Suspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – Collins

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WATER charges should be immediately suspended until there is a complete review of the workings of Irish Water and how it is to be funded, according to Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins.The Limerick deputy said this Wednesday that Fianna Fáil will force a special debate on Irish Water during its private members business in the Dáil this week.The opposition party is calling on the Government to fully review the funding model at Irish Water and immediately cease the payment of bonuses at the company.“There must now be a full and frank debate on the future of Irish Water. Since its inception there have been a number of high profile controversies at the organisation, including highly damaging revelations about the bonus system being constructed within the company.“Any public trust with the operation of Irish Water has been broken. People I talk to in Limerick are enraged at the bonus culture in the company along with the utter confusion as to what families will actually have to pay when the first bills land in January. The series of damaging mishaps – from the outrageous set-up and consultancy costs that only emerged under media questioning to revelations about five figure bonuses for senior managers – have left people in Limerick frustrated and angry.“Disgracefully, when Fine Gael and the Labour Party forced through the legislation setting up this quango, they did not allow any debate in Dáil Éireann. Indeed, at that time Fianna Fáil led a walk-out from the Dáil in protest at the Government’s strategy.“It is clear that the time has now come for an honest and fundamental debate about the role of this quango and what part it is going to play in the country’s future. We are using our Private Members’ time to call for a full review of Irish Water, with a full suspension of charges while that review is ongoing.“Fine Gael and Labour rejected debate in the past and we can now see the full damaging impact of their decision to push ahead with flawed Irish Water plans. This week they have the chance to press the pause button on that process and facilitate a fundamental review of the organisation. I would urge FG and Labour backbenchers in Limerick who privately claim to despair at the damage Irish Water is causing to take a stand and support Fianna Fáil in our attempt to force honest debate.” Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Email Twittercenter_img Print Advertisement NewsSuspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2014 717 Previous articleOvercrowding crisis at animal sanctuaryNext articleLimerick woman in LGBT top 100 business leaders Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

NUTCRACKER: SheBANG! dancers bring story to life

first_img Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “That night when Clara’s party was over and all of the guests had made their way home, Clara was so exhausted that she curled up on the couch with her Nutcracker and fell fast asleep,” Ratcliffe said.“But suddenly her enchanted Uncle Drosslemeyer appeared from the darkness and Clara awakened, very startled. The lights on the Christmas tree began to flicker; the presents began to grow larger than life. Then the braches of the tree, one by one, became their own little trees, dancing and singing throughout Clara’s living room.”The SheBANG! dancers, ages three through 18, will tell the story of that magical Christmas Eve night through a variety of dances – ballet, classical and jazz.Through the dances, they will tell the story of Clara’s Nutcracker who, on that magical night, had grown taller and “looks more like a handsome prince than a small toy” and how he leads the toy soldiers in a battle against giant mice that scurried across the room. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 2:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2015 When the Nutcracker prince defeats the mice and their king, Clara’s living room suddenly turns into a wintry forest and she begins a magical journey into snowy forest filled with dancing showmen and snowflakes. Clara and the Nutcracker were welcomed by a beautiful Snow Queen and ushered into The Land of Sweets.Trumpets sounded the arrival of Clara and her Prince and there were shouts of welcome from all the sweets. When the Sugar Plum Fairy arrived, the prince told her of the battle between the soldiers and the mice and the Fairy queen invited Clara and the Prince to stay and be entertained by the people of The Land of Sweets. They were treated to Spanish flamenco dances and Russian folk dances and entertained by dancing candy canes. The show ended with a fun and giggly dance by Mother Ginger and her tiny baby clowns.SheBANG! will be performing “The Nutcracker” Dec. 17-19 for people in and around Pike County. The dancers participated in several Christmas parades across the county to give the community of taste of what they can see in the show.A sugary shepherdess then played a little Mirliton flute and 10 bigger Mirliton people, who represented a white candy called Marzipan, joined the shepherdess. The visit to The Land of Sweets ended with wonderful dancing and then all of the sweets and candies gathered around Clara and the Prince to say goodbye.“Clara’s long and fantastic journey was over,” Ratcliffe said. “She had become the princess of her very own charming Nutcracker prince. But as she was whisked out of the Land of The Sweets and back into her own living room, she opened her eyes to wonder if it was all a dream or was her Nutcracker prince still waiting for her. Either way, she couldn’t imagine ever having a Christmas Eve celebration as delightful as that one special magical night.”Ratcliffe said her hopes — and those of the 170 young dancers who bring The Nutcracker Suite to life on the stage of the Trojan Center Theater — are that their performance will be special and magical for all of those who attend and will help make Christmas 2015 one to long remember. SheBANG! will be performing “The Nutcracker” Dec. 17-19 for people in and around Pike County. The dancers participated in several Christmas parades across the county to give the community of taste of what they can see in the show.“Once upon a time, long, long ago, a little girl named Clara lived with her mom and her brother Fritz in a small village in Germany. Clara loved Christmas and each year she looked forward to helping her mom plan a wonderful and very fancy Christmas party for her friends and even for Fritz’s friends. They would decorate the tree, hang their stockings and spend days in the kitchen preparing the most delicious of treats. Then, when Christmas Eve arrived, it would be time for the most special day of Clara’s whole year.This year, Clara had picked out a beautiful pink dress to wear and had welcomed all of her friends to her home. Fritz had greeted her friends, too. But one thing was sure to make this year’s party extra special. This year Clara’s Uncle Drosslemeyer, who was also her godfather, would be coming from a far away kingdom to attend Clara’s special party. There was something magical about Uncle Drosslemeyer … just wait until you see.” And on Dec. 17-19 hundreds of people in and around Pike County will “see” the magic E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker” as performed by about 170 dancers from the SheBANG! Dance Studio in Troy and under the direction on Tricia Ratcliffe, studio owner and director, Brooke Terry and Cae Allen.“We are excited to bring this production to our community,” Ratcliffe said. “We have four school showings and several area schools are bringing kids in to see the show. We turned our script into a coloring book for local school kids so that the teachers could go over the plot and characters and such as a learning tool before coming to the show.”The SheBANG! Production of “The Nutcracker Suite” is based on the score by Peter Tchaikovsky and the story-coloring book was written by Ratcliffe. As the story goes …SheBANG! will be performing “The Nutcracker” Dec. 17-19 for people in and around Pike County. The dancers participated in several Christmas parades across the county to give the community of taste of what they can see in the show. 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Missing 2-year-old drives toy tractor to county fair

first_imgAuthorities in Chisago County, Minnesota are reporting that they have reunited a curious 2-year-old boy with his family after the child snuck out of his house and drove his battery powered tractor all the way to a county fair.The incident occurred on Thursday around 6:51 pm.The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office the child, who lives close to the fairgrounds saw the rides from his home and decided to hop onto his battery powered John Deere tracker and drive down a sidewalk to get a closer look without first notifying his parents.The parents then contacted authorities to report their child missing. Thankfully within moments a state representative at the fair noticed the child next to a ride and reported it back to the sheriff’s office. The child was then returned to his father.After being reunited, the father “promptly suspended his son’s license by removing the battery from” the toy truck.last_img read more