Helipad crucial after five airlifted to hospital

first_img Previous articlePress ball supporting SVP and Limerick Marine SearchNext articleGrand Cherokee Trailhawk next generation advances admin NewsLocal NewsHelipad crucial after five airlifted to hospitalBy admin – August 29, 2012 526 Advertisement Print WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Email Linkedin CALLS have been made for a designated landing pad for a rescue helicopter, after five Limerick people were airlifted out of Kilkee over a two-week period. Rescue services cleared the local golf-course twice in the last fortnight in order to land the Shannon Coastguard helicopter as there is designated landing pad in the popular seaside resort. Manuel di Lucia of the voluntary Kilkee Marine Rescue Service said it would cost relatively little – in the region of €30,000 – to construct the helipad.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s a fair distance to have to transport someone with serious injuries from the rescue centre to the golf course and it has to be done in either an ambulance or a car. That’s not at all good when there’s a casualty with those kind of injures,” he told the Limerick Post.Nor is the golf course an ideal landing place although the club has been “very co-operative,” Mr di Lucia said.“You have to clear the course and the downdraft is so big that it blew all the sand out of the bunker both times,” he said.Referring to concerns the rescue service have about the lack of a landing pad in the resort, he said this could have the most serious consequences for a badly injured person.In the last two weeks, the helicopter was called in to airlift a teenage boy with head injuries who had dived into the sea and hit underwater concrete.In a separate incident, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin’s sister-in-law slipped on the edge of the pier and fell 10 feet on to hard ground as the tide was out.On the same day, three divers from the Limerick Sub Aqua Club had to be airlifted to hospital because they had to surface too quickly due to an equipment malfunction.“They were rushed to hospital to be treated for risk of ‘the bends’ which can be fatal. The helicopter lifted all four together on that occasion,” said Mr di Lucia who added:“This could be funded by the county council and the Department of Transport via the coastguard service. If we had five such landing pads around the coast it would be much safer and easier.”Mayor McLoughlin said that he supports the call, given the popularity of Kilkee as a destination for Limerick people.“The rescue people provide an unbelievable service and anything which can be done to help them should be done,” he said.“ Landing a helicopter that size is no easy task – it takes a crew. Getting an injured person to the helicopter is complicated by traffic and the contours of the ground. It’s not even, so the patient has to be carried the last bit of the way”. The Mayor also expressed concern for the helicopter crew.“A golf club hardly has ideal health and safety conditions for landing a machine of that size,” he told the Limerick Post Twitterlast_img read more

American looks to extend streak vs BU

first_img Associated Press American looks to extend streak vs BU TEAM LEADERS: Boston University’s Max Mahoney has averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds while Walter Whyte has put up 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. For the Eagles, Sa’eed Nelson has averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists while Stacy Beckton Jr. has put up 9.9 points and five rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: S. Nelson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all American field goals over the last three games. S. Nelson has accounted for 29 field goals and 11 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boston University is 0-9 this year when it scores 67 points or fewer and 16-3 when it scores at least 68.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Eagles have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Terriers. Boston University has an assist on 32 of 78 field goals (41 percent) across its previous three outings while American has assists on 36 of 81 field goals (44.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Boston University has committed a turnover on just 16.9 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all Patriot League teams. The Terriers have turned the ball over only 11.4 times per game this season. February 21, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAmerican (14-12, 10-5) vs. Boston University (16-12, 10-5)Case Gym, Boston; Sunday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: American looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Boston University. American has won by an average of 7 points in its last five wins over the Terriers. Boston University’s last win in the series came on Feb. 8, 2017, a 67-64 win.last_img read more

Class cows

first_img“The kids are so excited,” said Principal Raquel Gasporra. The traveling school program, which costs host schools nothing, tries to bring a little bit of farm life to urban schools, said Kimberly Lopez, an instructor who works for the Dairy Council. The program has been around since the since the 1930s, teaching generations of schoolchildren about cows, their anatomy and agricultural technology, Lopez said. “I still have parents and teachers who come up to me and say they remember when we came to their school,” she said. “A lot of times, the kids have never seen a cow before, so it’s something they’ll always remember.” Lopez highlighted vocabulary words like “udder,” “calf,” and “pasteurize” during a series of assemblies at Orange Grove, which has about 430 students. She talked to the youngsters about how cows eat, how their bodies work and what takes place on a dairy farm and processing plant. • Photo Gallery: Mobile Dairy ClassroomWEST WHITTIER – A, B, C, … mooo! City kids at a West Whittier school were taken aback Wednesday when their teachers momentarily put aside computers and textbooks so they could focus their full attention on Annie, the cow, and Bella, the calf. The Dairy Council of California brought its mobile dairy classroom to Orange Grove Elementary School, where children got up close and personal with animals many had never seen “live” before. Annie easily kept the children’s attention, while each student was allowed to pet Bella briefly before heading back to class. “I didn’t know cows had hip bones, or that they eat grass and hay all day,” said second-grader Erick Marin, 8. “It was a good program because I learned a lot of new things.” Erick’s teacher, Claudia Herrera, said the mobile dairy classroom fit neatly into her curriculum; Her class recently completed a unit on animals. “This was a really good opportunity for the kids to actually get to experience what it’s like to be near a live animal,” Herrera said. “Now we can go back and tie this experience in to what we’ve already learned.” For more information on the mobile dairy classroom, visit www.dairycouncilofca.org, or call (877) 324-7901. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

Monty: a Springbok rock at the back

first_imgSouth Africa’s record 53-8 victory over Australia in Johannesburg on 30 August 2008 was a bittersweet win, bringing the curtain down on the international career of Percy Montgomery, the most capped Springbok in history.Addressing a press conference after the match, Montgomery said: “Not many players get to choose when they want to leave test rugby, and I think that is what makes today so special for me, because I know that at test level it is time to go.“I have had many memorable moments in the Bok jersey and some testing ones as well, but I would never exchange one moment of either the highs or the lows.‘A privilege’“It has been a privilege to play for my country and to play in some of the best teams the world has seen,” Montgomery said. “I also feel blessed as a player to have played against so many great players and so many different countries.”“I was asked why I would come back after a high of winning the World Cup in France, but for me every time I put on a Bok jersey was a high, and I got to do that eight more times this year.”Montgomery’s career was marked by many ups and downs. He was, at one stage, the favourite target of hecklers and, arguably, the most disliked Springbok player of all. Yet when he retired he was among the most respected and liked of all players.With his trademark blonde locks and white boots, some saw him as a showboater but, in truth, Montgomery has always been a quiet man away from the field of play and, according to his teammates and coaches, he was a model professional and a wonderful teammate.Springbok debutHe began his provincial career in 1996 for Western Province as a speedy centre, and the following season made his Springbok debut against the British and Irish Lions.Like much of his early career in the green and gold, Montgomery’s performances were mixed in a 2-1 series loss. He scored a try on debut in the second test in Durban, but South Africa lost the match 18-15, despite outscoring the Lions three tries to nil. Montgomery had been entrusted with the kicking duties, but failed to land a single one, which allowed the tourists to score only their second series victory over the Boks.The following week, in the third test, he again scored a try as South Africa crushed the Lions 35-16. Jannie de Beer, who had been called up for the game because of Montgomery’s kicking woes, contributed 13 points with the boot.When Andre Joubert retired, Montgomery was moved from centre to fullback by Nick Mallett, a coach who always rated the former SACS schoolboy highly.Record-settingFrom the end of Carel du Plessis’ short reign as Springbok coach and well into Mallett’s tenure, Montgomery was an integral part of a team that equalled the world record for successive test victories with 17.That run began in August 1997, when Montgomery was still playing at centre, with a then-record 61-22 victory over Australia in Pretoria. A brilliant performance by the Springboks that yielded eight tries was highlighted by a sensational sprint and try by Montgomery that covered three-quarters the length of the field, following a quick throw-in.He was part the team that thrashed France 52-10 at the Park des Princes on 22 November 1997 in a performance that many people believe to be the finest of all Springbok performances.The following week he was in action against England at Twickenham in another record win, this time by a 29-11 margin.SensationalOn 6 December 1997, at Murrayfield, Montgomery enjoyed a sensational game against Scotland, scoring two tries and landing eight conversions for a personal haul of 26 points in a record 68-10 win over Scotland.The following season, 1998, he scored 30 points against Wales in Pretoria as the Boks crushed the Dragons 96-13.That same season Ireland were brushed aside twice and the Springboks won in Perth against the Wallabies, and in Wellington against the All Blacks, as South Africa went unbeaten to secure their first Tri-Nations title.Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were beaten on successive weekends in November before England ended SA’s unbeaten run in December at Twickenham by 13 points to seven.TargetedMontgomery helped the Springboks to a third place finish in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, but South Africa’s performances had slipped and he became widely targeted as a perceived weak link in the Springbok team when doing provincial duty for Western Province away from the friendly confines of Newlands.After a decent season in 2001, South Africa went through a poor 2002 season and Montgomery, hated by many, chose to further his career in Welsh club rugby with Newport. By this time he had already accumulated over 50 international caps.In May 2003, he was sent off for pushing a touch judge to the ground in an uncharacteristic outburst. He was handed a heavy fine and a two-year ban, but 18 months of the ban was later suspended. Despite the lessening of the ban, Montgomery missed the 2003 Rugby World Cup.The tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa, with a fractured team exiting at the quarterfinals stage, well beaten 29-9 by New Zealand. Not long after the World Cup, Jake White was appointed to succeed Rudolf Straeuli as Springbok coach. It was a move that changed Montgomery’s career and his legacy.MasterstrokeWhite was an admirer of Montgomery’s game, and one of his first moves was to fly overseas and convince him to play for South Africa once again. It proved to be one of the biggest masterstrokes of White’s successful career as Bok coach.When he returned to the national team, it became immediately apparent that Montgomery had matured as a player during his time overseas. He had also become an accurate and reliable kicker, using a trademark short and economical run-up.He took over the goal kicking duties in the national team and was the top scorer in the Tri-Nations competition in 2004, when South Africa won the competition for the second time. The following year he topped the points scoring once more.Under White, and with Montgomery and another veteran, Os du Randt, back in the fold, the Springboks’ rugby fortunes were once again on the up.2006However, in 2006, questions were asked when Australia thrashed the Springboks 49-0 in Brisbane. That same season, however, they managed to beat the Wallabies and also ended a 15-match unbeaten run by New Zealand’s All Blacks.Confidence in the Springboks, White, and his veteran team was restored and the scene was set for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which would be the crowning glory of Montgomery’s career, even though he was no longer the pacy young flyer he had once been.After two massive wins over England, a victory over Samoa, and middling Tri-Nations’ results, during which coach White used a second-string line-up for the Boks’ overseas games, fans were not sure what to expect from the green and gold at the World Cup.In a warm-up contest, South Africa thrashed Namibia 105-13 at Newlands as Montgomery scored a Springbok record 35 points. Then, it was off to Murrayfield where Scotland were beaten 27-3 in the Boks’ final warm-up match.Rugby World Cup 2007Montgomery scored a massive 29 points in the Springboks’ opening match at the World Cup – a 59-7 victory over Samoa – and went on to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s title winning campaign.He contributed 18 points as England were whitewashed 36-0 in a pool game and then five points as a substitute in a 30-25 victory over a feisty Tongan side. Against the USA, he weighed in with 15 points in a 64-15 win as South Africa went through their pool unbeaten.Montgomery contributed nine points in the Springboks’s 37-20 win over Fiji in the quarterfinals and followed that up with 17 in SA’s 37-13 semi-final whipping of Argentina.In a tight final, Montgomery scored 12 of South Africa’s 15 points as the Boks lifted the William Webb Ellis Trophy after a 15-6 victory over England.Highest points’ scorerMontgomery finished as the highest points scorer in the tournament – the only man to top 100 – with 105 points in the Springboks’ seven wins. However, his contribution amounted to much more than kicking penalties and conversions.His tactical acumen enabled South Africa to play rugby from favourable field positions, and his safe and steady play at the back gave the Bok backline a settled and solid look. While the defence was strong, Montgomery’s intelligent running lines also enabled South Africa to excel on attack and score 33 tries – second only to New Zealand, who benefited from two huge wins over minnows Portugal and Romania.In the 2008 season, Montgomery played mostly off the bench. He was given only one start against New Zealand at Newlands, but it marked his 100th test for the Springboks, making him the first man to achieve the milestone for South Africa, and only the ninth player in rugby history to reach three figures.He retired with a host of important South African records to his name. They included: Most caps – 102 Most points – 893 (Naas Botha is second with 312) Most conversions – 153 Most penalties – 148 Most points in a test – 35 versus Namibia In addition, Montgomery also scored 25 tries and kicked six drop goals.His contribution to rugby, South Africa, and rugby in South Africa was recognised in October 2008 when he was named to receive National Orders.After his retirement, Montgomery joined the Springboks as a kicking coach.Percy Montgomery goes down in history as not only a Springbok legend, but a legend of the game of rugby.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa, DISCOP to host Africa’s largest TV content market event

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with DISCOP, a TV and film market, to host the continent’s largest market-DISCOP, which will bring together entertainment moguls from both Africa and the Middle East.The DISCOP market, taking place in Johannesburg this week, is said to be the biggest in Africa. (Image: DISCOP Africa)Johannesburg, Wednesday 25 October 2017- Brand South Africa has partnered with DISCOP to host Africa’s largest TV content market-DISCOP in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25th – 27th October 2017.DISCOP was founded in 1991 with the intention to help entertainment content producers, sellers and buyers connect, build relationships, pitch projects and make deals in Africa and the Middle East, two of the world’s fastest growing marketplaces.Brand South Africa aims to emphasise the importance and the role that the film and television industry plays in building a positive nation brand reputation. It is through these platforms that we continue to showcase the country’s competitiveness, values and culture by telling local stories.The three-day agenda will include a market centered on pre-organised meetings; a sidebar training, deal-building, and pitching programme; and a rich line-up of networking events. At this platform, Brand South Africa will showcase country’s uniqueness and value proposition as a film destination.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Corn planting date considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May.For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.Several other factors must be considered at planting. What are the field conditions? If the soil is too wet, any field work can cause yield-robbing compaction. Planting into wet soil can cause smearing and sidewall compaction of the seed furrow. PWhat is the soil temperature? Soil temps should be 50 degrees F or above for corn to promote germination and early growth. What does the weather forecast look like? Will it promote germination and growth or will it be a pattern for cold and wet weather, which could delay emergence and cause damage to seedlings? Planting into less-than-ideal field conditions just to beat a date on the calendar usually results in problems that hurt yield potential more than a slight delay in planting would. As spring planting approaches, producers should take into consideration all important factors when making planting decisions and avoid focusing only on the calendarlast_img read more

UPA-II ministers rush to Dubai

first_imgA friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over,A friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over 40 degrees Celsius temperature in Dubai is little deterrent. One out of five personal trips made by Union ministers is to the uae.Data gathered by india today through the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shows that of the 39 Union ministers who have travelled abroad in a personal capacity since June 15, 2009, 15 have visited the UAE at least once, if not more. The names include Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of State (MOS) for External Affairs E. Ahamed, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Farooq Abdullah; ministers of state (mos) for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathrakshakan, Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas, mos for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, mos for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela, mos for Petroleum R.P.N. Singh and mos for Tourism Sultan Ahmed. Of the 128 personal foreign trips by ministers in the past 20 months of UPA-II, 27 have been to the uae, particularly Dubai.Patel (earlier civil aviation minister) tops the list with six of his 17 personal foreign trips to Dubai. Of Ahamed’s dozen trips abroad in his personal capacity, four have been to Dubai. All the trips were undertaken as mos Railways. Abdullah has made only two personal foreign trips, both to the UAE. Nath made four personal trips abroad and two of them were to Dubai. Both of Moily’s personal visits abroad in this regime have been to the UAE. While Jagathrakshakan has visited Malaysia and Singapore many times in his 10 jaunts abroad, he has been to the uae thrice. Jaiswal’s lone personal foreign trip has been to Dubai. Ditto for Khandela and Muniyappa.advertisementAccording to the data, the upa-II ministry is a travel-happy lot. Around half of all the Union ministers have a tendency to holiday abroad and most make plans around December-January and June-July. There are a few such as Nath, Maran, Patel, Ahamed, Jagathrakshakan and mos for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon who buck the twice-a-year trend. While Dubai may be up there, it is not the only the star destination for our ministers. While Maran visited Malaysia, UK, US, Singapore and Hong Kong, the preferred destinations for mos for Sports Ajay Maken have been UK, Sri Lanka and Thailand. mos for Communications and Information Technology Gurudas Kamat visited Spain, Malta, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Greece and Turkey in one long trip. MOS for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju visited Mauritius in May last year, and in August, he travelled to Kenya. mos for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot has made six foreign trips on his own to Senegal, UK, Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. Former telecom minister A. Raja visited France in June last year in his personal capacity, along with his private secretary.Access to personal travel details of ministers did not come easy. An RTI application to the Prime Minister’s Office elicited no response and was, in turn, forwarded to the MEA which, after much tarrying, provided the information.Thailand and Malaysia are the other preferred destinations. The data shows that seven ministers made 10 personal trips to Thailand and spent 48 days there in total. Thailand travellers include Maran, Maken, mos for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada, Patel, Singh, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Pilot. On the other hand, six ministers made 13 personal trips to Malaysia and spent 79 days there in total. The list of Malaysia visitors include Maran, Patel, Napoleon, MOS for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia, Thomas and Jagathrakshakan. While some took families, the clearance given by the mea does not reflect any names of companions for other ministers.Following an India Today investigation (“Frequent Fliers”, February 18, 2008), restrictions were imposed on official foreign travel by ministers, with the prime minister urging them to curtail travel expenditure by issuing a letter on June 4, 2008. The ministers’ official travel details show that all the Union ministers in UPA-II have made 463 official foreign trips in the past one-and-half years and spent 1,875 days abroad, which excludes travel time. However, there are no restrictions on personal trips. In under two years of UPA-II, 39 personal travellers have spent 828 days abroad (around 27 months) in total, a figure that excludes travel time.advertisementThough ministers are supposed to take permission from the prime minister along with clearance from the MEA for every trip, personal travel is hardly, if ever, stopped.last_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term deal

first_img​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term dealby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth on a long-term deal.Bournemouth have reportedly paid £19m plus add-ons for the England international striker, who made zero appearances for the Reds this season.”I think the club is going somewhere,” Solanke told Bournemouth’s website.”Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.”I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is.”I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.”My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins.”Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hundreds gather to remember Loretta Saunders

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the federal government released its report on violence against Aboriginal women, hundreds gathered to honour Loretta Saunders.The 26-year-old Inuk student was killed on Feb. 13.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

December 10 2012Well its been almost one year s

first_imgDecember 10, 2012Well, it’s been almost one year since we launched the documentary project about Paolo Soleri on Kickstarter and a lot of great things have happened since.New poster, new title, new aerials which added more depth to the cinematography andPeter Coyote, an activist, actor and the King of the VO is now on board as narrator. We are so thrilled … to say the least. He only agrees to do projects he believes in and is no stranger to the “counter culture movement” so his decision was pretty easy to get involved.Lastly the official trailer is now posted on Vimeo.I’m amazed at the filmmakers journey and commitment when we decide to take on such a documentary that involves so much history which still holds a great deal of magic and importance to this day. It’s very rewarding, yet very time consuming! It will be worth the wait for the DVD, so hang in there – screening dates soon to be announced! Thank you all again for your support and help! – Aimee Madsenlast_img read more