first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Previous articleLISTEN: Camogie manager “looking forward to having a crack off Galway on Sunday”Next articlePeople’s Museum all set for summer opening date Alan Jacques Séighin Ó’Cheallaigh, and Malachy McCreesh, Sinn Féin. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHE waiting time for driving tests in Limerick is “completely unacceptable”.That’s the view of Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, who was responding to figures obtained by his party this week which show the target is not being met in up to half of the State’s test centres.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The average waiting time in Limerick is 12 weeks.“This does not include the figure of 1,084 who are awaiting a scheduled test date for a test,” the City East representative said.“The RSA (Road Safety Authority) say they aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks. The longest number of weeks people in Limerick waiting for a driving test is 20 weeks, nearly half a year to do a driving test.”According to Ó Ceallaigh, the main factor causing this is the shortage of testers to deal with the demand.“A significant number of testers have retired in recent years. This is foreseeable, and I do not accept that new testers could not have been recruited to ensure that these retirements did not affect the service.“The recruitment process has been slow and is simply not good enough. The Minister needs to support the RSA in recruiting significant numbers of new testers to cope with demand.“This situation has been ongoing for a long time and it is completely unacceptable that this hasn’t been resolved to date.“People in County Limerick, and even in parts of the city are completely reliant on driving to get to work or education. Public transport is simply not an option for many people with either a shortage of services, or no service at all within walking distance.“Many commuters would have to take two buses and walk to their place of employment or education, and often the times don’t suit their need. It very important that these waiting times be resolved, in order to facilitate those who are ready to take their test and are reliant on driving to go about their daily business,” he concluded. Emailcenter_img NewsPoliticsWaiting times for driving tests in Limerick ‘completely unacceptable’By Alan Jacques – March 8, 2019 992 Print Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOne of 2017’s strangest stories–even in a year of strangeness on all fronts–was the epic failure of Fyre Festival, the upper-crust Bahamian destination festival organized by rapper Ja Rule and his 25-year-old entrepreneurial partner Billy McFarland. The now-legendary shit-show of colossal proportions promised an upper-crust private island lap of luxury but promptly imploded and devolved into a virtual refugee situation just hours after the event began. McFarland and his company, Fyre Media, were quickly hit with a barrage of legal action, including a $100M class action suit filed by Fyre Festival attendees and various criminal charges brought on behalf of investors.On Tuesday, McFarland pleaded guilty to misleading investors and wire fraud in a Manhattan federal court. As CNBC reports, McFarland, who owns Fyre Media, the company behind Fyre Festival, said that he accepted full responsibility for various serious missteps and admitted that he engaged in “fraudulent behavior.” In the hearing, he apologized to his company, his family, and his investors, and expressed regret at his actions. He agreed to forfeit more than $26 million.As U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman said after the hearing, “As he admitted today, William McFarland tendered fake documents to induce investors and a ticket vendor to put more than $26 million into his company and the disastrous Fyre Festival. He now awaits sentencing for his admitted swindle.” Each of McFarland’s two wire fraud charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, though the judge will make the final decision regarding the sentence administered.As CNBC explains:The first count [of wire fraud] alleged that falsely represented his company’s financial well-being in order to secure investments for Fyre Media. … The Fyre Media CEO provided falsified documents that claimed millions in income earned from talent bookings. But in reality, the company only earned $57,443 for that period. McFarland also presented documents claiming more than 2,500 confirmed talent bookings in one month, when only 60 were confirmed in an entire year. … The U.S. attorney’s office said these misrepresentations created losses for at least 80 investors, totaling more than $24 million.The second count alleged that McFarland provided false income statements to a ticket vendor in order to get $2 million for a block of advance tickets to future festivals. Based off those misstatements, the vendor entered into an agreement with McFarland and Fyre which unconditionally guaranteed $2.4 million from the sales of those pre-purchased tickets.You may be asking yourself, with conditions as they were, how did McFarland and his team allow the event to go on at all? As he admitted in court on Tuesday, he had “grossly underestimated” the resources and infrastructure needed to produce an event of Fyre Festival’s initially alleged scale–and “grossly underestimated” sounds like a gross underestimation of the extent of the event organizers’ cluelessness.According to one person on the organizing team in an early interview with NY Mag, the actual, practical situation seemed utterly lost on those in charge. During a pre-event site visit, Ja Rule reportedly made a toast to the organizing team about the coming celebration: “To living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and fucking like porn stars.” At a last-minute meeting with staff to discuss potentially canceling the festival before it started, one unnamed exec brushed off the serious concerns of the staff with the same hubris and delusions of grandeur that marred the entire operation: “Let’s just do it and be legends, man.” Yeah. Can’t make this shit up.McFarland’s sentencing is set for June 21st.Watch Fyre Festival’s flashy announcement video below: Fyre Festival Announcement Video[Video: Fyre Festival][H/T CNBC]last_img read more

first_imgCOUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A volunteer with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has died in a western Iowa crash.The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Zachary Crombie Presberg was killed Monday night when the car he was driving on U.S. Highway 6 collided with two trucks as he tried to pass one of them.A statement from Warren’s campaign says Presberg joined the campaign this summer after graduating from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, to organize voter meetings and build relationships in Cass County. He continued his service to Warren’s campaign as a volunteer after his fellowship ended.He was a native of Piedmont, California.Warren said in the statement that she and her husband “are heartbroken over Zac’s passing” and added that “Zac represented the very best of us.”last_img read more

first_imgA young boy has been awarded €15,000 after he suffered a scar close to his eye following a car crash.The crash happened in 2008 when the big was just one year old. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the boy was in a baby seat in the rear of the car being driven by his parents when the crash occurred.He suffered bruising and some glass had to be taken from his eye when he was rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital.Another girl in the car, who is now aged 16, was also awarded €12,000 as a result of trauma she suffered in the crash.The court heard she had stopped playing football and exercising as a result of trauma form the crash.She still suffered anxiety traveling in cars and will not travel at speed while she has also become quiet and worried, the court was told.Judge John O’Hagan said he was happy to recommend and accept both settlements.Boy gets €15K after being struck with glass in crash was last modified: July 27th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:courtdonegalJUdge John O’Haganletterkennysettlementlast_img read more