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Funds flow to fix County’s water system

first_imgWhatsApp Email Linkedin Facebook Advertisement MORE than €3mn is to be spent in Co Limerick on replacing 23km of watermain to avoid water being lost through the current leaky system. It comes a week after the Limerick Post reported that the city council was to spend more than €5mn on replacing 19km of watermains. This week, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, approved Limerick County Council’s proposals to carry out extensive rehabilitation works in the County at an estimated cost of €3.065mn.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Hogan’s stated: “It is difficult to justify major capital expenditure on new water supply infrastructure unless we also tackle high unaccounted for water levels in the existing supply systems. I expect local authorities to commence mains rehabilitation and replacement works with a value of over €320mn nationwide.”The Council intends to carry out the work to replace 22.865km of watermain along with 624 associated new individual services.According to the Minister’s department, common backyard services will also be replaced in accordance with the relevant Departmental Circulars.The rehabilitation works will tackle pipes that are ranked poorly in regard to age, condition, burst history and that have experienced level of service problems.“The Council’s priorities for water mains rehabilitation are to enhance the water quality, prevent mains failure, identify service pipe defects, improve pressure and flow, reduce interruptions to supply and address leakage and operational serviceability,” a Department of Environment statement said.The Minister’s approval now allows Limerick County Council to prepare contract documents for its water conservation proposals with the view to seeking tenders and having the works commence as soon as possible.center_img Previous articleMcManus ‘embarrassed’ at latest honourNext articleCattle moved from farm under garda escort admin Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsFunds flow to fix County’s water systemBy admin – August 15, 2011 661 last_img read more

Olympics: Dominicans to watch in London

first_imgBy Dialogo July 18, 2012 Félix Sánchez, New York, USA, running: Sánchez, born in New York to Dominican parents, could have competed for the United States. But in 1999 he opted to represent his parents’ home country, which was a blessing for the Dominican Republic. Sánchez, nicknamed “Super Félix,” won the country’s first Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games by placing first in the 400-meter hurdles. Now 34, Sánchez, who broke the Pan American Games record in the event in 2003, is looking to regain his former glory. Luguelín Santos, Santo Domingo, running: If Sánchez has been the best Dominican runner of the past decade, Santos is likely to be this decade’s star. In 2010, he won gold at the Summer Youth Olympics in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay. Now 18, and with a Puma sponsorship recently inked, Santos looks to London, where he seeks his first Olympic gold in the 400. María García, La Vega, judo: García, 24, burst on the international judo scene when she won bronze at the 2006 World Youth Championships. After winning medals in the Pan American Games and other international events, she qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games, where she lost in the round of 16. She will compete in the 52-kilogram (114-pound) class. Yuderqui Contreras, San Pedro de Macorís, weight lifting: Contreras, 26, won gold at the 2010 Central America and Caribbean Games in weight lifting. Competing in the 53-kilogram (116-pounds) class, Contreras set a personal best by lifting a total of 211 kilograms (465 pounds). She finished fifth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The event includes the snatch and the clean and jerk. In London, Contreras will again compete in the 53-kilogram class. center_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic won two medals in the 2008 Beijing Games but will be looking for more in London. Gabriel Mercedes, Monte Plata, taekwondo: In the 2008 Beijing Games, Mercedes tied Guillermo Pérez of Mexico in the taekwondo finals of the competitive 58-kilogram (127 pounds) class. Judges awarded Pérez the gold. Mercedes, 31, took the silver. He has been atop his game since earning the gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. Mercedes will again be competing in the highly competitive 58-kilogram weight class in London. Dorian McMenemy, Northborough, Mass., USA, swimming: Born in the United States to a Dominican mother, McMenemy chose to swim internationally for her mother’s home country. At the age of 15, she’s the first Dominican female swimmer ever to make the Olympics, qualifying for the London Games after placing 46th in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2011 FINA World Championships in China. McMenemy, who just completed her freshman year of high school, will be among a field of 42 competing in the 100-meter butterfly. last_img read more

Terry denies Spurs

first_imgJohn Terry’s second-half header prevented Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas from claiming victory over Chelsea in a hot-tempered grudge match against former mentor Jose Mourinho that ended 1-1. Christian Eriksen almost created an opening with a free-kick, but Petr Cech had nothing to do until he was picking the ball out of the net. Eriksen started the move, playing a flat ball across the box to Roberto Soldado who nudged the ball in to Sigurdsson’s path. Sigurdsson, so often Spurs’ unsung hero, still had lots to do. He was off balance after taking an extra stride to beat Terry’s outstretched leg, but he somehow managed to roll the ball into the net to the goalkeeper’s right. Villas-Boas savoured the moment with a double-fist pump while his opposite number was sullen and motionless. The home crowd took great pleasure in taunting Mourinho, singing: “You’re not special anymore.” Mourinho’s team certainly did not look anything special. Tottenham were in complete control and it seemed certain they would double their lead before the break. The brilliant Andros Townsend found Soldado on the right. The Spaniard spied Paulinho at the back post, but luckily for Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic came to the rescue. Chelsea started to improve slightly and Tottenham’s nerves started jangling. Eden Hazard robbed Kyle Walker on the edge of his own box, but Vertonghen got in the way to deflect his compatriot’s shot wide. Tempers frayed momentarily when Tottenham assistant Steffen Freund confronted fourth official Roger East after becoming annoyed about Mike Dean’s officiating. Townsend blotted his copy book by receiving a booking for diving while Eriksen entered the book for a petulant pull of Oscar’s shirt. Paulinho almost gave Spurs a second when he hit the woodwork just before half-time. That was Mourinho’s cue to leave. He walked down the tunnel a minute before the half-time whistle. He had seen enough. Whatever Mourinho said to his team at half-time, it had an effect. The Blues, now with Mata on the pitch, started the second half well. Torres cracked a low ball across the box, but it was just a touch too heavy for Oscar. Hugo Lloris pulled off a top save to deny Torres, but moments later the Spaniard let himself down by appearing to scratch Vertonghen’s face. Torres, annoyed at what he thought was a dive from the Belgian, grabbed hold of the defender’s face and dug his nails in to his skin. Dean opted to book the striker. The temperature reached boiling point again soon after when Ivanovic was booked for dissent. Vertonghen had another spat with Torres and the defender lost his cool moments later with a dangerous tackle on Ramires that caused Mourinho to spring from the bench and remonstrate with Dean from the touchline. Spurs then paid dearly for Vertonghen’s lapse in concentration from the resulting free-kick. Mata put a high swirling ball in to the box, Vertonghen lost Terry for a second and he headed beyond Lloris before sprinting over to the ecstatic visiting fans. Mourinho joined in the celebrations from the bench, but they were slightly restrained. Torres then received a second booking. The Spaniard jumped with Vertonghen and the centre-back went down clutching his face. There was no contact between Torres’ arm and Vertonghen’s face, but Dean sent the former Liverpool forward off. The dismissal gave Spurs more momentum. Jermain Defoe and Sigurdsson almost snatched victory. Villas-Boas and Mourinho shared a handshake at the end while Terry celebrated in front of his own fans. Tempers often frayed during the match. Fernando Torres was sent off for two bookings – the last of which was a questionable one in which he was penalised for throwing an elbow at Jan Vertonghen when replays showed there was no contact. The Spaniard could have been given a straight red in the first half for scratching the defender’s face. Villas-Boas and Mourinho had been practically inseparable for seven years, but the Spurs boss made it clear in the run up to the derby that he and his compatriot are no longer friends. The two shared the weakest of handshakes before the game, and during the contest, it looked as though the master would be beaten by his old apprentice. As Villas-Boas takes his ride around the M25 to Gatwick airport to catch his flight to Porto on Saturday night, he will be kicking himself about the result. His Tottenham team had the upper hand over Chelsea for the majority of the first half and they could have had three or four by the break. But Terry’s goal, which came from a Juan Mata free-kick, means he will have to wait until March before he gets another chance to defeat Mourinho again. Despite the booming noise of the pumped-up crowd, the opening few minutes were a tight affair. The pre-match fireworks between the two managers had given an extra edge to what was already one of the most hotly-contested derbies in English football, and for the most part the game lived up to its billing. Tottenham dominated the first half and took the lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Terry – one of the personalities with whom Villas-Boas clashed at Chelsea – gatecrashed the Spurs boss’ party to level the scores. Press Associationlast_img read more