Doon community shocked and fearful over burglary that led to man’s…

first_imgFacebook Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE death of county Limerick carpenter who was confronted by intruders when he arrived back at his home last Thursday has left the rural community shocked and fearful.62-year John O’Donoghue, it is understood, died of a massive heart attack when he discovered a pair of burglars ransacking his home in Toomaline, Doon, County Limerick during lunchtime this Thursday.Mr O’Donoghue, who had been away form his home for a few days and in the company of his sister, saw that his side door of his home had been smashed open and as he went to the shed beside his house, he collapsed.A retired nurse, Mr O’Donoghue’s sister Christina called out to the raiders for help after she realised the condition of her brother was serious but the men, along with a third man believed to have been the getaway driver in a black car, fled the scene leaving the helpless man on the ground.A garda arrived on scene after the alarm was raised but Mr O’Donoghue died a short time after being given the last rites by local PP Fr Tony Ryan.The 62-year-old bachelor came home from the shops to realise his house was being ransacked.A short time later, two men, understood to be cousins and members of the traveller community based in Limerick and Dublin, were arrested but the getaway driver is still at large.They are suspected of being involved in a number of other burglaries in the Cappamore/ Doon area, earlier on Thursday.The men are being held for questioning at Henry Street Garda station.State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy is due to be carry out a post mortem on the body of Mr O’Donoghue at University Hospital Limerick later today.Local Parish Priest Fr Tony Ryan who administered the last rites to Mr O’Donoghue said the entire community is outraged by what happened.“He had been working in his own house and was bringing back material to work on and was just coming and he noticed a car parked opposite The thieves came flying out of the house, he got such a shock he got a massive heart attack,” said Fr Ryan.“He was a thorough gentleman, a most intelligent and inoffensive person and I want to extend my sympathy to all his family. He was self employed and a gifted and outstanding carpenter.“The community is very upset, and the whole community are outraged at what happened. There have been an number of break ins in the area recently, but Doon is a flourishing community with great people,” added Fr Rya.Doon is one of the many small rural villages in Ireland that lost its garda station in recent years as part of the nationwide policing cutbacks.While there are garda stations in nearby Cappamore and Murroe the nearest 24 hour garda station is in Bruff.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has said the community in Doon is in shock and that the incident will cause enormous anxiety in many rural communities concerned about an increase in burglaries and fears of isolation.Deputy Collins said: “This is a very shocking and saddening incident that has affected the community in Doon.  I want to express my condolences to John O’Donoghue’s family and friends at this difficult time for them.“The number of burglaries affecting rural communities is a major problem and many communities are living in fear, they feel isolated and vulnerable to criminals.  Unfortunately our current laws are not a deterrent and Fianna Fáil wants to see tougher sentences in place in a bid to crack down on the surge in burglaries in both urban and rural areas.  The government’s deeply flawed policy of closing rural garda stations, such as in Doon, has been disastrous.“Fianna Fáil produced the Burglary Bill 2015 earlier this year which would introduce a mandatory three years in jail for criminals convicted of burglary and a minimum of seven years on the third burglary conviction.  The simple fact of the matter is that some criminals convicted of burglary are regularly walking free after receiving suspended sentences.“At the moment far too many criminals who are convicted of burglary are going before the courts and being put right back on the streets with suspended sentences.  The issue of people committing crimes while on bail is also a major issue that has to be addressed.  The penalties just aren’t tough enough to deter criminals and discourage repeat offences.  It is unacceptable that we are allowing these criminals to walk free at a time when many older people living alone have said they are afraid in their own homes.“Under our proposals, there would be a minimum of three years in jail for anyone convicted of burglary and a minimum of seven years jail time for those convicted of a third burglary offence.  Anyone who is convicted of using a vehicle during a burglary will be disqualified from driving for two years.“The government needs to seriously look at its policing policies.  We need to ramp-up garda recruitment, increase the presence and visibility of gardaí in rural communities and strengthen legislation.  The spate of burglaries has got significantly worse under this government and we now need a radical and comprehensive response from the Minister for Justice.” Email Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannondoc operating but only by appointment WhatsApp Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL TAGSfeatured Twittercenter_img No vaccines in Limerick yet Print Previous articleRaheen student takes off for Olympic trainingNext article616 medical cards cut from Limerick elderly in one year Staff Reporter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended NewsBreaking newsDoon community shocked and fearful over burglary that led to man’s deathBy Staff Reporter – August 28, 2015 767 Linkedinlast_img read more

As Support Swells for Annual Rumson Boat Race, Plans are Floated…

first_imgBy John Burton |RUMSON — The sport of crew, long a part of Boston and Philadelphia culture, has become a tradition in Rumson with the eighth annual boat race and collegiate regatta on Sept. 23.This year’s race brought rowing stalwarts like Drexel and Villanova universities and the Army team from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, along with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to the Two River area. Men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity teams from these schools took their sculls and racing shells to the Navesink River.Mayor John Ekdahl said the sport has garnered enough support over the last decade to have the Borough Council endorse a plan to eventually construct a boathouse.Drexel was awarded the event’s Governor’s Cup; Army received the Rumson’s Mayor’s Cup and Drexel’s women were awarded the Fair Haven’s Mayor’s Cup.The borough received a state Green Acres open space grant to cover half the cost of a property located next to the borough’s Victory Park. The borough has contributed the remaining half needed for the property, approximately $500,000, according to Ekdahl.“It’s a perfect location,” for the facility, right on the Navesink River, the mayor said. The borough recreation department and the Rumson Fair Haven Rowing organization and its booster club will work on fundraising to construct a “Philadelphia-style” boathouse, with all the requirements to train a top-level team, Ekdahl said.The event’s primary sponsor this year was Morgan Stanley financial services. “This year we really upped our game,” said Robyn Etzler, president of the Rumson Fair Haven Rowing Parent Booster Club which organizes the event, explaining the group’s efforts to increase public awareness and secure additional community financial support for the event.The booster club works to provide year-round support for the Rumson Fair Haven rowing program for ninth-to-12th grade youth. This year the club got local food vendors to set up tables and sell their goods at the borough’s Victory Park, River Road. The boosters also had children-oriented tables at the park, providing activities for younger ones, as well as an “Art in the Park” display featuring area students’ artistic efforts.The club also conducted a fundraiser this year allowing families and businesses to show their support by purchasing miniature oars, which were attached to signs announcing the supporters. Those signs were on display on poles along River Road throughout the two towns. “That brought more awareness,” said Etzler, whose two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth, participate in the rowing program.The Rumson Boat Race is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to the Rumson Fair Haven Rowing Team.The Rumson Boat Race is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to the Rumson Fair Haven Rowing Team.The teams raced on the warm, crystal-clear morning approximately 2,500-meters on the Navesink’s still waters from the area of rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s riverfront home on Middletown’s Navesink River Road to right by the Oceanic Bridge which connects Middletown’s Locust section to Rumson.Good vantage spots to watch the races are few. To give people a better view, organizers were streaming the competition on its Facebook page, Etzler said.“It’s a growing sport in New Jersey,” said Linda Edwards, whose husband, Dan Edwards, is head coach for the Rumson Fair Haven Rowing program, and whose daughter, Kate, now rows for Drexel University, Philadelphia. Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School’s women’s varsity team won its first state championship last April.“I think it’s the camaraderie, the teamwork,” that young athletes find attractive about the sport, Edwards offered. “It really is the ultimate team sport,” she said.The program has had a number of local students win college scholarships over the last few years, Ekdahl pointed out.An evening celebration, a benefit reception, was held last Friday night at the private home of Rumson resident Allan Trent, where participating rowers and coaches mingled with residents and the sport enthusiasts. Area homeowners provided hospitality to the team members for the night’s stay. “It’s become kind of a hallmark of the event,” Ekdahl said of the tradition.The day’s competition, which is solely for bragging rights, had Drexel winning the women’s second varsity race, with a time of 10:08.4 minutes; Army won the men’s second varsity race, completing the leg in 8:58.1 minutes; Drexel won the women’s varsity in 10:54.5 minutes; and Drexel took the men’s varsity race with a time of 8:49.2.Drexel was awarded the event’s Governor’s Cup; Army received the Rumson’s Mayor’s Cup and Drexel’s women were awarded the Fair Haven’s Mayor’s Cup.This article was first published in the Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Being Comfortable With People Being Unhappy With You

first_imgThere is a difference between being likable (something I recommend, as it can build rapport faster and more naturally), and the need to be liked (something that will limit your success in sales, management, leadership, and success more generally). Post-Challenger Sale, the idea that relationships are not essential and that one needn’t be liked are prevalent in the places where prognosticators do their prognosticating.While it’s true that competency counts, the idea that one need not worry about their bedside manner (desk-side manner, for our purposes) is a dangerous idea. The need to be liked is more often than not detrimental to success in sales. However, having someone unhappy with you is not the same thing as not being liked.In PracticeIf you are worried that a gatekeeper with the power to say no to your request to a meeting, and who also lacks the power to say yes to a deal,  is preventing  you from meeting with a stakeholder, obtaining that meeting may require that you choose another path. Taking a path that is almost certain to make the gatekeeper unhappy, and it isn’t a decision you take lightly (and nor is it one you should take after a single attempt unless there is real urgency), but it may be necessary to go over, under, or around the gatekeeper.Persistence is also a trait that, while being necessary for success in sales, can cause some people to become a little miffed with your attempts to gain a meeting with them. As a sales leader, I always expect one or two calls to complain about a salesperson’s persistent efforts to contact them. I was guilty of this when I started selling, and at some point I learned to say, “I am so sorry I am over-zealous in my attempts to get a meeting with you, but I want you to know I’ll be just as over-zealous in making sure you get what you need.” This mostly reduced their annoyance with my persistence.If you aspire to be your dream client’s strategic partner, from time to time, you are going to have to share ideas that conflict with what your client believes and what they want. Some people will be pleased with having someone push back against his or her ideas, but others will be unhappy. If you’re going to provide the best advice, you have to be willing to have people be unhappy with you occasionally.You have to be comfortable with people being unhappy with you, but that doesn’t mean that you should work to achieve that outcome—and is should certainly not be their default experience with you. The occasions should be rare, and you should do everything in your power to use charm and levity and collaboration to have tough conversations without making them worse than they have to be. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needs

first_imgEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith says they should ignore the chance of signing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.Cahill was heavily linked with the Gunners before he signed for Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012.“Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea,” Smith told the Daily Express.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoEmery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOW

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOWby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to see Mesut Ozil sold this month.The Daily Mail says Emery wants the club to find an exit route for Ozil before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to sign his own players. Arsenal are still to receive credible interest for the player, who does not want to go on loan and whose £350,000-a-week salary deters potential buyers. Emery has an agreement with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do. Emery’s trust in Ozil is now non-existent. last_img read more

High school Redman mascot causing a stir

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Saskatoon high school mascot is causing a lot of controversy.But not everyone wants to get rid of it.APTN’s Chris Stewart has more.last_img

AFNs Bellegarde demanding immediate meeting with Valcourt

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is demanding an “immediate meeting” with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt in the wake of a deadly fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation that left two children dead.Bellegarde sent a letter to Valcourt via fax on Friday saying he wanted to discuss lifting the two per cent cap placed on yearly funding for First Nations. Bellegarde said the cap has left many First Nation communities struggling with limited resources which creates situations like the tragic one last Tuesday on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.“The situation is at a crisis level and the reasons all point to the fact the government of Canada provides insufficient funds to First Nations to adequately provide their members a safe and healthy environment,” said Bellegarde. “The time is now to work together to address the challenges facing First Nations in terms of fire prevention and protection. Directly related to this is an open and honest discussion on lifting the 2 per cent cap on First Nations funding.”Valcourt blamed Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for not having the ability to fight the fire Tuesday that killed the two children. Facing questions from the NDP during question period Thursday, Valcourt said his department was giving First Nations adequate resources to deal with things like fire prevention and firefighting.“This particular band has received consistent funding for fire protection services,” said Valcourt. “And the fact of the matter is that each band council is responsible for fire protection on the reserve…That First Nation, like others, received sufficient funds to deal with fire safety.”Bellegarde said in his letter there was no point in blaming First Nations.“It is not the time to play politics or blame First Nations that are trying to do what they can with inadequate resources,” said Bellegarde. “That will not change the outcome of these tragic events.”The Chretien Liberals imposed the two per cent cap in the mid-1990s. Under the cap, overall funding for First Nations can’t grow more than two per cent a yearIn the letter, Bellegarde quotes former Aboriginal affairs deputy minister Scott Searson who told a Senate committee the cap was only supposed to be temporary. Bellegarde also mentioned an Aboriginal Affairs presentation that with tabled before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Bellegarde said the departmental presentation shows the government is aware of the impact the two per cent cap has had on First Nations.“I am asking for an immediate meeting with you to advance this work. Time is of the essence,” said Bellegarde, in the letter. “The longer we live and operate under these restrictive policies the more we are jeopardizing the health and safety of First Nations citizens.”The Loon Lake volunteer fire department did not respond to the fire in Makwa Sahgaiehcan because the band was three months behind on its fire bill.Local RCMP officers were the first responders on the scene and they saw the biological father bring his two-year-old boy and 18-month-old daughter out of the burning home.Valcourt’s office says the department gave Makwa Sahgaiehcan $34,000 for fire prevention and services in the 2014-2015 fiscal [email protected]@APTNnewslast_img read more

Aphria names special committee to investigate allegations by shortsellers

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. — Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says its board of directors has appointed a special committee of independent directors to review the company’s acquisition of LATAM Holdings Inc., which has been criticized by short-sellers.The company says it remains confident in the deal, but in the face of what it called “inaccurate and misleading accusations” by the short-sellers it is undertaking the comprehensive review.Quintessential Capital Management and Hindenburg Research have alleged that the cannabis grower’s acquisition of assets in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica totalling $280 million from Scythian Biosciences were “largely worthless.”The special committee includes John Herhalt, Shlomo Bibas and Tom Looney.Herhalt, who is the lead independent director and the head of the audit committee, will lead the special committee.Shares in the company, which plunged in the wake of the allegations, were up about 32 per cent or $1.63 at $6.63 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC city to take Trans Mountain pipeline fight to Supreme Court of

first_imgCorrigan says the city has asked its legal counsel to file the appeal application within 60 days.He says in a news release that the Federal Court of Appeal did not give consideration to arguments made by Burnaby and the provincial government.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Burnaby’s application without reasons, but Corrigan says the judges should have explained why the provincial government was not being allowed to protect B.C.’s environmental interests.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) BURNABY, B.C. – The City of Burnaby is turning to Canada’s highest court in the dispute over construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Mayor Derek Corrigan says the city intends to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a lower court decision that denied Burnaby leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws during construction of the pipeline expansion, which will triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton-area and port facilities in Burnaby.last_img read more

FSJ Loves Family week starts today with event at Home Hardware

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over thirty family-friendly events will be happening around the Energetic City starting Saturday, as the Family Friendly Coalition hosts FSJ Loves Families Week.The coalition, which is comprised of Success by 6, the Children First Initiative, and others are organizing the event, which goes from October 6th to 13th. The week will kick-off today in coordination with the Fort St. John Fire Department’s fire safety week.The Fort St. John Fire Department will host their event Saturday at Home Hardware that will include a smokehouse, bouncy slide, BBQ and fire trucks. For the rest of FSJ Loves Families week, all of the events are either completely free or incredibly low priced. A full list of events can be found here:last_img read more