Limerick Council waive Licence Fees and additional space for outdoor dining…

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleLimerick Post Show | BeogaNext articleReopening society must lead to greater accessibility Meghann Scully Linkedin Printcenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Photo by Albert Hu on Unsplash LIMERICK City and County Council is to waive fees for licences for outdoor dining and street events as part of a number of initiatives unveiled by the local authority to support businesses as they prepare to re-open this summer.The Council will also be installing buildouts which will increase footpath widths to allow for greater capacity for outside dining in the city and across the county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More information about all the schemes is available on here, along with application forms, contact points and closing dates.Businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector are being urged to engage in the whole process and work with the Council to identify where buildouts can be located and avail of the various different schemes.Up until now, businesses could only apply for a licence for outdoor dining provided there was sufficient footpath space outside their premises.Under this scheme, the Council will consider installing a buildout where the footpath is deemed unsuitable for tables and chairs on the grounds that it is too narrow.Limerick City and County Council will support up to 10 buildouts for the Limerick Metropolitan District and up to three buildouts per municipal district.Fees for Tables and Chairs Licences are being waived to support the business community to encourage more businesses to look outside their premises and provide dining facilities al fresco.This waiver was initially introduced last year as part of Covid-19 supports and it will remain in place for 2021.Another scheme will see Limerick City and County Council facilitate street closures for on-street events such as community festivals, street parties and entertainment where possible this summer.Further information and application forms will be available when Covid-19 guidelines allow and these will be promoted when available. All events will be required to follow the prevailing Covid-19 health guidelines.Fees for any street events licence will also be waived by Limerick City and County Council.These supports complement the scheme from Fáilte Ireland and administered by the Council where businesses across Limerick in these sectors are being invited to avail of up to €4,000 grants to purchase outdoor dining equipment such as tables, chairs, windbreaks, heaters etc. for outdoor serving for the summer 2021 season. Closing date for applications for this scheme is 30 September 2021.Further plans are close to being finalised by the Council for Summer 2021 and will be announced in due course. As you can appreciate the changing Covid-19 landscape means the plans must be fluid.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “These supports announced by Limerick City and County Council will be very helpful to businesses across the city and county as they navigate their way back from the restrictions imposed by Covid.“The uncertainty has been very difficult for many businesses but as the summer approaches let’s hope the sun burns away the Covid fog and allows us to enjoy, celebrate and socialise outdoors while supporting local businesses.” he said.Vincent Murray, Director of Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council said: “I would encourage all businesses to engage with the Council as we re-open from the Covid-imposed restrictions.“These supports from grants to waivers will help business develop their offering as we head into the summer. It is important we send out the message that Limerick is the place to be this summer as we hope to capitalise on the appetite for social gatherings in a safe setting.” he added.Brian Kennedy, Director of Physical Development at Limerick City and County Council said: “We are planning on building up to 19 buildouts to facilitate more outdoor dining across the city and other urban centres in the county.“These will be one of the ways the Council is helping to allow businesses trade a little bit easier when they are allowed to re-open.” he concluded.All information and application forms in relation to these schemes are on LimerickNewsLimerick Council waive Licence Fees and additional space for outdoor dining this SummerBy Meghann Scully – April 15, 2021 424 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Young disabled leaders share their stories of bullying

first_img‘Bullying makes you feel cold inside’ – Young disabled leaders share their stories of bullyingNZ Herald 19 March 2016Family First Comment: A very worthy programme. And yes, bullying happens to many different groups of people – as we have always argued. Keep the radical sexual agenda out of bullying programmes.Six young disabled leaders have shared their stories of bullying and developed an anti-bullying programme for others.Working with non-profit Auckland-based group Yes Disability, the move is believed to be unique as the programme is being developed by young people for other young people.Workshops are aimed at people aged 12 to 25 and include resources, stories and a short film that aims to inspire.It’s thought up to eight out of 10 disabled people experience bullying and the short film begins darkly, as one of the young leaders remembers the effect of bullying.“Bullying makes you feel cold inside.”But then the six share their stories of inspiration and how they overcame the dark times.READ MORE: read more

How do the Warriors handle their tenuous wing position?

first_imgOAKLAND – Beyond their star power, the Warriors live by the creed “Strength in Numbers.” When it comes to their wing position, though, the Warriors neither have strength nor numbers.Where they lack in strength: the Warriors (1-0) listed veteran Andre Iguodala as questionable for Friday’s game in Utah (1-0) after missing Thursday’s practice because of left calf tightness. He also skipped the second half of the Warriors’ season-opening win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday for precautionary …last_img read more

Dormant Aids Council awakens

first_img(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African National Aids CouncilTel: +27 12 312 0131• Fidel [email protected] Liaison and Public InformationDepartment of HealthTel: +27 12 312 0663Mobile: +27 79 517 3333• Charity [email protected] Media LiaisonDepartment of HealthMobile: +27 79 087 2438USEFUL LINKS• South African National Aids Council• Department of Health• Treatment Action Campaign• Sanac plenary media statement• International Planned ParenthoodFederation• Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care,Management and TreatmentPlan for South Africa• Broad framework for HIV & Aids and STIstrategic plan for South Africa (PDF)With the South African government’s robust new policy on curbing the HIV/Aids pandemic, the long-dormant South African National Aids Council (Sanac) is flexing its not inconsiderable muscle.In early August the council made groundbreaking recommendations on combating Aids to the government, including a tighter focus on HIV-tuberculosis co-infection and the possible decriminalisation of sex work.In September, Sanac is to get another boost as Aids expert Dr Nono Simelela assumes her post as the organisation’s new CEO.Appointed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Sanac plenary in May, Simelela says she was drawn to the position because it would give her a chance to work in a sector she feels passionately about, in what she calls the “conscious environment” of the new political leadership.Simelela was the first South African black woman to qualify as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, which led to a 20-year career in the Department of Health. From 1998 to 2004 she worked as chief director of the National HIV, Aids and TB programme. It was a time when HIV treatment was largely unavailable and the fight against HIV/Aids under the country’s then health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, was heavily politicised.“I think everyone knows it was a very challenging time in South Africa … in many ways. The magnitude of the epidemic was really brought to the fore, and the need to move quickly, in terms of treatment and care, was evident.” Simelela says from London, where she heads the technical knowledge and support division of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.“It was tough and you had to hang in there; I think that it was necessary. The fact that we did get a plan and have people accessing treatment has been a huge positive outcome.”She says South Africa’s antiretroviral programme – one of the world’s largest – remains one of its biggest achievements. But problems remain, such as recurring drug shortages, poor monitoring and evaluation, and the need to slow new infections.“We haven’t really established a robust monitoring and evaluation system across all sectors, including government,” she says. “We’ve got the National Strategic Framework, and targets that have been set, but we need a robust tool to monitor progress so we know what needs to be done.”“The fact is that we have an epidemic that is raging, and new infections are still occurring. We need to go back to the prevention side of things to look at what we’re not doing well enough.”The road aheadSimelela says she hopes the mix of local and international experience of the HIV epidemic would help her and Sanac make much needed changes. At the forefront is strengthening provincial and district Aids councils, which both serve the community and collect crucial data.“We have a lot of good policies, but when it comes to implementation they falter,” she says. “We need to be sure provincial and district councils are able to implement their HIV/Aids plans. It should almost be a bottom-up approach – issues would come up at the district level and the national council would then look at ways of resolving them.”Although long inactive, Sanac still provides a crucial interface between the government and civil society, ensuring that the people implementing policies at whatever level are held accountable. Simelela says the reawakened giant now has a renewed opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.“For me, it’s almost more about an agenda for social justice, not only to provide people with treatment but to raise issues around HIV, such as the economic issues that, I think, South Africa is grappling with now,” she says.“There’s a way to respond but at the moment we need to coordinate that response – I get the sense that if we work collaboratively across all sectors, there is a chance we can turn things around.”Source: Irin PlusNews and reporterlast_img read more