‘Seaplane facility akin to basketball court on runway’

first_imgNewsLocal News‘Seaplane facility akin to basketball court on runway’By admin – April 29, 2011 590 Linkedin Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleO’Connell on bench for Amlin SemiNext articleRiverfest to harness €20m for local economy admincenter_img Email WhatsApp St Michael’s Boat Club express fears for safety of oarsmenMEMBERS of St Michael’s Rowing Club, preparing for the annual Limerick Regatta at O’Briensbridge this weekend, have voiced fears about the pontoon landing facility for a seaplane on the Shannon.The 110 year-old rowing club made a formal objection to An Bord Pleanala.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Planning for the pontoon at the Clarion Hotel on Steamboat Quay, was recently granted to Harbour Flights Ireland Limited.Pierce McGann, St Michael’s Rowing Club, is adamant city council should not have granted permission.“How can your operate a rowing club where you have aircraft landing?“This is a stretch of water where 16 boats and 85 oars people, aged between 13 and 60, are in operation.“We don’t believe city council have the wherewithal to monitor such a facility.“We don’t own the river, but what they are trying to do is akin to having a basketball court on a runway”.He made the remarks ahead of the 2011 Limerick Regatta this Saturday, April 30, at O’Briensbridge. Speaking at the launch, chairman, Rob Le Gear, said:“It is this support of willing volunteers that has sustained the regatta for more than 140 years”.He acknowledged two past chairmen for their contributions over the years.“Tony Tynne, Limerick Boat Club, has served 46 years on the regatta committee from 1964 to 2010, and Dermot Henihan, St. Michael’s Rowing Club, served 33 years, 1977 – 2010.“Both men have been at the heart of Limerick Regatta for decades and it was their foresight that orchestrated the delivery of the regatta site in O’Briensbridge that gives us access to a wonderful stretch of water”.Over 50 separate events are scheduled, involving 1,000 athletes.Racing will take place every five minutes from 8.00am to 6.30pm on the full four-lane course.There will also be rowing in the city as part of the Sports on the Shannon element of the Riverfest festival on Sunday May 1.Local clubs will compete in a race from the Courthouse to Shannon Bridge at 6.30pm. Advertisementlast_img read more

High Jump

first_imgMost of you know that high jumpers today basically “flop” over the bar.  That was not the case when I attended high school.  We used the Western Roll.  The Western Roll is really an apt description of what an athlete did.  He jumped as high as he could and rolled his body full length over the bar.  The jumper’s head, arms, and legs all went over the bar at the same time.Today, with the use of the Fossbury Flop, the head and shoulders go over the bar first and the hips and legs follow.  In this technique your back is next to the bar whereas in the roll your stomach was next to the bar.  Dick Fossbury introduced this technique in 1966.  He cleared 6’7″ using this form and convinced his coach that this was a better technique than the Western Roll.Since men now have reached 8′ and women almost 7′, I don’t think you will see the Western Roll ever make a come back.last_img read more

Cricket faces a ’70s-style moment of reckoning

first_imgBy Ian Chappell(The ongoing pay dispute between CA and the players shows how the greed of boards and the lure of T20 leagues could spell tricky times ahead)SUDDENLY it’s shades of 1977 in Australian cricket. The players’ association has rejected the financial deal proposed by the board and there is uncertainty surrounding the next television-rights deal.A similar formula in 1977 resulted in the advent of World Series Cricket. The players were agitating for better pay and conditions and Kerry Packer – the owner of the Nine network – was apoplectic when the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) refused his offer of substantially more money for the television rights, then held by the ABC network.Kerry Packer didn’t take rebuttal lightly and with his curse, “the devil take the hindmost”, ringing in their ears, he commenced a torrid legal battle with the cricket administrators. He found plenty of willing allies among the players, and worldwide more than 50 signed to play for the television magnate.The animosity towards the administrators had been building among the Australian players since the tours of India and South Africa in 1969-70. In 1974-75, Dennis Lillee – the premier fast bowler – had just returned after a serious back injury and described his displeasure at the pay scale (A$200 per Test), in a series of newspaper articles.The chairman of the ACB then, Tim Caldwell, pleaded with me as captain: “Tell your fast bowler to back off in his newspaper articles.” My response was simple: “Why don’t you tell him yourself, Tim, because I happen to agree with him.”From there it gradually went downhill, to the point in 1977-78 where WSC played its first season in direct competition with the ACB’s series between Australia and India.“I’m not suggesting it has reached that same stage in Australia again; the players are too well paid these days to seriously contemplate a strike against their major employer. However, the greed that has been palpable in cricket for the last decade looks like it might be coming home to roost.Worldwide, boards have been guilty of siphoning every last dollar out of their media deals. The result in some regions has been detrimental to the game, which is now only available on subscription TV in the UK. Indian viewers are entitled to complain that the cricket coverage gets in the way of them watching the ads.The television companies pay so heavily for the rights that, understandably, they then try to capitalise on any commercial opportunity in an attempt to recoup some of their investment.The players – in Australia at least – are so used to being well remunerated that they’re unhappy at any hint their livelihood may be curtailed. The difference now, compared to 1977? The players have lucrative T20 leagues as alternative employment if they’re unhappy with the board’s offer.This is a situation of the administrators’ making. They demand exorbitant prices for the media rights, so surely they must expect the players to be just as financially vigilant. And it was the administrators who devised the IPL and other burgeoning T20 leagues, which has increased the financial options for cricketers.The greed of the administrators – they claim it is money needed to run the game – has resulted in the players expecting regular pay increases every time a new media-rights deal is struck.In the meantime, there is a surfeit of one-sided Test and ODI matches, where the number of really competitive teams – especially away from home – is insufficient to keep up with the increased attractiveness of T20 games. The ability of T20 leagues to lure star overseas players and the relative shortness of the contest means they have serious advantages over the longer forms of cricket.T20 matches capitalise on the attraction of close finishes and possible upsets. In the shorter game, there is more likelihood that scores will remain close, and a favoured team can always lose to a less fancied side.For all but the marquee series and tournaments, this has meant that T20 leagues are growing in television value, while the longer versions of the game are in danger of receding. The current Australian wrangle could well be an insight into where cricket’s future is headed.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more