Meeting to discuss Castleconnell flooding to be held by end of…

first_imgLinkedin Print Advertisement University Hospital Limerick denies claim it ignored request by sister hospital over transfer of flu patients Previous articleFinance Minister to address Brexit at major public meetingNext articleMulti car collision on M7 outside Limerick claims one life Editor Twitter Long overdue work at Janesboro church Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunityEnvironmentMeeting to discuss Castleconnell flooding to be held by end of monthBy Editor – March 1, 2017 1045 center_img Limerick Senator encouraging Limerick groups to apply for new €30m fund WhatsApp Email €8 million M20 tendering process gets underway Irish Cement should not be allowed compromise public health TAGSCastleconnell VillageMontpelierSenator Kieran O’Donnell Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick Senator Kieran O’DonnellFlood relief plans for Castleconnell Village and Montpelier will be discussed before the end of March at a public consultation organised by The Office of Public Works (OPW).The consultation will take place in Castleconnell Village, with the venue likely to be the Castle Oaks Hotel, which was the location for the previous public consultation on 1st September last.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Discussing this announcement, Limerick Senator, Kieran O’Donnell said, “At the public consultation on 1st September last we were shocked to found no flood relief plans were provided for in respect of either Castleconnell Village or Montpelier.“I am now glad to report that the OPW Minister Canney and the OPW itself have confirmed to me that flood relief plans are now prepared for Castleconnell Village and Montpelier.“Furthermore, I have secured a commitment that these flood plans will be available for Public Consultation with local residents within the next few weeks. Arrangements are currently being finalised for a specific date, with the venue more than likely being the Castle Oaks hotel.“I would encourage all residents in the Castleconnell and Montpelier areas to attend and have their say. Over 100 people attended the previous Public Consultation on and this shows how important it is to everyone in the area.“Castleconnell Village and Montpelier were both flooded on the last two occasions and the fact that the original draft flood relief report did not include any measures for either location was crazy. This is now being rectified.”“Once the date and venue are fully finalised and confirmed for the Public Consultation, it will be advertised locally and I will also inform local residents,” Senator O’Donnell concluded.last_img read more

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FEI Cancels European Mainland Events Due to EHV-1 Outbreak

first_img SIGN UP The FEI has cancelled international events in 10 countries on the European mainland with immediate effect and until 28 March 2021 due to the rapid evolution of a very aggressive strain of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), which originated in Valencia (ESP) and has already resulted in related outbreaks in at least three other countries in Europe.This decision applies to all FEI disciplines, but in order to prevent huge numbers of horses simultaneously departing the Jumping Tours on the Iberian Peninsula, in Italy and Belgium that have been ongoing for a number of weeks, these specific Tours will be allowed to continue as individual “bubbles” on the condition that absolutely no new horses are allowed to enter the venues and no positive cases of EHV-1 are confirmed.The Jumping Tour venues in Vejer de la Frontera (ESP), Vilamoura (POR), San Giovanni in Marignano (ITA) and Gorla Minore (ITA) will have stringent biosecurity protocols in place and additional FEI Veterinary Delegates onsite. Horses will only be permitted to leave these venues when they are in possession of an official health certificate from the local Veterinary Authorities. Any horses leaving these venues without this documentation will be blocked on the FEI Database. It is also illegal to transport a horse without an official health certificate.Oliva Nova (ESP) had already advised the FEI this afternoon that it has decided to cancel the rest of its scheduled competitions in the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour III. Opglabbeek (BEL) has also informed the FEI that it has cancelled its events in March.A number of countries, including France, have already cancelled all their events to minimise transmission of the virus.The decision, which covers events in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia, has been made in accordance with FEI General Regulations Article 112.3, which state: The Secretary General shall have the authority to remove any Competition and/or Event from the Calendar if justified circumstances relating to a Competition or the Event are established.“This was not an easy decision to block events in mainland Europe, particularly after the major disruption to the FEI Calendar caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, “but this EHV-1 outbreak is probably the most serious we have had in Europe for many decades and our decision is based on clearly identified epidemiological risk factors.“This strain of EHV-1 is particularly aggressive and has already caused equine fatalities and a very large number of severe clinical cases. We need to keep our horses safe.“We are also aware that a large number of horses left the venue in Valencia without an official health certificate, meaning they had an unknown health status. Some horses were already sick, and the risk of transmission from these horses is a major concern.“Cancelling these competitions in mainland Europe, with the exception of the ongoing Jumping Tours in the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, limits the number of horses travelling internationally and therefore reduces the likelihood of this very serious virus being transmitted on an increasingly wider scale. We also strongly recommend that the affected member Federations should also cancel their national events.“We are very conscious of the fact that this is a very stressful and distressing time, and that this is potentially hugely disruptive for those athletes aiming for their Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) or confirmation results for Tokyo, but we are looking at ways to alleviate that in order to assist athlete/horse combinations in getting their MERs or confirmation results once the events in mainland Europe are allowed to resume.”The FEI is conscious that some athletes have already arrived on competition venues or are en route, and is directly contacting all impacted athletes entered in Events between now and 28 March 2021.(Ed. Note: Here is a video posted by a vet in France of a mare infected in Valancia depicting just how serious and debilitating this disease can be): Tags: FEI, EHV-1, Europe, neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Hortons keep it all in the family

first_imgEven from a hundred yards out, nobody could mistake Wes and Shane Horton for anything except brothers.Wes, the younger defensive end, might stand four inches taller than his slightly more human-sized linebacker older sibling, but both brothers wear the same curly hair and bright smile.Brotherly love · Defensive end Wes Horton (96) is at ease knowing he has his older brother Shane on his team, and sometimes in the same huddle. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanLooking beyond their physical similarities — and differences — Shane and Wes Horton act just like brothers. Separated by a mere 18 months, the siblings even sound similar. Both pepper their speech with “you know,” and, more tellingly, repeatedly refer to their time together as Trojans as a blessing.“It’s stuff you dream about,” Shane, a redshirt sophomore, said. “Being able to play under Coach Carroll, being able to play at home and also being able to play with my brother. I’m living the dream. And I cherish every moment.”While redshirt freshman Wes has been a regular starter this season, USC’s game against California two weekends ago marked Shane’s opportunity to join his brother in the starting lineup, a chance that arose out of the injury to linebacker Malcolm Smith.For the two siblings out of Chatsworth, Calif., it was their first chance to start together since their playing days at Notre Dame High School.“Back in high school, we started together basically every game,” Wes said. “It was very exciting and not everyone gets that opportunity.”However, the start in Memorial Stadium was actually not their first time on the field together as Trojans. Shane fondly recalled the Washington State game, their first time playing together since 2007. Shane smiled as he remembered that both brothers were so lost in the game that finding each other in the huddle came as a mild shock.“I remember we were huddled up in a TV timeout and Coach was talking to us and I was tapping Wes, saying, ‘Wes! Wes!’ and he had barely even noticed I was out there and he looked back and said, ‘This is it!’” Shane said.Except for some hard work and a fortunate transfer, such a wonderful moment might never have come to pass. Shane, who graduated high school in 2006, chose to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he had a stellar freshman season at starting linebacker.Separated on and off the football field for the first time since birth, Shane and Wes faced some difficult choices as the younger brother approached his own high school graduation.“It definitely sucked,” Wes said, bluntly. “I was leaning towards UNLV in the beginning, but things didn’t really work out. Obviously, when he came to USC, it was just a blessing to have him here.”Fortunately, Shane transferred from UNLV, and after an NCAA-mandated year off, the siblings were finally able to play together again.Though they play different positions on defense, Shane and Wes found important little moments of symmetry and teamwork between them during the Cal game.“We go to the same side every time just based on our positions, so there’s a few plays where I got to tap him on the butt and tell him to go left, tell him to go right,” Shane explained. “So it’s cool, I give him a little tap, and he knows it’s me every time.”Although senior defensive captain Taylor Mays said he didn’t necessarily see any signs of “brotherly love” on the field, he praised the way both brothers have prepared individually and together.“Both of them are stepping up, stepping in,” Mays said. “They’re mature and they’re dedicated, and it is important to them to play well. It’s important to them to do well for the guys around them.”Defensive coordinator Rocky Seto praised Shane’s performance in his first start against Cal, also remarking that the brothers’ start together might have been the first of its kind at USC since Mike and Marlin McKeever played together in the early ’60s.“We felt really pleased the way he performed and executed. He had a big hit, and I thought it was pretty neat that both were out there,” Seto said.Coach Pete Carroll echoed Seto’s praise for the performances of Shane and Wes against the Golden Bears, and also commented on the rarity of their opportunity.“That was really cool. We were supposed to take a picture of the three of us but never got that done — blew it off at the end,” Carroll joked. “Those guys are really well-liked around here because of their work ethic and the way they handle themselves, and the guys were rooting for them.”Despite his strong performance against Cal, Shane was unable to win the starting spot from a healthy Smith against Notre Dame last weekend. True to Mays’ assessment of his selflessness, the older Horton showed little concern for the decision.“The only thing I can do is come out here and bust my tail every play,” Shane said. “We’ve got two other guys who are really good and can fill in that spot. So it’s also good — it’s going to make us better — that we’re all competing against each other.”Rather than gripe about the starting lineup, both Shane and Wes, who remains a starting defensive end, seem content to play their positions and improve to the best of their abilities. And, after that long separation, the brothers mostly just seem happy to be together again as Trojans.“That’s why I came back over here, just to be with him,” Shane said. “It felt like something was missing, you know, we’re attached at the hip. That’s my best friend. I love that guy and it’s going to be hard being away from him. So we’re going to stay together as long as we can.”And even though the brothers said they rarely argue over their performances on the field, sometimes a little competition off the field is inevitable.“I would say the only time we do argue and bicker is in video games,” Shane said, laughing. “We won’t fight over food, we won’t fight over anything else — but video games, I guess it just comes down to competition.”last_img read more

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Update: Leafs sweep road swing through South Okanagan, shutout Penticton 4-0 and drub Summerland 9-2

first_imgNews flash: The Nelson Leafs can win away from home.The Nelson Leafs swept a pair of road games in the South Okanagan, completing the two-game set with a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win over Penticton Lakers Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.Nelson opened the weekend Friday by drubbing the Summerland Steam 9-2. Patrick Martens continued his torrid start the KIJHL season scoring four times to lead the Leafs. Heading into Saturday’s game Martens was riding an eight-game scoring streak which the speedy forward had accumulated 20 points. He led the Leafs with 23 points, including a team-high 13 goals.Friday Martens scored in each period, including two in the third, to lead the Leafs to its ninth win of the season — the most in the KIJHL.After Jeff Penman scored on Leaf netminder Patrick Defoe less than two minutes into the game, Nelson reeled off seven unanswered goals — three in the first, one in the second and three more in the third — before the Steam scored a power play marker.Colton Schell added a pair while singles went to Nik Newman, Max Mois and Brett Norman.Schell also had four assists to finish the game with six points. Martens had five while Riley Henderson, Matthew Naka, Mois and Norman each had two points.Nelson, improving to 10-3-0-1 in the Murdoch Division, retains its three-point advantage over second place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks also won twice on the weekend, edging Spokane 3-1 in the Lilac City Friday before outlasting West Kootenay rival Castlegar Rebels 7-4 Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest.The two Murdoch rivals meet Nelson Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: The monster night by Patrick Martens allowed the skillful forward to overtake teammate Matti Jmaeff for the lead in the Nelson scoring race. . . . Brett Norman is tied for second with Jmaeff with Colton Schell fourth, six in back of [email protected]last_img read more

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