Community first responders need funds to save lives

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook TAGSCommunityhealthLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Previous articleGardaí using council CCTV test footage to investigate crimeNext articleBrexit boost as Shannon Estuary gets EU designation Staff Reporter A GROUP of Limerick volunteers who are helping the national ambulance service to save lives urgently need funds to buy essential equipment to give patients the best chance of survival.The Community First Responders (CFR) are a group of volunteers who are dispatched by the 999/112 National Ambulance Service to emergencies within their communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They are all trained in CPR and other life-saving measures and they generally arrive at the scene of the emergency before the ambulance service because most of the volunteers “on call” live in the locality.The Ennis Road CFR are the only group in Limerick and they have been operating since last April. They cover an area from the Strand hotel to the Greenhills hotel and the surrounding residential estates.One of their volunteers, Noel Kerley, said that the main reason the group was set up was because they could see a need for it in the locality with an ageing population.“Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 33 per cent of all deaths and early response is essential in helping to save some of those lives,” Mr Kerley added.Community First Responders are dispatched to cardiac arrests, adult chest pain (suspected heart attack), stroke and choking emergencies in their communities. Most responder groups have organised themselves to be “on call 24/7” to respond to these emergencies.“Because all of our ‘on call’ volunteers live locally, we generally arrive at the emergency call location before the paramedics and we carry out CPR and other life-saving measures until such time as the paramedics arrive,” Mr Kerley said.The normal time for an ambulance to arrive at the emergency address is 20 minutes, but it may take longer – depending on other emergency situations they are dealing with. This time delay may be life-threatening for some emergencies.While the Ennis Road CFR group is supported by the HSE and the National Ambulance Service, they do not get any funding to buy their own equipment, including AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) or to provide accredited training and purchase training equipment.This is why they are running a major fundraising day on this Thursday, December 20 in Dunnes Stores at the Jetland Shopping Centre on the Ennis Road.“We are appealing to the people living in the area to support our fundraising next Thursday because we need this money to help us to buy this essential equipment and also to provide ongoing accredited training for our volunteers,” Mr Kerley Mary [email protected] Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students NewsLocal NewsCommunity first responders need funds to save livesBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2018 1274 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Perfect place to stretch out

first_imgMOUNT Low continues to be a drawcard for buyers looking for large lot properties close to the coast.The northern Townsville suburb has experienced massive growth in recent years with masterplanned residential estates expanding and new infrastructure being built in nearby Burdell and Deeragun. 8 Stenhouse Crt, Mount Low“The massive 18m powered work shed is a winner while the home has great street appeal and a stunning kitchen with beautiful Smeg appliances,” she said.“The fully fenced allotment has a loads of space for kids, dogs, chooks, even a horse.” 8 Stenhouse Crt will be open on Saturday from 10.30am to 11am. For more information call Allison Gough on 0421 583 168.center_img 8 Stenhouse Crt, Mount LowExplore Property Townsville agent Allison Gough is selling 8 Stenhouse Crt in Mount Low and said the acreage property was attracting plenty of interest.“Acreage properties are really sought after and we are seeing a lot of our buyers,” she said. “People want space and convenience. Mount Low has great access and is close to schools and shopping centres.“Bushland Beach is also only a short drive away and has a boat ramp for those who love fishing and a beachfront family hotel.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20208 Stenhouse Crt has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, six-car spaces and is on a 4017sq m block.The ranch-style home also has a theatre room with a projector, built-in audio system and cabinetry.The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and built in robes.Outside there is a 14m long patio with ceiling fans, outdoor speakers and a servery from the kitchen.Ms Gough said the property was a great option for someone wanting to shift to an acreage property.last_img read more

CS Matiang’i transfers 98 Deputy County Commissioners

first_imgInterior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has Wednesday transferred to various stations across the country 98 Deputy County Commissioners and appointed 84 new commissioners in the same capacity.These changes in the State Department of Interior and Citizen Services according to a statement sent to newsrooms will take effect immediately.Other changes in the State Department of Interior and Citizen Services include Ministry HeadquarterGet breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Appointed Mr. Moffat Kangi as the Principal Administrative SecretaryAppointed Mr. Wilson Njega as the Secretary Internal SecurityAlso Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  Transfers of Regional CommissionersTransferred Mr. Wilson Njega from Nairobi Region to Office of the President Head QuartersTransferred Ms. Anne Ngetich from Western Region to Office of the President Head QuartersTransferred Mr. James Kianda from Nyanza Region to Nairobi RegionAppointment of Regional Commissioners,Appointed Magu Mutindika as Regional Commissioner Nyanza RegionAppointed Esther Maina as Regional Commissioner Western RegionTransfer of County Commissioners as below;Onesmus Kyatha from Mandera County to Mombasa CountyJoshua Nkanatha from Kajiado County to Marsabit CountyEvans Achoki from Marsabit County to Kajiado CountyMichael N. Tialal from Siaya County to Garrisa CountyGilbert B. Kitiyo from Mombasa County to Mandera CountyStephen Kihara from Kisii County to Uasin Gishu CountyMwangi Meru from Garrisa County to Narok CountyGeorge Omoding from Bomet County to Kakamega CountySamuel Kimiti from Narok County to Bungoma CountyOlaka Kutswa from Nandi County to Kilifi CountyBoaz Cherutich from Nyandarua County to Migori CountyAbdirizak Jaldesa from Uasin Gishu County to Kisii CountyDavid Kipkemei from Homabay County to OOP HQJoseph Rotich from Migori County to PA/RC NyanzaAbdi Hassan from Bungoma County to OOP HQAlso Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleAppointment of County CommissionersFredrick Ndunga as County Commissioner Machakos CountyPaul Rotich as County Commissioner Siaya CountyMathias Mbogai Rioba as County Commissioner Tana River CountyMoses K..Lilan as County Commissioner Homabay CountyBenson David Leparmorijo as County Commissioner Nyandarua CountyJosephine Ouko as County Commissioner Bomet CountyAlso Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.Sudanlast_img read more

Downing hails ‘top-class’ Reina

first_img “A keeper makes a mistake and it’s in the back of the net. It is a tough position to play. But you see his save at 2-0 and if we had gone in 2-1 at half-time that would have made it more difficult. People don’t tend to see that, but we as players could see it was an important save. “It gave us the platform to go on and get the third goal and it was easy from then on. “He’s a top-class goalkeeper. Everyone has dips in form and things like that. It’s about the way you bounce back and he certainly has.” Downing was also impressed with the contribution of Philippe Coutinho, the £8.5million January signing from Inter Milan making only his third appearance for the club. The 20-year-old provided assists for the first two goals, crossing for Downing and then sliding the pass through for the first of Luis Suarez’s hat-trick in an encouraging 70-minute display. “He’s had two good games (his other match was a 12-minute debut as a substitute),” added Downing. “He will find it hard physically because this is different from the two leagues he’s played in. “I think he’s settled in well and he’s had two really good performances. If he can keep playing like that – and with Luis banging in the goals – then we’ve got a really good chance.” Press Association Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes goalkeeper Jose Reina is returning to top form again after the Spain international played a crucial role in the 4-0 win at Wigan.center_img The match was not as easy for the Reds as the scoreline suggests with Reina pulling off brilliant saves from Emmerson Boyce and Franco Di Santo at 2-0 and 3-0 in the first half. The Spaniard has been criticised for errors this season but Downing feels the goalkeeper is back to his best. “It’s hard for keepers. As players, we make many mistakes in games, but they get overshadowed by other things,” he said. last_img read more

McIlroy strengthens Open chances

first_img McIlroy led the 2010 Open at St Andrews after an opening 63 only to shoot 80 in the second round in atrocious conditions. Four years on he benefited from being on the right side of the draw with an early start on Thursday and late start on Friday, a day which had caused him so many problems this season. In 2014 he had been 50 under par in the first round and nine over in the second until Friday’s 66 saw him match Woods’ halfway total of 132 from 2006. The 72 players who made the halfway cut – including Woods right on the mark of two over par – had been sent out in groups of three rather than two, with defending champion Mickelson alongside past and present US PGA champions Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley in the first match out. McIlroy, looking to become just the third man in the modern era after Woods and Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25, began his third round just after 11am and immediately saw his four-shot advantage cut in half. The former world number one found a greenside bunker with his approach to the first and a poor escape led to just his second bogey of the week, while playing partner Dustin Johnson holed from three feet for birdie. As Johnson’s challenge faded with a hat-trick of bogeys, Fowler took up the charge with four birdies in his first six holes and three more in succession from the 10th – coupled with a McIlroy bogey on the 12th – meant the Florida neighbours were tied on 12 under par. Four holes later Fowler was five behind after carding three bogeys in four holes as McIlroy birdied the 14th and hit a 252-yard four-iron onto the 16th green to set up an eagle from 18 feet. McIlroy also bogeyed the 17th from a similar place as Fowler – who is the only player to finish in the top five in both majors this season – and although Fowler made birdie on the last, McIlroy stamped his authority on the tournament with another eagle from 10 feet. “Obviously the finish speaks for itself,” he said. Loud and clear. A “significant risk” of storms and an amber weather warning led the R&A to employ a two-tee start for the first time in championship history on Saturday, with play getting under way at 9am from the first and 10th tee. But with perfect timing a spell of heavy rain ended in time for the leaders to tee off and returned as McIlroy gave his post-round press conference after repelling a spirited challenge from fellow 25-year-old Rickie Fowler with two eagles in the last three holes. A round of 68 gave McIlroy a 16-under-par total of 200 – just two shots outside the all-time Open record set by Tom Lehman in 1996 – and a six-shot lead over Fowler, who also returned a 68. Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Dustin Johnson were a shot further back on nine under. McIlroy will now attempt to become the second wire-to-wire winner of a major in succession after Martin Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst last month by eight shots, the same margin by which McIlroy won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA Championship. And if the Northern Irishman succeeds in lifting the Claret Jug, the winner of the Open will have completed three legs of the career grand slam for the second year running. Phil Mickelson’s victory at Muirfield means he needs to win the US Open to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only men to have won all four majors. For McIlroy, the Masters would be the only trophy missing from his collection, a tournament he led by four going into the final round in 2011 only to collapse to a closing 80. “It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year,” McIlroy correctly predicted when asked about the impact of winning on Sunday. “Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow, to get three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25. “I’d be in pretty illustrious company so it would mean an awful lot. I never thought that I’d be able to be in this position. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the grand slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head. “It would be way too much to think about and way too much to ponder. First things first. Just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.” The predicted thunderstorms failed to materialise, but Rory McIlroy provided plenty of fireworks to take a stranglehold on the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

Video: The Black Stars fabulous comeback against Tunisia

first_imgWatch the Black Stars comeback against Tunisia in an international friendly on Sunday ahead of the start of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img

Serena Williams out of US Open with shock loss to Karolina Pliskova

first_imgFor the second straight year, Serena Williams saw her bid for a seventh US Open title halted in the semifinals with a 6-2 7-6(5) loss to Karolina Pliskova on Friday (NZ time) that also ended her long reign as world number one.A year ago, Williams went into the semifinals on the cusp of a rare calendar-year grand slam but was the victim of one of the biggest upsets in tennis history when Roberta Vinci, a 300-to-1 longshot, prevailed.This year it was Czech 10th seed Pliskova, who until this week had never played beyond the third round of a grand slam, delivering the upset as she swept Williams off an Arthur Ashe Stadium court she claims as her own in one hour, 26 minutes.”I don’t believe it. Actually, I do believe it,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview. “I always knew I have a chance to beat anybody if I’m playing my game.Karolina played great today. I think if she had played any less, then maybe I would have had a chance,” Williams said.  “So I think I wasn’t at 100 per cent, but I also think she played well. She deserved to win today.”The 10th-seeded Pliskova began her on-court interview by blurting out that she couldn’t believe she’d eliminated Williams to earn a spot in her first major final.Then Pliskova changed course, saying:”I mean, actually, I do believe it. I always knew I have a chance to beat anyone if I’m playing my game.”Her opponent in the final will be new world No 1 Angelique Kerber, who reached her third major final this year after dispatching Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. Kerber earned her first career No 1 ranking with Williams’ loss.Then German then went out and looked like a top-ranked player, winning the first four games en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.Kerber had never made a Grand Slam final at the start of this year. Then she not only advanced that far but won the title at the Australian Open, beating Williams in the championship match. She followed that up with a run to the Wimbledon final, where she lost to Williams.”‹At the 2015 US Open, Williams’ bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam ended when she lost in the semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy in one of the biggest surprises in tennis history.This one goes pretty high on the list, too. This was the 33rd major semifinal of Williams’ career, and the first for Pliskova, who beat the 34-year-old American’s older sister Venus in the fourth round. Pliskova is only the fourth woman to beat both Williams siblings during the same Grand Slam tournament.last_img read more