With ‘key’ amendments O’Connell Street plans could ‘reset the way we…

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Email What do you mean?Firstly, I suppose is safety. Mixing cars, bikes and pedestrians can be done safely and is done so well in many cities. It can also be done in Limerick.But, we need to further reduce speed limits more. The distances are short. Not going faster than 15km (or 20km which is the latest proposal from the Council) is a small price to pay for greater safety.To really make a difference, we should extend that new limit right away to the full Georgian quarter.Is that all?Slowing down traffic makes it safer for all users including those on bikes. It means we might not need dedicated lanes on that street. This gives more space for everyone elseBut most people are upset about allowing traffic use the street still as a short cut across town.There are plenty of other options – for example Parnell Street and others around the “Georgian Superblock”.LCCC say they want greater, but not full, pedestrian and reduced traffic. I’d agree. But then they add that they want to have the “least negative” impact on traffic movements right now. You cannot do both.Maybe they are right though? Many people love the convenience of shooting up O’Connell Street to get across the city quickly. But they are not the only stakeholders who should matter.Kids matter. Our ageing population matter – I’ll soon be one of them. People whose bedrooms are on the upper floors of Georgian buildings matter too.We shared research with the officials showing this is not a good way to create a new destination that is desirable as a place to shop, dine, rest or meet friends.Disappointedly, for such a key issue raised over and over in the submissions, the officials only refer in their response to the streets around not being able to take the extra traffic. But do not provide any evidence.Remember, our city is trying to double in size. We have to start doing things differently or we will just end up with Galway’s congestion.The more roads you build or keep for cars, the more cars you get, until it all gets clogged up again.What is the alternative then?The last couple of days have seen many stakeholders come together around a middle ground.This is really important.They say allow traffic to access most of the street safely at slow speeds but stop cars shooting through by making one or more key areas no through areas.For example, let’s reimagine the block between Roches Street and Cecil Street. You could trial a street wide plaza there straight away. Traffic coming down Roches Street would be asked to go straight down to the river instead of turning left. Cars coming up O’Connell Street could turn right.Imagine how amazing that could be. Quickly the restaurants would want terraces in front and develop like Little Catherine Street. Buskers and others even could shelter under the AIB canopy if it rained which it does sometimes in Limerick. Once the rugby experience is up and running, they could help animate the plaza out front. Taxis could still pick up on Cecil Street and take people home at night.We could also install Christmas market stalls after Halloween in the parking spots being removed anyway in the middle block. We proposed it for the Crescent but for 2019, let’s do further down. I bet Limerick people would love that. Remember how many came out for the turning on of the lights last year.Video Playerhttps://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WhatsApp-Video-2019-09-25-at-20.33.51.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? But is this a not major change?Not really. The current proposal wants to be flexible. This is just one design.   But pushing a bit more now rather than waiting.Putting on my investor hat, I’d say it could also really help encourage outside investors to believe in the future of our city like we do ourselves, to come build more housing and more office blocks.On Monday, the councillors could adopt changes that would allow the main thrust of the plan to move forward but send a clearer message that Limerick has understood what we are being told by all of the kids of the world recently. I was so proud to see such numbers here in Limerick itself marching up O’Connell Street.Many of our councilors came out in support of them.Now is the time for them to show that this was not just for a photo opportunity but that they too really want to do their bit quickly to change our city for the better. O’Connell Street reimagined by Zeso Architects on behalf of LiveableLimerick.With city councillors due to decide on the plan to revitalise O’Connell Street on Monday, the Limerick Post caught up with John Moran who has been heavily involved in the debate.So tell me John, why have you been so interested in this debate?Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Lots of reasons I suppose.Right now, I am very directly impacted as one of the few people actually living on that street at the top of a Georgian buildings which we are renovating.But it all began when people came to me expressing disappointment about the lack of ambition.Those individuals, who are all passionate about Limerick, debated the proposals and alternatives with me. I asked the LUCCROC team if they would meet us. To their credit, they agreed quickly. Our group included expert architects, residents of the city, people like myself who study recovery of cities and others whom you might say just love Limerick.Was that the #LiveableLimerick group?Actually, it was before then but it did give us the impetus to start that group.After our exchanges, the second proposal was issued. Everyone felt very disappointed. Despite putting a lot of work into engaging with the team, we felt the plans were still behind the trends in other cities, likely to steal a march on Limerick. Other cities were already prioritising making cities more liveable, reducing carbon footprints, reducing car dependency and making city streets more inclusive, safer and overall more fun. The Limerick plans seemed to care more about not upsetting passing traffic on the street.As Damien and I had just committed ourselves to moving back to live in the city centre, we knew, like the others, the plan was not the future we wanted for our neighbourhood. We could not just give in.The LiveableLimerick group was born. We put alternatives to the officials like our proposal for a superblock based on a similar idea in Barcelona’s grid street. Or the idea of different zones all the way along O’Connell Street reflecting Limerick’s soul, created for us by architects from Copenhagen.So how do you feel about the current proposals?I think the latest plans still lack enough ambition to match the new Limerick emerging before our eyes.Trying to please too many people especially car owners means a weak compromise, and one which might end up being even more dangerous to users than the present. A large bus left to move quickly on a bus lane can do a lot of damage to a child running around a shared space.That said, with some key and not expensive amendments, we could drive on with the plans and totally reset the way we experience our city centre.Video Playerhttps://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WhatsApp-Video-2019-09-25-at-20.32.23.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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Sprint CEO donates to University

first_imgSprint CEO and Notre Dame alumnus Daniel Hesse and his wife Diane made an endowed gift to the University as well as a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bolster an ongoing partnership between the two organizations, according to a press release issued March 7 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County (BGCSJC).“The two service organizations that I have devoted the lion’s share of my time to for many years are the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Notre Dame,” Hesse said. “Each institution is different, but both have much in common.” Hesse said.“I believe that each is the best organization of its kind in the world, and both are deeply committed to community service, so it was logical to think about a gift that would involve the two institutions together.”The Hesses’ total contribution contains two components, BGCSJC executive director Jory Fitzgerald Kelly said. The larger portion, an endowed gift of an undisclosed amount to Notre Dame, will support the hiring of a new “full-time community-based learning and volunteer coordinator who will act as a liaison between the local Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County and the University,” she said.“That position will really focus on working with the Center for Social Concerns at the University to identify, cultivate, train and place students from Notre Dame within meaningful volunteer opportunities at the Boys and Girls Club,” Fitzgerald Kelly said.The second portion of the Hesses’ endowed gift, directed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), will allow the organization to develop and implement initiatives like a volunteer database to improve the group’s methods of contacting volunteers, checking their backgrounds, placing them with projects and thanking them for their support, Fitzgerald Kelly said.“What we know about the Boys & Girls Clubs is that what we do best is to form positive relationships with the children that we serve,” she said. “By infusing more volunteers into our sites, we’re able to provide more individualized attention to the children that we serve and in doing so, we’re able to form more meaningful relationships with these children.”Fitzgerald Kelly said the BGCA will measure the success of the Hesses’ gift by two markers, which constitute the main goals of the partnership between the organization and Notre Dame.“The first is increasing the number of children served by what translates to about a 35 percent increase,” she said. “The second metric is … within the first 18 months of the partnership, increasing the number of Notre Dame volunteers to 75 on an annual basis.”“Those 75 students will be able to supplant the efforts of staff to keep our adult-to-child ratio low, and we’ll be able to provide the kind of programming that we so proudly provide to children in the community.”Fitzgerald Kelly said volunteer opportunities within the Boys & Girls Clubs will be “limitless” and, starting this summer, will include eight new internships through the Center for Social Concerns’ Summer Service Learning Program. During the academic year, science students will be able to visit one of the BGCSJC locations every Friday to teach biology classes.Andrea Smith Shapell, assistant director of the Center for Social Concerns and director of the Summer Service Learning Program and Theological Reflection, said the new SSLPs will be placed in South Bend, Cincinnati, Kansas City and San Diego.“The Hesses’ gift will allow more continuity for students interested in community-based learning, from the academic year into the summer with the BGCSJC,” Smith Shapell said. “The Boys and Girls Clubs who will partner with the SSLP across the country are very grateful to have additional college-aged mentors for the children in their summer programs.”Hesse said his time as a student living in South Bend inspired him to make this gift to the University and the BGCA.“I lived off-campus in the West Washington Street area my last two years at ND; there were significant campus housing shortages in those days,” Hesse said. “I was struck by the gap between affluent Notre Dame and the city it’s in. I tried to think of a way that Notre Dame and its students could contribute in a meaningful way to the city of South Bend.”Fitzgerald Kelly said the endowed gift will serve not only the BGCA but also the University.“[By] forming those partnerships and having that contact within the University, we’re just constantly brainstorming ways and ideas that we can have that relationship be a win-win to the University, the students at Notre Dame and to the children that we serve,” she said.She said students interested in volunteering at the BGCSJC should contact Victoria Geschke at [email protected] or 574-968-9660.Tags: Andrea Smith Shappell, Boys & Girls Clubs, Center for Social Concerns, Dan Hesse, Jory Fitzgerald Kelly, Sprint, SSLPlast_img read more

Ruling in Austin “Jack” Warner’s case adjourned to September

first_imgThe US government had sought to be an interest party in the hearing of the judicial review, claiming it should be granted permission to be heard as it had sufficient interest in the proceedings. Warner’s attorneys are alleging that Trinidad’s extradition treaty with the US contradicts the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act. They are claiming Act affords citizens certain protections ignored by the international treaty. Warner claims the case against him is politically motivated and accuses the United States of seeking revenge because it lost to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. A High Court judge will deliver his ruling in September in a case in which former international football executive Jack Warner is challenging his extradition to the United States on corruption allegations. Twelve offenses Last year, Justice Aboud dismissed an application by the United States government to intervene in the judicial review lawsuit.In his ruling, Justice Aboud questioned the contribution Washington could have made to the proceedings. He is charged with 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, dating back to 1990. The former FIFA vice-president is facing fraud and money-laundering charges related to his two decades tenure with FIFA.center_img Justice James Aboud was originally scheduled to have delivered his verdict on Monday. Lawyers for all parties told reporters the judge had adjourned the matter to a date to be set in September following the opening of the new judicial term. Delayed from Monday Contradictory extradition treaty Warner, 72, was released on TT$2.5 million bail when he made his first court appearance on May 27, 2015. Politically motivated Warner, in his claim, is questioning the procedure adopted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Attorney General. The AG signed off on the US’s request for his extradition made in May 2105. The request was made after the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the world governing football body, FIFA.last_img read more

Video: Auburn DC Will Muschamp Got A 15-Yard Penalty For Losing His Mind On An Official

first_imgAn angry Will Muschamp after penalty.Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is known for his sideline intensity. That intensity boiled over and got him in trouble just now during the Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. After Auburn defender Jonathan Ford was penalized 15 yards for a late hit, Muschamp lost his mind on the official and was docked an additional 15 yards. Muschamp wasn’t done either. After the drive ended in an Adam Griffith field goal to give the Tide a 22-13 lead, Muschamp sought out the ref he previously blasted and gave him another earful. WATCH: Auburn DC Will Muschamp goes ballistic, has to be held back as he tells the ref: “I want a fair game.” pic.twitter.com/LE8VdhY3zj— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 28, 2015He’s clearly very unhappy.last_img read more