Community spirit flourishes in Abbeyfeale’s secret garden

first_imgHeartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Linkedin Facebook TAGSAbbeyfealeCommunitycontemplatefeaturegroupNews Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter Twitter NewsCommunityCommunity spirit flourishes in Abbeyfeale’s secret gardenBy Bernie English – July 13, 2018 1406 center_img Advertisement THE MAIN Limerick to Killarney road is just a stone’s throw away but in the heart of Abbeyfeale’s Town Garden, you wouldn’t know it.Community Council Chairman, Maurice O’Connell is taking time out to show off his beloved Abbeyfeale to the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And there’s plenty to show off. Winding through the 29 acre park is the Feale River, where ducklings scatter at our coming and there is no sound but running water and rustling leaves.Deep in the park is a small, contemplative garden, with stones that once formed part of an old church for seating and, at the centre, a sculpture by local artist Ruari Dennison entitled ‘Light on Stone”.Funded by the Compassionate Communities fund from Milford Hospice, visitors are invited to sit in the garden and think with compassion about their loved ones.Closer to the entrance are the exercise machines that will provide a free fitness boost for the whole community.Earlier in our walk, Maurice showed us the plaques in the town which commemorate the place where the Bianconi company had the largest stage-coach depot in the country between 1786 and 1875.Leahy’s Inn, a short distance away is where the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, was given to breaking his journey between his home in Derrynane and the Dublin Parliament and there are documents signed by him to order a coach and horses.Yet another plaque commemorates a royal visitor to Abbeyfeale, Princess Christina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso.There is documentary proof that the Italian writer and revolutionary stayed in Abbeyfeale, and this is the only record of her visit to Ireland.There the Cistercian Abbey which gives the town part of its name and the first landmark building in the area built by the monks on land donated by Donal O’Brien, the King of LImerick and dating back to 1188.Maurice O’Connell believes passionately in forging strong community links.“The Community Council started up again two years ago with just five members and grew to 28 members and became a company limited by guarantee and has been granted charitable status.“All the members play an active role and the Community Council is now recognised by Limerick City and County Council as an umbrella group for the various community organisations in Abbeyfeale,” he explains.“The council gives people a platform to work together and we have successfully drawn down funding from Healthy Limerick and Healthy Ireland as well as the Town and Village Renewal scheme.“But none of this would be possible without the commitment and full support of all the members working together for the betterment of the whole community,” Maurice explains. WhatsApp Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Could Alfie be the new Nose of Tralee? Previous articleLe Chéile – A place where you can be yourself, warts and allNext articleBeyond the neon runes Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Emaillast_img read more

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Nature’s Fireworks: Synchronous Fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

first_imgNature’s captivating entertainers, fireflies, have always been the source of wonder from kids catching them on hot summer nights to nature photographers capturing their luminescence. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to at least 19 different species of firefly, but only one species-Photinus carolinus- is a synchronous firefly.The males of this particularly rare species illuminate in unison as part of a mating ritual. The fireflies exist in only a select few places in the United States, making this Blue Ridge park a must-see for a late spring and summertime showing.The fireflies travel together, light up in groups, and descend in a wave-like rhythm through the mountains. The discovery of the phenomenon is credited to Lynn Faust, a woman who had the rare privilege to grow up living in the national park. Until she shared the spectacle with those in the scientific community, researchers had no knowledge that synchronous fireflies existed in the Western Hemisphere. With this sharing of knowledge, the once hidden-away beauty now attracts thousands of people who have to reserve parking and camping spots far in advance of peak season.MAP BY STEVE STANKIEWICZLocated along the Little River and Jakes Creek Trails of Tennessee with a few sightings in North Carolina, these small magical creatures have found their way on the bucket lists of many nature lovers. Deep in the woods, you’ll find crowds of people in a peaceful hushed admiration for the spectacle that is so rare and incomparable to anything else. With record hot summers and cold winters for them to survive through, there is no telling how long the fireflies will grace the scenic lands of the national park.To get your chance to see the light show, there is a shuttle service that leaves from the Sugarlands Visitor Center just outside of Gatlinburg at 7 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. that takes you directly to either of the two trailheads where the fireflies are seen most. Vehicle passes (up to 1,800) are distributed by lottery for the peak season of late May to early June. Late in their season, you may be able to see the fireflies even now, but it’s a great opportunity to plan for during next year’s peak season. A nearby attraction to the fireflies is the Element ghost town where tourists travel through historic cabins in an atmosphere similar to a time warp.For more information on the fireflies and some etiquette for the journey to keep in mind, check out info from the National Park Service.last_img read more

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Zabaleta lucky to play with Aguero

first_img Press Association It says much for free-scoring City’s attack that he was hardly missed during his absence, with Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko maintaining the prolific output, but Aguero’s return was still enthusiastically welcomed. Manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed Aguero as the world’s third-best player behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo before his injury and Zabaleta does not disagree. Right-back Zabaleta said: “I’m really happy to see him back. “He needs to get back to his best in a physical way because he’s been out for a month, but he took 30 seconds (actually 50) to score a goal when he came back against Blackburn and, on Saturday, 20 minutes. “It’s so easy for him. “Every time we talk about good strikers, Sergio is one of the best in the world. “Probably Messi and Ronaldo at the moment are in a different world, but I think Sergio is one of the best and we are very lucky to have him in the team.” Nevertheless, it is clear City have the firepower to cope without Aguero, if necessary. Aguero has wasted little time getting back into his goalscoring groove after a month on the sidelines, coming off the bench to score in his first two comeback matches. Despite missing eight games with a calf injury suffered in December, the 25-year-old already has 21 goals to his name this season. City have now scored 103 goals this season as they chase glory in four competitions. Negredo has been as prolific as Aguero, having also scored 21, while Dzeko has netted 16 and Yaya Toure 14. Negredo was the only one of that quartet not to score in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League, but he might be excused after bagging seven in his previous four games. Zabaleta said: “In football you have to be prepared for when someone important is missing or suspended. “It was great to see him back again but Edin and Negredo have been doing really well without him. “Sometimes the competition between them is all about scoring goals. “It doesn’t matter who plays, it’s all about doing well for the team.” Zabaleta also rates City’s talismanic midfielder Toure among the game’s elite. The Ivorian is enjoying an outstanding season by his own high standards. Zabaleta said: “He’s scored 14 goals this season and for a central midfielder that’s fantastic. “Yes, he’s probably one of the best. He’s a complete player.” Yet for all the attention on City’s attack, Zabaleta did admit frustration that they conceded twice to bottom-of-the-table Cardiff, ending a run of three successive clean sheets. The 29-year-old said: “It’s nice when you see we’ve scored so many goals but as defenders we talk about clean sheets. “That’s something we need to improve. At this stage of the season, to keep a clean sheet in games is crucial. “We know that we can score at any time, so it’s important to be a balanced team.” Aguero will expect to be fully match-fit to go head to head with that other Argentina star, Messi, when City take on Barcelona in the Champions League next month. Zabaleta is friends with the pair of them but has not spoken to Messi since the draw for the last-16 of the Champions League was made last month. He said: “No I haven’t, but maybe I will speak to him a few days before that game. We will see.” Pablo Zabaleta feels “very lucky” to be playing alongside his fellow Argentinian Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.last_img read more

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Samuel Eto’o praises Uganda cranes performance

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda cranesKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Four-time African Player of the Year Award winner and ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has praised Uganda Cranes good performance at the on-going 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).The Cranes are the only team from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region that have qualified for the last 16 stage in the tournament. The likes of Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi all failed to go past the group stage.Eto’o told URN on Wednesday that he is impressed with Uganda’s style of play and maturity on the pitch. “The Ugandan team has really improved and I like the way they work together as a team,” added the former star.He however noted that they need to start utilizing the many chances they create. “In football the goals matter a lot and now they are going to the knockout stage where goals will surely count,” noted Eto.The former Cameroon international said he is impressed with the level of football at the tournament where some teams that have not played at the tournament before like Madagascar have made it to the knock out stage. Eto’o is among the seven legends selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as ambassadors for the 2019 AFCON. The others are; Mahmoud El Khateeb (Egypt), Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba (Both Côte d’Ivoire), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and El Hadji Diouf (Senegal).*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Silver’s 1st crisis as commissioner has arrived

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver answers questions during a news conference before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Adam Silver’s first crisis of his relatively short tenure as NBA commissioner has arrived, a race-tinged scandal that has those associated with the game wondering how strong and swift the league’s ultimate response will end up being.Allegations that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist comments quickly overshadowed what has been widely received as the most entertaining set of first-round playoff games in league history. The recording was obtained and released by TMZ, and there still has been no official confirmation that Sterling is the man on the tape.Silver’s first priority is verifying the voice on the tape is Sterling’s and if it turns out that it is, what Silver can do is unclear. He works for the owners – but he may not run into any obstacles with his employers as so far that group seems to have no sympathy for Sterling’s latest controversy.“As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views,” Charlotte owner and six-time NBA champion player Michael Jordan said in a statement Sunday. “I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.”Added Miami Heat owner Micky Arison: “The comments reported by TMZ were offensive, appalling and very sad.”Silver took over as commissioner on Feb. 1, replacing the retired David Stern, who once famously said that the league decided to suspend Ron Artest – now known as Metta World Peace – for virtually an entire season by a vote that was “unanimous.” By that, he meant the vote was 1-0, his being the lone voice that mattered.This matter is far more thorny, since it involves an owner, not a player.The players union, still without an executive director since firing Billy Hunter in February 2013, is following the situation closely. The union has asked former NBA All-Star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take a leading role on the players’ behalf to address the Sterling matter.Johnson and Silver attended the Clippers-Warriors game in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday.Johnson said he called an emergency phone meeting of every player representative to the union Saturday night and spoke with Silver before the game. The former NBA player said this is a “defining moment” for the NBA and for Silver, and players trust that the commissioner will meet their demands. Among them:-Sterling doesn’t attend any NBA games for the rest of the playoffs.-Give a full account of past allegations of discrimination by Sterling and why the league never sanctioned him.-Explain the range of options that the league can penalize Sterling, including the maximum penalty, which players want if the audio recording is validated.-Assurance that the NBA and the union will be partners in the investigation.-An immediate and decisive ruling, hopefully before the Clippers host the Warriors for Game 5 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.Johnson also said there will be no league-wide protest by players or any kind of boycott because there’s enough attention on the issue already and that players “trust Adam Silver. They trust that Adam Silver will do the right thing.”The league and the Clippers are investigating, though whatever ultimately comes down from the league office will be widely perceived as Silver’s decision.“He’s got to come down hard,” Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson, who was referenced on the audio recording, said Sunday on ABC. Johnson added that he does not believe Sterling should continue to own a team.The NBA Constitution is not a publicly available document, though it has been generally understood that the commissioner’s powers are broad when it comes to dealing with matters deemed “prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball.” Silver himself suggested Saturday night that he has an array of options regarding how to proceed.It’s certainly conceivable that Silver could fine Sterling, suspend him, maybe even demand that he enroll in sensitivity training. Still, the exact scope of whatever powers he has remain vague, especially since it’s also been long perceived that the so-called “best interests” clause is largely meant for discipline involving players.And with the Clippers set to play Game 5 of their series against Golden State at home on Tuesday night, it would seem likely that some sort of resolution comes before then. Sterling agreed to not attend the Clippers’ game at Golden State on Sunday, though there has been no word about his plans for any games going forward.“What, he’s been three months on the job? And he has to deal with an issue like this,” Washington’s Garrett Temple said Sunday of Silver. “It’s unfair to him. It’s tough, but I’m assuming he’s probably called Mr. Sterling, but it’s going to be a difficult situation for him to take care of, and he’s probably going to act swiftly as he said. And he needs to do so. It’s a very tough issue. A lot of different sides. But it’s more than basketball.”Silver hoped his media availability on Saturday night in Memphis – where he addressed the Sterling situation – would be a positive one, with lauding the Grizzlies for success within their market among his planned talking points. The mood in Memphis was dampened by news that former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley had died, but even that was completely overshadowed by the Sterling matter.The situation has elicited some incredibly sharp comments from players, with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant making no effort to hide their disgust.“I couldn’t play for him,” Bryant wrote on Twitter.Added former Clippers guard Baron Davis, also in a tweet: “Been going on for a long time.”Sterling has been the subject of many controversies in the past, but this one, particularly coming during what has been an outstanding playoffs and with his own team looking like a championship contender, has perhaps generated more outcry than the others combined. Even President Barack Obama addressed the issue Sunday at a news conference in Malaysia.“Black, White, Latino,” Johnson said, “everybody is upset at Donald Sterling right now.”___AP Sports Writers Antonio Gonzalez and Joseph White contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Rebels dump Leafs 6-1 to climb to within two points of Murdoch leaders

first_imgIt’s probably a good thing for the Nelson Leafs the calendar reads December and not February.The Castlegar Rebels played the perfect road game, scoring early then riding the hot netminding of Jordan Gluck to a 6-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.Despite the loss, Nelson retains a two-point lead in the Murdoch Division at the unofficial first half break in the schedule.The Leafs also have a game in hand on the Rebels, which now leads the season series 3-1-1.Jamie Vlanich scored twice to pace the Rebels, leaders from start to finish with period advantages of 1-0 and 3-0. Aaron Petten, Bryan Lubin, Darren Medeiros and Kody Disher also scored for Castlegar past Leaf goalie Cody Boeckman.Aaron Dunlap scored the lone goal in the third for the Leafs.Gluck, winning his third straight against the Leafs, was the busier of the two goalies, facing 26 shots to 17 the Rebels fired at Boeckman.Nelson’s leading scorer, Colton Schell, was tossed from the game in the first period after being called for a hit from behind by referee Jim Maniago.The Leafs also lost center Matthew Naka for this game, and longer, after the Vanderhoof native suffered a broken ankle during the weekend after slipping on ice.The Leafs are idle until Friday, December 28 when the club hosts the Spokane Braves in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.Monday, December 31, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks invade the NDCC Arena for the traditional New Year’s Eve contest set for 2:30 p.m.Meanwhile, Castlegar is also off for the Christmas break, returning December 28 to host Beaver Valley in the first of a home-and-home series.last_img read more

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Brewer’s report card is in

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And he was only able to roll out his own reform proposals after 11 months, including a plan to create a separate district of 44 of the lowest-performing schools and personalized learning environments at all of LAUSD’s 92 middle schools. But now, even some of those reform plans look to be in jeopardy amid fierce opposition from teachers union leadership that has said it will block his attempts to move forward with the proposals. Education observers give Brewer credit for his charisma and personality, but they have doubts about his ability to stand at the district’s helm – especially since he has not yet been able to assemble a senior management team. “Clearly, he’s got to go beyond the inspirational to the managerial, and that, so far, seems like it’s been a rocky transition. It’s not something he can put off much longer or he will have serious problems,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. “Once the managerial issues are under control, then people will hear your reform ideas because they’ll believe they’ll get implemented. Time is not unlimited for this kind of job. You don’t have a career to turn these things around – you have a relatively short time.” At the one-year mark as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, David Brewer III has had a rocky initiation into city and union politics as well as the massive bureaucracy at the nation’s second-largest school district. He has grappled with glitches in a $95 million electronic payroll system that created a teachers union uproar as thousands of employees’ pay was affected for more than nine months. He was hit with pay raises for teachers and administrators, and new health care benefits for some workers that forced him to cut $300 million from his budget over three years. While he announced early on that he would push to get rid of ineffective teachers and institute a merit-pay system, he has backed off that approach and now is focused on professional development. Still, Brewer is upbeat and touts successes including lobbying efforts in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., forging a partnership with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and trimming $95 million and 523 positions from the budget. He promises to roll out his high-priority schools transformation district in the year ahead, along with expanded safety agreements and innovation division partnerships, including one with the mayor. And he promises to roll out boys’ academies, boarding schools and neighborhood parent literacy centers, and to bring Boys & Girls Club centers onto more campuses. In a recent interview with the Daily News, Brewer talked about his tenure at the LAUSD and plans for the future. Here are excerpts: Question: What do you consider your biggest accomplishment this year? Answer: “Healing the wounds after (Assembly Bill) 1381 (the mayor’s unsuccessful legislation that would have given him a significant role in the district). I wanted to find out what the morale of the organization was, so what I’ve done is built partnerships with the mayor, political leaders who have not historically had good relationships with the district like Laura Chick, Sen. (Gloria) Romero, worked with businesses and communities. “But more importantly, I’ve identified who (is) our political constituency … the parents, the teachers and the students. So I have created the office of civic and parent engagement, so I have institutionalized this soon-to-be-formal relationship with the community and parents.” Q: Some people believe the teachers union has derailed your agenda. Do you agree with that? A: “No, I don’t agree with that. … As far as my working relationship with the unions, historically union and management have had relationships that are built around tension. However, I am beginning to move the unions towards one focus – and that is focus on the mission of student achievement.” Q: Do you think you would have gotten more done had you not had to deal with teacher raises and health-care benefits issues? A: “No, I don’t think that I would have gotten much more done. I will be very frank: The (payroll problems) clearly have taken away some of my focus, but as any leader understands, you are going to be confronted with something unexpected in any job.” Q: What steps have you taken to increase accountability, cut down bureaucracy and empower local district superintendents? A: “We created our office of strategic planning and systemwide accountability. … That office will help us develop the strategic plans that you will see presented to the board in November. That office also is building one of the best accountability systems that you will see in any school district. … We will be visiting schools and working with schools in developing that accountability system. “But we will also be working through our deputy for professional learning, development and leadership to train people on how to hold themselves accountable and to improve student achievement. “We are basically creating a matrix organization inside of LAUSD. That simply means that we are going to network people across the organization as opposed to in silos.” Q: You had said you would meet quarterly with the 27 mayors. Is that happening? A: “That’s still happening. In fact, we’re establishing a formal committee, LAUSD Cities Committee, wherein we will have formal relationships with the mayors and city officials.” Q: One thing you were particularly passionate about when you started – you talked about social ills, poverty, the number of foster-care kids. Where do those efforts stand? A: “We have signed three formal safety collaboratives – one with LAPD, one with the Sheriff’s Department and the other one is Gardena. “From the intervention perspective, we are putting a Boys & Girls Club on Markham Middle School in South Central. … So within the context of trying to stabilize – especially that middle school population, and eventually the high school population – we have initiatives. “And we’re also working with the YMCA. We’re going to put a YMCA on University High School’s campus. And we will be putting those kinds of resources on more campuses during my tenure.” Q: What have you done on instruction? A: “We have finished the middle school reform plan, that’s No. 1. Then the system of accountability is No. 2. No. 3 is that we have established teacher-collaborative learning teams at 80 schools. So that is really critical right there that we have put in a learning teams program. “It all goes back to what I said, that the professional development of our teachers has been a serious deficit in LAUSD, and so in order to make sure that our teachers were better prepared, we signed a contract with Achievement Solutions to facilitate learning teams for our teachers.” Q: How much time will you need to show change? A: “Two to three years.” Q: So basically at the end of your four-year contract? A: “It’s really based on what the research and data shows. It will take two to three years before you begin to see any major improvement in a school system. … LAUSD is like a battleship: When you put the rudder over, you don’t necessarily get any movement initially.” Q: How do you respond to criticism that you are working with board President Monica Garcia and Vice President Yolie Flores Aguilar – and, by extension, the mayor – and their agendas are overtaking yours? A: “I don’t agree with that. Every two weeks I meet with each board member. They come in here for a personal session with me. If you look back at my State of the Schools address, and you look at the eight resolutions that follow (proposed by Monica Garcia), link those eight resolutions to my address. You will find that my address set the tone for those eight resolutions. “We call ourselves a board of eight, and, again, that is how I lead. I lead through collaboration and partnering.” Q: Some people also are saying (your) plans lack substance … and are not thought-out. A: “The people who are criticizing don’t understand how change is implemented. There is an eight-step process to change. What they’re seeing is basically the first two or three steps to change. … The plans will be put together over the next year. … “The Partnership of Los Angeles Schools first has to go out, develop the partnerships with the two families of schools that they’re going to choose to work with, and then over the next year they put together the plans for the 2008-09 school year. … Strategic does not mean fully baked plans. That means you have an overarching strategy. “Over the next year, we will develop at the tactical level the plans for each school. … That will take at least between now and September. Those plans will be very, very specific, so to my critics, I think they’ll have to agree with that once they see them.” Q: Do you think not having a solid team in place … has detracted from what you are trying to do? A: “I will clearly admit that it was frustrating that I could not find the right person at that time, but I’ve also learned over time that I could fill those gaps with very talented people and still get the job done.” Q: Are you surprised by all this criticism? A: “No. Criticism comes with the job. … Coming into this job as superintendent, I fully anticipated that I would be criticized. But I’m strong enough to know that I have to stay on course, and I have to follow that North Star that I have established in order to make sure that we achieve our goals.”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

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Plans for new supermarket development in Inishowen refused over flooding fears

first_imgPlans to build a new supermarket in Carndonagh have been scrapped after it was deemed a flood risk, it has emerged. The owners of the site, which was home to the former Kelly’s Supermarket, proposed the demolition of the building in order to construct a new two-story supermarket.However, plans were turned down by An Bord Pleanála following an initial decision by Donegal County Council to grant permission for the redevelopment to Charles Kelly Properties Ltd. It is understood that refusal for the supermarket was made after an appeal was lodged by Monbro Developments, with An Bord Pleanála in turn voting against their inspector, who recommended that planning permission should be granted.In response to their decision, An Bord Pleanála said concerns had been raised over the ‘adequacy of existing flood protection measures on-site and the design, size and layout of the existing culvert located within the ownership of the applicant.”In August 2017, the area suffered serious flood damage, one of a number of issues why An Bord Pleanála said they made the refusal for the redevelopment.The main source of flood risk is found at Ballyloskey Stream which traverses the site partly through a culvert. And despite the applicant’s intention to build a retaining wall and mesh fence beside the existing stream, the independent building body said ‘it was not satisfied that the proposed development would not lead to an increased risk of flooding in the area’.“Having regard to the guidelines, it is considered that the proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” An Bord Pleanála concluded.Plans for new supermarket development in Inishowen refused over flooding fears was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Donegal Youth Councillors get behind HPV vaccination programme

first_imgDonegal’s Youth Councillors are encouraging young people to ‘get the facts’ about the HSE’s HPV vaccine in order to increase uptake.The HPV vaccine schools programme is underway for all first year students in secondary school, including girls and, for the first time, boys.Back in 2008, the Donegal Youth Council of the time campaigned for the rollout of the HPV Vaccination for girls. The current Donegal Youth Council is keen to support this important work and are campaigning to influence their peers to get informed and get vaccinated. Members of the Donegal Youth Council with key messages of the HPV campaignIn preparation for this, a sub-group of youth councillors met with the HSE Area Medical Officer for a briefing on the virus, the importance of the HPV vaccination and the schools programme.  The sub-group were able to ask questions so they are well informed. When asked what messages they took from the session, one Youth Councillor said, “know where your information is coming from and get the facts” while another commented, “the vaccine is free and it can change your life.”Donegal Youth Councillors finding out about HPV and the importance of vaccination from Pauline Gallagher – Area Medical Officer HSEThe next steps will be for the Youth Council to promote the key messages, to their followers via their Instagram and Twitter accounts, throughout the rollout of the school’s programme, and also through discussions with their families and friends. The Donegal Youth Council is one of 31 Comhairle na nÓg’s throughout the country, so their message will be wide-reaching.The sub group will report back to the wider Youth Council at their next county-wide meeting.  However, in the meantime, all youth councillors have received information on the campaign. HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer, and other cancers in both women and men. The uptake of the HPV vaccine has a participation rate of approximately 70%, which is an increase of 20% points since 2017.  Donegal Youth Councillors get behind HPV vaccination programme was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth Councilhpv vaccinelast_img read more

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Bearish numbers for soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report today was bearish for soybeans with ending stocks increasing from 330 million bushels to 365 million bushels. The U.S. soybean yield was estimated at 50.6, compared to last month at 48.9, while trade estimates were 49.2 Old crop soybean exports did increase by 60 million bushels which was at the top end of estimates. New crop soybean demand increased by 45 million bushels as exports were up 35 million bushels and crush was increased by 10 million bushels. With ending stocks up so much due to the increased production it was unable to hold the gains seen earlier in the day.U.S. soybean production was estimated at 4.201 billion bushels, up 141 million bushels from last month. The last two weeks soybean prices have moved some days on the bigger supply while other days it was increased demand. In the end today, the higher production is now apparent.U.S. soybean production is a new record. It is just a matter of how high it goes. The higher production will keep soybean prices under pressure with November CBOT soybeans having great difficulty in trading above the $10 mark in these current conditions. Earlier today it had reached $9.90. At 12:30 p.m. they were $9.62.Corn production was lowered as expected. The U.S. corn yield was 174.4 bushels per acre while production was 15.093 billion bushels. Production was lowered 60 million bushels. Both yield and production were above trade expectations.Prior to the report corn was down 1 cent, soybeans were up 7 cents, and wheat at up 2 cents. At 12:30 pm corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 18 cents, and wheat was up 3 cents.Today’s USDA monthly supply and demand report will be closely watched to see two important numbers in the tables for corn and soybeans. First, will be the corn yield. Traders are expecting a slight decline from last month’s U.S. yield at 175.1 bushels per acres. The average trade estimate put the corn yield at 173.4. Second, will be how much USDA increases soybean demand. In addition, the soybean yield is expected to increase. While many are suggesting the U.S. soybean yield to eventually be above 50 bushels per acre, the trade expects that number to be a stair step process, taking several months to reach that level.The biggest number traders will be watching should be in soybeans and the export demand. Old crop exports are expected to increase 40 to 60 million bushels.  If USDA increases the yield from last month’s 48.9 bushels to the trade estimates of 49.2 bushels and exports grow 40-60 million bushels, then ending stocks do not increase.  Last month USDA put the new crop soybean ending stocks at 330 million bushels. The general trend of thought the past month has been for the corn yield to come down while the soybean yield will go up. Early corn harvest reports across Ohio and the Midwest indicates corn yields are disappointing and below previous expectations.  Many in Ohio will have above average corn yields but not record breaking. The U.S. Gulf soybean basis for soybeans is at a big inverse for nearby barges due in part to tight U.S. stocks, record September export demand, as well as soybean harvest starting later than expected. The vessel lineup at the Gulf for September is largely for soybean boats. With the heavy rains last month in Louisiana, harvest has been delayed across much of the southeast region of the U.S.Keep in mind that grain prices are constantly looking at fundamentals. Things like crop size, yields, and exports go a long way to determine prices. But other outside factors also come into the equation. The U.S. dollar, crude oil, and interest rates are some of those factors.  Permeating throughout the financial markets almost constantly are interest rates. Last week on Friday U.S. stocks took a big hit, closing down 394 points. A big factor for the decline suggested U.S. interest rates could be increasing during this months Fed meeting on September 20 and 21. As of today the likelihood of seeing an interest rate increase is at 21%.Don’t be surprised to see a wide price range for soybeans after the report is released. It could easily be 15-25 cents within the first 10 minutes of the report. The computers often are programmed to make buys or sells based upon the headlines. For example, one number in the soybean table could be negative or bearish while another number is positive or bullish. Those types of headlines could see the computers both buying and selling in a short period of time. The last thing producers want to see is a bullish report and then a lower close. That suggests the bullish news is no longer bullish.Corn is still in a trading range. December corn is at $3.38, November soybeans at $9.62, and December wheat at $4.07. Soybeans appear to have the highs in near term unless weather problems delay harvest or export demand increases even more.last_img read more

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