Persistence wins day for Dockers’ Memorial

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPersistence wins day for Dockers’ MemorialBy admin – August 17, 2009 590 Advertisement Previous articleGardaí investigate sexual assaultNext articleSpiritStore admin Facebook Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Twitter WhatsApp WORK on a bronze monument to commemorate the thousands of Limerick dockers, is to commence shortly.Two years ago, Limerick City Council agreed to finance the project and a special committee, chaired by Cllr Jim Long, was set up to oversee the project.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There was a very positive response to the invitation for design submissions for the work and an appropriate riverside location was agreed on.,“However, the project ran into some trouble when funding was cut back and we had to delay it, but I’m now absolutely thrilled that our persistence to have a fitting monument erected to the generations of men who worked under very harsh conditions for very little pay, is now about to be delivered,” Cllr Long told the Limerick Post.  “The original funding has had to be reduced, due to the current economic climate – we have 77,000 euro but are fairly confident of getting some additional private investment. I’m absolutely delighted that our promise to the families and descendants of the men who worked in the docks, can now be fulfilled.“Work will commence shortly on the monument, which has been commissioned, and we are very hopeful for completion before Christmas”.The site on which it will be erected is on the riverside quay, opposite the former ESB offices, on Honan’s Quay.Cllr Long confirmed that the committee will also proceed with producing memorial scrolls on velum, recording the name and employment periods of former dockers, which will be presented to their descendants.A spokesperson for City Hall said that the Limerick sculptor, Michael Duhan, originally from Wolfe Tone Street, whose father worked in the docks, has been commissioned to execute the work, and she also confirmed their optimism for private investment.last_img read more

Love Eight Relationship on Isis

first_imgSummer Eights 2004 After last year’s historic double headship, Pembroke College came down to earth with a bump or two during this year’s Summer Eights, with New College W1 and Magdalen College M1 sitting at the top of the tables come the close of racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects. If women’s rowing ever takes second place to men’s, it certainly was not the case during this year’s Eights. In the women’s divisions New College kept us biting our nails, having to wait three days to gain the headship. Osiris coach Karl Offord reported that New had come within a foot of bumping Pembroke on the first day, and the girls in pink did not have an easy ride on Thursday either. Their downfall was to come on Friday however, when a crew member crabbed off the start and New took advantage of the mistake to make an easy bump. They then rowed over comfortably on Saturday. Other performances of note in the women’s first division were that of Teddy Hall who won blades and moved up six places on the river, including an overbump on St Hilda’s on day one, after the Christ Church and Catz had bumped out in front of them. Christ Church were also extremely quick throughout the week, moving up three for the third year in succession. With only two women’s crews achieving blades, the competitiob was fierce at every level. As one observer noted, ‘Good crews go up three, lucky crews win blades.’ Queen’s also moved up from the seconds division, putting in an excellent performance. In men’s division two St John’s, Worcester, and LMH won blades, the latter moving up from the third division, and looking assured in their new Stampfli. No blades were won in the women’s second division, although both Oriel and Worcester were impressive. Worcester’s chance of blades were foiled on the first day by a klaxon while they were chasing an overbump on LMH – the first time LMH had not been bumped in Eights for over two years. At the end of the week, the top divisions of Eights had been seriously shaken up. Whilst Oriel and Pembroke are unlikely to be on the back foot for long, it was refreshing to see change and the top of both first divisions. Almost as refreshing as that pint of Pimm’s. racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Offshore wind projects push global first half renewable energy investment up 5% to $132 billion

first_imgOffshore wind projects push global first half renewable energy investment up 5% to $132 billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global offshore wind investment more than quadrupled in the first half of the year even as the coronavirus pandemic triggered an unprecedented economic shock.A report has found that investors gave the greenlight to 28 new offshore wind farms worth a total of $35bn (£28bn) this year, four times more than in the first half of 2019 and well above the total for last year as a whole.The biggest half-year tally for offshore wind investment more than made up for a slowdown in investment for onshore wind and solar farm projects after the outbreak of Covid-19, according to the report by Bloomberg NEF (BNEF).The sea-based windfarms include some of the biggest investments in offshore wind ever made. The Hollandse Kust Zuid array off the coast of the Netherlands will cost the Swedish energy giant Vattenfall $3.9bn, and SSE’s Seagreen project in Scotland’s Firth of Forth is valued at $3.8bn.The number of offshore wind projects to receive a greenlight in China climbed to 17 in the first half of the year, led by the Guangdong Yudean Group’s $1.8bn plans to build the Yangjiang Yangxi Shapaat wind power project.The growth in offshore wind powered a 5% jump in total renewable energy investment to $132.4bn despite a slump for onshore wind and solar power projects. Onshore wind investment for the first half of the year fell by a fifth to $37.5bn, while solar investment slipped 12% to $54.7bn.[Jillian Ambrose]More: Offshore wind energy investment quadruples despite Covid-19 slumplast_img read more

Christer Fahlstedt – Paf on course to eliminate all big player losses by 2020

first_img StumbleUpon Share Detailing an ‘industry first’, Åland Island (Finland) based betting group Paf has moved to openly publish a detailed breakdown of its customers’ annual wins and losses as part of its corporate social responsibility mandate.Updating the market, Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt detailed that the initiative would bring stakeholder transparency to Paf’s player wagering limits and further sustainability directives.“We are probably the first gaming company in the world to show openly and transparently what our customer database looks like,” he said. “These are the figures that most gaming companies want to hide because it shows that a few individuals can have an enormous impact on their operating results.”In 2018, Paf governance announced that it would introduce ‘permanent year limits’ set across its customer base and games portfolio, with the company announcing that it would enforce a ‘maximum €30,000 player loss limit’.Leading Paf, Fahlstedt states that they have refocused the business on servicing recreational players, noting that earnings generated from top wagering accounts have decreased.In its breakdown, Paf figures detail reduced revenues from ‘big player’ segments, with the operator able to increase its number of active customers by 24% during the course of 2018.“The figures show that the ‘loss limit’ and our tougher measures in gambling responsibility mean that we have lost over €4 million in revenue annually from our big players,” Fahlstedt added. “It is a lot of money. But it is unsustainable money that we no longer receive and which the whole gaming industry should say no to.”As a corporate directive, the Paf executive team has stated that it anticipates completely withdrawing its big player wagering services by 2020.Fahlstedt said: “We can guarantee that Paf won’t have any ‘high roller’ revenue by 2020 – since the ‘loss limit’ will be fully implemented then. I can also promise that we will continue to report with complete transparency on the revenues from our various customer groups.”Aiding the firm’s sustainability principals, Fahlstedt outlines that the betting group is developing further resources which will enable Paf verticals to detect and better monitor gambling harm behaviours.Daniela Johansson – PafPaf  Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson commented: “Previously we did not send direct marketing to players who play for large amounts and who have been flagged for a responsible gaming reason.“Now we are expanding our restrictions to more customer segments, which in practice means that we will double the amount of customers who do not receive direct marketing offers from us.” Share Submitlast_img read more

Executive Board of BiH’s Football Association decided will Prosinecki continue to be the Head Coach

first_imgSession of the Executive Board of the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in Sarajevo on Tuesday analyzed the results so far of the “A” selection in the qualifying matches for the 2020 European Championships.Particular attention was paid to the analysis of the work of the “A” selection staff, after the coach Robert Prosinecki announced his resignation in the future after the match with the Armenian national team.As the resignation of the selectors was not formally submitted in writing, all relevant circumstances in the matter were discussed at the session. Adequate measures have been taken to address the new situation, based on the analysis and opinion of the Technical Committee of the NS / FS BiH, as well as other elements related to professional work.After analyzing and identifying the possible causes that put our “A” selection in the difficult position of achieving direct placement through qualification at EURO 2020, a discussion was opened in which members of the Executive Board took part.A framework work plan for the next period has been drawn up with the aim of finding the best solutions in the direction of accomplishing the task, placement of “A” selection for the 2020 European Championship.Considering the objective situation and the current state of affairs, and taking into account the real circumstances and qualitative arguments, it was concluded that the Executive Board gives full support to selector Robert Prosinecki until the end of the EURO 2020 qualification cycle, as defined in the signed contract.With certainty, changing the selectors at the moment would not have a positive effect, and our chances of placement through the group stage are still possible, realistic and achievable.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Kylie

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kylie! She is a 4-year-old, 61-pound, Australian Shepherd/PitBull mix who is as beautiful and friendly as can be. She has a short, wiggly-tail and wags it constantly in joyful appreciation of life. Kylie loves children, small dogs, and is looking for an active family with a fenced yard where she can be part of the action.She loves to play fetch and will pack her own ball, go for walks or sun-bathe while you give her belly-rubs. If you can provide her with a yummy grain-free diet and your loving attention, then she promises to be your best forever buddy.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Kylie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more