4 Jun
2021

Gardaí criticised over investigation of teenager’s death

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] family of a 16-year-old girl who was found submerged at the canal entrance to the Abbey river have accused Gardaí of not fully investigating the circumstances leading up to her deathCity coroner John McNamara had to call order to proceedings on a number of occasions when family members disrupted the inquest with questions and comments directed at gardai.The 16 year old girl, who was described as “level headed” and in good form, was last seen by her sister shortly after 11pm on the night before her body was discovered in the water by a passerby.Garda John O’Connell told the inquest there was no evidence that a minor assault on the girl earlier that night was linked to her death.At this point, the girl’s sister and brother asked why no other depositions were given as they were key to the circumstances on the night and could answer questions the family had about the girl’s death.The teenager was seen running from the High Street area of the city towards Denmark Street after her sister attempted to get her into a car to take her home.The family claimed that she was in the company of others when she ran from her sister.There were heated exchanges as family members told gardaí to tell the truth, claiming that they should have “further investigated” the circumstances and that there was a more sinister background to the girl’s death.Medical evidence indicated toxic levels of alcohol along therapeutic levels of diazepam and alprazolam. According to the pathology report, death was due to drowning.The coroner said that while he accepted that the girl did not have suicidal thoughts and there was no evidence of foul play, an open verdict would be the most appropriate one.One of the girl’s sisters responded: “Ye just want to open and shut this case so that it goes away – the questions will never go away for us”.Her mother said that “kids go to the canal for a drink, we all know that – they don’t go there to jump in the river. She was a happy girl and had the world in front of her. She didn’t know what she was doing but my daughter didn’t jump, I believe she was pushed.”Asked by Mr McNamara if there were any other lines of inquiry both Inspector Seamus Ruane and Garda John O’Connell said that the investigation had concluded and there was no other evidence.“Nobody saw her fall in. Nobody saw her jump in or nobody saw her being pushed so this inquest must return an open verdict”, the coroner said. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL First Irish death from Coronavirus Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGSfeaturedfull-image WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedin NewsGardaí criticised over investigation of teenager’s deathBy Staff Reporter – November 14, 2013 616 Print Previous articleLimerick is ready to shuffle to Bombay Bicycle ClubNext articleMinister opens Red Door Business incubation centre Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Facebooklast_img read more

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4 Jun
2021

New Irish citizens prepare for election day in Limerick

first_imgNewsLocal NewsNew Irish citizens prepare for election day in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 24, 2016 730 Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSDoras Luimnígeneral election 2016limerick Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live DORAS Luimní has been working with new Irish citizens in Limerick ahead of the election to encourage voter awareness and registration, and reminding new citizens that there is power in their vote.Aideen Roche, Doras Luimní, commented, “New Irish citizens now make up a considerable proportion of the electorate, which could go a long way towards influencing Ireland’s next Government. Despite the size of this population, political parties continue to disregard immigration and migrant related issues in their manifestos.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There has been a significant increase in awareness of refugee protection concerns and the scandal of Direct Provision among the general public too, and we hope that the next Government will take swift and effective action on these areas as a matter of priority.”Voter participation among new communities and other marginalised groups can often be very low, said Ms Roche. In an attempt to boost participation, Doras Luimní have been implementing a project that aims to increase voter registration and participation through targeted outreach and voting information sessions.“While many new citizens living in Limerick are well aware of the process, there are a growing number of new eligible electors that benefit from tailored information and assistance. Ireland has a complicated and unique election process, not helped by the usage of Irish language terminology in politics. For people with limited social networks and non-native English speakers, the process of registration and the election system itself can be challenging.”Over 300 people have registered to vote with Doras Luimní’s assistance over the past few months and are looking forward to participating in the election this Friday, February 26. Previous articleLimerick Garda’s hunch led to capture of betting shop thiefNext articleIndiependence 2016: First announcement for music festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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19 Dec
2020

Board to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders

first_imgBoard to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders Board to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders A long running ethics debate about the role of lawyers hired by insurance companies to represent policyholders will reach the Bar Board of Governors later this month. The board, at its August 25 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, will review three proposed advisory opinions from the Professional Ethics Committee dealing with insurance company lawyers, both those on the company payroll and outside counsel. The board will also hear several other committee reports and select nine finalists for three seats on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. It will be the board’s first meeting of the 2000-01 Bar year. It will be the second time this calendar year the board has considered an insurance-related issue. It earlier approved the recommendation of the Insurance Practices Special Study Committee to create a disclosure form to be given to policyholders when they are sued. The form advises policyholders of their rights and conditions under which the insurance company-provided attorney will work. (The special committee’s report and the disclosure form can be found at the Bar’s website at www.flabar.org/newflabar/organization/committees/scins.html.) While the insurance industry cooperated with the special committee and supported its final report and recommendation, it has opposed the three PAOs drafted by the Professional Ethics Committee. The opinions arose out of concerns that insurance company auditing practices and restrictions on what they would pay threatened client confidences and impinged on the attorney’s duty to provide an adequate defense. The three opinions provide: August 15, 2000 Regular News The board will make several appointments. Those include nine finalists for three seats on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the Supreme Court making the final appointments. The board will also select one lawyer each for four-year terms on the 16th and 19th circuit judicial nomination commissions and select one former public board member for a four-year term on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. In PAO 99-2 that, “An attorney hired by an insurance company to represent an insured may not provide confidential information relating to the representation to an outside auditor or other third parties at the request of the insurance company without the specific consent of the insured. Such consent cannot be implied by the contract between the insured and the insurance company.” Russomanno will report on the ABA House of Delegates approval of the recommendation by The Florida Bar and other state bars to reject changes to the model rules to allow MDPs. center_img Insurance industry critics have submitted hundreds of pages of briefs to the board and have requested permission to make oral presentations. Aside from those, the board will also receive a recommendation from its Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. Criticisms have ranged from the committee improperly considered the opinions since they were not based on an inquiry from an attorney to that it used faulty reasoning, to the opinions unfairly discriminate against attorneys retained by insurance companies. “The PAOs are a remedy in search of a problem,” wrote Tallahassee attorney Katherine Giddings, representing the American Insurance Association. “They neither address specific conduct, nor propose clear, workable solutions. Instead, they are generalized edicts that flout established Florida law, and make it more difficult for attorneys to follow the ethics rules and for insurers to conduct business.” Aside from the insurance issue, the BRCPE will report on an appeal of an ethics staff opinion on whether an attorney can represent a client in a countersuit involving a loan that may have been obtained by fraud and where the loan document may contain misrepresentations. The committee will also present six advertising appeals. The Program Evaluation Committee will report on its reviews, including three programs that are top priorities of Bar President Herman Russomanno for the coming year. Those are a Judicial Independence Commission; a Technology Task Force to help Bar members make better use of new technologies and the Internet; and a commission to study the application of current ethics and bar admission rules to the multi-jurisdictional practice of law. The Legislation Committee will report on Bar legislative positions that should be readopted for the new biennium. Under Bar rules, all legislative positions automatically sunset on June 30 of general election years. The committee will recommend that the board immediately readopt three positions: That the Supreme Court continue to oversee the legal profession, that state agencies be authorized to pay Bar annual fees and CLE costs for their staff attorneys, and that the Bar continue to support switching to merit selection and retention in the choosing of all trial judges. The latter will be the subject of referenda in every circuit and county on the November general election ballot. The board is also scheduled to review materials for the merit retention campaign, including brochures and an educational video. The Member Benefits Committee will present its recommendation that Business Planning Concepts replace Jardine Group Services at the broker/administrator of Bar member benefits insurance programs. On other matters: In PAO 99-3 that, “An attorney is ethically prohibited from entering into an agreement with an insurance company to represent insureds where the attorney’s independent professional judgment and the client’s rights will be affected by restrictive billing practices imposed by the insurance company.” In PAO 99-4 that salaried attorneys or attorneys in firms that derive all or most of their income from an insurance company have a potential conflict of interest and must ensure that their independent judgment to act in the policyholder’s best interest is not impaired. The board also will hear a report from Florida Bar Foundation President Hamilton Cooke.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Graduate student starts entertainment investment firm

first_imgBerry, one of Primary Endeavors’ co-founding members, credited Haile for his creativity. Primary Endeavors invested in festival company Northern Nights Music Festival and loudspeaker manufacturer PK Sound in 2018, but the company wasn’t publicly launched until this year. “[The three of us have] been working in different facets of entertainment, which is essentially the industry that we invest in, for a really long time,” Haile said. “For me, it was really important to develop my network and to develop a set of skills that were marketable and could be a real value add for the people we were working with.” “Our students are taught … how to work through the longer periods of creative ambiguity and uncertainty that are necessary to envision truly innovative solutions,” Muhl wrote. Jonathan Haile first jotted down the idea for his investment firm on the back of a napkin at The Standard in West Hollywood when he was a teenager. A semester into his studies at the Iovine and Young Academy, where he is pursuing his master’s degree, Haile’s business dreams are now becoming a reality. “Jon is a really unique and creative person in different ways than most people,” Berry said. “Not so much in artistic ways, but in intellectual and logistical ways.” In an email to the Daily Trojan, Iovine and Young Academy Dean Erica Muhl said the MS-IDBT program teaches students like Haile to work in innovative ways. After receiving his undergraduate degree in business from Pennsylvania State University, Haile moved back to the West Coast to  further develop his skills at USC. He is currently in his second semester at the Academy working toward his online Master of Science in integrated design, business and technology, which was launched in 2017 and is the first graduate program offered in the Academy. Iovine and Young Academy student Jonathan Haile began his online graduate degree last summer. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan) Haile, who spent his teenage years working in the entertainment industry, knew the potential of investing in social events. With the help of two co-founders, David Berry and Jake Kasheta, Haile launched Primary Endeavors, a boutique investment firm that specializes in parties and concerts, loosely based on his original back-of-a-napkin plan. The firm was officially launched at the beginning of January. Haile’s business essentials professor Joshua Alexander said he believes Haile’s inherent traits were also part of the reason that he has been able to move forward as an entrepreneur. “The economics of the entertainment industry are a little bit different than the economics of the tech industry,” Haile said. “Those companies have different needs than tech companies have, and if you feed those needs in unique ways, you can get different and … preferable outcomes.” “[Haile] demonstrates an intellectual curiosity that I’ve noticed is very common in successful entrepreneurs,” Alexander said. “He has a very optimistic outlook. When you combine those two things together, it generally puts an entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur on that track for success.” He said his firm’s decision to invest in entertainment and leisure rather than technology was purposeful, especially as a L.A.-based firm. As his firm enters its first year in the public eye, Haile said he is hopeful for the future. Haile said his primary goal for 2019 is to foster more local relationships and find business partners in Los Angeles. Though Primary Endeavors does not currently have a headquarters, the company is looking to move into an office Downtown in the coming weeks to make room for expansion. Haile was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has worked in several entertainment positions since his high school years in 2007 — from contributing to marketing strategies for Repossession Records to being an agent trainee at Agency for the Performing Arts. “We were more interested in empowering other people that were already doing really cool things … than we were growing something from the ground up and having ourselves be the face of it,” Haile said. “The seed was planted super early, and it’s something we’ve been trying to do for a long time,” Haile said.  “It was really important for us not to move on something until we were each prepared.” Haile said he didn’t feel comfortable launching Primary Endeavors until he began his graduate studies.last_img read more

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