Limerick TD urges Government to review Food Wise 2025 strategy post…

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLimerick TD urges Government to review Food Wise 2025 strategy post BrexitBy Staff Reporter – November 15, 2016 581 Previous articleHackathon to examine flooding solutionsNext articleHubert Butler: Witness to the Future Staff Reporter center_img Limerick TD Niall Collins has called on Government to review its Food Wise 2025 strategyA REFUSAL to review Food Wise 2025 by Government following the Brexit vote is absurd according to local Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins.Food Wise 2025 is the report of the 2025 Agri Food Strategy Committee, which sets out a cohesive, strategic plan for the development of agri-food sector over the next decade.As part of the strategy, the Committee has identified opportunities that will arise as a result of population growth and greater access to international markets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Government’s refusal to initiate a review of the strategy has been called absurd by Deputy Collins as the flux in the international marketplace created by Brexit has not been strategically addressed, he said.The Brexit vote demands an immediate review of the Food Wise 2025 strategy, Deputy Collins has argued.“As it stands the targets in the strategy were forecast on the assumption that the UK remains within the European Union.“A UK exit from the EU represents one of the biggest risks to the Irish agri-food industry since the foundation of the State. Thousands of jobs are set to be impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and it’s important that our strategy for developing the industry takes account of this.Deputy Collins said that his party has been calling on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to launch a comprehensive review of Food Wise 2025 to consider the new threats that have arisen following the Brexit vote. “Astonishingly the Minister has refused to carry out such a review stating that there is ‘no compelling reason at this point to review the strategy’.This is an alarming response and indicates that the Government is out of touch when it comes to the threat posed by Brexit.“The UK is Ireland’s number one agri-food export destination. Over 50 per cent of beef exports and 33 per cent of dairy exports are currently destined for the UK. The outcome of the Brexit vote will cause serious disruption to Irish exporters.Deputy Collins said that the ERSI has predicted up to a 5 per cent drop in some markets.“The first wave of job losses has already occurred in the horticulture sector due to the collapse in the value of sterling. The threat from Brexit is stark and real, and it is already having an impact on the agri-food sector. It is vital that Minister Creed reconsiders his position by initiating a comprehensive view of Food Wise 2025 to take into account the threats associated with Brexit.” Print Linkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSBrexitFianna FáilFood Wise 2025limerickniall collins last_img read more

Trump administration rejects California’s request for wildfire disaster assistance

first_imgToa55/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government has denied California’s request for a disaster declaration for wildfires that have burned swathes of land across the U.S. state since early September.A spokesperson for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services confirmed to ABC News on Thursday evening that their request for a major presidential disaster declaration, which would release federal funding, was rejected by the Trump administration. The state plans to appeal the decision and believes California meets the federal requirements for aid. In the meantime, officials are looking for other avenues for federal assistance to support wildfire victims, the spokesperson said.It was unclear why the Trump administration denied California’s request. ABC News has reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for comment.California Gov. Gavin Newsom penned a letter to President Donald Trump on Sept. 28 seeking the disaster declaration for several blazes, including the Creek Fire, the largest wildfire in the state’s history, which has burned at least 341,722 acres across Fresno and Madera counties, as well as the Bobcat Fire, which has burned at least 115,796 acres in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County. Newsom said the fires have collectively torched over 1.8 million acres across seven counties and have destroyed more than 3,000 structures, including nearly 1,000 homes. The infrastructure damage estimates exceed $229 million, he said.“The severity and magnitude of these fires continue to cause significant impacts to the State and to the affected local jurisdictions, such that the recovery efforts remain beyond the State’s capabilities,” the governor wrote. “Many of the counties impacted by these wildfires are still recovering from previous devastating wildfires, storms, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”Newsom estimated potential federal assistance at $346 million.“Federal assistance is critical to support physical and economic recovery of California and its communities,” he wrote. “The longer it takes for California and its communities to recover, the more severe, devastating, and irreversible the economic impacts will be.”Last year, Trump threatened to cut federal aid for California’s wildfires, after Newsom criticized the president’s environmental policies during an interview with The New York Times. Trump blamed the Democratic governor for the state’s blazes, saying he had done a “terrible job of forest management.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Students look back on Hurricane Katrina

first_imgNearly 10 years have passed since images of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina first appeared in major news outlets, but for some Notre Dame students the memory of the hurricane is still as fresh as on the day Katrina made landfall, Aug. 29, 2005.“[The hurricane] is something that I will always remember,” Mari Tumminello, a junior from New Orleans, said. “I can’t even believe it was 10 years ago. It shocks me that it’s been that long.”Janice Chung | The Observer Tumminello was 10 years old when Katrina hit. She said she and her family evacuated their home after reports that the hurricane had become a Category 5 storm reached them.  They drove in heavy traffic from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then flew from there to Miami where her father, an airline pilot, was based.She said her family watched the coverage of the hurricane and its aftermath from their hotel in Miami, as reports that New Orleans had been spared the brunt of the storm grew increasingly dismal following the failure of the levee system and the subsequent flooding of the city.The uncertainty during that time was the worst part, Tumminello said.“They only reported the flooding, so we had no idea what happened to our house, what happened to anything,” she said.Flooding across the city caused billions of dollars in damage; according to a Dec. 2005 report by the National Climate Data Center, flood water covered over 80 percent of New Orleans, in some places up to 20 feet deep.“We were lucky in that my house didn’t flood where I was,” Tumminello said. “The levees by us stayed strong, which was great. But we had tons of wind damage, we had brick walls fall down, we had shingles. My neighbor, his house imploded, we had a tornado go down our street.”But although Tumminello’s house fared well in comparison to much of the city, she said her family was unable to stay in New Orleans. With limited flights leaving New Orleans in the weeks and months following the hurricane, Tumminello said her father had to move their family temporarily to Miami in order to keep his job at the airline.“Seeing it as a kid and not understanding everything about it — why we couldn’t go back, why we had to stay — made it so much more difficult,” she said. “In hindsight, it was a good experience for me in the end, moving away, experiencing something else, and that would have never happened had Katrina not happened.”In Pass Christian, Mississippi — which according to a 2008 report by the National Hurricane Center experienced the highest storm surge of the hurricane at 27.8 feet — Notre Dame senior John-Paul Drouilhet had a very different experience of the storm.Like Tumminello, Drouilhet’s family evacuated the area, but while Tumminello’s family temporarily relocated to Miami, Drouilhet’s returned home to find much of their city leveled.“The church and school were just gone,” he said. “There was nothing left to either of them.“Everything was just kind of destroyed.”Drouilhet said in the aftermath, volunteers helped construct temporary schools for children to attend until the city could locate resources for more permanent school buildings.“Shortly after the storm, they got enough volunteers to come back, and we actually built a school out of a skating rink in the same town,” he said. “Seventeen days and we opened the school. I mean it wasn’t perfect, it was a skating rink with walls built in it, but it was what we needed.”Drouilhet’s community was not the only one in need of school buildings. Coming in late August, Katrina left thousands of children without a school to attend at the beginning of a new school year.Senior Carter Boyd, of Shreveport, Louisiana recalled the hundreds of evacuees who escaped to his town, many of them school-aged children.While the hurricane itself did relatively little damage to Shreveport, which is in the northeastern part of the state, Boyd said the evacuees from coastal cities posed a major logistical problem.“I was in sixth grade, and I remember the schools just became flooded with students, because it was the beginning of the school year, so a lot of kids were joining the classes right about that time and it was just an overwhelming situation having not enough seats but so many kids,” he said.In order to respond to the influx of evacuees, Boyd said volunteers converted many school gyms into temporary shelters.“I remember going and volunteering with my family in one of these shelters and just seeing how many people they had crammed in there with limited supplies,” he said. “It became a logistical disaster.”Like Boyd, senior May Stewart said she remembers returning to school to see many new faces. Stewart lives in Vacherie, Louisiana, a small town about an hour west of New Orleans.“I think I noticed most of the damage when I went back to school,” she said. “I went to a Catholic school in a different town, but we got a ton of students from Catholic schools in New Orleans that were displaced because of the storm, and so it was weird to be in school with people who lost everything that they had.“One of the girls that I became really close with, she only had one picture that she was able to bring with her from her house. I couldn’t imagine that.”Stewart said she thinks part of the reason the hurricane was so devastating was that its intensity took people by surprise.“No one really thought it was really going to be as bad as it was going to be,” Stewart said. “And then, by the time we realized that it was, it was kind of too late to make plans.”Tumminello, Drouilhet, Boyd and Stewart all said Katrina left a lasting impression on them, even 10 years after it hit land.Stewart said since witnessing Hurricane Katrina, any news of impending disasters makes her anxious.“I’m always looking and seeing what storms are coming up and where they are going, and it sounds horrible, but praying that it doesn’t happen in Louisiana because I know what would happen to my town,” Stewart said.But despite the tragedy of the storm, Tumminello said some good came out of Hurricane Katrina.“It was definitely a terrible time in my life, but it’s something that’s shaped who I am today and I wouldn’t be the person I am today had it not happened.”Tags: 10 years later, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanslast_img read more