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Council must walk the walk on Askeaton Slí na Sláinte

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first_imgNewsCommunityPoliticsCouncil must walk the walk on Askeaton Slí na SláinteBy Alan Jacques – February 9, 2019 812 Deputy Tom Neville on an overgrown section of the Askeaton Sl’ na Sl‡inteLIMERICK City and County Council has been told to uphold their commitment to the Outdoor Recreation Scheme and come up with the €29,620 required for the permanent surfacing of the Askeaton Slí na Sláinte walkway.Fine Gael TD Tom Neville explained that the Government recently approved funding of €118,480 for Askeaton Slí na Sláinte under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme through the Department of Rural and Community Development.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A condition of the grant is that the final 20 per cent (€29,620) was to be funded through Limerick City and County Council’s own resources.“As the Council have applied for the Department grant, they must now fulfil their side of the equation and immediately sanction the 20 per cent funding to get this project going,” Deputy Neville told the Limerick Post.“I have been campaigning for a permanent surface for over two years, a period of which the people of Askeaton and the surrounding area have had too long to wait. They have had to put up with weeds moss and overgrown scrub year in and year out. There has been no works done on the walkway as the application for this permanent project has cited,” he claimed.Deputy Neville welcomed the local authority’s recognition of the project by their application to the department but he does not want to see the project delayed now by the Council themselves.“The power to get this project moving is now fully in Limerick City and County Council’s hands. The Government have recognised the validity of the project and the Council must now make it happen.“I am calling for an immediate start to the project with a timeline of works with an estimated completion date. The people of Askeaton and surrounding parishes have waited far too long for this to happen and its now imperative that its made happen. The Council must make this permanent solution and reality immediately.”A spokesman for the local authority said they were delighted the Department of Department of Rural and Community Development has decided to fund improvements to the Askeaton Slí na Sláinte route under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme.“Provisions are now being made in the council budgets to match funding totalling 20 per cent of the total cost as set out in the scheme,” he added. Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Previous articleAughinish in line for new investmentNext articleEnergy generating pressure pads for ships leaves Limerick school on crest of wave Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print Linkedin TAGSCommunityNewspolitics Email Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebooklast_img read more

Maureen McGinley’s post mortem injuries ‘an accident’

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first_imgNewsx Adverts Maureen McGinley’s post mortem injuries ‘an accident’ By News Highland – January 4, 2011 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Facebook Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest A Strabane family have said they believe they now know how their mother’s body sustained more than 30 fractures after her death in 2007.The family of Maureen McGinley have been trying for four years to find out how the fractures were caused at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Mrs McGinley’s son James said they have been contacted by a former worker at the hospital.And he says what happened his mother was an accident: Twitter Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Previous articleSuspected pipe bomb components found in DerryNext articleMixed views on future of Seanad News Highland last_img read more

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: Eden Hazard remains the best player in England

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first_imgJose Mourinho is unequivocal in his support of Eden Hazard and has again insisted there are no fractures in relationships at Chelsea. The Blues’ worst start in 29 years has led to speculation of rifts within the camp, which Mourinho has strenuously denied, while Hazard has struggled to reach the same heights this term. The Belgian was the Premier League champions’ most startling player last season and remains the competition’s leading performer ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, according to his manager. Press Association “He’s the best player in England,” said Mourinho. “He is the best and he will be the best again. I don’t know if it is tomorrow or if it is next week.” The mood has improved at Chelsea since Wednesday night’s Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Mourinho is adamant the talk of a crisis is wrong ahead of the visit of long-time rival Arsene Wenger. Mourinho listed a series of headlines – some of which have appeared in recent weeks and others to illustrate his reaction – and again denied Steven Gerrard’s suggestion of a fallout with captain John Terry. “I don’t have any problem with any one of my players,” Mourinho said. “Normally when bad results happen the first thing that comes into your laptops, iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story: ‘Somebody punch somebody in the dressing room’, ‘The manager doesn’t want to speak with this guy’. “‘Diego Costa fought with John Terry and before they start the fight they brought a translator for them to understand each other in the fight, because Diego cannot speak English and John cannot speak Spanish’. “‘They organise like Far West duels – at this time we are going to fight, bring a translator to help us’. “You (the media) always go in this direction, which is funny. The other direction you don’t go is the direction which is real. “You lose matches, you are affected, you lose confidence, you don’t want the ball.” Gerrard’s comments came during his role as a BT Sport pundit for the Maccabi Tel Aviv tie, which began with a Hazard penalty which he blazed over. “Maybe it was an agreement he did with some sponsor to promote the Rugby World Cup,” added Mourinho, who is happy for Hazard to continue spot-kick duties. “He’s the best penalty taker in this country too. He is my first option.” Based on previous comments made by Mourinho, a handshake is likely to be offered to Wenger pre-match. The Frenchman, who shoved Mourinho in last October’s clash at Stamford Bridge, evaded his rival at Wembley when finally ending his 13-match winless run in the Community Shield. Mourinho was coy on the subject. “I don’t think it’s important now and I don’t think tomorrow people is focused on that. I think people is focused on what happens on the pitch,” Mourinho said. Chelsea are 17th in the standings after their miserable start of four points from five matches, 11 adrift of leaders Manchester City. But Mourinho is ignoring everything other than the Gunners. “If we are looking to the table, I don’t think that helps,” he added. “It’s a match I want to isolate from every possible context. It’s just Chelsea-Arsenal and it’s a match that we want to win. If it’s a pre-season friendly against Arsenal, we want to win. Community Shield, the same.” Petr Cech returns after leaving for North London following 11 years of sterling service at Chelsea. Mourinho added: “Arsenal goalkeeper until the game ends. When the game ends, if he wants to come to our dressing room, the door is open for him.” John Obi Mikel and captain Terry are the only survivors from Mourinho’s first spell at the club. Terry played every minute in the top flight last season but has been less in favour this term, although Mourinho maintains he is a key ally. “I trust him as always and he’s one of my men,” Mourinho added. last_img read more

FB : Midterm report: After 4-2 start, Orange receives grades on 1st-half performance

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Quarterback: A-Through the first half of the season, Ryan Nassib has been outstanding for the Syracuse offense. One bad game against Rutgers doesn’t discredit what he’s done for the team in 2011. By throwing 11 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions, Nassib demonstrated a crucial ability to protect the ball. He’s upped his completion percentage to a very respectable 64.6 percent, and he’s spread the ball around so that six receivers have at least 10 catches. His poise in the pocket and accuracy throwing the ball are two big reasons why SU is 4-2.Running back: BThe success of Syracuse’s running game in the first half of the season has flown under the radar a bit. Antwon Bailey has taken the reins of the starting role from Delone Carter and is on pace to rush for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns halfway through the season. He’s been on a hot streak too, rushing for more than 110 yards in his last three games — although his 124-yard performance against Rutgers was soured by two fumbles. Prince-Tyson Gulley was set to break out as the chance-of-pace back, but broke his collarbone in an off-field incident and is out for the season. The next three running backs — Jerome Smith, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Steve Rene — have all only seen limited action so far.Wide receivers: C-AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the middle of the summer, wide receiver was a strength for Syracuse. But it’s a glaring weakness now. Whether it is the wide receivers’ inability to get open or play calling that features other players on the Orange offense, starters Van Chew and Alec Lemon haven’t been utilized as much as expected. After catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against Rhode Island, Chew has just eight catches for 105 yards in the following four games. Dorian Graham is a name to watch for the second half of the season, though. The speedy senior finally got his hands on the ball against Tulane, hauling in two scores.Tight end: BStarter Nick Provo couldn’t get open through the first two games, but he’s come alive in the last month to give Nassib a reliable target downfield. An eight-catch, 85-yard outburst at Southern California began a stretch of three games with at least 50 yards for Provo. The senior has demonstrated an ability to be dangerous after the catch as well, with both of his touchdowns coming on plays where he’s broken a tackle. David Stevens, a backup, has chipped in with 10 catches for 61 yards on the season as well.Offensive Line: BThis unit has been up and down since the first game of the season. Ryan Nassib has been sacked 12 times, and costly penalties have been drive killers for the offense. That said, when offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has set his mind on running the football, Antwon Bailey hasn’t had any trouble doing so behind this line. The back has four 100-yard games already this season, including three-straight before the bye week. If the line can give Nassib a little bit more time in pass protection, the offense could really open up in the second half of the season.Defensive line: B-Syracuse’s defensive ends have played below expectations and its defensive tackles have exceeded them. The loss of Chandler Jones for the past five games hurt the SU pass rush, but Mikhail Marinovich, who seemed poised for a big year, has just two sacks on the other side. Jones returns this week, although his replacement, Torrey Ball, filled in adequately. On the interior, Deon Goggins has been a revelation. The play of Goggins and Jay Bromley on the middle of SU’s line is a big reason why Syracuse’s rush defense is ranked No. 23 in the nation.Linebackers: A-With the loss of Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith, there was a very good chance this unit would have some growing pains this year. But the linebackers have stepped up and have been the best group on the Orange defense in 2011. Sophomore Marquis Spruill has had no trouble making the move to the middle. And the two new starters, senior Dan Vaughan and freshman Dyshawn Davis, have been brilliant. Vaughan ranks second on the team with 41 tackles, and Davis has wreaked havoc on the blitz all season. He leads the Orange with four sacks.Secondary: DThere are eight teams in the country that give up more passing yards per game than Syracuse does. Yes, there have been multiple injuries in the secondary, and yes, a lack of pass rush does make it harder on the defensive backs. But only so much of the blame can fall outside of the secondary. Four of the six teams SU has played have reached the 300-yard passing mark. Rutgers just missed with 297. Receivers have been running free against the Orange all year, and opposing quarterbacks have had no trouble finding them.Special teams: C+If only it were possible to give separate grades here for the Orange. Freshman kick returner Jeremiah Kobena was stellar in the first half of the season. His speed and elusiveness are game-changers for Syracuse. See: Tulane. Kicker Ross Krautman is a different story. Dominant last year, mediocre this year. He’s already missed three times as many kicks in 2011 as he did all last season. He’s also had a kick and an extra point blocked. The punters, Shane Raupers and Jonathan Fisher, haven’t been great. But they haven’t cost Syracuse anything, either.Coaching: B-There are two ways to look at the job the SU coaching staff has done this season. First, it should be commended for the way it has prepared Syracuse to stay tough in close games. Take away the Rutgers game that SU blundered away and third-year head coach Doug Marrone and staff have a 5-1 team on their hands. But the other side says an Orange defense that was so good last year is being shredded on a weekly basis through the air, ranking 112th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in pass defense. And the offense that entered the season expecting big plays has been rather conservative.Offensive MVP: Ryan NassibIt’s hard to argue against choosing Nassib as the MVP thus far. He carried the offense early in the season before tailback Antwon Bailey got going, almost single-handedly winning games against Wake Forest and Rhode Island. Since then, he’s been an efficient orchestrator of the offense and a proven leader. His quarterback rating has exceeded 120 in all but one of SU’s games. And he’s shown that he can be clutch, leading the Orange on a game-winning drive against Tulane. Without Nassib, the Syracuse offense would be poor at best.Defensive MVP: Kevyn ScottScott’s been the closer for the Syracuse defense. In the season opener, after a poor performance throughout the game for SU’s defense, Scott picked off a pass in the fourth quarter and then blanketed Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens on a fourth-down play in overtime, sealing the victory. He closed out Toledo, too, intercepting an Austin Dantin pass in the end zone in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal for Syracuse. He’s the bright spot in an otherwise deplorable Orange pass defense.Best single play: Antwon Bailey’s 53-yard touchdown run vs. Wake ForestBailey’s run erased an awful first three quarters to the season for Syracuse. Less than two minutes after SU scored to cut Wake Forest’s lead to eight points in the middle of the fourth quarter, Bailey took a carry, got to the outside and scampered down the left sideline for the Orange’s longest offensive touchdown of the season to date. Syracuse tied the Demon Deacons one play later on a two-point conversion and won the game in overtime.Best game: Wake ForestThis game certainly made the droves of Carrier Dome fans that left in the third quarter regret that decision. Syracuse came out flat against the Demon Deacons both offensively and defensively, falling behind 20-7 at the half and 26-14 with a quarter to go. But then something clicked. Syracuse scored 15 points in a span of 1:19 to tie the game at 29. And Ryan Nassib found Van Chew for a 4-yard touchdown in overtime that turned out to be the game-winning score in a 36-29 victory.Worst Game: RutgersThis category wasn’t even a contest. The Orange blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, committed five turnovers in the game and had an extra point and a field goal blocked. Antwon Bailey fumbled twice, including on the final play of the game in double overtime. Ryan Nassib completed less than half of his passes. There was a lot of ugliness, and it resulted in SU’s second loss of the year.Biggest Surprise: Dan VaughanThe senior had a total of 10 tackles in his first three years at Syracuse but has already piled up 41 as the starting strongside linebacker this year. That ranks second on the team behind only Phillip Thomas. Considering that freshman Cameron Lynch has started to split playing time with Vaughan, those numbers are that much more impressive. The linebackers have been the best part of the Orange defense this year, and Vaughan has shined mostly under the radar.Biggest disappointment: Van ChewSyracuse’s deep threat has disappeared. Chew’s speed and big-play ability were supposed to stretch opposing defenses and give Nassib a downfield weapon. That lasted two games. Chew proved he was clutch by hauling in a crucial touchdown and two-point conversion against Wake Forest, then followed that up with an eight-catch, 134-yard game against Rhode Island. Since then, though, he’s had eight catches in four games with only one touchdown. Against Rutgers and Tulane he didn’t even eclipse 15 receiving yards in each game.Biggest Gain: Deon GogginsInterior defensive linemen don’t normally make a lot of tackles, but Goggins ranks fourth on the team with 30 takedowns this year. That means not only is he taking on blockers and stuffing the middle of the field, he’s also getting off those blocks to bring down ball carriers. The senior transferred to SU from Cerritos Community College last year but didn’t play in any games. This season, he’s played a major role on a defense that has allowed less than three yards per carry.Biggest loss: Prince-Tyson GulleyThe loss of Gulley really hurts Syracuse. He is out for the season with a broken collarbone, and that injury came after the best game in the young sophomore’s career. Against Toledo, Gulley broke out for 66 yards rushing on 10 carries. He was a dynamic change of pace for the Orange, spelling starting tailback Antwon Bailey. Gulley was likely the Orange’s quickest back, and his burst of speed through the line of scrimmage will certainly be missed.Best New Face: Dyshawn DavisThe freshman has been a terror on the blitz all season long and has been SU’s biggest playmaker on defense through the first half of the season. He might have had the play of the year for his hit and forced fumble on Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison if Syracuse had won that game. Davis ranks first on the team with four sacks and seven tackles for loss, and opposing offenses have to recognize where he is on the field before every snap.What happened to: Jarrod WestAll throughout camp, West looked great and received praise from everyone on the offense. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound receiver figured to bring size and strength to a receiving corps without its best player in the suspended Marcus Sales. But three games into the season, West still hadn’t caught a pass. He did have two huge catches for Syracuse against Toledo, both on third down, but since then he’s faded away again. Against Rutgers and Tulane, West managed three total receptions for only 10 yards.last_img read more