School bus service axed without warning

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick schools asked to show Racism the Red Card RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print Linkedin TAGSschools Email Twitter NewsEducationSchool bus service axed without warningBy Editor – September 8, 2016 835 center_img Schools and colleges to close on Thursday and Friday Bishop says Limerick is not living up to its obligations to migrants Limerick school surprised with wild card for Junk Kouture finals Previous articleLocal businesses urged to support bereavement serviceNext articleFormer Limerick senator told to leave court with his sliotar Editor WhatsApp Bord na Móna encourages more schools to join Eco Rangers programme 142 Limerick schools benefit from minor works scheme A bus service used by a thousand Limerick students has been withdrawn without any prior warning.The Shannon Banks to Westbury service, which has been in operation for almost 40 years, was cancelled by Bus Éireann last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On Monday morning last (August 29) school-bound passengers were informed by their driver that the service would be discontinued at the end of the week.Responding to requests from irate parents Fianna Fáil Councillor, Cathal Crowe, contacted the transport company but without success.“I did what I could and had many phone conversations with Bus Éireann’s Regional Management team throughout the week.”“They promised me that I would be provided with a letter explaining their decision on Tuesday but it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that I received an email from. By then it was too late to respond as the bus had already completed its last journey.”The email received by Cllr Crowe stated that to compensate for the cancelled service, improvements had been made to the 301 bus service which serves Raheen and the city centre.“A service will leave Westbury at 07.50hrs so passengers will have a scheduled service close to the existing 07.55 hrs time,” the email read.“Students traveling on this service to the Crescent Comprehensive School can alight at the Crescent Shopping Centre Stop which is a short walk from the school. Those attending schools off O’Connell Avenue can disembark at Mallow Street or alternatively board the 304 service that operates every 15 minutes from the City Centre to Raheen via O’Connell Avenue,” the email continued.In response Cllr Crowe alluded to a rumour circulating among “angry” parents that the service had been axed as it was not licensed by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).The Fianna Fáil councillor urged Bus Éireann to clarify this “as soon as possible” so that the service could be reinstated.last_img read more

Welch calls on FDA to investigate “natural” syrup product

first_imgRepresentative Peter Welch on Wednesday called on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new syrup product that appears to violate FDA labeling rules.The ‘All Natural Syrup’ marketed by Log Cabin Syrup, a division of Pinnacle Foods LLC, appears to include ingredients the FDA does not allow in products labeled as ‘natural.’‘Vermont’s hardworking maple sugar makers are known far and wide for producing the highest quality maple syrup available. Any artificial syrup product masquerading as ‘natural’ confuses consumers and dilutes the value of one of Vermont’s finest products,’ Welch said. ‘I am asking the FDA to take swift action to enforce its regulations and preserve honesty in labeling.’The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which Welch is a member, has jurisdiction over the FDA.Welch joins Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee in urging regulators to determine whether Log Cabin Syrup has violated FDA standards.‘Pure Vermont maple syrup is a signature product of our state, and any product that is mislabeled and tries to imitate it must be dealt with,’ Allbee said. ‘Congressman Welch’s letter to the FDA is greatly appreciated.’Welch’s letter is copied below:September 8, 2010Margaret Hamburg, M.D.CommissionerFood and Drug Administration10903 New Hampshire Ave.Silver Spring, MD 20993Dear Dr. Hamburg,Log Cabin Syrup, a division of Pinnacle Foods LLC, recently began marketing what it is calling a new, ‘All Natural Syrup.’ According to FDA guidelines, a product labeled ‘natural’ may not contain added colors, flavors or artificial substances.This so-called ‘natural’ product includes the following ingredients: syrup (brown rice, sugar, maple [4 percent]), water, natural flavor, xanthan gum (natural thickener), caramel color, citric acid. Log Cabin’s product appears to violate the FDA regulations.While most Vermonters have a discerning eye ‘ and palate ‘ for real maple syrup, the countless consumers outside of our state who have come to expect quality from natural Vermont products may be fooled by this misleading labeling. Therefore, I ask your agency to immediately investigate this product and determine whether it is in violation of FDA policies.I look forward to hearing back from your agency on the progress of your investigation.Sincerely, PETER WELCHMember of Congresslast_img read more

Monika Salkute records career-high 24 kills in 5-set win over GT

first_imgAfter dropping two straight games on the road last weekend against Florida State and Miami, Syracuse bounced back against Georgia Tech Friday at the SU Women’s Building, winning three sets to two behind Monika Salkute’s career-high 24 kills.The Orange came out slow, losing the first set 27-25, but a strong showing from Salkute helped SU to the five-set win. Her previous career high of 19 kills against Notre Dame came on Oct. 4.Salkute mentioned after the game that she isn’t used to playing as much as she did Friday night — she usually rotates in less and gets less hits.With a .396 hitting percentage Friday, she was consistent for the SU offense. Even so, she still has room to grow.“She plays well,” Orange head coach Leonid Yelin said, “And I know that she wants to play (professionally), and she’s going to have to be a big girl.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from Salkute, the Syracuse offense kept to its usual numbers. Averaging almost three kills per set, SU senior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore followed Salkute with 13 kills.Orange senior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk tallied 50 assists, many going toward Salkute.“Basically every ball I set her in the first three or four sets, it was a kill,” Wlaszczuk said.Senior Silvi Uattara, one of SU’s top hitters so far this season, played just one set for the Orange, spending the other three on the sidelines in her warmup jacket.According to Yelin, the hitter has been suffering from an ailing back and her statistics “just weren’t there.”The Orange was able to capitalize on a number of unforced errors by the Yellow Jackets. More than once, the Georgia Tech hitters launched serves out of the back of the court, warranting no return from the Orange.GT came from behind in the fourth set, coming back from a three-point deficit late in the set to take it 26-24.Georgia Tech head coach Michelle Collier kept calling timeouts in an attempt to calm her side and slow the Orange, but Yelin and his high-powered offense didn’t falter.“After you score the point, there’s a crazy celebration, so that builds confidence every point,” Wlaszczuk said, “It builds up, that brings the energy up around us.”The fifth and final set was as close as the previous four, seeing the sides evenly matched for its entirety. With the game tightly contested at 15-14 in favor of the Orange, one final block from Santita Ebangwese sealed the game.After Friday’s victory over the Yellow Jackets, the Orange is starting to get back where Yelin wants. He stressed the importance of Friday’s win and the importance of continuing the forward progress. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more