Twitter Facebook Previous article#BREAKING CAB raids at Limerick and Dublin homesNext articleTargeted crackdown on Limerick dumping blackspots Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie SING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with showcase performance Limerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Three Limerick students honoured to present their project in Dublin TAGSBriery gapDancing at LughnasaThomond Community CollegeTransition Year Linkedin Thomond Community College to hold its annual Multicultural Day Print NewsLocal NewsLimerick Community College through to All Ireland Drama FinalBy Staff Reporter – February 23, 2018 1155 Thomond Community College Transition Year Drama Students.Thomond Community College’s transition year drama group have successfully qualified for the All Ireland Final of the Briery Gap drama festival 2018.The final will be held in Mullingar on the 3rd of March where the group will be showcasing their talents in a performance of Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.The play centres around the five Mundy sisters (Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rosie, and Christina), all unmarried, who live in a cottage outside of Ballybeg. All the drama takes place in the sisters’ cottage or in the yard just outside, with events from town and beyond being reported either as they happen or as reminiscence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The oldest, Kate played by Merit Admadasun, is a school teacher, the only one with a well-paid job. Agnes (Katie O’Connor) and Rose (Aisha Garba) knit gloves to be sold in town, thereby earning a little extra money for the household. They also help Maggie (Saoirse O’Sullivan) to keep house. Maggie and Christina (Temera Odhomor) have no income at all. Michael (Sadbh O’Riordan) is seven years old and plays in and around the cottage. All is quiet in the Mundy household until their uncle Father Jack (Tommy Kerrigan) arrives home from the missionaries in Uganda and Gerry Evans (Sage Kaya) seeks Christina’s hand in marriage.The play is directed by their teacher, Aidan O’Connell who said “It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group and I’m extremely proud of their achievement so far. The group is elated at their accomplishment and are rehearsing harder than ever in preparation for the final”More local news here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick GAA stalwarts drive enthusiasm for Bus Éireann competition Email WhatsApp Advertisement Limerick event bridges gap between education and employment
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed two civil lawsuits yesterday on behalf of the State of Vermont in Vermont Superior Court, Washington Unit, against the Republican Governor’s Association (’RGA’) and Green Mountain Future (’GMF’) seeking enforcement of Vermont’s campaign finance laws.The Complaints filed by the Attorney General’s Office allege that, during the current general election cycle, RGA and GMF have acted as political committees under Vermont law without complying with, and indeed, while refusing to comply with, the requirements of Vermont’s campaign finance laws for such entities. Specifically, GMF has run political advertisements or ‘electioneering communications’ which did not contain the identification information required by law, and it has also failed to properly register with the Secretary of State’s Office and to file campaign finance reports. Similarly, RGA has engaged in election advertising while ignoring Vermont’s reporting and registration requirements, and it has also accepted contributions in violation of Vermont’s contribution limits for political committees. Source: Attorney General’s office. October 25, 2010
Categories: Albert News,Lower News,News 30Nov Reps. Lower, Albert lead reforms to protect local government retiree benefits and public services State Reps. Jim Lower and Thomas Albert today led the introduction of a landmark reform plan aimed at protecting public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The plan will help identify the local governments most at risk of bankruptcy due to unfunded retirement plan liabilities and set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis.“Local governments across Michigan have nearly $20 billion in unfunded liabilities connected to their employee retirement systems,” said Albert, of Lowell, after introducing legislation in the House. “This debt is a cancer eating away at communities and the quality of life across the state.”Lower, of Cedar Lake, said urgent action is needed to prevent problems from growing worse across the state.“We must act now to safeguard the retirement benefits of police officers, firefighters and all other local government employees across Michigan to the fullest extent possible,” Lower said. “We must act now to protect funding for the essential public services we all rely on. And we must do it in a way that won’t pass along debt to our children and grandchildren.”Albert participated on a task force earlier this year, assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder, to explore the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems. The Michigan House is following up the task force report with a 19-bill package to address mounting local retiree healthcare and pension costs.The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.Local governments will have plenty of opportunity to address issues on their own. But if that fails, a financial management team (FMT) with local and state representation will step in to force changes to put programs back on firm financial footing.“Each community is going to be starting from a different place within this problem and will face their own unique challenges,” said Albert, of Lowell. “That is why we must offer a solution with flexibility and local input in mind.”Added Lower: “If we don’t fix this problem now, communities with dangerously underfunded retirement systems could go bankrupt and fail to keep promises made to retirees. This plan heads off that problem and gives local governments a warning system to prioritize and safeguard the benefits retirees and current employees expect.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Thomas Albert (seated, center), of Lowell and Jim Lower (third from right), of Cedar Lake, are joined by colleagues from the Michigan House of Representatives during the introduction of a multi-bill package on Thursday. The bills address mounting municipal retiree benefit system debt and bolster revenue sharing funding throughout the state.
Explore further Citation: Contest for second Amazon HQ heats up as finalists named (2018, January 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-contest-amazon-hq-finalists.html © 2018 AFP With billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake, Amazon’s quest for a second North American headquarters has thrust 20 cities into a cutthroat “Hunger Games” style contest—but at what cost? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The US technology and lifestyle giant last week narrowed its list of candidates from 238 applications for the prize, which could provide an estimated $5 billion in investments and 50,000 new jobs.Amazon expects to announce a decision later this year on “HQ2,” which will be equal to its Seattle headquarters, and is asking the finalists to refine their pitches.This winning city would get a massive economic infusion that could instantly transform it into a major technology hub, said Brookings Institution fellow Joseph Parilla.”The size and scale of Amazon’s investment in its current headquarters has been absolutely transformative for that city, and so we would expect on the positive side for that to occur in a winning city as well,” Parilla said.Parilla said each tech job created would have a “ripple effect,” creating another three to five jobs for the local economy, including from some firms seeking a presence near Amazon.While many political leaders are embracing the challenge, some analysts have derided the move as a stunt akin to the dystopian novel where citizens must watch youths fight to the death.”The real downer is the Hunger Games beauty contest will result in a soaking of taxpayers,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor.Galloway said the competition “highlights the perversion of our nation at the hands of big tech.”Already decided?Greg LeRoy, executive director of the nonprofit group Good Jobs First, suggested Amazon is staging “a PR stunt to get the most tax breaks from the place it had already decided on” for its headquarters.LeRoy’s organization has calculated that Amazon has already received more than $1 billion tax subsidies for its warehouses and other facilities and that it’s not clear whether it’s a good deal for taxpayers.”You’re going to have an influx of people, you’re going to have to hire new teachers, to widen lanes, to pick up trash,” he said.Amazon has said it is looking at metropolitan areas with more than one million people and which offer a “stable and business-friendly environment.” It will want a region with a skilled technical workforce and access to international airports. ‘Think big, creatively’In its announcement last year for the competition, Amazon urged communities to “think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options.”Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington professor who studies the high-tech economy, said the list of finalists suggests Amazon’s move is aimed at finding the best and brightest workers.”So many of the finalists are clustered on the East Coast, by and large, providing a way for Amazon to lure top talent that isn’t able or willing to move to Seattle,” O’Mara said.”It also signals that—despite the bounty of tax breaks dangled before the company by competitor cities—low costs aren’t the primary driver. The finalist list includes some of the most expensive places to live in America.”The short list includes the US capital Washington—where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a residence and owns the Washington Post newspaper—as well as the suburban areas of “northern Virginia” and Montgomery County, Maryland.New York City was also on the list, as was the nearby city of Newark, New Jersey.Other cities on the list are Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh (North Carolina), Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus (Ohio), Denver, Los Angeles and two Texas cities—Dallas and Austin. Toronto is the only Canadian city on the list.The city of Washington has offered a five-year property tax freeze on any buildings Amazon occupies, wage reimbursements of up to $10,000 for new hires and an exemption on corporate taxes for five years, according to documents released following a public records request from WAMU radio.Reports said Amazon has also been offered incentives worth $7 billion from Newark and $2 billion from Chicago. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan unveiled a package worth $3 billion in tax incentives and $2 billion in transportation improvements, calling HQ2 “the single greatest economic development opportunity in a generation.”Brookings’ Parilla acknowledged that it may be difficult for localities to recoup their concessions to Amazon if they give too much.By giving back as much as $7 billion, he said, “the foregone revenue at that scale is so significant, and you are removing resources for fundamental public investments that attracts a company like Amazon in the first place.” Amazon narrows list of ‘HQ2’ candidates to 20
© 2018 AFP Citation: German prosecutors raid Audi again in ‘dieselgate’ probe (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-german-prosecutors-raid-audi-dieselgate.html The raids on a private home and offices belonging to Audi in southern German states Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg “focused on the use of technical devices to manipulate emissions data in 3.0-litre V6 diesel motors for sale on the European market,” the authorities said in a statement.Some 14 people are now under suspicion in the probe into suspicions of fraud and illegal advertising relating to 210,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2009, which also saw prosecutors search the homes of six current and former employees last Wednesday.The raids on Tuesday are the third in a year against the manufacturer with the four-ring logo, after a first round of searches in March 2017.Most of the people targeted are engineers involved in motor development, the prosecutors said last week, reiterating Tuesday that no Audi executives are among the suspects.An Audi spokesman confirmed the raids had taken place, adding that “we are cooperating fully with the authorities”.Two Audi workers have been arrested in recent months, with a former motor development executive still in custody while another engineer was released in November.Audi parent Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to fitting 11 million cars sold worldwide with so-called “defeat devices” designed to make them appear less polluting in regulators’ tests than they were in real driving conditions.The fallout from the “dieselgate” scandal has seen VW pay out billions in fines and compensation and step up plans to electrify much of its product range in the coming years.And the reputation of diesel-fuelled vehicles has suffered even in car-mad Germany, with their share of the overall market slumping in favour of petrol-powered variants. Germany finds emission-cheating gear on 24,000 Audis in Europe (Update) Audi offices were raided for the second time in a week as investigators probe emissions cheating at the VW subsidiary German prosecutors said they had raided offices belonging to high-end carmaker Audi Tuesday, the second sweep in a week related to diesel emissions cheating at the Volkswagen subsidiary. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further