Prostitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streets

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Print Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsProstitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streetsBy admin – November 18, 2012 594 Previous articleIreland defeat Fiji at Thomond ParkNext articleHome help cuts “must be reversed” admin THEY had been promised a ‘completely different life’But prostitutes operating in the Catherine Street area of Limerick city in October 2011 and again last May ended up on criminal charges before Limerick District Court last week. 20-year-old Alexandra Chera and 23-year-old mother of one, Larisa Sturzea, who was pregnant while working as a prostitute, had been promised a “totally different life than what it turned out to be”, when they left Romania and came to Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They were charged with loitering to solicit or importune others for the purposes of prostitution on dates in May. Both women pleaded guilty to the charges.Murish Gavin solicitor for Ms Chera said his client was a 20-year-old woman who “was promised a totally different life than what it turned out to be and now she just wants to finalise these matters and go home”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly convicted Ms Chera of the prostitution charge and applied the Probation act after he heard that she had made contact with certain services with a view to returning to Romania shortly.However, the court heard that Ms Sturzea, who had since moved to Dundalk, was not in a position to return to Romania as her three-month-old child was subject of a HSE care order. However she did have access and contact with the infant.Judge O’Kelly heard that the accused had now “regularised her life” and he adjourned the matter until May 9 and remanded her on continuing bail. Emaillast_img read more

Wildfire rages across California wine country

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Wildfires are erupting across California as dry air, dangerous winds and high temperatures take over the Golden State. The Kincade wildfire began in Sonoma County in Northern California’s wine country Wednesday night. As winds reached up to 76 mph, the blaze exploded to 10,000 acres overnight.Cal Fire spokesperson Amy Head said the fire is wind driven and it’s hard for crews to keep up. “We just can’t keep ahead of it….we are almost chasing it and trying to catch up with it,” she said Thursday morning.The community of Geyserville is under mandatory orders to evacuate immediately, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office warned Thursday morning. The fire is 0% contained and the cause is under investigation.In Southern California, winds are expected to be even stronger due to the higher mountain range, creating Santa Ana winds.A heat advisory has also been issued for Southern California with temperatures in the 90s from San Diego to Los Angeles. Dry air, high temperatures and winds all contribute to the spread of wildfires.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Olympic hopeful trades sneakers for Army fatigues, all in the name of country and giving back

first_img Written by September 24, 2018 /Sports News – National Olympic hopeful trades sneakers for Army fatigues, all in the name of country and giving back FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Sam Chelanga did not want to be a runner; it just happens to be his life story.“When I’m running, I feel relaxed and I feel appreciative of where I’ve gone so far and it’s a way for me to remind myself to not forget how far I have come,” he said.Sam Chelanga said that life was tough and that he wanted to get out of his poor, rural village in Kenya. His mother passed away when he was young and then his father fell ill. One of 12 children, Sam Chelanga said he had to look for ways to survive. Opportunity was scarce and he wanted to go to college.“I thought maybe I could get like a law degree and then go back and help my family,” he said.But, college seemed out of reach. Then, he met a friend through his brother who told him about running and getting a scholarship in the U.S. Sam Chelanga’s older brother Josh Chelanga was a marathoner. His friend was professional Kenyan runner Paul Tergat. Tergat saw something special in Sam Chelanga and offered him the chance of a lifetime.“I looked at him and I said, ‘I don’t think I can run. I’ve never run. And, I’m not even good,’” Sam Chelanga said. He didn’t want to follow in his brother’s footsteps. He didn’t enjoy running. Yet, Tergat persuaded him to come to Nairobi for a camp with world-class runners.So, off Sam Chelanga went to the running camp, where he trained for about a year and a half. He won a scholarship and a one-way plane ticket to the U.S. He boarded the plane determined, he said, to use his good fortune to help his community.For a year, he attended and ran track for Fairleigh Dickinson, a private and nonsectarian university in Teaneck, New Jersey.“I did very well,” Sam Chelanga said, “(but) I just wasn’t true to myself because I never went to church. I wanted to go to Christian school.”In the fall of 2007, he transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; however, because he’d left Fairleigh Dickinson before his scholarship allowed — to the university’s distaste — he had to sit out a year at Liberty before he could run on its team.“It was the first decision I ever made by myself in my life and the best one,” he said. “My life took off at Liberty. … I started getting better in running. That’s when I started winning like NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) nationals.”At Liberty, he quickly became a legend, holding the NCAA record in the 10,000 meter. He won several national titles and was responsible for Liberty’s winning four of its six national titles in its history of track and field.“I definitely felt like he had a chance to be an Olympian someday,” said Liberty coach Brant Tolsma.Sam Chelanga said he wanted to race in the Olympics for the U.S. but learned that he’d need a green card, making him a permanent resident. He started the process for U.S. citizenship but, before he could get a green card, he found love with college sweetheart Marybeth Carlson, a member of his cross-country team. The two eventually married. Marybeth Chelanga said she’d grown up in love with Africa, plastering her walls with maps and pictures of people in remote villages.“She was really nice and she wanted to know about my village,” Sam Chelanga said.Marybeth Chelanga helped him stay the course with running and giving back. In 2011, he graduated from Liberty and soon afterward was offered a contract and salary from Nike. The company paid for his travel and training.“Everybody in the track and field world realizes that Sam signing with Nike was, was a big deal,” said Liberty coach Clendon Henderson.“There (were) moments that I looked at myself and I said, ‘There must be a reason why I’m being blessed like this,’” Sam Chelanga said. Sam Chelanga said that every Christmas, he’d pick 10 struggling families to sponsor but felt inspired and motivated to do more. Marybeth Chelanga said that people in his village were getting sick, specifically from typhoid because of the water, so they started brainstorming ways to help.“We wanted to drill a well. … It’s a lotta money,” Sam Chelanga said.So instead, with the help of Marybeth Chelanga’s father, he came up with different plan: water filters.“It’s like a giant Brita filter and it works,” Sam Chelanga said.“Each one serves three to four families. And, right now, we have about 100 filters,” Marybeth Chelanga said. “We’ve heard reports that typhoid is no longer in their community.”Marybeth Chelanga said becoming a U.S. citizen was always in view for her husband.“I knew how hard I worked in Kenya and how hard I worked here,” he said. “It’s not that I was special or anything. It’s just the U.S. system worked really well to nurture my talents. … That’s why I wanted to become a part of it.”In 2015, Sam Chelanga crossed a different type of finish line: He was approved to become a U.S. citizen. When the Olympic trials came along, he ran and finished sixth in the 10,000 meter.But an Olympic uniform wasn’t the only uniform that Sam Chelanga had in mind.“I said, ‘You know, I wanna go to the Olympics but if I didn’t do the running, I would go to the Army. I really wanna go to the Army,’” Sam Chelanga said that he’d told his wife. “And she was like, ‘Wow. Really?’ I say, ‘I do.’”Marybeth Chelanga said the two planned for him to run two more races before he joined the Army.“It literally all happened this summer,” she said. “Now, he’s in basic training.”  After seven years at Nike and at the height of his career — and some of his best years still ahead of him — Sam Chelanga reported to Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. He was met with a lot of blank stares, he said.“People thought it was crazy,” he said.“What he’s giving up is, you know, a lotta fame and glory and money and success and comfort. And to give up all of that is pretty hard to understand,” Henderson said.Sam Chelanga said Nike had even offered to renew his contract and a friend had offered him a job.“I just really wanted to do this (join the Army),” he said.So at the age of 33 — more than a decade older than the average trainee — Sam Chelanga started basic training at Fort Jackson.“Age is just a number. If you wanna do something, (you) just have to do it. I don’t even think about (it) every day. I don’t even know how young those guys (are). … Nothing really with basic training comes easy,” he said. “It’s just like running. It’s not supposed to be fun.” Sam Chelanga said the only hard part was missing his family.Marybeth Chelanga, who moved in with her parents temporarily for extra support in Georgia, said their oldest son misses Sam Chelanga a lot. She is now expecting their third son.“I think, in the long run, that’s the whole point of sacrifice,” she said. “I’m willing to miss him, even though it’s super painful. … My parents are super helpful. It’s nice having grandparents around.”The family will be reuniting soon after Sam Chelanga completes basic training. He will begin officer school in Georgia in October.Sam Chelanga said without the U.S., he would not be where he is today. And as thankful as he is to be an American, he said he still cherishes his homeland. He hopes to serve both countries as well as he can.“The reason Sam wanted to go to a university, or then become a runner, was always to help his family,” his wife said. “So the more he’s (been) given, the more he tries to find ways to give to others.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Train Hits, Kills Person in Syosset

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was fatally hit by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train east of the Syosset station at the start of the Tuesday morning rush-hour commute.The victim was struck and killed shortly after 5 a.m. by 4:55 a.m. train from Port Jefferson due in Hunterspoint Avenue at 6:37 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.Service was suspended in both directions between Huntington and Hicksville on the Port Jefferson Branch for several hours before being restored at the end of the peak rush.MTA police are investigating the cause of the incident, which came one day after another person was struck by a train in Wyandanch.last_img read more

Franklin County POW to be honored this weekend

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2014 will honor Myron Gehring. The 96-year-old is the only living Franklin County resident to have been a prisoner of war during World War II or the Korean Conflict.The public is invited to the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 26 West Eighth Street in Brookville.last_img

Hazard wants to become Real Madrid ‘Galactico’

first_img“It is a different level. I had a lot of success with Chelsea and I want to win a lot with Madrid as well. Just to be here is a new challenge.”Hazard admitted Zidane was also a key factor in his decision.“Everyone knows Zidane was my idol growing up,” he said. “That he is the coach has been an important factor but not the only one. I already wanted to play here.“I was a kid playing football in the garden with my brothers when I began to be a Real Madrid fan.“Then I went to France, then to England, but being a Real Madrid player, wearing this shirt, it is an honour. I can’t wait for the season to start.”The shirt Hazard wore in front of the fans came without a number and he admitted he had told Mateo Kovacic at Chelsea to ask his fellow Croatian, Luka Modric, about the number 10.“I have been able to talk to Modric through Kovacic and I was joking when I asked him to lend me the number 10,” Hazard said. “He said no, so I’ll have to find another number.”Hazard scored 110 goals in seven seasons at Chelsea and was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year four times.At the end of the 2014-15 season, he was awarded both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.“In football you can always improve, you never reach your limit,” Hazard said.“There is always room to do better, both individually and collectively. I am in a good moment of my career, but this team can allow me to raise the bar even further.”Share on: WhatsApp Eden Hazard unveiled at Santiago Bernabeu. PHOTO via @realmadridarabMadrid, Spain | AFP | Eden Hazard said on Thursday he wants to become a ‘Galactico’ at Real Madrid and believes he is joining the club at the perfect moment in his career.Hazard was unveiled in front of around 50,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu after the Belgian’s long-awaited move from Chelsea was confirmed last week.“I’m not a galactico, not yet, but I hope I will be one day,” Hazard said in a press conference afterwards.“Despite everything I’ve done in the past, it will be like starting again from zero. I’m not a galactico, I’m Eden Hazard, just a very good player.”Madrid will pay Chelsea an initial 100 million euros for Hazard, with another 45 million due in potential add-ons for the 28-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract with his new club.Hazard admitted Madrid made a move for him after the World Cup last year but insisted this was the right time to leave Chelsea.“I don’t think it is too late, I am 28 years old, the best moment for a player,” Hazard said.“I have had various phases of my career, at Lille and Chelsea, and now I felt the time was right to join the best club in the world.”Madrid struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo last season and Hazard will be tasked with helping to fill the void.Despite the arrivals of Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy this summer, he is the first statement signing since Zinedine Zidane was reappointed in March.“When you play for a team like Real Madrid there is not one single star, the team is the star,” Hazard said.“I have been at Chelsea for seven years, but now I am the new guy in the team and I will try to contribute as much as possible.”Asked if he wanted to become the best player in the world at Real Madrid, Hazard said: “I will try but first I will try to be in the best team in the world.last_img read more