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#WATCH Opera Site 3D plans unveiled as planning process begins

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Email Advertisement TAGSfeaturedLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Limerick Twenty ThirtyOpera Site O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park THE planning process for the Opera Site, the largest project in the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme, has commenced and if granted is expected to transform the city centre into a dynamic economic hub and living space.The planning application proposes the demolition of a number of buildings and structures including; 6 and 7 Rutland Street; 6, 7 and 8 Patrick Street; 3 Ellen Street; the former Cahil May Roberts building; warehousing and workspaces at Bogues Yard and Watch House Lane and the existing Street surface car park on Ellen Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Extensive refurbishment of the formative surrounding buildings will also be included in the proposals made by Limerick Twenty Thirty, the special purpose vehicle established last year to deliver over €500m worth of investment infrastructure across four strategic sites in Limerick City.The 1.62 hectare Opera Site was acquired by Limerick City and County Council in 2011, after a planned redevelopment under private ownership failed to materialise in the last decade. The site’s potential was evident but fell short at various stages before local authority intervention.As part of the detailed plans to be lodged this Friday, the refurbishment work “will be sensitive to the rich Georgian architecture across the 550,000sq ft of property. They will deliver a world-class, modern office-based campus in the heart of the city supplemented by ancillary retail, cultural and licenced premises uses,” a spokesperson said.Limerick Twenty Thirty CEO David Conway said: “The redevelopment of the Opera Site, which is now finally going to planning, will be a symbol for Limerick recovery. It will be a pivotal moment for the city and will not just be a huge economic boost to Limerick but will deliver a massive injection of confidence in the city centre,” he said.Limerick Twenty Thirty Chairman Denis Brosnan said: “When we launched Limerick Twenty Thirty last September, we said we would not delay in bringing about the transformation of the city through developing key, disused city sites, and this is evidence of that. Just two months ago we commenced work on the International Gardens project and now we have moved onto the planning process for the much awaited Opera Site.The board met to finalise the submission of plans for the largest single project, the Opera Site in the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme aimed at transforming the city centre into a dynamic economic hub and living space.Picture: Alan Place“The patience of Limerick and its people has been tested in relation to this particular project but they are about to be rewarded. The Opera Site will accelerate the unrelenting transformation of Limerick into an attractive and competitive international city.”A public consultation process with regard to the plans will commence on July 30 and run until August 25, with the planning notice on display until August 11.It is hoped to commence work in 2018, with a five to six year programme to complete the project. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Printcenter_img Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead BusinessNews#WATCH Opera Site 3D plans unveiled as planning process beginsBy Staff Reporter – June 28, 2017 2448 Previous articleLimerick stopover for $26m Wabi Sabi superyacht – but was it really Elton’sNext articleDromoland Castle announce renovation programme Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Mayor welcomes Opera Site progress Timely boost with works at Opera Site set to commence in the autumn and project managers announcedlast_img read more

Little Things you can do for your mental health

first_img Little Things you can do for your mental health Don’t just count sheep: The benefits of a good night’s sleep are self-evident yet still most of us struggle to get our 8 hours. Lying awake with your mind racing often ruin our best intentions to get an “early night”. Believe it or not a good sleep routine takes work & there are #littlethings we can do to encourage a sounder sleep on a nightly basis. Cut down on caffeine -especially in the evening, turn your phone off an hour before bed & develop a wind down routine with a good book or ambient music. Allow the mind to relax & prepare for rest. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Get your body moving: Easier said than done perhaps, but the importance of releasing plenty of happy endorphins when you’re not feeling yourself is paramount. You don’t have to commit to becoming a gym bunny or sign up for Marathons – start small with brisk walks on a sunny evening, dancing with friends, cycling to work or even hiking with friends at the weekend. The release of a light jog when you’re frustrated might just surprise you. Google+ Google+ Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Expand your network of friends: When you’re struggling / frustrated or going through a tough time, fresh friendly faces can be a great distraction & new source of support. Sure, meeting new people can be daunting but putting yourself out there can do wonders for your confidence. Muck in with the local community and get involved with social group activities. Check out your local radio stations “Community Diary” segment to find plenty of #littlethings happening in your local area. No doubt your local Tidy Towns Committee or five aside squad would love a new member. Top Ten #LittleThings you can do for your mental health Talk it out: We’re all guilty of harbouring our personal problems/stressful situations, not wanting to burden friends and family… but we need to realise this is merely a short term solution to a long term problem. Conversations are crucial & take a surprising amount of weight off our shoulders. Whether it’s a medical professional or simply a friend – it’s important to talk it out and avoid small problems escalating. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Please Talk: Yes, talking gets a second mention- but it’s one of the most important #littlethings you can do. You might expect that those closest to you will notice when you’re not feeling the best, but sometimes people are cautious & don’t want to interfere. Pick the right moment so you can chat without interruption, in a comfortable setting. If it’s hard to articulate your thoughts, try putting them on paper first. Just writing down your feelings can be therapeutic in itself. Confide in somebody you trust. If you need to talk to someone right now, free call Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected] Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Brought to you by the HSE #littlethings – for more information visit yourmentalhealth.ie By admin – June 5, 2016 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Try something different/creative: Did you know that nine of the top 20 best-selling publications on Amazon at present are adult colouring books? They’re a fantastic diversion. If that’s not your cup of tea, try some other #littlethings such as knitting, photography, singing, writing – anything that increases your confidence and takes your mind to a happier place. Reduce Alcohol intake: Reducing alcohol consumption is very often an obvious yet overlooked solution to coping with mental health issues. What may seem like a way to deal/forget about problem is more often than not just making it harder for us to cope with day to day stresses. A gentle reminder, alcohol is a depressant and over consumption can increase anxiety and lead to depression. As well as that drinking too much can contribute to memory loss, sleep difficulties and many other serious health problems. A great way to ‘turn in early’ and say no to gatherings with friends where alcohol is consumed is by making productive morning plans with friends and committing to them. Drink less and great nights become good mornings. Start your day in a positive way: This small simple task that can give you great perspective for the day ahead. Every morning when you wake up, make a note (either mental or on paper) of 5 things you are grateful for – “a gratitude journal”. It might take discipline to get started but negativity is a pervasive emotion but you can break the cycle by reminding yourself of #littlethings you feel positive about. Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Make the kitchen your friend: After a long hard & irritating day the simple solution is to treat ourselves to something delicious, easy & probably not that nutritionally beneficial for dinner…. bad idea. Good food is essential to make sure your mind and body work properly. It doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal but, picking a few simple 30 minute recipes to create a healthy, balanced & therefore guilt free meal can be extremely gratifying. Buy a bag of nuts to snack on, put on your favourite album & get started! WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleHighlandTV: Jason Quigley Boxing SpecialNext articleNorth West Cricket Second Round draw made admin Pinterest Facebook Take the time to relax: With such busy lifestyles, often we forget to slow down and relax. There are so many #littlethings we can do to calm ourselves & slow our minds down. A simple start is to focus on your breathing. Concentrate on every particle of rich oxygen that flows into your body and use the soothing effects to regain control of the situation. Along with that look at meditation you can do from home, join a local yoga class or better yet take a class on mindfulness. WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

EIOPA calls for renamed HBS but holds fire on capital requirements

first_imgUnder the targeted common framework balance sheet, assets and liabilities would have to be valued on a “market-consistent” basis and include all available security and benefit-adjustment mechanisms, such as sponsor support, pension protection schemes and benefit reductions.“However,” EIOPA said, “at this point in time, [we do] not advise on harmonising capital or funding requirements.”EIOPA said the term ‘standardised risk assessment’ has been used instead of ‘solvency capital requirement’ – and ‘common framework balance sheet’ instead of ‘holistic balance sheet’ (HBS) – “as these are more appropriate terms to use in the context of risk assessment and transparency”.The HBS has been controversial in the European pensions industry, viewed with suspicion and opposed by many who fear the introduction of Europe-wide regulatory solvency requirements.Under EIOPA’s latest proposals, occupational pension funds should publicly report the standardised balance sheet and the outcome of the risk assessment.National supervisors should “be provided with sufficient powers to act in response to the conclusions of the standardised risk assessment”.Special treatment should be available for smaller pension funds, according to EIOPA, such as exemptions, the use of simplified methods, and less frequent risk assessments.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino said: “This opinion presents a major step forward towards realistic, risk-sensitive information on the financial situation of pension funds.“Relevant transparent disclosure will trigger a dialogue on the long-term sustainability of occupational pension promises and encourage timely adjustments.“As such, our recommendations contribute to the protection of pension scheme members and beneficiaries and to a fair distribution of shortfalls between generations”. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has called for European occupational pension funds to be required to carry out a “standardised” risk assessment on the basis of a common framework but shied away from backing the introduction of harmonised capital or funding requirements “at this point in time”.The supervisor’s recommendations come as part of an opinion paper – ‘On a common framework for the risk assessment and transparency for Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs)’ – to the European Commission, Council and Parliament, and are the outcome of almost three years of work on the solvency of IORPs, the most recent input having been a quantitative impact assessment (QIS) conducted last year.EIOPA said the recommendations would strengthen the IORP Directive and “contribute to the sustainability of occupational pension promises and the protection of members and beneficiaries”.Under its proposals, IORPs would have to conduct a standardised risk assessment to calculate the impact of common, pre-defined stress scenarios on a pension fund’s balance sheet, which would be “set up for the very purpose of the standardised risk assessment”.last_img read more

Five new caps selected for women’s title defence

first_img26 Aug 2015 Five new caps selected for women’s title defence Five news caps have been selected for the England team to defend the Ladies’ Home International title at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, Surrey, from 9-11 September. They are Sammy Fuller of Surrey (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Sammie Giles of Cornwall, Sophie Keech of Dorset, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey. They will join established internationals Gemma Clews of Cheshire, Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire, who all played a part in last year’s nail-biting victory. The reserves are Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) and Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe). The players Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) has a perfect record of five wins from five international matches played this year and has had top ten finishes in the English women’s amateur and the Scottish and Irish stroke play championships. She tied 20th in the European Amateur and represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy.  Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) has won seven out of her eight matches for England in the European team championship and the Girls’ Home Internationals, where she helped the team secure their eighth consecutive win. She tied for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off, and was tied 12th in the British stroke play. Sammie Giles, 20, (St Mellion) has recently won the English women’s stroke play championship, adding it to her win in last year’s English mid-amateur. She was sixth in the English women’s amateur. Sophie Keech, 19, (Parkstone) is currently second in the England Golf women’s order of merit, having won the English women’s match play championship this season and tied for the Astor Salver. She was the 2013 English girls’ champion and was an England girl international. Sophie Lamb, 17, (Clitheroe) was runner-up in the recent ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden where she scored the low round of the tournament, six-under 67. She tied eighth in the British stroke play and was fifth in both the English girls’ and English women’s championships and was fourth in the Irish open strokeplay. Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid-Surrey) helped England win the team trophy at the British stroke play, where she tied 16th and has had had top ten finishes in the English, Irish and Scottish women’s stroke play championships. She shared 17th place in the European amateur. She was an England girl international. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) has just helped England win the Girls’ Home Internationals for the eighth time, where she scored six wins from six matches. This season she has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret and was third in the St Rule Trophy, sixth in the European Young Masters and seventh in the German girls’ championship. Bethan Popel, 20, (Long Ashton), was runner-up in the St Rule Trophy, tied sixth in the British stroke play and tied third in the Welsh stroke play. She also helped England to beat Spain in this year’s mixed international, where she had a hole in one.last_img read more

Steelers’ Haley trying to find balance

first_imgHouston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) and inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) during the first half of the NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The call was unconventional. No wonder Todd Haley loved it.Lined up at the Houston 2 late in the first half on Monday night with a chance to take the lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t put the game in the hands of star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, rapidly improving running back Le’Veon Bell or reliable veteran tight end Heath Miller.Instead, Roethlisberger took the snap and flipped the ball to wide receiver Antonio Brown. Typically this isn’t a bad idea. Brown, after all, is a Pro Bowler. Of course, that’s for catching passes. What he did instead showcased the inventiveness – or insanity, depending on your point of view – of Haley, Pittsburgh’s unapologetic offensive coordinator.Brown pivoted 180 degrees, sprinted to his left, cocked his arm and fired a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone.Touchdown. Just like that, the Steelers had surged in front. Pretty good execution for a play the Brown and Moore had struggled with in practice. Haley decided to run it anyway.“You’re trying to create a look, create a reaction,” Haley said.That’s never been a problem for the architect of one of the NFL’s more dynamic, though occasionally erratic offenses. The confident, blunt and sometimes caustic former Kansas City Chiefs head coach has the Steelers (4-3) in the top 10 in yards passing (eighth) and rushing (ninth) heading into Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. It’s heady territory for a franchise who has staked its reputation and six Super Bowl trophies on defense.Not anymore. Not with Roethlisberger in the midst of another understatedly productive season and Bell and Brown proving to be two of the most electric players in the league.Ask Haley if this group of Steelers represents the most balanced offense he’s had at his disposal in his career and he starts nodding his head.“Without a doubt,” Haley said.With great firepower, however, comes great responsibility. Not to mention more than a handful of egos. Considering the depth at the skill positions, there are plenty of mouths to feed. While Haley has taken great lengths to create a symbiotic relationship with Roethlisberger – to the point where Roethlisberger calls it a “partnership” – he also has no problems juggling the depth chart and the game plan each week depending on need.And if that ends with hurt feelings, so be it.“I never worry about it a whole bunch,” Haley said. “Their job is to come out and play and contribute and coach (Tomlin) does a great job of making that very clear, that the guys that make plays will continue to get opportunities and guys that aren’t will have to wait their turn.”No matter how long they’ve been around. The Steelers signed Moore to a two-year deal in March figuring he would be a perfect fit in the slot. When a hamstring injury slowed Moore late in the preseason, he found his spot on the depth chart taken by unheralded Justin Brown. It bothered Moore but he didn’t ask for an explanation. He’s been around long enough to know that’s not how it goes.“It’s not something that’s communicated, they’re not calling us on the day off and saying ‘we’re going to do this with you,’” Moore said. “You just come in, check the game plan out, you get in practice and get the reps and get a feel for it then.”While Moore’s profile has risen over the last few weeks, even he’s not sure how much he’ll be involved against the Colts (5-2). As balanced as the numbers appear, they’re also deceiving. One week the Steelers are pounding away with the running game as they did when they rolled up 264 yards in a win over Carolina. The next Roethlisberger is throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay.While Haley allows the offense remains a work in progress, he’s not sure there has to be a certain identity. Given how the talent is spread out at the skill positions, maybe the Steelers are more chameleon than anything.“Balance forces you to look at each defense and figure out what is the best way to have the best chance to win,” he said. “When you can do both (run and pass), it’s a positive.”And if you can gamble every now and then, all the better. Haley has no problem opening games in five-wide sets on first down then bringing in three tight ends and a fullback a play later. Last he checked, part of his job is to keep the defense guessing.That’s why Brown found himself rolling left and threading the ball in between two Houston defenders during a pivotal moment in a game Pittsburgh hopes will provide a jolt to their puzzling season. For all their yards, the Steelers have struggled to score touchdowns in close. Might as well experiment.On that front, Haley has found a kindred spirit in Tomlin.“I couldn’t ask for more because he’s playing to win and wants you to think likewise,” Haley said. “Whether it’s thinking about the flea flicker here or whatever it’s ‘Let’s do it. Let’s play to win.’ There is no second guessing. It’s pedal to the metal.”NOTES: LB Ryan Shazier practiced on Thursday, meaning he could return from a sprained right knee to face the Colts. … T Marcus Gilbert (concussion) and DT Steve McLendon (Shoulder) did not practice.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Family Education and Support Services Announces 3rd Annual Seeds of Hope…

first_imgSubmitted by Family Education and Support ServicesThe Family Education and Support Services “Seeds of Hope” benefit auction will be held October 8.Please Join us for a fun night and help support a valuable community organization at the same time!   On Thursday night, October 8th, 2015 Family Education and Support Services “FESS” will again be hosting their (3rd) annual “Seeds of Hope” Gala Auction at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.This Auction offers something for everyone. Items include a year’s worth of couples dates, a family outing and a trip to Hawaii. We have beautiful Jewlrey from Pannowitz Jewlers, an amazing hand sewn quilt, sporting tickets, a sailing trip on the sound, chocolate, wine, coffee and so much more.Tickets for the Seeds of Hope Auction can be purchased on line by visiting the FESS web site here. Want to make a donation but find you are unable to attend?  It’s not too late–just click the “Donate Now” button on our web site.Better yet, give us a call at 360-754-7629.  You are also welcome to drop by the office. We would enjoy visiting with you, giving you a tour, and sharing more about our services.Every parent can use help now and then and this auction ensures our ability to provide critical support to parents and caregivers who request it. At FESS we are dedicated to ensuring that all families are equipped with the skills needed to help them rise above the difficulties that will inevitably come their way.  We are very proud of the quality of the programs we offer and more importantly the positive outcomes they have had in our community. We believe that by strengthening families we strengthen our community.If you would like to learn more about our agency, or support our efforts, please contact Executive Director Shelly Willis at [email protected], visit our web site  at: FAmilyEducationAndSupport.org, or visit our administrative office located in West Olympia. We expect to welcome over 200 enthusiastic guests and raise over $30,000 to help carry forward our mission to inspire healthy child development by providing quality family strengthening services.In our 15 years we have grown. We started with three parenting classes a month and now we currently offer over 44 opportunities each month for parents to gather together and talk about raising children. Last year our agency served over 6,000 individuals including 2,500 youth.So come have some fun. You’ll find an abundance of fabulous items, enjoy a fabulous meal,  and you will be supporting an essential community non profit at the same time.Again, if you have any questions, you can contact our Executive Director, Shelly Willis at 360-754-7629. Facebook114Tweet0Pin0last_img read more