first_imgNewsLocal NewsMayor demands action on former landfill siteBy admin – September 24, 2009 820 Previous articleShots fired at houseNext articleConcern at access denial to city admin Print Facebook Advertisement IMMEDIATE action at the former landfill site on the Longpavement, is being demanded by Mayor Kevin Kiely.He wants it converted into a top class recreational facility.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Following a directive by the EU some years ago, the site was cleared of the landfill dump for the city’s litter. Currently being rehabilitated under licence from the Environmental Protection Agency, the objective is to minimise the uncontrolled spread of landfill gas and landfill leachate beyond the site.While the rehabilitation works will continue to the end of this year, it is expected that the site will be redesigned for a number of recreational activities, although to-date, no specific details have been confirmed.This week, however, Mayor Kiely said the time is now opportune to move the project ahead.“Eight years ago, I was told that we’d have a golf course and soccer pitches on the site, as well as a riverside walk, possibly a playground, seating, lighting, etc. – all of which would fit in very well with the regeneration plans we have for that area of the city – now is the opportune to move on this”.The mayor enquired about the present levels of methane gas on the site and was told by City Hall executive, Caroline Curley, that monitoring of the site had revealed that the production of landfill gas was relatively low and therefore, ruled out the possibility of generating energy.“The Environment Protection Agency licence required that a landfill gas collection and treatment system be installed on the site and to comply with this, a gas drainage membrane was placed on top of the landfill,” she said.The mayor and councillors were told that pumping trials were carried out to estimate the amount and quality of gas that would be produced.“The results from the trials predict sustainable capacity at the site until 2040, and that the landfill gas will continue to be produced at a lower quantity and quality for the following 20 – 30 years”.Explaining that while the rehabilitation work on the site will be completed by the end of this year and that monitoring will continue to ensure a reduction of land fill gas, city council says that a system, comprising vertical wells, collection pipework, pumping plant, storage tank, methane stripper and a rising main to the main drainage system will be installed.“Landfill gas will also be reduced by the placing of a liner layer and the surface water liner layer over the entire landfill body, which will prevent water going into the site.Mayor Kiely said that the recreational facilities planned for the site, when the rehabilitation work finishes at the end of this year, will be discussed at the first full meeting of the new city council, at the end of September.center_img WhatsApp Linkedin Email Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBy Michael Laff/ShareAmerica August 05, 2020 The U.S. government is providing financial assistance and technical support to multiple Caribbean nations fighting COVID-19.Assistance ranges from distribution of medical or protective equipment to support for programs in which young leaders engage students while schools are closed.The U.S. Department of Defense has delivered thousands of face shields, gloves and protective suits to national disaster offices in eastern Caribbean countries with support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.The U.S. Embassy donated $20,000 worth of medical supplies from the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program to the Bahamas.Donations included airway pressure machines and conversion kits that turn the machines into ventilators to help patients suffering from COVID-19.The U.S. Embassy in Barbados, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, supported UNICEF to partner with 72 local radio programs in the eastern and southern Caribbean to broadcast health prevention measures.The embassy and UNICEF worked with education officials to implement safe health protocols and delivered sanitizers and equipment to schools and youth centers.Andre Pitts, an alumnus of the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, launched COVID-19 Watch in Belize. The show, broadcast on television and online, reaches 40,000 people with information about the virus and includes appearances by government officials and health experts.Fundashon Venex, a nonprofit foundation, used a $12,000 grant from Spirit of America — a nonprofit foundation that provides supplies to nations where U.S. forces are stationed — and support from the U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao to purchase food for vulnerable populations, including Venezuelans displaced by the humanitarian crisis in their country. The food fed 500 people for several weeks.“It’s our duty to support the most vulnerable in the community and an honor to have participated in the donation of food to about 200 families of the Venezuelan community and others on Curaçao,” said U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg.The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic joined with the Fashion for Inclusion Foundation and the Dominican Association of Fashion Designers to supply more than 12,000 units of medical protection to hospitals. Local fashion workers made the equipment at home. Six former scholars with U.S. government programs handled distribution of sheets, hats, pajamas and surgical boots to the National Health Service.In Guyana, the United States has provided $350,000 in new migration and refugee humanitarian assistance to support COVID-19 response efforts for refugees and host communities. In addition, U.S. Embassy officials donated N95 masks and infrared no-touch thermometers to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.After schools closed in Trinidad and Tobago because of COVID-19, three members of the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Youth Ambassadors program offered online tutoring sessions for free. Using connections they made during their program, the students built a network of 30 tutors from several countries to help 4,000 students in the Caribbean maintain their academic performance over the remainder of the school year.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is on the comeback trail after resuming light training. Press Association The 25-year-old Dutchman has been sidelined since September, when he was ruled out by the Magpies for “a number of months” because of a thigh injury. However, he tweeted on Tuesday: “Finally my boots back on! First session outside.” center_img De Jong, a £6million summer signing from Ajax, played only three competitive games for the club before misfortune struck, and it did so at the worst possible time for manager Alan Pardew. The Holland international had been recruited to provide the link between midfield and attack, and he headed for the treatment room with the club in the midst of a dreadful run of form which left Pardew under extreme pressure. However, in his absence, De Jong’s team-mates have forged a remarkable recovery which saw them claim a sixth successive victory, five of them in the Barclays Premier League, over QPR on Saturday, a return which has seen them climb into the top five. Despite his return to the training pitch, the midfielder, who was initially ruled out of action until after Christmas, still faces several weeks working his way back to full fitness. last_img read more