Email Advertisement Linkedin Twitter NewsEnvironmentLimerick Council is bee-ing friendlyBy Bernie English – March 22, 2019 1583 Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick on Covid watch list Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins with Michael Sheehan, LCCC Parks Department, Sharon Lynch, LCCC Environmental Technican and Anne Goggin, LCCC Senior Executive Engineer.PIcture: Keith WisemanTHE HUMBLE dandelion is an annoying weed to some gardeners but if you’re a bee it’s spring gold.And Limerick City and County Council is delaying the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas to let the dandelions and other wild flowers flourish and help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Council signed a framework agreement with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to formalise its long term commitment to support pollinators in Limerick.The plan is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities to support pollinators such as bees.Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate crops, fruits and vegetables — but many pollinators are now threatened with extinction.Last summer, Limerick City and County Council began implementing the plan by leaving three pilot areas of public land develop into Wild Flower meadows at Corbally Meadows, Childers Road and College Park.The species diversity in these areas was studied by Dr Tom Harrington, botanist and all were found to have a range of plants of value to pollinators, in particular at Corbally Meadows.In addition to the wild flower meadows, grass cutting will be delayed in a number of public areas to allow the dandelions to flower.These include Curraghgower Park, Arthur’s Quay Park and part of Mungret Park.Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “It is very important that we care for our environment. Scientists have shown that bees are crucial to maintaining crops. They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.”Limerick City and County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to officially partner with All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, leading the way in ‘pollinator protection.Michael Sheehan of the Council Parks Supervisor said: “There’s huge interest from the public in pollinators and an awareness that we have to take action now. The strength of the Pollinator Plan is its evidence-based guidelines which give clear advice on how each sector can improve their land for pollinators.”Have your say by using #BeeFriendlyLimerick on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County CouncilNews Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Facebook Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues WhatsApp Previous articleFilm and theatre at Kilmallock’s Friars’ GateNext articleLimerick name team to play Dublin in League semi final Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat
Home » News » Housing Market » Still no relief from ‘unwarranted’ stamp duty rates in Hammond’s Spring Statement previous nextHousing MarketStill no relief from ‘unwarranted’ stamp duty rates in Hammond’s Spring StatementToday’s Spring Budget statement from the Chancellor included many well-funded initiatives for house builders, but nothing for beleaguered home buyers.Nigel Lewis13th March 201903,353 Views Both increased property taxes and greater regulation of the housing market were absent from today’s Spring Budget statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, agents will be relieved to hear.But reform of the Stamp Duty system, which has caused huge difficulties for the prime housing market and continues to prevent many thousands of people from moving up and down the property ladder, was also absent.A handful of important changes were announced, designed to increase the number of new homes to be built in the coming months and years, as well as where and how they are built.In summary, these include:£717 million is to be released from the existing £5.5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to help build 37,000 homes at several sites including Old Oak Common in London, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and Cheshire.Government to guarantee up to £3 billion of additional borrowing by housing associations and create an additional 30,000 affordable homes.New planning guidance to be issued to ensure large housing developments offer a more diverse range of houses following MP Oliver Letwin’s recent review.Government to bring in planning reforms to enable greater flexibility when allowing different uses for buildings, and new ‘air rights’ permitted developments rules to encourage roof-top extensions.Green paper to be published setting out the government’s plans to speed up and reform the planning process.Government is to double the size of the Housing Growth Partnership with Lloyds Banking Group to £220 million, to help provide additional finance for small builders.Chancellor says 60,000 first time buyers have now benefitted from his recent decision to abolish Stamp Duty for those buying their first home since it was announced in his Autumn budget statement last year.Industry reactionTV presenter and MoveIQ founder Phil Spencer (left)says: “Any boon to Britain’s chronic housing shortage is, of course, not to be sniffed at — but the Chancellor’s plans simply do not go far enough.“Britain needs a long-term, apolitical and impartial plan to build the homes we so desperately need and not short-term soundbites to keep prospective voters happy.”John Phillips (left), group operations director at Just Mortgages, says: “ We know the housing market is struggling at the moment, so we need to open up incentives for people already on the housing ladder as well as those looking to take their first step in order to get things moving again and give second and third steppers more confidence in making that next move.”Nick Leeming (left), chairman of Jackson-Stops, says: “The property industry and home movers across the country were once again hoping for some relief in the form of cuts to stamp duty rates on properties in the middle to top end of the market. And once again, we have had no such luck.“Hammond’s pot of gold, which is set aside to assist with any upset caused by a no-deal Brexit, could have been put to far better use. But instead buyers and second homeowners alike are having to fork out thousands in unwarranted stamp duty costs.”Paul Smith, CEO of Spicerhaart, says: “Today’s Spring Statement was a slap in the face for the property industry. The current government claims to be determined to fix the broken housing market, but today’s speech was a recital of past announcements and lacked any material attempts for change. Yet another missed opportunity to create a housing market that works for us all.Mark Hayward (left), Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, says: “Demand for housing continues to rise, and the number of new homes currently being built isn’t enough to fill this void.“Coupled with the fact that the buying and selling process is lengthy and expensive, there’s no incentive for homeowners to move. This means people are staying in their first properties for longer and consequently, there’s a severe lack of affordable housing, so we wholly support the measures announced today.”Read Hammond’s speech in full. Jackson-stops Phil Spencer MoveIQ Spring budget 2019 Nick Leeming budget statement 2019 Chancellor Philip Hammond spicerhaart Spring Statement March 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
10 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica. UN photoNEW YORK, USA — The committee tasked with building a permanent memorial at the United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade on Friday launched a global competition for the design of the structure to remind the world that millions of Africans were violently removed from their homelands, abused and robbed of their dignity.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will administer the design competition, Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica, the chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.“As we launch the competition I am pleased to report that all stakeholders including the members of the committee, Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Africa Group which participated in the negotiations are supremely confident that UNESCO will manage a transparent, inclusive and politically impartial selection process,” said Wolfe.He urged ministries of foreign affairs and culture of member states to disseminate information about the design competition so that a “rich and diverse pool of applications can be submitted to UNESCO for consideration.” The deadline for submitting designs to the competition is 19 December 2011.Philippe Kridelka, the director of UNESCO’s New York office and representative to the UN, noted that the monument will not only be a symbol, but part of an education process in memory of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Some $4.5 million is required to build the monument, and just over $1 million has been raised through donations from states and other sources. Wolfe encouraged corporations, philanthropists and the private sector to contribute to the project.Caribbean News Now Share Share NewsRegional UN launches competition to design memorial to victims of slavery by: – October 1, 2011
Bishop Simeon Hall. Image via:blackchristiannews.comNASSAU, Bahamas — Baptist Bishop Simeon Hall said on Thursday in The Bahamas that homosexuals ought not to be demonized by homophobic clergy, but they, like anyone else, should be invited to the church to, “experience the transforming power of God.”“Over the last three days, three young men contacted me since I made this statement to all those with a sexual orientation to seek help,” said Hall at a Rotary Club of West Nassau luncheon. “One of these men came to my office on Tuesday evening, the other on Wednesday and the other has an appointment.“Their painful and sordid stories were frightening, but my response to them was pastoral.”In a statement on Monday, Hall urged homosexuals to seek help to turn away from their “non-productive and deadly practice”.Hall said on Thursday, “I do not demonize anyone, their sexual preference notwithstanding.“But what I find disturbing is men absent, men unable to take care and provide for their families, men dying and leaving children to fend for themselves and men infecting their partners with HIV/AIDS.“All this negatively contributes to a society already on the edge of disintegration.”Hall claimed that the sexual practice of men who have sex with men (MSMs) is negatively impacting the growth and development of The Bahamas.“If this sexual practice [has led] to an increase of 14 percent of our men contracting HIV/AIDS, then it is clear that this practice, which, by the way, can produce nothing, is now…deadly and is a threat to our national infrastructure.”Hall released his statement on Monday in response to a Nassau Guardian article that revealed that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in The Bahamas among MSMs is near 14 percent, which is nearly double the eight percent documented in 2008 by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“All over this nation leaders are crying about the absence of men; the church, the schools [and] young women looking for strong ‘male men’ to marry them,” Hall said on Thursday.“My appeal, therefore, is to the homosexual community to seek help so that they can play their God ordained role in our communities already distressed with crime, social distress and disorder.”By Royston Jones JrNassau Guardian Staff Reporter Share Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 15 Views no discussions NewsRegional Homosexuals must not be demonized, says Bahamas bishop by: – November 19, 2011
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