Man found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab wounds

first_imgAdvertisement NewsBreaking newsMan found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab woundsBy admin – December 16, 2013 1087 Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] GARDA investigation has been launched in County Limerick after a man was found slumped on a public street in Kilmallock with serious stab wounds this Monday morning.The man in his 20s, from Limerick City, was discovered on Sarsfiled Street in the county Limerick town at 8am this Monday by people going to work and about their morning business. The injured man was taken to the University Hospital Limerick for medical treatment but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.House to house inquiries were being carried out by Gardai in the town and the area was sealed off for technical examinations.A location for the attack is as yet not known but the man was found slumped and bleeding on Sarsfield Street with serious stab wounds. Garda investigations are focusing on the area of the discovery.Gardai from the Crime Office attached to Bruff garda station are leading the investigation and have appealed for the assistance of the public who may have seen or heard anything in relation to how or where the man received the serious injuries. They can be contacted on 061 382940 Previous articleAn Taoiseach says we are moving in the right directionNext articleRugby Stars Launch Ulster Bank League Awards admin WhatsApp Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two car crash closes Letterkenny’s Port Road

first_imgNews By News Highland – October 17, 2012 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton A two vehicle crash has led to the closure of the Port Road in Letterkenny.The crash, at the Clanree Hotel, occurred at around 6 o’clock this (Wednesday) evening.Gardai say the Port road will be closed for a number of hours (as of 6.15pm) while the collision is dealt with.No details of injuries have been released. Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Google+ Two car crash closes Letterkenny’s Port Road Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleInishowen Community Radio shut downNext articleHigh Court to reserve judgement on West Donegal subsidence case News Highland WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Twitter Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Honduras Grapples With Dramatic Upsurge in Murder of Journalists

first_img SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — The infiltration of northern Honduras by drug traffickers has not only turned the country into one of the world’s most violent. It’s also made life hell for local journalists trying to cover the mayhem. At least 30 reporters have been killed since 2003, according to the Colegio de Periodistas de Honduras, the national press group. Of this total, 14 were murdered in just the past two and a half years. These are astounding numbers for a country of just 7.5 million inhabitants. “Everyone feels vulnerable,” said Mavis Cruz, director of the news program Noticias a la Hora, which airs on San Pedro Sula’s Radio Libertad. “There have been so many abuses against journalists and there is almost total impunity.” The killings of reporters are part of a broader nationwide crime crisis brought on, in part, by political instability following the 2009 removal of the president by the Honduran Congress — not to mention weak government institutions and the growing importance of Honduras as a hub for traffickers shipping Colombian cocaine to the United States. Authorities estimate that several hundred tons of cocaine pass through the country each year with hyper-violent Mexican cartels pushing out their Colombian counterparts to dominate the business. Meanwhile, Honduran youth gangs provide the trafficking organizations with gunmen who can intimidate and murder for bargain prices. “Well-funded transnational criminal organizations combined with local gangs are destabilizing the country’s democratic institutions and making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world,” wrote James Boswell in a recent study on Honduras published by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Political instability feeds violence against journalists Fueling the chaos is political instability in the wake of a June 2009 military-backed action that ousted left-wing President Manuel Zelaya. After the coup, many foreign governments cut off aid to Honduras while the fight against organized crime was pushed to the back burner as the new government focused on consolidating power and gaining international legitimacy, Boswell wrote. Today, Honduras registers the highest murder rate in the world — 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Caught in the crossfire are many reporters. By Dialogo July 02, 2012 “In the courthouse we are almost face-to-face with delinquents. They look at us, laugh and sneer. So we can’t even go to public hearings anymore because we are exposed,” said Tiempo reporter Juan Carlos Rodríguez. “That means we have to do journalism-lite, like covering local artisans or tourism,” he said. “We can’t investigate anything about drug trafficking. We can’t write the truth. The only way you can tell the truth in Honduras is through a novel.” Rodríguez and other reporters often request that their bylines be removed from their stories. “Before, reporters were proud to say: ‘This is my work,’” added Karina Interiano, who anchors the Notiseis TV news program in San Pedro Sula. “Now, they no longer want to attach their names to their stories.” The killings of reporters are not all drug-related. Some of the deaths are due to personal disputes while others are tied to the rise in political violence following the 2009 ouster of Zelaya, which also polarized the media with some newspapers, radio and TV stations supporting the coup and others coming out against it. Given the dangers, some Honduran reporters are thinking of getting out. Rodríguez, the Tiempo reporter, said he may abandon journalism for a job in finance.center_img Journalists say that those involved in the drug trade — including corrupt politicians and police officers — target reporters to intimidate and derail the press from its traditional watchdog function. The killers receive further encouragement because they are almost never brought to justice, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The most recent murder of a Honduran journalist was also the most shocking. On May 9, the body of Ángel Alfredo Villatoro, 47, a prominent host and news coordinator of HRN, one of Honduras’ most popular radio stations, was found on a sidewalk. Villatoro, a friend of President Porfirio Lobo, had two gunshots to the head, was dressed in the uniform of a special operations police unit and had a red handkerchief covering his face. “Honduran authorities must fully investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. He warned that “the deadly cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for these crimes is endangering freedom of expression in Honduras.” Reporters shying away from difficult stories Indeed, precisely at the moment when Honduras most needs an aggressive press corps to investigate organized crime, news coverage has been neutered. Reporters don’t dare probe deeply into drug-related murders and extortion schemes for fear of retaliation. Newspapers are filled with sensational crime stories that are just a few paragraphs long and say almost nothing about the possible motives for shootouts and killings. The San Pedro Sula-based Tiempo daily newspaper shut down its investigative unit in 2009 due to the growing risks. Yet even routine reporting can be lethal. Photographers are sometimes targeted after taking pictures of crime scenes or police lineups, while reporters have been threatened simply for covering legal cases involving traffickers. last_img read more

How to sell a tenanted property

first_imgREIQ regional director Damien Keyes. Picture: Evan MorganFROM time to time an investor may choose to sell their property while it is tenanted. This raises many questions about how the process can take place when the property is not vacant or easily accessible for open homes, agent appraisals, valuations, renovations, and so on. How do agents get access to a property that is someone else’s home? How do tradies carry out work while the property is being lived in? What rights do the tenants and owners have about granting or withholding access to the property?As agents we strive to respect everyone’s rights. After all, if the property is sold to an investor, in most instances a new landlord would welcome an existing tenancy carrying on rather than going to the expense of finding a new tenant. Good relations are important to almost every agent I know, whether they are dealing with a tenant (who may one day become a buyer then a seller!) or a buyer or seller. The legislation that governs this area of residential property is the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and in most instances it is clear.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020We are required by the legislation to give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to a tenant that we are coming to do an appraisal or a valuation.Hosting an open home when the property is tenanted requires arranging suitable times with the tenants. The legislation requires we seek written permission from the tenant. The rights between tenants and landlords are carefully weighted under the current legislation and while it’s a popular opinion that tenants have few rights, in reality that’s not the case. For example, landlords cannot arrange entry on a Sunday or a public holiday. They cannot arrange entry before 8am or after 6pm, unless the tenant agrees to it. Under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (2008) if a landlord wants to terminate a fixed tenancy agreement, the landlord must inform the tenants 60 days before the lease termination date that the lease will not be renewed.If you are an investor and you’re thinking about selling your tenanted property it’s important to start planning early and to appoint an agent who has experience in this area. Often, the job will be made much easier if you wait until the tenancy has expired. Selling a vacant property is much more simple.last_img read more

Chevron sets 2018 capital budget at $18.3 billion

first_imgChevron’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Asia Energy (Image courtesy of Chevron)US-based energy giant and LNG player Chevron announced a 2018 capital and exploratory spending program of $18.3 billion.This figure includes $5.5 billion for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies.This budget is some 4 percent less than this year and lower for a fourth year in a row.“Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies, and investment high-grading,” said chief executive John Watson.“We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spend to projects that are expected to realize cash flow within two years,” he said.Watson went on to say that with production currently exceeding guidance in the Permian, the company’s 2018 plan should deliver both “strong production growth and solid free cash flow, at prices comparable to what we’ve seen this year.”Breaking down the numbers, in the upstream business, about $8.7 billion is forecasted to sustain currently producing assets, including $3.3 billion for the Permian and $1 billion for other shale and tight rock investments.Approximately $5.5 billion of the upstream program is planned for major capital projects underway, including $3.7 billion associated with the future growth project at the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.Global exploration funding is expected to be about $1.1 billion. Remaining upstream spend will be for early stage projects supporting potential future developments, Chevron said.About $2.2 billion of planned capital spending is associated with the company’s downstream businesses that refine, market and transport fuels, and manufacture and distribute lubricants, additives and petrochemicals, Chevron added.last_img read more

Eric Heppner

first_imgCongratulations to Eric Heppner who announced last week that he is retiring as the Batesville football coach.  In his 20 years at the helm of the Batesville Bulldogs his teams won 148 games.  When you consider that you are only guaranteed 10 games in a year, this means that Eric won approximately 70% of the games he coached.  In the all-time scheme of coaching, this is quite a lofty position.Along with Eric I understand that 4 of his long-time assistant coaches have also decided to retire with him.  For 20 years Tim Hunter, Terry Nobbe, Mike Ploeger, and Steve Ollier have been with Eric.  I have not seen the official retirement announcement by these 4 gentlemen, but these are the 4 who have been with Eric for those 20 years.I will miss our weekly talks on Coaches’ Corner.  Eric is an interviewer’s dream–one question and he is off and running!  Enjoy the freedom this decision will give you, Eric.last_img read more