NewsLocal NewsIncreased funding welcomedBy admin – November 15, 2011 560 Email Twitter Facebook THE Environment Minister’s decision to make a supplementary allocation of €500,000 available for the operation of three schemes, namely, Housing for Older People, Housing Adaptions and Mobility Aid has been welcomed by Cllr Pat Kennedy.“This follows a recent discussion at Limerick City Council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee and the passing of a resolution proposed by myself that we seek a substantial increase in the funding for these schemes,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The total funding for these very worthwhile schemes for elderly people and disabled persons will be €2.025million in 2011, as compared to €60.890 million in 2007.” Print WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleSouth Court Hotel takes lead from top chefNext articleWhat’s another year wait for Task Force report admin
TOURNAMENT FAVORITE—Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) walks off the court with teammates Marquis Teague (25) and Eloy Vargas (30) following a 71-64 loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game at the New Orleans Arena March 11. Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 71-64. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) If anything, the people who pick the field might have done their best work to date. They’ve got a formula that works, and they managed to find a way to tweak it this year to make things even more fun.How else do you explain a possible meeting of UNLV and Duke for the first time since the Blue Devils upset one of the greatest college teams ever 21 years ago in the Final Four? Even better, Duke and Kentucky could meet in the South final almost 20 years to the day since Christian Laettner hit The Shot to give Duke a thrilling 104-103 win over the Wildcats in the East Regional final.So Drexel didn’t get in. So what. Nevada didn’t get an invite, either, and the Wolf Pack won 16 games in a row at one point during the season and lost only one conference game before falling in the WAC tournament.Glittering records just don’t count like they used to. Not with coaches loading up with soft nonconference games, so many so that 112 teams in the country had 20 wins or more.Win your conference title, and you’re in. Lose, and you’re just another 25-win team heading to the NIT.Besides, there are better things to do than complain. Like look forward to some tournament story lines like these:KENTUCKY—The Wildcats are so loaded that John Calipari’s biggest worry heading into the postseason was that his players would be so busy worrying about the NBA draft that they would forget to take care of business. That might well have been the case last year when Kentucky was beaten in the national semifinals by Connecticut, and four players were picked in the draft. Complacency also might have set in Sunday, when the Wildcats lost to Vanderbilt and had a 24-game win streak snapped. This year up to six players could be drafted if all the underclassmen come out early, which begs the question: How does Calipari maintain Kentucky’s graduation rate with so many one-and-done players arriving on campus every season?MISSOURI—There is no quieter top-five team in the country than the Tigers. That’s probably fine with first-year coach Frank Haith, who made the wrong kind of headlines before the season when questions were raised about his ties with a booster at the University of Miami who liked to show players a good time. Missouri benefited from a cupcake schedule early, but the Tigers won 30 games and the Big 12 title. Their four-guard team will cause mismatch problems for anyone.LAMAR—No, the Cardinals won’t make a run deep into the NCAA tournament, though that doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Lamar hasn’t lost since coach Pat Knight ripped into them for being, among other things, quitters and drug users. Psychologists can debate the method, but no one can debate Lamar’s place in the tournament after winning the Southland Conference tournament. Knight’s father, Bob Knight, called it his best day in college basketball, which almost made Brent Musburger cry on national television. This would be a great feel-good story, except it’s hard to feel good about anything father or son has to say.SYRACUSE—Bernie Fine won’t be on the bench for this Final Four run, and for a while it looked like Jim Boeheim might not be either. But Boeheim survived the child sex-abuse scandal surrounding his longtime assistant and his team won 31 games to get the No. 1 seed in the East. Assuming yet another scandal—players on previous teams not being suspended for positive drug tests—doesn’t derail the Orangemen, they have a legitimate shot of making the title game for the fourth time in Boeheim’s 36 years in charge.MICHIGAN STATE—My personal favorite in the tournament, if only because I love the way Tom Izzo coaches. He schedules tough teams and isn’t afraid to take a few hits doing it, something that happened this year in opening losses to Duke and North Carolina. His teams play hard night after night, which makes them especially difficult in tournaments, one reason Izzo has led the Spartans to six Final Four appearances in 16 years. Michigan State also has Draymond Green and one of the easier paths in the West region to make another run.So many good stories. Almost as many good teams.No need to manufacture controversy. And no need to whine about what might have been.(Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg.) There’s only one No. 1 team in the country, as the selection committee made clear in picking Kentucky as the overall top seed in the NCAA tournament just a few hours after the Wildcats were upset by Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference tournament final. No argument there.Actually, there wasn’t much to scream about on any of the tournament picks, which made for some dull moments among the talking heads on television. They spent all week sharpening their claws, only to find out the selection committee left them few targets to attack.
There’s a new champion in the Finley’s Ladies Rec Soccer League as the Lily Whites captured the Cup over Dirty Dozen in the final recently at the Lakeside Pitch. Mallard’s Source for Sports is all game to salute the Lily Whites with Team of the Week honours. The team, celebrating with a champagne shower, includes, back row, L-R, Doris Hausleitner, Heather Anderson, Karen Bennett, Layla Precious, Emma Precious and Tina Choi. Front, Bronwyn Marzicola, Kim Green, Sarah Mitchell, Beverly Dawe and Kelly Newhouse.
Former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has told Ross Barkley to forget about Manchester City and concentrate on life at Everton – but admits the Toffees might be powerless to keep the talented youngster.The midfielder has been linked with a £50million move to the Premier League champions in Tuesday’s newspapers, but Pearce, who worked with the 20-year-old during their time together with the Young Lions, claims Jack Rodwell’s time at the Etihad Stadium should be a warning sign to the Goodison Park starlet.“Jack Rodwell went to Manchester City and never really featured,” the Nottingham Forest boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He wasted a season or two, instead of playing at Everton a little while longer.“My advice to Ross would be, ‘sit tight, you’ve got a manager [in Roberto Martinez] who backs good young players’. You’ll always have the option to move away [at a later date] if your form is good.”But while Pearce would like to see Barkley continue his development on Merseyside, he confesses the Blues could be forced into a sale.“If Everton get offered £50million then he’ll end up going to Manchester City,” he added.
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)ALAMEDA — After nearly a month of training camp in Napa and two preseason games, the Raiders returned to their team facility in Alameda for practice on Monday. But despite plenty of practices and eight quarters of what I’ll generously call “football”, we still have little to no idea of what to expect from these 2018 Oakland Raiders.Yes, there have been some hints — it’s clear that new/old coach Jon Gruden is …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — A deadly combination of skunk afterglow and sewage fumes filtered throughout one side of the Coliseum well after everyone but media and stadium staff had left.People covered their noses and mouths, zig-zagging through the bowels of the stadium so their dinner stayed down. One security guard joked he had eaten a rotten burrito, but the stench was no joke. This was serious. It stunk. Real bad.But even as a …
South Africans are once again urged to show their support for Bafana Bafana by donning football shirts during Afcon 2013.(Image: Janine Erasmus) Spirits are high as fans prepare for the continent’s biggest football tournament.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlomola MorakeSafa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 82 744 4919 MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterWith the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 kick-off just hours away, South Africans are urged to show their support for national football team Bafana Bafana by wearing their yellow football jerseys during the tournament.Afcon starts at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on 19 January and will play out in five cities – Cape Town, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Durban, Rustenburg and Johannesburg – before the final on 10 February at the National Stadium.The Football Fridays campaign was launched a year before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place in South Africa. The campaign was endorsed by South African President Jacob Zuma in a speech delivered the day after the final whistle of the tournament was blown.“The Football Fridays campaign became highly successful,” said Zuma. “South Africans from all walks of life proudly wore national colours every Friday. It was a meaningful collective experience of a lifetime.”After the World Cup Football Fridays evolved into Fly the Flag Fridays and today is known as Magnificent Fridays as it covers all sports in South Africa and not only football.Keeping the spirit aliveIn his post-2010 speech Zuma reminded South Africa that there were more sporting triumphs to look forward to – if not on the field then certainly behind the scenes with the successful staging of a number of global sporting events.Since then events such as the 2012 Champions League T20 cricket tournament have brought thousands of visitors to the country.Magnificent Fridays urges people to:Wear the colours of South Africa’s flag or the shirt of their favourite team, whether it be Bafana Bafana, the Springboks or the Proteas or even Kaizer Chiefs, the Blue Bulls or the Cape Cobras, every Friday;Fly the flag at home and in the office;Buy South African goods to help create jobs and grow the economy;Once a month, give an hour (or more) of their time to helping other people.At the launch in November 2012 of Magnificent Fridays for Afcon, the Department of Sport and Recreation said that the campaign plans to recapture the sense of national pride South Africa experienced during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and encourage them to rally behind Bafana Bafana.“Hosting the Afcon opening match and final in Gauteng is another massive feat for the province,” said a department spokesperson, “and through this campaign we want to ensure that people in the province become a part of the journey to crown Africa’s champion, right here in the home of champions.”
YouTube/Right Side BroadcastingOn Tuesday night, members of the Iowa football and wrestling teams presented Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a Hawkeyes jersey. During the event, after inviting members of the team to the stage, Trump stated that they endorsed him.Obviously, that could just be bluster on Trump’s part, but Iowa athletes’ representation on the campaign trail could be an NCAA violation. The Daily Caller points out the language from NCAA guidelines.According to the NCAA’s Advertising and Promotional Guidelines, student athletes are not allowed to appear in any advertisement that “endorses a political candidate or party, or … advocates a viewpoint on controversial issues of public importance.”This probably won’t result in anything major, and odds are Trump and the players may be unaware of the violations here, but for college athletes, it is almost always best to avoid things like this.[The Daily Caller]
CALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) says it is still not in a position to start significant construction on the Trans Mountain expansion project and expects spending on the project for at least part of next year to focus mostly on permitting.In its 2018 guidance, the company said it expects existing assets including its existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its rail and storage facilities to perform well, but is concerned about permit delays at its $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project.The company has filed motions with the National Energy Board to resolve delays related to Burnaby, B.C., with oral arguments heard at the regulator’s headquarters Monday.Kinder Morgan Canada says it can’t commit to major construction spending until it has more clarity on key permits, approvals and the judicial review, and that the project is potentially already delayed nine months due mostly to challenges with the regulatory process.The company says that it expects to lose about $75 million in earnings before certain deductions for every month the in-service date is pushed back.Kinder Morgan Canada said if uncertainty on permitting stretches further into 2018 then it would reduce spending accordingly, pushing the start-up date beyond September 2020 and potentially threatening the viability of the project itself.
PARIS – French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its iPhones, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.The preliminary probe was opened last week over alleged “deception and planned obsolescence” of some Apple products, the office said. It is led by the French body in charge of fraud control, which is part of the finance ministry.It follows a legal complaint filed in December by a French consumer rights group whose aim is to stop the intentional obsolescence of goods by companies.In France it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers replace it. A 2015 law makes that a crime, with penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to 5 per cent of the company’s annual turnover.Apple apologized in December for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue. As part of its contrition, Apple is now offering to replace the batteries on older iPhones for $29, a $50 discount from the usual price.But Apple also has denied the slowdown of the older phones is a ploy designed to spur sales of newer models. “We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the company said on its website.Apple France didn’t respond to email and phone requests for comment on the latest legal developments in France from The Associated Press.Lawsuits against the company have also been filed in the U.S. and Israel.Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi believes Apple’s throttling of older iPhones is helping to extend the devices’ lives by enabling to take advantage of the new features in the company’s free software updates each year.The company’s choice boiled down to “let the phone just run at full speed and kill the prematurely aged batteries or slow down the phone so the battery would last longer,” Milanesi wrote in a recent analysis.The French consumer rights group, called HOP, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 27. Its statement claims Apple slowed down older smartphones in order to make clients buy the new iPhone 8, which was launched on the market around the same time.Benchmark tests have suggested the slowdown isn’t huge, but noticeable. Although Apple has said that’s done to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down because of weak batteries, lawsuits filed against Apple say that its failure to disclose that right away could have led some people to wrongly conclude they needed a newer, faster phone rather than just a new battery.Laetitia Vasseur, the director of HOP, said studies have showed that peaks in speed reductions match the releases of new phones on the market.“We can see that there is an intention to have people buy new phones because of the speed reduction,” she told the AP.Vasseur said her group launched a survey following its complaint so that users can report problems they have faced. In 10 days, HOP has received more than 3,000 reports that will be handed over to the DGCCRF, the government fraud watchdog in charge of the investigation, she said.Vasseur said she hopes that the consequences globally could be to go toward more sustainable and durable products “for all manufacturers that won’t want to face the same kind of scandal.”A similar investigation targeting Japanese printer-maker Epson was opened in November, also following a complaint by HOP.The Epson probe, was launched by another prosecutor’s office, in Nanterre outside Paris, is related to some of its ink cartridges and printers’ spare parts. It was the first legal action ever for planned obsolescence and deception in France, HOP said in a statement.Epson has denied any wrongdoing, saying that planned obsolescence is not part of the company’s policy.In the French legal system, preliminary investigations are launched and led by prosecutors’ offices. Such probes can last weeks or months. When they’re over, prosecutors can either decide to drop the cases or to send them to investigating judges for full investigations. Judges, in turn, can also dismiss the cases, due to lack of evidence for instance, or send them to courts for trial. In these cases, the whole process may last months or even years.Since Epson and Apple cases are the first legal actions for planned obsolescence in France, there hasn’t been case law yet on possible penalties, fines or damages awarded by courts under this particular offence.Any fine imposed on Apple would probably hurt its pride more than its pocketbook. The company has accumulated nearly $270 billion in cash from its sales of iPhones and other products.___Alex Turnbull in Paris and AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to the report