Garda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challenge

first_imgLimerick Divisional Chief Superintendent Dave SheehanTHE fear and consternation caused by crime in rural communities is one of biggest challenges facing Gardaí, a divisional neighbourhood watch and community policing meeting has been told.Addressing representatives from communities all over County Limerick, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheehan said that “one of the biggest problems that we as an organisation have to face up to is the whole concept of fear of crime.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You can go to an area and one major burglary or something like that can cause absolute consternation in the community.“It could be your neighbour who is elderly, it could be your neighbour who is young, it doesn’t really matter.“But the reality of that is the stigma that is attached, not only to the person but to the community that’s involved, is very hard to shake off.“What happens after that is that when the media get hold of some of these things and all of a sudden we are firefighting to try to say that maybe things are not as bad. I’m not being critical of the media but we are not good at getting out the factual information to let you know what is actually happening on the ground”, he said.The meeting in the Woodlands House Hotel was to “encourage constructive community participation in policing, to promote responsible community engagement or involvement and, to assist in the promotion of good crime prevention.”The Chief Superintendent warned that the “perception that comes from the ground” can often be misleading as to the actual crime statistics for an area.“We have made in-roads in dealing with crime and although the closure of rural Garda stations accentuated the fears of crime, we have made ground against criminals in a number of avenues”.Outlining the 2,766 sq km area that the Limerick Garda Division covers, Chief Supt Sheehan said that “we could do with a few more Gardaí when you see that the national average of people to Gardaí is 157 to 1 member. In Limerick however it is 366 members of the public to every one Garda within the division.”Chief Supt Sheehan revealed that there has been a slight increase in the numbers of crimes reported from 2014 to 2015.The amount of property seized has also increased.However, crimes against the person saw a 30 per cent increase while weapons offences dropped by 24 per cent.There was a 50 per cent reduction in aggravated burglaries from 2014 to 2015, following what Chief Supt Sheahan described as the “excellent garda work in bringing to justice those perpetrators of the attacks in Pallasgreen and surrounding areas”. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleReginald D Hunter: stand-up, sex appeal and soulNext articleTV – Something for the weekend Sport on TV Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Twittercenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsGarda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challengeBy Staff Reporter – May 26, 2016 1064 Advertisement TAGSAn Garda SíochánaCrimeDave SheehanGardalimerick Linkedinlast_img read more

Josh Reddick did not change anything during August slump

first_img“At the same time, the team was winning. That made it a lot easier to cope with.”Things turned in late August. Reddick stopped hitting the ball as hard. He was “rolling over and striking out” and the frustration started to show in his body language. That was just the darkness before the dawn.Reddick started to come around during the Dodgers’ trip to Colorado at the end of August. In his final 24 games of the season, he went 29 for 76 (.382) with a .946 OPS.“I know I’m a really good hitter,” Reddick said. “I know that and I can help this team out a lot. It just hasn’t really been the case where I’m the guy carrying the team for a week. But that doesn’t seem to be the case of how it works on this team, one guy carrying the team. … That’s what’s great about this lineup. It can be scary good when it starts clicking on all cylinders.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is likely to continue spelling Reddick with Yasiel Puig against left-handed pitching (such as Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez). Nonetheless, he recognizes Reddick is a valuable cylinder to have clicking.“It’s been a huge game-changer for us,” Roberts said of Reddick’s turnaround. “There are certain guys in the lineup who make you go. But when Josh was really scuffling, punching out way more than he’s used to, not making a lot of hard contact, there was a little void.“Right now, he’s got his legs under him. He’s taking good swings and barreling a lot of baseballs up. He’s always been a righty killer and we’re going to see our fair share of right-handers (in the post-season).”Closer callsThe 2016 postseason was just one game old when a manager (Baltimore’s Buck Showalter) was being second-guessed over how he used, or didn’t use, in Showalter’s case, his closer.Roberts said he watched the American League wild-card game Tuesday night and was surprised Showalter didn’t go to his closer, Zach Britton, against the Blue Jays, a decision for which Showalter is being roundly criticized.For his part, Roberts said he would not hesitate to use his closer, Kenley Jansen, to get more than three outs during a playoff game.“That’s certainly something we’ve talked about,” Roberts said. “I know Kenley is open to whatever we think is best for the team. Depending on the game situation. And in the postseason managers are typically more aggressive. It’s likely if it’s called for.”Roberts went to Jansen for “one-plus” saves six times during the regular season. Jansen converted four of the saves and blew two.Game 2The Nationals have announced who will throw out ceremonial pitches before Game 1 (Livan Hernandez) and Game 2 (Drake and Adam LaRoche) in Washington. But Nationals manager Dusty Baker has yet to announce his starting pitcher beyond Game 1 (Max Scherzer).As recently as Tuesday, Baker said it was “unsettled” who would follow Scherzer in the rotation. The choice is between right-hander Tanner Roark and Gonzalez, the lone left-hander in the Nationals’ rotation.If the Nationals do not start Gonzalez in Game 2, the Dodgers would face a left-handed starter just once in the best-of-five series despite finishing last in the majors in nearly every offensive statistic against left-handed pitching, including the lowest team batting average against lefties (.213) over a full season in 45 years. “I learned that probably last year,” Reddick said of his ‘less-is-more’ approach to problem-solving. “For the most part, when I’m going well, my cage work is limited to almost none at all. Pregame, right before the game, I go in there and do my routine.“I just told myself, ‘When I’m going well, I’m doing this.’ Then why am I going to do more when I’m struggling? My swing is going to be the same. There might be one switchup that I do. I might grab a short bat or do one new drill to get me back on track. I just realized that’s what it takes. If I’m not doing so much work when I’m going well, then I want to do the same thing when I’m not doing so well.”Reddick had two things that helped keep him from the natural urge to over-react to his slump: The Dodgers were winning without him and he was hitting the ball hard. The first gave him cover; the second gave him confidence.“I think that was the first time in my career I’ve struggled while hitting the ball so hard,” he said. “I think I was told for the whole month of August I had the highest exit velo(city) off the barrel with the lowest batting average.”That dubious honor wasn’t something Reddick wanted to hold for long. But “it told me I was doing everything right. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> August “wasn’t the worst time I’ve ever had in baseball,” Dodgers outfield Josh Reddick said. But it is definitely on the short list.“For that long of a time, you can’t help pressing and trying to do too much,” said Reddick, who went 11 for his first 79 at-bats with one extra-base hit and no RBIs in his first 23 games with the Dodgers.But Reddick found his way out of it by doing the hardest thing a slumping hitter can do: Nothing.He didn’t tinker with his swing. He didn’t change his stance or approach. He didn’t change his daily routine. He didn’t make any offerings to the baseball gods, though a statue of Jobu (the mythical god of slump-busting from the movie “Major League”) did appear in his locker.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NHL trade news: Penguins deal Phil Kessel to Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect

first_imgTRADE ALERT: The Penguins have acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph from the Coyotes in exchange for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.Details: https://t.co/fe3DWHBZCc pic.twitter.com/9W8jtdXzW1— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 30, 2019Arizona has sent center Alex Galchenyuk and prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph to the Penguins in return. There has been no money retained in the deal.“First and foremost, I want to thank Phil Kessel for his contributions to the Penguins,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a press release. “He was a key component to our success in winning back-to-back Stanley Cups. We couldn’t have done it without him, and for that, we are grateful. With that being said, we are excited to welcome a young, skilled player in Alex, and add depth to our defense with first-round draft pick Pierre-Olivier Joseph.” Related News The Penguins have reportedly been trying to move Kessel for the better part of a couple of years.The 31-year-old has three years remaining on the eight-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Maple Leafs in 2014 and the Penguins believe that money could be better used elsewhere.Pittsburgh reportedly had a deal done with the Wild to send Kessel to Minnesota, but the winger nixed that agreement and remained with Pittsburgh for a short time.Players like Kessel don’t wind up on the market very often as he has averaged 63 points per season in his career and has eclipsed 80 points four times.He was a part of two Stanley Cup winning teams with the Penguins, but they underachieved last season and Rutherford wants to make some serious changes to the roster.Kessel will likely be the absolute biggest name on the move. NHL trade rumors: Wild have ‘proposal on the table’ to acquire Phil Kessel from Penguins Phil Kessel trade news: Penguins GM confirms team not shopping veterancenter_img As for Arizona, it has been linked to several big free agents, though it is unclear if it has an actual shot to get any of them.The trade for Kessel, though, is a surefire way to land an impact player and the Coyotes are very happy to get this deal done. The Coyotes have been trying to make moves this offseason and this one certainly qualifies as a big one.Pittsburgh dealt Phil Kessel, a 2021 fourth-round pick and Dane Birks to Arizona, the Penguins announced Saturday.last_img read more