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

Harrowing new details about murder of pregnant Chicago teen revealed as suspects appear in court

first_imgiStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(CHICAGO) — Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, with the murder. At the news conference, they detailed what they say happened in excruciating detail.They allege that Clarisa Figueroa posted an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook page called “Help a Mother Out,” which they described as a group that offers access to baby items for “families in need,” and that Ochoa-Lopez responded to the post and arranged to meet Figueroa at her Chicago-area home.Desiree Figueroa is alleged to have distracted Ochoa-Lopez with a photo album of Clarisa Figueroa’s dead adult son so that Clarisa Figueroa could strangle the teen with a cable.At one point, Ochoa-Lopez was able to slip her fingers between her neck and the cable, keeping herself from being strangled, and, according to Murphy, this prompted the elder Figueroa to yell at her daughter, “you’re not doing your f—— job!”“Defendant Desiree then stepped up and began to peel the victim’s fingers from the cable one by one,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told reporters.Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa have been charged with murder, while Clarisa Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime. All three appeared in Cook County Court Friday and were denied release on bail.Julie Contreras, the spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s family, said that the family is asking for “justice for Marlen.”“Today is a sad day. Today is a day of anguish that this family is living through. A nightmare, a horror film,” Contreras told reporters at court.Murphy said that following Ochoa-Lopez’s murder, Clarisa Figueroa brought the baby to a nearby hospital, where it was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Clarisa Figueroa then allegedly formed a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for the baby, who she was passing off as her own.Bobak shared a link to the fundraiser on his Facebook page, Murphy said.When police arrived at Figueroa’s house on May 14 to execute a search warrant, police reportedly saw Bobak cleaning a rug with bleach.Police later found Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trash can on the property. Investigators believe the murder took place on April 23.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tyson Fury promoter rules out Anthony Joshua fight in 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren admits a heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua is unlikely to come to fruition this year. The long-awaited Battle of Britain seemed set to take place later this year following Fury’s stunning seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder last month, which saw him claim the WBC heavyweight title. All that remained for the pair, 31 and 30 respectively, to face one another later this year was for them to win their upcoming fights against Wilder and Kubrat Pulev. The coronavirus outbreak, however, has thrown a major spanner into the works of what would be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing. The global pandemic has led to Fury’s trilogy fight with Wilder being postponed until October, meaning The Gypsy King would have to perform a quick turnaround to take part in an end-of-year clash with AJ. And Warren concedes the turnaround would be too much for the WBC king. When asked if the delayed Wilder fight means Fury won’t fight again 2020, the Queensbury Promotions chief said: “Exactly. “That will push that back to some time in February if that is the case.” Warren admits the postponement of the Wilder fight is less than ideal for Fury’s hopes of unifying the division later this year, saying: “We need the time to do the Wilder fight justice in terms of promotion, it won’t go on till the autumn. “The problem you have is also the training camps if they can’t do them properly, they can’t get in sparring partners from around the world. “Fighters also need a date to be fully focussed on. They want to be at their peak for a date so they need a date to train towards, we can’t give them any dates. “It is a blow as we would have liked to have got it done in the summer but it is what it is. The whole country is in the same boat, everything has gone on hold.” Fury versus Wilder 3 will reportedly take place in Las Vegas on October 3. A venue for the pair’s third meeting has not yet been finalised, although it’s understood the MGM Grand Garden Arena is in consideration to host the fight again. Warren has ruled out the prospect of the pair’s trilogy fight taking place behind closed doors, adding: “The 18th [of July] will not happen. “The commission in Nevada has said ‘no boxing’ for the foreseeable future and Las Vegas has closed down all the casinos – it’s like a ghost town there. “No-one knows what’s happening day to day, all we can do is hope for the best and push it back as far as possible so October looks like the date for the fight. “A fight between them behind closed doors just won’t happen – these guys are too big names to be fighting behind closed doors.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderGypsy KingKubrat PulevTyson Furylast_img read more

TV Best Bet: Dodgers vs. Red Sox in the World Series

first_imgThey’re met in the series once before, in 1916, when the Red Sox won the series in five games, including a 14-inning complete Game 2 performance on the mound by a 20-year-old named Babe Ruth, three years before he was traded to the Yankees, became a full-time outfielder, an all-time legend and launched the Curse of the Bambino that saw the Red Sox go 86 years without a World Series.Ruth’s last days in a uniform, meanwhile, came when he was a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938, three years removed from his last active season (1935). He was hired because the Dodgers reeked and the club needed something to stir up interest in the team. Babe produced; the ’38 Dodgers drew 200,000 more fans than they did in 1937.Fast forward to 2004. Alex Cora was in his seventh season with the Dodgers, the starting second baseman who was a solid defender and light hitter. Cora made his first postseason appearance in ’04 and was on the field when Jose Lima pitched a complete game in Game 3 of the NLDS. Relevance? It was the Dodgers’ first postseason win since Orel Hershiser won the clinching game in the 1988 World Series.Cora and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, meanwhile, were teammates with the Dodgers from 2002 to 2004 – but not all of 2004. The Red Sox acquired him from the Dodgers, as an extra outfielder and someone who could steal a base – which he did in Game 4 of the ALCS in the ninth inning against the Yankees. He scored to tie the game and the Red Sox won four straight to become the first team to rally from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series. Roberts et al then broke the curse with their World Series sweep of St. Louis.As for this matchup, the two teams are similar in their approach in this sabermetric era, though neither Cora nor Roberts are likely to dismiss their starting pitchers as early or as often as Milwaukee did in the NLCS. Just in terms of having eliminated two 100-win teams in the playoffs, the Red Sox have an edge. In terms of their own cursed past – 30 years without a World Series title – the Dodgers have to believeFox has the telecasts, which means more Joe Buck and more living room hissing at the big screen.BEST OF THE REST  College FootballOctober 23, 25-27So now that college football has established the four-team playoff as a part of life, a predictable pattern of the same teams finding their way into the playoff has emerged, much as the bowl system fostered the same teams in the big games.There’s just three unbeaten teams left in the Power Five conferences, Alabama (8-0), Clemson (7-0) and Notre Dame (7-0).Another ‘Bama-Clemson offering would hardly be fresh, and Notre Dame is a name college that will continue to draw ire from the college electorate until the independent starts playing a Big Boy schedule.They’re 7-0 but with only two wins against ranked team, 7-1 Michigan in the season opener and two-loss Stanford. They beat Ball St. by 8, Pitt by 5 and Vanderbilt by 5, all sub-.500 teams. Their five remaining games are against 2-5 Navy and four teams that are 4-3 at the moment, Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse and USC.Not a splashy quartet, but they’re all capable of beating this paper lion. The Irish have taken advantage of their cursory relationship with the ACC by packing the schedule with second-rung teams. Why should a program in Big Ten country be playing so many teams on the east coast?As much as one might like to see upstarts Northwestern and Purdue make a run in the Big Ten, it will likely come down as usual to Michigan and Ohio State. The fourth team will more than likely come from the SEC, which has four one-loss teams to go with Alabama. Big 12? Texas or Oklahoma, and one will need to go unbeaten to have a shot. Pac-12? Best team is 6-1 Washington State. The Pac-12 needs to reconsider their scheduling if they ever expect to get another team in the playoff.There’s a tripleheader Friday, Miami at Boston College (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Indiana at Minnesota (FS1, 5 p.m.) and Utah at a surging (two wins!) UCLA (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).The Saturday playbook: Clemson-Florida State (ABC, 9 a.m.) or Wisconsin-Northwestern (Fox, 9 a.m.); Florida-Georgia (CBS, 12:30 p.m.); Washington State-Stanford (Pac-12, 4 p.m.); and Texas-Oklahoma State (ABC, 5 p.m.).The NFLOct. 22, 24, 26-27To love the NFL requires a commitment to parity. There’s the Rams, Kansas City a handful of two-loss teams at the top and then a melting pot of teams a game over to a game under .500.Picking a winner in five of the eight divisions is virtually impossible as mid-season nears. The Rams and Chiefs seem clear – although the Chargers can hardly be discounted in the AFC West – and picking the Pats in the sorry AFC East is child’s play.It makes for some shaky TV options, too. The best games this week arrive late Sunday, when Green Bay visits the Rams (Fox, 1:30 p.m.) and New Orleans takes on Minnesota (NBC, 5:20 p.m.). MLB World Series, Dodgers vs. Red Sox, FoxGame 1, Tuesday at Boston, 5 p.m.Game 2, Wednesday at Boston, 5 p.m.Game 3, Friday, at Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Game 4, Saturday, at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.Game 5, Sunday, at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.*Games 6-7, Oct. 30-31, at Boston, 5 p.m.**If necessaryConsidering they’ve been playing baseball for more than a century, it’s no coincidence that the World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox starting Tuesday is stirring up plenty of history.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more