WhatsApp TAGSlimerickMulticultural DayThomond Community College Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsThomond Community College celebrates diversity and integrationBy Alan Jacques – March 30, 2017 2076 Advertisement Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash STUDENTS from Thomond Community College will celebrate diversity and integration as part of its inaugural Multicultural Day this Friday, March 31.Students from over 16 countries including Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Angola, Nigeria, Albania and Lithuania will showcase their cultures to the entire school community.The event will be attended by Minister of State David Stanton, who has special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is a hugely worthwhile, inclusive event, giving a unique opportunity to each of our International students to showcase their home nation. To see the pride of students in their native traditions and language is just wonderful,” explained Thomond Community College teacher Niamh Harrison.“So many students can truly find a voice through this event and all in attendance, students, staff, parents and guests, learn so much – it truly is an education for all. The day creates a real opportunity to celebrate both diversity and integration,” she added.Cultures spanning the world from Bangladesh to Burma, South Africa and beyond will be explored during the multicultural event.Each country will have a visual display showing what makes their individual cultures unique and interesting.Many of the students will also wear traditional costumes with food prepared and cooked by the students and their families, further reflecting the intercultural theme. An afternoon of international music and dance featuring members of Limerick’s Choice Music Prize-winning Rusangano Family will bring the celebrations to an end.“We see this as an appropriate time to give a well-deserved forum to our citizens of the new Ireland, and a real opportunity to share heritage. It is a unique event across the schools of the Limerick-Clare Education and Training Board and indeed further afield,” Miss Harrison concluded.by Alan [email protected] Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Previous articleCystic Fibrosis champion Gerard is on the run to KillarneyNext articleDefend Limerick’s local post offices Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard has praised Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool and wishes he had the chance to play for the German.Gerrard is back training at Melwood during the Major League Soccer off-season before returning to Los Angeles Galaxy next month.And the former captain has felt the effects of Klopp’s positive influence around the club.Recalling a meeting with the German last month, Gerrard told the Evening Standard: “I had coffee with him and when I came out of the room I just felt happy.“I felt taller. And I am not one of the players so I can only imagine what he has done to those players in the dressing room.“The atmosphere at the club is brilliant. The players are buzzing around the training ground and there are smiles all over the place.“I think he has lifted the whole place.“He wants to be around players who are enjoying it. He does not want players to be tense, worried or concerned.“He wants to take all that pressure on his shoulders.“I love the way he handles players individually, I love the way he handles his team and I am all over his tactics.“I am watching him on the outside but I also get to work with him so it is a brilliant experience for me – as a Liverpool supporter, an ex-player, a pundit and also for my future as well. I am loving it.”Gerrard has ruled out returning to Liverpool on loan but admits the prospect of playing under Klopp is an appealing one.The 35-year-old, who was a fan of Klopp during his Borussia Dortmund days, said: “If I was a player at Liverpool – either a young player or one at my peak – and Jurgen Klopp walked through the door, I would be licking my lips.“The players should be excited. I think to myself, imagine being 25 or 26 and how happy and excited I would be to be working with him.“So the players should be sitting themselves down and realising what an opportunity they have to achieve success in the next two, three, four or however many years he is here. If the players are not feeling it then there is something wrong.” 1
BREAKING Exclusive: ARMED Gardai have arrested two Defence Forces personnel in relation to dissident terrorist activity and the discovery of a pipe bomb in Co Donegal.The serving soldiers were arrested in Donegal, who are aged in their late 20s and early 30s, are being held at Buncrana Garda station.The move by Gardai came less than 24 hours after a viable pipe bomb was discovered at premises in Burnfoot. Officers sealed off that scene yesterday after a tip-off.The soldiers are being questioned about that incident.They are also being quizzed about alleged links to a dissident republican group in Derry.It’s understood the Defence Forces have been assisting Gardai with their investigations in recent weeks, amid allegations the two men have dissident contacts across the Border. The pipe bomb investigation is also linked to the discovery of a similar device at Letterkenny Garda Station last year.Forensic experts are examining the device found yesterday for similarities to that bomb.It’s understood the arrests came today as part of fast-moving Garda investigation. BREAKING NEWS: TWO IRISH ARMY SOLDIERS ARRESTED IN PIPE BOMB PROBE was last modified: February 19th, 2014 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:armed gardaiarrestsDefence forcesdonegalpipe bombREVEALED: BUNCRANA ‘PIPE BOMB’ WAS PACKED WITH NAILS
Donegal County Council are to review the existing traffic calming measures in Castlefin following claims that vehicles are driving into the village at 100kph.The issue was raised by Councillor Gary Doherty at the latest meeting of the Stranorlar Municipal District.The Sinn Fein politician said unless action is taken, there will be a serious accident as a result. He said “Many residents of Castlefin have become alarmed at the speed at which vehicles are entering the village from both the Ballybofey and Lifford directions. I am now very concerned that the existing traffic calming infrastructure is no longer adequate to slow vehicles down and that an accident is imminent.“Vehicles are entering the village at 100kmph plus and they are putting pedestrians in danger. On the Lifford side of the village we have the newly re-opened CPI complex, which houses the Doctor’s Surgery, Chemist and Childcare facility. Then on the Ballybofey side we have St Mary’s National School and pedestrians are necessarily crossing the road at both locations.The local county councillor said he is concerned that unless action is taken, there will see a serious accident in the village.“As a result, I raised this issue at the last meeting of the Stranorlar Municipal District and I am happy to say that Donegal County Council have taken my views on board and have requested a safety audit at both locations to try and find a safe solution to these issues. “As we know, the County-wide Speed Limit Review has been ongoing throughout 2016, but unfortunately many motorists are ignoring the speed limit altogether as they enter Castlefin and that is completely unacceptable. I believe it is imperative that we take action now before something serious does happen.”Council to review speed limit after drivers caught entering village at 100kph was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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)
Just 25 days ahead of the Commonwealth Games, deadlines for completion of key projects continue to be pushed further with Delhi Government on Wednesday saying that some works would drag on even till October 3 — the day the mega sporting event begins.Top officials admitted that some of the key projects including the all-important Barapullah Nallah elevated road project linking Games village with Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the event, will not be completed even before the September 15 deadline set by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit late last month.In July, Dikshit had set August 31 as the final deadline for completing all the Games projects but extended it till September 15 following incessant rains.”We will finish everything before commencement of the event,” Principal Secretary to Chief Minister P K Tripathi told a press conference.PWD Principal Secretary K K Sharma said the Barapullah Nallah elevated road will in most likelihood will be completed by September 18 while another key project UP Link road is expected to be over by September 20.”The PWD has taken up 24 projects out of which 16 were completed and eight are in progress,” he said. Sharma said all the projects related to strengthening and resurfacing of roads will be completed by September 25.Asked about persistent delays in completion of projects and extension of deadlines further when the Games are round the corner, Tripathi blamed multiplicity of authorities for the delays and said “valuable time was lost” due to procedural hurdles.”There are so many projects which do not have direct link with the Games. The Games will take place even if they are not completed. We took the opportunity and included them in the list of Games projects so that infrastructure of the city could be improved,” he said.advertisementInterestingly, Sharma said two road over bridges, being built by PWD will only be completed in November, almost a month and half after the event gets over.Holding that some projects were delayed because of court cases and late approval given by Delhi Urban Art Commission, Tripathi said the government was trying its best to complete them.”There are processes in democracy. Every agency has its role. We are completing some of the projects, including the Barapullah Nallah road project in record time. Otherwise in normal course, these projects would have time much longer time,” he said.
The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing,The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing them to run petrol pumps, gas agencies and stone crushers. The lease of five acres of panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, that has Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on its board, to build an eye hospital and research centre in Gurgaon’s Ullawas village is one of a long list. It’s a move now challenged by petitioners before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.All lease and sale of panchayat land has to be approved by the state government. The lease amount varies from district to district and is five per cent of the price fixed by the district collector for the land. For instance, the lease value chargeable from the Rajiv Gandhi trust and Sehwag’s society is Rs 3 lakh per acre annually, with a provision for a 5 per cent increase every year. While a total of 151 sites belonging to panchayats have been approved to be gifted, sold or leased by the state government since January 1, 2001, Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, alone has got 75 sites to set up Satya Bharti schools to impart primary education.Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Vijay Chadha says the foundation paid Rs 11.99 lakh as lease fees last year and this year will pay more as there is a five per cent hike built into the agreement. The foundation, which retained 46 sites and returned the rest, has now written to the Haryana government seeking a waiver of the lease amount. It has cited the example of Punjab where it pays no lease for 90 sites allotted in the state. Says Chadha, “We want it (lease) to be waived as it’s all for charity. We are fighting it out. Also, we’ve given the government an undertaking that we will not undertake any commercial activity in these sites.”advertisementSite for Subhash Ghai’s film instituteREALTY BITESInstances of panchayat land in Haryana being given away since 2001Trusts of Chautala/Devi Lal family75 acres of land was given between June 2001 and July 2004 as a gift.Rajiv Gandhi Charitable TrustOver five acres of land on lease for 33 years since February 2010 in Ullawas village.Virender Sehwag’s schoolKrishna Drishti Educational Society got 23 acres in October 2008 on lease for 33 years for sports complex and school.Bharti Foundation75 sites totalling over 70 acres since June 2007 on lease for either 20 years or 33 years; Bharti has retained 46 sites, returned the rest.Rohtak resident Rajinder SinghSix kanals (less than an acre) on a 33-year lease since April 2010 for a petrol pump.New Anil Stone CrusherOne acre on lease since May 2008 for 33 years.Rulthan resident Vijay PalBought 505 sq m for gas agency in September 2001.Saraswati Sugar MillBought eight acres of land in May 2008 for sugar mill.Subhash Ghai’s Mukta ArtsBought 20 acres in September 2010 for television and film institute for about Rs 8 crore.KCL Milk ProductsBought 60 acres of land in October 2010 for milk plant.Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government accounted for the sale or gift of 39 of these sites while the remaining 112 were handed over after March 2005 when the Congress government came to power under Hooda as chief minister. Chautala family-managed trusts and societies were the single largest beneficiaries during the inld’s term when seven sites measuring over 71 acres at different places in the state were ‘gifted’ to them. Officials say that government policy earlier provided for gifting, but not any longer. inld President Ashok Arora insists the Chautalas did nothing wrong. “Our stand is clear on this matter. Let the government come out with a white paper on this. Let it list all allotments and land releases since the forma-tion of the state. We demand an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge. They have been giving away land to whosoever they wished,” he says.The list of beneficiaries during Hooda’s term includes some heavyweights. In October 2010, the government sold 20 acres of Bahadurgarh panchayat land in Jhajjar to Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts to set up an international film and television institute and multimedia complex. Virender Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society was given over 23 acres of land in Jhajjar’s Shilani Kesho village in October 2008 on a 33-year lease for a sports complex and a school at Rs 3 lakh per acre.Most of the beneficiaries have big business plans which involve charging steep prices for services.advertisementPallavi Farwell, head of human resources and public relations for Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society, says the proposed school has 315 students so far, having opened only this academic session. Asked about the fees and other charges the school levies on students, she says they are “very nominal, but from 2012 onwards the institute plans to charge Rs 3 lakh per student annually, which will include the sports academy charges as well. This amount is for boarders while day scholars will pay around Rs 1 lakh less.”Ghai’s Whistling Woods International institute hasn’t decided on fees as the facilities will take about three years to be ready, but it will be high if the institute’s Mumbai chapter is the yardstick, where it is Rs 6 lakh a year. Ghai says the fees are not high given the “infrastructure, technology and faculty from abroad”. “The land cost Mukta Arts around Rs 8 crore and comes without any further government support or subsidies,” says Ghai. “Film schools the world over get subsidies from governments, not ours. When we approached Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, he visited our Whistling Woods International campus in Mumbai with his team. He then extended his support to us to set up an international film, television and multimedia school in Haryana and we were offered 20 acres of land as per government rules in Jhajjar’s Badsa village. It will take at least three more years to establish facilities,” adds the filmmaker, who is chairman and founder of the institute.The Haryana government leased six kanals (less than an acre-eight kanals make an acre) of land to Rohtak-based Rajinder Singh to set up a petrol pump in Hisar district in April last year and sold eight acres of land to Saraswati Sugar Mills in 2008 to establish a sugar mill in Ladwa in Kurukshetra. Sixty acres of land was sold to KCL Milk Products India Private Ltd to set up a milk plant in Kaloli in Jhajjar in October last year.”I cannot believe that the Haryana government can actually lease or sell land for purposes such as a petrol pump. That’s a big scam,” says Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Chetan Mittal, who is arguing against the state’s action to lease panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi trust, which has snowballed into a controversy. Alleging that the village sarpanch was forced into signing the lease with the trust, some of the residents have moved court protesting against the ‘low’ lease amount.Haryana Town and Planning Principal Secretary S.S. Dhillon says, “Panchayats are free democratic bodies. What’s wrong in leasing out land that’s not giving you any income for money? Yes, earlier there was a practice of gifting land. But we have stopped that practice now.””The state government should inquire into the use of panchayat land by trusts and societies and allotments should be cancelled in case the land is found to be used for purposes other than what it was allotted for,” said Congress MLA Sampat Singh, who headed the finance ministry in the Chautala government.advertisement”There is something called transparency,” says Mittal. “Issue an advertisement in the media, invite bids and then consider giving out land. How can the state allocate land based on its whims and fancies to just about anyone?”
Arsenal chief Mertesacker: Ozil needs to fight backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Per Mertesacker feels Mesut Ozil still has much to offer manager Unai Emery.Ozil has missed all of the last three games in the Premier League and does not appear to be in Emery’s first-team plans.But Mertesacker expects his fellow German to stay and fight for his place in the team.”Mesut is a player with magical abilities,” he said.“Last time (for the 1-0 won at home to Huddersfield on December 8) he was injured.“Now I’m curious how he fights back. He can still be very valuable to Arsenal.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says it has bought a 13.7 per cent stake in steel producer Stelco Holdings Inc. for roughly $250 million.The insurance-focused financial services company says it has acquired 12.2 million common shares of the Hamilton-based firm for $20.50 each.That price represents a 4.2 per cent premium to Stelco’s closing price of $19.67 on Friday.Stelco Holdings owner Bedrock Industries says it sold the shares to Fairfax and its subsidiaries via a private share purchase agreement.Bedrock now holds roughly 46.4 per cent of Stelco’s outstanding common shares, down from 60.1 per cent before the sale.Stelco’s chief executive Alan Kestenbaum says Fairfax’s investment “represents a vote of confidence in our future.”The Canadian Press