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_img Related Articles  Print This Post April 16, 2020 1,493 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Subscribe Share Save Coronavirus COVID-19 Income 2020-04-16 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Krista F. Brock Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Homeowners Are Running Out of Savings Previous: Former Freddie Mac CEO Proposes Non-Bank Servicer Assistance Next: LERETA Provides Daily Agency Updates of COVID-19 Effects on Industry Home / Daily Dose / Homeowners Are Running Out of Savings Tagged with: Coronavirus COVID-19 Income While Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the economic impacts of the pandemic and measures to decelerate it have been widespread and immediate. Americans are already feeling the financial burden, and the housing market is far from immune.The first state-mandated limits on social gatherings went into effect in mid-March, and many states have enacted various forms of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place mandates since.Unemployment skyrocketed to 4.4% over the month of March, and 45% of Americans who were employed prior to the pandemic are now either unemployed or are working fewer hours, according to a survey conducted by Clever Real Estate, a free online service connecting consumers with real estate agents.Half of Americans say any savings they had will be depleted by the end of this month, according to Clever Real Estate. The survey was conducted March 31, meaning just two weeks after the very first state mandates went into place, Americans were already seeing their savings depleted.About 30% of homeowners reported having less than $1,000 in emergency savings before the pandemic, and 22% say they don’t have enough in savings to cover even one month of their mortgage payment. As a result, 27% say they are concerned about defaulting on their mortgage loan.However, things are even grimmer among renters. Half of renters said they have already run out of savings or they never had any to begin with, and 25% lost their income due to COVID-19.About 46% of renters said they had less than $500 in emergency savings prior to the pandemic, and 45% say they don’t have enough savings to cover just one month of rent.The federal stimulus plan, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will help hold over some struggling Americans. Many will receive stimulus funds, and people with mortgages backed by the federal government are eligible for forbearance on their monthly payments. Of course, people with mortgages that are not backed by the government are not covered by the act, but some lenders may offer their own forbearance plans.So far, 16% of homeowners have worked out forbearance or lower monthly payments with their lenders. However, another 12% are behind on payments but without any approved forbearance from their lender.The CARES Act also protects renters from evictions and payment penalties for 60 days, but this only applies to properties that are federally financed. Some local governments may have their own mandates that apply to all renters, not just those living in federally-financed properties.With immediate financial implications for many Americans and an uncertain road ahead for the overall economy, the housing market too is already feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.The pandemic has impacted 85% of homeowners who had previous plans to sell their homes. Close to one-fourth have taken their homes off the market, and slightly more than one-fourth are dropping their listing price. Another 31% of homeowners who had plans to sell but had not yet listed their homes say they are holding off on listing their home for now.Homebuyers are also changing plans amid the current conditions. Close to half of prospective buyers say they are delaying their home search, while 7% say they have stopped shopping altogether.However, 28% say they are continuing their home search but will look for a lower price than originally planned.“Considering 27% of sellers said they’ve already dropped the listing price of their home, buyers willing to continue searching for homes might be able to get more for their money,” said Francesca Ortegren, data scientist for Clever Real Estate.While not all Americans support widespread stay-at-home orders, 96% support social distancing, and 73% say slowing the spread of the coronavirus should be a higher priority than the economy right now.Three-quarters of Americans believe the full effects of the pandemic will be worse than the Great Recession of 2008. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

first_img The fact is, 30 years ago, people had 17 minutes to escape a home fire: now they have about two minutes. New construction practices and materials, as well as the furniture inside, cause fires to burn faster. Another hazard found in many homes is synthetic materials such as rubber, plastic or foam. When those materials burn, they can cause cyanide poisoning.Escape planning and practice can help families make the most of the time they have, giving everyone enough time to get out.Two local fire agencies will mark Fire Prevention Week with Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12. Dryden’s Neptune Hose Company will welcome visitors between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., while the Trumansburg Fire Department will hold its open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Both will offer tours and demonstrations, as well as fun activities for the whole family.Fire Prevention Week is recognized annually by the National Fire Protection Association and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.Featured image: File photo from the Dryden Junior Fire Academy 2018. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: This is a community announcement from the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit news releases, email [email protected] TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Fire Prevention Week is October 6th – 12th. The theme this year is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.”According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):Seventy-one percent of households have a fire escape plan, but only 47% have practiced it.One-third believe they have at least six minutes before a fire becomes life-threatening.Only 8% said their first thought was to get out when they heard the smoke alarm. Community Announcements Tagged: national fire prevention week, tompkins county department of emergency response This article was submitted on behalf of a person or organization in Tompkins County. The Ithaca Voice posts community announcements to provide readers with information directly from local businesses and… More by Community Announcementslast_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonASBURY PARK – Song­writer/producer/musician Jon Leidersdorff saw a need in the local music business and education scene and began working to fill it.Now about five years later, Leidersdorff is putting the finishing touches on his Lake House Music Academy.Jon Leidersdorff, left, owner of the Lake House Musiccomplex in Asbury Park, and manager Scott Engel stand in front of the 619 Lake Ave. business.Leidersdorff, 44, who lives in Interlaken with his wife and two young children, has been on the music scene for much of his life. He realized that for he and his musician friends, “the only place to connect was at venues” where they played and went to see and hear each play.As he traveled extensively, he realized how other cities that had “places with scenes for people to communicate and come together are the most successful for music,” he said. When he looked around the Asbury Park area, he saw “there are so many musicians here, so many artists here, but there was a lack of infrastructure here to support the scene.”With that in mind, Leidersdorff took over a vacant and deteriorating 1930s former warehouse at 619 Lake Ave. and began the five-year process of restoration to create spaces for a variety of businesses centered around music and music education programs.His Lake House Music Academy cost “millions.” He has had to completely redo everything in the aging space. “It wasn’t even a shell” when he started, he said. “We had to do absolutely everything.”The three-story, approximately 15,000-square-foot location, with its exposed brick walls and newly varnished wood floors, is almost completed. It houses a retail space on the first floor for musical instruments – the walls are lined with hanging guitars of every variety – and sundry items and Russo Music, a café formerly on Cookman Avenue.The building’s second floor will be used by an Internet radio station; two recording studios, with available lodging for traveling bands; and rehearsal space that is available for rent by the hour. The studio space was designed by John Storyk, an architect, acoustician and a leader in his field, Leidersdorff said.Space on the third floor is designated for a business called Bands on a Budget, which helps band merchandize and sell souvenirs. “They’ll get your T-shirts ready,” was how Leidersdorff explained the business.The building’s upper floors also have office space and a conference room that will be used by a music lawyer, a graphic design artist and a web developer.A professional music manager, Brian Nelson, who represents among others, the British singer/songwriter Joss Stone, a “humongous artist,” Leidersdorff said, will also occupy the office.“Different businesses in­ter­acting creates opportunities that wouldn’t exist if we weren’t in the same space,” Leidersdorff said.One of the location’s main features is its music academy, featuring group performances and individual lessons.According to Leidersdorff, there are programs available for those as young as 6 months to adults of all ages. One of the liveliest groups, he said, is an over-40 group that comes to perform and learn.Stepping back and looking at his work, Leidersdorff said, “I see potential. I see a lot of possibility. Now it’s important to invite people who want to be creative and participate in this space.”last_img read more

first_imgSocial rugby also focuses on the fun factor, so there is an award for the most social team. This year, that went to the Chilliwack team – the Chilliwack/Chuckanut Platypuses.“(They) came dressed in their neon tights and form fitting costumes, showed no shame and hoisted a pint and shared a laugh with everyone else out there,” said Glaser.The tournament stands out because it is the only Rugby team in the Boundary. To make it even more special, the teams got to play with a custom-made, cowhide ball made in Greenwood at Ingram Creek Saddlery. This one-of-a-kind ball had its own personality, which added “unknowns” to the game, according to Glaser.There were four men’s teams at the tournament plus a couple mixed teams. One team was made up of “Old Boys,” referees and women. There was also a mixed team made up of women from Nelson and a few of the Scribes men. Glaser had hoped more teams would come out but a few last minute dropouts kept the teams small. He’s optimistic the tournament will gain in popularity and expects there to be twice as many teams next year.Glaser is happy with how the tournament went. The crowd had fun and felted welcomed by the Greenwood community. He credits Greenwood Coun. Barry Noll with helping the weekend go smoothly. Greenwood’s first annual social rugby tournament — held Aug 3 to 5 — was deemed a success with the Trail Colonials coming out ahead. Organized Oliver Glaser said the Colonials won a “very hard fought, final match” against the East Vancouver Scribes with the game ending 35 to 20.Glaser subbed in many of the games that weekend and felt the final match was the most intense of them all.last_img read more