Threatened with prosecution for giving Limerick hospital staff a ‘hug in…

first_imgStory David Raleigh. Andrew Moloney, Hook & Ladder.Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22THE operator of a Limerick mobile coffee truck who was threatened with prosecution after giving free drinks and food to frontline healthcare workers fighting COVID-19, said more needs to be done to help businesses survive the pandemic.Andrew Moloney, operations manager with Hook & Ladder catering company, said they received a letter from Limerick City and County Council on February 5th notifying them of a prosecution for breaching the Casual Trading Act.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The letter stated that the alleged offence related to the company operating “HAL”, their coffee truck, on the grounds of the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL).Mr Moloney said he contacted the Council to explain they had not traded as they had not charged for the drinks and food, but the Council claimed it had evidence they had been trading.On February 15th, a representative of Hook & Ladder received an email from a council official which stated, “if you are giving out free coffees/teas etc to all customers then you are not in breach of the Casual Trading Act, and the Council will not be pursuing you under this legislation”.Mr Moloney said there is too much red tape for businesses especially under lockdown, and that the Council had jumped the gun.“We were providing a free ‘hug-in-a-mug’ to the frontline workers. We’ve been in the hospital unfortunately as a family for quiet a number of years, and we have seen what they do in there.”“We have seen that, pre-Covid (the hospital staff) were Trojans.”“Most recently, an elderly member of my family was in UHL. They went in there without Covid and came out of there without Covid, and the staff are doing fantastic work.”“Hook & Ladder have been offering free teas and coffees to frontline workers over the past year from our restaurants, so as we have a truck, and because a lot of (the workers) can’t come to us, we decided to go to them”, Mr Moloney, 29, explained.“We weren’t trading, and we can prove it, just ask the 600 hospital staff we served in UHL and the 300 staff we served in St John’s and the Maternity. They will all advocate that we did not charge a red cent for anything, so, we weren’t trading. Yet, our Council took it upon themselves to issue us with legal proceedings, in these times, which they appear to have backed down from.”Hook & Ladder have called for greater engagement with the Council to find a way of allowing mobile businesses operate during the pandemic.The company said it had investigated applying for a casual trading licence but that it only applies to one specific part of Limerick which is already well served by coffee operators.A Council spokesman said: “Limerick City and County Council does not comment in public about specific dealings between the Council and a customer. The customer can clarify any questions or queries they have with the Council by contacting us.”They said “all businesses must apply for permission to operate on a casual basis, and, currently, the only area in the city where casual trading is permitted is the area surrounding the Milk Market – Carr Street, Robert Street, Cornmarket Row, and portion of Ellen Street”.Independent Councillor Elisa O’Donovan has submitted a notice of motion that the Council would “extend event casual trading licenses during Covid restrictions to facilitate rate paying businesses to operate outdoor grated in specified areas”.In light of this the Council said it had decided “to refer the notice of motion to the Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning SPC for a review”.Healthcare workers in the UL Hospital Group, and at Milford Care Centre which provides palliative care, said they were grateful to Hook & Ladder.A UHL spokesman said: “We can confirm that free coffees/hot drinks were donated to staff on the dates in question on all three sites with the agreement of hospital management. We are grateful for the support so many local organisations and businesses have shown our staff during the pandemic.”Despite HAL being invited to trade at the Gaelic Grounds stadium, Mr Moloney said he was forced to close up after six hours trading today, following a visit from a council official who took a photograph of the mobile truck.Hook & Ladder owner, Oliver Moloney, tweeted HAL had been “kindly invited by the Gaelic Grounds on the Ennis Rd” and that “barista coffee, teas, & hot chops” would be “available from 10am”.A Council spokesman noted, “in general planning, legislation states that anyone operating a business on private property requires planning permission”.Andrew Moloney tweeted tonight “we were forced into the closure of our coffee van after a mere 6 hours of trade, we have decided to concede the battle, but the war for change in our city is only starting”.Limerick GAA did not respond to requests for comment. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Twitter Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleOn This Day: Limerick dominate Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and Ardscoil Ris claim fifth Harty Cup titleNext article#NewMusic: Dara Barry-Hayes – ‘Bright Clouds’ EP David Raleigh Printcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email LimerickNewsThreatened with prosecution for giving Limerick hospital staff a ‘hug in a mug’By David Raleigh – February 17, 2021 9439 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick WhatsApplast_img read more

Second-half latest: Preston 0 QPR 1 – Rangers within sight of victory at Deepdale

first_imgSebastian Polter’s early goal has left QPR within sight of the club’s first win at Deepdale since 1980. The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Preston made a determined start to the second half but Rangers have looked a threat on the counter attack, with the in-form Junior Hoilett involved in much of their best work.Hoilett crossed for Polter, whose effort flashed across the face of goal, and Alejandro Faurlin’s shot was blocked as the midfielder attempted to force the ball home.Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a change with 12 minutes remaining, sending Massimo Luongo on in place of the hardworking Jamie Mackie.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie (Luongo 78), Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mike Lutmer, May 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re soggy. It’s raining. I actually got some ground worked as I was planning on getting out today but that is not going to happen.We still do not have anything in the ground. I am definitely getting a little worried. We are just about halfway through May with nothing in the ground, but I have had years where my best crops were planted this time of year or maybe a little after.I would rather plant it into warmer conditions then have it sit there in water. It looks like there is a chance of rain almost every day and that it will be nice on Friday. I think there is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow.Some guys around here got their corn in during a nice dry spell at the end of April but it has been so cool. If I had planted something then and it wasn’t up yet I’d be even more worried. I am concerned, but we can only do what we can do.The wheat looks pretty good. It is all fertilized and is already shooting heads so it may be a little early. We may spray wheat because it has been so cool and damp.The hay is looking really good. I’d like to get some cut really soon if we can get things dried out.last_img read more

Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8

first_imgVirat Kohli’s record as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore went from bad to worse in the IPL this season as the team suffered its fourth successive loss on Wednesday.The Royal Challengers Bangalore side is yet to get off the mark with a win this season as they suffered their latest loss against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Batting first, the Royal Challengers managed to post 158 for 4 on the board with useful contributions from Parthiv Patel (67), Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and Kohli (23). The visitors though, struggled big time against RR leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who bagged three wickets including that of the RCB skipper and AB de Villiers in quick succession.That ended RCB’s hopes of setting a big target for the hosts even though Parthiv, Stoinis and Moeen Ali’s knocks gave a glimmer of hope to the visitors.But the Royals made light work of the run chase thanks to an explosive opening partnership of 60 runs between Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59), who took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners to dent their hopes of staging a comeback in the match.The Royals reached the target with 7 wickets in hand to register their first win of the season out of four matches.The result means that Royal Challengers Bangalore is now the only team which hasn’t won a game in the competition after four matches and are languishing in last place in the points table. The Royals meanwhile, surpassed Mumbai Indians to clinch the sixth spot having played a game more than Rohit Sharma’s team.advertisementThis was also Kohli’s seventh successive loss as captain of India and RCB since March 8, 2019. Under Kohli, Team India lost the last three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia last month and RCB has lost four in four in IPL 2019.Virat Kohli as captain since 24 Feb 2019…last two T20Is for India: L Llast three ODIs for India: L L Llast four IPL games for RCB: L L L LMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 2019The latest defeat could mean that RCB will look to make quite a few changes in their team for the upcoming matches with Kohli also hinting at the same.”This tournament is not that long. You have to be on the eight ball. You have to think on your feet. You have to think of the best possible combination going forward.”We will definitely sit down and consider talking about what we can do. What can we do to get the balance right. Hopefully get some fresh guys in and they can make some cracking match-winning performances for us and get the team going,” Virat Kohli said after the game on Tuesday.”We have 10 games to go. If we start turning things around pretty soon, then we can get on a roll as well. We have to keep believing as a side,” Kohli said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first winAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal after dismissing Kohli, de Villiers: One of the biggest moments of my journeyAlso Read | RR vs RCB, IPL 2019: Shreyas Gopal, Jos Buttler ensure RCB stay winlesslast_img read more

Goodale and Sajjan to visit Halifax today to survey Dorian recovery efforts

first_imgHALIFAX — Two federal cabinet ministers will be in Halifax today to survey recovery efforts from the damaging hit by post-tropical storm Dorian over the weekend.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will look things over with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.Hundreds of troops from New Brunswick’s CFB Gagetown are in Halifax, many of them donning chainsaws to help clean up the tangled mess of fallen trees and power lines.With help from power crews from Quebec, Ontario, Florida and Maine, utility companies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. are working to restore power to the some 125,000 homes and businesses still off the grid as of early this morning.Many schools across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were closed Monday, and emergency officials have been urging people to stay home for their own safety and to give cleanup crews the room they need to work. Public schools in Nova Scotia are to remain closed today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mark Jackson Gets Contract Extension With Warriors

Mark Jackson had never coached before the Golden State Warriors tabbed him as their head man two years ago, a move that surprised many. But Jackson quickly ascended into a winning coach, taking a downtrodden club and making it one of the most exciting teams in the NBA last season.Jackson’s way – heart-to-heart, candid communication – won over his players, and they performed under him at a high level. So much so that the team picked up the option on Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.The move prevents Jackson from feeling as if he were coaching in a lame-duck situation the upcoming season, while also allowing more time for the sides to create a long-term deal for the former point guard of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers.“I trust in God. I’m in the best hands possible, and I don’t mean Arn Tellem,” the ordained minister joked after the season ended in May. By then, his team had already upset the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, solidifying his stature as an up-and-coming star coach.He took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 team that earned the Western Conference’s sixth seed and eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. The eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs knocked Golden State out in six games in the second round.The Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement behind Brooklyn. Golden State also is positioned for more success with point guard Stephen Curry anchoring a collection of promising young talent, and Jackson made it work. His players trusted him and his solid career as a point guard in the league gave him credibility. read more

Return to Sender Federer Looking Forward to Serenas Serve

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)“I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.His playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history.Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.“I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game. footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.” read more