Irish Water bills will add ‘insult to injury’ in Limerick

first_imgEmma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Cllr Maurice QuinlivanIRISH Water’s decision to charge for water even before meters are installed for thousands of Limerick households has ran into a flood of local opposition.The utility company is to start charging from October 1 but have confirmed that many homes in Limerick will still be without meters when billing begins. They have stated that homes without meters that are connected to the public water supply will have their bills assessed on occupancy and average use.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Local Sinn Féin city councillor Maurice Quinlivan maintains that its bad enough that people are being asked to pay for water but that the decision to assess the amount “only adds insult to injury”.“Irish Water have confirmed that in many cases they will simply be making bills up as they go along. This will cause many people undue hardship as they will have to apply for a refund only after they have paid the bill,” Cllr Quinlivan insists.“Water tax has been among the biggest issues coming up on the doorstep. The Government would have been far better to spend money on repairing the broken system which sees us lose 40 per cent of water in the system rather than spend upwards of a billion euro in installing meters,” he said.Meanwhile, Labour Party candidate for Limerick City East, Elena Secas, maintains that Limerick households will benefit from the scrapping of the standing charge, under the agreement reached on water pricing last week.She also welcomed confirmation of a suite of hardship measures for vulnerable groups that will ease pressure on many householders in Limerick.“As a Labour Party representative, I am pleased that my party fought hard to ensure that the standing charge, ability-to-pay and adequate metering were taken into consideration when the final pricing structure was being decided.“From the outset, we said that we had to get this issue right and we were not prepared to agree a package that did not adequately address the impact these charges will have on working families and certain vulnerable groups,” she explained.“Furthermore, there will now be an accelerated metering programme, providing for approximately 1.1 million meters to be installed by mid-2016, following our concerns that metering wasn’t happening fast enough. Meanwhile, every home will qualify for a ‘free first fix scheme’, providing each household with a free fix of the first leak on a water supply pipe. This is a positive development,” she declared.There was no comment from Irish Water at the time of going to press. Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks NewsIrish Water bills will add ‘insult to injury’ in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – May 15, 2014 811 Print Linkedin WhatsApp Email #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick center_img Previous articleTommy Tiernan’s Tour of LimerickNext articleImelda’s rockabilly Limerick style Alan Jacques Twitter Advertisement Facebook Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanIrish WaterMusic LimerickSinn Fein Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area last_img read more

USC falters again in tough road losses

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team traveled up the coast to Washington over the weekend, hoping to sweep both Washington State and Washington this season. Ultimately, the Women of Troy came up short in both contests, losing a tight game to the Cougars 57-54 on Friday and falling 61-58 to the Huskies on Sunday.Road weary · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook scored 15 points in the team’s 61-58 loss to the Washington Huskies on Sunday in Seattle. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanAgainst Washington (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12), junior forward Cassie Harberts bounced back from her first single-digit scoring game of the season, leading the Women of Troy (8-15, 5-7 Pac-12) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Ariya Crook added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists, while junior forward Desiree Bradley scored 11 points.Point guard Jazmine Davis led Washington with 24 points, while forward Talia Walton added 13.The Huskies jumped out to an 11-4 lead early against USC, but the Women of Troy scored eight straight points to take the lead behind two 3-pointers from Crook and a jumper by sophomore guard Kiki Alofaituli. The Huskies would retake the lead on a pair of free throws from Davis and hold it throughout the course of the half.Washington led 38-28 at the half on 39 percent shooting. Harberts scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half, while Crook added 10 points for the Women of Troy.Davis scored 13 of the Huskies’ first 23 points to lead the charge but was held scoreless throughout the remainder of the half. Walton added eight points and four rebounds for Washington.The Women of Troy came back strong to start the second half, going on a 14-7 run to cut the Huskies’ lead to three. The Huskies would maintain their advantage until a 3-pointer from Bradley gave the Women of Troy a 54-53 lead with 5:50 left. The game went back and forth until a jumper from Davis gave the Huskies the lead for good. USC would finish with 39 percent shooting compared to Washington’s 36 percent, and both teams were even with 33 rebounds apiece.“We come out in the second half, and they play harder and smarter than us,” Harberts said. “We haven’t been down by 10 at the half that often, so we knew we had to step it up.”USC was in control for the majority of the game against Washington State (9-14, 5-6 Pac-12), leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, but once again failed to play two halves of complete basketball. The Cougars closed the gap in the second half, took a late a late lead and, ultimately, held off the Women of Troy.A good sign for USC was the return of senior forward Christina Marinacci, who had a game-high 17 points, shooting a perfect three-for-three from 3-point range. Crook would add 15 points.The Cougars had a much more balanced scoring attack with 10 different players scoring in the game, led by 11 and 10 points from guards Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira, respectively. The team heated up in the second half, shooting 52 percent after shooting only 32 percent in the first half. In contrast, USC cooled down, shooting a dismal 27 percent in the second half to finish at 32 percent for the game.The Women of Troy held a 28-23 advantage at halftime, but the Cougars would eventually tie the game at 31-31 at the 17-minute mark and take their first lead of the game, 41-39, breaking the fifth tie of the game. The two teams were tied again at 45 with 8:30 to go before the Cougars went off for a 8-0 run to take the lead, which they would never give back.USC returns to the Galen Center for a tough three-game homestand as it looks to end a four-game losing streak. The Women of Troy will face No. 4 Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and No. 6 California (21-2, 10-1 Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.  The Women of Troy follow that up against No. 17 UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.last_img read more

UNC’s J.P. Tokoto Shows Athleticism With Ridiculous Block vs. BC

first_imgJ.P. Tokoto blocks a shot.North Carolina junior forward J.P. Tokoto is regarded as one of the best pure athletes in college basketball. Wednesday, he reminded us all of that fact in emphatic fashion. Tokoto, with his team leading 60-49 down the stretch, climbed the ladder to turn back a layup attempt by Boston College guard Dimitri Batten. Tokoto practically blocked the ball halfway up the backboard.The Tar Heels cruised today against Eagles. They’ll get Louisville on Thursday.last_img

A list of Prince Philips visits to Canada over the years

first_imgThe Queen and Prince Philip have lavished much attention on Canada over their lives, each visiting the country more than 20 times over the years. The list below includes some notable visits by Philip, who is retiring from royal duties this fall.___1951: Princess Elizabeth and her new husband, Prince Philip, made a coast to coast tour of the country. It was Princess Elizabeth’s inaugural visit to Canada.___1954: Prince Philip made a solo, 20-day visit to various Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver.___1957: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made a four-day visit to Hull and Ottawa, where they officially opened that fall’s session of parliament. It was Her Majesty’s first visit as Queen___1959: The Queen, with Prince Philip, made a six-week tour of all provinces and territories. Highlights included being on hand for the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway.___1962: Over a span of 23 days, Prince Philip attended a Commonwealth Study Conference and visited five cities across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.___1964: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Charlottetown, Quebec City and Ottawa to attend commemoration of confederation meetings that took place a century earlier.___1967: The Queen and Prince Philip spent six days in Ottawa and Montreal attending celebrations for Canada’s centennial and Expo67.___1967: Prince Philip travelled to Winnipeg to open the 1967 Pan American Games.___1969: Prince Philip visited six provinces in roughly two weeks to study operations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.___1970: The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles visited Manitoba to mark the 100th anniversary of the province’s entry into Confederation. They also toured the Northwest Territories to participate in its centennial.___1971: The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne visited British Columbia to mark its centenary anniversary of joining Confederation.___1973: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta. They marked the RCMP centennial, the centennial of P.E.I. joining Confederation and the tercentennial of Kingston, Ont.___1973: Less than a month after their previous visit,the Queen and Prince Philip returned to Canada to greet heads of government at Commonwealth meetings in Ottawa.___1976: The Queen and princes Philip, Charles, Andrew and Edward toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. They also took in the opening ceremonies for the Montreal Olympics and stayed to watch Princess Anne compete in equestrian events.___1977: The Queen and Prince Philip made a five-day visit to Ottawa to mark her Silver Jubilee.___1978: The Queen and princes Philip, Edward and Andrew visited Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.___1982: The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, visited Ottawa for four days in order to sign the proclamation of the Constitution Act.___1983: The Queen and Prince Philip toured various cities in British Columbia over a three-day visit.___1984: The Queen and Prince Philip visited New Brunswick and Ontario for both provinces’ bicentennials. The Queen then carried on alone to tour Manitoba.___1987: The Queen and Prince Philip visited British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec over a 16-day long tour.___1989: Prince Philip made a four-day visit to attend various ceremonies in Montreal.___1993: Prince Philip travelled solo to Toronto and Montreal for various presentations and ceremonies.___1994: The Queen and Prince Philip toured Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. The Duke of Edinburgh also made stops in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.___1997: The Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Newfoundland in order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Cabot’s arrival. The Queen also visited several cities in Ontario, while Prince Philip surveyed flood damage in Manitoba.___2002: The Queen and Prince Philip made an 11-day visit to Canada on the last leg of their Commonwealth Golden Jubilee tour. Among other events, she dropped a ceremonial puck at a Vancouver Canucks game, visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, attended a lunch at Rideau Hall with 51 distinguished Canadians and presented the RCMP musical ride with an Irish mare.___2005: The Queen and Prince Philip made a nine-day tour of Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate both provinces’ centennials. The trip was characterized by torrents of rain at nearly every stop.___2010: Accompanied by Prince Philip, the Queen made a nine-day trip to Canada, starting with a stop in Halifax where she reviewed a flotilla for international warships. The Queen also visited Ottawa, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Waterloo, Ont.___2013: Prince Philip made a solo, two-day visit to Toronto where he was presented with the highest rank of the Order of Canada. He also awarded new regimental colours to the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment.___last_img read more

Groups seeking to suspend Quebec secularism law granted leave to appeal

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal on behalf of groups seeking to suspend the central parts of the province’s secularism law.Catherine McKenzie, a lawyer for the applicants, said Quebec Court of Appeal Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler did not give a reason for granting leave to appeal in a ruling from the bench today.Quebec’s secularism law, known as Bill 21, prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf, had asked for an immediate stay of the central components of the law while their full legal challenge is heard.Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau ruled on July 18 that the groups had failed to demonstrate the law is creating enough damage to warrant the stay.McKenzie says she has asked for an accelerated process and hopes to have the appeal heard as soon as possible.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs playing politics with funding minister sitting on proposals worth millions

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department is playing politics with millions of dollars’ worth of project funding for First Nation organizations, according to chiefs on the Assembly of First Nations executive who are planning a national counter-attack to Ottawa’s tactics.Aboriginal Affairs has approved only $888,720 out of $7.1 million worth of projects submitted by the Assembly of First Nations this year, APTN National News has learned. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is also still sitting on 14 proposals from the AFN, months after the department’s own notification deadline passed for responding to proposals from First Nations organizations.The same scenario is playing out in other First Nation organizations and the AFN is preparing to launch a national strategy to counter the department, according to a widely distributed email from the AFN to officials with First Nation organizations.Chiefs on the AFN executive decided to develop the strategy during a meeting on Oct. 3. The executive came up with a draft of three “key messages” forming the core of the strategy. The messages focus on the department’s own words and timeline around project funding.The department told First Nation organizations they would all be informed of the status of their projects by April 1 if they submitted their proposals by Feb. 21. The project funding was supposed to offset part of the department’s deep cuts to the core funding of First Nations organizations. The department blew its deadline by several months.“The federal government’s promise that project funding would be available to off-set core funding cuts has not been kept,” says one of the AFN’s draft key messages, according to the Oct. 10 email, obtained by APTN National News. “The federal government has not kept its promise to respond to all funding proposals by April 1 and has politicized approval process, despite their assurances of transparency and accountability.”The AFN said in the email that the department has already rejected 16 proposals out of a total of 34 submissions. The department has only approved four proposals and the AFN is still waiting on responses to 14 proposals.The department rejected the AFN’s proposals on murdered and missing Indigenous women, treaties, comprehensive claims, specific claims, housing, trade, energy, emergency management and infrastructure. The department has only approved projects on economic development, connectivity, additions to reserves and social-assisted living. Valcourt has the final sign-off on all the project proposals, according to an Aug. 21 letter from the AFN’s CEO Peter Dinsdale to deputy minister Coleen Swords, previously obtained by APTN National News.The department said last November it set aside $20 million for project funding. Former deputy minister Michael Wernick said at the time that the department would only fund projects that “align with department priorities and yield concrete results.”Wernick is now deputy clerk of the Office of the Privy Council, which is essentially the nerve centre of the federal bureaucracy and the prime minister’s department.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment.The AFN is trying to compile the status of project proposals from other organizations to press their case with Valcourt and the public, the email said.“It will be through solidarity with Aboriginal representative organizations that we will be stronger,” said the email.There is a widespread belief the department is playing hardball on project funding as a result of the AFN’s rejection of the Harper government’s proposed bill for First Nation [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

North American stock markets push higher in latemorning trading loonie up

first_imgTORONTO — The financial, industrial and energy sectors helped Canada’s main stock index push higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. markets also charged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 68.41 points at 15,279.63.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 232.91 points at 24,603.01. The S&P 500 index was up 28.86 points at 2,664.82, while the Nasdaq composite was up 79.79 points at 7,164.25.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.51 cents US compared with an average of 75.22 cents US on Thursday following a pick up in the annual inflation rate in December to two per cent, topping expectations for a reading of 1.7 per cent.The March crude contract up US$1.69 at US$54.05 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 12.6 cents at US$3.29 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$9.60 at US$1,282.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 3.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male

first_imgUPDATE – Augustt “Sean” Rowe has been located safe. Beaverlodge RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Augustt “Sean” Rowe.According to RCMP, Rowe was last seen at his home in Hythe on the night of July 4 at 10:00 p.m. He is believed to be driving a white 2010 Ford Ranger with an Alberta license plate number ZZM 794.Rowe is described as:Metis6’2″, 180 lbBrown hair, grey/blue eyesWearing jeans, likely a black hoodie and short black leather bootsIf you have any information about Rowe’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

It was emotional goodbye for Maisie

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Maisie Williams says she got really emotional while wrapping up the hugely popular show ‘Game of Thrones’. What was your wrap day like? “I just said a few things about how the industry has been really difficult but coming back to the show has always been worth it and that everyone was like a family to us,” Williams said in a statement. “Everyone was pretty emotional by that point, having watched everyone wrap,” added the actor, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy series. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe last season will premiere internationally on April 14. On the final season, Williams said: “I just think in these final seasons all of the women have started to really come into their own. One, that’s been not very predictable. Two, it just makes a lot of sense. When you read into the show and you read into their storylines and how people have been playing the game, the five women on top have really deserved to be there. That was something that we had hoped for but the fact that the show is really going that way is just so powerful, unlike lots of other shows.” What has it been like saying goodbye to the show that has made your career? “It is actually just been really lovely. For Sophie (Turner) and I it was our first gig, really exciting but the established actors have always been really lovely. It will be interesting to see how we stay in touch.”last_img read more

Teams Want to Know if Manti Teo is Gay

Is Manti Te’o gay?That is the question, according to reports, that NFL executives want answered before the upcoming NFL draft. Because of the culture of NFL locker rooms, that could be a key issue in Te’o’s NFL stock.“Here’s the elephant in the room for the teams, and it shouldn’t matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports said on the Dan Patrick Show. “Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world. It shouldn’t be that way.”The concern about Te’o’s sexuality has been rampant since news broke that he engaged in a two-year online relationship with a man masquerading as a woman. But here’s the rub: It is doubtful teams asked Te’o, who interviewed with 20 teams, directly about his sexual orientation. Amazingly, a few years ago, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was asked by Miami Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland if his mother was a prostitute, creating a major backlash.“I don’t think you can ask (Te’o) that question — because of the Dez Bryant question a few years ago,” Florio said. “If you go Katie Couric on Manti Te’o, it’s going to come out that some team, some GM, some coach asked Manti Te’o if he’s gay. Then you’ll have to deal with all the distraction and all the stuff that flows after that.”Patrick, formerly of ESPN, asked Florio: “You’re telling me that you’re hearing from teams who want to know this, but how do you ask it? Are they trying to find a finesse way to ask that question, or are they going to do investigative work on finding out if Manti Te’o is gay?”Florio answered: “It’s been described to me as the proverbial elephant in the room, and I don’t think anyone knows how to solve this dilemma yet. It’s just that they want to know what they’re getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay player in an NFL locker room, and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything’s fine.“Now you have a situation where you have a guy who was in a relationship with a fake girl who ended up being a real man, and the man has said to Dr. Phil that he was romantically in love with Manti Te’o, it just raises a lot of questions that the NFL at some point is going to have to deal with.“Tony Dungy makes a great point on this. If the NFL were ready for an openly gay player, there would be an openly gay player. Nobody knows better the feel of an NFL locker room than someone who’s in it.“I’m not saying anyone would take Manti Te’o off the board if they suspected he’s gay or know he’s gay. That’s just the thing that’s out there that they want to know the answer to.” read more