Urgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone disease

first_imgLinkedin NewsCommunityUrgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone diseaseBy Bernie English – February 24, 2020 2738 Previous articleCrack cocaine supermarkets causing chaosNext articleWeekend Siamsa le jazz piano quartet Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Jer and Jackie with their children Noah and FayeA YOUNG Limerick family who has been struck by the tragedy of motor neurone disease are set to benefit from an online appeal to restore a 300-year-old house.Jer Spillane (39) was diagnosed with the incurable disease last November and already he has lost the use of his hands and arms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Married to Jackie, they have two children, Noah (7) and Faye (4) and with carpenter Jer now out of work and Jackie facing the prospect of giving up her SNA job in a school to be his carer, the family is facing financial ruin.Jackie is originally from Kilbehenny in County Limerick and the couple are trying to restore an old family farmhouse there in preparation for Jer’s inevitable deteriorationClose family friend, Jennifer O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post why she and others have started a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.“The family has been renting a house for the last ten years but there is no downstairs bathroom and the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair, which Jer is going to need sooner or later.“There is no question but he will be in a chair but we’re hoping that it will not be before they can do up the Kilbehenny house to cater for his needs.“There’s no heating system in the house. It’s 300 years old and it’s not suitable for a wheelchair but it is a place they can call home.“The cost of doing it up to a standard that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair has been estimated at €150,000. They don’t have money and they can’t get any kind of loan or mortgage because Jer now has no income and Jackie will have to give up her job in time,” Jennifer explained.Nor can the family avail of any of the disability grants for renovations as they would have to have owned the house for a year.The family has already endured huge bereavements, losing three of their parents and Jer’s only sister who died in a drowning tragedy.“They are such a lovely close family who have suffered so much already. This is heartbreaking. They’re devoted to each other and their children,” said Jennifer.“This disease shouldn’t happen to anyone and certainly not to such lovely people”.In the first three days of the campaign, almost €18,000 was raised from generous donors.“We’ve been blown away by the response and we’re so moved by people’s generosity. But every euro counts and we have a long way to go. This is a heartfelt plea to give them a home where Jer can make the best of his life with his family.”See https://www.gofundme.com/f/jer-spillane-fund Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Block Island Jackets Go Under Investigation

first_imgA team led by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is set to conduct a research project on the engineering of the jacket foundations at the U.S. Block Island offshore wind farm.The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has awarded USD 608,722 for the 28-month study of the first U.S. offshore wind commercial project.CRMC will be overseeing the study in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Ocean and Civil Engineering Departments, Tufts University and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI).The team will first develop a suite of sensors to be affixed to the turbines and measurements of accelerations at different turbine locations will be taken to determine the resonant frequencies and soil damping.Stresses and bending moments will be determined at different locations on the turbine structure, including at the tower and jacket interface, with possible tilt of the jackets from foundation soil displacement also measured.In addition, the study will assess the actual fatigue of the overall structure by analyzing cyclical stress and strain on the structure versus design assumptions.The sensor systems will be developed beginning in May, after which Ørsted, the wind farm owner, will install a temporary data collection system to help determine the best placement for the sensors that will be deployed for an entire season.Monitoring will begin in May 2020 with the project expected to be completed in December 2021.The study is said to be due to a gap in the industry knowledge base on the design and operation of offshore wind infrastructure in the Atlantic.Data is expected to assist BSEE, BOEM and CRMC to develop regulatory standards and industry recommendations for the U.S. industry, with the results applicable for projects worldwide.“The study aims to verify that these structures as engineered and installed will meet or exceed their 30 to 35-year design life,” said David Ciochetto, a CRMC ocean engineer and manager for the project.“The team is making the sensors robust – it’s a very harsh environment. Like the wind farm, the team’s sensors and data communication networks will be exposed to the salt spray, wind, sun and possibly the larger waves for an entire season. Cables will need to be attached to the large structure to connect the various sensors to a computer system recording the data and transferring it to shore.”last_img read more

Martinez unmoved over Baines

first_img With the England international likely to be sidelined by a broken toe well into next month, his Costa Rican deputy has made an instant impact in his two appearances. The 23-year-old last weekend marked only his second league start for the Toffees in 18 months with a goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Hull but then went one better in midweek with the strike which brought their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Press Association Speculation still persists that United manager David Moyes will return to his former club to sign Baines in January after a failed bid in the summer. And while Oviedo’s performances may have given Martinez confidence they can cope without Baines that does not mean he is willing to let his first-choice left-back leave. “Nothing changes. We are in the middle of the season, we have just gone 14 games and the only thing we are thinking about is finishing the season with the strongest squad possible,” said the Spaniard. “The last thing we want is to lose experienced players, players who mean a lot to Everton and who represent a lot in terms of what we want to achieve.” Nevertheless Oviedo is set for an extended run in the side and has found himself catapulted into the limelight. In scoring at Old Trafford, he not only became the club’s joint second-highest league scorer this season – alongside Baines, right-back Seamus Coleman and midfielder Ross Barkley – but won himself a new legion of fans. Martinez said the defender was gaining his reward for being patient and committed. “We had many phone calls from Costa Rica. The game was live there and his hero status has gone to a different level so it doesn’t surprise me how he is affecting people at the moment,” said the Toffees boss. “The assessment (of him) is exactly the same as I had in pre-season: I thought he came back ready for this campaign showing he was ready to cope with the physicality of the British league. “In pre-season he played in many games and showed he was ready but has had one of the toughest jobs you can have fighting for a position with someone like Leighton Baines, who is in the best moment of his career. “It has been probably frustrating for him at times but it is an incredible example of how you should behave as a footballer – just working hard, being ready and when you get the opportunity show you can help the team. “Everyone is delighted for Bryan because he is getting what he deserves, it is not an accident. “Now it is a great position for us to have such strong competitiveness for that position.” While the left-back area has been strengthened, Martinez is looking to strengthen other positions next month to cover long-term knee injuries to striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson. “We are going to use the window in January to try to help the team because we lost two players for the long term,” said the Spaniard. “Arouna and Darron are two very important players for us so we will try to see if we can identify one or two players that can help the group. “We have been working hard to identify who can help the group and that is what we are looking for in January.” Martinez admits his initial fears Kone would not recover from an operation to repair damaged cartilage in time to play a part in the remainder of the season have materialised. “Arouna started the first part of his recovery and it is going to be long-term, as expected,” he added. “I don’t think we are going to see Arouna this season. “If we can get him back for the final two months he will have done really well. “There was a big chunk of cartilage that had to be repaired in his knee. “We are very pleased in the way everything has been done but it will be difficult to see him this season. “In the same manner we are hoping we can see Darron Gibson before the season ends but clearly it is a long-term injury as well.” Manager Roberto Martinez is adamant new Everton hero Bryan Oviedo is competition and not a replacement for left-back Leighton Baines.last_img read more

As Euro 2020 looms, UEFA ‘in hands of authorities’ over coronavirus

first_imgBy Simon EvansAMSTERDAM, Holland (Reuters) – European soccer body UEFA says decisions over whether to cancel matches, including playoffs for the upcoming Euro 2020, due to the coronavirus, will be made by governments and health authorities and not the game’s ruling organisations.UEFA executives met yesterday but spent only a few minutes discussing the spread of the flu-like disease, which has seen sporting events cancelled around the world.It has played havoc with domestic soccer in Italy where Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan was among six weekend games postponed. Last week, Inter played Bulgarian club Ludogorets in the Europa League behind closed doors at their San Siro stadium.“We’re in touch with the authorities, we’re in the hands of the local authorities, and we’ll deal with whatever they tell us,” a UEFA spokesman said.“There wasn’t much discussion about it because there is not much we can do about it … it’s in the hands of those people who are experts in the situation.”National teams from across the continent are scheduled to feature later this month including playoffs for UEFA’s Euro 2020, which is scheduled to be held in 12 cities.The playoffs on March 26 and March 31 feature 16 teams battling for four spaces in the 24-team finals.Outside Europe, two rounds of World Cup qualifiers are also scheduled for the same period in Asia and South America while friendly matches are planned globally.As well as the Euro 2020 playoffs then the tournament finals in June and July, UEFA also has high-profile Champions League and Europa League games this month.“We’re in constant contact with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and the authorities dealing with the matches that are being staged, and then we’ll deal with that when the situation arises,” the spokesman said.last_img read more

Shafer pleased with Davis’ progress

first_img Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:19 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said linebacker Dyshawn Davis continued treatment on his ankle early Wednesday morning. Davis practiced on Tuesday and Shafer said he “ran around pretty good.”“He’s done a nice job staying up on the treatment,” Shafer said.Davis suffered a high right ankle sprain in the first half of Syracuse’s win over North Carolina State. He didn’t return to that game and missed the following week’s 56-0 loss at Georgia Tech.If he plays, Davis will likely make life more difficult for Wake Forest’s offense. Demon Deacon head coach Jim Grobe said the Syracuse defense likes to blitz frequently, which may create problems for Wake Forest’s pass-heavy offense.“They give you problems from a defensive standpoint,” Grobe said. “They pressure you from a lot of different areas.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrobe said Syracuse likes to mix up its coverages. Against Georgia Tech, the Orange played in a 3-4 defense, starting Marqez Hodge. Hodge finished with 12 tackles in his first career start. With defensive tackle John Raymon out for the season, Zian Jones will likely see more time for the Orange.Having Davis back would be crucial for SU as it looks to exploit and fluster Wake Forest. Davis is a critical component of the blitzing scheme. He has 16 solo tackles, 2.5 for a loss, on the season.Everything Shafer has said has hinted at the fact that Davis will play Saturday.Said Shafer: “We’re ramping him up each day and looking forward to getting him back on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Black Stars defender Sumaila donates to Colts clubs in the Central Region.

first_imgGhana Defender Rashid Sumaila has donated undisclosed sums of money to all colt clubs in the Central Region to show appreciation for developing him as a young talent.The 21-year-old is arguably one of Ghana’s best defender at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil despite not getting the opportunity to feature for the Black StarsSumaila paired excellently with Jerry Akaminko in a pre tournament friendly against the Netherlands which the Black Stars lost by 0-1.The former Dwarfs \Kotoko defender and now plies his trade for PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns is now the toast of scouts at the World Cup and it is believed he will join the European train soon.  The humble defender interacted with some players and officials of the youth sides after which he made the donation.“This is where it all started for me and it was important to come back and say thank you to everyone here and also help in my small way to ensure more talents are produced from the region,” he said during the presentation. The regional executives and coaches thanked their former player for his magnanimity and prayed his star keeps shining as he is likely to begin his adventure in Europe.last_img read more