New Music: 40Hurtz NewsMayor Leddin is “the happiest woman in Limerick”By John Keogh – June 25, 2013 1365 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Independent councillor Kathleen Leddin, the new Mayor of Limerick CityIndependent councillor Kathleen Leddin, the new Mayor of Limerick CityINDEPENDENT city councillor Kathleen Leddin said she was “the happiest woman in Limerick” as she was declared the 817th, and last, Mayor of Limerick City on Monday evening.The 74-year-old grandmother and former postmistress will be the last councillor to hold the title after the amalgamation of the city and county in June 2014.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The first thing was total relief, then about 25 seconds after that it was total jubilation,” Mayor Leddin told Limerick Post following her election, “It’s so exciting and I am over the moon to be the last Mayor of the City of Limerick.”Mayor Leddin pledged to bring “a lot of commitment and dedication” to the role over the next year.She added: “There is a lot of work to be done regarding the amalgamation and I will be working very closely with City Hall officials and councillors. The City of Culture in 2014 is also a huge honour for the city; it’s going to be a lot of work but I’m looking forward to it.”Kathleen Leddin was first elected to the City Council in 1999, she is a mother of four and also has four stepchildren; her late husband Tim was a former Fine Gael Mayor of Limerick.Cllr Leddin was runner up in the mayoral elections twice in the last five years and was the longest-serving councillor to have not previously held the office of Mayor.Cllr Orla McLoughlin, the daughter of outgoing Mayor Gerry McLoughlin, was elected Deputy Mayor.Mayor Leddin’s appointment follows a dramatic build up to the election which saw Fine Gael mayoral nominee Cllr Denis McCarthy claim that he had been subjected to a smear campaign.City Council Fine Gael party leader Cllr Diarmuid Scully said last week that false allegations had been made about Cllr McCarthy, who he said “has no case to answer”.Cllr Pat Kennedy also accused his Fine Gael colleagues of “breaching an agreement” when they nominated Cllr McCarthy as their mayoral candidate instead of him.Cllr Leddin won the election by nine votes to eight after Cllr Kennedy voted for her over his own party’s nominee in a move that could result in his expulsion from the group.Labour councillors also broke a pact they had formed with Fine Gael as Cllr Joe Leddin seconded the nomination for his aunt rather than backing Cllr McCarthy. TAGSCllr Kathleen LeddinLimerick city councilMayor of LimerickMusic Limerick Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article10,000 cyclists take part in BeSpoke festivalNext articleFitness expert gives free lecture in Limerick John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Twitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday
Changes to the radiative environment arising from stratospheric ozone (O3) depletion and subsequent associations between these changes and the pigmentation of the moss Andreaea regularis were measured in late austral spring and early summer 1998 at Rothera Point on the western Antarctic Peninsula (67 S, 68 W). A strong relationship between O3 column depth and the ratio of UV-B to PAR irradiance (FUV-B/FPAR) was recorded at ground level (r2 = 92%, P<0.001). Weaker, but significant, associations between O3 column depth and ground level unweighted and biologically effective UV-B radiation (UV-BBE) were also found. Regression analyses indicated that FUV-B/FPAR was the best predictor for concentrations of UV-B screening pigments and total carotenoids extracted from plant tissues. Concentrations of these pigments were loosely (r2 = c. 30%) but significantly (P<0.01) positively associated with FUV-B/FPAR. Concentrations of UV-B screening pigments were also positively associated with irradiances and daily doses of unweighted UV-B and UV-BBE radiation. The concentrations of chlorophylls a and b were apparently unaffected by O3 depletion. The data derived from this study suggest that changes to the radiative environment associated with stratospheric O3 depletion influence the pigmentation of A. regularis. As a corollary, flavonoids are shown to be present in tissues of A. regularis.
Don’t expect the recently announced federal payments to small pork producers to help Georgia farmers much, says a University of Georgia economist. On Jan. 12, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman outlined ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help struggling small pork producers. But the farm size limits that restrict the payments will likely cut out many Georgia family farms. “It’s hard to say exactly how many dollars would go to Georgia,” said John McKissick, an Extension Service agricultural economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We have a number of producers in that category. But they don’t have a large number of hogs. And many of them have gone out of business,” McKissick said. “So the payments will help some. But they will leave out a lot of family farms that are over the size limit.” The restrictions could hit hard on Georgia’s already suffering hog business. “The pork business in the state is suffering,” McKissick said. “This latest tragedy is that the producers are facing the lowest prices since the 1930s. Minus inflation, they’re actually the lowest prices this century. “In Georgia, we lost our last packer two and a half years ago,” he said. “So we get even less than the national price for our hogs, because we don’t have the buying power of our competition.” As a result of those factors, Georgia’s hog numbers steadily dropped since the 1980s. “Right now we have roughly one-fifth of the hogs we had in 1980,” McKissick said, “and roughly one-fourth of what we had as late as 1990.” The last Hog and Pig Report by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Service shows that as many as 290 Georgia farms can qualify for these payments. “Operations under 2,000 head had only 30 percent of the production in the state last year,” McKissick said. “The numbers may sound big. But the amount per producer would be relatively small. “You miss many of our real commercial producers who depend on pork for their income but are still family farms, not the large operations,” he said. “But they won’t be eligible for any of this help.” Eligible farmers will get up to $5 per slaughter-weight hog (or the equivalent for feeder pigs and other swine) marketed during the last six months of 1998. Farmers will be paid only on up to 500 market hogs (or an equivalent number of feeder pigs). The maximum payment will be $2,500 per operation. No payments will be made to farms whose 1998 gross income was over $2.5 million, as is true for USDA’s crop disaster assistance programs. Glickman said farmers are eligible if they sold fewer than 1,000 hogs during the last six months of ’98 and are still in operation today. They’re not eligible for payments on hogs marketed under fixed-price or cost-plus contracts. Farmers should apply for direct payments at their local Farm Service Agency office from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12. Payments will be made around the end of February.
Five men, four Venezuelan and one Trinidadian, were arrested and charged with illegal firearm and ammunition possession during a raid in San Fernando on Thursday.During the raid that took place along King’s Wharf around 3 p.m. police also uncovered large amounts of marijuana and cocaine.The officers of San Fernando CID and Southern Division Task Force and Customs and Exercise Divison searched through several shacks, boats and abandoned buildings in the area.Police found two Taurus pistols and six rounds of ammunition in a wooden shack and .357 Magnum revolver in another building.Police seized a total of 94 grams of cocaine valued at $45,000 and 1.2 kilograms of marijuana valued $70,000, no arrests have been made in connection to the drug find.
Story Links Omaha (2-5-1) is coming off a scoreless draw to Campbell Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. The Mavericks own a slight edge, 2-1-1, in the head-to-head series versus Drake. Sophomore Diego Gutierrez leads the team in goals with five and assists with four. Drake (6-3-1) takes a break from Missouri Valley Conference play when the Mavericks visit Des Moines. In their last league game, the Bulldogs edged Central Arkansas, 1-0. Sophomore Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) scored the game winner in the 36th minute and junior goalkeeper Jared Brown (Aurora, Ontario) and the defense recorded the team’s third shutout this season. Brown and Enzugusi were honored by the MVC Tuesday by being named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week and the MVC Offensive Player of the Week, respectively. Both are the first MVC weekly awards for the duo. Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team welcomes Omaha Saturday night to the Cownie Soccer Complex for a non-conference contest. Following Saturday’s match, Drake travels to Evansville Oct. 13 for MVC action. The road contest will start at 5 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version
For more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Expectations are relatively low for the Giants heading into 2019, as they were last season. But hope springs eternal around Opening Day each season, with 162 games still left ahead.Things will be different in the front office with Farhan Zaidi taking over as San Francisco works to turn the corner back toward the top of the NL West.While there are several new faces who could make a difference on the Oracle Park diamond, …
Algerian ambassador to South Africa Abd-El-Naceur Belaid called for stronger economic partnerships between Algeria and South Africa at an Algeria-South Africa trade and investment summit held in Johannesburg.Algeria is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the north, Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania on the west, Mali and Niger on the south, and Libya and Tunisia on the east. It is the largest country on the continent and has a diversity of climate and landforms. (Image: Wikipedia)Chris AndersonBelaid was speaking at a gathering in Johannesburg on 22 March 2017 with members of the South African business community, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and other groups, organised by Brand South Africa.The ambassador presented an overview of his country’s economic climate, as well as the huge investment opportunities offered to foreign investors and the measures taken by the Algerian government to encourage them.This latest conference followed a visit by South African business representatives to Algeria in December 2016. Reaction on that visit was positive regarding Algeria’s vast investment in infrastructure, the development of strong international relations, and a keen enthusiasm for engaging with good, solid ideas from the rest of Africa.Those at the March 2017 conference who had been part of the earlier visit to Algeria, spoke informally of the exciting growth and potential in the country’s economy, and the government’s desire to make investment and business relationships both easy and beneficial.Not just oilAlgeria is still considered one of the largest and most important producers and exporters of oil and natural gas in the world. While the country had suffered huge losses as a result of the drop in oil prices over the past 10 to 15 years, the Algerian government, said Belaid, had constantly been engaged in creating reforms to cushion the impact of this decline.Traditionally having a state-controlled, more bureaucratic-oriented economy, the country was now actively encouraging a diverse private sector. Relaxed government legislation had allowed for more foreign investment, modern industry diversification and business partnerships.This new model for growth had enabled Algeria to achieve lower national debt and stabilised reserves. Taking note of this, in their latest reports the World Bank and International Monetary Fund forecast that the country’s growth could hit 3.9% in 2017.However, said Belaid, there was still much reputation-building to be done for Algeria.Algeria and North AfricaIn what he diplomatically called a “lack of information” about Algeria and its relation to the often turbulent politics of North Africa, Belaid said that over the past 20 years his government had made a concerted effort to defeat terrorism threats that were prevalent in the country in the 1990s, striving to remain immune to its effects while countries around it went through more troubling times.Realising that solutions to growth were more often than not economic rather than political, the Algerian government would begin a huge campaign of economic development and infrastructure investment, “across the board”, in all sectors of industry, from agriculture and mining, tourism and technology, to industry and finance.Notable Algerian infrastructure investmentsHe highlighted a few infrastructure projects, specifically the Trans-Saharan Highway. It dissected the famous desert that makes up much of the country’s landmass. For centuries, the Sahara remained impenetrable for the economic expansion of Africa, but thanks to the impressive road system built across it, the highway was now “a modern (economic) connection between Europe and Africa, with Algeria as its centre”.A modern port system, outside the capital Algiers, was fast becoming part of the global shipping system – alongside Cape Town and Durban harbours – that connected Europe and Africa with Asian markets.Water infrastructure had been another of Algeria’s favoured investments, with more than 40 dams built over the past 10 years. These had boosted an agriculture sector that would otherwise have been stifled by the desert.The Algerian motor industry was another success. A number of big global names were building manufacturing plants in the country – Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota had increased their presence in the industry. Belaid also said there was a large automotive parts manufacturing industry in Algeria.Tourism was also another big focus for the country. Belaid said Algeria, as the largest country in Africa, offered a variety of landforms – mountains, deserts, ocean – and diverse and comfortable climates. While still underdeveloped, Algeria’s rich natural and historical heritages were notable assets for potential investment opportunities.All this potential for development, Belaid said, had made Algeria a progressive player in the global economy, comparable to Europe, as well as a significant African economic power.Today, he said, was a crucial time for his country. “We have the resources, we have built the infrastructure… we now need to develop it further, look at diversification of industry, invest in high value and dynamic ideas.” Some of those ideas included an expansion of Algeria’s digital economy, a focus on renewable energy and emphasis on the financial sector.For more details on Algeria and potential opportunities, click here to read a special feature focusing on the country in the latest issue of Export & Import Southern Africa.Algeria and South AfricaThis is where the relationship with South Africa became so important. As Belaid said, African countries looked to South Africa for that “Madiba magic”, referring to late president Nelson Mandela’s global influence that still permeates the country’s identity even years after his passing.More than just a marketing idea or window dressing, the “magic” still informed how South Africa presented itself to the world, whether it was economically, socially or politically.Algeria, Belaid said, wanted to work with that. Specifically, Algeria admired South Africa’s level of professionalism and competence in the financial sector, industry and digital economy.Joining Belaid for a discussion panel during the conference, representatives from the DTI and the IDC offered plans to support furthering the economic relationship between the two countries.Lerato Matabage, CEO of Trade Invest Africa at the DTI, in particular, highlighted Algeria as the number one priority in North Africa for South African investment. Currently investing R13-billion in the partnership, the DTI wanted to increase this investment by prioritising a much-needed framework update to the current economic agreement with Algeria. It also wanted a more physical presence in the country through the establishment of more sector-specific missions and expanding the DTI presence in Algiers.Matabage wanted South African businesses to take the relationship with Algeria seriously, saying opportunities and potential for growth between the countries were vast and dynamic.Peter Lekhethe, senior development manager at the IDC, emphasised the One Africa ideal for economic growth on the continent.Nation relationships, he said, should focus beyond political differences and boundary issues, and concentrate on building the economic strength of Africa as a whole. With the right policies and removing bureaucratic limitations to trade and investment, doing business in Africa would be easier, simple to implement and beneficial to all parties.Belaid urged potential investors to stay informed about Algeria and understand the differences between it and the rest of North Africa. “Algeria is a beautiful and strong country, with strong economic ideas and a huge potential for developing stronger relationships with South Africa and the rest of the continent. We are open for business,” he concluded. Source: Embassy of Algeria South Africa, Export & Import Southern Africa magazine Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Ravindra Jadeja has been the most consistent all-rounder for India in the recent times and with the Sri Lankan Test tour around the corner, he says he likes to perform when faced with challenges.India are set to tour Sri Lanka later this month and Jadeja will be a key member of the team along with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Asked about the tour, he said, “I like to perform when there are challenges. In cricket when you get easy performances or easy wickets then it’s no fun, but when you have to fight and perform in challenging conditions then that feeling is something else.”The left-handed batsman was speaking after unveiling the Castrol Super Mechanic Trophy.Speaking about the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach, Jadeja said that whoever comes in will share their experience with the team”The good thing is that whatever new experience is added to the team, it is good for us. Hopefully, whoever new comes in the team, they will share their experiences and we will get to learn from them. Cricket is such a sport that you get to learn something from someone everyday. I will also try to learn from their experiences by talking to them,” said Jadeja when asked what he expects to learn from the trio.The player, who played for the Gujarat Lions, said T20 was a good platform for youngsters.”I think T20 is a good platform for youngsters. When I played in the IPL in 2008 for Rajasthan Royals, it was a good platform for me to showcase my talent and the selectors would notice me.advertisement”The young players who come from Under-19 or players who don’t get opportunity elsewhere they get an opportunity in the IPL. If they perform well then they can make it to the top,” he said.Jadeja, however, believed that Test cricket will survive in T20 age.Walking down memory lane, Jadeja recalled how there were no good facilities during his initial days.”It is very tough to play for India, especially considering where I come from. Jamnagar is a small city but cricketers have come from there before also.”When I started cricket, we didn’t have good facilities in Jamnagar so I had to arrange everything myself if I had to play a match on Saturday or Sunday. I used to prepare the wicket myself and then try to arrange for the money to purchase the cricket balls for the match.”I don’t think these things happened to the players in the other cities that you had to yourself prepare the wicket or purchase the ball,” he recalled.”Those things motivate me a lot even now. My aim since the start was that I wanted to play in the blue jersey. I always wanted to play for India and when I used to see the team playing in blue, I also felt that I should be a part of the team and play for India,” he quipped.Jadeja recalled the time when spin great Shane Warne described him as a “rockstar”, saying he did not know the meaning of the term.”Then I didn’t know what rockstar meant. When I met Shane Warne for the first time, I didn’t know he was such a great bowler in Test cricket. He used to call me ‘rockstar’, and I used to wonder that I don’t sing any songs, nor do I do anything that I desreved to be called a rockstar.”I just asked one of my friends why he is calling me a rockstar. He said that maybe because you put too much of zinc on your face (smiles)… I kept working hard on my game and kept improving my skills, whether it was bowling or batting.”Meanwhile, Jadeja met his daughter Nidhyana for the first time today after returning from England and the West Indies.”It was a special feeling. I don’t realise anything now but as I spend more time with the baby, then I will get more attached. It is a good thing for me and everyone in the family is so happy,” he said.
According to 247, Texas has had the number 7 (2016), 10 (2015), 16 (2014) and 17 (2013) recruiting classes nationally that have all been either number 1 or 2 in the Big 12. While stars don’t always translate to the field, Texas has plenty of chances for some of those ratings to be akk-urit. Let’s check out a few of them who look to be panning out.No. 7 Shane Buechele, QB and No. 18 Tyrone Swoopes, QBGundy approved the comparison on Monday to think of Buechele and Swoopes as comparable to Rudolph and Walsh circa 2015. Swoopes is a senior that’s never totally panned out as QB1 and in came freshman Buechele (who’s apparently been overcoming odds from day 1), the son of a former MLB third basemen now on the bench for the Texas Rangers. Buechele brings an arm to the job that being combined with the new offense has galvanized the unit. The 6’4”, 249 pound Swoopes is a load around the goal line and his high school tape looks like that enormous nine year old rugby playing kid.While Buechele was temporarily out with a chest injury against Cal, he made a comeback and threw for a long touchdown upon returning.No. 25 Chris Warren, RB and No. 33 D’Onta Foreman, RBThe absolutely bruising running back tandem will present a challenge the Pokes have yet to see. Thetime leading tackler and younger brother of former all-conference linebacker for Baylor Bryce Hager, his pedigree will have a hard time being denied. While he was out of place some as a true freshman, he appears to have really turned a corner this season and could be an impact player to watch. pair of high school All-Americans are 250 pounders jointly averaging 184 yards per game and pose a challenge to any defense. Warren leads the conference with 86.7 yards per game and Foreman has four straight games with over 100 yards rushing. Samaje Warren hit his stride late in the year last season and ran for 276 yards as true freshman and Foreman had himself some runs last year as well.No. 46 Malik Jefferson, LBThe freshman All-American who finished second on the team in tackles last year is the heart and soul of this Texas team. As a middle linebacker, Jefferson has tremendous speed around the edge and is as sure of a tackler as they come. He was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and Sporting News while being put on every defensive watch list a linebacker can be named on. Jefferson is unusual in how he blitzes really well, can get down in the box and stop the run that has good cover skills in the middle of the field. No. 44 Breckyn Hager, DE/OLBWhile still a rotation player at the “fox” spot on the Texas D, there’s everything to like about this 6’3”, 227 pound sophomore. With less time on the field, he’s tied for the team lead in sacks with two, refuses to get a haircut until Texas wins the Big 12, and is regularly referred to by his teammates and coaches as a “kamikaze”, “wild man” and “potentially schizophrenic” because of his style of play. Son of Britt Hager, former Texas All-American all- If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!