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

The Pace of Paddling: Learning from the French Broad at All Speeds

first_imgAfter about three hours on the French Broad River, my arm muscles start to burn and I begin to regret my decision to try out the 20-mile stretch that the participants of the upcoming Riverfest Canoe Relay will traverse. Turning to my paddling guide Jayne for reassurance, I frame a half-statement, half question: “We’re going at a pretty moderate pace, wouldn’t you say?”Jayne Fought, a local outdoor instructor and educator, pauses for a quiet moment before responding, “Well, I’d say more of a casual pace”. My shoulders hunch. “So, how much faster do you think individuals racing the canoe relay could travel?”Jayne nods in a thoughtful way before explaining, “If you wanted to go fast, you’d be on your knees, not sitting, to power through each stroke with your core. Really good paddlers would count their strokes, coordinating together to alternate sides in unison.” Jayne demonstrates a quick, repetitive arm motion, several times faster than my own relaxed pace. “ I suddenly feel more tired than before.Jayne had generously offered to take me out on the relatively calm stretch of the French Broad that would be covered in the Canoe Relay conducted by Headwaters Outfitters as part of the Upper French Broad Riverfest on June 23rd. Starting at Champion Park, Rosman, the river’s clear and fish-burdened waters wind across Transylvania County, passing through farmlands, under bridges, and alongside diverse local communities.While our own canoe trip didn’t have the same intensity of racing and competition that some teams will undoubtedly bring to Riverfest, the five hours Jayne and I spent on the French Broad offered its own rewards, revealing a unique perspective on the natural world. We played chase with a white egret, flying ever just out of sight, while other birds–herons, hawks, and turkey vultures–eyed us lazily from their tall tree perches.Silt in the water glistened like flecks of gold, and new leaf buds colored the banks with an almost surreal green.  “It doesn’t matter what time of year you get out, it is always going to be the most beautiful time,” Jayne had remarked during our trip, as she surveyed the sunny spring morning.Just as it revealed a unique perspective on nature, the 20-mile course also demonstrated the diversity of community and history built up alongside the banks of the French Broad. Worn chairs and picnic tables spoke of private riverside getaways. Stranded cornhusks and wide-eyed cattle are evidence of the farms located on the floodplain above. Old cabins and abandoned industrial installations remind you of times past, while carefully maintained public access points to the future of the newly designated paddle trail.Caught up in these surroundings, it was only hours later that I recognized how the paddle trip had also served as a perfect backdrop for the long conversation held between Jayne and myself. Supported by the river’s quiet yet steady flow, topics ranging from childhood memories to local politics to future outdoor adventures wove seamlessly together.Easing into Hap Simpson Park at the end of the day’s journey, I felt a bittersweet tug between the accomplishment of finishing and the disappointment that the trip was over. While I may not be coming in first place any time soon for the Canoe Relay, I learned that choosing to spend a day out on the river encompassed not only sport and exercise, but also an appreciation for nature and the community that make up Transylvania County.The Upper French Broad Riverfest will be held in Champion Park, Rosman on June 23rd from 10am-3pm. The Canoe Relay will take place on the same day at 9:30 a.m. For more information and registration and entry forms, visit their website or email [email protected] Burrows is a Project Conserve AmeriCorps Member working on natural resource education programs in Transylvania County with the Cooperative Extension, Conserving Carolina, and the French Broad Stewards.last_img read more

Privacy versus open records

first_img Privacy versus open records s Jan Pudlow Associate Editor A constitutional balancing act is being juggled by the Supreme Court’s Committee on Privacy and Court Records—and the group wants to hear from you.In the Florida Constitution, there is both a provision for privacy and for open records.And it is Jon Mills’ job—as chair of this diverse group of lawyers, judges, court clerks, court administrators, and representatives of the First Amendment Foundation—to help find the middle ground when it comes to court records in this rapidly changing electronic age.“First of all, transparency and openness of the court process is fundamental to our American justice system,” said Mills, director of the Center for Government Responsibility and dean emeritus and professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.“What we are dealing with is how information that is made part of court records and part of litigation and other issues not regarding litigation, how that information is made available to the public.”Vast amounts of information about individuals—everything from Social Security numbers misused for identity theft to personal financial records in divorce cases ferreted out by investment scammers to details about minor children a pedophile could seize—could be gleaned from Web sites and downloaded on home computers.“What used to be something buried in a file in practical obscurity can now be available on the Internet to anyone,” Mills said. “So there is a real and logical concern about the presence of information that would invade privacy.”On the other hand, Florida has a long proud history of Government in the Sunshine and its open records law, and public records are essential to the fair administration of justice.If the information is available in a court case by personally sifting through the paper file at the courthouse, should it not be equally available on-line?Good question, says Mills.“Someone used as an example that there are cameras in the courtroom and there is sitting in the courtroom. You don’t have the right to sit in the courtroom, because there are limits to how many people it can hold. So there is a self-limited access in giving information a certain way,” he said.“Are you entitled to get all the information the way you want it? Or are you only entitled to the information?”He adds: “I supposed in a high-profile case, it may not make any difference.”And here’s another good question from Mills: “Are these abuses imaginary?”After all, the barn door was closed before the horse got out. A court order from then-Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead in November 2003 set interim limits on what information may be electronically posted, and he directed that bulk, electronic distribution of court records cease temporarily. The same order created the committee Mills chairs, and the challenge is to develop a uniform statewide policy for the electronic distribution of court records.“The issues before the committee are profound, and the recommendations the committee will make may have significant long-term implications for the interaction of Florida’s courts with litigants, lawyers, and the public,” Mills wrote in a letter to all chief judges in the state.“The electronic age has brought us many changes, and while these changes are generally positive, few would disagree that substantial challenges have emerged. Foremost among these challenges is protection of personal privacy. Florida courts collect a great deal of information about citizens, and the general openness of court records makes it possible for much of that information to move into the public domain. Emerging information management technologies allow personal information to be gathered, aggregated, analyzed, stored, and transmitted to an extent unimagined only a few years ago.”Mills says it is critical to hear from people who use the courts, because the issue is controversial and complex, and the committee’s deadline is to report to the Supreme Court by July 1, 2005.“We want to hear what people think, since a lot of this hasn’t happened yet. We hear questions like: ‘Well, has there ever been a problem with this? What do lawyers feel about that information? Are they concerned and want access to information on the Internet?’”Mills invites you to e-mail him at [email protected] is also an opportunity for public comment at the committee’s meeting on November 17, at 10 a.m., in the Rotunda of the Florida State University College of Law, 425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee. The meeting will continue November 18 at 9 a.m. in the Judicial Meeting Room of the Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee.For a full discussion of the issues, the 2001 report of the Florida Judicial Management Council is available on the Supreme Court Web site at www.flcourts.org . November 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Privacy versus open records Panel seeks middle ground for online court recordlast_img read more

Red Cross Offers Blood Drives Due to Shortage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSevere winter weather is causing a major impact on blood donations. More than 150 blood drives have been canceled causing a blood shortage.January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross is in need of more donors. Northeast Michigan will be holding multiple drives to allow donors to help.A drive will take place at Onaway High School on January 19th starting at 8:30 am, and on January 23rd at noon at the VFW Post.Another drive will be hosted in Posen on January 25th at 1 pm and the last opportunity to donate will take place at Hillman High School on January 30th starting at 11 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Field Trip Friday Visits STARBASE AlpenaNext Alpena Aeromodelers RC Flyers Club Encourages Aviation Educationlast_img read more

Antonio Brown a good fit for Ravens, says cousin Hollywood Brown

first_imgThe Ravens would benefit from the signing of Antonio Brown, according to his cousin Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.The older Brown, 32, was released by the Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied. He recently was banned for eight games due to “multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.” Didn’t end how we wanted but man couldn’t ask for a better group of guys and organization we will be backYear 1 pic.twitter.com/j7RQXrZKou— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) January 12, 2020″I feel like he would fit in this locker room. He’s a guy that’s competitive and he’s going to go out there and give 100 percent. Seeing stuff like that is going to make other guys want to do the same.”Antonio Brown, who had a controversial stint with the Raiders last year — he was cut before playing a game for them — is a seven-time Pro Bowler, with all of those selections coming while he was a member of the Steelers.His 23-year-old cousin scored seven receiving touchdowns for the Ravens as a rookie in 2019. Baltimore lost in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to the Titans. IYER: Ravens need to keep saying no to ABThe wide receiver has been linked with a host of teams ahead of the new season, though, and worked out with both his cousin and star Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the offseason.Jackson has spoken of his hope of bringing Brown to Baltimore in a move that the team’s second-year receiver — a first-round pick in 2019 — would also welcome.”AB, he’s a guy that’s going to bring the best out of you,” Hollywood Brown told reporters.last_img read more

Replacing Wenger an impossible job, says Arsenal chief

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom |  AFP | Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes he is now faced with an impossible task in finding a fitting replacement for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.Wenger, 68, announced he will step down from his role at the end of the season on Friday after 22 years in charge.Despite winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, mounting pressure was put on Wenger to leave by the club’s disgruntled fans as he failed to match the standards he set early in his reign over the past decade.The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and will miss out on Champions League qualification for the second successive season unless they win the Europa League, where they face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.“We are not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger for a variety of reasons,” said Gazidis as he addressed a press conference at the club’s Emirates stadium on Friday.“The football club is in a very different place than it was 22 years ago and it’s unthinkable to me we will have another manager in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal, who will be 22 years in tenure and have the kind of run of consistent success Arsene had over those years.”In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.And Gazidis claimed Wenger leaves the club in far better shape than when he arrived as a shock appointment from Japanese side Grampus Eight in 1996.“Arsene often said he wanted to leave the club in a better position than when he found it,” added Gazidis. “We are in a better place today than we could ever have imagined 22 years ago. The foundations of this club have never been stronger and this gives me great confidence as we begin to chart the path ahead.”However, Gazidis repeatedly avoided questioning on whether he wanted Wenger to see out the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed last summer.The Wall Street Journal reported that Wenger had chosen to leave on his own terms rather than face being pushed out at the end of the season.Gazidis, though, claimed the wheels hadn’t been put in motion to appoint a successor until Wenger made his decision public.Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with the bookies in a wide-open field of contenders.“We haven’t had any discussions to date regarding that process,” added Gazidis.“The most important thing is to make the right appointment not a quick appointment.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more