Appeal for missing Limerick teen

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April GARDAI in Limerick wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Noel King missing from Limerick since October 9 last.Noel was last seen in Limerick City at approximately 5.10pm on October 9 and he is described as being 5’ 6’’ tall, blue eyes and with blond hair.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When last seen he was wearing a navy tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt and gardai say that he is not in any trouble.Anyone who has seen Noel or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Henry St Garda Station on 061 212400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. WhatsApp First Irish death from Coronavirus Previous articleRugby – Munster make eight changes to face ScarletsNext articleLimerick councillor gets Santa letter in early Staff Reporter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print Linkedin Email NewsBreaking newsAppeal for missing Limerick teenBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2015 641 center_img Facebook Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfeatured Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

The future of the peacekeeping mission in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo September 25, 2013 Commanding over 6,000 soldiers from 19 countries, Brazilian Army Lieutenant General Edson Leal Pujol, Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti – MINUSTAH, shared his expectations for the future of the mission with Diálogo, and evaluated the possibility of reducing the headcount of the Peacekeeping Force in the country. Diálogo: Could you give us a complete overview of MINUSTAH, especially which forces are currently engaged in Haiti? Lieutenant Edson Leal Pujol: Today, the Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has basically three components, including: the military component, which is perhaps the best known part for Brazil due to the constant presence of the Brazilian troops since the beginning of the mission in 2004; the police component, and the civil component. This includes not only the administrative piece of the UN, which also handles other branches of the mission that are not directly related to security, but also, for instance, the political and civil aspects, and the country’s legal rule of law and human rights processes, among others. Another reason for their presence in the country is to seek to stabilize and strengthen the Haitian institutions, several UN agencies, and other members of the international community and non-governmental organizations. The objective of all these components, along with the United Nations, is to provide assistance so the Haitian people can reestablish and restructure themselves. Diálogo: What are the main difficulties the mission faces today? Lt. Gen. Pujol: It is very difficult to define and list, but I believe that the main difficulty we experience today is the condition of the country. Haiti is ranked the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Within the context of the international community, this leads to the belief that the country undergoes a series of difficulties, in different areas, not only regarding governance and democracy, but also in terms of structure, education, health, sanitation, added to an extremely incipient economy. Eighty percent of Haiti’s budget depends on international assistance. This data itself is already a sign of the country undergoing great difficulty. When we analyze other countries, particularly Brazil, we observe how challenging it is to overcome poverty. It is difficult enough to bring education and health to the population and all that a State requires to provide the basic needs for its people; well it’s even worse when it comes to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In this regard, the United Nations faces a challenge to fulfill a series of objectives, among which are establishing a secure and stable environment to allow other UN agencies to help the Haitian government to strengthen their democratic institutions, seeking improvement in quality of life and a better future for the Haitian population. Therefore, these are today’s challenges, in the areas of education, infrastructure, establishment of the rule of law, and maintaining the country’s security. Diálogo: What goals has MINUSTAH already achieved? Lt. Gen. Pujol: If we look into the past nine years, the only objective that has been effectively secured to date is a safe environment. This is all due to having strengthened the Haitian institutions and the presence of the United Nations with a headcount of over 6,000 men in the international troops, and over 2,000 UN police officers. Diálogo: Does the mission currently have more of a police role? Is there a need to remove part of the UN troops from Haiti? Lt. Gen. Pujol: Instead of discussing the need to remove, let’s talk about the possibility of reducing the troops. Why? The mission has been designed according to the needs of the country. A thorough study of the situation and decisions have been made by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and other members of the United Nations, who determined the extent of the mission in Haiti, given their existing problems. Throughout these nine years the mission has progressed; some goals were met and those that were not had a significant improvement. In this regard, there is a possibility of reducing the international presence in Haiti, not only of the military, but of the mission as a whole. Therefore, as the objectives are met, the needs are reviewed. So, I cannot say that there is a need to remove the troops or the UN troops today, but there is a possibility that the mission may be reduced because of what has been achieved so far as well as its current needs. Every year the mission is reviewed. Currently, the MINUSTAH mandate is undergoing its final discussion phase, which I believe will culminate in mid-October with its renewal. This new mandate will determine the new dimension and whether the mission objectives should be modified. We know that the reduction process begun last year was finalized in June of this year. But this process remains and must continue; however, only time will tell the extent and speed of this reduction. Diálogo: How will MINUSTAH look in the future? Lt. Gen. Pujol: What the future holds is a change in focus regarding the UN presence in Haiti and a process that will no longer rely so largely on a military and police presence, but become more so on its own politics, human rights, and institutional strengthening. In the future, as the objectives are met, the mission will become more civil than military. Diálogo: How do you evaluate the Brazilian military performance in Haiti? Lt. Gen. Pujol: I have completed a five-month mission so far, and during my command, I’ve seen a very high performance, not only from the Brazilian soldiers, but also from the rest of the military Peacekeeping Force . They are all very professional and have performed their assigned missions exceptionally well. For all that has been said, not only by my predecessors, but the history of the UN mission in Haiti itself, the soldiers perform an outstanding role, very professional and with concrete results. Especially the Brazilians, not only here in MINUSTAH, but in other missions around the world, have always been referenced for their professionalism and by how they achieve results during peacekeeping missions. The Brazilian soldier is currently a point of reference, not only here in Haiti, but for the United Nations as a whole. Whenever Brazil is mentioned, there is a sense of respect for the results of the Brazilian military performance. Diálogo: What is the most significant fact you could highlight from your command mission in Haiti? Lt. Gen Pujol: The work of the mission is already very significant. The military assistance to the Haitian government, the Haitian police, and the UN Police (UNPOL), ensure a safe and stable environment, which is very important. Another aspect is the daily presence of the United Nations soldiers, not only in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, but also in other parts of the country, trying to inhibit crime, and also rebuilding the country and providing aid to the population. We have been performing humanitarian work, civic and social activities, helped the communities, worked together in the refugee camps, provided assistance to schools and orphanages, provided assistance to other UN agencies, such as UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, the World Food Program, which helped distribute water and food, and also provided medical and dental services; in other words, we ensured a safe environment so these agencies could work freely in Haiti, especially in more difficult areas. The assistance and reconstruction work, along with providing security to the country is very important. Regarding the earthquake, I did not experience it directly, but if we reflect back tp 2010, when the tragedy took place, the presence of the United Nations, particularly the soldiers, was exceptional. The work was extremely significant and, certainly, if the United Nations would not have been present, the number of victims would have been greater, the rescue work would have been delayed and access to international assistance would have been difficult in Haiti. This may be the most significant fact of the UN presence and assistance in the reconstruction of Haiti. Where there’s safety there’s PEACE, and where there’s peace there’s PROGRESS. The nations fight for their identity, their roots and their cultures, but it all needs to go hand in hand with the future vision of human rights which are nothing more than our common and individual rights, and above all are our OBLIGATIONS as citizens of this global village.last_img read more

June 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgJune 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions T he Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 11 attorneys, disbarred three, and reprimanded one. Alberto Victor Batista, P.O. Box 524617, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 17 court opinion. ( Admitted to practice : 1988) Batista violated rules regulating The Florida Bar in two unrelated matters. In one case, Batista failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, and to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. In another matter, Batista failed to provide competent representation to a client. (Case no. SC00-2219) John M. Cacciatore, 1790 Hwy. A1A, Ste. 202, Satellite Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 4 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1986) Cacciatore failed to comply with the terms of his probation from case no. SC94822. (Case no. SC02-2005) Robert Ian Claire, 1900 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Ste. 300W, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a March 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1984) Claire willfully misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC03-457) Mygnon Champion Evans, 1418 Edgewater Beach Drive, Lakeland, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a January 23 court order. Upon her reinstatement, Evans shall commence serving a two-year probation. ( Admitted to practice : 1981) In unrelated matters, Evans failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. In another matter in which she was hired on a contingency fee basis, she failed to use a written contingency fee contract or provide her clients with a statement of clients’ rights. (Case no. SC01-107) Mark Frantz, P.O. Box 941985, Atlanta, Ga., disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an April 3 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1983) On January 31, 1996, Frantz was adjudicated guilty of one count of felony bribery by the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Frantz was disbarred from the Georgia State Bar, effective September 13, 1999. (Case no. SC92003) Barbara W. Kamali, 111 N.E. 1st St., Ste. 605, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective May 21, following a March 27 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1990) In several unrelated matters, Kamali failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. She also failed to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case nos. SC02-2432 and SC03-326) George Paul Kickliter, P.O. Box 17326, Clearwater, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1979) Kickliter charged a clearly excessive fee and failed to promptly deliver funds to a client in an estate case. He also failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, and to respond in writing to an official inquiry into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-1394) Jeffrey David Knowlton, 500 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a March 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) Knowlton failed to enter into a rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc., which was a condition of his court ordered probation in case no. SC00-1794. (Case no. SC01-2869) Douglas Scott Lyons, 325 N. Calhoun St., Tallahassee, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1970) Lyons failed to comply with The Florida Bar rules regulating trust accounts and to comply with his responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. (Case no. SC02-1577) Michael Joseph Murphy, 34605 S.W. 187th Court, Homestead, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1978) Murphy pled guilty to knowingly and willfully devising a scheme to defraud in December 2002. He was sentenced to six months home detention and three years probation in February 2003. (Case no. SC03-430) Wayne Thomas Phillips, 2744 Summerdale Drive, Clearwater, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following an April 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1974) Phillips failed to provide settlement proceeds to a client in an estate matter. He also failed to comply with a subpoena requiring the production of trust account records related to the representation of a client. (Case no. SC03-503) Thomas L. Romeo, 3111 Stirling Road, Ft. Lauderdale, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an April 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1994) Romeo broke several rules regulating The Florida Bar during his representation of a client in two related lawsuits, an employment discrimination suit and a workers’ compensation case. Romeo collected a prohibited or clearly excessive fee; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; failed to promptly notify the client upon receiving funds in which the client had an interest; and failed to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of a matter. Romeo also failed to maintain minimum trust accounting records and follow minimum trust accounting procedures. (Case no. SC02-1767) Gerald Augustus Tavares, 9 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 4 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1969) Tavares failed to comply with the terms of his probation required in case no. SC00-849. (Case no. SC02-2145) Nathaniel W. Tindall, 205 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste. 103, Tampa, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective May 1, following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1974) Tindall made statements that he knew to be false or with reckless disregard as to their truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, mediator or arbitrator. (Case no. SC02-1282) Gary Wood Tinsley, P.O. Box 2322, Tallahassee, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an April 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1984) Tinsley intentionally misappropriated funds from his trust account and misappropriated funds from his mother’s trusts while acting as trustee. He also failed to comply with The Florida Bar rules regulating trust accounts. (Case no. SC02-2283) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. June 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Steel Sensations….3-2 And Going Nowhere

first_imgBen Roethlisberger (7) and head coach Mike Tomlin chat on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)Sure, the Steelers beat Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon and improved to 3-2 on the season but were any of you impressed? Do any of you trust that this team has what it takes to win enough games to be in the playoff mix?  I sure don’t.Something has to change.I’ve seen nothing out of these guys thus far. Sure, they had a great first half against the Browns and a great second half vs. the Panthers but that’s about it.There are several guys I trust individually, Big Ben, Leveon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons for example. However, I do not trust the team collectively.  They don’t seem to have the right chemistry. They don’t make the right plays, they look lost, confused and overwhelmed. They could very easily be 1-4 right now.Something has to change.The play calling hasn’t been effective enough. Why isn’t LeVeon Bell carrying the ball more than 15 times, as he did in Jacksonville? He needs it at least 20 times a game, if not more. Why isn’t that happening? The deep ball needs to be thrown more often to the explosive Antonio Brown; why isn’t that called often enough?  Heath Miller should be more of a focal point on offense, where are the plays specific to him?The team has a top 10 quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, as mentioned above yet they struggle to move the chains.Something has to change.The defense isn’t good, period. Yes, they came up with a couple of turnovers and scored vs. Jacksonville but they were playing Jacksonville so very little credit will be given from me for doing what every other team in the league does. When it was 10-9 did you ever trust that the defense was going to get it done? I didn’t. Yes, they did get it done as it turns out but I still don’t trust them.Something has to change.The penalties were still plentiful, another seven for 50 yards. Sure, that’s an improvement, but I’d ask you if you think that’s good? It’s not, it’s simply not. It’s unacceptable and it will ruin any goals this team has if they don’t get things in order.With 11 games to go, there is plenty of time to turn things around but do you trust the coaching staff? At this juncture, I certainly don’t. They’ve proven they don’t make in game adjustments and it’s hard to say they even make in week adjustments.  There doesn’t appear to be any upside to what these guys can bring.They play the Browns this week, on the road, a game we’d all normally chalk up as a ‘W’. Can you really say that now?Something has to change….Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Got Household Hazardous Waste? Try the HazoHouse

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesMost of us have some household hazardous waste in our homes. These are items like cleaning supplies, adhesives, auto products, pool or spa chemicals, and bug and weed killers. Any product in your home that has the words, “Danger,” “Poison,” “Warning,” or “Caution” on it is hazardous and should NOT be thrown out in the regular trash.When hazardous wastes go into the trash, they can harm waste collection workers, get into our environment, and mix with other products to cause dangerous reactions. Instead, take them to HazoHouse at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2420 Hogum Bay Rd. To get to HazoHouse, take the entrance to the right of the main entrance.HazoHouse is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.  When you get to HazoHouse, you drive up, stop your car, and the HazoHouse attendants will come out to assist you. They will take your items from you for free and dispose of the safely. Then you’re done.HazoHouse is right next to the Recycle Center. So when you go to HazoHouse, you can also recycle glass, cardboard, Polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam™), used motor oil, used cooking oil, and more. There are also donation collections sites for Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and E-Cycle Washington. Make a trip to HazoHouse and the Recycle Center part of your spring cleaning tradition!For a complete list of items accepted at HazoHouse go to If you are not sure where to dispose of a specific item, use the Where Do I Take My? website to find out.last_img read more