Appeal for missing Limerick teen

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April GARDAI in Limerick wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Noel King missing from Limerick since October 9 last.Noel was last seen in Limerick City at approximately 5.10pm on October 9 and he is described as being 5’ 6’’ tall, blue eyes and with blond hair.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When last seen he was wearing a navy tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt and gardai say that he is not in any trouble.Anyone who has seen Noel or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Henry St Garda Station on 061 212400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. WhatsApp First Irish death from Coronavirus Previous articleRugby – Munster make eight changes to face ScarletsNext articleLimerick councillor gets Santa letter in early Staff Reporter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print Linkedin Email NewsBreaking newsAppeal for missing Limerick teenBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2015 641 center_img Facebook Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfeatured Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

More countries facing H5N1 flu in birds

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian flu virus is continuing its relentless spread from bird to bird, with individual deaths in some countries marking new territory for the virus and massive die-offs and culling showing how quickly it can become entrenched.The pathogen has been reported in wild birds in five new countries—Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Greece, Italy, and Bulgaria—in the past week. In addition, an H5 virus has been reported in Slovenia.The H5N1 death toll among Nigerian poultry exceeds 150,000 birds on 30 farms in at least two states, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported today. The information came from by Aminu Adamu, chairman of the Kano State Poultry Farmers’ Association, which hosted a news conference to seek better compensation for the birds. At least two other states are suspected of harboring poultry infections as well.The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have urged Nigeria to close its poultry markets and stop transporting chickens, but little has happened, AFP reported.FAO employees are traveling to Nigeria to help the government draft control measures, according to the UN’s Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) news service. Meanwhile, the World Bank will make US $50 million in grants to Nigeria to fund the efforts.Wild swans have tested positive for H5N1 in Italy and Greece in the past few days. Twenty-two wild swans with the virus were found dead in three southern regions of Italy, according to a story posted by the United Kingdom’s news.telegraph web site. Reports late last week said three swans in Greece’s Thessaloniki and Pieria areas had tested positive.In addition, a wild swan found dead in Bulgaria has tested positive for H5N1, according to Bloomberg. Reports last week had said the swan had an H5 virus that was not dangerous to humans, but Bloomberg reported that a WHO laboratory near London has confirmed the virus was H5N1. Bulgaria produces 9% of the goose liver (foie gras) consumed in the European Union, the story noted.In Greece, officials said poultry sales have dropped 95% since Feb 11 on the news that the infection had hit that country, Reuters reported today. An Italian farmers’ group reported a drop of more than 50%. Overall, the European Union poultry market is worth about 20 billion Euros annually, or U.S. $23.8 billion.Slovenia has found an H5 virus in a swan near Maribor, but news reports differed on whether the country or the WHO has confirmed the virus as H5N1. Reuters reported that a European Commission spokesman said “it is likely H5N1, but we don’t have confirmation from Weybridge [the lab near London] yet.” The swan was found within 10 kilometers of Austria, the story noted. Slovenia had set up a 3-km protection zone and a 10-km surveillance zone around where the swan was found.As government workers fanned out in rural areas of Hong Kong, bird owners protested the loss of their now illegal backyard poultry flocks, Reuters reported today.”Whoever says we cannot rear chickens should be damned,” Lau Sau-foong told Reuters, adding that she had fainted twice from despair over the loss of her poultry. “I have treated those geese and chickens like my own children. After I wake up each morning I will feed them. Tell me, aren’t they [government poultry cullers] torturing me mentally?”Possible good news was announced on Feb 10, as a senior scientist with the WHO said a limited number of migratory birds seem to be spreading just one strain of the H5N1 virus, Reuters reported.Michael Perdue, an epidemiologist with the WHO’s global influenza program, said that, theoretically, this may reduce the chance for the virus to mutate into something that will spread easily among people.”It could reduce the mutation level,” he said. “You are less likely to have widespread mutation than if you had 20 strains hop-scotching across Asia. It also appears that the virus is relatively stable.”Reuters also quoted Perdue as saying, “It is very difficult to predict without knowing anything about the ecology of these migrating birds where the virus is going to show up next.”See also OIE report from Bulgaria report from Italy report from Slovenia report from Nigeria read more

IMCA Modifieds chase $10,000 top check at 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek

first_imgModified qualifying gets underway on Wednesday, June 17. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday grand­stand admission is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students; on Thursday, admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.  The Clash is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event and pays a minimum of $750 to start. Ken Schrader is among the early entries for the 12th annual special.  Pre-tech starts at noon and an open practice session runs from 6-9 p.m. on Tues­day, June 16. Pit passes are $20 and admission to the grandstand is free.  Kids ages 10 and under get in free when accompa­nying a paid adult and pit passes are $30 each day. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Wisconsin State points will be awarded. FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – Prestige, bragging rights and a top check of $10,000 are on the line when IMCA Modified drivers from across the country converge on 141 Speedway for the Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18 Clash at the Creek. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win both nights at Francis Creek. Modified pre-registration of $215 can be paid and tickets purchased at Free camping with showers is available and the Left Turn Lounge will be open daily.  More infor­mation about the Clash at the Creek, includ­ing host hotels, is available by calling 920 360-5925 and at the track website, read more

Keeping the book: Dodgers fans keep art of scorekeeping alive

first_imgOne of her favorite scorekeeping books was in 2009, when she snuck into Dodger Stadium and took a picture of her two dogs, Bailey and Sweet Pea, with the “Think Blue” sign in the back.This season, she’s scored 60 baseball games and flips through the pages like it’s a spiral notebook from a semester’s worth of note taking in college.She has the score sheet from when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw got his 300th strikeout. There was a game that ended on a balk. Lussier, who works as an information technology specialist for the California State University system, said she enjoys being able to look back at a score sheet and remember the game. Sort of like instant replay with a pencil and paper.The downside, she said, is she can sometimes miss an exciting moment because her head is buried in the notebook and not looking at the field.“You have to make choices sometimes,” she said. “You find a balance. Maybe you don’t record every strike and ball and you see more of the game.”She said, however, when Kershaw pitches, she thinks it’s possible he could throw a perfect game.“In that case, I want to have a perfect score sheet,” she said.Pamela Wilson agreed and said she’s missed some exciting plays while keeping score. She said, however, the score sheet makes her feel comfortable. Like it’s part of the game experience.Proulx said she probably has about 500 score sheets from games at home. Lussier said she may have close to double that. Proulx said she also won’t go to technology to keep score.Swapping out paper and a pencil for a smartphone app would be like pinch-hitting a rookie for a Hall-of-Fame-bound veteran.“The app has no character,” she said. “It has to be paper.”When they settled in their seats for the start of the game — a sluggish affair that was 0-0 after the third inning — the scorekeepers dutifully charted pitch counts and noted strikeouts.During David Wright’s at-bat against the Dodgers’ Kershaw in the first inning, the Mets third baseman fouled off six pitches and forced the starter to throw 12 of his 22 pitches that inning.Proulx had to erase a few that she thought were strikes. She pressed hard on the lead to count the pitches. She said she sometimes presses so hard, she breaks the lead.“When I was a kid, I tended to break the crayons, too,” she said.Proulx said she gets great satisfaction out recording history. She just hopes this year will be one where she is charting pitches during a World Series. She’s a former schoolteacher and now teaches martial arts in Claremont. She loves baseball and is hoping to pass along the love to her two grandchildren, ages 6 and 2, though she doesn’t take them to Dodgers games when she keeps score because, well, she sort of really gets into it.“It’s important to give a lot of yourself to others, but to do that well, you have to do something for yourself that brings you joy,” she said. “For me, it’s keeping score during a baseball game.”The focus is intense. And she’s not alone.In the top deck during Friday’s playoff game between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, there were almost a dozen people with their scorekeeping binders dotting the rows of light-blue seats. Each had their own style, but they all bonded in this old-school fraternity of baseball tradition.Jeanine Lussier custom-made her own scoring sheets and, as word got around, others asked if she could make some for them. She said she currently makes about four or five scoring books — complete with a custom photo on the front. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Before she heads to Dodger Stadium, Holly Proulx goes through her equipment checklist. There’s the scoring book. A pencil — with 0.9 thickness lead. Two erasers. Headphones and radio.Oh, and Billy Proulx, her husband.“First time we both went to a Dodger game in 1980, we both kept score,” he said. “After awhile, I figured there was no reason for both of us to do it, so I became her spotter.”That means he has the binoculars slung around his neck while she make notes about the game started.last_img read more