Protests planned after Irish Cement incinerator gets go-ahead

first_imgShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Little Hours on music and moreNext articleFrank McCourt museum to close its doors Alan Jacques NewsEnvironmentProtests planned after Irish Cement incinerator gets go-aheadBy Alan Jacques – September 27, 2019 830 Opponents of Irish Cement’s incinerator plan who took part in a protest march.Photo: Cian ReinhardtA PROTEST is planned for the city next month after Irish Cement’s controversial €10m plans to phase out fossil fuels in favour of burning used tyres got the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).There has been widespread shock since last Thursday’s announcement that Ireland’s leading cement supplier has been granted permission to burn alternative waste-derived fuel at its Castlemungret plant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, the EPA said it is satisfied that the emissions from the installation when operated in accordance with the conditions of the proposed licence will meet all required environmental protection standards and will not endanger human health or harm the environment in the vicinity of the installation or over a wider area. Irish Cement’s proposal to burn alternative fuels is now subject to a 28-day appeal.Limerick Against Pollution (LAP), who have fought the application for four years, say they are now regrouping and deciding their next steps.“To say we are extremely disappointed is an understatement. We have 28 days to appeal the decision,” LAP spokesperson Claire Keating told the Limerick Post.The decision by the EPA to grant a licence to Irish Cement to burn tyres and other waste at high temperatures has been described as “flying in the face of widespread public concerns” by Limerick Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan.“There is a large population living close to the plant as well as new schools, playground and public park, thanks to the foresight and public investment of Limerick City and County Council and the Department of Education and Skills where I was able to play my part. The fear now is that these, and the wider Limerick and Clare environs, will be at risk as a result of this decision,” Deputy O’Sullivan commented.Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan also slammed the decision to award Irish Cement a licence to burn tyres at its plant on the outskirts of the city.“I am appalled that Irish Cement has been awarded a license by the EPA to burn tyres and other rubbish at their plant in Mungret in Limerick, an area surrounded by homes, sports fields and other community facilities.“Local people don’t want this incinerator. Businesses don’t want it. Politicians don’t want it,” he declared.Former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins deemed the EPA’s decision as “hugely disappointing” and predicts it will damage public health and Limerick’s reputation as a clean, green city.“It makes absolutely no sense that we allow incineration in an area that is adjacent to a public park four schools and one of the largest concentrations of housing in the city.  Limerick has been sold out by the EPA and the Government on this,” Cllr Collins claimed.Green Party MEP  Grace O’Sullivan also expressed her disappointment at the decision. She hopes there are stringent requirements for independent monitoring built in, with severe punitive penalties for noncompliance.A protest march will take place at City Hall on Saturday, October 5 with further protests organised over the coming week, including a demonstration at Mungret National School at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 2.The deadline for objections to be submitted against Irish Cement’s proposal is October 15. Email Printcenter_img Minister asked to review need for more incinerators in Limerick Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSEnvironmentIrish CementLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisementlast_img read more

Some productions are born great

first_imgTwelfth Night Oriel Gardens Twelve months ago, theatregoers were denied the delights of Oriel quad’s annual allotment of classic drama when Marlowe’s Edward II was shelved at the eleventh hour. But, after a six-year moratorium on the Bard, director James Methven’s return to Shakespeare more than makes up for last year’s cancellation with an energetic, sexy and affecting take on the tale of Illyrian romance. As Methven modestly notes, “This production will be exuberant and a celebration of love and reconciliation”. In the opening scene, we see Orsino (the old master Chip Horne endearingly marking his departure from University drama) enraptured by lonely passion for Olivia, dissolving into transports of orgasmic ecstasy, thereby striking the keynote for the venture’s commitment to sensuality. On hearing the nifty barbershop rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, we know we’re in for something slightly unconventional, a notion reinforced by the appearance of eunuchs, kilts and a shotgun. Look out too for the director’s own bearded and bedraggled performance as the sea-captain. A cast that is, by Oxford standards, stellar, has been given freedom to explore the individual humours of its characters, happily resulting in a wholesome variegation of jest, not a mélange of contradictory comic pursuits. The many recognisable faces operate brilliantly in isolation, better in ensemble. Organic unity is firmly secured by both Ruth Weyman’s wittily thought-out costuming and the garden setting in which the wings, stage, actors and audience are all contained throughout. This externalisation removes all sense of the latent, and, by extension, the disturbing, licensing the audience to observe this play’s gaiety and poignancies without being perpetually wary of killjoy provisos. There is nothing to fear here. The tone is light, but not Shakespeare-lite: no compromise is made on the speaking of the verse; the application of modern directorial techniques maximises the potential in every word and no utterance is left unilluminated. Nao Hudson (Viola) is diminutive and forthright, but moving where the poetry demands; Elisabeth Gray’s superlative Olivia is as monumental in mourning as she is later hilariously enfeebled by desire. A self-righteous, jittery Malvolio, Gethin Anthony’s is an astonishing piece of sustained characterisation, blending puritanical stiffness with a pathetic vulnerability, while Heman Ojha’s clowning is more Kirov than Krusty, a nimble, harmonica- playing gymnast as Feste. This is broad comedy par excellence, none broader than the gargantuan Chris Milsom (Sir Toby Belch), whose guffawing ability would put that arch-bellower, Brian Blessed, to shame. However, a revel without a cause it is not, and we are constantly and warmly reminded of the ambition to expose the humane and sincere in both lovers and loving. Methven’s Twelfth Nightis simply dazzling.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Opposition MP against Govt spending more on D’Urban Park

first_img– says no amount of investment can justify “corrupt transaction”Government has recently announced plans to develop the controversial D’Urban Park into a user-friendly facility that could be the venue for various types of sporting activities, but Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill has said he is totally against the idea, because, from day one, the project has been a corrupt deal.Juan EdghillA former Junior Finance Minister, Edghill told Guyana Times in an interview that the idea being proposed by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, is aimed at trying to bring some semblance of justification to the existence of the D’Urban Park as a facility that could become viable.It was reported by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in early September that the D’Urban Park was due to undergo a massive upgrade in 2019 as a proposal made by the National Sports Commission (NSC), to be included in the National Budget for 2019.Jones’s proposal involves enhancing the D’Urban Park with fencing, and paving a significant portion of its inner space to make it more user-friendly.“We recognise (that) in the afternoons and in the mornings it is heavily used by the public. We want to encourage that, but, of course, we want to ensure that the venue of itself is protected, and the persons who use the space between those times are comfortable,” he told the DPI.Edghill, however, has said no amount of spending at D’Urban Park can justify the fact that it has been a corrupt transaction from its inception. “No amount of spending money — fence it, hard court, etc — could make it one free of corruption. Where are the bills? Where is the evidence of who donated in cash and kind? Why are the documents not with the Auditor General?” he questioned.“So, even if you try to put a clean sheet on this bed, it doesn’t make anybody believe that the bed is clean. The sheet might be clean with the novel ideas that Jones is coming up with, but the D’Urban Park project is a corrupt transaction; it is calling for investigation,” the Opposition MP explained.As a matter of fact, Edghill had written the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), calling for an investigation into D’Urban Park. Apart from receiving a letter of acknowledgment, the MP is yet to hear from the Commission. However, he remains hopeful that something will be done.He noted that his letter of complaint was sent at about the same time when his colleague, MP Gail Teixeira, had written the PPC on the controversial Demerara River Bridge feasibility study contract award. The matter was in fact investigated, and a report was handed over to the MP. “I would like to remind the PPC that a complaint and request is still on their desk,” he added.He said, “Every time D’Urban Park is used, we have to pump money into it. Do you know that D’Urban Park doesn’t have one toilet? They have to contract to the tune of millions for toilet facilities, lights installed, repairs etc. It is ill-conceived! Why would you build something of that magnitude with rough wood? It was designed to attract funding in a corrupt manner, and that is our contention. Again, Minister David Patterson is at the centre of this one too,” he added.Debate surrounded the construction of the Park after it was revealed, in 2016, that most of the stands had significant defects. After embarrassing disclosures about the poor construction work on the stands, President David Granger had announced that the Ministry of the Presidency would take over responsibility for completion of the first phase of the project.An audit subsequently found that the D’Urban Park had cost some $1.37 billion. Despite the enormous cost to build and continually repair the facility, it has been grossly underutilised, with mostly vagrants using it for shelter, apart from some recreational activities ongoing there in the afternoons.During the Mashramani celebrations, almost $6 million had been spent to do repairs on the D’Urban Park facility.last_img read more

Pet appeal happy ending as Charlie danders home – one week later!

first_imgA FAMILY dog missing for almost a week wandered home againEmma MaGuire had launched an appeal with Donegal Daily to find her beloved family pet who went missing in the Dungloe area.Charlie escaped through the garden gate of Nancy’s Cottage in the Tuberkeen/Quay road area of Dungloe. Charlie had been missing for almost a week, and the family were distraught because, apparently, Charlie has no road sense and isn’t outdoors that often!Emma said: “We are just so happy he is home again!”Charlie’s brother Ozy had been distressed by his disappearance as the two dogs have been raised together and have been inseparable….until now at least.    Pet appeal happy ending as Charlie danders home – one week later! was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dog homedungloepet appeallast_img read more

LeBron James delivers as Cavaliers breeze past Bucks

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket during the second half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on October 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James has picked up right where he left off last season, scoring 24 points and dishing out eight assists on Friday as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97.The four-time NBA most valuable player led the Cavaliers in scoring for the second straight game despite missing most of the pre-season with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT When James started the season he knew it was going to take time to fully recover from a sprained left ankle that limited him to just one pre-season game.He played 37 minutes and drained 10 of 16 shots on Friday in front of a crowd of 18,700 at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt better tonight than I did after game one,” said James who scored a team high 29 points in a season-opening win over Boston on Tuesday.“Each game is going to be another opportunity for me to get into game shape,” he added. “Today I am still not where I want to be.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. out with knee injury LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t tell that to the Bucks, who also had to contend with Kevin Love’s second double-double of the season.Love finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Korver tallied 17, hitting five-of-six three pointers.“This is a huge win as a team,” said James.James injured his ankle after stepping on the foot of rookie forward Cedi Osman during practice on September 27.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, who lost their home opener and dropped to 1-1 on the season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James said the Cavs stuck to their game plan, setting the tone early on defence before getting the offence “popping.”“We know Giannis is going to get his. But we made them make multiple passes, multiple triple drives. We defended.“And then offensively in the second half we started to get that ball popping and had their defence off balance.”Elsewhere, Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Dwight Howard burned his former team for 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a 20-point deficit to storm past the Atlanta Hawks 109-91. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Nextlast_img read more

Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930. View comments LATEST STORIES Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

10 months agoHazard insists Chelsea still in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.” last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good player

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good playerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted his admiration for Sevilla ace Ever Banega.Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.And Emery says, “I know this player and he’s a very good player.”I cannot tell you more.”I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoCeltic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Celtic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic midfielder James Forrest is being watched by Liverpool.The Scottish Sun says Liverpool are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Forrest.It’s reported that Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on the winger for a number of months.Forrest has impressed for the Bhoys this term, scoring 17 times.The 27-year-old has a deal at Parkhead until 2022, but could be available for around £8million. last_img