Communities prepare for Limerick in Bloom judging

first_imgPrint Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Email NewsCommunities prepare for Limerick in Bloom judgingBy Staff Reporter – July 28, 2014 686 center_img Previous article#newmusic Tigwara release ‘New Day Rises’ remixNext articleLimerick establishments listed as gold medal finalists Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Facebook 46 communities from across County Limerick are busily preparing for the judging stages of the 7th annual Limerick in Bloom competition which takes place later this week and during next week.Limerick City & County Council, in conjunction with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, host the competition as a motivational mechanism for the many small local based groups throughout Limerick to enhance the visual impact of their settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year’s participating community groups will be seeking to emulate the success of last year’s overall winner, Athea Tidy Towns and category winners, Ardpatrick Tidy Towns, Cappamore Estates Committee and Castleconnell Tidy Towns.Limerick in Bloom 2014 features 7 community groups participating in the competition for the first time, namely Elton Tidy Towns, Dromcollogher Tidy Towns, Abbefeale Tidy Towns, The Village Residents, Springfield Residents Association, Slugaire Residents Association and St Ita’s Voluntary Housing Association.According to Mr. Kieran Lehane, Director of Services, Environment: “Despite a stormy start to 2014, the largely fine weather during the summer has assisted Limerick’s communities prepare for this year’s competition and it has also helped to further enhance the physical appearance of many of the county’s towns and villages. The Council, with the support of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, is delighted to have played its part in this process,”Mr Lehane added: “This annual awards scheme is a celebration of all that is good about community spirit in Limerick. I want to acknowledge the work being carried out by community groups and residents associations and thank them for their valuable contribution to their respective housing estates, villages, and towns.”Competition categories are based on population size with a first, second and third prize in each category. Category 1 features villages with a population less than 300, Category 2 is for population centres of between 300 and 700 people, Category 3 caters for towns and villages with a population in excess of 700, and Category 4 includes Housing Estates and Community Areas.The participants in Limerick in Bloom 2014 are:CATEGORY 1 – Anglesborough Tidy Towns Committee, Ardagh Development Association, Ardpatrick Tidy Towns, Broadford Development Association, Croagh Community Council, Elton Tidy Towns, Feenagh (Corrandeel Vol. Housing Association), Galbally Tidy Towns, Glenbrohane Tidy Towns Group, Kilfinny Community Council, Killeedy Parish Community Project, Kilmeedy Community Development Group Ltd., Kilteely Tidy Towns Association, Knockainey Tidy Towns, Nicker Village, Old Pallas Residents Association and Strand Tidy Towns.CATEGORY 2 – Athea Tidy Towns Committee, Ballyneety Tidy Towns, Kilfinane Tidy Towns, Oola Tidy Towns and Pallasgreen Residents Association.CATEGORY 3 – Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Adare Tidy Towns, Askeaton Heritage and Tidy Towns Association, Bruff Tidy Towns, Castleconnell Tidy Towns, Clarina Tidy Towns, Croom Community Development, Dromcollogher Tidy Towns, Kilmallock Tidy Towns, Hospital Tidy Towns and Patrickswell Tidy Towns.CATEGORY 4 – Cappamore Estates Committee, Drombanna Day Care & Voluntary Housing, Forest View Residents, Garanbawn Residents Committee, Gilmartin Park Residents Association, Glencairin Residents Association, Glin Homes for the Elderly, Hospital Voluntary Housing Association, Kilteely/Dromkeen Housing Association, Kilteragh Residents Association, Springfield Residents Association, Slugáire Residents Association, St. Ita’s Voluntary Housing Association and The Village Residents.Further information relating to ‘Limerick in Bloom’ is available from the Environment section of Limerick County Council on 061-496214.last_img read more

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Will You Be Watching the Debate Tonight? Check-in After and Share Your Thoughts

first_imgIt is certainly one of the most anticipated events of 2016 and OCNJ Daily, Sea Isle News.com, and SomerPoint.com want to know your thoughts.Please check-in with us on facebook after the debate tonight.   We are very interested to report on how our audience views the race, after we have had a chance to see the two candidates head-to-head.We have an online poll prepared to capture your feedback and you will have the opportunity to leave your comments.Enjoy… AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burtonlast_img read more

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Bug experts dismiss worry about US ‘murder hornets’ as hype

first_imgDon’t worry honey, the “murder hornets” are just hype!According to insect experts, people should “calm down” about the murder hornets unless you are a beekeeper or a honeybee.The Asian giant hornets were recently discovered in Washington and made headlines when they became nicknamed as “murder hornets.”Experts say the bugs can kill humans, but it only happens on rare occasion. Although, they can cause serious trouble since these giant hornets can kill off entire hives of honeybees.Washington Agriculture Department entomologist Chris Looney, who is working on the state’s search for these large hornets, says “They are not `murder hornets.’ They are just hornets,” and many other experts want to get rid of their nickname.Looney also said that “The number of people who are stung and have to seek medical attention is incredibly small.”Hornet, wasp and bee stings kill on average 62 people a year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.With that being said, experts want Americans to know that these hornets are not coming to take over and kill people.“This is 99% media hype and frankly I’m getting tired of it,” said University of Delaware entomologist Doug Tallamy. “Murder hornet? Please.”For bees and the people who rely on them for a living this could be yet another massive problem, but it is not one yet.last_img
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Whitewater Ski Team prepares to host Nancy Greene Zone Finals

first_img Whitewater sent an incredible seven athletes to the games, all of whom posted impressive results against some of the best skiers in the province.Sophie Hickson(SL), Aliza Jones(GS), and Zarah Murray(SL) placed 18th, 20th, and 39th respectively, while Liam Lazier and Troy Bellman came in 23rd and 20th in GS.Assaulting the top fifteen were Henry Leishman, finishing 13th in Slalom, and Yael Ooshuizen capturing ninth in the same event. The course was in great condition, and the racers went home with ribbons, candy, and swag donated by generous local businesses and thrown into the madding crowd.Whitewater Ski Team invites the public to come to the hill to watch future skiing stars in action.Seven Whitewater skiers shine at BC Winter GamesThe 2016 BC Winter Games have come to a close, having brought 1700 athletes, 1800 volunteers, and a $1.8 million dollar economic boost to Penticton. Even more importantly, the Games — now in its 38thyear — renewed the spirit of competition and provincial pride in a region formerly referred to as “The Best Place On Earth.” Whitewater Ski Team is gearing up to host the Nancy Greene Festival for zone finals Sunday (March 13th) at Whitewater Ski Resort.There will be five different event stations including downhill, long jump, dual slalom, a speed trap, and a mogul competition.The event comes after Whitewater played host to its annual zone race held recently at the local resort.An amazing 186 skiers and their families descended upon the resort, carving ruts in Upper Concentrator and keeping the fleet of volunteers busy.last_img read more

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CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and other top males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the highly anticipated showdown never materialized, as Beholder spiked a fever and was forced to the sidelines.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is an amazing 11 for 12 at Santa Anita and she has a long series of steady drills for her return to action on Sunday.“She’s had her serious works,” said Mandella following a three furlong blowout on Wednesday morning in 37.60. “We’re excited to have her back.”A winner of her last six starts, dating back to the 2014 Zenyatta, the Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Gary Stevens, who has won nine out of the 10 times he’s been aboard the legendary mare. With an overall mark of 20-15-3-0, Beholder has earnings of $4,436,600.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred Sheer Pleasure could be the second choice in the race as she comes off a solid half length win here versus state breds in the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 27. A three-time stakes winner, the 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly seeks her first graded win or placing in the Adoration.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure is 11-4-2-0 with earnings of $383,030. She’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia.Race 5 (of 9)                                    Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PDT THE GRADE III ADORATON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Moyo Honey–Drayden Van Dyke–120All Star Bub–Rafael Bejarano–120She’s Reddy–Santiago Gonzalez–120Backintheacademy–Brayan Pena–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–120Beholder–Gary Stevens–124Special first post time on Sunday, Mother’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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Young South Africans: own your destiny!

first_img14 June 2012Delegates from government, big business, civil society met with young entrepreneurs and students in Johannesburg on Wednesday for Brand South Africa’s Youth Summit, where they discussed the challenges facing young South Africans today, and how the youth can take charge of their own futures.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola was there to give the agency’s view on youth development, while deputy minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela delivered a keynote address on the government’s role in youth development.About 100 young people, mostly entrepreneurs and students, got a chance to engage with business leaders and discuss active participation in the country and economy, building a competitive nation brand, and creating jobs for graduates.South Africa, like many other countries in Africa, has a growing population of young people and, according to Brand South Africa, the energy of the youth can be harnessed to build the economy.Different struggles, same fightJune is Youth Month in South Africa, commemorating the June 16 1976 uprising led by young students from Soweto. This year the country pays tribute to the 36th anniversary of the event, and to the pupils and community members who lost their lives in that important milestone in the struggle against apartheid.“Youth Month is a time when we commemorate the youth of 1976 who died for their ideals of equality and freedom for all,” Matola said in his address.Although the efforts of 1976 were for a different cause, he said, the same level of dedication is needed by the youth of today to fight for a different cause – the fight for economic emancipation, which can only be won by tackling unemployment.“Today’s youth is liberated, but the level of unemployment among them is a social ill experienced throughout the world.“Addressing this issue is very important in realising government’s Vision 2030.”Vision 2030 is a programme to promote mass entrepreneurship in South Africa. In its proposals on the economy and employment, the plan predicts that small and expanding firms will produce 90% of the new jobs needed for full employment.Matola also discussed Brand South Africa’s role in nation branding, which he said is our promise of who we are to the world and a promise that we need to keep, like any other brand.“A nation’s brand is also a way to attract investment as the world no longer owes us anything.” According to Brand South Africa, if young people take part in the development of the country, they will be partners in the process of nation building and not passive observers.Speakers came from a range of organisations with a focus on youth issues, and included Catherine Peter of One Young World, Lucia Motloung of the South African chapter of Junior Chamber International and Flavio Bassi from social entrepreneur organisation Ashoka Southern Africa.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings spoke about entrepreneurship, while TV personality Pat Pillai represented Life College Group and Gavin Mageni was there on behalf of Absa Bank.Investment in youthBapela quoted former Mozambique president Samora Machel, saying: “Youth is the age at which you become rich with education, or remain poor forever.”He also spoke about how investment in youngsters is needed and how the African Union should revisit the African Youth Charter if this is to be done properly in Africa and not only South Africa.The Youth Charter creates a legally binding framework for governments to develop supportive policies and programmes for young people, and serves to fast-track the implementation of these policies and programmes, such as investing in rapid skills development in youngsters.“The youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly,” Bapela said.Using the example of two different professions, plumbers and doctors, Bapela cited how plumbers can earn higher hourly rates than doctors through their trade, but said young people tend to shun such skills.“The only difference is that most plumbers are not able to run their businesses properly; that is why they seem to be making less money than doctors,” he said.Entrepreneurship keyEntrepreneurship is another way for young people to become self-sustainable and create jobs for others.“Entrepreneurship is vital, rather than promoting a culture of job seeking among youngsters,” said Bapela.Most delegates agreed, with Ndwandwe citing research findings that most start-up businesses fail because of lack of funding from state organs like the National Youth Development Agency and the banks.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap.” Entrepreneurship is not just sitting on a street corner selling stuff, he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”Following the discussion session, delegates drew up recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment, which will be compiled by Brand South Africa and presented to Bapela for him to take to provincial and national level.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Dube TradePort South Africa’s newest Industrial Development Zone

first_img8 October 2014The Dube TradePort in the South African port city of Durban is now officially an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), joining three other similar economic zones spread out across the country.President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, 7 October, handed over an IDZ operator licence to the Dube TradePort Corporation for the precinct, which has already attracted investments worth nearly R1-billion since it was opened in 2012.The Dube TradePort IDZ is the latest in the nationwide rollout of special economic zones aimed at growing the country’s economy to meet the target of 5% growth by 2019.The first IDZ for Durban, the Dube TradePort IDZ joins similar projects in Port Elizabeth, East London and Richards Bay that have attracted a combined investment of over R5- billion. According to Department of Trade and Industry director general Lionel October more special economic zones will be rolled out across the country as government intensifies its approach to industrialise South Africa’s economy as demanded by the National Development Plan (NDP).Special economic zonesOctober says government has identified IDZs as the most effective way to grow the South African economy and create jobs; “We are suffering with slow growth and we are going to reindustrialise this country. We need to fast-track economic development and the special economic zones are the way of fast-tracking development but also to decentralise development.“Naturally investors want to relocate towards the big centres of the economy like Johannesburg because it’s closer to the market. Through these IDZs we want to attract investors to the new areas like the Dube TradePort, Coega, Richards Bay and the East London IDZ,’ said October.Trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, concurred, and said special economic zones have been shown to be useful tools to promote industrial development and diversification of the economy.“These are the industries that are largely supporting our export markets and are located in ports and around airports. In the life of the last administration we looked critically in what we can achieve from the special economic zones programme. I can say today that the three active IDZs (Coega, East London and Richards Bay) have now attracted investment worth R5-billion in total so the strategy is working.’He said government was setting up a Special Economic Zones Board to advise the minister on implementing special economic zones.Investor tax incentivesDavies said what makes the IDZs unique is that they offer a variety of incentives for investors, including a 15% corporate tax rate.Situated at the heart of King Shaka International Airport, the Dube TradePort IDZ is set to transform Kwazulu-Natal into a central business gateway and a noteworthy player in the global supply chain. Two investment areas – Dube TradeZone, and Dube AgriZone – will be crucial in the IDZ’s success.Industries that will be represented in the IDZ include electronics manufacturing and assembly; aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing; agriculture and agro processing; medical and pharmaceutical production; and clothing and textiles. Zuma said the Dube TradePort is expected to create more than 150 000 jobs by 2060, by when the development is also expected to have contributed R5.6-billion to the country’s GDP.“We are determined to create an environment that is investor-friendly. We will continue to improve support measures both through the special economic zones and other development tools,’ Zuma said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons (UPDATED)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#international#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing. Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license. Available photographs and video are available for free use so long as the user gives attribution and does not alter the products. For the record, all the photographs and video in this post are from Al Jazeera. Mohamed Nanabhay, head of Al Jazeera Online, tweeted that more video would be available under CC license later in the day. Tahrir Square, Cairo Protester on statue Protester under flag Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Where have you been finding photographs and video about the Egyptian uprising that have been either released under Creative Commons or otherwise made available for reuse? Leave a link in the comments. Updated: Another source for free photos and videos is the We are Khaled Said Facebook page. curt hopkinslast_img read more

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Kalmadi, Lalli in Shunglu panel glare over CWG broadcasting rights

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi appears to be in for more trouble after the Shunglu Committee submitted an interim report on Monday on the irregularities in awarding broadcast rights for the Commonwealth Games.According to top government sources, the sacked Organising Committee chief is likely to come under spotlight because of his alleged links with contractors “favoured” with broadcast rights.It is learnt that the committee, which submitted the interim report to the Prime Minister’s Office, has squarely blamed the suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B. S. Lalli for causing a loss worth Rs 135 crore to the exchequer.Lalli has been accused of favouring private firms in awarding broadcast contracts for the 14-day sports extravaganza. Lalli is already under suspension on charges of financial irregularities in other cases related to Prasar Bharti.Officials said the heat on Lalli will also singe Kalmadi as his name has been linked to contractors who outsourced their work.Prasar Bharati gave a contract worth Rs 246 crore to SIS Live, which is in turn being accused of subletting it to Zoom Communications.Zoom Communications got the contract for Rs 177 crore but did work for only Rs 111 crore.Probing these contractors and the opening of the files is likely to lead to Kalmadi’s doors, the officials added.During the course of investigation, Kalmadi may be grilled extensively on the contract terms and whether there were any links of the ” favoured” contractors with Kalmadi or any of his close family members and friends.The panel led by former comptroller and auditor general V. K. Shunglu is racing against time to collaborate and compile all documents related to projects executed by various departments in the run up to the mega sporting event held in October 2010.advertisementThe term of the Shunglu panel has been extended till March 31 to allow it to submit a full report on financial irregularities relating to the Games.The panel’s final report will also look into the alleged bungling in awarding of contracts by several government agencies such as the MCD, the NDMC, the DDA, the PWD, the CPWD among others.last_img read more

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Leclerc dedicates maiden F1 win to crash victim Hubert

first_imgSpa-Francorchamps (Belgium):Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden Formula One race victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to his late friend, Anthoine Hubert. The Ferrari driver led almost the entire race from pole to hold off Mercedes’ defending five time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic late charge by one second. His landmark success came a day after the death of 22-year-old Frenchman Hubert in Saturday’s tragic Formula Two race. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAnd Leclerc was quick to express his emotions as he steered back to the ‘parc fermee’, his steering wheel sporting a simple message ‘RIP Tonio.” “My first victory in F1 and this one is for Anthoine,” he said on the team radio. “It feels good, but it’s difficult to enjoy on a weekend like this. But thanks guys, you are the best – it’s a dream come true.” Leclerc said he felt he could not enjoy his long-awaited first win. “It has been a very difficult weekend since Saturday – I have lost a friend and I want to dedicate this victory to him. We grew up together and my first race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It’s just a shame what happened yesterday. I cannot enjoy my first victory, but it will definitely be a memory I will keep forever.” Valtteri Bottas took third in the second Mercedes ahead of last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari. Hamilton’s strong finish almost carried him to within reach of a stunning late win, but the result still enabled him to enlarge his lead in the title race to 65 points ahead of Bottas. “I gave it everything that I had,” said Hamilton. “It was a really difficult race and there Ferraris were just too fast on the straights. Congratulations to Charles for his first win – he’s had it coming all year.”last_img read more

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