NewsLocal NewsRodents on the run from derelict sitesBy admin – March 1, 2011 939 Advertisement THE sight of rodents scurrying past long-standing derelict sites is terrifying people, according to election candidate Cllr Joe Leddin, responding to a complaint from a young Limerick woman who had such an experience on the Ballinacurra road. It is claimed that rats and rodents are terrifying people, especially our senior citizens who walk in the area of the former Moloney Garage site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week, the Limerick Post received a call from a young woman who said she is now terrified to be anywhere near the site.“I was wheeling my child in her buggy and two rats ran across my path – it was obvious they were coming from the site, which attracts lots of illegal dumping – it’s a disgrace that this is being allowed fester so close to where people are living and walking”.Cllr Joe Leddin, who has requested an immediate inspection of a number of the city’s most offensive derelict sites and properties from City Hall’s Planning Department, said that on his election canvass throughout the city he has received numerous complaints from people and the business sector who are living close to derelict sites.“They have outlined to me their concerns with the continued deterioration of these sites. All kind of rubbish is being dumped illegally, and as a result, increases anti-social behaviour.“There are also serious health and safety concerns surrounding the proposed Opera Centre – many of the buildings involved are over 100 years and in a poor physical state”.Pointing out that the issue is of a more serious nature than many people perceive, he also referred to the many unoccupied derelict houses and sites scattered in Hyde Road, Quins Cottages, Janesboro and Prospect, that are causing huge concern for locals.“Urgent action, such as compulsory purchase orders by the city council are now required, and while there may be difficulties pertaining to title deeds with certain houses, the major strategic sites on main artery roads into the city can’t be left unattended – either the owners or the city council must carry out appropriate works to clean and secure these sites”. Print Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOutlaw Concy hot on trail of RubberbanditsNext articleRugby fans to benefit from ticket price reduction admin Twitter Email
kuzma/iStockBy CLAYTON SANDELL and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(DENVER) — A 17-year-old transgender teen who told investigators he launched a deadly school shooting in retaliation for being bullied over his gender identity has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.Alec McKinney was sentenced Friday following impassioned, emotional statements from nearly two dozen teachers, students and family members. McKinney and fellow student Devon Erickson, 19, were accused of opening fire at STEM School Highlands Ranch in a suburb south of Denver on May 7, 2019.McKinney, who couldn’t face the death penalty because he was a minor at time of the shooting, spoke publicly for the first time since the incident, reading a roughly 22-minute statement in which he took responsibility and apologized to each of the victims.“I killed their innocence. I killed their ambitions. And I killed their sense of security. I not only physically killed people, I mentally killed people too. I don’t know how to describe the sorrow I feel when I think of the victims,” McKinney said. “The horror I caused is truly too much for anyone to bear.”Multiple students were wounded during the shooting. Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old who confronted the gunmen in an effort to stop them, was killed. According to an arrest affidavit, McKinney told investigators he wanted to target students who “always made fun of him, ‘hated him,’ called him names and said he was disgusting for trying to be a guy.”“I don’t deserve leniency, nor forgiveness. I don’t want a lighter sentence,” McKinney continued. He also had a message for would-be school shooters, urging potential copycats to get help: “The amount of pain it causes to everyone who ever cared about you, and innocent people, outweighs anything you are going through right now. Why would you idolize someone who hurt people, someone who was so weak that they couldn’t get help?”John Castillo spoke about losing his son, and while looking at a televideo screen called McKinney pure evil to his face. As the suspect openly sobbed, Castillo condemned him to hell.“This killer is a monster. You sit there with crocodile tears down your face? Well scripted,” Castillo said, crying. “I need to tell you something: These are real tears.”Castillo added that he would never forgive McKinney for his actions and vowed to “fight him to the end.”“You’ve awakened an activist who fights for safe schools,” he said.Maria Castillo said her son was murdered with only three days left in the school year, a few days before Mother’s Day.“I’m still waiting for him to come home,” she sobbed. “This evil killer destroyed my family.”During his statement, McKinney addressed the Castillos.“I want to start with an apology, but I never expect you to forgive it. Because what I’ve done is unforgivable,” McKinney said.In February, McKinney pleaded guilty to multiple charges — first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after deliberation.“Your honor, I stand behind my guilty plea,” McKinney told Judge Jeffrey Holmes, appearing in the courtroom video conference.McKinney openly sobbed throughout the hearing as he listened to witnesses recall the horror of that day, describing lasting traumas that have changed their lives forever.“The pain he has inflicted will continue for many years,” said Yuritza Ojeda-Ayala. Her son, Gerardo Montoya Ojeda, was shot in the head and survived, but she said he no longer feels safe in any classroom. “He lost that sparkle that he had.”Gabriela Leddy, a language arts teacher, shared an anguished account of that day.“As we huddled in fear, my mind became imprinted with the faces of my students,” Leddy said through tears. “They were so brave. I am honored by their bravery.”Leddy described the moment she started to run from the building, stopping when she saw Castillo’s body on the ground, his head covered by a bright green cloth.“That moment of anxiety and fear of what was happening around me came to a halt,” she said. “Something compelled me to pause and say a quiet goodbye to this man.”Leddy said she felt betrayed that a student who was one of her favorites was capable of such evil.“I went above and beyond to try to foster an environment where Alec could feel safe and accepted,” Leddy said. “This is a heartless attack that spit in the face of the kindness that teachers like me, and other caring adults, showed him.”Erickson has pleaded not guilty. He’s next due in court on Aug. 17, with his trial likely to begin in September, prosecutors said.Investigators said that on the day of the shooting, McKinney and Erickson went to Erickson’s home and used an ax and a crowbar to pry open a safe containing handguns and a rifle. They then returned to the school with the handguns hidden in a backpack and the rifle inside a guitar case.Student Nui Giasolli called McKinney, whom she once considered a close friend, a coward who projected his problems onto others.“He made himself the judge, jury and executioner,” Giasolli said. “He’s not crying because he truly regrets it. He’s crying because he got caught.”Morgan McKinney also testified at Friday’s hearing, saying her son has shown remorse and is getting mental health treatment.“I tried to raise my children to be nothing but better people in our world,” she said. “I certainly am sorry for this tragic tragedy, and what it has caused you and so many others.”Jennifer Krause’s son, Mitchell, was shot and survived.“School shootings have to stop,” Krause said. “We can no longer mop the halls of our schools with our children’s blood.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Leslie and Abigail Wexner, founding and sustaining donors of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s Kennedy School, announced today an additional gift of $3 million to the center. Their gift, an extension of the couple’s longtime commitment to inspiring, preparing, and connecting tomorrow’s global leaders, brings the Wexners’ total commitment to the center and HKS to more than $42 million.Les Wexner built Limited Brands and now serves as chairman and CEO. He and his wife, Abigail, an attorney, are among the nation’s leading philanthropists. Les Wexner’s alma mater, The Ohio State University, recently named its entire medical complex in his honor. Both Wexners are deeply engaged in numerous community activities in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, they serve as cochairs of The Wexner Foundation, which promotes the vitality of Jewish communities throughout North America and is highly supportive of Israel.The Wexners’ engagement with the Kennedy School began in 1989, when the foundation established the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program. This initiative has enabled more than 200 Israeli public leaders to come to the Kennedy School in pursuit of a midcareer master’s degree.In August 2000, a gift from the Wexners launched the Center for Public Leadership, reflecting a longtime interest in leadership and history by Les Wexner. Since then, their ongoing counsel and generosity, underwriting core operating expenses, have enabled the center to become recognized as one of the top university-based leadership institutes in North America. CPL serves a growing number of young, aspiring leaders at the Kennedy School and beyond through scholarships, workshops, field trips, and conversations with visiting leaders. Read Full Story
Mr. Daniel McKorley, the CEO and the executive Chairman of McDan Group of Companies, sponsor of the McDan West Africa Tennis Tournament in an interview told tenisgh.com, that he does not want to be part Ghana tennis that will produces only local stars, he intimated that such approach won’t bring any international laurels to Ghana. “McDan seeks to go beyond supporting local Ghanaian Tennis, we want to able to sponsor Ghanaian international Tennis stars”Towards preparing for this year’s McDan tournament, his advice to local players was that, “current crop of local players need to improve their standard of play and train more, stop complaining and focus to be able to face the stiffest competition and eventually break into the ATP rankings”adding that it will hurt to present US$5,000 total prize money to foreigner.Asked what he (as a tennisenthusiast) would want changed for the better tennis in Ghana, Mr. Mckorley said the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) will do with little professionalismin their engagement, he however commended Secretary General of the PhilipinaFrimpong and the Vice President Isaac Duah Federation for their dedication to duty.Mr. McKorley said he was glad that within the space of two years the McDan Open Championship has become a breeding ground for winners of major silverware, which inspires him to do more.tennisgh with McdanThis year’s edition of the tournament is sponsored by McDan Shipping, with technical support from the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) and the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT).Professional tennis players from Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and host country Ghana are expected to converge at the tennis court of the Accra Sports Stadium to battle for honors. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
GATINEAU, Que. – Owners of Quebec-based ticket reseller 514-BILLETS have agreed to offer $10 rebate coupons to 7,500 clients in the first application of Canada’s anti-spam law involving unsolicited messages sent to mobile phones.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission alleged that 514-BILLETS violated the law by sending text messages without the consent of recipients.It also alleged the ticket reseller didn’t identify the person who sent the messages or provide information so that recipients could contact the sender.The 514-BILLETS service primarily resells tickets for sporting and cultural events.It is owned by two numbered companies — 9118-9076 QUEBEC INC. and 9310-6359 QUEBEC INC. — which have agreed to pay $75,000 in rebates and $25,000 to the federal government to settle the case.The CRTC says the companies will also appoint an officer responsible for making sure the organization complies with Canada’s anti-spam law, which lays out the conditions for sending electronic communications.“Today’s announcement demonstrates our comprehensive approach to reduce unsolicited communications sent to Canadians, whether via email or text message,” said Steven Harroun, CRTC chief compliance and enforcement officer.
New Delhi: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved has increased its bid value by around Rs 200 crore to Rs 4,350 crore for bankruptcy-bound Ruchi Soya, and the revised offer is likely to be considered by lenders soon. Adani Wilmar, which emerged as the highest bidder in August last year after a long drawn battle with Patanjali, has withdrawn from the race citing delay in completion of the insolvency process. “We have revised our bid to Rs 4,350 crore from earlier offer of Rs 4,160 crore. We are ready to bail out Ruchi Soya which has biggest infrastructure for soyabean. It’s a national asset,” Patanjali spokesperson S K Tijarawala said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said the decision has been taken in the interest of all the stakeholders including farmers and consumers. The Committee of Creditors (CoC) could meet next week to consider the revised offer of Patanjali, sources said. In December 2017, Indore-based Ruchi Soya Industries was referred for the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process. Shailendra Ajmera was appointed the resolution professional (RP) by NCLT on the application of creditors Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Bank under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRuchi Soya has a total debt of about Rs 12,000 crore. The debt-ridden firm has many manufacturing plants and its leading brands include Nutrela, Mahakosh, Sunrich, Ruchi Star and Ruchi Gold. In December last year, Adani Wilmar had written to the RP regarding significant delays in resolution process, leading to deterioration of the assets. Adani Wilmar had said the process was getting delayed as Patanjali moved National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Mumbai, challenging the lenders’ decision. Patanjali Ayurved had approached NCLT challenging the decision of Ruchi Soya’s lenders to approve Adani Wilmar’s Rs 6,000 crore takeover bid. Patanjali group came second with around Rs 5,700 crore bid, including the infusion of about Rs 1,700 crore in the edible oil company.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday allowed the Centre to circulate a letter among parties concerned for adjournment in Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on pleas seeking review of its Rafale deal verdict of December 14 last year.The Centre, in its letter, said it needs time to file reply on merits on the review petitions. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna allowed senior advocate R Balasubramanian, appearing for the Centre, to circulate the letter among the parties which include Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhpetitioners who have filed review pleas. The bench, however, did not say anything on the issue of adjournment of scheduled hearing on Tuesday. The review petitions filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan is listed for hearing before a bench headed by the Chief Justice on Tuesday in the post lunch session. Two other review petitions — filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and advocate Vineet Dhanda — are also listed for hearing on Tuesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Centre has said in the letter that the government has raised certain preliminary objections on maintainability of certain documents relied upon in the review petitions and the court had decided the issue on April 10. It said that since the government has not filed any reply on merit of the review pleas, it would need some time to file a detailed reply to the petitions seeking review of December 14, 2018 verdict in Rafale fighter jet deal case. In a setback to the Centre, the apex court on April 10 allowed the pleas which relied on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. The Centre had submitted that three privileged documents were unauthorisedly removed from the Defence Ministry and used by the petitioners to support their review petitions against the December 14, 2018 judgement of the apex court which had dismissed all pleas challenging the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. The top court had rejected the objections raised by the Centre that those documents were not admissible as evidence under Section 123 of the Indian Evidence Act, and no one can produce them in court without the permission of the department concerned as they are also protected under the Official Secrets Act. It had noted that all the three documents were in “public domain” and published by prominent daily The Hindu were “in consonance with the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech”. It had said the documents used in the pleas were published in The Hindu’ in February and one of the papers was also published by The Wire’. The apex court had also noted that no law enacted by Parliament specifically barring or prohibiting the publication of such documents on any of the grounds mentioned in Article 19(2) of the Constitution has been brought to its notice. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. A deal to procure the jets was signed between India and France in 2015. The delivery is expected to begin in September this year. In the December 14 verdict, the apex court said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal. The top court had said there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.
Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the “unprecedented” US pressure on Tehran and urged unity among the country’s political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s. Rouhani’s comments on Saturday came amid rising tensions with Washington which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf. He said the renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country’s 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the (1980-88) war period, but during the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports and there were only sanctions on arms purchases,” Rouhani said, according to the state news agency IRNA. The President called for political unity to face down sanctions. “The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our revolution… but I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these difficult conditions provided that we are united.” The US-Iran escalation has put into question the future of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions. Iran has indicated it may resume nuclear activities if the other partners go along with American sanctions.
Islamabad: Fifty-two Pakistani immigrants deported by the US have arrived here by a special flight amid tight security, a media report said Thursday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday that US authorities detained and prosecuted the Pakistani nationals for immigration violations, criminal conduct and other serious charges. Dawn newspaper, quoting immigration sources, reported that 53 Pakistanis were scheduled to be deported, but 52 arrived on Wednesday as one person fell sick at the US airport and was not sent back. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUS security officials were guarding the Pakistani deportees when they arrived at the Islamabad International Airport. Soon after landing, they asked the Pakistani authorities to take custody of the deportees who had been arrested by the US police. The Trump administration recently launched a crackdown on the foreigners who stayed in the US even after the expiry of their visas. The 52 Pakistanis were among those who overstayed in the US, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency said the deportees were allowed to go after verification of their travel documents. The official parried a question about the fate of those involved in petty crimes and deported by the US, the report said. Qureshi had also confirmed that the US denied visas to three senior Pakistani officials following a row between the two countries over deportation of dozens of Pakistanis in America for their visa overstay and other allegations.