Previous articlePublic Consultation begins on N/M20 Cork to Limerick SchemeNext article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos Meghann Scully King John’s CastleTHE Mayor of the City and County of Limerick has marked the 15th anniversary of Limerick as a Fairtrade City.Mayor Michael Collins took part in an online meeting this afternoon with the Limerick Fairtrade Committee to celebrate their birthday and to acknowledge the tireless work that has been going on for 15 years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A special birthday cake to mark the 15th birthday was baked by Helen O’Donnell of the Hunt Museum Café and a long-time supporter of the Fairtrade committee and its work in Limerick.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “I’m proud of Limerick’s status as a Fairtrade City. Choosing Fairtrade means that you care how the product was produced, who produced it and what benefit they get.“I would like to thank the Limerick Fairtrade committee for their sterling work over the last 15 years as well as all the Limerick businesses and citizens alike for continuing to stock and purchase Fairtrade items, particularly Helen O Donnell from Limerick City Tidy Towns who baked a special birthday cake to mark the occasion.”Dolores O’Meara, Chair of the Limerick City Fairtrade Committee said: “Unfortunately we have become familiar with the havoc brought about by climate change and Covid-19. Farmers in the developing world have to face these challenges also. They have to deal with flooding, landslides, drought and illness. Many of them loose the crops that they need to sell in order to survive.”“Farmers working through the Fairtrade initiative have a better chance of coping with this – they get a better price, a fair price, for their produce and some of their money goes into educating and training them to cope with environmental and climatic change.“We must continue to support them by looking for the bananas, tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate with the Fairtrade logo and putting them in our shopping baskets.”Traditionally the birthday celebrations coincide with the announcement of the winners of the annual Limerick Fairtrade Schools Christmas Card competition, where pupils in primary and secondary schools create cards based upon the Fairtrade theme.However due to the pandemic, the competition has been postponed but will return in 2021.Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 thanks to the concerted efforts of local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available. It showed and continues to show Limerick City’s commitment to supporting a fairer trading system with developing countries.The Fairtrade programme ensures that producers in developing countries receive a fair price for their products. A minimum price for negotiations between producer and purchaser is set in order to ensure the producers are guaranteed a sustainable business. However, if the market price is higher than this minimum price set, then the purchaser must pay the market price.Latest available figures show that sales of Fairtrade products in Ireland grew from €342 million in 2017 to €382 million in 2018, an increase of 11% with bananas and coffee being the two biggest products purchased.Further information on how the Fairtrade programme operates is available at fairtrade.ie. Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick as a fair-trade City turns 15By Meghann Scully – November 19, 2020 108 Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick
iStock/Thinkstock(LEXINGTON PARK, Md.) — The 14-year-old boy who was allegedly shot by a classmate at his Maryland high school has been released from the hospital, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital said Wednesday.The 14-year-old, who suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh, was one of two teenagers shot and injured in a Great Mills High School hallway just before classes began on Tuesday.The other victim, a 16-year-old girl, may have had a prior relationship with the shooting suspect, 17-year-old Austin Rollins, according to authorities. The extent of any relationship between them was unclear and the motive remains under investigation.Rollins died after exchanging gunfire with school resource officer Deputy Blaine Gaskill, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if the officer or the suspect fired the fatal shot.While the 14-year-old boy has been released, the injured 16-year-old girl remains in critical condition, according to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center.St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron called the shooting “our worst nightmare.”“This is what we prepare for,” he said. “And this is what we pray we never have to do.”Principal Jake Heibel said in a statement, “Words cannot express the sadness and grief that our school community is feeling right now.”“I know that we are shaken and scared after today’s events and will struggle for sometime trying to make sense of it all,” Heibel said. “I do not know exactly how but we will find a way to overcome this tragedy. Now more than ever we need to stand together as a school community to love, cherish, and support one another. We have and we will continue to stay strong, stay together, and find a way to get through this.”The high school is closed for the rest of the week and will reopen after spring break on April 2. Counseling is available, the principal said.This shooting came four days before Saturday’s March for Our Lives in nearby Washington, D.C. Thousands of students are expected to descend on the nation’s capital to rally for gun control and safer schools in the wake of the deadly Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.Less than one week before Great Mills High School faced its own shooting, its students were among the thousands participating in the National School Walkout, according to local news outlet TheBayNet.com.The walkout, which marked a month since the Parkland massacre, was organized as a call on Congress to tighten gun laws.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.