City commuters call for halt on stopping restrictions

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLocal NewsCity commuters call for halt on stopping restrictionsBy Bernie English – October 9, 2015 680 WhatsApp Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleSoccer – Four points behind, four games to goNext articleRugby – Earls named in Irish side to face France Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email by Bernie English [email protected] and students studying and working in Limerick city centre have launched a social media campaign, demanding that restrictions on stopping in the city at rush hour be lifted from an independent coach service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Under the current terms of their licence, Dublin Coach – which operates the service known as the Green Bus between Limerick and Ennis – are not allowed to pick up or drop passengers at Arthur’s Quay during peak travel hours between 7am and 10am and 4.30pm and 7.30pm.Instead, passengers have to travel on to the University of Limerick as their nearest stop for Limerick city.The service operates 17 times a day and at any other time has a stop at Arthur’s Quay.A spokeswoman for the company said that passengers are the ones losing out.“There are between 50 and 80 passengers using each of the services from Ennis and Limerick so that’s a lot of people. The problem is, there is no way people who have to be in Limerick for work or to go to the two city colleges can get in on time with this restriction”.She said that there has been a huge Facebook and Twitter campaign around the issue.“We’re asking customers to contact the National Transport Authority (NTA), which issues our licence, to let them know that they want this stop. It operates at every other time but we can’t just decide to stop at Arthur’s Quay because then we could lose our licence altogether”.A spokeswoman for the NTA told the Limerick Post: “In reaching a decision on an application, we take a number of criteria into consideration, including the demand or potential demand for the service having regard to the needs of consumers, and any existing public passenger services on or in the vicinity of the route.“We then balance the need to ensure that transport services it has contracted for, and for which public subsidies are paid, are allowed to operate in an efficient and effective manner.The spokesperson said that the restriction regarding Arthur’s Quay was put in place at the time the licence to extend the service to Ennis was granted.“It was to protect the contracted rail services. We considered that a potential transfer of passengers from rail to the extended service could have a severe impact on rail services, which could lead to a reduction of rail services in the area or a need for increased subsidy for rail.She added that commercial operators are able to apply to the Authority for new or amended licences at any time. Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook TAGSArthur’s QuaycommutersDublin CoachfeaturedGreen Busstudents Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

Limerick Post Show | Guided Meditation

first_img Previous articleIreland Learn World Cup 2022 Qualifying FateNext articleLimerick You’re A Lady Meghann Scully Print Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Emailcenter_img Twitter The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyShe chatted to Yoga instructor, Cathy Pearson, who is part of the Irish Federation of Yoga TeachersSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She went through a brief guided meditation that you can do at home, at your desk or at anytime#KeepingLimerickPosted Advertisement NewsLimerick Post Show | Guided MeditationBy Meghann Scully – December 8, 2020 48 last_img

Jokowi’s capital relocation dream faces COVID-19 hurdle

first_imgThe government had initially planned early this year to fast-track construction of the new capital, with a “soft groundbreaking” event planned for July before the next phase of development begins in 2021. It also planned to finalize the city’s master plan and pass a new law to consolidate the process following deliberations with House of Representatives lawmakers.The public works ministry’s Cipta Karya (human settlements development) director general, Danis Sumadilaga, refused to comment when asked whether the government was still on target to carry out the groundbreaking amid the COVID-19 outbreak, referring queries to the minister.The National Planning Agency’s (Bappenas) regional development deputy Rudy Soeprihadi Prawiradinata said separately that some activities relating to the new capital’s preparatory work, including field surveys, would have to be postponed due to the government’s focus on combating the virus outbreak.Rudy has, however, offered an assurance that the agency would continue its work to prepare the necessary regulatory framework for the capital relocation project, in which Bappenas has been involved since the early stages of planning after Jokowi commissioned a feasibility study in 2017.“We are working to ensure preparatory work goes ahead. We will do what can be done with all the challenges because we are also focusing on tackling the COVID-19 [crisis], which is our main problem [right now],” said Rudy.A draft bill on construction of the new capital has already been submitted to the State Secretariat. A presidential regulation (Perpres) to set up an authority to oversee the relocation requires Jokowi’s signature to be passed, Rudy said.Jokowi announced in early March four candidates to head the new capital authority: PT Pertamina president commissioner and former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, PT Wijaya Karya president director Tumiyana and the regent of Banyuwangi, East Java, Azwar Anas.The new capital will be situated in a 256,000-hectare area in the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan, with officials arguing the plan will help promote equitable economic development throughout the archipelago.As it will sit on island of Borneo, the new capital also will be linked by land to Malaysia and Brunei, offering greater connectivity with neighboring countries.The project is expected to cost an estimated Rp 466 trillion (US$29.73 billion), with the government set to finance 19.2 percent (Rp 89.4 trillion), while the private sector will provide an additional Rp 253.4 trillion, equal to 54.4 percent of the total cost. The remaining Rp 123.2 trillion is expected to be financed by state-owned enterprises (SOEs).The government is also looking to other countries for funding, most notably from the United Arab Emirates, Japan-based diversified conglomerate Softbank Group and the United States International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC). Jokowi appointed former British prime minister Tony Blair, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the project’s steering committee.The government has maintained communication with potential investors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is not aware of any investors expressing a desire to pull out of the project, said Septian Hario Seto, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s acting deputy head for investment coordination and mining.“Discussions are still ongoing, although we are aware there is a possibility the project will be postponed,” Septian said.Luhut said the UAE still viewed the project as an “investment opportunity”.Topics : Deflecting previous criticism painting him as a money-hungry power broker, Luhut said the President Jokowi did not even have any opportunity to evaluate the project. “We haven’t done anything on that front because the President is focused on the COVID-19 problem,” Luhut told reporters in a virtual interview from Jakarta on Tuesday.Last week, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said that his office was not allocating part of its 2020 budget for preliminary construction work on the site of the new capital, adding that Jokowi would have the final say over the matter.“The authority to cancel, delay or continue construction of the new capital rests in the hands of the President,” Basuki said in a video conference last week, as quoted by kompas.com.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had recorded 4,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country, with 2,335 recorded in Jakarta. The disease has claimed 241 lives in the capital city alone, with 163 people having recovered, according to official Health Ministry data. It is looking more and more likely the COVID-19 outbreak will derail President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ambitions to move the capital from densely-populated Jakarta, with most of the preparatory work delayed as the government’s shifts its focus to tackling the pandemic.The disease has severely affected economies around the world and forced most into austerity mode to avoid a recession. Public spending has been shaved and high-cost infrastructure projects have been shelved as a result, with more likely to come.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investments Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Tuesday that the government was currently not in the position to say whether or not it would go ahead with the capital relocation project, as it was busy handling the coronavirus outbreak in the country.last_img read more

Rooney aims to knuckle down

first_imgManchester United striker Wayne Rooney is trying to show the right attitude after he was denied a summer move to Chelsea. Rooney scored his 200th goal for United when he claimed a brace in Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, but questions over his happiness at Old Trafford remain. However, the 27-year-old England international says he is focused on letting his football speak for itself following a summer of discontent. Press Associationcenter_img “I’ve put my head down and worked hard and tried to do everything right,” Rooney told The Mirror. “I’ve tried to show the right attitude. I’ve always felt that’s a really important thing to do. That’s paying off for me on the pitch. I feel fit and ready to do well. “I feel good. I’ve had some good training the last few weeks. It’s been stop-start with the injuries, but I’ve just kept my head down and worked hard and now I’ve played and got some goals. “I feel great. The training is a bit different under the new manager – I remember it from Everton, it’s more intense. That’s helping me. “I feel good and am glad to be out playing.” Rooney also backed manager David Moyes to succeed with the Red Devils and hopes they will be able to form a strong working relationship. “He’s a great manager and thoroughly deserves this job because of what he did at Everton. It’s good to work under him and hopefully be successful together,” Rooney added. last_img read more

Improved clears help spark Syracuse’s winning streak

first_img Published on April 14, 2016 at 12:40 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR The clear is a facet of Syracuse’s game that has given and taken from SU this season, instrumental in clutch wins, and the culprit in crushing losses.On Feb. 28 against then-No. 5 Northwestern, defender Mallory Vehar was consistently left open in the clear formation, SU head coach Gary Gait said, and she exploited that to help facilitate Syracuse’s transition offense in a 16-12 win.In overtime on short rest against then-No. 3 Florida on March 1, goalkeeper Allie Murray walked the ball up to midfield to clear. But two Orange midfielders strayed too close to Murray, breaking the formation, and the Gator defense struck. Florida forced a turnover and outran Murray to the goal to give SU its first loss of the year.“We’ve always done (the aggressive goalie) thing,” assistant coach Regy Thorpe said. “… We’ve had some botched clears, but nothing’s perfect and our girls are resistant. We’re working on it.”Prior to the last two games, Syracuse had an 80.2 percent clear success rate, which was the team’s lowest since at least 2011. In SU’s last two games, wins over Virginia Tech and Albany, the Orange is 25-for-25 on the clear. The script flip has led to No. 4 Syracuse’s (12-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) five-game win streak after losing three of five at one point during the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse has to stop one of the nation’s best offensive teams in No. 3 North Carolina (11-2, 6-0) and clear the ball out of the defensive zone.“If you hesitate, think again,” said defender Brenna Rainone on the key to Syracuse’s improvement. “If you think again, don’t make the pass. That’s what we (practice and) try to focus on in the clear. If there’s any doubt at all, don’t pass it.”That sort of mindset is the product of adjustments made by Thorpe a few weeks ago. He split up the offense and defense and began running them through different drills designed to force players to decide whether to pass or run the ball up once they gain possession in the defensive zone.Thorpe employed that technique because the opposition, like Florida and Maryland he said, has gotten more aggressive, athletic and riskier. In the past teams were doing a “drop-ride,” meaning that they’d pursue a ball-handler to midfield then drop back into a packed-in defense, but that’s no longer the case. They pursue the ball-handler longer and harder, and it’s causing more turnovers while limiting successful clears.This season, Syracuse has turned the ball over 219 times compared to 210 for its opponents.When Syracuse gains possession in the defensive zone, Rainone said the first thing she does is look up to make a pass to the midfield to begin a counter-attack, but if she hesitates, there are two options coaches want her to consider, the first of which is looking to Murray.“We like to settle (the ball to Murray) a lot,” Rainone said. “But (secondly) running the ball (up to clear) has gotten a lot better and we need to focus on our athleticism. We’ve noticed. We haven’t had a lot of turnovers and running has worked a lot. We just need to be a lot more smart.”The adjustment has seemingly paid dividends. In a stretch when SU lost three of five, including one on the road against then-No. 16 Boston College in an upset, the Orange converted just 79 percent (65-of-82) clear attempts. In its current five-game win streak, excluding Canisius, the Orange has been successful on 91 percent (67-of-74).But some defenders, junior Kaeli O’Connor for example, don’t feel confident in running the ball into the midfield to clear. That’s why Thorpe is making them practice.“It’s definitely a focus point,” Thorpe said. “We’ve got to get better if we want to make a run.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Source: Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen to Be Released from Prison

first_imgPresident Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is about to be a free man.Cohen is set to be released from federal prison on Thursday, due to the risk of coronavirus on inmates. He is expected to serve the rest of his sentence at home, according to a source.He has been held at FCI Otisville in New York, after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress.The 53-year-old began serving his sentence a year ago and was scheduled to be released from prison in November 2021.Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons earlier this year to increase home confinement and release eligible high-risk inmates.The Bureau of Prisons has placed Cohen on furlough as it continues to process his move to home confinement, the source familiar with the matter said. The agency has the authority to release inmates on furlough for up to 30 days.A federal judge had previously denied Cohen’s attempt for an early release to home confinement, saying in a ruling earlier this month that it “appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”However, the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him into home confinement without a judicial order.Other high-profile inmates have also been released from the federal prison system amid the pandemic.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on home confinement last week.Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump, was temporarily freed from a federal jail in New York City.last_img read more

The Results Are In

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |RED BANK – New Jersey has a new governor.Middletown’s Phil Murphy, a Democrat, former Goldman Sachs executive and newcomer to elected office has beaten Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno  in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.Guadagno, of Monmouth Beach, declared in her concession speech, “We left no stone unturned and I wouldn’t have done anything differently.” She congratulated Murphy. Guadagno will continue in her role as Secretary of State and Lt. Governor until Jan. 18.In Legislative District 11, Democrat Vin Gopal of Long Branch defeated Sen. Jennifer Beck of Red Bank in an upset. In her concession speech, Beck wished her best to Gopal and vowed to assist him in the transition.In the General Assembly 11th District, Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republicans Robert Acerra and Michael Whelan.In Monmouth County’s Freeholder race, Republicans Lillian Burry and Patrick Impreveduto beat Democrats Brian Wilton and Margie Donlon.In the General Assembly’s 13th District, Representatives Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso won against Tom Giaimo and Mariel DiDato.Both state public questions were approved by voters. They asked voters to support authorizing the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries, as well one about dedicating funds from state environmental contamination cases.In Monmouth County, a public question to fund open space for recreation was also approved by voters.Voter turnout was 41.6 percent, according to the county clerk.Click here for results of more municipal and school board races. Pick up Thursday’s issue of The Two River Times for articles on the 2017 local election. Find the paper here.last_img read more

Brianne Stefani represents Glacier Gym Club at BC Winter Games

first_imgBrianne Stefani of the Glacier Gymnastics Club will join approximately 1700 of her closets friends next week at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.Stefani, 11, qualified for the BC Winter Games at the recent Zone one trials February 9 in Cranbrook.The Glacier gymnast performed near flawless routines on all four events, taking first place on the team by almost a full point. “Brianne worked very hard preparing and perfecting her skills for the trials,” said Glacier Gymnastics Head Coach, Sandra Long.Long said the level of gymnastics at the BC Winter Games is very high but says Stefani is up for the challenge“Brianne is dedicated to doing her best at the Games,” Long said, adding Stefani is competing against gymnasts that train four to eight hours more per week.”She is an accomplished gymnast and has a very good chance to come home to Nelson with 1 or 2 BC Winter Games Medals.”The BC Winter Games takes place in Penticton, February 26-28.Some of the other competitors from Nelson include Keiran Marchand in Biathlon, Troy Bellman, Sophie Hickson, Aliza Jones, Liam Lazier, Henry Lieshman andYael Oosthuizen in alpine skiing; and Sophie Edney and Rohan Moola in cross country skiing.Haley Olinyk of Salmo is competing in alpine skiing while Jessica Rideout of Crawford Bay is on the boards in cross country skiing.last_img read more

LOC requests help from Ministry

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: FIFA LOC seeks help from Sports Ministry Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Narendra Modi India U17 USA U17 2017 U17 World Cup AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 The FIFA U17 World Cup organizing committee has requested for help from the Sports Ministry… After the shambolic housekeeping standards at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on the opening day of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Sports Ministry has stepped in to help the Local Organizing Committee.The seats were soiled and dirty and the same was the case with the washrooms at the stadium.It must be noted that there were several checks made before the opening day of the Under-17 World Cup, including a couple by Union Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “The housekeeping vendor hired by Local Organizing Committee of FIFA let down the organizers by deploying less than half of the contracted housekeeping staff at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 6th during FIFA world cup opening. This led to a lot of inconveniences to the spectators due to the unkempt surrounding. The FIFA organizers realized the need to augment the resources and also requested the help of the Ministry,” read a statement issued by the Ministry.“Taking into account gravity of the situation, the Sports Ministry has stepped in and SAI (Sports Authority of India) has been instructed to augment housekeeping staff to help tournament organizers to manage the crisis in the remaining matches.“SDMC has also been requested to further augment housekeeping staff in the surrounding areas including parking lots and barricaded route to the stadium.”last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde insists he’s happy working with Dembele

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde insists he’s happy working with Dembeleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy working with Ousmane Dembele.The Dembele situation has also been an interesting one for Valverde to deal with but on this occasion, he was only concerned with discussing the Frenchman’s playing talents.”I have always considered him one of the best in the world, as I also believe Coutinho to be too,” he said.”We also have plenty more in the team of that profile and that’s why they are here.”He is coming off the back of two beautiful goals and we all hope that he will continue like this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img