Stranded in our own communities: Transit deserts make it hard for…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Junfeng Jaio, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning and Director, Urban Information Lab, the University of Texas at Austin and Nicole McGrath, an M.S. Candidate, Community and Regional Planning, the University of Texas at AustinEditor’s Note: First published on theconversation.comAs any commuter who has experienced unreliable service or lives miles away from a bus stop will tell you, sometimes public transit isn’t really a viable option, even in major cities. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img In our car-loving society, where 85 percent of Americans use a car to get to work, people who cannot access transportation are excluded from their own communities and trapped inside “transit deserts.” This term, which one of us (Junfeng Jiao) coined, describes areas in a city where demand for transit is high but supply is low.Lack of transit has harmful effects on those who rely on public transit – generally, people who are too young, too old, too poor or have disabilities that don’t allow them to drive. Mapping these deserts will help agencies adjust transit services and better serve their communities.At UT Austin’s Urban Information Lab, our research focuses on refining the methods used to quantify and measure transit supply and demand. We’ve developed clear and concise geographic information system (GIS) methods to evaluate transportation systems, providing alternatives to previous, more complicated network modeling. These methods can quickly be applied to any location, as we have shown in studies of five major cities in Texas and other cities across the United States. By using this method, we found that hundreds of thousands of transit-dependent people in Texas don’t have access to mass transit systems.Connecting people to jobs and servicesResearch shows that low-income residents living in sprawling areas have limited transportation options, which constrains their job opportunities and upward mobility. Inadequate transportation keeps people from finding work, which then reduces the productivity of their communities. It also can limit access to medical services, causing health problems to go undetected or worsen.Addressing transit access is one important strategy for tackling broader social problems. For example, welfare recipients are less likely to own cars or have access to transit than the general population. Reducing these transportation barriers would help move them from welfare to work.In cities with well-developed infrastructure for cycling, such as Amsterdam, large shares of the population commute by bicycle. Steven LekAlthough scholars have been studying “food deserts” (areas where residents lack access to nutritious food) for several decades, we have only recently applied this logic to mass transportation systems, despite the fact that food deserts often occur due to lack of transportation.Relatively little research has been carried out to identify and quantify gaps between transit demand and supply. But as counties and cities feel the effects of declining funding from federal and state transportation user fees, they need new ways to target transportation infrastructure investments and ensure limited resources are used in the best way possible. We have found that maps are a promising way to guide these discussions.Mapping transit desertsDetermining exactly who relies on mass transit can be difficult. Existing information depends on census data. As previously noted, people who rely on transit are usually from marginalized demographic groups. They may be elderly, poor or have disabilities that keep them from driving. Census data do not account for the fact that sometimes these populations overlap (a transit-dependent person could be old as well as poor), so one individual could be counted many times.Also, census data on car ownership are not available at the census block group level, which is the smallest geographic unit published by the U.S. Census Bureau. This lack of data makes it hard to measure transit dependency with accuracy.Measuring transit supply is easier. It relies on data from municipal planning agencies as well as relevant municipal and county GIS departments, which manage spatial and geographic information, analysis tools and mapping products. These agencies measure variables that include numbers of transit stops, transit routes and frequency of service, as well as lengths of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and low speed-limit routes (which are relevant because some commuters may opt to walk instead of taking the bus).Beyond city centersCurrent research shows that transit deserts exist all over the country. Cities such as Chicago; Cincinnati; Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; and San Antonio contain multiple communities that don’t have enough transit services to meet existing demand. Even in older cities, where development tends to follow transit lines, there are neighborhoods where the supply of transit is simply not enough.This is a large-scale problem. In San Antonio, the seventh-largest U.S. city by population, some 334,530 people – nearly one-fourth of the population – need access to public transportation in a city that doesn’t even have rail service. In Chicago, where there are high levels of transit dependency all across the city, just three of the transit desert neighborhoods that we identified house approximately 176,806 residents. Even in a city as progressive as Portland, Oregon, thousands live in transit desert neighborhoods.Transit desert analysis for the city of San Antonio. Negative numbers connote areas where demand for transit exceeds supply.When it comes to geographic location, transit demand and supply appear to follow certain spatial patterns. Unsurprisingly, transit supply is highest in city centers and decreases as distance from city centers increases. As a result, transit deserts do not typically occur in city centers or near downtown. In fact, because of the typical “hub and spoke” design of many transit services, city centers often have transit surpluses where supply outstrips demand.The location of transit deserts often does not follow a geographic pattern, although they are usually associated with low-income and remote areas. While planners and engineers may have a rough idea of where supply is low, making service adjustments requires measuring and mapping of transit supply and demand citywide.Rebalancing transit networksMany cities are now making service adjustments to improve service to transit deserts. For example, Houston’s transit authority, METRO, recently redesigned its bus service as part of a larger “Transit Service Reimagining,” in an attempt to better meet the region’s mobility needs. Evaluation of the new transit services shows that current levels of transit demand and supply are more balanced, though gaps still exist.Identifying transit deserts is even catching on at the federal level. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new initiative to map transit deserts nationally through a National Transit Map, which will put together data from different transit agencies into a complete feed. By accessing a larger, national look at transit demand and supply, regional agencies will have extra tools available to them when making changes to their local transit services.What these changes will be is hard to say. Expanding existing bus services may be the most cost-effective way to improve transit access. Even in New York City, with its massive subway system, city officials are increasingly turning to bus rapid transit due to the high cost of adding new subway lines.Adding bus lines, increasing service hours and even streamlining boarding and fares can help improve service and increase access. Integrating bicycling with transit services would be another cost-effective option.As research on transit deserts continues to grow, more precise methods of quantifying the gap between transit supply and demand should develop. More research may provide new views on how the built environment and socioeconomic variables affect transportation accessibility. With careful planning and investment, these transit deserts can eventually transform into transit oases. Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSthe conversation.comTransitTransportation Previous articleVote for Mayor, Seat #1, and Seat #2 in The Apopka Voice’s second online election poll this FridayNext articleApopka Cops and Firefighters compete to defeat Cystic Fibrosis this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Currie Cup best tries mix – Rounds 10 & 11

first_imgWednesday Sep 23, 2009 Currie Cup best tries mix – Rounds 10 & 11 The top four for the Currie Cup are looking clearer after another weekend of cracking rugby throughout South Africa. We have the best tries of the past two weekendss for you in this short compilation.The Sharks remain on top and it looks as though if they keep going well, along with Western Province, theyll get a home semi final.The Cheetahs good run of form was halted by the Sharks on Saturday, while last weekend we saw speed merchant Tonderai Chavhanga score a great try against them for Province. Chavhanga has since announced hell be moving to the Lions.Griquas have shown glimpses of brilliance throughout, and have a key fixture with Western Province coming up that should determine their position come semi finals time. The Bulls sit in fourth, after their big performance against Boland.All in all, theres some great tries in this clip, particularly from Frikkie Welsh, Gio Aplon, Sarel Pretorious, and Waylon Murray. Enjoy. Time: 04:00ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. 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All Blacks World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen signed on until 2019

first_imgMonday Jul 25, 2016 All Blacks World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen signed on until 2019 Today the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed that All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen will be with the team until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, extending his contract from 2017. Hansen won the World Cup as assistant in 2011, then head coach in 2015.NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew said Hansen and his fellow coaching and management team had overseen an unbelievably successful period of All Blacks rugby.“Steve’s winning record is unsurpassed in the modern era. Since becoming Head Coach in 2012, he has recorded 52 wins in his 57 Tests to date, with two draws and just three losses. That’s remarkable and unparalleled in international rugby.“While Steve has a fantastic winning record, equally positive has been his intuitive ability to continue growing the team through meticulous selection and rigorous preparation, and to inspire the players to reach even greater heights.“He’s also lead an era where the team have been outstanding ambassadors for fans both here and around the world.  Rugby World Cup 2015 was a great example of a team that wanted to be successful both on and off the field and they recognised that they could achieve a lot by doing so.”Steve Tew added: “I think it’s important at this time to also acknowledge Steve’s long-term commitment to New Zealand Rugby.  Apart from his stint with Wales in 2002-2004, he has spent his entire time coaching in New Zealand, stretching back to 1996 with Canterbury and the advent of professionalism.“He continues to be a great servant and key figure not only in New Zealand but also internationally, and on behalf of New Zealand Rugby and the Board, including the All Blacks players and management, as well as the wider rugby community, I’d like to congratulate Steve on his reappointment.”Steve Hansen – mini biographyWorld Rugby’s Coach of the Year from 2012-2014, 57-year-old Steve Hansen CNZM has been coaching for more than two decades at club, provincial, Super Rugby and international level.Mosgiel-born Hansen was appointed Head Coach of the All Blacks following the team’s Rugby World Cup 2011 victory, after serving as Assistant Coach for eight years, and took the team to back-to-back RWC victories in 2015.The All Blacks have fashioned an enviable record under Hansen with 52 wins to date, just three losses and two draws for a winning record of 91 percent. As well as victory at RWC2015, Hansen’s record includes the historic unbeaten season of 2013, victories in the Steinlager Series and Investec Rugby Championship, and the retention of the Bledisloe Cup.In his time, the All Blacks have been named World Rugby Team of the Year four years running.Prior to joining the All Blacks, Hansen coached Wales for two years, was Assistant Coach of the Crusaders during their title-winning seasons in 1999 – 2001 and won titles with Canterbury in 2001 and 1997.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error All Blacks Related Articles 40 WEEKS AGO North vs South should be a permanent fixture… 40 WEEKS AGO Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks… 42 WEEKS AGO Future All Blacks? Here are the standout… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Saracens and Billy Vunipola statements attempt to clear up latest social media activity

first_imgTuesday Apr 16, 2019 Saracens and Billy Vunipola statements attempt to clear up latest social media activity Saracens have made a statement regarding Billy Vunipola after the England number eight expressed his apparent support for the controversial message Wallabies fullback Israel Folau posted almost a week ago. The club and Vunipola met to discuss at length.ADVERTISEMENTVunipola was heavily criticised for getting involved in what was already a huge media and public scrutiny storm, as he came out to defend both himself and Folau after it had been noted that he had liked the Folau post on instagram. On Saturday he was reportedly booed when coming off the bench for Saracens in their Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol.After initialy stating that they were concerned and would deal with it internally, Saracens have said the following:“Senior representatives of the Club yesterday held lengthy discussions with Billy Vunipola regarding his recent social media activity.“At Saracens, we are one family, open to all with the firm view that everyone should be treated equally with respect and humility. We recognise the complexity of different belief systems and understand Billy’s intention was to express the word of God rather than cause offence.“However, he made a serious error of judgement in publicly sharing his opinion, which is inconsistent with the values of the Club and contravenes his contractual obligations. The player has been formally warned about his future conduct.”This is the post he made, trying to explain his position on Folau’s thoughts.He has since issued a statement along with Saracens: “I can see that my recent post has hurt people. My intention was never to cause suffering. My intention was to express my belief in the word of God. These beliefs are a source of great strength, comfort and guidance in my life. This is deeply personal and does not represent the views of my team.ADVERTISEMENT“Anyone who knows me, knows I live with kindness and love towards ALL people. I have faith. My Christian faith has sustained me through the ups and many downs of my life. God has given and continues to give me many reasons in life to be grateful.”The post that Folau made is still up on his instagram profile. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Fiennes’ polar trek aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing

first_imgVeteran polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is planning to be the first person to cross Antarctica during its winter. ‘The Coldest Journey’ aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing, a global initiative led by Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to tackle avoidable blindness in developing countries.Every dollar raised for Seeing is Believing is matched by Standard Chartered.Fiennes will take on the challenge with five colleagues and with the support of the Commonwealth and a number of sponsors. Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 September 2012 | News Tagged with: Celebrity Events  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The expedition’s ship leaves London in December 100 years after the death of Captain Scott in the Antarctic. The six-month expedition across Antarctica begins on 21 March 2013. The expedition team will travel nearly 4,000 kilometres, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as -90 degrees C.The furthest any expedition has ever reached into Antarctica during the winter is 60 miles.Fiennes’ charitable activities on past expeditions have so far raised a total of £15 million. He was a keynote speaker at this year’s Institute of Fundraising Convention in London.Fiennes explained his choice of charity, saying: “I have been on some amazing expeditions and seen many of the beautiful and unique sights the world has to offer. When I discovered Seeing is Believing, what it stood for, and understood how easily avoidable blindness could be prevented, it inspired me and my colleagues to undertake this challenge”.www.thecoldestjourney.orgcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fiennes’ polar trek aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believinglast_img read more

“Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad

first_img to go further November 18, 2019 – Updated on November 19, 2019 “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video Organisation Campaigns Help by sharing this information Saudi ArabiaRussiaSyriaNorth KoreaTurkeyUnited StatesChinaBrazilMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central AsiaAsia – PacificAmericas Media independence Freedom of expressionPredators Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a new campaign ad and fund-raising appeal for screening on leading TV channels in the run-up to the end-of-year festivities. Entitled “Without independent journalism, this would be the news,” it aims to make the public more aware of the crucial importance of journalistic freedom and independence Saudi ArabiaRussiaSyriaNorth KoreaTurkeyUnited StatesChinaBrazilMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central AsiaAsia – PacificAmericas Media independence Freedom of expressionPredators Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF_en Campaigns When I grow up… December 26, 2016 Find out more Campaigns Barbed ad about threats to journalismThe ironic video shows endearing photos of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, North Kora’s Kim Jong-Un, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, America’s Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad bin Salman, China’s Xi Jinping and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, and points out to viewers that, without independent journalism, the news they get would be reduced to this kind of crude propaganda.It is not enough to combat censorship and the dangers of imprisonment or even murder to which many journalists are exposed. In this video, RSF highlights the dangers created by the spread of propaganda and fake news, and invites to the public to support its fight for journalistic freedom, independence and diversity worldwide.Solidarity appeal starting 18 NovemberProduced in seven languages by RSF and its advertising agency BETC, the ad will be broadcast on TV channels in France and other countries from 18 November to 31 December. As it does every year, RSF counts on the public’s generosity to be able to continue its work worldwide.Help us to help those who fight for the right to inform us, sometimes to the point of putting their own lives at risk. Make a donation to RSF at bit.ly/CampaignRSF2019. World Press Freedom Day: RSF unveils “#FightFakeNews” TV spot May 2, 2018 Find out more December 15, 2017 Find out more Campaignslast_img read more

King imposes state of emergency and cuts communications with outside world

first_img Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News The king has still not had communications re-established. State-run radio announced on 2 February that all negative reports on the declaration of a state of emergency and the dismissal of the government have been banned for six months. The official daily Gorkhapatra also published a statement on its front page banning “all writing or opposition to the royal proclamation for six months”.The military is in charge of censorship of state-run television programmes while officers have been posted in the newsrooms of the main public and privately-owned media, including Kantipur. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) said that the army had also put the weekly Janaastha, under surveillance. The newspaper has been critical of both the palace and the army.Press agency Reuters said hotel proprietors had refused to let foreign television crew place satellite dishes on the roofs of their buildings. Most of the capital’s cybercafés remain closed on the order of the authorities. The FNJ has spoken out against what it called “a coup against democracy” and called on journalists to fight with courage and determination to guarantee the Nepalese people their right to news and information._______________________________________________________02.02.2005Telephone and Internet communications between Nepal and the rest of the world remain cut. Katmandu’s international airport reopened less than 24 hours after it was closed. Most Nepalese dailies were able to appear on 2 February, but the palace apparently warned editors that censorship had been re-established. Foreign television station broadcasts by cable and satellite, many of them Indian, were suspended. Finally, dozens of opposition figures, including journalists, have reportedly been arrested.________________________________________________________01.02.2005Reporters Without Borders called on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to intervene in Nepal where King Gyanendra has imposed a state of emergency, taken over direct power and cut the country off from the outside world.All communications, including email, have been cut and privately-owned FM radio forced to cancel news programmes.In its appeal to the UN, the worldwide press freedom organisation said, “This is not the first time that the king has tried to impose himself by force, depriving the Nepalese people of their freedom of expression. The international community has failed to respond to a deteriorating human rights situation in the country. It is now urgent that the UN reacts firmly.”King Gyanendra on 1st February 2005 sacked the government and took control himself, putting many opposition figures under house arrest. The Royal Army has been deployed in the streets and Kathmandu international airport has been closed.All communications have been cut with the outside world, telephone, email and websites hosted in Nepal are inaccessible, including nepalnews.com. Privately-owned FM radios have been ordered to drop their news bulletins. But TV and state-owned radio programmes are unaffected.This coup by the king is seemingly linked to the failure of the coalition government of Sher Bahadur Deuba to bring Maoist rebels to the negotiating table and to organise parliamentary elections next spring. In a speech put out by the state-owned media the king said, “In the framework of rights invested in the crown by the current constitution, I have dissolved the government in the interests of the people, the country and the defence of sovereignty.”King Gyanendra previously declared a state of emergency, on the advice of Sher Bahadur Deuba’s government, on 26 November 2001. Within four months security forces had arrested more than 100 hundred journalists and the majority of them had been tortured.Nepal was in 2004, for the third consecutive year, the country with the largest number of journalists arrested in the world. June 8, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en May 17, 2019 Find out more Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Nepal News to go further Receive email alerts February 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 King imposes state of emergency and cuts communications with outside world NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on Kofi Annan to intervene with King Gyanendra after the monarch takes direct powers on 1st February, cutting all communications, telephone and emails. Websites are blocked and private radios forced to halt news bulletins. Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Help by sharing this information Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Newslast_img read more

Hoax calls and bonfires in chaotic night for Limerick Fire service

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Email Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Crews dealt with hoax calls and 17 bonfires in Limerick on Monday nightUNDER fire from rocks, responding to hoax river rescue calls and hoax domestic house fires, Limerick City fire fighters put down one of the busiest nights of the year on May Eve as crews also dealt with up 17 bonfires.With bonfires a tradition on May Eve, firefighters and emergency responders had expected crews to be busy.However, by 6.30pm on Monday night, crews were responding to hoax rescue calls, the first at the River Shannon where a woman was falsely reported as having entered the water.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City Fire SwiftWater Technician Rescue Crews we’re alerted to ther report of a woman in the river at Thomond Bridge.Arriving within minutes of the call, firefighters including the Rescue Boat FireSwift carried out a thorough search and deemed the call to be a hoax.Gardai and emergency paramedics with the National Ambulance Service also attended with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue also on alert.During the course of the night, fire crews attended 17 bonfires and while the majority of were monitored and being properly supervised, crews extinguished three due to safety concerns.However, as the night wore on, firefighters also came under fire from youths throwing rocks and stones on Crecora Ave while the attended a bonfire.While the Fire Appliance was hit several times, no injuries or major damage occurred.A short time later, firefighters were attacked for a second time while attending a bonfire in Watergate. There were no injuries but the Fire Appliance was again damaged. Gardai responded to the incident.Hoax calls were also made to the Fire Service alerting them to a supposed domestic fire in Roundwood Estate and while attending this, another hoax call was made to a domestic fire in Fedamore.After attending both alerts, it was deemed that these calls were hoax and the caller’s details were passed to Gardai.Fianna Fail general election candidate Cllr James Collins has called for prison sentences for those who attack frontline emergency responders such as ambulance crew, fire and rescue staff, or gardai,“We are frequently hearing of ambulance crews also being harassed when they attend in certain parts of the city. We have to put in place deterrents to protect emergency responders who are after all, putting their personal safety at risk in order to help others.“Fianna Fáil previously introduced legislation to ensure that all those working on the frontline are protected and that those convicted of a serious attack on an emergency worker would receive a minimum five year prison term.“Regrettably the Fine Gael led Government failed to support this key piece of legislation. Our party have now updated this Bill and will be pushing the Government once again on the issue.”“These brave frontline staff are attending to emergency calls and then coming under attack with youths firing stones and other objects at them. It’s appalling and nobody should be allowed to get away with treating gardai, ambulance crew or fire brigade staff in this way.“These are the very people we ask to run towards emergencies when we are seeking to escape them. They have to be protected with stiff penalties for anyone who attacks them.”See more Limerick news herecenter_img LimerickNewsHoax calls and bonfires in chaotic night for Limerick Fire serviceBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2018 1024 Facebook TAGSbonfireGardaíhoax callslimerickLimerick City Fire and Rescue Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLimerick woman scores €33,000 on Winning StreakNext articleLimerick student to take part in the “Olympics of Programming” Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisementlast_img read more

Ante-Natal service being restored at Dungloe Hospital

first_img WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By admin – January 18, 2017 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Ante-Natal service is to re-open at Dungloe Community Hospital today.The service was suspended over two years ago with a question mark over if they would ever be re-instated to the area.Since then people from West Donegal have had to travel to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says it’s much welcome news for the community………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/pearseantenatal.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Ante-Natal service being restored at Dungloe Hospital Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Previous articleLetterkenny needs at least 100 new homes per yearNext articleEnterprise Ireland urged to prioritise broadband provision at Lisfannon admin Facebook Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+last_img read more

Casey calls for action on abandoned houses in Donegal

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTraffic calming measures need ramped up in Letterkenny – BroganNext articleWorkshops to be held on Malin Head Visitor Management Plan News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By News Highland – April 30, 2019 Peter Casey has called for action to tackle abandoned houses across Donegal.The European Parliamentary candidate says initiatives need to be developed by Central Government and the Council to take over the almost 12,000 vacant properties in the county.He says what we have in Donegal and throughout rural Ireland is a crisis that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.Mr Casey says the take over of such properties could make huge strides in tackling homelessness and the ever growing social housing waiting lists:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/petercfghgfhgfhfasey1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img WhatsApp Casey calls for action on abandoned houses in Donegal Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+last_img read more