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first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash 23/1/2021 Story David Raleigh. The scene where a damaged Audi collided with an armed support Garda car in Baunacloka, Mungret, Limerick. Photograph Press 22GARDAÍ have recovered almost a quarter of a million euro of suspected cocaine, after intercepting a car in Limerick.The suspected drug haul was found when gardai stopped and searched a dark coloured 2008, Tipperary North (TN) registered Audi, Saturday afternoon, on the R510, known locally as Baunacloka, Mungret.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of the Garda’s Armed Support Unit (ASU) along with detective units were involved in the operation.23/1/2021 Story David Raleigh. A damaged armed support Garda car which collided with a black Audi in Baunacloka, Mungret, Limerick. Photograph Press 22A jeep carrying armed members was damaged in a collision when Gardai intercepted the suspect’s car.The suspect’s car was also damaged, however no injuries were reported.Airbags in both vehicles we’re deployed and the Garda jeep and the car were removed from the scene for a technical examination.Video footage of the aftermath of the incident has been shared on social media, showing the damaged vehicles as well as crash debris on the road.The footage shows a car stopped on the road with its front grill facing the front grill of a garda vehicle.A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí have arrested a man and seized a large quantity of suspected cocaine in Raheen, Co. Limerick yesterday, Saturday 23rd January 2021.““At approximately 3:30pm yesterday afternoon, Gardaí intercepted a vehicle on the R510 in the Raheen area. During the course of the search of the vehicle €245,000 worth of cocaine (pending analysis) was seized.”“A Garda vehicle was damaged during the course of the operation.”“A male in his 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Henry Street Garda station.”The arrested male – who sources said is from Co Clare – can be held for up to 7 days without charge.Gardai were conducting follow-up searches as part of the probe.“Investigations are ongoing,” added the spokesman. Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Print WhatsApp LimerickNewsGardai recover €245k of suspected cocaine after intercepting car in LimerickBy David Raleigh – January 24, 2021 4280 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emailcenter_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post 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 Previous articleGardai recover suspected cocaine after armed unit and car collide in LimerickNext articleWATCH: Munster Rue Missed Chances As Larmour Leads Leinster To Victory David Raleigh Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare It is time to add a member to Evansville City Council that understands business, budgets and has a plan to increase tax revenues without increasing tax burdens to the businesses and citizens of our fine city! It is time to have someone who knows how to work with the Mayor, department heads and fellow city council representatives in a way that brings prosperity. It is time to stop the childish bickering during city council meetings by unqualified and immature representatives.Robert MyersCandidate for At- Large City Council City Council Monday’s Evansville City Council Meeting was probably the most frustrating one for me to watch, all year. I witnessed a handful of outgoing council members manipulate the council meeting process for their own political gain and to fulfill their personal agendas.What SHOULD have happened:At the start of the meeting, an immediate vote should have been called. That vote would be to determine whether or not to approve the Mayor’s adjusted budget. That never happened.What DID happen: Conor O’Daniel quickly started going through his proposed amendments and sweeping cuts to the city’s budget. He quickly asked for votes on amendments and none of the other 8 stopped him. What is most sad is that Mr. O’Daniel (and his “special interest council mates”) waited until Monday’s meeting to spring this proposal onto the group. He failed to reach out to the Mayor’s office, earlier in the week, to try to negotiate. I find his behavior and actions to be very unbecoming of an elected official. Again, he had backing on that council and he did not act alone! Evansville is better off with the “special interest council mates” not being on the board, next year.What stood out to me the most were these items:1) Overtime cuts for Fire, Rescue, Police. Hopefully, if our house catches on fire, it doesn’t happen at the end of a payroll period. Natural disaster? Good luck, everyone.2) Sweeping cuts over over 40% to funding of community non­profits. Voices, UNOE and several others. Very sad.3) Moving $730,000.00 into the police vehicle budget, bringing it to $1 million. For some reason, the “special interest council mates” felt that leasing was bad and buying was better. I would have to get more detail, but there is hopefully some major financial benefit that I don’t see, otherwise this was a terrible idea.4) The 9 members of Evansville City Council, though very much part­time, all receive full Health Care Benefits. That cost is nearly $180,000.00 per year to the tax payers (this according to a fine citizen who spoke at city council ­ Conor O’Daniel responded and never attempted to correct the figure, so I am assuming that it is accurate). This makes no sense at all. The members are all retired or practicing doctors/lawyers/CPA’s or they are real estate agents. They don’t NEED the health insurance, do they?When I am elected, I will do what none of the 9 current members did last night, I will absolutely call for a vote to end paying the health insurance for Evansville City Council Members.What was the solution and how could these cuts have been prevented?The solution wasn’t waiting until the end of their 4 year term to slap these insane cuts onto the City of Evansville. The solution was to work harder to increase revenues coming into the City of Evansville. The board should have found ways to add more homes with values of over $200k in order to increase the overall tax revenue income. The board should have found ways to attract more businesses to bring in more tax revenue. The board should have worked with the revenue generating entities, such as the pools and golf courses, to help them increase revenues. That makes them self­ sufficient and lessens the burden on the budget. The majority of this current Evansville City Council has shown their failure of doing any of these things, over the past 4 years. Many of them have spent the last 4 years causing the ship to begin sinking. Now, several are jumping off of the ship but not before poking major holes into the hull and ripping the sails just before jumping into their life boats.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Prewett’sGluten-free specialist Prewett’s has launched a range of enrobed sandwich biscuits.There are two variants in the range – Enrobed Vanilla Creams and Enrobed Orange Creams. Both feature chocolate biscuits covered in Belgian milk chocolate with flavoured cream centres.Waitrose will be the first major retailer to stock the biscuits, which will be sold in six-packs for an rsp of £2.29 in 123 of the retailer’s stores from Monday 23 November. Prewett’s Cookie & Cream Sandwich Biscuits have also gained a listing in Waitrose, joining its Jammy Wheels, Dark Chocolate & Ginger cookies, Chocoful and Milk Choc Digestives on shelves.The NPD will help retailers meet the growing demand from consumers looking for more indulgent treats in the gluten-free section, the company said.“After successfully launching free from ‘enrobed’ sandwich biscuits into the private label market, we understood there was an obvious opportunity in the market for these lines to be developed for the Prewett’s brand,” said Neil McAndry, managing director of Northumbrian Fine Foods which manufactures Prewett’s.“2020 has seen a significant trend in indulgence and flavour, which are two key characteristics of ‘Enrobed Vanilla Creams’ and ‘Enrobed Orange Creams’. Demand for sandwich biscuits is also high on the consumer agenda, which again is reflected in the new products.”last_img read more

first_imgNaughty Professor are extending their fall tour with six additional dates in the northeast. The New Orleans based future-funk collective, known for their traditionally instrumental sets, is teaming up with legendary hip-hop artist Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 to showcase some of their recent studio work. After performing in New Orleans together multiple times and collaborating on Naughty P’s upcoming record, the two acts will take their collaborative headlining show on the road this October for six nights only.Kicking things off on October 12 at The Hamilton in Washington DC and closing out at the Leaf Festival in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the tour will also touch down at the Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, the James Street Gastropub in Pittsburgh, the Iron Works in Buffalo, and the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.If you haven’t seen them before, now is the chance to experience the Big Easy’s jazz-infused party culture that flows from Naughty Professor. These shows will be the perfect showcase to the constantly evolving, high-energy funk/soul outfit before they fully switch gears to their forthcoming studio album, which features David Shaw (The Revivalists), Chali 2na, Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) and many other talented musicians, expected in early 2017.For a taste of what’s to come from the collaboration, peep this teaser video:Check out Naughty P’s original “In The Tribe”, taken live from New Orleans’ legendary One Eyed Jacks:For more information, check out the band’s website and peep the tour schedule below.NAUGHTY PROFESSOR FULL FALL TOUR DATES:8/24: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Music Joint8/25: Rochester, MN – Civic Music Series8/26: Chicago, IL – Navy Pier8/27: Lafayette, IN – Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival9/9: Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom w/ George Porter Jr.9/29: NOLA – Bear Creek Bayou Pre Party w/ Chali 2na + Soulive **10/1: Schuylkill, PA – Meeting of The Minds Festival10/12 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC **10/13 – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA **10/14 – James Street Gastropub – Pittsburgh, PA **10/15 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY **10/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY **10/21 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, NC **10/22 – The Pourhouse – Charleston, NC**10/27: Columbia, SC – Music Farm w/ Moon Taxi10/29: Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall w/ Moon Taxi11/11: Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe w/ TAUK11/12: New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf w/ TAUK** with Chali 2nalast_img read more

first_imgBoth bills have already been deliberated for more than a decade. In previous terms, lawmakers failed to pass them into law despite repeatedly being flagged as priority items.The political tug-of-war over the bills will only take a toll on the victims, Theresia warned. “This makes the long path even longer for survivors to tread, as there is not yet any legal basis for access to justice or adequate services,” she said.In her opinion, the underlying problem is the entrenched patriarchy both within and outside the legislative body, noting the drawn-out discussion on “issues of morality” rather than the sexual violence eradication bill’s capacity to promote justice for survivors of sexual violence.Read also: Catalyzing change for gender equality“We suggest that the deliberation of the sexual violence eradication bill be conducted not only by House Commission VIII,” she said.Another commissioner, Veryanto Sitohang, underlined the importance of the role of civil society in overseeing the bill’s deliberation, with lawmakers seemingly unperturbed by the sluggish process.To this end, Komnas Perempuan has continuously held “necessary” talks with religious organizations in an attempt to rally support from the wider population to put pressure on the legislative process, he said.But women’s rights activist Ratna Batara Munti insisted that the work of legislators should not depend on whether or not there was pressure from the public, especially in the midst of a pandemic that has prevented effective monitoring of progress at the House.Read also: World leaders warn coronavirus could roll back progress for women“It isn’t easy for us to monitor [the legislative process under these] circumstances,” said Ratna, who coordinates activities for the Network of Pro-Women’s National Legislation Program (JKP3).“So, it is very important for lawmakers to have a strong perspective on gender [issues] from the outset,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.”But I am pessimistic about that.”From a broader perspective, and leaving aside the legislative program, Ratna argued that the principles laid out in the CEDAW had not even been properly implemented within the House’s institutional framework.The legislative body has seen an increase in representation among women, from just 17 percent during the 2014-2019 term to 21 percent in the current period, which expires in 2024, according to House statistics.But women still visibly lack a presence among House leadership posts, despite the House speaker being Puan Maharani. Even Commission VIII, which is responsible for women and children’s issues, is chaired by a man.“How are we to incorporate a women’s rights perspective if the structural and cultural conditions in the legislative body are still like that?” Ratna said.Read also: In ASEAN, gender equality still very much a ‘tick-the-box’ issueIn addition to the call for lawmakers to pass the relevant bills, Komnas Perempuan also urged the House to integrate the principles of the CEDAW into this year’s Prolegnas list.Taking aim at the government, Ratna demanded that both the Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry and Komnas Perempuan – which have the mandate to decide on women’s issues – “intervene” and instill gender rights into the country’s political institutions.The commission has found at least 421 bylaws that still discriminate against women, even though the government claimed to have found just 114 problematic government regulations and bylaws in a report to the UN CEDAW Committee last year.Read also: Men should stand up against gender inequality, for loveTo its credit, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairwoman Asfinawati acknowledged the government’s attempts to provide better services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence and discrimination.But she also argued that any improvement in this field would not achieve its optimum result if the options for taking action remained limited, citing as an example how the police still have no legal means to deploy a psychologist to escort rape victims when filing a police report.“Improving services for the victims seems not to be equally important with passing the aforementioned bills,” Asfinawati said.Topics : The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) revealed its recommendations for the 36th anniversary of the CEDAW ratification on July 24, calling on the House of Representatives to pass three bills relevant to the empowerment of women: the sexual violence eradication bill, the domestic workers protection bill and the bill for gender equality and justice.“[We urge] the House not to postpone the passing of the sexual violence eradication bill as a legal basis for victims’ access to substantive justice [and] the domestic workers protection bill as an acknowledgement of and guarantee for domestic workers,” Komnas Perempuan commissioner Theresia Iswarini said during a virtual press conference on Friday.“[We also call on the House not to postpone] the bill on gender equality and justice as the basis of equality between men and women in all processes of [national] development,” she added.The House included the sexual violence eradication and domestic workers protection bills in the 2020-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) shortlist, but both were excluded from this year’s list of priorities. The long battle to end discrimination against women in Indonesia seems to be getting longer and longer as politicians remain at an impasse over passing pro-women legislation.Thirty-six years after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) into law in 1984, the fight to make the country a safer place for women has stalled over protracted negotiations about deliberating the relevant legislation.Read also: Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delaylast_img read more

first_imgby Nancy ArmourAssociated Press Writer (AP)—LeBron James brought this on himself.The ridicule, the scorn, the unabashed delight seemingly everyone outside of South Beach is taking in his failure to win the NBA title—it’s all on him.When you make a spectacle of yourself and give the impression you’re above everyone else, as James did with his shockingly tone-deaf “Decision,” you have to back it up. Not only did James not live up to the hype he predicted, his ineffectiveness when it mattered most showed that his supporting cast in Cleveland might not have been the real problem. NO RING THIS YEAR—Miami Heat’s LeBron James hugs teammate Dwayne Wade (3) after Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks June 12, in Miami. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) “I think it all comes down to the play,” said Steve Rosner, the co-founder of 16W Marketing. “He really did not play well in this final series. Everyone started reading articles comparing him to the greatest players in the game. Really, besides having some individual honors, he hasn’t put his stamp on the game of basketball.”Harsh, but hard to argue with when the title bestowed on James and Co. last summer wound up belonging to someone else.There is no question James is a spectacular talent, a once-in-a-generation player who can do things that defy both the imagination and the laws of physics. His back-to-back MVP awards in 2009 and 2010 were well-deserved, and with 17,362 points in his first eight seasons, he likely will be among the NBA’s all-time leading scorers by the time his career ends.Statistics have little weight without a championship to back them up, though, and James is now 0 for 2 in the NBA finals.Accused of quitting in last year’s playoffs with Cleveland, James responded with ferocity this year, dragging the Miami Heat through the early rounds. He’d become a national pariah after abandoning his beleaguered hometown in humiliating fashion, and he played like a man who knew the only way to salvage his reputation was with a title.But when the games were on the line against the Dallas Mavericks, James disappeared. He managed just 18 points in the fourth quarter of the six-game series, and his silence was a major factor in why the Mavericks were able to rally again and again.In the cardinal sin of sports, he didn’t seem to want it nearly as badly as Dirk Nowitzki, who played with a torn tendon in his finger and a 101-degree fever. Or Jason Kidd, who showed no regard for his 38-year-old body as he repeatedly dived for loose balls. Or even James’ own teammate, Dwayne Wade, who scored a team-high 23 in Game 5 despite a bruised hip so painful it had him in the locker room twice for treatment.“Sometimes you got it, sometimes you don’t,” James said. “And that was this case in this series. I was able to do things in the last two series to help us win ballgames. Wasn’t able to do that in this series.”Lesser talents can get away with saying that—not that they ever would. But James made the move to Miami for the sole purpose of winning NBA titles, and that dismissive arrogance is exactly why fans rooted so hard against him and his buddies. And they still don’t get it, with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra having the audacity to talk about the “sacrifice” James made in coming to Miami.Former NFL player Pat Tillman giving up his life for his country, that’s a sacrifice. Giving up a few million—pocket change for someone who earned an estimated $48 million last year—to be part of the best team money can buy doesn’’t compare.Look, James had every right to leave Cleveland. The days of a star staying with one team for his entire career are long gone, and it had to have been exhausting to be expected to revive a struggling Rust Belt city before his 25th birthday.But as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert gloated Sunday night, there are no shortcuts, in life or the NBA.Nowitzki spurned last summer’s free agent-palooza to stay with the aging Mavericks—taking less money to do so—and was rewarded with a title. James turned his back on the city that revered him for what was essentially an All-Star team, only to discover that talent alone doesn’t win championships, and the best team on paper is not always the one left holding the trophy.“This is one of the unique teams in NBA history. Because it wasn’t about high-flying star power,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Come on, how often do we have to hear about the LeBron James reality show and what he is or isn’t doing? When are people going to talk about the purity of our game and what these guys accomplished? That’s what’s special.”Watching James go home empty-handed made millions of fans in and outside of Cleveland feel better. But it won’t dim the spotlight on James and his sidekicks, or lessen the pressure.If anything, the scrutiny only will get worse, as people start asking not when James will win a title, but whether he can.last_img read more