Council could lease ghost estate houses

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncil could lease ghost estate housesBy admin – March 31, 2011 748 Linkedin Email Facebook WhatsApp SOME houses lying vacant on unfinished estates in the city could be used for social housing, says Cllr Tom Shortt.He told a meeting of Limerick City Council this week that with 3,500 on the city’s waiting housing list, a special case could be put to the Department of the Environment that vacant properties be allocated to the council.“We should be negotiating for the sale or lease of some of these properties – some of them could be used for social housing – we should pursue this,” he urged.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr John Gilligan pointed out that the council did not create the problem of ghost estates.“Water and sewerage is essential but we do not have the capacity to go in and finish all of the estates, but Cllr Ger Fahy said that Waller’s Close, which has 10 houses, requires just “some outside works remaining to be completed“As it is, we have vacant houses there which attract anti-social activity and become targeted”.Cllr Joe Leddin recommended that where there is a genuine problem with the provision of water and sewerage, the estates concerned should be categorised in terms of priority and value of the bonds outstanding, which in many cases, would not cover the costs involved.“We must ensure that we, as a local authority, are not out of pocket on this. Is there, I wonder, any provision for us to go in to these estates and carry out emergency works because as it is, we have people living on building sites, with fencing and hoardings torn down, and one unfinished estate has no bond – I thought this was essential to secure planning permission”.center_img Twitter Print Advertisement Previous articlePlea to bulldoze Hyde Road ‘eyesore’Next articleThomond Park to miss out on Inter Milan adminlast_img read more

FA faces claim of gender bias as it only closes girls’ academies during lockdown | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – A gender inequality row has erupted in football after the FA doubled down on its decision to close girls’ academies during lockdown while boys’ academies have been allowed to remain open.The move has sparked anger and concern in the women’s game, particularly as it closely follows the decision to halt the women’s FA Cup until after lockdown is over, while the equivalent men’s competition has been given the green light to continue, despite also involving non-elite teams.- Advertisement – It is understood that the government would have allowed girls academies to remain open, as per their guidance which stipulates that an elite athlete is any person “aged 16 or above on an elite development pathway”. Alex Culvin, a former professional footballer and now a lecturer in sport business at the University of Salford, told Sky News the decision was “ridiculous and separatist and indicative of the FA’s interpretation of women’s football”.Leading football pundit and former player Alex Scott also said she would work to get answers about the FA’s decision.“We must do everything to stop inequality like this,” she wrote on social media.Sky News has contacted the FA for further comment. This issue has rightfully been flagged to me today. Will do all I can to look into this and get some answers. We must do everything to stop inequality like this in our amazing game whilst simultaneously ensuring the safety of everyone. https://t.co/ZVXLs9YMbq— Alex Scott MBE (@AlexScott) November 6, 2020 “I don’t know who makes these decisions but they clearly don’t realise how far the women’s game has come,” Helen Ward, a footballer for Watford FC Women, told Sky News.“I can’t get my head around it, it sends a really bad message and instils the belief in the next generation that boys’ football is more important than girls’.”The FA said in a statement after the controversy erupted that all academies belonging to Womens’ Super League clubs would have to remain closed until at least the end of the national lockdown on 2 December, because it deemed their resources “do not meet the necessary ‘elite’ protocols”.- Advertisement – But boys’ academies, some of them based within the same facilities, will be allowed to remain open.“I think it is hard to say it’s anything other than gender inequality,” said Ward.“It shows a total lack of regard for the women’s game and we risk losing young girls to the sport forever because four weeks is a long time off.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cricket News Mithali Raj-Ramesh Powar face-off has hurt women’s cricket team: Shantha Rangaswamy

first_imgNew Delhi: The India women’s cricket team was experiencing an upswing in the last couple of years. The team made the final of the ICC World Cup in 2017 where they lost to England by nine runs. The result and the performances of the side resulted in an increase in popularity of the women’s game. In the recently concluded ICC World T20 in West Indies in 2018, India had registered magnificent wins over New Zealand and eventual champions Australia. However, in the semi-final, Harmanpreet Kaur the skipper decided to bench Mithali Raj, the leading run-getter for India in ODIs and T20s and the team went on to lose the match by eight wickets to crash out of the tournament.Following the conclusion of the match, things took an ugly turn. Mithali’s manager called Harmanpreet a “manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain” in a series of tweets. Following the incident, Ramesh Powar, the coach of the side admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her ‘aloof’ and ‘difficult to handle’. This prompted Mithali to slam Powar and accuse Committee of Administrators head Diana Edulji of bias. “For the first time in a 20 year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence,” Mithali wrote on her Twitter handle.Read More | Kirsten reportedly applies for India women’s cricket team coach postShantha Rangaswamy, who was the first captain of the India women’s team and who led them to their first Test series, said the Mithali-Powar face-off has not helped women’s cricket. “This face-off is a massive blow. Before the game (vs England), India women’s cricket was in the news for the right reasons. The after-effects following the loss have not helped the growth of women’s cricket. The game   is now remembered for all the wrong reasons,” Rangaswamy said in an exclusive chat to News Nation.Read More | WATCH – Harmanpreet Kaur takes a stunning catch in WBBLFollowing the uproar, Powar did not get an extension in his coaching tenure. However, the former India cricketer applied for the post by saying that he could not let Smriti [Mandhana] and Harmanpreet [Kaur] down. When asked whether players had the right to choose their coach, Rangaswamy was dismissive. “No way. Whether  it is me, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, Mithali or Harmanpreet, no player should have the right. This is an administrative policy and decision. If players get the chance, it sets a very dangerous precedent,” Rangaswamy said.Coach should be total packageFollowing the non-renewal of Powar’s tenure, the BCCI invited fresh invitations for the post of India women’s cricket coach. There have been several notable names who have applied, including Gary Kirsten, who helped India win the World Cup after 28 years in 2011. Along with Kirsten, the other names in the list are Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Rakesh Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Dominic Thornely, Gargi Banerjee, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ramesh Powar, Colin Siller and Dav Whatmore. The interview will be conducted by a three-member panel, which includes former India skipper Kapil Dev, former manager Anshuman Gaekwad and Rangaswamy.Read More | Harmanpreet, Mandhana write to BCCI, back Ramesh Powar However, the names of Manoj Prabhakar and Herschelle Gibbs, who have been accused of match-fixing, have generated controversy. Rangaswamy was cautious when asked about the application of these candidates. “I am not aware of this situation. All three of us, me, Kapil and Anshuman should sit down and discuss. There have been no discussions so far. We have to think of all aspects. Nothing is easy when it comes to selection. There is a lot of experience in the panel about close to 150 years to be precise. There are no favorites,” Rangaswamy said.However, India’s first woman cricket captain was clear on what the new coach has to do. “The new coach can’t do any kind of hair-splitting. Results will come only if the dressing room atmosphere is good,” Rangaswamy stated.The interviews will be conducted in Mumbai on December 20 and the decision will be made before the India women’s team travel to New Zealand for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in January 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

VP Pence to Meet with Florida Officials, Deliver PPE on Wednesday

first_imgPence will meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss Florida’s reopening and tourism plans.After meeting with DeSantis, the Vice President will deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to a nursing home in that part of the state, as part of a White House initiative to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country.The vice president will then join a roundtable with hospitality and tourism industry leaders, in order to discuss their plans for reopening. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Orlando on Wednesday, according to a news release. Additional details about the Pence’s trip are forthcoming.last_img read more

Changes announced for “Fourth on Flagler”

first_imgMayor Keith James announced that major changes are in store for  the Fourth of Flagler event in West Palm Beach.For those who are unfamiliar with the firework show, it is one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in Florida and takes place along the West Palm Beach waterfront.In a press conference on Friday, the Mayor stated that due to the coronavirus and the ongoing mandate to social distance, this year’s event will take place from the comfort of home.“We will celebrate together, but at home,” said James.James reported that the fireworks will be setoff from two different undisclosed locations in the city that will maximize aerial views for spectators at home.The city will also provide, ideas on how to make the best of the holiday from your home.last_img read more