€7,812 for three-day Limerick mayoral trip to Boston

first_imgNewsLocal News€7,812 for three-day Limerick mayoral trip to BostonBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 1279 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleRugby – Young Munster’s Gearoid Lyons to captain Ireland sevensNext articleGAA – Limerick’s Ryan to remain Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print WhatsApp Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (centre) with Limerick council official Josephine Cotter-Coughlan and Mayor Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (centre) with Limerick council official Josephine Cotter-Coughlan and Mayor Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Kevin Sheahan’s recent three-day trip to Boston cost over €2,712 more than originally estimated by Limerick city and county council.At a special meeting held in the Dooradoyle council chamber on April 15 last, a local authority administrator stated that the visit by Cllr Sheahan and one official would cost around €5,100. However, the Limerick Post has learned this week that the tab for the US trip actually came to €7,812.The flights cost €2,708 with the bill for accommodation for three nights at the four-star Renaissance Boston Waterfront coming to €3,906. A further subsistence payment of €1,144 was also made to the travelling councillor and his travelling local authority companion.During the meeting at County Hall prior to his visit, Cllr Sheahan explained that he hoped his visit would yield benefits for Limerick in the areas of tourism, culture, community and economic development. The Mayor also informed the meeting that there were now daily flights between Shannon and Boston and that this should have a positive effect for tourism in both cities.He had originally proposed to go on an 18-day tour of four cities in the United States to include New Brunswick, Boston, Kansas and Santa Clara. However, mediation from Fine Gael and members of his own party forced him to cut his trip dramatically. The trip was proposed and seconded by Fianna Fail councillors Kieran O’Hanlon and Mike Donegan.The former Fianna Fail mayor touched down in Boston at 6.41pm on Monday May 25 and arrived back in Shannon at 6.15am on Thursday May 28. During his stay, Cllr Sheahan met with Irish-American Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh and his team.“During discussions, I initiated the process of exploring a twinning arrangement between Limerick and Boston and I look forward to this process being finalised over the coming months,” the Askeaton politician said on his return.The first mayor of Limerick City and County also availed of the opportunity while in Massachusetts to visit the headquarters of Analog Devices which employs over 1,000 people at its state-of-the-art Limerick facility.“I particularly wanted to express my appreciation to its management for the continued presence, growth and expansion of the multi-million euro Limerick plant which I know was appreciated,” Cllr Sheahan explained.Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville was criticised by some members when he raised questions over the cost of the trip and asked to see a full itinerary during a special meeting in April.Approval for the visit was passed by a majority of councillors with the three AAA members abstaining.This week Cllr Prendiville said that the figures for the costs of the Boston trip prove the AAA’s theory about a “junket culture on the council”.“People will not forget that Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the Independents all supported this trip, and it has been the AAA alone who have blown the whistle on this culture,” Prendiville told the Limerick Post.“Earlier this year Caherdavin Library was shut, a ‘saving’ of €2,000 a year for the council. Now it emerges the Mayor has spent almost four times that on a three-day trip. Hotel bills of a grand a night, a further thousand euro in spending money, it all seems very lavish and unnecessary to me. We must remember this is all paid for through the taxes of ordinary working class people. The other parties would do well to remember all this the next time such trips are being discussed.”Meanwhile, Cllr Sheahan’s controversial council trip to Calais this June to foster links in the area of lace production cost €904. Ahead of the visit to northern France the two leading Fianna Fáil members of Limerick City and County Council came to loggerheads over who should take up the invitation. Sheahan’s deputy mayor and party colleague Cllr Joe Crowley believed he was more deserving of the trip, which took place between June 18 and 20.“As I am coming towards the end of my term as deputy mayor, it would be nice to have had some trip away,” Cllr Crowley commented at the time. 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Daily Dirt: Wolf Ridge Burn, Outdoor Records, Roanoke Kayaker Dies, 3D-Printed Kayak

first_imgYour daily news update for March 27th, the day the first long-distance telephone call was made in 1884. It’s the Daily Dirt!WOLF RIDGE SKI RESORT LODGE BURNSEarly yesterday morning on March 26 around 1:30a.m., one of the main lodges at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort burned to the ground. Fortunately, the slopes have been closed since mid-March and no one was in the building at the time of the fire. Investigators say the cause of the fire is still unknown.The burn comes amid a time of turbulence for Wolf Ridge, as the ski resort is in the midst of a lawsuit concerning a proposed deal to sell the property. For more information on the lawsuit, check out this article.RECORD MARATHON FINISHESMarathons saw record finishers in 2013, with approximately 541,000 runners completing one of the 1,100 races around the United States. The Running USA’s Annual Marathon Report issued the report, which said completions were up from 487,000 in 2012.Despite some deterrents and tragedy, including weather and April’s Boston Marathon bombings, runners flocked to marathons, indicating an increased invigoration for the sport. The New York City Marathon had a record year, with 50,266 finishers. This year’s Boston race has expanded to 36,000 runners, leading many to expect 2014 could be the biggest year yet.ROANOKE KAYAKER DIESCurt Joyce, an avid kayaker and rock climber, died last Tuesday while running the Grand Canyon.Park rangers said that Joyce was discovered capsized and unresponsive in his kayak Tuesday night near the Lower Whitmore camp in the Grand Canyon. Members of the kayaking group tried to resuscitate Joyce with CPR. They called rescuers with a satellite phone at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Hailing from Roanoke but currently living in Portland, Joyce was an outdoor enthusiast with an ardent knack for living life fully. Friends and family have described him as someone who worked hard to make time for his passion and love of the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Melissa. A memorial service will be held for Joyce on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00pm at South Roanoke United Methodist Church, 2330 South Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA. The Curt Joyce Memorial Fund has been set in place for those wishing to contribute their support for Joyce’s family.BUNGEE JUMPING WORLD RECORDLast Friday, Colin Phillips of the UK completed 151 bungee jumps in a single day, breaking the Guinness World Record. Talk about a dizzying day of inversions and contortions.Surpassing the previous record of 105 jumps in a 24-hour period, Phillips completed the feat in just 12 hours. Jumping from a 238-foot crane in Dubai, he had originally aimed to complete 200 jumps but stopped short at 151 due to fatigue.FIRST 3D-PRINTED KAYAKIn the seemingly boundless world of 3D-printing, engineer Jim Smith has debuted the world’s first 3D-printed kayak. The boat took more than 1,000 hours over 42 days to construct, measuring in at 16 feet 8 inches long.The colorful construction is made of 28 color-coded ABS plastic parts, which are connected by thermoplastic inserts and a small amount of caulk. Check out Smith’s process here.last_img read more

Coronavirus travel bans leave hundreds stranded at Brazil’s largest airport

first_imgCarvallido said she and her daughter Maria Jose had spent nearly two weeks at Guarulhos International Airport, located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the city with the lion’s share of Brazil’s coronavirus cases so far. The same airport saw a surge in traffic last week, when travelers descended on it hoping to beat a new US ban on foreigners coming from Brazil.”In this situation, we want to be with our families and my daughter wants it too … It is very, very difficult,” said Carvallido, shedding tears.Carvallido, 24, and others are eating from lunch boxes and donations and also take turns at an improvised kitchen set up outside the airport. They wash in the airport bathrooms using a small hose.They are demanding humanitarian flights. But Colombia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday no new flights from Brazil were scheduled until next week. Since late April there have been three such flights, taking a total of 346 people back to Colombia.Though called humanitarian, Colombians must pay $350 for the flights, and that is money Carvallido and many others at the airport do not have. Their calls for a free flight home have led nowhere so far.”Under current regulations, this request is not possible,” the Colombian consulate in Sao Paulo said in a statement. Topics : Stefany Carvallido, her 2-year-old daughter and about 200 other Colombians have been camping out inside Brazil’s busiest international airport for days in a desperate attempt to get back to their home country.More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic triggered worldwide lockdowns, much of the world is gradually reopening. But Latin America remains highly isolated by travel restrictions across the region.Colombia has suspended all international flights until at least Aug. 31, preventing its own citizens from returning by air. It has also suspended river and land border crossings with neighbors including Brazil.last_img read more

No regrets for Payet after injury ends World Cup dream

first_imgOlympique Marseille ‘I’d do it again tomorrow’ – No regrets for Payet after injury ends World Cup dream Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 00:35 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dimitri Payet - cropped Getty Images Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid UEFA Europa League As he prepares to watch the World Cup from afar, Dimitri Payet admits he was “fully aware of the risks” of his Europa League involvement. Dimitri Payet has no regrets about risking his fitness in the Europa League final despite the decision costing him a spot in France’s World Cup squad.The Marseille skipper left the pitch in tears after just half an hour of Wednesday’s crushing 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Lyon.Payet, who had been troubled by a muscle problem in the lead-up to the match, sustained a fresh hamstring injury that France boss Didier Deschamps confirmed as the reason for his exclusion from the 23 for Russia.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 31-year-old former West Ham playmaker took to social media on Saturday to offer his support to the national team, while insisting he would not hesitate to make the same call again.”When you are a professional player, the France team is above all, it’s true,” Payet wrote on Instagram.”But [Marseille] is in my heart and if it is necessary to do it again tomorrow, after tomorrow, in six months, in one year, I would do it without question.”I repeat, I love this club and I am ready to make sacrifices for it… I was fully aware of the risks I was taking and I fully assume the consequences.”I am and I will be the first supporter of Les Bleus for this World Cup. I will heal and start preparing for next season. You can count on me.”last_img read more