€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

Seaspan to Form New Holding Company, Acquire APR

first_imgHong Kong-based containership operator Seaspan Corporation has announced a reorganization to create a new holding company, Atlas Corp. which will become the new parent company of Seaspan.As explained, the proposed reorganization is intended to advance strategic capital allocation initiatives and provide operational transparency.Specifically, the reorganization will be implemented through the merger of Seaspan and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, with Seaspan continuing as the surviving corporation and a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas. “The formation of Atlas as a global asset manager enables diversification of capital to hard-asset intensive industries and beyond, which we expect will yield strong through cycle returns,” Ryan Courson, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan commented.In conjunction with the reorganization, Seaspan also said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire APR Energy Limited, a company specializing in fast-track, mobile power solutions.“We see ample opportunities for attractive capital deployment in maritime in 2020 as demonstrated by our recent acquisitions of over USD 400 million of containership assets, and we are excited about the prospect of allocating capital towards the global energy platform of APR,” Courson added.Under the agreement, Atlas will acquire APR in an all-stock transaction valued at USD 750 million including the assumption of debt, for an expected equity value at closing of about USD 425 million. Atlas shares will be issued to the sellers in the proposed acquisition at USD 11.10 per share.“The proposed acquisition is a transformative transaction on our journey as professional asset managers. We are bringing together two leading, integrated platforms, in two industries in which we have long-term confidence – maritime and energy,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan’s Board of Directors, commented.Seaspan’s fleet consists of 119 containerships, including seven vessels the company has agreed to purchase, which have not yet been delivered, representing a total capacity of more than 975,000 TEU.Seaspan’s current operating fleet of 112 vessels has an average age of approximately seven years and an average remaining lease period of approximately four years, on a TEU-weighted basis.last_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

Panthers crush Yamaha Caribs 39 – 0- GDF ready to test ‘sting’ of Pepsi Hornets today

first_imgPANTHERS  Rugby Club picked up their second win in the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Bounty Farm 15s tournament, crushing the Yamaha Caribs 39 – 0 yesterday at the National Park.Panthers came into the game looking for redemption after suffering a 26 – 36 loss at the hands of the  hungry-looking, Pepsi Hornets last weekend, and thanks to tries from Rondell ‘Bull’ McArthur, Godfrey Broomes, Malcolm Rhodia and Lancelot Adonis, the eventual winners raced to a 20 – 0 lead at the end of the first half.Godfrey Broomes, caught by Chronicle Sport photographer, Adrian Narine, about to score a try against Yamaha Caribs at the National Park, yesterday. Panthers defeated the Caribs 39 – 0.Theodore Henry, despite his presence, could not have helped the aged Yamaha Caribs team, who had no stops for Lloyd Anderson in the game’s second stanza.Anderson scored 17 points in the second half – three tries and a conversion – while Broomes made good of one conversion to put the Panthers tally to 39 – 0.Meanwhile, from 16:00 hrs today, in what is anticipated to be one of the biggest clash of the Bounty Farm 15s, Pepsi Hornets will look to keep their ‘sting’ in the tournament alive when they collide with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).National Captain Ryan Gonsalves, will team up with the likes of Rickford Cummings and others, as he attempts to out-muscle a very stubborn GDF team.Last week, the Hornets had the ‘beast’ Kevin Mckenzie in their corner, but, today, with the country’s top player heading back to Australia, it will be interesting to see how Gonsalves and his troops fare against Patrick King, Avery Corbin and Dwayne Schroeder, who are the usual top performers for the Army.last_img read more

USC looks to ground high-flying Cardinal

first_imgBack in the early 2000s, a matchup on the gridiron between USC and Stanford usually resulted in an easy victory for the former. The Trojans boasted a 5-1 record with four victories by more than 20 points against their rivals from Palo Alto between 2001-2006. But in 2007, the Cardinal marched into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as 41-point underdogs and knocked off USC 24-23 — and nothing has been the same in the rivalry since.Buck up · Redshirt sophomore Javorious “Buck” Allen, once USC’s fourth-string tailback, has scored six touchdowns in the past two games and figures to receive plenty of carries Saturday against Stanford. – Tony Zhou | Daily TrojanStanford has won five of those six games against USC, including the last four contests between the two schools. Two of those victories came when the Trojans were ranked in the top 10.Now, with the Cardinal ranked No. 5 in the nation and fresh off an upset win against then-No. 2 Oregon, unranked USC is eager to return the favor.“I know the team’s excited for the challenge,” said senior linebacker Devon Kennard. “I’m really, really excited for this opportunity to play them for my fifth year. They’ve beaten me the last four years.”To reverse that trend, USC will have to find a way to put points on the board against a vicious defense that held Oregon to 62 rushing yards and is allowing just 99.2 yards per game on the ground, the best mark in the Pac-12. Stanford boasts a disruptive pass rush, too — the Cardinal rank seventh in the nation with 30 sacks, and senior linebacker Trent Murphy ranks third in the nation with 10 of his own.“It’s gonna be a tough game,” senior right tackle Kevin Graf said. “That just shows how good of a team they are, and how great their defense is.”Fortunately for the Trojans, they seem to be hitting their stride on offense at just the right time, having racked up 93 total points in their last two victories against Oregon State and California. And even though their running back corps has been depleted with injuries to senior Silas Redd and redshirt sophomore Tre Madden, who are both questionable for Saturday’s showdown, USC seems to have unearthed another speedster from its seemingly endless stable of tailbacks in redshirt sophomore Javorius Allen.Allen has scored six touchdowns in the past two games, and gained 192 all-purpose yards against Cal on just seven touches. Allen’s breakout has been a pleasant surprise after he was buried on the depth chart under former coach Lane Kiffin.“[Running backs coach] Tommie [Robinson] saw it in him, and Tommie was always fighting for him,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “His opportunity came and he took advantage of it.”Allen and the rest of USC’s offense will be facing their toughest opponent yet in the Cardinal, who rank 20th nationally in total defense (348.8 yards allowed per game).But the Trojans’ defense should prevent a stiff challenge for the Cardinal offense, too — USC actually has a better mark in total defense (17th in the nation, 339.5 yards allowed per game) and is expected to have sophomore defensive tackle Leonard Williams back from a shoulder injury.If Stanford does succeed in halting USC’s rushing attack, the Trojans will have to rely on the arm of redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler (197.7 passing yards per game) and a passing attack featuring junior receiver Marqise Lee. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner has just 521 receiving yards this season and has battled several injuries, but declared he was back to full strength at practice earlier this week.Even with USC facing Stanford at a seemingly ideal time in its schedule, it’s not hard to imagine the Cardinal having their way with a Trojan offense that has struggled to move the ball against the defenses of Notre Dame and Utah.But the Trojans themselves are confident they have what it takes to halt Stanford’s longest winning streak in the long-standing rivalry between the two schools.“We still have flaws here and there. But as a team, I think the mindset is there,” Lee said. “[Stanford] is gonna be ready. We just gotta be ready, too.” Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more