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Families in fear at a Limerick special needs centre

first_imgLinkedin TAGSanti social behaviourBrothers of CharitydisturbancepublicRathbane Email WhatsApp Previous articleGrand Prix director Max Blustin for Tres Court Film FestivalNext articleCarbery all set for move to Munster from Leinster Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook Twitter Print Public meeting about introduction of Directly Elected Mayor for Limerick NewsCrime & CourtFamilies in fear at a Limerick special needs centreBy Bernie English – May 31, 2018 9735 center_img Gardaí urged to prioritise Janesboro blackspot RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR YOUNG THUGS are preventing families from using the facilities at the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore centre for children with special needs where they gallop horses outside the entrance to the therapeutic swimming pool.Out-of-control children on horses and quad bikes have also become a regular threat for terrified residents in Rathbane.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One man, who did not wish to be publicly identified, told the Limerick Post that he and his terrified children had to stay behind closed doors in the Bawnmore swimming pool to escape from the rampaging youngsters.He said that when a security guard tried to intervene, the horses were ridden at him.“It’s completely out of control out here in Rathbane,” the father-of-two told the Limerick Post.“These young thugs are giving the Brothers an awful hammering. They are good enough to make their pool available to everyone in the community and I take my kids there. Last week when we were trying to leave, we couldn’t get out because they were galloping bareback horses up and down outside. A security man tried to get them to leave and he was assaulted. They rode at him. It was terrifying”.The golf course is another area he says is being targeted by youths on horseback and children as young as 12 and 13 driving quad bikes.‘They are terrorising people. There was one woman run over by a twelve-year-old driving a quad bike. She was lucky she wasn’t killed.“People are afraid of them and the Brothers of Charity have been the target in recent weeks. Cars have been burned out by these same people. They set fire to a van in broad daylight in the street in front of witnesses and burned it out.“They are up and down the roads every night of the week on horses, in sulkies and on quads. There’s constant harassment of ordinary people just trying to get on with their own business and nobody seems to be able to do anything.“It’s like something from the wild west,” he claimed.A spokeswoman for the Brothers of Charity confirmed that the organisation is “deeply concerned” about the situation and the incidents of anti-social behaviour by individuals who have nothing to do with the charitable organisation or the facility at Bawnmore.“We’re experiencing difficulties and we are very concerned about it. We apologise for what happened to that man and his children,” she said.“We are being supported by the Gardaí at Roxboro who are working with us to try to deal with this situation,” she added.Read more crime stories here. Brothers of Charity Services COVID-19 recruitment initiative Cyclovia gives the city a new perspective Sinn Féin TD says ban on scramblers needed, as issues worsen during Covid-19 lockdown Advertisement Scramblers are creating havoc on Childers Road in Limericklast_img read more

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Israel’s Gantz denied extension to form Israel govt

first_imgUnity talks ‘ongoing’If no unity agreement is reached by the end of Monday, Rivlin said he would ask the Knesset to nominate a candidate to become prime minister.The Netanyahu bloc currently holds 59 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. It is therefore possible, but not certain, that the legislature would give the premier a 14-day window to form a government.  Blue and White, the centrist alliance led by Gantz, said in a statement that “the attempts by the negotiating teams to arrive at a unity government are still ongoing”.Likud said it too remained open to forming a unity government.But it also urged Rivlin to give Netanyahu a full four weeks to form a coalition.  Likud stressed that the president gave both Netanyahu and Gantz a chance to build a government following the inconclusive votes in September, and should do so again. But with Israel’s confirmed COVID-19 caseload nearing 11,000, there remain widespread calls from across the political spectrum for a unity alliance, even for a short term.University of Tel Aviv political science professor Emmanuel Navon told AFP that “a unity government remains the most likely option.”But, he added, any number of scenarios could play out, including a fourth election. Netanyahu, in office since 2009, is Israel’s longest-serving premier and the first to be indicted while in office.The premier denies charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, filed against him in January. Netanyahu critics have charged the premier will stop at nothing to make the indictments disappear, including pushing for a fourth vote in the hope of finally gaining a parliamentary majority that could push through legislation granting him immunity from prosecution.  As Navon noted, the latest polls indicate Likud could “emerge as the big winner” if another election were to be called, partly due to generally favorable views of Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic.  The pro-Netanyahu bloc, including the veteran premier’s right-wing Likud and several religious parties, also remained short of a majority after last month’s vote. In a surprise move last month, Gantz was elected speaker of Israel’s parliament, or Knesset. With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel rising, he pledged to use that powerful position to seek an emergency unity alliance with Netanyahu to tackle the pandemic and unblock a grinding year-long political stalemate.While Gantz’s mandate to form a government technically runs until the end of Monday, he was no longer actively seeking to forge a coalition with himself as prime minister.  Topics : Instead, he was widely believed to be pursuing a deal that would see Netanyahu remain as premier for a defined period, possibly then handing power to Gantz.Despite reports of progress from the two sides — and from Israeli media — no deal has been announced.Late Saturday, Gantz asked Rivlin for an extension of his mandate. In response, Rivlin told Gantz “that in the current circumstances no extension would be possible”, a statement from the president’s office said.”The president made his decision after also speaking to … Netanyahu, who did not confirm in their conversation that the parties are close to signing an agreement that would lead to a unity government,” the statement said.  Israel’s president on Sunday rejected parliament speaker Benny Gantz’s request for more time to form a government, a task that could now fall to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Ex-military chief Gantz was given the mandate to form a government four weeks ago by President Reuven Rivlin following Israel’s March 2 election, the country’s third inconclusive vote within a year.  But Gantz’s prospects for forming a stable coalition were always remote given deep divisions within the anti-Netanyahu camp. last_img read more

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Largest Dutch schemes improve funding but remain wary of cuts

first_imgThe five largest Dutch pension funds saw their funding improve by two to three percentage points during the first quarter, due in part to a slight rise in interest rates.Most schemes, however, warned against “too much optimism” and indicated that new headwinds may still force them to cut pension rights. With a quarterly return of 2%, the €389bn civil service scheme ABP reported the best performance. Its funding rose 2.3 percentage points to 94%.Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, emphasised that the scheme’s coverage ratio was still way below 110%, the level at which pension funds are allowed to start granting some indexation. “Inflation compensation will barely be on the cards in the next five years,” she said.According to Wortmann, the possibility of a rights discount will remain if the funding level drops again.ABP also warned that a cancellation of the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme and low interest rate policy could negatively affect both equity and fixed income markets, in particular if the process were to go faster than expected.The €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW made a 0.5% profit during the past three months, after a 0.7% loss on its interest and currency hedge. Its funding rose to 92.3%. PFZW attributed its investment result in part to emerging markets debt, which produced 5.4%.Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, also said that further recovery was necessary.PMT, the €68bn pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector, reported a quarterly result of 0.9%, citing “more than average” returns on high yield (2.7%) and equity (5.4%).It said it had divested from emerging markets equity after strong performance, as its equity allocation would otherwise have exceeded its strategic bandwidth of 35%. The proceeds were invested in its liabilit-matching portfolio.PMT closed the first quarter with a coverage ratio of 94.8%.The investments of PME, the €45bn scheme for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, returned 1.3%. The scheme saw its funding rise to 93.9%.Eric Uijen, executive trustee, noted that coverage had to improve to 104.3% at 2019-end in order to prevent rights cuts.With a funding of 107.8%, BpfBouw, the €54bn pension fund for the building industry, is still in the best financial position of the five largest schemes.It returned 1.2%, largely thanks to profits on equity (6.3%) and property (2.7%), with Dutch residential and retail portfolios performing best.last_img read more

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Over 1,600 Women to participate on Third dm Race in Sarajevo

first_imgOn Sunday, June 9th, at the Vilsonovo promenade in Sarajevo Third dm women’s race will take place, and according to the number of registered runners, the most impressive women’s race is expected so far.With the intent of responding as many women and thus encouraging positive changes when it comes to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, dm organizes two races of different lengths; 3.5K Recreational and 7K Competitive.The total number of registered runners is 1,690, of which 1,488 were registered for recreation, while 442 runners registered for the competition.On the same day, there will be organized a dm children’s race on 300 meters, to which 251 children between 6 and 8 years old registered.Behind the building of the Historical Museum at Vilsons Promenade, the start of a children’s race is planned at 9:00 o’clock, the recreational race begins at 9:30 o’clock, while the contestant is on the program at 10:30 o’clock, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more

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MLB odds: World Series futures, win totals, top player props for 2020 season

first_imgThe 2020 Major League Baseball season has turned the usual marathon into a 60-game sprint. With the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the season by more than four months, only a little more than third of the regular schedule will be played before the postseason begins.A two-month hot start will now mean the same thing as a two-month hot finish. The short-terming would seem to favor the more established winning teams vs. upstart clubs, but there’s bound to be more unpredictability with batter and pitching performances, too, with a smaller sample size. That makes the MLB odds a lot more interesting for 2020, from World Series futures to team win totals to individual player props. Here’s breaking down some of the better bets, with lines courtesy of SportsInsider.com:MORE: Which MLB free-agent signings will help most in 2020?MLB Futures for 2020Odds to win World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers +400New York Yankees +400Houston Astros +1000Minnesota Twins +1600Tampa Bay Rays +1800Atlanta Braves +2000Cincinnati Reds +2000Oakland Athletics +2000New York Mets +2200Chicago Cubs +2500Chicago White Sox +2500Washington Nationals +2500Cleveland Indians +2800St.Louis Cardinals +2800Los Angeles Angels +3000Milwaukee Brewers +3000Philadelphia Phillies +3000San Diego Padres +3000Arizona Diamondbacks +5000Boston Red Sox +5000The Dodgers and Yankees are heavy favorites, but the Rays and A’s are better plays for payouts as it feels like a team from that top eight will win it all. The Reds, after their spending spree, have emerged as the sleeper darlings of the NL.Odds to win American LeagueNew York Yankees +210Houston Astros +450Minnesota Twins +800Oakland Athletics +1000Tampa Bay Rays +1000Chicago White Sox +1200Cleveland Indians +1500Los Angeles Angels +1600Boston Red Sox +2500Given that there’s not much separation for the Twins here from the Athletics and Rays, and given that they are a more surefire division winner to be in the postseason tournament, hedge toward Minnesota here away from the Yankees and Astros.Odds to win National LeagueLos Angeles Dodgers +175Atlanta Braves +800New York Mets +1000Washington Nationals +1000Cincinnati Reds +1100St. Louis Cardinals +1200Milwaukee Brewers +1400Chicago Cubs +1500Philadelphia Phillies +1600San Diego Padres +2000Arizona Diamondbacks +2500So this should indicate to you that the NL Central is the division with the widest range of outcomes regarding the winner and potential wild card. The Reds are better with which to take a World Series shot, but still, the consensus is that the Cardinals and Brewers are “safer” bets to make the postseason and create some “devil magic.”World Series exact matchupNew York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers +550Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers +1400Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2200Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2400Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2400New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves +2500Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2800New York Yankees vs St. Louis Cardinals +2800New York Yankees vs New York Mets +3000Cleveland Indians vs Los Angeles Dodgers +3300Los Angeles Angels vs Los Angeles Dodgers +3300New York Yankees vs Cincinnati Reds +3300New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals +3300New York Yankees vs Chicago Cubs +4000Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers +5000Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves +5000New York Yankees vs Philadelphia Phillies +5000Here, let’s pull in the favorites in both the NL (Dodgers) and AL (Yankees) and combine them with two of the sleepers mentioned above to maximize the odds on both sides of the matchup.MLB team wins in 2020Based on the over/unders for every team’s regular-season win totals in 2020, here are the best bets:Arizona DiamondbacksOver 30½ Wins -130Under 30½ Wins +100Madison Bumgarner puts some gloss on them, but it’s easier to believe they will finish a shade under .500.Atlanta BravesOver 33½ Wins -115Under 33½ Wins -115With Freddie Freeman getting a late start to summer re-training after having COVID-19, that number could be harder to reach in a division with the Mets and Nationals.Boston Red SoxUnder 30½ Wins -145Over 30½ Wins +115This one is close, but there’s a good chance the Red Sox can eke out 31 wins to match their 2019 winning percentage.Cincinnati RedsOver 31½ Wins -130Under 31½ Wins +100Based on giving them some World Series future love, it makes sense for them to at least live up to the hype four games above .500.Detroit TigersOver 22½ Wins -120Under 22½ Wins -110The Tigers were really bad in 2019, but with a shorter window of futility they can avoid being 16 games below .500.Houston AstrosOver 34½ Wins -115Under 34½ Wins -115This feels a little inflated given the bad vibes going into the season and the Athletics being formidable again.Los Angeles AngelsUnder 31½ Wins -125Over 31½ Wins -105With Joe Maddon, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, there’s some marquee talent here, but we know how that plays out with the Astros and Athletics.Los Angeles DodgersUnder 37½ Wins -130Over 37½ Wins +100The Dodgers have a pretty massive total here for 38-22, but if there’s any team that can win 40 games in 2020, it would be them.Milwaukee BrewersOver 31½ Wins -115Under 31½ Wins -115The Brewers are being devalued too much for their offseason losses and could easily win the NL Central.New York YankeesOver 36½ Wins -125Under 36½ Wins -105A 36-24 mark would still be very healthy in the AL, so taking the slight under here.Oakland AthleticsOver 33½ Wins -115Under 33½ Wins -115Is this the year they propel over the Astros and actually win in the playoffs? That’s a pretty reasonable number with which to work.Philadelphia PhilliesUnder 30½ Wins -125Over 30½ Wins -105There’s too much of a crowd in the NL East to think they can get here behind the Braves, Mets and Nationals.MLB player futures for 2020AL MVPMike Trout +140Gleyber Torres +1000Aaron Judge +1200Alex Bregman +1200Francisco Lindor +1500Rafael Devers +1500Shohei Ohtani +1600Matt Chapman +1800Anthony Rendon +2000Yoan Moncada +2000DJ LeMaheiu +2500Josh Donaldson +2500Jose Ramirez +3000Austin Meadows +4000Gerrit Cole +4000JD Martinez +4000Jorge Polanco +4000Jose Altuve +4000Marcus Semien +4000Vladimir Guerrero +4000Yordan Alvarez +4000Trout has yet to repeat in his terrific career and the odds make it boring, anyway. Judge and Torres can do major equal damage hitting back to back for the Yankees. But Chapman, the clear most valuable Athletic with his offense and defenses, tends to rip it up at the plate in August. He brings a nice return just outside of the favorites.NL MVPRonald Acuna Jr +400Christian Yelich +450Mookie Betts +600Juan Soto +800Cody Bellinger +900Fernando Tatis Jr +900Bryce Harper +1500Nolan Arenado +1600Javier Baez +2200Freddie Freeman +2500Ketel Marte +2500Kris Bryant +2500Paul Goldschmidt +2500Pete Alonso +2500Acuna is a solid favorite to put the money on and run with decent return. With Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman not in there for Washington, watch for Soto to have a more standout, special season at 21. There’s too much competition for Yelich and Bellinger to follow their respective 2018 and 2019 wins.MLB Home Run KingJoey Gallo +850Mike Trout +1000Pete Alonso +1000Yordan Alvarez +1000Aaron Judge +1200Cody Bellinger +1600Giancarlo Stanton +1600Bryce Harper +2000Eugenio Suarez +2000Franmil Reyes +2000Matt Olson +2000Nelson Cruz +2000Christian Yelich +2200Miguel Sano +2200Ronald Acuna Jr +2200Eloy Jimenez +2500JD Martinez +2500Jorge Soler +2500Josh Donaldson +2500Khris Davis +2500Nolan Arenado +2500Vladimir Guerrero Jr +2500Gallo is the favorite for hitting 22 home runs in 70 games last season. This is all about who can put together two massive months and likely get to 20 in 60 games after Alonso’s winning pace was one homer per three games. A healthy Judge has immediate appeal. Then consider that both Cruz and Yelich homered in 34 percent of their games played last season.AL Cy YoungGerrit Cole +250Justin Verlander +500Shane Bieber +550Lucas Giolito +900Charlie Morton +1400Jose Berrios +1400Mike Clevinger +1400Tyler Glasnow +1400Blake Snell +1600Corey Kluber +1800Zack Greinke +1800James Paxton +2000Luis Severino +2000Frankie Montas +3000Shohei Ohtani +3000Dallas Keuchel +3217Hyun-Jin Ryu +3300Sean Manaea +3300The Yankees have their shiny new favorite and Cole seems primed for his Cy after leading the AL in ERA last season. Watch out for the pair of Rays, Morton and Glasnow, playing spoiler.NL Cy YoungJacob DeGrom +350Walker Buehler +600Max Scherzer +700Jack Flaherty +800Stephen Strasburg +900Yu Darvish +1000Luis Castillo +1400Patrick Corbin +1400Noah Syndergaard +1800Clayton Kershaw +2000Trevor Bauer +2000Zach Wheeler +2000Aaron Nola +2500Chris Paddack +2500Brandon Woodruff +2800Mike Soroka +2800Sonny Gray +2800Going Buehler over DeGrom at the top makes sense for much more return. Flaherty has the kind of stuff to also be a solid pick.AL Rookie of the YearLuis Robert +250Jesus Luzardo +400Brendan McKay +600Casey Mize +1000Jo Adell +1100A.J. Puk +1800Evan White +1800Forrest Whitley +2000Nate Pearson +2200Wander Franco +2500Deivi Garcia +3300Nick Madrigal +3300Ryan Mountcastle +3300Clarke Schmidt +4000Brady Singer +5000Logan Gilbert +5000Sean Murphy +5000Let’s go with what the eyes already tell us, that this comes down to the Cuban White Sox outfielder and the Peruvian Athletics pitcher. Don’t totally sleep on Pearson pitching the Blue Jays close to .500.NL Rookie of the YearGavin Lux +200Mitch Keller +750Dylan Carlson +900Carter Kieboom +1000Dustin May +1200MacKenzie Gore +1200Brendan Rogers +1500Cristian Pache +2000Joey Bart +2000KeBryan Hayes +2000Kyle Wright +2000Nico Hoerner +2000Sixto Sanchez +2000Jon Duplantier +2500Alec Bohm +3300Daulton Varsho +3300Spencer Howard +4000The shortstop Lux is a big favorite to continue the Dodgers’ big-time ROTY tradition, but the field has too many guys who can spoil, with pitchers Gore (Padres) and Wright (Braves) standing out in good spots.MLB season specials in 2020Most Home RunsOver 20½ Home Runs -150Under 20½ Home Runs +120Someone will be tearing it up in the hottest part of the year with a well-rested bat ready to rip. Judge seems like the guy to make it happen. Player to hit .400 or betterNo -700Yes +500It’s fair to say 200 at-bats will be a healthy number over 60 games, which means someone will need to bang out at least 80 hits, averaging 1.5 per game. That’s an equivalent of 243 in 162 games, and only two players, Devers and Whit Merrifield, broke 200 hits in 2019. Asterisk or not, Ted Williams is easily safe for another year.last_img read more

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Courts prepare to restart jury trials

first_imgGavel, scales of justice and law booksDES MOINES — The state court system is moving closer to returning to holding jury trials across the state.Supreme Court Justice Matthew McDermott co-chaired the committee which reviewed and made recommendations on the issue. He says it’s important to have the jurors in the courtrooms.“There have been some states that have tried remote video conferencing jury trials — and I think there has been very limited or mixed success with most of those,” McDermott says.The Supreme Court released a list of guidelines Wednesday it will follow for jury trials, and McDermott says they could be put in place soon.  “It’s our hope that the jury trial process will get going in the next couple of months, ” he says. “We think that we have these protocols in place that can keep people safe and we can start giving people their right to a jury trial that is enshrined in the constitution.”McDermott says many of the protocols are things we’ve already seen as other businesses and services opened back up. “Obviously everyone has had to deal with it and I don’t think there’s anything that’s going to particularly shock anyone with any of the rules we have here. I think most of them are kind of standard practice now,” McDermott says.One of the biggest challenges the court system faces is there are different types of courthouses in the 99 counties of the state. “It’s really adopting all of them for 99 counties where these trials will take place,” according to McDermott. “That could be a challenge — because you have courthouses like the one in Polk County that is devoted almost solely to court operations. And then you have courthouses in more rural counties that might have    a lot of other operations going on to — the county auditor’s office and recorder’s office and things like that.”He says those smaller courthouses pose a social distancing challenge. “Those courtrooms are perhaps a little bit smaller and so just addressing all of the different iterations of the courthouses that are out there. It’s going to be challenging — but I think that we are up to it,” McDermott says.He says one big issue is keeping the juror’s space six feet apart. “Jurors might have to sit in the gallery. They might have to sit in chairs that are situated outside the regular jury box. The hope is that we can get everyone in our courtrooms to make that happen. Otherwise we are going to have to find or try to find spaces outside of courthouses to hold trials,” McDermott says.He says there will be some differences in how jurors are called to serve.  He says they will have to call them in smaller groups and keep them out of the courthouses for as long as they can until they have to come in. “Like most other businesses we are going to have markings on floors, doing all of the regular measures that everyone seems to be doing with keeping spacing and wearing masks and things like that,” McDermott says.They may summon larger jury pools than in the past in anticipation of some jurors not being able to come in because of virus symptoms.  All of the proposed guidelines for restarting jury trials are on the judicial system’s website.last_img read more

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Spectra donates to FSJ Hospital for CT Scanner

first_imgPhoto: Shown here are Janice Isberg, Executive Director of the Foundation; Don Lacey of Spectra Energy; Charlene Cavers, Foundation Board Member; and Darlene Giesbrecht, head of Diagnostic Imaging at the Fort St. John Hospital – Hospital FoundationFriday Spectra Energy made a donation towards the CT Scanner campaign of $25,000. – Advertisement -Renovations for the installation of the CT Scanner have begun in the anticipation that the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation can raise the $1.3 million needed by January 1.AdvertisementMore information about the status of the campaign will be available Friday September 19th as the Hospital Foundation has called a press conference.last_img read more

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‘Facebook’ cleaners escape jail after ‘cleaning out’ victim’s house

first_imgTwo women who advertised a household cleaning service on Facebook but “cleaned” out a client’s house of almost €2,000 in personal items have escaped going to jail.Chloe Colsh and Anne Marie Dunphy appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with theft. The women had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges and have since paid compensation to the woman they robbed.Victim Carol Doherty came across the accused women at Letterkenny Bus station after they had cleaned out her house at Illistrin Little on March 4th, 2017.The victim noticed that the two women had some of her personal belongings with them.She confronted them and the women fled and when Ms Doherty returned to her home in Kilmacrennan, she discovered numerous items had been taken.The list included a Nintendo DS, a child’s gold ring, an Apple iPod, a silver necklace, a Google Nexus tablet and a Samsung camera.It was estimated that the stolen property was valued at up to €2,000 but some of the stolen items had since been recovered.The court heard that many of the items had been traded in locally at a shop.Ms Doherty tried to contact the two women through Facebook messenger but they blocked her messages.The pair, Colsh, aged 20, and Dunphy, aged 28, who are originally from the Midlands, moved to Donegal where they had an address together at Forest Park, Killygordon.Solicitor for the women, Mr Gordon Curley, said all compensation had now been paid to Ms Doherty.He said the women had come up with the scheme in order to make some money as they had none and that this was their first jobs.They advertised their services on Facebook and charged €25 per home.Judge Paul Kelly said having read the Probation Reports on both women and having heard all compensation was paid, he would apply the Probation Act in both cases.The court heard that another man involved in the case, who is understood to have sold on the property, will appear in court in September.‘Facebook’ cleaners escape jail after ‘cleaning out’ victim’s house was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cleanerscompensationcourtFacebookrobberylast_img read more

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Praise for SA’s efforts to transform accountancy profession

first_img24 April 2014 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has been recognised by the World Bank for its efforts to transform the profession through its Thuthuka bursary programme, as well as for upholding high standards in accounting and financial reporting in South Africa. The World Bank’s report on South Africa’s regulatory system was commissioned by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Released earlier this year, the report commended the bursary programme as a “world first”. The report, titled Coverage of Standards and Codes: Accounting and Auditing, said Saica had “taken decisive steps to transform the profession. The black membership of professional accountancy organisations has increased during the past 10 years with the implementation of the Thuthuka programme. “Universities are actively increasing their number of black students by participating in the Thuthuka initiative, and by allowing entrance into extended programmes for black students who do not fully meet the admission requirements,” the report stated.Student enrolment South Africa’s Council on Higher Education, an independent statutory body, reports that from 1994 to 2007, total student enrolment in higher education had grown from 425 000 students to 761 000 students, with the proportion of Africans growing from 43% in 1998 to 67% in 2007. “The gender and racial demographics for Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) students have changed dramatically over the past nine years,” the report said. “In 2003 the number of female CTA students as a percentage of total enrolment was approximately 28% and increased to 50% in 2011. Black students comprised 25.8% of total CTA enrolment in 2003, compared to 38.8% in 2011.” A Saica senior executive Chantyl Mulder said, “I am pleased that an independent and credible body such as the World Bank recognise the ground-breaking work that Saica is doing in transforming the profession thus far.” World Bank representative Patrick Kabuya said: “South Africa has implemented a number of commendable accountancy profession reforms in the past decade that have contributed to strengthening its financial reporting systems. The systems have contributed to the advancement of governance and financial accountability which are critical pillars of enhancing business environment and country competitiveness.”Accreditation Saica works closely with its 13 accredited universities and is making progress in accrediting other universities, particularly historically disadvantaged universities, such as Walter Sisulu University and the University of Zululand. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has asked Saica use the Thuthuka Bursary Fund model to target priority professions such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine and education, as part of South Africa’s Human Resources Development plan. [Saica’s] Thuthuka development model is also set to be exported to other African countries and developing nations, Business Day reported. Read the full report on the World Bank’s website. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Geocaching Reveals Lost Ancestors

first_img SharePrint RelatedHow to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 8, 2018In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs” Danny and Laura “Cachn’Zoom”A race to find a newly published geocache uncovers a century-old piece of family history. Laura and Danny geocache under the name Cachn’Zoom. The experience helped the husband and wife team from North Carolina connect family ties back to earliest days of the United States of America.Laura and Danny know geocaching introduces them to new sights, experiences and friends.Laura says, “I have met some wonderful new adventurous friends since I started caching. I’ve been rappelling, rock climbing, hiked for miles and miles, gone on ‘geo-road trips’, and seen more waterfalls in the past year than I have in the past ten years!”But nothing could prepared them for a recent cache run on a newly published historical series of geocaches. Laura says it all started with a competitive flair. Laura writes, “I am notified when new caches are published. I don’t always make a mad dash for the FTF (First to Find), however on this day Danny and I were able to head out to try and beat a few of the ‘FTF hounds’ in our area. Gotta keep them on their toes!”She says they had already claimed a couple FTF’s when they arrived at a cache in the series called, “Adam Cooper – Long Ago But not Far Away – Fairview.” The team wouldn’t claim an FTF on that geocache.According to Laura, “Upon our arrival, we noticed our good buddy RobinMohawk already there.  He had just signed the log and re-hid the cache and enjoyed watching us finish the search. Just as I was replacing the cache, I heard ‘Mr Cachn’Zoom’ say ‘I don’t believe it.’”Danny by headstone of his ancestorThe geocache is hidden with permission near the burial site of a pioneer settler, Adam Cooper. Danny was exploring other tombstones when Laura says, “Danny proceeded to inform us that he had found the grave of a distant ancestor, John Lanning – a pioneer.” Lanning had died more than 170 years ago. Danny also found the marker for Lanning’s wife,  Sarah Whitaker.Laura says, “When we returned home he verified the discovery with the genealogy report of his family.  John Lanning is my husbands ‘great, great, great, great, great grandfather’ and Sarah Whitaker is his ‘great, great, great, great, great grandmother’, on his mother’s side of the family.”Ruth, Dare2Geocache, placed that geocache. She says she discovered some local heritage as well, “I had a blast researching our local history to create both the Fairview and the Spring Mountain historical series.  We have so many “local treasures,” as I’m sure most communities do.  [They are] places that people pass by daily and never know exist, or they never know the details that make these places so interesting.”The story of Danny and Laura’s family discovery spread fast. She says, “Most folks are amazed and are surprised to learn we located this while ‘geocaching’.  We would have never located this without geocaching.”The couple just returned from vacation and are already playing catchup with local geocaches. Laura says, “Thanks to all the geocachers who keep this adventure going and growing!  There were at least ten new caches published in my area while I was away for a week!”Laura and Danny do not expect the discoveries to stop any time soon. She says they’re looking forward to, “hours and hours of more fun and adventure!”Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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