Father-of-two jailed for murdering his Limerick flatmate

By on June 4, 2021

first_imgLinkedin Latvian Arnis Labunskis was found guilty of murdering his Limerick flatmate in 2015A LITHUANIAN man who came to Ireland in search of a better life was bludgeoned to death in his Limerick home just two-months after his arrival in the city.Dainius Burba was 39 when his flatmate beat him to death with the leg of a coffee table at an apartment they shared off Wolfe Tone Street in Limerick in April 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last Friday, Arnis Labuskis (56), a Latvian father-of-two, began a life sentence when he was found guilty of the murder after initially blaming the violent attack on a fictitious intruder.Mr Burba was murdered between April 20 and 21, 2015, after he suffered several blows to his face and a broken skull.When he was questioned by Gardaí, Arnis Labuskis blamed an intruder but during the trial at the Central Criminal Court, he claimed he had acted in self-defence.He said that Dainius Burba called him in to a darkened room in the middle of the night and attacked him with the leg of a coffee table. He managed to get the table leg off his attacker and used it to swing out in defence.He walked for four hours before calling to his daughter’s house and telling her he had been in a fight. He returned home a short time later and when a neighbour checked in on him, he was found trying to hide evidence. He had also dumped a bloodied t-shirt in a nearby wheelie bin.Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtin said he found Mr Burba’s blood-stained body on a bed and that he had “full thickness” injuries as well as a broken skull and jaw. He had received around 19 blows to the head and face which caused his death.Sergeant John Farmer read a short victim impact report on behalf of Mr Burba’s sister, Gitana Burbaide who described the victim as “a good person, who never wanted to die.“He came to Ireland two months before his death looking for a better life,” she explained.The statement went on to describe the impact the killing has had on the lives of Mr Burba’s family.After the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict, Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy jailed Arnis Labunskis for the mandatory life sentence and commended the Gardaí involved in the investigation.“This investigation is a fine model of how investigations should be conducted,” she said. Print Facebook Email Twittercenter_img Previous articleChildbirth deaths don’t make courtNext articleThe Pied Piper in panto at the ’Bridge Staff Reporter NewsFather-of-two jailed for murdering his Limerick flatmateBy Staff Reporter – February 20, 2017 1218 Advertisement WhatsApplast_img read more

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FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership

By on May 31, 2021

first_img Related Articles February 16, 2015 1,154 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News America Saves Week FDIC Finances Homeownership 2015-02-16 Brian Honea Tagged with: America Saves Week FDIC Finances Homeownership Share Save Previous: Economist: Leverage Plays Major Role in Driving Foreclosures Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/17/2015 FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership With a little help from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), American consumers can overcome the single biggest obstacle to homeownership – saving for a down payment – and increase their savings to a level that will allow them to finally own a home.The FDIC has designated the week of February 23 through 28 as America Saves Week, dedicated to helping Americans invest in their financial future. The FDIC and is providing resources throughout the week to help consumers reach their goals.”Saving money on a regular basis in a federally insured financial institution is a proven way to safely and steadily reach your financial goals,” FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said. “Whether you are opening your first savings account or have had one for a while, during America Saves Week I encourage you to establish a regular contribution to an insured account. You might be surprised how the habit of regular savings—even in small amounts—can help you make progress to a stronger financial future.”The recent lowering of the FHA mortgage insurance premiums down to 0.85 percent and the FHA lowering the down payment for qualifying homeowners down to 3 percent could make homeownership a reality for many Americans who previously could not afford a 20 percent down payment or perhaps they got into a home but could not sustain the monthly mortgage payments. FDIC will help out during America Saves Week by encouraging Americans to make a strong commitment to savings and then provide consumers with tools, ideas, and other resources such as educational resources that will help consumers evaluate their options and move them toward their savings goals.One of the ideas FDIC is pushing in particular is saving through automated means (i.e. through regularly scheduled deposits into a savings account).The timing for America Saves Week could not have been better for aspiring homeowners who are about to receive an income tax refund. Freddie Mac reported on its blog last week that eight out of 10 Americans who file will receive a tax refund, and the average refund will be $3,539, which would make up a sizeable portion of the down payment with the lowered requirements. It could also be put toward closing costs, which average about $2,500, according to Freddie Mac.”Depending on their credit history and other factors, many borrowers can expect to make a down payment of about 5 to 10 percent,” Freddie Mac wrote in the blog. “And new 3 percent down financing options for qualified borrowers could mean a down payment as little as $6,000 for a $200,000 home.” Subscribelast_img read more

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Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundee

By on May 4, 2021

first_img Share this article BRITAIN’S NEWEST WARSHIP DOCKS IN DUNDEEBritain’s newest Warship has made its first visit to Dundee, one of its affiliated citiesHMS Duncan spent four days in the fourth largest city in Scotland between Friday 6th December and Monday 9th December.During her time docked in the city, HMS Duncan was visited by over 3600 members of the public over two days. She also hosted several other tours for groups with an affiliation or connection to the Ship.Commander James Stride Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan said,“It’s been a fantastic experience bringing HMS Duncan into its affiliated city for the first time and we’ve had a very warm welcome.”On her first night in Dundee HMS Duncan hosted a Reception and Capability Demonstration with around 100 civil and military dignitaries from Dundee and the surrounding areas on-board.They were given an insight into the capabilities and roles of a modern Destroyer of the Royal Navy.Commander Stride also hosted a special reception on Monday 9th December for the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee during which the Commanding Officer was given Honorary Membership of that body.The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee includes the Bakers, Cordiners, Glovers, Tailors, Bonnetmakers, Fleshers, Hammermen, Weavers and Dyers.The last person to be given Honorary Membership of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee was Admiral Adam Duncan, after whom HMS Duncan is named.Dundee proved a very hospitable stop for HMS Duncan’s Ship’s Company with 70 of her crew being treated to a reception in Dundee City Council Chambers.During HMS Duncan’s time in Dundee, Leading Seaman (Underwater Warfare) Gary Wright organised a trip to the Tayside Children’s Hospital, which is the Major Children’s Unit for Dundee and the surrounding area.Prior to the ship’s arrival in the city, Leading Seaman Wright had arranged with the other Leading Hands in Duncan that instead of arranging ‘Secret Santa’ between themselves they should instead use the money to buy presents for the Children who are currently patients in the Tayside Children’s Hospital.This idea was enthusiastically taken up by the other Leading Hands in Duncan and when the Senior Rate’s Mess found out about the scheme they to decided to make a donation to this very worthy cause.HMS Duncan had a highly successful visit to Dundee and her Ship’s Company are already looking forward to their next visit to build upon the close ties cemented during the Ship’s first visit to one of her two affiliated city.Belfast, her other affiliated city, will be visited in the near future.[mappress]Press Release, December 18, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Training & Education December 18, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundee Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundeelast_img read more

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