FanDuel first to secure approval for Virginia sports betting launch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Virginia 21st January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Sports betting Licensing Online sports betting Sports betting The partnership with the team allowed the application to receive “substantial and preferred consideration” according to the wording of SB-384. FanDuel had announced its launch was imminent yesterday (January 20) in a Twitter video, in which it said the launch should be expected the next day.center_img The operator is the only one so far to receive a temporary permit, after its application in conjunction with the NFL’s Washington Football Team was accepted. Email Address FanDuel first to secure approval for Virginia sports betting launch Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: FanDuel FanDuel is set to be the first operator to launch in Virginia today (21 January), after receiving approval from the Virginia Lottery.last_img read more

Stock market crash winners: I think these companies have an opportunity to gain market share

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Ash Karandawala | Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 | More on: BOO DGE MRO I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Ash Karandawala has no position in any of the shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Melrose. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group and Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The first market crash left some businesses fighting for survival and a second crash could prove fatal. However, a risk for some is an opportunity for others. History shows the aftermath of any financial crisis is prime time for companies to swoop in on attractive acquisition targets. Strike while the share price is low, take over a smaller company, and gain market share. With a second crash looming, here are three companies I believe have potential to be stock market crash winners.Manufacturing makeoversMelrose Industries (LSE:MRO) is a FTSE 100 company that specialises in the acquisition and performance improvement of manufacturing businesses. It buys underperforming companies, improves them, and sells them for profit. It’s a no-nonsense company with expertise in efficiency and the financial backing to make big moves. An example of this was its hostile takeover of GKN back in 2018.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Manufacturing in the UK is suffering, with the aerospace industry especially under threat. Airbus announced 1,700 job cuts, which means around 10,000 job cuts in total across the UK supply chain. No doubt this will have altered any plans Melrose had for GKN and in the current climate it will need time to focus on those plans. However, it also creates the perfect opportunity for Melrose to scout out its next acquisition target. Once the true impact to the aerospace industry is realised, I wouldn’t be surprised if Melrose start shopping around again – and that’s why I believe it could be a stock market crash winner!Risky retail optionBoohoo Group (LSE:BOO) is a FTSE AIM 100 UK online fashion retailer aimed at 16-30 year olds. It’s had quite the success story over the past five years. It holds huge influence on its young market audience as a UK festival sponsor and Love Island sponsor in 2019. It acquired Pretty Little Thing back in May, followed by Oasis and Warehouse in June.Its story had been largely positive until this week when the news of poor working conditions and shameful pay below minimum wage was revealed at supplier factories. Its reputation is damaged and its share price has lost a third of its value at the time of writing.  I think Boohoo is a risky option now as the price may continue to fall. Although, if it manages the backlash well, it could steer itself back on course for success as online retail is still thriving. Boohoo proved a winner after the first market crash this year, could it emerge a stock market crash winner again?Broadening its beverage offeringDiageo (LSE:DGE) is another FTSE 100 company and one of the world’s largest producers of spirits and beers. It’s boasted solid performance for years and in my opinion is a long-term buy-and-hold regardless of future takeover activity. Its acquisition potential makes it that much more appealing.In 2017 it acquired Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US. Nothing unexpected there. Roll forward two years to 2019 though and it made a more interesting acquisition in a majority shareholding in Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. This shows a willingness to diversify. Could its next move be into soft drinks? Fevertree Drinks may be an opportunity for Diageo to pair its premium spirits with premium tonic mixers.We’ll have to wait for the dust to settle from a second crash but overall, I believe these three have potential to emerge as stock market crash winners. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Ash Karandawala Stock market crash winners: I think these companies have an opportunity to gain market sharelast_img read more

Hotshot: Ulster and Ireland U20 centre Stewart Moore

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ulster and Ireland U20 centre Stewart MooreDate of birth 8 August 1999 Born Ballymoney Province Ulster Country Ireland Position CentreWhen did you first play rugby? I was about six years old at Ballymoney minis. My dad was a big rugby player and brought me through the minis, but I then quit to play football. I just preferred it and I’d always watched football growing up.At secondary school, Dalriada, I picked up rugby again because my friends were playing. From there I was brought into the Ulster U16 set-up and moved to Ballymena Academy when I was 17 because it was more of a rugby school.Who were your childhood heroes? Cristiano Ronaldo, even though I’m a Spurs fan. Rugby-wise, Quade Cooper.What positions have you played? I started on the wing, then moved to 13, ten and 15, but for the last couple of years I’ve played 12 or 13. I like playing centre, and I’d say my footwork and my decision-making are strengths.What about Ireland honours? This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Good moment: Stewart Moore celebrates his try against Australia (Inpho) center_img I played U18 Schools and U19. I missed this year’s U20 Six Nations, when Ireland won a Grand Slam, with injury, so my goal was to make the Junior World Cup squad, which I did. It was short and sweet, though. I scored a try against Australia, then a few minutes later dislocated my shoulder, which meant I needed surgery.How do you find dealing with injuries? It’s hard but I’ve learnt to get through it while I’m young. Once you can see you’re making progress, it helps.What are your goals for this season?I hope to play a few games for Malone before Christmas once I’m back from injury. When it comes to the Six Nations period, I’d like to be training with the Ulster seniors and take it from there. Last season I was in and out with the U20s, so this year I’ll focus on Ulster and getting the body right. Hopefully I’ll get a run of games.What do you do outside rugby? I’m studying biology at Belfast Met College – it’s something I enjoyed at school.RW VERDICT: Injuries have disrupted Moore’s progress but the centre’s potential is obvious from his stunning try against Australia at the U20 World Cup, a score that went viral. If he can get fit and stay fit, he should be in the midfield mix at Ulster. This age-grade international is highly rated in Irish rugby circleslast_img read more

U.S. and the DPRK: A crack in the bluster

first_imgA pair of U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers, taking aim at the DPRK.Well, well, well. It’s taken them far too long, but at last the editors of the New York Times have spoken up on Korea.This newspaper of the imperialist, ruling-class establishment, which has been so closely embedded with U.S. foreign policy for over a century, is telling the Trump administration to “drop the bluster and dispatch Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or some other high-level envoy to Pyongyang to explore whether there is any basis for negotiations.” (New York Times editorial, Aug. 1)Of course, the Times itself is guilty of a lot of “bluster.” Its reporting on the DPRK, like that of the rest of the capitalist media, routinely demonizes that country’s leadership. The Times also claims that China’s refusal to carry out punishing sanctions on the DPRK comes out of its fear that sanctions could cause the regime to “collapse,” sending millions of Korean refugees to China.Dream on, Times. The DPRK is not about to collapse. Its leaders are not irrational or weak. And just as important, the independent government of the DPRK survived a horrible, devastating war from 1950 to 1953 along with almost seven decades of military and economic aggression from the U.S. because it has a strong Workers’ Party at the helm.The DPRK has seen the horrible destruction that the imperialists try to wreak on a country that defies them. The Pentagon has reduced nation after nation to rubble to get the “spoils,” as Donald Trump recently admitted. Destroy the government, disable the country and then go for the profits — Afghanistan’s minerals, Iraq’s oil and cultural treasures, Libya’s oil.The people of the DPRK take all this very seriously. They have long been on the U.S. hit list of countries that George W. Bush infamously slandered as “the Axis of Evil.” The Koreans need to have a strong deterrent, no matter the cost, to stop Washington from waging another war against them. So the scientists and technical workers of the DPRK have mastered the technology of building both nuclear weapons and an intercontinental missile delivery system that together can deter a U.S. attack.The strategists for U.S. imperialism have completely exploded in frenzy over this. The media — including the Times — have speculated about the U.S. going to war, how many casualties there would be, and so on.It seemed like the last thing the Times would consider is that maybe the U.S. should pull back from threatening to “decapitate” the DPRK — the stated objective of the Pentagon’s last round of massive war exercises in Korea. Maybe they should consider negotiations, maybe even — and this really sticks in their craw — sign a peace treaty with the DPRK to end the state of war that has existed between the U.S. and People’s Korea since 1950.After the DPRK’s latest successful test of an ICBM, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina talked tough on NBC’s “Today” show on Aug. 1: “There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s [missile] program and North Korea itself,” blustered the senator.But then he added, “You can stop North Korea militarily or diplomatically. I prefer the diplomatic approach.”Make no mistake — imperialist diplomacy has the same objective as imperialist war. If negotiations are to take place, either openly or secretly, the DPRK will have to weigh every word very carefully before agreeing to anything with the treacherous and arrogant bunch of marauders who run the U.S. government.But the Koreans know all that.What’s important is that an influential section of the ruling class here has come to the conclusion that they need to “drop the bluster” — that is, the threats of nuclear annihilation that have come from Washington since 1950 — and get real. That’s a victory for the DPRK.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Voices from criminal injustice system: ‘I am Troy Davis’

first_imgNew York A sold-out crowd at Rattlesticks Theater in the West Village on Dec. 8 heard readings from the book “I Am Troy Davis,” which features the stories of dozens of people whose lives have been cruelly affected by the state and its racist criminal injustice system.“We need to dismantle this unjust system.” A quote from Troy Davis before his execution.Troy Davis, an African-American man accused of killing a cop, was executed in Georgia on Sept. 21, 2011, despite seven of nine witnesses recanting their trial testimony and a mountain of uncovered evidence proving his innocence.The book was written by Davis’ sister, Martina Davis Correia, and Jen Marlow. Correia, who died after a long battle with cancer, fought with every fiber of her body over several decades to prove her brother’s innocence and to stop his execution. Her son, De’Jaun Davis, was close to his Uncle Troy, visiting him often from the time he was a small child. De’Jaun, now a graduate of Morehouse College, continues to speak out against the death penalty and racist injustice. Stories from “I Am Troy Davis” were read by people who have lived the racism and the unjustifiable force of the state in their lives. Reading the part of Correia was Airickca Gordon-Taylor., a cousin of Emmett Till, killed by the Klan in Mississippi in 1955. The teenage De’Jaun was read by the first woman exonerated from death row in the U.S., Sabrina Butler-Smith. Other readers included Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by transit police in Oakland, Calif.; Aisha Salaam-Malone, sister of Yusef Salaam, one of the exonerated Central Park 5; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, killed by police in Staten Island; Black Prison movement leader Shujaa Graham and former Black Panther Lawrence Hayes, both exonerated from death row; and two sisters of men on death row, Delia Perez Meyer, sister of Texas prisoner Louis Castro Perez, and Yvette Allen, sister of federal prisoner Billie Allen. Some sponsors of the event were Amnesty International USA, the Mamie Till Mobley Foundation, Witness to Innocence, the Jordan Davis Foundation, Sankofa, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Peoples Forum.Perez Meyer told Workers World of her connection to Troy Davis’ sister: “We couldn’t give up; our brothers are innocent. In both cases, we fought the fact of prosecutorial misconduct, the withholding of evidence and racism. Troy lost his battle in the Supreme Court as Martina stood there. The system is stacked against us at the state and the federal level. The only difference in our cases is that [my brother] Louis has finally been afforded the blessing of a great lawyer and representation by The Innocence Project.”De’Jaun Davis closed the extremely emotional event saying, “Thank you to each and every one of you for paying respect to our family. We went through the tragedy of Troy being executed. But today people are more cognizant of wrongful convictions. Back then, people would say, ‘A black man is innocent? Yeah.’“Racism is still in the courtrooms, but we do have victories. We must continue to work together, through blood, sweat and tears, through ups and downs. We can make a way where it may seem there is no way. Remember to involve others and each one teach one.”The event ended by chanting the words of former political prisoner Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PDF of April 29 issue

first_imgDownload the PDF.Let Mumia OUTStay in the street — Abolish the police!Black Lives Matter:Syracuse, N.Y., athletes;Daunte Wright;WAAR on police;Ma’Khia Bryant;Defend anti-racist voices.Florida: Jim Crow 2.0 bill;Ivy League attacks MOVE;A disaster waiting to happen;Biden & climate crisis;Editorial Smash anti-protest laws.Tear down the walls:Ecuador’s prisons;Rodney Reed hearing;Houston honors Mumia;Trans woman: ‘I have rights too’.GLOBAL:Chad; Vaccine apartheid; Imperialist water theft.Download the PDF.More PDF back-issues here.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Governor Pence Accepts Indiana Poultry Donation for Food Pantries

first_img Facebook Twitter Governor Pence Accepts Indiana Poultry Donation for Food Pantries By Andy Eubank – Nov 25, 2014 Facebook Twitter Governor Mike Pence Monday accepted a donation from representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association of 130,000 pounds, or 65 tons, of Indiana poultry products for Hoosier food pantries. The donation took place during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse. Poultry producers will be delivering products to their local food pantries throughout the state over the next several weeks.“As we near the holiday season, the importance of helping our fellow Hoosiers cannot be overstated,” said Governor Pence. “I commend the work of the Indiana State Poultry Association, whose generosity and compassion will help to combat hunger and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need across Indiana this Thanksgiving.”In addition to the donation, members of the Indiana State Poultry Association presented the Governor with the State turkey, in appreciation of his continued support of Indiana agriculture.Donations to food banks and other charities were made in part by Berne Hi-Way Hatchery, Creighton Brothers, Culver Duck, Farbest Foods, Hy-Line North America, Maple Leaf Farms, Midwest Poultry Services, Miller Poultry, Perdue Farms, Rose Acre Farms, Tyson Foods, and Wabash Valley Produce.Indiana State Poultry Association’s Executive Vice President Paul Brennan noted, “Indiana’s poultry producers benefit the Hoosier economy and contribute to the state and their local communities through donations. This event alone has occurred for 67 consecutive years.”The Indiana State Poultry Association is a member organization that represents more than 95 percent of the poultry producers in the state of Indiana. The poultry industry in Indiana contributes a total of more than $4.25 billion dollars annually to Indiana’s economy. Based on national rankings, Indiana is the number one duck-producing state, ranks 3rd in egg as well as turkey production, and raises millions of broiler chickens each year.Source: ISDA SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Governor Pence Accepts Indiana Poultry Donation for Food Pantries Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleDeadline Nearing to Renegotiate Farmland Leases Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Top coaches will share secrets to success

first_imgNewsLocal NewsTop coaches will share secrets to successBy admin – October 6, 2009 999 Twitter Previous articleHayes to face Belfast disciplinary hearingNext articleHayes out for six weeks but could appeal admin Advertisement Facebook LIMERICK and Thomond Park will play host to some of the sports’ industries top performing coaches and experts as they share their thoughts during the BDO Get BACk Challenge Sports and coaching conference to be held on Thursday, October 22. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Open to the public and coaches from all sporting codes, participants at the evening session will hear from Ireland’s Grand Slam winning coach Declan Kidney as well as the National Director of the English Institute of Sport and RTE analyst Conor O’Shea, who, incidentally, was born in Limerick, along with leading sports psychologist and former Armagh footballer, Enda McNulty.  “The conference is one of two major events we organise annually through the BDO Get BACk Challenge. The last two sports conferences attracted almost 1,000 coaches and parents to listen to some of the most renowned experts in the area of coach practice and development, and this year, all proceeds will go to Special Olympics Ireland”. That is according to Brian McGann of BDO Simpson Xavier, who explained the organisers delight of engaging the national rugby coach in Declan Kidney to share his thoughts on coaching. “Apart from the obvious Grand Slam win, one of the most memorable moments during the euphoria of the team’s success was Declan’s recognition of the work on the ground by coaches and parents around the country”.With the ability to offer his experiences from his UK base, Conor O’Shea, son of Kerry football legend Jerome O’Shea, will offer examples of best practice in coaching being examined in the UK and Europe.Added McGann: “Conor brings a unique insight as a former international player and now through his role at the English Institute of Sport.“Enda McNulty, an All Ireland medal winner with Armagh, has developed one of the fastest growing reputations as a sports psychologist, having worked with some of the country’s leading sports people and teams, and we are delighted to have him join us”.For the grassroots coach, this is an opportunity to listen to experts who work day in and day out developing new approaches to team and individual preparation and it will benefit anyone with any involvement in sports, either as an athlete or as a coach.€20 pre- booked tickets will gain admission on the night and contacting 061-421103 or will get you more information.Pictured at the announcement of BDO Get BACK Challenge Sports & Coaching Conference in Thomond Park are Jean De Villiers, Munster Rugby, Brian McGann BDO Simpson Xavier, Elaine Barry, Limerick City Local Sports Partnership, and Barry Murphy, Munster Rugby.  center_img Email Print WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

Lighting up a Limerick legend

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement NewsLocal NewsLighting up a Limerick legendBy Alan Jacques – September 3, 2015 1238 Print Facebook Linkedin Email Twittercenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AS part of Culture Night on Friday September 18, Limerick City and County Council will light up the birthplace of world-famous soprano Catherine Hayes. Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques recently visited her old Alan JacquesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] GHOSTLY light will illuminate 4 Patrick Street, the birthplace of soprano Catherine Hayes, to mark the life of a colossal and unique Limerick talent as part of Culture Night 2015 on Friday, September 18.Lighting up her former home is a small, yet very touching gesture to honour Ireland’s first true international superstar.Sadly, there is no permanent memorial of any kind to the world-famous operatic diva in her native city. So, this simple salute at least shows some minuscule effort to right this apparent wrong.From Catherine Hayes’ impoverish beginnings in the heart of Limerick City, she went on to become a global success.The Limerick Post recently visited 4 Patrick Street where her intriguing story begins.Standing outside her old home with its Williams’s Stores shop-front, I feel a pang of sadness that there isn’t even a small plaque to mark the life of this incredible Limerick woman. Passers-by scurry past in a biblical-style downpour, none the wiser about the special significance of this historical building.By the time my local authority tour guides arrive to show me inside, I am looking like a drowned rat, soaked through to the skin, but excited nonetheless about the prospect at having a peep around the Limerick singer’s former homestead.We enter through an alley at the back. With torchlight revealing the dark building’s rich past, I am greeted by what in another age was a stable. Complete with cramped servants’ quarters overhead, this rickety and rotten repository sends a cold shiver down my spine. It is a bleak and eerie space.The constant cooing of the pigeons, that now call 4 Patrick Street home, only adds to my unease in this murky cavern.The cribs of the rich and famous this is most certainly not!We quickly climb the creaking wooden stairs that looks as though it could give way at any moment. It seems to groan under my weight.Once safely up on the landing, we make our way through to the front of the building which has seen obvious changes since Hayes’ time.A shop counter and shelves stretch the whole length of the room; hence the signage at the front of the building. Dusty and grey, it is a ghostly relic of the provisions store it housed long after the opera star’s passing.A protected structure, the council have taken steps to preserve this historical site. It is dry and ventilated and will hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, be restored to its former glory in Catherine’s memory.Out in the hallway leading to the upstairs, there is an old bathtub curiously perched in the darkness. The house, although Dickensian in feel, looks like something out of modern horror movies such as ‘Insidious’ or ‘The Conjuring’. It is as creepy as hell.The stairs, covered in bird shite, are as lopsided as the Tower of Pisa.With the rain pelting against the windows on a confounding summer’s day, I can’t help but laugh out loud on finding a copy of the Irish Independent from August 27, 1960, in one of the upstairs rooms.The headline on the front page reads: ‘Young cattle suffer through wet summer’.Not much has changed it seems!Council architect Seamus Hanrahan points out a crack on one of the walls and assures me, “If you can’t stick your fist in it, you don’t have to worry about it”.Walking around this old building, I can’t help but think about the ‘Limerick Nightingale’ and wonder about her young life, spent within these rooms.Catherine Hayes’ story began right here on Patrick Street. Her birthplace is steeped in history and would make the perfect location for a museum to celebrate her lustrous career.She lit up the world with her talent and on September 18, Limerick will light up her old home to show she is not forgotten.The Irish nightingale who travelled the worldby Alan [email protected] HayesTHE Dolores O’Riordan of her day, opera star Catherine Hayes was born at 4 Patrick Street on October 25, 1818.One of the best-known singers of the nineteenth century, her story is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Of humble Limerick stock, the flame-haired beauty was the youngest of three daughters of Arthur and Mary Hayes.A frank and open person, she grew up in abject poverty in the heart of the city where she lived surrounded by music. Irish folk ballads were the staple of her younger years and she is said to have spent many a summer’s day sitting under a tree in the garden making sweet music to rival the song thrush or the lark.Sadly, her father, a bandmaster of the Limerick City Militia, abandoned his family never to be seen again when Catherine was only five-years-old.Later, after accompanying her mother, a housekeeper, to work at the home of the Earl of Limerick, the 14-year-old songbird’s beautiful voice won her the patronage of Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Edmund Knox. The bishop and his wife Agnes immediately organised a fund to have her voice trained, paving the way for a life in the limelight with international stardom beckoning.After preliminary coaching in Dublin, she then travelled to Paris in 1842 and later to Italy to complete her studies.The rest, as they say, is history.Fondly known as the ‘Irish Nightingale’, Hayes was a legend in her own lifetime. By her early twenties, the Limerick soprano had the world at her feet as an internationally acclaimed diva — as famous as any of today’s best-loved rock singers.She made her debut as prima donna at the world-famous opera house La Scala in Milan in 1846, the first Irish woman to do so, where she performed in operas by Bellini and Verdi.This was followed by performances at the leading opera houses in Europe including Venice, Vienna, Florence and Genoa. World famous composer Giuseppe Verdi was so taken with the Limerick singing sensation that he wanted her to star in one of his operas at the time.Catherine performed for Kings and Queens, even giving a performance for Queen Victoria and 500 guests at Buckingham Palace. She enthralled audiences from Hawaii to Lima to New York, London, Calcutta, Florence, Singapore, Santiago and Sydney, becoming the first Irish woman to be an ambassador for her country abroad.In 1851 she travelled to America during the ‘gold rush’ to give concerts in 45 cities where she performed for presidents, statesmen, business leaders, and, even, hardworking Irish miners.A ticket for one of her recitals is said to have sold Stateside for $1,150.In a successful career that brought fame and fortune, Hayes circumnavigated the world three times over, dazzling admirers with her vocal and theatrical prowess in performances that came complete with elaborate sets and large choruses.She was a star. Ireland’s first. But she never forgot her native city. She often returned to Limerick after her world travels and even once sang outside St Mary’s Parish Church, where she was baptised, after two sell-out concerts in the city.A unique and much-loved soprano, arguably Ireland’s greatest, Catherine Hayes died of a stroke in 1861. She was only 42.In 2006, her home at 4 Patrick Street was designated a heritage building. WhatsApp TAGS4 Patrick StreetCatherine HayesCulture Night 2015featuredlimerickLimerick City and County Council Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous article#BREAKING – Man dies following garage accidentNext articleThe Real Inspector Hound Alan Jacques last_img read more

Park your prejudice – it’s just the ticket

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Twitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsPark your prejudice – it’s just the ticketBy Alan Jacques – October 1, 2015 1666 Previous articleVacant houses in Limerick should be put to ‘productive use’Next articleRugby – Foley Names Munster side to face Glasgow Alan Jacques TAGSfeaturedlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilparkingParkMagictraffic wardens Linkedin Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques walked the beat in the city centre with the local authority’s traffic wardens to experience a day in their shoes.“WHATEVER’S wrong with us is coming in off that river”.The opening words in local author Kevin Barry’s debut novel ‘City of Bohane’ sprang to mind as I joined Limerick City and County Council’s traffic wardens on the beat last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up By the end of it all I had to ask myself if “that river” could also be responsible for the widespread amnesia I encountered on the city’s streets as motorists fell into sudden bouts of giddy absentmindedness when told they were illegally parked.“Really am I? I didn’t know,” says one slippery private vehicle owner, perched in a loading bay on Bedford Row. Cooing and batting his eyelids like an innocent schoolgirl as if butter wouldn’t melt!“I was only two minutes,” was the banal cry heard ad nauseam throughout the day from breathless blackguards scurrying up the city’s streets in fear of getting hit with a €40 fine for not displaying a €2 parking disc.To be honest, I found it a struggle to deal with people’s audacity and arrogance. I certainly wouldn’t be able to stomach listening to this tripe day in day out.Thankfully, for motorists, I was only on the beat as a reporter and wasn’t issuing tickets. I would have shot first and asked questions later. I found it very difficult to contain my inner tyrant.However, the experienced traffic wardens that patrol the city’s 11 beats have seen it all before and are highly skilled in the intricate steps of this light-footed little tango. They are far more understanding than I would be if let loose on illegally parked vehicles. Like plum sauce off a duck’s back, they just shrug it off as they go about their business in a professional and friendly manner.But, I’m jumping ahead of myself. Lets rewind a little.The enforcement of parking bye-laws in the city is always a contentious issue but the council have taken a more holistic approach to traffic management in recent years and this was clearly evident to me on my day on the beat in Limerick.There are currently 3,000 on-street parking spaces in the city and 5,500 off-street spaces. An on-street pay parking system is operated by disc parking and phone parking from Monday to Friday in some areas and Monday to Saturday in others from 9.30am to 5.30pm.The whole of the city is a two-hour zone and the cost of on-street parking in the city centre is one of the cheapest in Ireland at €1 per hour. Thirty minute parking permits can also be purchased from ParkMagic for 50 cent by phone and internet.This is all done to help encourage greater footfall into the city centre through a strategy that promotes on-street parking as a ‘short-stay’ street destination and advocates parking for periods longer than two hours in off-street car parks.“Our role is to operate a parking management policy across Limerick where there are 100,000 daily vehicle trips across the city road network. We want to accommodate on-street demand as efficiently as possible by sharing the number of spaces available amongst shoppers, visitors and residents.“At the end of the day, our message is that parking in Limerick city is good value, there is good choice and there is plenty availability for those wishing to come in and enjoy the city centre,” Rory McDermott of Limerick City and County Council Traffic Department explained.There was a time when traffic wardens were public enemy number one. I remember the brown uniformed wardens of yesteryear being referred to as the ’Gestapo’ around the city. In the past, the council appeared to take a more heavy-handed, unforgiving approach with motorists, which won wardens few fans outside of local authority HQ.That has all changed and people have rightfully become more accepting of traffic wardens. Nowadays, people mostly take aim at bankers, clampers, Irish Water and the Labour Party when venting their spleen at the world’s woes.Traffic wardens are not the boogeymen they once were.In fairness to them, they do a highly stressful job for little thanks and go about their work, a necessary evil in any city, in the knowledge of being an easy target for ne’er-do-wells and miscreants.When I met with the city’s four traffic wardens at City Hall to outline my proposal to accompany them on the beat for a day they were understandably apprehensive.I wouldn’t want a reporter following me round all day as I go about my business either, and I work in an office full of them!“We saw the feature ye ran on the Fire Service. That was great. But everybody loves them,” one of the wardens anxiously pointed out.Rory McDermott of the council’s Traffic Department, however, thinks more highly of his team and is quick to jump to their defence.“Traffic wardens play a vital role in the city’s traffic management objectives in support of road safety, business and economic activity and residential amenity,” he said.“They are not hiding behind corners and jumping out on people. Their job is to keep Limerick moving and they are widely accepted and respected.”After agreeing not to use the wardens’ names in my article: they get enough abuse on a daily basis without people having this personal information; I’m given the green light for my article.I arrange to meet up with the traffic wardens in the city centre the following day to find out just how accepted they really are.I meet with Warden A at 8.30 on a Thursday morning on O’Connell Street across from Brown Thomas.Like the opening line in a bad joke, a journalist and a traffic warden walked down the street, with the journalist wearing a day-glo high-vis vest with ‘press media’ boldly emblazoned across the back. Talk about drawing attention to yourself!For the next hour the warden’s priority is keeping the rush hour traffic moving freely on the main street and to ensure pedestrians can go about their business safely, unimpeded by obstruction.The beat is a repetitive one. We walk up and down O’Connell Street from the corner of Sarsfield Street to the corner of Cecil Street over and over for 60 minutes.At this early hour, Warden A’s watchful gaze is zoned in on loading bays and bus stops to ensure they do exactly what it says on the tin.“A lot of people just don’t read the signs properly. We will often come across cars where the driver has gone to the bother of putting up a parking disc but hasn’t read the sign fully and doesn’t realise they are illegally parked in a loading bay. We see a lot of that,” he explains.With an 18-month tour of duty already behind him as a traffic warden in the city, this affable young man tells me that he has learned to filter out the abuse he often receives during the course of his day.“Some people just feel the need to blow off that steam. I don’t even hear the name-calling anymore. You just block it out.“I was spat at one day. That was the worst. It wasn’t even a motorist, just some man on a bicycle spat at me as he went by. You have to have your spider senses on and keep your wits about you.”As we patrol O’Connell Street, a distraught man approaches the traffic warden to tell him his car has been broken into on Henry Street and that the Gardaí are on the way. After reassurance from the warden that a parking ticket will not be added to his woes, the relief is clear on the man’s face.“Have a good day,” the man said to the warden with a pat on the back as he strolled away with one less worry to contend with.During our hour on O’Connell Street, four people approach the warden at different times looking for directions. A quasi-ambassador for Limerick, he couldn’t be more personable or helpful, and sends straying tourists on their way, all the wiser.So, not only does he enforce parking bye-laws in the city, but he’s also a walking tourist information office.I take my leave and make my way to Pery Square to join another walking tourist information office on his beat.At 10am Warden B is busy logging car registrations into his handheld terminal, which records fines for illegal parking and also enables information to be immediately transferred to a database back at the traffic control room at City Hall.I often noticed the traffic wardens on the street working on their handhelds and always presumed they were issuing tickets. But, most of the time, this isn’t the case. What they are most probably doing is checking to see if a vehicle has paid for on-street parking through ParkMagic or is logging the details of an illegally parked vehicle before its grace period begins.Motorists will get ten minutes’ grace to either move an illegally parked private vehicle or to pay for the privilege of their parking spot by displaying a valid disc or topping up their ParkMagic. Ten minutes’ grace is also given to cars in loading bays. The maximum stay for commercially taxed vehicles is 30 minutes while active loading and unloading is taking place. Motorists also have every opportunity to appeal the parking fine once issued.The fine for not paying for on-street parking is €40. For non-display of the correct tax disc it is €60, and €80 for illegally parking in a disabled bay.Nobody likes getting hit with fines. We might sometimes like to fool ourselves into thinking that we’re special and the rules don’t apply to us, but from what I witnessed the wardens couldn’t be fairer.On Mallow Street, a motorist has craftily scratched the month on they’re parking disc and left the date and time untouched. Call me a cynic, but I reckon there’s about as much chance of this being a genuine mistake as there is of a three-legged horse winning the Grand National. The traffic warden though will still give this scoundrel every chance to correct his error and you really can’t ask fairer than that.You need your wits about you on the beat, as people will go to unusual lengths to avoid paying for parking.“They will try anything. I’ve seen people use silver paint and nail varnish to cover up used parking discs. I’ve seen very good photocopies, only given away by the glare off them. It probably costs more to print some of these imitations than it does for a parking disc. People will cover the disc with coins, they can be very creative,” the warden tells me.Sadly, he also found that verbal abuse has become a daily part of his job.“It’s not even the motorists that do it, it’s the passers-by. You will be called names at some point every day. You have to be on your guard all the time,” he says.“If you are nice to people, they will be nice to you but you’ll always get the odd one who takes it personally.”By 10.30am, most on-street parking spaces in the vicinity of the People’s Park are filled and half a dozen cars have already been spotted illegally parked.It’s like walking through the Valley of Squinting Windows as office blinds twitch frantically when the traffic warden approaches. Moments later, backsides start to waddle indignantly towards on-street vehicles in a bid to evade that dreaded parking fine.The warden is then called by one local businessman to visit Daly’s Lane where four cars parked on double yellow lines are blocking access. As soon as he gets in spitting distance of the lane, motorists quickly hotfoot it out of nearby shops and offices like rats off a sinking ship.“I was only two minutes,” gasps one red-faced motorist.By the time we make our way back up towards Pery Square, the grace period has well passed for a handful of illegally parked vehicles we had spotted 20 minutes earlier. In the meantime, these drivers have either left or paid for parking so the warden continues on about his business as normal.One motorist back over on Mallow Street was not so lucky after the same grace period and ends up with a €100 fine – €60 for displaying no tax disc and €40 for being illegally parked. Ouch!At 11.30am, I head for Howley’s Quay to join Warden C on his beat. His day has not got off to the greatest start having already being verbally abused that morning on Henry Street. One disgruntled motorist referred to him as a “scumbag” while going about his day’s work in the city.He has experienced worse.Four young men spat at him and threatened him while on the beat on another occasion.Two years into the job, he has a philosophical approach and doesn’t let the name-calling get under his skin.“We are there to help people and keep them safe. It is a worthwhile job. Without traffic wardens there would be total chaos as people would just park anywhere,” he suggests.“It’s a high stress job, but the good far outweighs the bad. People realise we are here to help them and have generally accepted us.”The warden quickly zones in on a car parked illegally in a bus lane on Bishops Quay and goes to log the vehicle’s registration.“We need bus lanes empty as quickly as possible and, at the end of the day, a bus lane is a bus lane.”Down on Bedford Row, around the corner from Dunnes Stores, a number of cars are illegally parked in a loading bay. While logging the details of the first vehicle, a look of recognition comes over the warden’s face.“I ticketed this car in the exact same bay yesterday,” he says.A glutton for punishment it would seem. This motorist now had another €40 fine looming.On Honan’s Quay across from Arthur’s Quay, there is a real sense of lawlessness as motorists park on loading bays, double yellow lines and even up on the footpath. It’s like the Wild West with cars parked in any old higgledy-piggledy fashion.“I was only two minutes,” says one illegally parked motorist, as bold as brass.“Just getting a prescription in the chemist,” another driver explained.“I’m just going now,” roared another.“I’d appreciate it,” the warden replies with a warm, friendly smile.He soon has the situation under control and the loading bays cleared, all the while behaving in a dignified manner. I am impressed.After lunch, I meet up with Warden D on O’Connell Street. We are back in the Valley of Squinting Windows. One businessman, who’s parking disc expired an hour ago, runs to his car gulping to ask if he got a ticket. I have to bite my lip as the man insists, yes you guessed it, he was “only two minutes”.Down outside the Limerick Leader a car is illegally parked in a bus bay. On the dashboard a sign claims that ‘all spaces are parked illegally by non-residents’ on Alphonsus Street.The driver arrives back two minutes later and on spotting the warden and this high-vis vest wearing hack huddled around her car asks, “Are ye having a party?” before zooming away.Most of the cars across the street have parking discs displayed. However, it is 2.30pm and some of them expired at 11.30am.The warden takes it all in his stride. His worst experience on the job in the last two years was having a glass bottle thrown at him from an apartment window on Catherine Street.“They just saw me as an authority figure,” he reckons.“People can get an attitude on them when they get a ticket but we try to help when we can. You have to take into account where you are and what’s around you. It can be stressful but working outdoors suits me.”By 3pm, my assignment is over and, thankfully, not a cross word has been heard. If anything, it’s the opposite I’ve experienced – and rightfully so.From what I’ve seen, people consider traffic wardens the ‘go to guys’, whether for a traffic management issue or if someone is in need of help or directions. Their very presence has deterred illegal parking in most instances, with compliance improved by 40 per cent in the last two years.To my surprise, I had seen no more than a dozen tickets issued during my four hours on the beat. There were no quotas being met to line the local authority’s coffers, and motorists were treated with fairness and consideration at all times.The four wardens I walked the beat with were very decent blokes. I’d gladly have a pint with any of them. There wasn’t a boogeyman amongst them.They also proved themselves to be worthy street ambassadors for the city. They do an exemplary job under difficult circumstances and should be commended for it.Love them or loathe them, traffic wardens are there to help. We would do well to remember that traffic wardens don’t illegally park our cars!As a wise man once said, “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself”. 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