Fianna Fáil are looking for more Limerick TDs

first_imgAdvertisement Email TAGSFianna FáilJames CollinsLimerick City and CountyMayorMicheal MartinMid WestNational Limerick on Covid watch list NewsPoliticsFianna Fáil are looking for more Limerick TDsBy Staff Reporter – July 11, 2018 1050 Print Limerick City Council accept proposal for County Limerick dog park on 6 month trial basis WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Twittercenter_img Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleResidents air serious concerns over work on Northern Distributor RoadNext articleLimerick responding to its FDI potential Staff Reporter A SNAP general election is not on the political horizon according to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin who says that his party will honour the terms of the confidence and supply agreement but will work hard for additional Dáil seats in both Limerick constituencies.Speaking to the Limerick Post about Fianna Fáil’s prospects of securing second seats in Limerick city and county, Mr Martin said that “we don’t see an election immediately and I have been consistent since earlier this year that we want to support, maintain and fulfil our confidence and supply agreement.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We said that we would negotiate a third budget in good faith but that depends on the nature and content of those negotiations. They will be tough and we believe that housing, health and education will be key aspects.“That said, we then believe a review should happen at the end of the year and we will take full stock of the agreement at that stage.“We are pleased with the quality of candidates that emerged in Limerick. Willie O’Dea has been an outstanding vote-getter as well as a very significant national politician for a considerable period of time. Having him and James Collins on the one ticket is a very strong team to be offering the electorate.“What we are saying to the people of Limerick is that this is a strong team that will have a big impact for Limerick nationally and in future governments because we want to be a lead party in the next government.“That gives us confidence and while it is very challenging and will be very competitive, we are putting our best foot forward for the city.“We haven’t yet completed the selection process in the county. The constituencies committee is looking at that and assessing it.“They are taking soundings and listening to the people on the ground.Election candidate James Collins said that what he is hearing on the ground is that “people are looking for a change and what will lead to is that there will be two Fianna Fáil TDs in Limerick city.“Willie is very good at what he does and I think the two of us together will make a formidable team,” the newly elected Mayor added. Linkedinlast_img read more

Keppel rallies for 36-32 win over Vikings

first_img Keppel improved to 3-0. Mountain View slipped to 0-3. The Aztecs got off to a slow start, turning the ball over and not executing plays. But down by 12 points with with only three minutes left in the game, senior Mike Edwards returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Aztecs some quick points, and a chance to win it late. Keppel was led by wide receiver Billy Lam, who had two big catches for touchdowns. He also had an interception on defense. Quarterback Paul Lee finished the game with 158 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 66 yards. Mountain View was the hard- luck loser. The loss overshadowed a solid performance by running back Manuel Umana, who finished 181 yards rushing, and 46 receiving. He scored four touchdowns. ALHAMBRA — The Keppel High School football team rallied for a 36-32 victory over visiting Mountain View in a nonleague game Friday night. The Aztecs, trailing by two points with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter, took the lead when quarterback Paul Lee tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Billy Lam to take the lead and score the win. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Uganda Premier League: URA eye third spot when they host Bul

first_imgURA FC will go into third on the standings with a win on Friday (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League 2018/19URA FC vs Bul FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleFriday, 22-03-2019 @4pmNAMBOOLE – URA FC will be hoping to go third on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League when they play host to Bul FC on Friday afternoon.The Tax Collectors have been in scintillating form lately, winning all their last three League games. Before the international break, they defeated Kirinya JSS, KCCA and Paidha Black Angels, form that saw them move to within three points of third placed Onduparaka FC.Boosting the best defensive record in the division, having conceded only 9 goals all season, URA FC will be clear favourites to win the game but as per their head coach, Sam Simbwa, they will not take Bul for granted.“We shall not undermine Bul just because they are below us in the standings, said Simbwa ahead of the game.“They have been a good side all season, one that is capable of causing havoc both home and away.“However, e want to win the game and contest for the top spots in the league. Hopefully we can even be title contenders.“We shall give them the respect it deserves, but we shall not give them too much respect though it because we want to win.URA will be boosted by the return from injury of influential midfielder Siraje Sentamu who suffured a nasty head injury almost a month ago. Also returning is the pair of Allan Munaaba and Huudu Mulyiki. However, the Tax Collectors will miss the services of Nyakoojo Benjamin, Nyanzi Abudallah and Allan Mugalu who are all still injured.For Bul, they went into the short break on the back of a 1-0 away loss to Express in the Uganda Cup.However, that loss was the first in five competitive fixtures including two out of three games in the League.The Jinja based side start the day in 5th, only three points behind URA and can leapfrog their opponents with a win coupled by a six goal score line.Match Facts:This will be the sixteenth (16) meeting between URA and Bul in the top flight.In the first 15, URA have managed 7 victories while Bul only two. The other six have ended in draws.The reverse fixture last season saw URA defeat Bul 4-0 at the same venue.The only meeting between the two sides this season ended in a goalless stalemate.URA go into the game having lost only two games all season, winning 9 and drawing the other 11.At home, the Tax Collectors have won only five games all season (D4 L2).For Bul, they go into the game having won four of their last 9 league games (D4 L1).However, away from home, they have won only one of their last 7 games (D4 L2).Comments Tags: Bul FCsam simbwaStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopURA FClast_img read more

Cowboy Coffee kicks off 11 Days of Round-Up

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 11 Days of Round-Up that accompany the Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo officially started with the Cowboy Coffee mixer event Thursday at the Round-Up Museum.“We have a great crowd here and I’m thankful you’re here to help kick off the 11 Days of Round-Up,” said Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan. “The Red Bluff Round-Up is amazing, 96 years now and we’re nearing 100. That will be quite a party. It always is.”What is especially significant about the event is …last_img

Durban stadium’s iconic arch complete

first_img16 February 2009A grand lighting ceremony was held on the weekend at Durban’s 80 000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium, a host stadium for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to mark the completion of its iconic arch.Speaking at the ceremony, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele said the completion of the arch symbolised more than just an architectural, engineering and construction milestone.“It is a celebration of teams working together to create not only an architectural and engineering masterpiece, but to physically create an icon that symbolises and spans years of history, years of hope, and years of work to let all South Africans feel the pulse of unification,” he said.African World CupNdebele said that South Africa, as the host of the upcoming World Cup, did not stand as a country alone, but rather as a representative of Africa, and would ensure that the tournament was an African event – one that would help spread confidence and prosperity across the entire continent.“We remain committed towards ensuring that the legacy is for Africa, South Africa, and the localities in which the World Cup will be played,” he said.Sporting precinctAs the backbone for the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, the stadium is designed to be a multi-functional, easy-to-maintain asset for the city municipality.By hosting major sporting and other events, the city aims to attract investment and employment in terms of its “2010 and beyond” economic development strategy.“This accomplishment has tremendously increased the awareness of our new landmark facility, and will start positioning the stadium not only as an icon of Durban, but will also confirm to the world that we are, indeed, Africa’s sporting and events capital,” Ndebele said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?

first_imgWe had high hopes for the AJA CION – but it seems like the camera might flare out before it even gets started. Let’s take a look a the CION situation.Top Image Courtesy of Film and Digital Times.If you’ve been following us here at PremiumBeat you might recall the NAB 2014 post we wrote about the AJA CION. If you don’t remember the article, well, it basically said that we were excited to get our hands on the camera. In 2014 things were looking good for Cion, but the camera quickly ran into problems. Namely, it wasn’t released on time. While it’s not uncommon for a camera to be delayed, the Cion was released almost 6 months late on December 22 2014, to the dismay of all those who pre-ordered.It was only a 3 months later at NAB 2015 that Blackmagic announced updates to the URSA, and then introduced us to the URSA Mini. Suddenly things seemed bleak for the CION. So, while at NAB 2015, AJA decided to lend the CION to filmmakers, as a way to show professionals what the camera could do. AJA President Nick Rashby said in a statement:AJA is known for its generosity to customers with our support, return, and warranty programs, and as a private, diverse company we can make bold moves to show the community that we’re very committed to the professional camera market. We’ve invested heavily in building out a special try-and-buy loaner pool of CION cameras that we’re making available so that any interested shooters can experience this camera and the incredible film-like beauty of these images for themselves before committing to a purchase.This move was seen by many as a move of desperation, almost as if they couldn’t give the CION away in light of low sales numbers. However, when you actually sit down with the camera and look at what all it can do, you come away impressed — and before NAB 2015 the $9000 price point seemed reasonable. But again, Blackmagic dropped the URSA update and the URSA Mini.Now you can buy a 4.6K camera with 15 stops of dynamic range for $5000 and a standard 4K Mini that utilizes 12 stops of dynamic range, the same as the CION, for $3000. In order to compete with this, AJA announced their “Summer of Savings” promotion which cuts the CION price nearly in half, down to $5000. But is it enough? Only time and sales will answer that question. And to be honest, AJA may be extremely limited on time.The Dynamic Range ProblemCinema5D did a comprehensive overview of the CION which shows us the ins and outs of the camera. They also made the discovery that while the camera is listed to have 12 stops of dynamic range, it actually measures out at 8.2. Even if the dynamic range measurement of the URSA fell short, it would still be around 11 stops.With all of the doom and gloom, it hasn’t stopped directors and cinematographers like TJ Derry from using it on pro-level commercials. And we have to say, the image quality does look great, but is it worthy of dropping $2000 more on a camera, or even paying the same price for a 4.6K URSA Mini?ConclusionSo, the original question was: Is the AJA CION the biggest bust in modern filmmaking? It has the potential to be if AJA can’t right the ship and garner strong sales. But I’m not calling it yet, as others have. I say this because there are filmmakers out there who have used it and love it. Had the camera been released earlier it may have had a little stronger footing and an install base to really compete. But then again, given what they are having to compete against, going toe-to-toe with Blackmagic is easier said than done.Want more up to date news and cameras and gear? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA Mini8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Dream Camera Loadouts: RED Digital CinemaWhat are your thoughts on the CION? Do you believe it’s a doomed camera? Have you used it? Are you like the many who have used it and loved it? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

US Anti-Doping Agency to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles

first_imgThe U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time.Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday.Still to be heard from was the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union, which had backed Armstrong’s legal challenge to USADA’s authority.Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA’s arbitration process – his last option – because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles stretching from 1999-2005.”There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, enough is enough. For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.””I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” he said. “The toll, this has on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”USADA reacted quickly and treated Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt, hanging the label of drug cheat on an athlete who was a hero to thousands for overcoming life-threatening testicular cancer and for his foundation’s support for cancer research.advertisement”It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes,” Tygart said. “It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”Tygart said the agency can strip the Tour titles, though Armstrong disputed that as he insisted his decision is not an admission of drug use, but a refusal to enter an arbitration process he believes is unfair.”USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said. “I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”USADA maintains that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids as well as blood transfusions – all to boost his performance.The 40-year-old Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged following a two-year federal criminal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in February, but USADA announced in June it had evidence Armstrong used banned substances and methods – and encouraged their use by teammates. The agency also said it had blood tests from 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent” with blood doping.Included in USADA’s evidence were emails written by Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive drug test. Landis’ emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.”There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency’s pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.”USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives,” such as politics or publicity, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: he has quit before a fight is over.”Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities,” Armstrong said.advertisementArmstrong could have pressed his innocence in USADA’s arbitration process, but the cyclist has said he believes most people have already made up their minds about whether he’s a fraud or a persecuted hero.It was a stunning move for an athlete who built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling offseason workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees.Although he had already been crowned a world champion and won individual stages at the Tour de France, Armstrong was still relatively unknown in the U.S. until he won the epic race for the first time in 1999. It was the ultimate comeback tale: When diagnosed with cancer, doctors had given him less than a 50 per cent chance of survival before surgery and brutal cycles of chemotherapy saved his life.Armstrong’s riveting victories, his work for cancer awareness and his gossip-page romances with rocker Sheryl Crow, fashion designer Tory Burch and actress Kate Hudson made him a figure who transcended sports.His dominance of the Tour de France elevated the sport’s popularity in America to unprecedented levels. His story and success helped sell millions of the “Livestrong” plastic yellow wrist bracelets, and enabled him to enlist lawmakers and global policymakers to promote cancer awareness and research. His Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. Its investigators joined U.S. agents during the federal probe, and Tygart had dismissed Armstrong’s lawsuit as an attempt at “concealing the truth.” He said the agency is motivated by one goal – exposing cheaters in sport.Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong’s teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged. Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn’t formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.In a sport rife with cheaters, Armstrong has been under constant suspicion since the 1990s from those who refused to believe he was a clean rider winning cycling’s premier event against a field of doped-up competition.He had tense public disputes with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, some former teammates and assistants and even Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France.Through it all, Armstrong vigorously denied any and all hints, rumors and direct accusations he was cheating. He had the blazing personality, celebrity and personal wealth needed to fight back with legal and public relations battles to clear his name – and he did, time after time.Armstrong won his first Tour at a time when doping scandals had rocked the race. He was leading the race when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine; cycling officials said he was authorized to use a small amount of a cream to treat saddle sores.advertisementAfter Armstrong’s second victory in 2000, French judicial officials investigated his Postal Service team for drug use. That investigation ended with no charges, but the allegations kept coming.Armstrong was criticised for his relationship with Ferrari, who was banned by Italian authorities over doping charges in 2002. Former personal and team assistants accused Armstrong of having steroids in an apartment in Spain and disposing of syringes that were used for injections.In 2004, a Dallas-based promotions company initially refused to pay him a $5 million bonus for winning his sixth Tour de France because it wanted to investigate allegations raised by media in Europe. Testimony in that case included former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, saying Armstrong told doctors during his 1996 cancer treatments that he had taken a cornucopia of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.Two books published in Europe, “L.A. Confidential” and “L.A. Official,” also raised doping allegations and, in 2005, French magazine L’Equipe reported that retested urine samples from the 1999 Tour showed EPO use.Armstrong fought every accusation with denials and, in some cases, lawsuits against the European media outlets that reported them.But he showed signs that he was tiring of the never-ending questions. Armstrong retired (for the first time) in 2005 and almost immediately considered a comeback before deciding to stay on the sidelines, in part, because he didn’t want to keep answering doping questions.”I’m sick of this,” Armstrong said in 2005. “Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there’s no way I could get a fair shake – on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs.”Three years later, Armstrong was 36 and itching to ride again. He came back to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France.Armstrong raced in the Tour again in 2010, under the cloud of the federal criminal investigation. Early last year, he quit the sport for good, but made a brief return as a triathlete until the USADA investigation shut him down.During his sworn testimony in the dispute over the $5 million bonus, Armstrong said he wouldn’t take performance enhancing drugs because he had too much to lose.”(The) faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. Everything I do off the bike would go away, too,” Armstrong said then. “And don’t think for a second I don’t understand that. It’s not about money for me. Everything. It’s also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased.”last_img read more

ADQ deputy leaders Innu comments trigger outrage

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl over comments made by a Quebec politician about the Innu.The deputy leader of the Action Democratique du Quebec said that giving money to members of the Innu community would end badly.It is not the first time a Canadian politician has been in the news for making comments about First Nations.In Saskatchewan, a provincial politician was forced to apologize when he said First Nation people would buy drugs and alcohol with any extra cash they received.In Quebec, the premier has already demanded an apology and community members are outraged.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Yellowknife film hits the Cannes big time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLater this month, France’s world famous Cannes film festival will bring the world’s best films together with Hollywood’s “A List” to watch them.And for the first time there will be a film from the Northwest Territories.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img