Gang associate ‘suspicious’ about authenticity of garda

first_img Previous articleBoy dies in Mid-Western Regional Hospital of meningitisNext articleRegeneration hosts Bondi Beach Boy Blue admin Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsGang associate ‘suspicious’ about authenticity of gardaBy admin – January 14, 2010 703 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img AN ASSOCIATE of a notorious Limerick gang charged with public order offences, had, according to his solicitor, expressed doubts about the authenticity of a garda who had stopped and questioned him.Forty-six-year-old Jimmy Collins of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, was charged with being highly abusive towards garda Gary Farrell who had stopped him in the company of four other men, in the Hyde Road area of Limerick last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Giving evidence in the District Court, garda Farrell noted that the accused became highly abusive when questioned.Inspector Seamus Ruane told the court that the accused man was “known to gardai and had 34 previous convictions”, the last of which came on March, 2009, for the theft of deli goods to the value of €2.46 from Tesco, Roxboro.Sarah Ryan, solicitor, handed in correspondence to Judge Tom O’Donnell noting that the accused had become suspicious about certain people purporting themselves to members of the gardai.“My client had suspicions of people presenting themselves as gardai, as previous incidents had proven this. The gardai member in question arrived to the area in a an unmarked patrol car and this aroused the suspicions of Mr Collins”.Judge O’Donnell asked garda Farrell as to whether or not he was dressed in his official uniform, and the garda member confirmed that he was in uniform.The solicitor responded saying that her client would “know more of the senior members of the force and just did not know garda Farrell, and was therefore suspicious.“I find it hard to believe that this is the case”, added Judge O’Donnell, “especially given that garda Farrell was in uniform”.Judge O’Donnell, satisfied as to the facts of the case, and taking into account the guilty plea, convicted and fined Collins, €250, and ordered that it be paid within six months or if found to be in default, serve five days in prison. Print Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Lippert Components shifts production, donates masks to help hospitals

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook (Photo supplied/Lippert Components) With the RV industry uncertain of its place in the COVID-19 pandemic Lippert Components has announced that it is partnering with Beacon Health Systems and the St. Joseph Medical Center to help manufacture surgical gowns. Lippert says they are immediately changing some its Interiors division to make the gowns. They are also donating about 1,000 masks for the medical staff.They say that they will continue to aid the hospital however they can during the crisis. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleDOJ telling U.S. Attorney’s to prioritize COVID-19 fraud casesNext articleMichigan Secretary of State to send all voters absentee applications Carl Stutsman Lippert Components shifts production, donates masks to help hospitals Google+ WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – March 24, 2020 0 786 Twitterlast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Pension funds returned 38.6% since 2013

first_imgPensioen Pro also found that fiduciary management now covers 95% of Dutch combined assets of €1.28trn.Pro, which has surveyed fiduciary management in the Netherlands for the tenth consecutive year, said that it had increased sevenfold in this period.Interest hedging up in third quarterDutch pension funds slightly increased their hedging of interest rate risk on liabilities in the third quarter of 2017.DNB statistics revealed that schemes raised the interest cover by 0.9% on average, to 51.3%. The regulator said that 62% of schemes increased their interest hedge, while 31% reduced the cover.However, the DNB figures showed significant differences between pension funds. For example, the €5.3bn sector scheme for care insurers (SBZ) reduced its hedge by 8.4% to 52.9%, while the €3bn pension fund for the furnishing industry (Meubel) raised the cover by 8.7% to 52.4%.The €403bn civil service scheme ABP reduced its interest hedge from 27.7% to 27.2%.Bigger pensions say for small companies’ staff The Dutch cabinet wants staff of small companies to have a greater say about their pension arrangements.In a letter to parliament, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees announced legal proposals to strenghten the position of staff associations or representatives through an improved right to information as well as raising issues.These bodies play a role at small companies of up to 50 employees, which are exempt from having an official works council (OR).Koolmees suggested that small firms hold a staff meeting twice a year or that staff voluntarily set up representation.Either would entitle them to the right to advice about pension adjustments affecting more than one-quarter of staff.To increase the heft of this right, the cabinet wants to force companies to give the staff bodies sufficient notice, in writing, of the pending charges, the minister said.He added that he would also allow staff representations to put pension topics on the agenda.However, Koolmees made clear that introducing a right of approval, as the OR has, would be a step too far, as the administrative burden might deter small employers from offering a pension scheme. Dutch pension funds’ investments gained 38.6% in total between the start of 2013 and the middle of this year, their quarterly reports have revealed.The schemes achieved the best results in 2014 and 2016, with net profits of 19% and 10.4%, respectively, according to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, which looked at the figures submitted to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).It found that alternatives – predominantly private equity – returned 78.6% in total during the 4.5-year period, with liquid equity (66.9%) and real estate (45.2%) also performing very well.Hedge funds generated 19.8%, while commodities almost halved in value, decreasing 47.6%.last_img read more