Farmers could face cash flow problems over payments

first_imgNewsFarmers could face cash flow problems over paymentsBy Staff Reporter – November 23, 2016 505 Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSDeputy Niall CollinslimerickRural Development Programme Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleUS election results impact exportNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Farmers in Limerick and around the country could face cash flow problems – Collins NEW figures released this week reveal that only 52 per cent of this year’s Rural Development Programme budget allocation has been paid out.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, Niall Collins says farmers will face increased cash flow problems as a result of serious delays in Rural Development Programme payments.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Niall Collins stated – “It’s quite unbelievable that only half of this year’s funding for agri-schemes has been paid to farmers. This will result in serious financial hardship for farmers across the country.“It’s particularly worrying that less than 4 per cent of GLAS payments have been made. The government failed to allocate the level of funding that it originally promised for this scheme, and now it’s failing to pay out. This is a completely unacceptable situation.“Payments under TAMS and the Beef Genomics Scheme are also seriously behind schedule. These underspends are significant by any metric and will have serious consequences for small family farmers.“Many farmers have had to take out loans to keep their businesses going while they wait for their payments to come through, and these delays will exacerbate an already difficult situation. Farmers should not have to rely on banks and other financial institutions to cover the cost of works, which these agri-schemes cover. This is creating a major cash flow crisis, which is completely preventable.“This has been a very difficult year for farmers, and these underspends and delayed payments are making a bad situation worse. I am urging Minister Creed to ensure that these payments are forthcoming this month and that farmers are not left in the lurch”. Email Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Police chief resigns over online posts advocating violence against ‘Marxist Democrats’

first_imgamphotora/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MARSHALL, Ark.) — An Arkansas police chief has resigned after admitting to authoring several social media posts in which he advocated for violence against “Marxist Democrats.”Lang Holland, who had been the chief of police in Marshall, Arkansas, resigned on Saturday after he was confronted by the city’s mayor about a series of derogatory posts made under his name on a conservative social media site.“The Marshall community does not in any way support or condone bullying or threats of violence to anyone of any political persuasion. We are a welcoming community that is humbly working to build a bright future for ALL our citizens,” Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliott said in a statement released on the city’s Facebook page. “Mr. Holland is no longer employed with the city.”Marshall, a town with of population of a little over 1,350, is about 100 miles north of Little Rock.Elliott said he became aware of the social media posts when they began circulating on Facebook and Twitter on Friday under the username “Chieflangholland.”ABC Little Rock affiliate KATV obtained screenshots of Holland’s posts before they were taken down.In one post, apparently made before the Nov. 3 presidential election, Holland wrote, “When this is over and Trump is president for 4 more years. Do not go to sleep. Do not forget what these Marxist Democrat bastards have tried to do.”The post went on to say, “When you see one in public get in their face do not give them any peace. Throw water on them at restaurants. Push them off the sidewalks. Never let them forget they are traitors and have no right to live in this Republic after what they have done.”In another post, Holland wrote, “Death to Marxist Democrats. Take no prisoners leave no survivors.”Efforts by ABC News to reach Holland for comment on Monday were unsuccessful.KATV reported that in now-deleted posts Holland had encouraged people to burn and smash Democrats’ homes and run them out of the country. According to KATV, Holland also made posts calling transgender people “mentally defective” and “perverted freaks.”After the controversy over the posts erupted, Holland allegedly responded under another user account with the username “the real chief,” denying he was the author of the initial posts and writing, “I am NOT an ignorant, violent, racist Trump disciple like I have been depicted.”In a statement to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock, Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson slammed Holland’s posts as “dangerous” and called for his ouster.Earlier this year, Holland made national news by releasing a statement criticizing Hutchinson’s statewide mask mandate as “a very large overreach of the powers” by the state government. He refused to enforce the mandate.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Despite blowout losses, Syracuse’s offensive performances have improved

first_img Comments On Oct. 7, No. 3 North Carolina was smothering Syracuse. The Tar Heels held a two-goal advantage, had nine shots, and if not for a penalty kick save by SU goalkeeper Jordan Harris, would have scored three goals with three-quarters of the game left to play.Still, Syracuse had a temporary breakthrough. Taylor Bennett launched a free kick from deep within SU’s defensive half to the Tar Heels’ penalty area, where Kate Hostage delicately flicked it on to the feet of UNC defender Julia Ashley. Ashley let it run, Meghan Root snuck behind her mark, and the freshman’s close-range finish was tidy. The Orange was within one goal against one of the nation’s best teams.“As a team we needed to be a little scrappier in the box, a little more hungry,” Root said. “And we need to do it a lot more consistently throughout the game.”Syracuse (3-12, 0-7 Atlantic Coast) conceded five unanswered goals following Root’s goal, in an eventual 7-1 loss, marking the sixth time it has allowed four or more goals this year. In its last three games, SU has scored five of its 11 goals on the season but surrendered 18. The Orange’s attack has come to life after a scoreless run in four games from Sept. 16 to 29, but Syracuse’s inability to keep games close has made its goals insignificant.After Kate Hostage’s goal in the 41st minute against Kent State on Sept. 13, SU’s offense went cold. First, it was a 4-0 loss to then-No. 13 Duke, a game in which Hostage, the team’s leading scorer, went down with a left ankle injury that sidelined her for the next three games. Four days later, Boston College held the Orange scoreless again in a dominant 3-0 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s next two contests, both 1-0 losses, were “bad losses to take,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. First, the Orange conceded with nine seconds left in the game to then-one loss Louisville. Six days later, SU fell to Miami, who was winless in its previous seven games.“To lose those games against Louisville and Miami were gutting for us,” Wheddon said. “We honestly felt we should have got something out those games.”In the Orange’s next game against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, the drought finally ended, 423 game minutes after Hostage’s goal against Kent State. When Sydney Brackett’s corner kick snuck inside the front post and into the net in the third minute, SU celebrated like it was a last-minute winner.“I think you could see it in our reaction,” Root said. “All of us were sprinting and smiling and celebrating. There was just relief on our faces because we know we’re capable of scoring.”While Syracuse’s lead lasted just seven minutes, simply seeing the ball go into the net instilled SU with the belief that it could keep scoring, Brackett said. The Orange went on to score twice more that night.The increase in offensive production has been a result of SU pressing higher up the field with a 4-3-3 formation. On Saturday against Notre Dame, Wheddon started the second half with a high press. It worked for the first 25 minutes of the half, as the Orange dominated possession and scored a goal.“We’ve made creative runs and have had an offensive mindset,” Brackett said about SU’s recent offensive success. “A lot of the things that we’ve been talking about and working on in practice have finally started to translate onto the field.”But Syracuse’s offensive surge ended immediately following its goal. Over the final 20 minutes, the Fighting Irish took advantage of Syracuse’s offensive desperation and scored three goals en route to a 5-1 victory.While the Orange’s goals haven’t led to wins, they’ve proved SU can score against the conference’s best. Syracuse will have another opportunity to prove that on Thursday when it faces Virginia, who has allowed a conference-low seven goals this season.“We’re happy to be finding the back of the net,” Wheddon said. “But we’ve got to make sure that we close out games so we can win games.” Published on October 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm Contact David: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more