first_imgThe Parteen basin on Lough DergTHE COST of a controversial pipeline to take water from the River Shannon near Limerick City and deliver it Dublin is set to go over budget.The project is now likely to exceed the estimated €1.3 billion cited in the National Development Plan (NDP), according to Irish Water.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Plans for the Shannon pipeline to abstract water from the Parteen Basin have been met with fierce opposition from concerned environmentalists, farmers and tourism operators in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.Irish Water has informed the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government that rising costs may put the project over budget but has not yet given any revised costings.The company plans to start construction of the pipeline in 2023 and estimates it will take up to four years to completeThe project was chosen as the viable option from a number of possible solutions to the growing demand for water in Dublin, including a seawater desalination plant.However, the River Shannon Protection Alliance (RSPA) says that Dublin could solve its water problems if it just tackled the leaks.Gerry Siney of the RSPA points out that Dublin is awash with water that needs to be filtered and purified regardless of its source.“They should insist that Irish Water implement a strategic plan for the replacement of Dublin’s ancient, corroded and leaking pipes. The replacement of these pipes is unavoidable and the taxpayer cannot be expected to finance a flawed pipeline scheme which represents the wrong solution,” he said. Previous articleWoman arrested and €72,000 seized in WestburyNext articleTalking Points: Early statements of intent and absences prove costly Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Facebook Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Email Print NewsEnvironmentShannon pipeline would leak cashBy Bernie English – August 18, 2020 552 last_img read more


first_imgJanet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of homeland security, delivered the 37th Earl V. Pullias lecture on campus Wednesday, addressing that a previously announced tuition hike of 5 percent will not affect the upcoming summer quarter for the UC system.In the lecture, she also addressed the longstanding conversation about higher education in California. The event was hosted by the Pullias Center for Higher Education and the Rossier School of Education.Napolitano’s lecture titled, “A Trifecta for the Future: Higher Education, California, and Innovation,” also focused on the unique role that research universities have played in making California a center of innovation and a world leader in its own right.“California, if it is to pay its dream forward to future generations,” Napolitano said. “must never abandon its sense of itself as a society built on innovation, and it must never abandon the institutions that seek that innovation. That is the California that we are fighting for.”At the start of the lecture, Napolitano referred to participants of previous Pullias Lectures, such as former University of California presidents David P. Gardner and Richard C. Atkinson.In 1988, Gardner participated in a lecture that discussed global transformations and the internationalized quest for knowledge. He argued that the reach for American research universities such as those within the UC system must be altered. Atkinson reinforced that point in his 1997 lecture by emphasizing how research universities are not only important for economic growth, but also for discovery and the application of knowledge.Napolitano furthered the lectures of former UC presidents by discussing how Californians have built and nurtured an iconic society known to the world as a beacon of progress and opportunity.“They [Californians] built it with a native creativity and ceaseless innovation, introducing to the world everything from the Silicon chip to fine Napa Valley wine to the wetsuit,” Napolitano said. “They built it with a strong sense of common purpose, fostering a true commonwealth for those with dreams and ideas and notions about the next big thing. In the spirit of a commonwealth, they built it with a deep commitment to education and research.”She continued to discuss current problems she believes the UC system needs to address. Napolitano explained that the UC schools are currently receiving the same amount of funding as they had in 1997, with 75,000 more students enrolled now than in 1997.Napolitano explained that the 75,000 extra students is the equivalent of adding another University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkeley without any additional funding from the state.Napolitano said there are only so many tax dollars to go around, and the education system has to compete with public services, healthcare and corrections for funding. She commented that society has drifted away from the concept of a commonwealth.“Taxpayers, who used to view education at the University of California as a public investment, increasingly now see it as a private good, one that ought to be paid for by the individuals who derive a direct benefit from it,” Napolitano said.Joseph Chan, a graduate student studying postsecondary administration and student affairs, said he was interested in how tuition rates were impacted by these increases.“She [Napolitano] mentioned in her speech that the priorities of the state as far as funding have flipped, causing a tuition increase,” Chan said. “I always questioned, ‘Why is the tuition cost increasing?’, and I never knew the huge role that tax played into that.”Napolitano ended her lecture by explaining a decision made last November to move forward with a new tuition and financial aid plan in the UC system, which will include increased enrollment of students from California.The plan means investing and reinvesting in academic quality. Napolitano said that they are serious about the UC school system maintaining both affordability and quality.Shujin Zhong, a graduate student studying postsecondary administration and student affairs, said she was especially interested in Napolitano’s research on tuition payments.“Last semester I did some research on tuition fees and came to know that although we’ve paid a lot for tuition, we actually enjoy more [at USC] such as better resources, better faculty members and better services. Also, I would like to hear something more about the international environment at UCs,” Zhong said.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission respond to questions from reporters, during a press conference in Georgetown Guyana. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has indicated its commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in Guyana’s general and regional elections, to be held on March 2.During a media conference on February 6, EU EOM Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, stated that the mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process.“The presence of the EU EOM demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the conduct of inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Guyana,” Paet said, noting that the observation not only focuses on election day, but also “on the entire electoral process, including the campaigning, the results and the resolution of any election-related dispute, after voting has finished”.The Chief Observer emphasised that the mission will be impartial in its findings and conclusions.“The Mission is independent in its findings and conclusions, and EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct of international observers that requires strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work, and do not interfere in the electoral process,” Paet stated.This is the largest EU EOM mission, which will comprise almost 50 observers. It includes a core team of nine analysts and 14 long-term observers, deployed to the 10 administrative regions. Twenty short-term observers will join the team, shortly before the March elections.The mission was deployed to Guyana, following an invitation from President, David Granger.The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its observation of an electoral process: the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views; the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration; the fairness of access to state resources during the election; the universal franchise afforded to voters; the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular, the state media; the conduct of polling, counting and tabulation of votes; other issues related to the democratic nature of the election (e.g. legal framework; campaign violence; rule of law; and campaign finance).On March 4, the EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement, which will be followed by an official statement, which will include the mission’s observations and recommendations, two months after the General and Regional Elections are conducted.last_img read more


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