Two Limerick councillors and former TD in hunt for Seanad seat

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsTwo Limerick councillors and former TD in hunt for Seanad seatBy Staff Reporter – March 11, 2016 752 Previous articleGardai investigating circumstances of fatal Limerick road traffic crashNext articleLimerick politician calls for Ministerial intervention over Dublin airport advertising blitz Staff Reporter Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashcenter_img Facebook TAGSJohn SheahanKieran O’DonnelllimerickMaria ByrneSeanad WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Cllr Maria ByrneLIMERICK Fine Gael councillors Maria Byrne and John Sheahan are seeking election for Seanad seats it has emerged this week.Ms Byrne has been nominated for the Agricultural Panel by the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation, it is understood.Following the closure of nominations next week, the campaign will take nominees around the country to seek support.Familiar with running a Seanad seat campaign, Cllr Byrne narrowly missed out on a 2007 seat when she lost by a single vote.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2011, the Fine gael cllr did not seek the nomination as she was the sitting Mayor for Limerick.A notice posted on the gates of Leinster House as the 32nd Dail sat for its first session revealed that Cllr John Sheahan was seeking also Seanad seat.In 2011, the Newcastle West councillor contested both the General Election for the newly-formed North Kerry Limerick West constituency, where he polled more than 6,200 first preferences, as well as the Seanad election.Voting is by postal ballot and the count will take place at the end of April.Former Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell who was defeated in the most recent General Election was this week put forward by the Limerick branch for consideration at a national committee meeting after all nominations are [email protected] Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisementlast_img read more

Prosecuting human traffickers poses significant challenges, top prosecutor says

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — More than 100 child sex trafficking victims were rescued across the U.S. last month in an effort code-named Operation Independence Day that involved sweeps in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Seattle and resulted in 67 arrests.One such case that won’t be prosecuted is that of former disgraced financier Jefferey Epstein, who authorities said died of suicide in his jail cell on Saturday. Epstein was charged with human trafficking, among other things, by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.U.S. Attorney General William Barr has said that such cases are a priority, sex trafficking crimes are uniquely difficult to prosecute.According to the Department of Justice, the law defines human trafficking as “the act of compelling or coercing a person’s labor, services, or commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological, but it must be used to coerce a victim into performing labor, services, or commercial sex acts.”Hilary Axam, a top prosecutor with the Human Trafficking Institute at the Department of Justice, said that it is hard to prove that that the victim was indeed being trafficked against the victim’s will, because it requires getting into the victim’s mind.“You have to prove the victim’s state of mind,” Axam said at a Police Executive Research Forum conference in Washington this week. “It’s a heavy burden of proof.”In some cases, it is hard to meet that burden so prosecutors will charge someone suspected of human trafficking with something seemingly unrelated to that offense, such as a firearms charge.Prosecutors often also work closely with the Department of Labor, which has sworn law enforcement officers that look into Visa fraud. According to a report produced by Polaris, a top human trafficking research group, traffickers often commit Visa fraud as part of their scheme.Trafficking can be lucrative and those involved often finds ways to be nimble to elude law enforcement. For example, massage parlors that are shut down by law enforcement might open again under a different name but with the same connection to a human trafficking business, according to trafficking expert Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco.According to Polaris, there are over 9,000 illicit massage businesses in the U.S. that generate revenues around $2.5 billion.The July operation involved more than 400 law enforcement agencies, and agents set up fake dates in order to identify possible victims, according to the FBI.Agents relied on intelligence from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to identify young runaways, missing kids and juveniles.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arsenal must make transfer promise to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Robin van Persie

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 9:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link792Shares Arsenal must make transfer promise to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Robin van Persie Van Persie says the FA Cup may not be enough for Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)Robin Van Persie says Arsenal must reinforce the squad with world-class players to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club.The Gabon international has entered the final year of his contract and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.Reports claim the Gunners are confident their top scorer will extend his stay at the Emirates, however, Barcelona could yet spoil the party if they decide to make a move for the 31-year-old.Aubameyang swooped Arsenal’s Player of the Season award for another outstanding campaign in which he scored 27 goals, two of those coming in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s funds for transfers are expected to be limited in the transfer window due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis.The north London club made 55 redundancies to key staff members including long-term scout Francis Cagigao, who discovered the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli. Van Persie made the switch from Arsenal to United (Picture: Getty Images)Van Persie – who made the switch from Arsenal to Manchester United due to a perceived lack of ambition from the Gunners – feels his former side have to surround Aubameyang with players of his level to convince him to stay.‘I don’t know what Arsenal have offered him and I’m not really talking about money, I’m more talking about players,’ the Dutchman told beIN Sports.‘Players like him want to play with world-class players. He is a world-class player in my opinion and he wants to be surrounded by world-class players.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Then you have to ask him, it’s up to him, if he thinks that he can win the Premier League at Arsenal.‘Because winning the FA Cup was very nice, but these type of players and Arsenal football club want to compete for the Premier League and the Champions League.‘That is the big goal, you want to compete with the best teams there are.’MORE: Willian to earn £35m at Arsenal after agreeing eye-watering £220,000-a-week dealMORE: Chelsea favourites to secure Sergio Reguilon transfer ahead of ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Chief Forbush talks about emergency response

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– As Chief Forbush arrived at the scene of the fire on Tuesday, he already had an idea of what needed to be done. That’s because firefighting involves plenty of planning ahead.“We do a thing called pre-incident planning,” Forbush said, “And when we do a pre-plan, we’re looking for where the exits are, where the utility shutoffs may be, any hazardous materials that may be there, any fire protection or sprinkler systems that may be there, so that we know ahead of time how to interface with the existing systems that are there.”Pre–incident planning also includes things like construction surveys, examining floor plans, and estimating the amount of water necessary for different sizes of fires. With that knowledge already in mind, firefighters can quickly decide their plan at the scene.In this case, the department knew the ceiling had already become weakened and they couldn’t send people inside.As Chief Forbush put it, they had to use a defensive strategy, which meant stopping the fire from reaching the neighboring Thunder Bay Theatre. Thanks their planning and swift response, that’s just what they were able to do.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Civic Theater reopened for two-night showNext Spruce man to appear in courtlast_img read more