Limerick and Clare prepare for the worst as waters rise

first_imgLinkedin Previous article#WATCH Wallace jailed for two hours for Shannon Airport breachNext articleDelorentos: Home Again John Keogh Print WhatsApp New high-end jobs for Shannon Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Flooding near O’Briensbridge Co Clare.Pic: Press 22RESIDENTS and business owners in flood-prone areas of Limerick and Clare are bracing themselves as water levels on the Shannon are set to peak by the weekend.Met Éireann also issued a further weather warning as 35mm of rain – almost a third of the average monthly rainfall for December – was due to fall on parts of the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up High-risk riverside areas such as Clonlara, Montpelier and Castleconnell are on alert as residents were told to prepare for the worst flooding in 20 years.The Irish Defence Forces were deployed to assist with flood defences in Clonlara in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as a number of homes in the Springfield area were cut off due to floodwater.Limerick City and County Council received confirmation from the ESB on Wednesday afternoon of its decision not to change the discharge level at the Parteen Weir from its current level of 375 cubic meters per second (cumecs).However, the local authority warned that water levels along the lower River Shannon at Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry are continuing to rise and that they could elevate further during the next few days.The council also indicated that road closures are expected in affected areas.On Wednesday, members of the Defence Forces arrived in Clonlara to deliver sandbags after Clare County Council sought their assistance.Water levels rose dramatically on Tuesday evening in the Lower River Shannon south of Parteen Weir resulting in the encroachment of floodwaters on a small number of properties in Springfield, Clonlara.Flooding in East Clare in Springfield, Clonlara where the river Shannon has once agin burst its banks. Philip Quinlivan pictured draining flood water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A number of roads are impassable in the area, including the main road from Mount Catherine (DeCourcy) Bridge to Cottage Cross.Several properties have been isolated and the affected homeowners will be assisted with access to and from their properties by Clare Fire and Rescue Service and Clare Civil Defence.Local councillor Michael Begley told the Limerick Post: “The main artery through Springfield in Clonlara is no longer accessible by car. The army were here filling and delivering sandbags to the five houses that have been cut off .“A further four houses that are most at risk have been secured in so far as is possible. If the water reaches 2009 levels, there are another seven or eight houses at risk.”Upriver on the Limerick side of the Shannon, the Irish Red Cross has established an emergency drinking water collection point at Montpelier.“Bottled water is in position. The Limerick Red Cross organisation is on alert and communication with the local authority is ongoing,” said a Red Cross spokesperson.Limerick City and County Council is anticipating flooding in Castleconnell, Montpelier and the Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry.Local authority staff are distributing more than 2,000 sandbags in the flood-prone areas and are erecting flood defences, with pumping operations underway between Montpelier and Castleconnell.A flood boom, which is a large inflatable wall, was also installed in Castleconnell to channel floodwater away from the village.The flood defences were put in place after the ESB confirmed on Monday that it is to increase the release of water from the Parteen Weir from 315 cubic meters per second (cumecs) to 375 cumecs.Met Éireann also issued weather warnings for the West as 20-35mm of additional rainfall was forecast for Clare, Connacht, Donegal and Kerry on Wednesday.Liz Hogan and two of her children Aoife and Mark being rescued from their home which is surrounded by water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22According to the National Emergency Coordination Centre, there is a “high risk” of flooding along the Shannon region from Limerick city to Athlone over the coming days, while the OPW warned that river water levels would rise by about half a metre.Elsewhere, the government has pledged €15 million in financial aid for individuals and business affected by this week’s flooding, and has promised to fast-tract the funding to ensure that those in need receive it as soon as possible.Clare TD Michael McNamara has called for flood protection infrastructure to be put in place in East Clare “as a matter of urgency”. The Labour Party deputy said that as a result of climate change “catastrophic flooding is expected more frequently and flood protection infrastructure must be put in place to mitigate against this”.“The 2009 flooding was regarded as a hundred year event yet it has now been repeated scarcely six years later”, he said. 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Saint Mary’s $avvy program looks to spark awareness of financial literacy

first_img$avvy Financial Literacy Program offers free workshops and educational activities for Saint Mary’s students who want to bolster their understanding of how to manage their money. The program aims to provide participants with financial education without forcing them to add credits to their schedules and take an additional course, assistant director of financial aid and director of $avvy Megan Stearns said. She said the program, which started in August 2015, aims to continue its mission of informing students about the realities of life after graduation by teaching them about personal finance. “Our goal is to prepare students for the financial decisions they face now and after graduation,” Stearns said in an email. “Of course, at the heart of $avvy’s goal is to increase the financial savvy of our students.” Students can participate in workshops hosted throughout the semester, each focusing on various personal finance topics, Stearns said. These sessions are accompanied by free online resources provided by CashCourse, a website offering lesson overviews, practice quizzes and self-paced assignments — all intended to synthesize users’ understanding of personal finance topics such as budgeting, investing, saving, financial aid and credit. February’s $avvy event, titled “Money Management: Actions You Can Take Today,” gave students a quick overview of personal finance topics such as creating and maintaining a budget and managing student loans, Stearns said.Throughout the academic year, this initiative also awards five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students who have attended at least 50 percent of the meetings and have completed all of the required CashCourse assignments for each month.  Each event also offers door prizes such as gift cards to Target and locations on Eddy Street Commons. Stearns said she hopes these incentives engage the Saint Mary’s community in this educational opportunity. She said she feels confident students participating in the $avvy Financial Literacy Program will walk away with the small, valuable pieces of financial advice that will serve them well into the future, for Saint Mary’s aims to provide its students with a comprehensive understanding of the world around them and the obstacles they may encounter.“Pay yourself first,” she said. “Track expenses. Check your credit report. Come up with a plan to pay down debt. These are all simple actions that can go a long way towards having a stable financial future.”Tags: $avvy Financial Literacy, CashCourse, Financial Literacy, savvylast_img read more

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Los Perrones collaborate with ‘El Chapo’ in Central America

first_img Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the fugitive Mexican drug kingpin, is working closely with Los Perrones, a Central American drug trafficking gang, to move large quantities of drugs through Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica into the United States, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). While the captures of Neyo, Juan Colorado and other Los Perrones operatives temporarily weakened the gang, security forces throughout Central America must remain vigilant, Santana said. The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas have increased their operations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in recent years. The increased activity by transnational criminal organizations has driven an increase in violence in many of those countries, Santana said. El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. In 2010, the country had 66 homicides related to organized crime for every 100,000 residents, according to UNODC El Chapo is the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, which is also known as the Pacific Cartel. El Chapo has hired Los Perrones to traffic drugs through Central America and into the United States, and to transport drug money into Panama, according to the UNODC report “Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean.” Los Perrones also works with the Gulf Cartel (CDG), the report said. El Chapo leads the largest, most powerful transnational criminal organization in the world. El Chapo’s alliance with Los Perrones demonstrates his willingness to form partnerships with criminal organizations in other countries to achieve his goals, said security analyst Guillermo Garduno. “The excessive ambition to sell drugs has no limits for the Pacific Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations,” Garduno said. “The Mexican cartels have shifted their violence and criminal operations to Central America to organize their activities in collaboration with local gangs.” El Chapo’s alliances Los Perrones is not the only drug trafficking group El Chapo has allied himself with in Central America. For years, he worked with alleged Guatemalan drug trafficker Waldemar Lorenzana, who is known as “The Patriarch.” Guatemalan security agents captured The Patriarch in 2008. A Guatemalan court ordered him released because of insufficient evidence. Guatemalan security agents captured The Patriarch in April 2011 after the U.S. government filed an extradition request, which alleged that he was collaborating with El Chapo in trafficking drugs. In July 2013, a Guatemalan appeals court denied the last of Lorenzana’s motions to avoid extradition to the U.S. He remains in custody in Guatemala, and no extradition date has been scheduled. Continued vigilance By Dialogo September 26, 2013center_img Security successes Salvadoran security agents have registered several important successes against Los Perrones in recent years. In May 2009, Salvadoran police arrested Reynerio de Jesus Torres Lazo, a high-ranking Los Perrones leader who is known as “Neyo” Seven months later, in December 2009, Salvadoran police captured Juan Maria Medrano Fuentes, a Los Perrones leader who was suspected of smuggling huge amounts of cocaine to New York and New Jersey. He is known as “Juan Colorado.” With the captures of Neyo, Juan Colorado, and other key leaders, the founder and kingpin of Los Perrones, Jose Natividad Luna Pereira, who is known as “Chepe Luna,” went into hiding to avoid capture, security analysts said. Los Perrones has regrouped during the last two years, security analyst said. Since 2011, Chepe Luna has traveled to Honduras and Nicaragua to meet with El Chapo or his top lieutenants, according to published reports. Los Perrones Global ambitions Los Perrones began operating in the 1990s in El Salvador. The group engages in drug trafficking and money laundering, including the creation of “front” companies to conceal drug profits. The gang contracts with Colombian and Mexican drug cartels to transport large amounts of drugs through Central American and ultimately into the United States, according to security analysts. According to UNODC, about 90 percent of the cocaine which is smuggled into the United States from Mexico passes through Central American,. El Salvador’s National Civil Police and military forces alone seized more than five tons of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, from 2008 through 2012,. Salvadoran security agents arrested 9,600 drug trafficking suspects during that time period, authorities said. “Drug trafficking routes are changing,” said security analyst Adalberto Santana said. “El Salvador is another option for the Pacific Cartel. Alliances with local Central American transporters are not exclusive. Los Perrones provide their services to the highest bidder.” not helpfullast_img read more

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Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

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