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Limerick stab victim couldn’t identify attacker court told

first_imgNewsLimerick stab victim couldn’t identify attacker court toldBy Staff Reporter – June 22, 2017 931 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Previous articleExtern to aid young offenders on bailNext articleTourist wants to thank unknown Limerick hero Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Facebook Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp The trial continues at the Special Criminal CourtTHE SPECIAL Criminal Court has heard that the victim of an attack could not identify the person who stabbed him after he had agreed to accept €5,000 compensation for a collision with a motorcyclist.The evidence was given by Limerick man David Foran (33) of Cornmarket Villas, in the trial of Larry McCarthy (37) of Tower Lodge Crossagalla, Old Cork Road, who is accused of threatening to use unlawful violence and of assaulting Mr Foran on November 15, 2014.Mr McCarthy has denied the charges before the three judge, non jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court heard that on the date in question, Mr Foran was cycling to his mother’s house when he was knocked down by a motorbike.Two days later, the motorcyclist called to Mr Foran and asked if the matter could be settled out of court as his insurance policy was not in place as the motorcyclist had been banned from driving.Mr Foran told the court that the motorcyclist wanted to “give me some money,” and that he had called to the house a number of times.“I told him if he wanted everything dropped, just pay ten grand.” but Mr Foran said that he was offered €5,000 instead.Subsequently, Mr Foran told the court that he was phoned and told to go and meet a person who would have the money.As Mr Foran entered the gate of Cornmarket Villas, six or seven people surrounded him he claimed.Mr Foran said that he could not describe the assailants. He was hit with a baseball bat and as he felt to the ground, the 33-year-old said that he was struck on the back several times before he was stabbed in the leg.When asked who stabbed him, Mr Foran said that he did not know.The trial continues in front of Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Gerard Haughton. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSDavid ForanDublinLarry McCarthy jnrlimerickSpecial Criminal Court Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Property prices expected to increase by 10% over the next three years

first_imgBen Sheppard and his fiancee Elli Turton have purchased a house in Townsville’s West End to ‘take advantage’ of low house prices.TOWNSVILLE’S median house price is poised for double digit growth by 2022 a new report by QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance has found. Real estate agents are seeing an increase in activity and buyers are getting into the market while prices are low. Ben Sheppard who recently purchased a house in West End with his fiancee Elli Turton said he had moved to Townsville from the Sunshine Coast to Work on the North Queensland Stadium. “We moved up here about eight weeks ago for work and we thought the house prices were so cheap,” Mr Sheppard said. “We noticed that house prices in Townsville had been low for a couple of years and thought they’d be due for a rise soon so we thought we’d come up and take advantage of it. “We’re looking to renovate it (the house) and see what the market does.”QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI) CEO, Phil White, said the Townsville economy appears to be slowly turning a corner.“Townsville’s vacancy rates have tightened, particularly following flood damage to properties,” Mr White said.“It is expected the worst is now over for the Townsville residential market with prices having troughed. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Recent price drops also mean that house prices in Townsville are already at a low base … Our report sees the median house price up 10 per cent over the next three years to $345,000.”M Property agent Tracey Stack who sold Mr Sheppard the house said she had seen an increase in buyers getting into the market recently.“I’ve seen a significant increase in the numbers through open homes and days on the market have shortened for me as well,” Ms Stack said. “With incredibly high employment demand in Townsville at the moment, people already here and who are becoming more confident about keeping a wage are now competing for a home with new residents attracted here by a new job. “This looks like it will keep going as new residents believe our homes are very affordable compared with other large regional cities and the capitals.”last_img read more

HRI gives racing the green light to take place behind closed doors

first_img HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement May 28, 2020 Submit Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has confirmed that race meetings will go ahead, but will be ‘held in strict adherence to Government guidelines regarding COVID-19’. The decision, which is reported to be motivated by employment and incomes for those across the sector, will see all fixtures staged without spectators. Nicky Hartery, Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “These are unprecedented and sombre times and we are seeking the best ways to support the racing community and industry throughout what lies ahead.  “Health and welfare of employees and industry participants is the prime consideration and within that context, we have introduced protocols which can allow racing to continue and thousands of families who rely on the sector to maintain a livelihood. “This will be kept under review on a daily basis and we are also planning measures for reprogramming fixtures as it becomes required. Changes to the programme will be separately announced.“We have consulted with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine throughout this process and we will continue to strictly adhere to the Government and HSE advice.  We have made it clear at all times that our medical facilities and personnel will be available for the Government to use if necessary – that will take precedence above any other consideration.”Following a blanket restriction on outdoor gatherings over 500 people in Ireland, five race meetings have taken place behind closed doors. Access has been limited to key personnel such as stable staff, jockeys and trainers, while strict protocols around social distancing and sanitisation have also been rolled out.The Board of HRI have since reviewed the five meetings that have taken place since Friday, and recommended some extra measures:There will be no evening meetings and no double meetings – this will reduce  the draw on medical resources, a principal concern for larger racing jurisdictions with multiple meetings every dayA maximum of one meeting per day to reduce impact on resourcesJockeys’ weights to increase by 2lb from Friday, on the Flat and in National Hunt – all racecourse saunas are closedNo owners permitted to attend race meetingsNo overseas runners will be permitted for the time being in Irish racesA maximum of 30-minute intervals between races to assist social distancing The previously approved protocols will continue and are set out in the attached AppendixBrian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, added: “This is clearly a rapidly changing situation and Horse Racing Ireland will continue to liaise with the relevant Government Departments and with our health advisors.“The executive sub-committee of Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is meeting daily to assess the situation, and the Board of Horse Racing Ireland will continue to convene as required.“Racecourses by their nature offer opportunities for social distancing that few other workplaces can. Nothing in Irish life is as it was a week ago, and in the same way, these are not race fixtures as we previously knew them, they are big open-air sites with very few people present and nobody on-site if they are not involved: once a jockey or trainer has finished their business for the afternoon, they are required to leave.  “Furthermore, we have carried out risk assessments according to each individual racecourse facility, and some fixtures may be subject to greater restrictions and limitations to ensure social distancing is easily achievable and maintained.“The Board paid tribute to the flexibility shown by stable staff, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees of the IHRB, HRI, the media and broadcasters. Strict measures were imposed on them almost immediately last Friday but their actions, care and vigilance have ensured that social distancing is being observed and racecourses continue to be a safe working environment.”last_img read more

Copa America Preview: Group A

first_imgNinety-nine years ago the birth of the Copa America, the sport’s oldest continental competition, brought about a rapid change to the game of football.Held almost annually in the early years, the tournament fostered a dramatic rise in the standards of South American sides – made evident when Uruguay arrived unheralded at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and walked off with the gold medal. They enchanted observers with the beauty of their play and led to a question being asked: how can we find out which really is the best team around, given that professionals cannot enter the Olympics?The answer, of course, was the creation of the World Cup – first staged, and won, by Uruguay, just 14 years after they had claimed the inaugural Copa.Since then, the Copa has been through a number of phases, at times playing host to the best football in the world, at others neglected. It was brought back in 1987, and taken round all of South America’s10 footballing nations, but it found itself overshadowed by another significant development in South American football – the introduction, in 1996, of the marathon format of World Cup qualification, where all 10 nations play each other home and away, a change which has done wonders for the standard of the less traditional nations.For a few years the Copa seemed superfluous, and between 1997 and 2004 four versions were played, all with plenty of understrength teams. Since then, though, the Copa has found its place in the calendar.The 2015 edition begins today. [See Group B and Group C] –ChileCopa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Jorge Sampaoli Finish in the most recent Copa: QuarterfinalsPlayer to watch: Alexis Sanchez is coming off his best professional season, scoring 25 goals and recording 12 assists in all competitions for Arsenal in 2014-15. His offense will be vital if Chile are to lift their first Copa America title.Greatest player: Elias Figueroa — Figueroa was an elegant central defender whom Brazil legend Pele called “probably the finest central defender in the history of football in the Americas.”Greatest achievement: Hosts of the 1962 World Cup, Chile finished third, missing the final at the hands of a rampant Garrincha-led Brazil in the semis. –MexicoNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Miguel HerreraFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stage Player to watch: Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona has been one of few bright spots in Mexico’s lead-up to Copa America, often playing on a different level than his Chile-bound El Tri teammates.Greatest player: Hugo Sanchez — Top scorer on five different occasions in La Liga and once in Mexico, the acrobatic ‘Hugol’ is unquestionably Mexico’s greatest ever football export.Greatest achievement: Mexico’s 1999 Confederations Cup victory was the country’s first major inter-federational trophy. El Tri’s gold medal over Neymar’s Brazil at Wembley in 2012 was one to cherish as well — albeit at ‘amateur’ level.– EcuadorCoach: Gustavo QuinterosNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last title: NeverFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stagePlayer to watch: Miller Bolanos — A star for Guayaquil giants Emelec, the quick striker will look to open the eyes of an international audience in Chile. Greatest player: Alberto Spencer — Spencer, known as ‘The Magic Head,’ was a prolific forward for legendary Uruguayan club Penarol who carved his name in South American history as the Copa Libertadores’ all-time top goal scorer.Greatest achievement: The 2006 World Cup quarterfinals. La Tri earned qualification to a World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 2006, advancing with hosts Germany out of Group A.–BoliviaNumber of Copa America titles: 1Last Copa title: 1963Coach: Mauricio SoriaFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stagePlayer to watch: Marcelo Moreno — Big, physical and acrobatic in the air, Moreno will be Bolivia’s main reference up front in Chile.Greatest player: Marco Etcheverry — A skillful and clever playmaker, El Diablo scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for El Verde between 1989 and 2003, while guiding Bolivia to the World Cup finals in 1994.Greatest achievement: The 1963 South American title. Taking advantage of the country’s extreme altitudes, Bolivia lifted its only South American championship title on home soil in 1963. See also: Group B preview and Group C preview–last_img read more