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Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) 2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileBychemex Limited is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac & Co. Limited and specialises in the manufacturing and sale of specialized chemical products and auxiliaries for the textile industry in Mauritius. Bychemex Limited handles its operations through the segments of textile auxiliaries, bleaching and dyeing chemicals, and scouring chemicals, where the company produces detergents, wetting agents, anti-crease agents, sequestrates, dispersants, and softeners, hydrogen peroxide, brine solution and caustic solutions. Bychemex Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.
The SaintsBoot-iful workElliot Daly reminded everyone what a fine player he is with a display of terrific goal-kicking and some decent contributions in open play too, as Wasps beat Gloucester 23-3 in the Aviva Premiership clash at the Ricoh Arena.Ten minutes into the game, Daly landed a 56-metre penalty for a 3-0 lead, then another of the same distance to make it 13-0 and a kicked third from just inside the Gloucester half to take the lead out to 16-0 after 33 minutes. Rainy conditions made his achievement all the more remarkable, because it meant the ground under his feet was slippery, but he hit those three kicks strong and true. Gloucester fans will want it noted that the first two penalties against them were extremely harsh, but no one can argue with Daly’s skill in kicking them. He also played a part in a superb running move which set up what was probably the try of the weekend, scored by Christian Wade. At the double: Alex Grove scored two tries for Worcester Warriors (Photo: Getty Images) Back to his roots: Nigel Owens in action at Gowerton v Crymych. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)There’s only one OwensA week after referee Nigel Owens was laying down the law to Richie McCaw and Stephen Moore during the World Cup final at Twickenham, he was wielding his whistle in very different circumstances at the Swalec League One West match between Gowerton and Crymych. Presumably his bosses at the Welsh Rugby Union wanted to make sure his feet were still on the ground, and rather than taking umbrage at the appointment and withdrawing with a tweaked calf muscle, Owens showed his customary good humour on Twitter.“Is the roof shut for Gowerton v Crymych today? I need to know what hair wax to put on you see ha #grassrootsrugby” he tweeted on Saturday morning. Chances go beggingAs the season progresses, plenty of players will feature in this column for missing potentially match-winning place kicks and the first to fit that bill is Sale’s Danny Cipriani. He showed plenty of good touches during their battle with Harlequins but missed a kickable penalty in the 71st minute and scuffed a last-ditch drop-goal attempt. If either kick had found the target, like Cipriani’s two conversions had earlier in the game, Sale might have won. Instead it was Quins who took the four points. Grove in the grooveTwo tries from former Scotland centre Alex Grove helped Worcester Warriors to a 28-20 win over Newcastle Falcons. Grove crossed twice in the first half as the Premiership newcomers amassed a 28-17 lead before half-time, and secured a four-try bonus point.Plaudits also go to Sale Sharks’ Sam James who capitalised on some great work from Danny Cipriani and used his strength to touch down under great pressure from Harlequins in Friday evenings’ match. His score took the Sharks to within striking distance of their visitors, but Harlequins ended up 16-14 winners. Points machine: Rhys Patchell had his kicking boots on for Cardiff Blues. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)Tens on targetOn a weekend dominated by kicks more than tries, Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell certainly did his bit to try to engineer a Guinness Pro12 win over Glasgow Warriors, but his team fell short, losing 35-30.Patchell kicked six penalties and, as if that wasn’t enough, made a try-saving tackle on Finn Russell, showing a great turn of pace to chase him back and hauling him down a few metres short.Exeter Chiefs’ No 10 Gareth Steenson scored all of his team’s points in a 19-6 Premiership win over Leicester. He ran in a try in the sixth minute, converted it and added four penalties.Meanwhile, in Dublin, outside-half Ian Madigan amassed 14 points, kicking four penalties and a conversion as Leinster ended Scarlets’ 100% start to the season, beating them 19-15 at the RDS Arena. TAGS: Highlight It’s back! Saints and Sinners took a break during the World Cup, but we are back in business now, so welcome to the first weekly round-up of the champs and chumps from the weekend’s Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 matches, and beyond. The SinnersThree in the redA trio of Aviva Premiership players were shown red cards at the weekend. First to go was London Irish scrum-half Brendan McKibbin who needlessly stamped on Bath prop Henry Thomas in the 20th minute of their match. Irish were driving towards the Bath try-line and McKibbin jumped over Thomas in one direction, but then stepped back across him again and clearly planted his boot on the prop’s shoulder area. The Exiles were 10-0 down at the time and ended up losing 45-14.Early bath: David Halaifonua (pink boots) of Gloucester heads for the dressing room. (Getty Images)Two more red cards were shown in Sunday’s Wasps v Gloucester match. First to go was Gloucester wing David Halaifonua, dismissed for a high tackle on Bradley Davies in the 45th minute. The hit was also a little late and as Gloucester were 16-0 down at the time, to go a man down was the last thing they needed.They went on to lose 23-3, with Wasps’ tighthead Lorenzo Cittadini being dismissed by referee Ian Tempest with seven minutes to go after stupidly throwing two punches at Billy Twelvetrees when he and the centre were contesting the ball on the floor after a tackle. Twelvetrees actually tried to say he felt a red card was too harsh a punishment, while Cittadini compounded his mistake by arguing as he left the pitch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gowerton welcomed treble their usual crowd, as the locals turned out to see Owens in action, and the home side won 28-18. Owens took to Twitter again on Sunday to say: “Gowerton v Crymych were a credit to grass roots rugby yesterday. Great game. Well done both teams a pleasure to ref”. What a legend. Hits and missesNew Harlequins wing Tim Visser experienced the highs and lows of Premiership rugby on his home debut. During the first half of Quins’ clash with Sale Sharks the Scotland wing dropped a high ball from Danny Cipriani and thereby let Dan Braid in for a try.However, he made amends, helping Quins to win the match 16-14 by crossing the whitewash to score his first try for the west London club. He Tweeted afterwards: “Relieved to get my first try on home debut after missing that high ball in the first half #COYQ”Making amends: Tim Visser dives over for his first try for Harlequins. 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More Information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301162 2019National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program Department of AgricultureAward Ceiling: $200,000Application Deadline: April 30, 2018Description: The Urban and Community Council seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests. Having trees within communities of all sizes improves the public’s health, well-being, and economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. 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This grant is in response to the Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) challenges outlined in the 2016 update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.More Information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300558Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Bureau of Justice AssistanceAward Ceiling: $1,000,000Application Deadline: May 1, 2018Description: This grant is to support community- and faith-based programs that support people who are re-entering communities from incarceration. Programs should target people who are at medium to high risk of re-offending, with the goal of reducing recidivism and improving public safety. The program should:Develop comprehensive case management plans that directly address criminogenic risks and needs, as identified by validated criminogenic risk assessments.Include delivery or facilitation of services in a manner consistent with participants’ learning styles and abilities.Demonstrate increased collaboration between community- and faith-based organizations, and corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, and other local re-entry stakeholders. From US Representative Val Demings of the 10th Congressional District of FloridaAs your Representative in Congress, it is my privilege to deliver this newsletter with opportunities for federal grants in District 10.As you may know, federal funding is extremely competitive and limited in availability. It is my hope that this newsletter will be a helpful resource for you in the grants process.Rep. 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274 total views, 1 views today BHF asks people to give up chocolate for charity Tagged with: British Heart Foundation Fundraising ideas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis39 The British Heart Foundation is asking people to go chocolate-free this March in a sponsored challenge to raise funds for heart research.This is the second year for the DECHOX challenge, which asks people to give up everything with cocoa in it for one month. Last year, more than 19,000 people took part, raising nearly £800,000, and this year British Heart Foundation is hoping to raise £1 million.Participants are asked to sign up on the charity’s DECHOX site, which automatically creates a JustGiving page for them. The site also offers a survival kit including tips and recipes to help people get through the month. In addition, this year the charity is challenging people to go a step further and take up the Ultimate DECHOX, giving up all sweet treats during March.[youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbvfjd8cBJU[/youtube] According to a BHF poll, which questioned 2,000 people about their chocolate habits, 78% of people think about having a sweet treat at least once a day, with over half admitting to having eaten a share bag or large chocolate bar alone in one go. In addition, only 8% of people have ever been able to give up chocolate for a month with some not even lasting a day (5%).Tracy Parker, BHF Heart Health Dietician, said:“Whilst it’s only a bit of fun to challenge yourself to dump the chunk for one month, it could be a great way to get into better eating habits and the money raised through sponsorship will help fund vital research to help the 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 2 February 2016 | News 275 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis39 Advertisement
Sofia Adams of the Peoples Power Assemblies.“The police will not keep us safe. We keep us safe.” That idea was central to a news conference held Oct. 19 that drew about 40 people to the corner of Lexington Avenue and 67th Street, near the 19th Precinct of the New York Police Department, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.Three speakers emphasized the danger posed by “alt-right” groups that are actually dangerous fascist gangs. They explained why the police offer no solution but are a big part of the problem, and urged the anti-fascist movement to mobilize in ever larger numbers to defend their own organizations.Underlining the need for this message was the massive police presence that blocked off 67th Street, as well as the phalanx of police vehicles lining 67th and 68th streets and the avenues. The cop presence seemed aimed at intimidating those protesting.Called by the Peoples Power Assemblies (PPA) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR), and supported by various NYC organizations that oppose fascists and police brutality, the news conference was a response to a vicious fascist attack a week earlier on Oct. 12.Speakers indict police collaborationSofia Adams of the PPA explained that after the attack: “Footage surfaced of anti-racist protesters being viciously attacked by a self-proclaimed fascist gang called the ‘Proud Boys’ after a rally hosted by gang leader Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side. Emboldened by Trump’s racist and sexist rhetoric, these violent bigots now roam our streets, committing acts of coordinated violence with impunity, determined to make New York their latest venue for acts of unrepentant hate.“Their violent assault was documented by citizen journalists who uploaded footage of Proud Boys kicking and punching defenseless activists while chanting homophobic and sexist slurs. The NYPD stood by and watched this happen. … Once again, as in Charlottesville, Va., the police are complicit, acting as an armed escort for white supremacy, sexism and homophobia.”Adams concluded: “On Oct. 13, Gavin McInnes stated on his podcast that he has ‘a lot of support in the NYPD.’ We know this to be true. Even though the identities of these fascists have been made public, we doubt the NYPD or the U.S. justice system will make any serious moves to bring them to justice. We expect the NYPD to continue to blame anti-racist activists for the violence.”Luis of the CSFR said: “My reason for being there that night [Oct. 12] was to stand against Gavin’s cult of anti-Semitic, transphobic, misogynist, homophobic bigots. That night I met everything I stand against in physical form … right-wing extremists, neo-Nazi sympathizers, skinheads all in matching uniform. They were escorted and protected by the NYPD, by the Strategic Response Group, by the Technical Assistance Response Unit, by the Metropolitan Republican Club and by the 19th [police] precinct.”Solidarity with victims of police violenceLuis continued: “Please keep in mind the Strategic Response Group was created due to the increasing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2015. BLM is a group that wants nothing more than their inherent worth as humans beings recognized. The SRG is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and has exploded [in NYC] from 350 officers to over 800.“Thankfully that evening we had our medics on standby, and we were able to rush to those hurt in what the media would call a ‘brawl.’ ”Describing the fascist attack in detail, Popi Sen of the PPA said: “In the video footage of this attack, we see the police wait and watch the assault as it unfolds, doing nothing to prevent further violence. In the aftermath of this attack, a question that we’ve heard repeatedly asked is: Why didn’t the NYPD intervene? The real question is why would anybody expect them to?”Sen emphasized: “This is the same police department that promoted the officer who murdered Eric Garner [in Staten Island in 2014] to sergeant. Last Friday’s attack was overseen by the same unit, the Strategic Response Group, that was created to harass, beat and arrest anti-racist activists over the last four years, all under the pretense of counterterrorism. So why exactly would we expect these same cops to protect us now?“We cannot isolate our contempt for fascism to the confines of the internet. We must confront this problem wherever it presents itself, including in the streets. This is a call to action. For all the people who have a stake in our struggle, we need you to join us out on the streets.”Sen concluded by declaring: “The police will not keep us safe. We keep us safe.” Then they led news conference attendees in a chant of those same words.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey October 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of newspaper’s website faces 15 years in prison TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalist Aylin Duruoglu has spent nearly six months in Istanbul’s Bakirköy prison on totally unfounded charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation, Reporters Without Borders said today. The Istanbul prosecutor’s office requested a 15-year jail sentence for Duruoglu when she appeared in court on 1 October.Duruoglu was accused of belonging to an armed group called the Revolutionary Headquarters after acknowledging, during interrogation by Istanbul counter-terrorism police, that she knew one if its members, writer Ohran Yilmazkaya. Duruoglu told the court she had known him at university and, for that reason, and because he was a writer, she met with him again subsequently. “If I had known he was a member of an armed organisation, I would never have agreed to see him,” she said.“The mere fact of that Duruoglu knew a member of a terrorist group constitutes neither complicity nor evidence of any affiliation, especially if she was unaware that he belonged to this armed organisation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for this journalist’s immediate release.”In the absence of any evidence of criminal activity punishable under the law, Duruoglu’s detention is unjustified and a violation of articles 5.1.c and 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which Turkey has signed.Arrested on 27 April, Duruoglu edited the daily Vatan’s website, Gazetevatan.com. She also wrote a book entitled “Turkish Baths.”————————————————————02.06.2009 – Woman journalist held for past five weeks on baseless charge of link to armed groupReporters Without Borders firmly condemns the detention of journalist Aylin Duruoglu, the editor of the daily Vatan’s website, Gazetevatan.com, for the past five weeks on a charge of collaborating with an outlawed armed organisation. Arrested on 27 April, she is now being held in Istanbul’s Bakirköy prison.“Duruoglu is the victim of inexplicable judicial persecution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the authorities want to try her, they should do so without delay and ensure that the trial is fair. In the meantime, there are no grounds for continuing her arbitrary detention, which has already gone on for too long.”In the course of major police operation on 27 April, Duruoglu was arrested on a charge of collaborating with the Revolutionary Headquarters, an armed group on the Turkish government’s list of terrorist organisations, because she knew one if its alleged members, writer and former journalist Ohran Yilmazkaya.They studied together at Istanbul University and, as a journalist, Duruoglu attended the launch of one his books. She denies the charge.Turkey is ranked 103rd out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News “Duruoglu is the victim of inexplicable judicial persecution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the authorities want to try her, they should do so without delay and ensure that the trial is fair. In the meantime, there are no grounds for continuing her arbitrary detention, which has already gone on for too long.” RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more
Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation The appeal court in Lisbon has given the go-ahead for the courts to examine the computers of two journalists on the daily newspaper 24 Horas, rejecting their appeal on the grounds of the right to protect their sources.The court on 6 April 2006 dismissed the appeal by Eduardo Oliveira and Jorge Van Krieken, against analysis of their laptop computers, which were seized on 18 February. The two had obtained an injunction against the order, made by Judge Alfredo Costa.Lawyer for the two journalists, Barros Figueiredo, said they would take an appeal to the Supreme Court.Prosecutor-General Souto Mora said that the investigation into the case known as “Envelope Nine”- relating to a high-level child sex abuse scandal – the name taken from an article on the case written by the two journalists, was “almost complete”. All that remained was to analyse what information they had.The newspaper’s editor, Pedro Tadeu, said that the two had lodged a second appeal condemning searches at the newspaper and at the home of Jorge Van Krieken, who is a freelance, and asserting that the confiscation of the computers was “illegal”. ———-29 March 2006Judicial authorities urged to respect the right of journalists to protect sourcesReporters Without Borders voiced its support today for two journalists with the daily newspaper 24 Horas, Jorge Van Krieken and Joaquim Eduardo Oliveira, who are being prosecuted for publishing the list of owners of phone numbers of public figures who may have been investigated in connection with major, long-running paedophile scandal.A criminal investigative court in Lisbon ordered the seizure of their computers on 28 February, accusing them of “illegal access to personal data” under article 44 of the criminal code because of a report in 24 Horas on 13 January claiming that a total of 80,000 phone calls by senior government officials had been recorded in the Casa Pia child abuse affair. Among the owners of phone numbers obtained from Portugal Telecom that were cited in the report was the president. Their computers were confiscated in a raid on the newspaper on 16 February.“We offer our support to the reporters and editors of 24 Horas, who have been the victims of a violation of the principle of confidentiality of sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the judicial authorities to accept that journalists have this right. It should take precedence over the crime attributed to Van Krieken and Oliveira by the investigating judge, namely, publishing Portugal Telecom files, which is anyway very minor in comparison with the information they exposed in a serious matter of great public interest.”The press freedom organisation added: “The Casa Pia affair is such a judicial mess that we see no justification for violating the confidentiality of these two journalists’ sources, and we invoke article 38-2 of Portugal’s constitutional, dealing with press freedom, as grounds for respecting this right.”The Casa Pia scandal erupted in 2002 when the Portuguese press began reporting sexual abuse allegations by about 100 children and adolescents in the Casa Pia network of homes for orphans and children in need of care. In the course of nearly 30 years, several hundreds of these children were allegedly handed over to prominent people and sexually abused.The first pedophilia trial began on 23 September 2003. A second trial opened on 25 November 2004. Leading figures from the world of television and politics have been convicted. The investigations are continuing.Around 100 journalists recently signed a petition urging the government to support press freedom, which has suffered as a result of the affair. They are due to be received tomorrow by the parliamentary commission on rights and freedoms. The two 24 Horas journalists have appealed against the investigation judge’s decision authorising access to their sources. A court has agreed to hear their appeal. Meanwhile, they are due to appear before an assize court soon. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Portugal PortugalEurope – Central Asia April 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court rejects journalists’ appeal against allowing courts to examine their computers PortugalEurope – Central Asia to go further News Related documents ler em portuguêsPDF – 117.06 KB June 2, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU
As a result of a combination of ownership concentration and political alignment, all of Singapore’s mainstream media content themselves with repeating the government’s messages. The few bloggers or news sites such as New Naratif that try to provide reliable reporting are subjected to harassment and intimidation, often initiated by the prime minister himself. Follow the news on Singapore Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Singaporean prime minister’s office to drop its absurd “illegal election activity” complaint against the New Naratif website over five Facebook posts in the run-up to last July’s elections, as a result of which the police have already interrogated the site’s managing director and searched his home. Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review April 10, 2020 Find out more New Naratif recognizes “boosting” a total of 13 posts during the run-up to the elections, but points out that that AsiaOne, a media outlet that is majority-owned by a government-controlled press group, “boosted” no fewer that 240 posts during the official campaign period alone (from 30 June to 10 July), of which at least 150 were about the elections and the ruling party. None of these sponsored posts were regarded by the authorities as “illegal election activity.” The SED got the five posts taken down on the grounds that they were “paid advertisements” and therefore amounted to “illegal conduct of election activity” that violated the Parliamentary Election Act, although the act contains no precise definition of what constitutes “election activity.” December 6, 2019 Find out more News “We call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office to immediately drop the pathetic charges it has brought against New Naratif,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “What credibility can his government claim if it was the result of elections in which the independent media were carefully prevented from doing their work. New Naratif’s only crime was providing Singapore’s citizens with independently-reported information instead of government propaganda.” News October 2, 2020 Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Coloured black on the map Organisation After falling seven places in the space of a year, the Singaporean city-state is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now one of those that are coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources The police acted in response to a complaint by the Singapore Elections Department (SED), a direct offshoot of the prime minister’s office, over five articles about the 10 July general elections that were posted on Facebook between 26 April and 6 July and were “boosted” financially by New Naratif to push them higher in subscriber news feeds. And the blogger Leong Sze Hian continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence on a criminal defamation charge simply for sharing an article from the Malaysian website TheCoverage.my on Facebook in November 2018. News to go further Receive email alerts SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment Pathetic charges SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment October 15, 2020 Find out more It seems that covering an election campaign can lead to arrest in Singapore. This, at least, is the bizarre experience of New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin. The police summoned and questioned him for four and a half hours on the morning of 21 September and then searched his home, seizing his mobile phone and laptop. New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin was summoned and questioned by the police for four and a half hours (photo courtesy of Dr Thum). News An army of lawyers was deployed in September 2019 against Terry Xu, the editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, over an article that supposedly caused “loss and damage” to the prime minister.
Twitter NewsCrime & CourtGardai investigating after three males are stabbed in series of attacks in Limerick city suburbBy David Raleigh – October 12, 2019 2211 WhatsApp Email Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Print GARDAI are investigating after three young males, including a 14-year old boy, received stab wounds in series of attacks overnight in Limerick.The attacks occurred in the vicinity of Corbally Baths, near the Mill Road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When gardai responded to the area they discovered an ambulance crew treating a 14-year old boy for minor stab wounds, sources said.An 18-year old male and 16-year old male received serious, but, non-life threatening stab wounds.A garda source said they believe all three incidents are linked, and that they all happened in the same general area, around the same time.Gardai were alerted to the scene after locals reported “a lot of activity and shouting”, and people running “up and down the street”.Some youths “ran for cover in a nearby house, but to be fair to the Gardai they were on the scene very quickly,” a local source said.They said they were concerned the alleged incidents had occurred early in the night close to houses, with “a crowd of about 15 youths plus”.The source said there was “a need for street lights at Corbally Baths, even to support gardai”.The area is a well known local beauty spot, located along the banks of the River Shannon.A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in a park at Corbally Baths, Corbally, Limerick on the 11th October 2019 at approximately 8.30pm. A man in his teens received stabs wounds and was taken to University Hospital Limerick by Ambulance with serious but non life threatening injuries.” “A male in his late teens was allegedly involved in an altercation with other youths in a park at Corbally Baths and was taken to UHL with serious but non life threatening injuries.”The spokeswoman confirmed a third youth had received “minor stab wounds”.The motive for the attacks were unclear, however the spokeswoman said, “investigations are ongoing”.There were no reports of any arrests.While the Corbally Baths area is used by walkers during the daytime, it is also frequented by gangs of youths in the evenings and at night.Last February the area experienced a deluge of local youth gangs engaging in anti-social behaviour and violence.Extra garda resources were pumped into the normally peaceful community after a local teenager was slashed in the face in an unprovoked attack last February.Last January a heritage sign at the historic baths was destroyed, prompting locals to seek the deployment of gardai on bicycles to the area.Anyone with information can contact gardai at Ardnacrusha (0611-345136) or Henry Street garda station (061-212400) or the Garda Confidential Line (1800-666-111). Previous articleLimerick Councillor claims Gardaí “squaring” minor offences “often done” to maintain good relationship with publicNext articleThe coming of Sheku Kanneh-Mason David Raleigh