Council criticised over treatment of Hermitage residents

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHope for Castleconnell floodsNext articleDelay in Limerick schools patronage process ‘unacceptable’ Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Advertisement TAGSCorballyFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMill RoadThe HermitageWillie O’Dea TD Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Printcenter_img Willie O’Dea TD with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney at the Hermitage Estate, Mill Road.Willie O’Dea TD with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney at the Hermitage Estate, Mill Road.LIMERICK City and County Council have been accused of treating the residents of The Hermitage in Corbally in an “appalling way by misleading them and failing to address the major problems with the street surface”.Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea, has made repeated representations to the local authority on residents’ behalf to have estate taken in charge. He has also called for the Council to carry out remedial works on the potholed street surface which he claims is “one of the worst road surfaces I have seen in Limerick City”.“In early August, the Council finally confirmed that they had secured funding and that works on the estate would commence within a month. Then last week, after I pressed them on the fact that no contractor had yet commenced the works, they told me they haven’t actually appointed a contractor and that instead of having the works done in September, they could only hope to have the roadworks in the Hermitage completed by the end of the year,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is disgraceful treatment by the Council of the residents of The Hermitage who have waited years for these works to be carried out and are now being messed around again.”Deputy O’Dea insists that the Council need to take a more expedient approach to dealing with this issue as the residents have been more than patient.“There is also the potential for serious accidents to occur unless something is done to deal with the appalling state of the street surface in the Hermitage Estate. The residents are paying their Property Tax, which is supposed to go towards delivering services like adequate road surfaces. How can the Council justify taking property tax off these people and then not provide them with even the most basic of services?” he asked.A council spokesman said they were aware of the issues relating to the road surface in The Heritage and funding had been allocated with work due to begin in the coming weeks.“It has been brought to the council’s attention that separate utility works are scheduled to take place in the locality shortly, so in an effort to minimise the disruption caused to residents, we are hoping the works can be carried out simultaneously.”by Alan [email protected] WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter NewsCouncil criticised over treatment of Hermitage residentsBy Alan Jacques – September 24, 2016 1157 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Celebrates A Hometown New Year’s With Debuts And Bust Outs Galore

first_imgFor the first time this decade, Umphrey’s McGee returned their end of the year celebration to their hometown of Chicago and rang in 2016 with several debut performances alongside old favorites. New year’s Eve 2016 was the band’s 2201st show together.As has been typical for the band since the early 2000s, Umphrey’s McGee performed three sets of at least an hour each, beginning at 8:30PM and wrapping up closer to 1:30 AM. It did not take long for the venue to fill out – fans scrambled to find their spot up front or hoped for a decent sight line out of the balcony at the Aragon Ballroom.When the lights went down for the first set, guitarist Jake Cinninger struck the opening notes of “Attachments”, a song that saw 30 plays in its debut year. Cinninger had been using a new blue Fender “Wallycaster” the entire run, but changed up his weapon of choice several times last. A “Partscaster” put together with Mike Wallace’s pickups and Wally Langle’s setup, giving Cinninger a wide palette of tones. They can be purchased exclusively at South Bend Music Exchange in South Bend, IN.By the time they worked their way into “The Fussy Dutchman” however, the Wallycaster was back. A birthday requested “Puppet String” followed with a blood-pumping industrial jam and wiggled into the Anchor Drops track “Wife Soup”.As if “Soup” was not grandiose enough on its own, the band perfectly squeezed an unpredictable “Dump City” between halves. Throwing the crowd for a loop (both “Soup” and “Dump” have tendencies for horns on nights like this), the band waited until the next song to welcome out trumpeter Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou’s horn group Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret and special guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin.“Cut Off” continued the practice of debuting new original songs with a backing horn ensemble on New Year’s Eve (a la “Bad Friday” or “Speak Up”) before transitioning into the set ending bust-out of “13 Days” – marking its only performance of 2016 and first since February 2015, or 180 shows.Following a thirty minute set break, the band came out strong with a hair-raising booty-bouncing take on the Death By Stereo track “Booth Love”, complete with horns. It was a hot, heavy and horny performance for sure, but not because of the brass – Cinninger, guitarist Brendan Bayliss and keyboardist Joel Cummins were wrestling for the most attention without losing a step of passion. Check it out here and see if you can catch the Pink Floyd nod.Next the band moved into Steely Dan’s 1976 track “Kid Charlemagne” off of The Royal Scam. The tune hasn’t been played since its debut five years ago in San Francisco, following the death of counter-culture magnate Owsley Stanley, 595 shows ago. Bayliss popped off during his guitar solo, but Coffin’s saxophone was not going to end the tune quietly.“The Triple Wide” made an appearance once the dust settled and a brief tease of Men Without Hats’ tune “The Safety Dance”, one of the only tracks in Umphrey’s quiver that traditional features bassist Ryan Stasik on vocals. He never made it to the microphone, but took solid control of the groove, providing a menacing framework for Cummins’ medieval keyboard renaissance. Cummins segued into “The Bottom Half” and maintained a strong lead throughout an impressive jam section.“Mad Love”, the heavy handed creation from UMBowl V in Port Chester, NY saw its 30th performance since 2014 and gave way to a “Hangover”. While it was still a fun move, Umphrey’s McGee didn’t break out the booty wax on this one.Mad Dog, Coffin and company returned for the final two songs of the second set, led by Cinnenger: “Comma Later” which appears on the 2014 album The London Session and the cover debut of 2016 Grammy nominee Sturgill Simpson’s “Call To Arms” to end the set. Check it out here.At 11:45PM, the lights went down and the anticipation for the countdown grew, only to be quelled with the familiar introductory notes of “In The Kitchen”, the unofficial Umphrey’s ode to Chicago in the winter. “ITK” gave way to a planned jam around Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” during which the horn section returned mid-tune to prep for the countdown into the new year. Watch the transition into 2017 belowFollowing a few minutes of boisterous welcoming of 2017, Umphrey’s gave 2016 one last middle finger before busting out a cover debut of the 1976 David Bowie track “Golden Years” from Station to Station. as the band dropped into “Partyin’ Peeps”, all with the brass accompaniment.The perennial favorite “All In Time” followed, complete with a huge showcase between the hardest working drummer in the music business, Kris Myers, and the unique flavoring of percussionist Andy Farag as they led a boisterous drum jam a la EOTO.Following “All In Time” was the dance favorite “Day Nurse” that saw Myers and Cummins controlling the vibe and keeping the energy at a high level. Bayliss introduced “August” by reminding the crowd “this is a birthday party, too.” Bayliss faked out a return to “In The Kitchen” and instead the band dropped into George Michael’s “Freedom” for the first time since 7/3/00, ending the third set and a 2022 (!) show drought.For the encore, the band returned almost immediately and ran through a standalone encore of “Bad Friday” before ending the show at quarter after 1AM.2017 is the 19th year of Umphrey’s McGee, and we cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeve. Happy New Year!You can see the All Things Umphrey’s setlist below, as well as a full photo gallery from Must Have Media.Umphrey’s McGee | The Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 12/31/16Set 1: Attachments > The Fussy Dutchman, Puppet String, Wife Soup > Dump City > Wife Soup, Cut Off[1] > 13 Days[2]Set 2: Booth Love[2], Kid Charlemagne[2], The Triple Wide > The Bottom Half, Mad Love, Hangover, Comma Later[2], Call to Arms[3]Set 3: In The Kitchen[4] > Auld Lang Syne[2] > Golden Years[5] > Partyin’ Peeps[2], All In Time, Day Nurse, August, Freedom[6]Encore: Bad Friday[2][1] debut, original; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[2] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[3] debut, Sturgill Simpson; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[4] with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) jam; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[5] debut, David Bowie; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[6] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns and Steve “Britches” Britz on percussion with AndyNotes:last Kid Charlamagne 03.13.2011 (595 shows)last Freedom 07.03.2000 (2,022 shows) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A lot on line for volleyball this weekend

first_imgWith only six matches remaining, the Wisconsin volleyball team’s (15-10, 4-10) postseason hopes are still very alive. The Badgers rebounded from a rough start in conference play to give themselves a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. This weekend they travel to ninth-ranked Penn State (21-4, 11-3) and Ohio State (19-8, 7-7) in two tough matches that will show if this team is worthy of a postseason bid.“Each of the weekends possess big challenges, there’s no doubt,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Penn State’s near the top of the conference right now, and they’re very good, as always. We want to continue improving the way we have in the gym and in practices and take that to the weekend matches.”Friday night, Wisconsin will face a Penn State squad that hasn’t lost since Oct. 9. The Badgers hold an unimpressive 1-7 record against ranked teams this season, so they’ll have to prove themselves against Penn State. They’ve gone 3-3 in their last six matches, though, and they’re coming off an impressive victory over a ranked Northwestern team.“I think our passing and our blocking have improved a lot, which is helping our defense and offense,” Waite said. “Going into these matches, you play to win. That’s all you can do, and you give it your best shot.”Wisconsin has played some very tough opponents lately. The match against Penn State will mark its fifth ranked opponent in six games. After Friday night, it only faces one ranked team in its final five matches. It’s by no means a favorable schedule, but it features fewer top tier teams.“Winning out would be great just to guarantee ourselves into the tournament,” sophomore Alexis Mitchell said. “We definitely know that there’s some beatable teams, and [it’s about] just taking care of those games so that we can make it into the tournament.”The last time the Badgers played Penn State and Ohio State was at the Field House in late September. Mitchell was plagued by injury at the time, so she’s looking forward to facing these teams again.“For me personally, when I played against Ohio State and Penn State, I sprained my ankle like three days before, so I wasn’t at 100 percent,” Mitchell said. “It gives me a lot more confidence going in, knowing that I’m healthy.”Having Mitchell healthy this time around will be huge for the Badgers. She’s been one of the team’s top performers this season, as she leads the Badgers with a .316 hitting percentage on the year. She’s improved on her offense too, but she’s specifically focused on her blocking lately. “[I’ve] been working on becoming a better blocker and more disciplined, so I can be more of a presence as a blocker in the front row,” Mitchell said.In preparation for this weekend, the team used a creative approach in practice, with the players wearing jerseys with the opposing team’s numbers to prepare themselves for certain players on Penn State and Ohio State. Wisconsin hopes its efforts in practice and improvements in recent matches will help its success continue. It obviously won’t overlook a tremendous Penn State team, but it knows what’s at stake and the importance of these matches down the stretch.“Our goal to get into the tournament basically has to be [for us] to have a record that’s over .500, and to do that, the committee will consider us,” Waite said. “We’re definitely in the top 50 right now in the RPI. If we get those wins, I know we can accomplish it, so I know the team’s going to fight hard for it.”last_img read more