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Singapore rained on Vettel’s parade

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SEBASTIAN VETTEL threw away the opportunity to regain the championship lead with an off the start crash taking out his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Raikkonen made a strong getaway from fourth on the grid and was drawing alongside Verstappen on the inside as they approached Turn 1. But as polesitter Sebastian Vettel edged left, Verstappen became the meat in a Ferrari sandwich and all three made contact.

Raikkonen and Verstappen were out on the spot, while Vettel briefly continued to lead the race until spinning his heavily damaged car into retirement before the first lap was complete.

Ferrari had been quick to lay responsibility at Verstappen's door following the drama, but in the immediate aftermath the Red Bull driver disagreed, instead pointing the finger clearly at Vettel and insisting he had done all he could to avoid contact.

Race stewards declared the clash a racing incident and took no further action. It was clear from the footage that Vettel was defending his position but had no way in knowing where Raikkonen was. But when you are fitting for the championship this was very poor judgement on Vettel’s part. All scenarios should be going through his head at this point and a conservative approach would have been the better option. There are some quick guys between him and his championship rival, Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso was even in the mix, what a race it would have been. If all remained on track Vettel would have regained the championship lead in a race but with Hamilton the eventual winner extend his lead to 28 points. A gap with will be difficult to close with six races remaining.

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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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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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