Limerick Council must champion light rail network for city

first_imgNewsLimerick Council must champion light rail network for cityBy Alan Jacques – August 19, 2017 2580 Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention A light rail network is vital to the implementation of the Limerick 2030 plan.A light rail network is vital to the implementation of the Limerick 2030 plan.LIMERICK City and County Council has been urged to champion a proposal for a light rail network for the city.Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan believes there is a once in a generation opportunity to build a modern transport network that will be lost if the council does not act, with serious consequences for future investment for the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We badly need to see a such a network planned, costed and implemented. Without a 21st century public rail system, we will never reach our city’s potential in terms of inward investment, and our road network will grind to a halt,” he warned.“The city is tailor-made for a light rail network. We could utilise much of the existing old rail network that runs through Raheen, and also link through to the Ballybrophy line incorporating a new station giving access to the University. On the Clare side, we could develop local rail stations for Corbally, Moyross and Shannon Airport.“We have a unique coalition of business, political and community groups who have all spoken of the need to develop a Luas-style rail network for our city. The IDA, and Chamber of Commerce back the idea, as do Sinn Fein and a number of other progressive political groups.“And yet despite years of speculation, it remains just an idea.”The Castleconnell-based politician insists that the lack of ambition from the political establishment is palpable.“Significantly, there appears no prospect of capital funding from government to even cost the project. They are not prepared to pay anything more than lip service to it. Once again Limerick is expected to be the poor relation.“Unless there is a change in political representation in this city, we will still be talking about a project like this in ten years time, by which stage we will be light years behind in European terms.“Right now we need to up the political stakes. Every political party should be asked to commit to the project. Local authority management need to end their silence on this issue and demand a government commitment to invest in such a project. The existing Limerick 2030 plan isn’t fully realisable without investment in a light rail project anyway.“The capital cost will be significant but well justified because of the long-term benefits of having a working city with a modern transport system, as a counter-balance to Dublin. All that is lacking is the political will to make it happen,” he concluded.Visit the Limerick Post Politics section for similar articles. Linkedin Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury Facebook Twitter WhatsApp New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleUptake of schoolgirl cancer vaccine plummets in LimerickNext articleSupport for Martens appeal fund is ‘condoning cold calculating murder’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Email TAGSfeaturedlight rail networklimeric city and county councilLimerick Citytranspoy last_img read more

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Listen To Dave Diamond’s Heartfelt New ‘Trois’ Album, Streaming In Full [Premiere]

first_imgEver-prolific drummer Dave Diamond has spent twenty years playing in groups like Assembly of Dust, Zen Tricksters, but easily one of his biggest accomplishments is his work with his own group. The Dave Diamond Band has a certain Americana sound to it, backed by influences from rock, funk and everything in between.With the newly-released Trois album, Diamond continues to find his inner groove. “Had a blast making this record. If you broke down most of these songs they could easily be performed with an acoustic guitar and just a vocal. But being a drummer there’s always that inner groove within me which I cannot deny. So the stew gets thick rather quick.”Thanks to Diamond and his crew, we have the unique opportunity to share a stream of this beautiful album. Check it out below:There’s a reason that Diamond has played with the likes of Bob Weir, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Robert Randolph and more… his innovative style makes him a musician’s musician, through and through.“I’m very blessed to have so many uniquely talented friends lend their brilliance to my smorgasbord of styles on this record,” said Diamond. “I started realizing that these tunes were covering the topic of not sweating the little things in life. Letting stuff go that can bog you down and songs proving there are people out there that care about you even when you don’t even realize it.  You’re not alone. But as the menu grows you can figure out some of the other lyrics cover everything from city life in Manhattan to some agriculture growing and eventually a track about my little angel in life. To purchase the album and to get more information about the Dave Diamond Band, head here. You can see the tour schedule below.Upcoming shows:Friday, May 20th 2016Venue: Dolphin Book Store & CafeAddress: 299 Main Street, Port Washington, NYNotes: Dave plays an intimate set in his hometown.Wednesday, May 25th 2016Venue: Oak Room TavernAddress: 242 Sea Cliff Ave, Sea Cliff, NYAge restrictions: All Ages. Notes: Dave drums w/ DnAThursday, June 16th 2016Venue: Garcia’s @ The Capitol TheatreAddress: 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573,Notes: Dave drums w/Bad Pony (debut show) featuring: Jon Bevo, Dan Pfifer and Aaron Maxwell from God St Wine and Lizzy Kates.Friday, June 17th 2016Venue: La Motta’s Waterside Restaurant Address: 10 Matinicock Ave, Port Washington, NYNotes: Dave drums w/Circus MindSaturday, June 18th 2016Venue: Courthouse For The Center Of The Arts Address: 3481 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston, RINotes: Dave drums w/Sailin Shoes (Little Feat Tribute)Wednesday, June 22nd 2016Venue: Oak Room TavernAddress: 242 Sea Cliff Ave, Sea Cliff, NYNotes: Dave drums w/DnA Friday, June 24th 2016 – Saturday, June 25th 2016 Venue: Martyrs’Address: 3855 N.Lincoln, Chicago, ILNotes: Dave drums w/Assembly Of Dust (AFTER PHISH SHOW)Saturday, July 2nd 2016Venue: Still PartnersAddress: 225 Sea Cliff Ave, Sea Cliff, NYNotes: Dave drums w/Laughing Water (David Berg, Amy Peters, Tom Circosta, Craig Privett) playing some Grateful Dead!!Saturday, July 16th 2016Venue: Cervantes’ Masterpiece BallroomAddress: 2635 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado Time: 8:00pmNotes: Dave drums w/Assembly Of DustFriday, July 22nd 2016Venue: 8 x 10Address: 10 East Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230Notes: Dave drums w/Sailin Shoes (Little Feat Tribute)Thursday, July 28th 2016Venue: Tin AngelAddress: 20 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PANotes: Dave Diamond, Steve Messina and Alan Semerdjian take the stage for an intimate night of song.Friday, July 29th 2016Venue: Rockwood Music HallAddress: 184 Allen Street btwn Houston & Stanton, New York, NYNotes: Dave Diamond, Steve Messina and Alan Semerdjian take the stage for an intimate night of song. STAGE 3 @ Rockwood Music Hall Saturday, July 30th 2016Venue: Union StreetAddress: 107 Union Street, Newton Centre, MANotes: Dave Diamond, Steve Messina and Alan Semerdjian come together for an intimate show. Upstairs space here at Union Street Sunday, July 31st 2016Venue: Beau’s BarAddress: 54 Broadway, Greenlawn, NYNotes: DDB plays outdoors on a Sunday afternoon at Beau’s BarFriday, August 12th 2016Venue: Mexicali LiveAddress: 1409 Queene Anne Road, Teaneck, NJNotes: Dave drums w/Bad Pony Jon, Dan and Aaron (God St Wine) and Lizzy Kates John K Band, Reflections) Friday, August 19th 2016Venue: River Street Jazz CafeAddress: 667 N. River Street, Plains, PANotes: Dave drums w/Jam StampedeSunday, August 21st 2016Venue: Warwick Winery (Grateful Dead Festival) Address: 114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY Time: 4:00pmNotes: Dave drums w/Jam Stampedelast_img read more

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Sonnax Industries Inc. has received a Worksite Wellness Award

first_imgSonnax Industries Inc. has received a Worksite Wellness Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.Sonnax was one of 17 companies around the state recognized for their efforts to promote the wellness and health of their employees. Gov. Jim Douglas presented the awards at a ceremony in Montpelier on Jan. 27. He said it was important to recognize businesses that are taking a proactive approach toward creating a healthier workforce.”These annual awards honor employers that provide opportunities for employees to take responsibility for their health both on and off the job,” Douglas said.Douglas added that these companies also reap the benefits of such efforts, through lower health care costs, greater productivity, greater employee retention and less absenteeism.Sonnax, which designs, manufactures and supplies components for the automotive aftermarket worldwide, provides an on-site fitness center for the use of all its employees, as well as a session with a personal trainer. The company also offers free weekly yoga classes.Other company benefits include free spring water, annual flu shot clinics, and a smoke-free environment that extends to both the buildings and grounds.In addition, the company headquarters, constructed in 1997, was built with nontoxic materials, chosen to minimize the impacts on both employee health and the environment.The Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is composed of volunteers appointed by the governor who promote and advocate for better health through exercise.last_img read more

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Six dead in Switzerland County house fire

first_imgVEVAY, Ind. – Six people were found dead in an early morning house fire in rural Switzerland County Saturday.First responders were called to the house on Lewis Drive around 3 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed.“Upon extinguishing the fire, it was determined there were multiple victims deceased inside the residence,” according to Indiana State Police spokesperson Stephen Wheeles.Authorities recovered six deceased victims inside the house. One adult male was able to escape from the home without injury. The names of the victims are being withheld at this time. The investigation is ongoing as authorities do not currently suspect foul play.last_img read more

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