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Limerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten days

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsLimerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten daysBy Meghann Scully – April 9, 2020 438 TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postvolunteeringvolunteers Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Previous articleDebenhams closure a ‘major loss’ to LimerickNext articleGardai seize 11 vehicles in 24 hour period at COVID-19 checkpoints in Limerick Meghann Scully Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response has kicked into action this week, with daily calls to the helpline from those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus pandemic almost tripled from its first few days.Ten days following the launch of the initiative – led by Limerick City and County Council with the support of An Garda Síochána and the HSE and backed by up to 40 sporting, community and religious groups across the city and county – the Freephone 1800 832 005 helpline number is receiving up to 70 calls each day from people looking for support across Limerick city and county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And organisers of the volunteer programme are expecting these numbers to rise considerably next week when a booklet (The Community Call) explaining the service lands in every household around the county.  The service runs seven days weekly, from 8a.m. to 8p.m.Speaking today, Anne Rizzo of Limerick City and County Council, who is coordinating the programme, said that they are more than ready for the spike thanks to the incredible groundswell of support from volunteers.“We’re really thrilled with how things are going so far and in the midst of all we are going through as a nation, to have a response like this taking flight as it is gives great encouragement and hope.“In the first five days of the service we were averaging about 25 calls per day but now we are up to 70 per day and that’s going to grow next week when a booklet arrives to every household dwelling of any sort letting people know of the service and with all the contact details,” she said.“So far, we have been promoting the service on print, broadcast and online media and on social media and have got great traction on our promotional video but a lot of people who are isolated because of their vulnerability to the virus still may not be aware of the service.“The Community Call booklet will do a lot to address that as it will not alone get to the people who may need support but also their loved ones who, in turn, can activate the service on their behalf.”Anne also said the most common ask of volunteers is the collection of prescriptions. “Yesterday, for example, we had 63 calls and nearly half of them were regarding collection of prescriptions.“Five were for groceries and a small number also regarding social isolation; people wanting to be checked in on. There were a number of sign-posting calls, people looking to know about other services and information and these are extremely important also.”Regarding the volunteer piece, she said: “Through the GAA, FAI and Munster Rugby and local rugby clubs, we have well over 300 volunteers already signed up. But then we have had hundreds of more calls on top of that from volunteers.“These include from businesses who are offering their services for free and we are so grateful to these. Some of the offers are specific to what the businesses do themselves but others are just offering their time and their vehicles.“This is all so encouraging. Limerick people collectively have put their hands up and said they want to help. It says a lot about them. People from all areas of the city and county, from all backgrounds, male and female.“We really couldn’t be happier and we are ready now for any spike in activity over the coming weeks and months. Ultimately, we are going to have to protect those most vulnerable to the virus for quite some time yet and we will be here to do that as long as is needed.”The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response is based at Munster GAA headquarters – home also of Limerick GAA – and can be contacted on FreePhone 1800 832 005 or [email protected] for support. For people wanting to give their time to the support network they can register on Limerick.ie or email [email protected]#LimerickEdgeEmbrace #HowLimerick #CommunityCall #MidWestTogetherlast_img read more

Chantel Osahor’s jumpless shot is a ‘God-given talent’

first_imgIt gives the Huskies a quick weapon to use against a Syracuse team that can be beat in transition, when its press can’t be set. When the two teams squared off in a November tournament, SU yielded only one Osahor 3 in a game she tallied only 10 points.Head coach Quentin Hillsman alluded to the biggest challenge when facing the junior, ambiguously listed on Washington’s website as a “Forward/Center,” is that she blurs positional lines. Her size allows her to be a defensive presence under the basket, while her touch behind the arc gives the Huskies’ offense a quick boost.She may be the biggest obstacle in the Orange reaching its’ first national championship. All without ever leaving the ground.“We didn’t forget about her the first time, (and) we’re not going to forget about her this time,” Hillsman said. “…We know that she’s kind of player when the ball touches her hand, she can make a play with it.” Comments Published on April 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman INDIANAPOLIS — Most people don’t think it’s pretty when they see it. Some don’t believe what they’re watching. Briana Day thought it was a joke the first time she saw it on film.But Chantel Osahor has unleashed her shot the same way since she was nine. She doesn’t jump. The 6-foot-2 Washington junior lumbers down the court at a slower pace than most, filling enough space on the floor to be considered a center. But 108 times she’s stopped short of the 3-point line and fired away.She receives the ball at her chest, raises it just above her shoulders and throws her arms forward as if she were releasing a chest pass. But 36 percent of the time the ball goes through the net. And she never leaves the ground.“I guess you could say it’s a god-given talent,” Osahor said. “If you don’t like it, then I guess it’s not a talent to you.“People always tell me I have to ‘jump,’ … and I always tell them: ‘Don’t fix what’s not broken.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOsahor’s emerged as one of the most unique talents in college basketball, even on an unheralded Huskies team that finished the season unranked and fourth in its own conference. But she’s made a sizeable imprint in UW’s first-ever Final Four run, most recently nabbing a game-high 18 rebounds and scoring 24 points in an Elite Eight win over Stanford.Teams have struggled to box her out and tame the unique, jumpless shot. No. 4 seed Syracuse will try to next with its season on the line, as the Orange (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) faces the Huskies (26-10, 11-7 Pacific-12) on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the Final Four at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Teammates also laud Osahor for her timely passing, something she can “see before it even happens.” Head coach Mike Neighbors said she thinks like a coach, communicating the game in ways most players can’t. Guard Kelsey Plum, the nation’s third-leading scorer, said people often don’t recognize Osahor’s decision-making ability.But unquestionably it’s her shot that dominates the conversation. She’s figured out how to shove the ball at the net, and that’s not a bad thing. Osahor’s field-goal percentage is highest among UW’s starters.“She’s playing chess,” Plum deadpanned, “everyone else is playing checkers.”Her unorthodox delivery finally snowballed into the national spotlight. ESPN’s “Sports Science” showcased Osahor in a short clip last month. The math-based feature revealed she cocks her elbows back at a 55-degree angle, diverting far from the “textbook” 90-degree jumper.Perhaps most notably is her shot-release time. Osahor gets her shot off in four-tenths of a second according to the video, the same release time as reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry.Plum blurted out about the video in Saturday’s team press conference, and Osahor unapologetically encouraged the media contingent to watch.“You guys should go look at it,” she said. “It’s pretty awesome.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

first_imgBrock Dixon, LVR’s player of the game, led the Bombers with 11 points. Jack Roberts added six and Thomas Baxter had four.Earlier in the day the Bombers, dropped a 41-27 decision to the Wildcats.In the contest, the short-staffed Bomber squad was out scored 21-6.Aaron Abrosimoff paced the Cats with 11 points while Brandon Soukeroff had eight and Rory Smith and Duian Boulin each netted six.Replying for the Bombers were Teo Chow with six while Baxter, Roberts and Dylan Luscombe each had three.LVR opened the tournament dropping a lopsided decision to Prince Charles Comets.The Bombers return to action Wednesday with a trip to Mount Sentinel before hosting Grand Forks, Stanley Humphries and Boundary Central of Midway in a four-team mini-tournament Saturday at the Hangar. Once powerful basketball Bomber basketball program at L.V. Rogers looked to be grounded after the Junior Boy’s lost three straight at the Stanley Humphries Rockers Tournament during the weekend in Castlegar.The Junior Bombers, missing several key players, lost to Prince Charles of Creston, Mount Sentinel Wildcats and Salmo Falcons at the six-team tournament.On the bright side, the Bombers, putting a young, inexperienced squad on the court, cut the margin in every loss significantly, losing by 24-21 to the Falcons.Alex of Salmo scored 11 points to lead the Falcons, who led from start to finish.last_img read more

UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game

first_imgLATEST STORIES He will now also miss the first leg of the quarterfinals if Madrid advances from the round of 16.The Spain defender was booked for a foul in the 90th minute of Madrid’s 2-1 win in Amsterdam in the first leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat triggered a one-game ban for the second leg at home, which would have cleaned Ramos’s disciplinary slate for the quarterfinals.Ramos reportedly acknowledged his intentions in a post-game interview, then retracted it in a Twitter post. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 24, 2019 Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final first leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. – Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has been given two-game European ban for deliberate booking, AFP reported on February 28, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)NYON, Switzerland — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been banned for an additional Champions League game for deliberately provoking a yellow card to control the timing of a one-game suspension.UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Ramos guilty of “clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” against Ajax two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobslast_img read more