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Call for resignations over appointment row

first_img#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Patricia RyanLIMERICK theatre producer Richie Ryan has called for the immediate resignation of City Manager Conn Murray, Committee Chairman Pat Cox and Chief Executive Patricia Ryan from the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014.Mr Ryan of CentreStage Theatre School was commenting on Ms Ryan’s controversial appointment as chief executive of Limerick City of Culture, without the job being advertised. Ms Ryan, a former adviser to former European Parliament President, Pat Cox, was appointed on Mr Murray’s recommendation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Richie Ryan, the appointment highlights the ineptitude, arrogance and unacceptable manner in which the City of Culture team is treating many Limerick artists. He described the situation as “embarrassing” and said it highlights the total disregard for public funding.“The wink and nod mentality seems rampant in the board structure of The Limerick City of Culture at this time. The management structure raises serious questions when it comes to allocation of resources to the dedicated local theatre practitioners during what has the potential to be a very invigorating time for culture in Limerick City,” said Mr Ryan.He said he has lost confidence in Conn Murray, Pat Cox and Patricia Ryan to steer Limerick City of Culture 2014 with any meaningful transparency or accountability at this time.“I call for their immediate resignation from the executive board. I am sure that this situation would not be tolerated in any other major city in Ireland.”Cllr Tom Shortt, who represented Limerick City Council on the board of the Belltable Theatre for four years, has also said that Patricia Ryan, “must step down now”.He claims Ms Ryan is without any expertise or experience in the demanding world of arts management.“This has gripped the public imagination in Limerick and people are shocked by the arrogance of it.“This is a deeply flawed appointment. For the success and the integrity of the City of Culture project, Ms Ryan must step down. The position must be advertised immediately and a chief executive must be properly recruited,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Leddin said he has “absolute confidence” in Ms Ryan as CEO of the City of Culture project and in its board.“I have met Patricia on a few occasions and I believe she has the professional experience and the ability to ensure that Limerick 2014 will be a hugely successful event,” he said.Speaking at City Hall this week City and County Manager, Conn Murray, told council members that he was satisfied there was no breach of recruitment regulations. He also revealed that the City of Culture project was under pressure to secure a chief executive because of funding delays.“I’m very confident the person in place is the right person to do the job for Limerick,” said Murray. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsCall for resignations over appointment rowBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2013 904 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebook Conn’s new role on immigrant group Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSConn MurrayLimerick City of Culture 2014Music LimerickPat CoxPatricia Ryan center_img Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleUL Basketball to be streamed live this weekendNext articleCalls for help from St Vincent de Paul Alan Jacques last_img read more

Garden Gift

first_img Still can’t decide? “Most garden centers are as ready for holiday shoppers as malls are,” McLaurin said. “Even if you aren’t an experienced gardener, experts will be on hand to help you pick the right gift for the gardener in your life. And if all else fails, remember that load of manure.” Some say the best holiday gifts come in small packages. Others prefer them by the truckload. A University of Georgia scientist said a truckload of manure — or compost or topsoil — isn’t a bad idea for an avid gardener. “For hard-to-buy-for people, holiday gift-giving can be a chore. You’re in luck, though, if you have gardeners to buy for,” said Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There’s always something new, or coveted, in the gardening world,” McLaurin said. “And there are plenty of places to find them.” Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States. And whether interests lie in flowers or trees, vegetables, fruits or houseplants, new equipment and cultivars appear almost monthly. “Many of the new plants coming out are excellent,” McLaurin said. “A Georgia release that comes to mind, called ‘Honeycomb,’ is a butterfly bush (Buddleia) that has nice yellow flowers and attracts butterflies.” If you can’t find the plant your gardener wants, get a gift certificate. Most gardeners have patience to wait for just the right plant. And gift ideas don’t stop with flowers. “Don’t forget about containers to put them in,” McLaurin said. “Clay, ceramic, brushed metal and plastic baskets all make nice gifts.” If you buy a potted plant and a container, remember the plants’ need for drainage. “Leave the plants in the uglier plastic pots,” McLaurin said, “and set them down in the decorative containers. Don’t forget to buy a plastic liner to catch runoff.” If you don’t want to give a living plant, or you need to mail the gift, many gardening catalogs will mail direct. “Gardeners never get enough tools,” McLaurin promised. “There are shovels and trowels, rakes and hoses. Drip irrigation sets, or outdoor lighting kits, solar lights, stepping stones, soaker hoses and mulching machines abound.” If you’re shopping for a major gardening gift, this is a good time of year to buy weed whackers, lawn mowers, tillers, wheel barrows and edgers. Hand tools for weeding, raking and planting make good stocking stuffers. “Recycling and composting are popular among gardeners,” McLaurin said. “Start your gardener off with a variety of compost bins. The larger ones will work best. For the experienced composter, consider compost thermometers, turners, test kits and sieves.” If gardening gadgets are taking over, look at some storage components, from storage benches to shelves or tool racks. Outdoor models come in many sizes, from big enough for a few tools to those that can house a tractor. Gardening and nature go hand-in-hand. What about bird feeders and bird houses? Then there are bat houses, butterfly houses and even toad abodes to shelter the frogs and toads that visit your garden. Ladybug homes and bee hives can add even more to your garden. Other great gardening gifts: Decorative items like statuaries, fountains, bird baths, garden sculpture or ornamental trellises and archways. Patio furniture: garden benches, tables, shelves, umbrellas, potting benches, kneeling benches, work stools and rolling carts. Books on every aspect of gardening: technical manuals, decorative tabletop books, garden journals — or try a subscription to one of the many gardening magazines. Clothing: a garden apron, work pants, garden smock, tool vest or belt, gloves to fit all jobs, waterproof garden shoes and boots, rain suits, bug suits (with protective bug netting) and all kinds of hats are sure to please.last_img read more

NYSDOH asked to investigative possible COVID-19 exposure in Westchester County

first_img“The pandemic is far from over and we need stay vigilant,” Cuomo said. “We’re prepared to do the aggressive testing and contact tracing required to slow, and ultimately control any potential clusters of new cases like the one in Westchester County.” (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the State Department of Health to investigate the potential COVID-19 exposure at a high school graduation ceremony in Westchester County. Officials say four more individuals in attendance have since tested positive for the coronavirus. The release also stated those individuals had contact with the person who first tested positive. An official press release said a person who had recently traveled to Florida, and attended the Horace Greeley High School ceremony, began showing symptoms from COVID-19, and then tested positive.center_img Cuomo has also issued a new executive order which makes state employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25 to be ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave. The Department of Health and the Westchester County Health Department are working with officials from Horace Greeley to identify those who attended the ceremony, as well as any gatherings that may have happened afterwards.last_img read more