Limerick ranked third for public liability insurance claims

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSclaimsfraudlimerickPersonal Injuries Boardpublic liability claims Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLimerick ranked third for public liability insurance claimsBy Staff Reporter – June 21, 2017 820 Advertisement Previous articleNew O’Connell Street will put pedestrians firstNext article#WATCH Summer solstice heralded in at Grange Stone Circle Limerick Staff Reporter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Email WhatsApp Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WITH the latest figures from the Personal Injuries Board (PIB) confirming that Limerick ranked third in the country for public liability insurance claims, calls have been made for the establishment of an insurance claims register to identify fraudsters.CFM Insurance group managing director Jonathan Hehir said that of the 8,906 public liability claims made in 2015, 170 of them came from Limerick which gave it the third highest number of claimants.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Calling on Financial Services Minister Eoghan Murphy to speed up the establishment of the insurance claims register to identify what he described as ‘trip and trick claimants” and other professional fraudsters, Mr Hehir said this would go a long way to curbing the activities of “professional insurance claimants who are making a substantial living from falsifying multiple claims”.“There is a relatively small, but very active and dangerous cohort of people who falsify insurance claims. This has the knock-on effect of putting upward pressure on insurance premiums as insurers endeavour to recoup the losses made on the back of these pay-outs. This, in turn, is having a devastating effect on some small Irish businesses as they can no longer afford their commercial insurance and public liability premiums. So too is the financial burden borne by Irish motorists who have seen their premiums soar massively in the last 18-24months.”Referring to the Limerick figures, Mr Hehir said that while most of these would be genuine cases but if even a fraction were false, then several local businesses were suffering the consequences. A confidential register would allow insurance claims managers cross-reference the names and addresses of any individual that they suspect might be a serial offender.“The idea is still in its infancy but the issue is so serious, it needs to happen. Claimant’s entitlements to privacy should not be affected as we would advocate that the register only be made available to the claims managers in insurance companies, and possibly the Irish Courts. It would create a more transparent system by which insurers could filter out the small but active cohort of pseudo claimants,” Mr Hehir explained.Furthermore, businesses and motorists are being plagued by a high number of claims from a relatively small number of reoffending serial claimants who are systematically claiming for false injury or false liable.“These people hide behind the law which protects their anonymity and ensures that they have the freedom to make multiple claims without insurers or courts being aware of their previous similar activity.“While some commentators may cry foul of the establishment of this register, and while we acknowledge that there are many honest people making insurance claims, we cannot let the rights of the minority rules over the rights of the majority – and the many honest policy holders out there should not have to pay for the activities of the dishonest few,” he added. Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

#BREAKING County Limerick suspicious death upgraded to murder inquiry

first_imgWhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin TAGSlimerickmurder inquiryNewcastle West Garda StationPallaskenrypost-mortemState Pathologistsuspicious deathtechnical examination The late Willie Lynch whose body was found in his home in Pallaskenry yesterday.Following the conclusion of a post mortem examination today, Gardaí have upgraded their investigation into a suspicious death in Pallaskenry County Limerick to a murder inquiry.A 29-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation remains in custody.Gardaí were called to a house in the village shortly before 5pm yesterday when they found the body of 35-year-old local man, Willie Lynch.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The area was immediately sealed off for a technical examination and the office of the State Pathologist notified.Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Newcastle West on 061- 393 102; the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.More crime news here Previous articlePlans to keep Shannon safe from Estuary floodsNext articleEarls returns as Munster make eleven changes for Ulster Editor Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emailcenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print NewsCrime & Court#BREAKING County Limerick suspicious death upgraded to murder inquiryBy Editor – December 31, 2017 2959 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more


first_imgSeveral hundred  Evansville swimmers gathered at Garvin Park pool over the weekend to compete in the “Annual City Swim Meet” sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Swimmers ranging from ages 4 to 65 completed in this extremely competitive eventLoraine swim team won the city meet, earning 667.5 points. Lloyd took second, with 555.5 points, followed by Howell Torpedoes with 543, Helfrich Pool with 381 and Rochelle Pool with 31.Mollie and Jill Darke-Schreiber’s daughters, Hadlie (8) and Henslie (6) were extremely competitive in the breaststroke, and free style events.”  Holly and Matt Happe’s kids, Hunter (8)  and Hope (9) did well in the freestyle races.  Josie(10) and Luke(8) Hartmann did extremely well in their events.  Jamie and Matt Hartmann are the proud parents of Josie and Luke.It’s important to point out that members of the Parks and Recreation Department staff did an outstanding job in conducting this worthy community event. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini: Man City have been the best team this season

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his team have been the best this season and denied they are too inconsistent. But despite slipping to third, City remain title favourites and Pellegrini also has a firm answer to any critics. He said: “I know that we are qualified in every competition, I know that we are top of the table… or we were top of the table just one game ago. “For 13 games we were the leaders so I expect that we have a very good team. Maybe we played three bad games in the whole season but in all the other games I think that we are a very consistent team and the best team this season.” There is a feeling Pellegrini’s attacking philosophy leaves a defence already weakened by the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany too exposed, but he denies this is an issue and will not change his approach. He said: “I like to play attacking football, I like to score a lot of goals, but I prefer to win 4-0 than 4-2. “If we are conceding goals it’s just not because we are playing attacking football. For the two goals of Borussia (Monchengladbach) we had seven or eight players near our box.” If that is the case, then Pellegrini accepts mistakes must be being made elsewhere, and he knows they need to be eradicated to keep the title bid on track. He said: “Of course. We need to because we’re too ugly. You can lose to any team here in England but you can’t lose ugly, by an important amount of goals. “It’s an important thing that we analyse why but I know exactly what to expect from this team every game.” Press Associationcenter_img City’s form since opening the campaign with five impressive, clean-sheet victories has been up and down with convincing wins interspersed with some dismal defeats. Two of the losses were particularly heavy, to Tottenham and Liverpool, while last week’s surprise defeat at Stoke knocked them off the top of the Barclays Premier League soon after they had reclaimed first place. last_img read more

Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of 2 crimes occurring Thursday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of two crimes that occurred on the same night in Wellington.The videos were released to the local media today in hopes of solving two crimes that occurred Thursday evening and Friday morning.The first video deals with ATM footage that may or may not be related to the home invasion, assault and robbery of a 26-year-old Wellington man on the 600 South Block of South H (see story here).The second video concerns a burglary of Soothing Vapors, an electronic cigarette business at the U.S. Post Office in Wellington (see story here). Both crimes are unrelated, the WPD said.The assault/robbery videoWellington Police Chief  Tracy Heath said this surveillance video came from an ATM machine at Emprise Bank in Wichita at 47th and Broadway Friday morning which was in line with two transactions which took place on a Discover Card that was allegedly stolen from the 26-year-old assaulted somewhere between 11:30 a.m. and midnight.Heath said there is several reasons that leads him to believe that these two could have been involved with an attack inside the home in which a young man had his hands and feet tied up with rope and assaulted with a knife that resulted in a small puncture wound.When the young man was able to free himself he called 911 at 1:02 a.m.This video was shot at 1:35 a.m. and ending at 1:50 a.m. Heath guessed that would fall in line with the sequence of events that allegedly took place. It also marked the time that two transactions were recorded by Discover. If you view the video, the alleged suspect walked to the ATM machine and was unable to make a transaction, but would return a second time with a female companion who was successful the second time.This is consistent with Discovery’s records.Sumner Newscow has made several still images for descriptive purposes (click here to view pictures at full size).In this picture, it appears a young manias wearing flip-flops and a three-colored hoodie as he was walking to the ATM machine.In this picture, which is the best view of the suspect, he appears to be an African American male. There appears to be a small dark circle on the right side of his nose.In this picture he is wearing a gold necklace and appears to be wearing a solid colored shirt.In this picture where he is counting the money, which is $300 in cash, he appsars to have mark on his left hand.The female’s face is never seen but she appears to be wearing a Wichita State Shocker hoody and flip flops as well.•••••In the second video, a male appears in the east entrance of the U.S. Post Office building for a brief second a couple of times at 10:04 p.m. Thursday evening. In this picture there appears to be some lettering on the right side of the shirt.In this picture this appears to be a young white man looking through the window. In the burglary the suspect threw a rock through a window on the east side of the Soothing Vapor business, entered inside and removed an undisclosed amount of electronic cigarette products.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 308 weeks ago Recordings of recordings at low quality (ATM)? And pictures of recordings(soothing vapors)? Technology is grand…..when used properly. And thanks for the tip in the video…I’ll now carry a pad of sticky notes in my car. Report Reply 0 replies · active 308 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Steve · 308 weeks ago These pictures & video need to be seen on TV & our local TV channel. Someone knows who this is. Don’t know why our local paper has not even mentioned this story Report Reply 1 reply · active 308 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down David · 308 weeks ago What local paper? hahahahahhaaha Report Reply +9 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 308 weeks ago Just me…the police can only work with the equipment that these businesses have. At least they are asking for help… Report Reply 1 reply · active 308 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 308 weeks ago Crusader pride, the video from the ATM is being recorded (at low quality) from a PC screen. Couldn’t they have just released the actual video? It was probably a higher resolution. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 308 weeks ago discovery or discover? Report Reply 0 replies · active 308 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Females are superior · 308 weeks ago Typical. If you want the job done ask a woman. Report Reply 0 replies · active 308 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Man kidnaps girl to get through Florida Keys checkpoint

first_imgThe Monroe County Sheriff’s department says that they have arrested a Florida Keys man who kidnapped a 17-year-old girl in order to get through a COVID-19 checkpoint after he was initially turned away.The incident occurred sometime in the morning on May 21st.Authorities say 37-year-old Alexander Michael Sardinas and a 43-year-old woman from Islamorada pulled up to the Keys checkpoint in a ridesharing vehicle but were both refused entry due to lack of identification.A short while later, a highway patrol officer spotted Sardinas and the woman arguing and offered them a ride to Florida City.From there, the pair reportedly walked to a Publix where they noticed a teen with a Keys hurricane reentry sticker on her vehicle.At that point, Sardinas approached the teen and demanded that she drive them to Tavernier and threatened to harm her if she refused to do so or touched her cell phone.The victim complied and drove them to the security checkpoint where she showed her ID and was granted access.Authorities say the teen did not alert them to the situation as she passed the checkpoint because she was afraid of what Sardinas might do.Once the teen passed the checkpoint, she dropped Sardinas off at a gas station and the woman off at a pharmacy before calling a relative. The relative then contacted the police.Detectives later located both Sardinas and the woman at different locations and reported that neither of the suspects denied being with the victim. The victim was also able to identify Sardinas through a photo lineup.Sardinas has since been charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment. Other charges are still pending.last_img read more

The Moon Has Core Values

first_imgDid the moon have a molten core?  There has been “a long-held consensus that objects in the solar system smaller than than [sic] Mars, can’t sustain magnetic fields,” said National Geographic News based on a paper in Science January 16.1  Apollo rock samples seem to indicate the presence of long-lived magnetism.  It suggests a molten core able to sustain a magnetic dynamo for long period – not heat-shocked magnetism from impacts, which would have dissipated within days.  The original paper explains the unexpected finding:Before the Apollo missions, the Moon was often thought to be a primordial un-differentiated relic of the early solar system that had never formed a core or generated a magnetic dynamo.  Because it was well known that the Moon presently has no global magnetic field, it was a surprise when the Apollo subsatellites and surface magnetometers detected magnetic fields originating from the lunar crust, and paleomagnetic analyses of returned samples identified natural remanent magnetization (NRM).  The magnetization of many samples must have been produced by ancient magnetic fields, but the association of crustal magnetization with impact structures and the identification of NRM in <200-million-year-old>critical for understanding the thermal evolution of the Moon, the limits of dynamo generation in small bodies, and, by implication, the magnetization of asteroids and meteorites.The authors argued that the NRM was not due to impacts, but probably to a molten core.  They spoke in terms of billions of years, but admitted in the second paragraph that “A further complication is that the precise thermal histories of most lunar rocks are unknown.  Their magnetization ages have often been assumed to be equal to their radiometric ages, even though thermal events that can remagnetize rocks may have no effect on most geochronometers.”    What are the implications of positing a liquid core for a small body like the Moon?  “The plausibility of a lunar dynamo has been questioned because of the unconfirmed existence of a fluid metallic core, the difficulty of sustaining a dynamo at least 600 million years after accretion, and large paleointensities of ~100 microteslas that are difficult to reconcile with theoretical predictions.”  They said that there is growing evidence that a small, partially molten core persists today.  National Geographic quoted a French geoscience professor who commented on the consensus-breaking idea that the Moon differentiated and retains an internal melt: “With more studies pointing to the moon’s core, in addition to signs that Mercury and satellites of Jupiter and Saturn have cores, experts are being forced to ‘go backward in that direction,’ [Pierre] Rochette said.”1.  Ian Garrick-Bethell, Benjamin P. Weiss, David L. Shuster and Jennifer Buz, “Reports: Early Lunar Magnetism,” Science, 16 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5912, pp. 356-359, DOI: 10.1126/science.1166804.If findings are undermining a long-held consensus, if observations are difficult to reconcile with theoretical predictions, and if studies are forcing geoscientists to go backward from their assumptions, then it seems only fair that informed observers of the reasoning of the scientific community have a right to question their confidence about the thermal history and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.  Remember, this is not an isolated instance.  The entire history of planetary science is a record of surprise after surprise.  Very little that was assumed to be true about planetary objects before we got “ground truth” from them still holds today.  What other consensi are up for reversal?  (Yes, the plural is consensuses, but consensi sounds better.)    Many people just cower in awe before the wizards of planetary science, as if they are onto something wonderful when they weave their imaginative scenarios of the history of the solar system, like the new one that claims Mercury and Mars are just leftover scraps from the formation of Earth and Venus (see this latest weird-science story on National Geographic News).  How could they possibly know such things?  It may be fun for a PhD to spin a “radical new theory” about what happened when he can’t go back in time and watch it, but please don’t call it science.  Science is supposed to mean “knowledge.”  Plausibility and knowledge do not necessary track one another.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa scores for global integration

first_img1 December 2014South Africa’s economy is more connected to the global economy than its peers in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Visa Africa Integration Index.The country scored the highest on the index, improving from 61.1 at the start of 2011 to 66.7 at the end of 2013.The index tracks 11 countries divided into key country clusters in sub-Saharan Africa, revealing strengths and areas of growth potential. The clusters are:West Africa: Ghana and NigeriaEast Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and TanzaniaSouthern Africa: South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and ZambiaThe 11 constituent countries are highly representative of the region, with a combined population of 437 million people, or 55% of the total population.South Africa scored highest amongst the 11 countries for global integration with a score of 42.6 out of 50. Kenya scored highest for regional integration, scoring 27.5 out of 50, narrowly overtaking Ghana. But all 11 countries were a long way off the global median of 50.Visa in South Africa launched the second annual Visa Africa Integration Index on Tuesday, 25 November. It measures the degree of economic integration within key trade corridors of sub-Saharan Africa, namely West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.DataThe purpose of the index is to better understand and to help facilitate economic growth from greater cross-border interaction and economic openness.Mandy Lamb, the country manager of Visa South Africa, said: “Since the launch of the Visa Africa Integration Index in 2013 the African economy has extended its best period of economic growth on record by delivering growth of 4.8% in 2013.“Our objective was to construct an index for a number of selected sub-Saharan African countries to measure their global and regional integration. The index is built from country-level macroeconomic data and a wealth of proprietary data.“The final outputs are economic integration scores at the country and regional levels measured on a semi-annual basis for the period 2011 to 2013,” Lamb said.BuoyantLamb noted that it was widely expected that buoyant economic growth would continue for the foreseeable future and it was likely that the African economy would achieve a growth rate approaching 5.5% in 2014, with a collective gross domestic product of over $1.9-trillion – a figure that is expected to exceed $2.6-trillion by 2020.The study was carried out in conjunction with Prof Adrian Saville, visiting professor of economics at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, and Dr Lyal White, director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets and a senior lecturer at GIBS.Four key metrics to measure integration were used: the flow of goods and services or trade, financial integration and the movement of capital, the flow of information and knowledge, and the movement of people. This model assigned a numeric value to the level of integration, with the global median score being 100.FindingsDespite a modest base, the countries surveyed have undergone positive structural transformation over the past decade. All 11 countries showed improvements in economic integration.In some cases the improvements were modest: Zimbabwe and Uganda recorded gains in integration that amount to 0.5% a year and 1.2% a year, respectively. In other cases the gains were swift and substantial. Rwanda’s index score rose by just less than 20% over the three years. Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia all recorded robust single-digit improvements in economic integration.The analysis also considered the depth and breadth of integration, and how integrated each country was globally and regionally. In terms of “depth”, a country is considered to be “deeply integrated” if the economy is particularly open and highly connected to the rest of the world. Integration only becomes “deep and broad” if a highly connected economy is engaged with a wide variety of counter parties across the different strands of its global relationships.Structural improvementsWhile South Africa scored highest for global depth (48.3 against the global median of 50) and global breadth (36.9); Mozambique scored highest for regional depth (27.3); and Kenya had the highest score for regional breadth (40.9).Notably, none of these scores achieved the global median of 50, pointing to the need for further structural improvements.“Findings around openness and increased integration have important implications for the socio-economic advance of African economies based on at least two structural drivers,” said Lamb. “Firstly, African economies are substantially unconnected to the rest of the world. Secondly, African economies largely are unconnected to each other.“Africa stands to gain from a sustained structural benefit brought about by the opening up of African economies to each other and to the world at large.”Source: Visalast_img read more