Amputee’s jail term postponed to allow him get spare leg

first_imgNewsAmputee’s jail term postponed to allow him get spare legBy Staff Reporter – October 30, 2014 885 Email Twitter by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CONVICTED amputee is to give himself up to the the Governor of Limerick Prison this Halloween after a sentencing judge postponed jailing him to allow him get a spare prosthetic leg ahead of serving a two year prison sentence for stabbing his friend at the house party on New Years Day three years ago.Vincent Leamy (42), originally from Castleconnell but with an address in Pineview Gardens, Moyross, admitted assault causing serious harm to his friend through multiple stab wounds including a laceration to the kidney.Judge Carroll Moran heard that Leamy was invited to a New Year house party with friends but a dispute developed between the two men in the kitchen of the injured party’s home.Offensive comments were made and the defendant said that he was jealous of the lifestyle of his friend.The dispute escalated and Leamy stabbed his friend in the cheek, upper neck, hand and abdomen when he was asked to leave the house.The injured man went to bed unaware of the extent of his injuries but he was taken to hospital the next morning when his partner noticed the blood and wounds infliced the previous night.The stab wound to his abdomen had caused a laceration to his kidney and Judge Moran said it was lucky for both the injured party and the accused that the extent of the injuries was not much more serious”.Having adjourned the case for a year to see if Leamy could stay out of trouble and off drink and drugs, Judge Moran was told that the accused man had three serious convictions for drug offences in the meantime.Defence Counsel Brian McInerney argued that there was no evidence before the court that his client had taken drugs but Judge Moran said he was “peddling” drugs.Mr McInerney said his client, who has a prosthetic limb, has his “own medical difficulties in life that burden him on a daily basis”.Judge Moran said the use of knives in a dispute was “quite unacceptable” and can have catastrophic consequences.Imposing a three year sentence, Judge Moran suspended the final year and agreed to defer the sentence for one week, given Mr Leamy’s medical needs.Leamy gave an undertaking to present himself at the gates of Limerick Prison at 1pm on October 31. Advertisement Previous articleUnemployed in Limerick are ‘harassed’ by Government’s dole cut threatNext articleWalter Mitty style fraudster faces arrest in Spain Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Linkedin Facebook Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Amuse chef named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley

first_imgShawn Calley, Executive Chef of Amuse at the Essex Resort & Spa was named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley at CVAA’s benefit to support Meals on Wheels. Calley went head to head against Donnell Collins of Leunig’s Bistro (2010 Top Chef winner) and Matt Birong of 3 Squares Cafe. Calley’s winning appetizer and entrée were a carrot bisque with local balsamic vinegar reduction and  rabbit quenelle (Vt. Quality rabbit done in fricassee style, lightly sautéed rabbit liver, kohlrabi julienne slaw, ravioli of greens on a pistachio and reduced local balsamic).   According to Calley ‘It’s really an honor to be voted Top Chef, and I’m very proud of my teammates Master Chef Arnd Sievers and Chef Jean-Luc Matecat for doing such a phenomenal job. I wanted to create something that not only shows my passion for food but also reflects what we’re bringing to the area with Amuse. Burlington has never seen a restaurant like this before; it’s going to be a lot of fun.’Nearly $25,000 was raised to support Meals on Wheels at the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, enough to provide over 8, 300 meals to seniors in need. Over 235,000 Meals on Wheels are delivered each year in the Champlain Valley to homebound seniors. Nearly 400 people packed the Maple Ballroom at UVM’s Davis Center to watch Calley be named the new Top Chef. The panel of judges included Rod Rehwinkel, Executive Chef  & Owner of Clear Culinary Consulting, Sam Palmisano of Pulcinella’s (2008 & 2009 Top Chef winner), and Tim Elliott, Executive Chef and Owner of Stone Soup. Rehwinkel marveled about the amount of detail and items on the plate asking ‘did you make some of this before you came today.’  The Top Chef of the Champlain Valley recognizes the talents of the areas’ top chefs and supports local farms, using all Vermont ingredients in this gourmet cook-off.  CVAA is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors to live well. CVAA works with seniors and caregivers, offering guidance and providing the support and services they need, when they need them. With the help of community partners and volunteers, CVAA serves over 10,000 seniors. Established in 1974, CVAA is known as the resource for seniors in the Champlain Valley (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties).For more information call 1-800-642-5119 or click on cvaa.org.last_img read more

New York pension fund plan stops short of divestment

first_imgNew York pension fund plan stops short of divestment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released a plan for how the state pension fund that he oversees will address climate risks in its portfolio, although the plan stops short of calling for the fund to divest from fossil fuels.DiNapoli oversees the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest public pension fund in the U.S with an estimated $210 billion in assets as of March.A Decarbonization Advisory Panel in April recommended the pension fund transition its investments to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. But the panel did not call for the pension fund to divest from fossil fuels.The pension fund has been among a number of large asset managers pressuring companies behind the scenes to act on climate change and has filed more than 140 shareholder resolutions resulting in 55 agreements with companies on the issue, the advisory panel said in its report. In addition, the fund has committed $10 billion to sustainable investments, including $4 billion into a low emissions index. In the new climate action plan, DiNapoli pledged to double the sustainable investments program to $20 billion over the next decade.In the 12-page Climate Action Plan, DiNapoli outlines why the fund will continue to hold investments in fossil fuel companies for the time being. The fund argues that using its voice and vote to encourage companies to transition to a low-carbon economy is “integral to long-term value creation for shareholders.”“Divestment is a last resort and should be reserved for specific investments (and not the fossil fuel industry generally) where there is an articulable, serious, and sustained financial risk to continuing the investment and where an economic analysis demonstrates that divesting would not have a negative economic impact” on the CRF (the pension fund goes by CRF in the report), the report said. “At this time, broad-based fossil fuel divestment by the CRF is not consistent with the comptroller’s fiduciary duty, and would not be effectual for either risk reduction or broader climate change mitigation.”More ($): New York comptroller’s new climate action plan leaves out fossil fuel divestmentlast_img read more

Football: Deiter, offensive line continue to improve upon Clement’s return

first_imgIt’s been a notably uncharacteristic year for the Wisconsin football team’s rushing attack. Numerous injuries to both the offensive line and running backs have led to weekly lineup shuffles and there has been little consistency throughout the season as a result.But an important piece to UW’s offensive success — lead tailback Corey Clement — has returned and finally added some stability to UW’s ground game.For the offensive linemen, it’s very encouraging for them to have their top running back on the field and producing at a high level, but that doesn’t change their mindset, redshirt freshman Michael Deiter said.“It’s great having Corey back, bringing so much experience,” Deiter said. “He’s a great player. But as a lineman, you want to be able to run the ball no matter who is back there. You can’t just think, ‘We have Corey back, everything will be okay.’”And in his first time on the field in nearly two months, Clement was encouraged with the play of his offensive line.Football: Clement hopes to increase practice workloadThree touchdowns on 11 carries and 115 yards in the cold rain isn’t a bad day for any running back. It was Read…With all the doubt, criticism and change this line has faced this season, Clement said that he really respects the way they have handled all of their struggles thus far.“This is a special line and they go through so much every damn practice,” Clement said. “They rotate. One could be a guard one day and could be a tackle the next. Those guys handle adversity very well.”But between Corey’s triumphant return and the noticeable improvement in the line’s performance, Deiter said he and his fellow linemen are still not content.“I think we’ve improved tremendously, but I still don’t think we can be satisfied at all,” Deiter said. “We can’t take the approach that we had a big win and we’ve arrived. We got to keep working and keep improving.”The need for improvement is more important than ever this season, as redshirt junior center and leader of the offensive line Dan Voltz is out for the season with a knee injury, causing yet another shuffle on the line.And while on the surface it may appear that the constant injuries and shifting of positions can stunt the growth of a young line like the Badgers have, it’s actually been the opposite, Deiter said.“I think it’s actually made it easier to improve,” Deiter said. “Guys are forced to step up and improve right away or else you won’t look right. With all the line switching it’s forced guys to step in and forced the line as a whole to get better.”Deiter in particular has had to step up in a big way despite being only a redshirt freshman.With Voltz out for the year, Deiter was looked at to shift from guard to center with little advance notice. A player transitioning positions in the middle of a season is not an easy feat, but Deiter has prepared well and made the transition an easy one, UW offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said.“I think knowing you are going to [switch positions] from the beginning of the week on allows you to take more ownership of it,” Rudolph said. “I thought he did a really good job. A lot of areas he needs to improve, but I really like what he did.”last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds A Secret Garden

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryChateau Merlot Shrub RoseTah Dah! The new secret garden is revealed at Westport Winery. It is a wine-themed garden with wine bottle edging, a wine barrel fountain, a bottle tree, wine barrel seating, and a planted wine press. The wine-named plants include: Merlot Coneflower, Summer Wine Daylilly, Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Red Wine Lilac, Spilled Wine Weigela, Summer Wine Ninebark, Wine Common Periwinkle, Chardonnay Pearl Deutzia, Burgundy Lace Maple, Chateau Merlot Shrub Rose (shown), and Gallo Red Gallardia. All of these plants are also available to purchase in the nursery at Westport Winery.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted 2010, 2012 and 2013 Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.Kim RobertsWestport Winery1 South Arbor RoadAberdeen, WA  98520360-648-2224www.WestportWinery.com2012 Best Northwest Winery Tour King 5 Evening Magazine2011 Washington Winery to Watch Wine Press Northwest2010 Best Northwest Wine Destination King 5 Evening Magazine“Filled with harmonious connections to the sea, Westport Winery is a coast traveler’s dream.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more