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Council must walk the walk on Askeaton Slí na Sláinte

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first_imgNewsCommunityPoliticsCouncil must walk the walk on Askeaton Slí na SláinteBy Alan Jacques – February 9, 2019 812 Deputy Tom Neville on an overgrown section of the Askeaton Sl’ na Sl‡inteLIMERICK City and County Council has been told to uphold their commitment to the Outdoor Recreation Scheme and come up with the €29,620 required for the permanent surfacing of the Askeaton Slí na Sláinte walkway.Fine Gael TD Tom Neville explained that the Government recently approved funding of €118,480 for Askeaton Slí na Sláinte under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme through the Department of Rural and Community Development.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A condition of the grant is that the final 20 per cent (€29,620) was to be funded through Limerick City and County Council’s own resources.“As the Council have applied for the Department grant, they must now fulfil their side of the equation and immediately sanction the 20 per cent funding to get this project going,” Deputy Neville told the Limerick Post.“I have been campaigning for a permanent surface for over two years, a period of which the people of Askeaton and the surrounding area have had too long to wait. They have had to put up with weeds moss and overgrown scrub year in and year out. There has been no works done on the walkway as the application for this permanent project has cited,” he claimed.Deputy Neville welcomed the local authority’s recognition of the project by their application to the department but he does not want to see the project delayed now by the Council themselves.“The power to get this project moving is now fully in Limerick City and County Council’s hands. The Government have recognised the validity of the project and the Council must now make it happen.“I am calling for an immediate start to the project with a timeline of works with an estimated completion date. The people of Askeaton and surrounding parishes have waited far too long for this to happen and its now imperative that its made happen. The Council must make this permanent solution and reality immediately.”A spokesman for the local authority said they were delighted the Department of Department of Rural and Community Development has decided to fund improvements to the Askeaton Slí na Sláinte route under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme.“Provisions are now being made in the council budgets to match funding totalling 20 per cent of the total cost as set out in the scheme,” he added. Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Previous articleAughinish in line for new investmentNext articleEnergy generating pressure pads for ships leaves Limerick school on crest of wave Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print Linkedin TAGSCommunityNewspolitics Email Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebooklast_img read more

Big East : Conference ups exit fee, aims to solidify future with expansion plan

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first_img Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said Tuesday afternoon that the conference has taken a ‘significant step forward’ in its conference realignment plan. The 14 current members — which doesn’t include Syracuse or Pittsburgh — voted unanimously to double its exit fee for football schools to $10 million on Monday night, Marinatto said in the teleconference.The increased exit fee will take effect immediately after one school commits to join the Big East. Marinatto did not go into specifics or identify any of the schools that the conference has contacted, but reiterated the goal of creating a 12-team football league. The conference has not sent out invitations to targeted schools, he said.Marinatto said the conference hopes to resolve the situation ‘the sooner, the better,’ but that there is no timetable to begin inviting schools.‘Stay tuned. We’re working diligently. I can tell you this: We’re not going to rush ourselves to meet anyone’s deadline,’ Marinatto said in the teleconference. ‘We have a lot to offer, and we’re going to get this done right.’Marinatto said the increased exit fee is a sign of stability within the membership of the Big East. That stability is important for prospective schools to make a commitment to join the Big East in the future. Air Force, Boise State, Central Florida, Houston, Southern Methodist and Navy have all been reported as the primary targets for expansion. Air Force, Boise State and Navy would be football-only members.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe conference has been filled with uncertainty after Syracuse and Pittsburgh left for the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sept. 18, and Texas Christian chose to join the Big 12 conference rather than the Big East on Oct. 10. The Big East will be down to six football-playing members after the departures.All three schools must pay a $5 million exit fee required by Big East bylaws before the increase to $10 million was announced Tuesday. Syracuse and Pittsburgh must wait until the 2014 season to begin play in the ACC due to a 27-month waiting period required by the Big East, while TCU will move to the Big 12 on July 1, 2012.Marinatto said Syracuse and Pittsburgh won’t be released from that waiting period, regardless of whether the conference adds six more members for 2012 or 2013. The Big East would play as a 14-team football league in that case.The commissioner said that all 14 remaining Big East members are excited about and endorsed the 12-football team model. He said he feels the conference is dealing with all of its members in ‘good faith.’Despite the optimism following the announcement, Marinatto also understands more challenges lie ahead for the Big East. According to The New York Times, Missouri’s decision to apply for membership in the Southeastern Conference is ‘inevitable and imminent.’ The report indicated that Missouri officials expect to get the required votes from SEC presidents to join the conference. ESPN then reported Big East members Louisville and West Virginia would be among the top candidates to replace Missouri in the Big 12.‘I recognize fully that the realignment picture’s very unsettled right now,’ Marinatto said in the teleconference. ‘We’re prepared to play to our strengths, and we’re prepared to respond to whatever challenges we face on the membership side.’Marinatto said he remains confident in the Big East’s future partly because it is a Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying conference. Marinatto said the conference has an automatic bid to the BCS through the 2013 season. He added that the Big East is committed to meeting the standards to maintain that status beyond 2013.To do that, the conference must have eight members. The goal of 12 would meet that requirement, but with only six members set for the future, that status is still up in the air.Marinatto said the conference hasn’t discussed dissolving if its membership falls below the six schools. He reiterated that the current conference members are excited about the plan for the future and that the plan is ‘very creative to allow further flexibility moving down the road.’‘We’re positioned well, and if something happens and we have to adjust, we’ll adjust accordingly,’ Marinatto said in the teleconference. ‘But we’ve got the core nucleus in order to create something very special right now.’[email protected]last_img read more

Photos: Newly-signed Muntari promises Ittihad trophies

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first_img“I’m not promising but that is what I’m coming for.  I want to come there not for holidays. I’m coming there to work really hard for Ittihad to be able to win trophies so we want everyone to come to fill the stadium always this year so win and make them happy.” Sulley Muntari is looking forward to a new adventure in Arabian football and says he wants to win titles with his new club Ittihad Jeddah.The club outdoored the midfielder at a presser on Tuesday. The Ghanaian enforcer signed a two-year-contract worth 2.5 million euros a season and is set to begin pre-season at the club.In his first ”‹official interview for the club’s website, the 30-year-old promised he was joining Ittihad Jeddah to help them win trophies.”Ittihad is a new chapter, is not a fight but a new challenge for me. It’s really a dream come true. I’m very happy and very excited to play with the team.”I really feel ready. I’m still young but I’m taking steps and I’m looking forward to playing in the Saudi Professional League.”  Interaction In the middle of his medical at the facilities of Bupa Arabia, Ittihad’s official healthcare partners, the Ghanaian international paused to have a word to the club’s fans: “Hi, I’m here having my medical and I can’t wait to be here in Jeddah to see all the fans. Insha Allah, we will win everything this year,” Muntari said in the video released by Bupa Arabia. On Monday, the 28-year-old together with his advisors, Edoardo Crnjar and Federico Pastorello, opened negotiations with the President of Al-Ittihad. The ball remains now remains in Boateng’s court to accept the club’s lucrative offer. Boateng’s arrival could signal the exit of Poland’s Lukasz Szukala and Romanian midfielder Lucian Sanmartean from the club. In news relating to compatriot Kevin-Prince Boateng, the frozen Schalke attacker has held ‘encouraging’ talks with Ittihad after initial struggles to reach him from his holidays base. Ittihad who placed fourth last season will open their 2015/16 Saudi Pro League away to Najran SC at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium on August 20. Najran have former Hearts of Oak playmaker Winful Cobbinah in their roster.– ––– Follow Enoch on @sergiomanucho1. Get more from Joy Sports with our #JoySports on Facebook and Twitter. Muntari later spoke at length over his move to the Saudi Pro League after his official unveiling. “[I know] a lot about the Ittihad team. They’ve won a lot of trophies – the Asian Cup twice and they’ve been at the Club World Cup too and also with their fans, they are amazing. They always fill the stadium and they are very passionate so I can’t wait to meet them too.” Ittihad had gone in for Inter’s Fredy Guarin but turned attention to Boateng after learning of the Colombian’s unavailability. Cometh the Prince “Guarin is a big player. Even Prince is a big player. I talked at length with Boateng, the president [also] talked a lot with him. The team would be great IIf he decides to take the deal. I leave everything in his hands,” says Muntari. The former Milan man has been handed his iconic number 4 shirt and is expected to officially begin training with Ittihad by August 4.last_img read more