Antisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in Limerick

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSantisocial behaviourHenry Street Garda StationlimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinthomondgate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsAntisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2018 1326 Emailcenter_img Previous articleEclectic mix and free gigs to Limerick Literary FestivalNext articlePlunge into Limericks latest event Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.A 48 per cent decrease in the number of Community Gardaí in Limerick since 2010 is causing “chaos” in parts of the city as antisocial behaviour spikes.That’s according to Sinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan who has expressed his deep concern over the fact that there are now only 38 Community Gardaí on duty, compared with 73 eight years ago.And he claims that gangs of 50 to 60 young people often more than 100 strong are congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These gangs are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents, many of whom are elderly.“The number of Community Gardaí has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017, a decrease of some 48 per cent. This is shameful and shows that the Government have no interest in investing in Community Policing,” Deputy Quinlivan claimed.“It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down. The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the city.”He maintains that the decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions with Limerick particularly badly affected.“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District; today there are only 307.“Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’.“As a local elected representative, I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. It can be transformative,” he declared.Deputy Quinlivan believes Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally. I have seen the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years. It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes,” he Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Read Warren Haynes’ Heartfelt Tribute To Walter Becker

first_imgOn Sunday, over Labor Day Weekend, the world suffered the loss of Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker at the age of 67. Steely Dan, co-founded by Becker and Donald Fagan, was a hugely influential group that helped shape the sounds of the 70’s, offering a unique approach to pop music—a slick combination of jazz, off-center chord progressions, meticulous arrangements, and introspective lyrics—and more or less creating their own genre. This, plus the group’s prodigious work ethic, unwavering stylistic integrity, and far-spanning cultural appeal helped the group rise to stardom and remain there for decades after their inception.Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Has Passed AwayGiven Steely Dan’s influence on the music of the 1970’s and beyond, Becker’s loss particularly tough on musicians as well as fans. One such musician who penned a touching tribute to Becker after his death is Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, who took the time on Sunday to speak out about the influence on the group via a Facebook post. You can read Warren Haynes’ full comments on the loss of Walter Becker below.RIP Walter Becker- tough year. The music world has suffered a lot of loss and today yet another. Walter was a great guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Steely Dan was a one-of-a-kind group and I dare to say there will never be another. The music he and Donald Fagen wrote together was masterful. The bar they set for songwriting, both musically and lyrically, was astounding. It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when their music was in heavy rotation on the radio alongside the commercial rock and pop acts of the day, none of which they resembled in any way. Although in the beginning they were a little more of a “rock” band, from the start they relied heavily on the jazz influences that separated their melodies and chord changes from any music before or since. That combined with the brilliantly witty lyrics, often actual stories, created timeless songs that defied categorization. Although I definitely have my favorites, I acknowledged to myself recently that there’s not one Steely Dan song that’s not masterfully constructed. When you add to that the amazing musicianship they brought and surrounded themselves with, what follows is a catalogue of music that raised the bar for anyone who was paying attention. I’ve mentioned in interviews that The Royal Scam is one of my all-time favorite albums but in actuality they all are. I still have a near-visual recollection of hearing Aja for the first time. A friend who had just bought the album had an amazing high fidelity stereo system and provided some “herbal ambience” and the perfect environment and opportunity to listen to, uninterrupted, what I consider to be one of the greatest recorded albums of all time.I never got to play with Walter but we had several meaningful conversations, mostly at Studio Instrument Rentals in NYC where we would often run in to each other during rehearsals. One story in particular he told me that stands out is about him seeing the original Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East for the first time and how much it blew his mind. I never realized until that moment that the ABB’s music had made an impact on him- as it had me- as had Steely Dan’s.I’m doing a lot of thinking these days, about a lot of things- but one thing that weighs heavy on my mind is how much a part of my life music has been. I really can’t imagine life without it. The music created by the bands and artists that moved me so much, many who are now gone, really set the bar at an awesomely high level that many of us feel is getting lower and lower. I know that times change and technology sets the path for the future. Nostalgia is normal and change is sometimes falsely perceived as the deterioration of culture. I know that some things are inevitable. I can only hope that losing the “magic” of music is not one of them.Let us all hope that a new wave of artists/bands will come along that reminds newer generations how important the “magic” of music is and that the bar hasn’t been lowered to the point that what is perceived as “magic” gets less and less inspired to the point that music itself isn’t important.The world is forever grateful for the music that Steely Dan bestowed upon us. Thank you, Walter.– WHlast_img read more

Canny renovators bringing old haunts back to former glories

first_imgThe Cobb & Co depotMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago Bob Chambers outside his church which he purchased in Nanango and is now converting in to a modern home at Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo. Photographer: Liam KidstonFLIPPERS and renovators are breathing new life into some of Queensland’s oldest buildings, converting everything from warehouses to old churches into modern homes.Buyers are even eyeing up a former bowls club in the outback, keen to transform the clubhouse and 6563sq m flat block in to a dream estate.Local agents are reporting a swell in the number of inquiries from local and interstate buyers looking for a property to flip or make their own, with a new survey from Houzz Australia pointing to another big year for renovations and transformations across the country.Even The Block contestants are preparing for the series grand final tomorrow, which will see their apartments in the notorious Gatwick Hotel in Melbourne go under the hammer. Place Kangaroo Point agent Simon Caulfield has been involved in a number of sales campaigns involving everything from a converted water tank and an RSL hall to churches and warehouses.He is now personally converting an old church into a four-bedroom house in the sought-after Poet’s Corner precinct at Norman Park. Th bedroom inside the Toowoomba church conversion“It is a quirky property that just needs the right buyer,” he said. Simon Caulfield at the old church he is renovating in Norman Park. Friday October 26, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)“It was an early 1900s Presbyterian church on three parcels of land and the owners were going to demolish it,” he said. “So we bought the land, moved the church onto one lot and subdivided the other two blocks. It may not look like much …Ray White Spring Hill agent Zac Tully said the auction campaign for the property at 133 Fortescue St was “probably the busiestin four years”. “The owner had been living in it and had a hair salon out the front,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of information about itbut some of the neighbours said it had been used for commercial purposes in the 1980s.” Mr Tully said the new owner was a Brisbane local, and the auction had been fier It was transformed into two three-bedroom townhouses. One of the townhouses is on the market for offers over $675,000, and has high vaulted ceilings, a contemporary kitchen, two upper level loft bedrooms, spacious living areas plus a study or sunroom. … bu then it surprises you!cely fought with seven registered bidders onthe day. “There were buyers from across all of the markets – first home buyers, investors, developers, architects, commercial buyers,” he said. “We even had a guy from Perth fly over to check it out. Another guy wanted it for a bachelor pad. In the end the auction justtook off and we sat back and watched it go.” In Yelarbon, west of Stanthorpe, a converted Cobb & Co depot that was established in 1956 is up for grabs. The “rustic warehouse” has five bedrooms, one bathroom, and room for six vehicles. A conversion at 1/3 Ellis Street GreenslopesBelle Property Coorparoo agent Jonathan Harper-Hill said there had been a lot of interest in the property, mostly from downsizing couples and young professionals.He said those interested buyers were “looking for something different” close to the city.“There hasn’t been a lot of conversions in the Brisbane market but I see that changing as vacant land diminishes,” he said.Also on the market is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment within the heritage-listed former McWhirters department store, which is open to offers between $350,000 and $370,000. In regional Queensland, a church conversion at 2B Allan St in North Toowoomba has seen the 1885-built St Thomas Church transformed in to a five bedroom, three bathroom residence packed full of original features. And inside the Cobb & Co depotNear Rockhampton, Mount Morgan’s first Queensland National bank, which operated from 1887 to 1929 before being converted to flats and then a three-bedroom house, is now under offer.Agent Angela Douglas said the new owners were keen to renovate and turn it into a modern home.“The history of it was a big drawcard for them,” she said. “We get a lot of people looking for a property with a bit of a story to tell, some character. “I also recently sold 18-20 Railway St and it was the main bank in Wowan (southwest of Mount Morgan) and those owners are also planning to renovate it.”For those wanting a new project, there are a few old buildings on the market just crying out for some love. In North Queensland, Irvinebank’s original post and telegraph office is on the market for $190,000. The three bedroom weatherboard house has traditional tongue-and-groove walls, high ceilings and a spiral staircase. It even comes with its own self-sustainable cyclone shelter built in to a rocky cliff.In Richmond Hill, a heritage church with cathedral-style ceilings, stain glass windows and polished timber floors is on the market. Agent Glynn Nielsen said the current owners had been living in it and done some renovations but there was plenty of scope to turn in to a dream home.“It is a bargain at $199,000,” he said. *** THE DELAPIDATED CHURCH A conversion at 2B Allan St, North ToowoombaColliers International agent Heston Marino said the current owners bought the property, subdivided the block, built two more houses and converted the original church. A TWO-BEDROOM industrial warehouse conversion in Spring Hill has sold for $1.23 million. And from another angle. (AAP image, John Gass)“We are selling one of those vacant blocks and will build a new house on the other, and convert the church into a modern home.”Mr Caulfield said older commercial or community buildings were attractive to buyers as they often had high ceilings, an open floorplan and a decent block of land.Among the converted properties currently on the market in Brisbane is an early 1900s church hall at 3 Ellis St in Greenslopes. Bob Chambers’ church which he purchased in Nanango and is now converting in to a modern home at Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo. Photographer: Liam KidstonTwo luxury pavilions will be built and joined by walkways, and there will be no shortage of hi-tech mod cons. “It would have been cheaper to just knock it down, or just do a whole new build,” he said.“But it (preserving character properties) should happen.”Mr Chalmers does not expect to finish the Coorparoo project until winter next year, but expects it will sell for more thanhe paid for the project. He also already has his next project lined up – a block of flats across the road from his own renovated Queenslander.He said he bought the flats to prevent a developer knocking them down to build cookie-cutter modern houses and “changing mystreet aesthetic”. “My plan is to gut the flats and turn it in to a grand modern home with some character,” he said.Mr Chambers said his passion was to breath new life in to old buildings, and that more needed to be done to preserve someof the city’s history. “The house in Buena Vista, I refused to just demolish it. It was solid and now a family has a house on stumps near Ipswichfor about $50,000. “We have become too much of a throwaway society. “If we just keep knocking down older properties we risk losing any character we have as a city.”*** THE CONVERTED WAREHOUSE A DILAPIDATED church relocated from Nanango to one of Brisbane’s heritage suburbs is being transformed in to a modern familyhome. Bob Chambers bought 79 Buena Vista Avenue at Coorparoo for $1.565 million in April last year, and sold the existing propertyto a house removalist for $5000. He bought the 1912-built church from another house removalist for about $60,000, and had it shipped and stumped onsite foranother $90,000. Mr Chambers expects to pump between $1.2 and $1.4 million in to renovating the church, which will be the centrepiece for amodern home. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: NHL PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIESNHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and howUNDATED (AP) — Neutral site NHL playoff games? Awarding the Stanley Cup in September? Nothing is off the table as the league considers options to complete the season.Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players have different opinions on what a playoff format might look like. Ideas range from completing all or part of the regular season to expanding the number of teams competing from 16. Associated Press Bourne had 30 catches for 358 yards and five TD last season for San Francisco.In other NFL moves:—The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis. Davis is suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis played in three games in 2019 — two for Jacksonville and one for Indianapolis.— The Atlanta Falcons have announced their one-year agreement with running back Todd Gurley. The framework of the $6 million deal was completed on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams.  MLB-AL KALINE Teams also are being prohibited “from watching, requesting, or sharing any video (live or recorded) of a draft-eligible player or prospective early entry player taking part in a workout” during the league’s shutdown.Teams will be allowed to conduct interviews by phone or video, though they will be capped at a total of four hours with any draft prospect. They can also send questionnaires to players in advance of any interviews.Meanwhile, Commissioner Adam Silver does not expect any decisions to be made until at least May about the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season, saying the coronavirus pandemic simply makes it too difficult to project what will happen next.In other sports outbreaks news:— The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The draft originally was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings. Beloved Detroit Tigers star Al Kaline dies at 85DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” has died. He was 85.John Morad, a friend of Kaline’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday at his home in Michigan. Morad, who spoke first to the Detroit Free Press, said he’d been in contact with Kaline’s son.Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility.The beloved No. 6 later sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster from 1976 to 2001 and was also a special assistant to the general manager. — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press.— Golf’s oldest championship won’t be played this year for 1st time since 1945.The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. It is pushing the British Open back one year and staying at Royal St. George’s. That assures the 150th Open will be at St. Andrews in 2022.— The NFL is delaying the start of its offseason workout program while formulating a plan with the NFL Players Association on how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic. At least for the time being, NFL coaches won’t be allowed to communicate with players via videoconferencing.— IndyCar has adjusted its schedule again because of the coronavirus pandemic. The doubleheader at Detroit scheduled for the end of May has now been canceled. IndyCar will make up the two dates by hosting doubleheaders at both Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca in California.— A doctor at French soccer club Reims (ranss) has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. The city’s mayor tells Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. — Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM8 unanimous picks for All-Decade Team include Brady, WattUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Justin Tucker. All but tackle Thomas and guard Yanda are active. April 7, 2020 The 55-member team is comprised only of players who made an AP All-Pro team, a Pro Bowl or a Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-19. Four of the unanimous players — Brady, Miller, Yanda and Tucker — won Super Bowls during the decade.NFL-49ers-BOURNEReceiver Kendrick Bourne signs tender with 49ersSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year restricted free agent tender Monday.The 49ers placed a second-round tender worth $3.259 million last month on Bourne. That gave the Niners the right to match any contract offer Bourne received or get a second-round pick in return. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA bans draft workoutsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams that they may not conduct or attend any workouts with draft-eligible players during the league’s coronavirus hiatus, a major change from typical procedures. COLLEGE BASKETBALLKentucky’s Maxey becomes second Wildcat to enter NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey will enter the NBA draft, becoming the second Wildcats starter in as many days to turn pro and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility.Maxey scored 26 points against then-No. 1 Michigan State in his collegiate debut and finished the season tied for second in scoring on the team at 14 points per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman shot nearly 43% with 33 3-pointers and also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists while starting 28 of 31 games for the Southeastern Conference champions. SEC coaches voted him to the all-freshman team and all-SEC second team.In other college basketball news: —The nonprofit group that raises funds for the bulk of the world’s anti-doping research is shifting $120,000 to conduct 15,000 COVID-19 tests. The goal is to help scientists get a better sense of how many people have the new coronavirus but show no symptoms. The Partnership for Clean Competition was founded in 2008 by the NFL, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee.— Two people familiar with the league’s plans say the NFL is planning a telethon during the draft to aid coronavirus relief efforts. The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. The draft is the NFL’s biggest offseason event. It’s being held from April 23-25. It had been scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely.— Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal are each pledging $250,000 to help provide meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Boston and St. Louis. The pledges will benefit Feeding America, the St. Louis Food Bank and Greater Boston Food Bank. Both Tatum and Beal are natives of St. Louis.— The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers have issued a challenge to area residents to raise $200,000 for the city’s 12 community centers by noon Thursday. If that happens, the two professional teams say they will kick in an extra $420,000.— Chicago’s eight pro teams and mayor Lori Lightfoot are teaming up to encourage residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox as well as the WNBA’s Sky, MLS’ Fire and National Women’s Soccer League’s Red Stars are joining with the mayor in the “We Are Not Playing” campaign. — Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior and his decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year’s NBA combine because of a knee injury.— Florida guard Scottie Lewis is returning for his sophomore season. In an announcement on social media, Lewis says “playing in the NBA is still a top priority” but his “heart is in Gainesville.”— Purdue coach Matt Painter says center Matt Haarms intends to play his final college season at another school after entering the transfer portal. The 7-foot-3 Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season with the Boilermakers. But Haarms lost his starting job last season after suffering a hip injury in December.FIFA INVESTIGATION-FORMER FOX EXECUTIVES CHARGEDFormer Fox executives charged with bribes in World Cup bid NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of former sports marketing executives of 21st Century Fox have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Charges were unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez. They are accused of making payments to officials of the CONMEBOL, South American soccer’s governing body.ESPN had U.S. English-language television rights to the World Cup from 1994-2014, but Fox in 2011 gained the rights for 2018 and 2022 tournaments. After the 2022 tournament in Qatar was shifted from summer to late autumn, a time when it is likely to get less attention in the U.S., FIFA awarded Fox rights for 2026 without competitive bidding.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more