Laois footballers bolster panel ahead of inter-county resumption

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Laois footballers bolster panel ahead of inter-county resumption Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival News Sean Moore has scored 1-22 so far for Ballyfin in three matches in the club championship while Jack Owens has produced late braces in Emo’s most recent wins over O’Dempsey’s and Portlaoise as they reached the semi final.In further good news, the majority of Quirke’s long-serving players have also made themselves available for selection once again.Mark Timmons, John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis, Colm Begley and Ross Munnelly are all set to go again for the remainder of this season.However, Donie Kingston is not involved. Having been Laois’s top scorer in each of the past six years he opted off the panel for the 2020 campaign and hasn’t returned now for the re-fixed season.Graham Brody and Niall Corbet will resume their battle for the number one spot with the likes of Trevor Collins, Brian Byrne, Sean O’Flynn, Robbie Pigott, Eoin Buggie, Ruaidhri C-Fennell, Seamus Lacey and Paddy O’Sullivan, who has returned from Syria, vying for spots in defence.While up front, Benny Carroll, Eoin Lowry, Evan O’Carroll, Gary Walsh, Brian Daly, Danny O’Reilly and Mark Barry join those already mentioned in a joust for the forward positions.But as previously mentioned, there are players who have departed the panel since Coronavirus forced a shutdown in March.Portarlington trio Colm Murphy, Sean Byrne and Jason Moore are all set not to be involved while neither are Damien O’Connor, Gearoid Hanrahan, Marty Scully or Garry Comerford.In a highly competitive Division 2, Laois are still in with a chance of promotion – but not yet clear of relegation.They are set to play two away league games – to Westmeath on October 17 and to Fermanagh on October 24.However, there is now considerable doubt over whether that Fermanagh game will even go ahead as a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad has led to them cancelling all training and seeking for postponements.Regardless, there will be no league finals this year; instead the top two teams will be promoted and the bottom two relegated.Because Laois have a bye to the Leinster quarter-final, they will have a week off before playing the winners of Louth and Longford on November 8.If they win that they will more than likely meet All Ireland champions Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, assuming Dessie Farrell’s side get the better of Westmeath.There is no backdoor system this year so if Laois lose at any stage, they are out.FixturesDiv 2 R6 – Westmeath v Laois – 2pm Oct 17 in TEG Cusack ParkDiv 2 R7 – Fermanagh v Laois – 2pm Oct 24 in Brewster ParkLSFC Q/F – Laois v Longford/Louth – 1.30pm Nov 8LSFC S/F – TBC – Nov 15LSFC Final – TBC – Nov 21All-Ire S/F – TBC – Dec 5All-Ire Final – TBC – Dec 19SEE ALSO – EXPLAINED: Where things stand for the seven remaining Laois inter-county teams In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Laois senior footballers are set to return to action this weekend.More than seven months ago, Mike Quirke’s side were beaten by Kildare in Round 5 of Division 2 of the National Football League.It left them looking for one win from their remaining two games to secure their status in the division for another year – but little did anyone believe it would be 230 days before they would play again.Aside from the world changing, many things have happened in the GAA world since that day and the side that takes to the field at 2pm in Mullingar on Saturday to take on Westmeath is likely to be very different from the one that lost to Kildare.Manager Quirke has made a number of additions to his panel in recent weeks – while there have also been several departures too.On the additions end, Portlaoise’s Gareth Dillon, Arles-Killeen’s Paul Kingston and Ballylinan’s Alan Farrell have returned to the fold after initially opting out at the start of the year.Speaking previously, manager Quirke said that any player who impressed in the club championship would have a chance of staking a claim on the new panel.And he has lived up to his word on that as Ballyfin’s Sean Moore, Emo’s Jack Owens and Killeshin’s Ross Bolger have all accepted call ups. Twitter Pinterest Home Sport GAA Laois footballers bolster panel ahead of inter-county resumption SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team Facebook TAGSLaois senior football team By Alan Hartnett – 12th October 2020 center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLunch, dinner, outdoor seating and takeout options – Croft Alley celebrates one year in businessNext article‘I don’t regret it for a minute’ – Carol Nolan on her decision to leave Sinn Féin over pro-choice stance Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 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Low oil puts Alberta on track for record $10.4 billion deficit in 2016-17

first_img OPEC and allies to slowly turn on the taps Dean Beeby Three quarters of oil and gas sector could be displaced in move to cut emissions Related news Keywords Alberta,  Oil Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the prolonged cratering of world oil prices is expected to saddle his province with a $10.4-billion deficit in the next budget. “It’s a lot. It’s a helluva lot of money,” Ceci admitted at a legislature news conference Wednesday. Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “That is simply the reality of our circumstances.” In last fall’s budget, the province projected a $5.4-billion deficit for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Ceci said the new $5-billion figure would be on top of that. “This is the steepest and most prolonged slide in oil prices in recent history, dropping more than 70% in the last year and half,” he said. “Projections for a quick recovery have proven wrong. This is a once-in-a-generation challenge.” Oil and gas have long been the mainspring of Alberta’s economy, delivering multibillion-dollar surpluses earlier this decade. But the benchmark price for oil has fallen from a high of more than $US100 a barrel in June 2014 to around US$30 today. Every $1 drop in the average price of oil over the course of a year drains $170 million from Alberta’s coffers. Ceci also said he can no longer promise to balance the books by 2020 and added he can’t set a new target date for when that might happen. He emphasized the province will stick to its plans to avoid cuts in front-line jobs and critical services, to find savings where possible and to take on debt to create jobs in the construction of roads, schools, and hospitals. “We won’t respond with knee-jerk cuts to make a bad situation even worse.” The government won’t create new taxes, increase existing ones or introduce a provincial sales tax, he said. Nor are there plans to use any of the $19-billion in the Heritage Savings Trust Fund to reduce some of the red ink. Alberta is now almost $19 billion in debt. Most of that money is being used for capital projects. The plan is to continue borrowing in the coming years to pay for capital and, if necessary, operating costs. The debt by decade’s end had already been projected to hit almost $48 billion, but that was before Ceci’s $5-billion bombshell Wednesday. Ceci said the 2016-17 budget is to be introduced in early April, but he wouldn’t give a date. Opposition Wildrose critic Prasad Panda said no one blames the NDP for the collapse in oil prices, but the government is not dealing with it. “Their plan is not working,” said Panda. “How they’ve responded to the situation is hurting Alberta’s economy.” Ceci’s third-quarter update Wednesday for 2015-16 shows the government expects to run a $6.3-billion deficit this fiscal year, which ends March 31. That’s almost $200 million more than was forecast in the fall. The update shows that the cash crunch is burrowing deeper into Alberta’s economy. Personal income tax revenue is down, while housing starts and car and truck sales are expected to continue to drop. Oil and gas investment is expected to slow by 20% in 2016. Alberta also expects to see a net population outflow of 6,000 to other parts of Canada this year — the first such decline since 2010. last_img read more

BRTP delays Triton deployment, makes new appointments

first_imgBlack Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a Schottel Hydro company, has delayed the deployment of Triton tidal platform to next year, while expanding its leadership team in Nova Scotia, Canada.Namely, the Triton floating tidal platform was planned for deployment in fall this year at the BRTP’s berth located at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), near Parrsboro, Bay of Fundy.However, in today’s press release, announcing the appointment of Nils Hirsch as General Manager, and Sue Molloy as Vice President of Strategy and Policy, BRTP stated that the Triton platform would be deployed next year.“The leadership of Black Rock Tidal Power continues to grow. We have exceptional expertise on the ground in Nova Scotia and anticipate that our overall workforce will double in size by this fall,” Niels Lange, Chair of the BRTP’s Board of Directors, said.The company is one of five companies from around the world awarded a site at FORCE tidal energy testing site. It also secured the developmental tidal feed-in tariff (FIT) and the respective power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power.In October 2015, BRTP secured $11.5 million for the development of 2.5 MW Triton tidal platform, which carries a number of Schottel Hydro’s SIT turbines, from the combination of commercial loan and private equity funding.The platform has two spar buoys that provide buoyancy and house both electrical and mechanical equipment for the installation. It is attached to a gravity base with a universal joint, allowing the array to align to the direction of tidal flows.last_img read more

Battle of the dictionaries

first_imgContractors are frequently able to insure against their liabilities. In the event of a claim, it is in all parties’ interests to know the extent, if any, of the insurers’ indemnity as soon as possible. This is not always easy, especially when identifying the cause of the accident is difficult and not yet established. This was the situation which the Court of Appeal faced when delivering its judgment in Aspen Insurance UK Limited vs Adana Construction Limited in March 2015. The case followed from the collapse of a crane at King’s Dock Mill in Liverpool in July 2009, operated by Adana Construction Limited (“Adana”) when the crane driver was gravely injured. The crane was damaged as well as some adjoining properties. Adana’s policy with Aspen Insurance UK Limited (“Aspen”) covered public liability for faulty workmanship and product liability, subject to exceptions. The court had to consider the meaning of “product” and “superstructure” within the policy.Adana was appointed as subcontractor to Bowmer and Kirkland Limited for work which included the casting and fixing of a reinforced concrete pile cap, to form the base for the crane. The four corners of the crane base were to rest on the four piles at each corner of the square. The design was undertaken, separately, by structural design engineers Bingham Davis Limited. After Adana completed its works, it left the site. The tower crane was subsequently erected. In or about April 2009 the first crane erected on the base was removed and a heavier crane erected upon it. The judge was sceptical of making any negative finding of liability in advance of any trial of liabilityFollowing the accident, a number of claims were issued in the High Court as well as the county court against Bowmer and Kirkland, Bingham Davis and Adana. In one instance, Bowmer and Kirkland paid £1.75m in settlement of a claim for the damage to the crane and might seek a contribution from Bingham Davis and Adana. Experts had concluded that the collapse was due to a failure of the connections between the crane base and the piles caused either by overloading or by Adana’s failure to place the dowels deeply enough into the piles. Adana has not admitted liability, and there has been no ruling either to this effect by any court. It is in these circumstances that Adana’s insurers, Aspen, sought a declaration from the court that that it had no liability to indemnify Adana under its policy. The judge at first instance was sceptical of making any negative finding of liability in advance of any trial of liability, or a statement of assumed facts, a view shared by the Court of Appeal. It proceeded nonetheless, hoping that it would serve a useful purpose. Aspen relied on two main arguments. Firstly, that the concrete base was a “product”. Thus it fell within an exclusion within the policy. The judge at first instance held that the concrete base was not a product and the Court of Appeal agreed. Adana’s contract was for the supply of labour and materials. The concrete base was thus created on site and not in a factory. It could not be purchased as a component. Adana had carried out the concreting works for the purpose of securing a foundation for the crane on the site. The fact that the works created something did not mean it was to be regarded as a product. Product liability does not extend to defective installation. The two are different. If the product was satisfactory but installed in the wrong way, there is no cover for product liability but there is for damage caused by bad workmanship within the public liability section. However, the appeal was allowed in part due to the success of Aspen’s second argument. It held that the damage to the crane was to be regarded as loss or damage to “any superstructure arising from the failure of Adana’s foundation works to perform their intended function”. Thus this definition did not merely include buildings above the ground but they extended as well to a crane which was to sit on the top of the foundations even though it was intended to rest temporarily. The Court of Appeal rejected the argument that the superstructure was a reference to the building above the foundations.This decision did not determine any liability on the part of Adana, but will have assisted the insurers to determine their own liability under the policy. It also brings clarity to the meaning of key words.Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the London office of Veale Wasbrough Vizardslast_img read more