in 2020, three lawyers from each force will be trained. Meanwhile, we will continue with our lawyers’ training through courses and certifications,” Col. Chicas said.The Honduran Armed Forces have human rights manuals that will be revised with SOUTHCOM’s help. At the training and educational session, SOUTHCOM committed to advise Honduras in updating its Army’s curriculum and to prioritize lessons on respect for human rights.The Colombian Army agreed to guide Honduras to strengthen human rights training in their Armed Forces. The goal is to put armed personnel in practical situations where international humanitarian law norms apply, such as active operations, the Colombian Ministry of Defense told the press.“The Honduran soldier learned that they should never follow an illegal order. Occurrences are minimum, there are thousands of missions, and hard work has made training and instruction in human rights possible,” said Fredy Díaz, Honduran minister of Defense, at the end of the conference. The roundtables also featured representatives of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.Opening doors“The Honduran Secretary of Human Rights (SEDH, in Spanish) knows that to move toward a general culture of human rights and peace, it must be assimilated by everyone,” said SEDH head Karla Cueva. “The knowledge obtained in these conferences will be put into practice daily as security forces fulfill their duties.”From 2014 to 2018, Honduras and the United States trained more than 28,000 Honduran military personnel. SOUTHCOM will continue to support training in international humanitarian law for the Honduran Armed Forces, according to a SEDH press release.“Both our nations share the same objective: respect for human rights as the basis for democracy. The U.S. Southern Command Human Rights Office has been very supportive. They have helped us see positive things to coexist with others. This cooperation has been essential and very helpful for the Honduran Armed Forces,” said Col. Chicas. Learning moreThe Honduran Armed Forces measure the impact of the human rights training through their members’ performance. They monitor and analyze errors and violations committed.“We don’t learn about human rights because we are required to, but because we want to help our people to become aware about human rights. We want to learn to apply them sensibly. This brings us closer to the people,” Col. Chicas said.last_img read more

UK government bows to internal pressure on DC fees disclosure

first_imgThe UK government will table an amendment to its own pensions reform legislation forcing providers to provide transparency on charges in defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, amid pressure from party hierarchy.An amendment to the Pensions Bill 2013, which is entering its final stages of the parliamentary process, before becoming law, will call for the introduction of measures requiring transparency in transaction charges.The government said this was the latest step in wider plans to ensure savers and consumers received value for money. It added that the extra information provided, as a result of the amendment, would help those running DC schemes see exactly how much they paid for asset management services. The amended Bill moves into the report stage, the penultimate formality of parliamentary processes, this week.It forces the Secretary of State to make regulations that require greater transparency around transaction costs within occupational DC schemes.Current pensions minister and Liberal Democrat Steve Webb will table the amendment.In his written ministerial statement, Webb said the increased transparency enacted by the amendment would ensure fairer charges for those entering workplace DC schemes via auto-enrolment.“We’re taking action to ensure consumers have access to good-quality pension schemes,” Webb added.“A lack of transparency around the true costs of trading can prevent schemes from securing value for money for their members.”The move comes after the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition came under a scathing attack from former Conservative heavyweight and chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson.Lawson, who sits in the House of Lords, the UK’s second parliamentary chamber, had called for the government to do more on transparency, suggesting full disclosure was the only way to avoid industry mischief.The amendment has been made to appease Lawson’s calls and ensure the Pensions Bill, which includes legislation on the new single-tier state pension, passes through Parliament on schedule.As the cross-party debate over DC scheme charges, specifically within auto-enrolment schemes, intensifies, this is the second amendment to the Bill in as many weeks.On Thursday, opposition Labour peers tabled an amendment to the Bill, which would force the secretary of state to implement a cap of charges in DC schemes by the end of April 2015.This was in reaction to the UK government’s postponement of plans to cap charges, which were due to be enforced on providers by April this year.The opposition reaction to the cap postponement resulted in accusations that the government was avoiding the cap altogether, as it pushed it too close to the next general election.Reacting to the latest government amendment, opposition and Labour spokesman for pensions, Gregg McClymont, claimed credit for the move, suggesting Webb had given in to Labour pressure.“The government appears to have finally backed down under Labour pressure on transparency over costs and charges,” McClymont said, “but ministers are only implementing half of Labour’s reform agenda. The government’s headlong retreat on bringing in a pensions cap has left savers at real risk of rip-off charges.”last_img read more

Montebello to plan housing around resources

first_img “But we haven’t finalized our plans,’ he said. “There are a lot of constraints and variables associated with this property, and we’re still in the planning stage.’ At the committee’s meeting, Ruben Lopez, the city’s director of community development, explained the complexities involved with the oil company’s land. Obstacles and considerations to overcome before any development could proceed include a hilly landscape, working oil wells that would require cleanup, a high-pressure gas line beneath the ground, power lines for Southern California Edison and the endangered bird’s sensitive habitat. Because of the inherent challenges of the property, out of 480 acres, the oil company is only looking to develop 140 acres, Molinari said. “The birds’ nests are not contiguous; they’re spread out over the site,’ he said. “The feds are negotiating about 200 acres to be set aside for the environment, so they’ll be wanting to build the highest density possible with what’s left.’ Belinda Faustinos, executive director of a local branch of California’s Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, was optimistic that all parties’ interests could be met. “The federal government has jurisdiction because of the endangered-species aspect of the land,’ Faustinos said. “We have to wait for the (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) to finalize their review of the plan and determine a timeline. No one can do anything until the amount of land required for the gnatcatcher’s habitat is determined.’ Whatever the outcome, plenty of time remains for input from all interested parties, City Manager Richard Torres said. “It will be the end of this decade before the first shovel of dirt is turned over,’ he said. @tagline columnist:Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Margot Eiser, vice chairwoman of the task force and longtime resident of Montebello, said that because the city is working on a new General Plan, her organization wants to ensure that Montebello designates open space as part of any deal made with the oil company. “The idea of this Sierra Club task force is to bring awareness to how important it is to save some land for low-impact passive use,’ she said. “People should understand it’s not just for nature and ecological reasons, but for historical reasons. There’s evidence that the Tongva people, and other native peoples, lived there. Plus, there are mine shafts and fossils. It’s an important place, historically.’ Bryan Stanek, land manager for Plains Exploration, said residents and the Sierra Club will be pleased with the amount of open space his company is planning to keep for the future project, although he declined to define it by acreage. “The plan is a balance between open space and reasonable development,’ Stanek said. “We’ve put a lot of thought and science into how to proceed and we’ve left a significant amount of open space, with things like trails from the edges of the property into the recreational facilities nearby. A local arm of the Sierra Club is demanding a place at the table with city officials and property owners regarding development plans for the Montebello Hills – one of the largest undeveloped spaces in Los Angeles County. The environmentally sensitive area is home to the gnatcatcher, a bird that is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list. Activists and members from the Sierra Club’s Montebello Hills Preservation Task Force and the state’s Rivers and Mountains Conservancy insisted on an invitation to a recent meeting of the PXP Committee, which was formed by Montebello Mayor Bill Molinari. The committee is charged with facilitating information between the city and the Montebello Hills’ owner, oil company Plains Exploration and Production Co. (the company for which the PXP Committee is named) regarding the company’s development plans. last_img read more

Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre

first_imgManagement at Cara House has echoed calls for an improved town bus service in Letterkenny.The Family Resource group says that they do not feel the current town bus is adequately serving the needs of the public.The issue of the Letterkenny Town Bus was raised by county councillor Gerry McMonagle at the local municipal district meeting on Tuesday. He called for an upgraded and improved service and clarity on the bus timetable. Cara House have spoken out in support of Cllr McMonagle’s statements and suggested a suitable route change to make Letterkenny more accessible to all.They said: “A low emissions, accessible bus that ran regularly around the town could serve many more and reduce congestion and parking difficulties in the town.“Many people are bussed into the town and then to access areas other than the Letterkenny Shopping Centre they are into walking or getting taxis which is very costly.”They also recommended that a central Letterkenny bus could take bus passes serving the needs of older people and people with disabilities. Susan McCauley from Cara House said: ”We meet people on a daily basis who would like to access our courses and activities but are restricted by transport issues.“At a recent meeting with planners regarding the Letterkenny Town Plan issues regarding the bus were raised by not only members of the Older People’s but also the Youth Council.“We feel that a bus such as the one we are suggesting would benefit all, not least Letterkenny Main Street retailers, and bring life back to the town centre.”Cara House has registered this need with Donegal County Council and The National Transport Authority.Their suggested route is as follows:  Cara House are suggesting a new route from the Railway Roundabout (Tescos) up to the Hospital and Park, down the High Road to Government Buildings and the new Court House, on to Justice Walsh Road for the Hospital Outpatients then turn left onto Pearse Road for the Community Centre.Turn left at the roundabout to go up the Port Road for the Theatre and Regional Cultural Centre and on to Main Street for the Post Office, and Courtyard Shopping Centre and Library continuing down Lower Main Street where it could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment.On Pease Road then turn right to the Retail Park and Cinema then round again for the Dunnes retail area and onto Neil T Blaney Road for the Council Public Services Centre using the new road (under construction) to go back to LYIT and base.Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CARA HOUSEletterkenny town busTransportlast_img read more

Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special

first_imgThere was a European flavour emanating from the corridors of Deele College this week, as the Raphoe school celebrated Erasmus week with staff and students being treated to different cuisines from throughout the continent at break and lunch-time.Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Deele College has been a participant in the programme for a number of years and its inclusion in the programme has been of great benefit to the school.In recent years, the school has hosted student teachers from other European countries and a number of teachers from the school have visited other schools across the continent, with the aim of picking up new skills and practises.This year, the school is sending four members of staff to Barcelona to take part in a training programme, which deals with ‘emotional intelligence.’ The four staff members; Danny McFadden, Marilyn O’Riordan, Patricia Brady and Patrick McAteer will attend a week-long workshop on emotional intelligence and restorative practises and it is hoped that these practices can then be implemented in the school.This will help the school in continuing to promote best practise in the area of discipline and student well-being with the main aim being helping students to deal with their emotions.Co-ordinator of the Erasmus Programme is a maths teacher, Marilyn O’Riordan, who has been central in putting the Deele College delegation forward for the trip to Barcelona.Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden, who is going to Barcelona, as part of the Deele College delegation says that the Erasmus programme offers the school a unique opportunity to bring European best practice back to Donegal.“We have been involved in the Erasmus programme now for a number of years and it has been a great opportunity for the school and for our staff. We have been able to examine the ways in which schools across Europe operate and take the positives back to our own school. I would like to thank Marilyn O’Riordan for her hard work in putting the school forward for this opportunity.“This year, we will travel to Barcelona and we will spend the week seeing how they deal with students who are dealing with emotional difficulties and we will be able to relay this information back to all our staff and implement the practises, which we will have learned.”Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special was last modified: October 4th, 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

Three QF spots up for grabs ahead of final PBA PH Cup playdate

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Blackwater, meanwhile, only needs GlobalPort to win over Phoenix to advance to the playoffs. If the Fuel Masters do get the victory over the Batang Pier, they have to root for Rain or Shine to triumph over Ginebra to force a five-way tie at sixth and at least get a chance for a playoff. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH So far, San Miguel and Magnolia are locked in on the top two spots, which means the two teams will hold twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals.Alaska, NLEX, and Rain or Shine also clinched their spots in the playoffs, with all three set to figure in best-of-three series against still to be determined foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat leaves Ginebra (5-5), GlobalPort (5-5), Phoenix (4-6), TNT (5-6), and Blackwater (5-6) disputing the last three spots, with three of those fighting for their lives at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Here’s how things would play out: View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For the Gin Kings and the Batang Pier, all they need is to win their duels to advance to the quarterfinals.A loss for the two would put their playoff hopes in peril, but they still has a chance to make it to the next round as they are still secured of at least a playoff.The Fuel Masters also need a win to advance to the next round, but will have to root for a Rain or Shine win against Ginebra to not drop down to a playoff against TNT or GlobalPort.The KaTropa and the Elite sit idle with their identical 5-6 cards, but they don’t have their fate on their hands.For TNT, the only unfavorable situation for them is for a Phoenix and Rain or Shine win, which would put it on a three-way tie at eighth with Ginebra and Blackwater. The KaTropa will drop to 11th due to an inferior quotient en route to an early exit this all-Filipino conference.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum The playoff race couldn’t get any closer than this.With one playdate remaining in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, three playoff spots are still yet to be claimed, making the Friday tussle between GlobalPort and Phoenix and the duel between Ginebra and Rain or Shine must-watch.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D-League: Wangs-Letran escapes Perpetual for back-to-back wins LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

Badminton: Chetan, Kashyap enter US Open pre-quarters

first_imgChetan Anand moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the US Open badminton championships with a 21-18, 21-19 win over 13th seed Bruce Leverdez in the Orange, California on Tuesday.Chetan AnandPeriapalli Kashyap also moved into the pre-quarters with a 21-16, 21-12 win over David Oberstenor of England. Chetan who was making his comeback, was quick off the blocks and jumped to a 8-1 lead in the opening game.Thereafter, Bruce fought back but the Indian was always in control as he won the match in 43 minutes. Kashyap, the 12th seed, was at his attacking best against Oberstenor.Kashyap now has a tough battle against third seed Tien Minh Niguen in the pre-quarterfinals.It must be mentioned here that the Indian has defeated Tien twice before. Gurusaidutt, the third Indian in the fray, lost to sixth seed Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 20-22, 21-16.- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

Copa America: Giant-killers Venezuela leave Chile in cold

first_imgVenezuela completed a weekend of Copa America shocks by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile. Oswaldo Vizcarrondo gave Venezuela a 34th-minute lead on Sunday, nodding in after good work by Juan Arango, only for Humberto Suazo to level midway through the second half with his first competitive international goal since November 2009. That gave the Chileans fresh energy and they had the Venezuelans on the rack for the best part of the next quarter-hour. But just as extra-time seemed to be on the way once again for the fourth time in four quarter-finals Gabriel Cichero struck from close range to spark scenes of joy among the travelling Venezuelan fans and leave the Chileans, four-times finalists, stunned.  The giant-killers will now go up against a Paraguay side which sent holders Brazil packing after a penalty shootout success at La Plata outside Buenos Aires. But the baseball-loving Venezuelans will have to make do without Tomas Rincon, red-carded in injury-time for some shirt pulling. Chile also finished a man short after having Gary Medel sent off eight minutes from the end. The shockwaves reached as far as Cuba, where joyous Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, preparing for chemotherapy on the Communist island, sent out his customary congratulatory tweet.  “Glory to the brave people! Let’s pay supreme tribute to our boys from the Glorious Vinotinto (the team nickname),” Chavez tweeted. “Viva Venezuela! Oh what a goal. Bravo Venezuela,” tweeted an exuberant Chavez at half-time after Vizcarrondo’s opener, indicating his belief that former Cuban leader and long-time friend Fidel Castro had “brought the Vinotinto luck.” Coach Cesar Farias was also delighted – though in typically more restrained fashion. “The happiness we feel gives us the desire to keep on in the same vein,” said Farias. But he added that winning the semi would be a tall order. “Paraguay are a strong team and they will start favourites, insisted Farias. Goalkeeper Renny Vega told Fox Sports that “we are getting stronger all the time. I just hope we can get to the final now.” “It may be a surprise for many people but I saw Venezuela came here with humility yet merit respect. Our dream has always been to win the Copa.” Chile missed the creative Jean Beausejour, sent off against Peru, and although they had a second-half purple patch with Alexis Sanchez always looking as if he could provide a math-winning flash of inspiration they were undone when Cichero reacted quickest in a crowded box to turn home the winner. With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more

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