‘Killjoys’ invade Castletroy playground car spaces

first_imgNewsLocal News‘Killjoys’ invade Castletroy playground car spacesBy admin – February 6, 2012 679 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Emailcenter_img Linkedin INCONSIDERATE parents and car-owning college students are labelled as killjoys by families with young children wishing to access the playground amenities at the beautifully appointed Castletroy Park. The purpose built car park has signage which clearly indicates that it it is for park users only.However, complaints have been made to the Limerick Post that it is virtually impossible to find a space at specific times at school-times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Said one irate parent: “It is being used as a drop-off and collection point for students at Castletroy College.“There is a constant stream of school-bound traffic both in and out of the car park, which in itself, presents a danger to parents with children wishing to avail of the play area”.When the Limerick Post arrived on one afternoon, the car park was completely full (see picture), yet there wasn’t a child or parent to be seen in the vicinity.Two adults were spotted walking in the park.A woman driver, with two children in the back seat, failed to find a parking spot and drove on.On another visit, a similar situation existed.A park attendant explained to the Limerick Post that there were periods each weekday when parents avoided taking their children to the playground because of the difficulty in securing a car space.“As you can see, the car park is now full but hardly a person in sight.“There are even students with their own cars and who leave them here all day.“It is most unfair…this facility was specifically built for families with young children and those who want to take a leisurely stroll. It is like this at mornings, lunch time and early afternoons”.A spokesperson for Limerick County Council confirmed they had received complaints from visitors to Castletroy Park.At the time of going to press, The Limerick Post awaits a response from Castletroy College. Print Previous articleWild Atlantic Drive to reinvent region as tourist destinationNext article50- year-old widow jailed for carrying drugs adminlast_img read more

Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision

first_img Twitter Facebook Previous article080217 Wonder Girls Camp 2 File photoNext articleResilience defines ag community in wake of natural disasters Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Pinterest Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision Local News Pinterest Jose Angel Ramirez A 46-year-old Odessa man was arrested early Thursday morning after he was reportedly involved in a three-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.Jose Angel Ramirez was charged with failure to stop and render aid involving death, a second-degree felony, and criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony.The fatal collision happened at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of University Boulevard and Bonham Avenue, an Odessa Police Department press release detailed.Ramirez was reportedly driving a 2013 Ford F-350 west on University Boulevard. Kolby Ray Tavarez, 18, of Odessa was driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger west on University Boulevard behind the F-350.Felix John Jaramillo, 48, of Odessa was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on University Boulevard, the release stated. The F-350 reportedly failed to yield the right of way while turning left onto Bonham Avenue and collided with the motorcycle, causing it to skid into the Challenger.Ramirez failed to stop and render aid and left the scene, the release detailed. Jaramillo was transported to Medical Center Hospital and was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.Next of kin were notified and there were no other injuries reported, the release stated.Ramirez was located at 1:47 a.m. in the 3500 block of Andrews Highway and was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, the release detailed.No bond amounts had been set as of Thursday afternoon, jail records showed. WhatsApplast_img read more

News story: Home Secretary attends Finsbury Park attack memorial

first_img Today we remember the life of Makram Ali and the people whose lives were changed forever by the Finsbury Park attack. The tragedy is a reminder of the complicated nature of the threat we face, including from far-right extremism. In the days after the attack I visited the scene and was struck by the bravery, unity and defiance of the local community. This strength has not waned and embodies how the people of this country will not allow terrorists to undermine our way of life. On the streets of Finsbury Park I promised mourners that we would do everything we could to confront all forms of terrorism – and this determination remains unwavering. The Home Secretary attended a commemoration event in Islington to mark the first anniversary of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack this morning.He joined local community leaders, other politicians, and the family of Makram Ali, who was killed in the attack, to pay tribute to him and all those affected.Speaking after the memorial, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Earlier this month, the government published its strengthened counter-terrorism strategy which explained the increasing threat presented by the extreme right wing and the actions the government is taking to combat all forms of terrorism.For those that have been affected by terrorism, an anniversary can be particularly upsetting. Information on the different kinds of practical and emotional support available, including peer support networks and advice about talking to children has been published on Support for victims of terrorism website.last_img read more

The Modus operandi

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Opal Curless’ journey from small hometown led her to bigger stage for Syracuse women’s soccer

first_img Published on October 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon couldn’t believe the trek his freshman midfielder made to practice each week during high school.Five hours there. Five hours back. Twice per week.“I thought she was crazy,” Wheddon said.The trips forced Curless to decide if soccer was something she wanted to dedicate her life to. She always traveled and had to fine-tune her time management skills to stay on top of sports, academics and her social life. But Curless’ top priority was a Division I soccer scholarship and making the biweekly trip was her way of attaining it.Her skills gained exposure and allowed her to contribute as a freshman center midfielder for Syracuse (8-7-3, 1-6-2 Atlantic Coast) this season. With the Orange, she’s made appearances in all 18 games, including seven starts, and has recorded 10 shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe former Maine Gatorade Player of the Year is now a 580-mile drive from her home in Mount Desert Island, Maine. But Curless played her club soccer career for the FC Stars in Boston, where Curless will return on Thursday at 7 p.m. when Syracuse faces Boston College in its final game of the year.Mount Desert Island isn’t the sports hub that Boston is.“It’s a different culture up here,” said Michael Curless, Curless’ father. “People don’t care about playing Division I sports. It’s not as ambitious.”Curless’ parents knew she wouldn’t have the competition she needed by playing only in Maine. They explored prep schools as an option but as they searched, the family realized it didn’t want Curless away from home.The next closest option was the Stars, whose facility is in Acton, Massachusetts, almost 300 miles away from where Curless grew up.“People probably thought she was crazy,” said Abigail Curless, Curless’ mother. “I thought I was crazy. What kind of parent signs up for that?”Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorTwo days a week for four years, Curless and her mother made the 5-hour journey to Acton. Curless would leave school at 1 p.m. on days she had FC Stars practice and often wouldn’t get back until 2 a.m.The two developed a routine for every Tuesday and Thursday. They stopped at Whole Foods on the way to Acton, and at Chipotle on the way back.“We were always the last to order,” Abigail Curless said. “We’d always get there just before it closed.”The drive was expensive. There and back took a tank and a half of gas, Michael Curless said. The family is currently on its second Toyota Prius, he said. Even with the gas mileage a Hybrid offers, there was just so much driving.Curless bonded with her mom during the drives. Curless often did her homework in the car, but they also talked a lot with each other, called family, and rented books on tape.“We listened to the whole Anne of Green Gables series,” Abigail Curless said, referencing the classical novel series.Curless learned to drive during the journeys. While she had her permit, she would do much of the Maine portion of the trip and her mom would take over in Massachusetts. Her parents let her get her license as soon as possible so that she could do more of the drive.On one occasion Curless and her mom drove all the way to Acton, only to have the practice get rained out. After about 15 minutes of practice, a thunderstorm started, Curless said.“I just turned to my mom and said ‘Sorry,’” Curless said.Since Curless left school early in order to get to practice on time, she had to organize her classes around her practices and make arrangements with teachers to make up for time.Matt Lawson, Curless’ history teacher, helped her career. Lawson understood the complacent culture of the area because he was one of the few people who escaped the small town environment many locals are consumed by.You can practically see tumbleweed cross the street in the winter, Lawson joked. Kids don’t go to a high school with more than 500 students, and they don’t drive on a four-lane highway.“People want to leave,” Lawson said. “People want to go and see the rest of the world but this place is doable and this place is navigable. The rest of the world is scary.”At Syracuse, Curless is surrounded by more than 20,000 students and Interstate-81 cuts through the middle of the city. She went from living in an island town of 10,000 to a city with a population 14 times that.“Everyone you encounter is going to be bigger, faster, and stronger,” Lawson said. “You have to raise yourself to that level to compete.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorLawson helped Curless stay on track with her classes and helped her with schoolwork if she needed, but he was mostly there for advice.They talked about what it’s like going out into a big city and experiencing a new world outside of their small bubble.“Just because you’re from a small town doesn’t mean you can’t compete,” Lawson said.Traveling and playing for the Stars helped Curless gain exposure. The Stars have consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the country. Her play for the club attracted the attention of Syracuse in only her sophomore year of high school and she committed to the Orange in March 2013.“She has all the characteristics you need to play at this level,” Wheddon said. “And her travel showed the level of commitment she has to the game.”She now plays in a much bigger place and on a much bigger stage. The Stars helped Curless get out of her bubble of Mount Desert Island, Maine.But even a nationally-ranked club team is not the same as Division-I. The quality is better, the commitment is greater and the lights are brighter.Still, Curless has shined. She’s on her own now, in a whole different world from what she had ever known before. But she likes this new world. It’s why she drove all that way.“I was really ready for a new experience,” Curless said. “Syracuse has really become my second home.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more