Limerick is a safe haven for tourists

first_imgby Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK is one of the safest places in Ireland for tourists, according to the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) which recorded only three incidents of crimes against visitors to the city last year.This is in contrast to the 336 criminal incidents involving visitors to Dublin during the same period.Limerick Mayor Michael Sheehan said that this was “a further endorsement of the feel good factor in Limerick.These figures are genuine because any tourist who is a victim of crime will report it as they’re bound to feel isolated.Referring to the “collective cooperation that exists in the city”, the mayor said that this positive thinking was reflected in the freedom tourists enjoyed as they walk the streets.“They feel safe, comfortable and are confident to recommend Limerick as a destination. These figures are not just going to spread nationwide but this is a positivity that will go global.“Things like this is likely to encourage more visitors to come in the remaining few months of the City of Culture celebrations so I welcome that”, he added.Since its formation 20 years, almost 13,000 people have been assisted by the ITAS which is the only dedicated service of its kind in Europe.Limerick Garda Chief superintendent Dave Sheahan said the ITAS figures were a further indicator of where the city has come from and the direction it is headed.“These figures support the statistics given to the Minister for Justice on her recent visit to the city. We always avoid complacency, but this report goes a long way to show how much the landscape of crime in the city has changed and in terms of policing our streets.Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said that: “Irish people are world renowned for our hospitality and welcome. While many things have changed throughout those 20 years, our welcome for overseas visitors is now as friendly as ever.“Visitors are assured of a truly memorable holiday and research has shown the vast majority of our overseas visitors are more than happy to recommend Ireland as a holiday destination.“However, for a very small percentage of tourists who become victims of crime while visiting Ireland, it is reassuring to know that the Irish Tourist Assistance Service is available year-round to offer immediate support and assistance free of charge.Outside of Dublin, the main tourist centres in Wicklow, Clare, Kerrry and Galway all recorded higher incidents of crimes against visitors, according to the ITAS 2013 annual report.Meantime, the services provided to tourists who become victims of crime was one of the items discussed on the agenda of the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality this week.Committee Chairman David Stanton TD said: “While Ireland is generally regarded as a safe destination for tourists and crimes against tourists remain low by international standards, unfortunately a number of tourists become victims of crime every year.Nationally, Mr Staunton said that “last year saw an increase in the number of tourists seeking assistance from the service, the majority of whom had been victims of theft.“For a tourist, the trauma of being a victim of crime can be compounded by language, culture and legal differences. The Irish Tourist Assistance Service acts as a base where problems facing a tourist can be addressed promptly with the view to getting holiday plans back on track”, he said. TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Advertisement Previous articleTravelling Men of ShakespeareNext articlePedestrian killed in early morning dual carriageway crash Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Printcenter_img Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLimerick is a safe haven for touristsBy Staff Reporter – September 26, 2014 2072 Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApplast_img read more

ADB to provide Indonesia with $2.7b in loans to support human capital, infrastructure development

first_imgThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide around US$2.7 billion in loans this year to support Indonesia’s human capital, infrastructure and green energy development.ADB president Masatsugu Asakawa said the bank planned to provide Indonesia with more loans this year than the $1.7 billion it provided in 2019. The bank plans to provide Indonesia with $500 million for a competitiveness enhancement program and another $500 million for a financial inclusion program this year.“This is an increase of $1 billion but it is still a forecast amount,” Asakawa said during a news conference in Jakarta on Tuesday after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “We want to expand ADB’s support for human capital development and infrastructure connectivity.” After meeting with Jokowi, Asakawa said the bank would focus on providing support in a range of areas including clean energy, higher education and skills development as well as innovative green and blue financing.The ADB has also committed to funding several projects in South Sulawesi including the Mamminasata toll-road project, low-cost apartment developments and a clean water program. The bank plans to finance priority projects of the Indonesian government and the private sector, Asakawa said. In his inaugural speech at the beginning of his second term, Jokowi announced that his administration would prioritize human capital and infrastructure development. The administration’s goal is to set Indonesia on the path to becoming one of the world’s five largest economies by 2045, with a near zero percent poverty rate and an average per person monthly income of Rp 27 million.Read also: Jokowi lays out vision for human capital development in state of nation address “We advise [Indonesia] to create a business and investment environment through pro-growth economic and fiscal policy,” said Asakawa. “It is important to combat [the negative effects] of the trade war between the US and China as well as the coronavirus.”Two Indonesians have tested positive for COVID-19, while the government has launched a Rp 10 trillion fiscal stimulus package to support the tourism industry and boost consumer spending to counter the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 3,000 have died.  Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virus Asakawa added that the bank’s proposed Country Partnership Strategy for Indonesia for 2020-2024 would support the government’s development priorities and seek to catalyze private sector financing, promote innovation and new technologies.Between 1966 and 2018, the ADB committed $36.68 billion in sovereign and nonsovereign loans, equity investments and guarantees. Furthermore, the ADB provided $460.5 million in technical assistance and $449.98 million in grants to Indonesia.Separately, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the bank had conveyed its commitment to supporting Indonesia in several sectors including in education and investment acceleration.“The ADB will provide policy support for several public policies as well as boost activities related to education and infrastructure,” Airlangga said at the State Palace.Airlangga said the government had earned the ADB’s support by working to transform its economy through the omnibus bills on job creation and taxation. “The ADB will provide some sort of training program and financing during the [bills’] implementation.”The government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Feb. 12 and aims for deliberations to be concluded within 100 days. The bill is expected to improve ease of doing business in Indonesia and attract investment, thereby increasing job opportunities and boosting economic growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, which cooled to its lowest level in four years at 5.02 percent in 2019.Airlangga told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview that the omnibus bill on job creation could help the government inch closer to its 6 percent economic growth target by attracting Rp 1,200 trillion (US$87 billion) in projected investment within a year, creating 3 million new jobs.Topics :last_img read more