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MERCEDES' Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth F1 world driver’s title in last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix. And that achievement means the Mercedes driver has gone level on F1 championships with Vettel and Alain Prost. Schumacher, with seven, and Juan Manuel Fangio, with five, are now the only men to have won more F1 titles than Hamilton.

The Mexican Grand Prix presented some unexpected results. A first lap collision with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel pushed both drivers down the race order giving hope to Vettel’s championship hopes. However, a win for Vettel and Hamilton finishing outside the top five was the result needed to keep Vettel’s championship dream alive. The Ferrari driver couldn’t return to the front to offer any chance of moving the championship fight to the next round in Brazil finishing 4th and Hamilton finishing 9th was enough to secure the championship.

The sensation of the race was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen winning by a convincing 19.678 second margin over Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen a further 54.007 second back with only four cars on the lead lap.

Verstappen has thrown down the gauntlet to the championship establishment for next year’s drivers title.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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