Land rights cause people to act in crazy ways

first_imgFacebook by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected]“THE most sensible and decent people behave in crazy ways when it comes to land”, according to a Limerick barrister.Defence counsel Mark Nicholas BL, made his comments during the sentencing hearing of a Limerick man accused of threatening to kill a business owner in a dispute over a right of way to his home.Brian Healy (48) of Sexton Street North pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Patrick Moloney at the Woodworkers store in Thomondgate on May 19, 2012.Limerick Circuit Court heard evidence from Detective Garda Keith Harmon, who said there had been difficulties in the past between the two men over a “common area or passageway” between Mr Healy’s home and the Woodworkers store owned by Mr Moloney.On May 19, 2012, Mr Healy was walking to his mother’s house where he lived when Mr Moloney came out from his shop. A n argument ensued and Mr Healy said he had a gun and would use it to shoot Mr Moloney.He also threatened to “burn out” the business and slit Mr Moloney’s throat.Mr Moloney’s father was waiting for his son in a car nearby and made a statement to Gardaí of overhearing the exchange.Prosecuting counsel John O’Sullivan said it caused great distress to Mr. Moloney.Mr Healy attempted to goad Mr Moloney into hitting him. There was no physical altercation between the two men and no further incidents since.Detective Harmon said Mr Healy admitted he threatened to “knock him out” but denied saying he would use a gun.Gardaí did not search Mr Healy’s home for a gun.Mark Nicholas BL said that his client, who had no previous convictions, regretted what happened and he had no intention of harming Mr Moloney.“The most sensible and decent people behave in crazy ways when it comes to land,” he said, adding that the house, which was owned by his client’s mother until she died, was to be sold.Applying the probation act, Judge Carroll Moran said that Brian Healy said some “very unpleasant things but he had a previous good record and there was no issue between the two parties since.“If he does it again or anything similar, he will likely go to jail”, the judge warned. Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement NewsCommunityLand rights cause people to act in crazy waysBy Staff Reporter – February 6, 2014 1178 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedin Print Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley reportcenter_img Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Email TAGSassaultCourtland rightsMusic Limerickthreatswoodworkers store Previous articleJFK and Brian BorúNext articleBurglar jailed after found hiding in wardrobe Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday last_img read more

Business lending: Benefits and value proposition for credit unions

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Blake Marsh Blake Marsh, VCOO of Member Lending with MBL, has been in the lending industry his entire career. He has experience in underwriting, processing, closing, and servicing of SBA and commercial … Web: www.mblllc.com Details As competition for business lending from traditional and nontraditional sources continues to heat up, credit unions with an eye towards the future turn increasingly towards using a qualified Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) to help with their member business lending needs. When implemented correctly, the partnership between the credit union and its CUSO can generate tremendous benefit and value for both the credit union and the members it serves.While there are many ways to measure the value of a CUSO partnership for credit union, four main ideas are most relevant.Business lending offers growth opportunitiesIf your credit union does not currently offer business lending and business services to members, it’s really missing the boat. Many of your members are small business owners and in need of cash and guidance when it comes to successfully operating those businesses. Obviously, not every credit union has the expertise on staff to help guide members through the potentially confusing world of business lending (more on this later). By partnering with a CUSO, your credit union avails itself of significant potential growth opportunity by tapping into the needs of business owning members. And these business only members, once served by your credit union, are more likely to turn to you for help in the future and develop a successful and mutually beneficial business relationship.Sound policies and procedures are vital to a successful programAs mentioned above, business lending, particularly when it involves the Small Business Administration (SBA), is potentially confusing. The successful bedrock of any credit union member business lending and services program comes in sound policies and procedures. By teaming up with a CUSO and the wealth of experience they offer, your credit union now has quick access to existing and pre-proven policies and procedures to successfully implement its member business lending and business services program. Starting without this foundation is an invitation to fail.Product diversification is importantGone are the days when credit unions could rely on more conventional member loan products such as new and used vehicles, vehicle refinancing and even mortgages. To succeed in the new economy, credit unions must diversify their product offerings and reach out to the potentially rich member business lending and services market. By diversifying their offerings in this way, credit unions can build a more resilient product portfolio that is less dependent upon a handful of products and services. In this way, credit unions therefore also protect themselves from unforeseen future economic downturns and runaway regulation at the state and federal level.Proper staffing and backup plans are essentialAgain, a great deal of the success of a member business lending and services program comes down to the expertise of your staff. Many credit unions, for a variety of reasons, simply cannot afford to bring on staff with the high level of expertise required to administrate and implement successful member business lending and services programs. When they align themselves with a CUSO, however, credit unions are now partnered with precisely this type of staffing — specifically trained to handle member business lending in an expedited, efficient and courteous manner. Imagine the cost to your credit union if you chose to send one or several of your staff members through the schooling and training required to become truly proficient at member business lending. The cost-prohibitive nature of this, along with the staffing headaches involved, eloquently pointed to the amazing value proposition and benefits to credit unions of teaming up with a qualified CUSO.For more information CUSOs and how credit unions can realize the benefits of partnering with them, contact Blake Marsh at (866) 4MBLLLC or [email protected]last_img read more

Waterlogged Limerick abandoned

first_img Press Association This afternoon’s meeting at Limerick has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track. Officials will now check the track at 8am on Sunday ahead of that afternoon’s meeting. The feature Shannon Airport Novice Chase, a Grade Two which had attracted classy types like Avant Tout, Free Expression and Outlander, has transferred to Sunday’s meeting to form an eight-race card beginning at noon. center_img Officials assessed conditions at 8am but found the course to be unraceable. Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: “Limerick cancelled today. Track unfit for racing due to waterlogging.” last_img read more

The cellphone as learning tool

first_img5 March 2007Amid debate on growing cellphone usage in schools, South Africa’s Meraka Institute is piloting a project that makes use of innovative applications to turn the handheld devices into instruments of learning.Begun 18 months ago and running for a further two years, the project – dubbed MobilED – is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and Finland’s Helsinki University of Art and Design. Participating schools include Cornwall Hill College and Irene Middle School in Centurion, Pretoria.According to lead researcher Merryl Ford, MobilED has shown that cellphones can be very useful where students have limited access to information sources such as libraries or the internet.In a statement issued last week, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which manages the Meraka Institute, said the project “will be piloted internationally by countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and Finland. Interest has also been shown by New Zealand, Mexico, Colombia and Mozambique.”Audio-WikipediaThe first mobile function developed by MobilED was an “audio-Wikipedia” – Wikipedia is a popular online encyclopaedia – from which students can receive information.“Children send an SMS with a keyword to a cellphone number,” Ford explains. “In response, they receive a call and a speech synthesiser ‘reads’ an article on the subject. Both the fast forward or rewind functionalities can be used, almost like old analogue tape recordings.”The group is also developing an MMS (multimedia message service) content-addition and delivery module. All the innovations are being tested in real classroom situations with direct feedback from children and teachers.Tapping into MXitAnother MobilED innovation seeks to make educational use of MXit, a locally developed chat programme that allows mobile users to converse with each other at the fraction of the usual cost of sending text messages – an application so popular that it is causing headaches for South African teachers.One of MobilED’s researchers has started a “Doctor Maths” service offering maths support to high-school MXit users, and the Meraka Institute is working on making the service available through other chat platforms as well.“With a reported million school-going children having subscribed to MXit, one can hardly ignore this tool,” says Ford.The people’s computerAccording to the CSIR, today’s high-end mobile phones have the computing power of a mid-1990s personal computer, while consuming only one-hundredth of the energy. “Even the simplest, voice-only phones have more complex and powerful chips than the on-board computer that landed a spaceship on the moon in 1969,” the CSIR notes.“It seems a great pity that our children and teachers are not using one of the most accessible, affordable computing devices in the developing world in more positive ways,” says Ford.Asked whether the new tool would not infringe school policies on cellphone use, Ford says: “The internet has resulted in immensely powerful, positive business applications, but is also used in not-so noble applications. While the irresponsible use of cellphones by learners has caused an uproar, we should not ignore the untapped latent applications and benefits.Facing the dangers“Since we live in the new digital age, it is imperative that teenagers are taught life skills for this digital age,” Ford argues, noting that it is the role of parents and teachers to inform children of the issues that may be faced. “We warn children at a young age not to speak to strangers – this needs to be translated to the online world too.”As part of the pilot, students’ messaging costs are being covered by the CSIR. At the same time, the MobilED team is investigating ways of making the service affordable to scholars around South Africa.“I am extremely excited by the results of this pilot project,” says Ford. “It has been hugely successful.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more