Opinion: There’s safety in numbers

first_imgCommentNewsTransportOpinion: There’s safety in numbersBy Staff Reporter – September 6, 2019 261 WhatsApp Print Previous articleLimerick Suicide Watch looks out on the darknessNext articleFirearms arrest in city Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie John Moran argues that it’s not too late to re-think Limerick City and County Council’s €9.1mredevelopment plan for O’Connell Street and use it to develop Ireland’s first low speed urban safety zone. People are saying it is not good but at least it is better than we have, but better is not always good enough.The recently published O’Connell Street proposals remains a missed opportunity for Limerick to lead the way. But it could be so easy with inexpensive fixes to make it a real start for a new model of a 21st Century liveable city centre.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Slowing down all traffic across our city centre, not just on this street and testing the new designs temporarily with removable paint and attractive planters/seating until it works well would be better solutions to bring people on board.It would allow us to be bolder in what we trial.Even though flawed, outright rejection and abandoning the street as it is are not the right answers.The problem is that major issues remain unresolved on how our city will work in the future.In an effort to retain flexibility we have a weak compromise, not a bold statement of intent.Particularly difficult, the mobility strategy to say where and how we get around the city is not ready.Another problem is that the development plan showing where and how our population will double is not finalised and decisions requiring significant spending risk being premature and the wrong ones.The overriding priority for this proposal seems to be “the least negative impact” on traffic using a street to cut through our city.But the plan will not change our city centre for the better if the interests of passing (mainly car) users trump the interests and safety of other users of the space, especially those we want to see live in town.For liveable lived-in urban space we have to be braver.City retailers need an interesting destination for casual visitors but more critically need greater numbers living right there who enjoy it everyday without ever having to get into a car.For more people to choose to live in the city we must value their interests for clean air, safety and amenities and perhaps less so those using city streets to pass through or to escape to their homes outside the city.The upgrade of our city requires a fuller holistic plan.The #LiveableLimerick vision which captured public imagination of a street with different animated zones each reflecting our region can still form part of that future plan.But even today, elements of the new plans should work well.It is right to reduce (not eliminate) car movements and enhance the space for others.So, can we still move forward before guidance from the other broader plans? We can.Defer for now heavy engineering and related costs.O’Connell Street already structurally supports two lanes.The footpaths can be widened at low cost with paint and really attractive planters (and even temporary wooden decking).As in other cities, try the new layouts first on a cheaper basis with reversible technology.As other broader plans are agreed by the Council, modifications can be introduced based on observation of changed behaviours not conjecture or unconscious bias.LCCC already took that approach when I first suggested the idea of an urban garden (not taxi rank) in front of Penney’s. With a safe space, people gathered. A low cost experiment showed a better way. Indeed, the new plans rightly now propose a permanent upgrade.But above all, based on what works elsewhere the guiding principle should be safety.If cars must cut through the city, at least they should slow down.As the urbanist Jeff Speck put it “would you rather have a downtown that is quick to drive through or one worth arriving at?”Anyone driving 27 mins to Debenhams from Killaloe would need a minute or so more to drive up to the Belltable at 30km (the proposed new speed limit).But at a 15 km speed limit, the 28 min drive would become a 29 min journey.A one minute price for safety of road users, including those in the car.And at 15 km, reaction times improve too. Collisions might even be avoided altogether.The penny has dropped all over the world. We want more people not more passing cars in towns.People gather and stay in places where they feel safe.The solution is not, however, isolating them from speeding cars with bollards.The answer is a safe speed limit and reducing illegal speeding by enforcement and design.Designing 4-way stop junctions instead of traffic lights to speed to as they turn orange would also enhance safety.This could be done with almost no expenditure – Imagine the impact if done immediately all over the Georgian quarter and the retail core.Decisions guided by safety first and cans of paint and seats and trees and planters. No noisy dirty roadworks as we trial the plans being proposed.We should very well find• less cars cutting through our city needing space in the final plans;• no need for a dedicated bus lane to bypass congestion in the other lane;• that liberated lane could become band stands, fish ponds, bike stands or 15-30 minute car parking to facilitate quick pickups and provide protection for the people sitting nearby;• adults and children safely cycling our streets again• the rugby experience and/or UL’s arrival completely reimagine the pedestrian flows and needs more than we thought;We might even find less resistance then to citywide mobility plans proposing other options to throughway traffic or buses so that only cars needing access should use our historic centre.It is time for people to raise their voices again and let the councilors know this matters to them.It is time for our politicians to inspire and lead with yet another “first” for Limerick – Ireland’s first sub 15km city centre for all. 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Angels designate Matt Harvey for assignment

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield A blazing fastballer in his prime, Harvey entered this season 41-44 with a 3.80 ERA in his career with the Mets and Reds. His fastball averaged 97 mph in 2013, when he finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. This season, Harvey’s fastball topped out at 95 mph in March. It sank to 93 on Thursday.During his time on the injured list, Harvey attempted to recapture some of the velocity he lost over the course of the season. He failed, however, and could not successfully adjust his pitch mix to adapt to the decline.“I’ve said this before, pitchers who pitch in the major leagues for a long time – and I’m talking about starters – they generally don’t throw 95 for 25 years,” Ausmus said. “At some point in their career, they develop a new pitch or a new style of pitching because the velocity generally does come down. The successful pitchers do that.”The Angels recalled pitcher Jaime Barría prior to Friday’s game against the Mariners. Opener Taylor Cole is expected to throw two innings before Barría takes over. Barría will get the first chance to fill Harvey’s spot in the rotation, Ausmus said. The 23-year-old right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in seven games (three starts).Barría would join a rotation that includes just three other regulars: Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and Felix Peña. The Angels can’t recall left-hander Jose Suarez from the minor leagues before next Thursday unless another player is injured. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone SEATTLE — The Angels ended the Matt Harvey experiment on Friday, designating the veteran pitcher for assignment seven months and a day after they signed him to a one-year contract.Harvey, an All-Star early in his career with the New York Mets, never provided the value the Angels hoped for when they gave him an $11 million deal in free agency. The 30-year-old right-hander went 3-5 with a 7.09 earned-run average. He allowed six runs Thursday in his latest start, a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros, and the Angels made the decision to sever ties after the game.“It was a very hard decision, mostly because of the guy,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We like the guy so much.”Harvey made just 12 starts for the Angels. He missed more than six weeks with a muscular injury in his upper back, and he would have been owed another $250,000 if he had reached 15 starts. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Because they have an off-day Monday, the Angels won’t need a fifth starter until July 28.Harvey was immediately removed from the Angels’ 40-man roster. Once a player is designated for assignment, he can be placed on waivers, traded or released within seven days. Since he has more than five years of MLB service time, Harvey has the right to reject assignment to the minor leagues.This time, Harvey will not command the same contract he received in December. The Angels are still responsible for his base salary, but not his performance bonuses.Harvey is the second free agent acquisition the Angels have cut in as many months. Cody Allen, signed to an $8.5 million contract in January, posted a 6.26 ERA in 23 appearances out of the Angels’ bullpen. He eventually landed a minor-league contract with the Twins.After losing his closer’s job, Allen was given a second chance as a middle reliever before he was DFA’d. The Angels discussed moving Harvey to the bullpen, Ausmus said, “but I don’t think he would like being in the bullpen.”“I’m pulling for him to do well,” Ausmus said of Harvey. “It didn’t happen here, but that doesn’t mean I don’t pull for the guy.”INJURY UPDATESPitcher Keynan Middleton paused his minor league rehabilitation assignment because of mild ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. Ausmus said Middleton reported “tingling” and “numbness,” but an MRI revealed no damage to his surgically repaired ulnar collateral ligament. His recovery time is expected to be short.Middleton is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery performed in May 2019. In four minor league appearances this month, Middleton allowed three hits and one run across 3⅔ innings.Pitcher JC Ramirez, also on the Tommy John rehab trail, is scheduled pitch for Class-A Inland Empire on Sunday.First baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols (left hamstring tightness) was given a day off on Friday. Pending medical approval, Pujols could return to the Angels’ lineup Saturday, Ausmus said.ALSOFox Sports West will air the private memorial service for Tyler Skaggs on Monday at 11 a.m. A re-broadcast of the July 12 combined no-hitter against the Mariners – a game in which every player wore Skaggs’ number 45 jersey – will follow. … Further details on the memorial service are pending. … The Angels optioned pitcher Jake Jewell to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled pitcher/first baseman/outfielder Jared Walsh.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 3-5, 4.75 ERA) at Mariners (opener for LHP Wade LeBlanc, 5-3, 5.15 ERA), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMRelated Articleslast_img read more

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New Home of FC Zeljeznicar will cost 30 million BAM (gallery)

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]At today’s press conference, among others, was presented the project of the new stadium of FC Zeljeznicar.As stated at the press conference, construction of the stadium will cost 30 million BAM, and new home of Zeljo will have the capacity of 20,000 places. Price of the construction of entire planned infrastructure is 196 million BAM.Conceptual design of the stadium was made in 2012, and the inclusion in the Regulatory Plan is planned in January 2016, which is the responsibility of the Development Planning Institute of Sarajevo Canton.Initiative for amendment of the regulatory plan will follow later on, and that process will last up to 2 years. After that will be issued a public invitation for investors.Take a look on how the new stadium Grbavica will look like in the gallery.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Panthers lacking consistency in losing streak

first_imgPittsburgh running back Isaac Bennett (34) catches a pass in front of Virginia linebacker Daquan Romero (13) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Virginia won the game 24-19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Chad Voytik made several big plays, but Virginia just made more.The junior quarterback threw for two touchdowns, hit Tyler Boyd for 34 yards on a third-and-10 and hit Isaac Bennett for 17 yards on a third-and-10, but he said it was the plays Pittsburgh didn’t make in between that were to blame for their third consecutive loss, 24-19 to Virginia on Saturday night.“It all comes down to executing, whether it’s momentum or big plays. That’s key in football,” said Voytik, who finished 16 for 30 for 195 yards despite being sacked four times and pressured all night.“I think that’s what’s been evident. We are rolling, making big plays, that’s when things are happening. It’s just a domino effect. We just need to connect all the different phases on the field,” he said.Voytik wasn’t without mistakes of his own. He threw an interception that Max Valles returned 35 yards for a touchdown in Virginia’s 21-point second quarter, and missed several open receivers.The Panthers (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) don’t have long to fix things. They return to Virginia Thursday to play Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in another Coastal Division battle.“Everybody loses something. We’ve lost three straight,” linebacker Todd Thomas said. “We can’t take it back, so we just have to pick our heads up and get ready for Virginia Tech. We just have to work.”Getting their defense back to the way it started the season would help.Kevin Parks ran for a career-high 169 yards and a long touchdown for the Cavaliers (4-2, 2-0), who piled up 225 rushing yard against a team that arrived at Scott Stadium allowing just 107 per game.The Cavaliers built a 24-3 lead by halftime, then held on. Virginia also limited James Conner, who arrived third in the country with an average of 158 yards per game and second with nine touchdowns, to 83 yards on 21 carries. Twice they stuffed him on runs inside the 4 yard-line.The Panthers got a long punt return from Tyler Boyd and a touchdown pass from Voytik to J.P. Holtz with 1:27 remaining to get within 24-19, but Voytik’s 2-point conversion pass attempt was batted down.Virginia seemed well on its way to a big victory until its momentum evaporated in the third quarter.They took the kickoff, were forced to punt and it was blocked by Dontez Ford, and the Panthers took possession at Virginia’s 31. Five plays later, Voytik hit Manasseh Garner for 17 yards and the touchdown.Virginia drove to midfield on the ensuing possession, but when Matt Johns rolled right and tried an off-balance throw downfield to Taquan Mizzell, Pat Amara intercepted and Pitt took over at its 33.The Panthers drove to a first-and-goal at the Cavaliers 4, but Virginia’s defense stiffened with the aid of a false start penalty, and Chris Blewitt’s 24-yard field goal pulled Pittsburgh to within 24-13.The stand seemed to be the wake-up call the Cavaliers’ defense needed.The false start penalty was one of four against the Panthers in the game.Virginia had seemingly broken the game open with 21 points in a span of 8:11 in the second quarter.Parks followed Johns’ 19-yard completion to Miles Gooch with a 48-yard run off the left side for a touchdown. It was Parks’ longest run of the year and put him on his way to 115 yards by halftime.After the Panthers’ fourth punt of the half, Virginia drove 78 yards in nine plays. The drive was highlighted by a lateral that Johns threw to Gooch, a former quarterback, and Gooch’s 28-yard pass to Zach Swanson that moved the ball to the Pitt 4. Johns’ swing pass for 3 yards to Khalek Shepherd three plays later pushed the lead to 17-3, and Virginia’s pressure on Voytik helped it grow again a minute later.Pressured, Voytik threw for Conner, but Max Valles stepped in front of the pass for the interception and ran 35 yards untouched to the end zone. It was the Cavaliers’ 19th takeaway of the season, and the ensuing extra point gave them 72 points off those plays; Last year, they scored 13 off 21 takeaways.—Follow Hank on twitter at: http://twitter.com/hankkurzjrlast_img read more

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