Keith lines out for suicide patrol

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ TAGSCorbett Suicide Prevention PatrolsKeith EarlsMusic Limerick WhatsApp Keith Earls autobiography coming this October NewsLocal NewsKeith lines out for suicide patrolBy Alan Jacques – March 20, 2014 909 Breaking: Keith Earls Extends IRFU Contract Email Printcenter_img Mike Haley hails ‘unbelievable’ Keith Earls Facebook Linkedin Advertisement MUNSTER, Ireland and Lions rugby star Keith Earls has signed up to tackle the serious issue of suicide in Limerick as an ambassador for the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.The city suicide group that patrols the River Shannon made contact with the 26-year-old Moyross man through Munster head offices last month. And, according to Paul Hogan of the voluntary group, Earls was quick to pledge his support.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are about prevention but we are also about awareness. We have been asked to give lots of talks on the issue of suicide and the fact that Keith Earls has now given us his support will help raise our profile,” Mr Hogan said.“When we contacted Keith, he said he was well aware of the work we do. We are absolutely delighted to have such a well-known ambassador for our organisation. His support will help raise more awareness and the more we talk about this issue, the better,” he explained.The CSPP have been involved in over 80 interventions along the Shannon since setting up over a year ago. The volunteer suicide group have also launched a new helpline number — 085-2120987 — for families who might be concerned about a loved one who is missing.The group will hold a fundraising event at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on March 29 next. Tickets cost €10 and are available via the voluntary group’s facebook page. Previous articleWeekly Golf Notes 22/3/14Next articleLosses change everything for Limerick GAA Alan Jacques Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick ‘He’s one of the best players I’ve played with’ – Rory Best backs Keith Earls for Lions call last_img read more

Rathkeale history is up for discussion

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRathkeale history is up for discussionBy Alan Jacques – January 27, 2017 1223 TAGSlimerickRathkeale and District Historical Society Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RATHKEALE and District Historical Society kick-starts its spring series with three talks of local interest this Friday, January 27.The first talk by Lorna Shier is titled ‘The Irish Palatines – Their Lifestyle, Survival and Contribution from 1709’.Lorna is a member of the Irish Palatine Association and holds an MA degree in the ‘History of the Family’ from the University of Limerick. Her final dissertation was on the theme of the Palatines and the audience can be assured of a scholarly and authoritative presentation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The second talk, to be presented by Jim O’Riordan, is titled ‘A Stroll Round the Old Village of Cappagh’. A founding member of the society, Jim is a passionate historian with an encyclopedic knowledge and love for his local area. He is sure to hold his listeners spellbound with his gentle storytelling as he talks of Cappagh Castle, Cappagh House and the hangings at Cappagh Hill in the early 1800s. He will also speak of Lord Essex’s encampment in Cappagh Hill and the passage of Captain Going through Cappagh.The final speaker of the evening will be genealogist Gerard Greaney of Ardagh. His talk is titled: ‘Children for Sale: Ireland 1950-1955’. For most of the twentieth century children born to unwed mothers were treated appallingly in Ireland. Gerard’s talk will chart the lives of some of these children and how they became part of Ireland’s ‘banished babies’.Proceedings begin at 8.30pm in the Arts Centre located within the Rathkeale area offices of Limerick City and County Alan [email protected] Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Printcenter_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePreston Reed: tunings and musings from the innovator/composerNext articleNew acute bed unit at UHL approved Alan Jacques Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Testimony Begins On Sunday Alcohol Sales Legislation

first_imgThe Indiana House Public Policy Committee received overwhelming support for proposed legislation that would allow for Sunday carryout alcohol sales during testimony on Wednesday, with retailers from both the liquor store and big-box retailers supporting the measure.Representatives from multiple chambers of commerce and retail associations spoke in favor of the Sunday sales bill, House Bill 1051, which was authored by committee chair Rep. Ben Smaltz. The bill would allow liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores and restaurants to sell alcohol for carryout on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m., a change from Indiana’s current prohibition on all Sunday carryout sales.Much of Wednesday’s testimony focused on the fact that Indiana’s border states offer Sunday alcohol sales, so Hoosier consumers have begun to request the same.John Sinder, owner of Crown Liquors in Indianapolis and chair of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, said consumer feedback is what drove his organization to support Sunday sales this year, a shift from its opposition to similar legislation in years past. Similarly, Indiana Retail Council President Grant Monahan said Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week, and Indiana consumers want to be able to buy all of their groceries on one day in one location.Monahan further pointed to studies that show Indiana losing roughly $12 million a year in sales and excise tax revenue due to its Sunday sales ban. That loss stems from Hoosiers crossing state lines to get around Indiana’s law.“They’re taking their entire shopping list with them,” Monahan told the committee. “There’s a great deal of retail activity being lost in Indiana.”Though Rep. Sean Eberhart has long advocated lifting the Prohibition-era ban on Sunday alcohol sales, he pushed Sinder and Monahan on their newfound agreement on the issue. The Shelbyville Republican noted that the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers had opposed his Sunday sales legislation in years past, so he questioned Sinder on why the organization’s position had changed.Sinder maintained that times and legislative priorities change, while Monahan added that finding common ground on the Sunday sales issues could bring about an end to a longstanding legislative feud between liquor stores and big-box stores. However, Monahan also told Eberhart that the Indiana Retail Council will oppose proposed legislation that would expand cold beer sales beyond liquor stores.Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, has filed cold beer expansion legislation, Senate Bill 26. The Senate Public Policy Committee will hear testimony on the bill at its Jan. 17 meeting.The Association of Beverage Retailers and Indiana Retail Council announced a compromise on Sunday sales legislation in November, when the Alcohol Code Revisions Commission was assessing Indiana’s alcohol retail sales laws. Former Indiana Sen. Beverly Gard, who chaired the commission, said she was “bothered” by the announced compromise that came at a time when the commission was still hearing testimony and making recommendations.Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, questioned Smaltz on the possibility of another agreement on alcohol-related legislation — one between the House and the Senate, which has also proposed a Sunday sales bill, SB 1. Smaltz, however, said the proposed legislation in both chambers was written to reflect the commission’s recommendations, not any sort of agreement between lawmakers. He also noted that Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, authored the commission’s recommendations and is the chair of the committee that will hear SB 1.Aside from Sunday sales support from liquor and big-box stores, the Indiana and Indianapolis Chambers of Commerce, Distilled Spirits Council, Wine Institute and Kroger testified in support of HB 1051. Only Lisa Hutcheson, director of the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, came forward with concerns. She urged the General Assembly to begin collecting data on the number of underage sales, impaired driving incidents and other similar consequences for two years after the passage of Sunday sales legislation.Like Hutcheson, Smaltz said he had concerns about the social impact of expanding alcohol sales. Thus, the limit on Sunday sales from noon to 8 p.m. was proposed as a way of controlling that social impact and easing the state into selling alcohol seven days a week, he said.Smaltz did not call for a vote on HB 1051.The Senate will consider its version of Sunday sales legislation Wednesday after Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s State of the Judiciary address. The Senate Public Policy Committee will hear testimony in the Senate Chamber, but like the House panel, is not expected to vote on the legislation. Olivia Covington for FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fixed-assets cap, stress testing deadlines addressed in final rules

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Starting Jan. 1, 2016, federal credit unions will not be subject to the current 5% cap on fixed assets. That rule, along with a final rule involving shifting the stress test and capital planning schedules, were approved by the National Credit Union Administration board Thursday.The new fixed-assets final rule not only will remove the 5% threshold, it will also eliminate a waiver process, and establish a six-year time period for partial occupancy of premises.“We’re pleased the NCUA board listened to CUNA and credit unions by removing the 5% fixed-assets threshold,” said Jim Nussle, president/CEO of CUNA. “CUNA has long advocated for this change which will allow credit unions more flexibility in deploying resources to benefit their members. However, we will not have a complete picture of the true regulatory relief until NCUA provides credit unions with guidance.”The NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance has drafted a supervisory letter that will provide guidance to examiners to address safety and soundness compliance.“This supervisory guidance will not only help with ensuring examination consistency, it will provide exam scoping policies and procedures and expectations for safe and sound fixed asset management,” said D. Scott Neat, director of the NCUA’s Division of Supervision. “It will be provided prior to the rule’s effective date, likely sometime in September.” continue reading »last_img read more

On 8-7 vote, Iowa Senate panel approves death penalty in limited cases (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — Eight Republicans on a state senate committee have narrowly approved a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for people convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a child in Iowa.Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, said polls show Iowans support the death penalty in these cases. “We’re talking about the most heinous acts that can happen here in Iowa,” Chapman said. “There isn’t anything much worse than what we’re discussing.”Senator Kevin Kinney, a Democrat from Oxford, is a retired Johnson County Deputy. He investigated the 2005 kidnapping, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage of Cedar Rapids — and Kinney said he’s visited the cell of Roger Bentley, the girl’s killer who was sentenced to life in prison.“He is living a deplorable life…If we kill him, that would be a gift to him,” Kinney said. “…I want him to sit in there and rot for the rest of his life.”Senator Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, said the death penalty is about justice for victims.“I believe the death penalty is pro-life because I’m worried about the victim. I’m not worried about the perpetrator,” Schultz said. “I think the perpetrator made his own decisions.”Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who joined all Democrats in the committee in opposing the bill, quoted from the Bible.“‘Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they would turn from their wickedness and live,’” Hogg said. “If you kill somebody, that person has no opportunity to repent.”Senator Schultz responded by quoting from Genesis.“‘If a man sheds blood, then his blood shall be shed by man,’” Schultz said. “…It is for this reason that government bears the flaming sword — to implement justice.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, said the death penalty is about vengeance.“Any murder is heinous, but we’re a civilized society and I think life in prison without parole truly is a punishment,” Bisignano said. “I think, to me, it’s more punishing.”And Bisignano raised the specter of wrongful convictions that have lead other states to execute the innocent. Senator Julian Garrett, a Republican from Indianola, responded.“We can be pretty sure when we’ve got DNA evidence that we’re going the right thing,” Garrett said.The Senate’s Republican leader has not indicated whether the bill will be scheduled for debate in the senate. The bill has 20 Republican co-sponsors, but 26 “yes” votes are required to pass bills in the senate.AUDIO of Senate Judiciary Committee debate of bill, 27:00last_img read more