A rift in the fellowship of the chamber

first_imgPrint Facebook LimerickNewsA rift in the fellowship of the chamberBy Alan Jacques – September 12, 2020 345 WhatsApp Adam Teskey, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHERE was evidence of a major rift between the six councillors of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, who have always prided themselves on working together.Changing the venue for their monthly meeting from their base in Rathkeale to County Hall in Dooradoyle, appears to have been a bridge too far for some with serious cracks in the fellowship between council members being clearly visible.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Before this Tuesday’s meeting commenced, Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary wanted to know why the meeting had been moved out of the Rathkeale office and if office staff had been consulted about the change of venue.He asked the council executive what they believed the risk was and who posed the risk if the meeting had been held in West Limerick.Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey (FG) refused to discuss the matter with his party colleague.“I’m not going there”, he said,  and refused to engage any further on the matter before the meeting started.Cllr Keary then left the council chamber.Cllr Teskey told council members that an email was sent to all councillors ten days earlier about the change of venue and nobody took issue with the change.”Over the last number of years we’ve had meetings all over the district in places such as Ballyhahill, Ballysteen and Pallaskenry. What’s the issue with having our meeting in the council chamber in Dooradoyle?” he asked.He explained that it was decided to hold the meeting in County Hall as it was a bigger venue, and made it easier for social distancing.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan said he felt the issue was being used for political advantage that the six members  were “not on the same page”.He went onto claim that he had been told by two “honourable” Fine Gael members that one of the six area representatives had alleged the other five members were working in opposition to him.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien raised concerns over whispers in the municipal district of an “anti-Rathkeale” sentiment from some area representatives. He described it as the spread of “political misinformation” by one member.”I’d dance a jig down the middle of Rathkeale. I’ll go out there anytime,” Cllr O’Brien declared.Fianna Fáil councillor Bridie Collins felt it was an insult to council members to suggest the meeting was moved to a bigger venue for any other reason than health and safety grounds.Before the meeting concluded, councillors called for a solution to be found to the issue.“The six councillors need to put their heads together for the good of the community,” Cllr Sheahan said to Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey.”I can’t get a whip and make anyone carry out their mandate,” Cllr Teskey replied.”I am nominating you to get this sorted,” said Cllr O’Brien interjected.In a statement issued after leaving the meeting, Cllr Keary referred to the council chamber as being a democratic forum that is now “being run like a dictatorship”.“I worked long and hard with the community to have the Rathkeale area office retained and for the name of the town to be retained in the name of the municipal district. Now the elected representatives and the executive won’t even meet there for their monthly meetings. This is an insult to both the office staff and the people of Rathkeale,” he added. Emailcenter_img Twitter Previous articleAnnacotty Maintain 100% Winning RecordNext articleFairview Rangers Eye FAI Junior Cup Glory Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

Deer Isle-Stonington girls “play for Rylee” in quarterfinal win over Ashland

first_img Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img BANGOR — Missing its leading scorer, the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team rallied together.Undefeated Deer Isle-Stonington entered Monday’s Class D North quarterfinal game against Ashland without Rylee Eaton, who was unable to take the Cross Insurance Center floor as she recovered from abdominal surgery. Playing to keep their season alive, the Mariners sought to put forth an effort that would make their sidelined teammate proud.“We wanted to play for Rylee,” senior Lily Gray said. “We needed to play our absolute best because we felt like we owed her that. All of us know how much she wishes she could be out on that floor with us, and we needed to make the win happen for her.”There were big-game jitters at first, but once Deer Isle-Stonington found its rhythm, it couldn’t be stopped. Controlling the game on offense and defense, the Eaton-less Mariners looked as strong as ever in a 57-28 victory in Bangor.Lily Gray drives toward the basket during the first half of a girls’ basketball playoff game against Ashland on Feb. 18 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Mariners will be back at the Cross Center when they face No. 3 Woodland (14-5) in the regional semifinals at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Gray’s five points paced Deer Isle-Stonington out to a 9-4 lead, Ashland went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 10-9. A jump shot from Gray just inside the opening quarter’s final minute gave the second-ranked Mariners (17-0) the lead back momentarily, but an Ashland 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Hornets a 13-11 lead at the end of one.Momentum shifted quickly in the second quarter, though, as Deer Isle-Stonington scored the first nine points before Olivia Tardy scored what would be the only tally of the quarter for the No. 7 Hornets (8-12) on a layup. Following four points from sophomore Kaylee Morey, the Mariners’ took a 24-15 lead into halftime as a 3-point attempt from Gray bounced around the rim several times before ultimately falling no good.“We didn’t play good defense in the first quarter, and that had to change,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Randy Shepard said. “I thought we showed much better effort on D in the second. That was a big difference.”Ashland ended its scoring drought with a basket on the first possession of the second half, but the rest of the third quarter belonged to Deer Isle-Stonington’s Taylor Hardy. The sophomore responded with three straight field goals to put the Mariners ahead 31-17 and then added six more points later in the quarter as her team surged to a 44-24 lead entering the final eight minutes.“I got those first couple of baskets, and it me more excited and more confident,” Hardy said. “It was all because of my teammates because they got me the ball and believed in me.”Even as the backups began to replace the starters in the fourth quarter, the Mariners continued to dictate the game; six different players scored for Deer Isle-Stonington in the final period, and the team held Ashland to one basket and a pair of free throws to put the finishing touches on a blowout victory.Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Randy Shepard leads his team during a timeout in the second half of a girls’ basketball playoff game against Ashland on Feb. 18 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGray led Deer Isle-Stonington with 15 points, and Hardy finished with 14. The Mariners also got nine points, six rebounds and five assists from Morey and four points and 11 rebounds from junior Katie Hutchinson.The game marked the second year in a row Deer Isle-Stonington faced Ashland in the regional quarterfinals. Last year, the third-seeded Mariners beat the No. 6 Hornets 33-20 in a game that saw Shepard’s team make just nine baskets.“We played a lot better today than we did in that game last year,” Shepard said. “That game was ugly. We knew we’d have to be better than that this time, and we were.”Deer Isle-Stonington will return to the Cross Center to take on third-ranked Woodland (14-5), which beat No. 6 Katahdin (9-10) 59-33 earlier Monday morning, at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Just as the Mariners’ Monday morning showdown was a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal game, Thursday’s will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal showdown, which Woodland won 54-45 to advance to the Class D North championship game.Shepard said it’s “highly doubtful” that Eaton makes her return in the semifinals, which will pit Deer Isle-Stonington against a Woodland team that has yet to lose to a Class D opponent this season. Yet if the Mariners can put forth a performance similar to Monday’s, they just might find themselves playing for the Northern Maine championship game at 9:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb 23.“We’ll give it everything we have,” Gray said. “We don’t know if [Rylee] is going to be back with us or not, but we’ll be fighting together all the way.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

FACEIT partner with Epic Esports Events to launch Epic Pro League

first_imgEpic Esports Events, the company behind EPICENTER, has teamed up with FACEIT to launch the Epic Pro League. The competition will see players from Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states battle it out on Counter-Strike: Globel Offensive and Dota 2The goal of the competition is to draw talent from the regions and turn them into future esports stars. The player will be placed in one of three open divisions based upon their personal FACEIT level on either CS:GO or Dota2, players can be promoted to higher divisions based on their final standing at the end of each season. Pro players from the top teams in the region will get a direct invitation to the events top league.Players who compete in the league’s top division will be eligible to participate in the FACEIT Pro League qualifiers. Epic Esports Events will allow players who compete at the events the opportunity to “significantly shorten their FPL run, while previously players would need several months on average to get a chance to take part in the qualifiers.”The events will also be open to team competitions, as part of the Epic Pro League; winners will earn a spot at the Global Offensive: Champions League and Dota 2: Champions League, they will also receive an invitation to a closed regional qualifier for both EPICENTER and Adrenaline Cyber League.Players can compete in the CS:GO league for a monthly fee of 349 rubles (£4.17), with Russian servers being used for all players who compete. The Dota 2 league will be a free-to-participate league once it launches.Esports Insider says: The region is producing some great esports stars, so FACEIT and Epic Esports Events teaming up to add more grassroots events to both CS:GO and Dota 2 is only going to open the door to the next generation of star players.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Observer Faces Closure

first_imgIn its history of frequent shut downs, none of which has occurred under this administration so far, the Daily Observer faces a new threat of closure.  On Friday, March 28, just before close of business, Ministry of Finance personnel came to the LOC’s offices on the corner of Benson and McDonald streets and informed staff there that the Ministry was placing on the office building a warning notice giving the property owners 72 business hours to meet its real estate tax obligations or the building would be closed.  That move, says the Observer management, is tantamount to the Daily Observer being put out of circulation because real estate taxes on the property leased by the Observer have not been paid by the administrators of the Nete-Sie Brownell intestate estate since 2006.“If we are closed down, we lose business and advertisers’ confidence,” said Bai Best, an executive of the 33-year-old corporation. “The scores of newspaper vendors who depend on the Daily Observer among other newspapers they sell will also suffer a substantial reduction in their earnings.  Furthermore, government owes LOC a lot of money and it seems unfair for it to be closing us down over taxes for which we are not even responsible,” Best said.The lease agreement signed in April 2005 between the LOC and the Nete-Sie Brownell family states that payment of the property’s real estate taxes is the responsibility of the Lessor. The LOC management says that it has paid its lease faithfully every year to the Administratrix, Madam Mary N. Brownell, with whom it has enjoyed excellent relations due to strong family ties.“We had no idea the taxes on the property were in arrears for so long,” the LOC executive said.The LOC management says that last November the taxation personnel of the Finance Ministry began to frequent the office and question them about the real estate tax payment.  The LOC told the tax collection agents that the Lessor was responsible according to the lease agreement.  Upon their demands, Observer referred them to Madam Brownell.  However the agents returned to LOC management and warned that if the taxes were not paid, the office building would be shut down.  At that point the management brought out a copy of the lease agreement to show the agents, but they were insistent that closure of the premises was imminent if the taxes were not paid by the due date according to the real estate tax code.In the course of the ordeal, the LOC management was requested by Counsellor Alfred Brownell, nephew of the Administratrix, to provide him with a copy of the lease agreement which the company provided. The LOC says at that point, the management was under the impression that the family was taking care of the tax issue.  A few weeks later, the lease payment was due, and Madam Brownell was contacted for an appointment to take the payment to her residence as is usually the case, says LOC. Madam Brownell told the LOC, however, that since we had begun talking to Alfred, the company should continue dealing directly with him.  Half an hour after the conversation with Madam Brownell, a letter arrived at the LOC office from Counsellor Alfred Brownell of Green Advocates International, signing as the legal counsel and one of the administrators of the estate.  In his letter, Cllr. Brownell informed LOC that the Brownell family was “proposing an increment in the annual rent [from US$5,500] to US$15,000 per annum for the remaining two years optional period of the lease. Cllr. Brownell, however, said the proposal was not “cast in stone” and that the family was “flexible and open for a mutual dialogue to amicably and mutually agreed on the terms and conditions as agreed to under the April 20th, 2005 lease agreement…”    The letter concluded with a proposal that the parties meet for discussion at the home of Madam Brownell on Monday, March 24th.The meeting took place as agreed with LOC, represented by its lawyer, Cllr. Rosemarie James of the International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants. Cllr. Brownell and Madam Brownell represented their family. During the meeting, Cllr. Brownell insisted that it was legal for the lease amount to be increased in the middle of the optional period when the administrators had already received several payments based on the terms of the lease agreement. Cllr. James differed with Cllr. Brownell’s point of view, and the meeting ended with Cllr James stating that a response to the Brownell letter would follow.During a telephone call on Monday, Cllr. Brownell said the Nete-Sie Brownell heirs could not negotiate with Finance Ministry until they receive LOC’s response to the proposed increment in the lease payment. LOC’s legal counsel has since responded. Meanwhile the threat of closure by the Ministry of Finance still looms over the Daily Observer, with the 72-hour warning expiring today, Wednesday, April 2.  The LOC management thanks its many readers and advertisers for their patronage and support and asks for their patience in case the impending closure takes place.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leicester City owner’s helicopter crash caused by faulty tail rotor blades and pilot pedals

first_imgAir Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed that the helicopter crash, which caused the death of Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was caused after the tail rotor blades got disconnected from the pilot’s pedals.An investigation into the crash has found that the aircraft came crashing down when a system linking the pilot’s pedals with the tail rotor failed, causing an ‘uncontrollable’ spin.Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four of his employees, died in the crash which took place outside the King Power stadium following the conclusion Leicester City’s Premier League game against West Ham United on October 27.According to witnesses, the helicopter had barely cleared the top of the stadium before it started to spin. It then plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.”The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority.”The AAIB is working with relevant organisations to identify any other factors that may have contributed to the loss of tail rotor control. The tail rotor system was first inspected at the crash site. This identified that the input lever mechanism was not attached to the control shaft.”The pin, spacers and one of the locating bearings were missing from the lever. The locking nut and pin carrier were found loose in the tail rotor fairing and were bonded together (they should be separate components),” the report claimed. Vichai used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions (Reuters Photo)Vichai had bought the unheralded central England side in 2010 which then went on to stun the soccer world by beating odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title in 2016.advertisementHe rose from obscurity as a printer and leather goods trader to become a polo-playing buddy of royalty and then the improbable hero of a city in England’s Midlands.The 60-year-old retail entrepreneur showed a knack for winning people over with charm and largesse. He navigated Thai political turmoil and secured the King Power duty free concession that gave him a fortune estimated at nearly $5 billion.More than other foreign Premier League owners, he forged a close personal connection to the club.Vichai was a devoted Buddhist and flew orange-robed monks to Leicester for blessings and to provide spiritual amulets to help the team.He used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions. He also bought beer and pastries to reward the loyalty of fans at the King Power stadium that was named for his company.Also Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gestureAlso Read | Leicester make emotional return to home Stadium, Tottenham beat Crystal PalaceAlso Read | Leicester players to give special kit-tribute to owner Vichai in home game vs BurnleyAlso Read | Glad we got the win for him: Schmeichel dedicates Leicester win to deceased ownerlast_img read more

FA Cup heroics land Fleetwood star free pizza!

first_imgWTF FA Cup heroics deliver Fleetwood star Neal free pizzas for a year! Chris Burton 23:28 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Neal Fleetwood pizza Papa John’s WTF FA Cup Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Fleetwood Town Leicester City The goalkeeper had been promised a supply of food for the rest of 2018 if he secured a shut-out against Leicester, and he duly kept the Foxes at bay Chris Neal has helped Fleetwood to an FA Cup third-round replay with Leicester, following a 0-0 draw, and himself to a year’s supply of free pizza.The 32-year-old goalkeeper lined up against the Foxes on Saturday knowing that a clean sheet would earn him more than just personal pride.Shutting out the Foxes was always going to give Fleetwood a shot at claiming a notable scalp, with a day out at the King Power Stadium the very least a blank scoresheet would secure them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For Neal, though, there was the promise of free food for the rest of 2018 to think about.As part of a pre-match promotion, Papa John’s – who were announced as Fleetwood’s sponsors prior to the game – offered the Cod Army star a rather intriguing incentive to perform well.Neal said of the offer: “It should be a great occasion for our fans and I’m hoping to do my bit for the team by keeping a clean sheet and earning myself some Papa John’s pizza in the process.”I might even share a slice with one of our strikers if they manage to score at the other end!”Leicester Fleetwood FA CupFleetwood’s frontmen failed to deliver on that part of the deal, meaning that Neal can now claim his prize all for himself.What a professional footballer will do with a year’s supply of pizza remains to be seen, with there strict fitness regimes to think about.Neal, though, can now dine out whenever the mood takes him, with the takeaways at Highbury Stadium on him for the remainder of 2018!last_img read more

Transshipment and Logistics Hub Will Boost MSMES

first_imgState Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says growth within Jamaica’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSMEs) is expected to be significantly boosted with development of the country’s global transshipment and logistics hub. Speaking at the Jamaica Exporters Association’s (JEA) 47th Annual General Meeting in Kingston, recently, Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said, when implemented, the hub will provide a platform to integrate the MSME sector into the global supply chain by creating opportunities for a host of down-stream industries, including those that are service-based”. She said that the logistics hub will also serve as a “supply chain optimization platform” to support Jamaica’s export sector, for both the exportation of services and manufactured goods. This, she argued, presents significant business opportunities in the new wave of down-stream export oriented industries. “This platform will enhance Jamaica’s competitive advantage within the sector by speeding up the turnaround time and reducing the cost of doing business. It will strengthen our efforts to boost growth in our niche manufacturing sector in areas such agro-processing and light manufacturing of items, such as medical devices, which are fast becoming big business in today’s world,” she noted. Development of the transshipment and logistics hub is being undertaken by the Government in a bid to position Jamaica to take advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities, resulting from the expansion of the Panama Canal, by 2015. Meanwhile, Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams gave the assurance that the Ministry, through its agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), will continue to pursue collaborations and undertakings to “fulfill its mandate” to the export community. One main area of focus, the State Minister said, is to advance the National Export Strategy (NES), to enhance exporters’ capacities to supply, promote, and effectively access foreign markets. She said a major initiative under NES is the FINPYME Export Plus Programme, coordinated by JAMPRO in collaboration with JEA. The aid-for-trade programme, an initiative of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, was launched in October and is being executed across the region.   It is designed to improve access to export markets for MSMEs, through the provision of technical assistance to improve their competitiveness.It is also geared towards developing trade-related skills, and infrastructure. Technical assistance sessions for participating stakeholders focus on certification, operations, and management. The programme is being executed with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea, through its SME Development Trust. Jamaica is among a select number of countries in which the FYNPYME Export Plus Programme has been implemented. “To date, 41 MSMEs have registered to participate in the programme with the first technical assistance session taking place earlier this month (November) on financing. I invite those of you, who haven’t yet registered, to do so as the benefits offered by the programme are invaluable to your business,” she stated. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams noted that as part of efforts to enhance the country’s competitiveness globally, Jamaica must provide the right environment for exporters to conduct business easily and trade across borders. She said, in recognition of this, the Ministry has sought to increase efforts to create an enabling business environment through the work of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The Council, which is chaired by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has developed a comprehensive reform agenda, outlining key initiatives to be implemented by 2014, in order to improve Jamaica’s competitiveness ranking globally.last_img read more