Drugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Email Facebook Gardaí across Ireland take on viral dance challenge Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 Previous articleLimerick man jailed for threatening to kill Garda detectiveNext articleIce cream vans used as cover for Limerick drug dealer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Youth arrested in connection with alleged assault on female Garda NewsLimerick drug dealers cutting heroin with cattle medicineBy Staff Reporter – November 4, 2016 3044 Linkedin HEROIN and cocaine sold by Limerick drug dealers is mixed with everything from talcum powder to cattle ringworm medicine.Forensic Science Ireland, based at Garda Headquarters, have confirmed the common belief that drug purity levels in Limerick can be less than 20 per cent with the other 80 per cent made up of a host of ingredients.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dublin purity levels are recorded at 28 per cent, which is well below the European average of 35-45 per cent.According to analysis of drugs seized by Gardaí, unscrupulous dealers are bulking or “cutting” cocaine with potent levels of levamisole which is used to kill parasitic worms in animals.Three out of every four cocaine seizures had levamisole present.Heroin found in Limerick had been cut to just 30 per cent but bulk seizures had purity levels of more than 40 per cent, indicating that local gangs are further cutting the drugs before distributing them on the streets.The State laboratory said that white sugars, caffeine, diazepam, paracetamol and creatine were also used in the drug mixes.Earlier this year, Kieran (40) and Brian Collopy (43) were jailed for eight years after they were found cutting, mixing and bagging €37,000 of heroin in mixing bowls and in the bath of a house in St Mary’s Park.The brothers were described as being at the “top end of the drugs pyramid”.Testing has shown that the drugs also contain benzocaine and lignocaine, which are local anaesthetics used in dentistry, as well as caffeine and phenacetin, a painkiller banned in a number of countries due to its cancer causing properties.There have been large quantities of Amphetamine seized in Limerick which have have had purity levels as low as 9.2 per cent. TAGScollopydrug dealersdrugsGardaheroinlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp Newcastle West Gardaí move Gardaí warn students of rental scams
Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Due Diligence and Florida Procedural Requirements Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 18, 2019 2,054 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Due Diligence and Florida Procedural Requirements Share Save Related Articles Roy A. Diaz is the Managing Shareholder of Diaz, Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. The firm provides representation in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan. Diaz has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988. He has concentrated his practice in the areas of real estate, litigation, and bankruptcy. He has represented lenders, servicers of both conventional and GSE loans, private investors, and real estate developers throughout his career with an emphasis on the mortgage servicing industry for over 25 years. Florida Third District Court of Appeals Foreclosure Litigation Processes 2019-01-18 Donna Joseph The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Roy Diaz Previous: Trulia Names New Chief Economist Next: What Led Microsoft to Invest $500M in Seattle Housing? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Florida Third District Court of Appeals Foreclosure Litigation Processes The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the January issue of DS News.The Florida Third District Court of Appeals (DCA) recently rendered an opinion wherein it addressed several procedural technicalities that were seemingly insignificant but in fact dispositive of significant issues in a foreclosure case. In Santos v. HSBC Bank USA, etc., Case No. 3D17-531 (Fla. 3d DCA October 31, 2018), the mortgagor executed a note and mortgage in 2005 and defaulted in 2009. The bank filed a foreclosure complaint naming Santos as a defendant in 2015. Santos answered the complaint and asserted several affirmative defenses. The bank replied to Santos’ affirmative defenses but did not move to strike them.The lower court set the matter for a February 2017 non-jury trial and entered judgment in favor of the bank when Santos and her attorney failed to appear for the trial. Santos later moved to vacate the judgment on the grounds of “excusable neglect, improper trial setting, and insufficient evidence of indemnification.” However, prior to having the motion to vacate heard by the lower court, Santos appealed the final judgment, thereby divesting the lower court of jurisdiction to rule on the motion to vacate. Upon Santos’ request, the Third DCA relinquished jurisdiction and the lower court heard and denied Santos’ motion to vacate. Santos failed to amend her notice of appeal to include the court’s denial of her motion to vacate or to otherwise appeal that order.The Third DCA reasserted its jurisdiction and proceeded with the appeal of the final judgment. In her brief, Santos argued the final judgment should have been vacated “because her counsel’s failure to appear for trial was due to excusable neglect … the case was not properly scheduled for trial because it was not at issue” and the bank failed to present sufficient evidence “to support the final judgment’s finding on indemnification.” The Third DCA affirmed the final judgment. However, the court included discussion regarding whether the case was at issue and properly noticed for trial because it brings to light an unfavorable practice in which many foreclosure attorneys engage. Although the bank replied to Santos’ affirmative defenses and argued they were legally deficient, it did not move to strike the defenses. The Third DCA, citing the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, explained that “failure to state a legal defense in an answer … must be asserted by motion to strike the defense.” Ultimately in Santos, the lack of an unresolved motion to strike rendered the case “at issue” for purpose of trial and formed the basis for affirming judgment in favor of the bank.However, this result should not be misinterpreted to mean it is best to reply to rather than strike legally deficient affirmative defenses. This is clearly demonstrated in several cases but most blatantly in a decision rendered many years ago by the Fourth DCA in Bay Colony Office Bldg. Joint Venture v. Wachovia Mortg. Co., 342 So. 2d 1005, 1006 (Fla. 4th DCA 1977). In Bay Colony, the court explained: “The trial court may not on its own initiative strike an affirmative defense [because] it is legally insufficient; in that case, a motion by a party is required.” The only basis that a court can strike an affirmative defense is if it finds the defense “redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous.”If a pled defense is legally insufficient, a party must move to strike it. Successfully striking legally insufficient defenses has many benefits. It limits the permissible discovery a party can seek, expediting the litigation and reducing litigation costs. It also limits the issues that must be proved on summary judgment or at trial. Also, from an appellate perspective, the appeal of an order striking a party’s affirmative defenses is reviewed at the higher standard of abuse of discretion. 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× 1 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station of three Paintings, Star Power, Soar and Over It (all depicting flight in a musical context) on the West wall of Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard West 2 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard East title: FRESH -a multi-panel installation. 3 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation of 27 Illustrations enlarged to 3×5′ from the art book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting 4 / 4 Serena Bocchino standing in front of her art installation at Newark Penn Station-sponsored by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts ❮ ❯ Bocchino has created two mural-sized works on Raymond Boulevard East and West on the Newark Penn Station Building. On Raymond Boulevard East is a multi-panel installation of the original painting entitled “FRESH.” The painting was fabricated into geometric shapes to activate and enhance the façade of the brick-building wall.The art installation consists of three paintings from Bocchino’s oeuvre, “Star Power,” “Soar,” and “Over It.” All three works depict flight in a musical context. These works are enlarged to fill the 8-foot high by 26-foot long space dedicated to the art and are located on the Raymond Boulevard West wall of the Station.Directly across the building on the Raymond Boulevard East façade, is a multi-panel installation inspired by the original painting, “FRESH,” from Bocchino’s iPOP Series.All along the Market Street Tunnel of the Newark Penn Station, is Bocchino’s third art installation consisting of 27 panels -measuring 3×5 feet of illustrations taken from her children’s book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting. The book is based on the deconstruction of the abstract painting, “Landreach.”Bocchino states, “It is my hope that having the book enlarged and made into an art installation, will encourage passersby of all ages to learn about the creation of an abstract painting and after spending time with an abstract painting they may actually begin to see the world a little bit differently.In celebration of this installation and as community outreach, Ms. Bocchino and The Lucia Bocchino Fund for Promising Young Artists is donating 65 books to every art teacher in the Newark School District. The book will assist teachers in the classroom when they teach their students about abstract art and the story behind the painting includes contemporary issues of our day: inclusivity, friendship, and harmony.The New Interior Gallery Space of the Newark Penn Station near the PATH train entrance includes two works by Bocchino that have been reproduced and enlarged to 30 x 40 inches and are under glass, titled: “Untitled 67” and “Breakthrough Blush.” 1 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station of three Paintings, Star Power, Soar and Over It (all depicting flight in a musical context) on the West wall of Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard West 2 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation at Newark Penn Station Raymond Boulevard East title: FRESH -a multi-panel installation. 3 / 4 Serena Bocchino Art Installation of 27 Illustrations enlarged to 3×5′ from the art book, What Am I? The Story of an Abstract Painting 4 / 4 Serena Bocchino standing in front of her art installation at Newark Penn Station-sponsored by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts ❮ ❯ Internationally-exhibited artist Serena Bocchino has just finalized four art installations at Newark Penn Station in the Inaugural Art Project selected by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.Bocchino is one of several artists commissioned to create site-specific art installations to be exhibited for 3-6 months to enhance the station that hosts 85,000 commuters each day.