Talk leads to drop in county suicide rates

first_imgFacebook NewsCommunityTalk leads to drop in county suicide ratesBy Staff Reporter – June 17, 2014 950 Previous article€13.5million sought for mixed commercial city siteNext articleMusic Factory celebrates Limerick city of culture Staff Reporter Twitter Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Email Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SUICIDE rates in county Limerick have seen a dramatic drop because of the success of the “Talk to Me” programme, according to coroner Brendan Nix SC.Mr Nix made his comments after the coroner’s court conducted its third session in which death by suicide was not among the verdicts of the five cases listed for hearing.Describing it as an extended “purple patch”, the coroner said that for six to eight months, suicide rates had declined and the programme had been really successful. He added that all involved had to be thanked for what they had done in maintaining relations within the community.“The main feature is just to keep talking, tell them you love them and keep the conversation going”, he said.Mr Nix explained that the coroner’s court was the “people’s court, a court of no mystery or secret” as he invited people to ask questions whenever they felt they needed more information about their lost loved ones.He then went on to remark that it was the third sitting of the county coroner’s court where there was no recorded suicide in West Limerick.“We went through a terrible time where this was a scathe in our society but talking helps. Keep talking, let them hear you voice. There is nothing that is insurmountable”. he said.“In recent times, incidents of suicide in Limerick City have gone from bad to worse but rates of suicide in the county has reduced itself. Let us be thankful for that”, he added.Praising the efforts of the Gardaí, the fire service and the ambulance drivers, Mr Nix said that “when the kids come out of the discos, they have no phone credit.“Up to recently, they had to pay to phone the Samaratians but now it’s free. The kids ring 999 and they get through to the services and they could spend hours talking to them. So the Talk to Me programme has helped greatly”.“it’s just about keep talking – it started by word of mouth and we just want to keep the conversation going.” Linkedin Printlast_img read more

Estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother arrested in her disappearance

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — Fotis Dulos, the husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance, according to police.The girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, Michelle Troconis, 44, has also been arrested, according to a press release by the New Canaan Police Department. They were both charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.The couple was taken into custody on Saturday in Avon, Connecticut, police said. They are being held on $500,000 bond each and are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen on May 24 in New Caanan, Connecticut, driving a black Chevrolet Suburban. She was last heard from while dropping off her children at school that day, police said.Her vehicle was later found near Waveny Park in New Canaan, police said.According to a letter from Fotis Dulos’ attorney on Tuesday, her nanny brought the couple’s five children to Jennifer Dulos’ mother’s home, where an armed bodyguard was hired to watch them.It is unclear where the children are currently, but a statement from family spokeswoman Carrie Luft on Friday said they are “safe and well-cared for.”Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Dulos have been embattled in a divorce since 2017, court documents show. They married in 2004.In 2017, Jennifer Dulos filed for an emergency order for full custody of the children, which was denied, court documents show. Jennifer Dulos and Fotis Dulos had temporary shared custody of the children until the end of the divorce proceedings.In the order, Jennifer Dulos stated that they discussed separating after she learned of her husband’s affair in March 2017.Jennifer Dulos alleged that Fotis Dulos exhibited intensifying “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior,” stating that she was afraid for her safety as well as the physical safety and emotional well-being of their children.The mother alleged that Fotis Dulos threatened to kidnap their children on May 30, 2017, if she did not agree to his terms in the divorce settlement and that he had bought a gun that year.Jennifer Dulos described an incident on June 3, 2017, in which Fotis Dulos allegedly became enraged over her scheduled activities for their children on a Saturday morning because he felt that they should be waterskiing. Jennifer Dulos claimed that her husband would force the children to train as professional waterskiiers, even though they did not want to, but they were “all afraid to disobey,” she stated.“He got within inches of my face and berated me” the court documents state. “I was scared and tried to leave the room. He followed me upstairs and into a bedroom, where he shut the door and blocked it so that I was trapped as he verbally attacked me and physically intimidated me.”The couple’s daughter and babysitter were allegedly in the room at the time and witnessed Fotis Dulos blocking the door, according to the court documents.“Having no way to escape the room other than a second story window, I screamed until my Husband became nervous that his cousins, who were visiting the home, would hear me,” the emergency order states.In the request for relief, Jennifer Dulos stated that she knew that filing for divorce and filing the emergency motion for custody would “enrage him.”“I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way,” she said. “He has the attitude that he must always win at all costs. He is dangerous and ruthless when he believes that he has been wronged.”In Fotis Dulos’ amended reply to the motion, he claims that he legally bought the gun in 2017 for home security and stated he never threatened or bullied the children into waterskiing, court documents show. He denied exhibiting “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and/or controlling behavior” and stated that he never threatened to kidnap the children or physically threatened his wife.In an email to Jennifer Dulos in December 2017, Fotis Dulos wrote that their children “deserve a mother AND a father, not one or the other.”“And if we cannot live together, we can at least get along for their sake and benefit,” Fotis Dulos wrote.Fotis Dulos claimed that in June 2017, his wife lied about where she was taking the kids and instead hired armed bodyguards and took them to a hotel in New York City. He claimed his wife told the children that “Dad” was “going to harm them,” according to court documents.Fotis Dulos also stated that his wife called him a psychopath and told the children that he does not care about them. In addition, Fotis Dulos claimed that his wife said to the children, “I will make sure this divorce takes two and a half years,” and “I can have the Mafia break your dad’s legs with a baseball bat.”The couple had temporary shared custody of the children until the divorce proceedings were final. After they separated, Jennifer Dulos and the children moved out of their home in Farmington, Connecticut, where Fotis Dulos remained, the Connecticut Post reported. Fotis Dulos operates his construction business, The Fore Group, out of the home, according to the newspaper.Jennifer Dulos still has not been located.“We miss her beyond measure — her five young children, her family, her friends, colleagues and neighbors, as well as countless people who have never met her but who have responded to the spirit of grace and kindness that Jennifer embodies,” Luft said in the statement. “The support and love, the concern for her children and the community efforts to help locate Jennifer have kept us going.”ABC News could not immediately reach attorneys for Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Bucket list

first_imgHere are some of the primary reasons that there shouldn’t be any work stoppage in the NFL this or any other year. Can we talk about the domino crash and burn effect on suppliers of the game and the fans? How many hot dogs does the NFL purchase yearly? How many sales of hot dog buns, hamburgers, beer, pretzels, etc. will fall by the wayside if this work interruption continues? A report entitled; ‘Fourth and Long’ by Preston Traverse and Joseph R. Duffy points out serious repercussions of a NFL work stoppage. The report says that, “President Barack Obama famously referred to a potential NFL lockout as being a fight between billionaires and millionaires; however the impending impact could reach far beyond the players and owners. One could equate the NFL situation to the near dissolution of General Motors; which would have not only affected GM employees, but countless organizations spread across its vast supply chain. The major difference is that many firmly believed that GM could disappear, while no one actually expects professional football will not remain an integral part of American culture. Moreover, there is simply too much revenue at stake for this issue to remain unresolved for a lengthy period of time.”Perverted outside loot. There is mad money at stake, not to be taken lightly. A report by Sarah Adams; Sports League Economic Structure And Fiscal Focus says that: “Money within the sports business industry varies in distribution among involved industries.Advertising’s ludicrous value of $27.43 billion estimates to 14.1 percent of the sports business industry. Spectator spending also holds a large monetary value of $26.17 billion and represents 13.4 percent of the sports business industry. Sporting goods represent 13.2 percent of the sports business industry and estimates to a value of $25.62 billion. At 11.8 percent, operating expenses generate $22.98 billion.Gambling holds 9.7 percent of the sports business industry and produces $18.90 billion, while travel generates $16.06 billion and represents 8.3 percent. Professional services estimate to the value of $15.25 billion and hold 7.8 percent of the sports business industry. At 6.5 percent of the sports business industry, medical spending produces $12.60 billion. Following medical spending, licensed goods represents 5.4 percent of the sports business industry and generates the monetary value of $10.50 billion. The NFL leads revenue values by producing $2.5 billion; MLB follows at $2.3 billion. Colleges, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and other leagues, teams, and sports generate the remaining $5.6 billion.Media broadcasting rights represent 3.6 percent of the sports business industry and produce $6.99 billion. Sponsorships generate $6.40 billion and hold 3.3 percent of the sports business industry. NFL sponsors’ include Coca Cola and Reebok as the official drink and equipment of the NFL. Facility construction represents 1.3 percent of the sports business industry. The United States’ stadiums, arenas, and motor speedways reach the total value of $2.48 billion. Multimedia generates $2.12 billion and holds 1.1 percent of the sports business industry. Endorsements hold .5 percent of the sports business industry and total to the monetary value of $897 million. The Internet represents only .1 percent and estimates to the smallest value of $239.1 million.Season ticket holders’ revolt. Were all of the season ticket holders given a true and fair warning about the status of their “investment?” After all traditionally when the common man buys a “season” ticket in a significant amount of cases, the purchase is significant one plus families often keep these tickets “active” for generations. What about the loss of food and concessions revenue? From Oscar Mayer wieners to Coors Light beer, incomes and lives will be far more affected by the work stoppage than by the final box scores if they were. These providers have their own “GDP” that can only be negatively affected by any interruption in the NFL schedule, however long the duration.Let’s look at the loss of income for the common stadium worker. When the common man works less or no hours then everyone suffers, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. When Joe Q. Public can only go shopping once a month as opposed to four times per month, well the people that supply them suffer this interruption of the economic flow is relative to “cruel and unusual punishment.”If there is an abbreviated NFL season then all parties are to blame. There can be no scapegoat here. There is way more than enough guilt to pass around. All of these soap opera shenanigans about secret United Nations type “talks” are just plain poppycock. Trust me in the end, the only losers like always are the fans.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

African Americans in the Belmont

first_imgby NYRA Press Office Hall of Famer Ed Brown became the first African-American jockey to win the Belmont Stakes in 1870 aboard Kingfisher. Following his riding career, Brown became a successful trainer and in 1877 he trained Kentucky Derby winner Baden Baden, who finished third in the 11th running of the Belmont Stakes that year. Born in Lexington, Ky. in 1850, Brown died of tuberculosis in Louisville on May 11, 1906.The only African-American jockey to win the Belmont Stakes twice was Hall of Famer Willie Simms with Commanche (1893) and Henry of Navaree (1894). Simms is also known for introducing the “short” style of riding by leaning forward, crouched over the withers with his feet tucked into short stirrups. He is the only black rider to win all three Triple Crown events; he won the Kentucky Derby with Ben Brush (1896) and Plaudit (1898) and the Preakness with Sly Fox (1898). Simms’ record in the Belmont also included one second-place finish (Handspring in 1896), two thirds (Nanki Poo in 1895 and Octagon in 1897) and a fourth (Chaos in 1890).Jockey Oliver Lewis, who captured the inaugural running of the Kentucky Derby in 1875 on Aristides, finished second, two lengths behind Calvin, in the ninth running of the Belmont that year.In 1889, jockey Anthony “Tony” Hamilton rode odds-on favorite Diablo to a second-place finish in the 23rd running of the Belmont. During his career, Hamilton won many major races including the Brooklyn (Exile in 1889 and Hornpipe in 1895), Metropolitan (Counter Tenor in 1896) and Suburban (Lazzarone in 1895) Handicaps, as well as the country’s oldest stakes race, the Phoenix Handicap (Sligo in 1881).Beaver Dam, N.Y.-native Shelby “Pike” Barnes won the 24th running of the Belmont in 1890 aboard Burlington. Barnes’ riding career was cut short due to problems maintaining his weight.last_img read more

Leafs pound Nitehawks to take over top spot in Murdoch Division

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs took over first place in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by slamming the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 10-3 in action Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The Leafs took a 2-0 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back.Nelson led 5-1 after one frame and 7-2 after two periods.Aaron Dunlap, Colton Schell, Damin Devlin, James Sorrey and Greg Nickel led the Leafs assault, each with three points.Sorrey and Devlin scored twice with Nickel, Seth Schmidt, Kevin Bow, Dunlap, Schell and Jacob Boyzuck adding singles. Brad Gaboury, former Leaf Walker Sidoni and Luke Reimer replied for the Hawks.Brent Soles was outstanding between the pipes for Nelson, facing 46 shots as the Hawks tried to run the Leafs right out of the building.Zac Perehudof started in goal for Beaver Valley, but was chased after former Hawk Boyczuk scored on the power play — one of three on the night by the Leafs.The win was the third straight for the Leafs against Murdoch Division opponents.Nelson, improving to 9-5-1, now leads idle Castlegar Rebels by two points in the Murdoch Division.However, the Leafs have played one more game than the Rebels and two more than Beaver Valley.The Leafs now travel to Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Kamloops Storm Saturday at the NDCC  Arena.Beaver Valley plays in Grand Forks Friday before hosting Columbia Valley Rockies Sunday in an afternoon tilt as the Hawks Nest.ICE CHIPS: Leaf captain Colton Schell has been on fire of late, totalling nine points in the past four games to move into third place in KIJHL scoring, two points behind the leaders. . . . After scoring 10 times in the opening 10 games, rookie Colton McCarthy has scored once in the past five games.last_img read more

Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club coach earns provincial recognition

first_imgA local paddler received provincial recognition recently in Burnaby for paddling excellence this past season.Jason Rusu from the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club was named BC’s Master Male Athlete of the Year during the Canoe Kayak BC’s annual awards and scholarship banquet.“Jason is the heart of our club and the motivation for many of our sprint team paddlers,” said club member Heather Potkins.Potkins has experienced the solid coaching of Rusu after the teenage paddler won medals at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.  “Jason inspires us to work hard and love the sport of sprint paddling,” Potkins adds.During the banquet, Canoe Kayak BC honoured over 85 athletes, coaches and volunteers who achieved paddling excellence this past season, including Rusu, who is the club president and coach for the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club. The event was held in conjunction with Canoe Kayak BC’s annual Fall Training Camp.Potkins who is looking to qualify to Team BC for the 2017 Canada Games, also attended the gala weekend.The Nelson kayak and canoe club’s main focus for the past two years has been our youth sprint team. This program starts in the spring and runs through to September.This past spring, we hired two of our youth paddlers who completed their level 1 competitive coaching certification to run a Woman’s Wednesdays the Water program for Masters paddlers.The Masters idea was very successful and the club hopes to expand upon program in 2017.last_img read more

Breaking: John Downey extradited to UK after handing himself over to Gardai

first_imgCreeslough man John Downey has been extradited to the UK after handing himself over to Gardai.Downey, whose trial for the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing collapsed in controversy five years ago, is wanted by prosecutors in Northern Ireland over the murders of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972.Downey handed himself  in this afternoon, after he lost an appeal to challenge the extradition in July this year.A Garda spokesman confirmed “An Garda Siochana arrested a male in his sixties earlier today 11 October 2019. “This male has been extradited to Northern Ireland in accordance with an EAW (European Arrest Warrant) issued by the PSNI.”The 67-year-old Donegal man will now face trial in the UK.Downey was arrested at his home in Donegal in October last year under a European Arrest Warrant after authorities in Northern Ireland determined they had sufficient evidence to charge him with the murders of Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston, 32, and Private James Eames, 33.The soldiers died in a car bomb attack in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in August 1972. A PSNI spokesperson said Mr Downey is expected to appear before Omagh Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.“The PSNI has been liaising closely with An Garda Siochana and today’s arrest demonstrates the benefits of joint working between police forces and other national partner agencies,” they said.“Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston – a father of four – and Private James Eames – a father of three – died when a device exploded in a car they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, Enniskillen in 1972.“The PSNI investigation into these murders remains active.”In 2013, Downey was charged with murdering four Royal Household Cavalrymen in a bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in 1982. He was tried at the Old Bailey in 2014 but the case dramatically collapsed after it was revealed he had received a written assurance from former prime minister Tony Blair’s government that he was not actively wanted by the authorities.The letter was allegedly issued under the terms of the controversial On The Runs (OTRs) scheme.Breaking: John Downey extradited to UK after handing himself over to Gardai was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CreesloughdonegalextraditedJohn Downeylast_img read more

Province says women reaching parity on board agency appointments

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government says it is achieving gender parity for those appointed to its agencies, boards, and commissions.Stephanie McLean, the minister for Service Alberta, says one third of board members were women in March 2015.Today, that number is 48 per cent as the government has filled more than 700 positions.McLean says it reflects a government approach to actively recruit more women.There are more than 280 agencies boards and commissions that work at arm’s-length from the government.The province is reviewing the mandates of all boards and has already reduced or amalgamated 26 of them to streamline service and save $33 million.last_img

BC Assessment makes presentation to Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scott Sitter, Assessor of the Northern B.C. Region for BC Assesment made a presentation on the Basics of Assesment to Council.In the presentation Sitter explained the formula in which BC Assesment formulates their values they use in assessments of properties.In 1974 British Columbia became a Crown Corporation in which changes were made that distributed the tax base fairly. In B.C., assessment and taxing are run by different departments. Sitter shared, the B.C. assessment and tax system rank top 6 worldwide.Sitter spoke to Council at the end of the presentation in regards to the OSB Plant. He shared when BC Assessment gets notification of potential for a major industrial property to curtail its operations or go into closure, BC Assesment provides the best estimate at the time.In terms, if the OSB Plant is going to be down permanently the assessment on their building will drop to a 90 percent depreciation rate. Dependent on their current assessment will drop to 10 percent of the replacement value.The land will stay the same, the classification stays the same unless they start removing equipment then the classification changes and the method of evaluation changes. Sitter shares, once you change it from a major industrial property, now you’re into regular property classes.He goes on to share it is a huge building designed for a specific industrial purpose and who is going to buy the building for that purpose, yet more than likely an alternative purpose.Sitter shares he has not seen a reaction in the markets yet so he does not know how the markets will react with the plant’s closure yet as soon as BC Assesment knows they will keep close contact with the municipality.last_img read more