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Public opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish Aid

first_imgEmail Twitter TAGSIrish Aidlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleCouncil to put brakes on dangerous driving in RathkealeNext articleLimerick Chamber members to benefit from new digital strategy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPublic opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish AidBy Staff Reporter – September 18, 2017 1595 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Printcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp The Irish Aid offices in Limerick The Irish Aid offices in LimerickPUBLIC submissions on the Irish Aid programme, headquartered in Limerick, are being sought by the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence.Under its review of the Irish Aid programme, the cross party committee wants to hear people’s views on the work carried out by Irish Aid abroad.In 2017 Irish Aid accounts for over €485 million of voted expenditure. That accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Ireland’s official development assistance (ODA), with the remainder disbursed by other Government Departments (a total of €651 million).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Aid office moved to Limerick in 2009 and retains 90 jobs throughout its continued existence in the city centre.Now, the committee is seeking to hear the voice of the people on the work of the State body and committee chairman Brendan Smith TD said that “the review will focus on expenditure and value for money, but will also focus on results and impact, including in a number of specific policy areas, including climate change and the development and humanitarian aspects of the migration crisis.“Despite improvements in levels of extreme poverty, there remain huge development challenges in the most impoverished regions of the world.“Humanitarian crises are on an unprecedented scale. This review will provide an opportunity to highlight some of those very serious challenges and how the Government is responding.“As Ireland’s economic recovery continues, it is also timely for the Joint Committee to take a closer look at the proportion of Gross National Income (GNI) being allocated to overseas aid and how Ireland is meeting its international commitments in that regard.The Joint Committee is now seeking submissions from interested parties and stakeholders.Details of how to make a submission are available by clicking here and the closing date deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, 13 October.See more news here Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Pint-Sized Broadway Faves Take on Hamilton’s ‘Schuyler Sisters’

first_img Hamilton View Comments Luca Padovan, Joshua Colley & Douglas Baldeo Related Shows Jasmine Cephas Jonescenter_img Star Files The Tony Awards may be over, but the Hamilton mania is stronger than ever. Remember that adorable Miscast take on “The Schuyler Sisters” that On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafane, School of Rock’s Luca Padovan, Les Miserables’ Joshua Colley and Kinky Boots’ Douglas Baldeo totally nailed? (In fact, that performance isn’t the only 2016 Miscast number that we will always cherish.) Comedy queen Maya Rudolph got in on the fun this time as Aaron Burr (Sir!) on Maya & Marty. Watch them werk below! from $149.00last_img read more

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Williams F1 team up for sale

first_img(BBC) -The Williams Formula 1 team and wider company group are up for sale after posting a £13M loss last year.The momentous decision marks a major change in direction for a company whose founder Sir Frank Williams had previously always insisted on retaining control.Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “Frank has always ensured he puts the team, business and our people first, and that’s what we’re doing now.”She said the aim was to secure the team’s future through internal investment.Sir Frank, 78, is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the team.Claire Williams said: “Frank is always aware of and up to speed with every decision the board takes and is supportive.“He wants to ensure the future success of his team and understands and agrees this is the right time to seek inward investment to achieve that.”The company said in a statement that they were considering “various strategic options … including but not limited to raising new capital for the business, a divestment of a minority stake in Williams Grand Prix Holdings, or a divestment of a majority stake in WGPH including a potential sale of the whole company”.It said the company was “not in receipt of any approaches at the time of this announcement” but said it was “in preliminary discussions with a small number of parties regarding a potential investment”.Claire Williams said in a conference call that the aim was to complete the process “within the next three to four months, but we are fully funded throughout the remainder of this year”.Asked if the company was at risk if the team could not be sold, Claire Williams said, “I have every confidence we will find the investment we need.”Managing director Mike O’Driscoll said there were “no prescribed outcomes” and that a “whole sale is just one option”.The move comes in the wake of Williams finishing last in the constructors’ championship for the second year in succession in 2019, leading to a significant drop in income.She said she believed the introduction of a budget cap from 2021 and new regulations aimed at levelling the field from 2022 made the team an attractive opportunity.She said she was “very confident about this team’s future and our ability to succeed in our sport again because the environment in which we can compete is changing”.She said there was “no one key factor” in the decision to put the company up for sale but the coronavirus crisis was a contributor.F1 is facing a significant loss of income as a result of the lack of racing this year, with all major revenue streams under threat.The sport is aiming to start a curtailed season in Austria at the beginning of July.Williams also announced that they had terminated their relationship with their title sponsor, the mobile phone company Rokit, with immediate effect.Williams, one of the most successful teams in F1 history, dominated large swathes of the 1980s and 1990s, winning multiple championships with the likes of Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Damon Hill.But competitiveness has declined this century. Williams went through a brief renaissance from 2014 to 17, when they finished third twice and then fifth twice, but fell to the back in the last two years.last_img read more

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Baldwinsville native Firenze living dream playing at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2012 at 2:35 am Contact Josh: [email protected] Jackie Firenze’s parents saw potential in their young daughter. They installed green turf-like carpeting in the basement of her childhood home, so she could kick a ball around and work on her first touches whenever she wanted.Just last week, Firenze worked on that same first touch with Syracuse assistant coach Adam Reekie before SU’s game against Connecticut. Three hours later, Firenze, playing in her first Big East game, scored the game-winning goal with 30 seconds left.Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon called it the biggest goal and biggest win in program history.Firenze spent her teenage years living in Baldwinsville and grew up following Syracuse athletics. She came to the Carrier Dome and the SU Soccer Stadium to watch her heroes play. For her to now be wearing an SU uniform is a surreal experience for the Firenze family.“We always would come to watch the men’s and women’s teams over the years,” said Firenze’s mother, Kelly. “We were always in the stands, so this feels like home.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKelly said it gives her chills to hear her daughter’s name announced over the public address system during games.From the bleachers at SU Soccer Stadium, Firenze dreamed of her Syracuse debut. She envisioned herself on the field, playing with Cecilia Borgstrom, Brittany Anghel, Jenna Rickan, and Skylar Sabbag. She took mental notes so she’d be ready to play when given the opportunity.She even memorized the team’s warm-up routine. And when this year’s team decided on how to get ready before games, the freshman knew just what to do from watching in the past.“I was like, ‘I know exactly what they do. They do this, this, this and this,’” Firenze said.She was even more comfortable with putting on a Syracuse jersey for the first time.“I guess a lot of people would be nervous, but I was more excited than nervous,” Firenze said. “I mean, obviously there were some butterflies, but it was great. I was so happy.”Her family is excited, too. Eight of Firenze’s family members were on hand to see her goal against the Huskies, including her sister, 2013 SU soccer recruit Emma Firenze.“We’ve played soccer together since we were 5,” Emma said. “We’ve always been on the same team, so coming here and being on the same team as her was really important for me.”For the sisters to play in college together is a dream come true. Jackie Firenze originally made a verbal commitment to Boston University, but withdrew when she realized what Syracuse athletics meant to her.“It’s crazy,” Emma said. “I can’t believe that she’s actually out there because we grew up watching it. It’s just shocking, almost, to realize that we’re actually here and we’re going to be playing (together).”Kelly said she’s thrilled her daughters will be together again.The sisters share a love for soccer and have practiced together hours on end, starting from a young age in the family’s basement. Jackie Firenze has become the player she is by always striving for more.Playing for the Empire United soccer club, Firenze’s teams competed against the nation’s top teams. In one game, as Empire coach Mike Paolini put it, the team was getting “shell shocked” by the defending league champions and was lucky to be down only 1-0.“Jackie scored a free kick with probably two minutes to go and we ended up tying it 1-1,” Paolini said. “It was an unbelievable free kick. That was really special.”At a young age, those around Jackie realized she had special talent. Opponents always kept an eye out for her No. 9 jersey.“The thing about Jackie is she’s worked for everything,” Paolini said. “Even at that age all the way through 18 years old, Jackie put her social life aside and focused hard on her academics and soccer. That was her life and I think all the opportunities that have opened up, not only soccer, but off the field, are because of her dedication.”Paolini was in attendance for Syracuse’s home opener and called it a joyful and fulfilling moment.“Everyone through the years knew she was a good player,” he said. “It’s like climbing the mountain. I think it’s harder to stay on top of the mountain than it is to climb it. I think she was at the top of the mountain a lot.”The goal against UConn was the highlight of Firenze’s young collegiate career. For it to come playing for the team she grew up idolizing made it even better.Firenze had opportunities to play elsewhere, but Syracuse sports are all she’s ever known and what she grew up loving.At the end of the day, it’s where she wanted to be.“I couldn’t be happier that I’m here,” Firenze said. “I’m really excited about what’s going to come this year and the years after.” Commentslast_img read more

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