Limerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and sound

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and soundBy Editor – June 10, 2013 753 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Sadia Coptu and her brother Adeel with Darcy.A VERY special four-legged friend has been reunited with the Limerick family whose lives have been changed by his arrival in their home.Darcy, a two-year old black labrador who is an Autism assistance dog, went missing last week and was the focus of a huge search campaign to get him back to his heartbroken owner, nine-year old Sadia Coptu.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mallow-based charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland launched a social media campaign to locate him.Clare dog warden and ISPCA welfare officer, Frankie Coote rescued the dog from a derelict building, where he had gotten in but could not  get out again.“Everyone was involved – taxi drivers, gardai, the public. I kept my phone on all night. I would always try very hard to find any dog that is reported missing but everyone helped and pushed even harder because this dog was owned by a child with special needs”.Darcy went missing in Ennis last week when the family stopped at a garage for a coffee. “There was a very loud noise and he just bolted. He was on the lead but got such a fright he just took off,” Frankie explained.Sadia’s mother, Miriam said the Dooradoyle family were delighted that Darcy had been found safe.“The changes that we have seen with Sadia since the dog arrived have been very important for us. Before, going to the beach or just going for a walk was hell because Sadia has no sense of danger – she would just run off or run on to the road. Now she sticks closely to the dog.“She has become very attached to him. We give Darcy commands and she follows him. It means we can do things as a family”, Miriam said. First Irish death from Coronavirus Email WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleA tasty Limerick dish for Celebrity MasterchefNext articleFoul play ruled out after grandmother’s body found Editor center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended TAGSautism assistance dogDarcyfeaturedFrankie Cootefull-imageSadia Coptu Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Immortals acquires Brazilian organisation MIBR, partners with Tinder and Betway

first_imgFinally confirming months of rumours and speculation, it has been revealed that North American organisation Immortals has acquired MIBR, a popular Brazilian brand that had previously been defunct for over six years. The return of MIBR as mysteriously announced on June 7th, pointing towards June 23rd as to when things would be made clear.As part of this announcement, Immortals also unveiled its new-found partnerships with location-based social app Tinder and online gambling platform Betway. These two brands have joined the likes of Razer, K-Swiss, and Mountain Dew.MIBR has acquired the roster that formerly competed under SK Gaming, who will relocate to Los Angeles to train at Immortals’ headquarters.Ricardo “boltz” PrassMarcelo “coldzera” DavidGabriel “FalleN” ToledoFernando “fer” AlvarengaJacky “Stewie2K” YipRicardo “dead” Sinigaglia (Coach)Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen (General Manager)Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and MIBR discussed the acquisition in a statement: “Brazil is incredibly passionate about esports, and this acquisition allows us to foster further esports growth in what we believe is still a relatively untapped market in Brazil and throughout South America. The MIBR brand creates a direct link to Brazil’s national pride and sports and entertainment culture. We are eager to invest in the Brazilian esports scene and to create a platform for the region’s amazing professional esports talent to continue to excel and dominate.”The deal with Tinder will see MIBR work alongside the app to connect fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive together through a series of both digital and live activations and campaigns – focusing on Tinder’s premium services, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold.Users of the aforementioned services in specific markets will receive special offers from MIBR “including opportunities to meet the team as they travel the world.” Other potential merits of the partnership include access to VIP after-parties after CS:GO Majors, limited edition merchandise, and video content through a new feature entitled “Tinder Gold Club”.Ari Segal, President & COO of Immortals and MIBR spoke on the partnership with Tinder: “We’re excited to work with a brand like Tinder that shares our vision for MIBR as an indigenous Brazilian brand with global reach and appeal for players, sponsors, content creators, and fans. MIBR competes around the world and will win around the world, and will be a truly multi-national fan base.“Tinder provides a portal to bring those fans together wherever the team might be and offers unique opportunities to connect over a shared affinity for Counter-Strike, gaming, and both digital and out of home entertainment.”Betway, a founding sponsor of MIBR, will have its logo placed prominently throughout the Brazilian organisation’s digital platforms, premium digital content, and other assets. Not only that, the Betway logo will firmly be placed on MIBR jerseys.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway discussed being involved with the organisations’s return: “Betway is delighted to support the revival of MIBR and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them in bringing CS:GO fans closer to the team through exclusive content. Esports is an extremely important part of our portfolio, and through the sponsorship of MIBR we will continue to cement ourselves as a significant part of the CS:GO community. We always strive to give back to esports fans by bridging the gap between the event and betting slip by producing great content and exciting markets in which fans can play.”MIBR is an acronym for Made In Brazil, reflecting the organisation’s roots in Brazil and tendency to only house Brazilian players. MIBR competed in both Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike 1.6 across its initial eight years of operation. The new-look, revived MIBR team will debut at ESL One Cologne on July 3rd-8th.Esports Insider says: As Noah Whinston said about Brazil and South America being untapped markets, it looks a strong move to revive a brand that was so prominent and iconic to many fans from these regions. The Tinder partnership certainly sounds interesting, especially with the typical ‘dating’ aspect of the app outshining the casual aspect, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the results. And nice to see Betway making more high profile moves in esports; their partnership with NiP has delivered some great content to date. Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Taylor Hall trade grades: New Jersey Devils lose out in deal sending star to Arizona Coyotes

first_imgAfter months of speculation amid a disastrous season in New Jersey, Devils general manager Ray Shero finally pulled the trigger by trading pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall to the upstart Arizona Coyotes. In the deal that also saw Blake Speers go to the desert, the Devils received three prospects, a 2020 first-round pick (top-3 protected) and a conditional third-round selection in 2021. New Jersey also retained 50 percent of Hall’s remaining contract, which expires on July 1. Hall, the 2018 Hart Trophy winner who turned 28 in November, is a former first-overall pick who began his career in Edmonton and was acquired by Shero for defenseman Adam Larsson in 2016. In his second year with New Jersey, Hall established career-best marks in goals (39), assists (54), and points (93), and he was critical that season in leading the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. He missed 49 games last season, however, and as the Devils failed to qualify for the postseason, questions regarding his future with the organization began to intensify. Although Hall has rebounded to lead New Jersey in scoring this season (25 points in 30 games), the Devils’ inability to get him to sign a contract extension, coupled with New Jersey’s terrible first half that led to the firing of head coach John Hynes, convinced Shero to open the phone lines and begin shopping his top performer. For Arizona, the move is just another example of the franchise strengthening its commitment to the community by adding more star power to their playoff-contending roster. Since 2017, GM John Chayka has shown a willingness to deal draft picks and prospects for high-priced talent. On Monday, he dipped into his prospect pool again, sending physical defenseman Kevin Bahl and AHL-tested forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr to the Garden State. Chayka also traded a first-round pick for the second time in three years.The prospectsKevin Bahl, defensemanAge: 19 | 6-7, 230 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2018 (55th overall)The most defense-oriented defenseman for Team Canada for the upcoming world junior hockey championship, Bahl is a big body with a long reach who on occasion will display good mobility and skate the puck out of harm’s way. The Ottawa (OHL) defenseman owns a very hard shot but projects more as a shutdown type than a defenseman who can provide consistent offense.Nick Merkley, forwardAge: 22 | 5-10, 195 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2015 (30th)A shifty, agile playmaker with a low center of gravity, Merkley has spent most of his pro career in the AHL (Tuscon) and when healthy, he has been one of Arizona’s most promising prospects. Unfortunately, injuries forced him to miss half of each of the last two seasons. This year, however, he looks healthy and ready for a full-time NHL role.Nate Schnarr, centerAge: 20 | 6-3, 180 pounds | Right-handed | Drafted: 2017 (75th)A versatile two-way center with size and strong stickhandling skills, Schnarr is a right-handed shot who starred for the OHL’s Guelph Storm, helping them win the league championship and a spot in the 2019 Memorial Cup. He can run a power play from the half-wall, but also has a hard shot if he mans the point. Schnarr is a very good penalty killer and wins big faceoffs in key situations. His skating is average, but his deliberate style suits him well and gives him the chance to carve up poorly-positioned opponents once inside the offensive zone.MORE: P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds could join Taylor Hall on trade blockGrading the tradeArizona: AThe Yotes can taste their first playoff berth since 2012. They sit in first place in the Pacific Division with 42 points and their 82 goals against is the second-lowest allowed in the Western Conference. Their attack has been more timely and opportunistic than it has been consistent, as they sit tied for 25th in shooting percentage (8.5 percent) and 5-on-5 scoring chances for (47.8 percent). Hall brings them a dimension they haven’t enjoyed in some time — an individual who can carry a line by himself while producing at close to a point-per-game rate. Arizona’s scoring by committee might work in the regular season but adding Hall ensures they have a bonafide star to lean on when the going gets tough. The fact that they were able to retain prized prospects Barrett Hayton and Victor Soderstrom, in addition to making New Jersey retain half of Hall’s remaining $6 million salary, makes the move even sweeter for Coyotes fans.New Jersey: C+You rarely win a trade when your team is in the doldrums and you are forced to move a star with an expiring contract. This was the situation Shero was in and while some might say he got the best deal available, the truth is that he’s had 37 draft picks since 2016 and is in desperate need of NHL-caliber support or anything resembling a goalie prospect — or both. Instead, he got three B-level prospects and a potential late first-round pick.The only team in the organization which benefits from this move is the AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Long-term, the biggest prize of this deal is the first-round pick with opinions on Bahl’s upside all over the place. Shero’s probably glad the deal is done and the team can move forward with Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier leading the way; unfortunately, he couldn’t trade his megastar for high-upside goal-scoring prospects who would compliment them.last_img read more

Boy found of presumed drowning at Drury Dam near South Haven

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments July 26, 2015 Update: KSN-TV is reporting that the search for a missing boy in the Chikaskia River is over. Deputy Fred Corley confirms a passerby spotted the body at 1:45 Sunday afternoon, according to———July 24, 2015 – by Shane Farley, — Search crews are continuing to look for a 16-year-old boy who is missing, and presumed drowned at Drury Dam near South Haven.A Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy confirmed a search was ongoing and that the boy had gone into the water late Friday afternoon.KAKE News reports that the missing teen and another boy were crossing the dam and then jumped from it.The second boy was found downstream and not breathing.That child, KAKE said, was revived by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital for further treatment.He was treated and later released.That dam is located along the Chikaskia River. Much of the area is private property, however the dam itself is part of a small park.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to drafting a strong fantasy football team, you want to be well prepared to kill the snake … draft. Between the pick you get in the lottery, who’s all playing in your league and the depth of offensive skill talent in the NFL, many things are different from one year to the next, and all the tips and advice you’ve received regarding draft strategy in the past need to be reevaluated.Of course, nothing should change the fact you should be in position to dominate the draft from the first round to the last. If you do the right amount of studying and practicing, you should come out with a winning team, no matter what. You should also lean on all the help and resources available to you, from player rankings to more in-depth analysis pieces to Fantasy Pros’ fully customizable mock draft stimulator. Here’s one more: A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to how you can get to that desired domination:2020 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy, Tips, and AdviceStart with a five-round plan of attackThe one thing you do know going into a 12-team fantasy football draft is that you will end up with five of the top 60 picks. Once you draw a selection between No. 1 and No. 12, it’s easy to think too much about that first pick and not about the other core four picks that follow in your snake drafts. In most leagues, these are the players who should consistently make up at least half of your weekly starters.A no-brainer first-round pick of an RB1 or WR1 means little if you don’t back him up with a bevy of support. Participate in mock drafts with your pick and league specifics to know what combinations of talent you can get so when you’re on the clock for real, you know your best options and how to audible if a pick doesn’t fall as you expected.This is the fantasy football version of your opening drive, and whoever scripts their first series the best usually ends up having the most success all season long.Go early and often with running backsRunning backs are back in fantasy football, so we’ve heard. The truth is, they never went anywhere.As catching the ball out of the backfield has become more vital in real life, there are more teams returning to versatile workhorses. Starting with the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey and the Giants’ Saquon Barkley, there’s a special group of high-touch backs to go after first. Then it’s a mix of power guys, who are dependent on chunk runs and touchdowns, and change-of-pace types tailored for the passing game.In your RB1-RB2 combination, you should have one dependable, often explosive back and one consistently complementary one. If you are required to start only two, you should draft five or six among your 17 total players. If you have a FLEX position, having up to seven backs is acceptable.The key with your backups is diversifying your portfolio: Drafting those with well-defined roles for early in the season and those with massive upside for the second half. Later, make sure you try to land whatever insurance you can, handcuffing your top backs or even someone else’s, depending on the injury history of said backs.There are a few durable rushers at the top, but there tends to be a lot of attrition tied to both fading veterans and injuries. Make sure you have enough hedged bets and lottery tickets when it’s time to scratch them.Get at least one elite wide receiverDid we mention it’s a passing league? Top-tier wideouts, such as Michael Thomas, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill, are so good catching passes from top-level quarterbacks that they serve as surer things than most running backs. They carry more top-24 weight in PPR leagues, but they are also standard studs.The key here is knowing your tiers across positions. With running back remaining a little deeper this year, you should take a receiver somewhere before the mid-third round. Should you start by picking No. 8 or No. 9 overall and then No. 16 or No. 17, it’s also OK to open WR-WR or even WR-TE with a combination starting of, say, Adams or HIll because that’s the better value play in relation to forcing a pick on a back.If you begin with a good baseline of a tried-and-true gamebreaker or two at receiver, it takes the pressure off hitting on all the right high-upside sleepers later. There also is less attrition at the position with most of the top players being durable, so you want to tap into wideout before the fourth-round dropoff.Know it’s OK to splurge at tight endThere are three tight ends in a class by themselves going into the 2020 season: Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and now, Mark Andrews. They are all going within the first 30 picks in most fantasy drafts, about a round and a half ahead of the Zach Ertz, Darren Waller and everyone else at the position.Kelce is often going as high as the early second round, while Kittle and Andrews are going in the late second or early third round. In standard leagues, Kelce was the No. 12 highest-scoring wide receiver or tight end last season, while Kittle was No. 28, Waller was No. 31 and Andrews was No. 32. In PPR, Kelce was the No. 18 non-quarterback while Kittle was No. 35, Waller was No. 37, Ertz was No. 42 and No. 48.Surrounding factors say Kelce, Kittle and Andrews should keep up their production in ’20, while Ertz and Waller might see a dropoff. The numbers then say they all are worth their ADPs. Because Kelce, Kittle and Andrews can produce like WR1s, they are luxuries worth landing if your pick falls right.If don’t get one of the top three early, the old adage of waiting late also applies nicely this year. The position is deeper with tight ends, such as Falcons’ Hayden Hurst, Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski, and the Dolphins’ MIke Gesicki, proving late TE1 value.Find the best values at quarterbackLamar Jackson and Dak Prescott were the top two quarterbacks in fantasy football overall last season. Before 2019 drafts, they were ranked as borderline QB1s, around 11th to 15th in most places. Ahead of 2020, Jackson and Prescott now are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, behind Patrick Mahomes.Expect someone in your league to jump on Mahomes and Jackson by the end of the second round. The quarterbacks right behind him in the rankings — Prescott, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Deshaun Watson — are all going around the late fourth and fifth rounds. The goal is to target the quarterback who will best outperform his ADP, period. That’s really the aim at every position, but it’s more easily accomplished here.When you take a QB early, it comes at the opportunity cost of passing on player at another position who has greater value in relation to others at his position. There’s no guarantee Mahomes and Jackson will be that much better than the next four, or Prescott, Wilson, Murray and Watson will outscore Josh Allen, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz and everyone behind them.Quarterback production tends to look very different from preseason projections. There are plenty of QBs ranked closer to or as QB2s that carry upside as solid QB1s. This year, familiar past high scorers, such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Ben Roethlisberger, are excellent values outside the top 10.Know why you’re taking a playerSounds simple, right? Make sure you’ve heard of the guy you’re taking in each round. Have a general idea of his talent level and what his potential role can be — both on his real team and your fantasy team. Don’t go for some shaky veteran WR5 when you can take a more valuable young RB4 who’s an injury away from big touches. You’re not taking a player because you like his name or where he went to college. You’re making every pick count with the intent that he can help you win a championship.Don’t be a slave to the rankingsWhile you do want to follow somewhat of a script early, be prepared to pivot and freelance a little once you see your early draft results develop. Are you happier about some positions more than others? If a player doesn’t excite you or can give you only limited help, don’t take him. Use your cheat sheet as more a rough outline than a stone tablet. Make sure your use your gut and make your draft your own. The one predictable thing about a fantasy draft is its unpredictability.Don’t be influenced by other picksThis is an addendum to the previous tip. During your draft, there are bound to be position runs or drafters going straight down the list, filling out their starting lineups before getting backups. Every pick should be your own. Don’t base it on what everyone is doing because you think that’s what you should be doing.Avoid getting too caught up in bye weeksOther than the exception of making sure not to take two quarterbacks who are off during the same week — Wentz, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, and Joe Burrow all don’t play in Week 9 — you don’t need to pay much attention here. Does it matter that Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon and Miles Sanders are all off in Week 9? If you can get two out of three early to have a loaded backfield, you would do it. Sure, you will have a tough go of it that week, but you will be in great shape the rest of the season. First and foremost, the goal is to have as much productive talent as possible, then worry about minimizing availability conflicts. Things also can change so much at the non-QB positions that a seemingly solid bye-week fill-in on draft day is a waiver-wire afterthought come Week 6. Know your byes so you are prepared during and after the draft, but obsessing over them is waste of energy.Embrace the stream with defensesThere’s always one defense that has a monster season. Last season it was the Patriots. The year before it was the Bears. In 2018, it was the Jaguars. But it’s hard for a defense to sustain a high level of playmaking (sacks, interceptions, TDs) in an offensive-minded league, especially if it faces a tougher set of matchups. In New England’s case, it lost a lot of pass-rushing pop in the offseason, won’t be playing with as many leads without Brady, and has a more difficult schedule.Don’t spend a pre-10th-round pick trying to outsmart everyone at D/ST. You can get fortunate with the next Patriots, Bears or Jaguars, but wait everyone out to try to get that unit. Look at the early part of the schedule to see who has the best matchups, and think about taking a second defense that can be of great service in subsequent weeks. That gets you ahead of the mad dash to get the D/ST everyone is recommending on the waiver wire. Most important, unless it’s evident you’re right on a team such as New England that can be a weekly play, treat the position as disposable and interchangeable.Take kickers in the last round (if your league still uses them)This position really should get the boot from fantasy football leagues for good. Besides, 2020 seems like an ideal year for that kind of cancellation. It’s lucky to win with your kicker and frustrating to lose because of your opponent’s kicker. We all know the best kickers are from the better offensive teams, making the weekly results random from that point. When you make your last pick, just go for someone accurate who can make a few long ones.last_img read more

Russian club trolls itself in its Twitter bio for being an easy CL draw

first_imgAdvertisement 9bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8f6ezxnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4kx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wfxpaWould you ever consider trying this?😱wvCan your students do this? 🌚rqzhtRoller skating! Powered by Firework FC Zenit was placed in pot 1 of the UEFA Champions League as they were the Champions of Russian Premier League in the previous season. However, the English version of the official club Twitter handle trolled itself in its Twitter bio for being an easy CL draw.Advertisement All the clubs in the other pots was wishing to have FC Zenit in their group as they were the easiest of all teams in pot 1. The admin of the English Twitter handle of FC Zenit wrote in the bio – “The Club They All Want In The #UCLDraw.” With this bio, the admin of the official English Twitter handle of FC Zenit literally mocked their own club in front of the whole world.Advertisement However, in the final draw of UEFA Champions League, FC Zenit got the easiest group of all in this season. They have been placed with the likes of Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig. FC Zenit have a great chance to go through to the next round of the Champions League in this season. Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig will now think that all have the equal chances of qualifying to the next round of the competition. The matches of this group are going to be really interesting.Rivaldo: “Messi deserves Ballon d’Or”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir calls for a day-night Ranji Trophy final

first_imgAdvertisement lxdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2m50uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eptlkj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4hWould you ever consider trying this?😱bln57Can your students do this? 🌚fnn8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has asked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to arrange a Ranji Trophy final under the floodlights following India’s successful maiden pink ball Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata. The match saw a massive attendance on the first three days and even tickets for day four was completely sold out in no time.Advertisement “I was at Eden Gardens and the Pink Ball Test was done really well by Sourav Ganguly and his team. There was just enough hype and drama around the game,” Gambhir wrote in a column.Advertisement “I was happy to see that fans’ interest was not compromised. I’d now request Dada to have a Ranji Trophy final with a pink ball.”The left hander also reckons that Virat Kohli should accept Australian skipper Tim Paine’s challenge to play a day-night Test at Adelaide next year. During the 2018-19 tour a pink ball Test was supposed to be held at the South Australian capital but India refused to play that game.Advertisement “I like the way Australia skipper Tim Paine has ‘flighted’ one for India captain Virat Kohli, challenging him to play a day-night fixture on the next tour Down Under. Knowing Virat he is not the one to back out.“And why should he? A day-night Test match between India and Australia at Brisbane or the MCG will be quite a spectacle. And you can trust Aussies to make it a truly memorable game by some smart marketing.“I haven’t seen Virat’s response for Paine but if I was him I would have straight away told him to make some late night babysitting arrangements as we were ready!” he concluded. Advertisementlast_img read more