Wheelchair theft seen as new low

first_img‘Youths were spotted holding up traffic with the wheelchair getting a ‘laugh’ out of it…’THE theft of a wheelchair that was a young boy’s “only form of independence,” has been seen as a “sickening new low” for a family that has battled hardship for the last three years in Thomondgate. 16-year-old Shane Dundon has cerebral palsy and is now house bound because of the actions of a number of youths who stole the wheelchair from the front porch of the family home in Thomondgate last Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mother of six, Theresa Dundon, told the Limerick Post that the seat and frame of the chair were found the following day in Hartigan Villas after youths took the wheels and used them for a horse-drawn sulky kart.“It is bad enough trying to get the council to repair the house, but taking Shane’s only form of independence has really knocked his confidence. He’s upstairs in his room now and can’t or wont come down. He started in St Nessan’s recently and that was a big step for him. I mean, my son has welts on his hands from having to crawl in and out the front door. This is no life for a boy who has suffered to this stage of his life”.Theresa’s and the lives of her family have taken many set backs as the Limerick woman had to bury her college going son who was murdered in the UK during a random act of violence. With five children now, four of whom live with here in the “decrepit house” in Thomondgate, Theresa says that she has been living on empty promises from the local authority to get her house wheelchair friendly.“The house is in a very bad way, the shower doesn’t work, the toilet is in a state, the backgarden is like a swimming pool and it’s gone from bad to worse”.The Dundon family had to move from their original home in Hartigan Villas as the house next-door to their former home was petrol bombed and the council moved them for their own safety.“I had heroin addicts in the garden shooting up and for fear I had to sleep on the couch. We were all in fear of what random act could happen next and even my son crawled out to the front green at 6am scared out of his wits. The council moved us after the lady next door had her house petrol bombed. Now we have been put into this house and they have just forgotten about us. Letters go unanswered, promises go unfulfilled and I’m told there’s no money there to put in a few ramps.“It broke my heart to hear Shane say to me, ‘Mam, if I fell outside and broke my neck maybe then they would do something then’”.Shane’s sister, Nicole, says that this is not the first incident involving a group of up to eight youths “who are taking children’s bikes, hubcaps from cars and stuff like that, but it has taken a step too far this time.Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating.Nicole’s frustration continued when she added that the perpetrators of the wheelchair theft are aged “as young as 12 and 13. They shouldn’t go unpunished because of their age. It makes me sick to think that you cant even leave a wheelchair in your own porch without it being stolen.” Advertisement Facebook Email Print WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleBowie’s career under the spotlightNext articleLimerick FC could win title this weekend admin NewsLocal NewsWheelchair theft seen as new lowBy admin – September 27, 2012 720 Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Storm Lorenzo update for Limerick

first_img Previous articleThe (hypothetical) AlternativeNext articleOpen House will uncover Limerick architectural treasures Meghann Scully Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostLimerick Post ShowMet Éireannstormstorm lorenzoweather WhatsAppcenter_img LimerickNewsStorm Lorenzo update for LimerickBy Meghann Scully – October 3, 2019 1708 Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter A status red weather alert is now in place across the countryMet Éireann has issued an ORANGE Wind Warning for Limerick.The warning is valid between Thursday 03 Oct from 6pm to Friday 04 Oct at 3am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council are monitoring the situation closely.Due to wind and heavy rainfall there is a chance of flooding in locations with temporary flood defences being deployed.Southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions. Storm surges will produce coastal flooding and damage.In addition, there are two YELLOW warnings from wind and rain affecting the whole country. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested in Mexico

first_img Ramírez Treviño, a low-profile leader who became head of the Gulf Cartel a few months ago, was taken from Reynosa (northeast) to the capital, located 952 km away, amid strict security measures. Ramírez Treviño, aka “El Pelón” or “X 20,” “was brought to justice at the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Special Investigations and Organized Crime,” a spokesman for the Prosecution said. By Dialogo August 20, 2013 According to the Prosecution in Tamaulipas state (northeast), the detention was conducted in Río Bravo municipality near Reynosa, on the U.S. border, where the drug trafficker was wanted and $5 million was offered in exchange for information leading to his arrest. Mario Armando Ramírez Treviño, leader of the Gulf Cartel who was arrested by the Mexican Military on August 17, was taken to the capital in order to appear before court, the Prosecution reported. last_img read more

CU growth: NAFCU’s No. 1 priority in 2019

first_imgEnsuring credit unions can continue to grow and thrive in the competitive financial services industry is NAFCU’s mission, and the association’s 2019 priorities – unveiled today – will guide its efforts to obtain a regulatory environment in which growth is the priority.“Our commitment to serving you and representing you before policymakers as your Washington Watchdog is personal,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “For me, the NAFCU Board and staff, this means we will stop at nothing to ensure a legislative and regulatory environment that promotes health and viability for your institutions.”NAFCU lobbyists are on Capitol Hill today for the swearing in of the 116th Congress. The association will meet with new and returning lawmakers to share its 2019 priorities and pursue opportunities to work on legislative solutions to some of the industry’s most pressing issues. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

‘Bat-tunnel’ creator sells Ascot home

first_img22 Mayfield St, AscotMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago The formal dining room and its stunning floor. Brett Walker in the 50m batman-like tunnel of his Bartley’s Hill home in Ascot. Picture: Ric FrearsonCONSTRUCTION boss Brett Walker sold off not one but two dream homes in the same suburb in recent months, according to property records,His luxury Ascot new build that came complete with a secret “bat tunnel” into the Bartley’s Hill house sold for what’s believed to be more than $8.3m, and records now show he also sold off another Ascot home leading up to that. A light touch works wonder. Curving drive to the home flanked by hedges.Department of Natural Resources and Mines data showed that the Walkers sold a stunning home at 22 Mayfield Street for a whopping $5.325m on July 3 this year. They had bought the property in April last year for $4.5m.The new owner of the stunning home took possession of the property in mid September.The home was marketed as an iconic Ascot estate on a large 2,011sq m plot made up of two titles.Among its features was a floodlit tennis court cum mini rugby field, a resort style swimming pool with private gazebo, manicured level garden and extra space for an office or teenagers retreat. The deal was struck in July. Stunning in its simplicity.last_img read more

Hoornstra: In baseball, statues are not the preferred path to immortality

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Statues are conspicuous for their presence. A retired number, while more prestigious in baseball circles, is remarkable for its absence. Calls for the Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s number 34 have persisted for years, but a statue of Fernando would offer more: a physical space for future generations to pause and remember his career and impact. The Dodgers cannot retire the jersey numbers of Hall of Fame outfielder Zack Wheat or broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin, because they did not have jersey numbers. But each man can receive a statue someday.Who should receive the next statue at Dodger Stadium?“I think there’s an active Dodger that’s probably going to have one down the road,” Manager Dave Roberts said.“Twenty-two,” outfielder Joc Pederson said.It would be the first statue of Clayton Kershaw, matching him with Cy Young for 333rd on the all-time list. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Like all works of art, statues help tell stories. Baseball has stories spanning three centuries. When Nomar Garciaparra reached the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 1996, he did not know the stories of the franchise that drafted him. He grew up in Southern California. A statue at Fenway Park depicting Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr helped Garciaparra learn. (Meeting each of the men in person helped more, he said.)“It’s also a generational game that is handed down,” Garciaparra said. “Now you can go to the statue and say, ‘I remember watching that player.’”Albert Pujols had a similar experience in St. Louis.“The respect you have for those guys like Jackie, Sandy Koufax, Lou (Brock), Red (Schoendienst) – just imagine that those guys pretty much opened the doors for us to get where we are right now in this generation,” he said.Related Articles Just as there is a reason why Robinson and Koufax have a statue, there is a reason why now. By 2033, the Dodgers will have spent as much time in Los Angeles as they did in Brooklyn. Once the latest round of renovations is complete, some $300 million will have been spent updating Dodger Stadium in less than a decade. The franchise has a sense of permanence here it had not earned a decade ago. Statues are a logical part of the landscape.There are other reasons why this did not happen sooner.Unlike other lines of work, baseball immortality isn’t measured in statues. There is a national Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, replete with bronze busts of the all-time greats. There is a long tradition in baseball of retiring jersey numbers, beginning with Lou Gehrig in 1939. Statues are cool, but they are not the highest honor of immortality a baseball player can earn.And yet, there are statues of baseball players everywhere. There are 12 outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis, including one of broadcaster Jack Buck, and 14 at US Cellular Field in Chicago. There are four outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh and seven, including one of broadcaster Ernie Harwell, at Comerica Park in Detroit. Angel Stadium has two statues, and neither depicts a player. Founding owner Gene Autry greets fans who enter the stadium through the left. Rod Carew’s daughter, Michelle, greets fans who enter through the right.The most authoritative list of baseball statues in the United States and Canada was compiled by a trio of academics linked to the University of Sheffield in Great Britain. Their list, published on The Sporting Statues Project website, features 342 statues in all. Subjects run the gamut. Ken Griffey Junior and Senior each have one statue on the list. So do Neftali Feliz and Juan Uribe. That’s half as many as Paul Konerko and Bob Uecker (two each). Negro Leagues star Judy Johnson has three, Babe Ruth has four, Roberto Clemente has five, and Jackie Robinson has nine – a number that does not include his enormous bust in front of Pasadena’s City Hall. Statue-worthiness is only loosely determined by the numbers on the back of your baseball card. Michelangelo made the careful choice to describe himself as a sculptor – not a painter, not an artist at large. He didn’t need the fungus on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to identify the superior medium.Tuesday, it was announced that Sandy Koufax would receive a statue outside Dodger Stadium next year. Jackie Robinson received the first, in 2017. When we consider how long sculpture has existed as an art form, how long baseball has existed as an American pastime, and how long the Dodgers have existed as a franchise, these statues seem overdue.Robinson was a logical first choice. His athletic accomplishments in a Dodger uniform were dwarfed by his cultural impact. To quote the sports writer Wendell Smith, Robinson had “the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of 13 million black Americans heaped upon his broad, sturdy shoulders” when he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. If anyone were to receive a statue outside Dodger Stadium, it was Robinson.Besides perhaps Walter O’Malley – the Brooklyn Dodgers owner who saw the team through integration and moved the franchise here in 1958 – no one merited a statue sooner than Koufax. Arguably the best left-handed pitcher ever, Koufax’s cultural impact on the Jewish community is no less worthy of recognition: “Three thousand years of beautiful tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax,” to borrow a line from the garrulous bowler Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski.last_img read more