Drunk driver jailed for three years after fatal crash

first_imgA LIMERICK businessman who veered his car to the other side of the road, crashing into an oncoming vehicle and killing its 52 year-old driver, was jailed for three years.Jason Gormley, aged 39, with an address in Castleconnell, was sentenced for dangerous driving, causing death to retired schoolteacher, Aidan Lawless, in October 2009.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Pleading guilty to the charge, the court was told that Gormley had been socialising in Boher, county Limerick, earlier that evening and consumed eight pints of Guinness, and then drove his vehicle in the direction of his Castleconnell home.  However, on a straight stretch of road at Ahabeg, Ballysimon, he veered to the other side and hit the victim’s Ford Mondeo head-on, leaving the schoolteacher to die and his injured wife trapped in the car. A witness said that Gormley, originally from Ennis, was helped from his vehicle and walked over to the Mondeo, before he turned and left again.The fatally injured man, and his wife, had travelled from Clonmel to bring their daughter to LIT, where she was studying.Shortly after 8.15pm on October 4, 2009, the couple were making the return journey home when the collision happened on the stretch of road outside Limerick.The court heard witness evidence that Gormely “seemed drunk” as he walked away from the scene.Gormley then stopped another driver and paid him €50 to drive him to his Castleconnell home.Having fled the area, Gormley, bare chested and without any shoes or socks, was arrested the following morning in the Ardnacrusha area by gardai.Judge Carroll Moran sentenced him to three years in prison on the charge of dangerous driving causing death, and banned him from driving for a period of 20 years, saying it was “completely unacceptable to drink and drive”. Twitter Facebook Advertisement NewsLocal NewsDrunk driver jailed for three years after fatal crashBy admin – November 4, 2010 2163 WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Linkedin Previous articleLocal HSE staff consider optionsNext articleCity’s finances sound… but developers without money adminlast_img read more

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4 step framework for creating amazing welcome communications

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Hall Chris Hall is very fond of the Internet and enjoys all aspects of digital marketing. He leads the inbound marketing and customer development efforts at Onovative, a company that believes … Web: www.onovativebanking.com Details Figuring out the best way to welcome new members into your credit union is a process. We’ve created a sample welcome letter that you’re free to use as a starting point to develop or redevelop your welcome communications.We also put together this handy, four-step framework for creating amazing welcome letters. Make sure you run through the following steps when you’re developing your welcome messaging.Know Your GoalsWhat do you want to accomplish with your welcome? An easy way to think about this question is to look to your major initiatives over the next 12 months.Are you looking to grow loans or deposits? Is engagement important or are you really looking to increase retention over the first year of new relationships?Understanding your high level initiatives will set the tone of your welcome letter, while also ensuring that the messaging aligns with your organizational goals.Focus on Value to the MemberWith your goals in mind, you can now focus on the member and the value that they will receive from your welcome communication. The biggest value you can provide is to get to the point, so . first and foremost, keep it brief.While keeping it brief, you can focus on the benefits that they are now able to enjoy as a member of the credit union. These benefits could include the general benefits of joining a credit union, or they could include specific benefits relative to your credit union.The point is to make your welcome messaging worth reading by focusing on something the member will value.Welcome Letter vs. Welcome CampaignFor some member segments, a traditional welcome letter may not be enough. Case in point being new members coming from indirect auto-loans. A lot of the time, these new members aren’t even aware that they now belong to a credit union.When this is the case, there is an emerging school of thought that a welcome campaign, or multiple communications over a short period of time, may be a better option than a single welcome letter or even an initial welcome package.A welcome campaign allows you to drip your welcome letter, some background on your credit union’s story and the value you bring to your members, as well as general education and background on the credit union movement over time. This may prove to be a better option for you.Review Your Welcome LettersIt’s easy to write your welcome communications, set them on auto-pilot and then forget about them.Don’t.Priorities change over time, as do organizations. It’s a good idea to review your welcome letters on a regular basis, at least annually, to make sure that they still align with your organizational objectives, adhere to your brand standards and the messaging is on brand.With regards to emails, you should definitely monitor open and click rates to understand what copy drives action and what copy needs to be changed.last_img read more

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Progressives Press Biden to Limit Corporate Influence in Administration

first_imgThe Biden transition team did not respond to several requests to comment.The fight over these rules started quietly over the summer when Mr. Biden’s campaign invited dozens of ethics experts, professors and others, including advisers to Ms. Warren and other members of Congress, to make recommendations about an ethics policy to be issued on Day 1 of a possible administration.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While some argued that the Obama-era lobbying restrictions could hurt a Biden administration’s ability to recruit people with useful expertise, others pushed for tougher restrictions that bar not only lobbyists from being hired, but also corporate executives and consultants who advise companies on getting their way in Washington but do not register as lobbyists.Progressives started growing concerned about Mr. Biden’s personnel moves even before the election, when he announced his first list of top transition advisers. It included Jessica Hertz, who helped oversee government relations efforts at Facebook, and Avril Haines, who worked at WestExec Advisors and also consulted for the data-mining company Palantir.Mr. Biden’s first big move — naming Ron Klain on Wednesday as his chief of staff — drew praise from Ms. Warren and some progressive activists. They had worried that Mr. Biden might pick Steve Ricchetti, a close adviser and former pharmaceutical industry lobbyist who served as his chief of staff while he was vice president.- Advertisement –center_img Mr. Klain has corporate ties, too. He has most recently worked with Steve Case, the founder of AOL, in a venture capital firm called Revolution, and he warned in 2015 about the impact that government regulation can have on technology start-ups.Debates over personnel are common in new administrations, as interest groups and factions of supporters of an incoming president jockey for influence.But they are likely to be particularly intense in the Biden administration after an election in which the liberal wing of the party suppressed its concerns about what they saw as Mr. Biden’s cautious centrism out of a desire to defeat President Trump. The stakes are heightened further by Mr. Biden’s pledge to differentiate his administration from Mr. Trump’s, in which representatives from corporate America and Wall Street held prominent posts, and conflicts of interest abounded.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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CECAFA U-20, Uganda optimistic of defeating Sudan

first_imgEritrea will play Djibouti at 2:00 pm while Uganda faces Sudan in the final last group A game at 4:00 Pm Pece Stadium.Sudan lead group A with four points, Uganda second while Eritrea and Djibouti are third and fourth respectively.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso has said his team will defeat Group A leaders Sudan, in the last group game in the on-going CECAFA U-20 challenge cup.Byekwaso in an interview on Wednesday says that he has been emphasizing ball possession and physicality as well as clinical finishing especially in the final third of the pitch.Byekwaso however says, Sudan is a matured team and needs to be approached cautiously.Mohamed Mousa the Sudan head coach says his players are confident and ready for their last group game.Mousa says during their training they focused on the defensive midfield and defence especially after seeing Uganda score five goals past Djibouti on Monday.last_img read more

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Who will win NBA title, Miami or Dallas?

first_imgSHARING A LAUGH—Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, jokes with teammate LeBron James during a practice session May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) by Stephen D. Riley and Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original, but the 2011 NBA Finals should be an exception. The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a championship series for the second time since 2006, and this time around there’s a lot more star power on both rosters.Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, with center Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate, outperformed Mavs star forward Dirk Nowitzki to win the 2006 championship, but now Wade has 2-time MVP LeBron James and All-Star Chris Bosh as running mates. Dallas has also upgraded its 2006 roster by adding future Hall of Fame guard Jason Kidd and veteran center Tyson Chandler, along with several strong role players. So, which team is better equipped to win Miami vs. Dallas, Part II?AFRO sports writers Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley argue it out:Green: Let me start by saying I’m no Dallas Mavericks fan. There’s just something about owner Mark Cuban that rubs me the wrong way, so when the Mavs advanced to face the Miami Heat in the NBA Final, I instantly became a Heat fan and will be one for the remainder of the series. But as much as I dislike Cuban, I must remain a realist: the man has pieced together one hell of a team that deserves to be the favorite to win the title. All odds favor Dallas to beat Miami in every facet of the game, from scoring to rebounding to defending. This team offers so much quality, veteran talent, with two Hall of Famers in the starting lineup and several great shooters coming off the bench. It’s almost not fair how much more complete a team Dallas is compared to Miami, and that’s why the Mavericks will win in six games.Riley: What’s not fair is what Miami will end up doing to the Dallas Mavericks for the second time in half a decade. The Heat made it this far in the postseason for two reasons: LeBron James and Dywane Wade. When you have two MVP-caliber players like that, plus a legitimate all-star in Chris Bosh contributing, what else do you need? This Miami roster has been playing the best lock-down defense we’ve seen this postseason. Defense wins championships and that’s how Miami will earn their second title in six years.Green: No doubt, Miami has played terrific defense. But I don’t think they’ve been tested for what they’re about to face in game one on May 31. Nowitzki has put on a postseason performance we haven’t seen the likes of since Michael Jordan in his prime. When I say the man hardly ever misses, I’m being literal. Put a hand in his face, it doesn’t matter; it’s still going in. You can’t even try to beat him up defensively because you’ll only send him to the foul line where he’ll make 90 percent of his shots. Nowitzki simply can’t be stopped, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who were swept by Dirk and the Mavericks in the second round.Riley: Props to Dallas for sweeping the Lakers, but you don’t get anything extra for sweeping the defending champs. That’s a nice feat, but so what? The Lakers self-destructed and that’s why they were eliminated. Overall, Miami has been the more impressive team throughout the playoff. You say Dallas has a complete team, but so did the Bulls. Chicago finished with the NBA’s best record and was supposed to have the best reserve players with the most well balanced team offensively and defensively. But we saw what Miami did to the Bulls. LeBron put the clamps on MVP Derrick Rose and ended Chicago’s hopes of a premature championship appearance. Now he’ll do the same to Dirk.Green: LeBron did a great job defending Rose, but there is a difference between guarding a 6-foot,3-inch guard and guarding the greatest 7-foot-tall shooter in the history of the NBA. But if Dirk is off, Dallas still can lean on veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic and Shawn Marion, who’ve all played very well this postseason. It’s just too much to compete against.Riley: I don’t care how many good players Dallas has on its roster. This is a superstar’s association and right now, Miami has the advantage in that category with LeBron and Wade. The only duo to counter that is Shaq/Kobe or Pippen/Jordan and since none of those four are playing, I’m going with the Heat.(Reprinted from the Afro American.)last_img read more

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Monmouth County Checks Fuel Pumps for Accuracy

first_imgMotorists and boat owners may feel like they’re paying too much for fuel – even though prices have come down in recent weeks – but annual inspections for accurate measurement at all fuel pumps in Monmouth County have turned up very few violations.From left, Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures employees, Deputy Superintendent Evan Berman and Assistant Superintendent Chris Trezoglou, conducted  gas meter testing at a Brielle marina.Recently, Freeholder Serena DiMaso joined a team from the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle to check gasoline and diesel pumps at the dock for accuracy of volume and price. All pumps at the marina were accurate.“Inspectors at the county weights and measures department are the unsung heroes of the Monmouth County consumer,” DiMaso said. “Motorists and boat owners can be assured they are getting what they pay for. Inspectors check every pump to ensure that the price is calibrated properly and actual volume being pumped is correct. The work they do touches the lives of consumers every day.”This year’s inspection came as the average price throughout New Jersey was $3.27 per gallon, and higher for diesel fuel.In addition to checking weighing and measuring devices such as gasoline pumps, scales and oil delivery trucks, the county assures the accuracy of every consumer product sold by weight, measure, count, volume or time. Every device used in trade and almost every product sold in the marketplace is regulated in one way or another by Weights and Measures.Like any other weighing or measuring device in Monmouth County that is used in trade, fuel pumps must be inspected and tested by the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures every year. This year inspections began in late April and should be completed by mid-July. By the time inspections are completed, inspectors will have checked 5,000 pumps at 202 service stations and 19 marinas.“Most gasoline pumps are accurate,” said Ben Peluso, superintendent of the Department of Weights and Measures. “The majority of individuals who operate these stations are honest and hard working people. However, from time to time, violations do occur and if they are serious enough a summons is issued and a complaint is filed in the local court.”Results of this year’s gasoline pump inspections won’t be available until August.Two things that a consumer should do when purchasing fuel: make sure the pump has been reset to zero before the attendant begins to put product in their vehicle, and look for a current, dark blue weights and measures sticker on gasoline pumps that will show they have passed inspection.Anyone who has a concern or question about any station should call the Monmouth Department of Weights and Measures at 732-431-7362.last_img read more

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Little Silver Police Officer Found Guilty of Four Counts of Official…

first_imgFREEHOLD – A Monmouth County jury found Little Silver Police Officer Steven Solari guilty on Thursday of four counts of second-degree official misconduct, third-degree hindering the apprehension of oneself and assault in connection with a 2009 incident in the borough, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia presided over the five-week trial culminating with the conviction of Solari.Solari is scheduled to be sentenced by Vernoia on Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a mandatory five-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the four official misconduct counts; five years on the hindering apprehension count; and six months on the assault count.“No one is above the law, especially not members of the law enforcement community who hold the public trust, and who are sworn to uphold the law by protecting and serving the general public,” Gramiccioni said.Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said, “As police officers we are held to a higher standard and we must maintain those high standards to deserve the trust the public provides us on a daily basis.”Evidence presented during the trial revealed Solari performed a welfare check on an adult male at a private residence in Little Silver on Dec. 20, 2009 at the request of the individual’s mother – but the event ended with Solari arresting the man and placing him in handcuffs. During the course of the arrest, the man suffered a head injury, severe bleeding and eye irritation after being sprayed by Solari with pepper spray.An ambulance on scene was ready to transport the victim to a nearby hospital but, in violation of departmental procedure, Solari transported the victim to police headquarters for processing. During processing, Solari attempted to take booking photographs of the victim, but the victim did not cooperate during the taking of a side-profile photograph. An agitated Solari responded by punching the handcuffed victim multiple times in the head, knocking him into a metal filing cabinet where the victim struck his head. The injured man was eventually transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where he was treated and released the following day.Within days of the incident, Solari submitted a police report that contained numerous false statements in an effort to conceal his crimes, including a claim the man “began to lunge” at one of the first-aid responders who was in the room at the time of the assault. However, both first-aid responders and the victim testified there was no “lunge,” but rather that an angry Solari assaulted the victim because he would not pose for the booking photograph.In a further effort to conceal his crimes, Solari also approached one of the first-aid responders on three separate occasions – twice while in police uniform – instructing the witness to tell anyone asking about the incident to “just remember he lunged.”The charges resulted from an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Little Silver Police Department.The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit.last_img read more

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Rebels, Aynsley spoil the Civic Centre’s 75th Birthday Bash

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsMaybe it’s a good thing the Nelson Leafs don’t play any of their games in the Civic Centre Arena.Ryan Aynsley rained on the 75th anniversary gala by scoring three times to lead the Castlegar Rebels to a convincing 5-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the Civic Centre Arena.The contest was played in former home to the Heritage City franchise as part of a 75th anniversary party to honour the grand old lady.“This was just an old fashion spanking tonight,” said a beleaguered Leaf coach Chris Shaw, searching for any explanation for Saturday night’s showing.The loss was the first in six meetings for the Leafs, 7-3 in its last 10 games.It was evident from the opening face off the Leafs were in tough against the Murdoch Division power. Maybe it was the fact Castlegar was trounced 7-3 Friday in Osoyoos by the Coyotes. Whatever the reason the Rebels were in an ugly mood and jumped all over the home side, out shooting Nelson 17-4 in the opening frame. “It was a lot of fun playing in front of a lot of people,” said Aynsley, adding to his KIJHL scoring lead with a Pierre Mcguire four-point Monster Night performance. “We were pumped up too. We knew coming into this rink that it was going to be different for (Nelson) also. We just worked hard and played a simple game and took it from there.”Despite controlling the play, Aynsley, who made his last game with Castlegar a memorable one, was the only goal scorer of the first period. Aynsley now joins Trail Smoke Eaters of the B.C. Hockey League for the remainder of the junior hockey season.Castlegar had plenty of chances to increase the lead — especially late in the period when Colton Malmsten wallpapered Rebel forward Diego Bartlett to into the boards. Malmsten was whistled for a five-minute major by referee Mike Page.During the penalty kill Gavin Currie was hit with a two-minute minor for tripping giving Castlegar a five-on-three advantage.Nelson weathered the storm to get out of the period.Castlegar took a 2-0 three minutes into the second when Anthony Delong scored an unassisted marker. Then it was Castlegar’s turn to play undisciplined hockey, earning the visitors six consecutive minor penalties.However, it was Aynsley that would do the scoring, as the speedy forward out skated Riley Henderson to the puck before snapping a high shot past Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.Nelson had a chance to get back in the game with a two-man advantage late in the period. But Andrew Walton stood tall in the Castlegar nets to deny the Leaf shooters.“When you have an opportunity on a five-on-three, you’ve got to bury those chances,” Shaw said when asked if this was a turning point in the game. “Especially with the way the momentum was going in the second period.”“I told the guys the Hockey Gods are looking at us right now and here’s your chance get back into the game . . .. It was a matter of execution and our big guns didn’t executive today,” he added.Defenceman Erik Alden and Aynsley, with a solo effort in the slot area in front of Beesley, completed the scoring in the third for Castlegar.Andrew Walton turned aside 12 pucks in the period for a game total of 25 shots as Nelson tried desperately to a least spoil the shutout.ICE CHIPS: The weekend was not a complete waste for Nelson, which edged Spokane 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the NDCC Arena. Former Braves Joel Stewart scored the winner. . . . Leaf center Gavin Currie has his three-game point streak snapped Saturday. During the three games Currie registered eight points and over a nine-game span had 17 points. . . .Nelson played the contest with only four defenceman as Braeden Hikichi was a game time scratch due to sickness. Forward Brennan Foreman took a few shifts on the blueline in the third period for Nelson. Rearguards Raymond Reimer and Walker Sidoni did not play due to injury. . . . The Leafs continue to struggle against Murdoch Division opponents. Nelson is 7-10 on the season against divisional rivals and has yet to defeat the two powers in the Murdoch, Castlegar and Beaver Valley. Fourth-place Nelson, 15-12, is 8-2 outside the Murdoch. . . .Leaf rookie Adam Wheeldon did not play Saturday after suffering a concussion during Friday’s game against Spokane. Wheeldon, still experiencing headaches Saturday, says he does not remember leaving the ice and expects to be out of the lineup for two to three weeks. . . .Leaf forward Tanner Burns has left the team due to personal reasons. GM Chris Shaw said he will attempt to trade Burns to a team closer to his home in [email protected]last_img read more

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Abrosimoff scores hat trick to pace U18 Selects past Oso Negro

first_imgAaron Abrosimoff scored three times to spark the Nelson U18 Selects to a 5-3 victory over Oso Negro on opening night of the Men’s Open Soccer League at the Lakeside Pitch.”I believe we made the statement we were looking to make,”  said Selects coach Chris Parenteau.”However, that was just one good game.  Next week we play the Hume InnKeepers, Oso Negro’s rival, and they will be very difficult.”Parenteau, back coaching since taking eight years off from the sidelines, was optimistic opening the season against the Men’s Open Indoor Champs challenging his players to make a statement in our opening Men’s League game.”Our first game is against the Indoor Champions,” he said. “Let’s catch them by surprise and show the rest of the league that we mean business this year.” However, the start did not go well as Oso Negro twice held one goal leads. “I thought that conceding the first goal would completely deflate our team,” said Parenteau, “and that we might lose the confidence that we had started the game with.”But Abrosimoff scored a natual hat-trick to give the Selects a 3-2 advantage at halftime.The U18’s started the second half the same way they started the first, pressing high and attacking hard. Central attacking midfielder, Jonah Thiele, scored an immaculate volley from a beautiful cross by right back, Jack McKimm, to make the game 4-2. Oso Negro responded by winning a free kick on the edge of the U18’s penalty box, from where Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Head Coach and Nelson Youth Soccer Technical Director made no mistake, slotting his shot into the top left corner, bringing the game back to a one-goal game. However, the U18’s team captain and defensive central midfielder secured the U18’s victory by skillfully lobbing the ball over the approaching Oso Negro’s goal keeper to a final score of 5-3.The U18 Nelson Selects play their next game against the Hume InnKeepers on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Lakeside Fields. Hume opened the season with a 3-1 win over Old Dogs.In the other game Tuesday the Old Dogs meet Oso Negro.last_img read more

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PSG ‘to bid £12m for Cole’

first_imgParis St-Germain’s ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to table a £12m bid for Blues and England star Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole is believed to be a target for Ancelotti along with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to take Raul Meireles to Real Madrid.Torres to Russia?The Mirror and the Daily Mail suggest another former Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink, is keen to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for bid-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.Anzhi are planning to offer £35m for Torres, the Mail say, while the Mirror claim it will be more like £45m.And The Sun claim Chelsea are ready to spend £35m on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.The Mail also report that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will snub interest from CSKA Moscow and that Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Andy Johnson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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