16 Jun

Noosa Parade overhaul gets green light

first_imgNoosa Parade overhaul gets green light Plans to upgrade Noosa Parade between the Munna Point Bridge and the Garth Prowd Bridge have been given the go ahead, with the State Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program chipping in $2.23 million for construction to commence early next year.Mayor Clare Stewart said this was great news for locals and visitors, with the 1.2km section upgrade meaning a safer and user-friendly welcome to Noosa’s main tourist precinct.“Noosa Parade is a popular route for pedestrians and bike riders given its proximity to tourist accommodation, Main Beach, Hastings Street, and the National Park,” Cr Stewart said.“New shared pathways and on-road bike lanes will improve safety and access for pedestrians and bike riders, with a reduction of the speed limit to 40km/h to make it safer for all road users.New shared pathways and on-road bike lanes will feature in the upgrade of Noosa Parade. The State Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program is chipping in $2.23 million for construction to commence early next year.“Other key features of the upgrade will include eight new pedestrian refuges and a new LED, low-energy lighting system.“New trees and landscaping works will also be included to provide more shade and visual appeal.”Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said investing in regional Queensland cycling projects was delivering positive benefits for local communities.“It’s so positive to see a significant increase in the use of dedicated walking and cycling facilities, and we know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.“That’s why over the next two years the Palaszczuk government has awarded more than $19 million in funding to local governments to deliver new high-priority bike networks, just like the Noosa Parade Corridor Upgrade which will improve facilities for locals and tourists alike,” Mr Bailey said.Mayor Stewart said the community is encouraged to register for project updates to be informed when the final design layout is available, to see what changes are coming.“Council’s project team is preparing layouts and drawings to show locals how the upgrade will look when it’s constructed and the team will contact anyone directly impacted by works,” she said.“We encourage everyone with an interest in this project to get online at Your Say Noosa to stay up-to-date and view information about the new-look Noosa Parade as it becomes available.”This $4.46 million construction is jointly funded by Noosa Council and the State Government under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, with the Queensland Government providing 50 per cent of the funding.Construction of the upgrade is programmed to start in early 2022, with early works to relocate services starting in May 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Clare, community, Government, grants program, Hastings, infrastructure, Local Government, Minister, National Park, Noosa, Noosa Council, outcomes, Palaszczuk, Pedestrian, Queensland, Transportlast_img read more

12 Jun

38 Jamaicans to Take Up Jobs in Canada

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 38 Jamaicans are being prepared to take up jobs with Canadian-based fast-food chain, Tim Horton’s Corporation, as soon as formal arrangements are in place. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday, June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the Ministry is about to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the fast-food chain to supply experienced workers to that establishment. The persons being readied were drawn from a pool of workers recruited by the company. “During the period April 10 to 13 this year, a number of Tim Horton’s officials, along with several franchise holders, held a job fair in Jamaica. They conducted interviews in three locations across the island and established a pool of workers, who are to be prepared for dispatch upon demand,” the Minister informed. He further noted that recruitment was also conducted by McDonalds during the last week of May. In the meantime, the Minister informed that the Ministry recently conducted a recruitment exercise to pre-select 2,000 persons for the Canadian Farm Work Programme in anticipation of an expected 10 per cent increase in activities. “Some of these persons are already being processed for departure. A few weeks ago, the Ministry was asked to supply skilled tyre technicians for several companies in Canada. In particular, representatives from WESTCAN, a leading bulk transportation company in Canada, came to Jamaica in May to conduct training and provide certification to these technicians to prepare them for entry into Canada,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards Related2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kellier 38 Jamaicans to Take Up Jobs in Canada LabourJune 5, 2013 RelatedProductivity Centre Assists Uniform Manufacturer to Boost Outputcenter_img RelatedSchools in Western Parishes Get Facelift on Labour Day Advertisementslast_img read more

17 Jan

Chisa Hutchinson’s Surely Goodness and Mercy Sets Casting for New York Premiere

first_imgBrenda Pressley(Photo provided by David Gersten & Associates Inc.) Casting is complete for Keen Company’s New York premiere staging of Surely Goodness and Mercy, written by Chisa Hutchinson (Somebody’s Daughter). Jessi D. Hill (How the World Began) will direct the previously announced production, set to begin previews on February 27 and open on March 13 at The Clurman Theatre at off-Broadway’s Theatre Row.The cast will include Brenda Pressley (The Lyons), Sarita Covington (Shakespeare the Remix), Courtney Thomas (Emotional Creature), Cezar Williams (James and Annie) and 19-year-old newcomer Jay Mazyck.Surely Goodness and Mercy follows an exceptional boy (Mazyck) living a troubled life in Newark, NJ who does a good deed for an often unnoticed person (Pressley).The design team will include Lee Savage (scenic), Nicole Wee (costume), Devorah Kengmana (lighting) and Sadah Espii Proctor (sound). The production will play a limited run through April 14. View Commentslast_img read more

20 Dec

Funnel cake wagon on Shawnee Mission Parkway donating proceeds to Harvesters

first_imgWhile summer events like carnivals and festivals were canceled due to COVID-19 this year, northeast Johnson County residents and visitors can still enjoy a fresh funnel cake, at least through the end of this weekend. And as an added bonus, proceeds from funnel cake purchases are going toward serving those with food insecurity.Laney Heiberg and her husband Shaun parked their funnel cake wagon at 8800 Shawnee Mission Parkway, and have donated more than $5,000 to Harvesters through a donation partnership. Heiberg said the decision to partner with Harvesters was an easy one.“[Harvesters] really helps spread food to people who are food insecure, and we knew that during this time especially — with so many people’s job situations changing — that the need was even greater,” Heiberg said.As a result of COVID-19, the Harvesters food network is reporting a 40% average increase in the number of individuals requesting help, Community Engagement Manager Logan Heley said. Every $1 helps the nonprofit organization provide three meals, and the funds raised by the funnel cake wagon will help feed the community’s children, seniors and families, he said.Thus far, Heiberg said customers have been excited to support the nonprofit. Oftentimes, customers will tell her about their time volunteering or about someone they know who works for Harvesters, she said.“Harvesters is such a recognizable part of the community and people know what great things they do,” Heiberg said. “[Customers] just are so excited they are able to support them in a different way, I think it’s a surprise.”Heiberg said the wagon will remain at the Shawnee Mission Parkway through the weekend, and will likely be moving on Oct. 12.The funnel cake wagon is open today, October 9 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.Heley said those who are interested in supporting Harvesters should consider volunteering, as the nonprofit is in need of volunteers “now probably more than ever in our 41-year history.”You can visit www.harvesters.org/GiveTime to review the organization’s safety precautions and to register for a volunteer shift and for those who want to help raise money can find out more here.last_img read more

9 Dec

What Science Tells About Power And Infidelity

first_imgNPR:On tonight’s All Things Considered, NPR’s science correspondent Shankar Vedantam takes on a subject we’ve been covering quite a bit lately: Powerful people caught up in sex scandals.But Shankar wanted to get at a question that’s been the talk around the water cooler: Why does it seem that the one embroiled in a sex scandal is always a person in power and always a guy?Just take a listen to this montage of mea-culpas from leading politicians.Read more and listen at : NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

24 Sep

Indians Pitcher Carlos Carrasco To Start in AA Akron Saturday; Could Be Back with Tribe Soon

first_img Matt Loede It’s always a good problem to have too much starting pitching, and for the Indians they may have some tough decisions to make as it looks closer than ever that Carlos Carrasco is nearing a return to the big league club.Today manager Terry Francona said that Carrasco is set for a rehab start in AA Akron with the Rubber Ducks on Saturday, and could be on the fast track back with the big league club. Carrasco has been shelved since late April with a strained left hamstring, and Trevor Bauer has been getting most of his starts.Bauer is 3-2 with a 4.31 ERA in five starts for the Tribe. He may head back to the pen, or the team may move whoever is in that final rotation spot – Mike Clevinger or Cody Anderson, out of the rotation so you could have a starting five of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Bauer.No matter how you look at it, it’s a good problem to have, and hopefully Carrasco can have a big impact on this team once he’s back. Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoIndians Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

5 Aug

Busy agenda for country women

first_imgTHE Pakenham Country Women’s Association had a full and busy agenda during the February meeting after the Christmas and New…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

4 Aug

Nelson Nordic Ski Club plays host Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgSunday, classic skiers raced longer distances on a beautiful course on the club’s Busk and Clearwater trail system, which was upgraded this year thanks to contributions from a Trail Enhancement Grant from Columbia Basin Trust. More fresh snow fell early in the morning but the sun did eventually shine and glazed the tracks making it challenging to wax for the conditions. Nevertheless, racers persevered and kicked and double-poled their way around the course in speedy times.The youngest racers were only four years old, while the oldest were in their 60s and 70s, but good times were shared by all. As one race volunteer put it to the youngest racers at the start line of their race: “Whoever has the most fun wins.”As these races were the last of the season for the 2020 Teck Kootenay Cup series, the aggregate award was delivered to Kimberley Nordic, who claimed the Kootenay Cup and bragging rights this year. Congratulations, Kimberley!Race results can be found at https://zone4.ca/event/2020/F8FCD752/ and Kootenay Cup final standings at www.crosscountrybc.caCelebrations were held in the warming hut at Apex and awards were given outside in the great weather. Nelson Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the many local businesses who were so generous in their support, providing food and draw prizes for the race. Without their support, this race weekend would not have been possible. The success of the weekend is also due to the contributions of the many volunteers who set up race courses, marshalled the courses (to ensure everyone made the turns), timed the racers and served soup for lunch.Competitors, young and old, participated at the Teck Kootenay Cup races at Nelson Nordic Apex Trails this past weekend. — Submitted photo This past weekend — Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16 — Nelson Nordic Ski Club was pleased to host the final Teck Kootenay Cup races of the 2020 season.More than 115 Nordic skiers participated, including racers from Fernie, Valhalla Hills (Hills), Revelstoke, Strathcona Nordic, Nickel Plate (Penticton), Larch Hills (Salmon Arm) and Black Jack (Rossland), as well as a strong contingent from the local club in Nelson.Saturday, skate skiers took over the meadow at Apex for King’s Court sprints in powdery fresh snow. In the morning, the youth racers (U6 to U14) raced in heats to crown their champions and after a short break the U16s faced off against the Masters. Lots of fun and team spirit was shown out on the race course. It was an exciting spectator race for all who attended. last_img read more

2 Aug

Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgSat09 Nov Junior A Hurling Championship, Venue: Kenny Park,(Final), Salthill-Knocknacarra V St Mary’s GAA Athenry 13:00, Ref: Seamus MoranJunior C1 Hurling Championship, Venue: Kenny Park,(Final), St Mary’s GAA Athenry V Mullagh 14:30, Ref: Paul FahyDivision 6 League (North), Venue: Corofin, (Final),Monivea-Abbey V Kilconly 14:30, Ref: Gerald Anthony LohanU21A Hurling Championship Group 2, Venue: Duggan Park,(Round 3), Ardrahan V Turloughmore 14:30, Ref: John KeaneU20 A Football Championship North, Venue: Barnaderg, (Quarter-Final), Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin V Northern Gaels 14:00, Ref: Tony KeatingU20 A Football Championship West, Venue: Oranmore, (Quarter-Final), Oranmore-Maree V An Spideal/Oileáin Arann 14:30, Ref: Ger CahillU20 B Football Championship – North, Venue: Caltra Pitch, (Quarter-Final), Caltra V Cortoon Shamrocks 14:00, Ref: Gerry DalyU20 B Football Championship – West, Venue: Carna, (Semi-Final), Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh V An Fhairche – Clonbur 15:00, Ref: Mairtín O Curraoin (coilím)U21B1 Hurling Championship Group 1, Venue: Gort GAAGrounds, (Round 2), Gort V Kinvara 14:30, Ref: Kevin EganSun 10 NovSenior Hurling Championship, Venue: Pearse Stadium,(Final), Liam Mellows V St Thomas 14:30, Ref: Christopher BrowneUnder 16 Division 2 B, Venue: Clonbur, (U16 Div 2 BChampionship Final), Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh V Mountbellew/Moylough 14:45,Ref: Tom BrowneMinor A Hurling Championship, Venue: Pearse Stadium,(Final), St Mary’s GAA Athenry V Carnmore 12:30, Ref: Brian Keonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email U-16 Football Division 1 A, Venue: Caherlistrane,(U16 Div 1 A Championship Final), Corofin V Oranmore-Maree 15:00, Ref: JohnBrennanlast_img read more

2 Aug

Club Players Association Hold AGM – Corofin’s Kieran Fitzgerald Elected Onto Executive Committee.

first_imgThe GAA must protect the time they have allocated to club games in 2020 by applying rules and sanctions, if they are not to cause damage to the future of the Association. That is the firm message from the CPA as counties formulate their return to play competition structures for the 2020 season. The CPA believes that the GAA must clearly demonstrate parity of esteem across all its members at this most difficult crossroads. With the allocation of an eleven week club window, the CPA is adamant that this time is given to over clubs to enable meaningful competitive games for players despite the truncated season.CPA Chairman Micheál Briody said: ”As an association we must respect the integrity of our club competitions and this means using the time available in the best possible way. Suggestions of running of championships in blitz format or shrunk to a very tight timeframe to enable county preparations are sacrilege and will have long lasting implications.”“We recognise that 2020 has been a year like no other for us all and we wish to express our deepest sympathy to all GAA clubs who have lost members of their community during this pandemic. We know also that it is the support of clubs that has supported and consoled many bereaved families despite these difficult times of social distancing and uncertainty.“At the highest level, the GAA have provided very clear and unambiguous leadership in completely closing club facilities at the height of the crisis. This undoubtedly saved lives. We also commend clubs and their members for coming together to help others in their communities during the pandemic. It has shown the underlying strength of the GAA lies in the grassroots community led togetherness.“Now as we return to play our games it is very positive that club hurling and football has been allocated 11 weeks at the height of summer. It will bring a great lift to communities to get our games back under way, however we have a number of concerns we are asking GAA leadership to address.”To provide clarity to the GAA membership the CPA are asking:1          What are the leadership going to do to ensure all counties optimally use the 11 weeks allocated to run their championships? Already we have seen different counties proposing blitz competitions to get club competitions out of the way so their intercounty teams can resume training as early as possible. Is this not a once in a lifetime opportunity for the leadership of the GAA to enforce fairness on each county so a level playing field is achieved?2          What are the leadership going to do to ensure intercounty players are not asked or coerced into training with the intercounty team before they finish their club championships? In some counties, intercounty managers have very strong influence over the fixtures scheduling. We call on Croke Park through the powers vested in The Management Committee at a Special Congress held on April 17th 2020, to use those powers to take a stand once and for all on this and rule with appropriate sanctionExecutive member Liam Griffin said “Regrettably the Association has evolved over a long number of years to where we are today. The challenge now and into the future of the GAA is to address all of the issues which are collectively causing such dissatisfaction amongst the playing population. We attach the text of some quotes from the Association’s 2015 annual report by Paraic Duffy. These issues have not still not been satisfactorily and properly addressed. The CPA was formed because of all those findings and the deep dissatisfaction amongst the playing population. We fully acknowledge that there should be no need for a CPA if those findings had been taken seriously into consideration. Regrettably despite the CPA’s engagement with the Association over almost 4 years now we have been unable to make satisfactory progress on the GAA’s own findings.”CLUB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AGMThe Club Players Association recently held its AGM by videoconference, reaffirming its continuing campaign to Fix the Fixtures. The AGM took place remotely on account of Covid19 restrictions. Chairman Micheál Briody was re-elected to serve for a further year, with Tommie Kenoy replacing Michael Higgins as secretary and Joan Kehoe taking over from Anthony Moyles as Treasurer.Micheál Briody thanked Michael Higgins and Anthony Moyles for their contributions over the past three and a half years. “Michael represented the CPA with passion on the Fixtures Task Force in 2019, and his excellent contributions were motivated entirely by support for the plight of club players. Anthony has also been involved since the outset and has represented the CPA numerous times in the media and will continue to do so in the future on an occasional basis.”“We welcome Tommie and Joan to their respective new positions on the executive and we are fortunate to be able to avail of their unique expertise and experience. We also welcome five new members to the executive to help us to contribute to the debate and represent clubs players going forward. Those five new members are Kieran Fitzgerald from Corofin club in Galway, Cahir Healy from Portlaoise club in Laois, Denis Coughlan from the Glen Rovers club in Cork, Colm Garvey from the Kilmore club in Roscommon and Paraic Fanning from the Mount Sion club in Waterford. All new members together with the existing members of the executive bring a huge amount of passion, experience and love of club football and hurling to the CPA table.”Laois dual star Cahir Healy said “Regarding my own reasons for joining, I am concerned about the unfair situation of my friends who just play club. My own personal reason for having a passion to change things stems from my non-involvement with my club over my years as a county player. I am a county panel member at the moment and a GPA member, I am proud to play for Laois but I still don’t feel county players should be strangers in their own clubs which I feel is what is happening all over the country. The clubs games and county games are all part of our one association, we must find a way that they both thrive together and not be in conflict with each other which is what is clearly happening”Kieran Fitzgerald said “I have followed the Club Players’ Association with keen interest over the years in the hope of obtaining a better playing calendar for the club player.  From playing club football for the last 20 plus years, I have seen and heard on a weekly basis the continued frustrations of my fellow players regarding the uncertainty of fixtures and the lack of a formal consistent playing calendar.  I have seen at first hand the unnecessary sacrifices players have had to make and the pressures players have been put under just to play the game they love because of lack of consideration and foresight by leadership of the GAA. The club game is the heartbeat of the GAA but due to neglect and disregard, it is slowly dying on its feet.  I am delighted to join the national executive of CPA and I am looking forward to assisting in getting a positive outcome in this regard for club players across the country”. Paraic Fanning stated “I have lived a life surrounded by Gaelic Games and the GAA. The memories I have of growing up as a kid playing the games, longing to represent my club and county have been an integral part of my life. The role my club and the GAA played in shaping me and making me cannot be understated and I recall with great fondness the summer evenings going training and club championship on the horizon. That has now changed for the current club player. I have witnessed the continuing disregard and indifference the leadership have shown to the club game and I fear for the future of it. I want my kids and their kids to have an understanding of the GAA and what it really is all about, its commitment to its core values and its communities. I want them to enjoy the attachment to the club game that I felt and lived. We need a united and thriving GAA Community with a well-structured fixtures calendar.  It can be fixed but will require bravery and leadership and I know that the sole focus of the CPA is on this matter and there has to be people pushing the club agenda at a national level or we will look back in years to come and only talk of how good the GAA used to be and not how good it is now.”Cork dual legend Denis Coughlan added “This is the best committee I’ve ever been on. For the only time I remember all members want the same thing.  The good of the Club & for the future of our games and the Association. 98% of our players are being totally disrespected by Croke Park, county boards and managers. Everything I have heard since joining the committee has been practical and conciliatory rather than radical to bring about a fair system for all our clubs & players.Kilmore player Colm Garvey said “We need a national fixtures calendar that treats clubs and counties fairly, ensuring specific dates are ring fenced for clubs to have meaningful games (league and championship) throughout the summer with county players available for selection, and this can only be achieved by a cohesive national plan”.Briody added “The CPA will continue to lobby the leadership of the GAA in 2020 and beyond for an improved fixture schedule that ensures everyone equally belongs to the GAA. We have been suppressed by various people in the GAA over the years in the hope that we would go away. But we are not going away. Logic and reason is on our side and the statements above from our new executive members proves that club players are still not getting fairness. We look forward to working with the leadership of the GAA to help get a resolution to this once and for all. We simply cannot enter 2021 without an acceptable games programme and calendar that is acceptable to the playing population. If we do we will compound the problem and do further irreparable damage to the Association”Executive Members of the CPA·         Micheál Briody, St Brigid’s, Co Meath (Chairman)·         Tommie Kenoy, Kilmore, Co Roscommon (Secretary)·         Joan Kehoe, Kilmacud Crokes, Co Dublin (Treasurer)·         Liam Griffin, St Mary’s Rosslare, Co Wexford·         Greg Devlin, Emyvale, Co Monaghan·         Paul Kelly, Clann Na Gael, Co Armagh·         Joe Passmore, Eoghan Rua, Co Derry·         John Hanniffy, Portlaoise, Co Laois·         Denis Coughlan, Glen Rovers, Co Cork·         Kieran Fitzgerald, Corofin, Co Galway·         Colm Garvey, Kilmore, Co Roscommon·         Paraic Fanning, Mount Sion, Co Waterford·         Cahir Healy, Portlaoise, Co Laoisprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more