The Puckane native stood down from a similar post with Kerry earlier this month citing travel and his management role with Sixmilebridge as the reasons for finishing up after two successful years with the Kingdom.Former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid is also being linked to the Offally vacancy.
Lease with mall, first construction contract signed by Mason City’s mayor for River City Renaissance project
MASON CITY — Mason City’s mayor says the first steps of the River City Renaissance project are officially underway with the signing of the first construction contract as well as a lease with Southbridge Mall.The City Council last week approved a revised lease agreement with the mall owner. The lease agreement is for an initial 20-year term, followed by four subsequent five-year terms for a total of 40 years. The cost of the lease starts at $199,000 a year for the first five years, increasing by 10-percent each subsequent five-year period.Mayor Bill Schickel says the mall owner agreed to the council’s amendments, including that back taxes be paid prior to any lease payments being made. “You might remember that lease includes provisions that no money will be paid in terms of that lease until all of the taxes are current on the mall.”Schickel says the contract has been finalized with Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake dealing with the demolition of the interior of the former JC Penney store area where a multi-purpose center will be constructed. “I’ve signed a contract for the first construction bid. Construction should be getting underway shortly in JC Penney area where the multi-purpose center will be built.”Some concern was raised at last week’s council meeting that the city did not meet the minimum requirements for posting the notice as part of the bid letting process. Schickel says a review shows the city followed the necessary requirements. “You may have heard that there were some technical issues with the bidding process. We’ve consulted with the experts. We’ve consulted with our staff and legal counsel. They informed us that the statutes were indeed complied with, and various deadlines were met. So we’re excited to be moving forward.”The city is currently accepting bids for the second construction package for the arena, which includes the structural steel, concrete foundation and ice plant components of the facility. Bids are due on January 31st, with the council scheduled to approve a winning bidder at their February 5th meeting.
Elsewhere in around the state, protesters in Tampa broke store windows and set a gas station on fire on Saturday night, also following a peaceful daytime demonstration.In Tallahassee, the situation got even more dangerous, when a pickup truck drive through a crowd of protestors. The vehicle then stopped and started again, with a person on its hood at one point. No serious injuries were reported there, according to police.Police handcuffed the driver but did not release his identity or say whether he would face charges.Closer to home, a group also gathered on Saturday afternoon at Lake Worth Beach City Hall to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.During that demonstration, two people pulled the American flag from its flagpole, tore it, and then attempted to burn it in front of the CVS near City Hall.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies ended up retrieving the destroyed flag, and will dispose of it with a proper burial.The crowd later departed City Hall, moved down Lake Avenue, and then traveled to Bryant Park. No arrests or other issues were reported locally. Protests in downtown Miami became violent Saturday night, as demonstrators began throwing objects at police and setting vehicles on fire.The protests, which took place over the death of George Floyd last Monday in Minneapolis, started peacefully in the afternoon, but turned once the crowd made its way onto I-95, shutting down traffic there in both directions for hours.Police ultimately fired tear gas into a group of people who were gathered outside the Miami Police Department, as protesters could be seen throwing rocks and setting police cruisers on fire in the downtown area.Officers in riot gear also stood in formation, as the protesters threw rocks and kicked tear gas canisters at them.In addition, looting could be seen from a news helicopter above Bayside Marketplace along Biscayne Boulevard.The Miami protest started peacefully near the Torch of Friendship around 3 p.m.At least 38 people in Miami-Dade County were arrested overnight, as Mayor Carlos Jimenez implemented a curfew from 10 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday, and from 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.
Teenager Alice Hewson held on tight to beat a swing wobble and win the Hampshire Rose by a stroke at North Hants. “It’s great to win,” said the 17-year-old international from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. “It’s incredible to follow some of the names on the board, like Charley Hull, Georgia Hall and Hannah Burke.” Hewson made an excellent start to the event, as she put some swing changes into effect, but she was forced to dig deep to win. She was two-under for the first round and was four-under after 28 holes, but then she slipped back to old methods and on to the bogey trail. “My driving got a bit wayward, but I managed to just about keep a score going. I didn’t know how big my lead was, but I knew a couple of people had had good front nines and were getting closer. Then I birdied the 17th and that gave me a little bit of room going down the last,” she said. “I was very pleased to hold on when it was getting difficult.” She finished on one-over for 36 holes and one shot clear of Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey) and Sophie Keech (Parkstone). Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) and Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) were a further stroke back. Hewson will become a student at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, later this year. Last year she helped England win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals and this season she has reached the matchplay stages of both the Spanish and French championships. Leading final scores Par 73 CSS 75 75 147 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 71 76 148 Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey) 76 72; Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 76 72 149 Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) 78 71; Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 76 73 151 Luan Skeates (The Buckinghamshire) 76 75 152 Jade Guest (Gog Magog) 75 77; Ella Ofstedahl (Mill Green) 73 79 153 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 77 76; Rebecca Gibbs (Bristol & Clifton) 76 77 13 Apr 2015 Hampshire Rose victory for Alice