NewsLocal NewsBanking on river hubBy admin – June 4, 2009 706 Print Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Limerick to ‘cash’ in on leisure potentialSWEEPING new plans for a major development of Limerick’s riverside will maximise the city’s recreational, tourism and ecological potential, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Central to this strategy is the development of a series of “looped walks”, linked to the city centre and to the expanding suburbs of Coonagh and Caherdavin.Shannon Development and Limerick City Council are examining an extension of the riverside landscape and its opportunity for walking and hiking routes.The Limerick Post has secured a final report which states: “Current research indicates that demand in Ireland is growing steadily for shorter walking routes of a varied nature, ranging from 30 minutes to a day and visitors are also looking for good quality, well marked walks that are relatively easily accessible and themed routes with an historical or environmental focus are particularly effective. Shorter, circular walks with start/finish point in the same location are popular with day visitors”.A kickstart to an expanded development is a looped walk commencing from the Shannon Bridge and the Cleeves Bank complex, which “with its prominent position on the Shannon skyline, is at present under-exploited in terms of its strategic location on the banks of the river and proximity to Shannon Bridge.” The priority walkway from Shannon Bridge will run to Barrington’s Pier and extend on to the tunnel crossing at Coonagh. The continuous looped walkway will proceed under Meelick Bridge and along the creek, around the southern boundary of the industrial estate to Coonagh Road and on to Coonagh Roundabout. Said Cllr Kathleen Leddin.“To someone who is on record for looking for this type of development of our riverside potential for many years, it is great news that we are much closer to seeing this project realised – it will be an invaluable amenity for the people of Limerick and for visitors to the city. “I also welcome the extension of the plan to include the Crumpaun river, which is the traditional boundary between Limerick and County Clare and back towards the Old Cratloe Road, the location of platforms for anglers and for enjoying the scenic views, as well as the walkway from St Michael’s Rowing Club on O’Callaghan Strand out as far as the tunnel entrance at Coonagh – approximately five kilometres of leisure walkway and cyclelane in what is an idyllic part of the city”. The report says that in order to ensure that any activities would not have an impact on water quality and natural habitats, this could be achieved by creating a buffer zone along the embankment side, which would also be necessary to ensure access for maintenance and monitoring by the Office of Public Works.This zoning would promote the use of the Shannon riverside between Shannon Bridge and Meelick Creek as a leisure and natural amenity area and would protect and enhance the natural landscape qualities of the riverside area.. Email Linkedin Previous articleToddler is charged €484 for Ryanair flightNext articleElton John After Party admin
Student Government’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosted their annual Race Relations week from Sept. 20 to this Friday, Sept. 27.The week began with a talk from Dr. Yusef Salaam, of the Central Park Five, who was wrongly accused and convicted of raping a woman, and will end with a viewing of “Us” in Debartolo Hall. All together, there are 11 events throughout the week. MacKenzie Isaac, a senior, is the director of diversity and inclusion in Student Government, and helped to organize Race Relations week. She said her goal for Race Relations Week changed throughout the planning and implementation. “At first, I had the rather lofty goal of wanting to shift people’s perspectives, not only on race relations in the Notre Dame context and beyond, but their role in shifting Race Relations Week within those contexts,” Isaac said. “Now, I think my goal is more so about building empathy, seeing one another as totally made in the image and likeness of God and the different colors and races that we represent as just being different, equally beautiful manifestations of those races. So that even if you encounter a perspective this week that totally goes against your worldview, and there’s no way that you’ll ever come to agree with it, you at least understand why the person who shared that experience with think the way that they do. So the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, even if that shoe doesn’t fit.”Although a large majority of Notre Dame’s campus is white, Isaac said she still saw an immense need for this programming. “Even though this is a campus that is four-fifths white, there are still students here that when they’re accepted, they’re accepted with the declaration of ‘Welcome Home,’’’ Isaac said. “This home, just from a historical standpoint, wasn’t made for people who looked a certain way for minority students, and being a black woman myself, this was not a space that was initially built with people like me in mind to live and thrive and learn within.”Isaac said the face of Notre Dame is changing, and minority students — although underrepresented — deserve to be recognized.“I think that it’s important to recognize that the face of Notre Dame is changing very slowly, but surely, and so we want to ensure that every single student here for years, feels welcome and that this is a place that’s conducive to their success,” Isaac said. “There are still students here, whom I’ve spoken with, who think that because minorities are so underrepresented on this campus, that it’s no one’s obligation to accommodate. I say that without our minority students, Notre Dame wouldn’t be what it is. And so in the lack of effort to accommodate those students, we are not Notre Dame.”Students that are not a minority should not shy away from these conversations, Isaac said. “I think that the accessibility of these conversations is really what’s going to make this week powerful. I think that so many students shy away from these conversations out of the fear of saying the ‘wrong thing,’ or of sharing an experience that amplifies their privilege in a way that makes people ‘uncomfortable,’” Isaac said. “But I think that when we break down that stigma, and we break down that barrier, we’re going to see that a lot of our experiences are the same.”Isaac said she believes Notre Dame administrators can do more to help race relations at the University, and although she’s had great experiences with some administrators, they will ultimately “do what they want to do.”“It’s important for them to be transparent in their decision making processes. … I also think that there is an issue of tokenism. I think that once students of color are seen for the fullness of who they are, and not just the fact that they are minority than the entire campus culture will shift,” Isaac said. “These conversations that we’re having this week will become even less of an echo chamber, where it’s diverse conversations for ‘diverse students.’ Because if you want me to feel very [included], then you won’t just come to me and see me as an asset, or valuable or as a marketing leverage when it comes to multicultural things.”As the director for diversity and inclusion, Isaac said she often wants to clarify what the group’s goals are. “It was created to be just as much of a home for them as anyone else on this campus, and is not to be exclusionary in the reverse way of just focusing in on our minority students,” Isaac said. “It’s more so to show people that they fit into this conversation.”Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Race Relations Week, Student government, tokenism
There’s a new mall employee at Babs’ Malibu home. Broadway veteran Christopher J. Hanke begins performances in the off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar on March 18, taking over for Michael Urie, who will continue in the role on tour. Related Shows View Comments Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex Moore, a struggling actor in L.A., who lands an offbeat job working in the basement of a certain Hollywood legend (hint: she’s a Funny Girl.) The engagement is currently playing at off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Buyer & Cellar A former Broadway.com video blogger, Hanke was last seen on Broadway in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His additional credits include Cry-Baby, Rent and Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
Under the agreement, Duke will excavate more than 76 million tons of coal ash from the last open, unlined coal ash lagoons in the state, located at the Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro sites. The ash will be moved and safely stored in lined landfills away from waterways. More than 3 million tons of non-impounded coal ash will also be excavated. At the Roxboro and Marshall facilities there will also be additional protective measures, such as surface water and groundwater monitoring, for specific sections of impoundments that will remain under existing permitted landfills or structural fills. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the coal ash lagoon closure plans at public hearings that will take place near all six of the sites in February. Duke has also agreed to enter into a court-supervised consent order with DEQ and the community groups represented by Southern Environmental Law Center in court. Duke Energy and the state of North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement requiring Duke to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash at six facilities around the state. DEQ said in a press release that the excavation is the largest coal ash cleanup in the nation’s history and will result in more excavation of coal ash than in four neighboring states combined. “This agreement is a historic cleanup of coal ash pollution in North Carolina, and the Department of Environmental Quality and community groups throughout the state have provided essential leadership in obtaining it,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “The water resources and families of North Carolina will benefit from this statewide coal ash cleanup for years to come.”
Hull boss Steve Bruce paid tribute to the influence of Shane Long on his side’s Barclays Premier League survival fight as the striker came back to haunt his former club at the KC Stadium. Bruce said: “The two strikers came in at just the right time and have given the whole club a boost. “We didn’t play well today by any stretch of the imagination but if you have got that bit of quality at the top end of the pitch they can create something and they will always be a handful with the attitude they’ve got.” Long was barracked by the visiting Baggies fans for his part in the penalty incident, falling under the challenge of Craig Dawson in the box in what television replays suggested had been minimal contact. Jelavic’s penalty was saved by Baggies keeper Ben Foster but Rosenior was on hand to head home the rebound and and score his first senior goal since October 2009. Bruce added: “Shane is never going to dive – he’s as genuine as they come. But when you move as quickly as he does, you are going to go over with the slightest little tap “It might be a soft penalty but Chris Foy is close and maybe he’s seen and heard some contact.” West Brom boss Pepe Mel criticised the penalty decision and said he believed his side should have been awarded one in the second half when James Morrison fell under a challenge in the box. The result leaves his side three points and two places above the drop zone and fighting to restore the feelgood factor generated by last week’s win at Swansea. Mel said: “I think it was a bad decision by the referee, and in the second half there was the same situation in the other box and the referee missed it.” Mel refused to blame Long for the penalty incident and insisted the defeat was not made any harder to take by the fact that a former player was so instrumental in his side’s demise. Mel added: “Shane Long is a good professional and he is a striker for Hull City. “For us it is about playing with attention and hard work and it is the same for us whether it is against Shane Long or any other players. Shane only wants the best for his team and I think it is normal. “I always believe we are capable of winning a game but today it was not possible. But Fulham lost, Palace lost, Cardiff lost and Sunderland lost. There are now four teams beneath us and the next game is a big one for us.” While Mel faces a major challenge rousing his players for what promises to be a tight relegation run-in, Bruce is now convinced his side is within touching distance of safety with one more win likely to preserve top-flight status for at least another year. Bruce said: “I’ve said all along I think 10 wins is going to be enough and now we have to do whatever it takes to see it through. We have still got a little bit to do and we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.” Long won the penalty which led to the Tigers’ opener for Liam Rosenior then fired home the second himself to secure a 2-0 win over struggling West Brom. The Ireland international had surprisingly been allowed to leave The Hawthorns in January when Bruce also brought in former Everton striker Nikica Jelavic. Press Association