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Man left in a coma following late night attack

first_imgLinkedin Print Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Email Shannondoc operating but only by appointment WhatsApp Twitter Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A FULL medical report into the extent of the injuries suffered by a man in an early morning attack outside a Newcastle West pub is to determine the course taken by gardai investigating the incident.The victim, understood to be in his 30s, has been left fighting for his life after he was subject to an assault where he received several kicks to the head outside the Square Bar shortly after 2am in the early hours of this Monday morning.It is understood that an earlier incident inside the pub sparked the later assault on the victim who is originally from the Mountcollins area of West Limerick.After initially being treated at the scene by paramedics, the victim was brought to University Hospital Limerick but was later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he was placed in an induced coma.Gardaí say that they are waiting for an update on his condition, which is said to be very serious, before they advance their investigation.CCTV footage around the time of the incident has been harvested from a number of cameras in the area and around the town and is being viewed by detectives in Newcastle West.A number of witnesses have already been interviewed and door to door enquiries have been conducted.One man was arrested at the scene for alleged breaches of public order and was questioned in a Limerick garda station but later released without charge.Gardai in Newcastle West are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at 069-20650 TAGSfeatured center_img Previous articleWorking hours penalty for hospitalNext articleKnute Skinner is On the Nail Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBreaking newsMan left in a coma following late night attackBy Staff Reporter – August 24, 2015 743 Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL No vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Feds investigating $1 million in illegal drugs that washed up on an Alabama beach

first_imgsshepard/iStock(ORANGE BEACH, Ala.) — Federal authorities are investigating how two packages of illegal drugs worth more than $1 million washed up on a beach in Alabama last week.An officer with the Orange Beach Police department on Alabama’s Gulf Coast told ABC affiliate WAAY that early last week a beachgoer discovered a wrapped package containing a one-kilo brick of cocaine as well as 21 pounds of marijuana.Orange Beach Police Lt. Carl Bradley said that the next day, a second beachgoer discovered another package containing 38 kilos of cocaine.Officials told WAAY they believe the packages were tossed from a passing ship. The drugs were reportedly wrapped to protect them from the water, and the packages had barnacles growing on them, suggesting they had been in the water for some time.Orange Beach police said they are working with U.S. Customs, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security to try to track down the source of the narcotics.Officials said they will analyze ocean drift patterns to try to determine where the drugs come from.Bradley told WAAY that illegal drugs wash up on the local shore about once or twice a year, but that the quantity of drugs discovered this week is a significant amount.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Purplebricks share price continues downward spiral despite Axel Springer deal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks share price continues downward spiral despite Axel Springer deal previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks share price continues downward spiral despite Axel Springer dealAfter a torrid day yesterday which stripped more value out of its stock, the company’s share price continues its slide today.Nigel Lewis27th March 201801,566 Views Yesterday’s announcement by Purplebricks that German publisher Axel Springer is to invest £125 million in the business has failed to impress the City, dealing in its shares over the past 24 hours suggest.Purplebricks share price slid by 10% yesterday following the announcement and this has continued today, with its share price dipping to £2.73p at one point this morning.This is an ongoing trend, though. The company has seen its share price lose a third of its value over the past four weeks and 45% of its value since it peaked in July last year at £5.13.One reason for the downturn can be laid at the door of the current worries over a looming trade war between the US and the UK, as well as a febrile atmosphere among investors around the world as the EU and Russia sabre rattle.Directors cash inBut the fact that many of Purplebricks’ senior team including founding brothers Michael and Kenny Bruce have cashed in some of their shares in the Axel Springer deal have also been a source of concern for investors – who don’t like to see directors or key senior people cashing in so early in a company’s development.Also, as we reported yesterday, Purplebricks warned of lower revenues from the early weeks of the crucial Spring market, blaming the harsh winter conditions, Brexit and a large training programme for its Local Property Experts, which kept many away from their markets.Investors in Germany appeared to dislike the deal as well. Shares in Axel Springer, which have been climbing on Germany’s main stock exchange for the past year, dropped away today by 1%.Read more about Purplebricks.Purplebricks axel springer share price March 27, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Dynamic Africa

first_imgTo Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal, Africa is “the continent of the future” — a vast landscape of youthfulness, enterprise, and resources on the verge of exercising its potential.Sall on Friday delivered the keynote address at the fourth annual Harvard African Development Conference, a multi-School, student-run event that draws experts and scholars — 350 this year — from around the world. His view was followed by a range of others — part optimism, part reality check — when participants turned Saturday to micro-scale messages related to this year’s theme: visible change, one innovation at a time.“The change in Africa is palpable,” said Antoinette Sayeh, director of the International Monetary Fund’s African Department, which tracks development in 45 sub-Saharan African countries. Five percent annual growth rates are the norm now, she said; debt-to-GDP ratios are shrinking, inflation is typically in the single digits, and poverty rates are falling. She pointed to Ghana, Senegal, and Gambia, three fast-growing nations in West Africa that the World Bank now classifies as “lower middle-income countries.”The continent overall is still poor, Sayeh said in a morning address at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, but its improving economic indicators make it the second-fastest growing region in the world, after Asia.African nations also have a greater diversity of trading partners than ever, are “increasingly resilient” to global economic shocks, and are the sites of escalating trade and regulatory reform, she said.On the heels of hope come a few imperatives for African nations, said Sayeh: embrace inclusion, so all economic boats rise with the economic tide; improve business climate (Rwanda is a model, she said); prepare for climate change, which in some countries could nip one-sixth of GDP from agriculture; and improve governance. Especially after conflict, she said, using her native Liberia as an example, civil society rebounds slowly.Youth movement And what can promote social growth in youth-dominated Africa more than good schools? Go to the grassroots for insight and advice, was the advice from one panel. Another turned to a grimmer reality: the growing number of African children educated in refugee camps. In Kenya’s Dadaab refuge complex alone, crowded with 500,000 refugees, there are nearly 40,000 students in primary school; another 60,000 of the same age are eligible. Africa-wide there are 2.7 million refugees; a third are of school age.Displaced by conflicts in Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, and elsewhere, these children flee to neighboring countries where education may be spotty or subpar, or they may be met with hostility from native populations. As conflicts grow more protracted, the “hope of return” for many of these children is fading, said Ita Sheehy, senior education officer with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. The average stay for a refugee encamped in Africa, she said, is 17 years.Once in camp, school may not be an axis of stability in a child’s life. Sheehy told the story of 10-year-old “Annette,” a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One day there were 17 children in her class; the next, after some crisis across the border, there were 150. Her fate, and that of others, is “insecurity and fear and uncertainty,” Sheehy said.“This is a global issue,” said Christopher Talbot, a consultant with the group Education in Emergencies — one that creates social turmoil, including disputes over language, textbooks, and accreditation.Add to that the tension from the local populace, who often see refugee children as getting a better education that their own, according to Sarah Dryden-Peterson, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a veteran of projects in sub-Saharan Africa and within the African diaspora. “So,” she said of one solution, “you get locals involved from the get-go.”A schoolgirl in Nairobi, Kenya, who is one of the lucky ones. “Girls don’t persist in school. They have no voice,” said Sarah Dryden-Peterson, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Other ideas emerged on behalf of children in refugee schools: more research, said Talbot, since the fate of students in these settings is so little studied; more teacher training, said Dryden-Peterson; and money, added Sheehy. Most outside aid goes to food, shelter, and security; not enough (4 percent or less) goes to educating refugee children.Harmed most of all are girls, said Dryden-Peterson of refugee schools — and that pushes higher a trend that is already high in every African setting, where gender rights skew male. In the Dadaab camp, for instance, only a third of girls ages 5 to 13 go to school. “Girls don’t persist in school,” she said. “They have no voice.”Architecture and social justiceAfricans have always had a “voice” in their housing designs, at least, perhaps since there are so few professional architects who impose design on traditional methods. (There are 35,000 registered architects in Africa; Italy, a pinprick on the map by comparison, has 120,000.)More Western design professionals are getting involved in Africa’s built environment, but they arrive both as practitioners and students of native materials and methods. And they sometimes team with young African architects, with whom they share an idea: architecture as a path to social justice.Social inclusion was the theme of one panel that featured the voices of three veteran designers in Africa: Kunle Adeyemi, Chelina Odbert, and Yaw “DK” Osseo-Asare. Odbert, for one, has since 2006 worked on what she calls “PPS,” “productive public spaces.” In Kibera, a sprawling community in Nairobi, these public spaces accelerate the micro-enterprise that already lines every street.Another panel, “From Help to Self-Help,” was in part a look at how housing worksites can boost local crafts, employ local labor, apprentice local youth to building crafts, and use local building materials.Australian architect Ross Langdon, director of Regional Associates, recalled a building project he and his brother were on in Tanzania.“Most of the knowledge we got was from sitting under a tree somewhere,” from sleeping in streamside tents, and from observing “the skills of the people we found there.”South African architect Heinrich Wolff described his native land as “a misanthropic paradise,” with its contrasts of beauty and turmoil. One way forward: transform South African cities “fast,” he said, using indigenously inspired designs for settlements, schools, and public spaces that are not “antagonistic to freedom.”Local craftsmen in Rwanda, Haiti, and elsewhere inspire Alan Ricks, CFO of the Boston-based MASS Design Group, but he introduced a sober idea in parallel to Wolff’s description of settlements that increase social unrest: “Poor design is killing people.” (Looking to Haiti, he said of the 2010 disaster:  “It wasn’t the earthquake that killed a quarter of a million people. It was the buildings.”)Seventy percent of Africa’s building designs originate in the developed world, without the “immersive research” Ricks said is required to design a new building correctly for its setting. Still, he and other Harvard-trained experts are pushing for more adoption of local design.  Their projects have included supporting the first school of architecture in Rwanda, a country of 10 million with 10 registered architects. The first class graduates this year.Better health careAnother domain for innovation in Africa is health care. One panel looked at mental health, a growing crisis in Africa that is widely stigmatized, and the cause of rising rates of death and disability. Another looked at ways to build sustainable health systems in Africa — those that move beyond the fragmented, disease-specific aid of the present.Money may pour into a country from overseas to address HIV or malaria, said William Brieger, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. But the receiving nation may not have a strong enough health infrastructure to use the aid effectively. “The alignment to go from policy to implementation is still not there,” agreed Claire Pierre, who directs the Program in Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.Money remains the biggest challenge, said Brieger. About 60 percent of African health care expenditures are out-of-pocket, forcing the poor to pay more to stay well.But innovation may come in ways unfamiliar to the West. Faith healers, for one, can be an avenue in preventative care, said Pierre, and a way to reach more people. During the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti, she said, “we needed local healers. They’re the first ones people went to.”“Medical shops” — the small retailers that dispense medicines and advice — are another pathway to innovation. Improving public health infrastructure in Africa is important, but so are these nonstandard pathways to health and information, said Brieger. “This is something we really need to think about.”The conference also explored innovation in the social realm. Alexander McLean, founder and director of the African Prisons Project, talked about prison reform. McLean’s group helps establish prison clinics, libraries, nutritional programs, and literacy classes — low-cost improvements that reduce overcrowding and recidivism.Prisons don’t get much attention in Africa. But the continent’s increasing vocal gay community gets even less. Its members are shunned, lynched, stoned, raped, imprisoned, and in some countries subject to the death penalty. So one panel looked at this third rail of African social life; at how anti-gay sentiment is fueled by growing fundamentalism; and at how grassroots movements might help.Renewable energy, said another panel, is not a luxury Africa can’t afford; it’s an opportunity that needs to be explored. About 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity. But sales of solar lights are growing on the continent by 100 percent a year, and light at night promotes social interaction. One panelist, Katherine Steel, manages Lighting Africa, a joint project of the International Finance Corp. and the World Bank that provides off-grid lighting to poor households and micro-enterprises.The main sponsors of the conference included the Milbank Tweed Student Conference Fund at Harvard Law School, Harvard’s Committee on African Studies, Face2Face Africa, and the Nigerian law firm Banwo & Ighodalo.last_img read more

EPL: Wolves plot to dim Brighton

first_imgRelatedPosts Several Chelsea players test positive for COVID-19 – Media reports EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton Breaking: Man City win Champions League ban appeal Brighton vs. WolvesVenue: Amen StadiumKick off: 5:30PMWolverhampton Wanderers will continue their pursuit of fourth-placed Chelsea when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League this afternoon.Brighton entered Thursday’s clash with Arsenal off the back of three straight Premier League defeats to Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool, which had just seen them start to slide down the table.The Seagulls responded in hugely positive fashion at the Emirates Stadium, though, as they recorded a 2-1 victory courtesy of a goal from Neal Maupay in the 80th minute of the contest.Graham Potter’s side sit 12th in the table on 18 points, four points clear of the relegation zone.They are only five points off sixth, though, which is an indication of the type of season it has been across the board thus far.Brighton have just come through a very tough run of fixtures, but it is not as if their schedule gets easier as they have to face Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur away before the end of the year.The team have impressed many with their football this season, though, and are not seen as genuine candidates for the drop.The Seagulls ran out 1-0 winners in the corresponding Premier League clash last season, while they have only lost one of their last 10 meetings with Wolves in all competitions.Wolves are enjoying another terrific campaign, particularly when considering that their season started at the end of July in the Europa League.Nuno’s side have played an awful lot of football this term but continue to go from strength to strength since being promoted back to the top tier.They have booked their spot in the knockout round of the Europa League with one match to spare, meaning that their full focus will now be on the league, where positive results continue to arrive.Wednesday’s 2-0 win over West Ham United was Wolves’s third victory in their last four league outings, while they have not been beaten in England’s top flight since the middle of September.Five wins, eight draws and two defeats – that is how Wolves have performed in the Premier League this term. Only Liverpool have lost fewer matches, while they are currently fifth in the table, just six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea heading into this weekend’s fixtures.It remains to be seen whether Nuno’s side are capable of launching a serious challenge for the top four, but a squad packed full of talent and experience continues to impress at the highest level. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Mooy, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Maupay, Connolly.Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.—Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionNeal Maupaylast_img read more