PARC describes Kerry Council’s drink drive motion as ridiculous

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest A Donegal based road safety campaigner has called a Kerry County Council motion calling for rural people to be allowed to drink and drive as ridiculous.Kerry Cllr Danny Healy Rae has said that in certain circumstances people should be allowed to drink – in moderation – and then drive afterwards.He says permit holders would have to keep their speed down and stick to infrequently used roads.Cllr Healy Rae’s motion was passed at a meeting yesterday by a margin of five votes to three – the rest of the councillors were either absent or abstained.Susan Grey from PARC says there isn’t even a debate around the issue:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/sus1pmKERRY1.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleSinn Fein expresses concern over planned Castlederg flag protestNext articlePolice attacked and injured by Derry flag protestors News Highland Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – January 22, 2013 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+center_img News Facebook PARC describes Kerry Council’s drink drive motion as ridiculous Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Wild Adventure Races

first_imgSheltowee Extreme 3 Adventure Race Morehead, Ky. • July 30 This epic 12-hour race takes place at the Cave Run Lake Recreation Area. Racers paddle the huge 8,270-acre lake, pedal miles of steep singletrack, and scale dramatic clifflines that are dotted with arches. A rogaine format allows beginners to only complete the basic course, while seasoned AR vets get extra points for tougher checkpoints. Backwoods Boot Camp 12-Hour Adventure Race Kingwood, W.Va • August 27 The good news is this race is hosted by West Virginia’s Mountain Area Rescue Group, so if you get lost you’ll most likely be found. The bad news is you still have to get through 12 hours of mountain biking, trekking, and orienteering in the remote Briery Mountains of Preston County. Plus, you have to build your own raft to complete the paddling section on the Cheat River and pass a set of boot camp drills at each checkpoint.Blackbeard Adventure Race Nags Head, N.C. • October 1 At this 50-mile USARA race, you’ll pedal 25 miles through the maritime woods, run on the beach, and paddle and swim in the ocean.Angell’s Adventure Once a top adventure racer, Ronnie Angell now owns Virginia-based Odyssey Adventure Racing. The company, which used to host grueling multi-day races, including the week-long, now-defunct BEAST of the East, has adapted as the sport’s demographics have changed.What’s the biggest change you’ve seen since you got involved? I am still seeing growth, but it’s admittedly not the kind of growth we were seeing back in 1999 and 2000 when the sport was red hot. The encouraging thing is that around half the folks that are coming out are new to the sport.Why do you think there was a downturn in interest? Many expedition races like the BEAST of the East faded away because they required too much time for people’s busy lives. Training for a five- or 10-day race requires a huge amount of time that most people just don’t have. People are looking for more of a weekend warrior fix.How can you make the sport more accessible to beginners? Our longest races are now in the 24- to 48-hour range. We’ve also added some six-hour sprint races, and it’s attracted a new crowd that’s starting to realize adventure racing is not just for elite athletes. When many people hear the words “adventure race,” they think it’s something way out of reach. Now these people are starting to cross our finish lines.Why should people try adventure racing? You get to access parts of the wild that most types of races don’t offer. Also, you never get tired of one discipline. You’re always mixing it up between biking, running, and paddling.What’s the key to the sport’s future success? When I first started, race directors tried to make courses as hard as possible. They took great pride in having only 17 percent of the field finish an event. I am still all about creating a challenge, but I want to set people up for success. That’s why many races are now adding optional checkpoints. We’ve had to be creative and design courses that are for everybody. Quotable“This wave will redefine the Nantahala River and bring super-stud play boaters to the river for a long time.” —Chris Hipgrave, multiple US National Kayak team member, about building a world-class wave on the Nantahala River for the 2012 World Cup and 2013 World Championships. The wave will be enhanced this fall and ready to test in the winter. Assemble a crew and brush up on your navigational skills. Adventure races blend multi-sport competition with backcountry orienteering for a full team experience in the wild.Atomic Adventure Race Dawsonville, Ga.  •  May 14-15 The USARA National Championship Qualifier makes unsupported teams of two or three navigate their way through a rugged wooded maze that includes up to 60 miles of mountain biking, 30 miles of paddling on flat and moving water, and 30 miles of trekking. Special Operations Adventure Race Highlands, N.C. • June 11 Beginners can enter the seven-hour sprint race, while experienced racers can tackle the 12-hour option. Both races traverse Nantahala National Forest and include orienteering, canoeing, biking, and rappelling.SPROUTE (Spring Route) Adventure Race Organizers keep secret the exact location of this race near Richmond until one month ahead of the event. Racers in two categories—a beginner-friendly six-hour sprint and a 12-hour sport—should expect plenty of trekking and orienteering, mountain biking, and paddling in the piedmont woods. Odyssey Endorphin Fix Hinton, W.Va. • June 24-26 Probably the toughest two-day race in the country, the Endorphin Fix puts racers through an epic backcountry maze in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Over 48 hours, soloists and teams of up to four cover 200 miles on foot, mountain bikes, kayaks, and even riverboards. Odyssey One Day New Castle, Va. • July 23 The One Day features a challenging 100-mile  course in George Washington National Forest. The race that includes biking, class II paddling, running, and bushwhacking. last_img read more

Feds: 3 Drone Sightings Near JFK Since Sunday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating three drone sightings near John F. Kennedy International Airport since Sunday, including one that was spotted by a JetBlue airline pilot two miles from the runway.All three sightings were reported by commercial pilots who noticed the unmanned aircraft while making their final approach to JFK, which is located on the New York City side of the Queens-Nassau County border, the FAA said.On Sunday, a Delta Air Lines pilot and a Virgin Atlantic pilot reported seeing a drone approximately 10 miles from Runway 22 Left after 8 p.m., flying between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, the FAA said.Nassau County police Insp. Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman, said the Aviation Bureau responded Sunday but did not observe any drones. Another drone was spotted on Wednesday, this time by a JetBlue pilot, who noticed the aircraft when the JetBlue flight was only two miles from Runway 31 Right at 1:50 p.m.The drones did not appear to pose a danger to the commercial airliners. The reports the FAA received did not indicate that any of the pilots took evasive action, and all three flights landed safely.Under FAA guidelines, unmanned aircraft are not to fly above 400 feet or near airports and air traffic, and must be within sight of the operator.The government is receiving near daily reports of drone sightings, according to a recent Associated Press report.The FBI, which also investigates drone sightings, could not be reached for comment.The agency is also investigating a March 2013 incident in which a drone nearly collided with a commercial airliner over southwestern Nassau County.last_img read more

What’s next for Democratic presidential candidates after New Hampshire

first_imgThe 78-year-old candidate’s hefty war chest is allowing him to air new TV ads in states that vote in March, places where Bloomberg has dominated the airwaves as part of his strategy focused on later-voting states. Warren’s poor showing on Tuesday should help Sanders consolidate the party’s liberal wing.Some Democratic officials are concerned that Sanders’ “democratic socialist” label could damage down-ballot candidates in the fall. Buttigieg and Klobuchar’s combined vote total on Tuesday night far surpassed what Sanders drew, suggesting voters may still prefer a centrist message.In a sign of the resistance he may face, Nevada’s influential Culinary Union Local 226 on Tuesday circulated a flyer to its members warning that Sanders would “end” the labor group’s popular healthcare offerings if elected president.PETE BUTTIGIEGThe 38-year-old former mayor’s campaign is on an upswing after a narrow win in Iowa and close second-place finish in New Hampshire, but far tougher tests lay ahead in states with more diverse populations.Buttigieg has struggled to overcome skepticism among African-American voters, after members of the black community in South Bend complained he ignored them amid the city’s economic revitalization. That apparent weakness has raised concerns about whether he can mobilize enough support nationally from black voters to beat the Republican Trump.The campaign says a strategy of reaching out to rural, independent areas where people voted for both Trump and former President Barack Obama has allowed Buttigieg to build a broad coalition and prove his unity message during a divisive Trump presidency is viable.In South Carolina, where roughly 30% of the population is black, Buttigieg has remained in the single digits in opinion polls. His campaign is hoping to leverage his status as a military veteran to earn support in the state, which has a large number of veteran and active duty service members.Campaign officials say his team will rely on deep volunteer corps in a broad swath of states with upcoming primaries, as opposed to hiring expensive staff, and focus spending on ads that will help boost his name recognition.AMY KLOBUCHARKlobuchar was mostly an afterthought in a crowded field only weeks ago, but she scored the biggest surprise in New Hampshire, coming in third and easily beating Warren and Biden.A commanding debate performance in New Hampshire on Friday night led to increasingly large and enthusiastic crowds at the weekend. The campaign reported raising $4 million between the debate and Tuesday morning, and later in the day announced a new television advertising buy in Nevada.Klobuchar, 59, has run as an unapologetic centrist, highlighting her success in winning in conservative districts in Minnesota and dismissing ambitious liberal policy proposals like free college tuition as unrealistic “bumper sticker slogans.”Biden’s poor showings in the first two states could open the door for her to emerge as the moderate standard-bearer. But she needs to show she can move ahead of Buttigieg, and her support among black voters is even more anemic than his is.ELIZABETH WARRENAfter a disappointing fourth-place showing in her neighboring state, the Massachusetts senator needs a breakout moment to recapture the momentum she had last fall.Hours before the polls closed on Tuesday, Warren campaign manager Roger Lau attempted to forestall a rush to judgment. He argued in a memo to backers that she had built an operation that could methodically collect delegates through March and warning against focusing on “winner-take-all victories.”Warren failed to win a single delegate in New Hampshire, however, and Klobuchar’s rise appears to be cutting deeply into her base of college-educated voters, particularly women, according to exit polling by Edison Research.Warren, 70, likely has the most extensive national operation aside from Bloomberg, with more than 1,000 staffers in 30 states. If her fundraising falters, she could face financial strains.JOE BIDENBiden’s decision to leave New Hampshire for South Carolina before the vote count started rolling in says it all.His campaign never expected to win in Iowa and New Hampshire. But it also did not expect him to finish so poorly, casting a deep shadow on his claim that he is the most “electable” Democrat and best positioned to take on Trump.His biggest problem has been the rise of Buttigieg and Klobuchar as younger, moderate alternatives.Biden, 77, hopes the shift to Nevada and South Carolina will give him the reset he needs.But there are other concerns. His weakness in the first two contests could trigger an erosion of support among his strongest political base: African-American voters. Biden also is unlikely to be able to compete financially with the likes of Sanders, Buttigieg and Bloomberg.MICHAEL BLOOMBERGBloomberg could emerge as one of the night’s biggest winners even though he didn’t campaign in New Hampshire.The former New York City mayor has been counting on an unsettled race among the moderate candidates, including a weak showing from once-time front-runner Biden, to present himself as the most viable alternative to Sanders.Bloomberg, 77, joined the race late and is not competing in the first four nomination contests. Instead, his campaign has poured hundreds of millions into the states that vote on March 3, known as Super Tuesday.National polls have shown Bloomberg steadily growing his share of support in recent weeks, and he has built by far the biggest staff among presidential candidates.But Bloomberg also faces his own challenges, including an increasing level of scrutiny on his record as mayor. On Tuesday, a recording surfaced of him defending policing tactics that have disproportionately ensnared blacks and Hispanics. Topics : If there’s one thing Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary made clear, it’s that Democrats are no closer to agreeing on the right candidate to beat Republican President Donald Trump in November.The two leading candidates from Iowa’s caucus, Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, stayed at the top of the field. But Senator Amy Klobuchar surged to third, throwing the viability of both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden into question.No candidate exceeded 30% of the vote – a muddled outcome that could end up helping billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a moderate candidate who wasn’t even on the ballot.center_img Here’s how the path ahead looks for each of the top candidates vying to challenge Trump on Nov. 3:BERNIE SANDERSAfter his strong performances in mainly white Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders’ claim that he is building a “multiracial, multigenerational, people-driven movement” will be put to the test in more diverse Nevada and South Carolina.A Quinnipiac national poll released on Monday showed the Vermont senator up 2 percentage points among black voters since January, reaching 19% support and closing the gap on Biden, who fell 22 points to 27% after a fourth-place finish in Iowa. Bloomberg surged to 22% among black voters in the poll.last_img read more

A hunt for any storage space turns urgent as oil glut grows

first_imgTopics : A topsy-turvy market that has oil prices for October delivery at $31 a barrel has oil firms anxious to sock away millions of barrels now to sell at a profit later.Tank farms are full In Cushing, Oklahoma, home to dozens of large tank farms with combined space for about 76 million barrels, operators are fully booked, said traders. Storage there jumped by 5.7 million barrels the week before last, according to the latest US Energy Information Administration (EIA).While the government estimated there is available space, traders said Monday’s market drop indicated any unfilled tanks are under lease, and not available to new renters. The telephone lines have been ringing at Adler Tank Rentals in Texas as oil companies found a new use for steel tanks that had been left idle when shale producers stopped drilling – they want to use the tanks to store some of an oil glut that has overwhelmed the market and flipped US crude prices negative for the first time.Hundreds of millions of barrels of crude have gushed into storage worldwide in the past two months as the coronavirus-related lockdowns wiped out around a third of global oil demand.With oil depots that normally store crude oil onshore filling to the brim and supertankers mostly taken, energy companies are desperate for more space. The alternative is to pay buyers to take their US crude after futures plummeted to a negative $37 a barrel on Monday.center_img “The industry is really scrambling to source viable storage options,” said Stuart Porter, a manager at Adler Tank Rentals in Texas, which has shale companies lining up to potentially lease dozens of its 500-barrel steel frac tanks. The tanks can be lined up like dominos and filled at the well site by producers without a home for their oil.Converge Midstream LLC with millions of barrels of storage available in underground salt caverns outside Houston has gone from few takers to requiring one- to two-year contracts.”Quite honestly we were struggling for business. Now that the market has changed, everyone is our friend,” said Dana Grams, chief executive of Converge Midstream.The hunt for storage points to the magnitude of the collapse in demand for US shale and the huge volume of unsold oil to refiners who are cutting purchases.Last month, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers including Russia threw in the towel on four years of self-imposed output curbs that gave US shale a price umbrella. The result was a drop in US oil prices to about $20 a barrel as Saudi Arabia and Russia pledged to pump full bore.For a time, it looked like prices would stabilize after the pair and other nations this month agreed to deepen cuts. But crude stocks in the United States rose by 19 million barrels overall the week before last, the EIA said, the biggest one-week increase in history, setting the stage for Monday’s historic decline.Floating storage In addition to the onshore glut, there are about 160 million barrels of oil sitting on tankers waiting for buyers. And at least six crude tankers carrying 2 million barrels apiece are en route to the United States from Saudi Arabia, adding to the alarm at the US Gulf Coast.It is not just crude looking for a place to go. State lockdowns have decimated demand for motor fuel. US gasoline demand fell 32% earlier this month compared with the same time a year ago, the EIA said.That glut is creating opportunities for some.At Caliche Development Partners, which stores natural gas liquids in underground caverns near Houston, CEO Dave Marchese may shift his plans and open a newly completed 3-million-barrel underground salt-cavern for crude oil or gasoline.”Gasoline has a pretty large contango right now,” he said, referring to prices five or more months ahead that are higher than current levels. But both fuels would require new pumps in its salt cavern, Marchese said, and he wants buyers to pay up for any upgrades.Shale producer Teal Natural Resources had one of its three crude buyers cancel a purchase agreement last month, sending it shopping for frac tanks. They are not cheap, Teal CEO John Roby learned after scouring the market.Storing a month’s worth of output would cost Teal about $20 a day per tank, or about $300,000 a month. At those rates, Teal would rather shut in wells, he said.Shutting off wells is not for everyone, though, because it can reduce future oil recovery, and may put a producer in breach of their lease contracts.Rentals for frac tanks have jumped from about $15 a day previously, a Texas oil marketer said.Another oil producer, Texland Petroleum aims to sell immediately whatever crude it can this month, said President Jim Wilkes. He is considering adding frac tanks to avoid having to pay to have his oil carried away in May.Joshua Wade, an oil marketer in Oklahoma, is in talks to reserve about 100,000 barrels of storage for May using a combination of frac tanks, on-system pipeline storage and smaller tanks that have been dormant on pipelines.But time is running out and costs are rising quickly.”A lot of people have been calling me now and saying ‘I wanna go out and buy 100,000 barrels in May and put them in a frac tank,'” said Wade. “I tell them the party started about a month ago and it’s now almost over.”last_img read more

Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared

first_imgHector Bellerin still faces a long stretch on the sidelines (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have already been dealt an injury blow for the start of the forthcoming season with Hector Bellerin set to miss the opening weeks of the campaign.The right-back has been out of action since January with an injury to his left knee, which saw him need surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments.The initial diagnosis was the Spaniard would be out for between six and nine months, and it looks like it will be closer to the more pessimistic end of that scale.The Evening Standard are reporting that Bellerin will miss ‘several weeks’ at the start of the 2019/20 season, which begins on 11 August against Newcastle.ADVERTISEMENT Bellerin has been going through recovery since January (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Right-back is a position that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to strengthen this summer, with the Gunners linked with a move for PSG’s Thomas Meunier.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, with the transfer budget limited to around £45m at the Emirates, a deal for the Belgian would represent about half of the funds available to Emery this summer.With Stephan Lichtsteiner leaving the club, right-backs are thin on the ground at Arsenal and Emery so Bellerin’s extended absence will come as disappointing news for Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal do look set to sign a forward in 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli although their moves in the likes of Ryan Fraser and Yannick Carrasco appear to have slowed to a halt.Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba remains another key defensive target, but the clubs continue to haggle over price.With money tight at the Emirates, club legend Charlie Nicholas has encouraged Emery to sell Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira to free up funds.MORE: Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outMORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Martinelli transfer in coming days Advertisement Comment Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared Advertisement Phil HaighTuesday 18 Jun 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shareslast_img read more

Bacolod woman commits suicide

first_imgThe woman was rushed to the CorazonLocsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city where the attendingphysician declared her “dead on arrival.” Officers of Police Station 4 ruled outfoul play in the incident./PN BACOLOD City – She was found deadhanging inside their house in Barangay Estefania. According to police investigators, sheattempted suicide several times due to family problems. The 33-year-old resident, whose name waswithheld by authorities, committed suicide, a police report showed.The woman’s lifeless body was found by her live-in partner around 4 a.m. onApril 22, it added.last_img