Gardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posse

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A JUDGE has praised the work of Limerick Gardaí who intercepted an “armed posse” on their way to the home of a family who were subjected to a high level of “premeditated intimidation”.Detective Garda Ivan Muldoon told Limerick Circuit Court that Gardaí received confidential information that eight men were on the way to a house at Bru na Grudhain, Castletroy in Limerick on October 16, 2013.The men, who were travelling in a Volkswagen Golf car, were armed with a variety of weapons including a pick axe handle, screwdrivers and a car jack.Gardaí, who had earlier evacuated Christopher and Nora O’Donnell and their children from the house, intercepted the car before “serious damage could be done”.Detective Muldoon said the incident was connected to a dispute between members of two extended families.Three men before the court, Shane Ryan Casey (21) of April Rise, Old Cork Road; Jason Stokes (23) of Woodpark, Castleconnell and Wesley Stokes (20) of Curragh Birin, Castletroy pleaded guilty to the possession of weapons.Shane Ryan Casey also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the house in Castletroy and to two other charges dating back to September 2, 2013 where he was found in possession of a hurley and with causing criminal damage to the former home of the O’Donnell family.Stating that such intimidatory incidents could not be tolerated in society, Judge Tom O’Donnell they were “premeditated and always carried out by a large group to maximise the fear”.Following their guilty pleas which were entered last year, the court heard that both Wesley and Jason Stokes had engaged well with the Probation services.Suspending an 18-month prison sentence for three years for both Jason and Wesley Stokes, Judge O’Donnell said they were part of a “maximum effort to intimidate the family, but it was extremely fortunate that the armed posse was intercepted by Gardaí”.Jailing Shane Ryan Casey for two years and six months for the four offences, the judge said he was one of the “main protagonists” in the incident and he had to take a serious view of that.As he was taken into custody, Casey, who has previous convictions for beating a horse to death, shouted profanities at the court claiming that he just wanted to “spend time with his woman” and warned that “there’s a new family feud in Limerick”. WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsGardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posseBy Staff Reporter – February 24, 2016 1169 Printcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Email Previous article#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 3Next articlePrisoner jumped out Garda Station window while consulting with solicitor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Rising Home Equity Gives Housing Market a Lift

first_img Home Equity Housing Market NAHB Negative Equity 2015-12-11 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Senate Votes to Extend Foreclosure Safeguard for Servicemembers Next: Mortech Mortgage Pricing Technologies Now Integrated with Calyx Point Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 11, 2015 2,172 Views Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Rising Home Equity Gives Housing Market a Lift Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago While many factors contribute to the overall health of the housing market and economy, home equity is providing a major boost to the overall position of U.S. households.A recent report from the Financial Accounts of U.S. and analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that household holdings of real estate reached $21.826 trillion in the third quarter of 2015, up $1.365 trillion from $20,461 trillion from last year.In addition, the reports showed that home mortgage debt outstanding totaled $9.460 trillion in the third quarter of 2015, up $78.0 billion from last year during the same time.The government report also found that mortgage debt increased 1.6 percent at an annual rate.The NAHB analysis concluded that because household-held real estate grew at a much faster pace than the total amount of mortgage debt outstanding, this means that home equity among consumer grew.According to the Financial Accounts of the U.S., home equity totaled 12.366 trillion in the third quarter of 2015, up 11.6 percent year-over-year, and is now 56.7 percent of household real estate.The amount of underwater mortgages in the U.S. continues to decline, but is not fully helping the housing market on the road to recovery, particularity in many large markets that were heavily impacted during crisis times.The negative equity rate nationwide fell in the third quarter to 13.4 percent of underwater borrowers, down from last quarter’s percentage of 14.4. One year ago, 16.9 percent of homeowners owed more on their home than it’s worth, Zillow’s Negative Equity Report showed.”Negative equity has become almost an afterthought in a handful of the nation’s hottest markets, but is holding back the recovery in dozens of large markets nationwide,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist.She added, “Despite steady declines in negative equity, many cities are still facing tight inventory, especially among entry-level homes. Those homes that are available are often not in demand and stay on the market for a long time. This can be extremely frustrating for buyers and sellers alike, as they come face to face with the difficult side effects of negative equity.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: Home Equity Housing Market NAHB Negative Equity About Author: Xhevrije West Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rising Home Equity Gives Housing Market a Lift The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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New restrictions for northeast England as virus cases surge

first_imgThe Office of National Statistics, which uses broader criteria for counting COVID-19 fatalities, has said closer to 58,000 Britons have died from the virus.The government imposed new rules across England on Monday to limit socializing to groups of six people or fewer, as daily cases reach levels not seen since early May.According to government statistics, a total of 18,371 people tested positive in England in the week to September 19 — up 75 percent on the previous week.Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to observe the new rules to “stop the second hump” in the pandemic, comparing Britain’s trajectory of resurgent cases to a camel’s profile.He said it was “the only way to make sure the country is able to enjoy Christmas” and was an alternative to another full lockdown, which he has said would be financially disastrous.  ‘Stop the surge’ In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Johnson reaffirmed his position against shutting down sections of the economy, which has been battered by the outbreak.”We can grip it now, stop the surge, arrest the spike, stop the second hump of the dromedary, flatten the second hump,” he said.”Dromedary or camel? I can’t remember if it is a dromedary or a camel that has two humps? Umm. Please check.”Dromedaries are Arabian camels which have only one hump.Johnson had compared Britain’s first wave of virus cases to a sombrero hat, imploring people to “squash it” by obeying the nationwide lockdown in place from late March until June.But he has faced stinging criticism this week over the failure to achieve the “world-beating” testing and tracing system he promised would be in place over the summer months.The government admits that increasing demand for virus tests is posing problems, after hospital bosses warned delays in the system were jeopardizing healthcare services.It has blamed people without symptoms who do not need tests overburdening the system, with ministers vowing to unveil new rules to prioritize cases in the coming days.Johnson said the system was “really struggling with the real weight of demand”, as schools return and businesses start up again, bringing more people into close contact.He has promised to have testing capacity up to 500,000 a day by the end of October to help cope with increased demand as winter approaches and seasonal flu cases increase.As well as northeast England, a new local lockdown was coming into force in the Rhonda Cynon Taf region of South Wales.But the government removed Thailand and Singapore from its list of countries where travellers must quarantine for 14 days on their return to England. Pubs and bars will have to shut early by 10:00 pm (2100 GMT).”We do not take these decisions lightly,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told parliament, acknowledging they would have a “real impact on families, on businesses and on communities”.But he added: “We must follow the data and act, and the data says that we must act now.”Britain has been the worst-hit country in Europe by the pandemic, with the government registering nearly 42,000 deaths. More than two million people in northeast England face new restrictions because of a surge in coronavirus cases, the government announced on Thursday, as it battled to contain a potential second wave of infection.Tighter regulations on socializing are due to come into force from Friday in Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, and County Durham.Residents will be banned from socializing in homes or gardens with people from outside their household, while food and drink venues will be restricted to table service only. Topics :last_img read more

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