Limerick’s Great Southern Greenway to be ‘a world class visitor experience’

first_imgNiall Collins T.D., Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Collins, Minister Patrick O’Donovan, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Tom Neville T.D., at the sod turning of Barnagh Tunnel, Great Southern Greenway Limerick project. The Great Southern Greenway Limerick (GSGL) is already suitable for walking and cycling off road along a 39 kilometre stretch from Rathkeale to Newcastle West and onto Abbeyfeale. But this latest investment in the project will create an exciting new feature as an underpass is built under the N21 to link it with the Barnagh Railway Tunnel and onto the Barnagh viewing area.The project will increase the safety of those using the GSGL who cross the N21 to the Barnagh viewing/picnic area and Barnagh Railway tunnel.Limerick City and County Council received €2.7 million for the further development of the GSGL in December from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), with the Council also providing match funding.Speaking at the event, Cllr Collins said that it will strengthen tourism in the region. “The Great Southern Greenway Limerick has the potential to be a game changer for tourism in West Limerick. Huge volumes of tourists pass through West Limerick on the way to Kerry and while we already have plenty of reasons here for them to stop and enjoy this part of the county, the Great Southern Greenway Limerick is a compelling offering.The connection of the route to the Barnagh Tunnel is a huge plus for the greenway and it’s now up to us to promote this facility to the country and beyond.”Gordon Daly, Director of Social Development, Limerick City and County Council said the Greenway had the potential to really boost tourism in Limerick.“The development of the Great Southern Greenway Limerick project is a huge boost to Limerick tourism.  But it’s not just tourists.  It will enhance the quality of life and services for people in the area by providing a fantastic leisure amenity for healthy activity.”A range of upgrades already funded by Limerick City and County Council and the Hinterland fund have included crossing points, fencing, track surfacing, bridges and signage.As well as joining two separate sections of greenway Limerick City and County Council also intends to carry out two junction improvements at Ardagh and Rathkeale to allow further ease of access onto the trail and to commence the resurfacing of the existing Greenway to bring it up to the national standard. Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleSculpture, performance pieces and paintingsNext article‘Know your strengths and weaknesses’, Limerick Chamber Regional Leaders Programme hears Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Attended by Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Patrick O’Donovan and other public representatives, Friday’s event saw the commencement of the Barnagh Tunnel element of the project, by contractors working for Limerick City and County Council. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mayor welcomes Government’s funding of Great Southern Greenway Limerick re-development The Great Southern Greenway Limerick has the capacity to be a game-changer for tourism in the west of the county, an event to mark the commencement of the latest investment in the project heard. Failte Ireland has identified the development of 3,000km of cycle networks throughout Ireland which will serve both overseas and domestic visitors and also the secondary target market of recreational cyclists. TAGSEnvironmentGreat Southern GreenwayheritageNews Facebook NewsEnvironmentHeritageVideoLimerick’s Great Southern Greenway to be ‘a world class visitor experience’By Staff Reporter – April 9, 2019 2692 Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Email It’s fantastic to see the Barnagh Tunnel on the Great Southern Greenway restored to its former glory with an investment of €2.7million from Government #Limerick @merrionstreet @LimerickCouncil @DeptRCD @Failte_Ireland @TourismIreland pic.twitter.com/Cyq337Z0Ff— Patrick O’Donovan (@podonovan) April 9, 2019 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Printlast_img read more

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Freshmen arrive, with boxes

first_img 2Carrying her cello across the Yard, Danielle Davis ’21 arrives to collect her key. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Freshmen Jude Tochukwu Okonkwo (left) and Destana Herring stand at the front of the line for their keys. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Vanessa Roser ’21 (left), from Merion Station, Pa., carries boxes up to her new room. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Case Mckinley ’21 (from left) meets with Nayiri Ayanian ’18, proctor Jon Rossi, and freshman adviser Rachel Brown in front of Weld Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6President Faust (from left) and Dean of Freshmen Tom Dingman meet with students and families, including Ruva Chigwedere ’21 and her mother Lorine, from Florham Park, N.J., in front of Canaday Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Jeff and Ling Li watch as their daughter, Katelyn ’21, says goodbye to the friends she made hiking in the woods with the Freshman Outdoors Program. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Early on move-in day, Jessika Nebrat ’18 gathers balloons to mark the freshmen residences in Harvard Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Freshmen line up at the key-distribution tent. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Eight-year-old Tomas Young pulls into Harvard Yard in the family car with his brother, incoming freshman Fernando Young. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Fernando Young ’21 has help from his dad, Chris, moving into his Stoughton Hall room from Nantucket. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Family members Patricia (from left), Allyson, and Elias help Gabriela Ochoa ’21, from Whitehall, Penn., as they meet Gabriela’s roommate Reeda Iqbal ’21 from Bayshore, N.Y., in front of Thayer Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 11President Faust greets University Police Officer Jim Melia in the Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Dasha Bough ’21 (center) with her parents, Loren and Jill, are pictured in the Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Transporting recycling bins is a balancing act. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Leah Smart (right) has help from her mother, Dee, to move into Straus Hall from their home in Charlotte, N.C. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Esme Benson (left) and her mother, Michele Polacsek of Portland, Maine, talk with Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Yena Cho ’20 (center) helps direct families to the residence halls in the Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Yard awoke again Tuesday morning after its annual summer slumber, as the Class of 2021 officially arrived on campus.As Harvard President Drew Faust, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith, Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman walked around the Yard to greet the newcomers and their families, students carried cartons, pulled suitcases, and lugged small appliances into dorm rooms. Teams of peer advisors and College staff were quick to provide assistance.Thanks to a record high yield, more than 1,600 students make up the latest class. Nearly half of its members are female. Geographical origins are much the same as last year, but the Class of 2021 is more economically diverse than last year’s freshmen. Nearly 24 percent qualified for the low-income portion of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative; more than 19 percent requested application fee waivers; 17 percent are eligible for Pell grants; and 15 percent are first-generation college students. 15Sarah Rodriguez ’21 gets help making her bed from her mother, Debbie Rodriguez. They traveled from their home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana greets students. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer  Please join in the conversation via #HarvardMoveIn and #Harvard2021 on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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FB : Both offenses struggle in White team’s Spring Game victory

first_img Published on April 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm With his first glance at Kevyn Scott’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown, Nathaniel Hackett exuded elation by way of a fist pump. At second thought, he recoiled into his usual offensive coordinator’s mindset.On any ordinary day, Hackett would comb through each aspect of a Ryan Nassib failed pass to discover why his starting quarterback threw a pick-six. But Saturday, in Syracuse’s annual Spring Game, Nassib was on the other team: the White team. And Nassib’s mishap didn’t hurt Hackett — the head coach of the Blue team for the day — in his game versus usual SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, coach of the White team.Rather, it helped.‘First I forgot it was Nassib, so I saw (Scott) pick it off and take it for a touchdown, so I was all excited,’ Hackett said. ‘And then I saw it was Nassib, and I go, ‘What the heck was he doing? What was he seeing there?”Hackett’s body language and reaction to Scott’s first-quarter interception summed up the game. In an abbreviated 48-minute contest in front of 4,206 fans in the Carrier Dome, SU head coach Doug Marrone split his team up into two teams. What resulted was a low-scoring, methodical exhibition where the SU offense struggled, failing to score many points as the White team edged the Blue team 13-7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd with the first-team offense and defense sprinkled as evenly as possible among the White and Blue teams, the seasoned backfield of the White team — led by Nassib and rising senior running back Antwon Bailey — propelled the White team to victory in a blasé game. Bailey ran for 118 yards on 20 rushes while Nassib threw for 227 yards, completing 14-of-24 attempts.In the end, the pedestrian offensive production of the White team was enough to beat the poor production of the Blue team. Among Syracuse’s usual offensive starters, tight end Nick Provo and offensive guards Zack Chibane and Andrew Tiller joined Nassib and Bailey in leading the White team to the win.The other three starting offensive linemen — Michael Hay, Macky MacPherson and Justin Pugh — as well as wide receiver Marcus Sales and fullback Adam Harris, started for the Blue team.And to end a spring where Syracuse’s defense somewhat unexpectedly got the better of the SU offense in most practices, the common thread continued. Despite more youth on the Orange defense, the Syracuse offense is rustier than its defensive counterparts. Bailey and Nassib attributed the struggles to the fact that the usual learning curve requires time.‘We definitely have to improve, but you have to look at things,’ Bailey said. ‘When you flip-flop O-lines, flip-flop receivers, chemistry is kind of off. But I think they did an all right job overall.’The structure of the scrimmage was a changeup for Marrone in his third year as SU’s head coach. In 2010, with not enough players for a split-squad game, Marrone conducted a controlled scrimmage pitting offense versus defense. And with a point system in place to reward the defense for select accomplishments, the offense won 66-58.This year was different, though. And as a result, Hackett attributed much of both units’ offensive struggles to the simple fact that unfamiliar players were working with one another.‘A lot of people will never understand how hard it is to divide up the team and put all of these random guys right next to each other,’ Hackett said. ‘It is difficult.’But Bailey and Nassib’s numbers came about slowly. In the first half, not a single offensive touchdown was scored. In the second, only one was converted.The contingent of SU’s first-team skill players on the White team eventually steered Shafer to victory. And after a slow first half, play opened up. The White team finished with a surprising 343 yards of total offense, an average of 6.7 yards per play on 51 plays.‘I think our mental errors have decreased substantially, like knowing the play,’ Nassib said. ‘Knowing where to line up, what route to do and what adjustments to make.’In 2010 the offense went for 400 total yards on 88 total plays, including four touchdowns. On Saturday both teams totaled 104 plays.After the game, Hackett said he was happy with the play of his offense. The numbers and especially the points may not have been there, but it wasn’t about points Saturday.It wasn’t about wins and losses either. Even if his Blue side lost.Said Hackett: ‘I’m supposed to be morose.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Austin Barnes homers but Dodgers end Arizona schedule with 7-3 loss

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error UP NEXT: RHP Kenta Maeda is scheduled to start the Freeway Series opener against the Angels (RHP Parker Bridwell) in Anaheim, 6 p.m. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). THE GAME:  The Dodgers finished the Cactus League schedule 15-14-1 after a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: LHP Alex Wood retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced in four scoreless innings. But he ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing four runs (only two earned) on four hits including a home run. Wood finished with six strikeouts in five innings… Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless inning but Yimi Garcia gave up a home run in his inning.HITTING REPORT:  C Austin Barnes salvaged a little something from his time in Arizona with a three-run home run in the first inning. Barnes is just 4 for 32 this spring. … Chase Utley had a double. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 2 and is batting .340 this spring.DEFENSE REPORT: Wood caused problems for himself with two errors in the White Sox’s four-run fifth inning. He threw wide of first base on a pickoff attempt then later fumbled a squibbed ground ball on the grass near the third-base line.last_img read more

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Court Rules Florida Cannot Block Ex-Felons from Voting Over Fees

first_imgA federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Florida cannot prevent felons who have served their time from registering to vote if they have not paid all fines and fees from their cases.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ three judge panel upheld a Tallahassee federal judge’s decision that the law implementing Amendment 4 amounts to an unfair poll tax.Amendment 4, which voters passed in 2018, restores the right to vote for about 1.6 million ex-felons.However, the Republican-led Legislature had passed a law that required the individuals to first pay all fines and fees.The GOP-led Legislature and DeSantis last year approved an implementation law for the constitutional amendment which restores the right to vote only for felons who have completed all conditions of their sentences.That decision was challenged in federal court by voting rights groups representing 17 plaintiffs who are trying to overturn the law.Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to ask the full 11th Circuit to reconsider Wednesday’s ruling.Additionally, a full trial on the issue is set to begin this spring.last_img read more

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WSU to review claims Leach was abusive to players

first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. (AP)—Washington State President Elson Floyd has called for a review of claims of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff toward players by wide receiver Marquess Wilson.The decision by Floyd comes one day after Wilson quit the team. Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,” and that included physical abuse. QUITS TEAM—This Nov. 26, 2011 photo shows Washington State’s Marquess Wilson returning a reception for a 38-yard touchdown against Washington, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Floyd said in a statement Sunday morning that after consultation with Athletic Director Bill Moos, he asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Floyd says reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department “should get to the bottom of the matter.”Leach is in his first season as Washington State coach after spending two years out of coaching. He spent 10 seasons as Texas Tech coach before being fired in 2009 after claims of mistreatment from a player.After Washington State’s 44-36 loss to UCLA on Saturday night, Leach declined to address Wilson’s claims.“I’m not going to talk about anyone that isn’t here,” he saidIn a statement issued Saturday night, Moos said it was unfortunate that Wilson decided to quit.“I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors,” Moos said. “We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs. “We will continue to follow those procedures and modify them if needed.”Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards.last_img read more

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Saint Martin’s University Proudly Recognizes its 10th America’s Service Heroes Scholarship…

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityStaff Sgt. Michael A. Vidick, a member of the U.S. Air Force for more than 11 years, has been chosen by Saint Martin’s University as its 10th recipient of the America’s Service Heroes Scholarship. The award was announced November 3 at the University’s Gala 2018, a major fundraising event for University student scholarships.The America’s Service Heroes Scholarship was created in partnership with America’s Credit Union to provide financial assistance to service members and their families who have sacrificed for our nation’s well-being and security, says Cruz Arroyo, associate dean for administration at Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses. “The foremost wish of the scholarship’s founders and supporters was to provide support to the defenders of our nation pursuing their higher education goals,” he said. “It was their wish to provide financial relief and support to all of America’s Service Heroes serving around the globe.”Vidick, who is originally from Pueblo, Colorado, joined the Air Force right out of high school and at 18 began his journey at the Air Force’s Basic Training Gateway, Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. From two combat tours in Iraq to a role as an agent with the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), where he worked dangerous missions, to desk sergeant duties, Vidick has shown an ability to complete every task and mission given. He holds five Air Force Commendation Medals and, most notably, one Army Commendation and one Army Achievement Medal earned during two combat tours in Iraq while embedded with Army Military Police units. He also has a second Army Achievement award for community service. These awards are rare achievements for most Air Force members.Vidick completed an associate of applied science degree in police science in 2007 from the Community College of the Air Force. He is enrolled at Saint Martin’s University as a criminal justice major. He holds a 3.72 cumulative GPA and aims to complete his Saint Martin’s degree soon. Vidick’s goal is to become a police officer after he leaves the Air Force.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 26 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

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Unknowns rebound to rout Louie’s in 2014 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Final

first_imgThe Unknowns took the unknown route to the 2014 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Diamonds, rebounding from a loss earlier in the day to blast Louie’s 13-2 in the tourney final.It’s the second consecutive year Louie’s lost in the final after winning the title in 2012.The Unknowns breezed through the early rounds of the tourney final before running into a brick wall in the A semis.Louie’s scored five in the first inning to take a 10-5 decision over the Unknowns and a bye into the championship final. The Unknowns then met Uptown Tavern in the back-door game to determine the finalist against Louie’s.The Unknowns made quick work of Uptown, posting a 20-12 victory.Uptown Tavern defeated Vince DeVito Shoes to advance to the knockout game against Unknowns.Then in a rematch of the top two regular season teams, the Unknowns routed Louie’s the second time around.Unknowns, under a different name, won the title in 2012.During the Canada Day weekend tourney in Salmo, the Unknowns won the C-division title.The 2014 crown makes it 14 of the last 20 Nelson Mixed Slopitch titles for the Unknowns, who won the crown under a variety of sponsors and team names.Molson Finley won the B event title while Hour Glass took home the C event crown.last_img read more

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Massive outsider Samora is female rider’s first winner

first_imgFemale apprentice Andree L. Powell won the first race of her career in sensational style at Caymanas Park yesterday, this aboard the 99-1 outsider SAMORA, in the seventh race over the straight for four-year-olds and up.Although a bit overcome by emotions, Powell, who opened her account aboard her 19th mount since riding for the first time on September 26 last year, said she was elated with the win and that it came as a result of hard work, determination, and sacrifice.”I have endured a lot in my brief stint in the saddle so far,” confessed the 25-year-old apprentice, who is a past student of Clarendon College.”In fact, I thought I would have ridden a winner before today, but on two occasions, I think I was unlucky. But nothing comes easy, and despite the frustration of not getting enough rides, my apprentice master, trainer Donovan Plummer, finally found the right horse for me in the grey Samora.”I held him in touch on the outside of the field as the favourite Fire Alarm led in the middle, but Samora was beginning to find his best strides towards the sands side and quickened past Fire Alarm in the last furlong to win by five lengths,” she explained.Powell was one of three female riders to graduate from the Jockeys’ School as full-fledged apprentices late last year. The others were Natalie Berger, who is yet to ride a winner, and Melissa Ward, who has already ridden four winners and was fourth aboard the highly-fancied GOLD SCREW in yesterday’s race.MORE SUCCESSPowell said she is looking forward to further success, but as she puts it, this will require getting more rides, especially live rides.Meanwhile, the consistent CAMPESINO, ridden by leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, easily justified 2-5 favouritism with an easy victory over BRAWN in the open allowance race over 1200 metres.The 6-y-o gelding disposed of the leaders FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and ROYAL ASSAULT on entering the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths in the good time of 1:11.0.On a day when title-chasing jockey Omar Walker and Oneil Mullings shared the honours with two winners each, ST BERNARD (Walker up), at odds of 7-2, won the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over 1200 metres in a blanket finish involving AQUILO (5-1) and long-time leader EL NUMERO UNO (3-1), who was caught within shades of the wire by the first two.last_img read more

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World Cup makeover for Mandela Bridge

first_img7 June 20102010 Fifa World Cup branding has been dropped from the trusses of the massive suspension pylons of Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Bridge, in tribute to the famous South African leader who was pivotal in bringing the tournament to Africa.“We all know that Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s staging of the 2010 Fifa World Cup cannot be separated,” Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said during the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.“One of the reasons why we won the bid is because Mandela, in person, engaged in vigorous campaigning for the country. In a few days’ time, when the eyes of billions of people across the world will be fixed on Soccer City, it will be a tribute to the stature of the founding father of our democracy.”The 284 metre-long structure that links the central business district to the northern regions of the city is one of Johannesburg’s most iconic features. The bridge carries 4 000 cubic feet of concrete and 1 000 tons of metal, making it the biggest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa.“Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty, Sydney has its Opera House … and Johannesburg has the Nelson Mandela Bridge,” Masondo said. “This bridge symbolizes the bringing together of our people. Johannesburg was segregated in the past; this bridge crosses that divide and brings the city together.“The Nelson Mandela Bridge has become an iconic symbol of the ‘new Johannesburg’,” Masondo said. “As we drape this bridge, we reaffirm Madiba as the architect of our transformation and nation building.”As the ribbon was cut the massive drapes were released, revealing the now famous image of Mandela holding the Fifa World Cup Trophy on 15 May 2004, the day it was announced that South Africa would host Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.As the gathered crowd celebrated on the bridge, with Diski Dancers leading the festivities, the massive picture of a smiling Mandela sat above the Johannesburg skyline.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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