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Parking of tractor regulation allows for proper consultation

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Facebook Twitter Linkedin TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Adam TeskeyCllr Kevin SheahanFianna FáilFine GaellimerickNCTNCT for tractorsTransport Minister Shane Ross NewsLocal NewsParking of tractor regulation allows for proper consultationBy Alan Jacques – November 11, 2017 1799 Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMostly Mendelssohn with Carolin WidmannNext articleLimerick family resource centre marks 30 years Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge WhatsApp Print Councillors Adam Teskey and Kevin Sheahan with a non-NCT inspected tractor.TWO Limerick councillors have welcomed the parking of a controversial proposal by Transport Minister Shane Ross to force farmers who drive their tractors more than 25km to submit them for NCTs.Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey and Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan, both representatives from the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, lobbied the Minister last March to express the district’s opposition to the introduction of NCT-type testing for tractors.The regulation, which was due to come into effect next year, has attracted strong criticism from farming organisations who said that they were not fully engaged with during the consultative process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, the statutory instrument signed into law in September by Minister Ross must now be annulled in the Dáil. Councillors Teskey and Sheahan say that this will allow for proper consultation for all parties in relation to this issue.“Following a Parliamentary Question to the Minister last March, ​the latest figures that the Road Safety Authority had were for 2014 when there were six fatal collisions on public roads involving a tractor, which was 3.4 per cent of all fatal collisions that year. Some of these collisions may not have been at the fault of the tractor driver,” Cllr Teskey suggested to the Limerick Post.“The possible introduction of the use of white diesel for agricultural tractors with a speed rating of over 40kmh is worrying and is something that I will continue to lobby against.“We cannot keep hitting the farmer who, in most cases, has an enterprise that would not continue to exist without supports like the Basic Payment. It is time that the farmers of County Limerick were listened to in Dublin and I will continue in my efforts to do just that,” he declared.Cllr Kevin Sheahan, who seconded the motion, complimented the Irish Farmers Association for their persistence in having the policy reversed until adequate time has been availed of and “fair discussion” taken place.“No decision should be made with regard to the NCT issue. The Minister for Transport has demonstrated his inability to deal properly with the farming community, which is a disappointment,” he said.Both councillors insist they are committed to monitoring the progress of this issue as it evolves.by Alan [email protected] Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State last_img read more

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Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali

first_img 183 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali by: – October 24, 2014 Health workers have been checking people coming into Mali from GuineaDozens of people are being monitored in Mali after the country confirmed its first case of Ebola.The patient is a two-year-old girl who recently arrived from Guinea, which along with Liberia and Sierra Leone has seen most of the 4,800 deaths.The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was sending more experts to Mali to help contain the outbreak.It has also announced that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses should be available in the first half of 2015.WHO Assistant Director Dr Marie-Paule Kieny told a news conference in Geneva that pharmaceutical companies were “committed to ramping up production”.Separately, a New York doctor who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for the disease.WHO reinforcementsWith the latest case, Mali becomes the sixth West African country to be affected by the outbreak, although Senegal and Nigeria have since been declared virus-free by the WHO.Malian authorities have now quarantined and are monitoring 43 people who have been in contact with the infected girl. They include 10 health workers.The girl is being treated in the western town of Kayes. A statement from Mali’s health ministry said her condition was improving considerably, thanks to good treatment.She was brought to a local hospital on Wednesday and her blood sample was Ebola-positive, Malian Health Minister Ousmane Kone said.People are afraid in Mali’s capital, Bamako, but life is carrying on as normal. A few people have stopped shaking hands but physically greeting people is an important part of life in Mali and for most this has not changed.Some hotels have placed bottles of anti-bacterial gels at their entrances but for ordinary Malians, gel remains too expensive. The government has been running public information broadcasts telling people to wash their hands with soap. But though soap is not expensive, most still wash their hands with water alone.Many Malians have friends and family in Guinea and several buses and taxis travel between the two countries each day.With the support of the WHO, Mali’s health system has been preparing for an outbreak of Ebola for several months. But there is a culture here of visiting people when they are sick to wish them a speedy recovery.This will have to change if Ebola becomes more widespread.The WHO has three experts in Mali evaluating its ability to cope with Ebola and will send at least four more over the next few days, spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said.The girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the child was then brought by relatives to Mali.With porous borders, countries neighbouring Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are on high alert for possible imported cases of the virus, says BBC Africa health correspondent Anne Soy.Mayor’s assuranceIn New York, Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return, officials say.He is the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York, and the fourth in the US.Dr Spencer, 33, left Guinea on 14 October, and returned to New York City on 17 October via Europe. On Tuesday he began to feel tired and developed a fever and diarrhoea on Thursday.He immediately contacted medical services and was taken to the city’s Bellevue Hospital.Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed”.“Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids are not at risk,” he said.Ebola patients are only infectious if they have symptoms, and the disease is only transmittable through bodily fluids, experts say.BBC News Tweetlast_img read more

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Rams’ Andrew Whitworth is over Saints’ non-call: ‘It’s an excuse’

first_img Super Bowl 53: Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Rams’ Aaron Donald is ‘pretty much unblockable’ Whitworth is no stranger to heartbreak despite his newfound success with the Rams, as he previously found himself on a Bengals squad that saw its playoff hopes halted by the Steelers after former assistant coach Joey Porter coaxed a personal foul penalty.”I’ve experienced it, man, and I know it’s tough,” Whitworth added. “But the reality is, football was played after that snap, and you know what, whatever team tries to win the game from there and wins it won the football game.”The Rams will take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Although the blatant non-call has left the Saints and their fans in a fury, Whitworth felt the need to point out that it wasn’t the only call overlooked in the game.”You see the arguments from some of the Saints’ players about the rule about the commissioner restarting the game over or from that point or whatever,” Whitworth said. “My argument to that would be, Rich, is then Jared Goff got a facemask on the second down on the possession before that was not called. That’d be first-and-goal at the 1 down three points. If you look at our odds from the 1 this season, that’s seven points. So, they’d be down four, and a field goal wouldn’t matter. They would have had to score in that situation either way. Related News “So, the reality is, where is the last foul that you want to argue? Whether it’s blatant or not is not a matter. It’s whether it’s a foul.”So, it’s just one of those things that’s a slippery slope, and it’s an excuse. [However] you cut it. And the reality is they got football after that snap. They played in overtime with the football. New England had the same situation and won the game. They didn’t score; we did.”We can argue about it all day, but they had an opportunity to win the game and we won it.”center_img Andrew Whitworth has heard enough about the Saints.While speaking on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday, the veteran Rams tackle addressed the missed pass interference call on teammate Nickell Robey-Coleman in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NFC championship game that ultimately helped Los Angeles punch its ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. Rams coach Sean McVay on RB Todd Gurley: ‘I’ve got to get him more opportunities’last_img read more

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Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Playing each other Wednesday night in a game that meant nothing — except for those looking for a glimpse into the future of the NBA.Basketball’s biggest stars on stage in a city full of stars. An exhibition game, yes, but that didn’t stop fans from packing T-Mobile Arena on the Strip, where in a few years there almost surely will be a team they can call their own.And maybe the best thing? Anyone in the arena with a betting account could pull out their phone and bet a few dollars during the game.The gambling stigma is gone, thanks largely to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s progressive attitude and a Supreme Court decision that allowed sports betting in other states. The Vegas Golden Knights showed in their inaugural season that professional sports not only work in Sin City — it seems to be a perfect fit.And nothing fits the city better than the NBA. The fans love it in Las Vegas, and so do the players.“There’s a different energy here when you come, whether you’re from here or you’re just visiting,” Curry said. “We enjoy coming to play, it’s always fun.”Fun was a key word on a night when Lonzo Ball played for the first time with James and the Warriors looked to sharpen their focus with just one more game before the regular season begins. The score mattered mostly only to bettors (the Lakers covered as four-point underdogs), but the effort — at least in the first half — seemed a bit more regular season than it did preseason.Still, if there’s a budding rivalry between the California teams now that James has come out west, he wasn’t letting on.“What’s the rivalry?” he said when asked after the morning shootaround.Indeed, there hasn’t been a rivalry in recent years as the Warriors dominated the NBA and the Lakers struggled getting used to life without Kobe Bryant. The arrival of James will surely change that at some point, though for now just seeing the best player of his era in a Lakers uniform seems special enough.“It’s pretty cool for Lakers fans, and West Coast fans, to see LeBron out here on the west side,” Durant said.Even cooler for Lakers fans was watching James with a behind-the-back pass to Ball, or a lob for a dunk to former Warrior JaVale McGee. The Lakers may be one more big acquisition away from really starting a rivalry with Golden State, but the sight of James already making his teammates better had to make them believe good times are coming in Los Angeles.Even as James is becoming more comfortable in the purple and gold, though, he always been has comfortable in Las Vegas. He played in the city in AAU tournaments while growing up, spends a few weeks most summers in training camp here with USA Basketball, and is a fan of the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league.It didn’t hurt when fans started chanting “MVP, MVP” during the first half and gave him a standing ovation when he hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a halftime lead before posing for the crowd. James, who didn’t play in the Lakers’ last exhibition game, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a dominating half.“It just feels like the NBA is always flowing through Las Vegas, feels almost like our second home base,” Durant said. “Basketball around here has been really booming since I’ve been in the league.”That showed during halftime when Magic Johnson, who heads basketball operations for the Lakers, was given a key to the city by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Johnson talked about coming to Las Vegas for 40 years and his love for the city.“I hope one day Las Vegas gets an NBA team,” he told the crowd.Just when that day will be is anyone’s guess, though the head of giant casino operator MGM Resorts said last year he hoped to get a team on the Strip within five years. The company bought a WNBA team as part of its plan to land the NBA, with the Aces playing at the smaller Mandalay Bay arena.For now, though, the NBA was here for just a day. James bowed out after playing 17 minutes in the first half, and the second half was more about getting court time for the reserves than it was determining which team was best.A meaningless game, yes.Look closer, though, and the future of the NBA comes a little more into focus.___W.G. Ramirez contributed to this story in Las Vegas.___Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Grads 2004-2005 Team

first_imgGrad 2004-2005 Team claimed the crown by rolling to a 5-0 record in the five team tournament.Grad 2004-2005 Team clinched the title with a thrilling 52-50 overtime thriller of the championship game. The runner-up Grad 2009-2012 squad finished with a 4-1 record and was led by former Mount Royal University point guard Chase Rickaby and former Columbia Bible College guard John Zak. Mallard’s Source for sports applauds all the grads, but especially the winning Grad 2004-2005 Team, with Team of the Week.Grad 2004-2005 Team consists of Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby, Bryan Gaschnitz, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph, Galen Taylor and Jesse McLaughlin, Galen Taylor, Jesse McLaughlin and and underclassmen Avery Kushner.The tournamentraised more than $1,400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. Bomber grads return every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and play in the Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.More than 45 players flocked to their old basketball court to slip on the runners and compete against Bomber stars of yesteryear.last_img read more

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