Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in…

first_imgNewsCommunityPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearBy Staff Reporter – September 2, 2020 287 Background vector created by freepik – www.freepik.comTHE population of the Mid West region increased by 3,300 in the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.488,300 people are now living in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, with the growth last year continuing an ongoing trend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland’s population increased by just over one per cent in the year to April and now stands at 4.98 million.A third of the 85,400 people who immigrated to Ireland in that period were returning Irish nationals, the highest number since 2007. Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Email WhatsApp Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?center_img TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyMid WestNewspopulationregion Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleVicky calls for right to die with dignityNext articleBREAKING: New formats for 2020/21 Champions and Challenge Cup announced Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more

Caribbean Partners and SOUTHCOM Discuss Collaborative Counter Narcotics Program

first_img“Our commitment to broad partnerships that advance citizen safety signals that the U.S. understands that while security is a key priority throughout the region, people often understand security in a personal way on their street corners, on a bus to and from work, or in their markets,” he said. “Forging effective partnerships requires an understanding of and an ability to address fundamental links between local, transnational and ‘white collar’ crime (such as corruption), and the nexus between these threats and the big social and economic challenges the region faces. We seek to improve public safety, improving security for each and every citizen through these partnerships,” he added. Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Rajesh Boodoo said that even though Trinidad and Tobago has not signed the TAFT agreement, participating in the exchange provided him with valuable insight regarding the expectations of the partner nations and information on the benefits that signing on could provide his country. “I see a lot of benefits for Trinidad and a lot to gain from the United States, because they have a longer history of undertaking counter narcotics efforts and a lot of experience with data analysis, which Trinidad could learn a lot from.” The event was part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), one of the latest pillars of a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. Created in 2009, CBSI brings all members of the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic together to jointly collaborate on regional security with the United States as partner. Together, the countries comprising CBSI have identified three core objectives to deal with the threats facing the Caribbean: reducing illicit trafficking through programs to counter narcotics and reduce the flow of illegal arms/light weapons; improving public safety and security through programs to reduce crime and violence and improve border security; and promoting social justice within the region through programs designed to promote justice sector reform, combat government corruption, and assist vulnerable populations at risk of recruitment into criminal organizations Between August 25 and 27, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) hosted a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between engineer officers from the Coast Guards of 13 Caribbean partner nations in order to jointly develop the ability to respond to illicit maritime trafficking threats. In order to become a signatory TAFT country, each participating CBSI partner nation must sign an end-use, retransfer, and security assurance agreement. Currently, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname are signatory countries, but some that are not, such as Trinidad & Tobago, were still present at the SMEE in order to gain knowledge on the benefits of becoming a signatory and working under the agreement. According to Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard Lieutenant [Senior Grade] Rohan Rodgers, “the event has been a very useful and informative tool to meet, interact, and share best practices and TAFT processes and support with other partner nations. We should have this type of exchange at least once a year to review and look at the way forward. In our case, it put Jamaica in a better position to plan and know how things function in the TAFT process, so it allows us to better plan and project the way forward,” he added. By Dialogo September 04, 2015 Persistent airborne surveillance using aerostats should be used to provide true total domain awareness. “Partner nations gathered this week to discuss and develop small boat sustainment plans to support TAFT activities by synchronizing U.S. and PN-funded training, asset acquisition, equipment & supplies, and infrastructure in support of partner nation maintenance sustainment,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jason T. Plumley, CBSI TAFT Officer in Charge at SOUTHCOM. The Technical Assistance Field Team, or TAFT, initiative is in place to assist CBSI partner nations in developing maintenance, logistics, and procurement systems to improve maritime asset operational readiness in support of the first objective (counter narcotics/weapons trafficking). Composed of 15 U.S. Army and Coast Guard experts in communications, logistics, and engineering, SOUTHCOM’s CBSI TAFT team developed the SMEE as a means of sharing experiences, lessons learned, and best practices with their CBSI counterparts —in this case officer engineers— about the equipment, maintenance, and ways to procure support when needed. “The TAFT seeks to strengthen the operational availability of PN maritime assets by assisting them with establishing proven/sustainable maintenance and logistics systems throughout the Caribbean,” explained LCDR Plumley. “TAFT’s comprehensive approach addresses PN needs in technical troubleshooting and repair expertise, maintenance execution and scheduling, parts procurement/supply, logistics, and budgeting. The SMEE, in turn, attempted to do just that. The TAFT team discussed ways to better support the operational readiness of U.S.-purchased maritime assets for the partner nations in attendance, focusing specifically on interceptor-sized boats to ensure the most cost-efficient and effective application of resources and team support. “This way, the team expects to have the greatest opportunity to positively impact our partner nations long-term, sustained maritime asset operational readiness, but the strategy is also consistent with SOUTHCOM’s short-term goal of having PN enhance their Interdiction and Apprehension (I&A) capabilities in their littoral waters,” concluded LCDR Plumley. LCDR Plumley explained to Diálogo that the CBSI objectives are not just about drug interdiction. “CBSI is a whole of government approach to citizen safety,” he said. And citizen safety focuses on building effective partnerships that can better develop, mobilize and apply the capacity of the region toward accomplishing shared objectives, which in turn, is the area in which TAFT operates. last_img read more

September 28 2018This Past weekend Arcosanti had

first_imgSeptember 28, 2018This Past weekend Arcosanti had the unique pleasure of hosting, Stiltasana, organized by Carpetbag Brigade and taught by company members Helen Goodrum, Alicia Gerstein and Levana Prud’Homme. Stiltasana is an event during which participants get to evolve their skills and meet the wider stilting community. There were times during everyone trained and worked hard, and there was much needed relaxation as well.Those who were present were performers, stilters, dancers, yogis, and just plenty of people with a deep curiosity to explore the capacity of their body.Classes were provided for all levels of stilters – beginners, intermediate and advanced. And the participants learned a mix of acrobatics, butoh and contact improvisation through still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts.Everyone learned an amazing variety of skills, which are sure to be incorporated into their own performances. If you’re interested in attending one of the Carpetbag Brigade’s workshops and/or demonstrations, feel free to check out their website. This is just one of many exciting things happening at Arcosanti. Make sure to check back in for another scoop, and stay tuned!(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse Fernandez)last_img read more

Rep Coles rural roots play vital role in House GOP Action Plan

Rep Coles rural roots play vital role in House GOP Action Plan

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona participated in a Capitol news conference this week announcing the release of House Republican Action Plan. The Action Plan provides an in-depth list of several key policy initiatives that will strengthen Michigan’s economy and provide tremendous opportunities for job creation.“The Action Plan presents an all-encompassing framework that forms a complete picture for the future of Michigan,” Cole said. “Agriculture is a driving force in northern Michigan, which leads right into tourism, which leads right back to the small businesses in which our Michigan families rely on.”In November, Cole was selected to help chart the course for the plan on the caucus’ Policy Development Workgroup, where his 15 years working in the hunting guide industry, his background as an outdoor enthusiast and his experience as an agricultural entrepreneur was beneficial.Cole also has been instrumental in formulating a plan to grow Michigan’s industries and advance agricultural assets as vice chair of the agriculture committee.Cole represents the 105th District including Antrim, Ostego, Charlevoix, Montmorency, and Oscada counties. He also serves on the following committees: Energy Policy, Judiciary, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, Transportation and Infrastructure.The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at gophouse.org##### Tags: #SB Categories: Cole News,Newscenter_img 06Feb Rep. Cole’s rural roots play vital role in House GOP ‘Action Plan’last_img read more

Rep Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortages

Rep Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortages

first_img Categories: Schroeder News Plan allows retired employees to return to work and keep pensionsState Rep. Andrea Schroeder today voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of behavioral health professionals in Michigan.The plan allows certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) without forfeiting their pension benefits.The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to improve Michigan’s mental health system by listening to mental health experts, families of patients and law enforcement officials.“A lack of psychiatric professionals means a lack of available care for Michigan’s vulnerable residents,” said Schroeder, of Independence Township. “This plan ensures people receive the care they need in a timely fashion from experienced and qualified individuals.”The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pensions during reemployment with the state. Schroeder contends the state should extend that same opportunity to other mental health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists to combat serious shortages in such roles.House Bill 4156 was approved unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to be considered by the state Senate. 16Apr Rep. Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortageslast_img read more