€51,000 allocated to tackle litter, dog fouling and graffiti in Limerick…

first_imgPrint Senator Maria Byrne Fine Gael Limerick Senator, Maria Byrne, said has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD that €51,000 has been allocated to Limerick for a targeted crackdown on litter, dog fouling and graffiti across the county.“Litter, dog fouling and graffiti are issues that plagues both our rural countryside and our urban areas. It’s a source of embarrassment to the people across Limerick who work all year round to keep their communities tidy.“Combatting litter requires continuous work and although our towns are generally performing well, we need to remain vigilant for littering blackspots and illegal dumping.Minister Naughten stated: “Littering is environmental sabotage but money alone cannot solve our litter problems. It takes a behavioural change across the board and I am confident the awareness campaigns that will be funded through this scheme at community level throughout the country will have a real impact.  It’s hugely important for me to support and assist community effort with significant funding and recognition.  I want to pay tribute to the passion, energy and dedication of local community and voluntary groups, schoolchildren and teachers who are taking their civic responsibilities seriously every single day through the many anti-litter initiatives that they drive across the country for the preservation of our environment”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Spring Clean (NSC) which is organised and run by An Taisce and co-financed by my Department. NSC is currently running for the month of April across the country,” concluded Minister Naughten.More about politics here. Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Advertisement WhatsApp Email Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick TAGSClimate Action and EnvironmentDenis NaughtenFine GaellitterMaria ByrneMinister for Communications Limerick city centre moves on up in litter league Previous articleDrew Media in association with Colm O’Brien present Limerick’s top 40 under 40Next articleLimerick’s Live 95FM is Limerick’s most listened to radio station Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img NewsPolitics€51,000 allocated to tackle litter, dog fouling and graffiti in Limerick says Limerick SenatorBy Staff Reporter – April 26, 2018 903 Facebook Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Venezuela builds a fairer state with people’s participation

first_imgNewsRegional Venezuela builds a fairer state with people’s participation by: – October 11, 2011 Tweet Share 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Nicolas MaduroThe Venezuelan government has left its historical orientation and violent repression of minorities to move towards the building of a fairer and egalitarian society together with people’s power. “The state that is now being built in Venezuela by people’s power is projected as a constant and participatory development of a very advanced Constitution, in a dialectical process of ensuring wider economic, social and cultural rights”, said today Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.During his presentation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, Maduro said that since its inception in 1999, the Bolivarian Government have been “implementing policies whose horizons are the social and economic equality.”Before the intervention of the Foreign Minister Maduro, Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of the Human Rights Council, recognized the work done with the Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela and the contribution to the voluntary fund for victims of torture.Maduro expressed his satisfaction since the country presents its first UPR in the middle of a historic transition “from the remains of a colonial and unpopular state” towards a model of democratic and socialist society.“This historic effort is not starting from nothing, or emptiness. The Venezuelan people have fought over the last 12 years a historical struggle to give birth to what is the new, fair and human,” he said.Venezuela’s Foreign Minister is the first to have the floor before the Council’s 47 member countries and observer nations. Then, the states exercise their rights of speech to make recommendations and questions about human rights in Venezuela.Minister of Interior and Justice, Tarek El Aissami, and the Attorney General of the Republic, Carlos Escarrá, will take the floor after China’s speech.Attorney General Luisa Ortega and the president of the Supreme Court Luisa Estela Morales will take the floor after Dominican Republic’s speech. The president of the National Statistics Institute (INE) Elias Eljuri will also take the floor after the UAE and the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Nicia Maldonado will speak after India.Reduction of households in extreme povertyForeign Minister Maduro stressed the reduction of the indicators of households in extreme poverty from 21 percent in 1998 to 7.1 percent in 2010, as one of the most outstanding national achievements in the social area.“Thanks to this effective justice policy, the Venezuelan state has been fulfilling the first goal of the Millennium Development Goals, which is to halve the number of households living in extreme poverty,” he said.He added that there has been a great social investment of $ 393.478 billion between 1999 and 2010, and it was doubled between 2007 and 2010.By 2010, Venezuela’s Gini coefficient stood at 0.3898, indicating that it is the Latin American nation with less inequality.“Venezuela has committed to implement public policies to eradicate poverty by the principles of universal, free, equal, inclusion, solidarity, equity and social justice that have shaped these programs,” he said.With regard to civil rights, he emphasized that, with the prohibition of the death penalty, Venezuela gradually guarantees the inviolability of the right to life as a basis to enjoy and exercise other rights.“This has favored the decrease of birth mortality rate which stood at 13.9 in 2008 per 1,000 live births, and the life expectancy at birth, which reached 73.94 percent,” he said.In addition, Venezuela recognizes the right to accurate, timely, unbiased and uncensored information, and in this field, it has promoted the creation of 1,225 alternative and community media, as well as concessions to 139 frequency stations and 32 private TV stations.Maduro also emphasized people’s participation in 15 elections between 1999 and 2010, “demonstrating the commitment to democracy and the reassertion of sovereignty and self-determination through free, secret and universal elections.”Declining child malnutritionA 58 percent decrease in the rate of child malnutrition in Venezuela, which rose from 7.7 percent in 1999 to 3.2 percent in 2009, places the country among the five Latin American nations with lower rates of malnutrition in children under five years, noted Maduro.“The Venezuelan government has promoted food programs and food distribution networks at fair prices throughout the country” he said.He also referred to educational enrollment for school year 2009-2010, which was 7.7 million children, youth and adolescents, which implies an increase of 24 percent between 1998 and 2010.Similarly, he said, the net enrollment rate increased by 28 percent of early childhood education, 7 percent in primary education and 24 percent in secondary education, reaching 98 percent of the population.“The dropout rate in primary education decreased from 5 to 2 percent within a decade,” he said.He recalled that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Venezuela as the fifth country in the world – the second in Latin America after Cuba – with the most abrupt rate of college enrollment which went up to 85 percent.Report on Human RightsMr. Maduro stressed that the development of human rights report on Venezuela was made through a comprehensive, plural and popular exercise.Thanks to “the active and leading role of the people in the wider debate of ideas, some policies, whose horizons are social equality, have been implemented. That is the way in which the state promotes the idea that human rights are indivisible,” he said.The Venezuelan government is aware of the universality of human rights “in a society besieged by new forms of imperialism. This is an urgent and gradual task,” he said. To paraphrase the Liberator Simon Bolivar, he said that “Justice is the queen of republican virtues, and that’s what Social Security guarantees.”After Maduro’s speech, Ms. Laura Dupuy congratulated Venezuela for its achievements in social matters.Press ReleaseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominicalast_img read more