Sophie spurs dad’s marathon effort

first_imgAdvertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook TAGSfeaturedfundraisingLiam Mulcahymarathon Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April NewsLocal NewsSophie spurs dad’s marathon effortBy Liam Togher – July 31, 2013 585 Twitter WhatsApp Print Previous articleChic’s Nile Rodgers is cancer freeNext articleSíle seeks to win wedding competition Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing.center_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email A RHEBOGUE man whose daughter suffers from a life-threatening heart condition is in training for the Dublin Marathon in October to raise money for a proposed disabled park.Liam Mulcahy, along with his partner Stacey, established Cycling 4 Sick Children after their daughter Sophie overcame seven months of intensive surgery in Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital in Crumlin after her birth in 2006. He only took up distance running in January but he competed in the Great Limerick Run this year and he now has Dublin in his sights.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I had set Dublin as the original goal so now I’m trying to push that on and see where it will lead,” said Liam.“We’ve come with an idea for an inclusion park for disabled sports and children and other children can enjoy it as well. We’ve seen that there’s not many facilities around that can incorporate wheelchairs and things like that so the idea is to have it somewhere in Limerick.“Training is going very well and the aim is to stay as injury-free as possible until the marathon. With Limerick I just jumped straight into it without really thinking and I suffered a lot with it but this time I’m more structured.”Liam’s venture is being actively supported by Gleeson Sport Scene, which is providing him with runners and training equipment, in addition to monitoring his progress in training. Linkedin First Irish death from Coronavirus No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

January 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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TFA Office Closure

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to advise that the national office will be closed from 12:00pm on Friday, 29 July 2016 due to maintenance. The TFA office will reopen at 9:00am on Monday, 1 August 2016.last_img

10 months agoWatford to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze

first_imgWatford to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tamezeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are set to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.The Daily Mail says Watford are preparing to offer £10m for Tameze. Atalanta have tabled a similar bid while Cardiff City and Burnley have also asked about the 24-year-old, who can also play in defence.Tameze was highly rated as a teenager and played for France Under-16s and Under-18s.Watford are preparing to assess their options if dominant central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure moves away from Vicarage Road. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Someone Needs To Inform Jay Harbaugh That The ‘NCAA Football’ Video Game Is No Longer Developed

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Harbaugh family is all over social media Saturday morning. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trolling Urban Meyer regarding the Mike Weber situation. His son, Jay Harbaugh, the team’s tight ends coach, is taking a bit more of a wholesome approach. He may be a little misinformed about the topic he’s posting about, however.Harbaugh took to Instagram to post photos of the three NCAA Football covers Michigan has landed – Charles Woodson in 1999, Desmond Howard in 2006, and Denard Robinson in 2014. He wants to know which Wolverines player will be next.The obvious problem here? NCAA Football has been discontinued by EA Sports because of the lawsuits involving former players. After the Ed O’Bannon trial’s conclusion, it’s possible that the series could return, but there has been no word from the video game developer on whether it’s even being considered. Harbaugh had a good thought here, but perhaps he should have chosen a different vehicle.last_img read more

The inside story of the unsolved murders of a Canadian and an

first_imgIt has been one year since the bodies of Francesca Matus and her American lover were found tangled together in a sugar cane field in Belize.The urn holding the Canadian woman’s ashes now sits in a niche at Toronto’s Highland Memory Gardens, across from the spot where her 80-year-old mother will be buried one day.“So we can always look at each other,” said her mother, Mafalda Rino.A local pathologist determined that the 52-year-old Matus, who lived part of the year in the Central American country, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, a former marine from Georgia, had died of strangulation.Their murders remain unsolved. There are no suspects, and a person of interest, a Canadian man arrested shortly after the bodies were discovered, has been cleared.“We’re never going to know who killed my sister,” said Matus’s 50-year-old brother, Tony Rino.As a high school teacher in Ottawa, Rino said he visited Belize many times with his students, snorkeling and kayaking off the country’s gorgeous beaches. It was Rino who recommended Belize to his sister as a retirement destination, he said.The tropical weather, relaxed lifestyle and affordable cost of living have made Belize a destination of choice for many expats from Canada, Europe and the United States.By all accounts, Matus loved spending time in the country. She grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in a large Italian-Canadian family, and after college moved to Toronto, where she eventually started investing in real estate. She owned five houses in the Toronto area, where her 23-year-old twin sons still live, and one in Belize — a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.Ottawa’s travel advisory for Belize says tourists should exercise a high degree of caution due to the high rate of violent crime. A similar advisory by the U.S. Department of State says sexual assault, armed robbery and murder are common, and local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.Just how scarce those resources are became evident soon after the bodies of Matus and DeVoursney were discovered by a farmer on May 1, 2017 — six days after the pair had disappeared.Joe Milholen, an American who was friends with the pair, remembered being called by police to identify the bodies.When he showed up at the field late in the afternoon, a detective told him to wait until a pathologist arrived.“We had to wait all night for the pathologist,” he said in an interview from Corozal, in northern Belize. “This guy was telling me how busy they had been … there was a rash of murders and suspicious deaths.”The pathologist arrived around 5:45 a.m., said Milholen, but he had no supplies — no body bags or something to cart the bodies out of the bush.“So I got to figure out where the hell do you get a body bag,” he said.Milholen went to the local hospital, but they didn’t have any. He managed to secure two body bags from someone with ties to the U.S. embassy in Belize who knew Matus.When he returned to the field, Matus lay on an old wooden door while DeVoursney was being carried out of the bush on a large piece of plywood.“I can’t lie, it was one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through,” Milholen said, his voice trailing off. “I was frazzled — I’m still frazzled, man.”Milholen, a former deputy sheriff from Georgia, was one of the last people who saw Matus and DeVoursney alive. They had gotten together with a few other friends at Scotty’s, a bar popular with expats, the night before the duo went missing. Matus had sold her ocean-front home in Corozal and was flying back to Canada the next morning to begin planning the next stage of her life: living part of the year in Italy, where she was born.Milholen was supposed to drive her to the airport, but when he showed up, no one was home. DeVoursney’s motorcycle was there, but not Matus’s truck. Her suitcases were still inside the house.Something was wrong. So he called Matus’s brother in Canada, who then contacted WestJet to see if she had checked in for her flight to Toronto. The airline told Rino that Matus had checked in — so Milholen stopped worrying, until the plane landed in Toronto without Matus on board.That’s when Milholen reported the disappearances to local police.Rino first suspected his sister was being held captive by DeVoursney, or worse.He tracked down DeVoursney’s brother, David, in Georgia.“Is this something your brother could do?” Rino remembered asking him.“Absolutely not,” the brother responded.Rino believed him.The disappearances set off a massive search by local police and a large number of expats.On the fifth day of the search, a hunter found Matus’s truck — a 1998 white Isuzu Rodeo — in a field stripped of almost everything, including the battery, said Milholen. The only thing that remained was a roll of grey duct tape that Matus used to keep her headlight attached.The next day, the bodies were found about six kilometres away. DeVoursney was still wearing the clothes from the night before — a Toronto Maple Leafs shirt someone gave him as a joke. Matus was also wearing the same clothes: pink denim shorts, a blouse and wedge shoes. Her jewelry was still on.Once the cause of death was determined, the authorities didn’t know what to do with the bodies, said Milholen. A decision had to be made immediately, he was told, or the bodies would be buried in Belize — the morgue would not accept partially decomposed bodies.The families reluctantly agreed to have them cremated.The murder investigation is ongoing, but the families say there have been no developments. A Canadian who was considered a person of interest in the case has also been cleared.John Deshaies, of Barrie, Ont., who was renting the ground-floor apartment in Matus’s house with his girlfriend, was arrested shortly after the bodies were discovered and spent 10 days behind bars.“I thought I was going to die in there,” the 54-year-old said in a phone interview from Belize.He recalled being particularly scared of one of the detectives who questioned him in jail, where he said he was “just another worthless gringo.”“He pumped himself up, said he knew taekwondo and could kill a man with his bare hands,” Deshaies said. “Then he yelled at me: ‘Do you believe in God? You killed them!’ I was like, what’s happening?”Michael Deshaies, John’s son who lives in Barrie, was worried. He hadn’t heard from his father after learning about his arrest.“For three days we were trying to get the consulate to find out where my dad was, but they couldn’t find him,” he said. “We needed some help from the Canadian government, but got nothing. You can’t just leave the guy and walk away from it.”His family found a lawyer who got him out on bail, but only after police laid charges of theft and handling stolen goods in connection with an unrelated incident.“I loved Francesca. She was a great friend. A great person,” Deshaies said. “It’s a bulls–t story.”Matus’s brother agreed.“There’s no way in hell John killed Francesca,” Rino said.Deshaies, who cannot leave Belize while the unrelated charges are dealt with in court, said he still has nightmares about Matus’s murder. He wants to return to Canada and then figure out where to spend the winter months.“I just can’t handle the cold,” Deshaies said with a laugh.Meanwhile, Matus’s family has lost hope her murder will ever be solved.The last time they spoke with local police was in August, when the lead investigator told Rino they had yet to analyze the victims’ phone records due to lack of resources. Rino was also told that police had no money to make long-distance phone calls.“There’s no way they’re going to spend a dime to talk to me,” Rino said.Global Affairs Canada say 190 Canadians have been killed in foreign countries between 2013 and 2017, and that does not include cases where the families of the victims chose not to seek assistance from Ottawa.Walter McKay, a policing and security expert, said the government’s ability to help in such murder cases is limited.“They have no powers of authority,” McKay said. “My advice is don’t expect any help … don’t expect justice, because you won’t get it.”last_img read more

Valeant shares slump as company warns growth wont return until 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. says it won’t return to growth for another year as it continues efforts to turnaround the business and further lower its massive debt.“We expect reported revenue to grow beginning in 2019 versus 2018, and for growth to accelerate as our new product launches take hold,” chief financial officer Paul Herendeen said Wednesday.The Quebec-based company said it expects revenues to grow four to six per cent annually through 2021 and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to grow at five to eight per cent annually.Valeant’s shares took a hit Wednesday, falling $2.74 or 11.54 per cent to $21.01 by the close of markets, after the company issued its 2018 guidance that was below analyst estimates.The company said it expects revenue of US$8.1 billion to US$8.3 billion and full-year adjusted EBITDA in the range of US$3.05 billion to US$3.2 billion.That’s down from US$8.72 billion in revenues and US$3.64 billion in EBITDA posted in 2017.Much of the decrease follows the sale of several companies, continued loss of patent exclusivity on some drugs and currency fluctuations.Chief executive Joseph Papa said he still believes that Valeant is a “turnaround of a lifetime.”“I do think it takes some time and we have to demonstrate the performance and what we’re trying to do right now,” he told analysts.Valeant cut its debt by 15 per cent in one year to US$25.7 billion.Since the first quarter of 2015, it has reduced total debt by more than US$6.7 billion, partially from the sale of non-core assets.With few further large sales of non-core assets available, industry analysts believe Valeant has to take further action to reduce its leverage.Valeant said it recently filed a shelf prospectus that raises the prospect of an equity raise, said Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.“We believe an equity raise is a strong possibility given the challenges of debt reduction through divestitures and the slow de-levering from operating cash flow and future EBITDA growth,” he said in a report.Reporting in U.S. dollars, Valeant said it earned $513 million or $1.45 per diluted share attributable to shareholders in its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $515 million or $1.47 per share a year ago.The profit was the highest since the fourth quarter of 2014, before its share price collapsed on allegations of improper conduct by former senior executives.“After working to stabilize the company, we’re now well into the second phase of the plan turnaround to where we’re taking steps to drive shareholder value,” Papa said during a conference call.Valeant said it launched more than 100 products last year while reducing the number of manufacturing sites by 23 per cent and discontinued more than 1,900 individual items.The company said it resolved 80 lawsuits and investigations from issues involving former executives. It said insurance policies should cover settlement costs and legal fees.On Wednesday, it announced the payment of $58 million to settle the Solodyn antitrust class action.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $347 million or 98 cents per diluted in the quarter. That’s in line with analyst forecasts but is down from $443 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.While it will continue to eye opportunities for more divestitures, Papa said Valeant spins off lots of cash, some of which will be used to further cut debt.Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.16 billion down 10 per cent from $2.4 billion a year earlier.Nine percentage points of the lower revenues came from sold assets.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:VRX)last_img read more

Museum hosting launch of book on Site C tonight

first_img“I look at how and why Site C progressed at this time. Why this project, why now,” said Cox. “It goes and does extensive fact-checking with scientists, asking the question over and over again: is this project in the public’s best interest?”Cox said that she’s also spoken with several well-known residents of the Peace River Valley, including Ken and Arlene Boon, who have had their land expropriated by BC Hydro to make way for the dam’s reservoir.The book launch will be taking place at the North Peace Museum in Fort St. John beginning at 6:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a book launch of a book chronicling the ongoing saga of the Site C dam.Victoria-based journalist and author Sarah Cox will be launching her debut book “Breaching the Peace” at the Museum tonight. Cox said that she became interested about the history and the current story of the third dam on the Peace River after former Premier Gordon Campbell made an announcement in 2010 that the provincial government would be proceeding with construction of the project. She said that after travelling to the Peace Region, she decided that the rest of the province should hear about the story of the dam, and the people who would be affected by Site C’s construction.last_img read more

Carbon tax desk thumping on agenda in upcoming Alberta legislature session

first_img“The Opposition is welcome to filibuster all they want … the legislative session will be primarily around platform promises and we’re not going to bend on that,” Nixon said last week.A filibuster, delaying legislation through endless speeches and other procedural motions, may well be in the cards.Notley is staying on as official Opposition leader and her 24-member caucus has many former cabinet ministers who know their way around debate.Notley has said the NDP recognizes the UCP won a mandate to kill the carbon tax, but the bill on labour issues is another matter. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this week to make noise with an ambitious legislative agenda while trying to keep a hush on daily affairs.Kenney has promised what he calls a “spring of renewal” in the first sitting since his United Conservatives beat Rachel Notley’s NDP in the April 16 election.He and his 62 fellow UCP caucus members are to be sworn in as legislature members Tuesday, followed by a throne speech Wednesday and introduction of a bill that would abolish the provincial carbon tax by May 30. “Should it … do something like roll back youth wages and roll back the minimum wage, should it be something that guts overtime for working people, should it be something that goes directly at unions with respect to their free speech, then, yeah, we’ll dig in,” said Notley.Her government raised the minimum wage by one-third to $15 an hour, which some employers say is crippling business. Kenney has proposed reducing the wage to $13 an hour for those 17 and under.Another debate may be a noisy one on keeping quiet in the house.Kenney is expected to move to ban the tradition of legislature members banging on their desks to show their approval.Kenney, a former federal MP and cabinet minister, has said desk-thumping, cross-aisle heckling and shouting are unseemly and undignified.Nixon confirmed change is coming.“I suspect you’ll see a standing order that changes desk-thumping not to be allowed in the house,” he said.Notley said the silence edict is a House of Commons affectation that doesn’t respect the legislature’s traditions or the nature of vigorous debate.“In Alberta, we have pounded on the desks as long as I remember and I see no need to transport Ottawa traditions into our legislature,” she said.center_img The UCP won a majority on a platform to galvanize Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy with cuts to taxes, rules and regulations.Kenney has appointed a panel to come up with ways to reduce spending in the budget this fall. The Opposition is warning Albertans to brace for big cuts to health and education.The spring of renewal could also be called the season of repeal as Kenney has promised to roll back signature pieces of legislation enacted by the NDP.Besides eliminating the carbon tax on home heating and gasoline bills, he has said the UCP will reduce the minimum wage for youth, change rules for overtime and holiday pay and restore mandatory secret ballots for union certification votes.Corporate income tax is to be cut to eight per cent from 12 per cent by 2022.Government house leader Jason Nixon said the plan is to introduce and pass between 10 and 12 bills in the sitting. It’s to run until the end of June, but could go into July if the NDP decides to delay passage of any bills.last_img read more

Ayodhya land dispute: Apex court to hear case today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court constituted three-member mediation committee, tasked with exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement in the decades-old, politically sensitive, Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has submitted its interim report in a sealed cover.Sources aware of the development said the interim report was filed with the apex court Registry on May 6, and the matter has been listed for hearing on Friday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court on March 8 had referred the matter to mediation for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement. It had appointed former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, as members of the mediation committee. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will now peruse the report and decide the future course of action. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe matter will come up for the first time on Friday since the March 8 order of the top court. It had said that the mediation process would commence within a week and the panel would submit the progress report within four weeks. The panel was asked by the apex court to hold in-camera proceedings and complete them within eight weeks. The Constitution bench had said that it does not find any “legal impediment” to make a reference to mediation for a possible settlement of the dispute. The bench was told earlier by Hindu bodies, except for Nirmohi Akhara, and the Uttar Pradesh government that they oppose the court’s suggestion for mediation. The Muslim bodies supported the proposal. While opposing the suggestion of mediation, Hindu bodies had argued that earlier attempts of reaching a compromise have failed and provisions of Civil Procedure Code (CPC) require public notice to be issued before the start of process. The top court had directed that the mediation proceedings should be conducted with “utmost confidentiality” for ensuring its success and the views expressed by any of the parties including the mediators should be kept confidential and not be revealed to any other person. However, it had refrained from passing any specific restrain order at this stage and instead empowered the mediators to pass necessary orders in writing, if so required, to restrain publication of the details of the mediation proceedings.last_img read more