Antisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in Limerick

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSantisocial behaviourHenry Street Garda StationlimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinthomondgate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsAntisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2018 1326 Emailcenter_img Previous articleEclectic mix and free gigs to Limerick Literary FestivalNext articlePlunge into Limericks latest event Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.A 48 per cent decrease in the number of Community Gardaí in Limerick since 2010 is causing “chaos” in parts of the city as antisocial behaviour spikes.That’s according to Sinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan who has expressed his deep concern over the fact that there are now only 38 Community Gardaí on duty, compared with 73 eight years ago.And he claims that gangs of 50 to 60 young people often more than 100 strong are congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These gangs are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents, many of whom are elderly.“The number of Community Gardaí has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017, a decrease of some 48 per cent. This is shameful and shows that the Government have no interest in investing in Community Policing,” Deputy Quinlivan claimed.“It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down. The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the city.”He maintains that the decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions with Limerick particularly badly affected.“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District; today there are only 307.“Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’.“As a local elected representative, I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. It can be transformative,” he declared.Deputy Quinlivan believes Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally. I have seen the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years. It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes,” he Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Security operation continues after Derry explosion

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBrad?! What happened your face?Next articleMan escapes prison after admitting abusing police at Altnagelvin Hospital admin Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A security operation is continuing in Derry following an explosion in Crawford Square last night.The blast was reported just before 11 o’clock. No-one was injured, and [olice and army experts remain at the scene while another suspicious object is examined.A number of residents have been moved from their homes. Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Security operation continues after Derry explosion Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ By admin – April 28, 2015 last_img read more

Man critical after Dublin assault

first_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – July 10, 2013 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Man critical after Dublin assault Previous articleDonegal Tax Defaulters pay Revenue 24 million euro over 5 yearsNext articleMinister says budget choices ‘based on whole of society’ News Highland Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Google+center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai are still quizzing a 19-year-old man in connection with an attack in Rialto in Dublin yesterday evening. A man in his 20s is fighting for his life following a fight near the Luas Stop at around 5:30pmIt is reported the Crumlin man was injured with a broken bottle and is in an induced coma.Local Dublin City Councillor Michael O’Sullivan is appealing for anyone with information about the attack to get in touch with Gardai.”Absolutely anybody who has information to come forward – there is somebody in custody, but anybody who knows anything to come forward” he said.”It’s in all our interests that people are allowed to go around the streets safely” he added. Facebook WhatsApp News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal last_img read more

Lawyers Are Exempted From Paying GST/Service Tax, Do Not Harass Them By Issuing Demand Notices: Orissa High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesLawyers Are Exempted From Paying GST/Service Tax, Do Not Harass Them By Issuing Demand Notices: Orissa High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 April 2021 7:12 AMShare This – xThe Orissa High Court directed the Commissioner GST to issue clear instructions to all the officers in the GST Commission rates in the state not to issue any notice demanding payment of service tax/GST to practising lawyers.”It appears that despite knowing fully well that advocates are not liable to pay service tax or GST, notices continue to be issued to them by the GST Commissionerate….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Orissa High Court directed the Commissioner GST to issue clear instructions to all the officers in the GST Commission rates in the state not to issue any notice demanding payment of service tax/GST to practising lawyers.”It appears that despite knowing fully well that advocates are not liable to pay service tax or GST, notices continue to be issued to them by the GST Commissionerate. The Court expresses its concern that practising advocates should not have to face harassment on account of the Department issuing notices calling upon them to pay service tax/GST when they are exempted from doing so, and in the process also having to prove they are practising advocates.” the bench comprising the Chief Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice B.P. Routray observed.The court was considering a writ petition filed by one lawyer Devi Prasad Tripathy challenging a notice issued to him. The bench perused the counter affidavit filed by Principal Commissioner GST in which it was stated that “after receiving information from Devi Prasad Tripathy having PAN as being an individual advocate practicing in the Hon’ble High Court of Odisha”, further proceedings against him are dropped.””What the Court is concerned about is the deponent insisting that the Petitioner should have submitted “documentary evidence to prove his claim that he is a practicing individual lawyer and does not come under the provision of GST or service tax.”, the bench observed. The court also heard other advocates present in the Court who stated that they too have received such notices. Directing the Commissioner to issue instructions in this regard, the bench said that the copies of such instructions shall be placed before it.The case will be taken up on 22nd April.Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘Digraceful Order’, ‘Dimwitted Judges’: Kerala AG Sanctions Contempt Proceedings Against K Sudhakaran For Remarks On HC Murder Judgment

first_imgNews Updates’Digraceful Order’, ‘Dimwitted Judges’: Kerala AG Sanctions Contempt Proceedings Against K Sudhakaran For Remarks On HC Murder Judgment LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 May 2021 12:13 AMShare This – xImage Courtesy – The News MinuteOn Friday, Advocate General CP Sudhakara Prasad accorded sanction to a petition seeking the initiation of contempt proceedings against Indian National Congress leader K Sudhakaran for his comments regarding a High Court judgment in a murder case (the Shuhaib murder case). A division Bench had overturned a Single Bench judgment that ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of one Shuhaib. According to news reports, the politician, speaking in Kannur, termed the Kerala High Court Division Bench judgment as “മ്ലേച്ചമായ വിധി” (roughly translates as disgraceful) and made derogatory remarks about the judges who comprised the Bench, going to the extent of questioning their intellectual abilities.He had also expressed a view that the judgment could eroded public confidence. Extracting a transcript of Sudhakaran’s speech as well as reportage around it, the Advocate General records his opinion that the politician described the judgment as disgraceful and made scandalising remarks about the judges on the Bench. Therefore, the Advocate General accorded sanction to a petition filed by Advocate Janardhana Shenoy seeking the institution of contempt proceedings against Sudhakaran. The case in the High Court concerned the murder of one Shuhaib, a Youth Congress worker. Th e case, a politically contentious issue, was highlighted by the Congress as a demonstration of the CPIM’s culture of eliminating rivals. After a Single Judge had directed a CBI Inquiry into the death of Shuhaib, the Division Bench had set aside the ruling in 2018, which was followed by proceedings in the Supreme Court.The petition in the High Court had alleged that the prime accused, Akash was close to those in high echelons of power, including CPI(M)’s Kannur District Secretary P. Jayarajan, and hence, asserted that the current investigation was going on in a manner dictated by the leaders of the ruling CPI(M) who “control” the police machinery in the district. It also contended that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s rejection of the demand for a CBI probe was also due to pressure from the District Committee of CPM Party.After the Single Bench allowed the plea and directed a CBI Inquiry into the death of Shuhaib, the Division Bench set aside the same upon an appeal filed by the State Government. The bench of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar observed “there was hardly any material available before the writ court that could have led it to assume that the investigation was inherently unfair or biased in any manner.”The order for CBI probe issued by single judge Justice B Kemal Pasha (since retired) within three weeks of the crime was termed as a ‘hasty direction’ by the division bench.As on March 7, 2018 – the date of the order of single bench – the state police had arrested six persons and recovered the weapons allegedly used for the crime, noted the division bench.”As is evident from a perusal of the note submitted before the writ court by the State Attorney, the State police had already arrested six persons, and recovered the weapons used for the crime, within three weeks of the incident and before the case came up for consideration before the writ court. If the writ court wanted to get further details as regards the investigation carried out, it could have asked for the production of the Case Diary in Court but, for reasons that are not very clear, it chose not to do so. It did not also grant any opportunity to the State Government to file a counter affidavit in response to the averments in the writ petition. In our opinion, the aforesaid omissions of the writ court, without anything more, vitiates the direction issued by it to transfer the investigation of the case to the CBI. Such a hasty direction was not warranted on the facts and circumstances of the case”, said the judgment authored by Justice Jayasankaran Nambiar.TagsShuhaib Murder Case Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad K Sudhakaran Kerala High Court Next Storylast_img read more

Reporter describes scene of active shooter at Maryland newspaper as a ‘war zone’

first_imgWJLA-TV(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — A reporter described the scene from inside the building of a Maryland newsroom where an active shooting opened fire on employees as a “war zone.”Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter for the Capital Gazette, a daily Annapolis newspaper, wrote that a single gunman shot through the glass door to the office and then opened fired on employees.Davis said he was taking cover under his desk when he heard the gunman reload after shooting several people.Davis said that he was tweeting while waiting to be interviewed be police.“Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad,” he wrote.In an account published on the Gazette‘s website, Davis described the scene as a “war zone” and said he and others were still hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing, adding that he doesn’t know why the gunman stopped.Police then arrived at the scene and surrounded the shooter, he said.“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” Davis said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”ABC News has not been able to confirm Davis’ employment with the paper, but the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Gazette, is using his reporting.Anthony Messenger, an intern for the newspaper, pleaded for help on Twitter, saying there was an active shooter in the building.The Anne Arundel Police Department confirmed that an active shooter was at the building. Five are dead and several gravely injured.A suspect is now in custody, police said.Pat Furgurson, another reporter for the Capital Gazette, was across the street when he received a call from the Baltimore Sun news desk, warning him not to return to the newsroom, he told ABC News.Employees were led from the building with their hands up and were brought across the street to a reunification center at the Annapolis Mall, where they were interviewed by authorities, Furgurson said.Bill Wagner, a Capital Gazette reporter who covers Navy sports, tweeted that he was safe.Tom Marquardt, the former Editor of the Capital Gazette, told ABC News he still has a lot of friends who work there and that the “suspense is really terrible” as he waits for news on what happened to them.Marquardt said the newsroom is on the ground floor and described it as being a very open room.Newspaper staff had dealt with threats in the past and have always been concerned about security, Marquardt said, adding that angry readers in the past threatened the newspaper over who it endorsed for an election.Marquardt personally got threats, as did others, but they were mostly anonymous, he said.Other offices in the building include offices for doctors, lawyers and an orthodontist, Furgurson said.One witness told WJLA-TV that he saw the gunman pointing the weapon into the office, “like he was targeting people.”“I saw him move across the entrance of the office,” the witness said.The man said he only looked at the shooter “for a second” before he ducked his head behind the wall.Police got to the scene within minutes and escorted them out of the building, the witness said.When police arrived, they told the occupants of the office to “hunker down,” the witness said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CBP agent gave drug trafficking organization keys to fences along the southern border, DOJ says

first_imgRiverNorthPhotography/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A former Customs and Border Protection agent was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for helping smugglers get drugs across the southern border, according to a case unsealed Friday.For 10 years while still an agent, Robert Hall “facilitated the trafficking of illegal drugs, including marijuana, into the United States from Mexico on behalf of a drug trafficking organization,” the Department of Justice said.According to the Justice Department, Hall in total accepted $50,000 in cash from a drug trafficking organization “in exchange for using his position as a BPA to enable the DTO’s drug shipments to cross the border into Texas without law enforcement detection,” the DOJ said.At the time the agent was employed by CBP, he is no longer a CBP employee.Hall and his associate Daniel Hernandez gave sensitive information to a drug trafficking organization, which is not named, along the southern border, according to Hernandez’s indictment, which lists Hall as “Person A.”The two men, in exchange for payments, gave the drug trafficking organization CBP sensor locations, the location of unpatrolled roads, the number of Border Patrol agents working in a certain area and keys to gates located on the southern border.A lawyer for Hall did not comment on the case when reached by ABC News.Daniel Hernandez, who is set to be sentenced in May, is a former CBP nurse who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a public official in February.In one instance, Hernandez was paid $500 for a map containing sensor locations and a copy of a key that opened CBP locks, according to court documents.In total, Hernandez accepted $5,000 in bribes from the drug trafficking organization, authorities said.“Confronted with his regrettable mistake, Daniel has accepted responsibility,” his lawyer Nick Oberheiden told ABC News. “He is contrite and remorseful and he wants to make things right.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Accuracy of geolocation estimates for flying seabirds

first_imgGeolocation (Global Location Sensing or GLS logging) using archival light-recording tags offers considerable potential for tracking animal movements, yet few studies of flying seabirds have exploited this technology. Our study evaluated its effectiveness for determining foraging ranges of black-browed albatrosses Thalassarche melanophrys fitted simultaneously with GLS loggers and satellite-transmitters (Platform Terminal Transmitters, PTTs). After some preliminary validation, the position of an albatross could be determined by geolocation with a mean error +/- SD of 186 +/- 114 km (SDs of 1.66degrees and 1.82degrees of latitude and longitude, respectively). Errors from identical static loggers were lower (mean +/- SD of 85 +/- 47 km, with overall SDs of 0.61degrees and 0.99degrees of latitude and longitude, respectively) and less variable, with the difference attributable to variation in sensor orientation, intermittent shading by plumage, and the difficulty of correcting for extensive, potentially non-linear movements of flying birds. Iterative smoothing reduced both the mean error and the inflation of kernel ranges derived from GLS data, but over-smoothing contracted the extremes of the range. This reduced the overlap with radial cores apparent in the control data, and should be avoided for multinuclear GLS fix distributions. The accuracy of GLS tags is more than adequate for tracking migration and breeding-season foraging ranges of pelagic species, and for identifying broad-scale habitat preferences, overlap and potential conflict with commercial fisheries.last_img read more

BYU Adds South Carolina Transfer RB

first_imgFormer South Carolina running back Ty’Son Williams will join the program as a graduate transfer this fall with one year of eligibility remaining.  April 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Adds South Carolina Transfer RB Robert Lovell Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Ty’Son Williams He ran for 799 yards and five touchdowns for the Gamecocks over the past two seasons. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Provo, UT)  —  The BYU Cougars are adding to their backfield via transfer.  last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 7/25/19

first_imgJuly 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/25/19 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUEBoston 19, NY Yankees 3Minnesota 10, Chi White Sox 3Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4, 14 inningsTexas 11, Oakland 3Seattle 10, Detroit 2Baltimore 5, LA Angels 5 — 15th inning as of 3:30 a.m. ETNATIONAL LEAGUENY Mets 4, San Diego 0St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 3Colorado 8, Washington 7Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more