Cost rental scheme could ease Limerick’s housing crisis

first_imgFacebook Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print WhatsApp NewsPoliticsCost rental scheme could ease Limerick’s housing crisisBy Bernie English – April 30, 2019 1452 Email TAGSHousingLimerick City and Countylocal election 19Newspolitics center_img Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Previous articleFirst PDC title for William O’Connor after win over Aspinall in BurnleyNext articleWATCH: Niall O’Carroll to join SL team with sports psychology insights Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin Anne Cronin, Labour Party Candidate.Picture Brendan GleesonLIMERICK City and County Council has been told that cost-rental scheme could solve much of the housing crisis and provide a better way for working families to afford to rent and create a stable home for their children.A not-for-profit scheme, the cost rental model charges rent based on the cost of providing the accommodation over a long-term rental of up to thirty years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The issue was raised by Labour Party city north local election candidate Anne Cronin after she received a letter from distressed working parents, who fear losing their home of eight years and being unable to afford a new place to live.The letter outlines how the couple have had to cope with a 40 per cent increase in rent over the last four years on one full time and one part-time income. Their financial circumstances mean that they are unable to get a mortgage.“We dread the knock on the door to say that the landlord is selling or moving a family member in which is a situation that has happened to us twice before.“This is our home. It is not just a piece of real estate. We may not own it but we’ve made it our family home, a place of comfort and sanctuary for our children, who should not have the worries their parents have regarding our future.“Current policymakers offer no solutions to this crisis, they lack the imagination and courage to forge a better future for long-term renters in Ireland,” the letter says.Ms Cronin believes that the cost-rental scheme would provide options for families like these.“Renting in Ireland is not easy and the most recent statistics identified that rents in Limerick grew by 16.7 per cent in 2018. The highest increase across the country,” she said.“Limerick City and County Council sit on many varying sized plots of public land throughout the county, which already removes the cost of buying the land. So if a contractor is brought in to build the units, then the rent is considerably less than the private market.“Essentially the tenant pays the cost of providing the housing, no-one makes a profit. Cost rental is a widely used and very successful model of affordable housing delivery across Europe,” Ms Cronin explained.last_img read more

Canada judge won’t relax Huawei CFO bail conditions

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge is declining to ease bail conditions for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant.  British Columbia Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke said Friday the current restrictions are the minimum required to ensure Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder and its chief financial officer, does not flee Canada. The judge dismissed Meng’s application for changes to her bail conditions, which would have allowed her to leave her Vancouver mansion outside the hours of her overnight curfew without the presence of security.last_img

Ecuador and U.S. Military Work Together Again

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 11, 2019 The 11th Transport Wing of the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish) welcomed a delegation of the U.S. Air Force and the Kentucky National Guard at Cotopaxi Air Base in Latacunga, January 21-24, 2019. The meeting focused on Hercules C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft operations. “The meeting facilitated the renewal of historical relations of cooperation and friendship between the military institutions of both countries,” FAE Colonel Mauricio Salazar, commander of the 11th Transport Wing, told Diálogo. “The meeting focused on exchanging technical information on defense assistance programs, publication management, training, and access to information systems of the technical coordination group.” One of FAE’s main commitments is collaboration to counter transnational narcotrafficking. “Working again with the U.S. Air Force will strengthen [our] equipment and tools to guarantee airspace sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as reduce criminal organizations’ operations,” said Col. Salazar. Ace up the sleeve During the meeting, officers of both countries documented defense services and articles in new Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA), used to consolidate agreements and contracts. The first document outlined technical order publications for FAE’s U.S.-made Hercules C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft. The officers signed two more letters, one for tactical system repairs and another for technical maintenance. “We now have an ace up our sleeve, because when we need spare parts, we just need to activate that LOA,” FAE Major Roberto Ortega, commander of the 1121st Maintenance Squadron, told Diálogo. Although not part of the program, U.S. service members also shared advice on engine repair and maintenance. “Maintaining aircraft, engines, and other complex systems requires technical and engineering experience, which the U.S. Air Force and the Kentucky National Guard have,” said Col. Salazar. “It’s essential to keep letters of acceptance up-to-date and strengthen bonds of camaraderie and teamwork to keep up with technical and maintenance parts areas.” Beneficial point Ecuador received its first C-130 in 1977. According to information on FAE’s website, in recent years, the heavy transport aircraft has been the main resource for assistance between continental Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands during frequent cases of ship grounding caused by the region’s volcanic seabed. Ecuadorean military cargo aircraft are used for transport and logistics support. “A topic worthy of consideration was the transfer of two C-130 aircraft that Ecuador requested from the United States in 2017,” Maj. Ortega said. “FAE is interested in these two aircraft to strengthen capabilities to combat transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian assistance for communities affected by natural disasters.” The Ecuadorean Air Force’s Aeronautics Industry Directorate (DIAF, in Spanish) showed attendees its ability to carry out main aircraft maintenance with qualified personnel in the country. “This is a beneficial point for us, because if we acquire the defense material, we have the capacity to do the main maintenance,” said Maj. Ortega. FAE started doing maintenance procedures on more than a dozen combat and transport aircraft in May 2018. As part of the plan to boost the air fleet, DIAF carries out repairs on a C-130 Hercules aircraft. Col. Salazar said FAE, the U.S. Air Force, and the Kentucky National Guard agreed to resume operational and technical personnel exchanges to contribute to the daily work of every force. “We settled the training aspect. In a globalized world without borders, we all depend on each other in one way or another. FAE and the U.S. Air Force are always learning.”last_img read more