Seanad debates need for measures to help sheep farmers

first_img Previous articleChance of Coleman move to Manchester United seems to be fadingNext articleMiddlesbrough close to completing Shay Given transfer admin Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Twitter Google+ Seanad debates need for measures to help sheep farmers The Seanad has been told that there are 450,000 sheep in Donegal, over 12% of the national stock., and a drop in lamb prices in the county is having a serious impact on farmers in the county.Senator Brian O’Domhnaill says government intervention is needed.The price is below 5 euro per kilo at present, he said, and that’s not sustainable.Responding, Junior Minister Anne Phelan made no commitments, but indicated a report on the future of the agri food sector has a number of recommendations to make for the sheep sector.She said farmers can introduce technical efficiencies, and added that while prices have fallen, they are showing signs of improvement.The debate in full can be heard here …..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath By admin – July 8, 2015 WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Homepage BannerNews Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

German coronavirus cases jump, economic nervousness rises

first_imgHe said the carmaker was “gradually ramping up” production again in China after the Chinese New Year stoppage that had been further lengthened by coronavirus. But the disease would have an impact on company results.”We can’t yet say what the impact will be, but it is clear that both production and sales will be affected,” he added.Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline group by fleet size, on Friday announced that it was slashing by half the number of flights it would operate in coming weeks as a result of the sudden slackening in demand.While the government has so far resisted calls for direct economic stimulus to counter the effects of the slowdown, saying only that it has the resources to do so if necessary, more targeted measures are being contemplated.Handelsblatt newspaper reported that the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition were discussing ways to make it temporarily easier for companies to shorten employees’ working hours by letting them off some of the cost of social security benefits.And with panic buying triggering pictures of empty supermarket shelves on social media, transport minister Andreas Scheuer recommended that a ban on deliveries on Germany’s sacrosanct Sunday be lifted to ease restocking.At a European health ministers summit on Friday, Health Minister Jens Spahn advised against trips to affected regions both abroad and at home, mentioning specifically the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, where there are 346 cases.  The number of coronavirus patients in Germany jumped to 684 on Saturday, with concern growing at the economic impact of the spreading epidemic on one of the world’s most trade-dependent economies.The number of patients recorded by the Robert Koch Institute had risen by 45, with large clusters in the west and south, where one initial outbreak centered on a car supplier with a unit in Wuhan, where the infection was first detected.The total is more than 10 times larger than it was a week ago. There were 66 cases in Feb. 29. Western Europe’s most populous country, Germany has the second largest number of registered cases on the continent after Italy.So far, no deaths have been reported, though the RND newspaper group reported that a transplant patient with a depressed immune system and who had contracted coronavirus was in a critical condition.With concern growing at the vulnerability of long international supply chains to such an epidemic, Ola Kallenius, chief executive of Mercedes maker Daimler, warned against a return to economic nationalism.”These events show how fragile global supply chains are,” he told Der Spiegel magazine. “But a world without global work sharing would be less successful … We should protect [that success] while checking for vulnerabilities where we can bring more security into the supply chain.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Part 2: Finish line not yet in sight for Robin Emery

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Click here for Part 1.ELLSWORTH — The first award Robin Emery won in her running career was a trophy adorned with a male basketball player.That was the prize offered to the first-place woman in the 1973 Bangor Labor Day Race — or in Emery’s case — to the only female competitor for the second straight year.“I wasn’t going away,” Emery says. “So they figured they’d give me something for showing up.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textToday, Emery can be spotted at most area races wearing a bib number and a smile — the kind that shines through her eyes and lights up her face. She speaks quickly and energetically. And she giggles.Beneath that demeanor is a fiercely competitive woman who still records her mileage and race times in a collection of notebooks dating back to the 1970s. Emery would miss out on the opportunities that eventually became available to female athletes. But she’d pave the way for one of the world’s most inspirational runners, Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson.“Robin was a real pioneer,” says the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon gold medalist. “She was running well before women were accepted in the sport.”Throughout the early 1970s, Emery helped integrate women into countless road races across the state, including Maine’s oldest — the Portland Boys’ Club (PBC) 5-miler. In 1972, Emery and another pioneer, Diane Fournier, registered to run the PBC race. Directors initially vetoed their applications, but eventually conceded and admitted women for the first time in the event’s 43 years.“People weren’t used to seeing women running,” says Fournier, then a Rumford teacher who had recently met Emery through road racing. “Robin really made a difference because she was so outgoing. The thing I remember most about her is that smile.”Before the race, Emery and Fournier lined up with hundreds of male runners in front of a city health official, who proceeded to probe their bare chests with his stethoscope. One by one, the men took turns lifting their shirts for inspection — a pre-race ritual that never made any sense to Emery.“The doctor had to listen to their heart, for some weird reason,” Emery says. “No one could figure out what they were listening for.”When the doctor reached Emery, she grabbed for the bottom of her shirt and watched the color drain from his face.“Oh no, dear,” Emery mimics his embarrassment. “That’s OK.”At that instant, the practice was dropped forever.Female runners faced additional challenges in the early 1970s. Because women’s running shoes didn’t yet exist, Emery ran in either topsiders or ballet slippers, and she endured countless blisters and undiagnosed stress fractures. Her mother often watched Emery limp into the house after runs. While her daughter peeled away wool socks from the open wounds on her swollen feet, it became increasingly hard for Emery’s mom to see the alleged health benefits running offered women.She wasn’t alone. Seared in the world’s collective consciousness were the tales told about the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam — the first Games to include running events for women. Journalists described female competitors collapsing at the finish line in the 800-meter race. The New York Times reported that six of the nine runners were “completely exhausted and fell headlong on the ground” and that “several had to be carried off the track.” Other publications across the world echoed the same sentiment, with some including quotes from doctors claiming women who participated in such feats of endurance risked infertility or premature aging.Film of this 1928 race later emerged and refuted these alarmist accounts, but the damage was done. The International Olympic Committee ruled that the half-mile distance was too strenuous for the female body and prohibited all women’s running events longer than 200 meters — a ban that remained in effect until 1960.“The attitude was, ‘Oh, we can’t do this to our ladies,’” Emery says. “Those women had no training, so naturally they were heaving and gasping when they finished a half-mile.”Without proper training, Emery struggled through her early races. Fortunately, the coach of the country’s first women’s running club discovered her at a Colby College track meet competing in an 880-yard race, the longest distance typically available to women at the time. Jeff Johnson — coach of Liberty AC as well as Nike’s first employee and inventor of the brand’s name — began mailing Emery coaching advice and encouraging her to run out of state, as New England had become a hotbed for runners by the mid-1970s.Johnson assisted Emery in transforming her once-secret hobby into an identity. Pre-race nerves would often make her sick. And on that pressure, she thrived.“Once that gun goes off, all that energy is released,” Emery says. “And you just fly.”Emery squints into space, as if examining a distant era.“I used to fly.”In 1974, Benoit Samuelson (then Joan Benoit) began entering road races as a 16-year-old student at Cape Elizabeth High School. She would run in Emery’s shadow for the next two years.Joan Benoit Samuelson (left) and Robin Emery pose together after running the 1976 Portland Boys’ Club 5-mile race.“Robin was a live wire,” Benoit Samuelson says. “She exuded excitement and joy for the sport.”Emery often used humor to cope with her stress before competitions. Benoit Samuelson recalls how Emery would playfully attempt to psych her out at the starting line, interrogating her about whether she was ready to go.Emery denies this. Sort of.“Me? Me? No… I never did that,” She says emphatically before muttering: “‘Joanie, you look like you have a limp. Are you OK?’”Emery snickers.“Joanie was funny — she’d start at the back of the pack and work her way up,” Emery says. “You didn’t even know she was there sometimes until she’d pass you.”Emery watched with admiration and in horror when the Bowdoin College freshman disappeared ahead of her in the 1976 PBC 5-miler. With that, Benoit Samuelson ended Emery’s four-year winning streak in the event.Emery would go on to win the PBC race a total of 13 times while Benoit Samuelson soared into international prominence.“It was Robin who set the bar really high for me,” Benoit Samuelson says. “She and Diane were the two leaders in Maine.”In 1984, Emery watched the first women’s Olympic marathon on television, by herself, in her Lamoine home. She was not surprised when Benoit Samuelson took the lead three miles into the Los Angeles course.“All the announcers thought she was going to die out there,” Emery says, rolling her eyes. “I knew she was going to win.”From there, Benoit Samuelson never looked back. She emerged first from the tunnel onto the track of LA’s packed Olympic stadium, smiling and waving her white cap in the air throughout her final lap before crossing the finish line in two hours, 24 minutes and 52 seconds.“It was so awesome,” Emery says. “To see a Maine girl do it… It was just really great.”But at 38 years old, Emery faced a sad reality that day: She would never compete at that level.Hundreds of trophies, medals and plaques have taken over an entire room in Emery’s house. She keeps other relics from her career in stacks of scrapbooks, overflowing with photos, bib numbers and yellow-tinted newsprint. Tucked into one of these volumes is a 1976 article in which Emery spoke to a reporter about her future:“At age 30, maybe I should be satisfied with what I’ve done, but I can’t bring myself to say that I’ve come just so far and won’t go any farther,” Emery is quoted saying. “Back there in my head, I have Olympics fever bugging me. If they had a marathon or a 10,000-meter run for women, I’d have to try. I’d take a year off from school to run.”Emery can still recite her best times off the top of her head: for the mile (5:10), 5K (17:45), 10K (35:40) and the marathon (3 hours and three minutes).“I get so depressed when I see how fast I was,” Emery says. “I wish I would have been young now with all these opportunities. It would have been great.”Emery’s voice trails off. She shrugs and then grins, only this smile doesn’t quite reach her eyes.“Oh well,” she says softly.Emery says the advice she’d offer girls and young women today is: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”She pauses when she’s hit with a realization: “But nobody tells you that you can’t anymore.”“We were discriminated against, and what’s amazing is we accepted it as, ‘that’s just the way it is,’” Emery says. “Would I accept it now? No.”Emery has run, measured globally, around the planet one and a half times through all conditions — hurricanes, blizzards and thunderstorms, in temperatures ranging from 106 degrees to 20 below. She will never know where those distances may have taken her in a later era, but her impact on Maine’s running culture is immeasurable.“I will always have great respect for Robin’s leadership and passion,” Benoit Samuelson says. “I’ll never forget Robin and Diane’s contributions to the sport.”Emery, Fournier and Benoit Samuelson all have been inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame.Today, the award given to the top female finisher of the Bangor Labor Day Race is named the “Robin Emery Trophy.” Emery has won the 5-miler 14 times, earning her last victory a month shy of her 52nd birthday. She still runs the race every year and presents the prize to the winner.“I’m glad I didn’t have to die to get a trophy named after me,” Emery says.There is no finish line in sight for Emery. She is looking forward to the next chapter of her career, which is defined by a new age bracket.“I’ll never stop running,” she says. “When I hit the 70s, look out!” EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Inspirational England Golf award winners are honoured

first_img17 Apr 2015 Inspirational England Golf award winners are honoured The inspirational winners of the first England Golf Awards were honoured last night for their outstanding contribution to the sport and to growing the game.They were celebrated at a gala dinner for their excellent and innovative activities which support for the England Golf strategy, Raising Our Game.The strategy calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game. Its aims include more members, more players, stronger clubs and identifying and developing winning golfers.The award winners were:Young Volunteer of the Year – Jake Conroy, 19, of Little Hay Golf Club, Hertfordshire; presented by Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation.Jake, who has cerebral palsy, champions both junior and disability golf and spends much of his time volunteering. “I never expected to get anything for volunteering,” said Jake. “I enjoy doing it, I get a massive buzz from it. It’s good to see people with smiles on their faces!”Volunteer of the Year – Margaret Bedford of Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Middlesex; presented by Judi Walker, England Golf board member.Margaret has transformed the junior section at her club and raised the profile of Strawberry Hill in the local community. “I can’t believe it, this was such a surprise and such an honour and I’m so delighted for my club,” she said. “I just love volunteering.”Lifetime Service Award – Anne Herbert of Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland; presented by Nigel Evans, England Golf President.Anne, who has just retired as President of the Northumberland Ladies’ Association, was recognised for her work with her club, county, region and county vets’ association. “I’m very thrilled and very honoured. I am also very lucky because I enjoy volunteering and I never expected to be thanked for it!”Talent Pathway Award – Gareth Snelgrove of Hagley Golf Club, Worcestershire; presented by Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director.Gareth, a PGA coach, has created a local pathway offering school pupils a taste of the game – with the emphasis on fun – and follow up opportunities for coaching in the club’s junior academy and golf club membership. “If we keep persevering with this system it will help to grow the game in Worcestershire and, hopefully, across the country as a whole,” he said.Participation Award – Scott Rusbridge and Tom Hide, Coastal Golf Academy, Essex; presented by Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England.The PGA professionals run their academy at four clubs – Frinton, Millers Barn, Harwich and Colne Valley – and aim to inspire golfers of all ages and backgrounds to play the game and become members. Scott commented: “It’s an honour to be recognised by England Golf and it’s a reward for our efforts which makes us even more enthusiastic to carry on.”Membership Award – Ken Wilson of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire; presented by Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support.Ken has grown the membership at his club with a warm welcome and new ideas, such as persuading the club to offer discounted memberships to attract specific age groups.  “It’s a great honour for me to be recognised nationally. It has been hard work, but it’s been very rewarding.”Modernisation Award – Mark Rozenbroek of One Stop Golf, Hull; presented by Martin Slumbers, incoming Chief Executive of the R&A.Mark has realised his dream of creating the ‘ultimate golf gaming centre’ where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the game. “It’s fantastic to be recognised by England Golf and winning a national award is special,” he said.GolfMark Club of the Year – Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey; presented by Stuart Gower of COBRA PUMA GOLF and Andy Willems, England Golf senior regional manager.Windlesham won the award for their great work to get juniors and beginners into the game. Stewart Judd, Windlesham’s general manager, said: “Part of our vision is to continuously improve and GolfMark is a key part of that. It has helped us put procedures in place, helped us grow our membership and helped us develop as a sustainable business.”Coaching achievement award – Graham Walker of The Oaks, Yorkshire; presented by Steve Parrish, Chairman of the England Golf Performance committee.Graham Walker was honoured for his many achievements as lead coach to the national men’s squad. “This is a massive achievement for me and I’m immensely proud,” he said. “I love working with the players and getting them to improve to become the best they can be.”London Pride Steward of the Year – Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk; presented by England Golf Chairman Graham Yates.Samantha is a steward who is literally prepared to go the extra mile for her club -she’s planning to run a marathon this year to raise funds for their charity. “This means the world to me, I can’t think of anywhere better to work,” she said. “I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and especially to thank my team. I couldn’t do it without their backing and their support. This is for everyone who helps run the clubhouse and who also goes the extra mile.”last_img read more

NASA Expanding Into Apps, More Video Games

first_imgRelated Posts When Mars rover Curiosity touched down Sunday, August 5th, it was more than a technological triumph for the space agency; it was another victory in a four-year-old social-media campaign that has expanded to Google+ Hangouts, Angry Birds and Xbox 360 Kinect games and, in the future, maybe mission-specific apps.The space agency proved it’s as adept at landing a rover on Mars as it is at entertaining a global audience, be it through a smoothly executed live-stream viewed by millions or an interactive web tool simulating the rover landing.And as Jason Townsend, the Deputy Social Media Manager at NASA explained, it’s just the beginning as far as social-media outreach is concerned:  “We’re always looking for new opportunities to connect with new audiences and share information about our missions, programs, and people. We’re always exploring where the public is, and figuring out where social media is headed next. We are on the most popular platforms — and when new ones emerge, we’ll go there, too.”  Besides hitting all the social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Flickr), NASA had a variety of interactive features made just for Curiosity. “Eyes in the Sky,” an interactive computer simulation that followed Curiosity’s descent live, was a Reddit favorite, hitting the front page of the social-news site in a thread threatening NASA with a “friendly DDoSing.”“Eyes” wasn’t the only interactive tool created for the rover. Xbox 360 Kinect owners could also download and play the “Mars Rover Landing” game for free. “Our main goal is to bring NASA back to the living room,” said Matt Clausen, the lead artist at Human Interfaces at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead artist for the Xbox game. “I grew up in the 1980s, and I watched [a] space walk on TV,” explained Clausen, “and this is the first game created by NASA to go into the living room.”   In fact, NASA has been experimenting with the Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii controllers “to control real robots,” said Clausen, because “we’re looking at simpler ways to do things,” including bridging the gap between NASA and the public. The public can expect more interactive features and games in the future, explained Townsend, as they’re in line with NASA’s quest to inspire the next generation of kids.The most recent development is Angry Birds Space update, “Red Planet,” done in time with the Mars Curiosity landing.  Townsend said NASA and Rovio worked collaboratively on the game after a joking tweet between the Rovio’s Twitter account and @NASA, the Twitter account managed by Townsend.Can we expect mission-specific smartphone apps any time soon?“Definitely,” said Townsend. “We’ve got several apps in the pipeline, and we have a variety of teams working on them,” he added, though he wouldn’t elaborate.Clausen, who is working on a few of those apps, said “this was all a very big experiment – which we feel has been very successful.”   As for NASA’s most immediate move in social-media, “we’re currently expanding on Google+, and figuring out how to do Google Hangouts,” said Townsend.  Said Michelle Viotti, the Mars public engagement manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a press release: “Because Mars exploration is fundamentally a shared human endeavor, we want everyone around the globe to have the most immersive experience possible.”Curiosity’s Shadow and Mount Sharp, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech. fruzsina eordogh A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#science#space#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Montuano shines as Strikers stay perfect in M-League

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte There was no stopping the undermanned Bacoor squad since then as Montuano went on to add five more points in OT with the help of Doligon and Paolo Castro to secure the hard-earned victory.Montuano finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Strikers, who stayed immaculate with a 7-0 record and sealed one of the South Division’s top two seeds and the all-important twice-to-beat incentive heading into the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Saber rattling in the POC? Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Playoff-bound Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo snatched a 93-85 overtime win over Valenzuela to stay undefeated and clinch one of the top two spots in the South Division of the Metro League Reinforced Conference Thursday night at Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig City.Down by two in the last seven seconds of regulation, Mark Montuano came to the rescue for the Strikers as he connected on a game-tying layup at the buzzer off a Mark Doligon pass to force extra time.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ArcelorMittal Canada given up to 499 million by Ottawa for plant modernization

first_imgHAMILTON – ArcelorMittal Canada Inc. is being given up to $49.9 million from a federal fund to help large steel and aluminum producers deal with the impact of U.S. tariffs.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced the financial support in Hamilton, Ont.It’s part of the $250-million strategic innovation fund that has received more than $1 billion of submissions that aim to improve cost and environmental efficiency of production.The steelmaker is spending $205 million to modernize its facilities by enhancing its ability to develop advanced high-strength steels to meet Canada’s demand in the energy, automotive and construction industries, as well as cut its fuel consumption and lower its greenhouse gas emissions.Bains says the investment will support up to 4,700 jobs in Hamilton and 1,700 in Contrecoeur, Que.,The federal government responded to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing $16.6 billion in counter tariffs in July as well as a $2 billion financial aid package for affected industries.Canada’s steel industry employed more than 23,000 people and contributed $4.2 billion to the country’s gross domestic product last year.last_img read more