Facebook Midsummer Fairways for Shannon Chamber Members Advertisement ETB announces appointment of main contractor for construction of new Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleThe Darkest Midnight dawns for music and song Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister to address chamber on national plans BusinessNewsBusiness, sport and political leaders to address Chamber eventBy Staff Reporter – November 23, 2016 894 Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 Patrick O’Donovan announces €420,000 in funding for Limerick Greenway Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Linkedin WhatsApp Email Politician Patrick O’Donovan, Tipperary GAA boss Michael Ryan and GECAS GM Sean Flannery will give their insights into leadership at the Shannon Chamber lunch in DecemberLEADERS in the fields of sport politics and business will take centre stage at the annual Shannon Chamber President’s luncheon on December 6 next.Limerick TD and current Minister of State for Tourism and Sport will be joined by Tipperary hurling boss Michael Ryan and Sean Flannery, GM at GECAS when the trio take to the stage on Tuesday, 6 December in Dromoland Castle Hotel.Broadcaster and educator Séamus Hennessy, will interview the three men on the trials and tribulations associated with leadership.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The lunch, which is being sponsored by GECAS and supported by Chamber members Snap Limerick, Career Decisions Ireland, Willis Towers Watson and Fáilte Ireland, is a departure from the norm and a format which should be well received by the business and sporting communities.As Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes explains: “Leadership is such a topical issue at the moment that we decided it might be a very worthwhile undertaking to invite three people who have demonstrated great leadership traits to share their views on what it takes to attain great wins. It’s quite a departure from our normal keynote speaker format but we believe it’s exactly what our members need at this time of year and should generate lively rapport among the panel and the audience.“We are certainly looking forward to gaining some new insights as I’m sure all of our members and their guests are too. It’s a rare opportunity to hear what it takes to lead and win in the very different environments of sport, politics and business.”Bookings are still being taken for the lunch, which runs from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 – www.shannonchamber.ie/events-training/ TAGSFGGECASHelen DownesMichael RyanPatrick O’DonovanSean FlanneryShannon ChamberTipperary GAA Print
Owner of Montana Coal Mine Says It’s Worth Nothing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Matthew Brown for the Associated Press:A central Montana coal mine that’s seen layoffs, production cuts and permitting troubles faces more uncertainty after one of its co-owners reported taking a $362 million writedown on the 240-worker operation.Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy in 2015 reduced to zero the value of its stake in Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain Mine, according to a transcript of a company conference call with analysts.FirstEnergy cited depressed coal markets, which have curbed domestic and international demand for the fuel. The company has a one-third share in the underground mine south of Roundup.Signal Peak spokesman Mike Dawson said Wednesday that FirstEnergy’s accounting move would not impact future mining operations. No additional layoffs or production cuts are planned, Dawson said.Yet it comes amid mounting troubles for the mine — a major economic force in Musselshell and Yellowstone counties — and the coal industry more broadly.More than 20 percent of Bull Mountain’s workers were laid off in December, when the company said it was scaling back production from about 8 million tons annually to 5.5 million tons.When the mine was developed in 2008, FirstEnergy had an agreement to buy 7.5 million tons of coal from Signal Peak annually. That was scaled back to 2 million tons in 2011, and eliminated outright last year, according to company filings with federal securities regulators.The mine has also seen a decline in shipments of coal to Asia, a once-promising export market.Despite the write-down reported by FirstEnergy, the company made money on the Montana mine since buying into the project at its inception for $150 million, said analyst Charles Fishman with Morningstar, a Chicago-based investment research firm. FirstEnergy sold just a portion of its stake in 2011, for $234 million.The write-down of its remaining share of the mine was primarily an accounting matter, not a change in direction for the mine or the company, Fishman said.“They’ve wanted to sell off their remaining interest (in Signal Peak) for some time,” he said. “I think the mistake they made was waiting for the market to get better and it didn’t. It got worse.”The drop-off in exports could force Signal Peak into trying to market more of the fuel in the U.S. But domestic markets also are in decline, said Tom Sanzillo with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an Ohio group that promotes sustainable energy.Whether and how long the mine remains open “depends on what they think they can eke out,” he said.Full article: Owner of Central Montana coal mine says it’s worth nothing
NZ Herald 15 Dec 2012A judge has slammed the reckless actions of Child, Youth and Family workers who allowed four children to stay with their violent, abusive parents for more than nine years. Social workers failed to respond to 20 warnings that the children were being abused and neglected by their father, a convicted child rapist, and their mother, who left them alone in a South Auckland car park. The case has alarmed Family Court judge Dale Clarkson so much that she has referred it to the Children’s Commissioner.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10854196Eccentric teacher subject of ‘witch hunt’Sunday Star Times 16 Dec 2012Police and Child, Youth and Family have spent months investigating an eccentric Greymouth science teacher, including raiding his classroom and interviewing his students, after claims he was “corrupting” children with inappropriate stories and had touched a female student. The principal of John Paul II High says the investigation into teacher Andrew McCarthy was unprofessional, the complaint against him was vindictive and CYF went against its own protocols in what amounted to a “witch-hunt”. Principal Kieran Stone says McCarthy is a good teacher and he has no concerns about him continuing to teach at the integrated Catholic school of 190 pupils. CYF wrote to the school last week to say it had completed its investigation. “We are satisfied there are no concerns that we need to follow up after completion of our child-focused interviews,” wrote Moya Beach-Harrison, area manager. Police say they are yet to conclude their investigation and refused to comment. Stone said the inquiry had gone on over three terms, putting enormous stress on students and staff. “At one stage I put the message across [to CYF], you need to either put up or shut up,” Stone said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/8085909/Eccentric-teacher-subject-of-witch-hunt
Nelson out shot the Hawks 36-34 in the game thanks mostly to the quick start where the Leafs held an 11-5 margin after the first period.Not everyone happy with Friday Leafs winIt’s obvious from the reaction some of the Leaf players received not everyone in Fruitvale is happy Nelson is not going quietly in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.Leaf defenceman Kevin Bow Tweeted after Friday’s game, “smacked to the face by a bv fan after the game hurts a lot less after a big win.”Following the Leafs seven-game losing streak to end the regular season most experts were predicting a four-game sweep by the Hawk to set up a rematch of last season’s Castlegar-Beaver Valley Murdoch Final that went seven games.Rebels pound Braves 12-1The Castlegar Rebels are leaving no doubt in the minds of the Spokane Braves which city has the better KIJHL team.The Rebels pasted the Braves 12-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division series Saturday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Bryan Lubin scored three times and first star Stuart Walton had five points to lead the Rebels.Travis Wellman and Kody Disher each finished with four points while Erik Alden, Matt Reed and Lubin each had three points.Jordan Gluck had an easy night in the nets facing only 21 shots at Castlegar out shot the Braves 52-21.In two games against the Braves Castlegar, now unbeaten in 10 games including an eight-game streak to end the regular season, holds an 18-1 goal difference.Games three and four go Monday and Tuesday in Spokane. Ryan Edwards scored twice as the Beaver Valley Nitehawks squared its Murdoch Division Semi Final with a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night in Fruitvale.Nelson took the opener of the best-of-seven series 6-1 Friday.The series now shifts to the NDCC Arena in Nelson Monday and Tuesday.Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m.Riding the wave of Friday’s upset win, the Leafs continued to play well taking a 2-1 lead after one period on goals by Dallon Stoddart and Aaron Dunlap.Michael Bell replied for the Hawks.But the Hawks turned the tables on the Leafs by scoring twice in just over a minute in the latter half of the second frame.Fraser Stang beat Brett Soles in the Leaf nets before Edwards potted his first of two seconds later.Keanan Patershuk increased the margin to 4-2 before Linden Horswill scored on the power play with two seconds remaining in the period.Nelson took advantage of a slashing penalty to Beaver Valley goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn in the final minute of the period.Beaver Valley turned up the pressure on the Leafs in the third, out shooting the visitors 15-9 to secure the win.Edwards completed the scoring with an empty net marker in the final 26 seconds of the game.
THE $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT RACE ALSO MARKS RETURN OF HALL OF FAMER GARY STEVENS FOLLOWING HIP REPLACEMENT HILLHOUSE HIGH: Originally based in New York with Chad Brown, this 6-year-old Exchange Rate mare has done very well in four Southern California starts for trainer Richard Baltas. A close third two starts back in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 6, she was a well beaten third in the Grade III Buena Vista on Feb. 18, a race that due to heavy rains, was switched to the main track. She’ll get back to her preferred surface in the Wishing Well as she tries the hill for the first time under new pilot Corey Nakatani. Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Hillhouse High is 21-3-6-6 overall with earnings of $316,487. ILLUMINANT: Trained by Michael McCarthy and idle since winning the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Gamely Stakes here on May 30, this 5-year-old Quality Road mare has a win and a second from three tries down the hillside turf and appears strictly the horse to beat. With regular rider Flavien Prat engaged, look for Illuminant to be on or near the early lead. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she’s 11-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $367,650. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In what looms as perhaps the most highly anticipated non-graded stakes of the Winter Meet, comebacking Illuminant, recent graded winner Prize Exhibit and consistent Hillhouse High all figure prominently in Friday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Carded as Friday’s fifth race, the Wishing Well attracted a field of seven.The race, named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence, holds additional appeal due to the fact it marks the return to the saddle of racing’s Bionic Man, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who’s been idle since undergoing hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21. A winner of 5,083 career races, including three Kentucky Derbies and 11 Breeders’ Cup events, Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery in July, 2014 and last rode on Dec. 10, 2016 at Los Alamitos.Adding to the Wishing Well drama is the fact that Stevens, who has been named to ride Chilean-bred Paquita Coqueta for Richard Mandella, will turn 54 on Monday and be joined in the starting gate by his older brother, Scott. Currently the leading rider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ, Scott Stevens will ride Arizona-based Kera Kera, an Iowa-bred mare who’s trained by Satchell (no relation) Stevens. PRIZE EXHIBIT: With “Big Money” Mike Smith rationing her finite late kick, this 5-year-old English-bred mare took the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths on Jan. 16. Although she’s routed in her last 10 starts, she did win the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here 12 starts back in her only hillside turf try. With recency in her corner and Smith at the controls, she rates a big chance to notch her second consecutive win on Friday. Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit has earnings of $637,045 from an overall mark of 31-7-3-2. Cadet Roni–Rafael Bejarano–120Kera Kera–Scott Stevens–120Illuminant–Flavien Prat–125Miss Double d’Oro–Santiago Gonzalez–122Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–125Paquita Coqueta–Gary Stevens–120Hillhouse High–Corey Nakatani–120First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Northolt’s Ryan Toms has been given the chance to regain the southern area light-middleweight title.Steve O’Meara, who dethroned Toms with a first-round knockout when the two West Londoners met last year, has relinquished the belt and is fighting experienced Welshman Bradley Pryce next month.It means Toms, 30, will face Yassine El Maachi for the now vacant championship at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on 26 May.The fight will be on the same show as the all-west London heavyweight clash between Audley Harrison and Chelsea-based Iraqi Ali Adams.El Maachi, who was keen to challenge O’Meara, was born in Morocco, lives in Finsbury Park and has a record of 14 wins and four losses.Last year the 32-year-old won the televised Prizefighter tournament, beating former world champion Junior Witter in the final.Toms (9-2-1) was unbeaten as a professional prior to his defeat against O’Meara at York Hall last September.Related story: O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN DIEGO–The Giants’ release of their Opening Day roster turned out to be anticlimactic, but that wasn’t good news for Mac Williamson.The Giants announced Thursday they have designated Williamson, 28, for assignment after the power-hitting corner outfielder hit .237 in 59 spring at-bats. Williamson can still remain in the Giants’ organization if he clears waivers and is outrighted to Triple-A, but after a rough spring, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi elected to move in a …
Denel will provide game reserves with the latest technology in surveillance and skills training for rangers, in aid of the rhino crisis in South Africa.(Image: Denel) Rhino Hero revolves around Zama, a rhino, and his efforts to protect his species.(Image: Rhino Hero)MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Masters ShortBlackMocca+27 71 520 4764RELATED ARTICLES• A legacy for the African rhino• Giving rhinos a voice through art• Sangomas join the rhino force• Taking the plunge for our rhinos• Special anti-poaching weapon for SA• Rhinos to get revenge on poachersCadine PillaySouth African National Parks (SANParks) and state-owned Denel, the largest arms manufacturer in the country, have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Denel will use its law enforcement technology to assist in the fight against rhino poaching.The country’s rhino death toll for 2012 currently stands at a shocking 549 – 61 more than the total for the whole of 2011. Out of this figure, 320 were poached in the Kruger National Park, which straddles the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces in the north east of the country.Figures released by the Department of Environmental Affairs show that more than 1 600 rhino have been killed by poachers over the past five years and on average South Africa is losing one rhino every day and a half.“We are convinced that this technology will build the ability to detect and deter would-be poachers and provide early warnings to law enforcement officials deployed on the ground,” said Riaz Saloojee, CEO of Denel.Sophisticated technology for game reservesSaloojee said that Denel has, over the years, developed highly sophisticated law-enforcement technology for use at home and abroad. The technology is currently used to combat perlemoen (abalone) poaching on South Africa’s west coast. As a result of excessive poaching, perlemoen was declared an endangered species in terms of CITES regulations in 2007, but the status was removed in 2010 when the illegal trade seemed to have subsided.SANParks spokesperson Wanda Mkutshulwa explained that Denel will provide game reserves with cutting-edge surveillance technology and will also assist in training rangers to operate and interpret data from the technological devices.Dr David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks, is confident that the latest initiative will help reduce incidences of poaching and keep the numbers of poached rhino down.“Though we admit that we have lost a few battles, and suffered a few bloody noses, we have no intention of losing this war,” he said. “We will fight until the last man or woman standing to save the nation’s heritage.”The details of the technology could not be revealed due to security reasons.Rhinos get their own appWhile Denel’s technology will hopefully detect poachers before they get to the rhino, two South Africans are also using modern technology to raise funds and awareness for the same cause.Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will now be able to download Rhino Hero, an application developed by social entrepreneurs Chris Masters and Alasdair Muller. At present the app works only on Apple devices but will shortly be available for Android.The pair, who started their company ShortBlackMocca together earlier this year, said that 50% of the proceeds raised from the app’s downloads will be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), a leading conservation effort that has been at the forefront of the poaching war.Everyone can be a rhino heroRhino Hero revolves around the rhino Zama (isiZulu, meaning “to make an effort”) and his efforts to protect his species. According to Masters, the game was designed to create awareness and drive support by giving people a fun way to interact with the cause, which is close to the hearts of many South Africans.Zama does not have x-ray vision or super strength, but his strength comes from the people who support his cause. The player launches Zama into poachers’ camps, driving him to take charge and destroy the camps, one by one, scoring points and going up a level after reaching a certain number of points.“The beauty lies in the way the game mirrors the Save the Rhino campaign,” said Masters. “One person, or in the case of the game, one rhino, really can make a difference.”The popularity of apps and the large number of people downloading them regularly through their smart devices inspired the ShortBlackMocca team to focus on this ever-growing market. According to the Apple app store, as many as 25-billion apps have been downloaded through the store, while a further 10-billion were downloaded through Google’s Android app store.“It was a business opportunity,” said Masters, “but also a way to raise awareness through the types of apps they created.”Persecution victory The number of arrests made by South African authorities in relation to rhino poaching so far stands at 222. The recent sentencing of a syndicate member, Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai, to an unprecedented 40 years in prison, was welcomed by the South African government.Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to 59 counts in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court earlier this month.Justice minister Jeff Radebe commended the country’s National Prosecuting Authority for their work in bringing Lemtongthai to book.“Rhino poaching and smuggling threatens the government’s efforts in preserving our environment and economic stability of the country,” said Radebe in a statement.