Minister lost touch with Munster farmers as fodder crisis deepens –…

first_imgLimerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live BusinessNewsMinister lost touch with Munster farmers as fodder crisis deepens – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – April 3, 2018 1687 Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleThe next Limerick Historical Society lecture to be given by former RTE correspondentNext articleRecord number of volunteers take part in forth installment of Team Limerick Clean- Up Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook TAGScrisisFianna FáilfodderlimerickMichael Creedniall collinsTeagasc WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival THE MUNSTER farming community has been failed by the Minister for agriculture, food and marine, Michael Creed TD, according to Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins who said the department has left the fodder crisis deepen and spread nationwide.Farmers throughout the dairy heartland of Munster and South Leinster have been left in crisis as fodder supplies dwindle.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a bid to combat the shortages, a forage register to connect feed buyers and sellers is being established by Teagasc and it is expected that the register will help farmers who have run out of fodder to source silage and other feed supplies from those with surplus stocks.However, Deputy Collins, newly appointed as the party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that “Minister Creed has lost touch with hard pressed farmers.“He has effectively switched off, judging by his comments earlier this week that it is the “individual responsibility” of each farmer to ensure there is enough fodder on farms.“This is a shocking state of affairs and shows how out of touch Fine Gael is with rural Ireland.“This government lacks empathy and has failed to grasp the severity of the situation of farmers who are struggling to survive as the cold wet weather continues unabated.“We are now into April and poor soil conditions are preventing farmers from putting their cattle out to grass.“The government’s transport subsidy scheme has been a gigantic failure with just nine applications to date. The Minister totally misjudged the situation.Deputy Collins said that from day one, “I have called for a meal voucher scheme to be set up for farmers affected.“Teagasc has been advising farmers to prioritise the feeding of meal concentrates to plug the gap. As it’s a grain based product, there is no shortage of supply and it would reduce the demand for fodder.“However, the Minister’s short-sighted scheme completely ignored this, focusing solely on fodder transportation, therefore driving up the demand, and the price of hay and silage bales nationwide.“Minister Creed must step up to the mark and realise that farmers are genuinely struggling. This government’s anti-rural attitude cannot be allowed to persist”, Deputy Collins added.See more news here Email Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Christchurch Buncrana closes after vandalism incidents

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Previous article54 people awaiting admission to LUH this morningNext articleHarps U17s will play Galway in League Semi-Final News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Priest in Charge Reverend Judi Mc Gaffin says over the course of the past week, leaflets were set alight and stuffed into a donations box, cigarettes were stubbed out on to the carpet, harvest fair displays were damaged and eggs were smashed on the church floor.Rev Mc Gaffin says they have no choice but to close the church.She spoke to Greg Hughes on the Nine til Noon Show earlier today………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/revjudi.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Christchurch Buncrana closes after vandalism incidents Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 9, 2018 last_img read more

Indonesian homegrown gunship displayed at Singapore Airshow

first_img“[The CN235] can provide air support for ground troops, combat search and rescue missions, naval patrols, as well as border patrols,” Adi said in a statement on Tuesday. He added that Pakistan, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Senegal were potential markets for the gunship.Such African and Middle Eastern countries are among the many nontraditional markets eyed by PTDI as Indonesian businesses seek to fill global supply gaps arising from the US-China trade war.The company exported at least two planes last year — one to Thailand and one to Nepal — and is slated to ship another plane to Senegal this year.Through its participation at the air show, Adi said that the Bandung-based company was also trying to expand marketing and increase the sales of its products and services, include planes, helicopters and most recently, long-range military drones, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul services. (nor) State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is displaying a CN235 gunship at the Singapore Airshow held at the Changi Exhibition Center from Feb. 11 to 16.PTDI corporate communication manager Adi Prastowo said the company was seeking to “expand marketing and increase sales of products and services” by participating at the show.He added that the CN235 gunship — a multifunctional vehicle that can carry cargo, paratroopers, medical teams and patrol squads — had been developed to meet market demand. The particular model displayed in Singapore also sported a 30-caliber machine gun. Topics :last_img read more

Women’s basketball: ‘Nowhere but up’ for Badgers

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will tip off the 2016-17 season with a new face at the helm: former George Washington University head coach and 2015 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year, Jonathan Tsipis.As a coach who has done it before, Tsipis is looking to turn around a struggling Badger program and create a family atmosphere that lasts longer than his players stay.“I think what we need to be focusing on as a program is making sure we’re getting better every single day,” Tsipis said. “I don’t think that mentality is going to change after year one or year five. I learned a lot of great things at George Washington and I think a lot of those things apply here at Wisconsin, building off of the things that a lot of the coaches did here before me.”The former Colonials head coach comes to Wisconsin after four years in the nation’s capital, which included two A-10 championships and three 20-win seasons.Women’s basketball: Tsipis introduced as new era of Badger basketball beginsThe next era of University of Wisconsin women’s basketball started today as Jonathan Tsipis was introduced as the seventh head Read…Tsipis spent eight seasons before that as an assistant coach and then associate head coach at Notre Dame under legendary Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw. The Fighting Irish reached the NCAA tournament in each of those eight seasons and made two appearances in the championship game.Yet Tsipis is not resting on his laurels and insists that no aspect of a team is too small to commit time and energy to. Instead of rigid drills, the new coach is building his team’s chemistry off the court — an aspect team members felt had been lacking in previous seasons.“With Coach Tsipis we’ve been doing a bunch of family bonding activities and having almost an open circle type atmosphere,” fifth year senior forward Avyanna Young said. “We are finally making the effort to get to know each other and that’s going to help us on the court tremendously.”Any change is good change for a Badger program that finished last in the Big Ten in 2015 with an overall record of 7-22, their worst mark since 1987 and third-worst loss total in program history. During her tenure former Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey was unable to finish above ninth in the Big Ten, an already struggling conference, during all of her five lackluster seasons in Madison.Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez recognized an opportunity for a change and turned to Tsipis with the hopes of developing young talent already on the team. In a news conference this March, Alvarez said he wanted to leave the program in the hands of someone who has built up a program before.“He knows what it takes to play at a championship level, and then you go out and do it on your own,” Alvarez told Andy Baggot in March. “I liked the fact he went out and took his own team and built it.”Tsipis is ready to answer Alvarez’s call and said he would like to eventually turn to a high pressure, high intensity system that focuses on fast paced transition. He realizes, however, that doing so will take time and doesn’t fit the current personnel.Tsipis’ desired system would be a significant change of pace for Wisconsin, which averaged 64.3 points per game with a losing margin of -8.1 last season. In order to one day implement it, building chemistry will be paramount.“It’s not as if we weren’t close under coach Kelsey, but we’ve really become closer with coach Tsipis,” redshirt junior center Malyna Johnson said. “I think we’re all ready for a big change and we’re buying into whatever coach Tsipis is putting in, even if it’s something that we’re not use to seeing.”The Badgers recently concluded a successful preseason campaign in Canada in early August, finishing 3-0 and exploring the British Colombia countryside during a week long vacation.Everything you need to know about women’s basketball’s first male head coach, Jonathan TsipisThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will officially name Jonathan Tsipis as the new head coach Thursday. Tsipis, the former George Washington Read…While still months away from the season opener against Winona State in November, the brief stretch of games left many players and coaches feeling like success isn’t so far off.“Canada was great because it gave us a chance to not only simulate the basketball part but also gave us a look at the change in culture that we’ve been trying to instill,” Tsipis said. “We were able to get our players out of their comfort zones and I think that’s why it’s really important to go on a foreign trip.”Tsipis said he hasn’t made any final decisions as far as lineups go, but that the team made tremendous strides this offseason and continues to improve with only a few months of preparation left.That view is not unique to him either.“I see this program going nowhere but up,” Young said. “We have a young team but we don’t play young. Everyone’s bought in and I definitely see this program taking the steps towards greatness.”last_img read more

Sportingtech announces strategic Global DFS agreement

first_img Sportingtech raises the Pulse with new Retail Solution July 2, 2018 Submit Sportingtech to show Pulse power in Uganda through BetOn August 15, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Elvis Džombić – Sportingtech – The power of the Pulse platform March 21, 2018 Share Sportingtech has announced a key strategic partnership with Global Daily Fantasy Sports Inc (GDFSI), designed to enhance its platform in addition to furthering distribution to the global marketplace.Included as part of the deal is the integration of GDFSI’s Daily Fantasy Sports platform into the Sportingtech Pulse Platform, which the aim of increasing the operators offering to various customers.The solution is to be available in both mobile and desktop variants, and will allow “seamless integration at the operator level without sharing or compromising any sensitive customer data”.Darcy Krogh, Global Daily Fantasy Sports CEO, said: “We are delighted to sign Sportingtech as our first dotcom partner and achieve another milestone for our company. “Sportingtech has many customers in key markets who have shown an interest in daily fantasy sports and we are excited to work with them and their clients to introduce them to the world of daily fantasy sports.” Sportingtech details that through the new co-operation, it is well positioned to enhance its operators engagement of new customers. Elvis Džombić, Head of Business Development at Sportingtech, added: “We always look forward to bringing innovations that will generate added value for our clients and enrich the product portfolio within our Pulse platform solution. “This product is all about that, a game where skill meets social – designed for the rising demand of igaming products targeting the younger demographic. “Integrating the Global Daily Fantasy Sports solution is of a big importance for us from [a] strategic point of view, and will definitely help our clients to stay at forefront of the game”. Related Articleslast_img read more

No runners from Ebola-stricken nations in marathon

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China said it will provide $81 million worth of aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis. The foreign ministry says Xi made the announcement when he met Kikwete. (AP Photo/Takaki Yajima, Pool) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Marathon organizers say they had no runners signed up for Sunday’s race from the three West African countries stricken by Ebola.Only a “handful” of entrants, mostly from overseas, have reached out with concerns after a doctor who had treated infected patients in Africa became the first person in the city to be diagnosed with Ebola, New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Monday.Organizers had long operated under the assumption that New York would have an Ebola case by the time the marathon came around, Wittenberg added, and they have stayed in close contact with city, state and federal health authorities to ensure proper protocols are followed.Charities such as UNICEF that already had runners entered in the race to raise money will donate the funds to treat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Most of the runners favored to win Sunday’s race are from Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa, on the opposite side of the continent from the outbreak.Last year, Idrissa Kargbo, a gifted distance runner from Sierra Leone, ran the NYC Marathon after NYRR heard his story and offered him a spot in the field and supporters crowd-sourced the funding for his trip. He has been involved in relief efforts in his country, and Wittenberg said NYRR officials have stayed in touch with offers to help.Dr. Craig Spencer, the New York physician infected with Ebola, is an avid runner who completed the NYC Marathon last year.last_img read more

Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title

first_imgSeattle Storm forward Natasha Howard (6) and Washington Mystics forward Monique Currie (25) fight for the ball during the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Seattle Storm won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) “We thought, ‘Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?’” Bird reminisced.The answer came nearly four months later with a championship.Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. Seattle won 26 games during the regular season — 11 more than the 2017 campaign — entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. She scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm raced to a 47-30 lead.“Stewie was just amazing,” Storm coach Dan Hughes said. “She truly was the MVP of this league. She truly was the MVP of these Finals. God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful.”Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart holds and poses with the trophy with her teammates after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Washington Mystics, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Storm won 98-82 and the title. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Bird, also a member of a Seattle’s championship teams in 2004 and 2010, was certainly appreciative of the title — and the growth of the Storm’s younger players. Seattle landed Jewell Loyd and Stewart, both All-Stars in 2018 with Bird, with the No. 1 overall picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively.“Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me,” said the 37-year-old point guard who had 10 points and 10 assists. “There is probably no comparison to be honest. I didn’t know if I’d be playing at this point. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I decided to stay. Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we’d get to the other side, but how do you know you’re going to get to the other side this fast?”The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise. Following the Phoenix loss, Seattle won five in a row.“I think this was our year,” Hughes said. “All year you could just see the escalation.”Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.“Obviously, this finals didn’t go the way we wanted it. The great thing is we can still improve. We don’t feel like we peaked and this is it for us,” Delle Donne said.Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, back, celebrates and hugs guard Sue Bird (10) after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Washington Mystics, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Storm won 98-82. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. “There’s been a huge transformation with the culture of this team,” said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season. “Last year we were brand new. I didn’t know (Toliver’s’ favorite) beer. That’s a pretty important thing to know about Panda. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs.Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in. “I’m going to need a lot tonight.”Alysha Clark had 15 points for Seattle.Washington battled Seattle and history. Since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005, four teams trailed 0-2. Each lost Game 3. The Mystics joined that unwanted club. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. Washington finished 8 of 23 on 3-pointers in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3) in the series.Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.“We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back,” Stewart said. “It was how we countered that when things got close. That’s what really separated us again.”This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of Connecticut.“It didn’t feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game,” the poised Stewart said.Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league’s best. One of the league’s most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph.“This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career,” Bird said.TIP-INSThe location, George Mason University, marked the third arena Washington has called home this season and the second in the playoffs. … Washington starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her left ankle diving for a loose ball in the third quarter. She was carried to the locker room and did not return. … Among those in attendance were Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, University of Maryland coach Brenda Frese and Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice.last_img read more

Giving big-money to quarterbacks guarantees nothing

first_imgIn this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Giving quarterbacks big money doesn’t guarantee success or even playoff appearances.The NFL’s six highest-paid quarterbacks in 2018 will be spectators this postseason. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Atlanta’s Matt Ryan ($30 million), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins ($28 million), San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Oakland’s Derek Carr ($25 million) couldn’t lead their teams to the playoffs.Only Cousins had a winning record (8-7-1), and he failed in a do-or-die game in the regular-season finale. Cousins, who received a three-year, fully guaranteed, $84 million contract, struggled in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears that eliminated the Vikings.Of the top six on the salary list, only Rodgers has won a Super Bowl. Ryan is 4-6 in the playoffs, Stafford is 0-3 and Cousins is 0-1. Carr and Garoppolo haven’t made a postseason start.Among the 12 starting quarterbacks still playing, six are still under their rookie contract and another — Nick Foles — is a backup.Here’s a look at a few more numbers entering wild-card weekend:SETTING RECORDS: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke his own record with a 74.4 completion percentage, the highest in a season in NFL history. … Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz set a record for most receptions by a tight end (116). … San Francisco’s George Kittle set a record for most yards receiving by a tight end (1,377). … Teams combined to score 1,371 total touchdowns, the highest total in a season. … Eight quarterbacks had a passer rating of 100 or higher, most in a season.LAST MAN STANDING: Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson is the only one of seven coaches hired in 2016 still with his team. Adam Gase (23-26, Miami), Chip Kelly (2-14, San Francisco), Hue Jackson (3-36-1, Cleveland), Mike Mularkey (19-17, Tennessee), Dirk Koetter (19-29, Tampa Bay) and Ben McAdoo (13-16, Giants) all were fired, some sooner than others.WORST TO FIRST: The Bears (12-4) and Texans (11-5) won their divisions after finishing in last place in 2017. The Eagles won the Super Bowl last year after going worst-to-first in the NFC East.THE NEWCOMERS: Seven teams who weren’t in the playoffs last season qualified this year. All seven — Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle — will play this weekend. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the previous year.WILD-CARD CHAMPS: Nine teams who played wild-card games have won the Super Bowl, including the 1980 Raiders, 1997 Broncos, 2000 and 2012 Ravens, 2005 Steelers, 2006 Colts, 2007 and 2011 Giants and 2010 Packers.TOUGHEST ROAD: The Eagles and Colts are each trying to become only the third No. 6 seed to win a Super Bowl, joining the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers.EASIEST ROAD: Since 1975, 49 of the 86 teams (57 percent) to reach the Super Bowl were No. 1 seeds. In that span, 20 No. 2 seeds, four No. 3, nine No. 4, two No. 5 and two No. 6 made it. Over the past five years, nine of 10 No. 1 seeds played in the Super Bowl. Only the 2016 Cowboys didn’t get in.WELCOME TO THE DANCE: Four quarterbacks will make their postseason debut as starters. Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky and Houston’s Deshaun Watson play this weekend. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has a bye.STINGY DEFENSE: In three of the past four seasons, the teams with the stringiest regular-season scoring defense have advanced to the Super Bowl. The Bears led the league with the fewest points allowed per game (17.7) this season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobMaaddilast_img read more