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Motorists angry at new price plan at city car park

Motorists angry at new price plan at city car park

first_imgEmail CITY centre shoppers have reacted angrily to the new price plan at the Q car park at Harveys Quay, where motorists are now charged at 15 minute intervals.In a recent article The Limerick Post revealed the prices at various multi-story carparks around the city, and, with their new price plan of .60 cent per 15 minutes, the Q facility at Dunnes on Henry Street, emerged as the most expensive in the city, at 2.40 euro per hour.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A company representative told The Post that the rate reduced to two euro per hour, after the first three hours.Teresa Moloney, from Thomondgate, now living in Kilmore, was outraged when she discovered that the charge had increased by 50 cent from the previous rate of 1.90 euro per hour.“I couldn’t believe they would increase the price by so much and try to make out that they were doing us a favour by reducing it from 2.40 to two euro after the first 3 hours. That is still extortionate”, Teresa told The Post.“Nobody would come into town, park and spend just 15 minutes there. Also, if you are one minute over that you have to pay for the next 15, so if you are there for, say, just 31 minutes it would cost 1.80 euro!“The location suits me perfectly and, as a woman in my 60’s, I am not a fan of having to walk too far, but I want to boycott the place now. I would be prepared to march in protest over the cost”.Another angry Q car park customer was Mairéad Portley, who told The Post that she would be reluctant to shop in the city centre in future due to the price of parking there.She said: “To my horror last Friday, I noticed that Q car park at Dunnes had changed its billing system to 15 minute intervals.“I parked there from 11 am to 2.15 pm to enjoy some lunch and shopping in the city centre. The cost of this parking was 9.20 euro, an incredible rip off.“I, for one, will never park here again and will be most reluctant to shop in the city in future.“While in France recently, I parked in the city centre of Dijon, where it was 50 cent per hour. In essence, an hour parking in the Q car park is now 2.40, which compares negatively against other carparks in the city.“In recessionary times, I would expect prices to drop rather than increase”.In light of the comments received from unhappy customers, The Limerick Post contacted the headquarters of Q car parks in Dublin, seeking an explanation for the change in the price plan.Breda Leonard, head of marketing at the company, told us: “The price change was introduced at the beginning of August after we had been approached by customers and retailers who asked us to consider a 15 minute interval charge.“The motivation behind their request was to allow customers the opportunity to pay solely for the time they spent shopping. Previously, if an individual spent one hour and five minutes in the car park they would be charged for two hours. The 15 minute interval charge is more flexible and in current times, everyone is more conscious of spending.“We have discovered by chatting to customers that 62 per cent of them have made savings since we introduced the change. The plan was rolled out in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin, but Limerick is the only place where we have received predominantly negative feedback.Ms. Leonard stated that a survey with a number of questions would be circulated to the carparks, and concluded that Q car parks would be happy to revert back to the hourly charge if that is what the majority of customers wanted.There is, as of yet, no date set for when the final decision on prices at the car park will be made. Advertisement Print Facebook Twittercenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsMotorists angry at new price plan at city car parkBy admin – September 10, 2009 961 Previous article‘Feuds brought to Elm Park’ – claimNext articleMeadow Land’s Close call adminlast_img read more

Lampard breaks goals record

Lampard breaks goals record

first_img Press Association The England midfielder, restored to the starting XI ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener with a sweet left-footed effort just after the hour mark before sealing the points – and the record – with close-range effort three minutes from time. That left him with 203 career goals for the Blues, a fitting landmark forged over 12 years at Stamford Bridge. Victory in a dramatic match that saw both Ramires and Benteke sent off for two yellow cards effectively assures Chelsea’s Champions League status next season, while leaving Villa still in the relegation equation. The first half had been such a different story, Villa ending it 1-0 up and with a man advantage. Benteke was proving his usual handful in attack too, winning nearly everything in the air, and it was no surprise to see him on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. He beat Gary Cahill to a Brad Guzan clearance and then peeled off at speed to take Yacouba Sylla’s return pass. The Belgian then glided past Cahill with ball at feet and slipped his shot past Petr Cech at the near post. On the half-hour Lampard came desperately close to his landmark goal, seeing a low free-kick squirm out of Guzan’s hands and roll gently against a post. Chelsea were starting to find their feet in the game when a series of refereeing decisions took centre stage. The first saw Benteke booked rather than sent off for an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta, before Terry also shown yellow despite seeming to be the last man when he felled Sylla. Lee Mason did flourish red just before the interval though, with the struggling Ramires earning a second booking for high feet on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Villa’s extra man lasted only until the 58th minute, Benteke the man to go this time, again for a second yellow and again for high feet. Within two minutes the scores were level and Lampard was celebrating his long-awaited record-equalling goal. Eden Hazard rolled him the ball from the right flank, he shepherded it into a more central position and then fired home a curling left-footed effort. He was duly mobbed by team-mates as he ran to the away support to take in the moment. Terry departed on a stretcher after suffering an injury which will place his own Europa League final hopes in severe doubt, but Lampard was yet to have his final say on proceedings. The winner came from a fine Chelsea move, Hazard taking in a one-two in left channel before cutting the ball across goal for Lampard. As so often in his Chelsea career, he was in the right place at the right time and he tapped home with ease. center_img Frank Lampard etched his name into the history books by deposing Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s record goalscorer with a brace as his side beat Aston Villa 2-1.last_img read more

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

first_imgEthiopia this week unveiled a new 20-member cabinet featuring 10 women, becoming one of only a handful of nations to achieve gender parity in government.Since coming to power Abiy’s measures have included ending two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, releasing jailed dissidents, welcoming formerly banned groups back into the country and announcing plans to privatise major state-owned industries.#Feyisa_Lilesa, respect earned not begged! You inspired generations of children and athletes and won you the hearts and minds of the Oromo Nation and the world! Thank you FM #Workneh_Gebeyehu for showing respect for this true Oromo patriot! pic.twitter.com/88UzVLcQIQ— Moa Abagodu (@Moa_Abagodu) October 21, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | After two years of political exile that began at the Rio Olympic Games marathon finish line the athlete Feyisa Lilesa returned home to Ethiopia on Sunday saying the African nation was now a freer place.Lilesa, now 28, won the silver medal at Rio but his anti-government protest — holding his wrists together in imaginary handcuffs in front of television cameras — against the former hard-line regime led him to remain in exile, choosing Flagstaff, Arizona, as his temporary haven.But on Sunday he was met at the airport by the country’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and other dignitaries in the government of reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who came to power in April.“There is quite a change in the country, now people can freely express their opinions and condemn the government freely,” Lilesa told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.“My sympathy goes out to martyrs that sacrificed lives and gave the freedom to come to my country and join my family. They faced the dark and became a light for us,” said a visibly emotional Lilesa.“I want to come back to my previous performance. I have a big hope to score a good result for my country and myself,” Lilesa said.last_img read more

Champions rise above the rim in 40th All-Star Classic

Champions rise above the rim in 40th All-Star Classic

first_imgSTARS NIGHT OUT—Dallas Maverick NBA superstar DeJaun Blair, home for a rest and visit following NBA playoffs, with Champions CEO Bill Neal and former NBA Star Myron Brown.There was no shortage of star power, future and past, at the 40th Annual Champions All-Star Basketball Classic, recently held at the Thelma Lovette Centre Avenue YMCA, in the Hill District. The All Star hoops classic featured the top middle school boys teams in the area, the Pittsburgh Bullits vs. the Carnegie Crusaders, and The Myron Brown led Champions Legends vs. The Pittsburgh Job Corps. The 200 plus crowd was treated to classic basketball, future stars, current pros, line dancing, vendors and educational pep talkers presented by former football legend and coach Ron Graham.Special thanks goes to co-sponsors the Centre Avenue YMCA, Highmark, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Penn Avenue McDonald’s, Myron Brown, Marcus Robinson and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity alumni.PITTSBURGH BULLIT star and owner Marcus Robinson teams up with former pro Myron Brown.PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE BOYS set to jump ball in middle school tournament.FUTURE STAR in action sharing the skills yet to come at the next level.PLAYING TOUGH DEFENSE—Former European pro star and Connie Hawkins League MVP Warren Wilson D’s up on the Pittsburgh Job Corps. team coached by Debbie Coleman.THE KINGS from Penn Hills representing the WPIAL set to get it on!last_img read more