Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks

first_imgGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictions hand sanitiserAs the government announced tighter restrictions on communities after a spike in Coronavirus cases, Limerick was dealing with further outbreaks of the deadly virus.The Limerick Post can reveal that University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Hanratty’s Direct Provision Centre and St Patrick’s GAA Club are the latest to be hit by Covid-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As UHL announced measures to tackle an outbreak of the virus on one of its medical wards, the HSE confirmed it was in the process of managing another Covid-19 cluster at a direct provision centre in the city.The HSE told the Limerick Post that a letter sent to residents at Hanratty’s Hostel was “a standard letter that we use when there is a number of cases in a congregated setting”.Management at the centre, located on Glentworth Street, which had 212 residents on the books, declined to comment.St Patrick’s GAA Club, meanwhile, joined a growing list of local sports clubs who had announced they were testing or had players test positive for Covid-19, including Claughaun, Ahane and Cratloe GAA clubs as well as Shannon, Old Crescent and Munster Rugby.On Wednesday morning, St Patrick’s confirmed that “a player from an adult group, who trained with others in an outdoor setting” had contracted the virus.The player is considered low/casual risk and the club is working with the HSE and the Limerick County Board to deal with the issue.An outbreak control team was established at UHL after two Covid-19 cases, involving a patient and a staff member, were confirmed on Tuesday.Staff who have been identified as contacts were asked to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing continued.Meanwhile, in what was a first for fee-paying Glenstal Abbey School, international pupils were welcomed into a period of self-isolation in Murroe, ahead of the start of the new school term.“The first of our students from outside Ireland have been arriving over the weekend, to spend their 14-day period of restricted movement here in Glenstal. It is great to see students back in our school at last! #iloveboarding #growatglenstal,” Glenstal tweeted. Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Linkedin Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleProtobaby’s Twisted Words – new single and album on the wayNext articleLimerick Post Show | Singer songwriter Dáwna David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaksBy David Raleigh – August 20, 2020 2091 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Print TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews last_img read more

Versailles man found guilty of several drug related crimes

first_imgVersailles, IN—Friday,  Gabriel “Eddie” Seitz, 29-years-old, of Versailles, IN, was found guilty as charged of Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor following a three-day jury trial in Ripley County Superior Court.  Seitz will be sentenced on December 3, 2019, by Judge Jeffrey Sharp with a range of imprisonment from 1 year to 5 3/4 years total for all charges.  Seitz’s charges stem from law enforcement’s discovery of nearly five grams of crystal methamphetamine in a truck bed Seitz was standing next to and a syringe located in a bag belonging to Seitz at a residence located in Versailles. According to Prosecutor Ric Hertel, at trial, the State called officers from the Indiana State Police and Versailles Police Department as witnesses.  The officers explained that they arrived at a residence just south of Pangburn Park in Versailles, IN in an attempt to locate a wanted individual.  While surveilling the residence in question, the officers observed numerous individuals entering and exiting the converted garage area of the residence.  After obtaining a search warrant, the officers entered the residence where methamphetamine, heroin, numerous controlled substances, syringes, and drug paraphernalia were located.  Also located in the garage area was a suitcase belonging to Seitz that contained a syringe and a spoon that had been used to assist in the injection of methamphetamine. The officers further testified that while they were at the house, a truck pulled into the driveway where Seitz was the passenger.  When officers exited the house and detained Seitz, he was standing next to the truck bed of the truck.  After a search of the truck, officers located nearly five grams of methamphetamine in the truck bed. The State also called two forensic scientists from the Indiana State Police Laboratory to discuss the forensic evidence located in the case.  The first scientist was able to confirm that the substance located by the officers was methamphetamine.  The second scientist testified that she discovered Seitz’s DNA on the bag of methamphetamine located in the truck bed.    At trial, the State of Indiana was represented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane A. Tucker.  Tucker wanted to compliment the Indiana State Police and their laboratory for their dedication to this case and their thorough investigation.  Further, Tucker wanted to thank the jury for their attentiveness to the evidence throughout this trial.  Regarding the case, Prosecutor Ric Hertel stated, “Drugs continue to be a significant issue that affects nearly every facet of our community.  My office will continue to address our county’s drug problem head-on.  We’re encouraged with the jury’s finding of guilt on all counts.”last_img read more

Big Boss Girls win Strikers Sports Club Christmas Bonanza Aggregate Dominoes tourney

first_imgTHE curtain came down last Thursday at Strikers Sports Club as the inaugural All-Christmas Bonanza concluded. Six female teams for six weeks battled it out for supremacy in a points system aggregate dominoes tourney.The six teams were Turning Point, All Seasons Angels, In Time, Cody Girls, Bing Boss Girls and Big Girls with the captains being Sandra Welch, Barbara Marshall, Loraine Rodney, Claire Benjamin, Charlyn Barnwell and Yonette Christmas.This gesture was seen as a step in the right direction according to all the captains of the various teams in their closing remarks at the tourney. The idea was the six teams play each other twice while amassing points as the winners get five points, second-placed 3 points and third 1 point.  Women are always made to compete against men and most of the time they are at a disadvantage because the numbers are against them i.e. If there is a tournament consisting of 21 teams, we barely may find at the most three (3) all-female teams that can compete and, this does not augur well for them.They are usually booted out by their male counterparts, as we would say in Guyanese parlance, before seeing the ‘promised land’ to a final nine in the competition.The idea was also to move away from the traditional monetary prizes and present hampers and tokens instead for the winners. After due diligence and lobbying six all-female teams were gathered to compete among themselves.The winners were awarded with a hamper each from Dynasty Sports Club, the Most Valuable Player on the other teams after tallying up their scores were also awarded hampers compliments of Mr Earle Aaron of Sterling Products Limited and Mr Nigel Worrell of Ansa McAL Trading under the STAG Brand. A complete Gas Range was donated by Mr Heekima Paul of Massy Gas Products Guyana Ltd for the overall Most Valuable Player.A bonus was added for the final by Clifton’s Electronics of two Black and Decker irons and one Black and Decker Microwavable bowl set for the winners of the final matchup and the first love in the final. Tokens were also given to each participant for their participation compliments of Strikers Sports Club.Trophies were sponsored by Mr Stephen Thomas of Sunrise Marina Inc., Dynasty Sports Club and Big Boss Transportation Services.At the conclusion, Big Boss Girls were the leaders with 24 points, Turning Point Girls and Big Girls locked at 19 points, Cody Girls 16 points, In Time Girls 15 points and All Seasons Angels 14 points.The overall MVP and Player-of-the-Final was Cheryl Fraser while MVP for Turning Point was June Watts, Emily Dobson carted away hers for Big Girls, Amanda Singh was adjudged best player for All Seasons Angels, Loraine Rodney was the top scorer for In Time Girls and Sheron Jerome was the leader for Cody Girls.The first love in the final was shared by Ann Thomson of Cody Girls. Barbara Lee also of Cody Girls and Roseann Taylor of In Time Girls won the irons.last_img read more

Nyantakyi: I’II will sue Daily Telegraph over match fixing report

first_imgGhana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi will take legal action in the United Kingdom against the newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’, for claiming that he has signed to contract with a betting syndicate to fix results of Black Stars matches.Nyantakyi rubbished the undercover report by The Telegraph, and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme which sought to link him with match fixing saying it is a calculated attempt to cast a slur not only on his image but that of the GFA and the world governing body of football, FIFA.The GFA boss revealed that the federation’s seven-page response to the newspaper’s allegations was not reflected in their report on their internet publication with ‘The Telegraph’ writing just one line of reaction from the GFA when it initially published the story.Nyantakyi says the report is calculated to tarnish his image, using the Black Stars excellent showing at the World Cup to exact maximum traction for the supposed match fixing.“This is a matter that has been well calculated to tarnish my image as well as that of the football association and even FIFA because they are releasing a report of untruth at a very critical time of the world cup to divert attention and also cast a slur on the image of the entire competition,” Nyantakyi said in an interview.“We sent a seven-page response to their allegations last week but they chose only to publish just one line in their entire lengthy report they wrote in their newspaper. This clearly shows that they are up to mischief. “All the international news agencies like the AFP, BBC and AP extensively reflected our points of view which brought balance to their reports but with the intention to deceive the public and stand up a spurious claim against me and the GFA, they (Telegraph) opted not to reflect our version of events.”The GFA boss revealed that two men approached him last month over their interest in buying the right to organise friendly matches for the Black Stars and were asked to present their proposal for consideration. They did not tell Nyantakyi of any intention to fix matches.Even before the GFA could respond to the proposal sent by the two men or even sign the contract the Daily Telegraph claims Nyantakyi and the GFA were ready to fix matches.Mr Nyatankyi, who is a lawyer, said the GFA will file a legal suit against the newspaper “to come and establish an agreement if an agreement can be reached with a corporate body like the GFA by a draft contract.”“The newspaper should brace themselves up and get ready,” he warned in a press briefing at the team’s hotel im Maceio The tabloid claimed that Obed Nketiah, a Ghanaian football administrator, and a FIFA agent Christopher Forsythe approached Nyantakyi in agreeing to fix Black Stars international matches.However, in an interview on Monday, June 23, the GFA boss said he got to know the FIFA player agent through Mr Nketia in Ghana over a proposal to buy rights to Black Stars friendly matches for the next one year.He insisted that they never proposed to fix matches for the Black Stars as they only sought to buy the rights to organise friendly matches for the team.The two men, who are not licensed by FIFA to organise friendly matches, were probed by Nyantakyi whether they are experienced in organising matches and they replied that they have no experience but would engage a FIFA match agent to work on it.Unknown to Nyantakyi, the two men had been secretly filmed boasting that they can fix the results of matches involving the Black Stars if they were handed the right to organise the matches. He revealed that the two men and the undercover reporters piled pressure on him to sign the contract but he refused insisting that he wanted the Legal Committee advice and approval of the Executive Committee before he could commit to such a deal.Realising that Nyantakyi is unlikely to sign the deal with travelled to Miami where the Black Stars were camping without prior appointment desperately seeking to commit the GFA boss who stood his ground only saying that a trial of the deal could be made only after approval from the Legal Committee and Executive Committee.He assured Ghanaians to keep calm as, according to him, the report is a figment of the reporters’ imagination.“There’s really no cause of alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the federation and all the noise being made is of no consequence.”Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s has been forced to amend it reports on the internet in the wake reports of the report and reaction from the GFA which has been widely covered globally. I It has also emerged that in their internet edition, which is available globally, they did not report that Nyantakyi signed the deal to fix matches.But in the print edition in the UK they made it their headline story with sub-headline: ‘Ghana chiefs sign contract with ‘betting syndicate’ to rig results of international matches’. This shows that they are aware the GFA might not get the print edition since it is only circulated in the UK.Despite the seven-page response to the Telegraph, they only wrote this: ‘Mr Nyantakyi said that he had not read the contract and he did not know about the deal to fix games. He said that the proposed match would have been handled by a licensed Fifa match agent and that he was unaware that Mr Forsythe had demanded £30,000 for the football association.’The Daily Telegraph front page puts a sobering dampener on all the unbridled joy surrounding the Black Stars performance at the World Cup.Below is the copy of the frontpage of the Daily Telegraph today which is different from the online edition they postedlast_img read more