Mother of nine avoids jail in school attendance case

first_imgFacebook Twitter by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK mother narrowly avoided prison for failing to ensure three of her nine children went to school after a Circuit Court judge said he struggled to find an appropriate ruling that would bring stability to the troubled family.Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that the eldest of the nine children, a boy now 16, missed every school day since September and had long periods of absence over two previous school years.The case also involved two younger siblings, a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 11, who also had long absences from school over similar periods.After eleven previous appearances, the mother was given three concurrent 14-day jail sentences for breaches of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 at the District Court last July.This Tuesday, she appealed the severity of the sentence at Limerick Circuit Court.Solicitor for Tusla, the child and family agency, Muiris Gavin, said that despite the huge resources being deployed to the family, matters had not improved and there were fears for the other children who were not part of the prosecution.On each of the previous ten appearances at both courts, the mother had been given a chance to improve the situation.Mr Gavin told Judge O’Donnell that the eldest boy turned 16 last November and was no longer compelled to attend school. He missed 122 out of 183 school days during 2013/14 and in 2014/15 missed 95 of 182 school days.Three prosecution were brought in respect of the boy and his 14 year-old sister, who missed 59 days out of 164 in the 2014/15 school year and their younger brother, who missed 64 out of 183 days in the 2013/2014 school year.Defence solicitor Eimear Carey, said the woman was “struggling on her own” with regard to the eduction of her children. There was a “complex volatile relationship regarding her dealings with the children’s father and when things were going well, there was an improvement”.Judge O’Donnell said the dilemma he faced was that if he failed to jail the mother, the younger children would be deprived of their education.However if she was in prison, other agencies would have to be called in to deal with the family situation. The fact that she was a mother of a large family was not a defence as to her responsibilities.Addressing the woman, he said: “I don’t want to sent you to prison, I don’t believe any judge would want to send you to prison. It is your children’s future that is at stake and a lack of education will cost them in life.”Stating that he did not disagree with the sentence handed down by the District Court, he suspended the three concurrent sentences for 12 months. Linkedin Print Previous articleAttack on firefighters sparks new call for legal protectionNext articleTwo and a Half Tenors in concert Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email Advertisement NewsMother of nine avoids jail in school attendance caseBy Staff Reporter – January 15, 2016 689 WhatsApplast_img read more

Winners and losers in EU’s big stimulus deal

first_imgAfter four days of squabbling there is a little something for everyone in the 750-billion-euro recovery package agreed by EU leaders — but the details reveal real winners and losers. WinnersMore ‘Europe’: It is very hard to deny that the painstakingly negotiated deal is a victory for backers of a more centrally-run or federal Europe, most notably French President Emmanuel Macron. Calls from Rome and Italy for “solidarity” quickly followed, but northern Europe firmly quashed any talks of joint borrowing or anything that reeked of sending tax revenue from one EU country to the other.But no one had counted on a sea change in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel allied herself with Macron to back 500 billion euros in joint borrowing to help the hardest-hit by the pandemic.  Now, tens of billions will be heading out — despite the furious pushback by the “Frugals”, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Austria — that said they would refuse any penny in direct aid to their partners.In the end, after the fighting, a total of 390 billion euros will be distributed in direct aid. The climate cause: About one third of the EU’s stimulus stash will be earmarked for fighting climate change, making it one of the biggest green deals anywhere in history.National governments will be asked to submit climate-friendly projects involving electric cars, energy efficiency, and renewable power.Brussels: Another winner will be the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which will be in charge of deciding how the money will be disbursed.The level of involvement of the EU in the oversight of national spending will be unprecedented, with the exception of bailouts of Greece, Portugal or Ireland during the debt crisis. LosersEU budget: The largesse of the recovery fund is coming in part by starving the normal EU budget that was also negotiated at this weekend’s marathon summit.Some call it robbing Peter to pay Paul: research, a transition fund for climate change and an EU investment fund have all been gutted of original proposals.The EU’s landmark Erasmus program for young people is also stripped, drawing a furious response from the European Parliament, which will have to ratify the plan this year.Much of this is to pay for the recovery fund as well as fork out tens of billions of euros in rebates to the frugals, who were finally quieted with substantial returns in cash on their EU contributions.Digital tax: The EU’s proposal to leaders had included an unprecedented ambition to raise EU taxes through various means: including a special tax on tech giants or a carbon tax. In the end, none of these was finalized and the recovery fund will need to be repaid by the EU budget over decades to come.To be determinedOrban: An hour before the final deal was announced, media close to Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban said the EU had abandoned all plans to link EU disbursements to adherence to European rules on media freedom and the independence of the judiciary.EU negotiators however insist this is not the case and that Brussels will submit a plan to make the link explicit. Only time will tell whether Brussels is able to bring their plan to fruition.”Whether or not the mechanism will bite will depend on its design — and all countries will still have to agree to it,” warned Lucas Guttenberg of the Jacques Delors Center in Berlin.Topics : In 2017, the leader eschewed “La Marseillaise” and marched solemnly to his inaugural address to the air of the EU anthem “Ode of Joy”.A speech at la Sorbonne University quickly followed that unfurled a hugely ambitious vision for Europe, with myriad proposals for deepening the EU project that most saw as far-fetched.The Netherlands and other countries that would prefer a “small” Europe successfully stonewalled Macron’s desire, until the virus crisis forced them to accept joint borrowing to finance the rescue package.Spain and Italy: The first tragic scenes of pandemic in Europe came from Italy and Spain, with hospitals overrun and death rates skyrocketing.last_img read more

Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog

first_imgLunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in Pennsylvania and around the world by individuals of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Vietnamese ancestry. The Lunar New Year is one of the most prominent and celebrated festivals in the world. In China, for example, the sheer number of people working in large urban areas who return to their hometowns to celebrate Lunar New Year festivities accounts for the largest annual mass human migration in the world.Here in Pennsylvania, many Asian American families herald the beginning of the traditional lunisolar calendar by giving their homes a thorough deep cleaning. Families gather for a traditional meal, and exchange beautifully packaged red envelopes containing money to signify good luck and prosperity for the year to come.My mother’s family is originally from Mainland China – my grandmother was born and raised in Beijing, China; my mother was born and raised in Taiwan, and I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Throughout my family’s journey, we have always cherished celebrating Lunar New Year as generations of our family have before us. These traditions honor our heritage and connect us with new neighbors and friends.If you’d like to learn of a celebration near you, please refer to the Commission’s February newsletter here for a detailed list of events happening across Pennsylvania.On behalf of Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, we wish you a Year of the Dog filled with peace, prosperity, health, and joy!Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 16, 2018last_img read more

Former Software Engineer Pleads Not Guilty in Major Capital One Hack

first_imgA Washington software engineer who allegedly gained access to information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, has pleaded not guilty to charges of federal computer and wire fraud.Sources say that 33-year-old Paige Thompson, who worked for Amazon Web Services, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.She is suspected of hacking Capital One, as well as three other organizations that used cloud-based computer services.Altogether, Thompson is suspected of stealing information from 30 entities. Authorities believe that she likely hacked into the systems in order to mine cryptocurrency.A jury trial is scheduled to begin November 4.last_img

The man in charge of NASA’s human spaceflight resigns days before the first manned launch since 2011

first_imgTwo people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the personnel matter said his resignation was spurred when Loverro broke a rule during NASA’s recent procurement of a spacecraft capable of landing humans on the moon.In an interview, Loverro declined to discuss the exact details of why he resigned.“It had nothing to do with commercial crew,” he said. “It had to do with moving fast on Artemis, and I don’t want to characterize it in any more detail than that.” Artemis is NASA’s program to return people to the moon.Loverro said there were “no sour grapes” and that he holds “NASA in great respect. I hope they can continue on everything they started and will follow through on their plans.”On May 27, SpaceX is scheduled to launch two NASA astronauts on a test flight of the Dragon spacecraft to the space station. In a statement Tuesday, NASA indicated the launch would proceed without delay.Our @NASA_SLS rocket will launch the #Artemis missions and its astronauts to the Moon. But how does a rocket fly? @NASA_Marshall Aerospace engineer Tracie Prater explains the components that help a rocket launch and fly in our latest #NASAatHome video: https://t.co/n5yKRuKR60 pic.twitter.com/HSsRtbEzvL— Douglas Loverro (@DouglasLoverro) May 18, 2020 The head of human spaceflight for NASA, Douglas Loverro, abruptly resigned on Monday just days before the first manned flight is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center since the space shuttle retired in 2011.Loverro’s resignation comes just two days before he was to lead a critical “launch readiness review” meeting that would determine whether SpaceX should proceed to launch two NASA astronauts on a test mission to the International Space Station.The head of NASA’s human spaceflight office resigned Tuesday as astronauts readied for their first launch in a decade from American soil. Douglas Loverro, associate administrator for the human exploration and operations mission directorate, had been in the for only seven months pic.twitter.com/aMwkUmxXJu— Team World Supporter (@WorldSupporter) May 20, 2020last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – Nelson Curling Club Men’s League Champs

first_imgTeam Brett McLellan overpowered Fred Thomson to capture the Men’s title at the recent Nelson Curling Club Championship Tournament at the Heritage City facility. McLellan & Company made a steal of three in the fifth end to double Thomson 6-3.McLellan added another steal of one in the sixth end to build the insurmountable lead.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the McLellan rink with Team of the Week honours.Team McLellan includes third Chris Osborne, second Devon Duncan and lead Shane Learmont.Marla Dreher edged out Allison Sutherland to claim the Ladies League title while Rick Cutler needed an extra end to lead his rink to a win over Team Douglas.last_img

10 months agoLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevilla

first_imgLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevillaby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile some of Europe’s top leagues were enjoying their winter break, the sun was shining bright in the south of Spain for Sunday’s highly anticipated La Liga fixture between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.The sublime conditions only furthered the excitement within the stadium for what was an enthralling contest between second and third on the table.The opening 25 minutes played out much as you would’ve expected from both sides; the hosts controlled the majority of possession early while Diego Simeone’s dogged outfit were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Despite their control down the middle of the ground, Atleti afforded their opponents far too much space on the wings, with Jesus Navas having a field day against makeshift left-back Saul Niguez.The Spaniard’s dominance almost paid off when, on the 30th minute mark, his teasing cross was floated to the back post, only for Sergio Escudero to send his header two metres over Jan Oblak’s goal. With their tails up, Sevilla’s relentless attack resulted in the match’s first goal after 36 minutes through Wissam Ben Yedder. After Andre Silva’s long range strike smacked off the post, the resulting corner saw Ben Yedder in the right place in the right time, receiving a pass from Daniel Carrico on the edge of the six yard box and finishing neatly past Oblak for his ninth La Liga goal of the season.The home supporters weren’t celebrating for long, however. With the last kick of the half, Atleti’s superstar, Antoine Griezmann, drew his side level with a superb curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík fixed to his line.The 15 minute interval done nothing to quell the growing tension from both sides. Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded three yellow cards within the first nine minutes of the second stanza – and would hand out 12 by the final whistle – as the match ramped up in intensity with both sides searching for another goal.Ben Yedder once again found himself in a wonderful position inside the box after receiving Roque Mesa’s knockdown. But this time the Frenchman’s shot, which had Oblak beat, dragged across the far post. With eight minutes remaining, it was Griezmann who would squander Atleti’s best chance of winning the game. Must to the confusion of an otherwise strong Sevilla back three, the World Cup winner found himself onside, but his tame effort was hit straight at the outstanding Vaclik.The result means Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a win over Getafe on Sunday night. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ontario has work to do to meet longterm climate change goals report

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.But despite some hurdles in the system, she said switching to a carbon tax, as the Progressive Conservatives have vowed to do if they win the spring election, isn’t likely to deliver results faster.“The research that we’ve seen suggests that changing policies delays progress,” she said.“There isn’t any jurisdiction in the world that’s changed from cap and trade to a carbon tax. Most jurisdictions choose cap and trade because although it’s more expensive to implement for the economy as a whole you produce the same level of emissions for a lower cost.”The cap-and-trade system, which was launched last year, aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit.If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap declines about four per cent each year to 2020 and then roughly 2.9 per cent each year afterwards to 2030. The province’s goal is for greenhouse gas emissions to drop to 15 per cent below what they were in 1990 by 2020 and to 37 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.“I would expect that, from a compliance point of view, Ontario will be able to meet the 2020 target because it includes the availability to use offsets and buy allowances from outside Ontario,” Saxe said.“It’s much more challenging moving forward from 2020 to 2030,” she said. “We now know what the maximum number of allowances will be each year but we don’t know how the province intends to get there. So that’s one of the reasons why I’ve recommended a specific carbon budget for each ministry and each sector.”Ontario’s Environment Minister Chris Ballard said the government is proud of its record on climate change but recognizes there is a lot of work ahead. He said he would discuss Saxe’s concerns with her and take the report and its recommendations into account.All departments are aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but face other pressures that can sometimes get in the way, he said.“It’s a matter of how fast we can get there as a province, how fast we can get there as ministries, but I also have to take into account not only my schedule but their schedules as well,” he said. “But they know this is something that needs to get done.”Ballard said he is confident the province can meet its 2030 goals, particularly as green technologies such as electric vehicles become more mainstream.“We just have to keep staying the course,” he said.Critics said the report shows not enough is being done to combat climate change.“Clearly the Liberals are talking about this a lot but in very key areas they’re not taking the action that has to happen,” said New Democrat Peter Tabuns, the party’s environment critic.last_img read more

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