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Jan considering Labour leadership bid

first_imgEmail WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jan O’SullivanFORMER Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has told The Limerick Post that she is “seriously considering” an entry to the race for the leadership of the Labour Party.Following the resignation of Joan Burton, four front-runners have emerged from the remaining seven Labour Party TDs with Deputy O’Sullivan joined by Wexford’s Brendan Howlin, Tipperary’s Alan Kelly and East Cork’s Sean Sherlock.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Labour Parliamentary party is set to meet next Tuesday and Deputy O’Sullivan said that she may “throw a hat in the ring”.The Limerick TD, who won a 1998 bi-election following the death of Jim Kemmy, said that the political landscape can change in a very short space of time so she would consider her position over the coming days.“Well it’s true to say that a week is a long time in politics and things have turned right around. I remember that it was a very solemn walk in to the count centre at the University of Limerick Sports Arena after the General Election and I was on the cusp of losing my seat.“But thankfully, the fat lady didn’t sing then and I went on to retain my seat and indeed a seat for the Labour Party.“I will give this next option some very serious consideration.Deputy O’Sullivan “bucked the trend nationally” when she secured 11 per cent of the Limerick vote at the February 26 election – and the last Dáil place in the four seat constituency of Limerick City.“The Labour Party is strong in Limerick and it is around the rest of the country that we have to work on or rebuilding.“It’s fair to say that I am one of the four, along with Alan, Sean and Brendan and I feel that I have a lot to offer the Labour Party through my experience.“There’s plenty of fight left in this old dog”, Deputy O’Sullivan said as she recalled that just 24 votes separated her from a possible elimination in GE2016.The race for the last seat eventually came at a cost to former Fine Gael TD and now Senator Kieran O’Donnell who was eliminated on the final count NewsJan considering Labour leadership bidBy Staff Reporter – May 11, 2016 777 Print First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSAlan KellyBrendan HowlinfeaturedJan O’SullivanLabour PartyleadershiplimerickSean Sherlock Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Linkedin Previous articlePics – Corbally Community GamesNext articleCollopy lawyers seek exclusion of probation report Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment last_img read more

Inside ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect’s life in jail

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Joseph DeAngelo, the suspected serial rapist and killer known as the “Golden State Killer,” was caught off guard when he was taken into custody at his California home on April 24, decades after his alleged crimes.DeAngelo, 72, was brought to Sacramento County Main Jail and is in a cell by himself due to the notoriety of case, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department investigator told ABC News.No one has visited him so far, according to jail records.DeAngelo, a former police officer, was placed on suicide watch as a precaution, the investigator said, and has also undergone a psychiatric evaluation.DeAngelo, who police say evaded investigators for decades, is believed by authorities to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s. He was tracked down by DNA samples from distant family members.He appeared in court Friday and did not enter a plea. He returns to court May 14.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brazil neighbors limit travel to halt virus strain’s spread

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s neighbors have started restricting international travel amid concern about the spread of a new coronavirus variant that experts say may be more contagious and driving a second wave of infections. Guyana’s government closed its border with South America’s largest country on Friday, two days after Colombia halted passenger flights to and from Brazil; both nations cited the new variant as their reason. Argentina’s government decided to cut in half the number of flights to Brazil starting Feb. 1, according to a Jan. 27 report in state news agency Telam. And Peru on Jan. 26 banned air traffic from Brazil; the governor of Peru’s Loreto department bordering Brazil called on the government to shut down land crossings, too.last_img read more

Chur bro, these are the hottest Kiwis up for grabs

first_imgSonny Bill Williams of the Blues NRL team made a name for himself during a stint in Sydney. Picture: Instagram. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Stunning views across the home. Source: Realestate.com.au Luxurious and spacious. Source: Realestate.com.au FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Being able to lock up and go is one of the best things about getting a duplex. Source: Realestate.com.auAgent Drue Matich of Telos Group has it listed as being “a short stroll to the community gardens, heated indoor pool or the beautiful Orewa beach”.“A single car garage with internal access, means no more dashing to the car when the unexpected Auckland rain hits, and giving you storage for the bikes or golf clubs.”Low maintenance, with a heated pool, gym, sauna, five hole putting green and communal gardens in the complex, this could be ideal for travellers — one minute chilling by the pool, “nek minute” off on another adventure with no worries. Dan Carter who was a star player for the All Blacks in the last decade took Kiwi speak to Japan where he played last year. Picture: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images. Property taxes hit record levels Lucy Lawless took the accent to Hollywood as Xena Warrior Princess. They’ve topped South African, Irish, Italian and even Australian, which made up the rest of the top five.If you’re keen on a stint in the Land of the Long White Cloud, grab your jandals (flip-flops/thongs/slippers) and check out some of the most stunning properties listed on realestate.com.au right now. The home is designed like a tropical sanctuary. Source: Realestate.com.au“This house is unlike anything on the market,” was how it was described. “Choose from-overlooking the beautiful beach of Orewa and beyond, or enjoy your own tropical sanctuary with numerous entertaining spaces and a built-in spa pool-all surrounded by exquisite landscaping. You will really feel exotic.”Among its other charms are a cozy media room, separate laundry, double garage with internal access and a tool shed. Luxury Duplex The most “skux” (cool, trendy, hot) of them all has got to be this off-the-plan penthouse in the heart of the unofficial capital Auckland.But you will need some seriously deep pockets to land this one — it’s listed at a mean $23.7m, or about $25m Kiwi dollars.Spread over 556sq m when complete, the four bedroom sky home is expected to be “one of the most desirable addresses in Auckland”, according to a listing by Sotheby’s international realty — New Zealand. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 If that giant price tag has you saying “yeah nah”, a stunning escape that’s not too far north of Auckland might be just the thing. Priced around $1.51m (NZ$1.6m), the four bedroom, two bathroom house is 298sq m and sitting on a large 1,012sq m block of land. Located in Old North Road 28, Orewa, the property has all the makings of a great escape with “sea views, privacy and location”, according to agent Drue Matich of Telos Group. When completed, this is expected to be “one of the most desirable addresses in Auckland”. Source: Realestate.com.au“The true centrepiece of the penthouse, is the stunning courtyard — accessible from all areas of this exclusive residence,” it said. The kitchen is bespoke and style is international luxury. “Imbued with an ambience and mood usually found in the grandest of penthouses in London and New York, this sky garden penthouse will truly lift the spirits of not only those who live here but also those that are fortunate enough to visit this very special place.” Orewa Escape Sky Garden Penthouse has a courtyard open to the elements and accessible from most rooms. Source: Realestate.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Actor Temuera Morrison, who got his break via the cult film Once Were Warriors in the mid-90s, managed to get the Kiwi twang into Star Wars as Jango Fett. Dan Carter representing New Zealand via the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London, in 2015. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.The Kiwi accent has just been named the sexiest in the world, so if immersion in the land of ‘fush and chups’ and the All Blacks floats your boat, here are some of choicest places to ‘crash’.According to news.com.au, a poll by Big Travel 7 saw the Kiwi accent emerge as the sexiest in the world, described by the survey as “outrageously charming”. Think Sonny Bill Williams (veteran rugby league star), Lucy Lawless (Xena Warrior Princess), actor Sam Neill, Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars, Once were Warriors), musical group Katchafire and rugby players Dan Carter and Quade Cooper. Located on Old North Road 28, Orewa, Auckland, this home is listed at $1.51m. Source: Realestate.com.au If going further north along the coast sounds too much like the wops (too far from city), a Plantation Terrace could be the go, with a two bed, two bath duplex on the market for just over $1m (NZ$1.085m). Being an apartment means you can lock up and go off with no worries, with this one 128sq m big and on a freehold title. This duplex at Plantation Terrace 14 in Auckland is listed at just over $1m. Source: Realestate.com.au Breathtaking views from the penthouse. Source: Realestate.com.au Property beats the gym any day Worst of downturn could be over Sky Garden Penthouselast_img read more

Why can’t BCCI produce good umpires?

first_imgNew Delhi: Sundaram Ravi, an umpire on the elite panel of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is considered good by world standards. Just like all the umpires, Ravi also made some outstanding decisions and fumbled at times.Poor umpires now cannot escape their omissions and commissions as the television cameras catch everything they do out in the middle. It was cruel to expose Ravi failing to spot a no-ball off the last delivery of a nerve-tingling Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday.That one ball became contentious as an extra delivery could have given RCB a chance to win the match by hitting a six off the “free-hit”. Things were made worse for Ravi as the giant screen in the ground pointed to the no-ball and replayed it over and over to magnify the blunder.Ravi is not the only umpire who failed to spot a no-ball because of a variety of factors such as the bowler’s run-up, his jump and the delivery stride smudging the bowling crease. It is not to justify the mistake, but one bad call cannot be decide the competence of an umpire.When action-replays were introduced, the highly respected former India captain and international umpire Srininvas Venkatasraghavan once told the Australian media that the camera was not in the right position to judge a leg before decision whereas the umpire was since he was the nearest to the action.Should the Indian cricket board or the IPL Technical Committee take penal action against Ravi? Not many are in favour of that because if action is taken against the best umpire in the land, who had an off day or as Steve Smith might put it as “brain fade”, what about the scores of umpires whose incompetence goes unnoticed right through the cricket season at different levels?The worst affected by erroneous umpiring are the cricketers at junior levels as their careers get badly hit. What about action against the RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who made a spectacle of his disgust publicly for the cameras to pick? The point here is will the match referee report the captain’s behaviour to the authorities?Even the winning captain, Rohit Sharma, went along with Kohli as if to sympathise with his India skipper, pointing to the other umpire for calling a legitimate delivery a wide in the previous over.Do these great men take bad decisions in their strides without a murmur only in Tests and ODIs where the match referees are made of sterner stuff?At the end of it all, when one looks back at the way the umpires come through the selection process and the manner in which the postings are being made, it is nothing but a racket.Like academic examinations in some parts of the country, the umpiring tests are also marred by the leaking of theory papers and recommendations from powerful officials of the cricket board for candidates from their state units.The appointment of match referees, umpires and coaches/supervisors for first-class matches doesn’t appear to have had any positive impact. Umpires continue to make awful mistakes and get away with the help of the state officials.A chairman of the board’s umpiring panel got some nincompoops from his state promoted through the rungs and they are getting away with murder. His promotees include an umpire who failed the hearing test.One umpire, because of his proximity to the key Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, used to threaten the match referees against mentioning his goof-ups in their reports.Another well-known international umpire made dozens of mistakes in a Ranji Trophy match, from leg before and caught-behind to run-outs. All he did was to plead with a board official to leave him with just a rap on the knuckles.Neither the board officials, nor the media take junior cricket seriously as none of these matches are watched by anyone except the players and their parents, who are sometimes accompanied by goons who ensure that their favoured players are helped by the umpires.Frankly, there are not enough umpires, leave alone qualified ones, to supervise the matches. And even the good ones are often under the pressure to please the powerful in the cricket board. If the BCCI cannot find good umpires, what is the use of all the money it generates? IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more