Partnerships take their toll

first_imgFacebook PUBLIC–private partnerships don’t work — if you want proof just look at the Limerick Tunnel.That’s the view of Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh who, at a meeting of Limerick City and County Council’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee last week, described the toll tunnel a “disaster”.Rather than pay between €4.80 and €6.10 on toll charges, truck drivers are going through the city and adding to traffic congestion, he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Ó Ceallaigh also told the council executive that any future road projects should not include tolls as motorists already pay enough through their car tax.Former Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr Michael Sheahan, took umbrage with Cllr Ó Ceallaigh’s comments.Public-private partnerships, he said, has served the community “incredibly well” and was the “lifeblood” of city, creating much-needed employment.“Lets not be naive,” he advised.Metropolitan District Physical Development Director Kieran Lehane said he was not going to get into an “ideological argument” on the subject but pointed out that public-private partnerships had benefited Limerick, providing infrastructure and creating Alan [email protected] Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsPartnerships take their tollBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2016 742 TAGSlimerickLimerick City and County Council Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Advertisement Previous article100 extra Gardaí needed to tackle drug crime in LimerickNext articleCouncil concern over things that go bump on Limerick roads Alan Jacques WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Printlast_img read more

10 best credit unions anyone can join

first_imgby: Jennifer CaloniaBig banks have earned negative reputations for prioritizing their bottom lines over their customer service and product offerings; and many people undervalue the importance of financial institutions in their day-to-day activities. However, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reports that two-thirds of households have both a checking and savings account that they rely on regularly, and it’s clear these financial products are non-negotiable facets of daily life. But big banks aren’t the only answer — an alternative to inflated fees and poor customer service can be found with a local credit union. Many consumers feel like finding the best credit unions anyone can join is near impossible to accomplish, due to membership criteria. However, some of the best credit unions are more welcoming to the general public than popular opinion suggests.What Is a Credit Union?Those who have only been exposed to large national financial institutions might not even know what a credit union is, much less the many advantages of joining a credit union. At their cores, credit unions were developed to help those who are either unbanked — accounting for 8.2 percent of U.S. households according to an FDIC survey — or who are underbanked, which 20.1 percent of U.S. households can be classified as. As nonprofit cooperatives, local credit unions operate on the principle of “people helping people.” Credit unions accomplish this mission by offering shares of the organization to each member who deposits into a share savings account. As a shareholder, members themselves dictate changes within the institution, as opposed to third-party investors simply looking to make a profit off of customers. Any earnings gained within the credit union are returned back to members in the form of competitive rates on deposit products like CD and savings accounts, affordable lending interest rates, and reduced or no service fees. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tests reveal mild avian flu in ducks in 2 states

first_img Recent tests on birds in Michigan, Maryland, and Pennsylvania identified the low-pathogenic “North American” strain of H5N1, and recent tests on wild northern pintail ducks in Montana confirmed the presence of H5N3, another mild strain. In late September, investigators found the virus in Illinois ducks when they collected samples from healthy migratory green-winged teals in Fulton County in west-central Illinois, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) said in a news release. The samples were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NSVL) in Ames, Iowa, where 5 of 11 samples tested positive for H6N2. Initial screening results on Sep 29 indicated that H5 and N1 subtypes might be present, but further testing was needed to confirm the subtypes and assess the pathogenicity. The USDA said it’s not unusual for a specific subtype to be identified in initial screening tests but not be isolated in confirmatory testing, because the screening tests are so sensitive. In this case, rapid screening yielded weak positive results for the H5 and N1 subtypes, but confirmatory testing instead found the H6 and N2 subtypes. Previously announced genetic testing had already ruled out the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. The birds were collected on Oct 8 as part of an expanded wild bird monitoring program involving the USDA, the DOI, and investigators from the lower 48 states. In an Oct 14 news release, the agencies said, “Initial tests confirm that these wild bird samples do not contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Initial test results indicate the presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus, which poses no threat to human health.” Last week, the USDA and DOI announced that investigators in Ohio had detected H5 and N1 subtypes in samples from apparently healthy wild northern pintail ducks in Ottawa County, in northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. The ducks had been killed by a hunter. Oct 17 USDA-DOI news release on avian flu in Illinois ducks Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses often occur naturally in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable signs of disease. They pose no risk to human health. However, low-pathogenic strains sometimes mutate into deadly strains. Thirty-five samples obtained from the ducks were screened at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Two of the samples were sent to the NVSL for confirmation, and one tested positive for both the H5 and N1 components, which could mean the duck was infected with either one H5N1 strain or two separate avian flu viruses. Oct 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials announced yesterday that final tests confirmed that a mild strain of H6N2 avian influenza—not the deadly H5N1 type—was found in green-winged teals in Illinois last month. Meanwhile, initial tests on wild ducks in Ohio also suggest a mild strain of avian flu. Oct 14 USDA-DOI news release on avian flu in Ohio ducks See also:last_img read more

Eight contenders battle for WTO leadership

first_imgPile of problems The new chief must revive stalled trade talks, lay the ground for the 2021 ministerial conference — one of the WTO’s major events — and thaw relations with the United States.The WTO finds itself caught in the middle of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.The United States, which has threatened to leave the WTO, has blocked the organization’s dispute settlement appeal system since December, and wants China moved up from the developing economies category.The Geneva-based organization is staging a swift contest to replace outgoing director-general Roberto Azevedo.In a surprise move in mid-May, the Brazilian career diplomat announced he was stepping down one year early at the end of August.Azevedo, 62, said he was ending his second four-year term early for personal reasons, forcing the WTO’s 164 member states to come up with a successor in just three months instead of the usual nine.Rather than an election, the selection procedure relies on finding consensus, with candidates gradually being eliminated in turn.Besides the three late entrants, the other candidates are South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee; Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Egyptian former diplomat Hamid Mamdouh; and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi. The WTO General Council will meet from July 15-17 to hear their presentations and quiz them on their plans for the global trade body, which was beset with mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.”As the world seeks to recover from the shared challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of free and fair trade has never been more crucial,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his letter to the WTO, nominating Fox.He said the former defense minister, 58, could implement the necessary reforms “to ensure the global trading system truly delivers for all WTO members.” First African WTO boss? Since the WTO was created in 1995, three of its directors-general were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia and South America.Africa fancies its chances this time, even though there is no regional rotation principle at the global trade body.However, African nations have so far failed to convene around a single candidate.Mamdouh, 67, a veteran former senior WTO official who is also a Swiss national, is the only contender from the continent with any express backing from the African Union.Nigeria’s decision to stand Okonjo-Iweala against him has triggered a legal dispute with the AU.Nevertheless, Okonjo-Iweala, 66, “is gaining ground within Africa,” a diplomatic source said.The former World Bank number two insisted that the WTO — which has never had a female leader — must choose is next chief “on merit”.”And then, if it happens to be a woman or an African, that is also good,” she told reporters in Geneva at a virtual press conference in late June.Kenya’s sports minister Mohamed, 58, first ran for the post in 2013. Her candidacy this time means there are three Africans and three women in the contest.Yoo, 53, is the other female candidate.The youngest contender is 37-year-old Ulianovschi, while Seade, at 73, is the oldest. The Mexican has held posts at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Three last-minute contenders on Wednesday joined the race to become the next head of the beleaguered World Trade Organization, meaning eight candidates in total are vying for the daunting position.Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox, former Saudi economy minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri and Kenya’s former WTO General Council chair Amina Mohamed all threw their hats in the ring in the final 24 hours before Wednesday’s deadline.They join candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea, a WTO official confirmed after the close of nominations. Topics :last_img read more

The Latest: Washington State AD, coaches taking pay cuts

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich, and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith will all take voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a lengthy letter to fans and alumni, Chun said while the full economic impact of the pandemic is not known, the school’s athletic department is taking steps to soften the blow from the loss of expected revenue.In addition to the salary cuts, Chun said all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will also freeze the prices of season tickets and student sports passes for fans and continue to be flexible with football season-ticket renewals and payments.Chun also said the school is estimating an additional $300,000 in grant-in-aid costs for athletes in spring sports who have indicated an interest in taking advantage of having an additional year of eligibility.___Two-time Stanley Cup champion and 2016 Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty is pessimistic about the chances of the NHL resuming play this season. The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.”Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.“When finalizing our uniform announcement, we realized we had an incredible opportunity to further our support of heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines for our entire community,” executive vice president JW Johnson said. “We hope the excitement surrounding the new uniforms can help make a significant impact through the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund, and we greatly appreciate the support from our fans, retail partners and team to make this special way to give back to those leaders possible.” This is the second time in four years the Browns have changed uniforms. The new ones are expected to embrace concepts from previous versions. The team is not expected to make any major changes to its iconic orange logo-less helmet.___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Washington State AD, coaches taking pay cuts The star Los Angeles Kings defenseman said Monday it’s going to be difficult for hockey to get back this season, even just to hold the playoffs and hand out the Stanley Cup.“Honestly, I don’t see how the season is going to return,” Doughty said. “I really don’t. We have no idea when this virus is going to be over.”The 30-year-old known for his frank answers and commentary cast doubt on the validity of a 2020 Cup winner, especially given that there were 189 regular-season games left and not all teams had played the same number of games. Doughty is also concerned about how playing late into the summer might affect next season, which the league has maintained it wants to play in full.“I know they so badly want to give out the Stanley Cup this year, but in all seriousness it’s not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup because the (regular) season wasn’t finished,” Doughty said. “There’s teams that couldn’t get in the playoffs. And then I’m assuming they’d have to come up with a different playoff format. I don’t know. It’d be a little different. I’m not a huge fan of it, as much as I want to play. I just don’t want things to go into next season and affecting those (games).”Doughty, who won the Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, said “for sure” his opinion would be different if the Kings were in a different spot in the standings. They were 28th out of 31 teams and eliminated from playoff contention. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Six Milwaukee Brewers players and longtime team broadcaster Bob Uecker are contributing to a $1 million fund that the franchise has established to assist game-day workers at Miller Park who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.Outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun was the first to commit by providing a $100,000 pledge to the fund. Uecker followed with a $50,000 pledge. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and pitchers Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom and Brent Suter provided additional pledges to bring the total to $300,000.Braun and Yelich already had teamed with 3rd Street Market Hall to help provide thousands of meals to Milwaukee-area health care providers working with four major hospital networks during the pandemic.___ The Spanish league says it will not attend upcoming meetings organized by the Spanish Football Federation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the decision is a response to the federation’s release to the media of audios from a previous meeting to allegedly boost its own interests.The league says it will take the necessary legal actions against the federation for having released the information without anybody else’s consent. Spain’s players’ association had already said it would sue the federation because of the audios that undermined its president.The federation admits it released the recordings but denies they were leaked. It says it was clear to everyone that the conversations would be recorded. The federation, the league, and the players’ association have been at odds over a variety of issues in recent years and the disputes have continued during the pandemic despite their own calls for unity. ___Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier revealed Monday that she was on a recruiting trip to Spain when the coronavirus scare began seriously gripping the globe last month, and immediately returned to South Florida for a two-week period of self-quarantine.Miami has an incoming freshman for next season from Spain, Paula Fraile Ruiz. And Europe has been a major part of Meier’s recruiting strategies for many years, so she went to Spain shortly after the Hurricanes were ousted from the ACC Tournament.Most of her meetings and visits were canceled. She left about a day after arriving, and one player she was in contact with was getting alerts on her phone about the severity of the pandemic during her meeting with Meier.center_img “And I said, ‘OK, I need to go,’” Meier said. “I had two more visits planned, but I didn’t make them and got back.”Meier was planning to be in New York this weekend to support Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier at the WNBA draft, though that trip was canceled because of the pandemic, as well. The draft will be done remotely as planned.___The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season. “The health of our players, coaches, fans and colleagues are of paramount importance to us as we go through this unprecedented time,” Mike Rabil, who founded the league with his brother Paul, said in a statement. “As a league, we will continue to adhere to guidelines administered by the CDC, respective state governments, and our hosting venues. This was a difficult decision for our league but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all parties.” The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games. One team was added for this season, which has 12 weekends of regular season action planned, including an all-star game, before its playoffs.The National Lacrosse League last week canceled the last three weekends of its regular season. The league says returning for its playoffs will be determined “based on the COVID-19 circumstances.”___The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. April 13, 2020 But he added that his view on the NHL season was more affected by the state of the world during the coronavirus pandemic than the logistics of holding sporting events.“Everything just keeps getting delayed even more, like lockdowns and stuff like that,” Doughty said. “People are dying even more every day. So I just don’t see how or when we’re going to be able to make any type of decision to return to the season.”In an interview Monday on CNN, Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to say the NHL hasn’t ruled anything in or out when it comes to the resumption of play.“We’re exploring all options, but when we’ll have an opportunity to return depends on things that we have absolutely no control over because it all starts with everybody’s health and well-being,” Bettman said. “Until there’s a sense that people can get together, not just in our arenas but for our players to get together to work out, we don’t know when we can come back, but it’s something we’re monitoring on a daily basis.”— Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reporting ___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play. Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10.___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic.Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS girls soccer takes league losses

first_imgMimas and Simone Neivel both found the net in the first half, and C-NS trailed, 2-0, when with 13 minutes left it briefly revived hopes for the home fans when Madelyn Jackson netted an unassisted goal.Under pressure all night, Ava Field made 10 saves to keep C-NS close, but it was Mimas putting the game away as she found the net with 1:48 left and then added a free-kick goal in the final seconds for her second hat trick of the week.This followed last Tuesday’s trip to F-M, which proved rough for the Northstars as the Hornets, despite playing for the fourth time in six days, ran past C-NS 6-0.Unlike with Liverpool’s game against B’ville, F-M didn’t wait to get on the board, finding the net four times in the first half alone and overcoming six saves by C-NS goalie Ally Byrnes.Yet similar to how Mimas burned Liverpool, Lauren Clark did the same to C-NS as the Hornets’ sophomore forward netted four goals, with single goals going to Anna Hartzheim and Chloe Hodge.Liverpool could not recover from this on Thursday night, when on its home field it fell 4-0 to a West Genesee side that scored three times in the second half to pull clear.Between them, Perry and Brittany Burns finished with seven saves, yet WG had Emily Dunning earn two goals, with Katrina Tessier earning a pair of assists. Single goals went to Sarah Petrus and Samantha Snyder.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Early in the second half, Mimas broke the 0-0 deadlock, and quickly followed with a second goal. Then Mimas put the game away with two more goals before Gretchen Perine scored in the final minutes.Amid this barrage, Liverpool was able to avert the shutout as Alexandra Rancier put in a goal with eight minutes left. Mikayla Perry finished with four saves.Then it was C-NS’s turn to face B’ville on Thursday night, and though it was close until the final minutes, again the Bees proved too good with a late surge that led to a 4-1 defeat for the Northstars. This is the week where the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer teams have their first head-to-head battle at Archie Hall Stadium, each of them in real need of a boost.The gap between these two teams and the top sides in the SCAC Metro division, Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius, was on display early last week as the Northstars and Warriors took league defeats to them.Liverpool may have felt more frustration because, in last Tuesday’s game against B’ville at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it kept the game scoreless through halftime, only to get run over by the Bees’ Hannah Mimas in a 5-1 defeat.center_img Tags: C-NSgirls soccerliverpoollast_img read more