first_imgNewsCommunitySinn Féin TD says ban on scramblers needed, as issues worsen during Covid-19 lockdownBy Cian Reinhardt – April 13, 2020 655 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Twitter Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Print WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Previous articleLimerick singer Cat Reynolds is Ever After HappyNext articlePublic asked to celebrate frontline workers with #MyHeroes campaign Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] TAGSanti social behaviourCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19News Maurice Quinlivan TDSCRAMBLERS need to be banned from Limerick’s housing estates because of the danger they pose to the public and are causing annoyance to local resident’s, Deputy Maurice Quinlivan, Sinn Féin has said.The Sinn Féin Deputy says he has been contacted by “countless residents” across the city about the scourge of scramblers in Limerick’s estates.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This issue isn’t new,” he said, “and Sinn Féin have previously brought forward legislation for them to be banned from being used on public land. Unfortunately, the government refused to act on this.“But now, as people are confined to their homes due to the Covid-19 lockdown, many are being subjected to constant noise and disruption from these scramblers. This is incredibly unfair especially when the extension of the lock down to May 5th at the very least.”The Limerick City TD believes the disruption caused by the scramblers is “adding to the challenge” parents have trying to keep their children inside and safe “when the children can look out the window and see others ignoring the public health advice and acting as if there is no pandemic”.“Also many elderly people are living in fear in their own communities,” said Deputy Quinlivan, “as they don’t want to venture outside for their bit of exercise within the 2km radius, when these people are on scramblers.“It’s already a difficult time for everyone, the last thing they want is this irritating and dangerous addition.“These scramblers are dangerous, extremely noisy and their use intimidates people, often results in public areas being destroyed and dug up, and they need to be banned.”The Sinn Féin representative said he has spoken to the Garda Superintendent in Limerick this week, and he hopes “the Gardaí will act on it.” Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Email Linkedin ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’last_img read more

first_imgGUYANA’S Shemar Britton secured a hard-fought title when he won the 2019 edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Reliability Maintenance Services Limited (RMSL) Super Singles Men’s Table Tennis Championships. The championships which attracted over 60 players started with the group and knock-out stage, November 30 – December 2, and climaxed on the evening of Wednesday December 5, 2019 at the National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.Players were pitted against the top-ranked players in Trinidad and Tobago, based on results in tournaments held in 2019 and those who advanced from the group and knockout stages, Each player was eager to stamp authority on the year-end championships to end the season on a high. A a result the contest saw some very close, tense, exciting, gruelling and thrilling matches.Britton entered the tournament just coming off victory with a silver-medal performance with Guyanese teammate Joel Alleyne in the WASA Open Team championships and champion in winning the Trinbago Men’s Singles Open in October 2019.Britton, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic prospect, described the victory in this championships as one of his hardest ever. He was stretched to the limit in securing four wins and one loss to finish as the player with the highest aggregate.On his way to victory, the Guyanese defeated Derron Douglas via a 3-2 margin, Aaron Edwards (3-0), Jessie Dookie (3-0), Arun Roopnarine (3-2), while his only defeat in the tournament came at the hands of Aaron Wilson (2-3).Regarded as one of the top players in the Caribbean, Britton who is the Caribbean U-21 male champion 2018, Caribbean bronze medallist, men’s singles and silver medallist, will break from studies on December 18, when he will return to Guyana for a short period, with plans to commence training and play in high level competitions in either Germany or China, with a view of preparing to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The Latin American qualification event for Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled for April 2020.last_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down sad day · 344 weeks ago Very well said Debbie. We need more people out there like you. We need more inforamional classes out there. You have the biggest heart and everyone who knew Larrissa has been forever changed. I know mine has. I miss seeing her smiling and cheering on the crusaders. This road has been so long for both families and there will probably be no peace in what happened because what has been done has been done. I pray as these days go bye you are able to heal. Remember Larrissa will never be gone because she’s an angle in heaven looking down on us. One day we will all be able to be home with our heavenly father and baby Larrissa. I pray Spencers son will be able to have a somewhat normal life as well. Rest in peace with our heavenly father Larrissa we all love you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down WHS fan · 344 weeks ago Bless you Debbie…I am not sure if I could have been as forgiving as you…My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family… Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Oh, boy… · 343 weeks ago 19 years for a murder of a 2 year old? Not enough. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down unjustice system · 343 weeks ago Such a sad outcome, only 19 years for taking an innocent child’s life…He had a chance to live his lafe and made a chioce to murder an innocent beautiful child. He should no longer have a right to be free. Last I checked you don’t murder the ones you “love” especially innocent children. Our “justice” system has fail Larrissa. He should of gotten a life sentence Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Christina · 343 weeks ago I must say,I don’t feel justice was served in this case. I pray for all to be able to heal from this, I know this has devistated us all, my son Darin and Kayla Murphy lost their child, my granddaughter, and they will have to live with that the rest of their lives. I feel bad for Spencer’s child, but reality, his child is alive and they will someday be back together. But my son and Kayla will never know how its feels to see Larrissa grow up or feel her hugs and kisses again. I feel no hate for anyone in this case, just hurt and disappointment. It is always said by people incarcerated that they have found God, but the truth to that will be when he is released.will he continue to follow God then or make more bad judgements? I feel heartache because I will never see my granddaughter grow and enjoy all the pleasures of life that the rest of us has enjoyed, I pray that we can all learn how to live and deal with what has happened. To Larrissa I love and miss you each and everyday. To my son Darin, just know Larrissa is always with us and she was a precious gift from God. To Kayla Murphy and the Murphy family God brought us together through this baby girl. May the Lord bring peace to us all. Last but not least to Spencer and his family, I pray very hard for you but be thankful you still have your child, and grandchildren. We are three families that will be haunted by this for the rest of our lives. Blessed Be, may peace be within us all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down justicewasntserved. · 343 weeks ago In this video debbie states that they are going to help mothers that need help…why didnt she help her own daughter? This abuse was going on before spencer was even around. I agree that spencer was guilty of neglecting this child but not murdering her. He has his flaws like every other person does but hes kot a baby killer. Where does kayla come in to play in all of this? She failed at the most important part of being a mother. She FAILED her babygirl. She started out on spencers side until they started looking at her too athen she dissapeared for months. Missed several court dates. Then she haf the nerve totell spencer that she forgives him…wow. He got 19 years for this, which he is willing to do because he knows he played a part in neglecting this child. But kayla and her family that knew of the abuse are walking free. But they will live everyday of their life knowing that they failed larrissa. They failed to protect her and keep her safe. One day they will go before god tho. Justice wont be served until kayla is in prison too. She didnt protect her daughter. She didnt keep her safe from the abuse. Even played a part in it. I can only pray they will look into thos more and see kayla for who she really is. Report Reply 1 reply · active 343 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 343 weeks ago What a horrible thing to say. Shame on you! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 343 weeks ago not enough time at all. Sure am glad he found god I didnt know he was missing. Set the POS free and I bet he wouldn’t go to church the next Sunday Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Lori · 343 weeks ago That pos is my son. Kayla and her family as well Darins family should feelshame. They didn’t protect the baby from their own daughter whom they never wanted to have her. I’m not battling with you hypocrites. Go make more you tube videos and stay in the spotlight. Kayla will mess up again now that she’s out of hiding. Find a Bible verse for that and leave my songs name out of you’re mouth. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago 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. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County District Judge William Mott sentenced Spencer Weikal, 25, of Wellington to 18.9 years in prison for the Nov. 29, 2011 death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster at district court today.Weikal pled guilty to:•second degree murder, a felony he will serve 186 months;•abuse of a child, a felony he will serve for 34 months;•endangering a child, a felony he will serve for 7 months. Mott ruled the charges will be “consecutive” instead of “concurrently” which means he will serve each sentence after the other instead of all at once.Weikal’s defense attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City had requested a concurrent month sentence.That sentence, considered the maximum under the sentencing guidelines for the charges, could be reduced by 15 percent based on good behavior. Weikal could get out of state prison in 16 years. He will be 41 if that comes to pass.“These standards don’t seem to be enough considering the circumstances of this incident,” Mott said.The sentencing was an emotional one for both family. Final word testimonies were given by Nicole Vargas, the sister of the mother Kayla Murphy; Debbie Murphy, the grandmother of Foster; Weikal himself and his mother, Lori Armstrong.“On my behalf, I express my deepest sorrow to the families,” said a tearful Weikal from the bench. “This has been a tragedy for her family, my family and the community… Larrissa, I love you and I miss you. You will always be in my heart.”Weikal expressed his desire to rehabilitate himself in prison and become a better person. He said he had found God and will make best of the situation.His mother also asked for forgiveness of his son.Murphy, during her testimony, sounded the theme for forgiveness but for just punishment as well.“Let it be known the distress, the anger, the magnitude of negativity that the loss of Larrissa has put on my family,” Murphy said to Weikal in court. “I have to tell you that it has torn us apart.”Full copy of her testimony is below.The alleged murder took place on Nov. 29, 2011 in which Foster was pronounced dead from abuse at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita (see story here). Subsequently, Weikal was arrested after fleeing the hospital and returning to his home in Wellington. He was apprehended and questioned.From that point forward, Weikal has been in custody as the legal process moved forward. He eventually pled no contest as part of a plea bargain arrangement between his attorney and the prosecution which reduced the murder charge from first degree to second degree. He pled no contest, considered a guilty plea in the eyes of the judge, in district court on Nov. 22, 2013. Judge Scott McQuin, who heard most of the testimony throughout the process, scheduled the sentencing for today. Mott, though, was in attendance for the sentencing.There was a question on the amount of restitution Weikal was to pay. Outside court costs, State Attorney General prosecutor Lee Davidson asked the judge for him to pay all of Foster’s medical expenses. Davidson did not have a specific amount though. Mott scheduled a restitution hearing for Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Weikal also did not have to pay for funeral costs because that was done by an anonymous donor.Mott also gave Weikal his guidelines for appeal for which needs to be completed in the next 14 days.Weikal appeared in a gray short sleeved shirt and a beaded necklace that according to Murphy was a gift and a reminder of Foster.The biggest question for today was whether Weikal would serve consecutive or concurrent sentences. If the judge would have ruled concurrently, it would have put his sentence at 15.5 years not counting time off for good behavior. The difference between consecutive and concurrent is 3.4 years.Williams asked for leniency for his client.“My client waived the right to a jury trial,” Williams said. “He did so out of the respect of the family. There were horrible details that no family member needed to hear… We are not asking for probation… Any sentence will be a long time resulting in 11 years of his life in prison. These are years in which most of us are building relationships, raising families and having a career that will benefit a person for the rest of his life. Mr. Weikal will instead be living these years in prison.”Davidson said because of the circumstances presented in court, Weikal deserved a maximum sentence.•••••The following is the written testimony and a post-court interview with Debbie Murphy. We were unsuccessful in getting the written testimony from Weikal:“I’ve spent many a day praying for wisdom to say the right words today. I knew that I wanted to express my thoughts and let it be known the distress, the anger, the magnitude of the negativity that the loss of Larrissa has put on my family, I have to tell you that it has torn us apart. Losing a grandchild is something I wish upon no one…. Losing a grandchild the way we lost our Larrissa leaves a hole in my heart; our hearts; that will never ever be completely mended…I can’t say that I haven’t been angry because I’ve been mad as hell. It would be easy to stay angry. Many of my friends and family members are. Maybe even madder today than they were on that awful day in November when we rushed to the hospital trying to understand what had happened. It is like a nightmare that gets played over and over with the same ending. No matter how much we want it to change… it doesn’t. It would be easy to wish the worse upon Spencer. Many of my friends and family members think that there is no punishment suitable enough. I understand this because it is human nature — an eye for an eye — is what we have been taught. Spencer you walked into our lives and changed us forever. You have taken our beautiful, lovable baby girls from us and you twisted our beautiful daughter’s mind and heart. You led us to believe you loved our girls. You told us you meant good and only wanted good. But you had some dark secrets that you neglected to mention. We are forever changed and filled with regret as actually you were someone that had no business being around kids – any kids. The worse part about this entire situation, no matter what happens today. No one wins. What’s done is done. Nothing brings our sweet, innocent, beautiful , precious baby girl back. All we have are our memories and a few photographs. So many people’s lives had been touch by Larrissa. They loved her! So many young people, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. They loved her. Now they do not get the chance to watch her grow and every day we all live with the realism that we could not save her from YOU!I have to be honest, my family and I want the maximum sentence allowed. We want justice served. We all must be responsible for our actions. Consequently, I feel responsible every day of my life that I did not keep my Larrissa safe. A guilt I will take to my grave, trust me. And yes, my daughter Kayla has guilt beyond imagination for this situation as well. Will her life ever be the same? No, it will not. Did she make a few mistakes along the way, yes, she trusted you. Did she and Darrin deserved for their daughter to be taken forever? No, they did not. The bible tells us in Ephesians 4:31-31: Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. As hard as it is, this is what I am doing my best to follow. I have been forced to think about forgiveness. Some think forgiveness in this situation is unspeakable. Some of my friends are angry with me because I cannot hold a grudge. You wear the beads around your neck and I pray that you know what this gift offers you. This gift can set you free and gives you the opportunity to help your family and loved ones understand what happened. What happened was not Larrissa’s fault and you know it. We all know that she did not deserve what happened. I forgive you Spencer. I forgive for Larrissa’s honor. I forgive for myself and my family. I do not want her memory fogged with hate, child, abuse and yes even murder. I want it to be of smiles, giggles, and little girl dresses, tutus and dollies. I want smiles not hate friends. I want punishment to be given and life to go on. I want my family to find a way to function in togetherness, understanding, and unconditional love. I’m hoping, maybe just maybe, a glimmer of this will appear once justice has been served. I do not want the hate and bitterness in the hearts of so many to continue. I do not want the ugly and hurtful words that have been spoken loud and clear to keep coming. I want the alternate blame, the excuses. I want them to stop. Nothing brings Larrissa back. I pray that there are people listening and learning from our mistakes. Learning from this tragedy. No child deserves a death like Larrissa experienced. No child deserves to be beaten. God bless everyone who is listening. Pray for my family. And yes pray for Spencer and his family. Especially pray for his baby boy Karson. I hope his life is good as it can be. I pray our sweet angel Larrissa is watching over him as she loved him so much. As I said, no one wins today.”  last_img read more