It’s a promise – potholes’ days are numbered

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleShop, cook and eat smartNext articleMunster army march on to semi final admin Facebook NewsLocal NewsIt’s a promise – potholes’ days are numberedBy admin – April 9, 2010 510 center_img Email Linkedin Print GIANT potholes continue to anger residents in Stenson Park, off Thomondgate.However, there is a ray of light in that city council is on the verge of taking over the estate. Residents have been up in arms about the potholes, which are located in each avenue of the housing estate and are a dangerous hazard to motorists and to tyres.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over the past number of months, the residents have frequently contacted this newspaper to highlight the issue, and called on the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin, Kiely, Deputy Willie O’Dea, who has a clinic in the locality, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan and other northside councillors, to have the issue attended to as a matter of urgency.Each of the politicians mentioned was given an assurance that the potholes would be filled in and repaired in the short, rather than the long term.On a visit to Stenson Park earlier this week, this reporter’s car almost disappeared into one of the crater-like potholes while negotiating a bend, and on taking a different exit route later, had to drive at snail’s pace to avoid serious damage to the car.However, on contacting senior roads engineer, Vincent Murray, a firm assurance was given that urgent attention is being given to progressing road works in Stenson Park.“The situation is that Stenson Park was never taken in charge and the council is now awaiting one piece of information that is crucial to us being able to take over the estate and implement various works that are required,” he told the Limerick Post.“Until we receive the information required, we don’t have the legal status to go in there but we are confident that we will have everything required very shortly. It’s unfortunate that the estate is coming into our charge so late and was left to deteriorate – if the developer was still around, we would be getting him to attend to carry out works“We expect to be able to go into Stenson Park in April or May at the latest and commence a phased programme of road and footpath repair, including the potholes”.Mr Murray agreed that given that the potholes in Stenson Park are particularly deep and widespread, temporary repair work can be undertaken before the programme of upgrading work commences.This picture, submitted by Gerry Neill, Stenson Park resident, illustrates the issue even further that road users face in the area. last_img read more

Huffington offers social media solution

first_imgDon’t recharge your iPhone or BlackBerry next to your bed. Keep a little soulful distance with those ever-beckoning electronic devices.That was the most important piece of advice that new-media magnate Arianna Huffington offered a morning crowd at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Tuesday (Sept. 14).“We are hyperconnected, and we are paying the price,” said Huffington, who admitted to charging electronic devices as far away from where she sleeps as possible to avoid the temptation to check them throughout the night.The words seemed strange coming from a woman who caters to online audiences driven by a primal need for up-to-the-minute information. But when asked what the future’s next great platform would be, the founder of the popular website The Huffington Post, which boasts 45 million unique visitors a month, answered, “disconnecting.”“Disconnecting in order to reconnect with ourselves is going to be a bigger and bigger trend,” she said, quickly adding, “But don’t forget to check out The Huffington Post.”The author and syndicated columnist was at Harvard to discuss her work and her new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.” The discussion was sponsored by the Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.Launched in 2005, The Huffington Post is a news website and collective blog featuring commentary and postings, as well as news from a variety of media outlets. Huffington said she founded the site with the aim of earning readers’ trust, developing a place for civil discourse, and offering news 24/7.“My dream from the beginning was to combine the best of the old — traditional journalism, fact checking, aggressive fairness,” she said, “with the best of the new — immediacy, transparency, and engagement.”In discussing “Third World America,” Tom Patterson, moderator and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, asked Huffington about her suggestions for “revitalizing America’s middle class.”Community involvement and responsible media coverage are two critical parts of the way forward, responded the author.“We as individuals and as members of our communities need to be engaged in the solutions,” she said, adding, “It’s the only ultimate solution to the major crisis we are going through.”Huffington said that the crisis, including dismal unemployment rates, a rise in poverty, and a drop in the nation’s GDP, is much worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged, noting that she picked the title of her book in an effort to “sound the alarm.”The media also have a role to play in putting a human face to the problems plaguing the nation, said Huffington.“The media have really failed us in terms of telling stories to capture the public imagination beyond the numbers.”But while disconnecting may be the wave of the future, online communities power Huffington’s road map to significant social change.“The Internet and social media are exploding” with ideas and ways to make change, she said, referencing websites like donorschoose.org, which allows people to donate directly to public school projects.“People all around can immediately take action,” said Huffington, adding that if the media can put the spotlight on what is being done there’s the opportunity to “really make a big difference.”last_img read more

Irish explore social entrepreneurship

first_imgThe Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Fellow Irish Social Hub (FISH) will host the inaugural Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference today and tomorrow in the Mendoza College of Business. The conference, which begins tonight with an opening reception, aims to teach students more about what social entrepreneurship is and how they can become involved in the field. Melissa Paulsen, program manager for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and concurrent professor, said several entrepreneurs involved in both non-profit and for-profit work will attend the conference. “We really wanted this to be about connecting the Notre Dame community, specifically Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, with the social entrepreneurship practitioners,” she said. Paulsen said she hopes students understand the range of possibilities for social entrepreneurship. “We define entrepreneurship as starting a business but it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or the interests you have or discipline of choice. You can use that experience to engage in social enterprises on many different levels.” Students are invited to attend several workshops Friday morning that will cover the basics of social entrepreneurship, Paulsen said. “The idea behind the workshops is to basically give the community an idea of what social entrepreneurship is, what are start-up issues and incubation issues, how do you start a social enterprise,” she said. Different panels will address the challenges of starting such an enterprise, legal issues surrounding social entrepreneurship, international development and more, Paulsen said. One key feature of the day will be a career panel for students interested in social entrepreneurship, which will be followed by an opportunity fair where students can personally interact with the practitioners present. “You can ask questions like, Tell me more about your organizations,’ Tell me about your beneficiaries,’ How are you raising money?, How do you sustain yourself?,” Paulsen said. “And also, Do you have career opportunities or internships for students?.” After the workshops, the conference will host a Taste of Michiana luncheon, where local food entrepreneurs will show off their creations. The lunch will be followed by a presentation from the conference’s keynote speaker, Rishi Jaitly, Paulsen said. Jaitly founded Michigan Corps, has worked for Google Asia and Kiba Detroit and has been engaged in policy work, all since he graduated from the Princeton University in 2004. His keynote speech is titled, “Choose Your own adventure: The power of embracing your social entrepreneurial self,” and will focus on the different ways students can become involved in social entrepreneurship. “You don’t have to start a brand-new organization to be engaged in social entrepreneurship,” Paulsen said.last_img read more

Rose frustrated after fine start

first_img “I played very well again today,” said Warren, who finished third behind Rose in the Scottish Open. “I drove it really well so I was able to be aggressive due to the conditions and went at a lot of the flags. I gave myself a lot of chances and holed a few more putts today. “Hopefully I can do the same again tomorrow and there is no reason why not the way I am playing.” Warren finished his round in style with four birdies in the last five holes, holing from 15 feet on the 16th, 30 feet on the 17th and two-putting the par-five 18th, one of two holes where the pin had been moved to higher ground due to the wet conditions and a forecast for more rain. Rose had birdied the final two holes of his second round to make the cut with just a shot to spare on Friday evening and carried on where he left off on Saturday. The world number five raced to the turn in just 31 at a venue where he made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 and finished with three points from four matches, but after picking up another shot on the 13th the 34-year-old’s charge was halted with bogeys on the 15th and 16th. Press Association Rose, who won back-to-back events for the first time in his career in the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open recently, birdied the 18th to complete a 67 and finish four under, one behind clubhouse leaders Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka. “I had it going, five under through 13, so I was looking to get it to maybe seven or eight under for the round and who knows where that would put me going into tomorrow,” a disappointed Rose said. “I would say the winning score is going to be 16 under, somewhere in that realm. When you start even par you’ve got to go all guns blazing. I felt like I could have got halfway there today, but it wasn’t to be. “Some parts of the golf course are really easy out there,” Rose said. “Getting close to the pin with your irons is easy, but that’s if you catch a good lie in the fairway. Obviously the fairways are completely saturated right now and the fact that they are so wet probably is a good thing it’s not picking up much mud. “But if it drys out at all it’s going to be a nightmare out there tomorrow if we don’t get a little rain from now until then. The ball is going to pick up so much mud, which is obviously tough conditions to play in.” England’s Danny Willett had also jumped up the leaderboard courtesy of birdies on the second and third and chipping in for an eagle on the fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green. A birdie on the 10th then took Willett to six under par and just three off the lead held by Rory McIlroy, who had yet to begin his third round. Joint clubhouse leader Warren was enjoying his second experience of the year’s final major after finishing in a tie for 12th on his debut at Oak Hill 12 months ago. Former US Open champion Justin Rose was frustrated not to make the most of a brilliant start as low scoring looked to be the order of the day in the 96th US PGA Championship at Valhalla.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…’Tailor’ made

first_imgIn today’s world of professional sports where mediocrity often begets loot, an unselfish athlete who not only gives up his body for the team but also sacrifices financially is almost never seen. Most of the young men (and some young women) from today’s bling-bling era tend to take the side of the “yen” rather than the yang. They would rather take the side of the “bucks” rather than the boys. It’s is usually all about me, me, me as opposed to us, us, us.There is always an exception to every rule. One of the most notable that comes to mind, at least for this writer, is Steelers starting right cornerback, Ivan (Ike) Taylor.He is one of the few starting shutdown corners, who will also play special teams, knowing that it only takes one illegal block in the back while running at full speed to end a career or one illegal chop block by a special teamer from the opposing team to use as a negative statement for his peers to give him a few high fives as they hit the club after the game.Ike Taylor is also one of the best run stopping cornerbacks in the NFL. But hold on boys and girls, will he play out the rest of his days as a Pittsburgh Steeler before he is put out to pasture or will he be forced to seek greener pastures elsewhere?Over the past few years Ike Taylor has restructured his contract a few times so that the core personnel of the Steelers could remain intact without violating any salary cap rules.But you know what boys and girls? Although Ike and the Steelers are rumored to be discussing his future with the team, a deal should have been done following Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.Recently I talked about Big Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu gambling on the field. Well it seems as if the Steelers took a huge gamble off the field and may have lost miserably if they fail to sign Taylor to a multi-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Ike is the only constant in a defensive backfield that has been decimated by incompetency and injury. Game after game, weekend after weekend Taylor is assigned to cover the opposition’s best receiver and except for a few instances there have not been many touchdown dances at his expense.Usually the only way the opposing team’s wide-outs can escape the coverage of Taylor is when frustrated offensive coordinators use disguised route running schemes placing receivers in the slot or putting them in motion just to escape the scrutiny and coverage of the “Dean of Swagger.”Recently a franchise tag was placed on Steelers linebacker Lamar Woodley, justifiably so. But now hear this, Woodley will have to be compensated at least for one year a payout that will equal the average salaries of the top five linebackers in the league. Woodley started in Super Bowls XLV and XLIII. Ike Taylor started in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV and a percentage of his compensation was delayed and deferred. You do the math. Taylor has given up money so that his team could prosper, now will the Pittsburgh Steelers “family” give one of their “sons” the proper allowance that he deserves?First and foremost over the past two years they have tried many “experiments” in the defensive secondary and I will only say that their concepts at least so far seem to have been ineffective. The Steelers in just the past two years allowed left corner Bryant McFadden to defect to the Arizona Cardinals but after only one year they were forced to run back tails tucked between their legs and re-sign McFadden after their ill-advised attempt to convert nickel and dime defensive back William Gay into a starting corner not only failed, but failed miserably.If they allow Taylor to depart, well let’s just say that you would be better served putting your money in a high yield CD (for you hip-hoppers that means certificate of deposit, not compact disc) than making reservations for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next February. The defense is only permitted to have 11 men on the field. Ike Taylor can play his man one-on-one. If he is not manning the right side, Pittsburgh will be forced to play cover two most of the time on both sides of the field especially in passing situations. That means the middle of the field will have huge gaps for opposing quarterbacks to exploit and safeties will not be able to cheat when it comes to stopping the running game.Now don’t get me wrong, I understand fully as does Ike Taylor that the game of professional football, at least to the owners is 90 percent business and 10 percent “game.” Why do I say this you ask?Well because of this looming possible lockout in regards to the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. There is not anything that should be defined as a collective bargaining agreement. It should be called a collective greed agreement. The players did not have anything to do with the bogus ticket sales and distribution of approximately 2000 tickets that left people stranded in regards to attending Super Bowl XLV. These were not counterfeit tickets sold to an unsuspecting public by unscrupulous “scalpers” were they? No these tickets were sold by the NFL to a very loyal and trusting fan base. The owners are going to get loot. Ike Taylor did right by Pittsburgh and trusted the Steelers to do right by him, whether they will do so remains to be seen. If not, they may just have a recipe tailor made for disaster.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Ninkasi Brewing Coming to the Tumwater Craft District

first_imgFacebook824Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterNinkasi Brewing Company has signed on as a key partner in the new Craft District in Tumwater. The vision of the center is to bring a team of regional and industry experts to create a hub focused on craft brewing and distillation education, research, workforce development, and public information. As well as be a gathering spot in Washington for the craft brewing and distilling industries.Tumwater was home to the iconic Olympia Brewing Co. that closed its doors in 2003. Ninkasi is proud to be a part of the Tumwater craft movement in this mindfully-designed district that will also feature a distillery, marketplace, and amphitheater. The Craft District sits in the shadow of the old brewery and will eventually be connected to Brewery Park by the Deschutes Valley Trail that features cascading waterfalls and the historic Old Brewhouse Tower.“We are thrilled to be part of such a collaborative project, that brings together the strengths of many small businesses, South Puget Sound Community College, and City of Tumwater to create an amazing experience,” says Ninkasi Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Nikos Ridge. “Having a space to host Ninkasi fans in Washington, where Ninkasi has been distributed for a long time is very exciting for us, given the historic brewing legacy of the area.”Tumwater’s natural beauty, pristine water, cultural history, and industrial legacy were all huge positives when evaluating the partnership. However, it was the opportunity to collaborate with South Puget Sound Community College on the educational programming that really excited the Ninkasi team.“Education is something our team is genuinely passionate about,” says Chief Customer Officer Sarah Johnson. “Providing students with hands-on learning opportunities in brewing techniques and technologies, as well as the business and hospitality sides of the industry is something the entire team is delighted to be a part of.”Ninkasi Brewing is looking forward to meeting the Tumwater community and tasting a few delicious beers with them at the Tumwater Artisan Brewfest on Saturday, August 17.About Ninkasi Brewing Company: Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to a three-brewhouse operation (90-barrel, 55-barrel, and its new 5-barrel pilot brewery) located in Eugene, Oregon. Ninkasi’s year-round beers are sold throughout Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.last_img read more

Allan captures top prize at No-Frills Squash Tournament; Club hosts membership drive

first_imgMike Allan of Nelson edged out Joel Casey of Vernon 3-1 to capture the Men’s A Title at the No-Frills Tournament Sunday at the Nelson Squash Club.The tournament attracted almost 40 players for the two-day event from Vernon, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Revelstoke and host Nelson.Darwin Horning of Nelson won the A-Consolation title.Paul Lamoureux defeated Darren Hedstrom, both of Nelson, to claim the Men’s B-Plus crown while Steve Limbert of Trail defeated Keira Zaslove of Nelson in the Men’s B.Lindsay Hewson defeated Nelson clubmate Anne Bokser-Wislow to win the Ladies C event while Abby Napora got past Sophie Dorrius of Revelstoke to win the Ladies D.Kevin Limbert of Trail, Poul Henriksen of Nelson, Cathy Heyland of Nelson and Carrie Snaychuk of Cranbrook won consolation trophies in the Men’s B-plus, Men’s B, Ladies C and Ladies D, respectively. The Nelson Squash Club is making a splash back into the Heritage City Sports community.After having its bid to take over the Civic Theatre squashed, and an opportunity to join forces with the Nelson Curling Club defeated by the curling membership, the movers and shakers in the squash community decided to build on what they have at the current facility.The club has approximately 70 members with more than 30 joining in the past few months.The club is hosting a membership drive for more players with a offer of $150 for anyone joining before September 15, 2015.A membership comes with a key to the facility, online court booking and unlimited play.New facility includes a lounge and our two brand new courts –  making four in total  to be ready by September 15.Wednesday is set a side for Men’s league while Monday is Ladies Day.There is a new mixed league starting Thursdays for all beginners to enjoy.There are two major tournaments and two annual Pentathlons per year there is plenty to do on and off the courts as a member of the Nelson Squash Club.For more information contact Paul at 250-551-2714 or email [email protected]last_img read more