Inmate found dead in cell at Limerick Prison

first_imgEmail Previous articleJoey’s Christmas dream comes trueNext articleLimerick’s newest citizens hit the right note Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBreaking newsInmate found dead in cell at Limerick PrisonBy Staff Reporter – December 27, 2014 739 Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A 25-year-old inmate has been found dead in his cell at Limerick prison of a suspected overdose.The alarm was raised shortly after 4am this Saturday morning when the man, who is understood to have been serving a sentence for manslaughter, was found unresponsive in his cell.It is believed he died of a drug overdose. The man was originally from Co Tipperary.Separate investigations are being conducted by both the Irish Prison Service and An Garda Siochana into the circumstances leading to the man’s sudden death while in custody. At present, family members are being informed as the man’s remains were removed to University Hospital Limerick where postmortem examination is to be carried out. Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

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LPFA pooling vehicles ‘opening up’ to other local authorities

first_imgThe London Pensions Fund Authority’s (LPFA) joint ventures with Lancashire and Greater Manchester hope to grow in size by acting as asset managers for other local government pension schemes, Susan Martin has told the IPE Conference & Awards.The London fund’s chief executive told delegates in Barcelona that the two joint ventures would soon be “opening up” to the rest of the sector to grow in size.The LPFA’s £10.5bn (€14.8bn) pooling vehicle with the Lancashire County Pension Fund will see the two funds merge investments, liability management and administration efforts.It recently announced Michael O’Higgins, former chairman of the Pensions Regulator, as its inaugural chair. Speaking of its £500m infrastructure joint venture with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Martin noted that it recently completed its first investment in a green energy fund targeting biomass power plants. “Our idea is to make a few more investments, and then we will be opening that up to the rest of local government,” she said, citing the advantage for other funds to avail themselves of the in-house capacity built up by Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the LPFA.In response to a later question, Martin explained that the infrastructure partnership was set up “with the intention of opening it up to LGPS funds” but that it would only focus on local government clients.“That doesn’t mean we don’t make investments with other pension funds,” she added, citing the potential for partnerships with other European, Canadian and Australian pension investors.Martin also said the LPFA-Lancashire partnership was in discussions with other local authority funds and would be open to other schemes acquiring a stake in the venture, or simply opting for it as an asset manager.Her comments come amid a flurry of activity within the local government sector, with numerous funds in discussion to set up several pooling vehicles, after the UK government expressed its desire to see management costs reduced and a greater focus on infrastructure investment.The most recent announcement came from funds in Surrey, Cumbria and East Riding, which are in discussions to set up a £9bn pool they hope will grow to £20bn.last_img read more

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Meet the 2 year old DJ from South Africa

first_imgOratilwe Hlongwane is only two years old but has taken South Africa by storm showing off his DJ skills”Your dreams are valid,” this was a quote brought home by Kenya’s hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o when she won an oscar for her role in the much acclaimed movie ”12 years a slave.”This quote and many more inspiring quotes are what is pushing the boundaries for many including a 2 year old ambitious DJ who is causing waves in South Africa.Oratilwe Hlongwane, otherwise known as DJ AJ. is only two years old,  and has already become a sensation for his jaw dropping skills as a DJ.So how did the little Oratilwe get to become a DJ ?Sample his skills here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiMr3WyuNn0It all began with his father Glen Hlongwane buying him an iPad before  he was even born.The iPad was loaded with educational apps to boost Oratilwe’s education. His father also downloaded a DJing app for himself. After excelling at the regular child development apps at only a year old, Oratilwe began playing with the DJ app.Oratilwe then began to replicate the sounds he created on the DJ app using real DJing equipment.The young boy is still learning to put together words but the toddler is already able to select and play music from a laptop.His mother, Refiloe Marumo, credits his father’s decision to buy an iPad for his then unborn son.At about a year old, DJ AJ learned how to manipulate the gadget. Not satisfied with number recognition games, he began to fiddle with his father’s DJ app.The parents were blown away when their son, still in diapers, repeated what he had learned on the app on actual DJ equipment, playing with sound effects and bouncing between songs. A cellphone video of him playing went viral and now DJ AJ has nearly 25,000 Facebook fans.His newfound fame has brought special appearances and sponsorship deals many older DJs dream of.But celebrity has also brought some criticism as some accused his parents of abuse and profiting from their child’s precocious ability.“I’m not going to exploit my kid,” said his father. DJ AJ’s parents will not allow him to play in clubs or at parties.Hlongwane and Marumo are adamant that they will not force their son to be a DJ when he grows up, but say they believe his affinity for electronic equipment will probably decide his future.last_img read more

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Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh joins English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion

first_imgTehran, July 27: Iran’s international winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh has joined English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, Tasnim news agency reported.Jahanbakhsh, who featured in all three of his country’s matches at the 2018 World Cup, is determined to force his way into Chris Hughton’s first-team plans, reports Xinhua news agency.The 24-year-old signed a five-year contract on Thursday which will expire in June 2023. He is Brighton’s eighth major signing of the summer transfer window.The Iranian scored 21 goals and recorded 12 assists for Dutch AZ Alkmaar, which finished third behind PSV and Ajax.Brighton, which finished 15th in the English Premier League’s 2017-18 season, is paying a club record of 17 million pounds ($22.23 million) for the footballer. IANSlast_img

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Joe Montana speaks on Warriors dynasty, shoulder surgery, U.S. Open, 49ers odds

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH — Joe Montana knows dynasties, and he knows the challenges facing the Warriors, who were dethroned Thursday night and denied a third straight NBA title and fourth in five years.“It’s hard to win that many times in a row,” Montana said Friday at the U.S. Open, where he is the honorary ambassador. “They’ve been to five straight. Eventually, physically, you wear out. I mean, playing that many extra games every year, it’s going to happen.“Hopefully you don’t see those types of …last_img

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Foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa on the rise

first_img16 May 2014Foreign direct investment (FDI) in sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise, with the continent’s share of global FDI projects at its highest level in a decade, and sharply improved perceptions making it the second-most attractive investment destination in the world, according to Ernst & Young’s 2014 Africa Attractiveness Survey.The survey, released in Johannesburg and London on Thursday, also found that intra-African investment was on the rise, and noted an investor shift from extractive industries to consumer-related sectors on the continent.Ernst & Young’s latest survey combines an analysis of international investment into Africa since 2003 with a 2014 survey of over 500 global business leaders about their views on the potential of the African market.The data shows that while there has been a decline in African FDI project numbers, from 774 in 2012 to 750 in 2013, primarily due to ongoing uncertainty in North Africa, they remain easily in excess of the 390 projects per year the continent was averaging before the 2008-09 global financial crisis.At the same time, the report point to a noticeable divide between FDI trends in north Africa compared to sub-Saharan Africa. While FDI projects in North Africa declined by nearly 30% in 2013, projects in sub-Saharan Africa increased by 4.7%, reversing the sub-region’s decline in 2012 while further widening the gap between the two sub-regions, with sub-Saharan Africa’s share of FDI projects exceeding 80% for the first time.While the UK remains the lead investor into the continent, intra-African investment continues to steadily rise, according to the report.Investors are also looking beyond the more established markets of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya to expand their operations, as well as moving into more consumer-related sectors as Africa’s middle class expands.“Africa’s share of global FDI projects has grown steadily over the past decade, and it is a promising sign that investors are now looking across the continent and to new sectors,” Ernst & Young Africa CEO Ajen Sita said in a statement on Thursday. “Further regional integration and infrastructure development should continue to entice investors to the exciting investment opportunities that Africa can offer.”New FDI hotspots emergingThere was significant movement in the list of top 10 countries by FDI projects in 2013, the report found. Only South Africa and Nigeria retained their 2012 positions, of first and third with 142 projects and 58 projects respectively. However, FDI projects in both these countries witnessed a slight decline, while countries such as Kenya (68 projects), Ghana (58) and Mozambique (33) all moved up the ranks.Zambia and Uganda were the new entrants in the top 10 list in 2013, with 25 and 21 FDI projects respectively, an increase of more than 20%. In contrast, North African countries such as Morocco, Tunisia (ranked 8th in 2012) and Egypt slipped in the rankings.In 2013, both west and east Africa surpassed north Africa for the first time, becoming the second and third-most attractive sub-regions in Africa after southern Africa.UK leads investment into the continentAccording to Ernst & Young, the UK became the clear leader among foreign direct investors in Africa in 2013, with 104 projects, while the US fell from joint first place to second place with 78 projects, a 20% decline from 2012.South Africa, the third largest investor, directed 63 investment projects into the rest of Africa in 2013, a 16% decline on 2012 but a significant increase from 2008-09 pre-crisis levels, when it registered on average 12 projects a year.There was a sharp uptake in FDI projects by Spanish and Japanese companies, with increases of 52% and 77%, respectively.At the same time, intra-African investment is gaining momentum, with African investors nearly tripling their share of FDI projects over the last decade, from 8% in 2003 to 22.8% in 2013. Ernst & Young attributed this growth to strengthening regional integration, the need for improved regional value chains, and African investors’ improved understanding of the market.“External investors supply long-term capital, skills and technology, and intra-African investment creates a virtuous circle that encourages greater foreign investment,” said Michael Lalor, lead partner of Ernst & Young’s Africa Business Center.Shift away from extractive industriesThe top three FDI sectors in the survey – technology, media and telecoms with 150 projects, retail and consumer products with 131 projects, and financial services with 112 projects – accounted for more than 50% of the total projects in 2013.Retail and consumer products overtook financial services to become the second-most attractive FDI sector in Africa in 2013, while FDI projects in the continent’s real estate, hospitality and construction sector increased by 63%, making the sector the fifth-most attractive, up three positions from 2012.On the other hand, for the first time ever, mining and metals exited the top 10 sectors when measured by FDI project numbers.When asked about the three sectors that would offer the highest growth potential for Africa in the next two years, investors highlighted the rising importance of agriculture, which ranked only marginally behind mining and metals.Increasingly, infrastructure is also perceived as a key growth sector, as well as consumer-facing industries including financial services, telecommunications and consumer products.“Although perceptions indicate that resource-driven sectors are expected to remain the industries with the highest potential over the next two years, the actual numbers show that infrastructure and consumer-facing sectors will increase in prominence as the middle class expands and consumer spending on discretionary goods increases,” Lalor said.Dramatic improvement in perceptions of AfricaAfrica’s perceived investment attractiveness relative to other regions in the world has improved dramatically over the past few years, with the overall survey results showing that the continent had jumped from third-last position in 2011 to become the second-most attractive investment destination in the world behind North America.Sixty percent of survey respondents said that there had been an improvement in Africa’s investment attractiveness over the past year, up four percentage points from last year’s survey.“The good news in this year’s survey is that perceptions about the continent seem to be shifting,” Ajen said. “For the first time, Africa is seen as the second-most attractive investment destination in the world. It has strong fundamentals to encourage investment, including steady democracy and macroeconomic growth, an improving business environment, rising consumer class, abundant natural resources and infrastructure development.”However, there remains a stubborn perception gap between those already operating on the continent and those who are not yet present, according to Ernst & Young. For the first time, this year’s survey shows that companies with a presence on the continent perceive Africa to be the most attractive investment destination in the world. In stark contrast, those with no business presence in Africa continue to view the continent as the world’s least attractive investment destination.Seventy-three percent of those who are already established in the region believe Africa’s attractiveness has improved over the past year, versus 39% of those who are not established.Urban centres on the riseAfrica’s cities are now emerging as the hotspots of economic and investment activity on the continent, the survey found, with nearly 70% of respondents stressing the significance of cities and urban centres in their investment strategy in Africa.In terms of perception, city attractiveness closely maps country appeal. In sub-Saharan Africa, half of respondents identified Johannesburg as the most attractive city in which to do business, followed by Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos. In north Africa, Casablanca, Cairo and Tunis were seen as the top three cities in which to do business.Survey respondents stressed that in order to attract greater investments, cities needed to focus on infrastructure (77%), consumer base (73%), local labour cost and productivity (73%) and a skilled workforce (73%).“Africa’s stronger investment attractiveness is best explained by its own sustained growth rates in the context of slower global growth,” Ajen said, adding that the continent’s growth prospects were likely to remain solid “as an urbanizing and rising middle class drives demand for consumer products and improved services”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Introducing the Madison-Plains FFA officer team

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Madison-Plains FFA Chapter is proud to introduce their 2016-2017 officer team. Each and every one of these members has been chosen to run the chapter for a number of different reasons. Whether it be there skills in leadership or their undying dedication to the chapter, each of these members have special skills chosen to help push the chapter to new heights. This year’s officer team includes; President, Morgan Hunter, Vice President, Jacob Petee, Secretary, Elizabeth Macdowell, Treasurer, Alexis Zaweski, Reporter, Madeline Manning, Student Advisor, Ian Richards, Sentinel, Dillan Rice, and Historian, Haylee Henry. The assistant officers are, assistant treasurer, Martina Miller, assistant reporter, Mackenzie Wilson, assistant secretary, Courtney Cress, and finally the Program of activities director, Sarah Depugh.last_img read more

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10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I know my January targets

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I know my January targetsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he’s better prepared for the January transfer window after the hectic festive period.The Austrian looks lightly to make some acquisitions next month with Saints currently sitting one spot out of the drop zone on goal difference.”I knew it from the beginning when I was coming here. I knew exactly what a brutal schedule is waiting for us in the first weeks,” he admitted.”To prepare a new team, to know the new players, how they play and what they can do for you and that’s an important part today to give players a chance. I saw them only for now just practicing and not under pressure in a Premier League game.”If I want to make decisions in January about new transfers I need to know everyone in the team.”Therefore, I need the impressions that I got and it’s an important game for me.”I saw a young Kayne Ramsay who made a good job, I saw Prowsey performed really well and that’s important for me so I can make decisions in January.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Everton

first_imgPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi is interesting Everton.The Mirror says they sent a scout to watch the 28-year-old Algeria international in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday night.And Brahimi enhanced his reputation by scoring twice as Porto moved six points clear at the top of the Portuguese League.Brahimi is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, so could be available at a knock-down price.Born in Paris, the attacking midfielder started his career with Rennes in France before moving to Spanish club Granada in 2013 following a loan spell there the previous season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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