Murder accused sent forward for trial

first_imgFirst Irish death from Coronavirus No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up TWO men have been sent forward to the current sitting of the Central Criminal Court charged with the alleged brutal murder of a man at a house party in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick. 31-year-old Shane Murphy, who was from Lee Estate in Limerick city, died after he was stabbed 23 times while attending a house party in The Grove, Pallasgreen on April 30 last.It is the State’s case that DNA testing which was made available to the DPP subsequently led gardai to formally charge Gerard Hogan (32) of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, and Dylan Hayes (20) of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, with the murder of Mr Murphy.They had been previously charged with assault causing harm to Mr Murphy and with producing a weapon during the course of a dispute, however these charges were dropped instead of the murder charge that was preferred by the State.This Wednesday, the two men were sent forward for trial to the present sitting of the Central Criminal Court after Detective Garda Michael Reidy served he books of evidence on the accused pair.Judge Marian O’Leary gave the two accused men the alibi warning and formally returned them for trial. Both men were remanded in custody to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. WhatsApp TAGSfeatured Previous articleLimerick business women in hunt for coveted awardsNext articleThe art of India previews here Staff Reporter Linkedin Twitter NewsMurder accused sent forward for trialBy Staff Reporter – September 23, 2015 971 center_img Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Shannondoc operating but only by appointment last_img read more

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”: Fair lending issues

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lately, we’ve been receiving some questions stemming from fair lending issues that came up during NCUA examinations. We will review some of these today, but overall credit unions can take a variety of actions to proactively address fair lending risk. These actions include carefully drafting fair lending policies and procedures, training employees, performing risk assessments and ongoing monitoring of compliance with fair lending laws.Fair lending laws are designed to provide fair and equal access to credit, based on individual creditworthiness, without regard to a prohibited basis such as race, gender or national origin. Fair lending laws include the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (Regulation C), and Fair Housing Act.From a litigation perspective, discrimination cases are often based on one of two theories – “disparate treatment” or “disparate impact.” A standard disparate treatment case involves a conscious decision by the credit union to discriminate against an applicant on a prohibited basis. On the other hand, disparate impact cases are far more nuanced and fact intensive. These types of cases involve a facially neutral policy that has a disparate impact (or disproportionately burdens) members of a protected class. Disparate impact cases do not require applicants to demonstrate an intent to discriminate and may be proven using statistical evidence. continue reading »last_img read more

Al Qaeeda leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed by US strike

first_imgMuhsin al-FadhliA US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said.Muhsin al-Fadhli was killed in a “kinetic strike” on July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near the northwestern Syrian town of Sarmada, said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.He did not confirm whether a drone or a manned aircraft had killed Fadhli, 34.Fadhli was allegedly the leader of the Khorasan Group, a group of senior Al-Qaeda members who have traveled from Central Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East to Syria to plot attacks on the West.The Kuwaiti-born militant was so trusted by the inner circle of late Al-Qaeda supreme leader Osama bin Laden that he was among the few who knew in advance about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, according to US intelligence.“His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of Al-Qaeda against the United States and its allies and partners,” said Davis, who heads the Defense Department’s press operations.Counterterrorism expert Bruce Riedel, however, a former CIA analyst, called Fadhli’s death a “serious but not fatal” blow to Al-Qaeda in Syria.Davis said Fadhli was also involved in October 2002 attacks against US Marines on Kuwait’s Failaka Island and on the MV Limburg, a French oil tanker.He was reported to have been previously targeted in a US air strike in September, but his death was not confirmed by US officials at the time. – Shadowy but lethal group – Officials say Khorasan is part of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front, though experts and activists cast doubt on the distinction between the two groups.In a September interview, US President Barack Obama listed Khorasan among “immediate threats to the United States,” warning that “those folks could kill Americans.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: Serie A to be played behind closed doors

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Serie A football matches will be played behind closed doors until at least April 3 due to coronavirus concerns, the Italian Government has confirmed. Several Italian games have already been postponed, including the Coppa Italia semi-finals between Juventus and AC Milan and Napoli vs Inter Milan. The government has now taken proceedings one step further, the decision confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday evening. It is not just domestic football impacted, however, with Atalanta’s Champions League match against Valencia also set to be played in an empty Mestalla stadium in Spain. Italy has been highly affected by coronavirus. A total of 107 people have now been killed by the disease in Italy, with more than 3,000 cases confirmed across the country. Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora previously said they were moving towards the decision to close the stadiums to the public, and the government – in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading further – have now done so. The decision has received support from those in Italy, including Inter Milan president Steven Zhang. Speaking before the official decision, Zhang told BBC Sport: “Closing doors but continuing matches is the right thing to do. “From a moral standpoint, as president of a football club and a manager in an organisation who are involved in these events, I just cannot accept this kind of proposal and I cannot let public health be put in this difficult condition. “It doesn’t matter what kind of game it is, it doesn’t matter if it was 24 hours or 48 hours, we knew the situation was not going to be gone.” It remains to be seen whether there will be further disruptions and postponements, but with the fixture list falling further behind schedule, time is running out should matches need to be rescheduled.Tags: AC MilanCoppa ItaliaInter MilanMestalla StadiumNapoliSerie ASpainVincenzo Spadaforalast_img read more

Kaizer Chiefs to face coach Micho’s Pirates

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Former Uganda Cranes coach Micho guides his team in training.  PHOTO ORLANDO PIRATESThunderbolt goal gives Chiefs another crack at PiratesJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A Ramahlwe Mphahlele thunderbolt gave Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 South African League Cup win over SuperSport United Sunday, and booked a semi-final showdown with arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.The biggest crowd-pullers in the republic were paired in a post-match draw and the November 24 or 25 clash offers Chiefs an early chance to avenge a 2-1 league loss last weekend.Giantkillers Baroka, who shocked Mamelodi Sundowns Saturday in the first quarter-final, were paired with League Cup trophy-holders Wits in the other tie.The Chiefs-SuperSport last-eight clash in Indian Ocean port city Durban was settled by a memorable 39th-minute goal from full-back Mphahlele.As a clearing header rolled to him just outside the side of the penalty area, he unleashed an unstoppable half-volley past Ronwen Williams into the roof of the net. “It was a great goal,” said the defender. “No, it was a damn great goal. The ball fell nicely for me and I struck it sweetly.“Several of our players were involved in car accidents recently and another is recovering from a broken leg so we dedicate this victory to them.“Today was not about fancy football — it was about heart. All of us wore our hearts on our sleeves to grind out this victory.“We were hurting having lost to our greatest rivals (Pirates) in the league and desperately needed a victory to lift morale.”On Saturday, Baroka upset Sundowns 2-0, Pirates overcame AmaZulu 3-1 after extra time and Wits edged Maritzburg United 2-1 in the other quarter-finals.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Congress warned of tax hitch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a letter to Congress, Paulson also again warned Congress that failure to pass an AMT fix would expose 21 million mostly unsuspecting taxpayers to the minimum tax – and an average tax increase of $2,000. The AMT originally was designed to make sure that the wealthiest couldn’t use tax breaks or deductions to eliminate their entire tax liability. But the tax doesn’t adjust for inflation, so more middle class taxpayers are ensnared by the AMT each year unless Congress acts. Democrats controlling Congress have promised to make sure the AMT doesn’t entrap more taxpayers during filing season next year. But House and Senate Democrats have yet to agree on specifics of an AMT fix or whether to raise revenues elsewhere in the tax code so that an AMT adjustment doesn’t add to the deficit. Republicans say that since the AMT was never intended to hit the middle class, legislation to reform it should not be subject to pay-as-you-go rules that require tax cuts to be “paid for” with loophole closures or rate increases. “This is not a new tax cut that should be paid for,” said Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, top Republican on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “This is preventing a tax increase.” The IRS is gearing up its computer programs and 2007 tax forms are going to press in November. Paulson warned that delays in enacting an AMT bill could expose up to 25 million taxpayers to delays in processing of their returns and payment of refunds. Paulson told lawmakers that delaying enactment of an AMT fix until mid-November or later would cause “significant compliance challenges and will result in confusion for taxpayers, tax return preparers and tax software developers.” Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Finance Committee, said he’s intent on getting the AMT changed but that Congress has had comparable delays on tax legislation without disastrous consequences. “We ran into this problem last year or the year before and it’s a little inconvenient but the world didn’t fall apart,” Baucus said. “But still obviously the goal is to get it done.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMT: Treasurychief says failure to adjust system could result in refund hang-ups. By Andrew Taylor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned lawmakers Tuesday that delays in enacting a temporary fix to the alternative minimum tax could cause millions of taxpayers to experience delays in receiving their refunds. last_img read more

India are the favourites, says Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.”  When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”last_img read more

Barrett McMillan and others yet to decide on NFL draft Price and

OSU cornerbacks redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore (2) and redshirt junior Gareon Conley (8) embrace while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) looks on following the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorGLENDALE, Ariz. — The six returning starters from the 2015 Ohio State football team were put on draft board to begin the season. Following Saturday night’s 31-0 loss to No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a few of them answered questions about their future.“It will be really hard for me to walk away when we lost 31-0,” said redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said they will have to sit down and talk to their families and coaches about possibly leaving early for the NFL draft. However, two Buckeyes who were draft eligible declared their intentions to return to the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said they will return to the program in 2017.“We just got to get to work in the offseason,” Hubbard said. “We know what it takes now and we got to do more.”Price listed getting his degree and his performance tonight as motivators to play next season.“We’ll start off the season training, and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach,” he said. “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”Having to fill a total of 16 starting spots on offense and defense opened the door for a few players to have breakout season. So good, in fact, that some of those breakout stars have to decide if they will return to Ohio State for the 2017 season.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore all echoed McMillan, Lewis and Conley.McMillan said it would be difficult to leave on a bad note.“I gave my all to this program,” he said. “I want to finish it off the right way.” read more

Will a bowl ban affect Ohio State football recruiting

The NCAA might have hit the Ohio State football program with a one-year bowl ban and cut nine scholarships over three years, but it hasn’t affected the school’s recruiting. According to recruiting experts, no OSU football recruits have indicated they are thinking about switching their commitment. In fact, the opposite is true. “In actuality, we surveyed most of the commitments that they have and basically it was almost unanimous that they’re going to stick with their commitments to Ohio State,” said Steve Helwagen, managing editor of “I don’t think anybody is planning to back out.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for, said he has also spoken to many of OSU’s recruits and doesn’t foresee any problems. “We’ve spoken to a lot of the big names of the class and they’ve all said that they want to sign with the Buckeyes,” Noon said. “They’re still excited about their opportunity to be part of the Buckeyes.” The bowl ban will affect OSU after the 2012 regular season, which would be the freshman year for the incoming recruits. Typically, most freshman at OSU don’t play a large role on the field. “They’re probably going to be backups if they don’t redshirt,” Helwagen said. “For those guys, to miss a bowl game, they don’t figure to be frontline players. It’s probably not that big of an issue.” But the bowl ban is something that many didn’t expect. OSU athletic director Gene Smith repeatedly said he didn’t think a bowl ban was likely and said he was “surprised” when the NCAA Committee of Infractions announced their decision Tuesday. When new head coach Urban Meyer first took the job at OSU, he indicated that he didn’t expect a bowl ban either. Helwagen and Noon said recruits were probably being told not to expect a harsh decision. “When they hired Urban Meyer, he said that Gene Smith and Gordon Gee told him that they didn’t think a bowl ban was in the cards,” Helwagen said. “I think Urban Meyer was telling recruits what he was being told … (the ban) couldn’t have been unforeseen because it was a possibility. I think it did catch a lot of people off guard though.” In addition to the bowl ban, the NCAA slashed nine scholarships over three years and put the football program on three years probation. Noon agreed the bowl ban may have come as a surprise, but said the other sanctions shouldn’t worry the recruits in the slightest. “I think the one-year bowl ban comes as a little bit of a surprise,” Noon said. “But when you look at the rest of the penalties, none of those directly have bearing on kids whether they commit to a program because scholarship reductions don’t mean anything to you if you already have a scholarship.” Before the NCAA levied its punishments, Meyer had been on quite a roll on the Buckeye recruiting trail. Noah Spence, Se’von Pittman and Tommy Schutt, three highly rated defensive line recruits gave their pledge to the Scarlet and Gray within the past two weeks. Two of those players, Pittman and Schutt, were previously committed to other Big Ten schools, but Meyer was able to flip Pittman from Michigan State to OSU and Schutt uncommitted from Penn State. With OSU now facing a bowl ban, some fear opposing coaches might use that fact to negatively recruit against players already committed to the Buckeyes. But Noon said finally knowing the penalties might actually be a good thing. “I think Ohio State was already being negatively recruited when the whole NCAA cloud was hanging over its head,” Noon said. “I’m sure that schools will try and potentially use this to see if they can shake somebody loose, but I don’t expect it to be anywhere to the point of where it was beforehand where schools were saying allegedly that Ohio State was going to get USC-type penalties.” The USC football program just finished the second season of its two-year bowl ban this year and had 30 scholarships cut by the NCAA as part of violations involving former Trojan running back Reggie Bush. Recruits now know what they’re facing if they choose to enroll at OSU, but that doesn’t mean opposing coaches won’t try their best to convince the recruits to change their minds. “If they really want those guys, they’re going to go after them,” Helwagen said. read more