Rathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer services

first_imgTwitter LimerickNewsRathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer servicesBy Alan Jacques – September 2, 2019 1287 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleGarda graduates march to an educational beat at University of LimerickNext articleNew marketing campaign to get more students into Limerick city centre Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin INDEPENDENT councillor Richard O’Donoghue and Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey have come together with the family of the late Francie Meade to raise funds for the Mid West Cancer Foundation and Brú Columbanus.Francie Meade of Five Roads, Rathkeale passed away after a brief but brave battle with cancer on September 22 last year. During his treatment his wife Geraldine and sons Bryan and Andrew stayed at Brú Columbanus in Cork and will never forget the kindness they were met with from this voluntary organisation in their time of need.In Francie Meade’s memory his family and many friends will now host a fundraising weekend in Rathkeale on September 28 and 29 to raise money for vital cancer care services. All of the money raised will be donated to Mid Western Cancer Foundation and Brú Columbanus.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Andrew, Geraldine and Bryan Meade planning the memorial weekend in memory of Francie Meade.The fundraising weekend will kick off with a soccer tournament on Saturday September 28 at Rathkeale Astro Turf (Rathkeale AFC) from 4.30pm.On Sunday, September 29, a Road Run featuring vintage and modified cars, vintage and modern tractors, and motorbikes will commence from the Five Cross Roads. Registration will take place at the Five Roads Service Station from 10.30am.  Also on the day there will be afternoon tea and a cake sale at the Parish Hall in Rathkeale from 2 to 6pm.Cllr O’Donoghue and Cllr Teskey are urging all to get behind this very worthy cause and to remember Francie Meade – a man, they say that “helped many and always went out of his way to help those in need”. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp TAGSBrú ColumbanusCllr Adam TeskeyCllr Richard O’DonoghueFrancie MeadelimerickMid West Cancer FoundationRathkeale WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

George Floyd’s brother testifies in ‘spark of life’ phase of Derek Chauvin murder trial

first_imgDNY59/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The jury has heard extensively about George Floyd’s drug addiction, but until Monday little had been shared to humanize the man prosecutors say died in the most inhumane way.Prosecutors winding down their murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, called Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, to the witness stand to provide what is known in Minnesota as “spark of life doctrine” testimony.Stemming from a 1985 state Supreme Court case, Minnesota is rare in permitting such personal and often emotional testimony from loved ones of an alleged crime victim in advance of a verdict. In most states, such testimony is reserved for victim impact statements during sentencing if there is a conviction.Prior to the start of the trial, prosecutor Matthew Frank told Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill that he planned to invoke the doctrine during the trial, allowing the prosecution to call witnesses to testify about Floyd as a brother, son, father and friend.“This puts some personal nature back into the case for somebody who’s treated so impersonally in an unfortunately biased system,” Frank told Cahill.Philonise Floyd attempted to do just that, describing his brother’s upbringing in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and at the Cuney Homes public housing project in Houston. He described his brother’s fondness for Nintendo video games, his prowess in playing basketball and football in high school and college, and his love for their late mother, Larcenia Floyd.He described his brother as a “big momma’s boy,” who had a special relationship with their mother, who died in 2018.“Being around him, he showed us like how to treat our mom and how to respect our mom,” Philonise Floyd testified.During one point in his testimony, Philonise Floyd was shown a photo of his brother as a child hugging their smiling mother while lying in her lap. He began to cry and paused his testimony to wipe his eyes with a tissue and compose himself. He then explained why the month of May has become so bittersweet for him.“On May 24, I got married and my brother was killed on May 25, and my mom died on May 30. So it’s like a bittersweet month because I’m supposed to be happy when that month comes,” Philonise Floyd said, his voice cracking with emotion.He said as a child, he looked up to his older brother, George, who he referred by his middle name, Perry. He said his brother was a standout athlete at Jack Yates High School in Houston, where he played basketball and football, and taught him how to play the sports.He said his brother would always make sure he was dressed and ready for school and had lunch to take with him, adding that George Floyd often made banana mayonnaise sandwiches “because he couldn’t cook.”“He just was a person everybody loved in the community. He just knew how to make people feel better,” Philonise Floyd, a 39-year-old truck driver, testified.He said that when their mother died in May 2018, George Floyd was emotionally crushed that he was in Minnesota and not at her side in Houston.“So, that right there it hurt him a lot. When we went to the funeral, George just sat there at the casket … and he would just say ‘momma, momma’ over and over again,” he said, recalling the same cries his brother repeated as he was dying under the weight of Chauvin’s knee on his neck.“I didn’t know what to tell him because I was in pain, too,” he said. “We all were hurting and he was just kissing her and kissing her. He did not want to leave the casket.”Prior to Philonise Floyd testimony, Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Floyd family, told ABC News that Floyd’s loved ones were looking forward to this portion of the trial. He said they wanted to add context to the man Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson has repeatedly maligned.Nelson has argued and questioned witnesses on whether Floyd’s drug addiction and heart diseases more likely caused his death than the actions of Chauvin and three other officers involved in his fatal May 25, 2020, arrest.“As you can imagine no one in the country is more invested in the outcome of this case than the family,” Merritt told ABC News.The “spark of life” testimony will followed a week in which the Floyd family has had to endure the most graphic testimony yet of medical experts offering a second-by-second description of Floyd’s death and how his body was dissected during an autopsy.“George Floyd has become a hashtag. He’s become a rallying cry, but the family wants the jury to know that he was a person, that his life had value, that if he wasn’t assaulted in the way he was, that he could have led a productive life, that family members relied on him,” Merritt said. “How that evidence is going to come in is going to be very important to this family.”The “spark of life” doctrine emerged from a 1985 case in which a defendant charged with killing a police officer argued to the Minnesota Supreme Court that the prosecutor prejudiced the jury with a speech about the officer’s marriage and childhood upbringing that was so emotional the judge had to order a recess.The state Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors could present evidence that a murder victim was “not just bones and sinews covered with flesh, but was imbued with the spark of life.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hard Brexit will prompt property slump, says leading rating agency

first_imgThe housing market will experience a significant slump if Theresa May fails to secure a deal with the EU and the UK crashes out in May next year, it has been predicted.The warning has come from global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s which says house prices will dip by 9.5% and possibly more following a hard Brexit and a consequent two-year economic recession.“We estimate that household income could decline by £2,700 per year on average over 2019-2021,” its report on a hard Brexit says.“Declining household spending and weaker demand would also, by 2021, lead to significant house price declines, ending up 15% below the levels that we expect in our base-case forecasts.”Inflation riseIt also says that inflation will spike to more than 5% and that the UK’s credit rating could be downgraded, raising the cost of borrowing for the government and scotching Philip Hammond’s plans set out in Monday’s budget.Painting a somewhat doomsday scenario, Standard & Poor’s says the housing market would be hit hard when unemployment increased to 7.4% in 2020 and that the house price slump would unfold during the run up to 2021.“Our base-case scenario is that the UK and the EU will agree and ratify a Brexit deal, leading to a transition phase lasting through 2020, followed by a free trade agreement.“But we believe the risk of no deal has increased sufficiently to become a relevant rating consideration. This reflects the inability thus far of the UK and EU to reach agreement on the Northern Irish border issue, the critical outstanding component of the proposed withdrawal treaty.”Read S&P’s report ‘Countdown to Brexit: No Deal Moving Into Sight’ in full.housing market Brexit standard & poor’s Theresa May October 31, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Hard Brexit will prompt property slump, says leading rating agency previous nextHousing MarketHard Brexit will prompt property slump, says leading rating agencyStandard & Poor’s says its modelling points to a two-year long and painful recession after a hard Brexit and house prices dropping by 10%.Nigel Lewis31st October 20180935 Viewslast_img read more

Real in pole position after Asensio scores winner at Bayern

first_img“Everything is still possible, but we did ourselves no favours today.”Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating twice as many chances as Real, Madrid claimed a sixth straight win, dating back to 2012, over the Bavarians in the Champions League knockout stage.“We didn’t put our chances away, while Real took their two chances,” said Kimmich.“We were naive in front of goal, they are favourites now to go through, but we will give it our all in the return.” Munich, Germany | AFP | Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.“We knew what to expect, we did well and put in a good performance,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.“There is still the return to come, but we’ll be very focused and we defended well, that was the main thing.” Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break and Asensio put Real ahead.“In the middle of the first half, we were playing well, but we lacked the killer instinct,” said Bayern skipper Thomas Mueller.center_img Real coach Zinedine Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by leaving both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema out of the starting line-up.Isco, who was replaced by Asensio at half-time, and Lucas Vazquez played either side of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a subdued night up front in Munich.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

FL high school student jailed for trying to hire hitman to kill teacher

first_imgA Florida student was arrested after attempting to hire a hitman to kill a staff member at his high school.Nicholas Robert Godfrey, 18, of New Port Richey, is facing a first-degree felony charge of solicitation for murder.Police say the teen sent incriminating messages to another Fivay High School student on Instagram from an account known as “fivayfanclub.”“I need a guy who could kill someone,” Godfrey wrote. “No joke. I need him eliminated as soon as possible.”Deputies also said he offered to pay $100,000 for the victim’s head.This story is developing.last_img

Florida’s minimum wage increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2020

first_imgFlorida’s minimum wage is about to increase come 2020.Florida’s 2019 minimum wage rate is $8.46. ($5.44 for tipped employees).According to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity the newest calculation will bump up wages 1.12%, or a dime, to $8.56 per hour ($5.54 for tipped employees) in 2020.Florida is one of eight states that automatically increase rates based on the annual cost of living calculations.last_img

R-e-s-p-e-c-t

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers were in the midst of playing the Buffalo Bills in the very hot and humid upstate “city” of Orchard Park, NY just a snowball’s throw away from the beautiful winter wonderland city of Buffalo. What makes this city/ski resort unique is that on many occasions during the winter months the citizens have to use skis and snowshoes not just for pleasure but just to get to work and to carry-out other essential duties such as shopping for food and water, etc.According to legend, Buffalo, formerly known as Buffalo Creek, received its name from the creek or “crik” (as Pittsburghers’ would call it) that flows through it. However, the origin of the creek’s name is unclear leaving several myths flying around. Early French explorers reported the abundance of buffalo on the south shore of Lake Erie, but their presence on the banks of Buffalo Creek is still a matter of debate. Early Super Bowl scouts reported the existence of a team that would be considered a very elite team because of four Super Bowl appearances yet have no Lombardi Trophy’s to show for it. Even so even the team from the city by the “crik” deserves some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.Now while we are on the subject of respect, there was not a lot of this intangible “positive” quality “vibe” flowing forth from Steelers “elite” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger toward the “keepers of the playbook” patrolling the coaches press box and sidelines. Roethlisberger was less than jubilant in regards to the “carrier pigeon” type of communication that was used to send a play in to him. As a result the Black and Gold had 12 men on the field and were subsequently penalized for the miscue placing the rock on the Pittsburgh one yard line. Shortly after the penalty was called, Big Ben was “swollen” and began gesturing over at the Steelers bench. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin did not appear to be in a partying mood after the gaffe deep in the Steelers end as well but seemed to understand the frustration of his quarterback. Tomlin said afterward, “I’ve been looking at Ben going on six years now, I’m not surprised by it.” By what, Roethlisberger’s juvenile display of emotion?Boys and girls on how many occasions have we witnessed “Big” Ben call a not so cerebral time out because of a lack of understanding the situation at hand; either leaving the Steelers with not enough time for a victory rally or providing their opponent more than ample time to start and complete a victory rally of their own? If Mike Tomlin had been as visual displaying his displeasure with Roethlisberger after one of his many blunders, let’s just say he might be exiled from the sidelines of the NFL and coaching the new European football powerhouse the “Siberian Huskies” in some unknown region of the Ukraine.You cannot publicly on national television call out your teammates, coaches or management if they occasionally make a mistake because it does not set a very good precedent. When you are in a leadership position you must always remember, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”May I call your attention to a similar but much more important game? The Steelers were at the Indy Colts playing in the 2005 playoffs. The Colts faced a fourth and short. Indy Head Coach Tony Dungy had the Colts punting team poised to take the field when his star quarterback Peyton Manning broke the huddle and waved the punt team back to the sidelines. The Colts were successful on their attempt but if Manning had failed, Dungy would have shouldered all of the blame. But as fate would have it Manning succeeded and gathered all of the glory, well at least until the Colts were eventually defeated.Coaches are supposed to coach and players are supposed to play. When that ceases to be true, the patients may be poised to take over the asylum. Was it Aretha Franklin in her fine days sang; “What you want, baby I got it. What you need, you know I got. All I ask you is for a little respect.” Not a huge amount, not a lot but just a little bit of respect.Respect is not given it is earned. Mike Tomlin has earned my respect. I did not freely give it. I have watched him be vilified in regards to small decisions that he has made, while simultaneously viewing other coaches being handed the keys to new cars for accomplishing significantly less. Coach Tomlin is often accused of conducting press conferences that a few media types may consider a bit forced. I suspect he does most of his talking in the film room. As the late Don Cornelius might say; peace, love and so…….ul, later.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle on WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the preseason and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. during the regular season.)last_img read more