Concerns expressed over new developments in Portlaoise – as well as anger over a ‘further erosion of Local Government”

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGSChantiere GateFoxburrowGrenvilleLaois County CouncilPortlaoise Municipal DistrictRathevan “The people up in Bord Pleanala wouldn’t know the ins and outs of Portlaoise. You can’t beat local knowledge. This rule should not be for our county and should be lifted sooner rather than later.”“There is no appeal for this for us as representatives or the people,” added Cllr John Joe Fennelly. “That is wrong. It should be dealt with here. We are well able to make our own decisions.”“The whole process is bypassing us and it’s a further erosion of Local Government and our powers,” said Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley.“It’s going to get to the stage where people will wonder what is the power of councillors. Any developer can put in a plan for 101 houses and by pass us.Cllr Mary Sweeney said there was a “huge level of anger” in relation to this. “It’s a retrograde step and as Caroline said it’s a further erosion of powers.”Cllr Thomasina Connell said it is “bad legislation”. “The aim behind it was right but instead of fast-tracking, they just leapfrogged the council and communities.”“This is developer driven,” added Cllr Catherine Fitzerald, who pointed out there has been a low conversion from planning to construction. “It was intended to make the process faster but it has actually made it slower.”“How do An Bord Pleanala know anything about Kilminchy, Ratheven or our town,” said Cllr Noel Tuohy. “I don’t believe they do. We need to stand up to it.”In relation to the two proposed developments, specific issues were raised with Cllr Tuohy pointing out that the new development in Rathevan, coupled with nearby Kilminchy, would have a sufficient population to make it the third largest area in Laois behind only Portlaoise and Portarlington.Putting that volume of houses into an area without sufficient facilities, would be an issue the meeting heard.“The Rathevan development is massive and we all want to see houses. But you can’t build houses with no infrastucture. Kilminchy has 800 houses but no facilities. And we’re talking about putting 300 more houses on top of that.“I can see huge problems coming down the tracks. We have to shout stop.”Cllr Willie Aird had fears over flooding and green space.”If you look at some of the older developments like Marian Avenue and Cherrygarth – there is a green area in front of all the houses. Don’t make the mistake that was made on the Mountmellick Road where there’s no place to even play a ball.”Cllr Fitzgerald also addresed concerns over the sewage system in Foxburrow and Chantiere Gates, safety issues entering from the Block Road and the proposed pedestrian route from the Dublin Road through Grenville and on to Foxburrow.“People are living in Grenville 30 years and suddenly it’s open to a public walkway. That also sets a precedent for Laois County Council down the line.”“Nobody is saying we don’t need houses,” added Cllr Dwane-Stanley “but it’s our responsibility that we have proper development and learn from the mistakes of the past.”Joe Delaney, Director of Services with Laois County Council, said that the councillors views are included in a report to An Bord Pleanala.“The Strategic Housing Development does accept and recognise views of elected members,” he said. “Your views go directly to An Bord Pleanala.”SEE ALSO – Croft Alley owner Gale Watchorne on setting up in Laois, naming her business and necessary reinvention Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Facebook Home News Community Concerns expressed over new developments in Portlaoise – as well as anger… NewsCommunityCouncil Concerns expressed over new developments in Portlaoise – as well as anger over a ‘further erosion of Local Government” By Steven Miller – 16th July 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Electric Picnic Twitter An aerial view of the proposed development at Rathevan in Portlaoise It’s not that often that you’ll have local councillors in full agreement on a topic – but the seven elected representatives for the Portlaoise Municipal District were unanimous in their opposition to the new Strategic Housing Development legislation that allows planning applications of over 100 units bypass the Local Authority and go straight to An Bord Pleanala.In recent weeks, plans have been submitted for two significant developments in Portlaoise – one for 155 new homes in Foxburrow on the Block Road and another for 262 homes at Rathevan. At the July meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District in Laois County Council, the councillors again hit out at the new system, saying it was “bad legislation”, “totally wrong” and “a further erosion of Local Government”.Normally applications for planning permission first go to Laois County Council before being granted or refused – but developments of more than 100 no longer go to the council and instead directly to An Bord Pleanala, who then seek submissions from the Local Authority.The change was made during the course of the last Government in a bid to fast-track the building of homes to adress the housing crisis.While a number of issues were raised in relation to the two developments, Long-serving Fine Gael councillor Willie Aird submitted a motion calling for it to be changed back to what it was previously. And he also highlighted the need for the Portlaoise Northern Orbital route to be built, a ring road similar to the other side of town to service any housing project.“This system was brought in to solve problems in the likes of Dublin and Cork,” he said. “But it’s totally wrong for our county. It was totally wrong to take it from the Local Authority to An Bord Pleanala.“We have very highly qualified people working in the council to ensure it is dealt with locally. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleLaois pubs express their frustration as re-opening delayed until August 10Next articleLaois County Council urged to up their social media game Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. 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Boscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE)

first_imgRelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) RelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says that Cabinet has approved the development of the Boscobel Aerodrome, St. Mary, as an International Port of Entry (IPE).Mr. Vaz, who made the announcement during the weekly Post Cabinet press briefing Wednesday (October 21) at Jamaica House, said this development will enable international flight operations by general aviation-type aircraft.“The development of the aerodrome is expected to attract operators of privately-owned aircraft in significant numbers to the North Coast, thereby providing an enhancement to the tourism industry,” the Minister said.He noted also that the facility will allow private jet owners to land directly at the Boscobel Aerodrome, without having to go through either of the two international airports.“That is something that is very acceptable throughout the Caribbean and South America, and it is the difference between vacationers coming here on their private aircraft, and not coming as a result of what they feel is the hassle of them having to clear at an international port and then fly into a private airstrip,” he pointed out.The establishment of an IPE requires that appropriate border controls, law enforcement, health and aviation security systems are instituted. It will also require the extension of the runway, an apron for parking aircrafts, a new terminal building, new runway lighting and other ancillary facilities.As such, Cabinet has given approval for the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to proceed with the capital development programme, including the runway extension, a new terminal building, apron construction, a fire truck garage, air-filled lighting, airside markings and navigation aids, perimeter fencing, a standby generator and the upgrading of the electrical power supply and aviation security.In addition, approval has been given for the Ministry of National Security to assign Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel to undertake duties at the IPE, in keeping with the requirements of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Act, and for the relevant Airports Authority Act Regulations to be amended to make pertinent provisions in respect of the Boscobel IPE.With over $100 million already spent, the development is projected to cost about $300 million, and should be completed by the first quarter of next year.Mr. Vaz also recalled that he and Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, toured the facility weeks ago.“I think what is left there to be done, really, is the paving of the aerodrome, along with the finishing up of some of the structures that are to be implemented,” he said.center_img RelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) Boscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) TourismOctober 21, 2009last_img read more

Cushioning the blow

first_imgVIBRATION: Huntsman Polyurethanes has introduced its Acoustiflex V MDI-based foam in combination with Trackelast pads produced by Edilon Sedra to provide better noise reduction for urban railways.Huntsman’s Acoustiflex foam is widely used in a range of vibration-damping applications in the automotive and construction industries, and initial deployment on urban rail networks in cities including Madrid and Warszawa has indicated significant potential benefits where noise is a particular issue. The two companies believe that the combination of Acoustiflex V and Trackelast pads can also increase the life of ballasted track by mitigating track movement and reducing ballast attrition.last_img read more

Rap artists, women take center stage at Grammys

first_img(AP) – Women and rap artists have both felt shunned at past Grammy Awards, but both took center stage this year.Childish Gambino’s “This is America” became first rap-based song to win record and song of the year, and Cardi B was the first solo female to win best rap album.Gambino and Kacey Musgraves both led the way with four Grammys, and Duo Lipa won best new artist while throwing shade at outgoing Grammy head.A songwriter and producer on “This is America” said backstage that he was surprised the victories were so historic, considering how rap has permeated the industry.Ludwig Goransson said: “It’s about time something like this happened with the Grammys as well.”last_img read more

Juventus want to capture Kylian Mbappe

first_imgAdvertisementJanuary is upon us and with it comes the much-awaited transfer window. Major football clubs from Europe will try to eye big names in the game.Rumour is, Juventus are trying to capture Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.After the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for 88 million pounds last summer, the Italian club’s chairman, Andrea Agnelli wants to sign a young player who is of equal commercial appeal and on-field prowess and Mbappe seems to be the perfect candidate.PSG paid 160 million pounds to sign the 20-year-old forward last summer but the French club’s current situation under the Financial Fair Play scrutiny might force them to sell off their top stars.It would be a huge benefit for Juve’s attacking department if they indeed manage to sign the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner and Best Young Player award winner as he is touted by pundits to become one of the next big things in the coming days.Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S. government witness in FIFA trial says media companies paid bribes

first_imgA prosecution witness in the U.S. corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that Fox Sports, Mexico’s Grupo Televisa (TLVACPO.MX) and Brazil’s Globo paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches.The testimony came during the first trial to emerge from the U.S. investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.Alejandro Burzaco, former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, named the companies while being questioned by a prosecutor in Brooklyn federal court. Torneos and Fox Sports, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O), jointly owned a sports marketing venture, T&T Sports Marketing Ltd, according to Burzaco.Fox, Televisa and Globo were not charged by U.S. prosecutors in the case.Televisa spokesman Olmos Cruz Alejandro said the company could not comment without knowing more about the trial testimony. Fox Sports spokeswoman Terri Hines said the company had no immediate comment.Globo denied the allegations and said its internal checks did not find any illegal payments.Prosecutors also showed jurors a contract dated 2008 between T&T and a Turks and Caicos-based entity called Somerton Corp, providing for a $3.7 million payment to Somerton.Burzaco said the contract was signed by James Ganley, former chief operating officer of Fox affiliate Fox Pan American Sports, and was a cover for bribes to people including former Argentine Football Association president and FIFA executive Julio Humberto Grondona, who died in 2014.Ganley is named as a defendant in a 2016 civil lawsuit in a Florida federal court by Florida-based soccer network GolTV, which claims that Ganley and others paid bribes for broadcast rights. Lawyers representing Ganley in that lawsuit could not be reached for comment.advertisementThe three soccer officials on trial in Brooklyn are Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and Paraguay’s soccer federation; Manuel Burga, former president of Peru’s soccer federation; and Jose Maria Marin, former president of Brazil’s soccer federation. Prosecutors claim the three accepted bribes in exchange for the award of rights to soccer tournaments.Burzaco told jurors that he helped arrange bribes paid to all three defendants, though his testimony went far beyond that, describing corruption throughout international soccer.He said Grondona and two other South American soccer officials on FIFA’s executive committee, Nicolas Leoz and Ricardo Teixeira, were bribed to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.After Qatar came up short in the first rounds of voting, Grondona and Teixeira cornered Leoz in a restroom, Burzaco said.”They shake him out and say, ‘What the hell are you doing? Are you the one not voting?'” he said, adding that Qatar was voted host of the 2022 World Cup after the encounter.Leoz, who once led the South American soccer association CONMEBOL, and Teixeira, who led Brazil’s soccer federation, are among the 42 people and entities charged by the United States, but are not in U.S. custody.last_img read more

Ready and roaring: Jasprit Bumrah joins Mumbai Indians for training session

first_imgIndia’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who’s recovering from a shoulder injury, Tuesday joined his IPL team Mumbai Indians’ practice session, but did not bowl at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Baengaluru.A vital cog in India’s World Cup plans, Bumrah landed awkwardly on his left shoulder while fielding during Sunday’s IPL contest against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.He did not travel with his MI team-mates on Monday but flew in here separately on Tuesday. MI play against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Thursday.Bumrah was seen running along with his team-mates for nearly 20 minutes and he looked in fine fettle. He also participated in a catching drill with Anmol Singh.Ready and roaring pic.twitter.com/wZbmJhvbmSJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 26, 2019He took chest-high as well as low catches and threw the balls with ease.Bumrah, however, did not bowl at the nets. He was seen having a discussion with Zaheer Khan, who is MI’s Director of Cricket Operations, for most part of the net session.Bumrah also was seen having an animated talk with rival Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli — also India skipper — for nearly 15 minutes.Towards the end of the practice session, Bumrah had some jovial time with Paul Chapman, who is Mumbai’s strength and condioning coach.The national team relies heavily on Bumrah, who has earned the reputation of being the world’s best bowler in death overs.Also Read | Sri Lanka allows Lasith Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019last_img read more

The Populism Project new poll suggests northern populism brewing in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – A majority of Canadians believe the factors driving recent political upheaval in other Western countries are on the rise here too, a new poll suggests.But The Canadian Press/EKOS Politics survey indicates those who support challenges to the status quo here are somewhat different than those behind it elsewhere, suggesting a version of “northern populism” could be brewing in Canada.“Most of the ‘elites’ will tell you it’s not really happening here, we’re pretty immune to this sort of thing,” said Frank Graves, president of EKOS.“But when we ask Canadians, there’s room, and perhaps fuel, for populism in other parts of society.”Populism is the term most-often used to describe the political movement that led to outsider Donald Trump’s ascendance all the way to the U.S. presidency, and Britain’s shocking referendum in support of exiting the European Union.In The Populism Project, The Canadian Press has been exploring whether the factors that led to those events exist in Canada, and how politics here could be changing as a result.Pinpointing those factors isn’t an exact science. To see where Canadians stand, the survey pulled together common themes to fashion a definition: opposition to trade and globalization, support for more restrictive immigration policies, and distrust of those considered to be elite.The question was then put to 5,568 Canadians between June 1 and June 19: Many people talk about the rise of these factors in the U.S. and Europe. What do you think about it? And is it happening here?Seventy-one per cent said they believe it is, and is on the rise to either a moderate or high degree.The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points, 19 times out 20.Of those surveyed, only 33 per cent thought populism was a bad thing, 42 per cent were on the fence, and 20 per cent thought it as positive.Digging into those numbers reveals some differences between who supports populism in Canada, compared with who was understood to be driving it around the world.Take free trade.Both Trump’s upset victory in the U.S. election, and Britain’s referendum in favour of exiting the EU were campaigns won in part on a rejection of trade liberalization.Among Trump’s key campaign pledges — ripping up the North American Free Trade deal.Only about 50 per cent of Americans surveyed last month by Pew Research were in support of NAFTA, and exit polls from the U.S. election suggested 65 per cent of Trump supporters believed free trade took away jobs.But the CP/EKOS survey suggests that 81 per cent of Canadians support trilateral trade between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Trump’s largest base of support was among Americans who defined themselves as white, while in the U.K., data suggests areas with the lowest percentage of foreign-born residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU.In Canada, of those polled, 22 per cent of people who weren’t born here thought populism was a good thing, compared to 18.5 per cent of those whose parents were both born here.“If Trump populism is rooted in the white working class, that explicitly does not appear to be the case in Canada,” the survey said.How Canadians view the economy and the future appears to be shaping their views on populist themes.The poll suggests Canadians’ outlook is gloomy — 29 per cent of those surveyed think their lives will improve over the next five years, 35 per cent think it will stay the same and 33 per cent think it will get worse.Of those who describe themselves of having fallen behind the last five years, 25 per cent support populism.More people who define themselves as working class or poor also see populism as a good thing than do those who are upper or middle class, the poll indicates.“Overall, we see quite a different political landscape where continued economic stagnation and decline are fuelling a uniquely Canadian expression of populism that is less ‘white’ and less closed than the expressions in Europe and the United States,” the report said.“It is more rooted in a new class conflict across the diminished middle class and the burgeoning working class.”What that may mean for Canadians politics could be seen in the educational backgrounds of those who support populism and which political party they support.When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began his mandate, he enjoyed uniform support across the educational spectrum.But the poll suggests that support is becoming increasingly confined to those with a university degree. Forty-two per cent of university degree holders think populism is a bad thing.Meanwhile, the poll indicates those with a high school or college education are going back to the Conservatives. Twenty-six per cent of those with a high school diploma told pollsters populism is bad, as did 30 per cent of those with a college education.“We have effectively divided ourselves into two Canadas,” the poll said.“Those relatively comfortable with national and federal direction (i.e., ‘progressive’ Canada) and conservative Canada, who are decidedly unhappy with where we are headed.”— Follow @StephanieLevitz on Twitterlast_img read more

Theater Preview 2142019

first_img February 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Theater Guru, Joey Landwehr joined Good Morning San Diego for this week’s theater preview.THE CHOIR OF MANBroadway/San Diego (at The Balboa Theatre – Downtown)February 14 (Valentine’s Day – ONE NIGHT ONLY)The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine incredible male voices sing everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend!• Featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Queen, Guns And Roses, Sia and much much more.• “Shear joy is encapsulated in every performance.” –Broadway BabyDISNEY’S ALADDINBroadway/San Diego (at The Civic Theatre – Downtown)February 20 through March 3From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film such as “Arabian Nights,” “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and more. as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast & Newsies) which brings new depth to this beloved work.• Disney’s Aladdin has won multiple Tony, Oscar and Grammy awards.• A fun little challenge to our theatre goers. During “Friend Like Me” the Genie hilariously pays tribute to some other hidden Disney Musicals. See how many you can count when you see the show.SMOKEY JOE’S CAFENew Village ArtsThrough March 17The songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, virtually invented rock-n-roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. The classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded (including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion Number 9,” “Stand By Me” and much more), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ isn’t just great pop music – it is compelling musical theatre.• Local award-winning Musician and Performer Tony Houck makes his directorial debut with this show. Under his direction, this classic jukebox musical will take on new life with modern storytelling, emphasizing the timelessness of these classic songs.• Michael Mizerany once again brings his inventive and provocative choreography to New Village arts and brings new brilliance to this fantastic work. Theater Preview: 2/14/2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 14, 2019last_img read more