Van driver one of many incredible escapes during Storm Darwin

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSdamagefeaturedfull-imageMusic LimerickStorm Darwin #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedin NewsBreaking newsCommunityVan driver one of many incredible escapes during Storm DarwinBy Staff Reporter – February 13, 2014 948 Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Andrew Carey Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] WAS a picture that went viral and was described as being published in a “tweet with the most impact of the #StormDarwin trend” on twitter. But the story behind the crushed white van on the Knocklisheen Road out of Limerick last Wednesday afternoon is as spectacular as the image itself. He pulled over to help a woman whose car got stuck in a ditch as she avoided a part fallen tree on the road. When Mark had finished he was returning to his white Opel van parked on the side of the road. A normal course of events you would have thought for a Good Samaritan, but what unfolded after that was nothing short of a miraculous escape from death for the 37-year-old. Hurricane force winds knocked a second tree during Storm Darwin crushing Mr Quaid’s parked van just yards in front of him.Mr Quaid, on driving out of Limerick towards Meelick in Co Clare, described the tree lined road and noticing the woman stranded in her car. “Ya it was a small country road and trees on it, big ones on either side. I saw the lady on the road and as smaller tree had fallen blocking the side of the road. She was trying to pass it and got stuck in the ditch.“When I went by I said to myself that I had to help her as she had her kids in the car and was stuck”.He described hearing the trees creaking as he pushed the car from the ditch.The female driver, having benefited from Mr Quaid’s assistance, left the scene with her three small children and was described as being “very grateful, and she said ‘thank you so much.’ She was happy to get out of there”, he added.The next minute, the builder from the Ennis Road near Coonagh, said he “turned around and a tree was falling on the van just as I was walking back to it. It totally wrecked it,” he said.The 37 year old Good Samaritan then left then to get help for himself but on returning his van said that someone had stolen all his tools from the stranded van. “It was unbelievable,” he said, adding that he was fairly “ticked off over the tools” being stolen.“I came back and the few handy bits I had in the van, power tools and stuff like that was all taken.” “That tree crushed it totally, the stuff was whipped and now I have no insurance to cover any of it”. Speaking the day after the miraculous escape, Mr Quaid said that he received a call hours after the tree falling to notify him that his van was ablaze still pinned by the tree. Mr Quaid told the Limerick Post that he managed to get a temporary loan of a van to continue with his work. “Sure you have to do what you can to keep going”, he added. Meantime, the huge clean up operation around Limerick was again in full swing this Thursday in the wake of Storm Darwin. The costs of repairs are expected to run into the millions as the tolls are tallied around in the homes and businesses damaged. Round the clock repairs are being carried out by ESB crews aim to restore power to hundreds of homes in the city and county, however man new faults are being reported even up to 24 hours after the storm raged through the Mid West. University of Limerick campus at Plassey was fully open and operational despite approximately 60 trees being blown over during the winds that peaked at over 170km/h. A number of large trees fell in the People’s Park as well as large branches and debris scattering other public parks in the city. Limerick City Council’s Parks Department has closed all parks and is reviewing the situation on an ongoing basis.Building repair works are also continuing as efforts are made to asses damage and the structural integrity of stricken buildings including Limerick Boat Club that lost its roof as well as the red brick facade wall over head Sarsfield Pharmacy in the city after a large portion of it crashed onto the footpath below.center_img No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleThrough living history’s lensNext articleA blessed site for art production performance Staff Reporter Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick last_img read more

Renters still suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie

first_imgDamage caused by Cyclone Debbie in Cannonvale in Queensland’s Whitsunday region. Source: Rhianna Loten-Hurst.DISTRESSED renters are still feeling the impact of Cyclone Debbie, with some north Queensland tenants being forced to live in damaged properties or face eviction more than six months on from the natural disaster.QSTARS (Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service) has received nearly 70 referrals for cyclone-related complaints across the Mackay-Whitsunday region since March 29.QSTARS Mackay tenancy solicitor Simone Butschle said some tenants were continuing to live in damaged rental properties and paying full rent because their landlords hadn’t organised repair work and weren’t willing to offer a rent reduction.Ms Butschle said there was also growing pressure from landlords to evict tenants on periodic leases or whose leases were nearing their end without ‘just cause’, or to increase rent because of the demand for rental accommodation in the region.“I’ve heard of some tenants having their rent increased from $50 a week to $100 or more per week, even a couple of hundred dollars in some cases,” she said.“There is a massive shortage of housing in the area and (landlords are) taking advantage of that.“It’s making quite a number of tenants homeless and forcing them to camp or live in their cars or relocate.”Damage in the Whitsunday region in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. Source: Rhianna Loten-Hurst.QSTARS Mackay advocate Nikki Hancock agreed.“In some instances, landlords simply want to get their tenants out so that they can increase the rent,” she said.“Some tenants have reported only one room in the property being currently liveable.”The worst affected areas are Airlie Beach, Prosperpine, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and Bowen.Researching renting? Here are some videos to get you started:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:23Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPassive aggressive notes! The truth about share houses…02:23 Related videos 02:23Passive aggressive notes! The truth about share houses…01:57Save on rent but still live close to the CBD01:54VIC rental legislation changes: What does it mean for you?01:08Flatmates wanted! Top 10 hottest suburbs 01:35Renting in Australia: issues faced by tenants02:09Rental AffordabilityMs Hancock said tenants in properties that were completely or partly unfit to live in or where the amenity or standard of the property had decreased substantially were entitled to a decrease in their weekly rent to match the current condition of the property.Builders to the stars unveil new digsHamptons style home a hitQld leads demand for solar power“Instead we’re seeing tenants being forced to reside in half a property but still being charged the full weekly rent amount,” she said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoIt comes as the region braces for more severe storms and tropical cyclones forcast for the approaching summer.Ms Butschle said some properties still had structural damage to garage doors, windows and rooves, while others had water ingress, which led to mould growth.“Some houses are completely unliveable and we have found asbestos has been a big problem — either as a result of being disturbed by the cyclone or by repairs,” she said.Cyclone Debbie caused significant damage to property in the Whitsunday region. Source: Chris Patrick.Ms Hancock advised tenants to take photos and keep some visual evidence of the state of the property in case of protracted disputes.“We’ve had a number of tenants come to us telling us their properties are unliveable but they are afraid if they end their lease they will be liable for compensation to the lessor,” she said.“If you want to stay but the premises are destroyed or completely or partly unfit to live in because of damage, you are legally entitled to negotiate reduced rent with your lessor or agent. “Put any agreement in writing and keep a copy.”Damage on the streets the day after Cyclone Debbie hit Cannonvale. Source: Rhianna Loten-Hurst.If an agreement can’t be reached, the tenant can apply to the Residential Tenancies Authority for dispute resolution, and if that is unsuccessful, they can then apply to the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal for an order about the rent decrease.In instances where there was a dispute, Ms Hancock advised tenants not to withhold rent.QSTARS is a free program which provides tenants advice to manage and sustain their tenancy.It’s managed state-wide by Tenants Queensland and delivered in the local region by the Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre.To date, the Residential Tenancies Authority has received 11 requests for dispute resolution from the Whitsunday-Mackay area that specifically mention “cyclone”.An RTA spokeswoman said that represented only one per cent of the total number of calls for dispute resolution received across Queensland.“These figures show the vast majority of Queensland tenancies are successful, but when tenants and property managers/owners can’t agree the RTA is here to help with our free dispute resolution service.”last_img read more

Kershaw has ‘no worries or concerns’ about back injury

first_imgThe notoriously hard-working Kershaw said he made some adjustments to his workout routine as a concession to the mildly herniated disc that put him out of action last season — but only minor ones.“The routine has been a little different but it’s not drastic changes, which is great,” he said. “I still feel like I’m able to get the work I need. I’m just a little more aware of not pushing through stuff. But for the most part, it hasn’t changed.”At 28, Kershaw has spent time on the DL twice in the past three years and Friedman said the Dodgers’ medical staff was in frequent contact with him this offseason to monitor his work following last year’s back injury. His workouts might have changed as a result but the Dodgers’ expectations for Kershaw have clearly not.“I don’t think there’s any changes that would change his intent to put 200-plus innings on his body,” Friedman said. “There is nobody, I would argue, in baseball who does more in the off-season, between starts to put 200-plus innings on their body and be strong through October than he does.”WBC declinedKershaw said he gave “serious consideration” to pitching in the World Baseball Classic but decided against joining Team USA.“It’s an honor and I wanted to do it,” he said of the international competition. “But taking a lot of things into consideration, I just thought it was best for me not to do it.“It was definitely not a decision I took lightly. Just the respect I have for Joe (Torre, Team USA’s general manager and Kershaw’s first manager with the Dodgers), the respect I have for getting to put on that uniform, I didn’t want to take that for granted. It was tough.”NotesThe Dodgers are expected to put right-hander Yimi Garcia on the 60-day DL, clearing a 40-man roster spot for the addition of free-agent signee Sergio Romo. Garcia had Tommy John surgery in October and is not expected to pitch in 2017. The Dodgers have not made roster moves to add two other free agents, Chase Utley and Franklin Gutierrez, and probably won’t until closer to position players reporting Monday. … Friedman said the Dodgers are hopeful their latest Cuban signee, infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, will be cleared to travel next week and join big-league camp at some point. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw might not be indestructible. But he prefers to do things as if he were.The Dodgers ace arrived in spring camp Wednesday and said he has “no worries or concerns” about the back injury that sidelined him for 2 ½ months last season.Kershaw threw a bullpen session Wednesday as Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to camp. The first official workout is Thursday but several Dodgers pitchers had throwing sessions Wednesday.Kershaw said he had been throwing off a mound once a week since the start of January in preparation for spring training.center_img “I’ve been doing good,” he said when asked how his back had responded during offseason workouts. “I’m excited to give it a good test here in spring training.”Kershaw’s resolve remains unaffected by last year’s back injury. He said his goal is to “make every start this year” and he is not concerned beyond that.“I’m not a big futures guy,” he said. “I just want to pitch. … I’ll do whatever I can to make that next start. I’ll worry about the next years when I need to. If it costs me somewhere down the road, it does. But I’m here to make every start this year. I feel like that’s what I’m supposed to do.”Kershaw has made at least 30 starts in six of the past eight seasons — pausing only for the back injury last season (21 starts) and a strained muscle behind his shoulder in 2014 (24) — and topped 200 innings five times. Told that Kershaw’s goal was to make every start this year, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman smiled.“We’re in,” he said. “Sign us up.”last_img read more

Unmasking the serial killer

first_imgMonrovia- The epidemic Ebola is the most venomous of viruses often disguising itself as malaria, typhoid, flu, diarrhea, headache or a combination of the above or even more.Ebola has defied conventional medical protocols and brought to knees the healthcare systems of some of the countries where the epidemic is rife. It has exposed the lapses in the healthcare protocols of even some of the most advanced countries- case of the Texas nurses that treated Thomas Eric Duncan.However, Ebola comes with a strong but sobering message-that countries should focus energies on preventive healthcare.  Public healthcare systems should put their lenses on population health. Ebola has proven that the general well being of a population supersedes individual healthcare. Those at the lower end of the economic ladder who cannot afford basic healthcare coverage are often left unnoticed.Ebola is a serial killer that is indiscriminate in selecting victims. No one is shielded from the killer virus. Perhaps, if more efforts are concerted towards population health and preventive healthcare, there might be a decrease in the rise of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Similarly, diseases that tend to affect poorer countries would not be subjected to neglect but rather seen as a potential global health epidemic and would require solid attention.Global health bodies like the World Health Organization; the US Centers for Disease Control should align their efforts with frontline organizations like the Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse. Ebola is a serial killer that tears down everything in its path from the economy, socialization, cultural practices, education, and also poses a security threat.  In Liberia, one of the countries at the epicenter of the epidemic, mid-term elections for the senate are forced to be postponed because of fear of assembly of a huge number of people.Another vital lesson that Ebola has taught African governments is the need to prioritize the general healthcare of its citizens. Most public officials in Africa prefer medical services abroad, leaving their healthcare systems at home in shambles. The weak and poor are left with no choice but to attend those horrible facilities. This trend has to stop. There is no safe haven for Ebola. Healthcare systems of African governments should be upgraded and public monies directed at research to discover treatments/vaccines for such epidemics.In Liberia, where there are scores of persons reported to have survived the virus, such survivors should be sampled and their blood plasma tested for possible antidotes to the virus. In a recent report, Dr. Kent Brantly of the Samaritan’s purse relief who had survived the virus is reported to have offered his blood plasma to nurses in Texas. Laudable move! Perhaps Liberia has a chunk load for such experiments.It is also reported in Liberia of a medical doctor who had been treating his patients with antiretroviral drugs and recorded success stories. There is no yet known cure for the virus, thus experiments should not be dismissed but subjected to further research. Donors should direct funding to research to ensure donations are not just directed at paying experts but to find a remedy. Ebola has presented an opportunity to research and find treatments for other potentially dangerous infectious diseases and STD’s.Governments in Africa, especially in the region where the epidemic is raging, need to implement robust surveillance, information sharing, effective contact tracing, simple information dissemination and sending clear messages. Finger pointing and the blame game is naïve. As the virus has shown, it has the ability to travel, undetected, evading radars and screenings until it gets set to strike. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of October 24, there are total cases of 10141, Laboratory confirmed cases of 5692 and total deaths of 4922. This is scary.Healthcare systems should encourage community Health Workers (CHWs) through training and providing better incentives and insurance.  Trainings will unravel new techniques on unmasking the killer earlier and applying universal precautionary procedures.Governments should improve weak infrastructures like roads to enable ambulances to reach even the remotest parts of the countries to transport the sick. The fear of health workers potentially getting Ebola should not subject other patients to die of curable causes because healthcare workers are either poorly trained; incompetent, or lack insurance.The alarm is up and the serial killer is out there, staring at a panicked population, planning a next strike. Identifying the killer is a step in winning the war.While the war on Malaria and AIDS is yet to be won by Africa, she is confronted with an even deadlier Serial Killer that attacks on all fronts. She cannot fight them alone. The sooner the rest of the world realizes this, we’re all safe. About the Author:Lekpele Nyamalon lives in Monrovia, Liberia and can be reached at [email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more