first_img ONLINE gaming firm Sportingbet reported an increase in second-quarter earnings yesterday and said strong growth in Australia, Turkey and its emerging markets had offset weakness in Europe.The company said EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) rose to £14.5m in the three months to the end of January from £13.6m the year before. whatsapp Thursday 24 February 2011 8:21 pm Share Tags: NULL Sportingbet in Australia boost center_img whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

first_imgCar & General Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Car & General Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Car & General Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Car & General Limited (  2005 annual report.Company ProfileCar & General Limited supplies power generation, automotive, engineering and agricultural equipment in Kenya. The company also imports and markets brands which are global leaders in various markets; including two- and three-wheeler vehicles, tractors, outboard engines, air compressors, laundry equipment and water pumps. Car & General Limited has subsidiary companies in Uganda and Tanzania, and branches in Arusha and Rwanda where it is the master distributor for Cummins (diesel generators, engines and parts). In Tanzania, Car & General manage Kibo Poultry Products Limited which is one of the oldest chicken broiler farms in Africa. It is the master distributor for Cummins diesel generators, engines and parts in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, South Sudan and Somalia. The company was established in 1936 in Nakuru, Kenya; its head office and main operations were relocated to Nairobi following the rapid expansion of the business. Car & General Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgUnion Dicon Salt PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Union Dicon Salt PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Union Dicon Salt PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Union Dicon Salt PLC (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUnion Dicon Salt Plc processes and markets crude salt in Nigeria for the industrial and agricultural sectors. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Union Dicon Salt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

KIS Software Solutions have just launched KISS Contacts, a software system for the small charity designed to help manage their contacts, donors, sponsors and members. Aimed at the pressure group, club, society or association, KISS Contacts is a software system for the smaller organisation with prices starting at £125.Find out more from KIS Software Solutions. Read UK Fundraising’s list of software suppliers and resources. KIS launch software package for smaller charities  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 18 June 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement read more

first_img This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon runners have so far raised just over £16.1 million for charities through the 26.2 Challenge.Around 45,000 people from across the UK and 109 countries worldwide signed up to run the 26.2 miles virtually after the race format changed due to Covid-19. Participants had 24 hours to complete the 26.2 miles, from 00:00 to 23:59 on Sunday 4 October, and could run, walk, take breaks and log their race on a new London Marathon app developed by event partner TCS. Those who completed the distance in the time will receive a finisher’s T-shirt and medal.Virtual entrants included Anna Bassil (main image), who ran around St Albans dressed as a giant birthday cake to raise money for Save the Children UK, celebrating the charity’s 100th birthday, Eileen Noble, the oldest woman in the virtual event at 85, who ran her 20th London Marathon yesterday for Age UK, and 37-year-old Haider Ali, a GP from Manchester, who walked the majority of his route and raised funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Advertisement Tagged with: London marathon virtual event  1,043 total views,  2 views today  1,044 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Melanie May | 5 October 2020 | News Virgin Money London Marathon runners raise more than £16.1m for charity In London, the event was restricted to just elite runners, who ran a new route in St James’s Park.More than 2,000 charities will benefit from the £16,189,238 raised so far via Virgin Money Giving alone, with this total expected to rise as donations continue to come in.The amount raised so far however is well below last year’s record-breaking £66.4 million for charity, which set a new world record for an annual single-day charity fundraising event for the thirteenth year running. 2019’s charity of the year, Dementia Revolution, raised a record £4 million.The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon charity partner of the year was Mencap, which supports people with a learning disability. Over 312 runners took to their own streets raising more than £710,000 for the charity.Edel Harris, Chief Executive of Mencap, said:“While our Team Mencap runners may not have had the race day they had hoped for, we are overwhelmed by their commitment to run the 26.2 miles in their local area. Our 10 runners with a learning disability did a particularly incredible job and showed the world what they can achieve.  The money raised by all our runners will make a huge difference to the lives of people with a learning disability, particularly as we support them through the difficult circumstances they are facing this year.Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving, added:“This has been an extraordinary year and while this wasn’t the 40th marathon we’d planned for, it’s been hugely encouraging to see 45,000 runners throw their weight behind a virtual race and pound their local streets instead. Every runner and walker has defied the obstacles COVID-19 has brought to this annual event and shown a single minded determination to carry on raising funds for the charities that matter to them. It’s both heartening and inspiring.”Figures released by Virgin Money Giving show that gross donations on the platform alone are down £25m between March and August 2020 compared with the same period last year.The public ballot for a chance to take part in next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, which will take place on 3 October 2021, is open until 17:00 BST on Friday 9 October.Everyone who had a place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon had the opportunity to take up a place in the virtual event, in addition to deferring their place to a future London Marathon in 2021, 2022 or 2023. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleExperts Expect Down Farm Economy to ContinueNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 26, 2017 Hoosier Ag Today NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA New documents released by the National Pork Producers Council Thursday show the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. NPPC released a white paper that focuses primarily on trade with Mexico and makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact. The paper also argues against disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the number two export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is number four. For all U.S. goods and services, Canada and Mexico are the top two destinations, accounting for more than one-third of total U.S. exports, adding $80 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 14 million American jobs.For U.S. agriculture, Canada and Mexico are the second and third largest foreign markets. They imported more than $38 billion of U.S. products in 2016, or 28 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports. Those exports generated more than $48 billion in additional business activity throughout the economy and supported nearly 287,000 jobs.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 25, 2017 last_img read more

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Beef Industry’s Best Honored at Annual Awards BanquetNext articlePurdue College of Ag Enrollment Highest Since 1980’s on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue College of Ag Enrollment Highest Since 1980s Facebook Twitter Purdue College of Ag Enrollment Highest Since 1980sTuesday at the First Farmers Bank & Trust Agricultural Summit at Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue Ag Dean Karen Plaut kicked off the day with exciting news for ag in Indiana. Enrollment in the College of Agriculture is at its highest since the 80s.“Our students really want to make a difference and they see agriculture and the food system as an opportunity to do that. So, as they look to the future, they know how important it is that we feed the world and they are rising to the occasion. So, they’re coming, and I think they have a variety of careers, they see a 97 percent graduation rate, and jobs that those students get, and they say, ‘I want to be a part of that.’”Plaut says they’re drawing more and more students in that are not from a traditional ag background.“We are the practical application of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. So, the ability to take their knowledge and then use it to make a difference in the world is really attracting a lot of different students. So, for example, there’s this data mine. 800 students, not all agriculture students, but ones really interested in computers and coding. They realized through that that places like John Deere have really interesting problems and they help to solve those problems and that brings them into agriculture.”Plaut added that the advances in digital agriculture are attracting many of those same students.Ag tech will again be in the spotlight this weekend as Ranveer Chandra, chief scientist at Microsoft, will be the featured speaker Saturday at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry. By Eric Pfeiffer – Jan 28, 2020 Purdue College of Ag Enrollment Highest Since 1980slast_img read more

first_img April 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison is not the answer, economy minister told in letter CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon Organisation Reporters Without Borders discusses the issue of press misconduct in its reply to a letter from the economy and finance minister announcing his intention to file suit against several newspaper editors. The press freedom organisation explains why prison sentences for press offences do not redress the harm done to those who are the victims of defamation. News Reporters Without Borders discusses the issue of press misconduct in its reply to a letter from the economy and finance minister announcing his intention to file suit against several newspaper editors. The press freedom organisation explains why prison sentences for press offences do not redress the harm done to those who are the victims of defamation.—————-Mr. Polycarpe Abah AbahMinister of Economy and FinanceBP 13750 – YaoundéRepublic of CameroonParis, 3 April 2006Thank you for your letter of 21 March in which you tell us you intend to bring legal actions against four newspaper editors for waging what you consider to be “an outrageously defamatory and insulting press campaign” against you and your family.I would like to share with you my thoughts on the current turmoil in Cameroon. Sordid “scandals” have been aired by journalists disowned by the rest of the profession. Public figures have been attacked and held up to opprobrium. After sounding out press freedom organisations, some leading figures have sued newspaper editors. All this adds up to a crisis. It is legitimate to talk in such terms when different groups of citizens, journalists and public figures are so polarised.Journalists are obviously not above the law. As Reporters Without Borders has often had occasion to say, responsible journalism involves both rights and responsibilities. Defamation, insults, false reports and calls for violence are all forms of professional misconduct that can have serious consequences. Mechanisms providing for fair punishment and compensation are essential in order to protect people from any excesses and to make the press act responsibly. But the rule of law means not only that citizens may seek redress before the courts if they believe they have been defamed, but also that the press has an equal ability to defend itself against accusations.Press offences are punishable by imprisonment under Cameroon’s laws as they currently stand. In our view, this prevents justice being done. Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the three major arguments for affirming that the criminalization of journalistic misconduct is unfair, counterproductive and undemocratic, that prison is not the answer.It is a basic legal principle in a democracy that punishments should be in proportion to the offence. Such international bodies as the United Nations and the International Organisation of French-Speaking Countries (OIF) have recognized this principle and asked their members to carry out the necessary reforms. This has not happened in Cameroon, not at least as far as its press law is concerned. Secondly, imprisoning the person legally responsible for a press offence may be a tough punishment but it does not redress the damage done. On the other hand, a court order forcing a newspaper to publish a statement acknowledging that it was wrong reaches the same readers in the same way as the original libel and offsets its negative effects. Thirdly, one of the perverse effects of legislation that sends journalists to prison, no matter how guilty of misconduct they may have been, is that they emerge from prison with the aura of martyrs. The offender becomes the victim, and the victim becomes the offender.In addition to the general principles that make us opposed to the criminalization of press offences, there are the particular circumstances prevailing in Cameroon. The problems of corruption within the judicial system, the business community, the police and the press add to the confusion of an already very complex situation.Let us just take the case of the press. Reporters Without Borders is not fooled by the behaviour of certain public figures who use and abuse the press with the help of editors to promote a hidden agenda. Cameroon is not unique in this respect. In the course of the past year or so, Reporters Without Borders has criticised journalists in Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Chad and elsewhere who sell space in sporadic publications to the highest bidder to attack certain public figures or praise others. The same goes for the reprehensible way certain political or business clans manipulate the press to promote their interests. The lack training and resources of the African press does not explain everything.To combat these abuses, Reporters Without Borders thinks the Cameroonian press needs major reforms. The law must be amended, prison sentences must be abolished and self-regulation must be introduced. Nothing will change if this is not done. Our organisation stands ready to help the Cameroonian government in order to give a chance to responsible journalists who believe in their profession and who want to work in a open and honest environment in which they would be able to have their voices heard and their principles respected.If the newspaper editors who are being sued go to prison, we will publicly reiterate what we are telling you today. That, like you, we think that something has gone awry in Cameroon. That a major part of the press is behaving in an utterly unacceptable and often disgraceful manner. That it is hard to respect the press when it does little to deserve our respect. But that the law as its stands offers no appropriate response to this problem. And we hope that the current crisis will at least serve to bring about a change.I am entirely at your disposal if you would like to discuss these problems further.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General RSF_en Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case News News Receive email alerts Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court April 23, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Help by sharing this information Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further News May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Public Safety Pasadena Police Chief Recaps Recent Critical Incidents By PASADENA CHIEF OF POLICE PHILLIP SANCHEZ Published on Monday, September 5, 2016 | 12:41 am Editor’s Note: In this report, Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez reviews noteworthy incidents which occurred or were concluded in recent weeks in Pasadena.On August 19, at about 5:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of Painter Street (Community Arms) regarding shots fired. On arrival, officers learned that a suspect fired several shots from a vehicle as it passed by. As the suspect driver was leaving the area, he collided with a parked car. The case was assigned to Pasadena Police Detective Jordin Ling, who conducted a comprehensive investigation. The suspect was identified and officers from SES (Special Enforcement Section) and SIU (Special Investigation Unit) arrested the suspect (Steven Pike) without incident. On August 31, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 1 count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (245 PC) and the court imposed a “no bail” order. Our investigation is ongoing.On August 21, at 9:17 p.m., Pasadena Police officers investigated a shots fired call in the 600 block of Earlham Street. Police communications personnel received several calls regarding the shots and dispatched field officers. PPD officers recovered evidence suggesting the suspect(s) fired several gunshots; fortunately, no one was injured by gunfire. Our investigation is ongoing.On August 21 at 1:37 a.m., Pasadena Police officers investigated a stabbing in the area of Del Mar Boulevard and Raymond Avenue. The stabbing occurred during a physical altercation with a group of males. On arrival, officers located the victim, who provided a description of the suspect. He was found several blocks away and arrested without incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.On August 23 at 12:14 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 700 block of East Colorado Boulevard regarding a robbery at a commercial business. On arrival, officers learned that the suspect took several items and left the store without paying. When the suspect was confronted by the store security agents, the suspect brandished a knife and threatened the security agents. PPD officers located the suspect a short time later and arrested him without incident. The stolen items and the knifed used in the robbery were recovered.On August 29, at 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue regarding trespassing on private property. On arrival, officers made contact with two subjects who were on the property without authorization. Further investigation revealed that they were in possession of several pieces of U.S. mail. They were arrested for mail theft. The United States Postal Inspectors were notified.On August 29, at about 9:53 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers Bulaon and Goetz were on routine patrol and conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Bonnie Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. During the field investigation, the officers discovered that the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant and his passenger was on probation. The driver was arrested without incident and officers located burglary tools inside the car along with a quantity of controlled substances.On August 30, Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU)conducted a quality of life enforcement operation in the area of 147 East Orange Grove Boulevard. After watching anti-social and illegal activity for a period of time, twelve (12) suspects were arrest and issued citations. The cases will be presented to the Office of the City Prosecutor for filing considerations and stay away orders.On August 30, Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Youth and Family Services (Y&FS) Unit conducted a sexual registrant compliance check. Detectives visited approximately thirty (30) sex registrants. Twenty-nine (29) were in full compliance with their court order. The remaining suspect was in custody at the Los Angeles County jail. Y&FS detectives routinely conduct visits within our community to ensure compliance.On August 31, at 7:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of California Boulevard and Raymond Avenue regarding a traffic collision involving a motorists and a Metro Gold Line train. During the field investigation, officers learned that the motorist was driving east on California Boulevard and failed to stop for the crossing arms. The driver collided with the train, causing minor damage. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.On September 3, at about 11:06 p.m. Pasadena Police officers investigated an Assault with a Deadly Weapon incident in the 800 block of Brooks Avenue. During the investigation PPD officers learned victims and suspects all know one another. The victims were seated inside a vehicle when without provocation, they were confronted by the ex-girlfriend’s sister and her cousins. A verbal dispute arose, which lead to a physical confrontation. The suspects (three Black Females, 22, 25, 29 years old, Pasadena and Upland Res) began hitting the victims about the head and body with a mini baseball bat. The suspects also damaged the victim’s car. The suspects then fled the area and despite a comprehensive search they were not located. 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first_imgNewsTransportPublic opinion gridlocked over new city traffic measuresBy David Raleigh – August 7, 2020 1809 Advertisement Anne Cronin and children negotiate traffic on journey to school over Shannon Bridge, pre covid, and prior to a segregated cycle lane on the bridge.THE emergence of cycle lanes and more talk of pedestrianisation has irked some and given others something to smile about.There are opposing views on the subject, but the conversation continues to cause controversy as Limerick City and County Council implements its mobility plan for Guiding Limerick Through Covid.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The lockdown that followed the disease here resulted in less cars on the roads, however, as the city and county reopens, bike shops report being sold out of stock with waiting lists increasing.Cycling, most would argue, is good for one’s mental health, however, cycle lanes, it would seem, are not.The red mist is never far away when discussions flow into the red-coloured lanes.In Limerick, the debate has gathered steam, leaving some irked, others bewildered, and more again jumping for joy.Some have questioned why Limerick’s streets and car lanes have been closed off and replaced by cycle lane infrastructure.Clearly infuriated by the plans, one local hairdresser posted two angry videos on Facebook castigating the council for erecting bollards as part of its plans to erect a cycle lane which resulted in road access being partially cut off from to his salon.Change is never easy, and cycle lanes have always exercised the masses, both for and against.Some see the council’s plans as a threat to their livelihoods. Others, notably motorists, express annoyance at the sudden interruption to their daily engine-fuelled equilibrium.And, cyclists love them, obviously.The Novas charity, based locally, plan on using the new bike lanes as an added support to its homeless clients and those battling addictions.“Our McGarry House service is looking for donations of bikes. With many of our usual exercise and group activities paused, we are setting up a cycle club for clients and with new cycle lanes in Limerick, what better time to get on the saddle,” Novas tweeted.Anne Cronin, who previously worked with the charity, is a self-confessed ‘cycling advocate’.Anne Cronin and children negotiate traffic on journey to school over Shannon Bridge, pre covid, and prior to a segregated cycle lane on the bridge.Inspired by the organisers of the Galway Cycling Bus group, Cronin set up Limerick School Cycle Bus, in January 2019, “a group for parents and children cycling to school together from the Northside of Limerick city to the city centre each school day”.While the appearance of a segregated cycle lane along Shannon Bridge has annoyed some, Cronin, whose group advocated for it, says it’s “a fantastic achievement”.It has also made her and her children’s lives safer, she argues.“Sarsfield Bridge is entirely hostile, it’s just not a bridge for kids on bikes, and Shannon Bridge is pretty hostile as well,” she tells the Limerick Post.“Now the campaign is to keep cycle lane (on Shannon Bridge), unless a permanent solution is found somewhere else, perhaps a new bridge.”“Safety is a big problem,” she goes on.Later, Cronin tweets a negative experience cycling with her child on the road this week: “Accompanied 11YO to hurling, went with him as it was windy. Car nearly hit us, knocked on car window at traffic lights and explained that they came too close. Got abused. We took off once lights turned green, they nearly hit us again whilst incessantly beeping at us #Limerick.”Local cyclist Aidan Hogan has also been advocating for extra cycling infrastructure in Limerick city, to improve safety for all road users.Hogan regularly tweets videos of interactions with motorists.Last December he posted a video online, showing a female motorist who appeared to tell Hogan “I don’t give a s**t”, after he explained her car was parked in a cycle lane outside Colbert Station and that he “could have been killed” because he had to go around her vehicle and join traffic in the car lane.“Blame the f*****g corporation,” the driver is heard telling the cyclist.Hogan told this reporter he is no stranger to “running the gauntlet” on his cycling journeys.He argues his video is just a “snapshot of a wider problem, in terms of indiscriminate parking; parking on footpaths; parking in bus stops; parking on double yellow lines”.Dave Tobin, the voice of another Twitter handle, @LimerickCycling, which aims “to strengthen the position of cycling in debates around culture, transport, infrastructure & legislation” recently retweeted comments by Emmet Jackson – accompanied by photographs of cyclists using the newly constructed Shannon Bridge cycle lane – which appear to sum up every cyclist’s view on safety.Jackson tweeted: “So amazing to be able to move freely through the city”.However, even those advocating for cycle lanes were left bewildered when a red lane appeared along the Ennis Road at the junction of Sarsfield Bridge and O’Callaghan Strand.The segregated cycle lane appears to stop a few feet from where it begins, and is not connected to another cycle lane.“There really are no words. #SayNoTo Drugs,” @LimerickCycleDesign tweeted in apparent despair, above a short video of the cycle lane in question, which has been viewed 150,000 times.Tobin also shared a tweet this week by Dublin Mayor Hazel Chu, which reported that, in the capital city, “traders income” has increased between 40%-100%, and that “96% say its improved streets in public survey”…“90%+ say it should be made permanent…“highest footfall in the area since early March”.Tobin wrote: “This is the type of proof that some of those Limerick traders who are scared of change need to see.”“They need to be brought along by showing them they are losing out on money by not wanting real improvements in the city centre,” Tobin added.Shane Gleeson, proprietor of Spar on Catherine Street is in favour of pedestrianisation but not outside his business. He told the Post that the current trial of temporarily closing Catherine Street on Sunday’s has been “a disaster” for his business, but that, the Council’s (free parking on Saturday’s) initiative has proved a hit in his tills.Shane Gleeson, proprietor of Gleeson’s SPAR located on Catherine Street, accepts he may be one of those that others are hoping to bring along.However, Gleeson tells the Limerick Post, he’s actually in favour of pedestrianisation, but just not on Catherine Street.He argues some streets more than others are suitable for pedestrianisation, but Catherine Street, in his opinion, is not.The trialling of a temporary closure of cars for the past three Sundays, has, Gleeson claims, been “a disaster” for his business.“Catherine Street is a wide open artery bringing people into town so blocking that I would find regressive,” he says.“I’m absolutely pro-pedestrianisation, as such, but in the right place. I think it has no place in Upper Catherine Street, where we are, so from my perspective, I think it’s ill-thought-out.”Gleeson’s family has traded in Limerick city centre for the past 60 years, but he admits he is now “forced to consider closure on Sundays”.“In 60 years trade we have never closed a single day, other than Christmas Day,” he says.The street closure has dramatically reduced his business on Sundays, he continues.Last Sunday his shop “lost over 300 customers as a result of the blockade”.He argues that closing the street to cars at weekends has “pushed a serious number of customers out of the city, which contrasts with the effect of free parking on Saturdays”.The council has launched the free Saturday parking as part of its mobility plan on reopening the city.Gleeson says his Saturday deli sales have increased by 23% and his Saturday coffee cup sales have shot up by a staggering 233% since the free parking plan was introduced.“Cars bring customers who purchase into Limerick city, and customer reaction to the free parking has been excellent,” Gleeson says.“All you do by holding those cars out is you hold customers out. The reality is in the till, and each of the three Sundays we’ve been down roughly 18%, and yet, when you look at the Saturdays, when we’ve had free parking, we are up 25%.”However, Paul Williams, who runs Catherine Street cafe ‘canteen’, a short distance from Gleeson’s SPAR, advocates for further pedestrianisation on the street and throughout Limerick.Paul Williams, Proprietor of Canteen, Catherine Street. He is in favour of more pedestrianisation, and believes that introducing living neighbourhoods and not depending on large retail tenants is the future for generating business in the city centre.He reports how moving his tables and chairs onto the street on Sunday’s has “been been positive and sales have been up”.“People like to come into town when the weather is good; they like to have a coffee and they like to meet friends. With limited seating in cafes and restaurants now, we can’t seat everyone, but when we have it on the street, people are happy to sit around for a couple of hours and people are cycling in and (walking) dogs in and meting friends; it’s been really positive.”Williams says “there should be more pedestrianated streets” and “we could have a ‘summer plan’, in that some of the streets are given over to business every summer” to promote tourism in the city centre.He also argues that, generating business through a living city and a residential culture, is a more attractive plan to boost the city centre economy, rather than focusing on attracting anchor tenants such as Debenhams (since closed) or Marks & Spencer.“We also need to come up with a long-term plan for the city centre. It’s not going to be retail, as the majority of young people shop online now. We need a new plan – i.e people living in the city centre.”Limerick Green Party TD, Brian Leddin argues mobility and transport plans will only work provided there is “good consultation; respect for all the stakeholders; and trialling different solutions”.He says pedestrianisation and mobility infrastructure such as cycle lanes, is affordable, “and a lot of the interventions that you need to do are quiet inexpensive”.Leddin adds, “It’s worth pointing out that Limerick didn’t look for a huge amount of money from the (government) – it was €100,000 versus €2 million in Cork. The Minister, Eamon Ryan has asked local authorities to come forward with ambitious plans.”Leddin reveals he has approached Minister Ryan about reactivating old railway lines situated around suburban Limerick and onto the county bounds as part of a sustainable transport strategy.“You’ve the Ryder Cup in 2026 so wouldn’t it be great if we could reopen the Limerick to Adare rail line in time for that, and maybe we could develop a greenway alongside it,” Leddin tells the Limerick Post.“One of Limerick’s huge advantages with respect to rail is that it’s got very good existing infrastructure, it’s just very under-utilised.”“So we’ve an advantage over Cork, Galway, and Waterford, in that regard, so the cost of actually getting those lines active again is not that significant.”Green Party TD Brian Leddin believes any plan for cycle lanes and pedestrianisation needs consultation and respect for all stakeholders, as well as trials to come up with different solutions for different parts of the city.“You’re talking about €200 million, for a major upgrade of rail and suburban rail in Limerick and the mid west, and that would entail reopening lines; increasing frequency of services on lines that are already open; building new stations particularly in places that are well suited to development, such as Ballysimon, Moyross, Raheen – these are all very obvious ones, and that’s what we need to be talking about.”According to Leddin, the Green Party Leader “is really positive about the prospects, but it’s early days yet, but I’d be hopeful we can reactivate a lot of this rail infrastructure.”“We are a relatively flat city and if we provide a dense and coherent network of safe cycling and infrastructure then we will see a huge shift towards cycling as a primary mode of transport,” he continues.“Something like ?? of all journeys in Limerick that are under 3km, 70% of those are done by private car and a lot of that is school journeys. There has been a total collapse of kids cycling to school in the last 20 years – its down 87% since 1986, as per the 2016 census.”“One of the most stark statistics is that in the whole of Limerick city and county, only six girls were cycling to school, and there were more girls driving themselves to school than were cycling – It’s insane, it’s crazy.”“It’s because we have invested very heavily in infrastructure for private cars, and as a result we have got a lot of people driving and that has made the roads more dangerous for people who want to walk and cycle; so, it’s a vicious cycle that we have to break.”The council stated that all measures, from pedestrianisation to re-allocation of space (for cycle lanes) to animating some streets are being trialled to get Limerick moving and people visiting.“Limerick City and County Council believes this opportunity will give Limerick City Centre and various towns the edge, by making them desirable, safe and fun places to live, work, shop and visit.”“The council is to embrace what will be, at least, the short-term new order with a range of Summer 2020 measures; by facilitating some road closures in our city centre, providing parklets”.“The measures will be introduced along Catherine Street, Denmark Street, Upper Denmark Street, Robert Street, Howley’s Quay and Nicholas Street, among others. We are introducing an advisory speed limit of 25km/h in the core city centre and we will facilitate safe segregated cycle routes in the city to encourage family and novice cyclists to come out and get some exercise.”The National Transport Authority is also involved in the programme and has committed funding to the proposals to the tune of €100,000. 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