Limerick Council is bee-ing friendly

first_imgEmail 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 AUTHORcenter_img 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 threatlast_img read more

USC looking to take SoCal tournament

first_imgThere is no rest for a team with NCAA championship aspirations.If this weekend’s SoCal Tournament in Westwood unfolds as expected, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team (11-0) will face a few teams seeking retribution for early-season losses to the Trojans.Triple threat · Junior two-meter Matt Burton and the Trojans put their seven straight SoCal Tournament championships on the line this weekend. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanOwners of seven consecutive SoCal Tournament crowns, the Trojans will begin their title defense against Redlands at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by an afternoon matchup against either No. 8 Long Beach or No. 9 Pepperdine. Barring an upset, the Trojans will then face either No. 4 Stanford or No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.As to whether this streak of seven consecutive SoCal Tournament victories adds any pressure to a young team already trying to prove itself against all other NCAA programs, redshirt sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal seems unfazed.“We’ve won it seven years in a row and we know that we can definitely win it again this year,” Rosenthal said. “The pressure isn’t to keep the streak alive; it’s more to keep proving that we’re No. 1 and that we’re still the team to beat.”USC coach Jovan Vavic has stressed a simple, fundamental approach during practices this week. Perhaps in a move of strategic posturing, he has tried to deflect much of the hype surrounding the Trojans, saying he believes that they are still an underdog.“I don’t think we are the favorite,” Vavic said. “We’re ranked No. 1, but I think UCLA is probably the favorite in this tournament. They’re playing at home, they’re an experienced team and they’ll have a big crowd in their favor.”As for adjustments he expects teams to make for their rematches against the Trojans, Vavic said he is preparing for opponents to better defend two freshmen who were unknown quantities heading into the NorCal Tournament: two-meter Jeremy Davie, the team’s leading scorer, and driver Nikola Vavic.When listing teams capable of winning this tournament, Vavic and his players disregarded few programs. Berkeley’s roster is complete with experienced talent, Stanford is underrated, LMU has elite goaltending, and UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine have challenged the best teams in the NCAA. Undoubtedly, this NCAA field is balanced, especially among the top teams. Not to be forgotten, in both its victories against UCLA and Cal, USC won by a one-goal margin.From a wider perspective, not only is this tournament an opportunity for USC to retain its No. 1 ranking, but also an opportunity for the team to position itself for the postseason.“If we win this tournament and come out with an undefeated record, that pretty much puts NCAA’s within our hands because both Cal and UCLA would have to come to our pool and play us at home in order to take away any chance of our going to the NCAA’s,” said junior two-meter Matthew Burton. “With that in mind, it’s a huge tournament for us.”last_img read more