Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) 2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambia Sugar Plc is the largest sugar producer in Zambia. The company has interests in growing sugar cane and producing raw sugar and specialty sugar products for domestic and export markets. Zambia Sugar produces sugar products under the Whitespoon brand name, and exports niche-market sugars countries in the European Union. The sugar enterprise has cane estates and a sugar factor in Nakambala in the South West Province of Zambia. Its total annual sugar production capacity ranges from 200 000 tons to 450 000 tons. Zambia Sugar is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. Illovo produces raw and refined for local and export markets with sugar cane grown by independent out-growers. Zambia Sugar Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman, was the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence, and was recently named the Orange County District 2 Commissioner. Jackson is a local attorney that ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational. It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation Monday night, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCoronavirusGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleVodka won’t protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizerNext articleCoronavirus: A message from Mayor Bryan Nelson Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From Let’s Talk About it with Rod Love and Greg JacksonThis Monday on WOKB 1680AM Radio, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, the “Dynamic Duo” will have AdventHealth Apopka, Chief Executive Officer Tim Clark and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Omayra Mansfield in studio to discuss and provide information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. The Duo’s goal is to provide leadership through accurate dissemination of information. Will define terms and rationale with regard toSocial distancing,Accessing testing for the virus (convid-19),Strain on limited hospital resources,Strategies to help reduce the spread of this deadly virus,Provide information to the community and encourage the spirit of cooperationRod & Greg will focus on innovative solutions such as the level and intensity of collaborative Emergency Response Teams (ERT) comprised of public & private partners in developing innovative plans such as,The introduction of mobile hand-washing stations, especially for the use by homeless individuals who lack access to the means of consistent hand-washing mechanisms.Explore the enacting of a special disaster emergency fund to immediately initiate a time limited street outreach initiative to provide education and information regarding this crisis.Convene dialogue with the small business community via through local chamber of commerce organizations regarding the fiscal impact to hourly wage workers to offer assistance to support and navigate through federal bureaucracies to initiate timely economic recovery.Federal finance mechanism for (6) six month non-penalty mortgage forgiveness recovery/support for faith based organizations that are devastated as a result of compliance with non-assembly request to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (CONVID-19).Seek a gubernatorial executive order that enhances the penalties for the illegal use of a firearm that results in an injury or death time-limited during this pandemic crisis and publicly advertised state-wide upon execution.These and other topics will be discussed by two of the most-influential voices in Central Florida on the top-rated Monday Night radio talk show — LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!Join Rod Love, Greg Jackson and the entire Let’s Talk Nation on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on 1680am WOKB, online at www.wokbradio.com, on Facebook @letstalknationusa or call-in to 407-894-1680. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT is the can’t miss radio show that will blow your mind!***** Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
“COPY” Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771460/rgt-house-gbf-taller-de-arquitectura Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771460/rgt-house-gbf-taller-de-arquitectura Clipboard RGT House / GBF Taller de ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveRGT House / GBF Taller de Arquitectura Save this picture!© Luis Gordoa+ 37 Share CopyAbout this officeGBF Taller de ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexicoPublished on August 07, 2015Cite: “RGT House / GBF Taller de Arquitectura” [Casa RGT / GBF Taller de Arquitectura] 07 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” Sri Lanka 2014 CopyHouses•Kandy, Sri Lanka Area: 1300 ft² Area: 1300 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 Save this picture!© Eresh Weerasuriya+ 18 Share Projects Architects: KWA Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780934/floated-house-kwa-architects Clipboard photographs: Eresh WeerasuriyaPhotographs: Eresh WeerasuriyaStructural Engineer:Gayan WanasingheContractor:Millenium House and ConstructionArchitect In Charge:Thilan KoththigodaCity:KandyCountry:Sri LankaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Eresh WeerasuriyaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. The “lookout point” is located in the astonishing hill country of Sri Lanka. The site is a steeply sloping land accessed at its highest point, allows for breathtaking views of the mountains around all the way up to Gampola and beyond. The tight budget of the clients allowed for very little earth work, retaining walls. The brief called for a small 1300 sqft family home for two veterinary scientists and their daughter.Save this picture!SectionTaking advantage of this exclusive location, the idea was to let all the spaces of the residence delight in these views while also upholding the continuation of the panorama from the street rather than the development being an obstruction.Save this picture!© Eresh WeerasuriyaHence, the building was partially sunk-in from the street level with the flat concrete rooftop being just below eye level from the street. Since buildable flat land in such a steep slope was limited, the main living/dining space was projected out from the hill and supported with a single column. The result was a space of pure enchantment of offering a 270 degree view of the landscapes around. The gardens around are planted with local wild foliage and flowering plants found abundantly in the area with lower levels of the land reserved for agriculture.Save this picture!© Eresh WeerasuriyaProject gallerySee allShow lessIt’s Sara / Integrated FieldSelected ProjectsStructures of Coastal Resilience Exhibition OpeningExhibition Opening Share Houses Photographs Floated House / KWA ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFloated House / KWA Architects Year: Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780934/floated-house-kwa-architects Clipboard Floated House / KWA Architects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeKWA ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKandySri LankaPublished on January 25, 2016Cite: “Floated House / KWA Architects” 25 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Year: ArchDaily HCM House / Ginga ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHCM House / Ginga ArchitectsSave this picture!© Katsuo Koseki+ 43Curated by Hana Abdel Share Architects: Ginga Architects Area Area of this architecture project HCM House / Ginga Architects Japan CopyHouses, House Interiors•Sendai, Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946836/hcm-house-ginga-architects Clipboard Area: 130 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Products used in this ProjectRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks LandmarkArchitect In Charge:Ginga Architects, Koji Takeda, Ginga ArchitectsEngineering And Construction:Kizuna Architect Company LimitedEngineering:Kizuna Architect Company LimitedConstruction:Kizuna Architect Company LimitedCity:SendaiCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Katsuo KosekiText description provided by the architects. It is a two-family house with a three-story structure that is built on a narrow site in contact with a narrow private road in central Sendai. It is a typical densely populated residential area in the urban area of Sendai City, bordering a private road, with a narrow frontage and surrounded by two-story houses.Save this picture!© Katsuo KosekiSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Katsuo KosekiDue to the close proximity of the houses, it was expected that sufficient lighting and ventilation would not be expected in a typical two-story house. I knew that by going up to the roof level on the 2nd floor, I could see the view of the fireworks of Sendai and the ridge-line of Mt. Aoba. It was required to consider the barrier-free.Save this picture!© Katsuo KosekiSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Katsuo KosekiAlthough it is a two-family house on a small site with a feeling of pressure, there is depth and a gap around a large tree, and by moving in search of light, each finds a variety of comfortable places and becomes a spacious residence. Save this picture!© Katsuo KosekiProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design StudioSelected ProjectsM1700 House / RAVEL ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946836/hcm-house-ginga-architects Clipboard 2020 Photographs Projects Manufacturers: Vectorworks, IOC Flooring, LIXIL , Sanwa Company Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyAbout this officeGinga ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSendaiOn FacebookJapanPublished on September 03, 2020Cite: “HCM House / Ginga Architects” 03 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Chicago, March 11 — Donald Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, sexist, right-wing rhetoric has been met with powerful, organized protests both inside and outside of nearly every one of his major campaign events.While demonstrators have been able to cut his talks short through disruption and civil disobedience, tonight was the first time the movement was able to completely prevent him from speaking, forcing Trump to cancel his campaign rally in Chicago.This protest, as has been the case in various cities, was organized and led by youth of color. Black and Brown young people are leading the movement against Trump, white supremacy and bigotry.As Cruz Rodriguez, a member of DePaul University’s Students for Justice in Palestine — and one of the students in my group that I took direction from — said on Facebook after the rally: “This movement was led by students of color — all the way! We did not endorse any other presidential candidate. We organized to take a stand against the rise of white fascism and white supremacy across the United States! BLACK and BROWN power came together to shut down a white supremacist! … THE REVOLUTION WILL GO ON!”Militant oppositon prepares an unwelcome.Youth participated from many organizationsI arrived at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. and met up with Cruz and other students, some of whom I had not met before, in the line to go inside. For weeks leading up to the event, groups came together online and in person to organize efforts to shut down the rally.This was not my first time disrupting a Trump rally from the inside. Back in December, many progressives, including multiple members of Workers World Party, organized disruptions both inside and outside of the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Many of the same tactics and efforts were used here in Chicago to successfully shut down Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric.While in line, I spoke with some Trump supporters near me who assumed I was there with the same motivation as them. A concerned mother spoke to me about her support of “the wall” Trump wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico. As the line moved, a crowd of anti-Trump demonstrators across the street grew in number. As a protester walked by with a sign reading “TRUMP = RACIST,” the family in front of me turned and said, “How can we be racist when you are in line? These protesters don’t know anything.” I am an immigrant from Ghana, and it took all the self-control I had not to blow my cover.Unlike in Raleigh, where we had to blend into the crowd or risk being preemptively kicked out, it became evident very early that many of us in the Pavilion were there to shut Trump down. I was inspired and energized by the presence of youth — from Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Students Association, Black Youth Project, Assata’s Daughters, Fearless Undocumented Alliance and other organizations.Struggle against white supremacy victoriousOf course, I worried for our safety as reactionary supporters grew weary of the growing number of disruptions, as well as the wait time. Many of us were inside the Pavilion for over two hours before we learned that the rally was “postponed.”During that time, many of the demonstrators held disruptions by yelling chants and ripping up Trump signs. One reactionary began yelling at one of our people, and we all, as a collective, chanted “KICK HIM OUT!” until he was eventually removed by police. Once it was announced that the rally was cancelled due to “security concerns,” we all rushed onto the floor of the Pavilion, chanting “WE SHUT IT DOWN!” in celebration of our victory.Outside, student groups led marches and speeches for hours, bringing together youth, students and community members who not only wanted to deny Trump a platform for his rhetoric, but to make connections between his narratives and institutionalized racism in Chicago.Local movements have focused their efforts on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and State’s Attorney for Cook County Anita Alvarez, who worked together to cover up the multiple shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in 2014. Alvarez waited 13 months to release video footage of the murder and prosecute killer cop Jason Van Dyke.Chicago police occupied the streets with the ruse of protecting Trump supporters. Yet the organized protest could not be stopped. Marches continued into the evening, and sections of the protest were able to block the parking garage that Trump supporters were vacating.At one point, many of his supporters taunted us from the upper levels of the garage, but they knew, just as we did, that they had lost. Their bigotry and white supremacist rhetoric are not welcome in Chicago.While this was a victory, we cannot stop here. Youth of color will continue to be at the forefront of the movement against sexism, racism, homophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
A small town and a national tragedy. Twenty-six people have been killed in a small church in rural south Texas.Sutherland Springs is a quiet town about 30 miles south of San Antonio. It also happens to be extremely close to my own hometown of Floresville. Nine of the victims are Holcombes, who also happen to be kin to my best friend of more than 10 years.According to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 308 mass shooting incidents reported and verified this year alone in the U.S. as of Nov. 5, the date of the Sutherland Springs shooting. (gunviolencearchive.org)‘Symptom of the disease of capitalism’Where do we go from here? We live in a country that glorifies violence in the media, in our pop culture and even in some of our popular religions. Two questions come to mind when pondering this horrific but, sadly, not surprising tragedy.Why is this happening in the U.S.? What can we do about this uniquely U.S. problem?As per usual, the media talking heads, as well as political puppets, are the first on the case to place blame anywhere they can: mental illness, movies, video game violence, an overabundance of guns, and so on. There is no subtlety to their solutions. Failing to recognize the complex character of these events, they seek to place a bandage over a proverbial bullet hole.Capitalism promotes a culture that is completely devoid of meaning and care for each other. That leaves us to process so many of these tragedies on our own or through the mainstream media, which serves only to benefit the ruling classes. Capitalism is characterized by the senseless violence inflicted on its victims, whether through the wage-slave labor it creates or the mass shooters in its very belly. We have been victimized by the very system that is supposed to be taking care of us.While the world will move on to the next thing, the families of these 26 people are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. We must ask ourselves: What drives a person to commit such acts? Does this really have to do with how many guns are around? Or is this a deeper symptom of the disease of capitalism.This culture of emotional isolation is derived from a competitive economic system that pits worker against worker and refuses to provide the care necessary for a society to function properly. Instead, we are rewarded for ruthlessness; our selfishness is praised as the “American” virtue most desirable of all. Obeisance to all of this is deemed patriotism. We are forced to work endlessly at jobs we don’t want and to pay for things we cannot afford but which are actually necessary, like health or car insurance.Capitalism has no mercy for those that are suffering — whether physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. It will continue to pump out mass murderers, another commodity it can profit from. This time, the profits come from tragedy and ratings.What can be done?We have seen time and time again that the U.S. government is unwilling to do anything of any significance to help understand why this is happening, let alone anything to stop it.Workers World Party does not say that disarming the general population is a necessary or desirable action. Most importantly, the capitalist socioeconomic system needs to be dismantled. Its long list of abuses against the world is very apparent.How can we expect a stable society when nearly 82 million people in the U.S. have inadequate or no health coverage? And that number is continually rising. When the U.S. has some of the worst maternity leave policies among all the developed nations? When the U.S. ranks in the top 10 countries with the highest rates of depression and anxiety? When the U.S. has invaded 10 different countries in the last 30 years?Let us be clear: The United States has created an empire based on the exploitation of the labor and resources of other countries and of its own population. It has created a toxic environment that glorifies war and violence while simultaneously feigning utter amazement at the mass shooter phenomenon.The government sends soldiers to kill and die in foreign countries for profit and power without a second thought about how it is affecting the families who live in those countries. However, when we witness a tragedy such as the Sutherland Springs shooting on U.S. soil, human life supposedly has meaning again.We must continue to fight against the unrelenting and uncaring monstrosity of capitalism. We must fight to create a better, more caring world for everyone. A world where tragedies like this are not and should not be the new normal.If you would like to help the Holcombe family through this horrific time, you can make a donation at gofundme.com/texasshootingfamily.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pentecost, May 15, 2016, 11:15 Mass from Holy Family Church on Vimeo.This sermon was delivered by Rev. Anthony Scannell, Capuchin, Presider, Holy Family Church on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Father Tony Scannell, Capuchin, has served as Pastoral Telecommunications Specialist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1996-2003 and Executive Publisher of the Archdiocesan newspapers from 2004-2007. President of the Los Angeles-based Franciscan Communications until 1990, he has been President of both the national and international Catholic Association of Broadcasters and a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for Social Communications. He is still active in parish ministry, and offers “Soup and Cinema” during Advent and Lent in three L.A. parishes. Father Tony was one of the founding members of CIMA and still serves as its Chaplain. CIMA honored him with their very first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, (626) 799-8908 or visit holyfamily.org. HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Community News 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Sermons and Lessons Video: The Pentecost Delivered by REV. ANTHONY SCANNELL, Capuchin, Presider, Holy Family Church Published on Monday, May 23, 2016 | 8:16 pm Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
TAGSCancer Prevention ManagerCancer riskdietexerciseIrish Cancer SocietyKevin O’HaganLifestyle changeslimericknicotine replacementsmoking The Irish Cancer Society is urging Limerick people to make simple lifestyle changes in 2018 to significantly lower their risk of cancer.Four out of ten cancer cases are preventable by making lifestyle changes with 40 per cent of cancer risk attributed to five lifestyle factors—tobacco, diet, overweight/obesity, alcohol and low physical activity.The Society suggests people follow the European Code Against Cancer, which includes 12 simple steps to help reduce their risk of cancer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cancer Prevention Manager Kevin O’Hagan said that the number one thing people can do to improve their health and lower their risk of cancer is to quit smoking. Three in every ten cancers are caused by smoking and we would urge all smokers to make quitting their number one resolution in 2018.“Quitting is really difficult but with the right preparation, support and attitude it can be achieved. We would encourage anyone who wants to give up to call the HSE Quit Team on 1800 201 203 for lots of advice on quitting and information on Nicotine Replacement Therapies.“Another way people can reduce their risk is by getting physically active in 2018. We would advise people to limit their time sitting and aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. You could challenge yourself to get active in 2018 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Take on a trek, marathon, run or even an extreme challenge, and get fit while supporting people affected by cancer.”Cancer Prevention Manager Kevin O’Hagan“Being active and having a healthy diet also contributes to maintaining a healthy weight, which after not smoking, is the most important thing you can do for cancer prevention. Up to 40% of certain cancers are attributable to being overweight or obese and with most adults in Ireland now weighing more than they should, it is really important we do all we can to maintain a healthy weight to lower the risk of cancer.O’Hagan added, “There is also a very real link between alcohol and cancer, with alcohol being directly linked to seven types of cancer. About 900 cancers and 500 cancer deaths are attributed to alcohol every year so I would urge people to be aware of how they drink and limit their intake as much as possible. The New Year is a great opportunity to change a habit and to radically change our approach to alcohol in this country.”“Finally, screening has to be emphasised as a lifestyle resolution in 2018. Cancer screening is a way to find cancer before any symptoms appear in your body and in Ireland, there are three free screening programmes for breast cancer, bowel cancer and cervical cancer. Anyone who is called for screening should take those few minutes out of their busy lives to do it – it could just save a life.” Mr O’Hagan concluded.Sign up for one of the Irish Cancer Society’s active challenges here More health news here WhatsApp Email New bridge key element of linked walkways around Kilmallock Stay SunSmart come rain or shine Print 10 marathons in 10 days for Cancer sufferers Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Step Up, Stay Put – The Lockdown Challenge Advertisement Previous articleLimerick paramedic involved in third life saving rescueNext articleFirst baby of new year born in Limerick Editor Cannonball Run is coming back to Limerick Volunteers needed for Limerick Daffodil Day NewsHealthLifestyle changes can help Limerick people reduce cancer riskBy Editor – January 1, 2018 2526 Linkedin
LimerickNewsPoliticsWhy should I not have the right to vote for whom I want?By Guest Writer – May 21, 2019 741 Advertisement Blindboy to speak at Zeminar in Limerick Linkedin John MoranIn an open letter to the Limerick Post John Moran, Chair of #LiveableLimerick gives his reasons for voting Yes for a directly elected mayor.A recent poll on Twitter showed Limerick would vote by almost 2 to 1 for a directly elected mayor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It would be a great result if this were replicated on the 24th. But people still need to get out and vote.Many people not exposed to the live Twitter debate do not yet know all of the pros and cons.We should be having a more fully robust debate.But it a rather simple idea at one levelWe pay our taxes, why should we be denied the right to choose ourselves who proposes how to spend that money.The people who should have explained it all to us have not done so. They tell us it is complicated. Better to trust others to make that choice for us behind closed doors.The media and other leaders even including Blindboy of the Rubberbandits have tried to fill the gap.At #LiveableLimerick we have also tried to do our bit.With gusto our politicians put up posters everywhere for their own personal campaigns. On the other hand, up to when I wrote this, their enthusiasm for campaigning on this most important issue has been deafening in its silence bar perhaps from the Greens and some members of Fine Gael (who after all to their credit have proposed the plebiscite in the first place).One can understand their lack of enthusiasm though.By supporting the Yes vote, they risk seeing a change go through which reduces their powers. The end of a closed system of mayoral selection for a significant salary of some €50,000 for a part time role with few powers. A role which because it is an annual one will be shared around quite widely to party councillors elected with less than two thousand votes. And let’s not mention the risk that someone not even from one of the major parties could become mayor and secure the backing of several tens of thousands of votes for a programme of more radical change of wider appeal.Alternatively, by coming out strongly against the change to protect the status quo, they risk having their own electorate openly disagree with their views and relish the opportunity to take back more direct control (and that at a time when they want to be re-elected themselves by those same voters).Self-interest dictates silence or weak support it seems.The twitter poll result shows people who debated the issue say the merit in the concept.Most people agree that the proposal is not without its issues. But this is the once in our lifetime chance to be seized now not rejected to move us forward.It is not the Lisbon Treaty where we might get a second chance.There is also a risk that if we vote no, Cork and Waterford vote yes then Limerick is left behind – right at the time when finally Limerick is starting to show what it can do!Interestingly, the poll result was picked up by Cork commentary worried that Limerick was now likely to vote yes, Cork might vote no and the list was long of all the things they thought they might lose.In 2001, we had legislation to give us the directly elected mayor before. But people decided we were not mature enough to make our own decisions and they took the right away from us.We want it back.As Dr Diarmuid Scully, former mayor and Doctor of Political Science pointed out recently on Live 95, “massive vested interests” are opposed to the idea of a directly elected mayor. The last time we were supposed to have this, the councillors and the city manager “pretty much scuppered the last proposal” he said and the “civil servants are terrified by the idea of devolving power to the cities and counties”.A power they would be giving up to whom?To the people who would elect the mayor for their own area.To greater democratic control.Why is democracy a bad thing?It is fair to say that we have been very well served with the leadership of Conn Murray as CEO. But his term is ending soon.Not surprisingly, people have asked then why change a good thing? When Conn leaves we’ll just get another great CEO.Let’s not discount that we have not always had great CEOs and our council and we will not have the powers to change him or her.On the other hand, the council would get powers to remove an underperforming mayor.For me, the transformation to (a) a multi-year and (b) directly elected mandate are key.Firstly, five years give sufficient time to make bold changes promised in an election campaign. But also gives time in parallel to build the necessary relationships to influence other policy-makers views along the same lines and to listen directly to evolving views of the electorate. It certainly gives the time to make sure officials and others in Dublin know that you are not going to have disappeared by the end of the year (and are easily dodged) but will be stubbornly coming back over and over until you get what is needed for Limerick.I am not saying we should not question why further powers have not been transferred from central government. But a democratic mandate gives an awful lot of leverage and one might say soft power to gather people into a room here in Limerick or demand to be listened to in Dublin and when required to crack heads together to get the right result for the area and make bold changes.Limerick is now for me the Irish county best suited to become a great place to live in a sustainable way – best in class and affordable places to live with high quality public realm and services, more business opportunity and international connectivity than today, better social integration and less inequality, a welcoming city for new-comers whether coming from abroad or even relocating from Dublin for a better quality of life. With a city and county working in harmony.That future is within our grasp.But it has to be seized with bolder decisions taken at local level. The current structures are no longer suitable for that.A positive result gives the people of Limerick back the power to elect themselves the mayor who will have the power to propose the budget to reflect what THEY the people want.The budget will have to reflect the priorities of those who elected the mayor from neighbourhoods of the city and all parts of the rest of the country, whether larger towns like Kilmallock and NewcastleWest or smaller villages like my own Mungret and Patrickswell.To get elected, the mayor will have to prove to be multi-skilled, experienced, credible and empathetic. A good manager, a good politician and above all a good diplomat. They will be mayor for all citizens irrespective of gender, culture, sexuality, racial or social backgrounds and political beliefs and they need to be credible in representing and understanding the role of Limerick within our nation and in our European community.Limerick has many great leaders across all sectors of society.I do not buy the argument that one or more of them will not come forward to become our mayor.The government will not long-finger the transfer of the additional powers from Central Government required for the mayor to succeed. This should include much greater authority and powers in areas like transport, health, education and policing.But do not expect the Dublin based policy makers to cede those powers without a struggle.The best chance of getting a transfer is to have it demanded for by a mayor who knows that he or she speaks for everyone one of us when they fight that battle on our behalf.We are exposed to 21st century challenges such as global warming, urbanisation and housing, increasing concentration of wealth and inequalities, security, and the impact of loneliness particularly among our aging population in the city and rural areas.Our mayor can align and collaborate with mayors of the other regional cities to develop a plan for all of the regional cities and fight against inequalities – whether economic, social or regional.Our former mayor Ted Russell, freeman of our city, said “It took a lot of time, and sacrifices had to be made but it felt right being involved to such an extent in Limerick”.It is for me a very small sacrifice by comparison to make to go to the poll on the 24th and exercise the vote I am so fortunate to have at least this time to take back control directly of who will be my mayor. No one should have the power to refuse me the right to choose that every five years!That is why I shall be voting yes! Directly elected mayor would be a complete waste of money Limerick Post Show | Willie O’Dea on Limerick and Rubberbandits Email TAGSBlindboyDirectly Elected MayorJohn MoranRubberbanditsTed Russell WhatsApp Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillors RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 42 | Directly Elected Mayor – What questions should voters be asking Print Previous articleLimerick’s Oisin O’Callaghan claims 2nd at HSBC British DownhillNext articleLimerick Cricket Club grab vital away win in first city derby since 1967 Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie With ‘key’ amendments O’Connell Street plans could ‘reset the way we experience’ Limerick Facebook Twitter