Fiona to target Limerick East?

first_imgAdvertisement “DON’T even contemplate coming to Limerick in search of a Dail seat,” are the words of advice this week to former Progressive Democrat and current senator, Fiona O’Malley, from local FF director of elections, Jack Bourke.It has been reported in Dublin that Ms O’Malley, daughter of Progressive Democrat founder Des O’Malley, could be on her way back to her native Limerick with a view to seeking a Fianna Fail nomination, should Willie O’Dea, decide to call it a day in Limerick East, before the next election.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fiona O’Malley, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, having represented Dun Laoghaire, was later nominated for the Seanad by Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.The former Laurel Hill student could be seen as the ideal candidate to continue the O’Malley dynasty in Limerick, started by her grand- uncle Donough O’Malley, followed by her dad Des, and cousin Tim O’Malley, former TD and Junior Minister for Health.She was not available for comment at her Seanad office this Tuesday.Should O’Dea quit politics, Fianna Fail would want a high profile candidate to run with Junior Minister, Peter Power.Said Bourke: “That would be a bad move, were it to happen. I don’t think the electorate would be too pleased.“Anyway, I don’t believe Willie O’Dea has any immediate plans to walk away from politics”.O’Dea, who has adopted a low profile, had asked for time to think over his future, claiming he had been offered a couple of directorships and also invited to lecture in colleges.Admitting that he had met the former Minister for Defence only once since he resigned his position, Mr Bourke said it was now up to Mr O’Dea, who is on compassionate leave from Dail Eireann, to control his tongue and sharp turn of wit.“Yes, It might be difficult for him in future to attain high office, but nothing is impossible”.On his own position, Mr Bourke said that he was unsure if he would continue to be director of elections for Fianna Fail, and for what would be a fifth time.Asked if he thought a snap election was on the horizon, he replied: “No matter how badly Fianna Fail do in opinion polls, they never take a hammering.“The unions are making noises at the moment, but not really putting on any great pressure. I believe the government will stay the course”.It was important to Fianna Fail, he concluded, that they be in government in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Rising, and the best way to ensure that would be to steady the ship and get the economy moving again. WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsFiona to target Limerick East?By admin – March 18, 2010 742 Email Previous articleIreland unchanged for Triple Crown deciderNext article‘End gay blood ban’, plead students admin Facebooklast_img read more

THE MOTE VS LOG CONUNDRUM by JIM REDWINE

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 15 May 2017)THE MOTE VS LOG CONUNDRUMIn one of the greatest political speeches ever made Jesus told the audience on the Mount they were hypocrites who could find the minute faults in others while ignoring their own major failings (Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5).Muslims, to whom Jesus is second only to Muhammad as a prophet, and Christians, to whom Jesus is a god, might wish to reread his teachings on human relations. Other peoples might benefit too.Those of you who have slogged through the most recent Gavel Gamut articles might recall the major topic has been the difficulty of one nation, say North Korea or Iran, understanding the true intent of another nation, say the United States of America, and vice versa. Differing languages often cause what might start as hurt feelings to end with bloodshed.It is hardly a novel thought that countries, just as individuals, often seek to impose upon others restrictions they refuse to abide by themselves. If we concentrate on comparing and contrasting America and Iran and/or North Korea, outside observers might conclude one country that has thousands of nuclear weapons is threatening to use them to annihilate countries who attempt to even develop one.Such an investigator might observe that one country strains to dispose of billions of tons of wasted food while it imposes dire economic consequences on countries whose populations are starving.When it comes to health care one country debates at length the investment in care for its most vulnerable citizens while it spends trillions to rain munitions instead of medicines down upon countries which stubbornly refuse to agree such an approach is altruistic.If Jesus was correct in his speech (promise?) that “blessed are the peacemakers”, what might we assume the war makers will reap? They probably will not gain acceptance as “sons of god”, more likely as sons of….For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wonder the Bear’s Birthday Bash Lights up Night Sky

first_imgThe birthday fireworks display was a nice way to kick-off the summer season. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier tossed a birthday bash for mascot Wonder the Bear last night and ended with a fireworks display over the skies near the iconic amusement complex.The brief, but intense display drew a small but enthusiastic crowd to the beach and boardwalk. Some sprinted to better viewing spots, while others just reclined and took in the show. Not a bad way to mark Wonder’s big day. Hey, he might not be as famous as the Philly Phanatic, but Wonder lives at the beach.  The Phanatic’s many OC visits are just that, visits.The weather cooperated and was “wonder”full as well, with mild temperatures still in control after a warm day. Following a prolonged period of chilly OC weather with more warmth predicted today, the mood was , shall we say, sunny.“This is awesome!” a young female patron of 6th St. pizza and Grill at Wonderland. “Pizza on the boardwalk and its finally warm here and now fireworks,” she said. “I’m finally at the Shore!”last_img read more

Competitive wrapped bread market takes £25m toll on Warburtons

first_imgWarburtons’ turnover fell more than £25m last year as the “increasingly competitive” wrapped bread market impacted the business.But although sales fell 4.6% year on year to £526.3m in the 52 weeks to 24 September 2016, operating profit increased 2.3% to £35.5m as the business kept a tight rein on costs. The average number of employees decreased from 4,588 to 4,522 over the period.In April this year, Warburtons announced plans to close its Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes, with the loss of almost 220 jobs. At the time, the company said the decision was a result of “significant ongoing challenges facing the business and is despite considerable time and financial investment”. The company has since confirmed the site will close.In its annual report for the 52 weeks to 24 September, posted last week, Warburtons said profit had been achieved through a “continued focus on the quality of product and service” and development of new product ranges. These included the Giant Crumpets launched to great fanfare in October 2015 with an advertising campaign fronted by The Muppets.Warburtons has this year been given planning permission to add a two-storey 2,278sq m research and development centre to its existing headquarters and bakery at Hereford Street, Bolton.“As an ambitious business, Warburtons are proud to be the number one bakery brand in the UK, but have ambitions to become Britain’s best food business,” stated the planning application. “The new R&D facility will be a key development, which will ensure the company continues to innovate and lead the bakery food sector.”Warburtons said other recently introduced product ranges had continued to grow in the period covered by its annual report and had partly compensated for the “general market decline and increasingly competitive nature of the wrapped bread market”.“Our performance has remained stable, despite the continuation of difficult trading conditions and volume decline in the wider bakery market,” said Warburtons chairman Jonathan Warburton. “The performance reflects our continued focus on breakthrough innovation, quality and service in a very competitive marketplace.”“As the number one bakery brand in Britain, we are committed to growing our share of the bakery market by developing new products alongside our current leading lines. Continued investment ensures we are focused on meeting the needs of changing consumer trends.  This focus, along with our family ownership structure, means we are uniquely positioned to invest for the long term and ensures that we can always produce the best quality products on the market.”According to IRI data for the year to 31 December 2016, Warburtons wrapped bread sales declined 11.2% – or around £60m – ahead of the 4.2% decline in the total wrapped bread market.Warburtons remains the most popular UK fmcg brand, showed the annual Brand Footprint UK ranking produced by retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel last month, with 84.2% of the population buying it an average of 25.2 times a year. Warburtons has lost some ground compared with last year, however.The bakery has recently been filming a new ad campaign featuring comedian Peter Kay.last_img read more

Arlington agrees £50m API acquisitions

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PREMIUMGreat expectations overshadow Indonesia-Australia ties

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Google Forgot Password ? President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo returned from Canberra late on Monday having garnered largely positive responses to his historic state visit to Australia, owing much to the conclusion of a landmark economic agreement that paves the way for closer cooperation between the neighbors.However, some experts have cautioned against overstating the sentiment in Australia that Jakarta would become a helpful ally for Canberra to pursue its wider regional interests, particularly as they relate to China.Jokowi wrapped up his fourth visit to Australia with an historic address at a joint session of the Australian parliament, where he outlined not only the future of bilateral relations but also how the two countries could overcome challenges in the Indo-Pacific.In a speech to Australian lawmakers delivered in Indonesian, Jokowi said that both sides should put more focus on collabo… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Topics : Indonesia-Australia bilateral-relations Jokowi state-visit IA-CEPAlast_img read more

National Health Center Week, 2015

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Salomon Kalou suspended after interrupting COVID-19 test, shaking hands despite directives [VIDEO]

first_imgIn another video, Kalou interrupted teammate Jordan Torunarigha’s COVID-19 test, saying it was just a joke when the doctor asked him to leave and delete the video. Ivorian international, Salomon Kalou has been suspended by his club, Hertha Berlin, for violating several directives put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.Kalou posted a video on Instagram of him fist-bumping and shaking hands with a number of people.Salomon Kalou ending Bundesliga season in under 10 Minutes | part 1 (1080p / HD) pic.twitter.com/Tylb97Zcy3— Louis (@regionalkapital) May 4, 2020The video has since been deleted by the player. A further video shows Kalou complaining about apparent wage cuts by the club during the pandemic.In the footage, Kalou is apparently upset with the decision taken by the club and waves a piece of paper in front of the camera.center_img With the Bundesliga putting in a number of measures to ensure the current campaign can be resumed later in May, Kalou’s actions are a major setback.The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) said in a statement that the former Chelsea striker’s behaviour was unacceptable.“The images of Salomon Kalou in the Hertha Berlin dressing room are absolutely unacceptable. “There can be no tolerance of this – especially given the players and clubs who are keeping to the measures because they recognise the seriousness of the situation.”The German league reported that 10 players had tested positive for coronavirus after all players in the top two divisions were tested.last_img read more

Fantasy Football Update: DeAndre Hopkins traded to Cardinals, David Johnson traded to Texans

first_imgFantasy Football Outlook: DeAndre Hopkins traded to CardinalsHopkins has been first-team All-Pro three straight seasons, and he finished last year as the No. 9 fantasy WR in standard leagues (No. 5 in PPR leagues). At 27, he’s well established as one of the best receivers in football, so it’s surprising the Texans would get rid of him. Regardless, he’s on his way to Arizona, and as much as it’s going to sting to see him away from Deshaun Watson, he landed in a great spot with an uptempo team lacking a true No. 1 receiver. Last season, Arizona threw 20 more passes than Houston despite running 325 fewer overall plays. Arizona’s run-pass ratio of 41.7-58.3 leaned noticeably higher toward the pass than Houston’s (44.8-55.2), and while some of that had to do with the quality of the two teams, it seems clear that Hopkins will have more opportunities with Arizona. His QB play doesn’t figure to be as good, but Kyler Murray made strides last year and certainly has the talent to be on par with Watson in the near future. With Hopkins, emerging third-year receiver Christian Kirk, and stable veteran Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals suddenly boast a talented receiving corps that can thrive with consistent QB play. Fitzgerald will likely continue to take a step back in fantasy relevance, but Hopkins and Kirk can work together like Hopkins and Will Fuller V.’Nuk should challenge for the league lead in receptions in Arizona’s rhythm offense, and even with a slight downgrade in QB play, he can put up similar fantasy stats as he did in Houston. Expect him to be a borderline first-round pick again this year, with a slight upgrade in PPR leagues. His presence also greatly raises the value of Murray, who will likely be one of the first five QBs drafted — possibly top three. Kirk can function as a borderline WR2/3 who will get drafted in the early-middle rounds. Fantasy Football Outlook: David Johnson traded to TexansJohnson had his third straight disappointing season last year, though it didn’t start out that way. Through the first six games, Johnson was averaging 102.2 total yards per game and had scored five touchdowns. But back and ankle injuries basically knocked Johnson out of commission until Week 10, and after that, Arizona decided to let Kenyan Drake handle the majority of the RB carries.  Now the 28-year-old running back gets a fresh start in Houston, where Carlos Hyde, now a free agent, revitalized his career last season (1,070 yards, 4.4 yards per carry). If healthy, Johnson should be able to at least do what Hyde did last year, and given his superior receiving skills, he could stay on the field more and eat into Duke Johnson Jr.’s 44 receptions. The “if healthy” is a big worry at this point in Johnson’s career, but it would be foolish to simply write him off. His monster 2016 seems like a long time ago, but he’s finally on a more balanced offense with a better running scheme, and that could do wonders for his final stat line. Heading into next season, Johnson will likely be seen as a borderline RB2/FLEX, as worries about his inefficiency (3.6 yards per carry since the start of 2017) and health will be justified. But all things being equal, he landed in a pretty good spot for his talents. If trading Hopkins is a sign Houston wants to be even more balanced on offense, that could mean big things for Johnson. As for the rest of the offense, it’s difficult to see how this move helps. Watson figures to take a small step back, but given his mobility and Russell Wilson-like ability to put up stats seemingly no matter what, we’re not too worried about. Will Fuller V will get an opportunity to be more than just a big-play threat, but he’ll have to stay in one piece to really ascend to the WR2 that many will undoubtedly peg him as next fall. Kenny Stills will be properly ranked as WR3, and Keke Coutee and Jordan Akins/Darren Falls will also be interesting sleepers heading into next year, depending on who else the Texans acquire. (Update: Houston has already signed Randall Cobb, which dims Coutee’s outlook quite a bit.) When news broke on Monday of the blockbuster NFL trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to the Cardinals for David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a future fourth-round pick, the fantasy football world wasn’t sure what to make of it. Why would the Texans trade one of the best receivers in the league for seemingly so little? Does Johnson have any juice left? How will this affect Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, Will Fuller V, Christian Kirk, and all the other skill players on these two teams?We’re here to help sift through the confusion and break down the fantasy fallout of these move. For coverage of all the latest NFL signings and rumors, check out SN’s live free agency tracker. last_img read more

My family and I were confident truth would prevail: Rahul Johri

first_imgBCCI CEO Rahul Johri resumed duties after the Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai ruled that he should continue as a natural consequence of the findings of independent probe committee.After the three member probe committee submitted its report earlier in the day, Diana Edulji, the other member of the COA, took time to study the report and concluded that he is not fit to continue as CEO.Following the split in opinion among the COA members, the chairman prevailed. Minutes after the verdict was made public, Johri arrived at the BCCI headquarters with his wife.”It’s been a traumatic few months for our family. I am grateful to God and thanks to all for having faith in me. I am really grateful to the independent inquiry committee. We were always confident that truth would prevail,” Johri told India Today.Also read – BCCI CEO Rahul Johri given clean chit in sexual harassment caseHe had “no comments to offer” on Diana Edulji’s stand that Johri was no longer fit to continue. Edulji formed her opinion based on one member of the probe committee, Veena Gowda. Gowda commented in the report, “The conduct of Mr. Rahul Johri at Birmingham, as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI, is unprofessional and inappropriate which would adversely affect its reputation.”While the other two members of the probe committee Rakesh Sharma and Barkha Singh gave Johri a clean chit and even termed the charges ‘fabricated’, Ms Gowda recommended that Johri should undergo gender sensitization counselling/training.advertisementWhen asked about Gowda’s comments, Johri refused to dive deep. “All the three members of committee have cleared me of charges and that is important,” Johri further said.One former colleague of Johri and another unnamed media professional had deposed against him in front of the committee.BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, ex Mumbai player Shishir Hattangdi, former BCCI anti-corruption head Neeraj Kumar and Lodha reforms petitioner Aditya Verma too made depositions against the CEO during the inquiry.Also watch –last_img read more