Harrison disappointed at Disclosures Tribunal findings

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – December 1, 2017 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Twitter Homepage BannerNews Garda Keith Harrison says he’s disappointed but not surprised with the conclusions of the Disclosures Tribunal.Justice Peter Charleton rejected claims by Garda Harrison and his partner Marissa Simms that Gardai maliciously called in TUSLA to interfere in their family life.He said their allegations were “entirely without validity”.In a statement, Garda Harrison says he is still issuing proceedings in the High Court over the matter.Full report can be accessed herehttp://disclosuretribunal.ie/en/DIS/(n)%20and%20(o)%20report.pdf/Files/(n)%20and%20(o)%20report.pdf Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Harrison disappointed at Disclosures Tribunal findings Previous articleBudget Update – Ibec calls for no rates increases as progress is reportedNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, and Obituaries Friday December 1st News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

Read More →

A look into ‘Franky Boy’ Cali — the alleged mob boss assassinated in New York

first_imgAndrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The suspected assassination of an alleged mob boss is raising questions about why he was targeted and the internal struggles in what — once — was one of the most powerful American mafia families.Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was gunned down outside of his Staten Island home Wednesday evening in what experts view as “a true hit.”“We’re back to the ’90s,” said Rich Frankel, a former FBI special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York and current ABC News contributor. “We haven’t had a hit like this in at least 30 years.”Robert Boyce, the former New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News contributor, said that Cali was a protégé of John “Jackie the Nose” D’Amico — a former prominent figure in the Gambino family.“He’s an interesting man because he came up in the organization without many arrests,” Boyce said of Cali.Cali was arrested and convicted at least once, which pales in comparison to other mob leaders. In 2008, Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to extortion conspiracy, according to federal court records.“This guy was really good. He kept a low profile,” Boyce said.Beyond his own deep ties to the Gambino family, Cali had another important connection: his wife, Rosaria Inzerillo, of the Sicilian Inzerillo Mafia clan.Boyce said Cali’s wife “is steeped in mafia family — [they] both are.”The mob family treeWhile the Gambino family is arguably one of the best known mafia entities in the U.S. — because of the publicity that the now-late boss John Gotti received — they are only one of the several biggest in the country.In New York City, there are five prominent families — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luchese — that make up La Cosa Nostra, which the FBI describes as an “alliance of criminals.”The families are distinctly different with unique histories and members, but oftentimes they would dabble in similar criminal circuits which focus on: racketeering, drug trafficking, loan sharking, corruption, extortion and murder, among other things, according to the FBI.“The ‘Five Families’ are not what they were, especially the Gambinos,” said Boyce, adding, that the Gambino’s “profile in New York has been significantly reduced since John Gotti.”Beyond that, Boyce said that the various mob families are all facing competition on the drug trafficking front from outside their realm.“Most of the heroin in this country comes from Mexico now — not from the mid-east, which the mob once controlled,” Boyce said.Looking for clues in Cali’s shootingJoe Cantamessa, a retired FBI special agent in charge from the New York division’s special operations, was involved with a key mob boss case: he was responsible for installing the microphone in the home of Paul Castellano, the Gambino family boss whose assassination was orchestrated by his successor, Gotti.The Castellano hit in 1985 prompted drama within the Gambino family, and Cantamessa said that such a blatant shooting of another Gambino leader — Cali — will prompt it’s own share.“If a senior guy gets hit and if it’s not a sanctioned hit, it’s bad news for somebody,” Cantamessa told ABC News.“You’ve got to get permission to take out a ‘made’ member, somebody who’s actually a member of a family,” he said, noting that Cali fit that bill. “If anybody within the family or in a rival family steps outside the bounds then there would be consequences. It’s all about permissions: nobody does anything to a made member without permission.”Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that shortly before Cali was shot he received something via his phone — either a call or a text — that lured him outside onto his front terrace on Wednesday.Frankel, who was an agent on the FBI’s Gambino squad in the late 1990s, said that whatever prompted Cali to step outside is going to be critical to the investigation.“That’s a great piece of evidence, because whoever made that [call or text], unless it was a spoof [where the number is distorted], that’s the person who drew him out,” said Frankel, who now works as a contributor for ABC News.“Because of the way he was shot and who he is — he’s a high ranking member of the Gambino family, he was shot 10 times on the street — it wasn’t something that was hidden. Someone was definitely trying to say ‘Franky’s dead and he deserved to die.’ That’s the way I’m taking it,” Frankel said.Unanswered questionsWhile some of the optics of the latest hit seem to point to some obvious conclusions, there are still quite a few questions that investigators will have to tackle.“Are they hitting him because he did something or are they hitting him to get rid of him? Did he go somewhere he shouldn’t have gone? Did he go outside his crew or his family and cause trouble with another family?” Frankel said.Past precedent seems to be an indicator for Boyce’s best guesses.“This was probably a schism within this family, because that’s what history tells us,” Boyce said, referencing the Gotti hit on Castellano.Boyce also speculated that Cali’s family ties and possible subsequent actions could have been a factor.Specifically, Boyce suggested that “old time mobsters, and ‘Franky’ Cali was brought up like an old school mobster” who value loyalty from family and people they can trust. That led Boyce to posit that Cali’s ties to the Sicilian mob through his wife could have led to him bringing in new crew members from Sicily.“Is he bringing outsiders into the organization? Is there resentment that comes up from that?” Boyce said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Read More →

Positive Comments for Charleston Deepening

first_imgThe SC Ports Authority has announced October volumes up nearly 17 percent year over year, continuing a strong growth trend in container traffic well above the organization’s financial plan.SCPA handled 164,672 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in October, up from 141,049 TEUs moved during the same month last year. Fiscal year to date, TEU volumes are up 14 percent and nearly 13 percent ahead of plan.As measured in pier containers, October volume increased 19 percent over the same month last year, with 94,470 boxes moved. Fiscal year to date, pier container volume is 12 percent over plan and 15 percent higher than the same period last year.Total breakbulk cargo tonnage also continues to climb, with fiscal year-to-date volumes 20 percent ahead of plan. Last month Charleston handled with 87,224 pier tons for an increase of 7 percent over fiscal year-to-date plans. Georgetown also contributed to strength in the business segment, with 62,591 pier tons handled in October for a 42 percent gain over planned fiscal year-to-date tonnage.The South Carolina Inland Port in Greer continues to exceed performance expectations, handling 4,678 rail lifts in October. Fiscal year to date, rail lifts at the facility are up 1.5 times over plan with 17,714 moves since July.“SCPA’s strong volume and earnings performance is broad-based and reflective of the growth in a number of market segments combined with the fact that our port continues to offer the highest levels of service and reliability in the US port industry,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.“While we are pleased with the strong levels of growth, we expect this growth to moderate in the last two months of the year and into next year. We do believe that the South Atlantic port market will continue to outperform the U.S. port market due to strength in manufacturing along with overall regional growth.”Newsome discussed the statewide support for harbor deepening received during the public comment period for the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).“We are grateful for the positive comments received concerning the Charleston harbor deepening study. Upon completion, the project will give Charleston the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast,” Newsome said.In action items, the Board approved an offer from the Furman Company Investment Advisory Services, LLC to purchase the Port of Port Royal for $15.42 million. Pending review and approval of the offer by the SC Budget and Control Board, the SCPA will issue a contract to the Furman Company and a formal inspection period will begin.“The SCPA is pleased to move forward with the presentation of the offer to the Budget and Control Board,” said SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern. “We remain committed to selling the Port of Port Royal for the benefit of both the Town and Ports Authority.”Press Releaselast_img read more

Read More →