Six year sentence despite intervention by Limerick Parish Priest

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsSix year sentence despite intervention by Limerick Parish PriestBy Staff Reporter – May 5, 2016 1799 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Previous articleMissing Limerick teen found safe and wellNext articleAdult time out with the Corner Boys of Kilmallock Staff Reporter Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Fr Tony O’Riordan, Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Church, Moyross.A YOUNG Limerick offender who was told he could live at the home of a parish priest to help him stop offending has been jailed for six years for his role in the robbery of €80 in coin.Christopher Higgins, (20) pleaded guilty to the robbery of a man during the early hours of St Patrick’s day last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the hearing of evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, Detective Garda John Keane said that at around 12.50am on March 17, 2015, the victim had parked his car on Pery Square when Christopher Higgins and another man got in to the car.The other man who was in the back seat, held a knife to the man’s throat while shouting “where’s the bleeding money”.20-year-old Higgins was in the front seat shouting, “where is it”.The money was stolen from the driver along with a wifi dongle.As they left the victim, Christopher Higgins told the victim to keep his mouth shut.Prosecution counsel John O’Sullivan BL said CCTV footage had tracked the defendant from his home at Parnell Place to the scene of the crime on Pery Square.After the evidence was given, Moyross Parish Priest, Fr Tony O’Riordan told Judge Tom O’Donnell that he hopes his efforts to help the 20-year-old offender would get him back on the “straight and narrow”.Fr O’Riordan gave an undertaking that he would do his best to help the young man and that he would house him if necessary and encourage a work ethic and help him pursue job prospects.However this Tuesday, Judge O’Donnell imposed a six year sentence on Christopher Higgins, suspended the final two years for a period of six years.Backdating the sentence to the date when Higgins was remanded in custody, Judge O’Donnell said that this was clearly a “premeditated attack, and one that was very frightening for the victim.Referencing a victim impact statement, he said that the attack “shattered the victim’s confidence in people – something that he hasn’t been able to get over up until very recently when Higgins’ co-accused pleaded guilty to the offence”.“The victim still has nightmares of what was clearly a very frightening incident,” Judge O’Donnell remarked. Print TAGSFr Tony O’Riordanjaillimerickrobbery WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

Board to discuss TRE, bond, rezoning

first_img Pinterest Facebook By admin – April 1, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: About the young and gunsNext articlePermian Basin Drilling Report: Mar. 22 – Mar. 28 admin Board to discuss TRE, bond, rezoning Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The possibility of another bond and tax ratification election, rezoning of elementary and middle schools and reconfiguration of elementary schools will be tackled by the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees during a special workshop meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.In November 2017, voters rejected a $291,172,291 bond and a tax ratification election.On the bond issue, 61.81 percent of people voted against the bond and 38.19 percent voted for it, or 4,442 against and 2,744 in support.On the tax ratification election, 60.04 percent, or 4,312 people voted against it, and 39.96 percent, or 2,870, were for it.At a March 6 meeting, the board talked about the possibility of trying another tax ratification and bond election.Other than teachers and bus drivers, no one has had a raise in two years, supplemental agenda material said. The roofs from the hail storms in both 2016 and 2017 left the district $6.7 million short of meeting its deductible requirements and the insurance company is still assessing the damage, the material said.There are only 11 schools that have controlled access entrances which were included in the failed 2017 bond election and the material said they all need to be addressed.At that March 6 meeting, the board also discussed a TRE that would be for 8 cents per $100 valuation, which would generate approximately $11 million. The 8 cents would be added to the district’s $1.04 maintenance and operation rate. The total tax rate is currently $1.15 per $100 valuation, so this would make it $1.23 per $100 valuation.Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said the board could change the 8 cents.The district has hired TranCend4, a company specializing in bond elections to help guide the community through the process, the supplemental material said. The cost is $26,000, plus expenses which include flights, car/Uber, hotel and meals.On the boundary changes, parents and community members are welcome to attend and offer input. Additional community meetings are being planned for the subject, the district newsletter said.The board began discussing adjustments to boundary zones for elementary and middle schools March 6. When work from the 2012 bond issue was completed, boundary zones for all middle and elementary schools were updated.It was the first time major boundary changes had been made in nearly 25 years, the newsletter said. At the time, the school board and administration said the lines would need to be evaluated every two or three years and adjusted if necessary.The big concern currently is the area in north Odessa where Jordan and Buice elementary schools project to have more than 900 students in the next couple of years. The boundary changes would send some of their students to other campuses to provide relief from overcrowding.The same concerns exist for all the middle schools, the newsletter said.More InformationECISD board agenda.last_img read more

33rd horse dies at Santa Anita track of suspected heart attack, trainer says

first_imgOctober 6, 2019 /Sports News – National 33rd horse dies at Santa Anita track of suspected heart attack, trainer says Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMartin Chavez/iStock(LOS ANGELES) —  The 33rd horse to die at the Santa Anita Park in Southern California since December suffered a suspected heart attack, the horse’s trainer told reporters.Ky. Colonel, a 5-year-old gelding, went into cardiac arrest after going for a jog on the training track, trainer Richard Mandella told reporters, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC.Ky. Colonel last raced at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and had five wins in 20 career starts, KABC reported. A spokesman for Santa Anita declined to comment on the cause of death until the necropsy is complete but confirmed that racing would resume on Sunday.Santa Anita Park has been under intense scrutiny since the number of horse deaths began piling up earlier this year.In April, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that a task force would investigate whether unlawful conduct or conditions affected the welfare and safety of the horses.In June, when the death toll had climbed to 29, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the shutdown of the park after it did not heed the California Horse Racing Board’s recommendation to suspend racing.Santa Anita decided to continue racing because it believed that the reforms enacted earlier in the year were working, a spokesman for The Stronach Group, a company that owns the park, told ABC News in June.The park announced a series of changes surrounding horse safety in March, including a “zero tolerance” policy for the use of almost all medication on racing day. Earlier this year, the California Horse Racing Board further voted to limit whips on racing day as well. There were no horse fatalities between April 1 and May 18.Santa Anita Park will host the 2019 Breeders’ Cup world championships on Nov. 1 and 2. The fall season will conclude on Nov. 3.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Robinson, Blais reflect on term, look ahead

first_imgAs the semester draws to a close, student body president and vice president Corey Robinson and Becca Blais are proud of the work they have done thus far.“We’ve been able to do a lot that we set out to do,” Robinson said. “Obviously, there’s a lot more work to be done. I’m extremely proud of our team — they’re extraordinary. They’re an extraordinary team and they’re the ones all the credit goes to for what we’ve accomplished. At the end of the day, we’re always forward-looking. Can’t wait to get to our next challenge.”Blais also said the fall semester has gone “amazingly.”“To echo Corey’s sentiment, none of it would have been possible without our team, and they’ve just gone above and beyond any expectation we could have had for them,” Blais said. “They’re a great group of people. Somehow, these highly talented, passionate people who are super motivated to make a change and a difference — and overall improve student life at Notre Dame — all got together. And they all work well together, and are so excited for every project — it’s made everything to do with student government very enjoyable and very fun for all of us to be involved in.”Blais said her experience serving as vice president has been a unique and positive experience. “It’s very life-giving and energy-giving and fulfilling and inspiring,” Blais said. “I would say it’s been amazing so far.”Since taking office in April, Robinson said they have accomplished three major things — creating a sexual assault survivor support group, reforming student senate and implementing Notre Dame for Syria Week. “I think [student government] did a great job of bringing awareness to a really important issue that’s thousands of miles away,” Robinson said of ND for Syria Week. “It shows what we can do here, now. We raised a couple hundred dollars and got students to know what they can do — in the political sphere, in the business sphere, in the nonprofit sphere, in global health — to make a difference today, so that’s really exciting.”Blais said the sexual assault support group was an important addition to the University. “The sexual assault survivors support group has been incredible,” Blais said. “It’s one of those things that people will look at years later and ask why we didn’t have it before. It just makes so much sense to have it and it’s such a needed service on this campus. It’s been very helpful and healing and influential for the people involved and for people to know that at least that’s an option.”Additionally, Robinson said the reforms to student senate have been vital. “I just love what Becca’s done with it,” Robinson said. “We’re going to senate and people can’t wait to hang out with each other and pick each other’s brains and tackle these big issues — like we’ve talked about in the past few weeks with the Title IX reform — to figure out that structure and what senate can do to better that process for students. It’s been a great opportunity for senators to really take hold of it and own something.”Blais said she worked with senators to improve the efficiency of senate by changing certain procedures. In the end, Blais thought the improvements constitute one of the major achievements of the semester.“We had talked a bit before and named all of these things we thought had gone well this year and thought had been successful, and we realized a lot of them came down to what we talked about in senate and the involvement of the senators and the departments and this great relationship we’ve been forming there,” Blais said.Despite their successes, Robinson and Blais have run into several roadblocks in fulfilling one of the major parts of their platform: providing rape kits at St. Liam’s in an effort to help survivors of sexual assault. “We thought we could get it up and running by August,” Robinson said. “We spent all of May and June benchmarking and then went to [director] Sharon McMullen of University Health Services and sat down with her. She was really receptive, but she wanted to make sure we were doing it right. With rape kits, you don’t have a second chance — you have to get the first one done the right way. So that was a really big challenge.”Blais said it was harder than they anticipated to get nurses properly trained in St. Liam’s.“What we found was we originally, in the platform, said it only costs this much to train nurses and we’ll train our St. Liam’s nurses. But what we ran into there was that they told us we aren’t able to hire their current nurses, they’d have to hire new nurses to work on this specifically,” Blais said. “That’s adding a whole other salary, so until they’re able to get resources together with that, they can’t.”Blais said even if St. Liam’s did have the resources to hire new nurses, they worry about the room for error in testing. “We don’t want to risk students’ health and safety with that, especially with such a sensitive procedure and topic,” Blais said. Going forward, Robinson and Blais said they are looking to hear more student perspectives. “The thing is, a lot of students have come to us and said ‘you’re having these general, vague discussions and we want to see action,’” Robinson said. “And I think that’s the next piece for us — coming together and seeing if we can hear students on what we should take action on and how we can continue the conversation, but shift more from just having people sit in a room and talk about it, to having some sort of product.“The number one thing is going to the student body and asking what they think is important. What can we work on together? And that’s going to be a big initiative we’re looking to roll out in January, to just sit down and hear students in a town hall setting, but not a speaker series or a panel — literally just us sitting down and hearing students’ concerns and figure out what we should put our effort and focus on.” Tags: 2016 Student Government Insider, Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, sexual assault, St. Liams, student senatelast_img read more

Sutton Foster Puts Up with Ghosts, Cardio & More this Week on Younger

first_imgWe suddenly have this urge to use excessive emoji, and that can only mean one thing: There’s a brand new episode of Younger! This week on the TV Land series, Liza (Sutton Foster) juggles everything from tolerating a ghosting boyfriend to being coerced into a walking competition to saving the day the new imprint’s launch party. Meanwhile, a certain someone who once hooked up with a pregnant Renée Elise Goldsberry hosts a sex party. It’s a lot to take in, but we’re breaking it all down in this week’s recap.SEASON 2, EPISODE 3: “Like a Boss”Emoji UpdateTranslation: Liza puts off telling her millennial friends about her real age to Josh’s chagrin. Short on cash, Maggie considers putting her apartment on Airbnb. At Empirical Press, Kelsey and Liza share their imprint launch party plans (it’s at a glue factory and they’re inviting someone named Pompous Croissant). Diana, always eager to win and even more eager to force labor upon her assistant, has Liza wear her Fitbit to out-walk her rival. Lauren arranges a fitting for Kelsey and Liza to ensure they’re dressed to the nines at the launch. Over wine, the three girls and Lauren’s mom (Kathy Najimy) discuss Josh’s ghosting habit. Dismayed by Internet comments and her custom dress that vaguely looks like one of the moons of Jupiter, Kelsey begins a slow descent into madness. Meanwhile, Josh discovers Maggie is not hosting an Airbnb couple from Albany, but rather a full-blown sex party. At the launch event, Liza saves the day by talking Kelsey through her speech via Bluetooth. Impressed by her craftiness, Charles chats up Liza, but before he can make a move, Josh (no longer a ghost) steps in.Biggest OMG Moment:If the eggplant and peach emoji make you blush, do not attend a party at Maggie’s place. To make ends meet, our favorite fictional lesbian artist hosts an orgy in her apartment (safe sex only; men pay $50, women $25). And from the look of it, she has absolutely done this before. Hey, when times are hard, some bake people into pies, some burn their rock posters and screenplays, and others host sex parties in their Williamsburg flats.Millennial Glossary:To Ghost:(verb) To seemingly disappear off the face of the earth, but still manage to pop up in social media feeds. It’s what Josh keeps doing to Liza, and just when Peter’s about to swoop in with Champagne and workplace flirting, Josh reappears. We’ll give Josh some credit for sticking by Liza after her big reveal, but this is surely a red flag.Pompous Croissant:(noun) A fictional member of the “cyber-elite” invited to Kelsey and Liza’s imprint launch. We’re not sure what his or her exact beat is, but we’ll be at any party that promises baked goods (hint hint, Alex Brightman).Moment That Made Us Go:When Diana defeated her Fitbit rival! And by Diana, we mean Liza. Yes, Trout Pout even delegates her fitness regime to her lowly assistant. But with everything else going on, Liza still managed to step her way to victory. Must have been that eight-minute tap break on a boat.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update!After flashing medieval and ultra-hygienic looks, Diana Trout is serving us Department of Defense Realness. Not only is she sporting a torpedo pendant as this week’s statement necklace, but it’s also paired with actual pentagon earrings. Do they sell those at the gift shop? Is there even a Pentagon gift shop? View Commentslast_img read more