City footbridges that are a pleasure to walk over

first_imgPrint Email Facebook James Ring, Director of Limerick Civic Trust tells Marie Hobbins about the acquisition of two city footbridges for the city.TWO of Limerick city’s bridges that have instant eye appeal and are appropriately decorative in their settings owe a lot to the care and attention of Limerick Civic Trust. The two footbridges are the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge which connects the Potato Market to the park at the rear of the Hunt Museum and the Guiness Bridge on the Park Canal.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is hard to believe that this bridge is standing for 26 years, after being erected in 1986,” says James Ring, Director of Limerick Civic Trust.“The bridge is named after the renowned surgeon, historian and antiquarian, Dr. Sylvester O’Halloran (1728-1807) who lived nearby on Merchant’s Quay.“While it is hard to imagine the river scene of Limerick without this footbridge, in 1986 a lot of arguing took place in the background between Limerick Civic Trust and City Hall regarding the naming of the bridge.“City Hall informed the Civic Trust that it would not be allowed to name the bridge as this was a municipal function, despite its construction being the idea of the Civic Trust but thankfully in the end, two city councillors and historians, the late former mayor, Jim Kemmy and former mayor, Frank Prendergast, agreed to propose the name and secured the required approval.“I would guess it was hard to argue with those two political heavyweights in their day.”Pointing out that the arguments didn’t end there as the colour of the paintwork on the bridge was also an issue, Dr Ring said:“While black and grey were suggested, the architect Hugh Murray argued for blue, “as the bridge was “designed to be seen”“The story goes that once the City Hall building revealed a pink portico, the blue bridge was no longer an issue. Thankfully I wasn’t in charge then – or they would have got a nice luminous one, just to annoy them.”Referring to another footbridge – the Guinness Bridge on the Park Canal, which was opened in 1997, he pointed out:“This bridge is two feet longer than the O’Halloran Bridge at 105 feet.“You have to admit, the idea of this bridge was fantastic – it completely opened up a huge uninterrupted walkway from the University of Limerick to Corbally and beyond.“Whilst I am sure it wasn’t in the minds of the Civic Trust back then, when you consider the amount of world class athletes based in UL you can see the advantage they have of using the bridge as part of their training run.“The marathon runner and elite athlete, Paula Radcliffe nearly knocked me into the river on one of my cycles to UL back in my college days.”James points out that as Guinness sponsored the bridge, it is called after the company.“Also of course Guinness had a long association with the canal but in the opening ceremony, the bridge was dedicated to the memory of the great Limerick historian, Kevin Hannan.“Both bridges were two huge projects carried out by the Civic Trust, which shows the Civic Trust’s way of thinking – we look for practical work projects that, while they may seem small or sometimes may not be regarded as a priority, once they are completed, it’s hard to imagine what it was like without them.”Paying tribute to Limerick City Council for its renovation of the Daniel O’Connell Monument in The Crescent, Dr Ring says:“The water feature is an eye-catching addition which I think looks fantastic, unlike some other sculptures around the city.” Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleRecord entry secured for Thomond SwimNext articleNew legal service for migrants admin NewsLocal NewsCity footbridges that are a pleasure to walk overBy admin – August 27, 2012 924 last_img read more

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Delicious Alchemy appoints new CEO

first_imgSheffield-based gluten- and dairy-free specialist Delicious Alchemy has appointed Iain Macpherson as the company’s new chief executive officer.Macpherson will be responsible for building on the business platform that founder, Emma Killilea, has developed in the past 10 years, overseeing expansion into new areas and ventures.Macpherson commented: “This is a great opportunity to develop a forward-thinking and ambitious business. My intention is to build the customer base, breadth of the business, international reach and NPD activities.”After an early career in global FMCG businesses in international sales and marketing roles, Macpherson moved into SMEs in pet food at Bakers Complete, where he doubled the business, and ice cream complements manufacturer Askeys, where the business also doubled.The last eight years has seen him at the helm of Fiddes Payne, a privately owned manufacturer of home baking and savoury products, where turnover grew from £7m to £17.6m under his leadership, with pre-tax profits rising to £1.5m.Delicious Alchemy celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and has a range of 14 gluten- and dairy-free breakfast cereals, cakes and bread mixes that are stocked in major retailers, including Tesco, Morrisons and The Co-op.last_img read more

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Bargains aplenty in Gladstone as prices drop and rents, yields rise

first_imgThe Gladstone property market is ripe for investment with prices low and yields and rents rising.PROPERTY prices have hit rock bottom in Gladstone, creating some extraordinary opportunities for investors looking for bargains and an easy income stream.Real estate agents in the central Queensland city say it is possible to buy an investment unit for $75,000 and rent it out straight away for $140 a week, with the chance to increase the rent at the end of the lease by 20 per cent.Ray White Gladstone director Andrew Allen said rental space in the area was at a premium, resulting in a vacancy rate of just 0.6 per cent, which was putting pressure on a very tight market. RELATED: Sunshine state a land of opportunity This house at 3 Telopea Place, Kirkwood, is on the market for $349,000 with Ray White.One of the state’s other tightest rental markets is Cairns, with a vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent, according to the REIQ.Local property managers say the new development stock that’s coming onto the market is being snapped up by buyers, with fierce demand from tenants to lease them.The consistent high demand has resulted in rent rises of $10 to $15 a week over the past year.The median weekly rent for a three-bedroom house is now $390, while the median rent for a two-bedroom unit is $310.Cairns investors continue to enjoy some of the best gross rental yields in the state.The gross rental yields for houses is 5.1 per cent, while the yields for investors is an impressive 7.3 per cent. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe Cairns CBD. Picture: Brendan Radke.It’s a different story in Townsville, where the property market has softened following the impact of Cyclone Oma.The median house price in Townsville fell 4.7 per cent over the June quarter to $305,000, while the median unit price dropped eight per cent to $230,000.But there is a silver lining, with rents and yields in the region both increasing. The gross rental yield for houses in March was 5.3 per cent, but increased to 5.5 per cent in the June quarter, while unit yields have risen from 5.8 per cent to 5.9 per cent.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said more than $245 million in disaster funding had so far been rolled out across 39 communities impacted by the cyclone.“This includes more than $91 million paid to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits, $33 million paid in personal hardship assistance and more than $116 million paid to local governments and agencies to support the reconstruction of essential public infrastructure and other recovery programs,” Ms Palaszczuk said. The Townsville housing market has been impacted by Cyclone Oma.On the Gold Coast, house prices softened slightly in the June quarter as the median house price fell 1.6 per cent to $615,000.Unit and townhouse prices rose over the quarter by 1.2 per cent to record a quarterly median of $430,000.Four suburbs saw double-digit gains during the year to June: Paradise Point (20.6 per cent), Surfers Paradise (14.2 per cent), Tallebudgera Valley (12.4 Per cent) and Jacobs Well (10.9 per cent).And the Sunshine Coast market also recorded softer conditions in the three months to the end of June, but solid price growth over the past year means that annual price growth remained some of the best in the state. Main beach at Noosa.In the 12 months to June, Noosa was Queensland’s top performer with median house price growth of 2.6 per cent to $733,750. Noosa’s unit market was the clear winner over the past five years as well — recording price growth of more than 50 per cent. The Sunshine Coast’s rental market is also recording more demand than supply with its residential rental vacancy rate down to 2.3 per cent over the June quarter.Median rents for three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses have also increased over the year. “A property that you would rent in Gladstone for, say, $200 a week, could cost you double that in nearby Bundaberg,” Mr Allen said.He believes it is just a matter of time before those rates are realised in Gladstone. Gladstone house prices are continuing to fall, but rental yields are rising, creating the perfect recipe for investors.The latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show the median house price in Gladstone fell 3.2 per cent in the June quarter to $270,000. In the three months to June, Gladstone’s unit median fell 17.4 per cent to $162,000 — the most affordable of any major region in Queensland. “That low buy-in price, coupled with healthy rental yields, makes it an attractive prospect for investors,” according to the REIQ.This time three years ago, the residential vacancy rate was 10.2 per cent, but now sits at just 3.1 per cent.“It has been several years since local property managers have seen conditions ascompetitive as these,” the REIQ said. An aerial view of Gladstone, with the port, coal loading facility, harbour and Curtis Island in the background.Over the June quarter, the median weekly rent for a three-bedroom house increased from$223 to $230. Likewise, the median weekly rent for two-bedroom units increased from $170 to$180.Rental yields have also spiked. The gross yield for houses is currently 4.6 per cent and the gross yield for units is now 5.8 per cent.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Queensland’s rental population was on the rise, with 35 per cent of the state now renting — and that was only set to increase. She said it was good news for investors, because not only were price points more affordable, but rental yields were also strong. This duplex at 27 Mylne St, West Gladstone, is on the market for $290,000 with Ray White.Current investment opportunities in Gladstone include a small apartment at 5/32 Elizabeth Street in South Gladstone, which is on the market for just $75,000.A single level duplex at 27 Mylne St, West Gladstone, is for sale for $290,000, with an expected rental return of $320 a week, and a four-bedroom home on a big block in the suburb of Kirkwood is on the market for $349,000, with an expected rental return of $370 a week.“The building alone would cost $300,000 to build — so you’re only paying $49,000 for the land,” Mr Allen said. MORE: RBA rate cut expected within dayslast_img read more

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Another bad call, another apology from Treñas

first_img“We try to make good decisions butunfortunately may nagakatalabo nga amona. It’s a learning process and we hope indina ina maliwat,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – “We made a decision.Sometimes we make a good call, sometimes we make a wrong call.” This was how Mayor Jerry Treñas summedup his decision allowing the return here from Metro Manila of a closeassociate’s daughter who turned out positive for  the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Treñas insisted yesterday that thepatient was wearing an N95 mask aboard the chopper and people who fetched herat the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo were also wearing personal protectiveequipment. On social media, the city mayor gotbashed for his decision. Netizens pointed out the seeming unfairness of thecity’s chief executive. They particularly cited his previous stance disallowingthe return of Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers unless they have been certifiedas COVID-free from their point of origin. He also cited “the many otherimportant activities undertaken by our security personnel” and the “advicecoming from various sectors.”/PN “Allegationsmade on social media platforms about exempting others in the protocol are completelyfalse in every respect.  THE BUCK STOPS HERE. “Allegations made on social media platforms about exempting others in the protocol are completely false in every respect. However, this incident has taught us to be more vigilant, as some of our personnel carrying essential goods and equipment may be infected by the virus,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Nagapangayogid ko pasensya kon nag-react gid ang aton mga pumoluyo. It’s ajudgment call. Indi man kita tani premironga magtugot but may mga RNA extraction kits nga kinahanglan ta gid. And it is also an occasion nga makapadala kita,” said Treñas overDyFM yesterday morning. Yesterday morning he apologized tothose who got upset by his decision. “Thepatient, being asymptomatic, is now in strict home quarantine being isolatedfrom other family members, and the rest of the staff which she came in contactwith tested negative. “Accordingto the Executive Order No. 064 on Enhanced Community Quarantine, essentialpersonnel are allowed to enter the borders of Iloilo City. center_img In an interview over DyFM Bombo RadyoIloilo on Wednesday, Treñas said the patient was the daughter of City LegalOfficer Atty. Edgar Gil. Treñas’ public apology was a follow upto his explanation posted on Facebook late Wednesday at around 9:45 p.m. Hispost read: This was the second time in two daysthat Treñas apologized for an unfortunate decision. On Wednesday morning, heacknowledged that his lifting of the ban on the sale and consumption of liquoron Tuesday was a mistake, thus he re-imposed the prohibition less than 24 hoursafter scrapping it. “Various incidents due to intoxicatedpersons” promoted him to backtrack, according to Treñas. “During the presscon I had earliertoday confirming the seventh COVID-19 case in Iloilo City, it raised manyquestions from netizens.  It was unclear if the patient knew shewas positive for COVID-19 already while in Metro Manila, or if she was testedthere before returning to Iloilo City. “However,this incident has taught us to be more vigilant, as some of our personnelcarrying essential goods and equipment may be infected by the virus.” Making a bad call is one of thepitfalls in decision-making, according to the mayor. But the most importantthing is correcting the mistake right away, he stressed. OnWednesday, Treñas said, “Ang case ta nga nag-positive isa ka taga-syudad. Nagpauli bangod napatay ang iloy. Sang naglisensyasia sa aton nga mapauli, indi tani magsugot ang aton COVID-19 team, galing may chance nga maulayhun sia kag puede madala. “Thesaid patient arrived over the weekend via private chopper from Metro Manila. Atfirst, together with the COVID task force we did not agree, but when we knewthat we needed RCA extraction kits we asked the person if she can carry theextraction kits needed in the laboratory of WVMC in the flight she personallyarranged, since a charter flight will cost us so much, so together with theCOVID Taskforce, we agreed. Upon arrival at the airport, we did a rapid test.The patient was immediately isolated followed by a PCR test. last_img read more

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Virginia F. Bedel

first_imgVirginia F. Bedel, age 81 of Batesville, died Thursday, April 16, 2020 at her home. Born September 21, 1938 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Mary Jane (Nee: Kirschbaum) and Vincent Herbert. She married Lawrence Bedel February 2, 1957 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death on September 7, 2015. Ginny was a finish inspector for the Union Furniture Company and later at Romweber’s Furniture. Ginny loved people. She never met a stranger and truly enjoyed talking with people. She did quite a bit of quilting and needlepoint over the years, was a long-suffering Bengals fan and loved working in her flower gardens. Ginny was a good cook and her family will certainly miss her zucchini bread.She is survived by her daughters Shirley Ellison of Batesville, Cynthia Napier of Versailles, Candy Kennedy of Indianapolis; son Larry Bedel of LaPorte, Texas; sisters Lydia Smith of New Point, Donnalene Holman of Greensburg; brothers Vincent Herbert of Columbus, Indiana, David Herbert of Dillsboro, Indiana; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Dale Herbert.Due to the Governor’s mandate of gatherings being limited to 10 people, a private graveside service will be held Monday at St. Louis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or Operation Find and Feed Ministry and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Ginny’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more

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Raptors think outside the box to stop Warriors in NBA Finals

first_imgFred Vanvleet works with Trainer Alex McKechnie of the Toronto Raptors during practice and media availability as part of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 4, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.Oakland, United States | AFP | Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse dug out a defensive scheme his own players hadn’t seen in the NBA before to shut down the league’s top-scoring defending champion Golden State Warriors.So when players say they never know what Toronto might do next in the NBA Finals, they mean it.Nurse used a Box and One defense late in game two Sunday, leaving Fred VanVleet to guard Golden State star guard Stephen Curry. The Warriors’ NBA-best attack fell silent, even though the Raptors lost and the best-of-seven series level at 1-1.“Everybody is making fun of me about it, right?” Nurse said Tuesday. “I was just trying to come up with something to stop them.”Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins said he hadn’t seen the ploy since middle school. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said he had never seen it in the NBA. And Curry called it “janky” without even being sure what it meant, saying he hadn’t seen it since college days.“That’s a little Southern North Carolina slang I just pulled out of my back pocket,” Curry said. “It sounds right. I don’t really know what the true definition is.“It was obviously innovative and unexpected in terms of defense you haven’t seen in a while. But we’ll be prepared for what they throw at us going forward in this series.Just got to be able to adapt.“That’s pretty much what the finals is about at this stage, where you have to expect to see literally anything and a lot of desperation in certain moments.”The strategy, a zone defense with fleet VanVleet tight on Curry, was a spur of the moment move.“We were having trouble getting our defense set up. We were having trouble at the basket. We were having trouble with the rhythm of the game,” Nurse said.“Usually you do it when the game is funky and there’s a bad rhythm and maybe you can change it just by slowing them down, stopping some of their cutting or whatever.”It did, even if Nurse literally had to draw his own players a picture of what to do. “Sometimes when your coach draws something up, you just kind of go with it,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “I don’t know if it worked or not. But it was pretty innovative. The first time a team has probably ever played box-and-one in the NBA.“Never practised that ever. I don’t think I’ve ever run a box-and-one in my life. Literally he drew on the board in spots and said, ‘Stand there.’“You can laugh at it. You could clown it. Nothing Nick does surprises me now. That one kind of caught me off guard, but it was innovative.”As Nurse recalled it, “Kyle was the one that said, ‘Yeah, man, that will work, let’s go.’ That lets you share the responsibility a little bit. We leave the huddle and we’re all good with it. So that helps.”– Might see it again –Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said it took some extra talk to sort it out.“He’s experimental and a lot of times what he draws up on the board works,” Leonard said of Nurse. “We just kind of talked it out and still got into our locations.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Box and One served its purpose.“It was very effective,” Kerr said. “It just changes the rhythm. We had open looks that we didn’t knock down. But the rhythm changed and the look changed. They did a good job with that.“It’s typically not something you can rely on for big, long stretches. It’s probably something you see more often in high school, even college, but I don’t remember ever seeing it in the NBA.”But Raptors center Marc Gasol warned Curry not to joke too much about the janky defense, saying, “If he’s that good of a player, I’m sure he might see it another time.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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New County Emergency Homeless Shelter Advances

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski | OCEANPORT – The new Monmouth County adult emergency homeless shelter to be built on borough property on the former Fort Monmouth should be ready for occupancy by the end of next summer, according to county administrator Teri O’Connor.The single-story facility will consist of two new, prefabricated modular structures connected by a “bridge” portion at the corner of Courier Avenue and Murphy Drive.The 3.1-acre site, conveyed to the county by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) in March, previously contained one hut-style structure that is being demolished. Engineering work was recently performed to relocate utilities and improve ingress and egress, and site work has begun, O’Connor said on Nov. 30. Spiezle Architectural Group of Hamilton prepared the plans. The county is expected to advertise for bids this week. County officials anticipate awarding the construction contract in February.“The facility will have one side for men and the other for women, with a common area in between with a kitchen, laundry, a dining area and a common room,” O’Connor said, adding that only adults and no children will be allowed to reside there on a temporary basis. The shelter will also have space for security, counseling, clothing, a computer nook and staff. The cost is projected at $1.7 million. FMERA officials have stated at past public meetings members “fully support the project.”The previous county emergency homeless shelter was destroyed in Super Storm Sandy. Since then, adults needing temporary shelter have been placed at the John L. Montgomery Care Center in Freehold, a former county facility that was sold to a private concern about a year ago. The county houses a fluctuating number of about 18 up to 30 homeless adults who are required to work or look for work and permanent housing during daylight hours. Occupants are allowed to remain at the emergency shelter for a maximum of 30 days.“There are strict criteria participants must follow,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “It’s an interim place to be sheltered until they can transition into new circumstances. This is something we’ve done for years for those who are in a temporary state of homelessness.” By statute and agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the county’s homeless shelter must be located in Oceanport. To identify a suitable permanent site on the former fort, Burry, O’Connor, and county Public Works and Engineering officials worked with FMERA staff. The site was accepted by Oceanport officials, Burry said.The new site is located across Stephenson Avenue from the former county homeless shelter and already has a paved parking area. Last month, Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of National Family Promise, opened a 2,832-square-foot, one-story facility to provide support services for homeless persons on 1.7 acres along Malterer Avenue, also in Oceanport. Located across from the FMERA offices along Route 537 (Avenue of Memories), that facility provides case management, links to outside service providers and programs including education by working with community agencies, faith-based services and religious entities to provide shelter, food, transportation and supportive services for homeless families. Also part of the redevelopment agreement with HUD, that site was transferred to Family Promise for $1.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Leafs face major test during Eddie Mountain road trip

first_imgKrobyn Chabot and Franco Caoapaolo lead Kimberley in scoring, with 18 and 16 points respectively.Saturday, Nelson travels to meet the Creston Thunder Cats, which is in enviable position of hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2017 and have used the recruiting tool to ice high-octane lineup.The Cats, which have lost but once, that being in overtime, this season, are currently riding a five-game winning streak.Creston, which has amassed whopping 25 goals during the win streak, ices a balanced line up of scoring with no less than 10 players with at least double-digit points.Injuries still haunting LeafsThe Leafs are beginning to get some players back from the injury list this weekend.However, a few remain on the sidelines, including defenceman Dash Thompson, forward Kolten Nelson and netmdinder Jason Sandhu.Nelson will have a few new faces in the lineup in defenceman Noah Looman and forward Jordan Unger — the latter arriving this week from the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.Back to the Murdoch DivisionAfter playing three games against Eddie Mountain opposition, the Leafs return to the Murdoch Division to meet Grand Forks in a rare mid-week contest Tuesday in the Boundary City.The Leafs then host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday, November 4 before concluding a two-game home stand Saturday, November 5 against Fernie Ghostriders. More than a quarter of the way through the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season no one team is running away with any of the divisions — although the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and Kimberley Dynamiters in the Eddie Mountain Division lead the league in points.Which makes the weekend a major test for the Nelson Leafs as the Green and White, which is struggling to score goals of late to face the two Eddie Mountain Division front-runners beginning Friday in Kimberley.“It think players make their own puck-luck,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella after the Leafs struggled to eek out a 3-2 win over Columbia Valley last Saturday at home.“I feel we aren’t supporting each other. We’re standing around waiting for one player to do something. . ..”First up on the two-game road trip for Nelson, 8-5-0-0-1 whichn is good for second in the Murdoch Division, is a date in the Bavarian City to face the defending Kootenay Conference Champion Kimberley Dynamiters.The Nitros are also on a roll having won four straight games to sit two points behind the Cats in Eddie Mountain Division standings.Kimberley has also scored 29 times during the four games winning streak, including ringing up nine goals against Grand Forks Border Bruins last week.last_img read more

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