Top pool player staged sham robbery of Limerick bookies

first_imgNewsTop pool player staged sham robbery of Limerick bookiesBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2016 3204 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Neil Madigan from Limerick, who in 2014 was ranked the No 1 Irish Pool Player, staged a robbery at the betting shop he managed. Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22A TOP ranked pool player has been “left in the gutter” over his involvement in robbing the betting shop he managed, Limerick Circuit Court was told last week.Neil Madigan (32) of Prospect, Limerick was said to have run up large gambling debts and was trying to “bet his way out of trouble” when he staged a robbery of the Ladbrokes betting shop on Cecil Street shortly before 9:30pm on March 17, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An international pool player, he was also involved in bringing high profile snooker players like Denis Taylor and Steve Davis to Limerick for exhibition matches. He even had an exhibition match arranged for the day after the alleged robbery.Detective Garda Michael Lambe said that Neil Madigan was counting cash when Hayden Johnson (22) from Ballinacurra Weston approached the counter.Madigan later told Gardaí that he let Johnson in behind the counter because he was afraid he was going to be stabbed.Johnson made off with €6,000 in cash but missed another bag of money in the safe.The store manager gave a detailed statement to Gardaí in which he recounted details of the alleged robbery. Extensive CCTV footage was from around the city centre was examined and eventually Johnson was identified through an unusual jacket he was wearing.Johnson, who was a former apprentice jockey, was arrested and after initially denying any involvement, he later admitted to robbing the betting shop and claimed there was only €2,000 in the cash bag which was not recovered.The head of security at Ladbrokes became suspicious of Neil Madigan’s actions on the night of the alleged robbery as he had failed to adhere to certain security protocols. He had also failed to make bank lodgements for two days before incident.Prosecution Counsel John O’Sullivan BL said it soon became apparent “that it was effectively an inside job”.He was betting on credit at the shop he managed as well as betting in other shops around the city.Three months later, he admitted his involvement and told Gardaí that he met an unnamed man who said he could help him by “sending a young fella down if there was money ready”.Madigan, who worked with Ladbrokes for 11 years, didn’t think the man was serious but went along with it after he was told the debt would be wiped out.Defence counsel Brian McInerney said his client was now “in the gutter and has limited prospects such is the attraction this story will get”.Hayden Johnson had since secured a job and offered to pay €100 every two weeks to repay the €2,000 he claimed was in the bag.Adjourning the case for 12 months, Judge Tom O’Donnell said he would take into account if any compensation was paid.Madigan and Johnson were released on continuing bail. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDennis TaylorfeaturedLadbrokeslimerickLimerick Limerick Circuit CourtPoolrobberySteve Davis WhatsApp Print Facebook Limerick’s Neil Madigan who in 2014 was ranked the No 1 Irish Pool Player.Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick victim of savage assault says there’s no justiceNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Shovels & Rope’s High Water Festival Is The Perfect Depiction Of The Lowcountry

first_imgPhoto: Ellison White The 2019 High Water Festival in North Charleston, South Carolina’s Riverfront Park concluded on Sunday night. In their 3rd year, Shovels and Rope’s tasteful representation of the Lowcountry’s music and culture has refined itself as a breathing illustration of the region.High Water Festival is not a camping festival, it’s not a place you’ll find late-night super jams or night crawlers snagging ground scores. Instead, you’ll find an 11:30 am brunch curated by Charleston’s best chefs, a playground equipped for a family-friendly environment, local craft brews, and a showcase of folk, country, and soul from 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm. High Water Festival is a portrayal of the Lowcountry’s attitude; charming and soulful, with some grit to sharpen its coastal edge.If you’re not familiar with the festival leaders, Shovels and Rope is a Charleston-based husband-and-wife duo made up of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. Since 2008, they have brought a fresh approach to folk and soul music. Their songs are about everything from romance, great dogs, shucking oysters, and the personality of the South Carolina coast. Teamed with manager Paul Bannister, AC Entertainment, and their sponsors, Shovels and Rope were able to give 30% of proceeds to Charleston Waterkeeper, Green Heart Project, and Water Mission. Additionally, all bar tips went toward school gardens run by Green Heart Project, which brings self-sustaining agricultural education to schools across the Lowcountry. If you’re visiting the Lowcountry, check out any of their websites for their weekly events.Saturday and Sunday kicked off with a Lowcountry style brunch. Both menus were developed by some of Charleston’s best chefs including Jacques Larson (Wild Olive & Obstinate Daughter), Shuai Wang (Short Grain), Jill Mathias (Chez Nous), and Evan Guadreau (Renzo). The menu consisted of some of the freshest local ingredients including local snapper, tortellini with goat cheese, and plenty of oysters. Each course was served with wine as well as specialty cocktails by Craig Nelson of the award-winning bar Proof. Throughout the day, activities including oyster shucking classes, a DIY Bloody Mary stations, as well as food vendors from all over Charleston.Music on Saturday kicked off with a Shovels and Rope family affair. Lilly Hiatt, who’s 2017 record Trinity Lane was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, started things off at the main stage named Stono Stage. Michael Nau came next on the Edisto Stage, both stages were named after the rivers that surround some of the band’s origin on John’s Island, just south of Charleston.Shovels and Rope made their first appearance on stage in 6 months with Butch Walker. Walker’s electric performance and heartfelt friendship beckoned the hosts on stage for a performance of “Bullet Belt”. Following Walker, Shrimp Records Family Band brought Cary Ann and Michael out for a couple numbers before handing the attention to The War and Treaty.The War and Treaty was the most uplifting show of the day. It was most of High Water’s hope that they have earned a headlining spot next year. The other husband-and-wife led band brought plenty of energy to their performance with songs off their newest album. Their most well-received part of the show was not their music, but banter in between songs. Toward the end of the show, they brought on tears and asked the audience to hug one another. They continued to discuss suicide prevention and if you think someone may need you, they probably do.Blitzen Trapper, performance artist Mitski, Phosphorescent, Lord Huron, and Jenny Lewis led up to the headliners. Among these twilight acts, Jenny Lewis’s stage presence was captivating. In a mermaid style dress, she left her heart on the stage singing songs of hope, feminine power, and a lack of regret. “Wasted My Youth”, “Red Bull and Hennessy”, and “See Fernando” played out before ending her set at the front of the stage, arms up, and back turned as she cried to the crowd singing her songs.Easily one of the best Rhythm and Blues artists in the game, Leon Bridges closed out the night with hits like “Beyond” leading up to his high energy pieces. At the end of the show, Leon asked the crowd to get hyped in preparation for tomorrow.Day 2 kicked off with The Secret Sisters, Thelma & The Sleaze, and Ranky Tanky. The Secret Sisters warmed up the crowd for an explosive set from Thelma & The Sleaze. Thelma & The Sleaze shared crass songs of crackheads, sex, and a stage dives. Ranky Tanky brought the crowd to a happy medium. Their church-like soul teamed with Quiana Parler fluid vocals brought a heaviness to the festival grounds on the Lord’s day in the Holy City.Lera Lynn was up next on Edisto Stage parting away from her usual numbers to take her tunes a bit deeper than High Water had seen. Her pairing of post-Americana with Pink Floyd type arrangements showed why she was picked for the music for season 2 of the HBO hit True Detective and this part of the festival.Preservation Hall Jazz Band got the crowd out of their headspace complete with a Second Line Parade around the festival grounds. Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog, and Durand Jones & The Indications all came before the hosts of the fest. When Shovels and Rope hit the stage in Royal Blue suits, the crowd rejoiced as Cary Ann and Michael had their first show since giving birth to their child.In celebration of their new album By Blood, the group played tunes off the new album along with their Lowcountry sing-a-longs. Throughout the set, the husband-and-wife duo took on acoustic and electric guitar, their drum kit, and piano showing their break only improved their showmanship. Head to wherever you get your music to stream and download By Blood.To cap off the night, J. Roddy Walston & The Business kept the glow going as the sun went down. A heavy hitting “Don’t Break the Needle” kicked off with “Full Growing Man” which made it apparent he would be playing some of his album, Don’t Break the Needle. Alongside favorites like “Marigold”, this set up for the perfect headliner on a Sunday night at High Water in The Head and the Heart.The Head and The Heart played a set full of love, love lost, and even some tributes to the water that flowed on the other side of the crowd. Looking out onto the water there were around 30 boats taking in the free view of the festival. The biggest surprise of the festival was when Preservation Hall Jazz Band came out for the final number in “Rivers and Roads”. This final tribute led the audience out to what was the perfect send-off until next year.Thanks to Shovels and Rope, AC Entertainment, Polished Pig Media, and all the sponsors for putting on this event to benefit Charleston Waterkeeper, Water Mission, and The Green Heart Project. We cannot wait for what is in store for 2020!Check out a full gallery from the 2019 High Water Festival below, courtesy of Ellison White.High Water Festival | Charleston, SC | 4/12-14/19 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dutch watchdog calls for mandatory ‘pensions MOT’

first_imgVan Vroonhoven announced that the AFM and Dutch pensions regulator DNB would investigate another 137 pension funds to check whether their communication on indexation and rights discount matched their financial set-up.As a next step, the schemes will be expected to transform participants’ overly optimistic expectations into “oversight and insight”, she said.Van Vroonhoven said a recent Leiden University survey had found that one-third of workers would receive a pension that fell short of their expected spending needs, and that only 35% were addressing the problem through additional saving.The AFM chair concluded that additional behavioural research, as well as financial education for children, would be necessary.Also at the congress, Kick van der Pol, chairman of the Dutch Pensions Federation, cited a survey by Motivaction to illustrate the dilemma pension funds are facing when designing a communication campaign.The survey suggests half of pension fund participants, including many young workers, would prefer a guaranteed pension of 50% of their last earned salary.The other half, however, including many older employees, prefer an uncertain pension of 70%.Van der Pol said the biggest challenge was explaining to participants that taking investment risk was crucial for a higher pension, but that full certainty of a higher pension did not existThe federation’s chairman announced a new information campaign targeting pensions awareness of workers between the ages of 30 and 40.“We will invite them through all social media to visit our dedicated website,” he said. The Dutch regulator for pensions communications (AFM) has called for a mandatory periodical check that must provide insight into workers’ expected financial position at retirement.Speaking at the Dutch Pensions Federation’s congress, AFM chair Merel van Vroonhoven said the “pensions MOT” would encourage people facing a shortfall to take additional measures.She said a recent pilot study of five industry-wide pension funds had shown how difficult it was to adjust schemes’ pensions targets to more “realistic” levels and convey this message to participants.“The participants are angry, as pension funds no longer live up to their initial promise of a guaranteed pension,” she added.last_img read more

Dredging Meeting in Selbyville Takes Place Today

first_imgA community meeting to discuss dredging of local Sussex County waterways will be held at the Selbyville Fire Hall in Selbyville, DE, today from 7 to 8:30 pm. The meeting is sponsored by State Senator Gerald Hocker and State Representatives Ron Gray and Rich Collins.The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials will be on hand to answer questions about the schedule and priority list for dredging projects of local waterways in the next few years.“Constituents are invited to join the legislators and members of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship to hear about the department’s schedule and priority list for dredging, followed by a question-and-answer period,” the official release stated.A new law that was enacted last year increases boat registration fees to generate about $1.3-million annually to help finance waterways’ maintenance – covering about one third of the annual cost of the work.[mappress mapid=”24152″]last_img read more

VCB withdraws from Jamaican national trials

first_imgVeteran female sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown, has withdrawn from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships following her failure to show up for the first round of the women’s 100 meters on Thursday’s first day of the four-day event at the National Stadium.Campbell-Brown posted on her social media page Twitter that she was feeling pain in her right knee and confirmed that she will not participate in the remainder of the championships, which was organised to select the team for the IAAF World Championships in London later this year.Campbell-Brown is the third fastest woman over 100 meters in the world so far this year after running 10.84 seconds at a meet in Montverde, Florida on June 10 and appeared set to qualify for her sixth World Championships.Campbell-Brown was not the only casualty on the first day as Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole pulled up injured in his first round 100 meters race while Kerron Stewart also failed to show up at the start of her 100 meters race.VCB opens season with 11.06 win in Gainsvillelast_img read more