Hoax calls and bonfires in chaotic night for Limerick Fire service

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Email Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Crews dealt with hoax calls and 17 bonfires in Limerick on Monday nightUNDER fire from rocks, responding to hoax river rescue calls and hoax domestic house fires, Limerick City fire fighters put down one of the busiest nights of the year on May Eve as crews also dealt with up 17 bonfires.With bonfires a tradition on May Eve, firefighters and emergency responders had expected crews to be busy.However, by 6.30pm on Monday night, crews were responding to hoax rescue calls, the first at the River Shannon where a woman was falsely reported as having entered the water.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City Fire SwiftWater Technician Rescue Crews we’re alerted to ther report of a woman in the river at Thomond Bridge.Arriving within minutes of the call, firefighters including the Rescue Boat FireSwift carried out a thorough search and deemed the call to be a hoax.Gardai and emergency paramedics with the National Ambulance Service also attended with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue also on alert.During the course of the night, fire crews attended 17 bonfires and while the majority of were monitored and being properly supervised, crews extinguished three due to safety concerns.However, as the night wore on, firefighters also came under fire from youths throwing rocks and stones on Crecora Ave while the attended a bonfire.While the Fire Appliance was hit several times, no injuries or major damage occurred.A short time later, firefighters were attacked for a second time while attending a bonfire in Watergate. There were no injuries but the Fire Appliance was again damaged. Gardai responded to the incident.Hoax calls were also made to the Fire Service alerting them to a supposed domestic fire in Roundwood Estate and while attending this, another hoax call was made to a domestic fire in Fedamore.After attending both alerts, it was deemed that these calls were hoax and the caller’s details were passed to Gardai.Fianna Fail general election candidate Cllr James Collins has called for prison sentences for those who attack frontline emergency responders such as ambulance crew, fire and rescue staff, or gardai,“We are frequently hearing of ambulance crews also being harassed when they attend in certain parts of the city. We have to put in place deterrents to protect emergency responders who are after all, putting their personal safety at risk in order to help others.“Fianna Fáil previously introduced legislation to ensure that all those working on the frontline are protected and that those convicted of a serious attack on an emergency worker would receive a minimum five year prison term.“Regrettably the Fine Gael led Government failed to support this key piece of legislation. Our party have now updated this Bill and will be pushing the Government once again on the issue.”“These brave frontline staff are attending to emergency calls and then coming under attack with youths firing stones and other objects at them. It’s appalling and nobody should be allowed to get away with treating gardai, ambulance crew or fire brigade staff in this way.“These are the very people we ask to run towards emergencies when we are seeking to escape them. They have to be protected with stiff penalties for anyone who attacks them.”See more Limerick news herecenter_img LimerickNewsHoax calls and bonfires in chaotic night for Limerick Fire serviceBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2018 1024 Facebook TAGSbonfireGardaíhoax callslimerickLimerick City Fire and Rescue Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLimerick woman scores €33,000 on Winning StreakNext articleLimerick student to take part in the “Olympics of Programming” Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisementlast_img read more

Killings in Nairobi hit home

first_imgA recent Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) graduate visiting Kenya to deliver her first child was among more than 60 people killed by Somali militants in the weekend attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi.Elif Yavuz, 33, a Dutch national described as “unique” and “hilariously funny” by an HSPH faculty member who worked closely with her, received a doctoral degree last spring. She was killed along with her partner, Australian architect Ross Langdon.“She was warm. She was very intelligent, hilariously funny, unique, a really unique person,” said Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, who was Yavuz’s thesis adviser and collaborated with Yavuz on projects. “We all feel the loss very strongly because she was so special.”Cohen learned of Yavuz’s death early Sunday from friends involved with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where Yavuz worked. Yavuz and Cohen had conducted research with group in the past.HSPH Dean Julio Frenk issued a statement to the community on the tragedy, saying “Elif committed her life and her career to helping those in need. Her compassion was an inspiration to everyone she touched at HSPH and the broader global community in which she lived and worked. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.”Yavuz conducted research on malaria in Uganda, spending much of her third year there. The work, Cohen said, involved supplying bed nets and medication and was aimed at improving malaria-related public policy.After graduating, Yavuz took a job with the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s applied analytics team in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. She was in Nairobi to deliver her baby, expected in early October, Cohen said.Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton also expressed regret at the tragedy.“We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi,” they said in a statement posted on the Clinton Foundation website. “Elif devoted her life to helping others, particularly people in developing countries suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. She had originally worked with our Health Access Initiative during her doctoral studies, and we were so pleased that she had recently rejoined us as a senior vaccines researcher based in Tanzania. Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly.  On behalf of the entire Clinton Foundation, we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Elif’s family and her many friends throughout the world.”A group of HSPH students and alumni who knew Yavuz issued a separate statement Monday afternoon, saying they were “shocked and devastated” by the loss.“Elif made life richer for us all,” said the statement by Shahira Ahmed, Emily Harrison, Heather Lanthorn, Corrina Moucheraud, and Pamela Scorza. “Her intelligence, spark, and wit, coupled with her unending hopefulness and enthusiasm, brightened our lives.  She was a friend, laughter therapist, vegetarian cook, yogi, novel reader, wine- and tea-drinking companion, scientist, public health malaria specialist, adventurer, mother-to-be. She remains in our hearts and memories, and we will deeply miss her.”The Nairobi attack by militants with the Somalia-based Shabab group began Saturday in the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Kenya’s capital. The militants killed civilians and took others hostage before beginning a drawn-out faceoff with Kenyan security forces.Harvard history professor Caroline Elkins, who has worked extensively in Kenya and who chairs the Harvard Committee on African Studies, spoke of the “senseless” loss to the Harvard community, to families in Kenya, and to families of victims from other nations.“Al-Shabaab’s cowardly attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi has brought tragedy to countless communities in Kenya and indeed across the globe. Here at Harvard, we have lost a member of our own community, and mourn for the senseless loss of so many lives,” Elkins said. “This is a time to remind ourselves not only of Kenya’s resiliency in the face of such terror, but also our own capacity to reach out to those who will need our support and strength in the days and months and indeed years ahead.”last_img read more

ND Activities Night showcases hundreds of clubs, organizations

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Members of GreeND recruit students at Tuesday’s Activities night in the Joyce Center. Nearly 350 organizations had tables at the event, which was meant to help new students involved on campus.“Logistically it just takes a lot of organization and time, and really focused time to make sure you’re not disseminating any information that’s incorrect. Because if the one thing that they read is the wrong thing, then that’s a problem,” James said. “All of the information needs to be really focused and correct so that they can be successful when they get here.”Certain groups came up with tricks to combat the confusion having thousands of students in one building creates. Junior Will Markley, co-president of the Entrepreneurship Society, brought QR codes as an alternative for students waiting in line to type their information into a computer.“If you have a QR scanner on your phone, you can put it over that, and it will take you to the survey on your phone. That way if there’s a line for the computer, you can just do it on your phone,” Markley said. “Our main goal tonight is to try to get as many people to that first meeting as possible, so we can really introduce the club. Because it’s kind of hard to teach people what the club’s about in a 10-second interaction at a crowded Activities Fair.”James said SAO came up with new ways to attract students to the event and encourage them to explore the different floors of the JACC to talk to as many groups as possible.“One of the things that I changed is we ordered fro-yo this year,” she said. “With the construction going on around campus and some of the things that are going on, there wasn’t a total guarantee of some of the spaces we were going to have and how people were going to enter. And so [I was] just doing the best that I could to make sure that all of the floors and all the places people could go were fun and attractive for them to go to.”Group leaders also took steps to catch students’ eyes. Senior Mason Zurovchak, president of PrismND, said the organization’s table was decorated with rainbow attire in order to best take advantage of the opportunity to attract a large number of students in a short amount of time.“I think for any organization or club on campus, a night like Activities Night where you can get heavy foot traffic and just get the attention of people for even just a split second … is a really great way to connect with people because it opens the door to future dialogue,” Zurovchak said. “It’s kind of just a great way that’s already built in to the start of the year to grab people’s attention whether you’re a freshman or an upperclassman.”Some groups that are less immediately recognizable for first-year students took a more aggressive approach to attracting students. Senior Amanda Bartolini, executive producer for the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) said she tried to take advantage of any sign of interest from passing students.“We’re a musical theater group so we’re kind of a niche group, not everybody is going to be interested, but if their eye lingers for a second on the words ‘musical theater’ we’re going to try to talk to them and get them interested,” Bartolini said. “We’re telling them about our club and our future events … [and] just trying to be a friendly presence.”Freshman Elizabeth Smith appreciated students having the initiative and passion to recruit her to various groups.“It’s kind of overwhelming, but I like that everyone’s here and you see how passionate people are about the clubs they’re in,” Smith said. “Everyone’s like, ‘Come join this club, it’ll be fun just to join.’ … Some of them are like, ‘Hey, have you ever played Frisbee? That’s okay, you don’t have to, come join.’”Freshman Darrell Adams said he enjoyed being able to explore the JACC without the pressure of having to reach out to certain clubs on his own.“It takes the pressure off of me to have to reach out to people because they’re reaching out to me, so it makes things a lot easier on my part,” Adams said. “Really I’m just kind of walking around exploring.”Sophomore Sabrina Barthelmes said she was happy to have the opportunity to go to Activities Night as a returning student to explore even more opportunities she heard about after the event last year.“There were a couple of clubs that I wanted to re-sign up for and then one or two that I’ve heard about from friends so I thought they’d be cool to sign up for this year,” Barthelmes said. “I’m really glad it’s not just for [first-year students] because there were definitely some clubs that I’d heard good things about from friends last year that I wanted to get involved with this year.”James said Activities Night is not only one of SAO’s most successful events, but also shows off the Notre Dame students’ spirit of involvement.“ … it’s a true showing of how involved Notre Dame students are, both as upperclassmen who are staffing the tables and how interested our first year students are to be here,” she said. “We have hundreds and hundreds of tables and thousands of students who come to participate and I just think it’s a really valuable and true showing of what the Notre Dame student body is like.”Tags: Activities Night, clubs, Entrepreneurship Society, PEMCo, PrismND, SAO, Student Activities Office On Tuesday night, every academic, niche, athletic or service group students can get involved with at Notre Dame gathered in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse for Activities Night to attract new members for the 2016-2017 school year.Mia James, program coordinator in the Student Activities Office (SAO), said all but three or four of the 350 tables available for groups were filled, and SAO had put in plenty of effort over the summer and the beginning of the school year to prepare group leaders for the night.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019, AFG vs AUS: Dream11 team predictions, fantasy cricket tips and more

first_imgNew Delhi: High on confidence after defeating Pakistan in their warm-up game, Afghanistan will Saturday face a stiff challenge from defending champions Australia in their first match of ICC World Cup 2019 at the County Ground in Bristol. While one would say Australia is the clear favourite to win the encounter, it would be highly consequential to treat Afghanistan as underdog. The resurgent Asian team has the ability and players to defeat any side. With quality spinners like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahaman, who can change the game in no time. They do have some power hitters as well as quality batsmen who, if able to sustain big event pressure, can single handily win the match for their team.  Australia, on the other hand, would walk in with more confidence after the return David Warner and Steve Smith. The duo, suspended for one year over ball tempering incident during a match against South Africa, have shown great form in the IPL 2019. Australia will also be high on confidence after defeating host and tournament favourites England in their warm-up game.Here we bring you the Dream11 Fantasy team based on the stats of the players:Afghanistan squad to choose from:Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur RahmanAustralia Squad to choose from:Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff and Kane RichardsonAfghanistan vs Australia, Dream 11 Fantasy team Mohammad Shahzad, David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Mitchell StarcAfghanistan vs Australia, Dream 11 Fantasy team Captain and Vice-CaptainThe selection of the captain and vice-captain in a fantasy team depends on the toss. If Australia wins the toss, David Warner can be made the captain of the team, given his current form and the fact that Afghanistan’s pacers do lack speed and experience. In this scenario, we are expecting a 300 plus total and vice-captain in that case could be Mohammad Nabi. Nabi is an all-rounder. He is a genuine wicket taker and can play big hits if the need arises. In scenario two, if Afghanistan bat first, they would like to score enough runs on board that their bowlers can defend. In that case, their opener Mohammad Shahzad would make the difference. Steve Smith at number 3 would make a good vice-captain.Dream 11 fantasy cricket team if Australia bat first: Mohammad Shahzad, David Warner (C), Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi (VC), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell StarcDream 11 fantasy cricket team if Afghanistan bat first: Mohammad Shahzad (C), David Warner, Steve Smith (VC), Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi (VC), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell StarcMatch Details: Date, Timing and VenueAfghanistan vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 4June 1, 2019, 6:00 PM ISTCounty Ground, Bristol. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more