Cash, drugs and tobacco seized as businessman arrested

first_imgRape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report Facebook Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury TAGSAn Garda SíochánaCrimeLimerick City New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Twitter Gardaí step up operations to tackle Limerick dognappers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email NewsCrime & CourtCash, drugs and tobacco seized as businessman arrestedBy Staff Reporter – August 15, 2018 5711 WhatsApp Previous articleStudents should consider all optionsNext articleDell hosts All Ireland grad and intern day Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Vicky calls for right to die with dignity A controlled search took place in a business premises off Davis Street on Tuesday, August 14.CANNABIS, illegal cigarettes, tobacco and cash were seized at a Limerick business premises by Garda on Tuesday morning which led to the arrest of a man in his 50s.Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Limerick and Revenue officers from the Southern Region carried out a search at a business premises off Davis Street in the city centre on Tuesday morning at approximately 10am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the course of the operation, Gardaí and Revenue officers seized approximately €100,000 worth of cannabis and other controlled drugs which have been sent to the forensic laboratory for further analysis.Officers also seized 170,000 cigarettes and 60kg worth of tobacco with a retail value of €132,000.€20,000 in cash was also found at the business premises.Gardaí arrested a man in his 50s at the scene and he was brought to Henry Street Garda Station where he was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.A period of detention and questioning can be extended for up to seven days upon a successful State application made to the courts.Speaking at Roxboro Road Garda Station, Superintendent Fergal Patwell said ‘This is another significant arrest in relation to our ongoing operations targeting organised criminal gangs in Limerick.“Drug seizures like we had in today’s operation play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reduces their ability to carry out illegal activities.“It also helps protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and associated criminality”.Investigations into the seizure are ongoing.last_img read more

Diabetes’ genetic variety

first_imgHarvard researchers have identified nine genetic variants that dramatically increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adding to our knowledge of the disease’s underpinnings and providing a glimpse of its vast genetic diversity.Amit Majithia, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said the variants increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes sevenfold, but are very rare in the population, found in just one in 1,000 individuals.As significant, Majithia said, is the glimpse of genetic diversity in the single gene studied, called PPARG, which has been known to be associated with diabetes risk for 20 years.Despite the scientific familiarity with the gene, the project’s scan of the genomes of 20,000 people from various international populations revealed 53 mutations, only four of which had been previously described. Further experimentation showed that nine of the 49 remaining mutations caused changes in key proteins that increased the risk of type 2 diabetes.“These rare mutations are only seen in one in 1,000 individuals, but the effect on the individual is very strong because they increase risk by 700 percent,” Majithia said.Majithia believes that the current research has uncovered just the tip of the iceberg with respect to mutations in this gene aloneThe gene, which regulates the development of fat cells, encodes a protein made up of 500 amino acids. With 19 possible amino acids that could be plugged in at each position, there are nearly 10,000 possible mutations, Majithia said, making it highly likely that there are additional mutations — possibly many of them — that affect diabetes risk.The work, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted by a team led by Majithia and David Altshuler, HMS genetics professor and the paper’s senior author. The team included researchers from the Broad, MGH, HMS, Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The work, Majithia said, began as an effort to understand the role the PPARG gene plays in diabetes. A mutation had been found previously that decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent. On the other hand, rare, familial mutations in the gene had been implicated in a severe malfunction in the development of fat cells and an increased risk of diabetes.The work also highlighted shortcomings in emerging computer-based methods of analyzing the risk presented by genetic mutations, Majithia said. As part of the work, the researchers applied computer algorithms to the 49 new mutations they found and identified them as either benign or damaging. On investigating further, the mutations classified as damaging by the computational algorithms did not show an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.That sent Majithia and colleagues to the lab to examine the mutations one by one, which revealed the nine harmful variants.Majithia plans to continue work to develop methods that can reveal which mutations in PPARG are harmful, in hopes of creating a comprehensive catalog of potentially harmful mutations that clinicians can consult when patients are tested for diabetes risk.“If there are ways to test every possible mutation up front, you can just look up the consequence of any mutation that may be found in the future,” Majithia said.last_img read more

Indonesia plans to inject $2.5b into SOEs next year to stimulate economy, resolve Jiwasraya scandal

first_imgFurthermore, the government will also provide a capital injection of Rp 470 billion for the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, which is in charge of developing tourist facilities in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.It will also inject Rp 1.2 trillion into port operator PT Pelindo III, Rp 1.28 trillion into ship maker PT Pal Indonesia and Rp 977 billion into PT Kawasan Industri Wijayakusuma.The allocated budget for capital injections next year is lower than this year’s roughly Rp 51 trillion, as the government’s budget is focused on stimulating a recovery of the pandemic-battered economy.Initially, the government allocated Rp 31.48 trillion for state capital injections this year, to be disbursed to eight SOEs, before earmarking an additional Rp 20.5 trillion, as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package of Rp 695.2 trillion.The decision to allocate additional funds is intended to help cushion the impacts of the pandemic on state-owned companies. For example, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia logged $712.73 million in losses in the first half of the year, compared to the $24.11 million profit it posted in the same period last year, as the COVID-19 outbreak dealt a crushing blow to the aviation industry.Meanwhile, state oil and gas firm Pertamina also suffered a $767.9 million loss in the January to June period this year, after booking a profit of $659.96 million in the same period last year. Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year and is expected to shrink 1.1 percent at worst this year or grow by 0.2 percent at best, according to the government’s estimate.Read also: State firm dividends rise as govt scrambles to rescue economyDividend payments made by SOEs to the government have far exceeded state capital injections, according to SOEs Minister Erick Thohir, who claimed the government had received Rp 255 trillion in dividends from SOEs since 2015 while injecting Rp 118 trillion into SOEs during the same period.The government has collected more than Rp 40 trillion in dividends from five major SOEs alone this year, including from Pertamina.“Capital injections are usually considered bad [decisions], but if we look at the dividends and tax income from SOEs, the return is much greater,” he said on Monday, after a meeting with House Commission VI overseeing trade, industry and SOEs, as reported by kompas.com.The government is also considering injecting funds into state pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma to strengthen the healthcare response to the coronavirus pandemic, Erick said on Monday.Bio Farma is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in cooperation with Sinovac Biotech of China.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post that the state capital injections for SOEs would help support the economy amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, he expressed concern about the government’s handling of the Jiwasraya problem.“The government’s failure to solve the Jiwasraya problem immediately has not only made the problem bigger but also increased the cost,” Piter said. “We think the government should spend more money and take the losses to solve the problems entirely.”Topics : The government has proposed providing Rp 37.38 trillion (US$2.5 billion) in capital injections for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) next year, some of which will be used to resolve the investment mismanagement scandal involving state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.During a meeting with House Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Tuesday, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the capital injections were part of the government’s investment plan for next year.“[The capital injections] will be used to finance the development of the Sumatra toll road, tourism development and [to fund] the opening of Batang industrial area, among other projects,” she told lawmakers, referring to the Trans Sumatra toll road mega project and the development of the new industrial zone in Central Java. The government plans to inject funds into eight SOEs, including Rp 20 trillion for financing firm Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI), Rp 2.25 trillion for secondary mortgage market company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial, Rp 6.2 trillion for construction company PT Hutama Karya and Rp 5 trillion for electricity giant PLN.“The injection for BPUI is related to the management of the Jiwasraya problem,” she said.The Central Jakarta District Court is currently overseeing a trial regarding the scandal involving Jiwasraya. The allegation of mismanagement came after Jiwasraya was unable to pay its policyholders’ claims worth Rp 18 trillion as it invested most of its premium revenue from its product JS Saving Plan into so-called pump-and-dump stocks.In July, the SOEs Ministry announced a plan to restructure Jiwasraya’s policies and carry them over to a new company. BPUI is expected to establish a new life insurance company, PT Nusantara Life, which will then hold all of Jiwasraya’s restructured policies, according to Deputy SOEs Minister Kartika “Tiko” Wirjoatmodjo.last_img read more

Water polo routs Pepperdine, UC Irvine

first_imgNear the beginning of the third quarter of the men’s water polo game Friday against No. 8 Pepperdine, junior driver Grant Stein was handed a golden opportunity in the form of a 5-meter penalty. Before the shot, junior goaltender McQuin Baron yelled for a teammate to grab the rebound, and then appeared to flash a smile. There was never any doubt. Stein nailed the shot to extend USC’s lead to 9-2.Katie Chin | Daily Trojan Freshman power · Freshman driver Thomas Dunstan notched two goals against Pepperdine as USC defeated the No. 8 Waves on Friday.The play was indicative of a dominating performance for the No. 3-ranked Men of Troy. Ten different players scored in the 15-4 victory over the Waves, and five players hit the two goal mark.The Trojans closed out the weekend by beating UC Irvine 20-4 on Sunday. Junior driver Matteo Morelli scored four goals and both Edwards brothers — Lachlan and Blake — recorded hat tricks in the win. USC led 2-1 after the first quarter but outscored UC Irvine 10-1 in the second quarter and cruised to victory.Against Pepperdine, the offense looked in sync for most of the game, producing a steady output of scoring after the first quarter in which the Trojans only led 2-1.“The team chemistry is good,” said junior Blake Edwards, who had two goals. “It’s something that we’re working on. It’s getting better. We have a lot of new players this season, a couple young freshmen, but they’re playing fantastic.”Four freshmen scored goals against Pepperdine, including two apiece from Thomas Dunstan and Marin Dasic.The second and third quarters were particularly prolific for the Trojans offense. Dunstan scored his second goal of the game just before halftime, concluding a five-goal onslaught and solidifying a commanding 7-1 lead. By the third quarter, the Waves were conceding frequent point blank goals as their defense diminished over time. USC added five more goals in the third and three in the fourth. Edwards scored his second goal in the fourth quarter; he leads the team with 24 on the season. Pepperdine managed to score its fourth and final goal just as time was expiring.Defensively, USC continued its string of excellence. Baron made history in the first quarter with his 676th career save, which propelled him to second all time in the school record books. For the game, he recorded an impressive 14 saves, anchoring a defense that allows an MPSF-leading 3.85 goals per game. Pepperdine had its fair share of scoring opportunities, even hitting the post on a few occasions, but Baron was too much of a force in goal. Baron did not hesitate when asked about the team’s biggest strength.“Defense obviously,” he said. “We’re number one in the country right now.”Baron was dismissive of his accomplishment, though, instead citing the desire to continue winning rather than worry about personal achievements.With this key victory over a strong team in Pepperdine, the Trojans improve to 14-1 with their only loss being to No. 2 Cal two weeks ago in the Mountain Pacific Invitational. USC started the season ranked at the number two spot but fell to number three after the Cal loss.“We’re not too concerned about it,” Edwards said on the slight fall in the rankings. “We just know we have to put in the effort and the work and then the results will show.”Despite the stellar performance on Friday, head coach Jovan Vavic found plenty to critique. Ever the perfectionist, Vavic vocally reprimanded his team in the second quarter after a goal by senior driver Nick Bell, assisted by junior utility Bryce Hoerman.“It’s a snap, not a flick!,” Vavic said.Next up, the Trojans will take on UC Santa Barbara at home next Sunday.last_img read more

Hiddink suddenly favourite for Barca after resigning at Anzhi

first_imgGuus Hiddink’s resignation from Anzhi after 18 months in charge has created speculation about his future, with the timing of the decision leading many to believe that he is the chosen one to take over at Barcelona.Hiddink has already been backed in from 4/1 to 1/2 to be appointed as the successor to Tito Vilanova and there is a strong possibility that he is being considered for the post.The timing is certainly convenient and will undoubtedly frustrate a number of other top clubs who had Hiddink on their managerial shortlists earlier this summer, namely PSG.He could prove a suitable stop-gap appointment for a year or 18 months until one of Barcelona’s longer-term preferences are available, namely Luis Enrique who has just taken over at Celta Vigo or another former player Oscar Garcia, who is preparing for a first season at Brighton.However, it may be worth pointing out that Hiddink has never won a league title outside of Holland and may have a greater urge to take an international managerial role ahead of the 2014 World Cup.Therefore, this may prove the optimum time to back previous favourite Gerardo Martino at 6/4 to be named the next permanent Barcelona manager and in actual fact, his more recent record is better than that of Hiddink. Hiddink may have won an FA Cup at Chelsea, but he failed to help Russia qualify for the 2010 World Cup when losing a qualifying play-off to Slovenia and then suffered at the same stage with Turkey when trying to reach Euro 2012.Meanwhile, he only finished third in Russia with Anzhi and made the last-16 of the Europa League.In this time, Martino has helped an average Paraguay side reach the quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup before narrowly losing 1-0 to eventual winners Spain, reached the final of the 2011 Copa America and finished top of the Argentine league with Newell’s Old Boys before losing the Superfinal to Velez Sarsfield.last_img read more

I’ll be shocked if Ghana is booted out of AFCON- Afranie

first_imgEx-coach of the Black Stars Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie says he will be stunned if the Black Stars are unable to progress to the knockout stage of the ongoing AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.The Black Stars must respond to their 2-1 defeat to Senegal in their opening game in order to keep their hopes of reaching the next stage of the competition alive.Coach Avram Grant and his team have a tough game against group leaders Algeria on Friday. But coach Afranie says Ghana can beat Algeria and insists he will be surprised if the team is not able to make the quarter-finals“Algeria is not extraordinary, they are a good side and we should respect them but Ghana can if they are serious and committed upset them,” he told Joy Sports in an exclusive interview“I will be surprised  if we are not able to make it to the next stage because these boys are tried and tested, some have been to the AFCON twice so they are well exposed so i believe if they put things right and change their attitude we can make it.” Coach Afranie however, wants the players to know they are in a premium competition hence must live up to the billing.“This competition is not for babies, they need to have mental toughness and be committed to the course, they should have that.“They should change that perception of Ghanaians that they don’t want to work for Ghana, they know what it’s at stake because if they win they have made history and I believe they can.”last_img read more

Kardashian ex-husband, NBA star Lamar Odom found unconscious in Nevada brothel

first_imgLamar Odom, the former basketball star and ex-husband of Khloé Kardashian, was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel, authorities said.Odom, 35, who won National Basketball Association championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, experienced a “medical emergency” at the Love Ranch, a legal brothel in the town of Crystal, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly confirmed Tuesday night.Odom had been taking what Dennis Hof, the brothel’s owner, characterized to NBC News as “herbal Viagra,” and “he was taking a lot of it.” But no illegal drugs were found in Odom’s room, Hof said.Odom, who checked in Saturday, was found unconscious about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), according to Hof, who also owns the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch featured in the HBO series “Cathouse.””We called 911, and the 911 told my staff what to do: turn him over on his left side,” Hof said. “There was this terrible foaming stuff coming out of him. He was throwing up, a little bit of blood.”Wehrly said Odom was treated first at Desert View Hospital in the nearby town of Pahrump before being taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, about 60 miles away. Arrangements had been made to fly Odom to the Las Vegas hospital, but he was too tall to fit in the helicopter, authorities told NBC News. Odom is famous outside the sports world, as well, for having married Kardashian in 2009 in a wedding featured on the E! series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” They divorced in 2013.”It’s a real shock,” Hof told NBC News. “It’s terrible that our business is being disrupted. Here’s a guy who just wanted to have a good time and be private, and it’s tragic.”Several NBA players took to Twitter to express their shock at the news.Odom played one season at Rhode Island before being drafted in the first round with the No. 4 overall pick by the Clippers in the 1999 NBA draft.Odom spent the best years of his career with the Lakers, winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011. After seven years in purple and gold, he was crushed in December 2011 when the Lakers attempted to trade him to New Orleans in a multiplayer trade for Chris Paul. He eventually went to Dallas in another deal, but was out of the NBA just two years later.Some troubles that met Odom before and during his career appeared to worsen after he left the league, and included a no-contest plea to drunken driving shortly before his divorce.Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months. During the 2010-11 season, a cousin he was close to died and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.In 2006, Odom’s 6-month-old son Jayden died from SIDS while sleeping in his crib in New York.Odom was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer when he was 12. His father was a drug addict. He has a daughter, Destiny, and a son Lamar Jr., from a previous relationship. –last_img read more

Neymar’s father calls for social media truce

first_imgNeymar is not only the world’s most expensive player but the much-hyped centerpiece of Brazil’s talented team. However on his return from a lengthy layoff for foot surgery, he has attracted accusations of not being a team player and overdoing the theatrical diving.On Friday, the 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker burst into tears at the end of a tense 2-0 win, in which he scored, over tiny Costa Rica.His performance sparked a flood of sarcastic tweets and memes mocking his tendency to fall over at relatively minor challenges. Some have even called for Neymar to be dropped, saying he distracts the rest of the team and slows down the Brazilian game.Coach Tite says Neymar is a rare talent who will only get better as the tournament goes on.Neymar’s father said that the online insults could “contaminate” his son and pleaded with supporters “to use the correct weapons, such as faith and prayers.”Brazil plays Serbia on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar prays after Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their World Cup match in Saint PetersburgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jun 25-Neymar’s father called Sunday on supporters of the Brazilian star not to get into online disputes with the many critics of his performance so far at the World Cup.“Guys, cool down on social media. Avoid insulting anyone. If you want to support Juninho (Neymar), do it positively,” Neymar Sr said in a message published by Globoesporte.com website.last_img read more

Woman gains boost of hope from rehab equipment appeal

first_imgA Donegal-based woman has gained a major lift on her road to recovery from spinal injury, thanks to a team of kind-hearted donators.Anita Jackson, 42, has been using a wheelchair for the past two years following a horror fall in Kenya.But that long and challenging rehabilitation journey has been boosted this week as a successful fundraiser helped Anita buy two pieces of home exercise equipment. Anita and her partner Manus Gallagher, from Burtonport, were forced to go public with an appeal to raise funds for a leg and arm trainer in March.It took just a few weeks for Anita’s story to touch the hearts of hundreds of people all over the country, who rushed to help the couple reach their target of €4,400 on GoFundMe. Thanks to almost 200 donators, Anita is now able to do regular training at home.Anita told Donegal Daily: “I’m really shocked and so appreciative of how nice people can be. Every single person who donated is amazing.“We bought the Motomed and SkiErg last Friday evening and I’ve been using them this week. “I feel like everyone who donated is cheering me on and helping me to get better. I was really tearful when I saw the fund total go up.”Anita Jackson training in the new crowd-funded MotomedAnita’s life was turned upside down in 2016 when she suffered an incomplete spinal injury in a freak fall on holiday in Mombasa. Some doctors feared that she would never walk again. But the determined woman has found a way to get back on her feet after she and Manus moved from their former home in London to Donegal.Anita is now making great strides in her physiotherapy with the No Barriers Exoskeleton. She has used the robotic therapy tool to take over 65,000 steps, while she wanted to complement her progress with home training on a Motomed.Anita Jackson with her partner Manus Gallagher. Anita is a service user of the Letterkenny-based No Barriers Foundation, which provides exoskeleton therapy for people with spinal injury, MS, brain injury and stroke. (North West Newspix).However, due to demands in the HSE, she could only have access to this equipment every three months before it went to another patient.Anita and Manus were inspired to buy the Motomed privately through a GoFundMe campaign, which was a sure success.The overall total raised was €6,397, and the extra money was used for a skiing exercise machine and physiotherapy sessions. Anita said: “I’ll get to use the equipment every day now. The fundraiser has given me a huge chance to progress and get my life back.“Before I had my accident I used to go to the gym a lot. This has made me change a negative experience into a positive one. It’s given me such a boost of hope.”Anita Jackson training with the SkiErg machine, which was funded through GoFundMeAnd there are more than a few winners from this campaign.“The other person who used the HSE motomed must be really happy too because I think they will get to use it full-time now,” Anita said. Such kindness from friends, family and strangers has given Anita even more encouragement to progress in her rehab.She said: “I just have to keep the positivity up and make it happen, not just for me but for the people who backed me too. I’m amazed at how loving and helpful people can be.”Woman gains boost of hope from rehab equipment appeal was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anita jacksonfundraisergofundmeRehablast_img read more

Stam disappointed after Reading’s loss at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jaap Stam insisted his side are not suffering a play-off hangover after their season started with a 2-0 defeat at QPR. It was a miserable afternoon for last term’s beaten play-off finalists, who had Tiago Iloro sent off and saw summer signing Jon Dadi Bodvarsson go off with a knee injury in the second half.Conor Washington scored both Rangers’ goals, heading in from close range on 22 minutes and slotting home a penalty 14 minutes into the second half after Iloro had been red-carded for fouling Pawel Wszolek in the box.“The players need to be up for it again and they are,” said Stam.“The play-offs is an easy excuse. It needs to be an inspiration for the players – and it is.“You have to want to be in that position again and we do. To do well you have to work hard and have some pain at certain times.“We just didn’t play well. We knew QPR were going to play a certain way to stop us getting opportunities and they did that very well.“The sending-off was obviously a turning point but at 1-0 we had chances and didn’t take them.“We were not good enough and if you don’t do what you need to and bring a certain level of aggressiveness you are not going to beat teams.”However, Stam did feel that play should have been stopped in the build up to Iloro conceding the all-important penalty as Bodvarsson lay injured.The Dutchman said: “I think play should have been stopped. Bodvarsson was on the floor and he was screaming with his knee.“Then, after that, there were a couple of times when someone was down and the game was stopped.”See also:Two for Washington as QPR beat ReadingHolloway: QPR’s pressing style is here to stayQPR v Reading player ratingsHolloway explains Manning’s absence for QPR’s win Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more