€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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Dual Citizenship Bill Is Deceptive: Citizens Set Platform & Agenda For 2017

first_imgAs the political season heats up, there will be a lot of noise in Liberia about the gender equity bill, gay rights bill and dual citizenship bill. There is, however, no public outcry about abject poverty, the root causes and incentives for the rising ritualistic killings associated with the upcoming elections or the usual and seasonal impassable ‘highways’ between Tappita and Ganta or Gbarnga and Lofa since 1847. Considering the pressing life-and-death issues of rising ritualistic killings (17 deaths in Nimba County alone) and the nationwide highway transportation quagmire, it seems the noise over dual citizenship or gay bills are misplaced. The dual citizenship noise seems like symptoms of Liberia’s endemic corruption and lingering poor leadership in desperate moves for self-preservation and resuscitation to avert a natural death. It’s in the interest of citizens of Liberia that the real issues that pose serious risks to the safety and security of citizens for 169 years are prioritized.If the Republic of Liberia is a democracy, who is the boss of the Republic? Is the boss the government official or the citizens? If the citizen is the boss, why are politicians – not the citizens – responsible for setting the salaries and benefits of lawmakers or elected officials? If the citizen is the boss, why are citizens not allowed to directly propose laws without the approval or permission of the President or the Legislature? It seems Liberia’s governance system is corrupt by design and with such systemic corruption entrenched, Liberia’s greatest needs are neither a new president nor a new set of lawmakers to manage ongoing systemic corruption is in its 170th year! Liberia needs a new system that is democratic and designed by citizens, not the corrupt political elites. Who has the power and authority to change the current corrupt system? The corrupt system is working perfectly as designed by the political elites. Therefore, it’s the citizens, not the politicians – the President or the Legislators – who must change the corrupt system. A government of the people by the people and for the people must be designed by the people, starting with citizens’ input to setting salaries and benefits.Liberian citizens have a God-given right (inalienable right) to change the repressive system of government and replace it with a system that provides security, equal opportunities and is accountable to the citizens. In addition to their God-given rights, even the current flawed Liberian Constitution designed by the political elites to enable them to glean the resources of the country for personal use almost indefinitely also gives ordinary citizens the right to change a dangerous and corrupt system that threatens the safety and happiness of citizens: Article 1 of the 1986 Constitution is crystal clear on who has the power to change the system that provides incentives for ritualistic killers: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.” We begin by denying the politicians the right to set the national agenda by setting up the citizens’ platform for Citizens’ Independence from domination by the political elites. If the politician is looking for a job, why must we allow him to set the agenda by bringing the political platform? The first two agendas of the citizens’ platform are clear:1. The citizen is the boss who hires, fires and sets the salaries and benefits of public servants.2. The citizen is the master who empowers the lawmakers and president and therefore reserves the right to directly propose laws for the greater common good, consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without the permission or approval of public servants such as the President or the Legislators.Public servants who beg for votes can’t be the same folks who are profiting personally for depleting the natural resources forever, taking bribes to pass laws against the interest of the country, setting their own salaries & benefits higher than all lawmakers in American states, thus leaving insufficient money for roads, bridges, education and healthcare. Despite lip service to dual citizenship, neither the President nor the Diaspora are genuinely serious about facilitating the return of thousands of Liberian citizens forced into exile by a barbarous war to which the government of Liberia through the Armed Forces of Liberia, countless rebel factions and many of the politicians ruling Liberia today were parties to the crime. Aside from empty speeches, and the awarding of extravagant salaries and benefits to selected friends and family members in the Diaspora, can the current government show a single policy crafted to encourage Liberians who fled for their lives during the brutal civil war to return? Is there an executive order of any sort? Are there incentives for the people who sustained tremendous losses and harm, including torture that forced them to flee to return and re-engage in business in the private sector? Are there tax breaks for returning Diaspora entrepreneurs? How about waivers of work permits for returning Diaspora in the private sector? Or is return of the Diaspora only tied to political jobs, with preference over those educated in Liberia? With Liberia waving visa fees for over 300 million Nigerian and other ECOWAS citizens with no family ties to Liberia to enter Liberia freely and engage in business, has there been any incentives for Diaspora return such as visa waivers to encourage thousands of Liberian who fled to other countries? How can these folks keep screaming about dual citizenship when the doors are effectively shut to the Liberian Diaspora? Given the wide range of economic incentives and opportunities yet unexplored by the current administration at the 11th hour, it seems to me the current strategy of dual citizenship is shortsighted and purely political and not economic.The days for the corrupt system are numbered with no opportunity for emergency life support! Liberia, Africa’s 1st independent republic cannot remain the 4th poorest country in the world. Liberia doesn’t need a contest of politicians vying for the presidency or legislature to dump a system, which is toxic and corrupt by design because citizens have the inalienable right to change the system. With ritualistic killings rising along with the number of presidential candidates, it’s urgent that change happens now! To its credit, even the current flawed constitution gives citizens the power to change the system when their safety and happiness so require. So while the political elites are making noise about non-issues like gay bill, gender bill and dual citizenship bill, ordinary citizens don’t need to make noise because they are the only ones who can make a difference by joining the non-partisan and non-political freedom movement of citizens creating their own platforms and setting the agenda for real change.A co-director of Greater Boston Refugee Ministry, Krua is a pastor and human rights activist. He was instrumental in lobbying with US congressmen and policymakers to increase the quota of refugees from Africa being allowed into the US. He has also worked tirelessly in the New England region and beyond to champion the rights of refugees and immigrants. His organization, Universal Human Rights International, worked with thousands of immigrants from 38 different countries over the span of 20 years. He has been honored by the National Peace Corps Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. 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O’Meara vows to take Toms’ title

first_imgSteve O’Meara has vowed to end Ryan Toms’ unbeaten record when the two West Londoners meet at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on 30 September.Toms, from Northolt, improved his record to 9-0 when he beat Pat McAleese last time out and will defend his southern area light-middleweight title against O’Meara, who has won 13 of his 15 professional fights.And O’Meara insists he will prevail in a fight that many see as effectively an eliminator for a shot at the British title currently held by Manchester’s Prince Arron.O’Meara, 27, said: “I watched Ryan’s last match against McAleese. There’s some good stuff but having watched him I feel like it is my fight to lose.“He’s unbeaten and no fight against an unbeaten fighter is going to be easy, because he doesn’t know how to lose yet. Unfortunately, I’ll be the one to show him.“I’ve tasted defeat and know what it feels like. I’m not scared of losing. Hopefully on 30 September I can show I’m a few levels above southern area title standard.”Toms, 29, has looked impressiveThe fight will be chief support to the Commonwealth super-featherweight clash between Liam Walsh and Paul Appleby and is part of a debut show for Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George. Tickets are almost sold out.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, reached the semi-finals of Prizefighter last year, losing on a split decision.Shortly before that he sparred with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather – an experience O’Meara believes has stood him in good stead.“Sparring with him was unbelievable and it is something I will always remember,” he said.“It also had an affect on me mentally, sharing a ring with him. Floyd Mayweather is obviously the biggest name but I’ve sparred a lot of good fighters and I’ve always felt I’ve done well.“Whenever I’m coming up for a fight or I need that mental strength, the sparring with Mayweather, Carl Froch, James DeGale and Darren Barker – spending time in the ring with these types of fighters – makes you mentally strong.”last_img read more

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s routs Hoopa Valley behind Campbell’s 7 first-half TD passes

first_imgEureka >> In three of its four wins leading into Saturday’s game against the Hoopa Valley Warriors, the St. Bernard’s Academy football team scored exactly 42 points.It took all of one quarter for them to accomplish that feat on Saturday.Crusader’s quarterback TJ Campbell passed for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Crusaders walloped the Hoopa Valley Warriors 68-14 at St. Bernard’s Academy.Campbell, who left the game with four minutes left in the second …last_img

Clasico: Meralco, Kaya renew fierce rivalry

first_imgAlso kicking off at 4 p.m. at Rizal Memorial Stadium is the tussle between JPV and Ceres.Both Meralco and Ceres could miss key players who just came off a stint with the national team in Asian Cup Qualifying in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSparks skipper James Younghusband is doubtful for the tiff due to an ankle injury while Phil Younghusband could be rested after scoring in the Azkals’ 4-3 win over Tajikistan.“We have been informed of the injury,” said Aris Caslib, referring to James. As for Phil, Caslib said “we have to check how quickly he can adapt to the travel.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Pacesetter Meralco Manila and Kaya FC Makati renew their rivalry, even as streaking JPV Marikina battles powerhouse Ceres Negros in the Philippines Football League on Saturday.Unbeaten in four matches so far, the Sparks face their toughest test yet in fierce rivals Kaya in the Metro Manila derby at University of Makati pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Pagunsan, Que stay in hunt What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis Sings praises at Nottage Funeral

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 14th 2017: Prime Minister Dr.Hubert Minnis says he owes his survival in the arena of politics to the late Former Minister, Dr.Bernard Nottage. In delivering remarks at the Funeral Service for Dr. Nottage at the St.Agnes Church, Dr.Minnis, also a trained Gynaecologist like Dr.Nottage, recalled his mentorship words of advice during his entry into politics in the 1980s, to treat with every situation as a ‘medical complication’. The Prime Minister in his remarks fondly called him ‘BJ’ described Dr.Nottage as a man passionate about his portfolios and always burnt the midnight oil at his ministries. Prime Minister Minnis added that ‘BJ’ “counted both parties PLP and the FNM as close friends, and though they sparred in the arena, they were colleagues and friends who respected each other, who agreed to disagree on policy matters”. He says Dr.Nottage’s contributions span more than politics, as a sportsman, he ensured bringing the first CARIFTA games to The Bahamas.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister thanked Dr.Nottage’s wife, Portia for her support she lent Dr.Nottage over the years, describing her as the wind beneath his wings.Dr.Nottage held the portfolio as Minister of National Security during the PLP’s tenure in office from 2012-2017. He was 71 years of age upon his passing.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more