€9.1 million investment in Limerick national road network

first_imgNewsTransport€9.1 million investment in Limerick national road networkBy Editor – January 8, 2018 6869 Typical traffic back up on the existing N20.A €9.1 million investment in Limerick’s national road network this year will include €1 million to continue the design and planning of the Foynes to Limerick Road and €1.5 million towards the planning of the Limerick to Cork motorway.The Foynes to Limerick Road plan will incorporate the bypass of Adare village which is designed to free up one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the county.The investment will be managed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Welcoming the news that €50,000 will be spent on the design of the traffic calming scheme for Kilcornan on the N69, Minister of State and local TD Patrick O’Donovan said that he met with officials from TII and the Department of Transport and stressed the need for work at Kilcornan.“I’m glad now that an allocation towards developing a plan has been made and once the design is complete, I will then be asking that further money is made available to proceed to develop the works,” he explained.“A further €2million will be invested on the existing surface of the N20; €600,000 for surface works in Adare; €100,000 for Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale and €345,000 for Templeglantine.“Further investment in national primary and national secondary roads in Limerick means that Limerick City and County Council will be able to deliver badly needed work across Limerick.”“This investment into the roads of Limerick is good news from the Government. It comes at a time of increased traffic on our roads and allows for continued work on projects including the delivery of Foynes to Limerick and Limerick to Cork routes,” Minister O’Donovan concluded.More transport news here Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleNew homes in Limerick almost €100,000 less than national averageNext articleBang On… The Nail Editor Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Email Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSAbbeyfealeAdarefoyneslimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMountmahonPatrick O’Donovanroad networkTempleglantineTIITransport Infrastructure Ireland last_img read more

New Russia virus cases top 10,000 for sixth day

first_imgRussia on Friday registered more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the sixth day in a row, after emerging as a new hotspot of the pandemic.A government tally showed 10,669 new cases over the last 24 hours, fewer than Thursday’s record of 11,231 and bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 187,859.The country also recorded 98 new deaths from the virus, for a total of 1,723.  Russia now ranks fourth in Europe in terms of the total number of cases, according to an AFP tally, behind countries where the epidemic hit considerably earlier: Britain, Italy and Spain.On Thursday Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced an extension of a lockdown in the capital, where most cases are concentrated, to May 31.He also brought in a rule that people will have to wear masks and gloves in public transport and shops or face fines from Tuesday.Residents of the capital are only allowed to leave their homes for brief trips to a shop, to walk dogs or to travel to essential jobs with a permit.Russia has a national non-working period until May 11 that so far has not been extended.On Saturday, when the country usually marks Soviet victory in World War II with large-scale military parades, there will only be fly-pasts and fireworks. For the first time, President Vladimir Putin will give a speech by the Eternal Flame memorial beside the Kremlin walls instead of during a parade on Red Square. Topics :last_img read more

Lost Local Woman FOUND

first_imgSaturday morning, Batesville Police sent out a Nixle alert regarding a missing woman.  26-year-old Michele Luhring of Batesville was reported missing at just before 7:00 am. Saturday, by her family.  Police posted on social media that Luhring had a history of sleepwalking and seizures, which added to their concern.  The young woman had been located by about 10 a.m.last_img

Whicker: Clippers, Lakers can’t just have eyes for each other

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOklahoma City will be formidable if it can resist the urge to trade Russell Westbrook. Paul George was an MVP Finalist there (unlike Kawhi Leonard) but Danilo Gallinari is a 19-20-point constant and young guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has All-Star stuff within him.Milwaukee isn’t going anywhere. And note that Toronto was 17-5 when Leonard sat in the regular season.But one can’t overstate the tectonic effect of the Clippers signing Leonard and trading for Paul George, the one scenario that a week of towering babble never anticipated.The Lakers quickly activated Plan B. It was barely midnight when they agreed to terms with Danny Green. On Saturday they brought in Quinn Cook and welcomed back Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. Then the Lakers signed DeMarcus Cousins for one year, a well-managed risk.With Davis and LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, the terms will be clear. Leonard’s appeal was based on the historic defensive possibilities that he, Davis and James could fashion. But the Lakers can’t miss the man they never had, and they risked an offense with too many cooks.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City A quick survey among 28 NBA teams indicated they still plan to participate in the 2019-20 season.It will not be the El Segundo City Championship, not automatically.The Denver Nuggets return intact, with Nikola Jokic ready to carry forward his playoff averages of 25 points, 13.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists. No introductions and adjustments are necessary. The Nuggets should fly out of the gate.Portland will be just as good, Utah markedly better. Philadelphia tilted the Eastern Conference by signing Al Horford, a Renaissance player who in Boston was an insoluble riddle for Joel Embiid. Meanwhile, the Clippers drew a painstaking map and followed it. It’s the basketball equivalent of Manchester City moving alongside Manchester United.While the Lakers were undercutting Mitch Kupchak, tying themselves to Magic Johnson’s people skills and hiring Rob Pelinka to bring his agent’s portfolio to the contradictory process of team-building, the Clippers had Jerry West.They also had Doc Rivers coaching and Michael Winger, Lawrence Frank and Lee Jenkins in the front office.Methodically they vaporized decades of poor decision-making. Only three years ago they seemed destined for the abyss as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were nearing a breakup. But they acquired Pat Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, basically their core, for Paul, and they got Tobias Harris for Griffin and then traded him to make room for Leonard. They farmed out Jordan’s salary, and he’s been with three teams since.The Clippers did all this detailing without suffering as much as one losing season, and missed the playoffs only once, while the Lakers dwelt in a septic tank for six years. The Clippers also tailored a communal, no-frills personality that fits Leonard’s.All of this was rooted in 2012 when then-Commissioner and New Orleans steward David Stern inexplicably prohibited the Lakers from trading for Paul but allowed the Clippers to do so.But it also can be traced to 2014. Adam Silver had just succeeded Stern and was charged with cutting out the cancer of Donald T. Sterling. He did so with ruthless precision and won over a whole league of players. Then the impossibly rich and ambitious Steve Ballmer bought the club, hired smart guys and let them work.Leonard had no bad options. Re-signing with Toronto would have been a punishing tax decision, but he is, or was, a national hero and could have won at least one more championship. Signing with the Lakers would have created a Blind Faith-style supergroup and, just with Leonard, Davis and James, a team of historic defensive possibilities.And who can psychoanalyze Leonard? But the Clippers offered something he’d never had: Control.He was under-recruited in Riverside and wound up at San Diego State, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He was under-drafted, going No. 15 to San Antonio which traded George Hill for the pick, and was an NBA Finals MVP. He was under-valued when he and the Spurs clashed over his quadriceps injury, and most of the intelligentsia thought Toronto gave up too much, in DeMar DeRozan, to get him. Then he won another NBA Finals MVP.Just this once, Leonard had a chance to set the agenda, to find a Sundance Kid and ride with him.Still, Los Angeles will be the home of intra-city Christmas Night games for the next four years. Staples Center garages will add $20 to park. The courtside seats will be everyone’s red carpet.Using an earthquake as their drum roll, the Clippers and Lakers became the NBA’s best rivalry on Friday night. That will mean something special, as long as they remember they’re not in a league of their own. Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener last_img read more

An Audio Junkie’s Desert Island Discs

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffrey Scott, Owner of Desco Audio & VideoThere is a BBC Radio 4 program that started in 1942 called Desert Island Discs.  The format is simple – a guest is invited to choose eight discs, a book, and a luxury to take with them as they’re castaway on a mythical desert island. They’re given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible. During the interview, they explain their choices and discuss key moments in their lives, people, and events that have influenced and inspired them and brought them to where they are today.The radio show still plays to this day and has aired over 3000 episodes. I’ve been an audio/music junkie since about 1977. Here are some of my favorite albums and why they are special to me.Steely Dan – Aja – Photo courtesy of Desco AVSteely Dan – Aja (new re-issued 180 gram vinyl)This album started my obsession with Hi-Fi and great music.  When my older brother was about 18, he got this awesome Sansui stereo system and threatened me with great bodily harm or death if I ever touched it.  So, as soon as he left the house, I snuck into his room and fired up his turntable and discovered music like I had never heard before. The album he had on the platter was the new Steely Dan Aja.  I was too young to understand all the lyrics and but the fusion of Jazz and Rock that came together makes this one of the greatest albums of all time.  I just knew I loved it.  I still listen to it, and we stock the new pressings in vinyl at our store.Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music in Me – Photo courtesy of Desco AVThelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music In Me (Sheffield Lab Records direct-to-disc vinyl)In the mid-70’s Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga created a music label called Sheffield Labs that perfected direct-to-disc recordings.  Instead of making a master tape and editing it together, they cut the music straight to a lacquer lathe and made the master lacquer platter live!  I didn’t discover these albums until the early 80’s.  The music is Big Band, R&B, Jazz Fusion and is absolutely fantastic.  These songs are all done in one take and captures a magical music moment.  It is a very difficult album to find in good condition.  There is an unopened copy on eBay for $133.  If you buy it, give me a ring.  I would love to listen to that first play! I could not live without my copy of this recording.Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon – Photo courtesy of Desco AVPink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (180 gram vinyl and CD)Although The Dark Side of the Moon came out in 1973 and was an immediate success, I didn’t discover it until 1979 when it was re-mastered and released as a  Mobile Fidelity half-speed master. This was the first theme based album with songs that blended into each other.  It had sounds and effects that are unlike the albums of its day.  I am sure most of you are familiar with the work as it is still one of the best-selling albums of all time.  It has currently sold over 45 million copies worldwide.  This record makes me miss the way records used to be made – as whole concepts.  In this iTunes world we live in, concept albums seem a thing of the past.  Perhaps that is the appeal of vinyl.  With a record, the listener gets to enjoy the whole meal instead of an appetizer.Eagles – Hotel California – Photo courtesy of Desco AVEagles – Hotel California (vinyl or CD)Released in 1976, Hotel California, was the Eagles fifth studio album.  I liked the sarcasm and smart lyrics in this album as well as the great cohesion that this band has.  Every artist in the group had significant contributions to the final product. The members of the Eagles are all such accomplished musicians.  I always have an easy, peaceful feeling when listening (sorry, couldn’t help stealing their line).Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances – Photo courtesy of Desco AVErich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances (CD or vinyl)I was introduced to classical music in about 1981 when a girl I liked invited me to her All-State Concert in Seattle.  The All-State Symphony performed Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and I was hooked.  I had never heard full orchestral music live and could not believe how moving and powerful it was.  The themed attacks of the music that built to this giant crescendo was both amazing and breathtaking.I did not have to look far for the best recording.  Telarc Digital had a vinyl record for sale of the Capriccio with the 1812 Overture as the headliner.  There were warning labels on the album. Most record players could not play the album because they recorded real cannons for the 1812 Overture. It made such wide modulations on the record that most needles would jump out of the groove.  Who doesn’t want a record with torture-your-system warnings?  I bought the album and enjoyed finding a cartridge that could play it.  If you ever find the vinyl album – be careful – it is a challenge for most phono cartridges.  The recording was an early digital master and is wonderful fun.Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas (CD)Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas – Photo courtesy of Desco AVI love listening to the piano, and this double CD recording is beautiful.  Never have I heard such passionate interpretations of Scarlatti’s music.  Mikhail Pletnev is a masterful pianist.  He took Scarlatti’s Sonatas originally meant for the harpsichord and elevated them to lush involving romantic interpretations.  Some harpsichord purists may not care for this piece, but I find that his playing combined with one of the best recordings of a piano to be captivating.  Bonus info is that this CD has been re-issued and is available on Amazon for only $12.93! Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto – Photo Courtesy of Desco AVJulian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto (CD or vinyl)There are many great recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto.  This performance is not only well recorded, but the scale is large and the stereo image expansive.  Recorded in 1985 it still passes the test of time.   There are a few significant recordings of this piece, the most well known is the recording by Jacqueline Du Pré, who made the piece popular on the world stage.  But, Yehudi Menuhin was a musician who had worked with Elgar and Julian Lloyd Webber is a fabulous player who is often looked over due to the fame of his brother, Andrew Lloyd Webber.Elgar says that he wrote the Cello Concerto as an image of a man contemplating the meaning of life.  It is a haunting and passionate piece of music.  This is one of those pieces of music to be played late at night and savored.Crosby Stills and Nash – CSN – Photo courtesy of Desco AVCrosby Stills and Nash – CSN (vinyl and CD)David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash released this studio album in the summer of 1977.  CSN was the first studio album the three had created together since the Deja Vu album in 1970.  The writing is creative, and the vocals are tight.  One of my favorite tracks to use for demos is In My Dreams written by David Crosby.  The stereo recording has beautiful imaging with the guitars and voices focused across the whole soundstage.I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite Desert Island Discs.  I would love to hear your favorites. Post them in a comment below. I am always looking for new music to experience.  If you ever want to hear my list, stop by the store and ask for a demo.last_img read more