Coláiste Dún Iascaigh retain Munster PPS Senior A title

first_imgLast year’s Senior A Champions, Colaiste dun Iascaigh, Cahir took on the Senior B Champions from 2013/2014, Scoil Mhuire, Carrick on Suir. Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir won the Senior A Champions title for the second year in a row. They overcame Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-9.last_img

Trevor Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow: Which QB has the edge in College Football Playoff championship?

first_imgAnd Burrow pointed out the other difference-maker — both quarterbacks can make plays with their legs.That’s the backdrop for the quarterback matchup that is a sign of the times in college football. One team has the five-star quarterback who hasn’t lost since high school. The other is a gift from the transfer portal who spent four years waiting for his turn to play. It’s a question that will be asked Monday — and perhaps again when they meet in the NFL.“Trevor has a lot of championship experience, and I think that counts for something, not that Joe won’t deliver,” Fowler said. “There’s tremendous pressure on both of them to key their offense. I can’t wait to see it unfold, though. It’s really tough to choose.” There’s no doubt about that. Both teams are 14-0. Burrow’s record-setting season in the Southeastern Conference led to the Heisman Trophy. Lawrence is 25-0 as a starter and has a chance to lead Clemson to back-to-back national championships. There’s a distinct possibility both quarterbacks will be taken No. 1 in the next two NFL draft, respectively.MORE: LSU-Clemson odds, predictions, trendsKnowing that, does either quarterback have an advantage, however slight, in this matchup that could go down as one of the best games ever?The case for Burrow is simple: He’s in LSU’s backyard. He has passed for 275 yards or more in every game, and he led LSU to victories against six top-10 teams. Burrow torched Oklahoma for 493 passing yards, 22 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns in a 63-28 Peach Bowl blowout against Oklahoma.“I would give probably a slight edge to Joe Burrow just because of how consistent their offense has been this year,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said.Herbstreit said Auburn is the only team that gave Burrow issues this season — a game in which he still finished with 321 yards, one touchdown and an interception.“If you give him the same look or he knows what you’re in, you have no shot of slowing him down,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if in my years of playing the game and covering the game, probably over 30 years, I have ever seen a quarterback executing at the level of Joe Burrow in a system like this.”Then there’s Lawrence, who led a four-play, 94-yard drive in the 29-23 victory against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Lawrence also led Clemson to a 44-16 blowout against Alabama in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game, a game where he upstaged Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.“I don’t know if there’s anybody you’d trust (more) or not want to bet against than Lawrence,” ESPN’s Chris Fowler said. “Never having lost a game since high school, just the toughness that he showed against Ohio State when he got pissed off after getting hit in the head and really played much better after that. The 94-yard drive. The 67-yard run. He made plays in that game that are going to live in the history of the sport.”MORE: SN expert picks for CFP title gameBurrow’s full-season resume — which included 5,208 yards and 55 touchdowns — tops Lawrence’s. The second-year Clemson quarterback finished with 3,431 yards, 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Each quarterback was almost flawless in November: Lawrence threw for 1,622 yards, 19 touchdowns, no interceptions while Burrow threw for 2,403, 25 touchdowns, two interceptions.Burrow has the numbers, but Lawrence has the experience on the national championship stage, even if he doesn’t see it that way.“I don’t know how big the advantage is,” Lawrence said. “I think it’s just from an experience standpoint it feels good knowing you’ve been here, kind of how the week is going to go. Other than that, I don’t think it helps too much. The game is going to be won on the field.”Both quarterbacks know that: They met each other at the Manning Passing Academy last summer and are complimentary of each other’s styles.“I like a lot of things about his game,” Lawrence said. “Just his pocket presence is really good. His accuracy, obviously, and just how he’s pretty mobile, too. He can extend plays and has a really good feel for pressure and doesn’t take too many sacks.“He is a really good player, really smooth,” Burrow responded. “Still young, which is crazy. He’s light-years ahead of where I was when I was his age. I’m excited to compete against him.” NEW ORLEANS — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t afraid to lay out what everybody’s thinking about the much-anticipated showdown with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the College Football Playoff championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.“I think myself and Trevor are the two best in the game right now,” Burrow said at media days. “I think that’s a big reason why both teams are here.”last_img read more

Property tax limits under debate in Iowa legislature

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the House and Senate have drafted bills they say will “slow down the growth of property taxes.”Six years ago, Iowa lawmakers cut commercial and industrial property taxes by 10 percent. This year, GOP Senators have proposed limiting tax increases on all classes of property to no more than three percent.“Commercial/industrial taxpayers continue to see a lot of increases. We’re concerned about those increases,” Nicole Crain said this week during a senate subcommittee meeting. “We really think that putting a cap on local governments is a way to help control some of those increases that we’ve seen.”According to Matt Steinfeldt of the Iowa Farm Bureau, property tax payments in Iowa have doubled since the year 2000.“The total of property taxes collected this year will be over $5.75 billion,” Steinfeldt said. “The growth of property taxes is outpacing the economy. It’s outpacing Iowans’ ability to pay.”Critics say the limit will restrict the ability of growing communities to pay for needed infrastructure and services. Ames Mayor John Haila told senators there’s “amazing” expansion in his city’s research park.“As we continue to grow, we need a fourth fire station. We can bond for it, but it’s going to cost us $1.3 million for the fire fighters to fill it every year,” he said. “If this bill goes through and the cap goes through as it is, we won’t be able to do that.”Brett Barker, the mayor of the city of Nevada, is also chairman of Story County Republicans. He told legislators their proposal may have unintended consequences.“Ultimately cities aren’t created equally. We all have different challenges. We all have unique situations and I think local officials are most in tune with our communities,” he said. “We hear them.”Republicans in the Iowa House have a property tax plan that addresses any increase above two percent. Citizens would be able to petition for a referendum if a city council or county board of supervisors proposes increasing property taxes by more than two percent.last_img read more

Hiring Down 43 in March

first_img May 7, 2013 414 Views Hiring fell 4.3 percent in March, the same month in which payroll job growth plunged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday in its monthly “”Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)””: [IMAGE]Job growth in March was initially reported at 88,000–the weakest in nine months–but later revised up to 138,000. While hirings dropped in March, separations increased 0.8 percent.According to the JOLTS report, the number of persons unemployed for each job opening fell to 3.05, the lowest level since October 2008, from 3.09 in February.The JOLTS report details the ins and out of the labor market. According to the report, the number of layoffs and discharges in March rose 7.7 percent to 1,693,000, the highest level since September, from 1,572,000 in February.At the same time, the number of “”quits,”” generally a sign of confidence in the ability to get another job, fell in March to 2,160,000, a drop of 5.5 percent from February.Still, the report showed a continual improvement in the labor market, with 51.8 million hires in the last 12 months, up from 50.6 million in the previous 12 months.[COLUMN_BREAK]The number of job openings at the end of March slipped to 3.84 million from 3.9 million in February. Job openings fell month-over-month in most major industry sectors, led by a drop of 37,000 in professional and business services. There were 2.0 jobseekers for every opening in that sector in March, up from 1.7 in February.Data from the report indicated there were 11.2 unemployed construction workers for every available job in March, up from 9.0 in February. By industry, the number of unemployed persons per job opening also increased in the manufacturing and information sectors. The number of unemployed persons per job opening declined in financial activities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The drop in job openings in manufacturing is a consequence of the federal budget sequester, which caused a cutback in defense spending.The “”JOLTS”” report tracks flows within the labor sector, noting hirings and separations by month as well as the number of job openings at the end of a month. It is reported by BLS on a one month lag. In addition to totals, data are reported on major industry sectors.The number of unemployed persons per job opening has been declining steadily since peaking at 6.7 in July 2009, when the recession ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£officially├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø ended. The calculation is a function of the number of people unemployed, which fell to 11,742,000 in March–the lowest level since December 2008–and the number of job openings. Unemployment fell again in March to 11,659,000.The month-over-month increase in the number of layoffs and discharges was the second in a row and the third in the last five months. Year-over-year through March, layoffs and discharges were down 0.6 percent._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S (Sirius 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. and again at 9:20 a.m. Eastern._ Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs JOLTS Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-07 Mark Liebermancenter_img Hiring Down 4.3% in March in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more