Green Party man is banking on Limerick businesses

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Linkedin Previous articleCall for action to tackle rise in Limerick city racial abuseNext articleAdare Manor embarks on a ‘glorious new chapter’ Alan Jacques Email NewsLocal NewsGreen Party man is banking on Limerick businessesBy Alan Jacques – January 28, 2016 869 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebookcenter_img TAGSgeneral election 2016Green PartyJames Gaffneylimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement James Gaffneyby Alan Jacquesalan[email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up James GaffneyLIMERICK businessman and Green Party election candidate James Gaffney is backing a proposal to create a network of regional, locally owned banks, which would be dedicated to supporting small and medium enterprises.Under his party’s proposal a bank, owned by the council, would be established with the sole purpose of investing in local small and medium businesses in and around the city.Mr Gaffney, who is running in the General Election as a Green Party candidate for Limerick City, is of the view that small and medium businesses are the core of the local economy.An English teacher at Dublin City University (DCU), James feels the city is brimming with entrepreneurial talent and ambition, which needs to be given the means to expand and grow and provide local jobs for local people.“The availability of local funding from an institution whose focus is to help these small and medium businesses grow would go a long way to bringing more and more vibrant business and enterprise into the city centre, something which is badly needed,” the North Circular Road native explained.“Limerick cannot depend on continued investment from large multinationals. While investment from these firms and the jobs they provide are of course very welcome, Limerick needs to be given the means to create and grow its own iconic brands and companies.”According to Mr Gaffney, there are similar examples of locally owned and run State supported banks working very successfully in Germany. The Green Party has met with Department of Finance officials to examine the proposal for feasibility in Ireland.“The concept of a bank being established with a specific function is not new to the Irish market. As far back as the 1920’s the State created the ACC Bank for the purpose of supporting the agricultural sector and in the 1930’s the ICC bank was established by the State to support industry.“What we need now is a modern equivalent to the old ICC and ACC banks, which is dedicated to promoting local business in the city. Any profits realised from such investment in local businesses would be re-invested in other local businesses thus allowing the city to remain vibrant and economically self sustaining into the future,” he concluded. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApplast_img read more

Consider Releasing Children From Observation Homes On Interim Bail Amid COVID-19 : SC Directs JJBs, Children’s Courts [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesConsider Releasing Children From Observation Homes On Interim Bail Amid COVID-19 : SC Directs JJBs, Children’s Courts [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 April 2020 9:58 AMShare This – xIn order to de-congest child care institutions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts to consider releasing all children alleged to be in conflict with law on temporary bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015. The order has been passed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn order to de-congest child care institutions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts to consider releasing all children alleged to be in conflict with law on temporary bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015. The order has been passed by a bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Deepak Gupta in a suo moto case registered by it on the conditions of children protection homes across the country. The bench also issued detailed directions to the Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts, Child Care Institutions (CCI) and the state governments to prevent the spread of Corona virus amongst children. “There are children who need care and attention and are kept in or children in conflict with law who are kept in various types of homes. There are also children who are kept in foster and kinship care. In these circumstances, it was felt that the interest of these children should be looked into,” the bench said while taking cognizance on the matter. The court has asked all these institutions to consider whether children should be kept in the respective institutions, considering the best interest, health and safety concerns. It has been directed that families be counseled to ensure that institutionalization is the last resort. Further, they have been asked to ensure safety and availability of personal hygiene products in the institutions. The court suggested that these institutions should turn virtual so as to provide help desks and conduct requisite inquiries and hearings. The bench also expressed concern regarding safety of these children and said that it is important to protect them from violence including sexual and gender ­based violence which may be exacerbated in contexts of anxiety and stress produced by lockdown and fear of the disease. Broadly, the following directions were made: Measures To Be Taken By Child Welfare Committees Monitor cases telephonically for children who have been sent back to their families and coordinate through the District Child Protection Committees and Foster care and Adoption Committees (SFCACs) for children in foster careOnline help desks and support systems for queries to be established at the state level for children and staff in CCIs Measures To Be Taken By Juvenile Justice Boards And Children Courts Online video sessions be organized for conducting inquiriesChildren alleged to be in conflict with law, residing in Observation Homes, JJB shall consider taking steps to release all children on bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015Video conferencing or online sittings can be held to prevent contact for speedy disposal of cases. Measures To Be Taken By Governments Work with Persons in Charge of CCIs and District Child Protection Units to plan staffing rotations or schedules to reduce in-person interaction by CCI staff.Ensure diligent performance of all government functionaries and take strict action against any dereliction of duty as per Rule 66(1) of Juvenile Justice Model Rules, 2016.Ensure adequate budgetary allocation to meet the costs that are likely to arise for the effective management of the pandemic. Directions To CCIs Take necessary steps to practice, promote and demonstrate positive hygiene behaviors and monitor their uptake;Conduct regular screening of children lodged in institutions and follow Health Referral System. The court clarified that such directions will also apply to to children in foster and kinship care. The court lastly remarked that the State Government and the nodal departments should keep abreast with all relevant advisories and circulars as issued by the government from time to time, along with guidance issued where required.Last month, a bench of SC headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had directed all states and Union Territories to set up ‘High Level Committees’ to determine the class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks. It was also observed that the prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to seven years can be given parole to decongest jails. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Ithaca Hobby Lobby to close

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Bad news for creative types and hobbyists; the Ithaca Hobby Lobby will be closing its doors. According to store personnel, the last day the store will be open is Saturday, August 10th. New stock will continue to arrive in the meantime, and what’s left at closing will be shipped out to Ohio. “I don’t know, maybe we don’t make enough money,” said one worker at the store. Four or five of the full-time staff will transfer to the Big Flats store near Elmira, another to suburban Syracuse. But for most of the staff, the closing of the store will end their time with the Oklahoma-based chain of arts and crafts stores. “A lot of part-timers don’t want to drive.” Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall The owners of the shopping center, Benderson Development of Buffalo, did not respond to a request for comment. The firm recently completed a new 14,744 square-foot retail space to the south of the 56,644 square-foot Hobby Lobby location, sharing a wall with the soon to be vacated store. A potential tenant could rent either space or combine them if Benderson is open to the idea. While the Ithaca store is closing, the chain appears to be in expansion mode, opening 54 new stores last year and planning adding another 65 to its 800-store footprint this year. A cursory check, however, shows that closing stores are not uncommon for the chain; rather, it just adds more than it closes.center_img The Ithaca store at 744 South Meadow Street opened in November 2013, in a newly renovated space previously occupied by K-Mart. The conservative political leanings of its ownership, which have included lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act, have made the chain the subject of controversy, and the local store has been the site of protests in the past. Brian Crandall Tagged: benderson development, closings, hobby lobby, retail, southwest Ithaca The closing is rather unusual in that most chain store shutdowns in Tompkins County have been because the chain has suffered financial setbacks or bankruptcy – Radio Shack and The Bon-Ton for examples (and then there’s the Shops at Ithaca Mall, which has its own unique set of problems). Nationally, the “retail apocalypse”, the mass closure of brick-and-mortar retail stores due to market conditions and the rise of online shopping, has claimed nearly 7,000 stores so far in 2019, a pace well above the 5,864 closings (a net loss of 2,613 stores) in all of 2018.last_img read more

Ocean City Scout Troop 32 Holds Clothing Drive November 17

first_imgOcean City’s Boy Scout Troop 32 is getting ready for its Super Chili Bowl fundraiser. Submitted by Doug Otto & Mark KampfGently used clothes, shoes, linens, purses, hats and stuffed animals can be dropped-off at participating local merchant Island Auto Repair located at 713 Haven Avenue.“This is an opportunity for Ocean City residents to clean out their closets prior to the holidays, while donating to a worthy community youth activity,” said Scoutmaster Dean Mitzel.Download (PDF, 663KB)Questions concerning the drive should be directed to either Beth Schumacher (609) 399-1201 or Chris Leonetti (609) 399-5490.last_img

Pennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial Sites

first_imgPennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial Sites Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced three new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Montgomery, Luzerne, and Allegheny counties to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties.“The benefits of the ISRP are twofold, not only removing harmful chemicals and contaminants from these sites and protecting our environment, but also making them ready for new occupants,” Governor Wolf said. “Having these sites ready for business is a significant attraction when companies are looking to relocate or expand here.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“The value of these projects is apparent when you look at what is planned for them: the development of new housing, new university space, and a nonprofit center dedicated to environmental protection,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “The advantage of developing those facilities, rather than simply letting the toxic vacant lots sit unoccupied, is incalculable for the local communities.”“We’re pleased to collaborate with DCED on these brownfield redevelopment projects, and thousands more statewide,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These projects provide the crucial foundation of funding environmental and public safety to support communities’ vision of life after blight.”The three approved projects are as follows:The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery (RAMC) was approved for a $1,000,000 grant for environmental remediation costs at the former Keasbey & Mattison Company manufacturing facility located in Ambler Borough, Montgomery County. The project will remediate the asbestos-contaminated 4.6-acre parcel and construct a 134,205-square-foot, 115-unit apartment building. ISRP funds will be used for excavation and disposal of contaminated soil and asbestos-containing material, installation of geotextile fabric for ACM-free utility corridors, installation of environmental cap, testing, and inspections.The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund was approved for a $680,375 grant for environmental remediation of a former manufacturing building located at 116 South Main St. in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. The site contains a 60,000-square-foot building and was the former home of a furniture store, where furniture and coffins were both manufactured and sold. The building was eventually converted into a Sears Roebuck Department Store. ISRP funds will be used for the removal of asbestos, lead based materials, PCB containing light ballasts, mercury containing components, and other hazardous materials. Once the site is remediated, Wilkes University plans on acquiring and renovating the building for a multitude of uses including classrooms, bookstore/retail, and meeting space.The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) was approved for a $198,425 grant for the remediation of the former 5-acre Tippins, Inc. site in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. The URA purchased the site in 2008 and is currently under a long-term lease agreement with Tree Pittsburgh, a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring trees and forests throughout Allegheny County. Tree will utilize the parcel to develop an education center, office building, workshop, outdoor classroom, and a tree nursery. ISRP funds will be used for: soil testing; installing a 6-inch cap across the site to include building foundations, road surfaces, and qualifying cap aggregate; installing a vapor intrusion barrier under the foundation of the existing workshop; and capping all testing wells according to Department of Environmental Protection standards.For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse Program visit SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 28, 2017last_img read more

Syracuse kills 10 power plays but still loses to Mercyhurst, 1-0

first_img Published on October 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse was its own worst enemy on Saturday. The Orange were forced to kill 20 minutes worth of penalties against Mercyhurst.Senior forward Brooke Avery served two of those penalties, including a hooking call with 6:27 left in the third. That was one of two penalties 15 seconds apart that reduced a 5-on-3 SU advantage to 3-on-3 even strength.“Every year, penalties are an issue,” Avery said. “…To be honest, it slows the pace of the game. It’s very difficult to get a good rhythm going, especially when you have things going on like power plays.”Syracuse (0-3, 0-2 College Hockey America) killed all 10 of the Mercyhurst (2-4, 2-0) power-play chances. It didn’t matter, though, as the Orange offense didn’t score in a 1-0 shutout loss on Saturday.Avery, a forward, explained that avoiding most of SU’s penalties is a matter of moving their feet and getting in proper position. That being said, she liked the discipline her teammates showed in picking each other up and killing all 10 penalties.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of times when those things happen people are barking at each other but we held it together,” said Avery, “We battled hard and we killed as best as we could. In the end, it is what it is.”Mercyhurst had their own troubles staying on the ice. The Lakers committed seven penalties but were only on the penalty kill for three of them because the other four came in tandem with a Syracuse penalty.The excess of penalties forced SU head coach Paul Flanagan to get creative to save his core penalty kill unit from exhausting themselves. The Orange used eight different forwards, mixed and matched with every defender at one point or another. By comparison, a conventional penalty kill features at most two pairs of defensemen and two pairs of forwards.“It’s good to know that everybody’s buying in, and in a game like that it’s not the same kids doing it every time,” Flanagan said.Syracuse goaltender Ady Cohen did her part, recording 23 saves in her first collegiate start. The junior had nothing but praise for the penalty kill and her defense in general for keeping the deficit at one.“You love to see your players making sacrifices: blocking shots, taking away passes,” Cohen said. “It’s really good to have that support, knowing that they’re going to be going 100 percent to help you out and make your job easier.”Being on the penalty kill also handicapped an SU offensive attack that flows through redshirt junior Lindsay Eastwood. This included the evaporation of that 5-on-3 in the third period, which would’ve been a golden opportunity for the Orange to equalize. The Syracuse captain reiterated Avery’s philosophy on the importance of body positioning, which she says will help the Orange on both ends of the ice.Avery continued to look at the positives following the loss, the Orange’s third straight to start the season.“It’s frustrating, but at the same time we know what we have to work on,” Avery said. “So we just have to keep grinding and keep moving and make sure that we’re always going 100 percent.” Commentslast_img read more