Inquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partner

first_imgNewsInquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partnerBy Staff Reporter – April 25, 2016 818 Limerick inquest told of suicide pact as past caught up with fraudster RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Facebook 2016 Limerick women in business award winners named Hi-Way Bar Limerick operators win court battle to stay trading A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guises Print TAGSfetauredJulia HolmesKimerickthomas ruttle Horrific Limerick nightmare draws to a close for those left behind Twitter Thomas Ruttle is laid to rest WhatsApp Previous articleOn the reel: visual arts in LimerickNext articleTesco ballot Staff Reporter Senior Limerick Garda nominated for LGBT equality award A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guisesDETAILS of the mysterious deaths of serial con-woman Julia Holmes and her Limerick partner Thomas Ruttle are expected to emerge at an inquest in Newcastle West this Monday.Julia Holmes, who adopted a number of aliases in the course of her life, died alongside Limerick bee-keeper Thomas Ruttle at his family home at Boolaglass outside Askeaton on May 18, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Their badly decomposed bodies were found by burglars who had broken in to the house which they believed was abandoned.Thomas Ruttle (56) and Julia Holmes or Julia McKitterick, (63) had not been seen for a number of weeks prior to the grim discovery. Pressure had been mounting on Ms Holmes who was being sought by police after a number of her cons were exposed.The PSNI from Northern Ireland were looking to arrest her after she failed to turn up at a court hearing over an £18,000 theft allegation.A native of Tyrone, Ms Holmes abandoned her young son when she emigrated to Canada and the US where she was jailed over $500,000 fraud. She had been married to a Texan business man despite being still married to her first husband in Northern Ireland.She was also accused of fraudulent activity in Australia before she linked up with Thomas Ruttle, a well respected and unsuspecting farmer from County LimerickWhen they moved into the roadside farm property at Boolaglass, Ms Holmes failed to pay a local builder €50,000 for extensive renovations on the two storey house.Thomas Ruttle was buried at the family plot in Askeaton but his partner’s body was cremated in Cork after it remained unclaimed for a number of weeks.Next Monday afternoon, the final chapter in Julia Holmes’ remarkable life will be heard at the inquest into the couple’s deaths.Statements had been taken from the men convicted of the burglary at Boolaglass but it is unlikely that they will be called to give evidence of their shocking discovery.The burglars contacted Gardaí after they found the bodies so as to distance themselves from the deaths.Deputy Coroner for West Limerick Antoinette Simon BL, will preside over the inquest which is to be held at Newcastle West courthouse.State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy is expected to give evidence as well as a number of Gardaí who were dispatched to the scene. Advertisementlast_img read more

Large scale illegal dumping continuing across Donegal

first_img Facebook Facebook By News Highland – June 5, 2020 Large scale illegal dumping continuing across Donegal FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Google+center_img Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Large scale illegal dumping is said to be continuing across Donegal.Donegal County Council has published evidence which shows significant instances of fly-tipping in the county with the likes of electrical equipment, furniture and bags of household rubbish discarded in rural areas.The Councils waste services are working hard to deal with the big increase in recent weeks.Cllr Paul Canning has hit out at those responsible:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleFurther talks held on reopening DerryNext articleFigures show no recent Covid-19 deaths or cases in Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgBYLINE: Nariyasu MatsuokaChief Engineer, Rolling Stock DepartmentWest Japan Railway CoECONOMIC and financial circumstances facing JR-West mean that the Rolling Stock Department must give its highest priority to providing passengers with high-quality trains at low cost. Plans are well in hand to develop better trains for the Sanyo shinkansen (RG 5.97 p308), but it is just as important to improve services on the 4425 km network of 1067mm gauge lines. The narrow gauge routes are centred on Osaka and cover the regions of Hokuriku, Kinki,and Chugoku. Rail services in these areas are designed to meet specific local needs, but there are also important inter-city links between major cities such as Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama and Nara.Services are being enhanced by introducing direct limited expresses on regional routes so that fewer passengers have to change trains. Timetable changes have added extra trains on urban networks, and there are promising signs of growth in traffic volume.Regional routes in each area account for about 35% of total route-km, and most services on these lines carry commuters to and from work. However, increased use of private cars in recent years has led to a decline in traffic volume on regional lines.In an attempt to revitalise them, we are giving local managers more freedom to run their own businesses. This entails setting up regional railway operations departments as part of a policy based on using the management style of small private railways. Such independent management is intended to introduce a programme of measures to ensure efficiency while retaining features specific to each railway zone.Given that background, JR-West’s rolling stock department is faced with the need to develop vehicles that exploit the latest advances in technology. The aim is to raise speeds and improve services by enhancing the whole fleet, which currently comprises 4400 EMU vehicles and 770 diesel cars.Inter-city routesJR-West operates trains at 140 km/h on certain sections of the 1067mm gauge network, but this requires special authorisation. Elsewhere, the maximum operating speed is limited to 130 km/h because of a Ministry of Transport regulation requiring stopping distances to be 600m or less.JR-West’s Series 681 Limited Express dual-system train has a design speed of 160 km/h, and we plan to exploit this on the level crossing-free Kosei line linking Hokuriku and Kinki. Before we can do this, we will have to ensure that we meet all the government’s regulations for operation at the higher speed – these include improving the visibility of signals.Before high speed running can be introduced more widely, we need to carry out more research and development into braking equipment and control systems that will ensure trains can halt in the specified stopping distance. This will avoid the need to seek special authority from the Ministry of Transport.More tilting trains As many of JR-West’s lines have a high proportion of curved track, lifting the maximum speed has only a small effect on journey times. For this reason we are introducing more trains with tilting bodies, allowing faster speeds through curves and hence shorter timings.For example, the combination of tilting trains and higher line speeds on the Kinokuni line has cut timings by about 20min between Shin Osaka and Shingu. Series 283 Super Kuroshio trains (RG 12.96 p796) have provided three daily round trips since March 22. In some places the curve radius on this 280 km scenic route is just 200m, and there are about 60 locations where it is less than 300m. This is the longest JR route where tilting trains are used.Raising speeds further will require even better bogie designs and low cost tilting equipment. We will also seek to reduce car body weight, so achieving a lower centre of gravity.In the long term there may be opportunities to make more fundamental changes. One possibility would be mixed-gauge tracks to allow through running from Shinkansen lines, but this would depend on local governments being willing to contribute to the development costs.Urban networksRolling stock used for urban services has to cater for passengers travelling on business, sightseeing or simply commuting to work and school. We have sought to design trains that will appeal to commuting passengers because they are bright, spacious, quiet and comfortable.On the busiest commuting routes we are currently operating Series 207 trains with four pairs of doors on each side of each car, longitudinal seats, and a maximum speed of 120 km/h. These trains also offer rapid acceleration.Within the next few years we plan to introduce more Series 223 trains able to run at 130 km/h and with only three pairs of doors per side plus transverse seating.Series 223 has two trailer cars for each motor car and VVVF traction control. This formation allows capacity to be matched more easily to traffic volume. We have recently developed trains where the formation can vary from a single car to the maximum number permitted on individual routes.We are now intent on cutting the weight of traction equipment and are working with suppliers so that the price of electrical and electronic components can be reduced. Local servicesFor the moment old rolling stock cascaded from urban routes forms a large proportion of the trains used on regional lines. Within the next few years we plan to invest in new short formation trains which can be easily operated by regional departments.This development process will see us investigate technology for automatic couplings, driver-only operation, and equipment to permit different types of train to run in multiple. Also essential is a comprehensive programme to bring costs down. On non-electrified lines services are worked by diesel-mechanical railcars, which are costlier to maintain than electric trains. We are therefore looking at diesel-electric units. In February 1996 tests were carried out with a prototype. Although the initial cost is higher, there are many advantages, especially if it proves possible to reduce the cost of components.Finally, we are seeking to make local lines more attractive, and to this end we are investigating the potential for low-floor cars similar to those developed for trams and light rail.It is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure that society is given the kind of rolling stock that will prove, with the passage of time, to have played a vital role in our cultural history oCAPTION: JR-West has rebuilt a number of its older trains to give passengers a panoramic view throught the driver’s cabCAPTION: Series 283 Super Kuroshio (Ocean Arrow) EMUs connect coastal resorts between Shingu and Gobo with Osaka and KyotoCAPTION: A fleet of 48 Series 223 trains was built quickly after the Great Hanshin earthquake to meet demand on busy commuter routesCAPTION: Super Raicho Thunderbird sets have introduced higher standards of comfort on JR-West’s longer inter-city routeslast_img read more

NCAA penalizes Orange men’s basketball due to failure to meet Academic Progress standards

first_imgThe early exits of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris were supposed to have a different kind of effect on the Syracuse men’s basketball program. Left for dead after the trio departed last spring, the Orange didn’t miss a beat on the court or in the win column this past season. But on Wednesday, Jim Boeheim’s program finally took a hit from their departure. One year after the three left SU to pursue professional careers prior to exhausting their collegiate eligibility, the Syracuse men’s basketball program was penalized following Wednesday’s release of the NCAA’s latest annual Academic Progress Rate report. After failing to meet the minimum academic standards required by the APR, the men’s basketball program was docked two scholarships. The APR measures the classroom performance of every Division I team. The SU men’s basketball team scored 912, below the necessary 925, for the first time in program history. In a statement on the university’s athletic web site, Boeheim suggested the primary reason for the low performance was due to Flynn, Devendorf and Harris leaving school early. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We have always been above the APR standard since it was implemented,’ he said in the statement. ‘We had three students leave school early to pursue professional basketball careers last spring, and that is difficult to overcome.’Along with Colorado, Syracuse was just one of two basketball schools from BCS conferences that failed to meet the academic standards. Colorado lost one scholarship in men’s basketball and five in football. Last year, the men’s basketball teams at Purdue, Ohio State, Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia Tech lost scholarships.Boeheim said in a statement that in anticipation of the restrictions, his program already took the scholarship penalty during the 2009-10 academic year. This season, the Orange had just 11 players on scholarship, two fewer than the NCAA maximum of 13. In the previous three years, the basketball program has received APR scores of 948, 955 and 932, respectively. Boeheim said he anticipates the team will be back above the APR standard when the next report is compiled.The NCAA annually calculates an APR for every team at every Division I school, using data collected over a rolling four-year period. Teams can receive two points per player, one for retaining the athlete in school and another if the athlete makes successful progress toward a degree that year.A team’s APR can drop if a player leaves school while in poor academic standing. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson hinted in an email to The Daily Orange that early defections to the NBA aren’t necessarily a legitimate excuse for low performance. In fact, he said, the APR program allows for student-athletes to leave early to play professionally without their school being penalized. ‘If a student-athlete is in good academic standing and leaves school early to pursue a professional career in athletics, the team receives one point for academic achievement but is not penalized a retention point,’ Christianson said. ‘In other words, the team receives 100 percent of the points available and the team is not penalized.’Following the 2004-05 academic year, for example, North Carolina surpassed the academic threshold despite losing four players early to the NBA draft. Other schools in the past — including Duke following the 2001-02 academic year — have had multiple players depart the program early and have avoided being penalized.Despite the performance of the men’s basketball program, 13 of 19 Syracuse athletic teams recorded an APR that rated higher than the national average in their respective sports. The Orange men’s and women’s cross country teams both recorded a perfect score of 1,000, ranking in the top 10 percent nationally for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, more than 57 percent of Syracuse’s student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average during the spring semester. The grade point average of the 557 student-athletes during the spring semester was 3.01.‘Our student-athletes continue to perform exceptionally in the classroom,’ Gross said in a statement. ‘We are proud of their academic accomplishments and the continued success as far as graduating and performing at the highest level of NCAA competition. It’s good to know we remain one of the top institutions in the country as far as academics and athletic performance combined.’[email protected]— Asst. Copy Editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this story. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on June 9, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Hurricane Warning in effect for Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast

first_imgA Hurricane Warning is in effect for coastal Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast due to the threat of Hurricane Isaias this weekend. The Hurricane Warning extends from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County line in Central Florida.Miami-Dade and Broward remain under a Tropical Storm Warning. Also, a Hurricane Watch remains in effect from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton.Isaias became a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night and it is expected to travel across all of the Bahamas in the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days as it moves up the coast of the U.S., threatening other states.last_img

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters!

first_imgBILL NEAL• Sorry I missed you last week, but I was so busy celebrating the Old School butt whooping “The Spurs” put on “The Heat” that I lost all track of time.  Having said that, it’s time for Mike Booker, Myron Brown, Dwayne Woodruff, Fred Crawford, Kevin Cameron and my dad to pick up the phone, man up and call me.  C’mon fellas, where’s the love?  Well one thing for sure, it’s not in Miami!• Attention . . . Attention . . . Attention!!!  How would you like to have a brand new house in Penn Hills for only $500 and a phone call?  Sure ya would and here’s how – primer, paint, brushes, etc. inside and out = $200 – lawn mower = $100 – plants, shrubs and stuff = $100 – garbage bags, Mr. Clean, Lysol, Windex, Febreze, light bulbs, hammer and nails and super glue = $100.  Take one weekend and get you and the rest of your clan’s lazy butts off the c ouch and use all the stuff you just bought.  Then you call the Goodwill to come get that wreck out your front yard that will never, never, ever run again (and they’ll come get it for free) and wa-la, you got yourself a brand new house.  C’mon people, step up your game . . . I’m just sayin!• Everybody in the USA is now into the World Cup huh?  But five years ago you wouldn’t pay 50 cents to watch a soccer game and most of you men weren’t going to let your sons play because you thought it was a sissy sport.  You people . . . you people!• Derek Jeter is 40 years old and still playing.  Whatever they want to give him at away games, he deserves.  Now shut up about it.• Best movie of the year – “Think Like a Man Too.”  Run, don’t walk to see it!• Steelers go to camp in six weeks.  Let’s get ready to rumble.• Pat Riley doesn’t want LeBron to leave.  Says it’s the scared thing to do, to just run away is not what champions do.  Meanwhile, he ran from the Lakers to the Knicks to The Heat in a New York minute and never looked back.• Do – Not – Miss – The – Great – White – Party, aka First Friday Fantasy, Friday, July 4th at Brewstone in Monroeville.  8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – 35 and over – free parking – $10 at the door – prize for best dressed white outfit – BYOB – cash kitchen till 12:00 midnight – 50/50 and special car cruise brought to you by The United Rays Corvette Club with special guest Turning Corners, Inc. and the Dancing Machine Roland Ford.  Call (412) 628-4856 or (412) 287-8610 for more information.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more